Even with Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the announcement of a forthcoming Star Wars trilogy a week old, the galaxy far, far away continued to dominate headlines this week as original stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford both stated interest in reprising their iconic roles for the new films.
Images surfaced this week of a pair of revered actors portraying equally respected characters, Anthony Hopkins taking on Alfred Hitchcock and Tom Hanks depicting Walt Disney. We got our first glimpse of Brad Pitt in the upcoming zombie film, World War Z, while the much lighter Les Misérables released a TV spot. Finally, in casting news, Jeff Goldblum was added to the bill for Wes Anderson’s upcoming Grand Budapest Hotel, while Jude Law joined Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.
Tuesday saw the unfortunate announcement from the Civil Wars that they would be cancelling all upcoming tour dates, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” On a happier note, with October having come and gone, this week saw musicians starting to get into the holiday spirit. Fruit Bats made available their rendition of a holiday classic, while Sufjan Stevens released a video for “Silver and Gold,” the title track from his upcoming holiday collection. Familiar faces reappeared this week with The Rolling Stones releasing a new track and Jermaine Jackson petitioning to get his last name changed to ‘Jacksun.’ Cat Power officially postponed her European tour, though she made time to stop by Conan for a performance of “Cherokee.”
In other music news, Passion Pit and Mumford & Sons both announced North American tour dates while the Wu-Tang Clan confirmed that a new album is “coming soon.” Also, the first wave of SXSW artists were announced.
In television news, Community fans learned that despite the prolonged delay of the show’s latest season, holiday episodes will be included when it finally airs in February. A clip from the upcoming season of Portlandia surfaced, while Netflix is apparently looking to revive AMC’s The Killing.
Finally, it was announced this week that Joe Biden would be appearing on Parks and Rec, complete with a teaser of the episode to come.