Jason Bateman Drama ‘Ozark’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

Less than a month after its release, new Netflix crime drama series Ozark, starring, directed and executive produced by Jason Bateman, has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.  

Created/executive produced by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams and written/executive produced by Chris Mundy, Ozark revolves around financial planner Marty (Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. The series explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans.

Ozark, produced by Bateman’s Aggregate Films and MRC, which is behind Netflix’s first original drama series, House Of Cards, joins several other 2017 Netflix series that have been renewed, including 13 Reasons Why, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Marvel’s Iron Fist, One Day At a Time, Santa Clarita Diet, Dear White People and GLOW. Only two so far, Girlboss and Gypsy, did not make it to a second season.

Bateman also stars in comedy Arrested Development, whose revival also has been picked up for a second season by Netflix.


Scott Glenn Joins Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ As Iconic Stephen King Character Alan Pangborn

The Stephen King multiverse of Castle Rock has added Scott Glenn as a series regular. The Leftovers actor joins Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard in the Hulu series from Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

The psychological horror series is named after the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. It combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.

Glenn will play Alan Pangborn, a retired Sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock’s checkered history. The character is popular in King lore and was at the center of the author’s books Needful Things and The Dark Half. Ed Harris portrayed the character in the 1993 film adaptation of Needful Things while Michael Rooker played him in George Romero’s iteration of The Dark Half the same year.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer.

Glenn also stars in the Marvel series The Defenders at Netflix. His numerous film credits include notable roles in Silence of the Lambs and the Bourne franchise. He is repped by Innovative Artists, Parseghian Planco, and WME.


New York Television Festival Selects 52 Pilots Featuring Diverse Voices For Annual Competition

The New York Television Festival has announced their official selections for their Independent Pilot Competition which include 52 original television and digital pilots and series, 37 of those being world premieres. This year’s festival, which takes place October 23-28 at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space in New York, puts the spotlight on diverse and independent voices including projects from and about women of color, as well as the Latino and LGBTQ community.

“There’s been a promising movement in television to foster and promote creators with wide-ranging and diverse experience and points of view – and I think we’re seeing those efforts come to fruition with this year’s slate. The goal of NYTVF has always been to identify the very best stories, and connect the creators of these projects with our industry partners. Seeing such a spectrum of voices being elevated organically this year, it’s heartening, and hopefully a bellwether of things to come,” said Terence Gray, executive director of the NYTVF in a statement.

The slate represents the NYTVF’s most diverse on record, with 56% of all selected pilots featuring persons of color above the line and 44% with a person of color on the core creative team (creator, writer, director). In addition, 71% of the pilots include a woman in a core creative role including 50% with a female creator and 38% with a female director. This is an uptick of from 25% in 2016, the largest of the fest’s history.

These official selections will compete in a variety of categories and  qualify for a chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF’s Development Partners – networks and studios which have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to independent artists this year. NYTVF alumni currently enjoying TV development success include CW’s Life Sentence, created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith as well as Jordan Klepper with his nightly talk show The Opposition.

Recognizable names in this year’s selection of pilots include Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jemima Kirke from Girls, Bebe Neuwirth of Cheers Fame as well as David Wain from Wet Hot American Summer. See below for the complete list of projects in competition at this year’s NYTVF.

COMEDY (31 Pilots)

Bad Dad [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jamie Kaler and Greg Porper – Los Angeles, CA
Jimmy Walker never wanted a kid until he needed a kidney, and both arrived at his doorstep at the same time.
Starring Jamie Kaler (My Boys)

Bartlett [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Martin Edwards and Chrissy Mazzeo – San Francisco, CA
Washed up advertising exec Roger Newhouse has just 10 hours to turn his life around in a series set in that vast gray area between fraud and re-invention.
From the team behind Freestyle Love Supreme and Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project)

Basically Happy [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Liam Gallogly and Mollie Rehner – Chicago, IL
Mollie and Liam have a tendency to take everything to the extreme, especially when it comes to their relationship.

