Entertainment News: Weekend Round Up
Happy Monday, folks! The week is upon us and we’ve got all kinds of news and updates from last week and this past weekend in case you missed anything. If you’re like me, some days you step away from the internet and news and need to catch up when the week starts. That’s what these entertainment news pieces are for; the people after my heart who spend the weekend sleeping, bingeing Netflix, working, or just living life away from screens. Here are the latest stories from this past week.
Surprise Box Office Winner
Jason Statham and The Meg shocked critics by winning the box office this past weekend, making more than predicted. The shark film based on a series with the same name earned $44,500,000. Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible: Fallout came in second with $20,000,000 in its third weekend. The film took a 43% drop from last week. Disney’s Christopher Robin held the third place spot in its second week. New to theaters, Slenderman and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansmen, came in 4th and 5th, respectively.
On the silver screen, Ava Duvernay’s Queen Sugar has been renewed for a fourth season on OWN. The show, with its poignant storytelling and amazing cinematography, revolves around the Borderlon family as they deal with the changes and struggles that come with the loss of a parent.
Abigail Spencer from the now-canceled NBC series Timeless will head to Hulu to star in the pilot of an upcoming series called Reprisal. Fans of the time-traveling show will get a two-hour season finale instead of being left with the finale they originally got in May.
Elsewhere in streaming land, Marvel and Netflix confirmed that season three of Daredevil will be released sometime this year. Spoiler if you haven’t seen Marvel’s The Defenders: The last time we saw Matt Murdock he was waking up in what seemed to be a monastery after battling Elektra and The Hand. Everyone thinks he’s dead so we’ll have to see how he makes his return.
Safe to read again. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but online sources are saying that fans will finally see Bullseye on the Netflix series. It was also announced this past week that Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black, John Wick 2) would be joining the DCTV Arrowverse as Batwoman. The casting received some backlash, causing Rose to delete her Twitter account.
Anime counts as TV, right? Viz Media announced yesterday that One Punch Man will return for its second season in April 2019.
Casting and Movies Updates
While rumors have been swirling for a while that Idris Elba would be the next James Bond, they really revved up last week with outlets reporting that the producers were leaning towards the British actor. The star of Luther, Thor, and more did little to calm the rumors, playfully tweeting:
In other entertainment news, the future of the rebooted Star Trek film series is in question after both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth walked away from the project after failing to come to an agreement with Paramount about their salaries. Reports are saying that the stars simply want the studio to stick with the original contract agreement. No word on why the studio that has backed films like Mission Impossible: Fallout and The Quiet Place is having a change of heart when it comes to the deals.
The fourth film apparently has plans to feature a time-traveling plot, hence the need for Hemsworth’s appearance as George Kirk, Captain Kirk’s deceased father. Quentin Tarantino is still said to be directing the film and reports say that deals with the other cast members like Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and John Cho are expected to go through.
New This Week
This week, Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters (August 15th). So far, the film has gotten great reviews. Be sure to check out MFST’s review by Samantha. Billionaire Boys Club starring Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Robin Hood) comes out on Friday alongside Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22. On Netflix, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before based on the novel will be available to stream on Friday.
Nicki Minaj dropped her awaited album Queen on Friday. It includes features from Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, Foxy Brown, Future, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, and Swae Lee. Fans have been buzzing about the album, particularly focusing on “Barbie Dreams”. In the song, Minaj mentions Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, 50 Cent, Meek Millz, and more. Death Cab for a Cutie also has new music this week.
Pop songstress and Minaj’s bestie, Grande will have a virtual album release party for her album, Sweetener on the 16th. The singer won Choice Snappchatter last night at the Teen Choice Awards. K-Pop phenomenon BTS won for Choice Fandom. Normani and Khalid won best Hip-Hip/R&B song for their collab on “Love Lies” while her former bandmates Camilla Cabello and Lauren Jauregui won their own surf boards.
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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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