Netflix’s new series, Jupiter’s Legacy, is a breed apart from many superhero series. The program focuses on the Union of Justice, a group of superheroes who began working together in the 1930s, but lived well into the 21st century and now face the prospect of handing their work off to their children; a second generation of various talents, constitutions, and interests.Although some of its iconography will seem familiar, the story sets out to be a family drama of powers, resentments, high expectations, and at least one masterplan worthy of a Lex Luthor or Hydra. And viewers coming fresh to the series will find a number of unexpected things.Rotten Tomatoes spoke to some of the cast and Jupiter’s Legacy co-creator Mark Millar to determine the five things you need to know before venturing into the show.1. It Is a Generational Saga(Photo by Netflix)The notion of generational superheroes – that is, parent and child (or a close relation) sharing abilities and a costumed identity – is not exactly a new idea in comic books. Titles like Starman and The Flash dived deep into the idea in the 1990s. Also, the more recent Flash TV series broached the topic a few years ago while still fighting a villain of the year, and Superman Lois sees Clark learning how to be there for his teenage sons.But in the case of Jupiter’s Legacy, facing the reality that a younger generation needs to step up is very much the theme of the show.“[It’s] a metaphor for how you can pass on traditions, how you can pass on family values, how you can pass on love and connection,” as star Josh Duhmel, who plays the premiere hero Utopian, put it. “I think that there s a lot to be said for how you raise your kids and how important it is to connect with them or there s a good chance you lose them.”Indeed, the possibility of losing his children quickly becomes one of Utopian’s concerns.(Photo by Marni Grossman/Netflix)As the program begins, his son Brandon Sampson (Andrew Horton) – aka Paragon – makes a choice Utopian disapproves of, setting into motion a lot of soul searching among the Union and their children about what they really want for the future.“I think Brandon puts an enormous amount of pressure upon himself, which definitely doesn t help things,” Horton said when asked about Utopian’s expectations for his son. Brandon and [his sister] Chloe are told by their father that these gifts are to help other people less fortunate. That s an onus on them to use their powers for good and to maybe follow in their parents footsteps. But it s never explicitly said within the show that this is what you must do: You must be the same as us.' Nevertheless, Brandon takes onboard the idea that he should be just like his father and “trips himself up because he s a more flawed human being.”In Horton’s mind, he s kind of always going to be set up for failure when you ve got the Utopian as someone to follow. And to some extent, that fear of failure leads to the choices his sister Chloe (Elena Kampouris) and their cousins make both before the story begins and after Brandon s tactical error.2. It Uses the Concept of the Justice League as Familiar Grounding(Photo by Netflix)Although the original members of the Union have similar abilities, aspects of their look and more specialized powers will remind viewers of DC Comics’ Justice League of America. According to Millar, using that group’s dynamic over, say, the Avengers, is a completely intentional choice.“That s a perfect entry point for the mainstream audience,” he explained. “Those kinds of characters we grew up with also stretch all the way back 5,000 years to the Greek myths and then, really, the Egyptian myths, [and] in some ways go back to Sumer as well, 11,000 years ago — Babylonian myths.”The archetypal stature means a character like Utopian is immediately recognizable even if he has longish white hair and a beard when he first arrives on the scene.“The world is very, very plugged in to the idea of [this] bunch of people: You know, there s a Superman-like guy, there s a Wonder Woman–like woman, in the same way we had Zeus and Jupiter and we had Aphrodite and everything,” Millar said. “These archetypes have been around for a long time, in a way that other superheroes don t really have. There s a pantheon of gods that the Justice League really feels like [and] that people get.”Of course, testing those archetypes via their children becomes one of the key sources of tension within Jupiter’s Legacy.3. It Challenges a Very Specific Code of Superhero Conduct(Photo by Netflix)Taking their cues from pop culture antecedents like the Justice League, the first generation Union members adhere to a strict code Sheldon Sampson (Utopian s civilian name) put down during their founding nearly a century before the story begins: their powers must always be used to help others, they must never govern over the nation, and they do not kill. The code is rooted in Millar’s appreciate of the American culture he grew up experiencing via imported television, film, and music, but it also sets down three easy-to-understand concepts that, nonetheless, lead to a lot of heartache when one must live by them.Duhamel, as himself, admitted he has some issues with the code, but absolutely agrees with his character that super-powered people should not use their powers to force a role in government.“If you give somebody [that] much power, that s just dangerous. They should just be there to serve,” he said.Nevertheless, the prohibition against killing left Duhamel with more angst because he can see situations where lethal force is understandable. One hypothetical he offered will strike a chord with parents: “If somebody is going to take my son out, I m going to take them out first, no matter what.”Conversations with the writers and producers put him more at ease with Sheldon’s absolutely belief that there is always a better way and, as viewers will see, Sheldon always adheres to the code.(Photo by Marni Grossman/Netflix)Mike Wade, who plays original Union member Fitz Small (aka The Flare), thinks his character’s appreciation of the code changes across the 60 or so years he operates as a superhero.“Fitz, I would say, sees Sheldon as an older brother; somebody that Fitz looks up to. A lot of people look up to Sheldon, he explained. So initially, Fitz felt that [same way about the code as Sheldon], but through battle and through sacrifice, [he] might ve changed and might not feel so strongly about the code like a lot of other people do.”Tenika Davis plays Fitz’s daughter Petra – the new Flare – and represents the younger generation on the issue.“Things like the code have to be amended and changed as things develop and grow,” Davis said. “I think the code is one of those things that is a bit outdated. So we respect it for the foundation it provided, but at the same time we re like, Yeah, it probably needs a few updates.' (Photo by Steve Wilkie/Netflix)And, as viewers will see, there is no easy answer on how to respect the code or augment it to meet the challenges both generations of the Union face in the series.“I think it s such a complex issue,” Leslie Bibb added. Bibb plays Grace Sampson, a hero in her own right — the beloved Lady Liberty — and Utopian’s wife. While both the actress and her character see the code as a way of preventing the supers from becoming judge, jury, and executioner, they also understand why some of the younger generation will chafe against it as they face more powerful and ruthless adversaries.“I don t think it s black and white. I think that that s sort of what Grace s dilemma is [as the story unfolds],” she said. “I think that is a cool thing about the show. It doesn t really give you an answer. It poses these questions and hopefully, you walk away and you start thinking, and maybe it starts a conversation about something bigger.”4. It Is Not Ashamed of Superhero Costumes(Photo by Steve Wilkie/Netflix)Another cool thing about the show: it literally wears the pulpy inspiration of the 1930s and ’40s superheroes on its sleeves. Sure, the younger generation may go for the black leather look of modern heroes, but the original Union members proudly wear garish colors into the 21st century.“When I think about my favorite costume ever, costume design ever, in a movie, I would say it s [from the] 1978 Superman,” Millar said. The suit, designed by Yvonne Blake, highlighted the design worn by the Man of Steel in the comics during the 30 years prior to the film. “She didn t really rethink it. She just thought, ‘What does Superman look like?’ and just made that work in real life. We did the same with this, we made it look like the heroes of that period. So the Golden Age heroes would have looked weird if they d had armor or oddly textured, metallic costumes, he said. They just look like superheroes in the very traditional sense, which I love. Nevertheless, the costumes may look strange to viewers as the program begins, but remember: the first generation Union members still represent a 1930s ideal of superheroes.5. It Will Surprise Readers of the Comic Book(Photo by Netflix)While the series is quite faithful to the comics – and its companion piece, Jupiter’s Circle – it will contain a few surprising changes as it unfolds across its eight episodes. But even before those developments transpire, readers may find they like Sheldon’s brother Walter (Ben Daniels) a lot more than they did in the comics.Although Daniels denied any conscious attempt to bring viewers to the character s side, he definitely wanted to convey “what it was like to have Clint Eastwood as your brother, who sails through life when you find it incredibly difficult.”In both the comic book and the show, Walter tends to be the first to naysay Sheldon – even after they get their powers – but as Daniels saw it, “He feels very downtrodden. He s a highly volatile person and highly sensitive person, and he has trouble regulating those emotions.”And though much of his anxiety melts away after his powers give him an almost universal telepathic range, the scars of his younger days remain.“I don t think it s about making him sympathetic. I think it s about making his actions 100 years later more understandable,” he added. 而在这段时间，果冻又发起了一个挑战，那就是要冲击第一个宗师/王者/RANK第一，这个挑战的难度也是相当大的，毕竟如今在英雄联盟手游B测里面进行战斗的都是资深玩家和顶级主播嘛，大家觉得果冻能完成这个挑战吗？还是让我们一起拭目以待吧，看看他在之后的战斗中又会给大家带来怎样的惊喜？
(Photo by NBC)It s been 15 years since The Office first premiered on March 24, 2005. The notion of an American take on the Ricky Gervais–created UK series of the same name was a risk. But NBC was up for the challenge. Greg Daniels (creator of King of the Hill and former writer on The Simpsons) assembled a talented ensemble — Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kemper, and many more — to disrupt the world of TV sitcoms. The workplace comedy that put Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the map definitely endured a rocky start, along with the threat of cancellation, but it eventually found its footing and has since gone on to be considered a television great.After nine seasons, the program came to an end on May 16, 2013. And yet, all these years later, The Office continues to be in high demand. As social distancing becomes our new norm, more-and-more viewers are looking for some small-screen comfort food, and The Office just keeps ticking all the boxes — it is all sort of poetic when you think of it.With NBC s plan to exclusively house the series on its new platform Peacock by year s end, the game-changing sitcom continues to be one of Netflix s most popular