猎人武器幻化采用百度引擎1（Baidu 9）As more and more people are compelled to practice social distancing and encouraged to stay home, as movie theaters temporarily shutter their doors, and as studios continue to pull their scheduled 2020 films off the release calendar, we ve decided to reformat this weekly Critics Consensus column to focus on titles that are newly available on the home entertainment market. With that in mind, our list of digital new releases this week includes a trio of thrillers one about an insidious vacation destination, one about deep-sea terror, and one about a fledgling vigilante on the warpath. See below for the full list.
In 1995, Paul W.S. Anderson introduced himself to the world with Mortal Kombat, an action flick about three fighters preventing the apocalypse by entering a magical martial arts tournament. The film came on the heels of the 30-year-old director/movie lover s debut film Shopping (also the feature debut of Jude Law), and his fresh style, his ability to stretch a budget, and his love for the Mortal Kombat video game helped secure his spot in the director s chair. It was a high-profile gig that many directors had turned down, as the stench of Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon still filled the air in Hollywood.Instead of being scared away, Anderson plugged his nose and jumped headlong into the million-budgeted production, adapting a video game beloved for its bloody, graphic violence into a PG-13 family-friendly movie. Guided by longtime producer Larry Kassanoff and fueled by geeky enthusiasm, Anderson hired a diverse cast and crew of excellent martial artists who understood the film’s cheeky tone and focused on giving Mortal Kombat fans what they wanted — lots of fights.When it was released during the waning days of summer on August 18th, it pulled off a nearly flawless victory, overcoming the 1990s video game adaptation curse commercially, at least and claiming the number one spot at the U.S. box office with an impressive million opening weekend. Critics were split at 47% on the Tomatometer, but audiences loved the electronic soundtrack, creative fight scenes, and diverse cast of committed actors who sacrificed multiple bruised ribs to bless us with some excellent brawls. The film remained number one at the box office for three weekends and finished with a stellar 2 million worldwide haul.To celebrate Mortal Kombat’s 25th anniversary, we look back and break down five reasons why it serves as the perfect exemplar of Paul W.S. Anderson s career.HE WORKS WITH DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE CASTS(Photo by R.E. Aaron/©New Line Cinema)Assessments of Anderson s career are full of backhanded compliments and hyperbolic criticisms, and they never bother to discuss his 25-year history of casting diverse groups of actors and his willingness to think outside the box. It feels strange to compliment someone for doing what’s right, but in 2020, it’s still rare to see such inclusive casts. It took the beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe a full decade to unleash Black Panther and Captain Marvel while they built their brand with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange. Compare that to Anderson, who, in 1995, dared to cast Robin Shou as the savior of the world in Mortal Kombat and, in 1997’s Event Horizon, gave Laurence Fishburne some all-timer dialogue (“We’re leaving”) as the captain who fights back against a spaceship from hell.In 2005, AVP Alien vs. Predator saw Sanaa Lathan become an honorary Yautja hunter, or Predator, after she kills a Xenomorph and helps rid the world of a justifiably pissed off Alien Queen. In fact, before Jordan Peele’s Us opened with million dollars, it was AVP that held the record for the highest opening weekend for a movie led by a black woman. That’s an impressive accomplishment, and when talking about her character Alexa Woods, Lathan said, “In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney (Weaver) was in it with a bunch of guys, and nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero, so that was a tradition that Alien started. When Paul did this, I think he had it in mind, and he auditioned all races, to set this apart and yet still carry on that tradition, which is great, because it s a woman and you would never expect a black woman to be the hero.”(Photo by Coco Van Oppens/©Screen Gems, Paramount Pictures, ©New Line Cinema)Of course, Anderson is most famous for his collaborations with Milla Jovovich, who he helped solidify into an action icon. The two first teamed up for the 2002 sleeper hit Resident Evil, which led to an 18-year collaboration (and an ongoing 11-year marriage) that saw the six Resident Evil movies collectively grossing over billion worldwide. If you ve listened to the Blu-ray commentaries and read various interviews, it’s clear Jovovich and Anderson have worked closely during their collaborations, and their teamwork has created some all-time movie moments (yeah, we said it). In an interview with Thrillist, Anderson said he had to fight to cast Jovovich over a male star because she was “a strong female lead back in the day when that was absolutely not acceptable in mainstream Hollywood movies.” Within the Resident Evil franchise, Alice has saved the world, wiped out gigantic creatures, and joined forces with Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, Li Bingbing, Colin Salmon, Michelle Rodriguez, and Boris Kodjoe.Anderson’s adherence to female-fronted action franchises and diverse casting are evident again in his upcoming 2021 film Monster Hunter, another video game adaptation that features Jovovich and international action superstar Tony Jaa. As a fan of Ong-Bak and Triple Threat, it s thrilling to see Jaa on the poster of a major international release.Listen, it’s a shame that a director hiring a diverse cast is rare enough that we applaud it when it happens, but one look at the history of Hollywood reveals why Paul W.S. Anderson stands out in that respect.HE KNOWS HOW TO STAGE UNIQUE FIGHT SCENESDo yourself a favor and rewatch the nearly 10-minute final fight between Liu Kang (Robin Shou) and Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). It showcases the actor s martial arts skills, and the scene isn’t edited into oblivion as they trade up to 12 strikes before a cut. Shou helped choreograph the fight, and he worked with stunt icons Pat E. Johnson (The Karate Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), J.J. Perry (Warrior, Captain America: Civil War, Haywire), and Jeff Imada (They Live, The Bourne Ultimatum) to create some iconic battles throughout the film.It’s clear that Anderson learned a lot on the set of Mortal Kombat, as he and his various production designers over the years have built sets around the fight choreography to make them unique. In AVP, Soldier, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and The Three Musketeers, the fight scenes blend seamlessly into the surrounding environments in fantastic action set-pieces. Watch this corridor fight in Resident Evil: Retribution and you’ll see Anderson, Jovovich, and the stunt crew in perfect sync as they execute an expertly staged brawl that looks beautiful in 3D.(Photo by Rafy/©Screen Gems courtesy Everett Collection)Another highlight occurs in Resident Evil: Afterlife. The bathroom fight between Alice (Jovovich), Claire Redfield (Larter), and the executioner, a hulking monstrosity who loves body piercings and wields a massive axe, is an ambitious spectacle. Shot with a Phantom Camera and James Cameron’s Avatar 3D rig, the battle makes the most of its setting, as it erupts into a shower of exploding porcelain, tile, and broken pipes. Does it rely a little heavily on the slow-mo? Sure, but setup is simple, the action is economical, the result is satisfying, and we even get a wall flip and a superhero landing. Part of what makes it work is that Larter and Jovovich did most of their stunts, which only adds an extra layer of badassery.When Anderson doesn’t have the luxury of a Robin Shou, Jason Statham, or Milla Jovovich to bust heads, he has no problem getting creative. While filming Mortal Kombat, Anderson was fully aware that Goro, the four-armed behemoth from the video games, could barely move, as the beautiful looking 10-foot tall animatronic created by the legendary Tom Woodruff Jr. (who worked with Anderson again in AVP) was basically a glorified lawn ornament. Knowing the fight scene would be cumbersome and ineffective if played seriously, he had Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) hit Goro with a low blow (the close-up of his bulging eyes is admittedly cheesy), kick him into a pit, and throw in an Easter Egg for fun. When life hands you a beautiful animatronic lemon, have some fun with it and make some fan-service lemonade.HE MAKES EFFICIENT USE OF SMART PRODUCTION DESIGN AND PRACTICAL EFFECTS(Photo by ©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)In 1995, Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that, as impressive as the special effects are at every turn, even more crucial is Jonathan Carlson s superb, imaginative production design, which combines Thailand exteriors with vast sets that recall the barbaric grandeur of exotic old movie palaces and campy Maria Montez epics.” Very early on in Anderson’s career, he realized that inspired production design and practical effects could make movies look much more expensive than their budgets. In his relatively lower-budget films like Mortal Kombat ( million), Resident Evil ( million), and Death Race ( million), it helped to utilize exotic exterior shots and settings to help limit the number of extras, locations, and set builds.There’s a moment in the 2008 film Death Race when a massive big rig called The Dreadnought smashes into a spiked barricade and explodes. In an interview with Grantland, Anderson explained, “We crashed that truck for real, and it was an awesome thing to shoot, because it’s 10 tons of steel flying, traveling really fast, hitting a dead stop, and flying through the air.” It’s one of the best examples of Anderson making the most of his budget. He and producer Jeremy Bolt realized early on that their million budget wouldn t allow them to shoot around the world, so they settled on industrial areas in Montreal to stand in for the film s island, where the prison races take place. With the money they saved, production designer Paul Austerberry (who also worked with Anderson on The Three Musketeers and Pompeii and would go on to win an Oscar for his work on Guillermo del Toro s The Shape of Water) and stunt coordinator Andy Gill (Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbor) focused on procuring real cars, generating real explosions and, of course, obliterating an 18-wheel Dreadnought. Anderson was also able to bring in some A-list talent, like Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, and three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, who classed up the production.Anderson’s most beautiful creation comes in the 1997 horror spectacle Event Horizon. The haunted house in space -themed film focuses on a search and rescue team who fall prey to a ship that has returned from a Hell-like dimension with a malevolent spirit on board. The massive gravity drive at the ship s core was built by production designer Joseph Bennett on the cavernous James Bond stage in England’s Pinewood Studios, and it actually worked (the part that spun on cue, that is; not the part that opened a wormhole to Hell). Emboldened by a gigantic million budget, Anderson cherry-picked elements from the best of the genre, peppering in visual references to films like Solaris, Alien, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.The film is arguably most famous for its images of torture and depravity, which Anderson conceived after researching the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Bruegal. But he understood the importance of showing only just enough, and the few frames of mayhem we do get in the film have inspired a sort of cult fascination among horror hounds. These scenes feature grotesque, Clive Barker-inspired practical makeup; hit pause at the right moment, and you ll see the gnarly, bloody gags the special effects department clearly spent a lot of time to create. The film s practical effects and massive sets still hold up to this day, and it s one of the reasons we agree when Laurence Fishburne s Captain Miller says, “I will take the Lewis and Clark to a safe distance, and then I will launch TAC missiles at the Event Horizon until I m satisfied she s vaporized. F this ship!”HIS FILMS ARE LARGELY CRITIC-PROOF (Photo by R.E. Aaron/©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)The 47% Tomatometer score for Mortal Kombat is the highest of Anderson’s 11 theatrically released films since 1995; none of his movies even comes close to Fresh. Writers frequently offer only the faintest of praise for his body of work, and begrudgingly at that, as they use terms like “unusual genius” or say that there are a few, ahem, gems lying around his filmography. Nobody seems willing to admit that the laser scene in Resident Evil is meant to be funny, or that “Grid” the Xenomorph from Alien vs. Predator might be the deadliest alien in the franchise. The narrative has been set since 1995, and the reviews now write themselves, despite the fact the critics might have failed Anderson, at least according to some.But even though the average Tomatometer score for his 11 theatrically released movies is a super Rotten 27%, there are still plenty of Fresh moments in his filmography. Even his lowest-rated film, the curious Blade Runner-sidequel Soldier (12% on the Tomatometer), features a jacked-up Kurt Russell battling Jason Scott Lee in a thrilling final fight that s so intense you almost feel the exhaustion by the end of it. Anderson also isn t without his defenders; James Cameron loves Resident Evil, Quentin Tarantino included The Three Musketeers on his Best of 2011 list, and prolific film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky considers Anderson to be the “world’s least pretentious auteur who makes lively, unpretentious mid-budget genre movies fixated on video-gamey cool and distinguished by their leanness and their inventive — and sometimes even poetic — use of space.”The success of Mortal Kombat wasn’t a fluke because Anderson and his talented crew knew what they were making, and they made it earnestly. Ashby, who contributed to the script in addition to playing Johnny Cage, said, We didn’t write Hamlet or anything, but