Bong Joon-ho Plus Robert Pattinson; Harry & Meghan; RIP Kirstie Alley
Robert Pattinson in Mickey 17 courtesy of Warner Bros.

Bong Joon-ho is back with a new movie called Mickey 17 starring Robert Pattinson; The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are telling all; and Rest in Peace Kirstie Alley, who has died of cancer at the age of 71. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.

R.I.P.: Kirstie Alley, the Emmy-winning actress who played the deadpan, whip-smart Rebecca Howe on Cheers and also graced our TV screens in Scream QueensThe Goldbergs, Hot in Cleveland and Drop Dead Gorgeous, has died at 71 after battling cancer, Variety reports. She was also known for a film career that included Accidental Love, Syrup, Back By Midnight, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as well as the Look Who’s Talking films.

Texas Killing FieldsI spoke with Jessica Dimmock, the director of the super creepy Netflix docuseries Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields, and she told me what it’s like to actually step foot inside the Texas Killing Fields, where the bodies of a shocking number of women and girls have been dumped since the 1970s. In a word: eerie. Seriously, I have quite the stomach for true crime, but this show threw me for a loop. Read can read the interview here.

Harry & Meghan Trailer: Here’s a Netflix docuseries for those looking for some non-fiction content that’s a little easier to stomach than murder. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, promise to tell all in a new six-part series about why they left their roles as senior members of the British royal family in 2020. Though they are no longer His and Her Royal Highness, they are still the prince and princess of our hearts. Watch the trailer below, in which Harry vows not to let what happened to his mother, Princess Diana, repeat itself.

An Ode to a Pandemic Movie: Comedian and actress Fortune Feimster tells Vulture why she feels that the 2021 movie Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was really robbed of its potential — and not just because she was in the club scene. Starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, it’s about two middle-aged ladies who have a ball at a resort despite having a villain’s henchman (Jamie Dornan) trying to do evil on them. Feimster argues that if the movie had been released before the pandemic, it would have been a hit, but when it was relegated to a streaming release, it lost steam. I admit I missed the train on this one — perhaps a weekend watch? MovieMaker‘s Tim Molloy assures me it was very funny.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?: If the answer is yes, you can thank Josh Gad for that. Jennifer Lee, the director of Frozen, initially wanted to cut poor Olaf — until she heard Gad do his lines. The rest is history, according to IndieWire.

Mickey 17 First Look: The Batman star Robert Pattinson has joined Bong Joon-ho to present a first look at Mickey 17, the director’s much-anticipated follow-up to Parasite, which won the Oscar for Best Film in 2020. Mickey 17 is based on the novel by Edward Ashton. The movie is coming out on March 29, 2024, which feels like the distant future but is actually only a year and some change away. Check out the mini teaser below and tell me that doesn’t look like an MRI machine.

Main Image: Robert Pattinson in Mickey 17,  by Bong Joon-ho, courtesy of Warner Bros.