shows.Recommended: The 200 Best Comedy Series of All TimeSure, the times and technology have definitely changed, but the program sidestepped addressing current events or politics, instead focusing on the cast of unique characters, a variety of oddball situations, and a surprisingly large amount of heartfelt drama. That winning combination has kept The Office relevant and relatable. Case in point: pop-music sensation Billie Eilish was just four-years-old when the series started airing on NBC, but she s such a die-hard fan of the program (in 2019, the Grammy-winning singer admitted to watching the series 12 times, in its entirety) that she once stunned Office star Wilson with her trivia knowledge about the series.In this cluttered television landscape, how has the show endured? Let s take a closer look at the many ways The Office changed TV forever.IT BROUGHT THE MOCKUMENTARY FORMAT FRONT-AND-CENTER(Photo by NBC)Up until fairly recently, the multi-camera format was the name of the game in the sitcom world. The Office changed all that. It wasn t the first comedy to strip away the studio audience and live theater aesthetic, mind you. Shows like Scrubs, Arrested Development, and Reno 911! had already charted that territory. But the stripped-down format of the NBC series, along with the mundane nature of the Dunder Mifflin set, shed the Hollywood-ness of the production and brought the audience into the relatable on-the-job story in a way that hadn t really happened in television since the early days of M*A*S*H.The Office was, in its own story world, the result of a hardly-seen crew that was filming a documentary titled The Office: An American Workplace. With that rule firmly in-place, each character in the series was given carte blanche to spread their wacky wings and break the fourth wall whenever it was justified — whether it was Jim Halpert (Krasinski) giving a knowing look to camera, Dwight Schrute (Wilson) flexing his intrinsic knowledge about Amish farm-life, or the many confessional interviews conducted with the paper company s quirky employees.IT SURVIVED THE PIVOT TO REALITY AND HELPED OTHERS DO SO TOO(Photo by NBC)When The Office started airing, there was a new genre of programming to contend with: reality TV. The barrage of easy-to-shoot, low-cost productions like American Idol, Survivor, and The Bachelor attracted a huge viewership and led to the worry that this type of programming would end up being the content king, kicking freshman comedies and dramas to the curb.Instead of trying to fight this trend, Greg Daniels leaned into the show s documentary style and gave audiences some familiar-feeling sequences, from the personal interviews we mentioned above to the guerrilla filmmaking aesthetic that found the camera crew often struggling to keep up with the action as it unfolded. In the process, a fresh crop of mockumentary-style programs (Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, to name a couple) began popping up, using these reality-style story mechanisms to tell their respective tales, creating a new narrative language, altogether.WITH SOME HEART, IT BROUGHT CRINGE COMEDY TO THE MAINSTREAM(Photo by NBC)NBC had placed a huge gamble on The Office, relying heavily on the groundwork Gervais laid with the UK series. After its first season finished, it was clear that the network did not yet have a bona fide hit on its hands. One of the main reasons for this was Carell s performance as Michael Scott. Instead of making the character his own, the actor mirrored a lot of what Gervais had done as Office boss David Brent in the UK version. The character wasn t likable, the chemistry with the rest of the cast fell flat, and the comedic story struggled to connect with audiences.Luckily for everyone, NBC gave the show another chance. Thanks to the theatrical success of Judd Apatow s The 40 Year Old Virgin, Carell s celebrity status got a major boost. Suddenly, The Office had a name actor in the title role. And in season 2, Carell gave Michael Scott a welcome sense of empathy and heart, helping to off-set his awfully awkward, inappropriate personality.That story tweak led the charge. Soon, The Office became a wonderful balancing act with its slapstick pranks and cringe comedy on one side and some heartfelt, dramatic story elements on the other. It offered escapism that still hit close to home, as the series regularly explored office-style politics and the realistic worry of job stability, and gave us the blossoming love story of Jim and Pam (Fischer), which was a solid foundation for each and every episode.IT WAS AHEAD OF THE ONLINE-VIEWING CURVE(Photo by Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)When The Office hit, MySpace was the website of choice and Twitter was a year away from launching. That didn t stop the show from embracing the coming social media revolution. Recognizing the changing ways in which viewers were consuming content, NBC made The Office one of the first programs to be available to watch on the internet. Once Apple grew its iTunes Store lineup in 2005, audiences began purchasing individual episodes of the show which gave the sitcom a huge boost in numbers when it returned to the network for its second season.Additionally, starting in 2008, The Office began offering fans webisodes for online viewing in-between televised seasons. These short-form episodic stories dug deeper into the lives of different Dunder Mifflin employees, from Kevin s adventures in paying off his debt in Kevin s Bank Loan to Erin and Kelly s team-up as pop girl singing group Subtle Sexuality. IT WAS A COMEDY BOOTCAMP FOR SOME OF TODAY S FUNNIEST PERFORMERS AND CREATORS (Photo by NBC)It s probably safe to say that The Office wouldn t be the comedy classic it is today without the epic cast and crew that helped bring the series to life. Obviously, Carell s newfound celebrity status helped the program get a slew of eyes on it, but the show featured a whole cavalcade of now-marquee Hollywood talent who were fresh-faced newcomers when the workplace comedy first hit the small screen.Dabbling in an experimental, improv-infused work environment, the actors and writers on the show were able to play and find moments and scenes that surprised and delighted fans the world over. Take the kiss between Michael and Oscar in The Gay Witch Hunt, for instance. That bit wasn t scripted, but it was necessary to take things up-a-notch. And it s just one of many examples that make up this collective creative experience of putting The Office together. The program as an epic comedy boot camp for some of today s A-List talent.