A super brief new teaser trailer has been released for the FX/BBC limited series adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations. In the clip, we get a peek at Oscar-winner Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham, and boy, is she a sight! She is joined in the series by Fionn Whitehead as Pip and Tom Sweet as the young Pip.
“Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for a greater lot in life until a twist of fate introduces him to the mysterious and eccentric Miss Havisham and Estella (Shalom Brune-Franklin), showing him a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be.”
The six-parter also stars Ashley Thomas (Top Boy, The Ipcress File), Johnny Harris (A Christmas Carol, The Salisbury Poisonings), Hayley Squires (Call the Midwife, The Essex Serpent), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve, Death in Paradise), Laurie Ogden (The Colour Room, The Show Must Go Online), Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Snuff Box), Trystan Gravelle (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Baptiste), and Rudi Dharmalingam (The Split, Our Girl).
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is running the series, as he is an avowed Dickens fan who earlier adapted A Christmas Carol for the BBC and FX. He exec produces Great Expectations alongside previous collaborators Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, Kate Crowe and Tommy Bulfin. Brady Hood and Samira Radsi are directors.
Great Expectations is produced by FX Productions in association with the BBC, Scott Free and Hardy Son & Baker.
The limited series is due to air in the spring on BBC One and iPlayer and will stream on Hulu in the U.S. Internationally, it will be available to stream on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ under the Star banner at a later date.
Check out the teaser below, and let us know what you think.
With Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four set for release in 2025, director Matt Shakman recently revealed that filming on the project is expected to begin in 2024.
Speaking to TheWrap, Shakman confirmed that the project would commence production in “early 2024,” although it’s still unclear as to who will even star in the film. Given the large gap between the confirmation and the expected production start, however, it does give both Shakman and the folks at Marvel Studios time to find the group who will take play the legendary batch of superheroes.
Currently, almost nothing is known about the upcoming Fantastic Four film, besides rumors that have been floating about for some time. The most recent pegged star Adam Driver as one of the front-runners to play Reed Richards, while other reports have mentioned that Elvis star Austin Butler has been eyed to play the role of Johnny Storm, otherwise known as The Human Torch.
Official casting for the film hasn’t been announced yet, but The Office alum John Krasinski recently made his debut as a variant of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Marvel’s Fantastic Four comic book series, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, debuted in 1961 and was the first superhero team title produced by Marvel Comics. The film is set to make its debut during Phase 6 of the MCU, on February 14, 2025.
We’re now learning some behind the scenes details of what Roiland was like in the workplace, and it seems like it was pretty bizarre and chaotic. These details are from a scathing report from The Hollywood Reporter, who talked to dozens of anonymous staffers from Rick and Morty.
One of the things they explain is that Roiland didn’t really ever show up for work. “At some point during the third season of Rick and Morty, multiple sources say Roiland simply stopped showing up – and when he did turn up in the Burbank offices, he’d typically avoid the writer’s room. In fact, Roiland’s colleagues often knew he was there only because they could hear his dogs. Or they’d hear his remote-control toy car, which had a microphone on top of it, zooming around the office.” They also say that when Roiland showed up, he would be giving personal tours to adult entertainment stars like Riley Reid.
Sources went on to say that during the creation of Season 3, Roiland received a lot of crap for drawing “penis monsters and other vulgar characters” in the office while writers were present. He also allegedly spoke openly about his sexual exploits with his girlfriend including their interest in threesomes. A source said: “It was something we just ignored because it was disgusting.”
At another point Roiland sent a female employee a “really creepy” text, late at night, requesting that she come to his home. A source explained, “She didn’t want to run it up the flagpole, and then it was just this really f**ked-up, awkward thing.” He was also under the influence of alcohol a lot of the time.
It’s this kind of behavior that eventually led to the destruction of Roiland’s relationship with series co-creator Dan Harmon.
Roiland’s involvement on Rick and Morty was basically was just voicing the characters, and in regard to that, he wouldn’t take any direction, and he would record from his home. In fact, “It has been years since anyone can remember him stepping foot in the show’s writers room, even when it’s been virtual.”
