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Geek News on the Radio Dec. 4th

The title’s Spectre, just Spectre: new James Bond movie named

Sam Mendes, the director of the 24th James Bond film, has revealed the movie’s title and cast at a press conference in Pinewood Studios – to a generally positive reaction (Read Story)

‘Preacher’ Drama From Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Gets AMC Pilot Order

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic book series Preacher is taking another step to the small screen as the drama adaptation of the controversial comic from This Is the End writers/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg has been picked up to pilot by AMC. The project had been heating up for a pilot order at AMC, which recently held producer meetings on seven other scripts the network brass were high on. None of them has made it to pilot. (Read Story)

Walking Dead Spinoff Casts Its First Two Stars, Alycia Debnam Carey and Frank Dillane

Zombies are no match for Lord Voldemort — or are they? The much buzzed-about Walking Dead spinoff has cast its first two stars, one of whom is best known for playing a young version of Harry Potter’s soulless archenemy, He Who Must Not Be Named. (Read Story)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer set to become most popular ever

The debut teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on course to become the most-viewed movie trailer of all time, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The trade magazine cites a spokesperson for technology firm Zefr.

The 88-second promo for JJ Abrams’s film has so far been viewed 52.8m times onYouTube after hitting the web on 28 November, giving it the most opening-week plays of the year ahead of the teaser for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The latter trailer was viewed 50.6m times in a week after leaking into the web in October. (Read Story)

Suicide Squad: Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy to star

Warner Bros. have named Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto among the cast for the upcoming Suicide Squad film. Smith will star as Deadshot, Hardy will play the group’s leader, Rick Flag, and 30 Seconds to Mars singer Leto will take on the role of The Joker. The cast also includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. (Read Story)

Here’s Why Peter Jackson Can’t Make More Tolkien Adaptations (Even If He Wanted To)

This past weekend Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug absolutely destroyed at the domestic box office, earning an impressive $73 million in its opening. The great success continues a long-established trend of Middle-earth movies doing well in theaters, and it has caused many to begin thinking about the future. Next year will bring The Hobbit: There And Back Again to cinemas everywhere and seemingly end J.R.R. Tolkien’s time on the big screen, but is there any way we could see more after that? The sad reality is that chances are slim. (Read Story)

Chris Pratt to star in film adaptation of ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ graphic novel

Chris Pratt might have already nailed the role of the Walkman-loving Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, but Universal hopes he has another superhero — or three — up his sleeve. The studio has signed Pratt to star in an upcoming film adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking. (Read Story)

 


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