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In this edition of TV Bits:Mark Wahlberg is getting his own HBO Max documentary series. YouTube has cancelled Impulse after two seasons. ABC’s Rebel adds an Ocean’s Eleven actor to its cast. Reese Witherspoon‘s nature documentary gets a trailer. Stranger Things 4 finds a new shooting location. ABC’s The Brides series has found its Dracula. AMC has greenlit an animated series called Pantheon. Quibi’s Legends of the Hidden Temple is looking for contenders.
Mark Wahlberg, the producer of and inspiration for HBO’s Entourage, is returning to that premium channel family – but this time, he’ll be in front of the camera for HBO Max. He’s starring in an eight-episode documentary series called Wahl Street, which “offers fans a glimpse into global star Mark Wahlberg’s life as he juggles the demands of a rigorous film schedule coupled with an ever-growing network of diverse businesses.” And it sounds like there’s a Shark Tank-style component to this, too:
Each episode of WAHL STREET will follow Wahlberg as he navigates his expansive business portfolio, spanning all sectors of commerce ranging from a line of activewear, all-natural, high-performance sports nutrition supplements, television and film production companies, and even a Chevrolet dealership. Each episode will include a diverse group of entrepreneurs and inventors pitching Wahlberg a litany of new opportunities, eager to have Wahlberg endorse or invest in their ideas.
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— Lauren LeFranc @LaurenLeFranc March 10, 2020
And then there were three. After two seasons, YouTube has pulled the plug on its Jumper spin-off show Impulse, leaving only Cobra Kai and Liza on Demand as the streaming site’s remaining scripted shows. You can read a letter about the cancellation from showrunner Lauren LeFranc above.
Here’s the first trailer for Fierce Queens, the Reese Witherspoon-hosted Quibi nature documentary series. The show will shine a light on “phenomenal female animals: the rebel matriarchs, powerful leaders and dangerous lovers of the natural world. From hyenas to fireflies, meerkats to humpback whales, the documentary series will bring you the most dramatic natural history stories from a fresh female perspective.”
According to a report from Deadline, who spoke with Netflix’s vice president of physical production Patty Whitcher, a “significant portion” of the fourth season of Stranger Things will be shot in New Mexico. Netflix purchased production facilities in Albuquerque in 2018. We still don’t know how much if any of the new season will be shot in Atlanta, where the entire series has been...
Stranger Things is showing the world how Will Byers is practicing social distancing. Even Hawkins is staying indoors these days. Production halted on the highly anticipated season 4 of the hit Netflix series a few weeks ago and it looks like we're going to have to wait a little longer to see it. Chief Hopper star David Harbour says that they originally wanted to have the show ready for early 2021, but that probably won't happen now.
9am: play on the stairs 12pm: call the homies3pm: see if my head fits thru the railing it does6pm: cookie dinner pic.twitter.com/lkGwhPbv20— Stranger Things @Stranger_Things March 26, 2020
The Stranger Things social media accounts continue to entertain fans online. Everybody could use a few laughs these days and today, we now have an example of what a typical day for Will Byers consists of. Here's what Will does: '9am: play on the stairs, 12pm: call the homies, 3pm: see if my head fits thru the railing it does, and 6pm: cookie dinner.' The social media account posted pictures of each of his activities and they warn to stay away from trying number 3. They don't want people getting their heads stuck through their railings.
While a lot of social media accounts will post something and then leave it alone, the Stranger Things account actually takes time to respond to fans in a humorous way. It's interactive in a time when a lot of fans could use some extra fun as they stay home and try to social distance from each other. While most of Will Byers' activities are questionable, calling 'the homies' is probably the best one and something that a lot of people should be doing more of. Eating cookies for dinner can be fun, but not every night.
Stranger Things season 4 will see the return of Chief Hopper, although we're not exactly sure how that happens at this time. On Valentine's Day, fans were treated to the very first footage of the upcoming season and it featured Hopper in Russia, working on some train tracks. He appears to be enslaved, but that won't last for long. The first footage was a great way to get everybody excited, which has now been ground to a halt with the rest of the entertainment industry.
Since nobody really knows when we'll have to stop social distancing from each other, it's unclear when Stranger Things season 4 will go back into production. For now, Netflix is looking out for the safety of their cast and crew, along with the fans, which is why we get to see how Will Byers spends his day at home. Regardless, we should find out in the next few weeks when everything is able to start production again, we're just going to have to be a bit more patient than normal. You can check out Will Byers practicing his social distancing above, thanks to the official Stranger Things Twitter account.
