First Look at Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Warner Bros. has released a first look at the newly titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and aside from giving us looks at returning characters Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), Jacob (Dan Fogler) and Credence (Ezra Miller), we also get some new faces.

There’s Newt’s brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), and his fiance Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz). Between Kravitz and Miller is Claudia Kim, a new character afflicted by Maledictus, or the ailment of turning into a wild beast. Lastly, we also get our first look at Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to hit theaters November 16, 2018.

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Binging with Babish: Harry Potter Special

The latest episode of wonderful YouTube cooking series, Binging with Babish, is celebrating the release of his book in the United Kingdom with a special Harry Potter episode. In the episode, Babish creates delicious seasonal-appropriate Pumpkin Pasties, as well as an incredible looking Treacle Tart, which looks like the next dessert I’ll be making.

To cap it all off, he finishes with the iconic Butterbeer from the series, adding a bit of schnapps to the mixture to make it a bit more satisfying for us adult-folk.

Lord of the Rings TV Series in the Works

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Amazon Studios has announced a multi-season commitment for a massive-scale Lord of the Rings television series that will focus on lesser-known Middle Earth stories such as The Silmarillion, and more. The show will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.

Here’s the press release in full:

“‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be takingThe Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” added Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

First Look at Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor

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Earlier this year, the BBC announced our very first female doctor, as Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block, Broadchurch) was cast in the role. Now, after months of waiting, we finally have our first look at her official Time Lord get-up in the series, standing in front of the iconic TARDIS.

Whittaker is set to debut as The Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, airing next month on the BBC. Hit the jump to check out the full image.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi “Awake” Trailer

The official Star Wars Twitter account has posted a new trailer featuring a load of new footage from the hotly anticipated sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the trailer, it appears as if Rey is taking on Luke, with the legendary Jedi seemingly outclassed. We also get a glimpse of Finn getting in on some action in a land-based ship battle.

The most goosebump-inducing shot, however, is most certainly of Luke entering the Millennium Falcon for the first time in years.

New Trailer for David Ayer’s Bright

Netflix has debuted the latest red-band trailer for the upcoming Fantasy Cop Drama film, Bright, by director David Ayer, and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The film is set to premiere on Netflix on December 22nd, marking the streaming service’s first legitimate attempt at threatening the Holiday box office.

The newest trailer looks fantastic, and Netflix has clearly put a lot of care and effort into making a beautiful film. Let’s hope it can live up to that hype.

Han Solo Spin-Off Film Gets a Title

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We’ve speculated for the longest time what the Untitled Han Solo Film will be officially titled, and with so many options to choose from, it only makes sense that my choice was right. Director Ron Howard took to his Twitter to announce that the film will be officially titled Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The official logo for the film can be seen above, with what somewhat seems like the most bland branding, ever.

Final Stranger Things 2 Trailer

Netflix has posted the final trailer for Stranger Things Season 2, and it is quite possibly one of the best trailers we’ve seen all year. With more clues about what to expect from the new, supposedly scarier season, and plenty of new footage.

Details on the second season have been incredibly scarce, but we won’t have to wait much longer. Stranger Things Season 2 hits on Netflix on October 27th.

Beetlejuice 2 Has a Writer

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Another shocking piece of news this afternoon as Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has tapped Marvel’s Runaways and Rememory scribe Mike Vukadinovich to re-write the screenplay for Beetlejuice 2.

Currently, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are working together on Disney’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo, but both are said to be excited at the prospect of working together again, as attempts to get the project off the ground have been on and off for several years.

First Look at Good Omens

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Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel about an angel and a demon, working together to stop an oncoming apocalypse with the anti-christ is finally getting a live-action adaptation in 2019. Now, we have our first official look at Crowley and Aziraphale from the series.

Neil Gaiman unveiled the first picture of David Tennant as Crowley, and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale in costume to celebrate the beginning of filming on the six-part series, set to air on Amazon in the US, and on BBC Two in the UK. Both look fantastic, and are sure to please long-time fans of the book. Hit the jump for a look at the full image.

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Star Wars: Episode IX Delayed to December 2019

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Following the addition of J.J. Abrams as writer and director on Star Wars: Episode IX, the film has been officially pushed from its May 2019 slot, to December 2019, placing the finale of the Star Wars saga firmly in contention with Wonder Woman 2 in its second weekend.

Disney didn’t leave that May 2019 slot empty for long, though, as their upcoming live-action Aladdin adaptation has dropped into the release date.

J.J. Abrams Returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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Following the troubled departure of director Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams will return to the franchise to take the reins of the final chapter in the new trilogy of films. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Star Wars: Episode IX is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. This is a picture-perfect choice for the director to step back in to the franchise he helped modernize in such spectacular fashion.

Rian Johnson Reportedly Top Pick for Episode IX

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, is reportedly the top pick to take over for Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX. Johnson supposedly has done some incredible work with The Last Jedi, and fully earned the trust of Kathleen Kennedy and the brass at Disney and LucasFilm, which appears to be a challenge in and of itself these days.

While far from confirmed, we’ll have to wait and see just who ends up behind the lens this time around, but Johnson is a safe bet, as he’s already started his desire to return to the franchise again.

Colin Trevorrow Out on Star Wars Episode IX

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Disney and Lucasfilm has announced that the studio has parted ways with Colin Trevorrow who was set to direct Star Wars Episode IX for the studio. Rumors about his departure have been rampant since the release of his last film, and with the constant changes in staff the last several films, and the shift in direction to more experienced directors, it was only a matter of time.

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

Currently, there is no replacement set, but we should expect to learn something very soon about who the next in line is.

IT Director to Helm Dracula Prequel Film

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IT Director Andy Muschietti is the hottest ticket in Hollywood, right now, with the film’s anticipation reaching a fever pitch less than a few days before its release. Now, Paramount Pictures has jumped on the bandwagon and optioned him to direct a film adaptation of the novel, Dracul, a film fictionally explaining how Bram Stoker wrote the original Dracula novel, according to Deadline.

The tale is set in 1868, where a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil that he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there.

The script has been written by Dacre Stoker (great-grand nephew to Bram Stoker) and J.D. Barker. Paramount’s Vanessa Joyce will oversee development with Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment.