Here's a weekly round up of what's happening next in TV and film:
Tom Cruise is back!
No you haven't been transported back to the 80's, although that would be fun wouldn't it?
At 57-years-old, Tom Cruise will return to the pilot fighting franchise, Top Gun, for more one go around.
The film also boasts a great cast including Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, and Ed Harris. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), here's the synopsis:
“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: ‘Rooster,’ the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka ‘Goose.’ Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.”
Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters June 26, 2020.
Legends of The Hidden Temple is returning but for ADULTS.
I nearly fainted when I heard the news! You don't understand. When I was kid, I dreamed of being on the show, always telling myself I would kill in the puzzles and put together the monkey easily.
Unfortunately, as an adult, I thought my childhood dreams were gone until Quibi, the mobile only streaming service, announced they're bringing back the show.
But here's the kicker --- it'll be tailored for adults!
In a statement to The Wrap, original executive producer Scott A. Stone stated, “I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it. I couldn’t be more excited.”
The newly revamped Hidden Temple will keep some of its trademark obstacles but take it up a notch when it comes to the location by moving the show to a location in undisclosed jungle instead of the Nickelodeon Studio the show was held.
Expect harder challenges and of course bigger prizes. Can't wait!
Two Hollywood powerhouses team up for "Americanah."
The increase in women being the storytellers in Hollywood has been growing rapidly and we can now add another pair of powerhouses to that narrative.
Lupita N'yongo (Black Panther, 12 Years A Slave) has teamed up with Danai Gurira (Avengers: End Game, Black Panther, The Walking Dead) to bring limited series, "Americanah" to HBO Max. Gurira wrote the pilot and both women will serve as showrunners on the series.
"Americanah” is a 10-episode limited series that tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a self-assured young woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze (Momoh). Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west. Ifemelu heads for America, where she finds academic success, but is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead begins living undocumented in London.
As if the series needed anymore of that "wow" factor, Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black, Mrs. America) will also join the cast as Aunty Uju, a doctor and Ifemelu’s young confidant aunt.
No word yet when it will be available on the service but one would assume when HBO Max officially launches early next year.