He’s everywhere lately, and that’s a good thing.Jon Favreau is directing Disney’s live-action “The Lion King” remake, which Variety said is being fast-tracked even as Favreau works on the sequel to “The Jungle Book.”Favreau just announced Glover’s casting, along with news that James Earl Jones will once again play Mufasa, whom he voiced in the 1994 animated blockbuster:I just can’t wait to be king. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneMeet Disney’s new Simba: Donald Glover. Just saying.Disney is on a live-action roll at the moment — from “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” to “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” — even if some fans still wish they’d leave their animated classics alone.There’s no official production start date yet for Favreau’s “Lion King,” but stay tuned.Want more stuff like this? #Mufasapic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017So that’s two Star Wars connections: The voice of Darth Vader, and the new Lando. Like us on Facebook. #Simbapic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017Looking forward to working with this legend. You might also know him as the award-winning guy from “Atlanta,” or the future Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo standalone movie.

Like us on Facebook. Vader question:”Harry Potter versus Darth Vader? (As Emma says at the start of the Q&A video, “Where’d you get these kids? This is craziness.”)So here’s her thoughtful answer to the Potter vs. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarbonePeople always want to know who would win in a fight: X or Y. And, for whatever reason, she was also asked about Vader. You’ll do fine, but you’re not going to win in the end.”Preach it, Hermione.Watch the full Q&A:”Beauty and the Beast” will be released in theaters March 17.Want more stuff like this? Obviously. Definitely. Maybe that’s a sign that she’ll be in “Star Wars: Episode IX.” (Make it happen, Disney!)Actually, the reason is a super-cute kid named Jacob, who didn’t just ask who’d win in a fight — Darth Vader or Harry Potter — he also did a funky little dance move when he was done. Emma Watson isn’t usually the type to weigh in on that sort of thing, but the world’s most adorable children sent videotaped questions to Watson via Entertainment Weekly, and a 5-year-old boy asked her about Harry Potter vs. And her answer would definitely make J.K. So she answered. Darth Vader. Because of course! They’re all so cute. Harry Potter. Rowling proud.Watson was asked a lot of good questions, some about her new film, “Beauty and the Beast” and the character of Belle, but others about “Harry Potter” and her role as Hermione. You’re only going to get so far in life when you’re cold and dry and mean. You’re not going to win in the end.

Then the camera reveals Bruce Willis’s “Unbreakable” character, David Dunn, who says the man’s name was Mr. At the time, Shyamalan liked the idea. Shyamalan is still in the planning stages.”Shyamalan recently tweeted about the outline for his next movie, meaning his follow-up to “Split.”
In January, Shyamalan had a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter about the plans for a “final” movie to combine worlds:Did you always conceive of [‘Split’] as being part of the ‘Unbreakable’ universe?This was always part of the “Unbreakable” world. And I think the movie’s done well enough now to merit the ‘OK, let’s put this together.'”Jackson told Collider he considers Kevin/The Horde “an adequate foe for what Bruce’s ‘Unbreakable’ character is in terms of him being sort of unbreakable too in that kind of way,” but now “It’s just a matter of breaking [Elijah’s] ass out of wherever that mental institution was they had me locked up and let’s get it on, let’s see what happens!”The Wall Street Journal reports that Universal Pictures and Disney hoping to combine forces on the sequel, since “Unbreakable” was a Disney movie, and Universal distributed “Split.” A source told WSJ, “Disney expects to work with Universal as a partner, and participant in the profits. He shared the story with Collider:”I got a call and [Shyamalan] said, ‘Call me I wanna talk to you about something.’ And I called him, because I always do when I get a message from him always hoping [it’s ‘Unbreakable 2’], and he said, ‘I just did this film called Split, I want you to see it,’ and I was like ‘OK, I’m down with that.’ I had no idea what Split was about or anything else, and he said, ‘We’ll talk after you see it.’ So I went to the arranged screening and I called him immediately and was like, ‘OK dude does this mean what I think it means?’ and he was like, ‘Well first we gotta see how the movie does’. The two studios have yet to hammer out a deal for a sequel, in which Mr. And it’s literally from the same moment that I created all the characters, all three of those characters. Glass forms his own master plan from the asylum. Willis’s character likely would feature much more prominently, because Mr. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt has been more than 16 years since M. Like us on Facebook. Yep, “Split” and “Unbreakable” are part of the same universe. At the end of the movie, someone recalls another crazy guy nicknamed by police. Who knows, maybe grains of it will still be included in this “Split”/”Unbreakable” sequel.Want more stuff like this? Some guy in a wheelchair 15 years ago… Jackson’s Elijah/Mr. Or are we going to see another one with Bruce Willis as the star?This is down the line, but my hope is to make one final movie that combines the two.It doesn’t sound like it’s too far down the line.By the way, back in 2015 comedian Patton Oswalt shared an idea for an “Unbreakable” trilogy, picking up from the reference at the end of the first movie about other “Unbreakables” in the world. Patricia opening the door. Spoilers ahead from Shyamalan’s latest movie “Split.” Stop reading now if you don’t want to know anything about that movie, as well as the first “Unbreakable” movie.”Split” stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendle Crumb, a guy with multiple personalities whom police nickname The Horde. But a bunch of the scenes that are in this movie, I wrote 15 years ago. Hedwig’s first scene. There’s been talk of an “Unbreakable 2” for years, but now not only are stars Jackson and Bruce Willis ready to go, Shyamalan is working on a script, and Disney and Universal are reportedly ready to partner on the film.Why now? Night Shyamalan released his superhero/supervillain epic “Unbreakable,” and Samuel L. Was this it? He suggested a sequel called “Unbreakables” with David Dunn assembling other superpowered people while Samuel L. And now that “Split” has made a crapload of money — more than $170M at this point, off a $9M budget — everyone is ready to combine the worlds for a combined “Split 2″/”Unbreakable 2” movie.Turns out, Sam Jackson found out about the twist the same way audiences did. Kevin Wendle Crumb was a part of the original, original script for “Unbreakable.” I pulled him out because it just wasn’t balancing right. They were as is. Glass. Well, you probably can guess, but … in case you can’t …SPOILER ALERT! Jackson is ready to return for a sequel. But I knew I wanted to do a movie about him because I just loved him so much, and I thought it’s a rich world for storytelling, so I was super, super excited to finally make it.You’ve teased an Unbreakable sequel for years. Those were all written already.

