Austin Butler’s Acting Journey From Nickelodeon Extra To *Elvis*

Elvis star Austin Butler and Kelly Clarkson bond over being shy kids, and share how the arts — acting for Austin and singing for Kelly — helped break them out of their shells. Austin also dishes on his childhood obsession with playing guitar, getting his big break as a Nickelodeon extra, his special relationship with Denzel Washington, and the “intimidating” experience of meeting Priscilla Presley for the first time.

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Is The Force Strong Enough *Obi-Wan Kenobi* Season Two?

On the heels of the Season 1 finale EP/director Deborah Chow is revealing that the six-episode drama was not intended to be an ongoing series saying “We really did conceive it to be a limited series,”

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, meanwhile, says the decision for a season 2 for this Star Wars spin off series ultimately rests with the fans. “If there’s huge engagement and people really want more Obi-Wan, we’ll certainly give that consideration because the fans, they speak to us. And if we feel like, ‘OK, there’s a real reason to do this; it’s answering the why then,’ then we’ll do it. But we’ll see.”

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The Untold Truth of ThunderCats

A show about a bunch of feline-like aliens who escaped the doomed planet Thundera and made a new home on Third Earth, “ThunderCats” was one of the most important animated series of the 1980s, alongside the likes of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “Transformers,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

The property is still popular today and continues to generate excitement among fans, with some “ThunderCats” actions figures selling for thousands of dollars. The franchise competed nobly in the toy wars of the 1980s, but there was more to “ThunderCats” than meets the Eye of Thundera.

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It’s Ringing *The Black Phone* Feature

Director Scott Derrickson returns to his terror roots and partners again with the foremost brand in the genre, Blumhouse, with a new horror thriller. Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

Starring four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

The film’s screenplay is by Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister franchise), based on the award-winning short story by Joe Hill from his New York Times bestseller 20th Century Ghosts. The film is produced by Derrickson & Cargill’s Crooked Highway and presented by Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are producers on the film, which is executive produced by Ryan Turek and Christopher H. Warner.

Arthur Pendragon *Warlord Chronicles* Series

The Warlord Chronicles trilogy, which was originally published in the 1990s, is set in 5th century Britain when the land was being brutally fought over by warring tribes. The story follows Arthur Pendragon as he goes from an outcast to a legendary warrior, through the eyes of one of his followers. The characters and plots of the trilogy are inspired by the classic Arthurian legends but are re-worked to create a new and exciting story. The series will begin with a ten-part adaptation of the first novel in the trilogy The Winter King.

The Warlord Chronicles series will be coming from Bad Wolf, the production company behind the recent His Dark Materials adaptation. The series is being adapted for the screen by Kate Brooke (A Discovery Of Witches) and Ed Whitmore (Manhunt), with Otto Bathurst serving as lead director.

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The Legend Of A Mighty Robot *Voltron* Feature

Voltron is based on the Japanese sci-fi series Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV. World Events edited and dubbed the series as a syndicated show, titling it Voltron: Defender of the Universe, that ran in the mid-1980s. The premise centered on five young pilots in a battalion named the Robot Lions, which are vehicles that join together to form a mega robot known as Voltron.

Hollywood has tried to launch a live-action Voltron movie since the early 2000s, to no avail. Mark Gordon and Pharrell Williams were part of a team that tried to mount a project in the mid-2000s, and later New Regency got involved. In the early 2010s, Relativity Media was developing a feature with Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. DreamWorks at one point tried to develop an animated feature.

Live-Action ‘Voltron’ Movie, With Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct, Ignites Bidding War

Will Of The People *Muse* Album

Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme are back. Muse has not lost its own muse, as the British band is set to return with “Will of the People,” the trio’s first album in nearly four years, due for release August 26. The way is paved for the 10-song collection by a new single and music video, “Compliance,” out today.

“‘Compliance’ is about submission to authoritarian rules and reassuring untruths to be accepted to an in-group,” Bellamy said in a statement. “Gangs, governments, demagogues, social media algorithms and religions seduce us during times of vulnerability, creating arbitrary rules and distorted ideas for us to comply with. They sell us comforting myths, telling us only they can explain reality while simultaneously diminishing our freedom, autonomy and independent thought. We are not just coerced, we are herded, frightened and corralled to produce a daily ‘two minutes of hate’ against an out-group of their choosing and to turn a blind eye to our own internal voice of reason and compassion. They just need our compliance.”

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Strange New Worlds For *Star Trek* Series

Before The Cage changed his life, before Kirk took his job, there were years of adventures when Christopher Pike captained the U.S.S. Enterprise.

The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds series will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One, as they explore strange new worlds around the galaxy.

Starring: Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock.

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Classic Sci-Fi TV Sequel *Quantum Leap* Pilot

The original Quantum Leap aired for five seasons on NBC from 1989-1993. Scott Bakula starred as Dr. Sam Beckett, who found himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong.

Serving as a sequel series to the original Quantum Leap, the new version takes place 30 years after Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the “quantum leap accelerator” and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.

Quantum Leap Reboot Casts Raymond Lee In Lead Role