we had fun with it. That playfulness is all over the movie, and it s still refreshing today.INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES LOVE HIS MOVIES(Photo by R.E. Aaron/©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)In 1995, Mortal Kombat brought in 2 million at the worldwide box office. Most importantly, it made million (42%) of that sum overseas. The million domestic haul was impressive for the scrappy video game adaptation, but the 100+ million distinction is what gave it major credibility. This trend of solid global returns has become a staple for Anderson, who has realized for a long time that focusing on worldwide returns and thinking globally will keep him working well into the future.In 2017, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter “rocked” China with a .4 million debut, which is remarkable considering China doesn’t allow ghosts and the supernatural to be shown on screen (with some exceptions). After its worldwide theatrical run had ended, box office receipts showed that it made 91% of its money overseas, with 5 million of its 2 million worldwide haul made outside the United States. This topped the 82% of Resident Evil: Retribution and the 80% of Resident Evil: Afterlife, which also set records internationally. In other words, the Resident Evil movies were global event films; in Japan, The Final Chapter made almost as much money as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was released just a week earlier. Closer to home, 2014 s Pompeii managed to become the highest-grossing Canadian production of the year, despite less than explosive box office returns here in the U.S., and it became the fourth film directed by Anderson to win the Golden Screen Award.Paul W.S. Anderson on the set of Mortal Kombat (Photo by ©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)Paul W.S. Anderson has been thrilling audiences around the world for 25 years, and it all began with a silly, action-packed video game adaptation that blossomed into a nostalgic fan favorite. Since then, Anderson has consistently worked with diverse casts and talented craftsmen on limited budgets to produce eye-popping, undemanding entertainment, and his filmography is littered with sleeper cult classics like Event Horizon, Alien vs. Predator, the Resident Evil franchise, and yes, Mortal Kombat. In most interviews, he seems comfortable with his career, and he should be; he knows what his fans want, and he delivers, even if he s not a critical darling. It may not be a flawless victory, but for a lot of folks, it s good enough.Mortal Kombat was released on August 18, 1995. 2020狂暴单职业是一款送会员刀刀爆光柱的激战传奇手游这是一款2020最新推出的传奇，打造最强神途，体验最新的传奇竞技传奇，喜欢的玩家一起来下载感受全新传奇竞技玩法吧。
2. AVA DUVERNAY CONFIRMS DARKSEID WILL APPEAR IN NEW GODS (Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures)Earlier this month, Marvel Studios confirmed that their next movie after Black Widow (5/1/2020) will be their adaptation of Jack Kirby s The Eternals (11/6/2020), featuring stars like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones). The Eternals is also arguably in a dueling movies situation, because Warner Bros. is simultaneously also developing its own Jack Kirby movie, New Gods, with Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) attached to direct. This week, DuVernay confirmed that the villains in New Gods will include Darkseid and the Female Furies. DuVernay also said that one of the actors in her Netflix series When They See Us will 99% be cast in New Gods, but that show also has a huge cast, so it s tricky to guess who she might be talking about. As for the Darkseid confirmation, this article points out that Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros. have a Thanos problem, as Darkseid and Thanos have always shared a lot in common, but Marvel Studios has already well established Thanos as a movie character, and Darkseid could easily be seen as a villain-come-lately.3. DUNGEONS DRAGONS MIGHT BE NEXT UP FOR GAME NIGHT (DIRECTORS)It s become nearly cliche for TV shows to feature their characters bonding over the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons Dragons, whether it be on Community, The Goldbergs, or most famously, Stranger Things. If we turn the clock way back 19 years to 2000, however, we can actually see that this arguably started with Freaks and Geeks, which had an episode where James Franco s character bonds with the titular geeks over D D. (Incidentally, it s also the year that brought us the first and notoriously panned film adaptation of the game, as pictured above.) One of those kids was played by John Francis Daley, who went on to become a screenwriter with partner Jonathan Goldstein on movies like Horrible Bosses and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and they also co-directed 2015 s Vacation and last year s Game Night. Paramount Pictures is reportedly now in talks with Daley and Goldstein to direct the long-in-development reboot of Dungeons Dragons, which moved to Paramount in 2017 after Warner Bros. was unable to get a reboot starring Ansel Elgort going earlier this decade. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were also formerly attached to direct DC Comics The Flash.4. CHRIS PINE TO STAR AS ANCHORMAN WALTER CRONKITE IN NEWSFLASH (Photo by Warner Bros.)Very few people are ever likely to confuse comic actor Seth Rogen with Star Trek star Chris Pine, but thanks to the wonders of makeup, they now have the same role in common. Until recently, Rogen was in talks to star in the historical drama Newsflash as CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite as he was covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The news this week, however, is that the role will instead go to the aforementioned Chris Pine. If Pine signs on, he will be joining Mark Ruffalo, who has long been attached to star as producer Don Hewitt, who went on to found 60 Minutes in 1968. Chris Pine s next big movie will be Wonder Woman 1984, which comes out next summer (6/5/2020).5. JASON MOMOA OUT FOR REVENGE IN NETFLIX S SWEET GIRL (Photo by Warner Bros.)Before his blockbuster success last year with Aquaman, Jason Momoa starred in the Netflix series Frontier from 2016 to 2018. While he is signed to return for the Aquaman sequel, that movie isn t scheduled until December 16, 2022, so he s got plenty of time before it starts filming. With that in mind, Momoa has signed on to appear in a revenge thriller for Netflix called Sweet Girl. He will also produce Sweet Girl, in which he will play a husband who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while also protecting his daughter. Momoa will also co-star in next year s Dune remake (11/20/2020) as Duncan Idaho.6. JARED LETO JOINS DENZEL WASHINGTON AND RAMI MALEK IN LITTLE THINGS (Photo by Netflix)After playing The Joker in the first Suicide Squad movie, Jared Leto will soon become the latest actor to star in a Marvel movie (by way of Sony) as the living vampire, Morbius, in just under a year (7/31/2020). This week, Leto also started early talks with Warner Bros. to join their crime thriller Little Things. If he signs on, he will play a serial killer who s crimes are being investigated by a small town sheriff played by Denzel Washington and another detective from Los Angeles played by Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody). Little Things will be directed and written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Founder, Saving Mr. Banks), whose most recent film was Netflix s The Highwaymen.7. BEN AFFLECK IS IN DEEP WATER WITH HIS NEW EROTIC THRILLER(Photo by Universal Pictures)In the ten years or so between 1983 and 1993, director Adrian Lyne gave the world a few major hits (Flashdance, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal), but then two stumbles (Unfaithful and his Lolita remake) seemed to put his career as a director on a 17-year hold. That said, Lyne is finally preparing to return with another erotic thriller called Deep Water that seems to share a lot of themes with his earlier films. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas ( Joi in Blade Runner 2049) are both in talks to star in Deep Water as a married couple who spice up their relationship by allowing each other to take other lovers, until their mind games take a dark turn when people around them start turning up dead. Just last week, Affleck also joined his old friend Matt Damon in a historical drama called The Last Duel. 8. REESE WITHERSPOON S FIRST SCIENCE FICTION DRAMA WILL BE PYROS(Photo by Bob Mahoney/©Warner Bros.)Like most movie actors of her status, Reese Witherspoon has appeared in movies from a wide range of different genres, including psychological horror (American Psycho), supernatural comedy (Little Nicky), and animated science fiction (Monsters vs Aliens). This week, we found out that the latest genre Witherspoon will expand into will be (live action) science fiction with a movie called Pyros. Witherspoon is partnering with frequent X-Men producer Simon Kinberg on the new film, in which she will star as one of a group of augmented people who are fitted with indestructible fire suits that are fused to their spines [who] work for a corporation that recovers objects for wealthy people when their houses are burning. 9. MARK WAHLBERG GOING TO THE DOG(S) WITH ARTHUR THE KING (Photo by Patti Perret/Paramount Pictures)Although there still aren t that many movies about (live action) cats, their canine counterparts don t have that problem, as almost every year sees at least one movie centered on dogs, with the most recent example being A Dog s Journey (Rotten at 49%) and The Art of Racing in the Rain set to hit theaters next week. The latest star to sign on for a doggie picture is Mark Wahlberg, who is now attached to star in Arthur the King, an adaptation of the novel Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home, based on a true story. Wahlberg will play a Swedish adventure racer named Mikael Lindnord who won the hearts of millions when he and his team adopted Arthur, a badly wounded but big-hearted stray dog who tagged along with them during an epic endurance race in Ecuador. Like this? 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d, and Leonard Roberts. Premieres Oct. 21. (Peacock)• Good Timing with Jo Firestone is the comedian’s special in which she teaches a comedy class for 16 senior citizens, who then perform at a live stand-up show. Premieres Oct. 15. (Peacock)• Convergence: Courage in a Crisis is a documentary that follows nine stories across eight countries about people who have spent the pandemic fighting for the lives and rights of those who had been forgotten or abandoned during the “generation-defining crisis.” Premieres Oct. 12. (Netflix)• Insecure season 5, the Emmy-winning series’ final season, finds Issa and her friends making some major decisions about what they want the next phase of their lives to look like. Stars Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, Kendrick Sampson, and Courtney Taylor. Premieres Oct. 24. (HBO)• Scoobtober is a month-long celebration of Scooby-Doo movies and series, including season 2 of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? with guest stars like Jason Sudeikis, Cher, Carol Burnett, and Run DMC. Starts Oct. 1. (HBO Max and Cartoon Network)• The Next Thing You Eat is a six-episode docuseries featuring chef David Chang taking viewers on a tour of what the future holds for what we eat: burger-flipping robots, lab-grown fish, and insect farms. Premieres Oct. 21. (Hulu)• Bad Sport is a six-episode docuseries about the intersection of sports and crime, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic figure skating scandal, superstar Indycar driver Randy Lanier’s marijuana-smuggling operation, and the Arizona State University basketball point-shaving scheme. Premieres Oct. 6. (Netflix)• The Closer is Dave Chappelle’s sixth comedy special for Netflix, directed by Emmy winner Stan Lathan, and following the Emmy and Grammy-winning 2019 special Sticks Stones. Premieres Oct. 5. (Netflix)• Love Life season 2 stars William Jackson Harper (Midsommar) in the romantic comedy anthology series, playing a thirtysomething, newly divorced man in New York City who has to learn how to date all over again. Premieres Oct. 28. (HBO Max)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Outlander s Graham McTavish Confirmed for Game of Thrones Prequel(Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for STARZ)Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has added seven actors to its cast:• Outlander alum Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling, a “paragon of chivalry and honor”• Ryan Corr (Holding the Man) as Ser Harwin “Breakbones” Strong, “the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms”• Jefferson Hall (Vikings) playing twins Tyland and Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock and calculating politician, respectively• David Horovitch (Miss Marple) as Grand Maester Mellos, a trusted advisor to King Viserys• Matthew Needham (Chernobyl) as Larys Strong, son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong; Bill Paterson (Fleabag) as Lord Lyman Beesbury, the Master of Coin for King Viserys• Gavin Spokes (Hamilton) as Lord Lyonel Strong, Master of Laws to King Viserys.Emmy and Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, who most recently starred in Escape at Dannemora and The Act, will direct and star in the Showtime limited series Love Canal, about a group of blue-collar women who became environmental activists after they discovered 20,000 tons of deadly chemicals were buried under their neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York in the 1970s. The true story will be based on an upcoming documentary called The Canal and the upcoming book Paradise Falls by journalist Keith O’Brien. (Variety)Recent Ted Lasso Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham will play vengeance-minded seductress Lady Bellaston in a limited series reimagining of Henry Fielding’s novel The History of Tom Jones for PBS Masterpiece.Eight-year veteran Beck Bennett has left the cast of Saturday Night Live, which begins its 47th season on October 2. Featured players Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang have been promoted to regular cast members, Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson will return as featured players, but Lauren Holt will not, and three new featured players include Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman.The Flight Attendant is getting several new cast members for season 2, including Cheryl Hines, Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez, JJ Sorta, Jessie Ennis, and Shohreh Aghdashloo. The new season will find Cassie (star Kaley Cuoco) working part-time as a CIA asset, until she accidentally witnesses a murder while on assignment and once again finds herself in the middle of an international mystery.Eva Amurri is going to co-star with her real-life mother, Susan Sarandon, in the Fox country music drama Monarch. Amurri will play the younger version of her mother, who plays country music superstar Dottie Cantrell Roman.