This Week s Ketchup brings you seven headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as One-Punch Man, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. This WEEK S TOP STORYSONY DELAYS SPIDER-MAN AND VENOM SEQUELS, MOVES UP UNCHARTED(Photo by ©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)This week saw a number of release date changes for some of Sony s biggest titles, beginning with the Venom sequel, starring Tom Hardy as the titular anti-hero and Woody Harrelson as (presumably) the crimson red serial killer Carnage. That movie had been scheduled for October 2, 2020, but Venom 2 became Venom: Let There Be Carnage as it got bumped back eight months to next summer on June 25, 2021 (taking the spot where The Batman previously was to have been released). Sony Pictures also quickly took advantage of the announcement to Tweet out a brief teaser of the new title. Then, late on Friday, Sony further announced that its third Spider-Man film featuring the MCU s Tom Holland, which was set to open on July 16, 2021, will be pushed back four months to November 5, the release date of Marvel s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was itself then also pushed back to March 5, 2022. Remember that domino effect we were talking about? Holland s other big film, the video game adaptation Uncharted, was then moved forward from October 8, 2021 to replace the untitled Spider-Man sequel in the now-vacant July 16 slot. To top it all off, the sequel to the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which had been planned for April 8, 2022, was also pushed back six months to October 7 of the same year. Whew!Other Top Headlines1. WARNER BROS. DELAYS THE RELEASES OF THE BATMAN AND SHAZAM 2 (Photo by Matt Reeves)Some of the movies originally scheduled for the summer of 2020 have been pushed back because of COVID-19, which has resulted in a domino effect, with their delays leading to delays in other films. In some cases, the movies scheduled for next year that were supposed to be filming right now need that much more extra time to get filmed, get through post-production, and get released. Few movies need quite as much time as supehero movies do, so it was probably always inevitable that Warner Bros. would have to push some of their 2021 and 2022 DC Comics movies back a bit. The biggest film being delayed is The Batman, from 6/25/2021 to October 1, 2021. Shazam! 2 was to have been released on April 1, 2022, but is now scheduled for November 4, 2022. Another studio that delayed two of their big franchise movies is Paramount Pictures, which has delayed Mission: Impossible 7 from 7/23/2021 to 11/19/2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 from 8/5/2022 to 11/4/2022, which is a curious move because it means they just put their big Tom Cruise action movie right up against the Shazam! sequel that also just moved.2. ARE YOU READY FOR (MORE) SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK? (Photo by CBS Films)Lionsgate probably did not have as big of box office success with last year s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Certified Fresh at 78%) (5 million worldwide) as they might have hoped, but the PG-13 horror film was also produced relatively cheaply ( million), and it s also one that should have a good shelf life, since it can be revived every Halloween for a new generation of kids. That is presumably part of why Paramount Pictures (taking over from CBS Films) felt confident enough with the possible new franchise as they have pulled the trigger on a sequel by hiring the same director and writers. Director André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and writers Dan and Kevin Hageman can now spend their COVID-19 stay-at-home time working on a new set of stories from Alvin Schwartz s original anthology books for the next movie. Which stories from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books do you think should be adapted for the second movie?3. A HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL IS IN THE WORKS(Photo by Murray Close/Lionsgate courtesy Everett Collection)Before Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace came out over 20 years ago, there was a time when people were perhaps more optimistic about a popular franchise going back a generation to tell a prequel story about the franchise s big bad villain. Now, people look back at the Star Wars prequels and many think three movies about the young Darth Vader were maybe not a great deal, but hey, another popular franchise would never make the same mistake, right? Tell that to the people who mad The Hunger Games, because author Suzanne Collins has written an upcoming novel called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (5/19/2020) about the future villain Coriolanus Snow when he was a young 18-year-old man. Lionsgate has quickly picked up the rights to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which will again be directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed all of the Hunger Games movies except the first one. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes tells the story of young Coriolanus Snow, who is frustrated when he discovers he has been assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12 (the same district that Jennifer Lawrence s Katniss Everdeen will also eventually come from).4. POPULAR ANIME FRANCHISE ONE-PUNCH MAN GETS LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION(Photo by Viz Media)Although last year s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu was usually credited as being a success for video game movies, the argumennt could also be made that it was just as much an adaptation of anime and manga, which is another type of live-action adaptation that has mostly struggled in Hollywood to date. As with most of these situations, it s inevitably just a matter of time before someone in the industry figures out the right project, which then becomes a big enough success that it opens the gates for others. Sony Pictures is gambling that perhaps the popular anime series One-Punch Man could be exactly that, as they are now developing a live-action One-Punch Man movie, which will be adapted for the big screen by Venom screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. One-Punch Man tells the continuing adventures of a superhero called Saitama who has perfected his fighting abilities to the point where he can literally defeat any opponent with just one punch, but that overwhelming power has also left him bored with his life. 《三国杀OL》是以三国时代为背景的线上卡牌游戏。玩家可扮演三国时期著名人物，根据随机抽中的隐藏身份(主公、反贼、忠臣、内奸)，通过使用独特的人物技能，合理打出各种类型的手牌，运筹帷幄、智取搏杀，最终以获得自己所属身份的胜利。《三国杀OL》手游保留网页版核心玩法基础，并针对移动设备设计优化，打造精美简洁的游戏界面、人性化的操作模式，是三国杀品牌与历史文化的传承。
(Photo by Gramercy Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection. Thumbnail image: Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection; Universal/courtesy Everett Collection.)25 Essential Stoner Movies RankedIf your movie nights could take a few more hits, check out our guide to the best stoner movies! These are essential movies to the marijuana experience, ranging from counterculture classics (Up in Smoke, Easy Rider), top-shelf mainstream films (Pineapple Express, Friday), and cult comedies (Grandma s Boy, Super Troopers), all featuring icons like Jeff Spicoli and The Dude. Then we took all the movies and sorted them by Tomatometer, lowest to highest.If you re seeking a trip guide, something to pair with whatever state you re in, check out the 25 Essential Stoner Movies! (And don t forget the 20 best movies to watch high.)
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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.
