No, Lashana Lynch Isn’t the New James Bond | ScreenRant

Reports allege that Lashana Lynch will play the new 007 in next year’s Bond 25, but that doesn’t mean she’s the new James Bond. It didn’t take long for the internet to erupt in its usual fashion when it was reported that Bond 25 will not only include a brand-new 007 agent for the MI6 but that the person taking on the job will be a black woman.

Production on the newest James Bond movie has been fraught. Danny Boyle originally stepped down from directing Bond 25 before production began, after alleged fights with the producers over the direction the franchise should go in. He was replaced by Cary Fukunaga, who’s now the first American to direct a Bond film, something that stuck in the throat of many who believed the franchise should remain stridently British (although non-Brits like New Zealander Martin Campbell have taken on the job before).

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Then Daniel Craig got injured and there was calamity on-set and people began to joke that the movie was cursed. But the show must go on, as will talks of where the series can go after Craig steps down from the role of James Bond. Now, a new report about Bond 25 has given us hints of what could be on the horizon.

According to the report, the start of the film will include a scene where M says, “Come in, 007,” and, rather than Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch will walk in. So while Craig is still Bond, and James Bond is still very much James Bond, Lynch is the new 007 agent.

English actress Lashana Lynch had her breakthrough role in America on the Shonda Rhimes series Still Star-Crossed, but most people will probably recognize her for her turn as Maria Rambeau, Carol Danvers’s best friend in Captain Marvel. At the moment, Lynch’s Bond 25 character’s name is currently listed on IMDb as Nomi, though no official details have been given on her character or role in the movie. Lynch joins Rami Malek, Billy Magnussen, and Ana de Armas as newcomers to the series, alongside returning favorites Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, and Léa Seydoux.

Primarily, this announcement revealed two major things: one, that the notion of a James Bond who is something other than white or male is still depressingly shocking and unacceptable to large swaths of the population; and two, that a lot of people were too busy getting outraged over the headlines to read the actual story. No, Lashana Lynch is not taking over from Daniel Craig as James Bond. If these rumors are true, then all she is doing is becoming the new 007, the spy to take on the number after Bond. It’s a key difference but one that still caused a lot of drama. The new 007 inclusion was reportedly a decision made by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Fleabag star/creator who is doing much-publicized rewrites of the script.

The Bond franchise has had to deal with the fact that Daniel Craig is ready to leave. Many were surprised that Craig had even chosen to return for a fifth film (despite still being contracted for five installments). This is the actor who said in an interview that he would rather slit his wrists than do another Bond movie. He quickly walked that infamous quote back but that’s still a tough situation for the franchise’s producers to deal with.

Major movie stars can notoriously get away with a lot of bad behavior, as the history of Hollywood can attest to, but it can be particularly difficult to have an unwilling or openly unenthused actor in the leading role of your multi-billion dollar franchise who has said, seriously or otherwise, that they wouldn’t want to continue with the series. Craig is at least popular enough and charming enough to get away with it, although he’s also clearly got one eye on the exit (following a substantial payday for Spectre and Bond 25). That means the franchise will eventually need a new Bond but it will also need a life beyond what many viewers see as a dated character trope and narrative.

Lashana Lynch may very well be the new 007 – remember, this is still an unconfirmed report – but that doesn’t mean she’s going to be the new James Bond or that the franchise will follow her in the future. The Bond name is incredibly valuable and a major part of film history, and the Broccoli family who produce the franchise are unlikely to retire the character when Craig steps down. That’s why we have the endless cycle of casting speculation for Bond. It’s almost as proud a part of the Bond tradition as the gadgets.

As long as this franchise keeps making money – and Spectre did make over $880 million worldwide – then they will keep making Bond movies with James Bond front and center. It’s a dream role for many an actor, and hopefully, it won’t be one exclusively limited to white men. If this franchise wants to remain relevant in an expanded universe age, where competition is tougher than ever, then it has to move forward with the times. There’s a reason fans spent years wanting to see Idris Elba play Bond: It’s a role that means something to a lot of people and to Hollywood at large.

If Lashana Lynch gets to be part of the franchise in the long-term and they do indeed commit to her as a new 007 or some sort of leading character, that would be an undeniably big deal. But it’s still early days and that rumor remains just a rumor for now. Besides, even if it’s true, there will probably be at least a three-to-four-year gap between Bond 25 and its follow-up, As with most things Bond, all we can do is wait and speculate.

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2019-07-15 01:07:34

Kayleigh Donaldson

10 James Bond Villains, Ranked By How Evil Their Plans Were

The James Bond movies all follow a pretty rigid formula. 007 wraps up a mission in a breathtaking opening action sequence, then enjoys some time off before being presented with another high-stakes mission by M. This will usually revolve around a maniacal criminal overlord who is bent on taking over the world. What’s different each time is exactly how the villain plans to go about taking over the world (or turning the world to chaos or destroying MI6 or whatever other crazy goal they’re striving for).

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10 Auric Goldfinger

In the original Goldfinger novel, the titular villain plotted to steal the gold in Fort Knox, but since that plan was wildly impractical (it would take weeks to haul all that gold out there), it was changed for the film adaptation. Instead, in the movie, he plans to infect all the gold in Fort Knox with radiation by setting off a nuclear bomb in there. With all the gold in Fort Knox contaminated, the value of Goldfinger’s supply of gold would go up. It’s a typical “rich guy wants to be richer” scheme. The goal here isn’t particularly evil, but involving the Chinese government and the mafia certainly made this plan a shady one.

9 Dr. Kananga

In its attempts to get in on the blaxploitation craze of the 1970s, Live and Let Die has been criticized for perpetuating a number of African-American stereotypes. For example, the Bond movies’ first black villain, Dr. Kananga, was a drug dealer who plotted to get everybody in America addicted to heroin. The character was played by Yaphet Kotto, who would later call the script a “sea of stereotype crap.” His plan was to distribute two tons of heroin for free through his chain of restaurants in a try-before-you-buy scheme. Restaurant patrons would try the heroin, enjoy the heroin, get hooked on the heroin, and come back to him to buy more heroin.

8 Raoul Silva

Of all the villains’ plans in the Bond franchise, Raoul Silva’s from Skyfall has been most commonly criticized, because it’s overly convoluted and it relies a lot on coincidences. He leaked a list of MI6’s undercover operatives to get James Bond on his tail, then allowed himself to get caught just so he could then escape, Bond would chase him to the courthouse, and he could eventually kill M for an earlier betrayal.

RELATED: Skyfall Originally Featured a Much Different Story & Ending

The plan seems to have been hatched by screenwriters who wanted a steady supply of action set pieces than a Bond villain. Still, it began with undercover agents getting exposed and killed and it all ended with the murder of M, which devastated fans, so it’s pretty darn evil.

7 Colonel Tan-Sun Moon

Colonel Tan-Sun Moon’s plan in Die Another Day was to fire a laser called Icarus from space right at the border between the Koreas. This was supposed to push North Korean forces to cross the border into South Korea and escalate the conflict between the two nations. Eventually, the war would go on long enough that they would have to learn to get along. It wasn’t a perfect plan, but it was a diabolical one. When Bond thought he’d killed Moon, he was reincarnated as a British man named Gustav Graves (the Pierce Brosnan movies were pretty absurd) to carry out the rest of his plan.

6 General Medrano

Quantum of Solace is a mostly maligned movie, due to its generic, somewhat rehashed plot and flat action sequences, but its villain does have a pretty evil plan. General Medrano essentially wanted to build a dam around Bolivia’s entire supply of drinking water so that he could hold it for ransom. While it’s not as dramatic as sending nuclear warheads to Russia or wiping out the human race, it is a violation of human rights to monopolize water and take away people’s access to it (even though 780 million people across the world similarly don’t have access to clean drinking water).

5 Elliot Carver

Media mogul Elliot Carver, the villain from Tomorrow Never Dies played by Jonathan Pryce, has a pretty disturbing plan, considering what he stood to gain from it. Bond stumbled onto his plan when he figured out that he was orchestrating worldwide politics in an attempt to start World War III. Why? So that his news outlets could have exclusive coverage of the conflict. Carver was going to let millions – possibly billions – of people die in a global war, just so that he could expand his media empire and become even richer than he already was (it’s not like he needed the money).

4 General Orlov

General Orlov, the villain from Octopussy, intended to win the Cold War for the Soviet Union by exploding a nuclear warhead in a U.S. Army base in West Germany. Orlov believed that this little “accident” would convince Western European forces to completely denuclearize, giving the Soviets a window to invade. He teamed up with an exiled Afghan prince to pull off this plot, but they didn’t get very far with it once Commander James Bond was on the scene. Still, it was a pretty evil plan that would’ve had some disastrous ramifications if it had been successful (which was, admittedly, rather unlikely).

3 Max Zorin

Having been genetically engineered by the Nazis and hired by the KGB, Max Zorin from A View to a Kill was the ideal candidate for Britain’s favorite spy to take on. His plan was to detonate a bomb on the cross-section between California’s biggest fault lines.

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This would’ve caused a flood in Silicon Valley, wiping out the biggest tech companies in America, leaving Zorin the only manufacturer of microchips. If people wanted microchips, they’d have to buy them from him. That’s the whole reason he wanted to send a Biblical-level flood to an area with a population of around four million people.

2 Karl Stromberg

From WarGames to Red Dawn, a lot of popular culture in the 1980s revolved around the outbreak of World War III, thanks to tensions with the Soviet Union. The Bond series caught on earlier than that. 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me saw industrialist Karl Stromberg steal a nuclear sub from the UK and a nuclear sub from the Soviet Union to fire nukes at each other. The UK would get mad at the Soviets and the Soviets would get mad at the UK, leading to a nuclear war that would decimate the surface world. Then, Stromberg would provide the survivors with shelter at a price in his newly constructed underwater city.

1 Hugo Drax

The James Bond movies have always adapted to keep up with the film industry’s contemporary landscape (so it probably won’t be long until we have the Bond Cinematic Universe), so when Star Wars became the highest grossing movie of all time, 007 went to space. But he wouldn’t just go to space without a good reason. In Moonraker, Bond discovers that Hugo Drax plans to wipe out all of humankind and replace them with a genetically superior race. It’s fair to say that Drax is the most evil Bond villain of all, since his plan was literally to kill everyone.

NEXT: Everything We Know (So Far) About Bond 25

2019-07-12 03:07:08

Ben Sherlock

James Bond Racing Cars Are At This Weekend’s Grand Prix

James Bond racing cars are at this weekend’s British Grand Prix. As any Bond fan can tell you, M16’s greatest spy isn’t afraid of high speeds. Whether these take place in a car, on a boat, or in a plane, 007’s ability to make split second decisions at breakneck speeds is as much a part of the character as are his license to kill and suave demeanor.

In fact, from the very first James Bond film  – 1962’s Dr No – a specific make of vehicle has been highlighted, though it wasn’t until 1964’s Goldfinger that audiences were able to get their first glance at James Bond driving a gorgeous and potentially lethal vehicle of his own. Since that time, Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 has been the car most associated with the secret agent. Beloved by fans and referenced in a variety of films far beyond the Bond franchise, the DB5 has gone on to make an appearance in seven different 007 films, clearly making it Bond’s vehicle of choice.

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As a result of the ongoing relationship between Bond films and cars, the official 007 Instagram account has just posted photos of one of the two cars that will be joining this weekend’s F1 British Grand Prix at England’s Silverstone circuit. The cars are both Aston Martins and each will feature the 007 logo, as well as Bond number plates on the back of their rear wings. Check out the photos of the cars below:

Both 007 inspired cars have the seal of approval of Eon Productions and will be part of the Red Bull racing team. The Bond additions to the cars are being done to commemorate the 1,007th F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. That being said, the publicity certainly won’t harm the already highly anticipated release of the still unnamed Bond 25, which is set for release in the spring of 2020. Unfortunately, there’s no word of Daniel Craig popping by to give the cars his blessing – most likely due to the fact that he’s still busy filming Bond 25. Still, for those die hard Bond fans who also happen to love Formula One, these 007 additions are sure to be a highlight. After all, it isn’t every franchise that gets its own vehicle at one of the most respected professional racing events in the world.

