Feb. 27, 2023

Every Award, Everywhere, All At Once

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Tonight! Tons of Awards were handed out, what do they say about the Oscar race? Batman The Brave and The Bold! Harrison Ford is again President of the USA! Plus,  we remember Stella Stevens, Raquel Welch, Barbara Bosson, and Richard Belzer. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Every Award, Everywhere All At Once

Tonight! Batman The Brave and THe Bold, Harrison Ford makes his Marvel, The Mandalorian returns to comics, 
Plus awards news and we remember Stella Stevens, Raquel Welch, Barbara Bosson, and Richard Belzer. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

The CW's Gotham Knights has added another cast member. According to Variety, Veronica Cartwright has been added to the series in a recurring guest role as Eunice Harmon. The character, who will debut in the series' fourth episode and then return in the seventh, is described as "the ordinary sweet old lady living out her twilight years in a nursing home. But her grandmotherly exterior masks a much darker side, one that harbors sinister secrets and has ties to an evil that has plagued Gotham for over a century."

“The Penguin” series at HBO Max has added Rhenzy Feliz to its cast, Variety has learned.

Feliz joins previously announced series stars Colin Farrell, who will reprise the role of Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot from “The Batman,” as well as Cristin Milioti. Details on Feliz’s character are being kept under wraps.

The eight-episode series is said to continue the story of the film. It is believed to take place in the immediate aftermath of the events of “The Batman.” Milioti will star as Sofia Falcone, the daughter of Gotham mob boss Carmine Falcone.

The role means Feliz has now held positions in both the Marvel and DC Universes. He previously starred in the Marvel series “The Runaways,” which aired for three seasons on Hulu. He also recently lent his voice to the hit Disney animated film “Encanto.” His other TV credits include “American Horror Stories” and “Teen Wolf,” while his other film credits include the George Clooney directorial effort “The Tender Bar.”

DC’s received The Brave and the Bold comic with Batman: Brave and The Bold Number One in May.
The central story will be from the Eisner-winning Mister Miracle and Strange Adventures duo of Tom King and Mitch Gerads, who will be joining forces on a four-part retelling of "the first bloody clash" between Batman and Joker. A tale of loathing, lies, and laughter, this may be the most frightening Joker story in a generation.

The issue will also feature the writing debut of fan-favorite artist Dan Mora, who will be kicking off a new string of Batman Black & White tales. In a Gotham City overrun by the cybernetic henchmen of The Joker, the only person who can save us is the mysterious motorcycle-riding, bat-costumed hero of urban legend.

In another story from Ed Brisson and Jeff Spokes, the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special events will continue as Director Bones and his new covert StormWatch team travel the globe on black-ops missions to take super-powered weapons of mass destruction off the board. But this is StormWatch, and as always, not all is as it seems. "Down with the Kings" starts here!

And finally, the issue will include "The Order of the Black Lamp—Part I," from writer Christopher Cantwell (Co-creator, of Halt and Catch Fire, Briar, Marvel's Iron Man) and artist Javier Rodríguez (Marvel's Daredevil, The Defenders). In it, Superman finds a decoder ring with a secret message—"Save Me"—which sends him on a quest to solve a mystery with ties to the Man of Steel's past.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 will be released wherever comics are sold on Tuesday, May 16th.

Dead Boy Detectives has found a new home.  The series based o the Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner comic book series has moved from HBO Max to Netflix. Producers Warner Bros. Television shopped the drama after sources say the series didn’t fit with the new chapter of content that DC executives James Gunn and Peter Safran are building for the comic book powerhouse. That plan includes five inter-connected shows that will live alongside Peacemaker on HBO Max. Also contributing to the show’s move between platforms is the fact that HBO Max would not have been able to market the show until 2024, with execs at the streamer blessing producers to take the show out elsewhere.

The Flight Attendant creator Steve Yockey adapted Dead Boy Detectives from the comics and serves as showrunner alongside Beth Schwartz (Arrow) on the series from Warners and Berlanti Productions. George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri play dead British teenagers Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland in the series that is described as “a fresh take on a ghost story that explores loss, grief, and death through the lens of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland … and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace. It’s a lot like a vintage detective series — only darker and on acid.” Kassius Nelson (Last Night in Soho) plays Crystal, with Briana Cuoco, Ruth Connell (who reprises her role as Night Nurse from HBO Max’s since canceled Doom Patrol), Yuyu Kitamura, and Jenn Lyon rounding out the cast.

Deadpool 3 has cast Emma Corrin, the actress received an Emmy nomination for playing Princess Diana in Netflix’s The Crown. No character details, but she is believed to be playing a villain. The movie is due out on November eighth, 2024.

Harrison Ford will get to play the President of the United States Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross in Captain America New WORLD Order. The MCU head spoke to Entertainment Weekly about everything coming up in Phase Five. Feige said quote "We start filming relatively soon. I'm sure anyone you've ever talked with about Harrison Ford says this, but it's unbelievable that we get to meet and talk with him and that he's embracing this role," Feige said. "He's tireless with the amount of work that he does. This is certainly a big part for Thaddeus Ross. He's the president of the United States in the film." "And with Harrison, you think about Air Force One, and you think about some of his confrontations with the president in Clear and Present Danger. There's a dynamic between President Ross and Sam Wilson. They have a history together, but in this film, we'll be seeing the dynamic between Captain America and the president of the United States in a way that is just incredible." "This has been a dream for years, ever since Jon Favreau cast Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens. I was always very jealous of that, so to have him finally in the MCU is just incredible. It's like, I can cross that off the wishlist."

