Star Wars’ The Mandalorian Series Is Putting A-List Talent Behind The Camera

Star Wars is coming to TV in a brand new way with the very first (and super pricy) live-action series, which was recently revealed to be called The Mandalorian. Executive producer Jon Favreau announced the big news via social media, although details beyond the title and premise were scarce. Now, more information has released, and it turns out that Taika Waititi of Thor: Ragnarok and a number of others are on board to bring new stories to that galaxy far, far away.

Fans of Star Wars, get excited! Production has officially begun on the new series, and Taika Waititi will direct an episode for its big premiere on the Disney streaming service. Also directing episodes will be Dave Filoni of Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, Jurassic World star and Solemates director Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow of Jessica Jones, and Rick Famuyiwa of Dope. As previously announced, Jon Favreau is on board as executive producer and writer. Sharing executive producing duties are Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson on top of Filoni and Favreau.

There’s no news yet as to what will happen in the episodes these directors are set to tackle, but it’s worth noting that these directors have worked on wildly different projects throughout their careers. Both Taika Waititi and Deborah Chow have helmed superhero projects, although for under different banners and with very different tones. And that’s only one example! Despite some criticism of The Last Jedi in the aftermath of The Force Awakens, Star Wars movies are often similar in tone and structure within their trilogies. Is the variety of directors a sign that the series won’t necessarily feel like one big story? Will there be standalone episodes, or will The Mandalorian be completely serialized?

Unfortunately, we can only wait and see at this point. Of the directors who have signed on to helm episodes of The Mandalorian, Dave Filoni is the one with Star Wars saga experience. He’s slated to direct the very first episode of the new show, and his involvement is one of the elements of The Mandalorian that I’m most excited about. Filoni has directed episodes of Star Wars Rebels, will direct new episodes of The Clone Wars, and contributed to Star Wars Resistance.

Not only is Filoni well-versed in Star Wars lore with experience working alongside George Lucas, but his work on Clone Wars and Rebels makes him an expert on all things Mandalorian in current Star Wars canon. Given that The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire post-Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens, it’s also possible that Rebels‘ explosive Mandalorian Sabine Wren could appear in live-action. Why not bring Katee Sackhoff on board as Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan as well?

Only time will tell what’s in store with The Mandalorian. The next Star Wars project coming to the small screen is Star Wars Resistance, which was impacted by Rebels and Clone Wars in some interesting ways. Resistance is also set in the era between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (although much closer to Force Awakens), so perhaps we should keep our eyes peeled for any Mandalorians on Resistance this fall!

Did The Big Bang Theory Set The Stage For Penny And Leonard To Break Up?

Spoilers ahead for the Big Bang Theory Season 12 episode called “The Procreation Calculation.”

The twelfth and final season of The Big Bang Theory is only just getting started, but viewers should start considering how the series is going to end, even if that isn’t set in stone at this point. The show likely won’t start any huge arcs that won’t have time to end before the final credits role, and the events of the latest episode raise the question: will Penny and Leonard break up?

The episode saw Raj seriously considering going ahead with an arranged marriage while Howard and Bernadette tried to pass their wisdom as parents and spouses along to their friends. Penny and Leonard decided to take a test to determine how compatible they are — a bit late, all things considered — which led to the reveal that Leonard wants kids but Penny does not. Once the news started circulating among their friends (and her dad, thanks to Leonard), Penny faced pressure to give in and agree to have kids (although Amy eventually came to terms with never breast-feeding Penny’s baby, and vice versa). She was really very matter-of-fact about not wanting children.

As for Leonard, he had always assumed that they would have kids, and he dropped the bombshell on Penny that he figured they’d have a child within five years. When he thought that Penny was telling him she was pregnant rather than confessing that she doesn’t want to make babies, he was ecstatic. By the end of the episode, he resigned himself to never having children, and the issue ended with classic Big Bang Theory shenanigans as Penny rented the Bat-mobile for him to drive. Still, the gigantic issue of having or not having kids didn’t seem altogether settled between them, and it may take more than a Bat-mobile for Leonard to agree with Penny.

Given how seriously everybody took the issue of Penny vs. Leonard on the issue of having kids, it’s difficult to believe that The Big Bang Theory won’t revisit the issue. It’s also not an issue that can really be solved via compromise. Either they have children or they do not have children. Despite Bernadette’s attempts to convince Penny that motherhood is wonderful, Penny didn’t waver in her determination to live a life without kids of her own. She was happy to be Aunt Penny and love the kids around her — or at least not throw any rocks at them — but she didn’t see any mini Pennys or Leonards in her future.

As for Leonard, his glee at the chance to drive the Bat-mobile could very well be short-lived. After all, it was only a rental, and he may come to the conclusion that driving the Bat-mobile once isn’t the substitute for becoming a father, even though he did acknowledge that the Hofstadter line won’t end with him since he has a bunch of nieces and nephews. If Leonard still wants kids and Penny is still determined not to have them, they may need to break up.

Of course, The Big Bang Theory might not want to end the series’ longest-running romance in heartbreak in its final season, so there’s every chance that Penny and Leonard will end the series in agreement about kids/no kids. We do know that one other couple will almost certainly have kids, and another wedding is in the works, so there’s a lot to go down in the last batch of episodes. We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of The Big Bang Theory air this fall on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Twin Peaks Is Getting A VR Experience

Virtual reality hasn’t really picked up in the casual space. Not only that, but it seems to have been dwindling in the hardcore space, according to some sales data. Even still, just because VR has ran into another hiccup with trying to appeal to the mainstream audience over the course of the last 30 years, it doesn’t mean that developers aren’t going to try to win people over with some experimental new projects tapping into unlikely brands. One of the brands being tapped to indulge our senses beyond the television screen and the computer monitors is Showtime’s Twin Peaks. Collider Games has teamed up with the cable outlet to work on a Twin Peaks VR experience that will change the way you’ve viewed David Lynch’s strangely fascinating tale.

Over on Collider, the site announced that it had teamed up with Showtime and the original creator of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, to create the brand new Twin Peaks VR experience. The game will be previewed for the very first time at the Festival of Disruption set to take place in Los Angeles, California between October 13 and October 14 at the theater in the Ace Hotel.

The upcoming game will be based around the latest cable television run of the show from the 2017 iteration of Twin Peaks: The Return, along with a few moments and locations that you’ll be able to experience from the original television series that aired on ABC back in 1990.

There’s no mention if Fire Walk With Me content will make it into the game, but they do mention that there will be “lines” and “sounds” directly from the show itself that will appear as gamers travel through Glastonbury Grove and other iconic locations from the series such as the Red Room.

The first-person adventure will put players in the role of FBI agent Dale Cooper. I’m not entirely sure about the plot, but it explains that the special agent attempts to make his way back into a life he left behind. I’m sure fans of the series will be more familiar with that description than outsiders.

There isn’t much in the way of gameplay details. We do know that Twin Peaks VR will be made available for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. I suspect that the game will likely be similar to other first-person VR adventure/mystery titles, where you can move around and pick up objects, and then examine them or survey the area for clues, similar to popular PlayStation VR titles like Robinson: The Journey or Batman Arkham VR.

I’m sure there will be additional footage that emerges from the event when it takes place next week during the weekend. Hopefully a trailer will also appear for the game so we can see what it looks like in action. Also, I’m a little shocked that the game won’t be available for the PlayStation VR right now, but perhaps if it captures a decent audience, we might see Sony attempt to get Twin Peaks VR on the PlayStation VR at some point.

Why Fortnite Removed A Popular Item

If you’re only jumping into Fortnite here in Season 6 and have no idea what the Bouncer is, it’s an item that players could place on the ground similar to a trap, only it served the purpose of launching players into the air. Sure, you could use the item in clever ways to dispatch your foes but, nine times out of 10, players used it for the intended purpose of making traversal a bit more easy. If you wanted to get up high without relying on building, a Bouncer could do the trick. If used from a decent altitude, it could even be used to reinitiate your glider, allowing players to cover some serious distance or get the heck out of harm’s way.

