tended editions: 20 hours 30 minutes; Theatrical cuts: 17 hours and 12 minutes.Starts with: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Ends with: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Best way to watch: Some would argue the second trilogy – though the first by story chronology – from Peter Jackson was an unnecessary and bloated cash grab that should be avoided at all costs, but we have a better suggestion. We suggest you begin with the LOTR animated film from 1978, which will give you all the events of the films in a quicker and to-the-point format. Then, if you are compelled to see the best of The Hobbit live-action series, we would say check out the standard edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is the best of the three. We would also suggest you try to watch the extended editions of the original live-action LOTR series – they are more than worth it for the extra content. This recommendation would make for a shorter, 16-hour watch, which could be broken up easily over two days. Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discount Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. The Two Towers and The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King standard editions are streaming on Netflix.Marvel Cinematic UniverseWhat is it: The 23-film saga that chronicles the epic adventures of various superheroes, based on the comics first distributed by Marvel and its subsidiaries. How many hours: 50 hours and 3 minutes.Starts with: Iron Man (2008) Ends with: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Best way to watch: Not surprising for a franchise that grossed over billion at the global box office, but Marvel Studios 23-film, decade-long opus is quite watchable as is. Some folks would have argued in 2010 that Avengers: The Age of Ultron is a skippable mess, but as we detail here, it is essential viewing to truly appreciate the first four phases of the saga that culminated with Avengers: Endgame. Sorry for those looking for a shortcut, but watching it all is worth it. Viewing all 23 movies straight through, without breaks, however, is not the way to do it.Instead, we suggest you go in release order and complete each day as follows: day one after Avengers; day two after Ant-man; day three after Black Panther; and finish on day four with Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you ve previously watched the MCU and are looking to watch it in a new way, use our guide here to watch in chronological order based on the events of each film. If the thought of 50 hours of superheroes is still too intimidating for you, but you want to understand enough to get by, watch these character introduction films (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) and these team-up films (Civil War, Winter Soldier, Avengers, Ultron, Infinity War, Endgame). Once you have finished that, check out our Oral Histories of the MCU, in which the directors, producer, and casting director who worked on the epic franchise break down all the behind-the-scene secrets.Where to watch: FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. All of the films save The Incredible Hulk and the Spider-Man films are streaming on Disney+. The Avengers: Infinity War and The Avengers: Endgame are streaming on Netflix; and Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Thor are streaming on Amazon Prime.Die Hard FranchiseWhat is it: Follow John McClane, a police detective who seems to be a magnet for maniacal criminals no matter which city/structure he is in, and proves to be a tough man to kill.How many hours: 10 hours and 14 minutes.Starts with: Die Hard (1988) Ends with: A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Best way to watch: The original Die Hard is so beloved that many argue it s the greatest action film ever made – or maybe the greatest Christmas movie, but that is a debate for another day. The film and its follow-ups have a loyal fanbase, and though the second and third entries pale in comparison to the first, we still say they re worth a watch. The fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard, is a true return to form and, frankly, it s where you should stop unless you are a true completist. The series most recent film, A Good Day to Die Hard, is the only PG-13 entry on the list, and without McClane s iconic Yippee-ki-yay, motherf ker, there s really no point pushing play.Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discounted Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance are streaming now on CinemaxGo; Live Free or Die Hard is streaming on the Starz app.The Fast Furious FranchiseWhat is it: Follow Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew, which he calls his family, as they shift from illegal street-racing criminals to heist experts and then finally emerge as a new crime-fighting unit that tackles the world of espionage.How many hours: 15 hours and 57 mins. Starts with: The Fast and the Furious (2001) Ends with: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Best way to watch: As Dom and everyone in the Fast franchise says – quite often – this is about family. So, if you re looking for something to skip, it s hard to imagine who you d want to kick out one of the family – though, let s be honest, 2 Fast 2 Furious is definitely not Dad s favorite. Without Vin Diesel, that entry can barely call itself a Fast and Furious movie, and the 2009 series soft reboot, Fast Furious, is not much better and an easy call to skip, as well. We would caution against skipping third entry Toyko Drift; its charms are significantly more than its 37% Tomatometer score would suggest (something we wax about in our book Rotten Movies We Love). Not to spoil anything, but when we finally get Fast 9 in 2021, you ll need to have seen Tokyo Drift to understand everything fully – check out #JusticeForHan after you finish the series, and you will understand. Where to watch: FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Hobbs Shaw and Fast Five are streaming on HBOnow; Fast 6 is streaming on FXnow.Rocky FranchiseWhat is it: Follow Philly underdog boxer-turned-champion, Rocky Balboa, as he battles various fighters in the ring, as well as his own issues outside of it, and later trains the next generation of champions.How many hours: 14 hours and 55 minutes. Starts with: Rocky (1976) Ends with: Creed II (2018)Best way to watch: This one s real simple: trust us and skip Rocky V. Just pretend it didn t happen; we re pretty sure Sylvester Stallone did. Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discount Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Rocky Balboa is streaming on the Starz app; Creed II is streaming on Hulu and Amazon.Harry Potter / Wizarding World FranchiseWhat is it: The franchise based on JK Rowling s phenomenally successful novels follows the adventures of Harry Potter, an orphan-turned-famed wizard, the evil He Who Must Not Be Named, and the Wizarding World they inhabit.How many hours: 24 hours and 6 minutes. Starts with: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Ends with: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Best way to watch: As this is a British series, allow us to put this as politely as possible: Fantastic Beasts is simply not quite on form. The first entry is saved by Eddie Redmayne and mesmerizing magical effects; the second entry is the first and only Rotten flick from the Wizarding World and very skippable at this stage. The original seven films are near perfect, but if you wanted to pass over The Chamber of Secrets you wouldn t miss much – you won t be too confused later in the series. (Though if watching as a family, this is one the kids tend to like.) If you follow that suggestion, you can finish the entire series in one day.Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discount Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is streaming on HBONow.X-Men Franchise ③LOL手游推出的时间太晚了，目前的王者荣耀本身这种推塔游戏，玩家的热情已经冷却了，无数的玩家弃坑，比起曾经的巅峰时刻，可以说早已不复往日辉煌，玩家数量固定，越来越多的玩家弃坑，老玩家也很难再回归。
