Film and TV News Roundup 2/16/17: Star Wars, Soderbergh, and more

Film and TV News Roundup: 2/16/17

Hi everyone! We’re trying a different kind of news feature here at CGM, where we round up film and TV news stories that we couldn’t expand into a full article but still bears mentioning.

  • The first episode of the My Brother, My Brother, and Me TV show is currently available for free on SeeSo’s YouTube channel. Based on the popular advice podcast, My Brother, My Brother, and Me follows the three McElroy brothers as they field questions from listeners to — get this! — humorous results. The show allows the brothers to take some of their digressions to their logical extremes, with first episode following the McElroys as they attempt to rehabilitate the public’s perception tarantulas with a spider-themed parade and a “comedy poison” Facebook page.
  • There are two TV shows currently in production about the 2016 American presidential election. One will be the upcoming seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, for some reason. The other will be a miniseries produced by Zero Dark Thirty producers Mark Boal and Megan Ellison in the form of a “political drama” that will last “between 8 and 10 hours.”
  • In an example of life imitating art, Steven Soderbergh has come out of retirement for one last job. Soderbergh’s new film, his first since  Logan Lucky, will be released this August 18th. Logan Lucky stars Adam Driver and frequent Soderbergh collaborator Channing Tatum as two brothers who plan to pull off some kind of NASCAR-adjacent heist. The film marks Soderbergh’s return to the big screen, as his last credited feature-length project was 2013’s sexy pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects. The film has a traditionally stacked cast, including Daniel Craig, Hillary Swank, Sebastian Stan, and many others.
  • Much the merchandise-driven Force Friday held in honor of The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will receive a similar marketing blitz in the form of Force Friday II, held on September 1st. StarWars.com also revealed the packaging for The Last Jedi toys, where Rey can be seen with a slightly different haircut. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t want to wring a full story out of this news, and I’m so happy that I don’t have to.