“哈利波特”为所有哈迷创造了一个庞大而充满奇妙幻想的魔法世界。为了保证这款手游的新鲜感，网易将手游《哈利波特：魔法觉醒》定位为RPG卡牌游戏，以原著中丰富的咒语作为卡面，根据咒语的类型设计不同的技能。通过卡组搭配，在PVP、PVE战斗中，玩家能进一步体验魔法带来的刺激感。 (Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)This episode of Game of Thrones beat us over the head with warnings that our remaining favourite characters (all gathered at Winterfell) are perhaps just a week away from their final minutes of screen time, cheerfully mentioning their own impending deaths with alarming frequency. — Anna Leszkiewicz, New StatesmanThis episode had the definite sense of being the calm before the storm. Even more so than the first episode. By the end, everyone is just waiting. Much of the conversations were light-hearted and blessed with that wry Thrones humour, but the tension was there. It s going to make the battle that much more intense. — Jack Price, Stuff.co.nzHey, everyone s pretty sure they re going to die anyway. — AJ Willingham, CNN.comCritics Are Loving the Arya-Gendry Hookup, And Jon s Big RevealGendry and Arya were courting in last week’s episode and tonight the two got hot and heavy. Arya took the initiative immediately, and it’s almost as if Arya had been waiting for this moment for a while. She says, “we’re probably going to die soon, I’d like to know what it’s like before it happens.” — Jamie Broadnax, Black Girl NerdsFans are probably still high over the Arya-Gendry hookup when something far more joyous happens: Brienne finally becomes an actual knight. When she says that tradition is why women can’t be knights, Tormund gives her some Wildling wisdom. “Fuck tradition,” he says. “I’m not a king, But if I were, I’d knight you 10 times over.” — Kimber Myers, The PlaylistJon, standing before Lyanna Stark’s crypt, tenderly whispers to Dany the real story of Rhaegar and Lyanna’s love—and somehow doesn’t realize that her reaction to learning his parentage, after Wha?, will not be Ick! or We’ll figure it out! but How dare you be the rightful heir to my throne? — Sarah Larson, New YorkerWhat s Working So Far, and What Isn t?(Photo by HBO)The script, from Bryan Cogman, is full of moments that perfectly encapsulate the characters as elucidated throughout eight seasons or so of development. These are characters who have grown together, have complex relationships with one another, and who know that by the time the snow settles on the battlefield that their friends won t be around to hang out with anymore. — Ron Hogan, Den of GeekIn last week s premiere, most of the runtime went toward putting the pieces in place for the forthcoming episode-long Battle of Winterfell. The second episode, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, expanded on that table-setting, giving characters room to breathe, talk, and canoodle. It also highlighted the biggest problem Game of Thrones has this season: the utter lack of chemistry in its marquee relationships. — Jeva Lange, The WeekFinal Verdict? Impending Doom Brings Out (Almost) Everyone s Best SideWe can stop worrying now, because this week s Game Of Thrones returned to greatness. The final season s second episode, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, focused on what has always been the driving force of the show and what has always made it great, the characters and their relationships. — Michael Walsh, NerdistSentimentality was the order of the day; these characters know it could be their last living night and don’t want to leave certain things unsaid, or in the case of Arya and Gendry, undone, but the episode managed to somehow feel both drawn-out and rushed at the same time. — Sinead Brennan, RTÉ (Ireland)Just to make it simple, here’s a list of everyone who drank to forget their current life status: Tyrion (+10), Podrick (+10), Jaime (+10), Tormund (+10), Arya (+10), The Hound (+10), and Beric (+10). — Julia Alexander, The VergeLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) 53% In 2016, Disney released a live action/CGI hybrid remake of The Jungle Book, a musical adventure based on the Rudyard Kipling book of the same name, and it was a runaway success. Even before that film went into production, however, Warner Bros. had already begun development on their own adaptation of Kipling s book, with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Naomie Harris lending their voices to the animal characters and Andy Serkis, who voices Mowgli s bear friend Baloo, at the helm as director. The end result is Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, a decidedly darker take on the source material that follows a young boy raised by wolves who must decide whether to remain in the jungle or return to civilization. The film opens in a handful of theaters this week, with an eventual release on Netflix next Friday, and according to critics, its move to the streaming platform may have been a strategic one by Warner Bros. While Serkis passion for the project is clear and the A-list cast is reliably effective, critics say Mowgli suffers from comparisons to the Disney film, both in the quality of its special effects and in the consistency of its tone, and the final product is a messy if ambitious misfire.问道攻略英雄联盟手游瞎子怎么玩?瞎子作为英雄联盟里热度较高的一位打野英雄，操作很秀，但不少玩家还不太会使用该英雄，下面小编就给大家整理了盲僧的相关教学玩法，随着小编一起来看看吧。
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ecs think is marketable,” Rodriguez says, adding that this means they have to have original series because they learned “early on” that options from mainstream outlets were limiting. And while they do have name-recognizable content like the original Queer as Folk and Gay of Thrones, the popular Funny or Die webseries from Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, Rodriguez and Daniels point to other titles in their catalogue like the drag-themed docu-series, Queens of Kings, and Before I Got Famous. That web series stars Xingcheng You, a Chinese immigrant who is both looking for love and his big break in Hollywood, and focuses on stereotypes that still exist in the gay dating culture.For A/V Club Enthusiasts: Rooster TeethRooster Teeth was launched in 2003 by some friends who wanted to be the next Quentin Tarantino or Kevin Smith, but couldn’t get into festivals. Co-founder Bernie Burns told journalists at the summer 2018 Television Critics Association press tour that their service took off when “we discovered and pioneered a method of animation where we could use the 3D gaming engines in popular video games to make animation.” This led to what he touts as the longest-running digital series ever, the military-themed sci-fi comedy Red vs. Blue. They also have reality series, live-action shorts, and more.For Cult Classic Connoisseurs: Shout! FactoryWho needs reboots when you can have the classics? The TV vertical of this digitized tribute to old-school charm has everything from cult classics like Mystery Science Theater 3000 (85% Tomatometer) to relics from the years of rabbit ears like Father Knows Best and Car 54, Where Are You?. There’s also original programming like Why We Love It, a web series that strives to justify users’ love for programming of acquired taste like Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean and the Nicolas Cage–Jennifer Beals campfest Vampire’s Kiss (61% TM). Gene Pao, Shout! Factory’s Senior Vice President of Digital Media, says that, “over the years we’ve found that viewers are particularly interested in ‘modernized nostalgia’ — cult and classic TV and film that shape today’s pop culture.” Shout! plays into this with marathon viewings like MST3K Turkey Day on Thanksgiving, during which Pao says “viewers can interact with each other via chat.”For Horror Buffs: ShudderThis AMC-owned streaming service celebrates the worlds of gore and supernatural. And while it doesn’t have its parent company’s juggernaut, The Walking Dead, its TV section does live up to its promise of offering “a constant stream of killer content.” Titles include AMC s adaptation of author Joe Hill s NOS4A2 (70% Tomatometer), and the documentary series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics as well as original programming like its anthology, Neil Gaiman s Likely Stories, and a partnering TWD’s Greg Nicotero on a revamp of the classic Creepshow. Shudder general manager Craig Engler says “we can do shows that other people can’t” because they aren’t as beholden to ratings.For Indie Aficionados: Sundance NowA SVOD companion to SundanceTV, General Manager Jan Diedrichsen told journalists at the winter 2018 TCA press tour that the goal of both is to find a way to “best serve fans of premium indie content in a deeper way.” This service is the home for original programming like This Close (100% Tomatometer), a rom-com of sorts about two best friends and their relationship woes that’s based on series of shorts from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. There are also series that originated on its linear channel counterpart, like the Joanne Froggatt–Ioan Gruffudd thriller Liar (62% Tomatometer) and other fine options.For Francophiles: TV5monde (and others)(Photo by TV5monde US)Grab the macarons and red wine! This Paris-based network offers a way to watch popular French series with the aid of subtitles (and without the need of a passport). Streaming is available through Sling, and programs include the 2019 rom-com hit Un si grand soleil, which centers on family and friends in Marseille, and the police detective drama Caïn.For BET Fans Craving More: Urban Movie ChannelDespite its title, UMC actually has a rather robust TV section as well. These include episodes of WE tv’s long-running reality series, Growing Up Hip Hop. Original series include the drama 5th Ward, which is based on director Greg Carter s similarly named movie. “We pay very close attention to viewership trends and feedback from our subscribers to understand what’s working and what’s not and use that as a guide for greenlight decisions on any new or classic series,” UMC General Manager Sylvia George says, adding that their primary target audience is black women. “At a high level, the type of programming that resonates with UMC viewers ranges from romantic dramas and comedies to female-driven stories to series that push the envelope in a compelling and relatable way.”For Cinephiles: Criterion ChannelAfter the November 2018 death of FilmStruck, several other streaming options clamored to become the rightful heir to the cinephile throne, and the Criterion Collection’s streaming component is quickly rising up that rank. In addition to celebrating classic and cult cinema from around the world, the channel also has special features like behind-the-scenes footage and a guest programmer series.If Criterion isn’t to your liking, other streamers that concentrate on classic and/or under-the-radar cinema include SnagFilms and MUBI. Services like Kanopy and Hoopla have similar offerings and work in conjunction with local libraries.For Those Who Love The Great White Way: BroadwayHDLots of theater fans would like to give regular regards to Broadway, but not all of them can take regular pilgrimages to New York City (or afford the ticket prices once they’re there). In those instances, there’s BroadwayHD. The service, which Tony Award-winning producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley founded in 2015, offers full-length stage plays and musicals at legal and considerably much better quality than those grainy videos you can find on YouTube. Productions have included musicals like 42nd Street, Falsettos, She Loves Me, and Cats, as well as renditions of Shakespeare.For When You Want Some Badass Cinema: Brown SugarSometimes you need to see some foxy ladies in tight pants kicking perps to the curb. And, for that, Brown Sugar offers Blaxploitation classics like Coffy (plus, send-ups of the horror genre like Blackenstein). But there are also more recent and — dare we say — more wholesome offerings too, like the Al Green concert Everything’s Gonna Be All Right and the family-friendly A Baby for Christmas.For Those Who Want Just The Facts: DocsvilleThere’s more to documentaries than Netflix’s latest true-crime obsession or brilliantly shot nature footage narrated by David Attenborough. This SVOD option is a warehouse of some thought-provoking visual storytelling from around the world that covers everything from Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a look at the legacy of the controversial yet influential comedian, to a nearly three-minute short on the privilege of having a toilet.For similar options, perhaps with more of a science bent, there’s CuriosityStream.For The Warm and Fuzzies: Hallmark Movies NowSometimes you may want a cup of hot chocolate and the chance to see perfectly lit people in winter wonderlands — even if it’s July. The Hallmark Movies Now option has an assortment of its holiday-themed classics as well as movies about weddings, beach-side flings, and other scenarios that result in emotionally charged embraces. There are television series and specials that include adaptation of biblical stories and classic novels.If HMN options feel too mainstream, there are also OTTs that specialize in Christian-themed programming like Pure Flix and Dove Channel (that would be a reference to the bird, not to shampoo and body wash).For Mainlining Martial Arts: Hi-YahDescribed as “the sound of mayhem, of flying fists and roundhouse kicks” on its website, this service — which is available for a fee as an add-on to Amazon and though Roku and other devices — is a warehouse of martial arts favorites. And that definition is a loose one. The service also has horror films, thrillers, period pieces, and more that also happen to showcase people who can destroy you while barely breaking a sweat.For Supporters of Public Broadcasting: PBS Video AppFrom Poldark and PBS NewsHour to Ken Burns documentaries and Call the Midwife, there s probably something educational and/or entertaining to find on PBS video app. Or just turn it on for some background music; there are also recordings of Great Performances and Austin City Limits shows.For Live Music Without Dealing with LiveNation: QelloConcerts are great ways to celebrate your favorite artists with peers who appreciate them as much as you do. They’re also loud, expensive and usually hassles to get to. For those who can’t (or won’t) handle all that grunt work, there’s Qello. This service lets you watch concerts and documentary footage on demand, be it Paul McCartney or Beyoncé. But its greatest asset might be that it helps cure a nostalgic hunger for artists whom we are no longer able to watch perform, such as Tom Petty or David Bowie.
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6.12.3 7月喜迎New Trailers: ESPN s The Last Dance Michael Jordan Docuseries Moves From Summer to an April 19 PremiereMore trailers:Normal People, adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal (Hulu)#blackAF, season 1, starring Rashida Jones and Kenya Barris (Netflix)I Know This Much Is True, a limited series starring Mark Ruffalo (HBO)Bad Education, true crime story starring Hugh Jackman (HBO)Rick and Morty, the second half of season 3, which premieres on May 3 (Adult Swim)Punk d, hosted by Chance the Rapper (Quibi)Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, season 2, starring Amanda Peet and Christian Slater (USA)The Main Event, a WWE-themed movie starring Tichina Arnold, Seth Carr, Adam Pally, and The Miz (Netflix)When the Street Lights Go On, teen murder mystery, starring Queen Latifah (Quibi)The Good Fight, season 4, starring Christine Baranski and John Larroquette (CBS All Access)American Dad!, 15th anniversary, with guest stars The Weeknd, Patton Oswalt, and Ron Perlman (TBS)What We Do in the Shadows, season 2 (FX)Future Man, season 3, starring Josh Hutcherson (Hulu)Trying, season 1, dramedy starring Esther Smith and Rafe Spall (Apple TV+)Outer Banks, teen drama starring Charles Esten (Netflix)Love Wedding Repeat, a wedding comedy starring Olivia Munn (Netflix)LA Originals, a documentary about Chicano artists Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol (Netflix)Gayme Show, hosted by Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni (Quibi)Skrrt with Offset, a reality show about celebrities and their cars, hosted by Offset (Quibi)The Innocence Files, a docuseries about cases of wrongful conviction (Netflix)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.Streaming Services See Major Uptick in Viewing Minutes(Photo by Netflix)No big surprise here: as the shelter-in-place orders continued to stack up across the country, the amount of time viewers have spent watching streaming services has continued to grow. For the week of March 16, the number of minutes spent viewing streaming platforms increased by 34 percent from the week of March 2, from 116.4 billion minutes to 156.1 billion, as per Nielsen data. Netflix had 29 percent of the total, followed by YouTube with 20 percent, Hulu with 10, Amazon with 9, and the other major streamers, including Disney+ and CBS All Access, sharing the remaining 31 percent. Netflix’s top program for the week of March 16: the Mark Wahlberg movie Spenser Confidential, claiming 1.25 billion minutes. (THR)Speaking of CBS All Access, the streaming service has extended its previously announced 30-day free trial offer to 60 days, with the codes GIFT and ENJOY.Casting News: Lost Star Josh Holloway Joins Yellowstone(Photo by Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)Lost and Colony alum Josh Holloway joins the cast of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone for its third season, which premieres in June. He’ll play Roarke Morris, a hedge fund manager who becomes involved with the Dutton family. (EW)Development News: Empire Final Season Shortened by COVID-19 Shutdown(Photo by Michael Lavine/FOX)Fox’s Empire will end its sixth and final season two episodes sooner than it had planned, as the network will not finish its planned 20-episode production. Instead, episode 18, which airs on April 21, will serve as the series finale. Deadline reports the last episode may include footage from episode 19, which was being filmed when production was halted. The series had already had to edit its original series finale plans when Jussie Smollet was fired from the show in 2019. There has been talk of an Empire spin-off series revolving around Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie, which would allow the story to continue.Will this be the first big televised sports comeback? CNBC reports golf stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are negotiating to battle each other in a two-on-two event that would pair them with pro football stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a charity game. The game, which would pair Mickelson with Brady and Woods with Manning, would likely take place in May and air on TNT.Cinemablend reports a fan survey suggests Disney+ may be readying to add a batch of new shows to the streaming service that includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Modern Family, Malcolm in the Middle, Firefly, How I Met Your Mother, and black-ish.Rapper, and Degrassi: The Next Generation star, Drake is going to produce an adaptation of the nonfiction motivational book The 48 Laws of Power as a Quibi series. He will also direct an episode of the series, which will unfold one of the titular 48 tips from author Robert Greene’s book in each ep. (THR)Michael Bay has signed a first-look deal with Sony that will include movies and TV series. Bay is currently an executive producer on Amazon’s Jack Ryan series and USA’s The Purge. (THR)Scrubs stars, and real-life pals, Zach Braff and Donald Faison have joined in on the trend of classic TV stars – like casts of The Sopranos and The Office – launching rewatch podcasts of their series. The duo are co-hosting Fake Doctors, Real Friends With Zach + Donald, a podcast that will include their own recollections of Scrubs episodes, as well as interviews with their fellow cast members and fans of the series. (EW)Issa Rae’s HBO comedy Insecure is becoming a mobile videogame, where fans will get to play as a version of her character in the show. Insecure: The Come Up Game is scheduled to be released in June.Amazing wildlife + beautiful cinematography = Wonderstruck, BBC America’s newly-expanded lineup of nature programming, designed to help us all relax just a little during this extra stressful time. The network’s Wonderstruck shows will now air Thursday and Saturday nights on TV, and every day at the Wonderstruck TV website.The cast of the 1993-99 Fran Drescher CBS comedy The Nanny will reunite, via Zoom, for a table read of the series’ pilot episode. On Monday, April 6, the reunion will be posted on the Sony Pictures YouTube page. (Variety)Reese Witherspoon has launched a new Netflix series, Shine On at Home, in which she will chat with guests about various coronavirus-related topics, including health, marriage counseling, homeschooling children, divvying up household chores, and meal prep. The series, which she announced on Instagram, is a follow-up to her 2018 Netflix talk show Shine On with Reese.
We have arrived at a weekend nearly two years in the making two and a half years if we go back to the start of production on the 25th James Bond film. But after directorial changes and several delays caused by the pandemic, No Time To Die has finally hit theaters with a lot of expectations behind the final appearance of Daniel Craig as 007. Four out of five posted critics recommend the film, which stands at 84% on the Tomatometer, and it follows the biggest opening to date since 2019 from Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Thoughts that it could possibly hit 0 million this weekend were wildly uneducated guesstimates, but let’s look at how it settled into a box office that is starting to enjoy a resurgence, if not a full renaissance.King of the Crop: No Time to Die Tallies Solid Opening, Aims for 0 Million Worldwide(Photo by Nicola Dove/©MGM)No Time To Die did not break “records” as one local newscast stated after it grossed .3 million on Thursday night with previews. It broke “a” record (singular) when it bested the preview totals for SPECTRE (.25 million), Skyfall (.6 million) and Quantum of Solace (.5 million). That is where the record-breaking ends, but its overall gross this weekend is nothing to sneeze at either. A .4 million Friday and million weekend is the fifth best of the pandemic in both categories. That placement will probably hold until next month’s Eternals opens, unless Dune truly breaks free of its HBO MAX limitations.The disappointment that may be lingering around a million start is that it could not actually outgross SPECTRE’s opening weekend of .4 million. A million beginning was a hope many held, though in normal times a drop in attendance after a disappointing entry would not be a surprise. It is nearly universally agreed that SPECTRE is the weakest Craig entry – 63% on the Tomatometer compared to Quantum’s 65% – but these aren’t normal times, and while Venom: Let There Be Carnage may seem like an outlier at the moment (we’ll catch up on those numbers in a bit), even the sequels deemed pandemic successes are showing a drop in percentage from their previous outings.Taking out both films available as hybrid streamers and previous entries that grossed less than 0 million (direct ones, not reboots like Snake Eyes), that brings us back to A Quiet Place Part II and F9. Those films (currently the third- and fourth-highest grossing films of the period) are off 14.87% and 23.45%, respectfully. Though early, No Time To Die is on pace to finish somewhere between the 0 million and 3 million that those two films earned. Where will that put it in comparison to SPECTRE? Down between 14-20%, right in line with the drop of those other blockbuster sequels. Carve that up however you want between word of mouth, lack of repeat viewing, franchise fatigue, or a portion of the community still biding their time to wait for theatrical releases to be available at home due to the continuing pandemic. The good news for us is that the numbers on our national catastrophe are headed in the right direction; the good news for No Time To Die is that not only are its domestic totals looking to be remarkably consistent with the trends, but it will also become just the second film to reach a half-billion worldwide during this time. It is already over 3 million. So curb the disappointment.The Top 10 and Beyond: Venom: Let There Be Carnage Drops but Still on Track for 0 Million(Photo by ©Sony Pictures)Now let’s get back to those Venom: Let There Be Carnage numbers: million last weekend; top opener of the pandemic; million higher than the first film; 0 million guaranteed. Well, let’s gently tap the breaks on that last one. The number that Sony’s Marvel sequel wanted to hit this weekend was .1 million. 114 films have grossed at least that much in their second weekend, and all of them passed 0 million. The number Sony wanted to avoid? Anything under million. The number reached? million, closer to the latter after a 64% drop. Black Widow and F9 fell over 67% and opened to -20 million less. 189 films have grossed as much in weekend two; how many of them reached 0 million? 169. Let There Be Carnage still has an 89.4% chance to become just the second film of the pandemic to reach that goal based on that total, and in its favor is the half-empty side of the equation.The first film grossed million in its second weekend and had 2 million at this point; million this weekend still puts the sequel over 0 million. No film (out of 119) with that much in the tank after 10 days has failed to reach 0 million. That includes films that even grossed a bit less than Carnage, like Solo: A Star Wars Story (.3 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (.4 million), 2005’s War of the Worlds (.4 million), and 2014’s Godzilla (.9 million). Plus it should get a nice boost from the Monday holiday. But what about next weekend? What happens if it drops down to between -17 million? Only 14 of 32 films with a third weekend that low reached 0 million. That’s also the half-empty side, as it would still put Venom: Let There Be Carnage around 7 million, and no film with at least 5 million after 17 days missed the milestone. With a now hybrid streaming Halloween Kills opening next week, Venom still has a pretty comfy cushion even if it ends up closer to the original film’s gross between 0-210 million than what Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is going to achieve.(Photo by Jasin Boland/©Marvel Studios)Speaking of that film, its .2 million was the second-best sixth weekend of the era, behind Free Guy (.08 million) and just ahead of A Quiet Place Part II (.10 million). Its total of 2.5 million is just behind (in weekend and gross) where The Lost World: Jurassic Park was after 38 days, so its final tally in the vicinity of 5 million still holds, while it becomes just the third film of the pandemic to cross 0 million worldwide. The Addams Family 2 had an OK hold after an OK opening, down 43% to million. At million it is behind the pace of The Boss Baby: Family Business (.9 million), which was streaming for free on Peacock during release, while Addams is on VOD for .99. But its second weekend was about a million higher than Baby, putting a million gross in play if its dips do not get more erratic and it has one more weekend before Ron’s Gone Wrong attempts to wring some dough out of a depleted family market.Warner Bros. must really be sweating out the release of Dune, dreading what their HBO MAX decision may have cost them, but anticipating an opening gross of at least million. That is something that cannot be said for six of their releases this year, including Oscar-winner Judas and the Black Messiah, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Reminiscence, Malignant, Cry Macho and now The Many Saints of Newark which fell to .4 million this weekend for a total of .4 million. That’s four releases in a row. A24’s Lamb put up a respectable million in just 583 theaters, comparable to Focus’ release of Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter, which opened to .03 million in 580 theaters and has grossed over .6 million to date. Finally, Greenwich Entertainment’s release of The Rescue, the incredible true story of the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave for weeks, grossed ,000 in five theaters. It is just the ninth film of the pandemic to post a ,000+ per-theater-average, and its sixth-best ,200 PTA ranks below Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Black Widow, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the Vietnamese film Bo Gia, and F9.On the Vine: Halloween Kills Hopes to Make a Killing at the Box Office(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)The second chapter of David Gordon Green’s Michael Myers trilogy, Halloween Kills, opens in theaters next week while also streaming for free on Peacock. Word of mouth was not great on the 2018 first film after a very frontloaded opening; how much will streaming cut out of the already likely diminished returns on the sequel? Exclusively in theaters will also be Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel with Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck. The historical drama will be another test to see if there is any progress on the adult demographic coming back to theaters. The first of Scott’s two films slated for release this fall (House of Gucci opens next month) is currently Fresh at 76% on the Tomatometer.
Ron Perlman has played some monster characters throughout his career, notably the titular Hellboy in two Guillermo del Toro–directed films about that red, horned, cigar-smoking comic book anti-hero; the grizzled gang leader Clay Morrow in FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy; and even his breakout role as Vincent from CBS s live-action Beauty and the Beast series, in which he starred opposite Linda Hamilton. With his latest series, he adds to the list. A lot of the characters that I ve played without makeup that are, you know, seemingly human are the most monstrous things I ve ever done, Perlman told Rotten Tomatoes when discussing new Peacock series, The Capture, which premieres on the launch day of NBC s new streaming service.The Capture — so incredibly well-rendered and so smart, the actor said — takes viewers deep into a highly surveilled world in which anyone with the wherewithal, and motive, can alter video footage and place a crime that never happened at the foot of a would-be criminal of their choosing.In the six-episode series, which was recently renewed by the BBC for a second season, Perlman plays Frank Napier, a CIA official leading a small team that monitors CCTV, the UK s expansive network of security cameras, in the name of upholding justice. But at what cost does such justice come where video evidence of a crime that was supposedly committed, may have been a hoax all along?