Feige also discussed the Marvels, saying quote "There's something immensely powerful about seeing Monica & Kamala & Carol together in a frame. It's chill-inducing. They're so great together," he mentioned.

Feige hinted, "Kamala Khan, for instance, is a great new character in the pantheon. I'm very proud of the Ms. Marvel show. I also know — and this is a spoiler — she essentially steals The Marvels, which is coming out [July 28]. It makes me excited that people will, I hope, see that movie and then go back and revisit those shows on Disney+."

He later said, "The great thing about Kamala in her show, and now in this movie, is that she's not unlike Tom Holland's Peter Parker in Civil War. She can't believe she's with these other heroes, and can't believe that she finds herself in these places. And that's fun because we want to be that. I want to be that." unquote 

He also said that there are more space and cosmic elements in Phase 5, especially the Skrulls quote "That's what the entire movie is about. There are fun cosmic elements to it. Marvel comic fans will recognize elements of the Kree-Skrull war. And it's picking up directly after the end of Captain Marvel 1, not in timeline but in story. We also do that in our upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, and those are two very different follow-ups to that movie," he added. "Tonally, they couldn't be more different. But there's something immensely powerful about seeing Monica and Kamala and Carol together in a frame. To me, it's only akin to the first Avengers movie and seeing the six of them together in a frame. It's chill-inducing. They're so great together, and they all have different histories with one another."

Kevin Feige also confirmed that the fourth Spider-Man movie is now being written. 

Star Wars
Star Wars memorabilia left in an attic by Chewbacca star Peter Mayhew and set for auction is to be returned to his widow after she issued a public plea.

Scripts and call sheets from the films were due to be sold after a couple who found them in their loft 25 years later passed them to auctioneers.

His widow, Angie, pleaded to halt the sale, saying leaving the items was one of her husband's "biggest regrets".

Auctioneer Angus Ashworth said he was "happy" to return the items.

Writing on the Peter Mayhew Foundation's Twitter account, Mrs. Mayhew said she had previously lived at the property with her husband, who was 7ft 3in (2.2m), but when they moved out his "movement challenges" made it "impossible" for him to get into the attic to collect the items.
She said it was "one of Peter's and my biggest regrets that we had to leave these items behind" and described it as "heart-breaking" to see them go up for sale.

Mr. Mayhew died aged 74 in 2019.

StarWars.com has recently announced the much-awaited arrival of "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2," an eight-issue adaptation of the second season of the hit Disney+ series. Following the footsteps of Marvel’s first "The Mandalorian" series, each issue of this new series will retell the story of one episode.

"The Mandalorian Season 2" will start with "Chapter 9: The Marshal," where Mando encounters Marshal Cobb Vanth, setting the stage for major events to come. The current creative team of writer Rodney Barnes and artist Georges Jeanty will return for the series, with Jeanty kicking off the art for issue 1, while artist Steven Cummings, fresh off the Star Wars event series Hidden Empire, will be penciling every other issue.

“Adapting The Mandalorian has been a pure treat! The series embodies all aspects of the Star Wars universe: the myth, the mystery, and spectacle that made me fall in love with it so long ago. It’s an honor to be part of this project!” Barnes told StarWars.com.

“I am thrilled to be able to be part of the world of The Mandalorian and get to draw some of his adventures. The Lone Wolf and Cub via the Old West vibe of the show has me excited to pick up my pencil every day and dive in,” added Cummings.

Although there is no official release date for "The Mandalorian Season 2" yet, fans can check out the main and variant covers for issue #1, which have been released online.

With the much-loved duo of Mando and Grogu, and the creative team back for another round, fans of "The Mandalorian" series have plenty to look forward to. This is the Way.

Star Trek
IDW Publishing has announced the return of Star Trek to the era of the original Star Trek movie with the upcoming comic book miniseries, Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- Echoes. Written by Marc Guggenheim, who has previously worked on popular shows like The CW's Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, as well as Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca, the new series takes place immediately after the events of the 1979 movie.

The series sees Adm. James T. Kirk and his crew battling both old and new enemies, all while wearing the iconic Star Trek: The Motion Picture-era Starfleet uniforms. The series is set to feature artwork by Oleg Chudakov and colors by DC Alonso. IDW Publishing has offered a synopsis of the upcoming series, which will follow the Enterprise crew as they attempt to stop a criminal mastermind from accidentally starting a war with the Romulans and unleashing a superweapon of foreign technology into the system.

Things take a dramatic turn when the newcomers to their reality remove their helmets, revealing themselves to be doppelgängers of the beloved Star Trek heroes. "Almost all Trek stories are told from the point of view of the Enterprise crew, but I was interested in telling a story from the perspective of an outsider as a means of recapturing how it felt for me when I first saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture," said Guggenheim in a statement.