(Photo by Pip; Akina Chan)FX has set the cast for its limited series adaptation of James Clavell’s novel Shōgun: Anna Sawai (as Lady Mariko) joins Hiroyuki Sanada (Yoshii Toranaga) and Cosmo Jarvis (John Blackthorne) as the series leads, while the rest of the ensemble cast includes Tadanobu Asano (as Kashigi Yabushige), Fumi Nikaido (Ochiba No Kata), Tokuma Nishioka (Toda Hiromatsu), Takehiro Hira (Ishido Kazunari), Ako (Daiyoin “Lady Iyo”), Shinnosuke Abe (Toda Hiroshige “Buntaro”), Yasunari Takeshima (as Muraji), Hiroto Kanai (Kashigi Omi), Toshi Toda (Sugiyama), Hiro Kanagawa (Igarashi), Nestor Carbonell (Rodrigues), Yuki Kura (Yoshii Nagakado), Tommy Bastow (Father Martin Alvito), Moeka Hoshi (Usami Fuji), Yoriko Doguchi (Kiri no Kata), and Yuka (Kouri Kiku).HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, a modern day-set sequel to the 2010-17 original Pretty Little Liars, has cast the moms for the new group of trouble-prone teens: Carly Pope (Popular), Lea Salonga (Yellow Rose), Sharon Leal (Dream Girls), Elena Goode (Straight Outta Compton), and Zakiya Young (Orange Is the New Black).Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and David Alexander Kaplan have joined previously announced cast member Mallori Johnson as stars of FX’s pilot for the drama Kindred. The series, based on the influential, bestselling novel by Octavia E. Butler, is a sci-fi, time-travelling story that examines slavery from the perspective of a modern (at the time of the book’s 1979 release) young Black woman.Lily Rose-Depp and The Weeknd will reportedly star in The Idol, HBO’s in-development drama about the romance between a pop star and a Los Angeles club owner who’s also the leader of a secret club. (Deadline)I’m Dying Up Here alum and She-Hulk co-star Ginger Gonzaga has signed on to play the female lead in CBS’ pilot for a series adaptation of the movie True Lies. Steve Howey (Shameless) is playing the Arnold Schwarzenegger role in the pilot, while Gonzaga is playing his wife, played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie, about a spy who ends up working beside his wife.After the college admissions scandal and her subsequent jail sentence, Full House alum Lori Loughlin is reprising her role as Abigail Stanton from Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart on that series’ spin-off When Hope Calls.Former Bachelor contestant Jesse Palmer is now the host of the show, replacing longtime host Chris Harrison. Palmer begins his hosting duties with the next season, Season 26, which premieres on ABC in 2022.PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Cruel Intentions Update in the Works (Photo by Everett Collection)IMDb TV is producing a college-set sequel series to late- 90s feature film Cruel Intentions, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe as a ruthless pair of private school-educated step-siblings. A contemporary reimagining of the 1782 French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, the 1999 drama also starred Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, and Joshua Jackson and spawned 2001 prequel Cruel Intentions 2, starring Amy Adams, and 2004 sequel Cruel Intentions 3. The 1988 adaptation of the novel, Dangerous Liaisons, starred Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, and Keanu Reeves and won three Academy Awards. The series logline: An hour-long drama series where two ruthless step siblings will do anything to stay on top. In this case, of the Greek life hierarchy at an elite Washington, D.C. college. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system, they’ll do whatever’s necessary to preserve their power and reputations — even seduce the daughter of the Vice President of the United States. The series is written by Phoebe Fisher and Sara Goodman, who met working on Amazon s forthcoming I Know What You Did Last Summer series for Amazon. Producer on the original film Neal H. Moritz executive produces the new series.Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment announced that his original Law Order series – the one that aired from 1990-2010 on NBC and reruns on WE, Sundance, and BBC American – will return to NBC for what will be the iconic series’ 21st season. “There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true,” Wolf said. “This is mine.” No cast has been announced for the returning series yet.Another reboot on the way: Babylon 5, the sci-fi series from creator J. Michael Straczynski, at The CW. The series, which ran from 1994-97 in syndication, revolved around Bruce Boxleitner’s Captain John Sheridan, who led the human military staff and alien diplomats aboard a space station. The reboot will also focus on Sheridan, though there’s no word on casting.Russell T. Davies, who rebooted Doctor Who in 2005 and ended the space drama’s 16-year hiatus, will return as showrunner of Doctor Who in 2023. That’s when current showrunner Chris Chibnall leaves the BBC series, and when a new Doctor will take over from current star Jodie Whittaker. That year will also mark Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.(Photo by MTV / Courtesy: Everett Collection)Paramount+ has order a Teen Wolf movie that will possibly reunite several cast members. Original series creator and producer, Jeff Davis, is behind the movie, with cast members in talks to return for the film. Star Tyler Posey Instagrammed an official teaser for the project, which features fans’ social media requests for a Teen Wolf return and a peek at Stiles’ Jeep. Davis is also working on a Teen Wolf spin-off series called Wolf Pack, and the previously announced live-action reboot Æone Flux.NBC has ordered a Night Court sequel to series, with original series star John Larroquette returning as former prosecutor Dan Fielding, and The Big Bang Theory alum Melissa Rauch playing Judge Abby Stone, the daughter of Judge Harry Stone, who was played by the late Harry Anderson. Rauch is also an executive producer on the series, while Larroquette, who won four Emmys for playing the ornery Fielding, will be a producer.Girlfriends and The Game creator Mara Brock Akil is adapting the classic Judy Blume YA novel Forever as a Netflix series. The romantic drama will revolve around two Black teenagers in Los Angeles who try to maneuver through first love and sex while school, their parents, and friends add extra complications to their relationships. (THR)The trend of TV series stars hosting a podcast about their show continues: Veep stars Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons are hosting Second in Command: A Veep Rewatch Podcast on Oct. 12, with behind-the-scenes reveals, trivia, fan questions, and discussions with real politicians about just how