Let's all get stoned and check out a movie version of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

It’s not wholly surprising that Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story The Lottery has never been adapted to film. For one thing, it really is a short story, clocking in at just a few brief pages before landing at its grim conclusion. For another, that twist ending has now been out in the ether for going-on 70 years, and…

Netflix might be scooping up that third Cloverfield movie

Like the creatures it occasionally offers up in blurry, half-glimpsed images, the Cloverfield “franchise” is an odd beast, focused on name recognition and tone rather than continuity or recurring characters. (The series’ second film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, wasn’t bolted into the franchise until well into its development…

Star Trek: Discovery adds a few more Starfleet characters

After yesterday’s possible fakeout—were those Klingons or not?—it’s nice to have some Star Trek: Discovery news that isn’t more speculation. Screenrant reports that the ship’s crew has just beamed up its chief medical officer Dr. Nambue, who will be played by 30 Rock’s Maulik Pancholy. What we don’t currently know is…

A leaked set photo shows off some of Star Trek: Discovery’s aliens

CBS and Paramount first set a course for Star Trek: Discovery in November 2015, and though that path hasn’t exactly been smooth—the series lost Bryan Fuller as showrunner a year later—it’s still been a fairly exciting ride. The cast, led by The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin Green, looks very promising. A recent…

Spike TV to rebrand itself as the Paramount Network

Like an 18-year-old high school kid named Dougie, who’s suddenly insisting he’s “Douglas” now that college time has rolled around, Spike TV has announced that it’ll soon be rebranding itself as the Paramount Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new name will kick in some time next year, presumably giving…

G.I. Joe can’t play with Transformers until Michael Bay’s done with them

G.I. Joe meeting the Transformers is the kind of bold, ambitious storytelling you can only find inside studio executive boardrooms and 7-year-olds’ bedrooms, but despite the grabbiness of the concept—and an entire comic series to draw from—it’s yet to be realized on screen. Director D.J. Caruso recently lamented this…

New Cloverfield movie replaces The God Particle

We learned earlier this year that Julius Onah’s The God Particle would be part of producer J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield universe, though it wasn’t entirely clear how a movie the sci-fi thriller would make its way there. After all, the film—which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, and John Krasinski—is set in space, not…

CBS admits Star Trek: Discovery wouldn’t cut it on broadcast TV

As news of Star Trek: Discovery’s preproduction has rolled out, expectations have been continuously adjusted. Bryan Fuller’s the showrunner? That’s good! The cast and crew will feature greater representation of the people that make up the present and presumably the future? Delighted to hear it (said everyone who isn’t…