Weekly Roundup #5 & #6 (3rd & 10th July 2016)

Some notable news from the last two weeks

Lets start with Marvel, sticking to tradition and Tom Holland has posted a selfie. Here it is.

I’m aware that’s not news, but it’s a cool picture. It also gives us a chance to mention that Angourie Rice, of recent Nice Guys fame is joining the cast. She was great in Nice Guys so we’re welcoming her addition. Quite a cast they’ve got on that film. Only a year to go…

Preacher, based on the comic book series of the same name, has been renewed for a second season. Unsurprising really given its mostly positive reviews.

Sticking with comic books on TV and there’s been some news trickling out regarding the DC TV universe, if anyone still cares about that. I’m not sure I do but hey. John Barrowman, a regular on Arrow, will now be regularly occurring on ALL of the DC TV properties. That’s Arrow, Flash, Supergirl AND Legends of Tomorrow. Busy man.

In related news, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) himself has signed up to become a series regular on the Flash. He’ll be playing a forensic scientist who works with Barry.

Sticking with Harry Potter and the trailer has dropped for Daniel Radcliffe’s latest film Imperium, in which he’s playing an FBI agent who goes undercover in a Neo Nazi gang. It looks pretty interesting too. Credit to him for such interesting roles post HP. Here it is.

 

Another trailer we liked the look of dropped last week and that’s Clint Eastwood’s Sully starring Tom Hanks. It tells the story of the pilot who landed his passenger jet on the Hudson River is 2009.

John Cho last week announced that his version of Sulu in the rebooted Star Trek franchise is gay. George Takei, who played Sulu originally, wasn’t best pleased about this saying:

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character, unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s creation, into which he put so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

Simon Pegg, one of the writers and actor of Scotty replied with the following:

“He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?”

Who knows what’s right? Not me.

Some news on when to expect things now…The Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander will be released March 2018 and those of you pining for more Game of Thrones already might be disappointed to hear that season 7 filming has been pushed back. The show runners explain:

“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ – and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

And finally, rather excitingly Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, two defining filmmakers of our time are teaming up for a ‘secret project’. No news on what that might be or when to expect it yet.

There it is, there’s your news. 

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