闪电战机采用百度引擎7（Baidu 5）(Photo by Showtime)Video game adaptations are tough. For years, feature film takes on beloved games like Super Mario Bros. and FarCry have been the butt of jokes thanks to producers who take the title and little else from the source material. Even more recent, high-gloss, and faithful efforts seem to lose something in the translation. (See our guide to 47 Video Game Movies Ranked Worst to Best. )But Paramount+ hopes to buck that tragic big-budget trend with a high-end series based on Microsoft’s epic game franchise Halo. As Showtime Networks co-president Gary Levine put it at the 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour, “Our challenge on this series was to take a video game and make it into a character drama that belongs on Showtime.” Two years later, Showtime’s corporate parent, ViacomCBS, announced the series would instead be one that belongs on its rebranded Paramount+ streaming service.Navigating the landscape from game mechanics to filmed entertainment is often as difficult as any mission series main character Master Chief confronts, but here are the details we know so far about the Paramount+ Halo series.[Updated on 2/24/21]1. It Is Based Upon a Huge Game Universe(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Beginning with 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved, the Halo series charts the ongoing conflict between a spacefaring humanity in the 26th century and an alien theocracy known as the Covenant. In that first game, Master Chief John-117, a genetically enhanced Spartan supersoldier encased in advanced armor, faces off against the Covenant for control of a Halo — a ring-shaped space station/super weapon created by an ancient and extinct race the Covenant worship as gods. The game changed the perception of first-person shooters on home consoles and gave Microsoft its first huge win in that market when the game was released as a launch title for the original XBox.Sequels followed — five so far in the main series with a sixth, Halo Infinite, due out in 2021 (we hope) — and a surprising number of spin-offs. New characters appeared to play off against the stoic Master Chief and the spin-offs further developed the Halo universe by featuring more story-driven first-person shooters or switching to other game mechanics like Real Time Strategy. Books, comics, and animated series further deepened the breadth of the franchise s universe and history.The television series will attempt to “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action and adventure set within that richly imagined vision of the future.” Anchoring those stories will be Master Chief, played by American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber (pictured).In a 2019 interview, Levine told Rotten Tomatoes and a small group of reporters that Schreiber has “the physicality to be a Spartan, to be Master Chief. But he is [also] a great dramatic actor.” A mention of Schreiber’s comedic chops and the “twinkle in his eye” suggests Master Chief may be seen without his helmet or armor; a first for Halo should it happen. Although Levine added, “we’re not violating anything big,” so Master Chief may remain within his armor throughout the series.2. Steven Spielberg Is Involved (Sort Of)(Photo by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection)Since 2013, Spielberg’s Amblin Television has been involved in developing the current iteration of the Halo TV project. At that time, he was said to be on board as an executive producer, but it seems he will not take on any direct creative duties. Nonetheless, there is always the potential he will take an interest in the series, particularly as it focuses on two of his favorite topics: war and aliens.Microsoft’s 343 Industries — an entity it established to manage the Halo brand following the departure of original developer Bungie — will also produce the series, suggesting a level of direct developer control seen only with Ubisoft producing 2016 s Assassin’s Creed. That film, however, proved developer input may not lead to a great adaptation as that film only garnered a 19% on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 43%.3. Its Cast Reflects Halo’s Past And Future(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Joining Master Chief on this television journey will be Yerin Ha as Quan Ah, a new character devised specifically for the series. First announced alongside Schreiber, the character is described as a “shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.” The series will also feature Californication’s Natascha McElhone (pictured), Fargo’s Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy.McElhone will play Dr. Catherine Halsey, inventor of the Spartan super-soldiers and Cortana, the advance AI who is the key to humanity’s survival and a constant element in Master Chief’s adventures. Cortana is also the name of Microsoft’s AI assistant on its platforms; the name was, in fact, derived from Halo. At one point, McElhone was set to voice Cortana, but scheduling issues led to the character s original voice, Jen Taylor, stepping in and creating one bit of continuity with the games.Woodbine will take on the role of Soren-066, another established Halo character. He is an old friend of Master Chief’s and a privateer in conflict with the military — which means he may come into direct conflict with Azmi’s character, Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of Naval Intelligence and another character from the games who seemingly places the Halo TV series in a specific part of the franchise’s history. But, as Levine said, “you re going to get new information in our series, but we are not going to violate any of the things in the canon.”Kalu, Culzac, and Kennedy all play new characters to the Halo universe with familiar affiliations. Kalu is Spartan Vannak-134, Master Chief’s de facto deputy. Culzac is Spartan Riz-028, a “cybernetically enhanced killing machine,” and Kennedy is Spartan Kai-125, another Spartan super-soldier tasked to the mission. Actors Yerin Ha, Charlie Murphy, Olive Gray, and Danny Sapani are also part of the series in unspecified roles.”4. It Has Great Talent in the Writers’ RoomExploring the “richly imagined universe” is executive producer and showrunner Kyle Killen, creator of critically acclaimed Lone Star (83% on the Tomatometer) and the fan-favorite NBC series Awake (89% Audience Score). Both series featured protagonist who faced dual realities — literally in the case of Awake’s Micheal Britten (Jason Isaacs). Both shows also faced tough competition on broadcast television and did not last beyond their initial episode orders; nonetheless, a 10-episode cable series may turn out to be the best format for Killen as a writer and producer. And should Halo s protagonist find themselves caught between two worlds — say humanity versus the culture of The Covenant — Killen will be a great fit for the material.The Last Ship’s Steven Kane also serves as showrunner alongside Killen. His TNT series has an 83% on the Tomatometer and proved to be success on that network over the course of five seasons. Kane reportedly oversees production in Budapest while Killen supervises writing and other stateside production efforts.Also, the initial episodes will be directed by Robin Hood’s Otto Bathurst, who replaced Rupert Wyatt due to scheduling conflicts.“[He] is a marvelous director,” Levine said of Bathurst. “Unbelievably passionate about the project, and he has been leading our team beautifully.”5. This Is Not the First Attempt Adapt Halo(Photo by Vanguard Cinema)Halo nearly became a feature film in the early part of the 21st century. In 2005, 20th Century Fox and Universal picked up the project thanks in part to a script written by Annhilation’s Alex Garland. According to Garland, the story was a fairly faithful adaptation of the two Halo games available at the time. Peter Jackson was poised to produce with both Guillermo del Toro and Neill Blomkamp eyeing the director’s chair. Sadly, tough negotiations between the studios, Jackson, and producer Peter Schlessel led to the project’s collapse.After to the project’s implosion, Blomkamp said he would have used Master Chief as “the most important supporting cast member” with other characters doing “most of the emotional heavy lifting.”Since the time of the failed feature attempt, Microsoft produced two live-action webseries which were later released as films: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Halo: Nightfall. The latter was produced by Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free and featured Luke Cage’s Mike Colter as Agent Jameson Locke, a playable character in Halo 5: Guardians.6. The Switch to Paramount+Although intended to be a Showtime original series, David Nevins, CBS Chief Creative Officer and Showtime Networks Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, surprised reporters during a February 2021 Investor Day presentation by adding the program to the Paramount+ roster. The streaming service, a rebrand of the existing CBS All Access, intends to encompass more of ViacomCBS’s programming. According to Nevins, Halo fits right in with the sort of content the streaming service intends to highlight. “From all the early glimpses we’ve seen, it’s crystal clear that Halo is a visually stunning thrill-ride, anchored in riveting, character-driven storytelling,” he said. “With such tremendous appeal to every audience, we realized Halo had the potential to become a defining show for what will become the broadest streaming platform at ViacomCBS – the new Paramount+.” Showtime will still be involved as a producer alongside 343 Industries and Amblin.7. What s the Status? Production began in Budapest during the fall of 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to a long delay. It is currently in production again with Paramount+ setting it for an early 2022 debut.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Above: Hanton with Hemsworth in a photo from Hanton s Instagram (@bobbydazzler84).What’s the craziest stunt you’ve ever done for a Marvel movie?In Infinity War, I got smacked off my feet by Peter Dinklage s character. I got punted off my feet, somersaulted through the air with a twist, and then landed on a rock face and then headplant into the ground, which was a pretty gnarly hit.What was the toughest MCU movie to shoot?Thor: Ragnarok was intense. The movie is all about Thor, so there were a lot of stunts for Thor and myself and Chris to do in that movie. A month into rehearsal, I snapped my groin I think on that movie I cranked my neck a few times, popped my shoulder out. That’s probably the most I’ve picked up injuries on a Marvel movie, due to the fact that there are a lot more stunts to rehearse, a lot more stunts to do, and a little bit of being unlucky with a couple of landings and tweaks I picked up. That’s the nature of the beast. We spend as much time in rehearsal as possible, breaking it down and making sure it’s as safe as possible before we take the mats out. The stunt team are all working together to make sure it looks great, but it’s repeatable and safe. That’s why we’re on the movie 10-12 weeks prior. I’ve picked up injuries along the way but it’s part of the job.What was the most memorable part of working on Endgame?I think just being surrounded by so many A-list movie stars and so many superheroes all under one roof. The end battle is incredible, all these actors running next to each other and having little fight sequences with each other; Cap getting the hammer, and stuff like that. It was a great ending to a great team and a bunch of professional actors and actresses.What has it been doubling for Thor and working alongside Chris Hemsworth for so long?Chris and I have become very close as friends. We’re the same age, have the same sense of humor. We have a great laugh on set, and Chris is such a great guy. It’s been nearly seven years, so we’ve developed a very close relationship. Without being biased, I think Thor is one of the best characters, so hopefully they do continue [making Thor movies].Glenn Foster: Double for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) They put the helmet on me, and I suddenly had a flashback to that moment as a kid of seeing Darth Vader helmeted, and I suddenly thought, oh my goodness, this is that moment that I imagined as a kid.' (Photo by Industrial Light & Magic/©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection)What was the first Marvel movie you worked on?Iron Man 2.How did you get the job?I was with Robert at that point. We had done Sherlock Holmes prior to that, and he expressed an interest in keeping me with him for whatever journey was in store for us. That was 10 years ago, so it’s kind of been a decade of craziness and an incredible life experience for me. We’ve done maybe seven Marvel films together? And a bunch of other different projects as well.Is there a difference between doubling for Tony Stark and doubling for Iron Man?Iron Man is a lot less quirky and fluid. Robert has a very unique way of moving and acting. Maybe it’s why he was so good as Chaplin. And then, an Iron Man-type movement is much more about being upright, more strident, more powerful. In a way, slightly more mechanized. In some instances, that was dictated by the amount of movement that the suits would allow. Earlier versions were actually very tricky to move in and see anything in.What’s the craziest stunt you ever did for a Marvel movie?For Iron Man 3, we were jumping off cranes. Those cranes were 300-, maybe 400-feet high. Launching yourself off the side of those was interesting. Definite leaps of faith, especially since it was all shot at night. You’re leaping into darkness and trusting that the various cables you’re attached to are going to do what they’re supposed to.Got any MCU war stories?I’ve certainly taken some knocks. Nothing that has particularly stopped me from continuing with a project. On all the Marvel projects, we’ve been very lucky in having had a good group of stunt engineering guys or girls. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to be on those rigs or whatever it was and come out the other side.