Kanye West moving back to Chicago, Danny Boyle's comedy film preponed, Carrie Underwood, Post Malone to perform at AMAs, and other Hollywood updates

Kanye West moving back to Chicago, Danny Boyle's comedy film preponed, Carrie Underwood, Post Malone to perform at AMAs, and other Hollywood updates
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Marvel series on female superheroes on TV soon

Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is aiming to bring more female superheroes to the small screen.

ABC has given a production commitment to a series that will feature female Marvel superheroes, reports suggest so.

The exact details of the project are being kept under wraps, so there is no word yet on exactly which characters from the Marvel universe will be featured.

Heinberg will executive produce along with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, with Marvel TV and ABC Studios producing. Heinberg is working on the series under his overall deal with ABC Studios.

Should the project move forward, it would be the latest Marvel project to air on the broadcaster.

ABC launched Agents of SHIELD back in 2013, with the network renewing the show for a sixth season back in May. The sixth season will consist of 13 episodes. ABC also previously aired the Marvel shows’ Agent Carte and Inhumans, which have both been cancelled.

There has been much speculation about whether or not any other Marvel shows would land at ABC, given the fact that Disney is preparing to launch its own streaming service next year.

Marvel is in early development on multiple limited series that would focus on characters featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Loki and Scarlet Witch.

Marvel also currently has five shows on Netflix: The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The latter three shows debuted second seasons this year, while Daredevil is expected to launch its third yet this year.

Cary Fukunaga to direct new James Bond film

Primetime Emmy award-winning American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga, best known for directing and executive producing the first season of the series True Detective, will direct the new James Bond film.

The announcement was made on Twitter on Thursday.

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on March 4, 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020," read a post on the official James Bond Twitter account.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure," said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Earlier, director Danny Boyle quit the James Bond franchise after he reportedly "refused to kill off Craig's 007 in spectacular finale to 25th film".

It was announced in August that Boyle had quit over "creative differences".

Ryan Coogler to produce 'Space Jam' sequel

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce the sequel of animated sports comedy film Space Jam. It stars American professional basketball player LeBron James.

Andrew Dodge and Lin are writing the script for the film, reports suggest so.

The sequel will be directed by Terence Nance, whose other works include An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and Swimming in Your Skin Again.

American former professional basketball player Michael Jordan teamed up with Looney Tunes characters in 1996's Space Jam which grossed $230 million worldwide. In the film, Jordan was enlisted by Bugs Bunny and friends to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens.

Excited about the sequel, James said "The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It's so much bigger.

"I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people."

The Space Jam sequel is tentatively slated to release in 2019, during the NBA off-season.

Reed Morano to create TV content for Amazon Studios

Emmy-winning director and producer Reed Morano has signed an overall television deal with Amazon Studios.

Morano made history by being the first woman to ever win the Emmy and DGA Award last year for a dramatic series -- The Handmaid's Tale. She was also the first woman to win an Emmy in the Drama series category in 22 years.

She will exclusively work with Amazon Studios to create original series which will be made available on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories, read a statement.

"Reed is a creative powerhouse whose distinct point of view shines through her immersive, emotional storytelling and commanding cinematic style," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

"We're honoured to partner with her to exclusively create originals for the global Prime Video audience."

Morano is thrilled to be "working with the pioneers at Amazon".

Jen Salke is known for elevating content and her unwavering support for the filmmaker's vision. We share the same passionate enthusiasm for breaking the mould with provocative storytelling, and I couldn't be more excited about what we've been planning to create together," she added.

Morano's latest project was the film I Think We're Alone Now starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. She made her feature debut with Meadowland, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.

She is currently directing The Rhythm Section, a global espionage thriller featuring Blake Lively and Jude Law.

Danny Boyle's yet untitled comedy film preponed

Director Danny Boyle's upcoming directorial yet untitled comedy film which was scheduled to release on 13 September, 2019, will now open much earlier on 28 June next year.

Boyle, who dropped out of directing the James Bond 25 movie recently, is teaming with screenwriter Richard Curtis for the comedy film, reports suggest so.

Backed by Universal Pictures, the film will focus on a struggling musician, played by Himesh Patel, and is set in the 1960s and 1970s.

