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‘E.T.’ star addresses the likelihood of a sequel

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‘E.T.’ star addresses the likelihood of a sequel

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While some cinematic masterpieces have received countless forgettable (and sometimes unnecessary) sequels following the success of an original, other favored movies have never received a proper sequel — despite a slew of fans pining for one. This can certainly be said about Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi phenomenon E.T. Now, over 30 years after the movie’s acclaimed release, star Henry Thomas has dished on whether the Spielberg vehicle will ever get a sequel.

For some background, the popular ‘80s film told the story of a young boy named Elliot Taylor who encounters an extraterrestrial being after discovering the alien has been left behind on planet Earth. Elliot — portrayed by Thomas — eventually names him E.T., and the two form a close bond. While chatting with ComicBook.com, Thomas mentioned a recent Xfinity ad that featured E.T. sparked the conversation about a sequel but expressed confidence that the stunt was probably as far as Spielberg would go rather than an actual sequel.

“There had been ideas kicked around over the years. There were some serious talks early on because the studio was really pushing for it, to follow up the success of the 1982 season. That’s why the commercial, I think Spielberg okayed the commercial because that’s as close to a sequel as he’s willing to go, as he’s willing to allow. The response for that Xfinity spot was so overwhelming and people thought it was a teaser for a sequel which created a huge, huge stir on the internet. I don’t know if it made it past the internet.”

Despite Thomas appearing pretty confident in his words, this is Hollywood, after all — meaning anything has the power to happen. And considering E.T.’s undeniable popularity over the decades, perhaps the science fiction cash-grab is more attractive than it looks on paper.

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DC’s ‘Strange Adventures’ joins ‘Batgirl’ in the HBO Max cancellation frenzy

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DC’s ‘Strange Adventures’ joins ‘Batgirl’ in the HBO Max cancellation frenzy

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The list of DC properties getting the axe over at HBO Max continues to grow, with Strange Adventures being the latest casualty.

The show was supposed to be an anthology series that featured some of DC’s lesser known characters. Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was supposed to direct and co-write an episode, confirmed the decision on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On.

Smith put the show’s axing in the same vein as Warner Bros. Discovery’s cancelling of the Batgirl movie, which already cost the studio an estimated $90 million. Strange Adventures actually never made it that far, however, and was axed before the merger became final.

The episode Smith was writing was supposed to be a collaboration with Supergirl writer Eric Carrasco. It would have featured both Jimmy Olsen from the Superman universe, and villain Bizarro. The plan was to get Nicholas Cage to play Bizzarro.

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Smith and Cage actually have a pretty good history together, as they were both at one point in the ’90s attached to the Tim Burton-led Superman Lives – something that ultimately never happened but did result in a documentary called The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

“[Dropping Strange Adventures] kind of made sense to me — nobody necessarily knows these characters, and it sounded like an expensive show,” Smith said. Strange Adventures was going to cost between $16 and $20 million per episode, and was going to be produced by Berlanti Productions. That company is also handling another DC property that is so far on track – Green Lantern.

Berlanti also handles the TV version of The Flash, season three of Superman & Lois, and Gotham Knights over at The CW. Those are all moving ahead as planned.

Strange Adventures was supposed to be “our biggest DC show ever made,” Smith said. He also shared that even if it won’t end up over at HBO Max, the property could come out in another medium.

“Don’t feel bad for me, I got paid. We’re talking about taking it over to DC and doing it as a comic book, because we f***ing took the time to write the script. Might as well hand it to an artist and let them draw it.”

He also said getting rid of Batgirl was a bad idea: “It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie. I don’t give a sh*t if the movie was absolute fucking dog sh*t — I guarantee you that it wasn’t. I love all the CW shows, but the CW shows show their budgetary constraints. They said Batgirl looked too cheap because it was a $90 million movie. How do you make a cheap-looking $90 million movie? If it looked slightly better than an episode of Arrow then why couldn’t we see that?”

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‘Prey’ Gets The Biggest Original Hulu Premiere In History

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According to the streaming service, the new Predator film, Prey, had the biggest original premiere on Hulu to date.

Several years ago, the development of a new Predator film began. Official details were hard to come by, but the film’s producers eventually confirmed the rumors, revealing that it took place in the 1700s. The film was eventually revealed to be titled Prey and its first trailer was released in early June.

As the film’s development went on, the decision was eventually made to make Prey a Hulu exclusive. Reviews were incredibly positive and the film currently holds a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, it appears that the film has nabbed a record for Hulu.

According to Hulu, Prey had the biggest premier for an original film and/or television show in the streaming service’s history. It did not, however, release the film’s exact numbers:

Here is the synopsis for Prey:

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Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg from a script written by Patrick Aison, Prey stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope.

Prey is now available on Hulu on August 5, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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Watch Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline in the trailer for The Good House

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Watch Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline in the trailer for The Good House

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline starred together in the1993’s Dave which is a great movie. They have reunited for The Good House and you can watch the trailer below.

The Good House follows Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver), a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high-school flame, Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline), and becomes dangerously entwined in one person’s reckless behavior. Igniting long-buried emotions and family secrets, Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she’s been avoiding for decades: herself.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Leary, THE GOOD HOUSE is directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, and stars Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin and Rob Delaney.

You can read our review here.

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The Good House opens in US cinemas on 30th September 2022.

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