He didn’t propose to his Chosen One, Sarah Brice, but they stayed together for a long time — longer than a lot of the engaged couples. Back in 2012, at a Hollywood Radio & Television Society lunch, he said this about his own show:”We had a couple bad Bachelors. He’s got four years of sobriety. They’re smarter than we give them credit for.”After being trashed for his behavior during a low period in his life, we can’t help but root for Charlie. I would go and do my thing and he’s like, yeah, we’d just go our separate ways.”Both Chris and Kelly reiterated that they love Jerry, which must make Charlie feel great.Ironically, Charlie was actually one of the more successful Bachelors. But Chris Harrison just did it. The Rosemaster spilled some tea today while co-hosting “Live with Kelly,” answering Kelly Ripa’s question about his least-favorite Bachelor.Harrison initially just said, “You know how much this will stir things up? It started to sag. I love Jerry, and I actually love Charlie, but Charlie and I — he was just East Coast, me Southern kid — it was like oil and water. He went there, and with very little hesitation. It looks like he’s still acting and IMDb says he has a movie coming out soon called “A Curry on an American Plate.” Meanwhile, Season 21 Bachelor Nick Viall is just about to go on hometown dates. This will just ruin my life for the next month.” However he quickly named the guy, and explained his reasons for why they didn’t click.First, who would you expect him to say?We’d say Juan Pablo Galavis, who ended up rubbing a lot of people the wrong way during his 2015 Bachelor stint. His brother, Charlie, was our Bachelor. Chances are, Chris Harrison is fine with him or the producers wouldn’t have cast him four different times.[via E! [Season 7 Bachelor Charlie O’Connell] was drunk off his ass. Or perhaps Jake Pavelka, who also rubbed some people the wrong way, first for picking “villain” Vienna Girardi, then for the severe awkwardness of their TV breakup. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s almost jarring when someone from “The Bachelor” franchise actually answers a tough question directly and candidly. We just didn’t get along. We got a little complacent, a little lazy. And then some that we just meld with. News, People]Want more stuff like this? He’s sober now. He’s come back from that, thankfully, but yeah, we just didn’t really spend any time together. Like us on Facebook. They were together from 2005-2007, then reunited in 2008 before breaking up again in 2010. Now, self-admittedly, he was at a difficult point in his life — a little tumultuous. You know what’s funny, because you’re friends with his brother, he comes on here: Jerry O’Connell. By the time of that interview he had been sober for almost two years.Showrunner Mike Fleiss was less diplomatic about Charlie’s struggles as Bachelor. Or maybe Ben Flajnik, who was both boring and picked the “villain” of the season.There have been 20 Bachelors at this point — including Brad Womack twice — but the guy Harrison named was the Bachelor back in 2005: Charlie O’Connell, younger brother of actorJerry O’Connell.Here’s how Chris Harrison explained the dynamic to Kelly Ripa:”Over 15 years, 30 some odd people that have been through this show, there are people I get along with better than others. The audience picks up on that. Charlie has been open about his past battles with alcohol, and both he and Sarah said in 2009 that his drinking was a factor in their initial breakup.

Like us on Facebook. Posted February 17, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Are we more like Iron Man or Spider-Man?” wonders one of the “Power Rangers” in the new trailer for the movie about the teen superheroes.Maybe a bit of both, actually. “Power Rangers” opens in theaters March 24.Want more stuff like this? The new trailer shows that these teens certainly know how to crack a line, all while brimming with excitement at the prospect of wearing really cool armored suits, wielding really cool gadgets, and kicking not-so-cool villainous butt in the form of Rita Repulsa (a wonderfully campy Elizabeth Banks).There’s not a ton of new footage, though we get a first glimpse at Red Ranger (Darce Montgomery) using the signature Power Sword. The best part of the trailer comes at the end, when Bill Hader’s robotic assistant Alpha 5 gets in a few punches and screams “Yeah! Power Rangers!” like the kid inside all of us.

