R.I.P., Glee Star Naya Rivera and Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara(Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank; Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)TV land is mourning the deaths of two beloved stars this week: Glee breakout Naya Rivera, who played cheerleader Santana, and Grant Imahara, a member of “The Build Team” on the Discovery Channel series Mythbusters. Rivera, 33, accidentally drowned while boating with her young son in California, while Imahara, 40, died from a brain aneurysm.Rivera, a Glee favorite who was a member of the cast for all six seasons of the 2009 Fox musical dramedy, most recently starred in the YouTube series adaptation of the movie Step Up: High Water, which was scheduled to move to Starz for its next season. How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? Rivera’s co-star, Chris Colfer, wrote on Instagram. “How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can t. Rivera is survived by her four-year-old son, Josey.Imahara was an electrical engineer and robotics expert who built many of the robots used to test myths with Mythbusters hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. He also competed on the series BattleBots (and was later a judge on the series), and reunited with Byron and Belleci on the Netflix series White Rabbit Project. I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years,” Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage tweeted. “Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. New Trailers Videos: Power Book II: Ghost: Will Tariq Be Able to Get Tasha Out of Jail?Season 1 of Power Book II: Ghost, a prequel to Starz s hit series Power, stars Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, and Mary J. Blige. The new series premieres in September.Project Power, a drama film starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, and Courtney B. Vance (Netflix)Ted Lasso, season 1, comedy starring Jason Sudeikis (Apple TV+)Muppets Now, season 1, starring The Muppets (Disney+)Star Trek: Lower Decks, season 1, animated spin-off comedy starring Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid (CBS All Access)Lucifer, season 5, starring Tom Ellis (Netflix)Woke, season 1, live-action/animated comedy starring Lamorne Morris (Hulu)Snowpiercer, season 2, starring Sean Bean (TNT)Saved by the Bell reboot, season 1, starring Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and John Michael Higgins (Peacock)The Dog House: UK, season 1, reality series about rescue dogs (HBO Max)Coroner, season 1, drama starring Serinda Swan (The CW)The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (season 2), starring Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, and Daniel Brühl (TNT)Stockton on My Mind, documentary about Stockton, California politician Michael Tubbs, whose childhood spent in poverty and violence inspired him to grow up and become the youngest and first African-American mayor in Stockton’s history (HBO)The Rain, Season 3, starring Lucas Lynggaard (Netflix)Doubling Down with the Derricos, season 1, reality series about a family with 11 children (and three more on the way) (TLC)The Andy Cohen Diaries, season 1, a reality series featuring Andy Cohen’s tales about his celebrity interactions (Quibi)Corporate, season 3, starring Matt Ingebretson, Lance Reddick, and Anne Dudek (Comedy Central)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.Casting News: Michelle Williams and Oscar Isaac Playing Out Scenes From a Marriage(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)Michelle Williams and Oscar Isaac will star in the HBO limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage, the 1973 miniseries about the breakdown of a marriage, based on Bergman’s relationship with the miniseries’ star, Liv Ullmann. Williams and Isaac will also be executive producers on the project, along with The Affair co-creator Hagai Levi, who will write and direct the remake.Greg Kinnear will star with Courteney Cox in Shining Vale, the horror comedy pilot for Starz, from Divorce creator Sharon Horgan and Trial Error co-creator Jeff Astrof. The show revolves around a family who move to a small town, into a house where a lot of tragic events have taken place. But only mom Pat (Cox) seems to notice, leading her to believe she’s either depressed or possessed … and the symptoms are the same for both. (Deadline)Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran will star in an episode of the Hulu anthology series Monsterland, which features “encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts which drive broken people to desperate acts,” and is based on a collection of stories by Nathan Ballingrud. Tran will play a character who returns to her small town years after a teenage tragedy that involved the disappearance of her best friend. (Variety)Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis will play a young basketball player in Swagger, NBA star Kevin Durant’s Apple TV+ series based on his experiences in youth basketball. O’Shea Jackson Jr. co-stars, and Reggie Rock Bythewood (Shots Fired) will write, direct, and act as showrunner. (Deadline)Hollywood star Samara Weaving will co-star with Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman in the Hulu limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. Weaving will play one of the titular perfect strangers in the story of a boutique health and wellness resort offering a special experience to stressed-out city citizens. The series is baed on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s book, and the series will co-written by David E. Kelley. (Deadline)Development News: Saturday Night Live Star Michael Che Starring in a Sketch Comedy Series at HBO Max(Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC)Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” writer and co-anchor Michael Che will star in an original sketch comedy series at HBO Max. The still-untitled series has been ordered for six episodes, and each episode will follow a theme or incident (police brutality, unemployment, falling in love, etc.), and will use sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience this from a Black point of view. “It’s less about being ‘right’ and more about being honest, even at the risk of being controversial,” according to HBO Max.Dick Wolf is preparing a series that would unfold the history of Las Vegas. Called American Babylon, the series, which the producer plans to pitch to streaming outlets and premium cable networks, is inspired by the nonfiction book The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America by Sally Denton and Roger Morris. (Deadline)Idris Elba has signed a first-look deal with Apple TV+ to create TV series and movies for the platform. Meanwhile, Mrs 关注手游圈的朋友们肯定不陌生使命召唤手游，CODM是使命召唤系列的延续，不仅还原了传统模式，勾起老玩家的青春回忆，还推出了许多特色玩法，吸引着新玩家的兴趣，一起来看看吧。