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)What was the most memorable part of working on Endgame?The scene were Tony travels back in time and he’s dressed as a SWAT guy in the past, but [the 2012 version of him] is talking to Robert Redford. They did that whole sequence in the morning, and I was the [present-day Tony] in the background, in the SWAT gear, observing him while he went through this whole scene. It was sprung on me that for the afternoon’s work Robert [Downey Jr.] would be the guy in the SWAT gear, so they would do the close-up stuff on him, watching me, now perform that whole dialogue sequence. I essentially got to act on screen, with dialogue, not only with Chris Hemsworth, but with an absolute living icon, Robert Redford. That was incredibly memorable to me.What has it mean to you to be part of the MCU for a decade?I remember seeing a documentary about Star Wars as a kid, and they showed Darth Vader without a mask. I remember thinking, “that would be the coolest job ever. To be a character like that, and to actually be the guy in the mask, to be that iconic, awe-inspiring character.” I came to do Iron Man 2, and they told me I was going to wear the suit, and the first time I ever put it on, it was for a sequence where there’s a party in Tony’s house. They put the helmet on me, and I suddenly had a flashback to that moment as a kid of seeing Darth Vader helmeted, and I suddenly thought, “oh my goodness, this is that moment that I imagined as a kid.”Loyd Bateman: Double for The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) These large chunks of foam that you’d have to wear in order to make parts of your body the correct size — that makes it tricky. (Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios)What was the first Marvel movie you worked on?I actually have only done Infinity War and Endgame.How did you get the job?I’ve been working in film for almost 20 years now, doing stunts and etcetera. I sent a short reel of some of the things that I’ve done, including a short film that I made for my son called Zarg Attack!. He wanted to fight a giant robot. I did a stop-motion animation robot and made it attack him. I think it’s that clip that landed me the job, between that and my performance stuff.What was it like meeting Mark Ruffalo for the first time?Mark was really sweet. It was early 2017 when we started to do some of the motion-capture stuff for Infinity War. Right out of the gate he was very friendly, very sweet, very open. Talked a little bit about how he was playing about it, the character. I brought some of my ideas to the table, and he was really open and receptive.What’s the difference between doubling for Bruce Banner and for the Hulk?If I’m completely honest, I’m physically larger and, I daresay, a hair more muscular than Mark, so I actually didn’t do any of the Bruce Banner stuff. I did all the motion capture stuff for the Hulk, and for smart-Hulk.While wearing the motion-capture suit, did you also have a fake head on a stick, like the ones Josh Brolin wore as Thanos?We did from time to time, just as a height reference, but often if we were being really physical, it would just break. We would take it off to do what we needed to do. Also, often the character would be fighting other characters of equivalent size, so it was less tricky. Thanos would often be fighting human-sized characters, so there were eyeline issues all the time and size issues.(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios)Did the motion-capture nature of the character make doing the stunts more complicated?It was a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can wear as much padding as you wanted. You could be as safe as you needed. Sometimes, though, with all the extra gear on — like height offsets or these large chunks of foam that you’d have to wear in order to make parts of your body the correct size — that makes it tricky. Other than that, not too difficult.What was the craziest stunt you’ve done for a Marvel movie?The stunts weren’t physically that huge for my character. The more complex stuff was fight choreography, really. For this particular character, any of the explosions or huge falls he would have to do, they would just do it completely with computers. It’s a magic show. It’s a lot of trickery. We got to have fun, be safe, and do things that were spectacular at the same time.Did you ever get injured?We always get bumps and bruises. I don’t mean to put my experience too lightly. Obviously the human characters who are acting with real practical walls and windows and things are going to have a much harder time, but I still did a certain amount of getting kicked and punched backwards, landing on things, all that sort of stuff.What was the most memorable part of working on Endgame?Watching the finished film in the theater, I think was the most memorable to me, because seeing it all come together after all that time and all that effort, how hard everyone worked, everyone putting their heart and soul into it. Seeing it all come together and getting to watch it with a group of people was actually made it was the most memorable thing. It was fantastic.Daniel Hargrave: Double for Captain America (Chris Evans) That America’s ass shot, when he’s on the ground, was shot during additional photography – that was all Chris Evans. (Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios)What was the first Marvel movie you worked on?Captain America: The Winter Soldier. How did you get the job?My brother Sam had doubled Chris Evans for the whole movie, and they were going to do some additional photography. Sam and I were actually working on The Hunger Games, and he had a long beard and he didn’t feel like shaving for a couple days of reshoots so he volunteered me. I went out there and doubled Chris for one scene.What was it like meeting Chris Evans for the first time?He was super nice. My brother had a good relationship with Chris, and he was very cordial and nice to me. Of course, he expected me to be like my brother and perform at a higher level, so it was a little pressure, first time meeting him, but he was a very nice guy.What’s the craziest stunt you’ve ever done for a Marvel movie?In Endgame, when my brother and me were both doubling Cap for the “Cap versus Cap” scene. There was the double stair fall, where we both ran and jumped off of a platform down the stairs at the same time, and went crashing down the stairs and off the edge into a box catcher, and then they hoisted us up. It was a throwback to when we were little kids on the farm, we used to make little videos. Kinda funny, now 25 years later, we’re doing it on the big screen for one of the biggest movies in the world. It was awesome, a dream come true.
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(Photo by Steve Deitl /©Netflix, Mark Hill/©HBO, Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)The nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 28. And while nominations-round voting has officially ended – that s the period during which members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences cast the votes that will decide each category s nominees – we thought we d give Rotten Tomatoes users the chance to have your say over who you think deserves a nod this year for their contribution to TV and streaming.Got strong thoughts on which series should be up for Outstanding Drama and who should compete for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series? Vote for your favorite performance or show in each category below – we picked the top 20 contenders in each category according to the odds-calculators at Gold Derby – and help us see who Rotten Tomatoes users think should be getting good news come nominations morning. (And note: While you can only vote once in each category, you can come back and vote again tomorrow to spread the love.)The nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
