环球体育手机版采用百度引擎5（Baidu 1）st episode, “The Long Night,” has now shattered both the Night King (literally) and ratings records (figuratively). According to the New York Times, 17.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the one hour and 22-minute Battle of Winterfell, beating the network’s previous record (set just two weeks earlier during the season 8 premiere). The season 8 premiere was the biggest telecast in HBO history until “The Long Night,” with 17.4 million viewers tuning in. It still holds a record, though: Guinness World Records has deemed it the most in-demand TV premiere ever (according to its analytics, at least, which takes into account “global demand” — whatever that is).Meanwhile, “The Long Night” cinematographer Fabian Wagner sat down with Wired and defended his choices against viewers who complained that the Battle of Winterfell was lit too darkly and they couldn’t see the action happening on their TV screens.“A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” he said. “A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”The episode was dark on purpose, he said, because of the show’s overall shift in tone to much darker subject matter.“We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years – to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story,” he said, later adding that the darkness of the episode is also partially due to how people are watching it. “Game of Thrones is a cinematic show and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room. If you watch a night scene in a brightly-lit room then that won’t help you see the image properly.”The Obamas Plan Their Netflix Empire(Photo by White House)President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama announced the first slate of projects they’re working on with Netflix via their new production company, Higher Ground Productions. They include feature documentaries, scripted series, adaptations, and family series: American Factory is an award-winning documentary they acquired out of Sundance; Bloom is a fashion-themed upstairs/downstairs drama set in post-WWII New York City that will focus on the barriers faced by women and people of color; Listen to Your Vegetables Eat Your Parents is a half-hour preschool series about global food; Fifth Risk is a docuseries based on bestselling author Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy; Crip Camp is a feature-length documentary about a 1970s summer camp for disabled teenagers in New York’s Catskill mountains; Overlooked is based on the New York Times’ column of the same name that tells the stories of remarkable people (notably women and people of color) whose deaths were not originally reported by the newspaper; and the last project is a feature film adaptation of David W. Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.Quentin Tarantino Explains How The Hateful Eight Became a Miniseries(Photo by The Weinstein Company)The extended version of Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 Western The Hateful Eight turned out to be a little bit more than a longer cut: It’s a four-part miniseries available to stream on Netflix that the director oversaw himself. Tarantino told /Film that Netflix actually approached him to create the new cut, which has about 25 or more minutes of new footage.“About a year after it’s released, maybe a little less, me and my editor, Fred Raskin, we got together and then we worked real hard,” he said. “We edited the film down into 50-minute bits, and we very easily got four episodes out of it. We didn’t re-edit the whole thing from scratch, but we did a whole lot of re-editing, and it plays differently. Some sequences are more similar than others compared to the film, but it has a different feeling. It has a different feeling that I actually really like a lot. And there was [already] a literary aspect to the film anyway, so it definitely has this ‘chapters unfolding’ quality.Hulu Plans Ghost Rider and Helstrom Series(Photo by ABC)Now that Hulu is a part of the Disney family (following the completion of the Disney-Fox acquisition the Mouse House is a majority owner, not just partial), it’s wasting no time in getting some new Marvel properties in development. The streaming service announced that it is planning two new live-action series based on Marvel characters: Ghost Rider and Helstrom. Gabriel Luna is set to reprise his role as Ghost Rider, which he originated on screen during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth season. But according to Variety, the Hulu version of the character will be completely different and have no ties to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s.Hulu has also ordered a new series starring and produced by Nicole Kidman based on Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers; new food-focused original series with David Chang and Chrissy Teigen; and a limited series called The Dropout starring Kate McKinnon as disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes.Additionally, the streaming service revealed a few fun statistics about the way users consume its content: viewers streamed more than 100 million hours of vintage TGIF shows in 2018; true crime drama The Act saw more viewership in its first month than any other Hulu Original series to date; and viewers streamed nearly 1 million hours of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting in 2018.This Week in TV TrailersNetworks released trailers for some of the summer’s biggest series, including Hulu’s Veronica Mars revival (which you can watch above) and the upcoming third season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which you can watch here. Other trailers you can watch:The first look at season 2 of HBO’s Succession — watch here The first look at new HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones — watch hereThe first look at the upcoming sixth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — watch here
至尊红颜神途传奇手游，这是一款所有装备全都没有任何等级限制的热血神途传奇手游，玩家在这里0级就能直接穿戴满级神器装备，同时现在注册上线还能领取海量元宝福利。 Godzilla was king of the box office this weekend, but it felt more like an interim position for the legendary monster, no matter how “benevolent.” Early reports on Friday put the big lizard in the low 60s for the weekend. But as the dust settled on the rainy CGI, that number came down significantly, and it certainly spells trouble for the Warner Bros. franchise.KING OF THE CROP: Godzilla Wins the Throne, but For How Long?(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Godzilla: King of the Monsters carried a reported production budget of 0 million. Whenever you see a number like that, you can expect that the film is going to need to gross somewhere in the 0-600 million range just to break even. Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot opened to a terrific million, but then had the worst final multiple of that entire summer (2.15) which just barely got the film over 0 million. The total gross for that 0 million production was 9 million, translating into a minor success. In 2017 the 5 million production of Kong: Skull Island opened to million, grossed 8 million domestic and 6 million globally. Another minor success, and another potential crisis averted. That may not be the case going forward.A million opening for the King would have already been just marginally optimistic by barely beating Skull Island’s March 2017 opening. Instead it posted the second weakest opening for a Thursday preview start of over million (Paranormal Activity 2 had a .6 million start after the same .3 million Thursday as Godzilla). A drop from opening day that quickly amounted to just million (just a little over half of the 2014 opening) spells trouble for WB, considering that they have already committed to Godzilla vs. Kong for March 2020. That may draw more interest, given the two titans in the title, but how quick are audiences going to want to continue going with this franchise if they are in league with critics who scored the film just a 39% on the Tomatometer? WB is hoping that the million increase in international sales from Godzilla to Skull Island will continue to go north with King of the Monsters so far it has made an additional 0 million overseas except domestically, we could be looking at a Van Helsing (.7 million opening / 0.1 million finish) or Prometheus ( / 6.7) situation in a year when only two American productions (Endgame Captain Marvel) have surpassed 0 million overseas.Top Ten And Beyond: Rocketman and Ma Have Solid Starts. Endgame Still Eyeing RecordThe two other big releases of the weekend are in much better shape than Godzilla. Paramount’s Rocketman, at a cost of million, is riding a bit of the Bohemian Rhapsody wave with a million opening. That is better than the .3 million Walk the Line started with in November 2005, though the 9.5 million the Johnny Cash biopic finished with was helped by its award season push. Still, it s a solid start for the 90%-scored Elton John film that, along with international numbers, should push the film into a decent profit for the studio.The bad news for Universal’s Ma is that, despite having a stronger Thursday start with .3 million, it opened to slightly less than Blumhouse’s Ouija (10% / 1,000 / .8 million) and Truth or Dare (16% / 0,000 / .6 million) with .2 million. The good news is, who cares, when it only cost million and a film starring Octavia Spencer opened to million? The dropoff is likely to be steep enough to keep the 62% Fresh film from grossing over million, but again, the film is going to be well into profit by the time audiences stop showing up.Looks like audiences seem to enjoy Aladdin, as it did something no other 0+ million Memorial Day weekend grosser has ever done. The live-action Disney remake had a second weekend drop of less than 55%. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the only film on that list to pull off a drop less than 60%, and if that estimate holds, Aladdin will have the smallest drop at the top of that holiday list. At 6 million domestic, Aladdin now has the third best 10-day gross for a Memorial Day release, pulling ahead of X-Men: The Last Stand and Fast Furious 6, which puts its final gross somewhere between 9-286 million in North America. Like Godzilla though, it is eyeing that half-billion number and with 6 million in the bank, and Aladdin is looking like another winner for Disney. On the flipside, the 0 million Pokemon Detective Pikachu is looking for help to get into the black with only 8 million worldwide to date.As for last week’s controversy over Annapurna’s Booksmart, it can claim at least one victory this weekend. The 47% drop is certainly not it, but leapfrogging Sony/Screen Gems’ Brightburn is. Olivia Wilde’s film is still only going to earn barely over million total, but it will not be saddled with the third-largest second weekend drop of the year that Evil Superman had. Losing 69% of its audience from last weekend puts the film behind only Replicas and The Beach Bum among wide release drops in 2019. Though, again, at a cost of just million, Brightburn is hardly a disaster. And no, a platform release would not have helped it either.Finally checking on the two big success stories in the Top Ten, we have John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum falling 58% in its third weekend, but with nearly 5 million domestic, it is forging a path to around 0 million more than the first two films combined. Parabellum has made over 1 million globally to date. Then there is Avengers: Endgame, which has dropped out of the Top Five and is slowing down, but earlier this week, it became just the second film to pass 0 million domestic and is now the second film to pass the .7 billion line worldwide. It is now only million away from beating Avatar’s all-time record, but has dropped down the all-time weekend lists significantly recently. Looking at films that have grossed between -8 million in their sixth weekend (Endgame grossed .8 million), the average that they have left in the tank is between -30 million. Then, with its foreign totals falling from million down to million last week, I think we can expect one last marketing push as it spends just two more weeks in the Top Ten before dropping out.This Time Last Year: Boats and Jackasses No Match For Solo Or Deadpool(Photo by @ Lucasfilm, @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Back in 2018, the first weekend of June did not offer much challenge to Solo: A Star Wars Story or Deadpool 2, which stuck in the #1 #2 slots. The Shailene Woodley survival tale, Adrift, finished third with .6 million. Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi action film, Upgrade, placed sixth with .67 million and the Jackass team’s abandoned Action Point ended up ninth with just .39 million. Deadpool 2 cracked the 0 million line while Solo was just behind 0 million. The Top Ten films grossed just .05 million and averaged 54.9% on the Tomatometer. This year’s Top Ten grossed an estimated 7.1 Million and averaged 66.4%.On the Vine: Pets Sequel To Hold Attention Over X-Woman And Talk Show HostIllumination plans to takeover the family market for a couple of weeks with The Secret Life of Pets 2 before Disney reclaims it for the rest of the summer. The sequel to the highest-grossing domestic film ever for the animation studio is hoping to pull in a fraction of that success before Toy Story 4 and The Lion King keep families busy. For the comic book fans, the oft-delayed Dark Phoenix finally makes its way into theaters. Originally scheduled for March 2018 and then February 2019, Simon Kinberg’s troubled production could become the lowest-grossing film in the X-Men series. Finally there is Late Night with Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (who also wrote the script.) This was the first of Amazon Studios’ big pickups at Sundance this year to the tune of million and they are hoping it will find the same audience that The Big Sick did back in 2017.The Full Top 10: May 24-27Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 42% – .02 million (.02 million total)Aladdin (2019) 57% – .33 million (5.03 million total)Rocketman (2019) 89% – million ( million total)Ma (2019) 56% – .26 million (.26 million total)John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) 89% – .1 million (5.75 million total)Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94% – .81 million (5.5 million total)PokÃ©mon Detective Pikachu (2019) 68% – .67 million (0.6 million total)Booksmart (2019) 96% – .33 million (.37 million total)Brightburn (2019) 57% – .32 million (.21 million total)The Hustle (2019) 14% – .3 million (.2 million total)
Best-Reviewed Action Adventure Movies 2020A revisionist romp through Victorian England awaits adventurous movie thrill-seekers in Enola Holmes, which fashions young star Millie Bobby Brown, a budding sleuth hot in the footsteps of her famous older brother. Then, the military movie canon gets another medal with The Outpost, depicting the most brutal American conflict out of the Afghanistan War. Tom Hanks Greyhound is nearby in the wings, though its presentation of the war movie is in a more decidedly classical mode. Meanwhile, the post-apocalypse is still going strong in Love and Monsters, and the surprise hit Bad Boys For Life is the best kind of action movie throwback.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of February 28, 2021. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »环球体育手机版IS IT GOOD STAR WARS?This is Star Wars heaven. — Germain Lussier, io9.comCasual viewers and superfans alike need not despair over The Mandalorian s many departures; despite its glossy and alien appearance, the first episode suggests the show is vintage Star Wars through and through. — Jeva Lange, The WeekLess concerned with capturing the magic of Star Wars than roughing it up a bit. Even when The Mandalorian lags, its swerve from a more expected route makes it more intriguing as an entryway into a galaxy far, far away. — Caroline Framke, VarietyHappily, the show s brisk, handsomely produced 39-minute premiere is a great deal of fun, giving fans reason to have a good feeling about this. — Brian Lowry, CNN.comThe Mandalorian may not be risky but its commitment to simplicity works to its advantage, capturing the spirit of the original series with a good amount of monsters, shootings, and adventures. [Full Review in Spanish] — Jorge Loser, EspinofA welcome return to old school Star Wars style, that I loved watching and was left wanting more. [Full review in Spanish] — Jorge Loser, EspinofNot that this detracts from the charm of a series that has started in relatively low key fashion but seems certain to leave everyone, and not just Star Wars ultra-diehards, wanting more. — Ed Power, Daily Telegraph (UK) The Mandalorian pulls no punches. It s Star Wars /Disney right down to its weird sand creatures and blighted outposts, and a safe-but-entertaining start for the media giant s exploratory mission into a largely untamed universe. — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles TimesThe Mandalorian is everything fans could have wanted from a live-action Star Wars TV show and with a killer performance from Pedro Pascal, it s already clear this is going to be appointment viewing each week. — Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comThe next challenge: making it feel like Star Wars. Based on its first episode, The Mandalorian rises to that one, too, digging into the seedy underbelly glimpsed in Episode IV s cantina scene and throughout Rogue One. — Keith Phipps, New York Magazine/VultureThe Mandalorian, more than anything Disney has produced outside of Rogue One, actually feels like Star Wars. — Joshua Tyler, Giant Freakin RobotThe Mandalorian is inherently Star Wars, especially when it isn t. It s a George Lucas idea with the flair of J.J. Abrams and the bold confidence of Rian Johnson. It s a unifying rally cry for a franchise that needs it most. — Charlie Ridgely, ComicBook.comDOES THE CAST DELIVER?(Photo by Disney+)At least for a while, the Mandalorian and IG-11 form a bantering, gunfighting duo as the pilot begins aggressively aping Butch Cassidy The Sundance Kid, which is about as good a thing to echo as I can imagine. — Dan Fienberg, Hollywood ReporterIf you love watching a bunch of armored space soldiers shooting at each other with blasters, you ll have nothing to complain about. But-sans history, motivation, or facial expressions-it rings a bit hollow, lacking the achingly human element. — Sonia Saraiya, Vanity FairAs you would expect, the leading man, played by Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal, is a gargantuan presence. The camera rarely strays from him as he blasts through dozens of enemies. — Jack Shepherd, SFX MagazineThe complexity introduced by Pascal s performance, Favreau s writing, and Filoni s direction is enough to keep us engaged. Let s just hope the rest of the world firms up around him. In Filoni and Favreau we trust. — Dave Trumbore, Collider(Photo by Disney+)HOW ARE THE VISUAL EFFECTS?There s so much in this show to be excited about, from the lightning-fast fight scenes to large, mushy alien animals. — Emma Stefansky, ThrillistThe biggest problem, at least in this episode, is how oddly stagey it looks and feels. I can t put my finger on it, but it feels less like a cinematic TV show (or even a conventional TV show) and more like a dress rehearsal of a very expensive play. — Scott Mendelson, ForbesThe Mandalorian leans into the sci-fi Western genre, which is a great atmosphere, even if the montage of our Mandalorian learning to break and ride a corralled alien is kind of dorky. — Matt Miller, Esquire MagazineMasterminded by Jon Favreau, the show smoothly introduces us to the dusty frontier worlds and shadowy cantinas the Mandalorian inhabits. — Sean Keane, CNETThankfully, despite the family-friendly rating, the episode doesn t shy away from showing how effective and deadly Mando can be, and the action scenes are shot with kinetic energy and rhythm, dropping us right in amid the chaos. — Laura Prudom, IGN MoviesVisually, The Mandalorian looks simply fantastic, filled edge-to-edge with rich set details and cinematic, otherworldly vistas. — Matt Webb Mitovich, TV LineDespite taking place in a universe millions of fans are acquainted with, Mandalorian doesn t spend enough time explaining its own world. Attempts to establish a time and place are clunky. — Kelly Lawler, USA Today(Photo by Disney+)SHOULD WE KEEP WATCHING?The Mandalorian may not be the next Game of Thrones, and Disney+ may not succeed as a service. But what s here so far is a good Star Wars TV show, one that takes the existing lore and setting and expands it in a new and exciting way. — Chaim Gartenberg, The VergeEverything before the reveal promises a lean Western series carried by a hero who ll always save the day. As history proves, that s the basis for pure entertainment, and it s a promise the show should keep.— Matt Patches,PolygonAt first glance, The Mandalorian appears to have lived up to its potential. — Kevin Yeoman, ScreenRant[The premiere is] good enough to keep me watching, forgettable enough that I doubt I ll want to watch this specific episode again. — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comIt s a convincing hook for a series, but the series premiere was all action and minimal plot. — Paul Dailly, TV FanaticAlthough this first episode has its struggles, these cliffhanger questions and the sense of nostalgia laced throughout may well have you coming back for more. — Alex Haslam, Radio TimesThe Mandalorian seems satisfied with its gunfights, aliens, robots and silent hero. And it should be because so far it s great. — Evan Saathoff, Birth.Movies.Death.As long as you go into The Mandalorian merely expecting the first chunk of a roughly six-hour film (we don t know yet how much the length of episodes will vary), all will be good. — Chris Taylor, MashableThe climax of The Mandalorian premiere cut strangely between misshapen tones, from laser-cannon gundowns to a cute baby melting even the coldest heart. — Darren Franich , Entertainment WeeklyThe Mandalorian season 1, episode 1 is now available on Disney+.
