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Why Teen Wolf Movie Happened Instead Of Season 7

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Writer and producer Jeff Davis explains why a Teen Wolf movie is happening on Paramount+ instead of simply continuing the show with season 7.

Writer and producer Jeff Davis reveals why Teen Wolf: The Movie is happening instead of a season 7. Loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name starring Michael J. Fox, MTV’s supernatural series premiered in 2011, introducing audiences to the titular character Scott McCall (played by Tyler Posey). Over the years, however, Teen Wolf expanded its fan base just as Scott did with his wolf pack, with each of its cast members gaining support from viewers. Its popularity was boosted by generally positive reviews from critics.

Given this, it was understandably disappointing for many when it was announced that Teen Wolf was ending after six seasons and 100 episodes in 2017. Still, its popularity endured, and Paramount+ now wants to capitalize on that by reviving the property in a couple different ways. Officially announced in September 2021 — four years since its MTV run wrapped up — Teen Wolf: The Movie is slated for a 2022 release on the streaming service. The film will pick up with Scott and several other fan favorite characters when a new threat arrives. This is a thrilling prospect, but since it’s essentially going to be a continuation of Scott’s story, there are queries about why Teen Wolf is getting a movie rather than a proper season 7.

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Teen Wolf: The Movie just held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con that was attended by Screen Rant. During the event, Davis explained why Teen Wolf‘s return had to be via a movie. As it turns out, he told Paramount+ he couldn’t do another full season of the show. They suggested a film instead, motivating him to compile ideas that ended up being a 138-page draft, which he joked was not enough for season 7. Instead, Teen Wolf: The Movie was born.

For context, the real reason for Teen Wolf ending before hitting season 7 is still a bit murky. When it was renewed for season 6, there was no mention that it would be its last. Instead, Teen Wolf was unceremoniously canceled, with both Davis and MTV claiming that they mutually thought the show had run its course. There are reports that ultimately, its decreasing ratings were what led to its cancelation. It also coincided with MTV’s push for more unscripted content. Now, as Teen Wolf returns, it seems like Paramount+ saw that it still has stories left to tell. Aside from the upcoming film, the streaming service is also launching a new spin-off called Wolf Pack, which just recently cast Sarah Michelle Gellar.


Assuming that the real reason that MTV canceled Teen Wolf was its flailing ratings, it was a wise decision to test the waters first on its return via a single film. This way, both Paramount+ and Davis, as well as the cast, are aware of how successful its return could be. If the movie ends up being a massive hit, then they can eventually pivot on working towards full seasons, or perhaps even more spin-offs. For now, however, all of those hinge on the public’s reception of the Teen Wolf movie.




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Hollywood Returns (Cautiously) to Super Bowl With Spots for ‘The Flash’ and ‘Fast X’

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During the peak of COVID, as movie theaters were struggling to stay open and blockbusters were getting delayed again and again, Hollywood tightened its wallet for expensive Super Bowl spots. Why spend a casual $6 million — or more — to promote a film that may not see the light of day any time soon?

But the movies are back, baby. And there’s no better place to guarantee America’s undivided attention than the most-watched television event of the year. Over 100 million viewers are expected to tune into this year’s showdown, between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, slated for broadcast on Fox on Feb. 12.

That’s why major studios, including Disney, Universal and Paramount, are returning — with a bigger presence, compared to earlier pandemic days — to the Big Game with looks at “Fast X,” the latest installment in the sprawling “Fast & Furious” franchise, the adaptation of “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Cocaine Bear,” a comedy about — you guessed it! — a bear on cocaine. The goal, of course, is turning those marketing dollars into box office ticket sales.

Major movie studios have long been a pillar of the Super Bowl ad roster, with the three aforementioned ones typically providing the bulk of the category’s commercial spending for the gridiron classic. But, as of late, some of that cash has been used to tout streaming hubs for venues such as Paramount+, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Indeed, Paramount+ is set to run a Super Bowl ad starring Sylvester Stallone, the star of its show “Tulsa King.” Streaming services and broadband hubs shelled out $58.5 million to tout their wares in the 2022 Super Bowl broadcast on NBC, according to Kantar, a tracker of ad spending. That’s more than the money spent by crypto firms; big beer brewers; and consumer-goods manufacturers, three other Super Bowl category stalwarts.

As for other traditional players, Warner Bros. is reportedly bringing “The Flash,” a superhero adventure starring Ezra Miller, though the studio’s spokesperson Candice McDonough didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. Attendees of DC Fandom and CinemaCon were treated to teasers of “The Flash,” but it’ll be the public’s first look at the anticipated summer tentpole, which has been declared by James Gunn, the new head of DC Comics, as “probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.” (Objectively speaking, of course.)

Otherwise, studios are expected to offer new marketing materials for movies that have already been heavily advertised — such as “Scream,” which opens in March; and “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” which debuts in June. A spot for “Fast X” is getting prime placement, but it’ll come a few days after Universal hosts an official trailer premiere in Los Angeles.

Disney is likely to promote several of its upcoming releases during the big game, but the studio isn’t sharing which ones will get airtime. Among the other major players, Sony, MGM and Lionsgate aren’t expected to bring the goods on Super Bowl Sunday. However, plans could always change prior to the main event.

Some of the usual suspects are trying a shift in strategy. Disney’s own plans may be foggy for the moment, but the company’s Marvel Studios is already showing up in an ad for Heineken. Actor Paul Rudd, the hero of the studio’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” appears as Scott Lang in a recent teaser from the beer. Mmm, tastes like corporate synergy.

Netflix is taking a similar route. It’s not running any stand-alone Super Bowl ads, according to Marian Lee, the company’s giant’s chief marketing officer, but the streamer has elected instead to team up with Anheuser-Busch InBev and General Motors with spots from those two advertising stalwarts to tout various Netflix series. An ad for Michelob Ultra also contains a QR code that lets viewers see a sneak peek of the golf documentary series “Full Swing.” And a one-minute GM spot featuring Will Ferrell will nod to Netflix shows including “Bridgerton,” “Squid Games” and “Stranger Things.”

Elsewhere, Michelob Ultra’s “Caddyshack” tribute, a “Breaking Bad” reunion centered around PopCorners and Meghan Trainor’s “look” at Pringles will keep the commercial breaks stuffed.



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Spider-Verse Art Imagines HotD Star as Live-Action Spider-Gwen

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House of the Dragon’s young Rhaenyra Targaryen star, Milly Alcock, becomes the perfect live-action Spider-Gwen in striking fan art.


Prior to the June release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock gets presented as the spitting image of Spider-Gwen in exciting live-action fan art. The Spider-Verse animated franchise began with 2018’s Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The movie introduced main character Miles Morales to different Spider-Man variants from the multiverse, including Spider-Gwen. Since her Spider-Verse debut, demand has been high for Spider-Gwen to be brought into live-action, and this fan art makes a compelling case for Alcock to take on the role.

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Digital artist Bosslogic shared on Instagram a fan art of what Alcock could look like as the live-action Spider-Gwen.

The Spider-Gwen mantle would be the first prominent role Alcock takes after House of the Dragon, consolidating the young actress in one of the top shelves of current pop culture. As presented by the fan art, Alcock looks exactly like the Spider-Man version of Gwen Stacy, but her ability to play the character goes beyond her looks.


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Spider-Gwen landing in a scene from Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Alcock became known worldwide after her important role in the debut season of HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon. Some were initially skeptical about embarking on a new adventure across Westeros because of how divisive the Game of Thrones final season has remained. The first half of House of the Dragon focused on Alcock’s Rhaenyra, who instantly captivated audiences and almost single-handedly turned general opinion on the Game of Thrones franchise around.

Alcock pumped the young Rhaenyra Targaryen full of personality, with the heir to King Viserys’ throne being shown as a free spirit — rebellious and curious. While Rhaenyra was ultimately a woman who escaped the trappings of the medieval laws of society present in the world of Westeros, the young girl knew exactly when to change her demeanor to get what she wanted, being able to appear perfectly regal and authoritarian if need be. Those character traits from the young Rhaenyra are exactly what the variant Gwen Stacy should have, making Alcock’s casting as the live-action Spider-Gwen a match made in heaven.

Gwen Stacy is most commonly known in comic books as the deceased girlfriend of Peter Parker; however, she is so much more than that. Ever since Gwen had one of the most iconic comic book deaths in the history of the genre back in 1973, writers have been hard at work with different versions of the character to show Gwen’s full potential. Spider-Gwen is one of such attempts, and perhaps the most popular. Debuting in the comics in 2014’s Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Spider-Gwen is a more modern version of the character, possessing many of the traits from Alcock’s Rhaenyra, such as a strong sense of justice and a “cool” edge to her personality. Spider-Gwen’s tragic backstory of losing her Peter Parker would be perfectly represented in live-action by Alcock, perhaps following this year’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse release.

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Jafar Panahi Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Still Being in Jail After His Sentence Has Been Overturned

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Jafar Panahi has gone on a hunger strike to protest being still held in Tehran’s Evin prison even though Iran’s supreme court has overturned the conviction that led to the dissident director’s detention.

Panani has issued a statement from prison saying that to protest against the “illegal and inhumane” treatment by the Islamic Republic’s judiciary and security forces and their “hostage-taking” he will stop eating, drinking, and taking his medications until “maybe my lifeless body would be released from this prison.”

The statement announcing Panahi’s decision to go on a hunger strike was posted by Panahi’s wife Tahereh Saeedi and son Panah Panahi on their Instagram accounts.

Panahi, 62, is known globally for prizewinning works such as “The Circle,” “Offside,” “This is Not a Film,” “Taxi,” and most recently “No Bears,” winner of last year’s Venice’s Special Jury Prize. He was arrested last July in Tehran in the wake of the country’s conservative government crackdown. Panahi had been there to visit Tehran’s prosecutor’s office to follow up on the situation of fellow dissident filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulov, who had been incarcerated a few days earlier after signing an appeal against police violence.

Since his arrest, Panahi’s lawyers in October managed to successfully overturn the six-year sentence issued against the director in 2010 for “propaganda against the system,” in Iran’s highest court according to Panahi’s lawyer, Saleh Nikhbakht. That sentence has become obsolete due to the country’s 10-year statute of limitations and Panahi’s case has been sent to an Iranian court of appeals. But the directors’ wife and laywers say that Iranian security are now forcing the judiciary to keep him behind bars.

Rasoulov and Panahi’s imprisonment took place before the wave of protests sparked in September by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was held in custody for allegedly wearing a loose hijab. Those protests have caused more than 500 civilians to be killed by government security forces and more than 100 members of the Iranian film industry to be arrested or banned from making movies.

On Jan. 4, Iranian authorities released Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” almost three weeks after she was jailed for criticizing a crackdown on the anti-government protests.



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