It looks like the world really is more interesting with Clarice Starling in it.On February 11, CBS will premiere new series Clarice, a psychological horror drama that follows what happened to the FBI Academy’s famed behavioral science expert after the events depicted in author Thomas Harris’ novel, The Silence of the Lambs. Set in 1993 — meant to be a year after the timing of director Jonathan Demme and writer Ted Tally’s film adaptation of that book — fans will see how she is dealing (or not dealing) with the trauma of her experiences with serial killers Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) as she returns to the field to investigate more murders and mayhem.And, because series creators Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet are not concentrating on plots straight from a Harris novel, viewers will also see a different version of Clarice herself — and not just because she’s now being played by Australian actress Rebecca Breeds instead of Jodie Foster’s Academy Award–winning depiction of the FBI officer in Lambs or Julianne Moore’s depiction of her in 2001’s Hannibal.Clarice Season 1 Keyart Exclusive Debut: (Photo by CBS)Click image to open the full-sized poster in a new tab. “The story continues to be told; it continues to evolve,” Breeds told Rotten Tomatoes from the show s filming home base of Toronto after a night of shooting the new series’ seventh episode. “So I need to be able to continue to invent who she is in different scenarios. So I have to pull from what is authentic and what is me, because that s all I can do.”To wit: The poster for the series, which Rotten Tomatoes is exclusively debuting here, is a metamorphosis of the cover associated with Lambs. While Dawn Baillie s art for that movie shows a moth blocking the mouth of Foster’s Clarice, this key art — designed CBS creative marketing team working in collaboration with an ag
Beasts of the Southern Wild debuted at Sundance in 2012, cementing Benh Zeitlin as a uniquely imaginative filmmaker. The movie blew audiences away and wound up with four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Fans couldn’t wait to see what this new auteur would deliver next. Well, Zeitlin took eight years to finish his sophomore feature, the Peter Pan-inspired Wendy, and it just premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews. If you love Beasts, though, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to see this movie, too.Here’s what critics are saying about Wendy:Is Zeitlin s follow-up worth the wait?That magnificent eye is still there… Zeitlin is an auteur just as we thought he was and he’s going to continue to challenge his audience. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistWith Wendy, Zeitlin aims for the stars, often forgetting what direction to fly in… Most disappointing. Ian Thomas Malone, Ian Thomas MaloneWhat felt so revolutionary in 2012 is no less visionary today but packs a disappointing sense of familiarity this time around. Peter Debruge, VarietyThere’s a reason that films that take this many years to get to screens often come up short… Wendy is a cautionary tale about what causes sophomore slumps. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comWill fans of Beasts of the Southern Wild enjoy it?Zeitlin’s wondrous Pan riff feels like such a natural continuation of the Beasts experience that it practically unfolds in the same immersive universe. Eric Kohn, IndieWireWendy bears some of the same elements — rambunctious kids, magical realism, unknown actors, climate awareness — [but] it feels like an even stronger picture thanks to its filmmaker’s growing ambition. Matt Goldberg, ColliderMaybe some people will think Zeitlin is revisiting the style and themes of Beasts a little too closely, but that movie was thrilling and so is this one. Steve Pond, The WrapIt seems hard to imagine anyone who didn’t respond to Beasts somehow thinking this one works, and even fans of that film may be startled at the repetition. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com(Photo by Fox Searchlight Pictures)What about fans of Peter Pan?Wendy both honors its inspiration and creates something original. Steve Pond, The WrapAs with David Lowery’s transportive live-action remake Pete’s Dragon, Zeitlin has taken an overwrought children’s story and given it a fresh identity without toppling the original’s core ideas. Eric Kohn, IndieWireZeitlin’s adaptation overflows with imagination as it manages to deconstruct the myth while never losing its timeless energy… The result is constantly enchanting and beguiling. Matt Goldberg, ColliderIt’s thrilling to discover how Wendy reinvents the particulars of a fairy story audiences know so well, and which Disney has so strongly codified for nearly everyone alive today — although the omission of Tinker Bell and the other fairies will likely be a let-down. Peter Debruge, VarietyThere are times when you can feel the film straining to deal with aspects of the original story in a so-called organic way. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterWill children enjoy it?The movie’s a bit too intense, and more than a little too arty, to suit young audiences. Peter Debruge, VarietyKids will be bored by this movie. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comThe lack of any real narrative structure — and the few odd surges of menace, one of which blooms into a moment of shocking physical violence — make it hard to imagine that a younger audience will follow. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment WeeklyMileage will vary when it comes to Zeitlin’s Terrence Malick for kids aesthetic, which turns on awe-inspiring cues at every turn, and sometimes threatens to turn into a parody of that very thing. Eric Kohn, IndieWireHow does it look?Wendy is an absolutely beautiful film. Largely filmed in the Caribbean, the cinematography provides visual overload time and time again. Ian Thomas Malone, Ian Thomas MaloneThe new movie uses the expansive landscapes of the Caribbean to imbue the proceedings with a spiritual tranquility that lingers in every shot. Eric Kohn, IndieWireEvery frame of the film is excitingly alive and freshly conceived, making it something very much worth seeing on the big screen. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterAs raw and arresting as Wendy’s visuals are, they’re in service of familiar notions about the fragility of innocence and the impermanence of childhood. Tim Grierson, Screen International(Photo by Fox Searchlight Pictures)Does the story match the visuals?If Zeitlin is infatuated with the act of storytelling, he’s also very good at it. Steve Pond, The WrapThe social commentary feels not only pointed and timely, but still relevant to the conflict of innocent childhood versus jaded adulthood. Matt Goldberg, ColliderAfter a fairly dazzling setup, Wendy stumbles in its later reels, introducing ideas that are often obvious or unfocused Wendy is so passionately crafted that its narrative shortcomings, though bothersome, can’t entirely detract Tim Grierson, Screen InternationalWendy is fun for a while, but as it drags on, it becomes harder to follow — and worse, boring. Peter Debruge, VarietyThe script is a one-trick pony, uninterested in anything resembling normal human interaction. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if the plot knew how to do anything other than meander along at a glacier-slow pace. Ian Thomas Malone, Ian Thomas MaloneThe actual plot of Wendy is so uninteresting that I wished Zeitlin would have been more surreal and symbolic. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comEvery kid inevitably grows and turns toward something new; storytellers should too. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment WeeklyIs Wendy s lead the next Quvenzhané Wallis?Zeitlin’s best asset here is actually [Devin] France, his young lead, who has striking screen confidence and a maturity that makes her seem like a natural leader. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com[Devin France] resonates with a richness that carries you through the story and often when Zeitlin needs it the most. Out of all the young (and old) actors she makes you believe in this scenario. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistDoes Wendy invite repeat viewings?Wendy in every way feels like a handmade, one-of-a-kind, exceptionally fresh and…organic piece of work that quite quickly imparts a desire to see it again. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterWendy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, January 26, and opens in limited release on February 28.
solved.Hoffa’s connections to organized crime began in the 1930s when he was a union activist in New York, and it was here that the young Hoffa first gained an audience with mafia dons Russell Bufalino and Angelo Bruno. After years of moving up in the Teamsters Union, all while making shady backdoor deals with the East Coast mafia, Hoffa became president of the Teamsters from 1957 until 1971 and turned it into one of the most powerful in the world.But, on July 30, 1975, just four years after stepping down as Teamsters president, Hoffa vanished without a trace. The unsolved disappearance has led to countless theories of what happened, including ones that posit Hoffa was either buried underneath Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands, compacted in a car and sold as scrap metal and shipped to Japan, or buried under a suburban Detroit driveway. The one commonality is that they all agree the mafia had him taken out.The teaser trailer released today seems to have higher ambitions than just exploring Hoffa s rise, fall, and presumed death, however. With frequent allusions to John F. Kennedy and the role of big business and the government, it seems like The Irishman will tackle the connections between a tangled web of organized crime, crooked unions, and American politics in the 20th century.The Cast and Crew(Photo by Universal courtesy Everett Collection)We first got a glimpse of the type of talent in this movie in the initial teaser (even though it was only their names), but now we finally get to see some of the greatest actors in film history and one of the most beloved and revered directors of all time doing their thing.We all know the work Scorsese, De Niro, Keitel, and Pesci have done together, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino, but adding Pacino to that crew is the pistachios on the cannoli.In the upcoming film, Pacino plays Union leader Hoffa and De Niro plays his friend and alleged killer Sheeran, while Keitel and Pesci play bosses of rival East Coast crime families.But the talent doesn’t stop there, as The Irishman’s roster is both top heavy and deep. In addition to these heavy hitters, the film will also feature Oscar winner Anna Paquin, two-time Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale, two-time Emmy nominee Jesse Plemons, and Emmy-winner Ray Romano.In case you weren’t keeping count, that cast features actors who have been nominated for a combined 19 Oscars, 35 Golden Globes, and 27 Emmys, and have collectively taken home five Oscars, five Golden Globes, and seven Emmys. And that’s just in front of the camera.Between Scorsese, screenwriter Steven Zaillian, editor Thelma Shoonmaker, and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, the talent behind the camera has combined for 25 Academy Award noms and four wins.So, with all that talent and excitement, how has it taken so long for this film to get made?The Journey(Photo by Andrew Cooper/Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)This film has been a passion project for director Martin Scorsese for years, with news coming about the potential film as far back as 2008. (That same article refers to Scorsese s adaptation of Shutter Island as an upcoming release, just to give a sense of how long ago 2008 was.)Since then, the film has floundered in development hell, and Scorsese moved on to directing other long-gestating passion projects like Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street, and 2016’s Silence. But Scorsese kept coming back to the story of the most famous mob hit in history, and finally, in 2017, Paramount and Fábrica de Cine came together to