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News Shotgun 12/15

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Gets Release Date: The Del Toro produced adaptation of the nightmare inducing anthology series from Alvin Schwartz has gotten a Summer 2019 release date, August 9th, 2019.  The movie version revolves around “a group of teens who have to solve the mystery of sudden and macabre deaths in their small town”.
  • Benicio Del Toro joins Dora the Explorer movie: The Dora the Explorer live action movie, starring Isabela Moner as Dora, has added Benicio Del Toro to the cast as the villainous Swiper the Fox.  James Bobin, who directed The Muppets, is directing the movie where Dora has to investigate a lost Incan civilization and save her parents.
  • Paramount Theme Park Coming to South Korea: South Korea is getting a new theme park featuring the franchises under Paramount’s umbrella, including Mission: Impossible and Transformers.  The official name of the park is Paramount Pictures Park and it’s expected to open in June 2022.
  • Lou Ferrigno hospitalized after bad flu shot: The once and future Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, was hospitalized after recieving a flu shot that caused fluid to build up in his bicep.  Ferrigno posted on his social media that he’ll be fine but advised fans to make sure they are aware of who is giving you medication and what they are giving you.
  • Nicolas Cage’s most insane movie is coming soon: Although Mandy seems like the top contender for the most insane Nicolas Cage movie ever, Cage himself claims the insanity is just beginning and claims his upcoming film “Prisoners of Ghostland” is the wildest movie he’s ever made.  Directed by Sion Sono, the Japanese director of “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?”, the movie is about, according to Cage, Cage’s character wearing a skin-tight leather jumpsuit covered in grenades and having to cross into a state where everyone is ghosts to rescue the governor’s kidnapped daughter or else he’ll be blown up.
  • Knives Out gets a release date: Rian Johnson’s follow-up to The Last Jedi has a November 27th, 2019 release date from Lionsgate.  The movie has assembled an insane cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana De Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson and it’s an Agatha Christie inspired murder mystery.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? gets a director: The upcoming movie adaptation of Nickelodeon’s cult horror series has landed Disturbia/Eagle Eye director DJ Caruso to direct.  The movie will again feature The Midnight Society but the movie will be a single, feature-length horror story being told by one of it’s members.  The movie has an October 11, 2019 release date.
  • Ian Ziering joins Swamp Thing: After years of battling Sharknados, Ian Ziering has joined Swamp Thing on DC Universe in the role of Blue Devil, an occult DC hero who battles demons and evil magic.  In the show, he’s described as a washed up movie star and stuntman who somehow comes into contact with Swamp Thing.
  • Joel McHale joins Stargirl series: Speaking of DC Universe, Joel McHale has joined the Stargirl series as Starman, the original wielder of the Cosmic Staff who passes the power to Stargirl, played on the show by Brec Bassinger. There’s no release date yet for the Stargirl series but it’s one six original series on the platform, the first being Titans and more rolling out next year and beyond.
  • The Mandalorian confirms cast: Disney+’s big original Star Wars series has confirmed it’s cast and it’s wild.  Pedro Pascal is starring as the armored gunslinger/bounty hunter main character and Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi are also featured.  Jon Favreau is running the show along with Clone Wars/Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni and will feature episodes directed by Taikia Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow and more.  It’s hitting the new streaming service in late 2019.
  • Jurassic Park, The Shining and more enter National Film Registry: The National Film Registry preserves “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” and they’ve added 25 new films, including Jurassic Park, The Shining, Cinderella, Rebecca, Brokeback Mountain and My Fair Lady.  The films’ prints are protected in the Library of Congress and there are currently 727 films in the registry.
  • The Punisher Season 2 gets release date: The second season of The Punisher finally arrives in January, although there’s not an exact day yet.  Even if this new season is as great as the first, it seems likely that Netflix will cancel it soon after as they continue their war against Disney/Marvel, having already cancelled Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil.
  • Arrowverse’s next crossover revealed: As revealed at the end of Elseworlds and teased since the first season of The Flash, next fall will see the Arrowverse tackle one of the most iconic DC storylines, Crisis on Infinite Earths.  It seems likely that the entire Arrowverse will be involved, including the Legends, who hilariously sat out this year’s crossover as they dealt with the insane ramifications of Constantine destroying time, along with Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman and Ruby Rose’s recently introduced Batwoman.
  • New Black Ops 4 Zombie map features all-star cast: Cod: Black Ops 4 revealed a new zombie map, Dead of the Night, and it features Kiefer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, Brian Blessed and Charles Dance as guests at a lavish mansion in 1912 when zombies, werewolves and vampires start attacking.
  • Doctor Strange 2 gets a director: The Sorceror Supreme’s second solo outing is retaining director Scott Derrickson and will feature Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo as the new villain, who was revealed in the post-credits of the first Doctor Strange to be embarking on a new mission to kill anyone who wields magic after the betrayal he felt from The Ancient One.
  • New Carmen Sandiego arrives in January: Netflix is bringing back everyone’s favorite globe hopping villain, Carmen Sandiego, for a new animated series which now has a release date on January 18th.  Gina Rodriguez voices Carmen and Finn Wolfhard voices Player, Carmen’s accomplice and friend and the show will feature Carmen pulling heists but also dive into her background and explore what made her turn into a super-thief.
  • Legendary rebooting The Toxic Avenger: There have been rumors about a new Toxic Avenger for years and Legendary now has the rights to franchise and will develop a big budget reboot of the franchise.  Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will be producers but will not be involved in writing or directing the new movie, which will probably take a lot of cues from things like Deadpool.


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