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365体育网页版采用百度引擎3(Baidu 2)(Photo by Addison Wright)Hiplet: Because We Can is part of the Scene in Color Film Series, presented by Target, which shines a light on incredible filmmaking talent. As part of the series, three emerging filmmakers will receive mentorship from producer Will Packer, and their films are available to watch on Rotten Tomatoes, MovieClips Indie Channel, Peacock, and the NBC App.Chicago filmmaker Addison Wright’s Hiplet: Because We Can shines a spotlight on the “hiplet” ballerinas of Chicago, a group of dancers whose fusion of ballet and hip-hop styles has made them a viral sensation. (Wright himself came upon the group while scrolling through the Explore page on Instagram.)The film is a fusion, too – part invigorating musical, part incisive documentary – and is bookended by two thrilling performances by the dancers that will have you recalling Busby Berkeley one moment, ’90s R’n’B music videos the next.Between those two joyful sequences, Wright introduces us to the women of this unique troupe, who reflect on why hiplet is connecting with people throughout the world, and what it means to be a Black woman bringing something new and vital to one of dance’s most traditional forms.The music video influence shows, too, in the way Wright chooses to shoot every section in a different way, with one sequence rich with shadows, one brightly and beautifully lit, another in-black-and white. He changes aspect ratios too, so that “your eyes keep refreshing.” He says: “It puts you in a place of, What’s going to happen next?”Packed with joy, insight, and images you won’t forget, Hiplet suggests the future is bright for the creative minds on camera – and the man behind it.See more shorts and meet more filmmakers from the Scene in Color Film Series.

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From Mike Flanagan, creator of The Haunting of Hill House, the next chapter of the Haunting anthology series on Netflix is Certified Fresh. And based on your love of The Haunting of Bly Manor, this hand-selected list is scary good and will hopefully be haunting your next few binge sessions.Bly Manor stars some of the same faces from Hill House, including Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino, and others, and adds newcomers like Benjamin Evan Ainsworth and Amelie Bea Smith.

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er s Justice League teaser No. 2 (HBO Max)Between the World and Me trailer (HBO)Batwoman season 2 teaser (The CW)American Gods season 3 teaser (Starz)Tiger two-part documentary series teaser (HBO)69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez trailer (Hulu)The Great British Baking Show: Holidays season 3 trailer (Netflix)Mr. Iglesias season 3 trailer (Netflix)The Princess Switch: Switched Again trailer (Netflix)The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart teaser (HBO)Tiny Pretty Things season 1 trailer (Netflix)Over Christmas miniseries trailer (Netflix)Visit Rotten Tomatoes TV on YouTube for the latest trailers.Casting: Ezra Miller Joins The Stand(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)Fantastic Beasts and Justice League star Ezra Miller can add another adaptation of a beloved intellectual property to his resume: He’ll be starring as Trashcan Man in CBS All Access’ limited series adaptation of the Stephen King novel, The Stand. Set after a global pandemic that wipes out most of the human race, this character is a fire-obsessed unhinged disciple the nefarious Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard). What excites me is the deception of behavior and appearances, Miller told Entertainment Weekly. Trash is the underestimated and misinterpreted amongst us. The Stand premieres Dec. 17 on the streaming service.READ MORE: Everything We Know About Stephen King s New The Stand MiniseriesMary-Louise Parker and Nick Offerman will play Colin Kaepernick’s parents in Colin in Black White, Netflix’s limited series about the football player and activist. It was previously announced that Jaden Michael would play Kaepernick.Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer will star in an as-yet-untitled ABC multi-cam comedy with an Odd Couple-like premise: Men who were roommates in their 20s before drifting apart and forced to cohabitate once again. (Vulture)Cybill Shepherd will star in the Showtime comedy pilot I Love This For You also starring (and executive produced by) Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer. The press release describes Shepherd’s role as an “icy, enigmatic founder and CEO of a popular home shopping network.”Nick Jonas returns as a judge for Season 20 of NBC’s The Voice, replacing Gwen Stefani.Conan O’Brien to End His Late-Night TBS Series(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)After 28 years as a late-night TV host — 10 of which were spent headlining his current eponymous TBS series, Conan — Conan O Brien is shifting courses. The comedian will be ending his weekly talk show in June 2021 to plot out a new, weekly variety series for streaming service HBO Max.“In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform.’ I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription,” O’Brien joked in the press release.He will continue to do his travel programs, Conan Without Borders, for the cable channel.Development News: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg’s Darkwing Duck Disney+ Series(Photo by © Walt Disney Co./courtesy Everett Collection)Variety reports that a reboot of the animated series Darkwing Duck is in early stages of development at Disney+. While no writer is attached, the outlet reports that the series will be executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Alex McAtee of Point Grey Pictures.Wonder Girl is the latest DC Comics-based series in development at The CW. If it goes to series, this would be the first lead Latina superhero of a DC TV series. It s executive produced by Queen of the South’s Dailyn Rodriguez and Berlanti Productions. (Deadline)Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter has parted ways with HBO Max’s The Batman series (Variety) But he is developing a Dial M for Murder series with Alicia Vikander. (Variety)Lee Daniels is developing a Waiting to Exhale series for ABC. (The Hollywood Reporter)50 Cent and Mary J. Blige are among the producers of a musical comedy series called Family Affair. It has a put pilot order at ABC. (Variety)Lifetime Lets You Live Out Your Christmas Movie Fantasy(Photo by Lifetime)Wish your life was as magical as a TV holiday movie? Lifetime and vacation rental service Vrbo can make that happen with their It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Holiday House rental. This Connecticut rental is decorated to look like a gingerbread home. Bookings open at 1 p.m. EST on Nov. 23 via Vrbo.com.

