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Netflix Is Making A Chronicles Of Narnia TV Show

Big budget fantasy seems to be all the rage on the small screen, as HBO continues its commitment to Game of Thrones with plans for spinoffs, and Amazon is working on a Lord of the Rings series. Netflix already had a toe in the genre with Bright and its upcoming sequel, as well as Matt Groening’s Disenchantment, but now the streaming giant just sealed a deal with a juggernaut franchise in the fantasy genre. Netflix has joined forces with the C.S. Lewis Company and will develop new TV shows and films based on The Chronicles of Narnia.

The multi-year deal between the Netflix and C.S. Lewis company is a landmark agreement, and is the first time any one company has secured the rights to all seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series at one time. Ted Sarandos noted the series lasting appeal as a reason for Netflix’s interest in the franchise, and stated that the streaming service will be the home for C.S. Lewis’ iconic works for years to come. Netflix will serve as producer for each project, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One, and Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers on each completed film or television show.

As far as which books will be adapted into shows and which will be films, it’s not entirely clear at the moment. A year ago, it was reported that The Chronicles of Narnia films were making a comeback with The C.S. Lewis Company signing a deal with Tristar Pictures to adapt The Silver Chair. Any plans for that film might be scrapped now that Netflix is planning on adding the franchise to its original programming, especially considering the company has the rights to the entire shebang. Given that, it seems likely Netflix would like to shape the entire franchise around its own vision as opposed to using plans that may have been based or stylized after the previous film franchise.

Because Netflix acquired of all 7 books, it gives the company the opportunity to shape its adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia in many ways. For example, it’s possible one specific part of a story could be drawn out over the course of a series, with one big moment taking place over the course of a film.

Another possibility is that a series could focus primarily on the story of the Pevensie children, Eustace, and Jill (whom a current Netflix star was once rumored to be portraying), while the books somewhat outside the main story like The Magicians Nephew and The Horse and his Boy could serve as standalone films. Netflix didn’t reveal how it plans to tackle the works but will have plenty of time to mull it over given the length of the deal and their lack of a timetable for when we should see one of the first projects.

The Chronicles of Narnia series and films are in development at Netflix, but audiences might have to wait a while to see them. Luckily, fall television is in full swing and there are plenty of shows premiering each and every day. Check out the latest of what television has to offer with our fall premiere guide.

8 Marvel Characters Who Deserve Spinoff Movies On Disney’s Streaming Service

Not content to have the biggest blockbuster on the big screen, Disney is turning its attention to the growing world of exclusive streaming services with Disney Play. Due to launch in 2019, the service will contain a number of original Disney projects from it numerous brands, and that will reportedly include the MCU. TV spinoffs for characters like Scarlet Witch and Loki are apparently in the works with the involvement of the same actors. That’s a pretty awesome idea, and while TV shows are great and all, movies would be just as great a format.

Part of what makes the spinoff idea great is that it gives smaller characters a chance to shine in their very own project. The MCU’s stable of characters expands with every single movie, and plenty of them are worthy of their own solo adventures. Plus, the fact that these would be airing on Disney Play opens up the format and style — not every movie has to end with a big action spectacle. With that in mind, here are some of the characters that I think would do well on Disney Play, excluding the ones who reportedly already have something in the works.

Scarlet Witch and Vision

I know I’m already cheating, but this is different! It’s a Scarlet Witch AND Vision movie. While Scarlet Witch is good on her own, there’s still loads to explore about her relationship with Vision. One of the downsides of the MCU is that there is story happening between the movies that we never get to see. Case in point, we never actually see Wanda and Vision get together. They are already in love at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. That’s a natural side effect of this form of storytelling, but spinoff movies can help fill in the gaps. That’s why a Scarlet Witch and Vision romance movie would help provide extra context and make their ultimate fate more meaningful. You can play fast and loose with the period it’s set, but the best might be between Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War.

Hawkeye

Will this dog ever have his day? Yes, in his very own movie on Disney Play. The most underrated Avenger hasn’t had as much opportunity to shine as his colleagues have, and he had to sit out of Infinity War, but Hawkeye would make an excellent fit for a spinoff. People have long asked for some kind of Hawkeye content, and it might be time to give the people what they want. Writer Matt Fraction’s run on the character in the comics is pretty much the go-to inspiration for the character, and Fraction’s story helped cement Hawkeye as the Regular Dude of Marvel heroes. There is mileage to gain from this character, either focusing on his time as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., his struggle as a superhero family man, or taking a self-aware look at his less than glamorous place alongside his fellow Avengers.

Johnny Depp Reveals He Was Freaked Out By The Fame That Came With Pirates Of The Caribbean

Johnny Depp has been open in the past about his path from indie actor to major box office draw and how originally Disney wasn’t sold on his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. However, in a recent tell-all interview with GQ, Johnny Depp really got into detail about what happened after he became a major name in Hollywood. Overall, he said he was “freaked out” by the fame, noting,

Speaking out about his career, Johnny Depp mulled over switching from taking roles like Ed Wood or Edward Scissorhands to taking on roles that plenty of children and adults alike are familiar with. Although Depp is now-famous for turns in Alice in Wonderland and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it was the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie that bumped him from a fairly popular lead to one of the largest stars in Hollywood, a role that did come with pitfalls. Namely, Depp revealed that working with the studios proved to be more difficult than some of his other, less expensive movies.

While Johnny Depp also opened up about Amber Heard and the myriad lawsuits that have been a major part of his life recently in the interview with GQ, some of the stuff he mentioned about acting and about working with Disney is among the most interesting. He also brought up the story about how Disney early on didn’t really get what Johnny Depp was going for with Captain Jack Sparrow, echoing comments he’d made previously mentioning that the higher-ups at Disney did not get on board until after the first movie in the franchise became successful.

Johnny Depp was clear about his direction with the character and the first movie went on to make more than $654 worldwide. Looking back, the actor mentioned he wasn’t mad at the House of Mouse for all the questioning the studio did regarding the character, but he does believe studios should know what they are getting into when they sign him on for a role. He said:

Fame has its pitfalls, but despite the drama Johnny Depp has been embroiled in, he’s seen some lawsuit wins lately and his career is still going strong. You can next catch the actor in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which will hit theaters on November 16. Or see what else Johnny Depp has coming up with our full guide.

How Lady Gaga Helped Bradley Cooper Work Drag Into A Star In Born

While there are plenty of seasonal movie choices hitting theaters this October, the movie with the most critical buzz is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. The musical drama features he and pop sensation Lady Gaga as its two leads, in the third remake of the classic story. The past two generations have each gotten their own A Star Is Born, and Cooper’s vision will focus on a duo of songwriters. Coper’s Jackson Maine discovers Gaga’s character Ally singing in a drag bar, in a sequence that also features RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorites Willam Belli and Shangela. CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell got to speak with Gaga and Cooper recently, where they revealed how Gaga helped introduce Cooper to the inner workings of drag culture, and how it was worked into A Star Is Born.

While providing a unique mcguffin for Jackson and Ally’s first meeting, it seems that drag queen culture actually ended up fascinating Bradley Cooper. And since he directed, wrote, and starred in A Star Is Born, its nice to see how specifically he approached the task– including becoming familiar with drag makeup.

CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell spoke with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga at the Toronto Festival, where they broke down the film’s meet cute. As shown in the trailers, Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine wanders into a drag bar after a show, simply in hopes of putting a few back. But when he sees Ally perform “La Vie End Rose”, complete with drag makeup and false eyebrows, he’s instantly enamored.

But instead of having the drag queens function largely as set dressing, two of the queens have featured roles and fully formed characters. They’re played by two of the most popular contestants to come from the reality competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race: Shangela and Willam Belli– who Bradley Cooper is sure to name drop in his conversation with CinemaBlend. It’s a moment that Lady Gaga had a hand in crafting, and gives a nod to the singer’s history with the LGBT community.

