The Geekend Roundup: This Week in Movie and TV Land!

Movies

Let us acknowledge the elephant in the room, shall we?

Spiderman. Marvel Cinematic Universe. LET US REJOICE!

It is about damn time. The treatment of Spiderman in general over the past decade has been very hit or miss-and I think that the majority of fans can agree that Sony’s involvement with the franchise has been orchestrated with product placement high up on its list of priorities. It has been lackluster. Hell, it has been disappointing. I quite enjoyed ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, but its sequel was downright sad to watch. Aside from some spectacular visuals and fantastic chemistry by its lead actors, that movie could not be saved. I wrote a review of it-giving it a generous 7.5/10-then slept on it just long enough to forever regret my hasty decision.

Some of you may be wondering why this is such a big hairy deal. Well, Spiderman is near and dear to comic book fans everywhere, and we cannot wait to see him in his element-interacting with the many characters of the Marvel universe. He is a key component of many major storylines of recent and ancient history-and we now have a shot at seeing him swing with the big boys. It also means that there is far more potential in future storylines surrounding Spidey-perhaps an introduction to his buddy Nova-or a legitimate depiction of infamous villains like Venom and Carnage?

I won’t bore you with the multitude of speculation that has taken over the internet regarding casting, involvement, or anything for that matter. We know that (sadly) Andrew Garfield will not be reprising the role again, but it is far too early at this point for anything to be much more than rumours. However, I can guarantee that we finally have a fair shot-in the capable hands of Kevin Feige and company-at being really, really excited about Spiderman’s future in cinema.

Also, I have this fantastic ‘post credits scene’ idea involving Stan Lee cosplaying as Spiderman that I think Marvel could really use. Call me?


Casting Rumours and News:

  •  ‘Inception’ and ‘Dark Knight Rises’ beauty Marion Cotillard has been cast in the upcoming ‘Assassins Creed’ movie opposite Michael Fassbender.
  • Gina Carano of ‘Haywire’ and ‘Fast 6’ fame has signed on to play ‘Angel Dust’ in the upcoming ‘Deadpool’ movie opposite Ryan Reynolds and TJ Miller. They are the only confirmed cast thusfar
  • James Franco will star in a movie based on Stephen Kings JFK tale ’11/22/63′
  • Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina will join the upcoming untitled project produced by Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels-joining cast members such as Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie

Popular trailers that debuted these week were Pitch Perfect 2, Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’, and Hitman: Agent 47


Television

This week saw the debut of highly anticipated ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff show ‘Better Call Saul’. The show stars the brilliant Bob Odenkirk as the most lovable, dishonest lawyer to grace our screens since Phil Hartman portrayed the bumbling Lionel Hutz (the resemblance is quite uncanny). I love and miss Breaking Bad dearly, but it ended when and how it should have. A spin off featuring Goodman is just what the doctor ordered to help quench the thirst of die hard fans and to keep Bob Odenkirk where he should be-in the spotlight! 

On the same day, we saw the return of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’. I’ll be frank-I haven’t been a loyal follower to the show for a number of seasons now, but the fact remains that it is still some of the better programming that TV has to offer when it comes to catering to its HUGE audience and keeping things intriguing. They must be doing something right.


By the time you read this, Saturday Night Live will have either started-or completed the celebration of their 40th (!) anniversary show. This incredible lineup of talent includes old and new cast members, as well as favourite guests from the past 40 years. Everyone from Eddie Murphy to Bill Murray to Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey will all be on hand to honour the comedic institution that is Saturday Night Live. The show will be streaming on NBC.com, if you are able to access it and don’t have cable. I will be stuck with having the watch the inevitable stream of youtube videos that will be online Monday morning.

In preparation, you can set up shop on SNL’s YouTube channel and Facebook page to see exclusive interviews and throwback sketches that will make you feel downright nostalgic.


In tragic news, Jon Stewart announced this week that he will be leaving popular pundit news program ‘The Daily Show’ after over 10 years on the air. This follows the recent departure of Stephen Colbert from his partner program ‘The Colbert Report’-which we are still recovering from. The man is well within his rights to move on to bigger and better ventures, but let it be known that late night comedy and broadcast news are forever changed because of him, and he will be missed. He changed the way that a younger generation gained interest in the news, and gained information.

It was never just about the jokes, it was also about changing the way that the world watched the news.

Until next time…

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