Film & TV News: March 13

News

  • Fresh off his Oscar win, Leonardo DiCaprio has joined J.J. Abrams in seeking the rights to Killers of the Flower Moon, a tale of the early days of the FBI. This sounds right up DiCaprio’s alley but decidedly not up J.J.’s, which actually makes it more exciting. Of all the zillion things you can do after directing a Star Wars movie, moving out of your comfort zone is definitely one of the more rare options. Let’s hope these guys go for it.
  • In what might be the most surprising news of the week, Amazon has announced a new Tick series (live-action) to be helmed by Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s old cinematographer and director of the much-maligned Transcendence. Cool?
  • Speaking of Nolan, his upcoming Dunkirk is allegedly casting relative unknown Fionn Whitehead in a leading role. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance are already on board in other roles, and you can bet your ass Michael Caine will be making his way in there too.
  • David Fincher’s Netflix series Mindhunter has cast Fringe‘s Anna Torv and Fight Club‘s Holt McCallany in leading roles. The problem is that Fincher will be executive producing and directing the first episode while Scott Buck – of Dexter “fame” (sigh) – will technically be showrunner. Here’s to second chances, right?

Trailers

The final trailer (until the next one) for Captain America: Civil War finally reveals the MCU’s Spider-Man as played by Tom Holland:

The Hologram for the King trailer annoyingly narrates Tom Hanks as he goes about finding himself:

And in Popstar, which looks like Walk Hard 2, Conner and his Connfidants will never stop never stopping:

In Cinemas

Zootopia is better than Deadpool, which is better than Triple 9, which is better than London Has Fallen, which is better than a strong-smelling pile of molten plastic, which is better than Gods of Egypt. Once we see 10 Cloverfield Lane we’ll let you know where it falls on the spectrum.

On TV

It’s nice that The Walking Dead is sort of reinvigorated, isn’t it? And with Better Call Saul hitting the halfway point in the second season (here’s last week’s review) it’s clear that AMC is still winning TV. Congratulations, AMC.

On Netflix

The second season of Daredevil drops this Friday, but in the meantime you can entertain yourself with one of our most recent Staff Picks.

Review of the Week

“What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap? And couldn’t he have rested on that day too?”

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