Welcome to the TV and movie edition of our weekly round-ups. In this FinalBoss feature, we’ll bring you bitesize chunks of the latest news from the movie and TV worlds. It will all in be in one place, allowing you to catch up on anything you’ve missed without endless searching! We’ll also use this space to take a look at what’s hot at the box office and what’s coming up.
New Star Wars Show!
This week a new Star Wars television series was announced! Star Wars The Bad Batch seems a very un-Star Wars-like title but that is indeed the name of the new animated show which will air on Disney + next year. Starwars.com set out the basics “The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.”
With live-action series based around Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor, along with the ongoing The Mandalorian, there’s plenty of Star Wars TV content to look forward to, even if things have gone quiet on the film front.
New Batman Show!
It seems as if we’re never too far away from a new television series with Batman connections and once again the bat-signal has gone up and another is on the way. The new series has Terence Winter (creator of Boardwalk Empire) as its writer and will be set in the same world as Matt Reeves upcoming The Batman. Reeves will be involved with the show which will focus on Gotham’s police department and “explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham.” That suggests that Batman himself is unlikely to feature prominently. And yes that does sound a lot like the previous show titled Gotham which ran for 5 seasons from 2014 – 2019. This new series will be available on HBO Max, who will air TheSnyderCut of The Justice League, also from DC, next year.
Cast and Crew News
- Leigh Whannell will continue his horror run for Universal with Wolfman. Ryan Gosling is attached to star and Whannell, who directed the brilliant The Invisible Man, will direct and write the treatment for the movie.
- Oscar Isaac seems to have a new project every week. This week it’s HBO drama Scenes From A Marriage, a reboot of Ingmar Bergman’s 1970’s Swedish marriage drama. Michelle Williams will also appear, with both actors also serving in production roles as well.
- Will Smith reportedly turned down the role of Hook in Disney’s Peter and Wendy.
- Julia Sawalha is not happy that she won’t get to voice Ginger in Chicken Run 2!
— Julia Sawalha (@JuliaSawalha1) July 9, 2020
UK Box Office
As cinemas begin the gradual process of re-opening Star Wars roared to the top of the charts with Episode V. Three of the FinalBoss team saw it on the big screen this weekend and it doesn’t disappoint! The chart remains a mix of classics and recent-ish releases.
Here are the top 5 movies of last weekend in the UK
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Trolls World Tour
- Black Water: Abyss
- Dirty Dancing
The lack of new releases means cinemas continue to fill their schedules with classics. If you missed an all-time favourite first time around, this might be your chance!
Next weekend sees the first virtual edition of San Diego Comin-Con. One of the things we’ll find out? The air date of The Walking Dead season 10 finale, which was delayed when coronavirus halted post-production on the episode. Showrunner Angela Kang says there’ll be an announcement at the event.
CBS released a trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks this week. The new animated show focuses on the less glamorous side of spaceship work…
This weeks movie trailer features a top-notch cast and talking wildlife!
Shaun is FinalBoss’ most prolific cinephile. If he hasn’t seen it, it ain’t worth watching. You’ll find him writing about everything from blowout blockbusters to small-screen splendours as he waits impatiently for Lord of the Rings to be released by Amazon. Catch up with Shaun and see what he’s been watching on www.letterboxd.com/shaun_1982.