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9.31.5 9月喜迎Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to include VOD and select drive-in releases. This week we have a road trip comedy, a break-up rom-com, and a powerful doc about the plight of Black men in America. In our Spotlight Section, we have an award-winning story about an undocumented trans woman looking for love and citizenship. Finally, in our Indie Trailers section, we have new clips featuring Julianne Moore, Armie Hammer, Frances McDormand, and Lily Collins.New This Weekend
013, as Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky guaranteed the franchise a spot in the top 10 with their 76% and 79% Tomatometer scores. It’s wild to think how Mancini, who admittedly doesn’t like the voodoo element of the series (that was director Tom Holland’s idea for the original), has expanded the lore, introduced new characters, and kept the story intact in ways the Halloween franchise couldn’t begin to understand. He’s been a great shepherd of the franchise that began with a tiny film about a serial killer inserting his soul into a doll after he’s been mortally wounded.It’s also worth noting that, at 63% on the Tomatometer, 2019 s Child’s Play is a rare Fresh horror remake that joins the likes of Fright Night, Let Me In, The Crazies, Evil Dead, and Suspiria, helping to make up for the glut of Rotten ones we saw in the 2000s.5. A Nightmare on Elm Street(Photo by New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)Number of films: 9Tomatometer Avg: 49.2%Audience Score Avg: 50.1%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 43.8%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 45.6%Best Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 89%What separates the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise from its iconic counterparts like Halloween and Friday the 13th is that it produced Fresh sequels, namely A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. It probably could have lived off the goodwill of Wes Craven’s 1984 original that introduced the world to Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) and final girl Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp). However, the series took chances and produced memorable sequels that introduced new storylines, likable characters (Kristen and Kincaid forever), and a meta-narrative that actually made Freddy scary again (New Nightmare) after he’d become a pop-culture spouting caricature.Even the Rotten sequels like the Renny Harlin-directed A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (52%, which is honestly not bad for a horror sequel) featured all-time horror kills like the demise of Debbie (Brooke Theiss), the weight-lifting badass who is transformed into cockroach. Then, there’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, a cult classic that recently enjoyed a second life with the release of Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, the 100% Tomatometer-rated 2019 documentary that focuses on star Mark Patton’s life after the sequel; it’s absolutely worth a watch.4. The Conjuring(Photo by Michael Tackett/©Warner Bros. Pictures)Number of films: 7Tomatometer Avg: 54.7%Audience Score Avg: 58%Domestic Box Office: 1 millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 49.5%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 53.8%Best Film: The Conjuring (2013) 84.5%Not content with kickstarting the Saw and Insidious franchises, James Wan began work on The Conjuring in early 2011. The film would center around Ed and Lorraine Warren, a real-life married couple whose paranormal investigations during the 1950s and beyond became world renowned. Wan secretly might have wanted another crack at evil doll supremacy too, as his underappreciated 2007 film Dead Silence failed to hit at the box office, and he used The Conjuring to introduce Annabelle for a future spinoff.In 2013, The Conjuring exploded onto the scene with a .8 million opening weekend and an impressive Certified Fresh 86% Tomatometer score. Starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the Warrens, the R-rated film was a blockbuster smash that cleared 0 million worldwide and opened up the door for a new universe of horror films featuring evil nuns, evil dolls, and an evil entity named Valam (lots of evil).The seven Conjuring Universe films released since 2013 have grossed .9 billion, and only The Curse of La Llorona, which made 1 million worldwide (on a million budget, so it still made money) failed to cross the 0 million milestone. It has become a legitimate juggernaut whose reputation is so strong that The Nun, Rotten at 24% with an Audience Score of 34%, was still able to make 3 million off of its association with the series.What’s most impressive about the Conjuring universe are the Annabelle spin-offs. Annabelle: Creation and Annabelle Comes Home are both Fresh films that far surpassed 2014 s Annabelle in quality and scares. The producers could have phoned it in after seeing the 6 million worldwide haul (on a .5 million budget) of the first Annabelle, but instead they brought in directors David F. Sanberg (Lights Out) and Gary Dauberman (writer of It and It: Chapter Two), and they took chances (the finger snapping scene in Creation…) that were critically appreciated (68% Tomatometer average) and lucrative (4 million combined worldwide haul).3. George Romero s Dead(Photo by Everett Collection)Number of films: 