Benefits with Friends [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Graceann Dorse – Brooklyn, NY
When Wendy gets diagnosed with cancer and loses her health insurance, Tina saves the day by agreeing to marry her, in this all-too-topical millennial comedy. However, Wendy doesn’t bargain for a major rift with her BFF Jillian…while her life is saved will their friendship flatline?

City of Angles
Created by Delaney Buffett and Katie Corwin – New York, NY
A satirical look at left-coast living where Sasha, a native New Yorker, attempts to navigate her new life in Los Angeles as a Hollywood assistant.

The Company Men [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Patrick Babbitt, Lee Barats, Walt Delaney, Brian McGovern, and Kevin Walsh – Los Angeles, CA
A series blending the daily lives of offbeat office drones with the absurd sketch comedy of The Company Men.

Dark of the Night [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Eric Yearwood and Alex Meyers – Brooklyn, NY
Join fearless truth-seekers Eric and Alex as they take on the world of conspiracies and the paranormal, via talk show.

Detective Detective [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Pearson Jenks – Brooklyn, NY
A detective digs through details to determine which dangerous dame did away with a dipshit.

Flatbush Misdemeanors
Created by Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso – Brooklyn, NY
Longtime friends Dan and Kevin adjust to their evolving surroundings in the unforgiving environment of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Gentle Dan [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Dan White, Kyle Bethea, and Tim Lyons – Chicago, IL
When Dan’s temporary rough patch becomes an extended residency in the basement of his sister’s McMansion, he slowly adjusts to a new life in the suburbs and all the people who come with it.

Giving Up
Created by Kris Lefcoe – New York, NY
A New York couple faces their own deadline to either “make it” or give up their dreams.
Pilot is a continuation of 2014 NYTVF Official Selection. Executive Produced by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) and starring Ben Kronberg (The Half Hour), Zandy Hartig (Children’s Hospital), and featuring Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) and Kyle Dunnigan (Inside Amy Schumer)

Guilty: The Web Series
Created by Katie Novotny, Erin Conroy, and Emma Smith – Chicago, IL
Katie Donovan, a 20-something in Chicago, is dealing with different temptations every day. From drinking too much before Mass to dating outside of her religion, Katie must find the strength to shed her Catholic guilt to be the person she wants to be instead of the Catholic girl her parents raised.

Jeff’s Place [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jeff Galfer, Sky Soleil, and Andrew Fleischer – Los Angeles, CA
Twin Peaks and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood converge in this strange new world of lessons, sharing, and parallel realities.

Let Me Die a Nun [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Sarah Salovaara – New York, NY
This six part series follows the opposing but intersecting trajectories of a lesbian novice nun, her Jewish stalker, and the object of her affection.
Starring Ana Fabrega (Portlandia) and Hari Nef (Transparent)

Misery Loves Company [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini
Two friends navigate being women of color in a post-election world, while trying (and failing) at a #blessed life in LA.
Co-Created by and Starring Emily C. Chang (The Bold Type, Vampire Diaries)

Nest [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Nick Leveski – Richmond, VA
A “mysterious” “teen” with a “shadowy” past meets a “super cool” restaurant owner with a heart of “gold” and a passion for “helping” troubled teens.

Network Zero [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Kevin Pedersen – Los Angeles, CA
A motley crew of survivors after the end of the world build a colony around an old abandoned public access television station and broadcast their odd assortment of post-apocalyptic shows out into the wasteland.
Starring Maria Thayer (Those Who Can’t), Betsy Sodaro (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Animal Practice), Timm Sharp (Blunt Talk, Enlightened)

New York is Dead [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, and Randy Harrison – New York, NY
A darkly hilarious series about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.
Created by Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas (Gayby), Directed and Executive Produced by Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk), Featuring Bebe Neuwirth (Frasier, Cheers), Jemima Kirke (Girls), John Early (Search Party), Cole Escola (Difficult People), Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Jeff Hiller (Nightcap), and Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock)

Night Crew [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, and Katie Sicking – New York, NY
Three data entry employees work the night shift at the Pentagon, where they have access to the world’s biggest secrets and little to no accountability.

Primos, Inc. [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Lucien Flores and Michela M. Smith – New York, NY
Two Latino cousins gentrify their immigrant family’s customs and traditions to appeal to Brooklyn hipsters.
Starring Jon Rua (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Federico Rodriguez (Bull)

Projecting [World Festival Premiere]
Created by James III, Jonathan Braylock, James Carr, and Jerah Milligan – New York, NY
Three overly opinionated movie theater employees project their points of view on the unsuspecting public.

Rap Skool [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Nnamdi Ngwe and Amechi Ngwe – Chicago, IL
Rob and Davis join a school of rap for the middle class and realize it’s tougher than they expected.

Royally: An Original Series [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Rachel B. Joyce – New York, NY
A millennial burnout runs a private princess party company as a front for small-time cons, petty theft, and drug peddling.
Featuring Christina Seidel (Boardwalk Empire)

Shit Kids
Created by Kyle Dunnigan – Los Angeles, CA
The daughter of an earth-shatteringly boring couple, along with the son of an equally humdrum set of parents, have decided to plot their parents’ murders.
Created by and Starring Kyle Dunnigan (Inside Amy Schumer), Executive Produced by Daniel Kellison (Executive Producer – Jimmy Kimmel Live!), Starring Candace Brown (Head Case)

Sneakers [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Rachel Wolther and Amy Zimmer – New York, NY
Determined and foolhardy, Amy brings her entrepreneurial spirit to the world, to unwieldy and surprising results.
Featuring Ana Fabrega (Portlandia), Jaboukie Young White (Rough Night), Gary Richardson (Don’t Think Twice)

Solving Leah [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Leah Bonnema, Melissa Pinsly, and Franklin Zitter – New York, NY
A lovable, anxiety-ridden accountant is wrongly accused of murder and vows to find the killer herself.
Featuring Will Miles (The Chris Gethard Show)

Splunch [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Moujan Zolfaghari, Timothy Dunn, Michelle Ciotta, Silvija Ozols, Johnathan Fernandez, Hudson Meredith, Trevor Williams, Michelle Francesca Thomas, David Sidorov, Mehdi Barakchian, and Kristen Bartlett – New York, NY
Move over Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Splunch is here, and it’s going to #change the way you #consume your #content.
Co-written by Kristen Bartlett (Saturday Night Live)

Starving Artists [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock – Chicago, IL
Comedy duo Aasia and Dewayne go to extravagant lengths to reach their goals of international stardom and complete world domination. Starving Artists is a show about being young, gifted, and black in a world that praises straight, white, and wack.

That Which Speaketh [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Felipe Di Poi, Ian Faria, Sam Lanier, Will Niedmann, Kent Smith, and Becca Zeiger – Providence, RI
A surrealist sitcom about a family and their obelisk.

Tuff Boys [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Ryan Harrington and Isaac Himmelman – Brooklyn, New York
This musical comedy follows twenty-somethings Ryan and Isaac as they traverse the magical Brooklyn of their dreams and discover the true meaning of friendship.

What Ever Happened to the Birches [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh – Los Angeles, CA
A mockumentary-style show about two self-absorbed twins who see their mom’s death as the creative opportunity they’ve been waiting for.
Created by Paul Welsh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Madeline Walter (College Humor Originals), and featuring D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) and Ian Roberts (UCB Comedy Originals)


After Oil
Created By Jessica Naftaly and Shailyn Cotten – New York, NY
In a dystopian future affected by an oil shortage, a young woman discovers there’s something sinister behind the disappearance of one of her bike messengers.