IDW Publishing has promised that the series will include connections to other current Star Trek comics. "No one knows more about this period in Trek history than Guggenheim, we've learned…and we could think of no one better suited to take Kirk and his crew on this wild adventure. Paired with Chudakov's energetic, character-driven inks, this is one mission that the crew of the Enterprise soon won't forget. Oh, and did we mention that there are possible easter eggs to some of our other Trek books, too?" said series editor Heather Antos.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- Echoes #1 is set to be released in May and will come with multiple variants, including Cover A by Jake Bartok, Cover B by series artist Oleg Chudakov, and retailer incentive variants by Luke Sparrow and Rod Reis. Fans of the iconic franchise can look forward to this exciting new addition to the Star Trek canon.

Ian Alexander, who plays Gray Tal in the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery, has hinted at some significant changes in store for his character as the show heads into its fifth season. Gray Tal, a former Trill host who was given a new body using synth golem technology, had left to return to Trill to figure out what's next.

According to Alexander, "Gray's going through a lot of major changes. He finally has a body now. He's no longer stuck in limbo Trill symbiont consciousness within Adira (Blu del Barrio). He has his own body again, fully formed and corporeal. He gets to explore and play. That's why we see him change his hair and his look because he was stuck wearing the same clothes that he died in. He's sick of that, and he's never going to see that outfit ever again."

Alexander went on to explain that Gray's transformation has been a significant one, and he is keen to explore his newfound freedom, saying, "I assume that if you can materialize food, you can also materialize new hair and new outfits. I imagine he just walked into a closet, pressed a few buttons, and then materialized a new look." 

Star Trek: Discovery wrapped up production in November, and while there is no official release date for the upcoming fifth season, it is expected to debut on Paramount+ sometime in 2023.

The Critics Choice  Association Critics Choice Super Awards nominations were announced for the third edition. The awards, which recognize excellence in action, science fiction, horror, and superhero movies and TV shows, include a field of strong nominees. The Matt Reeves’ refurbished Batman starring Robert Pattinson, which is set to be released in March, has six nominations, including Best Superhero Movie, and three Best Actor in a Superhero Movie nominations for Pattinson, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell. Zoë Kravitz is up for Best Actress in a Superhero Movie, and Dano is up for Best Villain in a Movie. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Disney/Marvel’s upcoming movie, has five nominations, and A24's Everything Everywhere All at Once follows with four nominations.

In the television category, four shows lead the field with four nominations each: HBO’s House of the Dragon, Prime Video’s The Boys, FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, and Paramount+’s Evil.

Last year's winners included Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home, which won three awards, including Best Superhero Movie, while Netflix’s Squid Game and Disney+’s WandaVision were the top winners on the TV side, each taking home three awards.

The 3rd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards will be held on March 16, when the winners will be announced. Below is the complete list of nominees:

3rd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards


Bullet Train


Top Gun: Maverick

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Woman King


Nicolas Cage – The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Ram Charan – RRR

Tom Cruise – Top Gun: Maverick

Brad Pitt – Bullet Train

N.T. Rama Rao Jr. – RRR


Sandra Bullock – The Lost City

Jennifer Connelly – Top Gun: Maverick

Viola Davis – The Woman King

Joey King – Bullet Train

Joey King – The Princess


The Batman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

DC League of Super-Pets

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Thor: Love and Thunder


Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Paul Dano – The Batman

Colin Farrell – The Batman

Tenoch Huerta – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Robert Pattinson – The Batman


Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Zoë Kravitz – The Batman

Elizabeth Olsen – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Natalie Portman – Thor: Love and Thunder

Letitia Wright – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever



The Black Phone



Speak No Evil



Ethan Hawke – The Black Phone

Fedja van Huêt – Speak No Evil

Ralph Fiennes – The Menu

Rory Kinnear – Men

Justin Long – Barbarian


Jessie Buckley – Men

Aisha Dee – Sissy

Anna Diop – Nanny

Mia Goth – Pearl

Rebecca Hall – Resurrection


Avatar: The Way of Water

Everything Everywhere All at Once


The Northman



Colin Farrell – After Yang

Daniel Kaluuya – Nope

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Ryan Reynolds – The Adam Project

Alexander Skarsgård – The Northman


Karen Gillan – Dual

Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Amber Midthunder – Prey

Keke Palmer – Nope

Zoe Saldana – Avatar: The Way of Water

Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once


Paul Dano – The Batman

Mia Goth – Pearl

Tenoch Huerta – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Joey King – Bullet Train

Elizabeth Olsen – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Mark Rylance – Bones and All



Cobra Kai

Kung Fu


Tulsa King

Vikings: Valhalla


Kevin Costner – Yellowstone

John Krasinski – Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Ralph Macchio – Cobra Kai