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Fans lost their minds when Saturday Night Live announced this week that both Game of Thrones Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and K-Pop supergroup BTS would appear in upcoming episodes. It was almost enough to overshadow the Operation Varsity Blues scandal that hit this week — but not quite.TOP STORYCollege Admissions Scandal Rocks Hollywood; TV Star Reportedly Loses Jobs(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)In what federal investigators dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, actresses Lori Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky in Full House and its sequel series Fuller House, and Felicity Huffman, who won an Emmy for her role as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, are among 50 people who face federal charges for their parts in a college admissions bribery scandal, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston, the DOJ said. Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators. The lead defendant, William Rick Singer, pled guilty on March 12 in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts to counts of racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and obstruction of justice and will be sentenced on June 19.The government charged Huffman, Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Loughlin surrendered to federal authorities and posted a million bond on Wednesday, CNN reported. The Giannullis agreed to a pay bribes totaling 0,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew—thereby facilitating their admission to USC, according to the complaint.Huffman, who was arrested at her home, posted a 0,000 bond and surrendered her passport to the FBI. She and her husband, Shameless star William H. Macy, to fake charity Key Worldwide Foundation allegedly to get her daughter a higher score on the SATs. The criminal complaint also includes transcriptions of phone calls between Singer, Huffman, and her spouse setting up the SAT cheating. Macy is not named in the complaint and has not been charged.Loughlin, Giannulli, and Huffman will next appear in court on March 29 in Boston. Loughlin also reportedly has lost her job on Netflix s Fuller House, this after Hallmark Channel cut ties with her, Deadline reported.The scandal set off a firestorm of criticism on social media, with many observers complaining about money, class, and privilege.Given the scandal emerging today, this graph deserves to be seen again.A rich person with a 900 on their SAT is more likely to graduate with a bachelor s degree than a poor person with a 1500.#collegescam #operationvarsityblues pic.twitter.com/3n5u9U8jdU Ryan Burge 📊 (@ryanburge) March 12, 2019SNL Taps Jon Snow and K-Pop Superstars BTS for Upcoming Episodes(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp; Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for FIJI Water)Game of Thrones star Kit Harington and Korean pop band BTS will appear in upcoming episodes of Saturday Night Live, NBC Entertainment announced via social media this week. The sketch-comedy series line-up is as follows:March 30: host Sandra Oh with musical guest Tame ImpalaApril 6: host Kit Harington with musical guest Sara BareillesApril 13: host Emma Stone with musical guest BTSAnd the internet got hyped QUEEN EMMA STONE AND KINGS BTS ON THE SAME NIGHT ON SNL YES sabrina (@_btssyoongi) March 13, 2019(Rotten Tomatoes is owned by NBCUniversal.)The One Where Friends Wasn’t Rebooted(Photo by ©Warner Bros/Everett Collection)Revivals of classic 90s sitcoms are in vogue (see: Will Grace, Murphy Brown, Mad About You), but there’s one reboot we won’t be seeing on the small screen any time soon: Friends. Creator Marta Kauffman told Rolling Stone that there are several reasons why that just isn’t gonna happen.“One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone,” she said. “Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint. ‘The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed. ”What If? Could Be the Latest Disney+ Project(Photo by Marvel)Another comic book is headed to the small screen: An animated TV anthology adaptation of What If? is currently in the works for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. According to Slashfilm, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige are set to produce the series, which, like the comics, will focus on what the Marvel universe would look like if certain key moments had happened differently. Per Slashfilm, one episode is in the works involving What If? Vol. 1 #47, which posited what could have happened if Loki had found the hammer of Thor — and could potentially mean actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would reprise their roles in the series.Attack of the Clones(Photo by BBC America)Orphan Black could live on: According to Variety, a new series set in the same world as the original show, about a woman who discovers she is a clone created in an international scientific conspiracy, is being developed at AMC. While there will be ties to Orphan Black, it will “not be a spinoff or reboot of the original series, but rather a completely new story set in the same world.” Producers are currently recruiting a writer.Netflix’s Royal Baby
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2.14.2 5月喜迎was participating in – but I realized halfway through, I was like, Oh man, this is kind of how I feel. And it is a painful realization.And then, Sorry To Bother You was really wonderful, just speaking from an Asian-American s perspective, even though it wasn t explicitly, but just in a different way…You were “Mr. Steal Your Girl” in that movie. That s what I loved! Squeeze was the guy who was coming to slide into the DMs to check on it. I thought that was so brilliant.Yeun: That s Boots [Riley, writer and director of Sorry To Bother You]! And I guess, on a larger note, what I feel like is happening, when you think about Lee Chang-dong [director of Burning] and Isaac [Chung, director of Minari], I m just really attracted to people that are singular people. There is no other Boots Riley, there is no other Lee Chang-dong, or Bong Joon-ho, or Isaac Chung. It s really just these people that I gravitate towards that we can share an experience in a story that they ve crafted. That feels so unique. I remember reading Sorry to Bother You, and certain people reading would be like, What is this? And then me reading it and I’d be like, I’ve got to do this. Like, I have to. Who can write like this? Who has a mind like this? When I see that, I m in. So, that s kind of where I m at with that.(Photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection)Getting ready for this chat, I read the New York Times Magazine profile where you talked about your roles and identity and the choices that you made, and I found it interesting because the character that you play in Minari is just not multifaceted at all. He is like a man on a mission: One focus, one goal, not listening to really any of the noise on the outside. And I think that s way more difficult than trying to play a multifaceted character, in some ways, to add that humanity. Talk about that balancing act.Yeun: Jacob was an interesting person to kind of climb into the mind of, not because I didn t understand him at all, but because I think you re kind of exploring the pain of being alone, the pain of isolation in him – at least for me. And I think that s where I found a lot of his humanity, that he means well and he wants things and he loves his family and he desperately wants to provide for them, but he doesn t know how to separate his role and his duty and his function from the love that he can also show his family. Oftentimes, that function and duty takes the role of love that he shows for his family, and his family doesn t know how to deal with that or accept that, because maybe it s not really the best way to convey love, to just play your part.In that way, I think Jacob – from the outside looking in – might look and feel like a patriarch who’s dragging his family through his own ego, and ultimately it is [that], to some degree. But from his perspective, he s also just trying his best to provide for his family. He’s doing it in the only way he s ever known how, and that s to give his body and mind up to that struggle. So I think in some ways, he feels deeply alone and isolated from his own family because they can t see what he s providing for them, or that s what he feels like they can t see.