环球体育下注采用百度引擎9（Baidu 7）Watch: Chad Stahelski on the making of The Matrix above.In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating the 21 Most Memorable Moments from the movies over the last 21 years. In this special video series, we speak to the actors and filmmakers who made those moments happen, revealing behind-the-scenes details of how they came to be and diving deep into why they’ve stuck with us for so long. Once we’ve announced all 21, it will be up to you, the fans, to vote for which is the most memorable moment of all. In this episode of our ‘21 Most Memorable Moments’ series, stunt double Chad Stahelski recalls working with Keanu Reeves to create some of the most memorable action sequences ever seen on screens.VOTE FOR THIS MOMENT IN OUR 21 MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE MOMENTS POLLThe Movie: The Matrix (1999) 88%It was 20 years ago when the world stood on the cusp of digital revolution. A new Star Wars was coming out, ditching handmade green puppets in favor of shellacking a movie in CG. The internet was still a sparse superhighway, stretching empty in-between frontier cities of anonymity and information gardens. A new millennium nested beyond the horizon, yet persistent trembling hinted that something awful would befall humanity when the clock struck midnight on December 31st: Y2K. The news cycle warned connected online systems would fail, banking accounts were to shatter, airlines would have to ground all planes as modern life as we knew it screeched to a halt.No movie captured this zeitgeist of exhilaration and paranoia more than The Matrix, which opened in U.S. theaters on March 31, 1999. Like peak-James Cameron, the Wachowskis used state-of-the-art filmmaking techniques to pit man against the sleek, technological hell of our own creation. Perhaps we were slaves to our own comfort and science. And perhaps there would be a way to escape it. Enter Neo – the pale, withdrawn hacker played by Keanu Reeves – who discovers the true nature of our world: A shared simulation we processed in our minds as we slumbered in oozing pods, generating energy for the sentient machines that had turned our race into cattle. It would take a red pill, some kung fu, and guns, lots of guns, to wake up and win this war.The Matrix combined existentialist philosophy with anime-inspired visual wizardry, wrapped with the perfect mix of CG and practical effects to make this wild world feel grimy, tactile, and lived-in. Chad Stahelski was among the chief operators in selling this new reality as Reeves stunt double, with first-hand experience in witnessing how the Wachowskis crafted this remarkable film. His working relationship with Reeves started here and has never ended, with the duo upholding The Matrix s legacy of high-impact filmmaking with the Stahelski-directed John Wick movies. Stahleski here recalls the enlightening, bone-crunching trip.(Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)“Holy s t, this is something pretty different.” I wasn’t hired initially at the beginning. I came on right after they started principal photography. At the time it was a script that read pretty crazy and didn’t make a lot of sense on paper. It filmed in Sydney, Australia. I get there, I get off the plane, I meet Yuen Woo-ping and his fight team, and within about four hours of being there it’s like, Holy s t, this is something pretty different.' “The Wachowskis somehow, through force of sheer will and creative genius, got those shots.” If you had seen the storyboards we’d been given before we shot even a frame of the movie, and see how close they were to the final edited product, [you d see] the genius of the Wachowskis. No matter what the adversities were on The Matrix, the Wachowskis somehow, through force of sheer will and creative genius, got those shots. Got exactly what they wanted. Got the framing they wanted, and molded each and every one of us, both performers and department heads, to get their vision. It was one of the most precise, arduous things I’ve ever done in my life. [They had] attention to detail, complete nuance of every scene. In between takes they’d watch the fashion channel, they would do research in martial arts films. I’ve never seen two directors that had such an all-encompassing knowledge of every single department and aspect of the film. The Wachowskis. (Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)“They actually made breakdowns of other kung fu movies.” [The Wachowskis would] take an old Jet Li or Jackie Chan movie, download it on their computers, and re-edit it just to understand why those edits worked, or understand the moves. They actually made breakdowns of other kung fu movies. They weren’t martial art or stunt people, but they went in and actually learned, through experience and exposure, different martial arts or different styles of kung fu so they could put them in. The Moment: The Government LobbyIn a movie that drips with coolness like cascading lines of green code, you d think it d be tough to pull out the moment. But there was little debate that it wouldn t be the lobby scene, where leather-clad Neo and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) stage a full assault to rescue resistance leader Morpheus from capture. The set literally explodes in a hail of bullets, shot with signature slo-mo and kinetic gunplay and combat, all to a pulsating techno soundtrack. In 1999, it was the apex of style.“There’s about 4,000 squibs in the walls, so when we yell action, you’re probably not going to be able to see anything.” It was literally walking in off the plane, drop bags off at the hotel, go stretch at gym, [and then] going into the government lobby choreography pieces. The Wachowskis very quiet, very soft-spoken directors had come in and said, We re gonna do this, we wanna do this, and there’s about 4,000 squibs in the walls so when we yell action, you’re probably not going to be able to see anything. Nowadays, we do it all digitally so it’s pretty quick resets, but it was pretty impressive at the time [what] went into it.The first time when Keanu runs down the hallway and the guns are going off and everybody’s shooting at him – that was a week of prep just for the special-effects guys laying in all the squibs. So every time you do a take, it’s a half-day. So you get one go at it and if you miss, everybody goes home and they spend another day resetting the new panels in to blow it up again. (Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)“Keanu nailed it first take.” “So Keanu and I both had to back up to our number one marks and pretty much try to do all the choreography and the one-handed cartwheel and all the shooting with your eyes closed. Because once the squibs started going off, you couldn’t see anything. You had to count your steps and kinda go into it. And I remember looking at him and going Uh, OK, this could be a little tricky. And he’s like Eh, OK. And he nailed it first take. So that was pretty cool.The government lobby was a difficult sequence stunt-wise, but it probably wasn’t the hardest thing we did there. I mean, figuring out bullet time. The dojo fight was probably physically the toughest for Keanu. Logistically, the subway probably had a lot more stunt work and wirework than the government lobby. But then again you had Carrie-Anne walking on a wall, which was probably her most difficult wire move in the whole film. And Keanu doing an aerial cartwheel