《使命召唤手游》中，有着许多经典的角色，但是少了那些故事，每一个人看起来都是那么陌生，仿佛熟悉的只有名字。就如同我一直喜欢的幽灵一样，也许对于仅仅只玩过《使命召唤手游》的人来说，根本不知道这个名字的来历，更不清楚这个名字意味着什么！作为《使命召唤》系列游戏推出的正版手游，想必每一个老玩家应该都会去下载体验一下，但是相信能够满意的并没有多少。因为这款手游并不能让我们找回曾经的感觉，如果不看游戏的名字，只进去体验一下游戏，就会发现CODM和其它射击手游真的并没有什么区别。 (Photo by Courtesy the Cannes Film Festival)The crowds have bid au revoir to the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, where films about inequality and injustice, as well as some avant-garde horror, riveted audiences. This year s jury, led by Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, bestowed the golden laurels of the Palme d Or (the festival s top prize) on Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho s Parasite. Joon-ho s Palme d Or win for his twisty social satire follows Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda s 2018 win for Shoplifters, making him the third Asian director to take home the top prize and the first Korean filmmaker. The runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, also made history when actress-turned-director Mati Diop won for her debut film Atlantique, becoming the first Black female director to be awarded a competition prize. (It was a second coup for Diop, who made history when she became the first Black female director to be selected in competition).Elsewhere, our rumored next Batman, Robert Pattinson, continued his run of stellar indie performances and sparked early Oscar talk for his turn alongside co-star Willem Dafoe in the black-and-white horror tale, The Lighthouse. It was one of several films that critics are betting will make a deep run this awards season, along with Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Rocketman, and Pedro Almodóvar s Pain and Glory, for which Antonio Banderas was named best actor.Here are the seven buzziest films we saw at Cannes 2019; you’ll definitely want to check them out when they reach theaters near you or land on streaming.Atlantics (2019) 95%
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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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5.71.4 6月喜迎(Photo by Trae Patton/NBC)As part of our annual Fall TV Survey for 2020, we asked Rotten Tomatoes readers about their current favorite shows on network and cable TV and on streaming. Here s a peek at what they say they re watching when they re not bingeing Stranger Things for the eighth time.Disagree with the results? Tell us what your current favorites are in the comments!Favorite Network TV Show1.
The CW reshaped the status quo of its comic book–based programming on Thursday by releasing a bevy of information during its annual Upfront presentation to advertisers. Besides trailers for the upcoming Batwoman and Katy Keene series, it also unveiled a new fall schedule obscuring the prevalence of superheroes on the network and teased the coming of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the annual fall Arrowverse crossover which will prove to be the most epic yet devised.So let’s take a look at what The CW’s comic book future will look like in the 2019-2020 season.No Legends of Tomorrow Until 2020Starting with the saddest bit of news — no, not the imminent end of Arrow — the network has postponed DC’s Legends of Tomorrow until mid-season. We’re big fans of the scrappy, goofy, time-traveling series. Despite the roughest of starts for any of the CW superhero shows, it found its voice in humor and the wilder aspects of the DC Comics library – from the most unlikely band of heroes to recurring spots for characters like John Constantine (Matt Ryan), and the demon Neron.Then again, those qualities make it much more a CW mid-season series than a headliner like The Flash or Riverdale. Consider off-beat series like My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and iZombie and the placement makes much more sense. While it proved to be a nice change of pace from the dour Arrow this season, it also doesn’t need the connection to the main Arrowverse series like it once did. Perhaps the series will flourish in iZombie’s place.Alternatively, we may soon be sad to discover Legends will take another cue from iZombie and plan for its fifth season to be its last.Batwoman Gets a Fall PremiereIn one of the bigger surprises, Batwoman will arrive on The CW in the fall. The series seemed destined to replace Arrow on the schedule, but giving it a big fall debut signals the network has a certain confidence in the program.The series stars Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin. Three years after Batman disappeared from Gotham City, crime has once again run rampant, and Kate’s father Jacob (Dougray Scott) attempts to hold back the tide as the head of Crows Private Security. But with the Alice in Wonderland gang kidnapping his own officers, Kate returns to town only to discover Alice’s latest victim is her ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Tired of this state of affairs, Kate learns the truth about Bruce and takes up the cape and cowl as her own – even if her father despises masked vigilantes. Also, it is entirely possible Kate has a closer tie to Alice (Rachel Skarsten) than she realizes.The premise continues a certain progression within the Arrowverse as it gets closer to the main DC superheroes. Also, Batwoman is a pretty great character in her own right thanks to a complex inner life and mythology devised by Greg Ruka, J.H. Williams III, and W. Haden Blackman. From the trailer released by The CW on Thursday, some of these elements are already on display; like Kate’s dishonorable discharge from military school and Alice herself. Sadly, some of the elements we love from the comic book – Jacob as Kate’s version of Alfred and a ongoing relationship with Maggie Sawyer – will not be part of the series, but knowing the love these programs have for the source material, we expect those things will be honored in some way.The series will be paired with Supergirl on Sundays, a move which seemed fated from the moment word of a potential Batwoman series first made the rounds last summer. This seemed like such an obvious pairing, we were shocked to learn in last year’s “Elseworlds” crossover that Kate lives on Earth-1 and not Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) Earth-38. But with the coming Crisis, their pan-dimensional addresses may change.Arrow Joins The Flash on Tuesdays(Photo by JSquared Photography/The CW)Though The CW has a bevy of superhero shows (and two more shows based on comic books), it makes an attempt not to be known as the comic book network. One of the tactics they employ to obscure its superhero reliance is doubling the shows up on two key nights. In fall 2019, Tuesday will once again serves as the anchor night for this scheme as Arrow spends its final days as The Flash’s lead-out.And based on the way season 7 ended, it seems the eighth and final year will see Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) on one last mission to not only save his city, but the entire Multiverse. In a way, it seems mind-boggling that a show once so grounded as Arrow would end with its lead character saving all of creation. Then again, it also seems like something Oliver would take upon himself even if he hadn’t made that deal with The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) during last Fall’s “Elseworlds” crossover. Presumably, this last mission will take place within the Arrow context — that is to say, a grounded story without super-powered shenanigans — before the Crisis takes Ollie to the cosmos.We’re also going to presume Legends will take Arrow’s Tuesday night slot in 2020. Black Lightning, which has held the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot since it debuted, is moving to Monday’s following All American in the Fall.Katy Keene Also Gets a Mid-Season SlotWith Riverdale seemingly heading toward an endgame — at least, its season finale heavily suggested a series-ending twist for next year — its world will finally expand with Katy Keene, a series based on the Archie Comics character set for a mid-season debut. The network previously developed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as a Riverdale expansion before it quickly found a new home at Netflix. Compared to that show, it is easy to see why Katy Keene is a better fit for the network.Starring Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beachamp, and Julia Chan as four up-and-comers in a New York as magical and timeless as Riverdale is murky and corrupt, the series was initially pitched as a musical dramedy, but that terminology has disappeared from all official descriptions of the series. Music will still be a big part of the series as Murray imports her Riverdale character Josie McCoy to Katy Keene. In fact, supporting characters from the Josie and the Pussycats comics like the Alexander and Alexandra Cabot will feature regularly on the series in the forms of actors Lucien Laviscount and Camille Hyde. The series will also feature Zane Holtz as Katy’s longtime boyfriend KO Kelly – another Archie Comics import – and Katherine LaNasa as Katy’s “demanding” boss Gloria.While seemingly light as air, the show hints at a dark edge with Chan’s Pepper Smith described as a mysterious player in town with dubious connections and even more dubious wealth. Considering the series was developed by Riverdale and Sabrina executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the show is almost guaranteed to have a dark heart beating under that veneer of glamour.In the meantime, though, it looks like a near-perfect intersection of The CW’s most successful programs. It would just need a member of the Gossip Girl cast to show up as a speedster to be really perfect.Riverdale, meanwhile, will remain its Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot. We would not be surprised