(Photo by David Bornfriend / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection)It’s interesting, too, because this is semi-autobiographical, and I think even Isaac would be able to say that some of the stuff that he experienced and put on screen was stranger than fiction. But in the end, you re playing his dad and that s another delicate dance. Did you guys have any conversations about that? I m sure he had to give you a little bit of freedom with it, but also he wanted to make sure that it was true to the man.Yeun: Well, to be quite honest, he actually left a lot of space. He had no specifics on how his dad needed to be. In fact, he never brought that up as something that needed to be checked off. He wrote something so true in my opinion, that was so human, that I think it created space for a lot of people to have come in and taken that role and imbued it with the things that they knew. It just happened to be that Isaac and I share a lot of our experiences together – of an immigrant life, of isolation, and of also understanding what it means to be a father.I think that really speaks to, on a larger note, the graciousness of someone like Isaac. As I get to know him more and as I get to see how he thinks and how he s constructed this film and written this film, I peel back all those layers and I realize what s at the beating heart of it all is just someone that deeply, deeply cares about others and about humanity in that way. And he cares not only about the characters that he s created, and every single one of them, but also he cares deeply about the audience, about making sure that there is no barrier to accessing these people in this story. And it s really about connection.(Photo by Josh Ethan Johnson / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection)Your scene with Yeri Han, who plays Jacob s wife Monica, towards the end is probably one of the most climactic things in the film. Without spoiling it, just talk about her as a scene partner and how you guys were able to work that out, because in a lot of ways, the movie lives or dies by that scene.Yeun: Thanks. I m so glad you enjoyed that. I can t say enough good things about Yeri. She s incredible. You know, we never really over-talked much [in preparing]. We maybe talked about that particular scene a lot in terms of shaping what I wanted to say in that moment and maybe what she wanted to say in that moment. And we got to some place that felt right for the two of us.But beyond that, there were many times where her and I really just had single takes. We really lived in the experience, and the ways in which she was honest about her approach to Monica, the ways that I would talk about my approach to Jacob and kind of the truthfulness that we shared between each other – and even in the disagreements of how we saw situations were part of it. It was part of making the tension of those characters. So yeah, I mean, I knew I could just trust her intrinsically to be honest and truthful all the time. And, you know, if you have a scene partner like that, you re chilling.I mean, it didn t look like y all were chilling; it looked pretty powerful. But I get what you re saying, as far as the work on the other side. This next question’s a little bit light, but I m just going to put it out there: Your character, Jacob, is like the Michael Jordan of chicken sexing. And trust me when I say this was a very big editorial conversation at Rotten Tomatoes, so please take this seriously. We want to know: did you get good at telling the difference between male and female chickens as Jacob does in the movie?Yeun: I got pretty decent, but actually who probably got better is Yeri. I m probably like the Scottie Pippen – no, maybe I ll get all the credit because some dumb weirdness, but she s the real MVP. She really knew how to do that. I think for us, it was the practice of practicing that with our animal wrangler, and also, my wife, her parents also chicken sex, just like Isaac s parents. And they taught us tips and tricks, and we all grew out our thumbnails so that we could like open their vents. It was a fascinating time.(Photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection)Oh my gosh, I really did not expect that to be such a thing. And one last question. Just to follow up on Parasite, which won Best Picture, and now you guys entering in this conversation as a logical Best Picture nominee – folks in my seat who do this for a living are already talking about that. When we get back into theaters, do you think this trend is just going to push even further? And if so, what kinds of stuff would you like American audiences to see? Yeun: Parasite opened many doors and broke down a lot of barriers on a larger humanity level of just understanding each other between cultures. But the humanity that they re expressing is unencumbered by the American gaze, because they re Korean people and they re making it from Korea, so they re not considering us. Whereas our film does have to navigate the constant consideration of who we are in the midst of a primarily white-majority American audience. A lot of the time, the ways that that would express is that we end up explaining ourselves or we end up telling the audience how we are oppressed by the majority or how the majority factors into our story.But the truth is we weren t even considering them because that s our story. Our story doesn t bring home a consideration of the majority American whiteness at a constant level. It s just like: I m me and I exist.I think it is really cool to be at a time where an American company in Plan B and A24 can finance and produce and make a non-English language American film. I mean, what a new foundation, what a new frontier. And I hope that if anything comes about, it s that we get to really understand what makes America more. All the things that have always been here, which is just all of us. There are so many different things that make America. And I m interested in that as the next step for us on an American side. Beyond that, the world is just getting more and more global anyhow. And so hopefully we get to be human together at some point.Minari is in theaters February 12, 2021. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Behind the Zero(Photo by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)John Travolta is as notorious for his bizarre and unfortunate choices in roles as he is famous for his performances in movies like Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Urban Cowboy. He s a perpetual comeback kid, if only because he always has dispiriting professional nadirs to come back from. That was certainly the case in 1994 when he joined an ambitious, offbeat ensemble crime comedy called Pulp Fiction, which came on the heels of 1993’s Look Who’s Talking Now, the disastrous second sequel to his 1989 comeback movie and, of course, a recipient of the infamous zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes.By the time Look Who’s Talking Now died at the box office, the franchise had drifted far away from both the emotional core that initially made it culturally and emotionally resonant and the cutesy gimmick that helped make it a surprise box-office smash. A recently announced series reboot may be able to recapture some of that initial charm, but as the sequels demonstrated, there s only so much you can do with the same idea.Writer-director Amy Heckerling’s 1989 original was a rare hit romantic comedy rooted in middle-aged single motherhood. To make the film more palatable to a mass audience, the inner monologue of star Kirstie Alley s pre-verbal baby was voiced by a wisecracking Bruce Willis. The result was a surprise smash with a decidedly limited premise that nevertheless inspired a full trilogy of movies. Look Who’s Talking is not Lord of the Rings it does not probe into any themes that would require an entire series of films to explore. It’s a minor miracle that it worked even a single time, but stretching it over three films is sadistic, to audiences and characters alike.The ZeroLook Who’s Talking had a cheesy but cute and effective gimmick: who hasn t wondered what babies are thinking in their pre-verbal state? Who hasn’t pondered what might be going on inside those adorable little heads? Look