Last Friday, a report from THR claimed that Warner Bros. is using producer Martin Scorsese to get Leonardo DiCaprio on board as the new Joker for its origin story spin-off. Given that Scorsese’s own deal isn’t done yet, and the film will feature a younger version of The Joker – Jared Leto is only three years older than DiCaprio – this news should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt.
The third season of True Detective is officially a go at HBO, with Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali set to star in a leading role. Meanwhile, Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) will co-direct the season with creator-writer Nic Pizzolatto, which will take place in three different time periods. Pizzolatto is the lone writer on season 3, except one episode that he co-wrote with Deadwood creator David Milch.
On Saturday, Ron Howard – the new director of the untitled Han Solo film – tweeted a new addition to the film’s cast, in Paul Bettany (Vision in Avengers). He will play the same character as Michael K. Williams, which indicates that the role has been recast following the director switch. The standalone Star Wars movie is slated for release on May 25, 2018.
There was bigger Star Wars news on Tuesday, as Disney revealed that it had parted ways with Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). In a statement, it said “our visions for the project differ”, and sources confirmed that Trevorrow had trouble with finalising the script as per Lucasfilm’s wishes. Interestingly, playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) was brought on just last month.
Both Apple and Amazon have entered the running for distribution rights to the James Bond franchise, whose rights lapsed after Sony Pictures’ deal ended in 2015 with Spectre. Warner Bros. is apparently the frontrunner, as per THR, though both tech giants are willing to spend as much as Warner, if not more.
Suicide Squad 2 has found its director: Gavin O’Connor, the man behind films like Warrior (2011), Miracle (2004), and Tumbleweeds (1999). His most recent work was the Ben Affleck-starrer The Accountant, which wasn’t received nearly as well. The sequel to last year’s dumpster-fire Suicide Squad is expected to start shooting in 2018.
On Thursday, Veep showrunner David Mandel announced that the political comedy – starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has five consecutive Emmys for her role as Selina Meyer – would come to an end with its seventh season next year. Louis-Dreyfus said: “We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”
The X-Men film franchise has further expanded with Deadline revealing that Drew Goddard (The Martian) had been tapped to write and direct the X-Force movie, which will unite the likes of Deadpool, Cable, and Domino, whom you'll first be meeting in the Deadpool sequel in June 2018. That means the X-Force movie is basically a sequel to Deadpool 2 with a different name, a bit like Captain America: Civil War was to The Avengers. There’s no release date yet.
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:
“Where’s BoJack?” is the call of BoJack Horseman’s season 4, after the Will Arnett-voiced anthropomorphic horse and former sitcom star left the craziness of Hollywoo(d) and took off into the desert at the end of the last season. We know he saw wild horses roaming free, which served as a metaphor for BoJack having to let go and embrace a fresh start, but all the other supporting characters have no idea, clearly.
While BoJack has been missing for months, [spoilers ahead for previous seasons] his former ghostwriter Diane (Alison Brie) is busy working for the feminist blog while writing a tell-all on her ex-husband Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), who is running for Governor after the accidental success of his car start-up Cabracadabra, thanks to the spaghetti incident.
Most critics have offered high praise for the new season, while noting that it may not have the narrative cohesiveness of years past, but it’s still one of the best shows currently on air. And as always, there are endless visual gags, animal puns, and poignant moments that cause you to reflect on your life. The entire season of 10 episodes is available Friday on Netflix.
How to access: Netflix
Time commitment: 4 hours and 10 minutes
Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos – the same duo behind The Wire, considered one of the greatest shows of all time – The Duece follows the rise of the porn industry in New York City during the seventies and eighties, through the eyes of night-club owners and Mob-frontmen Vincent and Frankie Martino. Did we mention they’re twins and played by James Franco? Yep.
The cast also includes Maggie Gyllenhaal as Times Square prostitute Eileen “Candy” Merrell, who’s also a producer on the show; Gbenga Akinnagbe as demanding pimp Larry Brown, Chris Bauer as the Martino twins’ brother-in-law Bobby Dwyer, Chris Coy as a veteran bartender Paul Hendrickson, and Margarita Levieva as college student Abigail “Abby” Parker.
While the pilot episode has been available for two weeks on HBO Go, it starts airing in the US on Sunday, September 10. Critics love the story and the way it’s told, alongside the performances of Franco and Gyllenhall, as well as the direction of Michelle MacLaren.
You’re the Worst
After that bombshell of an ending last year, the fourth season of You’re the Worst kicked off earlier this week with a one-hour premiere, jumping three months ahead into the storyline. Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are dealing with the situation in two very different, yet very similar ways, locking themselves away in their personal prison.
Meanwhile, Edgar (Desmin Borges) and Lindsay (Kether Donohue) have their own set of relationship problems to do with, in a season in which they emerge as the more serious of the lot. Created by Stephen Falk, You’re the Worst is as pessimistic about people as its title and central duo, but its tackling of serious issues – clinical depression in season two, and then the flaws of veterans’ care in season three – has always shown that it can be much more multi-layered than its characters.
Even in today’s crowded roster of comedies involving unlikeable people, various stages of depression and weird life choices, You’re the Worst still manages to stand out. Early reviews for season 4 are equally positive, with the writing giving supporting characters equal attention as those of the central duo.
