March 31st Flick Picks

TV

1) Siren premiered Thursday on Freeform. The show takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. It follows two marine biologists trying to trying to find out more about the mermaids. When a mysterious young girl starts wreaking havoc all across Bristol Cove, two marine biologists, Ben and Maddie, try to find out where she came from and if there are more like her. The battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.

2) Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events dropped on Friday. The Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf played by Neil Patrick Harris.

2.5) The Crossing premieres on ABC on Monday. The sci-fi drama follows 47 refugees from a war-torn country [who] seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America – and the war they are fleeing is 180 years in the future.

3) Matt Ryan’s Constantine is set to become a series regular on season 4 of Legends of Tomorrow.

4) Marvel has cast Annabella Sciorra as Luke Cage season 2 villain Rosalie Carbone, “a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem.” Sciorra had a season-long arc on HBO’s The Sopranos, starred in Jungle Fever, and also has a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s G.L.O.W. Luke Cage is back June 22.

5) Capcom’s Street Fighter is coming to TV. Entertainment One, the Toronto-based media company, and its president, Mark Gordon, have reached a deal that will see the company develop, produce and finance a live-action television series.

6) The DC cult comic Astro City has  a TV series is in the works. Written by Kurt Busiek. FremantleMedia North America, the company that produces American Gods, has procured the rights for Astro City. The series pilot will be written and produced by Busiek and Rick Alexander. The comic is an episodic, slice-of-life showcase that follows the adventures of the array of costumed heroes who call it home, along with the regular folk who deal with their sometimes-destructive deeds.

7) Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity films and Edge of Tomorrow returns to YouTube Red with Impulse, a series that will continue the story established in his 2008 sci-fi film, Jumper. The series adapts the continuity of the Jumper novels of Steven Gould. Won’t have Hayden Christensen’s Jumper protagonist David Rice. It will instead center on 16-year-old girl Henry, to be played by (a 23-year-old) Maddie Hasson, who is known from the TV series Twisted and was seen opposite Tom Hiddleston’s Hank Williams in the 2015 biopic I Saw the Light. You can find the trailer on YouTube.

8) It’s a big week for Marvel news. Legion is back on Tuesday.

Film

9) The new Deadpool 2 trailer dropped last week and we learned a little bit more about the movie. Another member of the X-Force team has been revealed, Bedlam, aka Jesse Aaronson, played by Terry Crews. Originally, he was one of a number of mutants introduced in the alternate reality known as “Age of Apocalypse,” where he worked for Mister Sinister. His Marvel Universe debut came a bit later, in 1995. Jesse had grown up experimented on as a teenager after his parents were killed when he was very young. Once he was rescued by Charles Xavier’s Mutant Underground Support Engine. Will he be in Fox’s X-Force movie?

10) Also in Marvel news, Clark Gregg has been confirmed for Captain Marvel, so he’ll be taking a break from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That’s right Agent Coulson is back. With the film taking place long before his appearance in Iron Man, we might see how he first got started working with S.H.I.E.L.D.

11) Rob Zombie has officially begun filming Devil’s Rejects sequel called Three from Hell. Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley will be reprising their roles. Zombie may be taking a turn toward the supernatural with these characters. Since all three characters died at the end of the first film, some kind of force would have had to send them back to the land of the living.

11.5) Danny Boyle has confirmed he is working on a script for the next James Bond film, alongside his Trainspotting collaborator John Hodge. The news suggests Boyle will direct the 25th installment in the franchise, the final one featuring Daniel Craig in the title role.

12) A new animated Grinch will be coming November 9th from Illumination and Universal Pictures and Benedict Cumberbatch will be The Grinch. The film will be delving into the character’s childhood and exploring the events that shaped his Noel-nixing inclinations.

13) Black Panther has become the top grossing superhero film of all time, not accounting for inflation. Last weekend it surpassed The Avengers, which grossed $623.4 million in 2012. Black Panther is one of only seven films to ever earn $600 million or more domestically, finishing last Sunday with $630.9 million to put it at No. 5 on the all-time list. Globally, Black Panther finished Sunday with $1.237 billion in ticket sales, surpassing Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion) to rank as the No. 3 superhero title of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion). It’s also now the No. 12 highest-grossing pic in history.

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