Oddly enough, the inclusion of Bond at a world-renowned racing event doesn’t just feel completely appropriate, but the name Silverstone also sounds quite at home with Bond as well. Considering that the forthcoming Bond 25 has gone longer than most films in the series without an official title, perhaps this is the weekend where inspiration truly hits and an official title is revealed. That’s likely a stretch, but at least this weekend will definitely have something James Bond related for fans to take in.

Next: James Bond Movies in Order: The Best Way to Watch

Source: 007

2019-07-11 03:07:32

Mike Jones

James Holzhauer Returning to Jeopardy! for Tournament of Champions

James Holzhauer is set to return to Jeopardy! for the Tournament of Champions. Legendary and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. Former contestant Holzhauer took Jeopardy! by a storm with his dominating gameplay and snagged 32 consecutive wins – putting him on track to surpass Jeopardy!’s all-time champion, Ken Jennings.

Earlier this year, Trebek revealed in a somber message that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek’s announcement coincided with the game-changing antics of Holzhauer, and viewers of Jeopardy! became enthralled by Holzhauer’s winning streak and Trebek’s hosting performances. In April, Holzhauer became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. He attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to mentally digest than adult reference books. However, Holzhauer’s time on Jeopardy! came to an end when he lost a game to librarian Emma Boettcher, albeit with the correct answer. Ultimately, Holzhauer walked away with $2,462,216 in earnings, and a steadfast reputation on America’s favorite game show. Now, the Jeopardy! podiums will feature Holzhauer behind them once again.

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According to EW, Holzhauer has a guaranteed spot on the upcoming Tournament of Champions. The special-edition of Jeopardy! has also added Boettcher to the slate, setting up the two former champions to potentially face-off for a second time. Vying for a grand prize of $250,000, the 15 players are compiled from contestants who won the most games since the previous tournament. The game will also feature winners from the College Championship and Teacher’s Tournament. Holzhauer is the most recognized contestant, and tops the list with 32 games under his belt – the second highest is Josh Hill with 7 games. The ten-day event is set to air in syndication from November 4 to 15.

Trebek has since revealed that his cancer is nearing remission. Despite speculation of Jeopardy! seeking out a replacement host, Trebek is still under contract with the show for the next three years. Trebek and Holzhauer appear to have formed a unique bond from their time together on the show. Recently, Holzhauer donated a portion of his game show earnings to battle cancer in Trebek’s name. A seemingly odd amount, the $1109.14 donated is attributed to Holzhauer’s daughter’s birthday – November 9, 2014. Since the Tournament is set to air during that time, perhaps an honorable mention will be given to the date if Holzhauer is still competing.

Trebek’s battle with cancer and Holzhauer’s winning streak made season 35 of the seemingly docile game show a hot commodity. Fans are eager to see Holzhauer compete against Boettcher, however, the tournament would generate more buzz if Jennings were attached – especially after his comments regarding Holzhauer’s streak. Nevertheless, Holzhauer returning to the platform will provide a new level of excitement and entertainment for Jeopardy! – and further boost talk of Holzhauer replacing Trebek as host.

Next: James Holzhauer Should Host Jeopardy! When Alex Trebek Retires

Source: EW

2019-07-10 06:07:19

Bethany Guerrero

JAMES BOND 25 Official Teaser Trailer (2020) Daniel Craig, Rami Malek Movie HD

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2019-06-25 12:41:03

James Gunn Shares Look at The Suicide Squad Storyboard

James Gunn has shared a first look at the upcoming film The Suicide Squad through a storyboard. Suicide Squad 2, which has officially been titled The Suicide Squad, will be the follow-up to the 2016 film that was directed by David Ayer. After Disney fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the director jumped over to DC to work on The Suicide SquadGunn has since been rehired by Disney, but will direct The Suicide Squad before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Suicide Squad is currently on track for a summer 2021 release date with Gunn directing, but that wasn’t always the plan. At one point it was believed that Suicide Squad 2 could be released in 2018, but the film obviously got delayed by a few years. Several directors were also in talks to helm the project before Gunn, including Mel Gibson, Guy Ritchie, and Gavin O’Connor. Gunn is now officially on board for the project and it looks like he is on the storyboard process of development.

