1. And you thought awards season was over…
In this week’s edition of Kids Say The Downright-Unbelievableist Things, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards winners were announced on Saturday night—well before bedtime. Unlike the awards shows that took up January and February, the KCAs really, really liked Ghostbusters. The film won Favourite Movie over other nominated masterpieces like Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows. Adding to the film’s success, Favourite Movie Actor and Favourite Movie Actress went to Chris Hemsworth and Melissa McCarthy respectively.
Finding this surprising, we’d ask ourselves whether we could be so out of touch. But no, it’s the children who are wrong. Case in point: Suicide Squad also won an award. Not in the hotly contested #squad category (that went to Finding Dory), but in the Favourite Soundtrack sweepstakes. Hopefully those involved with the category’s other nominees, including Hamilton and Moana, will find a way to console themselves. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners, as well as a slideshow of the traditional slimings.
2. Who’s ready for The Girl With The Dragon Tat 2?
According to Variety, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has an actual proper release date: October 5, 2018. Unlike the Swedish installments, which followed Dragon Tattoo with The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Sony’s franchise will follow on from David Lagercrantz’s novelised continuation; the author of the three initial Millennium installments, Stieg Larsson, died in 2004. Accordingly, Spider’s Web will get itself a brand new cast. Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are current frontrunners to star in the project while Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe) is already set to direct.
3. The first trailers for Baby Driver are Wright up our alley
Edgar Wright, it has been far too long. We’ve had to make do with endless re-runs of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (thanks, ITV2!) since 2013’s The World’s End – but not for much longer. Come August 16 this year we’ll have Baby Driver to play with. Two trailers for the film were released over the weekend and both see Ansel Elgort’s titular getaway driver go head-to-head with Kevin Spacey, crime, and tinnitus. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Lily James and Jon Bernthal also star. Word out of SXSW Festival, where Baby Driver had its world premiere, is that it’s very, very good, as if there was ever any doubt.
4. The Matrix… Reloaded
Warner Bros. is betting you’re a sucker for bad ideas. The Hollywood Reporter has it that the studio is developing a relaunch of the 1999 blockbuster that saw Keanu Reeves follow the white rabbit and learn kung fu. Details are unclear at the moment, but THR’s sources have revealed that prolific writer/geek Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men 2, … Elektra) is in talks to write a treatment and Michael B. Jordan has been earmarked to star. It’s thought Warner Bros. are seeking to mine the franchise for stories in the same way that Disney has done with Star Wars and WB has started to do with Harry Potter. While it may be increasingly common, there’s no doubt the practice is controversial. Although who among us can say they aren’t excited for Morpheus: Origins or Smith & Smith: Doubled Double Agents?
5. Benedict Cumberbatch will learn How to Stop Time
Presumably as a means to have his name feel less anachronistic, Benedict Cumberbatch is to take the lead as the 400 year-old Tom Hazard in an adaptation of Matt Haig’s novel How to Stop Time. The novel is yet to be released, but the BBC reports that Cumberbatch and his production company, SunnyMarch, have purchased the rights and will be producing alongside StudioCanal. Described as a “wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself,” Cumberbatch is set to play the supercentenarian protagonist who has lived through the Elizabethan Age, the Jazz Age and the much-regretted Shoulder Pad age. No other cast members have been announced, but Cumberbatch and co. will need to cast a love interest who could convincingly fall for a 400 year-old. Catherine Zeta-Jones, perhaps?
6. Charlize Theron is the Atomic Blonde
An enigmatic Brit with a penchant for outlandish outfits? It’s the part Charlize Theron was born to play! Twice! That said, Theron’s latest spell dabbling with the British accent looks a little… raunchier than the last. Lorraine Broughton is an MI6 agent sent to Berlin to rendezvous with James McAvoy’s fellow agent David Percival and recover a list of double agents. She also has to make contact with Sofia Boutella’s french operative, Sandrine—though in typical MI6 fashion, she does so whilst naked. John Goodman, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan also star while David Leith, co-director of John Wick, is on directing duties. That last point is made pretty obvious from the three minutes below.
7. Maybe Matthew Vaughn can save Man of Steel 2
Warner Bros. is on the hunt for a new Superman helmer. With Zack Snyder busying himself with Justice League, the studio has pinpointed a new director to take over the boy in blue. Step forward Matthew Vaughn. According to Collider, studio bigwigs are having a good mull about recruiting Vaughn to the Superman project, or at least the DC Extended Universe. Although it should be made clear that things are definitely still at the preliminary stage. Back in 2010 it was reported that Vaughn had offered the studio his own take on the Superman reboot, before Warner Bros. went for the Christopher Nolan-David S. Goyer version, citing something like “well duh”. Now it could be that Vaughn’s vision—“Superman is about colour and fun, or it should be, for me”—gets made after all.
8. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt tease the marriage gods, will make a film together
It’s a rite of passage for all actor couples: get married, enjoy marriage, taunt marriage by making a movie together, end marriage. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in By the Sea, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gigli, Courteney Cox and… what was his name again? He was also in the Scream series. Anyway, now it’s time for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski to walk that path. According to Variety, Krasinski will rewrite and direct A Quiet Place, a supernatural thriller for Paramount Pictures. Emily Blunt is set to star opposite Krasinski as a grinning beautiful taunt to fate itself. And when we look back on this day with a sadness that comes when one couple becomes two individuals, we’ll reflect that the signs were there that this project was cursed; Michael Bay is producing.