The 14 Biggest Entertainment Stories Of 2017
By Chris E. Hayner | @ChrisHayner on
The 14 Biggest Entertainment Stories Of 2017
From scandals, to creative shakeups, to major acquisitions, 2017 will go down as one of the most newsworthy years in entertainment history. Whether it's Kevin Spacey being completely removed from a major film--that was already finished!--or Doctor Who finally casting a woman as the show's lead, or even the future of Star Wars being revealed, there continues to be plenty to talk about.
With the end of the year comes the chance to reflect on all of the craziness that happened during 2017. With that in mind, come along as GameSpot revisits the 14 biggest entertainment stories of the year.
Hollywood's Sexual Harassment Scandals
There's no doubt that 2017 will be remembered as the year sexual harassment and assault allegations rocked Hollywood to its very foundation. From powerful film moguls like Harvey Weinstein, to actors like Kevin Spacey, to TV producers like Andrew Kreisberg, many throughout the industry continue to be called out for their alleged misconduct.
James Cameron And Linda Hamilton Are Ready To Revisit The Terminator
After 16 years--and three movies--away from the franchise, both James Cameron and Linda Hamilton announced their return to the Terminator series. Hamilton will once again play Sarah Connor, with Cameron serving as producer on the next film. Thankfully, they're going to ignore the sequels that followed Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Rian Johnson Will Steer Star Wars Into The Future
The future of Star Wars is in Rian Johnson's hands. It was announced that after Episode IX, the director of The Last Jedi will develop and produce a new trilogy, completely separate from the Skywalker saga. Thankfully, people seem to like The Last Jedi, so this is good news!
That Time La La Land Didn't Win Best Picture At The Oscars
In one of the most memorable Oscar moments of all time, it was announced that La La Land had won the award for Best Picture. However, as the movie's producers gave an acceptance speech, they realized it was actually Moonlight that took top prize. It led to an incredibly awkward moment on live TV that will be made fun of for years to come.
Doctor Who Finally Catches Up To The World
Not only did Peter Capaldi announce he was leaving Doctor Who this year, but his replacement was named. For the first time ever, a woman will step into the show's title role. Finally. Broadchurch alum Jodie Whittaker will become the 13th Doctor when the series returns in 2018. Beyond that, chances are that she'll appear in the 2017 Christmas special.
Daniel Day-Lewis says goodbye to acting
He's one of the greatest actors of all time. That's why it was surprising that Daniel Day-Lewis announced he was retiring from his profession in June. The actor isn't sure why now is the right time to leave acting but says it occurred to him during filming of his final film, The Phantom Thread.
Jamie Lee Curtis Is Here To Save Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis agreeing to play Laurie Strode once again in a Halloween movie is, perhaps, the biggest horror movie news any fan could possibly want. Not only is the actress returning to the franchise, but so is John Carpenter, writer and director of the original film. The smartest thing the new Halloween will do is disregard everything after the first movie.
Is Any Star Wars Director Truly Safe?
While Rian Johnson's future in the Star Wars universe is bright, the same can't be said for Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Colin Trevorrow. All three were removed from Star Wars films in 2017. The moves showed Lucasfilm has a very specific vision for Star Wars, and if you don't fit, you can easily be taken out of the equation. In the case of Lord and Miller, it can even happen during production.
Goodbye Kevin Spacey, Hello Christopher Plummer
Following sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey, the actor was removed from Ridley Scott's movie All the Money in the World. Christopher Plummer was hired to replace him, reshooting all of his scenes over nine days. It was an unprecedented move to make a month before release.
Disney Buys X-Men Studio 20th Century Fox
There may be no bigger acquisition in entertainment history than Disney buying 21st Century Fox. The sale means many things for the future of Hollywood, including Marvel regaining film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
Jordan Peele Is Taking You To The Twilight Zone
Hot on the heels of his success with the horror movie Get Out, Jordan Peele is keeping things scary. It was announced that he's producing a reboot of the horror anthology series The Twilight Zone. The series will air on the CBS All Access streaming service.
Quentin Tarantino Wants To Direct Star Trek? Really?
Quentin Tarantino has said he'll only make 10 movies. That's what makes the news that he wants to direct a Star Trek film so bizarre. Still, should he actually get to make the R-rated space adventure he has in mind, it might be the most interesting thing to happen to Star Trek in ages. Sorry, Star Trek: Discovery.
Queen Biopic Cans Director Bryan Singer
When the first photo of Rami Malek in the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released, it looked like everything was going well. Then reports surfaced of director Bryan Singer disappearing from the set and getting into confrontations with the cast. Shortly thereafter, Fox actually fired Singer--who directed four X-Men films for the studio--and replaced him with Dexter Fletcher.
Venom Standalone Movie Does Something To Make You Care: Cast Tom Hardy
Venom is trading up! In 2017, Sony announced that Tom Hardy would play the comic book character in his own standalone movie. Considering the only other live-action Venom was Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3, Hardy getting the role is better than anyone could have hoped for.