Steam Begins To Define ‘Straight-Up Trolling’ By Banning Over 170 Games

Steam’s new guidelines when it comes to what they will and will not make available on their storefront are a bit vague, but thanks to the recent removal of nearly 200 games, we’re starting to get a clearer picture. These games all fall under the umbrella of what Steam calls “straight-up trolling,” meaning the company’s determined their purpose was little more than to get a rise out of folks.

With more developers taking advantage of Steam’s loose policies when it comes to games publishing in recent years, the company decided to go the opposite direction of what was expected and basically opened the floodgates. Instead of creating a thorough “decency policy,” we’ll call it, and sticking to it, it instead decided to let just about anything onto the platform, with a notable exception for games that were deemed to be “straight-up trolling.” That particular term was eventually clarified and, thanks to the removal of 179 games in recent days, we finally have an example of their new standards in practice.

The names of the banned games will likely give you a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about. The folks over at PC Gamer have cherry-picked a handful of the titles, including Boobs Battleground, Dad’s Co-Worker, X-Ray Hospital, Boobs Puzzle and MILF. Also axed were 32 games in the Achievement Hunter series and a handful of games that have the word “hentai” in the title. Those Achievement Hunter games were designed, as the name implies, to let players pad their virtual trophy shelves and their icons even sported letters that players could use to spell out various phrases in their profiles. You can imagine how creative folks got with that.

As noted above, Steam has these game’s under the straight-up trolling category, which was further described as something “simply trying to rile people up with something we call ‘a game-shaped object.'” The Steam blog further explained that these are crudely-made pieces of software that are “technically” games, but games that nearly all reasonable individuals would argue are not good. Examples of troll games were those that try to scam folks into giving up their private information, earn money through schemes or let developers use Steam keys in questionable manners. And then there are those that “are just trying to incite and sow discord.”

So, obviously, you wouldn’t expect to find a Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed game under that umbrella, but you probably wouldn’t be surprised to find a game like Putin, Boob and Trump or Make Border Great Again.

Many argue that Steam is still being too loose with their efforts and causing even more problems for themselves, while the company holds that it doesn’t feel it should be able to judge what should and should not be considered a “game,” except in those cases where they feel a game is “trolling,” apparently. We’ll have to wait and see where things go from here.

Roseanne Spinoff The Conners Cast A New Love Interest For Darlene

Love is in the air on The Conners! Although the show has not even premiered yet as the follow-up to the ill-fated Roseanne, a new love interest has already been cast for Darlene, and sitcom fans may recognize him. Justin Long, who played a memorable love interest on New Girl, is on board to romance Darlene, and hilarity is bound to ensue.

Not too many details are currently available about Justin Long’s character, but his name will be Neil and he won’t be a one-off guest star. He’s on board in a recurring capacity, according to TVLine, so maybe the relationship will go well for Darlene! She could probably use a fun new dynamic in her life considering what happened to her mother, the new responsibilities that will probably fall on her shoulders following Roseanne’s death, and the complications that will come with the return of David.

Yes, Johnny Galecki will reprise his role as Darlene’s former flame and the father of her children in the upcoming first season of The Conners. He was back as David in the first and now only season of Roseanne, and that season was kind of a bummer all around for the Healy family. The revival revealed that Mark had passed away and David turned out to not be the greatest dad to his and Darlene’s kids. Any fans who were hoping for a rekindled romance for David and Darlene may want to resign themselves to the duo remaining separate, at least for now. Darlene isn’t the only one with a love interest.

David’s girlfriend Blue will appear on The Conners, to be played by Juliette Lewis of Secrets and Lies. As of now, Lewis and Johnny Galecki are only slated to appear in one episode, which also points toward no rekindled romance between David and Darlene, even if Darlene still had some lingering feelings for him after his Roseanne appearance. Maybe Neil will be exactly what Darlene needs! She may need the occasional break from her family.

Darlene isn’t the only Conners regular who is getting a new love interest. Love will be in the air for Jackie as well, which may be yet another sign that the show intends to explore new relationships for her character. Steve Zahn will play Jackie’s new guy, and she’ll come to regret asking Dan to “vet him” in the Halloween episode. Something tells me Darlene won’t be asking Dan to vet Neil!

