What does being a final girl mean to horror’s original final girl – and her successor to the blood-soaked throne? We sat down with Halloween Kills stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer to find out just that. In an extended conversation ahead of the horror sequel’s release in theaters and on Peacock, Curtis and Greer talk about what being a final girl means to them and to horror audiences, where we find their characters in the new film, and why the women of some of our favorite slasher films continue to inspire audiences to this day.Halloween Kills opens in theaters on October 15, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. That deeper exploration led to characters who are not just greatly expanded from their comic book counterparts, but deeply changed. Oleff’s Stanley, for example, may still love pot, but that’s where the similarities end. “I read the script for the show first and didn’t recognize the character [in the novel] at all,” he said. In the book, the character’s only real interests are smoking and selling pot. Additionally, Oleff found him “colder” toward the novel’s version of Sydney. On screen, he makes bold fashion choices, listens to a wide array of records (on vinyl), and supports Sydney well beyond the role of drug dealer. “He’s there to help her and he’s really there to be the best person he can be to her,” he said of the upgraded Stanley.“He is so richly unadulterated. He s just so himself,” added Hall. “It s like it s the version of me that I wished I d been in high school as well. It s just that kind of peeling away of that need to please, and that need to be accepted by way of putting on a false version of yourself that others accept.”Dina, Sydney’s best friend, also represents one of the more radical departures from the graphic novel. Instead of the nihilistic punk rock girl barely invested in any part of her reality, the television Dina is, as Bryant put it “this cool and fun and confident best friend to Syd.” She also envisions having a life beyond high school and even cares about Brad.“She’s reliant on Brad [in the book],” she recalled. “But it seems like she hates him.” Like Oleff, it led to some reflection on the character in the scripts and even some puzzlement on how the characters relate to one another. But she came to ultimately understand this alternate Dina. And in building the character up from the dysfunctional version in the novel, Bryant felt the characters also avoids certain pitfalls of the black best friend trope often seen in YA series. “I think with trying to give her more layers in general, it really is us trying to explain and have everyone represented not only by race, but the things they’re going through, she said. Yes, Dina is a PoC, but it’s more about how she goes through the things in her life and how the people around her impact her life.”(Photo by Netflix)And while Ellis found Brad to be an even more despicable character in the book, he appreciated the chance to play a person with little-to-no filter. “I look at it as a lot more fun than challenging, he said. When you can take that pressure off of yourself, you can really be awful and there are no consequences for it. If anything, it’s encouraged to lean into that character trait.” Granted, he and Bryant both agreed there must be something positive Dina sees in him – even if Sydney cannot fathom it. “We only see his worst qualities [though Sydney]. To be someone who is well liked, he has to be charming and funny,” Ellis said.Reflecting on the way the show still acknowledges Sydney’s perspective, Oleff noted Stanley and Dina are more “fleshed out” people while Brad remains something closer to a caricature.To Lillis, the way Sydney interacts with Stanley and Bryant’s Dina marks one the best ways the show builds on the foundation of the book. “She has all these people” – mainly Stanley and Dina – “but everything goes wrong and it feels like she has nothing there,” she said. “With the series There’s so much more to life and so much more happening. It’s less this tense feeling of being stuck.”(Photo by Netflix)Nevertheless, there is still some sense of being stuck for Sydney. She is an ill-fit at school, she may want Dina to be more than her best friend, and even the powers, awesome as they are, come from a feeling Hall felt was quite recognizable — “If people really knew what was going on inside of me, people really knew what a freak I was, then I would be deemed unlovable.”