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Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series to shoot in New Zealand

Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series to shoot in New Zealand
New Zealand is about to become Middle-earth once again as Amazon has revealed that their Lord of the Rings series will undergo production in Auckland. The country was famously used throughout Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, building many of the series’ most famous sets from scratch on location which have now become tourist hot spots.

“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff,” said showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. “We’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from
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Will Poulter cast in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings

Over the last few months Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series has really been picking up momentum in its pre-production. First it was announced J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will direct the first two episodes of the series followed by a full reveal of the massive production team behind the show. Now Variety has reported the anticipated series has found a new cast member: Will Poulter (Midsommar).

Details on Poulter’s character are unavailable, but he joins Australian actress Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock) in the series. Much like Poulter’s, specifics on Kavenagh’s role are currently being kept under wraps, but it has been reported her character is named Tyra.

Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings is set to take place in the Second Age of Middle-earth. It was during this time Sauron created the One Ring and began his war on Middle-earth,
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Class of 1989: “What Does God Need with a Starship?” – The Friendship, Fake Prophet, and Compromise of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was judged pretty harshly by critics and audiences alike when it was released on June 9th, 1989. This was the follow-up to The Voyage Home, one of the most successful Star Trek movies in franchise history, it opened two weeks before Batman took over the box office, and even though The Final Frontier concludes on a meeting with “God,” the finale never quite feels as epic as earlier installments.

But, the passage of time is a funny thing. And Star Trek IV, which was such a favorite of mine back in the day, now feels dated. In contrast, I’ve come to appreciate The Final Frontier more and more with every viewing. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned just how magical and wonderfully flawed moviemaking really is. Even though Star Trek V may not live up to its predecessors, namely Wrath of Khan,
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Simon Pegg, J.K. Simmons Tapped for Thriller 'My Only Sunshine'

Simon Pegg, J.K. Simmons Tapped for Thriller 'My Only Sunshine'
Star Trek Beyond star Simon Pegg and J.K. Simmons are set to topline Mark Palansky's comedy/heist thriller My Only Sunshine, which will be introduced to buyers at next week's Toronto International Film Festival.

The Walking Dead franchise producer Circle of Confusion and Patriot Pictures will produce the indie about a passionately dysfunctional couple who stage a bank robbery as an unconventional act of marriage counseling. They try to make peace with the shocking mystery of their relationship throughout a violent hostage situation that is discovered by a police hostage negotiator who previously investigated a related crime.

My Only Sunshine, which ...
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Finds its Liu Kang in Ludi Lin

Joseph Baxter Aug 17, 2019

Power Rangers actor Ludi Lin is reportedly in talks to join the Mortal Kombat reboot movie to play key character Liu Kang.

Mortal Kombat was the fighting game franchise that distinguished itself as the ostentatiously ultraviolent Chinese grindhouse-inspired alternative to the cartoony quarter-munching of the Street Fighter franchise, notably with its over-the-top characters. However, its de facto main character has been, for the most part, the ascetic and honorable chopsocky Shaolin monk warrior, Liu Kang. Consequently, it’s probably big news that the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot movie has found the actor who will play the crucial (k)ombatant.

Ludi Lin is in negotiations with New Line Cinema to pull off the proverbial fatality of landing the role of Liu Kang in the Mortal Kombat reboot film, reports Variety. While the Chinese-Canadian actor may not yet be a household name, he’s coming off some prominent roles,
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Star Trek Could Boldly Go in a New Direction Following CBS-Viacom Merger

It could be a brave new world for Trekkies, given some recent, major developments in the media world. While not as splashy as the $71.3 billion merger between Disney and Fox that went into effect earlier this year, CBS and Viacom recently agreed to terms on a multi-billion merger of their own, reuniting the two companies. This came after years of talk over a possible merger. In the changing media landscape that is ripe with consolidation, the move made sense for both parties. And not the least of which has to do with what is now possible in terms of their biggest franchises, including Star Trek.

