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Exclusive : 10 Things we know about Fuller House

The “Full House” series to air on Netflix

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Deep from the dusty, echoey corridors of Good Morning Francisco, we’ve been able to unearth some juicy details about Netflix’s upcoming – and let’s admit it, highly anticipated (sorry, er.. did I express enthusiasm out loud!?) – “Full House” sequel.

“Fuller House”, as you’ve probably read, is a continuation of the ’90s primetimer with most of the cast reprising their roles. Largely though, the show will fix on the lives of now grown-up Tanner sisters D.J (Candace Cameron Bure) and Stef (Jodie Sweetin), along with the former’s irritating bestie turned housemate Kimmy (Andrea Barber).

Want to know a little more? Okay, here’s 10 titbits we’ve been able to uncover about the upcoming binge watcher.

Then and Now

Then and Now

1. DJ’s surname is ‘Fuller’ – hence ‘Fuller House. Her late husband’s name was Tommy. She’s single now, left widowed and pregnant (with her third)…. but her sister and friend, as well as a certain young beau from her teenage years (hello Steve!), will arrive on the scene to help spice up her life.

2. DJ’s kids are named JD and Max. Max is essentially a teenage clone of his Uncle Jesse (guest star John Stamos), while Max is a shy, geeky 6-year-old (essentially Danny). As JD says in the first ep, he likes “pretty girls, you like homework”. These roles, as well as the one below, are being cast over the next week going into June.

3. Kimmy will have the one kid – half-white, half-white Mexican Ramona – though she prefers to think she’s one-hundred percent Latino. We get a sense in the pilot that her idol might be JLo. She also has an amusing way of greeting the Fuller kids, either calling them “Fuller-itos” or referring to Max as “Maxito”.

4. Ramona has her own video blog on YouTube – not that anybody much watches it. Expect the ‘you don’t need to be popular…’ style lessons in regards to the character.

5. Thanks to Kimmy and daughter Ramona, as well as Stef, moving in, JD and Max have to share a room. Little brother attempts to get big brother to make his own bed – properly – but it’s a task.. one that’ll take 22 minutes to figure out. These two are essentially Oscar and Felix.

6. JD and Max’s dad, a heroic firefighter, has passed; Ramona’s father is a bit of a rascal. One of them will turn up on the doorstep.

7. Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) will pop by to give fatherly (in that trademark Jesse way) advice to JD, and wife Becky (Lori Loughlin) is also occasionally dropping in.

8. Much like “Girl Meets World”, a lot of those ‘returning actors’ – aside from the leads – will only pop up in an episode here and there, and in the first season you won’t see a lot of them. Producers are saving up those special appearances for select eps, apparently. They want the first season to focus on the ‘girls’.

9. Grandpa (Bob Saget) will be dropping in – and yes, he’s as dorky as ever. Think ‘George McFly’.

10. While the producers are still holding out hope that Mary-Kate & Ashley change their minds, they’ve floated the idea of recasting the role of Michelle – especially if the aforementioned duo don’t cave in by the time they’re ready to film their second season.

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Exclusive : The Ewoks will return!

A small-screen series featuring the Empire-hating creatures could be on the way

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Is it the Endor or just the beginning?

Unless the wi-fi has been playing up in the Cantina, you’ll be aware that Disney’s streaming channel Disney + are about to ‘force’ a couple of new “Star Wars” related series on us – most notably, the recently wrapped “The Mandalorian” (which is apparently terrific), from EP Jon Favreau.

And it won’t end there, with the house of mouse and the house of Kennedy already secretly working on other “Star Wars” projects that’ll premiere on the small screen.
One of those upcoming may feature the return of the Ewoks.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the pint-sized moon creatures are one of the most recognizable species in the “Star Wars” universe. And with Disney+ not just in the business of making shows for us, older “Star Wars” fans, but also the excitable younglings, it should be no surprise to hear that a new Ewoks series is being discussed.

The news of the Empire-hating Ewoks’ return to the screen – which comes courtesy a reputable insider, someone who has also provided us with extra info on a scoop we ran last week on “The Quarry” to star Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham, which we’ll run soon – will no doubt be music to the ears of toy retailers, who’ll likely sell furballs in the millions once the show hits. It’s unlikely to be part of the first phase of “Star Wars” shows, which are rumored to kick off around Halloween, but could be part of the second run, rumored to launch in the next 12-18 months.

The Ewoks made their debut in “Return of the Jedi” on the bigscreen before getting their own solo outing in 1984 telemovie “The Ewok Adventure” (aka “Caravan of Courage”). A second telemovie “Battle for Endor” aired in 1985. That same year ABC premiered the popular animated series “Ewoks”, which ran for two seasons.

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Exclusive : Whigham, Shannon reunite for The Quarry

Duo previously co-starred in Paramount mini-series “Waco”

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Confirmation today on a solid-sounding project, headlined by two fantastic actors, I was tipped off to a few days back.

“Waco” and “Boardwalk Empire” co-stars Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon will reunite for “The Quarry”, scripted and directed by Scott Teems. This one is shooting later this month in New Orleans with the “To the Stars” team of Laura D. Smith and Kristin Mann producing.

Teems is one to watch out for. His work on “Rectify”, of which he’s written many episodes and directed a couple, are some of the best of the SundanceTV drama.

Film tells the ‘Banshee’-like account of a man, on the run from his own sins, who finds himself in a small border town in Texas, impersonating a reverend. The town are quickly drawn to the man’s unorthodox sermons – but so is the police chief (Shannon), who find’s the reverend’s presence interesting for a different reason.

Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham in “Waco” (2018)

Academy Award Nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) and Bobby Soto (“Besties”) also star.

Floridian Whigham, who is currently filming limited series “Modern Love” for Amazon Studios, recently wrapped “Joker” for director Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. his upcoming credits include John Pollono’s “Small Engine Repair”, the comedy “Vampires Vs. The Bronx” and “Low Tide” for writer-director Kevin McMullin.

Shannon recently wrapped Rian Johnson’s “Knive’s Out”, and will next appear in Seth Savoy’s action-crime drama “Echo Boomers”.

These two were absolutely magic on screen together in Paramount’s “Waco” mini-series as Mitch Decker and Gary Noesner, respectively, so expect more fireworks here.

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Exclusive : Blood Moon set for May start ; casting update

A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum

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Ana Lily Amirpour fantasy “Blood Moon” is inching forward, with a mid-May shoot now locked in, Moviehole can confirm.

As reported during AFM in October, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Craig Robinson have signed the film, which tells of a girl with “unusual powers” who escapes from a mental asylum in New Orleans.

The film, produced by John Lesher (“Birdman”, “Fury”), begins its shoot in New Orleans on May 18.

The search is on for a fourth key player, a young actor to play the role of Hudson’s 10-year-old son. Described as a “cool rad weirdo hero. He’s grown up with a single mom, who’s gone a lot so he’s pretty self sufficient. He’s a creative kid with street smarts. Like his mom, he’s a survivor.”

One of the best new filmmakers on the circuit, Amirpour directed the ‘past perfect’ episode on the first season of “Castle Rock” last year.  Though I haven’t read it myself, the script for “Blood Moon” is apparently a “winner”.

No word on a release date.

 

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