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In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: #CloakandDagger Trailer, Cast Rumors for Aladdin, and Shadowhunters news. All this and more!
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Hey everyone! This is a bittersweet entry for me, as it will be my last Buzz Worthy News. I have loved doing this column so much over the years, but life interferes sometimes and you have to adjust. Unfortunately, that adjustment means I won’t have time for the hours it takes to write Buzz every week. I’m not entirely sure if they’ll find someone else to write it or end it for now. I do know that I love all of you, and I thank you for the time you’ve devoted over the years reading my stuff. 🙂
WHAT IN THE HECK IS THE TRIPPY MOVIE??? I can’t get over this trailer. I keep watching it over and over like I’m going to understand this dude.
American Assassin Trailer
Awwww… it’s our friend from Maze Runner. He looks so young to be a killer.
Cloak and Dagger Trailer
Hey look! It’s the trailer for the new Marvel show on Freeform that we told you about.
Wait, So Will Smith is WHO????
I figured they’d do a comedian for the role of the Genie in Aladdin. I mean, that’s who they had in the Disney show at California Park. Like I was honestly figuring Kevin Hart or someone equally as vibrant. So obviously I was surprised to hear this news:
Will Smith is in talks to take on the genie role made famous by the late Robin Williams in Disney’s live-action Aladdin from Guy Ritchie, we hear. The adaptation of the animated feature follows the studio’s strategy of bringing its classic animated titles to life and so far it has been a goldmine, most recently with Beauty and the Beast which has already grossed over $1B worldwide. Smith had previously been in talks with Tim Burton about Dumbo but that did not materialize and we’re told these talks are also early.
Like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin will be a live-action musical and that would fit well with Smith who is not only an actor but was known to the world for his musical prowess as The Fresh Prince rapper before he hit the little or big screen.
I just… I love Will Smith. But the choice to pick him as Genie…
Shadowhunters is Coming Back
All you Cassie Clare fangirls can breathe a sigh of relief, because the show based on her her super popular City of Bones series will be back for a THIRD season. So if you’re Kat Kennedy, that means a lot more drunken reviews. (pretty please!)
As the younger-skewing Disney-owned network did last year, the news was announced Friday via a Facebook Live with the cast.
While down considerably in its second season, the series remains a fan favorite and, like Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, a social media favorite. Its March 6 midseason finale drew only 640,000 total viewers.
The drama is produced by Constantin Film. Based on the best-selling young adult fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, Katherine McNamara stars as Clary Fray, a woman who finds out on her 18th birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa and Harry Shum Jr. star.
The second half of Season 2 begins airing June 5.
Locke & Key Bought By Hulu
Looks like Hulu won the bidding war and the horror comic series Locke & Key will be coming to Hulu.
Locke and Key is a horror/ fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.
Hill will pen the script for the hourlong pilot. Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain, Jack Ryan) will exec produce alongside Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) and Lindsey Springer. Cuse will serve as showrunner, while Derrickson will direct the IDW Comics drama.
The Hulu pilot order comes six years after Fox teamed with prolific producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as Steven Spielberg and Amblin to adapt the beloved property. IDW CEO Ted Adams, IDW Entertainment president David Ozer and Hill will serve as exec producers.
IDW packaged the project with the goal of securing a straight-to-series order for the property. The package was taken out to bidders — including Netflix, HBO and FX — last month.
Nate Powell and Van Jensen Team Up For Historical Graphic Novel
You might recognize Nate Powell’s name as the man who illustrated the amazing graphic novel series by John Lewis about his time during the Civil Rights Movement. Now he’s back with the writer of The Flash and their project is called Two Dead, and it’s based on events from the past.
Set in the Deep South post-World War II, the crime noir story will delve into multiple points of view as Powell and Jensen explore the tensions of a city ruled by organized crime. The cast will feature figures on both sides of the law. From the violent, deeply feared top mafia don, to a newly minted police lieutenant haunted by his recent service in the war. Also included will be a gun-happy detective slowly succumbing into the depths of his schizophrenia, and two African-American brothers, one of whom is corrupt, the other leading a local militia in an effort to see justice get served.
Jensen, a former crime reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, discovered the true story that inspired the graphic novel during his time at the paper.
The graphic novel comes out fall of 2018.
Oprah Likes To Knock On People’s Doors
Or at least I assume so based on the fact that she showed up at some random person’s house while she was filming her new movie.
The movie, which is an adaption of the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, tells the story of the Lacks family, whose matriarch, Henrietta Lacks, became the unwitting donor of cells that were used as the foundation for the majority of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the century, from the Polio vaccine to AIDS research.
During a screening of the movie through Film Independent at LACMA, Winfrey talked about how she prepared for the role of Deborah, Lacks’ daughter, who is on the hunt to find out the truth about her mother and her cells.
One step in the preparation included visiting the old residence of Deborah Lacks in an unassuming Baltimore neighborhood and dropping in on a very unsuspecting current tenant.
“I stopped by her old house, and I just knocked on the door on a Sunday morning,” remembered Winfrey during a Q&A with writer-director George C. Wolfe and moderator Elvis Mitchell.
