Reasons To Be Excited In 2017

By all accounts, 2016 was a rough year. Fortunately, 2017 promises to be a lot better – or at the very least that’s what people are saying and blind faith is currently preferable to painful realism.

At the very least, in our geeky, little bubble, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the forthcoming year – so many, in fact, that narrowing it down to 17 was a challenge but that is what has happened. Here are 17 things to get excited about this year.

Wonder Woman (2 June)

This is the first time that I’ve truly been excited for a project by the DCEU and I’m really hoping that they don’t screw it up. Just give us a female hero and let her be as bad-ass as she was originally written to be.

Beauty & The Beast (17 March)

Disney classic, music from my childhood, Emma Watson: what isn’t there to love about this movie? Even Gaston looks good (in a he-seems-to-be-a-more-well-rounded-character kind of way, don’t worry – it looks like he’s still a total bastard).

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Sense8 (5 May)

After the Christmas special at the end of December, I’m absolutely buzzing for this new season. Sense8 is hope and light but it’s also painful and terribly, terribly sad at times. Essentially, it’s the best thing being broadcast at the moment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July)

Sure, it’s the third reboot of this hero’s franchise but he’s still my favourite and I still can’t wait to see him again.

Cars 3 (14 July)

Never in a million years would I have thought that any member of the Cars franchise would be making it onto a list like this but… never say never. The first teaser trailer got me hooked and now I absolutely have to see it.

Coco (8 December)

I can’t talk about Cars 3 and miss out the other Pixar release for this year. Not a lot of people are talking about Coco at the moment but it’s about the Mexican Day of the Dead and that alone has me very interested. Plus, it’s Pixar – it’s going to be fantastic.

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 5 (June)

The last two episodes of the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black were viewed behind a curtain of tears which is basically the highest praise from me. They ended on a cliffhanger that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days. Dammit, now I’m thinking about it again.

Star Trek: Discovery (May)

I am a part of a new generation of Star Trek fans that jumped onboard after the Pine movies. That huge market is probably one of the main reasons that they decided to launch a new series and I am very grateful for that.

The Oscars (26/2)

Th glitz, the glamour, the terrible jokes: I live for this award ceremony. It’s the one night of the year that I can successfully pull an all-nighter so that I can watch the entire show all the way from England.

Stranger Things (TBC)

I don’t know where they’re going to go from the first season but I am more than happy to find out.

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Justice League (17 November)

My hopes for this movie are slightly lower than those for Wonder Woman but I’m trying to stay optimistic. Most of the characters seem great (with the exception of Batfleck) and if Warner Bros. can get their act together, this could be something amazing.

Hamilton, London (21/11)

I’ve adored this musical for the last year and it is finally coming to London! I won’t be able to afford tickets but at least I’ll be able to walk past the theatre…

Iron Fist (17 March)

Judging by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this show is going to be amazing. What’s more, it’s the final piece of the puzzle before we get to…

The Defenders (TBC)

I love what Marvel are doing with their Netflix series and this seems like it’s going to be beyond amazing.

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Star Wars VIII (15 December)

My appreciation for the Star Wars franchise is an even more recent development than my enjoyment of Star Trek. For the first time, I will be waiting with anticipation alongside the other fanboys and fangirls.

Fast & Furious 8 (14 April)

I’m not going to pretend that these movies mean anything more to me than 2 hours of ridiculous stunts and cheesy one-liners but sometimes the world needs crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners.

Logan (2 March)

Is it weird that I feel a little bit scared of this movie? Like I know it’s going to be brilliant but I think that if Logan dies, a little part of my heart may also die.

So those are the 17 things that I am most looking forward to in 2017.

What are you looking forward to? Is there anything on my list that has you pointedly unenthused? Let me know in the comments.

Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

It’s the end of the week which means that it’s time to review all the things that happened this week.

Best Piece of News

Disney are coming out with a ton of live-action films in the next few years. Their live-action remakes have done well in the last few years (Maleficent, The Jungle Book) so it isn’t surprising that the Mouse House want to really focus on them. I went through a full list of names earlier this week but the one that I’m feeling most excited for is the Mary Poppins sequel with Emily Blunt & Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Worst Piece of News

The filming of The Maze Runner: The Death Cure has indefinitely stopped as its star, Dylan O’Brien, was injured on set in March and has still not recovered enough to return to filming. I’m not particularly bummed about the film being pushed back but I do hope that Dylan O’Brien recovers soon as the accident sounded horrific – he suffered a “concussion, facial fracture and lacerations.”

Most Bizarre Piece of News

The hugely popular Netflix series, Sense8, is in the midst of filming their second season and one of the main cast member, Aml Ameen has chosen to leave the show. Insiders report that there was some conflict between him and one the Wachowski siblings (co-creators of the show) which worsened from the table read to actually filming the show. Aml Ameen’s character will be played by Toby Onwumere in the second season of the show.

And Everything Else…

  • The Doctor Has A New Companion
  • Marvel Silently Pulls The Inhumans From Schedule
  • New X-Men Trailer Has Sneaky Cameo
  • J.K. Rowling To Publish Screenplay
  • Chris Hemsworth In Ghostbusters Video
  • The Punisher Series Is Official
  • Alicia Vikander Is Lara Croft
  • Director Of The Flash Leaves Film
  • NBCUniversal Now Own Dreamworks

If those headlines weren’t quite the informative nuggets that you were looking for then you can find out more about all of those stories right here but until next time:

Which live-action Disney film are you most looking forward to? Did you watch the first season of Sense8 (you should)? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy last day before Captain America: Civil War‘s release! Are there other things to talk about other than Cap? Shockingly, yes:

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Screenplay To Be Released As A Book

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (to be released 18 November 2016) marks J. K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut and will be the first time that we get to revisit the wizarding world on the big screen. This is all very exciting for the Potterheads of the world but even more so now as we find out that the screenplay will be available for purchase in book form only a day after the film’s release.

New Ghostbusters Video

This week Sony released a new video highlighting Chris Hemsworth’s character, Kevin, from Ghostbusters. As much hate as the reboot has received, I’m excited to see it and this video shows a very different Hemsworth compared to what we’re used to.

Sense8 Recasting

Season 2 of the Netflix series Sense8 began filming this year and I can’t wait to see it. The first season came out of nowhere for me and blew me away but we have just received news of a casting shake-up. Aml Ameen, who played Capheus in the first season has left two episodes into filming the news season: apparently he had a disagreement with one of the co-creators of the show. He will be replaced by Toby Onwumere.

That’s it today but we’ll back on Saturday with more news. Until then:

Do you want the FTBAWTFT screenplay? Has Kevin warmed you to Ghostbusters? Have you watched Sense8? Let me know in the comments.