(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)Ella Purnell splashed on the scene with a standout role in Tim Burton s Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children and has since appeared, with Bill Nighy and Matthew Goode, in the critically acclaimed Ordeal By Innocence, which was Certified Fresh at 94% on the Tomatometer and U.S. audiences saw on Amazon. She also played teen Maleficent in the 2014 live-action Disney film that starred Angelina Jolie as the titular Sleeping Beauty villain.The actress is all grown up now and starring as Tess, a 22-year-old who tackles the competitive New York City restaurant scene, in Starz drama Sweetbitter. At the end of the first season, Tess got her coveted job in Howard’s (Paul Sparks) restaurant, which was only the beginning of the drama for Purnell s character.In the season 2 premiere, Howard takes his staff to a farm to see where the food they prepare comes. It seems to affect Tess deeply, and she starts calling some of the chefs out on their cavalier attitude toward their ingredients. There also might be a bright spot in her relationship with Simone (Caitlin FitzGerald) — but how long can it last?When Rotten Tomatoes caught up with Purnell, she told us of her love for Phoebe Waller-Bridge s work and what s in store for her character in season 2.WHAT’S ON YOUR DVR?(Photo by BBC America)I don’t generally watch that much live TV because I’m always in different time zones and traveling around so much. I can tell you which TV shows I watch every single night religiously when I binge-watch them.My first one has to be Killing Eve, because it’s incredible. I’m obsessed with it. I’m obsessed with Jodie Comer. I’m obsessed with Sandra Oh. I’m really fascinated by shows with female leads, written by females. I know season 1 was Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I don’t think she did the second season, but I still really like the second season. I’ll be intrigued to see where they go after this. I actually first heard about Killing Eve when I was doing press for Sweetbitter because everybody kept comparing Tess and Simone to Villanelle and Eve. That’s how I got into it and they are pretty similar. I love the way that relationship is built.WHAT’S ON YOUR STREAMING QUEUE?(Photo by Steve Schofield/Amazon Prime)Fleabag. I love it. It’s too short though. I need more than six episodes, because it’s so addictive. I think I binge-watched the whole first season in one night. It’s so brilliant. The humor is amazing, and it’s interesting once you know that Phoebe is involved in both [Fleabag and Killing Eve]. You can absolutely recognize her writing style and the way she brings characters to life. It’s super unique and so smart. She’s brilliant.There is a show that I can’t stop watching. It’s called Easy. I think that show’s been on for a while, but it just hit Netflix, so I’ve only just kind of discovered it. It’s set in Chicago, and each episode is like an anthology series. It starts off as an anthology series, but I think halfway through season 1 you get to meet the characters from episode one again later. Then by season 2 and season 3, you’re following the same four or five story lines except for then they add new story lines every other episode. Each one is different, but it kind of all centers around relationships, friendships, marriages, couples, all sexualities, all genders. It’s so interesting, all ages. Evan Jonigkeit, who plays Will in Sweetbitter, is on Easy. I was watching the show and I was like, Oh, that’s Evan. And I texted him, “I love your show.” I think it’s all mostly improv and the guys that do it are just like friends who get together and make this thing. It’s such a cool concept, I love it.My last one is Black Mirror. I am always obsessed with Black Mirror. I will watch it. I watched it last night. I rewatch episodes, and every time I rewatch an episode, I learn something new. I’m obsessed with Black Mirror.And Mrs. Maisel — I have to say that.That’s my top five.WHAT’S COMING SOON THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR?(Photo by Jennifer Clasen/HBO)Oh, I haven’t seen Big Little Lies yet. I loved the first season and I love Meryl Streep, so I would say Big Little Lies season 2. The Crown season 3 and 4, I think, have finished filming already. Maybe they haven’t finished yet, but Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter are two of my top five favorite actresses, so I cannot wait to watch that. Really excited for that one.(Photo by Starz)Fred Topel for Rotten Tomatoes: Is visiting the farm a game changer for Tess?Ella Purnell: Definitely. I think it’s pretty symbolic of them switching it up. It’s a way of Howard switching things up in the restaurant industry, making everyone aware that sh ’s about to change. But for Tess, it’s also like, Hey, don’t think that just because you’ve got the job that you’re done. That happening wakes her up, I think, from any idea of complacency. Also her reaction to it surprises herself; her curiosity and interest in it reminds her not to underestimate herself and it reminds her that there’s so much stuff she hasn’t seen, so much stuff she hasn’t experienced.It seems to change her attitude in the kitchen. Will that continue?Oh, definitely. Absolutely, yeah. In part, it’s having a better understanding and appreciation for dining as a whole experience, but also the intensity behind it. I think it’s a good reminder to Tessa, like it’s a job. This is kind of each man for himself out there, and I think that becomes apparent in the last scene of the season with a scene between Tess and Howard. She does something really ballsy, really ballsy. And it’s really interesting. I’m really interested to see what people make of that last scene. It’s dramatic.(Photo by Starz)Does Tess and Simone’s relationship become more harmonious?Yeah, I would say so. Well, no, actually. For like a brief second. Episode two they have an incredible bonding experience. You find out a bit more about Tess’s backstory and Tess’s mother and perhaps get an inkling as to why she’s so attracted to Simone, what their relationship is about. I don’t really know. It’s painful. I’m really interested in the relationship. I’m really interested in female relationships in general. I think she’s just as in love with Simone as she is with Jake, so she’s hypersensitive to any changed or nuances in their relationship. I think it’s really painful for Tess.Does Tess’ journey in the restaurant industry have any parallels to yours as an actor?Definitely. I always think it’s so funny how art imitates life in a weird way. Definitely last year was so funny because it was my first time in New York. It was my first time doing TV. So everything she was doing, everything she was experiencing, I was experiencing too for the first time. I’d never worked in this industry, and I was thrown into this new industry. What I mean by that is movies and TV, American television is totally different from anything I’ve ever done, so I was thrown into this thing that I was trying to figure out and keep up with and look like I knew what I was doing in the same way that Tess is. And then the gratification it gives you when you seize life for all its worth is incredible. I moved to New York after we finished filming, and I feel like it’s changed my life, not in a cheesy corny way, but genuinely changed the course of my life.Sweetbitter new episodes air Sundays on Starz. Sundance may be famous for setting the terms of the indie film conversation of the year, but the film festival also serves as a launching platform for new horror voices that become successes later on. As the home to Hereditary, The Babadook, Get Out, and The Blair Witch Project, the Sundance Midnight program has a bit of a reputation, leaving this year’s selection with some pretty big shoes to fill.This year, genre spread to other sections of the programming, as fans needn’t have stayed up late at the Park City Library to catch some disturbing or just plain weird movies. No matter what your favorite genre is, you were bound to find something up your alley, from unusual documentaries to scary movies to fantastical comedies. And the good news is that distributors and streaming services are likely to snatch them up and make them available to you soon, with some of them already on the way.With expectations high, the question of what will be this year’s Hereditary-style hit is constantly brought up. We checked out the films competing to become this year’s big breakout hit, and rounded up what the critics were saying, so you can begin preparing your watchlists of what Sundance films are most likely to make a big impression once they get released.His House (2020) 100%(Photo by Aidan Monaghan courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: NetflixRelease Date: TBDNetflix’s big acquisition at Sundance is this tale of horror both supernatural and human. His House tells the story of a refugee couple who flee the horrors of the South Sudan civil war and come to England to start a new life. What they find is something that doesn’t want them there, with the very walls of the house exuding a sinister vibe. What makes the film truly special is how it balances the supernatural horrors of a haunted house movie with a poignant and equally devastating immigration story of survivor’s guilt. As Benjamin Lee wrote for The Guardian, “The haunting that takes place is one that’s tied to something that feels real.” Netflix will release His House some time later this year, and once it does, you can expect a movie that will make audiences scream, all while getting people to empathize with a refugee couple’s story by way of a haunted apartment,” as RogerEbert.com’s Nick Allen puts it.Save Yourselves! (2020) 89%(Photo by Matt Clegg courtesy of Sundance Institute)Release Date: TBDWe are all obsessed with our phones; there’s no denying that. But what happens if we try to distance ourselves from the internet for a short time? According to Save Yourselves!, you may miss an alien invasion. Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Paul Reynolds) are a hip Millennial couple, ruled by the technology at their disposal. When Su suggests they get away without technology in order to cleanse themselves during a life-reaffirming week, they find themselves having to fight off adorable poof-like aliens that remind us of a cuter version of Critters, as the rest of the world is already under attack. Rachel Wagner from Rachel Reviews writes that the film “is not only a very funny look at modern Millennial life but a sweet romance of a couple who become stronger through facing off with aliens.” Save Yourselves! is currently looking for distribution.Relic (2020) 92%(Photo by Jackson Finter courtesy of Sundance Institute)Release Date: TBDThe best horror often manages to be both a terrifying piece of entertainment and a poignant commentary on our reality. A remarkable debut by Natalie Erika James, Relic turns the haunted house story on its head, using the horror genre to tell an emotional story of dementia. Australian stage legend Robyn Nevin gives a terrifying yet emotionally devastating performance as a woman whose mind and body is slowly failing her, while a strange and eerie presence haunts her home. “Like Mike Flanagan before her”, writes Film School Rejects Rob Hunter, “Natalie Erika James flawlessly blends terrifying horror with the ache of humanity.” Rest assured, when Relic finally gets released, it will make you scream before it pulls on your heart strings.Run Sweetheart Run (2020) 73%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: BlumhouseRelease Date: TBDBlumhouse returns to Sundance with its second “Sweetheart”-titled movie in Run Sweetheart Run. Like last year’s Sweetheart, this movie finds a young woman having to go toe-to-toe with an inhuman monster, as we follow Ella Balinska’s Cherie on her first date in a while. The problem is that her date turns out less than stellar, and she is forced to run through the streets of Los Angeles for an entire night to escape the blood-loving monster she mistook for a chance at romance. Though critics note that the metaphors are thinly-veiled at best, Bloody Disgusting’s Meagan Navarro writes that “Run Sweetheart Run makes for an entertaining and cheeky trip centered around woman’s curse.”Bad Hair (2020) 62%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Release Date: TBDA social thriller starring a killer weave, Bad Hair is a campy throwback to 80s horror B-movies with a whole lot on its mind. Writer-director Justin Simien returns to Sundance with a film about the importance of and controversy surrounding hair in the Black community, focusing on a lowly assistant at a TV show who gets a new hairstyle that helps her move up in her career – with some deadly, bloodthirsty consequences. Writing for That Shelf, Victor Stiff explains that the film “is a delightful horror dramedy that interrogates black women’s struggle to be true to themselves in the face of a system hellbent on snuffing out their blackness.” Bad Hair is looking for distribution.Possessor: Uncut (2020) 94%(Photo by Karim Hussain courtesy of Sundance Institute)Release Date: TBDPlaying like a horror version of Inception, Brandon Cronenberg (yes, son of David) takes us on a disturbing, bloody nightmare that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. The film stars Andrea Riseborough as a contract killer whose consciousness gets implanted into others so she can control them into committing murders for hire that is, until she finds herself struggling to control a particularly difficult body. This is a movie that’s not for the faint of heart, as Slashfilm’s Chris Evangelista writes: “This isn’t a work designed to thrill and entertain. Instead, it’s meticulously crafted to horrify. The violence on display here is graphic to the extreme, yet it never feels cartoonish.” While the violence and blood may be too much for some viewers, critics agree that this film is a unique experience worth seeing; as Rob Hunter writes for Film School Rejects, Possessor “is fantastically and cruelly unforgettable.” Keep an eye out for Possessor as it looks for distribution.Into the Deep (2020) 100%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: NetflixRelease Date: TBDThe rare documentary to play at the midnight slot, this bone-chilling film started as an homage to Danish amateur inventor Peter Madsen before turning into an exploration of evil when Madsen murdered and dismembered Swedish journalist Kim Wall during the time the doc was being shot. Emma Sullivan’s Into the Deep features stunning footage both pre-murder and in its immediate aftermath, dealing with the shock of the filmmakers realizing what kind of subject they’re following as their film begins to resemble something akin to a horror flick. Writing for Vanyaland, Nick Johnston says, “Into the Deep is a unique beast in a documentary landscape that’s more consumed than ever with the true-crime genre, and it is a must-watch for anyone even slightly curious about the events of this bizarre and tragic crime.” Netflix will release Into the Deep later this year.The Night House (2020) 87%(Photo by Elisha Christian courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: TBDLike A Quiet Place in 2018, The Night House relies on sound to create a terrifying horror experience that will make your bones vibrate. After the loss of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) begins to spend her nights plagued by strange dreams and creepy noises around the house. Critics spoke highly of Hall’s performance, with Birth.Movies.Death’s Ed Travis calling her a “scream queen.” They also commended the string of jump scares that shook audiences at the fest; Bloody Disgusting s Meagan Navarro explains “[the film] leaves you breathless and your heart pumping hard.” Searchlight Pictures bought the distribution rights for the film and will be releasing at a later date.Scare Me (2020) 82%(Photo by Brendan Banks courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: ShudderRelease Date: TBDNo matter how elaborate or grand a horror movie is, the scariest memories most of us have still belong to the nights we spent as youngsters listening to scary stories after dark. Scare Me takes the tale of an aspiring horror screenwriter trapped in a snowy cabin with a best-selling horror novelist telling each other stories and turns it into an exploration of the creative process and even gender politics, all while delivering a minimalist yet still spooky experience. As Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson writes, “Scare Me is an absolute delight and a real gift for both horror fans as well as those of us who can’t get enough of hearing a good story. ” Shudder will release Scare Me at a later date.Spree (2020) 67%(Photo by Rylan Perry courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: RLJE FilmsRelease Date: TBDEugene Kotlyarenko’s Spree asks, What if Joker was a streamer and wannabe influencer? The thriller-comedy, which is shot found-footage style, features Joe Keery doing his best Arthur Fleck impersonation as a guy obsessed with becoming internet famous by streaming a night of violent mayhem. It s a commentary on our collective obsession with social media, privilege, and the darkness of comment sections. What makes the film more than just a Black Mirror episode is how it infuses jokes and gags into the horror – and then seems to ask why we re laughing. Nick Allen wrote for RogerEbert.com that “Spree brilliantly shows influencer culture for the totally demented lifestyle that it is.” RLJE Films will release Spree later this year.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
This month’s baker’s dozen of televisual offerings boasts timely, social-conscious comedies and dramas; a pair of reboots of beloved classics; several superhero (and otherwise witchily powered) protagonists; and one of the most engrossing and original cat-and-mouse thrillers of the new millennium. Buckle up, because April’s going to keep you busy!The Twilight Zone 66% (CBS All Access)What it is: A reboot of creator Rod Sterling’s eerie and prescient anthological classic from 1959, now hosted and produced by modern master of horror Jordan Peele (an Oscar winner for Get Out and record-breaker for Us)? All we can say is: Sign us up. Why you should watch it: When it comes to horror series that episodically tackle various social and political matters through a sci-fi and technology-driven lens, Netflix’s Black Mirror has been the buzzy new kid on the block for four seasons strong. But there’s still nothing like the taste of an original, and with Peele at the helm, this Twilight Zone is in more than capable hands. Catch up on the original series then tune in to season 1 of this reboot, which streams on CBS All Access April 1. Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the original first five seasons)The Last O.G. (TBS)What it is: The Last O.G. is a laugh-out-loud comedy series with something to say. Following ex-con Tray (Tracy Morgan) as he readjusts to life in a gentrified Brooklyn after 15 years behind bars, the half-hour is ripe for fish-out-of-water gags while also portraying social matters of the day. Why you should watch it: Is Jordan Peele taking over the world? Apparently — because he’s also got credits this month as the co-creator of this acclaimed comedy series on TBS. Starring a never-better Morgan and Girls Trip breakout-turned-bonafide star Tiffany Haddish as his estranged ex, there’s no reason why the very funny Last O.G. shouldn’t make your binge list this month. Season 2 premieres April 2 on TBS. Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 3.5 hours (for the first season)Brockmire 98% (IFC)What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Then one day, 10 years later, he decides to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in the first two seasons is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 3 premieres April 3.Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 6.5 hours (for the first two seasons)Cloak and Dagger 87% (Freeform)What it is: Marvel is at its best when highlighting young heroes who are in over their head while learning the gifts and limits to their newfound superpowers. Cloak Dagger comes with the twist that Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson’s powers — emitting light and engulfing in darkness, respectively — are the yin to the other s yang, inexplicably connected and best when joined together. Their vastly different backgrounds make them unlikely partners, as do their growing feelings for one another. Why you should watch it: The chemistry between leads Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) is the kind of urgent magnetism you can’t look away from — which makes a season 1 binge of this teen-oriented action-drama series go down easy. See what all the buzz is about before season 2 premieres on Freeform April 4. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, VuduCommitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first season)Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 81% (Netflix)What it is: Based on the beloved Archie comic and from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has a dark and spooky twist, charting the titular witch’s (Kiernan Shipka) coming of age as she’s forced to choose between human normalcy and her magic’s haunting lore.Why you should watch it: Who says Halloween can’t come early? Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a hit out the gate last fall upon its debut, which was followed up by a Christmas special, satiating the appetites of Riverdale fans and the Melissa Joan Hart 90s series alike. Lucky for you, even more chilling adventures await this month. Season 2 premieres April 5.Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 11 hours (for the first season)The Tick 95% (Amazon Prime)What it is: Creator Ben Edlund brings beloved comic-book The Tick to Amazon Prime, where his titular hero (here played by Peter Serafinowicz) tries to save his city from the presumed-dead supervillain secretly pulling political strings in the underground: the Terror. Why you should watch it: The Tick finds the perfect blend between superheroic, shoot-’em-up action and silly camp and comedy. Plus, the bromance between Serafinowicz’s hero and his unassuming sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman), is one for the books.Where to watch it: AmazonCommitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)The Chi (Showtime)What it is: You’ve never seen Chicago like this. Created by Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe, this Showtime series portrays the city’s South Side neighborhood as a tapestry of want and need, violence and love, and altogether human after our central four heroes (played by Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, and Alex R. Hibbert) are brought together in unexpected ways after one life- and community-altering event. Why you should watch it: The Chi is an unflinching, authentic, and timely coming-of-age drama boasting some of the best actors and writers — well-known and otherwise — working today. While the series’ namesake city has become a talking point of good and bad on Capitol Hill, it offers a timely look at some of the social and justice issues being debated in that spotlight today while still being nuanced, character-driven entertainment. Season 2 premieres on Showtime April 7.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, VuduCommitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)Killing Eve 89% (BBC America)What it is: From the mind of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve is a female-driven cat-and-mouse espionage thriller between a globetrotting assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), and a MI5 security operative, the titular Eve (Sandra Oh).Why you should watch it: There is something so effortlessly watchable and utterly likable about Oh, and the fact that Killing Eve gives her the opportunity to flex that charm (and brains and brawn and sensuality — the list goes on) as a top-billed leading lady is reason enough to watch. The fact that she’s met mark-for-mark by relative newcomer Comer is the reason you’ll stick around for the binge and want more when you’re done. Season 2 premieres on BBC America April 7. Where to watch it: Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, MicrosoftCommitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first season)Game of Thrones 89% (HBO)What it is: This critical darling and fan-favorite fantasy series needs no introduction. Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, Game of Thrones charts the rise and fall of families and kingdoms in the mythical Westeros as one after another fights for the Iron Throne.Why you should watch it: Over the course of its seven seasons, Game of Thrones has tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, become Monday’s mandatory water-cooler conversation, and stirred national debate on what’s to come for its ensemble of beloved characters. Fan theories abound, so if you’re new to Westeros, stay away from Reddit until you’re all caught up. We promise it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss. Season 8 (its last) premieres on HBO April 14.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first seven seasons)Bosch 97% (Amazon Prime)What it is: Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, a steely, determined homicide detective keeping watch over the City of Angels in this Amazon Prime original series. Each season follows one major case and strikes the perfect balance between contemporary crime grit and smooth, yesteryear noir.Why you should watch it: Bosch may be the best crime series you’ve never heard of. Change that! Co-creator Eric Ellis Overmyer is a seasoned vet of the genre, with roots planted firmly in the crime genre. Homicide: The Movie and Law Order both earned him Emmy nominations in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He knows his way around the daily dramas of LAPD homicide and proves the perfect collaborator for the source material’s author, Michael Connelly. Season 5 premieres on Amazon Prime April 19.Where to watch: AmazonCommitment: About 30 hours (for the first four seasons)Cobra Kai 93% (YouTube Premium)What it is: Cobra Kai charts the re-opening of The Karate Kid’s infamous Cobra Kai dojo from none other than Johnny Lawrence himself. It makes for a modern-day twist on the classic 1980s film franchise.Why you should watch it: It’s 2018, and nostalgia is the name of the game. Luckily, Cobra Kai, from creator Robert Mark Kamen, has it in spades. Featuring committed performances from Karate Kid original players Ralph Macchio as Daniel and William Zabka as Johnny, this reboot feels as comfortable and entertaining as ever, and it’s further brought to life by an ensemble of young actors finding their own footing in the discipline of karate. Season 2 premieres on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) April 24.Where to watch it: YouTube PremiumCommitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)The 100 93% (The CW)What it is: Here’s another intelligent, original take on the post-nuclear apocalypse from Jason Rothenberg for the CW. Set 97 years after nuclear war wiped out humanity, the mere thousands remaining survived by escaping on an ark-like spaceship that remained within Earth’s orbit. The twisty caveat? The series’ title represents the 100 juvenile prisoners who, against their will, are forced out of the Ark and back to Earth to learn if it’s habitable. To their surprise, it turns out that some humans lived through the nuclear war from the century prior — and not all of them are ready to befriend the young visitors.Why you should watch it: As is the case with much of the CW’s slate of programming, The 100 is led by an impressive ensemble of young, breakout actors who are made all the more impressive by their series’ meatier material. Plus with an air-tight concept as its foundation, there’s a reason we’ve been coming back for five seasons now. Season 6 premieres April 30.Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Netflix, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 50 hours (for the first five seasons)Thumbnail photo credits: Game of Thrones by Helen Sloane/HBO; Cobra Kai for YouTube Premium; Killing Eve for BBC AMERICA/Sid Gentle Films Ltd.亚博游戏网站After breaking out in the late ’80s with a string of Certified Fresh hits like The Untouchables, Bull Durham, and Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner made himself a marquee name with his stoic, unshakeable performances. In the following decades, he played everything from the romantic leading man opposite Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard to the gunslinging lawman Wyatt Earp in Lawrence Kasdan’s biopic about the historical figure. Recently, his no-nonsense persona has lent itself to the roles of a supervisor (Hidden Figures), inspirational leader (McFarland, USA), patriarch (TV’s Yellowstone), and even Superman’s dad (Man of Steel).In his latest movie, Thomas Bezucha’s Let Him Go, Costner once again takes the reins of a familiar horse. Here, he plays George Blackledge, a stern-faced retired sheriff in 1950s North Dakota who suffers the devastating loss of his son in the film’s opening moments. George and his wife, Margaret (Diane Lane), grieve for their son’s accidental death by helping his widow, Lorna (Kayli Carter), with their new grandson– but the solution is temporary. Lorna decides to remarry and takes George and Margaret’s grandson – their last remaining link to their son – away without warning. When Margaret decides to go after her to see why she left so suddenly, George begrudgingly supports her and defends her when the going gets tough. Ahead of the movie s release, Costner spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about his fondness for a good story, acting opposite his Man of Steal co-star Lane once more, and working with Lesley Manville. (Photo by Kimberly French / © Focus Features )Monica Castillo for Rotten Tomatoes: What first interested you about Let Him Go?Kevin Costner: I m always looking for the next great script, either trying to create it or what comes along. Too often, they re not great, but sometimes they re good and they just don t fit. It s hard to do; it s hard to write a great screenplay. As I started reading, I was drawn into it. I didn t know where it was going or where it was going to go. It got worse and worse in the best sense. There was a dread that started to happen, and there was an authenticness about it. A love story was emerging even against this kind of journey that was happening. These two people who had history together,who loved each other, and you saw them completely not together, so to speak, but what kept them together was love. We have a beautiful screenplay and really that s what got me to say yes.Speaking of that central relationship, how did you and Diane Lane create that rapport?Costner: The idea of working with Diane, that s always going to be a yes, but not in the wrong situation. When I work with her or anybody, I want it to succeed wildly. I want it to feel to an audience that, “Wow, that was fresh. That was different. I didn t see that coming.” You still want to feel like something surprised you. That s what I look forward to. They re not just jobs or decisions to be a way from home. I have to try to think of what was best about what it could be. (Photo by Kimberly French / © Focus Features )Your character, George, is pretty stoic compared to Margaret, Lane’s character. How did you decide what went into that performance and balance the relationship dynamics?Women that have strong wills are not new to this century or this decade. Women have been leading men in certain ways to places because they feel morally, ethically, right, and drag their men sometimes in these situations that are over their head. Why does the man go? Because in the end, he loves her and wants to protect her from herself. And in the end, he can t.Speaking of strong women, your character also faces off against Lesley Manville’s strong-willed matriarch. What was that experience like?She’s kind of like Bette Davis, just so formidable. That family you just knew was so bad. They were just people on the fringe and we [the characters] got dragged into it. I think what s so cool about the movie is I could feel it coming. The audience could feel it coming. The only one that couldn t feel it coming was Diane, my wife. It s a surprising movie without being a surprise.(Photo by Kimberly French / © Focus Features )Let Him Go feels like a subtle period piece, with time-specific details on the edges of this timeless family drama. How did you bring that sense of mid-century midwestern life into your performance?Costner: The actor has a few tools at their disposal. Their voice, how are they going to play it? Their walk, how are they gonna walk it? Their hair, how are they going to look? How are they going to exist in that particular era? What s going to inform without shouting out.The West and Midwest feature so prominently throughout your career. Is there something about these regions that appeals to you? Costner: Maybe you ll think about it this way or won t, but how I do is that they lend themselves to people having to solve their problems on their own. As people extended out, they ended up solving their own problems with a level of violence. The violence was random, and those who could take advantage of people did. Some people find a lot of drama in the courtroom and a lot of drama in the police precinct, and I find a lot of drama in the great open spaces where sometimes it s you and somebody else and you re wondering what it is they want from you. There s a lot of drama in that.Let Him Go is in limited release from November 6, 2020.
Adjusted Score: -1% Critics Consensus: Anchored by the incomparable Patrick Stewart, Picard departs from standard Starfleet protocol with a slower, serialized story, but like all great Star Trek it tackles timely themes with grace and makes for an exciting push further into the final frontier.
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9.87.5 0月喜迎American Crime Story goes behind the blue dress in its third season, Peacock orders a Field of Dreams series from Michael Schur, Netflix releases a first look at Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki as Charles and Diana in The Crown, top trailers include Foundation and Scenes from a Marriage, and more of the biggest news in TV and streaming this week.TOP STORYMonica Lewinsky Has Her Say in Impeachment: American Crime Story Telling of the Clinton ScandalFor months after her affair with President Bill Clinton became public knowledge, Monica Lewinsky’s life unraveled. Things weren’t going so well for Clinton, either, but Lewinsky had been painted by #TeamClinton as a stalker, as someone obsessed with Clinton. And as part of her agreement with White House investigator Ken Starr, Lewinsky wasn’t even allowed to publicly defend herself.Lewinsky has since, of course, told her story, even writing a book, Monica’s Story, in 1999, but there’s nothing like seeing your story unfold week after week on a TV screen. With FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story, viewers will have the chance to understand how the real Lewinsky was not the same woman who was the subject of constant hateful, body-shaming media coverage (often from female writers) and cruel jokes, her life forever altered.In FX’s Television Critics Association panel for the series, executive producer and writer Sarah Burgess talked about how Lewinsky, a consultant on the project, hoped she would be portrayed, and what Burgess herself felt was most important to impart about Lewinsky.“There is just no experience comparable to that,” Burgess said. “I always felt it important and very clear that we would work with her and speak to her … about every script page … it feels like in 1998 our culture sort of created a second Monica Lewinsky that doesn t bear any relationship to the real person.(Photo by Tina Thorpe (images 1 and 7)/Kurt Iswarienko (all others)/FX)“So, I think for me and for Monica, the understanding that a real human arrived in Washington and went through these experiences, understanding the pressures that she was under, the surreal experience she was in, in this affair with the President, and then everything that she went through as the story came out … I mean, really, I m still shocked when I’m on LexisNexis the way our culture responded to things, like a very vulnerable Barbara Walters interview, the talk about hostility, the sort of dismissiveness, the assumption that she wasn t smart. All of that was always very important to me to bring forward, and I think to Monica as well.”Added Beanie Feldstein, who portrays Lewinsky in Impeachment, “I knew that every word that I was saying was approved and had been to Monica first … she would give all her feedback and notes. And by the time it got to me, I was sure that everything in there was something that she felt comfortable with, she felt was real to her life and felt represented her.”Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres on September 7 and also stars Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Clive Owen as Bill Clinton, and Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton.In other TCA highlights from the week:In a Discovery+ session, Legally Blonde star Selma Blair talked about her new documentary, Introducing, Selma Blair, which won the Special Jury Award for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling in the Documentary Feature Competition at South by Southwest in March. The incredibly moving doc unfolds Blair’s experience living with and adapting to the changes in her life while she’s dealing with multiple sclerosis. And she revealed during the TCA session that her MS is currently in remission, after a stem cell transplant she underwent last year. “It took about a year after [the transplant] for the inflammation and lesions to really go down, so I was reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need to be more healed,” Blair said. “I don’t have any new lesions forming … There’s still maintenance, treatment and glitches, and wonderful things. Cognitively, I’m very changed, and that’s been the harder part.”Introducing, Selma Blair will have a limited release in theaters on October 15, and will begin streaming on Discovery+ on Oct. 21.First Look at Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki in The CrownHere they are, the first look at the new Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki, in season 5 of The Crown on Netflix.Our new Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki). pic.twitter.com/2QIMOhY1dE The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 17, 2021NEW TRAILERS: Unrest Plagues the Galactic Empire in Epic Series Adaptation of Isaac Asimov s Seminal Foundation Novels Sci-fi drama Foundation, produced by David S. Goyer, adapts Isaac Asimov’s series of novels — the inspiration for Star Wars and other sci-fi works — about the thousand-year-long saga of a band of exiles, who find that the only way they can save their Galactic Empire from destruction is to go against it. Stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, and Leah Harvey. Premieres September 24 on Apple TV+.More trailers and teasers released this week:• Scenes from a Marriage is the HBO limited series remake of Ingmar Bergman’s classic 1973 Swedish miniseries about, you guessed it, a troubled marriage, this time between Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) and Mira (Jessica Chastain). The series also stars Tovah Feldshuh and Corey Stoll and is executive produced and directed by Hagai Levi (The Affair). Premieres Sept. 12. (HBO)• Frogger is the game show for everyone who ever wished they could be the little froggy inside the videogame. Real life Frogger means getting soaked, but not, thankfully, squashed. Hosted by Damon Wayans Jr. and Kyle Brandt. Premieres Sept. 9. (Peacock)• Highway to Heaven is a reboot movie of the 1984-89 NBC drama that starred Michael Landon as an angel sent to Earth to help people. In the remake, Jill Scott plays angel Angela, who is hired by junior high school principal Bruce (Barry Watson) as a guidance counselor, which immediately puts her in the perfect play to spot some people who can use her help. Premieres Nov. 6. (Lifetime)• Blood Brothers: Malcolm X Muhammad Ali is the Kenya Barris–produced documentary, based on the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by authors Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith. Premieres Sept. 9. (Netflix)• Pen15’s animated special finds Anna and Maya on vacay, but time away from home doesn’t mean leaving their worries behind. Stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. Premieres Aug. 27. (Hulu)• BMF is the 50 Cent–produced, real-life drama about the crime organization operated by Detroit brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory. Stars Russell Hornsby Jr. and Demetrius Flenory Jr. (playing his father). Premieres Sept. 26. (Starz)• NYC Epicenters: 9/11 → 2021½ is a documentary, from Spike Lee, documenting his beloved New York City across the last 20 years, from 9/11 to the COVID pandemic. Premieres Aug. 22. (HBO)• Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal Greed is a documentary that’s sure hinting there’s something far darker in Bob Ross’s life than the happy little trees he taught us all how to paint. Could it be? Premieres Aug. 25 (Netflix)• 61st Street is a courtroom drama starring Courtney B. Vance as a public defender caught in the prosecution of deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the Chicago police department’s code of silence. Created by Peter Moffat (The Night Of and Your Honor) and executive produced by Michael B. Jordan. Coming soon (AMC)• Nuclear Family is a documentary from filmmaker Ry Russo-Young, who chronicles her own family, growing up with two lesbian moms in the 1970s-80s, until a lawsuit shook up their happy lives. Premieres Sept. 26 (HBO)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Sterling K. Brown and Randall Park Starring in Buddy Comedy at Amazon(Photo by Nick Agro/ABC via Getty Images; Michael Tran/Getty Images)Sterling K. Brown and Randall Park will co-star in an untitled action comedy at Amazon, written by Wu-Tang: An American Saga creator Alex Tse. Both actors will also produce the movie, which THR compares to 48 Hrs., and describes as about two childhood best friends, now on opposite sides of the law, who have to go on the run together until they can clear their names and thwart some international baddies. (THR)Hank Azaria will co-star with Kyle Chandler, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Kerry Bishé on the first season of Showtime’s Super Pumped, the anthology series that will focus on the backstory of Uber. Azaria will play Apple CEO Tim Cook, Gordon-Levitt is playing Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, Chandler is playing Texas venture capitalist Bill Gurley, and Bishé will play one of Uber’s first employees. (Variety)The O.C. alum Peter Gallagher is joining the 18th season of Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Alan Hamilton, who meets Meredith the season opener, but knew her mother a long time ago. Kate Burton, as Ellis Grey, will also appear in the new season, which premieres Sept. 30.The Americans star Noah Emmerich will star in AMC’s Dark Winds, a Western psychological thriller from creator Graham Roland and executive producers Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin in which Emmerich will play an FBI agent trying to boost his dying career by solving a robbery, but only if he can secure the assistance of a Navajo Trial Police lieutenant played by Longmire’s Zahn McClarnon. The six-episode drama is based on author Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn Chee book series. (Deadline)We Own This City, the upcoming Baltimore police limited series from The Deuce creators David Simon and George Pelecanos, has added Treat Williams, Gabrielle Carteris, Dominick Lombardozzi, and Dagmara Domińczyk. (Deadline)Academy Award–winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River) has signed on for Wool, the Apple TV+ drama from Justified creator Graham Yost. Based on author Hugh Howey’s book of the same name, the series is set in an apocalyptic future where a community lives in a silo hundreds of feet underground and follow a system of rules they think is meant to keep them safe. Robbins will play the silo’s tech guy, opposite Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible 7), who plays an engineer for the silo. (THR)Big Sky star and out trans non-binary performer Jesse James Keitel has joined the cast of Peacock’s Queer as Folk reboot, playing a party girl trying to get more serious about life and grow up. (Variety)Emine
After an almost year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most anticipated movie musical in years – Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights – is finally arriving on the big screen and HBO Max this month, and the cast and creators couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world. Ahead of the film’s release, Rotten Tomatoes’ correspondent Naz Perez spoke with Miranda and Chu about adapting the stage phenomenon for the big screen and the care that went into bringing the Latinx NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights to vivid, detail-rich life. Plus, Miranda, Chu, and stars Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Palanco, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and scene-stealing Olga Merediz talk about the “goosebumps” they got from seeing their culture represented in a way cinema has rarely seen, putting together the epic showstopping sequence for fan-favorite song “96,000,” and why they’re so thrilled for America to meet the characters of In the Heights and discover their dreams.In the Heights is in theaters and on HBO Max from Thursday June 10, 2021On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