Related: James Gunn Misses Endgame Premiere Due to Working on Suicide Squad

In a screenshot from James Gunn’s instagram story, the director can be seen working hard on an illustration for a storyboard. It is hard to make out what exactly is drawn no the notecard, but Gunn captioned his post “My beautiful storyboards are back #TheSuicideSquad“. The screenshot, courtesy of Thomas Polito, can be seen below.

Suicide Squad had several DC villains such as the Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). However, The Suicide Squad has been called a “total reboot”  and is said to introduce several new members to the team. The DC villains King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher have all been confirmed for the sequel, but there are some team members from the first movie that are also returning. So far, only Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller are said to be returning for the sequel.

This sneak peek of the film might not give fans too many details about the project, but it should be reassuring at least that the project is actually making progress. Fans might not be able to tell what is being drawn in this storyboard at this point, but it is always fascinating to look back after the movie has been released to see which of Gunn’s storyboardsd came to life. Gunn has shared storyboards in the past for films like Guardians of the Galaxy, so hopefully The Suicide Squad will be able to match the success he has seemed to have with Marvel thus far.

More: The Suicide Squad: Idris Elba is Playing a New Character, Not Deadshot

Source: James Gunn, Thomas Polito

2019-04-25 05:04:50

Christopher Fiduccia

James Bond 25 Official Cast, Writers, Synopsis & Locations Revealed

James Bond 25 has finally gotten an official cast and team of writers. It’s been nearly 57 years now since Sean Connery made his debut as 007 in 1962’s Dr. No, in the process kicking off one of the most lucrative (and long running) film series of all time. More than half a dozen actors have played James Bond in the years since then, beginning with Connery and carrying on through to stars like Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and most recently Daniel Craig, starting in 2006.

As popular as Craig’s take on Bond has been, however, his movies have been a bit of a roller coaster in quality, going from the highs of Casino Royale and Skyfall to the lows of Quantum of Solace and Spectre. For that reason, there’s been extra pressure on Bond 25 – which will mark Craig’s final apperance as 007 – to deliver the goods. This may account for the film’s creative struggles in pre-production, which include a change in director from Oscar-winner Danny Boyle to the equally prestigous choice of Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation).

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In the time since he signed on, Fukunaga has reportedly recruited Rami Malek to play the movie’s villain, gotten early production going, and hired Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FleabagKilling Eve) to punch up the screenplay. Now, thanks to this morning’s livestream reveal by Eon Productions, Bond 25‘s official cast includes returning players Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whisaw, Rory Kinnear, and Naomie Harris, in addition to series newcomers Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Dali Benssalah (Nox), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Malek. Waller-Bridge was also confirmed as a writer, along with Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. However, the film is still without a title for the time being.

Fukunaga further revealed that, when the film picks up, Bond is not in active service and starts his journey in Jamaica. It only makes sense, considering that Spectre ended with James and Madeleine (Seydoux) driving off together for destinations unknown. The director also confirmed that production on Bond 25 has already begun in Norway and that shooting will later take place in Italy, in addition to the sound stage and location work in the UK. This lines up with a previous report that claimed Bond 25 will feature a massive action sequence in Southern Italy, possibly even the movie’s climax. The plot summary was later unveiled online, along with the news that IMAX is partnering with MGM on the film:

“Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

Between the returning cast and new additions, it sounds like the plan is for Bond 25 to serve as a proper conclusion to Craig’s run on the franchise, while still providing all the globe-trotting action, extravagant locales, and (hopefully, memorable) A-grade supporting players that audiences have come to expect from the Bond property. It’s been a bit of a hectic journey following the project’s development (recall that Spectre came out about three and a half years now), but so far the film seems to have come together nicely, with a talented director and ensemble joining Craig on his final mission. Here’s to hoping that Bond 25 ultimately delivers the good when it hits the scene next April.

