By far the most exciting, perplexing and intriguing peice of news to come from this week had to be Disney’s $4 billon acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd.. and the announcement of the seventh Star Wars film.
This news caused many to speculate about the upcoming sequels, which Lucas had once told original Star Wars star Mark Hamill were going to happen. As if the Star Wars news was not enough for film buffs, Quentin Tarantino teased that Django Unchained was the second part of a trilogy that already includes Inglorious Basterds. Speaking of Tarantino, RZA said that he is set to direct two more films (Tarantino is producing RZA’s directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists).
Sadly, New Jersery and New York City were hit by Hurricane Sandy this week. The storm destroyed many homes and left citizens without power and water for days. To help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Bruce Springsteen and many other stars will be performing in a special benefit concert airing on NBC, with all the proceeds going to the Red Cross.
With the storm cutting out power and creating dangerous conditions for those in the area many performers and shows were cancelled. Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman both braved the storm and performed their shows without an audience. Louis C.K. was one of the performers who cancelled a show in New York earlier in the week, but confirmed he would still host SNL this weekend. On a more positive note, NBC finally gave Community a premiere date, while Community’s former showrunner, Dan Harmon’s animated series was picked up by Adult Swim. Arrested Development continues to excite their fans this time releasing the first official photograph.
The music world was bustling this week, here are just some of the highlights. Lauryn Hill debuted a new song during a Houston performance, while The Shins released a new Christmas track. Titus Andronicus, Ben Gibbard and Eddie Vedder all released new videos this week. Despite power outages in New York City, the late-night circuit had some very special musical performances including David Byrne and St. Vincent and Andrew Bird. Jimmy Kimmel was hosting special shows in his hometown of Brooklyn and had electric performances from the Avett Brothers as well as Vampire Weekend, who performed a new track. British band Alt-J won the Mercury Prize, while fellow Brit’s Robert Plant and Johnny Marr both announced new albums.