Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.
There’s obviously a big thing happening tonight in the “real” news, but we really don’t feel like talking about it or thinking about it or acknowledging it in any real way. Instead, let’s talk about something nice like the cat that walked on that man’s head. That was a lot of fun. Anyway, here’s some pop culture news.
- Based on a tweet that Brie Larson posted over the weekend, it looks like filming on Captain Marvel has been finished. We won’t be seeing any of the results of that filming at Comic-Con next week (meaning there won’t be a trailer), but hopefully we’ll still get one relatively soon. We’re feeling weirdly starved for MCU content now that Marvel is refusing to say anything until Avengers 4 comes out, so we’ll take what we can get.
- Jerry O’Connell is set to host a late-night talk show called Real Men Watch Bravo that sounds a lot like Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live but with a specific emphasis on men who like to watch Vanderpump Rules or whatever. Of course, as with most things on Bravo, Cohen is an executive producer. The show will premiere later this year. [via Deadline]
- Margot Robbie says she wants her Harley Quinn spin-off movie, Birds Of Prey, to have a diverse cast that reflects the real world. The super-team’s typical lineups in the comics usually have a lot of white people, as typical super-teams often do, so it seems like a smart choice for Robbie and director Cathy Yan to take this opportunity to do something about that. [via Yahoo]
- Everybody loved Pokémon Go for a week or two, but the developers at Niantic had previously tried to do something similar with an augmented-reality game called Ingress. Now, Ingress is getting adapted into an anime for Netflix that will theoretically pull the game out from the shadow of Pokémon Go. It’ll premiere in October to coincide with a big update for the game, for all the people who like walking around their town but don’t like Pikachu. [via The Hollywood Reporter]
- The Paramount Network has ordered a pilot for 68 Whiskey, a dark comedy series adapted from an Israeli original about the “dangerous and Kafkaesque” world of Army medics. It’ll be directed by Ron Howard—a rare TV turn—and written by The Brink co-creator Roberto Benabib. [via Deadline]
- Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of committing a forcible sexual act in the first degree. This is more serious than the charges he was previously facing, and if convicted, he could get life in prison. His defense team doesn’t seem worried, though, claiming that is has evidence that “all sexual encounters [between Weinstein and his accusers] were consensual.” [via Deadline]
- Netflix’s first Indian horror movie, Ghoul, is set to premiere on August 24. It’s based on an Arabic legend and centers on a secret prison where some of its terrorist prisoners are actually supernatural beings. A bunch of other India-based originals are also in the works, following Ghoul and this summer’s Sacred Games. [via Variety]