In its attempt to collect every single person who was once related to a DC Comics TV property for the CW’s upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, the network has announced several more actors who are joining the five-episode event. Erica Durance (Smallville) and Ashley Scott (Birds of Prey) have joined the crossover, reprising their roles, while Supernatural’s Osric Chau takes on a new one.The Little Mermaid Finds Her Prince(Photo by Disney)The Good Wife’s Graham Phillips will play Prince Eric in Disney’s upcoming live concert broadcast of The Little Mermaid. Also joining the project: John Stamos as The Chef, whom the Full House alum has played before (in a 2016 Hollywood Bowl production).Law Order: SVU Is Expanding(Photo by NBC)Dun Dun: Executive producer extraordinaire Dick Wolf is launching his first podcast. Squadroom will be the official companion to Law Order: SVU. Hosted by SVU insider Anthony Roman, it will feature exclusive interviews with the cast, producers, and writers. New episodes will debut weekly following the East Coast airing of the record-setting 21st season of the series.Hulu Kills Ghost Rider Series(Photo by ABC)A Ghost Rider TV show is no longer in the works at Hulu. According to Deadline, the series, which was set to star Gabriel Luna (introduced as the character on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD in 2016), will no longer move forward due to “a creative impasse which could not be resolved.”Vice Moves Networks(Photo by HBO)Vice has found a new home: Showtime. The Emmy-winning weekly newsmagazine series will move to the network with a new 13-episode season scheduled to premiere in spring 2020. The diverse group of award-winning journalists will continue to report on the ground from conflicts around the globe. HBO canceled Vice in 2018 and then Vice News Tonight in June.Casting News: Downton Abbey and The Office Follow-Ups John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Jimmy O. Yang, Tawny Newsome Alex Sparrow have joined Steve Carell in #SpaceForce, a workplace comedy centered around the people on Earth who have been tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: @realspaceforce pic.twitter.com/rGTo8vazB6 See What s Next (@seewhatsnext) September 26, 2019Space Force, the newest collaboration between The Office creator Greg Daniels and star Steve Carrell, has added John Malkovich, Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, and Tawny Newsome as series regulars, and Jimmy O. Yang and Alex Sparrow in recurring roles. The workplace comedy is centered around the people back on Earth tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services, Space Force. The 10 30-minute episodes are scheduled to launch in 2020.Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon will headline Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ next big project, The Gilded Age. The actresses will play aristocrat sisters in the HBO drama, which takes place in the titular era of American history that began in 1882. Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) is “a proud and stubborn aristocrat who will never accept that the world has changed, and that ancient values are being replaced by new ones. She found herself penniless as her parents’ plantation was foundering, even before the war, but she managed to catch a husband just in time. Agnes has a son named Oscar, whom she worships, but her worship is not returned,” per Variety. Meanwhile, Nixon’s Ada Brook never figured out a way to leave the collapsing South until it was too late. “Forced back on her sister’s charity, she is not naturally confrontational but she is capable for standing up for what she believes. Amanda Peet will play middle-class Bertha Russell, whose merchant husband is a financial genius and who is trying to break into the upper crust of society. Morgan Spector plays her husband, George Russell, a “classic robber baron” who is “fond of his wife and his children, but utterly ruthless in business. He has already acquired millions, and billions will follow. In every challenge, George must win.”Jeremy Pope, David Corenswet, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Dylan McDermott, Laura Harrier, Patti LuPone, Jake Picking, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow, and Joe Mantello join Darren Criss in “Hollywood,” a new series from Ryan Murphy Ian Brennan pic.twitter.com/RuzR068Swv See What s Next (@seewhatsnext) September 27, 2019The Politician actor David Corenswet and Broadway star Jeremy Pope will lead Ryan Murphy’s next Netflix project, Hollywood, alongside Darren Criss. According to Deadline, the project is a love letter to Old Hollywood and will center around three men in 1940s Tinseltown. All three actors are also executive producers alongside Murphy and his co-creator Ian Brennan. Production reportedly began this summer. Joining them on the show are Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Dylan McDermot, Laura Harrier, Patti LuPone, Jake Picking, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow, and Joe Mantello.Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss will recur on season 3 of Showtime’s The Chi.Hulu’s adaptation of the bestseller Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, has added six new actors for a flashback episode: AnnaSophia Robb, Tiffany Boone, Alona Tal, Matthew Barnes, Andy Favreau, and Luke Bracey. The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere on Hulu in 2020.The second eight-episode run of Starz’s The Spanish Princess will bring back Charlotte Hope, Ruairi O’Connor, Laura Carmichael, Georgie Henley, and Stephanie Levi-John alongside new cast members Ray Stevenson, Sai Bennett, Andrew Buchan, and and Peter Egan.Blythe Danner will recur during the third season of Starz’s American Gods as Greek goddess Demeter, who has an unresolved romantic history with Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday.Development Update: Grab a Bottle of Red, a Bottle of WhiteMajor musical news: Billy Joel’s oeuvre is being adapted into a new anthology series, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. Inspired by the song of the same name, the singer has teamed up with Kevin Fox to develop the series, which will focus on different characters from his songs (the Piano Man, Mamma Leone, the Stranger). Want to find out what Brenda and Eddie are up to? Stay tuned, as there’s still no network attached, though MGM Television and Universal Music Publishing Group have teamed up for the project.Ellen DeGeneres isn’t busy enough with her daily talk show and occasional stand-up special, so she’s adding four new projects to her plate: The comedian will produce reality competition Ellen’s Home Design Challenge, reality dating series First Dates Hotel, animated children’s show Little Ellen, and docuseries Finding Einstein for HBO Max.Haley Lu Richardson and Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira have joined HBO Max’s film adaptation of the novel Unpregnant. The duo will play ex-best friends who come together when one of them discovers she’s pregnant and they embark on a 900-plus mile road trip in a stolen El Camino. Production begins in New Mexico this fall with Rachel Lee Goldenberg set to direct.Thirtysomething could be the latest series to get a revival: A sequel to the 1987 drama series is currently being developed that would focus on the children of the married baby boomers who were the focus of the original series (and are now thirtysomethings themselves).Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Aquatic horror is a bit of an underseen sub-genre, but Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever shows why we should still be afraid of what lies beneath, as a bizarre creature sneaks on board a trawler on the high seas. This film will remind audiences of such classics as Alien and The Thing while offering a new voice to the creature feature, with an engrossing tale that challenges your assumptions of the unknown. “Sea Fever is a nightmare you can’t take your eyes off of and can’t stop thinking about after it wraps up,” wrote Collider’s critic Perri Nemiroff. () Right after the theatrical release of The Hunt was cancelled, TIFF presented us with an alternative to the Most Dangerous Game sub-genre, one that combines socio-political commentary with sci-fi and horror elements. RogerEbert.com’s Brian Tallerico described Bacarau, which also played the Cannes Film Festival, as “a crazy genre hybrid that exudes the confidence of the people who made it.” The premise is simple: In a near-future Brazilian village where citizens are sold as prey to bloodthirsty foreign hunter (led by cult-cinema legend Udo Kier), a resistance forms in an all-out war that allows the filmmakers to blend genres and blows minds. Psychotropic drugs are involved.Gundala (2019) 83% What if we were to tell you that the next big superhero cinematic universe wasn’t going to be based on American superheroes, but on Indonesian comic books? Writer-director Joko Anwar unleashed a different kind of superhero on the Midnight Madness crowds of Toronto with Gundala, a superhero origin film that infuses standard tropes of the genre with Indonesian legends and martial art fights that will make you cheer. That Shelf critic Victor Stiff says, “From beginning to end, Gundala delivers fast and furious action and rarely stops to take its foot off the gas.”Knives Out (2019) 97% (Photo by Lionsgate)One of the biggest surprises of TIFF was how universally liked Rian Johnson’s murder-mystery Knives Out turned out to be. The star-studded ensemble not only lets Chris Evans play a despicable character fresh off of hanging up the Captain America shield, but spoofs the classic whodunnit genre. What starts as a simple mystery of the murder of a crime novelist evolves into a laugh-out-loud puzzle-box comedy that will keep your mind spinning as you try to figure out what comes next. David Ehrlich writes for IndieWire: “A crackling, devious, and hugely satisfying old-school whodunnit with a modern twist ”. Lionsgate will release Knives Out on Thanksgiving.The Vigil (2019) 90% (Photo by BoulderLight Pictures)The demonic possession genre has long been associated with bibles and priests, but Keith Thomas’s debut feature, The Vigil, takes the genre and roots it in Jewish mythology making for a novel and terrifying horror film. Breakout performer Dave Davis stars as Jakov, a young man abandoning his Orthodox community to embrace the secular life, who finds himself working as a shomer, watching over the body of a recently deceased member of the community who is haunted by an evil presence. The Hollywood Reporter’s Jordan Mintzer writes, “What works is how Thomas transforms Orthodox culture into gory material for a slightly elevated horror flick, with Yakov ultimately turning to Hebrew prayer as his only way out of hell.”The Vast of Night (2019) 92% A throwback to not only the classic sci-fi TV shows of the 50s, like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, but also a time when we were still fascinated with the idea of the future and the wonders it could bring, Andrew Patterson’s debut feature The Vast of Night follows two young people seeking the source of a mysterious sound invading their local radio station in a town in New Mexico. TV Guide’s Oliver Whitney writes that the film is “like an old school radio play that fuses the slow-building paranoia of The Twilight Zone and chilling awe and extraterrestrial sightings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” This nostalgic sci-fi thriller was picked up by Amazon just before the film’s premiere at TIFF.Synchronic (2019) 79% (Photo by Rustic Films )Filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have made a career out of blending different genres to create something entirely new, while also providing emotional stories stuffed with characters we connect with – their 2018 flick, The Endless, is Certified Fresh at 93%. This time they got Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan together to play the two friends at the core of a time-bending crime thriller involving two paramedics that get their lives turned upside down by a series of crimes involving a mysterious synthetic drug that lets you experience new realities. Synchronic is the duo’s most dramatic and emotional work yet, but it still delivers a fun and exhilarating experience. Writing for The Playlist, critic Jason Bailey says, “Synchronic can best be described as egghead indie sci-fi, in which the ideas are as exciting as the effects.” This is a sci-fi thriller that will stick with you long after you leave the theater.La llorona (2019) 96% Unlike that other film about the Latin American horror myth, Jayro Bustamante’s La Llorona is 100% rooted in Latin American history and culture, which adds an extra layer of horror to this already chilling tale of an aging general accused of genocide who starts seeing visions of a terrifying ghost haunting his estate. Bustamante blends utilizes stylized cinematography and effective scares that make this the surprise horror hit of the festival. Critic Carlos Aguilar writes for The Wrap that La Llorona is “a purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure.” This is the type of genre film that proves you can have a strong message while still delivering entertaining thrills and scares.The Platform (2019) 79% Imagine a prison where the cells are vertically stacked, and the only food given to prisoners is lowered down from the highest levels – feeding those on the upper cells but leaving those below violently starving. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform combines poignant and relevant social commentary about the distribution of wealth and the difficulties of convincing people to do good, with the nasty, wicked horrors of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. Writing for Slashfilm, critic Meredith Borders says, “Starvation, cannibalism, heinous violence and no small amount of feces aside, The Platform makes spending time in The Pit a pretty intriguing enterprise.” This is a movie that is as grotesque and shocking as it is surprisingly funny. Netflix will release The Platform at a later date.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.