Jacob Hall Biography
Alex Trebek is a cultural institution, a beacon of knowledge and grace under pressure. Everyone loves him. Which is why it’s always amusing to watch the unflappable host of Jeopardy say silly words and phrases in that reliable deadpan of his. A recent episode of the immortal game show saw him forced to say the name “Turd Ferguson,” which should amuse anyone with a passing knowledge of modern comedy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built out of spare parts. With heavy-hitters like Spider-Man and the X-Men owned by different studios, Marvel Studios bet big on less popular characters and emerged victorious. Suddenly, Iron Man and Captain America became a big deal for ordinary, non-nerd people. Marvel no longer needs their big guns to matter. And now, they’re showcasing their clout by ruthlessly removing the X-Men from the comic book landscape using the characters they intend to replace them with – the Inhumans.
If you follow Hollywood politics, you know that Legendary Pictures, the company who have had a hand in everything from The Dark Knight to Jurassic World, is currently in a bit of a beef with Universal. After years of developing Kong: Skull Island for the studio, Legendary moved the project over to Warner Bros., where the legendary ape could mingle with the new Godzilla in a future movie. This saga of money and creative disagreements and big personalities was already interesting, but then it started dropping details about what we could expect from future King Kong and Godzilla movies.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens only three months away from release, Disney and Lucasfilm are waist-deep in their plan to ensure that every human being on the planet with access to a movie theater will go see their new movie. Now, the next phase is upon us: put all six films on Netflix, to remind any doubters that they like Star Wars.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, get your best look yet at Oscar Isaac as an iconic X-Men villain, learn the status of the Man of Steel sequel, and check out the latest Marvel Studios chatter.
There are few performers as easy to watch as Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. Both are blessed with that most uncommon superpower – they walk on screen and you instantly like them, no strings attached. So any movie that casts them side-by-side deserves your attention. If that movie is a musical, that movie becomes an instant must-see. But now Hollywood have decided to test your devotion by making them the leads in the upcoming Trolls, an animated musical based on those creepy Troll dolls.
The Divergent series has never reached the culture-saturating heights of the Hunger Games movies, but it’s done well for itself. Divergent and its awkwardly titled sequel, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, left fans satisfied and made their fare share of cash at the box office. The first trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant (ugh, that title) is preaching to the choir. No one put off by the first two films will be won over by this footage and no one who skipped the first two will be able to follow any of this, but this movie doesn’t need your approval. It just needs the approval of the faithful.
Good news: War of the Planet of the Apes has added Woody Harrelson to the cast. Bad news: Woody Harrelson will not be playing an ape. Good news: Woody Harrelson will be playing a mysterious character known as “the Colonel,” which means he’ll probably have at least one scene where he fist-fights an ape to the death. After all, movie characters whose names are just military titles do that kind of thing.
Disney’s trend of adapting its animated classics into live action blockbusters has resulted in movies both good and bad, but The Jungle Book looks like it could be something special. The first trailer for the film has arrived and it rightfully puts the emphasis on the animals. Sure, young Mowgli is doing all of the running and the jumping, but we really care about the wide variety of creatures forcing him to do that running and jumping in the first place.
Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath isn’t just a new Star Wars novel. Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s Star Wars: Shattered Empire isn’t just a new Star Wars comic. They’re actually a pretty big deal – they’re the first stories in the new canon to take place after Return of the Jedi, which mean they are the first stories to hint at what we’ll be getting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.