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News Shotgun 4/9

  • Will and Jaden Smith starring in Shymalan Sci Fi movie: The father and son team will star in a still untitled sci fi movie written by M. Night and Gary Whitta about a boy who has to survive an abandoned planet after the space ship carrying him and his father crash lands.  At this point, everything Shymalan touches turns to shit so no expectations for this one.
  • Mortal Kombat web series launches next week: Next Tuesday on Machinima.com, the first episode of the new Mortal Kombat web series, based on that awesome short from a few months back, will launch.
  • Attack the Block coming to the US via Sony: The British sci fi film starring Nick Frost about a group of inner city kids who are the only defense when an alien invasion happens is going to be coming stateside courtesy of Sony.
  • Bill and Ted 3 script is six weeks away: During an interview for Henry’s Crime, Keanu Reeves mentioned that writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon were about six weeks from delivering a draft for Bill and Ted 3.  He mentioned that the story would involve a middle aged Bill and Ted dealing with the fact that their first hit song didn’t change the world as predicted.
  • Black Dynamite Cartoon officially announced for next year: Adult Swim announced that the Black Dynamite cartoon will premiere next spring.  The show will feature all the actors from the movie doing voice work and will be directed by The Boondocks’ Carl Jones and animated by Titmouse, who have done Metalocalypse, Super Jail and Afro Samurai.
  • Jam Packed Office Season Finale: NBC is pulling out all the stops for The Office’s season finale this year.  We already knew that Will Ferrell would be taking over the office for a few episode but for the season finale this year Will Arnett, Ray Romano, Ricky Gervais, James Spader and Catherine Tate will all be guest starring as well.
  • Director Sidney Lumet passes away at age 86: Lumet died this morning of lymphoma and was the director of some classic films including Network, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and 12 Angry Men.

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