The two companies will now form into a corporation called ViacomCBS. Ever since 2005, the Star Trek franchise has been divided. CBS held the TV rights, which is why they've been making shows such as Star Trek Discovery and the upcoming Star Trek: Picard for the CBS All Access streaming service.
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Karl Urban Says Paramount ‘Would Be Insane’ Not to Let Quentin Tarantino Direct ‘Star Trek’

Karl Urban Says Paramount ‘Would Be Insane’ Not to Let Quentin Tarantino Direct ‘Star Trek’
Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that an R-rated “Star Trek” movie is in contention to be his 10th and final feature film, and one person excited by the prospect is Karl Urban. The actor debuted in the “Star Trek” franchise as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot and reprised the character in Abrams’ sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the Justin Lin-directed third entry “Star Trek Beyond.” Speaking to HuffPo, Urban said studio Paramount Pictures would only be so lucky if Tarantino came on board to direct.

“I think Quentin Tarantino doing that film would be phenomenal,” Urban said. “He is definitely one of the most exciting filmmakers that’s currently working and if he has an interest in making a ‘Star Trek’ film, I think the studio would be insane not to let him do that. Obviously, I’d very much relish the opportunity to be a part of it,
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Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series targeting 20-episode first season, must be canonical to Tolkien

Amazon Studios recently announced the behind-the-scenes creative team tasked with bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life for the hugely-ambitious The Lord of the Rings series, which included Middle and Old English literature professor Tom Shippey as “Tolkien Scholar”.

During an interview with Deutsche Tolkien (via CinemaBlend), Shippey revealed that Amazon is targeting a 20-episode first season (putting it more in line with a network TV series as opposed to a streamer), as well as stating that while the producers have some creative freedom, The Tolkien Estate will ensure that any events in the show adhere to the Second Age canon laid out by Tolkien in his various Middle-earth works.

“Amazon has a relatively free hand when it comes to adding something, since, as I said, very few details are known about this time span,” said Shippey. “The Tolkien Estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered.
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William Shatner Thinks Captain Kirk Will Run Wild In Tarantino’s Star Trek Movie

The Star Trek franchise may be flourishing on the small screen thanks to Discovery and the highly-anticipated upcoming debut of Picard, but the future of the long-running series on the big screen isn’t quite so clear. The third entry in the rebooted timeline, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, failed to crack $350m at the global box office despite solid reviews, and ever since then development on a fourth installment has faltered.

At one point, Chris Hemsworth was set to reprise his role as George Kirk before both he and Chris Pine reportedly walked away from the project to leave the future of the potential Star Trek 4 in a state of disarray, before the production was shelved indefinitely in January. However, this wasn’t the only Star Trek movie on the cards, and the questions about Quentin Tarantino’s involvement in the franchise have recently intensified with the filmmaker
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Idris Elba Reveals When He Finally Felt Famous (and How Beyoncé Helped!) in Hot Ones Clip

Idris Elba Reveals When He Finally Felt Famous (and How Beyoncé Helped!) in Hot Ones Clip
Idris Elba is taking a dip on the hot side.

In a People exclusive clip, the Hobbs & Shaw actor, 46, tried out some increasingly spicy chicken wings on Hot Ones and seems to have met his match.

Jesus Christ that is hot!” Elba said while waving a hand at his mouth and taking a sip of water.

When Hot Ones host Sean Evans asked what made him feel more famous — hosting the 2016 Met Gala or hosting Saturday Night Live — the actor didn’t hesitate in answering.

“The Met Gala. I had Lady Gaga coming up to me, Rihanna, Beyoncé coming up to me,
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Anton Yelchin’s Parents Want to Keep Late Actor’s ‘Legacy Alive’ With Documentary ‘Love, Antosha’

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Anton Yelchin’s Parents Want to Keep Late Actor’s ‘Legacy Alive’ With Documentary ‘Love, Antosha’
Amidst the usual glitz and glamour of a red carpet, Monday night’s premiere of “Love, Antosha” had an air of seriousness bordering on reverence — even the reporters were nervous. And at the center of it all were Irina and Victor Yelchin, the parents of late actor Anton Yelchin.