Who’s Talking Now, the first entry in the series not to be written and/or directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), tries to do the same with pooches, but the novelty and freshness has been lost.The film opens with parents James (Travolta) and Mollie (Alley) chasing after a now partly grown-up Mikey (David Gallagher) and his little sister Julie (Tabitha Lupien). They can both talk, unfortunately, so now the creatures whose inner monologues we hear are a little further down the food chain.Danny DeVito steps sadly into the fray to voice scruffy, oversexed mutt Rocks, who earned his name by doing his business in the backseat on the way home. Don’t worry, though; there are lots of creepy, inappropriate sex jokes to go along with all the poop jokes.Rocks is like the Tramp in Lady and the Tramp, in the sense that Look Who’s Talking Now baldly and badly steals from the Disney animated classic. Diane Keaton plays the aristocratic Lady to Rocks’ salt-of-the-earth Tramp as the voice of Daphne, a poodle given to the family by Samantha D’Bonne (Lysette Anthony), a 30-year-old ice queen and titan of industry who hires James to be her personal pilot as the first step in an elaborate plan to seduce him away from his family.As for the children, Mikey is not only capable of speaking for himself, he looks like he should probably start thinking pretty seriously about college in the years ahead. The gimmick that initially defined the character and the franchise is long gone, leaving behind only another gratingly precocious moppet tormented by questions of Santa Claus’ authenticity.(Photo by TriStar courtesy Everett Collection)In a bid to get him back into the Yuletide spirit, James, Mollie and sister Julie the latter clad in a tutu and angel wings lip-sync their way through Alvin The Chipmunks The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don t Be Late), that exemplar of Eisenhower-era uber-kitsch. The performance is supposed to be so adorable that Mikey s skepticism and disillusionment are rendered powerless before its heartwarming power. Instead, it s a moment of David Lynchian horror, a close cousin to the sequence in Blue Velvet when Dean Stockwell lip-syncs to In Dreams, but infinitely more disturbing due to context.It’s almost impressive that the makers of Look Who’s Talking Now managed to create a family movie about dogs and children that isn t cute in the least, but rather unintentionally disturbing . Little Julie, for example, has an obsession with basketball players specifically Charles Barkley that is supposed to pay off in a fantasy sequence in which this tiny, self-conscious girl challenges the NBA legend to a game of one-on-one, taunting him with “Let’s get busy!”Barkley’s bewildering cameo here at least ensures that Space Jam is not the single worst film he’s ever been a part of.Later, Julie decides that she can fly like Peter Pan, so she climbs up a series of shelves and prepares to dive onto the carpet before she’s scooped up by her alarmed mother. We re meant to find it adorable that this precocious child misunderstands the adult world. Instead, she s like a creepy ghost-girl from a J-Horror shocker, seemingly possessed by evil spirits in at least a couple of scenes. Look Who’s Talking Now may skip through genres randomly, but its many horrific elements are unintentional.Rocks is like the character DeVito plays on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but less appealing or capable of self-restraint. He calls a female dog a bitch, responds to Daphne’s introduction with a Wayne’s World-style shwing, and, before he falls in love with Daphne, accuses her of being the product of inbreeding.That might seem wildly inappropriate for what is ostensibly a family movie franchise rooted in the ability to hear an adorable little baby’s thoughts, but by this point, the series had somehow morphed into a bad-taste marital sex comedy primarily concerned with whether or not James will be able to successfully avoid sleeping with his manipulative, hot-to-trot ice queen of a boss.(Photo by TriStar courtesy Everett Collection)Since there’s nothing kids enjoy more than sexual jealousy, they’ll particularly enjoy the many scenes of Mollie brooding about her husband violating the sanctity of marriage with a world-conquering dynamo who throws her own unemployed messiness into even sharper relief. Alley can make for a relatable, vulnerable, sympathetic heroine, or she can be a sloppy, blubbering, desperate mess. We get the latter here.In another fantasy sequence, Mollie dreams about James cheating on her while he dreams about her cheating on him with a character played by a returning George Segal. Eventually they realize they’re in a dream together and that they have control over their actions, and we are briefly treated to a lovely little production number with Travolta and Alley gliding across the dance floor like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It’s an example of what a world-class performer like Travolta can bring to even the dodgiest and most desperate of projects, but it also just made me wish that I was watching literally any other movie in which Travolta dances, including even Be Cool, another unnecessary, god-awful sequel that is nonetheless infinitely better than Look Who’s Talking Now, if only for Dwayne Johnson’s performance.But it somehow gets even worse and less dignified for Travolta and company. For reasons known only to the filmmakers, Look Who’s Talking Now ends with a music video-style showcase for French baby rapper/one-hit wonder Jordy, who scored an international hit with 1992’s Dur dur d être bébé! (It s Tough to Be a Baby) when he was a mere four years old. Jordy was a grizzled has-been of five or six by the time the movie opened, but that didn t stop the franchise from closing its ostensibly final chapter, fundamentally, with a product placement for a Christmas song by the pre-pubescent European pop star. Alley, Travolta, and the children from the film are all there for Jordy as he delivers lyrics like Can you feel something in the air? A super nice feeling of holiness. Needless to say, It s Christmas, C est Noel failed to become a new holiday standard. But it’s an utterly bizarre and yet wholly appropriate way to end a singularly misguided sequel that deviated so far from what made the original successful that they barely seem to inhabit the same universe, let alone the same film series.Final Verdict(Photo by TriStar courtesy Everett Collection)Thanks largely to the mega-watt movie star charm of John Travolta , Look Who’s Talking Now is not completely worthless. But it is astonishingly misconceived, the concluding entry in a series that never should have been a trilogy. It’s so bad it reflects poorly on sequels as a whole they are rightly disparaged for being frequently terrible, strained, and unnecessary, but in the entire undignified history of sequels, few can compete with Look Who’s Talking Now for sheer pointlessness.Nathan Rabin is the author of six books and the proprietor of Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place.Follow Nathan on Twitter: @NathanRabinLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Photo by Universal/ courtesy Everett Collection)How to Watch Fast Furious Movies In OrderYou wouldn t expect a burly international action franchise like Fast Furious to have the most complicated timeline. Then again, who predicted the 2001 original about some humble street racing would witness its sequels dragging bank vaults across asphalt, jumping out of planes, sliding off submarines, and likely soon making contact with alien life in deep space? Some of these Fast Furious sequels are set later in the timeline, even though they were made earlier than others. To watch the F F movies in chronological order as the events unfolded, you can still start with the first two: The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious. Tokyo Drift is the third in the series but actually set way later in the timeline, so you ll want to skip that and jump to Fast Furious, Fast Five, and Fast Furious 6. Then you can watch Tokyo Drift.After that, hop to franchise best Furious 7. Follow it up with The Fate of the Furious and spin-off Hobbs Shaw and then the latest: F9. See below for the full list if you want to watch Fast Furious movies in order! (And check out the Fast Saga ranked by Tomatometer!)
