Final Friday, Starz announced that it had discovered a brand new showrunner for American Gods season 2 in Jesse Alexander, who labored with co-creator Bryan Fuller on Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery. Discovering a brand new chief was necessitated after each Fuller and Michael Inexperienced left the present on grounds of not getting the funds they needed.
J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi collection undertaking, Demimonde, has landed at HBO, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter. The Star Wars director has written a spec script for an “intimate sci-fi fantasy drama” a few household which will get in a automobile crash, after which undergoes unusual and mysterious occasions. Apple had proven curiosity, however Abrams’ happiness with Westworld satisfied him to decide on HBO.
Later that day, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will finish after three seasons. The present debuted final yr to good reviews, with a second season due later this yr, so it ought to recover from by 2019 if there aren’t any surprising delays.
On Monday, we received to see tons of latest movie and TV present trailers because of the Tremendous Bowl within the US, together with Westworld season 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and Avengers: Infinity War. Netflix went a step additional and did a shock launch of The Cloverfield Paradox, however the movie has been panned by critics. Later the identical day, Lucasfilm gave us the primary teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced new collection of Star Wars movies had been within the works from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. They’ll write and produce the movies, with work starting after they end the ultimate Thrones season in 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger additionally revealed that a number of Star Wars exhibits are in improvement for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
The identical day, FX provided a premiere date for the upcoming second season of Legion, the X-Males mutant mind-bending drama from Noah Hawley: April three. Legion season 2 could have a complete of 10 episodes, has a brand new villain, and picks up a yr after the occasions of season 1.
On Wednesday, we had been handled to a teaser trailer for Deadpool 2, which launched the brand new anti-hero Cable (Josh Brolin), mocked the notorious Superman moustache elimination in Justice League, and included a Toy Story parody plus the usual fourth-wall-breaking Deadpool commentary.
Netflix launched the full-length trailer for Jessica Jones season 2 the identical day, giving followers an concept of what they will anticipate from the Marvel superhero when she returns March eight after a spot of over two years. Jones was a part of The Defenders final yr, however the miniseries didn’t have a lot room for private subplots for any of the heroes.
On Thursday, Sony gave us our first peek at Venom, the Spider-Man spin-off starring Tom Hardy within the lead position. The teaser doesn’t truly present Hardy within the recognisable Venom avatar, although he does scream rather a lot and push issues along with his thoughts. Venom additionally stars Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott and Jenny Slate. It’s out October 5.
In accordance with Variety, Todd Phillips – the director of the Joker origin spin-off movie – is in talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play the character. The script referred to as for a “probably youthful” actor, and for what it’s price, Phoenix has three years on Jared Leto, who will reprise his position in Suicide Squad 2.
Lastly, Apple has hired The Massive Sick writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon to jot down an anthology collection about immigrants, primarily based on true tales featured in Epic journal. Grasp of None co-creator Alan Yang, and SMILF government producer Lee Eisenberg are additionally connected.
That’s all of the leisure information for this week. Welcome again to The Weekend Chill, your one-stop vacation spot for what to look at, play, or take heed to this weekend. Listed here are one of the best picks:
The Emmy-winning collection that ran between 2003-07 has been given a reboot on Netflix, with an all-new “Fab 5”, the crew of 5 gay males who advise males on vogue, grooming, meals, tradition and design. That features meals and wine advisor Bobby Berk, tradition advisor Karamo Brown, vogue advisor Tan France, stylist advisor Antoni Porowski, and design advisor Jonathan Van Ness.
Reviving a actuality present that was primarily based on the stereotype that queer males have higher tastes in issues of vogue, type, and grooming is an attention-grabbing alternative in our occasions, when the talk about gender id and sexuality is way more advanced than it was then, and persons are starting to raised perceive what it means to be homosexual.
However critics really feel that Queer Eye nonetheless has a spot. The New York Times’ James Poniewozik stated it’s “a components, however damned if it doesn’t do the job and generate the tears, most of them completely satisfied”. Slate’s Willa Paskin referred to as it “a tasty actuality TV smoothie: half meals present, half actual property present, half makeover present, half matchmaking present, half remedy, and candy all through”.
Find out how to entry: Netflix
Time dedication: eight hours
Solely the Courageous
Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), Jeff Bridges (The Massive Lebowski), and Miles Teller (Whiplash) are a part of an ensemble forged on this biographical drama from Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron Legacy), primarily based on the GQ article “No Exit” by Sean Flynn. It tells the true story of Granite Mountain Hotshots, a bunch of firefighters who fought an Arizona fireplace in 2013.
