This definitely sounds more promising than that Tetris movie. Variety is reporting that the upcoming Angry Birds animated movie has been cast—and it actually sounds pretty good. Jason Sudeikis will voice “Red,” the leader of the flock of furious fowl, and will be joined by Danny McBride (Bomb), Bill Hader (pig), Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle), Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key and Kate McKinnon in a really funny ensemble cast. The app-inspired epic hits theaters in July, 2016 ... Discuss
Sure, stacking geometric shapes is a time-honored way to kill a few minutes on your iPhone or old graphing calculator, but some Hollywood studio executives believe that Tetris actually warrants an entire feature-length movie. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Threshold Entertainment is somehow adapting the classic video game into a big-budget adventure film. The studio’s CEO told the paper, “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” Aside from not bringing the random shapes to life, he didn’t give many other plot details, other than to say that the story would be of “intergalactic significance.” Huh. At least we know the soundtrack will be pretty killer ... Discuss
Aretha Franklin may be 72 years old, but she’s still the queen of soul—and she’s proving as much with a new album called Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. It’s exactly what it sounds like, with Franklin taking on everything from Etta James’ “At Last” to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” to Alicia Keys’ “No One.” The album is being produced by Babyface and Outkast’s André 3000 among others and will release Oct. 21. In the meantime, Franklin’s starting to make the rounds to promote the album. She visited the Late Show With David Letterman Monday night and performed Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”—with a mashup of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” coming in toward the end—and proved she’s still got it ...
Greendale is losing another one of its favorite alum. According to TV Guide, Yvette Nicole Brown—who plays one of our favorite characters on TV, Shirley—will not appear in the upcoming season of Community so that she can spend time with her father, who is sick. She told the magazine, “It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad." With the departure of Donald Glover and now Brown, the show is in the process of casting two new characters for sixth season ... Discuss
Netflix has already disrupted traditional TV with its original series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but now it’s taking the next step: making a movie. The video streaming service will be working with Harvey Weinstein to create Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (a sequel of sorts to the popular movie released in 2000). The movie will release on Netflix and have a short run in IMAX theaters in late August of 2015. “The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” Weinstein said in a statement. “We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story” ... Discuss