The last time we polled our social media fans about the films they were most looking forward to, it was back in February, when we weren t entirely sure how things were going to pan out after widespread stay-at-home orders went into effect. Well, here we are, halfway through 2020, and the traditional Summer Movie Season hasn t really happened yet.At one time, even as recently as a week or two ago, we all thought we might see the theaters spring back to life this month with the debut of Christopher Nolan s Tenet, followed quickly by Disney s live-action adaptation of Mulan, but both of those films ultimately got pushed back, so what are we left with? A smattering of streaming-exclusive movies and VOD premieres. With that in mind, we asked our fans on social media to find out which titles on streaming and VOD they were most looking forward to seeing, so read on for the full list!1. The Old Guard (2020) 81%#1 pick by our Facebook, and Twitter fans; #4 pick by our Instagram fansPremieres on Netflix on July 10The runaway winner on two of our social media platforms (folks on the Gram weren t as impressed, apparently) was this action flick based on a comic book and starring Charlize Theron. The story revolves around a group of immortal soldiers who make up a sort of covert ops unit that has operated in the shadows for centuries, and they re led by Theron s Andy. This Netflix original movie is director Gina Prince-Bythewood s first film since 2014 s Certified Fresh Beyond the Lights, and it s gotten pretty decent reviews, so it s an easy call for anyone looking for some blockbuster action.2. Greyhound (2020) 79%#2 pick by our Facebook and Twitter fans, #5 pick by our Instagram fansPremieres on Apple TV+ on July 10There was actually a three-way tie for second place this month between three vastly different movies, so let s start with the Tom Hanks-powered World War II naval thriller. Inspired by true events, the film chronicles the efforts of a newly appointed Commander of a U.S. destroyer warship, Ernest Krause (Hanks), who leads a convoy of 37 Allied ships to safety while being pursued by a fleet of German U-boats in the early days of World War II. The film co-stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue, among others, and it s gotten praise for its propulsive storytelling. This was set to debut in theaters on June 12 before the coronavirus shutdowns occurred, and now it ll debut on Apple TV+.3. Palm Springs (2020) 95%#3 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fansPremiering on Hulu on July 10Next up in our three-way tie is this romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti that takes the idea behind Groundhog Day to absurd extremes. Samberg plays Nyles, a regular dude who is dragged to a wedding in Palm Springs, only to get caught in a time loop that forces him to relive the same day over and over again. The twist? One of the other guests at the wedding, Milioti s Sarah, inadvertently gets caught in the loop with him, and together they try to make the most of their infinite or is it? time. The film is already Certified Fresh at 98%, and it set the record for the highest sale at Sundance by a very intentional 69 cents. The company who shelled out that money was Neon, who has a special relationship with Hulu, and that s where the film will premiere on July 10.4. Hamilton (2020) 97%#1 pick by our Instagram fans, #4 pick by our Facebook and Twitter fansPremiering on Disney+ on July 3If you ve paid any attention to pop culture over the past five years or so, you re already well familiar with Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda s wildly popular and successful stage musical based on the life of United States founding father Alexander Hamilton and delivered in a combination of soulful ballads and rap lyrics. And if you ve heard of Hamilton, you re likely also aware that tickets to the production are exorbitantly expensive and exceedingly difficult to score. Thankfully, the folks at Disney, who originally thought to release a feature-film version of the musical in theaters, have decided to release the thing on Disney+ instead, so now everyone can watch it with the best seats in the house, literally.5. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020) 83%#2 pick by our Instagram fans, #5 pick by our Facebook and Twitter fansPremiering on Peacock on July 15Lastly, we have something of a cult favorite in Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, the second feature-length film based on the popular TV series starring James Roday as pretend psychic Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill as his partner Gus. The new film, which will air on NBCUniversal s streaming service Peacock, sees Shawn and Gus return to Santa Barbara after Lassie (Timothy Omundson) suffers a brutal attack on the job, hoping to unravel a new, twisted mystery. Longtime fans of the series should be pleased to see a lot of familiar faces and wacky antics again.Thumnail image by Aimee Spinks/NETFLIX
No season of Stranger Things has been without casualty, but the two major deaths at the end of the series’ third season are the biggest yet. Like, really big. (This is the part where we tell you there are major spoilers ahead regarding the ending of Stranger Things season 3.)SPOILER WARNING: We’re not kidding, we are going to spoil the heck out of this season in the next paragraph.(Photo by Netflix)First, Billy (Dacre Montgomery): A tragedy, but a death for a good cause. Billy spent the season possessed by the Mind Flayer, and in the final moments of the big battle, he regained his consciousness as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) reminded him of the childhood memories she’d seen while doing some of her supernatural exploring earlier in the season. Billy remembered who he was, and he ultimately sacrificed himself to stop the Mind Flayer.Billy was not a good dude — he pretty much spent the entirety of season 2 being a violent, abusive jerk — but after seeing how he became that way in Eleven’s glimpses into his past, it was satisfying seeing him tap into his humanity and realize what he needed to do for the greater good. He won’t exactly be missed — again, he was a real d-bag — but his abs might be, at least for the thirsty moms of Hawkins.(Photo by Netflix)Second, and most devastating of all, Hopper (David Harbour). Yes, Hopper! We’ll pause here for a moment of silence, particularly for this season’s fabulous Tom Selleck mustache–patterned shirt combo.OK, back to the saddest moment of the series — yes, even sadder than the flashbacks to Hopper’s daughter or Eleven’s past — when Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper locked eyes as they realized what had to be done to close the newest gateway to the Upside Down, which was hidden in the secret Russian bunker deep underneath the Starcourt Mall. Joyce had the power to press the button to close the door, but Hopper was standing next to the opening and would immediately be incinerated if she did.Both Joyce and Hopper knew what would happen if she closed the gateway, but they also knew what would happen if they didn’t. And as Hawkins Police Chief, Hopper wants to protect the greater good — and ensure the safety of his daughter, Eleven. So he nodded to Joyce, knowing they’d never get to have dinner like they’d planned, and she pulled the metaphorical trigger.Here’s the thing, though: We never saw what happened to Hopper after that. Joyce returned to the surface and broke the news to Elle (with a super-sad, wistful look), and subsequently gave her the practice heart-to-heart speech he’d written earlier in the season that turned out to be a lovely goodbye letter, filled with advice for her future — the one he ensured she’d have by sacrificing himself in that bunker. But what actually happened to him?While the emotional ending