Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
Disney Announces Plans for Wreck-It Ralph 2
The digital giant with a heart of gold and his candy car racing sidekick will be back for a second installment of Wreck-It Ralph. Disney Animation announced the news today and confirmed that both Ralph and Vanellope will be back for the yet-to-be titled sequel. The film will bow into theaters on March 9, 2018 and will see the return of original voice actors John C. Riley and Sarah Silverman. Zootopia’s Rich Moore is set to direct the film who said in a statement this week, “From the moment we started working on the first ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters.” The sequel will take Ralph and Vanellope out of the arcade and onto the internet. It’s possible any corner of the web could be subjected to Ralph’s signature wrecking and Vanellope’s glitching.
The Flash Adds Harry Potter Alum Tom Felton
Tom Felton — the actor best known for his role as the cunning Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise — has just been cast in The Flash season three. News broke earlier this month that The Flash was looking to add a contemporary of Barry Allen, someone who was intellectually his equal. It would appear that Felton will take on that role, as fellow Central City Police Department CSI co-worker Julian Dorn. Dorn is said to be suspicious of Barry, intuitive in police work yet hiding his own secrets. This news set the internet on fire today as fans of both Harry Potter and The Flash rejoiced over the casting.
Comic-Con Releases Extensive TV Panel Line Up
San Diego Comic-Con has been home to comic book creators, cosplayers, and big movie panels for years, but lately it has become a safe haven for television shows. Fans of Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Once Upon a Time have all flocked to SDCC in years past to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors and series’ creators on a panel or an autograph signing. This year SDCC will be hosting shows from every major network and cable station, making sure fans have every opportunity to interact with their favorite stars and catch a glimpse at any new pilots. This year will see all of DC’s superhero shows, Game of Thrones, Preacher, Luke Cage, Timeless, Scream Queens, The Walking Dead, Powerless, and more. Click here to read the full list of shows hosting panels at SDCC this year.
SDCC kicks off July 21 and runs through July 24.
Lionsgate Acquires Starz
Lionsgate announced plans to buy premium cable outlet Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock this week. The deal will unite the two companies, which will give Starz access to tremendous capital to fund shows like Outlander, American Gods, and Black Sails. Both companies will now have access to over 16,000 titles in their shared film and TV library, which will also help Starz compete against cable competitors HBO and Showtime, as well as streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
International Assassin’s Creed Trailer Debuts
In this new international trailer for Assassin’s Creed, Marion Cotillard walks Michael Fassbender through his death and imminent resurrection. While the trailer is similar to the national trailer that was released earlier this year, it debuts more footage of Callum Lynch in the future, where he must endure rigorous training in combat before he can enter the time travel program. The film looks reminiscent of a historical period piece, despite also taking place in a radicalized view of the future. Fassbender and Cotillard are joined by Jeremy Irons, and the film is directed by Justin Kurzel. A sequel has also been green lit, despite not opening in theaters until the end of the year.
Final Star Trek Beyond Trailer Features Rihanna
Who would have known that international pop star Rihanna is actually a Trekkie! Not only is she a huge fan of the franchise, but she also provides the theme song to Star Trek Beyond. Her new song “Sledgehammer” provides the backdrop to this new trailer, which also features a voiceover by Captain Kirk. Kirk records his last message as the Captain of the Enterprise, as his ship is undoubtedly compromised by an enemy attack. While it’s common for the Enterprise to come under duress in the television shows, this might be the first time in the rebooted movie universe that the galaxy class starship has to be abandoned.
Back to the Future, Gladiator Heading to Netflix
If you were excited to see the Jurassic Park trilogy hit Netflix in June you will be doubly excited to learn that all three Back to the Future films are hitting Netflix in July! As of today, you can relive all of the wonderful adventures of Marty McFly and his time traveling companion Doc Brown. You can now also stream Gladiator, Beverly Hills Cop, the Lethal Weapon franchise, Mean Girls, and Academy Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short.
Fox, CBS, The CW, NBC, ABC Announce Fall Premiere Dates
All of the major networks are gearing up for outstanding fall seasons that include returning series and premiering pilots. As of this week, all of the networks have announced their fall premieres, which includes everything from The Big Bang Theory to Quantico. While some new series won’t be premiering until the spring, like Fox’s 24 revival, other shows are coming back as early as September. Dancing With the Stars, Blindspot, and Case Closed all debut the week of September 12 with that week concluding with the 68th Emmy Awards. The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow all debut in early October on The CW. The fall season premieres wrap up with the return of Mom and Life in Pieces, and the premieres of The Great Indoors and Pure Genius.
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to HitFix and The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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