Curtis and Boyle will also produce, while Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

Apart from Patel, the film includes actors Lily James and Kate McKinnon.

Imagine Dragons write, record song for 'Ralph Breaks...'

Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons has written and recorded the end-credit song "Zero" for Walt Disney Animation Studios filmRalph Breaks the Internet.

The song is available from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.

In the movie, video-game bad guy Ralph struggles with his evolving friendship with fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz.

According to Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds, the film's emotional themes are reflected in the song "Zero", read a statement.

"It's a pretty timely movie in a lot of ways in that it addresses some of the issues of identity and loneliness unique to this Internet generation," said Reynolds.

"Ralph's internal struggle for self-acceptance really resonated with us, and this song speaks to that."

Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in the US on 21 November.

"It's a bold choice for an end-credit song because it's about someone who feels like a zero, someone who hasn't always felt worthy, someone who's allowed his entire sense of self to rely on a single friendship. When that friendship is threatened, there's a lot of insecurity," said Moore.

Johnston added, "We can all relate to that feeling. But the song tells us we're not alone. They nailed the theme of the movie in a way that also makes you want to dance."

The song is a dichotomy in some ways, with sometimes heavy lyrics over pretty upbeat instrumentation, shared Reynolds.

"The result is a tone that is somewhat bittersweet, which felt appropriate given the complexity of Ralph as a character," he added.

Hudson, boyfriend prepare for daughter's arrival

Actress Kate Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa are preparing for their soon-to-be-born daughter's arrival by decorating nursery.

In a series of Instagram stories posted on Tuesday, Hudson showed her followers how the couple is getting ready for their first child together, reports suggest so.

The pair dedicated the day to getting everything set up in the nursery including picking out wallpaper, unpacking the bassinet and trying on the baby carrier.

The actress and the musician are expecting their little one any day now. And while the baby will be Hudson's third child, she still has some new "mommy" things to master.

In several of the posts, the 39-year-old actress makes reference to the ever-evolving baby sleeping gear, writing "Oh the things that change in seven years…" and "Apparently the SNOO is the way to go. The future…"

In one post featuring the interior of the bassinet, Hudson can be heard saying: "Oh, look at this. You sort of strap the baby in," as she inspects the SNOO Sack.

She is also a proud mother to son Ryder, 14, with former husband Chris Robinson, and son Bingham, 7, with former fiance Matthew Bellamy.

Carrie Underwood, Post Malone to perform at AMAs

The 2018 American Music Awards will include Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign as performers.

Tracee Ellis Ross, an executive producer of the ceremony, is returning as the show's host, reports people.com.

So nice, I'm doing it twice," Ross posted on Instagram.

The performers might even bag awards as Underwood is up for favourite female artist, country, and Imagine Dragons is in the race for artist of the year; favourite duo or group, pop/rock and favourite artist, alternative rock.

Malone is nominated for artist of the year; favourite collaboration of the year; favourite male artist, pop/rock; favourite artist, rap/hip-hop; favourite album, rap/hip-hop and favourite song, rap/hip-hop.

Drake and Cardi B lead the nominations with eight each.

The 2018 American Music Awards will be held at the Microsoft Theater here on 9 October.

Kanye West moving back to Chicago

Rapper Kanye West told a crowd at his hometown here that he plans to move to Chicago for good.

Addressing a crowd at OpenMike, an event for Chicago high schoolers hosted by Chance the Rapper, West said that he planned to return to make a permanent return to the windy city.

"I've got to let you all know, that I'm moving back to Chicago," he said in a video obtained by TMZ, reports suggest so.

"And I'm never leaving again," he said as the audience erupted into a spontaneous cheer of "Kanye! Kanye! Kanye! Kanye!"

West also hinted at new music on the way - both his own and collaborations with others.

"Me and Chance (are) working on a new album," he said in a clip posted to Instagram by Chance the Rapper.

According to TMZ, West and his wife Kim Kardashian have "already found a home" here, but they will also keep the property that they own in Los Angeles.

The couple's third child is named Chicago West in honour of the city. They welcomed Chicago via a surrogate back in January.

They are also parents to North West, 5, and Saint West, 2. Kim is yet to address the Chicago move.

(SOURCE: IANS)
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