to see Katy Keene become its lead-out come winter.The Crisis Is Nearly Upon Us(Photo by The CW)But there was one key happening the network was excited to tease during its presentation: the 2019 Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” The title is borrowed from the historic 1985 miniseries published by DC Comics, in which the company celebrated 50 years of its rich history while also ending the DC Universe as it existed up to that point. As the marketing at the time stated, “Worlds will live, worlds will die, and nothing will ever be the same.”In calling the 2019 crossover “Crisis,” we expect it will have similar ramifications. As it happens, Barry Allen and Kara Zor-El famously died in that story – and in rare display of fortitude in comics, both stayed dead for quite awhile – a possible ending for their TV counterparts hinted at during “Elseworlds.” But more importantly, the story ended with several DC Comics Earths merging into one new Earth. Considering this was one of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths’ lasting legacies for nearly two decades, we would not be surprised to see Kara become a permanent resident of the same reality as Barry Allen. This may be why Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) was so quick to give up his powers. In 10 months’ time, there will no longer be a Multiverse to vibe into.As a television event, “Crisis” will span for three episodes prior to the customary CW winter hiatus, then resume with two more episodes in January 2020. But considering the way the Arrowverse programs will be doubled-up on Sundays and Tuesdays, it is unclear how each of the five parts will air. The previous crossover were stripped across three-to-four days, so that will like be the case again, with Black Lightning switching nights with one of the other shows or taking part itself – though the network has made no suggestion the show will finally become part of the Arrowverse. In fact, its story lines are so tightly paced, we have no idea how it could pause to help Barry (Grant Gustin) save all of time and space. Nonetheless, we d still love to see the Pierces standing alongside the heroes of Earth-1 and Earth-38 when they face off against the single greatest existential threat to ever laugh at the DC superheroes.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)On Monday morning, NBC announced that it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globe Awards in what was seen as a crippling blow to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization that hands out the annual prizes and which has been mired in bad headlines over the past several months. The statement from NBC, which is a part of Rotten Tomatoes parent company NBCUniversal, read: We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023. Though many entertainment insiders have long derided the HFPA for its lack of diversity, unprofessional actions by its members, and the extravagant gifts those members receive, most believed the group was immune to any real reform. However, today’s announcement from NBC, which comes on the heels of fallout from a bombshell LA Times report back in February that detailed decades of self-dealing, unethical actions, homophobia, sexism, and racism by several members, may prove to be the end of the organization as we know it.But why exactly is NBC – along with entertainment powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros., and Tom Cruise(!) – cutting ties with the once-coveted awards show? Here’s a breakdown (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)First, let’s talk about the organization itself. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a small group of around 90 journalists who cover entertainment for international audiences while based in Southern California. The group, which has been around since 1944, has been the subject of several controversies, criticized for everything from a poor selection of nominated films to blatant bribery. Some say that some of the HFPA’s members have tenuous ties to Hollywood and/or lack journalistic bona fides, and in the Times report, it was confirmed that the group had not had a Black member in over 20 years. The report also noted that several seemingly qualified journalists have been rejected for membership, with one applicant suing the organization just last year, dubbing them an entertainment “cartel.”Five-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais himself once compared the Globes unfavorably to the Oscars in 2012, saying the former was a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought – allegedly. His comments drew big laughs and big applause on the night because many in the room judged the quip to be all too true.(Photo by NBC/Getty Images)The questionable nominations had also been the talk of the industry since well before the Times report. This year, pop star Sia s controversial film Music earned two nominations despite being blasted by critics to the point that its Tomatometer score stands at just 8%. (Its Audience Score is a similarly paltry 13%.) The assumed justification for this is that, because Sia is very camera shy, the nomination would compel the musician to make herself available for interviews and selfies something the HFPA has become notorious for asking of every celebrity. In 2017 after Tom Ford, the fashion-designer-turned-director of Nocturnal Animals, gifted HFPA members a swag bag of his own branded fragrances, his star Aaron Taylor Johnson was chosen as Best Supporting Actor over eventual Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), a decision that left many scratching their heads and some crying foul. The backlash was so loud the group was told to return the gifts by the HFPA board. In any given year, pundits point to a handful of confounding nominations that are attributable less to the quality of performances and more to the HFPA’s desire to have certain famous faces show up for their red carpets.Still, despite the constant controversy and silly choices, the show was considered a fun watch by most; organizers choices of tables instead of theater seats allowed A-listers to mingle together and perhaps tip a glass with Oprah, Beyoncé, Tom Hanks, or Lady Gaga all while we watched, looking for fun, meme-able moments. It’s worth noting too, that the Globes have also managed a relatively consistent viewership, save its Zoom-filled event this year, which came just weeks after the LA Times piece but was still on par with an Oscars ceremony that boasted full attendance and a red carpet. (Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, as well as HFPA members, had to address the controversy during the show.) All the glitz of the event, plus those ratings, are largely why many Hollywood players have begrudgingly played along, hoping to help their Oscar chances with a win or good moment and boost awards-season ticket sales and ratings for the nominated films and TV shows.(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)Studios have been all too happy to participate in pricey private HFPA press conferences, send members glitzy swag (sometimes), host dinners for them, and even fly them out to set visits at luxury locales. Last year, for example, the entire HFPA was flown to Paris to visit the set of Emily in Paris and treated to a stay at a 5-star hotel, which was brought up quickly after the group gave the widely panned Netflix series two nominations. Netflix, however, was not the only or the most egregious offender; in fact, that was how most of the town operated – because the incentives outweighed the downside. That was until now.After the LA Times story broke, the HFPA was quick to say a change was coming. The membership, which had long bristled at adding new members and diversifying its ranks – in order to guarantee predictable results, according to the LA Times – was now under immense pressure to do just that or risk losing its lucrative television contract, the group s primary source of revenue. The HFPA quickly hired a diversity consultant and crisis PR management team to help facilitate the change they announced was coming, first via a statement and again during the live awards show broadcast.(Photo by Carole Bethuel/©Netflix)As the talks happened behind the scenes, the industry s most powerful PR agencies banded together on March 15th with a pointed warning that they would no longer engage with the group unless the changes were substantial, quick, and long-lasting. This was significant, as PR firms typically try to avoid weighing in on such controversies, but as the gatekeepers to the top talent in Hollywood, they hold immeasurable power over whether the HFPA can have those desirable A-listers attend their show. Moreover, the idea of high-powered competitors banding together on anything like this is a clear illustration of how frustrated they are with the situation and how committed they are to fixing the underlying issues. The HFPA replied that they were taking time to consult various stakeholders, including NBC, the awards show s producers, Dick Clark Productions, and industry leaders, and their plans would be announced on May 5.The proposed reforms and the new timeline they released after NBC pulled the TV Contract are as follows:Week of May 3Members meet, consider, and overwhelmingly vote to approve and implement the Board’s plan for transformational changeBoard continues to meet with advocacy groups to develop initiatives to fulfill the HFPA’s commitment to add at least 20 new members by August 2021 and increase membership by 50% in 18 monthsEradicating the new member one-year moratorium on voting; all new members will have all voting rights on day oneBoard and members approve the hiring of Ropes Gray to amend and restate bylaws and other governing documents to implement a