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Johnny Depp & Javier Bardem Join 'Dark Universe' Monster Franchise!

Universal Pictures is building a new franchise of classic monster characters and the movies have been given the label of the Dark Universe!

It was just announced that Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem will play Frankenstein’s Monster in upcoming films.

The Mummy, in theaters June 9, is the first film in the Dark Universe and it features Tom Cruise as solider of fortune Nick Morton, Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Sofia Boutella as the title character.

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.

Oscar winner Bill Condon will direct the next Dark Universe film, Bride of Frankenstein, which will hit theaters in February 2019.

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'Beauty & the Beast' Director Responds to Lindsay Lohan's 'Little Mermaid' Request

Last month, you may remember that Lindsay Lohan posted an Instagram photo of her next to Ariel in The Little Mermaid, and captioned the photo to reveal she would return to acting to play the iconic mermaid.

In addition, Lindsay had some requests, including, she would only do the movie if Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon was at the help.

In a recent interview, Lindsay‘s request was brought up to the director.

“I know! It was sweet, it was very sweet of her. I hope she gets to make that movie. [Laughs.] I feel like I was so lucky in getting this crown jewel, but I’ll go see her in Little Mermaid, absolutely,” Bill told Vulture.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters this weekend!

'Beauty & The Beast' Director Says 'Exclusively Gay Moment' in the Film Has Been 'Overblown'

The Beauty and the Beast director says the “gay moment” in the upcoming film is being over-dramatized.

Director Bill Condon first shared in a recent interview with Attitude Magazine that Josh Gad‘s LeFou would have an “exclusively gay moment” in the upcoming film, making him Disney’s first openly gay character.

However, Bill is now downplaying his remarks, feeling as if too much has been made over this situation.

“Oh God. Can I just tell you? It’s all been overblown. Because it’s just this, it’s part of just what we had fun with,” Bill told ScreenCrush. “Why is it a big deal?”

Since Bill first announced that LeFou would have this “gay moment,” the film has received some backlash with an Alabama-based theater canceling screenings and Russia reportedly considering not playing the film at all due to their strict “gay propaganda” laws.

Beauty and the Beast
is set to hit theaters on March 17.

Disney Planning 'Beauty and the Beast' Live Action Film!

Tale As Old A Time…

Looks like Disney is giving all the fairy tales a new life.

Variety is reporting that the Mouse House has tapped Bill Condon, most known for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, to direct a live action movie of Beauty & The Beast.

While no plot details are known at this time, Disney’s animated version of the classic tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, grossed over $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.

ARE YOU EXCITED for a live action tale?

Bill Condon to Direct Twilight's 'Breaking Dawn'

Dreamgirls director Bill Condon will helm the fourth film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

The Oscar-winning director said, “I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book – and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience.”

Summit’s Erik Feig, President of Production and Acquisitions, added in a statement, “Bringing Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity.”

Breaking Dawn starts production later this year with Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson.