There's Nothing Not to Love About This: Emma Thompson to Play Mrs Potts in Live Action Beauty and the Beast

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Veteran actress Emma Thompson has reportedly signed on to play Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.  Kevin Kline has also been cast as Belle's bumbling father, Maurice.  U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon and the always lovely Professor Sybil Trelawney will be joining Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, and Emma Watson in the film, which has been set for a March 17, 2017 release.

Sony Appears to be Pursuing an Attack on Titan Adaptation

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Sony's just picked up a bunch of domains related to Attack on Titan, spreading rumors that they're making a movie out of the massively popular anime:

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Currently, these domains redirect to the Sony Pictures website, and it seems entirely likely that Sony is poised to start working on an American adaptation of Attack on Titan, or at least starting talks to that end.  There are two Japanese Attack on Titan films currently in the works (they'll be out later this year), but in all likelihood they won't make it to the US and we'll get saddled with a questionable Westernized adaptation (lookin' at you, Ghost in the Shell).

Faith in Hollywood Restored: This is (Probably) Battle Cat From the Masters of the Universe Movie

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There's been little news of Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe movie lately (though it's got a new script draft), but the Senior VP of Production at Colombia Pictures tweeted out this photo when asked for an update about the film.  If that isn't Battle Cat, I don't know what it is.  But either way, it sure looks awesome.

Harrison Ford is Starring in the Blade Runner Sequel

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Denis Villeneuve is set to direct Harrison Ford in a direct sequel to the 1982 classic scifi film Blade Runner.  The film will take place several decades after the original, and Ford will reprise his role as blade runner and suspected replicant Rick Deckard.  Unfortunately, the existence of this sequel answers one of the film's most oft debated questions with finality: if the now 72 year old Harrison Ford is playing Deckard, he can't a replicant.  For what it's worth, Ford has said the script is the best he's ever read and the sequel is described as "potent" and "faithful."

Ridley Scott will produce the film alongside Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Chris Pratt is Totally Into Playing Indiana Jones

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Stephen Spielberg apparently really wants Chris Pratt for a new Indiana Jones, and according to this clip it sounds like Pratt is game, provided that "it's perfect" (you know, no pressure).  He gently quashed any rumors that it's currently happening saying, "it's all nothing until it's something and so far it's not something."  He went on to express interest though, saying "it'd be cool.  No one's called me, you know, there's a lot of talk about it... the pressure would come just because it's such a great franchise you wouldn't want to get it wrong, so for me it'd have to be perfect to do it."

Keep your hope alive, friends.  Pratt for Jones 2015!

Don't be Surprised If You Hear of a Settlers of Catan TV Show or Film

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Gail Katz, producer of such fine films as Air Force One and The Perfect Storm has acquired film and TV rights to The Settlers of Catan.  She hasn't announced what exactly she plans to do with them, but she did say, 

I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it.  The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today.  There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.


Would you watch something based on Catan?