We re now in the heart of the summer movie season, so it shouldn t shock anyone to learn that the movies audiences are most looking forward to include a Pixar film, a superhero blockbuster, and a sci-fi adventure. What might be more surprising is that, in a triumph of counterprogramming, a high-concept fantasy musical and a deadpan zombie comedy also made the list. Read on to find out the five most anticipated movies by Rotten Tomatoes users and our fans on social media in June.1. Toy Story 4 (2019) 97%9,043 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Facebook and Instagram fans, #2 pick by our Twitter fansOpens June 21Toy Story 3 gave us all a satisfying, emotional franchise finale, so it was something of a surprise when we learned the good folks at Pixar were planning to revive the series with a fourth installment. That hasn t dampened the enthusiasm for the series, though, as Toy Story 4 sits comfortably at the top of this month s list of most anticipated movies. Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang plus an old friend and some new additions are on hand to continue the story as Andy s younger sister Bonnie makes a new toy at school who s not so thrilled about being a toy. This one topped our Facebook and Instagram polls, and easily amassed the most Want-to-See votes.2. Dark Phoenix (2019) 22%5,982 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fans, #5 pick by our Instagram fansOpens June 7With the recent acquisition of Fox s film and TV branches by Disney, it s probably going to be some time before we see the X-Men back on the big screen, so Dark Phoenix might be the last we see of the series for the foreseeable future (we re thinking of New Mutants as sort of an offshoot of the main series). With that in mind, it s probably appropriate that the existing franchise is going out with a bang, adapting one of the most iconic stories from the comics. Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and the rest of the younger, soft-rebooted mutants return to explore the darker side of Turner s Jean Grey, who becomes unstable after a mysterious encounter in space. This one resonated the most with our Twitter fans, and it amassed the second-highest number of Want-to-See votes.3a. Men in Black: International (2019) 23%3,268 Want-to-See Votes#3 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #5 pick by our Facebook fansOpens June 14Next up, we ve got a tie for third, so we ll start with the revival of the Men in Black franchise. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are nowhere to be found at least, that s what we assume, barring a surprise cameo from them in the movie and this time, the focus shifts to MiB s London branch, where a rookie agent played by Tessa Thompson is partnered up with Chris Hemsworth s veteran Agent H to track down a mole in the organization. Here s hoping the chemistry they displayed in Thor: Ragnarok wasn t a fluke.3b. Yesterday (2019) 63%亚博YABO官网登录XX但是，KS主播鬼脚杰觉得LOL手游虽然不会出现和外服一样的糟糕情况，但国服还是会有和国内很多游戏一样的问题出现，像是游戏中出了很多皮肤，并且首充6元送英雄等，这些国服特色会出现。但总比国际服的情况好，因此鬼脚杰觉得LOL手游国服推迟上线也是一件好事，这样有一段时间的缓冲，能够让游戏的机制更完善，玩家们的体验感更好。
Dexter fans got a first look at Michael C. Hall as the returning serial killer this week. HBO Max conjures up a new pricing tier that doesn t include the big theatrical premieres of the summer, but does include ads. Updates on the John Wick, Saw, and American Psycho TV series, and more of the week s biggest news in TV and streaming.TOP STORYShowtime Releases New Teaser for Returning Series DexterDexter fans got their first look at America s favorite revived serial killer in a teaser video for the series return released by Showtime. Michael C. Hall revisits his famous role for a new season set for fall. The series ran for eight seasons, concluding in 2013 with a much-maligned final season (it has a 33% score on the Tomatometer, compared to the show s Certified Fresh 96% first season). Many see this revival as a chance at redemption for the character and the series, which also starred Jennifer Carpenter, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Luna Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, and Julie Benz.HBO Max’s New Ad-Supported Version Will Offer TV Shows and Movies – Except for Those Same-Day Theatrical Releases – For .99/Month(Photo by Jessica Miglio/©Warner Bros. Entertainment)The good news: if that .99 per month fee has stopped you from signing up for HBO Max and all The Sopranos and Big Bang Theory episodes your heart desires, the streaming service’s new, ad-supported option, which will cost .99 when it launches in June, may make for a more classic TV-packed summer. Even better: though the ads will be sprinkled through the HBO Max specific programming, the service isn’t going to add them to programming that originated on HBO, i.e. Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, The Wire, etc.Now to temper your excitement a bit: that cheaper, ad-supported option of an HBO Max subscription will not include the streamer’s same-day release of theatrical movies. Meaning, when The Suicide Squad hits theaters and .99 ad-free HBO Max on August 6, the .99/month subscribers will be seeing … well, not The Suicide Squad. Not on that day, anyway.WarnerMedia hasn’t announced specifics of how long subscribers to the ad-supported version of HBO Max will have to wait to see new theatrical releases on the service, but in the meantime, you’ll have all those episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rick and Morty to keep you entertained.Lionsgate TV Boss Talks Upcoming John Wick, Saw, and American Psycho TV Entries(Photo by Lionsgate)Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs, in an interview with Deadline, talked about the company’s future plans, which includes the John Wick spin-off series The Continental at Starz, which will be a prequel about how the hotel for assassins came to be.He describes the first season as unfolding like three 90-minute events, sort of like a limited series. Ian McShane, the movie’s Continental founder, Winston, won’t appear on screen, though McShane has suggested he might be doing voiceover for the series, which will revolve around a 1970s version of Winston. Keanu Reeves, Beggs says, may sign on as an executive producer of The Continental.Meanwhile, Beggs also confirmed an American Psycho series is in development, and that there are conversations happening about the possibilities of a Saw TV series.NEW TRAILERS: Jean Smart Is a Las Vegas Comedy Superstar in HacksJean Smart stars Hacks as Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedian whose manager pairs her with an entitled twentysomething comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder) when Vance’s place on the Strip is threatened by a plan to bring in younger-skewing audiences. Also stars Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, and Rose Abdoo. Premieres May 13. (HBO Max)More trailers and teasers released this week:• Power Book III: Raising Kanan is the second Power spin-off, this one a prequel unfolding the backstory of 50 Cent’s Kanan character. Stars Mekhi Curtis, Omar Epps, and Patina Miller. Premieres July 18. (Starz)• Nine Perfect Strangers is a miniseries starring Nicole Kidman as the director of a wellness retreat that seems to be making its stress-relief seekers, well, more stressed. The drama is based on the book of the same name by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, and also stars Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Samara Weaving, Regina Hall, Luke Evans, and Bobby Cannavale. Premieres later this year. (Hulu)• Master of None season 3, subtitled Moments in Love, focuses on Denise (Lena Waithe) and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie), and the ups and downs of marriage and their struggles with fertility. Series creator Aziz Ansari directs. Premieres May 23. (Netflix)• Domina is the eight-episode miniseries, filmed in Rome, that follows the extraordinary rise of Emperor Augustus Caesar’s third wife, Livia Drusilla (Kasia Smutniak), and all the exploits, affairs, and battles for political clout that surrounded the power couple who sat at the heart of the Roman Empire. Also stars Matthew McNulty, Tom Glynn-Carney, Claire Forlani, and Isabella Rossellini. Premieres June 6. (EPIX)
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5.72.6 0月喜迎The blanks, as it happens, also offer Heller a format steeped in DC Comics lore without masks and superpowers.“I love superheroes, [but] I don t really know how to write them,” he said. “Alfred is a real person. Him and Commissioner Gordon, they re kind of human beings in the canon.”Their humanity in the face of theatrical villains and masked vigilantes made them great anchors for television series set in wilder worlds. Although, the wildness of Pennyworth is based less in the superhero tradition and more in a British mode, which is fitting for the character.For fellow executive producer Danny Cannon – who also worked on Gotham – the blanks in Alfred’s story allowed him to try something different: a DC show set in 1960s London.“[It is] a place that both myself and Bruno knew rather well,” he explained. “[We] also had a vision on what that world should feel and sound like. Alfred was uniquely suited to open that world up.Their vision of a DC Comics London will be one of the things viewers will immediately note about the show, both in its style and the way it offers clues to the story under Alfred’s feet. Small anachronistic details creep into the margins and the sort of “nevertime” Gotham used starts to appear.“It s as if it s sort of a dream London where anything, any point in the history of the country, can be there, but anchored in the ’60s,” Heller said. And as Alfred finds himself pulled deeper into Thomas world, a very specific event in British history seems drawn into the setting.(Photo by Epix)But first, we need to talk about Bet Sykes. Played by Paloma Faith, the dedicated contract killer immediately takes possession of any scene she appears in. For Faith, the character as written by Heller reminded her of people she knew.“Growing up in London, there had been a couple of times in my early life where I ve actually met real gangsters, and their wives have this very distinctive, very nuanced way usually, they re very glamorous and empowered, but majorly insecure at the same time,” she explained. “So, it was like kind of trying to channel that. They were always a bit threatening.”When viewers first meet Bet, that threatening edge will be immediately apparent, but they will soon discover a gentle side to the character as well.“She s got a very sort of distinct differentiation between when she s at work and when she s not at work,” Faith said. “Having had a career that s very public myself as a musician, I can really empathize with that idea of putting on your work face and putting on your home face. That played into the way that I played her.”And just as Gotham humanized the Riddler, Barbara Keen, and other seemingly manic foes, Bet quickly becomes a layered and interesting character.“She s still a human being,” Faith said. “[She] craves human touch, and connection, and to be understood.”(Photo by Epix)The show’s willingness to give Bet that depth makes her something of a mirror to Alfred – right down to their willingness to commit violence.“I think it s something that will always be with him,” Bannon said. “I think he s grown up, essentially, in the Army, his formative years anyway. And it s a little bit like a strange addiction. He knows it s bad for him, but he keeps being drawn back.”“I also think they re all quite desensitized in the world of this as well, because it is a violent world,” added Faith. “So, [it’s] their perception, and then we have to sort of shift ours when we view it.”And as Faith’s comments suggest, Pennyworth is more violent and graphic than most of its DC-inspired cousins (Swamp Thing comes close). To Heller, reaching for a new level of on-screen violence was an important evolution.“There’s an honesty when you portray violence, as shocking as it is, to make it shocking,” he explained. “That s what violence is really like.”As opposed to the comical sound effects of Batman ’66 or the relative bloodlessness of network shows, Heller said the violence and its implications were important to convey and establish early.“What happens is you bleed, you die,” he said. “It s not meant to be sensational. It s just meant to be true to both the sensibility of the myth and the reality of violence.”Despite the violence on display in the series, Pennyworth is filled with humor – from the absurd to the driest of quips worthy of Batman’s butler. It was an element of the show which surprised the cast once they began to see finished episodes.“I know the jokes were there,” Aldridge said, “but there were other moments I hadn t read as funny at all.”In the first episode, some of these moments involve a gun-toting granny, the owner of the club where Alfred and Thomas meet, and a very unusual torturer.“Alfred says at one point, ‘Life is either a tragedy or a comedy, and I prefer to have a laugh.’ And that s kind of true,” Heller said when asked about juggling the show’s grimmer moments and funnier elements. “There has to be light, because on one level it s a very bleak and dark view of the world. So without shafts of light, you ve just got darkness as opposed to shadows and light.”“For me, when I think about being British, the most proudest thing about it is the humor, for me,” Faith added. “So it s so important that it s in there.”(Photo by Epix)Which brings us back to the question – why make a series about Batman’s butler? Because he offers a uniquely British story to the DC Universe, one that also features an examination of British class struggles.