Zachary Levi to star in ‘Heroes Reborn’

So we all remember that Heroes is getting revived as the miniseries Heroes Reborn, right? Right? Anyone?

Well, it is. And we now know who is starring in it — Zachary Levi. Levi spoke with TVLine:

“There are a few franchises I’ve always wanted to be a part of, and Heroes is one of them,” Levi tells TVLine exclusively. “Chuck gave me the opportunity to wield some fun powers, but an entire world with superpowers is a world I’ve always wanted to explore.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Tim [Kring], and the awesome team around him, in bringing this to life,” he adds. “Moreover, to be working with NBC again is such a reward in itself, as my bonds and relationships there are deep.”

You may remember Levi from his five year run on NBC’s Chuck. If not from there, likely from replacing that Once Upon a Time guy in Thor 2. Or you remember him from Tangled.

He’s a good actor is what I’m trying to say here. And this is a good thing.

Via TVLine

A 3D ‘Poltergeist’ Remake – Y’know, For Kids!

So it’s been known for a while that a Poltergeist remake is in the works. This isn’t so much a bad thing in itself (because heck, it can’t be any worse for the franchise than the 90s syndicated TV series was), but troubling information has come out about the film.

Well, troubling if you were hoping for a good installment in the franchise.

When talking with Collider, Sam Rockwell (one of the films stars) revealed some important details about the film:

The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view. So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary.

So… the film is sort of a kids’ movie? And while the original didn’t have an R rating either, movie ratings were a bit different in the early eighties. Movies often got much lower ratings than the same films would now.

Also the film is being shot in 3D. Which I guess is okay.

But apparently we can look forward to the kid movie Poltergeist reboot.

Ugh.

Via Collider

Tom Hardy Leaves the Carnival of Sadness Early.

Suicide Squad is already looking to recast a character as Tom Hardy is backing out for reasons that have not been officially announced. (But since shooting on The Revenant is reportedly going longer than expected, its safe to assume that is the reason.)

Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly already being approached about the part of Rick Flag, but only time will tell.

Thanks to Random Ramblings Man for the tip.

Via: Comic Book Resources

Rumor: Spider-Man in Avengers 3?

This comes from Latino Review (so take it with a huge, boulder sized grain of salt), but there’s a chance Spider-Man might be in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.

If what Latino Review says is accurate then the article linked above is fairly spoiler heavy – but that’s the big, important bit. The author claims that Sony and Marvel have come to a deal, and that while it’s too late to integrate Spidey into Civil War, the third Avengers film is the perfect spot for him.

Of course, Latino Review doesn’t exactly cite their sources on this one, so it could all be a giant pile of Malarky.

But even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Via Latino Review

CW’s “The Flash” Casts Another Trickster

Back in December, it was announced that on CW’s The Flash Mark Hamill would reprise the role of Trickster (who he had played in the 90s Flash TV series). Well it’s now being reported that Devon Graye has also been cast as the Trickster.

Don’t worry, this will make perfect sense.

Hamill will play James Jesse, the original Trickster who he also played in the 90s. Dexter alum Graye will play a character named “Axel,” who is presumably Axel Walker (the second Trickster in the comics). The story will revolve around Hamill’s character being brought in to help stop a copycat criminal (Graye’s characer).

Fun and exciting.

Via Screenrant

Fox Picks Up Rights To ‘Escape From New York’

While there had been previous rumors about a remake of Escape From New York, we finally have something actually concrete. The previous rumors may have been baloney, but a remake of the cult classic now seems inevitable.

Deadline is reporting that Fox has now secured the rights to the franchise. Right now details are scarce (as Fox literally just bought it), but Mike Ireland will be steering the projects and John Carpenter (the mind behind the original) will be a producer on the film.

This is just the latest attempt to reboot the franchise, and the most likely to be successful — but does Escape From New York really need a reboot?

Meh.

Via Deadline

“Community” Returns March 17th!

Community, one of the best TV shows to ever fire its show runner, re-hire its show runner, get cancelled, and then get revived by Yahoo! at the literal eleventh hour finally has announced when the show will return: March 17th.

The show will debut two new episodes on its new home Yahoo! Screen, and then release a new episode every following Tuesday.

The cast has been whittled down. Season 5 saw the loss of Chevy Chase (who Sony refuses to let back onto the lot apparently) and Donald Glover (who left to focus on his rap career and has an upcoming series called Atlanta). Season 6 will see the departure of Yvette Nicole Brown in the opening episode, as she left the show to take care of her ailing father… because Yvette Nicole Brown is one of the rare, genuinely good people in the universe. It will also lose John Oliver (who is busy with his HBO series) and Jonathan Banks (who is busy doing Better Call Saul on AMC), but there are hopes to bring the two back in guest appearances.

But Community is an ensemble show, and with six of the regular players returning, the show should still feel like the show. Paget Brewster and Keith David will be joining the ranks to fill out the program.

Dan Harmon is apparently avoiding theme episodes this season, which considering their abundance in season 5 is a small relief. If you listen to the director’s commentary on Season 5, Harmon himself wished he had spent more time on character episodes in the previous shortened season, so it’s good that he followed through with it.

Enjoy the pretty hilarious announcement video below:

Via TV.com

CBS Reveals Details about “Supergirl” Show, Goes the Obvious Route

Back in September, we reported on Trae’s new-found “prophet of doom” powers, as well as the news that the Supergirl series had been picked up by CBS. Now, months later, CBS has decided to spill the details about what this Supergirl series will be about.

To the surprise of maybe three people, the network that has brought you three different NCIS shows, four different CSIs, and two different Criminal Minds, is bringing you Supergirl: The Crime Procedural. At a press event in Pasadena on Monday, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler revealed that yes, Supergirl will be a crime procedural.  She advised folks not to worry, though, since it’s gonna be totally different from those CBS shows and more like OTHER CBS shows!

“The beauty of it is now with shows like Good Wife and Madam Secretary, you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy.”

Tassler did promise that the show would feature strong, independent women and that Supergirl, who has yet to be cast, will be your “everywoman.”  Along with that, she also revealed that the costume design will be done by Colleen Atwood, notable for her work on both Arrow and The Flash.

Expect CSI: Metropolis to drop in the fall.

via Entertainment Weekly

A New “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Trailer Is Here

So I could say a lot of stuff about the new Age of Ultron trailer. I could talk about how it focuses on the Hulk and Black Widow. I could talk about how creepy the use of the Pinocchio “Got no strings” song is. I could talk about how James Spader can add just the right amount of creepiness to his voice.

Or I could just share the trailer with you and you could watch it for yourself.

Yeah, I’ll just do that.

Episode 38 – They Call It Fifing

On this installment of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Daredevil getting a release date, Ant-Man’s teaser trailer, the Amazing Spider-Man 3 rumors, the Batman v Superman two movie baloney, both Arrowverse shows getting renewed, Vixen coming to CW Seed, Scarlett Johansson’s casting in Ghost in the Shell, and Masters of the Universe getting a new script.

We also talk about Nick’s experiences at Evercon this weekend, along with Nezumi Con getting absorbed into Anime Milwaukee’s parent organization.

There’s a lot of stuff in this episode.

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