Friday Night Lights’ Taylor Kitsch To Play A Drug Dealer For New HBO Series

One of the breakout stars of NBC’s Friday Night Lights could illuminate television again with a potential new series. Taylor Kitsch is attached to a show that would mark his return to HBO via a new drama. So long Tim Riggins. Kitsch’s character in the potential series is a drug dealer.

That’s right. The Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch is attached to both star in and executive produce the series, per Variety. The show is currently in development and has not received a series order at this point. So, time will tell if it comes to fruition. If it does, here are the plot details you will want to know.

While the show does not have a title yet, Taylor Kitsch’s character has a name — Chris Klug. According to the plot description, Chris has a lot going on. He is a young guy, who is focused on his family. He is also a drug dealer. That all sounds like drama enough when a significant twist ensues.

Chris ends up taking a bad batch of drugs, and it leaves him in a temporary vegetative state. The story will accordingly unfold through flashbacks and Chris’ “purgatory” in the present. Chris soon discovers that him taking the batch was not an accident. Rather, someone he is close to tried to kill him with it. Cue dramatic music.

So, there is going to be a mystery at play. What we do not know is why the would-be killer is not going to try something at the hospital. Perhaps that will be the groundwork for further drama. This role sounds like it has a lot of layers to it.

It will not be Taylor Kitsch’s first time playing a character with a drug-related history. He starred in the 2012 film Savages in the role of a marijuana grower. Kitsch also has a history with HBO. He previously starred in the second season of HBO’s True Detective, as well as the HBO film, The Normal Heart.

This new project for the cabler sounds promising. Taylor Kitsch has that star quality to make this work. A role like Chris Klug’s will require charisma. It is something Kitsch always brought to playing Tim Riggins. Even when Tim did unfortunate things, you wanted to forgive him for them. A character such as Chris Klug will require that trait.

If this show gets off the ground, it will have a lot going for it. The plot description puts off Ozark vibes. The series is created by John Barcheski, who worked on the Kurt Sutter series Sons of Anarchy and The Bastard Executioner. Robert Munic would serve as the series’ showrunner.

If the show gets picked up, it will mark the latest television role for Taylor Kitsch. He recently starred in Paramount Television’s limited series, Waco. After appearing in many movies through the years, he is still keeping the television fires burning.

Stay tuned to find out what becomes of the Taylor Kitsch-led series. Hopefully HBO gives it the green light. In the meantime, many shows are premiering and returning this fall and throughout the midseason. You can relive the glory of Friday Night Lights on Hulu.

Channing Tatum Would Totally Put A Thong Back On For Magic Mike Live

It’s been over three years since we saw Channing Tatum’s abs get splashed all over posters and trailers for Magic Mike XXL. The actor has since taken a slew of different roles that have not required shirtless scenes, including voice work in Smallfoot and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. However, he recently revealed he’d be totally down to slap on a thong to surprise fan at a Magic Mike Live show under one condition, noting:

It’s hard to imagine Channing Tatum not being in rock solid shape (while I suppose it’s easy to imagine him in a thong thanks to his previous Magic Mike work); regardless, per his comments to ET we’ll only see him try out some Magic Mike Live work if he gets into quote-unquote “shape.”

Channing Tatum has been open fairly recently about gaining weight for Logan Lucky, the Steven Soderbergh movie he starred in in 2017. He’s previously mentioned weight gain and getting soft related to the movie, noting that no one wants to see his character, Jimmy Logan, with his shirt off. Literally that’s what he said about his weight gain as part of the role:

In the time since, Channing Tatum has said he’s “started eating better” as he prepares for roles like the oft-mentioned Gambit release. For now, though, he’s set to play Superman in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which in all honesty is probably the most ideal superhero role, as it means he gets to be Superman without dealing with all of the weight and working out crap.

So, perhaps getting in thong shape for Magic Mike Live will be left for another day. As it stands, the live show based on the movie franchise is very popular. In fact, it recently opened a second run in London and is set to play 5 nights a week at the London’s Hippodrome Casino. And it’s safe to say that Channing Tatum enjoys revisiting Magic Mike moments on occasion.

The movie franchise was originally even inspired by Channing Tatum’s own work as a stripper in Florida when he was only 18. He’s come a long way since then, and apparently, so has his waistline.