Written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Solely the Courageous focuses on the heroics of the firefighters, whose dedication and sacrifice assist shield households and communities. However the script stays away from sentimentality in honouring these working-class on a regular basis heroes. It additionally stars Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, Jennifer Connelly, and Alex Russell.
Most critics felt the movie did job. Vulture’s Emily Yoshida stated “Kosinski principally pulls again on the macho cheerleading to search out one thing extra goal, and finally, deeply emotional”, whereas New Yorker’s Richard Brody remarked although it “affords fascinating insights into the sensible exertions and bureaucratic issues of firefighting, it locations a lot higher emphasis on the protagonists’ private lives”.
When you’ve an Amazon Prime subscription, this has been week. The video service added Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 mechs-vs-monsters movie Pacific Rim, which is due for a sequel subsequent month, along with Spike Lee’s critically-acclaimed 2015 satirical musical drama Chi-Raq, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting sequel, T2 Trainspotting; all 10 seasons of before-he-was-Superman Smallville, and all 4 seasons of stop-motion animated collection Shaun the Sheep.
As for Netflix, along with the aforementioned Queer Eye, David Letterman’s month-to-month talk-show – My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction – will get its second half and visitor on Friday: George Clooney. For extra Netflix picks, try the full February list.
Video video games:
Shadow of the Colossus
The PlayStation 2 basic involves the PlayStation 4, with ultra-high definition belongings designed from the bottom up and the introduction of a brand new management scheme, enhancements which can be main many to name it among the finest online game remakes ever made. On a daily PS4, it’ll run at 1080p 30fps, whereas a PS4 Professional can do 1440p (upscaled to 4K) at 30fps, or 60fps at 1080p.
The premise stays the identical: you arrive in an historic realm with a useless lady in your arm, the place a voice in a cathedral tells you that you may achieve the facility of revival for those who defeat 16 colossi imprisoned throughout the forsaken land. Shadow of the Colossus was famous for its lengthy cut-scenes that pushed you to self-reflect and immerse on the planet, and the upper constancy of the PS4 remake solely deepens these emotions.
Reviewers have been filled with reward. Writing for Guardian, Keza MacDonald referred to as its sense of scale “most impactful”, from “the immensity not solely of its dramatic ruins and the unhappy, stunning colossi, however of the duty at hand, and its themes of demise, religion, longing and the damaging selfishness of grief”. IGN’s Marty Sliva stated it “stays among the finest PlayStation video games ever made, and it’s great that Sony has introduced it again to the fore so a brand new era of avid gamers can expertise it with out having to look previous its aged façade”.
Find out how to entry: PlayStation 4
Time dedication: 10 hours
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
Over a yr on since launch, Civilization VI received its first enlargement earlier this week: Rise and Fall. It brings new selections, methods, and challenges for gamers, with the most important being the addition of Ages, which assessment your progress throughout an period after which grant you bonuses or penalties relying in your rating.
Different new options embrace particular person cities having loyalty to your position, with these additional away from the capital being harder to regulate, the introduction of Governors to affect loyalty, and varied different mechanics that you may examine in our all-you-need-to-know. When you’ve spent tons of of hours with the bottom sport, Civ 6: Rise and Fall will assist infuse some selection.
Critiques have been optimistic. Polygon’s Colin Campbell stated Rise and Fall “is a recognition that the magic of this collection is in giving gamers numerous selections – typically troublesome selections – as all of us attempt to stamp our personal personalities on what’s a simulation of private political management”, whereas GameSpot’s Kallie Plagge stated it “enhances, moderately than overcomplicates, methods that had been already deep and layered to start with, whereas introducing options that maintain every sport participating from begin to end.”
Find out how to entry: Steam for PC
Time dedication: A lifetime, for those who’re not cautious
Dragon Quest Builders
Sq. Enix provides to its Nintendo Switch-port catalogue with Dragon Quest Builders, which initially launched for the PS4 and PS Vita again in October 2016. A sequel is already in improvement, so for those who don’t have a Sony console, that is one of the best time (and solely method) to play the unique earlier than the brand new one arrives.
Primarily based on a parallel ending of Dragon Quest, Builders begins with a hero accepting the evil Dragonlord’s suggestion, which seems to be a entice. With the world now populated by monsters, a brand new hero – a Legendary Builder – rises to repair the world, rebuilding the realm of Alefgard from scratch.
Dragon Quest Builders for the Change has been acquired effectively, with a inexperienced 81 rating on evaluations aggregator Metacritic, from over 30 critics. When you’ve been in search of a brand new Change sport, your search ends right here.
Find out how to entry: Nintendo Switch
Time dedication: 40 hours