“She has no control and has no idea where she is with any of it, and that s kind of right in the middle of the whirlpool of something that could be considered a depression,” added Entwistle. And while just about every teenage feels like a freak, Sydney’s power genuinely set her apart and create a sense that she could be dangerous – a common feeling for teenagers given a very palpable reality in the show.That authenticity, both in terms of Sydney’s fears about her powers and her feelings for Dina, were important elements Lillis felt the show had to explore. “Everyone’s process is different, but it’s good to interpret that and show that. It’s what high school life is and what it’s like to grow up and find out who you are. You get to really see that in Sydney,” she said.Entwistle also felt the coming of age story and the emergence of her powers all lead to a powerful theme about adolescence. “When you learn to take on the mantle of becoming an adult it also means taking on bad stuff and good stuff, and learning to live with it,” he said.In finding these themes, expanding the characters, and making one or two other alterations we cannot mention for the sake of spoilers, I Am Not Okay With This becomes an indie rock superhero tale with an interesting hook.“What s the superhero origin story if Professor X never shows up at your house or Hagrid never comes to take you to Hogwarts?” is how Entwistle put it.It is a question both he and Hall hope to answer in subsequent seasons. It also something the cast hope to explore even as they hope to maintain the series unique balance of fantastic powers and high school angst.I Am Not Okay With This is now streaming on Netflix.
(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. / Courtesy: Everett Collection.)How and when did you decide to jump from acting to directing? Did you always know that was something you wanted to do?When I did Roswell, there weren t female directors. We had 61 episodes and we had one female director on the last episode. I didn t grow up seeing an image of a female director, so I never thought it was something that I could have. I definitely spent my time in editing during Roswell and asked a lot of questions and paid attention, but during my 20s, you just didn t see it.Then when I was on Life Unexpected they brought on a female director, Liz Allen, and it really kind of rocked my world. Through my relationship with her, she was like, You can do this. I started shadowing a lot after I got off Life Unexpected. That s where I was like, OK, this is something that I can do. By the time I did UnREAL, I came to them right away, and I was like, I have done my homework. I am prepared. I would really love an opportunity. I m really grateful to them that in the second season they gave me an episode to direct. I ended up doing four during the course of the series.What has your experience been like directing a show that you re also acting in, versus something like Roswell, New Mexico and Pretty Little Liars where you re not appearing on screen? The difference is that you re not really splitting your focus, but at the same time when you re directing and acting, it s pretty powerful. You know, you re really in it and you can really command the energy of a scene because your acting is putting that out. So, you can really craft how you want it to be.When you re not acting in it, when you re sitting back, you can take a breather and really see the scope of the piece. I think it s incredibly rewarding to work in this space. All this information that I ve learned and all of these tricks of the trade, of crafting an episode of performance and an episode of TV — to be able to push that information forward and share with these young actors and watch their performance blossom, it is so gratifying. It s a way of giving back in some ways, and I am just really relishing it.(Photo by Lewis Jacobs/The CW)It s mentorship from a totally different angle.Absolutely. You know, there are directors that come through your career that really give you these little nuggets that change the way you work. I try to give it as much as I can, because I want to have an impact in the few days that I m with them.Do you think that there will be an opportunity for you to appear on screen in Roswell, New Mexico?Carina MacKenzie — she s so talented — if she wants to figure out a way, I ll do it.Can you share anything else about your upcoming projects? Do you have any on-screen appearances planned?I did an episode of Law Order: SVU and Lucy Liu was directing it. That was really fun. I just did an episode of Drunk History that aired. But, quite honestly, following up Rachel Goldberg on UnREAL, there are big shoes to fill. I m just kind of taking a minute to find the right thing… because I really want to give it my all and find the next right character and the next right story.Roswell, New Mexico episode Songs About Texas airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The CWLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.亚博登录入口百鬼夜行是一款Q版日式和风横版放置挂机手游，可同时上阵25位妖怪伙伴，具有高自由度的迷宫探索。玩家将在一个妖怪统治的时代中接替鬼王之位，召唤百鬼，与日式神话妖怪缔结契约，一同成长，最终成为百鬼之主。丰富有趣的故事情节，熟悉的冒险元素再现，带你感受这个未知的迷宫世界。这款游戏的玩法十分丰富多样，有着极具动感的竞技对战玩法，还有休闲类的宠物养成玩法，带给你绝佳的游戏体验。