member-approved plan for transformational changeWeeks of May 10 and 17Revise and approve new Code of Conduct in consultation with publicists and studiosContinue outreach to potential new member candidatesPublish Code of Conduct and establish hotline for reporting of violationsEngage independent third-party investigator to review and respond promptly to all hotline claimsInterview candidates and engage new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) consultantIdentify and recruit independent, outside professionals and non-board members and form Accountability/Oversight Board (“Advisory Board”) to oversee HFPA Board in implementing a plan for transformational changeInterview executive search firms to commence search for Chief DEI/HR Officer and identification of potential CEO/CFO and other executives to lead HFPAHFPA website to be continuously updated to show progress against plan and to list promised member information (biographies, publications, affiliations, etc.)Weeks of May 24 and 31New DEI Consultant and other outside experts conduct mandatory member training for DEI and sexual harassmentBoard and Advisory Board continue work on the identification of applicants to fulfill commitment to add at least 20 new members by August 2021Grants Officer and subcommittee of members continue work to increase support of internship, mentorship, and scholarship programs for students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in international journalismIdentify and recruit independent, outside professionals for new Credentials Committee, which will oversee new membership application process and reaccreditation of current members based on same criteria as new membersContinue review of committee structure/compensationFirst reading of Bylaw Amendments at General Membership Meeting (“GMM”)Weeks of June 7, 14, and 21Focus groups with members, Advisory Board, and Ropes Gray to review amendments to Bylaws and other governing documentsBoard assesses and evaluates recommendations of Executive Search Firm for new Executive Officer teamForm new Credentials CommitteeAll above workstreams on training, mentorship, and recruitment continueWeek of June 28Second reading of Bylaw Amendments at GMMBallots for voting on Bylaw Amendments mailed to membersImplement new policies on Gifts, Travel, Conflicts of Interest, and Press ConferencesWeek of July 5Members vote on Bylaw Amendments by ballotWeeks of 12 and 19Approved Bylaw Amendments become effectiveNew Officer and Board elections under amended and restated BylawsNew membership process opens per new criteria enacted in amended and restated BylawsAll existing members required to meet same standards as new members for re-accreditation of their membershipWeek of July 26New member process continuesReaccreditation continuesWeek of August 2New members admitted to HFPANew Board elected, including independent members, in accordance with amended and restated BylawsNew CEO/CFO and other Executive Team approved and engaged to manage HFPAExisting Board and Officers resign upon election of New Board and hiring of Executive TeamThe initial proposals were leaked before the deadline without a clear timeline, and the reaction throughout Hollywood was a swift and immediate chorus of “do better.” No word yet on how the new timeline will be received, but the HFPA was clear these measures would be enacted regardless of the 2022 television broadcast. Still, many are unsatisfied primarily because, more than the membership and self-dealing, the HFPA has been accused of shameful bouts of unprofessionalism over the years. Stories from Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, and Brendan Fraser have detailed abuses that many viewed can t be fixed by the initial proposals, which were also considered too slow-moving to address the membership issues.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/Getty Images)Inclusivity activist organization Time s Up released a statement that decried the proposed changes as window dressing, while the PR firms
All of Wanda s many costumes in the new Marvel #SuperBowl spot featuring #WandaVision. pic.twitter.com/B4oTBffBUU Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) February 3, 2020Trailer for Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) For the newest entry in the Minions/Despicable Me Saga – yes, we re going with saga – the folks at Illumination are taking audiences back to the beginning, with an origin story for the lovable hero/villain, Gru. The movie follows 12-year-old Gru s dream to become the greatest supervillain the world has ever seen.In theaters July 3, 2020. Trailer for No Time to Die (2021) 84%Want a super-clear look at Rami Malik as villain Safin in the 25th Bond film? You got it with the Super Bowl TV spot for No Time To Die. The latest trailer for Daniel Craig s (supposed) final outing as Bond begins with 007 and Nomi (Lashana Lynch) flying a plane and ends with a quick-cut montage of the franchise s current cast of characters (plus a portrait of Judi Dench s M). In between: All action, spectacle, and Bond-ness.In theaters April 10, 2020. Trailer for Black Widow (2021) 79%Disney and Marvel Studios Super Bowl spot for Black Widow didn t show too much we hadn t seen from the first trailer, though keen eyes will note a few more glances of villain Taskmaster. Plus, the new spot gives a handful of new looks at Florence Pugh s Yelena Belova in action with Natasha and suggests both women may be forced to make choices between allegiances when the film lands in theaters this May.In theaters May 1, 2020. Trailer for Top Gun: Maverick (2022) Paramount kicked things off, pre-kick off, with a spot for their upcoming long-in-the-making sequel Top Gun: Maverick. The movie stars original Top Gun leads Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, along with newcomers Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jay Ellis, Manny Jacinto and more. The trailer was timed to play just after the national anthem and air force flyover – nice.In theaters June 26, 2020. Trailer for The Invisible Man (2020) 91%Blumhouse s remake of The Invisible Man dropped a TV spot ahead of the game, showcasing Elisabeth Moss s bravura woman-on-the-verge performance as the domestic abuse victim still haunted by her supposedly dead ex. The movie comes courtesy of Saw creator and Upgrade director Leigh Whannell, and co-stars Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, and The Haunting of Hill House s Oliver Jackson-Cohen.In theaters February 28, 2020. Trailers for F9 The Fast Saga (2021) 59%: The Fast Saga Welcome to the family, John Cena – now get the f k out. The first trailer for F9: The Fast Saga (official title, alert!) was released before the Super Bowl and features John Cena as our primary villain and brother to Dom (Vin Diesel). The action is as insane as ever, with some Indiana-Jones-meets-Furious vibes, and the trailer s stinger has put the internet and fans of Tokyo Drift into a frenzy: with the return Sung Kang (somehow) it appears fans may finally be getting justice for Han.During the first quarter, Universal dropped a short spot for the film which plays as a highlights reel for the longer trailer.In theaters May 22, 2020. Trailer for Mulan (2020) 73% There is not even a hint of the rousing instrumental version of Reflection that fans heard in the last trailer here: Instead, it s all deep breathing and thrilling warfare in a 30-second spot that seems to be playing up the action half of Niki Caro s live-action Mulan.The 30-second spot was released ahead of its debut on game day, and following the spot s premiere Disney released a full trailer online.In theaters March 27, 2020. Trailer for A Quiet Place Part II (2021) 91% There are people out there, people worth saving. With that one breathy line-reading, Emily Blunt seems to be telling us that the sequel to Paramount s 2018 smash horror hit will see our central family turn from survivors to saviors, heading out into the world – quietly – to rescue folks just like them. Also: John Krasinski is BACK, at least in a flashback scene we suspect will open the movie, and the train-carriage moment at the end is giving us the kind of chills that made us love the Certified Fresh original so much.In theaters March 20, 2020. Trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) 63% The latest trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, which is out in just days, plays into the Super Bowl theme, with Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey cameo-ing to talk about a certain speedy blue guy. Also featured are runner and Olympic medallist Allyson Felix and race car driver Kyle Busch, who soon discover that the person directing this inspirational doc is actually Sonic himself.In theaters February 14, 2020. Trailer for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run You won t learn too much new in this fast-cut trailer for the upcoming CG Spongebob movie, but we do get another glimpse of Keanu Reeves as a sage, which is something we will never say no to.In theaters May 22, 2020.Trailer for Hunters: Season 1 (2020) 65% The latest spot for the Jordan Peele-produced Nazi-hunting show coming soon to Amazon Prime is heavy on atmosphere, kicking off – in a nod to the game – at an idyllic all-American barbecue before all hell breaks loose and one of the neighbors starts screaming, Nazi! The whole thing is soundtracked to the creepiest version of Neil Diamond s Coming to America you will likely ever hear.Premieres on Amazon Prime, February 21, 2020. Trailer for QuibiLooking for episodes – sorry, Quick Bites – under 10-minutes in length? You know, just long enough to entertain, just short enough not to get in the way of a bank heist? That s the pitch for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman s upcoming mobile-only streaming service, Quibi. The streamer s Super Bowl spot gives a glimpse of some of the content fans can expect, including a reboot of Punk d hosted by Chance the Rapper. [Note: Rotten Tomatoes has a show coming to Quibi.]Quibi launches April 2020. Trailer for The FugitiveIn another first-look for Quibi, the upcoming streamer gave audiences a peek at its remake of The Fugitive, starring 24 s Keifer Sutherland. Boyd Holbrook stars as the man on the run for a crime he didn t commit – this time the bombing of a subway station – while Sutherland is the law in hot pursuit.Premieres on Quibi, April 2020. Trailer for FlippedThis new Quibi comedy stars Will Forte and The Mick s Kaitlin Olsen as a couple who sign up to become the next big home renovation TV stars only to find money in the walls of a tear-down and themselves entangled in a new world of criminals. Think Ozark meets Chip and Joanna.Premieres on Quibi, April 2020. More trailers will be added as they air and become available online. Bookmark this page to keep track of the newest trailers, and let us know what you think of what you see in the comment.