Film & TV News: May 19

News

  • Universal has announced a Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe, an announcement which would only be more ridiculous if they retroactively incorporated The Osterman Weekend. Dwayne Johnson will star in the first film The Janson Directive, due out sometime in between Dwayne’s other fifteen in-production movies.
  • On the other end of the productivity spectrum is Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote project, famously trapped in development hell and now (re-)reinvigorated with Adam Driver in a leading role. Stay tuned for another go at the film ten years from now.
  • Comic scribe Geoff Johns and WB Executive VP Jon Berg will be supervising DC’s Cinematic Universe post-Batman v. Superman (post-Justice League, really, as that’s already in production) and hopefully doing for DC what Kevin Feige did for Marvel. Or — here’s a thought — doing something different.
  • And in news unrelated to connected universes or massive franchises…just kidding. Sherlock Holmes 3 starts filming this Fall.

Trailers

Apparently it’s Let’s Co-Opt-Stuff-That-Doesn’t-Belong-To-Us Week over at CBS, as the network released a slew of new TV trailers and perhaps assumed we wouldn’t notice that less than half of them are original properties. We begin, of course, with the MacGyver origin story:

Then there’s Training Day, which looks to trade off the name alone:

And finally there’s a brief logo teaser for Star Trek, which hasn’t filmed a frame of footage yet nor cast its crew. Still way more exciting than MacGyver or Training Day, but maybe that’s not saying much:

In Cinemas

Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book continue box-office dominance, though X-Men: Apocalypse might shake that up when it arrives a week from now. There’s not a whole lot else worth mentioning this weekend, unless you’re game to hunt down limited screenings of The Lobster or The Nice Guys.

On TV

The sixth season of Game of Thrones hits the midway point on Sunday, but it will have to compete with the series premiere of Preacher over on AMC. Check back for our reviews of both.

On Netflix

The new series Lady Dynamite hits the streaming service tomorrow, followed a week later by the highly-anticipated second season of Bloodline.

Review of the Week

We’re not sure if this is the best Tom Cruise role, but it’s certainly the most underappreciated.

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