Few films have left their mark on the popular culture the way that 1984 s The Karate Kid has. Even kids who didn t rush to see it in theaters in June of that year, or didn t grow up wearing down the tape on their VHS copy of the film, can recite the movie s most famous lines – Sweep the leg! – and recall its most indelible images. But more than iconic one-liners and memorable fights, what sticks with us about The Karate Kid are its key relationships, namely those between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and mentor Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) and Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).So fierce and so memorable was the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny that more than three decades after the first Karate Kid movie was released, YouTube Originals re-ignited it for the streaming series Cobra Kai, the second season of which has just dropped online. Except now the tables had turned, and one-time-bully Johnny was the sympathetic anti-hero.As we gear up for another round with Daniel and Johnny – and if their coy responses to our questions indicate, a potential slew of cameos from fans favorite characters – we sat down with Macchio and Zabka to go back to the beginning. In this oral history of The Karate Kid, the two men recall the time they met as kids, their pre-Karate Kid experience with martial arts ( I had no technique, I had no idea ), working with Pat Morita, and the impact the movie would have on their teen years and their lives. From audition to their climactic on-screen showdown, this is Macchio and Zabka s story of the time they became the world s most famous karate kids.What follows is a history of The Karate Kid (1984) and reflection upon the film, drawn from a sit-down interview with Macchio and Zabka.ALSO WATCH: ORAL HISTORY OF COBRA KAI WITH RALPH MACCHIO AND WILLIAM ZABKA“As a kid, you re jumping around and fighting imaginary bad guys, you know?”Ralph Macchio: “When I was about 10 or so, for Christmas I got a certificate for the local jiu-jitsu school of self defense — obviously, mom and dad said, ‘We gotta help this guy out a little bit,’ I don t know — for me and my brother. So we went, and I took a handful of lessons. I liked it.”William Zabka: “My relationship with karate before Karate Kid was all in my imagination. As a kid growing up, I would just run around and do fake fights, and I d be in the backyard with sticks, but I had no technique, I had no idea. I took no classes before Karate Kid. I was a wrestler in high school, so I was limber, and I had a lot of conditioning, so I was prepared to learn the training for karate, and martial arts but I didn t know any real [moves]. It was all in my mind. As a kid, you re jumping around and fighting imaginary bad guys, you know?” I can t guarantee you anything right now, but if I were you, I d take some karate lessons. Macchio: “My first conversation about being Daniel LaRusso was with our director John Avildsen, who I auditioned for, and … it s the first time ever I ever read the words to that character. It s Avildsen explaining the character, explaining what he s going through, explaining the story leading up to my audition scene, which was the scene from the film where Daniel wakes up after the skeleton fight at the fence and Miyagi saves the day, and he s asking all these questions.(Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)That’s my earliest memory of the character. I didn t have the part yet, but I did remember John Avildsen saying to me, ‘I can t guarantee you anything right now, but if I were you, I d take some karate lessons.’ Which doesn t often happen. That was a pretty exciting moment. And then a couple more hoops to jump through, and here I am, I got to be Daniel LaRusso.” Watch your mouth, asshole. Zabka: “Through my manager, I got a phone call to come in, they want to talk to you. So I went to Columbia Pictures at that time, and drove through the gate and went to a bungalow. I just came directly from the gym, and I was in my tank top, probably wearing a headband or something. I went in and they said, ‘There s this movie called Karate Kid. We think you d be great for this part of Johnny. Go home and read it, and come back and audition tomorrow for John Avildsen.’So I went home and read the script, and Johnny s this karate master and he s a motorcycle gang leader. He s the bad guy. I m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I don t know karate. I don t know how ride motorcycles.’ But there was one scene in the script that I really connected to, and somehow I just connected to the character. I ran it through in my living room a bunch of times, and then the next day went and met John Avildsen. He was sitting in a chair. He had his camera. He always had his video camera filming everything. And it was a scene cut out of the movie, where I hand Daniel a death certificate at the water fountain. And he said, ‘What s this for?’ And I go, ‘You gotta get your mommy to sign it so you could be in the tournament with the big boys.’ And he says, ‘I thought it was supposed to be no contact.’ And I say, ‘Accidents happen.’(Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)And then I walk away, and he goes, ‘Hey, you think he might be wrong?’ And I go, ‘Who?’ And he goes, ‘Your instructor, your sensei, you think he might be wrong?’ And then my line is, ‘Watch your mouth, asshole.’ So on that line, that s when I walked over to John Avildsen and grabbed him — which you don t do — and I said, ‘Watch your mouth, asshole.’ And I pushed him back, and the room was still. And that s where the scene was supposed to end, but everybody was still watching me, so I improv’d and went to the door. I said, ‘Read it and weep. I ll see you in the tournament.’ And went out in the waiting room, and came in, took my headband off, which I was wearing, and I said, ‘I m sorry, I m sorry. That was Johnny. I m Billy.’ He goes, ‘So how old are you?’ He got kind of interested, and he goes, ‘You re a little taller than our karate kid.’ And I m like, ‘Yeah, well, Bruce Lee was smaller than Kareem Abdul Jabbar.’ He goes, ‘Well, you got a point. All right, thanks, kid.’ And that was that.”“We were friendly, but we weren t [best friends].”Macchio: “[Zabka and I] trained differently. We both trained with Pat Johnson, who did all the fight choreography. He s the referee in The Karate Kid film. He would train myself and Pat Morita in a classic Okinawan style, and he would train Billy and the Cobra Kai guys in a more aggressive style of martial arts. Most of the scenes we did together we were either yelling at each other or I was getting my ass kicked. So we were friendly, but we weren t [best friends]. I had the whole Miyagi side of the story, and the romance side of the story. The movie was always in three sections for me. We ve become closer friends over the years and certainly when Pat passed away we became closer friends just through the loss of him and moving forward, and the fact that this film has stood the test of time. It s a big part of not only American cinema, but also pop culture. And then here we are back again in tandem. So it s been quite a journey.”Zabka: “My memory of working with Ralph was we were best friends instantly. I m surprised to hear you say that we were separated. We have to talk after this.I think John Avildsen really created the chemistry by casting all the right people for this. He cast the right Tommy, Bobby, Dutch, and Jimmy. … It was almost like he created this little universe for us. We hung around all the time. We went to lunch every day. We rode motorcycles together, we trained together. We really got into a pack mentality. Ralph and I did our fight scene for the tournament every day we could for three months, so we were working together constantly. I mean, feet and fists were flying, so we had to take care of each other in that way. But the Cobra Kais, they were like my brothers, and they still are in real life.”“It s like a strawberry shortcake and a cannoli. Macchio: “Ali with an ‘i.’ That character is arguably what starts the rivalry, the feud, if you will. Like all good wars, a beautiful woman, and that s the end of that. [Elisabeth Shue] was just coming out of the gate at that point. And John Avildsen would see me and Lisa — Lisa Shue was what we called her — and he would say, ‘You
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This week s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news (the stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering such titles as Black Adam, Fast Furious 9, and Disney s Pinocchio remake.This WEEK S TOP STORYDWAYNE JOHNSON S BLACK ADAM IS FINALLY GETTING MADE(Photo by Robert Viglasky / © MGM)Let s start this story by turning the clock way back to November of 2007. Marvel Studios Iron Man (5/2/2008) was still six months away from release (we have, of course, gotten over 20 more MCU movies since then). It was in early November of 2007, however, that Dwayne The Rock Johnson first signed with Warner Bros. to play the DC Comics anti-hero Black Adam in what, at that time, was expected to be the Shazam! movie (Black Adam is one of Shazam s main enemies). This week, nearly 13 years later, Johnson confirmed that he will finally start filming his Black Adam solo movie in July of 2020, which will be a few months shy of 14 years after he first signed on. Warner Bros. has not yet announced a release date for Black Adam, but it probably won t be until either late 2021 or sometime in 2022. The film will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also recently directed Johnson in next year s Jungle Cruise (7/24/2020), based on the long-running Disney theme park attraction. Meanwhile, Johnson s next movie will be the sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, on December 13, 2019.Other Top Headlines1. JENNIFER HUDSON S ARETHA FRANKLIN BIOPIC RESPECT ATTRACTS STAR-STUDDED CAST (Photo by Derek Storm/Everett Collection)The success last year of Bohemian Rhapsody means that we re going to continue getting pop and rock star biopics, but Hollywood doesn t react to new trends particularly quickly. Baz Luhrmann is currently filming his Elvis Presley movie (starring Austin Butler from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and the next movie expected to get going is Respect, based on the life of soul singer icon Aretha Franklin. Jennifer Hudson has been attached to star in Respect for a while now, but it wasn t until this week that we learned who will be joining the film s large ensemble cast. Those stars include six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige, frequent Netflix star Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, and Marlon Wayans. MGM has scheduled Respect for release on August 14, 2020, which will be just two days shy of two years after Aretha Franklin s death on August 16, 2018.2. ADAM DRIVER JOINS BEN AFFLECK AND MATT DAMON FOR THE LAST DUEL (Photo by Jessica Miglio/©Warner Bros. Pictures)In August, we learned that former screenwriting partners and Good Will Hunting costars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon would be reuniting in a historical drama called The Last Duel for director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner). Affleck is still attached to star in the film, but this week, it was revealed that he will be taking a supporting role instead, with Adam Driver (Kylo Ren from the Star Wars movies) in early talks to take the other lead opposite Matt Damon. Damon and Driver will star in The Last Duel as two knights in 14th century France whose bond is tested by treachery and a young woman forced to navigate the brutal and oppressive culture of the era in order to survive. Jodie Comer of Killing Eve has recently joined the film as the woman who comes between the two knights. Filming of The Last Duel is expected to start in early 2020.3. DISNEY HIRES CHERNOBYL CREATOR FOR PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN REBOOT(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)If you thought you d seen the last of Johnny Depp s Jack Sparrow, then Well, you might be right. The truth is, we don t really know. What we do know is that Disney is still interested in continuing the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or rebooting it, as it were