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James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg and more in talks for Stephen King’s The Stand

Having been granted a series order by CBS All Access earlier this year, it looks like business is picking up for Josh Boone’s (The Fault in Our Stars) long-planned Stephen King adaptation The Stand, with Collider reporting that a number of actors are currently in talks for roles.

According to the site, James Marsden (Westworld) is in negotiations for the role of Stu Redman, with Amber Heard (Aquaman) as Nadine Cross, Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act) as Mother Abigail, Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys) as Glen Bateman, Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) as Frannie Goldsmith, and Henry Zaga (X-Men: The New Mutants) as Nick Andros.

The Stand tells the story of an apocalyptic plague which wipes out much of the population, leading to the breakdown of society and the emergence of two groups of survivors – one of whom embody good and find themselves drawn to Mother Abigail, as the others rally to
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Stephen King Will Be On Mick Garris Podcast Post Mortem On May 8th

Two of my favorite people will once again be teaming up, Stephen King will be making a rare appearance on writer/director Mick Garris’s podcast Post Mortem. It seems like everybody has a podcast nowadays. Even I have a podcast called Coffee and Conspiracy. Podcasting can be a positive thing for many reasons. One of those reasons being that if you are a fan of something, you can get an insight into the creative mind of the creator.

I first saw the name Mick Garris in a book of short stories called Splatter Punks. Garris’s short story “ A Life in the Cinema”, was one of my favorites. Garris went onto creating, the Maters of Horror, an anthology series bringing all your favorite horror writers and directors together to deliver one- hour stories to terrify your soul. I wrote a story and a script for the show. Just because
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‘The Stand’ Limited Series Coming to CBS All Access in 2020

‘The Stand’ Limited Series Coming to CBS All Access in 2020
Stephen King’s work has had a bit of a renaissance in the streaming era. Now one of his signature works is getting a brand new version.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, CBS All Access Executive Vice President of Original Content Julie McNamara announced that the service would be ushering in a new adaptation of King’s novel “The Stand,” currently planned for a 2020 release. The novel, first published in 1978, takes place in the aftermath of a global epidemic brought on by a weaponized flu virus.

“With over 400 million books sold around the world, Stephen King is one of our greatest living authors and ‘The Stand’ is widely seen as the jewel in the crown of his work. This epic saga is perfectly suited to a premium streaming execution,” McNamara said.

The New Mutants” writer/director Josh Boone and “Justified” alum Ben Cavell are currently on board as executive producers,
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Young Justice Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Evolution

A near-perfect episode of Young Justice is marred only by the real world.

This Young Justice review contains spoilers.

Young Justice: Outsiders Episode 7

Probably the biggest hurdle to the success of Young Justice: Outsiders after six years away was getting everything back together again after everyone went their separate ways, and some things have changed irrevocably. "Evolution" was a terrific episode, one of the finest Vandal Savage stories in any medium, but as good as David Kaye is in this episode voicing him, it's still a reminder that a ton of time has passed since the show was last on the air and some of their voice cast couldn't come back.

The two missing voice actors this season are Tim Curry as G. Gordon Godfrey and Miguel Ferrer as Savage, and they've both been missed so far this season. Curry's Godfrey was perfect as the frothing, barely-holding-it-together maniac talk radio host.
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‘Mulan’ Star Ming-Na Wen Gets Netflix to Fix Cast List After Omitting Asian-American Leads

‘Mulan’ Star Ming-Na Wen Gets Netflix to Fix Cast List After Omitting Asian-American Leads
Ming-Na Wen, the actress who voiced the title character in Disney’s animated classic “Mulan,” rang in the New Year by calling out Netflix on social media for omitting her name from the credits list featured on the streaming giant’s “Mulan” page. Neither of the movie’s Asian-American lead voice actors (Ming-Na Wen and Bd Wong) were included on Netflix’s “Mulan” homepage. Wen called her and Wong’s omission screwed up and encouraged “Mulan” fans to tweet at Netflix about the “major oversight.”

The Netflix credits bar on a film’s streaming homepage rarely features the entire cast, and in most cases it contains the names of only three or four cast members. Ming-Na Wen’s omission was first spotted by radio producer Dave Sanchez, who watched “Mulan” for the first time on New Year’s Eve and couldn’t believe the streaming giant made no mention of
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New ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Trailer Reveals a Ton of DC Comics’ Finest

DC Universe has released the first look at the highly-anticipated Young Justice: Outsiders, the direct follow-up to the animated Young Justice that ran for just two all-too-brief seasons on Cartoon Network. Outsiders will pick up the threads left dangling by the 2013 finale's achingly unresolved cliffhangers, which saw—*spoilers*—Wally West's Kid Flash (Jason Marsden) being erased from existence, Vandal Savage (Miguel Ferrer) striking up a bro-deal with Darkseid on the fiery hellscape Apokolips, and Dick Grayson (Jesse McCartney) taking some much-needed time off as leader of the team. The trailer is …
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RoboCop Documentary Trailer Has One Big Rule: More Blood

RoboCop Documentary Trailer Has One Big Rule: More Blood
RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop latest trailer is here and it sheds some light on the bloody RoboCop franchise. Paul Verhoeven's classic movie was/is known for its over-the-top violence and gore, which is highlighted in the new documentary trailer. According to the documentary, the Verhoeven mantra was, "Blood. I want more f*cking blood," and he wasn't kidding. RoboCop is one of the bloodiest sci-fi action movies of all time. Verhoeven fans are about to learn a whole lot more about what went on behind-the-scenes to get the movies made.

RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop is directed by Chris Griffiths who is also known for his Pennywise: The Story of It. Writers Eastwood Allen and Gary Smart came on board to help out with the project along with creative consultant and RoboCop co-creator/screenwriter Edward Neumeier. The documentary trailer is just under 2 minutes long, and it leaves us wanting a lot more.
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From VHS to VOD #7 – A Jeff Wincott Special!

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Welcome back to our ongoing From VHS to VOD column – our guide through the strange and obscure – the odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on streaming and on-demand services.

in the intro to our last installment I mentioned the explosion of obscure movies hitting Amazon Prime Video – available for streaming rather than purchase, some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form! So with that in mind I thought over the next few columns I’d take you through a few of the films I have lined up in my “To Watch” list… Some of which I still haven’t seen!

So sit back and check out what weird and wonderful films I’ve discovered in this edition of From VHS to VOD
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Encore: David Lynch Refuses To Explain ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ — “Ideas Came, And This Is What They Presented”

Encore: David Lynch Refuses To Explain ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ — “Ideas Came, And This Is What They Presented”
Editor’s note: This story originally ran on June 13 as Emmy nomination-round voting began. After David Lynch’s Twin Peaks bowed on ABC in April 1990, it became a cultural phenomenon, producing two Emmys and 18 nominations. All these years later, Lynch is back in the running with three nominations for Showtime’s follow-up series Twin Peaks: The Return.

“And last night, I had another Monica Bellucci dream…” In Episode 14 of Twin Peaks: The Return, FBI man Gordon Cole (played by series creator David Lynch himself) describes a dream he’s just had. He was in a café in Paris. Agent Cooper was there, but Cole couldn’t see his face, and then Monica Bellucci appeared, wearing a fitted leather maxi coat, flanked by two friends, one male, one female. The dream was not inspired by one of Lynch’s own, he says, though the location of the café does have personal
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Disney Unveils First Look at Live-Action ‘Mulan’

  • Variety
Disney shared the first image of its live-action “Mulan” starring Liu Yifei.

Production, which began Monday, will take place in China and New Zealand. Niki Caro is directing the remake of Disney’s classic animated feature, which follows the titular character as she disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military.

Jet Li will play the emperor of China, Gong Li will portray a powerful witch, and Donnie Yen will be Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung. Yoson An will play Chen Honghui, a confident and ambitious recruit who becomes Mulan’s ally and eventual love interest. The cast also includes Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, and Chum Ehelepola.

Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the movie. Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“), Bill
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First Look At Disney’s Mulan – In Theaters March 27, 2020.

Mulan (Yifei Liu) Photo: Stephen Tilley © 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Production on Disney’s “Mulan,” a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature, has begun.

The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

Liu Yifei was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee; Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei; Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li and Jet Li.

Mulan” is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet.
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First Look at Disney's Mulan Remake Arrives as Shooting Begins

Disney has finally started filming on the long-awaited Mulan remake. The movie is a live-action adaptation of the studio's classic 1998 animated feature. The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China throughout the rest of this year, with an eye for a March 27th, 2020 release date. Disney started development of the remake back in 2015 with hopes that the movie would hit theaters in November of this year, but it was taken off of the release schedule and replaced with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the
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Disney Reveals First Look at Live-Action 'Mulan'

Disney Reveals First Look at Live-Action 'Mulan'
Disney has shared a first look at 'Mulan,' the live-action adaptation of its 1998 animated film.

The picture shows Yifei Liu, star of 'The Forbidden Kingdom' and 'Once Upon a Time,' who was cast as Hua Mulan following a yearlong global casting search.

As with the 1998 animated feature, the adventure centers on a fearless young woman in ancient China who masquerades as a man to fight attacking invaders.

The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

The cast also includes Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and Yoson An, who is currently in theaters with 'The Meg.'

'Mulan' is being directed by Niki Caro ('Whale Rider,' 'McFarland USA') from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ('Jurassic World'), and Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.

Disney’s animated 'Mulan' starred Ming-Na Wen, Miguel Ferrer, and Eddie Murphy and was nominated for an Oscar and two Golden Globes.

Emmys 2018: 10 Biggest Snubs

Emmys 2018: 10 Biggest Snubs
The annual Emmy square dance is here – per usual, it’s a routine of three steps forward, two steps back. This year even allowed more room than usual for the unexpected as several major players from last year – Veep, Master of None, Better Call Saul, House of Cards – took this awards season off. And to be sure, the Television Academy has undeniably improved in their taste as a voting body over the years. Still, they still had us scratching our heads a few times. Where the hell is Will and Grace?
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District 9’s Neill Blomkamp to take the helm on Robocop

MGM is venturing down the Robocop route again, this time with District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp at the helm.