(Photo by NBC)Before The Office, Krasinski was an unknown actor. He made a name for himself as Jim Halpert on the NBC series and has since used his star power to pivot from the world of comedy to headline TV dramas like Amazon s Jack Ryan and direct movies like A Quiet Place. Kaling didn t just star in the series as Kelly Kapoor, she was also a writer on the series – along with her on-screen beau B.J. Novak, who played Ryan in the series. Her experience on The Office helped pave the way for her to create TV projects like The Mindy Project and Four Weddings and a Funeral.And, while there are many more names worth mentioning (the ongoing character acting work of Wilson and Craig Robinson and Kemper s hilarious stint as former cult member Kimmy Schmidt come to mind), we d be completely remiss if we left out Michael Schur. The former Office writer has prospered greatly in the land of television, creating comedy hits like Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.(Photo by NBC)The Office supplied some of the internet s most enduring memes and memorable quotes, and to this day, people still dress up as Dwight for Halloween. Rumors are floating around that an Office reboot may be in our future — don t tease us! And while the groundbreaking comedy went off-the-air seven years ago, The Office — much like Seinfeld and Friends, before it — is beloved by the masses, is still finding a new audience, and has cemented its status as a star in TV and pop-culture history.
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Adjusted Score: 99322% Critics Consensus: The Old Guard is occasionally restricted by genre conventions, but director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre - and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron. Synopsis: A group of mercenaries, all centuries-old immortals with the ablity to heal themselves, discover someone is onto their secret, and... [More] Starring: Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood
TV news didn t rest over the weekend — instead, DC Universe, AMC, History, BBC America, and more network shared news with reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday. Read on to find out new intel on Killing Eve, Knightfall, Doom Patrol, and more.TOP STORYHow Doom Patrol Sets a New Tone for DC TVThere’s plenty of source material available for the showrunners of Doom Patrol, DC Universe’s second live-action series, to choose from when breaking stories. Showrunner Jeremy Carver said the series dips into several different versions of the characters in the series.“A great jumping off point is the Grant Morrison run in the ’90s,” Carver told reporters at a Television Critics Association winter press tour panel in Los Angeles over the weekend. “We dip into the Silver Age where we are seeing the Celsius and Lodestone characters. We’re going to see some other characters that have graced over the years, such as Danny the Street. We’re going to see one of my more beloved characters, the Beard Hunter.”While most of DC’s television properties live on the CW, land of the perma-shirtless, sexy twentysomethings, this cast includes decidedly non-twentysomethings Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, and Alan Tudyk. But fans of DC’s CW series will not be put off by the age-diverse cast of Doom Patrol, which premieres Feb. 15.“I think DC has made a decision, quite smartly, to separate the feature world and the television world,” executive producer Sarah Schechter explained. “I don’t think there’s been any confusion, and comic books have always had multiple versions of the same character, created by different writers, different artists, with different adventures. I think it’s really fun, I think that the two work really nicely together, and help fans to experience fully the characters that they love.”What Do Killing Eve and Harry Potter Have in Common (Besides Fiona Shaw)?(Photo by Aimee Spinks/BBC America)New Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell took over for the Emmy-winning series’ second season from creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who focused on the second season of her Amazon series, Fleabag, instead). But star Sandra Oh told reporters at the show’s TCA panel that the transition between the two was seamless.“Emerald and Phoebe are friends and had been friends for a long time,” Oh said. “I feel like they have a kinship — the sensibility, where they come from, their humor, their style. And Emerald has her own voice entirely, but it really moves from one hand to a similar hand.”When the series comes back to BBC America on April 7, it’ll pick up approximately 30 seconds after the events of the season 1 finale, and Eve (Oh) and Villanelle (Jodie Comer) will be at odds once again. The duo said that their characters’ relationship will definitely evolve in season 2.