华体会体育登录采用百度引擎2（Baidu 2）(Photo by ©Warner Bros/Everett Collection)Instead of a drumroll, you’ll want to cue a very 90s bassline for the reveal of Rotten Tomatoes readers’ favorite TV comedy of all time: Seinfeld.Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer reigned supreme in the comedy section of RT’s annual fall TV survey of their TV viewing habits, with 9.01% of users saying that they prefer Seinfeld above all else. Close behind were Friends (cue the strategically timed handclaps), with 7.76% of the RT user vote, and The Office (cue the piano) with 7.22%.Other shows that got between 4% and 7% of the RT user vote included The Big Bang Theory (6.16%), Parks and Recreation (5.28%), M*A*S*H (5.03%), and The Simpsons (4.40%). Among all total respondents (not just RT users), the Central Perk gang reigned supreme with 8.35%), followed by Seinfeld (7.87%), Big Bang (7.34%), The Office (6.61%), M*A*S*H (6.35%), I Love Lucy (4.59%), and Parks and Rec (4.35%).(Photo by NBC)Both gender and age had major impact on what comedies respondents loved. Significantly more women preferred Friends (11.33% of women vs. 5.22% of men), while men preferred Seinfeld (10.50% of men vs. 5.37% of women). Other gender splits of more than 1% included The Big Bang Theory (7.99% of women chose it vs. 6.66% of men), I Love Lucy (6.62% of women vs. 2.45% of men), The Simpsons (5.91% of men vs. 1.93% of women), The Golden Girls (4.45% of women vs. 1.57% of men), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (3.52% of women vs. 1.78% of men), Cheers (3.55% of men vs. 1.83% of women), and Married…with Children (3.30% of men vs 1.67% of women).As far as age goes, 12.37% of 18- to 34-year-old respondents preferred The Office, then Friends (10.87%), then Parks and Rec (8.89%). The 35- to 54-year-old respondents preferred Friends (9.98%), Seinfeld (9.61%), and The Big Bang Theory (8.97%). Among respondents 55 and older, M*A*S*H was far and away the favorite (12.91%), followed by The Big Bang Theory (9.87%), Seinfeld (9.00%), and I Love Lucy (8.50%).More comedy coverage:200 Best Comedy Shows of All Time40 Best Sketch Comedy Shows of All TimeComedians Pick Their Favorite Comedies
Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List. This week we have a hip-hop doc, a holocaust drama, and a gripping doc about a catastrophic urban fire. In our Spotlight section, we bring back the familial horror-drama Relic, including a new interview with the film s director. In our Indie Trailer section, we have new clips from films starring Ethan Hawke, The Killing of A Sacred Deer s Barry Keoghan, and Jeff Daniels.Streaming This Weekend His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
This Week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Dungeons Dragons, Excelsior!, and Revenge of the Nerds.This WEEK S TOP STORYCHRIS PINE ROLLS A NATURAL 20 ON DUNGEONS DRAGONS (Photo by Clay Enos/©Warner Bros.)One lesson we can take from film history is that trends change over time, and a failed concept decades ago could be a success today. Consider, for example, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Back in 1990, the first Captain America movie (Rotten at 13%) didn t even get a theatrical release in the USA, and it went direct-to-video two years after it was made. Similar to the contemporary popularity of comic books, the role-playing game Dungeons Dragons is much more in vogue now than it was in 1990, when the first Dungeons Dragons movie (Rotten at 10%) was released. Warner Bros. had been trying for several years to get a new Dungeons Dragons movie produced, including periods when actors like Ansel Elgort and Vin Diesel were either in talks or were approached about starring. Since then, the rights to the Dungeons Dragons movie moved to Paramount Pictures, which also has the rights to other Hasbro properties like Transformers, Micronauts, and G.I. Joe. The Dungeons Dragons reboot appears to draw closer to actually happening this week with the news that Chris Pine is now in talks to star and also produce the adaptation. It s not super surprising that Pine is being eyed by Paramount, as he was also their Captain Kirk in the most recent Star Trek films. The premise and setting of the new Dungeons Dragons movie are not yet known, except that hopes of it possibly being a Dragonlance adaptation appeared to be dashed earlier this year (Forgotten Realms, though, is still totally possible). What we do know is that Dungeons Dragons will be directed and written by the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who co-directed Game Night (Certified Fresh at 85%), and also co-wrote Horrible Bosses and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Daley also starred in Freaks Geeks, which memorably had a very special Dungeons Dragons episode. In addition to Wonder Woman 1984 (12/25/2020), Chris Pine will also soon be seen in the thriller Violence of Action, Olivia Wilde s Don t Worry Darling, and the spy film All the Old Knives.Other Top Headlines1. MILLIE BOBBY BROWN JOINS THE RUSSO BROTHERS ELECTRIC STATE(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)After directing four films for Marvel Studios (the two most recent Captain America and Avengers films), Joe and Anthony Russo are next directing films for two streaming apps: Cherry for Apple+ and The Grey Man for Netflix. We now know what film might be the duo s return to theatrically targeted feature films, as they are now signed to direct and produce a science fiction film for Universal Pictures. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is attached to star in Electric State, which will be an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same title. Brown will play a teenage girl who goes on an adventure with a toy robot to discover what happened to her missing brother in an imaginative world of humans mixing with robots, uncovering a grand conspiracy in the process. The Electric State screenplay is being adapted by screenwriting partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who previously worked with the Russo brothers on all four of their Marvel movies, as well as The Grey Man. Directly addressing the theatrical or streaming question, Joe and Anthony Russo said in their announcement that, We’re thrilled to have this deal with Universal who has committed to a theatrical release of Electric State. In addition to season 4 of Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown will also soon be seen in the monster movie sequel, Godzilla vs Kong (5/21/2021), which will premiere both in theaters and on HBO Max.2. FLORENCE PUGH JOINS MYSTERY THE MAID (Photo by A24)After decades of relative absence from mainstream box office prominence, the mystery genre appears to be coming back, following the 0+ million takes of both Murder on the Orient Express (2 million worldwide) in 2017 and Knives Out (1 million worldwide) in 2019. The de facto sequel to that first film, Agatha Christie s Death on the Nile would have come out by now if not for the COVID-19 pandemic, but is now scheduled for September 17, 2021. We can also add a film called The Maid, which Universal Pictures is adapting from a novel to be published in 2022 (possibly after the movie comes out to avoid spoilers). Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Black Widow) is now signed to produce and star in The Maid as the title character, who works at a fancy hotel where she uses her access to learn the dirty secrets of every one of the guests (the novel is also being compared to 2017 s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine). In addition to Black Widow (5/7/2021), Pugh will also soon be seen in Olivia Wilde s Don t Worry, Darling, and in the Disney+ series Hawkeye (reprising her Black Widow character).3. RISE OF SKYWALKER COSTAR SAYS I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (Photo by Jonathan Olley/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)When most American fans saw last year s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Rotten at 51%), they were probably unfamiliar with Naomi Ackie, who played Jannah, the leader who assists our heroes on Kef Bir. Ackie is better known in the U.K., however, where she has won the 2017 British Independent Award for Most Promising Newcomer for Lady MacBeth (Certified Fresh at 88%) (starring the aforementioned Florence Pugh, by the way), and this year, won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress in The End of the F***ing World (Fresh at 93%). The British actress is about to have a much higher profile among American moviegoers, though, as she is in final negotiations with Sony Pictures to star as the late pop superstar Whitney Houston in the musical biopic, I Wanna Dance with Somebody (which takes its title from the hit single I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) off Houston s second album). I Wanna Dance with Somebody will be directed by Stella Meghie, whose most recent film was this year s The Photograph (Fresh at 74%), starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. Meghie will be directing from a screenplay by screenwriter Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the Queen biographical musical Bohemian Rhapsody (Fresh at 60%). About casting Naomi Ackie, Meghie said, I was moved by her ability to capture the stage presence of a global icon while bringing humanity to her interior life. 4. SETH MCFARLANE BACKING REBOOT OF 1980S COMEDY HIT REVENGE OF THE NERDS (Photo by ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)Like some other 1980s comedies, there are scenes in the 1984 hit Revenge of the Nerds that have glaringly not aged well at all in our post-#metoo era. Now, as many other movies from the era continue to be rebooted, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane is preparing to do the same thing for Revenge of the Nerds, which he ll be producing for 20th Century Studios. The project already has its comedy leads lined up, as identical twin brothers Keith and Kenny Lucas, who costarred in 22 Jump Street (Certied Fresh at 84%), are set to both star and write the adapted screenplay. The only brothers in Revenge of the Nerds were of the fraternity variety, so if they play actual brothers in the remake, that alone will be a significant departure from the original premise (though the film is reportedly more of a reboot than a direct remake anyway, so the entire premise might be significantly different). As Variety puts it, instead, the contemporary reimagining will pontificate about today’s nerd culture and what even constitutes a geek in the 21st century. It s worth noting that this is not the first attempt at rebooting Revenge of the Nerds, which almost happened in 2006 until officials at Emory University in Atlanta objected to some of the raunchy hijinx in the script. 5. SAM ROCKWELL TO STAR IN MOVIE ABOUT NISSAN-CEO-TURNED-FUGITIVE (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Although he is far from a household name in the USA, the story of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn really does read exactly like a movie script. Following an arrest in 2018 for charges of misuse of company assets, Ghosn proceded through a series of legal ins-and-outs and evasion of arrest ultimately leading in 2019 to his becoming an internationally wanted fugitive still sought by Interpol. MGM is going all in on adapting the life story of former Green Beret Michael Taylor, the American security contractor who assisted Ghosn in his evasion from arrest and capture. Sam Rockwell is now attached to produce and star as Michael Taylor in a feature film about Ghosn s escape, which will be developed concurrently to an MGM TV series which will also adapt Taylor s earlier life story (with a different actor to be cast as the younger Michael Taylor). Both the Sam Rockwell movie and the prequel TV series are being adapted from a Vanity Fair article about Michael Taylor and Carlos Ghosn, which you can read right here.6. BEN MENDELSOHN JOINS SHAILENE WOODLEY IN MISANTHROPE(Photo by JA, Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Anything pre-COVID-19 feels like decades ago, even if it s only been months, but this story starts back in May of 2019 at the the Cannes Film Festival, when a serial killer film called Misanthrope was first announced. Shailene Woodley has since then been attached to star as a police officer recruited by the FBI to assist in the tracking down of a serial killer, and now we know that the lead cop in Misanthrope will be played by acclaimed Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn is currently filming the latest version of Cyrano (de Bergerac), starring Peter Dinklage, and he was also announced by Disney last week to be reprising his Skrull character in the Disney+ series Secret Invasion, along with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.7. THIS YEAR S BLACK LIST INCLUDES STAN LEE AND JACK KIRBY MOVIE EXCELSIOR!(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)At the end of every year since 2005, The Black List of Unproduced Screenplays has served as a survey of hundreds of film industry executives to find which screenplays appear on the highest number of most liked screenplay lists. The Black List takes those results and publishes the titles and premises of all of the screenplays that received at least 7 mentions. This year s top pick, with 29 votes, is a cannibal drama called Headhunter about a serial killer who uses Instagram to find their next victim, until the latest target turns out to be someone totally into it (gross). #2 with 28 votes is a basketball comedy called Chang Can Dunk, and #3 with 26 votes is Neither Confirm Nor Deny, which tells the true story of a secret CIA operation that acquired a nuclear-armed USSR submarine in 1968. One of the most intriguing projects, coming in with 9 votes is Excelsior!, which tells the true story of the friendship and collaborative partnership between Marvel Comics editor and writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, who together created such characters as Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and The X-Men. Other projects on this year s Black List include Ripper (as in Jack The), Enemies Within (about Senator Joseph McCarthy and the HUAC), and Gusher (about Anna Nicole Smith). You can browse through the entire Black List of this year s screenplays (in PDF format) right here.8. SHE S ALL THAT STAR RACHAEL LEIGH COOK JOINS REMAKE HE S ALL THAT (Photo by Miramax)While Rachael Leigh Cook fans are left still awaiting the (probably unlikely) Josie and the Pussycats sequel, as it turns out, they will at least have the remake of She s All That (Rotten at 41%) called He s All That. That s because we can now report that Rachael Leigh Cook has indeed joined the cast of the gender-swapped remake, although not as the character she played in the first film (since it s a remake and not a direct sequel). Instead, Cook will play the mother of the female lead (played by Addison Rae) who, in this version, oversees the makeover of an awkward teenage boy (played by Tanner Buchanan), whereas in the original film, those two roles were the opposite genders. He s All That will be directed by Mark Waters, whose filmography includes notable Lindsay Lohan vehicles like Mean Girls (Certified Fresh at 84%) and Freaky Friday (Certified Fresh at 88%).9. YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II JOINS JAKE GYLLENHAAL IN AMBULANCE (Photo by Warner Bros.)Michael Bay immediately followed his run as the director of several Transformers movies with the Netflix project 6 Underground (Rotten at 36%), starring Ryan Reynolds. For his next project as director, Michael Bay is returning to a theatrically-distributed action thriller in the form of a remake of a 2005 Danish film called Ambulancen, which unsurprisingly translates to English as Ambulance. Jake Gyllenhaal has been attached to star in Ambulance since the project was first announced, but this week, we learned who two of his costars will be. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who recently has starred in two different DC Comics adaptations (as Black Manta in Aquaman, and in a role-we-won t-spoil in HBO s Watchmen) has joined the cast in an undisclosed role. The premise of the original film involved two fugitive brothers hijacking an ambulance, and it appears that the female ambulance driver they inadvertently kidnap will be played by Eiza Gonzalez, who will also soon be seen in Godzilla vs Kong, when it premieres in theaters and on HBO Max (5/21/2021).On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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7.20.0 0月喜迎icked people into believing their authenticity, as well as those urban legend-like “cursed” films that earned sinister reputations because of the unfortunate, disturbing, and sometimes tragic events that were allegedly attributed to them.But they’re only movies, right?Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2018) 75%(Photo by Else Films)What better way to kick things off than with a movie that is a perfect Venn diagram of both concepts – “found footage” faux-real horror and supposedly cursed films. Antrum purports to be a documentary about a lost 1970s film that was only screened twice, because everyone who watches it dies. The movie opens with an 8-minute documentary detailing the curse around the film, then shows you the “film” itself, which is about two young kids who attempt to dig a hole to Hell to save their recently deceased dog. The filmmakers do their best to make the movie-within-a-movie look authentically 70s to help sell the whole façade. The fact that Antrum’s release was preceded by rumors and word of mouth among hardcore horror fans (much like the way the controversial 2011 A Serbian Film grew a reputation well before it was ever screened publicly) lent the movie an air of real mystery. Some eager horror buffs even tried to track the “original” Antrum down, believing it to be real.Plausibility Score: 2 out of 5Antrum is a nice try, but in the age of advanced search engines, it’s hard to fully convince people that a film with a supposed body count of 60 could truly have been “lost.”Snuff (1976) The concept of a “snuff” film – a movie depicting an actual murder – basically started in 1971 when Ed Sanders, the author of a book about the Manson Family, asserted that Charles Manson and his followers had filmed their killing spree (no footage was ever found). Then, just a few years later in 1976, husband-and-wife directors Michael and Roberta Findlay made a cheap exploitation film called Slaughter about an actress and her director who are murdered by a Manson Family-esque clan in South America. Grindhouse film distributor Allan Shackleton bought the film, changed the title to Snuff, and released it under the pretense that it depicted the real murder of the main actress (the tagline was “Filmed in South America…Where Life is Cheap!”). This kickstarted an obsession with snuff films, although none have ever been conclusively unearthed.Plausibility Score: 4 out of 5The Manson Family connection and the fact that people still believe in the existence of snuff films even today and really sell this one.Poltergeist (1982) 86%Perhaps the most famous “cursed” movie of all time, the original 1982 Poltergeist, about a suburban family terrorized by a supernatural presence, climaxed with a scene in which the mom (JoBeth Williams) is dragged into a partially dug-out pool and is surrounded by skeletons – the reveal being that the housing development in which they live was unscrupulously built on top of a graveyard. The rumor was that the film crew had not only used real skeletons, but had desecrated graves themselves to get them. Mysterious and untimely deaths of some of the actors in the trilogy, including young Heather O’Rourke (who played the abducted little girl Carol Anne), who died at the age of 12 due to a congenital intestinal issue, and Dominique Dunne (who played oldest sibling Dana), who was murdered by a jealous boyfriend at the age of 22, led to the urban legend that the ghosts of the unwitting skeletal “co-stars” had cursed the films and everyone who worked on them. It’s flimsy, because clearly major players like Williams, Craig T. Nelson, director Tobe Hooper, and producer Steven Spielberg walked away unscathed.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5Although it’s the movie everyone cites when talking about curses, a lot of the supposed connections are pretty thin. Plus, more of the actors and crew survived unhurt than didn’t, and a lot of the “deaths” beyond the two young leads were simply age and explainable illness.The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%Horror is a great way for young talents to break into the business because, often, what you don’t see is scarier than what you do, so it’s a godsend for indie filmmakers with more creativity than budget. The Blair Witch Project came about at exactly the right time – exploiting the still nascent “world wide web,” it managed to cultivate its own urban legend of supposedly lost cam footage that was recovered after a group of young filmmakers went missing. The conceit of it being filmed on the fly covered over the fact that you don’t really see much of anything, and the clever use of sound effects and the overall naturalistic performances by the lead actors made you think, just for a second, that maybe this was the real deal. Of course, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 came out around a year later to confirm that, yes, this was indeed just a cheesy horror franchise at its core.