“Anton deserved it, and everything that we’re doing. We’re trying to keep his legacy alive,” Victor Yelchin told Variety about his emotional experience on the red carpet outside Arclight Hollywood. “For me to watch this movie one more time, it’s a chance to give Anton another 1.5 hours.”

“And for me, I’m leaving in the middle of the film, when I know that something is coming,” Irina Yelchin added, referencing news footage surrounding her son’s death. “We can’t avoid it, that happened. But at some point, I’m coming back again because he’s again alive — he’s smiling,
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Amazon announces full creative team for The Lord of the Rings TV series

It may not be ready to confirm any castings or specific story details just yet, but during its Television Critics Association panel, Amazon has unveiled what may well be a first for any television series – a trailer which highlights the creative team for its hotly-anticipated small screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Along with the previously announced showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) and executive producer and director J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Amazon has assembled an impressive “Fellowship” of talent whose credits include the likes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Stranger Things, Hannibal, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Toy Story 4.

Meet our Fellowship. pic.twitter.com/Npouu6ZlRt

The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 27, 2019

Amazon is reportedly sinking as much as a billion dollars into The Lord of the Rings,
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Markella Kavenagh cast in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series

Variety has reported that Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings has made its first casting decision. Joining the anticipated series is Australian actress Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock). Specifics on Kavenagh’s role are currently being kept under wraps, but Variety notes her character is named Tyra.

Development on the series has been really picking up steam in the last few weeks. It was the start of July when they announced J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is set to direct the first two episodes of the fantasy epic and serve as an executive producer alongside screenwriters Jd Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) with Game of ThronesBryan Cogman as a consultant. With Kavenagh’s casting, we may start hearing more names attached to the series and will hopefully learn more about her mysterious character.

The series is based on the Middle-earth works of J.R.R. Tolkien
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Quentin Tarantino Would Make Potential Star Trek Movie 'Exactly' Like 'Pulp Fiction in Space'

Quentin Tarantino Would Make Potential Star Trek Movie 'Exactly' Like 'Pulp Fiction in Space'
Pulp Fiction in space” — that’s what director Quentin Tarantino would like to do with a new Star Trek movie, if he decides to join the project.

The 56-year-old Oscar winner had already been busy working on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out July 26, when he pitched the Star Trek idea to Paramount. The company has since assembled a team of writers to work on a screenplay.

In an interview with Deadline, the Oscar winner talked about his vision for the franchise and called out Star Trek writer and actor Simon Pegg, saying that Pegg’s comments from a 2018 interview are wrong.
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MGM Bolsters Communications Team With Hires & Promotions As Stx & Fox Exits Continue

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Exclusive: MGM is bolstering its publicity and corporate communications teams with the appointments of Meghan Gamber as VP, Film Publicity; Mari Dwyer as VP, Corporate Communications; De’Jon Glover as Manager, Film Publicity; and the promotion of Christina Lee to VP, Television Communications.

All will report to MGM’s recently hired Chief Communications Officer, Katie Martin Kelley, who joined in March 2019.

As VP of Corporate Communications, Dwyer will work with Martin Kelley on the strategic development and execution of media relations, corporate messaging and internal and external comms across the company’s divisions. She most recently served as senior director of media relations at Stx where she oversaw the company’s corp comms.

Dwyer is the latest in a steady stream of execs to leave beleaguered studio Stx.

