Welcome to the inaugural weekly news recap! Each Saturday I’ll be covering the biggest Film and TV news items of the week to keep you up to date on the happenings around the entertainment world. All in one neat little article, just for you.
Will House of Cards Crumble?
I would like to start off with some great news for House of Cards fans. The actor (he shall remain nameless because I don’t care to write his name ever again) who played Frank Underwood has been fired due to on-going allegations of sexual harassment. However, there hasn’t been any word on whether or not Robin Wright, the true star of the show in my honest opinion, will be headlining the show from here on out, or if the show will even be continuing.
If I were to offer my opinion, I would say the prospect of Robin headlining is becoming highly likely, as instead of canceling the show altogether, they can just drop the problem. Either way, Netflix sent a clear message to its valued fans and subscribers – that kind of awful behaviour has no place in the world, let alone in their company. Smart move.
The Lion King Cast is Revealed
Other big news this week: the release of the full casting for Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Fans have been dreaming up their own for a while now, but Disney has seriously knocked it out of the park with this one. One of the most star-studded projects I’ve seen in quite a while. You can check out the photo Disney released just above, and see who will be playing your favourite character.
With that being said, I had been calling for Seth Rogen and James Franco to play Timon and Pumbaa ever since this project was announced. We didn’t get Franco, but I don’t think there’s anyone else in Hollywood right now who could be a better fit for Puumba, and Billy Eichner is also a fantastic actor as well as being incredibly funny. I think he’s going to make a great Timon. Feel free to comment on who you had in mind to play who!
One Third of Netflix Users Enter the Upside Down
With the release of Stranger Things 2 (you can check out our great review right here and also my look at the Easter eggs in season 2) comes the release of the ratings. Now, with how much hype it had received on social media and around the world, it wasn’t too outlandish to think that the ratings were going to be huge. However, I didn’t exactly expect them to be this big: An estimated one-third of Netflix subscribers watched the second season’s first episode, and a steady 4 million viewers for each following episode at the time it was reported, with 361,000 of those viewers watching it all in one day. Not all heroes wear capes.
The tricky part here, though, is that Netflix will never confirm these numbers as they tend to be very secretive about their ratings – even going as far as releasing a statement saying that Nielsen’s numbers are “not even close”. Furthermore, I am unsure if Nielsen only calculates how many viewers watched it on a TV and didn’t add in other devices such as phones or tablets; if so, the numbers could be even higher than previously reported. Who knows? It’s only one of the biggest hits in the world right now, and I’m sure that’s all Netflix needs to know to be able to sleep at night.
More Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The World Series concluded this week. Congrats to the Houston Astros, and Disney wasn’t done showering us with gifts as they dropped a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was covered in our segment Trailer Talk by yours truly. You can check out right over here!
Ragnarok Doesn’t Arrive for the MCU
Keeping with the Disney theme and their plot to, I assume, take over the world, Thor: Ragnarok was released to rave reviews, some calling it the best in the MCU and others just happy that life was breathed into the Thor franchise. It’s opening day numbers have been released and it absolutely crushed the competition, raking in a thunderous 46 million dollars and expected to bring in 120 million over the weekend. With the reviews it has received, it’s not a stretch by any means to think it will hit that mark.
Shazam! Leading Man Revealed
Moving onto DC, aka the Dark Side (or should I say Darkseid?), Shazam! has finally found its leading man in Zachary Levi, best known for his role in the hit series Chuck. Zachary will be playing the popular DC hero Shazam, previously known as Captain Marvel. He will be joined by Mark Strong, who you might remember playing Sinestro in the live-action Green Lantern film from 2011. He’ll be playing the villain, Dr. Sivana, in this film as well. Here’s hoping this isn’t a repeat of that debacle; I really don’t think DC can afford another one at this stage of the game.
The Manson Family & Lethal Weapons
Other notable happenings this week include Quentin Tarantino looking at Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for his ninth film. This is supposedly based on the Manson murders. Quentin loves keeping actors he’s worked with in the past, so this doesn’t surprise me at all – I just hope Brad brings back his amazing Italian from Inglorious Basterds. Gorlami. On top of that, Lethal Weapon 5 is supposedly being tossed around by Mel Gibson and Donald Glover, who is most definitely “too old for this shit”. Plus, Lethal Weapon 5 was already done, and much better might I add, by the gang on Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Come on, guys. No.
That’s all for this week, folks! Check back next Saturday as we go over the week to come. Hopefully I can safely say next week that Amazon is not actually going to turn The Lord of the Rings into a TV series. Apparently that’s a very real thing.
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