The Daily Rewind is a look back at the biggest entertainment and sports news of the day relayed through my own personal voice. Think The Skimm, but strictly pop culture with a bit of sports. Here we go:
Hollywood’s jungle fever
Director Andy Serkis debuted the first trailer for “Mowgli,” his non-Disney live-action version of “The Jungle Book.” Wait a minute… didn’t we just do a live-action Jungle Book? Serkis’ take looks to be far darker than Jon Favreau’s 2016 rendition. With a star-studded cast featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Freida Pinto and Serkis himself, I’m interested to see more. But… at first glance, Mowgli doesn’t look nearly as cute this time around.
Could the Sinister Six be coming to the MCU?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be gaining quite a few new villains come 2019. Variety reported today that Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Vulture in the untitled “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel, but it sounds like he won’t be alone this time. Oscar-winner Jake Gyllenhaal is rumored to be in talks to play Mysterio. Marvel’s been on a hot streak of quality villains lately with Vulture, Killmonger and Thanos, so hopefully Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio joins the group.
Everything is still awesome
The hotly anticipated sequel to everyone’s favorite movie based on a construction-based children’s toy finally has an official title: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.” Let’s be real… did you honestly expect anything else from the people whose main antagonist was a tube of Krazy Glue? Absolute genius.
Welcome back, Mr. President
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama signed a deal with Netflix Monday to produce films and series for the streaming service. I always knew Obama was the coolest president. This is unprecedented for America, because usually we prefer our presidents to be television stars before they take office. Although it’s not the glorious return we’d all like for President Obama (cough, cough, Oval Office, please), it’ll still be nice to have Barry back in our lives. I’m sure a certain someone will be very interested in the Obama’s ratings.
The kings of the Billboard
Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran racked up the hardware at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, winning six trophies a piece. Sheeran beat out Lamar, Drake, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars for Top Artist, while Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber took home the award for Top Hot 100 Song with “Despacito.” Perhaps the most interesting part of the night, however, was the fact that the Top Rap Female Artist nominees were Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and… yes, Bhad Bhabie, the catch me outside girl. I guess that just goes to show we really need more women in rap.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.