Aquaman Had To Change A Key Scene To Achieve A Lower UK Rating

Those of you reading this article who live in the United States obviously think of movies ratings across G to NC-17 spectrum, but it’s easy to forget that other countries have their own ratings classifications. Take Aquaman. In the U.S., the movie earned a predictable PG-13, but in the United Kingdom, it’s been rated 12A, like every other modern DC movie. However, in order to get that 12A rating, one of the Aquaman scenes had to be tweaked. According to the British Board of Film Classification:

As noted in Digital Spy‘s report, making slight changes to a movie, particularly major blockbusters, in order to hit a certain rating isn’t uncommon, which means DC fans should start clamoring for the true “James Wan Cut.” That being said, there’s no word yet on if this scene that was altered for U.K. audiences will also be what U.S. audiences see or if U.S. audiences are getting the original version. It also doesn’t sound like this change to hit 12A will affect Aquaman‘s runtime, as it’s still 143 minutes in the U.K.

Although Aquaman has screened early for some critics and other individuals lucky enough to attend these screenings, the public is a little less than a month out from getting to see it, so it’s hard to narrow down which scene was changed. Like most superhero movies, Aquaman won’t be lacking for action-packed moments, such as the underwater war scenes teased in the previews. Whatever scene was altered, evidently that was enough to ensure that it’s considered “family friendly” across the pond.

Set after the events of Justice League, Aquaman, the sixth DC Extended Universe movie, sees Arthur Curry returning to Atlantis and becoming the underwater nation’s new king, only to find himself caught in a war between the surface world and the Atlanteans wanting revenge for humanity polluting the oceans. Along with Jason Momoa reprising Arthur Curry, the movie’s cast include Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry.

Aquaman dives into theaters for the masses on December 21, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, look through our holiday premiere guide to find out what else is coming out in December, or check out our DC movies guide to learn what the DCEU has coming down the pipeline.

Fox News Has Won The Cable Ratings For 29 Months In A Row

Its closest competitors in primetime are well behind as well. Compared to Fox News’ 2.44 million, MSNBC pulls in a primetime average of 1.84 million and CNN draws an average 1.12 million. In total day viewership, MSNBC only averages 1.024 million and CNN only averages 761,000. In the 25-54 age demographic that is generally more important for news networks than for entertainment networks where 18-49 is key, Fox News wins 478,000 viewers on average, which is ahead of CNN with 374,000 and MSNBC with 332,000.

Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle Has Screened, Here’s What People Are Saying

In the battle of Jungle Book movies, Disney’s The Jungle Book made it to theaters first two years ago, racking up critical acclaim, a near $1 billion at the box office and an Oscar for visual effects. Now it’s Andy Serkis’ turn to show the world his vision of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has now screened, so how does it stack up in the previous tellings, including Disney’s, and what does it offer?

For CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg, Mowgli: Welcome to the Jungle stands out by being the much darker take that Andy Serkis promised, even if it doesn’t completely work.

The darker tone is a big part of what separates Mowgli: Welcome to the Jungle from the successful Disney film, and is likely a pivot point on whether or not you will like what Andy Serkis has made. Scott Menzel really took to the film’s darker tone and had high praise for the visuals and the story, actually liking it better than the successful Disney movie.

One pattern found in the reactions to the film is surprise, as some who’ve seen it liked it much better than they were expecting. For Anton Volkov, the film isn’t perfect, but there were definitely things to like.

In a film like this, there is a lot of weight put on the performance of the actor playing Mowgli, as he has to carry the film to a large degree. A common thread in the reactions to Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is that Rohan Chand, who plays the titular character, does a good job, as Collider’s Jeff Sneider says here, while also noting how the darker tone made it a tough theatrical sell.

While many seem to have enjoyed the different darker take that Andy Serkis’ film offers to contrast the family-friendly Disney movie, some who saw the film found the darkness to be a bit too dark, as in pitch black. Kristy Puchko even compared it to a horror film.

Kristy was not alone in her assessment, as Will Mavity, who praised Mowgli‘s visuals, also emphasized how dark this movie is, indicating that it earned its PG-13 rating and is most definitely not for little kids.

One thing that is clear is that this film will not have the broad-appeal of Disney’s The Jungle Book. But for those who are interested in a different take on the classic story, it seems that Andy Serkis delivers that and then some and parents will have to be very careful to not throw this movie on thinking they’re going to be showing their kids singing bears.

These reactions make it clear why this film may be better suited to a Netflix release than a theatrical one, where it would have been very difficult to market. With Netflix being the primary place most people will see this film, perhaps more audiences will take the chance to do so and find that Disney’s approach isn’t the only way to tell a story.

A Blade Runner TV Show Is Happening On An Unexpected Network

The Blade Runner franchise is getting another expansion, and the world of replicants will be making a transition from the big to small screen. The TV show is a surprise, not only because its announcement came out of the ether, but also because the high profile franchise is finding a home at a network one wouldn’t immediately expect. The series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, will air on Adult Swim and Crunchyroll in the U.S.

Specifically, Blade Runner: Black Lotus will run during the Toonami segment of Adult Swim’s lineup, as it’s to be an anime. The premiere season contains 13 30-minute episodes all set within the year 2032. There isn’t much more known about the plot beyond that, minus that it will contain characters from the Blade Runner universe that audiences will be familiar with.

No specific clues were given as to who, but with Blade Runner: Black Lotus set squarely between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner: 2049, characters from both films could find their way into the action. Deckard or K may be involved, or the show may deal with more obscure figures from the franchise and tell their story instead.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will be produced by Sola Digital Arts, who worked on the short-form anime Blade Runner: Black Out 2022. Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will direct the entire season, and Cowboy Bebop‘s Shinichiro Watanabe has been brought on as a creative consultant. Adult Swim will air the English dubbed episodes worldwide excluding Asia, while Crunchyroll will air the subtitled on its streaming service.

As far as what to expect from Blade Runner: Black Lotus, it’s anyone’s guess. Setting the show squarely between the two films gives a lot of free reign as to what could be tackled, although one would think the adventure will still be highly replicant-focused. Considering Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama will follow up with this project shortly after completing work on an upcoming Ghost In The Shell series, it seems like a safe bet to make.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus is a big get for Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, who are both divisions of WarnerMedia. It’s to be the first of several collaborations between WarnerMedia and Toonami and will join the two’s recently released collaboration Mob Psycho 100. Toonami has a long-running history of running high profile anime on Cartoon Network, and this recent acquisition of the Blade Runner series may prove it’s still just as relevant as its ever been.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus doesn’t have a release date as of yet, so CinemaBlend will keep an eye out for more updates in the coming months. In the meantime, viewers should read up on what television is premiering in the near future and visit our fall and midseason premiere guides.

Looks Like DC Is Making A Blue Beetle Movie

The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating life thus far, as Warners Bros. continues making bold choices and announcements about the still growing shared universe. There are currently a handful of projects coming down the pipeline, with Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984 arriving in theaters over the next few years. And now it looks like there’s another one being worked on: A Blue Beetle movie.

This news comes to us from The Wrap, with the publication reportedly having inside information about DC’s future plans. The report indicates that the developing movie will focus on latino superhero Jaime Reyes, who has recently been seen in both animated and video game formats. DC has reportedly nailed down Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer to craft the project, which is the latest in the bevy of DC projects being worked on.

More to come…

Dolph Lundgren Doesn’t Think Sylvester Stallone Is Done With Rocky Just Yet

It’s been a little over a week since Creed II came out, and the sequel has been doing quite well for itself both critically and commercially. Just like with the first Creed movie, Sylvester Stallone reprised Rocky Balboa, but yesterday, Sylvester Stallone indicated that Creed II was his last time playing the character. However, Dolph Lundgren, who returned for Creed II as Ivan Drago, doesn’t think we’ve seen the last of the Italian Stallion. As Lundgren put it:

I’ve heard that before. I don’t really believe it, but we’ll see.

Dolph Lundgren does have a point, as there’ve already been three separate occasions when it looked like Sylvester Stallone was hanging up the boxing gloves for good. 1990’s Rocky V was the first, and given how critically derided that movie was, no doubt there were a lot of fans who were thankful when Rocky Balboa arrived 16 years later. That movie provided a much better conclusion to Rocky’s boxing career, but nine years, he was back again, but this time as coach and mentor. Now we’ve come to a third instance where it seems we’ve seen the last of Rocky, but Lundgren isn’t so sure this is the end.

And he isn’t the only one who thinks Sylvester Stallone might not be done playing Rocky Balboa just yet. Lundgren was joined in his interview on Good Morning Britain (via Digital Spy) by Florian Munteanu, who plays Viktor Drago, Adonis’ main opponent in Creed II. In Munteanu’s opinion:

I don’t think so either, but maybe not the big way that he turned out in the Rocky and the Creed franchise. I think, like, a smaller role maybe. We’ll see.

In case you missed Sylvester Stallone’s original message about Rocky on Instagram, you can read it below:

I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. Keep punching, I love you Kind and generous people, and Rocky loves you too.

He doesn’t come right out and say he’s retiring as Rocky, but it sounds like he’s made up his mind. Still, things can change, and perhaps Florian Munteanu has the right idea predicting that Sylvester Stallone could return for Creed III in a smaller capacity. There’s no rule that says that Stallone has to have a leading role in the Creed movies since Adonis is the star of the show. To be fair, though, Creed II did lay the groundwork for Rocky to bid a final farewell.

Warning: SPOILERS for Creed II are ahead!

As was made abundantly clear in the marketing, Creed II was an indirect sequel to Rocky IV. Creed established that Adonis was the son of the late Apollo Creed and followed Adonis as he embarked on his own boxing career, but Creed II saw Adonis coming face-of-face with Ivan Drago, the man who killed Apollo more than 30 years ago, and duking it out with Viktor Drago in the ring.

But Ivan’s return also dredged up pain that had gone unhanded for years. Remember, Rocky could have called off the fight between Ivan and Apollo when things were looking bad for the latter, but Apollo told him not to, and he subsequently died in Rocky’s hands. And as Rocky told Adonis about his own fight with Apollo, “He broke things in me that ain’t never been fixed.” Clearly Rocky hadn’t fully gotten over what happened with Ivan, and even made a point of confirming to Ivan that he wouldn’t hang any pictures of their fight in his restaurant.

Rocky initially declined helping Adonis train for his first fight against Viktor Drago, which resulted in a temporary divide between the two that was healed when Adonis’ mother, Mary Anne, asked Rocky to help Adonis gets out of his mental slump following his defeat. Both men resolved for a re-match, they headed to Mexico for a different kind of regiment, and that was just the ticket to Adonis emerging victorious in his second fight against Viktor. Adonis got closure when it came to carrying on Apollo’s legacy, and when he invited Rocky to come into the ring immediately after the fight was over, Rocky declined, saying “It’s your time.”

It wasn’t just the Dragos that Rocky Balboa had to wrestle with in Creed II. The also established that Rocky was estranged from his son, Robert, and he hadn’t even met his grandson, Logan. But after Adonis beat Viktor at the end, Rocky traveled to Vancouver to mend his relationship with Robert and build a fresh one with Logan.

Between guiding Adonis Creed to continue his boxing career on his own and wanting to spend time with his son’s family, Creed II certainly could be a good time to shut the door on Rocky Balboa for good. Assuming Sylvester Stallone sticks to his guns and doesn’t plan on playing Rocky again, it will be interesting to see how the character’s absence is addressed. It could be something as simple as saying that Rocky moved to Vancouver to be closer to his family, or maybe Creed III would go so far as to actually kill off Rocky, leaving Adonis to cope with losing the man who’s been like a father to him.

If Creed III goes the killing route, maybe whoever’s leading the charge on that project could convince Sylvester Stallone to at least cameo, thus fulfilling Florian Munteanu’s idea of him having a smaller role. However, Stallone’s presence isn’t absolutely necessary to make that work. Then again, we don’t even know what the future of the Creed franchise looks like, as Creed III hasn’t officially gotten the green light yet. If/when it does, fans will surely want to know as soon as possible whether or not Stallone will participate.

Creed II is now playing in theaters, and be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of the movie. Don’t forget to look through our holiday premiere guide to find out what 2018’s remaining movies are, or you can get a head start on next year by visiting our 2019 release schedule.

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Top Chef Is Bringing Fan-Favorite Contestants Back For Season 16’s Last Chance Kitchen

Top Chef is gearing up for Season 16 in Kentucky, which means another season of its digital companion show Last Chance Kitchen is just around the corner! Bravo is ready to give defeated contestants a way back into the competition and has revealed its lineup of fan-favorites who will kick things off. Brother Luck, Jim Smith, and Carrie Baird will all get another shot to compete after each fell short in previous seasons.

Brother Luck is back in the fray and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with on Last Chance Kitchen. Luck, who has been working professionally in kitchens since age 14, won five straight battles in Season 15 before finally falling short to the eventual Top Chef winner of the season, Joe Flamm. One can imagine he’s going to put everything he has into this Last Chance Kitchen appearance.

Brother Luck has a bit of an advantage going in, as he’s appeared on other cooking programs since his time on Top Chef. Luck successfully won his episode of Beat Bobby Flay, and was runner-up on an episode of Chopped. He’s obviously someone who performs well in timed challenges and could be a strong contender to beat the competition and make his way into Top Chef Season 16.

Alabama chef Jim Smith is back on television and the Top Chef franchise for the first time since Season 14. Smith had a solid start in his first run but ultimately ended up getting eliminated in the 7th week of the competition after losing the sudden death Quickfire Challenge. Last Chance Kitchen will be his shot at redemption, provided he can take the heat of this kitchen’s fiery competition.

In the real world, Smith has been continuing his work for the state of Alabama and working on the opening of his first restaurant, The Hummingbird Way. Bravo noted Jim Smith has a strong appreciation for local Alabama ingredients, so perhaps that will be something he tries to work into his time on Last Chance Kitchen.

Carrie Baird is another Top Chef contestant from Season 15 looking to dominate the competition in Last Chance Kitchen and work her way back onto the big show. Baird has achieved the highest amount of success of the incoming veterans, but her fourth-place finish denied her a chance to compete in Last Chance Kitchen.

Carrie Baird is a successful restauranteur in the Denver area, and will soon be opening another restaurant in New Orleans. Her high placement in last season’s competition certainly makes her a tough competitor going into Last Chance Kitchen, but her lack of experience on the specific aftershow may hurt her. Viewers will just have to wait and see!

Last Chance Kitchen is scheduled to premiere on directly following the Season 16 premiere of Top Chef Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what else is on television around that time, or in the weeks beyond that, be sure to visit our fall and midseason premiere guides.

Mariah Carey Explains Infamously Saying She Doesn’t Know Jennifer Lopez

The holiday season is here, so we should expect to hear a lot more Mariah Carey these days. But beyond the famous Christmas songs that she sings, Carey is back in the spotlight thanks to her new album, Caution, which came out earlier this month. In the midst of doing interviews for the brand new release, Carey also touched on some of her earlier career moments — including her infamous comments about Jennifer Lopez.

Specifically, Mriah Carey was asked why she said she didn’t “know” Jennifer Lopez in the early ’00s, which has since sparked a meme in recent years. Particularly when, in 2016, Carey claimed she “still” didn’t know her. While the comment is famous for being reportedly filled with shade, Carey claims that she was actually being nice.

Mariah Carey‘s blunt admission about Jennifer Lopez came during an expansive interview with Pitchfork. While many people over the years have taken Carey’s comments to be pure sass, the “Always Be My Baby” singer claims in this conversation that she was actually trying to be civil and kind to her fellow musician those years ago. Evidently, that wasn’t how it was received by numerous people, who turned it into a meme for dismissing people.

It’s hard to know for sure if Mariah Carey is telling the truth here or not, but it’s pretty common for innocent comments to be taken wildly out of context. It wouldn’t be the first time people on the Internet took what was meant to be inoffensive and turned it into something sneering. Alas, that might be the case here, based on what Carey is claiming in this recent interview from over Thanksgiving’s festivities. You can never be too sure of anything, after all.

Admittedly, Mariah Carey is used to everything she says being dissected in one way or another. Rather than be exhausted by all the noise, the musician thinks it’s best to tune a lot of things out. Because Carey believes that if you spend too much time obsessing over it, you can “drown in that.”

Neither do we. Alas, that’s probably the healthiest way to go. It’s never good to be obsessed with what other people say about you, because you might find yourself too caught up in all the noise. There is a lot that is written and said about Mariah Carey, and she doesn’t seem too interested in hearing it.

In the spirit of opening up, Mariah Carey recently admitted that she has bipolar disorder. Although she knew back in 2001, Carey didn’t tell the public, because she claims she “didn’t want to believe” it was true. It took her years of self-reflection before she came to terms with the diagnosis. Particularly with the new album currently available in stores, we should expect to hear even more from (and about) Mariah Carey in the next few weeks.