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5It may have lost some luster since, but at the time? It really had people convinced. And the execution – from the early websites to the film itself – was nearly perfect.The Omen (1976) 86%Strap in for this one: Producer Harvey Bernhard claims that the initial idea for the seminal horror classic The Omen came from an advertising exec named Bob Munger. Munger suggested that a movie about the Antichrist would be cool, but that no one should actually make it because “the devil was at work and he didn’t want that film made.” He may have been right. Just a month before filming was to start, lead actor Gregory Peck’s son committed suicide. As he flew to the set, Peck’s plane was struck by lightning, and then executive producer Marc Neufeld’s plane was also struck by lightning on his way to the location. The hotel Neufeld and his wife were staying in then got bombed by the Irish Republican Army. The crew hired a small plane to do some aerial photography, but it was given to another client at the last minute; that plane crashed on takeoff and killed everyone on board. Filming a zoo sequence, the young boy playing the demonic Damien apparently upset the baboons so much they started freaking out, so an animal wrangler was called in to help; the next day, he was mauled by a tiger and killed. But perhaps the most chilling result of this “curse” was what happened to special effects supervisor John Richardson. One of his big FX sequences in The Omen was one in which a character is decapitated by a sheet of glass. While working on his next movie in the Netherlands, Richardson and his assistant were involved in a car accident, and his assistant was you guessed it decapitated. Legend has it the accident occurred near a street sign that read “Ommen, 66.6 km.” But it’s all coincidence, right?Plausibility Score: 4 out of 5It’s hard to write all of this off as coincidence. Even when people discount some of it – like the existence of the Dutch street sign – there’s a lot more that’s been verified.Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 65%(Photo by ©F.D. Cinematografica courtesy Everett Collection)Not long after Snuff, another film came under fire for allegedly depicting actual murders – and it was an early example of “found footage” horror, to boot. This Italian cult movie was built around the idea that it was footage discovered after an American film crew disappeared in the Amazon rainforest and were killed and eaten by indigenous cannibals. The gore was so intense and realistic that a few days after the movie’s premiere, Italian authorities confiscated the film, director Ruggero Deodato was charged with obscenity, and he was eventually slapped with a murder charge when it was suggested Cannibal Holocaust was, in fact, a snuff film. Although it was later proven that none of the actors were killed or harmed, the film does depict scenes of intense animal cruelty that were real. Fun fact: the fake documentary the crew was working on was called The Green Inferno, which would be the title adopted by director Eli Roth for his 2013 homage to Cannibal Holocaust.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5The rough, grimy cheapness of the film and the addition of actual animal butchery make this feel almost like the real deal.The Crow (1994) 83%What’s unique about the “curse” of The Crow is that it isn’t so much about the film as it is an extension of a curse that is believed to have haunted martial arts icon Bruce Lee and his family for generations. Of course, the 1994 horror-tinged comic book adaptation is infamous due to the tragic death of star Brandon Lee, Bruce s son, who died after a prop gun misfired and a projectile struck him. The film was hampered by setbacks and accidents – the set was destroyed numerous times, most notably by a hurricane that struck its North Carolina filming location – but in general, the problems seem to have been caused mostly by the fact that it was low budget and behind schedule, and corners were cut a little too recklessly. Some even claim that the Chinese mafia assassinated Bruce and Brandon, which is eerie when you think about the fact that Bruce Lee’s last film, Game of Death, seems to predict this. In that movie, Bruce’s character is a martial arts actor who is shot by an assassin posing as one of the stunt crew. Also, the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story anthropomorphizes the supposed family curse as a physical demon that haunts Lee his whole life, and at one point in the film, the demon goes after a young Brandon. Dragon was released in 1993 – a year before The Crow.Plausibility Score: 2 out of 5The idea of a Lee Family Curse is compelling, and it fits in with the whole mystical aura surrounding Bruce. But dig deeper into the on-set events of The Crow, and it all appears to be more a case of negligence and unprofessionalism than a sinister hex.The Exorcist (1973) 83%If the Devil really does exist, he seems to spend an awful lot of time on film sets. Before The Omen tempted fate with each shooting day, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist experienced its own unnerving incidents. Telling the story of two priests battling a demonic presence that has taken hold of a young girl named Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), the film is an undisputed classic of the horror genre, and some of that may have to do with the notion that the film itself was actually possessed. Things got off to a rocky start when the MacNeil family home set – where much of the action takes place – was destroyed by fire. The only room that was untouched by the blaze…was Regan’s. In addition, almost all of the actors suffered injuries during the filming, and televangelist Billy Graham even claimed that “there is a power of evil in that film, in the fabric of the film itself” and suggested that simply projecting it was like opening a door for demons. The movie held its premiere in Rome, during a violent thunderstorm. One attendee even passed out and broke her jaw, later attempting to sue the production because she blamed subliminal messages for her tumble.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5Some of the spookiness experienced on set and at early screenings was likely psychosomatic, but the movie still carries a heavy creep factor regardless.Rosemary's Baby (1968) 96%Why not complete Satan’s own personal trilogy with a supposedly cursed movie that pre-dates both The Omen and The Exorcist? Rosemary’s Baby is rightly credited with redefining the horror genre by taking it away from the campy cobwebs and castles of the old Vincent Price days and legitimizing it as a “real” grown-up art form. Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes star in the story of a young mother-to-be who moves into a New York apartment building that also happens to house a Satanic cult. Producer William Castle – who was infamous in the 1950s and 1960s for promoting all sorts of gimmicks like floating skeletons and rumbling theater seats in an effort to sell the “reality” of his horror movies – believed that real witches had cursed the set. The film’s composer suffered a nasty fall shortly after the movie wrapped and died after being comatose for several days. Castle himself fell ill with painful gallstones that required surgery. And, of course, director Roman Polanski’s wife at the time, actress Sharon Tate, and their unborn child would fall victim to the Manson Family a year after the film’s release.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5It’s easy to think of anything Satan-related as tempting fate when it comes to curses or bad mojo, but most of these incidents seem loosely connected at best.Faces of Death (1978) 25%Just as The Blair Witch Project came along at the perfect time to take advantage of early internet, the legend of Faces of Death is largely a product of the early 1980s VHS boom. Before Blockbuster, video stores were small (often seedy) mom-and-pop stores, and Faces of Death was one of those creepy little oddities you’d find on one of the dust-covered shelves. Allegedly depicting “real” deaths, it served as a badge of honor for anyone who was actually able to get ahold of a copy and watch it. Although the film does contain some real footage – like newsreel clips from an accident where you can see paramedics cleaning up the remains of a cyclist who had been struck and killed by a truck – it was almost entirely faked by writer and director John Alan Schwartz. Yes, even the infamous scene where a table full of diners appear to kill a trapped monkey and then eat its brains.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5If you don’t catch on immediately when you’re introduced to the movie’s “medical professional” host, “Francis B. Gross,” you’ll catch on during sequences like the “real” shark attack that somehow has footage from the shark’s POV as it eats a diver. Did it get a cinematography credit?Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) 58%(Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection)The film version of the classic horror and sci-fi television series let four different directors adapt a classic episode: “Kick the Can” by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark), “It’s a Good Life” by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace), “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” by George Miller (The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road), and “Time Out” by John Landis (Trading Places, Animal House). Although some claim the movie is cursed, it’s really just that there’s a sense of morbidity around it because veteran actor Vic Morrow (father of Jennifer Jason Leigh) and two young actors playing Vietnamese children were killed in an on-set accident during Landis’ segment when a helicopter that was part of a sequence recreating the Vietnam War crash-landed on them. None of the other directors experienced any bizarre or unexplained incidents, and all continued to have successful careers. But the tragedy hung a dark shadow over Landis and lends the movie a creepy, all-too-real feel.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5Again, this was one horrible, tragic accident caused by director negligence. The rest of the film (and filmmakers) got on fine with no curse-related incidents.GUINEA PIG: FLOWER OF FLESH AND BLOOD (1985)None of the images from this film are acceptable to show you, so here is a guinea pig pushing a tiny shopping cart. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)Created by artist Hideshi Hino based on his own manga series, the Guinea Pig movies feature the same kind of faux documentary feel as something like Faces of Death or Cannibal Holocaust, and they re legendary among hardcore horror fans. Without any real plot to speak of beyond “psycho kidnaps women and dismembers them in gruesome fashion while dressed as a samurai,” the movies do feel less like a story and more like some forbidden home video. That said, two incidents lend it a particular air of menace. One is that a copy of Flower of Flesh and Blood was sent to the FBI by Charlie Sheen – yes, Charlie Sheen – because he was convinced it was an actual snuff film (it was not, and all of the deaths and butchery were faked). The other is that a copy of the film was found in the home of a man named Tsutomu Miyazaki, a cannibalistic serial killer known as the Otaku Murderer who was behind the kidnapping and murder of four young girls between 1988 and 1989 in Japan. The film was believed to have inspired him.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5All Hino had to do was not put a title card over the opening “stalking” sequence and it might have worked. The scene really looks and feels like something a creep would record as he follows women down the street. But no real serial killer goes into AfterEffects and adds cool titles and music cues to their murder footage. At least, not that we know of.(Photo by Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment)Rounding out or list of horror is… not a horror film, but a movie that is believed to be so cursed it will never be made. A comedy based on a 1963 satirical novel called The Incomparable Atuk by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, the story is about an Inuit poet who travels to Toronto and has a series of fish-out-of-water experiences in the big city (the film version Americanized it by making Atuk a native of Alaska who travels to New York). Sounds pretty basic, right? It might well be, if the movie didn’t seem to kill every actor associated with the lead role. The curse of Atuk is particularly weird because the novel itself isn’t about anything sinister or paranormal. The first man up for the role was comedy legend John Belushi; after his untimely death from a drug overdose, the producers approached comedian Sam Kinison… who then died in a drunk driving accident. So they decided to offer the part to John Candy, who would die from a heart attack a few months after getting the script. Undaunted, the part was then dangled in front of another SNL vet – Chris Farley. He, too, would succumb to a drug overdose. Even stranger, Farley allegedly gave a copy of the script to a friend who he thought might also be interested in the role, namely fellow SNL alum Phil Hartman. Five months after Farley’s death, Hartman was shot and killed by his wife, who committed suicide hours later.Plausibility Score: 5 out of 5If this movie doesn t scream cursed, we don t know what does.Thumbnail image by Else Films
She may be coming to his rescue in Endgame, but can Brie Larson – a.k.a. Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers – save Samuel L. Jackson from his critics? We sat down with the Captain Marvel co-stars to find out, joining them as they play a game of Name the Review. The idea is simple: Each actor reads snippets from reviews of the other s work – some Fresh, some Rotten, many weird – and the other has to guess which of their films is being referenced. Is it Basmati Blues or Room? Snakes on a Plane or Deep Blue Sea? And why does Jackson think every answer is Hitman s Bodyguard? Watch the exclusive video above.Captain Marvel opened in theaters on March 8.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Amazon extends its Tom Clancy Universe this month with the release of Without Remorse, which follows the story of US Navy Seal John Kelly who’s out for vengeance when his pregnant wife is murdered by Russian assassins. The movie stars – and is produced by – Michael B. Jordan, who says he “trained relentlessly” for its combustive action sequences, which were more demanding than even his work in Creed and Black Panther. Jordan also opened up to Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley about stepping into a producer role and his introduction to Clancy’s work via the video game Rainbow Six. Plus, Coley spoke with co-stars Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, and director Stefano Sollima about bringing their fresh take on Clancy’s characters to the screen, working with Jordan, and who in the world they’d choose to spy on if given the opportunity. Wanna know who wants to get the lowdown on Michelle Obama’s morning routine – and who would spy on themselves? Watch the exclusive interviews above.Tom Clancy s Without Remorse is available on Amazon Prime Video now.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
