Persona 5, Louis CK's 2017, and More – The Weekend Chill

by admin April 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

While Warner Bros builds its MonsterVerse with Godzilla and King Kong, Universal Studios has its own upcoming monsters universe, featuring Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster, and Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man. The first of those – arriving on June 9 – will be Tom Cruise-starrer The Mummy, which got a new trailer last weekend.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, Sigourney Weaver revealed that Avatar 2 will begin shooting in autumn. “We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall,” she added.

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On Tuesday, Netflix released a new teaser for its superhero mash-up mini-series Marvel’s The Defenders. It doesn’t show you much, honestly, but it did provide one important nugget of information – the release date. The show will hit Netflix on August 18.

An upcoming documentary, I Am Heath Ledger, will explore the life of the eponymous The Dark Knight star, who tragically died before the film’s release. The role got him a posthumous Oscar, and has set the standard for villain performances. Spike TV released the first trailer for the film this week, which includes footage captured by the actor, and interviews with his friends and colleagues.

We know a Dune reboot is on the way from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, and the film now has a writer. Variety reported on Wednesday that Legendary Entertainment, the studio, has brought on board Forrest Gump screenplay writer Eric Roth to script it.

If you’ve been getting tired of cinematic universes, you’re not going to like this. Activision Blizzard wants to rival Disney’s MCU with its own, by getting Call of Duty on the big screen. Video game adaptations haven’t ever been fruitful, so it’ll be interesting to see what Activision has in mind.

That’s all the entertainment news for this week. Welcome back to The Weekend Chill, your one-stop destination for what to watch, play, or listen to this weekend. Here are the best picks:

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Louis C.K.: 2017
Lately, comedian-actor Louis CK has been focusing his efforts more towards fiction – just last year, he was involved in Horace and Pete, Baskets, and Better Things on TV, along with voicing a character in The Secret Life of Pets. With 2017, Louis returns to the art form of stand-up comedy specials, something he hasn’t explored since 2015’s Live at the Comedy Store, which bypassed the system in their release format.

Released earlier this week to Netflix subscribers around the world, the big question Louis explores through the special – one he seems to have pondered for years altogether – is what the value of life really is. He’s never shied away from controversial topics, and he dives straight in with abortion on 2017. “I think you should not get an abortion unless you need one,” he says, to an awkward laugh. “In which case, you better get one!”

From there, he delves into the taboo around talking about suicide, the pettiness with wanting our dead relatives to “look down on us” from heaven, why love is great – but you shouldn’t expect it to last, and the many problems with raising children. He even talks about his love for the film Magic Mike, and why he’s never watched the film in its entirety.