Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:
- Kathy Griffin has been widely criticized for a gory photo shoot with Donald Trump's (fake) head
- Then she apologized
- But President Trump didn't accept Griffin's apology
- Neither did First Lady Melania Trump
- And now CNN has fired Griffin
- Lebanon has officially banned 'Wonder Woman' over star's Israeli heritage
- Olivia Newton-John has a new cancer diagnosis; her June shows are postponed
Universal Pictures doesn't want to be the only Hollywood studio without a sexy film franchise that it can spin off forever and ever until there’s nothing left but action figures and ash.
Warner Bros. has its rapidly expanding DC Comics world, Disney has the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now Universal has its newly remodeled monster-verse.
The studio is reviving the classic Universal monsters for a scary new world officially titled the Dark Universe. We know only a little about who (or what) Universal will be resurrecting from its vault (which includes a plethora of creepy crawlies from the Wolfman to Frankenstein).
However, the official press release confirms that this new world will officially kick off June 9 with the Tom Cruise action film “The Mummy.” Next in line is “Bride of Frankenstein,” which will be directed by “Beauty and the Beast's" Bill Condon.
Previously announced actors attached to this new world, including Johnny Depp (the Invisible Man) and Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), posed for the first Dark Universe family picture with Cruise (Nick Morton), Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll) and Sofia Boutella (the Mummy).
Noticeably absent from the shot is actor Luke Evans, who starred in the 2014 “Dracula Untold” feature. Looks like his iteration of the famous vampire didn't make the cut -- for this announcement, anyway.
“The Mummy” director Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan are the brains behind the new reimagining, along with Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp.
Check out the new "Dark Universe" logo (above) backed by a brand-new ghostly theme from composer Danny Elfman. Because if you're going to write a scary song, you call Elfman.