It looks like the Fast and Furious cast won't leave without saying good-bye, after all: Vin Diesel confirmed onstage at CinemaCon Thursday that, thanks to Furious 7 making a busload of money (that bus being perched precariously over a cliff), the long-promised Furious 8 is indeed happening. It even has a release date: April 14, 2017. That continues the every-two-years trend the series has followed since Fast Five — Dom Toretto lives his life a quarter-decade at a time.
SNL is bringing in the big guns for the final three shows of its 40th anniversary season: On May 2, Scarlett Johansson will host as Wiz Khalifa makes his SNL debut, no doubt thanks to the Furious 7 hit "See You Again." Then it's Reese Witherspoon with Florence + the Machine on May 9, and closing out the season on May 16 is Louis C.K. with musical guest Rihanna. SNL better have her money.
Here's another revival for the slate: BET is bringing back Punk'd, Ashton Kutcher's brilliant prank show that brought celebrities to their knees. You are correctly remembering that MTV brought Punk'd back briefly in 2012, when it featured rotating guest hosts like Justin Bieber. As of yet, BET hasn't announced who would be attached to the project, but said that the show would be "tailored" to its audience. Kutcher set the bar when he tricked JT into believing the government was seizing all of his property. Go forth and make some tears, BET!
Variety reports that Riz Ahmed, best known for Nightcrawler, is in talks to play the male lead in Star Wars: Rogue One. At a Star Wars panel held over the last weekend, we learned that the first Star Wars anthology will involve a group of rebel soldiers who plan to steal the Death Star. Felicity Jones has already been cast in a lead role as one of those rebel fighters. And while there are no details yet about his role, Variety says Ahmed will likely play a rebel soldier, too. Ben Mendelsohn will also reportedly play the film's villain. Rogue One is set for 2016.
Update: The Wrap is reporting that The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin is also being discussed for a lead role.
After playing a lawyer named Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl, Tyler Perry's next role sees him with an equally improbable name: According to Variety, Perry has joined the cast of Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel as scientist Baxter Stockman, creator of a race of robots that hunt the Turtles through the sewers of New York City. TMNT fans know that Stockman eventually becomes an insane cyborg — it's like they say, no Good Deeds goes unpunished.
Common, like everyone and their mother, has inked a deal for a part in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The movie, which already has the likes of Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith attached, is in production in Toronto, but that apparently means nothing casting-wise. Unfortunately, it's unclear which side of the law Common will be on or whom he'll play. It's also unclear if Common will be featured on the movie's soundtrack — he's into music, you know — because Warner Bros. and David Ayer tease at their own pace, thank you very much. (Which are you more curious about now, though?) If you're not excited by this news, THR adds that Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor and Ben Affleck's Batman might make appearances in SS, too. Speculate away.
Sony has announced plans for its animated, Phil Lord–and–Chris Miller–written-and-produced Spider-Man feature, Variety reports. You might remember mumblings of this project from last fall's Sony hack scandal, but Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman officially dished the news at this year's CinemaCon. Attendees were assured there that the cartoon flick would exist outside the realm of Marvel's forthcoming live-action Spidey projects. The movie is reportedly set to hit theaters July 20, 2018. (This means there will be a lot of Spider-Man movies for this generation of filmgoers, as well as a big workload for this generation of Lords and Millers.) Step one, for the filmmakers, will be perfecting the treatment. (Oh, hey guys ... about that treatment.)
Well, this was a no-brainer: Spike TV has renewed its ratings jackpot Lip Sync Battle for a second season after just four episodes — though we're surprised it took this long. It'll return for 20 episodes beginning sometime in 2016, presumably with LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen back as hosts. Spike hasn't announced its next lineup of celebrity participants or the songs they'll be lip-syncing, but here's Mike Tyson doing "Push It" to give you an idea of what you can probably expect.
Add one more to the live-action Beauty and the Beast cast: Following the news that Ewan McGregor is playing a singing candlestick, Variety reports that Stanley Tucci will play a singing grand piano. The character, dubbed Cadenza, is new to Belle's world this time round and is being described as a "neurotic maestro." So think Squidward, but with only three legs. The movie, which already had a fairly star-studded cast, is slated for a March 17, 2017, release.
