Here’s Geek God Review’s wrap-up on some of this week’s news on TV series, books and movies from the release of the “Pottermore Presents” featuring three new stories regarding Hogwarts (woot! woot!), to the revelation of who will play Deathstroke in the new Batman solo movie, up to the new trailer for “Underworld: Bloodwars.”
Henry Cavill begins intense training for new Superman movie
A couple of months ago saw Superman Henry Cavill post a picture of himself training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where he mentioned he was “getting schooled by Mr. Roger Gracie.”
Now Henry is back at it as images of Cavill training near Miami at the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Of Weston have hit the net.
“We had a very special guest this past week training with us! Big thank you to Superman actor Henry Cavill for coming in and training with us as well as taking time out of his busy schedule to entertain and make our kids week by showing up to assist their class. And the answer is yes, he is very tough!” The Renzo Gracie Florida Jiu-Jitsu Facebook page posted. *1
“Pottermore Presents” now out feat new stories from Hogwarts
On Tuesday, three new JK Rowling e-books were released online. Here’s what you need to know:
What are these books?
The trio are collectively known as Pottermore Presents, but they have individual titles too. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide sheds light on the inner workings of Harry Potter’s wizarding school.
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists examines the darker side of the wizarding world while Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies introduces the school’s more eccentric teachers.*2
Sean O’Pry on life after modeling
For a decade now, Sean O’Pry’s chiseled features and striking blue eyes have stared back from billboards, subways, and almost every notable magazine. In 2013, FORBES named him the world’s highest-paid model. He may be best known as the handsome, ill-fated suitor from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space music video, but he aims to create a name for himself that doesn’t need a celebrity face alongside for recognition.
After 10 years in the modeling industry, O’Pry has experienced his fair share of international fashion weeks including opening for Versace, Givenchy, and Balmain – and once even walking in 18 shows one season in Milan. Now he prefers brand campaigns over runways, his resume boasting Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani , Dolce & Gabbana, and Marc Jacobs, among others.*3
Bradley James to play as villain in Underworld: BloodWars movie
The Underworld: Blood Wars Trailer is Here!
Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment have released the trailer for Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth film in the long-running franchise. You can watch the Underworld: Blood Wars trailer below! The franchise sequel, which features Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene, will arrive in theaters on January 6, 2017.
Theo James (The Divergent Series) returns as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Rome) and Lara Pulver (Sherlock) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) again plays Vampire elder Thomas. Rounding out the film’s international cast are James Faulkner (Game of Thrones), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (Damien) and Daisy Head (Fallen). *4
Actor who will play Deathstroke in new Batman solo movie revealed
Batman will face comic book villain Deathstroke, played by “True Blood” star Joe Manganiello, in Ben Affleck’s first solo movie playing the Dark Knight.
Affleck recently shared a video online of Manganiello in his Deathstroke get-up, but didn’t reveal the actor underneath the mask or what role the character would play in upcoming films.
The actor is also known for his role in the “Magic Mike” Movies.
DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in his first interview discussing his new role overseeing Warner Bros.’ movies based on DC Comics characters.
He declined to comment on whether Deathstroke has a cameo in “Justice League,” which is currently shooting in London. *5
Chris Pratt: Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 to be ‘biggest spectacle movie’ ever
Chris Pratt isn’t sweating a sophomore slump.
Eight months before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters, the actor behind the spacefaring Marvel hero Star-Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill) is already confident his character’s second outing is going to be a big deal.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Pratt refrained from giving up plot details — mum is always the word when dealing with Marvel movies — but he was happy to hype the sequel, saying, “It’s finished and it’s going to be terrific.”
He also added a prediction: “I think it’s going to be — I’m not using hyperbole here — I think it’s going to be the biggest spectacle movie of all time.” *6