The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for April 26, 2018
Yup, it’s Avengers: Infinity War Day. Here’s a bunch of fun tidbits about the movie from the last few months:
– There are a reported 64 superhero characters in the film!
– Tom Holland (Spider-Man) was not allowed to read the script for the film because he revealed too many secrets before Spider-Man Homecoming was released. Other cast had sections blocked out, but Tom was denied the entire script.
– Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) requested that his furniture be shipped to the movie’s set in Atlanta so his rental house would feel like home.
It looks like Paramount Pictures seems keen on ordering several more Star Trek films. Attendees at Cinema Con this week learned Paramount has “several new Star Trek” films are coming down the line. No further details were given about these two planned projects, but fans have heard of at least one such feature, with famed director Quentin Tarantino at the helm.
Hank Azaria is “willing to step aside” from his role voicing The Simpsons‘ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. He appeared on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday, and naturally, the topic came up.The character of Apu, a Kwik-E-Mart owner, was introduced in the 1990s, and while some fans love Apu, critics say he is an offensive stereotype. The topic was recently the subject of Hari Kondabolu‘s TruTV documentary, The Problem With Apu. “It has come to my attention more and more—especially the last couple of years, as you say—that people in the South Asian community in this country have been fairly upset by the voice and characterization of Apu,” Azaria said, adding, “It’s sparked a lot of conversation about what should be done with the character moving forward, which is not so easy to answer. I’ve tried to express this before. You know, the idea that anybody who is young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad. It certainly was not my intention. I wanted to bring laughter and joy with this character. The idea that it’s brought pain and suffering—in any way—that is used to marginalize people, it is upsetting. Genuinely.”
Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel to A Quiet Place, the hit horror film that has earned more than $213 million at the worldwide box office to date, including $134.8 million in North America. A Quiet Place was directed by John Krasinski who also starred in the hit thriller, opposite Emily Blunt, his real-life wife. They play a married couple with two small children who must remain absolutely silent if they are to avoid being attacked by creatures attracted by noise. No release date has been set for the sequel.
Harrison Ford is joining the cast of the animated movie The Secret Life of Pets 2. It will be his first animated movie
Netflix is set to debut a shortform series following journalists at BuzzFeed News as the report out stories. Dubbed Follow This, it will clock in at 15 minutes per episode. The series, which has been given 20 episodes, will debut July 9th. “We’re thrilled that Netflix saw the drama in the work of our journalism and the stories we tell,” said BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. “And we’re so pleased to have brought what we’ve learned to Netflix’s unmatched audience.” Check out the trailer:
The 2017 New York Times expose on NXIVM, the sex cult led by Keith Raniere and actress Allison Mack, has been optioned by Annapurna Television for development into a one-hour scripted television series.
Westworld actress Shannon Woodward will be an executive producer (it’s unknown whether or not she’ll also star). The show will follow what happens to women who join a secret sisterhood that they are told is for the empowerment of women, only to find themselves manipulated and sexually enslaved by its leader – and have their flesh branded with his initials.
Mack and Raniere are both currently facing charges of sex trafficking and forced labor for enticing women into NXIVM with promises of an empowering women’s group, only to manipulate and blackmail them into sex slavery and brand them with a combination of Raniere and Mack’s initials.