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Fresh news, everyone: A very Rotten book is on the way.We re super excited to announce that this October we will release our first ever book, Rotten Movies We Love. The book, published by Running Press, will feature 101 movies with Rotten Tomatometer scores that we love regardless. (Because we – just like you – still can t believe Step Brothers is Rotten.)We go to bat for the splat-worthy movies in Rotten Movies We Love for a variety of reasons. The movies might be:Audience favorites that bombed with critics – like Space Jam and Bad BoysSci-fi curiosities so bad they re awesome – like Masters of the Universe and ZardozCult classics the critics didn t see coming – like The Last Dragon, The Craft, and MacGruberUnderrated gems that have aged very well – like Jennifer s Body, Event Horizon, and The Cable GuySequels worth a second look – like Rocky IV, Return to Oz, and Home Alone 2The majority of films have been chosen by the editors of Rotten Tomatoes, but the book also features essays from some great Tomatometer-approved critics whose work we ve long admired, including Leonard Maltin, Empire magazine editor-in-chief Terri White, Vanity Fair writer K. Austin Collins, Monica Castillo, and many more.The book is available from October 8, 2019, and you can find out more info and preorder it here.Think you know which lovable Rotten movies are going to be featured in the book? Let us know in the comments below.
蜀山传奇锁妖塔 Ryan FujitaniThis morning the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the film nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, and Netflix led with 24 nominations for their films, including Mank, Malcolm Marie, Da 5 Bloods, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. The buzz around the Netflix biopic Mank had previously been considerably muted, with many singling it out for below-the-line categories, but after leading the Critics Choice film nominations with 12, the story about Citizen Kane s prickly scribe Herman Mankiewicz is back in contention. The biopic earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), and Best Director (David Fincher). A24 s immigrant tale Minari (Certified Fresh at 198%) followed closely behind with 10 nominations, providing competition for Mank in Best Picture, Best Actor (Steven Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung), and Best Director (Lee Isaac Chung) as well. Couple today s nominations with recent SAG nominations, including the coveted Best Ensemble nom, and things are shaking out very well for the quiet drama, which will go head to head with Oscar frontrunner Nomadland.Not to be left out, the Frances McDormand-led drama currently sitting at the top of our Awards Leaderboard was nominated for 6 awards of its own, including Best Picture and Best Director for Chloé Zhao. The winners will be revealed live on The CW on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 7-10pm ET/PT, with star Taye Diggs returning to host. Read on to to see the full list of nominations.Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.
KING OF THE CROP: ENDGAME MISSES ONE RECORD BUT APPROACHES ANOTHER(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)The Endgame is still strong. In just ten days it has passed 0 million, managing to do what it took James Cameron’s Titanic to do in 252. With nearly 0 million, the film is still million ahead of the pace of The Force Awakens. That is down from the 0 million lead it had after last weekend. Part of that is due to Avengers: Endgame only having the second greatest second weekend of all-time (5.8 million) behind Force Awakens’ 9.2 million. Marvel’s juggernaut also fell to third place on the all-time daily tallys for Monday and Tuesday on opening week and second place on Wednesday and Thursday (for non-opening days.) This weekend’s drop (59.2%) was in line with Age of Ultron’s 59.4% and Captain America: Civil War (59.5%) which is still rather impressive given it bested the all-time opening record by 0 million.Looking forward to next weekend, its haul will be expected to be somewhere between Black Panther’s .3 million and The Force Awakens’ .2 million Endgame could be in the realm of 5-823 million. Avatar’s final domestic gross was 0.5 million with a worldwide haul of .78 billion. Avengers: Endgame is now the second-highest grossing film ever with nearly .19 billion. The Force Awakens took 54 days to reach the billion milestone. Infinity War did it in 48 and Avatar in 47. Endgame opened internationally in 25 markets on Apr. 24, 2019 and achieved the goal in just 12 days.ROTTEN RETURNS: DOLLS UGLY INDEED, AND LONG SHOT MISSES BY A MILENormally this section is dedicated to just one movie, but this is a bad weekend for one struggling studio and a wake-up call for another. STX Films had a hit this year with The Upside, though that was a fortunate pickup from its original home at the Weinstein Co. That and Second Act (with Jennifer Lopez) were its only successes since 2017’s A Bad Mom’s Christmas. A million attempt to get into the animated game with Uglydolls (34%) is not going to help when it starts with just .5 million. Sure that’s better than Annapurna/United Artists Releasing got from Missing Link opening weekend but it’s less than Funimation received for Dragon Ball Super: Broly (.8 million) in January this year on just about a third of the screens as Uglydolls.However it is Lionsgate’s release of Long Shot that is far more troubling. At just million this weekend, the Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen romantic comedy is the lowest wide opening for the studio this year. Lionsgate’s successes as of late have been primarily because of their smallest budgets like Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ( million budget / million gross), A Simple Favor ( million / million), Overboard ( million / .3 million) and Five Feet Apart ( million / .4 million). Compare that to the likes of Hellboy ( million / .7 million), Cold Pursuit ( million / .1 million), Robin Hood ( million / .8 million) and now Long Shot’s million budget.(Photo by Hector Alvarez / © Summit Entertainment)Since the days of Twilight and The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has struggled to find a place in the current state of the franchise wars, unable to even finish their Divergent series. While they have had some major success stories like La La Land and Wonder, decent franchise returns from Now You See Me and John Wick and even a few surprises like The Hitman’s Bodyguard (which is now getting a sequel) and Hacksaw Ridge, the post-Wonder overlook is one where the only + million opening with the Madea Funeral ( million) and their second best was Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (.1 million).Long Shot is the 7th straight non-Tyler Perry entry in the Lionsgate catalog to open wide and fail to to achieve an opening weekend of million. Robin Hood, Hunter Killer, and Hell Fest could not even do it in five days. Lionsgate had so much confidence in Long Shot that they moved it from the first week of June into the wake of Endgame in the hopes of being the Notting Hill to Fox s Phantom Menace, and it backfired spectacularly. Even with an 83% on the Tomatometer and critics praising it as one of the great surprises of 2019, Long Shot could go down as the biggest failure to market a Seth Rogen comedy since the Weinsteins couldn’t turn Zack and Miri Make a Porno into a success just months after Knocked Up grossed over 8 million. Long Shot opened to less than that Kevin Smith film.TOP TEN AND BEYOND: THE INTRUDER FALTERS WITH CRITICS BUT IS WELCOMED BY AUDIENCESThis week’s final newcomer, The Intruder, feels like a minor success compared to those two movies, besting Long Shot for second place with an million opening and all on an million budget. That’s more than Cold Creek Manor opened to in 2003 (.1 million) the film where Stephen Dorff played the previous owner of a house that terrorized Dennis Quaid. That got a 12% from critics here, while The Intruder got a score of 27%. So here’s to minor successes.As for major successes, Captain Marvel has just moved into 24th place for the highest-grossing domestic total of all-time. Shazam! is not nearly in its league, but with over 5 million worldwide, it s still a minor success for the DC Universe. That is more than the 8 million that Dumbo has accumulated to date, which, at the moment, puts the film in the red in the vicinity of Disney’s holiday bomb, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.THIS TIME LAST YEAR: AVENGERS RULED, BUT FELL BEHIND ALL-TIMER PACE(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)The weekend prior, Avengers: Infinity War had the largest opening of all-time. This weekend it had the second-best second weekend of all-time with $4.7 million, bringing its total to 3.1 million as it already began to fall well off the pace of The Force Awakens. Counterprogramming was offered with the role-reversal remake of 1987’s Overboard which made .7 million for second place while Jason Reitman’s Tully was another acclaimed disappointment with Charlize Theron that was released in 1,353 theaters and made just .2 million. Also opening in just 34 theaters was RBG, which went on to become one of the most successful documentaries of 2018. The Top Ten films grossed 8.9 million and averaged 60.5% on the Tomatometer. This year’s Top Ten grossed 2.4 Million and averaged 59.6% with critics.ON THE VINE: CAN PIKACHU BEAT THE AVENGERS? SERIOUSLY, CAN IT?