On Friday, Furious 7 became the fastest film to hit $1 billion at the worldwide box office, doing so in just 17 days. It's also Universal's first film to ever reach that benchmark. NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer made the announcement in an effusive blog post on their site, calling it a "significant milestone in our history." As for a Furious 8, Vin Diesel has been hinting hard that it's going to happen, because, well, it's "F8."
Looks like Marvel has yet another TV series in the works, but this time it involves a big-name collaborator: John Ridley, who won an Oscar for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay. Entertainment Weekly reports that Ridley is working on a mysterious new project with Marvel for ABC. Marvel already has a growing roster of superhero shows on ABC, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and a reported new S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff. For now, details on the secret project are vague, with EW only confirming that it'll involve an "existing Marvel superhero character or property." We're still holding out hope for that Black Widow spinoff!
Univision's longest-running program, the magically campy variety show Sábado Gigante, will end on September 19 — after airing every Saturday night for the last 53 years. Mario Kreutzberger will officially retire from his "role" as host Don Francisco, after interviewing everyone from Selena to Michelle Obama (not to mention segments like "El Detector De Mentiras," in which Don gives lie-detector tests to cheaters). Good-bye Sábado Gigante! We'll always have this performance of "Gangnam Style":
If You Want to Have Sex in a Box While People Watch, You’re Going to Have to Do It on Your Own Time NowBy Jesse David Fox
Sex Box, we hardly knew you — though we also knew you too well. After five episodes, WE tv has pulled the show in which real couples have sex in a box for watching experts (a.k.a. sexperts) who give advice afterward. After the "controversial" show failed to garner a legit audience, WE tv felt weird about the whole thing, saying, "Sex Box was a bold programming swing that broke new ground but did not connect with large numbers of viewers." It's one thing to air Sex Box; it's another to air it if no one's watching, because then you're just creeps paying people to have sex in a box for you. WE tv added that it is considering "a potential reformatted version of the show." Meaning they have a box that, for some reason, no one wants. So next fall, get ready to see Tex-Mex Box, a show in which experts (a.k.a. Tex-Mexperts) watch couples eat refried beans in a box that people had sex in a few months before. It will be disgusting.
While we wait on Sex and the City 3, HBO has picked up Divorce, a single-cam comedy about a "very, very long divorce." Parker will star along with Thomas Hayden Church as her (soon-to-be-ex-)husband, and the whole thing will take place in (you guessed it!) New York City, making those SATC comparisons even harder to shake. Not that it matters — Carrie and Big totally wouldn't have lasted, and you're kidding yourself if you think otherwise.
Just two weeks in, the Spike TV series version of Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle is looking like a legitimate hit, both on TV and online. The celebrity air-vocal showdown gave Spike its biggest Nielsen numbers ever for a series premiere, and since then, the total audience for the first episodes (counting DVR replays and multiple reruns) has soared past 15 million TV viewers. Even more stunning: Spike says that various LSB performance clips from the first three half-hour episodes have already generated nearly 100 million online streams. Not bad for a concept that began with executive producer (and The Office star) John Krasinski trying to think of a cool bit to do during a visit to Fallon’s Late Night a couple years ago.
An independent investigation conducted by lawyer Janice Rubin has concluded that CBC management failed to properly act on reports that former Q host Jian Ghomeshi sexually harassed his female co-workers. The report states that Ghomeshi's behavior was "considered to create an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment," and that by ignoring his actions, higher-ups at CBC declined to provide a workplace "free from disrespectful and abusive behaviour."
Emerald City, a Wizard of Oz–inspired drama in the vein of Game of Thrones, is returning to NBC after being nixed and reworked. Deadline reports that the network gave it a ten-episode series order after writer-EP David Schulner redeveloped it. The main difference, it appears, is that in "the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic, and a bloody battle for supremacy." Yes, you read that correctly: Toto is now the Arnold Schwarzenegger of dogs, and the yellow brick road will probably be painted red. We'll see what happens.
So actually, that whole Lena Dunham–on–The Simpsons thing has expanded a bit: Now all of the Girls from Girls are heading to Springfield. Recall: Dunham was set to voice Homer's funny, pharmacist fling, Candace, in the season 27 premiere (September 27). EW adds that Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams will, naturally, play Candace's friends. "We're having a Girls reunion, even though Girls is still on the air," Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told the mag. "They're asking her the question that anybody normally would: 'Why Homer?' — fulfilling the role that Patty and Selma have played on the show all these years." Classic, on all counts.
