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DC Comics and CBS announced their plans for a crossover between two mighty comic superheroes, The Flash and Supergirl. No details about the plot for this special episode of Supergirl have been revealed.
Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) will meet Kara Danvers (played by Melissa Benoist) in her Earth hometown, National City. In the past, both actors appeared on the hit TV series, Glee. The air date has been scheduled for March 28.
Here’s more from the announcement on the DC Comics website: “Requests for Supergirl to cross over with either The Flash or Arrow have been loud and frequent among fans, particularly since the three shows share executive producers. This actually isn’t the first time characters from The CW’s shared DCTV universe have bumped into a character from a series originally launched outside of that universe. Earlier this season, Matt Ryan’s John Constantine made an appearance on Arrow, after having previously debuted on NBC’s now-canceled Constantine.” (via Nerdist)
A new official trailer has been unveiled for Me Before You. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clark and Sam Claflin as William Traynor.
TIME reports that the story for this film adaptation comes from Jojo Moyes’ 2012 romance novel. The author “worked on the screenplay with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.”
According to USA Today, the movie “features a genre-covering swath of British stars, including Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman (as Louisa’s sister), Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis (as Louisa’s longtime boyfriend) and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance (as Traynor’s father).” The theatrical release date has been set for June 3. (via E! Online)
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Disney has unveiled a new teaser for Alice Through the Looking Glass. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, and Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar.
TIME reports that other members of the cast include Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. This film adaptation, a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, comes out May 27, 2016.
Follow these links to watch the previously released teaser videos and the first full trailer. Click here to download a free digital copy of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. (via E! Online)
Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in a theatrical production of Anton Chekhov’s The Present. In the past, the two-time Academy Award winner (pictured, via) has acted in several literary-themed movies including the Lord of the Rings franchise, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Cinderella.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “The Present, also known as Platonov, centers on Anna Petrovna, who is celebrating her 40th birthday at her summer home in the country. She holds a party that includes uncomfortably mismatched collection of characters. Chekhov wrote it as a young medical student in the 1880s but it went nowhere and the playwright put it aside. It was unearthed in a Moscow bank vault in 1920, 16 years after his death.”
Deadline reports this play will mark Blanchett’s debut on Broadway. Starring alongside her will be Richard Roxburgh. Andrew Upton, Blanchett’s husband, adapted Chekhov’s piece. John Crowley, the director behind the Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn, has agreed to take the helm on this project. At this point in time, neither the New York City-based venue nor the opening date have been announced. (via Theater Mania)
Kim Basinger has landed the role of Elena Lincoln in the Fifty Shades Darker film adaptation. In the past, the Academy Award-winner has acted in several literary-themed movies including Batman, L.A. Confidential, and Charlie St. Cloud.
According to Vanity Fair, Basinger will play “the older woman in Christian Grey’s life who first introduced the fictional billionaire to the world of BDSM…In Fifty Shades Darker, Elena earns the nickname ‘Mrs. Robinson’ when Anastasia Steele—Christian’s more age-appropriate love interest, played by Dakota Johnson—learns that Elena seduced Christian when he was a teenager.”
Variety reports that James Foley has signed on to serve as the director. Niall Leonard, the husband of the Fifty Shades trilogy author E.L. James, has been tasked with adapting his wife’s erotic novel for the script.
The theatrical release date has been set for Feb. 10, 2017. (via Elle)
Ricky Whittle will play Shadow Moon in the American Gods television show. In the past, he has acted in several literary-themed projects including The 100 series and the Austenland movie.
Starz and FremantleMedia North America plan to begin shooting this adaptation in April 2016. Neil Gaiman, the author behind the novel, will not only serve as an executive producer, but also a screenwriter.
Here’s more from the press release: “The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.”
Paramount Pictures will shoot a Little House on the Prairie movie. The story for this project comes from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved novels and the popular television adaptation.
According to Variety, Sean Durkin has signed on as the director and Abi Morgan will serve as the screenwriter. At this point in time, no casting announcements have been made.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Little House aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and starred Michael Landon as the patriarch of a pioneer family living in the 1880s in the American Midwest. The show was known for its wholesome values and was a loose adaptation of the classic series of children’s books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who based it on her childhood.” (via The Los Angeles Times)
Netflix has added two new members to the cast for the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. Entertainment Weekly reports that Malina Weissman will play Violet Baudelaire and Louis Hynes will play Klaus Baudelaire.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris would take on the role of the antagonist, Count Olaf. The story for this adaptation project comes from a popular middle grade series by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler). Altogether, Handler wrote and published a total of thirteen installments.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Narrated by Snicket, A Series Of Unfortunate Events recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths. Violet, the self-confident, capable and smart-beyond-her-years eldest sibling, helps her brother and sister solve problems with her skills as an inventor. Klaus is the middle child who loves books.” (via Hello Giggles)
Netflix has unveiled a new promotional piece for the forthcoming season of House of Cards. The video embedded above features the evil Frank Underwood and his right hand man Douglas Stamper.
