10 Stories You Might Have Missed: 'Lego Batman' finds its joker
In this week’s edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: “The Lego Movie” Batman spinoff has its eye on a “Hangover” star for the voice of the Joker.
Plus: Jimmy Fallon isn’t leaving “The Tonight Show” anytime soon. He’s extended his contract to several years out…
Disney announced its newest animated feature, adapted from an English fairy tale…
Brad Pitt has two new co-stars for his Netflix movie…
A DC Comics workplace comedy is in development…
Two Showtime TV series get renewals…
Jimmy Fallon extends "Tonight Show" contract through 2021Photo Credit: NBC
Jimmy Fallon isn't leaving "The Tonight Show" anytime soon.
The comedian's contract on the late-night talker has been renewed through 2021, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced on Thursday. After taking over hosting duties from Jay Leno in February of last year, the series has remained the top-rated late night show on television, averaging 3.8 million total viewers in the 2014-15 season.
“Jimmy has been an important member of the NBCUniversal family for 17 years," said NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke in a statement. "He is extraordinarily talented, hard-working and brings a level of creativity and energy every single day that is simply unmatched in television. The success of the 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' has been nothing short of remarkable.” — Chris Eggertsen
Is Danger Mouse working with Adele on her next album?Photo Credit: Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool
Billboard reports that the superstar producer has not only signed a deal to house his label at Columbia Records but that he's currently working with Adele on her long-awaited third studio album. The singer's last effort, 2011's "21," was an enormous blockbuster, selling over 30 million copies worldwide and winning a total of seven Grammys including Album of the Year. — Chris Eggertsen
Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy join Brad Pitt in Netflix’s “War Machine”Photo Credit: AP
Brad Pitt has two new co-stars in Netflix’s War on Terror black comedy “War Machine”: Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”) and Scoot McNairy (“Argo,” “Halt and Catch Fire”) have joined the project, Deadline reports.
The film is based on Michael Hasting satire book “The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan.” — Emily Rome
Elvis’ “If I Can Dream” gets a new orchestral versionPhoto Credit: RCA
Announced earlier this month, upcoming album “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” has gotten its first single release.
You can now listen to the orchestral version of the King's 1968 track “If I Can Dream” on Vevo.
"This is the album I think he always would have wanted to do," Priscilla Presley, the singer's former wife, caretaker of Presley’s estate and an executive producer on the album, told Rolling Stone.
The album will be released this fall. — Emily Rome
DC Comics workplace comedy gets pilot commitment from NBCPhoto Credit: DC Comics
The DC Comics universe is expanding into the world of TV comedy.
NBC has given a "pilot production commitment" to "Powerless," a half-hour, single-camera comedy that is described as "'The Office,' but with superheroes." The series, which comes from "A to Z" creator Ben Queen, will be set at "one of the worst insurance companies in America" that just so happens to be set in the DC universe. The show will focus not on the heroes themselves (though some of them will undoubtedly be featured) but rather the ordinary, "powerless" folk who can only stand by and watch as their superpowered fellow citizens make headlines.
Deadline notes that A-list DC heroes like Superman and Batman are not expected to feature on the series. — Chris Eggertsen
“The Lego Movie” Batman spin-off finds its JokerPhoto Credit:
Voice of Lego Batman Will Arnett has a fellow “Arrested Development” alum joining him in the part of Robin in “Lego Batman.” And now another comedian will join the movie’s voice cast as Batman’s nemesis: “The Hangover” actor Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to voice the Joker. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Chris McKay, the animation supervisor on big 2014 success “The Lego Movie,” will direct the Batman-centric spin-off, and author-screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) is writing the screenplay.
The movie is set for a February 10, 2017 release. — Emily Rome
CBS orders pilot for "Training Day" TV seriesPhoto Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
CBS has ordered a pilot for "Training Day," a TV series adaptation of Antoine Fuqua's acclaimed 2001 thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The series will again focus on two cops -- one young and naive, the other older and corrupt -- and the friction that results when they partner up. The series will be set in present day.
Fuqua is executive producing and will direct the pilot for the series. Will Beall ("Castle," "Gangster Squad"), himself a former LAPD detective, is on board to pen the script. — Chris Eggertsen
Disney to make animated “Jack and the Beanstalk”Photo Credit: Disney
The latest animated feature in development at Disney is an adaptation of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the House of Mouse announced at its convention, D23.
Much in the vein of its latest fairy tale-turned-movies, the film will be titled “Gigantic.” It will be a Spain-set take on the English fairy tale.
“We want to make the definitive version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’” “Gigantic” co-director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) said onstage at D23.
No matter that Disney already made the definitive “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Yes, “Mickey and the Beanstalk” is what first comes to mind when I think of that story.
Green also revealed that one giant Jack finds at the top of his beanstalk is a 60-foot-tall 11-year-old girl named Inma. Check out the first look at the film in the image above. — Emily Rome
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry supergroup announces live datesPhoto Credit: Kyler Clark via AP
The Hollywood Vampires — a supergroup featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry — have announced their first live shows. The group will perform in Los Angeles at famed Sunset Strip venue the Roxy on September 16 and 17.
The band was formed this year, taking its name from a drinking group of rockers founded by Cooper that would meet at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, also on the Sunset Strip.
Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum will also play at the two September shows.
Those performances will follow The Hollywood Vampires’ album release scheduled for September 11. — Emily Rome
"Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" renewedPhoto Credit: Showtime
Showtime has renewed "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" for their respective fourth season, the network announced Tuesday. The critically-acclaimed dramas will return with new 12-episode seasons next year.
“Both 'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex' are signature series for Showtime,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “They are emblematic of what Showtime stands for — quality, premium programming that you cannot find anywhere else on television. We’re so proud to continue offering both series across all our platforms.” — Chris Eggertsen