The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for February 16, 2018
YouTube Red offered a first look at original series Cobra Kai, which revisits the two leads from Karate Kid 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their original roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in the show. Check out the footage above.
More than three months after being accused of sexual harassment on the set of Amazon’s Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor is officially being cut from the series. Deadline reports that the decision was made after an investigation into multiple complaints of misconduct. Fellow core cast members Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Judith Light and Amy Landecker will return, according to Deadline. Creator Jill Soloway and her team of writers are reportedly trying to determine how season 5 will move forward.
The latest trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising has been released – bringing a lot more style and polish to the footage we saw in earlier trailers – including the customary improved rendering on the CGI effects.
Dr. Seuss’s (Theodore Geisel) real life is being adapted for a biopic. Wonder director Stephen Chbosky has signed on to helm the film about the beloved children’s author, and will follow the story of his relationship with his first wife, Helen Palmer. During WWII in London, he created propaganda films, including Our Job in Japan, which was later expanded into 1947’s Oscar-winning Design for Death.
Bon voyage, but not so fast. FX’s CEO John Landgraf is confirming that Ryan Murphy is leaving the network for a reported $300 million development deal with Netflix, but also notes that his four series with FX— American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud, and the upcoming Pose—are still on tap. For more than 15 years, we have enjoyed an outstanding partnership with Ryan Murphy and we look forward to continuing that relationship on our four shows under his creative leadership,” Landgraf said. “With more than 20 scripted original series on our schedule or upcoming, FX has a very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers who have produced award-winning hit shows and it will continue to do so … We will continue to provide creative freedom and support for artists of all backgrounds to tell diverse stories and do their best work.”
One more trailer for today. Another new one from the upcoming Ready Player One. Anyone else super pumped for this?
New movies officially in theaters today:
Black Panther (PG-13)
Disney and Marvel Studios’ release is set to make history at the Presidents Day box office. The critically acclaimed superhero film will take in $165 million-plus over the long four-day weekend in North America, the top showing ever for both the holiday and the month of February. “Black Panther” will snatch the record from another superhero film “Deadpool”, which took in $152.2 million over Presidents Day weekend in 2016.
The film features a virtually all-black cast. In the film, Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
Early Man (PG)
Family film featuring the voices of Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston
Faith-based pic stars Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Taylor James, Rutger Hauer, Caitlin Leahy and Lindsay Wagner.