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(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)On one fateful day in 1998, John Travolta received a call from Franchise Pictures owner Elie Samaha, who gave him some very good news. Samaha was looking to make a splash in Hollywood and told Travolta that he wanted to finance the latter s passion project, an adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard’s 1,050-page science fiction epic Battlefield Earth. Travolta had been trying to get this project off the ground for 15 years without success, even after becoming a cash machine with Pulp Fiction, Broken Arrow, Michael, The General’s Daughter, and Face/Off. Studios wanted nothing to do with a story about man-animals using 1,000-year-old airplanes to battle the kerbango -loving Psychlos who took over their planet and turned them into slaves. But by sheer force of will, Samaha was able to raise the money (more on that later), defer Travolta’s normal million paycheck, and secure the assistance of Warner Bros. to distribute the film.Two years later, on May 12th, 2000, Travolta’s -75 million budgeted (again, more on that later) Battlefield Earth opened in theaters and quickly disappeared as movies like Gladiator, Shanghai Noon, Mission: Impossible 2, and Road Trip took over screens. Two decades later, the legacy of Battlefield Earth is defined by cast and crew apologies, critical reviews that feature olympic-level insults, and a 3% Tomatometer score.With all of that said, on the 20th anniversary of the film s release, we look back and provide some insight into how Battlefield Earth came to be, and why it s almost charming in its scrappiness. You may have chosen to avoid the movie all these years because of its reputation, and while it would be a stretch to call it any good, it s definitely more fun than you might have been led to believe.IT WAS PRODUCED BY FRANCHISE PICTURES, THE COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR A SLEW OF ROTTEN MOVIES IN THE 2000s(Photo by Ken Hively/Getty Images)Between 1999 and 2007, Elie Samaha’s Franchise Pictures released a plethora of epically Rotten films that starred A-listers like John Travolta, Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Coster, Kurt Russell, Lucy Liu, Wesley Snipes, and Bruce Willis. These movies include Battlefield Earth (3%), Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (0%), Driven (14%), 3000 Miles to Graceland (14%), Get Carter (12%), and A Sound of Thunder (6%), which put the final nail in Franchise’s movie-producing coffin. The average Tomatometer score for the company s 19 films that received a wide theatrical release (600+ screens) was 25% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever happens to be the worst-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes and they only made an average of million at the worldwide box office on million budgets.Samaha was known for indulging big stars and directors by financing the passion projects that no other studio would make (e.g. Battlefield Earth for Travolta). In an educational 2000 profile by the New York Times, Samaha admitted that he would “scavenge and dig and find the script or project that a star most wants to make; finance it overseas based on the A-list clout; then shoot it in Canada to save money.” He grabbed movies in turnaround, when movie studios no longer wanted to develop them, and sometimes was lucky enough to have the stars themselves invest their own money into the project (Travolta himself reportedly spent million when Battlefield Earth ran into financial issues). Actors and acclaimed directors were attracted because they were given complete creative control, albeit on a budget. The end results were rarely Fresh, with the exception of the Jack Nicholson vehicle The Pledge and the David Mamet-directed films Spartan and Heist.IT WASN T REALLY A BIG BUDGET BOMB (Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection) There are several ways to finance a movie. There are split-rights pacts, equity deals, tax incentives and pre-sales. And then there’s Elie Samaha’s way, which nobody understands. Variety, 2003While it’s easy to look at the -75 million budget and the subsequent million worldwide box office and assume Battlefield Earth was a box office flop, it’s a little more complicated than that. Director Roger Christian, who won a Best Art Direction Academy Award for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, wrote an open letter correcting many of the critics who called his independent little film a big budget failure. In reality, the production budget was somewhere around million, and the special effects budget was ~ million. The initial reports about it being a million-budgeted movie came about because Samaha and Franchise Pictures inflated the numbers to scam German-based Intertainment AG, the group responsible for coming up with 47% of the film s budget. During the ensuing lawsuit, in which Franchise was ordered to pay Intertainment 1 million, it was revealed that the budget was an estimated million (with Travolta receiving million of that).Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens has said that Battlefield Earth had the smallest lighting budget on any film I’ve ever done, and it’s rumored that Travolta had his personal chef cook for the crew because the food was so bad. Screenwriter Corey Mandell also went on record to say the movie had a “miniscule special effects budget.” In other words, while Battlefield Earth certainly wasn t successful at the box office, it wasn t the absolute blockbuster bomb it was made out to be, either.JOHN TRAVOLTA’S PERFORMANCE IS SO COMMITTED, IT S ADMIRABLE(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures) My whole career has been based on trying something new. If I don t try something new, I worry. John Travolta, 2000It’s been 20 years since Battlefield Earth’s release, and John Travolta’s performance remains as weird and boisterous as it was in 2000 (and if Psychlos watch it in 3000, they will likely feel the same way). Originally, Travolta wanted to play the role of Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, the leader of the human resistance against the power-hungry Psychlos. However, as the years passed and studios declined the project, Travolta got older, so the role went to Barry Pepper, who, while less ridiculous, is just as committed.Travolta instead took the role of Terl, a 10-foot-tall Pyschlo who wants to leave Earth because he’s destined for greater things than drinking kerbango and policing dumb man-animals. Travolta has said there is no better villain than Terl, and his dedication to the role is on full display as he makes a meal out of every word, relishes every line ( Do you want lunch?! ), and seems incredibly pleased with himself (check out the laughing supercut). While his performance won multiple Razzie awards, it’s impressively committed and serves as a perfect example of what happens when an A-list talent delivers an overconfident performance with zero checks and balances.Prior to the film’s release, Travolta was the film’s biggest cheerleader, boldly stating that it was like Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977), but better and the Schindler s List (1993) of science-fiction films. In an interview with The Daily Beast in 2014, he continued to defend the film and said he would do it all over again. His love stemmed from the fact that I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It s a beautiful film. It s a good movie. Travolta’s longstanding defense of the film is admirable, and you can tell he loved every second he spent as a Rastafarian werewolf on four-foot-tall stilts.DESPITE ITS FLAWS, THE MOVIE HAS A LOT OF PERSONALITY(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)In 2010, co-writer J.D. Shapiro published an article titled “I penned the suckiest movie ever sorry!” for the New York Post. It’s a cheeky piece of writing that finishes with him saying, “Now, looking back at the movie with fresh eyes, I can’t help but be strangely proud of it. Because out of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest.” Shapiro was onto something, because part of Battlefield Earth’s charm is how odd it is.The film has an oppressive blue hue, the CGI makes Megashark vs. Giant Octopus look good, and the Psychlos move comically slow during the battle scenes (because the poor stunt actors could only move so fast on their giant stilts). The unnecessarily long 118-minute runtime tarnishes the experience, but John Travolta’s non-reaction to losing his arm when he’s tricked by Barry Pepper during their final fight (the Final Fights podcast episode about the brawl is lots of fun) is worth all the smelted gold in Fort Knox.Perhaps the most maligned aspect of the film is all the Dutch angles i.e. tilted camera angles that create an uneasy or paranoid atmosphere that director Roger Christian insisted on using to create a comic book look for the film. The uncomfortable angles have been the subject of a vast array of commentary (for fun, Google “Dutch Angle Battlefield Earth”), including by the late, great Roger Ebert, who wrote that Christian has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why.” The comment certainly stings, but it’s not wrong, and all Christian wanted was to make the Psychlos look taller.KERBANGO IS THE MVP(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)The best moments in Battlefield Earth all feature the alcoholic beverage kerbango. We’re not encouraging the consumption of green alien booze; we’re just saying magic happens when it’s around. Whether it’s Ker (Forest Whitaker) smugly slurping kerbango (with a straw) when he thinks he’s pulled a fast one on Terl, or Terl cradling three growlers of it in his arms as he tells the bartender (whom he later decapitates) to put it on his non-existent tab, the mood and the actors seems to loosen up whenever the the mysterious green liquid is in play.The most memorable quote in the film happens when Chirk (Kelly Preston, Travolta s wife, in a quick cameo) tells Terl, I am going to make you as happy as a baby Psychlo on a straight diet of kerbango. The odd line, followed by a long CGI tongue and a saucy wiggle by Travolta, elicits a visceral mix of confusion and disgust, which perfectly captures what it s like to watch Battlefield Earth. Is Chirk implying that Terl will feel like a drunk baby? If so, is that a good thing? Does it matter? The answers are maybe, apparently, and not in the least.Battlefield Earth isn t commonly mentioned alongside The Room, Troll 2, or Batman Robin as an exemplar of so bad, it s good cinema it s usually considered merely bad but, with respect, it should be. It s just as ironically enjoyable, it s arguably weirder, and it s just so earnest that, despite its blatant shortcomings, you may be surprised to find yourself rooting for it.Where You Can Watch It NowFandangoNOW (rent/own), Amazon (rent/own), Google (rent/own), iTunes (rent/own), Vudu (rent/own)Battlefield Earth was released on May 12, 2000.
Japanese-style animation or anime is more popular than ever – and more accessible.In 2017, Sony Television has purchased popular anime streaming service Funimation and Amazon has folded its Anime Strike VOD service into Prime Video. Crunchyroll, one of the largest producers of anime content in the world, is now owned by AT T. And since 2018, Netflix has doubled down on its production of original anime content and launched @NX, a social media presence dedicated to its fantasy, genre, animation, and anime titles. Although many people are familiar with major anime titles, like Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, the sub-genre of horror anime has been growing in popularity. Horror anime is usually bloody, mildly suggestive, and almost always very creepy. The veneer of animation can make these works less terrifying than live-action horror movies, yet the best of the horror sub-genre often boasts incredible storylines as well as high-quality animation and voice acting. Curious? Here are nine anime horror series that you can stream just in time for Halloween.Tokyo Ghoul 100% What it is: This epic series is set in a world where ghouls – monsters that survive by eating human flesh – live on the outskirts of human society, secretly killing and feeding to survive. The series is the origin story of Ken Kaneki, a human teenager who becomes a half-ghoul after a transplant operation; he now has become his own worst nightmare and has to learn to navigate a world where neither side wants him.Why you should watch: Part horror, part existential think piece, Tokyo Ghoul offers one of the best character arcs since Daenerys Targaryen (and one that feels far less rushed).Episodes: 48Watch time: 19 hoursStreaming on: Hulu, FunimationJunji Ito Collection What it is: Junji Ito is regarded as the greatest horror mangaka ever. He is known for his freakishly detailed artwork and nightmare-inducing short stories, and this anthology series adapts several of his works for the small screen. Ito’s work is terrifying because it makes horror from the everyday: a girl gets sick at school and suddenly grows a giant slug out of her mouth, for example, and a murderous knife-wielding puppet controls an entire family. It’s freaky stuff. Why you should watch: The collection offers psychological thrills in small bites and an introduction to Ito’s work.Episodes: 14Watch time: 5.5 hoursStreaming on: Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime VideoDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 100% What it is: In feudal Japan, a boy returns home to find his entire family viciously killed by a demon. The only survivor is his sister, who apparently has been turned, but still retains conscious human thought and cognizance — except when she’s hungry! The boy learns the ways of demon hunting in order to find a cure for his sister and to save others that are threatened by the demon horde.Why you should watch: Demon Slayer’s incredible animation makes it one of the most beloved anime series out right now.Episodes: 26Watch time: 10.5 hoursStreaming on: Crunchyroll, Hulu, FunimationParasyte: The Maxim What it is: Wormlike alien creatures invade Earth and begin body-snatching, turning their hosts into cannibalistic monsters. Their delivery method of choice? Drilling themselves into human flesh while potential hosts sleep and heading straight for the brain. However, Shinichi Izumi is unique, because he wakes up during an attack and stops the alien from burrowing through his body. The alien (now living in his hand), becomes sentient and begins communicating with him and together they save the world.Why you should watch: It’s the body-horror buddy cop anime you never knew you needed.Episodes: 24Watch time: 10 hoursStreaming on: HuluAnotherWhat it is: Kōichi Sakakibara transfers to a new school in a town where a young girl has died some 20 years prior. He soon meets Mei, a quiet girl with an eyepatch whom both the teachers and students seem to ignore. When students and relatives start dying in a variety of strange and bloody ways, the pair soon realize all the incidents are connected and try to get to the bottom of the mystery before anyone else gets killed.Why you should watch: It’s Final Destination, anime-style, and a lot of fun.Episodes: 12Watch time: 5 hoursStreaming on: CrunchyrollAjin: Demi-Human What it is: Kei Nagai is an aloof pre-med student who is hit by a truck and killed on his way to class one day. Moments later, his body resurrects and Kei realizes that he is Ajin, a demi-human with limitless regenerative powers. Those qualities have attracted government interest, which has been quietly experimenting and torturing Ajin in an effort to exploit their immortality. Kei is thrown into a world he never knew existed and must choose to fight for survival as a demi-human or fight for the entire human race.Why you should watch: Ajin gets the blood pumping with big scares and thrilling action, packing both into its intriguing central mystery. Episodes: 26Watch time: 10 hoursStreaming on: Netflix %What it is: Keiichi Maebara moves to a small rural town he quickly comes to love, but soon learns the village has a very dark secret. The series’ story is told in multiple arcs with a repeating timeline that differs based on who is telling the story. Don’t let the cuteness of the first episodes fool you – this series is so twisted it will leave you wondering if you ever learned the truth about any of the characters at all.Why you should watch: It’s a twisty psychological thriller with a lot of violence and blood, if that’s your thing. Episodes: 26Watch time: 10 hoursStreaming on: HuluNote: There are many versions and series called When they Cry. This is referring to the first anime series.Devilman Crybaby 89% What it is: Akira is your average sensitive teen who hasn’t seen his buddy Ryo since they were childhood besties. One day Ryo suddenly pops back into town and drags Akira to an underground rave orgy where he commences stabbing people. But that’s not the crazy part: The scent of blood makes some of the ravers transform into beasts themselves – including Akira, who becomes a human-demon hybrid. Convinced by Ryo that this is his true calling, Akira’s innate sensitivity transforms him into a rare breed: A demon with a human heart, or Devilman. That doesn’t make him any less violent, as his teenage desires and new body ratchet both his demon-hunting skills and his sex drive up to 1,000. Oh yeah, and he cries. A lot.Why you should watch: One of Netflix’s most violent and sexually explicit series ever produced. You’ll love the retro animation and over-the-top gore and violence. NSFW.Episodes: 10Watch time: 10 hoursStreaming on: NetflixHellsing Ultimate What it is: Integra Fairbrook Wingates Helsing is the new leader of the Helsing family. She commands the largest military fighting force dedicated to the eradication of the undead in England under Her Majesty the Queen. Her secret weapon is Alucard, a vampire who kills his own and his charge, a police officer named Seres. They all must fight the monsters of the night as well as the evil Nazi group Millenium, intent on destroying the world in this over-the-top vampire series.Why you should watch: If you like blood, gore and punching Nazis, you’ll be very happy.Episodes: 10Watch time: 8 hoursStreaming on: HuluLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Grant as Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Photo by Mary Cybulski / TM & copyright © Fox Searchlight Pictures)Rotten Tomatoes Get To Know Your Nominees” series will provide an in-depth look at one nominee from each of the major awards categories – the four acting categories, and directing – diving into their highest-rated work from both fans and critics, essential titles from their filmography, and featuring thoughts on their nominated film drawn from an extended interview. The Nominee: Richard E. GrantHow could Richard E. Grant not have nabbed an Oscar by now – let alone a nomination? His 30-plus-year cinematic career reads like a pipe dream, with plucky performances in films helmed by a who’s who of iconic auteurs (Altman, Scorsese, Coppola, and Campion, to name a few). What’s more, he brings it, leaving indelible marks whenever he’s on screen, walking that razor-thin line of grabbing an audience’s full attention without hogging the limelight. Think of him pitching his screenplay poolside in The Player, or going toe to toe with a manic Tom Waits in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or doing—hell—literally anything in Withnail and I.Come February, though, that golden statuette may no longer elude the 61-year-old, whose turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me? has garnered hosannas, racking up (as of this writing) Best Supporting Actor for the Film Critics Circles in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. In the 98% Certified Fresh feature, Grant plays Jack Hock, a sort of half-vagrant, half bon-vivant who befriends Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a biographer reduced to forging letters by literary luminaries for fast cash. Jack has a “scallywag charm,” Grant explains over brunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. “You don t give him your car keys, but you lend him some money knowing that you are never going to see it back.” Grant is electric the movie, an impish yin to McCarthy’s despondent yang. The Oscars aren’t all that’s on the actor’s horizon in the coming year. In December, he’ll appear in Star Wars: Episode IX . “You have to wear a full disguised cloak to go from the dressing room into Pinewood Studios, because there are drones going overhead trying to get pictures of the characters and the sets,” he explains. “You have to read the script in a security guarded room that has closed circuit camera.” So no juicy morsels for us. Got it. Thankfully, the gentlemanly actor was more than happy – and, you know, legally allowed – to chat through the details of the rest of his filmography. Fan Favorites: From the Movies Most Memorable Drunk to A Marvel VillainGrant as Withnail in Withnail and I. (Photo by © Cineplex-Odeon Pictures)Would Richard E. Grant the Actor even exist without Withnail and I? “If Daniel Day-Lewis hadn’t turned down Withnail and I, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you right now,” Grant says bluntly of his film debut in Bruce Robinson’s 1987 dark comedy. But it wasn’t just fortuitousness that launched him into the spotlight. As Withnail, a booze-addled, constantly grousing failed actor in the dying days of the ’60s, Grant sparkles, giving arguably the most enjoyably accurate depiction of a drunk ever and spitefully spitting out endlessly quotable lines. “The one that I m asked to repeat to people is, ‘Monty, you terrible c t,’ he says.Almost three decades later, that low-budget cult classic earned him a spot on the priciest and biggest TV show of all time. “David [Benioff] and D.B. Weiss were Withnail fans and so they asked me to do this Izembaro character, a bitter and twisted old character actor who s harrumphing around,” he says of his role on Game of Thrones. (Yes, there’s more than a whiff of Withnail at play here.) The following year, in 2017, he further proved his mettle in Comic-Con fare, tackling the villainous Dr. Zander Rice in Logan, a critical darling that piqued his creative interests. “[The film] wasn t just superheroes who bounced back as they usually do,” he says of his first reaction to the script. “Because there was a human cost to it.”The Richard E. Grant Essentials: When Richard Met Robert, Marty, and FrancisGrant in Robert Altman s Gosford Park. Grant crossed paths with Robert Altman on The Player and then in the high-society murder mystery Gosford Park, penned by future Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. “[The director] said that he was as interested in what is happening in the corner of the frame as he is in the center,” Grant says of Altman’s pioneering technique of miking and capturing a dozen or so actors at once. With two constantly moving cameras, Grant – who played a country estate’s sardonic first footman – had to “to be completely in character all the time [because] you’re never told whether you re in close-up or in a wide [shot].” His résumé with New Hollywood heavyweights doesn’t stop with the king of overlapped dialogue. In the ’90s, Grant caught the eyes of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Age of Innocence, respectively. “I met Winona Ryder at a party during the making of The Player,” he says. “She was 19, and she said, ‘I know every line of [Withnail and I], my boyfriend Johnny Depp knows every line. You have to be in Dracula.’ So she got me in a meeting with Coppola.” That chance encounter proved fruitful again: “And then straight after Dracula, I was offered Age of Innocence, which she was in. So Winona Ryder was my Talisman.” As far as the directors’ styles, Grant muses, “Coppola is like a circus ringmaster, where the set is organized chaos,” where Scorsese “is the exact opposite, work[ing] in monastic silence, incredibly quiet and disciplined.”Surprise Gems: A Brush With Girl Power That Would Impact His CareerGrant says he took the role in Spice World for his daughter. (Photo by © Columbia)Grant’s journey hasn’t been without its rare bumps, however. “I genuinely thought I would never work again,” he responds plainly after we ask him about Hudson Hawk, a 1991 action-comedy flop starring Bruce Willis. “Because it cost so much money to make, and I think practically closed the studio down. And it was critically annihilated.” The flop, though, has gained something of a cult audience, which shocks the actor. “Oh my god,” he replies when fronted with this. “I assume they’re on drugs.” Another Rotten role awaited in Spice World, in which Grant plays the buttoned-down manager of the ever-bubbly girl-group phenom. But his agreement to sign on came from an admirable place. “My daughter was eight and saw that I was offered it and said, ‘You have to be in Spice World because then I can meet them.’ So I did, and they were amazing.” Equally amazing: “As a result of being in that, Lena Dunham saw me in that and wrote four episodes of Girls that I was in,” he says, referring to his arc on the zeitgeist-tapping show as Jessa’s druggy chum Jasper. “You know, people were snooty about Spice World when I first did it. But it s paid dividends.” Can You Ever Forgive Me? opened in limited release on October 19, 2019. The Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast on January 6, 2019, on NBC.
(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)The great Sidney Poitier turns 92 on February 20, 2019, just shy of 55 years since he became the first Black man to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards. As one of the first African-American film stars, Poitier boasts a career littered with accolades, historical moments, and iconic performances too numerous count. To celebrate the actor s 92nd year, we at RT thought it the perfect time to single out just a few of our favorite performances from the iconic actor. With 60-plus credits spanning over 60 years, it was a near impossible feat, but here are our seven favorite Sidney Poitier performances.Blackboard Jungle (1955) 76%This was the role that put Poitier on the map. The struggles of educators and students are well documented in this violent and controversial film, based on Evan Hunter’s seminal novel about inner-city school conditions. Modern audiences might struggle to sympathize with the tactics employed by Poitier’s character, Gregory Miller, but the cultural impact his performance had on both society and education are undeniable.The Defiant Ones (1958) 92%Poitier garnered his first Oscar Nomination for his portrayal of Noah Cullen, an escaped black convict shackled to white fellow escapee John Joker Jackson, played by Tony Curtis. Motivated to survive and escape, the foes are forced to work together and eventually come to respect one another. The conflict and eventual cooperation between the two men plays out against the backdrop of Jim Crow, underscoring the institutions of oppression that existed at the time that would have prevented their friendship from developing. The final scene of Noah defiantly singing to Joker remains a near perfect ending to the prison break caper.A Raisin in the Sun (1961) 95%In the film adaptation of the eponymous stage play, Poitier plays Walter, the patriarch of the Youngers, a young black family living in 1950s Southside Chicago, trying to better themselves through family and a commitment to give their children a better life. Acting as a cinematic counterpoint to the idealized American dream, the Youngers struggle to combat institutions and individuals dead set on never allowing them to rise above. Walter is met with hostility and apprehension from those outside and within his community as he strives to achieve, but through it all, he and his family persevere.Lilies of the Field (1963) 92%In this Oscar-winning role, Poitier plays Homer Smith, a traveling handyman who stumbles upon a group of German nuns. The nuns believe Homer was sent by God to help them build a chapel, and by the final frames, the audience is all but convinced of the same. Even Queen Oprah Winfrey found herself without words during her Golden Globe acceptance speech as she tried to explain what it was like watching Poitier win that Oscar. Instead, she opted to quote his line from the film and simply said, Amen, amen, amen, amen. To which, I say no one could have put it better.Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) 70%If the first role you most closely associate with Poitier is not In the Heat of the Night, the likely winner is Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Playing a black man meeting his white fiancée s liberal and affluent parents, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was one of the first positive portrayals of interracial marriage to hit the big screen. Acting alongside Hollywood legends Spencer Tracey nd Kathleen Hepburn, Poitier made his mark on a verifiable American cinematic masterpiece. The influences and themes of Guess Who Coming to Dinner can be seen in several modern-day adaptations Jordan Peele brilliantly subverted those themes for social commentary and comedic effect in Get Out.In the Heat of the Night (1967) 95% They call me Mister Tibbs! Poitier spoke those words in In the Heat of the Night, and both the film and the line have become synonymous with the actor’s career. Sitting at number 16 on the American Film Institute s 100 Years 100 Movie Quotes list, the rebuke to racist Mississippi Police Chief Gillespie (Rod Steiger) is
Going forward it seems that every time a select potential blockbuster is on the horizon, we will all be looking at it less as just another pandemic record-breaker, but a sign that the doors to normalcy are opening wider. We did it back in March with Godzilla vs. Kong, and saw further hope in the opening and continuing numbers of A Quiet Place Part II. Now it is The Fast Saga’s turn to step up onto the scale and see how it should be measured.King of the Crop: F9 Fuels the Biggest Box Office Weekend Since February 2020The latest film in the saga (the ninth that is actually the tenth), F9, grabbed the record this weekend for films opening during the pandemic with million from Friday to Sunday. We’ll see if that is a rounded-up estimate. Whether it is or not, it is the best number 1 haul at the box office since The Rise of Skywalker’s second weekend (.3 million on the weekend of December 27-29, 2019) and the overall box office had the strongest three-day weekend since President’s Day weekend last February. This is no doubt good news as this is a film – even with pandemic asterisks – that should have opened to over million. Anything less than that – even above A Quiet Place Part II’s three-day holiday weekend haul of .5 million – would have been considered a hollow victory. But it got over that hump with a .1 million gross in Thursday night previews and million on Friday. Amongst past films that