Brody Barcode previews a few of this month’s upcoming (Movies / Records / TV Shows)
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* “Fifty Shades Freed”
Premier Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Rated R (for strong sexual content, nudity, and language,) and based on E.L. James’ book of the same name, “Fifty Shades Freed” is the follow-up film to 2017’s “Fifty Shades Darker” and 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” concluding the Fifty Shades Trilogy.
Just as Mr. and Mrs. Grey are beginning their lives as newlyweds, shadowy figures from their past now pose jeopardizing threats.
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Kim Basinger, Arielle Kebbel, Eric Johnson, and Marcia Gay Harden
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Directed by: James Foley
* “Black Panther”
Premier Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence throughout), “Black Panther” is the upcoming 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
After the death of his father in “Captain America: Civil War,” King T’Challa returns home to his technologically-advanced and isolated African nation of Wakanda to serve as the new leader.
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Premier Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Based on the first novel of the same name from Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, and currently Unrated (for strong violence, language, sex references, and horror), “Annihilation” follows a team that’s comprised of a biologist, anthropologist, linguist, surveyor and psychologist who embark on an a top-secret expedition into an unworldly environmental disaster site.
Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Benedict Wong
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi
Directed by: Alex Garland
* Justin Timberlake – “Man of the Woods”
Release Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Produced by Justin Timberlake, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Danja, The Y’s and Rob Knox, “Man of the Woods” is Justin Timberlake’s fifth upcoming studio album; released by RCA Records.
On January 4, 2018 the Emmy and Grammy award winning artist dropped his upcoming album’s first single with video, “Filthy.”
Genre: Pop, R&B, Neo Soul
* Franz Ferdinand – “Always Ascending”
Release Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Produced by Philippe Zdar and released by Domino Records, “Always Ascending” will be Franz Ferdinand’s fifth studio album. It’s also their first album to introduce Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie, who joined after founding band member Nick McCarthy left.
On January 8, 2018, Franz Ferdinand put out their upcoming album’s second single, “Feel the Love Go,” following the release of their single with video, “Always Ascending,” on December 4, 2017.
Genre: Dance-Punk, Post-Punk Revival, Art / Dance / Indie-Rock
* Screaming Females – “All At Once”
Release Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
“All At Once” is the Screaming Females’ seventh upcoming studio album; released by Don Giovanni Records. On November 14, 2017 the band published their upcoming album’s third single, “Deeply,” following the October 16 release of their single with video, “Glass House,” and the record’s first single, “Black Moon,” on September 21, 2017.
Genre: Alternative / Indie / Punk-Rock
* “Here and Now” – Season 1
Premier Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
From Emmy and Oscar award winner Alan Ball (HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood”) comes the provocative and darkly comedic story about a progressive multi-ethnic family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their sole biological child, and their three adopted children from Columbia, Liberia, and Vietnam.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter, Sosie Bacon, Raymond Lee, Jerrika Hinton, and Daniel Zovatto; “Here and Now” airs on HBO.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Created by: Alan Ball
* “Ash vs. Evil Dead” – Season 3
Premier Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
On October 5, 2017 Starz Network released the following press statement: “Grab your chainsaws and watch out for Deadites, because the grooviest show on TV returns in all its Ash-kicking splendor; with more grisly battles, ghoulish banter, and more blood-drenched fun than ever.”
Starring: Ray Santiago, Arielle Carver-O’Neill, Lucy Lawless, Dana DeLorenzo, Lindsay Farris and Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. “Ash vs. Evil Dead” will air on Starz.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Created by: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi, Tom Spezialy
The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.”
Premier Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
From Universal Cable Productions (UCP) comes the true crime series chronicling the two police investigations of the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and Biggie Smalls (Wavyy Jonez) led by LAPD Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel).
Starring: Dominic L. Santana, Jamie McShane and Jimmi Simpson; based on Greg Kading’s book, “Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations,” “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” will air on USA.
Created by: Kyle Long