over-the-top the HBO comedy was.MTV and Paramount+ have renewed The Real World Homecoming for two seasons. Season 1 focused on reuniting the cast of Real World New York, the cast that kicked off the seminal reality series, and season 2 will feature a reunion of the second-ever cast, Real World Los Angeles.Disney’s Onyx Collective, a brand dedicated to working with creatives of color and underrepresented voices, has ordered its first series, from producers Kerry Washington and Larry Wilmore: Reasonable Doubt, a legal drama starring Ballers alum Emayatzy Corinealdi as Jax Stewart, a defense attorney with “questionable ethics and wild interpretations of the law” who is also considered the most brilliant and fearless defense attorney in Los Angeles. (THR)The Wire actress Felicia Pearson and producer Ed Burns are developing a series based on Pearson’s real life growing up in Baltimore. Tentatively titled A.K.A. Snoop – in reference to Pearson’s character on The Wire – the series will unfold Pearson’s tough childhood, which included being born to a crack-addicted mother, growing up as a gay woman in a foster home, dealing drugs, and spending six years in prison. Pearson and Burns are writing the project together, while Burns will executive produce it. No network or streaming service is yet attached to the series. (Variety)Can t Decide What to Watch? Amazon Offers a Sign(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox, Amazon Prime has created lists of recommended movies and TV shows for each sign of the zodiac, and, bonus, each selection is included in Prime subscribers’ membership. If nothing else, it’s an interesting list of watch recs for everyone. Sagittarians have eight seasons of Diff’rent Strokes on their list.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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Remember last week when some headlines were labeling Toy Story 4 a disappointment” because it did not live up to lofty expectations? Granted, winning a second straight weekend in this box office is not much of a feat, but the Pixar film’s numbers are still strong, and it leads a new crop of films that couldn t be labeled disappointments either.King of the Crop: Toy Story Stays on Top (Photo by Walt Disney Studios)There have only been 29 films in history to gross more than Toy Story 4 has in 10 days. It took seven days to become the fo
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7.82.1 0月喜迎ketplace with lesser competing options for the public to experience in theaters. Raya had made .17 million in its first 12 days and has more than doubled that total since. The Marksman with Liam Neeson had only grossed .35 million in 12 days and has managed to scrounge out over million. GvK will still have another weekend at No. 1 and will fall back with Mortal Kombat the week after, at which time it should settle into second place for another three weeks until Spiral comes out, and there is no reason to believe it will not still be in the top five come Memorial Day weekend. That’s a long road ahead, but it is still very possible that 0 million could be there at the end of it.The Top 10 and Beyond: Voyagers Lands with a Thud(Photo by Lionsgate)The only big theatrical contender this week was Lionsgate’s Lord of the Flies in space, aka Voyagers, which was not liked by critics (with a 27% Tomatometer score) or cared about by audiences this weekend grossing a paltry .3 million. Sure, it is only the 12th film of 2021 to open with more than a million, but it could not even crack the top 10 on that small list. Even the long-delayed Chaos Walking managed to open to .77 million, one of only seven movies this year so far to gross over million.Beyond that, it was a week of small drops. Nobody retained its second-place spot falling just 12 percent to .65 million. It has now crossed the million line. Last week’s No. 2, The Unholy, fell to third with only a 23 percent drop. It’s total now stands at .7 million. Tom Jerry dropped only 17 percent and has run its total to over million. Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon actually increased business this week, going up 2 percent and grossing .1 million for a total of million.These Dates In Box Office History: Vin Diesel’s The Fast and the Furious Franchise Revved Up Audiences for the Summer Blockbuster SeasonApril 9: On this day in 2017, the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt sci-fi film, Passengers, grossed ,876. That was enough to push it over the 0 million mark on its 110th day of release. (What an anniversary for Voyagers to be opening on with its unwanted advances in space premise.)April 10: This is a big date for films crossing the 0 million line. In 1999, Dreamworks’ animated The Prince of Egypt made 1,406 to get there on day 114 of its release. Steven Spielberg got their faster in the director’s chair in 2018 when Ready Player One grossed .34 million to reach the mark in just 13 days. Though eight years earlier in 2010, the remake of Clash of the Titans took in .04 million to reach the milestone in just nine days. Much faster than Vin Diesel’s family film, The Pacifier, did in 2005 when it grossed 9,633 on its 38th day. Diesel got there a lot quicker – and doubled it – 10 years later when Furious 7 made .86 million in its eighth day to cross the 0 million line.April 11: Turns out these are big dates for one Vin Diesel as Fast and Furious is his third film on the list this week. His return to the franchise made .43 million in its ninth day to cross 0 million. Three years later on this date, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax grossed 5,795 to pass 0 million on its 41st day of release. That is a milestone that Fast and Furious would not reach.On the Vine: Fresh Festival Films Take a Shot at Box Office Glory
(Photo by Russ Martin/CBS)Intentionally or not, by the finale of its sophomore season, Star Trek: Discovery, along with actor Ethan Peck, who guest-starred as Spock, provided an argument for another prequel to the original series.At least two more live-action series are in the works: the first led by Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou about Starfleet s shadowy Section 31 division, and the other led by Patrick Stewart, revisiting his role as Jean-Luc Picard from The Next Generation. (Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones will join Stewart in the new series.) The Short Treks program has already seen four episodes released, and Emmy Award–winner Mike McMahan (Rick And Morty) is developing Star Trek: Lower Decks, a half-hour animated comedy focused on the support crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships.Even if the intention is to see Spock recur on Discovery, the case made for a series about a young and hungry Enterprise crew led by Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Peck as an up-and-coming version of the iconic sci-fi figure couldn’t be stronger.Discovery’s second season focused on universal themes of family, understanding, love, and loss — all well-trod storytelling paths with the inherent danger of an attack of saccharine. Under the guidance of Alex Kurtzman and his team, however, the result has been mysterious, thrilling, unpredictable, and, of course, very worthy of the series’ recent third season renewal.Both Discovery seasons are Certified Fresh: Season 2 currently has an 83% Tomatometer score, while season 1, which endured a lot of huff and bluster about what Star Trek is supposed to be, is just behind it at a healthy 82%.Ahead of season 2, some residual grousing turned up around the highly anticipated appearance of Spock, the brother of lead character Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green.As Sopan Deb of The New York Times wrote in a recap of the season premiere: “There is an elephant on the bridge. Spock … It’s always been a sore point that Burnham is supposed to be Spock’s foster [sister], whom apparently we never hear about in the history of all of Star Trek. In ‘Brother,’ we get hints about this. Burnham suggests that Spock didn’t accept her as a sibling — which seems, frankly, out of character for Spock, but it’s too early to determine that until we see how this story unfolds.”