(Photo by BBC/Heyday Films/Nick Wall)Perlman co-stars opposite Holliday Grainger (Patrick Melrose) as DI Rachel Carey and Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Shawn Emery, a former soldier framed for murder. With recent technological breakthroughs in deep-fake technology and the ever-growing trend of distrusting facts, the series fictional concept of Correction (the truth-altering tech featured in the series) feels both completely terrifying and absolutely plausible. [It s about] things I m personally obsessed with, in regards to the people that we look to in order to keep us safe and protected, Perlman said. How pure can we expect their motivations to be? Are their personal agendas spilling over into the things that (we hope) they do for purely ideological reasons? You know, for, hopefully, the greater good? These are all important questions to ask, especially when the news cycle is continuously recounting stories of law enforcement entities and government agencies that aren t exactly serving the people s best interests.Speaking on the series, and the many issues currently facing Americans, Perlman is quick to identify the ripped apart nature of our politics where you don t know what you re being sold or who s selling it to you, a lot of the time. And for an actor who has been famously outspoken in his progressive beliefs on Twitter — he was briefly suspended from the platform in 2019 for comments made in a now-deleted tweet celebrating the death of Koch Industries Vice Chairman David Koch, and he recently got involved in an online scuffle with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz — his decision to play a conservative-leaning character in a questionable position of power becomes more intriguing.In The Capture, Perlman s Frank makes some callous choices and steps over the line of morality more than once in the interest of upholding national and international security. When asked if Napier is a monster, the actor has trouble giving a definitive answer. You can make an argument that Frank is so multifaceted that it s hard to figure out where the monster in him ends and the humanity begins, Perlman explained. So I mean, one of the fascinating things about trying to figure out how to play the guy is, for the whole history of the show, you ll walk away not knowing, was he a good guy? Was he a bad guy? I just don t know. (Photo by Sony Pictures)On the big screen, Perlman continues to team up with his close friend Del Toro. In the long-awaited new adaptation of Pinocchio, he plays Mangiafuoco, a character known to many as Stromboli, thanks to Walt Disney s 1940 film classic.He also appears in Paul W.S. Anderson s upcoming Monster Hunter, a big-budget movie adaptation of Capcom s action role-playing video game of the same name that stars Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa. The movie was scheduled to open this September, but has been pushed back to April 2021. Perlman, who described his role as Admiral in the flick to Comic Book Movie as a lot of chewing the scenery, was mostly mum about specific story details, but gave an impression of what to expect. I m not a gamer, so I m not familiar with the video game, Perlman said. I know that it has a huge following and huge popularity. I know that the production that Sony gave it, under the great leadership of Paul W.S. Anderson, was top draw. You know, it was just such a phenomenal experience and seemed like we were making a big-time movie — lots of titillating juicy battle scenes and chase scenes. There are a lot of high stakes, so this should be a good one to watch. And what about that a highly-publicized Twitter spat between Perlman and Cruz? The whole thing began after the U.S. Soccer Federation repealed its policy that prohibited athletes from kneeling during the national anthem as an act of protest against police brutality.The news drew ire from the likes of President Donald Trump and Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz who shamed the sports institution. Perlman soon added his two cents on Twitter, saying, The US Soccer team called and you guessed it said they couldn’t give any less of a f k about what you two dips ts think.”A follow-up tweet, directed at Gaetz and showing a photo of Rep. Jim Jordan, a former wrestling coach accused of ignoring athletes reports of abuse by a doctor at Ohio State University, caught the attention of Cruz and sparked the war of words between the actor and the senator, who challenged Perlman to a wrestling match — with Jordan.The bizarre back-and-forth led Perlman to present a counteroffer to Cruz, promoting the idea that if the senator himself would face him in the ring, he d donate ,000 dollars to Black Lives Matter. They traded a few more barbs before things quieted down, but Perlman is still up for the challenge.Though he has made it very clear that he ll never play Hellboy on the big screen again, Perlman said he may be willing to reprise the role through voice-over in a virtual wrestling match with Cruz — perhaps in an animated special akin to, say, MTV s old Celebrity Death Match cartoon series. Would he step into Hellboy s shoes one more time for such a special occasion? Absolutely, said Perlman, laughing. [Cruz has] just said so many things that are so damaging to the concept of human discourse. He s one of the guys who has the most deleterious effect on the American consciousness, which is: He s designed to make us cynical. He s designed to make us disengaged. He s designed his whole modus operandi to say stuff that makes us into disbelievers rather than people who are rallying around some beautiful concepts that Americans pledge allegiance to. He s a diabolical villain. And so any chance I get virtually to have a smackdown with this motherf er, I would jump at the opportunity. The Capture launches on Peacock on July 15.
