Entertainment News Catch Up
From trailers and casting announcements to movie releases and the Tony Awards, the entertainment industry has given fans a lot to take in and keep up with. Here are some of the top stories of the last week in entertainment news.
The Box Office
Oceans 8 won this past weekend’s box office after debuting nationwide on Friday. The film earned $41.5 million at the domestic box office but still has work to do balance is almost $70 million dollar budget not counting reshoot costs. The film is on my list of films to see soon. The cast alone is a reason to check out the film. Solo: A Star Wars Story came in second with $15 million and Deadpool 2 came in third at $14 million.
Newly released horror film Hereditary came in fourth place, earning $13 million. Also new in theaters is Hotel Artemis which stars Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, and Charlie Day. The film only made it to eighth place, earning $3.2 million this past weekend.
On the comic book and action side of the industry, a new trailer for the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released. The film will focus on Miles Morales’ Spider-Man being mentored by an older Peter Parker.
Fans were excited to check out the first trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2. The internet was abuzz, discussing a scene in the trailer that features most of the Disney princesses. Check it out for yourself if you haven’t already.
It looks like we’re getting another film from the Transformers universe. Bumblebee will star Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. Director Travis Knight will tell the story of Bumblebee before he meet Sam in the first Transformers film.
Here’s the film’s synopsis via IMDB: “On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.”
Social Media Madness
In other entertainment news, it was revealed last week that Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran had deleted all of her posts from Instagram after months of receiving hate from “fans”. From racial slurs to sexist hate, people claiming to Star Wars fans flooded Tran’s comments time after time not only expressing displeasure about her character Rose but about Tran’s casting.
After the announcement, fans and celebrities took to the internet to defend Tran and continue an ongoing criticism of toxic fandoms and the line that people seem to continuously cross with direct access to actors, actresses, musicians, and other creatives and public figures.
Cancellations and Renewals
Fans in a number of fandoms have felt the sting of seeing their shows canceled. From Lucifer and Timeless to Shadowhunters, fans have taken to social media to champion for those shows. It was hard to miss fan outrage and then celebration when Brooklyn Nine-Nine was canceled by FOX and then picked up by NBC.
It was announced last week that The Librarians has been unable to find a new home since being canceled in March. This means that season 4 will be the series last on TNT. In happier news, Donald Glover’s Atlanta and Noah Fawley’s Legion were both renewed for a third season on FX. It also announced that there would be another season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
It was announced yesterday that The Vampire Diaries alum, Paul Wesley will reunite with showrunner Kevin Williamson for a new CBS drama series, Tell Me A Story. The cast also includes Danielle Campbell who starred as Davina Claire on The Originals, a TVD spin-off.
The cast for IT: Chapter 2 is coming together with the news that Isaiah Mustafa (Shadowhunters) will play Mike Hanlon as an adult. Mustafa joins Jay Ryan (CW’s Beauty and the Beast), James Ransome, and Andy Bean. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader have already been reported as connected to the sequel.
What are your thoughts on these stories in entertainment news?
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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