Disney+ Officially Announced

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After months of rumors and announcements, we finally have a name and official confirmation for Disney’s long-awaited streaming service, now titled Disney+. The service will launch in the United States in late 2019, with the previously announced Mandalorian from Jon Favreau, as well as official confirmation of the Loki series, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his fan-favorite role.

Additionally, we also have the reveal of a new series showcasing the early life of Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Diego Luna reprising his role. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.” Currently no release date has been set for that series.

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Flash Gordon Remake On The Way

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According to Deadline, Julius Avery (Overlord) will write and direct a new, modern take on the classic pulp sci-fi hero, Flash Gordon. Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) had initially been on board to helm the project, but will now produce alongside John Davis.

Flash Gordon began life as a classic comic strip in 1934, before becoming a successful 80’s cult classic film, and several television spin-offs, with the latest coming in 2007.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Trailer Now Online

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CBS All Access has shared the first trailer for season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, with the reveal of a bearded Spock, played by Ethan Peck (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) in the new season, as well as a ton of new footage from the upcoming season.

This looks like a considerable improvement from the first season, with many of the new beats and visuals looking fantastic. Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery hits CBS All Access on January 17th.

First Photo from The Mandalorian

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Jon Favreau has confirmed that his live-action Star Wars series, officially titled The Mandalorian, has gone into production. To celebrate, he revealed the first photo from the series, seen above.

In addition, he also revealed the list of directors for the series, and it’s quite impressive. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by  Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), making for quite the eclectic cast of all-star directors. The Mandalorian will debut in late 2019.

Star Wars Live Action Series Details Revealed

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Jon Favreau has revealed the title and synopsis of his upcoming live-action Star Wars television series for the Disney Streaming Service. Titled The Mandalorian, the synopsis can be found below. Additionally, Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman 1984) is rumored to be the front-runner for the lead in the series.

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…

LucasFilm Extends Kathleen Kennedy Through 2021

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Kathleen Kennedy has officially renewed her contract to remain the president of Lucasfilm through 2021, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. Kennedy became head of LucasFilm after the studio was acquired by Disney in 2012, and is said to act as the studio’s version of Kevin Feige.

Films under Kathleen Kennedy have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office, with Star Wars: Episode IX currently in production as the finale to the Skywalker Saga. Her tenure has been met with much skepticism after numerous creative clashes with directors, and several films under her eye being forced into heavy re-shoots and director changes.

Jordan Peele Set to Host Twilight Zone Revival for CBS

After rumors of Jordan Peele (Get Out) producing the new Twilight Zone revival for CBS All Access, many of us were hoping the acclaimed actor/director would take on hosting duties, as well. Now, CBS has made it official, as Jordan Peele takes the reins from the legendary Rod Serling, the original iconic voice of the horror anthology.

Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said in a statement, according to TV Line. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”

New Doctor Who Trailer Revealed

The BBC has revealed a new trailer for its upcoming eleventh season of Doctor Who, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the titular thirteenth Doctor. The trailer gives us a better idea of who we should expect Whittaker’s Doctor to be, and her motivations moving forward, across time and space.

Whittaker will be joined by an all-new cast of characters in the series, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Chris Chibnall will take over as showrunner from Steven Moffat for Doctor Who, which is set to return on October 7th with a ten-episode run.

Patrick Stewart to Reprise Role as Jean Luc Picard

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According to Deadline, Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed that he will officially be stepping back into the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek show for CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman will oversee development on the new show, which will act as a continuation of Picard’s story.

“I will always be very proud to have been a part of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course,” Stewart said. “It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how ‘The Next Generation’ brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”

First Official Photo From Terminator Released

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Paramount Pictures has just debuted the first official promo image for the latest Terminator film, which will be led by Deadpool director Tim Miller. The photo gives us our first official look at Mackenzie Davis as Grace, Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos, and a returning Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.

After the tumultuous last few films, it’s hard to say whether this movie will be worth the hype. But with Tim Miller in the chair, and James Cameron overseeing the story and production, this promises to be something special.

Shareholders Approve $71 Billion Disney/Fox Merger

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Shareholders for The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox voted this morning to approve the former’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s film and TV assets, and it’s good news for fans: the deal has been officially approved! Disney will now take charge of Fox’s big and small screen assets, as well as select businesses. Fox will retain assets of its many news and sports channels.

The merger has already been approved by the Department of Justice, giving Disney near-immediate control of the many properties and assets. What do you think Disney should do first? Fantastic Four? X-Men reboot? The options are pretty great.

Stranger Things Season 3 Teaser Unveiled

While not exactly a teaser trailer, Netflix is ramping up the marketing for Season 3 of Stranger Things by unveiling a few potentially important new details through the above trailer. First, Hawkins has a new hangout, the Starcourt Mall, which is sure to be a recurring mainstay for the season, as well as giving Steve Harrington a job, alongside Stranger Things newcomer Maya Hawke, who will play Robin in the third season.

Additionally, it’s said that the Starcourt Mall is opening “Next Summer” all but confirming a Summer 2019 release for the much-anticipated season.

First Doctor Who Series 11 Teaser

During this weekends finals of the World Cup, the BBC debuted the first official trailer for Series 11 of Doctor Who spotlighting Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, as well as her new supporting cast. Joining Whittaker will be Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill.

A new logo, brighter tone, and smiling Doctor, as well as a new tagline: The Universe is Calling. All things point to this new direction mirroring the debut of Matt Smith’s Doctor, which ushered in a new era for the character.

Neil Blomkamp Working on Robocop Sequel

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Deadline is reporting that the director of District 9 and Chappie, Neil Blomkamp, has signed on to helm RoboCop Returns for MGM. The project is being developed from a script by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner that will act as a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s original classic.

So, it looks like Blomkamp won’t get to work on his Aliens sequel after all, but he’ll start get to make his mark on a classic sci-fi franchise.

Billy Dee Williams Returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the long-standing rumor that Billy Dee Williams would be returning to a galaxy far, far away and will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. After the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and the sad, real life death of Carrie Fisher, it makes sense to bring back the other fan-favorite classic character, particularly after the character’s revival in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

In Star Wars: Episode IX, Williams will join returning franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomer Keri Russell.