tories filmed weeks prior sit abandoned, covered in fake blood and gore — evidence of the sheer speed of production.)“We’re shooting so fast that when one of them is done, the guys just throw it on the floor in the room and grab the next one and run to set. So when you walk by our lock-up, everything is just thrown everywhere. There’s no time to even pick anything up,” Nicotero said. “The skin crawlers, the big bloody monster, they’re all on the ground. We finish shooting and it was soaked in blood and they just dropped it and it’s still sitting there, because you don’t even have five minutes to wipe the blood off. We’re moving that fast.”4. He hired big names to star.(Photo by Shudder)How did the little horror series for a streaming service wind up with genre heavyweights like Tricia Helfer, Adrienne Barbeau, Jeffrey Combs, and Bruce Davidson, plus other stars including Giancarlo Esposito, David Arquette, Kid Cudi, and Big Boi (yeah, Outkast’s Big Boi)?“I literally texted every single actor I’ve ever worked with to find out what they were up to and I was like, ‘Come on, let’s play, it’ll be fun,’” Nicotero said. One thing he could promise his pals: It’s quick. You come in, you shoot a couple of days, and you leave. So in that regard it’s been fun, but it’s also been insanely hard.”5. The scary stories include adaptations and originals.(Photo by Shudder)Adaptations include Stephen King’s “Gray Matter” (which kicks off the series), Joe Hill’s “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Companion,” Josh Malerman’s “The House of the Head,” Christopher Buehlman’s “The Man in the Suitcase,” Bruce Jones’ “All Hallows Eve,” and John Skipp and Dori Miller’s “Times Is Tough in Musky Holler.”The original stories include “Lydia Layne’s Better Half” by John Harrison and Nicotero, “Skincrawlers” by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford, “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito, and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab.Again, Nicotero hit up his friends to obtain the season’s best-known story: “I actually wrote Stephen King and said, ‘Can’t be Creepshow without a Stephen King story. What do you think?’ And he’s like, ‘I have just the story!’ Within 20 minutes, Stephen had two different stories that he had proposed,” Nicotero said, and once production began, it was clear “Gray Matter” was the right choice. “It was just cool that he said, ‘Yeah man, sure.’”6. It honors its roots.(Photo by Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)While filmmaking techniques have advanced in the more than 35 years since the original, which was originally designed to pay tribute to mid-century horror comics, this Creepshow retains much of its look. That means intros and outros that use the familiar comic book motif.“Because of the comic book vibe with all the panels, I think Creepshow is a different experience. We are really embracing the split-screens and going through the panels. So it’s got that flair and flavor to it, which is great,” Nicotero said.And the crew — from prop makers to set decorators — are also reverent horror fans, and have filled the series with plenty of Easter Eggs. Gray Matter has “probably 30” nods to King’s work. An ash tray from the original film owned by one of Nicotero’s friends appears in every episode.“I want people to look and then they’ll watch it a couple more times,” he said of “Gray Matter.” “There’s a lot of little things. Comic books, the voodoo doll – I forget half of them because we’ve been shooting for seven weeks. I’ll probably go back and go, ‘Oh s , I forgot about that one!’ But it’s been fun because even the art department guys come and go, ‘Look, we made this!’ and I’m like ‘That’s great, I didn’t think about that!’ Even ‘The House of the Head,’ … it’s a really great psychological thriller about a little girl who comes home and her dollhouse is haunted. She goes to the store and she’s like, ‘I need help,’ and she goes to the store and gets a cop and puts the cop toy in and then the cop gets killed and she goes and gets an Indian. We did a little Chief Woodenhead from Creepshow 2 as the Indian. All that nerdy s where we’re doing it and I’m like, ‘No one’s ever going to notice this,’ and on set, half the crew is like, ‘Is that Chief Woodenhead?!’ I’m like, ‘How the f do you guys know that? This is great.’ So there’s a lot of that kind of stuff, and it’s been fun.”New episodes of Creepshow debut Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Shudder’s TV live-stream and On Demand.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Netflix released Martin Scorsese s long-anticipated The Irishman into very select theaters this weekend ahead of the film s digital release on the streaming platform November 27. And so the world is finally getting its first look at the epic three-and-a-half–hour gangster flick that reunites Scorsese favorites Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and also features Al Pacino, starring in a Scorsese picture for the very first time. Critics are loving it so far: The movie is Certified Fresh at 97% on the Tomatometer, and the director and lead cast are all considered sure-things for nominations this awards season. But is this adaptation of I Heard You Paint Houses, the story of gangster Frank The Irishman Sheeran and his relationship with union leader Jimmy Hoffa, everything the buzz says it is? That s the question Mark Ellis is asking critics Scott Mantz and Angie Han (Mashable) in this Irishman deep dive. The panel tackles all the big questions about Netflix s big Oscar play: Is it Scorsese s best movie? Who stands out in the cast? Does the movie completely sideline its female cast? And, of course, we ask if this movie will land the legendary director his second Best Picture statuette?The Irishman is in select theaters now and available on Netflix November 27, 2019. Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
