“Paddington” director Paul King is in talks to helm Disney’s live-action “Pinocchio” movie. The Jack Thorne scripted film, a remake of the 1941 film of the same name, will go before the cameras this Fall. (Deadline)
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set for a home video release this March. The Rian Johnson-directed film will be available digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere March 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc March 27. The release will also include two exclusive scenes featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke prior to his digital makeover, scene breakdowns, deleted scenes, audio commentary and more.
Bonus features include :
The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
Sabrina Carpenter (“Girl Meets World”) has joined the NBC comedy pilot “So Close”. The half-hour laffer centers on hopeless romantics Riley & Kyle. At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other’s soul mates. (Deadline)
An animated series based on “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” comic book series is in the works at the Disney Channel. Laurence Fishburne will be a producer on the series. (Deadline)
Former “Justified” star Walton Goggins has joined the cast of CBS’s “L.A Confidential” pilot. Goggins will play the role Kevin Spacey played in the 1997 movie, Detective Jack Vincennes. (Variety)
Katie Holmes is in talks to star in an untitled FBI drama pilot for Fox, former ”Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love. The series, which Holmes would also executive produce, centers on FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis (Holmes), who’s in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion – an affair with a prominent general – shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled “the mistress,” Hazel Otis – wife, mother, patriot – begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation. (Deadline)
Are The Duffer Brothers planning to move on after the next season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”?
Mel Gibson will direct the pilot episode of USA Network’s “Dancing Bear”, an adaptation of the crime novel by the late James Crumley to be adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne and produced by Mike Medavoy. (Deadline)
Melonie Diaz (“The Belko Experiment”) will play Mel, one of the three central characters in The CW’s “Charmed” reboot. (Deadline)
“Black Panther” duo Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler are reuniting on “Wrong Answer”, which focuses on the 2006 standardized test cheating scandal at Atlanta public schools. Jordan will portray teacher Damany Lewis, who joined the effort in order to prevent his school from shutting down under provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. Eleven teachers were indicted on racketeering allegations. (Variety)
Fashion designer has released a new photo of Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree as three generations of “Shaft” in the new “Son of Shaft” feature for Paramount and New Line.