Spring is springing up, and showbiz news is blossoming. It's time for another round-up!
Marvel Entertainment released the long-awaited first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder
(see trailer below). In this movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) retires to seek inner peace, but his retirement is cut short by the emergence of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Thor then returns to battle the threat, enlisting a team including his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who surprisingly is able to wield Mjolnir, Thor's hammer. This film is produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, and will be directed by Taika Waititi (see "Taika Waititi
"), who is also the voice of Korg in the movie. The trailer racked up 209 million views in the first 24 hours, according to The Hollywood Reporter
Paramount Pictures announced the name of the new Dungeons & Dragons
movie in a teaser that was unveiled as part of the big D&D
news drop this week (teaser below). The movie, starring Chris Pine (see "Pine Cast for ‘D&D’ Movie
"), Michelle Rodriguez, Rege-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, and Hugh Grant, will be entitled Honor Among Thieves.
It will hit theaters on March 3, 2023.
Sony has dated several movies in its Spider-Man franchise, according to Deadline
. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
, the sequel by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson to the hit 2018 animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(see "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Directors
"), has been moved from October 7, 2022 to June 2, 2023. A third film in the franchise, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part II
, was dated for March 2029, 2024. Madame Web
(see "‘Madame Web’
"), starring Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey
) has been given a date of July 7, 2023 (see "Geek Movie Calendar – 2023
The Netflix adaptation of Jeff Smith’s Bone
has been canceled, according to The Wrap
and confirmed by co-executive producer Nick Cross on Twitter
. The property had been in development as a feature multiple times over the years; this was the first known attempt as a TV series. The Netflix development deal was announced in 2019 (see "Netflix Gets ‘Bone’
director Ryan Coogler has joined the Ironheart
series planned for Disney+ as Executive Producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. Sam Bailey (Dear White People
) will direct the first three episodes, and Angela Barnes (Atlanta
S4) will direct episodes 4-6. Dominique Thorne will play Riri Williams (see "’Ironheart’ Series
Netflix will launch an adult animated comedy series based on the Exploding Kittens
tabletop game franchise, the streamer announced. The animated series, entitled Exploding Kittens
, will be about a battle between Heaven and Hell played out by God and the Devil who arrive on Earth as chunky house cats. The series, coming in 2023, will showcase the voice talent of Tom Ellis, Abraham Lim, Lucy Liu, Ally Maki, Mark Proksch and Sasheer Zamata. This May, Netflix will release Exploding Kittens - The Game
, a mobile game that features the same gameplay as the original game (see "'Exploding Kittens'