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4.42.4 0月喜迎Fan Favorite Movies 2019It d actually be weird if Endgame had not won this category. A 90% Audience Score? A .8 billion box office haul? The biggest movie of all-time? And yet, you voters let it lose to The Death of Dick Long?! But, no, that d be another timeline, maybe one where Thanos gets away with it, and half the shawarma in the universe is wiped from existence. This is our timeline, where Avengers are winners: They win at beating the bad guys, they win at making preposterous time-travel plots work like gangbusters, and they win at assuring audiences that the 21-movie buildup was worth the hype. There was never a movie event quite as massive as Avengers: Endgame, and there may never be again. Of course, audiences showed up to buy tickets to ensure it d be the biggest movie ever. But the ways people continue to support the movie – in debate, at conventions, and at polls like these long after the movie has closed, where the movie beat out Parasite by almost 1,000 votes – broadcast how a story that started with a guy in a cave with a box of scraps continues to resonate all over.The order below reflects the number of total votes cast for each TV show by users in a poll that ran on RT from January 9 to February 16.« Previous Category Next Category »
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles such as Morbius, a Baby Driver sequel, and a new female-led Fast Furious spinoff.This WEEK S TOP STORYJAMES GANDOLFINI S SON WILL PLAY YOUNG TONY SOPRANO(Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)HBO s The Sopranos obviously had a single lead, but James Gandolfini was supported by a large ensemble cast, so the prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark is likely to have a large cast as well. The main character in this story about the 1967 Newark race riots will be Dickie Moltisanti (played by Alessandro Nivola), the father of Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos. ( Moltisanti translates from Italian as many saints. ) We ve also learned recently of the casting of first Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), rumored to play Tony Soprano s parents, and then Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Billy Magnussen (Game Night). We know from The Sopranos that Tony Soprano was around during this era, and now we also know that young Tony will be played by James Gandolfini s actual son, Michael Gandolfini, who was also in HBO s The Deuce. Gandolfini won the opportunity to reprise his father s most famous role following an extensive audition process [and] his screen presence, mastery of Tony’s mannerisms, coupled with his resemblance to the elder Gandolfini made him the standout choice for the role because no one there understood the character better. New Line Cinema is expected to open The Many Saints of Newark in wide release theatrically, in either late 2019 or sometime in 2020.Fresh Developments1. BIRD BOX REUNION: NETFLIX AND SANDRA BULLOCK ARE REBORN(Photo by Netflix)Netflix famously does not disclose viewership numbers for most of their shows and movies. (Very often, pundits are left to guess at numbers based on social media reactions.) That s why it was significant a few weeks back when the streaming giant confirmed that over 45,000,000 accounts had viewed the thriller Bird Box, breaking the company s first seven days record. Just after Bird Box celebrated the end of its first month on Netflix, the news broke that the company and its Bird Box star are reuniting for another genre-based book adaptation. Sandra Bullock, Netflix, and the producers of IT are teaming up to adapt Mark Millar s comic book Reborn, which will be directed by Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie, Certified Fresh at 90%). Reborn joins a busy slate for Chris McKay, who is also developing adaptations of Jonny Quest, Nightwing (AKA Dick Grayson), and Dungeons Dragons, all for Warner Bros. Bullock is expected to star as an 80-year-old woman who dies in a Manhattan hospital to find herself Reborn in the afterlife world of Adystria, a magical land of monsters and dragons where good and evil are waging an eternal war. Reborn was written by Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator Mark Millar, who signed a lucrative deal in 2017 that also includes Netflix shows based on Millar s American Jesus and Jupiter s Legacy.2. EDGAR WRIGHT WORKING ON BABY DRIVER SEQUEL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR FILM(Photo by Wilson Webb/TriStar)It has now been over 18 months since the release of Baby Driver, the long-in-development heist movie from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), following his high profile departure from Ant-Man. Wright continues to move forward on a sequel, a script for which he says exists in a first draft. In the meantime, he s now preparing to direct another original project this summer. We don t know a title or any casting yet, but Edgar Wright s next film will reportedly be a psychological horror film with a female lead set in the Soho district of contemporary London. Exact story details aren t available, but Wright has cited both Don t Look Now and Repulsion as inspirations, which suggests a film filled with hallucinations and paranoia.3. RON HOWARD TO ADAPT BESTSELLING HILLBILLY ELEGY FOR NETFLIX (Photo by Jaap Buitendijk/Universal Pictures)Netflix currently has their most ambitious project to date, Martin Scorsese s 5+ million mobster epic The Irishman, in post-production, aiming for 2019 s awards season, and is showing little signs of slowing down in their pursuit for major productions. The latest example came this morning with the news that Netflix is committing million to produce director Ron Howard s adaptation of the bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy. J.D. Vance s book is a memoir about his childhood growing up in a small town in Ohio after his family moves there from the Appalachian area of Kentucky. Howard and his Imagine Entertainment have a long relationship with Universal Pictures, so the move to Netflix is a major development, with the budget Netflix was willing to put up reportedly being the deciding factor. Ron Howard is coming off last year s Solo: A Star Wars Story and is currently working on a documentary about opera star Luciano Pavarotti. Hillbilly Elegy is being adapted by screenwriter Vanessa Taylor, who co-wrote The Shape of Water and is also working on the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos movie Bad Blood.4. NICOLAS CAGE WILL FREAK OUT WHEN HE SEES THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE(Photo by RLJE Films)Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) may have been one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, but big budget Hollywood has largely ignored his works (although there have been dozens of independent movies). If there s a single story that best exemplifies the difficulty in adapting Lovecraft to film, it just might be the 1927 short story  The Colour Out of Space. That s because the premise revolves around what scientists call an impossible color (basically, a color that humans can t perceive). Put another way, you can t very well film a color which your human audience can t see. Well, that story is indeed getting its own movie, Color Out of Space, with Nicolas Cage reuniting with the producers of Mandy (Certified Fresh at 92%). Cage will play a New England small town farmer whose life is turned topsy-turvy following the crash of a meteorite that brings the titular color to Earth. Color Out of Space will be directed by South African director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) as his first feature film in over 20 years since he was (reportedly) fired from directing 1996 s The Island of Dr. Moreau.5. VIN DIESEL CONFIRMS PLANS FOR FEMALE-CENTRIC FAST FURIOUS SPINOFF (Photo by Scott Garfield/Universal Pictures)As of next Friday, we will be within six months of Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw, the spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Filming of the next entry (Fast Furious 9) of the main Fast Furious franchise will reportedly begin in April, but Vin Diesel confirmed this week that a third branch of the family tree is now being officially developed. Diesel and his producer sister Samantha Vincent took to Instagram to reveal that they have hired three screenwriters to work on a female protagonist-led Fast Furious spinoff. Lindsey Beer co-wrote next year s post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking (starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley), and is also working on reboots of Short Circuit and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Geneva Robertson-Dworet co-wrote Captain Marvel and last year s Tomb Raider. As for Nicole Perlman, she co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy (co-starring Vin Diesel), and is also working on Detective Pikachu, the Labyrinth remake, and Marvel Studios Black Widow. We don t know yet who will star in the spinoff, but Michelle Rodriguez is probably at the top of the list.6. THIS WEEK IN RELEASE DATES: THE CRAWL, JOHN CENA S PLAYING WITH FIRE, BAD NEWS FOR THE LOUD HOUSE(Photo by Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures)Paramount Pictures announced release dates for two films this week and yanked another project from their schedule completely, signalling that the project has probably been cancelled. The Crawl is a natural disaster horror film about a young woman who becomes trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 hurricane and must battle against Florida’s most savage and feared predators, and it s now scheduled for August 23, 2019, up against Angel Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen). Playing with Fire is a family comedy about three orphaned kids sent to separate foster homes, with wrestler-turned-actor John Cena starring, along with Judy Greer, John Leguizamo, and Keegan-Michael Key. Playing with Fire is scheduled for March 20, 2020 (the week before Disney s Mulan remake, and Paramount s G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes). Finally, Paramount has pulled a movie based on the Nickelodeon animated series The Loud House from their slate, where it had formerly been scheduled for February 7, 2020.7. FORMER DOCTOR WHO MATT SMITH JOINS JARED LETO IN SONY/MARVEL S MORBIUS(Photo by BBC courtesy Everett Collection)Following the box office success of Venom (5 million globally as #6 for 2018) and the acclaim and awards given to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony Pictures is moving forward confidently with their plans to adapt their share of Marvel s properties. Jared Leto has been attached to star as the vampire anti-hero Morbius for a while now (with July 10, 2020 speculated to be the film s target date). The second actor to join Morbius will be Matt Smith, who is still best known to American audiences for playing the 11th incarnation of BBC s Doctor Who. Smith s role is currently unknown, but Collider is speculating that he may play Loxias Crown, a friend of the scientist Michael Morbius who takes the same serum but is transformed into a more evil bloodthirsty creature. In related news, we also learned this week that transgender actor Zach Barack has been cast in this summer s Spider-Man: Far from Home (7/5/2019) in what is a groundbreaking first for a superhero movie of this scale.8. GINA RODRIGUEZ TO STAR IN LONG-IN-DEVELOPMENT BOBBIE SUE (Photo by John Castillo/Indomina Releasing)The fifth and final season of the CW series Jane the Virgin is set to debut in March, and its star Gina Rodriguez is continuing to seek more movie roles (like last year s Annihilation) to expand her career past television. With that in mind, Warner Bros. has cast Rodriguez to star as Bobbie Sue, which has been in development since 2008. (At one point Cameron Diaz had been attached to star.) Rodriguez will play a young woman from South Boston who is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. Bobbie Sue will be directed by Charles Stone III, whose most recent film was last year s Uncle Drew (63%), and who also directed Drumline (Certified Fresh at 82%) and the baseball comedy Mr. 3000 (54%).Rotten Idea1. KEVIN HART JOINS BODY-SWAP COMEDY BLACK FRIDAY(Photo by Warner Bros.)Put simply, a movie star s box office status is not defined simply by being in very successful films, but also by their ability to ensure that people will buy tickets for films they might not otherwise. The million opening weekend for The Upside was not itself huge, but significantly more than one might otherwise think a remake of a French movie from 2011 might be. In the last two weeks, Hollywood has been making deals quickly with Kevin Hart s people, which last week alone included signing Hart to star in the Monopoly movie and a tragic drama called Fatherhood. This week, STXfilms signed Hart for two comedies, the first of which will be a body swapping fantasy called Black Friday, which will be followed by an untitled international romantic comedy. No other details were revealed about Black Friday, but the title suggests it might the body swapping might be racial in nature. We re calling this a Rotten Idea because STXfilms The Upside earned a 39% Tomatometer.
This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Attack the Block 2, DC League of Super-Pets, and Phantom.This WEEK S TOP STORYLONG-TIME INTERNET HOAX HOCUS POCUS 2 ACTUALLY HAPPENING (Photo by (c)Buena Vista courtesy Everett Collection)In the realm of disinformation and online hoaxes, perhaps the greatest mark of achievement is to be debunked by Snopes.com. That site also doesn t normally fact-check most pop culture claims and memes, so it s perhaps especially noteworthy that the idea of a sequel to the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus (Rotten at 38%) had to be debunked. However, at least year s Investor Day event, Walt Disney Pictures announced that the studio was indeed moving forward with a Hocus Pocus sequel that would premiere on Disney+. Those plans were confirmed this week as Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are all officially signed to return as the original film s trio of witch sisters. Hocus Pocus 2 will be directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses), while the original film s director, Adam Shankman, is instead working on another sequel for Disney+, Disenchanted, the follow-up to the 2007 Amy Adams fantasy hit, Enchanted. The Hocus Pocus sequel will debut on the Disney+ streaming service sometime in 2022.Other Top Headlines1. DWAYNE JOHNSON TO VOICE KRYPTO IN DC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETS (Photo by Ron Phillips/©Warner Bros. Pictures)Dwayne Johnson has done a pretty great job of letting the world know that he will be starring as the DC Comics anti-hero Black Adam (7/29/2022) next year. As it turns out, however, that actually will not be his next DC Comics superhero movie. That s because Johnson will be providing the voice of Superman s best friend (see what we did there?) Krypto the Super-Dog in the animated adventure DC League of Super-Pets (5/20/2022). This movie has been announced for a while now, but it s frequently overlooked when people discuss future DC Comics projects, possibly because, until today, it lacked a big-name movie star. Although the League of Super-Pets is a much larger ensemble in the comics, the premise seems to suggest this first film will mostly focus on Krypto and (most likely) Streaky the Super-Cat. DC League of Super-Pets will be co-directed by Jared Stern (Netflix s Green Eggs and Ham, TV s Dr. Ken) and Sam Levine (Robot and Monster).  In related news, this week Warner Bros. also hired Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct their HBO Max movie Batgril, the lead role of which hasn t been cast yet.2. MARK RUFFALO JOINS EMMA STONE YORGOS LANTHIMOS  POOR THINGS(Photo by Marvel Studios)Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is on quite an impressive streak right now. Starting with Dogtooth (Certified Fresh at 93%) in 2009, Lanthimos has directed six movies in a row that all have earned Certified Fresh scores, including The Lobster (Certified Fresh at 87%) and most recently, The Favourite (Certified Fresh at 93%), which received nine Academy Award nominations (including Best Director and Best Picture) and a Best Actress win for Olivia Colman. Much attention is being given, therefore, to Lanthimos next film, which will be an adaptation of Scottish author Alasdair Gray s novel Poor Things, which has been described as a send up of Victorian literature that bears similarities to Mary Shelley s Frankenstein. This week s news is that Mark Ruffalo has joined the Poor Things cast opposite Emma Stone, who earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for The Favourite, and who will star in the new film as an abused woman who is reborn in an infant s body. It s unclear which role Ruffalo is taking on, as well as whether the previously announced Willeam Dafoe and Ramy Youssef are still attached to star or Ruffalo might be replacing one of them.3. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA TO BE REIMAGINED AS MODERN THRILLER (Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)Most movie fans are familiar with the Classic Universal Monsters movies of the 1930s and 1940s, but Universal s first major horror hit was in the 1920s with the silent film The Phantom of the Opera (Certified Fresh at 90%), starring Lon Chaney Sr. That film was an adaptation of the 1910 French novel Le Fantome de l Opera by Gaston Leroux, and it obviously led to several later adaptations. As these things sometimes go, people usually cite the 1925 silent film as the source material instead of Leroux s novel. However, a new adaptation of Phantom of the Opera is now in development and the project is described as a psychological thriller set in London s contemporary music scene that intends to upend the romanticism associated with previous interpretations, and instead lean into the suspense and horror that was a big part of the book. This adaptation is currently being called just Phantom (probably to avoid associations with the opera). Phantom is being adapted by screenwriter Anthony McCarten, whose credits include The Theory of Everything (Certified Fresh at 80%), The Two Popes (Certified Fresh at 89%), and the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, I Wanna Dance with Somebody.4. DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER A CHER BIOPIC?(Photo by Stephen Vaughan/©Screen Gems courtesy Everett Collection)The relatively recent box office successes of the musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody (Fresh at 60%) and Rocketman (Certified Fresh at 89%) continues to have an impact on Hollywood s plans to adapt other musical superstar s lives. These plans include Respect (8/13/2021) (starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin), Baz Luhrmann s Elvis (6/3/2022), and movies about the Bee Gees, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse, and Madonna (which Madonna herself will direct). Folk-singer-turned-TV-star-turned-disco-and-pop-superstar and Academy Award winner Cher turned 75 this week, and Universal Pictures used that as an opportunity to announce that the studio is actively developing a Cher biopic. Although it s often remarked upon how well Cher has aged, she is not expected to star in the film as herself. The Cher biopic will be written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star is Born, Munich) for the producing partners behind the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! (Rotten at 55%). Cher, who will also produce the biopic, took to Twitter to shout the news.5. JOHN BOYEGA TO RETURN FOR ATTACK THE BLOCK 2(Photo by Liam Daniel/©Screen Gems courtesy Everett Collection)Many science fiction fans were probably first introduced to British actor John Boyega through his performance as Finn in 2015 s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Certified Fresh at 93%), but Boyega s first feature film role was actually four years earlier in the sci-fi action movie Attack the Block (Certified Fresh at 90%). The surprise success of that relatively low budget film also propelled the career of director Joe Cornish, who went on to co-write Ant-Man (Certified Fresh at 83%) and direct and write The Kid Who Would Be King (Certified Fresh at 89%). Ten years later, Boyega and Cornish are reuniting for an Attack the Block sequel, which Cornish promises will deliver an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action. 6. AMAZON S BID FOR MGM PROMISES MASSIVE NEW STREAMING CATALOG Corporate news about one big company acquiring another large-but-not-as-large company might seem boring, but these stories have some of the biggest impacts on what we watch. Consider, for example, how different movies today would be if Disney had never acquired Marvel, or if (going way back to 1969), Warner Bros. had never bought DC Comics. There were actually two big announcements this week, but the biggest is that Amazon is in the midst of a billion bid to acquire MGM, one of Hollywood s oldest studios. Although Warner Bros. owns many of the pre-1986 MGM classics (like The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, etc.), the catalog that Amazon is reportedly likely to acquire includes over 4,000 titles, including franchises like James Bond, The Pink Panther, RoboCop, and Rocky, as well as hits like The Magnificent Seven and The Silence of the Lambs. The expectation is that Amazon will bring the MGM catalog to its Amazon Prime service, which could sizably improve its share in the streaming subscription marketplace. In related news, AT T is also spinning off its WarnerMedia properites (including, obviously, Warner Bros.) to Discovery, creating a new corporate body that is strong in both narrative and documentary content. Finally, Warner Bros. also made a course correction on their plans for Dune, which will now debut exclusively in theaters on October 1st, 2021, before heading to HBO Max 45 days later, which is the opposite of what had been announced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in December.7. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS SQUIRREL FRIEND SANDY CHEEKS GETS HER OWN MOVIE (Photo by ©Paramount Pictures)The animated Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants has ballooned since its debut in 1999 to include a multi-media franchise that has reportedly earned over billion in revenue. That has included three feature films, including last year s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Fresh at 67%), various video games, and TV show spinoffs like The Patrick Star Show and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob s Under Years. Nickelodeon is now developing a SpongeBob spinoff feature film for Sandy Cheeks, his squirrel friend from the surface who is easily identified by the deep diving suit she wears. The Sandy Cheeks movie is expected to be a CGI animation and live-action hybrid, and it s expected to premiere exclusively on a streaming service, though it has not yet been disclosed if that will be on Paramount+ (the obvious choice) or on Netflix, which picked up Sponge on the Run for international markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Development of Sandy Cheeks is apparently pretty far along, as production is already expected to start on location in New Mexico in August, 2021.8. DAVID BOWIE VAMPIRE CULT CLASSIC THE HUNGER TO BE REMADE (Photo by ©MGM courtesy Everett Collection)Just when you might have thought that Hollywood had finally run out of 1980s genre films to remake, someone apparently remembered the 1983 vampire film The Hunger (Rotten at 55%), directed by Tony Scott and starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. Warner Bros. has begun development on a remake of The Hunger with director Angela Robinson (Professor Marston The Wonder Women, Certified Fresh at 87%). Like Robinson s movie about the creator of Wonder Woman, Tony Scott s The Hunger was an erotic drama that attempted to deconstruct a pop culture phenomenon (in The Hunger, it was the myth of the modern vampire).9. THE PET SEMATARY REMAKE IS GETTING A SEQUEL(Photo by Kerry Hayes/©Paramount Pictures)Few writers in human history have had as many of their stories and novels adapted to film as Stephen King, and this includes several of his works that have been extended past a single film. Let s consider King s 1983 novel Pet Sematary, which was first adapted as a film in 1989 (Rotten at 51%), which then received a sequel in 1992 (Rotten at 22%), before itself being remade again in 2019 (Rotten at 57%). That means Pet Sematary has led to three feature films to date (all with Rotten Tomatometers), and this week s news concerns a fourth. Paramount Play

Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens arrives this weekend, bringing both heaven and hell with it. Based on 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Amazon Prime limited series tells the story of agents of God and Satan who want to stop the Apocalypse — simply because it sounds like a terrible idea. Fortunately, it seems like the reluctant Antichrist has similar inclinations.Michael Sheen (The Queen) plays angel Aziraphale, and David Tennant (Broadchurch) is demon Crowley. The two first met when Crowley turned into a snake and slipped past Aziraphale into the Garden of Eden to tempt Eve. Theirs has been a fine bromance ever since.Rotten Tomatoes met up with the stars, Gaiman, director Douglas MacKinnon (Doctor Who), and, representing Terry Pratchett’s estate, executive producer Rob Wilkins, ahead of the series’ London premiere to find out just what makes the Amazon Studios and BBC Studios co-production Good Omens such a delicious binge-watching option.1. A Monty Python NonsensibilityStarting out the gate with the credit sequence, the series pays homage to Monty Python.But while in sketch series Monty Python s Flying Circus, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, Agnus Nutter actually does expect the Spanish Inquisition when her time of judgment arrives.2. The Celestial Bromance at Its Core(Photo by Amazon Studios)Aziraphale and Crowley build their lovingly adversarial relationship one historical clash after another – including, during another nod to Monty Python, when Crowley turns up as the Black Knight. Sketches of Aziraphale and Crowley’s bond strengthening over the ages are pure joy and recommend further adventures of the collegial duo. And Welsh actor Sheen and Scottish actor Tennant spark onscreen in a way that critics have hailed.“Most of the show s charm hinges on the unlikely camaraderie between an Angel and a Demon, played, with considerable gusto, by Michael Sheen and David Tennant,” CNN’s Brian Lowry wrote.New York Magazine’s Keith Phipps wrote, “Good Omens can work only with the right leads, so cheers to bringing in Sheen and Tennant, two actors who know how to make a three-course meal out of understated dialogue and cosmic absurdity.”And, from Allison Shoemaker of RogerEbert.com: “Together, it s like watching two musicians at the top of their game play a duet; they positively sing.”In a press conference before meeting with reporters, Tennant explained the relationship further.“They re not particularly good representatives of their respective head offices. They ve rubbed off on each other, so much, that Crowley s not that mean anymore, and Aziraphale s not that holy,” he said. “So, between them, they ve reached a common ground, and they ve become each other s, sort of, significant other, really They ve only got each other to rely on, and they ve become — although they would deny it until the end of time, quite literally, they re sort of each other s yin and yang … But, it s only when you see what head office is like — for instance, when the angel, Gabriel, appears — that you realize how humanized they ve become by the mortal world, that they really like, quite a lot because it s got wine.”3. The Obscene Wealth of Talent(Photo by Scott Garfitt/BACKGRID)Sheen and Tennant are just the start. The rest of the cast fills out with an enviable assemblage of talent for serialized entertainment:Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as Archangel Gabriel, who leads the angelic hostAnna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) as Beelzebub, leader of the forces of HellJosie Lawrence (Enchanted April) as 17th-century witch Agnes Nutter, who produces the only accurate book of prophecies ever writtenAdria Arjona (True Detective) as Anathema Device, a witch and Agnes Nutter’s descendantMiranda Richardson (Harry Potter franchise) as part-time medium and prostitute Madame TracyMichael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap) as Witchfinder Sergeant ShadwellFrances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) voices GodBenedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit film franchise) voices SatanSam Taylor Buck as reluctant Antichrist Adam YoungThe series, a coproduction of Amazon Studios and BBC Studios, is directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who) and also features Jack Whitehall, Mireille Enos, Brian Cox, Nick Offerman, Ned Dennehy, Ariyon Bakare, Nina Sosanya, Steve Pemberton, and Mark Gatiss.4. Expertly Drawn Characters(Photo by Amazon Studios)The series’ stars raved about bringing Gaiman and Pratchett’s characters to life.“Nothing is odd about this character; I think she s entirely relatable. Particularly, the channeling of many, many souls, alive and dead, and riding a motorbike, in a cape, with a former member of Spinal Tap. It s just part of the day job, really,” Richardson related in a press conference before breaking off to meet with reporters. “It feels like my element. I love it. Transformation and costume and inhabiting of other, but at the same time, the character is, all the characters are, incredibly humane. I just I love that about this project. That s what comes across, I think.And what will book fans think, especially given changes like Archangel Gabriel’s expanded role?“I think had we gone into this project without Neil,” Hamm said, “there would have been a different reaction, but because Neil was involved from the get-go and was so involved during the process of making it, it became like a version 2.0. So I think the fan base was jazzed, they were like, Oh my God, we re getting more, we re almost getting a sequel or something, we re getting the extended version, the EP. … We were at New York Comic Con and there were 5,000 people that showed up for a panel discussion. It was bonkers. It was like a rock concert. It didn t hurt that we had Doctor Who on stage. It was still pretty cool and that was when I was like, Oh yeah there are way more people that are just as excited about this as I am. Worldwide, it s been published in 70 languages.”5. A Story With Heart(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)Good Omens has a lot of heart. That’s baked into the series by Gaiman, the stars attest.“The writing is absolutely promoting humanity,” Richardson said. “You know, it s very affirmative and optimistic, really, isn t it?”“[Neil is] very centered,” she continued. “He knows what he thinks about everything. That doesn t mean he s not open. He is completely open. So you ask him a question, and it s really considered. It s not, You don t need to worry about that. It s this is just what s happened, or I think you should try that, or whatever it is. You know, everything is very considered. It s great.”Lawrence: “He has time for you, which is wonderful.”Richardson: “Like having Daddy on set.”Lawrence: “Yes, it is, or a beautiful angel.”Hamm also noted that Gaiman brings something different to the process of creating a series.“What Neil really brings to everything he does is the capacity for storytelling,” Hamm said, “and that s first and foremost. Also I think some people in the more traditional Hollywood aspect, they re trying to make money. They re making product, whether it s a Marvel movie or what have you franchise, they re not necessarily concerned with storytelling. They re concerned with IP, or what s it going to be on the second weekend or what s the third movie going to be at franchise – Neil just wants to tell a story. That s how he s created this career that s been so wide-ranging, and I think you re going to see a lot more Neil Gaiman stuff get filmed because the stories are so compelling.”6. The Antichrist Has Never Been More EnchantingAntichrist Adam Young has the wide-eyed English-schoolboy charm of classic heroes like Mark Lester’s 1968 Oliver or any number of Nicholas Nicklebys throughout the cinematic age – until, of course, the boy inherits his powers. Aziraphale and Crowley’s attempts to manage the situation are akin to trying to stop a tornado with a butterfly net — a magical butterfly net, but still.7. Evolved Female Characters(Photo by Scott Garfitt/BACKGRID)Though Good Omens’ main characters, Aziraphale and Crowley, are male, we find engaging and richly drawn women among the secondary stars of the series. Anathema spends most of her time chasing a McGuffin, but in the end contributes greatly to the stop-the-Apocalypse cause.