Another week gone by, another literal ton of news to go over. Welcome to the third edition of Awesome News! This week we cover the Hugo Award and Creative Emmy Awards winners, Hailee Steinfeld joins Hawkeye, AppleTV+ launch date and price, Disney+ full launch day roster, a feature length Kung Fury is still happening, Michael Fassbender is working with Taika Waititi, and new movies from Funko Pops (yes, really) and M Night Shyamalan. No word on a collaboration between those two. Yet.
The latest X-Men film is a spectacular affair, a high-budget and frequently hilarious reassertion of the franchise after the dreadful X3: The Last Stand and Wolverine movies. It features all the most popular members of the group kicking ass in glorious action sequences that might be some of the best you’ll see this year and even makes room for a few fantastic new mutants. The narrative is good, if a little exposition-heavy upfront, and the pace is great. So it’s a real shame that, even with all these perfect elements, the film’s story makes such a dull thud. The problem isn’t that it’s badly told, it’s just that there’s not been any attempt to evolve the narrative threads that have been present since the first X-men film from 2000. It’s the same old story; a fight between Professor X’s peaceful integration and Magneto’s warlike assertion of mutant superiority, and after the fourth time it has lost its surprise and effect.
The Oscars are tomorrow! We’ll be live blogging them for the third year running and last year it was fun to have my thoughts out there ahead of time, so I’m going to lock myself into a few predictions again.
Solomon Northup was a free born black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1841. Known as a talented violin player he was approached that year by two men who identified themselves as entertainers with an offer to accompany them for several performances in New York City. He took the job and thinking it would be a short trip didn’t tell his wife. Once there they convinced him to continue with them to Washington, D.C.
Once in Washington Northup was drugged, stripped of his clothing and identification, and sold into slavery. After 12 years he was freed again and later published a memoir of his experiences. Now Steve McQueen has made a movie out of those memoirs.
When I first heard about The Counselor I was intrigued. Ridley Scott directing and a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy? Sounds good to me! Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz starring? Sounds great!
Then there was a trailer and I became ever more excited for what sounded, and now looked, like a great movie.
Turns out I was wrong. The Counselor is a bit of a mess.
Solomon Northup was a free black man living in the Norther United States in the first half of the 1800s. In 1841 in Washington DC he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south and spent 12 years working plantations until his eventual released in 1853.
This film by Steve McQueen is based on Northup’s autobiography, and there is finally a trailer.
Yesterday, we reported the exciting news that Michael Fassbender was set to lead a new screen adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth. We also reported that talks were “underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress,” to play the role of Lady Macbeth. Today, Screen Daily is reporting that the actress is Natalie Portman, and she has agreed to take the part. Directed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) and written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, the adaptation will take place in the 11th century, and will “be a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes
So two great actors starring in a film adaptation of one of the bards most famous plays. Where do I sign, exactly??