By Kendra James
A few weeks back I suggested that you might want to catch up on BBC 1’s Luther, starring Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson, before the premiere of the show’s third series in July. This week brought us the first trailer for the summer season (above), so I repeat: Watch Luther. We’re a country with eighteen thousand different Law and Orders, a million CSIs, and nine seasons of Criminal Minds. This show should be way more mainstream than it is.
(Video heavy under the cut this week, folks, so hold onto your computers!)
I, uh, can’t bring that same level of enthusiasm to the BET trailer for Gabrielle Union’s, Being Mary Jane, which premieres on Tuesday, July 2 at 10:30pm– which is maybe the most awkward time slot ever to expect someone to sit down and commit to watching a feature length film that isn’t The Princess Bride (which I will watch any time, any place, any where). It’s such a bizarre time that I can only assume BET knows the movie is that bad and is doing their best to bury the lead by making me choose between Mary Jane or my bed. I can barely make it to Scandal’s 11pm end time on the best of nights, so I’ll let you guess what I’m choosing here.
J. August Richards’ trailer for his webseries The Hypnotist looks more interesting. I told you he was on the come up! The series’ official synopsis:
“THE HYPNOTIST is a mind-bending web series about a mysterious woman in Los Angeles who performs the ancient art of African Hypnosis. From all walks of life, clients come to her to quit smoking, stop over-eating, be more punctual, etc… However, the habit they seek to cure is often a minor symptom of a darker problem lying underneath the surface. In each episode, The Hypnotist seamlessly enters the subconscious minds of her subjects to uproot the source of their unwanted habits.”
The six episode series stars LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice, Men of a Certain Age) and Sharif Atkins (White Collar) and the first episode is directed by Richards himself.
In other Black-People-Formerly-On-TV news, Percy Daggs III signed onto the Kickstarter funded Veronica Mars movie this week, and the new, revamped Arsenio Hall Show really is happening I guess, because they’ve hired a show director. Over on OWN, July 13th and 20th bring us Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, two all female standup comedy specials. And in case you missed it, there was a fab Boy Meets World reunion over the weekend that included appearances by Rider Strong and Trina McGee. It’s all I can do not to get my hopes up that Shawn and Angela may appear on the upcoming Girl Meets World. The most formative fictional relationship of my childhood lives:
As for casting in general? Well, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) may be playing the god Horus in a new film The Gods of Egypt. Whether or not there’ll be any actual Egyptians in the movie remains to be seen.
Disney Studios was served with a harassment, gender discrimination, and wrongful termination suit this week from Cecilia Hyoun, a former assistant editor on 2010’s The Muppets. The official complaint reads, in part:
“Defendants retaliated against Plaintiff, created a hostile work environment and treated Plaintiff differently because she was an Asian woman over age 40, and terminated Plaintiff’s employment because of her gender, race and family responsibilities and because she made good faith complaints and opposed Defendants’ unlawful conduct … Defendants also falsely claimed that Plaintiff’s position was being eliminated, whereas in truth and in fact a subordinate male employee with vastly less experience than Plaintiff was promoted to her position.”
Take my advice and don’t read the comments.
Moving from Disney Studios to FOX: Runner Runner is yet another movie I had no idea that Anthony Mackie was involved in. I probably still wouldn’t if I hadn’t forced myself to sit through all 2 minutes and 31 seconds of the above trailer. Mackie doesn’t show up until about the 1:30 mark, and between Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck it’s a struggle to make it that far. Timberlake and Affleck play two white, gambling addicts running an offshore online gambling scam in Costa Rica. Mackie is the FBI agent on their trail. Despite what the trailer would like you to believe, I’d put good money down that he’s probably in the film just as much –if not more– than the film’s two ‘stars’. That seems to be par-for-course with his career.
I love Anthony Mackie, but I think I’ll wait for Captain America: Winter Soldier. AKA, the only movie I’ve ever known he was in from the start of filming.
And finally, let’s end with an old clip making its way around tumblr from one of Mackie’s Pain and Gain costars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I was joking when I suggested he be cast as Doctor Who’s Twelve. I’m being incredibly serious when I say he should be considered for Sky Masterson in that ever-rumoured Guys and Dolls remake. And it’d go a long way towards making up for that Johnny Quest movie that never happened.