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‘The Suicide Squad’s Peacemaker Is Getting His Own HBO Max Series

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The Suicide Squad is not going to die when the movie is done.

Almost a year before the film is due in theaters, Warner Bros. and HBO Max have announced they’ve ordered a series based on one of its new characters, Peacemaker, who’s played in The Suicide Squad by John Cena. The show will run for eight episodes on HBO Max, and Cena will star. The Suicide Squad’s writer/director, James Gunn, will write the entire show and also direct “multiple” episodes, including the premiere, according to the press release.

Here’s what that press release had to say about the show itself:

While details about Peacemaker are being kept under wraps, the series will explore the origins of the character that Cena will play in the upcoming film, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The series will extend the world that Gunn is creating for The Suicide Squad movie, which is scheduled to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.

Peacemaker follows Warner Bros. giving another upcoming DC movie, The Batman, a spinoff show; director Matt Reeves is working on a series for HBO Max about Gotham City cops. So that looks to be Warners’ synergistic approach; big movies connected to interesting TV series to draw customers to HBO Max streaming. This plan could backfire; if the movies are bad, will anyone care about a TV series? But if the movies are good, then these high-profile series, with big-name stars and popular DC characters, could give HBO Max an edge in the streaming wars. Per the press release, Peacemaker will go into production in “early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.”

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‘Cheer’s Jerry Harris Charged With Producing Child Pornography

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One of the most popular new reality TV stars in years has been arrested by the FBI, and charged with “allegedly enticing [a] underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos.” Jerry Harris, who became one of the breakout characters on Netflix’s popular docuseries Cheer about the world of competitive cheerleading, is now in custody and scheduled to make an appearance in court today in Chicago.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Harris, 21, “contacted the underage boy on a social media application and repeatedly enticed him to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself and send them to Harris.” The alleged victim was 13 years old. If Harris is convicted, a federal charge of child pornography comes with a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Harris has also been sued by two 14-year-old teenagers from Texas who claim he “solicited sex, sent them sexually explicit messages via text and social media, and asked them to send nude photos of themselves.” More on that suit from The New York Times (which contains even more graphic descriptions of the allegations):

According to the suit, [the plaintiffs] were ‘star struck’ by Mr. Harris, who was nationally known as a cheer personality and coach. He asked for their phone numbers and Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat handles, and, the boys say in the lawsuit, the interactions became sexual in nature ‘almost immediately.’ They also said that Mr. Harris asked that they send him ‘booty pics.’

Harris looked poised to move beyond Cheer to an ongoing career in the public eye. He became so popular after the series debuted on Netflix that he got a gig doing red carpet interviews at the Oscars for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where many of the nominees were more excited to see him than vice versa.

Netflix has not commented on the news yet, but a spokesman for Harris told People Magazine “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed, the true facts will be revealed.”

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Here‘s What ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Looks Like During the Pandemic

href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: September 15, 2020Sony Television

When Wheel of Fortune returned this week for its 38th season of syndicated television, the show looked a little different. In the first newly taped episodes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, viewers may have noticed some changes reflecting our age of social distancing. The game is still the same, the stage is still the same; there are no drastic alterations like giant plastic dividers between players. Everyone was already pretty spaced out around the giant wheel, so that helps.

But you can’t really have everybody pawing the same wheel these days — so now the players each have their own “white thing” (that’s literally what Pat Sajak calls it) that they use to grab edges of the wheel and give it a spin. You can see one of the “white things” in the image above. Please do not make any jokes about what it looks like the contestant is holding.

The other big difference is that Pat stands in his spot the entire episode, and always keeps his distance from the guests. During the previous 37 seasons, when a player would solve a puzzle, he’d come over and shake their hand and stand next to them while he announced their prizes and the scores. Now he remains firmly six feet away from everyone. During the bonus round, he also stands a bit away from the winner as they spin the bonus wheel, leading this slightly awkward dance where the player spins, then moves away from the wheel so Pat can approach the wheel and grab the card. Maybe we can get like a robotic arm to pick up the card and hand it to Pat?

Still, apart from a slightly less chummy atmosphere because everyone’s spaced out, it doesn’t look that different from your standard episodes of Wheel of Fortune. It’s hard to imagine fans being upset about any of the changes. In very uncertain times, it’s nice to see a TV staple for decades still going strong.

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‘Obi-Wan’ Series Will Be One ‘Standalone Season’

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In early 2020, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+ was suddenly put “on hold” right as the show looked to be gearing up for production. Rumors swirled, and when the dust settled the show’s original writer, Hossein Amini, was replaced by Joby Harold. Then the pandemic hit, and the story faded to the background.

This week, we finally got an update on the show’s progress from Ewan McGregor. While discussing his new Apple TV+ series Long Way Up with Entertainment Tonight, he revealed that his Obi-Wan show is still moving forward and gearing up for production to now begin in the spring of 2021. Saying he was “really excited” about the show, McGregor also revealed that the current plan is for Obi-Wan to be a miniseries, not an ongoing show on Disney+ like The Mandalorian:

McGregor noted there aren't any plans, yet, for a second season of Obi-Wan. ‘As I understand, it's a standalone season,’ he said. ‘We'll see. Who knows?’

McGregor remains a busy actor with a thriving film career who also likes to occasionally record himself traveling on a motorcycle for shows like Long Way Up, meaning it might be difficult to lock him into a regular TV schedule. If Obi-Wan is a hit, it’s probably much more feasible that it becomes an irregular series of miniseries, with Obi-Wan getting into occasional adventures when McGregor’s hectic life allows. Either way, they gotta make the first season of the series first, something that has not ben particularly easy so far.

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Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Avengers’ Star, Dies at 82

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Diana Rigg, one of the biggest stars in British television history, has died. Rigg, whose TV, film, and theater career spanned half a century, and included several of the most influential TV shows ever, passed away at her home in England on Thursday. She was 82 years old.

Rigg won a Tony Award for Medea in 1994 and an Emmy for a television miniseries version of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca three years later. But her most famous and important work remains The Avengers, the popular British spy series that first aired in the 1960s. (No relation to the Marvel comic and movies.) Through the years, The Avengers cycled through various partners for Patrick Macnee’s John Steed; Rigg’s Emma Peel joined the show in its fourth season. Though she appeared in less than a third of The Avengers’ 161 episodes, Peel (not to mention her leather catsuit) became synonymous with the show.

Rigg left The Avengers in 1967 after just two seasons on the show, frustrated with her treatment as a sex symbol and her low pay. (Her salary was supposedly lower than the show’s cameraman.) A few years ago, she spoke at the BFI about her tenure on The Avengers and her reasons for the departure.

One of the reasons Rigg left The Avengers was to take the role of Teresa in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. More than a mere “Bond girl,” Teresa became Bond’s partner on his latest adventure — and then, at the end of the film, his wife. Teresa’s shocking death in On her Majesty’s Secret Service’s final scenes reverberated through the franchise for decades. Rigg might the best and most important Bond girl in the series’ 25-film history.

Rigg, who spent part of her early career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, worked steadily through the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, appearing in movies like Julius Caesar, The Hospital, and The Great Muppet Caper, as the star of her own TV sitcom Diana, and in stage productions of Macbeth, Pygmalion, and Antony and Cleopatra. In 2013, she got another signature role when she joined the cast of Game of Thrones as the sharp-tongued Olenna Tyrell.

It all adds up to a remarkable career, for an actor who left an enormous impact on popular culture, and even on fashion. She will be missed, but she leaves a legacy to rival any actress of her era.

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‘Borat 2’ Isn’t Just in the Works – It’s Already Been Shot

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Borat sequel — and it’s already been shot in secret? Very nice.

That’s the news out today. It’s not entirely surprising, after Sacha Baron Cohen was spotted filming something around Los Angeles recently in his Borat costume. Here’s a brief video that a passerby captured as he was driving along with a camera crew in tow:

According to Collider, Cohen has been secretly shooting a Borat sequel for months — and the movie is so close to completion already that it’s been “screened for a select few industry types.” More, from Collider:

According to multiple sources, the sequel finds Borat thinking he’s a big movie star after the success of the original 2006 film made him famous, so he’s trying to hide from the public by pretending to be someone else, and starts meeting/interviewing people incognito. One source described the film as ‘Cohen playing Borat playing Cohen.’

Cohen first created Borat in the mid-’90s, but the character really took off as one of the trio of stars of Da Ali G Show on HBO and Channel 4 in the U.K. His solo film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, was made using the same hidden camera techniques as the TV show, with Cohen duping unsuspecting subjects into believing he was really a bumbling reporter from the nation of Kazakhstan. It was a massive hit, grossing more than $260 million worldwide. No wonder then that Cohen wants to make another one. And given the subjects Borat likes to target, the time has never been better for his triumphant return. At present, no studio has been announced for the new Borat.

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‘The Boys’ Season 2 Gets Review Bombed Over Release Schedule

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Most shows get bad reviews because viewers don’t like them. The Boys has the opposite problem.

The first season of the popular TV series based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson was released all at once on Amazon Prime Video. The second season premiered last Friday — but only the first three episodes were released, leaving the remaining five episodes to come out weekly throughout September and October. Fans who preferred the original binge-watch release style are none too pleased about having wait this time around, and they’re currently bombing the show’s reviews on Amazon as a result.

Consider: The first season of The Boys currently has a rating of four out of five stars out of a total of 8900 user reviews. As of this writing, The Boys Season 2 has a 2.5 star rating out of roughly 2700 reviews. 52 percent of those reviews give the show just one star. Here’s are five of the six most recent reviews as I write this post:

  • “Raise your hand if you subscribe to Prime Video because you can watch an entire season on your own schedule. I would be shocked if 95 out of 100 hands were not up. The fact that showrunners decided to drip-feed their content is stupid and only matched by Amazon's agreement to allow it.”
  • “Love the show, but why are we moving back to the weekly release schedule? Having the ability to watch episodes when I want is important. I don't want to set aside an hour every week for 3 months to watch a series. If I like it, and have free time on a weekend or evening, I want to watch as much as I can.”
  • “Why would Amazon do this? I’ll wait until the entire season is out before I watch.”
  • “Why stagger episodes?”

The only one of those six most recent reviews gives it five stars under the headline “Release the whole season at once!” And the review itself reiterates the same complaints. It’s just nicer about its gripes.

While this is silly behavior, it is true that Amazon Prime users pay for a year’s worth of the servic all at once. Where Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max users typically pay for a month-to-month subscription, Amazon’s video service is connected to the company’s Prime shipping, which is an annual membership. Unless customers’ subscription fee is due in the next couple weeks, The Boys’ staggered release isn’t really going to generate a ton of additional revenue for the service.