We’ll have to wait and see. Although The Conners is keeping the same cast from Roseanne (aside from Roseanne Barr, of course), there are bound to be significant differences between the shows, and not just due to the recasting of a certain character. Find out what the Conners will look like without Roseanne when the show premieres in the fall lineup on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

How Star Wars Resistance Was Impacted By Clone Wars And Rebels

Star Wars is returning to the small screen this month thanks to the long-awaited premiere of Star Wars Resistance on Disney Channel. Resistance promises to explore a place in the epic Star Wars timeline that hasn’t been covered on previous shows or movies, and given that Rebels aired its finale early this year and there’s still a while to wait before The Clone Wars is back, the new show should whet our appetites for new Star Wars action. Star Wars Resistance executive producer Justin Ridge spoke with CinemaBlend about the new series and how it was impacted by the two series that came before, saying this:

Justin Ridge had already worked on two popular animated Star Wars series before Resistance, so he had experience with what it takes to bring Star Wars to television. Although the animation style for Resistance is quite different from both Rebels and The Clone Wars, Ridge’s work on the two earlier shows taught him and inspired him in ways to guarantee that the new series fits into the saga so many have come to know and love. Dave Filoni was quite successful at the helm of Star Wars Rebels, and of course George Lucas himself was an asset in developing the magic touch for bringing Star Wars to TV.

All of this said, Star Wars Resistance is not going to just be Clone Wars 2.0 or Rebels: Part Deux, and not just because of the different animation style. By taking place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (although much closer to The Force Awakens than the previous movie), Resistance will get to show off some of what Star Wars fans haven’t gotten to see too much of.

After all, we only have two movies in the sequel trilogy at this point, and Resistance will get to show a lot more of this era in the timeline than we could get in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. The movies can’t spend precious minutes of limited screen time focusing on technology and world-building, but Resistance can. Clone Wars and Rebels both provided far more hours of their respective eras than were found in just the three movies of each trilogy. Justin Ridge went on to say this about using the TV format to do what the movies can’t necessarily in this new era:

Star Wars Resistance follows talented young pilot Kazuda Xiono after he is recruited by Poe Dameron himself for a top-secret mission on behalf of the Resistance as the First Order continues to expand. Kaz takes an undercover assignment at the aircraft refueling platform known as The Colossus, which is located on an Outer Rim water planet. Working with a mechanic and joined by some unexpected new friends (as well as some very familiar to Star Wars fans), Kaz continues his mission to become the best pilot in the galaxy while also continuing his mission for the Resistance.

You can catch the first two episodes of Star Wars Resistance on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Be sure to tune in to experience the next chapter in Star Wars television.

Why A Star Is Born Works Better Than Most Remakes, According To Sam Elliott

Depending on your perspective, remakes are a tricky business. Either you understand how they can blow the dust off of a dated property and repurpose it for a new audience, or you are diametrically opposed to the concept, because the original material was fine enough. We were surprised when we sat down across from Sam Elliott at the press junket for A Star Is Born, because he made it clear up front that he’s NOT okay with remakes. In general, he’s opposed to the idea of them. (Someone must have tipped him off to the news of a Roadhouse remake… terrible idea, Hollywood!) But Elliott opened up as to why this remake of A Star Is Born works, explaining to CinemaBlend:

I know that some of you might read Sam Elliott’s comments and think, “Well, what else is he going to say? He’s promoting a remake!” But when we started the conversation about the industry’s penchant for remaking anything from the past that is a household name, Elliott certainly didn’t hold back, critiquing those decisions as strictly monetary, and standing in the way of creativity. Elliott confessed:

Sam Elliott can speak with conviction because the remake that he’s part of improves in virtually every aspect of the previous versions of A Star is Born, benefitting from the brilliant casting of Lady Gaga in the lead role, and the commanding control shown by Bradley Cooper as a first-time director. Sam Elliott plays Cooper’s manager, a steady hand for an artist who’s tumbling along in an alcoholic haze. He plays an important part in the narrative. Here’s Elliott on remakes:

You can start to see for yourself what Sam Elliott is talking about, because A Star Is Born is in theaters as we speak. Why are you still here? Go!

