The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for April 4, 2018
It has been reported that Woody Harrelson is playing Carnage in the upcoming Venom movie, according to Bleeding Cool. Carnage is the alter ego of Cletus Kasady, a particularly nasty bloke who has killed a bunch of people. In the comics, he gets his hands on some of the Venom symbiote, which heightens his sadistic streak and turns him into an even more nasty bloke.
Steven Spielberg tells the Sun newspaper that he is open to having a woman play Indiana Jones. “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that. My mom was strong. She had a voice, she had a very strong opinion. I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly — my mom and my wife. This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.”
A new version of Monopoly, inspired by the TV show Friends, is now available exclusively in England. It incorporates situations from the hit series directly into game play. New player tokens include Monica’s chef hat, Rachel’s handbag, Ross’s dinosaur, Phoebe’s guitar, Chandler’s sweater vest, and Joey’s pizza.
Marvel’s Black Panther continues to shatter box office records. The Disney/Marvel megahit has raked in $652.5 million domestically, surpassing Jurassic World at $652.3M to become the No. 4 movie of all time. Globally, it winged past Frozen’s $1.276.5M to land in the Top 10 movies of all time. To date, Black Panther has earned $1.279.2M globally.
FremantleMedia North America has nabbed the rights to the fantasy novel series Gormenghast with Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) lined up to adapt it for the small screen, Deadline reports. Fremantle grabbed the right to option the five books (written by Mervyn Peake) in a hotly contest battle.
Denny’s has introduced a new Star Wars-inspired menu to promote Solo: A Star Wars Story. Dishes include the Co-Reactor, the Lightspeed Slam, Two Moons, the Blaster Fire, and a Crystal Crunch Milkshake. Customers can also collect twelve exclusive “Solo” trading cards at participating restaurants.
A man named Charles Kessler is suing the Duffer Brothers for ripping off his idea to make the show, Stranger Things. Kessler created a short film in 2012 called Montauk which deals with top secret government experiments, just like Stranger Things does. He said he pitched the idea of turning the film in a series to the Duffer brothers in 2014, but they said no but still used his script, idea, story and film to make Stranger Things which debuted in 2016. He claimed the show was initially sold with the name of his short film, The Montauk Project.
Bill Murray is opening his own Chicago restaurant called Murray Bros. Caddyshack. The restaurant will serve Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beefs, prime rib and golf ball-sized fried potatoes loaded with horseradish sauce.