Newstime: The Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
Written by Chris Daniel, Cristian Stanic, Kieron Byatt & Terry Phillips -
From film to TV, gaming to comics and everything in between, here’s what you might have missed in pop culture news this week.
The first trailer for FX’s What We Do in the Shadows has been released, starring Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak and Natasia Demetriou. Taika Waititi serves as the series’ director and Jemaine Clement as a writer, so the essence that made the film so popular will remain, alongside the witty kiwi humour. What We Do in the Shadows is set for release on March 27.
Despite recently bidding farewell to Rick Grimes, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a 10th season.
Over to animation; long-running series The Simpsons has found comfort in the news of renewal for seasons 31 and 32. Currently in season 30, the news ensures that the series will see episode 700 and beyond.
At the end of season three, FX’s Legion will draw to a close. The series has been well received, and is set to introduce Harry Lloyd (Marcella, Hang Ups, Counterpart) in the role of Charles Xavier and Stephanie Corneliussen (Mr. Robot, Deception) as Gabrielle Haller.
Noah Hawley is pleased to announce two guest castings for the final year of #LegionFX
Stephanie Corneliussen will play David Haller’s mother, “Gabrielle,” and Harry Lloyd will play his father, “Professor X.”
At the beginning of the week, the Superbowl provided a vast range of trailers for upcoming shows. Amongst these trailers was Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Twilight Zone and more. You can watch them all via our trailer roundup.
And speaking of Game of Thrones, HBO has released 14 images from the show’s final season ahead of its April 15 premiere.
The Superbowl also offer offered up new trailer for upcoming flick Captain Marvel, Avenger: End Game, Toy 4 and more, which are also available via our trailer roundup.
Sylvester Stallone has released some new images of his forthcoming return to Rambo in Rambo 5: Last Blood. Last Blood is presumed to be Sly’s final time in the role, following on from his recent retirement from Rocky Balboa in Creed 2.
In a recent interview, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi made it clear that whilst he would love to work for Marvel again, he’s not interested in taking over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Zootopia voice actor Tommy Lister (Finnick) has reportedly let it slip that he has been signed to work on not only one, but two more sequels for Disney’s hit animated film. Whilst Disney is yet to officially confirm any plans for a Zootopia sequel, given it ranks second only to Frozen in terms of its box office takings, the idea doesn’t sound too farfetched.
Tom Cruise is planning back-to-back outings as super spy Ethan Hunt, with the official release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 being announced as 2021 and 2022, respectively. The two new films in the action franchise will also see the return of Christopher McQuarrie to the director’s chair.
Julie Adams, star of the 1954 cult monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon, passed away aged 92 last weekend. Adams leaves behind a legacy of over 50 film appearances and a career which spanned decades.
The iconic film that placed Bill Murray in the role of a man who relives the same day on repeat has found a sequel, though this time it follows his son, and will be a VR game. Titled Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, the game allows players to fit into the shoes of Phil Connors Jr., the boy who lived in the shadow of his father, and must repeat the same day until he learns the true value of friends and family. The game will release for Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive later this year.
A new trailer for Metro: Exodus titled Artyom’s Nightmares has dropped ahead of the game’s official release on February 15.
The Dragon Ball franchise continues to prove what an enduring cultural phenomenon it is, with the new movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, powering up to the $100 million international gross mark! Broly has resoundingly passed the previous highest-grossing Dragon Ball film, Resurrection F, by over $30,000, and is now one of highest-grossing anime films of all time.
A new trailer for Attack on Titan season 3 part 2 was released on Sunday, teasing a return to the series’ Titan-combating roots. The show is set to return this coming April.
ICYMI: Masaaki Yuasa’s new film, Lu Over the Wall, is in Australian cinemas right now! It’s the story of a young man who’s forced to move from Tokyo to a remote fishing village, and his life-changing encounter with a real mermaid. Masaaki Yuasa is the visionary director behind such cult gems as The Tatami Galaxy, Kaiba, Devilman Crybaby (2018), Ping Pong, and Night is Short, Walk on Girl.
Good news for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans (aside from the fact that voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart are coming to Supanova), Nintendo has announced that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! game is coming to the Switch! The current mouthful of a title is ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution.’ Before you get too excited, it’s unclear right now as to whether or not this is a Japanese exclusive.
Rob Liefeld has confirmed on Twitter that Deadpool: Badder Blood will be his last Merc with a Mouth story. The Wade Wilson co-creator revealed on Instagram that the sequel to 2017’s Deadpool: Bad Blood will be his “last dance” with the regeneratin’ degenerate.
Iconic New York comic book store, St Marks Comics has announced it will be closing down for good after 36 years of business. The East Village landmark will shut its doors for the last time at the end of February and the store is celebrating its tenure with a month long sale to clear its remaining inventory.
DC has started off Black History Month with a cover image of Michael Holt, the current Mister Terrific and major player in three New Age of Heroes titles. The art is accompanied by the words, “This #BlackHistoryMonth, honor the heroes willing to stand tall in the face of adversity.”
Brian Michael Bendis’ Young Justice #1, the debut title on DC’s new imprint Wonder Comics, has received an in immediate order for reprinting merely weeks after hitting comic shelves. Series artist Patrick Gleason announced the news via Twitter.
THIS WEEK’S PICKS
Female Furies #1 (DC) – Granny Goodness unleashes the fiercest fighting force of Apokalips: Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth and Stompa. Written by Cecil Castellucci with art by Adriana Melo.
Man and Superman 100-Page Spectacular #1 (DC) – Comic book legend Marv Wolfman said of this arc, “This is the best Superman story I’ve ever written.” The anticipated mammoth issue with incredible art from Claudio Castellini from 2006-2009 is dusted off the archives and brought to shelves this week!
Red Sonja #1 I (Dynamite Entertainment) – The She Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes returns in her brand new ongoing series from Mark Russell and Mirko Colak.
Daredevil #1 (Marvel) – The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen returns in this reboot of blind lawyer by day, vigilante defender at night, Matt Murdock. Written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Marco Checchetto and Chip Zdarsky.
Old Man Quill #1 (Marvel) – He was once known as Star Lord, now he’s just Old Peter, former Guardian of the Galaxy and ruler of Spartax before everything went to hell. But now his old team are back with one last mission, will Star Lord once more answer the call? This 12 issue limited series is written by Ethan Sacks with art by Robert Gill.