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Universal plans monster mashup in “Dark Universe”

The Universal monsters are getting their redo in grand fashion — and with A-list actors — courtesy of the Dark Universe.

The shared world reviving legendary creatures from early Hollywood horror films — like the monster version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — now has an official name, which Universal Pictures announced Monday. Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe, The Mummy (in theaters June 9) kicks off the Dark Universe, and Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem have boarded the franchise as the Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster respectively (who will appear in future projects).

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement.

In addition, Oscar-winning composer Danny Elfman is creating an original theme to accompany the Dark Universe logo that will open each film, and the series will continue next with Bride of Frankenstein, slated for release Feb. 14, 2019. No actress has been cast in the lead role yet but Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is signed on to direct a screenplay by David Koepp.

“The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to (James) Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made,“ Condon said.

The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman is on tap to oversee the Dark Universe alongside Koepp, producer Chris Morgan and filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible).

The franchise will revolve around Prodigium, a mysterious international organization led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Crowe) with the aim of protecting the public from the knowledge of monsters in our world and committed to tracking, studying and (if needed) destroying them.

The Mummy will introduce Jekyll and Prodigium, plus Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Boutella as the cursed title character.

Source: USA Today

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Still one of the most beautiful kiss scenes I’ve ever seen, even if it’s not on the lips.

(And I’ve been wondering about that ever since I first watched this show. Even the screenplay only says “Albert kisses the Count”… No-one will ever convince me that they didn’t originally want it to be a lip-to-lip kiss and decided against it in the very last moment. :D)

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Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand takes a once-lost screenplay by Henson and turns this story he never got to tell into one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing graphic novels ever created.  Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. 

Picking this up for your #LateNightReads is sure to give your subconscious something to play with while you sleep. 

For fans of: art, surrealism

[Read Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand on comiXology]

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I’m seriously passionate about everything creative - ever since I could hold a pen, I’ve been writing whenever and wherever I could, not songs, really, more stories and things like that. And recently, I’ve become really interested in script-writing and screenplays, so much so that I’d really like to take that one step further. I’d been looking forward to 1989 for two whole years, so when it finally came out last month, I was over the moon and I was instantly drawn to the track called ‘How You Get The Girl’. It’s one of the sweetest, most fun-loving songs I’ve ever heard, Taylor! Every song on the album is a lyrical masterpiece, but this one really resonates with me because it’s just such a beautiful love story. I really read into that and hey, I’m not even sure if you’re planning to release this song as a single, but if you are, I have a request. If you’d hear me out and get in touch, I’d really like to tell you about an idea I have for a music video to this song.

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I love you so much, Taylor. You’ve taught me to dream impossible dreams.