with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The production hit a snag earlier this year when Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick dropped out of Pirates, but things look to be back on track with the hiring of Craig Mazin (the Emmy-winning creator of HBO s popular miniseries Chernobyl) and Ted Elliott, who co-wrote the first four films in the franchise. Whether or not any of the series regulars will make an appearance in the new film is still up in the air.4. ROBERT ZEMECKIS MAY REMAKE DISNEY S PINOCCHIO After recently directing a few more adult-centric dramas, Robert Zemeckis (Flight, The Walk, Allied, Welcome to Marwen) seems to be returning to his kid-friendly roots with his remake of Roald Dahl s The Witches, which Warner Bros. has scheduled for October 9, 2020. Zemeckis has not yet officially confirmed his next film as director, but according to reports this week, he may be returning to Disney for their live-action remake of their second ever animated feature, the 1940 version of Pinocchio. Although described as live action, it s possible that Pinocchio himself may be some form of animated character, especially considering one of Zemeckis favored strengths over the last 15 years or so has been stop-motion in movies like The Polar Express, Beowulf, and last year s Welcome to Marwen. If he does sign on, Zemeckis will next have to start casting Pinocchio, including finding a new Gepetto, following the recent departure of Tom Hanks from the project.5. CARDI B JOINS FAST FURIOUS 9(Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Getty Images)Like many pop stars and rappers before her, Cardi B is actively pursuing film roles to add to her résumé. Just a month after making her feature film debut in Hustlers, she has apparently found her next major film project in next year s Fast Furious 9 (5/22/2020). This news came directly from a video that Vin Diesel posted on his Instagram this week with Cardi B at his side. Fast Furious 9 actually started filming in June, so it seems likely that Cardi B s contribution to the movie will be one of the last things to be filmed. Diesel posted the video just after another singer, the Latin music star Ozuna, also joined the movie this week. As it happens, Cardi B and Ozuna released a song together in 2017 called La Modelo, so it s possible that their roles in Fast Furious 9 will be directly connected.6. HUGH JACKMAN, REBECCA FERGUSON TEAM UP FOR SCI-FI ACTION MOVIE REMINISCENCE (Photo by Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros.)It has now been over two years since Hugh Jackman s last movie as Wolverine, 2017 s Logan. Since then, Jackman has starred in a musical (The Greatest Showman), a political drama (The Front Runner), and an animated comedy (Missing Link), but what he hasn t yet returned to are the kind of genre films that made him famous in the first place. That appears to be changing very soon with the news this week that he is reuniting with his Greatest Showman co-star Rebecca Ferguson in a science fiction noir called Reminiscence, which is being compared to movies like Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Inception. Set in a future Miami beset by exaggerated climate change, Reminiscence will tell the story of a private investigator (Jackman) who travels into his client s memories to solve cases.7. ZOEY DEUTCH S ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP CHARACTER MIGHT GET HER OWN SPINOFF (Photo by © Columbia Pictures)Last week, the horror comedy sequel Zombieland: Double Tap managed to beat the opening weekend of the original 2009 film with a domestic opening of .9 million. It s not yet known if there will ever be a proper Zombieland 3 (unless everyone involved wants to wait another 10 years), but director Ruben Fleischer is already talking about another direction he d like to take. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Fleischer said, I would love to do a Madison standalone movie, referring to the new character played in Zombieland: Double Tap by Zoey Deutch. If such a movie does get made, it s not known if some of the other Zombieland characters would also return. THR also revealed this week that an earlier Zombieland 2 screenplay would have featured a de facto Ghostbusters reunion in which Dan Aykroyd would ve played a zombie version of himself.
Six years have passed since Frozen became one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons of the decade (maybe of all time?). Now Disney has finally made a sequel with the same team involved, and it’s sure to be one of the biggest movies of the year (maybe of all time?).But is Frozen II worth the wait, or is it just a pointless cash grab? The first reviews of the follow-up aren t as enthusiastic as they were for its predecessor, but most critics agree it s a worthy new adventure that should dazzle fans with its stunning animation, laugh-out-loud humor, and fun soundtrack.Here’s what critics are saying about Frozen II:How does the sequel compare to the original? The sequel is not only better than the 2013 original, but it also improves the original film by adding to its mythology and shining a light on the events of that story in a whole new way. Germain Lussier, io9
PATTI PERRET/AMAZON STUDIOS Despite a skinnier slate, TIFF remained committed to diversity and inclusion in their selections, with 33% of the feature film Gala presentations directed by women, two of which emerged as the big winners of the weekend. Neither Nomadland nor Oscar-winner Regina King s feature directorial debut One Night in Miami were short on buzz prior to their Toronto premieres. After stunning receptions, Audience Award accolades, and a pair of 98% Tomatometer scores, they are now the films to beat heading into the heart of the season. Critics were effusive with praise for both, with Robert Daniels of 812FilmReviews calling One Night in Miami a blistering feature debut replete with visceral performances, while Anne Brodie of What She Said dubbed Nomadland indescribably enveloping. King and Zhao would be considered underdogs in a season expected to include previous Oscar nominees Wes Anderson and David Fincher and prior winners Aaron Sorkin and Stephen Speilberg, but the chances of one or both making it to Oscar night are high.Elsewhere, Halle Berry s directorial debut was picked up by Netflix, and Pieces of a Woman generated a lot of conversation, both for Vanessa Kirby s (The Crown) turn in it and for its harrowing, heart-stopping 20-minute opening scene. Dianne West and Rosamund Pike also enjoyed positive reviews for their biting comedy I Care A Lot, and indigenous filmmaker Tracey Deer s second runner up Audience Award for Beans made it a clean sweep of female filmmakers for TIFF s most coveted prize. Considering the results, it appears a helpful bi-product of this unconventional season is providing discovery films from female filmmakers the chance to capture the attention of audiences and voters.PANDEMIC-PROOF DOCS SHINEWhile many narrative productions were paused or pushed due to restrictions from COVID-19, documentary filmmaking carried on mostly unaffected by the pandemic pause. By the very nature of their productions, documentary films seem the medium most equipped to navigate our new normal. Talking head interviews, archival footage, and post-production editing can all continue largely uninterrupted, which is why this fall sees a crop of exceptional documentaries with Oscar shortlist aspirations. Nathan Grossman s doc on Greta Thunberg s crusade to combat climate change, I Am Greta, was well-received, with Rubin Safaya of Cinemalogue calling it a profile in courage. Martin Luther King Jr. s harassment and surveillance by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI is chronicled with disturbing detail for MLK/FBI, a timely documentary about activism and government that strikes an all too familiar chord. However, the most timely bit of non-fiction storytelling from the TIFF slate was 76 Days, which dives behind the COVID-19 lockdown headlines in Wuhan, China to examine the staff of one hospital for isolated patients. A moving piece with moments of quiet heroism, 76 days looks good for a deep run in 2021 alongside Spike Lee s (if deemed eligible) David Byrne concert doc Utopia, which David Ehrlich of Indiewire wrote was one of the best since Stop Making Sense. MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS REMAINThis time of year, the close of every festival typically provides some clarification about the awards season, and while we have new glimmers of hope courtesy of One Night in Miami and Nomadland, TIFF still leaves a lot of niggling questions unanswered. Wes Anderson s The French Dispatch, a likely Oscar favorite, has been pulled from the release schedule, and films like Stephen Spielberg s West Side Story and the Tom Hanks-led News of the World are still in jeopardy of vacating their December dates if theaters are not widely open and operating by then. The disastrous North American release of Christopher Nolan s Tenet over Labor Day weekend quickly humbled studios, with several marquee names like Wonder Woman 1984 fleeing to later dates, presumably with Black Widow and Soul to follow. A24 s Zola, The Green Knight, and Minari are not expected to pull in hundreds of millions at the box office, but with no end to the pandemic in sight and audiences clearly not ready to head back to theaters, it is unclear which films will actually commit to 2020/2021 Oscar eligibility.Suppose we readjust the schedule to take into account the Academy s extended season; the end of September lines up perfectly with the end of June for a normal year. This time last year leaving Cannes, The Lighthouse, Once Upon a Time in Hollylwood, and Bong Joon-ho s Palme D or- and eventual Best Picture-winning Parasite were the buzziest titles. In contrast, eventual Oscar nominees like The Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, and 1917 had yet to be screened. Therefore, perhaps we should reserve judgment until we get closer to the new Academy deadline of February 2021 before we raise alarms. It is true that we typically know more around this time, but as with so many other things, the 20/21 season is anything but typical.NETFLIX S ABSENCE LOOMS LARGEFor a season of digital premieres and modest box office totals, the streaming giant Netflix s absence at TIFF and the other fall festivals further muddied an already murky season. If the festival calendar strives to pull the contenders into sharper focus, Netflix s decision to skip the festival circuit places significant pieces of the awards landscape out of frame. Netflix picked up Pieces of A Woman during TIFF, as well as Euphoria creator Sam Levinson s quarantine-filmed Malcolm Marie just prior to the festival start, adding the pair to their already crowded roster of nearly 20 films set to compete in 2021.Previously released films like Spike Lee s Da 5 Bloods and I m Thinking of Ending Things are very much in the thick of contention for several categories, and Aaron Sorkin s The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Sundance winner Radha Blank s The 40-Year-Old Version are scheduled to hit the platform soon. However, Ron Howard s Hillbilly Elegy, David Fincher s Mank, and George Clooney s Midnight Sky are still in post-production and remain undated. A-list casts acting in awards-friendly source material is precisely what Oscar voters flock to, but a sizable anti-Netflix contingent is still very prominent within AMPAS, and until those movies screen, it is unclear if one or more of them will be able to overcome that bias to take home the Best Picture prize.However, with a handful of strong candidates unbeholden to box office receipts, Netflix can carefully plot out their release schedule to drum up timely buzz as often as possible. The recent tragic death of Chadwick Boseman will likely have a significant impact on the release of Viola Davis Ma Rainey s Black Bottom, but the August Wilson adaptation is still expected to join the titles mentioned above in what could be a Netflix vs. Netflix race for several categories. Until the rest of the heavy hitters from Netflix s slate debut and other studios Oscar hopefuls commit to a release date, this season is less like educated guesswork and more like blindly groping for statues in a darkened room.
4. ROBERT DE NIRO AND SHIA LABEOUF TEAMING UP AFTER EXILE (Photo by Jason Mendez, Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)2019 is turning out to be a relatively big year for both Shia LaBeouf and (especially) Robert De Niro. Shia LaBeouf is currently in theaters with the indie critical hit The Peanut Butter Falcon (Certified Fresh at 97%) and also has Honey Boy (currently Fresh at 100%) coming out in November. Robert De Niro was a frequent Saturday Night Live guest star in the recent 2018-2019 season, and this fall he has both Joker (10/4/2019) and Netflix s ambitious The Irishman. Much like the aforementioned peanut butter, we re about to find out if LaBeouf and De Niro are two great things that are even better together, because both actors are now attached to star in the redemption drama After Exile. LaBeouf will star in the drama based on a true story as a recently released convict who teams up with his alcoholic (and fellow ex-con) father (De Niro) in an attempt to save his younger brother from following their steps into crime.5. AWKWAFINA SETTING OFF ON THE LAST ADVENTURE OF CONSTANCE VERITY(Photo by Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina is in the midst of such a prolific streak right now (she s right up there with Tiffany Haddish as far as pop culture ubiquity) that it might be easy to forget that her breakout role in Ocean s 8 was only a little more than a year ago (6/8/2018). In addition to the critically acclaimed The Farewell earlier this year and this week s The Angry Birds Movie 2, her upcoming slate includes Jumanji: The Next Level (12/13/2019), The SpongeBob Movie: It s a Wonderful Sponge (5/22/2020), director Tate Taylor s Breaking News in Yuba County, the Netflix musical The Prom, Marvel s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2/12/2021), and Disney s The Little Mermaid remake. That s six movies, four of which are part of major franchises, and this week, we have word of upcoming Awkwafina movie #7. Awkwafina has signed with Legendary Pictures to star in their adaptation of the fantasy novel The Last Adventure of Constance Verity about a young woman who s been saving the world from supernatural threats from the moment she was born, but now just wants to have a normal everyday life.6. KEVIN HART TO STAR IN SUPERHERO COMEDY NIGHT WOLF(Photo by Warner Bros.)A sort of funny thing happened with superhero movies in the era before Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. Years before they became as ubiquitous as they are today, the genre saw a number of spoofs or satires, including Blankman (1994), Mystery Men (1999), Sky High (2005), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and Superhero Movie (2008, but before Iron Man). Perhaps the time is ripe for these sort of superhero comedies to make a comeback? That perhaps is the thought behind the news this week that Kevin Hart will produce and star in a STX superhero comedy called Night Wolf from two of the screenwriters of this year s Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Fresh at 68%). Hart will star as a fiancee who meets his future father-in-law (yet to be cast) who he soon discovers is secretly the famous superhero called (The) Night Wolf.7. RUSSELL BRAND JOINS AGATHA CHRISTIE REMAKE DEATH ON THE NILE(Photo by Ed Araquel/©TWC-Dimension/courtesy Everett Collection)There have been several failed (or faltering) attempts at replicating Marvel s shared universe concept, but someone who might have actually figured out a winning formula is director Kenneth Branagh, who in 2017 gave us a new remake of Agatha Christie s Murder on the Orient Express (Fresh at 60%), which earned over 2 million worldwide. Now that Disney owns the 20th Century Fox film properties, they are still moving forward with Branagh s second planned film, which will be a remake of 1978 s Death on the Nile (Fresh at 75%). Branagh will again direct and also star as Detective Hercule Poirot, along with an ensemble cast including Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright (Shuri from Black Panther). The latest actor to enter talks for a role in Death on the Nile is Russell Brand, but there s no indication which role he will take on. Disney and Fox have scheduled Death on the Nile for release on October 9, 2020, which puts it a week after Venom 2 and the week before another remake, The Witches.8. DAVE BAUTISTA S TOUR OF LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTINUES WITH THE D.E.A. IN TRAPHOUSE (Photo by JA/Everett Collection)For a while this year, we had a possible situation in which Dave Bautista (AKA Marvel s Drax) almost starred in two odd couple movies with a lot of similar themes, until My Spy was moved to January 10, 2020 to avoid direct competition with Stuber. Bautista will play a C.I.A. operative in My Spy, and he played an L.A.P.D. detective in Stuber, but that still leaves several other agencies he hasn t yet represented on film. We ll soon be able to cross the D.E.A. off of his to do checklist, though, because he is now attached to produce and star in an action thriller called Traphouse. Bautista will play an undercover D.E.A. agent who engages with his partner in a game of cat and mouse with an audacious, and surprising group of thieves — their own rebellious teenagers, who have begun robbing from a dangerous cartel, using their parents’ tactics and top-secret intel to do it. 9. HARRY STYLES TURNS DOWN THE LITTLE MERMAID REMAKE(Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)Even though the majority of movie casting stories use language like in talks, those negotiations so frequently result in the actor actually being hired that many have gotten used to ignoring the use of such language. It does, however, occasionally happen that a star indeed drops out of talks after initially being in talks. Last month, just two weeks after Halle Bailey was announced as the new Ariel in The Little Mermaid, it was reported that One Direction star Harry Styles was in talks to co-star as her human romantic interest, Prince Eric. Walt Disney Pictures will now have to continue looking for their male lead, however, because Styles ultimately turned down the offered role (with no reason given). Negotiations continue with Awkwafina (as Scuttle), Javier Bardem (as King Triton), Jacob Tremblay (as Flounder), and Melissa McCarthy as the evil part-octopus witch Ursula. We re considering this the Rotten Idea of the Week because of the way Harry Styles fans have taken the news.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Santa’s elves are certainly the most well-known pointy-eared protagonists. Do you identify with Hermey, the outcast and friend-of-reindeer in Rankin/Bass stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who’s just not like the other elves? Maybe you don’t have elfin blood at all — you’re just so committed to the spirit of Christmas that you’re an honorary elf, like Buddy from Elf. Or maybe the holiday season is a time for scheming, and you re really most like Dwight from The Office or Marcus from Bad Santa.There are also plenty of pop culture elves outside the North Pole.This holiday season, we want to help you find your elfin alter ego, whoever they may be — Santa s helper or perhaps even Elven royalty. Take our quiz below to find out which film or television elf you share traits with.
