Fast and Furious 8, Better Call Saul, Veep, and More – The Weekend Chill

by admin April 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

After the death of Carrie Fisher late last year, Star Wars fans wondered how Princess Leia – now General Organa – would be included in Episode IX. Disney had ruled out any use of visual effects, like it did on Rogue One, and after talks with Fisher’s family, it has been given permission to use existing footage from The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi.

On Monday, Marvel dropped the first trailer for Thor’s third standalone outing. The Asgardian demi-god loses his hammer to the new villain Hela (Cate Blanchett), is thrown out of his own kingdom, and gets kidnapped by misfits that deliver him to the planet Sakaar, which is ruled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Oh, did we mention he meets the Hulk? Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3.

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That very day, Netflix released a trailer for the second season of Sense8, the Wachowski’s latest project. It’ll follow the eight inter-connected individuals, and will be available in its entirety on the streaming service come May 5.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the next chapter in Marvel’s ever-expanding saga, is out May 5 worldwide. That much is known. And thanks to director James Gunn, we know the film’s soundtrack will be available a week before, on April 28. Good news for everyone who loved the music for the first film (that includes us).

On Wednesday, a teaser trailer for EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II leaked on the Internet. It showed a campaign mode that’s been rumoured, with the player being a solider for the Empire. The multiplayer action, meanwhile, will likely span all eras of Star Wars. It’s been pulled down since, and the official one will be up on Saturday.

Later that day, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Josh Brolin had been signed to play the role of Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool in the upcoming sequel. David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2, which is scheduled for a 2018 release.

And on the same day, THR also broke the casting news for Fantastic Beasts 2 – Jude Law has been brought on board to play young Albus Dumbledore, opposite [spoiler alert] Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, who spent the film disguised as Colin Farrell. The sequel will be set in Paris and parts of England. The film arrives November 16, 2018.

That’s all the entertainment news for this week. Welcome back to The Weekend Chill, your one-stop destination for what to watch, play, or listen to this weekend. Here are the best picks:

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
After a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter that generated over $6 million, the revival of the cult hit show has finally arrived on Netflix. Sadly, not for everyone. It will only be available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Hopefully, Netflix will figure out deals with local TV networks soon enough.

The show does retain many of its favourite elements – you’ve got the human subject (Jonah Ray) stuck in the Satellite of Love, forced to watch a series of B-movies chosen by two mad scientists – Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt – on the ground below. Except this time, their base is on the Moon, yep.

To keep Ray company, and help riff on the films’ terribleness, he’s got three robot companions – Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, and Gypsy. The terrible movie for the first episode is Reptilicus (1961). There will still be ‘commercial breaks’ despite being on Netflix, and there will even be cameos from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Joel McHale, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.