Outlander is back with its third season after a longer gap than usual, with season two arriving in April last year. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s on-going Outlander series of novels – the new season is based on the third book, Voyager – the show is centred on time-travelling 20th-century nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and 18th-century Scottish warrior husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Developed by Ronald D. Moore – who spent a decade on various Star Trek shows before developing Battlestar Galactica – who also wrote the third season premiere, Outlander continues the couple’s journey across centuries, as Claire struggles to raise their child in modern times, while Jaime deals with defeat at Battle of Culloden in 1746.
Though the show started off as mildly impressive, it has grown in stature with season two receiving much acclaim, and the new season becoming more mature. EW’s Jeff Jensen has called it “TV’s best romance, [which] soars by making you fall in love with it all over again”. The third season begins Sunday, September 10 in the US, and new episodes will come to Netflix the next day.
Top of the Lake
Returning to a series that co-creator Jane Campion said had come to a distinct ending, Top of the Lake: China Girl – as the second season is being subtitled – finds Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) back in Sydney, where she works with a new partner in Constable Miranda Hilmarson (Gwendoline Christie) to investigate a body found on Bondi Beach.
Nicole Kidman is also part of the high-profile cast as an Australian mother named Julia Edwards, alongside Alice Englert as Mary Edwards, Robin’s daughter who was adopted by Julia. Top of the Lake had its premiere at Cannes Film Festival back in May this year, and it’s now coming to the US, after finishing airing on BBC in the UK.
Season two’s critical reception hasn’t hit the same highs as the impactful first season, even as the actors are standout in their roles, with Uproxx’s Alan Sepinwall saying it’s down to “the lake town itself [being] such a huge part of the first series, [and] in part because some of the coincidences that drive both stories play more convincingly in a small community than in a big city”.
Based on Stephen King’s over 1,000-page horror novel from three decades ago, It – releasing Friday worldwide – marks the book’s first big screen adaptation, after a TV mini-series in 1990. The film keeps the same story, with a group of seven children facing their biggest personal fears as they attempt to fight an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), whom they simply refer to as ‘It’.
With children disappearing from the small town of Derry, Maine, and adults refusing to pay attention, the Losers’ Club – called so because they’re all bullied, and consisting of Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Bev (Sophia Lillis), and Stan (Wyatt Oleff) – must take matters in their own hands.
Intended to be the first chapter in a duology, director Andres Muschietti’s work is being labelled a largely faithful adaptation of King’s story. It’s got the usual jump-scares, though critics feel that it’s the child cast that powers the film, alongside an understanding of everyday evil.
How to access: Out in cinema halls
Time commitment: 2 hours and 15 minutes
From the director of the Ocean’s trilogy Steven Soderbergh, and featuring an ensemble cast of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, and Sebastian Stan, Logan Lucky is about two brothers – Tatum and Driver – as they attempt an elaborate robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Without going too much away, the plan involves Craig’s demolition expert helping them break into the track’s underground system. But as any good story demands, complications arise after a mix-up forces them to pull it off during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race, with a relentless FBI agent (Swank) on their tail.
As always, Soderbergh has also shot and edited the film himself, under his usual pseudonyms. Logan Lucky – no connection to this year’s X-Men film Logan – holds a 92 percent fresh rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus calling it “high-octane fun [and] a welcome end to Soderbergh's retirement”.
How to access: Out in cinema halls
Time commitment: 1 hour and 59 minutes
If you’re looking for more streaming options, check out our Netflix guide for September. The second season of The Expanse, and a documentary series in Fire Chasers, which follows firefighters as they try to fight seasonal wildfires in California, are available on the service Friday.
Three years after the original, Bungie’s sequel to its online-only multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny 2 is now available on consoles. In-game, one year has passed since the end of the SIVA threat, when Cabal forces of the Red Legion attack the Last City on Earth and lay it to ruins, draining the Traveler’s Light that powers humanity’s protectors, the Guardians.
Now, the player – as a Guardian – must follow a vision, to reunite the city’s forces, restore the light, and fight back to reclaim what was their home. During the campaign, you’ll also travel to former colonies around the Solar System, all in a bid to vanquish Ghaul and save the Traveler. Of course, there are tons of cooperative and competitive missions too alongside.
Since game critics – including us – weren’t afforded early access to Destiny 2, reviews available at the time of writing aren’t reliable enough since people haven’t had enough game time to invest. You can either wait till next week, or try it for yourself.
American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
Back in 2011, LCD Soundsystem decided that it was time to bring down the curtains, and they officially bowed out. That lasted a full five years, before an announcement last year they were getting back together, along with a new album in production. It arrived last week, with American Dream marking their first in seven years, and fourth overall.
Led by producer and multi-instrumentalist James Murphy, the 10-track new album is full of long songs, with the final track touching Pink Floyd-levels at 12 minutes. The influence of David Bowie – who urged Murphy to re-unite the band – is clear as day over American Dream, alongside the band’s signature indie touches from the early 2000s.
The guitars on Call the police and Other voices contain hints of Bono and Talking Heads, with 80s’ post-punk appearing throughout the new album. Murphy talks about aging, regret and search for meaning in his life, in what is LCD Soundsystem’s most mature, and what some are calling their best work yet.