Weekly Round-Up: 24th June, 2018

Well, well, well, it’s that time of the week again! However I must admit I’ve been a bit lazy this week, I’ve not shared as much but to be fair I was ill. Give me a break! Anyway, this week, we see Creed vs. Drago (is it 1985 again??), John Lasseter’s replacements have been announced, Tom Holland “accidentally” reveals the title of the next Spider-Man film and of course much much more!

Trailers and Posters

Creed II

The sequel to Creed is coming, with a fighting chance of being better than the original. Still looking for validation in and outside of the ring, Adonis comes back as history repeats itself. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Yeah, there’s yet another couple of posters for the upcoming 20th MCU film (WHICH WE HAVE TO WAIT AN EXTRA MONTH FOR but I’m not bitter…) *sigh* Anyway, here are the posters, it’s pretty cool but what more can I say now??

The Meg

It’s impossible to tell you how excited I am for this film, it looks beyond stupid! But Jason Statham punching A MASSIVE SHARK in the face?? That’s high quality entertainment right there. Here’s Meg trying to swallow anything ot can…

Welcome to Marwen

Whilst it may not sound as if it’ll work as a film, the premise of Welcome to Marwen is a man uses dolls (or as some are calling an art installation) to get past a traumatic attack in which he loses his memory. Drawing on his real life, Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) bases these characters on those in his real life. Take a look at the trailer below.

News

Rocketman

Jamie Bell has been cast as Elton John’s longtime songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin in the semi biographical film, Rocketman. Loosely based on his life and his music together, this is being pegged as a musical rather than a straight adaptation of Elton John’s life. Here’s hoping we see some moves from the former Billy Elliot actor 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3

I’m so sorry everyone but a third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is in the making with Paramount hiring writer Andrew Dodge to create a new script. Just leave it alone! 

Nothing Like a Dame

If you’ve not had a chance to catch it yet, Nothing Like a Dame is on BBC iPlayer now until 2nd July. Do yourself a favour, ignore the football and swap it for something decent to watch. Enjoy!

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Tom Holland has apparently revealed the title for the the next Spider-Man film after holding up this during an Instagram video. It looks like the sequel will be called Far From Home however there has been no confirmation on if this the final name. If it is, I wonder how far they are talking because it’s not like he can get any further away at the moment…

Luther

LUUUUUUFFFFFFAAAAAAAAA is coming back to BBC as it’s been announced Idris Elba is reprising his role for season 5. Four episodes have been confirmed for the new season which should be on our screens this year. Series creator Neil Cross says, “We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there’s ever been. So that’s what we’ve come back to do.” Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide are all back as DSU Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius, with recent recruit Wunmi Mosaku as DS Catherine Halliday.

 

Industry News

Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee announced as John Lasseter’s replacements

After announcing that he will be leaving at the end of the year, John Lasseter’s replacments have been announced as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee. The pair have worked at Disney and Pixar for quite some time, both creating some of the studios most famous films. Here’s more on the story which broke earlier this week.

Lucasfilm Deny Spinoffs Are On Hold

After Solo’s “poor” reception at the box office, it was being rumoured that the spin-offs were on hold so that Lucasfilm could focus on Episode IX and other projects. However they were very quick to deny this, which makes sense seeing how previous rumours got out of control. You can read more about the story here.

Diversity Still Needs a lot of Work 

Frankly this will surprise no one, but diversity in movies released in 2017 was pretty poor. The Director’s Guild of America (DGA) released a data analysis this week which shows that only 16% of films from last year were directed by women. Check out more on this report and what DGA President Thomas Schlamme had to say on its findings here.

 

Reviews

Mini review: Ocean’s Eight.

After spending more than 5 years in prison, Debbie Ocean reveals a plot to steal a $150m necklace from the Met gala. As she puts her team together you get the impression that this is just taking parts from the 2001 film and recycling them.

The entire plan never feels very as well planned as they were in the George Clooney days, it’s a heist movie without ever feeling like one. Whilst there are a few enjoyable moments, it’s a shame to see such a superb ensemble cast wasted on a weak script with forced links to the original trilogy. And James Corden needs to fuck off.

2 out of 5

Keep. It. Reel.

Pete Docter And Jennifer Lee Taking Over At Pixar And Disney Animation 

It’s been announced that Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee are taking over at Pixar and Disney animation after the announcement that John Lasseter is stepping down at the end of 2018. The pair will be reporting to Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

Speaking of their appointments Alan says, “Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them to lead us into the future.”

Docter who joined Pixar in 1990, has directed Inside Out, Up and Monsters Inc, as well as being an animation supervisor of Toy Story and Executive Producer on Monsters University and Brave. Lee’s credentials include writing Frozen, Zootropolis and Wreck It Ralph. She started at Disney Animation in 2011 and is currently working on Frozen 2, whilst overseeing Ralph Breaks the Internet as Executive Producer. They are taking over from Lasseter after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour by several staff members. Initially put on sabbatical for 6 months, it was announced recently that he will permanently step down at the end of 2018. You can read more about this including his statement here.

Keep. It. Reel.