grossed between .5 million and .5 million on Thursday previews, the lowest full weekend earner was Jordan Peele’s Us with million. (Fast Furious 6 is among that small group and opened to .3 million after .5 million in previews.)There is no question that The Fast Saga is one of the biggest franchises of all-time: Over billion and counting with more than half of that attributed to the last three films (not even counting Hobbs Shaw). Furious 7 is the ninth highest-grossing film worldwide of all-time and The Fate of the Furious is 19th. F9 has made over 4 million worldwide so far. However, domestically, the grease is starting to come off the wheels a bit for the franchise. For all its international success, Fate grossed 7 million less than the seventh movie, and then Hobbs Shaw made million less than that; that spin-off finished its run just shy of 4 million and was considered somewhat of a disappointment at home. Bringing in those pesky pandemic asterisks again, we still have not seen a film hit 0 million in the pandemic period. The lowest-grossing film to open between million and million is X-Men: Apocalypse, with 5 million total. However, F9 is not going to be judged against the poor word-of-mouth of that film, nor against the Vin Diesel-less Hobbs Shaw. We are back to Diesel solo here with no Dwayne Johnson to draw in fans of his Hobbs character. So we may be back to looking at the fourth entry, Fast Furious, as the first hurdle F9 wants to clear. a film that also just happened to finish with…5 million. Start your engines.
Adam Sandler could be eyeing his first Oscar nomination if the buzz out of Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival for his newest film, Uncut Gems, is anything to go by. Reviews for the Safdie brothers (Good Time) latest are glowing, with critics singling out Sandler for career-best work as a jewelry dealer in Manhattan’s Diamond District who finds himself pursued by criminals when a precious gem goes missing. Rotten Tomatoes Editor Jacqueline Coley spoke to Sandler and co-stars Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, and Julia Fox in Toronto, where the raves were still pouring in. The four talk about working with the Josh and Benny Safdie, two of cinema’s most sought-after and buzzed-about directors; sharing the screen with NBA legend Kevin Garnett and musician The Weeknd; and finding pockets of calm on the set of such a kinetic film. 英雄联盟手游在推出之后会迎来火爆基本是可以预见的，但是想要动摇国内王者用数年时间塑造的地位恐怕没有那么容易。
Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: It was really interesting watching this film and then having also recently watched When They See Us, Ava DuVernay s piece on Netflix, and seeing both projects focus on post-prison life in a way we don’t often see. Was there something in doing this film that you learned that you didn t know about what happens people leave prison and have to navigate the systems and rules outside?Just how difficult it is in every element and every aspect. It seems like that world is working against you. Brian has a book now called What Set Me Free, and there you ll learn a whole host of things he went through in terms of dealing with a parole officer who was not very kind to him. And him actually trying to make it; it s like they work to put you back in prison. They don t really have a good start, they don t have help; they’re out, but it seems like the prison system is working as hard as it can to get them back in, cutting off any sense of the opportunity at a real life as much as possible.Before we started shooting, I had to wear an ankle monitor, the same one Brian wore, for about a month. Tom Shadyac, the director, asked me if I would be willing to just wear it without taking it off and I only took it off when we got to shooting a scene where I had to take it off. When you wear it and you re so self-conscious, you realize this thing now is part of your identity – you have to shift how you do everything. The fact that you can t go within a certain distance of a park and parks are everywhere you start noticing parks are everywhere. So that means you can t live in certain places, you can t even eat in certain places, you can t be around certain people. It shifts your entire idea of what the world is. People are still in a cage when they re on parole. Just because they re outside, they re not free.So you weren t just wearing it, you were wearing it and abiding by the rules?Yeah, brother, it s not fun. You have to charge that thing at night or else it starts beeping and will wake you up. You have to figure out how to shower with it. You do not wear shorts for anything; you wear thick socks to cover it. It was a real process. I appreciated that Tom asked me to do that because it was something to get into the mindset. It really put me in the state of mind of what it means to be self-conscious in a different way. I just did a month; Brian had to do five years.How much time did you spend with Brian, and what was your biggest take away from your time with him?We met about a month-and-a-half prior to shooting in Memphis. The moment we had a conversation, right off the bat, I started asking him about his whole training regiment, so I could get a trainer, but I was like, Why don t you train me yourself? We started training together in the gym and we were basically together every single day; we were either together physically in the gym or we talked every single day until we got to Memphis. When we were in Memphis we were still together every single day, even on the days off. It was just me and him. We formed a great bond. We re still friends today. I had a chance to meet his little son a few months ago back in New York. He gave me such a great opportunity to really execute my art and show what I can do and be effective in a different way; hopefully more effective towards a progressive conversation about change.So, he s taught me a few things, but he s a great guy, and the very first time we met, that was what it was about for me. Do I like this guy? Do I respect this guy? I asked him if he was still angry and bitter. He said, “Nah, the anger had its time. I let it go. I just want to be happy.” I was like, this man is elevated, so I can respect that, I can learn from that. That’s my dude right there.You ve done this film and Clemency and played a D.A. in City on a Hill. What draws you to these kinds of stories – about prison and issues in the justice system? And why do you think we are seeing a number of prominent stories like this at the moment?I can t answer why they re getting told at the moment outside of just serendipitous timing, because Brian really started trying to pioneer this project back in 2012. I think the first script was written by 2014. We shot this film in 2017, so it s years in the making before finally getting to a place where I think the universe was just like, “Now is the time.” You couldn’t work out the time better between When They See Us and this movie coming out. I think it s the universe saying, We really do have an issue. Let s really focus on the conversations that need to be had, and actions that need to be taken when it comes to this. Nothing really drove me directly to Brian Banks. He came to me and I answered. I kind of leave myself open these days; I m trying to just not control or live in the illusion of control when it comes to what I m doing. If something feels right, I ll hit it and, you know, the Banks audition came across, I believed in the story, I was personally inspired, so I was like, “Please let me be an asset.” And I was lucky enough to book the job.Thumbnail image: Rachel Luna/Getty Images for Film Independent, Universal Pictures, Lions Gate, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Akhirwan Nurhaidir/©Sony Pictures ClassicsBrian Banks is in theaters August 9, 2019.
