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Speaking of Star Trek…

While we’re on the subject of Star Trek, you may want to know that the new CBS television series will be available only with a paid subscription to CBS All Access.  Yes, that sucks.

A brief teaser showing the new logo (with what I think is an odd hatched design on the insignia) was released and is below.


#StarTrek

The San Diego Comic Con has had some pretty cool events (Loki anyone?), but now this will be the venue for the premiere of Star Trek Beyond, as reported by Deadline.  It will be shown on an outdoor IMAX screen at the Embarcadero Marina Park on July 20th.  Members of the cast and crew will be attending.

Click here for more from SDCC.

Oh yeah, and here’s a new trailer from Paramount starring some aliens who clearly need a new moisturizing routine:


#StarTrekBeyond #SanDiegoComicCon

According to the bookies, who have shut down taking bets on the matter, Tom Hiddleston is the clear favorite to become the next James Bond.  This after it was rumored the Thor star had a meeting with producers Barbara Broccoli and Sam Mendes (see Radio Times’ article here).

Apparently Hiddleston’s role as a spy in The Night Manager gave him a leg up on the casting.  But I wouldn’t say it’s a done deal by any means.  Other names that have been favorites to win the coveted role include Damian Lewis, Aidan Turner, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.  Some are saying that Hiddles is too slight, too “girly,” too whatever for the role, but I remember when Daniel Craig was announced as 007, and the derision he endured for that.  That casting turned out OK, I’d say.

So we’ll see if there’s an announcement soon.  It does appear, though, that Craig is passing the keys to the Aston Martin on to someone else.

#TomHiddleston #JamesBond

If you like Ryan Eggold’s character Tom Keen on The Blacklist, you’ll love this news.  As reported by Deadline, Eggold and Keen are getting a spinoff titled The Blacklist: Redemption.

Also starring in the series will be Famke Janssen, who will play Keen’s mother Scottie Hargrave, the head of Grey Matters, an organization that goes around solving prickly problems the world’s governments can’t (at least not legally).

The show will also star Edi Gathegi, who will be picking up his role as Mr. Solomon from The Blacklist, and Tawny Cypress.

#RyanEggold #TheBlacklistRedemption

ABC has done it again.

After firing leading lady Stana Katic and supporting player Tamala Jones, TPTB at ABC spent the next several weeks tying up season 9 contracts with the show’s other stars (Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, etc.).  It appears that was all for naught.  Monday’s episode of Castle will be its last, as reported by Deadline.

Katic and Jones’ departures were said to be budget-related, but behind the scenes animosity between Katic and Fillion made it impossible for them to work together.  Still, I was almost certain ABC was going to save the show and spin it in a different  direction, with Castle working on cases with his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn).  It appears the backlash from fans over Katic’s firing convinced the network to kill the show instead.  Personally I don’t think that was a good move, but we’ll never know if the reworked show would have been a hit.

#CastleABC #NathanFillion #StanaKatic

Deadline is reporting that the standalone Star Wars spinoff film focusing on Han Solo’s early days will star Alden Ehrenreich.  Ehrenreich must have had a great audition, because he looks nothing like Harrison Ford.  Not sure I’m down with this casting!

The uninspired working title is Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.  It is currently scheduled to be released in May of 2018.

#StarWars #HanSoloMovie

Prince’s semi-autobiographical film Purple Rain will be screened at certain AMC Theaters from tomorrow (Saturday) through next Thursday.

The Wrap has a list of the theaters showing the film here.

Prince won the Original Song Score Oscar for the film. Below is his acceptance speech via ABC:

The soundtrack also won a Grammy and When Doves Cry was nominated for a Golden Globe.  He did win a Golden Globe in 2007 for Song of the Heart from the film Happy Feet.  Prince had over 30 Grammy nominations, with seven wins.

#Prince #PurpleRain #PrinceOscar

Prince Rogers Nelson was one of the most recognizable, successful and prolific music artists in history.  His death today at the age of 57 is a huge loss for the music world.  What a lot of people aren’t aware of is his many philanthrophic efforts as well.

His first album, For You, came out when he was only 19.  He required complete artistic control over his music from the beginning, a rarity, especially for a young, unknown artist.  Hits like 1999, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Little Red Corvette are just a few of his iconic songs.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.  He played many instruments but was probably best known for his talents with the guitar, as can be seen in the Hall of Fame clip on RollingStone.com.  He also wrote songs for others, such as The Bangles’ Manic Monday.

His philanthrophic side was less well known, however, his friend Van Jones appeared on CNN and said he would spend hours with Prince talking about politics, but also underprivileged youth, AIDS, and many other causes.  Prince encouraged young people to start their own businesses and build successful communities.

As an actor he made three full-length films, Purple Rain, Under The Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge.  The last two of these he directed.  He also wrote the soundtrack for Batman (1989), starring Michael Keaton.  The long list of his music, television and film accomplishments is here on his IMDb page.

