Best Stories Of Last Week: The Martian, The Punisher, The Hunger Games, Christopher Lee And More

It's the weekend again, and in addition to bringing the arrival of Jurassic World in theaters, that means it's time for our round-up of the Best Stories of the Week.

This time we've got updates about The Simpsons, The Hateful Eight, the reboot of Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Daredevil and more. You'll also find trailers for movies like The Martian and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and TV shows like Scream and Orange is the New Black. And as always, there were some big Star Wars updates as well.

Check out the Best Stories of the Week after the jump!

#32. Interview: Mark Millar on Adapting Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Germain Lussier sat down with comic creator Mark Millar to talk about the changes made from the comic book to the feature film adaptation of Kingsman: The Secret Service from earlier this year. Check out the full interview right here.

#31. David Fincher's HBO Series Videosyncrazy Now on Pause

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It sounds like HBO's new series from The Social Network and Gone Girl director David Fincher is on pause and the creative direction of the show needs to be reworked. What does this mean for the future of the series? Find out in our full story.

#30. Bill Murray Stuck in Afghanistan in Rock the Kasbah Trailer

The film arrives on October 23rd.

#29. Constantine is Officially Dead

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After being canceled by NBC, many fans hoped that the series adaptation of the comic book Constantine would be saved. But the series is officially dead with no chance of getting picked up elsewhere. Showrunner Daniel Cerone announced the bad news, and you can read his full statement on the matter right here.

#28. The Boondock Saints May Get a Prequel TV Series

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For those who aren't getting enough Veritas and Aequitas in their life, The Boondock Saints has a prequel TV series in the works. Find out who is developing the series about the MacManus boys in our original story.

#27. Universal Pictures Tuning Up Pitch Perfect 3

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After coming through with a splash at the box office, Universal Pictures is wasting no time getting Pitch Perfect 3 together. But are Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson on board for the sequel? Get all the details right here.

#26. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's Lifetime Movie Gets a Trailer

The movie premieres on Lifetime on June 20th.

#25. The Simpsons Will See Marge & Homer Separate and Bart Get Killed

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Some big storylines are coming to The Simpsons for the forthcoming 27th season. First, the series premiere will see Marge and Homer getting legally separated. And later in the year, Bart Simpson will get killed. Details on Marge and Homer's separation are here, while news on Bart's death is explained over here.

#24. New Trailer for Scream TV Series Slashes In

The series premieres on MTV on June 30th

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#23. Interview: Bill Hader Talks Geeking Out with Spielberg

Germain Lussier sat down with Bill Hader for Pixar's Inside Out, but the actor ended up divulging his time spent geeking out with Steven Spielberg on the set of The BFG. He recounts hearing stories about Jaws, Sugarland Express and more. Check out the full interview right here.

#22. Who is Chiwetel Ejiofor Playing in Doctor Strange?

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave

We finally know who 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Which character from the comic book series will he be bringing to life? You'll have to read our full story to find out.

#21. New Trailer for Orange is the New Black Third Season

The new season is available now on Netflix.

#20. The Martian Moves Up and The Hateful Eight Sets a Release

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Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama The Martian has been moved up almost two full months to October 2nd and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will arrive later in the year on Christmas Day. And don't forget that Tarantino is putting this one in theaters on 70mm film, and he's putting in more projectors to make that possible in 50 theaters.

#19. Is 2015 the Year Hollywood Bets Big on Women?

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There's been plenty of great female characters to celebrate on the big screen this year in films like Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road, and our own Peter Sciretta wonders if 2015 will be looked at as the year when Hollywood finally started to bet big on women in the movies. Read his thoughts over here.

#18. Iconic Actor Christopher Lee Passes Away at 93

Christopher Lee in Lord of the Rings

Christopher Lee, the man who brought Dracula and Frankenstein to life and star of The Lord of the Rings and the Star Wars prequels, passed away this week at age 93. Director Peter Jackson offered a touching tribute following the news, and our thoughts go out to the actor's family and friends.

#17. Fan Theory Links Jurassic Park Character to Chris Pratt in Jurassic World

Chris Pratt in Jurassic WorldJurassic World is just now hitting theaters, but an interesting fan theory is being thrown around the internet. This theory proposes that Chris Pratt's character in Jurassic World may be a certain young character from Jurassic Park all grown up, but not the kid that you think. Get the scoop on this wild theory right here.

#16. Animals Live Like People in Zootopia Teaser Trailer

The film arrives March 4th, 2016.


#15. There May Be a US School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Fantastic Beasts

Author J.K. Rowling revealed that we'll learn about an American school of witchcraft and wizardry in the forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Find out how this new school will be revealed in our original story.

#14. Jurassic World May Be About The Struggle of Making Jurassic World

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Our own David Chen proposes three points that may indicate that Jurassic World is actually about the difficulty and challenges of making Jurassic World. See if you agree after you read the full post.

#13. Joe Carnahan in Talks to Direct Long Due Bad Boys 3

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Fans have been wanting to see Bad Boys 3 happen for a long time. But since Michael Bay has been busy with Autobots and Decepticons, director Joe Carnahan is being brought in to direct the action sequel now. Get the details right here.

#12. C-3PO Has a Red Arm in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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One of our favorite droids has one major change in his appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and you can get a first look at this modification in our original story over here.

#11. First Promo Poster for Independence Day 2 Blasts Earth

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The first promo poster for Independence Day 2 has arrived, and it's basically a mash-up of all the posters we saw 20 years ago for the original Independence Day. Check out the poster over here.

#10. Asa Butterfield No Longer Up for Spider-Man

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The shortlist for Spider-Man got a little bit shorter with Asa Butterfield no longer being in the running, and the search has reportedly narrowed down to two names. Find out who over here.

#9. Michelle MacClaren Met with Lucasfilm About a Star Wars Spin-Off

Michelle MacLaren directing Star Wars

The second Star Wars Anthology film still needs a new director, and word on the street is former Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren had a meeting with Lucasfilm about the job. Get more information right here.

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#8. We've Got Two Different Reviews for Jurassic World

Our own Peter Sciretta delivered his mostly positive, spoiler-free review of Jurassic World, while Germain Lussier painted a more disappointed picture of the sequel. Who will you agree with? See the movie, read their reviews and let us know!

#7. The Lady Ghostbusters Make Chris Hemsworth Their Receptionist

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The God of Thunder had to get a desk job. Chris Hemsworth has been named the receptionist for our new team of female Ghostbusters in Paul Feig's reboot of the classic paranormal comedy.

#6. James Cameron Endorses Teminator: Genisys

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We're not sure how much money this cost Paramount Pictures, but Terminator franchise director and creator James Cameron has fully endorsed Terminator: Genisys. Will that convince you to see it in theaters? Get the full story and decide for yourself.

#5. Interview: Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Peter Sciretta sat down with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow to talk about his first blockbuster, easter eggs from Jurassic Park and working at Saturday Night Live. Check out the full interview right here.

#4. Matt Damon Gets Stranded in First Trailer for The Martian

The film arrives on October 2nd.

#3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Heads to Hall H at Comic-Con

All The Force Awakens Rumors

Even though Star Wars takes place in a galaxy far, far away, Lucasfilm will be bringing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to San Diego for Comic-Con next month. Find out what we can expect from the panel right here.

#2. The Punisher is Coming to Daredevil Season Two

The PunisherJon Bernthal has been cast as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, for the second season of Daredevil. Get more details on The Walking Dead star's new comic book role right here.

#1. The Full Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The concluding chapter arrives this fall on November 20th.

That's it for the Best Stories of the Week. See what happens next week!