“I feel like in America, you re kind of raised to believe that whichever class you come from, you can achieve anything,” Faith said. “I remember being sort of the 17-year-old literature student, being like, Oh, the American Dream — like, never heard of the possibility until then of being able to actually sort of contradict the class you were born into.”In the British tradition, social mobility is much harder. And into the 1960s, it was something parents actively discouraged their children from attempting.“The ’60s was the first time where people were starting to live their own lives and have their own ideas, and Alfred is the perfect guy to break away from the military and from their old-school way of thinking,” Cannon said. “He s filled with optimism and a new energy, and he s looking towards the future.”Nonetheless, Alfred will face obstacles in finding that future simply because of the station he was born into.“One of the things that you notice when looking at past portrayals of Alfred is that, to a degree, Michael Caine was the first guy who played the character as he would be in real life – which is working class,” Heller said. “And that servant class was always in a weird, anomalous position of serving the upper classes, but never being able to cross that line. Alfred is someone who has lived his own life and does not want to be servile, does not want to be dependent on the largess of the aristocracy. So that conflict is built into the character.”“It s a strong theme in our show, and a strong theme in British culture in general,” Faith added.The conflict will also be writ large in the series as tensions in the country lead to sectarian violence and the potential for a British Civil War, the event seemingly imported from history into the 1960s of Pennyworth.(Photo by Epix)At the same time, Bannon admitted that Alfred is “blown away by his new wealthy American associate, Thomas: He talks differently, he looks different — [Alfred has] never really seen anyone like that.”Thomas movie-star quality may offer some clue as to why Alfred will ultimately become a butler and work for the Waynes. Granted, it will take more than good looks and a seemingly endless supply of cash to bond Thomas and Alfred for all time — but then, that is the story the series is setting out to tell while also sowing the seeds of a class war.And as all moderns series consider their conclusion from day one, the cast and producers of Pennyworth jokingly suggested its natural endpoint will either be the birth of Bruce Wayne or his conception. Although, Faith suggested Bruce’s birth could come with a further revelation.“I d love to see Jack dressed as a baby coming out of Martha,” she joked. “Alfred s actually his dad, and you re [playing] the baby!”“That s very meta and crazy: Me in a little bonnet,” Bannon said.Pennyworth premieres July 28 at 9 p.m. on Epix. Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Get an update on the streaming home of some favorite series (especially Friends), George Clooney s Catch-22 costume, Daniel Radcliffe s mortality, and more.TOP STORYUnlike the Batsuit, George Clooney’s Catch-22 Costume Doesn’t Have NipplesLike most Americans, George Clooney read Catch-22 in high school. But he didn’t fully consider novel’s importance until he re-read it after writer Luke Davies sent him the scripts for the project that became Hulu’s miniseries adaptation.“I loved the style of writing which was different than the kind of writing we had read. But I was pretty young, and so I just liked the character, and I thought it was fun, the actor and executive producer told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles on Monday. I reread it when we were sent the scripts to do, and I hadn’t read it in — you know, high school was 15 years ago — and I hadn’t read it in a long time. So it was really fun and exciting to go back and read and understand why this book lasted and stands the test of time.”Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel is told in a non-chronological way, but the series streamlines the narrative to flow in a way that might be easier for audiences to consume.“We really hope that we’ve retained the kaleidoscopic madness of the novel; but, no, the show really flows through [main character] Yossarian’s perspective,” Davies said. “The world is in chaos around him, but we honed in on Yossarian’s character. I mean, the novel does do that, too, but the novel jumps all over the place and spends a lot of time on other characters at different times. But there’s barely a single scene in the entire six hours in which Chris [Abbott, star] is not either in it or very close by implicitly.”Added Clooney, “It’s a lot more linear than the book, for sure.”The production flew two authentic B-25 bomber planes from the U.S. to where they filmed in Sardinia, which required lots of planning.“They can go about five hours in the air and they don’t have heating so they’re wearing parkas and they’ve got oxygen masks, Clooney, who plays Scheisskopf, explained. And they flew — because you can’t fly over the whole ocean; they had to fly up past Greenland and bounce back all the way — seven stops to get there. So it’s pretty interesting, when they showed up, we were all standing out on the tarmac cheering.”It might’ve been a huge effort, but it also helped the stars get into character.“I didn’t actually fly in them because that would be extremely dangerous, Abbott said. But even just to ride it at about one mile an hour down a runway was scary enough. …Being in that nose cone [is] a vulnerable place. It gets really hot. It’s glass and it’s sunny. So it adds heat to the whole situation. It’s very small. It’s claustrophobic. …You’re reminded not how basic it is, but you feel like you’re driving an old Chevy in a weird way. It’s not as computerized as you would think it is. It’s very mechanical. Everything’s very tangible and beautiful also.”The military uniforms also helped establish the characters.“You feel an incredible sense of responsibility to generations, particularly that generation considered the Greatest Generation. I will say that as an actor in general — with the exception of the Batsuit — any time you put on a costume it does help you get into character considerably. I was sad there weren’t nipples,” Clooney quipped.Friends Could Leave Netflix for Good(Photo by ©Warner Bros/Everett Collection)Netflix made a deal reportedly worth 0 million to ensure it would be able to stream Friends throughout 2019, but it’s likely that the sitcom will have a new home in 2020.Kevin Reilly, the chief creative officer of the upcoming streaming service WarnerMedia (which will likely be the new streaming home of Warner Bros. expansive content library) told reporters on Monday that the studio’s biggest hits will likely move from their current homes to the new service, which is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2019.