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Starz and FremantleMedia North America (Fmna) announced today that Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April. Here's what author Neil Gaiman had to say about the casting in a statement.
"I'm thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I'm delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts."
Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.
Neil Gaiman said:
“I'm thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I'm delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”
“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel »
- Kellvin Chavez
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is undoubtedly a major success, breaking box office records at a break-neck pace. It has already surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing domestic movie of all time, and it may have the longevity to break that film's all-time global record of $2.7 billion. While we wait to see what box office records it can break next, a new TV spot has arrived, which features one of the most beloved moments of the movie: Bb-8's "thumbs up."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens took home five Oscar nominations a few days ago, although most were in technical categories such as sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects and film editing, along with a nod for John Williams' original score. In more recent years, the Academy has given Best Picture nods to big-budget blockbusters like Gravity and American Sniper, but they were both ultimately shut out of all the major awards. »
In just four short weeks, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has shattered box office records left and right, breaking Avatar's six year record to become the highest grossing domestic film of all time. While we'll have to wait and see if this blockbuster will get any Oscar nominations this week, director J.J. Abrams chimed in about the possibility of his beloved movie being recognized by the Academy. Here's what the director had to say during the TCA winter tour, courtesy of Comic Book Movie.
"There are certain people that I know deserve it definitely and it would be wonderful if they got it. I feel like the gift of working on that film is such that I don't need any further validation than the movie being out there and people liking the movie. There are people that I will be disappointed if they don't get nominated because I think that »
Earlier this week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed Avatar's $760.5 million mark to become the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office. This blockbuster still has some work to do before becoming the top-grossing movie globally, but this weekend, the movie passed Jurassic World's gross of $1.669 billion as the #3 movie of all time. It still has some work to do before passing Titanic ($2.1 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion) to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.
This weekend marked Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opening in China, where it set yet another record. The movie's $52.6 million two-day China opening set a new record as the biggest Saturday/Sunday Middle Kingdom debut of all time. The movie has now earned $812 million domestically and $921.4 million internationally for a global total of $1.733 billion worldwide. The movie still has to earn another $1 billion to break Avatar's global record, but the »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been breaking box office records left and right, with a global haul of $1.7 billion so far. The iconic movie will set up a new trilogy, with Star Wars: Episode VIII starting production later this month with a May 26, 2017 release date. Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured the death of an iconic character in the franchise, but according to a new report from MovieCastingCall.org, this character may return. There will be spoilers below if you haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, so read on at your own risk.
This casting call revealed that casting is under way for new male and female characters, and while no details are revealed about these characters, the casting call does reveal that Harrison Ford will return as Han Solo. This iconic character was killed by his son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
Yesterday, we reported that, despite its incredible success in such a short amount of time, there are still a few box office records that Star Wars: The Force Awakens hasn't broken yet. Today, we can cross one of those records off the list, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpassing Avatar's six year all-time domestic record of $760.5 million. While it took Avatar 314 days to amass $760.5 million, including a late summer special edition re-release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke that record in just 20 days.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now earned $1.56 billion, which is the fourth-highest global gross ever, behind Jurassic World ($1.669 billion), Titanic ($2.186 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion). This global haul is even more impressive since director J.J. Abrams' adventure hasn't even opened in one of the world's largest markets yet, China, where it is set to debut on January 9. Another reason the numbers are so impressive »
There is no doubt that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a box office behemoth, shattering records left and right after just three weeks in theaters. It destroyed Jurassic World's opening weekend record of $208.8 million with $247.9 million, while also setting records for largest opening day ($119.1 million), Thursday night previews ($57 million) and for becoming the fastest to reach $1 billion worldwide (12 days). These are just a handful of the records it has broken so far, but Mashable has a breakdown on some of the records it hasn't quite broken yet, some of which may never be eclipsed.
The most notable records it hasn't broken yet are both held by 2009's Avatar, which still has the highest all-time domestic gross ($760.5 million) and worldwide gross ($2.7 billion). Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently at $750.2 million domestic and $1.536 billion worldwide, and the domestic mark is expected to fall within the next day or two. »
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