(Photo by Syfy; BBC AMERICA; Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection)The past year has offered 12 TV seasons Certified Fresh at 100% — including The Good Place, Cobra Kai, Vida, and Dear White People — of 110 overall that are Certified Fresh. A voracious TV consumer could simply work their way down the list of every Certified Fresh TV show of 2018, or have a look at Rotten Tomatoes staff picks. Our editorial staff has considered the year in television and curated a list of series that may not have met the criteria for Certified Fresh, but nonetheless have captured our imaginations and earned our recommendation anyway.The Expanse 94%What It Is: In the 23rd century, after colonizing the solar system, humans make first contact with an alien race. But rather than meet face-to-whatever, the interaction occurs via the ancient, extinct race s super-advanced A.I. technology, which humanity struggles to understand, communicate with, and ultimately control.Why You Should Watch It: It s been 10 years since Syfy s Battlestar Galactica remake from Ronald D. Moore (Outlander) went off the air. The series, which topped our list of the 100 best sci-fi series of all time, won worldwide fans through its gritty space-opera storylines about the human struggle with and against intelligent machines. The BSG world felt lived in, and its characters, both human and machine, presented a seemingly viable space-based future.The Expanse, which Amazon dramatically rescued from cancellation this year, is BSG s very worthy successor in offering a similarly complex sci-fi tale with engaging characters and award-worthy production design. It stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, Frankie Adams, and Thomas Jane. Why the show hasn t enjoyed the same level of worldwide appeal is one of the series greatest mysteries.Where to Watch: Amazon, Syfy (season 3)Commitment: around 25 hoursPicked By: Debbie Day, TV Features EditorBarry 99%What It Is: In this dry, sometimes unexpectedly somber HBO dark comedy, a professional killer for hire from the Midwest travels to Los Angeles for a hit and stumbles into an acting class, where he not only discovers a community of aspiring actors who welcome him but also begins to imagine a quieter, more normal life.Why You Should Watch It: Thanks to his up-for-anything enthusiasm and easygoing charisma — not to mention his impeccable comedic timing — SNL and Documentary Now alum Bill Hader has earned a sizable fanbase over the years. Those fans were always going to show up for Barry, no matter how good (or bad) it was. Fortunately, the series does a magnificent job balancing Hader s natural boyish charm and his less frequently utilized — but still incredibly effective — proficiency at communicating deep pathos (see: The Skeleton Twins), and he s aided by a stellar ensemble that includes Stephen Root, Anthony Carrigan, Sarah Goldberg, and Henry Winkler in one of his finest roles in years.Barry begins with a funny idea, infuses it with real emotional investment, and tosses in a few Oh, sh ! moments just to keep you on your toes. Hader and Winkler have already taken home Emmys for their efforts, and they re both up for Golden Globes next, so now is as good a time as any to see what all the fuss is about.Where to Watch: HBOGOCommitment: A little over 4.5 hoursPicked by: Ryan Fujitani, Sr. EditorBabylon Berlin What It Is: While investigating a pornography ring, Inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) discovers a web of conspiracies with huge implications for Germany as a whole.Why You Should Watch It: The idea of the Weimar Republic (the era of German history that spanned from the end of World War I until the rise of the Nazis) has exerted a powerful fascination to this day. It was a time that produced a flowering of artistic expression — from the Bauhaus Movement to The Threepenny Opera, not to mention such cinematic masterworks as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, and The Blue Angel — and a moment of (relative) tolerance for LGBTQ people. It was also a time of political upheaval, during which a democratic government attempted to hold together a nation struggling with extreme economic insecurity, a time when communists and fascists brawled in the streets. Historians dispute some elements of this narrative as myth, but while Babylon Berlin may be imperfect history, it’s exhilarating entertainment. Its Berlin is all bright neon and dark shadows, decadent parties and sudden outbursts of violence, mysteries and underground plots. We all know the horrible ending to this story, but the characters in Babylon Berlin don’t, and seeing this tumultuous period through the lives of regular people living in the moment gives the whole thing an air of haunting pathos.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: Just shy of 16 hoursPicked By: Tim Ryan, Review Curation ManagerKilling Eve 89%What It Is: This badass British spy thriller follows two female leads — MI5 intelligence officer Eve (Sandra Oh) and international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) — who become obsessed with tracking each other down.Why You Should Watch It: There’s a reason Oh is getting finally getting her long-deserved award recognition for this role: She’s phenomenal as a mild-mannered government employee who heads up a task force to find a female assassin (an also-phenomenal Comer), beginning a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the two women. The BBC America series is also frequently incredibly funny, thanks to sharp writing from creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).Where to Watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunesCommitment: About 5.5 hoursPicked By: Jean Bentley, Assistant TV EditorPeaky Blinders 92%What It Is: A raw mob epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England. Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), a World War I veteran and leader of the “Peaky Blinders” gang, has started the family business of running a bookie service as well as providing local muscle.Why You Should Watch It: This gritty crime drama will keep you glued to your screen as Tommy tries to build his empire and cement his legacy, all while facing the ever-changing landscape of the new century post-WWI. Guns, gambling, influence, politics, and the streets — this show has it all. Great costume and set design lure viewers into 1919 England to experience the region s post-war trauma. See how far Tommy will go to make a buck and gain power and the collateral damage his family must endure because of it. The series did not offer a new season to U.S. audiences in 2018, but with season 5 coming in 2019, now is a perfect time to binge it.Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: About 24 hoursPicked By: Shane Crocker, Motion Graphic DesignerChilling Adventures of Sabrina 81%What It Is: This comic book–adapted Netflix series from the creator of Riverdale is a dark reimagining of the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch story. Half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) refuses to sacrifice her human relationships in order to keep her witchy powers and must navigate the boundaries between the mortal and supernatural worlds.Why You Should Watch It: If you’re the kind of witch who wishes Halloween could be a year-long holiday, look no further than Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This show has plenty of campy magic and glamorous gore, but it’s more than flashy spells and Satanic references. Each of Sabrina’s allies — her aunts, cousin Ambrose, human friends, and demonic frenemies — has their own depth and intrigue, which makes their world colorful and worth a deep investment. It’s ultimately a coming-of-age story: Watching Sabrina come into her own, and change minds to do so, is exciting, empowering, and fun. She makes some big mistakes along the way, but who can blame her? She’s only just learning to play with hellfire.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: About 11 hoursPicked By: Sophie-Marie Prime, USC’s Rotten Tomatoes FellowForever 95%What It Is: Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star as an ordinary married couple tethered to routine until a freak accident changes everything they thought they knew about themselves and the world.Why You Should Watch It: Much has been written about how Better Call Saul is an ode to the everyday (crime and dubious legal practices notwithstanding). They couldn t be more different, but if you re a fan of BCS, 2018 s Forever will appeal just as well. Created by Alan Yang of Master of None and featuring prolific comedic actors Rudolph and Armisen (do they ever sleep?), the show poses big questions while simultaneously offering tiny details for viewers to chew on long after the final episode of this compact series ends. Avoid spoilers as much as possible before indulging in this series, which somehow marries banality and longing to great effect.Where to Watch: AmazonCommitment: 4 hoursPicked By: Sara Ataiiyan, Review CuratorSchitt's Creek 93%What It Is: Schitt’s Creek is an amalgam of everything that is good and holy about Canadian entertainment.Why You Should Watch It: Led by Eugene Levy, his gorgeous son Dan, and their beautifully thick eyebrows, Schitt’s Creek follows the Rose family, their fall from grace, and their new life in a tiny town surrounded by some of the most wonderful, eccentric, and underrated characters on TV. The series is a rare bird: both funny and heartwarming, while completely insane and totally relatable. In watching, I have laughed so hard I cried, but I have also cried so hard that I had to laugh (specifically, season 4, episode 6). The relationships, the chemistry, the number of wigs Moira owns, Alexis’ vocal fry, and so on — everything about this show is so perfectly curated that you would be hard pressed to find anything else like it on television.Where To Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, VuduCommitment: About 20 hoursPicked By: Zoey Moore, Community ManagerManiac 84%What It Is: Loosely based on a Norwegian show of the same name, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s mindtrip of a miniseries delves into the depths of the human mind with humor, heart, and just the right amount of heady conversations to keep you thinking.Why You Should Watch It: It’s the kind of show that can delicately explore the fragile folds that are the human mind and mental health, while still provoking a fully belly laugh (usually followed by a cathartic cry). Between Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s melancholy chemistry, the singular force of confidently neurotic nature that is Sonoya Mizuno, and Justin Theroux and Sally Field s “special” parent–child relationships (truly something to behold), you feel for each character you meet. For a show about anxiety and depression, it’s refreshingly present. There are no endless flashbacks or flash forwards, even with some of the more cerebral elements. You share moments with the characters as they have them, making for an engaging, emotional viewing experience. Oh, and there are elves, therapy robots, tons of wild accents, unexpected mammals, and a neat retro futuristic feel that’s at once nostalgic and current. It may sound kind of heady, but trust us, it’s worth the trip.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: 6.5 hoursPicked By: Haña Lucero-Colin, TV Curation LeadTerrace House: Boys & Girls in the City What It Is: A reality series documenting the real lives of six roommates in Japan.Why You Should Watch It: For those who hate traditional reality TV and want insight into Japanese culture, this is your show. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of love triangles and conflict, but it’s more civilized. It’s the ultimate comfort watch! When you catch up with this season, there’s previous Terrace House series (“Boys and Girls in the City” and “Aloha State”) to enjoy!Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: There are 42 episodes available from the most recent season, all around 30 to 40 minutes each — and it runs through 52! The time commitment is A LOT, but SO worth it.Picked By: Eileen Rivera, Sr. Director of ProductionHappy! 