皇冠买球 (Photo by Everett Collection)Our new Classic Film Catch-Up feature connects you with classic films to put on your watchlist – beloved favorites and hidden gems alike. With more time at home, there s no better opportunity to finally watch these titles that helped define cinema as we know it.The current situation of social distancing has many of us thinking of ways to maximize the time we spend at home. We re also eating several times a day and annoying our pets, but being productive does cross our minds from time to time. Puzzles, long-abandoned books, craft projects, and New Year s resolutions have suddenly jumped to the top of our to-do lists. In the RT comments, many of you have shared how you re catching up on classic films, and we happen to agree that now is the perfect time to increase your classic film viewing.Concentrating on films released before 1980 (both well-known titles and hidden gems), we re producing new guides to essential classic films curated by theme, filmmaker, actor, genre, or style – all for your classic catch-up needs. Want to see our picks for the best French farces? How about a curated list of Fresh picks from Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, or Billy Wilder? As well as curating watch lists, we re breaking down the films, telling you where you can watch them, and giving you some more recent and/or well-known films the classics might remind you of so you can gauge which movies are right for you.This week in the Classic Film Catch-Up, we re ready to dance and sing about lesser-known or forgotten musicals – some classics, and some should-be-classics. The 50s and 60s were truly the golden ages of movie musicals; Best Picture winners like The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and An American in Paris made stars out of Natalie Wood, Leslie Caron, and Rita Moreno, while established stars like Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn catapulted to icon status on the backs of musical roles during this period. Later years saw rock musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, and Tommy break into the mainstream – however, countless gems have been largely forgotten by modern audiences. And we re here to fix that.Some titles on this list found cult-like followings in later years while others were unfortunate victims of too-close comparisons with their Broadway inspiration – either way, we think the films make up an eclectic roster of must-watch musicals. Read below for our list of hidden gem classic musicals you need to see or revisit.Got another favorite hidden gem classic musical you d add to our list? Have a suggestion for a future theme or classic film to feature in the column? Let us know in the comments. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) 78% What is it? A rags to riches musical about a famed socialite who survived the sinking of the Titanic.Why you need to see it: Debbie Reynolds is widely known for her role in Singin in the Rain – and for being Carrie Fisher s mother. However, if you want to see the triple-threat performer at her peak you must watch The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Reynolds plays the famed Denver socialite from humble beginnings who survived a flood as an infant and then the Titanic disaster as an adult. The film follows a fictional Molly from her years as a saloon girl to her eventual fame as one of the richest women in the country. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film was a hit for MGM, but is not as familiar to modern audiences as some of its glossy contemporaries. Filled with humor and show-stopping numbers, the movie will have you humming ditties like I ll Never Say No and Belly Up to the Bar, Boys as soon as the credits roll.Watch it if you like: Singin in the Rain, Princess Diaries, The Great Gadsby, Lawless, Funny Girl, My Fair LadyWhere to watch: Stream on TCMWatch app. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.Man of La Mancha (1972) 50% What is it? A musical biopic about Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes, using his most famed literary creation as a plot device.Why you need to see it: It s hard to understand why the film adaptation of The Man from La Mancha starring Peter O Toole and Sophia Loren was not a critical and commercial hit. The original stage production was a smash on Broadway and took home five Tonys, but audiences were none-too-impressed with the film version: It failed to earn back its production budget and Time thought so little of it that the magazine didn t even publish a full review. Most of the problems with the adaptation are a result of its troubled production; a revolving door of directors and a heated debate over whether to make the film a musical at all crippled any effort to do justice to the source material. The dreary costumes, laughable sets, and indifferent cinematography may mar the overall product, but the music remains incredible, and Toole and Loren give it their all despite the challenges. So it s still worth a watch.Watch it if you like: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Don Juan Demarco, Monty Python, and the Holy Grail, The Mask of Zorro, The Three MusketeersWhere to watch: Stream now on HooplaDigital. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, and iTunes.Carmen Jones (1954) 77% (Photo by Courtesy of 2Oth Century Fox)What is it? George Bizet s Carmen is re-imagined with an all-Black cast.Why you need to see it: Carmen Jones is another Broadway hit to get the Hollywood treatment. Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, Pearl Bailey, and Harry Belafonte are mesmerizing in this story of the misadventures of a troublesome seductress living in America during World War II. Playing Carmen, Dandridge made her mark on history, becoming the first African American woman to be nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Nominated for two Oscars, the film is well-known but not frequently watched. The performances, costumes, and rich Technicolor landscapes make watching the film a truly transformative experience that is almost enough to forgive the choice to dub the voices of famed singers in the production.Watch it if you like: Porgy Bess, Introducing Dorthy Dandridge, Carmen: A Hip-Hopera, Rent, Les MiserablesWhere to watch: Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.The Wiz (1978) 42% What is it? The Wizard of OZ is remade with a contemporary story, new music, and an all-Black cast.Why you need to see it: As many Twitter users pointed out during NBC s The Wiz Live! in 2015, many movie fans have not seen The Wiz. Beloved in the Black community, the film was a commercial disaster despite starring icons Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, and Lena Horne. A modern imagining of Dorothy s trek along the yellow brick road – with music from Quincy Jones and Luther Vandross, direction by Sidney Lumet, and words by Joel Schumacher – the film was one of the most expensive musical productions ever made, and lost million at the box office. The film s popularity never matched its ambition outside of the Black community, where it s still lauded as a cult classic. And it s easy to see why when you watch it today. With some of the most gifted musicians of our time in front of and behind the camera, The Wiz is a soulful crowd pleaser that showcases these artists at the height of their popularity and powers.Watch it if you like: The Wizard of OZ, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Return to Oz, Moonwalker, Idlewild, LabyrinthWhere to watch: Stream now on Starz app. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) 67% (Photo by Courtesy of 20th Century Fox)What is it? Chronicles the lives and loves of The Donahues, a family vaudeville act.Why you need to see it: In a way, this is the original jukebox movie musical – all of the songs from There s No Business Like Show Business were previously penned by Irving Berlin for other works. Stacked with stage powerhouses like Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey, as well as film stars like Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O Connor, the film was primarily a vehicle to showcase Marilyn Monroe, who had just married Joe DiMaggio and was one of the biggest names and box office draws in Hollywood. However, with a near two-hour runtime (a rare feat for musicals of that era), audiences found the film to be a little too Broadway and lacking in story. Monroe, who famously only took the role to ensure her casting in The Seven Year Itch, didn t shine in any of her musical numbers and was lambasted by critics. Despite all this, however, There s No Business like Show Business does have some of the most incredible and lavish musical numbers ever committed to screen, and further highlights Berlin s incomparable musical catalog.Watch it if you like: A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Funny Girl, Some Like it Hot, The Greatest ShowmanWhere to watch: Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.Cover Girl (1944) 95% (Photo by Courtesy of Sony Home Entertainment)What is it? A young chorus girl wins a cover girl contest, is thrust into stardom, and must choose between her career or love.Why you need to see it: Rita Hayworth became one of only a handful of women who had the enviable honor of dancing with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astair on screen with her role in Cover Girl. Dancing alongside Kelly in her first role with top billing, Cover Girl was one of Hayworth s final films before Gilda solidified her as a film icon. Shown briefly in The Shawshank Redemption, Hayworth s iconic entrance and overall performance here was also the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A massive hit at the time, this story of a showgirl-turned-star has been sadly dwarfed in later years by Kelly s and Hayworth s more memorable roles like Singin in the Rain and The Lady From Shanghai, respectively.Watch it if you like: Gilda, Showboat, A Chorus Line, Almost Famous, A Star is Born, RockstarWhere to watch: Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.Hair (1979) 88% What is it? An anti-war rock musical set within the hippie counter culture.Why you need to see it: Though many will know Hair s catchy opening number Aquarius, the musical itself is a bit of a lesser-known treasure outside of musical theater obsessives. The first film directed by Milos Forman after his critical and commercial smash One Flew over the Cuckoo s Nest, Hair had critics raving about his skill in adapting the controversial and stylized musical. Roger Ebert said of Forman: He brings life to the musical form in the same way that West Side Story did. Still, some contemporaries – including the musical s creators – argued it diluted the musical s anti-war message was diluted on the journey from stage to screen.Watch it if you like: Jesus Christ Superstar, Across the Universe, Sgt. Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Fear Loathing in Las VegasWhere to watch: Stream now on Hoopla and PrimeVideo. Rent or buy on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes.
