h, the most likely to succeed. She’s the woman with the plan to track down the killer and the guts to charge into the crowd of the Croaker Queen Pageant talent competition to save her friend. Unfortunately, luck just wasn’t on her side.Paige in House of Wax (2005) 27%(Photo by © Warner Bros. )Played by Paris HiltonWhen it was announced that Paris Hilton would play a supporting character in Jaume Collet-Serra’s remake of House of Wax, there was a resounding cheer that audiences would get to see this real-life heel bloodily sacrificed for the movie gods. The thing is: Hilton killed it. She infused Paige with the same detached and fascinating poppy materialism she possessed in her reality show, becoming the best love-to-hate- em sidekick.Vasquez in Aliens (1986) 97%Played by Jenette GoldsteinThe descriptor “badass” is tossed around for really any female character who demonstrates anything remotely “strong.” But Jenette Goldstein’s Vasquez is potentially the only character worthy of being called a badass. Her barbed quips and buff biceps are perhaps the most memorable aspect of an extremely memorable film. She exudes fearlessness and feels nearly immortal… until she doesn’t.Yara in It Follows (2014) 95%(Photo by © RADiUS-TWC/courtesy Everett Collection)Played by Olivia LuccardiOlivia Luccardi’s Yara is more than a sidekick, she’s the one-woman Greek chorus of It Follows. At first, she seems like a typical tech-obsessed, disinterested teen, constantly reading things on her fictional clamshell e-reader, occasionally glancing up to sneer at her friends’ poor choices. But nearly everything Yara reads aloud to her friends contains a philosophical key to their situation, advice, and omens.Alexia in Raw (2016) 92%(Photo by © Focus World /courtesy Everett Collection)Played by Ella RumpfThe genius of Ella Rumpf’s Alexia in Julia Ducournau’s Raw is that Alexia at first seems the antagonist of the film, the source of all of her sister’s problematic cravings, but it turns out she’s really the sidekick. She’s a cutting bully who can turn on a dime to become the doting and generous big sister. Even as she emotionally tortures Justine, Alexia clearly wants to snap her sister out of her goody two-shoes demeanor and have some fun.Lily in Black Swan (2010) 85%(Photo by © Fox Searchlight Pictures)Played by Mila KunisJust like Alexia in Raw, Lily’s the false antagonist, the projection of all the protagonist’s fears and anxieties. In reality, she’s a smart, grounded ballet dancer, probably the sanest of the bunch, whose only hope is to nab the lead role and maybe coax Nina out of her cocooned and infantile life. In a story of paranoia and delusion, Lily’s the realest of the real.Nam-joo in The Host (2006) 93%(Photo by ©Magnolia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)Played by Bae Doo-naThere are few things more admirable about director Bong Joon-ho than his ability to create characters who are both wildly inept and also extremely vain and self-satisfied with their limited abilities. Nam-joo (Bae Doo-na) as the protagonist’s gold medalist archer sister who rubs her mediocre success in his face is one of Bong’s greatest creations. It’s impossible for her to swallow her pride, even as she’s face-to-face with a monstrous adversary.Black Christmas is in theaters December 13, 2019Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. 《摩尔庄园》手游是一款集怀旧、益智、养成、社交和剧情元素的3D社区养成游戏，其页游是承载了许多人的童年记忆，手游版本是对页游原本设定和世界观的还原和再创造。
Season 2 of The Kominsky Method has the reunion Michael Douglas fans have been waiting for. Kathleen Turner guest stars as Sandy Kominsky s (Douglas) ex-wife. The actors co-starred in Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, and The War of the Roses.Unfortunately, their Kominsky Method scene occurs over the phone. They do not share screen time.“I’m hoping, if we go to a third year, that we will see more of her,” Douglas said. “That was so much fun, because obviously, the phone conversation, you both are entirely separate. So I did my whole thing without her being there. But then, because we worked together so much, when she heard my end of the conversation, she just settled right in and did a great job.”Jane Seymour joins the cast of season 2亚博网页版登录icked people into believing their authenticity, as well as those urban legend-like “cursed” films that earned sinister reputations because of the unfortunate, disturbing, and sometimes tragic events that were allegedly attributed to them.But they’re only movies, right?Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2018) 75%(Photo by Else Films)What better way to kick things off than with a movie that is a perfect Venn diagram of both concepts – “found footage” faux-real horror and supposedly cursed films. Antrum purports to be a documentary about a lost 1970s film that was only screened twice, because everyone who watches it dies. The movie opens with an 8-minute documentary detailing the curse around the film, then shows you the “film” itself, which is about two young kids who attempt to dig a hole to Hell to save their recently deceased dog. The filmmakers do their best to make the movie-within-a-movie look authentically 70s to help sell the whole façade. The fact that Antrum’s release was preceded by rumors and word of mouth among hardcore horror fans (much like the way the controversial 2011 A Serbian Film grew a reputation well before it was ever screened publicly) lent the movie an air of real mystery. Some eager horror buffs even tried to track the “original” Antrum down, believing it to be real.Plausibility Score: 2 out of 5Antrum is a nice try, but in the age of advanced search engines, it’s hard to fully convince people that a film with a supposed body count of 60 could truly have been “lost.”Snuff (1976) The concept of a “snuff” film – a movie depicting an actual murder – basically started in 1971 when Ed Sanders, the author of a book about the Manson Family, asserted that Charles Manson and his followers had filmed their killing spree (no footage was ever found). Then, just a few years later in 1976, husband-and-wife directors Michael and Roberta Findlay made a cheap exploitation film called Slaughter about an actress and her director who are murdered by a Manson Family-esque clan in South America. Grindhouse film distributor Allan Shackleton bought the film, changed the title to Snuff, and released it under the pretense that it depicted the real murder of the main actress (the tagline was “Filmed in South America…Where Life is Cheap!”). This kickstarted an obsession with snuff films, although none have ever been conclusively unearthed.Plausibility Score: 4 out of 5The Manson Family connection and the fact that people still believe in the existence of snuff films even today and really sell this one.Poltergeist (1982) 86%Perhaps the most famous “cursed” movie of all time, the original 1982 Poltergeist, about a suburban family terrorized by a supernatural presence, climaxed with a scene in which the mom (JoBeth Williams) is dragged into a partially dug-out pool and is surrounded by skeletons – the reveal being that the housing development in which they live was unscrupulously built on top of a graveyard. The rumor was that the film crew had not only used real skeletons, but had desecrated graves themselves to get them. Mysterious and untimely deaths of some of the actors in the trilogy, including young Heather O’Rourke (who played the abducted little girl Carol Anne), who died at the age of 12 due to a congenital intestinal issue, and Dominique Dunne (who played oldest sibling Dana), who was murdered by a jealous boyfriend at the age of 22, led to the urban legend that the ghosts of the unwitting skeletal “co-stars” had cursed the films and everyone who worked on them. It’s flimsy, because clearly major players like Williams, Craig T. Nelson, director Tobe Hooper, and producer Steven Spielberg walked away unscathed.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5Although it’s the movie everyone cites when talking about curses, a lot of the supposed connections are pretty thin. Plus, more of the actors and crew survived unhurt than didn’t, and a lot of the “deaths” beyond the two young leads were simply age and explainable illness.The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%Horror is a great way for young talents to break into the business because, often, what you don’t see is scarier than what you do, so it’s a godsend for indie filmmakers with more creativity than budget. The Blair Witch Project came about at exactly the right time – exploiting the still nascent “world wide web,” it managed to cultivate its own urban legend of supposedly lost cam footage that was recovered after a group of young filmmakers went missing. The conceit of it being filmed on the fly covered over the fact that you don’t really see much of anything, and the clever use of sound effects and the overall naturalistic performances by the lead actors made you think, just for a second, that maybe this was the real deal. Of course, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 came out around a year later to confirm that, yes, this was indeed just a cheesy horror franchise at its core.