(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)There are few horror sequels that live up to their predecessors, and even fewer third installments that manage to prove their worth. Of the latter, there is one that stands tall and surpasses expectations, despite the fact that the movie that spawned it is widely considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time, not to mention one of the few that was ever nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.We re talking, of course, about The Exorcist III, written and directed by William Peter Blatty (author of the original Exorcist novel and screenplay) and set 17 years after the end of the first film, completely ignoring everything that happened in the famously panned Exorcist II: The Heretic. In contrast to that critical and commercial failure, The Exorcist III successfully pays respect to its originator without drowning in nostalgia and features legendary actors at the top of their game, all while delivering a top notch mystery and quite possibly the best jump scare in horror history.To celebrate the film s 30th anniversary, grab your crucifix and comically oversized scissors and hear us out while we explain why The Exorcist III deserves to be held up as a horror classic, just like the original.IT FEATURES POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCES FROM A LEGENDARY CAST(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)At the center of The Exorcist III is a series of grisly murders eerily similar to the those of a serial killer who died 15 years prior to the events of the film. It s a surprisingly intimate and grounded plot, considering the franchise s previous reliance on supernatural phenomena. Our main entry point into this story is Lieutenant William Kinderman, a minor character from the first Exorcist, here played by George C. Scott. Right out of the gate, The Exorcist III places a bigger focus on characters and realistic dialogue than typical horror film conventions.Scott s Kinderman spends just as much time thinking about and working on the murders as he does bantering with his good friend, Father Dyer (Ed Flanders). William Peter Blatty s dialogue feels lived-in and, enhanced by Flanders calm and warm delivery and Scott s perfectly sarcastic, curmudgeonly line readings, makes viewers feel as if they re eavesdropping on real conversations between old friends. Even as the film s plot grows increasingly dark and spiritual, the actors make the story feel like part of daily life, as if it all actually happened.THE VILLAIN IS HANNIBAL-ESQUE(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Even when The Exorcist III introduces its villain, who may or may not be the re-animated corpse of a priest possessed by the aforementioned serial killer, the film keeps it grounded by focusing on what s been said and how it s said, rather than what actually happens. Brad Dourif conjures up a masterful performance as the so-called Gemini Killer, menacing his way through vile, gnarly monologues a year before Anthony Hopkins enraptured audiences with the same methods in The Silence of the Lambs.Indeed, the short but crucial time Dourif spends on screen is reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter s presence in Silence, but Dourif separates his performance from Hopkins by playing more into the violence his character represents. He is nearly lyrical in his voice, transforming from casual and even funny to homicidal in mere seconds. The director s cut of the film goes even further, offering not one but two uniquely different yet equally enthralling performances by Dourif. While he alternates with Jason Miller, who reprises the Father Karras role from the first Exorcist here, in his scenes from the theatrical cut, really playing into the violence that lurks within Gemini, the director s cut presents a much more restrained performance that keeps the audience guessing whether they re seeing an actual serial killer or a mere madman who s been psychologically affected by a near-death experience.IT EXPLORES RELIGION AND MORALITY IN AN INCREASINGLY SECULAR WORLD(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)If the first Exorcist was a film about reconnecting with religion in the face of adversity, then The Exorcist III is all about turning one s back on spirituality, about the way madness becomes an invitation to evil. Indeed, Kinderman spends as much time talking to his friend Dyer about the movies he loves as he does questioning the existence of a loving, Christian God in the face of suffering, disease, and murder.The film is constantly looking at characters who have experienced severe trauma and who have gone through crises of faith during the events of the first Exorcist, and explores the Catholic guilt they re struggling with. Kinderman often wonders if he s done enough enough to save Father Karras 15 years ago, enough to stop the killings he s investigating, enough to protect his family and friends.For most of its runtime, The Exorcist III remains somewhat ambiguous as to whether there s anything supernatural going on. The director s cut in particular leaves the question of the Gemini Killer s identity a secret, and it completely redefines the film s ending, depending on how you view it. Is this an act of the devil, or simply human evil? To that end, the film s ending becomes not about embracing religion again, but about a man who — in the face of utter defeat — decides not to wait for a higher power to come down and help him, but to take back control, even if it costs him everything. Evil exists, the movie argues, but it s up to us to keep that evil at bay, because there may just not be an equal force of good to counteract it.IT