Yeah, OK, whatever. I’ll admit it. I fell for it. I fell for it HARD.
Can’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/zL2CLYhGAM— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 24, 2019
In my defense, though, the date “2.3.19” means absolute f*ck-all to me, so I was fine with thinking that was just a completely random date on which some form of The Big Lebowski-related content would be arriving. A sequel trailer? A livestream of Jeff Bridges shopping for sweaters? The possibilities were endless! Or they were, until the internet was all, like, “THAT’S THE DAY OF THE SUPERBOWL!!!” and yeah, apparently it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So that makes this most likely a tease for some sort of Big Lebowski-themed Superbowl ad. A thing that I’m against in principle (teasers for commercials? F*ck off, capitalism!) but in this case… eh, I’m cool with it. Jeff Bridges deserves the money just like we deserve more of The Dude. And if that means watching him drink Budweiser with some puppies in a barn, or hawking piss-stain remover, then so be it. But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.
Know what else I fell for? THIS RIGHT HERE:
Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase — In theaters March 15
I loved the Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. And I loved Sophia Lillis as young Beverly in IT. And, sure, this isn’t exactly the Nancy Drew you might remember, but it seems like it might just manage to update the source material intelligently without fundamentally altering the tone. At least, I’m hopeful!
The Hummingbird Project — In theaters March 15
An outdoorsy finance movie? Yeah, kinda! Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård race Salma Hayek in a bid to lay a fiberoptic line that will deliver stock prices faster than the competitors. But mostly my takeaway is that Skarsgård’s weird, bald normcore makeover is more than made up for by Hayek’s silver fox ‘do. Seriously, I gotta get me that dye job.
John Travolta, are you OK?
Trading Paint — In theaters… soon? Maybe in February?
After Gotti and Speed Kills, Travolta is really turning things around with this dramatic story about racecars and being married to Shania Twain. Man, paying off that Scientology blackmail must be a real bitch.
Run The Race — In Theaters February 22
Faith. Sports. Family. Tim Tebow.
Now, here is a look at something I’m very excited about, for reasons that aren’t apparent in this trailer:
Based on the graphic novel series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys follows a covert group of badass operatives (led by Karl Urban!) who monitor superheroes in full-on “who watches the watchmen” fashion. Because when all that power and privilege inevitably start to go to those superheroes’ heads, things tend to take a turn toward depravity. And that’s when those operatives step in and teach them a (brutal, bone-crunching) lesson.
It’s a great series. It’s super f*cked up. And almost none of that plot emerges from this trailer, which seems to be focusing on luring viewers in with the spandex angle. And I mean, I get it. The Boys is hardly a broad sell. But I worry that if people come into this series expecting some grimdark, gritty heroics, they’ll be in for a surprise. Though I’m sure they’re just setting up a slow reveal, as they get closer to the show’s launch this summer.
Of course, that’s on Amazon Prime. Over on Netflix, they’ve released a new trailer for their latest comic adaptation:
The Umbrella Academy — Coming to Netflix February 15
Based on the series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy follows a dysfunctional, superpowered family as they face down an impending apocalypse. Ellen Page and Robert Sheehan star, but also? Mary J. Blige!
American Gods Season 2 — Returns to Starz on March 10
I mean, I hope it’s good. That’s all I’ve got.
And finally, this is more of a PSA: David Tennant is starting a podcast!
It's coming… subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts from. https://t.co/gqII8ysXSh— David Tennant Podcast (@DavidTennantPod) January 23, 2019
Sure, Lainey mentioned this in last night’s PLove, but she didn’t tell you the guests — and that’s totally the excuse I’m using to talk about this again. For the first episode (dropping on Monday), Olivia Colman will be chatting with David — and then after that, he’s got a bunch of people he mostly knows from work. Like fellow Doctor, Jodie Whittaker! And Ian McKellan, Whoopie Goldberg, Samantha Bee, Krysten Ritter, Michael Sheen, and Jon Hamm! Mostly, I’m gonna be waiting for a DuckTales reunion, obviously.
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