Summer movie season is pretty much here, and so is the end of this column. I’ve enjoyed giving you the most up to date movie and television news, but from here on out – follow us on social media to get the best news fastest. Here’s the rundown of what happened this week that you need to know going into the weekend.
DC: Did you desperately want to watch the stalled live-action Titans show based on the Teen Titans, or the new season of Young Justice? Well, you’re in luck! DC announced its own streaming service this week and those two series will be exclusively available to view on the platform. We don’t know what else will be on the service at this time, but we’re curious to see what joins the platform once it launches.
Jeff Goldblum: As if to cheer up Jurassic Park fans across the globe, it was announced this week that eff Goldblum will be joining the newest film in the franchise as Dr. Ian Malcolm. While this is basically your everyday casting news, it’s also not. How many of the film franchise’s characters will be returning to the park, and how does this affect the film world moving forward? We don’t know for sure, but if means Laura Dern might come back to the park, we’re stoked.
Disney: Disney announced a lot of film release dates this week, including those for The Lion King (July 19, 2019), Indiana Jones 5, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: Episode IX May 24, 2019. Don’t take all those dates to heart, as they change regularly thanks to consistently changing production timelines, but it’s interesting to note that Disney seems focused mostly on its big franchises as opposed to newer, original films.
Glass: Sure, some of M. Night Shyamalan’s films of late have actually been pretty decent, but the announcement that he’s officially creating his own shared superhero universe with his upcoming film sequel – Glass, we’re not excited. Not only do we think the director can’t pull it off, but he probably shouldn’t even try. We’ve seen his projects when he bites off more than he can chew, and it’s not promising.
Powerless: We might be seeing actual proof that non-major character shows from DC don’t officially work. Powerless, currently airing on NBC, isn’t “officially canceled” but it’s looking close to it. If that’s the case, then it’s an incredible shame to waste such a talented cast.
Sylvester Stallone: Without getting too far into spoiler territory, it turns out there are plans for Stallone’s Marvel character past Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Who is his character? I won’t say, but we want to see more of him too!
Johnny Depp: In a nice surprise for fans, Johnny Depp surprised Disneyland guests as Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It won’t make us forget all his personal troubles, but it’s a cute thing to do.
Ewan McGregor: Following up his Beauty and the Beast performance earlier this year, McGregor will star as Christopher Robin in Disney’s planned live-action film. The film’s synopsis sounds similar to Hook, so we’re excited to see how it turns out.
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Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: A live-action adaptation of Anne Rice’s popular series has been rekindled, thanks to new talks with Paramount Television. The series will allegedly start with novel The Vampire Lestat instead of Interview with a Vampire so, you know, there’s that.
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