over an M16, picking it up, and shooting three guys. (Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)“You can copy it, but it’s not the same as putting all those little pieces together.” A lot of guys can try and copy The Matrix, meaning you do a low angle thing here and you cover this kick in a wide. You can copy it, but it’s not the same as putting all those little pieces together. What the Wachowskis taught us the most was [how] you build a world. I ll relate this to John Wick so maybe it’s a little bit easier to understand. The color, the wardrobe, the suit, the house, the pajama bottoms, the way the gun style works. The emotional hook with the dog and the puppy. All that comes from working with the Wachowskis. Every little thing builds the world. You never blink. You never let the audience think, Oh they’re just kinda doing a cool move, they’re just kinda doing a cool color. Every little thing goes into building the world. Every little aspect, on camera, off camera, how you train the cast, what the dialogue rhythm is, know your editing style, just really, really immersing people. The Impact: A New Standard in ActionThe Matrix broadened the tastes of audiences, and what they expected out of action movies. It officially signaled the end of the burly macho stars of the 80s, who had hung on for dear life past the mid- 90s, and into more fluid fights, elaborate maneuvers, and lighter-than-air wirework. Fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping s name was literally used in marketing future movies he worked on, the highlight being the Best Picture-nominated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.The Matrix had a fetishistic obsession with its own action sequences, something you ll see later in Wanted, Kick-Ass, or Zack Snyder movies. Meanwhile, spoofing The Matrix became its own kind of cultural cred, as seen in movies and shows like Scary Movie, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Simpsons, Spaced, Shrek, and Kung Pow, or the Nintendo 64 game Conker s Bad Fur Day, and beyond.But for the people who made the movie, it s the camaraderie that endures, and the gift of knowing that they got to participate in one of the most beloved, influential movies of the last 21 years.“To work on it, to be part of it, it is by far my favorite film.”“We use Laurence Fishburne [in the John Wick series], and I bumped into Carrie-Anne, and I bumped into Hugo Weaving the last couple of years and they still Every single person, including department heads and cast that worked on that movie, still f king cheer when it comes on. Everyone’s very proud of it. They can actually step outside their own performances and go That’s f king cool. For people in the business, that’s not a normal thing you can do. We all count ourselves as incredibly fortunate to have worked on that. Keanu and I see each other about every day, so we watched [The Matrix] again and had a nice talk about it yesterday. I don’t necessarily want to speak for Keanu, but it’s, like, still one of his favorite films of all time. To work on it, to be part of it, it is by far my favorite film. Reeves and Stahelski. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images)“I’m both proud and somewhat ashamed to say it, but without the Wachowskis we couldn’t have done John Wick.”“The Wachowskis wanted to immerse us in a world that was both real and extreme. And when you sit and watch The Matrix, you are wrapped up in that movie. You are wrapped up in the real-world part of it, you’re wrapped up in the matrix part of it. You buy it all. They thought it down to a molecular level of detail. I’m both proud and somewhat ashamed to say it, but without the Wachowskis we couldn’t have done John Wick. We took a lot of lessons from them and hopefully tried to honor what they taught us by doing what we could with that. “How cool is it that I get to watch The Matrix with Keanu Reeves?”“Because of my relationship with Keanu, because we still work together and all that stuff I mean how cool is it that I get to watch The Matrix with Keanu Reeves? And we still laugh, and we still cheer! And to see Keanu Reeves, the actual Neo sitting in a chair, where we’re both having a scotch watching The Matrix like that, or just to pull up a scene to fucking relive old times or something, or to get an idea, and to see Keanu Reeves jump up and go F k yeah! That’s awesome! I mean, I’m not gonna lie to you, that’s pretty cool! The Matrix was released on March 31, 1999. Buy or rent it at FandangNOW.
Premiering during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ted Lasso became the feel-good sports comedy we didn t know we needed. The series from Jason Sudeikis, Bill Laurence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly slowly found its way into our hearts, garnering multiple accolades and a Peabody Award along the way.The gist of the program follows U.S. Football Coach Ted Lasso (Sudeikis) as he travels from America to the U.K. to coach a struggling soccer team. Season 1 put underdog team AFC Richmond on competitive ground, even though they faced a loss and were relegated. Now Lasso and his crew — Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham), Coach Beard (Hunt), Keeley Jones (Juno Temple), Higgins (Jeremy Swift), Nathan (Nick Mohammed) — must maintain the team s relevancy in the professional sports world while dealing with personal challenges along the way.With new episodes launching on AppleTV+ on Friday, July 23, and a third season in development, does the show still hit the mark? Here s what critics are saying about Ted Lasso season 2:HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO SEASON 1?(Photo by AppleTV+)The premiere does get off to a bumpy start with a clunky plot point that’s out of character for a normally grounded series, but it leads to the introduction of Season 2’s big addition: sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone, played by Sarah Niles (I May Destroy You). She’s brought in to help get the players’ heads on straight, and she quickly lets Ted know she’s not a fan of juvenile horseplay… or cookies. The players love her, but she’s seemingly immune to Ted’s charms — and her arrival triggers a fresh wave of anxiety in the old ball coach. Dave Nemetz, TVLineLuckily, after a less-than-successful start to the season, Ted Lasso quickly regains its footing, and the writers reveal they haven’t completely forgotten how to make good TV. Kaitlin Thomas, Paste MagazineIn the opening minutes of the new season’s first episode (“Goodbye Earl”), Ted eloquently espouses on how life and death can make us better people, evoking the heightened dramedy of Lawrence’s Scrubs. The episode also carries a reminder to avoid blanket assumptions as “all people are different people” as well as the insight that “intimacy is leaving yourself open to being attacked.” Pearls of wisdom deployed as easily digestible sitcom bites. Brandon Katz, ObserverWHAT ARE THE BIG THEMES THIS SEASON? (Photo by Apple TV+)If Season 1 was a fish-out-of-water story about a man who succeeds through kindness and positivity and baking really great biscuits, then Season 2 is all about the health and success of the team and expanding the narrative beyond Ted’s immediate influence on those around him. Kaitlin Thomas, Paste MagazineHopefully, the addition of stern sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles) will help correct that balance. Her presence alone is evidence enough that – contrary to how this show often positions him – Lasso doesn’t have the answers to all of life’s questions. In the season premiere, Sharon is deliberately written as distant and enigmatic, which doesn’t give Niles a huge amount of room to play, but the character’s potential is already clear to see. David Craig, Radio TimesTed Lasso embraces the fact that life is sometimes very hard; it s just also committed to the idea that we can still make it easier for each other. Liz Shannon Miller, ColliderDOES IS STILL HIT THE FEEL-GOOD MARK?The emotional intelligence of Ted Lasso remains remarkably high. It’s what continues to elevate the series above common feel-good stories, which are often given a pass by audiences to exist as middle-of-the-road creations that opt for simplicity over nuance. But Ted Lasso is a more aspirational entry in this specific lane of storytelling. Brandon Katz, ObserverSo much of its appeal lies in its essential good-naturedness — that belief that good people model goodness for each other, and that selflessness and community thinking can make everyone feel, work, and live better. Clint Worthington, ConsequenceThe laughter quotient remains high for me; the more things change, the funnier things get, in large measure because the characters are better defined and the actors have a better handle on what makes their personalities distinctive, and different from everyone else. Peter Martin, ScreenAnarchyThe show’s success would be meaningless without the eloquent, witty, and refreshing writing, which only grows more powerful as it progresses. In some ways, the new season of Ted Lasso changes right in front of our eyes. Previously a baby, the story is now reaching its full potential, with the characters maturing and learning new things about life. Zofia Wijaszka, AwardsWatchHOW IS JASON SUDEIKIS PERFORMANCE?(Photo by Apple TV+)Sudeikis slides back into the mustache and button-down/sweater combo of Ted with as much bright-eyed joy and unexpected vulnerability as last season, even as we see season 2 starting to throw up some more roadblocks for him. Clint Worthington, ConsequenceIn reaching for a criticism of this relentlessly upbeat season so far, it’s the over-reliance on Ted’s folksy witticisms. There’s a conversation early on in the season in which he uses three similes and metaphors back-to-back-back. It’s smirk-worthy when Ted responds to a cocktail invitation by saying the “same thing I’d say to Diane Sawyer if she ever asked me on a date: yes please.” The show has never been about traditional setup-punchline jokes and this personality tic substituted for that humor in Season 1. But after the umpteenth usage in Season 2, it begins to feel a tad cloying. Still, that’s far from a fatal flaw. Brandon Katz, ObserverNot only does Sudeikis take his performance to new levels in season 2, he ventures into new territory with the character, and the show built around him is better for it. Rick Marshall, Digital TrendsWHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE CAST?(Photo by Apple TV+)In particular, Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh) and Danny Rojas take more central roles in the narrative. Jimoh is a revelation, charming with every smile or grimace. Fernández propels Danny past the one-joke punchline of his original appearance ( football is life! ) and shows superb comedic skills. Kelly Lawler, USA TodayLike his titular character, executive producer Sudeikis doesn t lead with his ego, and the best material in the new episodes goes to his fellow writer-performer Goldstein. Roy Kent is a blisteringly funny bastard with a fierce heart, and Goldstein deepens his character s emotional core every week — including, if you can believe it, as the key player in a rom-com tribute episode. Kristen Baldwin, EWHannah Waddingham and Juno Temple continue their strong on-screen chemistry as club owner Rebecca and model-turned-publicist Keeley, who became unlikely besties over the course of season one. David Craig, Radio TimesThe series has doubled down on what works—Ted’s ability to lead, Rebecca’s (Hannah Waddingham) strength, Keeley’s (Juno Temple) PR acumen, and Nate’s (Nick Mohammed) keen insight into the team—while also finding new and fun ways to explore characters like Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Jamie (Phil Dunster). Kaitlin Thomas, Paste MagazineANY FINAL THOUGHTS?(Photo by Apple TV+)“Ted Lasso” hasn’t succumbed to any easy temptations; it still embodies its coach in being sweeter than it should be able to get away with and smarter than you’d expect, given its unassuming nature. “Ted Lasso” hasn’t been changed by its success, aside from a few guilt-free indulgences. Ben Travers, IndiewireThis time out, Lasso comes out of the locker room ready to play from the first whistle. The jokes land correctly from the start, the characters seem as rich or richer than when we last saw them. Happily, Ted Lasso looks poised to dodge any sort of sophomore slump. Tim Stevens, The SpoolSeason 2 of Ted Lasso loses none of the show’s momentum heading into its next story arc, and builds on the successes of its first season in all the right ways. It continues to be one of the smartest, most entertaining, and most rewarding shows running right now, thanks to a talented cast that remains as invested in the series and its messages as their characters are in the optimistic outlook of the show’s titular coach. Rick Marshall, Digital TrendsTed Lasso Season 2 is premiering at a very different time, comparatively, but that doesn t make it any less important or valuable or necessary. It s hard to imagine a world where we wouldn t need a show like this. Liz Shannon Miller, ColliderTed Lasso season 2 premieres on Friday, July 23 on AppleTV+.Thumbnail: Apple TV+环球体育下注(Photo by © Twentieth Century Fox)It was a huge news dump at Disney Investor Day this Thursday – the Mouse House s big day to show off and drive up all that sweet, sweet cash – with plenty for the Star Wars and Marvel Studios fans. But there were also exciting reveals beyond those two mega franchises. Check out the biggest stories of the week in TV and streaming (with some non-Disney stuff thrown in for good measure).TOP STORYFargo Creator Noah Hawley Will Spin Up FX’s Alien Series, With Ridley Scott in Talks to Executive Produce Disney Investor Day dropped SO.MUCH.NEWS. from the company’s many brands (see below), but one of the projects we’re most excited about: FX’s series adaptation of the Alien franchise. (Remember, FX and Fox s other brands all fall under the Disney umbrella since the acquisition.)FX Chairman John Landgraf announced the series, which will find Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley developing the project, and original 1979 Alien movie director Ridley Scott is deep in talks to serve as executive producer on the series, the first one based on the movie franchise. Speculation is that Scott might also direct episodes of Alien, as he did with the recent HBO Max series he produced, Raised by Wolves.Other TV news from Disney and related brands:New Star Wars series coming to Disney+ include Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor with Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader, and two series set in The Mandalorian era from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni: Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka, a series featuring the fan favorite