There are also reports of similar situations on his other shows such as Solar Opposites and Koala Man. On Solar Opposites, he had, until mid-January, voiced one of the show’s leads. A source explained, “He knew the power of being the voices’” and noted how, “Roiland had revealed early on that he believed securing key voice roles would safeguard him from being fired one day.” Well, that plan didn’t work out very well.
On Koala Man, which he executive produced, he was given one character to voice in the show’s third episode but, according to insiders, “The writers almost blew their deadline waiting for him. The character was killed off at the end of the episode.”
The report goes on to say: “As the allegations and headlines accumulated, staffers wrestled with their association, desperate to telegraph that Roiland had not been meaningfully involved, save his voice renderings, for years. In fact, they ‘barely knew’ the man that they were now reading about. A number of Rick and Morty staffers, with the blessing of a broad swath of personnel, sent a letter to Adult Swim and new corporate parent, Warner Bros. Discovery, that demanded the company put out a statement and clarify Roiland’s position on the show.” Which they did.
Since Roiland’s downfall, multiple women started sharing lewd messages they claimed to have received from Roiland. You can read more about those in the report. I just wanted to focus on the crazy things that were going on in the workplace with him.
Sounds like he was the kind of guy that was a nightmare to work with and be around. Well, I guess karma caught up with him.
The first clip from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania has been released featuring Scott Lang meeting Kang the Conqueror for the first time. The film will arrive in theaters on February 17.
In the video, Ant-Man tries to use his Avenger status against Kang by warning him that he had “already called” the other Avengers for backup. However, Kang remains unfazed as he questions Scott if he was one of the Avengers he had killed before.
Check out the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania clip below:
In Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly once again share top billing as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp, respectively. They were both last seen by fans during Avengers: Endgame. The film also features the return of Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer as they reprise their roles as Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne.
The third installment will mark the start of Phase 5 and is expected to bring permanent changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to Kang the Conqueror, fan-favorite Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K will be making his live-action debut in the film.
The upcoming sequel will also introduce MCU newcomer Kathryn Newton (The Society, Freaky) as she now takes over the role of Cassie Lang. Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors plays Marvel villain Kang the Conqueror, while Ghostbusters star Bill Murray appears as Lord Krylar. In addition, The Good Place alum William Jackson Harper has also been tapped to appear as Quaz.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is once again being directed by Peyton Reed from a screenplay written by Jeff Loveness.
Ahead of Scream VI‘s release next month, a new poster for the film and its New York-based location has released, teasing the terror coming to its newest location.
The new poster, courtesy of Paramount UK’s Twitter account, acts as a tourism ad of sorts, and depicts sunny Central Park, before pulling back to reveal the face of the Ghostface killer inside the bodies of water in the park.
The scene then changes to night, which illuminates the face and teases “new rules” for the upcoming film.
Check out the Scream VI motion poster below:
Scream VI will see the directors of the 2022 film Scream return, with Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett stepping back into the franchise after the success of the fifth film. The next installment will reportedly continue with “the four survivors of the Ghostface killings as they leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.”
Franchise vets Courteney Cox and Hayden Panettiere will be reprising their respective roles as Gale Weathers and Kirby Reed. Joining them in the sixth movie are some returning cast members of 2022’s Scream, including Melissa Barrera (Vida), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Mason Gooding (Booksmart), and Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers). They will also be joined by franchise newcomers Dermot Mulroney, Henry Czerny, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, Josh Segarra, Samara Weaving, and Tony Revolori.
Amazon Studios’ Bosch franchise is taking things to the next level with not one, but TWO police dramas inspired by the fantastic novels from bestselling author Michael Connelly! I’m a huge fan of the original Bosch series, and the new show, Bosch: Legacy, was just as good. I just like these characters, so I’m pretty stoked about these next two spinoffs that are coming!
First up, we’ve got the Untitled J. Edgar project. Harry Bosch’s former partner, Detective Jerry Edgar, is going to embark on an undercover FBI mission in the vibrant city of Little Haiti, Miami. Get ready for a solid mix of glitz and grit as Jerry balances his new life with the seedy underworld of the city, all while being pursued by his mysterious past. It’s also being reported that Jamie Hector, who starred in the original Bosch series, is in talks to reprise his role in this exciting offshoot.