Created by Erin Wagoner and Maggie Kiley – Los Angeles, CA
Two moms and their nannies strive to find a balance between taking care of others and themselves.
Starring Hannah Dunne (Horace and Pete, Mozart in the Jungle) and Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha)

Drive Slow [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Terrence Thompson
A teenager from the South-Side of Chicago attempts to finish his college essays and struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, while his friends’ disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger complicate the process.

From Jappan [World Festival Premiere]
Created By Raj Trivedi – New York, NY
As Jappan grows older and more independent, he flashes back to his twelve-year-old self living under the thumb of his family’s culture.

Giving Me Life (In The Land of The Deadass) [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Dafina Roberts – New York, NY
A provocative dramedy about six Black and Latinx friends of diverse sexualities struggling to live and love in New York.

The Green
Created by Sophia Loffreda and Shea Mayo – Austin, TX
When a trio of 10-year-old BFFs find a bag of marijuana on the soccer field after practice, they hatch a foolproof plan to sell the green to their suburban town’s fabled drug dealer.

Katharsis [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Niv Samban – Tel Aviv, Israel
One man creates a digital playground out of the human consciousness and soon falls down deep into the rabbit hole where secret forces, hackers, and the mind converge.

Lost & Found
Created by Haroula Rose – Los Angeles, CA
Stella and Ian’s unwedding unsettles their group of friends in Los Angeles in this dramedy about modern relationships.
Starring Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) and Will Janowitz (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire)

Created by Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks, and Kimberley Browning – Los Angeles, CA
An Ivy-league bound, overachieving teen is derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for children with mental illnesses.
Featuring Shanice Williams (NBC’s The Wiz Live), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom)

Max Riddle [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Jeff Skowron and Matt Yeager – New York, NY
A good-hearted but socially inept man is forced to meet new people and expand his horizons after he loses his small-town job to a robot.
Featuring Brandon J. Dirden (The Americans, The Get Down) and Mary Birdsong (The Descendents, Reno 911!)

Created by Dinh Thai – Los Angeles, CA
“What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he’s forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

People You May Know
Created by Zandile Tisani – Johannesburg, South Africa
This modern tale of millennials in Johannesburg centers around a friendship that’s tested as two best friends keep secrets from each other for fear of tearing the relationship apart.

Public Housing Unit
Created by Patrick Wimp, Ted Reilly, and Angie Gaffney – Chicago, IL
Set in the late 1980’s, three police officers take on both lawmakers and lawbreakers as they work to protect the people of Chicago’s infamous public housing projects.
Starring DuShon Monique Brown (Chicago Fire), Kamal Angelo Bolden (Chicago Fire, Rosewood), Antoine McKay (Empire)

ANIMATION (6 Pilots)

Eternity Fraternity [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Kevin Barker, Ben Miller, and Nina Quill – Brooklyn, NY
When a reluctant pledge accidentally dies during a rush party, he comes across a tougher challenge: pledging a ghost fraternity run by the sardonic Victorian witch-ghosts who used to own the frat house.

Horse Court [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Charlie Laud and Matt Laud – Shelburne, VT
When you break the law, and you’re a horse, there’s only one place you can go.

peopleWatching [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Winston Rowntree and Geoff Lapaire – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A post-modern comedy about 20-somethings in the year 20-something, stuck in that seemingly-endless limbo between school and adulthood, nothing and friendship, and expectations and reality.

Tiffany the Teenage Grim Reaper [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Lauren Rantala – Los Angeles, CA
Tiffany is your average teenage girl who happens to be a Grim Reaper.

Weird Creatures
Created by Manolo Moreno – Brooklyn, NY
A unique, improvised series following two blue collar cryptozoologists as they study, hunt, and capture creatures from folklore.
Co-starring and Co-written by Jo Firestone (Writer – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

Yummiloo [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Traci Johnson, Bob Mowen, and Anthony Weintraub – New York, NY
Rooty and her best friend, Beany, go on an adventure in this series for preschoolers that sets the foundation of healthy eating through lovable characters and stories in a world made of food.
Created by Traci Paige Johnson (co-creator – Blues Clues)


Against All Odds [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty – London, England, United Kingdom
In this game show competition format, five contestants carry five locked bags, but only one contains £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.