(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Legendary)A Pokemon with the voice of Ryan Reynolds is going to try its best to knock back the Avengers in its third weekend. Is Detective Pikachu really going to be a force this summer or has its appeal window shortened as people found new games to play? 1964’s Bedtime Story with Marlon Brando and David Niven is getting another redux; you may know it better as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Steve Martin and Michael Caine. This year it is known as The Hustle with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Last year’s Book Club turned into a little surprise hit for Paramount. This year STX is hoping for the same results with Poms starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Rhea Perlman, and Pam Grier in a comedy about a retirement community that starts a cheerleading squad; a film that could have sleeper hit written all over it. But can STX pull it off?The Full Top 10: May 3-5Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94% – 5.8 million (6.69 million total)The Intruder (2019) 33% – million ( million total)Long Shot (2019) 81% – .02 million (.02 million total)UglyDolls (2019) 28% – .51 million (.51 million total)Captain Marvel (2019) 79% – .27 million (0.76 million total)Breakthrough (2019) 63% – .94 million (.22 million total)The Curse of La Llorona (2019) 28% – .50 million (.10 million total)Shazam! (2019) 90% – .45 million (5.19 million total)Little (2019) 46% – .47 million (.58 million total)Dumbo (2019) 46% – .43 million (9.70 million total) Box office watchers love nothing more than a film becoming a surprise success and outperforming its expectations. Tracking services were once again made the fool this weekend as they did not even give Good Boys a chance over the shark sequel, let alone besting a second sequel that few were asking about nor the franchise spinoff showing signs of wear and tear. But Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams – backed by word-of-mouth since their SXSW premiere in March – managed to do just that and now Good Boys hopes for a long shelf life.King of the Crop: Good Boys Takes Advantage of Comedy Drought(Photo by Ed Araquel / © Universal)Good Boys is the eighth R-rated film of 2019 to have an opening weekend of million or more. That may seem low until you realize there were only eight R-rated films all of last year to achieve that. The bigger question many are asking is: where are the successful comedies? Until Good Boys, the highest-opening comedies of the year were all headlined by African-Americans: A Madea Family Funeral (.06 million), What Men Want (.23 million), and Little (.4 million). The Rebel Wilson pair in the first half of the year turned out to be a mixed bag as Isn’t It Romantic, despite being the only positively-scored of this batch (69%), fell short due to international rights being handled by Netflix, while The Hustle was a hit, thanks to its overseas release – even if it s one of the worst-reviewed films of the year (14%).SXSW had three big comedy premieres this year well in advance of their releases, each maintaining highly-acclaimed status by critics. In May, United Artists Releasing and Annapurna failed to capitalize on the premiere for Booksmart (97% on the Tomatometer), which only grossed .68 million. Lionsgate also seemed to miss with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in Long Shot (81%), which finished with just .31 million, though one could easily blame that on folks not wanting any more politics with their night out at the movies. The third of the batch was Good Boys, produced by Rogen and holding steady with a Certified Fresh 79% on the Tomatometer. Its placement in August is certainly no accident, as the first two American Pie sequels were successes in this month, as were the Rogen productions Superbad and Sausage Party. Back on the same weekend in 2005, Universal released The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which opened to .42 million and went on to gross over 9 million. Other high-grossing R-rated comedies released in August include We’re the Millers (.41 million opening / 0.39 million total), Tropic Thunder (.81 million/ 0.51 million), Pineapple Express (.24 million / .34 million), and The Campaign (.58 million / .90 million), even if the latter three were technically financial failures. Good Boys, with a budget of just million, is well on its way to joining the profit list.Rotten Returns: Where d You Go, Bernadette? Oh, There You AreRyan FujitaniThe United Artists Releasing experiment has seemingly had a lot of bottoms this year from releasing one of the worst-reviewed films of the year in The Hustle to not cashing in on the aforementioned goodwill of Booksmart to failing to get the Child’s Play remake to outgross even the original s take of .2 million. But thanks to at least one international haul and a few skimpy budgets, those are minor failures at worst and could each be written up as profitable. They won’t be able to escape the numbers on Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, though. It’s only the fourth wide opening of his career but certainly weaker than The Newton Boys, which opened to .01 million in 1,965 theaters. Bernadette grossed .4 million in 2,404 theaters and reps a new low for UA Releasing and Annapurna when it comes to a 2,000+ launch.The Top 10 and Beyond(Photo by Daniel Smith / © Universal)Anyone who had Hobbs Shaw at number 1 this weekend was not paying attention to either the breakout potential of Good Boys or the evidence that the popularity of the Fast Furious series – at least as it relates to spinoffs – is dwindling. We ll certainly test that theory when Vin Diesel returns in Fast and Furious 9 next Memorial Day weekend, and yes, Hobbs Shaw has the eighth-highest gross after 17 days for films opening in the month of August, just ahead of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which did gross over 6 million. However its .1 million this weekend trails the .1 million that Apes made in weekend three, which suggests a final gross in the 0 million range. That is going to be around million less than The Fate of the Furious (itself finishing with 7 million less than Furious 7). More concerning for Universal about this series future is that the film has only grossed 3.3 million internationally to date. That alone is about 0 million less than Fate acquired, though H S still has not opened in China, which added 2+ million alone to that overseas haul; a couple million higher than Furious 7.The battle for the family dollar was joined this week by The Angry Birds Movie 2, proving once again that Hollywood still has not received the memo that releasing animated films in August is a fool’s errand. Sony may have felt bullish, given that Sausage Party is the highest-grossing animated film ever released in this month, making .68 million. But they should have looked further down the list and realized that kids are back in school, weekday numbers are down, and that has resulted in only three other animated films to even pass million (Planes, Barnyard, and ParaNorman). Now, The Angry Birds Movie 2 may not be joining that list either. Despite giving the film an extra day’s head start on Tuesday, the film has grossed just .2 million in its first six days. That is a just a million more than Kubo and the Two Strings had in five days (.2 million), and it finished just shy with .02 million.(Photo by Paramount Pictures)Dora and the Lost City of Gold had .67 million in its first five days. It now has million after 10 days, which is about a million ahead of where Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was at. However, Dora trailed that film’s second weekend, .7 million-to-.5 million, suggesting a final haul right now between and million. Families were still too busy seeing The Lion King, which is just a few days away from passing the 0 million mark. It is the 10th highest-grossing film after 31 days of release, though its fifth weekend haul is more around what the 14th-16th place films had done. It still maintains a pace to get it around the 0 million line domestically. But it has already joined history as one of the ten highest grossing films of all-time globally with .435 billion, with eyes on Furious 7 (.516 billion) for eighth place. In other Disney news, Toy Story 4 became their fifth billion dollar release of 2019, not to mention their 23rd of all time in a field of just 43 films to reach the milestone. It needs another million to surpass their live-action remake of Aladdin.Sony is also keeping an eye on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, which just began its international run, which it s going to need to turn a profit. Domestically the film is still doing very well. The million-budgeted film has grossed over 4 million and is about on par with the pace of Mission: Impossible III, putting its final estimate between 0 and 5 million. It has only made .7 million overseas so far, but that is only in Hong Kong and Russia. The film still needs another 8 million to break even. Leonardo DiCaprio’s last three films all grossed over 0 million internationally. Sony is also ready to pop the champagne on Spider-Man: Far From Home, which, with over .1 billion, is on the verge of passing Skyfall as the highest-grossing film in the history of the studio.