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Film and TV News Roundup: 4th – 10th of December

Welcome to Leviathyn’s first film & TV weekly roundup, which is the go to place for finding out the latest film and TV trailers, casting news, award nominations and winners, and box office figures. Basically we’re like Deadline but with more swagger and a few more spelling mistakes.

Biggest Trailers of the Week (this is where I put across my knee jerk opinion of films before they’ve even released. Basically this is the section that will look like a YouTube comment section):

The Brothers Grimsby – Starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong

Plot: A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

Does it look good?

I suspect that Cohen is going to play a more unsuspecting and sympathetic character which worked so well for him in his 2006 film, Borat. Unlike in The Dictator where he was largely, a dictator! There were a few genuine laughs in there but it’s starting to feel like we’re treading down a very familiar road with the crass humour and spy genre comedies which have been flooding the box office of late.

The Nice Guys – Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling

Plot: A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in the 1970’s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy that could spread far and wide in both politics and the mob.

Does it look good?

Of course. I’m a highly paid reader, or developed person. Basically if you like knockabout black comedies with elements of a thriller and a few explosions sprinkled on top, then The Nice Guys won’t put a foot wrong. After all, Shane Black, the writer and director is responsible for action comedy greats like Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The Legend of Tarzan starring – Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.


Does it look good?

To be honest I was expecting (when it was originally called Tarzan) a run-of-the-mill re-imagining origin story of Tarzan that was more about introducing a new generation of kids to our six packing tree hugger hero with lots of lashings of CGI and a story too similar to James Cameron’s abomination, Avatar. But I was wrong. This looks to be telling a more grounded and darker and thought provoking story of Tarzan fighting for his home against industrialised companies – a bit like a Disney does Beasts of No Nation. It also looks stunningly shot by cinematographer, Henry Braham (The Golden Compass’ DoP). And the cast isn’t bad either: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt, Djimon Hounson and the exceptionally named Casper Crump.

The BFG – Starring Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall and Some Squeaker

Plot: A girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) encounters the Big Friendly Giant who turns out to be a kind hearted soul, but who is considered an outcast by the other giants – who are amply named Big F****** Giants for their compulsion to eat squeakers – because he refuses to eat squeakers.

Does it look good?

I get it, it’s a teaser, but I’m less sold by this than Tarzan, and yes, I get that it’s Steven Spielberg, but it looks less appealing as it seems to be going in the direction of re-telling the original Roald Dahl story, which I’m sure everyone’s will be familiar with. It might impress on a technological level, but if it doesn’t tell a story in a new way then I doubt The BFG will make much of a splash.

Film News:

  • Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore have signed up for George Clooney’s next directorial gig. A small scale Noir drama set in the 1950’s, written by the Coen brothers called, Suburbicon. It was initially going to be directed by the Coen brothers until they gave the script to Clooney, perhaps helping him out after his last directorial effort went a bit askew in The Monuments Men.
  • Idris Elba is set to be the Gunslinger in the adaptation of Stephen King’s, The Dark Tower book series. The books were half science fiction, half dark fantasy and followed the Gunslinger as he tried to reach a tower. To narrow down this complex series, think of it as a western with a bit of magic. Also, Matthew McConaughey is set to star.
  • The 2015 Golden Globes nominations have been announced and Deadline have the full list for you to take a long look at if you click here.

TV News:

  • The Leftovers has been renewed for it’s third, but final season on HBO.
  • Homeland and The Affair have both been renewed by Showtime and will air sometime in 2016.
  • Wayward Pines is returning for a second season on Fox in 2016.
  • Amazon Prime’s new crime/black comedy, Mad Dogs gets January 22nd premiere date.

Box Office Figures:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 still leads the box office raking in 18.3 million dollars so far. Christmas horror tale, Krampus comes in at 2nd, raking in over 16.3 million dollars. And boxing picture, Creed comes in at third, bringing in 15.3 million dollars.

Final Message:

This week I would like to address the situation of the greatest show on TV right now, The Leftovers. Thank you HBO for renewing one of the most moving and innovative shows to be broadcast, it’s just a shame it was completely overlooked at the Golden Globes.