The Iris’ Weekly Film and TV News Round Up! (17th July 2015)

In our new weekly feature, we take a look back at some of the biggest stories in the world of film and TV this week… just in case you missed it. Suffice it to say, it’s been a great week of film and TV news, thanks in part to the annual San Diego Comic Con event, with a heap of new trailers and promos released, gearing us up for the last half of what has already been a great year in entertainment.

What’s new in film?


A series of Fantastic Four trailers have been released, and there are some mixed reviews on how this might actually turn out. See the latest trailer here:

Sure to delight fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), the trailer for Sisters has been released. Poehler plays the good sister and Fey the bad. If nothing else, it looks like a lot of fun.

Film Releases

You can get excited about Paper Towns, Insidious Chapter 3 (review), and Australian films Ruben Guthrie (review) and Women He’s Undressed (red carpet photos), all of which hit Aussie cinemas this week. Also Ant-Man (review) is finally here!

What’s new in television?

The Strain, Season 2

This week saw the return of The Strain to our television screens. Love it or hate it, it is another take on the vampire. It is hoped we find out more about The Master, and The Ancients, who look very freaking cool. Also, Corey Stoll is still rocking his toupee. The series is currently on Foxtel’s Fox8 (

Fargo, Season 2

Critically lauded, the first season of Fargo was a beautiful and intense journey. Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, it was inspired by the 1996 film directed by the Coen brothers. Season 2 is a completely new story, taking on an anthology format which is becoming quite common in television series of late. Due to hit us in September, the teaser is here:

The Walking Dead, Season 6

An epic trailer for the new season of The Walking Dead has been released ( which shows the return of (hopefully) a lot more zombie brutality, twists, and turns in the community of Alexandria. It is also great to see that Daryl is still a solid badass. It all begins on Foxtel’s FX on October 12.

Fear the Walking Dead, Season 1

You may have also seen the spin-off series trailer of The Walking Dead ( which was recently revealed at Comic-Con. The series claims to be a prequel to the world that The Walking Dead family have come accustomed too, and it proves to be quite intriguing.

Festivals and Events

Undoubtedly the biggest event of (last) week was San Diego’s International Comic-Con. Held at the San Diego Convention Center, the four days of fun spanned from 9 to 12 July and saw over 130,000 people in attendance.

During this time there were first looks at many highly anticipated films including comic book superheroes Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Mega superstars were in attendance for press interviews and meet/greets including Stan Lee, Hugh Jackman, Bill Murray, Harrison Ford, and even Bryan Cranston.

Another highlight is always the amazing costumes created and worn by the punters in attendance. There were a heck of a lot of Star Wars fans including a pink Darth Vader in a tulle dress, and candy-floss coloured Wookies. Check out some of the photographs here: It was enough to make us incredibly jealous to have not been on ground at the event… But there’s always next year.


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