So violent, they end up coming scary-close to putting the people Charles has sworn to protect in comas — or, as we latter learn, in the grave.The performance is a tricky mix of comedic and heartwarming, haunted and heroic, and it’s one Stewart pulls off effortlessly.His best scene, and one of his last, occurs in the second act, after Logan has carried him to bed before embarking on a side mission with the farmer and father who has taken them in. But the real revelation comes toward the film’s third act, when she finally speaks — and punches Logan in the face. One that makes it hard to let go of Jackman’s iconic take on the character. Posted February 17, 2017 by Phil Pirrello[SPOILERS AHEAD. 2. That takes balls to give the audience a lump in their throat as they leave the theater.An effort that hopefully sends them back in for a second viewing. Before he can see whether or not Logan takes his aforementioned poignant, haunting advice. People who love each other. (Unless you count passing off sage wisdom and exposition from the confines of a cool wheelchair interesting.)Maybe 15 minutes in, we’ve heard Charles say the word “fu**” or its derivative several times. Sometimes, it does so by pulling on the heartstrings in ways that make your eyes leak tears the way Wolverine’s hands pop claws.Of all the Wolverine films, “Logan” comes closest to being the best. Worse, he’s murdered. He dies realizing X-23, his daughter/clone, can go on being something different than the lab made her to be. And even worse, he dies before he can get to the tranquil life on the ocean Logan’s been saving up and chasing down for him. MAJOR ONES. DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN “LOGAN.” I’m serious. He goes out not in a blaze of glory, or even with a chance to kill the one baddie our hero has a legit beef with. The movie double-downs on what this all means for our weary hero — he drinks constantly to numb the pain that his broken healing factor no longer can, he clings to the belief that he “sucks” at caring about people because “bad sh**” happens to all the people worthy of his care. Charles tells Logan something we’ve heard only in voiceover in the second trailer, which comes off even more powerful in the completed scene: “This is what life looks like… There are a lot of good-to-great beats in “Logan.” These five make it the hardest to say goodbye. Wolverine’s Last StandThe final fight, as refreshing as it is not taking place inside a factor or lair or involving a repeat of the crap that mired the ending of “The Wolverine,” it doesn’t quite pack the visceral or emotional payoff necessary to fully bring it home. Like, IN-ALL-CAPS SERIOUS.]RIP, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.The actor has spent the better part of two years promoting “Logan” as his #OneLastTime donning the claws and tank top. A man who has killed more people than he’s had hot meals, a man who sees every one of those deaths in his sleep and wakes up forced to live with that blood on his hands. The R-Rated “Berserker” Action “SNIKT!” indeed. Feel it. Gone are Wolverine’s spandex and unique hair. In their place, lots of claws through the head and face. (The reveal of which is better left for seeing in theaters). It’s about the cost that saving the world has on the very tortured man trying to defend it. But credit must be given to Mangold for ending his R-rated, big-budget Marvel movie on an emotional note. Keen’s performance gets increasingly complex as the story demands X-23 shed some tears in battle, in a scene the gives the young actor a chance to (mostly) hold her own opposite a veteran like Jackman. That’s worth the price of admission, but “Logan” has more in store for the X-Men’s caretaker and father figure. Remember how Professor X stops time in the first two X-Men films? You still have time…”Sadly, time runs out for Charles at the hands claws of a surprise assailant. Instead, our favorite X-Men is rocking a grey beard and grey hair as he embarks on his darkest and most violent adventure yet.Director and co-writer James Mangold set out to deliver a definitive and R-rated comic book movie for adults. Their impact fades quicker than we had hoped, given the character’s legacy and popularity. 1. Well, it’s even more refreshing to watch.”Logan” is largely a character-first western that happens to be a Wolverine movie. Patrick Stewart’s Very Old Charles XavierHoly shit, you guys — Stewart delivers an all-timer performance in a role that was previously not given enough interesting things to do throughout the entire franchise. That the tragic hero still has time to give himself (at least) a sense of a life worth living — he just has to slash through a bunch of bodies first.In between all the claw-happy set pieces and violence, “Logan” delivers a resonate meditation on what it takes to be a hero. At the same time, it’s done at times in a very minimalistic way — no wire-fu, like in previous “X-Men” films. All before spending one of his last breaths feeling what both that sense of family Charles spoke about and death — that which this almost-immortal mutant has spent a life immune to. You should take a moment. 3. This manifests dramatically in key scenes between Logan and Charles/Professor X, as the latter — despite suffering from the mutant equivalent of ALS — reminds Logan the importance of family. So Many Great Character MomentsNot the first thing you’d expect to read in a breakdown of an R-rated comic book movie, huh? His condition manifests in the form of psychic seizures. And even harder for whomever picks up the claws from here. A home. Okay, so, his seizures are like that — only the more violent version of that. As “it was just okay” as the climatic action beats are, these final moments spent with a dying Logan are, for the most part, a gut-punch. It all builds to a mostly satisfying oner, with Wolverine going full “Berserker Rage” to deliver wants fans have waited nearly 20 years to see. 5. They actually give him — and the actor — new and challenging things to play as a 90-year-old mutant burdened with the most dangerous brain and mutation on the planet. Especially Wolverine’s death scene.I told you — there were spoilers. And yes, Canada’s most famous mutant export finally dies. The shackles of PG-13 ratings are gone. 4. This movie is dripping with tragedy, and only a pro like Stewart knows the exact amount to give that story so it can be told effectively — and emotionally. “Logan’s” hack and slash approach to action grows repetitive — you can only come up with so many new ways to stab skulls. X-23Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen) is to “Logan” what Eleven is to “Stranger Things.” Huge chunks of her screentime are spent silently observing and reacting to things, and Keen excels with her intentionally minimalist work. Yes, Xavier dies.

Posted February 17, 2017 by Kelly WooAll good things must come to an end. Probably into the ground, knowing them.”Silicon Valley” season 4 premieres Sunday, April 23 at 10 p.m. on HBO.Want more stuff like this? He wants to take the name “Pied Piper,” too, and none of the guys seem to care. Whoooop!As for what used to be Pied Piper, it should be interesting to see how Erlich and Big Head (who now co-own the company) run things. And of course, Jared joins Richard and they whoop it up in the garage to generate excitement. Like us on Facebook. In the first teaser for “Silicon Valley” season 4, Richard makes a dramatic announcement: “I’m quitting.” That comes after the events of last season, when Pied Piper’s platform turned out to be a pipe dream (supported by clickfarms) and the company pivoted to focus on Dinesh’s video chat app.Now, Richard wants to leave to “build a new internet,” because yeah, that sounds feasible.

Also rumored for cameos are Arcade Fire, Florence & the Machine and Iron & Wine, as well as actors including Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. If only love were that easy.Malick filmed the movie during the 2012 Austin City Limits Festival, and word is that the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iggy Pop make appearances. Things get complicated by the arrival of music mogul Michael Fassbender and his waitress paramour Natalie Portman. But with Malick’s notorious reputation for brutal editing, you really never know what might end up in the final cut. “Song to Song” debuts at SXSW on March 10, and then in limited release March 17.Want more stuff like this? It seems triangles and quadrangles ensue.”We thought we could just roll and tumble. Like us on Facebook. Live from song to song, kiss to kiss,” Mara says. Posted February 17, 2017 by Kelly WooAh, to be in love and make sweet music together — what could be better?The trailer for Terence Malick’s “Song to Song” starts out blissful and sweet, as indie rockers Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara float through Austin, Texas, falling in love and playing music.