FEATURES ONE OF THE BEST JUMP SCARES EVER PUT ON FILMIn a surprising move for a 1990s horror film, The Exorcist III features relatively little gore, and it still manages to be utterly terrifying. The film takes more of a David Fincher-styled approach to horror, using noir tropes and filmmaking sensibilities to manipulate the audience s imagination and build and maintain tension. The characters in the film discuss every graphic detail of the murder scenes, but we never really see them. In one monologue, the Gemini Killer explains that the human head can still process what it sees for 20 seconds after it s been decapitated, and he uses that time to show his victims their own lifeless bodies. It s both horrific and effective, without spilling a drop of blood on screen.And yet, none of this compares to the single scene that has arguably become more well known than the film itself — the hospital jump scare. Most of the film s legacy lies with this single scene, which is widely considered one of the best jump scares in history, and for good reason. Throughout the film, Blatty keeps his filmmaking restrained, with few camera movements. He lingers on seemingly inconsequential backgrounds, emphasizing the emptiness surrounding the characters, as he does in this scene, keeping the camera trained on a nondescript hospital hallway. Blatty raises the tension through stillness rather than with sound, making the audience wait just long enough before finally breaking the silence and releasing the tension with a shocking jump scare that works no matter how many times you see it. It s the same approach that The Conjuring films have employed, only done decades earlier, and it remains one of the most effective scares ever produced.There are many reasons why The Exorcist is still considered one of the greatest horror films of all time, and there are valid reasons why The Exorcist III doesn t reach the same heights. But there is no denying the sheer ambition in William Peter Blatty s film, and the choices he made managed to turn an intimate, small-scale story into a horror classic in its own right.Where You Can Watch It NowFandangoNOW (rent/own), Amazon Prime (streaming), iTunes (rent/own), Peacock (free with ads), tubi (free with ads), Vudu (rent/own)The Exorcist III was released on August 17, 1990. Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are vibrant pops of color. Iron Man’s crimsons and golds or the Guardians of the Galaxy’s blues, greens, and purples blur and swirl across the nearly every frame, giving audiences a sensory overload as they watch their heroes battle for good over evil.So how did the MCU start the television section of its Phase Four chapter? With a black-and-white sitcom, naturally.WandaVision, created by Jac Schaeffer, is ostensibly about the quiet, domestic bliss of tel
the new direction that we were going in. Suits Goes South in Spin-off PearsonGina Torres’ lawyer character Jessica Pearson is used to being a boss on Suits. But in her spinoff, Pearson, which sees her move to Chicago (where she isn t licensed to practice law), she ll have to start over as a fish out of water. Jessica has to earn her family, Torres said. These are completely different people. It s a completely different world. She doesn t know them. They don t know her. They don t know if they trust me. Check out what Jessica will experience in the first trailer for the new series, which premieres later this year on USA.Abby’s: Where Everybody Knows Your NameNBC s new sitcom, about a woman who runs a bar in her backyard, will naturally draw comparisons to another famous bar-set sitcom. But star Neil Flynn noted that the setting is really the only thing Abby s has in common with Cheers. Star Natalie Morales, who plays the titular character, welcomes the comparison, though. Any kind of comparison that we could have, or to Ted Danson that I could have, I’m very happy, she said. The setting isn t exactly similar, however. Abby s bar is outside, which meant that the show filmed in front of a live studio audience outdoors in Los Angeles, presenting a few unique challenges. The things we had to worry about were airplanes and helicopters; sirens being noisy, Morales said. But a fun fact is we shot this on Tuesday nights, as opposed to many multi-cams [that] shoot on a Friday night, because we shot on the Universal Lot, and Halloween Horror Nights was going on, and you would have heard the screaming. So we avoided that, which was nice. Abby s premieres March 28 on NBC.天下三职业反观《实况足球》手游，玩家的操作体验则被放在了第一位，不仅最大化地还原了主机游戏的操控乐趣，在球员、俱乐部、球场等细节上也与端游保持一致，玩家们的纸面实力不再是最重要的，战术、操作、与阵容的结合才是关键。也正因如此，《实况足球2021》才会在如今的一众体育手游中拔得头筹。
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IS IT GOOD STAR WARS?This is Star Wars heaven. — Germain Lussier, io9.comCasual viewers and superfans alike need not despair over The Mandalorian s many departures; despite its glossy and alien appearance, the first episode suggests the show is vintage Star Wars through and through. — Jeva Lange, The WeekLess concerned with capturing the magic of Star Wars than roughing it up a bit. Even when The Mandalorian lags, its swerve from a more expected route makes it more intriguing as an entryway into a galaxy far, far away. — Caroline Framke, VarietyHappily, the show s brisk, handsomely produced 39-minute premiere is a great deal of fun, giving fans reason to have a good feeling about this. — Brian Lowry, CNN.comThe Mandalorian may not be risky but its commitment to simplicity works to its advantage, capturing the spirit of the original series with a good amount of monsters, shootings, and adventures. [Full Review in Spanish] — Jorge Loser, EspinofA welcome return to old school Star Wars style, that I loved watching and was left wanting more. [Full review in Spanish] — Jorge Loser, EspinofNot that this detracts from the charm of a series that has started in relatively low key fashion but seems certain to leave everyone, and not just Star Wars ultra-diehards, wanting more. — Ed Power, Daily Telegraph (UK) The Mandalorian pulls no punches. It s Star Wars /Disney right down to its weird sand creatures and blighted outposts, and a safe-but-entertaining start for the media giant s exploratory mission into a largely untamed universe. — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles TimesThe Mandalorian is everything fans could have wanted from a live-action Star Wars TV show and with a killer performance from Pedro Pascal, it s already clear this is going to be appointment viewing each week. — Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comThe next challenge: making it feel like Star Wars. Based on its first episode, The Mandalorian rises to that one, too, digging into the seedy underbelly glimpsed in Episode IV s cantina scene and throughout Rogue One. — Keith Phipps, New York Magazine/VultureThe Mandalorian, more than anything Disney has produced outside of Rogue One, actually feels like Star Wars. — Joshua Tyler, Giant Freakin RobotThe Mandalorian is inherently Star Wars, especially when it isn t. It s a George Lucas idea with the flair of J.J. Abrams and the bold confidence of Rian Johnson. It s a unifying rally cry for a franchise that needs it most. — Charlie Ridgely, ComicBook.comDOES THE CAST DELIVER?(Photo by Disney+)At least for a while, the Mandalorian and IG-11 form a bantering, gunfighting duo as the pilot begins aggressively aping Butch Cassidy The Sundance Kid, which is about as good a thing to echo as I can imagine. — Dan Fienberg, Hollywood ReporterIf you love watching a bunch of armored space soldiers shooting at each other with blasters, you ll have nothing to complain about. But-sans history, motivation, or facial expressions-it rings a bit hollow, lacking the achingly human element. — Sonia Saraiya, Vanity FairAs you would expect, the leading man, played by Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal, is a gargantuan presence. The camera rarely strays from him as he blasts through dozens of enemies. — Jack Shepherd, SFX MagazineThe complexity introduced by Pascal s performance, Favreau s writing, and Filoni s direction is enough to keep us engaged. Let s just hope the rest of the world firms up around him. In Filoni and Favreau we trust. — Dave Trumbore, Collider(Photo by Disney+)HOW ARE THE VISUAL EFFECTS?There s so much in this show to be excited about, from the lightning-fast fight scenes to large, mushy alien animals. — Emma Stefansky, ThrillistThe biggest problem, at least in this episode, is how oddly stagey it looks and feels. I can t put my finger on it, but it feels less like a cinematic TV show (or even a conventional TV show) and more like a dress rehearsal of a very expensive play. — Scott Mendelson, ForbesThe Mandalorian leans into the sci-fi Western genre, which is a great atmosphere, even if the montage of our Mandalorian learning to break and ride a corralled alien is kind of dorky. — Matt Miller, Esquire MagazineMasterminded by Jon Favreau, the show smoothly introduces us to the dusty frontier worlds and shadowy cantinas the Mandalorian inhabits. — Sean Keane, CNETThankfully, despite the family-friendly rating, the episode doesn t shy away from showing how effective and deadly Mando can be, and the action scenes are shot with kinetic energy and rhythm, dropping us right in amid the chaos. — Laura Prudom, IGN MoviesVisually, The Mandalorian looks simply fantastic, filled edge-to-edge with rich set details and cinematic, otherworldly vistas. — Matt Webb Mitovich, TV LineDespite taking place in a universe millions of fans are acquainted with, Mandalorian doesn t spend enough time explaining its own world. Attempts to establish a time and place are clunky. — Kelly Lawler, USA Today(Photo by Disney+)SHOULD WE KEEP WATCHING?The Mandalorian may not be the next Game of Thrones, and Disney+ may not succeed as a service. But what s here so far is a good Star Wars TV show, one that takes the existing lore and setting and expands it in a new and exciting way. — Chaim Gartenberg, The VergeEverything before the reveal promises a lean Western series carried by a hero who ll always save the day. As history proves, that s the basis for pure entertainment, and it s a promise the show should keep.— Matt Patches,PolygonAt first glance, The Mandalorian appears to have lived up to its potential. — Kevin Yeoman, ScreenRant[The premiere is] good enough to keep me watching, forgettable enough that I doubt I ll want to watch this specific episode again. — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comIt s a convincing hook for a series, but the series premiere was all action and minimal plot. — Paul Dailly, TV FanaticAlthough this first episode has its struggles, these cliffhanger questions and the sense of nostalgia laced throughout may well have you coming back for more. — Alex Haslam, Radio TimesThe Mandalorian seems satisfied with its gunfights, aliens, robots and silent hero. And it should be because so far it s great. — Evan Saathoff, Birth.Movies.Death.As long as you go into The Mandalorian merely expecting the first chunk of a roughly six-hour film (we don t know yet how much the length of episodes will vary), all will be good. — Chris Taylor, MashableThe climax of The Mandalorian premiere cut strangely between misshapen tones, from laser-cannon gundowns to a cute baby melting even the coldest heart. — Darren Franich , Entertainment WeeklyThe Mandalorian season 1, episode 1 is now available on Disney+.
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles like the sequels to Bad Moms, Ghostbusters, and A Quiet Place.This WEEK S TOP STORYRACHEL WEISZ AND DAVID HARBOUR IN TALKS FOR BLACK WIDOW(Photo by John Lamparski, Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images)Marvel Studios is preparing to shoot their next two films this summer for likely 2020 releases. It was just last week that we heard about Angelina Jolie being in talks for a lead role in The Eternals, but that s not actually the next film in the works. Marvel is closer to starting production on the Black Widow solo film, starring Scarlett Johansson, with filming scheduled to begin in June. Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family, Lady MacBeth) was announced last month for Black Widow, and this week, it was revealed that two more stars are in talks. Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) is now in talks for a role in Black Widow. David Harbour (Stranger Things), who will star later this month in the Hellboy, is also in talks for a Black Widow role. We don t yet have any clue what the Black Widow movie is about (including whether it s a prequel or is set after Avengers: Endgame), or what characters Pugh, Weisz, or Harbour might be playing. (This writer s guess for Rachel Weisz is long-time HYDRA leader Viper.) Black Widow may be the Marvel Studios movie scheduled for May 1, 2020.Fresh Developments1. CILLIAN MURPHY JOINS A QUIET PLACE 2(Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)Last year s monster/suspense movie A Quiet Place (Certified Fresh at 95%) was a surprise box office hit, with over 0 million worldwide from a budget of just million. Paramount quickly greenlit a sequel for next year (May 15, 2020), with real life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski returning (as actress and writer/director, respectively). This week, it was confirmed that the the two surviving kid actors (Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds) would be returning for the sequel, and also the first new cast member for the sequel. Frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator and Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy will join Emily Blunt in the A Quiet Place sequel as a character who is described as a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit. The other movie scheduled against A Quiet Place 2 is the animated Scooby-Doo reboot Scoob, featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Tracy Morgan, and Amanda Seyfried.2. EMMA STONE AND RALPH FIENNES MAY STAR IN HORROR COMEDY THE MENU(Photo by Sabrina Lantos/Sony Classics)After six Academy Award nominations, and two wins (for Adapted Screenplay), Alexander Payne had his first Rotten film as director with 2017 s Downsizing. For his next film, Payne is reportedly recruiting Emma Stone (three Oscar nominations, one win) and Ralph Fiennes (two Academy Award nominations). Described as a comedic horror-thriller, the movie is called The Menu, and is about a couple who travel to a remote island to attend an exclusive restaurant where the acclaimed chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises. Although Alexander Payne won both of his Academy Awards as screenwriter, The Menu was instead written by late night TV show staff writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) and Seth Reiss (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Emma Stone will next co-star in the sequels Zombieland: Double Tap (10/11/2019) and The Croods 2 (9/18/2020), and Ralph Fiennes has at least three films scheduled for 2020 as well.3. MARK HAMILL TO VOICE CHUCKY IN NEW CHILD S PLAY(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)Enough fans of the Child s Play franchise have been talking about Brad Dourif not voicing Chucky in this summer s Child s Play reboot (6/21/2019) that no Brad Dourif is a top autocorrect result on Google search. Curiously, for a movie that is just over two months away from release, however, we didn t actually know for sure who would be voicing Chucky instead. As it turns out, the actor taking on the role is the one famous for voicing the Joker in dozens of video games and animated TV shows. Mark Hamill is obviously best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, and he can now add Child s Play to the list of franchises he s associated with. Hamill announced his participation in a video that debuted at this past weekend s WonderCon in Anaheim.4. VIOLA DAVIS, JAI COURTNEY TO RETURN IN THE SUICIDE SQUAD(Photo by Warner Bros.)When director James Gunn s The Suicide Squad (8/6/2021) was first announced, it was quickly described as a soft reboot with a new cast of supervillains. That, however, was before it was confirmed that Margot Robbie would indeed be returning as Harley Quinn. (We also thought Deadshot would be returning, albeit in the form of Idris Elba instead of Will Smith, though it later turned out that s not the character Elba would be playing.) This week, we learned of two more actors from the 2016 version who are returning in the same roles. Viola Davis will once again play Amanda Waller, the government agent who brings together the various super villains, and Jai Courtney also talked this week about returning as Captain Boomerang (although it s possible that his character won t survive).5. STERLING K. BROWN TO STAR AS JANITOR-TURNED-COACH IN RISE (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Chrissy Metz of NBC s This is Us will star in the faith-based drama Breakthrough later this month, and this week, one of her co-stars also signed on for his own faith-based drama. Sterling K. Brown is in talks with Sony s AFFIRM Films (Miracles from Heaven, Heaven is for Real) to star in their inspirational sports drama called Rise. If he signs on, Brown will portray Louisiana middle school janitor Willie Davis, who took over his school s basketball program and went on to compete in the state championship. Rise is based on Davis true life story, which has previously been reported on by HBO s Real Sports. Sony has already scheduled Rise for release a year from next week, on April 10, 2020 (up against James Bond 25).
