After weeks of rumors, hints, and partial confirmations, the cast list for the BBC Radio 4 production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has been posted by the author, along with an adorable picture of the radio play’s cast – headlined by James McAvoy and featuring many of our fandom faves – wishing he could join them for the recording process.

Neverwhere is a story that has already found success in adaptations – it first came into the world as a six part television series, scripted by Gaiman and Lenny Henry, in 1996. The author then adapted the series into a novel, allowing him to expand on his ideas for the story and include elements that had been planned for the television version and subsequently taken out. Neverwhere has also inspired a comic book series and a stage play, though these were not penned by Gaiman.

Neverwhere tells the story of Richard Mayhew, a young Scottish man living in London, who journeys into the mysterious and hidden world of London Below after helping one of its inhabitants, a girl named Door. After his interaction with Door, he discovers that he has come to no longer exist in the ‘real world’ – London Above – and he travels through London Below with Door and the sassy Marquis de Carabas in order to find a solution.

For years, Neverwhere in its various forms has bewitched audiences and created a sense of magic in the ordinary for anyone who has ever glanced at a London tube map. In the urban fantasy, familiar London icons take on a whole new meaning in the world Below – Knightsbridge becoming “the Night’s Bridge,” Earl’s Court is a real noble court, and Blackfriars… well, read the book. You’ll see.

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After weeks of rumors, hints, and partial confirmations, the cast list for the BBC Radio 4 production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has been posted by the author, along with an adorable picture of the radio play’s cast – headlined by James McAvoy and featuring many of our fandom faves – wishing he could join them for the recording process.

Neverwhere is a story that has already found success in adaptations – it first came into the world as a six part television series, scripted by Gaiman and Lenny Henry, in 1996. The author then adapted the series into a novel, allowing him to expand on his ideas for the story and include elements that had been planned for the television version and subsequently taken out. Neverwhere has also inspired a comic book series and a stage play, though these were not penned by Gaiman.

Neverwhere tells the story of Richard Mayhew, a young Scottish man living in London, who journeys into the mysterious and hidden world of London Below after helping one of its inhabitants, a girl named Door. After his interaction with Door, he discovers that he has come to no longer exist in the ‘real world’ – London Above – and he travels through London Below with Door and the sassy Marquis de Carabas in order to find a solution.

For years, Neverwhere in its various forms has bewitched audiences and created a sense of magic in the ordinary for anyone who has ever glanced at a London tube map. In the urban fantasy, familiar London icons take on a whole new meaning in the world Below – Knightsbridge becoming “the Night’s Bridge,” Earl’s Court is a real noble court, and Blackfriars… well, read the book. You’ll see.

The BBC  production promises to bring the story to life once again, in a new but no less thrilling format. The old-fashioned stylings of a radio play suit Gaiman’s work perfectly, and the cast is something from a dream – not only have we never seen a radio production created with such an all-star line up, we also could not imagine better actors to play these roles. The list Gaiman revealed today looks like something from a Tumblr fantasty-casting meme.

James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, our lost Scotsman
Natalie Dormer as Door, the girl who leads Richard to London Below
David Harewood as the Marquis de Carabas, a cunning trickster but loyal friend to Door 
Sophie Okonedo as Hunter, the bodyguard Door hires
Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious Islington
Anthony Head as Croup, an assassin
David Schofield as Vandemar, an assassin
Bernard Cribbins as The Old Bailey, an inhabitant of London Below
Romola Garai as Jessica, Richard’s fiancée in London Above
Sir Christopher Lee as the Earl of Earl’s Court

The production will also feature:

Andrew Sachs (Tooley)
George Harris (Abbot)
Don Gilet (Fulingous, Ruislip, Blackfriar)
Abdul Salis (Sable, Sump, Clarence, Homeless Man)
Paul Chequer (Gary, Guard 2)
Lucy Cohu (Lamia)
Yasmin Paige (Anaesthesia, others)
Johnny Vegas (Lord Ratspeaker)
Stephen Marcus (Varney, others)
Karen Archer (Sylvia, others)

Here are some of the cast, along with director Dirk Maggs, sending their love to the absent Neil Gaiman:

Gaiman will also be featured in the radio play, presumably as a narrator, but already recorded his parts separately, as he could not make the full-cast table read and recording due to personal reasons.

From a fandom perspective, we’re pretty much salivating over this cast – we’ve got James McAvoy from X-Men, Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones, David Harewood from Homeland, Tony Head from Merlin (and, of course, Buffy). Bernard Cribbins and Sophie Okonedo are some of our featured favorites from Doctor Who, and Christopher Lee will be reprising his Saruman for us in The Hobbit this Christmas. And then, of course, there’s Benedict Cumberbatch, from everything, and we’re pretty much weeping over his casting as Islington because it’s the most perfect thing in the history of time. The only negative thing about the entire proceeding is that we won’t get to see these actors play out the roles, because this cast would work equally well on screen.

Neverwhere will be broadcast in early 2013 and will be available worldwide via BBC iPlayer, which does not have country restrictions for radio content.

So – what do you think? Are you a fan of Neverwhere? Do you think this casting is brilliant, or is there anyone else you would have included? If you haven’t read the book or seen the TV series, will you be checking out the radio play because of this cast?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017