Get to the Choppah: On his press tour for The Nice Guys, director Shane Black—who, you may remember, is directing the upcoming movie The Predator and insists it will be a “spectacle”—dropped a few juicy details about his work on the reboot of the 80s action classic. The wheels are in motion, it seems, and 20th Century Fox is eyeing a release in September or October 2018 with an R rating, since Black “doesn’t think the fans want a PG-13 Predator.”
Best of all: Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumored to re-appear as Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer—and if he does, he’ll be playing the naturally aged version of himself, 25 years after doing battle with the extra-terrestrial visitor. Black was fairly tight-lipped about the details with Schwarzenegger, but Black also revealed to Empire magazine that the lead character’s name will be “Quinn McKenna,” which seems to confirm that Arnold won’t be the lead if he ends up appearing. He also said “he hoped to achieve “the same sense of wonderment and newness that Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] had when that came out. That’s what we want. It’s very impossible. But we’re gonna try.”
In the meantime, we can all hang out at NBC upfronts:
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) May 16, 2016
Mic Drop Moment: John Cena announced that he’s hosting the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual awards ceremony airing on Wednesday, July 13th.
#StephGonnaSteph: After staying relatively quiet for the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, Steph Curry turned up the heat, scoring 28 points—15 of them in a span of 1:58—before leading his Golden State Warriors to a 118-91 win and tying the Western Conference Finals series at one game apiece.
15 points in 1:58? #StephGonnaSteph on TNT.
Posted by Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Take Her to Warp 5, Mr. Sulu: CBS unveiled the first trailer for its rebooted Star Trek TV series, this one featuring “new crews, new villains, new heroes, [and] new worlds.” But not, presumably, William Shatner. Look to deep space in January 2017. [CBS All Access]
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Posted by CBS on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Up Next: Rainbow Road: The crowd at Wednesday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning-Pittsburgh Penguins game got a rare treat: Mario Kart on ice.
This place is like a big Dave and Busters. They're playing Mario Kart on the ice: pic.twitter.com/G3Qbu8PzgS
— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) May 19, 2016
No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Report to Your Damn Trailer: The transatlantic celebrity rumor mill churned out one hell of a story Thursday, as the British press reported that Daniel Craig has purportedly turned down a multi-million-dollar offer to play James Bond in another movie. It’s not confirmed, so take it with a grain of salt, but know that Tom Hiddleston—or Idris Elba, or Tom Hardy, or Damian Lewis—is the favorite to next don 007’s tuxedo. [Newsweek]
We Need a Tester! Find Gump!: Check out this new “smart table,” which is being touted as the future of Ping Pong:
This "smart table" could be the future of ping pong.
Posted by Quartz on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Ultimate Lifting Partner: Apparently, one of the largest men on earth is best pals with one of the tiniest dogs.