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sidered the open fifth slot in the Best Actor race (noms for Joaquin Phoenix, Adam Driver, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Antonio Banderas were considered locks). Uncut Gems, in which Sandler plays a Diamond District gem dealer with a gambling problem and a complicated love life, is one of the actor’s best-reviewed movies, according to the Tomatometer.SURPRISE: Two Popes, Two Noms Jonathan Pryce Takes Coveted Fifth Slot in Best Actor Race, Anthony Hopkins Up for Supporting(Photo by Peter Mountain/©Netflix)As we said above, four of the Best Actor slots were seen as sure things going into Monday – Joaquin Phoenix, Adam Driver, Antonio Banderas, Leonardo DiCaprio – with the fifth slot considered open. Would it be Golden Globe-winner Taron Egerton for his portrayal of Elton John? Or Robert De Niro for his take on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran? Turns out the fabulous pop star and the bloody house-painter would have to step aside for none other than his Holiness, Pope Francis, as played by Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce in Netflix’s Two Popes. The film generally made more of an impression than some were expecting, picking up noms not just for Pryce but also for co-star Anthony Hopkins, and for Best Adapted Screenplay.SNUB: Awkwafina and Lupita Nyong o Get No Love(Photo by ©A24, Claudette Barius/©Universal)Considering Awkwafina racked up a ton of nominations from critics groups, and Lupita Nyong o has been winning the Best Actress award from a lot of those same groups, it certainly came as a shock when neither of them managed to land a nod from the Oscars. The former earned rave reviews and a Golden Globes win for her nuanced work as a frustrated granddaughter coming to terms with her grandmother s terminal illness in Lulu Wang s deeply personal dramedy The Farewell, while the latter s dual turn, both as a mother trying to protect her family and as her evil doppelgänger, in Jordan Peele s Us blew everyone away and earned her a SAG Award nomination. Unfortunately, neither was good enough to merit a spot in the Academy s top five.SURPRISE: Cynthia Erivo Just an Oscar Win Away from EGOT STatus(Photo by Focus Features)Cynthia Erivo was always a chance for a nomination for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in Focus Features’ rousing Harriet, but pundits favored Golden Globe winner Awkwafina for what was seen as the category’s open fifth slot. With The Farewell completely snubbed this morning, including its lead Awkwafina, the slot was open, and it went, as some expected, to Broadway star Erivo, who’s earned praise for a string of film roles over the last two years (Widows, Bad Times At The El Royale). Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard had been her fiercest competition for the coveted opening. The nomination puts Erivo one step closer to EGOT status, having earned a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy for her role as Celie in Broadway musical The Color Purple – she got her Daytime Emmy for a performance from the production on The Today Show. The smart money would say it’s not her year for a win, but as we’ve seen this morning, the Academy never ceases to surprise.SNUB: Apollo 11 Grounded by the Academy(Photo by ©Neon)The Best Documentary category may not be the most glamorous, but there was one film most believed would at least make the list, if not win it entirely. Apollo 11, the stunning chronicle of the eponymous space mission brought to life solely through archival footage, wowed critics to the tune of a near-unanimous Certified Fresh 99% on the Tomatometer, and it s been plowing through awards season picking up trophies from all of the major critics organizations. Alas, none of it was enough to earn recognition from the Academy, who, among their selections for Best Documentary, curiously saw fit instead to include Netflix s The Edge of Democracy, which isn t a bad film by any means, but it hasn t been nominated for pretty much anything else.SURPRISE: Honeyland Makes History (Photo by Ljubomir Stevanov/©Neon)North Macedonian film Honeyland quietly made history this morning, becoming the first movie nominated for both Best Documentary (Feature) and Best International Feature Film (the category formerly known as Best Foreign Language Film). It made history, too, as only the second North Macedonian movie to ever receive a nomination for the international category (the first was for the 1994 film Before the Rain). The film, shot over three years in a fly-on-the-wall style, focuses on a woman who uses ancient beekeeping techniques and traditions to produce honey in the Macedonian mountains, and the tensions that arise when a new nomadic family arrives and interferes with her livelihood. It remains one of the best-reviewed movies of 2019, Certified Fresh at 99% on the Tomatometer. [Editor s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Honeyland was the first nominated North Macedonian film; it is actually the second.]SNUB: Monday Morning’s Alright (For Fighting) for