This week has felt like a thousand years, but it’s my first iteration of this column so that’s exciting! Let’s get into it.
Oscar nominations were announced and they were decidedly… uninspiring. Among a slate of #OscarsSoWhite, notable exceptions include Cynthia Erivo for Best Actress and Best Song in Harriet, either of which would make her the youngest EGOT ever if she wins, and Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, which got six nominations, though none for acting. And a quick glance at the best director category might inspire you to quote Issa Rae, as our headline does. [NPR]
— Shadow and Act (@shadowandact) January 13, 2020
If we’re losing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man after only two more films, Jharrel Jerome is ready to take his place as Brooklyn’s own Miles Morales. And judging by the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Marvel and Sony would do well to listen. [Shadow and Act]
In other Marvel news, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness lost a director over “creative differences,” but fans of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff can still catch her in WandaVision, which had its release date moved up to 2020 earlier in the month. [Variety]
Also, this came out:
The emotional climax of DOLITTLE involves RDJ sticking a leek up a dragon's ass and getting rewarded with a long fart in his face https://t.co/5T5itPBHz9
— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) January 15, 2020
— Devs (@Devs_FXonHulu) January 9, 2020
Alex Garland has created an FX series premiering on Hulu called Devs and I can’t wait! It looks like this show will explore many of the same themes as his past projects, Ex Machina and Annihilation, which raised haunting questions about humanity, technology, adaptation, and autonomy, though unfortunately the former shied a little too close to Asian fetishization for my taste. With Sonoya Mizuno in a starring role this time, I’m crossing my fingers for good representation that doesn’t ping my creep radar, although that may have been the point. [Screencrush]
[Margot Robbie turns to the camera] "Why would people turn to a life of con jobs? Let me tell you a little something about income inequality and something called the shadow economy. Pay attention, because we won't have time for me to explain it twice." https://t.co/w2J5CoL2IC
— Linda Holmes Thinks You're Doing Great (@lindaholmes) January 9, 2020
Amazon Studios is slated to start filming its TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. It’s been 17 years since the movie trilogy ended and 6 years since The Hobbit so I guess it’s time for a reboot that will compete with HBO’s His Dark Materials for the title of “Next Game of Thrones.” [IndieWire]
The CW continues to expand its Arrowverse with a new show starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the eponymous Superman and Lois, as well as a reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger that no one asked for. [Variety]
— janina gavankar (@Janina) January 15, 2020
This is a rumor but Janina Gavankar and Chloe Bennet in The Mandalorian would be amazing, and we would like to see it. [DualShockers]
CW: This paragraph includes mentions of sexual assault and suicide.
French animation director Eric “Bibo” Bergeron, who directed Dreamworks Animation’s The Road to El Dorado and Shark Tale, has been indicted in France for sexual harassment and rape allegations said to have taken place during the the production of his film A Monster in Paris in 2011 and alleged to have resulted in the victim’s suicide. [Cartoon Brew]
If you haven’t been paying attention to Star Wars Twitter beef, you should count yourself lucky, but I, for one, am here for John Boyega living his best life and dunking on racist trolls through this truly hilarious Instagram video.
#PayUpHollywood’s recently released survey found that Hollywood assistants are often working without benefits for below $50,000 a year, and some said it was common practice to file for unemployment on weeks without production. Yikes. [Vulture]