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.
Captain America Review: The Hero vs. Hero Film We’ve Been Waiting For
Marvel’s next big project hits theaters in just a few weeks, and audiences are already wondering how the film holds up to previous Marvel films and recent superhero films like Batman v Superman. Tracking Board reviewer Rachel Chervin shares her thoughts on the film in an extensive review, giving it 4.5/5: “In a way that two previous Avengers movies and a certain recently released vs. movie didn’t quite manage, Civil War actually changes the game. Actions beget results, choices have consequences, and there is no flying off into the sunset. It’s a movie with emotional weight and it draws you in as if you were one of the team, watching helplessly as forces beyond your control tear apart something you once thought was unbreakable. It proves that in the world of heroes and villains, the line between them is not as clear as it used to be; it’s a mirror held up to our ever-darkening world that still believes there can be a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda Wins a Pulitzer for Hamilton
The Broadway play Hamilton has taken the world by storm. Tickets are sold out almost indefinitely, celebrities are quoting lyrics from the play and visiting the set like it’s the Holy Land, and the show’s creator — Lin-Manuel Miranda — is being invited to the White House, the Grammys, and even to a galaxy far far away. Hamilton is an incredibly innovative and multi-cultural musical that explores a very important period in American history. It came as no surprise to anyone this week Hamilton won the highly coveted Pulitzer Prize for best drama. Hamilton is only the ninth musical to ever win in this category in Pulitzer’s 100 year history.
Robert Downey Jr. Joins Spider-Man Homecoming
It’s no secret that Robert Downey Jr. is not likely to make any more standalone Iron Man films. His first three were wildly successful, and he has since transitioned to take on more of a team captain role, like that in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. That doesn’t mean, however, that he can’t make appearances in non-Avenger movies, which he is set do next summer in Spider-Man Homecoming. While Homecoming is set to be a standalone Spider-Man film, Tony Stark will play a huge role in helping Peter Parker (Tom Holland) develop his skills, his tech, and his drive to become a hero. So far Robert Downey Jr. is the only Avenger lined up to appear in the film, but I’m sure more announcements will be made once the film begins shooting soon.
Bourne is Back in the First Trailer for Jason Bourne
Despite not appearing in the last Bourne Identity film, Matt Damon is back to reprise his role as everyone’s favorite brainwashed assassin, Jason Bourne. Jason has recovered his memories and teams up with Julia Stiles’s character to uncover the truth about special black ops missions, now that she is no longer working for Treadstone. Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, and Alicia Vikander also co-star in the fifth Bourne film, which debuts this summer.
The Magnificent Seven Ride in First Official Trailer
Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has re-teamed with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke for his remake of The Magnificent Seven. The film also stars Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt, Daredevil’s Vincent D’Onofrio, Terminator: Genisys’ Byung-hun Lee, White Collar’s Matt Bomber, and Black Mass’ Peter Sarsgaard. The film is a remake of the 1960 Steve McQueen film of the same name (which was a remake of the 1954 film Seven Samurai) and tells the tale of seven mercenaries who are hired to protect a town from a ruthless industrialist.
Willem Dafoe Joins Justice League Part One
Willem Dafoe is no stranger to the realm of fighting superheroes and caped crusaders. He previously portrayed the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. While he played the villain in Spider-Man, he will switch sides to play a yet-to-be-named hero in Warner Bros. upcoming film Justice League. Dafoe joins fellow Spider-Man alum JK Simmons, who is set to play Commissioner Gordon in the Justice League films as well.
Jurassic World Sequel Signs Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct
While Colin Trevorrow directed the highly successful first Jurassic World film, he was recently tapped to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Taking his place to direct Jurassic World’s follow up film is Juan Antonio Bayona. Bayona is best known for directing numerous Spanish films, as well as The Impossible and two episodes of Penny Dreadful. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are both set to return to the film, with Trevorrow writing the script.
Daredevil Showrunners Sign on for The Defenders
Daredevil showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez have signed on to showrun Netflix’s Marvel team up show The Defenders. They will executive produce with Daredevil’s Drew Goddard and Marvel Television Studios president Jeph Loeb. The crossover series combines the four Marvel heroes introduced on Netflix: Daredevil — played by Charlie Cox, Jessica Jones — played by Krysten Ritter, Luke Cage — portrayed by Mike Colter, and Iron Fist — played by Finn Jones. The Defenders will air sometime in in 2017 after Luke Cage — which premieres September 30th 2016 — and Iron Fist, which is currently filming and should air in the spring of 2017. The Defenders will be an Avengers-style team up series that will bring together four major heroes to fight crime and protect NYC.
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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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