9Tomatometer Avg: 66%Audience Score Avg: 59%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 62%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 56%Best Films: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) 92%With Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of The Dead, Land of the Dead, and Diary of the Dead all being Fresh, it’s no shock that George Romero’s zombie franchise cracked the top five. Romero’s films, which started with 1968 s seminal Night of the Living Dead, are all-time horror classics that combine the thrill of undead flesh-eaters with commentaries on race relations, consumerism, and gentrification. Though other zombie movies predate Night of the Living Dead, this franchise kicked the craze into high gear, and you can see its imprint all over popular culture, from The Walking Dead to Shaun of the Dead and countless others in between.One thing that makes this franchise unique is that two of its remakes are Fresh. The 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, directed by Tom Savini, is a Fresh delight that features a better Barbara (she is coming for the zombies this time) and showcases what happens when people realize the zombies are ridiculously slow. The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead is notable as it was Zack Snyder’s first film, and Certified Fresh at 75%, it’s still his best-reviewed movie. Both belong in the Horror Remake Hall of Fame, as they are companion pieces to their source material that branch out in their own directions and offer new twists.2. Alien(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)Number of films: 8Tomatometer Avg: 58%Audience Score Avg: 58.25%Domestic Box Office: 1 millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 52.2%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 53.1%Best Film: Alien (1979) 96%While no one can hear you scream in space, you’d better believe the people waiting in the concession line for popcorn heard the screams coming from the theaters playing Ridley Scott s Alien in 1979.Between Scott’s direction, H.R. Giger s monster creations, and Ellen Ripley, the all-time hero perfectly portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, Alien became one of the most influential horror films ever made. Imagine sitting in a packed theater and witnessing the reactions to John Hurt’s chest-bursting scene, or Ripley’s final battle with the acid blood spewing xenomorph (who is also impossibly goey). Now, imagine sitting in a theater in 1986, when Ripley squared-off against the Alien Queen in James Cameron s sequel Aliens, which earned Weaver a Best Actress Oscar nomination.Aside from Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Alien and Aliens might be the most impressive back-to-back films in any horror franchise. They helped boost the horror genre to new heights (and not just because they took place in space), and pulled in loads of money during their theatrical runs. If it weren’t for what was to come, the franchise might have landed in the number one spot.Unfortunately, the series did experience some lows in the 1990s and 2000s, as Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, and the Alien vs. Predator films all earned Rotten Tomatometer scores. However, Scott turned things around in the 2010s with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, the Fresh prequels that explore the origins of the xenomorph and demonstrate what happens if you flee from large, tumbling objects in a straight line.1. Hannibal Lecter(Photo by Orion courtesy Everett Collection)Number of films: 5Tomatometer Avg: 62.6%Audience Score Avg: 72.6%Domestic Box Office: 1 millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 55%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 71.5%Best Film: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 95.5%In 1986, Manhunter, an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, introduced theatergoers to Brian Cox s Hannibal Lecktor, a serial killer with a taste for human flesh. The Michael Mann-helmed film was a modest success that was praised for its style and performances, but it wasn’t until five years later, with the release of Jonathan Demme s The Silence of the Lambs, that Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) now spelled correctly became a household name.The 0 million domestic haul (4 when adjusted for inflation) of The Silence of the Lambs made it the fourth highest grossing film of 1991, and the five Oscars it won for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay made it not just the only horror film to win Best Picture, but also only the third film ever to sweep all five of the top Academy Award categories (It Happened One Night, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest are the other two).While Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, and Red Dragon (Fresh at 68%) secured the franchise a spot on this list with their excellent Tomatometer and Audience Scores, Ridley Scott’s (kudos to being featured in the #1 and #2 spots) 2001 sequel Hannibal ensured the number one finish here with its 5 million domestic haul; its 40% Tomatometer score didn’t discourage anyone who really wanted to see Anthony Hopkins eat Ray Liotta s brains. Yes, Hannibal Rising (Rotten at 16%) kept the competition closer than Hannibal would’ve liked, but its comparatively high 55% Audience Score helped create some distance from the other franchises.In the end, Hannibal Lecter (and Lecktor) won the day with his murderous charms (and excellent numbers), and that’s why his franchise is #1 on our list.Disagree with our findings? Tell us about your favorite horror franchises in the comments!On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Few films have left their mark on the popular culture the way that 1984 s The Karate Kid has. Even kids who didn t rush to see it in theaters in June of that year, or didn t grow up wearing down the tape on their VHS copy of the film, can recite the movie s most famous lines – Sweep the leg! – and recall its most indelible images. But more than iconic one-liners and memorable fights, what sticks with us about The Karate Kid are its key relationships, namely those between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and mentor Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) and Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).So fierce and so memorable was the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny that more than three decades after the first Karate Kid movie was released, YouTube Originals re-ignited it for the streaming series Cobra Kai, the second season of which has just dropped online. Except now the tables had turned, and one-time-bully Johnny was the sympathetic anti-hero.As we gear up for another round with Daniel and Johnny – and if their coy responses to our questions indicate, a potential slew of cameos from fans favorite characters – we sat down with Macchio and Zabka to go back to the beginning. In this oral history of The Karate Kid, the two men recall the time they met as kids, their pre-Karate Kid experience with martial arts ( I had no technique, I had no idea ), working with Pat Morita, and the impact the movie would have on their teen years and their lives. From audition to their climactic on-screen showdown, this is Macchio and Zabka s story of the time they became the world s most famous karate kids.What follows is a history of The Karate Kid (1984) and reflection upon the film, drawn from a sit-down interview with Macchio and Zabka.ALSO WATCH: ORAL HISTORY OF COBRA KAI WITH RALPH MACCHIO AND WILLIAM ZABKA“As a kid, you re jumping around and fighting imaginary bad guys, you know?”Ralph Macchio: “When I was about 10 or so, for Christmas I got a certificate for the local jiu-jitsu school of self defense — obviously, mom and dad said, ‘We gotta help this guy out a little bit,’ I don t know — for me and my brother. So we went, and I took a handful of lessons. I liked it.”William Zabka: “My relationship with karate before Karate Kid was all in my imagination. As a kid growing up, I would just run around and do fake fights, and I d be in the backyard with sticks, but I had no technique, I had no idea. I took no classes before Karate Kid. I was a wrestler in high school, so I was limber, and I had a lot of conditioning, so I was prepared to learn the training for karate, and martial arts but I didn t know any real [moves]. It was all in my mind. As a kid, you re jumping around and fighting imaginary bad guys, you know?” I can t guarantee you anything right now, but if I were you, I d take some karate lessons. Macchio: “My first conversation about being Daniel LaRusso was with our director John Avildsen, who I auditioned for, and … it s the first time ever I ever read the words to that character. It s Avildsen explaining the character, explaining what he s going through, explaining the story leading up to my audition scene, which was the scene from the film where Daniel wakes up after the skeleton fight at the fence and Miyagi saves the day, and he s asking all these questions.(Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)That’s my earliest memory of the character. I didn t have the part yet, but I did remember John Avildsen saying to me, ‘I can t guarantee you anything right now, but if I were you, I d take some karate lessons.’ Which doesn t often happen. That was a pretty exciting moment. And then a couple more hoops to jump through, and here I am, I got to be Daniel LaRusso.” Watch your mouth, asshole. Zabka: “Through my manager, I got a phone call to come in, they want to talk to you. So I went to Columbia Pictures at that time, and drove through the gate and went to a bungalow. I just came directly from the gym, and I was in my tank top, probably wearing a headband or something. I went in and they said, ‘There s this movie called Karate Kid. We think you d be great for this part of Johnny. Go home and read it, and come back and audition tomorrow for John Avildsen.’So I went home and read the script, and Johnny s this karate master and he s a motorcycle gang leader. He s the bad guy. I m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I don t know karate. I don t know how ride motorcycles.’ But there was one scene in the script that I really connected to, and somehow I just connected to the character. I ran it through in my living room a bunch of times, and then the next day went and met John Avildsen. He was sitting in a chair. He had his camera. He always had his video camera filming everything. And it was a scene cut out of the movie, where I hand Daniel a death certificate at the water fountain. And he said, ‘What s this for?’ And I go, ‘You gotta get your mommy to sign it so you could be in the tournament with the big boys.’ And he says, ‘I thought it was supposed to be no contact.’ And I say, ‘Accidents happen.’(Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)And then I walk away, and he goes, ‘Hey, you think he might be wrong?’ And I go, ‘Who?’ And he goes, ‘Your instructor, your sensei, you think he might be wrong?’ And then my line is, ‘Watch your mouth, asshole.’ So on that line, that s when I walked over to John Avildsen and grabbed him — which you don t do — and I said, ‘Watch your mouth, asshole.’ And I pushed him back, and the room was still. And that s where the scene was supposed to end, but everybody was still watching me, so I improv’d and went to the door. I said, ‘Read it and weep. I ll see you in the tournament.’ And went out in the waiting room, and came in, took my headband off, which I was wearing, and I said, ‘I m sorry, I m sorry. That was Johnny. I m Billy.’ He goes, ‘So how old are you?’ He got kind of interested, and he goes, ‘You re a little taller than our karate kid.’ And I m like, ‘Yeah, well, Bruce Lee was smaller than Kareem Abdul Jabbar.’ He goes, ‘Well, you got a point. All right, thanks, kid.’ And that was that.”“We were friendly, but we weren t [best friends].”Macchio: “[Zabka and I] trained differently. We both trained with Pat Johnson, who did all the fight choreography. He s the referee in The Karate Kid film. He would train myself and Pat Morita in a classic Okinawan style, and he would train Billy and the Cobra Kai guys in a more aggressive style of martial arts. Most of the scenes we did together we were either yelling at each other or I was getting my ass kicked. So we were friendly, but we weren t [best friends]. I had the whole Miyagi side of the story, and the romance side of the story. The movie was always in three sections for me. We ve become closer friends over the years and certainly when Pat passed away we became closer friends just through the loss of him and moving forward, and the fact that this film has stood the test of time. It s a big part of not only American cinema, but also pop culture. And then here we are back again in tandem. So it s been quite a journey.”Zabka: “My memory of working with Ralph was we were best friends instantly. I m surprised to hear you say that we were separated. We have to talk after this.I think John Avildsen really created the chemistry by casting all the right people for this. He cast the right Tommy, Bobby, Dutch, and Jimmy. … It was almost like he created this little universe for us. We hung around all the time. We went to lunch every day. We rode motorcycles together, we trained together. We really got into a pack mentality. Ralph and I did our fight scene for the tournament every day we could for three months, so we were working together constantly. I mean, feet and fists were flying, so we had to take care of each other in that way. But the Cobra Kais, they were like my brothers, and they still are in real life.”“It s like a strawberry shortcake and a cannoli. Macchio: “Ali with an ‘i.’ That character is arguably what starts the rivalry, the feud, if you will. Like all good wars, a beautiful woman, and that s the end of that. [Elisabeth Shue] was just coming out of the gate at that point. And John Avildsen would see me and Lisa — Lisa Shue was what we called her — and he would say, ‘You
(Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is in the books and though Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) 85% was the toast of the Riviera, the Pulp Fiction director was shut out from all of the final night s major awards. This year s jury was led by the Jury President and Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu and included actress Elle Fanning (Teen Spirit), and directors Pawel Pawęska (Cold War) and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite); the group picked a surprising selection of varied work from famed directors and dynamic newcomers.Most of the night s prizes were given to films that championed the poor, marginalized, and unsung, including Snowpiercer and Okja director Bong Joon-ho s Parasite (2019) 98%, which took home the festival s biggest prize, the Palme d Or. French actress turned director Mati Diop continued to make history as the first Black female director to take home the Grand Prix, the festival s second most prestigious prize, for her debut film Atlantics (2019) 95%. (Diop already made history by being the first Black woman to compete for the Palme d Or in the festival s 72-year history.) You can read the full list of winners of the Competition section below, and if you re curious about what films debuted at the festival, and how they fared on the Tomatometer, check out our Cannes Scorecard.Palme d OrParasite (2019) 98%Grand PrixAtlantics (2019) 95%Jury PrizeNighthawk (2019) 93%,Les misÃ©rables (2019) 88%Best DirectorLuc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, for Young Ahmed (2019) 59%Best ActressEmily Beecham for Little Joe (2019) 67%Best ActorAntonio Banderas for Pain and Glory (2019) 96%Best ScreenplayCéline Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) 98%Special MentionElia Suleiman for It Must Be Heaven (2019) 96%Agustina San Monstruo DiosLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Photo by HBO)The five episodes HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl — about the 1986 reactor explosion of the Soviet nuclear power plant, the disastrous fallout, and failed government cover-up — are at once addictive and engrossing, as well as bleak, violent, heartbreaking, and horrific.If you’ve finished all of the