It only took a couple of days of sad–Michelle MacLaren–news fallout for Wonder Woman to land a replacement helmer. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Patty Jenkins, who almost directed Thor 2 and is known for 2003's Monster, will now be the first woman to lead a major DC project. Warner Bros. will probably receive less flak for letting go of their first female director — but only if they can retain this one, without creative differences being an issue (Jenkins had that problem with Marvel's Thor). Second time's a charm?
Following the success of X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn is in negotiations to direct Fox's Flash Gordon movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, based on the Alex Raymond 1930s sci-fi comic strip of the same name (which inspired Star Wars), has already seen a few iterations on film: It was first turned into a three-part film serial, starring Buster Crabbe as the the famous space explorer, in the '30s and, in 1980, was brought to the silver screen again (this time soundtracked by Queen) with Sam J. Jones in the title role. The comic strip follows Flash, his love interest Dale Arden, and scientist Hans Zarkov, who travel to the planet Mongo to fight its ruler, Ming the Merciless.
The geniuses behind Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet are coming back with an eight-part series called Our Planet for Netflix. The production company Silverback Films said it would be shooting the series in ultra-high-def. "Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks," said producer Alastair Fothergill. "We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before." The bad news is that the series won't premiere until 2019. (Nature documentaries take a long time!) For you, the major difference will be that you'll use a vape this time around.
It's good to see Rick Famuyiwa's post-Sundance career is moving along. After scoring a breakout hit with Dope, HBO has tapped the director to helm Confirmation, its movie about Clarence Thomas's controversial Supreme Court confirmation hearing, which ignited a dual media firestorm about sexism and racism when Anita Hill testified that Thomas had sexually harassed her. Kerry Washington, who is also producing, is already onboard as Hill. Famuyiwa dons the white (director's) hat this summer.
Ahead of its third-season premiere, Netflix has officially renewed Orange Is the New Black for a fourth season. Which, while great for fans of the show, means all our favorite inmates' prison sentences just got a bit longer. Hope everyone's prepared to spend another summer at Litchfield! The show's third season returns June 12. In the meantime, watch Crazy Eyes and Poussey argue about whether or not Vee is still alive in this new clip.
Emma Stone is in talks to step in as the female lead of Damien Chazelle's forthcoming movie musical, La La Land, the Wrap reports. The film will focus on an aspiring actress and jazz pianist who meet in L.A., fall in love, and try to balance their passions for each other and their art. Miles Teller was originally pegged to be the male lead, but since he's left the project, such hot talents as Ryan Gosling and Eddie Redmayne are rumored to be circling the role.
MTV2 Is Bringing Back Celebrity Deathmatch for the Internet Age — in Which We’re All Celebrities If You Think About ItBy Nate Jones
Someone call Judge Mills Lane: MTV2 has ordered a pilot for a new version of its parent network's classic Celebrity Deathmatch. The network says the new Celebrity Deathmatch will be a "reimagined" version of the original that draws inspiration from our current "world of social media and hourly Twitter wars." Finally, we'll get to see what Suey Park versus Stephen Colbert looks like in Claymation form! The Deathmatch reboot is just one of three new series MTV2 announced today; the others are a Charlemagne tha God talk show and Kingin' With Tyga, a Jackass-style adventure show that follows the antics of America's favorite ephebophile.
The Weinstein Company plans to turn Truman Capote's In Cold Blood into a TV event series. Originally released as a four-part serial in The New Yorker in 1965, it was then put together into a single book that would go on to be considered one of the seminal works of the 20th century. Telling the story of the 1959 murder, In Cold Blood seems to fit perfectly in today's true-crime boom.
In Cold Blood has been adapted a couple times since its release, including a 1996 miniseries starring Anthony Edwards. Most recently, two acclaimed films, 2005's Capote and 2006's Infamous, have come out telling the story of Capote as he worked on the piece.
Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman and Inside Out's Meg LeFauve are close to inking a deal to co-write Disney and Marvel's forthcoming Captain Marvel project, according to the Wrap. Captain Marvel, the comic-book company's first female-driven movie, is reportedly now on the hunt for a female director. The Wrap notes that Michelle MacLaren could be a good fit for the job, considering she just left her most recent one. The film, which is sounding more and more awesome by the update and centers on Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Binary, Ms. Marvel), is set for a July 6, 2018, release.
As usual, Bryan Singer took to social media to alert fans of X-Men: Apocalypse's newest cast member. "Excited to welcome Olivia Munn as Betsy Braddock," he wrote on Instagram. Betsy Braddock is Psylocke, a mutant known for her telekinetic edge as well as her immunity to others' telepathy. It seems like the casting news for this movie is never-ending, as Munn joins (recently announced) Lana Condor, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film is supposed to start production in the spring, for a release next May, which means there's probably time for a couple more announcements. Keep your eyes peeled, but scope out this informative clip about Psylocke, who is especially badass, in the meantime.