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As reported in Radio Times, Allison Williams (Girls) has been cast in the five-part series Melrose alongside star Benedict Cumberbatch.  Cumberbatch will also executive produce under his SunnyMarch banner.

Also in the cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving.

The series is based on the Edward St. Aubyn Patrick Melrose novels.  Melrose was born into the English aristocracy, but struggles with an abusive father and a feckless mother.  He becomes a womanizer and substance abuser, but eventually comes out on the other side.  While this sounds like a very depressing read, the novels are also said to be very funny at times and gives the reader a look into the peculiar world of the British upper classes.

Melrose will be shown in the U.K. on Sky and in the U.S. on Showtime, where it’s expected to premiere sometime next year.

If you would like to read the novels, be aware that there are five, not four.  There are compilations out there of the novels, but some fail to include the final one, At Last.

#Melrose #BenedictCumberbatch

I’m not bitter at ABC for cancelling Ioan Gruffudd’s Forever, nor for cancelling Pushing Daisies, a perennial favorite on the list of Shows That Were Cancelled Too Soon.  OK, maybe a little bitter.  Scratch that – still a lot bitter.

Anyway, the stars of those shows went on to other things (in Lee Pace’s case, he became an elf king, not a bad gig).  As mentioned in the post below, Ioan Gruffudd will be starring in a six-episode series on the Sundance Channel with Joanne Froggatt.

ABC is redeeming themselves a little bit in Gruffudd’s case.  He will be making a series in Australia for ABC Studios International, Harrow.  The show is in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Company.  Gruffudd will once again be playing a forensic pathologist with a secret to hide.  The series will be shown here in the U.S.  You can find additional info here on Deadline.

If you haven’t been watching Halt and Catch Fire on AMC, you should go to their website and catch up before the fourth and final season starts on Saturday, August 19th.  Set in the early 1990’s the fourth season centers around a Really Big Thing that is about to happen… something called the internet.  The show stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe.  Below is a teaser.

#IoanGruffudd #LeePace #HarrowMorgue #HaltAndCatchFire

If you’ve been missing Joanne Froggatt  (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Forever) on your television screens, you’re about to be a happy camper.

According to USA Today, the two will star in a six-episode series called Liar for the Sundance channel.

The synopsis is described in the article:

Froggatt stars as Laura Nielson, a school teacher who goes out on a seemingly innocent date with Andrew Earlham, a surgeon played by Gruffudd. When something goes wrong, the two of them get caught in a mix of accusations, lies, secrets and possible crimes.

Sounds intriguing.

The series premieres on September 27th.

#JoanneFroggatt #IoanGruffudd

Yes, someone in the crowd at Hall H filmed the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and it has leaked online.  I don’t post footage unless it’s been officially released by Marvel for sharing, so if you want to see it you’ll have to Google it for yourself.  I suspect Marvel will be putting it out there soon since it’s leaked anyway.  This is the same footage that was shown at Disney’s D23 a few days ago.

In the meantime, ScreenRant has helpfully given us a rundown of what’s in the trailer here, if you want to know.

Footage for Black Panther was also released, but it has also not been loaded online yet.  ScreenRant‘s description of that trailer is here.  Below is the teaser trailer that was officially released last month.  Love the suit.  That is something that could have gone so wrong but Marvel got it right.  Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman.  It will be released on February 16th.

#InfinityWar #BlackPanther

New Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

At San Diego Comic-Con Marvel unveiled a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok.  It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster (brother of the Collector), Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Cate Blanchett as Hela.

The film debuts October 27th in the U.K. and November 3rd in the U.S.

#ThorRagnarok

Emmy Nominations 2017

Emmy nominations came out yesterday.  The big winners were Westworld (although the biggest snub, in my opinion, was Ed Harris being left out) and SNL.

Sherlock: The Lying Detective was nominated as well as star Benedict Cumberbatch.

The late Carrie Fisher was nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for her appearance on Amazon’s Catastrophe.

The awards show will air on September 17th and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert.

You can see the entire list of nominees here on the Emmy website.  Congrats to all!

#Emmys2017 #Sherlock #BenedictCumberbatch

Despicable Me 3 Review

Steve Carell is back as Gru with Kristen Wiig as wife Lucy.  New villain Balthazar Bratt is voiced by Trey Parker.  This time around Carell is doubling as Gru’s twin brother, Dru.

The setup: Bratt is a former child star of a 1980’s television show who hasn’t gotten over his slide into obscurity.  Now a villain armed with serious skills and some awesome dance music, he’s got his sights set on a humongous pink diamond.  Gru and Lucy are assigned to stop him, but things don’t go quite as planned.  In the meantime, Gru discovers a previously unknown twin brother, who wants Gru to get back in touch with his villain side.

Will Gru be able to resist his inclinations to join his brother in crime?  Will Lucy find out what Dru is trying to get her new husband to do?  Will Agnes find her unicorn?

And what, pray tell, are the minions doing in prison?  For most of the movie they’re off on their own little adventure, away from the main action.  It’s like the writers decided to make two movies and smoosh them together.

This is the weakest entry in the franchise, in my opinion.  That being said, there are some good laughs to be had.  If you liked the first two you may end up a teensy bit disappointed in this one, but it’s still fun.  At an hour and a half long, it won’t take up your entire afternoon.  Unless you’re a huge fan I’d go for the matinee price.

Besides, there is one really great thing about this franchise… since it’s animated, Agnes never has to grow up.

#DespicableMe3

Han, you’ll always be my favorite scoundrel

The standalone Han Solo Star Wars film (still without a title) is getting a new director.