Alan Ritchson – Reacher

Sylvester Stallone – Tulsa King

William Zabka – Cobra Kai


Angela Bassett – 9-1-1

Queen Latifah – The Equalizer

Olivia Liang – Kung Fu

Katherine McNamara – Walker: Independence

Helen Mirren – 1923

Kelly Reilly – Yellowstone


The Boys

Doom Patrol

Ms. Marvel


She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Werewolf by Night


John Cena – Peacemaker

Brendan Fraser – Doom Patrol

Grant Gustin – The Flash

Oscar Isaac – Moon Knight

Elliot Page – The Umbrella Academy

Antony Starr – The Boys


Danielle Brooks – Peacemaker

Michelle Gomez – Doom Patrol

Caity Lotz – Legends of Tomorrow

Tatiana Maslany – She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Erin Moriarty – The Boys

Iman Vellani – Ms. Marvel


Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire


Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story 


The Walking Dead


What We Do in the Shadows


Jacob Anderson – Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire

Matt Berry – What We Do in the Shadows

Mike Colter – Evil

Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows

Evan Peters – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Sam Reid – Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire


Jennifer Coolidge – The Watcher

Natasia Demetriou – What We Do in the Shadows

Katja Herbers – Evil

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story 

Jenna Ortega – Wednesday

Christina Ricci – Wednesday



For All Mankind

House of the Dragon

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Stranger Things


Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Man Who Fell to Earth

Samuel L. Jackson – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Diego Luna – Andor

Anson Mount – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Adam Scott – Severance

Matt Smith – House of the Dragon


Milly Alcock – House of the Dragon

Patricia Arquette – Severance

Morfydd Clark – The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Moses Ingram – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Fiona Shaw – Andor

Sissy Spacek – Night Sky


Ethan Hawke – Moon Knight

Brad Dourif – Chucky

Matt Smith – House of the Dragon

Hayden Christensen – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Antony Starr – The Boys

Michael Emerson – Evil

Jamie Campbell Bower – Stranger Things

Harriet Sansom Harris – Werewolf By Night

The Screen Actors Guild Awards Returns to Recognize Outstanding Performances

The 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards is back, honoring the best acting performances of the year in film and television, which also provides insights into the Oscar race as awards season heats up.

Prior to the televised ceremony, SAG revealed that "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Stranger Things" received the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble award in a motion picture and television series, respectively.

Leading the awards this year are "Everything Everywhere All at Once," both receiving five nods each, including the highest honor of the ceremony, the Best Ensemble. These two films will be competing against "Babylon," "The Fabelmans," and "Women Talking," directed by Damien Chazelle, Steven Spielberg, and Sarah Polley, respectively.

Meanwhile, on the television side, the final season of Netflix's "Ozark" secured four nominations, including Drama Ensemble. HBO's "Barry" and Hulu's "Only Murders in the Building" are the comedy front runners with three nods each.

The ceremony was held at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Sunday night and streamed live on Netflix's YouTube channel, with presenters including Michelle Yeoh, Colin Farrell, Emily Blunt, Andrew Garfield, Caleb McLaughlin, Adam Scott, Jenna Ortega, and more.

Here are the full list of winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Steve Carrell (“The Patient”)

Taron Egerton (“Black Bird”)

Sam Elliott (“1883”) (WINNER)

Paul Walter Hauser (“Black Bird”)

Evan Peters (“Dahmer”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Emily Blunt (“The English”)

Jessica Chastain (“George and Tammy”) (WINNER)

Julia Garner (“Inventing Anna”)

Niecy Nash Betts (“Dahmer”)

Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”)

Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)

Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)

Jeremy Allen White (“The Bear”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)

Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Quinta Brunson (“Abbott Elementary”)

Jenna Ortega (“Wednesday”)

Jean Smart (“Hacks”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“Abbott Elementary” (WINNER)


“The Bear”


“Only Murders in the Building”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) (WINNER)

Jeff Bridges (“The Old Man”)

Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)

Adam Scott (“Severance”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”) (WINNER)

Elizabeth Debicki (“The Crown”)

Julia Garner (“Ozark”)

Laura Linney (“Ozark”)

Zendaya (“Euphoria”)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”

“The Crown”



“The White Lotus” (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)

Hong Chau (“The Whale”)

Kerry Condon (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) (WINNER)

Stephanie Hsu (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Paul Dano (“The Fabelmans”)

Brendan Gleeson (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Barry Keoghan (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) (WINNER)

Eddie Redmayne (“The Good Nurse”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett (Tár”)

Viola Davis (“The Woman King”)

Ana de Armas (“Blonde”)

Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”)

Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Austin Butler (“Elvis”)

Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)

Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) (WINNER)

Bill Nighy (“Living”)

Adam Sandler (“Hustle”)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


“The Banshees of Inisherin”

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (WINNER)

“The Fabelmans”

“Women Talking”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Avatar: The Way of Water”

“The Batman”

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

“Top Gun: Maverick” (WINNER)

“The Woman King”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series


“The Boys”

“House of the Dragon”

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”

“Stranger Things” (WINNER)

The 2023 Producers Guild of America Awards have been announced at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The awards are considered a strong indicator of which films are likely to win the top prizes at the Oscars. This year, seven movies were nominated for the Best Picture category, including "Avatar: The Way of Water," "The Banshees of Inisherin," "Elvis," "Everything Everywhere All at Once," "The Fabelmans," "Tár," and "Top Gun: Maverick."

The PGA made history this year by nominating four sequels, which include "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery." Actor-producer Tom Cruise was also honored with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award for his exceptional body of work in motion pictures.