You can catch A Star Is Born, drag queens and all, when it hits theaters on October 5, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Missing Actress Fan Bingbing Reappears, Apologizes For Tax Evasion

For months now, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been the subject of much speculation. The actress, who is a massive star in China, is probably best known in the U.S. for her role as the mutant Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently it has seemed like Fan Bingbing disappeared through one of Blink’s portals because, following news that linked her to a possible tax evasion scandal, the actress vanished and hasn’t been seen in public or on her social media platforms since July. Now the actress has resurfaced, and is offering a full apology and accepted responsibility for her actions. You can read part of Fan Bingbing’s letter of apology below:

As you can see, Fan Bingbing is deeply apologetic and regretful in this letter. She admits to putting her own desires in front of her civic responsibility by committing tax evasion on multiple projects. The time spent under investigation by the taxation authorities seems to have changed her outlook. She claims to see now that as a public figure she must set a better example, and not give in to temptations that result in law breaking. Elsewhere in her apology, as reported by Variety, Fan Bingbing says that in the future, she will uphold the law and accept responsibility. Bingbing also begs for everyone’s forgiveness and credits the country and its people for her success, especially the ruling Communist Party and its policies.

Fan Bingbing was suspected of, and has now fessed up to, tax evasion that is reportedly very common in the entertainment industry in China. The highly paid actress was allegedly signing multiple contracts for the same job. This practice is known as “yin yang contracts” or “split contracts.” This process gives a person one contract for a job, like a role in a movie, for a lower rate that they can present to the government for taxation purposes. They also receive a second contract with better pay that they don’t report, which means they are essentially making all that money under the table. Fan Bingbing and her companies now face $129 million in back taxes and fines, which she vowed to pay.

Rumors have abounded about what happened to Fan Bingbing over the past few months, with many assuming that she was being detained by Chinese authorities either in prison or under house arrest. Some rumors had even said that she fled the country, though those proved unfounded. It should be noted that although Fan Bingbing has made this public statement and apology, thus breaking the months-long silence from China’s highest-paid actress, she has not yet been seen in public.

It’s hard to know whether or not these legal issues will affect her upcoming film slate but in addition to her Chinese films, Fan Bingbing has been attached to star in 355 for director Simon Kinberg. The film is an all-female spy film featuring a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Lupita Nyong’O.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest in movie news and check out our release schedule to see all the biggest movies heading to theaters this fall.

Could The Flash Bring Mark Hamill’s Trickster Back? Here’s What The Showrunner Says

The Flash is gearing up for its fifth season, but is it gearing up for another appearance from Mark Hamill’s The Trickster? While the villain made his debut in Season 1 and appeared a few times since then, it has been a while since fans have caught a glimpse of The Trickster. Well, The Flash‘s showrunner, Todd Helbing, has provided an update on the possibility of his return. In doing so, Helbing also reminded fans of the connection that exists between The Flash, Hamill, and another series. Helbing said:

One brother’s loss is another brother’s gain. It may not be the answer fans of Mark Hamill’s scene-stealing villain The Trickster want to hear, but it is nevertheless the situation at hand. One crucial part of Todd Helbing’s answer to TVLine regarding a Mark Hamill reprisal is that he does want it to happen. With the strong possibility that The Flash could zoom towards a sixth season following its latest, it stands to reason that Hamill could eventually reprise the role, either in an upcoming season or sometime before the end of Season 5.

Hopefully, the brothers can work something out, and, given that they have a strong working relationship, there is compelling reason to believe they can. Aaron and Todd Helbing have worked on The Flash together as co-showrunners before the former took a new job. Back in August, it was announced that Aaron Helbing would be taking over as the series showrunner for Knightfall in Season 2.

Mark Hamill joined the cast of the medieval drama in a crucial new role. Thus pumping the breaks on his returning as The Trickster. Hamill’s most recent appearance as the character was in Season 3, Episode 9 of The Flash in 2016. It does not sound as if fans will need to worry about The Flash closing the door on The Trickster completely, though. Scheduling and commitments have just put a wrinkle in plans for Hamill to return to the role for now.

Production on Knightfall is scheduled to run for around six to seven months, so it may not work out for Mark Hamill to even make a brief appearance in Season 5. While we can probably cross The Trickster off the list of villains for The Flash‘s upcoming season, the show will still be in strong supply of them. The superhero drama is set to introduce a new one, and the Arrow-verse in general will be brimming with new baddies throughout the respective runs of each show, so stay tuned.

Fans will have a while to wait until they get to see Mark Hamill in his new Knightfall role. In the meantime, the fifth season of The Flash will begin Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Lucky for us, the speedy superhero series will not be the only one returning or premiering on the superhero-heavy network, this fall.

