The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for Nov 29
More than 40 years since Sylvester Stallone first introduced Philly fighter Rocky Balboa, he might finally be throwing in the towel. In an Instagram video posted Wednesday after the opening weekend of spin-off film Creed 2, Stallone announced, “This is probably my last rodeo. I thought Rocky was over in 2006 (with the film Rocky Balboa); I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself (he gestured toward Creed star Michael B. Jordan) and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation, new problems, new adventures.” Creed 2 earned $35.3 million in the Thanksgiving weekend, far surpassing the first film’s Thanksgiving debut in 2015. Its ending left room for Rocky to return for another Creed movie (which hasn’t been confirmed but seems likely), but also provided closure for the character.
HBO has shot a Game of Thrones reunion special. It was hosted by Conan O’Brien and shot in Belfast earlier this year. The special features many of the series’ earlier characters and will be included in its box set.
Apparently, it’s hard to poop while wearing the Aquaman suit, says star Jason Mamoa.
Margaret Atwood’s vision of what happens to all of the characters in Handmaid’s Tale will be released in book form via The Testament. Doubleday and Anchor Books are publishing the novel on September 10th, 2019. The sequel is not connected Hulu’s hit TV adaptation of her 1985 novel, though rumblings are already afoot for another film or TV adaptation. “Dear Readers,” Atwood said in a statement included in the acquisition announcement from Doubleday and Anchor. “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
The Murphy Brown reboot is not being renewed for a second season. The show has under-performed in the ratings.
The virtual reality startup Dreamscape Immersive is set to open its first permanent location in L.A. The AMC-backed center will open in the Westfield Century Mall next month, and four more locations outside of L.A. will follow. Three experiences will be available: the company’s own Alien Zoo experience, a new original production called Lavan’s Magic Projector: The Lost Pearl, and a new experience co-produced with Venice, Calif.-based VR startup WEVR called The Blu: Deep Rescue.
NEW MOVIE (singular) opening tonight:
The Possession of Hannah Grace (Rated R) – STARRING: Shay Mitchell, Nick Thune – A disgraced ex-cop and recovering addict (Shay Mitchell) takes a job at a hospital where an evil entity exists.
Blake Harris’ novel Console Wars got quite a bit of attention, talking about the battle between Sega and Nintendo in the fight for a generation. And now, Legendary wants to bring that fight to television for a limited drama series based on Console Wars is in the works, with Legendary TV co-producing alongside Seth Rogen and Evan Goldber’s Point Grey Pictures.