This has ended up being more of an “end-of-week” update. I had a few notes, but decided it wasn’t enough to really warrant posting about, so I skipped it but then there were some late-breaking things of interest, so here we are! Movies were not watched last weekend, but maybe this weekend? I’ve got a hankering after a few things so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here are some things I thought were worth discussing.
- The Personal History of David Copperfield is slated for release in 2019. I’m a huge Dickens fan, in case you didn’t know, but this particular adaptation is noteworthy even if you don’t love Victorian literature: the cast is remarkable, and quite diverse. It will star Dev Patel as the titular character, and will also feature Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi, and Benedict Wong. Phew! I’d heard about it a while back and just sort of assumed it would be some sort of updated, re-set version of Copperfield, but based on set pictures, it’s a period piece. Something about just including (and featuring!) actors of color in a period piece sounds absolutely fascinating to me, and I hope it’s well-received.
- With a win for the televised production of Jesus Christ, Superstar at the Creative Emmys last weekend, John Legend becomes the youngest person – and the first black man – to enter the ranks of EGOT winners. EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony and it’s a pretty distinguished (and somewhat random) list of recipients. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice join Legend in the win and EGOT status.
- I just saw this news story on Twitter, and it is weird and disturbing: Apparently Fan Bingbing is missing? Her safety notwithstanding, I’m particularly anxious about the status of the international spy movie in which she was set to co-star with Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, and Penelope Cruz. LET ME HAVE THIS, UNIVERSE.
- There’s been much noise this week about shake-ups in the DC film world, including the possible end of Henry Cavill’s run as the Man of Steel. Now, I have only seen Justice League (meh) so I don’t have much to say about Cavill as Supes, but! I do want to say that he seems perfect for the role, and that I think he is a talented and entertaining actor who (as it appears) has not been served well by the films themselves thus far. If DC would lighten up some, I think he’d be a delight. ALSO, I have extremely strong feelings about who should play Batman, since Ben Affleck is now out, and that is Armie Hammer. I’m dead serious. I think he’s perfect. So listen, Hollywood (some of you knew this was where I was headed), if you’re not going to give us a Man from U.N.C.L.E. sequel, at least give us a Cavill/Hammer reunion. And make it fun. [Side note: I loved Man from U.N.C.L.E. I might have to write about it at some point. It’s so great.] Following the speculation about Cavill were reports that Michael B. Jordan is being considered to replace him. While I find this an interesting/entertaining idea, I am not convinced that DC is that gutsy: a certain subset of the fanbase would lose its everloving MIND if Superman (of all characters) was made a person of color. Again, interesting idea, but I’m skeptical.
- I have plugged the Thirst Aid Kit podcast before, but I’m plugging it again because this week’s episode is all about Lee Pace and it is just … it’s the best thing. It makes me so happy. If you want to sit down and spend 45 minutes just basking in the existence of Lee Pace, do yourself a favor and listen. It’d be a great start to the weekend!
Lee Pace as Thranduil in The Hobbit
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Entertainment Weekly cover
Hi gang! We’ve been watching S1 of Stranger Things (yes, I know, we’re so behind) so I didn’t watch a movie last weekend, which means you get this random amalgamation of film-related thoughts today. We’re almost done so maybe there will be actual movie-viewing this weekend.
- It’s Idris Elba’s birthday! Just thought you’d like to know. Here’s a list of all his movies, ranked. He’s made some stinkers, hasn’t he? I take offense at the low placement of Rocknrolla, but whatever, man. Happy birthday, Idris!
- Just a few days ago, I went on a mini-rant about how I had ZERO interest in First Man (Damien Chazelle’s biopic about Neil Armstrong, starring Ryan Gosling) or A Star is Born (although my feelings here are more complicated) because honestly, I just don’t care about handing out Oscars to more white guys. But the universe delights in reminding us of our hypocrisies, and so please enjoy this trailer for At Eternity’s Gate, a screamingly Oscar-bait movie about Vincent Van Gogh starring Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac (yeah, yeah), and Mads Mikkelsen. The cinematography is what got me – it looks like Van Gogh painted. Stunning.
- CAPTAIN MARVEL!! At my house, we are still anxiously awaiting the first trailer for the MCU’s next blockbuster, but we were quite excited about this week’s EW release of our first real look at Brie Larson and the cast. WHY ISN’T IT MARCH YET??
- Have you seen To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? It’s a Netflix movie, based on a teen novel. My corner of the Internet is obsessed with it. I bring it up because it makes me think about a YA series I’d love to see adapted into a series or something: The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan. The books are urban fantasy/romance, and the main protagonist is a British teen who is half Japanese (the main character in TAtBILB is half-Korean, apparently). They’re fun, silly books and I feel like they’d fit right in with a lot of what pop culture is into these days.
That’s it for me! What are you all watching/paying attention to right now in the world of entertainment?