亚博老虎机网页版 (Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)It seems not even a pandemic can stop awards season. Some films like Dune are still a question mark to finish in time for a theatrical 2020 release, but with the Academy extending the window for eligibility and allowing films to bypass a theatrical roll-out, the show will go on even if the show is virtual. Bringing back our series of Ridiculously Early Oscar Predictions, we start the 2020-2021 awards season with the gentlemen. We admit it s a little early, but this isn t exactly a normal Oscar year.Our early Best Actor predictions list is still a bit tenuous, as several films have yet to be screened by critics groups and voters before the February deadline for Oscar submissions. No matter what happens, the upcoming season will make history as the first in which films will not have to screen in theaters to contend for Hollywood s top prize, which sets up some intriguing possibilities for what films could break through and snag a nomination. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced earlier this summer that the Oscars would be postponed by two months to April 25, 2021, and extended-release date eligibility rules to February 28, 2021, in addition to allowing streaming-only submissions and making all eligible films available on the Academy screening library, forgoing the typical Oscar voter screenings.Despite being already dubbed The Netflix Season by many of those in the know, fierce competition is a-brewing for 2020. A number of the films likely to be in the conversation have already screened and earned Tomatometer scores, and pundits are already singling out the major standout performances in them. Our list does include performances nobody has seen, but for which pre-release buzz and expectations are high. With that said, some on this list may end up in the Supporting Actor category.Whether we like it or not, the campaigns are quietly underway, the conversation has started, and we re now ready to join it. If history and basic math tell us anything, it is that most of these names won t make it to Oscar night, but we re pretty confident many of them will be right up there in awards chatter. So please read on as we break down our ridiculously early picks for 2020 Best Actor contenders.Don t agree with our picks? Have at us in the comments.Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) 96%LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya are two of the most electrifying young actors in Hollywood. Working with acclaimed directors like Denis Villeneuve, Rian Johnson, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jordan Peele, Steve McQueen, and Ryan Coogler (who serves as a producer on Judas and The Black Messiah), both actors have amassed impressive filmographies and varied work in just a few short years. After working together for Jordan Peele s Oscar-Winning masterwork Get Out, Stanfield and Kaluuya reunite here to portray two pivotal if not well-known names from the Black Civil Rights movement. Stanfield plays William O Neal, a petty criminal-turned-informant who agrees to work for the FBI to take down Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Catapulted into the conversation by a fiery new trailer, the film has all the right pieces to make a deep run, come awards season. A tragic true-life tale with sociopolitical undertones featuring a former Best Actor nominee is the stuff Oscar campaigns are made of. The only question mark now is whether or not the film which has an unspecified 2021 release date will premiere before the February deadline to be eligible for 2020 accolades.Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods (2020) 92%There have been dozens of Vietnam War films over the years to compete for Oscars, but none like Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee s follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit BlacKkKlansman. The film features stand-out performances from Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, and Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors, but the most actorly performance belongs to Delroy Lindo, who s likely to compete for the Best Actor prize. As the bombastic member of Da 5 Bloods tasked with returning to Vietnam to bring home the remains of a comrade lost during the war and perhaps a hidden fortune Lindo is transformative. Despite a career that spans nearly five decades and over 70 credits, it s surprising that Lindo has never been in the awards conversation, and his role here as the Trump-supporting Vietnam vet with PSTD is his best shot. Spike Lee is coming off his Oscar win for BlacKkKlansman, and his cachet with voters has never been higher. With its timely message, the film could be a huge play for Netflix, which is assumed to do well in this streaming-friendly season.Timothée Chalamet, Dune (2021) 89%Jacqueline ColeyIn the four short years since he broke out into the mainstream with his Oscar-nominated performance in Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet s name has percolated in the awards conversation. This year he has the enviable position of having two films that could earn him a nomination: Wes Anderson s The French Dispatch and Denis Villeneuve s Dune. His turn in Dune, however, is what we re banking on for him and Arrival director Villeneuve to weave some Oscar magic, with a long-awaited adaptation of the award-winning science-fiction novel by Frank Herbert, poised to be a far cry from David Lynch s much-derided 1984 adaptation. Villeneuve has been on an unbeatable streak with critics and has a proven track record for crafting genre films that capture voters attention, scoring nominations for four of his last five Certified Fresh features, though he failed to secure an acting nomination for Amy Adams in Arrival. It stands to reason that if Dune lives up to even half of its hype, it could equal the accolades of George Miller s Mad Max: Fury Road and perhaps top it with an acting nomination for Chalamet. Starring alongside Oscar Issac, Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, and Javier Bardem, Chalamet is currently in Budapest filming re-shoots; a trailer is expected by the end of the month, and Villeneuve recently said that Dune could be this generation s The Lord of the Rings, so anything is possible.Anthony Hopkins, The Father (2020) 98%(Photo by Sony Pictures Classics)Since The Father s debut at the Sundance film festival earlier this year, Anthony Hopkins has been penciled in at the top of just about every Best Actor tip sheet by awards prognosticators. Still Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer, the film, which is based on a French play, has seen acclaimed adaptations for Broadway, the London West End, and the French stage, and in each iteration, the actor playing the titular Father has taken home the best acting prize. Adapted and directed by the original playwright, Florian Zeller, the film is a poignant and disturbing journey through the deterioration of a man s mind. Suffering from Alzheimer s, an aging man stubbornly refuses his daughter s aid despite the grown evidence he is losing his grip on reality. A difficult watch, Hopkins work is incomparable with Gregory