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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Writers: Show Not Just “Vaguely Connected” to Tolkien

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunners and cast discussed creating their shows immense world and comparisons to HBO’s Game of Thrones at the Television Critic Association’s semi-annual press tour Friday. But the congenial panel’s most lean-forward moment might have been when a reporter called the highly anticipated fantasy show […]

12 Notorious Movies and TV Shows That Have Never Been Released

When Warner Bros. Discovery canceled the release of Batgirl, it was a shocking move to many. But there are other movies and TV shows that have likewise gained infamy due to never seeing the light of day. The vast majority of axed Hollywood projects are run-of-the-mill concepts that simply didn’t work out or eventually find their way online. […]

Shannon Bream Takes Over ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Replacing Chris Wallace

Fox News has found its new anchor for Fox News Sunday.  Shannon Bream will take over the show, making her the first woman to anchor the program in its 26-year history. Bream replaces anchor Chris Wallace, who helmed the show for nearly two decades and left the network last year for rival CNN.  Bream will […]

John Oliver Chides His Parent Company For Canceling ‘Batgirl’: “Burning Down My Network”

John Oliver took aim at his network’s parent company’s decision to shelve Batgirl. The Last Week Tonight host chided Warner Bros. Discovery for its controversial decision last week to dump the $90 million dollar project as a tax write-off. During a segment on unused COVID-19 vaccines, Oliver said, “We let the vaccine sit unused on […]

Peter Jackson Considered Hypnosis to Try and Forget ‘The Lord of the Rings’

There was a time when Peter Jackson wanted to forget everything about The Lord of the Rings. The filmmaker told The Outne Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast this week that he “seriously considered” using hypnosis to try and forget all his work on his Oscar-winning films, and for a good reason: He wanted to watch them […]

Peter Jackson Says Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Ghosted Him

Peter Jackson is weighing in on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series. The Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies reveals the studio asked him to be involved with its upcoming megabudget series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and promised to send him scripts […]

Marvel’s Kevin Feige and James Gunn React to ‘Batgirl’ Controversy

Batgirl is getting some support and sympathy from heavy-hitting Hollywood talents. Co-director Adil El Arbi revealed on Instagram that Marvel chief Kevin Feige, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and Baby Driver director Edgar Wright are among those who have reached out about the $90 million project, which was shockingly shelved by Warner Bros. […]

Quentin Tarantino Offers Rare Review of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Quentin Tarantino says he doesn’t normally like to weigh in on current films, but he’s making an exception for Top Gun: Maverick. The director was asked about the film while appearing on the ReelBlend podcast this week with his Pulp Fiction co-writer, Roger Avary. Tarantino began with the caveat that he doesn’t like to talk […]

‘She-Hulk’ Producers Respond to CGI Criticisms

Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law team weighed in on a pair of CGI-related criticisms of the highly anticipated Disney+ series. First, director Kat Coiro responded to those who have chided the show for not making star Tatiana Maslany’s green alter ego even bulkier. “In terms of the CGI being critiqued, I think that has to […]

‘Andor’ Showrunner Explains K-2SO’s Absence From ‘Rogue One’ Prequel

Star Wars fans are excited about Disney+’s Rogue One prequel drama Andor, but one beloved character from the movie isn’t showing up anytime soon: Alan Tudyk’s acerbic Imperial droid K-2SO. “From a storytelling point of view, there are multiple reasons,” head writer Tony Gilroy told critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday. […]

‘Fargo’ Season 5 to Be More Comedic in Tone

FX is offering a few tidbits teasing the eagerly anticipated fifth season of Fargo and the first TV drama series based on the Alien film franchise. FX chairman John Landgraf was asked about the two projects, both of which are from Emmy-winning showrunner Noah Hawley, during a chat with The Outne Reporter. Fargo will film […]

Kit Harington Joins Rescheduled ‘Game of Thrones’ Official Fan Convention

The King in the North has signed on to the official Game of Thrones fan convention. Kit Harington has joined the lineup for the event, which is also announcing a new location and date. The convention was originally supposed to make its debut in Las Vegas last February. It’s now being re-launched for December (9-11) […]