Largely Ignored Rocketman(Photo by @ Paramount Pictures)No need to clean your rose-tinted shades: Your eyes don’t deceive you – Elton John biopic was snubbed in a number of surprising categories. Perhaps the biggest shock was that Taron Egerton, who plays John in the film and took home a Golden Globe for his efforts (and sang all of his own vocals), missed out on a nomination for Best Actor. Other shockers for Rocketman: No love for Best Costume Design or Makeup and Hairstyling. The movie earned its sole nomination in the category of Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” with music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin.SURPRISE: That Toy Story 4 Song You Forgot About Is Up for an Oscar(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios)Did you even remember that Randy Newman had a song in Toy Story 4? Because we’ll be honest, we’d kinda forgotten (and so had most pundits, with the song barely registering a blip on the prognostication radar ahead of this morning’s nominations). But he does, and it’s called “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” and it’s just been nominated for Best Original Song, pushing Beyoncé’s “Spirit” from The Lion King out of contention. The Newman song might be the most literal of the nominated tunes this year, playing over a montage of incidences in which Forky tries to throw himself away, and, well, Woody just can’t let him. This is Newman’s 21st Oscar nomination, and fourth Best Original Song nomination for a Toy Story movie.SNUB: Lulu Wang s The Farewell Shut Out Entirely(Photo by A24)We ve already covered how Awkwafina and Shuzhen Zhao were snubbed in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories above, but considering how much of a phenomenon The Farewell was, it s incredible that it failed to garner any nominations at all. If the acting categories were too crowded, we thought perhaps writer-director Lulu Wang stood a chance of competing for Best Original Screenplay, but even there, she was supplanted by Sam Mendes 1917, whose Writers Guild Award nomination was the first recognition of the film s writing all season. Ever since The Farewell premiered, we ve been expecting to see it make some sort of appearance at the Oscars, but it looks like that s not going to happen after all.SURPRISE: Scarlett Johansson Earns Double Nominations, Joining Prestigious Company(Photo by ©Netflix, Larry Horricks/©Fox Searchlight Pictures)Maybe she can play a tree… Scarlett Johansson earned the distinction of being twice-nominated in a single year for her work in Marriage Story (Best Actress In a Leading Role) and in Jojo Rabbit (Best Actress In a Supporting Role). Johansson becomes just the 12th actor ever to be nominated for two awards in the same year, and, interestingly, one of her fellow nominees this year is among those names: Al Pacino was nominated for both Scent Of A Woman and Glengarry Glen Ross at the 65th Academy Awards. The last actor to earn double nominations in a single year was Cate Blanchett, nominated for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I’m Not There at the 80th Awards. Double nominations seem to neither be a disadvantage nor advantage, with seven of the 11 past double nominees managing to win one of their awards, though no one has ever won both.SNUB: Dolemite Ignored Across the Board, Including for Best Costumes (What!?)(Photo by Francois Duhamel/Netflix)Adam Sandler wasn’t the only dark-horse SNL alum to miss out on a Best Actor slot this morning: Eddie Murphy, whose Dolemite Is My Name is one of the best-reviewed comedies of the year and whom many thought could ride the cresting Eddie-aissance to an Oscar nom, got no love today, and neither did the film generally, earning a total of zero nominations. The biggest snub for the Netflix comedy arguably came in the Costume Design category, where Ruth E. Carter, who took home the Oscar in the category last year for Black Panther, was considered a shoo-in and a favorite to win. Joker, on the other hand, was the surprise nominee for Best Costume Design, edging out Dolemite and Elton John biopic Rocketman.SURPRISE: Klaus Edges Out Frozen II in A Battle of Winter Animation(Photo by ©Netflix)We re not saying Klaus isn t a terrific film, because it is it s Certified Fresh at 93% with an Audience Score of 98% but that doesn t mean it s any less surprising that it managed to nab a nomination for Best Animated Feature over Frozen II. This is the first time since 2011 s Winnie the Pooh that a Walt Disney Animation film hasn t been nominated for the Oscar, and it s worth noting that the first Frozen even went on to win back in 2013. It used to be conventional wisdom that Disney s animated films and Pixar s various offerings would almost be guaranteed to earn Oscar nods, but this is just more evidence that times are changing, and there are more and more studios taking risks and producing incredible work in animation.The 92nd Academy Awards will be celebrated on Sunday, February 8 at 5pm PT /8pm ET and broadcast live on ABC.Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.
