Film Bits: Fantastic Fest Announces First Wave of Films; Get a Look at Josh Brolin in ‘Deadpool 2’

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Fantastic Fest 13 Unveils First Wave of Films

We are but 44 days away from the greatest genre film festival around, Fantastic Fest. Now in its thirteenth evil year, the popular Austin festival announced the first round of films to be shown on this year’s festival, and so far, the lineup is a doozy. Most notably are the premieres of two Stephen King inspired films, 1922, from director Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours), and the long-awaited adaptation of Gerald’s Game from director Mike Flanagan (Hush). Beyond that, the first wave of announcements features films from across the genre spectrum from all over the world. The bulk of this wave features films from outside the U.S., as is custom for Fantastic Fest, including entries from Egypt (Anyab) and Cambodia (Jailbreak). More announcements will be made as we get closer to the festival, but for now, we’re off to a great start. For the full lineup so far, click here. Fantastic Fest 13 takes place September 21-28 in Austin, Texas.

(Fantastic Fest)

First Images of Josh Brolin from ‘Deadpool 2’ Released

Ryan Reynolds unveiled the first look at Josh Brolin as the time traveling mutant Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2 yesterday, adding to the series of images the star as released so far. As far as first looks go, Brolin looks pretty stellar in costume. In the comics, Cable is a no nonsense mercenary who leads several teams including the group Six Pack, of which Domino, who was unveiled last week by Reynolds, is a member. Seems as though the Merc with a Mouth will find himself at odds with both Cable and Domino in the sequel to last year’s unlikely superhero hit, though to what extent we don’t know. Cable’s origins are tied to the villainous Mr. Sinister, who was teased in last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, so it’s possible we might get some movement on that storyline. We’ll know for sure when Deadpool 2 hits theaters on June 1 of next year.

(Twitter)

Full ‘mother!’ Trailer is Creepy as Hell

Not really sure what’s going in this new, full trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, but I’m pretty sure I’m here for it. After a moody and atmospheric teaser released last week, the latest trailer plays up the psychological horror of the Requiem for a Dream director’s latest film. As ever, it’s hard to discern what to make of an Aronofsky movie from the trailer alone, but it looks creepy as hell. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are upended when two strangers, played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeifer, intrude upon their secluded home. Who knows what dark secrets and traumatic directions the film with take from there, but since this is an Aronofsky joint it should be plenty creepy. The film is expected to hit theaters on September 15.

(Paramount)

Lucy and Desi Biopic Lands at Amazon

Aaron Sorkin’s long-planned biopic of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz has found a home on Amazon, and Cate Blanchett is on board to play America’s First Lady of Comedy. No word yet on who will be directing the Sorkin penned script or who will play Desi, but the film apparently has the blessing of Lucy and Desi’s children and is considered to be an official telling of their love and business affairs. The story of Lucy and Desi is a remarkable tale of tumultuous love and financial success; their Desilu Productions was behind the success of numerous classic era TV shows including I Love Lucy, The Untouchables, The Dick van Dyke Show, and Star Trek. Depending on who they get for Desi—while nothing is finalized yet, Javier Bardem is supposedly in the running—this could be a fantastic look into the lives and minds of two of TV’s most remarkable producers.

(Deadline)

David Letterman Leaves Retirement for Netflix

David Letterman is coming back to television just two years after departing The Late Show on CBS. The comedian has reportedly inked a deal with Netflix to produce six longform interviews for an as-yet-untitled new series. This isn’t the streaming giant’s first foray into the world of talk TV; their series with Chelsea Handler has recently entered its second season, and earlier this year Bill Nye unveiled a new talk-show format show about science. So far, there have been no announcements about guests or format, but the new series is expected to air sometime in 2018.

(The Hollywood Reporter)

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