NEXT: Everything You Need to Know About Bond 25

Source: Eon Productions

2019-04-25 05:04:07

Sandy Schaefer

Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer Is Breaking Records & Still Going

Jeopardy! Champion, James Holzhauer, is breaking all records on the trivia game show – and he shows no sign of slowing down. Iconic and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. However, Holzhauer’s current reign is game-changing.

Created by Merv Griffin, the show consists of presenting contestants with clues in the forms of answers, to which players must phrase their responses in the form of a question. A household staple and the most recognized game show of all time, the series has been in syndication for 35 seasons. Jeopardy! has become a Hollywood A-lister itself, being featured in a slew of films and TV shows, including, The Golden Girls, SNL, and Family Guy. A seemingly tame form of entertainment, Jeopardy! has made waves in the headlines over the years with a mid-game marriage proposal, a contestant winning with just $1, and the recent shock of Trebek’s cancer diagnosis. Now, a contestant’s winning streak is drawing in as much attention as his earnings.

Related: Jeopardy! Makes Streaming Debut On Hulu 

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas James Holzhauer recently became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. The contestant caused viewers to notice him early on by winning $131,127 in a single game. While there does appear to be strategy involved, Holzhauer also possesses encyclopedic trivia knowledge. Using his coined term, “All the chips,” while making bets, the contestant seems optimistic about taking risks. Perhaps the biggest question of Jeopardy! – not from a blue box – is what formula he is following to make his gameplay a dominant force. Eddie Timanus, a five-time winner on Jeopardy!, has analyzed his strategy:

“First and foremost, a successful Jeopardy! player has to have a broad trivia knowledge base. Of equal if not greater importance, however, is a contestant’s ability to master the buzzer, or, to use its proper name, the signaling device. According to statistics compiled by Andy Saunders at, Holzhauer successfully rang in first nearly 57 percent of the time through his first 14 wins. That’s a phenomenal percentage with two other competitors trying to do the same. But it’s his approach to the board that’s made him a true game-changer. While many players, myself included, prefer to play categories from top to bottom and try to stick to them, Holzhauer clears the big-dollar clues first. Thanks to his ability to ring in first consistently and rarely miss, he usually has a considerable total built up by the time he uncovers a daily double.”

As it stands, the reigning Jeopardy! champion is Ken Jennings, who tapped out at just over 2.5 million in 74 games. Jennings was dethroned after providing the wrong answer to a question about taxes. While Holzhauer is on track to surpass Jennings at this rate, there is no telling what question will stump the champion. Holzhauer has attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to dive into than adult reference books. For those worried about Holzhauer’s winnings breaking the show’s bank, the streak is causing viewers to tune in more than ever, which has boosted advertising sales.

Jeopardy! is America’s favorite game show for numerous reasons. With beloved father-figure Trebek behind the podium, wholesome entertainment, and nuggets of knowledge, the program has become more than just a game show to its viewers. Jeopardy! has become part of the family during its syndication and welcomed into the homes of millions. Holzhauer’s current winning streak has breathed new excitement into the show, and amid a rocky season after Trebek’s cancer diagnosis, it is reminding viewers why they tune in in the first place. Holzhauer and Jeopardy! do not appear to be dwindling anytime soon.

Next: Jeopardy! Reportedly Searching For Alex Trebek’s Replacement

Source: USA Today

2019-04-25 02:04:46

Bethany Guerrero

Salem’s Lot Adaptation Moving Forward, James Wan Producing

Hollywood’s reignited love affair with Stephen King continues, as New Line prepares to adapt Salem’s Lot for theaters, with James Wan producing. While King has regularly seen his projects get selected for adaptation on both the big and small screens throughout his long writing career, the last few years have seen a huge resurgence in the amount of King-based movies and TV shows in the works. The biggest hit so far has been 2017’s IT, which did nothing but prove that putting all these King things in development wasn’t a mistake.

