Having tapped much of the novelty out of sequels dry, studios are now turning in full force to prequels. It doesn’t matter if the movie is 10 or 20 or 30 years old now because they can introduce new faces to old characters, and not have to worry about the aging stars of the original movies. The latest? According to the LA Times, Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt have been hired to flesh out a potential storyline for a prequel to The Shining. How would that work? Well, it wouldn’t. Not well, anyway. But the curiosity would probably be too much to resist, plus wouldn’t it be fun to cast young Jack?
My money is on Jay Baruchel.
It should also be noted that Stephen King is also set to release a sequel to original novel called Doctor Sleep, which will hit bookshelves in January. Movies rights are all but inevitable.
I haven’t got a chance to catch up on Boardwalk Empire yet, but anyone who follows television blogs even in passing probably already knows what happens at the end of season two. And while I’ve already been spoiled, it’s also the biggest reason I plan to eventually catch up before season three. If you’ve somehow escaped knowledge of the season two finale, don’t watch the teaser for season three.
Jake Lacy, a guy you may remember from a terrible sitcom called Better with You, has been brought aboard the cast of The Office. While little is known of his character, according to EW, he’s thought to be a potential love interest for Erin. Wait? That doesn’t make any goddamn sense? Didn’t the show just spend the last half of last season working to get Andy and Erin together? Why would they split them apart already? Didn’t we already go through the motions of another love interest for Erin with Gabe? Look, I’m sorry, but you are only allowed to break up meant-to-be characters once. After they get back together, you’re stuck with them. The end.
I believe we’ve already made mention of the fact that CBS is eying a NINTH season of How I Met Your Mother and is in early negotiations to ensure that Ted meets his wife in hospice care. Now we are learning from Hitfix that there will be a HIMYM soundtrack, which will drop on iTunes in September, coinciding with the first episode of the eighth season. Finally, we’ll be able to download all of Robin Sparkles’ music.
Yay! AMC has cancelledThe Killing. Boo! Fox Television Studios is shoppingThe Killing to other networks. Set Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman free!
The adult cast of Modern Family has settled their contract dispute with ABC, and they’re all getting giant raises. However, now the kids want in on the action. They’re dead weight! Drop them. Move Modern Family to a post-apocalyptic future where everyone under the age of 20 is killed.
An Avengers TV show without any of the characters from Joss Whedon’s movie? Sure, why not.
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