Some shows prefer weekly release schedules because they generate longer periods of buzz and attention, which bring more eyeballs to streaming services and specific series over the long run. (Take the weekly release schedule of The Mandalorian on Disney+ last fall, for example.) In order for that kind of schedule to make sense, though, the buzz has to be positive. If all your fans are kvetching that they can’t watch the show when and how they want, that sort of defeats the purpose.

Fans didn’t mount this kind of campaign against The Mandalorian when it was released weekly last fall, so the lesson here seems to be this: Don’t condition your fans to expect a show one way, then switch on them midstream. That’s where you get into trouble.

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An ‘X-Files’ Animated Comedy Series Is In Development

href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 28, 2020FOX

The truth is still out there. Only this time it’s animated.

Variety reports that Fox is currently developing what’s being called an “animated X-Files comedy spinoff.” Here is how they describe the project, which is currently titled The X-Files: Albuquerque:

The show would revolve around an office full of misfit agents who investigate X-Files cases too wacky, ridiculous or downright dopey for Mulder and Scully to bother with. They’re basically the X-Files’ B-team.

On paper, that sounds a lot like Star Trek: Lower Decks, the new animated Star Trek comedy about the low-level staff of a Federation ship, that’s currently airing on CBS All Access. While X-Files creator Chris Carter is involved as an executive producer, neither David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson are currently set to appear on the series.

The X-Files has already had one new show during the ongoing TV revival boom; Duchovny and Anderson reprised their roles as Agents Mulder and Scully in two new X-Files seasons of 16 total episodes in the mid-2010s. In the show’s heyday, it also launched two feature films featuring Mulder and Scully, as well as spinoffs Millennium and The Lone Gunmen, so extending the franchise in news ways is nothing new. In the conspiracy-minded 2020s, the time seems right for more X-Files. It’s good this series is animated, though; at this point, people might just assume the X-Files are a documentary.

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‘Cobra Kai’ Arrives On Netflix With New Trailer

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We’re about to get an interesting test of Netflix’s power and influence. Cobra Kai, the TV series spinoff of The Karate Kid, got great reviews when it premiered in 2018. Still, the show never really took off despite the fact that it was based on one of the most beloved films of the 1980s and featured its original stars, William Zabka and Ralph Macchio. The main issue was Cobra Kai was only available on YouTube Red, the site’s premium streaming service. After YouTube Red flopped and shut down, Netflix acquired the rights to the first two seasons of Cobra Kai, along with the upcoming third season.

Season 3 won’t arrive until 2021, but the first two seasons debut on Netflix later this week. To hype up the premiere, Netflix just released a new trailer covering the events of the first two seasons of the show. Watch:

Ah, the sweet sounds of “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito. Nothing better than that. Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

Picking up 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, the half-hour series finds Daniel and Johnny at different places in their lives. Whereas Daniel is living his best life as a family man and proud owner of the No. 1 car dealership in the Valley, Johnny has fallen a long way since the ’80s and is now a heavy drinking, short-fused antihero living in Reseda, doing odd jobs to make ends meet. However, their rivalry is reignited when they re-enter each other’s lives, which drives Johnny to rediscover his Cobra Kai roots and reopen the infamous karate dojo.

So will the show become a huge breakout hit now that millions of new viewers will have access to it? We’ll find out after Cobra Kai seasons 1 and 2 premiere on Netflix on August 28.

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‘Stranger Things’ Creators Say Season 4 Won’t Be the Last

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Stranger Things Season 4, like almost every other Hollywood production this year, has been delayed due to coronavirus. As we wait for new episodes of the smash hit Netflix series, we can't help but wonder: How long will Stranger Things last? Do these production delays spell out an untimely end for the residents of Hawkins, Indiana? Rest assured, show creators The Duffer Brothers have a plan. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Duffer shared that Stranger Things’ upcoming season won’t be the last:

Season 4 won't be the end. We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story.

If the consistent popularity of the first three seasons are any indicator, a majority of Netflix users would gladly accept more installments of Stranger Things. Something about the combination of its charming cast, playful nostalgia, and genuinely creepy paranormal activity just works. But as its principal cast of youths continues to mature and grow into young adults, the show may lose that Goonies/Stand By Me/E.T. vibe. Or we might be introduced to a new crop of kids to carry the torch to the show's finish.

While Netflix hasn't greenlit a fifth season of Stranger Things yet, it’s worth knowing that The Duffer Brothers signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to develop new projects. Unlike cable television series, Netflix series are typically designed to last around three or four seasons. Of course there are exceptions, but that seems to be the deal. This might be because Netflix shows are filmed less like TV shows and more like multi-part movies. These shows are often afforded the opportunity to wrap things up neatly, rather than jumping the shark with unnecessary, drawn-out final seasons in a last attempt to stay on the air. But when a show is as popular as Stranger Things? Bring on Season 5.

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Ruby Rose Explains Why She Left Her ‘Batwoman’ Role

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In mid-May, actress Ruby Rose announced her decision to exit The CW’s Batwoman before its second season. At the time, she didn’t really open up too much about her reasoning for leaving. But now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rose opened up about her share of difficulties in the role, including the fact that she needed back surgery after an on-set incident in 2019:

Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. Being the lead in anything is tough. But I think, in that particular instance, it was a lot more difficult because I was still recovering from my surgery. I had my surgery and then 10 days later I went to work, which maybe wasn't the best idea… But as far as being a lead of a show or a film —  regardless if it’s action or if it's emotional — in whichever ways it's taxing.