Since 2009, only three films have won at the PGA and have not gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Even movies that have received mixed reviews, such as "Green Book" and last year's surprise hit "CODA," have proven their strength with the PGA before winning the Oscar.

The winners of the 2023 Producers Guild of America Awards include "Avatar: The Way of Water," "The Banshees of Inisherin," "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," "Elvis," "Everything Everywhere All at Once," "The Fabelmans," "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," "Tár," "Top Gun: Maverick," and "The Whale."

In the television category, "The White Lotus" won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama, while "The Dropout" won the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Series Television. "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" won the Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures award, and "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy" won the Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television award. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" won the Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment, Variety, Sketch, Standup & Talk Television award, while "Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" won the Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television award.

The final Oscar voting will open on March 2, and the winners of the 2023 Academy Awards will be announced on March 27.

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced plans to revive J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved "Lord of the Rings" franchise through a deal brokered by newly-installed studio leaders Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy. The pair have signed an agreement to create "multiple" films based on the books, to be developed through Warner Bros. label New Line Cinema. The first trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, grossed almost $3 billion worldwide, with his follow-up trilogy based on "The Hobbit" matching those figures.

While no filmmakers have been attached to the projects as yet, in a statement to Variety, Jackson and his main "Lord of the Rings" collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens said that they have been kept in the loop every step of the way. "We look forward to speaking with them further to hear their vision for the franchise moving forward," they said.

The adaptive rights deal for books including "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" was made by Freemode, a division of Embracer Group. The pact will be billed under the name Middle-earth Enterprises.

De Luca and Abdy left MGM last year to take the helm of Warner Bros. Their exit followed Amazon's acquisition of MGM. The tech giant owns the TV rights to "Lord of the Rings" and produced a single season of television at the cost of over $450 million in 2022.

Lee Guinchard, CEO of Freemode, said, "Following our recent acquisition of Middle-earth Enterprises, we're thrilled to embark on this new collaborative journey with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures, bringing the incomparable world of J.R.R. Tolkien back to the big screen in new and exciting ways."

It is not yet known what the inaugural projects or timelines will be, but the first Jackson trilogy starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, and Cate Blanchett. The films were nominated for 30 Academy Awards and won 17, including best picture for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2003.

Warner Bros. has a packed upcoming slate, including "Shazam! Fury of the Gods," "The Flash," "Barbie," "Meg 2: The Trench," "Blue Beetle," "Dune: Part Two," "Wonka," "The Color Purple," and "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom."

The 50th annual Annie Awards took place at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday, celebrating the best in animation. Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson were among the winners, accepting the directing award for their work on Pinocchio. Del Toro, a director with 30 years of experience, praised the animation community and its potential for creativity, noting that "the most creative ideas-filled group I worked with is animation." He called for the industry to push the medium further and change the way it is perceived, stating that this is important for future generations.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On won three awards, including best independent animated feature, voice acting for Jenny Slate's Marcel, and writing. Dreamworks Animation's Puss in Boots: The Last Wish collected two awards, for storyboarding and editing.

And TV Awards went to Love, Death and Robots, Bob’s Burgers, Zootopia Plus, and The Cuphead Show.

Bob Iger appeared on stage to present Pete Docter with a career award, recalling the time when Disney decided to explore buying Pixar.

Winsor McCay Awards for career contributions to animation were presented to three-time Oscar winner and Pixar CCO Docter, TV series creator Craig McCracken, and Evelyn Lambart (posthumously) from the National Film Board of Canada. The June Foray Award for charitable impact was awarded to historian and educator Mindy Johnson, who urged inclusion for all underrepresented artists.

In total, 15 awards were presented during the ceremony. Pinocchio, Marcel the Shell, and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish are all Oscar-nominated for best animated feature, along with Turning Red and The Sea Beast. In six of the last 10 years, the winner of the Annie for best animated feature went on to win the animated feature Oscar.

The complete list of winners follows:


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company (WINNER)


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On – Marcel the Movie LLC (WINNER)


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – NoneMore Productions and Bad Robot Productions (WINNER)


Ice Merchants – COLA Animation production & Wild Stream (WINNER)

Save Ralph – Arch Model Studio (WINNER)


The Tiny Chef Show “Pancakes” – Tiny Chef Productions LLC / Imagine Entertainment  (WINNER)

Abominable and the Invisible City “Everest Returns” – DreamWorks Animation (WINNER)


Bob’s Burgers “Some Like it Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade Runner” – 20th Television/Bento Box Entertainment (WINNER)

Oni: Thunder God’s Tale “The Demon Moon Rises” – A Netflix Series / A Tonko House Production (WINNER)


The Soloists (WINNER)

Love Death + Robots “Bad Traveling” – Blur Studio for Netflix (WINNER)


Avatar: The Way of Water – 20th Century Studios / Disney Studios, Wētā FX (WINNER)


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Episode: [special production] -Tim Watts. NoneMore Productions and Bad Robot Productions (WINNER)


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company: Tucker Barrie (WINNER)


Avatar: The Way of Water – 20th Century Studios / Disney Studios, Wētā FX: Daniel Barrett, Stuart Adcock, Todd Labonte, Douglas McHale, Stephen Cullingford (WINNER)

Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course – Studio MDHR: Chad Moldenhauer, Hanna Abi-Hanna (WINNER)


Love Death + Robots “Jibaro” – Blur Studio for Netflix: Alberto Mielgo (WINNER)


The Bad Guys – DreamWorks Animation: Taylor Krahenbuhl (WINNER)


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Episode: [special production] – NoneMore Productions and Bad Robot Productions: Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy (WINNER)


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company: Guillermo Del Toro, Mark Gustafson (WINNER)


The Cuphead Show! “Carn-Evil” – Netflix Animation: Ego Plum (WINNER)


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company: Alexandre Desplat, Roeban Katz, Guillermo del Toro, Patrick McHale (WINNER)


Oni: Thunder God’s Tale “The Demon Moon Rises” – A Netflix Series / A Tonko House Production: Robert Kondo, Rachel Tiep-Daniels, Lia Tin, Yohei Hashizume, Masa Inada (WINNER)


Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Netflix Presents A Double Dare You! Film / A Shadowmachine Production in association with The Jim Henson Company: Curt Enderle, Guy Davis (WINNER)


Love Death + Robots Episode: [The Very Pulse of the Machine] – Blur Studio for Netflix: Emily Dean (WINNER)


Puss in Boots: The Last Wish – DreamWorks Animation: Anthony Holden (WINNER)


Zootopia+ Episode: [The Godfather of the Bride] – Walt Disney Animation Studios: Maurice LaMarche (Character: Mr.Big) (WINNER)


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On – Marcel the Movie LLC: Jenny Slate (character: Marcel) (WINNER)


Love Death + Robots Episode: [Bad Traveling] – Blur Studio for Netflix: Andrew Kevin Walker (WINNER)


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On – Marcel the Movie LLC: Dean Fleischer Camp, Jenny Slate, Nick Paley, Elisabeth Holm  (WINNER)


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Episode: [special production] – NoneMore Productions and Bad Robot Productions: Daniel Budin (WINNER)


Puss in Boots: The Last Wish – Dreamworks Animation: James Ryan, ACE, Jacquelyn Karambelas, Natalla Cronembold, Joe Butler, Katie Parody (WINNER)

A live-action adaptation of “How to Train Your Dragon” is soaring to theaters in 2025.

Dean DeBlois, who wrote and directed the animated trilogy — 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and 2019’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” — is returning to write and direct the newest entry in the franchise. It’s slated to release on March 14, 2025.

The Oscar-nominated “How to Train Your Dragon” takes place in the mythical Viking village of Berk and follows the adventures of a misfit teen named Hiccup who befriends an injured dragon he calls Toothless. The fantasy series, backed by Universal and DreamWorks and based on the books by Cressida Cowell, has generated more than $1.6 billion worldwide. Their journeys have taken them beyond the big screen, spawning three TV series — “DreamWorks Dragons,” “Rescue Riders” and “The Nine Realms” — as well as theme park rides and the live show, “How to Train Your Dragon on Ice.”

The live action Lilo And Stich movie has tapped Zach Galifinankis for an unknown role. The movie is planned to air on Disney Plus. With Galifianakis on board, the studio has reportedly begun a wide search for the actors to play Lilo and Nani, while Stitch will, of course, be crafted with the aid of CGI.

Universal has nabbed Too Dead to Die, a graphic novel from Arrow-verse scribe Marc Guggenheim and artist Howard Chaykin, a comics veteran thanks to decades worth of work at Marvel and DC.

Guggenheim will write the screenplay and executive produce, with prolific action producers Kelly McCormick, David Leitch, and Guy Danella are producing via 87North. The production company, most recently in theaters with Bullet Train, have a first-look deal at Universal and are currently working on Ryan Gosling’s stuntman-centric The Fall Guy. Too Dead To Die centers on Simon Cross, who used to be America’s preeminent super-spy back in the 1980s. Today, he’s retired and generally washed up, until the discovery of a daughter he never knew he had sends him out into the world for one last adventure. Image Comics published the title, which clocked in at 120 pages.

Collider is reporting that the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves movie will have a run time of two hours and seventeen minutes. In other D&D movie news, Paramount Pictures has signed a first-look deal with the movie's co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, indicating that the movie studio is pleased with their work on the blockbuster. "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is the perfect movie to kick off our partnership with John and Jonathan," Paramount motion picture group co-presidents Michael Ireland and Daria Cercek said in a joint statement announcing the deal. "Its ambitious vision, clever storytelling, and distinctive tone make it a great showcase for their talent, and we can't wait for what's to come!"

HBO Max's parent company, Warner/HBO, has filed a lawsuit against Paramount Global, accusing the company of violating a $500 million licensing deal that was made in 2019 for streaming rights to episodes of the popular animated series, "South Park." The suit, filed on Friday in New York State Supreme Court, claims that Paramount breached the contract by moving "South Park" specials and other content to its own Paramount+ platform, in an effort to support its own streaming service at the expense of Warner/HBO.

The lawsuit alleges that Paramount engaged in "multiple and flagrant duplicitous contortions of fact and breaches of contract." Warner/HBO is seeking to recover "hundreds of millions of dollars in damages" as a result of Paramount's alleged misconduct.