“I think what is most interesting about Eve’s stabbing Villanelle at the end of series 1 is Villanelle’s reaction to that, and just how emotionally she perceives that. And I think it both affects them and changes them in a way neither of them are quite expecting,” Comer said.(Photo by Aimee Spinks/BBC America)Added Oh, “And I think you see them vulnerable in slightly different ways. They’ve crossed the line and there’s no going back. I think we have a lot of energy at the beginning of the series, and that pushes both of them into a different place of vulnerability.”The characters are inextricably linked to one another, much like two other famous literary characters from the past 20 years — Harry Potter and He Who Must Not Be Named, of course, where neither can live while the other survives.“I kind of like the Harry Potter theory,” Comer said.Joked Fennell, “So Villanelle’s a Horcrux.”In all seriousness, though, the characters’ true relationship is still being explored.“It’s something that we’re also still figuring out and finding the pieces to as we play out scenes on set, which is actually really exciting, Comer said. I actually really like the fact that we can’t put our finger on it.”New Knightfall Star Mark Hamill on the Ties Between the Knights Templar and Star Wars’ JediThe Star Wars film saga s Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, joins the second season of History’s Knightfall as Talus, a tough, wise, hardened, and devout master who trains new members of the Knights Templar and who spent 10 years being tortured as a POW during a Crusade. Hamill told reporters at a TCA panel for the show that he never intended taking on a project like Knightfall, but was hooked after watching a few episodes.“I just thought, ‘I’ve never been offered anything like this before.’ I mean, I’d never done a character quite like this before — a religious zealot, a man of deep convictions, and, yet, such a paradox, Hamill said. He’s lecturing the troops and he says, ‘Once you become a Templar knight you shall become God’s executioners.’ How could there be such a thing? I thought, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ But that’s the thing, I was flattered that they would think of me in such a diverse character part, and I thought, ‘Oh, I have to do this. I really do have to do this,’ to be part of a largely British cast and in a period drama like this, which I’d never done before. That’s what I look for: challenges to try not to repeat yourself, and this was certainly a challenge.”It’s no secret that the Knights Templar inspired another secret order Hamill has been a part of (Star Wars’ Jedi, duh). But the ties between the two actually didn’t occur to him until he’d already said yes.“I didn’t really think it through, but the truth of the matter is that I’m sure George Lucas came from so many different inspirations of his own, both from the movies and literature, Hamill said. He was probably thinking more of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, because it was more idealized and glamorous, certainly, than the Templar Knights, but there’s no question that his inspiration was rooted, partially, in this mythology.”Pennyworth Creators Explain Why Batman’s Butler Needs an Origin Series(Photo by Epix)Fox’s Batman prequel series, Gotham, is coming to an end this year. But more pre-Batman stories will continue to be told on television in Epix’s Pennyworth, an origin story about the early life of Batman’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (played by Jack Bannon).“It’s really the chance to make him the center of a story and explain that journey: How did he get from being a young SAS soldier to being a butler in America? And it also gives us a chance to create a real world around him, a world in England that fits the whole DC universe,” executive producer Bruno Heller said. “It’s surprising to all of us the depth and range that you can go to with this character.”While the character’s creator, Bob Kane, set the 1930s as Alfred’s origin, but the Epix series is set in the 1960s. Executive producer Danny Cannon said that as someone from London, that seemed like the most dynamic time period to set a show.“It’s after the war, before things change for good. You could see the change in the air. Things were happening, culturally, artistically, that — it was an inspiring time, I think, that English people always revisit,” Cannon said. “So, to say that that was the foundations of which we were starting with and then making it 13 degrees more DC, 13 degrees darker [is when the series] really came alive for us.”The Story Behind NOS4A2’s Title(Photo by Zach Dilgard/AMC)The people involved in AMC’s new supernatural horror series NOS4A2 know that the title (pronounced like “Nosferatu”) is a little bit out of the ordinary. But the series, which stars Zachary Quinto as a vampire of sorts who feeds on the souls of children, is based on the book of the same name by Joe Hill (who happens to be the son of Stephen King), and series creator Jami O’Brien said the cast and producers are going to do their best to educate the audience about it.“One of the wonderful things about the book is that there are a lot of word games in it. One of the characters is a Scrabble master and librarian. And I think that the title itself, you know, Manx [played by Quinto] talks about it deeper in the book than where we get in the first season, but it’s a joke. And it’s also a puzzle,” O’Brien said. “And I think both of those things speak to the humor of the book and the humor of the character and is kind of a fun twist on the vampire genre, you know? Charlie Manx is a kind of vampire, but he’s not any kind of vampire that we’ve seen before. He doesn’t suck blood. He sucks souls. So, I think it’s a little irreverent, and I think — I’m glad that we have it because I think it’s a lot of fun.”
Adjusted Score: 109805% Critics Consensus: Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon, Raya and the Last Dragon continues the studio's increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever. Synopsis: Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known... [More] Starring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan Directed By: Don Hall, Carlos LÃ³pez Estrada
In June 2019, Disney’s Pixar will head to infinity and beyond, once again, with the release of Toy Story 4. Although it will be nine years since the last film in the franchise, bringing back the family favorite characters voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and others will no doubt result in a box office smash that – if history repeats – will warm even the coldest critic’s heart (all three of the first Toy Story have perfect or near-perfect Tomatometers, and Toy Story 3 was even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar). But surefire revenue and review predictions aside, what do we actually know about the new film? Let’s explore what’s already been revealed.HEY HOWDY HEY! SAY HI TO THE RETURNING CAST MEMBERS(Photo by © Walt Disney Pictures)Hanks and Allen are returning to rekindle the on-again/off-again bromance between their respective cowboy Woody and astronaut Buzz Lightyear, and the fourth Toy Story also welcomes back Joan Cusack as cowgirl Jessie, Wallace Shawn as Rex the dinosaur, John Ratzenberger as Hamm the piggy bank, Annie Potts as Woody’s main squeeze Bo Peep, Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, and more franchise favorites.Don Rickles, who played Mr. Potato Head in the first three films, passed away in April 2017 before he recorded any work for the new film. However, the character was seen in a teaser video released in November, suggesting that he is a part of the project in some way. A replacement voice actor has yet to be announced – if, in fact, someone is needed and the filmmakers won’t rely on Rickles’ unused dialogue from previous projects – but that hasn’t stopped the fan speculation.NEW CHARACTERS! NEW PLOT?That teaser also introduced a new character: Forky, a spork voiced by Veep’s Tony Hale. Although he started out as kitchenware, Forky’s found new life as a toy, thanks to the meddling hands of the young Bonnie (a.k.a. the little girl who inherited some of the toys from the now college-age Andy at the end of Toy Story 3). Needless to say, Forky’s not handling this life change well – especially when Woody and Buzz make him an unwitting participant in a road trip dedicated to the awesomeness of being a toy.Said adventure may also have something to do with tracking down Potts’ Bo Peep, who was absent from Toy Story 3. However, that plot detail was shared in 2015, and there have been some shifts at Pixar since then (see below for more on that).Another teaser trailer showcased the voices of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as carnival toys Ducky and Bunny and who are pretty much plush versions of the valet characters the actors played in their Comedy Central sketch series, Key Peele. Perhaps Woody and Buzz’s joy ride includes a stop at a fair?During an appearance on NBC s The Tonight Show, Allen told host Jimmy Fallon that Keanu Reeves also has a tiny part in the film.There’s also a viral fan theory that puts a rather … adult … spin on the definition of which toys are allowed to have stories. There are slim chances any of that will make it into the movie.TOY STORY 4 HAS GONE THROUGH DRAFTS LIKE SID GOES THROUGH MATCHES(Photo by @ Walt Disney Pictures)While promoting Toy Story 3, director Lee Unkrich – who also worked on the first and second film – said that, although he was flattered by the suggestion, there were no plans for a Toy Story 4 and that he always considered the third film to be “the conclusion to one big story.” Continuing that thought, Pixar president Jim Morris has stressed that the fourth film will be a “separate story.”But writing that story? That’s been its own saga. Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote the previous Toy Story films, among countless other projects, wrote a treatment for the film with then-Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter, Unkrich, and fellow Pixar regular Pete Docter.Rashida Jones and Will McCormack were also attached as writers but departed the project. When Lasseter left his post last year in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, the duo stressed to The New York Times that they respect Pixar’s films but “it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”In June of 2018, Potts told Radio Times that Pixar “threw out three-quarters of [the script] and rewrote” it, thus resulting in the film being pushed a year from its original June 15, 2018 premiere date. Stephany Folsom, who previously worked on Thor: Ragnarok and is now penning the Michelle Williams abortion drama This is Jane, stepped in to write the screenplay.PIXAR FAV JOSH COOLEY LANDS HIS FIRST FEATURE DIRECTOR CREDITLasseter’s departure also means that he is no longer co-directing Toy Story 4 with Josh Cooley, as originally planned. Cooley, whose credits also include serving as story supervisor on Pixar’s Inside Out and directing the short Riley’s First Date?, which included some of that film’s characters, is now the sole director on the film. It’s also his first credit as a feature film director.TOY STORY STILL HAS A FRIEND IN RANDY NEWMAN(Photo by @ Walt Disney Pictures)Musician Newman has an Oscar for writing the original song “We Belong Together” for Toy Story 3 and has nominations for writing the songs “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” for Toy Story and “When She Loved Me” for Toy Story 2. So it’s a no-brainer that he’s back with more original music for this film.Toy Story 4 is in theaters June 21, 2019.