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(Photo by ©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection)The Matrix Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer The defining sci-fi event of 1999 was supposed to be Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the long-awaited and super-hyped kick-off to the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Yet, while that film did rake in plenty of cash – and generate plenty of discussion – it was the kick-off of a different trilogy that year that would ultimately become the sci-fi moment of the year if not the decade and the next couple of decades to come.Lana and Lily Wachowski s The Matrix was a phenomenon. The story of Neo s (Keanu Reeves) awakening to the truth of his existence – that he and the rest of humanity had been interned by sentient machines in a virtual reality system known as the Matrix – was a box office success, a critical smash, and just really, really f king cool. The movie had style to burn (those muted green colors, those leather trenches) and introduced western audience to cutting-edge Eastern action choreography thanks to the efforts of fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. Action cinema hasn t looked the same ever since.Sequels were, of course, inevitable, and in 2003 Matrix fans got two of them, both shot concurrently in Sydney, Australia: First came Reloaded, which expanded the lore of the franchise and delivered one of the most epic highway chase scenes ever recorded; then came Revolutions and that rave party. That same year, fans were able to dig even deeper with the excellent animated anthology film, The Animatrix, in which seven top filmmakers told stories in the Matrix universe using the latest in CG animation and Japanese anime techniques.With a fourth Matrix movie hitting theaters this December, we decided it was time to rank the original trilogy from worst to best. (We do not include The Animatrix because it only has 19 reviews contributing to its Tomatometer score.)Which is the Freshest and which is the sole Rotten entry, so far? Find out below in this definitive ranking of the Matrix franchise.Disagree with our ranking of the Matrix movies? Let us know in the comments.
Summer is approaching, and cinematically speaking, there are plenty of places to go during these hotter months, but nothing seems like a better destination than In the Heights. Once you see the nearly unanimous rave reviews of the upcoming musical — directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) based on the Broadway smash by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) — you’ll want to book this virtual trip to the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.Here’s what critics are saying about In the Heights:Is this THE movie to see this summer?In the Heights is a knockout… This one deserves to be the film of the summer. Manuel Betancourt, That ShelfIn The Heights’ irrepressible energy is the perfect note on which to kick off this summer’s blockbuster season. Danette Chavez, AV ClubEvery summer should have a movie like this one. Joshua Rivera, Polygon[It’s] more than just a movie. It’s more than just a musical. It’s an event. Anna Menta, DeciderIn the Heights isn’t just a movie, it’s a movement. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireCould it even be the movie of the year?There may not be a bigger cardiac rush this year than In the Heights. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment WeeklyOne of the best films of the year, In the Heights is a special experience. Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live EntertainmentOne of the best films of the year that is perfect in almost every way. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireIt’s one of the liveliest and most moving films you’re likely to see this year. Siddhand Adlakha, IGN Movies(Photo by Macall Polay/©Warner Bros.)Will fans of the original Broadway production be happy with it?Bursting with life, love and melody, it amplifies the mega-wattage of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show, transforming it into a jubilant cinematic experience. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionChu perfectly captures the energy of — and builds upon — Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Anna Menta, DeciderChu’s vision expands and enriches the show’s rendering of Washington Heights into a moving spectacle, elevating mundane mornings or trips to the pool into something mesmerizing and exhilarating. Monica Castillo, The WrapIt’s a musical adaptation that feels grand and intimate in equal measure; there’s plenty of pizzazz to go around but Chu knows just when to zero in on small details to make this effervescent musical sing. Manuel Betancourt, That Shelf[It’s] a triumphant adaptation… In its joyous excess, In the Heights makes a case for adapting Broadway musicals into Hollywood cinema. Joshua Rivera, PolygonWhat about fans of movie musicals in general?In the Heights is proof that the movie musical isn’t dead — it simply needed a little flavor. Juan Barquin, The Film StageEven as it calls back great movie musicals both old and new, it also feels like a great leap forward for the genre. Manuel Betancourt, That ShelfThis is the very best of what a movie musical can be. Anna Menta, DeciderIt’s exceptional and rapturous, as all great musicals should aspire to be. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIt does what a great musical should do. It makes you feel alive. Siddhand Adlakha, IGN MoviesIt’s the best Hollywood musical in years. Jacob Oller, Paste Magazine(Photo by ©Warner Bros.)How are the musical numbers?Each one feels impossibly more iconic than the one that came before it. Anna Menta, DeciderAlmost all the songs are bangers that keep emotions high — you’ll weep, you’ll cheer, you’ll hum the songs to yourself on the way out of the theater. Jacob Oller, Paste MagazineAlthough not perfect in execution, the musical numbers of this adaptation take characterization to new heights as they each respond to the popular music of the character’s country of origin. Orlando Maldonado, The Playlist[Chu’]s end goal seems to be doing the mostest for each musical number, which doesn’t necessarily correspond to doing the bestest. Martin Tsai, Critic s NotebookHow is Jon M. Chu s direction?In the Heights is the movie he was destined to make, and going forward, I hope to see Chu create more musicals for the ages. Alan Cerny, Vital ThrillsOne exciting aspect of the whole experience is Chu s vision on what a movie musical can be… [He] inherently understands that musicals are magical, no matter how small and realistic the plot. Erin Strecker, MashableChu hits a lot more often than he misses, and always when it counts most. David Ehrlich, IndieWireMr. Chu’s abrupt transitions between naturalistic street scenes and the soundstage are characteristic of an inconsistent and incoherent style. Martin Tsai, Critic s NotebookWhile the spontaneity of the dance numbers ultimately works in Chu’s favor, the frequent close-ups do not, and it makes me wish he showed the potential for splashy musicals that he did in his Step Up movies. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmAt times, I found myself a little frustrated with Chu’s directing choices… I wanted to yell HOLD STILL! so I could see amazing performers — and they are all truly fantastic — do their thing. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox(Photo by ©Warner Bros.)Are there any standout performances?The cast is uniformly excellent, with special notice to Anthony Ramos whose charisma leaps off the screen. Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk CriticsOne of the most charismatic and radiantly likable performances you’ll ever see on a screen of any kind, Anthony Ramos plays Usnavi as a naturalized storyteller with a twinkle in his eye. David Ehrlich, IndieWireThe ensemble assembled is out-of-this-world stellar. Ramos and Hawkins turn in top shelf performances. Grace gives a career-defining turn… Merediz is a graceful powerhouse. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIt’s hard to pick a favorite performance, but with soul-stirring, son-infused Paciencia Y Fe, Merediz reminds us why she’s Latinx acting royalty. Danette Chavez, AV ClubWhile the entire ensemble cast shines, the film is Merediz’s, and she’ll likely be in conversation during the coming award season. Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live EntertainmentDoes it have a message?In the Heights contains a message of hope that’s well-needed right now. Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live EntertainmentIn The Heights’ timely story has a topical message that feels right at home in a musical setting… that’s reinvigorated by the way that Huedes adapts her own book into the realities of today. Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend[It’s] a bit heavy-handed at times with its messaging. Juan Barquin, The Film Stage(Photo by ©Warner Bros.)How important is the film s Latinx representation?What I love most about In the Heights is how Latino culture is represented front and center and is not just some afterthought saved for a scene or two. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireWhat makes the adaptation of In the Heights so remarkable is that it is a major Hollywood musical that allows its Latino characters to live normal lives, outside of gang or narco violence and outside of stereotypes. Monica Castillo, The WrapIn the Heights pulls off the impossible as it accurately represents the Dominican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and many other Latin diasporas in the United States. Orlando Maldonado, The PlaylistWhat’s most special about In the Heights is that it shines a light on an often overlooked community on film. Adriana Gomez-Weston, We Live EntertainmentThe film ultimately comes off as a corporate vision of celebrating diversity. Martin Tsai, Critic s NotebookBut is it also a movie for everyone?Not everyone is going to feel represented when they watch In the Heights. That’s an impossible task for any movie. Yet [it] can represent many things for many different viewers. Monica Castillo, The Wrap[It’s] a big Hollywood musical that’s not just for Latinx people, but for fans of Broadway, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cult of personality, and musical theater in general. They’re going to flock to this film like it’s a hot new brunch spot in Crown Heights. Joshua Rivera, PolygonAre there any problems with the movie?Not all of the updates are seamless; some of the meaningful tension from the original is sacrificed for an unambiguously happy ending. Danette Chavez, AV ClubNarrative and pacing issues… including the very real defanging of the source material’s more complex relationships which create a kind of generic happy-happy joy-joy feeling. Scott Mendelson, ForbesHawkins isn’t charismatic enough to elevate a paper-thin character when placed against a star like Grace. Juan Barquin, The Film StageNot all character arcs are as strong as others, specifically when it comes to Vanessa’s. Her internal and external stakes aren’t brought together nearly as cohesively as her love interest’s. Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction(Photo by ©Warner Bros.)Should we see it on the big screen if we can?Dreams like this, whether they be large or small, need a big screen to be truly seen; and In The Heights is absolutely worthy of being made into a big time moviegoing experience. Mike Reyes, CinemaBlendSeeing this massive, guileless, heartfelt piece of Hollywood entertainment on the big screen is like coming home after a long year in exile only to find that it’s still there, and maybe even better than you remembered. David Ehrlich, IndieWireSee it with a crowd that will applaud every song and show-stopping dance number. Mike Ryan, Uproxx[It] couldn’t come at a better time and absolutely must be seen in a theater… The experience is absolutely euphoric, and should be seen surrounded by as many friends and family as one can gather. Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk CriticsIn the Heights is a stunning, triumphant return to the cinema that reminds us again and again and again why we love seeing movies on the big screen, together. Jacob Oller, Paste MagazineWill we want to see it again and again?When the credits rolled on Jon M. Chu’s joyous, colorful, pulse-pounding, and hopeful In the Heights, all I could think of was how badly I wanted them to restart the film. Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk CriticsIn the Heights was the last film I caught inside of a movie theater in 2020. I have not stepped foot in one since that advance press screening last spring… There is no film I am more eager to watch amidst an audience than this ode to the beauty of crowds, to the value of solidarity, and to the pleasures of community. Manuel Betancourt, That ShelfIn the Heights releases in theaters and premieres on HBO Max on June 11, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at email@example.com.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.WrestleMania 37 streams Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, exclusively on Peacock. To find out more go to PeacockTV.com/WWE.