In 2019, HBO Max secured a licensing deal with Paramount for the rights to "South Park" episodes, ahead of the launch of the HBO Max streaming platform. The enduring animated comedy, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has been a staple of Paramount Global's Comedy Central cable channel for over 25 years and has amassed more than 300 episodes to date.

The lawsuit alleges that HBO Max was promised three new seasons of 10 episodes each as part of the deal, but only received two episodes for the first season and six for the second. The suit claims that the third season will also consist of only six episodes, bringing the total to just 14 episodes across the three seasons. Warner/HBO argues that new episodes are far more valuable than old ones and that it dramatically overpaid for the library.

In 2021, MTV, a subsidiary of Paramount, announced a $900 million deal with Parker and Stone for exclusive "South Park" content that would run on Paramount+. The suit claims that this deal required Paramount to divert content that should have fallen under its 2019 contract to Paramount+ instead.

Paramount has denied the allegations and accused Warner Bros. Discovery of failing to pay the license fees owed under the agreement. A spokesperson for Paramount Global said, "We believe these claims are without merit and look forward to demonstrating so through the legal process." The spokesperson also noted that Paramount continues to adhere to the parties' contract by delivering new "South Park" episodes to HBO Max, despite Warner Bros. Discovery's failure to pay the license fees for episodes that have already been delivered and are being streamed on HBO Max.

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of popular animated shows Family Guy and The Orville, is teaming up with Peacock to bring a new comic book universe to the streaming service. MacFarlane's production company, Fuzzy Door Productions, has acquired the rights to Charles Soule and Will Sliney's The Shrouded College graphic novels, with plans to turn them into a TV series.

The first comic in The Shrouded College universe, Hell To Pay, was published by Image Comics in November, followed by Issue #2 in December. The comic is described as "Hellboy meets Indiana Jones," with a synopsis that reads: "The Shrouded College will give you magic... but you'll incur a debt. Until it's paid you belong to them. Married couple Maia and Sebastian Stone took that deal. They have worked for the College ever since using their new abilities to track down 666 cursed coins: qurrakh... aka the Devil's Dollar. Only a few remain. The Stones are almost free... but the devil's in the details."

MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door's Erica Huggins and Rachel Hargreaves-Heald will be credited as executive producers on The Shrouded College, alongside creators Soule and Sliney. The Bloody Dozen, the follow-up to Hell To Pay, is scheduled for release later this year.

According to a report by Deadline, the new TV series will be exclusive to Peacock. This is not the first time MacFarlane has worked with the streaming service, as he currently produces and stars in the sci-fi comedy series The Orville, which is also available on the platform.

The addition of The Shrouded College universe to Peacock's offerings is part of the streaming service's efforts to expand its original programming and attract new subscribers. With its unique blend of magic and adventure, the series is sure to appeal to fans of both comic books and fantasy TV shows.

Screen siren of the 1960s, Stella Stevens, has died at the age of 84. Stevens brought sweet sexiness to films like The Nutty Professor, Too Late Blues, and The Ballad of Cable Hogue. She died in Los Angeles on Friday while in hospice care for Stage 7 Alzheimer's. Her son, actor-producer-director Andrew Stevens, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. Stevens was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when she was four years old. Her film debut came in Say One for Me (1959), followed by a feature in Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month for January 1960. Paramount signed her, and she played Appassionata Von Climax in Li'l Abner (1959), the mistress of the title character. She also had a recurring role as a singer on the detective series Burke's Law (1963-65). Stevens appeared as a shy beauty contestant from Montana in Vincente Minnelli's The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), and co-starred with Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), and had a love scene with Jim Brown in Slaughter (1972). In The Nutty Professor (1963), she played the role of coed Stella Purdy. Stevens is survived by her son.

Raquel Welch, the iconic movie star of the 1960s and ’70s, died on February 15th at the age of 82 after a brief illness. Welch's career spanned more than 50 years, including 30 films and numerous television appearances. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation in 2001.

Born as Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago in 1940, Welch's family moved to San Diego when she was a toddler. She started her career as a local TV weathercaster before landing guest roles on classic TV series such as McHale's Navy, Bewitched, and The Virginian. Her breakout role was in the 1966 sci-fi film, Fantastic Voyage, where she played the character Cora. The film won Oscars for its visual effects and for Art Direction/Set Decoration and became a cult classic. Welch went on to star in many other films, including One Million Years B.C., Bedazzled, Bandolero!, and The Three Musketeers, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.

Welch continued her career in the late 1970s by doing more TV work. She appeared in various television films and series throughout the 1980s. Welch's memorable cameos included her appearance as herself in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

Welch was also known for her fight for herself and her place in Hollywood. In the 1980s, she sued MGM after being replaced by Debra Winger in the movie Cannery Row over a contract violation. Welch ultimately won a $10 million verdict in 1987.

Welch's legacy as a Hollywood icon will be remembered by her fans and the industry as a whole.

Barbara Bosson, who was nominated for five consecutive Emmys for her role on Hill Street Blues, died on February 18 at 83.