As posted on StarWars.com, Ron Howard is stepping in after the duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left via the ubiquitous “creative differences.”

Alden Ehrenreich (whom I will once again mention looks nothing like Harrison Ford) will take on the role of Han.  Co-stars include Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke.  Joonas Suotamo is replacing Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

The film is due May 25th of next year.

#StarWars #HanSolo

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Downton Abbey The Movie

If you’ve been missing the Crawleys you will be able to get your Downton Abbey fix.  In 2018, according to Variety.

Sounds like this was news to cast members, though!  So if it happens it will be filming next year.  Work is continuing on a script.

#DowntonAbbey

A “new” book from J.R.R. Tolkien has now been published, according to BBC.com.  Written 100 years ago, it has illustrations by Alan Lee, some of which are shown in the article.  Lee also worked on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The book is published by HarperCollins and the title is Beren and Luthien.  It is a romance!  As  mentioned in the article, Beren and Luthien are names that are carved into Tolkien’s gravestone.

The book is now available on Amazon and through other sellers.  It does beg the question… could another film possibly happen?  Hmmm….

#JRRTolkien #BerenAndLuthien #LordOfTheRings

News Roundup 5/23

It’s been a month since I posted!  With all the crap going on around the world and at home I wasn’t particularly inspired, plus there wasn’t a lot of news to report.  I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but after a lot of other folks, and frankly I didn’t write up a review on it because I actually liked the first one a lot better.  I imagine that’s a minority view, but that’s my opinion!

So now I’m going to post a couple of news tidbits from the last few days.

The first is a sad bit of news.  Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89 from cancer.  Moore was, of course, the third James Bond.  He did seven of the films, including Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.  Prior to playing 007 he was Simon Templar, The Saint, for six seasons.  It was his work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, however, that earned him his knighthood in 2003.  He leaves his wife Kristina and three children.

There are four Star Wars magazine covers I want to mention, and they’re not from EmpireVanity Fair will release in early June covers of The Last Jedi actors in costume, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  One shows Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill; the second is of Gwendolyn Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver; Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran grace the third cover, and the fourth has the late Carrie Fisher by herself.  You can see the covers here on VF’s website.

For Downton Abbey fans there’s news of two of the show’s leading ladies.  Joanne Froggatt plays a serial killer in Dark Angel.  The first episode was last Sunday, but you can still catch it online here on PBS’ website.  Elizabeth McGovern will star in The Chaperone, a film written by Downtown creator Julian Fellowes.  After its run in theaters it will be shown on PBS.

#RogerMoore #StarWars #TheLastJedi #DowntonAbbey

Everyone’s favorite potty-mouthed superhero will be back in Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018.

Josh Brolin has been added as Nathan Summers/Cable (note in the trailer below the graffiti on the phone booth). Brianna Hildebrand is back as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Zazie Beetz will be Domino.

If you haven’t plugged into Reynolds’ Twitter feed (@VancityReynolds) you’re missing the funniest thing out there.  His kids won’t be able to read it until they’re 21, but…

Here’s the first trailer for Deadpool 2.  Note the graffiti on the phone booth:

If you can’t wait until June of 2018 for a Reynolds fix, you can catch him with Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard this coming August 18th.  The trailer is restricted but Reynolds has it up on his Twitter feed.  Yet another thing his kids can’t see!  Love the references to 1992’s The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.  I hope Reynolds got extra pay for this lift:

#Deadpool2 #RyanReynolds #HitmansBodyguard

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced via Twitter that he would be returning to write and direct the third installment of the franchise.

In the meantime, Vol. 2 will be arriving on May 5th, and tickets are already on sale.  It’s tracking to have a huge opening, so fair warning that you may want to preorder your tix.

#GotGVol2

Without further ado, here’s the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was just released by Disney.

The film opens December 15th in the both the U.S. and the U.K.

#StarWars #TheLastJedi

I don’t normally post about music on this blog, outside of a mention here and there of The Voice.  But the 2017 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – the ceremony was Friday – deserve some attention. They are: Joan Baez, Yes, Journey (finally!), Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra (a.k.a. ELO), Tupac and producer Nile Rodgers.

Below is a video from the Hall’s official YouTube account:

Of the aforementioned I am a bigger fan of ELO and Journey than the others. It took forever for Journey, who was eligible 17 years ago, to be inducted. When they did something very special happened – former lead singer Steve Perry, who was inducted with the rest of the original lineup – showed up to accept his award (which you can find on YouTube if you search, but since it’s not an official Hall of Fame video I didn’t include here), still looking damn good at age 68. He received a standing ovation and gave a great speech, even giving a shout-out to his Journey replacement, Arnel Pineda. And he brought with him some news! He will be releasing a new solo album this year. This one may be a heartbreaker, as he wrote it after he lost his girlfriend to cancer four years ago.

Everyone knows Journey’s stuff (their albums Escape, The Essential Journey and Journey: Greatest Hits are perennial best-sellers) but if you haven’t heard Perry’s solo stuff beyond Oh, Sherrie and Foolish Heart you should look it up.  For The Love of Strange Medicine was his last solo album, released in 1994, and it has one of the best ballads I’ve ever heard, Missing You.

There’s a reason you hear classic rock everywhere you go, when some of it is 40 or 50 years old.  It’s because it holds up over time.  Just look at the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack from a couple of years ago.  Go All The Way by The Raspberries was released in 1972.  Hooked On A Feeling was first recorded in 1968 and covered by Blue Swede in 1974.  Come And Get Your Love was also released in 1974.  It was cool then, and it’s still cool now.

Congratulations to all the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Keep on rockin’.

#RockHall2017 #StevePerry #Journey

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