Put That in Your Skits [World Festival Premiere]
Created by Trevor Williams – New York, NY
A filmmaker begins producing every comedy idea pitched to him by his relatives and friends in this hilarious comedic format.


‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Ratings Inch Up To Premiere High Following Controversy

Proving the old Hollywood adage that any publicity is good publicity, ABC’s Bachelor In Paradise, whose production was temporarily shut down for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, opened its delayed third season last night with 5 million total viewers and a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. That is up a notch from last year’s premiere (4.6 million, 1.4) to mark the reality series’ highest-rated season debut in the demo and second most-watched behind the August 2014 series premiere, which averaged 5.2 million viewers.

Bachelor In Paradise boosted a special Monday airing of The Gong Show (2.9 million, 0.8), which surged 25% and 33% in viewers and the demo, respectively, from its most recent Thursday outing.

Bachelor In Paradise also edged in the demo NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (5.9 million, 1.4), which ticked down from last week’s season highs. NBC’s Midnight, Texas (3.2 million, 0.8), as well as Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (2.8 million, 0.7), CBS’ CBSN On Assignment (2.8 million, 0.4) and the CW’s Hooten & the Lady (950,000; 0.2) held steady.

ABC and NBC were neck and neck for the nightly crowns, with NBC taking total viewers (4.98 million vs. 4.32 million), and ABC finishing as No. 1 in 18-49 (1.3 v. 1.2).


Nosferatu Remake Reunites Anya Taylor-Joy and The Witch Director

The Nosferatu remake has just scared up a pretty great horror reunion. Director Robert Eggers has already signed on to direct the remake of the classic vampire tale and now Anya Taylor-Joy, who worked with Eggers on The Witch, is reportedly in negotiations to star in the movie. As much as people may be hesitant to see a remake of one of the most beloved horror movies of all-time, it is hard not to want to see these two work with one another again.

Variety broke the news that Anya Taylor-Joy is being eyed to star in Nosferatu, but her deal has not yet closed. The report also didn’t note who she is going to play in the movie, but it sounds like she will be playing the female lead. According to their report, Robert Eggers, who officially announced that he had signed on for the project last November, wanted to re-team with Taylor-Joy on the project early on, but since her breakout role in The Witch, her star power has been on the rise. That has made working Nosferatu into her schedule a bit of an issue, but it sounds like the producers may be willing to work around that if they can get her to sign on the dotted line.

Ever since The Witch came out, Anya Taylor-Joy has been on an upward trajectory in Hollywood. She is currently filming the X-Men spin-off New Mutants, which is slated for release next year and is likely to spawn a franchise. She also starred in the massive hit Split, which has become one of the most profitable movies of 2017 so far. She is already signed on to star in the sequel, which will be both a sequel to Split and Unbreakable, titled Glass. That movie is supposed to shoot in September, so odds are she would move right from New Mutants into Glass, which means that Nosferatu likely wouldn’t be able to shoot until 2019.

The original Nosferatu was released in 1927 and, despite the fact that the movie is turning 90 this year, it is still heralded as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. The German classic was directed by F.W. Murnau and starred Max Schreck as the terrifying and iconic Count Orlok. Werner Herzog did attempt a remake of Nosferatu in the 70s and, even though it wasn’t considered blasphemy and did do reasonably well with critics at the time, it is still dramatically overshadowed by the original. So Robert Eggers will have his work cut out for him.

The Witch wound up being a big surprise hit last year, grossing $40 million on a minimal budget. It served as Robert Eggers’ feature-length debut and served as Anya Taylor-Joy’s first credited feature role as well. That turned out pretty good for both of them, so hopefully the studio can get her to sign on the dotted line as that will make this Nosferatu some serious appeal.