“You can expect the crown jewels of Warner [including Friends] will ultimately end up on the new service,” Reilly said, also clarifying that they won’t appear on other services. “For the most part, sharing destination assets is not a good model. My belief is they should be exclusive to the service.”That also means CW’s hits, including Riverdale and the Arrowverse shows, which currently hit Netflix a week after their season finales air on the network, would also eventually move to WarnerMedia’s service.“We’re very interested in putting that on our platform,” Reilly said.Why Is Daniel Radcliffe Questioning His Own Mortality?New TBS comedy Miracle Workers stars Steve Buscemi as a checked-out God and Daniel Radcliffe as a low-level angel tasked with forcing two humans to fall in love in order to prevent Earth’s destruction and save the human race. While it does put spirituality into the context of the modern world, it’s not a religious satire“I wouldn’t describe our show as religious satire. It’s more of an existential show. It’s closer to something like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” creator Simon Rich said. “It is more about what it means to be a human being on Earth. It was always my hope to try to portray a vision of heaven that’s consistent with our experience of being on this planet, and if you walk around on this planet it sometimes feels like things happen randomly and irrationally and unfairly and horribly all of the time, and so I thought, well, maybe one explanation for that would be that the guy upstairs is in the midst of a full-on midlife crisis, and the people who work for him are in a system that is hopelessly mismanaged at every single level. So that was kind of the genesis of it.“In our show, God is the founder and CEO of Heaven, Inc. and he is very human, Rich continued. He has real flaws. He started Earth with a lot of good intentions and, unfortunately, the project just got way too hard for him to manage.”Rich described the series as “a cross between the Old Testament and Goonies,” but even with a fun, underdog bent, it is till serious subject matter. And that has inspired its stars to think a lot more about their own mortality.“I think about it constantly anyway,” Radcliffe said. “I think I’m quite morbid so I often do. And I think that this is such a fun world that Simon’s created. I don’t particularly believe in an afterlife, but if there was one and it was like this, I’d be very happy.”Added Buscemi, “If heaven is like [the one on the show], then I’m happy to go there because it seems like the technology in heaven has stopped, like, in the ’70s and that’s true with me. So I’d feel very comfortable there.”Read More: Exclusive interview with Radcliffe and his Miracle Workers costar Geraldine ViswanathanWhat Do Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Hulu’s Shrill Have in Common?The first season of Hulu’s comedy Shrill, starring Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant and based on the novel of the same name by Lindy West, is a super-short six episodes. But that was the plan all along, considering Bryant’s day job.“I have a full-time job at SNL, and so we had this little window of my summer, basically, to write and shoot the whole thing. And there was truly no more time before I had to go back to New York,” Bryant explained. “So that’s why it’s six, but we really like it because it sort of became this tight, little character study of these six episodes.”The series deals with twentysomething Annie (Bryant) and her experiences as a fat woman living in Portland, Oregon. She’s not based on Bryant, nor is she based on West (though the show is based on some of West’s experiences), but she might be like one of Bryant’s SNL characters.“I think she’s a lot like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Bryant quipped. “No … I didn’t see a lot of fat women on television when I was growing up, and I always craved that. And so when I read Lindy’s book, there were so many things in there that I identified with, particularly the idea that the whole world is telling you you’re wrong for existing in the way that you are, even if you don’t feel that way, and you feel like, ‘I have something to offer this world, and why do I have to do it in a size 2 package?’ And I think that part of the book resonated with me so deeply that when I heard Elizabeth [Banks, executive producer] optioned it, I was like, ‘What are they making? I’ll do anything to get in there.’“I certainly think, in just the nature of a writers’ room, we all put ourselves into this character, she continued. And I think some of Annie’s apologetic nature is certainly maybe more my deal than Lindy’s, and trying to just be overly sweet to hide. Some of those things that we put into the show, I think, are maybe some of my characterization. She’s not exactly me, she’s not exactly Lindy. She’s someone else, and I think that’s healthy.”Patricia Arquette’s Transformation in The Act Is Just as Big as Escape At DannemoraPatricia Arquette’s turn as a homely prison guard in Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora required an extreme physical transformation, but instead of taking a job that required a lot less time in the makeup chair, she went immediately to Hulu’s new anthology series The Act. The Dannemora Golden Globe winner plays a mother who suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy and poisons her daughter, another extremely emotionally and physically demanding role. The season is based on Michelle Dean’s Buzzfeed News article Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered,” a case that was profiled in 2017’s HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest.“I had always been fascinated by this story of Munchausen by proxy, and Michelle had done this in-depth reporting and had a lot of information about this. I like this distorted love affair, but I am a little exhausted of playing crazy women,” Arquette said.Like her Dannemora character, Arquette’s Dee Dee thinks that she’s doing the right thing. That’s just one commonality between the two characters.“I think in general the choices that people and characters make they do because they have a reason to do it, and they create a logic that makes sense for them,” she said. “Whether people think they’re good people or bad people, or their choices are good choices or bad choices, they have a whole story supporting the reason they make the choice.”Munchausen by proxy is something that has always fascinated Arquette, and it’s something that Dean, who co-created the series with Nick Antosca, learned a lot about in her research for her story.