Next up, we’ve got the Untitled Renee Ballard. Detective Renee Ballard is taking the LAPD by storm as she takes the reins of the new cold case division. This no-nonsense detective is on a mission to bring credibility to the department and justice to the community. Renee learned from the best, none other than Harry Bosch himself, and now she’s doing things her way – solving cases with unconventional methods while navigating the challenges of being a woman on the rise in the LAPD.
It’s not yet been determined what Amazon platform these new shows will be on, but with Bosch: Legacy receiving an early Season 2 renewal before its first episode even dropped, it’s clear that the Bosch universe is here to stay. Season 2 is set to premiere this fall on Freevee.
With the creative minds of Michael Connelly, Larry Andries, Michael Alaimo, Kendall Sherwood, and Eric Overmyer, and more behind the franchise as executive producers, we’re expecting nothing but greatness from these upcoming spinoffs!
The Fast & Furious Youtube channel has been going down memory lane in the lead-up to the Fast X trailer on February 10. Today, they honor the most emotional film in the series in Furious 7.
2015’s Furious7 sees the main group are adjusting back to their normal lives, until they are once put in danger by Deckard Shaw, who is played by Jason Statham. The film is best known, however, for being the final film that features Paul Walker, as he had tragically passed away two years prior. Walker appears throughout most of the film, while his younger brothers Caleb and Cody were used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes.
Check out the legacy Furious 7 trailer below:
Fast X is being directed by Transporter director Louis Leterrier, who took over the role from Justin Lin after Lin suddenly exited the project due to creative differences. The film is written by Lin and Dan Mazeau, with Lin still attached as a producer.
Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, and Scott Eastwood will reprise their respective roles in the film. The tenth installment will also feature the additions of franchise newcomers Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), and Alan Ritchson (Reacher), with Momoa expected to portray the antagonist.
Based on the characters created by Gary Scott Thompson, the latest installment takes the family around the globe from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
Liam Neeson‘s return to the Star Warsuniverse in last year’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series was exciting for some fans and a letdown for others because of how underutilized he was. Regardless of how you felt about his reprisal of Qui-Gon Jinn, it seems that the galaxy far, far away may have seen the last of the iconic actor.
Despite expressing interest in reprising his role as Qui-Gon Jinn for years, Neeson recently shot down any potential future appearances in the franchise. In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Neeson was asked about the possibility of appearing in a spin-off prequel and had this to say:
“No more Star Wars for me. As much as I love the franchise, there are just too many of them now. I’ve lost track, but it’s just too many.”
Neeson’s portrayal of Qui-Gon Jinn in 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was a defining moment in the franchise’s history, but his death at the hands of Darth Maul seemed to signal the end of his involvement. However, the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company in 2012 sparked a new era of Star Wars projects, including TV series that explore characters and different corners of the Star Wars universe.
Neeson had a super small role in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but the actor previously shared how emotional of an experience it was to reunite with Ewan McGregor after all those years, saying:
“It was Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan on a camel, a real camel, and me. We rehearsed it before we shot it, and we just started crying, and it was lovely. That Star Wars that we did, Phantom Menace, we shot it over 25 years ago. It came out in 1999.”
I totally understand Neeson wanting to move on from the franchise. I just wish that while Lucasfilm had him for Obi-Wan Kenobi, they would have actually done something cool with him!
On the official DC blog, DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn spoke about he and fellow Co-CEO Peter Safran’s ambition to move DC away from the straightforward dynamic of good guys versus bad guys.
The director explained that the DC Universe has a vast number of characters who range from pure good to intense evil and everything between, which he wants to use to tell more complex stories.
“With our stories, we want to take it away from good guy vs. bad guy,” Gunn stated. “There are really good — almost saintly — people and Superman is among them. There are really terrible villains like Gorilla Grodd or the Joker. And then there’s everybody in between them, so there are all these shades of gray which allow us to tell complex stories.”
Given the upcoming slate includes projects like The Authority and Waller — both involving characters known for their gray morality — it seems Gunn is quite passionate about exploring the less clear-cut types of morality throughout DC’s expansive universe.
The DC Universe’s first phase, called Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, will feature a multitude of different movies and television shows. A few of the announced projects include a Batman and Robin-focused movie called The Brave and the Bold, a Supergirl movie titled Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, a Swamp Thing film, and multiple TV shows.