The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 23, 2018
I shouldn’t be this excited for a puppet-based movie, but I am. The Happytime Murders opens up tonight. “When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.”
CBS has confirmed that The Big Bang Theory will be ending its decade-plus run with Season 12, which is set to debut this fall. Ending in 2019 with 279 episodes, The Big Bang Theory will officially become the longest-running multicamera comedy series of all time. (It’ll beat out Cheers for the honor.)
Melissa Rosenberg is leaving the Netflix Marvel drama Jessica Jones after season three to create new projects for Warner Bros. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. outbid Netflix for her services in what sources say is an eight-figure deal. Return date for the Marvel Television drama from ABC Studios TBD.
Justin Sundquist is in a medically induced coma after a set injury on MacGyver, People reports. “We have learned about an injury to stunt coordinator Justin Sundquist that occurred late Monday on the set of MacGyver in Atlanta,” CBS said in a statement to People. “The production team is cooperating with the authorities investigating the accident, and our primary concern at this time is Justin’s health and well-being.” He was reportedly injured after he fell off a moving vehicle on-set. Season 3 of MacGyver returns Sept. 28 on CBS.
Described as “the story of a ghost, a werewolf, and a pretty bad pizza place”, Slice follows Dax (Chance the Rapper, in his film debut) and Astrid (Deadpool 2 and Joker star Zazie Beetz), who are sent down a supernatural adventure in their spooky small town after a slew of pizza delivery boys are killed in mysterious ways. Slice does not currently have a release date.
Buoyed by the sale of Casamigos Tequila, George Clooney topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors in 2017. Between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, Clooney made $239 million, more money than any other actor has ever, Forbes found. But don’t cry for everyone else in Hollywood. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came in at No. 2, with an estimated $124 million pre-taxes. Much of that is thanks to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Robert Downey Jr. rounded out the top 3 with $81 million.
Not happening. Despite fans’ most earnest wishes to the contrary, Idris Elba will not be taking on the role of James Bond. While attending the premiere of his new film Yardie, he was repeatedly asked if he’d succeed Daniel Craig as 007. He couldn’t have been clearer, repeatedly saying “no” and then leaving the conversation. Today also aired footage from a sit-down in which he was pressed, and Elba firmly denied it. “I don’t want to talk it about, honestly,” he said during one interview. “Let’s leave it.”
Idris Elba makes it clear, he’s not the next James Bond