This Month in Movies & TV
Daniel Radcliffe to Star in GTA Movie
Going from Hogwarts to Grand Theft Auto is a major transition for any actor, but that's exactly what Daniel Radcliffe will be doing. The 26-year-old England native who rose to fame in the Harry Potter film series signed on to portray Rockstar Games president Sam Houser in the GTA-based film The Gamechangers.
If you are expecting a shoot 'em up-style movie in which Radcliffe carjacks motorists with an arsenal of weapons, you might be disappointed. The Gamechangers centers around the legal battles between Rockstar Games and attorney Jack Thompson (played by Bill Paxton). Back when GTA Vice City had been released, a 17-year-old boy shot and killed several police officers in Alabama before stealing a car. Thompson believed the boy's actions were the result of violent video games such as GTA, so he sued the game's maker Rockstar. The Gamechangers follow the story of Thompson and Rockstar Games as they duke it out in court.
So, what drove BBC to cast Radcliffe as Rockstar Games president Sam Houser? In a recent interview, the former Harry Potter star said his rapping gig on the Jimmy Fallon show attracted the film's producers.
"When I went on Jimmy Fallon and rapped a Blackalicious song, I got a job off that--playing Sam Houser in The Game Changers, the movie about Grand Theft Auto. It made the guy in charge go, 'Oh, he's interested in hip-hop. He's not just a typical posh white boy," said Radcliffe.
New Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Surfaces Online
Although it wasn't the first trailer to be released for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was arguably the best. The 2:30-long trailer has everything from TIE fighters engaged in aerial combat to Storm Troopers, C3PO, and more. If you are a Star Wars fan, you should definitely check it out! And while you are it, check out the other two -- yes there are two more -- trailers for the film. They should offer more than enough content to hold you over until The Force Awakens is released.
Here's a fun fact: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already smashed sales records -- and the film is still months away from being released. According to the Wall Street Journal, Fandango has reportedly sold more than ten times the amount of ticks for The Force Awakens as it did for The Hunger Games, which had previously held the record for the most ticket sales. AMC experienced similar results, with The Force Awakens selling out in more than 1,000 of its theaters (keep in mind the film hasn't even been released yet). Does this mean you should purchase tickets for the seventh Star Wars film in advance? Not necessarily, although you may want to show up to the theater an hour or so early just in case.
Video: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)
The Walking Dead Returns
In case you didn't get the memo, The Walking Dead returned to AMC for its sixth season.
Without giving away any spoilers, season six of TWD kicked off with a bang. The season opener goes back and forth between the "present" time, during which Rick and gang are about deal with a MASSIVE hoard of walkers, and an earlier time that follows the events which took place in the season five finale. When I say the walker hoard is massive, trust me it is.
One of the great things about The Walking Dead is its high production value, which is something that's not found in other zombie shoes (e.g. Z Nation). It looks as if AMC recruited hundreds of people for this scene, although I'm sure some of it was done via CGI. Regardless, it looks pretty awesome seeing such a huge number of Walkers gathered today, all of which are eager to tear down the walls of Alexandria and feast on its inhabitants.
The Walking Dead season six has a total of 16 episodes, so there's plenty of zombie action to go around. Like previous seasons, however, AMC is expected to break it up into two parts: one prior to the holidays, and a second part after the holidays. The season six finale will air on April 3, 2016.
Twin Peaks Returning to Showtime
It's official: the cult-classic TV show Twin Peaks is being revived by Showtime. In case this is your first time hearing about the show, let me give you a quick refresher. Twin Peaks is a psychological-thriller/drama show that centers around the murder of a homecoming queen in a small town called, yep you guessed it, Twin Peaks. The show received almost universal critical acclaim for its acting, story, cinematography, and visual effects. Unfortunately, though, Twin Peaks was cancelled by ABC after just two seasons, leaving us fans wanting more.
After more than a decade of being on hiatus, Showtime announced plans to revive Twin Peaks as part of a limited series. Much like the original, it will be directed by David Lynch, and it star many of the same actors and actresses.
Twin Peaks will air on Showtime in 2017.
Video: Twin Peaks Promo on Showtime (10/04/15)