How The Hellboy Reboot Is Different From The Guillermo Del Toro Movies, According To Hellboy’s Creator

For a long time, Hellboy fans kept hoping that Guillermo del Toro would get the opportunity to make Hellboy III and give the story he told in the previous two movies a proper conclusion. But you can’t always get what you want, and last year it was announced that a new Hellboy movie is on the way, but it will be a reboot. David Harbour, who’s bringing Hellboy to life this time around, has previously said that unlike Ron Perlman’s Hellboy, his version of the character will go “through a lot more struggle, a lot more angst,” and Mike Mignola, the man who created Hellboy, notes that while both del Toro’s Hellboy movies and director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy pull from his source material, the latter is honing in on those horror elements more closely. In Mignola’s words:

Mike Mignola‘s take on the Hellboy reboot certainly falls in line with that we’ve learned about it over the last year. While Guillermo del Toro’s take on the Hellboy mythology certainly had their scary and unsettling moments, the movies operated within the safer PG-13 confines. This reboot, on the other hand, will be R-rated and not for the more squeamish moviegoers. And again, just because the new Hellboy is veering more into horror than fantasy doesn’t mean it’s not going to honor the original stories. In fact, continuing in his interview with Deadline, Mignola stated that from what he saw when visiting the Hellboy set in Bulgaria, this reboot looks his creations were ripped straight from the comics, something he didn’t feel with the earlier movies. Mignola said:

Based off the Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt and The Storm and the Fury comic book story arcs, the Hellboy reboot will see the eponymous protagonist and his allies battling a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humanity. Along with David Harbour as Hellboy, the main cast includes Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio. Hellboy has a panel at New York Comic-Con this Saturday, so if the predictions prove true, that’s when we’ll get the first trailer.

Previously scheduled for January 11, 2019, Hellboy has now moved to April 12 of the same year, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates. In the meantime, feel free to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out next year.

Jamie Dornan Will Play A Journalist In Both Of His Fifty Shades Follow-Ups

Say what you will about the Fifty Shades franchise, but its stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are continuing to rise to stardom and take on new fascinating roles much because of its past success. Johnson is creating buzz surrounding her two upcoming October releases, Bad Times at the El Royale and horror-remake Suspiria. Dornan is also sharing a busy release schedule with three films with his name coming out before the year’s end. Two of which has the actor portraying the stories of two very different real-life journalists in A Private War and in the HBO TV movie, My Dinner With Hervé. Why did Dornan make this shift from playing a shady, kinky billionaire you may ask? Here’s what he said:

In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, the former Christian Grey explained the difference between these two roles. Up first, My Dinner with Hervé has Jamie Dornan playing a struggling journalist, Danny Tate, who forms a friendship with Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) shortly before the television star committed suicide in 1993. His other role in A Private War has Dornan portraying British photojournalist Paul Conroy, who photographed some of the most taunting war images in the middle east alongside badass journalist Marie Colvin, played by Rosamund Pike.

For A Private War, Jamie Dornan recounted meeting with Paul Conroy, who showed him some of images he photographed. They were so gruesome that newspapers felt they could not publish them and are permanently imprinted in Dornan’s brain. While Dornan maintains that both the roles are polar opposites, he said he thinks someone has to be “a wee bit mad” to be a journalist of any kind. A madness that he also believes actors such as himself and other creatives must possess. Delving into the world of war journalism proved to be more taxing as the movie discusses the damage the line of work has on people. His co-star Rosamund Pike will be portraying journalist Marie Colvin, who wears an eyepatch in the film due to her close encounters with war and died in 2012 while covering the siege of Homs in Syria.

Jamie Dornan is also involved in the Robin Hood reboot starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Dornan will be playing Will Scarlet in the fun action flick, one of the iconic members of the Hood’s Merry Men. The actor certainly has a lot of exciting upcoming roles to follow-up the Fifty Shades franchise. My Dinner with Hervé airs on HBO on October 20 and A Private War and Robin Hood hit theaters on November 21.