Prince had recently announced he was to write his autobiography, which would have been published next year by Random House.

R.I.P. to a legend.

#Prince #PrinceRogersNelson #PurpleRain

As reported by Deadline, Stana Katic was not asked to return for season 9 of Castle.  Tamala Jones, who portrayed M.E. Lanie Parish, will also not be returning.

Castle_clenchThe two exits are being written up as budget cuts, but it had been rumored for some time that Katic and star Nathan Fillion weren’t getting along on set, and that Katic was unhappy.  Don’t worry, though, she has no less than four movies coming out this year.

And just what do the showrunners have in mind as a suitable finale for the Castle/Beckett love story?  They’re not saying, but my guess is Beckett will meet her end wrapping up the LokSat arc, leaving Rick a grieving widower.  I don’t think after eight seasons a recast would be in the cards, but I guess it’s a possibility.

Also a possibility is for the show to take off in another direction or even get a spinoff.  Fillion is apparently in talks to return for season 9, although it may be cut to 13 episodes, probably to see if a new format sticks.

In other news, Forever may not be coming back (bet ABC is regretting that one now, considering nothing in its former timeslot has done half as well), but star Ioan Gruffudd has moved on to a new gig.  Entertainment Weekly reports he will have a recurring role in the 2nd season of UnREAL on Lifetime.  The season starts on June 6th.

#CastleABC #NathanFillion #StanaKatic #IoanGruffudd

Yes, you read that right.  Benedict Cumberbatch, who can alternately be a Serious Actor (The Imitation Game, Hamlet), perfectly deliver some very funny lines (Cabin Pressure), play a superhero (Doctor Strange), or a consulting detective (Sherlock) — all with equal ease — will now be The Grinch.

According to Deadline, Benny will be voicing the character in a new animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Illumination Entertainment, house of The Minions.  The movie will be released on November 10th, 2017.  Of course, his little boy Christopher might just be old enough by then to enjoy it, although maybe a little confused about why his dad’s voice is attached to an ugly green creature in a Santa suit.

Benedict has done quite a bit of voice and radio work in the past.  If you haven’t checked out Cabin Pressure, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.  And of course, he was the voice of Agent Classified in The Penguins of Madagascar as well as the dragon Smaug and The Necromancer in The Hobbit films.  He’s done the audio tapes for Casanova, voiced young Rumpole for the Rumpole of the Bailey radio shows, and even read some recent Sherlock Holmes stories, among other things.  All of these are worth checking out, as well as his other early voiceover work.

#BenedictCumberbatch #TheGrinch

Marvel released the first trailer for Doctor Strange last night.  Besides Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange, it features Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo.  We also get some glimpses of Mads Mikkelsen’s villain.

Take a look:

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

Principal photography for Doctor Strange wrapped a few days ago, and Benedict Cumberbatch wasted no time getting to his other job as Sherlock Holmes.  Season 4 is now underway!  (If anyone spies Tom Hiddleston around the set, let us know.)

Jimmy Kimmel (ABC) will be having a Marvel-themed week.  I have heard that Benedict will be introducing the Strange trailer himself on Tuesday.  It will also be attached to Captain America: Civil War, which comes out May 6th in the U.S.

Den of  Geek has a helpful post here to catch you up on the Sorcerer Supreme, along with a cast list and a slideshow of the concept art for the film.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #SherlockHolmes

Doctor Strange Set Pics

Several shots of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo filming in New York City have leaked.  Here’s a slideshow from ComingSoon.net, photos via Getty Images.

They appear to show Strange and Mordo working together after Strange has had some kind of altercation, leaving him with a bloody face.

Director Scott Derrickson decided to join in and sent this tweet:

The film appears November 4th.  The official website is here.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #ChiwetelEjiofor

Halt and Catch Fire News

Halt and Catch Fire’s second season is now available on Netflix.  The first season had been out there for a while, but the second season has pretty much universally been heralded as a big improvement on the first, so if you gave up on the show after season one, give it another shot.

You can also catch the episodes on HACF’s website.

The third season of the AMC series should premiere sometime in the summer (no firm date yet).  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manish Dayal has been added to the cast.  The four series regulars – Lee Pace, Kerry Bishe, Mackenzie Davis and Scoot McNairy, will all be returning.

#HaltAndCatchFire #Lee Pace

Conservation International has produced several nature-related videos with the voices of Lee Pace, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and others for a series called Nature Is Speaking.  You can view them here or on CI’s YouTube channel.

Below is Pace as Mountain and Ford as The Ocean.  Head over to one of the links above to see the others, such as Neeson as Ice and Spacey as The Rainforest.

#NatureIsSpeaking #INeedNature #ConservationInternational #LeePace #HarrisonFord #LiamNeeson

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