The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV Round Up! (7th August 2015)

Before we get started on this week’s film and TV round up, we’d like to pay our respects to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a great of professional wrestling entertainment, inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, has passed away at the age of 61 on 30 July 2015. Rest in peace, Hot Rod. 

What’s new in film?

Trailers

Deadpool has released an official trailer, starring Ryan Reynolds as the next Marvel superhero. Already making an appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Reynolds returns in his fully disfigured glory. The film looks to be quite sexy and hilarious, coming to cinemas on February 11, 2016.

Spotlight is a film that focuses on investigative journalism at The Boston Globe. The story locks on their truth-seeking attempts regarding a group of priests in the Catholic Church and sexual abuse allegations. There are a few big names here, including Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdamsMichael Keaton and Liev Schreiber. Check out the trailer here:

An official teaser trailer has been released for Zoolander 2. It won’t hit cinemas until February 12, 2016, but we have very high expectations after seeing this trailer:

M. Night Shyamalan has made another film, The Visit, and we hope that it breaks his losing streak (such disasters include After Earth and The Happening). The trailer shows us a couple of kids on holiday, staying with their grandparents. Everything seems to be going great, until they break a rule and leave their bedroom after 9:30pm:

Film releases

Coming out this week in Australian cinemas is Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, the new incarnation of Marvel’s Fantastic Four and Aussie film starring Michael Caton, Last Cab to Darwin.

What’s new in television?

Gotham, Season 2

The new season of Gotham “rise of the villains”, will have a longer string of episodes (22 to be exact), and a couple of new bad guys. The Joker and Mr Freeze will take over, The Riddler will show up, and we will be introduced to Clayface and the Mad Hatter. Gotham will grace the small screen in September 2015:

Game of Thrones, Season 6

There has been quite a bit of casting news of late for the next season of GoT. Firstly, Max von Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven. He replaces Struan Rodger, who taught Brann Stark about his gift of ‘warging’. Also, Ian McShane will join Westeros from the lands of Deadwood. Which role he will take on is still a mystery.

Show Me a Hero

HBO is releasing a six-part original mini-series called Show Me A Hero. Based on a true story, it covers what follows the civil rights movements in the 1960s, starring Oscar Isaac as a city mayor in the 1980s-1990s. Here he works on a public housing development in Yonkers, New York. The series starts in August 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyD4U8nd4ho

The end of The Daily Show

It was a spectacular finale to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight in New York, when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band popped in to help farewell the iconic TV host. After losing Letterman earlier this year as well, the New York late night scene is undergoing quite a few changes… Trevor Noah is picking up where Jon left off, while Jon’s former correspondent Steven Colbert will be taking over for Letterman. We’ll miss you Jon!

Festivals and Events

Greek Film Festival

The Delphi Bank 22nd Greek Film Festival is set to run from 14 October to 1 November 2015. The opening night film has just been announced, Alex & Eve, which is based on the Australian stage play by Alex Lykos. The film will have its world premiere in Melbourne’s Astor Theatre.

For more information on the festival, visit greekfilmfestival.com.au.