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5It may have lost some luster since, but at the time? It really had people convinced. And the execution – from the early websites to the film itself – was nearly perfect.The Omen (1976) 86%Strap in for this one: Producer Harvey Bernhard claims that the initial idea for the seminal horror classic The Omen came from an advertising exec named Bob Munger. Munger suggested that a movie about the Antichrist would be cool, but that no one should actually make it because “the devil was at work and he didn’t want that film made.” He may have been right. Just a month before filming was to start, lead actor Gregory Peck’s son committed suicide. As he flew to the set, Peck’s plane was struck by lightning, and then executive producer Marc Neufeld’s plane was also struck by lightning on his way to the location. The hotel Neufeld and his wife were staying in then got bombed by the Irish Republican Army. The crew hired a small plane to do some aerial photography, but it was given to another client at the last minute; that plane crashed on takeoff and killed everyone on board. Filming a zoo sequence, the young boy playing the demonic Damien apparently upset the baboons so much they started freaking out, so an animal wrangler was called in to help; the next day, he was mauled by a tiger and killed. But perhaps the most chilling result of this “curse” was what happened to special effects supervisor John Richardson. One of his big FX sequences in The Omen was one in which a character is decapitated by a sheet of glass. While working on his next movie in the Netherlands, Richardson and his assistant were involved in a car accident, and his assistant was you guessed it decapitated. Legend has it the accident occurred near a street sign that read “Ommen, 66.6 km.” But it’s all coincidence, right?Plausibility Score: 4 out of 5It’s hard to write all of this off as coincidence. Even when people discount some of it – like the existence of the Dutch street sign – there’s a lot more that’s been verified.Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 65%(Photo by ©F.D. Cinematografica courtesy Everett Collection)Not long after Snuff, another film came under fire for allegedly depicting actual murders – and it was an early example of “found footage” horror, to boot. This Italian cult movie was built around the idea that it was footage discovered after an American film crew disappeared in the Amazon rainforest and were killed and eaten by indigenous cannibals. The gore was so intense and realistic that a few days after the movie’s premiere, Italian authorities confiscated the film, director Ruggero Deodato was charged with obscenity, and he was eventually slapped with a murder charge when it was suggested Cannibal Holocaust was, in fact, a snuff film. Although it was later proven that none of the actors were killed or harmed, the film does depict scenes of intense animal cruelty that were real. Fun fact: the fake documentary the crew was working on was called The Green Inferno, which would be the title adopted by director Eli Roth for his 2013 homage to Cannibal Holocaust.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5The rough, grimy cheapness of the film and the addition of actual animal butchery make this feel almost like the real deal.The Crow (1994) 83%What’s unique about the “curse” of The Crow is that it isn’t so much about the film as it is an extension of a curse that is believed to have haunted martial arts icon Bruce Lee and his family for generations. Of course, the 1994 horror-tinged comic book adaptation is infamous due to the tragic death of star Brandon Lee, Bruce s son, who died after a prop gun misfired and a projectile struck him. The film was hampered by setbacks and accidents – the set was destroyed numerous times, most notably by a hurricane that struck its North Carolina filming location – but in general, the problems seem to have been caused mostly by the fact that it was low budget and behind schedule, and corners were cut a little too recklessly. Some even claim that the Chinese mafia assassinated Bruce and Brandon, which is eerie when you think about the fact that Bruce Lee’s last film, Game of Death, seems to predict this. In that movie, Bruce’s character is a martial arts actor who is shot by an assassin posing as one of the stunt crew. Also, the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story anthropomorphizes the supposed family curse as a physical demon that haunts Lee his whole life, and at one point in the film, the demon goes after a young Brandon. Dragon was released in 1993 – a year before The Crow.Plausibility Score: 2 out of 5The idea of a Lee Family Curse is compelling, and it fits in with the whole mystical aura surrounding Bruce. But dig deeper into the on-set events of The Crow, and it all appears to be more a case of negligence and unprofessionalism than a sinister hex.The Exorcist (1973) 83%If the Devil really does exist, he seems to spend an awful lot of time on film sets. Before The Omen tempted fate with each shooting day, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist experienced its own unnerving incidents. Telling the story of two priests battling a demonic presence that has taken hold of a young girl named Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), the film is an undisputed classic of the horror genre, and some of that may have to do with the notion that the film itself was actually possessed. Things got off to a rocky start when the MacNeil family home set – where much of the action takes place – was destroyed by fire. The only room that was untouched by the blaze…was Regan’s. In addition, almost all of the actors suffered injuries during the filming, and televangelist Billy Graham even claimed that “there is a power of evil in that film, in the fabric of the film itself” and suggested that simply projecting it was like opening a door for demons. The movie held its premiere in Rome, during a violent thunderstorm. One attendee even passed out and broke her jaw, later attempting to sue the production because she blamed subliminal messages for her tumble.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5Some of the spookiness experienced on set and at early screenings was likely psychosomatic, but the movie still carries a heavy creep factor regardless.Rosemary's Baby (1968) 96%Why not complete Satan’s own personal trilogy with a supposedly cursed movie that pre-dates both The Omen and The Exorcist? Rosemary’s Baby is rightly credited with redefining the horror genre by taking it away from the campy cobwebs and castles of the old Vincent Price days and legitimizing it as a “real” grown-up art form. Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes star in the story of a young mother-to-be who moves into a New York apartment building that also happens to house a Satanic cult. Producer William Castle – who was infamous in the 1950s and 1960s for promoting all sorts of gimmicks like floating skeletons and rumbling theater seats in an effort to sell the “reality” of his horror movies – believed that real witches had cursed the set. The film’s composer suffered a nasty fall shortly after the movie wrapped and died after being comatose for several days. Castle himself fell ill with painful gallstones that required surgery. And, of course, director Roman Polanski’s wife at the time, actress Sharon Tate, and their unborn child would fall victim to the Manson Family a year after the film’s release.