华体会体育登录 f Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo based on a story idea from Gosling himself.Other Top Headlines1. PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WANTS TO WORK WITH JOHN BOYEGA (Photo by Everett Collection)It s not uncommon for Hollywood celebrities to voice their political opinions, and when they do, there are sometimes unintended consequences. Recent Star Wars alumnus John Boyega took to the streets in London this week for a Black Lives Matter protest in support of the movement against police brutality, which sparked up again dramatically following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, MN on May 26. During an impassioned speech, Boyega acknowledged the risk inherent in an entertainment figure speaking out in such a manner, saying, Look, I don t know if I m going to have a career after this, but f that. As it turned out, he didn t have anything to worry about, because a deluge of support came in from Hollywood filmmakers eager to work with Boyega on future projects. The list includes Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), who said, We got you, John Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie); Lin-Manuel Miranda, who said, Oh god I WISH Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), who said, Have before and would again Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep); Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), who said, Absolutely Peyton Reed (Ant-Man), who said, Anytime at all and also the official Star Wars Twitter account. Boyega s next two films are likely to be an action thriller called Rebel Ridge and a legal drama called Naked Singularity, but it looks like he ll have no shortage of options after that.2. J.K. SIMMONS CONFIRMS RETURN TO SPIDER-MAN(Photo by (c) Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)For the most part, the Spider-Man movies starring Andrew Garfield and now Tom Holland have gone their own way with casting the supporting characters. However, fans were surprised at the end of last year s Spider-Man: Far from Home (Certified Fresh at 90%) to discover that Marvel Studios actually brought back J.K. Simmons for a brief cameo as J. Jonah Jameson, the role he played Sam Raimi s three Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man films. The cameo seemed to tease a potential premise for Tom Holland s third solo Spider-Man movie, and this week, Simmons confirmed that he is indeed signed to return for more Spider-Man sequels (note the plural there). There was, however, some doubt in his statement, because Simmons said, I don’t know if I would use the word ‘expect' when asked if fans can expect to see him in the next film. The next Spider-Man doesn t have an official title (though it s rumored to possibly be Spider-Man: Home Run), but it does have a release date scheduled for November 6, 2021 (pushed back four months from next July due to pandemic-related production delays).3. THE FIRST FEMALE STAR WARS DIRECTOR GETS READY TO KILL THEM ALL (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)As director J.J. Abrams was preparing to return for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Rotten at 52%), one of his key creative decisions was to make history by hiring actress-turned-filmmaker Victoria Mahoney as his second unit director, making her the first ever woman to serve as a director on a Star Wars film. Mahoney is now signed with Paramount Pictures for what will be her first film as a director (not counting second unit, obviously) since her 2011 debut drama Yelling to the Sky, and it will be an action movie called Kill Them All. The screenplay by screenwriter James Coyne will be an adaptation of an Oni Press graphic novel described as a love letter to 1990s action movies about a hard-drinking former cop who wants his job back and a betrayed murderess who team up to take down a vicious Miami crime lord.4. SCORSESE HAS REWRITTEN DICAPRIO S ROLE IN KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON(Photo by ©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)For pretty much the entire time that Martin Scorsese has been developing his adaptation of the true crime novel Killers of the Flower Moon, about an early serial killer case investigated by the F.B.I., he was planning on working with frequent collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Along the way, we learned that De Niro was to play the serial killer, and that DiCaprio would be playing one of the lead F.B.I. agents investigating the case. Unfortunately, having Leonardo DiCaprio in a lead role may have led the film s budget to balloon past 0 million. In an effort to keep that cost down, Scorsese has reportedly made changes to DiCaprio s role, which will now instead be a villain (or anti-hero) who is a nephew of De Niro s character and leaves the door open for another (cheaper) actor to play the federal agent. The revelations of these changes came out due to Apple taking over Killers of the Flower Moon from Paramount Pictures. Paramount will still release Killers of the Flower Moon theatrically, and then the film will move to Apple+ for streaming.5. TITO PUENTE BIOPIC NOW BEING DEVELOPED BY EDWARD JAMES OLMOS (Photo by Everett Collection)Thanks to the recent success of Bohemian Rhapsody (Fresh at 60%), Rocketman, and Judy, we re currently in the midst of a mini-boom for musician biopics. The pandemic has obviously delayed film production and release, but two movies that will come out soon are the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (starring Jennifer Hudson) (12/25/2020) and Baz Luhrmann s Elvis Presley project (11/5/2021), while other musicians with biopics in development include the Bee Gees, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, and Amy Winehouse. Thanks to Edward James Olmos, we can also now add Tito Puente, the King of Mambo, to that list, as Olmos is now working with Puente s family and estate on film and TV projects based on Puente s life and legacy. Before his death in 2000 at the age of 77, Tito Puente had a 50+ year career that included six Grammy Awards (including a lifetime achievement award) as a mambo and Latin jazz musician, band leader, songwriter, and record producer. Puente s most famous song was probably Oye Como Va (thanks in part to Santana also recording the song for their 1970 album Abraxas).6. MORBIUS DIRECTOR TAKING ON THE TRUE STORY OF THE EXECUTION (Photo by Jasin Boland/©Universal courtesy Everett Collection)Before the current pandemic caused industry-wide production delays, Sony s adaptation of the Marvel Comics vampire character Morbius (starring Jared Leto) was to have been released next month on July 10, 2020 (it s now scheduled for March 19, 2021). Morbius was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House), who this week entered into a deal to develop The Execution, which is described as a narrative drama about the background to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian-born dissident and Washington Post columnist who was killed in Istanbul in 2018. The true story behind The Execution will be adapted by screenwriter Petter Skavlan, who also worked on 2012 s Kon-Tiki (Certified Fresh at 81%), which was based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl s expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a raft.
Hallmark is a reliable source for feel-good cheesy movies of all holiday denominations, but there’s something about a network that begins celebrating Christmas in October — it’s still pumpkin spice latte season, people — that warrants a special degree of admiration. That’s just some next-level holiday cheer. Even radio stations began spinning Mariah Carey s All I Want for Christmas Is You on Nov. 1.As the network s Christmas movies have begun to transform from guilty pleasure you don t tell anybody about to event you re actively programming into your DVR, Hallmark has produced its most-ever original holiday movies in 2018: 37 will debut this year across both Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies Mysteries, five more than last year. (And that s not even counting the ones on other networks like Lifetime, Freeform, and Netflix.)To help you plan your own Hallmark holiday movie marathon, Rotten Tomatoes has rounded up each of 2018 s 37 movies. You can find out when they air (don t fret, they ll rerun constantly across both networks), who s starring in them, and what small-town situations these single-minded career women will wind up in that will bring them true love this holiday season, despite giving up on ever finding someone to spend their lives with. If you ve seen one, you know the drill by now — and you love it.Christmas at Pemberley ManorAirs: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Jessica Lowndes, Michael RadyAs Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Michael Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.Christmas JoyAirs: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long, Beverley ElliottCareer woman Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is headed for a big promotion, but receives a call from that her Aunt Ruby (Elliott) needs surgery. The timing couldn t be worse, but Joy rushes to her aunt s bedside only to be reunited with former crush, hospital administrator Ben Andrew (Long). To keep stubborn Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby s place the town s legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. Based on the bestselling novel by Nancy Naigle.Road to ChristmasAirs: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Chad Michael Murray, Jessy SchramLos Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother s popular annual Christmas special. When her secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with their mother Julia in Vermont during the live broadcast goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, the love for family and friends makes Christmas merriest.Marrying Father ChristmasAirs: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies MysteriesStars: Wendie Malick, Erin Krakow, Niall MatterWhen Miranda Chester (Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, her investigation led her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb. Miranda s plans are complicated when a mysterious stranger appears as she prepares for a Christmas wedding.It s Christmas, EveAirs: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler HynesInterim school superintendent Eve (Rimes) trims budgets, but now she s in her hometown where it s personal and she s eyeing the program of her handsome, music-teacher neighbor Liam (Hynes). A friend has set up a fundraising site to save the arts program that will launch during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam s students will perform. Could the website provide the Christmas miracle the town needs?Christmas in LoveAirs: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Brooke D Orsay, Daniel Lissing, Mary-Margaret HumesEllie Hartman (D Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. Ellie seems to get through to him, and when Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide not only if she should trust him, but whether to take the leap of faith required to make her own dreams come true.A Veteran’s ChristmasAirs: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies MysteriesStars: Eloise Mumford, Sean FarisCaptain Grace Garland (Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing: Christmas, family, community, and love.Christmas at GracelandAirs: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Kellie Pickler, Wes BrownChicago-based business executive Laurel (Pickler) travels to Memphis to secure one of the city s oldest family-owned banks. While there, she reunites with ambitious local music promoter and old flame Clay (Brown). Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize, but Clay reminds her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom and her focus turns to the home of the Blues and her dreams of making music again.Return to Christmas CreekAirs: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies MysteriesStars: Tori Anderson, Stephen Huszar, Steven WeberAs Christmas approaches, career-focused Chicago app developer Amelia Hughes (Anderson) returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek, where she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Weber). As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit.Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to SantaAirs: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson-Peete, Ashley WilliamsWhen Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store s beloved Mailbox to Santa for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.A Godwink ChristmasAirs: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies MysteriesStars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Kathie Lee GiffordAs Christmas approaches, St. Louis antique appraiser Paula (Sustad), reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Panton), a career-focused attorney. Her Aunt Jane (Gifford) senses Paula has mixed emotions over the engagement and invites Paula to her Nantucket home. While there, Paula visits the nearby island of Martha s Vineyard where she meets charming inn owner Gery (Campbell). Bad weather intervenes, and Paula winds up staying at Gery s inn and enjoying local holiday festivities with him. Aunt Jane later tells Paula that their meeting was God s way of winking at her to help her determine which direction her life should take.Last Vermont Christmas(Photo by Hallmark)Airs: Monday, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies MysteriesStars: Erin Cahill, Justin BrueningMegan (Cahill), Bethany, and Mary are three sisters who return to their childhood home every year to celebrate Christmas. This year s reunion will be bittersweet, however, since their parents have put the house up for