This is the first entry in a new weekly segment called “The Rewind.” These updates will feature the latest news from the entertainment world accompanied by colorful commentary.
Your entertainment recap of the latest happenings in movies, television and pop culture for the week of Aug. 5th through 11th.
Disney announces new reboots coming to Disney+
During a conference call addressing the company’s second-quarter earnings, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced upcoming “reboots” or “reimaginings” of Fox franchises coming straight to Disney+. Among the planned remakes were “Home Alone,” “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Iger also announced Disney will continue Fox’s “Planet of the Apes” franchise, that seemingly concluded with 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
New York Film Festival announces 2019 slate
The main slate for the 57th New York Film Festival was announced Tuesday, featuring films from 17 different countries. The 17-day festival will open with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” will serve as the Centerpiece, and Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” will close the event. You can find the full schedule here.
Russo brothers express interest in a Wolverine film
During an AMA session on Reddit, the co-directors behind some of the MCU’s biggest hits were asked which character they’d most like to bring into the universe. Turns out, Logan is on their radar. After the Disney-Fox merger, it’s only a matter of time until Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men join the MCU, so why not let the masters go to work?
“Lucy in the Sky” gets awards-season release date
After months of uncertainty, Natalie Portman’s upcoming “Lucy in the Sky” is set to release on Oct. 4, setting the actress up for another potential awards campaign. Loosely based around the true story of Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut arrested for attempting to murder a fellow astronaut, “Lucy in the Sky” follows Lucy (Portman) upon her return from an extended time in space.
“Game of Thrones” creators Benioff and Weiss ink 9-figure deal with Netflix
Just three months after the controversial ending of “Game of Thrones,” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are taking their talents to Netflix in exchange for a $200 million paycheck. The deal will have the two creating a variety of films and series. The decision to leave HBO means the duo’s questionable series “Confederate” is officially cancelled, but they’re still signed with Disney to create a three-film Star Wars series.
“American Crime Story” Season 3 will tackle Clinton-Lewinsky scandal
Ryan Murphy’s true crime anthology is back for a third season, and this time things are getting political in “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” The season will focus on the scandal surrounding Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, and Lewinsky is onboard as a producer. “Booksmart” star Beanie Feldstein is set to play Lewinsky, and she’ll be joined by Sarah Paulson and Annaleigh Ashford. It seems as if the rumored ACS series surrounding Hurricane Katrina has been shelved once again.
Emmys to go hostless
After the success of February’s hostless Academy Awards, the Emmys have decided to follow suit, opting for a host-free celebration. The shortened runtime without a host helped the Oscars boost its ratings by around 12 percent, and next month’s Emmys hope to capitalize on that success, too. The Emmys air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 22 on FOX.
“Tenet” (July 17, 2020)
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming international espionage thriller, “Tenet,” saw its first teaser release before “Hobbs & Shaw.” However, Nolan has yet to release the teaser outside of the theater, and it’s being strictly guarded on the internet. Check back in next week’s Rewind for an update.
“Honey Boy” (Nov. 8, 2019)
“The Addams Family” (Oct. 11, 2019)
“Mindhunter” Season 2 (Aug. 16)
Be sure to let us know what movie, television or pop culture news we missed this week, and check back in next Monday for another update!
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.