It’s the end of another week and time to take a look at some of the biggest news from the entertainment industry this week.
I’ve covered some other major news in previous posts and you can find them linked below. Ok, let’s jump into this week’s Friday Five!
David Ayers Circling ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie for WB/DC Comics
Before the Avengers assembled and WB/DC started rolling the ball on their Justice League movie, there were plans for a different kind of ensemble movie. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have been plotting a feature length adaptation of Task Force X, better known as Suicide Squad. The Hollywood Reporter brings word on Friday that End of Watch director David Ayer is interested in the project. The Suicide Squad features villains-turned-heroes featuring numerous DC villains including Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Poison Ivy and Deadshot, among others. No word on when this film might hit theaters, but WB/DC has a number of “Untitled” release dates planned through the next few years.
Busy Casting Week for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel
It’s been a busy week in the casting department for the Magic Mike sequel, titled Magic Mike XXL. Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Matthew McConaughey would not be returning for the sequel. A few days later, Andie MacDowell had been added to the cast. Deadline reports that Jada Pinkett-Smith is also interested in playing the role of a strip club owner. On Friday, Amber Heard (pictured) became the latest addition to the cast. The sequel will revolve around the male exotic dancers from the first film going to a strippers’ convention. Along the way, Mike (Channing Tatum) takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and teaches him the fine art of partying, picking up women and making easy money. Magic Mike XXL is scheduled to hit theaters July 1, 2015.
Sony Animation Reveals First Look at ‘Popeye’
Popeye is one of those projects that Sony has been developing for several years and on Wednesday, the studio revealed a first look with an animation test video. You can watch Popeye fight off a group of pirates in the video below. The clip also includes an introduction by director Genndy Tartakovsky who created Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory and directed Sony’s Hotel Transylvania. Popeye is slated for a 2016 release.
Marvel Updates ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Synopsis
Marvel released an updated official announcement for Avengers: Age of Ultron on Monday. Here’s what it said:
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.
George Clooney to Receive 2015 Cecil B DeMille Award
George Clooney will become the latest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globe award show. The award is given annually to entertainment professionals who have made “an incredible impact in the world of entertainment.” Woody Allen received the award last year and previous honorees include Jodie Foster in 2013, Morgan Freeman in 2012 and Robert DeNiro in 2011.
“The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” Theo Kingman, HFPA president said.
The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 11.