David Harbour is a charming guy, a good actor, and a genuinely beloved figure. So it pains me to see him talkin’ crazy about his failed Hellboy reboot. According to Harbour, the film’s failure was primarily due to fans of the Guillermo del Toro movies who were angry about a reboot. And while it’s certainly true that fans of the del Toro movies were unhappy the Oscar-winning filmmaker wasn’t allowed to complete his trilogy, that’s certainly not the reason the Hellboy reboot failed.
Pretty much no one liked the Hellboy reboot. And while David Harbour did his best, and wasn’t half-bad as the demon superhero, it wasn’t enough to salvage the film. There were also reports of behind-the-scenes problems involving the script, and that certainly played a part in the failure. But according to Harbour, the real culprit here are the fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies.
On Instagram via Screen Rant, Harbour opened up about the film’s failure, saying:
“I think it failed before we began shooting because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie and for some reason there was like a big… Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented and then they certainly – the loudness of the internet was like, “We do not want you to touch this.” And then we made a movie that I think is fun and I think had its problems but was a fun movie and then people were just very very against it and that’s people’s right but I learned my lesson in a lot of different way.”
To be fair to Harbour, fans of the del Toro/Ron Perlman movies were pretty ticked-off at the idea of a reboot. But the failure of the new Hellboy can’t be blamed on them. Instead, it boils down to the simple fact that the movie just didn’t look very good, and received dreadful reviews. Plus, it wasn’t like del Toro’s movies were huge box office blockbusters.
The 2004 Hellboy earned $99 million worldwide against a production budget of $66 million, and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army drew in $160 million against a $85 million budget. Those are good numbers, but they’re not exactly grand slams. The truth is that while Hellboy has a strong cult following as a comic book character, it’s not exactly the most beloved property for mainstream audiences. Couple that with poor trailers and even poorer reviews, and it’s easy to understand why the Hellboy reboot failed.
The Korean zombie film Train to Busan became a runaway success upon its release in 2016, and director Yeon Sang-ho is currently working on Peninsula, an unconventional sequel set four years after the events of the first movie that follows entirely different characters. Now the first images of Peninsula have arrived, and the filmmaker has shared more details about his more ambitious follow-up and teased that another movie set in this cinematic universe might happen one day – one which explains how the zombie outbreak started in the first place.Peninsula First Look
ScreenDaily has the first photos from Peninsula, as well as a fascinating interview with director Yeon Sang-ho. You can head over there to see all three images and read the full interview, but here’s what you need to know.The Reason for the Title
“[Peninsula] takes place four years after Train To Busan, in the same universe, but it doesn’t continue the story and has different characters,” Yeon said, echoing information we wrote about last month. But he offered some new info, too: “Government authority has been decimated after the zombie outbreak in Korea, and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location – which is why the film is called Peninsula.” This one follows a former soldier named Jung-seok Gang Dong-won, who escaped the outbreak but is given a mission to go back into Korea, which is now “a zombie-infested wasteland turned into a ghetto by other nations trying to stop the spread of the virus.” When he tries to complete his mission and retrieve something to bring out of the wasteland, he unexpectedly meets up with some non-infected survivors who are still in Seoul.
Gang Dong-won will lead a cast comprised of several other actors, but from the sound of it, none will be more important than child actress Lee Re; Yeon thinks she will become “more [popular] than Ma Dong-seok [aka Don Lee] in Train To Busan“, the fan-favorite actor of the first movie and easily the film’s best character.A Bigger Follow-Up
The budget for Peninsula is $16 million, almost double the $8.5 million that Train to Busan cost. And while the original movie put its comparatively paltry budget to great use, it seems as if this one is expanding the scope a great deal. “The scale of Peninsula can’t compare to Train To Busan, it makes it look like an independent film,” Yeon told ScreenDaily. “Train To Busan was a high-concept film shot in narrow spaces whereas Peninsula has a much wider scope of movement.”Could We See Another Prequel One Day?
Before directing Train to Busan, Yeon helmed Seoul Station, an animated story set earlier during the zombie outbreak which was held for release until after Train to Busan became a big hit and marketed as...