Five things you may not have heard about this week…
5. Joanna Lumley Officially (Sort of) Became Queen.
Our Patsy finally gets to play the Queen in the BBC adaptation of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny. The film, set to air in the UK Christmas day, tells the story of eleven year old Ben,who’s bored spending Friday evenings with his grandmother while his parents go out. But Gran is hiding a pretty cool secret…she was once an international jewel thief and she wants Ben to help her pull off one more heist. Here’s the rather ridiculous and totally fun preview:
Gangsta Granny also stars Julia McKenzie, Reece Buttery, David Walliams, Miranda Hart, and Robbie Williams.
4. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Sang a Little Tune Together. Well, They Tried.
Hostesses with the best jokes..esses (sorry), Poehler and Fey are already warming up for the Golden Globes. And as short a little ditty as it is, we’re left instantly wishing it was January 12th. Can’t they just host everything?
3. Disney Took Control of Future Indiana Jones Films.
So, I guess there are forthcoming Indiana Jones installments? Paramount and Disney have made an agreement that Paramount will retain the rights to the first three films, and Disney will go all megabucks nuts with whatever reboot or Indy’s-Daughter-Is-the-New-Indy thing they come up with (Jennifer Lawrence IS Penelope Jones!); a ride will be added to Disneyworld, and we’ll all live happily ever after. Right? Right.
2. Food Truck Fight! In My Favorite Clip This Week, Gordon Ramsay Took on the Swedish Chef.
This hysterical Muppisode features cameos, a food competition, and a mild explosion—in other words, everything you could possibly want. Plus, Bunsen and Beaker, Statler and Waldorf, Sweetums—and Kermit and Miss Piggy, of course. Bork Bork Fork!
1. The Terminator Spawned Another New Series; Every Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Viewer Let a Single Tear Fall.
By now you likely know there’s a three film Terminator reboot on the way, the first of which will be directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), and feature Schwarzenegger’s return. As mentioned in a previous edition of Five Things, Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson and Margot Robbie are reportedly in the running to play Sarah Connor. Now, the producers behind Terminator (2015), are planning a tie-in series that will start up at “a critical moment” from the 1984 film, and narratively intersect with the new film. Most interestingly, T: TSCC writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) will be writing this new series. It’s an interesting concept, and if the casting is well-done, it could work; I recommend they avoid Fox.