Weekly Highlights May 1-7

Here are the weekly highlights (and lowlights) from the world of movies, television and gaming:

MOVIES:

After years in development, The Dark Tower is finally ready to be released and it has a shiny new trailer to prove it. Stephen King movie adaptations aren’t always the most successful endeavors, but if this is even half as good as it looks we’re going to have a winner. Between The Dark Tower and It, this may prove to be the best year for King movies yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opened on May 5th, and it was the best weekend for a non-Iron Man MCU film. It grossed $145 million in just 3 days, and by next weekend should be the second highest grosser of 2017 so far (behind Beauty and the Beast). A third film is already in the works.

TELEVISION:

Proving once again that they have no idea how to handle their drama series, Fox cancelled the rookie drama Pitch. The show, about the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball, was originally supposed to air at the start of baseball season. Instead, they decided to throw into the fall lineup when everything else was premiering. It was quickly overlooked, and now cancelled after being off air for nearly six months.

Crisis averted (for now)! With the threat of a writer’s strike dangerously close to happening, a deal was made. The fall TV season  will now carry on as normal, but unlike the deal made during the strike in 2007, this deal is only good for three years instead of ten. With writer’s being paid on a per episode basis, shorter television seasons are resulting in a large decrease in income. Don’t be surprised if a new strike is threatened in 2020.

Marvel’s Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are joining forces when The Defenders premieres on Netflix in August. Their individual series are among the best on the streaming network, so together they should make for quite a series. The first official trailer dropped this week, and from the looks of things it really does look similar in tone to The Avengers. Most of the supporting characters from these shows will be appearing as well.

And this is why we can’t have nice things… After being off the air for a whole year, the powers that be decided that American Idol needs to be rebooted, this time airing on ABC. The first few seasons of the show were actually pretty good and gave us worthy winners such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The problem is that the show started moving from an actual talent show to a popularity contest. It’s unlikely any of the former judges will return, but there’s been rumblings that Clarkson may join the panel. Either way, this is a bad idea.

GAMING:

There was a surprise game announcement this week, and very few saw it coming. Darksiders III should be released sometime next year and focuses on Fury, a mage who must take down physical versions of the seven deadly sins. For those who haven’t played the games in the series, the first two focus on War and Death, the horsemen of the apocalypse, as they hack and slash there way through the world. I suggest giving them a try – they can both be picked up relatively cheap on the Xbox One and PS4.

The big new gaming release of the week is Prey, the remake of the 2006 sci-fi first person shooter. I had high hopes for the game, and I always have faith in publisher Bethesda. Unfortunately after playing the demo, the game seems to plays like a PS2 game but with the look of a PS4 game. I’ll give it a try eventually, but as of now I’m waiting to see what other reviewers say.

Before Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released last year, Activision announced that a remaster of Modern Warfare would be included. This would normally be a good thing, but Activision got greedy and said the only way to play the remaster was if they purchased the pricier deluxe editions of Infinite Warfare. This forced MW fans to fork over $100+ just to play a better looking version of an almost 10 year old game. Well, if the “leaks” are true, fans may soon be able to get heir hands on a retail version of the classic CoD game. This is great news for those who didn’t grab it last year.

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