亚博登录入口 For starters, there are two areas where Episode IX is not looking like a champion. One is with critics who have been decidedly mixed on the film resulting in a 57% on the Tomatometer; the second-lowest of the nine-episode Saga ahead of just The Phantom Menace (53%.) The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are amongst the top four with 93% 91%, respectively. Another that may buck the trend of Star Wars history is the direct performance of the sequels. The box office per each trilogy has followed a pretty specific pattern. The first film is a major blockbuster. The 1977 original became the highest-grossing film of all-time up until 1982’s E.T.. The Phantom Menace in 1999 was second only to Titanic on the all-time scale and The Force Awakens still currently holds the crown for the #1 film in domestic box office history. The second film in each trilogy then dipped. The Empire Strikes Back made 31.9% less. Attack of the Clones 34.6% and The Last Jedi 33.8%. But then Return of the Jedi made million more and Revenge of the Sith made million more. The Rise of Skywalker has already begun with a disadvantage opening with 5 million compared to The Last Jedi’s 0 million start.But then consider where The Rise of Skywalker already has staked out in lists. It is the 12th highest opening in history (and the 3rd highest in December behind the previous two Star Wars.) It had the 5th best total in Thursday previews with million behind Episodes VII VIII as well as the final Avengers and Harry Potter films and 6th highest Friday opening ever (which includes Thurs previews) with Infinity War being in that mix. Word-of-mouth will now determine if those rankings remain consistent the next few weeks. That film’s 10-day total was the 4th best at the time (7th best currently), it still has the 4th best 17- -24-day total ever and remains the 8th highest-grossing domestic film of all-time and 13th all-time worldwide with .33 billion.The Rise of Skywalker should hit the billion mark. (It is over 4 million worldwide in 3.5 days.) Rogue One opened to 5 million and reached 0 million so that milestone right now is also likely to make ROS just the 15th film ever to achieve that goal. They’ve already achieved that globally. 0 million is likely the goal Disney and Lucasfilm would have wanted to hit domestically, but that now seems quite out of reach. The Last Jedi was down to .7 million in its 4th weekend and that could be the one (Jan. 10-12, 2020) where ROS relinquishes its #1 spot to perhaps the expansion of Sam Mendes’ WWI film, 1917.Rotten Returns: Eldritch Horror Cats Scratched At Box OfficeAfter months of sniping at its first trailer and a week of critical lambasting, Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (.5 million) appears to be an immediate bust. Conservatively the film is budgeted at million to as much as million (the number could be even higher) so any single digit opening is going to cause concern for those who bankrolled it. They may be looking at those who ponied up the million to make The Greatest Showman two years ago when it started with just an .8 million opening weekend after a .5 million lead-in from its Wednesday Christmas opening. They certainly sighed relief when it went on to gross over 4 million. Hooper’s backers may be coughing up hairballs. Cats does not likely have a 19x multiple. That is just a ,923 per-theater-average which puts it in the category of From Justin to Kelly (,357 PTA) and Newsies (,008 PTA). The Greatest Showman also had just a ,929 PTA that opening weekend, but word-of-mouth boosted that number and it did not dip lower until its eighth week. Sweeney Todd and 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera managed to get themselves over million, so maybe there is still a Christmas miracle for the critically-lambasted (19%) effort, even as a goof or a dare. Either way, we are likely to not see a big-screen version of Starlight Express anytime soon.The Top 10 and Beyond: Jumanji Softening, Bombshell Near-BombsIn these times as one should expect moviegoers do not exactly want a mix of politics with their eggnog. Last year’s Vice made over million, but that was bolstered a bit by its awards run and was ultimately more then than now. Despite lining up critically with Vice’s 66%, the 65%-rated Bombshell did not turn too many heads in theaters this weekend. Starting with million and expanding into 1,480 theaters, Jay Roach’s film about the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, made .8 million. That is just a ,429 per-theater-average compared to Vice’s ,181 in 2,442 theaters in its first weekend. But that was also after its .9 million three day headstart opening on Christmas through Dec. 27. Bombshell debuted with a solid 9,157 in four theaters last week but could fade much faster than Adam McKay’s film.Last week’s short-lived #1, Jumanji: The Next Level, became the 23rd film to open in December and gross 0 million in its first ten days. Marley and Me is the only film on that list to fail to reach 0 million. (It grossed 3.15 million.) On the other hand Marley (which was a Christmas Day release) grossed .26 million in its second weekend. The Next Level fell 56% to million which is the second lowest on that list of 23. The only December films since 1985 to gross less than million in their second weekend and reach 0 million were 2005’s King Kong and Alvin and the Chipmunks. So it is possible Jumanji is fading faster than we may have expected. It is up to 2 million worldwide.Disney’s Frozen II rose to over 6 million this weekend. That is the 18th best total ever after 31 days of release and is still million ahead of the pace of all-time November opening champ, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in that period and had a fifth weekend around million better. So with solid daily numbers over the Christmas vacation
俄罗斯方块是许多人的一代回忆，因为玩法简单易上手而受玩家欢迎，虽然已经过去30多年的时间，但不妨碍它成为全世界最为经典的小游戏，口碑和热度始终引领潮流。而在这么多年里，以俄罗斯方块为基础，衍生出各种各样的俄罗斯方块玩法游戏，其中国内首个正版手游《俄罗斯方块环游记》于7月29日开启测试了！ Shazam! has wowed critics with its heart and laughs, and surprised comic-book fans with its faithfulness to the character — who once went by a name now owned by Marvel — his history, and the more recent revisions made in the 21st Century. But as it is a modern era superhero film, there are a number of easter eggs and hooks that might leave those less versed in Billy Batson history a little confused. So here’s a handy guide to a few of the head-scratchers from Shazam! – including that caterpillar in the post-credits stinger!Warning: Major spoilers ahead.Who Is Mr. Mind?(Photo by DC Comics, Shazam! 3)When young Sivana (Ethan Pugiotto) first arrives at the Rock of Eternity, the Wizard’s (Djimon Hounsou) dwelling, he sees a jar containing a caterpillar. Nothing more is said of it throughout the film until we see the jar has been destroyed sometime later. In the mid-credit stinger, the caterpillar appears in Sivana’s (Mark Strong) prison cell wearing a speaker and suggesting they can do great things together.In the comics, the creature is known as Mr. Mind and as the teaser heavily implies, he will be Billy’s (Asher Angel) opponent in Shazam! 2. First appearing in 1943’s Captain Marvel Adventures #26, the character was created by principal Captain Marvel creator C.C. Beck and writer Otto Binder. When the Golden Age Captain Marvel first tussled with Mr. Mind, he was a caterpillar-like worm with mental faculties beyond those of mortal men. He was also telepathic and could spin nearly indestructible silk webbing. And as seen in the film, he used a “talk box” slung around his neck to amplify his voice into the human range of perception.He was also the leader of the Monster Society of Evil, a group of, well, evil monsters dedicated to destruction and villainy in a very earnest Golden Age kind of way. A perfect set of opponents for Billy and his growing Shazam Family — more on them in a bit.Over the years, his origins evolved. He eventually claimed to be an alien worm, which later writers made canon by revealing Venus as his planet of origin. He also became closely tied to Sivana, who gave the telepathic creature its name.With formidable abilities and an inferiority complex well in excess of his physical form, he should prove a worthy opponent for Shazam (Zachary Levi). Doubly so if he and Sivana organize the Monster Society.Where’s Black Adam?(Photo by Robert Viglasky / © MGM)For over a decade, the Shazam! project was overshadowed by a potential spin-off, the Black Adam film starring Dwayne Johnson. The concept first came to light when the actor asked his fans if he should play Shazam. They responded with the overwhelming suggestion he was better suited to play the character’s best enemy, Black Adam. He has been attached to a film starring the character ever since.Created by Beck and Bill Parker in 1945’s The Marvel Family #1 — his one Golden Age appearance — much of Black Adam s history was outlined decades later by writer and artist Jerry Ordway. Teth-Adam was the son of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II (who in real life famously sired over 100 children). The Wizard Shazam was the Pharaoh’s high priest at the time and, looking for a successor even then, thought Teth-Adam would be the perfect candidate. But Adam was double crossed by the Wizard’s daughter Blaze. Instead of inheriting the Wizard’s powers, he derived his abilities from the Egyptian gods Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, and Mehen.Nonetheless, he proved an able hero for the nation. But his duties kept him away from his family, who were all eventually killed when a power-mad priest swept through his home state of Kahndaq.Believing Blaze’s corruption to be absolute, the Wizard eventually trapped Adam’s soul in a scarab and entombed his corpse in a sarcophagus where he referred to his former apprentice as “Khem-Adam,” or “Black Adam. When Adam eventually escaped, he extended his animosity toward the Wizard to the entirety of the Marvel – or Shazam – Family.While the details might be different — and contain a number of DC Comics characters like Blaze — the key elements of Black