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We all knew that 'Wonder Woman 2' was already in the works. Well, now the villain and the actress portraying the villain have been revealed and cast. Geez, Steve! Cut to the chase already!
Director Patty Jenkins confirmed Friday Kristen Wiig's casting as the villain Cheetah in the sequel to the blockbuster Wonder Woman.
"So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It's true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can't wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!!" Jenkins tweeted.
"I'm SO excited welcome on board Kristen! This is going to be WONDERful!" Gal Gadot, who plays the titular heroine, wrote in her own Twitter post.
Wonder Woman, which took place during World War II, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, and via streaming platforms, following its June 2017 theatrical release. The film co-starred Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Lucy Davis.
Gadot also played the iconic character in the ensemble picture Justice League, which came out in November 2017.
Set in the 1980s, the Wonder Woman sequel is expected to open in theaters Nov. 1, 2019.
Wiig, 44, is a former Saturday Night Live cast member. Her film credits include Bridesmaids, The Martian, Ghostbusters and Downsizing.
I haven't seen 'Wonder Woman' yet, but I'll check it out before the sequel comes out. Do you think the sequel will do some cross promotional stuff with Cheetos? Just a thought.
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Favreau to write, executive produce 'Star Wars' streaming series
Filmmaker and actor Jon Favreau has been tapped to write and executive produce a new live-action Star Wars series that will appear on Disney's upcoming streaming service.
Disney, who owns the Star Wars brand after acquiring Lucasfilm, is expected to launch the streaming service by the end of 2019, Variety reported. The Star Wars series was first announced in November.
"I couldn't be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. "Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base."
"If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn't have believed you. I can't wait to embark upon this exciting adventure," Favreau said.
Favreau began his relationship with Disney after directing the first Iron Man which helped kicked off the company's Marvel cinematic universe. He also directed Iron Man 2 and directed and produced the live-action version of The Jungle Book. The 51-year-old is currently working on a new version of The Lion King.
Favreau will also be providing a voice for an alien character in upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film is set to arrive in theaters on May 25.
'Sopranos' prequel film is now in the works
New Line is working with The Sopranos creator David Chase on a prequel movie to his HBO mob drama The Sopranos.
Chase wrote the screenplay for The Many Saints of Newark with Lawrence Konner, Variety reported Thursday. Chase will also produce and help hire a director for the project.
The series ran 1999 to 2007, earning 21 Emmy Awards along the way. It starred the late James Gandolfini as the fictional crime boss Tony Soprano, who suffered panic attacks and consulted a psychiatrist about how to balance his work as a dangerous gangster with being a good family man. The ensemble also included Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steve Buscemi, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico and Frank Vincent.
Set in 1960s New Jersey when racial tensions and violence between Italian and African Americans were at a fever pitch, the prequel will likely focus on younger versions of characters introduced on The Sopranos, such as Tony's father Johnny, mother Livia and uncle Junior, Deadline.com said.
No casting or plot details have been announced yet.
"David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film," Warner Bros Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement.
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--Charlize Theron, sharing that her mom supplies her with marijuana, on Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Which cast member has voiced interest in a 'Desperate Housewives' revival?
Mark Hamill honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday afternoon.
Hamill was joined for a ceremony at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles by R2-D2, a stormtrooper and Star Wars creator George Lucas as well as co-stars Harrison Ford and Kelly Marie Tran as he received the 2,630th star on the Walk of Fame.
"These will be brief remarks because words truly fail me," Hamill said. "It's hard to convey my gratitude, my joy, the exhilaration of being recognized this way."
Lucas hailed Hamill as exactly what he was looking for when casting the character of Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars film.
"Mark Hamill is a character that can't be written," Lucas said. "I'm very proud of Mark for getting his star. We've been around together for I don't want to say how many years and we've come a long way from that casting session."
Ford, who starred as Han Solo in Star Wars alongside Hamill, joked there were "a lot more people that showed up for my star" before taking a moment to remember their co-star Carrie Fisher, who died at the age of 60 in 2016.
"When thinking about today, I was really sorry that we don't have the other member of our trio here to celebrate with us," Ford said in reference to Fisher, who starred as Princess Leia. "But I feel her presence."
Ford went on to congratulate Hamill, saying he was "very pleased" for his career successes.
"I think he has found comfort and utility and control of his destiny and I'm happy for you," Ford said.
Prior to starring in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill appeared on a variety of television shows and television movies including a nine-month stretch on General Hospital. He also appeared in Broadway productions such as The Elephant Man and Amadeus in addition to voicing several characters such as DC Comics villain The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and the Batman: Arkham series of video games.
"If it weren't for the public, I'd be nowhere. From Jedi to Joker and back again, it's been a fantastic ride. Thank you so much and may the force with each and every one of you," Hamill said.
'Days of Our Lives' renewed for Season 54
NBC has renewed its daytime drama Days of Our Lives for a 54th season.
Starring Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Deidre Hall, Vincent Irizarry, Wally Kurth, Stephen Nichols, Suzanne Rogers and Josh Taylor, the soap opera aired its 13,000th episode in 2017. The hourlong show takes place in the fictitious, Midwestern town of Salem and follows the romances and conflicts of the Brady, Horton and DiMera families.
"We're thrilled that the sands will continue flowing through the hourglass for yet another year," executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement Thursday. "We are most grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of Days of Our Lives. Buckle up because we have some exciting and compelling new stories coming to Salem this season."
"We're very excited about having more great Days in Salem," added Bruce Evans, executive vice president of current programming at NBC Entertainment. "Ken Corday and his team continue to tell stories with which the Days loyal audience feels a deep connection. We congratulate them on their remarkable daytime legacy and look forward to what they have planned for the new season."
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Which cast member has voiced interest in a 'Desperate Housewives' revival?
Teri Hatcher would be interested in a Desperate Housewives revival.
The 53-year-old actress, who played Susan Mayer on the ABC series, discussed the possibility on Wednesday's episode of the ITV talk show Loose Women.
"I'd be the first person [to return]. I never wanted it to be over. I love those characters," she said.
Hatcher believes former co-stars Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross would join her for a reunion, but said the chances of it happening are slim.
"I don't think [the odds are] very good. Just because of the creators," she explained. "It's not the women. I think the women would probably all do it."
Desperate Housewives had an eight-season run from 2004 to 2012. Hatcher said the cast hasn't kept in contact since the show came to an end, although the women reportedly wish each other well.
"Not so much," she said. "But definitely supportive of everything that we're all off and doing. Very exciting Eva's about to have her first baby!"
Longoria, who is expecting her first child with husband Jose Bastón, had expressed interest in a revival in an interview with NewBeauty in December. The actress portrayed Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives.
"I wish!" she said. "I love that show. I miss it every single day. I miss being Gaby. I miss being on that set. But our creator [Marc Cherry] has said many times he wouldn't bring it back. Plus, we're all so busy."