The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for January 15, 2018
The creepy ladies of The Handmaid’s Tale are almost back. Hulu let fly the first looks at the show’s second season, which will expand beyond the plot of the titular Margaret Atwood novel. “The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead,” the streaming service said in a statement. “‘Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.” Season 2 returns in April to Hulu.
Quentin Tarantino’s next as-of-yet-untitled film that focuses on the year 1969, specifically the Manson murders, has secured its first A-lister. Leonardo DiCaprio will play an aging actor, but no other details are available. Other names that have been floated as possibly being connected to the film include Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.
Starz is partnering with Lionsgate TV to develop The Continental, a television series based on the John Wick film franchise, which stars Keanu Reeves. He will serve as exec producer on the show and will likely pop up in the series in some form.
George Clooney is going to star in a new Hulu series called Catch-22. Set in Italy during World War II, the movie follows a U.S. Air Force member trying to get home.
Modern Family creator Steve Levitan tells The Hollywood Reporter that the show will most likely end after season 10. “Our plan is to end it at 10. If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it.”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air live following Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on January 30th. Jon Favreau will be the featured guest.
AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for Season 9, which will premiere in late 2018. For the ninth run, showrunner Scott M. Gimple has been named chief content officer of the “TWD” universe. Writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang has been promoted to Gimple’s old gig.
Here are this past weekend’s box office results.
- “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” $27 million
- “The Post” $18.6 million
- “The Commuter” $13.5 million (Cinema Scoop: the film cost $30 million to produce)
- “Insidious: The Last Key” $12.1 million
- “The Greatest Showman” $11.8 million
- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” $11.3 million
- “Paddington 2” $10.6 million (Cinema Scoop: the film cost $50 million to produce)
- “Proud Mary” $10 million.
- “Pitch Perfect 3” $5.7 million
- “Darkest Hour” $4.5 million