John Wick‘s Writer Is Heading to Marvel’s Falcon & Winter Soldier

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. Today's a busy one: In addition to Marvel's forthcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier series getting John Wick's writer, we also have a funny item about the Momo Challenge meme (yes, really), and news about the Suicide Squad sequel. Let's jump right in. John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Derek Kolstad, the writer who gave fans the world of John Wick, has a new gig: working for Marvel. Kolstad, according to the Wrap, is joining the writing team for the studio's upcoming limited series Falcon & Winter Soldier. The show will star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, …

In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove

For all the talk about New Coke being a "plot point" in the third season of Stranger Things, rest easy: The infamous 1985 reformulation doesn't prove toxic to creatures from the Upside Down, or anything else remotely pivotal to the story. It does, however, provide the new installment's most self-aware moment. Late in the season, during a rare moment of no one's life being in immediate peril, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) cracks a can of the stuff, much to the gang's disgust. "How do you even drink that?" Mike (Finn Wolfhard) asks. "Because it's delicious," Lucas responds. "It's like Carpenter's The Thing. The original is a classic, no question about it. But the remake?"—and here he takes a comically loud gulp …

Cantina Talk: What Do The Rise of Skywalker‘s International Titles Mean?

If you're already at the stage where you can't help but wonder how you're going to spend the next few months until the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, here's some good news: At least you can wait impatiently on some high-end Star Wars-inspired furniture. Yes, high-end Star Wars furniture. The best item in the collection? The Chewie rocking stool, but we can't deny that the Sidious Easy Armchair looks pretty comfortable, too. What else is happening in the galaxy far, far away? Cantina Talk starts now. But What Could Dawn of Skywalker Possibly Mean? The Source: The internet, noticing international titles for Rise of Skywalker Probability of Accuracy: Well, the titles are accurate, at least. The Real …

The New Charlie’s Angels Trailer Is Here

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. Today we have the first trailer from the new reboot of Charlie's Angels and a whole lot of news about Netflix. Let's get going. The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here OK, so maybe we don't need another Charlie's Angels movie, but dammit—this looks really fun. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also plays Bosley, the film stars Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart—who is having the most fun—as the Angels and also Patrick Stewart as another Bosley. The movie, which seems fully dedicated to the notion that Kristen Stewart should face-punch bad guys in every film and possibly be the new 007, hits theaters in November. …

Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office

Good day! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of pop culture news. The big thing you missed over the weekend? Toy Story 4 giving Disney yet another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. And, as always, Netflix keeps making stuff. Let's get going. Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. The latest hit to come from the factory: Pixar's Toy Story 4, which nabbed $118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number is slightly below expectations, which were in the neighborhood of $140 million, but still enough to give Pixar's corporate …

2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl

Animals are dying in droves across the globe. It's 123 degrees in India. US politics are a garbage fire. Diseases eradicated by science have been reanimated by ignorance. Technology meant to unite people has divided them instead. Adam Rogers The Chernobyl Disaster May Have Also Built a Paradise Emily Dreyfuss Game of Thrones Is the Last Great Show to Bring Us Together Peter Rubin Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons But, hey, at least we're not dealing with a nuclear meltdown! On Monday nights for the past 5 weeks, 6 million people cumulatively have tuned in to watch HBO's Chernobyl, which by some estimates is now the highest-rated show ever to air on television. (Though as we …

Cantina Talk: Meet the New New Class of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of Cantina Talk, WIRED's look at everything happening in the world of Star Wars. But first: If you haven't already read it, open another tab immediately and bookmark this oral history of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, because, really, there are some droids in there you've probably been looking for. But if you're not in the mood for revisiting the way the movies looked a long time ago, perhaps you'll be happier with these glimpses of what's to come. The Next Movie Is About Millennials, Kind Of Source: The man behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams Probable accuracy: The thing with thematic descriptors is, who can really say what …

Disney May Stop Filming in Georgia Over Abortion Ban

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of entertainment and culture news. It's only been two days since our last installment, and man, a lot has gone down. For one, Disney could possibly stop setting up shop in Georgia if the state's anti-abortion law goes into effect. For another, Jessica Jones' third and final season is heading to Netflix in just a few short weeks. Finally, Tom King is working on the script for Ava DuVernay's The New Gods movie. Let's get to it. Disney May No Longer Film in Georgia Over Abortion Ban The list of Hollywood productions considering leaving Georgia over the state's new abortion ban continues to grow. Netflix voiced its intentions earlier …

Netflix’s Anything-Goes Philosophy Gets to Parody Rap

After surprising Super Bowl 2018 viewers with an ad announcing that sci-fi movie The Cloverfield Paradox would be arriving imminently, Netflix chose not to make a habit of similar ambushes. Instead, it left that practice to the musicians. Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Eminem, Death Grips, Drake, and Beyoncé again (this time as half of The Carters) have all leveraged the factory-free nature of the streaming industry in recent years to unleash albums with little to no advance warning. Well, Netflix seems to be warming up again. In April, its partnership with horror studio Blumhouse Productions spawned two separate cinematic jump-scares, Mercy Black and Thriller. Earlier this month, Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth snuck onto the platform with nary a US …

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

I've never seen an episode of Game of Thrones, which, in this case, makes me the perfect critic. I come with no bias, no allegiance, no screwball theories as to how the series finale failed to rise to to the level of its previous seasons (as I've heard). All that I know of Game of Thrones I've acquired via Twitter. What I've mostly discerned is this: It's a show about sex and dragons and dragon sex (I'm actually not sure about the latter, but if I'm being honest—and I always strive to be—that'd be incredibly cool); Peter Dinklage has a role on it; there was a very-hard-to-see (literally) battle at night where the Night King (the blue-faced Darth Maul–looking dude) …

What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven. For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows. (Like, seriously, does anything Tyrion proposes make rational sense?) Granted, the show has a lot of loose ends to tie up, but in doing so, it's left quite a few of us totally frayed. But there's hope. Season 8 may have been a roller coaster up until this point, but Game of Thrones has one final episode left in which it could make everything right. It is possible! It's highly unlikely, but still possible. To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and …

Avengers: Endgame Is Gunning for Avatar‘s Box Office Record

Hello, and welcome to another Monday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's entertainment news roundup. Today, much like last week, we're talking about Avengers: Endgame, which is still ruling the box office. What else? Spider-Man: Far From Home has a new trailer, and the British Royal Family has a new baby. Let's get going! Avengers: Endgame Might Break Avatar’s Box Office Record In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has brought in more than $2 billion globally at the box office. That makes Marvel's latest the second-highest-grossing movie ever—behind Avatar. But here's the thing: It took James Cameron's film 47 days to cross that threshold, and it took the Avengers just 11. Will Endgame break Avatar's $2.8 billion record? Ask us …

Cantina Talk: George Lucas Worked on the Rise of Skywalker Story

It would stand to reason that the weeks following Star Wars Celebration would be light on Star Wars news, considering those five days gave the fans a movie title, a new trailer, lots of details about the Mandalorian TV show and the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park attraction, and all kinds of other smaller tidbits. And yet, there's been a steady stream of news ever since. It is a May the Fourth miracle? Doesn't matter; we'll take it. Your full roundup of Star Wars news is below. Before we go any further, however, we need to note the sad passing of Peter Mayhew, the man who brought Chewbacca to life. He appeared in five Star Wars movies as the …

Game of Thrones Recap: The Problem With Prophecies

Much was made, at the outset of Game of Thrones, about the elemental conflict that loomed at its end: the malign, icy evil creeping silently in the frozen lands beyond the Wall, the fire rising everywhere else to meet it. Blue-eyed wights awoke from the bodies of dead men in the forests of the North; living dragons hatched from stone eggs in the heart of a funeral pyre, and the glass candles of lost Valyria burned with magic for the first time in a hundred years. Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing Laura Hudson Game of Thrones Recap: That's What Death Is Angela Watercutter What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over? …

Last Night’s Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Good morning and welcome to a brand spankin' new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all things pop culture. Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones, Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office. Let's get going. Game of Thrones Leaked Online First, the most important question: Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Lots of folks did, but a few got to see it—or at least got to see spoilers about it—before anybody else. The eighth season's second episode—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," aka "Episode 69"—leaked online early via Amazon Prime in Germany. News about the leak hit …

Netflix’s New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Watching Netflix’s latest stab at edgy comedy, Lunatics, is like scrolling through Instagram at 3 am. Fragments of lives flicker by—self-aggrandizing, specific, bizarre, sometimes obscene. Pretty soon, they all start looking fundamentally, headspinningly the same. We are, the show seems to be suggesting, the many faces of Chris Lilley. The new Netflix comedy is strikingly similar to the Australian comedian’s previous work. Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley. In place of unseemly students and teachers, the characters are a celebrity pet psychic, a boy Instagrammer, …