Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 08/01/2021

coming attractions 08012021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on the forthcoming movie The Mimic, Dane Baptiste’s BBC Three series Bamous, the return of Master Of None and Solar Opposites, an adaptation of Alexei Sayle’s autobiographies, a film version of Spamalot, Rhys Darby starring in a pirate based sitcom, and much more.

Bamous – Dane Baptiste’s BBC Three show will drop on January 12th. “The show is set in the heart of The NASBLAQ, a mythical, ever-shifting stock index of the most prominent and up-and-coming black talent in the UK. It’s like the Kilimanjaro of black success – incredibly hard to ascend, full of hidden dangers and all too easy to drop off. Dane is joined by some of UK comedy’s rising stars, including Toussaint Douglass, Munya Chawawa, Lola Jagun and Thanyia Moore to take a satirical, hilarious, razor sharp and shamelessly provocative look at what it’s like to be black and famous, or as it shall forever now be known… BAMOUS.” More info and an interview with Baptiste is here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/9930/dane-baptiste-bamous

Lethal Weapon 5 – Richard Donner is threatening to make a final film in the series, even though the previous two were pretty damn poor. https://www.darkhorizons.com/donner-talks-fifth-lethal-superheroes/

Master Of None – Is to return after a break of four years according to Chortle “Four years after the last episodes of the Netflix comedy-drama, the comic will once again return as Dev Shah, the thirty-something actor struggling with his romantic and professional life. Chortle understands that British actor Naomi Ackie, who won a Bafta for her performance in The End of the F**ing World and who will play Whitney Houston in the forthcoming film biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, is attached to join the cast, presumably as Dev’s latest love interest. Lena Waithe is also set to reprise her role as his friend Denise. Ansari, who also directs the show, and co-creator Alan Yang started production on series three in London last spring, but work was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/01/07/47610/aziz_ansaris_master_of_none_to_return

Mathilda – British actress Lashana Lynch has joined the cast of the adaptation of the musical – “The story follows a 5-year-old named Matilda, whose precocious nature and gift for telekinesis help her overcome bullying from her parents, classmates and even the school’s principal Miss Trunchbull. Lynch is in talks to play Miss Honey, Matilda’s good-natured teacher. The property was previously adapted into a film in 1996, and a stage production in 2010 with songs by Tim Minchin. Matthew Warchus, who directed the stage musical, will return to direct the film while original playwright Dennis Kelly will adapt the screenplay.” https://www.darkhorizons.com/lashana-lynch-joins-musical-matilda/

The Mimic – After a successful world premiere at the 2020 Cinequest Film Festival, the film will be releasing via Gravitas in limited theaters and available on VOD beginning Friday, February 5, 2021! Based on a true story, this clever, intriguing, and hyperbolic comedy follows the main character – ‘the Narrator’ (Thomas Sadoski) who is befriended by his young new neighbor ‘the Kid’ (Jake Robinson), after he joins the local newspaper team. Obsessed with the idea that the Kid may be a sociopath, the Narrator goes to extreme lengths to uncover the truth about him and his wife, a woman he ultimately begins to fancy. Between long walks down the street, a twisted dinner date, and a car drive gone terribly wrong, the Narrator gets closer and closer to the truth about the Kid. But the truth, as he finds, is anything but what he expected. THE MIMIC’s star-studded cast includes Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Jake Robinson (American Odyssey), Austin Pendleton (Finding Nemo, Oz), Gina Gershon (Showgirls, Riverdale), Marilu Henner (L.A. Story, Taxi), Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, The Invitation), Didi Conn (Grease), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn, Joker), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Doug Plaut (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), with M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner, Sneaky Pete), and Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), and a trailer can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_nwNNRlxC8&t=1s

Mr Bean – As it’s a slow news week, apparently an animated Mr Bean movie is in the works. https://www.comedy.co.uk/film/news/6146/mr-bean-animated-film/

Our Flag Means Death – Rhys Darby is to star in this new HBO Max series. “The series was originally ordered at the streamer back in September. It is loosely based on the real life of Stede Bonnet (Darby), a well-to-do gentleman farmer and child of wealth in the 18th century who suffers a mid-life crisis and becomes captain of the pirate ship “The Revenge.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rhys-darby-hbo-max-pirate-comedy-taika-waititi-1234878782/

Punky Brewster – The continuation of this once vaguely liked series will drop on February 25th. “All 10 episodes of the series will drop at once, following Punky (Soleil Moon Frye). Once a bright young girl being raised by a foster dad in the 1980s series, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life bak on track. In the new series, Punky will meet Izzy (Quinn Copeland), a girl in the foster system who reminds her of her younger self. Cherie Johnson reprises her role as Punky’s best friend Cherie, and the series also stars Freddie Prinze Jr. as Travis, Punky’s ex-husband; Noah Cottrell as Diego; Oliver De Los Santos as Daniel, and Lauren Lindsey Donzis as Hannah.” A bit more info and a photo can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/punky-brewster-peacock-premiere-date-first-look-1234879185/

Search Party – A trailer for the show’s fourth season, which begins on January 14th, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbQFVZGFlwg&feature=emb_logo

Solar Opposites – Is set to return on March 26th. “The series follows four aliens, Korvo (Justin Roiland), Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone), Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack), who escape their exploding homes to start a new life in suburban America. The upcoming season will see the pack on a mission to protect the Pupa, a living super computer that will one day evolve, consume them and terraform the Earth.” A short trailer is now online too – https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/solar-opposites-season-2-premiere-date-hulu-1234879943/

Spamalot – The film version is finally set to go ahead, with Chortle reporting “Three years ago Chortle reported how Eric Idle, who co-wrote the stage hit, was working on a script for the project for 20th Century Fox. But when the studio was brought by Disney in a £50billion deal in 2019, the film stalled. Now, however, Hollywood website Deadline reports that Paramount has taken over the rights and intends to start shooting this year. Casey Nicholaw, who was the choreographer of the original 2005 Broadway production, remains as director – although casting has not yet been confirmed.” More info is here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/01/07/47604/spamalot_movie_back_on_track

Stalin Ate My Homework / Thatcher Stole My Trousers – The two autobiography’s by Alexei Sayle are to be turned in to a tv series according to Sayle on BBC 6 Music. “Stalin Ate My Homework recalls his Jewish, atheist, communist upbringing in 1950s Liverpool, holidaying behind the Iron Curtain and being present during the Paris riots of 1968, ending with Sayle leaving for Chelsea School of Art. Thatcher Stole My Trousers picks up the story in 1971 as he forms an unlikely friendship with his art school tutor Anne Rees-Mogg, mother of Conservative MP Jacob and wife of ultra-establishment Times editor William. The book then tracks his deepening participation in left-wing politics and seminal role in the rise of the UK’s alternative comedy scene compering at The Comedy Store, as well as his work on The Comic Strip and The Young Ones.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/radio/news/6147/alexei-sayle-radio-4-series/

Wandavision – A new teaser trailer for this Marvel series can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/wandavision-tv-spot-theme-song-1234878291/

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – Spoilers concerning the shows second season can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/zoeys-extraordinary-playlist-season-2-premiere-max-joan-1234872162/

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