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Cate Blanchett Loved Wearing Lycra for Thor: Ragnarok in ‘My Deep Middle Age’

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Cate Blanchett Loved Wearing Lycra for Thor: Ragnarok in ‘My Deep Middle Age’
Not all celebrities look forward to wearing unforgiving, full-body lycra, but Cate Blanchett welcomed the challenge for her villainous role as Hela Goddess of Death in Thor: Ragnarok.

“It was hugely enjoyable for me,” Blanchett told reporters recently in Los Angeles. “And apart from working with these guys , the chance to finally, in my deep middle age, to get fit and to wear that much lycra was really exciting for me.”

How did she pull it off?

“I worked with Chris trainer, Luke Zocchi, for 20 minutes a day, which doesn’t sound like much, but my god, it was intense.
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Neo Noir Pays Homage to Welles' Crime Drama and Other Classics of the '40s and '50s

Neo Noir Pays Homage to Welles' Crime Drama and Other Classics of the '40s and '50s
Trouble Is My Business with Brittney Powell. Co-written by actor/voice actor Tom Konkle, who also directed, and Xena: Warrior Princess actress Brittney Powell, Trouble Is My Business is a humorous homage to film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s, among them John Huston's The Maltese Falcon and Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. Konkle stars in the sort of role that back in the '40s and '50s belonged to the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Dick Powell, and Alan Ladd. As the femme fatale, Brittney Powell is supposed to evoke memories of Jane Greer, Lizabeth Scott, Lauren Bacall, and Claire Trevor. 'Trouble Is My Business': Humorous film noir homage evokes memories of 'The Maltese Falcon' & 'Touch of Evil' A crunchy, witty, and often just plain funny mash-up of classic noir tropes, from hard-boiled private dicks to the easy-on-the-eyes femme fatales – in addition to dialogue worthy of Dashiell Hammett and, occasionally
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Meg Gardiner’s “Unsub” Being Developed as Series at CBS with Liz Friedman Writing

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“Unsub” hit shelves this June, and the crime story is already serving as inspiration for the small screen. CBS has bought a drama based on Meg Gardiner’s novel with Emmy nominee Liz Friedman (“Orange Is the New Black”) attached to pen a pilot script, Deadline reports.

The book centers on a female detective tracking down an infamous serial killer — “inspired by the still-unsolved Zodiac case — who breaks his silence and begins killing again,” the source writes. “The detective, who grew up watching her father destroy himself and his family as he chased the killer, now finds herself confronting the same monster her father never caught. The series will feature the lead character pursuing other UNSUBs (UNknown SUBjects, a law enforcement term used for suspects in a criminal investigation) as part of the NYPD’s elite homicide division.”

Friedman and Gardiner are among the project’s executive producers, and the former will serve as showrunner. She most recently co-created ABC’s Hayley Atwell-led legal drama “Conviction,” which was cancelled after a season. Her other credits include “Jessica Jones,” “House,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

“Into the Black Nowhere,” the second book in Gardiner’s “Unsub” series, is expected to be published early next year. Her other books include the Jo Beckett series, “Ransom River,” and “The Shadow Tracer.”

CBS received some well-deserved bad press this year due to the lack of women-centric series on their fall schedule.

Meg Gardiner’s “Unsub” Being Developed as Series at CBS with Liz Friedman Writing was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Blue Crush’ Reboot in the Works at NBC

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‘Blue Crush’ Reboot in the Works at NBC
NBC is preparing to make a splash with a reboot of “Blue Crush.” The network is developing a drama series from Universal Television and Imagine Television that is based on the 2002 surfing film. “Blue Crush” will focus on a surfer in Hawaii’s North Shore who aims to revive her career and unite the local community following a tragic accident. Also Read: 'Roswell' Reboot Heads to CW With Immigration Focus Hannah Schneider (“Reign”) writes and executive produces. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also executive produce, while Imagine’s Jillian Kugler oversees. Director John Stockwell’s 2002 film starred Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez.
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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked

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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked
The early success of CBS’ new “The Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” is a reminder that often the most successful spin-offs look or feel completely different from their mother ship. “The Simpsons” was nothing like “The Tracey Ullman Show.” “Mork and Mindy” was set in a different time frame than “Happy Days.” And “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” featured characters with a completely different mindset from “All in the Family’s” Archie Bunker.

Try as TV executives and creators might, it’s nearly impossible to replicate success in the same world or with many of the same characters. (Looking at you, “Joey” and “AfterMASH.”) Some of the best TV spinoffs succeed specifically because they approach a familiar template from a completely different angle. Spin-offs come in many forms: Some are continuations of series that have ended. Others follow popular characters on their own journeys. And some are simply planted into a hit show,
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The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked

The 20 Best TV Spin-off Series of All Time, Ranked
The early success of CBS’ new “The Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” is a reminder that often the most successful spin-offs look or feel completely different from their mother ship. “The Simpsons” was nothing like “The Tracey Ullman Show.” “Mork and Mindy” was set in a different time frame than “Happy Days.” And “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” featured characters with a completely different mindset from “All in the Family’s” Archie Bunker.