84%What It Is: Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Nick (Christopher Meloni), a degenerate hit man and ex cop, gets beaten up by mobsters only to wake up in the hospital seeing a cheerful blue unicorn named Happy (Patton Oswalt). Nick learns Happy is the imaginary friend of a kidnapped little girl named Hailey, who is being held captive by a demented Santa Claus. Happy won’t stop bothering Nick until they find Hailey and bring her to safety. Nick’s harsh, aggressive behavior clashes with Happy’s childlike mentality, creating a blend of violent dark humor living in each episode.Why You Should Watch It: Happy! is a solid mix of dark humor and violence — all set in a Christmas-centric world. It is the true opposite of everything we usually watch during the holidays. Through the season Nick gets into trouble with the mob, his former police partner, and his previous romantic partners, but it’s the absurdity of all these scenarios that keep you hooked. One of the most rewarding aspects about the show is the deeper you get, the wilder it becomes, from murderous side characters to a Willy Wonka-type corporate overlord. Happy! is not for the faint of heart and is truly made for fans of antiheroes. The casting is also particularly fun, as Meloni is the polar opposite of his Law Order: SVU character. Think: the crazy cook in Wet Hot American Summer, but darker and more twisted.Where to Watch: Netflix, SyfyCommitment: About 6.5 hoursPicked By: Jason Blagman, AssistantElite 97%What It Is: Rich, sexy Spanish teens clash with working-class students at their elite private school, leading to murder.Why You Should Watch It: Gossip Girl meets Big Little Lies meets Skins meets Cruel Intentions meets The O.C. meets Veronica Mars meets well, basically every single other of the very best teen dramas for this Spanish-language soap-to-end-all-soaps. The eight-episode season features overachieving teens doing teen things like vying for a scholarship, having sex, doing drugs, blackmailing, and murder. The private-school uniforms evoke Gossip Girl, the class clashes evoke The O.C., and the murder-mystery at the center, featuring flash-forwards to the teens being interrogated by police, is very BLL. Elite is addictive and pulpy and will most certainly keep viewers up late trying to figure out who killed [spoiler]. Pro tip: If you don t speak Spanish, Netflix will usually default to the dubbed version. To avoid that travesty, and make sure you select the European Spanish audio track.Where to Watch: NetflixCommitment: About 8 hoursPicked By: BentleyHappy Valley 98%What It Is: A kind of Fargo for the South of England, Happy Valley focuses on policewoman Catherine Cawood’s (Sarah Lancashire) personal and professional lives in the struggling, drug-ridden town for which the series is named. Each season comes with a different mystery, extended across that season’s six episodes, and while they’re dark and twisted fun, the show’s true focus is Cawood’s past – particularly the rape and murder of her daughter by the convict Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) – and its refusal to stay buried.Why You Should Watch It: There is a reason Lancashire was at one time Britain’s most highly paid TV actress: her Cawood is one of TV’s great creations. She’s tough as nails at work, and at home, and yet is only ever barely holding it together, and Lancashire’s performance is revelatory for those unfamiliar with her work. She’s as compelling a TV anti-hero as any of the guys you’d find on AMC or HBO. Lancashire is well matched by a supporting cast that includes Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey s sinister O’Brien) as her sister Clare, who is coping with sobriety, and James Norton as the menacing Royce, whom anglophiles might recall swooning over in Grantchester and War and Peace, and who is rumored to be in consideration to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. It can be dour, nasty stuff, but series creator and writer Sally Wainwright infuses it with just enough heart, humor, and quirk – this is small-town-TV-England after all – to make it utterly bingeable. Happy Valley is another Netflix title that didn t release a new season in 2018, but will in 2019, making now a great time to binge.Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, VuduCommitment: 12 hoursPicked by: Joel Meares, Editor-in-ChiefPose 98%What It Is: A look inside the underground ball scene in the 1980s, made famous by the documentary Paris Is Burning, in which competitors from various “houses” walk, dance, and/or perform in drag to win big trophies and bigger boosts social stature.Why You Should Watch It: That Pose is genuinely groundbreaking – it features a largely transgender cast, many of whom have not acted professionally before – was reason enough for many to tune in when the Ryan Murphy series premiered on FX in 2018. That it was genuinely thrilling, romantic, and ultimately moving was the reason most stayed on for all 10 episodes. Murphy’s series plays out like Fame at times, and like an episode of Drag Race at others. Which is to say there is as much new-to-New-York excitable pluckiness as there is shade being thrown around. The ball scenes are dynamically staged, with outrageous costumes (the pilot’s royalty-themed ball is a particular treat), and dangerous levels of fierceness. But what makes Pose something special are its softer moments, away from all that voguing. Moments like when Elektra, played by Dominque Jackson, who was a genuine house “mother” during the 1980s, grapples frankly with whether to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. Or when Billy Porter’s Pray, who hosts the ball nights, keeps bedside vigil for his ailing lover. Porter, nominated for a Golden Globe this year, is a series standout, along with Indya Moore, whose complex relationship with married boy from the ’burbs Stan (Evan Peters) will break your heart.Where to Watch: Amazon, Fandango Now, FX+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTubeCommitment: 10 hoursPicked by: Meares
American Gods Star Orlando Jones Considering Legal Action After He Says He Was Fired from Starz Series(Photo by Fremantle Media NA/Starz! / courtesy Everett Collection)Orlando Jones tells Deadline he is considering pursuing legal action against the Starz network, for what he calls his firing from the drama American Gods. Jones played god Anansi for two seasons on the fantasy series, and was a writer and producer on the series for one season. SAG-AFTRA will reportedly expand its probe into Freemantle Media over the firing of Gabrielle Union on America s Got Talent to include treatment of Jones on the production company s American Gods, the actors union said in a statement.“After initial meetings with Gabrielle Union and her representatives about her experiences on America’s Got Talent, and after learning more about Orlando Jones’s experience on American Gods, SAG-AFTRA is expanding its investigation of Fremantle Media, the statement reads. “Our enforcement actions are handled confidentially to protect the members involved, and we typically do not publicize these matters unless the affected members request that we do so. We have nothing further to report at this time.”Casting News: Amazon s Lord of the Rings Series Casts Its Galadriel(Photo by Alex Bailey/HBO)His Dark Materials star Morfydd Clark will portray the young version of Galadriel, the role played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. (Variety)Uzo Aduba and Zackary Momoh have joined the cast of HBO Max’s upcoming limited series Americanah. Orange Is the New Black alum Aduba will play the aunt of star Lupita Nyong’o’s Ifemelu, while Momoh will play Obinze, a classmate of Ifemelu’s, who falls in love with her. The 10-episode series is an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s bestselling 2013 novel.John Laroquette has joined the cast of The Good Fight for its upcoming fourth season. The Night Court and Boston Legal alum will play an attorney named Gavin Firth, described by CBS All Access as “warm, generous, sophisticated, and potentially deadly.” (EW) Nip/Tuck alum Joely Richardson will play Cassandra Bianchi, a wily former love interest of James Spader’s Red Reddington in an upcoming episode of NBC’s The Blacklist, TVLine reports.Narcos: Mexico, season 2, premieres on Netflix on Feb. 13, and will include new cast members Sosie Bacon (as Mimi Webb Miller), Mayra Hermosillo (Enedina Arellano Felix), Nat Faxon (Ted Kaye), Andrés Londoño (Enrique Clavel), Alex Knight (Kenny Moss), Miguel Rodarte (Danilo Garza), Jesse Garcia (Sal Orozco), Matt Biedel (Daryl Petski), Jesus Ochoa (Juan Nepomuceno Guerra), Flavio Medina (Juan Garcia Abrego), Alberto Zeni (Amat Palacios), Jero Medina (Ossie Mejia), Jose Julian (Javier Arellano Felix), and Noé Hernandez (Rafael Aguilar).Frank Grillo (Kingdom) will play modern artist Nico Tanner in the upcoming fifth season of Showtime’s Billions.Netflix has announced the cast for its upcoming coming-of-age animates series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Deon Cole, Karen Fukuhara, Coy Stewart, Sydney Mikayla, and Dee Bradley Baker, with a guest cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Joan Jett, Dan Stevens, Lea Delaria, John Hodgman, and GZA. The series premieres Jan. 14.Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster will host Quibi’s upcoming remake of the MTV dating series Singled Out.Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney told The Wrap that it has yet to be decided whether or not Jussie Smollet will return to the Fox drama before its series finale next spring.DEVELOPMENT NEWS: Will Ferrell Takes a Netflix Trip to Cocaine Island(Photo by Photo by Roy Rochlin/WireImage)Will Ferrell will star in and produce a Netflix movie version of the documentary The Legend of Cocaine Island, about a small business owner who plots a mission to dig up a stash of million worth of cocaine that was allegedly hidden in the Caribbean. The doc, which debuted on Netflix earlier this year, finds the inept man failing, throughout a sometimes nonetheless entertaining adventure.It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney have teamed up for the new Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. Premiering on the streaming service on Feb. 7, the show follows a group of videogame designers who are running a popular game. The Sunny duo is producing the live-action half-hour, while McElhenney also stars as the creative director of the videogame company. Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis also star.Looking for Leia, a seven-episode docuseries about female Star Wars fans, will debut on Syfy on Dec. 21 (11 p.m. ET). Each 10-15-minute installment will be available thereafter on Syfy.com, YouTube, and NBC’s OneApp.The Bachelor meets a Hallmark Christmas movie? Next year, HBO Max will debut 12 Dates of Christmas, a dating series set in a “stunning winter wonderland.” A Christmas castle, ice skating, and sleigh rides are all part of the fun as singles step into a “real-life romantic comedy” and try to make a love connection with someone they’ll take home for the holidays.Discovery has greenlit Revenge of the Nerd, a prank series from producer Jimmy Kimmel. The show features YouTube star Mark Rober – he of the viral glitter bomb video that showed off his clever punishment for package thieves– as he and his cohorts pull pranks on troublemakers to get revenge for their mischief-making.The aftershow trend continues: when Gold Rush returns on Discovery Channel on Jan. 23, it will be followed by the aftershow The Dirt.The first batch of shows that will be featured at PaleyFest LA 2020 include Schitt’s Creek, Outlander, Modern Family, and Dolly Parton’s Netflix anthology series Heartstrings. The complete lineup for the March 13-22 festival will be announced on Jan. 14.(Photo by Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)THR reports Amazon paid million for the rights to stream the Peter Berg-directed documentary on Rihanna. Berg had “unparalleled” access to the pop star’s personal and professional life, and has more than 1,200 hours of footage from which to create the film. The duo previously worked together on the 2012 Berg-directed movie Battleship, in which the pop star had a starring role.Orlando Bloom, who stars in Carnival Row at Amazon, has signed a first-look deal with the streaming service to create and develop new TV shows and movies for Prime Video.Burn Notice creator Matt Nix will write and executive produce an adaptation of the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy Turner Hooch for Disney+. The movie, currently streaming on Disney+, is the story of neat freak cop Scott Turner, whose world gets messy when he’s paired with a new partner: a slobbering pooch named Hooch.Bill Prady, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, will re-team with TBBT recurring guest star Mike Massimino to develop an NBC comedy based on Massimino’s real life as a former NASA astronaut and a single dad.Quibi is developing a reboot of the 1993-95 Nickelodeon kids game show Legends of the Hidden Temple … for adults. And instead of Olmec, the Moat Crossing challenge and the Temple Run being set on a set, the adult series will take place in a jungle, with bigger games and bigger prizes. Quibi will launch on April 6.Rapper and actor 50 Cent will produce a new Quibi animated series based on the Trill League indie comics. Anthony Piper, who launched his comics via a Kickstarter campaign, is a co-creator and writer on the Quibi series, about a group of black superheroes. The series spoofs many characters from the more mainstream DC Comics.Ben Stiller and Ali Larter are producing – and Larter is starring in – a Fox comedy called The Sidelines, about a 40-year-old newly-separated mom who pursues her dream of becoming a cheerleader for a professional football team. A consulting producer on the series is Laura Vikmanis, who wrote a book called It s Not About the Pom-Poms, about her experience as the oldest NFL cheerleader when she became a member of the Cincinnati Bengals squad in 2009.Hulu is developing a 2020 documentary called Greta, about teenage climate activist and Time Person of the Year Greta Thunberg.Apple TV+ has given a series order to a five-part docuseries called Visible: Out on Television, which will investigate “the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television.” Actors Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz are among the producers on the series, which will debut on Feb. 14.More than 100 PBS stations – with more scheduled to join – are now streaming their programming on demand for YouTube TV subscribers. Series available include Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, Frontline, Great Performances, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Sesame Street.Like this? 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亚博游戏网站 (Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)Shakespeare gave us to be or not to be, Puzo and Coppola gave us an offer we couldn t refuse, and the three writers of Venom – yes, three people are credited for this screenplay – gave us rolling down the street like a turd in the wind. Your thoughts on that now-iconic, symbiote-issued simile likely mirror your reaction to the film in which it s spoken. Did you, like so many critics, declare Eddie Brock s solo debut a poorly scripted and misguided mess? Or did you, like so many fans, bow down giddily to your new head-biting Marvel master, thankful for a superhero movie that stood out from the pack by being weird as hell, dark AF, and letting Tom Hardy do all of that?In the world of Tomatometer-Audience Score divides, director Ruben Fleischer s Venom gives us a canyon like few others, with just 30% of critics declaring it Fresh compared with 81% of the Audience. But you don t need us to tell you the film is beloved: The movie made a whopping 6 million at the global box office and fans are hotly anticipated the Andy Serkis-directed sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, due out next year. (And yes, we ve heard you in our comments sections and in our DMs and in all those magazine-cut-out stalker-style letters we ve been receiving: you really, really think the critics got it wrong on this one.)So, of course, we had to do an episode of our new podcast Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong devoted to lovable loser alien Venom and his Earthling host Eddie. Joining hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis this week is pop-culture commentator and woman-who-would-absolutely-go-to-town-on-a-tank-full-of-live-lobsters, Roxy Striar, who is our official Voice of the People, arguing that Venom not only be Fresh, it should be somewhere in the 90th percentile. Is she right? Is RT wrong? Did lady Venom really need boobs? We re going deep, so be sure to tune in.Listen Now: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Deezer | iHeart | Art19Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”Episode one: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Spider-Man 3Episode two: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Mortal KombatEpisode three: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullEpisode four: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Sister Act 2: Back In the HabitEpisode five: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About The BeachEpisode six: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Hocus PocusEpisode seven: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Vampire In BrooklynIf you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
As more and more people are compelled to practice social distancing and encouraged to stay home, as movie theaters temporarily shutter their doors, and as studios continue to pull their scheduled 2020 films off the release calendar, we ve decided to reformat this weekly Critics Consensus column to focus on titles that are newly available on the home entertainment market. With that in mind, our list of digital new releases this week includes a trio of thrillers one about an insidious vacation destination, one about deep-sea terror, and one about a fledgling vigilante on the warpath. See below for the full list. (Photo by HBO)Despite stirring speechifying by the Seven Kingdom s newly crowned despot, her death at the hands of the man she loved, and a dragon s moving lament, Game of Thrones went out with a whimper, according to critics. Season 8, Episode 6: "The Iron Throne" 47% is not the worst episode of the series, but it is in the bottom three based on the first reviews of the series finale.With this final entry, the season s current score is well below the 75% score needed to be Certified Fresh, marking the first season in the series history that will not receive the honor. The season is, in fact, now Rotten (updated May 23), which is just stunning given the series track record.Here s what critics had to say about the episode.It Was the Best of Finales (Photo by HBO) It s almost impossible to imagine it ending any other way. — Steve Greene, indieWire After showing us a nightmare for eight seasons, Game of Thrones finally dares to dream of spring. — Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone A stupendous end that the series deserved. — Mikel Zorrilla, Espinof The series finale, proved largely satisfying after eight seasons of incredible drama. — Todd Gilchrist, Birth.Movies.Death. Read more: Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Best Moments: Breaking the Wheel and a Dragon’s ChoiceIt Was the Worst of Finales(Photo by HBO) As a fan of the TV show, I felt battered into submission. This season has been the same story over and over again: a lot of tin-eared writing trying to justify some of the most drastic story developments imaginable, as quickly as possible. — David Sims, The Atlantic Game of Thrones has lulled us into believing that its women would end up in charge. In the end, it s only Sansa, by sheer force of will, who wears a lesser crown. The wheel hasn t broken; the patriarchy is still alive and well in Westeros. — Anne Cohen, Refinery29 The kindest thing I can say about the Games of Thrones series finale is that it might have satisfied Plato. — Judy Berman, TIME Magazine Gotta say this episode felt more like a season finale than the series finale it was, if only because this last season seemed so isolated from what went before. — Glen Weldon, NPR It s hardly an exit cry of triumph. — Steve Johnson, Chicago TribuneHow Was the Writing and Pacing of the Final Episode?(Photo by HBO) The ending got rushed to the point of a fantasy even greater than the story told given all we had grown to know and love over six seasons (or seven, depending on your view) got torn asunder in the space of six episodes. — Carissa Pavlica, TV Fanatic I liked this episode, and at times I thought it was truly brilliant But the lords and ladies of Westeros picked a new king in five minutes, when we ve spent eight seasons fighting a bloody war over who would sit on the Iron Throne. — Erik Kain, Forbes It was hacky; it was cliched. Every character left standing received a saccharine coda. It was all too simple, too clean, even with a major death and a surprise contender for the Iron Throne. Closure is one thing, but pandering is entirely another. — Kelly Lawler, USA TodayOne second from every episode of Game of Thrones. pic.twitter.com/rFz2CFLwBx Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) May 20, 2019 Like most of Season 8, it felt like a Wikipedia summary more than a full story being told, with only Arya, Sansa, Sam, and Brienne getting endings I can halfway believe. — Gina Carbone,CinemaBlend But the pacing and the hurry to get to the finish line are not the only issues. There are large, gaping holes in the fabric of logic that one just cannot ignore anymore. — Soumya Srivastava, Hindustan Times In dramatic terms, it may have resolved itself with something like indecent haste. But thematically, it made perfect sense. — Karl Quinn, The Age (Australia) In this last season there was too little surprise, too many high-dollar digital theatrics, and less drive to really drill down into the essence of what made Westeros a place where so many people wanted to spend their Sunday nights. — Hillary Kelly, New York Magazine/VultureRead more: Game of Thrones’ Final Season Is Officially Its Worst, According to the TomatometerWho Were the MVPs?(Photo by HBO) That finale was a mixed bag for me. I m not sure how much it made ACTUAL SENSE in terms of how we ve seen this world to work, but Jon ending up back at the Wall with Ghost actually felt to me like one of the best endings for his character. — Huw Fullerton, Radio Times Wow. Drogon understood more about the geopolitical power struggle and human weakness than I would ve thought he did. — Kimberly Roots, TV Line Bran was the king of least resistance, with the added bonus of some superpowers that definitely are real, but which are dubiously useful at best. — Kathryn VanArendonk, New York Magazine/VultureRead more: All Game of Thrones Episodes, Ranked by TomatometerFinal Verdict?(Photo by (Helen Sloan/HBO) This was a largely satisfying conclusion. One could quibble over a couple of plot points, and argue about the reassertion of the show s regressive gender politics. But a piece of entertainment as complex as this was always going to involve some compromise. — Nick Curtis, London Evening Standard Over all, though, it was a solid and largely satisfying wrap-up to one of the most exciting and enthralling TV series ever. — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times So, yeah, it all worked out in the end, really. Was it perfect? No, because it couldn t be. Was it enough to course-correct some of the more truncated story decisions from this season? Yes, I believe it was. — Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter(Photo by HBO) Because the Game of Thrones finale is really a bunch of different endings rolled into one. All the outcomes combined add up to a finale that s sort of bittersweet, just as author George R.R. Martin has been saying all these years. — James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly After showing us a nightmare for eight seasons, Game of Thrones finally dares to dream of spring. — Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone It s not quite the dream of spring we might ve hoped for, but it s not a disaster either. And now our watch has ended. — Laura Prudom, IGN MoviesDid you agree with the critics? Tell us in the comments!Game of Thrones season 8 is available to stream on demand, on HBO Go, and on HBO Now.
Stephen King was rather famously unhappy with Stanley Kubrick s adaptation of his novel The Shining, even if the film went on to be a bona fide classic, beloved by millions of fans who mythologized and analyzed it endlessly. So even with a new novel from King to work with as source material, it was always going to be a daunting task for director Mike Flanagan to adapt Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, for the big screen almost four decades later. But Flanagan may have proven to be the best choice for the job he s a huge Stephen King fan and even wrote one of his own acclaimed horror films (Hush) at the Stanley Hotel, where King was inspired to write The Shining. The end result, according to reviews, is a faithful translation from page to screen if different from its predecessor that does a decent job balancing its genre thrills with its more contemplative themes. Ewan McGregor stars in Doctor Sleep as a grown-up Danny Torrance, who offers his help to a teenage girl (Kyliegh Curran) with the same extrasensory shine that he possesses. She s on the run from a nefarious cult known as The True Knot, who seek out others like her and Danny to feed on their special abilities. Critics say the film has its flaws it plays at times like mere Shining fan service and seems to feel the need to offer too-tidy solutions but manages to feel both like it s a part of Kubrick s vision and a unique beast all its own, with great performances (Rebecca Ferguson in particular, ahem, shines as the villain) and poignant themes that help bring an element of depth to the scares. It s probably not going to go down as a horror classic, but it s more than serviceable as an addition to the still-growing list of Stephen King adaptations.