I found that argument really compelling, and I really enjoyed that scene.Tell me that moment when you found out Jimmy was going to be your guy.They were looking for someone for president, and I was thinking, “Gosh, I hope they find somebody who you could believe could be president, who has the charisma, and the weight, and the gravitas to play that.” I’ve seen some presidents in some shows, and I think, I don’t really believe that they would have made it all the way through. If that happens, if there’s a Season 2 and that happens, I think it will be, like I don’t think anything can ever prepare you for being at the White House. It’s super fast.How did it compare? I’d ask him lots of questions. I found that really fun to do, so I’m keen for that kind of stuff.For her, I think there are probably certain parts of action that she’d like to leave behind. I want to be involved in action, and there will be some stuff in there. That’s a very special thing about being an actor, is you get into rooms and meet amazing people that I wouldn’t have gotten to meet otherwise. What was surprising getting into the “24” way of shooting things?It was interesting, on the pilot, Stephen [Hopkins], when he was shooting the show, he very much likes to keep takes going. How did you see how you were going to fit in and what you were going to be able to do with the property?I read the script, and obviously I’d worked with Howard [Gordon] before on “Homeland.” I was looking for something else to do after “Homeland,” but I didn’t want to play a mom. It’s men. I actually really enjoyed that part of it in “Homeland,” where it got a bit dirty. I think like all those things in life that are huge transitions, you kind of have an idea of it, and I think she has an idea of it. It’s faster than film, definitely, particularly with this show.No matter what position somebody’s in on this show, there’s always the potential for action. Then I went out and bought the DVD set to take home to Australia with me to show my friends. Being from Australia, I’ve always read about American elections, but I never really, truly understood the election process, because the election process in Australia is very similar to the UK — it’s the Westminster system. My manager was actually also Kiefer [Sutherland’s] manager. I’d say like, “So who decides who the delegates are? Posted February 17, 2017 by Scott HuverAn aspiring First Lady who also knows how to break a confession out of a terrorist cell member? There isn’t a focus on, like on a film, you will more do a wide, and then we’re really going to be more in close-up for that. There’s a part on films, where you’re kind of pulling it apart into sections, and you kind of know as an actor, “Well, the money shot for this will be when we’re in close-up. They’re definitely about service to the country.Did they bring you one or two people that are similar to her to talk to as you prepared for the role? Like you say, to bring that filmic quality. We’re still shooting, and we’ve still got stuff to go. Please!” I don’t think people in the intelligence world ever retire. I just found it intellectually invigorating, and enjoyed that about it. What did you want to bring to “24: Legacy” when you got involved in this project? And there was one particular woman there who was very inspiring.It was great to hear her perspective — not as a woman, but her perspective on what’s going on today, but to see it from a woman’s point of view, just hearing that. Also, the format was so compelling and strong. I was thinking, “Who are they going to get? That’s like, “Jimmy, run. Your system is, like, so convoluted. So I think there’s a strong allegiance between the people who have worked in it, and I think they’re still drawn together and still very much have a lot of friends within that community, and I think they always walk into situations thinking of all the worst things that can happen. Did you binge the show?Miranda Otto: Yeah, I binged the show when it first came out. To take on something that was so challenging to write.You’ve had your experience with “Homeland.” You knew the production team, you knew that territory. He’s such a beautiful person to work with. So in that way, it’s a little more like … When I was doing “Homeland,” I used to speak to him all the time about the scripts. And he’s so physically big and has all that strength, but he’s very gentle as a person. She’s probably figured that she’s seen those days before, and how did you feel about it?I really like the idea of action. How does she feel about the potential for action? So he’d read all the scripts, and he would give me advice on stuff. There was a particular scene with Jimmy [Smits] that I really enjoyed, because I thought it was a really interesting argument, and really at the crux of what the show is about. I have favorite scenes, but favorite day on set? So when this came along, I liked the script so much. Tell me about the comparison between the two. It was great that they’d written a female character who was, or was just leaving, being the head of an intelligence agency, because that doesn’t really happen very much in real life. Coming to “24,” which is the Maserati of television productions –That’s true! We’re very privileged in that way.Without spoiling anything, are you able to tell me your favorite day on set?It’s so hard! I think that once you’ve opened your eyes to that part of the world, and you have that awareness, you can never be unaware. I have such a respect for the intelligence community and the work that they do. Were you a fan of the show? It goes on for so long.I’m fascinated also by how many Americans I would talk to who didn’t truly understand the way the system worked. Those kind of experiences have been really helpful. I’d been a fan of the show, but I felt like this script seemed to be very current. We created a backstory, all of that. I know. not theater, but it’s a little more like you rehearse it, and then they’re going to swing around and catch different things. And, as she tells Moviefone, as much as she’s reveling in the intrigue, she’s also hoping to see a little “24”-style action, too.Moviefone: Where did “24” fit in your head, in your life prior to getting involved with the project? It is kind of the man’s world. It didn’t feel like it was the show that was on then. I was a big fan!It was really a turning point of bringing a cinematic style to television.Yeah, and that was the beginning really of the whole kind of change in television, I think. I don’t think anyone could ever tell you. It’s always men. Run for president! How do you become that? And did they bring you any women that have been in that world?When I was on “Homeland,” there was a consultant for the show, a guy called John McGaffin, who is retired from the CIA. What they’re really grabbing from this is the entry into the door.”With this, you never know when they’re going to cover what, and you never know, in the way that they cover it, who exactly they’re going to be on at what time. These people have a lot of power.” Nobody seemed to know who decided who the delegates were. It’s pretty easy to understand. I could see people voting for Jimmy for president. How do you put aside your past and some of the more brutal aspects of your past, and transition into being a female archetype?It must have been fascinating for you, while making the show, to watch what was happening in the American political system.Hell yeah! I met with John, and he connected us for lunch with a number of people in the intelligence community. There are many women who work in it, but there’s something very masculine about that world.So I was interested to see what that would be, and I thought that it was great that they’d set it up that it was that part of her life, but the other part of her life is that she was potentially about to be a First Lady, where traditionally still, as a First Lady, I think you’re seen a someone who has to bring this femininity to the White House, and bring female concerns, and what would that transition be like moving from the world of CTU, which is a very masculine world, into a very female role, an iconic female role, for this country? I don’t think, as smart and wise as you could be, I don’t think anyone could prepare you for what it would be like to be in that job.You’ve worked on some pretty epic-sized film productions. But yes, of course, for the show as well — but whoever was writing that election, they’re very complicated writers, those ones!For your role, to imagine that here’s a woman who’s worked in the shadowy underworld of operations, to being in the white hot glare of the spotlight and the media — that has got to be pretty daunting, in some ways, for her to make that shift.Yes. So much of it they can’t talk about, so people take it for granted, the work that is done, and the passion, commitment, and devotion that the people within it have to do this work, because it’s not financial …The rewards in it are not financial. But I was on the side of what the country needs. Who are they going to get?”Then when they mentioned Jimmy, I was like, “Oh my God, he’d be so perfect!” Because he just has that strength of character as a person. So when the show first came out, I was staying with her, and she had it on the TV — or she had DVDs; I can’t remember what the format was then that she had it on, but she had it all there. I was trying to convince him about something that was very personal to him, had really personal repercussions for him. I wanted to play another role that was intelligent and challenging. Once you become aware, you can’t become unaware.How crazy is it that “24” is coming back right at the time we’re having this big national discussion about intelligence? I think it was somehow on the TV, and I could pull it all up.I was meant to be studying for auditions, but it was so addictive, I couldn’t stop watching it. It had a fresh, new look at it.And I was very keen to work in the world of intelligence again, because I found that fascinating and challenging to work in. How do you get to be the delegate?Yeah, so living here, I thought it was a great chance to actually follow that. It’s like being president. That’s the kind of FLOTUS Miranda Otto could get behind.For “24: Legacy,” the Australian actress (“Homeland,” “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) has taken on the role of Rebecca Ingram, the former head of the shadowy and clandestine Counter Terrorist Unit who now finds herself in the very public political spotlight of her Senator husband’s presidential campaign — just when her valued CTU operative Eric Carter needs her help the most. You kind of have to be on your game all the time. It’s tricky with spoiling stuff. And I still speak to him, and I was recently in Washington with Howard, because “Homeland” was winning an award. There have been some actors cast as president who seem to me bland, or wishy-washy, or I just don’t believe that they’re defined enough as a person. You’ve been in films where they have all the resources at their disposal, and now so does this show, on a TV scale. It felt like it was the show of what’s happening today in the world of terrorism.

