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Media Watch: ‘Dune’ Trailer, ‘The Walking Dead’ To End, ‘Borat 2’ Secretly Filmed & More!

Dune Trailer Arrives

The anticipated first trailer from Oscar nominated director Denis Villeneuve’s  big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller, Dune, has arrived.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa, and Oscar winner Javier Bardem.

Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. The film is slated to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020.

 

The Venture Bros. Cancelled

The cult animated series, The Venture Bros., has been cancelled after seven seasons at Adult Swim.

In a post on Twitter this week, Christopher McCulloch aka Jackson Publick revealed the fate of the series, which he co-writes with Doc Hammer.

The series, which began as a parody of Jonny Quest, focused on the bizarre escapades of pseudo-heroic scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, his competent, high-strung bodyguard Brock Samson, and his two overenthusiastic sons, Rusty and Dean.

Rumors abound that the series might wind up at HBO Max, but no formal announcement has been made.

 

The Walking Dead Announces Series Ending; Multiple Spin-off’s Planned

Following in the footsteps of it’s source material, AMC’s The Walking Dead will call it quits at the end of it’s Eleventh Season in 2022.

At one time, one of television’s highest rated series, The Walking Dead peaked with the 2014 fifth season premiere with 17.3 million viewers.  Since then, the series has had a large number of cast members depart including Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green, which has turned off many viewers. 

Plans for a spin-off featuring the only two remaining original cast members Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride in their roles as Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier has been given a series order to be overseen by The Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple and showrunner Angela Kang.

Also announced was an anthology series, Tales of The Walking Dead currently in development.

Tales will be episodic and likely focus on both new and old individual characters from the Deadverse.

This series will join Fear the Walking Dead and the two-season limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond.  Also previously announced are a trilogy of films built around former series lead Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) currently in the works via Universal Pictures.

Also mentioned were the possibility of more spin-offs, though doubtful that either would focus on Maggie Rhee (Cohan) or Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

 

HBO Max’s Raised By Wolves Pilot Episode Released On YouTube

After debuting to strong reviews on the streaming service, HBO Max has unveiled the full pilot for the Ridley Scott-produced and partially directed sci-fi series Raised by Wolves for free online.

Raised by Wolves centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

The cast includes Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Winta McGrath, Niamh Algar, Jordan Loughran, Matias Varela, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Aasiya Shah, Ivy Wong and Travis Fimmel.

 

Doctor Who Spinoff, Daleks! Announced

BBC has announced the upcoming premiere of Doctor Who‘s newest animated spin off titled Daleks!, centering on one of the Doctor’s greatest enemies. The digital series is a CGI animation which will be the final piece of the multimedia crossover called Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious. Set to debut sometime in November, the five 10-minute long episodes will be free for viewing on the show’s YouTube channel.

The series will feature the voices of Doctor Who alum Nicholas Briggs, Joe Sugg, Anjli Mojindra, and Ayesha Antoine.

“The Dalek Empire comes up against a terrible force. The Daleks’ plundering of the Archive of Islos unearths something ancient and deadly. Soon Skaro is under attack and the Dalek Emperor is on the run! Can the Daleks defeat their adversaries and regain their planet, even with help from an old enemy?

Will this be the end of the Daleks?”

 

Star Trek Discovery Season 3 Trailer Released

A year after the second season concluded its 14-episode run in 2019, CBS All Access has released the official trailer for the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Discovery. The video gives us a preview of the aftermath of last season’s finale as the crew find themselves into an unknown future where there is no longer a Federation.

Star Trek Discovery is about the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. In the end of the season one finale, it showed that Discovery has finally encountered the USS Enterprise.

 

Borat 2 Has Completed Filming

Collider confirms Sacha Baron Cohen not only has been working on a new Borat film, but that it has already completed its filming. It has also reportedly been screened for a select few industry types.

According to the outlet, the sequel will find the Kazakh journalist going undercover in order to interview people after getting recognition from the public due to the first film. Further plot details are still being kept under wraps.

In Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen – star of HBO’s hit comedy Da Ali G Show,” takes his outrageous Kazakhstani reporter character Borat to the big screen. In this hilariously offensive movie, Borat travels from his primitive home in Kazakhstan to the U.S. to make a documentary. On his cross-country road-trip, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences.

 

Keeping Up With The Kardashians to End in 2021.

 

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To our amazing fans – It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way. Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and, most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray, who’ve spent countless hours documenting our lives. Our last season will air early next year in 2021. Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years. This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever. With Love and Gratitude, Kim

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Further proof that although 2020 has sucked, there’s hope that 2021 will be a better year.

 

 

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