We’re hard-pressed for good news in these trying times, so we’ll take what we can get. This week’s entertainment news has been mostly uplifting, though not without some… questionable decisions. Let’s get into it.
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Disney+’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian snagged 15 Emmy Award nominations last week, among them accolades for outstanding drama series, visual effects, production design, cinematography, and costumes. There was also an outstanding character voiceover performance nomination for Taika Waititi as IG-11 and a nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, as well as one for outstanding music composition for a series (original dramatic score) for Ludwig Goransson, who previously won an Oscar and three Grammys for Black Panther. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Queer fans of SyFy’s Wynonna Earp got a lovely example last week of just how great a show can be when effort is put into telling stories that are authentic and genuine. Fan-favorite couple Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) reunited with, by all accounts, a tender, beautiful extended sex scene that queer folks rarely get to see on television. [Variety]
After being outed in June for his pattern of targeting younger women and grooming them for sexual relationships, now-former executive producer and creator Warren Ellis will not be returning in any capacity on Netflix’s Castlevania, which has reportedly wrapped up production on its upcoming fourth season. [Comic Book Resources]
Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Nyle Dimarco will star in a comedy series centered around life as a Deaf man in America. The model and actor will be working with Spectrum and 3AD, Daniel Dae Kim’s production company, to create the half-hour episodes. [Deadline]
Animation studios in June: Black Lives Matter. u_u We care about diversity and equal opportunity. We'll offer training and mentorship programs and take a hard look at our leadership decisions.
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— Amanda Wong (@amandawtwong) August 5, 2020
’90s Nickelodeon series The Ren & Stimpy Show is getting a reboot on Comedy Central, despite allegations in 2018 of creator John Kricfalusi’s sexual abuse of teenage girls. A source has confirmed that although the show is being reimagined for adults rather than its original child audience, Kricfalusi will not be involved, nor will he receive financial compensation for the reboot. Even knowing that, though, is Ren & Stimpy really what we need now, when plenty of other creators are pitching their original work daily? [Variety]
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As has been long-suspected and discussed by fans of the Wachowski sisters’ work, Lilly Wachowski has confirmed in a Netflix promo clip for Disclosure that The Matrix was intended to be a trans story, stating that “The world wasn’t quite ready, at a corporate level…the corporate world wasn’t ready for it [at the time].” [io9]
In an Instagram Live interview with Pose creator Steven Canals, Zoe Saldana voiced regret about her casting and portrayal of Nina Simone in a 2016 biopic. Having faced criticism for years because embodying the role required her to darken her skin and wear facial prosthetics that would have been moot had the role gone to an actress whose skin color and facial features more closely matched those of Simone, Saldana now believes that she “should have never played” the singer. [The Root]
Known for last year’s Little Woods and the highly-anticipated reboot of Candyman, rising star Nia DaCosta will continue to diversify the feature films she helms when she onboards for Marvel’s Captain Marvel 2. The as-yet untitled Phase 4 (or 5?) MCU installment is in good hands, and DaCosta will no doubt be able to build on WandaVision writer Megan McDonnell’s script and Brie Larsen’s reprisal as the titular Avenger to deliver a fantastic superhero film. (Note: Disney and Marvel have yet to confirm) [Deadline]
iHeartRadio has completed production on a There Be Monsters, a scripted sci-fi thriller podcast starring John Boyega (Star Wars) and Darren Criss (Hollywood). The two stars play hero and villain, respectively, going head-to-head within a bio-hacking Silicon Valley startup along with Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Marley Shelton (Rampage), and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!, Patti Cake$). In-person recording was not able to begin while Los Angeles’s Shelter-in-Place order was in affect, but the directors, producers, and actors were able to connect virtually and complete the project remotely. [Deadline]