San Diego Comic Con 2017
The annual Comic Con was held this past weekend in San Diego, CA. The convention welcomes over 100,000 fans from across the globe to share their love of their favorite franchises and movies. The convention is famous for its A-list guests and its exclusive first looks at hottest upcoming movies. This year, Steven Spielberg promoted his new movie, to great acclaim and excitement, Ready Player One, which dives into the world of virtual reality. In attendance again this year was Marvel Studios (Yuck), DC Comics (Yuck), and the other 20 million comic book franchise movies (and Yuck) promoting their new releases.
A New Artistic Director for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that a new Artistic Director will be taking over the reins at the Globe Theatre. Michelle Terry will take over the role as Artistic Director from April 2018. Terry is an Olivier Award-winning actor and writer and has worked with the Globe theatre on multiple productions, the most recent being As You Like It (2015) playing Rosalind. Her other credits include: Tribes at the Royal Court, for which she won an Olivier, The Café, a Sky One drama that she wrote and starred in, and Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which she played the titular role.
Having never seen any of Terry’s works, I can’t comment on her artistic vision. But I do know that her legacy is astounding. Yet what excites me the most about Terry’s new position is seeing an actor take over the role as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s iconic theatre. Shakespeare’s productions are reliant on the actors; actors make up the heart of a Shakespearean production. It will be interesting to see how Terry, coming directly from the performance side, will bring a new life and energy to Shakespeare’s iconic productions.
Related: What I'm Watching... Shakespeare at 400
Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman
Directed by Angela Robinson
"The true story of William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character "Wonder Woman", and the controversy the comic generated in its earlier years" (IMDB). Professor Marston & the Wonder Women is directed by Angela Robinson and stars Luke Evans as Dr. Marston, Rebecca Hall as Elizabeth Marston, and Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne. The film is set for release on 27 October.
I think I make it very clear my utter distaste for comic book movies (see above, for example). BUT, this telling of man and women behind Wonder Woman has got me so intrigued I feel like I'm committing a sin. Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman looks like a smart, provocative, and, quite frankly, palatable comic book movie about the making of a comic book. This film is obviously timely, what with the massive success of Warner Brother's Wonder Woman this summer, but I think the intriguing story, feminist undertone (my favorite shade of undertone), and the superb cast (I'm looking at you, Rebecca Hall!) will be what makes this film a success.
Rebel in the Rye
Directed by Danny Strong
Rebel in the Rye tells the story of the celebrated author J.D. Salinger, who gained acclaim from his world-famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Rebel in the Rye is directed, produced, and written by Danny Strong, best known for his work in popular films and television programs like Empire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and Game Change. It stars Nicholas Hoult as Salinger, Kevin Spacey as Salinger's mentor Whit Burnett, and Sarah Paulson as Dorothy Olding. The film is set to open in cinemas 15 September.
This trailer captured my attention because it bared a striking resemblance to John Krokidas's Kill Your Darlings, which I loved (which also reminded me that a rewatch of this glorious film is much overdue). The two films share the storyline of how that famous writer wrote that famous book and the mentors that lead them there, plus, the films also share a striking resemblance in style and tone. I don't know if this trailer sold me on the film entirely (it got a bit melodramatic by the end), but I will be interested to see where it goes.
Related: Kill Your Darlings | Review