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— Peter Austin (@ThatPeterAustin) February 17, 2017The French title for the next Star Wars movie (“The Last Jedi”) in English is “Les derniers Jedi” — so plural. pic.twitter.com/njMl7rzUsq
— RicardoDuToit (@RicardoDuToit) February 17, 2017Because of how the Germans use grammar, we now know that “Jedi” is plural in “The Last Jedi”. Like us on Facebook. There is more than one Jedi. Posted February 17, 2017 by Kelly WooSince the announcement that the title of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” would be “The Last Jedi,” fans have been debating whether the word “Jedi” is singular or plural. Rey? Legit image, just posted on the Portuguese #StarWars FB page! Maybe others?The release of the international titles for the movie now seemingly confirm that the word is indeed plural:@slashfilm It’s plural! https://t.co/wcbztCMXgc
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) February 17, 2017The plural usage indicates that Luke is not the last Jedi, as mentioned in the opening crawl of “The Force Awakens,” and that Rey will receive training from him in the Force. It also points to the possibility that Kylo Ren, would turn away from the Dark Side and rejoin his uncle in the Jedi ways. Vielen Dank. Did it refer to Luke? Perhaps there are even others yet undiscovered, like Finn, who seemed somewhat Force-sensitive.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters December 15, 2017.Want more stuff like this?

But Chris has been heavier, and I think he does understand the plight of being overweight. I just feel that — we tested a lot of gentleman who were bigger. And I get it. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina Carbone”This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz (Kate Pearson) responded to a fan who called it “ridiculous” that actor Chris Sullivan wears a fat suit to play her co-star/love interest Toby.In case you didn’t know, this is how Chris Sullivan looks in real life:”Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen asked Metz about Sullivan’s fat suit during Thursday’s episode, and the actress politely disagreed with the fan who thought it was “ridiculous”:”I appreciate your opinion, and everyone has one, and that’s great. And people wear prosthetics all the time — it’s just weight as opposed to, like, a nose or a chin.”Andy Cohen noted that Metz herself wore a large prosthetic suit for in “American Horror Story.” Metz agreed, saying she basically wore a “couch.” “It’s just the name of the game.”FYI, she said she’s waiting by the phone for Ryan Murphy to ask her to return to AHS in any way.Watch the “fat suit” Q&A:”This Is Us” Season 1 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Like us on Facebook. And also, he was the best man for the job. on NBC.Want more stuff like this? Like, people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that.

Like us on Facebook. After all, what would a musical Once episode be without a clash between the show’s original rivals — in the form of a grand (and royally entertaining) sing-off between the Evil Queen and the Charmings? Is our Queen going to sing? There are 22 episodes to Season 6 (with Season 7 still not announced) so we’ll just have to wait and see.”Once Upon a Time” Season 6 returns Sunday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Because I hear that is happening, folks.Epic! Wonder if it will just be the Evil Queen singing, or if Lana Parrilla’s Regina will get some song time in as well. It will also get you this confirmation that Lana Parrilla will be among those belting a tune. But when ABC confirmed the news, they added that the show will be using entirely original songs. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneSay what you will, but this “Once Upon a Time” Season 6 musical episode already sounds pitch perfect from here.ABC recently confirmed the musical episode, and TVLine just shared new scoop on a few of the singing subjects:Since you were first to share the news about Once Upon a Time’s musical episode, do you have more info? Season 6 returns March 5 with Episode 11, “Tougher Than the Rest.” We originally thought maybe Episode 15 would be the musical, since it’s titled “A Wondrous Place” and that seemed to connect with the “Aladdin” song. The Charmings — Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming/David (Josh Dallas) — should just go full rap battle on the EQ.No one feels like saying when this musical episode will air. —LisaAww, flattery will get you everywhere, Lisa.

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— Noah Galvin (@Noahegalvin) February 16, 2017@MattShively1@Noahegalvin@TheRealONeals@ABCNetwork@MarthaPlimpton@Bebe_Wood#TheRealReason#RenewTheRealONeals#TheRealONealspic.twitter.com/e7qBKz4juk
— Trevor Varner 🏳️‍🌈 (@varner_trevor) February 15, 2017 “The Real O’Neals” Season 2 airs Tuesdays on ABC. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneAnyone still hoping Sara Ramirez’s Callie Torres will walk back onto “Grey’s Anatomy” anytime soon may not like this reality check. https://t.co/NQQAPDsFlU
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) February 16, 2017Dear @ABCNetwork@TheRealONeals :own it,address it,clarify it,empower our #Queer#Bisexual youth & community w/accurate positive reflections
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) February 16, 2017#LGBTQ#Youth#EwenCameron started this petition w/a single signature.We know the power of television.PLEASE SIGN: https://t.co/TkyT5ICtgo
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) February 16, 2017PFLAg responded:

I asked @PFLAG (who partnered for the acceptance ep. in @TheRealONeal) for a statement on @Noahegalvin ‘s character bisexual joke. Like us on Facebook. https://t.co/AwjPWPJk5B
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) February 16, 2017Noah Galvin has been in headlines before for his strong opinions in interviews, but this time he wasn’t speaking off the cuff, he was working from a script. And his Twitter is filled with retweets from fans who want a third season of the show, because they feel “The Real O’Neals” represents them better than anything else out there. Want more stuff like this? pic.twitter.com/lMdfoGCmwY
— Eliel Cruz-Lopez (@elielcruz) January 19, 2017 But Ramirez wants more:

& while @PFLAG response was amazing,where is network’s response?The actor’s response wasn’t enough 4 me.@ABCNetwork was in the same room. Ramirez just put ABC on blast, writing “I will invest my brand where I’m respected” in reference to an insulting joke about bisexuals on an episode of “The Real O’Neals.”According to TVLine, the joke aired in the January 17 episode, where (openly gay) Kenny (Noah Galvin) sarcastically compared being bisexual to hardships like “webbed toes” and “money problems.”Both Ramirez the actress and Callie on “Grey’s” identify as bisexual, and she called out the network and the sitcom to use their powers to promote accurate, positive representation, linking to a Change.org petition to ABC titled “End Biphobia and Bi-erasure on The Real O’Neals”:WORDS MATTER.PLEASE SIGN this petition 2 @ABCNetwork protesting biphobia in @TheRealONeals: https://t.co/TkyT5ICtgo@StillBisexual πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ’œ#LGBTQ
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) February 16, 2017And as someone who worked 4 them 4 10 years+,am truly disheartened & disappointed quite frankly.I will invest my brand where I’m respected. “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 airs Thursdays on ABC.

People have loyalties that they have to examine.”The actors now only have one season left to shoot, Season 8, which is also expected to be shorter than usual, and reportedly starts taping in September. A few stars — including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Liam Cunningham (Davos) — have spoken of returning to film Season 8, which suggests their characters survive what’s ahead in the penultimate season.HBO has yet to reveal the official premiere date for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, but that’s probably coming relatively soon, along with the first trailer.Want more stuff like this? It’s still the same running theme; characters that haven’t crossed each other’s paths before will do, and they’re gonna take it even further this time. It’s all getting a bit much. It’s just absolute chaos.”(Speaking of Grey Worm, you can read some cool mini-spoilers about his role in Season 7, if you care to.)Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) added to Mashable:”It’s gonna be a crazy season. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Game of Thrones” Season 7 is a lot like Lyanna Mormont and the 62 warriors of Bear Island: Don’t let the small size fool you; there’s plenty of power in those few numbers, and they’re all ready to kick some arse.Season 7 just finished filming for a summer premiere on HBO. That is later than usual, and the episode count will be shorter than usual — just seven episodes instead of the usual 10. But Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) told Mashable the 2017 season will not feel smaller:”I’m just in awe of how everybody’s managing to fit as much as there is into seven episodes, because it doesn’t necessarily feel like a normal season, it feels bigger.” He added, “I think, and this is true of Season 6, you can feel that things are coming to a close. It’s definitely going to blow a lot of people’s minds. Like us on Facebook. The show’s kind of like a pressure cooker …

Maybe she was having such a good hair day, the spell just broke on its own.”The Vampire Diaries” wrapped filming on February 8, and it was a nostalgia-fest. Did something bad happen to Bonnie, or did something good happen to the spell? We also see a behind-the-scenes shot with director/writer/executive producer Julie Plec and Matt Davis (Alaric): At the end of Season 6, Elena was left in a magical coma, with her life tied to Bonnie’s, so Elena couldn’t wake up until Bonnie died … Like us on Facebook. or so we thought. She’s confused herself, as fans saw in a brief promo teasing her reunion with Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley):Entertainment Weekly also shared several photos from the final episode, showing Elena awake — perfect hair, perfect wardrobe, natch — along with shots of the rest of the gang: Stefan and brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) look to be having a serious tête-à-tête; and Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Caroline (Candice King) look like they’re up to something. The final episode, Season 7, Episode 16, “I Was Feeling Epic,” airs Friday, March 10 on The CW.Want more stuff like this? Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe End is almost here for “The Vampire Diaries,” and each day brings new photos and promos to help you prepare.First of all, why is Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) back for the series finale?

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My new boyfriend πŸ’‹A post shared by Anna Kendrick (@annakendrick47) on Feb 16, 2017 at 3:40pm PSTUnless that’s a different sea lion, and this place is just packed with players?”Pitch Perfect 3,” which also stars Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, John Lithgow, and Hailee Steinfeld, is scheduled for release December 22.Want more stuff like this? pic.twitter.com/9btuydFPrU
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) February 17, 2017The aquarium replied that the new “Bella” was a lad named Diego:@RebelWilson Looks like you found the newest member of the Bellas, sea lion Diego! https://t.co/olTB8MZ2T0
— Georgia Aquarium (@GeorgiaAquarium) February 17, 2017It looks like that might be the same sea lion seen here charming Anna Camp:Today we met sea lions!! Like us on Facebook. #georgiaaquarium We even harmonized with themπŸŽΌπŸ¬πŸŸπŸ‹πŸŽ€πŸŽ¬ pic.twitter.com/0VyQSP4dSn
— Anna Camp (@TheRealAnnaCamp) February 17, 2017
But Camp has competition, because it looks like Diego’s heart belongs to Anna Kendrick. Posted February 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneSorry, fellas, but Anna Kendrick has a new boyfriend, and the “Pitch Perfect” Bellas may have their first male, non-human singer.”Pitch Perfect 3″ started filming last month for its December release date, and it looks like the cast just took a filming trip to the Georgia Aquarium, where they made some new friends.As you can see in this video from star Rebel Wilson, the Bellas harmonized with one scene-stealing sea lion who definitely knew how to end on a splashy note:Had the best time @GeorgiaAquarium today!

Bangarang!Want more stuff like this? Then again, time works differently in Neverland. Posted February 16, 2017 by Kelly WooThis Lost Boy wants to be found again.Dante Basco, who played wisecracking Rufio in the 1991 film “Hook” opposite the late Robin Williams, has been trying to make a follow-up movie about his character for some time. Like us on Facebook. Now, he’s opened a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 for a short film titled “Bangarang” that would explore Rufio’s origin story.As the Kickstarter’s page says, the short would be a prequel set in the modern day focusing on a 13-year-old Rufio “before the mohawk, before Neverland, before he was The Pan.” The tough Filipino foster kid finds a ragtag group of friends as he tries to “escape his ill fate, find his happy thought and fulfill his destiny.”It’s unclear how the story is set in the modern day, since “Hook” was set in 1991.

He entered a VHS video competition. It’s always been that, and we always laugh, because if you look at the staff of “Robot Chicken,” my first sold scripts were dramas with Geoff Johns as my writing partner. I actually think it’d be fun. It’s a tightrope that you walk, and as long as you’re aware of it, you’re allowed to do a little more with it.Matt and Zeb, how long have you guys worked together?Wells: Off and on, for 10 years now. I’m friends with these people, and I know that’s a dangerous thing and people say not to do it, but I like going to work and smiling every day. Then it comes to us, and we’re reading it, giving notes, or reading it in the booth doing it. Ask Warren Buffett: “All right, Warren, what’s your secret?” He goes, “Well, just make more right decisions than wrong ones.” I swear to God that’s what he says. I know that Vince [Gilligan] wouldn’t do anything that would damage the overall brand that he’s worked so hard to develop on a stunt-cast kind of thing. Whoever is more stubborn wins.Senreich: When you know someone for as long as we’ve known each other, it doesn’t feel like there’s ever a wrong way to play it out. You could. So the bottom line is, I would do it in a second. Sometimes an actor saying, “This doesn’t feel right to me either.” That’s happened with Bryan, it’s happened with Yvette [Nicole Brown]. And having sequences where the superheroes go shopping and do household chores was a really good idea.What did the success of the first season give you permission to do with Season 2?Wells: It was seeing how well exploring the humanity of the characters ended up working. It happens. It was beyond flattering. Then you’re like, “OK, I had that in the back of my head that that might be wrong. It’s just fun to walk through that.Zeb Wells: And it was important to us that you didn’t have to know a bunch of comic book superhero references to find the jokes funny. It’s really fun.Senreich: We saw how pairing certain characters together worked or didn’t work, in certain ways, and what conflict built from their politics and their boyfriend-girlfriend relationships.Does animation give you an advantage in discussing controversial topics that live-action does not?Senreich: Yeah, I think you can get away with a lot more animation than you can in live-action. In fact, to me, the best storytelling is not universally loved by every single person. It’s like, “That’s not supposed to happen in the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, watching an animatic for one of our shows!”Cranston: That happens to you when you watch animated porn, too. We’re not positive. It allows you to over-dramatize certain relationships to get to that point you want to make.It just allows for you to push the envelope a little bit more, but it’s dangerous to go too far. It’s been a nice romantic interlude.Cranston: Matt is really one of the bosses — and he brought on Zeb to take over this show, and even though the guy who brought on the guy doesn’t agree with everything, he gave the power over to Zeb to say, “You know what? There are times when I’m directed to punch certain things, and I go, “Oh, yeah, I see! And I’ll say for men, too. You’re the showrunner, so go and do what you think is best.” That’s pretty remarkable.Wells: We try to run it like a relationship, where it depends on how passionate either one of us is about something. Then I think, “Well, what if it’s just a brush-by? If you work hard, you have a better chance of producing something that you’re proud of. Posted February 16, 2017 by Scott HuverSure, you’re following all of the Marvel- and DC-related comic book superhero shows, but if you’re not watching “SuperMansion’s” League of Freedom, you might be missing the funniest — and maybe even the most poignant — take on the cape and costume crowd.As the stop-motion-animated series returns to Crackle for a second season of misadventures from the over-the-hill, dysfunctional crimefighting team, co-creators Matt Senreich and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) joined leading voice actor and executive producer Bryan Cranston for a press roundtable tackling an array of predictably silly surprisingly deep subjects.What do you bring of yourself to this character?Bryan Cranston: I don’t need boner pills! We wanted the characters to be funny in their interactions and have very human conflicts, and have that be the basis of the comedy.Matt Senreich: You have these insane superpowers, but that’s irrelevant. It’s “SNL” using action figures. It’s like, very odd selection of people who have worked with “Robot Chicken.”But this lets you tell a story where you actually can sit down, and it puts us back to our roots where we’re like, “OK, we can actually find characters, we can go into their history, we can deal with their relationships,” and that’s something that we’ve always loved to do.Wells: For me, there’s an animatic for a later episode, and it’s a scene between Jillian [Bell] and Bryan. That always mixes in fine. And that’s no different. Art business is a little different. We think this is the strongest choice. He’s just really upset.” And then I have to figure out why.It’s because he’s losing his sense of relevance. Zeb comes from the comic book world and was working in comic books for a while. What does he want? The more you humanize superhero characters, the more they’re relatable. I do believe in the people that I work with. We think, OK. If it’s keeping Matt up at night and I just think it’s a slightly bad decision, I’ll just let him have it. Are those ripe? I don’t want to work with people I don’t like.Titanium Rex is searchingfor relevance as he gets older. But the idea of a household full of superheroes who are perhaps past their prime and trying to hold on to what’s left of their dignity and abilities appeals to me. If it’s just two guys in a market. And to me, I think you water down the efficacy of the work itself.Is there any chance we’re going to see Walter White on “Better Call Saul”?Cranston: I don’t know. He won that competition, and I just stayed in touch with him ’cause I thought he was a talented fella. Let’s get that out there! Had it never happened, I’d still be a working actor and be fine, and not know what you miss.I don’t think life or this business owes me anything, so you reap what you sow. If you don’t, you won’t. I don’t know.” We don’t even register that we knew each other three years before we see each other again. And that goes both ways. Then some suggestions, and they’ll take two or three different ways of doing something.Wells: Or if we were unsure about something … We have two playwrights. If you see those things in real life, you’re going to be taken aback. Let’s go on that track!” I’ll do certain things or make certain sounds that the guys will respond to and go, “Oh, that’s good!” Early on, as we were feeling through the character, I think it was Zeb that said, “I don’t know, it just feels better when he’s really angry. We’ve just been goofing around, ever since. He’s more upset at this point.”And then, there are times when I bring in my own personality and they go, “Oh, that’s good! What does he feel? I have not been approached by it. And it’s really simple. I was probably 25, at the time, and Zeb was 20. It’s as engaging as live-action development.Did you have to learn a lot about the superhero culture, tropes and references for this?Cranston: I’ve never been a comic book guy, so I look at it just from the justification of the character’s emotional sense. Who does he want to be around? It’s about always knowing where that limit is. Then, I don’t know how we solve it. So I’m certainly the recipient of that good fortune, and I’m appreciative of it. He feels it slipping away, so he’s desperately clutching onto these things. We were really able to take the brakes off and do high-stakes superhero adventures. It’s different for men. Senreich: We were afraid to ask him. With the second season, we could push the drama a little bit and trust that the characters we’d created and that the actors helped us create would make those situations funny.So if you look at Season 2 on paper, some of the episodes would sound more dramatic and that the stakes are a lot higher, but they’re all just as funny because we still have this band of idiots. The more they have a vulnerable point, whether it’s emotionally or their superpower, or whatever, we relate the superpower or the loss of a superpower to their emotions. You go, “That’s it?” He goes, “Yep, that’s it.” Wow. You, ironically, have become more relevant later in life, Bryan.Cranston: Try telling that to my wife! This is what we try to do at work. There’s more opportunities for men. What is he losing? Do you feel that way when you thought about what the projects were going to be?Cranston: It’s a nice, difficult position to be in. We wrote the part, and in the script, it says, “A Bryan Cranston type.” We had our buddy, Seth Green, play the part for the temp animatic, and we realized that voice wasn’t good. It doesn’t have to be revered by everybody. Yeah, the bar was raised with the quality of writing on that show, and you want to see if you can match that anywhere you go, and I do. I want to make this show with you.” It just took off from there.Cranston: For me, if it didn’t have an interesting story to it, I wouldn’t be sitting here. That’s life.It’s actually very honest. I want to make sure that what I do has specific purpose, and not just throwing a dart at something to keep busy.This is an example of just that: that good storytelling doesn’t have to be in the form of the classics. You’re running the show. If you think it’s wrong as well, then let’s sit down and change it.” And you have to be open to that. When you go back to Tom and Jerry, it plays a lot better. He just turned to us and lectured us on how we’re very chicken and we should just reach out to Bryan.To Bryan’s credit, we sent him the role and within 24 or 48 hours, we got a call back. The real problem is when we’re both equally passionate. It’s about humanizing them and grounding them in a way that we can all relate to.Matt and Zeb, what made you think of Bryan for this role? It’s a little different. If Vince wanted me to be on the show, I’d be on the show.What’s been the unique pleasure of doing this show, distinct from the “Robot Chicken” experience?Senreich: For me, “Robot Chicken” is a sketch comedy show. There are certain topics that are too far, so it’s about where is it too far and how do you make it funny while at the same time not, and also teaching a lesson while going through a situation like that. He was like, “I don’t want to just play this part. And then, when Robot Chicken started up, I brought him on to write with us, and that was since Season 3. And we were watching an animatic, and I got choked up watching it. That made it easier for me.It doesn’t matter if it’s animated or live-action, you’re still developing a character, you want to be consistent with that character and you’re contributing to the storylines. You have to be open to the happy accidents and discovering that stuff, where it doesn’t feel as alive, and you’re missing out on great stuff.Bryan, your “Breaking Bad” co-stars Aaron Paul and Betsy Brandt told me recently that if there’s any downside at all to be a part of that series it’s the high level of work that you got to do, making it hard to decide what to do next. You know, it’s similar to doing live-action, in the sense that when an actor takes on a character, it’s a marriage of words and ideas to what the actor’s sensibility is, and you find where that is. There really is. We’ve known each other longer.Senreich: I found Zeb when I was working at a magazine called Wizard, back in the day. Make more right decisions than wrong ones.And it’s like, yeah, I think all of us try to do that every day. I come from the comic book and action figure world, where violence is funny in animation. Who is he afraid of?

Bayona (“A Monster Calls”). Posted February 16, 2017 by Kelly WooVeteran actor James Cromwell has been tapped to join the cast of “Jurassic World 2.”According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cromwell will appear in the sequel alongside stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and under the direction of J.A. Like us on Facebook. Details of Cromwell’s character were not revealed, but it’s easy to picture him as a weary, but sage scientist or a righteous animal rights activist seeking to protect the InGen dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. Cromwell is an animal rights activist in his real life; he’s a longtime vegan and has advocated against farm animal cruelty after starring in 1995’s “Babe.”And Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first movie and co-wrote the sequel, previously said, “”The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.””Jurassic World 2” is set to open in theaters June 22, 2018.Want more stuff like this?

At the time, she told Variety that she wasn’t driving in the flick, but would be spending time with Statham’s character.”I had always had a secret hankering to do ‘Fast and Furious,’ because I love driving cars,” Mirren told the trade at the time. But conversation briefly turned to Evans’s “Fast” role, in which he played Owen Shaw, the younger brother of Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw, and whether or not the “Fast” foe could return to the series someday.While answering that query, the actor spilled the beans about Mirren’s part.”People come around from comas, so who knows?” Evans told Yahoo! Movies about his new role as haughty villain Gaston in Disney’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” remake. Movies. But their British connection — and Mirren’s reference of scene partner Statham — heavily implies the actor is correct.Fans will find out for themselves when “The Fate of the Furious” hits theaters on April 14.[via: Yahoo! Movies] I was in the back of an ambulance with Jason Statham.”Studio Universal declined to comment on Evans’s remarks, so we can’t be 100 percent sure who Mirren is playing just yet. “Of course, when I finally got my chance, I wasn’t driving the bloody car. Posted February 16, 2017 by Katie RobertsOscar winner Helen Mirren is adding some serious pedigree to the cast of the eighth “Fast and Furious” flick, “The Fate of the Furious,” and now, fans know who the celebrated British actress will be playingActor Luke Evans, who last appeared in the “Fast” franchise back in 2013’s “Fast & Furious 6,” recently chatted with Yahoo! “He’s in a military hospital because he’s the most wanted man in the world, but he’s got a very powerful brother, and he’s now got a mum as well, who’s played by Helen Mirren.”Mirren playing the mother of the villains — but not necessarily getting behind the wheel herself — jibes with what the actress herself said about her part in an interview last fall.