Every Sunday night, come back for our round up of all the big news from the past 7 days as regards the Movie and Television industry. This week we will be covering the likes of Fantastic Beasts, Star Wars, Marvel and more.
Monday 25th December: 'Doctor Who named the best BBC TV show of Christmas Day 2017'
According to a report from the Radio Times: "Doctor Who has been named the best show on TV this Christmas Day – but the Queen’s Christmas message was the most watched programme on the day." They go on to say: "In a poll of over 1000 RadioTimes.com readers, Doctor Who was named the best show on TV this Christmas Day, followed by EastEnders’ festive shocker in second and BBC1 favourite Call the Midwife in third."
Doctor Who was the sixth most watched show in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day with an audience of 5.7 million viewers. EastEnders was the fifth most watched programme with just under 6.3 million viewers.
This comes as no surprise as the regeneration of Peter Capaldi into the first female actor to take on the role of the Doctor was televised at prime time on BBC One. To hear our review of the above episode 'Twice Upon A Time', scroll down.
Tuesday 26th December: 'Black Panther: Killmonger Pushed Michael B. Jordan To ‘A Dark Place’
In an interview with 'Empire' Magazine, Erik Killmonger actor Michael B. Jordan talked about the rigorous process of getting into the zone to play this role. 'I have given it my all to bring the best possible big-screen iteration of Killmonger to life – so much that the character stayed with me, even after principal photography on the movie had wrapped.'
He continues to say: “It took me to a dark place. Honestly, I can’t really go through all I went through to get into it because I want to keep that close to me. But it stuck with me afterwards… Chadwick’s a very talented dude. There’s a lot of physical moments and action sequences throughout this film that cause us to really challenge ourselves, and also fall deeper into character.”
He spoke about how his influences for the Marvel character was the likes of DC supervillain The Joker- in particular the legendary Heath Ledger portrayl.
Wednesday 27th December: 'Popular 'Star Wars' actor Alfie Curtis dies aged 87'
It's with deep regret to write that actor Alfie Curtis, popular for his role as Dr Evazan in the Cantina scene when mocking young Luke Skywalker. This character also appeared in recent 2016 Star Wars spinoff movie, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'- although the actor did not reprise his role here.
On Tuesday night, Mark Hamill tweeted :
"Alfie Curtis made the #Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina scene (one of the most memorable I've ever been a part of) even MORE memorable. As horrific as he was on-camera, off-camera he was funny, kind & a real gentleman. Thanks Alf- you'll be missed. #RIP,"
Rest in peace Mr Curtis.
Thursday 28th December: 'Blade Runner 2049 Director says 4 hour cut will not be released'
The 'Blade Runner 2049' director previously revealed that the first cut of the film clocked in at a huge four hours, and the filmmaking team very briefly considered releasing the movie in two parts. Denis Villeneuve said he won’t be releasing the four-hour cut, saying it “doesn’t work” as a finished film, and adds that while the first cut was strong, he doesn’t particularly miss what came out of the extended version.
"Even if sometimes I’m cutting my favorite shots, I still strongly think that when it’s cut on the floor of the editing room it should not go back to see the light of day again. "
Friday 29th December: Fantastic Beasts release new photos of Johnny Depp as Grinelwald ahead of sequel, 'The Crimes of Grindelwald'
The first image, in the slideshow above, has Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald along with the first look at a new character, Vinda Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech), who’s described as “one of Grindelwald’s most trusted followers, a loyal servant to his cause and often at his side.”
The second photo released shows young Dumbledore' s office, including the man himself portrayed by Jude Law
The synopsis of the film reads: "Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with wizard Albus Dumbledore to battle the devious Gellert Grindelwald in 1920s Paris."
Saturday 30th December: 'Star War's' musical maestro John Williams to score 'Solo: A Star Wars Story's opening theme'
'How to Train Your Dragon' composer John Powell, whose involvement was announced last July, will compose the remainder of the film’s score. The anticipated Star Wars standalone movie- to continue the new saga of films including 'Rogue One'- stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford’s roguish smuggler.
John Williams’ has been associated with Star Wars since it began in 1977 when he wrote the memorable score for A New Hope. That score, and its iconic main theme, went on to win Williams his second career Oscar. Overall, Williams has written the complete score for all eight of the main Star Wars films,The only Star Wars franchise film without a Williams musical contribution is Rogue One.
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is due for release on 25th May 2018.
Sunday 31st December: Box Office Roundup: 'Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi surpasses $1bn at the Global Box Office'
Along with it's huge takings at the box office, it is also now the highest grossing film of 2017 domestically (USA), beating out serious competition from Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and Disney's: Beauty and the Beast for top spot.
It just narrowly beat Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which remains in second place with $50.5 million, pushing the reboot of the franchise past the $150 million mark domestically. Similarly, The Greatest Showman brings in some $15.2 million while the final outing for the Pitch Perfect crew bring in $17.7 million.
On our last note for this year, we want to wish our readers a very Happy New Year- hope you're looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings- we'll be here to cover all the details so stick around!
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