sale, and the buyer happens to be Nash (Bruening), Megan s former childhood sweetheart.Hope at ChristmasAirs: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies MysteriesStars: Scottie Thompson, Ryan PaeveyRecently divorced, Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson) decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As she begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, Sydney meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his nice list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.Reunited at ChristmasAirs: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Nikki Deloach, Mike FaiolaFrazzled and struggling with writer s block, novelist Samantha (Deloach) and her boyfriend head to her late grandmother s home to spend Christmas. While with family, her grandmother s wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas to Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement.Christmas at the PalaceAirs: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Merritt Patterson, Andrew Cooper, Brittany BristowKatie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?Pride, Prejudice and MistletoeAirs: Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Lacey Chabert, Brendan PennyHard-working self-starter Darcy (Chabert) wants to live on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning home for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. Darcy starts to realize what matters most in life as she spends time with her family and Luke and sets out to mend her relationship with her father — and possibly fall in love.Christmas Everlasting Airs: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. on HallmarkStars: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. WhitfieldNew York corporate lawyer Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. But when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy must return home to Wisconsin to attend the funeral and handle her sister s estate. Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, but also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take Alice s last call. Once back in Nilson s Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice s former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice s eccentric will: In order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane(Photo by If with film you don t succeed, try, try a series. Netflix s adaptation of Ubisoft s Assassin s Creed video game adaptation has found its showrunner. The Walking Dead begins the 11-week countdown to its final season s premiere. A musical Beauty and the Beast series will reunite Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gad). J.J. Abrams is producing a docuseries on UFOs for Showtime, which has also ordered the American Gigolo sequel starring Jon Bernthal to series. Plus, the week s biggest trailers and more TV and streaming news.TOP STORYJeb Stuart Will Serve as Assassin’s Creed Showrunner and Writer(Photo by Ubisoft)Netflix’s live-action Assassin’s Creed series has its showrunner: Die Hard and The Fugitive writer Jeb Stuart, who is also a writer for Netflix’s Vikings sequel, Vikings: Valhalla.Netflix announced the series last October, based on the wildly popular Ubisoft game that launched in 2007. More than 155 million copies of the games in the franchise have been sold since. The game was adapted into a 2016 movie starring Michael Fassbender, but managed only an 18% Tomatometer score despite its impressive cast.“We really were excited about him because he’s part of the Netflix family already,” head of television development at Ubisoft Film TV Danielle Kreinik told Variety. “He’s got a breadth of knowledge when it comes to history, so he is the right person, we felt, because he really understands historical drama, and we think he’s going to be a great asset to the Assassin’s Creed universe.”Netflix also has other Ubisoft adaptations in the works as series, including an anime versions of Far Cry, Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, and Splinter Cell (from John Wick writer Derek Kolstad).The Walking Dead Season 11: AMC Drops Storyline Details About the Series’ Final Season(Photo by Josh Stringer/AMC)With the countdown on to the 11 weeks before the 11th and final season of The Walking Dead premieres on Aug. 22, AMC has released details – with photos – about the stories viewers will see unfold in that final run.When last we left the apocalypse survivors, Alexandria was in shambles after the battle with the Whisperers, the relationship between BFFs Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) is on the rocks, and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) shows no signs of forgiving Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) for brutally murdering her husband, no matter how her friends have, sorta, allowed Negan to redeem himself.Now, the network teases, “all who live in Alexandria struggle to refortify it and feed its increasing number of residents, which include the survivors from the fall of the Kingdom and the burning of Hilltop; along with Maggie and her new group, the Wardens. Alexandria has more people than it can manage to feed and protect. Their situation is dire as tensions heat up over past events and self-preservation rises to the surface within the ravaged walls.(Photo by Josh Stringer/AMC)They must secure more food while they attempt to restore Alexandria before it collapses like countless other communities they have come across throughout the years. But where and how? More haggard and hungrier than ever before, they must dig deeper to find the effort and strength to safeguard the lives of their children, even if it means losing their own.Meanwhile, unbeknownst to those at Alexandria, Eugene (Eugene McDermitt), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Princess (Paola Lázaro) are still being held captive by mysterious soldiers who are members of a larger and unforthcoming group.”Also as part of the 11-week countdown to the final season, the network will release each week a piece of original art commemorating each season. This week: a nod to Rick Grimes’ (Andy Lincoln) arrival in Atlanta by comic book artist Alex Maleev.Disney+ Orders a Beauty and the Beast Series(Photo by Laurie Sparham /© Walt Disney Pictures /courtesy Everett Collection)Disney+ has ordered a Beauty and the Beast limited musical series, with Josh Gad and Luke Evans reprising their roles as Lefou and Gaston, and Brianna Middleton (The Tender Bar) joining the cast as Tilly. The eight-episode series, for which Gad will also be a co-showrunner, is a sequel to the 2017 live-action movie and will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou s stepsister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light. Gad developed and will write the series with Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time).Meanwhile, when the series premieres, it will be on a Wednesday. After the premiere of Loki on Wednesday, June 9, became Disney+’s most-watched original series episode ever, the streaming service has announced that it will release all of its original series on Wednesdays, instead of Fridays, beginning in July.NEW TRAILERS: Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell Team Up for The Shrink Next Door