最火的电子游戏平台采用百度引擎9（Baidu 7）(Photo by Netflix)Alan Arkin reacted to his Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in The Kominsky Method in the most Alan Arkin way possible:“Wow, I am 85 years old, so this comes in just the nick of time,” Arkin said in a statement via Netflix.Joey King shaved her head to play Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy victim Gypsy Rose Blanchard on Hulu’s The Act. She shared her emotional reaction to the nomination with double nominee Patricia Arquette (for The Act and Escape At Dannemora) on Twitter.I cannot believe this is happening. I’ve just been Nominated for an Emmy for my work in The Act. There’s so many people to thank for this moment and getting to talk to my mom and Patricia immediately after it was announced was so special. I’m in shock pic.twitter.com/7pDSu3lmD0 Joey King (@JoeyKing) July 16, 2019This Is Us earned acting nominations for Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan, guest stars Ron Cephas Jones, Phylicia Rashad, and Michael Angarano and composer Siddhartha Khosla (who is at least 50 percent of the reason This Is Us makes us sob uncontrollably.)Brown had his son join him in thanking the Academy.Thank you @TelevisionAcad for this incredible honor!!! And for recognizing #ThisIsUs in such a spectacular way!!! Big Up to my whole extraordinary ensemble, especially my man @SullivanTweet my momma @TheMandyMoore for their first nominations!!! (More to come) pic.twitter.com/HzzDdcup6i Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) July 16, 2019Creator Dan Fogelman thanked the Academy for recognizing them all and nominating the show again for Best Drama.So grateful to the @TelevisionAcad for the best drama Emmy nom for #ThisIsUs. And thrilled to see Mandy, Sterling, Milo, Sully, Ron, Phylicia, Michael, and (my college roomate) Sidd all recognized! A great day for all of Us. Now back to set to do a stunt with a dog. Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) July 16, 2019Angarano responded in a statement.“I’m honored to be nominated for This Is Us,” Angarano said. “Thank you Dan Fogelman and the special group of writers for giving me a temporary home. Congratulations to the cast and crew on all of their nominations. It was truly a dream job and I’m so grateful for it. Netflix may have cancelled One Day At a Time, but Pop saved it, and now Pop has a three-time Emmy nominee with the latest nod for Editor Pat Barnett, who was nominated last season too. Could this be the year they win? Creator Gloria Calderon Kellett sang Barnett’s praises on Twitter.Yes! One Day At A Time was nominated for an #Emmy for editing! Our amazing @pattheeditor is once again the only woman in her category! You make us proud, Pat!! #MoreODAAT 🍭🎉🎈@TelevisionAcad ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nsGPjydYsJ Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) July 16, 2019The women of Killing Eve had a love fest on social media congratulating each other for their nominations, the second year in a row for the show’s two seasons.Congratulations to all the Emmy Nominees. Extra love to the @KillingEve team and my wonderful co-stars @IamSandraOh Fiona Shaw. Not forgetting our fleabag friends and the dangerously talented PWB @DryWrite. 💗 @KillingEve https://t.co/dBlk8COyHV Jodie Comer (@jodiecomer) July 16, 2019Christina Applegate earned her fifth nomination for the first season of Dead to Me. She shared that her daughter found out before she did.Uhhhhh. Shocked. Grateful. Holy crap!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! Best part of the morning was my kid finding out and she screamed. Haha christina applegate (@1capplegate) July 16, 2019Ryan Murphy’s FX drama Pose broke ground in television for its cast of trans actors and characters. Now it adds an Emmy nomination Billy Porter as Lead Actor in a Drama Series to its legacy.“The Category Is: Speechless!” Porter said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day. Pose speaks a truth that has the power to transform hearts and minds. I’m honored and humbled to be counted in the number.“Co-creator and writer Steven Canals congratulated Porter on Twitter too.Aaaaahhh!! @PoseOnFX is an @TelevisionAcad #EMMY nominee for Drama Series!! So proud of entire team producers, cast, crew who work tirelessly to tell this story of family, resilience, inclusion, and love!! #PoseFX pic.twitter.com/rHcsokV4xK Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) July 16, 2019Phoebe Waller-Bridge isn’t on social media to react to her nominations for acting in and creating the comedy series Fleabag but her TV sister Sian Clifford is for hers!CRYING AND DYING 👾👜💕😭😭😭🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🥳🥳🥳😱😱😱 Thank you to everyone everyone who voted. I cannot speak!!!!!! Our whole team is in bits #Fleabag FOREVER https://t.co/45GA2Gxgrw Sian Clifford (@SiansUniverse) July 16, 2019The official Fleabag account celebrated them all, including Supporting Actress Olivia Colman, with Fleabag worthy one-liners.Godmother s talents are undeniable. Help us congratulate Olivia Colman on her #Emmys nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. #Fleabag pic.twitter.com/Lw3m9OwbEo Fleabag (@fleabag) July 16, 2019We d run through an airport for her. Congratulations to Phoebe Waller-Bridge on her #Emmys nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. #Fleabag pic.twitter.com/odwmrdKxo0 Fleabag (@fleabag) July 16, 2019(Photo by Netflix)The show goes on for House of Cards with the final season led by Robin Wright earning a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Michael Kelly.“What an incredible honor to be nominated alongside such talented men and women this year,” Kelly said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thankful to the TV Academy, and to my fearless cast and crew who made this all possible. Excited to be going back to one of my favorite nights of the year!””The show didn’t go on for Rent Live when an injury forced Fox to air a dress rehearsal instead. That didn’t stop the production from earning Emmy nominations in five categories: Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Variety Special (Live) and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Special.“We are grateful to the Television Academy for recognizing Rent among its Emmy nominations this morning,” EPs Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, and Julie Larson said in a joint statement. “It was a joyous experience gathering together members of the original Broadway creative team with our talented young cast in presenting this beloved musical to a wider audience, and we congratulate the entire team for their stellar work.”(Photo by Netflix)Netflix shed light on the Central Park Five by airing Ava Duvernay’s series When They See Us. The show’s Emmy nominations, including Aunjanue Ellis for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, will bring them even more attention.“This nomination is a tribute to Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam,” Ellis said in a statement. “Let’s all say their names. Yusef’s mother, Sharonne Salaam, is nothing less than a warrior for her son and a survivor of an emotional violence few of us will ever understand. I am utterly grateful to her. Thank you to the visionary Ava DuVernay and Netflix for giving me the blessing to be a part of this act of restorative justice.”John Leguizamo also earned a nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and said in a statement: “This nomination is not for me, but for the parents of the innocent children who have been put through the unimaginable. Just because their vulnerable children were unjustly accused of a crime by racial profiling, and how almost impossible it was to clear themselves. For her Supporting Actress nom, Vera Farmiga said in a statement, “Astonished by the surprising Emmy pat on my back, humbled. My heart is bursting with pride for all my When They See Us brothers and sisters and their noms. I pray that Kevin, Antron, Raymond, Korey and Yusef continue to absorb healing from this sweeping acknowledgment. Thank you to the Television Academy.”Niecy Nash shared her gratitude with her on screen son Jharrel Jerome, also nominated:Mother Son 💙 @jharreljerome Thank you for your gift💋😢 We’re Emmy Nominated!!!!! #YesGod whentheyseeus @netflix @televisionacad https://t.co/P5ThKpjAuA Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) July 16, 2019Young Asante Blackk also tweeted his thanks.woke up to find out i’m nominated for an emmy. for my first ever project. at 17 years old. wow. i love y’all. thank you so much. pic.twitter.com/G0h0agcRwQ Asante Blackk (@AsanteBlackk) July 16, 2019DuVernay tweeted:Just off the phone with Korey Wise. I told him to get his tux ready. He said: “You did that, Queen. You told the story. You did what you came to do. They had to see it. They listened.” #WhenTheySeeUs pic.twitter.com/vzmKSeYEAa Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 16, 2019(Photo by HBO)Chernobyl terrified viewers and critics alike in its stark, harrowing portrayal of the nuclear meltdown. As a reward for giving us all nightmares, Chernobyl was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, Jared Harris, Emily Watson, and Stellan Skarsgard for Acting and 15 other nominations.Harris responded in a statement while creator Craig Mazin took to Twitter. I am so happy for everyone involved, Harris said. These nominations in so many categories speak to the excellence of Chernobyl as a whole; Craig and Johan deserve all the praise. Personally I am delighted and thrilled for Stellan Emily, who are both magnificent. The international reception to Chernobyl took many industry insiders by surprise. My hope is that its impact emboldens programmers to keep taking risks to not only delight, but also challenge their audiences. Honestly overwhelmed by the nominations for Chernobyl, and really thrilled that so many of our cast and crew were acknowledged for their work.This was a labor of love for us all, and Carolyn, Jane and I thank the @TelevisionAcad for this recognition. Craig Mazin (@clmazin) July 16, 2019Adam McKay was nominated for directing Succession, also the show’s first Emmy nomination. He thanked the Academy, and also congratulated Drunk History and I Love You, America.Thank you. All credit to incredible cast, crew, writing staff and of course Jesse Armstrong! https://t.co/Zy3Kg6r7XN Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) July 16, 2019Full Frontal with Samantha Bee was nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.