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HBO Max’s ‘Raised By Wolves’ trailer looks very Ridley Scott

Not to be confused with the CBS comedy pilot previously titled Please Hold for Frankie Wolfe, HBO Max’s 10-episode series follows two androids — Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) — who are raising human children on a strange, largely unexplored planet. Things inevitably go wrong, though, and their peace is threatened. The Raised By Wolves’ trailer looks to have many of the hallmarks of Scott’s previous work: A wiry, active female protagonist; clambering, humanoid monsters; even more humanoid androids; and an uncomfortable relationship with motherhood. Scott is one of six executive producers on the series, including creator Aaron Guzikowski, but it is also his directorial debut for an American television series. The Alien and Blade Runner director helmed the show’s first two episodes, which will hopefully get it off to a good start. Raised By Wolves premieres on HBO Max September 3.

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‘Mulan’ is finally heading to Disney+… for $30

New York (CNN Business)Disney’s “Mulan” has been delayed multiple times this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, but audiences will finally be able to see the blockbuster soon. It just may not be in the theaters. Disney (DIS) announced on Tuesday that the remake of the 1998 animated classic will be heading to Disney+, the company’s new streaming service, for an additional fee of $29.99. The film will be available on September 4. Bob Chapek, Disney’s CEO, said the pandemic has forced the company to think of “different approaches” to better serve consumers. “We thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family friendly film to them in a timely manner,” he said on the company’s third quarter earnings call. Chapek added that “Mulan” will be released simultaneously in theaters in markets where Disney+ is not available and, of course, where theaters are open. The news of the release came as Disney released brutal quarterly results that showed the extent to which the company’s media empire was ravaged by the pandemic. The company reported that it had a net loss of nearly $5 billion in the third quarter this year.

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‘Captain Marvel 2’: ‘Candyman’s Nia DaCosta To Direct Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: In what is sure to be one of the bigger directing jobs to be taken off the table in recent months, we are hearing that Nia DaCosta, who directed the anticipated reboot of Candyman, has been tapped as director on Marvel’s sequel to Captain Marvel. Disney and Marvel Studios had no comment. DaCosta takes over for Anna Bodn and Ryan Fleck, who directed the first pic to massive box office success. Marvel is known for switching up its directors on its popular franchises like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America to give the next installment a fresh voice, and had been meeting with candidates for the past couple of months. Although the studio met with several individuals, DaCosta seemed to have the edge for some time. Megan McDonnell, a story editor on the Marvel-based series WandaVision, penned the script for the Captain Marvel sequel, with Brie Larson returning to star. In the first film, Larson’s Carol Danvers was a human who becomes involved in the war between two alien races, the Kree and shape-shifting Skrulls. Surviving an explosion tied to an alien engine imbued her with incredible power, turning her into Captain Marvel and making her one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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‘Ren & Stimpy Show’ revival with new episodes coming to Comedy Central

“The Ren & Stimpy Show” is returning with all-new episodes — 25 years after ending its original run. Comedy Central has ordered an updated version of the wildly anarchic, dark-humored and trippy adult animated series that aired on Nickelodeon and MTV from 1991-96 and followed the surreal shenanigans of temperamental/psychotic Chihuahua Ren and his goofy, dim-bulb cat pal Stimpy. (Their proper names are Ren Hoeck and Stimpson J. Cat.) It also spawned the show’s unofficial theme song “Happy Happy Joy Joy.” Billy West, the voice of Stimpy — and of Ren (for three seasons) — is expected to return to the revival, along with several of the original writers. Scandal-plagued series creator Jon Kricfalusi, the subject of a new documentary hitting streaming services Aug. 14, will not be involved. The original cartoon series aired for five seasons and developed a loyal cult audience, with celebrities including Frank Zappa, Soleil Moon Frye, Mark Hamill and Phil Hartman playing incidental characters. “Ren & Stimpy” will join the new version of “Beavis and Butt-Head” and the “Daria” spinoff, “Jodie,” on Comedy Central within the next year-and-a-half as the network ramps up its slate of animated revivals.

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