Los Angeles Weekly Wrap Up – 2/2


With the end of January upon us, there’s so much to look forward to in the new year! We’re making note of previews and more to keep an eye on in the coming months.

It’s promising to be another epic year for Marvel. Along with the highly anticipated release of Black Panther and the build up to Avengers: Infinity War comes yet another release that we’ve already got marked on our calendars. The official teaser trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp features Paul Rudd sharing the screen with Evangeline Lilly fighting side-by-side as our favorite shrinking heroes uncover secrets from their past. While the teaser doesn’t quite reveal just what Ant-Man will be getting up to this time, we DO get sweeping city shots, size-defying action sequences, and a whole lot of what looks like a great time.

Speaking of Marvel, the Black Panther Premiere has garnered extremely positive reviews after it’s the January 29 premiere in Hollywood. The long-awaited premiere had a dress code of ‘royal attire’, and guests came fully prepared with ensembles that stunned on the royal purple carpet. Based on the pictures coming out of Monday night’s premiere, the hype for the movie (which premieres to larger audiences on February 16) has only grown. The reviews of the film itself describe Black Panther as ‘a cultural phenomenon’, and have us extremely excited to grab our tickets.

In a time where news outlets seem to be filled with daunting headlines and fear for the future of our world, there’s someone that we can cling to in order to remind ourselves of the good that still exists – and that someone is none other than Mr. Rogers. Though Fred Rogers himself passed away in 2003 at the age of 75, he will be portrayed in the biopic You Are My Friend by none other than Oscar winner Tom Hanks. The film, which has been acquired by TriStar Pictures, will see a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue (Transparent, The Legend of Master Legend) and Noah Harpster (Transparent, One Mississippi). It’s set to be directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and will start production in September.

Finally, CBS and Viacom are once again in talks for a potential union. Thanks to added pressure from the Disney-Fox and AT&T-Time Warner mergers, both companies face a very different media landscape from the one they inhabited back in 2016, when a merger was last considered. Early conversations involving Shari Redstone (the controlling shareholder in both CBS and Viacom), Bob Bakish (CEO of Viacom), and Leslie Moonves (CEO of CBS) have already begun. Will the companies involve a third company, the likes of which could see Lionsgate, Verizon, or Amazon? For now, we’ll have to wait and see what the media giants’ next steps will be.


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