character Ahsoka Tano. Also Andor, featuring the return of Diego Luna as Andor Cassian, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Visions, Lando, The Acolyte, and A Droid Story.Movies on the way for Disney+: Hocus Pocus 2, reboots of Three Men and a Baby with Zac Efron and Cheaper by the Dozen with Kenya Barris and Gabrielle Union, and a new Sister Act movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, who will produce with Tyler Perry.And more series projects for Disney+: Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers, a hybrid live action-animated film starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg; Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks; Peter Pan Wendy, starring Jude Law as Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell; Disenchanted, a sequel to Enchanted with Amy Adams returning as Giselle; live-action biographical films Greek Freak, about NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, and projects about Keanon Lowe and Chris Paul; and new animated takes on Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, starring Simon Pegg, and Night at the Museum; plus animated series based on popular animated films, including Baymax, Zootopia+, Tiana, and Moana. Plus, Disney Animation Studios will release an original Africa-set animated series, Iwájú.Pixar will produce its first-ever long-form animated series. Win or Lose for Disney+, plus other Pixar projects are heading to the streaming service, including Inside Pixar, Pixar Popcorn, Dug Days (featuring the beloved dog from UP), a Cars project, and the movie Soul and short Burrow, both debuting on Disney+ on Christmas Day 2020.Marvel projects for Disney+ that were announced, or for which new details were shared, include the Samuel L. Jackson-starrer Secret Invasion; Ironheart with Dominique Thorne as a genius inventor; Armor Wars, starring Don Cheadle as James Rhodes; WandaVision; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier; Loki; the animated series What If…?; Ms. Marvel; Hawkeye; She-Hulk, starring Tatiana Maslany with co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth (returning as Abomination); Moon Knight; a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special; and a series of original shorts, I Am Groot.Disney+ content coming from National Geographic includes Limitless With Chris Hemsworth; Welcome to Earth featuring Will Smith; season 4 of the anthology series Genius, which will profile Martin Luther King, Jr.; the documentary film Cousteau, as well as the documentary series Secrets of the Whales; plus A Real Bug’s Life and America The Beautiful.Landgraf also announced It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed through season 18, which will make the series the longest-running live-action sitcom in TV history. Elsewhere, The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a fifth season on Hulu.FX is also in talks for a two-season drama series about The Rolling Stones, and is remaking the 1980 miniseries Shōgun, based on James Clavell’s 1975 novel of the same name.It was also announced that s of Dec. 2, Disney’s portfolio of direct-to-consumer services has exceeded a total of 137 million global paid subscriptions, including 11.5 million ESPN+ subscribers, 38.8 million Hulu subscribers, and 86.8 million Disney+ subscribers.So yeah, this Disney+ thing seems to be working out for them.A Recipe for Seduction: The Lifetime Movie That’s Finger-Lickin’ WeirdKFC has already made chicken-themed Crocs. If you want to look like a bucket of the eatery’s famous fried birds, there’s a tracksuit that will help you along. And if you want your whole house to smell like the 11 herbs and spices in the brand’s secret recipe, there’s a fireplace log for that.But if KFC’s 2017 bodice-ripping book Tender Wings of Desire (a real thing, we swear) didn’t prove just how serious the company is about love, they’ve got a Colonel Sanders Lifetime movie to erase all doubts.On Dec. 13 (noon ET), Lifetime will premiere A Recipe for Seduction, a 15-minute movie (read: commercial) that stars Mario Lopez as the famed Col. Harlan Sanders, a man looking to give his heart, and his crispy friend chicken, to a very special woman.“As the holidays near, an heiress contends with the affections of a suitor handpicked by her mother,” as per the project’s official description. “When the handsome chef arrives with his secret recipe and a dream, he sets in motion a series of events that unravel the mother’s plans.”If you just can’t wait for the movie to unfold, check out the trailer aboe, featuring a murder plot, secret kisses, and Lopez in the Colonel’s trademark Fred-from-Scooby Doo kerchief.NEW TRAILERS: Cobra Kai Season 3 Promises More Johnny and Daniel Matchups, Fights, and An Actual CobraCobra Kai, season 3, looks set to start the new year off right with the reveal of what happened to Miguel after that brutal fall at the end of season 2, lots more karate and rivalries, and … Johnny Lawrence in a dinner jacket?! Stars Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio. Premieres Jan. 8 (Netflix)More trailers and teasers released this week:• Nicolas Cage’s History of Swear Words, season 1, will find the Oscar winner getting cheeky about the place of cussin’ in our culture. Premieres Jan. 5 (Netflix)• Batwoman, season 2, finds new star Javicia Leslie donning the new suit and telling herself it’s “time to be powerful” against her foes. Premieres Jan. 17 (The CW).• A Creepshow Holiday Special finds guest stars Adam Pally and Anna Camp battling some very bad Santas. Premieres Dec. 18 (Shudder)• Sylvie’s Love is a movie about the love story between an aspiring producer and a jazz musician who meet when she’s working at her father’s record store in 1950s Harlem. Starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha. Premieres Dec. 23 (Amazon Video)• Riverdale, season 5: Veronica finds out something happened between Betty and Archie, and other typically bonkers stuff happens. Premieres Jan. 20 (The CW)• Call Me Kat, season 1, stars Mayim Bialik as a woman who quits her job and opens a cat cafe. Premieres Jan. 3 (Fox)• Clarice, season 1, is a series sequel to Silence of the Lambs, picking up nine year after the events of the movie. Starring Rebecca Breeds, Michael Cudlitz, Kal Penn, and Nick Sandow. Premieres Feb. 11 (CBS)• Sweet Home, season 1, is a South Korean thriller about a young man who moves into an apartment after the accidental death of his family, only to have monsters start to attack he and his neighbors. Premieres Dec. 18 (Netflix)• Run the World, season 1, is a comedy from Living Single creator Yvette Lee Bowser and Leigh Davenport about four black women juggling careers, friendships, and love in Harlem. Stars Amber Stevens West, Andrea Bordeaux, Bresha Webb, and Corbin Reid. Premieres 2021 (Starz)• The Minimalists: Less Is Now is a documentary about how we all may think we want more stuff, but we might all be way happier by getting rid of some of the stuff we already have. Premieres just in time for the new year, Jan. 1 (Netflix)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Mahershala Ali and Jon Hamm Join Steven Yeun and J.K. Simmons in Voice Cast of Robert Kirkman’s Animated Series Invincible (Photo by © Well Go USA / courtesy Everett Collection)The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has lined up an all-star voice cast for his Amazon animated series Invincible, including Mahershala Ali, Jon Hamm, Nicole Byer, Djimon Hounsou, Jeffrey Donovan, Jonathan Groff, Clancy Brown, and Ezra Miller. Based on the comic of the same name, the series revolves around teen Mark (Steven Yeun), the son of the most powerful superhero in the world (J.K. Simmons).Fargo season 4 star, Emmy winner Glynn Turman, will play Mose Wright in ABC’s six-episode series Women of the Movement. Wright was Emmett Till’s great uncle, a sharecropper and minister who testified in the trial to convict the white men who lynched his 14-year-old nephew in 1955, a key moment during the Civil Rights movement. (Deadline)Queen Latifah will lead the Netflix movie thriller End of the Road, playing a recent widow who loses her job and drives her family across the country to start over. But when they get to the desert in New Mexico, where they are isolated from anyone who can help, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Latifah will also executive produce the movie.(Photo by Jim Spellman/FilmMagic/Courtesy of Getty Images)Katherine Heigl will play the titular star of the limited series Woodhull, about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States, in 1872. The series about the feminist icon is still being shopped to networks and streaming services; Heigl will also produce. (Deadline)George Lopez is starring in Once Upon a Time in Aztlan, a drama in development at Amazon about a Chicano family living in a Los Angeles suburb. The series is the first dramatic TV role for the comedian, who will also be an executive producer. (Variety)Rosie O’Donnell, Donald Faison, and Griffin Dunne will guest star on the second season of Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q. Jordan Hull, who plays Angie, the daughter of Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), has been promoted to series regular. O’Donnell will play Carrie, a brash and kindhearted public defender who gets under Bette’s skin; Faison plays Tom, a self-deprecating editor who works with Alice; and Dunne plays Isaac, an international art mega-dealer who comes into Bette’s orbit.(Photo by ©CBC / courtesy Everett Collection)Schitt’s Creek’s Noah Reid has joined the cast of Amazon’s Outer Range, the rancher drama starring Josh Brolin. Reid will play the youngest son (who, like his Schitt’s character, will be a singer) of the Tillerson family, rivals of the Abbotts, the family headed by Brolin’s Royal Abbott.American Vandal alum Tyler Alvarez has joined the cast of season 2 of Never Have I Ever for a recurring role as Malcolm, a former classmate of Devi’s who’s returning to school after starring on a Disney Channel show. (Deadline)Peabody Award-winning OWN drama David Makes Man has added Tony Plana, Brittany S. Hall, Erica Luttrell, Zsane’ Jhe’, Bobbi Baker, Patrice Arenas, Trinity Cidel, Brandi Huzzie, Rodney Gardiner, and Janmarco Santiago to its recurring cast for season 2, while Kiel Adrian Scott and Erica Watson will direct episodes.Jackée Harry is joining the cast of Days of Our Lives, where she’ll play a new character named Pauline, who has ties to the Carvers, longtime residents of Salem. (EW)SuFisher Stevens, Justine Lupe, and David Rasche have been promoted to series regular status for season 3 of Succession. (Deadline)PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Julia Roberts Returning to TV in a Limited Series Produced by Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Amazon Prime Video)Julia Roberts will star in and executive produce the limited series The Last Thing He Told Me, at Apple TV+. Produced by Reese Witherspoon via her Hello Sunshine production company, the series will tell the story of a woman (Roberts) who bonds with her teenage stepdaughter while they’re trying to find out why Roberts’ character’s husband has mysteriously disappeared. The miniseries is an adaptation of author Laura Dave’s 2021 book of the same name. (Deadline)Oscar winner Emma Stone will star in The Curse for Showtime. The comedy is created by and co-stars Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie, who also produce with Stone. Fielder also directs, and Benny Safdie’s brother Josh is also a producer. The series revolves around an alleged curse that disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show.Netflix has announced a limited drama series called True Story, starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes. Hart plays a successful comedian who, after a lost night with his older brother (Snipes), is in danger of losing everything he’s worked so hard for. Hart will also be an executive producer on the series, which was written by Narcos showrunner Eric Newman, with Sons of Anarchy producer Charles Murray as showrunner and EP.(Photo by Rotten Tomatoes)Margot Robbie has signed a first-look deal with Amazon to develop TV projects. Her LuckyChap Entertainment already produces the Hulu series Dollface and Netflix’s upcoming dramedy Maid, based on Stephanie Land’s bestselling book of the same name.Robert Rodriguez and his sister Rebecca are dev
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Hans Zimmer is one of just a handful of working movie music composers who can genuinely be called a household name. And no wonder: German-born Zimmer created the memorable scores for movies like Gladiator, The Dark Knight, and – Bwoaaaah! – Inception. Perhaps most famously, he composed the music for Disney s The Lion King, which was the first animated feature he had worked on (he would go on to compose scores for The Prince of Egypt, Madagascar, and more). Working closely with Lebo M., the South African artist whose voice many will know from the The Lion King s iconic opening chant, Zimmer created music for the Disney classic that terrified us as wildebeest stampeded through a canyon and moved us as a young lion stared at his own reflection and discovered a king staring back at him. It also nabbed him his first, and so far only, Academy Award. Zimmer recently returned to the story of Simba, Mufasa, Nala, and the rest of the Pride Lands characters for Jon Favreau s new take on The Lion King. Here Zimmer reveals what drew him back to the story, why he hesitated at first, and what s changed in the 25 years since the animated film s release.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: Someone I saw this movie with turned to me at the beginning and said, If I don t cry during the stampede, it will mean Hans hasn t done his job.” When I saw her at the end, she was bawling. So, I wanted to know how did you approach that particular scene the second time around?Hans Zimmer: Cautiously. If you think that was a dangerous comment, my oldest daughter who I d written the original movie s [music] for in the first place 25 years ago, she was still saying to me, Dad, you better not make a mess of this one. All the themes that I wrote all those years ago – I didn t know how to do animation [at the time] – so all the themes are slightly too epic and slightly too big, and they needed that little bit more space and that little bit more breath to really resonate. I mean, especially the stampede and its aftermath, I can t even put into words, you know, the benefit from having more space. More breathing room. More chance to battle. More chance to focus on the protagonist. More chance to focusing on the story.