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‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff Gets Season 2 Order; First Images Revealed

Since its 2010 debut, AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead has gone from strength to strength in the ratings, and now the network is expanding the franchise further with a companion series – currently titled Fear the Walking Dead – which is set at the very start of the outbreak and takes place in Los Angeles. Starring Kim Dickens (House of Cards) and Cliff Curtis (Gang Related), the show is expected to air on AMC this summer.

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Disney Sets Live-Action ‘Winnie The Pooh’ Film; Alex Ross Perry To Write

Disney has set a live-action feature adaptation of the animated classic Winnie The Pooh. This is the latest example of the studio re-purposing properties it controls, and it’s also the second time they’ve brought in a cutting-edge independent filmmaker to shape the vision. Disney has hired Alex Ross Perry, the writer-director of the Sundance indie Listen Up Philip. The focus will be Christopher Robin as an adult, which brings him back to A.A. Milne’s famous bear and the Hundred Acre Wood. Brigham Taylor is producing.

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‘Muppets’ Revived at ABC With ‘Big Bang Theory’ Co-Creator

It may be time to light the lights. ABC is filming a proof of concept for a revival of The Muppets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation that sources say could be unspooled at May’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. Sources tell THR that the project, if all goes well, could go straight to series.

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The “Rogue Cut” of X-Men: Day’s of Future Past will feature over 17 minutes of extra footage, director Brian Singer revealed. In a post on Twitter, Singer confirmed the length of the added content and teased a handful of additional changes that fans can look out for.

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Paramount Hires ‘Fringe’ Writer To Turn ‘Transformers’ Into A Marvel-Like Cinematic Universe

When Marvel initially said it would use Iron Man as the kick-off for what would become an interconnected cinematic universe, many scoffed at the idea. Now with billions of dollars in the bank, every other studio is scrambling to turn their own franchises into shared experiences.

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 Sony Pictures is planning a ‘Robotech’ live-action film franchise

We’ve got good news for you… though it may actually be bad news, depending on how you feel about Hollywood anime adaptations. That live-action Robotech movie might actually happen now that Sony Pictures has officially fished it out of limbo and snapped up its rights from Warner Bros. In fact, the studio’s looking at it as a potential film franchise à la Transformers instead of just as a single movie. A handful of new people have also joined the project, including producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (300, The Immortals), as well as scriptwriter Michael Gordon (300, GI Joe).

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 Stephen Dorff Will Put On ‘Leatherface’ For Millennium’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel

Stephen Dorff is taking the lead role of Hartman in the Millenniums Films’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.

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