This Week In Entertainment Vol. 6
It’s been a big week and we’re back with another edition of This Week in Entertainment. This week we delve into the now notorious Golden Globes (*cough*JodieFosterRamble*Cough*) as well as upcoming films and TV shows. So here is what’s happening this week in entertainment…
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards aired last night, Sunday January 13th. Among the big winners was Argo which won Best Picture- Drama and Best Director, Les Misérables which won Best Picture- Comedy or Musical, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman and best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. In the Television Category Homeland swept the ceremony with awards for Best Actress Claire Danes, Best Actor Damien Lewis and Best Television Series Drama. For a complete list of winners click here.
Showtime has given the green light to a new monster mash-up show entitled Penny Dreadful. (No doubt named for the British fiction publication in the 19th century that usually featured lurid serial stories.) The series will be written and executive produced by John Logan, Logan previously penned Gladiator, Avatar and Skyfall. The show will feature Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and figures from the novel Dracula and will take place in Victorian London. It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins revealed. “The characters are all in very human form in turn-of-the-century London. It’s very psychological and highly erotic.” Source.
Rumors that Damien Lewis will be departing Emmy winning show Homeland following the third season have been spreading like wildfire lately. So what is the deal? Will Sgt. Nicholas Brody be leaving us after this season? Showtime’s entertainment chief David Nevins has been quoted as saying “everything on that show is vigorously debated, but if, after the end of that vigorous debate, [letting go of Lewis] made sense storywise, I could conceivably say yes to that, absolutely.” While this in no way puts those rumors to rest we can at least be sure that the writers have the full support of the studio this third season. No surprise when you take into account Homeland’s critical and commercial success. Source.
Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel and 300, has confirmed that he is developing a new film set in the Star Wars universe. Snyder had earlier denied his involvement in the new Star Wars trilogy, and sources say that this film will be a standalone separate from the numbered Wars episodes. The film will be based off of the classic Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa which tells the tale of a small agrarian town in that is routinely pillaged by bandits. Fed up with the annual shakedown, its farmers retain the services of seven masterless samurai to defend their harvest. Of course instead of 17th century Japan with swords the action will take place in space with light sabers…an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Source.
In related Star Wars news, The White House officially responded to a We the People petition which requested that the United States Government “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” The statement from Paul Shawcross, the chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, listed three main reasons for the White House’s opposition:
1. “The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850 quadrillion. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.”
2. “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”
3. “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
The statement goes on to extol the Obama Administration’s accomplishments in space policy, including sending a new probe to the sun and building a more powerful successor to the Hubble telescope. Source.
Casting for the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is well under way with Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad) signing on alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Brolin will play Dwight, a character played by Clive Owen in the first film. While Gordon-Levitt takes on the role of Johnny. Dennis Haysbert has also been brought on board to play Manute a role left vacant after the passing of Michael Clark Duncan. Source.
Well it may not be the reboot we all hoped for but Jurassic Park 4 will be released in June of 2014. No cast or director is in place yet but Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall will be returning to produce the film. Spielberg who directed the first two films in the Jurassic Park series has indicated that he will not be using a lot of CGI effects, instead relying on the animatronics that we’ve all come to know and love. Source.
Showtime’s House of Lies, which began its second season Sunday night, has cast Matt Damon for a guest turn as himself. “Damon will employ the House of Lies gang, led by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, to help him start a charitable organization to compete with George Clooney,” THR writes. Damon and Cheadle appeared in the Ocean’s Eleven films together, so they’ll have that to reminisce about. Source