(Photo by Kathleen Pollard, 2019. © CBS Films)Over in the terror category, folks still preferred last week’s Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark to this week’s 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. The former is doing better than most horror films in August, currently smack dab in the middle of where Rob Zombie’s Halloween was in 2007 and what The Cell and The Possession had after 10 days. Stories’ million second weekend was better than any of those films, putting a + million total in play. Uncaged opened to million, less than the million many tracking services had figured. It is also less than the first film, which started with .2 million on its way to .3 million. With the exception of 80s horror classics An American Werewolf in London and David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly, horror films released August that have opened to less than million have not made it to million total.Looking at the summer of Sundance, we have WB/New Line’s pick-up of Blinded by the Light opening to just .45 million in 2,307 theaters. The distributors are certainly now hoping for some Bend It Like Beckham international numbers to make up the million budget and acquisition. Then, expanding again but out of the crowded top 10, is A24’s The Farewell. It upped its theater count to 861 and grossed .5 million, which is down 28% from last week’s expansion to 704 theaters. Looking at a collection of films that increased from the 700 to the 800-theater range from fifth-to-sixth week, including Enough Said, Emma, Garden State, The Favourite, The Shape of Water, and Gosford Park, the 28% drop is higher than any of them, as they grossed between .58 million and .13 million. Last week we made the comparison to Garden State, and that still holds, as both films had a near identical gross after 38 days of release. The Farewell stands at .83 million while Garden State had .84 million. However, Zach Braff’s film’s expansion to 813 theaters at this point netted .9 million, suggesting that Lulu Wang’s film does not have the momentum to reach million. That said, it still should have enough in the tank to best Amazon’s Late Night (.46 million) and become the highest-grossing pickup from Sundance of 2019 thus far.This Time Last Year: Crazy Rich Asians Began an Impressive Run(Photo by Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros.)One of the biggest success stories of 2018 opened this weekend when Crazy Rich Asians grossed .51 million on its way to a remarkable 6.58 multiple and 4+ million domestic haul. The Meg was still second with .15 million, and the latest Mark Wahlberg/Peter Berg collaboration, Mile 22, opened in third with .71 million. Albert Hughes’ prehistoric adventure tale, Alpha, finished fifth with .35 million. The top ten films grossed a total of 0.71 million; the second-lowest weekend of the summer at the time. Critics graded the films an average of 65.3%. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated 1.54 million and averaged 70.5% on the Tomatometer.On the Vine: Ready or Not, Will Audiences Fall Again for Gerard Butler?Ryan FujitaniThe summer is definitely winding down if the week’s highlight is a new film from Gerard Butler, who has not headlined a positively-scored (non-animated) film since RocknRolla in 2008 (and even that is just barely Fresh at 60%). Nevertheless he is back to possibly conclude the “Fallen” trilogy with Angel Has Fallen. The first two films are his most successful (again as the star in a live-action film) since 2010’s The Bounty Hunter, though London Has Fallen grossed million less than Olympus Has Fallen. Regardless there is also Ready or Not, a humans-hunting-humans horror-comedy that Fox Searchlight did not cancel and is hoping to draw more interest to than recent Fox films. Overcomer is the latest faith-based film from the genre’s most successful director, Alex Kendrick, whose last film, War Room, grossed over million. Then in limited release is Brittany Runs a Marathon starring Jillian Bell in one of the great surprises out of Sundance this year. Amazon is hoping their pick-up will find the necessary word-of-mouth to make this a late summer expansion.The Full Top 10: August 16-18Good Boys (2019) 80% – million ( million total)Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% – .14 million (3.74 million total)The Lion King (2019) 52% – .9 million (6.12 million total)The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) 73% – .5 million (.24 million total)Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) 77% – .05 million (.22 million total)47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) 45% – million ( million total)Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 85% – .5 million (.91 million total)Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) 85% – .6 million (4.35 million total)Blinded by the Light (2019) 88% – .45 million (.45 million total)The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) 44% – .4 million (.88 million total)
This week s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news (the stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering new projects for Michael Fassbender, Joaquin Phoenix, and Margot Robbie.This WEEK S TOP STORYM. NIGHT SHYALAMAN WORKING ON MYSTERIOUS MOVIES FOR 2021 AND 2023 (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis / © Universal)On top of everything else in M. Night Shyalaman s Split (Certified Fresh at 77%), the most memorable scene in the movie may have come at the end when it was revealed that it was secretly set in the same world as Shyamalan s Unbreakable (Fresh at 70%), which, of course, subsequently led to this year s Glass (Rotten at 37%). Regardless of how Glass itself was received, the box office success of these movies is a reminder that, like Quentin Tarantino, Shyamalan remains one of the few directors whose name carries marquee value. So, it s little surprise that this week, Universal Pictures moved quickly to schedule two mystery projects from M. Night Shyamalan for release on February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023. The year 2023 is relatively unclaimed so far, but that date in early 2021 is the week before the reboots of Mortal Kombat and Masters of the Universe, both of which are staked out on March 5, 2021. Although no details are given for Shyamalan s new projects, they are described as being original movies. One possibility has been suggested by Collider, which is that these movies could be a longer story split in two. M. Night Shyamalan has now directed three movies within a superhero framework. What genre might he take on next?Other Top Headlines1. FIRST DETAILS ABOUT JOAQUIN PHOENIX S NEXT FILM AFTER JOKER (Photo by Warner Bros.)Joker (currently Fresh at 75%) doesn t come out for another two weeks, but its future seems pretty bright at this point, following the film s top prize win at the Venice Film Festival and with opening weekend box office predictions in the million range. Joaquin Phoenix will probably emerge from all of this with an even more prospects for major studio prestige films, but this week he signed on to work with an acclaimed independent director first. Joaquin Phoenix s next film after Joker will be an untitled independent drama with a secret premise from writer-director Mike Mills. This will be Mills fourth film following Thumbsucker, Beginners (which gave Christopher Plummer his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), and 2017 s 20th Century Women (for which Mills received a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination).2. MICHAEL FASSBENDER JOINS TAIKA WAITITI S NEXT GOAL WINS(Photo by Abbot Genser/TM and ©Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures)With dozens of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and various Marvel movies from both Fox and Sony, it s nearly inevitable nowadays that actors and directors with Marvel credentials will end up working together on other projects. Taika Waititi, for example, is fitting two non-Marvel movies in between Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder (11/5/2021). The first of those two is Jojo Rabbit (currently Fresh at 75%), in which Taika Waititi plays a ridiculous daydream version of Adolf Hitler, and the second will be a soccer underdog true story drama called Next Goal Wins. This week, Michael Fassbender, whose run as Marvel s Magneto finished this year with Dark Phoenix, signed on to star in Next Goal Wins as soccer coach Thomas Rongen, who in 2011 became coach of the American Samoan team in their effort to qualify for the World Cup. Waititi reportedly is now casting actors of Fa afafine heritage to play the American Samoan soccer players. Next Goal Wins is also based upon the 2014 documentary of the same title, which won several awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the British Independent Film Awards in 2014.3. THIS WEEK IN MARGOT ROBBIE: FOOLS DAY AND COMPETITION FOR BARBIE(Photo by Andrew Cooper / © Columbia Pictures)In addition to appearing in Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Certified Fresh at 85%) and starring in upcoming films Bombshell (12/20/2019) and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2/7/2020), Margot Robbie is staying super busy in her role as producer. It was just last week that we learned Robbie is producing a Tank Girl reboot, but this week, we found out she will also executive produce (and co-star in a supporting role) a feature-length