Film & TV News: December 16


  • Idris Elba is rumored to be circling the role of Roland Deschain’s Gunslinger in the long-stewing adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. This is good news for fans of both Elba and King, as Tower will inevitably turn into a massive franchise.
  • Another casting rumor is swirling around the inclusion of Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which would be the latest in a string of casting coups for Marvel if proved true. Who would he play? Star Lord’s daddy?
  • Yet another cinematic universe in the works: G.I. Joe will lead the Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. and ROM into battle, and before you know it you’ll actually have some idea what any of those things are. Thanks, Hasbro!


The first Star Trek Beyond trailer was revealed in full this past week, although Idris Elba’s villain hardly receives due attention:

Segueing from Star Trek to Ice Age has never been so easy, because now Manny and Co. have aliens to contend with:

And, hey: more aliens! We finally have a look at Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-awaited sequel to the hit…ah, wait. A dour Will Smith-less sequel to Independence Day? Did anyone ask for this?

Lastly, wizards:

In Cinemas

There are no movies coming out this weekend, as far as we can tell.


This has been a fairly Idris Elba-centric week in news, hasn’t it? But wait, there’s more: Luther, the continued adventures of Elba’s tortured London detective, airs tomorrow night on BBC America.

On Netflix

If you’ve been over to Netflix recently then you’ve probably had The Ridiculous 6 shoved in your face. We know you’re too strong to give in. You’ll go for a good British series like Black Mirror or The Honorable Woman or something more highbrow. Right? Hello?

Review of the Week

Turn your brain off (in a good way) with Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia.

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