Christopher Robin Casts Winnie the Pooh and His Hundred Acre Wood Pals

Disney is moving right along with more and more live-action versions of their most beloved animated properties. One of the next ones coming down the pipeline is Christopher Robin, which is going to be a live-action version of Winnie the Pooh with an adult version of the loveable bear’s human pal rediscovering his animal friends years later. The adult cast already includes Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) as Robin, with Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) recently signing on to play his wife. Now, the voice cast for the animals of the One Hundred Acre Wood has been announced.

According to a new report from That Hashtag Show, Jim Cummings, who has voiced Winnie the Pooh in many animated projects over the years, is once again set to reprise the role in Christopher Robin. That should come as welcome news to fans of the character. In addition, the depressed but loveable donkey Eeyore is going to be voiced by Brad Garrett, who is best known for his work as Ray’s brother on Everybody Loves Raymond. Last but most certainly not least, though no deal has been closed yet, Alan Tudyk, who voiced K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is interested in voicing Tigger, the overly excited tiger that bounces around on his tail.

Jim Cummings has been a Disney mainstay in the animation world for more than thirty years, so his casting makes perfect sense. It should also be noted that Cummings has voiced Tigger in various Winnie the Pooh projects over the years as well, so it is possible that he could wind up pulling double duty for Christopher Robin, despite Alan Tudyk’s desire to take a stab at voicing the beloved character. In addition to the voice cast, this report also includes some new human casting as well. According to That Hashtag Show, Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) is being considered for the role of Keith, Christopher Robin‘s boss in the movie. Lastly, Bronte Carmichael (Three Girls) will be playing Madeline, Robin’s daughter in the movie.

Disney’s Christopher Robin is said to focus on an adult version of the titular character who is now focussed on his new life, work and family. After years apart, he is suddenly reunited with his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who comes right back into his life in order to bring him back to his unforgotten childhood past to help the honey-loving bear find his lost friends. It should be noted that this movie has no connection to Goodbye, Christopher Robin, the upcoming biopic about Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne.

Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland) has been tapped to direct Christopher Robin for the Mouse House. The movie is currently in pre-production, but Disney has yet to set an official release date. However, with the cast coming together it seems like this movie is really getting underway, so expect some official news on when we can expect to see this live-action take on Winnie the Pooh in theaters sooner rather than later.


Empire Strikes Back Revisited Fan-Edit Is the Special Edition We Wanted

20-years later, fans still really hate the Star Wars special editions that George Lucas forced upon us in 1997. The biggest crime is that he altered the original film prints, so the original cuts of the movies have yet to be officially released in any sort of modern format. Though, many dedicated fans have done their best to amend this. Super fan Adywan is one of the most shining examples and he has just finished work on the long-awaited The Empire Strikes Back: Revisited, a painstaking fan edit that is intended to present fans with “what the special editions should have been.” And you can see it for yourself, if you’re willing to jump through some hoops.

According to a recent post on the official Facebook page for Star Wars: Revisited, this new version of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back is now available. The creators provided some links to download the newly edited version of the movie, which incorporated newly created models and “upgraded” shots in order to create something much more in line with the original theatrical release, but with some less offensive improvements. A complete list of changes, and there are more than 200 of them, can be viewed on Star Wars Revisited Blog. So far, the fan response has been overwhelmingly positive. Here’s what the creative team had to say about the release.

“The day has finally come where I can share this edit with all of you. It’s been a long hard slog, with many ups and downs (mainly downs), but I was never prepared to just give up. The support you have all shown is what kept me going, so I can’t thank you enough. Now, how do you get it? We do not support piracy. Please don’t ask us for copies of the DVD or offer us any money or anything else in return for a copy. We will refuse every time. We did not set out to do this project for anything other than enjoyment and wanting to share an alternate version of the films. We have purchased the official versions of the films, so we would like you to do so too.”

