The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for July 16, 2018
In This Moment singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth have recorded a brand new song, titled “The Calling,” to coincide with the release of Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition, a Batman graphic novel that arrived at book retailers and comic book stores last month. Written by the team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the book collects the first six issues of Dark Nights: Metal, a tale in which Batman has uncovered an ancient and evil mystery that could destroy the very fabric of the DC Universe.
Brink said in a statement, “Being asked to be a part of this project is a dream come true. Ever since Chris and I started working together in In This Moment, we’ve fantasized about working on things like this. We are HUGE comic book/sci-fi/fantasy nerds and love everything about the DC Universe.”
First official look at Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s official She-Ra reboot cartoon She-Ra and the Princesses of Power own She-Ra! What do you think of the updated imagining? She-Ra debuts later this year.
Scarlett Johansson has exited an upcoming film project after backlash over her casting as a transgender man. She was set to play Dante “Tex” Gill in Rub & Tug. The film was to have been a biopic of Gill, the late proprietor of a massage parlor and prostitution business in Pittsburgh. Scarjo said: “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”
Yvette Nicole Brown is filling in for Chris Hardwick as host of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead while AMC Networks reviews sexual-assault allegations against Hardwick. AMC announced Friday that Brown will be “interim guest host” of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on Aug. 5. Brown also will host Talking Dead on Aug. 12. Brown starred in the NBC comedy Community and already was stepping in for Hardwick as moderator of Walking Dead panels this week at San Diego Comic-Con.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the biggest movie in America. The animated sequel featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez opened in first place with $44.1 million. Last weekend’s top movie Ant-Man and the Wasp fell to second with $28.8 million while Dwayne Johnson action thriller Skyscraper opened in third with $25.5 million.
1. Hotel Transylvania 3, $44.1 million
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp, $28.8 million
3. Skyscraper, $25.5 million
4. Incredibles 2, $16.2 million
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, $15.5 million
6. The First Purge, $9.1 million
7. Sorry to Bother You, $4.3 million
8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado, $3.9 million
9. Uncle Drew, $3.2 million
10. Ocean’s 8, $2.9 million
Bill Murray and Selena Gomez are starring in a zombie movie. The Dead Don’t Die, which also stars Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Chloe Sevigny, is already filming in Upstate New York. Murray plays a police officer alongside colleagues portrayed by Driver and Sevigny. No word yet on a release date for the movie.
Zombieland 2 is ready to go after almost a decade of ever-increasing buzz, per The Hollywood Reporter. Sony Pictures is set to reunite the cast of the 2009 hit, including Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. Ruben Fleischer is returning to direct the horror-comedy road movie.
Rob Zombie fans are getting a little surprise during his set on the singer’s current co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson: a teaser trailer for Zombie’s next movie, Three From Hell. Zombie posted a short preview on Instagram, writing, “Keep your eyes peeled for the Three From Hell trailer during our show! A little preview for you all. It not often you get to watch 14,000 people watch a trailer.”
Three From Hell is a sequel to Zombie’s 2005 horror hit The Devil’s Rejects, and continues the story of the Firefly clan — Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby — whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the last film. It’s the third film in a sequence that started with Zombie’s 2003 directorial debut, House Of 1,000 Corpses.