KATE HUDSON, CRAIG ROBINSON SET FOR BLOOD MOON: Kate Hudson and Craig Robinson have signed on for Ana Lily Amirpour’s Blood Moon. Zac Efron is also reportedly in serious talks to join the fantasy feature set in the 1980s, which will follow the story of a girl with strange abilities who escapes from a mental asylum in New Orleans. Production will begin this coming spring.
CHUCK LORRE ASKS GOD FOR HELP IN BIG BANG CREDITS: CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (starring Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Mayim Bialik) snuck in what is being assumed is an anti-Donald Trump message in the closing credits of the show under the title "Chuck Lorre Productions, #598, My Prayer." It reads, in part: "Of course if you, in your divine wisdom, believe a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf cheater is what we need right now, then, you know, thy will be done. But if thou art inclined to more freedom, more love, more compassion, and just more of the good stuff thou hath been promoting in our hearts or our parietal lobes – either one, doesn’t really matter – I submissively ask that thy encourage voter turnout in that general direction. Also God, please help Bob Mueller."
ROCKETTES TO INCORPORATE DRONES IN CHRISTMAS SHOW: In a surprise casting announcement, Madison Square Garden Co. says that Intel’s Shooting Star drones will join the Radio City Rockettes for the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City finale. About 100 palm-sized drones will create a light show over the stage, Deadline reports. "It’s going to blow away everyone’s expectations. They’re not going to expect to have drones flying 3D inside Radio City," said Natalie Cheung, general manager of Intel’s drone light shows.
CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS TO DROP: The Irwins and Animal Planet are teaming up on a show 22 years after the late Steve Irwin and his wife Terri launched The Crocodile Hunter. Terri, along with son Robert and daughter Bindi, tell The Hollywood Reporters that they are determined to keep Steve’s mission alive. "Because we live right in the middle of the Australia Zoo and we have the most hands-on zoological facility on the planet, the idea is all the animals need to have a good day, they need to be having fun and interaction and it’s taking you on our journey of conservation and protecting the environment, as well," Terri said. Crikey! It’s the Irwins is the family’s first show on a cable network since Steve’s death in 2006 from a stingray sting. Crikey! airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet.
TALKING TOM IN DEVELOPMENT: A Talking Tom and Friends film may be headed to the big screen, Variety reports. The mobile app features a wisecracking cat that responds to gestures on smartphones. It has more than 8 billion downloads and 350 million monthly users; in 2015, the animated web series, Talking Tom and Friends, was introduced.