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 stories for titles like Fast Furious 10, Hamilton, Knives Out, and Mission: Impossible 7.This WEEK S TOP STORYSAM RAIMI IN TALKS TO TAKE OVER DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS(Photo by ©Universal courtesy Everett Collection)When it was announced a few weeks ago that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson had dropped out of directing the sequel, many different sites published lists of possible directors (we even ran a poll here on RT). In a surprise announcement, Marvel Studios is going with a director who wasn t widely considered to be a frontrunner, despite being one of the thematically best fits imaginable. That s because it is now Sam Raimi, the director of the first three Spider-Man movies (the ones starring Tobey Maguire), who is in talks with Marvel Studios to take over directing duties on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (5/7/2021). So, why exactly is Raimi such a good choice? First off, we should note that Spider-Man is one of two major characters co-created in the early 1960s by the team of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee; the other one is Doctor Strange. Secondly, Sam Raimi first made his mark in the 1980s with the Evil Dead movies, which share a few supernatural themes with Doctor Strange, including evil magic books, possessed inanimate objects, time travel, and teleportation. In related news, rumors continue to abound that Marvel Studios is currently looking to cast the interdimensional sorcereress Clea, Doctor Strange s long-time romantic interest.Other Top Headlines1. DISNEY TO BRING HAMILTON TO MOVIE THEATERS IN 2021(Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)Every once in a while, there will be a big movie news story that is quickly misinterpreted online, partly because people tend run with headlines on social media without actually reading the full story. This week, the big story that falls in that category is the Hamilton movie that Disney is making for release in 2021, which is only half accurate, as the rest is a twisting of what Disney is actually doing. This week, Walt Disney Pictures did indeed announce a release date of October 15, 2021 for Hamilton, except that what it actually is will be a filmed presentation of the original stage musical featuring the original cast (including Lin-Manuel Miranda), filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan. The filming was actually done in 2016, before any of the original cast had departed, so that means the movie will come out five years after it was filmed. Disney reportedly paid million for the film rights to Hamilton, but reportedly, that could also include a true big-screen version of Hamilton (i.e., something more like Les Miserables, West Side Story, and In the Heights) that could be produced at a later date.2. VIN DIESEL HINTS THAT FAST FURIOUS X MIGHT ACTUALLY BE SPLIT IN TWO(Photo by Scott Garfield/Universal Pictures)It may have happened before, but when Warner Bros decided to split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts, they arguably established a precedent for other franchises to get an extra movie out of their profitable franchises final entries (like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, etc). This week, while talking up the big trailer debut for Fast Furious 9, Vin Diesel revealed that Universal Pictures may split Fast Furious 10 (Fast Furious X seems a more likely title since the franchise was originally almost titled Racer X back in 2001) into two parts. This is far from a confirmation at this point, but since Universal presumably wants to keep making these lucrative films for as long (and as often) as possible, Fast Furious getting an eleventh movie instead of just 10 seems pretty likely. Fast Furious 9 comes out this summer (5/22/2020), and Fast Furious 10 (or X) is scheduled for release next spring on April 2, 2021.3. KNIVES OUT SEQUEL IS OFFICIALLY IN THE WORKS(Photo by Claire Folger/©Lionsgate)Just a few weeks ago, writer-director Rian Johnson told the Hollywood Reporter that he was eager to get a sequel to his now Oscar-nominated (for Best Original Screenplay) whodunit Knives Out going and that he was already developing a new case for Benoit Blanc, the eccentric detective played by Daniel Craig, to crack. At the time, though, there wasn t any official confirmation that such a project was on the books for Lionsgate, even if it was something of a foregone conclusion. That all changed this week, when the studio officially announced in a conference call on Thursday that it was planning to start production on a Knives Out sequel, just as the first film is on the verge of breaking 0 million at the global box office. We don t yet know when the film is scheduled for release, nor do we have confirmation that any of the cast will be returning especially considering the new film will likely take audiences through a new mystery though it s a safe bet Daniel Craig will reprise his central role.4. BRUNO MARS TEAMING UP WITH DISNEY FOR HIS OWN MOVIE MUSICALTwo separate recent trends in movie musicals came together this week in one news story that combines elements of both. On one hand, we have seen some very decent box office numbers in the last couple of years for musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, and on the other, Lin-Manuel Miranda has both In the Heights (6/26/2020) and the filmed version of Hamilton, which will be released by Walt Disney Pictures, coming soon (10/15/2021). After months of discussion, Walt Disney Pictures has finalized a deal with pop star Bruno Mars for a music-themed theatrical narrative feature that Mars will star in and produce. The premise is being kept secret for now, but we do know that the music will mostly be new original songs that Bruno Mars will write, create, and perform. An easy guess would be that it might be a musical inspired by his own life story, but that s not confirmed.5. ICE CUBE JOINS FEMALE BOXING BIOPIC FLINT STRONG(Photo by Bob Mahoney/©Warner Bros.)Last summer (6/15/2019), rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube celebrated his 50th birthday, and unlike some other Gen X actors, he seems to be leaning comfortably into the transition from being a young star (the Friday franchise, for example) to taking roles that are more age-appropriate (like say, his roles in Lottery Ticket, which was 10 years ago, and the 21 Jump Street movies). Ice Cube has signed on with Universal Pictures to co-star in their boxing biopic Flint Strong as Jason Crutchfield, the real life coach of future Olympic boxing champion Claressa T-Rex Shields. The movie will basically be adapting the same story as the 2015 documentary T-Rex, except that Ryan Destiny will be portraying Claressa Shields (rather than Shields playing herself). Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Mudbound) will be making her feature film directorial debut with Flint Strong, working from a screenplay by Barry Jenkins (the director of Moonlight).6. ARE YOU THERE, HOLLYWOOD? IT S ME, MARGARET(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)As frequently as Hollywood adapts classic novels into films, you might think that all of the biggest titles had already gotten the big screen treatment, but some (like, say, Catcher in the Rye) defy adaptation and remain unproduced. The argument can be made that one of the most famous young-adult fiction classics that fits in that category is Judy Blume s Are You There, God? It s Me, Margaret (which turns 50 this year). Without getting too far into the details, Blume s novel depicted a young lady struggling to understand the changes her body was going through, and what exactly she was expected to do about them. Now, over 50 years after it was first published, Are You There, God? It s Me, Margaret is now being developed by James L. Brooks and writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen, Certified Fresh at 94%). The screenplay, which has reportedly received Judy Blume s endorsement, has been sent to various studios, and a bidding war is expected to start soon.7. DOWNTON ABBEY SHOWRUNNER ADAPTING THE WIND IN THE WILLOWSThe 1906 Kenneth Grahame children s novel The Wind in the Willows was adapted by Walt Disney Pictures in 1949 as one half of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Fresh at 93%), but the argument can be made that, unlike most other classic stories adapted by Disney in that era, that adaptation is not as fondly remembered as, say, Bambi or Pinocchio. There have been other attempts at adapting The Wind in the Willows over the years (including an animated movie featuring Monty Python stars), but so far, that one great definitive version hasn t happened yet. We can now report that Downton Abbey showrunner and writer Julian Fellowes has signed on to adapt The Wind in the Willows for a feature film that will be shot at Peter Jackson s production studio in New Zealand, with Jackson s WETA Digital doing the CGI work on the animal characters like Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. Fellowes also previously worked on a stage musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, which debuted on London s West End in 2016.8. SPIKE LEE TO ADAPT MUSICAL DAVID BYRNE S AMERICAN UTOPIA(Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)Spike Lee s BlacKkKlansman was one of the top contenders at last year s Academy Awards, and he s currently in the midst of production on his next film, the post-Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, which will probably be released this year in time for awards consideration. It was a bit of a surprise, therefore, that a new project emerged this week which is also being planned for a 2020 release. Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical David Byrne s American Utopia. David Byrne (the former lead singer of the Talking Heads) and 11 other musicians are featured in the show, performing songs from Byrne s 2018 album called American Utopia, as well songs from his career with the Talking Heads. This film is being compared by one of the producers to the 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, which also featured the Talking Heads and international musicians.9. PROMETEHUS AND IT FEMALE LEADS JOIN PETER DINKLAGE S THRILLER THE THICKET(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough, Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Every year, there is a bit of a one-two punch in the field of independent film deals, as the Sundance Film Festival in late January is very quickly followed by the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival in early February. So, even as we re still covering the deals that came out of Sundance, we re also already hearing about big new announcements from Berlin. One of the movies that is looking to be sold at Berlin this year is a thriller called The Thicket, based upon a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, the mind behind Bubba Ho-Tep (Certified Fresh at 78%). Peter Dinklage has been attached to star for a while as one of his first post-Game of Thrones projects, and this week, we learned about three of his co-stars. Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Sophia Lillis (IT), and Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World) have all joined the cast of The Thicket. Dinklage will play a bounty hunter who is recruited by a young man (Plummer) seeking to rescue his sister (Lillis) from a violent killer named Cut Throat Bill (Rapace). The Thicket will have the same cinematographer (Galo Olivares) as last year s Best Picture nominee Roma.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.九游会官方网站(Photo by 20th Century Fox/ courtesy Everett Collection)All Justin Timberlake Movies RankedCause for alarm: Justin Timberlake has only been in a few Certified Fresh movies in his career, projects that have really hit with critics – we hope he has a second job to fall back on.For now, Timberlake will just have to be content with the fact he s been in some of the really good flicks of the 2010s, like David Fincher s Best Picture nominee The Social Network, or the Coen brothers wry and sly take on the folk music, Inside Llewyn Davis. And no one can blame Timberlake for not being careful in cultivating his movie brand, making a few sex comedies (The Love Guru, Friends With Benefits), throwing in a few sci-fi risks (Southland Tales, In Time), and sweetening the stew with family movies (Yogi Bear, Shrek the Third).Timberlake s latest film, his first in three years, certainly falls in that last category: Trolls World Tour, which took the extraordinary step of skipping theatrical and going straight to on-demand. With the movie added to this list, we re sync as we look back on all Justin Timberlake movies ranked by Tomatometer!
The show s fans had contributed to a GoFundMe effort to get the message out and sent a plane trailing a #SaveTheExpanse banner over Amazon Studios in Santa Monica. They created homemade trailers to promote the series and their mission to rescue it from cancellation.The passion fans have shown has floored the cast and creators. There s an enthusiasm and excitement that we d haven t really experienced before being a part of the show, said Wes Chatham, who plays Rocinante mechanic and muscle Amos Burton in the series. Also, there s a kind of relationship and a connection to the fans that s unlike anything I ve ever experienced before because they were so supportive and instrumental. We went through this thing together. It kind of like ties you. Like, I see people in Whole Foods, and we re just like hugging it out. He s like, Man, I love this show. I was there from the beginning, you know? So, we kind of have this kind of relationship and this connection. It s just an incredible thing to be a part of. (Photo by James Dimmock/Amazon Prime)Chatham also relishes the storytelling opportunity that comes with their new streaming home. Being on broadcast television in general just has its challenges, because if you re trying to tell a story, and the story wants to go somewhere that s honest and truthful, and there s a lot of edge to it, you ve got to round those edges out in broadcast television, Chatham told reporters. You got to work until commercials, you got to have the act breaks, five act breaks that go to the commercial, and have the time a specific way. You re not following the story; you re following guidelines for an advertisement. Being on Amazon, you can follow the story wherever it takes you; it can be beautiful, it can be ugly, it can be harsh, it can be violent, but you have to go through all those to be able to express the story and have it live to its highest potential, he continued. From a creative perspective, the story is the most important thing — which in broadcast TV, there s a lot of other important things — and I love that. I love working like that. I don t know if I could go back to any other version of working. (Photo by Amazon Prime)Speaking of storytelling, season 4 reflects the events of Expanse book Cibola Burn, propelling our heroes through the Ring System to the human-habitable planet of Ilus, disputed territory that a ship of Belter war refugees has settled. The settlers want their own permanent home, while Earth s government wants measured settlement of newfound Earth-like planets, and private industry wants, for one, to get in on the mining opportunities on planets like Ilus, which they call New Terra. Avasarala sends Jim Holden (Steven Strait) and crew in on a diplomacy mission, to act as her eyes and ears between the settlers and representatives of Royal Charter Energy, which had a U.N. charter for scientific exploration of the planet. My writing partner, Daniel, has a biology degree, Franck said about the origin of Ilus, and we would talk a lot about all the things that other sci-fi gets wrong with alien biology. So we started playing around with the idea of a planet with alien biology on it and the ways that that would present. That s mostly where it came from. But that alien biology is trying to kill these characters. That idea of when you go to a new place, anything there that isn t trying to kill you doesn t know you exist, Franck said. The minute something realizes you exist, it s going to try to kill you, because that s how nature works. And dropping people into that alien biology you re a big bag of moisture with high-energy atoms in it — something s going to try to eat those, because that s delicious. The season also reaches beyond the story in Cibola Burn, which allows the writers to continue utilizing characters that didn t appear in the novel.(Photo by James Dimmock/Amazon Prime)Asked what challenges the storyline changes presented, Franck said: This is going to sound cheesy, but it wasn t really challenges; it was opportunities. We had a novella called Gods of Risk that Bobbie Draper appears in, and we used that as the launching point for a Bobbie story this season, which was a lot of fun to write. Bobbie is one of my favorite characters to write for. Then the whole election of Chrisjen Avasarala was a thing that we had always talked about for the books but had never done, because obviously she is a politician who has never been elected. What is that like when somebody who has never been elected has to run to office for the first time? Franck continued. That was a lot of fun just watching her put up with the indignities of having to answer to anyone, because, I don t know if you guys watch the show, but Chrisjen Avasarala is not a person who likes answering to people. She s not a person who tolerates being questioned, and having her run for election where all people do is question every decision she makes and put a lot of demands on her time, that was a lot of fun. So, yeah, it wasn t challenging, it was awesome.