co-finance the film and aim for a 2019 release.So how did it end up on Netflix, you ask?The BudgetYes, like all things, it comes down to cold, hard cash.Initially targeted for a 0 million budget, the movie s cost soon ballooned to nearly 0,000,000 after the production opted to use a CGI de-aging technique to make De Niro, Pacino, and co. appear younger while playing the younger versions of their characters.Because of this price tag (and perhaps still feeling the burn left by Silence, which cost upwards of million and took in less than million at the box office), Fábrica de Cine and Paramount decided to back out of the project less than a year after agreeing to fund it.Fábrica de Cine producer Gaston Pavlovich explained this difficult decision, saying We quickly realized that Marty and De Niro really thought that the aging process was going to be a very important aspect of this film. The traditional model was not going to work with this new vision of the project [we could not] risk that amount [of money] when all our data was telling us that it was not going to come back. Thankfully, Netflix stepped in, and the importance is not lost on Scorsese, who recently said, “People such as Netflix are taking risks. The Irishman is a risky film. No one else wanted to fund the pic for five to seven years. And of course we’re all getting older. Netflix took the risk.”(Photo by Netflix)Even so, the CGI de-aging comes with both budgetary and cinematic concerns. Previously used on Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button, Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy, and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, the de-aging technology has advanced in recent years to appear more natural, but still remains costly. So costly, in fact, that until Samuel L. Jackson (and, perhaps less noticeably, Clark Gregg) was made to look 25 years younger in the recent Captain Marvel, it had only been used sparingly.Editor Thelma Schoonmaker called it a “risk,” saying, “We’re youthifying the actors in the first half of the movie. And then the second half of the movie they play their own age. So that’s a big risk. We’re having that done by Industrial Light and Magic Island, ILM. That’s a big risk.”While it might be cool to see young Pacino, young De Niro, young Pesci, and young Keitel in the same scene, it could also venture too close to the uncanny valley and take the viewers out of the film.Schoonmaker has also expressed some trepidation over how the public is going to view seeing a 30-year-old Pacino, De Niro, et al. in a 2019 movie: “I haven’t gotten a whole scene where they’re young, and what I’m going to have to see, and what Marty’s going to have to see, is ‘How is it affecting the rest of the movie, when you see them young?’” In that same interview, the eminent editor said that, of the few people they’ve screened the movie for, “nobody minds. Nobody minds watching them play young, because they’re gripped.”While we don t see too much of the de-aged film legends in the teaser trailer, what we do see looks pretty good. On first impressions, the one shot of a young De Niro talking on the phone might be a little distracting, but this is just the first glimpse, so that s a given. With what is sure to be stellar directing from Scorsese and brilliant acting from some silver screen legends, audiences likely won t even notice that there s a 40-something Robert De Niro in a 2019 movie.The Release(Photo by Paramount Pictures)As one of Netflix s main prestige productions for 2019, it was always expected that The Irishman would be released at the heart of awards season, and now we have confirmation.It was recently announced that The Irishman will celebrate its world premiere as the Opening Night film for the 2019 New York Film Festival on September 27. Most likely, the film will be available for the general public a few weeks later in theaters and on your couch.Previously, Scorsese has expressed his disdain for movie-watching on small screens, saying that when he was growing up, films “had to be shown in certain ways — people went to a movie, it wasn’t something you could choose or pick up, or walk out of the room. You actually made a commitment. It was a different experience.” He continued, “the ideal would be to see cinema in its proper context… It’s a problem of pure concentration.”Robert de Niro agrees, saying at a recent film festival, Movies have to be shown on a big screen. It appears Netflix also shares this sentiment, as the teaser trailer announces that the film will be shown in select theaters. Unfortunately, we still don’t really know when exactly The Irishman will be released. But we now know that it will have a splashy premiere at a prestigious film festival at the end of September, and will be shown in theaters and on the streaming service sometime this Fall.The Irishman is currently set to release in select theaters an on Netflix during the Fall of 2019.
After an almost year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most anticipated movie musical in years – Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights – is finally arriving on the big screen and HBO Max this month, and the cast and creators couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world. Ahead of the film’s release, Rotten Tomatoes’ correspondent Naz Perez spoke with Miranda and Chu about adapting the stage phenomenon for the big screen and the care that went into bringing the Latinx NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights to vivid, detail-rich life. Plus, Miranda, Chu, and stars Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Palanco, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and scene-stealing Olga Merediz talk about the “goosebumps” they got from seeing their culture represented in a way cinema has rarely seen, putting together the epic showstopping sequence for fan-favorite song “96,000,” and why they’re so thrilled for America to meet the characters of In the Heights and discover their dreams.In the Heights is in theaters and on HBO Max from Thursday June 10, 2021On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.