China’s Alibaba Pictures Takes Film Rights To Children’s Book Series ‘Warriors’

China’s Alibaba Pictures has signed a deal with UK-based fiction packager Working Partners and its parent company Coolabi Group to secure the film rights for Warriors, a book series about four clans of warring feral cats.
Written by Erin Hunger, a pseudonym for writing team Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry and Victoria Holmes, Warriors follows the growth of an intrepid cat named Rusty, who ventures into a mysterious forest where he befriends a group of wild cats. Rusty joins…


‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ With Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden Sets Italy Ratings Record

Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer’s “Medici: Masters of Florence,” the ambitious series starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden and sold by Wild Bunch TV, drew a record 7.6 million viewers for its debut broadcast on Italy’s Rai 1, according to Italian ratings compiler Auditel. Rai 1 launched the English-language drama with two episodes Tuesday and pulled a… Read more »

‘Black Mirror’ Episodes Ranked: Spoiler-Free Guide to Seasons 1-3

When the new season of the futuristic drama series “Black Mirror” hits Netflix, uninitiated viewers may want to try a binge with a twist: why not watch the episodes out of order? The show’s anthology format means each episode tells a self-contained story, so starting with the very first hour isn’t even necessary. Which may… Read more »

HERC RADIO!! A TV Critic On JACK REACHER 2!! Plus 007, DC, Marvel, Star Trek & Star Wars News!!

HERC RADIO!! AICN’s TV Critic Loves THE ACCOUNTANT!! Plus all the Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics News!!

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“The Accountant” is getting positive reviews from only 50% of “top critics” polled by the Rotten Tomatoes website, but I’m here to tell you it is one of the year’s best movies, an actioner with a big brain.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) from a screenplay by relative newcomer Bill Dubuque, the movie is cool and funny and tells the tale of a high-functioning autistic fellow who’s as good at rooting out deductions as he is putting bullets in volleyballs from a mile away.
If you like “Star Trek” characters like Spock, Data and Seven, you may take a liking also to Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), who has spent decades mimicking polite human behavior without really grasping its fundamentals.
Wolff evokes prior Affleck superheroes. Like Daredevil, Wolff has rituals that help him cope with his disability. Like Batman, he’s as good at deduction as he is beating thugs unconscious.
Jon Bernthal (who has his own superhero career as Netflix’s Punisher) is fantastic as Brax, Wolff’s equally badass adversary, and there are twists aplenty.
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Does “Doctor Strange” give away the plots of future Marvel movies? Colossal spoilers may lurk in invisotext.
Screencrush reveals that in the middle

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Joss Whedon Wants To Make A STAR WARS STORY!!

Joss Whedon Wants To Make A STAR WARS STORY!!

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“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”/“Firefly” mastermind Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the two most successful superhero movies in the history of history, says he may not be done with big-budget franchises after all.
“Do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah,” he tells “Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
One could argue, I suppose, that Whedon already made his Star Wars Story with “Firefly” and “Serenity.” But maybe he wants to play with lightsabers.
In the same Thursday interview Whedon seems to imply that longtime Marvel exec Kevin Feige is unusually key to the company’s spectacular success, describing Feige as “a really good storyteller.” Whedon also finds “interesting” that DC decided not to use “90210”/“Glee” vet Grant Gustin to play Barry Allen in the movies:
“I did not see Suicide Squad. I saw Batman vs. Superman. Everybody’s got their own method. I think Marvel has been more successful systematically. DC has been more cinematic—their stuff looks amazing—but I feel like Kevin [Feige, President of Marvel Studios] is a really good storyteller. He really cares about coherence, and I feel like style never defeats substance at Marvel, but a little

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