Despite all this, Rose also shared that playing Batwoman was “such an honor” and that she would “definitely do TV again” after she's recovered. She also explained that the pandemic played a role in her decision to leave the show, giving her enough of a break to reflect on the pros and cons. “You know, you have time in quarantine and sort of isolation to just think about a lot of different things and what you want to achieve in life and what you want to do,” said Rose. “I think for both [me and the producers], it was a great opportunity to have a dialogue about a lot of things.”

Rose is passing on the torch to Javica Leslie, whom she is positive will nail the part. “I think she definitely knows what she’s doing and she seems fantastic,” said Rose. “I’m just really stoked and I’m definitely going to watch the next season as well and see how it all comes together.”

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‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Will Get Rebooted as a Drama Series

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Get ready for a grittier (but still fresh) prince of Bel-Air.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Will Smith is executive producing a new version of his popular ’90s TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The difference this time is that while the original Fresh Prince was a lighthearted sitcom, with Smith playing a kid from West Philadelphia (born and raised) who gets sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, this one will be a darker, dramatic version of the same concept.

According to THR, the idea grew out of a viral video by Morgan Cooper, who created a faux trailer for Bel-Air, his pitch for a gritty Fresh Prince. Smith apparently saw the video and became intrigued:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air has been in the works for more than a year after the four-minute clip went viral when it was posted in March 2019 and caught Smith's attention. Cooper, a Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagined the series as if it were a drama. He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP.

Here’s Cooper’s original Bel-Air trailer:

The concept could certainly be told dramatically; whether it could sustain the run on TV that the original Fresh Prince had remains to be seen. (The sitcom version aired for six seasons on NBC, and launched Smith’s acting career.) Either way, Cooper is now looking at his kingdom; he is finally there. Sitting on his throne as the new prince of Bel-Air.

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SpongeBob’s Pal Patrick Is Finally Getting His Own Show

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SpongeBob SquarePants has been on Nickelodeon’s airwaves since 1999, making it one of the longest-running animated series in TV history. Finally, after more than 20 years, SpongeBob’s best pal Patrick is getting his own TV series. Patrick, congrats. (You still might need a new agent.)

Deadline has the news, including a surprising description of the show; this apparently won’t be another cartoon in the style of SpongeBob SquarePants, but more of a meta-showbiz comedy in the style of a Space Ghost Coast to Coast:

The Patrick Star Show is in the vein of The Larry Sanders Show and Comedy Bang Bang!, with Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) hosting his own late-night talk show. I hear the series would revolve around Patrick and his family. Fagerbakke is being joined by a largely new cast voicing new characters, with SpongeBob cast members expected to make occasional appearances, reprising their roles.

Reportedly “voiceover recordings already have started for the project,” which is being guided by the same creative team as the main SpongeBob SquarePants series. This sounds like it will appeal more to the character’s older fans than young kids — but at this point it feels like the older SpongeBob fans outnumber the young ones by a very wide margin. Meanwhile, the latest SpongeBob movie, Sponge On the Run, recently had its theatrical release canceled and will instead premiere on PVOD and CBS All Access in 2021.

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Go Back to Bayside in the New ‘Saved By the Bell’ Trailer

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Time it took for the new Saved By the Bell revival series to make a joke about caffeine pills: About 41 seconds.

That’s how long you have to wait for the new Saved By the Bell trailer to have Elizabeth Berkley to swat a pill bottle out of a teenager’s hand and warn them about the dangerous, overly-exciting effects of narcotics. Both Berkley and Mario Lopez star in 2020’s Saved By the Bell, which is going to premiere soon on the Peacock streaming service. Now they’re the teachers guiding the lives of a new class of students at Bayside High School. Watch:

I have to say, it’s really weird seeing Bayside High in a single-camera production. And The Max looking like nothing has changed in 30 years, well… that’s really bizarre. Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality in this comedy inspired by the classic late '80s/early '90s sitcom of the same name.

Saved By the Bell doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but it’s coming soon to Peacock. In the meantime, every season of Saved By The Bell plus Saved By The Bell: The College Years and the various TV movies are all streaming over there, just in case you want to get a quick binge in before the new episodes premiere.

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‘MacGruber’ Is Getting a TV Show on Peacock

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They’re making a f—ing TV show: MacGruber!

About six months after word leaked that a show was in development, today it was made official: MacGruber is coming to the Peacock streaming service. Will Forte will reprise his role as the bumbling secret agent who first appeared in a recurring series of sketches on Saturday Night Live before getting his own very funny (and extremely unsuccessful) solo movie.

The news was announced on Peacock’s Twitter account, which also shared a first teaser for the show, which called the movie “[God’s] finest creation yet”:

According to Variety, Peacock has ordered eight episodes of MacGruber, and here is their plot:

Peacock’s take on “MacGruber” will begin with the main character, described as America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot, being released from prison after rotting in there for over a decade. His new mission will be to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within.

Forte is also co-writing the series with MacGruber writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone. Given all of these facts, I see no reason why MacGruber will not be the greatest television event in the history of mass communications. In these dark times, MacGruber is like a light shining us onwards. Admittedly the light may be from a bomb he failed to defuse, but nonetheless, it is a light.

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Ava DuVernay and HBO Max Making One Perfect Shot TV Series

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Since 2013, the @OnePerfectShot Twitter account has spotlighted the greatest individual shots in movie history. It’s a great follow and a lovely way to discover new movies you might not have seen. Now it’s going to become a TV series, as HBO Max announced it’s working with filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a One Perfect Shot show.