Try as TV executives and creators might, it’s nearly impossible to replicate success in the same world or with many of the same characters. (Looking at you, “Joey” and “AfterMASH.”) Some of the best TV spinoffs succeed specifically because they approach a familiar template from a completely different angle. Spin-offs come in many forms: Some are continuations of series that have ended. Others follow popular characters on their own journeys. And some are simply planted into a hit show,
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Why a Xena Warrior Princess Reboot Does in Fact Make Sense

Xena: Warrior Princess was an American TV show centered around an ex-warlord named Xena, who sought to make up for her past sins by using her considerable fighting skills for righteous causes. Of course, her instincts in this regard were not the best, which is why she received some much-needed assistance from her companion Gabrielle, who started out as a simple moral compass but managed to become something much more over the course of the TV show’s run. Setting-wise, Xena is supposed to be a contemporary of not just Hercules but also Julius Caesar, which rendered it nonsense but also

Why a Xena Warrior Princess Reboot Does in Fact Make Sense
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Wynonna Earp Boss Breaks Down Big Finale Twist, Offers Up Dream Casting

Wynonna Earp Boss Breaks Down Big Finale Twist, Offers Up Dream Casting
The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of Syfy’s Wynonna Earp.

Mom was very much the word as Wynonna Earp push, push, puuuuushed out its Season 2 finale on Friday night.

RelatedSyfy’s Wynonna Earp Renewed for Season 3

In an episode in which the actual delivery of a new Earp heir, named Alice Michelle, took place off-screen and almost seemed happenstance (save for the threat of being fed to a demon!), the biggest twist came in the very final frame. After getting smacked around by Bobo, killing two black widows with one “stone” and birthing the aforementioned baby (which
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Xena: Warrior Princess: Plans for Reboot Cancelled at NBC

It looks like Xena: Warrior Princess won't be coming back anytime soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, plans have been scrapped for NBC's planned reboot.Inspired the '90s TV series starring Lucy Lawless, the revival reportedly "would have explored the romantic relationship that existed between Xena (Lawless) and her sidekick, Gabrielle (played by Renee O'Connor in the original)." Neither Lawless nor O'Connor were attached to the reboot project.Read More…
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Openly gay Xena: Warrior Princess reboot cancelled at NBC

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While you might not have heard about a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot in the making, I'm sure you're not surprised to find out there was one. Was being the operative word. It seems NBC is no longer going to produce the show. The cancelled reboot was supposed to be a total overhaul - new actress, new tone, etc. In fact, the writer of the Xena reboot - Javier Grillo-Marxuach - said this... Read More...
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NBC’s Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is dead

The reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess is officially dead at NBC.

The project parted ways with writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach a few months back and now NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has said that the proposed reboot of the show is isn’t happening in its current form.

“Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot,” Salke told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead.”

Xena co-creators Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were on board to oversee the project via Ghost House Pictures, with the reboot looking to cast a new actress in the role made famous by Lucy Lawless.

Grillo-Marxuach revealed that he exited the project in April due to creative differences.

Salke has confirmed
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Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot Is Dead, Says NBC Boss

Bad (or possibly good) news, lovers of the classic 1990s feminist fantasy series. NBC’s planned remake of Xena: Warrior Princess is no longer happening, it’s been revealed.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC president Jennifer Salke 100% confirmed that the reboot has been put back on the shelf, although she didn’t rule out more to come from the franchise at some point in the future.

“Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot. I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead.”

Back in 2015, it was announced that the network were reviving the series. What helped to win fans over to the idea was that Og Xena producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were on board for the project.
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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Axed By NBC

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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Axed By NBC
Two years ago, we learned that a Xena: Warrior Princess revival was in the works, which would explore a subtextual relationship between Xena and her companion Gabrielle that was rapidly becoming text in the original series. In fact, writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach had said last year that he planned to fully explore the relationship between the two female […]

The post ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Axed By NBC appeared first on /Film.
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Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot Dead, But What About These Other TV Remakes & Revivals?

Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot Dead, But What About These Other TV Remakes & Revivals?
Looks like Xena won't battle on after all. NBC's planned Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is dead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The reboot, which had Lost veteran Javier Grillo-Marxuach at the helm, will not move forward—at this time. Grillo-Marxuach left the project in April "Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot," Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'd never say never on that one because it's such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead." The reboot had original series co-creator Rob Tapert and executive...
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Top 5: Movies from The Asylum

With Sharknado 5 making a splash on TV screens across the globe these past few weeks, what better time to visit the world of The Asylum? With a myriad of films under their belt, from their beginnings as king of the mockbuster to their foray into original film making, it’s no secret we’re big fans of these bastions of the direct to DVD market and have reviewed a Lot of their output! With that in mind, here’s my pick of the Top 5 (because it’s Sharknado Five… geddit?!?) movies from The Asylum in – shock, horror – order of preference…

5) Avengers Grimm

An off-the-wall mix of Grimm Fairy tale characters and superhero team-up movies which, frankly, should have been obvious given the title, Avengers Grimm’s plot is relatively simple: when Rumpelstiltskin uses the Magic Mirror to escapes to the modern world taking Snow White with him and destroying the mirror in the process,
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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC

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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC
Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath.

NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road.

Rob Tapert (the original co-creator of “Xena”) and Sam Raimi had been heading up the project for Ghost House Pictures in association with NBC International Television Studios.
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NBC’s ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Is Dead

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Sad news, friends. NBC's Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is dead in the water. With 90s nostalgia on full blast and the support of the original creative team, the network commissioned the reboot in 2015 and later that year, recruited Lost and The 100 writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach to tackle the project. Sadly, the Emmy-winning writer departed the project in a few months ago over "insurmountable creative differences" and now it seems the project has stalled entirely at NBC. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke revealed that the project is, at least for the time …
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Xena Reboot Not Going Forward at NBC

Xena Reboot Not Going Forward at NBC
Xena’s battle cry has fallen silent for now: NBC is not moving forward with its planned reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess.

NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke confirmed the reboot’s demise to The Hollywood Reporter: “Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot… I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title, but the current incarnation of it is dead.”

The Xena reboot had Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100) on board to write the pilot and serve as producer,
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