The Countdown

This week in movies…

Word travels fast in Hollywood, but not as fast as us. Every Friday we bring you the biggest entertainment stories in The Countdown – your weekly film & TV news cheat sheet. First up…

  1. The Dude abides, again You can’t live in the past, man, but you can sure as hell try. Jeff Bridges shared a short teaser via his Instagram this week which got everyone pining for the ’90s. Kitted out in the well-worn dressing gown of iconic Coen Brothers character The Dude, Bridges shuffled onto screen before grinning at the camera. The Big Lebowski sequel, anyone? Now, it could just be a teaser for a Super Bowl advert – the clip ended with the same date as the annual sports extravaganza – but we can hope, can’t we?
  2. Alright, alright, alright… The McConaissance might be over, but Matthew McConaughey is still at the top of his game. The Beach Bum, his latest movie, is a neon-soaked stoner’s paradise stuffed with cocaine-addled parrots, scraggly, sand-flecked beards and, of course, several peachy backsides. Check out the trailer above.
  3. Everybody wants to be a cat Marvel’s scariest feline has gone where no superhero has gone before. Not content with racking up seven nods at the Oscars, Black Panther was also nominated for Best Picture. No other spandex-clad comic book star has ever been nominated in that category. Wakanda forever!
  4. In outer Cage Hollywood’s most eccentric superstar is lining up his next project and you won’t be disappointed. Set to reunite with the team behind creepy fright-fest Mandy, Nicolas Cage has signed up for another horror. Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary short story, In Color Out Of Space is a sci-fi epic filled with aliens, meteorites and… farmers?
  5. Fast and Female Zipping out of the pit lane and onto the racetrack is yet another nitrous-fuelled spin-off from Universal. Hobbs & Shaw is out this summer, but the production company isn’t wasting any time and an all-female Fast & Furious movie has been teased. Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman is on board and Vin Diesel welcomed her to the Fast family via Instagram. On your marks…