Movie News After Dark
The day’s top headlines in bite-size portions.
With the world collectively holding its breath to see if America’s going to remain the land of opportunity or is rather going to plunge to all new depths of irresponsible governance, taking everyone else with us, there’s not a lot in the way of entertainment news going on, but here’s what we got:
Aside from whitewashing outrage, there hasn’t been too much news on the upcoming live-action adaptation of revered Anime classic Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlet Johansson. A few weeks ago there were a cryptic series of five little tiny trailers…
But after those nothing until today, when we got a slightly longer but no-less cryptic teaser that would seem to indicate a full-length version is coming next Wednesday, November 13th. There’s not much here, but at least we see a little action this time, as well as a brief glimpse ScarJo’s version of the invisible suit. Check out the new footage below. Ghost in the Shell is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and is slated for release March 17th, 2017.
I’ve never watched The Big Bang Theory and I’ve never known anyone who’s watched The Big Bang Theory – or really any CBS show that isn’t The Price is Right — but I understand it’s pretty popular and about comic books or something. Though, I didn’t think it was popular enough to warrant a prequel spinoff, but it sounds like that’s exactly what’s happening over at CBS. Word has it the Eye is looking to expand upon what I’m assuming is the meticulously-nuanced and densely-layered character of “Sheldon,” who I think is the main one, in a series that charts his meteoric rise to whatever it is he does on the current show. Deadline broke the story, and says the series – which will be titled Sheldon and is described as “Malcolm-in-the-Middle-esque,” meaning it will focus on young Sheldon’s upbringing – hasn’t been written yet but already has a pilot order; if you live in Southern California and listen very, very carefully, you can hear the beeping of the CBS money trucks backing up to Chuck Lorre’s house (him I know, he was mean to Charlie Sheen, right?). So it looks like Big Bang Theory fans have new show to celebrate, and I have a new show to confuse me with its inevitably-massive popularity, unless somebody wants to explain to me what the shit a “bazinga” is.
The second season of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things has added two major doses of 80s nostalgia to its already nostalgic homage to the greatest decade in modern American history. EW is reporting that Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) is joining the cast as Bob Newby, a childhood friend of Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) who manages the local Radio Shack. For our younger readers, Radio Shack used to be the coolest place on the planet and the only place to get the latest rad games for your Commodore 64. Paul Reiser is the other name added to the series, and while technically he’s most popular for the show Mad About You which aired in the 90’s, he does have some 80’s cred owing to his roles in James Cameron’s Aliens, Beverly Hills Cops 1 and 2, and the sitcom My Two Dads. No character name is given for Reiser, but he was describe by Netflix to EW as “a high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a ‘clean-up’ assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year.” Sounds like spot-on casting in both regards to me. Stranger Things is shooting its second season imminently for an unspecified 2017 release.
After being cancelled three years ago, the beloved animated series Young Justice is making like Superman, Spider-man, Captain America, Wolverine, and pretty much every other major superhero and rising from the dead. Warner Bros. Animation announced today that the series is back in development, though they didn’t offer any timeline as to when the new season would air, nor where it will air. All they did say was that there will be “new twists, turns, and dangerous threats for the team, but more importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes,” including Nightwing, Robin, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and a bunch more. The series previously aired on Cartoon Network, but since its cancellation it has found a new home and new fans on Netflix, which I’d be willing to bet is where the third season winds up. I’m also willing to bet there’s an overlap of Young Justice fans and fans of The Big Bang Theory. You guys are having a great day.
Like I said, slow day out there, as likely tomorrow will be too, at least in the realm of distraction-news. If you’re American and of age, for the sake of all humanity get out and vote tomorrow. Let’s keep the end of the world as we know it where it belongs: in movies and on R.E.M. albums.
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