The audience at the Audi-sponsored event immediately burst into laughter as Winfrey went on with the story, saying, “The guy opened the door, and there’s that moment and then, ‘Oprah?’ ”
“Don’t tell me that you don’t love doing that,” said Mitchell.
Winfrey continued: “So I asked him if I could come in because a very famous woman used to live here, and he goes, ‘In this house?’ ”
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks also stars Rose Byrne, who plays journalist Rebecca Skloot, and Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry.
Hahahaha, Oprah. Can you imagine that being your day? “Honey, Oprah’s here. She wants to come in for some reason.” Hahahaha
Anyways, the movie aired on HBO over the weekend. I’m sure you can catch another showing.
Captain America is Still A Bad Guy (SPOILERS AHEAD)
So, hey guys… remember how we talked about how some dude named Nick Spencer had decided that sweet marshmallow Steve Rogers was too boring and that he should secretly be a Hydra Agent? Here’s a screen shot to help you remember:
And everybody was like… it’s just a gimmick. He’s a double agent. Or it’s a machine that wiped his memory. No worries, the Steve you know and love will be back in no time! Welp, no. No, it turns out that they were all dead wrong. BUT BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER THERE WILL BE MANY MANY SPOILERS SO YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
If fans thought it was bad when Captain America uttered his famous “Hail Hydra” last year, or hoped it was all a case of brainwashing or re-writing history… we have some bad news: Steve Rogers is, and always was, evil. Rather than walking the reveal back as a case of Cosmic Cube reality-warping, as Marvel seemed to do already, Secret Empire #0 reveals the entire truth. Apparently, the controversial launch of the new Captain America: Steve Rogers story was all building to the reveal that Cap was never a hero. Not for a second.
It’s a bit baffling, since this reveal will almost certainly enrage those who felt somewhat offended by the reveal that Steve Rogers was a Hydra sleeper agent. Those who were deeply outraged, and insulted that Marvel’s editors and writer Nick Spencer would ally Marvel’s mascot with the Nazi-connected Hydra – promises to “hear the story out” aside – may be likely to stop reading altogether. There’s still a chance that the Secret Empire story will undo some of these new revelations about Marvel’s history of World War II, but… well, it’s probably best to just lay out the bombshell for readers to absorb.
To be clear: Captain America was always a lie to acquire intel from the Allies to the Axis powers (specifically the Nazi-allied Hydra). Steve Rogers was always a Hydra recruit, leader, and fervent believer. The Red Skull’s use of Kobik to make Steve a villain wasn’t a corruption of an American hero… it was fate returning Steve to the spy he always was. In case there are any unclear on exactly what that makes of Steve’s heroic exploits of the last half century, he is ordered into the protective font before Hydra’s elite to protect him from the rumblings of the Cosmic Cube beginning its re-writing of reality.
Cap’s freezing, heroic escapades, Civil Wars, and countless other memorable achievements and victories up until now? Those were the brainwashings on full display. So with the mystery solved, fans can now instead ask… whether this was even a somewhat good idea. We’re believers in not judging a story before it’s finished, and by now, twists and bombshells could come a half-dozen more time before then end.
As you might guess, the response has been very snarky:
Marvel: captain america feasts on the still-beating hearts of babies
Marvel: whoa, look at this backlash against diversity
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) April 20, 2017
@TomatoGrandpa "Is this a commentary on the rise of fascism in America?" Nick: "no, we have to listen to both sides, also here are some supervillain SJWs"
— Sass (@sasugakirin) April 21, 2017
— Dan Foster (@Weerd1) April 21, 2017
"Thanks for turning Captain America into a Nazi, Marvel." -Nazis
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) April 20, 2017
Secret Empire starts today, I wonder how Captain America’s gonna … Oh. https://t.co/gnCzihc7VR
— Polygon (@Polygon) April 19, 2017
Honestly, if you’re pissed over this, put your money where your mouth is and don’t spend it on these comics!! That would be my advice. Or go read DC comics. They have Wonder Woman:
Man Booker Prize Shortlist
Six books were shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize on Thursday.
The international prize celebrates works translated into English and published in Britain, and comes with a cash award of £50,000, or about $64,000, which authors split with their translators.
It is distinct from the Man Booker Prize, which goes to works originally published in English.
The nominees are:
• The French author Mathias Énard’s “Compass,” which centers on the memories and reveries of an insomniac music scholar (translated by Charlotte Mandell).
• The Israeli author David Grossman’s “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a comedian who dissolves in front of an audience’s eyes at a provincial Israeli nightclub (translated by Jessica Cohen).
• The Norwegian author Roy Jacobsen’s “The Unseen,” about a family living on a small Scandinavian fishing island (translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw).
• The Danish author Dorthe Nors’s “Mirror, Shoulder, Signal,” about a middle-aged woman’s attempts to learn to drive (translated by Misha Hoekstra).
• The Israeli author Amos Oz’s “Judas,” a coming-of-age story set in mid-20th-century Jerusalem (translated by Nicholas de Lange).
• The Argentine author Samanta Schweblin’s “Fever Dream,” which opens with a woman on her deathbed at a clinic in rural Argentina, then slowly reveals how she got there (translated by Megan McDowell).
This year’s winner will be announced on June 14.