内购制手游在打下大量市场的同时，迎来的是社会的热点关注和大量曝光，同样的，在竞争压力巨大的社会下，作为“娱乐手段”的游戏往往会影响人们投入到激烈的竞争中，降低其竞争力。试问，从高考斗兽场里杀出来的学生，在日后拥有孩子时，会选择让他们接触游戏吗？沙巴体育365网页版Joely Richardson’s first foray into series television came with Ryan Murphy’s dark dramedy Nip/Tuck. After stints in between as a wife of Henry VIII on The Tudors and Glinda in NBC’s dark Wizard of Oz retelling Emerald City, she returns this Sunday on The Rook.Richardson plays Linda Farrier, the head of a top-secret government agency for people with paranormal abilities. And while the series is based on a book of the same name, the show quickly diverges from Daniel O’Malley’s work into its own story — one with three potential endings, Richardson told Rotten Tomatoes when we caught up with her ahead of the premiere.That’s one reason why the star told us she’s excited to actually watch the series. We also discussed what she’s been watching recently — she was a big fan of Fleabag, and watched it weekly while it was airing in the U.K. (it was released all at once on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S.). Ahead of The Rook’s premiere on Sunday, June 30, find out more about Richardson’s streaming queue and what to expect from her new series.What s appointment viewing for you?(Photo by Steve Schofield/Amazon Prime)I tend to watch more in the evening, when it gets dark. The last two things I watched in completion were Fleabag, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Ricky Gervais’ After Life, and I just loved both of them. With Fleabag, I watched it weekly. And also, I happened to be in one place in London at the time that it was showing, and I watched season 2, and then I went back and watched season 1.What’s in your streaming queue?Usually I catch up with things later. After Life, I watched later, and I watched that pretty much back to back.What shows are on your DVR?(Photo by Netflix)Right now I m on the move constantly, so I have yet to crack into a new series. So, I m tending to watch one-off films. I still want to watch Black Mirror. I m late to the game on that. I think it s fantastic that we live in the time where we hit this golden age for television, where there s just such a high standard.What’s coming soon that you can’t wait for?I m excited about seeing The Rook too, because having not watched it. Even though, obviously, part of the story is what I had imagined based on the script. I don t know the ending. So, honestly, hand on heart, it s The Rook — just because I like the people that were involved so much, and I m really curious to see that next.(Photo by Ed Miller/Starz)Jean Bentley for Rotten Tomatoes: I ve watched a couple of episodes of the show, but I have to confess I m still not 100 percent sure what s going on.Richardson: Sometimes I feel like that. When I start a new book, I m like, Oh, I don t know if I understand this well. But I just trust it, and then it all becomes clear. It all will become clear in the series. To me, obviously, it s clear. It s a government agency, a secret service. They have very subtle superpowers, but we don t know what s going on in the bigger picture, and it [eventually] reveals itself and the character motivations. Someone at the premiere said they really loved the way each episode wasn t all wrapped up. Lots of elements are left hanging, and I like that too, because it s too easy if you know exactly what s going on.Did you read the book on which the series is based?We were told not to. Immediately after I signed on, I thought, Great. Time to read the book. And then everyone said no. Although it s the same premise, this is different. It will be misleading. So I didn t read the book.And like all series television — because I remember this from Nip/Tuck — you never know what the next episode s going to be. It s so exciting as an actor to look forward to getting the next script. As an actor doing a TV series, you live episode by episode, because you don t know what s going to happen to your character in the next one. Will they be good? Will they be bad? You need to cover your bases at all times.Speaking of Nip/Tuck, what you think of Ryan Murphy s success? What was it like working on that show?I think Ryan Murphy is quite spectacular. I was watching the French Open and Rafael Nadal won his 12th, I think, and the commentators were saying there s just some extraordinary thing he has. He s not normal. And although Ryan is normal, he does have superpowers in terms of his output in writing and directing and producing. He s just a phenomenal talent, basically. And not just in terms of his creative output, but I know that he was one of the first to implement the 50/50 in terms of diversity and female employment, and in terms of crew members. He also does that too.The Rook was very heavy on the 50/50 crew as well — in fact, we had far more female directors than we did male. And Ryan, I think, was very much part of initiating that. The Rook, it was fantastic. It wasn t just in terms of directors were women. It was also — speaking selfishly for a moment — these great female characters.(Photo by Steffan Hill/Starz)What was it like to work on such a female-centric show, particularly in a genre that isn’t necessarily known for that?When I received the script, I thought, Oh, this is really interesting. It s going in a new direction,” with Myfanwy losing her memory. Everyone is completely intrigued by the secret service and spy world. In terms of playing Lady Farrier, I looked at the tapes of Stella Rimington, who, surprisingly, as a woman, was the head of MI5. Margaret Thatcher as first female Prime Minister. These women did have positions of great authority and it s important that that s represented.What’s your character like? How does she fit into the mystery?Well, she s the king in terms of chess pieces. The premise of the show is obviously everything I just said, but also, in episode 1, Myfanwy touches the chess board, and that s quite a key moment. And then it reveals a secret room that she has, and Farrier’s the king, and Grantchester, Adrian Lester, is the queen, and everyone has their positions. It s multi-layered. It s a spy thriller, but playing on many different levels.So although I m set up as the king, most people within the agency are fighting for that position. In an ambitious world, people want the top jobs. Then there s Myfanwy, who has this extraordinary ability and is, in some respects, the chosen one. Having not seen it, I don t know quite how it plays out, but Linda Farrier is sort of the backbone. She s very much the structure of the agency.