would’ve played perfectly well if Hopper’s fate were final, this is Stranger Things — and a mid-credits scene revealed that maybe it wasn’t a death that we saw. Deep inside a Russian prison, two guards took a prisoner from his cell, making sure he was “not the American.” The American, hmmmm? Who could that be referring to?Why, Hopper, of course. Think about it: when the feds finally got to Hawkins, the Russians had disappeared without a trace. How did that happen? It shouldn’t be too far-fetched of a leap to assume that maybe they took Hopper with them.Though the ending of ST3 seemed quite permanent, with the Byers family and Eleven leaving town, the Duffer brothers have said that they’d envisioned four seasons for the series. Which means that season 3 might not be the end after all, and a fourth season, potentially, could include a discovery that Hopper is still alive and then trying to get him back from the Russian prison where he’s theoretically residing. Hypothetically.Either way, this can’t be the end of Hopper and his exquisite dad bod — whether in flashback or in the flesh, Stranger Things wouldn’t be the same without him.What did you think of the ending? Do you think it s Hopper in that Russian prison? If so, do you think he ll escape or will those resourceful Hawkins kids and their elder siblings, parents, and friends find their beloved Hopper and hatch a plan to rescue him? Tell us in the comments!Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. 说起国内的手游市场，首当其冲的必然是王者荣耀和和平精英，其实，还有两款游戏的热度也非常高但却迟迟没有上线，那就是英雄联盟手游和DNF手游，先说下DNF手游，在去年进行了一波预约后也是不知道何种原因没了声音，英雄联盟手游虽然早早出了国际服，而且玩家对这款游戏也是好评不断，但是国服却迟迟没有上线，好在近期开始了先锋测试，也就是说英雄联盟上线的时间终于不远了
环球体育手机版 Troys from across different realities charged with the defense of the DC Multiverse and, most recently, a magical golem created to kill Diana. A few more origins for the character are even more convoluted with false memories, Titans of Myth, and the old multiverse.“I’d be a crazy person if I tried to be all these Donnas,” said Leslie of the more esoteric multiverse concepts for the character. Ultimately, it was Wolfman s idea of an orphaned Donna taken in by Diana that appealed to her the most, because “it feels the most inspiring and relateable and it feels like you can go more places. I also like the idea of Diana taking this girl under her wing. You can create this character as an adult based on how she was raised or what she was raised around and who was her guardian,” she explained. “The other [versions] also feel like there’s an end point. Someone will die or it will be the end of all.”Luckily, the actress discussion with Walker leaned toward that reading of the character’s history. But Leslie said she picked up on “the common character traits people love about her” across several versions and incorporated that into her performance.“She’s really cool,” Leslie added. “A friend of mine was like ‘you’re just like her,” and I said, “No, I just try to be like her sometimes, but this girl is pure cool. Nothing ruffles her feathers. ”Who Is Donna Troy?(Photo by DC Universe)Thanks to oblique references made during the episode, viewers can glean that some of the Wolfman origin was indeed incorporated into the series. Donna mentions Diana “took her in.” At the same time, she exhibits heightened abilities more in line with Diana than human vigilantes like Batman or Dick, suggesting the Amazons also gave her powers.Leslie imagined Donna likely became Wonder Girl earlier than Dick became Robin. “I think she has an additional five years in this [crimefighting] world,” she said, adding her hypothesis that it was the extra experience, more than her powers, that led to the confident Donna glimpsed in the episode-opening flashback. In the scene, she is ready to take Dick to task for brooding because Batman and Wonder Woman excluded him from “League stuff.”She also imagined a very different home life for Donna as well. According to Leslie, “the influence from Diana was much more supportive” than the relationship between Dick and Batman. She also presumes her Wonder Girl wore the red suit her comic book counterpart wore into the 1980s. The character s experiences as a sidekick led to the Donna Troy people met in the episode: “An incredible, strong, fierce, non-compromising woman” and someone who “has a good rein on who she is,” Leslie said. “She’s a force to be reckoned with and she’s very inspiring. Comic book fans know that Dick and Donna have a friendship — forged during Donna s time as Wonder Girl — and in the TV series the two are essentially best friends with a sibling-like dynamic. They grew up around the same time and they have similar backgrounds. They were guarded by these guardians that happened to be superheroes,” Leslie said. But their relationship won t get romantic, and Leslie appreciated that the characters dynamic on the show is strictly platonic. She added, “I can see why people would want to put these two together because they’re so comfortable with each other, but that comfort comes from this loving brother-sister relationship. It’s refreshing because we don’t show it a lot in television. You can have a [male] friend for a long time that you don’t do anything with. We need some of that in television.”Who Is Dick Grayson?(Photo by DC Universe)The characters’ sibling bond makes Donna the only person Dick can really turn to after his final days as Robin, and Donna’s transition out of the hero world gives her a unique insight into Dick’s troubles. As the episode opens, Dick feels he doesn t have control over his situation. He feels that Robin owns him,” Leslie said. That feeling highlights one key difference that made Donna’s move away from Wonder Girl less traumatic than Dick’s current experiences: the support of her adoptive parent. Diana was willing to offer her wisdom and tools when Donna chose to leave superheroes behind, and, most importantly to Leslie, Diana was capable of saying “you can be your own person.”“Dick has cut Bruce out of his life, he’s taken the chip out of his arm, and he’s burned the suit. He’s trying not to have ties to it,” she explained. “It’s a struggle for Dick.”Thanks to the support she received, the Donna viewers meet in the episode is quite comfortable in her own skin as a photographer and investigative journalist. She can still enter places of conflict and save people, but as someone who documents important events and shares them with the public.“She wanted to figure out how to do good in the world without being on the front line,” Leslie said. “It probably didn’t take her a thousand jobs to figure out what she was going to do.” Plus, “she’s able to be Donna Troy in her day to day and live that life, but she can be Wonder Girl in a sense behind that camera.”Will Donna Be Wonder Girl Again?(Photo by DC Universe)At the end of Donna s debut episode, the character becomes embroiled in what Leslie called “Dick’s mess” and joins him on Angela’s farm, where a new trouble awaits all of the Titans. In subsequent episodes, viewers will see “aspects of [Wonder Girl] come through,” Leslie said. This will be particularly true as Donna gets to know the other Titans. She added that Donna has also been “keeping some accessories,” which could be a reference to Wonder Girl’s bracelets or even to the comic book Donna Troy’s lasso, which could compel people to do her bidding if their will was weaker than hers.Leslie said Donna’s status as a full-time Titan will depend on “how the team is formed.” But she also said Donna is “getting slowly dragged back into it, and that might be hard to walk away from.”“I see the possibility of her joining the team,” she added. If she does, Leslie said she believes Donna will have to decide on a new version of who she wants to be.” Considering her comic book counterpart, she will have plenty of personas to choose from.Titans airs Fridays on DC Universe.