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Casting : Fagenble, Davis, Ryder, Turturro, Jeong, Clemons

New additions to the cast of “Scoob”, “Black Widow” and more!

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O-T Fagbenle (”The Handmaid’s Tale”, ”Breaking and Entering”) has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Black Widow”. Although deets on who the actor is playing haven’t been released, That Hashtag Show recently reported that director Cate Shortland was looking for a “black British actor” to play the main bad guy in the film, so there’s a possibility this might be him. The actor joins Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz in the 2020 release. [More…]

“Terminator : Dark Fate” star Mackenzie Davis will play a political consultant in the new Jon Stewart comedy “Irresistible”. Also starring Topher Grace, Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne, the Focus Features release is the story of a Democratic political consultant (Carell) who helps a retired ex-Marine colonel (Cooper) run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town. Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B is onboard to produce with Stewart. [More…]

Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Caleb Malis, and Azhy Robertson will lead the ensemble cast of HBO’s miniseries “Plot Against America” from David Simon. The six-part series will imagine an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh — an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. [More…]

Ken Jeong and Kiersey Clemons have joined the animated Scooby-Doo movie ”Scoob” from director Tony Cervone. Jeong will voice Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, a robot dog with mechanical robotic parts while Clemons will voice Dee Dee Skyes, who was one of Captain Caveman’s “Teen Angels” and the smartest one of the group, much like Velma in the Mystery Inc. gang. The duo join a cast that includes Zac Efron (Fred), Amanda Seyfried (Daphne), Gina Rodriguez (Velma), Will Forte (Shaggy), Tracy Morgan (Captain Caveman), and Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo). [More…]

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Michael Biehn officially reprising Aliens‘ Corporal Hicks!

Ever wondered what William Gibson’s script was all about?

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Exciting news for those aching for some sort of chestbuster fix. An unused script for “Alien 3”, penned by William Gibson of ‘Neuromancer’ fame, is being turned into an audiobook by Audible. Furthermore, it’ll feature Michael Biehn as ‘Hicks’, reprising – if even only in voice – his fanboy favorite from the 1986 classic “Aliens”.

Though an “Alien 3” (1992) exists, the David Fincher-directed film is – I think it’s fair to say – one of the most disappointing sequels in cinemadom. Killing off Newt and Hicks before within the opening minutes of the film, and consequently going on to tell a reasonable but hardly captivating tale that sees Ripley teaming up with prisoners to escape the old bitch again, it’s a much maligned bit of art.

So, what could have been?

You can find out in the audiobook – and the Dark Horse comic that also features Gibson’s storyline -which, though undated, will likely hit before mid-year.

There’s still a shot that Biehn might get to reprise Hicks on the big screen too. A script by Neil Blomkamp, that re-teams Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Biehn’s Hicks, and is set directly after the events of James Cameron’s 1986 film, is doing the rounds. Though Fox insitially passed on doing the film, Cameron’s enthusiasm for it has reportedly popped it back into the ‘consideration’ pile.

Meanwhile, here’s the blurb for Gibson’s “Alien 3” audiobook :

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation – directed by the multi award-winning Dirk Maggs, is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.
The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.
We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone….

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Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil sequel!? Yes, please!

Cult horror-comedy has been the subject of sequel conversations for years!

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If there’s a red neck god, please let his squirrel stew cough up a sequel to this beast.

Cult horror-dy “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” has been the subject of sequel conversations – usually exclusively by us fans – for about a decade now, but according to one of the films stars, the enthusiasm for more has spread to the cast.

Broke Horror Fan got the 411 one from Tyler Labine (aka Dale) who reveals that a sequel might finally be on the way – – it just mightn’t be available from your local Redbox.

“We’re working on something right now. I wouldn’t call it a film sequel, but the story is not done being told. I can’t really tell you much, but we’re in development with a couple things right now. Things are looking pretty good. Alan [Tudyk, who played Tucker] and I are both still on board, along with [original director] Eli [Craig]. We’re just trying to line up a few pieces. It’s just a matter of timing. We’re going to get something to the fans, because that’s really the only reason we want to do it. No one’s getting rich off this thing. Alan and I have always been like, ‘Whatever we do has to be for the people that stuck with it and made it what it is.’ That’s all the fans. Hopefully something will come to fruition.”

Cable TV show, maybe? They are all the rage, after all. Or maybe it’s a spiritual sequel – with the same cast and crew – ya know, something like “Ben and Davo Go Lawn Bowling… with Ghouls?”
Whatever the case, my thumb is up.

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Kate Beckinsale to star in new actioner from Expendables producers

Millennium Media’s first film with a female lead, director and producer

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Kate Beckinsale will headline a new action-comedy for Millennium Media.

The Tanya Wexler-helmed film will be the outfit’s first film with a female lead, director and producer.

The Scott Wascha-penned “Jolt” follows Lindy, a badass bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.

Production is due to begin in July in the UK and Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Jolt is a kick-ass and painfully funny script,” Wexler said. “When I saw that Kate Beckinsale was attached to play the lead, I jumped at the opportunity to make the movie. This is the movie for right now — a revenge-action film for every woman (and man) who wants to turn their inner ‘Thelma & Louise’ up to 11.”

Via ‘Deadline

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