(Photo by Ben Mark Holzberg/CBS)Now the story has unfolded, and we’ve witnessed Michael and Spock push and pull against each other as if connected by rubber bands. Will they or won’t they be a family? In the finale that aired Thursday night, we found out that they will. The hate Michael perceived Spock had for her melted away over the course of the season — life lesson: bad feelings will escalate when fueled by a lack of communication. The finale showed just how deeply his love for his sister ran, with Spock choosing to accompany her into the unknown and their mutual dismay when it becomes apparent that their ever-after as loving siblings is not to be. Personal log: Stardate 1201.7, Spock says in voice-over of a scene of him embracing their mother in the finale. One hundred and twenty-four days have passed since your disappearance We’ve sworn never to speak your name in the presence of others. Yet, I feel you with me, always. We spoke to Peck ahead of the finale to find out how the season went for him and what it’s been like inhabiting such an beloved character in an enormous franchise, and, though he was understandably circumspect about whether we’ll see more Spock, one thing’s certain: He won’t be wearing a red shirt.(Photo by Ben Mark Holzberg/CBS)Debbie Day for Rotten Tomatoes: It’s been so exciting to watch your character develop over the season; the arc has been quite extreme for Spock. Fans have a very specific vision about what the character is, but they start in a very different place with you — can you talk a little bit about that?Ethan Peck: You re absolutely right. The season arc is hugely transformational for him. I consider it, I understand it to be sort of his genesis. He is in this place of uncertainty, and back in the beginning of his appearance on season 2 of Discovery, and he ends up much closer to the Mr. Spock we met at the beginning of the original series. It s just an incredible honor, not just to play Spock, but to play him in this moment in his life when he is full of doubts and he has these pieces of himself that aren t quite yet fitting together well.What makes Spock so special is that he is these polar opposites, but they live together in harmony and he creates something much more than either human or Vulcan, in my opinion. I think this is why he s so highly regarded and so respected and so compelling; because he makes the space in himself for the cold Vulcan logic and the warm hysterical human tendencies. That s an amazing character to play and to be, and to have found that, I think there was an effort on not just my side, but on the writer s side to make sure that it was clear he s not yet the Spock that we have known to come and love in the original series.We get glimpses along the way, and I think at the end we really come full bore with that mature Spock, or begin to.(Photo by Russ Martin/CBS)Did you know going into this that you were going to play this very special moment in the character s life? How much did you know about what this season would be for him?Peck: I didn t know all that much. I think they took, obviously a huge risk, casting me. Not necessarily — in my opinion — being proven as an actor. Who knows, because it is such a delicate balance in this character and the portrayal of this character of logic and emotion. But then I think that they saw I was extremely dedicated and passionate about doing it, about understanding it, and I was working on the edge of my abilities throughout the season, and I learned so much from doing it. Not just from the experience itself of creating and showing up every day on set and working, but from Spock himself.I think they gave me a little more responsibility as they went on, and I d like to think that what I did informed their decision to keep him on. I think in maybe some worlds, there was a possibility that I totally shat the bed, excuse my language, and they gave me less responsibilities, sorta phased me out, so I just feel incredibly grateful and honored. It s all very surreal to me, still. I just feel filled with those feelings of gratitude and honor.For fans of the franchise, it s been very exciting to have the character there. One of the highlights, of course, is when it s becoming apparent what Michael’s role is exactly with the angel: that she is responsible for some of the signals. But then Spock s shuttle is disabled, and he s not able to get back to Discovery to continue on the journey with her. How did you build that emotional moment for the character with his sister?Peck: To speak specifically to the good bye on the shuttle, I think all of the work that we ve all done with the Spock in the months that I ve been there prior to that moment was really priming me for that good bye. I think in that moment, we really see Spock take ownership of himself and of his constituents: of this Vulcan side, of this human side. It s an action that is deeply emotional and executed highly logically.In the beginning of part one of the finale, Spock decides that he will stay with Discovery. That s a very emotionally driven move. He wants to stay with his family, he wants to stay with his sister, with one of the, I think, few places that he can call home — if you can call a person a home — because, in a way, they have so much in common. Although she s not half human–half Vulcan, she is. She was this human that was raised on Vulcan, and in season 1 you really see her become more human and learn what it is to be human. In this second season, I think we see Spock become more human and more Vulcan together.In the beginning of part one, he thinks that he ll stay, but in the end, he knows that he can t and must say goodbye, and emotionally he would be driven to go with Michael Burnham with Discovery into the future, but logically it s not possible. I think maybe at that moment he discovers there s a responsibility he has to tie up his end of the journey, which is to remain.