Here are the highlights (and lowlights) from movies, television and video games over the past week.
After what seems like an eternity, the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer released. Millions of fans go nuts at the same time. Imagine what will happen when the first full trailer launches…
Fate of the Furious opens to $100 million domestically (almost $50 million less than the previous film), but becomes the biggest global launch in history at $532.5 million, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens record from 2015. The world loves fast cars apparently.
Speaking of Furious, supposedly Vin Diesel threw a hissy fit when he discovered that a scene hinting at spin-off film focusing on Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson was filmed and tacked onto the end of Furious 8 without his consent. He demanded it be removed, and probably added more fuel to the feud between Johnson and himself.
After months of rumors, the actor cast as Cable in Deadpool 2 is announced. The lucky actor is none other than Josh Brolin, who also plays Thanos in the MCU. Some actors have switched between Marvel and DC, and some have played different characters in the same universe, but this is the first time an actor has played two distinct roles in the same universe at the same time (Thanos is Disney and Cable is Fox).
A sequel to Eddie Murphy‘s best movie is in the works. No, not Beverly Hills Cop 4. Coming to America may get a long awaited followup, and I couldn’t be more excited. I know right now it’s just in the planning stages, but I’m going to keep hope alive!!
After 6 seasons, HBO‘s Girls finally came to an end. I’m not to sure if anyone will miss the show, but I think it lasted 6 seasons too long. It did introduce Kylo Ren to the world though so – yay?
After 34 seasons, Survivor gave us what may be the most uncomfortable moment in primetime history. Fearing he was about to be voted out, contestant Jeff Varner started using every bit of info he had to try and sway the vote. Unfortunately, this included outing fellow player Zeke Smith as transgender in front of millions of people. This immediately backfired, and Varner’s vile comments have caused some irreparable damage. Even though Zeke forgave him, Varner has lost his fans and his job. Sorry or not, he deserves what he’s getting.
Charlie Murphy (older brother of Eddie), one of the players on Chappelle’s Show, passed away from complications from Leukemia. His sketch about a party at Prince‘s house was an instant classic. He will be missed.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been officially announced. Many people were left disappointed by the online only first game, so a full single layer campaign has been added this time. The story will take place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and the multiplayer will feature many of the popular characters from the movies.
The Kickstarter funded game Yooka-Laylee launches, but is supposedly bogged down by numerous bugs and camera issues that make the game nearly unplayable. If these crowd funded games can’t start launching properly, we may be seeing less and less of them.
After a launch that found millions of people unable to get their hands on the NES Classic, Nintendo announced they are discontinuing the device after only 5 months because they cannot meet the demand. This is bound to cause much of the remaining goodwill towards the console giant to disappear. Making your fans wait months for an item and then just stopping production is a pretty big F-you
Have you ever seen a major corporation lose all credibility as fast as a United Airlines? After a short video of a man being physically dragged off a flight because he refused to give up his seat (which he paid for) made its way online, the company took a hit. The non-apology and leaked email from the CEO didn’t help matters either. Their stocks plummeted, and they have been the target of some pretty funny online jokes since.