Lee joined MGM in 2016 overseeing scripted and unscripted TV comms globally. In her new role, she will continue to work closely with studio execs,
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Quentin Tarantino Rips Simon Pegg for Acting Like He Knows R-Rated ‘Star Trek’ Details

Quentin Tarantino Rips Simon Pegg for Acting Like He Knows R-Rated ‘Star Trek’ Details
Quentin Tarantino isn’t sure he’s going to direct an R-rated “Star Trek” just yet, but he is sure that franchise actor and writer Simon Pegg doesn’t know any of the details about the potential tentpole. Speaking to Deadline, Tarantino ripped Pegg for acting like he knows about his plan for a potential R-rated “Star Trek” movie. Back in 2018, Pegg said Tarantino would be faithful to the franchise and not be making the “Star Trek” equivalent of “Pulp Fiction.” Tarantino said that’s not true.

“I get annoyed at Simon Pegg. He doesn’t know anything about what’s going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff,” Tarantino told Deadline. “One of the comments he said, he’s like, ‘Well, look, it’s not going to be “Pulp Fiction” in space.’ Yes, it is! If I do it, that’s exactly what it’ll be.
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Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Its First Major Character: Everything to Know About the Action Reboot

Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Its First Major Character: Everything to Know About the Action Reboot
Mortal Kombat is hitting the big screen once again in a highly-anticipated reboot of the beloved ‘90s video game franchise.

Though details of the project have remained largely under wraps, cast and crew have slowly started to emerge as shooting, set to begin later this year, inches closer.

Mortal Kombat started as a video game in the early ‘90s and has since evolved into a massive franchise comprised of movies, TV shows, comic books and even a theatrical stage show that toured in the mid-‘90s.

The series, a fantasy fighting game featuring a large lineup of characters from different realms of a fictional universe,
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The Raid’s Joe Taslim cast as Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat movie reboot

The Raid’s Joe Taslim cast as Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat movie reboot
It’s been a couple of months since the Mortal Kombat reboot was officially announced, but we now have our first piece of casting news for the anticipated film. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed The Raid actor and martial artist Joe Taslim has been chosen to play the fan-favourite character Sub-Zero in the video game adaptation. The rebooted film comes from producer James Wan (Aquaman) and will mark the directorial debut of Simon McQuoid.

Sub-Zero is one of the original playable characters from Mortal Kombat‘s first installment in 1992. He is known for his ability to harness ice, allowing him to create ice swords or shatter frozen enemies. As the franchise has developed further, Sub-Zero has also become known for an intense rivalry with Scorpion, another fan-favourite of the series. Mortal Kombat will being production in Australia later this year.

Since his breakthrough in The Raid, Taslim has gone on
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Mortal Kombat Movie Locks in Raid Martial Artist as Sub-Zero

Mortal Kombat Movie Locks in Raid Martial Artist as Sub-Zero
The long-awaited Mortal Kombat reboot is finally heating up. Or, in this case, chilling out, as The Raid star Joe Taslim has been cast as Sub-Zero in the upcoming video game adaptation. Horror master and blockbuster wiz James Wan is set to produce the new adaptation of classic video game series, which has been in the works for some time. Now, with shooting set to take place later this year, things are finally getting serious.

According to a new report, Joe Taslim is the first actor to actually close a deal to star in the new Mortal Kombat. We had heard rumors previously regarding actors such as Joel Edgerton being eyed for the reboot, but those rumors have yet to produce any actual results. Taslim will portray the fan-favorite Sub-Zero, who has been a part of the series since the very first game was released in 1992. The character has powers
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Fast & Furious 9 Brings Back Charlize Theron & Helen Mirren

Fast & Furious 9 Brings Back Charlize Theron & Helen Mirren
For those of you out there that might not know, Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin's ninth entry in The Fast and the Furious saga is now filming with Vin Diesel returning as Dominic Toretto. And today we have word via franchise star Vin Diesel himself that The Fate of the Furious stars Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are set to reprise their respective roles for the upcoming Fast & Furious 9.

The last time we saw Mad Max: Fury Road and Monster star Charlize Theron in The Fast and the Furious was in Law Abiding Citizen and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious. Theron starred in that movie as a criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist named Cipher who coerces Diesel's Dom into working against his team by holding his son and his baby mama (Elsa Pataky's Elena Neves) hostage.

Meanwhile, Winchester and
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