(Photo by John Medland/CBS)The relationship was a continuation from moments that we hadn t seen as viewers. I was really interested in your emotional build to that moment with a person with whom you ve supposedly had such a fraught relationship.Peck: Yeah. I think it s a great competition that exists between the two of them — as does exist between many siblings — and we really, I think, dug into the sibling rivalry of it all. Also, I think they re very similar; they re both hyper-intelligent, they re both, I think, perfect candidates for Starfleet, they have dedicated themselves to something larger than just who they are as single beings. So I think there s a great respect that lives between them that, in the beginning, I don t think is honored, but there s a lot of anger on both sides, but they realize that they probably understand each other more than anybody else understands them, in all the known universe.That feeling of being seen, of being understood, I think, is so essential to satisfying life. I think we all search for understanding and for similarities in one another. Because these are such unique characters, there aren t many like them, and so I think to have found, I guess, sort of an anchor point in reality, is crucial to them becoming something more than they were, to evolving.To quote Spock, This comfort is essential to evolution. I think that really encapsulates what s happening in the second season between Spock and Michael Burnham. In terms of the preparation for that last scene, I think the whole season was preparation for it. I don t think that I, at that point, needed to do that much work, but trust what I had built and what we had built, about Spock and about the crew on Discovery.At the very end when she s saying goodbye, she tells him, “There’s a whole galaxy out there full of people who will reach for you. You have to let them. Find that person who seems farthest from you and reach for them. Reach for them. Let them guide you.” Was that a nod to his future relationships with a personality like Captain Kirk?Peck: Absolutely. I m not sure who came up with that, but I think it was Alex Kurtzman, and I remember him just glittering while he was telling me this revelation that he d had about this moment and about this beacon he s setting for the future in himself that does end up becoming Kirk.Discovery and Burnham shot off through a wormhole into the future, Admiral Cornwell is dead, Georgiou is somewhere out there, Leland died in a puddle of nanites, and Ash Tyler becomes a permanent Commander in Section 31. Spock, meanwhile, rejoins Enterprise and — despite everyone lying to Starfleet and saying that Discovery and her crew, including Burnham, blew up — he recommends that a gag be placed on everyone s knowledge of what happened. What is his interest in making that recommendation?Peck: Because of the dangers of Control. To really completely bury the knowledge of this omnipotent and sinister entity, it should be completely eradicated from the books. Not just physically eradicated, but also conceptually eradicated because of the extraordinary danger that he poses to the universe, or it poses to the universe.(Photo by Russ Martin/CBS)I think I know, but what’s the significance of Spock shaving?Peck: I think it s an externalization of his alteration. I think the beard is an externalization of his inner turmoil and his unraveling. To shave is a settling back into a security of who he is and his comfort with himself. That s what it means to me. It s also a part of his goodbye to Michael. The self that he knew when he was learning from her and being with her, and to shave it is a part of that. What did you make of it?Just him transitioning — like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon — and becoming the man that he would be.Peck. Absolutely. Yeah.Is there any hope that we ll see the Enterprise and Spock again?Peck: Is there hope? Yes, I hope so.Are you signed up for season 3?Peck: I can t say. I know there s nothing out there on it either way.But you do hope so?Peck: Yeah, I hope so.Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on CBS All Access.
Highly rated horror-comedies are always a fun watch, but when you add in werewolves, things just get even better. Werewolves Within utilizes this formula and serves as a whodunit and a what-dunit. Moreover, this is worthy watch whether or not you were a fan of the VR game on which it s based. If you re into Among Us, you would also feel right at home; just add a werewolf into the mix. Stacked with an all-star cast of comedy/improv heavyweights led by Veep s Sam Richardson, Werewolves Within is a new comedy classic whodunnit in the honored tradition of Clue [that] finds the laughs in the jump scare and brings back the uproarious joy of the it s behind you! creeping fright, writes Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle.Playing Select theaters.
Gates and engage in more historical nonsense. Let’s hope Disney forks over another 0 million so he can finish the trilogy, whether that happens in theaters or on Disney+.4. SEAN BEAN LIVES! (Photo by (c) Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)We’ve been programmed to accept that Sean Bean always dies in a spectacular fashion (e.g., Goldeneye ouch), and when his Ian Howe doesn’t fall prey to a Templar trap or an ancient catapult in National Treasure, it’s beautifully unexpected. While it would have been appropriate for Gates to let loose a one-liner something like “I’ll treasure this moment” or “Prepare to meet your forefathers” as he sent Howe to an elaborate death, it doesn’t happen. In the end, Howe is simply arrested, which leaves him on the chessboard for future installments.After watching Bean die in (spoilers ahead!) Game of Thrones, Black Death, Equilibrium, Don’t Say a Word, The Island, Patriot Games, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, just to name a few, it’s nice to know one of his fictional characters is still alive. Early scenes between Ben and Ian show us that the two genuinely like each other, and Ian isn’t happy about his sudden heel turn. As the film progresses, Ian turns out to be a suitable antagonist who is always one step behind, but never far. Plus, the more you watch the the movie, the more you begin to like Howe s henchmen, namely Phil, Shaw, Powell, and Shippen, if only because they seem friendly with Ben, and they aren’t completely terrible at being henchmen.5. IT HELPED FILL THE INDIANA JONES VOID(Photo by (c) Touchstone courtesy Everett Collection)Smack dab in between The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and four years before Indiana Jones helped coin the term “nuking the fridge” in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, National Treasure filled a much needed void. The constant travel, puzzle solving, justified thievery, and ancient treasures satiated our thirst for globetrotting adventure; from grounded ships in the Arctic to the reflecting pool in Washington D.C., the frantic pace and constant clues made the most of a proven crowd-pleasing formula.Throw in the fact that Benjamin Franklin Gates, Patrick Gates, and John Adams Gates (Christopher Plummer) are named after American forefathers, and you have a movie that embraces history and isn’t subtle about it. Plus, the 0 million budget, the use of actual landmark locations, and the wonderful production design by Norris Spencer ensured the film would age surprisingly well over time. These types of films don’t really exist anymore, and that’s one of the reasons why we still love it now. Also, we think Indy himself would approve of the way Gates and his crew made sure the treasure was shared with the world, because “it belongs in a museum!”National Treasure was released on November 19, 2004.