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亚博最新版采用百度引擎3(Baidu 8)In a nation where a movie called Crazy Rich Asians breaks theatrical records, K-pop albums can hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and anime and vintage Japanese pop songs connect online communities together violent hate crimes against Asians have skyrocketed. Where Minari is foreign according to the Golden Globes, despite being written and directed by an American filmmaker, telling a story set in and about America. It s a movie that exists within an enormous entertainment industry which pushes progress, yet regularly reports its box office demographic breakdowns by defining Asians as literally Other. In this moment of achievement and anger arrives Raya and the Last Dragon, releasing simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ on March 5. Kelly Marie Tran leads a majority Asian-American voice cast as Raya, who resurrects a legendary yet juvenile dragon (Awkwafina) to assist undoing a spell that has rendered her father and kingdom-people to stone. The rest of the cast including Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, and Benedict Wong reflect the eclectic, imaginative world of Raya, which draws influence and inspiration from Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, and more Southeast Asian countries.We spoke with Qui Nguyen, who co-wrote Raya and the Last Dragon with Adele Lum. A Vietnamese-American playwright who got into Marvel s writers program, and has written and worked on stories for Incorporated, The Society, and Dispatches from Elsewhere, Nguyen gets his first credited movie screenplay with Raya. Here, he talks about how he got into the Disney fold, the opportunity of helping create something that will inspire the next generation, and making sure the fights (and all the food!) was just right in the new film.(Photo by Disney)Alex Vo for Rotten Tomatoes: So I’m pretty sure you’re the first Vietnamese-American writer to be credited for screenplay on a major Hollywood production.Qui Nguyen: That’s crazy. I didn t know that. I mean, it s been a complete blessing to do this. This goes down to the big dream: Being a writer and to be able to tell a story like this for my kids.I grew up in Arkansas. I didn t ever see anyone who looked like me. And I didn t really get to see myself up on screen except for Vietnam War movies. So we were either sidekicks or we were victims. To be able to be part of this film and create characters who celebrate Southeast Asian cultures specifically one that is voiced by Kelly Marie Tran which my kids can see and feel empowered by is such a big deal. I got to affect and change and shape a character that will be part of the Disney canon forever.What was the process of joining Disney and this project? What was it like once you got into the studio?Nguyen: I was actually already working on the lot across the street from Disney over at Marvel as part of the writers program. And I came across the street just as a general meeting that happens out here in LA. I met with one of the execs here and she was like, Hey, would you ever want to do something like this? I was just very, very honest with her: It would be a dream to be able to make a big Hollywood film. To make a movie as big as something like this that I know everyone will see that would celebrate us.Ironically, I came back and interviewed with Don [Hall], the co-director of Raya, on a different project. And I ended up working with him on that. I still am working with him on that movie. And then about a year-and-a-half ago, Raya was coming up and they were at a point where they wanted to solidify the script. Adele was shaping the world and the characters at that point. And then I came in and they teamed me up with the Adele to officially write the script with Don and Carlos [López Estrada] as directors. And we created something that I think both Adele and I are very proud of.(Photo by Disney)An initial script had already been written by the time Adele and you joined. How much was changed or developed from there?Nguyen: At its inception, Disney wanted something that celebrates Southeast Asian cultures. They wanted to do an epic fantasy film, and they wanted to base it around a female warrior who is basically bringing a whole bunch of fractured countries together to save it through unity. A part of that first pitch that still exists to this day. And through that, there were iterations that Adele worked on. She wrote different scripts of it, just exploring the world, exploring the characters, before you re like, Oh, this is the plot. And then by the time I came in, a lot of the DNA is there. The father-daughter relationship is there. A lot of the character archetypes that were there. When I came in, I had the chance to shape the characters. I was like, Here’s the personality that we should give Raya that s different than the lone warrior that we re used to seeing. It was stuff like that, helping shape the specificity of the world. We knew that the movie was always going to be about unity. But unity isn t a verb. It s really hard to do that. So the one extra step was going, “Well, how do you achieve unity?” You have to find the bravery to trust, especially trusting people that perhaps wronged you. And so what does that take? It was the active thing we tried to imbue Raya with throughout the journey in this film.Being Asian-American is not a monolithic experience. Japanese-American history is very different from Korean-American history and that’s different from Chinese-American history. Is there anything about being Vietnamese-American, or Vietnamese history, that you brought specifically to Raya?Nguyen: It s hard to go into specific details without spoiling it, but the things that were important to me was definitely the chance to create these characters that someone that looked like me could see and be very, very proud of.I have kids and it s something I always think about a lot. It’s one thing for me to tell them to be proud of who they are and the cultures that they come from, because I m their dad and that s what I m supposed to do. But it doesn t land the same way as when you get to see it on a big screen. There is something very empowering because for the longest time, we ve always had to put our faces on people that don t look like us. I was like, I have to pretend to be Captain America. I had to pretend to be Peter Parker. I can pretend to be Black Panther, but I m putting it on their face. It’s something else to have the kid next to me who has blonde hair and blue eyes, look up, and go, Oh, I want to be Raya. Or this person who s Black say, I want to be Raya. That positive influence is something that is really, really important, to give that context for my kids.(Photo by Disney)You’re a martial arts advocate and beyond writing you also helped ensure the accuracy of the fights in Raya, that even though it’s a fantasy movie, the action is grounded and realistic. Anything you’re particularly proud of?Nguyen: I was one of the five consultants on this film, and it was a big pleasure of mine because it s a big passion. I ve been a lifelong martial artist. Like, if you loved Karate Kid, you could go study Kenpo karate. If you loved Bruce Lee, then you could go study Wing Chun or Jeet Kune Do. I wanted it so if you saw Raya and you loved it, you could actually go study the martial arts. Pencak silat, Muay Thai kickboxing, traditional Vietnamese wrestling, Arnis, Kali those were the martial arts that I really wanted to show off.But I think if I m being super selfish about it, there was a part of me that wanted to do this because martial arts is how I connected with my father. One of the central relationships in the film is about Raya and her dad. Her dad turning to stone and that desire to save him is the thing that s going to drive her. And I was like, Well, what is something that I personally connect with Raya s dad teaches her how to fight, and my dad taught me how to fight. These traditional martial arts of our cultures is a very visceral thing. And now it s something I do with my kids. I m now teaching them martial arts that I grew up with.There’s a fight in the movie where you could tell that it s a Pencak silat fighter and a Muay Thai fighter. They re throwing knees and elbows at each other. That s not something you often see in an animated film. There is a version where you can amp that up and make it into a hard R action movie if you wanted to. Obviously, we don t ever cross that line. But it is something that I think that I m excited for my dad to see, because obviously I want to make a movie that my kids will enjoy watching, but I also want to watch a movie that I can sit with my parents and go, Hey, dad, this is for you and mom. This is a celebration of all of us and the achievement of the American dream that you set up for me. When I started out to being a writer, they thought I was going to be a bum my whole life. And for 15 years of my life, I probably was a bum. And now to be here doing this, they finally get it. And they’re so proud. It’s also just one of those things that I got to connect with Kelly Marie Tran a little bit about that stuff.

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James Gunn and Elizabeth Banks Play 'Name the Review' The Brightburn producer and star face their critics – and a movie history splattered with gross-out aliens, singing college kids, and talking dogs. by RT Staff | May 30, 2019 | Comments If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at rtiswrong@rottentomatoes.com.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

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Here come the Men in Black again. More than 20 years after the MIB franchise began with the 1997 comic book adaptation starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and and seven years since the release of the previous installment, Men in Black: International arrives with new leads, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, and new locations. Will the reboot sequel kick off a new series of movies? Should it? Early reviews ahead of its release indicate the MIB should have stuck with just the original trilogy. It might not be as bad as Men in Black II (or is it?), but there’s apparently just no good reason for it to exist.Here’s what critics are saying about Men in Black International:Is this a worthy resurrection?In a sense, it kind of feels like the perfect sequel to the original Men in Black. It’s an entertaining movie made better by the people in it.  Beth Elderkin, io9[It’s] as much fun as a MIB movie should be but with an international spin and some updated swagger.  Sherin Nicole, idobi.comMen in Black International aims to erase any memory that you’ve seen all this before… the last time was a whole lot better.  Eric Kohn, IndieWireThere’s little here that justifies prolonging a series that should probably have been Neuralyzed a couple of movies ago.  Neil Smith, Total FilmThere’s just no reason why Men in Black needed to be revived here other than it exists in an era of eternal intellectual property revival.  David Crow, Den of GeekNothing in the film felt like a vital piece of the Men in Black puzzle.  Anne Cohen, Refinery29[Continues] the trend of reviving known properties past their expiration date… finding comfort in the familiar rather than creating a bold new vision.  Robert Daniels, 812filmreviews(Photo by Columbia Pictures)So it s just more of the same?More of the same just done with flashier effects. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviewsA bland variation on the same MiB routine…[a] baffling cash grab. Eric Kohn, IndieWireThere are enough new ideas in International to set it apart from previous films in the Men in Black franchise. Molly Freeman, ScreenRantIt doesn t go down the remake route… instead of retreads of scenes from the first movie, there are just nods to the franchise s tropes.  Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyBut it doesn t repeat what actually works in the earlier movies?International manages to fundamentally misunderstand practically everything that made the original film so endearing, and so enduring. Joe Skrebels, IGN MoviesThe Men in Black equivalent of a latter-day Die Hard sequel, a movie that succeeds its predecessors in name only and fundamentally misunderstands what made the original appealing. Todd Gilchrist, NerdistIs it memorable on its own?Instantly forgettable. Audiences may feel as if they’ve been instantly ‘neuralysed’ after watching it, but the experience is fun while it lasts. Geoffrey Macnab, IndependentYou can sit through it without much complaint, but you won’t need neuralysing to forget the whole thing an hour or two later. Tim Robey, Daily TelegraphIt’s an improvement over Men in Black II and Men in Black 3, sequels that even its makers may have forgotten. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune(Photo by Columbia Pictures)How is the chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth?The film lives and dies through Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson’s chemistry… these two must have had a lot of fun on set. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesIt helps that [they] already established a kind of playfully combative dynamic in Thor: Ragnarok upon which it’s a pleasure to watch them build here. Peter Debruge, VarietyThe easy rapport is still there… [but] because it s a more by-the-book setup, it s slightly less interesting than the dynamic the actors had as Thor and Valkyrie. Molly Freeman, ScreenRantHemsworth and Thompson mine some easy chemistry, though never nearing the perfect alchemy of Smith and Jones before them. Dan Mecca, The Film StageDoes Tessa Thompson stand out?The best thing about the revamped Men in Black series is actually a woman… this is a fine and unexpected showcase for Thompson, whose poise and composure are notable. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterThe most satisfying thing about this outlandish extension of the MIB series comes from watching her step up to the challenge of co-headlining a blockbuster. Peter Debruge, VarietyShe’s simply interesting and funny and real, while also floating slightly above each new outsized absurdity… she lightens the load and keeps everything moving efficiently. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune(Photo by Columbia Pictures)What about Chris Hemsworth?As he proved in 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot, Hemsworth has a natural comic talent that’s been under-exploited in most of his work. Peter Debruge, VarietyHere’s hoping he continues to play funny. Dan Mecca, The Film StageHemsworth has a little fun in the part, but he’s going at half-speed, like everything else. Roger Moore, Movie NationAgent H is basically Thor in a penguin suit. Eric Kohn, IndieWireHow are the villains?I was in awe every time [Les Twins] were onscreen, and their abilities were used to their fullest potential to make an incredibly vivid visual. Beth Elderkin, io9Instead of being horrified by the nasty new alien adversaries H and M are fighting, we’re left perplexed as to why there have now been three movies this year that feature shapeshifting visitors from imperiled planets. David Crow, Den of GeekRebecca Ferguson s fun cameo makes you wish that her alien arms dealer Riza was the main villain. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyOf the assorted supporting players, Ferguson does the most, and has the most fun with limited screen time. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterRebecca Ferguson [is] incredible in this tiny role. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviews(Photo by Columbia Pictures)Is there another standout performance in the movie?The true standout is Kumail Nanjiani, putting in memorable voice work as sidekick Pawny…nearly every joke lands when delivered by the saucy little alien. Dan Mecca, The Film StageNanjiani s Pawny is a fun addition. Molly Freeman, ScreenRantHis one liners and matter-of-fact delivery are quotable and will keep you giggling. Sherin Nicole, idobi.comI liken his role to that of Frank in MIB 2 with the exception being that this is a much better film. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesPawny’s the funniest creation in a movie that often doesn’t go far enough with its outlandish parade of bug-eyed creations. Eric Kohn, IndieWireNanjiani s tiny alien friend is cute comic relief, even if he feels like a deus ex-machina in the final act. Anne Cohen, Refinery29Is the movie funny?It’s telling the biggest laugh in the film is a direct reference to Hemsworth’s work as an Avenger. Joe Skrebels, IGN MoviesWhat works is what’s funny. Michael Phillips, Chicago TribuneThe jokes land right where they should. Sherin Nicole, idobi.com(Photo by Columbia Pictures)How are the action and special effects?The fight choreography and action sequences are solid… the alien designs in this movie are fantastic. Beth Elderkin, io9Any set pieces here work best when introducing multitudes of fun creatures as well as showing off top-notch set and prop design. Dan Mecca, The Film StageThe action set pieces are largely forgettable, with the exception of the design and powers of the alien adversaries. Molly Freeman, ScreenRant[F. Gary] Gray doesn’t share Barry Sonnenfeld’s skill for juggling live-action and visual effects… in terms of basic execution, Men in Black: International is a mess. Peter Debruge, VarietyWill we look forward to another installment?I’m already anticipating the next film in the series!… Men in Black: International brings a solid foundation for a new trilogy. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesNothing demonstrates such constraints more than the film’s ending, which confusingly features an open-ended scene meant to bridge to another installment. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviewsMen in Black: International opens in theaters June 14, 2019.

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Best-Reviewed Documentaries 2020The eclectic mix of non-fiction stories that were released in theaters, on demand, and via streaming in 2020 proved once again that real-life can be stranger – and often more impressive to critics – than fiction. 76 Days, which chronicles the harrowing first days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, was the best-reviewed doc of the year, followed by the likes of All In: The Fight for Democracy, Crip Camp, and Time, all of which show the power of those who work to bring about change. Politics and the pandemic were rich themes – see MLK/FBI and Totally Under Control – while critics also lauded more personal work, with enormous praise for number 3 on our list, Dick Johnson Is Dead, director Kirsten Johnson s hilarious love letter to her father, whose struggles with Alzheimer s she chronicles in a truly unique way.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of February 28, 2021. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »

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2.84.2 3月喜迎Watch: Judd Apatow on the making of The 40-Year-Old Virgin above.In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating the 21 Most Memorable Moments from the movies over the last 21 years. In this special video series, we speak to the actors and filmmakers who made those moments happen, revealing behind-the-scenes details of how they came to be and diving deep into why they’ve stuck with us for so long. Once we’ve announced all 21, it will be up to you, the fans, to vote for which is the most memorable moment of all. In this episode of our ‘21 Most Memorable Moments’ series, director and co-writer Judd Apatow takes us behind the scenes of the infamous (and real-life!) chest-waxing scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin.VOTE FOR THIS MOMENT IN OUR 21 MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE MOMENTS POLLTHE MOVIE: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) 85%It’s hard to believe that Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin is just 14 years old – it feels like we’ve been living in the Apatow comedy era for so much longer than that. Back then, Steve Carell – whose series The Office had just debuted and had yet to take on cult status – was not quite a household name, and Apatow himself hadn’t become his own brand of comedy. (Say “Apatow production” today and moviegoers know exactly the kind of smart, sweet, and raunchy ride they re in for – and who’s likely to be appearing in it.) In a sense, Virgin, Apatow’s feature directing debut, recalibrated comedy for the new millennium, bringing an edge to the rom-com formula, introducing us to a new kind of hero in Andy (Carell), and ushering in the faces who would come to dominate comedy for the next decade and a half (Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, and Mindy Kaling all appear in parts big and small). It all got started on the set of another seminal comedy, Anchorman, which Apatow was producing and Carell was co-starring in “I think that the pitch he had was, ‘You know how when you touch
(Photo by 20th Century Fox/ courtesy Everett Collection)All Justin Timberlake Movies RankedCause for alarm: Justin Timberlake has only been in a few Certified Fresh movies in his career, projects that have really hit with critics – we hope he has a second job to fall back on.For now, Timberlake will just have to be content with the fact he s been in some of the really good flicks of the 2010s, like David Fincher s Best Picture nominee The Social Network, or the Coen brothers wry and sly take on the folk music, Inside Llewyn Davis. And no one can blame Timberlake for not being careful in cultivating his movie brand, making a few sex comedies (The Love Guru, Friends With Benefits), throwing in a few sci-fi risks (Southland Tales, In Time), and sweetening the stew with family movies (Yogi Bear, Shrek the Third).Timberlake s latest film, his first in three years, certainly falls in that last category: Trolls World Tour, which took the extraordinary step of skipping theatrical and going straight to on-demand. With the movie added to this list, we re sync as we look back on all Justin Timberlake movies ranked by Tomatometer!

We’re one week away from the release of John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, and the reactions have been very promising. Now the first crop of reviews have arrived online, and the third installment of the Keanu Reeves-led action franchise is being called the best one yet, coming out of the gate with an even higher Tomatometer score of 96%! Even if you question all the violence, you have to admire the technical quality of the action filmmaking involved. And by the end, you won’t just be wanting more John Wick but also spinoffs of the other characters.Here’s what the critics are saying about John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum:How does Chapter 3 compare to the first two?It’s the best film of the franchise so far, even surpassing the first film. Mike Ryan, UproxxHands down, the most giddily brutal and bananas film in the series to date.  Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment WeeklyEverything about John Wick: Chapter 3 is better than Chapter 2, from the fantastic cinematography to the editing and the score. Edward Douglas, The BeatThe choreography by far surpasses anything done in JW1 and it will make you forget JW2 altogether. Karen Han, PolygonParabellum also has the distinction of being the silliest of the John Wick movies; it’s like watching the live-action adaptation of a cartoon. Peter Debruge, VarietyMisses the greatness of Chapter 2 because of a convoluted last act and underdeveloped supporting characters. Brian Truitt, USA TodayDoes the praise go even further than the John Wick series?The year’s best action film, and if anything comes along and surpasses it I shall kneel before the filmmakers and pledge my fealty. Sean Mulvihill, fanboynation.comIf you were to ask someone what the greatest action movie ever made was, and they said ‘the first thirty minutes of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” they’d have a point. William Bibbiani, Bloody DisgustingWith John Wick 3, Reeves has finally made another action movie on par with The Matrix. Edward Douglas, The Beat(Photo by Summit Entertainment / courtesy Everett Collection)So, the action scenes are good, then?Every fight scene here is a sumptuous martial arts infused treat, in which we get a taste of fight-styles from all over the planet, executed by masters of those styles. Sherin Nicole, idobi.com
This Week s Ketchup brings you seven headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Borderlands, Dungeons Dragons, Scream 5, and Spider-Verse 2. This WEEK S TOP STORYTAIKA WAITITI CONFIRMED TO DIRECT A STAR WARS MOVIE(Photo by Jasin Boland/©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Back in January, the week s Top Story was that Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi was in talks to direct an upcoming Star Wars movie, and this week, that project got a little bit closer to actually happening. Waititi s negotiations with Disney have now been completed, and Waititi will also co-write his Star Wars movie along with screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who just last year made her feature film debut writing 1917, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Walt Disney Pictures currently has three Star Wars movies scheduled for December in the years 2022, 2024, and 2026, but it is unclear in which year Waititi s film might be released. One obvious factor is that Waititi also still has to start filming Thor: Love and Thunder, which is currently scheduled for release on February 11, 2022 (which suggests that he probably would not be able to also deliver a Star Wars movie just ten months later).Other Top Headlines1. TOM CRUISE TO BE THE SOLAR SYSTEM S FIRST OUTER SPACE MOVIE STAR (Photo by ©Universal Pictures)It was probably always inevitable, but Hollywood is finally making its way to outer space, and one of the industry s biggest stars will be along for the ride. Tom Cruise and Elon Musk s Space X are now collaborating on the solar system s first narrative feature film to be filmed in outer space. The action adventure will not be part of Cruise s Mission: Impossible franchise, and no studio is currently attached. It s also not yet known who will be writing or directing the film, which is an important point, because that director will ostensibly have to make repeated trips into space. NASA was also quick to announce this week that the project will also film on the International Space Station, which suggests that Cruise may be spending some time on the station himself, possibly for an extended period. Cruise will next be seen in Top Gun: Maverick (12/23/2020), and then in Mission: Impossible 7 (11/19/2021) and Mission: Impossible 8 (11/4/2022).2. CATE BLANCHETT IN TALKS TO STAR IN BORDERLANDS VIDEO GAME ADAPTATION(Photo by Lisa Tomasetti/©Sony Pictures Classics)Despite some recent Fresh efforts, we re not quite at the point where it would be normal to consider Academy Award winners for video game movies. Maybe this week s casting news is a sign of change in the air, though, because current Mrs. America star Cate Blanchett is now in talks to star in the Borderlands movie as popular character Lilith, A.K.A. the Firehawk (and a member of the Siren class). Borderlands is a first-person shooter franchise set on a distant mining colony planet in the far future, and the games are known for their humor and quirky characters. Lionsgate s Borderlands will be directed by Eli Roth, who is currently best known for horror movies like Hostel and The Green Inferno (and for co-starring in Quentin Tarantino s Inglourious Basterds). With Blanchett now in the mix, the standard for has been raised a bit for the rest of the cast selections.3. DISNEY RUMORED TO WANT KAREN GILLAN AS NEW PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN STAR (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)We should state very clearly right up front that this story is currently a rumor, but it also comes from a site that just last week was the first to report on Disney s plans for a live-action Hercules remake from producers Joe and Anthony Russo. If their source is accurate, Walt Disney Pictures is reportedly hoping to cast Karen Gillan, who already stars as Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the new female lead in the upcoming reboot of Pirates of the Caribbean. If true, Gillan would play the character Redd, who has already been a meet and greet character at Disney s theme parks since 2018. There is no current release date or any other information about a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie (including whether Redd will definitely be the lead character), but the expectation is that Johnny Depp will probably not return as Captain Jack Sparrow.4. JUNGLE CRUISE STARS DWAYNE JOHNSON AND EMILY BLUNT TO REUNITE FOR BALL AND CHAIN (Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson co-starred together in Disney s Jungle Cruise, which has been pushed back a full year to July 30, 2021 from its original release date (July 24, 2020). Even so, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are already preparing for another film together as they are both attached to star in the superhero project Ball and Chain, based on a 1999 comic book. Johnson and Blunt will play a married couple planning on breaking up who end up with super powers but only when they re together. The Ball and Chain screenplay was written by Emly V. Gordon, who is best known for The Big Sick (Certified Fresh at 98%), a comedy about her own relationship with Kumail Nanjiani. In somewhat related news, Arrowverse showrunner Marc Guggenheim is now writing an adaptation of Rob Liefeld s Prophet, about a cryogenically frozen super-soldier who is mistakenly awaken before the mission for which he was created.
Joely Richardson. Gaiman, in a blog post, wrote, there are more parts to be announced. And I thought it would be fun to tell you about some of them, and the thinking behind them.DEATH – Dream s wiser, nicer, and much more sensible sister. Significantly harder to cast than you might imagine (well, than I imagined, anyway). Hundreds of talented women from all around the planet auditioned, and they were brilliant, and none of them were right. Someone who could speak the truth to Dream, on the one hand, but also be the person you d want to meet when your life was done on the other. And then we saw Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s (she/her) audition and we knew we had our Death.DESIRE – Dream s sibling and everything you want, whatever you want and whoever you are. Desire is also trouble for Dream. Families are complicated. We had barely started looking when Mason Alexander Park (they/them) reached out on Twitter, and threw their hat into the ring. We were thrilled when they got the part.DESPAIR – Desire s twin, Dream s sister. She is the moment when all hope is gone, the bleakest of the Endless. Donna Preston (she/her) will be playing her, and her performance is chilling and sad. You feel her pain.JOHANNA CONSTANTINE – Eighteenth Century occult adventuress, John Constantine’s great-great-great grandmother. This Sandman character became so popular that she even had her own spin-off series. I created her to fill the role that John Constantine does in the past. When we broke down the first season, given that we knew that we would be encountering Johanna in the past, we wondered what would happen if we met a version of her in the present as well. We tried it and the script was sparkier, feistier, and in some ways even more fun. So having written her, we just had to cast her. Jenna Coleman (she/her) gave us the Johanna of our dreams – tough, brilliant, tricky, haunted and probably doomed.ETHEL CRIPPS – Roderick Burgess s love, John Dee s mother, is a small but vital role in the comics, but she became more important as we told our story. In the 1920s and 30s, she is played by Niamh Walsh (she/her): a betrayed and determined young woman seeking to survive. In the present day, now a woman of a hundred identities and a thousand lies, she s played by the brilliant Joely Richardson (she/her).JOHN DEE – Ethel s son is dangerous. He was driven mad, long ago. Now he s out and on a quest for Truth that may destroy the world. We needed an actor who could break your heart and keep your sympathy while taking you into the darkest places. We were lucky that David Thewlis (he/him) took the part.Now we re shooting The Doll s House, the second big Sandman storyline. It s the story of:ROSE WALKER – a young woman on a desperate search for her missing brother, who finds a family she didn t know that she had, and a connection to Dream that neither of them can escape. We needed someone young who could make you care as she ventures into some very dangerous places. Boyd Holbrook s Corinthian is waiting for her, after all. Kyo Ra (she/her) achieves that as Rose.LYTA HALL – Rose’s friend, a young widow mourning her husband Hector. Rose doesn t know that Hector has started showing up in Lyta s dreams, though. Or that strange things are happening. Razane Jammal (she/her) is Lyta, and she s terrific.UNITY KINKAID Heiress, Rose s mysterious benefactor. She has spent a century asleep. Now she s awake, having missed out on her life. She s played by Sandra James Young (she/her).GILBERT – Rose Walker s debonair protector. A dab hand with a paradox and a sword cane. Stephen Fry (he/him) is a National Treasure, and we forget sometimes that he s also a remarkable actor. Seeing him in costume and make up on the dailies made me blink: it was as if the comic had come to life.MATTHEW – Dream’s trusted emissary. A raven. I expected our animals to be CGI, and was both taken aback and thrilled when the dailies started coming in, and there was Dream talking to well, a raven. But ravens don t really talk. The question was, could we find an actor who could make you care about a dead person who was now a bird in the Dreaming – one who isn t certain what s going on, or whether any of this is a good idea? And could we find a voice performer who was also the kind of Sandman fan who used to stand in line to get his Sandman comics signed? The answer was, we could if we asked Patton Oswalt (he/him). And Patton was the first person we asked, and the first person we cast, the day before we pitched The Sandman to Netflix.Of course, there are more delights and nightmares cast than I ve listed here, and we have a few more secrets up our sleeves. I can t wait until you can start watching. On September 25, 2021, Gaiman and Sturridge revealed a first look at the series opening moments, in which Burgess summons Dream and, apparently, gets some help from an unseen Corinthian. The official Instagram and Twitter accounts also unveiled the first character posters for Dream, Death, and Desire.I am the Lord of Dream and Nightmare. pic.twitter.com/8t8NI9PZZd The Sandman (@Netflix_Sandman) September 25, 2021What Is the Story?Joel MearesAs for the main plot, Dream will likely spend the season reclaiming three essential items containing much of his power – a ruby, a bag of dust, and a gas-mask-like helmet – while learning the ways his captivity changed the Dreaming and the waking world. In the comics, this story featured appearances from DC characters like Dr. Destiny, Martian Manhunter, and John Constantine, but it is unclear if the TV series will maintain these comic book ties. For Instance, although John (and actor Matt Ryan) will be absent from the series, his ancestor Johanna Constantine will take his place in the scoundrel s team-up with Dream.Additionally, issue #4, “A Hope in Hell,” introduced the version of Lucifer Morningstar featured in Netflix’s Lucifer. While we initially theorized Lucifer star Tom Ellis might do another cross-show cameo (he appeared briefly in the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event), the part will be played by Game of Thrones’ Christie. Considering Lucifer is far more androgynous in The Sandman – and quite like David Bowie in his first appearance – the choice of Christie is inspired. Although, it should be noted that the Prince of Darkness only makes a handful of appearances in the series, so it remains to be seen how often we will actually see Christie on screen.Though Sturridge and Christie’s involvement was rumored for some time, Netflix confirmed their participation in January 2021. Other actors confirmed at the time include Acheampong as Morpheus’s trusted librarian Lucienne; Bhaskar and Chaudhry as Cain and Abel – yes, that Cain and Abel; Holbrook as the Corinthian, the murderous dream who becomes more of a threat in the comic book’s second storyline; and Dance s Roderick Burgess, a key figure in Dream’s 20th century captivity.The program will also update the story, with Dream escaping his captivity in the 2020s instead of the 1980s. As Gaiman told CBC Radio in November of 2019, “Instead of him being a captive for about 80 years, he s going to be a captive for about 110 years and that will change things.” But, as he learned adapting Good Omens to the medium, changing things is part of the fun; though, fans surely wonder how much of the comic’s undeniably goth aesthetic will survive the update. Will Morpheus’ sister look passé with her Cleopatra eye make-up and ankh pendant? Or will it have retro charm by the time we first hear the sound of her wings?Gaiman is already willing to change Dream s look, originally inspired by Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy. Nevertheless, he promises a more or less faithful telling of the story is on its way.When Will It Premiere?The series will likely appear sometime in 2021; of course, that could change in the current climate. And though it is a while to wait, there is good news: Gaiman, Goyer, and Heinberg have already plotted season 2.On an Apple device? 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Best-Reviewed Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies 2020There may have not been much in the way of fantasy breaking through, but science-fiction continues to fascinate, from the off-beat and creatively low-budget to expansive canvases that transcend mind, space, and time. Top film The Vast of Night is in the former category, an enticing, 1950s-set alien broadcast mystery that makes the most out of just a few locations. At the opposite (read: expensive) end of the spectrum is Christopher Nolan s Tenet, which was originally touted as the savior of theaters, but will have to settle at being magnificent at confusing the hell out of viewers. Sci-fi saw some social commentary in The Platform and Save Yourselves!, and made the same amount of room for laughs in Bill Ted Face the Music and Psycho Goreman. And to prove once and for all 2020 was a crazy year, Gerard Butler was actually in a movie critics like: Greenland, his first Certified Fresh live-action movie since 2011 s Corolianus.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of February 28, 2021. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »
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tatement, I read Virginia’s novel in one sitting and was so captured by it I knew I had to make it and play Mrs. March. As a character, she is fascinating, complex, and deeply human and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into her. 2. BEN AFFLECK RETURNING AS DIRECTOR FOR CHINATOWN TELL-ALL (Photo by Universal Pictures)It has now been eight years since Ben Affleck directed the fact-based Argo (Certified Fresh at 96%), which went on earn multiple awards including three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay). In the time since (partly because his role as Batman took up much of his time), Affleck has only directed one movie, Live by Night, which gave him his first Rotten score as director at 35% on the Tomatometer. This week, possibly hoping to attract the same critical acclaim that Argo earned, Affleck signed on with Paramount Pictures to direct another movie based on a true story in the 1970s. The movie is called The Big Goodbye, and it s described as a behind the scenes depiction of the 1974 neo-noir drama Chinatown (Certified Fresh at 99%), directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson. The source material is the recent non-fiction book by author Sam Wasson, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood. Affleck will also adapt the screenplay, and one of his producing partners will be Saturday Night Live showrunner Lorne Michaels. This deal comes in the year after both the death of former Paramount executive Robert Evans and the release of Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Certified Fresh at 85%), in which director Roman Polanski was a character.3. THE CLASSIC STAR TREK EPISODE THAT INSPIRED QUENTIN TARANTINO S PROJECT(Photo by Francois Duhamel/©Weinstein Company courtesy Everett Collection)Speaking of Paramount Pictures, the studio has a new boss in Emma Watts, and Deadline reported this week that one of her top priorities is getting the Star Trek movie franchise going again. Watts, however, is also reportedly in the process of figuring out which way to go, and to that end, Paramount has put the brakes on the new Star Trek movie being produced by TV showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion). Two other projects Paramount is still developing, however, are a time travel story involving Chris Hemsworth as Captain Kirk s father in an alternate reality and Quentin Tarantino s project. We also learned this week that Tarantino s project reportedly involves 30s gangster(s), which suggests that the classic episode Tarantino was inspired by was A Piece of the Action, which was set on a planet that adapted its culture based on Chicago in the 1920s. Within the context of Tarantino s career, it sort of makes perfect sense that he would want to work on a Star Trek movie that references gangster flicks, as that s a classic Hollywood genre he hasn t yet paid homage to (a la war movies in Inglourious Basterds, westerns in Django Unchained, and martial arts movies in Kill Bill Vol. 1).4. LULU WANG S NEXT FILM INSPIRED BY 2013 FILM LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Every once in a while in our social media world, you might see someone s reaction to a story before you see the original story. This week, for example, this Tweet from director Lulu Wang (The Farewell, Certified Fresh at 98%) in which she says, I don t believe in remakes without providing any context appeared in many people s feeds. What Wang was responding to were various trade stories that she is developing a film based on award-winning Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda s 2013 film, Like Father, Like Son ( Certified Fresh at 87% ), many of which first used the word remake before changing it later to inspired by, etc. There are, of course, many ways in which a film can be inspired by, or even based upon, another film without being a direct adaptation (for example, George Lucas loosely based Star Wars upon Akira Kurosawa s The Hidden Fortress). The original Like Father, Like Son was about a couple who discover that their son was switched at birth, and the way they decide to address this new revelation. Lulu Wang could take that premise and do all sort of different things with it (including, for example, gender swapping so it s actually about a daughter).5. QUEEN LATIFAH AND JAMIE FOXX PRODUCING GOSPEL BIOPIC STARRING JILL SCOTT (Photo by Everett Collection)Jamie Foxx won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his depiction of musician Ray Charles in 2004 s Ray (Certified Fresh at 80%). Then, in 2015, Queen Latifah starred in the HBO biopic Bessie (Certified Fresh at 90%) as early blues singer Bessie Smith, which won four Emmy awards for HBO. Together, they are now teaming up to produce Mahalia!, based upon the life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972). Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott is already attached to star in the film, which is based on the novel Mahalia Jackson by Darlene Donloe. Mahalia Jackson was reportedly an inspiration for both Aretha Franklin and for Martin Luther King Jr. s I Have a Dream speech. Incidentally, the Lifetime cable channel is also developing a Mahalia Jackson TV movie biopic.6. MADONNA NOT-SO-SECRETLY WORKING ON SECRET PROJECT WITH DIABLO CODY(Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)As we ve mentioned several times in this column, musical biopics are all the rage right now; upcoming projects include Aretha Franklin and Respect, Baz Luhrmann s Elvis Presley project, I Wanna Dance With Somebody about Whitney Houston, and a Prince movie, not to mention the Mahalia Jackson movie mentioned just above. One of the biggest stars who has not yet ever been attached to a movie like this is Madonna, but this week, the singer teased at something via her Instagram account, where she posted a black and white video of her sitting on a couch with screenwriter Diablo Cody, apparently discussing an upcoming project, along with the text: with multiple injuries what do you do? Write a screenplay with Diablo Cody. Now, we don t actually know anything more than that, but Cody has worked on a number of films, most notably with director Jason Reitman on 2018 s Tully (Certified Fresh at 87%), 2011 s Young Adult (Certified Fresh at 80%), and 2007 s Juno (Certified Fresh at 94%), for which she won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (she was also nominated for Young Adult). Madonna later followed her post with a video with musical emojis suggesting that whatever this project is, it somehow involves music (possibly Madonna s own?).7. ANIMATED BLAZING SADDLES SPOOF BLAZING SAMURAI BACK IN DEVELOPMENT (Photo by Everett Collection)Movies sometimes take a long time to actually get made. For example, recent films like The Meg and Gemini Man actually both started development in the early 2000s, but didn t get produced and released until over 15 years later. Animated movies don t usually stew in development quite as long, but their actual production times can take much longer. Back in 2015, we first started to hear about an animated comedy called Blazing Samurai, which would feature the voices of stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, Michael Cera, and George Takei. As the title and Mel Brooks involvement would suggest, Blazing Samurai is inspired by Brooks classic 1974 cowboy satire Blazing Saddles (Certified Fresh at 88%), but no doubt softened up for kids. (In related news, HBO Max this week added an opening warning to Blazing Saddles to address the racial jokes throughout the film.) Five years later, it was starting to look like Blazing Samurai had been abandoned, but the project is back in active production now with a budget of million and an estimated completion date of late summer, 2021. Michael Cera voices a a loveable mutt with big dreams of becoming a Samurai. When he finds himself with a new job as sheriff of Kakamucho, he also finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew given the town is inhabited solely by cats. 8. FELICITY JONES TO STAR IN SWAN LAKE BALLET ADAPTATION(Photo by Jonathan Olley/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Lucasfilm Ltd.)Following the success of The Invisible Man, Universal Pictures has several plans to revive their classic Universal monsters, but they are not the only classical reboots the studio is developing. It was confirmed this week that Universal is also developing a movie called Swan Lake, based upon the famous Tchaikovsky ballet. Possibly best known in recent years for being the inspiration for Darren Aronofsky s Black Swan (Certified Fresh at 85%), Swan Lake is the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil curse. Felicity Jones, who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Jane Hawking in 2014 s The Theory of Everything (Certified Fresh at 80%) and starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Certified Fresh at 84%), is attached to star in Swan Lake, which is now being adapted by screenwriter Jessica Swale, who recently made her directorial debut with Summerland ( Certified Fresh at 76%).9. JASON BATEMAN AND GAME NIGHT WRITE REUNITE FOR SUPERHERO COMEDY (Photo by Hopper Stone/©Warner Bros.)The 2018 comedy Game Night (Certified Fresh at 84%), starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, may have been something of a sleeper hit, earning over 7 million worldwide. Now, Bateman and Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez are preparing to reunite for another action comedy, this time with possibly a more ambitious premise and budget. That movie is called Superworld, and it s an adaptation of a recent novel by author Gus Krieger. Superworld will be set in the near future of 2038 when every person on planet Earth now has superpowers, except one man (Jason Bateman), who gets his chance to prove himself when he takes on a corporate overlord whose power is neutralizing anyone with a superpower.

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Ghcxuf Godzilla was king of the box office this weekend, but it felt more like an interim position for the legendary monster, no matter how “benevolent.” Early reports on Friday put the big lizard in the low 60s for the weekend. But as the dust settled on the rainy CGI, that number came down significantly, and it certainly spells trouble for the Warner Bros. franchise.KING OF THE CROP: Godzilla Wins the Throne, but For How Long?(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Godzilla: King of the Monsters carried a reported production budget of 0 million. Whenever you see a number like that, you can expect that the film is going to need to gross somewhere in the 0-600 million range just to break even. Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot opened to a terrific million, but then had the worst final multiple of that entire summer (2.15) which just barely got the film over 0 million. The total gross for that 0 million production was 9 million, translating into a minor success. In 2017 the 5 million production of Kong: Skull Island opened to million, grossed 8 million domestic and 6 million globally. Another minor success, and another potential crisis averted. That may not be the case going forward.A million opening for the King would have already been just marginally optimistic by barely beating Skull Island’s March 2017 opening. Instead it posted the second weakest opening for a Thursday preview start of over million (Paranormal Activity 2 had a .6 million start after the same .3 million Thursday as Godzilla). A drop from opening day that quickly amounted to just million (just a little over half of the 2014 opening) spells trouble for WB, considering that they have already committed to Godzilla vs. Kong for March 2020. That may draw more interest, given the two titans in the title, but how quick are audiences going to want to continue going with this franchise if they are in league with critics who scored the film just a 39% on the Tomatometer? WB is hoping that the million increase in international sales from Godzilla to Skull Island will continue to go north with King of the Monsters  so far it has made an additional 0 million overseas except domestically, we could be looking at a Van Helsing (.7 million opening / 0.1 million finish) or Prometheus ( / 6.7) situation in a year when only two American productions (Endgame Captain Marvel) have surpassed 0 million overseas.Top Ten And Beyond: Rocketman and Ma Have Solid Starts. Endgame Still Eyeing RecordThe two other big releases of the weekend are in much better shape than Godzilla. Paramount’s Rocketman, at a cost of million, is riding a bit of the Bohemian Rhapsody wave with a million opening. That is better than the .3 million Walk the Line started with in November 2005, though the 9.5 million the Johnny Cash biopic finished with was helped by its award season push. Still, it s a solid start for the 90%-scored Elton John film that, along with international numbers, should push the film into a decent profit for the studio.The bad news for Universal’s Ma is that, despite having a stronger Thursday start with .3 million, it opened to slightly less than Blumhouse’s Ouija (10% / 1,000 / .8 million) and Truth or Dare (16% / 0,000 / .6 million) with .2 million. The good news is, who cares, when it only cost million and a film starring Octavia Spencer opened to million? The dropoff is likely to be steep enough to keep the 62% Fresh film from grossing over million, but again, the film is going to be well into profit by the time audiences stop showing up.Looks like audiences seem to enjoy Aladdin, as it did something no other 0+ million Memorial Day weekend grosser has ever done. The live-action Disney remake had a second weekend drop of less than 55%. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the only film on that list to pull off a drop less than 60%, and if that estimate holds, Aladdin will have the smallest drop at the top of that holiday list. At 6 million domestic, Aladdin now has the third best 10-day gross for a Memorial Day release, pulling ahead of X-Men: The Last Stand and Fast Furious 6, which puts its final gross somewhere between 9-286 million in North America. Like Godzilla though, it is eyeing that half-billion number and with 6 million in the bank, and Aladdin is looking like another winner for Disney. On the flipside, the 0 million Pokemon Detective Pikachu is looking for help to get into the black with only 8 million worldwide to date.As for last week’s controversy over Annapurna’s Booksmart, it can claim at least one victory this weekend. The 47% drop is certainly not it, but leapfrogging Sony/Screen Gems’ Brightburn is. Olivia Wilde’s film is still only going to earn barely over million total, but it will not be saddled with the third-largest second weekend drop of the year that Evil Superman had. Losing 69% of its audience from last weekend puts the film behind only Replicas and The Beach Bum among wide release drops in 2019. Though, again, at a cost of just million, Brightburn is hardly a disaster. And no, a platform release would not have helped it either.Finally checking on the two big success stories in the Top Ten, we have John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum falling 58% in its third weekend, but with nearly 5 million domestic, it is forging a path to around 0 million more than the first two films combined. Parabellum has made over 1 million globally to date. Then there is Avengers: Endgame, which has dropped out of the Top Five and is slowing down, but earlier this week, it became just the second film to pass 0 million domestic and is now the second film to pass the .7 billion line worldwide. It is now only million away from beating Avatar’s all-time record, but has dropped down the all-time weekend lists significantly recently. Looking at films that have grossed between -8 million in their sixth weekend (Endgame grossed .8 million), the average that they have left in the tank is between -30 million. Then, with its foreign totals falling from million down to million last week, I think we can expect one last marketing push as it spends just two more weeks in the Top Ten before dropping out.This Time Last Year: Boats and Jackasses No Match For Solo Or Deadpool(Photo by @ Lucasfilm, @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Back in 2018, the first weekend of June did not offer much challenge to Solo: A Star Wars Story or Deadpool 2, which stuck in the #1 #2 slots. The Shailene Woodley survival tale, Adrift, finished third with .6 million. Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi action film, Upgrade, placed sixth with .67 million and the Jackass team’s abandoned Action Point ended up ninth with just .39 million. Deadpool 2 cracked the 0 million line while Solo was just behind 0 million. The Top Ten films grossed just .05 million and averaged 54.9% on the Tomatometer. This year’s Top Ten grossed an estimated 7.1 Million and averaged 66.4%.On the Vine: Pets Sequel To Hold Attention Over X-Woman And Talk Show HostIllumination plans to takeover the family market for a couple of weeks with The Secret Life of Pets 2 before Disney reclaims it for the rest of the summer. The sequel to the highest-grossing domestic film ever for the animation studio is hoping to pull in a fraction of that success before Toy Story 4 and The Lion King keep families busy. For the comic book fans, the oft-delayed Dark Phoenix finally makes its way into theaters. Originally scheduled for March 2018 and then February 2019, Simon Kinberg’s troubled production could become the lowest-grossing film in the X-Men series. Finally there is Late Night with Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (who also wrote the script.) This was the first of Amazon Studios’ big pickups at Sundance this year to the tune of million and they are hoping it will find the same audience that The Big Sick did back in 2017.The Full Top 10: May 24-27Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 42% – .02 million (.02 million total)Aladdin (2019) 57% – .33 million (5.03 million total)Rocketman (2019) 89% –  million ( million total)Ma (2019) 56% – .26 million (.26 million total)John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) 89% – .1 million (5.75 million total)Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94% – .81 million (5.5 million total)Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) 68% – .67 million (0.6 million total)Booksmart (2019) 96% – .33 million (.37 million total)Brightburn (2019) 57% – .32 million (.21 million total)The Hustle (2019) 14% – .3 million (.2 million total) 😈😈


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在刚刚过去的8月份,《金铲铲之战》成为了国内游戏市场中最大的爆款。这款脱胎于英雄联盟端游中云顶之弈自走棋模式的独立手游,仅凭上线6天的收入便跻身8月中国iOS手游畅销榜第11名。 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)Typically this time of year, the awards season begins to take shape, and while we have new glimmers of hope courtesy of One Night in Miami and Nomadland, many niggling questions remain unanswered. Which films are in contention? Will theaters be open in time to screen contenders? Will the current films on the calendar hold their dates?In truth, the entire season is in jeopardy, depending on how you look at it, with so many questions still left unanswered after most of the major film festivals have concluded. On the precipice of an unprecedented season, we thought we would kick off our awards coverage with a detailed breakdown of what we know and what we don t about the 2020-2021 season.A Disruption in the Timeline(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Earlier this year, the Academy announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they would be pushing back the deadlines and ceremony date for Oscars 2021. The show, which will air live on ABC Sunday, April 25, 2021, was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021. Coinciding with the Oscars celebration, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, initially scheduled to open to the public on December 14, 2020, will open on April 30, 2021.With this change, the Academy also announced that the eligibility period will extend to February 28th, 2021. The extension was made in the hopes of giving theaters more time to return to normal, but as the COVID-19 crisis continues, the chances of that happening are rapidly dwindling. Other awards contests like the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Independent Spirits have followed suit and moved to later dates, which line up with Oscar season, though most of the major critic groups, like the NYFCC and LAFCA, have chosen to keep a calendar year eligibility. The Oscars have also removed the theatrical screening requirement, allowing for VOD releases to compete if they were intended for a theatrical run. The extension is a significant change but should have little effect on which films are in contention, but the VOD option may usher in quite a few non-traditional Oscar hopefuls. Be sure to bookmark our 2020-2021 awards calendar if you want to keep up to date on all the award show changes.The Netflix Season(Photo by Netflix)As digital screenings will be the way this year, many are dubbing it the Netflix Season. As the streaming giant is not beholden to traditional box office considerations they are the studio best equipped to navigate these uncertain times, and their awards slate is quite ambitious. Netflix recently picked up the Best Actress contender Pieces of A Woman, starring Vanessa Kirby, as well as Euphoria creator Sam Levinson’s quarantine-filmed Malcolm Marie, adding the pair to their already crowded roster of nearly 20 films set to compete in 2021.Previously released films like Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and I’m Thinking of Ending Things are very much in the thick of contention for several categories, and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Radha Blank’s Sundance winner The Forty-Year-Old Version are scheduled to hit the platform soon. Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, David Fincher’s Mank, and George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky are in post-production and remain undated, but pundits are banking that they will bring the goods. A-list casts acting in “awards-friendly” source material is precisely what Oscar voters love.However, with a handful of strong candidates and no need to consider box office viability, Netflix can carefully plot out their release calendar to drum up timely buzz as often as possible. The recent tragic death of Chadwick Boseman will likely have a significant impact on the release of Viola Davis’ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but the August Wilson adaptation is still expected to join the titles mentioned above in what will likely be a Netflix vs. Netflix race in several categories. In short, Netflix is in the driver s seat this year with the most competitive titles and release date flexibility, so it might be a foregone conclusion that they will be the big winner on Oscar night no matter what happens next.A New Campaign Playbook(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)This year s Emmys taught us that the typical campaign strategy playbook has been thrown out the window. The glitzy Hollywood parties and cocktail mixers will likely be completely absent from the season with a few exceptions. Also, with limited theatrical/drive-in releases, the post-screening Q As that typically drive ticket sales and buzz are also not possible.More importantly, though, the festival calendar has been nearly removed from the equation entirely. The Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, normally critical for a film s long-term chances, have been able to proceed with virtual screenings and drive-in events, but the typical post-premiere buzz that is generated was decidedly muted. That buzz only affects audience interest in the films, but it also marshals the attention of voters, something that will be difficult to command given the limitations of COVID-19.After they were forced to cancel their yearly event, the Telluride Film Festival put on a large A-list drive-in event to premiere Nomadland simultaneously with Venice and TIFF. Venice continued with the scaled-down slate, but each festival s place as a key piece of the awards landscape has been considerably affected. Awards strategists and studios, therefore, have been relying on virtual events and catered meals sent directly to industry professionals and voters as a way to keep their films top of the mind.Big Budget Exodus Creates an Indie Lover s Paradise (Photo by Chiabella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment)A few days ago, Disney announced an adjustment to their film calendar, shortly after Universal and Warner Brothers had done the same: West Side Story, The French Dispatch, Candyman, and A Quiet Place II all vacated their dates. Currently, the only viable big-budget awards options still on the calendar are Dune and Disney s animated musical Soul, both of which are still expected to hit theaters. However, the chances of that are still in question as theaters are still largely closed in New York and Los Angeles. This lack of studio options could set up an indies first season, which would be an interesting turn of events after films like Joker, Black Panther, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bohemian Rhapsody, and 1917 brought blockbusters to the Best Picture race in recent years.Though many may lament the lack of studio releases, there s an equally vocal contingent that s celebrating the chance to have a true indie season. This year s Oscars may closely mirror the season s penultimate event, the Independent Spirit Awards. There are only a handful of films left on the schedule with budgets over million, but there is a legitimate chance they all could still vacate their dates. This may be the first time in recent memory without a single big-budget Best Picture nominee.(Photo by Plan B Entertainment)Despite the pandemic, 2021 has already seen a promising crop of Oscar-worthy films, but most films in contention this year had to forego a traditional theatrical release to go straight to VOD.  Sundance favorites like Minari, The 40-year Old Version, and The Father have not been released yet but are almost certainly contenders. Small indie releases like Never Rarely Sometimes Always, The Assistant, Miss Juneteenth, and First Cow could battle it out against fall releases like Nomadland and One Night in Miami, giving multiple films from female directors a chance to pull nominations. And those are just the dated titles. Ma Rainey s Black Bottom, Mank, Promising Young Woman, The French Dispatch, and Pieces of a Woman are all on several Oscar shortlists, though we still don t know if they will release in time for this year s contest.On the studio side, Disney s Soul and Dune are the most likely options for a big-budget Best Picture nominee, but the chances both stay the course and release as scheduled is still very much in the air. It is very reasonable to think that Dune, Wonder Woman 1984, and Soul will all follow the lead of No Time to Die, which very recently fled 2020 for an April, 2021 release, in which case the indies will undoubtedly dominate in most of the major categories.Will It Happen?Ryan FujitaniThough it is the most unlikely scenario, there is a question about whether or not the season will actually happen. Yes, that would be extreme, but let s break it down. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is a non-profit organization chiefly dedicated to honoring, preserving, and helping shepherd the art of motion pictures. The organization s biggest fundraiser to help achieve that mission is the fees they earn from their contract with ABC to broadcast the Oscars; the Academy earns the majority of its operating budget from this one event. So in that respect, the Academy s true top priority is not film preservation but keeping ABC happy and the ratings high so that they don t lose their biggest revenue source. This is not a cynical statement, just a cold hard fact. That fact was also partially the motivation for things like the recent membership changes, the telecast, and the ill-conceived Popular Film Oscar.With a pricey new Academy museum currently under construction and awards show ratings in steady decline, the Academy is acutely aware that relevance is important. If the Oscars cease to be a premiere advertising event, their contract will not be as valuable, or worse, they could lose it altogether. This is a reason to hold the show no matter what, but if the lack of marquee names and big-budget hits leads to lackluster viewership, the results could be catastrophic for their revenue prospects. If they don t proceed with the season, it would certainly be damaging, but the Board of Governors who run the Academy might decide that skipping a year and coming back strong would be a better bet.The Emmys double-digit decrease in viewership for their socially distant ceremony last month was also a worrying sign, but coupled with the Oscars 20% decrease in viewership from 2018 to 2019, it s hard to imagine there s any scenario that won t see a significant audience drop-off. If that s likely to happen, the case can be made just to bite the bullet and put on a variety show to celebrate the Academy and push the competitive ceremony to 2022. For this, they would have to pool all eligible films from both 2020 and 2021. Admittedly this sounds far-fetched, but if we see a rise in COVID-19 cases, lockdowns, and production issues, we may end up with the same number of eligible films during that two-year time period. Moreover, if theaters are still shuttered and studios are still holding films, 2021 may look more like 2020, and if it does, will the show go on?In end, the decision lies with the Board of Governors, and if they believe that their revenue, relevancy, or brand will be severely damaged by a limited season, they might vote to pull out altogether. This is the nuclear option and the least likely, but it wouldn t be the first time that the Academy has had to back off on a plan. Let s not forget the Popular Oscar was a real thing until it wasn t.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.


Moviegoers had a chance to return to Zombieland this weekend and many of them did. But it was Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent that was able to put the Joker in his place — second place, that is, as Joaquin Phoenix’s interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime heads much quicker than anyone thought for the all-time October record. The numbers were solid this weekend on the surface, making for a nice October weekend, but profit for the newcomers is still up in the air.Queen of the Crop: Joker Bows Down to Maleficent Debbie DayMaleficent: Mistress of Evil took the top spot this weekend with million, but won’t continue Disney’s unprecedented streak of releasing four billion-dollar films in a row. The 5 million–budgeted film joins a number of sequels in 2019 that have had significant drop-offs from their predecessors. Seven of them have fallen off 50 percent or higher from the previous film and they include:The Angry Birds Movie 2 (-72.9 percent), Happy Death Day 2U (-63.5 percent), Shaft (-59 percent), A Dog’s Journey (-55.9 percent), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (-55.3 percent), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (-50.6 percent), and Dark Phoenix (-50.1 percent).The Angry Birds Movie 2 actually opened on a Tuesday, but even if you added the .7 million it made from Tuesday to Thursday, it would still have opened to 50 percent lower than the .1 million of the original. Disney’s Maleficent opened to .43 million back in the summer of 2014. The million Mistress of Evil grossed this weekend represents a 48.2 percent drop, putting it between Godzilla: King of the Monsters (-48.7 percent) and Men In Black International (-45 percent) — the latter more of a spin-off than direct sequel — for the ninth-worst drop of the year among sequels or follow-ups. Globally the film is up to 3 million, but it is going to need well over 0 million total to break even. The only sequels this year to reach the total are the ones you would expect: Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.Top 10 and Beyond: Zombieland: Double Tap Debuts to .7 Million(Photo by Columbia Pictures)Zombieland: Double Tap did get off to a nice start for Sony. The original opened to .73 million in 2009 and given that would equate to about .6 million 10 years later, a .7 million opening for the sequel still is not too bad. The budget did increase from million to million, however, so this one also has its work cut out for it. Ruben Fleischer’s debut managed to score .5 million domestically but just 2.3 million total worldwide. Some estimates suggested that film even missed its profit margin due to extensive advertising costs. Like most of the top films this week, including phenomenon Joker, Zombieland: Double Tap could easily benefit from the upcoming pre-Halloween weekend.Grossing .2 million in its third weekend, Joker will pass Gravity to become the all-time champion of October. Joker’s third weekend is a far greater than any of the films comparative to its 6 million 17-day total, such as Man of Steel, Thor: Ragnarok, and the first parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Those films grossed between .5 million and .6 million in weekend three. For Joker, 0 million now seems very likely, and the film’s global total stands at over 7 million, which makes Joker far and away Warner Bros. biggest hit of the year and one of the year’s biggest successes. Joker will become the seventh-highest grossing film worldwide by next weekend.Last week’s The Addams Family dropped 47 percent to .1 million, but its 10-day total of .81 million has not only driven ahead of what Abominable has made in four weeks (.91 million), but ahead of the pace of Where the Wild Things Are, which topped out at .3 million. The million–budgeted film should cross million with no problem and get a decent stay next week with parents looking for some spooky family-oriented entertainment to take their kids to. Though it will need to cross 0 million globally to turn a profit, The Addams Family is in much better shape than Paramount and Ang Lee’s 8-million budgeted Gemini Man, which fell 58.6% this weekend to .5 million. It is only at 8 million worldwide.In milestone news, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers passed the 0 million mark this week. Downton Abbey became Focus’ all-time domestic grosser, passing Brokeback Mountain, and Roadside’s Judy is now their fifth highest-grossing film ever with designs on passing The Peanut Butter Falcon this week and maybe even Mud’s .5 million for third place.Three big limited-release stories are brewing right now for three filmmakers who have generated significant buzz on the festival circuit. A24 released Robert Eggers’ follow-up to The Witch in eight theaters this weekend. The Lighthouse (93% on the Tomatometer) grossed 9,000 in those eight theaters; the third-best total ever for a launch in that number of theaters behind The Big Short (5,527) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2,504) and ahead of Match Point (8,593) and Dead Poets Society (0,456). A24 will reportedly expand it into 500 theaters, similar to the strategy of last year’s Blindspotting, which went from 11 theaters (opening to 8,999) and moving to 523 theaters (where it grossed .28 million). The Lighthouse is one to watch next weekend.Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit (77% at RT) made 0,000 this weekend in just five theaters. That is the 12th-best opening in as many theaters ever, behind La La Land (1,104), The Master (6,311), Brokeback Mountain (7,425), The Big Sick (1,577), Zero Dark Thirty (7,150), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (8,166), Boyhood (7,618), Syriana (4,502),and Punch-Drunk Love (7,203) as well as Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love (1,359) and Café Society (9.289). Jojo’s ,000 per-theater-average is the fourth-best of 2019 behind Avengers: Endgame (,601), The Farewell (,916) and Bong-Joon Ho’s Parasite (8,072), which is quite the story.Parasite (99% Tomatometer score) moved into 33 theaters this weekend (up 30 from last week) and grossed another .2 million, a haul that puts it into some big-league conversation. Lady Bird went from four to 37 theaters in its second week and grossed .19 million. Boyhood went five to 34 (.17 million), The Farewell four to 35 (.14 million), and The Favourite four to 34 (.07 million). Parasite in 33 theaters even beat the per-theater averages of Juno ( .42 million in 40 theaters) and The Royal Tenenbaums (.26 million in 40 theaters) in their second weekends of limited release. Parasite has grossed .8 million to date, and Neon needs to keep spreading the word.This Time Last Year: Halloween Cast a Spell Over Moviegoers(Photo by Ryan Green /Universal Pictures)David Gordon Green’s Halloween fell just a few million shy of besting Venom’s all-time opening record; nevertheless its .2 million (now third after Joker) handily led the box office. A Star Is Born finally eclipsed Venom in their third weekends outgrossing the Marvel villain .05 to .04 million. In limited release, Jonah Hill’s Mid90s had the top per-theater average of the weekend (,539) with 8,157 in four theaters. Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me with eventual Oscar nominees, Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, posted a ,302 PTA with 1,510 in five theaters. The 5.99 million made by the Top 10 films was the second biggest weekend ever in October, and they averaged 70.1% on the Tomatometer. This year’s Top 10 grossed 8.67 million and averaged 64.7% on the Tomatometer.On the Vine: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads The Current WarThe weekend before Halloween offers different kinds of horror on what looks to be a pretty slow one for the newbies. STX offers the Ring-like Countdown about a killer app that predicts when someone is going to die. Racial angles are explored between corrupt and righteous police officers in Black and Blue with Naomie Harris and Frank Grillo. Then Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War finally hits theaters after its debut at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival just before the Weinstein Co. was scuttled. The film charts the battle between Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse.The Full Top 10: October 18–20Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) 39% – million ( million total)Joker (2019) 68% – .2 million (7.22 million total)Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) 68% – .72 million (.72 million total)The Addams Family (2019) 45% – .05 million (.81 million total)Gemini Man (2019) 26% – .50 million (.51 million total)Abominable (2019) 82% – .5 million (.91 million total)Downton Abbey (2019) 84% – .08 million (.61 million total)Judy (2019) 82% – .055 million (.01 million total)Hustlers (2019) 87% – .05 million (1.87 million total)It: Chapter Two (2019) 62% – .5 million (9.65 million total)

亚博最新版 Few industries enjoy taking really, really long extended holiday vacations quite like Hollywood, and when we get to this time of the year, there s rarely much in the realm of “movie development news” to discuss. Last week, we reviewed 12 of the year’s top Fresh Developments, and this week, we’re looking at each month s most Rotten Idea.JANUARY: JOHN CENA MIGHT STAR AS DUKE NUKEM (Photo by Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures)Video games continue to be the source of the most Rotten Tomatometer scores (presuming you don t count video-game-adjacent titles like Wreck-It Ralph and Ready Player One). Regardless, Hollywood is still making lots of these movies, despite the relatively low box office on average. There were several news stories about such projects this year, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, and Dance Dance Revolution. The project that stands out for 2018, though, is Duke Nukem, if only both because it is a project that s been in development since the 1990s and because the source games don t always gets great reviews either. In January, John Cena was reportedly talking to Michael Bay s production company about starring as Duke Nukem. The involvement of Bay and Cena got a little murky recently, but the project is now also being produced by the people who delivered a Assassin s Creed (Rotten at 17%), so Duke Nukem remains a dismal prospect.FEBRUARY: MICHAEL BAY MAY DIRECT DC S BAD BOY LOBO(Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)The first Transformers film following Michael Bay s departure as director was last week s Bumblebee, which is currently enjoying a Certified Fresh 92% Tomatometer score. Instead, Bay is now turning his camera flares and limited color grading towards Warner Bros. DC Comics projects. In February, Bay started talking to WB about possibly directing their long-in-development Lobo movie, based on the cosmic bad boy character who s sort of a cross between Marvel s Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy. The film s budget is currently reported as 0 million, so bringing that down will be one of the challenges Michael Bay will face.MARCH: CAPTAIN AMERICA CONFIRMS HE S DONE AFTER AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Photo by Marvel Studios)When you follow movie development news, sometimes a story takes on a second life because not everyone picked up on it the first time around. This year, we saw that happen with a story reported not just for the second time, but a third time as well. You see, we first told you that Chris Evans was hanging up his Captain America shield way back in 2017. Then this year, in March, Chris Evans confirmed that with another announcement. Despite telling the world twice, it was Evans tweet in October that finally seemed to reach the widest audience. Even so, we expect that people are probably going to be surprised in April as well, when Evans departs as Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. Having said that, maybe he s not really done with Marvel Comics, particularly with Fantastic Four likely to join the MCU in the 2020s. Is Michael Chiklis still available too?APRIL: LAWSUIT MIGHT MEAN WE NEVER GET ANOTHER TRIP DOWN FURY ROAD (Photo by Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.)Not every Rotten Idea is based on Tomatometer scores some stories are Rotten because they mean movies with extremely Fresh potential might not happen. That s absolutely what happened in April as we learned about a lawsuit that may jeopardize a fan favorite sequel. One of the most surprising films of 2015 was the sequel/reboot Mad Max: Fury Road, which won dozens of awards, including six of the ten Academy Awards it was nominated for. Though Mad Max: Fury Road was a triumph for its director, George Miller, he found himself engaged in what is being called a bitter court battle with Warner Bros. over what Miller s production company claims is high-handed, insulting, or reprehensible behavior. The financial crux of Miller s lawsuit involves what he says were promised bonuses for bringing Mad Max: Fury Road in under budget, and for breaching a co-financing agreement. Miller reportedly has had screenplays for both Mad Max 5 and Mad Max 6 completed for years, but for now, he s directing Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton in Three Thousand Years of Longing instead.MAY: TWO OF WILL SMITH S ROTTEN FILMS GET POTENTIALLY ROTTEN SEQUELS (Photo by Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)This should surprise absolutely no one, but there isn t always a clear correlation between Fresh Tomatometer scores and box office returns. Take, for example, Will Smith, who has over a dozen films that earned over 0 million domestically, but who also has only received two Fresh scores among his last 16 films (with an average Tomatometer score of 13%, at that). This year, two of Smith s Rotten films received sequels, including May s confirmation that the long-in-development threequel Bad Boys for Life (a sequel to Bad Boys II, Rotten at 22%) is scheduled for January   17, 2020. The year also started with the January news that Netflix is developing a sequel to their fantasy action movie Bright (Rotten at 25%) .JUNE: LUCASFILM HAS A BAD FEELING ABOUT THE STAR WARS STORY PREQUELS(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Oh, how quickly things can change. On May 25th, the Top Story in The Weekly Ketchup was about Logan director James Mangold signing on with Lucasfilm for the prequel spinoff Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story. And then the box office numbers for Solo: A Star Wars Story continued to roll in  ouch!  and by June, we were running this story. That meant bad news not just for Boba Fett, but also previously discussed prequel spinoffs for characters like Obi-Wan and Yoda. Several months later, we can also now report that the prequel focus is shifting towards streaming, with Jon Favreau directing The Mandalorian for the upcoming Disney+ subscription service, which will be followed by a Rogue One spinoff series starring Diego Luna.JULY: DIRECTOR JAMES GUNN FIRED FROM GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3(Photo by Marvel Studios)In July, the Marvel Cinematic Universe went all topsy-turvy when Walt Disney Pictures announced that they had severed our business relationship with director James Gunn, who delivered the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies and had been developing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The reason for Gunn s dismissal was the re-discovery of several joke tweets from 2008 to 2011. In response, Gunn said in a statement that, regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Meanwhile,  Gunn s firing inspired a wide spectrum of responses, from this Collider editorial to Dave Bautista being NOT ok with it to Selma BLair saying Gunn is one of the good ones to this response calling for criminal prosecution. Eventually, in October, Marvel s Distinguished Competition at Warner Bros. snapped up James Gunn to work on their Suicide Squad sequel.AUGUST: HOLLYWOOD TRIPLES DOWN ON NOSTALGIA(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)Until recently, it seemed like maybe Hollywood was going to ease off its obsession with remakes a little bit, but what we saw simply might have been a respite as the trends moved on from the 1980s to the 1990s, as three such projects were announced all in one week. First of all, there was a project that is not a remake at all, but instead a prequel to the 1993 kids baseball movie The Sandlot (still, no less nostalgic). That original film s writer and director, David Mickey Evans, made a deal with 20th Century Fox for a new movie that would delve deeper into the backstory of The Beast, the English mastiff that terrorized the original kids in 1962. The Sandlot prequel will actually be the fourth film in the franchise, as there were two direct-to-video sequels in 2005 and 2007. Paramount Players is also now developing a remake of the 1993 drama Indecent Proposal, about a young couple who agree to a arrangement in which the wife will spend one night with a wealthy man for million. The remake is being written by screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, who adapted 2016 s The Girl on the Train and is also working on Disney s live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Finally, Sony Pictures is also developing a remake of the 1987 Bruce Willis/Kim Basinger romantic comedy Blind Date.SEPTEMBER: YIPPEE-KI-YAY, THE DIE HARD ORIGIN MOVIE MOVES FORWARD(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Although 2007 s Live Free or Die Hard was Certified Fresh at 82%, when A Good Day to Die Hard came out six years later, the franchise took a steep dive at a Rotten 14%. That fifth Die Hard movie was a box office disappointment as well, earning the lowest totals of the franchise (especially when you adjust for inflation, ouch). Even so, 20th Century Fox is developing a sixth Die Hard movie, which will be a 1970s-set origin story for John McClane. Up until September, the prequel retained Die Hard in the title, as Die Hard: Year One, but we now know that Fox has decided to go in a different direction, as the film is now known as simply McClane. It s not yet known which younger actor will be cast as the young John McClane.OCTOBER: LEBRON JAMES MIGHT REBOOT FRIDAY THE 13TH (Photo by Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures)Following big box office for October s Halloween, another major slasher franchise also re-entered development for a reboot, although who might be producing it is arguably the bigger story. Basketball star LeBron James, who recently made the move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers, is using his new address to increase his film activity, and apparently, that might now also include producing Friday the 13th movies. James posted this image of himself in 2013 wearing a hockey mask, though he is not expected to be taking on the role as the new Jason Voorhees himself. The negotiations come just a month after original Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller won a lawsuit against producer Sean Cunningham, although the rights are still described as murky, which is why the LeBron James news requires a big might or may in its language.NOVEMBER: GARFIELD IS COMING BACK(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)In 2004 and 2006, Bill Murray starred as the voice of the world s most famous comic strip cat in Garfield: The Movie (Rotten at 15%) and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (Rotten at 11%). From one perspective, those low Tomatometer scores could mean that there s nowhere to go but up, but as with video game movies, it s probably more likely to mean that any future Garfield movies probably won t be well received either. Those films also weren t particularly successful financially either, with the first one only earning million domestically from a budget of million and the sequel barely making more than a third of that. Regardless, development is underway on a new animated adaptation of Jim Davis popular comic strip character. The challenging prospect of turning the Garfield ship around is being taken on by director Mark Dindal who is best known for Disney s The Emperor s New Groove (Certified Fresh at 85%) and Chicken Little (Rotten at 37%).DECEMBER: THE TOXIC AVENGER IS GETTING A BIG-BUDGET REBOOT(Photo by Troma Films)Although both 1984 s The Toxic Avenger and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV received Fresh Tomatometer scores of 70%, the second film has an absolutely Rotten 0% and the third film wasn t even reviewed enough to earn a score. The Toxic Avenger became such a cult fan favorite, though, that he became the company mascot of Troma Entertainment, the super low-budget production company behind such chestnuts as Blood Sucking Freaks, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Despite its gonzo origins, The Toxic Avenger is now being developed as a new big-budget superhero franchise by Legendary Entertainment, the company behind The Dark Knight, Watchmen, and Godzilla. In addition to the four feature length movies, The Toxic Avenger was also adapted as  a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel comic.

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