From May 25 to May 31, 2020

2 Newer Mutants

New Mutants director Josh Boone this week announced two things: first, he assured fans that the movie (that is maybe releasing on August 28) is in fact the movie he wanted to make. This is perhaps partially in reaction to the recent Snyder Cut announcement and the many fan requests for director editions of other films. Second, he also reveals that since completing filming on New Mutant in 2017 he has planned out an entire trilogy of films. Given New Mutants is not a part of owner Disney’s MCU it is doubtful the sequels will be greenlit even if New Mutants does well in theaters.

Another nerd number about this story could have been 5 Release Dates as that is the number of release dates FOX’s New Mutants has had. The first date was in April of 2018 and was moved to avoid competing with the studio’s other films. Its most recent release date was in April of this year, but it had to be moved again due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Will Covid-19 push the date even further out?

1 Baby Shark

The video game Maneater came out this week on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Believe it or not, this Shark Survival game was inspired when the development team decided they wanted to make a game like Far Cry or Zelda Breath of the Wild. This unique game’s combat has been compared to Dark Souls (what game hasn’t been compared to Dark Souls?) and Punch-Out, though I am not sure how that gels with the fist-less shark hero of the game. The game currently has a 71 average rating on Metacritic. [LADbible]

Nerd It Here First’s very own Game Boys, brothers Ryley and Jack, reviewed Maneater this week. Check out the embedded video to see what they thought and after you watch head over to YouTube and subscribe to get all the latest NIHF video content.

4th Trek?

Actor Simon Pegg had a recent interview with Collider that was published this week. During the interview, he was asked if the long-rumored cinematic Star Trek 4 was going to happen. His response? “Star Trek, I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. [I’d] love to work with those guys again, and obviously Star Trek is very dear to me, so we’ll see what the future holds.” The 2016 film Star Trek Beyond was widely considered by Trekkies to be a return to the roots of what made Star Trek interesting, different, and special; however, the film underperformed at the box office and a fourth movie in the rebooted timeline of the franchise has long been in question. [Collider]

Pegg also spoke about the untimely death of co-star Anton Yelchin and how that really demotivated the previous films cast and crew saying, “I think it slightly took the wind out of our sails in terms of our enthusiasm to do another one, just because we’re now missing one of our family. He would be conspicuous by his absence.” This is a reminder that losing a friend and emotional family member can be really disheartening and it is important to allow one’s self to grieve and healthily process these losses.

6 Acting Professionals – Nerd Numbers from History

Only 6 performers have been nominated for multiple Acting Academy Awards for playing the same role in different movies. Bing Crosby was the first to do this for playing Father Chuck O’Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945). Crosby won the first of these two nominations. Paul Newman played Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986) for which he won. The 25-year gap between these nominations was also a 25-year gap between Newman playing the role. Peter O’Toole was nominated for playing King Henry II in both Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968). Although The Lion Winter is often considered the spiritual successor to Becket, this is the only occurrence of this happening for an actor not playing the exact same version of a character. Al Pacino surprisingly did not win for either of his nominations as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) nor in The Godfather: Part II (1974). Pacino did play the role a third time in The Godfather: Part II (1990). Sylvester Stallone has had the largest gap between nominations being nominated for playing the character Rocky Balboa, a character he created, both in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015) a 39-year gap between nominations. it is worth noting that he played the role 5 times between those 2 nominations. The first and only woman on this list is Cate Blanchett playing Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). [Gold Derby]

Be sure to check out our sister site this Thursday to catch our episode on Rocky. During the episode, we discuss a member of this select list: Sylvester Stallone.