Adjusted Score: 91816% Critics Consensus: Cargo takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that's further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman's terrific lead performance. Synopsis: Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately searches for a new home... [More] Starring: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter, Simone Landers Directed By: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke (Photo by James Dimmock/CBS)Reporters gathered for the Television Critics Association s semiannual conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where CBS, CBS All Access, and Pop networks presented panels for their new and returning shows. Read on to find out news about Star Trek: Discovery, the new season of The Good Fight, and new series including drama The Red Line and reality competition The World s Best.TOP STORYStar Trek: Discovery Prepares for Spock’s ArrivalWhen is Spock (Ethan Peck) actually arriving on the Discovery? Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin aren’t giving any dates, but they did tease what will happen when he does finally show up.“When you see him, it’s going to be different than what you would have expected coming into the show,” Kadin said. Spock’s presence has been a “looming specter” over Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) throughout the first season of the CBS All Access series, and plays a large part in her identity. When her brother of sorts does arrive, “hopefully you’ll be invested in all the mysteries,” Kurtzman said.In addition to Spock’s introduction, the second season will explore “faith and science and how they relate to each other,” Martin-Green said, and will introduce other species both new and familiar to Trek fans.“You will be seeing more cultures this season,” Kurtzman said, though he declined to confirm or deny whether that will include Romulans. “Those different alien species are often metaphors, as all things are in Star Trek, for people or situations that we’re dealing with in the real world. We are very selective [about what we use].”In choosing which existing Star Trek species to add, there were many conversations of what those species will look like in the Discovery world, which takes place 10 years before the original series.“It’s always fun to reinvent the look of something, but you can’t reinvent it too much,” Kurtzman said, citing some fans’ outcry over the Klingons’ look in season 1. But because “prosthetics have come a very long way” since previous Trek iterations, changes do need to be made so it fits into the look of Discovery. “I think we look to see what are the staple things that you recognize visually about these aliens,” Kurtzman said, and the prosthetics team goes from there.And while the second season really just started, Kurtzman and Kadin and their writers are already talking about the (not-yet-ordered) third season. “You have to start thinking about season 3 in the middle of season 2 because you have to [write scenes that pay off],” Kurtzman said. Before then, though, the season 2 finale will not disappoint, Kurtzman promised: “We’re cutting the finale right now – I cannot wait for you guys to see it.”And there will be more Trek between seasons, too, with two new animated editions of web series Short Treks.Stephen King’s The Stand Headed to TV (Again)(Photo by ABC/courtesy Everett Collection)The latest Stephen King novel headed television has actually been there before: CBS All Access is producing a 10-episode limited event series based on The Stand. The 1978 novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world after a deadly flu has decimated a large portion of humanity. Its previous small-screen adaptation took the form of an eight-hour 1994 miniseries (Certified Fresh at 78% on the Tomatometer) that starred Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, and Rob Lowe. The new version will be written by The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone and Ben Cavell (Justified), and directed by Boone. The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite,” King said in a statement. “The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen. The Good Fight Season 3 Pays Tribute to PrinceThe second season of The Good Fight was praised for its timely observations about Donald Trump’s presidency, and even named each episode after the day of Trump’s presidency in which it takes place. The third season will continue to tackle politics and current events, but the series made a few fun tweaks. Season 3’s episodes will be named like Friends episodes (“The One Inspired By…”), and the episodes will each contain characters delivering soliloquies “in a Shakespearean fashion talking about what’s in [their] heads,” showrunner Robert King said, along with Schoolhouse Rock-esque cartoons that will explain “something like Russian troll farms or NDAs or Roy Cohn” to the audience. Another fun change: Instead of a musical episode, the series will take advantage of its musically talented stars (including Tony winners Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald) with musical moments. Baranski and McDonald will organically duet on Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” and new star Michael Sheen will sing the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.”Will The World’s Best Live Up to Its Title?CBS’ newest reality show entry is promising a lot with its name, The World’s Best. But executive producer Mike Darnell, who used to head up the reality department at Fox, says he’s proud of the title. While most reality shows in the U.S. are based on international formats, this one is homegrown. “It’s new and because it’s made here, it was an enormous amount of work. When I did Idol for Fox or X Factor, or, you know, a myriad of other shows that have been done, they weren’t easy, but you had a template to look at. This is brand new, and it feels it, and it’s a huge swing, and I think you can see it feels appropriate after the Super Bowl.” The talent competition is America’s Got Talent-eque, but features competitors and judges from around the world. The main judging panel is comprised of Drew Barrymore, RuPaul, and Faith Hill. The series premieres after the Super Bowl on CBS.Noah Wyle Returns to Chicago in The Red LineAfter years on E.R., Noah Wyle is returning to Chicago in his new CBS drama, The Red Line. Wyle plays a teacher whose black doctor husband is mistakenly shot by a white cop during a convenience store robbery. The series deals with race relations and loss, and the actor had an “intense” emotional reaction when he read the script. In fact, he began to tear up while discussing it with journalists.“I have never read a piece of material and had it move me like that, and that consistently happened with every single script. I can’t even talk about this show without getting upset,” Wyle said.While E.R. filmed mainly in Los Angeles, The Red Line shot in Chicago with a crew from the city.“It was about leaving a lot of my creature comforts that I’ve enjoyed in the last couple of years in terms of having some authority and some power, wearing different hats and really just doing it differently on almost every single level. And through that, I got to really fall in love with acting again and appreciate good writing, and I was very grateful every day,” the actor said.The Red Line, an eight-episode event series, premieres Sunday, April 28 (8-10 p.m., ET/PT) on CBS, with broadcasts in two-hour installments across four Sundays.
皇冠买球 This year, Rotten Tomatoes expanded our list of the best-reviewed LGBTQ movies of all time to 200 films. To celebrate those works and mark Pride month, we asked a number of Tomatometer-approved critics to reflect on the LGBTQ movies that influenced their lives and their work. One of the great challenges transgender people face is learning to deal with those who think we deserve to be treated differently because of who we are. For some, facing this idea that universal human rights are not actually meant to be universal can lead to outrage. In Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman, protagonist Marina meets the challenge again and again as she is put in positions that undermine not only her gender identity, but also her basic dignity as a human being. As we follow her, the film offers a painstakingly authentic portrayal of transgender life.Too often, transgender narratives in film center themselves on the mechanics of transition, placing great emphasis on the pain of a soul in conflict with the nature of its being. A Fantastic Woman is a film set after all of that dust has settled, starring a transgender woman firmly settled in her post-transition world. Marina thrives in her new environment, able to share her talents as a singer in Santiago, Chile on her terms, presenting as the individual she always knew herself to be. She shares her life with her partner, Orlando, an older man with an open heart and a thirst for life.