Lots of sequel and prequel news on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News, as the hosts discuss the first footage released for Logan, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, along with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel news, Mary Poppins Returns casting, who the villain of the next Spider-Man film should be, and even a quick review of the new Doctor Strange theme.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be bestowed on Sunday, February 28th, and GeekScholars Movie News is ready to reveal their predictions. Listen as Fox, Chris, and Jill debate (and agree!) on who will walk away Oscar.
From there, it’s a round of Never Tell Me the Odds as the hosts consider the probability that: Wolverine 3 gets a “R” rating, Adam McKay directs Ant-Man and the Wasp, Julianne Moore plays the antagonist in the Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel, Keira Knightley portrays Catherine the Great, Robert Downey, Jr. gets his Pinocchio movie made, and Emily Blunts plays Mary Poppins.
The story of how Walt Disney persuaded P.L. Travers to sell him the movie rights to Mary Poppins is the subject of Saving Mr. Banks. It’s a tale of saving in many respects – it saved Mrs. Travers from bankruptcy; saved Mr. Disney from breaking a promise to his daughters, and its Christmas season release may have saved Disney Studios from missing out on awards nominations – and possible wins. For all that, it’s a remarkably effective, surprisingly direct movie with a lot of superb characters interacting in ways you might not have expected in a Disney movie.
Jeanie’s bottle. We all wanted one at some point in time. All the girls wanted to be that pretty genie with the magical powers, and all the boys dreamed of having a hot genie like Barbara Eden to command. For those growing up with I Dream of Jeanie, or who watched the syndicated show many years later, the bottle represents irreplaceable memories of another era. And if you’re lucky enough, you might actually be able to own it now. The bottle that made Barbara Eden famous lives in her home office and will be up for auction, provided Joe Maddalena — the world’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia — is able to convince its owner to part with it.
There are many more unique items from Hollywood history including the Jupiter II Space Pod from Lost in Space; the biplane miniature from the original King Kong; Teal’C Jaffa costume from Stargate SG-1; the magic carpet bag held by Mary Poppins; and the Wicked Witch’s hat from the Wizard of Oz. In the end, you will not believe some of the final winning bids! It appears that memorabilia collecting is serious business. Yet despite some of those jaw-dropping numbers, the stories that go along with these distinctive items are even more fascinating.