(Photo by ©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)Rotten Tomatoes: You said that your daughter said, Don t make of a mess of it. Did you yourself have any personal hesitation about coming back to a project that you haven t worked on for a very long time and that was so beloved – and was kind of perfect already?Zimmer: Well, “kind of perfect,” I never think about things like that. But “loved,” yes. I had a very short conversation with Jon [Favreau], which basically went him saying, Come down, let me show you something. And that was 100 percent committing. I went down. He put me in a black room, showed me [footage of the film’s opening]. It completely and utterly surprised me and moved me, even though I sort of knew what to expect. And we look at it differently than we looked at it 25 years ago. I mean, we truly do. I ve spent now quite a bit of time working with Sir David Attenborough. So partly, I was looking at it from the sense of where s the world heading? It felt like I was on a slightly different mission. It was, even if the story is the same, the world has changed, so the meaning of the story has changed.Rotten Tomatoes: In terms of what was practically involved with producing the score, how did you approach it differently from the first time? Zimmer: In the last 30 years… Usually, I never leave a dark windowless room, but eventually I did, and eventually I got onto a stage, and eventually I – despite stage fright – I started playing things live. And I did Lion King at the Coachella festival, and performing it, and watching the reaction of an audience and performing it, it was like these amazing musicians that I now have access to, made me realize that this isn t a normal film score. We can do this as a performance. In a normal film score, the orchestra or the players never know why they are playing the notes, because they don t know the story. Everybody knew the story [this time]. So I managed to get a commitment that was just extraordinary, and the performance, and I made it all about the performance. I think for a movie that relies that much on technology, there s a sense of improvisation and a sense of performance in this movie, far more than the original one. And a sense of humanity in the story. Everything is slightly paradox, but I think that s what gives it its great strength.(Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection)Rotten Tomatoes: And so you performed everything on the score live with an orchestra?Zimmer: Yeah. I mean, I said to Jon and everybody at Disney, Can I do this? Can I try this experiment?” You know, I had 102 people in the room. We re just going to rehearse. We re just really going to get it under our fingers, and then we re just going to go and do the whole movie for a couple of days. And don t worry about wrong notes. Next time around, we ll probably figure it out. It truly was exciting. And that s what I was trying to do, is get the authenticity of really hearing the musicians.Rotten Tomatoes: When you originally wrote the music for the stampede scene, the track To Die For in the original and new score, were you drawing from compositions or scores that you had heard before? What inspired the musical moment there?Zimmer: Not really. I mean, I ll tell you what I did draw from. It s just my childhood memories of listening to Mozart. It s like I was always slightly worried about this idea that as a German, you re sort of pillaging the culture of Africa. So one of the things I did on the first one, and I ve before with Lebo M., it s like I kept saying, I m a German, so I m going to write with a German accent, just the way we re speaking now. And let me go and take this into Africa and give it to Africa, and let them just respond with their culture, and see what happens where the two cultures collide, if another new thing can come out of it. So I think that s really part of the strength of the score.(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Rotten Tomatoes: What was it like to work with Lebo M. again on the score? Had you worked together much in the intervening years?Zimmer: Yes. We had worked on a couple of movies nobody went to see (, and we did touring together. Africa s always been important to this world, and at the same time, it s like it needs more respect. It needs more love. And Lebo s been touring with me, so we have been doing Lion King, bits and pieces of it live. Yes, we ve been comrades in arms for a long time, you know? And he s been sort of the guardian of the musical. Because he s really great at casting this thing. That sort of stuff. He s been looking after our legacy in a much more profound way than I have.So, your daughter: Has she seen the film? Did she say whether you screwed it up?Zimmer: No, but there is something which has puzzled everybody at Disney. They let me have a lot of tickets for the London premiere, and I sent them all back, and I said, I only want two tickets, because I want it to be a father-daughter date. I hope she s still going to be speaking to me afterwards. Simple as that. But it s just going to be the two of us.Like this? 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环球体育下注 With a Tomatometer score of 96%, Avengers: Endgame is a hit with the critics. And with more than 0 million in the bank on just its first weekend, we know it s a box office smash. But what do fans think about the movie now that they ve gone out in droves to see it?Well, they mostly love it: Avengers: Endgame has a current Audience Score of 92%, slightly above Infinity War s Audience Score of 91%. But while the praise is overwhelming, it s not universal. And how could it be, with the weight of 21 films and 11 years of expectations on its shoulders?We combed through the user reviews that RT fans have submitted since Endgame s release and picked out some of the most insightful takes, and those which speak to some of the major themes we re seeing in user feedback, and put them in one place below. Check out these great user reviews and then let us know what you thought of the film, and these reviews, in the comments. (Note, some of the reviews have been slightly edited for length and grammar/spelling.)(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)A Love Letter to the MCU, with Nerdgasms to Boot[A] culmination of 22 films since 2008 led by the visionary mind of Kevin Feige and complex integration of the Russo Brothers as directors. This movie is not just incredible on its own but a step back to memory lanes of the movies done in the past – it is quite mind boggling how they ve done it. But they have and this is the fitting end this chapter of MCU. It is still packed with a lot of surprises despite all the fan theories – and they are BIG ONES. It still gives you that roller coaster ride of emotions but at a deeper and more serious tone. For millions of fans who have followed MCU since 2008 and decided to stop watching Marvel movies (I can t imagine why) this is really a great end for our superheroes journey. Any gaps from previous movies are filled. This one although bitter sweet is [a] fitting end.