ReelBlend Podcast #40: Venom Reviews, And Jake Breaks The First Man Tie

The big movies are coming. And that means ReelBlend is the place to be all October. This month balances awards hopefuls with ticket-peddling blockbusters, and the ReelBlend hosts are the right people to keep you up to date and informed on everything you need and want to know about the world of cinema. So dig in!

On this week’s episode, Sean, Kevin and Jake are finally able to settle their First Man tie — with Kevin loving it and Sean just liking it. Jake caught the movie during the recent press day at NASA in Florida, but does he side more with Kevin, or fall into Sean’s (space) camp. Listen and learn.

Sean also saw Venom this week, and gives a non-spoiler breakdown of the film, letting you now if it’s worth your time this weekend. Kevin and Jake are catching it after we recorded, so they will weigh in next week, when we can really dig into Venom, with spoilers.

During the news portion of this week’s show, the guys also discuss the announced PG-13 rating on a new Deadpool movie… which FOX plans to drop into theaters in December. Is it a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2? Something entirely new? Everyone seems confused, so we try our best to figure it all out.

At the end of the episode, there’s a tease for a review of Bad Times at the El Royale. It’s great, and we’ll explain why… with more to come next week.

Finally, the #Blend game stayed in the Halloween mood with #MonsterBlend, and Kevin had a controversial pick. By “controversial,” we mean “a pick that pissed Jake off.” But we don’t recall him trying to quit the show this week. So we’re making progress!

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Billy Baldwin Wants To Raffle Off His Plus One To Justin Bieber And Hailey Baldwin’s Wedding

Do you want the chance to attend the wedding of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin? You might have that chance, thanks to Billy Baldwin. The actor teased the notion of offering his plus one to his niece’s upcoming wedding to an adoring fan, allowing himself the chance to score a whole lot of dough for the chance to see a wedding ceremony they will never forget. You gotta admit, it’s smart business on Billy’s end. Will it be approved by Justin Bieber or Hailey Baldwin? We’ll have to see, but it might be for a good case. But we don’t know that for sure. Here’s the comment from Billy Baldwin.

Well, that’s certainly one way to get a quick buck (or several million). Of course, it should be noted that Billy Baldwin’s wedding ticket comments to TMZ are most likely a bit tongue-in-cheek. He doesn’t seem to have any plans to sell these tickets. He doesn’t even have the tickets in hand yet, presumably, because the ceremonial wedding plans are still quite a few months ahead. But it sounds like Baldwin is cooking up a scheme in his brain.

Then again, it wouldn’t be surprising if that plan came into fruition, potentially resulting in a lot of money being funneled the actor’s way in exchange for a chance to sit next to him at the big wedding. His potential date would also experience firsthand the union of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, as they profess their love for one another in front of their friends, family, acquaintances and various business affiliates. You gotta admit, that would be one hell of an opportunity for a fan. It should also be noted that Billy Baldwin would want to do this for charity, not merely as a chance to get some extra money inside his own pocket.

Furthermore, during Billy Baldwin’s conversation with TMZ, the actor admitted that he recently had a chance to have lunch and/or brunch with Justin Bieber. It was one of the first times he actually got to talk and interact with the mega-famous pop star beyond a few appearances on the red carpet. He claims that Bieber is “a cool guy,” as he suspected, and Billy Baldwin said it was nice to actually get to talk to Bieber and get to know him a bit more.

Of course, it’s worth noting that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are reportedly already interloped. The deed was allegedly done a little less than a month ago in a courthouse in New York City. The celebrity couple rushed at the opportunity to tie the knot, even though they previously proposed the notion that they wouldn’t get married until later on, presumably in 2019. Alas, Bieber and Hailey Baldwin already appear to be husband and wife. If the official wedding ceremony does come into play, it’ll be more of a symbolic gesture rather than the real deal. But Bieber and Baldwin are interested in hosting an official wedding ceremony at some point. If that happens, you should be on the lookout for Billy Baldwin’s high-stakes wedding ticket raffle.