天下三职业 a Austin, We Have a HulkA more hopeful Batman means that tone is lighter and more optimistic. Amon Warmann, Empire MagazineZack Snyder’s Justice League is mostly the same 118-minute movie but with two hours of deleted scenes and poor pacing. Scott Mendelson, ForbesIs it just more movie?While more isn t always better, that axiom is challenged by the subjective truth that this redo is an impressive improvement over the original release. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsThe defining problem for Zack Snyder’s Justice League: the director’s vision adds a lot more stuff but rarely does more add up to anything of meaning. Sean Mulvihill, FanboyNationHow does the longer runtime affect the film?The film’s chapter breaks are very effective, allowing the narrative room to breathe while also embodying the spirit of a tried and true superhero comic event, which needs multiple issues to tell its massive narrative. Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.comOverall the film benefits from its extended running time, but it still can feel like a slough, especially in the first half. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireThis version running four hours is the very definition of indulgence, especially how much of the new footage is not new but merely extended. Scott Mendelson, ForbesThere are very few movies that justify an over three-hour run time, and, unfortunately, Zack Snyder s Justice League is not one of them. Kaitlyn Booth, Bleeding Cool(Photo by HBO Max)Is it just for fans?Perhaps the most general audience-friendly film Snyder has made in his career, Justice League seems to have something for everyone. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook DebateThis epic should open with a disclaimer: This movie is intended FOR THE FANS ONLY. Sean Mulvihill, FanboyNationIs the plot easier to follow?The most striking thing about Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the fact that everything that didn’t make sense three-and-a-half years ago now does. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comFrom the moment the film begins, it is clear that it is something much more cohesive with a specific plan of attack for all of the heroes in the film. Britany Murphy, Geeks of ColorThe massive differences serve to better establish the story… It sets the stage for the main antagonist in Darkseid, as well as provides a much clearer idea of what’s happening and why. Shah Shahid, Comic YearsThe point is not to shovel plot information at the viewer. The point is to create a fantastic world where metaphors are real, and to give you time to roam around in it and savor all the details. Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.comI’m actually not clear on why Steppenwolf was banished in the first place, and this is one of the areas where I feel that Snyder’s version is actually worse than the original. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireDo the characters feel more developed?The character work is easily one of the biggest pleasant surprises of the movie, as is the further exploration of Steppenwolf. Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.comThe character development helps immensely… While watching Snyder’s version, I had a lot of, ohhh, I see, that makes sense now, moments. Mike Ryan, UproxxIt allows for time to see these characters when they aren’t superheroes, and makes them more human as a result. Karen Han, SlateSnyder’s priority is in giving each character time to look cool as hell, but not necessarily in making the audience like them any more — except for Cyborg. Joshua Rivera, Polygon(Photo by HBO Max)Do any characters stand out?Far and away, Cyborg [is] the best part of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook DebateFisher s performance is the best in a film filled with strong acting. Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.comThis is a star making performance from the actor. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comIf there’s any reason to see this beyond curiosity, it’s for those wanting a Justice League movie where Cyborg is the (eventual) central character. Scott Mendelson, ForbesThe extra Cyborg scenes make him a more relatable character, they are also rather dull at times. Kaitlyn Booth, Bleeding CoolDoes it fix the villain problem?Steppenwolf is among the characters who are fleshed out. Now he’s less ‘standard CGI villain’ and more of a depressing dope who just wants to impress Darkseid. Mike Ryan, UproxxSteppenwolf never feels imposing… The big bad getting chewed out by his boss doesn’t exactly establish a terrifying villain. Sean Mulvihill, FanboyNationThe extra scenes explaining Steppenwolf only underline that he s still a total dud. Angie Han, Mashable(Photo by HBO Max)How is the tone of the film?This new cut also wisely removes much of the original s cheesy, ill-fitting jokiness, making for a smarter, more even experience. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsA lot of the vaguely Whedonish wisecracks have made it intact; turns out the Flash s awkward sense of humor was a rare element that both filmmakers could comfortably get behind. Angie Han, MashableThere’s also a sense of levity, with moments of humor… the tone isn’t quite the upbeat camp of Super Friends, or the stoicism of Snyder at his most serious, but something comfortably in the middle. Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.comHow does the movie look?The filmmaker s knack for striking visuals shows in the action set pieces, which play crisper and cleaner this time around. Angie Han, MashableThis has to be one of the most visually spellbinding comic-book movies ever made. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyThe superhero version of a symphonically grand, late-period silent epic… just scene after scene of impeccably composed panoramas. Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.comWhat about the visual effects?The visual effects are particularly impressive in bringing both Steppenwolf and Darkseid to life, especially in the intricate detailing and purple hue of Steppenwolf’s armor. Nicola Austin, We Have a HulkOutside of one or two brief moments, the visual effects within that aesthetic are near-flawless, especially when it comes to Steppenwolf and Darkseid’s visual design. Jenna Anderson, ComicBook.comWe re far too often treated to some pretty abysmal CG and digital matte work… the inconsistent quality of effects here is enough to threaten whiplash. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsWhile there were some nicks and scratches in the heavy CGI moments, given that the team only had seven months to create 3,000 shots during a pandemic, this can be forgiven. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook Debate(Photo by HBO Max)And the action scenes?They’ve been staged with a supreme conviction that’s more Seven Samurai than super invincible. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyIn some instances, both action and quiet moments happen simultaneously, giving us a roller coaster of emotional reactions. Shah Shahid, Comic YearsThe action is free of any tangible stakes. There’s plenty of comic book action unfolding but it’s all weightless. Sean Mulvihill, FanboyNationThe final battle buries weightless digital oblivion under one laughable plot twist. Darren Franich, Entertainment WeeklyIs the new score by Junkie XL better?In many ways a character of its own, Junkie XL’s score is masterful. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook DebateJunkie XL s score is a rousing, ethereal mix of synth-fueled adrenaline and choral beauty alongside earlier Hans Zimmer tracks. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsMostly, it works as a backing track for Snyder’s visual excess, but it’s still forgettable. Joshua Rivera, Polygon(Photo by DC Entertainment)How does it measure up against the Marvel movies?It comes closer to delivering the DCEU s equivalent of The Avengers than anyone could have expected. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsThis cut is an ensemble picture that does as good a job as MCU s Avengers films of depicting a band of heroes as strong-willed, fully-rounded individuals. Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.comJustice League accomplishes in four hours what those films did in nine. Owen Gleiberman, Variety[The climax] may not be as all-encompassing as The Battle of New York, but it is close to the epic Justice League finale we wanted in 2017. Scott Mendelson, ForbesSo it was all worth the fuss, then?Zack Snyder’s Justice League is one of the best comic book films of all time. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook DebateZack Snyder’s Justice League is one of the best superhero films ever made. Dewey Singleton, AwardsWatchThe superhero movies that have achieved a genuine sweeping transcendence can just about be counted on one hand… to that hallowed list I would now add Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyThis four-hour cut is the kind of brazen auteurist vision that Martin Scorsese was calling for when he complained (rightly) that most modern superhero movies don t resemble cinema. Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.comZack Snyder s Justice League premieres on HBO Max on March 18, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
This October, Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as Eddie Brock in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, a sequel to the smash hit film in which we first met the dogged journalist and his foul-mouthed (and very hungry) symbiote. The new film is directed by Andy Serkis and co-stars Woody Harrelson as Carnage, the fan-favorite villain teased at the end of the original film.Ahead of the movie’s release, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Erik Davis spoke with Serkis, Hardy, Harrelson, and Naomie Harris (who plays another villain, Shriek) about what’s in store for audiences in the “lean and mean” sequel, the developing bromance between Brock and Venom, and what finally drew Harrelson to the Marvel family.Plus, Hardy – as star and producer – reveals he’s “100%” in on crossover movies and the multi-verse… Hear that, Mr. Holland?Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in theaters from Friday October 1, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. Before the filmmakers applied digital fur technology to turn them into credible felines, the cast members of Tom Hooper s Cats had to go to cat school to learn how to move like the Jellicles at the center of the big-budget musical. Ahead of the movie s release, Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley sat down with stars Francesca Hayward, Jennifer Hudson, Dame Judi Dench, Laurie Davidson, Robbie Fairchild, Rebel Wilson, and Jason Derulo to talk about getting those cat moves just right, as well as to share their favorite movie musicals and the yet-to-be-made movie musicals they want to see happen – stat. Check out the full interview above.
天下三职业 (Photo by Jessica Miglio / © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep, Gerald s Game) was looking at a banner year, with the pending release of The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second installment to his hit Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, and the start of production for his next project with the streamer, Midnight Mass. Then the entertainment industry shut down, with TV and film productions suspended as precautionary measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Midnight Mass was two days away from principal photography when we shut down, Flanagan told Rotten Tomatoes when we checked in with him recently. I flew my family out of Vancouver just before they closed the border, and I could actually see some of the exterior sets we built from the airplane. A few days before the shutdown, we had a table read of all seven episodes with the full ensemble, and it was amazing. This show is so special to me. It was surreal to just put everything down and walk away from it. The series, according to Deadline, follows an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. The series creator has been building up to this show for years now, with it beginning as an Easter egg in movies Hush and Gerald s Game.Flanagan may not know when things will pick back up, but he s confident they will: Netflix has gone above and beyond when it comes to taking care of the cast and crew on its suspended shows. They’ve been adamant that as soon as it is safe, whenever that is, we will pick up right where we left off and get Midnight Mass back into production right away. Bly Manor is a different story altogether. We’re in post-production now and on schedule, and have been able to keep post moving by setting up remote editing systems in people’s houses, Flanagan revealed. I just can’t say what that schedule represents as far as release before Netflix makes their official announcement, but I can say that there isn’t any talk of changing the plan, at least as of yet.