With the Emmy’s taking the lion’s share of entertainment media realty, we’ve got a quick and dirty SCR this Tuesday; we’re covering updates on Cruella and the Arrowverse. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds‘ are reinventing the Christmas Carol wheel and Vince Vaughn is working on his next big gig over at Hulu. If you’re wondering about all the Batman news that lit up the internet yesterday, we’ve got you covered there, too.
Then, we’ve got a crisp selection of trailers including Frozen 2, Fractured and, if your wallet is up to it, the Godzilla Criterion collection. Don’t count your kaiju before they hatch! First we’ve got a look at some of the smaller headlines from the week, then the spark notes from this weekend’s evening of awards.
- After announcing its trade to Netflix, Seinfeld makes its way back into headlines this week as it jumps to Viacom in a syndication deal. Come 2021, the gang will all be at home on Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land.
- Hustlers, though receiving heavy fan and critical acclaim this week, is having a tough time outside domestic theaters. The film’s nature, following exotic dancers, triggered several alarms for the Malaysian Film Censorship Board, resulting in the film being banned from the country.
- In Genovia, though, the people are celebrating. The American Film Institute announced that Julie Andrews will be receiving the organization’s Lifetime Achievement award. The 48th to be honored with the recognition, Andrews has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys, several Tony nominations and was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress with her performance in Mary Poppins.
- The Emmys did indeed happen! Game of Thrones took home best drama and, thanks to everyone’s favorite Lannister, Peter Dinklage, managed to bag best supporting actor, too. Fleabag, meanwhile, took home outstanding comedy and, creator and lead actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge secured best lead actress along with the award for writing for a comedy series. The show also claims best comedy director with Harry Bradbeer. Repping Marvelous Ms. Maisel, Tony Shalhoub was named best supporting actor in a comedy series and his cohort Alex Borstein won supporting actress in a comedy. Bill Hader’s work in Barry earned him best actor in a comedy series while HBO neighbor Chernobyl also snagged outstanding limited series, best director for a limited series and writing for a limited series.
Meanwhile, in the CW offices…
Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” isn’t messing around when it says infinite
As the Arrowverse’s fall premiere draws nearer, the CW just keeps dropping breadcrumbs for fans to follow back . Following the announcement that Smallville’s Tom Welling would be reprising his role for the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, it’s also been revealed that Erica Durance will return to the DC Universe with her portrayal of Lois Lane (as predicted by our own Joe Grunenwald).
According to Deadline, the co-stars’ appearance will be a sort of check-in on the characters ten years after the final events of Smallville, when Welling was finally able to wear the blue suit.
Notably, Durance also makes another actor who will be playing two separate roles in the Arrowverse. Back at SDCC, we learned that Brandon Routh would continue playing Legend of Tomorrow, Ray Palmer, while also donning the Superman costume once again. Durance meanwhile, has her own Krypton connection, as she already portrays Supergirl’s mother, and will continue to do so alongside her Lois Lane reprisal. One double cast is a coincidence. A double double cast, though? insert suspicious emoji here
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” begins on December 8 with Supergirl.
A Christmas Carol remake is in development with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds attached
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed exclusively on Friday that Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds are already working on the reimagining of Dickens’ adaptation magnet of a tale. Also, it’s going to be a musical. Though many details are yet to be revealed, this will most definitely be A Time.
The writing and directing is being handled by Sean Anders and John Morris, the fathers of Daddy’s Home and Instant Family. Ferrell and Reynolds are also set to star in the flick in as of yet unannounced roles. As development continues, the recreation is still being shopped around as several studios have placed their bids on it. Meanwhile, Reynold’s Maximum Effort and Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez produce the picture with the writer/director team.
13 graduates from Broadway to Netflix in a new adaptation
13, the Broadway production that gave the world Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies, is being adapted into a family film for Netflix, per Deadline. John Robert Brown, who wrote the musical’s original music, is back to write all new songs while Robert Horn and Dan Elish adapt their original book once again as they write the newest script with Tamra Davis attached to direct.
13 follows the story of Evan Goldman, a boy who’s just moved from New York to Indiana after his parents separated. As the title suggests, Evan’s adventures bring audiences back to their early teenage years, tip-toeing the social intricacies that plague adolescents. Fittingly, 13 made a name for itself with an all-teenager cast and band. It’s the first and only Broadway musical able to make that claim.
Netflix is hoping that energy will mature into yet another prospective live action family film on its line-up.
Vince Vaughn is signed on to star in Hulu’s The Binge
The Binge, a movie starring Vince Vaughn, is officially heading over to Hulu. The comedy is the sixth from American High, a young upstart of a production company operating out of a former middle school in Liverpool. Along with Vaughan, the film has also brought on Booksmart standouts Skyler Gisondo and Eduardo Franco and Maze Runner’s Dexter Darden. Behind the scenes, Jeremy Garelick will direct while the screenplay is written by Jordan VanDina.
The Binge can be oversimplified as The Purge but with drugs instead of violence. In the film’s fiction, narcotics are totally outlawed – outside a single a night a year when everyone, as long as they’re of age, is allowed to indulge to their heart’s content. Presumably, that’s exactly what our main cast does; when we meet Griffin (Gisondo), Hags (Darden) and Andrew (Franco), the three friends have just turned 18 and are finally able to celebrate. Surely nothing will go comedically wrong.
Disney’s Cruella bags Cannes favorite Emily Beecham to star alongside Emma Stone
Emily Beecham, winner of best actress at Cannes 2019, is set to join Emma Stone in Disney’s recently announced prequel, Cruella. The movie, which is in production now at Shepperton Studios, also previously announced Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry among its cast. I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie is behind the Cruella camera.
Aside from joining the Cruella cast, Beecham’s recent hype is also thanks to her Cannes presence in Little Joe. Based on what critics have seen of the film, thoughts on theme and genre are up in the air, if not divisive, but just about everyone agrees Beecham’s performance was stellar. Directed by Jessica Hausner, the film follows a scientist who creates a genetically modified plant which seemingly causes uncanny changes in other living creatures. Hopefully Cruella doesn’t get her hands on that!
Cruella, the 101 Dalmations prequel, is slated for a May 28, 2021 release date.
Fans asked for one last Frozen 2 trailer and Disney couldn’t help but let it go
We’ve already seen from previous trailers that Elsa is digging into her parents’ past – and things are getting spookier by the moment. This one is no different. The kingdom is ready to evacuate when the sisters head out to answer the call. Also, Sterling K. Brown.
Netflix is getting viewers ready for Halloween with the upcoming thriller, Fractured
Brad Anderson directs Fractured; a movie about a husband and father who is gaslighted in the worst way after a family road trip is interrupted by a check-in at the hospital. His wife and young daughter disappear without a trace and he’s left trying to put the pieces together. Starring Sam Worthington and Lily Rabe, this Netflix flick is available beginning on October 11.
All hail this collection fit for our lizard king
Criterion announced previously that it’s preparing to unleash this bad boy unto the masses, but this trailer – woof. It’s a collection of all fifteen of Godzilla’s Japan’s Showa era films along with features meant to highlight the “technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal” of the franchise.
On that note, I think it’s safe to assume you’re opening a new tab to check out how much this set is going to run you – so that’s all we’ve got this week! As always, check back in with Edward Douglas on Friday for more Studio Coffee Run.