Each episode will spotlight one shot from one movie, and feature its director talking about how that movie was made. DuVernay is the producer and narrator:

Each episode arms one acclaimed director with an arsenal of visual tools to pull back the curtain on their most iconic shots. Using state of the art technology, the directors will literally enter each shot, walking through the scene in 360 moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking. Filmmakers will share their obstacles, challenges, lessons and triumphs as they detail how they created their crowning cinematic achievements. Each helmer will also present one shot from an auteur who deeply influenced them, outlining the inspiration that catalyzed their own imagination.

The fact that each episode will include the director talking about their work and their choices is exciting; almost like a miniature DVD commentary. The one issue might be that the choice limits the movie to filmmakers who are alive. There are a lot of perfect shots from old movies that could get overlooked, even if they’re mentioned as “influences” along the way.

Still, it’s a very cool idea for a series. Bring on the episode about One From the Heart!

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Regis Philbin Dead at 88: Celebrities React

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Regis Philbin, the legendary TV host, has died at the age of 88.

People has confirmed the beloved longtime television icon, passed of natural causes on July 24. "We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," his family shared in a statement.

"His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss," the Philbin family added.

Philbin began his iconic career in 1988 as the host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford and later served as the original host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002.

Following his death, celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to Philbin on social media.

"Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much," the late-night TV host wrote on Twitter.

"We throw this word around too much but Regis Philbin was a legend. He was a true gentleman I’m glad I got to know and a TV host I admired and was honored to follow. Much like Arnold Palmer everybody has a great “Regis” story, I’m grateful I have mine," Bachelor host Chris Harrison tweeted.

"What a loss- The wonderful Regis Philbin. I met him in 1985 when I was on the 'Rodney Dangerfield Young Comedians Special' and we loved each other ever since. Such a TV icon and above all, a good man. My sympathies to Joy and all of his children and friends," Full House star Bob Saget added.

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A ‘Star Trek’ Series For Kids Is Coming Soon to Nickelodeon

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Star Trek is firmly a TV franchise once again — and increasingly it’s multiple TV franchises all at once. There’s Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, and eventually Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will feature the original cast of the Starship Enterprise as led by Anson Mount’s Captain Pike. And there is also Star Trek: Lower Decks a comedic animated Trek series for adults — which will now be joined by a second animated Star Trek, this one specifically for kids.

As announced on the Star Trek panel from Comic-Con At Home, the show is called Star Trek: Prodigy, and it will be airing on Nickelodeon as opposed to CBS All Access. The panel itself didn’t offer too many details beyond a logo and a title, but according to Deadline, the new show “will follow a group of rebellious teens who commandeer an old Starfleet ship and head off into the universe for adventure and more.”

This is a fun idea. I first discovered Star Trek as a kid through the 1970s animated series, which used to air in endless reruns on Nickelodeon. Savvy kids can find a lot of Star Trek on various streaming services, but there isn’t really much that’s specifically designed for that audience. Star Trek: Prodigy definitely fills that void. If all of these shows remain on the air, that would make five different simultaneous Star Trek shows at once, which is an unprecedented number. It’s a really good time to be a Trek fan (unless you really liked the Chris Pine cast or you have a moral objection to CBS All Access for some reason).

Star Trek: Prodigy is expected to premiere in 2021. You can watch the complete Star Trek panel from Comic-Con At Home here:

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Richard Linklater’s Next Movie Is An Animated Space Adventure

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It’s been 14 years since Richard Linklater’s last animated feature, the rotoscoped sci-fi film A Scanner Darkly. Before that, he also made Waking Life, a fascinating rotoscoped movie about the world of dreams. Since the, Linklater’s made films like Boyhood, Bernie, and Before Midnight, all in live-action. Now he’s returning to the rotoscoping technique — drawing over live-action footage — that served him so well in the past.

Via press release, Netflix announced they are partnering with Linklater for an animated space film called Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, which retells the story of the famous Apollo 11 moon landing both from the perspective of the astronauts, and that of a child watching the action unfold on television. Linklater says rotoscoping allows for “both the conjuring of a world long gone, and the flowing, playful expression of memory and imagination,” noting that he was personally about to enter 3rd grade in the summer of 1969.

The production has already wrapped its live-action shoot back in March of this year, which means once animation is completed — something that can be done even during a global pandemic — the movie should be able to be released some time in the near future. Here’s the film’s full synopsis:

Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives. It both captures the astronaut and mission control view of the triumphant moment, and the lesser-seen bottom up perspective of what it was like from an excited kid’s perspective, living near NASA but mostly watching it on TV like hundreds of millions of others. It’s ultimately both an exacting re-creation of this special moment in history and a kid’s fantasy about being plucked from his average life in suburbia to secretly train for a covert mission to the moon.

Linklater plus rotoscoping plus a look at childhood, imagination, and exploration sounds … like a must-see movie? Whenever Apollo 10 1/2 shows up on Netflix, I will definitely be ready to watch it.

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ViacomCBS Drops Nick Cannon Following Anti-Semitic Comments

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ViacomCBS has announced that it will no longer be working with actor and TV host Nick Cannon following an episode of his podcast Cannon’s Class, in which he made comments that were deemed “anti-Semitic.” The episode in question aired June 30, featuring an interview with rapper Professor Griff. The former Public Enemy member left the group due to his anti-Semitic remarks. At one point in the episode, Cannon said, “It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people … That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”

According to Variety, a ViacomCBS spokesperson confirmed that the company's long-standing relationship with Cannon is over:

ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.

