Weekly Bite-Sized Entertainment News #1

Like our Weekly Gaming News updates, we decided to branch out on the holidays and bring you something new in the form of a weekly update. Starting this week we will now be running Weekly Entertainment News articles that outline all the news from the week part of all your favorite movies and TV shows.

Here you will be able to see what movies and TV shows are released for the week ahead as well as catching up on some of the news you might have missed in the past week. Be sure to check back every week for these bite-sized reports and get in touch with anything we might have missed.

Let’s get started with our first Weekly Entertainment News and see what’s been happening in this past week. I hope you’re ready for us Hollywood.

Black Mirrors Shared Universe

For those of you who have seen the Black Mirror series, you would be forgiven for thinking that each episode belongs to a shared universe. Although each episode is stand-alone, the technology and world Charlie Brooker has built seem to have some similarities with one another.

In a recent interview with Total Film ahead of Black Mirror season 4, Charlie Brooker spoke of the shared universe. “When people used to ask me, ‘Are these all set in the same universe?‘, I’d go, ‘No,” says Brooker. “But now explicitly some of them are. There are nods and winks, and sometimes direct references to things,’ he said. This all seems to suggest a slightly new direction for the upcoming series, which I’m all for.

Total Film also spoke to director John Hillcoat. He directed the Black Mirror episode Crocodile. “Generally, the mature audience has been overlooked by the film industry. The material on TV got more and more interesting as movies started to get less interesting; that’s what sparked my interest as a filmmaker.”

Fantastic Beasts 2 Title Revealed

The creators behind Fantastic Beasts 2 have now revealed the official title and to my surprise, it’s not called Fantastic Beasts and where to keep finding them. The next movie in the Harry Potter franchise will be called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was announced by the movies official Twitter page.

Along with the announcement we also have our first look at a young Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. These new images and titles also came with a rather tasty synopsis which reads:

“Jude Law plays a young Albus Dumbledore, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; Ezra Miller makes a return as the enigmatic Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; Claudia Kim appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; Zoë Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; Callum Turner joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, a celebrated war hero and the head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; Katherine Waterston returns as Tina Goldstein, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; Eddie Redmayne stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Dan Fogler reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, Jacob Kowalski; Alison Sudol reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, Queenie Goldstein, a Legilimens who can read minds; and Johnny Depp returns as the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

If you weren’t already excited about this movie, you probably are now.

Another Mario Movie?

No need to panic just yet, but The Wall Street Journal has reported that Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment have been in talks for around a year at the possibility of bringing Mario back to the big screens.

Illumination Entertainment is the creators of Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, which all points towards this Mario movie being an animated one. All this is, of course, dependant on a deal being agreed, but it looks like the days of a live-action Mario movie are still dead, for now.

I actually feel slightly optimistic about this and I think if a Mario movie were to be made, an animated version would be the best shot at creating something worthy of the legendary franchise.

Damon Lindelof on Adapting The Watchmen for TV

Back in June of this year, it was announced that Damon Lindelof was working with HBO to develop a TV version of Alan Moore’s cult classic graphic novel. The Watchmen is now in development and during a recent live event for Vulture, we had some word on the style Lindelof is going for.

Mike Schur spoke of Lindelof’s new mature take on the graphic novel saying “Watchmen – it was dangerous. And you can’t be dangerous for dangerous’ sake, but the reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times, and we need dangerous shows. … What we think about superheroes is wrong. I love the Marvel movies and we saw Justice League this morning and I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good.”

This is one of my favorite Graphic Novels ever. I have high hopes for this series, I’m just not sure Mr. Moore will feel the same way.

Movie Releases This Week

November 22

  • Pixar’s Coco
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Darkest Hour

November 24

  • Call Me by Your Name

TV Show Releases This Week:

November 21

  • Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)

November 22

  • Godless (Netflix)

November 23

  • Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (PBS, 8 p.m.)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)
Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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