“In the [research] you’ll find mentions of the idea that there was a spike in Munchausen once the Internet came around and people could look up reams of medical information at home in front of the television. And I think we’ve all had that experience where you’re having an ache or a pain, and you go on WebMD and you think, ‘Oh, I have cancer,’” she said. “And I think that’s been a curse on doctors. I do think that there is that spike that happened around the Internet. In terms of is there more ambient paranoia in the culture about illness and about environmental factors that might cause illness in children? Yes. I do think that’s one thing that makes it hard for medical professionals to sort a mom with Munchausen out from a mom who really is genuinely just concerned about a symptom that their child has and that they’ve observed.”Ramy Youssef Wants His Show, Ramy, to Portray a Real-Life Muslim Experience(Photo by Matthias Clamer/Hulu)Stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef, star and creator of Hulu’s new comedy Ramy, never saw his life experience portrayed on screen. Most stories about first-generation Americans would feature children at odds with their parents’ cultures.“The tension is always, ‘I don’t want to be like you,’ or, ‘I wish I was my white friends,’ and I never really related to that. I always really felt this connection to my culture, to my faith, and the tension in my life has always been how do I hold on to both things? Where does it feel like when you want to go to Mecca, and you also want to go to Burning Man? I’ve never seen that played out,” he said. “It’s always just like either/or, you’re watching people try to erase their history.”Then there’s the fact that most portrayals of Muslims in Western media have not been the kindest — “because we’re so underrepresented when people see us, we’re constantly trying to apologize or over-prove and show that we’re good,” Youssef said — that has made it difficult for Muslim creators to portray a simple, real-life version of their own life experience.“I just want to show that we’re human,” he said. “I think that what this show does for me is it actually leads with showing Muslims who have flaws, and [are] sitting in our problems. I think what really shows that someone’s good is that they’re a human being, and they’re really dealing with real things, and that’s what I think this show is doing for the first time for Muslims. It’s just showing us not being afraid to show us in all of our problems, and it’s not an apology, and it’s just this, these are things we’re dealing with, and what we’re dealing with might also be what you’re dealing with, too.”While Youssef hopes his series can enlighten viewers about the Muslim-American experience, he is quick to note that his show does not speak for all Muslims.“There are Muslims who will watch this and [say] that’s not my experience, and I think that’s great because I think we all have a different way that we come at it. But I do think that everyone will relate to the struggles that the characters go through, and I think that’s what we really work hard to create.”This is the third series that executive producer Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) has worked on starring a comedian and loosely based on his life (his own, his Carmichael costar Lil Rel Howery’s Rel, and now Ramy), and he said that working on his colleagues’ shows gives him the opportunity to help them refine their perspectives.“As a stand-up comedian, a lot of times your perspective is centered on yourself, and you see things through your worldview, and every story is told just through you, and it really is just finding other ways into that perspective and finding other perspectives to attack that,” he explained, later adding, “It’s just a little bit beyond your perspective — because it’s so singular, and while a show that has other characters in it inherently is going to have something that goes against the way you think or the way that you’ve approached things. So I think just getting past that barrier that is the biggest thing.”Youssef and Carmichael met in the Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene, but they didn’t initially bond over comedy. They bonded because they were both “people in L.A. and Hollywood who believed in God,” Youssef explained. That helped provide context for the show that eventually became Ramy. “The way we approach it and the way that it is a part of our lives is very much the way that we struggle with it in the show,” Youssef said.
(Photo by Robert Falconer/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved)For those who have read the book and seen the previous mini-series, the following is a refresher on some of the names, places, and conflicts in the source material.WHEN IT TAKES PLACEThe answer to this question depends on the version of The Stand we re referring to. King first released the novel in 1978, making the story in the book transpire in 1985. An unabridged edition of the book was released in 1990 and four years later, the CBS mini-series hit television taking the story into the ’90s.Now, it looks like the upcoming series will take us into present day. This time around, the story will be told in a non-linear manner. Instead of beginning at the inception of the virus, showing civilization s decline into madness, the CBS All Access mini-series will start smack-dab in the apocalypse after Captain Trips has ravaged almost all of humanity. It ll be through Lost-like flashbacks that audiences will get introductions to important characters and be exposed to bigger pieces of the overall story.WHAT’S THE BIG CONFLICT?(Photo by Robert Falconer/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved)After the end of the world, what happens to the remains of civilization? Instead of simply following a group of survivors as they battle hordes of undead zombies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, King evokes a war between good and evil to decide humanity s fate.The Stand separates the remainder of society into two factions: those who follow the saintly 108-year-old Abigail Freemantle (aka Mother Abigail), and the ones who side with the sinister Randall Flagg.In the newly released teaser trailer, the clip begins with Mother Abigail appearing to Frannie Goldsmith in the middle of a cornfield telling the pregnant woman to come see me at Hemingford Home. This is how Abigail brings her followers together, through dreams beckoning them to the fictional Nebraska town.Flagg s power comes in the form of manipulation and influence, appealing to the darker natures of humankind. It s through the presentation of his supernatural abilities (necromancy, divination, and an uncanny influence over animals, to name a few) that brings an allure to the survivors who wish to exploit this barren landscape to create a new society built out of their own self-serving wants and desires. Flagg s army sets up shop in the land of excess and sin, Las Vegas, Nevada, which is pretty on-brand for the Dark Man if you ask us.Towards the end of the teaser trailer, we get a glimpse of Mother Abigail coming face-to-face with a menacing wolf on what appears to be her dining room table. In the book, Flagg sent wolves to murder a character named The Kid who was sort of a temporary sidekick to The Trashcan Man — a mentally disturbed individual who had a penchant for