This Week In Entertainment Vol. 8
This week the award show season is in full swing and Marvel Studios dominates the news. Learn more below in This Week in Entertainment…
The Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out last night in Hollywood, CA. Among the winners were Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Claire Danes for Homeland and Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad. Perhaps the most bittersweet moments were the awards that went to Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin who both won for their performances of 30 Rock which ended its run this season. You can see a complete list of winners here.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters topped the box office this weekend. A surprise with the harsh weather experienced across much of the US and the film’s R rating. The movie took in $19 million domestically despite early lukewarm reviews. Source.
After the fresh batch of Avenger member movies, (Thor 2, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Etc) it seems that the Ant-Man film will be on deck. Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige offered a bit of insight on the upcoming project. “(The Ant-Man film) is certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie. … It’s very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the [Marvel Comics universe], but a different corner than we’ve seen before.” Source.
Marvel has also confirmed that Doctor Strange will soon get his own film. A movie about “the mightiest magician in the cosmos” Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who loses control of his hands and moves to the Himalayas where he’s taught mystic arts, has been rumored to be in the works for a while now. Now it is certain that the Lee/Ditko creation will be part of Marvel’s “Phase 3” films which will focus on more unique comic heroes such as Ant-Man and Guardian of the Galaxy. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios states “”He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have.” Don’t get too excited though, it will be a while before we see the iconic magician in theaters. The movie is slotted for an undisclosed date scheduled after the release of The Avengers 2 which will premier in 2015. Source.
In related Marvel news, X-Men Days of Future Past has signed three more familiar faces from the original X-Men Trilogy. Anna Paquin who played Rogue and more recently has been part of the cult phenomenon True Blood, will return. Shawn Ashmore will also reprise his role as Iceman along with Ellen Page who played Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat. Page’s character plays a pivotal role in the source comic so it stands to reason that Bryan Singer will be keeping close to the comic’s storyline. Source.
It was confirmed last week that JJ Abrams will be directing Star Wars Ep. VII. Producer and Lucas film president Kathleen Kennedy added, “It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.” George Lucas also gave Abrams his blessing saying, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Warsfilm and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.” Source
There are rumors that Cobie Smulders may be part of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. television show which will air on ABC. “The commitments to [How I Met Your Mother] don’t affect it. And I can’t really say but there are definite talks about it.” The actress stated. Clark Gregg who played the notorious Agent Coulson has already signed on to be part of the project though in what capacity has not been disclosed. Source.
Vin Diesel has released another new still from the upcoming Riddick which will open in September. The image features Diesel and returning co-star Karl Urban. The film’s plot centers around the infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. he only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy. Source.
Tina Fey is reportedly in the process of getting a Mean Girls Musical made. While on the Red Carpet at this week’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards the actress responded to a question posed by one of the reporters about the possibility of a Mean Girls Musical. “Maybe!” She said, “ We want to. I would love to. I’m trying to develop it with my husband, who does all the music for 30 Rock and I think Paramount’s on board. Source.
According to Vulture, It’s with a happy heart we report that NBC has tapped Party Down’s Ken Marino and The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi to star in a pilot titled The Gates. Adapted from a British series, the comedy will revolve around parents navigating an elementary school drop-off gate, AKA a “twice-daily social landmine.” Marino will be paired with Kathleen Rose Perkins of Episodes; Mandvi will TV-marry Christina Kirk, who’s recently appeared on Girls and The Good Wife. Source.