Blerdom Today: The Hunger Games Trailer, Laverne Cox Wax Figure, and More
There is a lot going on in the blerd-o-sphere right now. So much so, it is nearly impossible to keep up with it all. To make life easier for you, we’ve started a new series of posts to recap today’s news in Blerdom. Here’s your Tuesday recap.
Laverne Cox to be First (Out) Transgender Figure at Madame Tussaud’s
Laverne Cox STAYS breaking barriers. Her newest? A wax figurine in the world renown Madame Tussaud’s. Here is Cox’s statement:
“I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy. When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for every one who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”
The new figure will be unveiled June 26 during Pride Weekend at the SF Pride press conference.
A video of her fitting session is below.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer
At long last, the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has hit the net. It includes choice shots from the war waged at the Capitol, stirring speeches from Katniss, and chilling voiceovers from President Snow. Oh, and Brienne from Game of Thrones is in there too, looking ready to kick ass as usual.
If this film is anywhere near the caliber of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (and I fully expect it to be), Jennifer Lawrence will decimate the box office yet again. Film in theaters November 20.
Netflix’s Daredevil Casts The Punisher
The Punisher is coming to Daredevil. It was announced that the coveted role went to The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal. From watching him as Shane on that show, we all know that he can play crazy well. Strap on a white skull shirt, load him up with guns, and toss him into the front seat of a black van. Clearly the streets of Hell’s Kitchen are riddled with crime, and could use some of The Punisher’s “cleaning up” since he doesn’t have the moral struggles that Daredevil does.
It has already been speculated that this character could pop up on any of the three other planned Marvel series (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist), as well as potentially scoring his own series. There is just so much comic goodness here. This is going to be good.
Batman vs. Superman Official synopsis
The official synopsis for Batfleck‘s debut was released today. Here it go:
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
So … just what we thought the movie was. Thanks for clearing that up Warner Bros.
Details on American Crime‘s Season 2
One of our BlerdTV favorites American Crime will be returning during the next TV season, and now we know what subject matter the gritty series will be tackling. TVLine.com spoke with executive producer Ridley Scott, and he spilled the beans. Whereas season 1 covered race relations from multiple angles with an eye for honesty, season 2 will take aim at class and sexuality:
“[I]n Season 2 we want to deal a lot more with class. We want to deal with gender issues, sexual orientation and sexual identity. It’s going to be a whole different set of circumstances. We’re hoping that we can not only make it provocative, but humanize people as well. If there’s one thing that American Crime did very well, it took issues that are generally just a headline and put faces on them. I’m hoping we can do that in the second season.”
Other changes include a new setting (somewhere in the midwest) and a new “inciting incident.” Word is still out on which actors, other than Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, will be returning.
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