In response to ViacomCBS’ statement, Cannon took to Twitter to tell fans that he has “no hate in my heart nor malice intentions.” In addition, he began retweeting posts from those expressing anger with ViacomCBS’ decision. Cannon posted an in-depth message on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, demanding full ownership of sketch comedy series Wild ’N Out, which he has hosted since 2005. He accused ViacomCBS of being “on the wrong side of history.”

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Veteran TV Host Hugh Downs Dead at 99

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For the second time this week, we've lost a legend in the TV world. Veteran broadcaster and TV host Hugh Downs has died from natural causes at the age of 99. His great-neice Molly Shaheen confirmed the news that Downs died at his Scottsdale, Arizona, home on Wednesday (July 1).

Downs had been a Guinness Book of World Records holder, claiming the title of spending the most hours on television until he was surpassed in 2004 by Regis Philbin.

Downs' early career started as a radio announcer in Ohio before he moved on to Chicago in the 1950s. There he was an announcer for Kukla, Fran and Ollie and also lent his voice to TV's first soap opera, Hawkins Falls.

He enjoyed a varied history at NBC, where he appeared on both The Today Show and The Tonight Show, serving alongside host Jack Parr. He also hosted the game show Concentration.

In his latter years, Downs was best known as the co-host of ABC's 20/20 with Barbara Walters. His other credits include the PBS series Over Easy, and he hosted Live From Lincoln Center.

“I’ve worked on so many different shows and done so many shows at the same time,” Downs said in a 1986 Associated Press interview. “I once said I’d done everything on radio and television except play-by-play sports. Then I remembered I’d covered a boxing match in Lima, Ohio, in 1939.”

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The Lord of the Rings TV Series Casting For ‘Funky-Looking’ Faces

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Do you have an overbite? Are you extremely and almost dangerously hairy? Are you very very short? Or super-duper tall? Are you missing teeth? Do you have “long skinny limbs”? Have you been burdened with “acne scars, ears that stick out,” or a “bulbous or interesting nose?” Do you have a false eye that you can remove on command?

If any or all of these sound like you definitely check out this Facebook ad from BGT talent agency, who are currently casting for Amazon’s upcoming TV series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and are looking for, in their words “funky-looking” people to fill out the cast. They literally asked for people with false eyes that can be removed on command.

The Facebook post includes a whole list of types they want:

  • Short people under 4 foot 12 (we know that 4 foot 12 is 5 foot)
  • Tall people over 6 foot 5
  • Character faces, wrinkles and lots of them please
  • Androgynous men and women
  • Hairy hairy people of all ages and ethnicities
  • Tall, Long Lithe dancers
  • Circus performers who can juggle, stilt walk!
  • Stocky mean-looking bikers
  • Eurasian people of all ages.
  • Hispanic – Latino, Mexican, South American
  • Red heads all ages, shapes and sizes.
  • HAIR HAIR HAIR – if you natural red hair, white hair, or lots and lots of freckles.
  • Middle-earth don’t manscape, apparently.

    Interested parties are welcome to email evelina@bgt.nz — but you need to be “a New Zealand resident or hold a valid New Zealand work visa.” Sorry to all the stocky, mean-looking bikers who can also juggle and stilt walk out there in the good old United States of America. Perhaps someday they’ll reboot Sons of Anarchy just for you.

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    Ernia – Bugie Lyrics

    Una per proteggere i miei cari
    Una per pararmi il culo dagli infami
    Una per leccarli come i cani
    Una per scoparla e poi cacciarla domani
    Una per fregarti e poi sfregarmi le mani

    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie
    Ne dico una e poi magari mi ci convinco
    Ci penso forte e poi domani non è più finto
    Ne dico una anche ai compari, anche ai compari
    Senza troppi particolari, particolari

    Senza troppi particolari, ho un labirinto
    Nella mia testa, due binari: reale e finto
    A volte non voglio sapere qual è quello giusto
    Perché se penso a ciò che è vero, sai, provo disgusto
    (Ancora, ancora, ancora)
    Ne dico una per scoparmi una subretta
    Essere B però ti tiro starlette
    Sono bianche, infondo non fanno niente
    Gonfio un po’ la realtà come gli OGM
    Alle ragazze ne racconti a cassette
    Non rispondo al cellulare che non prende
    Si, prendo un po’ la mano nella piazzette
    Tipo che te le fiuto come un Setter
    Alcuni le dicono per fare i brutti
    Quella l’ho scopata 4 ore a fila
    Se lo dici in testa sorridiamo tutti
    Perché sappiamo che eri eletta a fare la vocina
    Ne dico una un po’ da candidatura
    Anche se sul web fa caricatura
    Lo dico dal 2016 che fa paura
    Corriamo tutti verso l’amo, pesca d’altura
    E i professori ti diranno: "Siete uguali"
    Che nel lavoro vince la passione, no squali
    Che sono ricchi e generosi, no avari
    E la TV ti dirà si, che tu vali
    Sono bravi a dirle i colleghi rapper
    Vi hanno imbottito di cazzate come omelette
    Ti tiran fuori se ti trovi alle strette
    Non è furbo chi le dice, ma chi omette

    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi

    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie
    Ne dico una e poi magari mi ci convinco
    Ci penso forte e poi domani non è più finto
    Ne dico una anche ai compari, anche ai compari
    Senza troppi particolari, particolari

