It’s a Halloween-ish episode this week on Between the Streams, though you wouldn’t know it’s almost Halloween by looking at this week’s paltry box office offerings. Inferno is going to drop like a rock, and that’s really about it. Our suggestion? Stay home and watch one of our favorite horror movies on the small screen. We’ll be outlining our favorites on today’s episode, as well as asking you for your suggestions for the scariest flicks ever created.
But that’s just a small part of what we’ve got in store today. First, we’ll discuss some breaking news about one of the most refreshing (and surprising) box office hits in this, the superhero era — Deadpool. We got word last week that Tim Miller, the director of Ryan Reynolds’ passion-project-turned-megahit has exited the picture for Deadpool 2. Miller, it’s been reported, left over creative differences with Reynolds. Reynolds not only starred in the first film, but also produced it and led the marketing barrage that helped the rated-R flick become one of the biggest superhero successes of all time, including capturing the coveted crown as the highest-grossing X-Men film ever.
Rumored to be the frontrunner to replace Miller is John Wick co-director and stuntman extraordinaire David Leitch, which could be good news for anyone who loves bloody destruction set to brilliant choreography. As for Miller, he’s still in good graces at Fox, according to Deadline. He’s reportedly been tapped by the studio to head up the new Influx franchise, a thriller about a scientist who creates a device that can “reflect gravity.” Wins all around? We hope so, as Deadpool is one of our favorite new franchises.
How about Inferno, the latest Robert Langdon adventure from Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard? Apparently, it’s pretty terrible and wholly forgettable. And really, that’s about the only highlight to mention this weekend for the box office — it appears Hollywood at large is taking the weekend off for some frightening fun. If you happen to live in LA or NYC, you can check out Leonardo DiCaprio’s depressing documentary about climate change, Before the Flood, and see what co-stars like President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and other big shots have to say on the subject. There are also two new rock docs to mention, Oasis: Supersonic and a Stooges documentary called Gimme Danger, but again, good luck finding them in theaters.
Outside the multiplex, however, there’s plenty going on in the entertainment world, including some news on Jessica Jones season 2, which will reportedly have all female directors; Sherlock season 4, which will premiere January 1; and young Lando Calrissian, who will be played (as we’d hoped) by the phenomenally talented Donald Glover.
But perhaps one of the most intriguing stories to hit this week is that of J.J. Abrams’ latest secret project, which is reportedly called God Particle. While nothing has been confirmed yet by the studio, The Wrap reported this week that the secretive project will all but assuredly be a continuation of Abrams’ Cloverfield anthology series. The Cloverfield franchise began with the found-footage flick of the same name, but took a brilliant and enigmatic turn for the beloved 10 Cloverfield Lane. While each story has thus far had seemingly only tangential connections, it appears God Particle will be even more distinctive, reportedly centered around a group of astronauts in a survival-story scenario. That’s all we know so far, but secrets from Bad Robot (Abrams’ production company) always tend to be intriguing, and God Particle appears to be carrying the mantle.
We’ll also discuss what’s new from Netflix, a pseudo spinoff site designed to help with insomnia called “Napflix,” and, for our Between the Cracks section, a new sci-fi comedy from TBS called People of Earth, which will premiere on Halloween night (you can also watch the first show early on YouTube).
We’ll talk about all that and more on today’s Between the Streams, so check us out today at 2 p.m. PT, or take us along with you via podcast — this week with a special podcast-only interview with one of the stars of People of Earth, Luka Jones.
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