Here’s more from People Magazine: “Frank and Doug are there for a groundbreaking ceremony, complete with supporters holding Underwood 2016 signs. While that event may seem innocent enough, the creepy music in the background signals that all is not well in the Underwood administration.”
The thirteen new episodes of season four will be posted online on Mar. 4. Click on these links to watch the first trailer and the second trailer. (via Entertainment Weekly)
Kit Harington has signed on to star in a new theatrical production of Doctor Faustus. Harington has become well-known for playing Jon Snow on the Game of Thrones HBO series.
Here’s more from The Daily Mail: “Doctor Faustus is about a physician who makes a pact, in blood, with the devil. Lucifer gets the Doctor’s soul. But for 24 years, Faustus gets infinite knowledge and the chance to indulge in any and every fantasy he desires. He becomes well acquainted with the Seven Deadly Sins in the process.”
Deadline reports that the show will open on Apr. 9 at the Duke of York Theatre; this venue can be found in the West End within London. Christopher Marlowe published The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus play back in 1604. Click here to download a free digital copy of this work.
Benedict Wong has been cast as Wong, a sidekick character, in the Doctor Strange movie. Recently, he was seen on the silver screen in The Martian film adaptation.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Wong, the character, is a Marvel mainstay, having been around since the 1960s. He performs healing duties, assists in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial arts and tends to Strange’s affairs. Among his functions is to look after Strange’s body when the hero is astral projecting himself into other dimensional planes.”
According to Vulture, some of the other cast members include Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen as the primary villain. Marvel Entertainment has set the theatrical release date for Nov. 4. (via Empire Magazine)
Rockefeller Productions is hosting a special performance of its upcoming new puppet show adaptation of Eric Carle’s children’s books as a benefit.
The event, which will take place on February 19th at the 47th Street Theatre at 11:00am in New York, will benefit the art and literacy programs at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts. The tickets for the benefit cost $75, and include a gift bag, as well as a meeting with a puppet.
The show is based on four of Eric Carle’s stories including: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse; Mister Seahorse; The Very Lonely Firefly; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It premiered in January 2015 in Sydney, Australia and is on continuous tour through 2017 in Australia and New Zealand. The show opens in New York on January 30th.
The BBC has unleashed a trailer for The Night Manager television show. According to Indie Wire, the story for this six-part series comes from John Le Carré’s 1993 novel.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of actors as Hugh Laurie as Richard Onslow Roper and Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine. Susanne Bier served as the director for all six episodes. (via The Los Angeles Times)
Over the weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures unleashed two short promotional pieces for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The video embedded above and below features scenes with Henry Cavill as Superman (a.k.a. Clark Kent) and Ben Affleck as Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne).
Entertainment Weekly reports that Zack Snyder served as the director on this project. The filmmaking team recently introduced a “brand new Twitter emoji for each hero, and in a video posted to Twitter today, Snyder encouraged fans to pick a side on social media by tweeting using the hashtags #Batman or #Superman. (Sadly, there’s no Wonder Woman option.)”
This film adaptation will hit theaters on Mar. 25. Follow these links to watch the first teaser, the second teaser, the first trailer, and the second trailer. Who’s your favorite comic book super hero? (via IGN)
Lionsgate has unleashed a new trailer for the third installment of the Divergent franchise, Allegiant. According to BuzzFeed, this dystopian story comes from the first half of Veronica Roth’s 2013 young adult novel.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of actors Shailene Woodley and Theo James reprising their roles as Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Tobias “Four” Eaton. Entertainment Weekly reports that other returning cast members include Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Zoë Kravitz.
This movie adaptation, helmed by filmmaker Robert Schwentke, will hit theaters on March 18, 2016. Follow these links to watch a teaser trailer and the first official trailer. (via Indie Wire)
Neil Patrick Harris has been cast in the forthcoming A Series of Unfortunate Events series. In the past, he (pictured, via) has acted in several book-based movies including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (and its sequel) and Gone Girl.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the story for this Netflix series comes from Daniel Handler’s popular children’s books series. Handler himself will serve as an executive producer. Harris will play the villainous Count Olaf.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the tale of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who finds themselves in the villainous clutches of an evil uncle named Count Olaf who has designs on their family fortune. Jim Carrey played the plum and showy role of the uncle in the 2004 movie that also starred Meryl Streep. Now Harris would play him.” (via io9)
Kevin Spacey has been cast in the J.D. Salinger biopic, Rebel in the Rye. In the past, Spacey has acted in several book-based projects including House of Cards, 21 movie, and L.A. Confidential.
