Looks like the world is gradually righting itself: Carrie Brownstein will soon be a big-budget feature film director. Big [clap emoji] budget [clap emoji] feature [clap emoji] film [clap emoji] director [clap emoji] Carrie [clap emoji] Brownstein [clap emoji]! The female half of the Portlandia duo has landed herself her first feature directing gig for MGM’s fairy tale reimagining Fairy Godmother.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters seems to be working all the Prestige TV angles it can find. After locking down Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown and Bloodline’s Kyle Chandler, he film has just cast Charles Dance, a.k.a. the winner of Game of Thrones’ Number One Dad award.
Since online pirates tend to view “don’t steal stuff” as more of a guideline than an actual rule, it’s no surprise that eventually they’d start taking aim at Hollywood. And, hey, why not start big, with, say, Disney, the biggest studio in the business? And instead of pilfering something like Coco, how about going after, I dunno, maybe Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in one of the most recognizable brands worldwide? Well, that’s exactly what a group of hackers apparently did.
Michael Fassbender is about to grace our silver screens once again in Alien: Covenant, playing an android named Walter, a synthetic engineered to assist spacefaring humans on their long journeys to distant planets. He’s established himself as a great dramatic/genre actor, even becoming a cornerstone of the X-Men franchise. But there’s one kind of movie he has yet to dip a toe into, though he}d very much like to. Yes, folks, Michael Fassbender wants to get into comedy.
Adam Sandler’s reign over Netflix is far from over. After the streaming service renewed his movie deal, Netflix bought Noah Baumbach’s upcoming The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which is set to premiere at this month’s Cannes International Film Festival. Today, we got our first official look at the film, with four new images.
J.K. Rowling, otherwise known as the lady who wrote those books about the wizard school, has an annual tradition, started in 2015, where she apologizes for a particularly unjust death that has saddened die-hard Harry Potter fans. 2015’s apology was for Fred Weasley, one half of the Weasley twins duo that throughout the series had seemed to be inseparable. Last year’s apology was for Remus Lupin, the werewolf and one-time Defense Against the Dark Arts professor who’d ended up a close ally and friend of Harry’s. Both deaths were tragic, and yet fit with Potter’s theme of victory through self-sacrifice. The apologies both garnered mournful tweets from fans who talked about what great characters they were, and how they miss them. This year’s apology, however, split the fandom right down the middle.
While C.S. Lewis’ groundbreaking Chronicles of Narnia has seven books, Walden Media has only managed to make three of them into movies. Back in 2011 it didn’t look very hopeful for the series, as it seemed that their contract with Lewis’ estate had expired and not been renewed. But now everything seems to be in order, and The Silver Chair is on the horizon, chronologically the sixth book in the series and the first since The Magician’s Nephew not to feature the Pevensie children. Today, Captain America director Joe Johnston has announced that he’s taking the helm of the project.
Because Adam Sandler’s tyrannical reign on Netflix is far from over, he’s already working on his next movie. This time, he and his Grown Ups co-star Chris Rock are reteaming for a wedding comedy, titled The Week Of.
When we last saw Luke Skywalker, he had just flipped the gray hood of his grayer robes off of his head with a flourish to reveal his extremely gray wise man beard and to fix Rey with his piercing gray eyes. Word on the street is he’ll definitely have more lines in The Last Jedi, and probably at least one more outfit. A new rumor also suggests he has some new jewelry that might have something to do with his past and Darth Vader. [Be advised: this gets into some kindaaa spoilery territory, so if you want to go into The Last Jedi blind, run away!]
Now that it has not one director, but two, Captain Marvel is off to the races. And not a moment too soon, if we’re to expect this movie to still come out in March 2019. Can you believe we still have to wait almost two whole years for Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie? The movie has its star in Brie Larson, but we still have no idea what the plot is going to be, or if any other superheroes we know are going to be in it. What we do know is that it’ll start filming in a little over 9 months from now.
Something that’s always peeved fans a little bit is Marvel’s somewhat labored finagling of romance into their movies. While shipping characters like Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Stucky), Thor and Loki (okay, it’s not like they’re really related), or even Tony Stark and Rhodey is all the rage amongst the fandoms, Marvel’s movies have generally kept things Extremely Hetero. Lately, we’ve gotten some weird stuff like Black Widow and Bruce Banner developing a relationship seemingly out of nowhere in Age of Ultron, and Scarlet Witch and Vision getting a little Stockholm Syndrome-y during Civil War. It looks like the latter is still on, as some new set photos from Infinity War have revealed.
Fans of romantic comedies, vintage Eddie Murphy and the wave of ’80s/’90s nostalgia we’re all riding, listen up: Coming to America is officially getting a sequel at Paramount. Today, the studio announced that the original writers — Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield — are coming back to pen part two, but there’s no word yet on whether Murphy will be back to reprise his role as the African prince.
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