As much as fans may want to see The Empire Strikes Back: Revisited, which follows the “Revisited” version of the original 1977 Star Wars, it is certainly operating in some sketchy areas, legally speaking. Disney currently owns the rights to Star Wars and releasing any version of these movies is certainly not legal, but Adywan and his team are doing their best to make it clear they aren’t doing this for profit and aren’t trying to step on any toes. That is why they aren’t directly providing copies to anyone and why they aren’t accepting any money.

Illegal or not, this is something that Star Wars fans arguably deserve. Even though these versions are intended to “exist within its own canon,” they are filling a void. As it stands, the only way to watch the original, theatrical versions of the original Star Wars trilogy is a very poor DVD version that was transferred from a LaserDisc copy. Beyond that, it’s VHS or an actual LaserDisc copy, which is far from ideal, given that we live in the age of Blu-ray and digital HD. And, as it stands, Disney and Lucasfilm have no plans on releasing the unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy.

This is just one of many examples that prove the Star Wars fanbase is like no other in the history of pop culture. If you want to get your hands on a copy of The Empire Strikes Back: Revisited, the links probably won’t stay online forever before they start getting taken down. You can check out the full Facebook post from the Star Wars: Revisited gang below, which includes any information you’ll need to see this version of the movie for yourself.


Laura Dern Reveals What Won’t Happen in The Last Jedi

With almost four months left until Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, fans have been trying to find out anything they can about this highly-anticipated adventure, but don’t expect much more to be revealed between now and then. We already have seen one Star Wars 8 trailer, revealed exactly four months earlier at Star Wars Celebration, but today we have some hilarious fake plot spoilers, courtesy of new star Laura Dern, who plays Amilyn Holdo, an important Resistance officer in the new sequel. Since she can’t reveal any official details, she decided to have some fun and reveal some fake spoilers that will most definitely not be in the movie, including Luke Skywalker’s first words to Rey.

“It opens on Rey holding out Luke’s old lightsaber out to him. After a long pause, Luke goes, ‘Nah, I’m good.’”

While the first thing Luke Skywalker says to Rey is most certainly not, “Nah I’m good,” it has been confirmed that the movie starts directly after the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Luke and Rey on the hidden planet of Ahch-To. Laura Dern made these fake spoiler revelations on the latest episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, where she added that the opening crawl at the beginning of the movie, is made up entirely of emojis, which, if true, would certainly enrage Star Wars fans around the world. Another fake spoiler she revealed is that all of the X-Wing ships will be changed to NC-17-Wing ships, while dropping another fake surprise about the lineage of Kylo Ren. Here’s what she had to say below.

“You find out that not only is Kylo Ren the son of Han Solo, he’s also the cousin of Ren from Ren & Stimpy.”

Laura Dern also reveals that Mario Batali makes a cameo in the movie, hosting a morning cooking show for Wookies called The Chewbacca, a reference to his ABC show called just The Chew. While none of these details are true, obviously, they are quite humorous, although with fans waiting with bated breath for any morsel of information regarding this long-awaited Star Wars movie, it may just make fans more hungry for any sort of true details, or new footage. LucasFilm hasn’t revealed when the new trailer will be revealed but hopefully that announcement will come sooner rather than later.

A report surfaced last week that claims a new Star Wars kids book spoils the opening scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while also explicitly revealing that Luke Skywalker is in fact “The Last Jedi.” Still, it has been confirmed that there will be a level of “training” involved with Luke and Rey, although it remains to be seen how close this will follow the Jedi training Luke Skywalker himself underwent with Yoda in the 1980 sequel Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Many have taken issue with The Force Awakens, since there are plot elements that are quite similar to A New Hope, and several rumors have claimed there are similarities between Empire Strikes Back and The Last Jedi.

There isn’t much known about Laura Dern’s character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi other than that she’s an important Resistance officer, although it isn’t clear if this character has any connections to the characters from The Force Awakens. As we continue the countdown towards The Last Jedi, it remains to be seen when more details and/or footage will be released to the public, but that day certainly can’t come soon enough, for most fans.

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