Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
Blanchett, Goldblum, & Urban Join Thor 3
Cate Blanchett, star of Lord of the Rings and Cinderella, has officially joined Thor: Ragnarok as the villain Hela. Marvel announced her casting today, alongside the news that Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Tessa Thompson will also be joining the cast. Goldblum (Independence Day: Resurgence, Jurassic Park) will be playing the Grandmaster, Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings) will take on the role of Skurge, and Thompson (Creed, Selma) will bring the life the heroine Valkyrie. These incredible actors join already confirmed Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins in the third Thor film, which will be directed by Taika Waititi.
New Star Trek TV Series Trailer Relased
This week during CBS’s upfront presentation, they released the first official teaser for Star Trek. While the series has not announced a cast yet, the show will begin filming in Toronto this fall. The new Star Trek series will be helmed by Pushing Daisies and Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller. The teaser features the iconic Star Trek soundtrack, as well as the promise of new crews, new villains, new heroes, and new worlds.
The CW Embraces DC Superheroes Four Nights a Week
The CW announced their fall schedule this week, which includes what night and what time Supergirl will be airing, now that she has flown over to the network. Supergirl will airs Monday nights at 8 p.m., followed by The Flash Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., Arrow Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and Legends of Tomorrow at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Now that Supergirl is on The CW, the network is one show shy of having DC Comics heroes on every night of the week. This scheduling announcement also came with the news that The CW is looking to do a four night crossover across every show, which means we could be seeing a week-long event series which could span all four shows and include each shows full line up of characters. Yowza!
DC Entertainment Gets New Executive Direction
Geoff Johns — DC Entertainment’s Chief Content Officer — has just been promoted to the head of a new DC/WB company called DC Films with Jon Berg. Consider this similar to the way Marvel Studios appointed a creative team to guide their cinematic universe back in 2009 before the launch of the first Iron Man. Up to this point the direction of the DC Comics-based films have been left to directors like Zack Snyder, who may or may not have the source material’s best interest in mind. Enter Geoff Johns, who has written some of the most prolific DC comic books ever, and currently co-produces Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. Johns is the perfect person to steer the future of DC’s cinematic universe in the right direction. He is now officially DC’s version of Marvel’s Kevin Feige.
Revamped Ghostbusters Trailer Features More Foes
Ghostbusters is shaping up to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, and this new trailer features the debut of some of the scariest and slimiest villains ever seen on the big screen. The trailer also features a great voiceover from Melissa McCarthy who narrates why these four women are New York City’s only hope. Bridesmaids Paul Feig is directing Ghostbusters, which stars Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Chris Hemsworth.
Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Revival Announces Series Name
Gilmore Girls lead actress Lauren Graham shared the name of the new Gilmore Girls series this week during an appearance on Ellen. The revival series, which will debut on Netflix, is called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. According to Graham, the series will comprise of four 90-minute episodes, covering each of the four seasons in one year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. While no official trailer has been released of the series, Netflix has said it will debut soon. Graham will co-star in the series, alongside Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Jared Padalecki, and Milo Ventimiglia.
Alice Through the Looking Glass Review
Disney’s followup to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters next Friday, and the Tracking Board has an early review that may dismay fans of the classic Alice story. “The Hatter storyline essentially makes this Depp’s movie (no surprise there), but in addition to that, screenwriter Linda Woolverton tacks on another story that explores the relationship between the White Queen and her sister, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) as well as Alice’s own first-world problems in her reality. Then they add on the introduction of the character of Time and whatever it is he’s dealing with. Through all of this, we are constantly being hit over the head with themes of “family” and “time.” We get it. Family is important. Time is precious. Spending time with family is important and precious. Through the Looking Glass does provide an impressive CG landscape to gawk at — but even that ends up being a nothing more than a candy-coated shell for a movie that bit off way more than it could chew.”
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to HitFix and The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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