‘BLACK PANTHER’ BRINGS HOME 5 SATURN AWARDS: Accolades continue to pour down over Disney-Marvel’s Black Panther, which won five awards at Wednesday’s 44th edition of Saturn Awards, according to Variety. It was announced Wednesday by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in Burbank, Calif. Black Panther was named the best comic-to-film, and it won for best director (Ryan Coogler), best supporting actress (Danai Gurira), best production design (Hannah Beachler) and best makeup (Ken Diaz and Joel Harlow).
FOX CANCELS ‘GHOSTED’ AFTER ONE SEASON: After just one season on Fox, the TV show Ghosted has officially been canceled, according to Deadline. This means that the network has no live-action comedy series returning in the 2018-19 season. The show starred Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, and it was originally shelved in April, after nine of its 16 episodes ran, but the remaining episodes aired in June to little fanfare.
SHOWTIME ORDERS ‘HALO’ SERIES BASED ON XBOX GAME: According to Deadline, Showtime has ordered a 10-episode series for Halo (working title), based on the award-winning Xbox video game franchise. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television will help produce it. Kyle Killen will serve as the writer, executive producer and showrunner. Originally, there was going to be a series based around Halo produced by Xbox Entertainment Studios for Xbox’s original content effort, which was scratched in 2014. The Halo video game franchise has sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and has grossed over $5 billion in sales.
STANLEY ANDERSON, ‘SPIDER-MAN’ AND ‘SEINFELD’ ACTOR, DIES AT 78: Stanley Anderson, who played characters in Spider-Man, The Rock, Armaggedon and TV’s Seinfeld and The Drew Carey Show, died Sunday (June 24), six weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Anderson played General Slocum in Spider-Man, Drew Carey’s dad and the judge in the finale episode of Seinfeld. He also did voice-over work in ads for Democratic candidates.
DC UNIVERSE ANNOUNCES NEW SUBSCRIPTION STREAMING SERVICE LAUNCHING THIS FALL: Deadline reports DC comics fans will have a new streaming channel to watch this fall, as DC Universe is launching a new subscription streaming service that will feature original live-action and animated series. This digital service is being describe as a deeply engaging experience where members can "watch, read, connect, explore, win and shop" all in one place. With membership, fans will get access to the new original content, classic content, a curated selection of digital comic books and more.
Included in this streaming service will be many of DC’s popular superhero movies and TV shows over the past few decades, including all four Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve, as well as the original Wonder Woman TV series and Batman: The Animated Series. Some of the live-action series available for streaming will be Titans, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing, while the animated series lineup will include Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders.