Oh, here we are again! I wonder what sort of happenings there are to discover this week? Let’s find out!
In this week’s “Sadly inescapable” story, we have lost yet another icon, legend, uber talent. The incredible Mary Tyler Moore died this week at the age of 80. Sadly, this seems like it will be the norm now. You reach a certain point in life when the people that entertained you through your life are going to die. Nothing says “you’re mortal” like this.
Like many people, I watched the Mary Tyler Moore Show as a kid. Then some years later, I went back and watched a bunch of the Dick Van Dyke Show and loved that, too. Moore was one of those actors that I identify with my youth and there’s a lot of nostalgia there.
IN ADDITION, we lost actor Mike Connors, who played detective Joe Mannix, on the show Mannix on TV back in the 60’s and 70’s. Connors died yesterday in Tarzana, Ca. at the age of 91.
DAMMIT! – brilliant actor, John Hurt, has died at the age of 77. He announced in June 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. NOT FAIR!
In this week’s “Universal animation shuffle” story, a sequel to the animated film , Sing, conveniently named Sing 2, is coming and getting a release date of Dec.25, 2020. Turns out, they have also announced that The Secret Life of Pets 2 will get pushed back from July 3, 2018, to July 3, 2019. Oh, and Minions 2 has been moved up a week from July 10, 2020, to July 3, 2020. And if that’s not enough rescheduling for you, try to keep track that Illumination’s The Grinch is pushed back to 2018.
Got all that? Me neither.
In this week’s “HOLY SHIT!” story, it turns out that Donald Trump is indeed STILL President of the United States. It’s not all just a dream, but it IS a nightmare.
In this week’s “WHO’S the last Jedi?!” story, actor Mark Hamill has been, as we all have, speculating about who the last Jedi is supposed to be. Is it Luke? Is it Leia? Is it Rey? I don’t want to wrap my brain around it because -speculation! I’m just going to let myself be surprised when the time comes.
In this week’s “Back to the drawing board” story, it seems Warner Bros. and DC’s Flash movie is getting a Page One rewrite. Yep, after losing writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith dropped out of the project over “creative differences” in 2016, director Rick Famuyiwa was attached, but he also dropped out for, you guessed it, “creative differences”.
So now they have Joby Harold, the writer behind the studio’s upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, on board to write the all-new screenplay. From scratch.
This could be a good thing, or a bad thing. This also means that the Flash film will have to be pushed farther off than its’ original March 2018 release. Not sure if I care so much.
In this week’s “Something I DO care about” story, the awesome young actress from Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown, has been cast to star in the next U.S. Godzilla film, Godzilla: King of Monsters. The film is part of the Legendary and Warner Bros. cinematic universe and will be released on March 22, 2019. Also worth noting, Michael Dougherty is directing from a script by Dougherty and Zach Shields. Dougherty is responsible for the excellent Trick r’Treat, and the decent Krampus. Sweet.
In this week’s “Vietnam Video Game!” story, Francis Ford Coppola is doing a Kickstarter to raise money for – yes, that’s right – an Apocalyse Now role-playing video game! The game is being developed by the team behind such games as “Gears Of War,” “Fallout,” and “Battlefield.” As Coppola’s company American Zoetrope stated, the game, described as a “psychological horror,” is “a cinematic narrative with role-playing game mechanics set in the midst of the Vietnam War.
So, apparently you’ll get to play the role of Captain Willard, on a mission to assassinate the renegade Colonel Kurtz. Throughout the course of the game, players will have the ability to make their own decisions independent of the original narrative.”
Well, nothing like the smell of Napalm – in your game console!
In this week’s “Preach, sister!” story, actress Cate Blanchett was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week, she was talking about the Chekov adaptation she is currently starring in, and had this to say:
“I’m on stage at the moment and it’s really great to be doing something about midlife crises, because it’s absurd and ridiculous – almost as absurd and ridiculous as a man who has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times who is running the largest economy in the world. I mean, it’s almost as crazy as that.”
I love Cate Blanchett.
In this week’s “They keep getting worse” story, Laura Vandervoort and Hannah Anderson are the first actors to come aboard the next film the Saw franchise, Saw: Legacy. It’s been seven years since the last Saw film and I don’t really care, because I know the fifth one was hardly worth my time. This will be the eighth film in the Lionsgate series. Ugh.
The only positive thing is that this will be directed by the sibling team of Peter and Michael Spierig (Predestination) from a script by Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell. Producers are Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, and Oren Koules, the trio that has produced all eight films.
Don’t much care, though.