Ellwood of The Playlist calling it his best work this century. It should bring Hopkins back into the Lead Actor conversation following his supporting nomination last year playing retired Pope Benedict for The Two Popes, and it could be the role that brings him back to the winner s dais for the first time since he won in 1991 as the iconic and terrifying Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme s The Silence of the Lambs.Andrew Garfield, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) 66%Televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband Jim were two of the most salacious personalities of the 1970s and early 80s, and this drama, based on the award-winning documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker, chronicles their rise and very public fall. The story, filled with drugs, fraud, sexuality, and, of course, Jesus, is as legendary as it is incredulous and should place both Jessica Chastain (as Tammy Faye) and Andrew Garfield (as Jim) on the lips of many prominent voices in awards punditry. It also doesn t hurt that it was directed by Michael Showalter, who was in the director s chair for the 2017 Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick. This is another film without a solid release date, so it could be pushed back to 2021, but it will likely still screen in time for the 2020 season. Keep an eye out for an I, Tonya-styled campaign strategy for the previously nominated Garfield and two-time nominee Chastain.Ben Affleck, The Way Back (2020) 84%Ben Affleck has been unfairly maligned as mediocre despite two Oscars and acclaimed work in award-winning films, including Shakespeare in Love, Argo, Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town. Following some personal and professional hardships, Affleck kicked off the year with a celebrated performance that mirrored his personal struggles. The newly single father of three plays Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball phenom who never lived up to expectations and buried his pain at the bottom of a bottle. Forced to take a coaching job at his alma mater years later, he focuses himself on helping the young team, which might be his final shot for redemption. It was a surprisingly well-received entry during the typically lackluster releases of January, and critics raved about the film s feelgood story arc and Affleck s heartfelt performance. Currently rated Certified Fresh at 83% on the Tomatometer, the comeback drama has a built-in awards-friendly storyline, based on true events that are similar to the recently sober star s own personal battles with alcohol exactly the type of narrative strategists love to parrot to voters during the season.Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) 89%(Photo by Netflix)Produced by Steven Spielberg and written and directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was thought to be a surefire awards contender for Paramount earlier this year. However, difficulties arising from COVID-19 prompted Paramount to sell the film to Netflix, giving the streaming giant yet more ammunition for an impressive haul in what many are dubbing the Netflix Season. The story of seven men charged with inciting a riot outside the Democratic convention in 1969 as part of a larger protest to the Vietnam War is another film tailor-made for awards in an election year. It features key figures from the time, including Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton (the center of the aforementioned Judas and The Black Messiah) as well as political activist Bobby Seale and famed members of the Chicago 7 Abbie Hoffman and Tom Hayden. Hoffman and Hayden are played by Oscar nominee Sacha Baron Cohen and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, respectively, and both men are poised to rise above the already stacked cast that includes Succession s Jeremy Strong, Micheal Keaton, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Willliam Hurt.John David Washington, Tenet (2020) 70%At several points in the past few months, there was some question whether or not Christopher Nolan s latest psychological action film, Tenet, would even reach theaters; as of now, it looks like it will, at least internationally. Never in doubt from a production standpoint, as the film has been long finished, the only question was if the global pandemic would prevent the film being screened in theaters. As Nolan is a staunch advocate of the theatrical experience, it was unlikely that it would shift over to a streaming platform or VOD, especially since Nolan has gone on record to say the films is most designed for the audience/big-screen experience. Appearing alongside our next Batman, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debecki in what seems to be a mind-bending Inception-style action flick, the star of the film is John David Washington, who looks to achieve what he was unable to garner for his breakout film, Spike Lee s BlacKkKlansman. The plot of Tenet has been kept tightly under wraps even the name of Washington s character, which is currently listed as the protagonist but expectations are high, as Nolan, like Dune s Denis Villeneuve, is a director known for his ability to rack up Oscar nominations for genre films. As last year s Best Actor prize went to a role-based off a comic book character, it s reasonable to believe that this year, an exceptional performance from a genre thriller could do the same.Tom Hanks, News of the WorldIf it s Oscar season and Tom Hanks is in a movie, he s likely in the conversation. However, his Supporting Actor Oscar nomination last year for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was his first in nearly 20 years. After flirting with a nomination for Sully, The Post, and Captain Phillips, Hollywood s favorite dad is back in in the conversation with two pictures: Greyhound, in which he plays a captain for the third time, and News of the World, where you guessed it he plays yet another Captain. Hanks earned positive reviews for Greyhound, which he also wrote, but his best shot at a Best Actor nomination is likely for Paul Greengrass adaptation of the 2016 novel News of the World. Written by poet and author Paulette Giles, the novel set off a bidding war when it was optioned in 2017, eventually landing at Universal pictures. Unlike Netflix and smaller streamers, large-scale studios like Universal might be at a bit of a disadvantage at voting time, as their tried and true method for promotion cocktail parties, Q As, and craft showcase events will no longer be viable in the days of COVID-19. After three straight years with a favored film in the Best Picture race (Get Out, Green Book, and 1917), one of which was a winner, it will be interesting to see how Universal and the other large studios fare in the new landscape, and the Oscar push for News of the World and Hanks, in particular, will be a strong indication of whether or not they can stay nimble and adapt when forced to find innovative ways to reach voters.Also in contention: Gary Oldman MankLiam Neeson Ordinary LoveDenzel Washington The Tragedy of MacbethBenicio Del Toro The French DispatchMatt Damon StillwaterAnsel Elgort West Side StoryMichael Fassbender Next Goal Wins