A Week in Film: 18th - 25th January 2016

Written by Daniel Codd

Its been another big few weeks for the industry with a lot of controversy, what with the whole #OscarsSoWhite  diversity issues,  but lets not forget a lot of good news has indeed surfaced. As you all know here at Good News! we like to focus on the Positive(-ity) but there is one piece of upsetting news that we just have to talk about: The release of Star Wars Episode VIII has been delayed! I know, I know! After leaving the screening of The Force Awakens I hoped that we could binge the hell out of the whole new saga, I had hoped that the heads of Disney were playing with our strings and had actually already filmed the next one and were going to show straight after! When cinema security kicked us out and we finally realised this would not be the case we had to succumb to the fact we would have to wait a whole 18 months to get our fix of Skywalker goodness, now that was bad enough but this week the evil queens (and kings? are there any evil kings from Disney movies?)  from the Disney empire conspired to ruin our day. The powers that be have decided to move the release date back from 26th May 2017 to 17th December 2017. Seven months! Seven months! Ridiculous. The good news is that we have another exciting early Christmas gift next year. Also when one door closes another opens (or for the sake of a metaphor, when one movie release is delayed another is brought forward!) Yep, Disney have decided that since Star Wars will no longer be dominating the summer sales they can push the release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" to the 17th May 2017 a whole 6 weeks ahead of its original July 7th release date.

Holy shit snacks! Archer returns. Image via engadget.com

Holy shit snacks! Archer returns. Image via engadget.com

Kickstarting our week of Kick-ass news (See what I did there?! See?!) we have a slightly different piece of news that has nothing to do with film. It does however relate to films big little sister, Television. Now, I wouldn't normally write about TV, although I might do so a little more in the future, but this news is too good not to share! With big changes abound and after a longer break than we had all hoped Archer Season 7 finally has a premier date set for March 31st! The whole cast and crew have been very tight lipped about the whole affair and in particular about what we can expect from season 7 but we do know there'll be a big shake up in terms of responsibilities and power structures. It seems Cyrill gets a much needed "promotion" but this being Archer and Cyrill being Cyrill it supposedly just in name only, cue the whole cast mocking while Cyrill tries to demand respect. We can also expect new cars, new weapons: new wardrobes, new sets. Either way one things for sure here at Good News! we'll be heading straight for the Dangerzone come March 31st.

Confirmed Tarantino universe! Here's the Vega Brothers.

Confirmed Tarantino universe! Here's the Vega Brothers.

Most of us who love all things Quentin Tarantino have long suspected that  his films take place in the same universe. Or at least we knew they were all connected. Eagle eyed viewers would have picked up on the brand of cigarettes, Red Apple, being constant across all movies and others would have noticed Vincent and Vic Vegas from Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Some may even have noticed the Lonely Grave of Paula Schultz shares a surname and time period as everyone's favourite dentist, Dr. King Schultz, and theorized that Paula was the late wife our bounty hunter amigo. Either way most QT fans would have at least suspected that his movies fall in some sort of collective space but this week Quentin Tarantino confirmed that each and every movie, from Dusk till Dawn and Kill Bill, to Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, all fall under the SAME universe... kind of. Since Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs fall under his "realer than real" ethos you have to expect that even Mr Blonde and Marcellus Wallace want to put their feet up, grab some popcorn and watch a movie occasionally. This is where the likes of Kill Bill and Dusk till Dawn come into play. When Vic Vegas pops to his local cineplex thats what he'll be going to see!! This confirmation just highlights Tarantino's brilliance. Just think back to Pulp Fiction. Mia Wallace? Her Pilot? The Fox Force Five? Turns out her pilot may not have been picked up but the execs saw some promise, tweaked to premise, and created a full length feature. The Bride played by Mia Wallace. 

From one Cinematic Universe to another! Not Marvel but DC. This week DC treated us to a Dawn of Justice League  special! With first looks and concept art abound newbies to the universe, and die-hard fans alike, got the chance to learn more about what we can expect from the Cinematic variants of characters such as Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. They also dropped this awesome concept art. 

Courtesy of Warner Bros. and DC via EW.com

Courtesy of Warner Bros. and DC via EW.com

Not only did they drop new artwork and deets on the DC Cinematic Universe they also dropped a little featurette for none other than frickin' WONDER WOMAN. You know, I have to say, the more I learn and the more I see from Wonder Woman, played by the incredibly beautiful and badass Gal Gadot, the more I look forward to 2017. The superhero movie genre has become flooded with all these movies that nothing really stands out any more. We've become inundated with the the same old heroes in the same old situations. Step forth Wonder Woman! While we still get the kickass nature of a super hero movie, the early footage seems to shows a more sensitive and caring side to a super hero. May we say a motherly side? Either way, I'm excited. With everyone excited to finally have a female super hero in her own stand alone movie, it could have been easy to have filled that role with a woman falling into masculine tropes, almost negating the necessity of this female lead. Fear not! It looks like the world is going to receive the superhero it needs but not necessarily the superhero it deserves (Im sorry on soo many levels right now) Wonder Woman looks to be strong and powerful, kickass and amazing but most importantly she looks to be feminine and caring. With Dawn of Justice just around the corner, is it bad to admit that the two main causes of excitement for me surrounding DoJ revolve around Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luther and seeing Wonder Woman for the first time. I don't hold much anticipation for Ben Afleck but from what people inside the camp are saying, he is incredible, perhaps the best Batman/Bruce Wayne so far. Hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised and The Fleck will Bat Kick us all into place. WOnder Woman is set for release on 23rd June 2017.

With all this talk of DC how can one not mention the best piece of news to surface over the last week ey'?! Well thats because I've been saving the best news till last! It seems like every other week we hear new amazing stories from everyone's favourite band of anti-heroes. Yep, you guessed it! This is the news that Suicide Squad dropped a series of  art movie posters and a whole new trailer! I have to admit, the first time I saw the trailer I experienced a little disappointment, a little doubt, what if this movie doesnt live up to my expectations? All year DC have been pushing the realer, grittier vision of their CU in our face. This trailer says, "We hear your grit, we hear your rules, and this is us tearing them up into tiny piece and not giving a damn!" The more I watch the trailer the more I appreciate it. Yet again Margot Robbie is bloody brilliant in it, Jared Leto looks to be smashing it and Cara Delevingne shows her hand a little more. A few months ago, after the first trailer,  I predicted amongst friends that Margot Robbie would pick up an Oscar nomination next year for her work in this movie. Now, while I understand that's a pretty bold prediction what with a whole year of movies and having such little to go on, but the more I see of her the more the more I become convinced of the very real possibility. With all all the hype surround The Suicide Squad its natural to question the industry and the hype machines at play. Can this movie really live up to the expectations the studio are creating? My answer has to be a resounding YES!  It would be  Suicidal (hehe) to creating such a train of hype unless everyone involved knew just how bloody good it actually is, surely? Please leave a comment and let me know, I could do with someone grounding my expectations or alternatively riding them with me. I just can't see how this isn't going to be huge! 

To end, here's some honest movie posters for the Oscars. 

For the full collection
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/the-annual-honest-posters-for-this-years-oscar-nominees-are-predictably-hilarious-a6813881.html

As always, get in contact, leave a comment below, let me know what you make of all this news, what got you excited this week?  but seriously someone please validate my fears/excitement for Suicide Squad. 

Have a great week! 

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