In this week’s “And what about that creepy bunny guy?” story, Richard Kelly says he isn’t done with the whole Donnie Darko story yet. The writer/director says he thinks there’s “something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe” — not that anything is official at this point.
“It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that,” Kelly says of what he has in mind. “I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place. I need to get my next film out of the gate and then we can go back and look at it.”
Ok, well, good luck. Probably not a bad idea to go back to the film that made you famous, seeing as his other two directorial effort were Southland Tales and The Box.
In this week’s “Gollum and Watson on board” story, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman have joined the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther movie. The new film in Marvel’s superhero universe also stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whittaker and Angela Bassett and will be released February 16, 2018. Production has started today.
In this week’s “In the Red” story, Warner Bros. is taking a $75 million loss on Ben Affleck’s misfire of his film Live By Night. After spending $65 million on the film, and only making about $16 million worldwide, we’re calling this one a flop. But, hey, he’s got the whole Batman thing coming so he won’t be down for long. It’s not like a Gigli sort of thing, right? Heh.
In this week’s “Lara Croft’s daddy issues” story, British actor Dominic West has been cast as Lara Croft father in the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander. Also cast is the stupendous Walton Goggins as the villain of the film.
Tomb Raider is scheduled for a March 16, 2018 release.
In this week’s “Stop spending my college fund money, dad” story, Michael Shannon stars with Taylor John Smith as a father with a gambling problem, and a son hoping for sponsorship playing basketball for a university. Carl Gugino plays mother to smith’s Anthony Keller character, who has to deal with his gambling addicted dad – who is none too crazy about his son’s choice of career – and still trying to win basketball games.
Written and directed by Bart Freundlich, the film, Wolves, opens on March 3, 2017, in limited release and VOD. It’s got Michael Shannon in it. I’m in.
In this week’s “Infinite Reboots” story, looks like the old 80’s night time soap, Dynasty, is getting a reboot. In their return to the CW, Schwartz and Savage teamed with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original series’ creators, husband-and-wife duo Esther Shapiro & Richard Shapiro, for a new modern-day reboot of the classic Aaron Spelling-produced ABC series.
Why the fuck should I care? Why should ANYone? Hey, how about some fresh new material? Oh, you don’t have any of that? Then just play reruns of older good shows. You’d probably get the same ratings by showing the original Dynasty as you would a rebooted version of it. And it would be cheaper.
In this week’s “Classic too famous, too soon” story, actress Mischa Barton was taken to the hospital in L.A., E! confirms, after authorities responded to a disturbance call.
A West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputy tells us, “She was making incoherent statements that made absolutely no sense and she was transported to the hospital.” The site also reports that the 31-year-old was voluntarily transported to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation.
Back in 2013, Barton opened up about her recovery following a “full-on breakdown”. The actress explained that she felt all sorts of pressure in her early days of being in front of the camera. She has had numerous issues with substance dependency and she was later admitted into a psychiatric ward after she threatened to take her own life.
I hope she gets help. People don’t seem to get that maybe young actors need some extra counseling to navigate being in such a weird line of work. Some of these parents just aren’t equipped to properly guide their kids through this kind of stuff.
In this week’s “Hey, did you know this?” story, actress Holland Taylor (Charlie and Alan’s red-headed mom on Two and a Half Men), has been dating actress Sarah Paulson for almost two years. I didn’t see the Emmys but Paulson apparently said “Holland Taylor, I love you” as a shout-out at her acceptance speech. Well, that’s kind of awesome.
In this week’s “Hypocrisy in action” story, actor/performance artist (!?) Shia LaBeouf was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly grabbed and pushed a man outside a museum in New York where the star has been protesting the divisions caused by Donald Trump’s presidency.
Someone a the New York Police department said that LaBeouf “grabbed at the scarf of a 25-year-old man, “causing a scratch to the man’s face,” and then pushed him, which made the man fall to the ground. Police officers were flagged down, and arrested LaBeouf about 12:30 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and harassment.”
LaBeouf was charged, and released, on Thursday.
LaBeouf has stationed himself outside the Museum of the Moving Image, in Queens, since Trump’s inauguration last Friday, chanting “He will not divide us” as part of a participatory public-art project that he and two partners intend to run continuously throughout Trump’s presidency. The performance is being live-streamed, and members of the public are invited to join in.
LaBeouf told the Associated Press earlier this week that the project was not anti-Trump but rather “anti-division.” “I’m just saying, ‘Be nice to each other,’” the actor said.
Uuh, right. So how about practicing what you preach, dipshit.
And that’s that news for this week! Wow, some doozies, right? See ya next time!
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer probably going to see the so-called Final Resident Evil movie this weekend.