– Michael, 5 StarsAmazing love-letter from Marvel to the world. A breathtaking and emotional viewing of quick shots of action and humour, but impactful long-lasting satisfactory moments from its dramatic beats and character interactions. It s an end that has been bathed in pure Marvel gold and magic. Tengku N., 5 starsThe first and second act are an absolute love letter to the MCU movies that came before this one. The third act is an emotional roller coaster ride of nerdgasms and cry time which I never thought I will see and feel from a superhero movie. The final scene hits home big time. If you are not very familiar with the MCU, the first two acts may feel a bit slow for you. But the payoff in the third act is just awesome. Patrick B., 4.5 stars(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)BUT IS IT BETTER THAN INFINITY WAR?I m one of the people who came away from Infinity War restless and discontent. I really wasn t sure how the Russos were going to resolve all the hanging threads, much less reverse the snap. I have to say they surpassed my wildest dreams. While I didn t love every character arc, I can appreciate them all .. and my favorite? That one was so far beyond anything I could have hoped for. Kelly L., 5 starsI gotta admit ..I ll probably be the only one who feels this way ..but I d be lying if I didn t say .I liked Infinity War better. On a personal level, Infinity War kept me more consistently engaged and invested (key word: consistently) than this one did. Granted, this one does have some truly glorious aspects, my two favorites being: 1) the most epic battle sequences in Endgame feel multitudes more tremendous than those in Infinity War for a number of reasons (the most memorable involving Captain America); and 2) Thanos returns here with a vengeance in a wonderfully written way. The plot, as implied by the trailer(s) and without revealing any details, chooses to cater more heavily to the past as opposed to the quickest possible way to solve the problem presented at the end of Infinity War, resulting in the hefty runtime and some filler moments but ultimately creating a movie that feels more complete overall in terms of the entire franchise ..like a fitting conclusion, a proper resolution, the end of an era. John S., 4.5 stars(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)It Left Some People DisappointedMy expectation and anticipation for this film were sky-high, buoyed by positive responses by critics and fans. However, having spent hours and hours on character and plot analysis with other MCU nerds, I had extremely high expectations, which were not met. I m not disappointed because they didn t make a movie that solely exists in my head, but the film wasn t what it could have been. I wanted to be surprised, shocked, and moved exclaiming you sneaky bastards, I see what you did there, and find fruition to the many clues, dangling threads and character arcs that were laid out in previous films, most notably Infinity War. Instead, the resolution oh. ok. so that s it. fine. The film abandoned several important characters, neglecting what seemed to be important setup and development (Loki), inferred strategic importance to the meta-story (Strange, Captain Marvel) or have just devolved the characters into punchlines (Thor, Quill). Moments that were supposed to move emotionally were diffused by familiarity (seen that before!) or anti-climax (we pause this death for a joke). For a series that always emphasized team work, the concluding gesture undermined it. Lots of plot holes and more questions unanswered. Lynne D., 3.5 starsThis is going to feel weird. I have been a hardcore MCU fan since the start. I thought there were amazing moments in this movie. Definitely plenty to get hyped about with my MCU friends. Something about it as a whole was lackluster. Maybe it was because it felt like they flew through certain major plot elements despite it s extremely long run-time. I appreciate that they gave conclusions to our major heroes, but I wasn t crazy about how they seemed to rush and skip over certain things that I d rather have seen fleshed out more. I don t want to criticize it too heavily because it was an impossible task to fit all this into this conclusion movie and flesh everything out, I just personally felt a bit underwhelmed. I honestly went into this movie thinking it would easily become my favorite MCU movie to date, but it s definitely not. Still think it s very good, don t get me wrong. Stephen I. 3.5 starsThe good: Fun action scenes that are more creative than many similar films. Genuinely great moments of comedy. All characters, though some have very short appearances, are treated well. The bad: The dialog is clunky and lacks any subtlety. The movie also has an unfortunate habit of throwing mildly funny one liners in that ruin moments of natural tension. Many, seemingly insurmountable, problems faced by the heroes are solved so quickly and easily that it gives an odd feeling of pace at some points of the movie. Billy P. 2.5 stars(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)It s a Cathartic Conclusion to the Infinity SagaA cathartic, satisfying experience for all MCU fans that have been around from the start, Endgame is full of callbacks and emotional payoffs years in the making. The stakes are real. The character arcs justified, balanced, and well-executed. The emotions tangible, delivered fantastically by every actor, particularly the original six. The action is exciting, but doesn t take center stage until it needs to. The humor and heart truly make this movie. Caitlin B., 5 starsAs a diehard comic book fanboy, this a dream fulfilled experience. I grew up loving these characters from the comics as a child. I love both DC and Marvel respectively. That being said the astonishing work done by Kevin Feige and the creative team at Marvel Studios is beyond amazing. They brought new life to these legendary characters for audiences to watch and enjoy. The MCU has been an exciting experience throughout the course of 22 films telling a narrative with unique creativity and wonderful memories by a cast that have transcended to super stars. This is a great tribute to Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and the founding fathers of the Marvel Comics Shamar L., 5 starsCheck out all of the user reviews for Avengers: Endgame so far. Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Photo by Everett Collection)Music movies are having a moment right now. In 2018, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga lit radio waves and theaters ablaze with the third remake of A Star is Born; that same year, Bohemian Rhapsody earned four Academy Awards; and last year, Renée Zellweger took home the Best Actress Oscar for playing Judy Garland in a biopic. Ma Rainey s Black Bottom is a strong contender for a few Oscars in a couple of weeks, we re getting a film about Aretha Franklin later this year, and dramas about Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and Peggy Lee among others are all in the works.But 20 years ago today, before the world was clamoring for biopics, musicals, and films about musicians, a wild satire based on a comic book from the 60s and cartoon series from the 70s was released in theaters, and it failed, both critically and commercially.That film was Josie and the Pussycats, and despite its 53% Tomatometer score and its box office failures, it s one that deserves to be celebrated.So put on your cat ear headphones and stick a DuJour CD in your Discman, because in honor of the 20th anniversary of Josie and the Pussycats, we’re breaking down the reasons why it should be recognized as one of the most iconic music films of the 21st century.It s a Time Capsule That Gets Better with AgeRemember a time before digital music and streaming services? A time when you had to watch MTV to see your favorite artists? A time when AOL was one of the biggest brands