问道攻略 (Photo by © Focus Features)At this year s Sundance Film Festival, few titles got Park City buzzing quite so much as Killing Eve season 2 showrunner Emerald Fennell s debut feature, Promising Young Woman. As one of its stars, Bo Burnham, told Rotten Tomatoes, it s like a stick of dynamite thrown into the conversation around consent and rape culture – and one that critics say is fiendishly and shockingly entertaining as it blows everything up.You might already know of the movie, due out in theaters in April, from the zeitgeist-capturing trailer – a fierce Carey Mulligan wreaks vengeance on a cavalcade of not-so-nice guys, hopping bars as a #MeToo vigilante egged on by a thrilling, strings-heavy rendition of Britney Spears Toxic. The basics are there in that trailer: Mulligan plays Cassie, who is indeed out to teach certain guys a lesson by playing blackout at the bar before pouncing into sobriety to teach them a lesson at home; Bo Burnham enters the picture as Ryan, the doctor so nice he might derail her from her mission. And the film does pay homage to Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton, with a soundtrack of 2000s pop bangers and a style that feels part music video, part The Simple Life. But the film takes wild story turns and tonal shifts that the marketing only cautiously hints at. We won t say much beyond that, as it s the surprises, and the way the film subverts expectations at every candy-colored turn, that make it such a compelling watch.The opening-night audience was rapt, thunderously applauding Mulligan s performance and Fennell s bold vision, and the movie is currently sitting at 100% on the Tomatometer. Its sexual politics, blistering attack on misogyny, and refusal to offer a black-and-white view of the culture it pervades have fueled hours of post-screening conversation and given critics a ton to chew over. The day after the movie s premiere, we met with Mulligan and Burnham to talk about the film s impact, good guys and bad guys, Britney and Paris, and how they think this movie is going to go down with audiences.The following interview was edited for length and clarity. Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: Congrats on the film – people are talking. Carey, I was reading that you said you were a little bit nervous the first time you read the script. Did you have those same feelings watching it on the big screen last night?Carey Mulligan: Yeah. I m terrified, yeah.Rotten Tomatoes: What was that nervousness about?Mulligan: Oh, a million things. I mean, the nervousness reading the script wasn t It was just the good nerves. It s the nerves that I got when I read Wildlife. It s the nerves that make me want to do a job, where I go, like, I have no idea how I d do this. Probably I should do it. And that s what I had with this. I thought, like, What is Cassie? How the hell do I do that? And then I met Emerald, and five minutes later, committed to doing the job. So it s the good nerves, and then last night s nerves was 500 people watching my face. Look at my forehead. What s going on there? Why am I so flushed? And Bo Burnham twisting himself into a pretzel behind me was hard to deal with.(Photo by © Focus Features)Rotten Tomatoes: So you were nervous in a way too, Bo? Tell us about this pretzeling. Bo Burnham: It was like expressive performance dance. I wasn t going to sit through [the film at the premiere] and then Carey made me. She guilted me into it by being like, “This is a team experience.”Mulligan: I was a head of drama school, you know?Burnham: This really was a movie where just women told me what to do, which is truly very cool. And so I knew that whatever they told me to do, I d do. But yet it s horrifying. I mean, for me it s so horrifying, because it s like, I have to be appealing? Because personally I watch the movie and I go, like, And then this butthead shows up? Who gives a f k? And we re supposed to care? I didn t realize, I guess, how scary being a [romantic lead is]. I d be much more comfortable playing a hate-able character on the screen, because then people have to hate you. The idea that people have to like you is tough.Mulligan: Yeah, it s similar… I very rarely in my career have ever played the pretty girl, or whatever, and then when I did The Great Gatsby – he writes like she s the king s daughter. It paralyzed me, having to think externally, or think about yourself as being [appealing].Burnham: Yeah, that’s crazy, that’s like the Helen of Troy of America.(Photo by © Focus Features)Rotten Tomatoes: You mentioned the idea of hate-able characters, and the thing about Ryan is that he’s complex, as most of the men in the movie are, and there’s this question of what is a “bad guy” and what is a “good guy.” Last night at the Q A you spoke about how misogynist culture is not just about guys like Weinstein and Cosby, it’s more insidious. Do Ryan and other “nice guys” in the movie speak to that?Burnham: I don t know. I mean, truly, if I was a real actor or something, I d be like, I can t even step away from him enough to even see him as another person, and talk about him like that. But really, I mean, it s all up to Emerald, you know what I mean? I wasn t playing him as a metaphor, because that s just certainly not my job. My job is just be honest, and the meaning of that and what he represents, that s all in Emerald s hands. And I trusted her completely with that.If I can sit as an audience member and try to be objective, the movie just does a very beautiful job, I think, of showcasing the full gradient spectrum, from super black-and-white clear to: What exactly is this? Oh, you were 18? Do you even remember it? That s what I feel like we as men definitely need to contend with. But the misogyny, this subordination of women, is not like tumors on the male body. It s a virus, it runs through the entire culture of male behavior. It s super deep. It s not like, Oh, and then there s some crazy asshole to take it way too far. Even if you think about the geography of a bar, the lighting of a bar: Why is it dark? Why is there music playing? Would this be happening if the lights were on, and there was no music playing, and it was noon? I don t know. You know what I mean? The movie really casts such a wide net and interrogates so much so thoroughly. Emerald has thrown a pretty compelling stick of dynamite into this conversation, and I just would like to be a part of her crew in doing that.Rotten Tomatoes: It’s interesting you talk about the grey areas of this conversation, because I think a lot of people are going to look at the poster and trailer and expect something a little more black-and-white, that Cassie is going to be badass, beating people up and getting revenge like this avenging angel.Mulligan: That’s my next one.Burnham: Yeah! Alita 2.Rotten Tomatoes: Looking forward to it. But the film really isn’t that. There’s not a lot of easy satisfaction. Did that appeal to you about the project? Mulligan: Yeah, it s just, there s no easy answers, are there? It s not as easy as going like, You re bad. Now you re dead. It s not about just complete, total condemnation. I think so many of these films have just been so straightforward and they’ve tied everything up in a bow. My favorite films are films where nothing s sort of finished. I hate that sort of wedding-in-the-end film. Just don t have a wedding, just don’t have them, do you know what I mean? I want to walk away and wonder, Ooh, what s going to happen to them? I wonder what they ll decide? Burnham: I wonder if they’ll get married… Mulligan: Yeah.(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)Rotten Tomatoes: Let’s talk about Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. The movie has a fantastic instrumental version of “Toxic” and a key scene that features Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind.” And there is so much pastel and pink. Watching, it was interesting to see this girly-ness and these come-on songs and I kinda felt that while that was so much visual and musical fun, it could also be the flipside of some of the darker themes the movie explores. At least, it got me thinking about the connection. Mulligan: I don t know. I feel like [the songs are] being celebrated. I think it s a complete celebration of those things. It s a celebration of things that we so easily dismiss. I mean, like Emerald says, “Toxic” is one of the greatest songs ever written.Burnham: Incredible. [And] if you read the lyric, Even though the stars are blind, in T.S. Eliot, you d be like, Holy f k. Yeah, but no, it s true. It really is, in general, totally misogynist, the dismissal of pop music. If you listen to Robyn, or, I mean, anyone, these are powerful [songs]. But it isn t a guy on a guitar going, like, And I ve fallen down the railroad . But there s incredible depth and pain to that pop music, and I think the film is a pop song in a way. This flashy, sing-able, danceable thing, that when you actually listen to the lyrics Mulligan: That s like what you said when we were at the Indie Spirit Awards, and you got that award, and you said, like, “Some people say I m a comedian for teenage girls, and I say, ‘F—k yeah!’” We should celebrate teenage girls. They re extraordinary. Like I loved – I love – Britney, and I grew up [with her]. All of that kind of stuff is a part of our childhood, our teenage years, our womanhood, and it s just thrown out as being empty. And actually, people connect to it and feel empowered by it, and culture has decided to cast it aside as not being of enough value. So it s inherently dismissive of a lot of things that matter to women.(Photo by © Focus Features)Rotten Tomatoes: Do you have a favorite Britney song?Mulligan: I mean, “Toxic” has to be up there. I’m going to check… [walks over to grab her phone].Burnham: “ Baby One More Time” f ked me up, you know what I mean? I was nine. She was like 16, which is its own problem, whatever. Britney was like 16. I mean, but “Hit Me” was It s very loaded, but, Britney is incredible. She f king shaved her head and it was just like, My God, you know what I mean? She s f king been through [so much] Those are our stories.Mulligan: “Oops! I Did It Again” just was like Burnham: That f king video was incredible. The red.Mulligan: Oh, my gosh.Burnham: Yeah, I mean, Britney has had as deep a life experience as anyone on Planet Earth and it makes her music.Rotten Tomatoes: One of the things we think about at Rotten Tomatoes is criticism and who s actually doing the reviewing. I was watching this film – and I say this as the guy who came in to do the interview – and I was wondering if you think this is a film that female critics should primarily be assigned to review? Do you think a particular world experience is helpful in grappling with it? It’s a conversation I can see coming up, especially for a film that’s taking on misogyny in this way. Mulligan: I don t think it matters if it s a man or a woman, as long as I think it s I don t know. It s so tricky, isn t it?Burnham: I don t want to pass up the opportunity to pick our own critics. [Laughs.] Well, OK, so your critics are, in theory, a stand-in for the public, which they should be, and which they aren t right now, and that s what diversifying the whole critical community is about, right? They would reflect more of the audience. If critics are a stand-in for the audience, I think, and Emerald would say this, we want this film to be contended with and digested by men and women, and those who don t identify as either. The question comes, though, with the given that the critical body, as it stands right now, unfairly skews towards men. But I think the real beauty of the film, just speaking as a guy, is that it allows men in, because that s the only way that change is really going to happen, is if men actually stop stiff-arming the conversation away from them and actually can engage with it. I think Emerald is much more interested in the male public engaging with it than the male critics, but if male critics lead to that, great.Promising Young Woman is in theaters April 17, 2020.