Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Greetings and salutations, and welcome to today's edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. What's topping the (news) charts this day? For starters, the latest Fast & Furious flick Hobbs & Shaw made bank at the box office. Also, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to Universal, and Batwoman is the future. Let's get started. Hobb's & Shaw Muscles Its Way to $60 million Opening Weekend Take that, Tarantino. Last weekend, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw made $60.8 million, topping the domestic box office and adding to its $180 million global take. The movie, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is expected to amass even more as the summer progresses and the power of the …

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

Greetings! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news recap. The Democratic presidential debates occupied a lot of screen time this week, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening in the world of entertainment. Let’s dive in. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie First thing's first: Yes, James Wan is still set to direct Aquaman 2. But before he does, he'll be direct what Variety calls "an untitled secret horror project" for New Line. No plot details are known, but it's expected that Wan will cowrite the script and start shooting this fall before moving on to the Aquaman sequel in 2020. Woodstock 50 Is Officially Dead Whoever had July 31 in the Woodstock 50 …

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

The exact particulars of the apocalypse are unclear—what caused the disaster; what precise form, or forms, the fury took—and all that we, the viewers, know of what happened is that it’s referred to as The Event and that Earth’s remaining survivors are four black women. Fortunately, post-Armageddon life comes with delightful upsides."We don't have any mediocre white men getting promoted over us," one points out. "We don't have Sally Mae calling us all the time like I'm fucking her man," adds another. The scene, which jolts and spellbinds with the affecting draw of a Last Poets cipher, is just one of several fluorescent currents from HBO’s dynamic and dynamite six-episode series A Black Lady Sketch Show, which debuts tonight on …

Amazon’s The Boys Tests the Limits of Superhero Fatigue

Less than a week ago, 33 people posed for a photo at Marvel Studios' Comic-Con panel, most of them actors who would be appearing in the studio's upcoming film and television projects. While some were veterans, many were newcomers to Marvel's ever-broadening paracosm—a narrative web that already crammed more than 60 heroes into May's Avengers: Endgame, and will continue its combinatorial creep over at least the next three years. As for the logistics of bringing nearly three dozen working actors into the same room on a Saturday afternoon in July: Marvel and its parent company, Disney, control the largest film brand on the planet. They want you there? You'll be there. It's into this supersaturated entertainment age that Amazon's The …

This Cosplayer Can Turn Herself Into Any Character (29 New Pics)

Alyson Tabbitha is no different. Except for the fact that being just one hero isn’t enough for her. Sometimes it seems like she wants to embody every single comic book, movie and video game protagonist in existence. At least for a few hours. Keep on scrolling, share your fave Alyson cosplays with your friends, and remember to upvote the ones you love most! When you’re done, check out Bored Panda’s other post about Alyson the cosplayer. #1 Nebula (Guardians Of The Galaxy ) #2 Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts) A mind-boggling 1 million cosplay fans follow Alyson on Instagram, while another 516,000 Internet users follow her on Facebook. I’m sure that some of us are a tiny bit jealous of all …

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Good day! Welcome to a new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. We're still in a bit of a post-Comic-Con slump, but that doesn't mean no stories are breaking in the world of entertainment. Like, for example, Los Espookys is coming back, and Jennifer Lawrence might be joining a mob (movie). Here we go! Los Espookys to Get Paid to Haunt HBO for Second Season Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. No word yet on when the oddball comedy, led by Portlandia's Fred Armisen, will return, but it will no doubt be full of strange delights. Jennifer Lawrence to Play a …

Snowpiercer, Picard, and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the beloved captain of Star Trek: The Next Generation's USS Enterprise pins on his comm badge and comes out of retirement for what might be one last mission, with a new, young crew and guest appearances from his old crewmates and old enemies (and writing from Michael Chabon, the novelist who wrote The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay). "We pointedly wanted to not make a sequel to Next Generation,” said executive producer Akiva Goldsman. "It's slower, more gentle, more lyrical. It is certainly more character-based. It also takes on the same thing that the original series took on, that Next Generation took on , that Discovery takes on, which is hope for a future that …

The 10 Things We’re Most Excited to See at Comic-Con

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: It's kinda hard to get stoked about this year's Comic-Con International. The annual San Diego confab is typically a bellwether of everything coming to screens big and small. There are usually sneak peeks of future blockbusters and surprise announcements about comic-book heroes getting their own movies. Often, big-name actors come out to surprise fans. This year, though, the con feels downsized. Warner Bros., the studio typically responsible for one of the biggest panels in the convention's legendary Hall H, isn't putting on a big show. If Lucasfilm is bringing anything—like J. J. Abrams and a massive orchestra—it has done a remarkable job keeping it quiet. Marvel announced somewhat last-minute …

Spider-Man: Far From Home Continues to Rule the Box Office

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news roundup. What's in store this fine day? Well, for one, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still a blockbuster. For another, there might be a new 007 soon, and Avengers: Endgame just lost a box-office battle. Keep reading to catch up. Spidey Swings in to No. 1—Again Spider-Man: Far From Home continued its box-office domination this weekend, bringing in $45.3 million domestically. With no new tentpole movies hitting theaters on Friday, it was a pretty easy victory for the web slinger, whose latest film has made $850 million globally. His dominance, however, likely won't last long. Disney's remake of The Lion King hits theaters this weekend and is already making …

Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, there's been a question in the back of comic book fans' minds: What about Marvel? There's been talk of stand-alone shows for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated series based on the Marvel's What If … ? comics is also in the works. Yet those shows are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing one of the shows that'll arrive when the Disney+ service launches: Storyboards. Adam Rogers Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World Angela Watercutter John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Unlike the Star …

The New Charlie’s Angels Trailer Is Here

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. Today we have the first trailer from the new reboot of Charlie's Angels and a whole lot of news about Netflix. Let's get going. The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here OK, so maybe we don't need another Charlie's Angels movie, but dammit—this looks really fun. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also plays Bosley, the film stars Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart—who is having the most fun—as the Angels and also Patrick Stewart as another Bosley. The movie, which seems fully dedicated to the notion that Kristen Stewart should face-punch bad guys in every film and possibly be the new 007, hits theaters in November. …

Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office

Good day! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of pop culture news. The big thing you missed over the weekend? Toy Story 4 giving Disney yet another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. And, as always, Netflix keeps making stuff. Let's get going. Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. The latest hit to come from the factory: Pixar's Toy Story 4, which nabbed $118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number is slightly below expectations, which were in the neighborhood of $140 million, but still enough to give Pixar's corporate …

Avengers: Endgame Is Getting Re-Released With Some ‘Surprises’

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. What's been happening in the world of entertainment? For one, Avengers: Endgame is getting re-released to theaters with some new footage. For another, writer/director/producer Janet Mock is going to Netflix. And finally, Pixar has a new movie slated for 2020 and it sounds like a trip. Let's begin. Avengers: Endgame Is Returning to Theaters With Some 'Surprises' Did you think the Avengers: Endgame box office domination was over? Think again. In an interview with ScreenRant, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige said that the movie will be re-released on June 28 and that while the it's "not an extended cut," the movie will feature "a deleted scene, a …

Denis Villeneuve Is Working On a Dune TV Series

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. What's happening in the news today? Plenty, actually: Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is working on a Dune television show in addition to his Dune movie; the cowriter of Coco is about to go to Narnia; and Facebook is commissioning even more shows. Let’s tune in. There's a New Dune Series in the Works For those who just can't get enough Dune, we have some good news. In addition to the new film set to be released in 2020, WarnerMedia announced this week that it is also working on a companion series for its streaming service. Titled Dune: The Sisterhood, the show will focus on the mysterious …

Beyond Madonna: A More Colorful Picture of Queer History

Pose's second season begins with a flashpoint. It's 1990, and New York's ball scene is reveling in the fact that Madonna's "Vogue" is a hit and mourning the fact that HIV/AIDS deaths in their community are a near-daily occurrence. Madge's song and video shined a spotlight on ball culture's dance moves, and Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), who is herself HIV-positive, sees the song as a way for her children—the adopted gay and transgender kids in her house—to find success in modeling or teaching dance. "This song is our ticket to acceptance," she says. If past is prologue, this won't come to pass. Historically, the young queer people of color who created voguing got little credit for the phenomenon. Ball culture didn't …

Keanu Reeves Showed Up at E3 to Say He’s in Cyberpunk 2077

Happy Monday, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all the world's biggest pop culture news. What's up this fine Monday? For one, Dark Phoenix bombed pretty badly, and for another, HBO cancelled Vice News Tonight. But let's get to the real reason you clicked on this story: KEANU. Keanu Reeves Surprised E3—in a Very Big Way Here's some news (probably) no one expected: Neo himself, Keanu Reeves, showed up at E3 yesterday. And, not only did he show up, he walked out on stage during Microsoft's Xbox event to announce that he'll be in the forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. The game doesn't hit consoles until April 16, 2020, but as soon as Reeves announced his involvement, …