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Fresh off a surprise history-making Emmy win, Euphoria star Zendaya is back with a holiday special for the hit HBO series this month — and that’s not all that’s in store. With new outings from Pennyworth, Big Mouth, a final season for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and more, it’s time to buckle up for a binge-tastic holiday season.
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2.36.0 9月喜迎The documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival shared stories of good versus evil, of hard work and cutting loose, of reflections on life and death, of sharing never-before-seen stories and keeping viewers informed. With so many documentaries to choose from, it can be easy to get lost in all of the options. Fortunately, if you missed the film industry’s annual trek to Park City, many of these award-winning films will soon make it to a streaming platform or screen near you.Boys State (2020) 94%(Photo by Thorsten Thielow courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Apple TV+, A24First-time director Amanda McBaine made the jump from producing to collaborate with her The Overnighters director Jesse Moss for an incisive look at U.S. politics through the eyes of young boys in Texas. The result is an astonishing documentary that examines how young people are shaping politics and how campaign strategies affect our own views – even on the scale of a boys civics camp. On awards night, Boys State won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize in its category. Jordan Raup wrote in The Film Stage, “This extraordinary portrait of a democratic process in microcosm is both a testament to how Washington, D.C. and the rest of the country could achieve bipartisanship as well as a look at what has led to such a fractured political system.”The Truffle Hunters (2020) 97%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Sony Pictures ClassicsDirecting team Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw set their sights on Northern Italy, where a secret society of village elders and dogs protect their ritual of hunting for rare Alba Truffles from prying eyes. Although demand for the truffles is high, the group resists giving out their locations and even hunts at night to avoid detection. The documentary is at once a delightful character study and a meditation on greed versus the need to keep the tradition alive. Lee Marshall of Screen International wrote, “A slow-burn watch, The Truffle Hunters is a film as distinctive and lingering as the scent of the rare tuber that inspires it.”The Dissident (2020) 96%(Photo by Jake Swantko courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AOscar-winning documentarian Bryan Fogel investigates the mysteries surrounding the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey and never returned to his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. The film retraces his steps through new footage and the testimonies of those who knew him for an intimate portrait of a man whose work continues to spurn the Saudi Arabian officials who tried to silence him. Eric Kohn of Indiewire said, “Fogel assembles a sturdy compendium of talking heads to explain how Khashoggi managed to speak truth to power for so long, and why his fate reverberates for other Saudis who share his sentiments.”Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) 100%(Photo by Giovan Cordero courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: NetflixCristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch had just finished filming their documentary about famed Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado when he died in November of 2019. At the height of his fame, Mercado reached around 120 million people with his messages of love and hope – before he mysteriously went off the air in the 2000s. The result became Mucho Mucho Amor, a tribute to the man behind many sequined capes that reveals what happened to Mercado before and after his time as one of TV’s most charismatic personalities. Writing for The Wrap, Carlos Aguilar called Much Mucho Amor “a tribute as inspired and jubilant as its majestic subject, a true original.”Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) 93%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AIn the waning months of 2016, documentarians Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross filmed the closing night of a local Las Vegas bar, capturing the patrons’ tearful goodbyes and plenty of dazed stares from one too many drinks. Only, the premise was actually a set-up: the bar is still open (and located in New Orleans), and everyone involved was instructed to behave as if the set-up were true. Nevertheless, the film is full of genuine emotions coming from normal people, blurring the lines between documentary film and traditional narrative. Amy Nicholson of Variety wrote, “It s The Bachelorette wed to The Iceman Cometh: the setup is staged, but the tears are real.”Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) 100%(Photo by John Wakayama Carey courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: NetflixWith her feature debut, Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson emerged as one of the documentary world’s most exciting new voices. Her next project, Dick Johnson is Dead, is radically different but no less inventive, challenging the way we talk about and imagine faith, aging, death, and the afterlife. As Johnson follows her own father s struggles with memory loss, the two confront the inevitable with plenty of laughs and heartfelt moments. Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com called it “a gorgeous blend of truth and fiction, with a guiding sense of humor that allows her film to always be honest and hilarious.”On the Record (2020) 99%(Photo by Becca Haydu courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: HBO MaxAlthough Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary On the Record may have first caught the national spotlight after the departure of one of its top producers and a distributor, they bounced back at the Sundance Film Festival with a rapturous premiere screening. Their movie follows Drew Dixon as she recounts in vivid detail the night Russell Simmons assaulted her and processes the impact it eventually left on her career, wrestling with the pressure of coming forward in the wake of the #MeToo era. Her story was later painfully corroborated by several women who Simmons also harassed or assaulted. Beandrea July wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, “The overall result is an intimate look at what is at stake when rape victims decide whether or not to tell their stories.”Welcome to Chechnya (2020) 100%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: HBODavid France heads to closed-off Chechnya to meet the LGBTQ activists bravely combating the government-sanctioned violence against their community and helping others escape almost certain death. The documentary captures their struggle against the persecution of LGBTQ individuals and anyone seen supporting them, as the international press is shut out and the Russian government turns a blind eye to the carnage. Alonso Duralde of The Wrap called the film “a chilling examination of both the brutality that the Chechen LGBT community is forced to face on a daily basis and the difficulty of leaving the country for peace and safety.”The Painter and the Thief (2020) 96%(Photo by Barbora Kysilkova courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AAfter two of Barbora Kysilkova’s paintings are stolen from an art gallery in Oslo, the artist approaches one of the men accused of stealing them, Karl-Bertil Nordland, and offers to paint his portrait in the hopes of learning where her still-missing paintings may have gone. Instead, the two strike up an unlikely friendship over several years. Benjamin Ree’s The Painter and the Thief won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling at the Sundance Awards on Saturday. Esther Zuckerman said in Thrillist, “Norwegian documentary filmmaker Ree paints a remarkable portrait of two lives that become intertwined.”The Fight (2020) 99%(Photo by Sabrina Lantos courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Magnolia PicturesCo-directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres reunite after their first project together, Weiner, to film the ongoing saga of what it’s like to be an ACLU lawyer in the Age of Trump. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at headlines and the high-stakes battles for freedom behind closed doors. The film won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the Sundance awards ceremony. Kate Erbland wrote in Indiewire, “The unfussy stuff, the human stuff, is what works best, both for The Fight and the very people it follows.”Feels Good Man (2020) 95%(Photo by Christian Bruno courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AFirst-time filmmaker Arthur Jones follows the riveting transformation of the viral Internet character Pepe the Frog from an innocent comic figure to a symbol for internet trolls and the far right. Pepe’s creator, Matt Furie, now wants him back, but is it too late to save the frog’s reputation on the internet? Feels Good Man explores the unruly nature of internet meme culture and reveals how few rights creators have over their creations once they’re online. Jones won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker. Angie Han of Mashable wrote, “Jones demonstrates an insatiable curiosity about his subject, speaking with everyone from a former Trump campaign insider to a collector of Rare Pepes to an expert on the occult.”Collective (2019) 99%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Magnolia PicturesAs one of the standouts in the festival’s Spotlight section, Collective remained a must-see title, as director Alexander Nanau documents the step-by-step unfolding of a tragedy with in-depth details and breathtaking footage. After a devastating fire at a night club killed many and seriously injured several dozens more, investigative reporters discovered the government blocked survivors from life-saving treatments and covered up health code violations that led to the loss of several more lives. The harrowing account raises questions about who should be held accountable, if anyone will be at all. Vikram Murthi wrote for The Film Stage, “Collective sports a procedural-like pace that keeps the information legible and the action linear. It doesn t preclude a lighthearted touch nor get bogged down in misery to underline its points.”Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
ts from first kiss to first meal to first time meeting family and friends. As the couples live together for the first time, they must decide if they want to continue their romantic relationships leading to engagements and possibly marriage, or walk away forever.”She once competed on the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice, and now Real Housewives and Shark Tank alum Bethenny Frankel is inviting aspiring business moguls to compete to land a job within her Skinnygirl empire. The Big Shot with Bethenny will air on HBO Max, and find contestants “tested to see how far they can push their creativity and determination to rise to the top,” which means a job on the Skinnygirl executive team. The series will be produced by Mark Burnett, Frankel’s B Real Productions, and MGM Television.The New York Post is teaming with Investigation Discovery to launch Torn From the Headlines: New York Post Reports, which will take viewers “behind the headlines into some of the city’s darkest and most inconceivable crimes of all time.” One episode will revolve around the kidnapping of New York tuxedo maker Harvey Weinstein … nope, it’s a different Harvey Weinstein. The series premieres on March 16.Netflix has acquired the global rights to the film The Life Ahead, an adaptation of the novel The Life Before Us by Romain Gary. The movie stars Sophia Loren as a Holocaust survivor who runs a daycare business, and who takes in a 12-year-old street kid who robbed her.ABC has given a pilot order to Adopted, a comedy from Jimmy Kimmel. Based on a true story, the series revolves around a Green Beret who returns to Texas from active duty and introduces his family to a 12-year-old Russian boy he has adopted. Kimmel will executive produce the series, and write it with a pair of U.S. Army veterans, Green Beret Shawn Vance and combat medic Daril Fannin. (THR)
l actually end up seeing before Cumberbatch s own sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (3/25/2022). That title, plus the Jamie Foxx news and the recent WandaVision trailer is leading to speculation that the MCU is heading towards some sort of alternate reality, timey-wimey criss-cross of dimensions and properties (Marvel Studios has to get the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters re-introduced at some point, too, after all). In related news, Natalie Portman was also quoted this week about her return as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder (2/11/2022), which appeared to confirm previous speculation about which popular Marvel Comics storyline the movie will be (at least partly) based on.Other Top Headlines1. A DON T BREATHE SEQUEL HAS ALREADY BEEN FILMED(Photo by Ghost House Pictures)A few months after the release of the horror thriller Don t Breathe in 2016, the news first broke that the producers were quickly working on developing a sequel, but it wasn t until earlier this year that a director had signed on for it. The word at that point was that filming was scheduled to start in April, but that was also before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted pretty much the entire film and television industry. That is, of course, in the United States (and many other places where movies are frequently filmed), but just like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, movies (sometimes) find a way. It was just last month that we found out that Sacha Baron Cohen had secretly filmed a Borat sequel (which will debut on Amazon), and this week, Stephen Lang took to his Twitter account to reveal that he has wrapped filming of the Don t Breathe sequel in Belgrade, Serbia. Don t Breathe 2 was directed by Rodo Sayagues, who served as the screenwriter for director Fede Alvarez on both his Evil Dead remake (Fresh at 62%) and the first Don t Breathe (Certified Fresh at 88%).2. ALLISON WILLIAMS TO STAR IN BLUMHOUSE THRILLER M3GAN(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)Before 2017, Allison Williams had a few claims to fame, including being one of HBO s Girls, NBC s Peter Pan Live!, and anchorman Brian Williams daughter, but for many, she is best known as the girlfriend from Jordan Peele s blockbuster psychological horror film Get Out (Certified Fresh at 98%). That movie was produced by Blumhouse Productions, the company behind such horror and thriller franchises as The Purge, Insidious, Sinister, Happy Death Day, and Paranormal Activity, and recent hit movies like Halloween and The Invisible Man. Allison Williams is set to reunite with Blumhouse on a technology-based horror thriller film called M3GAN whose premise is similar to the recent reboot of Child s Play. Williams will play a brilliant roboticist who invents a a life-like doll programmed to be a kid’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. M3GAN will be directed by Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, Certified Fresh at 95%) from a screenplay by Akela Cooper (one of the producers of Netflix s Luke Cage), based on a story idea by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Aquaman), who is also co-producing along with Jason Blum. Akela Cooper also co-wrote Wan s upcoming horror film Malignant, which was filmed pre-COVID-19 and is now awaiting its release, probably sometime in 2021.3. SANDRA OH TO STAR IN SAM RAIMI-PRODUCED HORROR FILM UMMA(Photo by Michael Tackett/©Warner Bros.)Stage 6 Films is a Sony-based production company that since 2008 has given us movies like Don t Breathe, Robot Frank, Searching, and the Insidious franchise (co-produced with Blumhouse). This week, Stage 6 made a deal with Sam Raimi s production company to acquire the rights to a supernatural horror film called Umma, with Sandra Oh attached to star (and serve as the film s executive producer). Umma is the Korean word for mother, and the story will depict Oh s character living on a farm in the U.S. with her daughter until their lives are disrupted by supernatural events following the arrival of her mother s remains from Korea. Umma will be the first film produced by Sam Raimi under a new deal with Starlight Media, whose recent productions include Crazy Rich Asians and Midway. Sandra Oh currently stars on the BBC America series Killing Eve, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and three Emmy nominations, following ten seasons on Grey s Anatomy, for which she received five Emmy nominations. Oh s co-stars in Umma will include Fivel Stewart, MeeWha Alana Lee, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, and Tom Yi.4. BILLY CRUDUP TO PLAY BARRY ALLEN S DAD IN THE FLASH (Photo by Julio Macat/©Sony Pictures Classics)By its very nature, Justice League had a huge ensemble cast, but some of the actors were uncredited, including Billy Crudup (who played Dr. Manhattan in director Zack Snyder s Watchmen) as Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen, A.K.A. The Flash. We can now report that Crudup will reprise that character in The Flash (11/4/2022), the long-in-development solo movie starring Ezra Miller as the Justice League super speedster. Crudup is actually returning to The Flash after previously being attached to co-star as Harry Allen (in 2015, years before Justice League came out) but then dropping out when that version of the movie was sent back to development hell. He is the third male star beside Ezra Miller to be announced for The Flash, following Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck, who will be playing different versions of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The Flash will adapt the popular Flashpoint storyline from the comics, during which the Flash attempts to prevent his mother s murder, resulting in changes to both time and reality. (The Flashpoint story was also adapted for season 3 of the the CW series The Flash ). It s not yet known if Billy Crudup s character will receive more screen time in next year s HBO Max mini-series Zack Snyder s Justice League.5. ANDY SAMBERG HEADLINES SUPERHERO STONER COMEDY SUPER HIGH(Photo by ©Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)Superhero movies and stoner comedies are some of the most popular films for certain swaths of the moviegoing audience, so it makes a certain kind of sense when the two genres intersect. With that in mind, Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson, and Common are teaming up for a superhero stoner comedy called Super High, which New Line Cinema won the rights to this week following a competive situation. Super High will be set in a world where smoking special weed gives you super powers. The Super High screenplay will be written by Adam Mansbach, the screenwriter of the 2016 Barack Obama drama Barry (Certified Fresh at 80%), and also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Go the F*ck to Sleep, and its sequels, You Have to F*cking Eat and F*ck, Now There are Two of You (the audiobooks of which were narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, and Larry David).6. CLINT EASTWOOD TO PRODUCE, DIRECT, AND STAR IN CRY MACHO(Photo by Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.)When Daniel Day-Lewis announced that he was retiring from acting in 2017 after his final film Phantom Thread, he had just recently turned 60 years old. We bring that up because Clint Eastwood just announced this week that he will be starring in the next film he will direct, and he s currently 90 years old. Put another way, if Clint Eastwood had retired when he was 60 (in 1990), we never would have seen him in movies like Unforgiven, In the Line of Fire, Million Dollar Baby, or Gran Torino. The Warner Bros. movie that Clint Eastwood will be producing, directing, and starring in is an adventure drama called Cry Macho, which is an adaptation of a 1975 novel that has been in development as a screenplay since the early 1970s because author N. Richard Nash actually wrote the book after his initial attempt to sell it as a screenplay. Other actors who were previously attached to star in the film include Roy Scheider in the 1990s and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the early 2010s. In the 1980s, Eastwood himself was also in the running to star, but he decided to make The Dead Pool instead. Cry Macho will tell the story of a washed-up horse trainer who schemes to make ,000 by snatching a streetwise Mexican boy from his mother in Mexico City and delivering him to his father — and the trainer’s ex-boss — in Texas. 7. ANGELINA JOLIE AND CHRISTOPH WALTZ TO STAR IN TRAGIC ALS ROMANCE (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)This year s awards season is obviously curtailed a bit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Hollywood appears to be chugging right along, with various projects that sound like they might be future awards-friendly features. That theme especially applies to Every Note Played, a romantic drama to be produced by STX Films based upon the novel of the same title by Lisa Genova. Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Alita: Battle Angel) is in talks to star in Every Note Played as a famous concert pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig s Disease, the same disease that afflicted Stephen Hawking), with Angelina Jolie also in negotiations to play his ex-wife, who assumes the role of his caregiver as his condition worsens. Every Note Played will be directed by Michael Sucsy, whose filmography includes Grey Gardens (Fresh at 88%) and The Vow (Rotten at 31%). In related news, the fantasy adventure Come Away, starring Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo, was picked up this week by a new distribution company called Relativity Media Studio.8. CAST OF RESIDENT EVIL ORIGIN MOVIE REVEALED(Photo by Ben Rothstein/©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)In 2002, Milla Jovovich starred in the first live-action movie adapted from the popular Resident Evil video game franchise, and the film s success led to five more sequels, even as the movies moved farther and farther from both the tone and the plotline of the actual Resident Evil video games. Jovovich and her husband, director Paul W.S. Anderson, have moved on from Resident Evil (taking on another video game franchise with Monster Hunter instead), but the Resident Evil franchise forges ahead. The reboot will start with an origin story that will depict the initial viral outbreak at the Umbrella Corporation in Raccoon City that then leads to the apocalyptic events of the video games (and presumably, future movies with some of the new cast). The reboot draws heavily from Resident Evil for its characters, including Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario), Leon Kennedy (Avan Jogia), Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper), and William Birkin (Neal McDonough).9. ZOMBIE MOVIE DIRECTOR TAKING ON KID-FRIENDLY THOMAS FRIENDS TRAIN MOVIE (Photo by Jaap Buitendijk/©Paramount Pictures)Marc Forster directed 2013 s zombie thriller World War Z, and the 2016 South Korean zombie horror hit Train to Busan was set on a train; combine the two together and remove the zombies, and what do you get? Probably something along the lines of the next Thomas Friends movie, which Forster has, for some reason, signed on to direct. Successful directors frequently helm a variety of projects, true, but it s fun to point out that Thomas the Tank Engine will be brought to us next by the guy who did Machine Gun Preacher. Anyway, Thomas Friends will be co-produced by the toy and game company Mattel, which is also actively developing movies based on Barbie (probably starring Margot Robbie) and Barney the Dinosaur (produced by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya).On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Director James Gray s previous work includes films like The Immigrant and The Lost City of Z, so he may not be the first person who comes to mind when you think epic space drama. That said, Gray s quieter sensibilities may have worked to his benefit in his latest project, Ad Astra. Brad Pitt stars in the sci-fi mystery as an astronaut who embarks on a dangerous journey into space both to investigate an interstellar threat to Earth and to locate his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones), who undertook a similar mission decades earlier and disappeared. Critics say the film is an ambitious, beautifully photographed space adventure that balances big questions alongside more perso
九游会官方网站 Johnson is both executive producer and star of the series, appearing as a future version of himself (a 2032 presidential candidate). The show takes place during four different time periods, with Adrian Groulx starring as 10-year-old Dwayne Johnson, Bradley Constant as a 15-year-old version, and Uli Latukefu as the 18-year-old Rock. Young Rock also portrays of famous early wrestlers, including Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, Iron Sheik, and Junkyard Dog, which is not unexpected, since Johnson grew up wrestling royalty as the son of WWE champ Rocky Johnson, who is played by Joseph Lee Anderson in the series. It was truly a love letter to professional wrestling, which is a business that I grew up in and a business that I ve loved all my life and learned some of my most valuable, while very unorthodox, lessons, Johnson said. It was a pleasure to be able to highlight and showcase these men who were, in essence, my superheroes — they didn t wear capes when I was a little boy. SNL Star Kenan Thompson Is Multitasking With Sitcom KenanKenan, the new sitcom starring longest-tenured Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson, underwent two full creative overhauls before its current iteration.But when it premieres on February 16 on NBC, the show will follow a widowed actor–turned–morning show host as he raises his two daughters with the help of his father-in-law (played by Don Johnson) and brother (SNL castmate Chris Redd). The lengthy development of the series, Thompson said, allowed the team time to figure out how to put a new twist on the ‘uplifting father figure’ kind of show.”Thompson and Redd are filming the sitcom concurrently with SNL. While cast members previously would have to leave the late-night comedy sketch series or film in the summertime if they wanted to pursue other creative pursuits, the TV world (and specifically the SNL universe) is a little more flexible than it used to be, they said.“I think we’re living in a different time,” Thompson said. “There was a time when people would leave the show to go into their career. But I’m of a different kind of thinking. I think you can do both as long as you can, then if the departure comes in a natural way then so be it. Redd also said he wasn t thinking of the show as some kind of SNL exit strategy. Said the actor, I just see it as an opportunity to create. Hunting for Extraterrestrial Debris Gives Upcoming Sci-fi Drama a New Case Each WeekThe title of NBC s new sci-fi drama Debris, premiering March 1, is literal — each week, two intelligence agents hunt extremely powerful shards of an alien spaceship that bestow fantastical powers on their possessors, from walking through walls to manipulating the weather.The weekly component will be complemented by a larger mystery — sound familiar? The series comes from former Fringe showrunner and Almost Human creator J.H. Wyman. You can have a case of the week, but you can also have meaningful character development and the mythological rollout over the course of at least this first season, Wyman told reporters in the show s virtual session.A CIA agent played by Jonathan Tucker and an MI-6 agent played by Riann Steele are the investigators at the center of the series. The duo work together as a part of the U.S.-U.K. collaborative agency Orbital to recover as many pieces as possible before others can use them for nefarious purposes. And while each new UFO scrap they discover will provide a weekly through-line for the series, it ll also show the unique capabilities of the alien matter and how it affects the world, Tucker said.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
KS的主播晨阳说这次手游在五一公测很有可能是真的，毕竟本身游戏的热度就很高，但由于国服上线的消息，直接少了一批玩家，这些玩家都不在国际服玩游戏了，都在等待国服上线。再这么下去国际服情况只会更差，那么不如国服尽早上线，而LOL手游，因为有端游玩家为基础，上线后肯定爆红。 After a year off the air, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its sixth season on Friday, May 10 with a refreshed premise, a seeming departure from its big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe cousin, and a new director at the center of television’s Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Luckily, Rotten Tomatoes had the chance to visit S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ and debrief the cast ahead of the new season s premiere.As first revealed at the end of season 5, Alfonso Mackenzie — better known as “Mack” — succeeded the dying Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the head of the agency after Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) turned down the position. Season 6 picks up sometime after Coulson’s apparent death, with Mack now firmly entrenched as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director. It is a leadership role actor Henry Simmons, who plays Mack, said he loves. In previous seasons, Mack was most frequently seen offering a bewildered punchline about the group s latest adversary or impossible scenario. But now he s front and center.“Now, you have to drive the scenes as a director. I was talking with Clark about this, Simmons said. The weird thing is when you become director you feel responsible for each person, for what s happening in the scene. It s weird. And I enjoy that. I am grateful for the fact that they put it in my hands.”(Photo by ABC/Mitch Haaseth)As the actor recalled, Mack started as a mechanic who wound up in S.H.I.E.L.D. prior to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He first became part of Coulson’s team when another faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted to test their loyalty following the revelation that Hydra had infiltrated the organization. But after years of dealing with demons and traveling though time, Mack grew to respect Coulson and his team.And as seen in some of the previews for the new season, Mack still refers back to a hologram of Coulson contained within Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) toolbox from earlier seasons.“This is a daily thing,” Simmons explained. “Mack really relies on this hologram for advice, for direction … there s a lot to deal with. We have a member that s out there somewhere, a team member that we have to find. And we have an occurrence that s happening around Earth that is unpredictable and deadly.”Both objectives will hopefully allow Mack to prove to himself he was the right choice to succeed Coulson, a theme executive producer Jeff Bell said will recur through the season. In the same way that Coulson questioned his ability after Fury — Can I be a director? Do I have what it takes? — I think Mack is going through his own version of that, he said.Meanwhile, the missing team member Simmons mentioned is Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), who also died at the end of season 5. But thanks to the malleable nature of time travel on the series, an earlier version of Fitz is still alive somewhere in deep space and it’s up to a team comprised of Daisy, Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Agent Piper (Briana Venskus), and Agent Davis (Maximilian Osinski) to find him.(Photo by ABC/Mitch Haaseth)For Daisy, the mission is particularly fraught considering the future version of Fitz tried to kill her to prevent the world from ending. (Things got a little crazy last season.) But this Fitz never hurt her.“I think the one thing that connects all of them is that they re all trying to be the best versions of themselves, but still at the end of the day, there s darkness within every character, Bennet said.That darkness may be most apparent in Jemma Simmons, whose dedication to finding Fitz tests the patience of the others as the season begins.“Ethically she s just so biased on finding him. So she is not worried about other people s feelings. She doesn t care what the consequences are,” Henstridge said of her character’s state of mind. She noted the character has become single-minded before, but never to this extent — threatening the lives of the others. “She s can t fit anything else in her head at the moment, because as soon as she starts to think about other people, she ll start to think about the crazy odds of what she s trying to do and she ll break down.”For Piper and Davis, the mission means a certain sacrifice, but for Venskus and Osinski, it means a promotion. After appearing on the series off-and-on for the past four years, both will feature regularly for the first time this season. It means an expansion of the characters and a new role for them to share.“We are kind of like the everyman of the show,” Osinski explained, adding, “We don t have superpowers; we don t have robotic arms or special weapons. Said Venskus, “We re the ones who are more surprised by things still — which is kind of cool. We provide that comedic relief of being, like, ‘This isn t normal, right?’”They are, however, highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who managed to survive just about every upheaval since S.H.I.E.L.D. s initial fall in The Winter Soldier. As Venskus put it, that means Piper went to from learning about aliens in her first episode to treating space travel like “no big deal” in season 6. And if previous seasons are any indication, the duo s deep space adventure will continue for quite awhile.(Photo by ABC/Matthias Clamer)Back on Earth, Mack and the rest of the team face those anomalies Simmons mentioned. They crisscross the planet in something resembling a pattern. And as previews have hinted at, it may have something to do with Gregg’s new character, Sarge; a sort of “anti-Coulson” who is as much of a mystery as the anomalies.“They have a similar drive and focus,” Gregg said of Coulson and Sarge. “They re both, I think, not someone whose willpower you want to question. But everything else, the moral framework, all that stuff, is different.”According to executive producer Jed Whedon, Sarge’s frame of mind will be “so shocking to people” that it “actually has its own power.” At the same time, watching Sarge make the choices he does while looking and sounding like Coulson “gives those moments more weight than they normally would have.”“It was very, very hard to get my balance,” Gregg said of switching gears into Sarge. “It really felt odd. There s a part of [his thinking] that s so clean. He has a mission and he does [it] life means nothing to him. He wants what he wants. And he s going to get it done. And that s very freeing, and it s kind of sexy, it feels like it s fun. And yet I had a lot of questions about how he s justifying that.”One character also having a hard time justifying Sarge’s presence is Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen). She stayed with Coulson during his last days and returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. a “freer” person. As Wen put it, “She doesn t have the burden of dealing with either him being sick or die or come back after he died and die again.”(Photo by ABC/Matthias Clamer)Of course, that sense of freedom gets “skewered” when she first sees Sarge.“It s a moment of disbelief and major angst for her,” Wen explained. But once May understands the real story behind Sarge, the character will have a familiar Melinda May reaction. “She s pissed,” Wen added. “She s really pissed.”Beyond her reaction to Coulson, May brings her experience and honesty back to S.H.I.E.L.D. This includes an advisory role to Mack and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova- Buckley). The latter continues to serve as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and, but Cordova-Buckley noted that her character has undergone a shift from the rebellious Yo-Yo we first met.“It was really interesting for me to go from a girl that s so [about] her word, her mind, her beliefs, and always really going against anything that goes against that, Cordova-Buckley said, to now saying, You know what, there s a bigger picture. I need to be more diplomatic. I need to settle the fire down and find my way within the institution, the bureaucracy, and all that stuff. ”That said, Cordova-Buckley said Yo-Yo may still decline a leadership position within S.H.I.E.L.D., although she would become a great leader if circumstances forced the role upon her.“I get a sense that she would rather be a mentor of sorts to young children, to Inhumans coming up, to sort of be the leader underground, she said. Not the face of [a group]. (Photo by ABC/Matthias Clamer)Circumstances always change quickly for S.H.I.E.L.D., both within its world and without. Last season, events appeared to coincide with Thanos s (Josh Brolin) arrival on Earth to collect the Time and Mind Stones. But as the series was unclear when it would coming back — or even if it would come back — they could not plan a proper connection with the events of Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame. That means the slightest bit of retconning will be on display in the season to come.“However the Time Lords want to work it out, all of this had to happen before the Snap,” executive producer Jeph Loeb explained. “Otherwise, we d be living in the world that was brilliantly showed in Endgame.”Then again, perhaps Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will employ the notion of tangent timelines to explain itself in some yet-to-be-written episode. The show always excels at finding the odd corners of the MCU to examine and that would be a fine one to use. In the meantime, though, S.H.I.E.L.D. has plenty of personal crises and intergalactic stakes to keep themselves busy ahead of the already planned season 7.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on ABC.