Weekly News Roundup – Oscar Nominee Deadpool; Woody Harrelson In Star Wars & More

Welcome to our Weekly News Roundup, where we will be bringing together a curated selection of the week’s top stories in the world of film and television. First up…

Deadpool – Oscar Nominee?

After a surprising pair of Golden Globes nominations including one for star Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller’s wisecracking anti-superhero Deadpool has racked up nomination after nomination at various guild awards, including the Producers Guild of America (commonly considered to be a reliable predictor of Oscars Best Picture nominations) and a Directors’ Guild of America nomination for first-time director Miller. As we get nearer to the Oscars nomination announcement and the awards pundits across the pond rack their brains over whether Deadpool deserves a that coveted Best Picture nod or not, Reynolds posted this hilarious ‘For Your Consideration’ ad, which you can see above. [Deadline]

Woody Harrelson Cast In Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off

Just before the Hunger Games star takes to the streets of London for a one-off live comedy film next Thursday night (more info), Disney have officially announced his involvement in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. The film has already cast Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke. And word is that he’s playing a mentor to young Han, which has dismayed some fans, but guess we will just wait and see. [StarWars.com]

BAFTA Nominations Announced

Ahead of the awards ceremony next month, BAFTA have announced the nominations for their Film Awards. On the heels of its record-breaking Golden Gloves run, Damien Chazelle’s frontrunner La La Land scored 11 nominations. But the big surprises to land on the nominees list include Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals scoring 9 nominations, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake earning that Best Film nod, and Emily Blunt earning a surprise nomination for The Girl On The Train. [THR]

Agent Cooper Returns In ‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser

David Lynch is back. On the heels of the premiere date announcement, Showtime have revealed a brand new (if unrevealing) teaser for the famed director’s revival of Twin Peaks, featuring none other than Kyle MacLachlan. The series -described by executinves as ‘pure heroin’ – returns to screens on May 22nd when Sky Atlantic will air the two-hour premiere at the same time as the U.S.; in the meantime, enjoy the sneak peek above. [Variety]

Lucasfilm Has No Plans To Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher In Future ‘Star Wars’

Following the digital resurrection of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin for Rogue One, the BBC have reported that Disney were in negotiations with the estate of Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away earlier this month, to digitally recreate her General Leia Organa for future Star Wars episodes. However, in a rare move last night, Lucasfilm shut these reports down, stating they have no plans to do so. Carrie gave the go-ahead to digitally replicate a younger version of Leia for Rogue One (pictured above, via ABC News), and has completed shooting on this December’s Episode VIII before passing away. [Collider]

Trailer Of The Week – John Wick: Chapter 2 ‘Symphony of Violence’

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