Yes indeed, the weekend is almost upon us.
What a time to be alive.
Now that you’re up to speed, let’s start with the first of our three trailers, Dopesick.
This via The Verge:
This miniseries is based on the Beth Macy book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America,” and there’s your plot right there in the title.
A pharma company causes a drug epidemic by misrepresenting its new painkiller OxyContin as having a low risk of addiction.
Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever, Phillipa Soo, and Rosario Dawson star.
Pretty decent cast to bring to life a modern story of tragic proportions:
Dopesick starts airing on Hulu from October 13.
The Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky affair was one of the biggest headline-grabbers of the 1990s, and it’s a tale being told once more with Impeachment: American Crime Story:
[The story] is retold in this series “through the eyes of the women at the center of the events,” according to FX Networks’ promo copy.
That’s promising, because the way Lewinsky was treated in the press at the time this all went down (recall that it was referred to as the “Lewinsky scandal” not the “president abuses his authority” scandal) was shameful.
Lewinsky serves as executive producer on the series, which is promising as well.
Edie Falco and Clive Owen star alongside the likes of Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Annaleigh Ashford, and Margo Martindale.
I find it impossible to look at Edie Falco without thinking of The Sopranos, but I’m sure she pulls off this role with aplomb.
The series premieres on FX on September 7.
Both of the above are tethered to real-life stories, so let’s go out with something a little different, involving Nicolas Cage.
He described Prisoners of the Ghostland as “the wildest movie I’ve ever made”:
He plays a criminal in a bomb suit who has to venture into the titular Ghostland —which looks kinda Mad Max-y and kinda Blade Runner-y— to rescue the missing granddaughter of a crime lord.
He’s got five days before the bombs, strategically placed on his body, go off.
There’s some kind of nuclear explosion involved, too and of course Cage punches some guys and does his usual half-brooding/half-glowering look.
The man can pull off the ‘crazy eyes’. This we know for sure.
The movie hits US cinemas and on-demand services from September 17.
Enjoy the weekend.
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