(Photo by Warren Orchard/Starz)You’ve only seen the premiere so far, but what can you say how the season ends?I don t even know what the exact ending is. We definitely shot two, but there was a third in the script. So I don t even know what the ending is! I have a very good idea. Obviously, I m not going to say. But you see why I said I wanted to watch The Rook? Because I don t know the ending.Will it open new questions for a potential season 2, or is it closed-ended?I don t know the end of it, so I can t say. I think we just scratched the surface on it, actually. There are so many potential storylines to play out. But who knows? The viewers will answer that question.The Rook premieres Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. on Starz.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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Happy Valentine s Day! As many of you prepare to wow your better halves with fantastic displays of affection, you may also be looking for a snuggle-worthy romantic comedy to watch. With that in mind, we here at Rotten Tomatoes decided to poll our audience to see who everyone thought should be considered the King of Rom-Coms. We put together a list of 20 leading men from romantic comedies and asked you to vote one of them to the top, and the winner is Hugh Grant!Frankly, we expected a few other names to bubble up to the top Tom Hanks, or Richard Gere, or even the legendary Cary Grant but no. None of them even came close to Hughie G., who racked up a whopping 38% of the vote. The next highest vote-getter, Tom Hanks, only managed 13%. So it was pure domination for the star of Two Weeks Notice, Love Actually, Music and Lyrics, Bridget Jones s Diary, About a Boy, and of course, Notting Hill. See below for the full results of the poll, and click the link below to see who was crowned the Queen of the Rom-Coms.Find out Who Was Crowned the Queen of Rom-Coms HereFind out Who Was Crowned the Queen of Rom-Coms HereLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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5.38.3 7月喜迎m will play White Boy Rick on BMF, the 50 Cent-produced fact-based Starz drama. Detroit rapper Eminem will play Rick, a teenage FBI informant who was in a gang and was in prison until last year. (The Wrap)British comedian Lenny Henry, already starring in Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series, will co-star with lead Michelle Yeoh in The Witcher prequel Blood Origin. (Deadline)GLOW star Betty Gilpin is reuniting with GLOW co-star Alison Brie and series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch on Roar, an adaptation of author Cecelia Ahern’s short story book of the same name that also stars Cynthia Erivo and Merritt Wever. Gilpin will play a woman whose husband thinks she is so beautiful he builds her a shelf to sit on in their house. (Deadline)PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Field of Dreams, the TV Series, Ordered by Peacock from Michael Schur(Photo by (c) Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)Peacock announced a straight-to-series order for Field of Dreams, an adaptation of the classic Kevin Costner movie, written and executive produced by baseball superfan Michael Schur. The movie’s producer, Lawrence Gordon, will also be an executive producer on the project, which will “reimagine the mixture of family, baseball, Iowa, and magic that makes the movie so enduring and beloved.” The series comes on the heels of the Major League Baseball Field of Dreams game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on August 12.The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has signed an overall deal to create, write, and produce scripted content for Netflix. Hissrich, whose second season of The Witcher will premiere on Netflix on December 17, is also an executive producer on the live-action prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin and on the anime series The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.Back to the drawing board – and a lineup of additional guest hosts. Nine days after Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards’ hiring as the talk show’s new host shocked most viewers, he resigned from the hosting gig after The Ringer writer Claire McNear (the author of the fantastic Jeopardy! book Answers in the Form of Questions) wrote about a trove of 2013-14 podcasts in which Richards, then a producer on The Price Is Right, made sexist, offensive comments about women, Asians, Jewish people, and developmentally disabled people. After he apologized, and took the podcasts offline, fans and various rights organizations demanded further investigation by Jeopardy! producer Sony. On Friday, Richards resigned the host position, though was still, at the time, the show’s EP.The recent 100th birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is the occasion for a biopic about him, produced by his Roddenberry Entertainment. Emmy winner Adam Mazer, who wrote the 2010 HBO Jack Kevorkian movie You Don’t Know Jack, starring Al Pacino, wrote the script, and Deadline reports casting and the search for a director is up next. Roddenberry, who was also a WWII combat pilot, a member of the LAPD, and the first TV writer to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died in 1991. (Deadline)If MTV’s gonna make up an award, there are few bands more deserving than the Foo Fighters. The Dave Grohl-fronted group will receive the inaugural Global Icon Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12.Oscar-nominated Hong Kong director Derek Tsang (Better Days) is the first director signed on for Netflix’s sci-fi epic Three-Body Problem. The first post-Game of Thrones series with David Benioff and Dan Weiss as showrunners, the series is based on Chinese author Liu Cixin’s trilogy of the same name, about when humans confirm the existence of alien life, and prepare for the unfriendly beings to arrive from their world. (THR)The Academy of Country Music Awards will move from CBS to Amazon. In 2022, Prime Video will begin streaming the annual awards show.With Interview with the Vampire already in the works for 2022 – with Australian actor Sam Reid (The Astronaut Wives Club) cast as Lestat – AMC is now developing another of Anne Rice’s works as a possible series. The network has opened a writers room for Lives of the Mayfair Witches, based on Rice’s three-book story of the same name. Masters of Sexproducers Esta Spaulding and Michelle Ashford will be writers and executive producers, with Spaulding as the showrunner, if the show is picked up to series. Last year, AMC acquired the rights to Rice’s works, encompassing 18 titles, including the Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches series.HBO Max has ordered Fionna and Cake, a spin-off of Cartoon Network’s beloved Adventure Time that focuses on sword-carrying Fionna and her talking cat and BFF Cake, as they “embark on a multiverse-hopping adventure and journey of self-discovery … while a powerful new antagonist, determined to track them down and erase them from existence, lurks in the shadows.”The book that inspired Oscar Best Picture winner The English Patient is now becoming a drama series for the BBC. The series is not an adaptation of the movie. Instead it’s a “new interpretation of author Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel set in World War II. Either way, bet Elaine Benes would still hate it. (Deadline)Paramount+ is in production on a second season of The Real World Homecoming, this time gathering together the cast from the second ever season of the show, set in Los Angeles in 1993, Realityblurred.com reports. Everyone, according to the site, is scheduled to return, except then-business student Aaron Behle, and Irish music journalist Dominic Griffin, who may make a guest appearance. David Edwards, Tami Roman, Beth Stolarczyk, Irene Berrera-Kearns, Jon Brennan, Glen Naessens, and Beth Anthony are expected to return for Homecoming. (Reality Blurred)Lifetime has ordered Flowers in the Attic: The Origin, a limited series prequel to the creepy V.C. Andrews classic Flowers in the Attic. The series will be based on Garden of Shadows, a novel written by Andrew Neiderman. The story unfolds as “headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield (Jemima Rooper) is working alongside her beloved father (Harry Hamlin) when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcolm Foxworth (Max Irons). A whirlwind romance leads to Olivia and Malcolm married, to her discovery of his dark side, and to her inevitable — and notorious — decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic.” Also starring: Kate Mulgrew, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Wesley, Alana Boden, Hannah Dodd, T’Shan Williams, and Callum Kerr.The Daily Show alum Wyatt Cenac, who was also a writer on King of the Hill, has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios to create new animated series for kids, adults, and families, as well as assist on other animated projects being developed at the two studios.Nestflix Compiles TV and Movies Best Fake TV and Movies(Photo by Nestflix)Netflix, meet Nestflix, a wonderfully clever and fun parody site that catalogs (with clips and photos) the fake TV shows and movies featured in real TV shows and movies. The Rural Juror from 30 Rock? It’s there. Mac C.H.E.E.S.E. from Friends? Got it. Sunrise Bay from Schitt’s Creek? Of course. It’s the best new way to procrastinate in your day, organized by genre.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Candyman, James Bond 25, Puss in Boots 2, and A Quiet Place 2.This WEEK S TOP STORYRAMI MALEK WILL PLAY THE NEXT BOND VILLAIN(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)The Academy Awards may ostensibly be about rewarding art, but the acting winners in particular often land big roles immediately after. This year, that was true for both of the male actors (maybe next week, Regina King and Olivia Colman?). Before his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek was best known as the star of TV s Mr. Robot, but he was confirmed this week for a major role in one of Hollywood s most lucrative film franchises. Malek is now in final negotiations to star in the upcoming James Bond film, which will be Daniel Craig s fifth outing as 007. He will play the film s main villain, who is believed to have roots in North Africa, due to both his Egyptian heritage and that of the previous actor in talks for the role, Said Taghmaoui, who is Moroccan. Malek is the first new actor to be announced to join the franchise, with Spectre co-stars Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), and Ben Whishaw (Q) expected to return. Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation, season 1 of True Detective) will direct James Bond 25, which is scheduled for release on April 8, 2020 (with no current competition). Rami Malek will also voice Chee-Chee the gorilla in next year s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (1/17/2020), starring Robert Downey Jr. (Note: there were also stories this week that Lupita Nyong o was sought to co-star as the next Bond girl, but her team reportedly said, it won t work out with her. )Fresh Developments1. EMILY BLUNT AND THE KID ACTORS RETURNING FOR A QUIET PLACE SEQUEL(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount)Last year s horror hit A Quiet Place lost its one chance at an Academy Award (Sound Editing) to Bohemian Rhapsody, but this was still a big week for that film s legacy, Oscar or not. Actor-turned-director John Krasinski took to his Instagram to announce that the Quiet Place sequel is now scheduled for just a little over two years after the first film, on May 15, 2020. That puts A Quiet Place 2 within a week either way of Fast and Furious 9, Legally Blonde 3, the Scooby-Doo reboot, the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie, and the World War II film Greyhound. It s currently unclear whether John Krasinski will return to act in the sequel, but he will at least direct, as he did with the first movie. Emily Blunt and the kid actors Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are all in talks to reprise their roles, which confirms that the sequel will continue their stories (instead of revolving around another family).2. YORGOS LANTHIMOS ADAPTING 1960S CRIME NOVEL NEXT(Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)This year s Academy Awards ultimately didn t work out for director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), as The Favourite (Certified Fresh at 94%) lost in all but one of the categories in which it was nominated for an Oscar (the exception being Olivia Colman s Best Actress win). Lanthimos remains, however, an awards darling (The Favourite did win seven BAFTAS, for example), so many are awaiting his next film. Lanthimos has switched genres with each film, and we learned this week that he s following his 18th century costume drama with an adaptation of a 1960s crime novel, as he is signed to write and direct a film based on the novel Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (The Grifters, The Getaway), who co-wrote Stanley Kubrick s Paths of Glory. Pop. 1280 tells the story of a corrupt sheriff of a small town [who] manipulates the people in his orbit in order to win the next election. The film is described as a high priority and likely Yorgos Lanthimos next film as director.3. GLENN CLOSE IS READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP IN THE SUNSET BOULEVARD REMAKE(Photo by Sony Pictures Classics)In addition to her career as an actress in film (Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmatians) and on television (Damages, The Shield), Glenn Close has also had great success on stage. Going into this week s Academy Awards, Close was considered by many pundits to be the front runner for the Best Actress trophy (which ultimately went to Olivia Colman and The Favourite) for her work in The Wife. Now it appears she s close to moving on to one of her dream projects, a film version of the stage musical adaptation of Billy Wilder s 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard (Certified Fresh at 98%), for which she previously won won one of her three Tony Awards. Tony-winning choreographer Rob Ashford is now attached to direct Sunset Boulevard, in what will effectively be his feature film debut as director. Paramount Pictures is reportedly planning to start production on Sunset Boulevard in the fall of 2019. In a similar vein, Fox Searchlight is now developing a remake of the 1991 thriller Sleeping with the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts.4. MAHERSHALA ALI TO LEAD SCI-FI DRAMA SOVEREIGN(Photo by Universal Pictures)Three of the acting winners in this year s Academy Awards were also first time nominees (Olivia Colman, Regina King, and Rami Malek), and Mahershala Ali won his second Academy Award for Supporting Actor for his role in Best Picture-winner Green Book. Like Malek, Ali s agents were also able to convert the win into a major new role this week. Mahershala Ali is now signed to star in the science fiction drama Sovereign for director Marc Munden (who s directed episodes of Utopia, Conviction, and Vanity Fair). The details of the screenplay by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (co-writers of A Quiet Place) aren t being revealed in detail, but the tone is described as being similar to Denis Villeneuve s Arrival.5. THIS WEEK IN KIDS MOVIES: PUSS IN BOOTS 2, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 4, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG (Photo by Paramount Pictures)This was a big week for kids movies, with two big sequels confirmed to be moving forward in development. Like many other stories this week, the first is directly related to one of this year s big Academy Awards winners. Sony Pictures scored a rare non-Disney Best Animated Feature win for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and one of that film s co-directors is now signed for a new film. Bob Persichetti, who worked on 2011 s Puss in Boots, is now signed to direct the sequel Puss in Boots 2 for DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks is also adapting a new Shrek movie (with the original cast). Meanwhile, Sony Pictures is now at work on the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 4, which the studio has dated for December 22, 2021 (up against the Wicked movie). Lastly, Paramount has also scheduled their long-in-development adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog (likely to be a live action/animation hybrid) for November 13, 2020 (Rugrats was scheduled for that date, but that has now been pushed back two months to January 29, 2021).
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During the week of Oct. 7, ABC will host mini-reunions of cast members from popular, long-running series during its primetime slate. On Monday, House star Robert Sean Leonard will play a patient on House creator David Shore’s latest series, The Good Doctor. Tuesday will see the Blues Brothers – or at least Blues Brothers 2000 – reunite when Dan Aykroyd guest stars alongside John Goodman on The Conners; a Wet Hot American Summer reunion between Michael Ian Black and Lake Bell on Bless This Mess; and the main cast of Girlfriends (Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones, and Persia White) join Tracee Ellis Ross on Black-ish. Wednesday brings a Cheers reunion when Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and George Wendt guest star on The Goldbergs as well as another look at real-life spouses Leighton Meester and Adam Brody on Single Parents. Thursday sees Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs team up with Grey’s Anatomy producers (and former Charmed writers) Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser, and Jerry Ferrara reunites with Think Like a Man costar Roman Malco on A Million Little Things. Friday will see Diedrich Bader’s Drew Carey Show costars Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, and Kathy Kinney join him on American Housewife, and Ken Jeong’s return to his Crazy Rich Asians costar Constance Wu’s sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Finally, on Sunday, The Rookie reunites Castle costars Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas with Nathan Fillion.Casting News(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Game of Thrones Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins will play the only survivors of a plane crash on a snowy, remote mountaintop in the Quibi series Survive. The duo will battle their way out of the wilderness in the short-form series, which is currently in production and is based on the novel Survive by Alex Morel.HBO Max has ordered a series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americana. The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira will serve as showrunner, and Lupita Nyong’o will star.Kiefer Sutherland will star in Quibi’s new short-form series The Fugitive as legendary cop Det. Clay Bryce, who investigates a bombing in the Los Angeles subway that Boyd Holbrook’s Mike Ferro witnesses (and soon becomes the biggest suspect thanks to social media accusations). Ferro must find the real perpetrator before Bryce can apprehend him. Production begins mid-October in Los Angeles.Marilyn Manson will recur as death metal singer Johan Wengren in the upcoming third season of American Gods. “Bringing his specific energy, wit and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil Gaiman to the role of Johan, a Norse ‘berserker’ in service to Odin, his performance promises to be disturbing, original and uniquely entertaining,” showrunner Chic Eglee told Deadline.Billie Lourd will guest star in the upcoming final season of Will Grace as Fiona Adler, the daughter of Grace’s older sister and granddaughter of Bobbi Adler, who was played by Lourd’s real-life grandmother, Debbie Reynolds.The Voice has hired Taylor Swift to mentor season 17’s contestants.We promise that you’ll never find another Mega Mentor like her.See you soon @taylorswift13. 🦋 pic.twitter.com/9Lta3qEYoV The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) September 16, 2019Season 3 of Showtime’s The Chi is welcoming a trio of familiar faces. La La Anthony (Power), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), and Luke James (Little) will guest star in multiple episodes of the Chicago-set series, which is currently in production in Chicago and will debut in 2020. James will play Victor “Trig” Taylor, Jake’s (Michael V. Epps) estranged older brother who wants to reunite his fractured family, but takes an unconventional approach. Anthony will play Dominique “Dom” Morris, a savvy businesswoman with dreams of more lucrative opportunities. Howery will play Zeke Remnick, the owner of Sonny s building who cares less about the community than the bottom line.Constance Zimmer will recur opposite Emma Kenney in the upcoming 10th season of Shameless. John Mulaney will play Henry David Thoreau in the Apple TV+ comedy Dickinson, about the poet Emily Dickinson. Willa Holland is returning to Arrow for the series’ eighth and final season, according to TVLine. She’ll recur as her character Thea Queen, the younger sister of the titular character. Amy Brenneman will join Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow in FX’s pilot The Old Man. She’ll play Zoe, a divorcee who rents a room to Bridges’ titular character. Jay Baruchel is joining Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins in Fox’s holiday event series A Moody Christmas, based on an Australian show of the same name.Jasmine Guy will play a key recurring role in season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, according to Deadline. The actress appeared in a late-season 15 episode as Gemma, a woman who experienced a freak accident and reunited with Dr. Webber, with whom “she shares a problematic history.” That storyline will play out in multiple episodes of the show’s new season.Good Girls has found a new member of their criminal team: TVLine reports that Charlyne Yi will join the cast in the season 3 premiere as Lucy, a “quirky artist with ‘mildly impaired social skills’” whom the trio “manipulate to help them with their criminal enterprise.” And per Deadline, Orange Is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz will recur as Rhea, a dental hygienist and single mom who befriends one of the titular characters, to whom she may be more connected than either of them realize.Development Update(Photo by Cartoon Network)The Boondocks is returning to TV: When HBO Max launches next year, the complete series will be available on the new streaming service, which will also eventually be the home for two new seasons and a 50-minute special of the comic-turned-animated series. Creator Aaron McGruder is returning to helm the 24 new episodes, which is scheduled to launch in fall 2020.The new series will revolve around “the adventures of self-proclaimed ‘Civil Rights Legend’ Robert ‘Granddad’ Freeman and his two rambunctious grandsons Huey and Riley. The family has recently moved to an idyllic community in suburban Maryland only to see it taken over by the tyrannical Uncle Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive.”McGruder said in a statement, “There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now — both politically and culturally — more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”You’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk’s next project will see the writer/producer teaming up with Greg Berlanti for a Showtime drama called Spoonbenders, per THR. “Based on a 2017 novel by Daryl Gregory, Spoonbenders is a genre-busting saga that centers on The Amazing Telemachus Family, a traveling family magic act — which happened to be made up of people with actual magic powers — and the tragedy that finds them forced to reunite 25 years later, when old debts, long-running grudges the mob and the CIA all come looking for them.”Showtime has ordered a pilot for the hourlong drama Yellowjackets, the story of talented high school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash in the Ontario wilderness, then descend into warring, cannibalistic clans. Karyn Kusama will executive produce and direct the pilot, which is set to film in Los Angeles this fall. The series was created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.Like this? 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Everyone likes a good horror franchise with an iconic villain who preys upon a new group of innocents in every installment. The problem, though, is that they start to run out of steam after a handful of installments. No matter how good Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th are, eventually we get something like The Revenge of Michael Myers, The Dream Child, or Jason Goes to Hell. But there’s one franchise that, in the wake of Scream, utilized humor to help revitalize the slasher genre at the outset of the new millennium and made audiences afraid of literally everything, and it all began with 2000 s Final Destination.Even if the franchise isn t the most critically acclaimed, its very concept seems clearly built to be a lasting enterprise. Final Destination boasts a villain you can never beat and a series of kill scenes that only get more inventive with each installment. For its 20th anniversary, we’re getting off the plane to tell everyone how Final Destination kicked off the best horror franchise of the 2000s.IT WEAPONIZES ANXIETY AND MAKES THE MUNDANE DEADLYFrom its opening title sequence, the original Final Destination plays on the idea of anxiety and paranoia in everyday life. We meet Alex (Devon Sawa) as he’s preparing for a class trip to France, revising his schedule for the flight, when he suddenly freaks out at the idea of his mother removing the luggage tag from his last flight because it would bring him bad luck. From then on, both Alex and the audience see ominous signs everywhere, from a faulty alarm clock to the sudden cancellation of a bunch of flights to the sign with the gate number breaking. These omens culminate in a premonition of the plane exploding shortly after take-off and killing everyone on board. Those kinds of accidents are exceedingly rare, of course, but it’s easy to sympathize with the idea that when you’re anxious about something like flying, everything feels ominous.Even before Final Destination gets to its convoluted, Rube Goldberg-like death traps, the films weaponizes very real fears, and that’s what makes the horror of the film follow you home and haunt you for days. Unlike a supernatural horror movie that depends on its victims being trapped in a haunted house or a slasher where the villain is a masked killer, the horror of Final Destination only feels like pure fiction until you’re driving home behind that truck carrying flammable gases, or you re walking down the street and nearly trip over an uneven bit of pavement, or you realize your bathroom floor is extra slippery right as you enter the shower. From the big, opening premonition sequences that set each of the movies in motion to the bizarre and very bloody “accidental” deaths that follow, the Final Destination franchise takes advantage of your actual fears and turns them into your worst nightmares.Suddenly you realize that not living anywhere near Camp Crystal Lake won’t save you, and that not moving into a haunted house won’t prevent you from dying a horrible death, because the villain here can’t be defeated, and it’s coming for us all.THERE IS NO VILLAIN, AND NO ESCAPEBirth.Movies.Death’s Brian Collins said it best when we wrote that one of the most surprising things about Final Destination was the way the film became such a successful franchise despite its lack of a villain you could commercialize. The iconic hockey mask from Friday the 13th and the glove adorned with knives from A Nightmare on Elm Street are massively marketable props that helped their respective franchises stay alive.But when it comes to Final Destination, there are no action figures or costumes for the film’s villain, because there is no villain in the traditional sense. The antagonist is the concept of Death itself, and we re not talking about the Grim Reaper with his hood and sickle, but an unseen force that subtly (or not-so-subtly) gives objects a tiny little push in increasingly convoluted ways to ultimately lead to someone’s demise. Sure, the series tapped Candyman star Tony Todd to play the mysterious mortician Bludworth and lend the films some horror cred, but he s more of a cheeky messenger than a harbinger of evil.And yet, as fun as it is, this franchise is as existential and grim as it gets. In most horror movies, there are rules you can follow to survive, as Scream taught us in 1996. Slasher movies in particular act as sort of morality tales, with characters who behave badly facing divine justice in the form of a bloody demise. Final Destination is so terrifying because there is literally no escape. Even when the characters think they ve found a loophole and manage to outlive death’s design, something else happens, and they all meet their gruesome ends. There is no hope for survival because, while you can outrun a man with a knife, solve Jigsaw’s puzzles, or exorcise a demon, you can’t outrun Death forever.THE SCARES ARE BALANCED WITH HUMOR(Photo by New Line courtesy Everett Collection)Final Destination knows that scares and laughs go hand in hand, and no matter how grim the tone of the film is, it is always accompanied by a wicked gallows humor that provides a nice release of tension. The films are brightly colored, they are fast-paced, and even many of the kills are so ridiculously elaborate that they make you laugh.Much like Freddy Krueger in the latter Nightmare films, Death in Final Destination has a dark and sadistic sense of humor. It’s not enough to simply die – though the beauty of the first film is that the deaths are so simple you could easily see yourself falling for those tricks – but Death wants to make fun of you with a brutal, gory, and preposterously untimely demise, like a barbed-wired fence that whips loose and cuts you to pieces. Tanning beds, gym weights, elevators, laser eye surgery, trains anything can be used to kill a character. This gave the Final Destination franchise endless possibilities to do whatever it wanted when it came to death scenes; on the other hand, there are only so many ways Jason Voorhees can dispatch a teenager with a machete.Indeed, after the original movie, the sequels found delight in tricking the audience as they guessed how the characters would die. The film would introduce an obvious Chekhov s gun, usually in the form of the protagonist having a vision, as in Final Destination 2 when Kimberly (A.J. Cook) notices a bunch of pigeons. Then the film shows the soon-to-be victim surrounded by said clue, as when Tim (James Kirk) sits in a dentist’s office full of dangerous equipment and watches the same pigeons fly in through the window – only for him to leave the dentist unscathed and fall victim to a giant glass pane that drops on him from above, crushing him. The film builds tension in making us think Tim will die at the dentist’s office, and when he actually meets his end, the over-the-top look of his crushed, unnaturally twisted body quickly turns the shock into a punchline.THE SEQUELS ADD TO THE MYTHOLOGY(Photo by New Line courtesy Everett Collection)Each of the four sequels follows the same formula: a group of people managed to elude their own deaths, only to find themselves targeted by Death in the weeks to follow, hunted one by one in the order they would have originally died. However, each movie adds a bit of a twist to the way the survivors try to outrun their fates, building its mythology along the way.In the first film, we discover that if you save someone’s life, Death skips them and goes after the next in line. Final Destination 2 brings back Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) from the first one to continue her arc and introduces the idea that new life cancels out death, while the third movie adds a magic camera that offers clues to how each character will die. Final Destination 5 makes the threat more human, as the characters believe killing another person will balance Death s book. Even The Final Destination, which is considered the worst of the franchise, adds a fascinating new question: what if someone who isn’t the next in line tries to kill themselves? The answer, apparently, is that they won’t be able to.Final Destination managed to stay fresh because it didn’t contradict its mythology, but added to it, providing new twists that made the series feel new each time. Few franchises, horror or otherwise, can boast that kind of inventiveness.IT IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE FRANCHISE(Photo by Doane Gregory/Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)A potential future installment could change things, of course, but for the time being, Final Destination has the rare honor of being one of the handful of horror franchises to have not just an ending, but a satisfying one that brings everything full-circle and ties it all together.In Final Destination 5, after the ominous Bludworth introduces the idea of balancing the books by killing an innocent person to inherit that person’s lifespan, we get what appears to be the very first happy ending in the franchise, as Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) presumably saves Molly (Emma Bell) and himself by killing one of the other survivors. The film sees them move on with their lives by taking a trip to Paris. As they board the plane, they notice some commotion across the aisle involving none other than Devon Sawa s Alex from the first film. Right then, the plane takes off and we revisit the very same explosion that kickstarted the original Final Destination, as audiences realize they ve been watching a prequel all along.It’s a clever way to bring the franchise back to where it started and wrap it all up with a nice little bow, and even if we never get another Final Destination, we’ll always have this ending, which once again shows that you can never really escape Death’s deliciously macabre design.Where You Can Watch It NowNetflix (subscription): Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final DestinationAmazon (rent/own): Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final Destination, Final Destination 5FandangoNOW (rent/own): Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final Destination, Final Destination 5Google (rent/own): Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final Destination, Final Destination 5iTunes (rent/own): Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final Destination, Final Destination 5Vudu (rent/own): Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, The Final Destination, Final Destination 5Final Destination was released on March 17, 2000.
(Photo by © United Artists)Back around 21 B.C., someone took some clay and fur and molded it into their image – presumably to either play with or to transfer their soul into, or both. Our fascination with dolls continued (who doesn’t love a mini-me?), and about 2,000 years later, we got Child’s Play, featuring a killer doll named Chucky who terrorized anyone foolish enough to get near him.Since the film s release 30 years ago – it hit theaters November 9, 1988 – Chucky has made it into the Horror Hall of Fame with seven films, beaten only by supreme baddies like Jason (Friday the 13th), Michael Myers (Halloween), John Kramer (Saw), and Freddy (A Nightmare on Elm Street). On the 30th anniversary of the first films’ release, it makes sense to dive into why the plastic psycho endures longer than most monsters.CHUCKY IS THE MOST WELL-ROUNDED SLASHER(Photo by Rogue Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)While other slasher favorites have noteworthy moments of backstory we’ve learned about in their franchises – Freddy was burned alive by angry parents, Jason has mommy issues and experienced bullying, and Michael Myers escaped an institution – none of the classic slashers have experiences during the films that change them and make them more than just a killer. The only villain that comes remotely close is John Kramer of the Jigsaw films. In a quasi-twist (one of many in the Saw series), Kramer, after having survived cancer and his wife’s miscarriage and death, chose to give people a chance to be grateful for their lives by putting them in his tricky traps. And yet he never changes his staunch principles. Somehow, though, the hollow plastic doll at the center of the Child s Play films manages to keep piling life experiences on top of his urge to kill – and we see him grow and change during his series, even if he never loses his taste for blood.HE IS ONE OF THE ONLY HORROR MOVIE KILLERS WHO IS SPOKEN FOR(Photo by MCA Universal courtesy Everett Collection)In Bride of Chucky, we got more of Ray’s story before that fateful night in the toy store. It turns out, he had the kind of girlfriend named Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) who was fine with dating a serial killer. Just before he tangled with Detective Mike Norris in the first film, he had left out a diamond ring on the kitchen table, and Tiffany mistakenly thought it was an engagement ring. Even though she came to find out it was just stolen loot from one of his victims, she stays with Chucky, and over the course of Bride, they both accept each other as their far-from-perfect partners (he even eventually proposes in awe after she brutally murders a couple of con artists). Through the ups and downs of subsequent films, they remain together. Awww.HE HAS A CHILD, AND BEING A DAD ALLOWS HIM TO GROWWhile Seed of Chucky is arguably the biggest departure of the franchise – it veers far away from horror and into absurdist comedy – the fact remains that Chucky’s child Glen expanded his horizons as a person…er, person in a doll. After proving his parentage with Chucky’s same “Made in Japan” imprint, Glen shares his insecurities about murdering people, and eventually reveals his other personality, Glenda. While Chucky never gets to the warm fuzzy kind of parenting with Glen and Glenda, he does realize that his life is forever changed and much different from where he was in the first Child’s Play film. This kind of self-realization by the villain is unparalleled in the world of horror franchises. And it wears overalls.HE STAYS UP TO DATE WITH TECHNOLOGYSome killers, like Jason, enjoy offing girls running around in white button-down shirts and that’s about the scope of it. Chucky loves living that same glamorous homicidal lifestyle, but he has an additional supernatural motivation: transferring his soul into another body. He s a doll with goals. That stopped being interesting in Child’s Play 2, but after shoe-horning it into the other movies, both the series and the doll evolved in Cult of Chucky, where he found a new spell on the internet that allowed him to finally dole out his soul to several bodies at once. This qualifies as a Horror Homo-Habilis moment, where an established villain employed the use of tools to progress their franchise. Sure, Freddy has varied torture methods from dream to dream, but he’s always using that glove. This particular point bodes well for the future of subsequent Chucky stories, since his interactions with the world around him – and its new technologies – mean that this series could continue on well past his contemporaries. Here s to hoping. It’s the ultimate movie battle royale, and one that is about to be decided – on the big screen as well as on HBO Max – in Godzilla vs. Kong. But before they meet (again) on the big screen, we decided to pit Godzilla and Kong against each other in this special city-smashing face-off! Who is king of the box office? Who is the Tomatometer god? And who can just do the coolest s t? Find out in our fact-stuffed showdown.Check out our podcast: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Godzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla Vs. 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