Although Russian Trolls Tweeted About The Last Jedi, The Numbers May Not Be As High As They Seem

Although it performed excellently at the box office and won over many critics, Star Wars: The Last Jedi proved to be incredibly divisive among fans, and 10 months after its release, the movie continues to be a source of arguments and debate. It doesn’t look like that will die down anytime soon, and the discussion around The Last Jedi‘s polarizing reactions took a turn earlier this week when a study conducted at the University of South Carolina found that many of the users who criticized The Last Jedi on social media were actually Russian bots. The research paper went so far as to say that more than half of the dissenting tweets against The Last Jedi were politically motivated or not even human, but it turns out that in the case of these bots, they were actually responsible for closer to one in 10 of such tweets.

Having analyzed Morten Bay’s research paper on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, CNET noticed some faults in his approach, particularly that Bay’s collection method only relied on tweets that were sent to director Rian Johnson. Starting with 1,273 tweets, Bay cut that number down to 967, 206 of which expressed a “negative sentiment” towards The Last Jedi. Of that 206, “61 were real people reported to have a political agenda, 11 were bots and only 33 appeared to be trolls.” In the group of 33, only 16 appeared to resemble Russian troll accounts, hence why it’s really only one in 10 tweets rather than over 50%. Had the parameters been expanded (like including tweets directed at Mark Hamill, who has a much larger following than Johnson), maybe that number would increase, but working off just these findings, we’re hardly near ‘more than 50%’ territory.

The conversation surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi is certainly complicated, particularly with regard to the negative opinions of it. Many fans had legitimate problems with the story and/or characters, while other criticisms have been politically fueled. So it’s rather difficult to gauge just how much of the Star Wars fanbase disliked The Last Jedi, let alone how many of those dissenting reactions are artificially constructed. As Morten Bay acknowledged, he was working of a “proportionately small sample size” that’s prone to bias, but he also said the main takeaway from his research paper should actually be that pop culture debates can take political turns, and that one can look at fandoms to gauge how political messaging can be “propagated” online. Wherever you fall on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one thing is certain: the movie will continue to be disputed, likely even after Star Wars: Episode IX wraps up this era of the franchise’s history.

The Skywalker saga will conclude when Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019. As for what else is in store for a galaxy far, far away on the big screen, head over to our Star Wars movies guide for that information.

One Marvel Side Character Who Definitely Isn’t Getting A Spinoff

With 20 films under the MCU so far, there are certainly a lot of characters in this shared universe. Among them, a handful of fan favorites have come out of the woodwork to unexpectedly steal the show from their superhero co-stars. Recently in Ant-Man and the Wasp, the hilarious fast-talking Luis made a triumphant return to the franchise. The character, played by Michael Peña, was an unmistakable highlight of 2015’s Ant-Man, providing some additional comedy to the series, and thankfully the character was given a place in the sequel. While many fans would love to see more of Luis, it looks to be no use to daydream of a standalone movie for Peña’s character, according to Ant-Man series director, Peyton Reed. Here’s what he said:

Peyton Reed tweeted out the comment during a fan Q&A with Fandango when a Twitter user asked if Luis will ever get his own standalone movie or Marvel One-Shot. Although Reed’s quite definite answer regarding a starring role for Luis is disappointing, it’s nice to know that there is some additional footage with the character. In the earlier days of the MCU, characters such as Agent Phil Coulson and Agent Carter were given some time to shine outside of their movies in short films created for the bonus features sections of the Blu-ray releases. Both of these fan favorites traded in their starring roles in Marvel One-Shots for their own television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, respectively.

Considering there’s interest from fans for Luis to get some additional screen time outside of the Ant-Man franchise, a television show for his character could be a great idea to contemplate instead. CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes recently pitched the idea to give Luis and his heist crew Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris) and Curt (David Dastmachian) their own series following the security company, X-Con, which was introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The superhero comedy series could be a refreshing addition to their television content, potentially finding a place with Disney’s upcoming streaming service launching in 2019.

The infinitely-expanding MCU has many facets, one of them being its often brilliant use of comedy thanks to talent such as Michael Peña. Although Peyton Reed recently confirmed that Luis won’t be getting his own film, we hope to see the Comic-Con footage soon. Until then, you can see Peña in the upcoming season of Narcos on November 16 and catch him as Luis in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is currently available on digital, and will be released on Blu-ray October 16.