“It s such an honor to be nominated with so many of my friends,” Bee said in a statement. “I am truly grateful to the Academy for recognizing the hard work of my entire staff. It is always a group effort and any day I can order celebratory cake to be delivered to the office is a good day. See you in LA! Conan cut half his show out but still earned three nominations for his half hour edition. Conan O’Brien mixed sincere gratitude with a wacky joke I have an excellent staff and I’m very happy to see them recognized with 3 Emmy Nominations,” O’Brien said in a statement. “Next stop: the Latin Grammys. Amy Sedaris launched her comedic variety show At Home with Amy Sedaris and earned two Emmy nominations. Maybe she’ll do an episode on how to prepare for an awards show!“It s always nice to be invited to a party!” Sedaris said in a statement. “Thanks so much to the Television Academy for nominating us again and everyone at truTV, the writers, cast and crew for making our show possible. I must admit this year’s Emmy nomination is slightly bittersweet – I had my eye on hosting.”Netflix swept reality TV too. For his nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, Somebody Feed Phil Host and Executive Producer Phil Rosenthal said in a statement, “I’m thrilled for our team who work so hard trying to make me look sexy. The best thing about this is that hopefully I get to keep working with my friends, my family, meeting new families around the world, and eating all their food.”Meanwhile, Netflix’s Chef’s Table earned a nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction series. “It’s a huge honor to be nominated amongst such great company, and we are thrilled to see Chef’s Table continue to receive recognition as the show has evolved over the years,” Creator and EP David Gelb said in a statement. “We are beyond grateful to Netflix for believing in us, and to our chefs for sharing their lives with us and the world.”The Fab Five celebrated Queer Eye’s six nominations including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program with group hugs.GROUP HUGGIES! 🤗🤗 We’re honored to be nominated for 6 #Emmys this year including Outstanding Structured Reality Program. ✨💖 pic.twitter.com/VPyue66HDZ Queer Eye (@QueerEye) July 16, 2019National Geographic swept documentary categories as one should expect from the longtime contender. Angela Bassett earned a nomination for Outstanding Narration for The Flood.“I am deeply honored to receive this Emmy nomination for such an important project,” Bassett said in a statement. “I truly hope it will bring more much-needed attention to this rarely seen kingdom of resilient, beautiful animals in a way that inspires everyone to help protect it for years to come.”Hostile Planet received three nominations including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.“It s been so inspiring to be part of Hostile Planet, a series unlike any other that I’ve been involved in before,” Host and EP Bear Grylls said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that it shines new light on how unforgiving and challenging life can be for animals at the toughest of times. I’m incredibly grateful to the Television Academy for honoring my role in this groundbreaking series and to National Geographic for the privilege of being able to guide viewers through these powerful, and at times shocking stories of survival.”The Emmys air September 22 at on Fox.
In 1995, Paul W.S. Anderson introduced himself to the world with Mortal Kombat, an action flick about three fighters preventing the apocalypse by entering a magical martial arts tournament. The film came on the heels of the 30-year-old director/movie lover s debut film Shopping (also the feature debut of Jude Law), and his fresh style, his ability to stretch a budget, and his love for the Mortal Kombat video game helped secure his spot in the director s chair. It was a high-profile gig that many directors had turned down, as the stench of Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon still filled the air in Hollywood.Instead of being scared away, Anderson plugged his nose and jumped headlong into the million-budgeted production, adapting a video game beloved for its bloody, graphic violence into a PG-13 family-friendly movie. Guided by longtime producer Larry Kassanoff and fueled by geeky enthusiasm, Anderson hired a diverse cast and crew of excellent martial artists who understood the film’s cheeky tone and focused on giving Mortal Kombat fans what they wanted — lots of fights.When it was released during the waning days of summer on August 18th, it pulled off a nearly flawless victory, overcoming the 1990s video game adaptation curse commercially, at least and claiming the number one spot at the U.S. box office with an impressive million opening weekend. Critics were split at 47% on the Tomatometer, but audiences loved the electronic soundtrack, creative fight scenes, and diverse cast of committed actors who sacrificed multiple bruised ribs to bless us with some excellent brawls. The film remained number one at the box office for three weekends and finished with a stellar 2 million worldwide haul.To celebrate Mortal Kombat’s 25th anniversary, we look back and break down five reasons why it serves as the perfect exemplar of Paul W.S. Anderson s career.HE WORKS WITH DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE CASTS(Photo by R.E. Aaron/©New Line Cinema)Assessments of Anderson s career are full of backhanded compliments and hyperbolic criticisms, and they never bother to discuss his 25-year history of casting diverse groups of actors and his willingness to think outside the box. It feels strange to compliment someone for doing what’s right, but in 2020, it’s still rare to see such inclusive casts. It took the beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe a full decade to unleash Black Panther and Captain Marvel while they built their brand with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange. Compare that to Anderson, who, in 1995, dared to cast Robin Shou as the savior of the world in Mortal Kombat and, in 1997’s Event Horizon, gave Laurence Fishburne some all-timer dialogue (“We’re leaving”) as the captain who fights back against a spaceship from hell.In 2005, AVP Alien vs. Predator saw Sanaa Lathan become an honorary Yautja hunter, or Predator, after she kills a Xenomorph and helps rid the world of a justifiably pissed off Alien Queen. In fact, before Jordan Peele’s Us opened with million dollars, it was AVP that held the record for the highest opening weekend for a movie led by a black woman. That’s an impressive accomplishment, and when talking about her character Alexa Woods, Lathan said, “In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney (Weaver) was in it with a bunch of guys, and nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero, so that was a tradition that Alien started. When Paul did this, I think he had it in mind, and he auditioned all races, to set this apart and yet still carry on that tradition, which is great, because it s a woman and you would never expect a black woman to be the hero.”(Photo by Coco Van Oppens/©Screen Gems, Paramount Pictures, ©New Line Cinema)Of course, Anderson is most famous for his collaborations with Milla Jovovich, who he helped solidify into an action icon. The two first teamed up for the 2002 sleeper hit Resident Evil, which led to an 18-year collaboration (and an ongoing 11-year marriage) that saw the six Resident Evil movies collectively grossing over billion worldwide. If you ve listened to the Blu-ray commentaries and read various interviews, it’s clear Jovovich and Anderson have worked closely during their collaborations, and their teamwork has created some all-time movie moments (yeah, we said it). In an interview with Thrillist, Anderson said he had to fight to cast Jovovich over a male star because she was “a strong female lead back in the day when that was absolutely not acceptable in mainstream Hollywood movies.” Within the Resident Evil franchise, Alice has saved the world, wiped out gigantic creatures, and joined forces with Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, Li Bingbing, Colin Salmon, Michelle Rodriguez, and Boris Kodjoe.Anderson’s adherence to female-fronted action franchises and diverse casting are evident again in his upcoming 2021 film Monster Hunter, another video game adaptation that features Jovovich and international action superstar Tony Jaa. As a fan of Ong-Bak and Triple Threat, it s thrilling to see Jaa on the poster of a major international release.Listen, it’s a shame that a director hiring a diverse cast is rare enough that we applaud it when it happens, but one look at the history of Hollywood reveals why Paul W.S. Anderson stands out in that respect.HE KNOWS HOW TO STAGE UNIQUE FIGHT SCENESDo yourself a favor and rewatch the nearly 10-minute final fight between Liu Kang (Robin Shou) and Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). It showcases the actor s martial arts skills, and the scene isn’t edited into oblivion as they trade up to 12 strikes before a cut. Shou helped choreograph the fight, and he worked with stunt icons Pat E. Johnson (The Karate Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), J.J. Perry (Warrior, Captain America: Civil War, Haywire), and Jeff Imada (They Live, The Bourne Ultimatum) to create some iconic battles throughout the film.It’s clear that Anderson learned a lot on the set of Mortal Kombat, as he and his various production designers over the years have built sets around the fight choreography to make them unique. In AVP, Soldier, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and The Three Musketeers, the fight scenes blend seamlessly into the surrounding environments in fantastic action set-pieces. Watch this corridor fight in Resident Evil: Retribution and you’ll see Anderson, Jovovich, and the stunt crew in perfect sync as they execute an expertly staged brawl that looks beautiful in 3D.(Photo by Rafy/©Screen Gems courtesy Everett Collection)Another highlight occurs in Resident Evil: Afterlife. The bathroom fight between Alice (Jovovich), Claire Redfield (Larter), and the executioner, a hulking monstrosity who loves body piercings and wields a massive axe, is an ambitious spectacle. Shot with a Phantom Camera and James Cameron’s Avatar 3D rig, the battle makes the most of its setting, as it erupts into a shower of exploding porcelain, tile, and broken pipes. Does it rely a little heavily on the slow-mo? Sure, but setup is simple, the action is economical, the result is satisfying, and we even get a wall flip and a superhero landing. Part of what makes it work is that Larter and Jovovich did most of their stunts, which only adds an extra layer of badassery.When Anderson doesn’t have the luxury of a Robin Shou, Jason Statham, or Milla Jovovich to bust heads, he has no problem getting creative. While filming Mortal Kombat, Anderson was fully aware that Goro, the four-armed behemoth from the video games, could barely move, as the beautiful looking 10-foot tall animatronic created by the legendary Tom Woodruff Jr. (who worked with Anderson again in AVP) was basically a glorified lawn ornament. Knowing the fight scene would be cumbersome and ineffective if played seriously, he had Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) hit Goro with a low blow (the close-up of his bulging eyes is admittedly cheesy), kick him into a pit, and throw in an Easter Egg for fun. When life hands you a beautiful animatronic lemon, have some fun with it and make some fan-service lemonade.HE MAKES EFFICIENT USE OF SMART PRODUCTION DESIGN AND PRACTICAL EFFECTS(Photo by ©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)In 1995, Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that, as impressive as the special effects are at every turn, even more crucial is Jonathan Carlson s superb, imaginative production design, which combines Thailand exteriors with vast sets that recall the barbaric grandeur of exotic old movie palaces and campy Maria Montez epics.” Very early on in Anderson’s career, he realized that inspired production design and practical effects could make movies look much more expensive than their budgets. In his relatively lower-budget films like Mortal Kombat ( million), Resident Evil ( million), and Death Race ( million), it helped to utilize exotic exterior shots and settings to help limit the number of extras, locations, and set builds.There’s a moment in the 2008 film Death Race when a massive big rig called The Dreadnought smashes into a spiked barricade and explodes. In an interview with Grantland, Anderson explained, “We crashed that truck for real, and it was an awesome thing to shoot, because it’s 10 tons of steel flying, traveling really fast, hitting a dead stop, and flying through the air.” It’s one of the best examples of Anderson making the most of his budget. He and producer Jeremy Bolt realized early on that their million budget wouldn t allow them to shoot around the world, so they settled on industrial areas in Montreal to stand in for the film s island, where the prison races take place. With the money they saved, production designer Paul Austerberry (who also worked with Anderson on The Three Musketeers and Pompeii and would go on to win an Oscar for his work on Guillermo del Toro s The Shape of Water) and stunt coordinator Andy Gill (Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbor) focused on procuring real cars, generating real explosions and, of course, obliterating an 18-wheel Dreadnought. Anderson was also able to bring in some A-list talent, like Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, and three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, who classed up the production.Anderson’s most beautiful creation comes in the 1997 horror spectacle Event Horizon. The haunted house in space -themed film focuses on a search and rescue team who fall prey to a ship that has returned from a Hell-like dimension with a malevolent spirit on board. The massive gravity drive at the ship s core was built by production designer Joseph Bennett on the cavernous James Bond stage in England’s Pinewood Studios, and it actually worked (the part that spun on cue, that is; not the part that opened a wormhole to Hell). Emboldened by a gigantic million budget, Anderson cherry-picked elements from the best of the genre, peppering in visual references to films like Solaris, Alien, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.The film is arguably most famous for its images of torture and depravity, which Anderson conceived after researching the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Bruegal. But he understood the importance of showing only just enough, and the few frames of mayhem we do get in the film have inspired a sort of cult fascination among horror hounds. These scenes feature grotesque, Clive Barker-inspired practical makeup; hit pause at the right moment, and you ll see the gnarly, bloody gags the special effects department clearly spent a lot of time to create. The film s practical effects and massive sets still hold up to this day, and it s one of the reasons we agree when Laurence Fishburne s Captain Miller says, “I will take the Lewis and Clark to a safe distance, and then I will launch TAC missiles at the Event Horizon until I m satisfied she s vaporized. F this ship!”HIS FILMS ARE LARGELY CRITIC-PROOF (Photo by R.E. Aaron/©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)The 47% Tomatometer score for Mortal Kombat is the highest of Anderson’s 11 theatrically released films since 1995; none of his movies even comes close to Fresh. Writers frequently offer only the faintest of praise for his body of work, and begrudgingly at that, as they use terms like “unusual genius” or say that there are a few, ahem, gems lying around his filmography. Nobody seems willing to admit that the laser scene in Resident Evil is meant to be funny, or that “Grid” the Xenomorph from Alien vs. Predator might be the deadliest alien in the franchise. The narrative has been set since 1995, and the reviews now write themselves, despite the fact the critics might have failed Anderson, at least according to some.But even though the average Tomatometer score for his 11 theatrically released movies is a super Rotten 27%, there are still plenty of Fresh moments in his filmography. Even his lowest-rated film, the curious Blade Runner-sidequel Soldier (12% on the Tomatometer), features a jacked-up Kurt Russell battling Jason Scott Lee in a thrilling final fight that s so intense you almost feel the exhaustion by the end of it. Anderson also isn t without his defenders; James Cameron loves Resident Evil, Quentin Tarantino included The Three Musketeers on his Best of 2011 list, and prolific film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky considers Anderson to be the “world’s least pretentious auteur who makes lively, unpretentious mid-budget genre movies fixated on video-gamey cool and distinguished by their leanness and their inventive — and sometimes even poetic — use of space.”The success of Mortal Kombat wasn’t a fluke because Anderson and his talented crew knew what they were making, and they made it earnestly. Ashby, who contributed to the script in addition to playing Johnny Cage, said, We didn’t write Hamlet or anything, but we had fun with it. That playfulness is all over the movie, and it s still refreshing today.INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES LOVE HIS MOVIES(Photo by R.E. Aaron/©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)In 1995, Mortal Kombat brought in 2 million at the worldwide box office. Most importantly, it made million (42%) of that sum overseas. The million domestic haul was impressive for the scrappy video game adaptation, but the 100+ million distinction is what gave it major credibility. This trend of solid global returns has become a staple for Anderson, who has realized for a long time that focusing on worldwide returns and thinking globally will keep him working well into the future.In 2017, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter “rocked” China with a .4 million debut, which is remarkable considering China doesn’t allow ghosts and the supernatural to be shown on screen (with some exceptions). After its worldwide theatrical run had ended, box office receipts showed that it made 91% of its money overseas, with 5 million of its 2 million worldwide haul made outside the United States. This topped the 82% of Resident Evil: Retribution and the 80% of Resident Evil: Afterlife, which also set records internationally. In other words, the Resident Evil movies were global event films; in Japan, The Final Chapter made almost as much money as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was released just a week earlier. Closer to home, 2014 s Pompeii managed to become the highest-grossing Canadian production of the year, despite less than explosive box office returns here in the U.S., and it became the fourth film directed by Anderson to win the Golden Screen Award.Paul W.S. Anderson on the set of Mortal Kombat (Photo by ©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)Paul W.S. Anderson has been thrilling audiences around the world for 25 years, and it all began with a silly, action-packed video game adaptation that blossomed into a nostalgic fan favorite. Since then, Anderson has consistently worked with diverse casts and talented craftsmen on limited budgets to produce eye-popping, undemanding entertainment, and his filmography is littered with sleeper cult classics like Event Horizon, Alien vs. Predator, the Resident Evil franchise, and yes, Mortal Kombat. In most interviews, he seems comfortable with his career, and he should be; he knows what his fans want, and he delivers, even if he s not a critical darling. It may not be a flawless victory, but for a lot of folks, it s good enough.Mortal Kombat was released on August 18, 1995. Scandal, streaming, and a continuing plethora of reboots and revivals — some of the most memorable events in TV land in 2019 involved several of those things. Here, to help get viewers excited about the year ahead, we take a month-by-month look back at TV and streaming s recent past.JANUARY#METOO MAKES WAVESWith Julie Chen having left her job as a co-host of The Talk on CBS (after husband Les Moonves was bounced out of his job as chairman at the network following a #MeToo-related investigation), Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba became a new Talk co-host … In other #MeToo TV news, Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of StarTalk on National Geographic Channel, saw his show put on hiatus while the cable network investigated sexual harassment claims against him. In March, NGC announced their investigation was complete, and new episodes of StarTalk resumed airing in April … In the aftermath of Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed the long history of sexual abuse allegations against the R B superstar, RCA Records, Kelly’s label, dropped him from their roster … In other Kelly news, Megyn Kelly (no relation) exited NBC News and received the entire amount remaining on her million contract on her way out … The Punisher series finale (but we didn t know it yet – see February) streamed on Netflix … Fox aired Rent Live, though the majority of the broadcast was pre-recorded footage after cast member Brennin Hunt broke his foot during rehearsals the day before the special … The producers of Family Guy, which turned 20 in January 2019, decided to stop targeting the LGBT community in jokes on the Emmy-winning series … Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicked off its sixth season on NBC after being canceled by Fox … The Sopranos turned 20 … Bob Costas exited NBC Sports after nearly four decades … CBS’s daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful aired its 8,000th episode … Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ended its four-season run on Netflix.FEBRUARYPUNISHER AND JESSICA JONES CANCELEDNetflix announced in mid-month that season 2 of Marvel s The Punisher, which launched in January, would be its last, and that Jessica Jones’ upcoming third season would end that series, as well. The cancellations came after the streaming giant canceled Marvel series Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage in what came to be known around the office as Marvel s The Purge, as in, Marvel was cutting ties with Netflix while Disney ramped up plans for Marvel characters on its streaming service, Disney+. At the time, Variety reported that Marvel s deal with Netflix prevented any of its shows characters from appearing in non-Netflix properties for two years following cancellation … Maroon 5 performed at halftime and the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta … The Oscars aired without a host for the first time since 1989, after comedian Kevin Hart quit the job after controversy erupted over homophobic tweets he had posted previously … T-Pain, costumed as Monster, was the first winner of The Masked Singer … The Simpsons was renewed for two seasons (31 and 32), meaning it will become the first scripted series to run for 700 episodes … The dramedy Russian Doll premiered on Netflix and went on to earn Emmy nominations as Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for star Natasha Lyonne … Netflix also released the series adaptation of the superhero comic book The Umbrella Academy, which drew 45 million households to watch the first season during its first month of release.MARCHA MONTH OF LAW AND DISORDERHBO aired Leaving Neverland, during which Wade Robson and James Safechuck alleged Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. The controversial documentary, the network’s third most-watched documentary in a decade, sparked backlash from Jackson’s fans and prompted producers of The Simpsons to pull from circulation a 1991 episode of the animated series – “Stark Raving Dad” – that featured Jackson as a guest star … Cops turned 30 … Full House star Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman were arrested and charged with crimes related to a nationwide college entrance cheating scandal … Charges were dropped against Empire star Jussie Smollett, who had been accused of filing a false police report about an alleged hate crime attack in January. Chicago officials said the charges were dropped after Smollett agreed to perform community service and forfeit a ,000 bond … Gayle King won stellar reviews for keeping her cool and forging ahead with a CBS This Morning interview with R. Kelly, even as the singer, charged with sexual crimes and dealing with dwindling finances, stood up from his chair and began loudly yelling at her and the camera … Project Runway, which moved to Lifetime after debuting on Bravo, moved back to Bravo for its 17th season … Broad City aired its series finale after five seasons on Comedy Central … Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.APRILGAME OF THRONES FINAL SEASON STARTS STRONG, BUT ENDS SERIES WITH A WHIMPERGame of Thrones cranked up its six-episode final season, launching with Winterfell, which scored 92% on the Tomatometer. By the end of its run, however, the season score would be Rotten (it is currently almost Fresh at 59%) after a three-episode flame-out. Outraged fans speculated that series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were too eager to move on to their Star Wars feature film trilogy — since abandoned — and negotiating their Netflix deal that was announced later (see August) to give the final season their full attention … Disney+ announces launch date, MCU show titles (Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Hawkeye), and price … Crazy Ex-Girlfriend aired its series finale after four seasons on The CW … Kathie Lee Gifford quit her job as co-host of NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda, while Sara Gilbert announced she would be leaving her job as co-host on The Talk – a series she created – to focus on other work, like her starring role on The Conners … Gotham ended its five-season run on Fox … CBS All Access debuted a Jordan Peele-created remake of The Twilight Zone … The FX/FXX dramedy You’re the Worst aired its series finale after five seasons.BYE BYE, VEEP, BIG BANG, AND MORE Multiple Emmy-winning comedy Veep ended its seven-season run on HBO, while the network also said goodbye to Game of Thrones in a series finale that was the most-watched telecast in the network’s history with 13.61 million viewers … After 12 seasons, The Big Bang Theory aired its series finale, in which Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler won a Nobel Prize … CBS All Access releases a first look at Star Trek: Picard, which reunites Patrick Stewart with his fan-favorite role as Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation and feature films … Adam Levine leaves The Voice … Into the Badlands ended its three-season run on AMC … Last Call with Carson Daly ended its 18-season run on NBC … The PBS Kids animated series Arthur began its 22nd season with an episode in which teacher Nigel Rathburn married his boyfriend, Patrick. The network explained the story line was introduced to include diversity among the characters, but two PBS stations in Alabama and Arkansas refused to air the episode … Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel produced Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons, a ratings-hit ABC special in which all-star casts re-enacted live versions of episodes of the classic sitcoms … HBO premiered Deadwood: The Movie, a made-for-TV movie that continued the story of the network’s 2004-06 series, and whose production had been the subject of rumors since shortly after the series ended … Lucifer moved from Fox to Netflix for its fourth season … Wheel of Fortune airs its 7,000th episode.ZENDAYA SCORES WITH EUPHORIAHBO premiered the intense teen drama Euphoria, which drew criticism from the Parents Television Council because of its graphic depiction of teen drug use and sex (including, infamously, a scene in which many penises were seen onscreen). The show earned particularly strong critical praise for star Zendaya, and was renewed for a second season … The fallout from Game of Thrones’ final season continued with actress Lena Headey, who played Cersei in the series, speaking out about her character s fate: “Obviously you dream of your death,” she told The Guardian. “You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb” James Holzhauer was nicknamed “Jeopardy James” for his 33-game winning streak on the game show, which, when it ended on June 3, had amassed ,464,216 for him. The money is the second-highest Jeopardy winnings total ever … The St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win their first Stanley Cup, and the championship game on NBC earned the highest ratings for an NHL game in 25 years … Designated Survivor moved from ABC to Netflix for its third and final season … A revival of The Hills, called The Hills: New Beginnings, debuted on MTV, with several cast members of the reality series returning, including Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, and Brody Jenner … Jessica Jones ended its three-season run on Netflix.WARNERMEDIA ANNOUNCES HBO MAXIn July, WarnerMedia fired a warning shot in announcing the name of its upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service: HBO Max. (Visions of Game of Thrones on steroids danced through our heads.) The service, due in spring 2020, also announced a dizzying lineup that includes classics like Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Pretty Little Liars; new Warner Bros.’ produced dramas for The CW, including Batwoman and Katy Keene; the entire contents of HBO s originals library; original series, including director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: The Sisterhood, Ansel Elgort−starring Tokyo Vice, thriller The Flight Attendant from star Kaley Cuoco and Greg Berlanti, romantic comedy anthology series Love Life from star Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig, an animated Gremlins series, and more; new films developed in production deals with the likes of Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon; and so much more Amazon released the first season of The Boys, its superhero drama adapted from the comic book of the same name. From creator Garth Ennis and executive producer Eric Kripke, the series stars Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, and Elisabeth Shue. Nielsen reported 8 million viewers watched the series in its first 10 days of release, and Amazon renewed it for a second season before the first one premiered … Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Netflix dramedy Orange Is the New Black ended its seven-season run … Seinfeld turned 30 … SpongeBob SquarePants turned 20 … A fourth season of Veronica Mars, the 2004-07 UPN/The CW drama, aired on Hulu, with original star Kristen Bell returning … Jane the Virgin ended its five-season run on The CW.READ MORE: Everything We Know About HBO Max Streaming ServiceAUGUSTGAME OF THRONES CREATORS GET PAID!So what that not everyone thought they stuck the landing with the Game of Thrones finale; series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss got the chance to cry all the way to the bank, as the duo signed a development deal reportedly worth 0 million with Netflix, after six different studios were in the bidding for their services … Word leaks that Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise his role as a younger version of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an event series for Disney+ NBCUniversal CEO Steven Burke announces to shareholders that the company s upcoming streaming service, which is set to be the new home of The Office and many more series, is scheduled to launch in April 2020 Saved by the Bell turned 30 … Extra host A.J. Calloway and Warner Bros. “mutually agreed to part ways,” the company said in a statement, after an investigation into sexual assault charges several women made against Calloway … The reality series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath ended its three-season run on A E … Fox aired a six-episode revival of Beverly Hills 90210, called BH90210, with the meta series revolving around the original series cast, and the actors’ attempts to reboot their classic teen drama. Ratings dropped for every episode after the premiere, and the network didn’t renew the show for a second season … CBS’s Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary ended its seven-season run.SEPTEMBERFLEABAG, GAME OF THRONES TOP EMMYSLike the Oscars, the Emmy Awards telecast also went on without a host. Game of Thrones wins the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy, while Fleabag is named Outstanding Comedy Series, and Tony winner Billy Porter of Pose becomes the first openly gay performer to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy … Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins signs an eight-figure, three-year deal to create new TV series exclusively for Netflix … J.J. Abrams signed a development deal with WarnerMedia, earning between 0-500 million for his Bad Robot company to produce TV shows, movies, video games and digital content … New Saturday Night Live cast member Shane Gillis was fired before the season began when offensive comments he made about women, Muslims, Chinese Americans, and the LGBTQ community in a comedy podcast came to light … Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody Award-winning Amazon Video series Transparent ends its five-season run with a musical episode … The Brady Bunch turned 50. HGTV, which bought the Los Angeles house that had served as the Brady family home in exterior shots of the house in the original series, earned the network’s highest ratings ever with A Very Brady Renovation, in which the show s cast and HGTV personalities worked together to make the interior and exterior of the house match the TV family’s home … The West Wing turned 20 … Baywatch and Family Matters turned 30 … Preacher ended its four-season run on AMC … Jeopardy celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Trebek-hosted version of the show … Sean Hayes hosted Comedy Central’s annual celebrity roast, with this year’s subject, Alec Baldwin … Suits ended a nine-season run on USA … Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were announced as halftime performers for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Feb. 2, 2020.OCTOBERMARVEL SHAKE-UPKevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, becomes the chief creative officer at Marvel overall, with oversight of all of their film, television, and publishing endeavors. Word leaks that Marvel TV Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb will announce his departure soon, a move that reportedly was in the works prior to Feige’s promotion. The news follows a general trend established when Marvel Studios, not Marvel Television, announced it would make limited run series with its MCU Avengers for the Disney+ service. Loeb was responsible for the company s Netflix series (Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, etc.), ABC s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., FX s Legion, Runaways on Hulu, and more Netflix debuted El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the much-anticipated Breaking Bad follow-up that told the story of what happened to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after the events of the BB series finale … The streaming war heats up, as Disney+ tweets out 500-plus images for titles that will be included in the service’s November 12 launch. Everything from 101 Dalmatians to Zootopia are included on the list. (See it here.) Not to be outdone, Apple TV+ holds its very first red carpet premiere for Ron Moore s For All Mankind and debuts a new trailer for Dickinson, starring Hailee Steinfeld. HBO Max spams the media with announcements about its shows coming in 2020, and NBCUniversal s upcoming Peacock streaming service flirts with free availability. Netflix calls all of the hubbub noisy Damon Lindelof s highly anticipated adaptation of Watchmen premieres on HBO The Price Is Right aired its 9,000th episode … Anchor and breaking news managing editor Shepard Smith, one of the original stars of Fox News, surprised audiences when he announced he was leaving the network … E! began airing new episodes (the first since 2012) of its long-running entertainment docuseries The E! True Hollywood Story … Ballers ended its five-season run on HBO … Critically-acclaimed (with a 96% series Tomatometer average), but low-rated AMC dramedy Lodge 49 ended its two-season run on AMC.NOVEMBER BABY YODA LIGHTS UP THE INTERNETStar Wars fans go bananas for the creature they call “Baby Yoda.” The tiny Yoda lookalike, officially known as “The Child,” is the big spoiler in the premiere of the newly-launched Disney+ streaming service s series The Mandalorian, which stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) in the title role. The Child won fans over with his soup-sipping, frog-guzzling, fuzzy green cuteness, only for those viewers to be very disappointed (and start a bootleg merch industry on Etsy) when they learned Disney had purposefully not planned Baby Yoda plush toys and other official swag to be available for the holidays. Shop Disney eventually came through with T-shirts, mugs, and other items that could be delivered in time for Christmas giving … Love for Baby Yoda helped drive more good news for Disney+; the streaming service signed up more than 10 million subscribers in one day … Apple TV+ launches with, among other series, The Morning Show, a morning TV–based #MeToo-themed drama from showrunner Kerry Ehrin, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell … After its initial batch of series launched the service, Apple TV+ also releases Servant, a psychological thriller from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan. The series was renewed for a second season before the first one debuted … George R.R. Martin confirmed a Game of Thrones prequel series starring Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson was dead, but another prequel, House of the Dragon, would move forward on HBO … In the meantime, HBO releases the highly-anticipated adaptation His Dark Materials, starring Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on Philip Pullman s acclaimed trilogy. The first season is Certified Fresh and currently holds an 81% Tomatometer score Amazon, meanwhile, quietly renews its upcoming The Lord of the Rings adaptation for a second season Vanna White becomes the first woman to host Wheel of Fortune, while Pat Sajak is out recovering from surgery … Despite speculation that the show was about to be cancelled, NBC soap Days of Our Lives was renewed for a 56th season … Sesame Street turns 50 … The View aired its 5,000th episode … Mad About You, which ended its run on NBC in 1999, moved to Spectrum Originals for a revival with original stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt … Showtime drama The Affair ended its five-season run … Blue’s Clues You!, a revival of Blue’s Clues, debuted on Nick Jr.DECEMBERAMAZON S THE LORD OF THE RINGS CASTS ITS GALADRIEL(Photo by JA/Everett Collection)The Lord of the Rings series in development for Amazon Prime loses a lead when Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) reportedly drops out because of scheduling conflicts. An announcement quickly follows that the project has cast His Dark Materials and Love Friendship actress Morfydd Clark in the role of Elven ruler Galadriel, famously played by played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies HBO s Watchmen — Certified Fresh at 96% — finally reveals its Dr. Manhattan (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in episode A God Walks into ABar Friends, one of Netflix’s most popular series, left the streaming service on Dec. 31, moving to the HBO Max streaming service in 2020. Several other classic TV series will also see new homes in 2020 and beyond – including The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, and South Park – as competing streaming services rely on the archived series to lure subscribers … Harrison Ford signed on to star in his first TV series, a scripted adaptation of the Netflix docuseries The Staircase … Netflix announced 26 million homes had watched awards season favorite The Irishman in its first week of release on the streaming service … The merger between CBS Corporation and Viacom closes, with the new company now known as ViacomCBS … The Simpsons turned 30 … Emmy-winning Silicon Valley ended its six-season run on HBO … Live feeds and other PBS programming became available on YouTube … Saturday Night Live alum Eddie Murphy returned to host the variety series for the first time in 35 years, and earned the series’ best ratings in 11 years … Epix announced it would produce a 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s Jerusalem’s Lot, starring Adrien Brody … Madam Secretary ended after six seasons on CBS … Michael Chabon announced his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Kavalier and Clay would finally be adapted as a TV series, for Showtime … Responding to backlash from the conservative group One Million Moms, the Hallmark Channel bans ads featuring two brides kissing, but a boycott from LGBT supporters prompts the network to reinstate the commercials from wedding planning website Zola … The Chevrolet Suburban SUV becomes the first car to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, after appearing in more than 1,750 TV shows and movies since 1956 … Lear and Kimmel produce a second Live in Front of a Studio Audience episode, this time with all-star casts re-enacting live versions of episodes of All in the Family and Good Times … You moves to Netflix, from Lifetime, for its second season … America’s Funniest Home Videos turns 30 … Mr. Robot concludes after four seasons on USA.What was the biggest TV or streaming news of the year for you? 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In 1925, a group of tenacious young women set off a pro-labor lawsuit that had national implications, and Radium Girls gives that story the big-screen treatment. The American Radium Factory employed a group of young women to paint the dials of watches with glow-in-the-dark paint that contained radium, unaware of the dangers of working so directly with the element. Before the side-effects were known to the public, the girls would dip and lick brushes containing the toxic substance, causing catastrophic physical effects and eventual death. The Radium Girls, as they were dubbed, did fight back, however, and sued their employer, who they suspected knew about the deadly effects long before any of them started getting sick. Joey King and Abby Quinn star as sisters in the based-on-true-events historical drama that Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter says fulfills a vital function with its dramatization of an important chapter in America s history of labor reform. Playing select theaters and on VOD October 23.最火的电子游戏平台有别于《英雄联盟》端游必须得加好友才能开黑的“弱社交”系统，在本次的先锋测试中，玩家需使用安卓系统，登录自己的QQ号《英雄联盟》手游，快速找到自己朋友圈的小伙伴，一道组队开黑。
(Click to enlarge.)After more than three weeks and literally hundreds of thousands of votes, we finally have a winner in the Disney Animated Films Showdown: With decisive wins in all six rounds of competition, 1994 s The Lion King is officially the Ultimate Disney Animated Film! Some of you saw this coming from the get-go, but The Lion King had to overcome some stiff competition to get here, from recent favorites Frozen and Moana to beloved classics like Mulan, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast that is an incredibly tough line-up. In the end, though, the record-breaking, award-winning story of Simba and his friends sang Hakuna Matata as it overwhelmed all of its challengers to win the tournament.As usual, thanks to everyone who participated these showdowns are always enhanc
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(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)In the short term, Black Widow is set to appear in her own feature film within the next few years. And just about every line between Nat and Clint (Jeremy Renner) in Endgame suggests Hawkeye will be along for that ride. Consequently, our early guess that the film will be a prequel focusing on her recruitment by S.H.I.E.L.D. seems more and more likely. Unless, in some bizarre twist, it will also feature Clint trying to rescue her from her fate. As it will be a Phase 4 film, it has to tie to something in the present-day story. Nat’s Endgame death makes Black Widow all the more exciting because we now have this question: how does it fit into the post-Infinity Saga tapestry?Similarly, the continued end states for Vision and Loki would seemingly impact their upcoming Disney+ limited series. Will they be set in the Infinity Saga era or define new places for them in Phase 4? Considering Elizabeth Olsen’s recent tease that WandaVision will see the characters in a “1950s” setting, it is easy to image the program will take its cue from Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta s phenomenal 2017 Vision series and see Wanda (Olsen) recreate the android for an anachronistic, domestic life. But considering that series ends with all of Vision s dreams broken or on fire, we imagine Wanda’s dream life will end in similar flames.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Loki, on the other hand, presents a more interesting case. While the MCU version we met in the first Thor picture is still dead, the one who escaped with the Tesseract in the middle of Endgame is presumably out in the wild and is the one we will see in the forthcoming Loki series, which is reportedly set to feature the the God of Mischief creating trouble across history. This version of the character is still a villain lacking the emotional growth of the character we saw in Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War. If he does prove to be the focus of the limited series, it will certainly be more interesting. And considering audiences forgive him for a lot of heinous acts, the program could even attempt to test their gracious attitudes toward the charming trickster.And while not a death, we imagine Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) ultimate Endgame state will precipitate a title change for Disney+ s Falcon and the Winter Solider to something more succinct, like Captain America.Oh, and Tony? Let’s just assume we’ll see him again in 2028 for the 20th Anniversary Marvel Studios film, resurrected to counter whatever threat the collective heroes are facing in that moment.Time Is Immutable, Except When It Isn’t: Time Travel Just Changed EverythingWith all its joking criticism of Back to the Future, Endgame seemingly sides with the notion that time is an immutable series of events, and changes to the past will create a new timeline while the time-traveler causing those changes returns to their original, unchanged present.OK, yeah, that’s confusing. To simplify: Loki’s Endgame escape does not change Thor’s experiences with him in Thor: The Dark World, Ragnarok, or Infinity War because time cannot be altered. The escaped Loki in Endgame is part of one of those tangent realities the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) warned Hulk about. This is why Tony could unmake the Thanos from 2014 without erasing the events of Guardians of the Galaxy or any of the subsequent films. All of it still happened. This is also why Nebula could shoot her past self without it affecting her present-day form.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)If you can wrap your head around the notion of an unchangeable past, Endgame s rules about time travel are simple enough. Certainly simpler than the temporal mechanics of film and television series like The Terminator, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Doctor Who, or even various X-Men stories across comics, television, and film.And then we get to Endgame’s closing moments, with an aged Steve Rogers, who clearly took the slow path back to his friends after dropping off the Infinity Stones in their original places in time. If time is immutable, then he gets to live his life with Peggy (Hayley Atwell) without altering the timeline. Like Loki, he creates another tangent reality. But his very appearance to hand off his shield and identity to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) means the timeline is not as secure as Hulk, Tony, or even the Ancient One assumed it to be. Unless, of course, he found a way to use Loki s Tesseract (in combination with the Time Stone) to cross timelines.But it seems more likely that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was right all along and the rules from Back to the Future are in play (it s no accident the team breaks all of them across the plot of Endgame). Back in Marvel Comics, time travel only ever delays the inevitable. The dark reality from “Days of Future Past” always threatens to reappear in the X-Men s future while Cable’s many attempts to prevent Apocalypse’s reign some centuries from now only leads to some other character taking the External’s place in that grim future. But in almost all cases, time travel does indeed alter the timeline.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)The older Steve’s presence in Endgame indicates that time in the MCU is also malleable. To borrow a line from The Flash, the timeline can be changed and that may prove to be as big of a threat as the Infinity Stones themselves – especially as all you need is some Pym Particles and a little know-how to invade the past and alter history. And even if time is solid, those tangent realities the Ancient One feared could pose some threat in Phase 4.No Stinger Scenes? Like, Forever?Now this one was a big shock for anyone who was ready for just a little bit more MCU after 183 minutes: Endgame features no mid-credit or post-credit stinger scenes, a first for a Marvel Studios picture. Considering the stinger scene’s proliferation across other studios, it is possible Marvel will drop them entirely from here on out. It would be a bold move and make all our Phase 4 speculations wilder, because Marvel would not be teasing the Next Big Thing as soon as its current release ends. Imagine an Ant-Man without that Captain America: Civil War moment or Thor: Ragnarok without the cut to Thanos’s massive ship. And even without the Next Big Thing to tease, post-credit stingers offer a nice final thought – like the shawarma scene at the end of Marvel’s Avengers or Captain America’s speech about patience after the Spider-Man: Homecoming’s credits.In some ways, it’s fitting, then, that Spider-Man: Far From Home will answer this meta-cliffhanger. If it features a stinger, then we know the practice is here to stay in Phase 4. And, presumably, that stinger will itself be the first few moments of that new phase.Avengers: Endgame is in theaters everywhere (but you already knew that)
It s worth noting that Angel of Darkness, while technically a sequel to the first season, works as its own standalone story. Brühl s Dr. Kreizler reunites with his rag-tag investigative cohorts Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), now running her own detective agency, and New York Times journalist John Moore (Luke Evans) as they work to solve a string of baby murders amid a backdrop of political and cultural turmoil. The themes of women s rights, police brutality, and racism create a conflicted, yet timely, story here.Ahead of the show s return, Rotten Tomatoes spoke with Brühl about how his character has evolved since the series premiere, whether the show s disturbing subject matter gives him nightmares, how the themes explored in The Alienist: Angel of Darkness are relevant today, and if the COVID-19 shutdown delayed his work on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.(Photo by TNT)Aaron Pruner for Rotten Tomatoes: This season focuses a lot on Sara Howard, while Kreizler is cultivating his own relationships. Has Kreizler, as a character, changed in how you interpret him since you first took on the role?Daniel Brühl: Knowing about Sara s psychological skills, Laszlo Kreizler is eventually willing to share power and to give in and to let Sarah Howard be in charge of that new mystery and of that new case. He becomes, emotionally, a more open-minded man thanks to the friendship with Sara and John and eventually even finds a kindred spirit, someone who he finds very fascinating.It s so interesting because my wife is an alienist in real life. And she told me that many times the most brilliant psychologists you know, become very nervous when they have to deal with, you know, their own introspection and their own inner life. So they may be brilliant in, you know, analyzing their environment, and yet, they have problems in expressing what they are going through.The theme of child murder continues in season 2. Is it tough to separate yourself from the dark subject matter of the show?Brühl: It didn t affect me that much when we were shooting the actual show, but watching it now gives me nightmares. I m the father of a little boy and expecting my second baby to arrive soon. The fact that this show this time around deals more with motherhood and fatherhood, respectively, felt more universal. It was also interesting to realize how engaged my wife was when she watched the show. She said that it resonated more with her than the first season.(Photo by Nelly Kiss/TNT)This is a period piece, yet the issues explored in the series continue to feel quite timely — women s rights, sensationalism in the news, police corruption, income inequality, and racism. What message are you hoping viewers will take away from watching?Brühl: It is very sad to see how long it takes for mankind to really make a change. It s funny how history goes in waves. I wouldn t say that it always goes in the wrong direction. Sometimes we advance, sometimes we evolve, and then, sometimes we go three steps back. So it is sadly fascinating to see that a story set in 1897 and a book written about that period that was published in the 1990s still feels so current.And what the story tells us is that it always takes a couple of courageous liberal modern minds to make a change. Unfortunately, mankind needs to have the worst things happen in order to move on. So the eruption that, fortunately, we witness these days internationally, due to the things that happened in the U.S., gives me a bit of optimism, because that avalanche, that eruption, and that message that racism has to stop, is being heard loudly and clearly at the moment. I hope that, finally, we will change and, hopefully, carry on doing so. We always have to hope that we will learn something from history.