• The Wheel of Time released a clip during New York Comic Con that introduces Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. Based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, the series is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it. Premieres Nov. 19. (Amazon Prime Video)• A Boy Called Christmas is an adaptation of the bestselling book by Matt Haig, about the origin story of Santa Claus. Stars Henry Lawful, Jim Broadbent, Michiel Huisman, Toby Jones, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, and Stephen Merchant. Premieres Nov. 24. (Netflix)• The Afterparty is a murder mystery comedy series from Oscar winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord that centers on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Stars Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Jamie Demetriou, and Dave Franco. Premieres Jan. 2022. (Apple TV+)• What Happened, Brittany Murphy? is a documentary about the late Clueless star and suspicious way she lived and died after her big Hollywood successes. Premieres Oct. 14 (HBO Max)• The Game is the revival of the BET/The CW football dramedy, with the action moving to Las Vegas and mix of new and original cast. Premieres Nov. 11. (Paramount+)• Locke Key season 2 finds the Locke kids continuing to experiment with the keys (unbeknownst to their mom), including a new key that is forged. Stars Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, and Jackson Robert Scott. Premieres Oct. 22. (Netflix)• Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show is a sweet family show, aimed specifically at preschoolers, created by and starring scene-stealing 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer, whose infectious positivity will help teach kids how even the smallest acts of kindness and compassion can change the world. Premieres Nov. 5. (Apple TV+)For all the latest TV and streaming trailers subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page Will Star in a Heist Film for Noah Hawley and the Russo Brothers(Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)Regé-Jean Page is sticking with Netflix, as the Bridgerton alum has signed on to star in an untitled heist thriller movie written and directed by Noah Hawley and produced by Joe and Anthony Russo. Page will also be an executive producer on the project. Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo will play the titular role in Rustin, about charismatic, gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who overcame an onslaught of obstacles, and altered the course of American history by organizing the 1963 March on Washington. George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) will direct the film, and write it with Dustin Lance Black, while Domingo’s co-stars include Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, and Audra McDonald. The Crown star Claire Foy, will play Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in Doomsday Machine, a series from Anonymous Content and Wiip adapting An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, a book from New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang about Facebook’s controversial political and social role in our society. No network is yet attached, but Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar will write the project.This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown will star in (and executive produce) the Hulu series Washington Black, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Esi Edugyan, about George Washington “Wash” Black, an 11-year-old boy on a Barbados sugar plantation who must flee after a shocking death threatens his life. Brown will play the larger-than-life Medwin Harris, who traveled the world after a traumatic childhood, and is a mentor to Black. (Variety)Jessica Biel to star in Hulu s true crime limited series Candy, replacing Elisabeth Moss in the title role as Candy Montgomery, a Texas woman who killed her romantic rival with an ax. Biel will also be an executive producer on the series. 当然，光有飞行并不值得多说。这个概念早在十几年前就已经提出来了，近些年来实现的手游也不少。我们会想，除了已经见过的陆地和天空，开放世界游戏里还缺少什么？以及，天空飞行玩法的痛点是什么？是不是过于宏观？有很好的视野，可以看到非常壮观的景色，但缺乏细节风景？
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is one of the most-adapted tales in the history of the English language, and Steven Knight, creator of gritty period series Peaky Blinders and Taboo, is the latest talent to have taken on the task.We all know the story: crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge has a Christmas Eve night visitation from his dead former partner Jacob Marley, who warns him of three ghosts who will attend him as he walks through visions of Christmases past, present, and future.This new FX presentation, directed by Nick Murphy (The Awakening), stars Guy Pearce as Scrooge and Andy Serkis as a grumpy Ghost of Christmas Past and promises a darker take on the 1843 novella that made a superstar of its author: A Christmas Carol is a spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge s dark night of the soul, the promotional materials promise. It is a darker retelling. There s no question, Serkis told Rotten Tomatoes. It s a unique retelling in that respect because Scrooge in this is not some sort of old miser character. He s actually a tough businessmen who is in denial and doesn t want to really engage with his own moral relativism. We caught up with the stars to get a feel for the new adaptation — and it indeed feels scary. Here are five ways this Christmas Carol one-ups previous efforts.1. This Cool Scrooge