in the world? That s the time of Josie and the Pussycats.If ever there was a movie that screamed early-2000s, it s this one. Boy bands, rampant consumerism, TRL, Breckin Meyer you really get everything you could want out of a Y2K-era satire of pop culture, and despite being so quintessentially of its time, the film only gets better with age.For one thing, Josie and the Pussycats is aggressively overt with its product placement even Mac and Me is tame by comparison but unlike most other films, its corporate promotion is more world building than brand endorsement. A few years ago, writer-director Deborah Kaplan stated, “We didn’t take a dime from any of those people… They had to be in on the joke and let us use their logos.” Which, looking back, is hilarious, especially when you now spy an ad for Nokia cellphones, a reference to MovieFone, or a wall of AOL logos.The same goes for seeing the computer screen of a live-streamed Pussycats concert, a line of fans waiting to buy the hottest CD, or Total Request Live and its host Carson Daly, who at the time was the real-life boyfriend of Tara Reid, who plays Melody in the film (isn t that just the most late- 90s thing ever?).As more and more of these companies, characters, and cultural touchstones fall by the wayside, the satire of Josie and the Pussycats only gets sharper.The Record Industry Satire Is Spot OnWe all know how most music films work; there s an artist or a band who does a small gig/has a hit song/sings Edith Piaf in a bar, they get noticed by someone important, and soon enough, due to their incredible talent, they re at the top of the charts playing sold-out shows. But one major aspect of the music industry that rarely gets any play is the antagonistic record labels who exploit artists talents.In Josie and the Pussycats, MegaRecords executive Wyatt Frame (played by Alan Cumming) first stumbles across the struggling band when he nearly hits them with his car. When he notices that Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook) and the Pussycats (Rosario Dawson s Valerie and Tara Reid s Melody) have the look and sound of a hit band, he makes them an irresistible offer, flies them from Riverdale to the big city, nurtures them, and introduces them to the harmless world of music superstardom, leading to a long and lucrative partnership that benefits everyone.Except that s not what happens at all, because Josie and the Pussycats isn t just a simple, inspirational tale about overcoming obstacles with talent and perseverance, it s a critique of the way the musical industrial complex manufactures stars, uses them to promote fashion/toys/products/the military/etc., and then spits them back out when they ve found the next band du jour.MegaRecords CEO Fiona, played by Parker Posey, aims to accomplish this by brainwashing the band s fans through subliminal messages hidden in their recordings. What better way to manipulate listeners into loving Matt Damon and wearing orange sweaters? Of course, it s also pretty helpful in making Josie and the Pussycats an overnight sensation or, you know, attempting to break them up so Josie can fly solo and become a pop idol whose music will, in turn, be used to create a generation of mindless consumers.We all know how vile the industry can be, and while Josie and the Pussycats is admittedly a little silly and over-the-top, there s a lot of truth hidden behind the excess, and the record execs played by Cumming and Posey aren t so many shades darker than their real-life counterparts.The Music Is OutstandingThe one thing a music movie has to have is killer music, and Josie and the Pussycats has that in spades.With tracks written by 12-time Grammy winner Babyface, the late, great, EGOT-nominated cinematic earworm maestro Adam Schlesinger, Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go s, and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, just to name a few, and produced by Babyface and Schlesinger with vocals performed by Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo, this film and its soundtrack album are filled with bangers.Distinctly early-2000s bangers, sure, but bangers nonetheless.From the first power chords and hits of the hi-hat on the soundtrack album s opening song, 3 Small Words, the music bursts with a professionalism far beyond what you might expect. But the subsequent lyrics “I m a punk rock prom queen” shock you back into remembering that this is actually a song from Josie and the Pussycats. This song and “You re a Star” evoke pop punk princess Avril Lavigne a full year before her first album and subsequent stardom, and the power chord-laden “Shapeshifter” would fit great on any Good Charlotte album.At the same time, this film is perfectly situated in the zenith of the Backstreet Boys/NSYNC era, and the film s ill-fated boy band, DuJour, hits all those same notes just as hard in DuJour Around the World and Backdoor Lover, with the latter being deployed in the film with an over-the-top but also completely spot-on music video.Despite being a send-up of the music industry, the songs are so incredibly earnest and the musicianship is so well done that the music stands on it own.People noticed, too. Despite the film s disappointing box office run, the soundtrack album went certified Gold and hit the Top 20 on the U.S. Billboard chart. In the subsequent years, there have been multiple vinyl re-releases of the soundtrack, including one that dropped behind a 2017 show that had more fans than were at the film s climactic concert, proving people are still clamoring for Pussycats songs 20 years later.If you ask me, “Pretend to be Nice” ranks right up there with the best movie songs from the past 20 years, and that includes Lose Yourself, Let It Go, and Shallow. It Paved the Way for the Archie-Verse (Photo by Art Streiber/The CW)In 2001, nobody really cared what drama was happening in Riverdale or which witches were living in Greendale, but now the Archie Comics extended universe, as it were, is a cultural phenomenon. And it became one because these shows follow a template set by Josie and the Pussycats.With its PG-13 content and tongue-in-cheek approach to the original content, this film is a stark departure from the family-friendly Melissa Joan Hart-led Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom and the Scooby-Doo knockoff cartoon series. Josie and the Pussycats instead lives in a world of its own, a hyper-realized pastiche of pop culture, comic book visuals, satire, throwback allusions, and darker-than-expected drama that somehow works.Though it draws inspiration from the old comic book series of the same name, it has been dragged into the 21st century and thrust into a dramatic new contemporary world complete with all the problems that tweens, teens, and young people face these days.Now, you ll find a similar sensibility in current hit Archie Comics shows like Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that serve as spiritual and narrative successors to Josie and the Pussycats. With Riverdale renewed for at least two more seasons and another spin-off in development, Archie Comics won t be going anyway any time soon, and Josie and the Pussycats was the catalyst for it all.Josie and the Pussycats was released in theaters on April 11, 2001.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. (Photo by Buena Vista Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, TriStar, MGM / Courtesy: Everett Collecti