The film, which is titled Robocop Returns and acts as a sequel to the 1987 movie, is currently going through a rewrite by Justin Rhodes. The original script was written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner; the duo who wrote the original 1987 RoboCop. At this time, a plot line for the return is being kept under wraps.

The original Robocop was directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop centres on police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) who is murdered by a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorporation Omni Consumer Products (Ocp) as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as RoboCop.

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Neill Blomkamp to Direct ‘RoboCop’ Sequel

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Neill Blomkamp to Direct ‘RoboCop’ Sequel
RoboCop” is getting a sequel from “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp.

MGM is developing “RoboCop Returns” four years after partnering with Sony on the “RoboCop” remake, directed by Jose Padilha. Joel Kinnaman played the title character, with Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley in supporting roles. Kinnaman starred as the crimefighter, a Detroit police office who’s transformed into RoboCop after he’s murdered while on duty. The film grossed $240 million worldwide.

Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 “RoboCop” starred Peter Weller in the titular role along with Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox. It grossed more than $50 million worldwide and won the Academy Award for best sound editing, along with earning nominations for film editing and sound mixing.

Original screenwriter Ed Neumeier is producing “RoboCop Returns” and Michael Miner is executive producing. Justin Rhodes will rewrite the script that
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Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?

Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?
Could Miguel Ferrer become a posthumous Emmy nominee for “Twin Peaks: The Return”? The veteran character actor died of throat cancer in January 2017 after he shot the Showtime revival, in which he reprised his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield. The TV academy often rewards stars who have died with nominations for their final performances, so could Ferrer compete for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Despite a long list of TV credits including “The Stand” (1994), “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2007), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2012-2017) and many more, he never earned an Emmy nomination during his lifetime.

Ferrer first appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” in a recurring role as an abrasive and sarcastic FBI forensics specialist assisting Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in his murder investigation in the title town. And he also appeared in the 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” The 18-episode limited run in 2017 found him
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‘Black Panther’ Tops 44th Saturn Awards With Five; ‘Blade Runner 2049’ , ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Get Out’ Also Score

‘Black Panther’ Tops 44th Saturn Awards With Five; ‘Blade Runner 2049’ , ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Get Out’ Also Score
It may not be the Oscars, but if tonight’s results of the 44th Annual Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films is any indication of influence on that other Academy (which it usually isn’t) then get prepared for a Black Panther wave at the Dolby Theatre next February. After virtually sweeping last week’s MTV Movie Awards, Panther took five Saturns including Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best Director for Ryan Coogler. However the Panther himself lost to Luke Skywalker in the Best Actor contest where Mark Hamill took honors for Star Wars: The Last Jedi over favored Chadwick Boseman. Rian Johnson also picked up a Saturn for his Last Jedi screenplay. In fact, due to a diversity of categories , the awards were spread around with other Picture honors going to Blade Runner 2049 as Best Science Fiction Film, The Shape Of Water for Fantasy Film, Get
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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy submissions: Showtime revival goes all-in on mind-bending ‘Part 8’ on the ballot

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy submissions: Showtime revival goes all-in on mind-bending ‘Part 8’ on the ballot
“Twin Peaks: The Return” could bring David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s groundbreaking mystery series back to the Emmys 27 years after the end of its short-lived original run on ABC from 1990-1991. As of this writing we’re betting on the Showtime revival to earn nominations for Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor (Kyle MacLachlan) and Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Laura Dern). But what about elsewhere on the Emmy ballot? Below the line the show is going all-in on its most mind-bending episode, “Part 8.” Scroll down to see the show’s complete list of Emmy submissions.

The eighth episode of the series ventured into unfamiliar territory, even by “Twin Peaks” standards. It defies summary, but it includes the shooting death and resurrection of FBI Agent Dale Cooper’s evil doppelganger (MacLachlan), a flashback to the detonation of the first atomic bomb, a floating orb with murder victim Laura Palmer’s face in it,
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Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus and Bill Murray Toast AFI Honoree George Clooney

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Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus and Bill Murray Toast AFI Honoree George Clooney
Hollywood’s elite turned out Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars, to pay tribute to George Clooney, this year’s American Film Institute Life Achievement Award recipient. Faces in the crowd included Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, CBSLeslie Moonves and Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos, just to name a few.

Diane Keaton, last year’s AFI honoree, took the stage early to marvel at Clooney’s distant relationship with former president Abraham Lincoln and rib him over that “Killer Tomatoes” sequel he’s never quite lived down. Laura Dern remembered cutting her teeth with Clooney in failed horror project “Grizzly II: The Concert.” Jimmy Kimmel, returning to the Dolby stage for the first time since the 90th annual Academy Awards in March, regaled with stories of “rascal” Clooney’s infamous practical jokes, which have apparently included sending packages to Brad Pitt labeled “the porn that you ordered.
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