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Addams Family Trailer
Earlier this week the new Addams Family trailer starring Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron broke on the internet to mixed reviews:
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Personally, I liked this trailer very much. The character designed are heavily inspired by the original Charles Addams’ comic strip designs. Perhaps because their designs deviate from the previous cartoon is why certain viewers have pushed against it. However, it’s been a long time since a successful Addams Family project existed (the early 2000s Canadian television show), and I think the YA horror space this trailer seems to suggest the movie will occupy is a great place for the weirdest American family to land.
We shall have to wait until the Hallowe’en release date to know for sure!
Jeremy Renner Coming to Disney+
Earlier this week it was announced in Variety that MCU Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner would be starring in a live action Hawkeye show for the Disney+ streaming service.
The project is said to be an adventure series in which Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, will pass the torch to Kate Bishop. Bishop is a Marvel Comics character who took up the Hawkeye mantle after Barton. She is also a member of the group known as the Young Avengers.
I’m a little confused why a Kate Bishop-centric show would star not-Kate-Bishop. The mixed messaging of this statement leaves me wondering how much development has gone into this Hawkeye series and the subsequent announcement beyond the agreement to make a show about Hawkeye.
For my money, a Jeremy Renner-led Hawkeye series is not terribly exciting. It feels like a reductive choice to dodge around a movie contract renewal that likely didn’t come to pass and a way for Marvel Studios to avoid making a Clint Barton Hawkeye movie. There is always the possibility of future announcements to break which will dispel these assumptions, but it seems like a studio that wants to pander to its cinematic universe fans rather than work really hard developing a new crop of properties and stars for the same audience.
Babylon Berlin 3 Lands at Netflix
The German Show Babylon Berlin is a breakout success. The show has reached worldwide popularity in a way other original German content has not … yet.
Per Variety the third season of the breakout show has sold to more than 35 countries worldwide, including winning a coveted Netflix distribution deal in the United States.
Season 3 of the lavish historical crime drama, written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten, has sold in more than 35 countries, including China, where Lemon Tree Media nabbed the rights, and Brazil, where it was picked up by Blue Entertainment.
The series (pictured above in an exclusive photo) sees Rath this time investigating a mysterious death at a movie studio. He does so at a time when Germany is not only witnessing the end of the silent movie era but also growing political unrest. The series is currently shooting in and around Berlin and in North Rhine-Westphalia and is set to wrap production in May.
Head of TV at X Filme, Michael Polle, told Variety:
What’s exciting is this world that we are creating, not just the world of silent film, but also the Berlin of 1929, with all of its historical events and situations,” Polle said. “With Seasons 1 and 2, we learned a few things, but the challenges are always the same: to make a historical series as authentic as possible on the streets of a city that no longer exists in that form and that we have to in part recreate.
Netflix acquisition has allowed for several international shows to gain worldwide popularity including: Kim’s Convenience, Orphan Black, Marseille, and Terrace House. This sensation speaks to the power of the new media streaming landscape and its equitability. Content of quality is now able to reach larger audiences than ever before.
In a press release this week DC Universe revealed the actress behind the Doom Patrol character Hammerhead – Stephanie Czajkowski (Jane the Virgin, Grey’s Anatomy).
Beginning April 12th, Czajkowski steps-in recurring as Hammerhead, one of the 64 personalities that exist within Jane, each living in a separate corner of her mind and wrestling for control. A born fighter with a bad attitude, Hammerhead solves all of her problems by punching them in the face.
Czajkowshi is a badass on and off-screen as well having beat three different types of cancer and fully earned the bald head we see featured on her head shot.
Despite rumors, Czajkowski did not shave her head to play Hammerhead. In actuality, the bald actress has been displaying her own warrior-like inner strength in a real-life battle with not one but three types of unrelated cancer. Since receiving the first diagnosis in 2018, this seemingly healthy fitness fanatic has juggled a thyroid removal, six chemo sessions, a double mastectomy and is in the midst of radiation for she calls her “cancer trifecta”. In an effort to deal with her roller-coaster reality, Czajkowski and her supportive husband have chronicled her health journey on their humorous blog: ChemoSkinny.com.