    Siamo ingegneri di ‘sta roba, stile architetto
    Un po’ per l’ego, per i soldi o per portarla a letto
    Ho gli occhi bassi per non svelare quello che ho dentro
    Mi guardan come se sapessero quello che penso
    (Non è così vero?)
    Alcune sono come donne con bei seni
    Solo a pensare che sian vere, ti ci seghi
    Alcune sono come bimbi, non vedi
    Stai attento perché sai che non stanno in piedi
    Non solo G-Geppetto, tanti Pinocchi
    Ballano tutti in cerchio come pidocchi
    Si fingon tutti G come Gicotti
    E dopo cantano in questura come Pavarotti
    Entriamo tutti di corsa con la rincorsa
    Come si fanno le rapine la mattina in posta
    No armi, in tasca una lingua rossa
    Prendiamo tutti la mira e la spariamo grossa
    Ne dico una ai miei parenti, non do delusioni
    Faccio coincidere le versioni
    Se grosse tappano le tubazioni
    Acqua da tutte le parti, come le alluvioni
    C’è chi le dice alla cicuta, che ci deruba
    Che se lo scambi poi ti dice: "Era una battuta"
    C’è chi le dice pure se gli chiedi consiglio
    E sono belle le simpatiche che dice Silvio
    (Dimmi, dimmi, dimmi, dimmi)

    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie, dimmi
    Bugie, bugie, bugie, bugie
    Ne dico una e poi magari mi ci convinco
    Ci penso forte e poi domani non è più finto
    Ne dico una anche ai compari, anche ai compari
    Senza troppi particolari, particolari



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    DC’s Online Con Will Feature ‘The Batman’ and Snyder Cut Reveals

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    Fans jonesing for that Comic-Con experience this summer even though all the actual cons are canceled will be able to get their fix in virtual form. San Diego Comic-Con has already announced that they will be programming a “Comic-Con At Home” event available to all. Now Warner Bros. has announced they’re going to be holding their own online convention for DC Comics as well.

    It’s called “DC FanDome,” and the press release describes it as “an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: AquamanThe BatmanBatwomanBlack AdamBlack LightningDC Super Hero GirlsDC’s Legends of TomorrowDC’s StargirlDoom PatrolThe FlashHarley Quinn, the SnyderCut of Justice LeagueLuciferPennyworthSHAZAM!The Suicide SquadSupergirlSuperman & LoisTeen Titans GO!TitansWatchmenYoung Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.”

    Comic conventions have become a huge industry in recent years. Fans travel from all over the world to San Diego Comic-Con and other such events. But an online version, where you don’t have to leave the house, where you don’t have to wait overnight outside in a line just to get a seat in Hall H, where there are no aromas of nacho cheese and B.O. actually sounds … like a better version of Comic-Con? You can even do online sales of exclusive con merchandise. without all the hassle of lines or getting shut out. What if after this is all said and done, people don’t want to go back to the way cons used to be?

    DC and Warner Bros. also promise “new announcements” about DC games, movies, TV shows, and comics. The whole thing will be accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com on August 22, starting at 10 a.m. PDT.

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    ‘Cops’ Canceled By Paramount Network

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    After more than 30 years on the air — and six seasons on the Paramount Network — Cops has been canceled. The show has been airing regularly on Paramount (previously Spike TV) since 2013. But if you looked at the Paramount Network’s official website over the weekend and searched for Cops, you would have seen a prompt that reads “we can't find that, but give one of these a try” and been pointed towards Bar Rescue or Lip Sync Battle instead. It was as if the show was not only not on the air moving forward, but that it had never appeared on the channel to begin with.

    And, in fact, Paramount Network has canceled Cops. The show was supposed to have its 33rd season premiere this week. Instead a spokesperson for the network told Deadline “Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return.”

    That marks a total and sudden programming change in light of the ongoing protests around the country against police brutality. In this environment, a show like Cops — a reality series about actual police officers on the job, backed by a theme song that includes the line “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” — was probably going to draw more controversy than ratings. (It may be worth noting that the 27/4 Cops channel on Pluto.TV is still on the digital airwaves as of this writing.)

    As for Live PD, the other reality show focused on cops that was pulled from cable last weekend, A&E is reportedly still “evaluating the right time to bring it back.” Given the state of the world, that could be a while.

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    The Best TV Shows of 2020 So Far

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    Although we still have no idea what the second half of the 2020 TV season will look like, the first half brought us an abundance of old favorites still on the top of their game and new series and miniseries to binge like we’ve never binged before. But out of all the shows that premiered new seasons between January 1 and May 31, which deserve your time? Below find a list of some of the best.

    Ten More to Consider (in alphabetical order): BoJack Horseman (Netflix), Cheer (Netflix), Elite (Netflix), Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform), The Great (Hulu), Insecure (HBO), On My Block (Netflix), Quiz (AMC), Top Chef: All Stars LA (Bravo), What We Do In the Shadows (FX)

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    Apple To Finance Scorsese’s DiCaprio-De Niro Team-Up Movie

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    On the day yet another competitor has entered the world of streaming video, we’re getting word that Apple — whose Apple TV+ has lagged far behind Netflix and the other dominant forces in the world of digital movies and TV — is potentially making a very big move into the world of movies. Deadline reports that they’re close to a deal to finance Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to The Irishman, which would star both of his signature leading men: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

    According to Deadline, “the deals are being papered, but … it will be an Apple original film, and Paramount will distribute theatrically worldwide.” Paramount was originally supposed to finance and release the film, but reportedly balked at the price tag for the movie, which is rumored to be in the “$180 million to $200 million” range — no small amount of money for what’s sure to be a difficult drama, and not a massive superhero epic.