adaptation of a comedy short film called Fools Day (which you can watch on YouTube right here), about a class of 4th graders who accidentally kill their teacher (Margot Robbie) while playing an April Fools Day prank. Cody Blue Snider, who wrote and directed the original short film, will also co-write and direct Fools Day as her feature film debut. Robbie is also attached to star in the long-in-development Barbie movie (5/8/2020), and this week, that project got some indirect competition in the form of Dream Doll, a biopic about Barbie creator Ruth Handler, which will be co-produced by Rita Wilson.4. BOB ODENKIRK JOINS NEW THRILLER FROM JOHN WICK WRITER (Photo by Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)While many of his contemporaries became big stars much earlier, the career of Bob Odenkirk has been more of a slow burn since the 1980s, although his status has definitely grown with the success of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul (all four seasons are Certified Fresh at 97% or higher), in which he stars. Above-title billing might be just around the corner for Bob Odenkirk with the news this week that the previously mysterious Untitled Universal Event Film scheduled for August 14, 2020 will be a revenge thriller called Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk. Screenwriter Derek Kolstad, who wrote John Wick and John Wick: Chapter Two (and co-wrote the third film), is the mastermind behind Nobody, which is described as as a summer thriller in which Odenkirk will play a a suburban dad, overlooked husband, and all-around nobody [with] a long-surpressed rage that explodes after two thieves break into his house, propelling him on a brutal path that will uncover dark secrets he fought to leave behind. (So, basically, Nobody sounds like an adult Home Alone through the lens of John Wick, Falling Down, and Straw Dogs?)5. DIRECTOR LEE DANIELS NEXT HISTORICAL DRAMA: THE UNITED STATES VS BILLIE HOLIDAY (Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)This year marks 47 years since the 1972 biopic Lady Sings the Blues (starring Diana Ross as jazz singer Billie Holiday) was released and eventually received five Academy Award nominations. It s been six years now since director Lee Daniels produced and directed Lee Daniels The Butler (Fresh at 72%), but he s now getting ready for his next film, which will be called The United States vs Billie Holiday. Instead of a full biopic, the drama will focus on a drug sting orchestrated by the Federal Department of Narcotics led by an agent with whom Billie Holiday had a tumultous affair. Singer-songwriter Andra Day has been attached to star in The United States vs Billie Holliday for a while now, and this week, we learned that she will be joined by Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), and Da Vine Joy Randolph (of Netflix s upcoming Dolemite is My Name). The United States vs Billie Holiday is reportedly inspired by the 2015 bestselling book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.6. FUNKO POP! VINYL FIGURES GET AN ANIMATED FILM(Photo by Bloomberg/Getty Images)In 2014, Warner Animation had a surprise success with The LEGO Movie (Certified Fresh at 96%), which earned over 9 million worldwide, even if the subsequent sequels didn t do quite as well. Part of the formula behind the success of The LEGO Movie was that, like the toys it was based upon, the film was able to borrow characters from franchises like DC Comics, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. Another popular franchise that is built largely upon the popularity of other pop culture items is Funko s Pop! vinyl figures, and like LEGO before them, the Funko Pop! figures are also now getting their own movie from Warner Animation. As with LEGO, Warner Bros. and Funko have a long history of licensing brands like Batman and Harry Potter, and the Funko Pop! movie is expected to draw heavily from those in-house properties. It will be a while before we get a release date for the Funko Pop! movie, but in the meantime, future Warner Animation movies will include Scoob (5/5/2020), Tom Jerry (4/16/2021), and Space Jam 2 (7/16/2021).7. WWE PARTNERING ON MONSTER WRESTLING ANIMATED MOVIE RUMBLE FOR 2020 (Photo by Glen Wilson /© Netflix)Much like the Bob Odenkirk movie above, until this week, Paramount Animation also had an untitled film scheduled for next summer on July 31, 2020. We can now report that the movie will be called Rumble, and that it will be a joint project with WWE Studios (Fighting with My Family). Rumble will be set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, with a voice cast that includes Will Arnett (Batman from The LEGO Batman Movie), Terry Crews (TV s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Tony Danza, and WWE wrestling stars like Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns. Other Paramount Animation movies scheduled for 2020 include Sonic the Hedgehog (2/14/2020), The SpongeBob Movie: It s a Wonderful Sponge (5/22/2020), and Clifford the Big Red Dog (11/13/2020). In related news, this week Paramount Animation also unveiled their new Star Skipper opening animation that will appear before these 2020 movies.8. THIS WEEK IN REMAKES: THE CRAFT, HOUSE PARTY, AND SET IT OFF Even if you set aside comic book movies and various big budget franchises like Disney, Fast Furious, James Bond, and Star Wars, the hunt for original movies each year is still made difficult by the abundance of remakes, and there s no end in sight. To illustrate the point, this week s headlines included remakes of The Craft, House Party, and Set It Off. First up, the cast for The Craft was announced, with Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey Luna joining the previously announced Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale). Then, the House Party remake announced it will now be directed by Calmatic, the director of the video behind the hit country/rap song Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus. That movie has been in the mix for a while now, as it s one of the projects that LeBron James is producing, along with Space Jam 2 (7/16/2021). Finally, the 1996 heist movie Set It Off is also getting remade, which Issa Rae (Insecure) is now developing at New Line Cinema, with Issa Rae likely to take one of the starring roles.9. THE SOCIAL MEDIA WHIRLWIND AROUND THE PRINCESS BRIDE REMAKE (Photo by TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved)Every once in a while, we get a cautionary tale about the power of social media, frequently at the expense of old school figures who lack the foresight to realize how badly their words can be blown out of proportion. Let s start with this Variety profile of longtime TV producer Norman Lear, who also went on to produce movies like The Princess Bride and Fried Green Tomatoes. In that piece, there are some quotes from Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra, including this one: We have so many people coming to us saying, We want to remake this show or that show very famous people whose names I won t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride.' And that right there was enough to explode online, as people took to their phones and computers to voice their disapproval of the mere thought of remaking the beloved 1987 fantasy comedy. Those expressing said disapproval included Jamie Lee Curtis and the original film s star Cary Elwes, who simply said, There s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. The bottom line: there are people in Hollywood who think The Princess Bride should be remade, and those people should be ashamed of themselves.Like this? 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蜀山传奇锁妖塔 (Photo by Netflix)New Netflix horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is as surprising a show based on Archie Comics’ Sabrina the Teenage Witch could be without going into full-bore HBO territory. Conjuring up old images of Satanic goings-on and populating its world with interesting characters, the show charmed its way to a Certified Fresh 88% on the Tomatometer. The show also proves once again, following his Riverdale success on The CW, that creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has a magic touch for reinventing decades-old Archie characters for television (some of which even predate Archie Andrews himself).Like other series based on comics, there’s a lot going within Sabrina s narrative and on the margins, so let’s take a look at some of the ways Sabrina honors its comic book roots, remixes old ideas, and casts its own unique spell on the viewer.SPOILER WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS INFORMATION FROM THE ENTIRE FIRST SEASON OF CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA.That Chilling Credit SequenceSabrina s cousin series on The CW, Riverdale, airs week after week with just a title card, but Sabrina carries on the Netflix tradition of a lavish and mood-setting opening credit sequence. The animated clip honors the work of one specific artist: Robert Hack, who co-created the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book with Aguirre-Sacasa in 2014. The art suggests the look of mid-20th century horror comics and Hammer Film Productions’ dream-like horror movies of the 1950s and 60s, something that sets Sabrina apart from other Archie horror titles (such as Afterlife with Archie and Jughead: The Hunger), and something Aguirre-Sacasa specifically set out to do following the success of Afterlife artist Francesco Francavilla saw on that title.The sequence also honors the original source material when the animated Sabrina morphs into the character as realized by longtime Archie artist (and Sabrina co-creator) Dan DeCarlo for the “Based upon the comic book by Archie Comics” credit. While the series may be nothing