Deadline reports that Spacey will play a professor named Whit Burnett who serves as mentor to young Salinger. The movie studio announced last year that Nicholas Hoult will take on the role of Salinger.
According to Variety, Danny Strong, the scribe behind Game Change and The Butler, will serve as both the director and screenwriter.
Strong will adapt Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, for the script. The story will examine “Salinger as he prepares to write his classic novel, Catcher in the Rye.” (via Empire Magazine)
Last night, a new trailer for House of Cards season four was aired during the Golden Globe Awards. The video embedded above features the evil Frank Underwood starring in a dramatic presidential campaign ad.
Here’s more from Deadline: “A catalogue of crimes by Underwood over the first three seasons of HoC, the 1-minute spot is the second Season 4 tease in less than a month. On December 15 and with near perfect timing, Netflix put out a fake FU2016 ad during the fifth GOP debate.”
Both the United States and United Kingdom editions of this show were adapted from a political thriller series written by Michael Hobbs.
Netflix will unleash all 13 episodes of the fourth season on March 4. (via Gizmodo)
Hulu has unleashed a new trailer for 11.22.63. The story for this adaptation series comes from Stephen King’s thriller novel.
The video embedded above offers glimpses of James Franco starring as a time-traveling teacher named Jake Epping. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Franco found his way to the role through his love of the King novel.”
Entertainment Weekly reports that the air date for the first episode has been scheduled for Feb. 15. Click on these links to watch the first teaser and the second teaser. (via Slash Film)
ABC has given the greenlight to shoot a pilot for the Marvel’s Most Wanted television show. The story for this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff would revolve around Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, played by Adrianne Palicki, and Lance Hunter, played by Nick Blood.
Here’s more from Comic Book Resources: “The show, featuring the exploits of Palicki and Blood as on-again, off-again partners in romance and adventure Morse and Hunter, will be executive produced by the Agents S.H.I.E.L.D. team of Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski. No air date has yet been announced.”
At this point in time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on a midseason break. The eleventh episode of season three will come out on March 8. The premiere episode for Agent Carter season two has not been aired yet. It will be unveiled on Jan. 19. (via Deadline)
The Revenant, a film adaptation directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, has earned twelve academy Academy Award nominations. John Krasinski, an actor, joined Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, to make the announcement this morning.
The movie, based in part on Michael Punke’s 2015 novel, stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role of Hugh Glass. We’ve embedded the official trailer above–what did you think of the film?
The pieces recognized in the Best Picture category included a number of adapted books. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of books adapted into this year’s Best Picture-nominated films.
Free Samples of Books Adapted into Best Picture Nominees
The Revenant by Michael Punke
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
The Martian by Andy Weir
Room by Emma Donoghue
CBS has given the greenlight for a Nancy Drew television series. The Atlantic reports that the production team does not plan to stay completely faithful to this popular children’s book series.
In this adaptation, Nancy Drew will be a 30-year-old who works as a detective for the New York Police Department. Glenn Geller, the president of CBS Entertainment, has stated the crew is open to an actress of any ethnicity to play the titular character.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Nancy Drew first appeared in books in 1930 and was originally created by Edward Stratemeyer. The beloved books have been ghostwritten by a series of authors and published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The character has evolved in the decades since, though the original series — Nancy Drew Mystery Stories — ran from 1930 to 2003. The franchise has included spinoff series including Nancy Drew Files and collaborations with the Hardy Boys.”
The CW has unleashed a new extended trailer for The Flash. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Grant Gustin playing the speedster hero.
Here’s more from Screen Crush: “There’s little standing in the way of The Flash’s 2016 return with Tuesday’s ‘Potential Energy,’ but the future has plenty more obstacles to throw at the team. Catch a better look at Killer Frost and Deathstorm in action, along with new looks at Wally West and the Reverse Flash’s return in a new universe-ending trailer!”
Other cast members include Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlin Snow, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. The forthcoming episode will air on Jan. 19. (via IGN.com)
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Netflix has released the trailer for the fourth season of Orange is the New Black. The story for this show comes from Piper Kerman’s 2011 memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.
The video embedded above features scenes with Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov, and Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. The 13 new episodes will be made available online on June 17.