by Steve Norman (@StevePN86)
Casting news for the second series of hit HBO show True Detective has been drip fed to us this week. Colin Farrell is set to star alongside Vince Vaughn.
These are a couple of brave choices to pick for lead roles. Neither have the acting chops that stars of the excellent first series, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, have.
Both can be good on their day but both have had very hit and miss careers in the silver screen.
Vaughn was good in the likes of Swingers, Old School and Dodgeball but has been in a lot awful – just awful – comedies and the only serious role I can think of him in was the Jurassic Park sequel.
Farrell’s career has been better but he is still capable of a Miami Vice sized stinker.
The first series will command optimism for the second, the current cast may dampen it.
Where Batman’s From
The Batman prequel (I think) Gotham premiered in the US to mixed reviews.
The show tells the story of Gotham pre-Batman and features Bruce Wayne as a child and is more about the early careers of Commissioner Gordon and some of the most iconic villains from the comics.
From the sounds of it they tried to cram too much in to the first episode in terms of nods and references but hopefully it can develop in to a good series on par with fellow DC small screen show Arrow.
Men and Women Who Are Mutants
Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise to direct the next outing, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Singer directed the first two and Days of Future Past which absconds him from responsibility of the awful third and the standalone Wolverine films.
A Group of Mates
When researching this weeks column I found a quiz celebrating the 20th anniversary of Friends. 20 questions testing your knowledge on the much loved sitcom.
I scored 15 out of 20. Respectable. Does the fact that a programme that I would not rank in my top 10 in its genre is so ingrained in my brain show just how good it really was?
I actually scored 1.7% less on a 15 question quiz on Spaced, which I like much more than Friends.
Some guys have all the luck. Keanu Reeves has found a girl in his library and in his pool in the last few weeks.
Imagine that. Having a pool and a library. Some towns don’t even have those resources.
Join us again next week, where we will return to give you another round up of the latest in film news.