like those Archie tales, the rest of the sequence certainly sets the mood for the horror to come.Wild Reinvention Diyah Pera/NetflixOne of the biggest departures involves Edward Spellman’s real intentions for his daughter. In the pages of the comic book, Edward appears to have a long-term plan for his half-mortal offspring that is interrupted when his sisters Zelda and Hilda turn him into a tree and raise Sabrina themselves. The television Edward simply exchanged Sabrina s soul for the opportunity to marry a mortal woman, and Zelda (Mirando Otto) appears to be honoring his wishes while leaving his status as a tree a rather large question mark for those who have read the book and watched the show. While we may learn more about that comic plotline in the series second season, it s also just as likely that Edward and his wife are as deceased as one can be in the witching world.Instead, the person on the show with a future mapped out for Sabrina appears to be Satan himself — and those intentions will no doubt come to light in the second season now that the Dark Lord has apparently won.Other departures from the comics include the re-imaging of Rosalind (Jaz Sinclair) as Sabrina’s best friend instead of her constant rival, the name Michelle Gomez’s character uses while teaching at Baxter High (more on her later), and the addition of Suzie (Lachlan Watson), a second major friend for Sabrina with a pretty interesting subplot tying back to the earliest days of Greendale.Is This the Past or Is It Riverdale?(Photo by Netflix)The Chilling Adventures comic book is a tale of the mid-sixties; Sabrina’s 16th birthday falls on Oct. 31, 1963. The time period is key to the tone of the book and the various horror staples it honors, but the television series plays fast and loose with time. The first episode could be happening in 1963 — there’s very little on display to challenge that assertion — but small aspects of modern days emerge: Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) types away on a laptop when Sabrina comes home after nearly telling her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch) the truth. Harvey is later seen using a flip phone while Sabrina calls him on a corded rotary-dial telephone. While color printing can be seen on all of the movie posters in Sabrina’s room and at Cerberus Books, color photography appears to be non-existent. Cars also seem antiquated to preserve some of the comics period aspects, although music choices and movie references throughout the season suggest a more contemporary series.The choice to set Sabrina in a non-specific time period plays to the dream-like quality of Hack’s art in the comics. It allows the exquisitely produced show to stand in its own gorgeous reality even as Riverdale apparently exists across the river. Speaking of Aguirre-Sacasa s CW hit, that show also enjoys playing with earlier eras though its setting is squarely contemporary. Could Sabrina and Riverdale s love of older eras mean something for their apparently shared universe? As Riverdale previously established, Greendale is not a place you want to get caught after midnight. And considering Riverdale’s own dabbling with dark arts this season, the two shows may be connected by more than the Sweetwater River despite anything Netflix or The CW have said on the matter. To wit: Riverdale s recently deceased Ben Button (Moses Thiessen) briefly appears in an episode of Sabrina as a pizza delivery boy. Time and space may bend around the two shows, but it seems their towns are populated by some of the same people.The CW InfluenceBesides the shared Riverdale geography, Sabrina features more than a few thematic ties to that show and its format. Sabrina was originally developed as a CW show before jumping to Netflix, and just about every scene set at Baxter High feels like a story prompt from a network version of the series. Consider Roz’s anger when she cannot do a report on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye: Resolving that plot would be an entire episode of a CW show instead of a half-realized concept on Netflix’s version. Though, to be fair, that half-explored concept led to a far more interesting idea as far as Roz is concerned. But it s easy to see how The CW version of Sabrina could have pumped the breaks on the Satanism in favor of Sabrina using her witchy powers to outsmart Principal Hawthorne (Bronson Pinchot) while keeping her magic secret from her friends. As a 22-episode season, episodes like that would be necessary instead of the brisker pace Sabrina sets at its streaming home.Harvey Kinkle 2.0(Photo by Diyah Pera/Netflix)One crucially important aspect of converting Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from panel to pixel is the reinvention of Harvey Kinkle. Throughout the season, viewers are told he is Sabrina’s key link to the mortal realm and her intense teenage love for him sets off a number of the show’s ongoing plots. But in order for it to work, Harvey had to be much more complex than his comic book counterpart. In the pages of Chilling Adventures, he is a typical mid- 60s football hunk who s far more interested in sleeping with Sabrina than just about anything else, and that interest gets him into a lot of trouble. Sabrina works very hard to save him from his fate, but the relationship is far less idealized in the comic — which might for the best considering who ends up inhabiting Harvey’s body in that story.On television, Lynch portrays Harvey as a more sensitive and understanding boyfriend. He harbors a lot of fears borne from a possible encounter with Satan at age 8, which is also something of a trigger for him. No doubt his poor relationship with his father has something to do with his anger when he perceives that anyone might think he is a coward. Then there s what he really wants to do with his life: make comics. That love of comic books is something the comic-book Harvey would never be able to admit — even if he thought about anything other than scoring on the field or otherwise.References Galore(Photo by Diyah Pera/Netflix)Sabrina embraces and celebrates horror movies and comics informing the series. Horror movies spotted on various TV sets throughout the first season include the original Night of the Living Dead, the sublime Carnival of Souls, and the 1930s classic Freaks — films all directly or indirectly about inclusion and exclusion. During Harvey’s first visit to the Spellman house, Ambrose lists off Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison as favorite comic book creators. The three men all redefined horror at DC Comics in the 1980s and 90s, and their efforts would eventually lead to DC’s Vertigo imprint.Even the use of The Bluest Eye as the book surreptitiously banned by Principal Hawthorne and the Greendale School Board speaks to a number of themes within Sabrina, as well as a few heavy subjects the show only alludes to despite its full embrace of Satanic imagery. The eye motif pays off when Roz learns the truth about her failing eyesight. And although it was perhaps not the intent of the series, prominently highlighting the novel also underscores the fact the show features two black characters whose stories include their eyes and an issue of paternity.Then there are the other literary allusions, like the antagonistic Principal Hawthorne —a family name steeped in American witchcraft lore, beginning with pre–Revolutionary America judge John Hathorne (great-great grandfather of The Scarlet Letter author Nathaniel Hawthorne), who oversaw the Salem witch trials in 1692. Sabrina s attorney is Daniel Webster (John Rubinstein), taking his name from the real and highly regarded 1800s lawyer and politician, who is also represented in fiction in Stephen Vincent Benet s The Devil and Daniel Webster. In the story, judge Hathorne is appointed by Satan to oversee a trial with Webster as attorney for the defense. In Sabrina, the character of Webster has his own run-in with the devil that aids his ability to defend his client.That the show can make use of all these references without stumbling is a magic trick in its own right.Presenting Madame Satan(Photo by Diyah Pera/Netflix)Perhaps the show’s greatest bit of witchcraft is Gomez’s portrayal of Mary Wardwell, a character we eventually learn is also Madame Satan. Based on one of the oldest characters in the Archie Comics’ stable — she predates the company’s name-change to Archie Comics — Madame Satan saw her Pep Comics strip cancelled in 1941 to make way for Archie Andrews and the eventual Riverdale gang. Originally depicted as a temptress who becomes Satan’s footsoldier on Earth, the character cloaks herself as a dark-haired woman, hiding her green, desiccated pallor and skull-studded eyes.Dormant for decades, the character briefly appeared in the 2013 Archie Comics series The Fox before Aguirre-Sacasa brought her back at the end of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s first issue. Reimagined as Edward Spellman’s spurned lover Iola, her ambitions for Sabrina center on simple revenge even as her methods become more and more complicated.Thanks to the comic book’s strange release schedule and indeterminate length, turning the character into someone looking to sit at the left hand of the Devil is far more compelling for television. It makes Madame Satan a truly great opponent for Sabrina, as the character also becomes her mentor. Before Sabrina can hope to take on Satan, she must first extricate herself from his most dedicated servant. Or, alternatively, Sabrina must become her. Either way, it allows for the conflict to be resolved in the second 10-episode season (or last as long as the series does). And with Gomez playing the part, hopefully Madame Satan stays involved for a long time to come.Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix.