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Jane Espenson and Brad Bell, executive producers of Husbands, speak with Hypable about season 3 of their web series, the comic book adaptation, new guest stars, and more.

After attending the Husbands panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Hypable had the chance to sit down with executive producers Jane Espenson and Brad Bell. With season 3 around the corner, we were dying to ask them about what we can expect from this season of one of our favourite web series.

Season 3 of Husbands will be available on CW Seed. The move has lead fans to question whether or not the new episodes will be available worldwide, or only to American audiences. To clear up any confusion, we asked Espenson and Bell just how the new arrangement would work.

With ‘Husbands’ moving to CW Seed, will the episodes be geo-locked?

Brad Bell: Yes, it will be. Through the CW, it is only viewable in the United States. That was one of the first questions I asked when we agreed to this deal. I said, “Okay now let’s talk about our international audience.”

25% of our audience is international, and we love those fans. We make sure that we have subtitles before the show is ready to go out, we’re going to London, and Germany, and we’ve been to Italy. So that audience, we really care about.

I am working on how we are going to get it to them. There are a lot of people who want a say in that decision, and if it comes down to it and I have to say “Look, here’s how we’re doing it,” then let it be. But people outside of the United States will get to see Husbands, the new season.

With a delay?

Jane Espenson: There may be a delay.

Bell: My goal is for there not to be a delay.

Coming up: ‘Husbands’ season 3

You spoke about season 3 at your Comic-Con panel, and about Cheeks’ and Brady’s formal wedding reception. Will the entire season be centred on their wedding day?

Bell: Half the season. It’s two stories, so it is six episodes total. Three episodes are the wedding story, and three episodes are a different story.

And you announced the guest stars – Beth Grant, Michael Hogan, and Seth Green. Could we possibly be seeing a father of the groom in there?

Espenson: There might be a father of the groom. But who knows who Michael Hogan is playing. He’s the one who most obviously of these guest stars could be the father of the groom, but he could be the head valet that parks the cars outside. It’s hard to say. But we did say that we are meeting some family members, so it’s a good guess. But which groom?

Bell: And I think if you look at the photos you can get an impression of who’s what. I would love to see fans guess.

You have had all these fabulous guest stars. Who is your dream guest star, if you could have anyone?

Espenson: Oh, we’d have to have Amy Sedaris for something.

Bell: The list is endless, I feel like there are so many people that it would be so fun to put them in different roles, that have them play against type. It’s our favourite thing.

Espenson: Eve Myles, who I worked with on Torchwood, is an actress I admire enormously. I would love to see her. I could just list so many people I’ve worked with and love.

Funding ‘Husbands’: Kickstarting a film?

Do you have an overall plan for what you would like to do with the series, or do you approach it on a season-by-season basis?

Espenson: It’s interesting. We are a traditional comedy, in that we haven’t really built in a grand, big arc. We have different separate stories we want to tell, but we know what a whole bunch of those stories are.

Bell: We definitely would like to be able to make a traditional season of anywhere between 12 and 22 half hour episodes, because we have a lot of great stories.

So with funding, ‘Husbands’ could go on indefinitely?

Bell: Absolutely, this could run for years, and years, and years. It’s a marriage, you know?

Espenson: People keep asking us, “What would you do if you had more money?” And we wouldn’t go film an episode at the Taj Mahal, we would film 12 episodes here.

You did a Kickstarter for season 2, and while is must be liberating not to have to worry about that for season 3, would you go back to the Kickstarter model for something like a ‘Husbands’ film?

Bell: That would be interesting for a film. Possibly, it’s definitely not out of the question for future projects. To us, it’s not ideal, because we like to be able to give our audience what they want without having to ask them to go into their pockets, even though they are so willing and so generous.

We love what we do, and the ideal goal is to get more money than we could raise on Kickstarter from people who have the money to do it, like corporations, instead of fans.

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On page 2, Espenson and Bell share their plans for future ‘Husbands’ comics, if they would ever move the show to television, and more.

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?