“There s a big difference between a tough female character and a strong female character and Anathema s strong, she s very in her essence,” Arjona said. “She s a woman and she s sure of herself and so unsure of what she s doing and messes up, and she s flawed and she doesn t get it right all the time — sometimes she does — and she has this guy that s following her and never falls into romance. She’s like, ‘I gotta do what I gotta do — maybe after babe. I ll catch you later.’ She s doing her own thing and I love that about her, and I wish a lot of other characters would be like that because relatable to me, and I see my friends and the way they deal with their careers and their own life, and it s very similar to Anathema.”Richardson’s Madame Tracy is a very rich character, who, despite her own flaws, endures a level of verbal abuse and emotional sabotage from Shadwell.“Madame Tracy has her own strengths. She, in some ways, feels a bit retro. I mean, her part is retro, and the fact that she s making a living in the way she is, is a bit retro. But at the same time she s providing an incredible help in the community, and she s also very supportive, and she s trying to be a little bit life-enhancing … so there are those feminine traits, things showing. She takes care of Shadwell, and she looks out for people. It s rather lovely, but she s her own woman.”Good Omens sets out to prove a love bond between the prostitute and the Witchfinder, but where she definitely shuts the door on the risk of her infidelity, his name-calling promises to continue.“I know it is a bit questionable,” Richardson said, “but maybe it s, pardon the pun, better the devil you know. I don t know, you know? She s practical.”8. Unique Artistry(Photo by Amazon)The production design, effects, and costuming on the series lend a distinctive voice to the characters’ surroundings. Several of the actors noted that the costumes and unique environments helped them fully inhabit their characters.“There s an opportunity to sort of portray this guy as the boss that everyone has, that everyone hates, who s constantly smiling and telling you, ‘Great job,’ while also subconsciously saying, ‘You re terrible,’” Hamm related. “And, I ve worked for that guy before, and I ve hated him, and it was kind of fun to play. Just like, ‘Everything you re doing is wrong. Keep going.’ And, I got to wear so much cashmere in this, that it was A: warm, B: soft, C: comfy. But yeah, there was a lot to recommend for being on the heavenly side of thing, from a fabric point of view.”Arjona similarly credited the series’ style choices for aiding her performance: “I just tried on her boots and something happened, and I got really lucky because I didn t have to do much work after I tried on her boots.”9. An Uncompromised Creative Vision(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)With Good Omens, Gaiman sought to fulfill a deathbed wish of his collaborator on the book, Terry Pratchett, and so, dug in his heels.“Being the writer was relatively pleasant and entirely stress-free in that nobody was really waiting for this. I wrote it, I promised Terry I would write it, I wrote it, did the adaptation, divided the book into six, every 50 pages: OK, that s episode one, that s episode two. Fair enough, I ll write a mini movie through time that will kick off episode three. That was all simple and very stress free,” Gaiman said.“The problem is that I d promised Terry Pratchett that I would make a TV show that he would want to watch, and I d learned through my previous outings in television — some of which have been incredibly successful and some of which hadn t — that the measure of which were successful and which weren t were not the quality of the script to begin with; it was what actually wound up on the screen at the end. And I thought, OK, I have to be in a place where I can control that, where I have a director who I can work with who we share a vision with, where I can cast the people who I see in my head, where I m there just making sure that a producer who — producers don t understand scripts. I wish they did, but they don t —”MacKinnon: “Some of them do.”“Some of them do,” Gaiman conceded. “A lot of the time, what a producer will do when they go, ‘OK, we have X amount of money. We have this in the script and here is a sequence that is both expensive and if we lose it, we ll save a day of filming and nobody s going to notice if that scene is gone,’ completely failing to understand that if they pull that scene out, nothing that follows it will actually make any more sense. This is something producers have been doing since the dawn of time.“To make this thing for Terry, what I had to do was be in a place where I could just say no when somebody said, ‘So, we think we re going to lose Shakespeare s Globe.’ I go, ‘Yeah, no we re not.’ Sometimes I would come back with, ‘I ll tell you what. If we need to save that money, we can lose this scene after that you really like but that actually doesn t change anything. It can go.’”It’s the only instance of anyone tied to Good Omens who we’ve spoken to describing Gaiman’s behavior on the production as anything other than “lovely.”10. Heavenly Irreverence(Photo by Amazon Studios)Both Sheen and Tennant aren’t strangers to supernatural beings; Sheen appeared as Head Lycan in Charge Lucian in the Underworld vampires-versus-werewolves film franchise, then as The Twilight Saga vampire Aro. Tennant, meanwhile, not only played the titular extraterrestrial in Doctor Who for three seasons and in specials as the tenth Doctor, whose abilities were anything but earthly, but also turned up as witch and Voldemort loyalist Barty Crouch, Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.The actors appear to take on these heavenly creatures with ease and a sort of glee.“All those characters like vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, they get reinvented — don t they? — by each generation, because they come to represent different things for each generation,” Sheen said. “And also budgets have changed. There s a lot more money to make stuff that can really use those sort of effects quite well. But in terms of Heaven and Hell and angels and demons — the end of time s and apocalypse is a whole other thing, I suppose — we re starting to think about slightly differently. I think the angels and demons thing and Heaven and Hell is always partly about going, well you have these two extremes and real life is about somehow being in the middle somewhere and being in the gray area and that s certainly what, I think, Good Omens is about.”There’s a good chance that Good Omens will ruffle some feathers, but Gaiman isn’t worried.“One of the things that I made a call writing literally page one, which was, I thought, Well, it could be Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and they re not going to be white. So, in the first five minutes, you re going to have to deal with the voice of God and she s a woman and she s Frances McDormand, and you re going to have to deal with a non-white Adam and Eve. That s your first five minutes. You can stop watching now. If you were upset or offended, great excuse to stop watching now. You will probably be much more offended by things later on like an 11-year-old Antichrist who is actually a good kid … But look, that was there for you: You had a five-minute warning — [Good Omens] actually starts with the word ‘warning.’”Good Omens debuts on Friday, May 31 on Amazon Prime.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
This Week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Borat 2, Freaky, and He s All That.This WEEK S TOP STORYSECRET BORAT SEQUEL ALREADY FILMED VERY NICE?(Photo by ©20th Century Fox courtesy Everett Collection)Most of the film industry operates according to a well-publicized pipeline of long-term development deals, casting announcements, and release dates, often months or years in advance. Because of that, it s rare that a movie can be filmed in any sort of cloud of secrecy, though it has happened, even for sequels to major box office hits. The latter scenario is particularly relevant this week, as it has been revealed that British comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has apparently secretly filmed a sequel to his 2006 hit comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan ( Certified Fresh at 91% ), which earned over a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide from a budget of just million. Social media reports earlier this summer first hinted that Cohen was up to something with his Borat character, and reportedly, Cohen has already started screening the sequel for industry insiders. Although there has been no official announcement just yet, the rumor is that in the sequel, Borat is now world famous, so he has to go undercover as other characters, which means the comedy is basically Cohen-as-Borat-as-Cohen s other characters. The Borat sequel does not currently have an official distributor (so we don t know if it will be theatrical, streaming, or otherwise), and therefore, there s also no release date. We also don t know if Sacha Baron Cohen will have any celebrity co-stars in the sequel.Other Top Headlines1. NEW RULES ANNOUNCED FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS(Photo by Getty Images)It has now been five years since the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag first became viral. Since then, the Academy has gone through a series of moves to increase diversity, which has included inviting new members who as a group have more diverse backgrounds. This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled their next change, which is a set of rules for the Best Picture category that will take effect in 2024. As of that year, a feature film will need to meet qualification in two of the following four categories: #1 On-Screen Representation, Themes and Narratives; #2 Creative Leadership and Project Team; #3 Industry Access and Opportunities; and #4 Audience Development. Broadly, the first two criteria apply to the actual film, and the second two can be met by the studio or production company that make the movie. There has been some concern online that recent nominees like The Irishman or 1917 might have been challenged by these new rules, but in both cases (and many others), it s likely that the studios would have qualified under the third or fourth categories (especially by 2024). It s also important to point out that these criteria only apply to Best Picture, so a film could potentially be nominated in other categories without matching these specific new rules. Also this week, a recent study of the top box office hits from the last few years reportedly shows that straight, white men still dominate the film industry.2. WONDER WOMAN 1984 DELAYED AGAIN, CANDYMAN POSTPONED TO 2021(Photo by Warner Bros.)The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously delayed almost all feature films that were scheduled for release in the summer of 2020 (which had a domino effect through the rest of the ear). One of those films was Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, which had already been rescheduled months before the pandemic even began. The film was first announced for two different dates in late 2019 (December 13 and then November 1), before being delayed six months to June 5, 2020. The pandemic pushed that date first to August 14, 2020 and then most recently to October 2, 2020. Finally and most recently, Warner Bros announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will now come out theatrically on December 25, 2020, just a week after Dune (also distributed by Warner Bros.) comes out on December 18, 2020. Although there was some speculation that the move was a reaction to the disappointing box office of Tenet, an inside source told Collider that it was not a factor in their decision. Instead, Warner Bros. appears to be reacting to about 35% of the screens in the United States still being closed. Other movies currently scheduled for late December, 2020 include the comedy sequels Coming 2 America and The Croods: A New Age, and Stephen Spielberg s West Side Story remake. Additionally, the Jordan Peele-produced horror reboot Candyman announced late on Friday afternoon that it will also abandon its October release date (on the 16th, to be specific) and instead opt to open in 2021, though a new date has not been set.3. NEVE CAMPBELL OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED TO RETURN IN SCREAM 5(Photo by Phil Bray/©Dimension Films courtesy Everett Collection)Soon after we learned that the creative team behind last year s Ready or Not (Certified Fresh at 88%) would be taking on the long-in-development horror sequel Scream 5, one of the first names to be mentioned was Neve Campbell as franchise regular Sidney Prescott. Although both David Arquette and Courteney Cox were also announced earlier this year as returning, both times, Campbell was described as still being in talks, which led some to question whether she would return at all. After all of that trepidation, Spyglass and Paramount did announce yesterday that Neve Campbell is indeed signed to return as Sidney Prescott in Scream 5. Campbell, Cox, and Arquette will be joined by several franchise newcomers, including Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, and Marley Shelton. Savvy horror fans can probably already start guessing who among the young ensemble cast will be the film s victims, the new final girl (or boy), the Ghostface Killer, and probably one or two red herrings as well. Because, twists. Scream 5 is currently scheduled for release on January 14, 2022.4. ANNE HATHAWAY TO STAR IN PANDEMIC-ERA ROM-COM LOCKDOWN(Photo by Giles Keyte/Focus Features)As the world honors the tragedy of 9/11 on this 19th anniversary, one might remember that it led to a wave of film and TV projects that collectively are now called post-9/11. Coincidentally, we are absolutely in the middle of seeing the same thing happening with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the horror film Host (Fresh at 100%) and Michael Bay s upcoming film Songbird, which was one of the first films to return to production this year. Director Doug Liman made the news earlier this year, as he will be reuniting with his Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise for what promises to be the first feature film actually filmed (partially) in outer space, but before that happens, Liman is now set to direct Anne Hathaway in a low budget (less than million) heist movie/romantic comedy called Lockdown, to start filming in London later this month. No premise has been announced yet, but one has to assume from its title that it probably involves a heist during the pandemic. Just a hunch.5. HARRY STYLES JOINS FLORENCE PUGH IN DON T WORRY, DARLING (Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)It will be a few years (at least) before we ever see the results of this year s announcement that Booksmart (Certified Fresh at 96%) director Olivia Wilde will be directing a Marvel movie for Sony (speculated to be Spider-Woman), but in the meantime, Wilde is keeping the scope of her second film closer to the real world, or at least a version of the 1950s. Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Black Widow) will star in Don t Worry, Darling as a 1950s unhappy housewife who slowly begins to question her own sanity when she starts to notice strange occurrences in her small, utopian community in the California desert. Her husband was to have been played by Shia LaBeouf, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, so her character s husband will be played by Harry Styles instead. In addition to co-starring in Dunkirk, Styles has been eyeing several roles in the last few years (including Disney s The Little Mermaid), but it appears that Don t Worry, Darling will succeed in wooing him. The film s other co-stars will include Dakota Johnson, Chris Pine, and Wilde herself.6. TIKTOK SENSATION TO STAR IN SHE S ALL THAT REMAKE (Photo by Miramax)Nowadays, Rachael Leigh Cook mostly stays busy with her Vineyard movies on the Hallmark Channel, but in the 1990s and early 2000s, she was one of the most successful young female movie stars, and one of her most recognized roles came in the 1999 hit She s All That (Rotten at  41%), co-starring Freddie Prinze Jr. It was basically a Pygmalion or My Fair Lady ugly duckling story as a teen rom-com, but that combination proved a successful one. Director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) is getting ready to film a gender-reversed remake called He s All That, and TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling will take on what is basically the female version of Prinze s character, as she will be attempting to turn one of her nerdy boy classmates into the school s next prom king. Presumably, the title character will be cast soon, and we can probably expect that some of the parents or teachers will be played by comedy vets (a guess just based on Waters other films).7. HAPPY DEATH DAY DIRECTOR RETURNS WITH FREAKY BODY-SWAPPING COMEDY (Photo by Universal Pictures)One of the weird things about title trademarks is that sometimes they can be applied very broadly, while other times, they are pretty specific. For example, although Walt Disney Pictures absolutely owns the Freaky Friday body-swapping franchise (whether it be Hayley Mills or Lindsay Lohan), they don t own the exclusive rights to the word Freaky (or for that matter, Friday ). So, Universal Pictures and the director of Happy Death Day were able to team up for a body-swapping comedy called Freaky (11/13/2020), which effectively reads as a dark take on Freaky Friday without actually being directly related to it. The twist in Freaky is that instead of mother and daughter, the body swapped pair are a serial killer (Vince Vaughn) and one of his intended victims (Kathryn Newton). The result we seem to see in the first trailer is a serial killer comedy that also sort of brings to mind Rob Schneider s The Hot Chick.8. A TROOP BEVERLY HILLS SEQUEL IS IN THE WORKS(Photo by Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)Hollywood loves making sequels to 1980s movies almost as it loves remaking 1980s movies. They do, however, have an inherent problem, as there were only so many movies actually made in the 1980s that are available for sequels or remakes. One has to guess that s the best possible explanation for the news this week that someone is now actively developing a sequel to the 1989 Shelley Long kids comedy Troop Beverly Hills (Rotten at 25%). Basically, Shelley Long played a rich lady who decides to become the troop leader of a fictionalized Girl-Scouts-But-We-Can t-Call-Them-Girl-Scouts to show that she is a capable adult. Israeli director Oran Zegman will direct the Troop Beverly Hills sequel from a screenplay by television writer Aeysha Carr (Born Again Virgin, Everybody Hates Chris) and Tamara Chestna, who adapted last year s After (Rotten at 19%), and speaking of which 9. AFTER SEQUELS ALREADY IN THE WORKS BEFORE SECOND MOVIE EVEN RELEASED (Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert/©Aviron Pictures)One of the most lucrative movie trends of the 2010s decades was the young adult franchise, during which every studio did their best to imitate the success of the Harry Potter franchise. Part of the reason why these movies were so profitable was that they could be produced affordably, but that also led to a glut in the marketplace, which possibly combined with audience preference shifts meant that within a decade, the trend was on its last legs. Of course, that doesn t mean that there aren t still young adult movies being made (especially on Netflix now), and one such film was last year s After (Rotten at 19%), based on the 2014 novel that reportedly began as a fan-fiction novel inspired by the music of Harry Styles and One Direction. The sequel After We Collided only just this week got picked up for distribution on PVOD on October 23, 2020, but already the producers are also developing two more sequels: After We Fell and After Ever After. Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin are expected to reprise their roles in all of them.
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Who is heading up your effects team?Hissrich: We have a huge team. Obviously, we shot in Budapest last season, so we ended up pulling from Budapest talent, as well as London talent. It s really expansive because we have several of the effects houses that are with us and then they also work with our prosthetics person It s quite a department I have to say.From the standpoint of managing something that huge, how did you do it and keep in touch with the creativity behind building the story or building a world?Hissrich: The best way to stay on top of it, is actually always be there. I ended up basically moving in and being on the ground in Budapest for almost eight months last year. I take my job really seriously, I m in love with this universe and so the first thing I did with almost all departments is to make sure they love the universe too. It s not necessarily that everyone had to have the most fantasy experience, the most genre experience. It was, Are you as excited about this material as I am? Can you show up every day and want to make this world bigger and better than the day before? I think that enthusiasm pervaded until the very end.Everyone will tell you that shooting a television show is hard and especially television shows that take place in the dead of winter in central Europe, and a lot of nights. The enthusiasm was almost always unflagging. I think the people that worked on the show really believe in what they did and even towards the end; they got tired obviously, but I think everyone still really wanted to come to work at the beginning of the day. I know that I did.(Photo by Netflix)How did you get involved with the title in the first place?Hissrich: I had read The Last Wish myself about a year before Netflix came to me to ask if I would be interested in adopting the show. I had worked with Netflix before on three different projects, so I had a really good relationship with them and I had just come off Umbrella Academy, which was a comic book adaptation.But I was really enjoying adapting things to television that had not been done before. So there was part of me when I first got the call from Netflix was, I don t think I m the writer that you re looking for, I have never done this big, sweeping, fantasy world before. In fact, I think part of the reason I was hired and the thing that I continue to try to bring to the show is, if you strip away all the elements of fantasy, what you are left with is three characters who are destined to become family, and that is something that I understand really well.To me those are the relationships that we have to come back to again and again, in terms of Geralt, Yennefer, and Cirilla: How do they relate with each other? How did they grow before they meet each other? Who were the other people that come in and out of their lives that send them bouncing in different directions, and how do they come back to each other at the end of the day? These are things that I think every human can relate to and so that is what we re trying to do with the show. I think that my biggest hope is that people who think that they re not fantasy buffs or fantasy geeks, I hope that they come and see that this is for them as well.(Photo by Netflix)How much of the writing did you take on yourself? I noticed there are a lot of writers listed.Hissrich: There were seven writers on the show and support staff of four. One of the things that I believe really strongly in, is giving every writer the opportunity to conceive, develop and write their own script. I ll come in at the end for a polish if needed. But I don t have a lot of ego in doing this, I think that television shows are best when they showcase the skills that a diverse group of people can bring.For instance, I love writing. I love writing characters, I love writing romance, [but] writing monsters was new to me. So there was another writer, Beau DeMayo, who wrote a sort of monster-heavy episode, and he d come out of a world of sort of CW monsters, and he had a lot of experience working in the genre, and it was really cool to see him come to life writing these monsters.There are other writers who wrote more adventurous scripts, and someone who wrote more of the heist one. Allowing writers to shine in their script, I think makes for a richer tapestry. So I wrote the first episode of season 1, and I wrote the last episode of season 1, but everything else was handled by the staff.I think people had already taken notice of Yennefer s big transition in the trailer, and so that s something that s not really a big secret.Hissrich: Setting it up was something that at the very beginning I wanted to keep secret, and then I realized right about the time of Comic-Con that, I was like, But I just want to talk about this. Especially with Yennefer, I want to talk about the sort of new sides of Yennefer that audiences will find, be they fans of the book or fans of the video game. I feel like Yennefer gets a new dimensionality to her character in the show and it s something I m really, really proud of. So yes, I couldn t keep my mouth shut on that.(Photo by Netflix)Can you talk about building Geralt for the screen? Is he an anti-hero?Hissrich: It s so interesting, the ideas of hero and anti-hero. For me, we approached all characters, but Geralt first and foremost, as a character that I ve never wanted to be called good or bad. I think Geralt has very good sides to his personality, and I think that he makes decisions that people might think are bad decisions.When we are writing all of the characters, even down to the Nilfgaardian, I ask the writers to dig down and think, and even if you think about the worst people in the history of our world, think about their motivations. Because very rarely does a character come and say, I m going to do this thing, I m going to take over the world, because I m evil. Even the worst people in our historical context wanted to take over the world because they thought they were doing something good. I may not agree, and history may show us that obviously that was not true, but I do think that characters are motivated from their own sense of good, no matter what.That applies to Geralt as well. We ll see him make decisions to kill creatures or kill humans, and we can see him make decisions not to. What I don t want to do is ever end an episode with someone saying, Obviously the writers thought that Geralt was a hero in this episode. What I want audiences to ask is, Do I think Geralt is a hero in this episode, or do I think that he made absolutely the wrong choice, and I don t understand why he made it? I hope that audiences will be able to reflect back into their own lives, and why they make specific decisions and whether they think that they made them for good or for evil. I think bringing that moral grain into television is really interesting, and Geralt is kind of the best example of that. He is quiet, he is pensive, he does not always say what he is thinking, so we just have to trust that he is acting from his gut and sometimes I think he is wrong and sometimes I think he is right.(Photo by Netflix)Do you see Geralt as much of a sexual character in your adaptation? You ve got Henry Cavill, and he is definitely handsome.Hissrich: I think that all of our characters have a sexual side to them. My personal goal, when I set out to develop this and we started writing the script, is that I only wanted sex, sexuality, sexiness to be used when it furthers the story. I think audiences are really savvy now and they know, and hate when we re just dropping in nudity, or graphic sex for the sake of shock value. I think audiences are really used to that now, with all of the pay cable and streaming services and everything that they are able to see, the influx of imagery that they re able to see.So for us, there s absolutely sex in the show, but I think the sex in the show always shifts the story in another direction. It s the vulnerable effects that you didn t think were going to happen, it s the sex that happens between two people who are alone and lonely and just need to connect in a sense of humanity and to reaffirm that there s something else alive out there. It s always about building out or changing character dynamics. I think people will enjoy what they see, but I also hope it helps them understand the stories that we re telling.The Witcher is now streaming on Netflix.


On June 22, 36 years have passed since the release of The Karate Kid, the story of an underdog, who explores a life unfamiliar to him, and who — with the help of a grumpy old man — raises himself up to be a champion. The 1984 film, directed by John Avildsen and written by Robert Kamen, had a lasting influence on the movie experience — future sports films would measure their stories against the tenacity and resolve on display in The Karate Kid, and Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and William Zabka would enjoy a bright moment in the Hollywood sun.That sunlight faded after a time, as new heroes rose — mutants and aliens boasting super-human powers — and now, as their sweet summer dims, Macchio and Zabka have been coaxed back into the open to revisit their beloved characters of  Daniel LaRusso and  Johnny Lawrence in YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai, now available on Netflix.Season 1 was a Certified Fresh hit. All 43 critics that reviewed the season gave it a Fresh rating, landing Cobra Kai — the unlikely streaming TV revival of a slumbering monster film franchise — in our prestigious 100% TV season club. The series also brought back other familiar faces from the original movie, including Martin Kove, who played the Cobra Kai dojo s original alpha-male sensei Kreese in the film, and heartwarming tributes to the humble handyman and teacher Miyagi, played by Morita, who died in 2005.With Season 1 and 2 now on Netflix, with a third Cobra Kai season set to premiere in 2021, we sat down with Macchio and Zabka to talk about what got them back to the dojo, and paying homage to Morita.What follows is a history of Cobra Kai (2018-) and reflection upon the series beginnings, drawn from a sit-down interview with Macchio and Zabka.ALSO WATCH: ORAL HISTORY OF THE KARATE KID WITH RALPH MACCHIO AND WILLIAM ZABKA“It became part of the American lexicon at some point.”Ralph Macchio: “I mean, certainly in the earlier years, from the ’80s into the early ’90s, you had all those images of the crane kick, or the lines like, ‘Get him a body bag’ or ‘Sweep the leg.’ ‘Wax on, wax off.’ [The Karate Kid] became part of the American lexicon at some point. But I think the internet, if you will, or the ability for everyone to be able to talk and spread their voice, really is where it amped up to that other level.And then you have the How I Met Your Mother of it all, which was a show that always teed up from Barney Stinson s perspective of the real Karate Kid. And then that became this whole pop culture thing, and then other videos made. And that set the stage for, I think, the series Cobra Kai fan base coming to the table all amped up for decades of discussion. And it s cool that it all collided in such a good big way.”“We have to go convince Ralph Macchio. William Zabka: “Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, the creators of Cobra Kai, emailed me and they said, ‘Let’s have lunch and talk to you about a project that we re excited about.’ So I said, ‘OK. Where do you want to meet? There s a Mexican restaurant down the street from my house. Let s meet there.’(Photo by YouTube Premium)So we go in and go and sit at this back table, and the chips come, and they re telling the waiters to leave, and then it was just spitfire, like the three-headed dragon, just a machine gun of information. Like, ‘OK, so here it is. We re huge fans of Karate Kid. We love your work. We want to do this. It s called Cobra Kai. We got the rights of Karate Kid. You re Johnny Lawrence. You re like bad sensei, you re like Walter Matthau in Bad News Bears. You re gonna be the anti-hero.’ And I was like, ‘What? You can t just go do this.’I ve had a lot of ideas presented. I ve thought my own self, like, ‘What can I do more in a satire type of way?’ Because I never could imagine getting the rights to do Johnny Lawrence again. And after The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith came out, I felt like it was really all over. Like, ‘It s moved on.’ … This, it just felt right. And I said, ‘What s the next step?’ They said, ‘Well, we have to go convince Ralph Macchio.’ I said, ‘OK.’”“Oh, crap, I hope this works.”Macchio: “They flew to New York. We met down in Tribeca area, and we spent more than a couple hours. They led off with talking about the themes. They were very focused. I could tell they were nervous, but Hayden, he started right away, and says, Bullying. I would love to have the footage of their pitch to Billy, to convince him, and their pitch to me, because they were different. They didn t start off saying, ‘We want to do the Johnny Lawrence story about Cobra Kai and make him the hero of the story.’ They started talking about themes, so credit them. They did a great job. They were also very well-versed in what they wanted to do, the angle. And they did tell me the title of the show. They weren t trying to say, ‘Oh, it s not gonna be that.’ I knew what it was.My biggest question was they were pitching it as a comedy. I said, ‘Well, where s the funny? What s the tone?’ That was the main question, and where s the Miyagi-isms, and how is that going to be woven into it? Because if it s not, then I m not interested. I need for it to have balance, if you will, across the board of the Karate Kid universe, even though the angle in from the Johnny Lawrence story is super smart.(Photo by YouTube Premium)I felt that they were the guys. I knew from Hot Tub Time Machine and Harold and Kumar that they knew [the humor]. I believed they could write for a young generation and humor and great teen dialogue, which I felt was really important for the show to have that. That s really shedding light in going to season 2 and beyond, because we have this great young cast. I needed to digest it all, but I believed that they were the guys. They wanted to make the show the fans wanted to see, because they were those kids.And then timing: 15 [or] 10 years ago there was no YouTube or Netflix, or a place where you could take a five, six-hour movie and cut it up into parts. We shoot this show and each season is like a full-on movie that you just cut up. You allow the characters to breathe and delve into gray areas, and it s not just so black-and-white and leading to one big quick climax two hours later. All those things together got me to the place of saying, ‘OK, let s do this.’ But not without me closing my eyes, holding my breath, and saying, ‘Oh, crap, I hope this works.’ Now we seem like the two smartest guys in the world.”“We hadn t done this for 35-some years  all of sudden, he walks in and it was just on.”Zabka: “My first scene was with Ed Asner, so how s that for day 1 on a show: working with a legend? It s the scene when I walk in and Ed Asner s in my refrigerator. So they just started me at full speed, and it was great, and he was great — I mean really great. What an honor. It felt like he kissed the show in a way, and he blessed it in a way, by his presence being there. It just felt like wow, we re way up here.”(Photo by YouTube Premium)Macchio: “Our first scene together is still one of my favorites in the Cobra Kai series. The first scene I shot was at the end of episode 2, where LaRusso comes into the Cobra Kai dojo and it s a little stare-down, and they question each other, and it just sets up the entire series. That scene was magic, man. We worked together in a film 30-plus years ago, and we ve been friends for years. But that level of chemistry that we have, I didn t know that it was there at the level that it s now turned out to be. It s just a reminder that this project, be it The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai, has some element that the bar just gets raised and we deliver. I m proud of it.”Zabka: “We hadn t done this for 35-some years now, right? And all of sudden, he walks in and it was just on, and everything else was gone, and it was these two characters exist again in this setting. We walked away. We re like, ‘Wow, there s something really happening.’”“It s warm and wonderful and bittersweet. Pat would ve loved this.”Macchio: “All the time, I think about Pat and his performance. Listen, we re not making the show without Pat Morita s performance as Mr. Miyagi, because that s one of the things that elevated that film to what it is today. They re big shoes to fill. I mean, LaRusso has a line like that early in season 2 — he looks at a picture of Miyagi and says, ‘Boy, I ve got big shoes to fill.’He learns very soon that just because you have knowledge of a subject doesn t necessarily mean you can teach it. And Mr. Miyagi was a magical type character who had a special touch, and LaRusso is learning that he might not have that — or he has to find his own. View this post on Instagram Shooting a poignant Miyagi-influenced scene on @cobrakaiseries then, moments later a surprise visit from Pat Morita’s daughter, Aly makes this one of the most memorable days on the show. All the feels from above and beyond. Another stroke of Miyagi Magic graces the day. Thanks, Aly 🙂 And as always, thank you, Pat. 🙏🥋A post shared by ralph_macchio (@ralph_macchio) on Oct 24, 2018 at 9:47am PDT

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