The wait has been long and painful since the world-shattering Season 2 finale, but finally Star Wars Rebels returns this Saturday, Sept 24. Disney and Lucasfilm were kind enough to give us access to the two-part Season 3 premiere titled Steps Into Shadow and the return starts off impressive… most impressive.
In recent years we’ve seen the rise of prequel-based television shows that are set before the events of popular movie franchise. With the success of shows like Hannibal and Bates Motel, it’s only a matter of time before more networks jump on the bandwagon and try to cash in the on the ongoing trend. The Exorcist definitely follows suit, but has a spin of its own – it feels more like a reimagining of the original film as opposed to a prequel.
Fox’s new inspirational sports drama Pitch is the fictional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball history. Not only is she slated to make her start as the first female to ever play the game professionally, but she also happens to be African-American, which draws comparisons to Jackie Robinson due to his struggles to enter the league – which only escalates the mounting pressure.
Director Antoine Fuqua has dabbled in remake territory before – 2014’s The Equalizer was an update of the 1980s television series, albeit with significant changes – but his latest effort finds him saddled (no pun intended) with the daunting task of reimagining one of the most popular and beloved Western films of all time, The Magnificent Seven.
Lethal Weapon is the next beloved film to take a crack at being one of the only franchises ever to succeed as a television adaptation. If the show wants that crown, it’s going to have to get a lot better, real fast, because the pilot is only passable action entertainment – but utterly unnecessary.
Beauty and the Beast was the first animated Disney film that I ever saw in theaters, which almost certainly contributed to my lifelong reverence for it. It may not be my all-time favorite Disney classic – that distinction belongs to Robin Hood, and you can judge me all you like – but it definitely ranks pretty high on the list. Even if 10-year-old me had never seen it on the big screen, I have a feeling I still would have fallen in love with it eventually.
One of the most mysterious films headed to theaters this year is Passengers, an original sci-fi love story from screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and directed by The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum. Other than the face that the film is headlined by Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, very little information has been revealed up to this point.
One of 2017’s most anticipated films has to be The LEGO Movie spin-off starring that film’s Caped Crusader in The LEGO Batman Movie. Next week LEGO Dimensions is releasing their first wave of highly anticipated Year 2 packs, but today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is looking ahead even further announcing that The LEGO Batman Movie will be getting the full LEGO Dimensions treatment to coincide with film’s release – including a brand new Story Pack and Expansion pack featuring characters from the movie.
The fall TV season is beginning to heat up, and tonight marks the return of Gotham, Fox’s prequel to the Batman legend which follows the early career of Gotham City detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Last season was focused heavily on the introduction of several new villains, and this year should be no different, with Huge Strange and The Mad Hatter expected to appear alongside returning characters like The Penguin and Edward Nygma.
The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were presented last night during a live telecast from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show, which saw huge wins for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and of course, Game of Thrones.