亚博游戏网站 Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering stories from the last few weeks (because of the holidays) for titles such as Final Destination, Ghostbusters 3, Disney s Hunchback, and Monopoly.This WEEK S TOP STORYTOM CRUISE S MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 AND 8 COMING IN 2021 AND 2022(Photo by Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures)There are lots of long-running movie franchises, but in many of those examples, the cast changes over time (the MCU and the Rocky/Creed franchises being two exceptions to the rule). This week we learned that, in 2022, Tom Cruise will hit movie #8 in his long-running Mission: Impossible franchise, as Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 are being developed for releases in the summers of 2021 and 2022, respectively. Paramount is aiming to achieve this goal by hiring writer/director Christopher McQuarrie to work on both sequels, following what he s done on the last two films, 2015 s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (Certified Fresh at 93%) and last year s Mission: Impossible Fallout (Certified Fresh at 97%). The two movies will be shot back-to-back to ensure their releases within a year of each other, and also to make it easier to schedule not just Tom Cruise, but his supporting cast, which may include Fallout co-stars like Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, etc. We don t have any indication what Mission: Impossible 7 (2021) and Mission: Impossible 8 (2022) might be about, but they will probably feature Tom Cruise doing some of his own crazy stunts. Cruise s next film will be the sequel Top Gun: Maverick (6/26/2020), and he will also be celebrating his 60th birthday on July 3, 2022, possibly around the same time that Mission: Impossible 8 will be released.Fresh Developments1. AN ACTUAL GHOSTBUSTERS 3 IS NOW FAST-TRACKED FOR SUMMER, 2020 (Photo by Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)We ve been seeing year-after-year of reboots and remakes, but only very rarely are they overturned by later films. If you were a big fan of 2016 s Ghostbusters (Certified Fresh at 74%), we have some bad news for you, as Sony is now pulling an about-face. Rather than moving forward with a sequel starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, Sony is aiming to produce a Ghostbusters 3 that will extend the continuity that started with the 1984 movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. Ghostbusters 3 will be a legacy sequel, with Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully) taking over from his father Ivan Reitman. Ghostbusters 3 will reportedly feature the teenage kids of the original Ghostbusters, possibly comprised of two daughters and two sons. We even already got a teaser trailer this week for the sequel, which is aiming for a summer 2020 release. In related news, Bill Murray is now signed to reunite with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for On the Rocks, co-starring Rashida Jones.2. BLACK PANTHER S NOT THE ONLY AFRICAN KING GETTING A SEQUEL: COMING TO AMERICA 2The 1988 blockbuster comedy hit Coming to America was #3 at the box office that year, preceding by three decades the success of another African king in last year s Black Panther. We already know Black Panther is getting a sequel, but now we can count on one for the former as well. Eddie Murphy is signed to return as Akeem Joffer of Zamunda for Coming to America 2, which will be directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle Flow, Black Snake Moan). Murphy and Brewer are coming off their recent collaboration on Netflix s upcoming Rudy Ray Moore biopic, Dolemite is My Name.3. HUNCHBACK (OF NOTRE DAME) GETTING LIVE-ACTION TREATMENTThere are absolutely no signs of Walt Disney Pictures slowing down their live-action adaptations of their classic animated films anytime soon (setting aside whether The Lion King is live action ). In addition to all of the films in development, the next five on Disney s upcoming slate are Dumbo (3/29/2019), Aladdin (5/24/2019), The Lion King (7/19/2019), Mulan (3/27/2020), and Maleficent II (5/29/2020). We can now add Hunchback, an adaptation of 1996 s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to the mix, as Josh Gad is now producing the remake for Disney. (Gad is a frequent Disney star, including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen 2.) Gad is not currently expected to star, but that could change with time. Meanwhile, another project, Pinocchio apparently hit a snag over the holidays, with Paddington 2 director Paul King recently walking away (while Guillermo del Toro s Pinocchio is now in development at Netflix).4. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME TRAILER REVEALS MYSTERIO AND THE ELEMENTALS (Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)An all-too-common complaint about trailers is that they reveal too much, with the best ones arguably just whetting our appetite without giving away the whole narrative. This summer s Spider-Man: Far from Home (7/5/2019) has a very thin line to walk indeed, as its mere existence could be a spoiler for Avengers: Endgame (4/26/2019). Let s focus instead on what this trailer actually does show, which is Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio fighting mysterious monsters called The Elementals. In the trailer, Mysterio appears to be acting as a superhero, but many fans were quick to point out that in his first appearance in 1964, Mysterio similarly pretended to be heroic, as he s traditionally one of Spider-Man s longest-running super villains. (Let s note here that 1964 is some 40 years before Syndrome did something similar in 2004 s The Incredibles.) As for the Elementals, three different Easter Eggs in the trailer seem to suggest that they could actually be Spider-Man s villains Hydro-Man, Molten Man, and Sandman (or those could be fakeouts too).5. STEVEN SPIELBERG FINDS HIS WEST SIDE STORY REMAKE S MARIA, ANITA, BERNARDO, AND CHINO Steven Spielberg is getting closer to filming his remake of West Side Story, starring Ansel Elgort as Tony, with the original film s Rita Moreno also cast in a supporting role. What we didn t know until this week, however, was who would be playing the film s female lead, Maria (played by Natalie Wood in 1961), or her best friend Anita (Moreno s original role). Those big reveals came this week as we learned that Maria will be played by 17-year-old Colombian-American newcomer Rachel Zegler. (You can watch Rachel Zegler performing various songs on her YouTube channel right here.) Anita will be played by Ariana DeBose, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2018 for playing Donna Summer. Anita s boyfriend Bernardo will be played by David Alvarez (Tony winner for Billy Elliot: The Musical), and Maria s would-be-fiancee Chino will be played by Andrés Rivera (of the Hamilton national touring company). Spielberg also reportedly met recently with faculty and students at the University of Puerto Rico about their concerns of how their community will be portrayed in this West Side Story update.6. ANNE HATHAWAY WILL LEAD THE WITCHES REMAKE Robert Zemeckis recent adaptation of the documentary Marwencol, called Welcome to Marwen (Rotten at 31%), was both critically panned and a box office bomb. For his next film, Zemeckis is aiming for a more conventionally popular project, with a remake of 1990 s The Witches, which was an adaptation of Roald Dahl s 1983 children s novel. Anne Hathaway is now attached to star in The Witches as the Grand High Witch, the role played in 1990 by Anjelica Huston. The 1990 movie was itself a box office bomb, earning just million, but the film has arguably become a family favorite in the 29 years since. Robert Zemeckis new adaptation of Dahl s novel will be set in the Gothic South in the 1960s, with Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) also writing and producing along with both Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan s Labyrinth) and Alfonso Cuarón (Roma, Gravity).Rotten Ideas3. KEVIN HART PASSES GO, WILL COLLECT (AT LEAST) 0, IN MONOPOLY (Photo by Warner Bros.)Kevin Hart may not be hosting this year s Academy Awards, but his career is otherwise moving along quite nicely following the million opening weekend for The Upside. Within a few days of those numbers being confirmed, Kevin Hart was quickly attached to two different films, including one that s pretty high profile. The idea of a movie based on the classic Monopoly board game has been kicking around for over a decade, including a time when Ridley Scott was attached, but the Monopoly movie we ll actually get sounds like a drastic switch. Hart will star in Monopoly for Lionsgate and Hasbro, with his Ride Along director Tim Story also on board. If we disregard his two Kevin Hart concert movies, Tim Story currently has a seven-movie Rotten streak going that includes Fantastic Four (27%), the aforementioned Ride Along (19%), and Ride Along 2 (13%). Kevin Hart s second new project this week is called Fatherhood, based on the Matthew Logelin memoir Two Kisses for Maddy. Paul Weitz (Admission, Little Fockers) will direct the tragic drama, in which Hart will play a newly single father after his high school sweetheart dies in childbirth.2. VIDEO GAME MOVIES STILL ROTTEN, HOLLYWOOD STILL MAKING MOVIES LIKE JUST DANCE (Photo by Alessio Bolzoni/Amazon Studios)We frequently talk about how bad video game-based movies have been over the years; there isn t a single Fresh film among the 47-plus that have been made. That may change this year with movies like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog, but even if one of them does earn a Fresh score, it would only be a small dent in the genre s infamous reputation. In the grand Hollywood tradition of doing something over and over again and expecting a different result, we learned about another attempt to bring a video game to the big screen this week, namely the long-running Just Dance franchise. Screen Gems won an auction to the Just Dance rights after competitive bidding. In related news, Warner Bros long-in-development Minecraft movie attracted a new director this week in Peter Sollett, who directed Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist (Certified Fresh at 74%) and 2015 s Freeheld (Rotten at 48%).1. FINAL DESTINATION FRANCHISE BEING BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEAD (Photo by New Line courtesy Everett Collection)The first Final Destination movie in 2000 earned just a 34% on the Tomatometer, but it inspired a franchise with four more sequels, only one of which scored above 48%. It can be argued that Final Destination, in which the survivors of lethal events are then haunted by death, trying to even the score, was somewhat ahead of its time, given the more recent success of franchises like Insidious and IT. The screenwriting team of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who worked on Saw IV, Saw V, and Saw VI, have now landed a new gig at New Line Cinema, working on rebooting the Final Destination franchise. Those Saw movies, likewise, have pretty Rotten Tomatometers (18%, 13%, and 39%).