Resonates With Modern Audiences(Photo by Kurt Iswarienko/FX)Scrooge is not as crotchety here as in previous interpretations of the character; in fact, the character may resemble more real-life people than ever before. Pearce offered a personal assessment of his character. They really wanted somebody this time who still had been affected in life the way that we know Scrooge has been, but that his demeanor and his presence in the world was more of a businessman, as a leader who is a kind of a cocky, confident, swaggering kind of asshole, basically, Pearce told Rotten Tomatoes. I think it was important for Nick, our director, and for Steven, our writer, to get away from the crotchety old man who exhibits on the surface the pain and damage that he s experienced in his life. And the fact that he s turned away from the world and plays somebody who s actually up front to the world and says, Come on, bring it on. Bring on your questions about who I am and what it is, because I ve got a really good response for you. And kind of like that, be a little bit more affronting and aggressive. And so, in a way, we still get to the point where we drag him through his past, and we make him look at the things he s done to people, and we crack open the soul that is a damaged soul. 2. This Ghost of Christmas Past Plays Dirty(Photo by Robert Viglasky/FX)But his Scrooge will face a harder fight in Knight s version, Pearce confirmed: It s a tougher journey because the Ghost of Christmas Past is a really hard nut to crack. The Ghost of Christmas Past is jaded, the character description offers. He’s been sent to make lost souls repent before, why should Scrooge be any different? He prods and pokes where it hurts, transforming himself into those known to his charge, finding a place of pain, shame and self-knowledge. But can he get Scrooge to recognize himself, and repent? 3. The Ghost of Christmas Present Has a Much More Personal Relationship With Scrooge(Photo by Robert Viglasky/FX)Charlotte Riley appears as the Ghost of Christmas Present, while Jason Flemyng is the Ghost of Christmas Future. Both ghosts are updated here with new twists on the characters. She plays my sister who has died some years before, Pearce said, and she has now come back as the Ghost of Christmas Present. And — particularly after the ruthlessness of Andy Serkis Ghost of Christmas Past, who shape-shifts into all sorts of characters through my past, and he s really tough on me — then she comes in as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and it s my long lost dead sister, so it s so emotional and so touching and painful. And then it s capped off with Jason playing sort of ruthless again, but silent like the silent-killer kind of attitude, as the Ghost of Christmas Future. 4. Steven Knight s Take Is Indeed Chilling(Photo by Robert Viglasky/FX)One of the most unsettling features of the new story is how closely it hews to issues — and personalities — we face today, which is a very intentional choice. Serkis said he knew he was in for something special when he heard Knight was attached. When I heard that there was another version of Christmas Carol being made, I kind of thought, Wow, OK. Again? Another one?' he said. But as soon as I knew that Steven Knight was writing it, I knew that now, This is going to be an interesting take, because I knew this was going to be the beginning of a journey into his exploration of Dickens in other stories as well, which is the case. Knight and the stars had previously talked about stripping down the story, which Serkis expounded on for Rotten Tomatoes. When we say stripping down, it was more about not getting bogged down in the sort of tropes of a costume drama, Victorian drama, and allowing it to live afresh as a really contemporary piece of writing, he said. And therefore, and so, even though you re what you, of course, allowing the visuals, you do that work, you want to feel that the character is alive and very present and not sort of imagining what it might be like to have been alive in the 19th century. You re not doing that. You re actually saying these are people, people are people, and we still have the same issues, problems. We need to unpack the difficulties of the human condition in this, in a very modern way to make this story resonate with a fresh audience. 5. Serkis Costuming Challenge Continues Here Even If He s Not a CG-Enhanced Character(Photo by Robert Viglasky/FX)Serkis, known especially for his CG-enhanced performances like Gollum and Caesar in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes franchises, faced a different sort of challenge here. [The costume] was so heavy. It was like going from the sublime to the ridiculous. I couldn t possibly have more makeup or costume to bear, but it was great, actually. It was nice to play a character in the flesh, and it was a particularly challenging character, not least because it was like sensory deprivation actually wearing this costume. I had long locks of hair and an additional beard. I had an eye that I couldn t see out of. I had scars all over my face. I had long nails, so once I got into costume, I was able to kind of get into the character and stay there. I had to. To compound his costuming issues, they filmed in summer. It was pretty brutal at times, Serkis said. I just had to at least take the hat off and get the top layer off as much as I could. But — actor problems. A Christmas Carol airs Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 on FX.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.