series, which is currently Certified Fresh at 96% on the Tomatometer, and are searching for more entertainment to lose yourself in, Rotten Tomatoes has a few suggestions for your next binge.Whether it’s a story about government cover-ups, a lone hero s search for the truth, or humanity s perseverance following a devastating disaster, let us guide you toward your next small-screen addiction.IF YOU LIKE: Chernobyl s exploration of deep government cover-ups Citizenfour (2014) 96% One of the driving forces in the Chernobyl story is the enduring search for the truth amid a briar patch of lies perpetuated by the Soviet government. Mikhail Gorbachev s administration did what it could to stop the news of the accident from spreading — everything from cutting phone lines to just not letting people leave — and of course, that plan failed. America has its own complicated relationship with government interference, which is something explored quite well in Laura Poitras documentary Citizenfour. Here, we get a profoundly personal look at Edward Snowden, the infamous whistleblower who released classified documents implicating the NSA in invading the privacy of unknowing Americans. In an era of so-called fake news and conspiracy theories, the film is an eye-opening entry that not only displays how those in power can misuse their privilege, but also shows how fragile our collective concept of law and order can be when giving in to blind trust and complacency.IF YOU LIKE: Chernobyl s dramatization of environmental disaster When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) 94% (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Netflix)Spike Lee’s four-part docu-series When the Levees Broke gives a close-up look at the 2005 devastation Hurricane Katrina left in its wake. If HBO s New Orleans–centered series Treme was way too long or dramatized for your liking, Lee s documentary may be exactly what you re looking for. Here, he gives a necessary perspective on how the category five hurricane damaged wreaked havoc on New Orleans, exploring the faulty nature in which the levees were built. The doc gives some well-educated reasoning behind the levees demise — thanks to a collection of news footage and interviews with politicians, journalists, and engineers who provide their recollections of the event and the fallout that followed. Both Chernobyl and When the Levees Broke walk viewers through mind-blowing catastrophes that, if the research and work had been done properly, could have been prevented, acting as a valuable lesson of preparation and accountability — and a reminder that history s love of repeating itself should not be ignored.IF YOU LIKE: Chernobyl s slow-burn horror The Terror 87% The big bad in Chernobyl is completely unseen, giving audiences a constant feeling of dread as the danger in question is just there, around every corner. That same, slow-burn sense of foreboding can be found in season 1 of AMC s anthology horror series The Terror, which is Certified Fresh on 55 reviews. But while Chernobyl s threat is based on something completely real, The Terror takes the historical disappearance of The HMS Terror and HMS Erebus — two ships involved in Britain s Arctic expedition of 1845 — and puts a supernatural spin on things. Based on Dan Simmons’ bestselling novel, season 1 of the program fills in the blanks on what happened, throwing in a hellish blood-thirsty monster for good measure. With a stellar ensemble cast of British actors, including Jared Harris (who stars in Chernobyl as Valery Legasov), we highly recommend that you don t sleep on the series. (Expected August 12, season 2 of The Terror is set during World War II and centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s investigation into the malevolent entity responsible.)IF YOU LIKE: Chernobyl s exploration of a broken political system and its community impact…The Wire 94% David Simon s The Wire expertly explored how Baltimore s political system, the city s street-level community, and its criminal underbelly are all interconnected, weaving a narrative fabric that many programs are still striving to achieve. We re not necessarily saying that Chernobyl did in five episodes what The Wire did in five seasons, but the storytelling similarities might appeal to you. Both programs shine a light on a deeper truths: that the actions of those up top are no better than those committed by the Avon Barksdales and Stringer Bells of the world. Both programs expose the faults in the bigger political systems at play, reminding viewers of the power of truth and the impact of those consequences.IF YOU LIKE: Chernobyl s theme of a life-threatening search for the truth…Homeland 85% The quest for the truth in a wasteland of fear and deceit is a subject that will never go out of style. The truth simply doesn t care about the lies people tell. In some way or another, it will find its voice. Sometimes, that voice comes from an underdog fighting through the mud all in the name of what is right and just. In Chernobyl, it s Valery Legasov (Harris), Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgard), and Ulana Khumyuk (Emily Watson) trudging through the trenches, doing their part in getting the word out about what happened at the power plant while superseding the USSR s faulty plan to keep everything a secret. In Homeland, that person takes the shape of CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), who, while struggling with