Netflix loves comic-book franchises as much as the next content purveyor, so it's no surprise that a second season of Marvel's Daredevil is coming in 2016. The second chapter, following a mostly critically successful first season, will see new showrunners in Doug Petrie (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Horror Story fame) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy). Though Steven DeKnight won't participate much next year because of previous commitments, series creator Drew Goddard will stay onboard as an executive producer. Despite the shift, you can expect more punches, pain, and — yeah — probably law. All dark and gritty, of course.
By Grabthar's hammer, Galaxy Quest is the next '90s cult classic to get the reboot treatment. According to Deadline, Paramount is trying to revive the 1999 sci-fi parody as a TV series, with director Dean Parisot and writer Robert Gordon attached as producers. It's great news for the film's legions of fans, who last month launched an online petition to get the original film's stars to reunite for a Galaxy Quest convention, where they will undoubtedly be kidnapped by aliens who think they're actually out-of-work television actors.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mortdecai's Ewan McGregor is set to sign on to play Lumière, the anthropomorphic candlestick previously voiced by Jerry Orbach, in Disney's upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. It's unclear how much of McGregor, and the other actors who are portraying housewares, will appear in the film, but given his character's unique physiology, this is the one role where McGregor is unlikely to show his penis.
Things are coming up Valiant: After announcing an eight-figure equity investment from Chinese company DMG Entertainment (which co-produced Iron Man 3), The Hollywood Reporter reports the recently reinvigorated Valiant Comics has announced a five-picture deal with Sony to bring two of its most popular titles, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to film, beginning in 2017. Eric Heisserer will write both titles, working with Kick-Ass 2's Jeff Wadlow on Bloodshot. John Wick's David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will helm Bloodshot, whereas a director hasn't been announced yet for Harbinger. Now the big question is whether Valiant can really break the Marvel-DC stranglehold and make this a three-party race.
Pretty soon Whitney Cummings will be back on your TV screens: Deadline reports HBO has ordered a pilot for a comedy starring Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's controversial 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide, as well as a stand-up special set to air next year. The show is being described as a relationship comedy about "modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." Sounds a hell of a lot like Aziz Ansari's new book — probably with tons of dick jokes. Yay?
1970s tennis is soon going to have a Capote situation of its very own: According to Deadline, Emma Stone and Steve Carell have signed on to play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in a Battle of the Sexes biopic for Fox Searchlight. That's not to be confused with HBO's own movie about King and Riggs, which will star Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, or the upcoming comedy Match Maker, which will star Will Ferrell and a woman to be named later. How do you want your Bobby Riggs, America — affably off-kilter, sweatily grotesque, or shirtlessly silly?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is Getting a Spinoff Because Why Should Marvel Be Content With Only Dominating Movies?By Nate Jones
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers spinoff, is itself getting its own spinoff: Deadline reports that ABC is finalizing plans for a stand-alone show for Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter (Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood). The dueling exes would be the stars of an action show that the network reportedly hopes will have a "Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe." The spinoff has yet to be green-lit, but if it goes to series, it could be the network's fourth Marvel show on the air, alongside AOS, Agent Carter, and the rumored Ms. Marvel miniseries. Combined with Netflix's four Marvel shows of its own, you'll either have to learn to love superheroes or start reading books again.
Assistants to King Lucious and Queen Cookie, Becky and Porsha are finally getting some damn respect. TV Line reports that Gabourey Sidibe, who plays half-white Becky, and Ta'Rhonda Jones, who plays the scene-stealing, gum-smacking Porsha, have been bumped up as series regulars for the second season of Empire. Now maybe we'll get to hear Porsha drop some verses.
Comedy Central already wants another dose of Inside Amy Schumer, so the network's ordered a fourth season even though the third hasn't even started. Schumer herself revealed the news on David Letterman's Late Show early Tuesday morning. "I just found out," she told Letterman. (Hmmm ... where have we heard that before?) Season three premieres Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. and promises a Bill Cosby sketch and lots of cameos. Yes please, and thank you.
Walter Skinner's back! Mitch Pileggi will reprise his role as the FBI assistant director in Fox's upcoming X-Files reboot. David Duchovny recently teased his boss's return, and now it's official. Pileggi last appeared as Skinner in 2008's I Want to Believe. Naturally, Pileggi tweeted the announcement in the best possible way: