The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 6, 2018
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. In theaters December 21, 2018
Sir Patrick Stewart is making is grand re-entrance as Captain Luc-Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Details TBD, but it looks like it will take place after Star Trek: The Next Generation, instead of being a reboot or prequel. “I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course,” Stewart said. “It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.” Stay tuned for the release date and other details.
3 major releases this past weekend at the box office, but none of them could take down Ethan Hunt. Here’s your Top 10:
- Mission: Impossible: Fallout — $35 million
- Christopher Robin — $25 million
- The Spy Who Dumped Me — $12.4 million
- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $9.1 million
- The Equalizer 2 — $8.8 million
- Hotel Transylvania 3 — $8.2 million
- Ant-Man and the Wasp — $6.2 million
- The Darkest Minds — $5.8 million
- Incredibles 2 — $5 million
- Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — $4.9 million
Jonah Hill. Emma Stone. Maniac. A Netflix Limited Series from Cary Joji Fukunaga premieres September 21.
200 episodes + simply wasn’t enough for The Facts of Life. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel are reportedly exec producing a reboot of the 1980s classic. It’s in the very early stages so stay tuned.
Chris Rock will be headlining the upcoming season of Noah Hawley’s Fargo on FX. The fourth season will be set in 1950; production begins next year. “I’m a fan of Fargo,” Rock said on the news, “and I can’t wait to work with Noah.” His first stand-up special in 10 years, Tamborine, debuted on Netflix in February. He also co-starred in The Week Of with Adam Sandler on Netflix, and served as exec producer on the recently canceled The Rundown With Robin Thede on BET.
E! News claims CBS doesn’t believe the upcoming season of The Big Bang Theorywill be its last. CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl tells the network; “We don’t believe it’s the final year. We’re in preliminary discussions with Warner Bros., the studio. We are hopeful there will be more. As long as [Chuck Lorre] and his team, [Steve Molaro] and those guys think they have stories to tell, we’ll take it for as long as they want. We certainly hope to get a few more years out of it. It’s not slowing down.”
The famous Lizzie Borden story—per the schoolyard rhyme, she took an axe and gave her parents 40 wacks—is getting the indie film treatment. Chloë Sevigny stars as Borden, and Kristen Stewart plays her housemaid turned lover, Bridget. The film drops September 14th.
The world may be dunzo on American Horror Story: Apocalypse, but Jessica Lange will be there to herd us to the exit. At a TCA panel Friday, the star and exec producer Sarah Paulson confirmed her return for the eighth season. “Jessica will be returning as Constance in an episode that I’m going to direct,” Paulson said, in reference to the season’s sixth episode. Paulson is set to play Billie Dean Howard in the crossover of Murder House and Coven (she previously appeared in Murder House and Hotel), Cordelia Foxx (Coven), and a character named Ms. Wilhemina Venable; Leslie Grossman is playing Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt; Billie Lourd is playing Mallory; Adina Porter will play Dinah Stevens; Emma Roberts is reprising her Coven role as Madison. FX Networks also announced that AHS is being renewed for a 10thseason (in January, it was renewed for its 8thand 9th).