Adam’s Golden Age origin remain the same. The Wizard believed him to be a worthy successor and bestowed upon him the powers of Shazam. Adam was corrupted by the power, forcing the Wizard to banish him. If this sounds familiar, it is because it is the story the Wizard tells the young Sivana in the opening moments of the film. Black Adam even makes a cameo appearance as the Wizard conjures up images of his first pupil. The entire Black Adam misadventure sets up the whole reason why the Wizard spends millennia looking for someone with the “purity” of Billy Batson.So while not a key player in the first film, the character is ultimately important to the story director David Sandberg appears to be telling. But considering the Mr. Mind stinger, it seems as though Black Adam and Billy will not meet until the third film. In the interval, that Black Adam movie will presumably be made. According to Johnson’s recent Instagram post congratulating Shazam! on its success, he said production will begin “in about a year.”What Is The Shazam Family?(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures)OK, we’ve mentioned “the Shazam Family” once or twice, and that term is important and it is the name of the group of heroes Billy creates toward the end of the film. And as the movie went out of its way to discuss, names are important. So much so, you might be wondering why they do not receive proper names of their own.In the Golden Age, Billy was ultimately joined by three other heroes deriving their powers from the Wizard: Captain Marvel Jr, Mary Marvel, and Uncle Marvel. A few others also joined the crusade with variations of the Marvel theme as The Marvel Family. Each was a person Billy knew in his civilian life, with Mary presented as Billy’s sister. But as we’ve discussed at length before, the “Captain Marvel” trademark was abandoned when Fawcett Comics agreed to stop publishing comics based on the character or his family in 1953 after a protracted legal case initiated by DC Comics. Marvel Comics eventually scooped up the trademark, so when DC bought the characters from Fawcett, they began to use the word “Shazam” in place of Marvel. Which means the Marvel Family is now “the Shazam Family.”And as seen in the film, the group is composed of Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton), Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman), Pedro Peña (Jovan Armand), and Eugene Choi (Ian Chen) — all of Billy’s new foster siblings in a story point which ties together one of the movie’s great themes about finding home. It also originates from a revision to the Shazam Family orchestrated by writer Geoff Johns, who created Darla, Pedro, and Eugene with artist Gary Frank. Their appearances and characterizations in the film are taken almost directly from the Johns/Frank stories – right down to their lack of proper superhero names.Which may leave you wondering about Freddy and Mary. As both originate from the Golden Age, they had proper names, Mary was the Mary Marvel mentioned before while Freddy had the curious title of Captain Marvel Jr. It may look strange to modern eyes, but it made perfect sense at the time. Sadly, as both names prominently feature Marvel, it remains to be seen if Freddy and Mary will ever get new, proper hero monikers. Much like Billy in the first film, that issue of identity could form part of their story in the sequel.Why Didn’t We See Superman’s Face?(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures)Shazam! functions as a perfectly solid film without big ties to the Justice League, but the film concludes with a reminder that some sort of unified DC world still exists. To help Freddy with the kids teasing him at school, Shazam (Zachary Levi) comes round with a friend: the Man of Steel.But the scene is awkwardly shot. Superman’s head is cutoff throughout and the John Williams theme appears in lieu of the character saying any sort of iconic phrase or cutesy remark.At one time, Henry Cavill was supposed to film a cameo scene for the film — though everyone evolved denied the scene’s existence until its debut at the special preview screenings in March — but scheduling reportedly kept the actor out of the blue suit. It is unclear if facial hair was part of the problem this time.It only adds fuel to the speculation about Cavill’s Superman future. Some say it is already over while Cavill’s only comment on the matter was a video in which he brandished a Superman action figure featuring his likeness. It remains to be seen what will become of the cinematic Superman, but it forms a real life cliffhanger almost as intriguing as Mr. Mind’s prison cell appearance.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Shazam! is in theaters everywhere now.