The hit 2018 horror movie A Quiet Place could have easily been a standalone feature, one proving John Krasinski was indeed a great director as well as actor, and especially successful alongside his co-starring wife, Emily Blunt. But now there’s a sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, and it’s finally hitting theaters on May 28!Does it prove itself worthy of existence as a follow-up? Does it also show promise for a continued franchise (as Paramount is planning)? The first reviews are out and mostly positive on both fronts, even if not all of them agree on the sequel being at least as good as the original.Here’s what critics are saying about A Quiet Place Part II:How does it compare to the first film?The second installment is just as good as the first one, proving to be an incredibly effective and tense experience. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarIt’s another breathless chamber piece, expertly crafted to pack dread into every nerve-rattling sound. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterKrasinski has not at all let up on the thrills and chills and alien-centric terror, but he’s also bulked up on the drama, emotion, and very human pain at its center. Kate Erbland, IndieWireThe thriller is still engrossing in many spots but ultimately doesn’t come together like the first one. Though, it’s not for lack of trying. Rodrigo Perez, The PlaylistIn many ways, Part II suffers from some of the same follow-up problems afflicting The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Jacob Oller, Paste MagazineIt struggles to recapture the lightning that turned the 2018 original into a hit. Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/©Paramount Pictures)Does it rehash the original or build upon it?The fortunate thing is how effective the film is at expanding this world without betraying the qualities that made the first work. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentPart II earns the promise of a sequel by doing what the best sequels do, striking out in search of new stories instead of settling for retracing its steps. Angie Han, MashableA Quiet Place Part II seems content to reiterate rather than build on its predecessor’s revelations. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesWhat this second installment mostly offers more of is the same… echoing without quite amplifying the pleasures of its predecessor. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubIs it worth seeing either way?The focus is broadened with diminishing returns, but A Quiet Place Part II still manages to conjure up enough thrills to make it worthwhile. Ian Freer, Empire MagazineThey come up with more than enough to justify a second trip into their world. Angie Han, MashableAs a piece of storytelling, it’s skimpy and vaguely unsatisfying. As a series of fight, flight, or bite-your-tongue set pieces, it delivers. A.A. Dowd, AV Club(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/©Paramount Pictures)How is John Krasinki s direction this time?His ability to direct stunning, action-driven set pieces on par with any other blockbuster has grown, [and] so too has Krasinski’s initial motivation: to make a movie for his family. Kate Erbland, IndieWireI don’t know if Krasinski plans to remain in the realm of genre films as a director, but he indeed continues to deliver, even for a movie that didn’t have to exist. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentKrasinski’s milked this franchise and its gimmicks to provide us with his two best showings behind the camera, but he—like its characters—needs to grow beyond it. Jacob Oller, Paste MagazineKrasinski’s filmmaking mostly has a slick, well-tooled confidence that should land him a superhero gig soon, but it might be wise to let the Abbotts off the hook for now. Ian Freer, Empire MagazineWhat about the screenplay?The intimacy of the storytelling tugs relentlessly at our anxieties for the duration. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterKrasinski has sole writing credit this time, and while his directing is more impressive, the way he opens up this world is pretty satisfying. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarDual storylines are wrapped up together ingeniously… What is interesting about this film is that it quite persuasively shows us a post-post-apocalyptic situation. Peter Bradshaw, GuardianThe relentless tension and close-quarters intimacy that he established in the first film can’t help but slacken under the weight of a swiftly expanding narrative. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesIt hints at a bigger world outside the boundaries of its genre games, then largely neglects to explore it. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubIt can’t just recycle the premise of the first film as many a horror sequel has done. So instead, it fills up the runtime with plot — and a fairly run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic thriller plot, at that. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmSome of the screenplay’s conceptions of how society has disintegrated don’t really track. Ian Freer, Empire Magazine(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/©Paramount Pictures)Is it scary?There are some jump scares that had me Fosbury-flopping out of my seat with a yelp. Peter Bradshaw, GuardianThe jump scares here are legitimately distressing because there’s so little distance separating us from the main characters. Those jolts are not cheap tricks but immersive approximations of what the people onscreen are experiencing. David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter[The premise] comes with its unique terror, an inherent tension in watching anyone do anything that might kick up a bit of noise. But there is also the anxiety in what Krasinki’s characters can see. Kate Erbland, IndieWireJump scares and bloody mayhem are more the order of the day. They re effective in the moment — I nearly fell out of my seat a few times — but they don t linger in their terror, and there s nothing close to the excruciating horror of the nail or birth scenes from the original. Angie Han, MashableIs it a horror or a post-apocalyptic adventure?… A Quiet Place II falls somewhere in between, with the effective thrills and jump scares of a horror film, but with an overly familiar post-apocalyptic plot that we’ve seen many times before. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmThe reason these films work is not because of the scares. They work because, at their heart, they are a high concept meditation on parenting. Lindsey Bahr, Associated PressDoes it work as a family drama?While becoming a bigger flick, it still retains an emotional quotient that makes you care about the Abbott family. Without that, this would be just another creature feature. Instead, it’s something more. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarPart II feels caught between two conflicting modes, a tightly focused family drama and a more expansive vision of post-apocalyptic decay. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/©Paramount Pictures)How are the performances?Millicent Simmonds owns A Quiet Place Part II in a way that assures this her franchise. Matt Donato, What to WatchThis is very much Millicent Simmonds’ movie. Her elevation to the full-on hero of this franchise is well earned. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarSimmonds is an excellent performer: bold, confident and forthright, holding her own opposite the alpha-emoting presence of Murphy. Peter Bradshaw, GuardianThe kids are good, but sorry, they’re no Emily Blunt. Rodrigo Perez, The PlaylistBlunt and Murphy convey volumes with just their eyes, and they’re matched by Jupe and Simmonds, two of contemporary film’s most empathetic and insightful actors of any age. Alonso Duralde, The WrapThere is a key aspect that worked in Part II‘s favor, and that’s the addition of Cillian Murphy. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentMurphy and Simmonds are a fantastic pairing. Murphy brings a likability and tenderness to a fairly well-worn archetype, while Simmonds is allowed to shine as the clear-eyed heroine of the piece. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmHow does the movie look?If the shots capturing predator and prey often owe a debt to James Cameron’s Aliens, well, there are worse models to emulate. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterKrasinski and cinematographer Polly Morgan know how to shoot the apocalypse. Jacob Oller, Paste MagazineCinematographer Polly Morgan’s effused light provides a fascinating juxtaposition, balancing the beauty of nature with the omnipresent dangers lurking. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionPolly Morgan‘s visuals aren’t quite as memorable as last time, but the cinematography is still very elegant. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarAdd to that a better handle on the visual effects used to depict these violent creatures, and you have a film that really found itself when it comes to all of the technical aspects. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live Entertainment(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/©Paramount Pictures)And how does it sound?Immersive sound design is again the superstar. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionThe layered sound design, fittingly, is a thing of beauty. And like the first film, this one also benefits immeasurably from Marco Beltrami’s vigorous orchestral score. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterThe movie sounds great and utilizes sound brilliantly. No franchise is as mesmerizing on an auditory level as this one is. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarWhile I don’t think the sound is leveraged toward dramatic ends, here, as well as in the prior installment, the craft is still intermediately astounding as it builds to create big-time scares. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviewsShould we look forward to more sequels?Amusingly enough, [its] measured world-building also sets the stage for still more stories and sequels. Kate Erbland, IndieWireWhere the story will go from here it s hard to guess, though it does seem reasonable to assume it s not over. Part II seeds more than a few possible avenues for potential spinoffs and sequels. Angie Han, MashableThe ellipsis not only demands but practically promises another installment. Stay tuned for Part III, it screams without words. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubA Quiet Place Part II only swings us to the next film. Rather than allowing us to enjoy this one. Robert Daniels, 812filmreviewsA Quiet Place Part II releases in select theaters on May 28, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. Lisey’s Story is the eight-episode adaptation of the Stephen King psychological horror-romance novel, the one inspired by his near-death experience after being hit by a van in 1999. King wrote all episodes of the miniseries about a wife haunted by forgotten memories of her famous novelist husband two years after his death. Stars Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dane DeHaan, Ron Cephas Jones, and Sung Kang. Premieres June 4. (Apple TV+)More trailers and teasers released this week:• Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty is a new docuseries that returns meerkat-loving viewers (and really, who doesn’t that include), to the Kalahari Desert where we first fell in love with Flowers in the original Meerkat Manor to meet three families of meerkats who are Flowers’ descendants. Premieres June 5. (BBC America)• Oslo is the true story of negotiations between implacable enemies: the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Stars Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott, Premieres May 29. (HBO)• Solos is the seven-part anthology series that spans our present and future and illuminates that even during our most isolated moments we are all connected through the human experience. Stars Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Uzo Aduba, Helen Mirren, and Anthony Mackie. Premieres May 21. (Amazon Video)• 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything is the eight-part immersive docuseries that explores the musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of 1971, including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and more. Premieres May 21. (Apple TV+)• Lupin, Part 2, is the continuation of Assane s quest for revenge against Hubert Pelligrini, which has torn his family to pieces. Stars Omar Sy, Hervé Pierre, Nicole Garcia, Clotilde Hesme, Ludivine Sagnier, Antoine Gouy, Shirine Boutella, and Soufiane Guerrab, Premieres June 11. (Netflix)• Wish Dragon is an animated series about Din, a college student with big dreams but small means, and Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, who set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Din s long-lost childhood friend, Lina. Stars John Cho, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, Jimmy O. Yang, and Bobby Lee. Premieres June 11. (Netflix)• Blindspotting is the TV sequel to Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal’s 2018 Oakland-set dramedy movie of the same name. Stars Jasmine Cephas Jones and Helen Hunt. Premiere June 13. (Starz)• Panic is the YA drama, based on author Lauren Oliver’s book of the same name, about 47 recent high school graduates who take part in a competition which will lead them to escape the small town they live in, until the rules change and they must decide how much they are willing to risk to leave their hometown. Stars Olivia Welch, Enrique Murciano, Moira Kelly, and Nancy McKeon. Premieres May 28. (Amazon Video)• Bosch, Amazon’s longest-running original series about LAPD detective Harry Bosch, will premiere its seventh and final season. Stars Titus Welliver. Premieres June 25. (Amazon Video)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Kiefer Sutherland Returns to the Spy Game(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Kiefer Sutherland will star in an untitled espionage drama for Paramount+. Sutherland rejoins the TV spy game – after his iconic Emmy-winning performance as counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer in 24, which marks the 20th anniversary of its premiere in November – as James Weir, a private espionage operative in the midst of a battle over the preservation of democracy in a world at odds with misinformation, behavioral manipulation, the surveillance state, and the interests that control these extraordinary powers. Sutherland will executive produce alongside writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (This Is Us), Charlie Gogolak (The Sinner), and Suzan Bymel (Designated Survivor).Starz’ The Serpent Queen has added cast. Samantha Morton stars in the series as the nefarious Catherine de Medici, the 16th century French orphan who ruled France even after finding out her husband was in love with someone else. Her new costars include: Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones), Enzo Cilenti (Free Fire), Barry Atsma (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Nicholas Burns (Emma), Danny Kirrane (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Ludivine Sagnier (8 Women), Liv Hill (Jellyfish), Kiruna Stamell (Moulin Rouge!), and Colm Meaney (Gangs of London).Beginning with the 2022 Hollywood awards season, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox will lead E!’s red carpet coverage and host a series of celebrity interview specials on the network.Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, and EJ Johnson are joining the voice cast of Disney+’s upcoming animated comedy series revival The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. Porter and Quinto, respectively, voice Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, mixed-race adoptive parents to 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins (Keke Palmer), while Johnson will voice Michael Collins, Penny Proud’s (Kyla Pratt) BFF and a non-conforming trendsetter, who serves up fierce looks at school and on the basketball court (Johnson’s father is Magic Johnson).He-Man and Skeletor return! Here s the first look at Kevin Smith s #MastersoftheUniverse: Revelation series premiering July 23 on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/Nrngqg5QvK Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) May 13, 2021Netflix has released first look photos and confirmed voice cast for Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation animated series that premieres on July 23. The talent includes Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn, Chris Wood as Prince Adam/He-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms, Stephen Root as Cringer, Diedrich Bader as King Randor/Trap Jaw, Griffin Newman as Orko, Tiffany Smith as Andra, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops, Alan Oppenheimer (the original Skeletor) as Moss Man, Susan Eisenberg as Sorceress, Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena, Justin Long as Roboto, Jason Mewes as Stinkor, Phil LaMarr as He-Ro, Tony Todd as Scare Glow, Cree Summer as Priestess, Kevin Michael Richardson as Beast Man, and Kevin Conroy as Mer-Man.Showtime’s still untitled Los Angeles Lakers drama has added another duo to its star-packed cast: Gillian Jacobs (Community) will play Chris Riley, wife of Lakers legendary coach Pat Riley, while Wood Harris (The Wire) will play Spencer Haywood, who famously won the right in 1970 to join the NBA without going to college first (which Kobe Bryant did decades later).LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) has joined The CW’s potential Nancy Drew spin-off Tom Swift, voicing the artificial intelligence companion and mentor to Tian Richards’ titular Tom. Burton will first appear in an upcoming Nancy Drew episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot for Tom Swift. (Deadline)Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place), Chaske Spencer (Banshee), Rafe Spall (Trying), Tom Hughes (A Discovery of Witches), Stephen Rea (The Honourable Woman), and Valerie Pachner (The Kingsman) are starring in the Amazon Video western The English, set in 1890, about Cornelia Locke (Blunt), an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son. She meets a man (Spencer) with whom she discovers a shared history, which must be defeated if either of them are to survive.Rocketman star Jamie Bell is joining the cast of Apple+’s Elisabeth Moss drama Shining Girls. He’ll play a mysterious loner with a surprising connection to Moss’ reporter, Kirby, who is the victim of a brutal assault and tries to find her attacker as her reality begins to waver.James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen return for their series and Psych movie roles for Peacock’s upcoming movie Psych 3: This Is Gus, in which Shawn and Groomzilla Gus go rogue in an attempt to track down Selene’s (Jazmyn Simon) estranged husband, as Lassie grapples with the future of his career.Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland is joining the cast of Epic, ABC’s fairy tale drama where she’ll play Rose, a princess-y woman who’s about to marry her prince, i.e. the man of her dreams, until he has second thoughts. (Deadline)PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Bridgerton Spinoff Focuses on Young Queen Charlotte (Photo by LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020)Netflix has ordered a Bridgerton spinoff about a young Queen Charlotte, as well as young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Shonda Rhimes will write and executive produce, alongside executive producers Betsy Beers and Tom Verica. (Variety)Paramount+ is reviving The Game, the comedy that originally aired on The CW and then 2006-15. Original cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez will reprise their roles as sports agent Tasha Mack and footballer Malik Wright, as the action moves from San Diego to Las Vegas with a mix of original cast and new players and a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. Original show creator Mara Brock Akil, showrunner and writer Devon Greggory, Salim Akil, and original executive producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo will be executive producers.NBC will air Annie Live!, an update on the classic musical Annie, next December. Former NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and Chicago and Hairspray film producer Neil Meron are producing, and no cast has been announced yet.Gordita Chronicles has been ordered to series at HBO Max. The comedy, with a pilot directed by executive producer Eva Longoria, revolves around a 12-year-old Dominican girl who tries to fit into her surroundings in 1980s Miami as she and her family try to achieve the American dream. Newcomer Olivia Goncalves stars.There’s more Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the way, after a Kickstarter campaign raised .5 million to produce more of the beloved cult-favorite series. Series creator Joel Hodgson will create 13 new episodes – including a 3D installment – which will be shown online in The Gizmoplex, a new virtual theater and online community for MST3K. (Variety)Showtime has its all-star Lakers series upcoming, and Hulu is going to give the Los Angeles NBA powerhouse a nine-part documentary series treatment. Lakers’ CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss is teaming with Emmy-winning director Antoine Fuqua for the project, which will unfold the franchise’s entire history, including its superstar rosters that have featured NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and team captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Kobe Bryant and LeBron James; and coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson.Adult Swim will produce new original movies based on their hit series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Metalocalypse, and The Venture Bros. The movies will be released home video, then premiere on HBO Max and Adult Swim.The original series from short-lived short-form program streaming service Quibi can be seen on The Roku Channel as of May 20. Among the series: Die Hart, the comedy about a training school for action heroes with Kevin Hart and John Travolta; the Liam Hemsworth thriller Most Dangerous Game; new episodes of the Comedy Central classic Reno 911!; and Flipped, the comedy starring Emmy-nominated Kaitlin Olson and Will Forte.HBO will air Mike White’s (Enlightened) latest series, the six-episode social satire The White Lotus, this summer. The series is set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort and revolves around vacationers who plan to relax over the course of a week. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees, and the idyllic locale itself. Stars include Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Steve Zahn, Molly Shannon, Jon Gries, Alexandra Daddario, and Fred Hechinger. The series premieres July 11.FXX has ordered the animated comedy Little Demon, a half-hour series starring Danny DeVito, his daughter Lucy, and Aubrey Plaza, who are all also executive producers on the series. The story: 13 years after being impregnated by the Devil (Danny DeVito), a reluctant mother (Plaza) and her Antichrist daughter (Lucy DeVito) attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware, but are constantly thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan, who wants custody of his daughter s soul.The CW has ordered an adult remake of the beloved 1993-95 Nickelodeon adventure series Legends of the Hidden Temple. The new series will preserve many of the original elements, including Olmec, the giant talking Mayan head, the Moat Crossings, The Steps of Knowledge, the Temple Run, and the iconic team names: “Purple Parrots,” “Blue Barracudas,” “Orange Iguanas,” “Red Jaguars,” “Silver Snakes” and “Green Monkeys.” But the remake will go outside and into a “jungle,” with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes.PBS will premiere a new, four-part Ken Burn docuseries on boxing and activist icon Muhammad Ali in September. The special, titled Muhammad Ali, will air Sept. 19-22, and will the life of the man who, at the height of his fame and influence, challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases, and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.Politician, attorney, activist, and author Stacey Abrams’ new legal thriller, While Justice Sleeps, has been optioned by Working Title Television, which plans to adapt the book as a series. The book unfolds the national drama that sparks when a Supreme Court justice falls into a coma. Abrams will executive produce the series.AMC has ordered the sci-fi thriller Moonhaven from Lodge 40 showrunner Pete Ocko. The series takes place on the titular utopian colony on the Moon, where a skeptical pilot and smuggler, marooned on Moonhaven after being accused of a crime, teams up with a detective to stop the evil forced that want to gain control of the colony’s powerful miracle-sparking AI, which is Earth’s only hope of surviving.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
d productive with attempts to revive their Classic Universal Monsters in other ways, starting earlier this year with the reboot of The Invisible Man (Certified Fresh at 91%). The latest project comes to us at a particularly well-timed point, because it s the same week that we found out that Tiffany Haddish is still attached to star in 21 Jump Street: Now for Her Pleasure. One of the 21 Jump Street stars, Channing Tatum, is reuniting with the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who helmed the Jump Street movies) for a modern-day tongue-in-cheek thriller inspired by Universal s classic monster legacy, to be written by screenwriter Reid Carolin (Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL), who also came up with the project s original idea. That s the end of what we know right now about this comedic thriller s concept, but this writer can t help but remember what comedic franchise was also involved in interconnecting the various Universal Monsters back in the 1940s and 1950s: Abbott and Costello. Starting in 1948 with Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, the comedy team had several adventures that included Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Could Channing Tatum be Abbott in a new take on those movies? Just a theory.5. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE DIRECTOR ON THE HUNT FOR PREDATOR 5 (Photo by Michele K. Short/©Paramount Pictures)Following the first Predator in 1987 and the sequel Predator 2 in 1990, there was a 20 year gap before there was another standalone Predator movie (not counting the crossovers with Alien) in 2010 with Predators (Fresh at 64%), and then another eight years before the fourth film, 2018 s The Predator (Rotten at 33%). For as ubiquitous as Predator seems in pop culture, those four movies combined only add up to a four movie global box office take of 3 million (from a combined budget of 8 million). And yet, Hollywood keeps trying to make Predator happen. 20th Century Studios (the new version of 20th Century Fox, post-Disney acquisition) is now developing a fifth standalone Predator movie to be directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Certified Fresh at 90%), working from a screenplay by Jack Ryan producer Patrick Aison. No other details are known about what Trachtenberg has planned for the fifth Predator movie.6. CHRIS COLUMBUS TO (STILL) SPEND FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY S (Photo by Joseph Lederer/©Fox Atomic)Back in 2018, the news broke that director Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone) had signed on to write, direct and produce an adaptation of the popular horror video game franchise Five Nights at Freddy s, about a spooky Chuck E. Cheese-style restaurant. Given that amount of time (and everything else that s happened in 2020), one might have thought that the Five Nights at Freddy s movie had long since fallen apart, but this week, the creator of the game franchise, Scott Cawthon gave an update to state quite the opposite. According to Cawthon, Chris Columbus has finished the screenplay adaptation and plans to start to filming for Blumhouse Productions in the spring of 2021. Cawthon also revealed a few of the different premises that were considered, including the one that appears to be moving forward (though one has to wonder why the movie can t just be a direct adaptation of the video games themselves).7. CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG TEASER REVEALS TERRIFYING VISION OF THE FUTURE (Photo by Paramount Pictures)Some movies, especially if they re based on popular franchises or properties, take a very long time to actually get developed, produced, and released in theaters. Consider, for example, the popular children s book series (and animated TV series) Clifford the Big Red Dog. It was eight years ago in 2012 that we first heard about a Clifford the Big Red Dog movie, which at one point was scheduled for release on April 8, 2016 (yes, over four years ago). More recently, Clifford the Big Red Dog was supposed to have come out earlier this month on November 13th (until the deadly virus delayed it all the way back to November 5, 2021). Clifford the Big Red Dog may now still be almost a year away, but Paramount Pictures decided this week to whet people s appetites regardless, but what we actually got might have caught some people by surprise. Although Clifford the Big Red Dog in book and animated TV form has a very cartoony look, the movie appears to be applying a more life-like CGI approach, which, when you also factor in his size and (unnatural) coloring, makes actually seeing Clifford the Big Red Dog something you have to experience for yourself.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.