the daily challenges of living with a sometimes debilitating mental illness, works tirelessly, regularly sacrificing her own well-being to ensure America s safety against a whole cavalcade of outside threats.IF YOU LIKE: Chernobyl s subtle take on the KGB The Americans 96% We see the KGB mostly lurking in the shadows of Chernobyl, but the organization is definitely there. Referenced as a circle of accountability, the series gives the Soviet Union s security agency just enough screen time to portray just how sinister the outfit was. In FX s hit spy-thriller The Americans, viewers get a more up-close-and-personal perspective of the notorious organization as it focuses on Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two seemingly average American citizens raising their family in the suburbs. But an ordinary husband and wife they are not — Elizabeth and Philip are undercover KGB officers who struggle with their own allegiances to their country while also facing the daily challenges of maintaining a marriage and family during the Cold War ’80s.IF YOU LIKE: Jared Harris Mad Men 94% We already mentioned The Terror, which should definitely be on your to-watch list. Not only is season 1 of AMC s anthology horror series supported by an epic ensemble cast of British talent — including Ciarán Hinds and Tobias Menzies — it s fronted by Harris. If you ve only recently discovered the actor s work, you should know that Harris has been thriving in the world of prestige television for quite some time. His villainous portrayal of David Robert Jones on Fox s sci-fi thriller Fringe, his noble King George VI in Netflix s The Crown, and his insurgent Anderson Dawes in Amazon s The Expanse are all worth checking out. That said, it was the actor s Emmy-nominated performance as Lane Pryce in Mad Men — the financial officer who helped bring ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce into existence — that helped cement him as a powerful performer in the Peak TV game.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. 2. ANDY SERKIS CONFIRMED AS DIRECTOR OF NEXT YEAR S VENOM SEQUEL It was just last week that The Weekly Ketchup reported that Andy Serkis was among the directors in the running for the sequel to Venom, based on the popular Marvel Comics anti-hero. Given that Sony Pictures has scheduled Venom 2 for release next year (10/2/2020), it probably shouldn t be surprising that the studio indeed moved quickly this week to lock in Andy Serkis as the sequel s director. Serkis has also previously co-starred as the villain Klaw (spelled Klaue in the movies) in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther, and it s not yet known whether he will also be taking a role in Venom 2. Serkis made his directorial debut in 2017 with Breathe, and also directed last year s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Although Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) is currently credited as the writer of the Venom sequel, Serkis was quoted this week as saying that the film s star, Tom Hardy, is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story. As revealed by the mid-credits bumper in Venom, Woody Harrelson is expected to be the big bad in Venom 2 as the symbiote-powered serial killer Carnage.3. GEMMA CHAN MAY REPRISE HER CAPTAIN MARVEL ROLE IN MARVEL S THE ETERNALS (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection) Ever since Marvel Studios second film, The Incredible Hulk, included Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been built on the inclusion in (almost) every film of elements from other movies in the franchise. Until this week, the only apparent connections that next year s The Eternals had to previous films was that Knowhere (from Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War) was built out of the skull of one of the Celestials, and that Peter Quill s father (Kurt Russell as Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) was himself a Celestial, one of which is expected to be the threat in The Eternals. Another possible connection was revealed this week with the news that Gemma Chan is now in talks with Marvel to co-star in The Eternals. Her role hasn t been confirmed yet, but Gemma Chan also played the Kree warrior Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel (other actors have played multiple roles, but it s relatively rare). Irish actor Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) is also reportedly up for an unknown role in The Eternals, which is scheduled for release on November 6, 2020.4. DISNEY CEO CONFIRMS PLANET OF THE APES REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY FRANCHISE (Photo by © 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)As Disney was putting the finishing touches on acquiring the 20th Century Fox film properties, the focus from most writers (and rightly so, arguably) was on properties like Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Avatar, but the Fox catalog also includes Alien, Die Hard, Ice Age, and Kingsman. One of the other properties that Fox has had success with since 2011 was the rebooted Planet of the Apes, which as a trilogy had a domestic tally of 2 million (and a worldwide total of over .68 billion). Given those numbers, this week s news is probably a non-story, but it s still interesting. While talking about Disney s future plans for their Fox properties this week, CEO Bob Iger for the first time specifically mentioned Planet of the Apes as a priority franchise for the studio. Unfortunately, this news also needs to be phrased in correlation to the rest of Fox s development slate, which is reportedly being flushed to focus on bigger, higher profile titles and less on mid-range movies like this week s The Art of Racing in the Rain.5. IDRIS ELBA AND LUCAS FROM STRANGER THINGS SADDLE UP AS CONCRETE COWBOYS (Photo by Michael Gibson/STX Entertainment)Now that Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw is in theaters, and his work on Cats is complete, Idris Elba is ready for his next film. Until this week, that was expected to be The Suicide Squad, which starts filming in September, but instead, Elba is also squeezing in a smaller film in this summer. That movie is called Concrete Cowboys, and it will tell the true story of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a non-profit organization devoted to inner-city horsemanship in north Philadelphia. Idris Elba s estranged son in Concrete Cowboys will be played by Caleb McLaughlin, who is currently best known for his role as Lucas Sinclair in Netflix s hit series Stranger Things. Concrete Cowboys was also the title of a late 1970s TV show starring Jerry Reed, but the two are otherwise unrelated. Elba and McLaughlin will also be joined in Concrete Cowboys by Byron Bowers (The Chi), Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us), and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma).6. WESLEY SNIPES AND LESLIE JONES ARE COMING 2 AMERICA (Photo by Warner Bros.)We ve known for a while that Paramount Pictures had scheduled the Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall sequel Coming 2 America for December 18, 2020 (up against the video game adaptation Uncharted and the remakes of Dune and West Side Story), but it wasn t until this week that casting news really ramped up. The stars returning from the original 1988 comedy include James Earl Jones, John Amos reprising his role as the owner of the Scottish-themed McDowell s fast food restaurant, and Louie Anderson as a McDowell s employee. The new cast members will include Wesley Snipes as General Izzi, the military dictator of a neighboring nation, Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne as Prince Akeem s American daughter, and rapper Rick Ross.7. REMAKES OF HOME ALONE AND NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM TO DEBUT ON DISNEY+(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Ever since it was first announced last year, we ve known that the upcoming Disney+ streaming service would be the home for some of Disney s live action remakes, including Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone. This week, we learned that Disney+ will also be the destination for several remakes of some of the 20th Century Fox properties that Disney acquired earlier this year. Although there may be (and probably will be) others, the four titles specifically mentioned were Home Alone, Cheaper by the Dozen, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Night at the Museum. With the possible exception of Night at the Museum, these titles fit right in with the theme of Disney focusing their theatrical efforts on big movies. We already got some news about the Home Alone remake this week with the revelation that Disney reportedly hopes to cast Melissa McCarthy as Kevin s mom. The Disney+ streaming app will launch on November 12, 2019.8. KEVIN HART NOW ATTACHED TO UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT REMAKE (Photo by Warner Bros.)Because the development process can sometimes take several years, the reality is that there are many film projects that never get made at all. For example, back in 2002, we first heard about plans for a remake of the 1974 crime comedy Uptown Saturday Night, which originally featured the trio of Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, and Sidney Poitier. At that point, Will Smith had been attached to both produce and star in the remake, but in the 17 years since, Smith dropped out (he s still one of the remake s producers). In the last week, we heard first that Uptown Saturday Night will be directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Brown Sugar), and then that it is now Kevin Hart who is attached to star. It s not yet known who might join Hart in the remake, but an easy guess might be one of Hart s frequent costars, like maybe Ice Cube or Dwayne Johnson.9. SLEEPER YOUNG ADULT HIT AFTER TO GET A SEQUEL(Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert/ © Aviron Pictures)If you re from outside a certain specific target demographic, it s possible that you don t remember (or have never even heard of) the recent 2019 romantic drama After (Rotten at 18%). If that is where you fall, you might also be surprised to discover that After earned nearly million from a budget of just million. Having said that, only million of that was earned domestically, suggesting that After was more successful overseas. Regardless, the film apparently did well enough for its producers to move forward with plans for a sequel called After We Collided, based on another novel in the YA series by author Anna Todd. Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin are both expected to return for the sequel, which will be directed by Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions) when it starts filming later this month.Like this? 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