    Here’s the synopsis of the book it is based on, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI:

    The book is a mystery about a series of murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma in the early 1920s, after oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. The ensuing investigation established the FBI and was a pivotal moment in the evolution of America from its frontier era.

    Apple also recently purchased the Tom Hanks World War II movie Greyhound, which was originally supposed to premiere in theaters, before theaters went kaput during the coronavirus pandemic. As notable as that film is, Killers of the Flower Moon is even bigger, and could potentially be a signature title on Apple TV+ and a major awards contender.

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    Sony Is Developing Another Spider-Man Spinoff

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    When movie theaters are permitted to fully reopen and studios begin to release new blockbusters, we’re going to see a wave of Spider-Man movies from Sony … without Spider-Man in them. Next March, we’ll get Morbius, starring Jared Leto as a vampire that Spidey has tussled with on numerous occasions. Then in June there’s the majestically named Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to Tom Hardy’s surprise hit as the popular Marvel anti-hero.

    Not content to rest on their, uh, Carnage, Variety reveals that Sony is prepping a third Spidey spinoff, this one the first “female-centric” movie in their Spider-Man cinematic universe. They don’t have concrete info on which character will be the focus but they have one educated guess based on their sources:

    While it’s unconfirmed at the time who the character at the center will be, insiders say there is a strong possibility that the film will be based on the Madame Web comic-book character. Sony had no comment.

    Sony has signed TV director  S.J. Clarkson, who worked on episodes of Marvel Netflix series like Jessica Jones and The Defenders, to helm the project. Sony previously developed a female-centric Spider-Man spinoff called Silver & Black, which would have focused on the Marvel characters of Black Cat and Silver Sable. Gina Prince-Bythewood was signed to direct the film, which was announced in 2017. But that project never came together. Last we heard, Silver & Black was now being developed as a TV series.

    So this is probably not that. It could be Madame Web, although that character wouldn’t seem to lend herself to a very dynamic movie — she’s a blind psychic who can predict the future. (Recently, a former Spider-Woman named Julia Carpenter took the name Madame Web in Marvel Comics, so theoretically you could make a movie about her version of the character.) There are tons of other female superheroes in Spider-Man’s orbit who this could theoretically be, from Silk to the original Spider-Woman Jessica Drew, to Spider-Gwen, who popped up in Into the Spider-Verse. Given the fact that much of Hollywood is on pause right now, we might not find out what character will appear in this spinoff for a while.

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    A New ‘Muppets’ Show Is Coming to Disney Plus This Summer

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    For the first time in almost five years, The Muppets are returning to TV — this time on streaming.

    Their latest show is a Disney+ exclusive, titled Muppets Now. Premiering later this summer, the show is billed as a meta-series about the Muppets making their first show for Disney+. Trippy. Here’s the show’s official synopsis, per a Disney press release:

    “Muppets Now” is The Muppets Studio’s first original series for Disney+. In the six-episode season, Scooter rushes to make his delivery deadlines and upload the brand-new Muppet series for streaming. They are due now, and he’ll need to navigate whatever obstacles, distractions, and complications the rest of the Muppet gang throws at him. Overflowing with spontaneous lunacy, surprising guest stars and more frogs, pigs, bears (and whatevers) than legally allowed, the Muppets cut loose in “Muppets Now” with the kind of startling silliness and heartfelt fun that first made them famous.

    The Muppets last live-action show, simply called The Muppets had a rocky run on ABC TV; it got mediocre reviews and survived for just one season after its premiere in 2015. (Cartoon versions of the Muppets are faring better over on the Disney Channel in the current update of Muppet Babies, which has already completed three seasons.) That came on the heels of two movies, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, that got better scores from critics but struggled to break through at the box office. Simply put, while the characters themselves remain beloved, the Muppets could really use a hit. We’ll see if Muppets Now gives it to them when it premieres on Disney+ on July 31.

    Sign up for Disney+ here.

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    Zoe Kravitz Has ‘No Idea’ When ‘The Batman’ Can Resume Shooting

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    Around the country and the world, businesses are taking tentative steps to resume work despite the lingering threat of the coronavirus pandemic. For some businesses, that is more difficult than others. In the world of movie and TV business, with so many crew members and actors, and scenes where social distancing is impossible, it’s particularly tricky.

    A new report in Variety details some of the pitfalls faced by movies and television as they try to resume the work that was suspended back in February and March as the threat of Covid-19 became clear. And amidst all the other details, there’s an important and not-very-encouraging tidbit on the status of The Batman from star Zoe Kravitz, who plays Catwoman in the latest reboot of DC Comics’ Dark Knight. She told Variety that even if some studios are readying production, she’s not sure when she will get back to work. She added that…

    …part of her is ‘hoping to wake up every day to an email or a phone call saying, ‘We’re ready to go.’’ But when that could be remains unclear. ‘I’m in touch with everybody, and everyone’s ready to go when it’s safe,’ she says. ‘But no, we have no idea.’

    Production on The Batman shut down in mid-March. Director Matt Reeves has said that the film was only about 25 percent complete when the cameras stopped rolling, which means even when the crew gets back to work they still have a long way to go before the movie will be ready for audiences. The release of The Batman has already been pushed back once. Initially scheduled for June 25, 2021, the film is now due in theaters on October 1, 2021. There’s no guarantee it won’t get delayed again.

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