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering stories from the last few weeks (because of the holidays) for titles such as Final Destination, Ghostbusters 3, Disney s Hunchback, and Monopoly.This WEEK S TOP STORYTOM CRUISE S MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 AND 8 COMING IN 2021 AND 2022(Photo by Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures)There are lots of long-running movie franchises, but in many of those examples, the cast changes over time (the MCU and the Rocky/Creed franchises being two exceptions to the rule). This week we learned that, in 2022, Tom Cruise will hit movie #8 in his long-running Mission: Impossible franchise, as Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 are being developed for releases in the summers of 2021 and 2022, respectively. Paramount is aiming to achieve this goal by hiring writer/director Christopher McQuarrie to work on both sequels, following what he s done on the last two films, 2015 s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (Certified Fresh at 93%) and last year s Mission: Impossible Fallout (Certified Fresh at 97%). The two movies will be shot back-to-back to ensure their releases within a year of each other, and also to make it easier to schedule not just Tom Cruise, but his supporting cast, which may include Fallout co-stars like Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, etc. We don t have any indication what Mission: Impossible 7 (2021) and Mission: Impossible 8 (2022) might be about, but they will probably feature Tom Cruise doing some of his own crazy stunts. Cruise s next film will be the sequel Top Gun: Maverick (6/26/2020), and he will also be celebrating his 60th birthday on July 3, 2022, possibly around the same time that Mission: Impossible 8 will be released.Fresh Developments1. AN ACTUAL GHOSTBUSTERS 3 IS NOW FAST-TRACKED FOR SUMMER, 2020 (Photo by Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)We ve been seeing year-after-year of reboots and remakes, but only very rarely are they overturned by later films. If you were a big fan of 2016 s Ghostbusters (Certified Fresh at 74%), we have some bad news for you, as Sony is now pulling an about-face. Rather than moving forward with a sequel starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, Sony is aiming to produce a Ghostbusters 3 that will extend the continuity that started with the 1984 movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. Ghostbusters 3 will be a legacy sequel, with Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully) taking over from his father Ivan Reitman. Ghostbusters 3 will reportedly feature the teenage kids of the original Ghostbusters, possibly comprised of two daughters and two sons. We even already got a teaser trailer this week for the sequel, which is aiming for a summer 2020 release. In related news, Bill Murray is now signed to reunite with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for On the Rocks, co-starring Rashida Jones.2. BLACK PANTHER S NOT THE ONLY AFRICAN KING GETTING A SEQUEL: COMING TO AMERICA 2The 1988 blockbuster comedy hit Coming to America was #3 at the box office that year, preceding by three decades the success of another African king in last year s Black Panther. We already know Black Panther is getting a sequel, but now we can count on one for the former as well. Eddie Murphy is signed to return as Akeem Joffer of Zamunda for Coming to America 2, which will be directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle Flow, Black Snake Moan). Murphy and Brewer are coming off their recent collaboration on Netflix s upcoming Rudy Ray Moore biopic, Dolemite is My Name.3. HUNCHBACK (OF NOTRE DAME) GETTING LIVE-ACTION TREATMENTThere are absolutely no signs of Walt Disney Pictures slowing down their live-action adaptations of their classic animated films anytime soon (setting aside whether The Lion King is live action ). In addition to all of the films in development, the next five on Disney s upcoming slate are Dumbo (3/29/2019), Aladdin (5/24/2019), The Lion King (7/19/2019), Mulan (3/27/2020), and Maleficent II (5/29/2020). We can now add Hunchback, an adaptation of 1996 s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to the mix, as Josh Gad is now producing the remake for Disney. (Gad is a frequent Disney star, including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen 2.) Gad is not currently expected to star, but that could change with time. Meanwhile, another project, Pinocchio apparently hit a snag over the holidays, with Paddington 2 director Paul King recently walking away (while Guillermo del Toro s Pinocchio is now in development at Netflix).4. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME TRAILER REVEALS MYSTERIO AND THE ELEMENTALS (Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)An all-too-common complaint about trailers is that they reveal too much, with the best ones arguably just whetting our appetite without giving away the whole narrative. This summer s Spider-Man: Far from Home (7/5/2019) has a very thin line to walk indeed, as its mere existence could be a spoiler for Avengers: Endgame (4/26/2019). Let s focus instead on what this trailer actually does show, which is Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio fighting mysterious monsters called The Elementals. In the trailer, Mysterio appears to be acting as a superhero, but many fans were quick to point out that in his first appearance in 1964, Mysterio similarly pretended to be heroic, as he s traditionally one of Spider-Man s longest-running super villains. (Let s note here that 1964 is some 40 years before Syndrome did something similar in 2004 s The Incredibles.) As for the Elementals, three different Easter Eggs in the trailer seem to suggest that they could actually be Spider-Man s villains Hydro-Man, Molten Man, and Sandman (or those could be fakeouts too).5. STEVEN SPIELBERG FINDS HIS WEST SIDE STORY REMAKE S MARIA, ANITA, BERNARDO, AND CHINO Steven Spielberg is getting closer to filming his remake of West Side Story, starring Ansel Elgort as Tony, with the original film s Rita Moreno also cast in a supporting role. What we didn t know until this week, however, was who would be playing the film s female lead, Maria (played by Natalie Wood in 1961), or her best friend Anita (Moreno s original role). Those big reveals came this week as we learned that Maria will be played by 17-year-old Colombian-American newcomer Rachel Zegler. (You can watch Rachel Zegler performing various songs on her YouTube channel right here.) Anita will be played by Ariana DeBose, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2018 for playing Donna Summer. Anita s boyfriend Bernardo will be played by David Alvarez (Tony winner for Billy Elliot: The Musical), and Maria s would-be-fiancee Chino will be played by Andrés Rivera (of the Hamilton national touring company). Spielberg also reportedly met recently with faculty and students at the University of Puerto Rico about their concerns of how their community will be portrayed in this West Side Story update.6. ANNE HATHAWAY WILL LEAD THE WITCHES REMAKE Robert Zemeckis recent adaptation of the documentary Marwencol, called Welcome to Marwen (Rotten at 31%), was both critically panned and a box office bomb. For his next film, Zemeckis is aiming for a more conventionally popular project, with a remake of 1990 s The Witches, which was an adaptation of Roald Dahl s 1983 children s novel. Anne Hathaway is now attached to star in The Witches as the Grand High Witch, the role played in 1990 by Anjelica Huston. The 1990 movie was itself a box office bomb, earning just million, but the film has arguably become a family favorite in the 29 years since. Robert Zemeckis new adaptation of Dahl s novel will be set in the Gothic South in the 1960s, with Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) also writing and producing along with both Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan s Labyrinth) and Alfonso Cuarón (Roma, Gravity).Rotten Ideas3. KEVIN HART PASSES GO, WILL COLLECT (AT LEAST) 0, IN MONOPOLY (Photo by Warner Bros.)Kevin Hart may not be hosting this year s Academy Awards, but his career is otherwise moving along quite nicely following the million opening weekend for The Upside. Within a few days of those numbers being confirmed, Kevin Hart was quickly attached to two different films, including one that s pretty high profile. The idea of a movie based on the classic Monopoly board game has been kicking around for over a decade, including a time when Ridley Scott was attached, but the Monopoly movie we ll actually get sounds like a drastic switch. Hart will star in Monopoly for Lionsgate and Hasbro, with his Ride Along director Tim Story also on board. If we disregard his two Kevin Hart concert movies, Tim Story currently has a seven-movie Rotten streak going that includes Fantastic Four (27%), the aforementioned Ride Along (19%), and Ride Along 2 (13%). Kevin Hart s second new project this week is called Fatherhood, based on the Matthew Logelin memoir Two Kisses for Maddy. Paul Weitz (Admission, Little Fockers) will direct the tragic drama, in which Hart will play a newly single father after his high school sweetheart dies in childbirth.2. VIDEO GAME MOVIES STILL ROTTEN, HOLLYWOOD STILL MAKING MOVIES LIKE JUST DANCE (Photo by Alessio Bolzoni/Amazon Studios)We frequently talk about how bad video game-based movies have been over the years; there isn t a single Fresh film among the 47-plus that have been made. That may change this year with movies like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog, but even if one of them does earn a Fresh score, it would only be a small dent in the genre s infamous reputation. In the grand Hollywood tradition of doing something over and over again and expecting a different result, we learned about another attempt to bring a video game to the big screen this week, namely the long-running Just Dance franchise. Screen Gems won an auction to the Just Dance rights after competitive bidding. In related news, Warner Bros long-in-development Minecraft movie attracted a new director this week in Peter Sollett, who directed Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist (Certified Fresh at 74%) and 2015 s Freeheld (Rotten at 48%).1. FINAL DESTINATION FRANCHISE BEING BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEAD (Photo by New Line courtesy Everett Collection)The first Final Destination movie in 2000 earned just a 34% on the Tomatometer, but it inspired a franchise with four more sequels, only one of which scored above 48%. It can be argued that Final Destination, in which the survivors of lethal events are then haunted by death, trying to even the score, was somewhat ahead of its time, given the more recent success of franchises like Insidious and IT. The screenwriting team of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who worked on Saw IV, Saw V, and Saw VI, have now landed a new gig at New Line Cinema, working on rebooting the Final Destination franchise. Those Saw movies, likewise, have pretty Rotten Tomatometers (18%, 13%, and 39%).
(Click to enlarge.)After five grueling rounds of competition that laid waste to holiday classics like It s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and even the perennial is-it-a-Christmas-movie-or-not fan favorite Die Hard, we can finally crown a winner for our Christmas Movie Showdown. In the end, the Jon Favreau/Will Ferrell comedy Elf lost by a convincing 20% margin to Home Alone, which, incidentally, also celebrated its 30th anniversary back in November. To go with that milestone, we can now unofficially officially declare that Home Alone is the Greatest Christmas Movie Ever!As always, big thanks to everyone who participated in the various polls, and we hope this bit of silly fun helped in some way to brighten what is certainly an unusual holiday season for most. With that in mind, please stay safe and warm as we enter the new year, and stay tuned for our next showdown!Final Round ResultRound 1 Results | Round 2 Results | Round 3 Results | Round 4 ResultsRound 1 Results | Round 2 Results | Round 3 Results | Round 4 ResultsOn an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. 尽管玩家们明知道双端互通游戏只不过是“开电脑玩了个高画质移动端游戏”，但平心而论，相比于一般的手游，老玩家们对双端互通的网游关注度仍要高出许多，原因无他，目前仍有大量玩家对在电脑上玩高品质的网游有极强的需求，可是碍于市场变化，游戏厂商越来越不愿意推出传统端游，玩家们只能退而求其次，寻找一个“并不完美”的解决方案。
The records set by Twilight and Star Wars were set on their opening days, so it is unrealistic to expect Endgame to measure up to those. Black Panther’s record Monday was also the President’s Day holiday, so schools were out. Take away the holiday and debuts though, and we’re back to The Force Awakens owning the records for Monday (,109,742) and Wednesday (,022,183). Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen then leads the Thursday charge (,094,472), but that was still just its second day of release. For a true comparison to Endgame we once again look to The Force Awakens, which grossed ,395,725 on day seven.Highest Grossing Three-Hour Film EverCurrent Record Holder: Titanic with 9,363,944A lot has been made recently over the length of Avengers: Endgame. But longer films have long dominated the box office. Among the previous 50 highest-grossing films of all-time, the only non-animated films under two hours are E.T., Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 2016’s The Jungle Book, and Deadpool. And when you look at those, it s debatable whether one is actually non-animated , Jumanji runs one minute shy of two hours, and E.T. runs just three minutes shy. Deadpool is the shortest at 106 minutes. The following films among the highest-grossing ever are all over two-and-a-half hours:Avatar, Infinity War, Titanic, The Last Jedi, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersWith 10 animated films in the Top 50, that means 25% of the all-time live-action films in the group run 150 minutes or longer. The Two Towers runs a minute shy of three hours and is also now one spot shy of the Top 50, thanks to Endgame s weekend box office. The highest-grossing movie with a runtime of three hours or longer is Titanic. Endgame has already also made 53% of Titanic’s all-time gross (including its 3-D and 20th anniversary re-releases). The Marvel movie has made 58.2% of Titanic s initial 1997-98 run. The smart money would be on Endgame knocking Titanic off of its three-hour perch handily.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Fewest Days To Pass James Cameron’s AvatarCurrent Record Holder: Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 20 DaysIt took J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII just 20 days to become the highest-grossing domestic film of all time. On Jan. 6, 2016, Avatar s nearly seven-year record of 0,507,625 fell in less than three weeks. It took 59 days for Avatar to best the record previously held by Cameron’s Titanic. The Force Awakens maintains the all-time domestic record with a total gross of 6,662,225, which it took over 165 days to compile. Can Endgame beat that Avatar figure in fewer days than it took Force Awakens? It depends how it paces, which we get into below.Highest Domestic Gross EverCurrent Record Holder: Star Wars: The Force Awakens with 6,662,225Endgame already has a -plus million head start on The Force Awakens. Infinity War had nearly a million advantage after opening weekend but still fell 7,846,743 shy of Force s domestic record. If Endgame falls off at a similar pace, it could actually still come up just short with around 8 million. The Force Awakens benefited from a series of very respectable drops from week-to-week. Only once in its first 23 weeks did it drop more than 50% and only four times more than 40%.Force Awakens was number 1 for four straight weeks and remained in the top five for eight straight weeks. Does anyone really believe that The Avengers will fall to Detective Pikachu in its third weekend? That leaves it to Aladdin to knock it back over Memorial Day weekend, and it is conceivable it is out of the top five after seven weekends as summer releases like The Secret Life of Pets 2, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Dark Phoenix, and even Rocketman will draw early interest. That head start looms large as Endgame eyes further records, such as the .78 billion that Avatar made globally. The first 20 days for Avengers: Endgame will help tell the tale, but it will be days 21 to 165 that could turn legend into fact.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]
最火的电子游戏平台 Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. [I chose this one] because of Gena, because I watched it when my mind was first opened up to what cinema could be when I was a young actress starting out and discovering the scope of film. Everything that Gena does in this, as well as in A Woman under the Influence, the way that it explores femininity and masculinity and the devastating edges of masculinity, as well as so many colors that a woman can be – her fierceness, her devastation, her heartbreak, her going mad. And then to understand a film could be shot in someone s house, that you could just do this – you could find a way to carve your own path away from prescribed studio roles. So, I chose this for the whole package.And I had the honor of working with Nick [Cassavetes, son of John and Gena] and Gena in a film that Nick directed and I saw that it was a completely different way of working than I had ever been exposed to. The collaboration between all the departments and how we were all… you hear it a lot, “we re like a family,” but in that case, it really was. Everyone was together. The relationship, for example, between me and the set designer was extremely close because Nick wanted it that way. He said, “Well, this is your character. Where would you live? Let s all do this all together.” So that makes for a more relaxed performance and it s just more fun.Opening Night is also important to me because it s about the theater. Those scenes where she s backstage and about to go on, or the scenes in the rehearsal room, but particularly when she s about to go on stage, that visceral thrill and terror, the way he catches it… theater is my heart so it combines a lot of my loves in that film.