More recently, Paramount adapted Pet Sematary for the big screen, after the novel had been first adapted to film in 1989. The new Pet Sematary drew mixed reviews from critics, but was a good investment financially, now nearing the $100 million mark worldwide on a budget of $21 million. It’s by no means an IT-sized success, but few films are, and movies based on King have always been hit or miss.

Related: Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie In Development

Now, THR reports that Warner Bros. and its sub-studio New Line – the makers of IT – have greenlit a new movie adaptation of King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot. The story centers on writer Ben Mears, who returns to the seemingly quiet little town of Jerusalem’s Lot after having suffered a traumatic experience as a child. Unfortunately, powerful undead bloodsucker Kurt Barlow soon shows up to make the town his. Modern horror master James Wan will produce, from a script by New Line’s go-to horror scribe Gary Dauberman, writer of IT and its sequel, as well as several Conjuring universe entries.

This will be Salem’s Lot first trip to the big screen, but it’s twice before been adapted for TV as a miniseries. The first and by far more famous of the two came in 1979, directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre helmer Tobe Hooper, and starring Starsky and Hutch’s David Soul as Ben Mears. This version changed King’s quite verbose Barlow into a Nosferatu-esque snarling beast. TNT’s 2004 adaptation starred Rob Lowe as Ben and cast Rutger Hauer as a more book-accurate Barlow, but has mostly faded into obscurity.

The new Salem’s Lot movie is in the early stages, so it’s unclear how closely those involved plan to stick to King’s text. Director Andy Muschietti’s IT deviated in large ways from the book, and proved successful, so audiences will certainly accept changes if they work well. Also unclear is who will direct the project, although Wan would seem like an obvious choice. If he’s unavailable, perhaps Dauberman himself could. His directorial debut, Annabelle Comes Home, hits theaters this summer.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: THR

2019-04-23 04:04:29

Michael Kennedy

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad 2 Eyes John Cena For Unknown Role

John Cena appears to be joining James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The former WWE star has been making the transition to Hollywood over the last several years, hoping to find the same level of success that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dave Bautista have had. His first major role came in 2009’s 12 Rounds, but it did not result in him becoming a major action star right away.

Instead of being pigeonholed into being the larger than life, indestructible hero, Cena has more recently found most of his success with more comedically inclined roles. He made small appearances in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, both Daddy’s Home movies, and the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters. He recently got the chance to star in Blockers and joined the franchise world with Bumblebee. These were both successful turns for him, and now he’s using it to join a superhero franchise.

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Variety is reporting that Cena is in talks to play an undisclosed role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. He would be the second new cast member to join, after Idris Elba previously joined the project. This report further confirms that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, as will Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. UPDATE: Variety‘s Justin Kroll shared on Twitter that Cena’s role is the same one originally intended for Bautista (who passed due to scheduling) and that it is believed to be Peacemaker.

This is not the first time that Gunn has brought a former WWE star aboard one of his superhero projects, as he notably gave Dave Bautista his breakout role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista has used the popularity of that character to become one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and if everything goes well, this unknown role in The Suicide Squad could be another launching point for Cena’s acting career. Bautista and Cena could even share the screen here, as Bautista was previously reported to be in line to make an appearance of his own.

Even though this report does not add any details on his character, a previously revealed Suicide Squad team lineup does at least give us a few realistic options. The one that may suit Cena the most is Peacemaker, but that is also the role that Bautista was rumored to be playing. Since that is not yet confirmed, Cena fits the same mold and is now reportedly in talks to join, while Bautista has most recently joined Zack Snyder’s new movie and could make it difficult for him to also appear here. If it isn’t Peacemaker, Cena could also potentially play King Shark. This role could require less from Cena if the giant shark is made with CGI, but Cena may also have the necessary build to try and do the character practically.

That all said, there is also the chance that Cena is playing a character who previously was not said to be in the movie. Gunn is still rewriting the script and is still making big changes, like making Elba play a new character instead of taking over as Deadshot. Regardless of who he ends up playing, Cena’s comedic and action ability make him a great fit for Gunn’s usual style and gives The Suicide Squad another recognizable name to increase interest.

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Source: Variety

2019-04-17 11:04:42

Cooper Hood