This week had everything: Tom Hanks proving once again how he’s the best human, franchises being resurrected, Patrick Stewart snorting coke, ANOTHER music streaming service, and Deadpool as Burt Reynolds – here is the quick news from March 23rd to the 30th
After fifteen years of donning the claws and sideburns, it looks like Hugh Jackman is finally ready to say goodbye to Wolverine. The actor has been hinting than his time in the X-Men will be up soon, but he posted on Instagram Saturday that he’s suiting up as Wolverine for “one last time.”
Director James Mangold confirmed via twitter a day later that Wolverine 3 will be Jackman’s final film as the beloved character. It’s unclear whether he’s shooting everything at once, since it’s been reported that he’ll at least appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, so we’ll have to just wait and see. The 46-year-old actor has had an incredible run, and his ability to continue to stay so fit, and look so menacing had to be a testament to his drive.
The next Disney live-action adaptation on the horizon is Mulan. The development is the latest in a quickly growing line up of live-action retellings Disney is preparing for the next several years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news, Disney has purchased a script which “centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in Disney’s 1998 animated film.”
Disney has already set The Jungle Book for 2016 and Beauty and the Beast for 2017.
We have our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film, ‘Dawn of Justice’.
Photographer Clay Enos shared the image via Instagram on Thursday:
Jesse as Lex #streetstudo #dawnofjustice #batmanvsuperman A photo posted by Clay Enos (@clayenos) on
For his part, Eisenberg has described the new Lex as “a complicated, challenging person” in previous interviews, saying that he and screenwriter Chris Terrio worked together “to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology.”
Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3.
Details of Elba’s role are being kept under wraps. Early rumors suggest that Klingons would be the main villains in this movie, as they have not had a full presence in previous installments, but sources would not confirm if that was the case.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin all on board to return.
Simon Pegg is co-writing the film’s script alongside its director Doug Jung.
Ryan Reynolds has shared an image from the upcoming Deadpool film, showing the hilariously deadly character lying on a bearskin rug.
Production is underway on Deadpool, hence the “first look” image, and Ryan Reynolds will most likely start keeping fans up-to-date on the ongoings that the onset hilarity brings.
Deadpool hits theaters February 12, 2016.
The first trailer for James Bond’s new film, Spectre, has been released showing Daniel Craig strapped and ready to kill as he hides a big secret
The trailer feels surprisingly complete considering the movie is still in production.
Spectre is definitely off to a good start, with Sam Mendes back in the directing chair (whose credits include American Beauty, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road)
James Corden’s first week as new host of the Late Late Show was a big success. Corden took over after Craig Ferguson stepped down from his 9 year run.
There’s no better way to start a new era of the Late Late Show than forcing Tom Hanks to relive all his past movie performances in eight minutes. Check out the brilliance:
BBC has announced that Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the HBO smash hit Game of Thrones, is slated to guest star in Doctor Who‘s upcoming season.
There is no word on specifically what Williams’ episode might be about, whether it’s a historical, alien planet, or earthbound tale.
Showrunner, Steven Moffat added, “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us onDoctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”
Have you heard the fandom waking up from the beyond? The X-Files is back for a six part limited series!
Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise the roles of Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully, parts they originated in 1993 and played (for the most part) over nine seasons and two feature films.
Fox is declining to share more details but promises more will be unveiled in the months ahead.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Chris Carter, the show’s creator and executive producer, in a press release. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
The stars look very excited to revist their roles:
@GillianA I’m ready G woman
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) March 24, 2015
Check out a new teaser for STARZ’s Blunt Talk, the new comedy created by Jonathan Ames (Bored To Death) and Executive Produced by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy).
The series will be led by Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt, a British newscaster who’s intent on taking over American cable news with his nightly cable news show. The series follows the fallout from Blunt’s well-intentioned but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air.
Zayn Malik has officially departed from UK/Irish pop group One Direction, after a successful 5 year run, stating that he’d like to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”
The band made the announcement on their Facebook account on March 25, one week after he made headlines for leaving their current tour due to “stress.”
The band notes they will continue on as a four-piece.
The iHeartMusic Radio Awards took place over the weekend in Los Angeles
Taylor Swift took Artist of the Year, as well as Best Lyrics and Song of the Year for ‘Shake It Off’
Sam Smith won Best New Artist
Hozier won Best Alternative Song of the Year with ‘Take Me To Church’
Australia’s own 5 Seconds of Summer won for Best Fan Army, a testament to their loyal fans. They beat out a slew of international talent including Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.
Justin Timberlake took the biggest of the night, the Innovator Award for his accomplishments as an entertainer.
The former boy band member told the audience that he was called “weird” as a teenager, and offered encouraging words to teens experiencing teasing and bullying.
“Growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator, they called me different, they called me weird, they called me a couple of other words I can’t say on TV,” he said. “So thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing, that being different meant you could actually make a difference, so tonight I want to thank my mom.”
Following weeks of anticipation, rapper Jay Z and several other artists have launched their own Spotify competitor called Tidal featuring high fidelity music streaming and big name artists co-owning the service (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Coldplay, to name a few)
Tidal offers two subscription tiers. The first, priced at $9.99/month like other streaming services, includes “standard sound quality,” while the second tier costs $19.99/month and offers lossless high fidelity sound quality. Both tiers also feature “high definition music videos” and “expertly curated editorial.”
Free 30-day trials are available for both, and unlike Spotify, no free tier is available.
Notably, all of Taylor Swift’s albums save for the recently-released 1989 are included on Tidal. The singer infamously left Spotify last year, citing low payouts to artists. Tidal is reportedly paying artists around double what Spotify and other streaming services offer.
Tidal’s killer feature? The new streaming service is expected to give customers early access to music from big name artists, including Rihanna and Beyoncé, ahead of their release elsewhere.