setting things on fire.The Kid revealed to The Trashcan Man he had plans to overthrow Flagg once he arrived in Las Vegas. That didn t go as planned, though, as Flagg succeeded in killing the guy. There has been no mention of this character appearing in CBS All Access s upcoming adaptation, but by the looks of things, Flagg may still be using his wolf-controlling abilities to instill fear in his enemies.Randall Flagg has appeared in roughly nine of King s novels (eventually showing up as a dastardly wizard in the Dark Tower series — it s theorized that he appears in more books under different names), but made his debut in The Stand. It s been said the new series will take deviations from the book, which makes it very possible we ll get different perspectives of the character — who is also known as The Dark Man, The Hardcase, and The Man in Black, among other monikers — which may provide a more connective glimpse at one of King s more notorious boogeymen.When all is said and done, the big conflict here is the struggle for ownership of the world; it s a proverbial heaven-or-hell battle that will dictate the overall future of humanity.LOCATIONS WE’RE LIKELY TO SEE(Photo by Robert Falconer/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved)The Stand is an expansive story that literally takes its readers from sea-to-shining-sea. Each character featured in the book begins in their own specific city before ending up in Boulder, Colorado — the city where the virus was created in the book, and the location where the big battle takes place.Given that the new series was shot entirely in British Columbia, Canada, we re unsure where the story will take us. We already know Mother Abigail resides in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, and Randall Flagg will set up shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. That said, here s a rundown of where some of the characters are from.Stu Redman — Arnette, TexasFrannie Goldsmith and Harold Lauder — Ogunquit, MaineGlen Bateman — Woodsville, New HampshireTom Cullen — May, OklahomaLarry Underwood and Rita Blakemoore — New York CityNadine Cross — South Barnstead, New HampshireJudge Ferris — Peoria, IllinoisLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Photo by Miya Mizuno/FX)Six years after making an indelible mark as Kyoko in Alex Garland s sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Sonoya Mizuno reunited with Garland for his first foray into television in the equally chilly and timely sci-fi thriller Devs. As Lily Chan, a software developer at the center of an increasingly labyrinthian plot set off by the alleged death of her boyfriend, Mizuno was a captivating presence that helped humanize Garland’s ambitious puzzle box of a show, which often seemed too caught up in its own lofty concepts.Other roles: Crazy Rich Asians (Araminta Lee), Ex Machina (Kyoko)Lovie Simone
This Week s Ketchup brings you another ten headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Creed 3, Indiana Jones 5, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Little Shop of Horrors. This WEEK S TOP STORYLOGAN DIRECTOR TO REPLACE SPIELBERG ON INDIANA JONES 5(Photo by Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection)When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the obvious focus was on the Star Wars franchise, but Indiana Jones was another long-running property that Disney acquired at the same time. By that point, Paramount had already been developing an Indiana Jones 5 for a few years (basically since the 2008 release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), which continued until the film finally received a release date of July 19, 2019. That obviously didn t happen, with the release date now landing next summer on July 9, 2021 (four days before Harrison Ford turns 79). With Steven Spielberg still working on his West Side Story remake (12/18/2020), there had been recent speculation about Indiana Jones 5, which was answered this week as Steven Spielberg has dropped out of directing it. Instead, James Mangold is now in talks to direct Indiana Jones 5, with Ford still attached as the film s star. It s unclear when Indiana Jones 5 will start filming, or if the release date will change, but Ford did just say two weeks ago that he expected to start filming in April. Other Top Headlines1. THE RUN TIME OF NO TIME TO DIE MAY REVEALED(Photo by UA/Everett Collection)For most of its first few decades, the movies in the James Bond franchise had a fairly consistent running time range in the range of two hours or so, but they started getting longer when Daniel Craig took on the role (all but Quantum of Solace were between 143 and 148 minutes). So, it may have come as surprising news this week when Regal Cinemas revealed that No Time to Die (4/10/2020) will have a running time of 163 minutes, or just 17 minutes shy of three hours. Put another way, that means that No Time to Die will be 15 minutes longer than Spectre, which had been the longest film at 148 minutes. 2. CREED III GETS IT SCREENWRITER(Photo by MGM)The 2018 Rocky franchise sequel Creed II ended up earning over 4 million worldwide, which was an increase over the 3 million earned by the first Creed. So, it s unsurprising that MGM is now developing a third Creed movie for their star Michael B. Jordan. MGM has hired screenwriter Zach Baylin to start work on a third Creed. As for what Creed III will be about, there is already speculation online that Sylvester Stallone s Rocky Balboa may not be coming back. Stallone is currently staying very busy, including both his superhero movie Samaritan (12/11/2020) and the futuristic action movie Little America .
亚博YABO官网登录XX Mike Flanagan changed the way genre television worked when his adaptation of Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House premiered to Netflix in 2018. The series showcased the director s interest in exploring family dynamics amid the backdrop of trauma, addiction, and abuse. The result was a heartfelt and absolutely terrifying piece of entertainment. And two years later, his team is back with The Haunting of Bly Manor — a spooky new installment, just in time for the Halloween season.This time around, the franchise utilizes the literary works of Henry James, mostly his classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw, which tells the story of a young governess who moves into an estate in Essex, England to look after two troubled young children. Bly Manor once again finds Flanagan and his crew traversing the concepts of life, death, love, and grief, and digs into the ways these emotional highs and lows inform our overall human existence.The series brings back members of the previous installment s cast — Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Henry Thomas — and introduces newcomers T Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Tahirah Sharif, Amelia Eve, and child actors Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, who play the orphaned siblings.Season 2 of Netflix s hit horror series returns on Friday, October 9. How will the nine-episode installment compare to its predecessor? The Haunting of Hill House is currently Certified Fresh at 93% on the Tomatometer. Here’s what the critics are saying about The Haunting of Bly Manor.How does it compare to Hill House?(Photo by Eike Schrotet, © Netflix)In this second season, Flanagan has struck an artful balance of family drama, gothic horror, character work, and romance. One important note, though – there are significantly fewer jump scares, which may be a plus or a minus depending on your affinity for those. — Hannah Lodge, Screen RexBeing more concerned with romance than trauma, Bly’s is a very different Haunting to that of Hill House, but one that also feels to have suffered from Flanagan’s more hands-off approach (his direction limited to a single episode this time around). There are some bold storytelling choices and a fluid chronology keeps things interesting, but this is neither as intricate nor intriguing as the time-bending puzzle box that made up the show’s first season. Most crucially, though, Bly never manages to chill the blood in quite the same way. — James Dyer, Empire MagazineIt s perhaps slightly unfair to keep comparing this to Hill House. Bly Manor shares similar connective tissues – there are the same slow-creeping wide shots and plenty of jump scares – but the new series is very fun. A strange term, perhaps, to use to describe a show that will haunt you long after the credits roll, but one that s apt for Bly Manor. The scares will have you grabbing your quarantine buddy s hand, but never quite chilling you to the bone. — Jack Shepherd, Games RadarHow are the performances this time around? (Photo by Eike Schrotet, © Netflix)The performances range from good to extraordinary, with T Nia Miller and Amelia Eve proving themselves especially outstanding. — Charlie Ridgley, ComicBook.comHaunting vets Pedretti, Thomas, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (who plays Henry Wingrave’s slippery valet, Peter Quint) get to do most of the showy emoting, but the performances never go too far over the top (as they did sometimes in the occasionally maudlin Hill House). The standouts though are T’Nia Miller, who handles her character’s dramatic heavy lifting with incredible subtlety, and Rahul Kohli, whose mischievous take on Owen injects some much-needed lightness and joy into Bly Manor’s gloom. — Cheryl Eddy, io9.comJackson-Cohen is a particular standout this season as Peter Quint, an employee of Bly s absent owner Henry Wingrave (Thomas). One of the characters lifted straight from Turn of the Screw, Peter sows discord in the manor, poisoning all he touches in a magnetic performance from Jackson-Cohen that is a far cry from the vulnerable Luke Crain in The Haunting s freshmen outing. This is not the only instance in which it seems Flanagan purposefully gave a returning actor a role wholly different from what they did in Hill House, but no one meets the occasion quite like Jackson-Cohen does. — Sadie Gennis, TV GuideAnd what about the kids?(Photo by Eike Schrotet, © Netflix)Doctor Sleep and Hill House proved that Flanagan has an affinity for bringing out the very best in child actors and once again, this can be applied here. Amelie Smith is a great delight as young Flora Wingrave and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth is excellent as Miles Wingrave. The children offer an entirely opposite perspective to the horrors. They’re almost complicit and in the know of the strange happenings around the Bly estate. Flanagan is able to create intrigue through their mysterious connection to the Manor’s ghosts. — Ben Rolph, Discussing FilmChild actors are often not the best, if I am being honest, but Amelie Smith who plays Flora, and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, who plays Miles, are extraordinary. — Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyThese two unfortunate souls, who find in Pedretti’s character an eager and solicitous au pair, are played by Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth; the two child performers have mastered the art of sweet-natured mischief, explaining away their chaos as the stuff of children even when it seems to originate from a deeper and more sinister wellspring. — Daniel D Addario, VarietyIs it just as beautifully made as the original?(Photo by Eike Schrotet, © Netflix)Even without Flanagan behind the camera 90% of the time, this is an exquisite example of modern horror filmmaking craft, a ravishing marriage of eye-wateringly beautiful cinematography – which bears Flanagan’s signature soft focus that’s practically a brand unto itself at this point – lived-in production design, and crisp editing. Bar a few wonky CGI moments – namely the unintentionally goofy sight of a glasses-clad figure who haunts Dani – it is a visual feast to soak in per Netflix’s 4K HDR presentation. — Shaun Munro, Flickering MythBly is visually stunning, weaving symbolic elements into the emotional heart of the story without feeling cheap or gimmicky. The choice to set this season in the ’80s is an interesting one, too, and the nostalgia never overtakes the narrative. There are the inevitable ’80s clothes, but it’s the context of the time period that aides one of the season’s major arcs. After all, much of Bly’s story takes place on the historic grounds of the estate, centering on a mysterious and magnetic lake surrounded by lush gardens, gothic statues, and a quaint chapel. This, in turn, allows the story more room to unfold in a single location rather than through flashbacks. Every visual choice impacts the story in some way and will likely be satisfying and poignant on rewatch. — Jenn Adams, Consequence of SoundBut wait, is this a love story or a horror series?(Photo by Eike Schrotet, © Netflix)Underneath the lore and horror elements, Bly Manor is predominantly a love story, keener with focusing on the complexities and secrets of the characters than shock value, so as to curate an effective narrative. You’ll be shocked at how much conversation takes place throughout the season with the lack of spectacle surprising. But some of those relationships are the most compelling aspects Flanagan unspools. The specifics of which are too spoilery to delve into. — Nate Adams, The Only CriticBut the romances that slowly form as the season progresses are indeed effective – even sweet. In fact, they work much better than the horror elements, which are often muddled and confusing in trying to create mythology – as well as rules – for the ghosts haunting Bly Manor. The love stories blossoming here are tender and sweet. And, yes, in keeping with the best gothic romance tradition, more than a bit tragic. — Chris Evangelista, SlashFilmBly Manor is interested in the metaphor of ghosts as regret; every phantom that’s haunting these characters is tied to some underlying remorse. The regret of staying with an abuser until it was too late. The regret of hurting a loved one, no matter how unintentional. The regret of loves not admitted in the first place. — Vinnie Mancuso, ColliderAny final thoughts?(Photo by Eike Schrotet, © Netflix)Flanagan’s horror is the tender sort; his great big heart beats through the scarier fare. But that heart feels appropriate for Bly Manor. It’s a less dark place than Hill House. A great, good place, even. Just beware of the hallways at night. — Lindsey Romain, NerdistNetflix s The Haunting of Bly Manor lacks the terrifying punch of its more horror-charged predecessor, The Haunting of Hill House. However, creator and director Mike Flanagan is able to imbue this new chapter with rich character development and a memorable love story. — David Griffin, IGNAn old-fashioned gothic horror-romance, with almost no gore, and no gratuitous sex or nudity, The Haunting of Bly Manor neatly checks off all the holiday viewing boxes. — Gena Radcliffe, The SpoolThe Haunting of Bly Manor is available on Netflix on October 9, 2020. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
亚博YABO官网登录XX Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)When Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely dusted half of the universe – and half of the Avengers – at the end of the film, audiences the world over suddenly knew: anything was possible now. The duo had done what few other blockbuster film writers had done before: massacred multiple popular characters in the blink of an eye (or, as it were, the snap of some fingers).While most fans knew some of those deaths were likely to be reversed, the countdown to Avengers: Endgame has been filled with as much dread as excitement. The question on everyone’s mind: Who else were Markus and McFeely going to off?The writers were, as expected, not going anywhere near that question when they both spoke with Rotten Tomatoes ahead of Endgame’s release. But they did reveal the places where they’ve drawn some deadly inspiration.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: You guys have totally broken the world’s hearts, and fans expect you might do it again. But what TV or movie deaths have affected you the most?Christopher Markus: I mean, the most prominent killers of our popular culture today – they re not killing the popular culture – but it’s Game of Thrones. I still feel disturbed about… what’s his name?Stephen McFeely: Pedro Pascal.Markus: When Pedro Pascal died versus the Mountain. Yeah, that wasn t supposed to happen. That was very disturbing.McFeely: The easy answer for me is the Han Solo in Carbonite. I was not quite prepared for the movie to end that way.Rotten Tomatoes: You guys have adapted C.S. Lewis with the Narnia films, and worked with the characters of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Marvel here. What’s your approach to working with such storied and beloved works? McFeely: As you said we sort of dealt with it in Narnia. We try to put aside the pressure and the obligation in a way and just try to satisfy us as fans and writers. Assuming that the 12-year-old Steve would appreciate this, then perhaps other 12-year-olds would – or 82-year-olds.Markus: I think if you have respect for the underlying material then you just have to go forward and trust that you re not going to betray it. If you find yourself with a writing gig where you don t respect the underlying material, you might want to think about not doing it.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Rotten Tomatoes: The beloved character you’ve worked with the most is Cap’. [The duo co-write all three Captain America movies.] Did you want to give him – regardless of what happens in the movie – some kind of special moment, sendoff, or closure? Markus: I mean, I definitely have a special affinity for him. He s a guy who we ve put through a lot of hell and [Chris] Evans does a great job of showing that on his face. He certainly I don t want to say he looks tired, [but] I want to say he looks like there s is a battle-weariness to him. And I find it very satisfying to sort of think of all of that while putting him through yet another trial, like Hercules.Rotten Tomatoes: So, we know that the movie is just over 3 hours long, which makes us wonder: How many pages was your screenplay?Markus: Well, [the length of the script] varies depending on how elaborately we described the action. The script actually gets longer as we re in production, because we need – for the service of various departments – to really describe things that we wouldn t ordinarily describe. So it does tend to balloon at a certain point in an unrealistic manner. I would say the operating script was, what, 130 pages?McFeely: 130, yeah.Markus: Yeah, that s probably where we started. We generally assume a page a minute and so we try not to turn in things that are much more than 120 pages. It just was everyone understood it was going to be perhaps a little bigger. Our first drafts were undoubtedly bigger than that, you know? But as we got closer to production and we made hard choices it was probably 130.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Rotten Tomatoes: Speaking of the script… there was a lot of talk last year when the Academy announced they were going to do an Achievement in Popular Film category [which never went ahead], that they should instead honor stuntwork. And we’ve seen recently that more popular movies, like Black Panther and Mad Max, are getting Oscar recognition, as are their directors and the people who work on costumes, special effects, music… Given the feat you’ve pulled off balancing so many storylines and characters in Infinity War and Endgame, do you think writers of movies like these deserve more awards recognition than they get?Markus: [Laughing] I m glad you ve asked the question. I feel if I answer it too honestly I ll look like a jerk! My hope is that whether or not people realize it now, I think people later might look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hopefully they ll look at the last four we ve done with the Russos. That s pretty special storytelling. This cumulative serialized storytelling and the high-wire act that it required of all of us is pretty special.I think to maintain a certain level of character within that, so it s not just a series of explosions… Far be it from me to say what recognition it deserves, but I would love the Academy to be perhaps less knee-jerk in its lack of recognition. I would just say, you know, in all categories, these movies re incredibly hard work. For the industry to write them off as a puff piece seems to deny the incredible amount of technical labor that the people making the movies are putting in. They seem to me a much higher bar to achieve than your average drama. So, there you go.Avengers: Endgame is in theaters April 26, 2019Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.