Her death was announced by her director son, Jesse Bochco, on social media.

She is best known as starring as Fay Furillo during the first six seasons of NBC’s Hill Street Blues, which was created by her then-husband, Steven Bochco. Bosson was also Emmy nominated for her role as prosecutor Miriam Grasso on ABC’s Murder One.
Bosson got her start in Steve McQueen film Bullitt and the CBS detective series Mannix before becoming one of the stars of NBC’s Richie Brockelan, Private Eye. She also starred in Cop Rock and her last roles were in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC’s Total Security, and the  TV movie Scattering Dad.

But she is best remembered for her Hill Street Blues role as the needy ex-wife of Capt. Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) on Hill Street Blues, which aired on NBC from 1981-87.
Although the series, created by Steven Bochco-Michael Kozoll, never was a big hit — ranking only 27th among primetime series in its first season and never breaking the Top 20 in a three-network universe — the show would go on to become a major success. Its influence was undeniable as critics swooned and the series amassed 26 Emmys and dozens more nominations during its run.

Hill Street Blues was the first show to win four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, from 1981-84. Since then, The West Wing and Mad Men have matched that feat.

Bosson remained on the series from 1981-86, earning Supporting Actress Emmy noms every year from 1981-85. Her character had a baby in Season 4 and later became romantically involved with Henry Goldblume (Joe Spano).

Turning older cop dramas on their head, its hybrid procedural/serial format focused more on the characters and their interactions — and police department politics — than the crimes they investigated. It influenced such acclaimed ensuing series as Homicide: Life on the Street and NYPD Blue and continues to resonate today.
After leaving Hill Street, Bosson also made guest appearances on several series including LA Law, Crazy Like a Fox and Murder, She Wrote before landing her next series-regular gig. She was cast opposite John Ritter’s title character in Hooperman, a Bochco-created crime dramedy that aired 42 episodes over two seasons on ABC.

After that, Bosson was among the leads in yet another Bochco-created police story. This time it was ABC’s Cop Rock, the hybrid musical drama that mostly was maligned by critics and didn’t draw a big audience. It lasted 11 episodes in 1990.

In 1995, Bosson was cast in the series-regular role of Assistant DA Miriam Grasso on Murder One, an ABC drama series that lasted two seasons. She earned a sixth career Emmy nomination for the supporting role, which she reprised for the 1997 ABC miniseries Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer..

Bosson also guested on episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Lois & Clark, Bochco’s NYPD Blue and other shows.

Born on November 1, 1939 in Charleroi, PA, Bosson got her start writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late 1960s and would have a few more scripting credits during her career. She married writer-producer Bochco in 1970, and they divorced in 1997, and he died in 2018. 

Bosch star Titus Welliver, who appeared with Bosson in Murder One, paid tribute to the actress.

“The beautiful and wonderful Barbara Bosson has left us,” he wrote. “Colleague, friend and surrogate mother. My heart is shattered by her departure. Bow your heads for her loved ones who are so very devastated by her departure. Love you Babs, you made us all better with your kindness.”

Bosson is survived by her son Jesse, daughter Melissa and two grandchildren.

Richard Belzer, who played against type as a tough New York cop on Law and Order: SVU after playing the same character on Homicide: Life of the Street and a long career in comedy, has died at 78.

His death was first reported on social media by his friend, the actor Laraine Newman, of Saturday Night Live fame.
In the 1970s, Belzer was the warm-up comedian for Saturday Night Live, and appeared multiple times on its early seasons in bit parts. He also made memorable appearances in films like Fame and Author! Author! In the 1980s.

Belzer moved into the role of host of the cable TV show Hot Properties, where he memorably was choked out by wrestler Hulk Hogan. Belzer sued the wrestler, the parties settled. He also made appearances on The X-Files and Mad About You.

In 1992, Belzer was cast as Detective John Munch in Homicide: Life on the Street, an acclaimed cop drama that debuted after the 1993 Super Bowl and would on NBC until 1998. He was one of four actors who remained in the cast throughout its seven seasons and 2000 follow-up telefilm.

After Homicide wrapped, he began to play Munch on Law and Order: SVU, a role that lasted 20 seasons. He also played the role on The X-Files, Arrested Development, THe Wire, 30 Rock, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

“Richard Belzer’s Detective John Munch is one of television’s iconic characters,” said a statement from show creator and producer Dick Wolf. ” I first worked with Richard on the Law & Order/Homicide crossover and loved the character so much, I told Tom (Fontana) that I wanted to make him one of the original characters on ‘SVU.’ The rest is history.  Richard brought humor and joy into all our lives, was the consummate professional and we will all miss him very much.”

A statement from NBC and Universal Television praised Belzer’s work.

“Anyone who ever had the pleasure of watching Richard Belzer portray Det. John Munch — whether on Homicide or Law & Order: SVU – over four decades will never forget how much he inhabited that beloved character to make it his own. His professionalism, talents and dedication to the craft made him a pillar in the industry, but it was his humor, compassion and loving heart that made him family. Our condolences go out to his loved ones as we join them in mourning his loss, but also in celebrating his memory.”
In 2016, Belzer released the book Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination.

His other books include UFOs, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Believe and Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups.
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