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5It’s easy to think of anything Satan-related as tempting fate when it comes to curses or bad mojo, but most of these incidents seem loosely connected at best.Faces of Death (1978) 25%Just as The Blair Witch Project came along at the perfect time to take advantage of early internet, the legend of Faces of Death is largely a product of the early 1980s VHS boom. Before Blockbuster, video stores were small (often seedy) mom-and-pop stores, and Faces of Death was one of those creepy little oddities you’d find on one of the dust-covered shelves. Allegedly depicting “real” deaths, it served as a badge of honor for anyone who was actually able to get ahold of a copy and watch it. Although the film does contain some real footage – like newsreel clips from an accident where you can see paramedics cleaning up the remains of a cyclist who had been struck and killed by a truck – it was almost entirely faked by writer and director John Alan Schwartz. Yes, even the infamous scene where a table full of diners appear to kill a trapped monkey and then eat its brains.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5If you don’t catch on immediately when you’re introduced to the movie’s “medical professional” host, “Francis B. Gross,” you’ll catch on during sequences like the “real” shark attack that somehow has footage from the shark’s POV as it eats a diver. Did it get a cinematography credit?Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) 58%(Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection)The film version of the classic horror and sci-fi television series let four different directors adapt a classic episode: “Kick the Can” by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark), “It’s a Good Life” by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace), “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” by George Miller (The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road), and “Time Out” by John Landis (Trading Places, Animal House). Although some claim the movie is cursed, it’s really just that there’s a sense of morbidity around it because veteran actor Vic Morrow (father of Jennifer Jason Leigh) and two young actors playing Vietnamese children were killed in an on-set accident during Landis’ segment when a helicopter that was part of a sequence recreating the Vietnam War crash-landed on them. None of the other directors experienced any bizarre or unexplained incidents, and all continued to have successful careers. But the tragedy hung a dark shadow over Landis and lends the movie a creepy, all-too-real feel.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5Again, this was one horrible, tragic accident caused by director negligence. The rest of the film (and filmmakers) got on fine with no curse-related incidents.GUINEA PIG: FLOWER OF FLESH AND BLOOD (1985)None of the images from this film are acceptable to show you, so here is a guinea pig pushing a tiny shopping cart. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)Created by artist Hideshi Hino based on his own manga series, the Guinea Pig movies feature the same kind of faux documentary feel as something like Faces of Death or Cannibal Holocaust, and they re legendary among hardcore horror fans. Without any real plot to speak of beyond “psycho kidnaps women and dismembers them in gruesome fashion while dressed as a samurai,” the movies do feel less like a story and more like some forbidden home video. That said, two incidents lend it a particular air of menace. One is that a copy of Flower of Flesh and Blood was sent to the FBI by Charlie Sheen – yes, Charlie Sheen – because he was convinced it was an actual snuff film (it was not, and all of the deaths and butchery were faked). The other is that a copy of the film was found in the home of a man named Tsutomu Miyazaki, a cannibalistic serial killer known as the Otaku Murderer who was behind the kidnapping and murder of four young girls between 1988 and 1989 in Japan. The film was believed to have inspired him.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5All Hino had to do was not put a title card over the opening “stalking” sequence and it might have worked. The scene really looks and feels like something a creep would record as he follows women down the street. But no real serial killer goes into AfterEffects and adds cool titles and music cues to their murder footage. At least, not that we know of.(Photo by Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment)Rounding out or list of horror is… not a horror film, but a movie that is believed to be so cursed it will never be made. A comedy based on a 1963 satirical novel called The Incomparable Atuk by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, the story is about an Inuit poet who travels to Toronto and has a series of fish-out-of-water experiences in the big city (the film version Americanized it by making Atuk a native of Alaska who travels to New York). Sounds pretty basic, right? It might well be, if the movie didn’t seem to kill every actor associated with the lead role. The curse of Atuk is particularly weird because the novel itself isn’t about anything sinister or paranormal. The first man up for the role was comedy legend John Belushi; after his untimely death from a drug overdose, the producers approached comedian Sam Kinison… who then died in a drunk driving accident. So they decided to offer the part to John Candy, who would die from a heart attack a few months after getting the script. Undaunted, the part was then dangled in front of another SNL vet – Chris Farley. He, too, would succumb to a drug overdose. Even stranger, Farley allegedly gave a copy of the script to a friend who he thought might also be interested in the role, namely fellow SNL alum Phil Hartman. Five months after Farley’s death, Hartman was shot and killed by his wife, who committed suicide hours later.Plausibility Score: 5 out of 5If this movie doesn t scream cursed, we don t know what does.Thumbnail image by Else Films
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This Week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as The Flash, Kraven the Hunter, and Gucci. This WEEK S TOP STORYOLIVIA WILDE MIGHT BE DIRECTING A SPIDER-WOMAN MOVIE FOR SONY(Photo by Francois Duhamel/©Annapurna Pictures)Although SPUMC is a pretty clumsy abbreviation, Sony Pictures does indeed have a massive Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters slate planned. In addition to Venom and the upcoming Morbius (3/19/2021, delayed from 7/10/2021 because of COVID-19), the SPUMC development slate currently includes: Jackpot, Kraven the Hunter (see story below), Madame Web, Nightwatch, Silk, and The Sinister Six. One of the most talked about stories of the week was the announcement that Sony Pictures has officially hired actress-turned-director Olivia Wilde for an untitled female-centric Marvel movie. Most of the stories about Wilde s hiring speculate that the secret project is probably Spider-Woman, A.K.A. Jessica Drew, who debuted in the comics in 1977, before soon after getting her own Saturday morning cartoon (which you can now watch on Disney+). It s also possible that Olivia Wilde s project could be about another Spider woman hero, like Silk, Ghost-Spider (A.K.A. Spider-Gwen), Madame Web, or someone never mentioned for a movie before like Spider-Girl or Araña (Peter Parker has got a lot of female counterparts). Olivia Wilde s next project as director will be a thriller called Don t Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh, Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine.Other Top Headlines1. THE FLASH WILL PROMINENTLY FEATURE TWO FORMER BATMEN(Photo by ©Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)We ve known for some time that the long planned DC Comics solo movie for The Flash (starring Ezra Miller from Justice League) is likely to involve the popular Flashpoint storyline, in which The Flash s attempt to change the past results in all sorts of alternate reality craziness. There have been recent rumors that The Flash could feature past Batman actors like Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck, but this week, we appeared to receive confirmation that both of them will indeed return as their versions of Batman. Let s start with Ben Affleck, who at one point appeared to be done with playing Batman, especially when Twilight star Robert Pattinson signed on to star in the long-in-development The Batman (10/1/2021), which at one point was supposed to have starred Affleck. Affleck reportedly had notes on the script before he agreed to sign on to return in The Flash. (You can read much more speculation about the possible impact of this right here). As we said earlier, Affleck won t be the only returning Batman, as Michael Keaton from the original 1989 Batman will also be coming back, in what is now being called a substantial role, versus what had previously been thought to just be a cameo of some sort. Although the COVID-19 pandemic obviously continues to have an impact on release dates, The Flash is currently scheduled for release on June 2, 2022.2. WILL SMITH AND KEVIN HART BOARD THE PLANES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES REMAKE (Photo by Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)Despite the ongoing love affair with 1980s movies, and the wave of remakes of 1980s movies, one of the most beloved directors of the 1980s John Hughes has basically been left untouched (Hughes wrote, but didn t direct, the original Vacation, which was remade in 2015). That will likely soon change, as Paramount Pictures is now actively developing a remake of the 1987 classic Planes, Trains Automobiles (Certified Fresh at 91%), starring Steve Martin and John Candy as fellow travelers who face a series of obstacles in their attempts to get home for Thanksgiving. The new Planes, Trains Automobiles is being developed for Paramount by Will Smith s Westbrook Studios and Kevin Hart s Hartbeat Productions as a star vehicle for both of them. It s unconfirmed which star will be reprising which role, but our money is on Smith to play the harried family man and Kevin Hart to play the sad-sack loner. Television writer Aeysha Carr (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fresh at 95%) has been hired to make her feature film debut adapting the film.3. LADY GAGA S GUCCI MAY BE JOINED BY DE NIRO, PACINO, DRIVER, AND LETO(Photo by ©Netflix)Some movies seem to be intended from their very inception as possible awards contenders, and from the day we first heard about Ridley Scott s Gucci, starring Lady Gaga as Patricia Reggiani, it seemed like exactly that sort of film. Having said that, there s Oscar bait and then there s OSCAR BAIT, and you don t get much more Oscar Baity than the casting coup Scott was able to manage this week. In addition to Lady Gaga s three nominations and one Academy Award, and Ridley Scott s four Academy Award nominations, the actors cast in Gucci this week have received a total of four Academy Award wins (for The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull, Scent of a Woman, and Dallas Buyers Club) and a grand total of twenty Academy Award acting nominations. The actors in question are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, and Adam Driver (who s no slouch either, with nominations for both BlackKklansman and Marriage Story). Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston and Broadway star Reeve Carney are also in talks for roles. If both De Niro and Pacino do sign on for Gucci, it will be their fifth film acting together, following The Godfather Part II, Heat, Righteous Kill, and The Irishman. MGM currently has Gucci scheduled for release on November 24, 2021.4. THE MANDALORIAN STAR PEDRO PASCAL TO OBSESS OVER NICOLAS CAGE (Photo by Eli Winston/Everett Collection)One of the most fun movie news stories of 2019 came in November (just before we entered the trainwreck that is 2020) when we first heard about The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which Nicolas Cage will play a fictionalized version of himself. This week, we learned that Cage s co-star will be Pedro Pascal, who is coming off the Disney+ hit The Mandalorian and is scheduled to appear as villain Maxwell Lord in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984. Pascal s casting brings with it a better understanding of exactly what this movie will be about. Nicolas Cage will play a washed up, unfulfilled, and financially impaired version of himself who agrees to attend a birthday party of a super fan (Pedro Pascal) for a million dollars. The party soon turns dangerously obsessive as Cage must must stay alive by recreating his most beloved moments as an actor. (Keep in mind that this is the same guy who ate a cockroach for Vampire s Kiss). We have yet to learn if any bees will be involved.5. SPIDER-MAN VILLAIN KRAVEN THE HUNTER TO RECEIVE HIS OWN MOVIE (Photo by Marvel Comics)The news about the possible Spider-Woman movie sort of absorbed most of the Marvel movie attention this week, but there was actually major movement for another film to be set in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC). To start off, we should note that earlier this month, there was a rumor that Sony and Marvel were seeking a Joel-Kinnaman-type for Tom Holland s third Spider-Man movie, which many interpreted as being for the role of old school Spidey villain Kraven the Hunter (also one of Spider-Man s few classic villains who hasn t yet been depicted in a live-action movie). We still don t know if there are any plans to introduce Kraven in the next Spider-Man, but we do know that Sony is now developing a Kraven the Hunter movie, as the studio is now in talks with director J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, Triple Frontier). Kraven the Hunter dates all the way back to 1964 and The Amazing Spider-Man #15, but the arguably definitive Kraven story arc is 1987 s Kraven s Last Hunt (which may be part of the inspiration for the Kraven the Hunter movie as well). We should also note that there has been talk about Sony developing a Kraven the Hunter movie at least as far back as 2017 (along with Mysterio, who eventually made his debut in last year s Spider-Man: Far from Home, played by Jake Gyllenhaal).6. PETE DAVIDSON AND O SHEA JACKSON JR. TO TAKE ON SNEAKER CULTURE (Photo by ©NEON, Mary Cybulski/©Universal Pictures)In addition to the aforementioned Planes, Trains Automobiles remake, Kevin Hart s HartBeat Production also made the news this week for partnering with NBA star Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder for a dramedy called American Sole. Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live, The King of Staten Island) and O Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton, and also Ice Cube s son) are both attached to star in American Sole, which is set in the world of after-market sneakers as two college graduates who attempt to get out of debt by getting into the lucrative market of reselling sneakers for much higher markups (which reportedly is now estimated to be worth over billion in sales each year). Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on The CW s Riverdale, also joined American Sole this week as the girlfriend of Pete Davidson s character.7. BJORK JOINS ROBERT EGGERS VIKING EPIC THE NORTHMAN(Photo by Ronald Siemoneit/Getty Images)The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed all aspects of filmmaking, both in and out of Hollywood, but one of the more obvious examples is the Vikings epic The Northman, which had to shut down just a week before production was to start in March. This week, director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) was finally able to start principal production of The Northman on the elaborate sets that have been assembled in rural Ireland. Most of the epic s cast had already been announced months ago, including Eggers The Lighthouse star Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch, Nicole Kidman, and brothers Alexander Skarsgård (HBO s True Blood) and Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise from IT). The new addition this week was Icelandic pop star Bjork, who is reportedly playing a character called The Slav Witch, which sort of makes sense (Bjork actually made her feature film debut 30 years ago in 1990 with the Icelandic witchcraft fairy tale The Juniper Tree).8. LAURENCE FISHBURNE SAYS HE WASN T ASKED TO COME BACK FOR THE MATRIX 4 (Photo by ©Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)There is an expression in comic book fandom that goes, No one stays dead except Uncle Ben (humorously, that saying used to include Bucky Barnes and Jason Todd, until they both got revived). The trope about dead characters eventually coming back for financial reasons also applies frequently to the movies (like, say, the slasher villains in the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises). So, one might have thought that Laurence Fishburne could be brought back as Morpheus in The Matrix 4, but this week, Fishburne clarified, I have not been invited. Also this week, Keanu Reeves spoke to press about the safety protocols on The Matrix 4 as production has resumed on sets in Germany. Filming had begun in February in San Francisco until moving on briefly to Berlin, but as with most film projects at the time, production of The Matrix 4 was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keanu Reeves fellow cast members will include Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith (from the original trilogy) and newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (rumored to be playing the young Morpheus), Priyanka Chopra Jones, and Neil Patrick Harris. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to regularly cause release date changes, but for now, The Matrix 4 is scheduled for April 1st, 2022.9. POTENTIAL NEW GHOSTFACE VICTIMS ANNOUNCED FOR SCREAM 5 (Photo by Dimension Films courtesy Everett Collection)In March of this year, we first learned that the directors and producers of last year s horror comedy Ready or Not (Certified Fresh at 88%) had signed on to direct the long-awaited sequel Scream 5. For the most part, casting until this week mostly involved the announcements of returning franchise stars Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, David Arquette as Dewey Riley, and Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers-Riley. This week, two different young actresses were announced, starting with Melissa Barrera, who will be one of the stars of Lin-Manuel Miranda s In the Heights when that movie is eventually released in 2021 (delayed from this summer). Two days later, Jane the Virigin co-star Jenna Ortega also joined the cast. In related (and unsurprising) news, Samara Weaving also revealed this week that there had been a moment this year when she almost was cast by her Ready or Not collaborators in Scream 5, saying, We were talking about it, but our schedules aren’t gonna work, which is a bummer. Scream 5 is expected to be released sometime in 2021 (probably later in the year), and filming is expected to start in Wilmington, North Carolina, later this year.
(Photo by JSquared Photography/The CW)In 2011, as Smallville came to an end, The CW began developing a show centered on another comic book hero: Green Arrow. The Golden Age DC Comics character came to prominence thanks to the Superman prequel series and actor Justin Hartley. But in a shock to Hartley and Smallville fans, the network decided against making the series a spin-off. Instead, it turned to producer Greg Berlanti and his team to build a completely new show. The result was Arrow, a darker take on the character — now played by Stephen Amell — that set out to tell his origin story via flashbacks while also charting Oliver Queen s first few years as a hero. It would touch on certain hero milestones while also, eventually, introducing a sprawling world of characters.With the announcement that Arrow s upcoming seventh season will be its last, here s a look back at the way Arrow changed the landscape of superhero television.1. It Changed the Tone of Action(Photo by Robert Falconer/The CW)Don’t let Felcity Smoak’s (Emily Bett Rickards) quips fool you: Arrow was a serious show from the jump. Some might even say it was too serious. Unlike the warm dynamic of Smallville, Arrow’s Oliver Queen was a lone brooding vigilante on a crusade to kill Starling City businessmen who failed the town and its people. It was an adjustment to say the least, but it re-framed the television superhero from the kids stuff of the 20th century or the teen feel of Smallville to a grounded action show.In doing so, it upped the ante for on-screen violence and action scenes. In its first few years, the Arrow stunt team changed the way fights were shot. And while some would deny it, the hallway fights of Daredevil can be traced directly back to the work Arrow did first as it made vigilante justice look painful and real.Beyond the fights, it also tried to address Oliver’s trauma from a more realistic place. While it may not have completely succeeded in that mission, it did open the door for heroes to recognize their faults in more compelling ways.2. It Showcased Characters from Deep Within the Library(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)While Smallville pulled Green Arrow out of relative obscurity, Arrow excelled at showcasing lesser-known characters from the DC Comics library. Felicity, for example, was so obscure that her creator was surprised to see her on a TV show (and DC eventually compensated him for using the character). While not a one-to-one match of the original Felicity Smoak, she proved deep pulls from the library could make the series richer. Just imagine what the show would be like without Felicity bringing some levity to the deep-voiced seriousness of Ollie and John Diggle (David Ramsey).In the beginning, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said his strategy was to break a story first and see if a character in the library could compliment it. This led to early appearances by the Royal Flush Gang, the Huntress, Deathstroke, Shado, and Wintergreen. In the second season, the writers confidence in the format grew with Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) and Brother Blood (Kevin Alejandro) recurring throughout the year. That season also saw the debut of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a character we ll come back to in a bit.As the seasons rolled on, characters like Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Vigilante (Johann Urb), Ragman (Joe Dinicol), Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), and even John Constantine (Matt Ryan) made appearances or became integral parts of the show.OK, so John Constantine is pretty famous in his own right, but the point still stands: Arrow proved obscure characters could shine if given the right showcase.3. It Proved a TV Universe Could Work(Photo by The CW)Integrating obscure characters helped Arrow pull off an important feat for a single television series: It created a sprawling TV universe. Sure, the heyday of NBC s Must-See TV saw different crossover variations (characters would appear on one another’s shows, or events — like, say, a blackout — would affect each show on a given evening). But a real, consistent sense of continuing unity between shows was practically unheard of for a variety of reasons.Then Barry Allen guest starred on Arrow. The plan was in place before Gustin was even cast — Berlanti and The CW wanted a Flash show, and what better way to introduce the character than by featuring him on Arrow? It worked, of course, with The Flash joining Arrow on the network schedule during Arrow’s third season. That year also marked the inaugural (and now annual) crossover. But more connections spilled out from the crossover. The Flash’s Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) helped Team Arrow redefine and upgrade their tech. Characters from both shows wound up as leads on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, meaning certain events on one show would become key parts of another, like how the death of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) affected Legends Sara Lance’s (Caity Lotz).A recent episode of The Flash is also a prime example: A.R.G.U.S. director Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson), a recurring character on Arrow, was featured throughout the Flash episode since the storyline involved A.R.G.U.S. asset King Shark. The Flash made no attempt to introduce Lyla as a new element because longtime viewers know the relationship between A.R.G.U.S. and The Flash’s S.T.A.R. Labs. It is the sort of complexity TV networks would have balked at just eight years ago, but Arrow proved characters can move between shows without confusing the viewer.4. It Codified the Support Team(Photo by Daniel Power/The CW)While there are precursors to Felicity’s role as Overwatch — Oracle on Birds of Prey, for example — the notion of “the man in the chair” and the support team really evolved on Arrow. In its earliest episodes, Oliver operated alone before finally letting Dig — who was his bodyguard at the time — in on his secret. A few episodes later, Felicity joined the team and forever changed the dynamic of superheroes on television by giving them support teams.Sure, Clark had his parents and a few friends to advise him or help with investigations on Smallville, but Team Arrow was something different. And as a consequence, every subsequent Berlanti-produced superhero show — and some not produced by his company — developed the support team from the start. Look at S.T.A.R. Labs and the way the communication between the Flash and the Cortex evolved from the earpieces Oliver and Diggle used to keep in contact with Felicity. The constant, immediate communication between the hero and “the man in the chair” is now an integral part of the TV superhero grammar.It is such an ingrained aspect of the superhero genre at this point that series like Jessica Jones and films like Spider-Man: Homecoming poke fun at it. But the support team makes perfect sense, as television is very much a communal medium. Lone heroes always end up cultivating a community, so why not acknowledge it early and make it a key feature of the show? It took Arrow finding its way to the man in the chair” organically to prove superheroes on television need a family as quickly as possible.5. It Gave Us John Diggle(Photo by Diyah Pera/The CW)For all the ways it imported elements from the comics and made those things work, Arrow also contributed one incredible new idea to the lore: John Diggle. First Oliver’s bodyguard (although that didn’t last too long), the man is more his brother at this point than anything else. He was even the first person to put on the hood after Oliver. Named, in part, after Green Arrow: Year One writer Andy Diggle, John lived a full life well before the series began, and many of his storylines revolve around confronting his past. Sometimes it works out, like his second marriage to Lyla. Other times, like with his brother Andy (Eugene Byrd), it leads to new wounds and a lot of soul searching. Diggle has been Oliver’s conscience, a clear moral center for all the members of Team Arrow, and the one person who will never get used to superpowers in the larger realm of the Arrowverse. (His inability to keep from vomiting whenever Barry speeds him to a new location is a great running joke.)And because he became such a key part of Arrow’s dynamic, DC Comics introduced its own version of John Diggle in 2013’s Green Arrow #24. While some aspects of the character are different, the comic book Diggle was also the first to learn of Oliver’s nighttime occupation. The two worked together for a time, but their relationship is more fractious than their television counterparts — which is incredible considering Diggle’s departures from Team Arrow and that drag-down fight he and Ollie had a season ago.But Diggle’s continued presence on the show proves a television series based on a comic book can offer the source material something worthwhile. It happened before with Harley Quinn and Renee Montoya from Batman: The Animated Series, but Dig is the live-action test case for the same phenomenon. Also, he s just a really great character.While there s still plenty of new Arrow ahead thanks to the remainder of the seventh season and the entirety of the final 10-episode eighth season, reflecting on these groundbreaking aspects of the show is a reminder of the series lasting impact — and can provide insight into how the series will reflect on its own legacy as the show heads toward a definitive conclusion.
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亚博网页版登录 The Fox serial-killer procedural drama, Prodigal Son, already had one Welsh actor headlining is cast: Michael Sheen plays Martin Whitly, a former skilled doctor who is now imprisoned at the Claremont Psychiatric Hospital because he was also skilled as a repeat murderer (his nickname was, of course, The Surgeon ).The show just welcomed another Welsh talent when Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) joined the cast as a series regular with the March 2 episode. Zeta-Jones, whose credits also include playing Olivia de Havilland in FX s Feud: Bette and Joan, explained her interest in the part during the first of Fox s two winter Television Critics Association press days.The all-virtual press days also included panels for The Moodys, The Great North, and The Masked Singer.TOP STORYProdigal Son s Catherine Zeta-Jones on Questioning Her Character s Motives(Photo by Phil Caruso/FOX)Zeta-Jones plays Dr. Vivian Capshaw, a doctor at the medical facility that houses Martin, whose son, Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), is a criminal profiler who consults for the NYPD and taps into his father s unique perspective to help solve crimes.The actress told journalists that she signed on to be a series regular on Prodigal Son the same day that she watched Whoopi Goldberg praise the Fox drama on The View. She said she was particularly interested in her character s motivations. I knew that there was a fundamental interest [and] intrigue, Zeta-Jones said, explaining that the question became Why is she in the Claremont Psychiatric Facility? What got her there? She should have surely known who The Surgeon was [and] admired him from afar and now she’s sequestered in the bowels of this facility with that very person. And it was intriguing to me, she said.The series is one of several new and returning shows that deal with serial killers, be it Showtime s revival of Dexter or CBS s Clarice — and not to mention all the true-crime documentaries and podcasts about murder. So what makes people interested in something so gruesome?Co-creator Chris Fedak told journalists that I think that it speaks to the age we live in. We live in dark and seemingly scary times. He added that, I think, for our show, the way we come at it is we look at it as a family show. We also have a sense of humor. We have this incredible cast that’s really charming and fun, and so, deep down, it’s also a comedy. So, in some ways, it’s a bunch of different things coming together. Prodigal Son airs Tuesdays on Fox.The Game Has Changed in The Masked Singer Season 5(Photo by Michael Becker/FOX)Fox s smash-hit The Masked Singer returns for a fifth season on March 10. And, in the name of keeping things fresh, there will be some changes to the celebrity-studded singing competition.For one, this season will introduce wild card performers, who will appear at the end of an episode on the chance that they might take a current contestant s place. Executive producer Craig Plestis told journalists that, like other competitors, these new entrants will come with story packages and clues as to who they really are. It just adds freshness to the whole show and it just grooms a whole new life to the series, Plestis said. So, we are really excited by it. And I think, honestly, the viewer is going to connect with some of them, and it s really just an amazing format. Another change? Niecy Nash will be temporarily taking over hosting duties from Nick Cannon, with Cannon returning toward the end of the season.All the judges praised Nash s dedication during the TCA panel, with Nicole Scherzinger saying Niecy is the boss. She s a queen. She s so fast but fun, relatable. The Masked Singer season 5 premieres March 10 on Fox.The Great North Casting Is Not Ironic(Photo by FOX)The Great North, the new animated Fox series from sisters and Bob s Burgers executive producers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, focuses on a single dad (Nick Offerman’s Beef Tobin) and his offspring living it up in the Alaskan wilderness.It also happens to star musician Alanis Morissette as herself — well, a version of herself who is the imaginary friend of Jenny Slate’s teen-aged Judy and who appears to her via the Aurora Borealis. Alanis was always our dream for Judy’s friend. We wrote her in in the hopes that she would do it. I think, from our end, we’d hope she would be into it, Molyneux-Logelin said while her sister joked that there is no backup plan and you can’t send it to Jeremy Irons. The show is also striving for authenticity when it comes to depicting people indigenous to the area. Our casting department reached out to Alaskan community; Alaskan Native actors living in Alaska, when the started the project, said Molyneux.Dulcé Sloan, who plays Honeybee Shaw — the fiancé of eldest son Wolf (Will Forte) — added that the producers seek out her input for how her character should react and look situations (such as the fact that her character would have a head scarf on while she was in bed).“I think sometimes when you’re a person of color that’s in a predominantly white show or white area, I think sometimes white people try to make you comfortable by acknowledging your race all the time, Sloan said. Honeybee’s not there because she’s Black. She’s there because her and Wolf love each other. I do like that they do acknowledge her family and they do talk about her family. But at the end of the day, she’s in love and she’s getting married. Plus, she added, her character met somebody on the Internet and it worked and she didn’t get murdered. And, much like Bob s, the series is very family-centric. It’s a very wholesome and kind show, said co-star Paul Rust, who voices middle son Ham. And the other benefit is that there are no celebrity pot-shot lines. So I don’t have to worry about, like, bumping into Ray Liotta and having him be mad at me. The Great North airs Sundays on Fox.The Moodys Shows You Don t Have to Just Go Home for the Holidays
The Broken and the Bad, a documentary about the real-life stories that inspired the crimes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, hosted by Giancarlo Esposito (AMC)The Go-Gos, a documentary about the 80s pop superstars (Showtime)Fatal Affair, a thriller starring Omar Epps and Nia Long (Netflix)Room 104, Season 4, starring Dave Bautista, shown above (HBO)Unsolved Mysteries, Season 1, a reboot of the 1988-2010 mystery docuseries (Netflix)Greatness Code, Season 1, a docuseries about the world’s greatest athletes, like LeBron James and Tom Brady (Apple TV+)Down to Earth with Zac Efron, a travel docuseries (Netflix)Breathe: Into the Shadows, a thriller series starring Abhishek Bacchan (Prime Video)Cursed, Season 1, drama based on the Frank Miller novel, starring Katherine Langford (Netflix)Black Is King, Beyonce’s visual album (Disney+)Wynonna Earp, Season 4, starring Melanie Scrofano (Syfy)Capture, Season 1, a thriller starring Holliday Grainger (Peacock)Brave New World, Season 1, sci-fi drama starring Harry Lloyd and Demi Moore (Peacock)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.Casting News: Tony Hale to Star in Series Remake of 80s Movie D.A.R.Y.L.(Photo by Colleen Hayes/HBO)Harley Quinn scene stealer Tony Hale will star in the remake of the 1985 movie D.A.R.Y.L. that TBS is developing. Hale will play the titular role of a 10-year-old human weapon who grows up to be a 44-year-old guy who doesn’t know what to do with himself. (THR)Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., his wife Nicolette Robinson, Tommy Dorfman, Rainey Qualley, Rya Kihlstedt. L. Scott Caldwell, and Gil Bellows and his daughter Ava Bellows will star in Freeform’s remotely shot, four-episode limited series remake of Love in the Time of Corona. (TVLine)Development News: HBO Beats More Than a Dozen Bidders to Snag Bestseller The Vanishing Half for a Limited SeriesIn an auction that Deadline reports had 17 bidders, HBO emerged as the network that will adapt author Brit Bennett’s New York Times bestseller The Vanishing Half as a limited series. The cable network will pay seven figures and Bennett will be an executive producer on the show. The book tells the story of twin sisters who grow up in a small Black community in the South, and run away together at age 16. A decade later, one twin has returned to her hometown, and the other lives with her husband, who thinks she is white. The 2020 novel follows the siblings through their own stories, into the time when their daughters’ lives begin to intersect.(Photo by John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO)Sometimes we have to wait years to hear if Larry David will return for another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm at HBO. This time around, just a few months. On the heels of the March Season 10 finale, HBO announced this week that David will return for Season 11. “Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are,” David joked. “One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.”Since Mike Henry has quit the role of voicing Cleveland on The Cleveland Show, Wendell Pierce has a great idea for taking over the role: himself. Two big thumbs up on that idea.The latest acquisitions for the Peacock streaming service, which launches on July 15: Ray Donovan, The Affair, Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, Charmed, and Undercover Boss, and on the movie side, the Godfather movies, Catch Me If You Can, Seabiscuit, and Old School.Tubi, the free streaming service, is offering the ultimate in comfort TV with 30 seasons of The Joy of Painting, featuring the soothing voice of Bob Ross, while another free streaming service, IMDB TV, is adding Mad Men to its lineup (along with a viewer warning about the blackface worn by John Slattery in the Season 3 episode “My Old Kentucky Home”). Both series will included on the streamers by the end of July.(Photo by © Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)The late, great Carl Reiner will be the subject of televised tributes by CBS and TCM. On July 3, CBS will air The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color! A Special Tribute to Carl Reiner, which includes two episodes of the classic 1961-66 series for which Reiner won five Emmys. And on July 28, TCM will air five Reiner movies, including Enter Laughing, All of Me, The Comic, Where’s Poppa?, and Oh, God!. Reiner, who died on June 29 at age 98, won nine Emmys, a Grammy, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.With his 80th birthday right around the corner, Star Trek star Patrick Stewart has announced he is writing his memoir, which will, of course, be heavy on the Capt. Jean-Luc Picard-ness of it all. Stewart, who’s currently starring in the spin-off series Star Trek: Picard, turns 80 on July 13. There is no release date yet for the book.From Trek to Wars: before Season 2 of The Mandalorian debuts on Disney+ in October, two novelizations of the series, as well as art books and children’s books based on the show, will be released. (StarWars.com)You loved/hated the song, and now Baby Shark is going to be an animated series for preschoolers. Baby Shark’s Big Show will debut with a holiday special in December, after drawing more than five billion views on YouTube.NBC has greenlit Connecting, Blindspot creator Martin Gero’s comedy set during coronavirus times. The scripted comedy revolves around a group of friends who try to star close to each other while forced to quarantine, via video chats. (THR) Adjusted Score: -1% Critics Consensus: Real-world and supernatural horrors collide in Infamy, an exceptionally well-crafted ghost story that creeps under the skin and stays there.
亚博网页版登录 1. ALFRED MOLINA TO RETURN AS DOC OCK IN NEXT TOM HOLLAND SPIDER-MAN MOVIE(Photo by (c) Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)Well before Disney made their dozens of announcements yesterday about almost every other Marvel movie, the next Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland (we ll just call it Spider-Man 3 for now) repeatedly popped up in social networking news. Having said that, it might be important to look at the various stories with caution, as not all of them have been confirmed. Let s start with the most official announcement, which is that Alfred Molina will be reprising his role as Spider-Man 2 (Certified Fresh at 93%) villain Doctor Octopus. Setting aside his apparent death in that film (sorry for the spoiler, but you only had sixteen years to see the movie), Molina s character also comes from what we could consider a separate movie reality (in which Tobey Maguire plays Spider-Man) than that of Tom Holland s Peter Parker, in the same way that Jamie Foxx s Electro was in a movie starring Andrew Garfield s Peter Parker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Many writers are interpreting these particular announcements as possible confirmations that the next Spider-Man could be a live-action take on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Certified Fresh at 97%), including stories like this one that state that Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Kirsten Dunst, and Emma Stone are returning as well. In truth, none of those actors has been officially announced yet, though it is worth mentioning that Emma Stone recently dropped out of Damien Chazelle s Babylon due to scheduling conflicts; we just don t know what those conflicts were. Elsewhere, it was also rumored that Charlie Cox, who played Daredevil in the popular Netflix series, might also appear in the film, but again, it s still just a rumor until it s confirmed. Sony Pictures has scheduled the next Spider-Man for December 17, 2021; you can read our own in-depth breakdown here.2. PLASTIC MAN GETTING FEMALE-CENTRIC REVAMP (PLASTIC WOMAN?) (Photo by DC Comics)The idea of the original super-stretchy superhero Plastic Man (who predates, say, DC Comics own Elongated Man, Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, Elastigirl of The Incredibles, and Ms. Marvel) getting his own movie has been bouncing around since the 1990s when the Wachowski siblings wrote a Plastic Man screenplay as a potential project to take up after The Matrix. Warner Bros. has once again revived the Plastic Man project, but this time, it s being described as female-centric, although it s unclear what exactly that means (for example, will Plastic Man now be a woman, or will there be another lead character who s a woman?). The new creative lead on Plastic Man (Plastic Woman, maybe?) will be relatively new screenwriter Cat Vasko, who has worked on several not-yet-produced projects, including Fierce Kingdom, Margot Robbie s Queen of the Air, and an adaptation of the award-winning comic book series Lumberjanes.3. DIRECTOR STEVEN SODERBERGH IS MAKING A SEX, LIES VIDEOTAPE SEQUEL (Photo by Outlaw Productions)It s difficult to imagine now, with all that has happened and changed in the last few decades, but there was a time (1989, to be precise), when the Sundance Film Festival was a relatively sleepy little film festival up in the mountains that wasn t besieged every year by the film industry and aspiring filmmakers. The movie that arguably started the indie revolution of the 1990s was Steven Soderbergh s debut feature film, sex, lies videotape (Certified Fresh at 96%), starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, and Laura San Giacomo. Over 30 years later, Soderbergh revealed this week that he is now working on a sequel to that film with its two female leads, Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo, both agreeing to reprise their roles as sisters. Soderbergh didn t reveal anything else about the sequel, except that one of the sisters now has an adult daughter who is about the same age as the characters were in the original 1989 film.4. DREAMWORKS TO ADAPT POPULAR DOG MAN GRAPHIC NOVELS (Photo by Scholastic)Although Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Certified Fresh at 87%) may have been unfortunately titled (since it has yet to be followed by a second epic movie), the film also has a Fresh Audience Score of 61%. (Instead of a sequel movie, the story continues on Netflix as The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, which is now in in its fourth season.) The good news for Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey this week is that another of his popular children s graphic novels is now being developed as an animated feature film as well. DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to Pilkey s graphic novels series Dog Man for a feature film that will be directed by Peter Hastings, who has previously worked on the popular animated TV series Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. As the title suggests, Dog Man is a canine superhero who fights crime alongside his kitten sidekick Li l Petey. The various Dog Man graphic novels have sold nearly 40 million copies in print to date and have been translated into 40 different languages.5. JENNIFER HUDSON TO STAR IN HER OWN CHRISTMAS MUSICAL (Photo by Derek Storm/Everett Collection)If the COVID-19 pandemic had never happened, the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, would have come out this past August, instead of its new release date of August 13, 2021. While we all wait for that movie to come out, it sounds like Jennifer Hudson might already be preparing her next movie musical, as she is now producing and expected to star in a new project for New Line Cinema. The untitled musical comedy will revolve around Christmas songs both classic and new ones written for the movie in a story about a down-and-out singer’s life being turned upside down when she is mistaken for writing the next Christmas hit. The untitled Christmas comedy is currently being written by TV writer Ira Madison III (Daybreak, Nikki Fre$h).6. CHRIS PRATT TO EARN THE BLACK BELT IN MARTIAL ARTS COMEDY (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)This was obviously a big week for all things Marvel, but one of their stars lined up a project this week completely separate from all things superhero-related. Chris Pratt will star in the independent coming-of-age martial arts comedy The Black Belt, which he will also produce. The premise, written by TV writer Randall Green (Billions, The Perfect Date), revolves around a shy teenage boy who s trying to learn karate, with Chris Pratt attached to play the uncle who serves as a mentor in the boy s quest. Chris Pratt s Indivisible Productions will partner with a relatively new company called Monarch Media, which recently wrapped production on its first feature film, A Week Away. Other projects on Chris Pratt s schedule include the science fiction action movie The Tomorrow War (7/23/2021), the recently wrapped sequel Jurassic World: Dominion (6/10/2022), a supporting role as Star-Lord in Thor: Love and Thunder (5/6/2022), and, as of yesterday, a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for Disney+ in late 2022, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sometime in 2023.7. KINGSMAN PRODUCER REVEALS PLANS FOR SEVEN MORE SUPER SPY MOVIES (Photo by Giles Keyte/©20th Century Fox Film Corp.)It was just eight years ago when comic book writer Mark Millar first published his indie series Kingsman: The Secret Service, but since then, those comics have given us Kingsman: The Secret Service (Certified Fresh at 74%), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Rotten at 51%), and coming soon, the prequel The King s Man (3/12/2021). Talking about his company s ambitious expansion plans, Marv Group CEO Zygi Kamasa revealed this week that producer and director Matthew Vaughn has plans for something like seven more Kingsman films, as well as a Kingsman TV series, and two or three other franchies. It s unclear what those seven additional Kingsman movies might be, but it could be that the prequel The King s Man, starring Gemma Arterton and Ralph Fiennes, could serve as a launching point for additional prequels, in addition to further Kingsman movies starring Taron Egerton. Kingsman could also inspire spin-off movies, and Mark Millar s comics are part of a Millarworld shared universe that also includes Kick-Ass (Certified Fresh at 76%), which, incidentally, Vaughn also directed.8. JURASSIC PARK SCREENWRITER GOING OLD SCHOOL WITH THE GREEN HORNET AND KATO (Photo by ©Columbia Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Although we regularly hear about new movies based on comic books and video games, it s been quite a while since this writer remembers writing about a new project based upon a radio serial from the 1930s. That, however, is exactly what Universal Pictures is now developing as The Green Hornet and Kato (titled thus to put emphasis on the martial arts expert sidekick), which has its roots both as a radio serial and as a short-lived-but-well-remembered 1960s TV series starring Bruce Lee as Kato. Universal s new project should not be confused with Sony s 2011 comedy The Green Hornet (Rotten at 44%), directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen, which was considered a box office bomb and failed to launch a franchise. To get The Green Hornet and Kato revved up, Universal Pictures has enlisted one of their heavy hitter screenwriters, David Koepp, whose impressive filmography includes the first Jurassic Park, the first Spider-Man, David Fincher s Panic Room, and Tom Cruise s War of the Worlds (he s also also currently working on Harrison Ford s Indiana Jones 5 (July, 2022) and a remake of Bride of Frankenstein). Universal won the rights to The Green Hornet following a bidding war in January.9. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (AND OTHERS) RESPOND TO WB S HBO MAX ANNOUNCEMENT(Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures)Last week, Warner Bros. made the monumental announcement that their entire 2021 theatrical slate will also premiere day-and-date on the studio s HBO Max streaming service. That slate of 16-17 movies actually does not include Tenet (Fresh at 71%), since that movie already came out this past summer, but that hasn t deterred the film s director, Christopher Nolan, from speaking out against the move. Nolan described the HBO Max move as a bait and switch against filmmakers who thought they were making big screen experiences for what Nolan called the worst streaming service. Other directors who voiced dissatisfaction with the deal included Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Judd Apatow, and the Directors Guild of America. Of the directors whose films are included in the 2021 move, the most vocal has probably been Denis Villeneuve, who was quoted as saying that Warner Bros might just have killed the Dune franchise. As for Christopher Nolan, there is now concern and speculation that Warner Bros. might lose the acclaimed director who gave them such films as Inception and the three Batman movies starring Christian Bale. All that being said, there are also people who back Warner Bros, especially considering that the COVID-19 pandemic is limiting theater attendance anyway, with director Steven Soderbergh being among them. (Never mind the fact that Soderbergh signed a three-year deal with HBO back in January.)On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.