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 stories for titles like Bambi, Lethal Weapon 5, The Matrix 4, and more Transformers.This WEEK S TOP STORYTHE THING TO BE REMADE AGAIN(Photo by Universal courtesy Everett Collection)John Carpenter s science fiction horror movie The Thing remains one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed (Certified Fresh at 84%, Audience Score 92%), but explaining its cinematic genealogy gets tricky. The 1982 film was actually a remake of 1951 s The Thing from Another World (Fresh at 89%), which was itself adapted from the 1938 novella Who Goes There? We also have to fit in the 2011 movie also called The Thing (Rotten at 35%), which was actually a prequel to the 1982 film. And then, last year, a new book called Frozen Hell: The Book That Inspired The Thing was published, adding another 45 pages to the original novella to make it a proper novel-length story. So, now that we have a longer version of the story behind The Thing, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse are teaming up to fast track a new adaptation. This new movie promises to be a direct adaptation of author John W. Campbell, Jr. s original story, but it s also going to be remaking the story of at least two of these previous movies. It s also worth noting that this whole thing originally started with a Kickstarter campaign, which you can read about right here.Other Top Headlines1. DISNEY TO GIVE BAMBI THE LION KING TREATMENT(Photo by ©Walt Disney courtesy Everett Collection)The world has gotten very used to seeing new remakes of classic Walt Disney animated films a couple times a year (Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King last year, and the upcoming Mulan on 3/27/2020), but it s far from a very recent phenomenon. Back in 2016, there were already enough such movies that Saturday Night Live was able to make a spoof trailer starring Dwayne Johnson as a gun-toting, cigar-chomping, live-action Bambi. We ve now gotten far enough from that parody that we can report, without irony, that Walt Disney Pictures is indeed developing a remake of the 1942 baby deer drama Bambi (Certified Fresh at 90%). The way these remakes are announced is changing, as the language live action is now dropped in favor of photo-realistic CGI, which acknowledges what most people realized, namely that a movie like last year s The Lion King was not live action. Screenwriters Geneva Robertson-Dworet (co-writer of Captain Marvel and Tomb Raider) and Lindsey Beer (co-writer of the upcoming Chaos Walking) are now working on a screenplay that will update the dialogue and narrative of the original 1942 classic.2. TWO NEW TRANSFORMERS REBOOTS IN DEVELOPMENT (AND ONE MIGHT BE BEAST WARS)The 2018 Transformers prequel Bumblebee (Certified Fresh at 92%) earned over 8 million worldwide, which is a lot of money, but it was perceived as a disappointment, because it was part of a franchise that has had two movies that earned over .1 billion (movies #3 and #4). Probably inspired by those prior successes, Paramount Pictures has announced that it is developing two separate projects to revamp the Transformers franchise. The screenwriters working on these new projects are James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, Murder Mystery) and Joby Harold (co-writer of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). Officially, Paramount hasn t said what either of these two movies is about, but rumors quickly spread online this week that one of them might be Beast Wars, which is basically about Transformers that turn into animals instead of cars and planes. You can read about other directions Transformers might go next in this piece over at Collider.3. PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS TO JOIN THE MATRIX 4(Photo by Ganesh Patil/©Aanna Films)Ever since Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis confirmed last summer that The Matrix 4 is officially a go, we ve received a steady drip of casting news, both old (Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss) and new (Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). The latest addition to the cyberpunk saga to be announced is Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the now more available star of ABC s Quantico, which ended its three-season run in 2018. Priyanka Chopra Jonas is also both a singer and a Bollywood star with over 60 films to her credit. Warner Bros. is currently remaining quiet on the nature of Chopra Jonas character (as they have been for all of the new cast members). The Matrix 4 is currently scheduled for release on May 21, 2021, up against John Wick Chapter 4, which is obviously another fourth franchise installment starring Keanu Reeves.4. PEE-WEE HERMAN S NEXT ADVENTURE MIGHT BE WITH THE SAFDIE BROTHERSThe way that Hollywood works leaves some projects waiting for years and years (or decades) to get produced, and many movie concepts just never happen at all. Comedian Paul Reubens most well-known character, Pee-Wee Herman, lay dormant for a long time, but starting in the 1990s, Reubens had a screenplay treatment in which Pee-Wee would emerge from a dark period in his life as a celebrity, mirroring what he himself went through. Hollywood, however, never bit on that premise, so instead his comeback came in 2016 with the Netflix movie, Pee-Wee s Big Holiday (Certified Fresh at 80%). Paul Reubens now hopes to finally get that dark Pee-Wee Herman movie produced, having recently talked to the Safdie Brothers (Uncut Gems, Good Time) about getting it made. (Stay tuned for any news about them actually signing on.)5. ANDY SAMBERG S PALM SPRINGS SETS SUNDANCE RECORD BY 69 CENTS (SORT OF) (Photo by ©Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)Every January, distributors both big and small head to the Sundance Film Festival in the hopes of snapping up one of the festival s most talked-about movies for amounts both frugal and ambitious. It is, however, those larger amounts that generally make the most news (especially since so many of those projects end up having disappointing box office results upon release). Until this week, the record was held by 2016 s The Birth of a Nation (Certified Fresh at 73%), which was acquired by Fox Searchlight for .5 million. With that amount very much in mind, Neon and Hulu broke the record this year by acquiring the Andy Samberg comedy Palm Springs for a total of ,500,00.69, which is exactly 69 cents more than the previous record. It made for a great headline, but this news comes with a big asterisk, because The Birth of a Nation was a deal for just theatrical, while this deal is for both theatrical and streaming (Hulu), so it s not exactly apples-to-apples.6. ELDERLY CAST OF LETHAL WEAPON GETTING BACK TOGETHER(Photo by (c)Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)At 64 (Mel Gibson), 73 (Danny Glover), and 76 (Joe Pesci), the cast of the Lethal Weapon franchise truly are now very close to being too old for this s t. On the other hand, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence just reunited earlier this month for Bad Boys for Life to pretty great box office numbers, so you can pretty much guess what the Lethal Weapon guys are doing. During a recent roundtable interview, producer Daniel Lin revealed that Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, and director Richard Donner are currently all in talks to return for a fifth film. It s unclear if there is an actual screenplay for such a reunion, but there have been reports off and on over the 22 years since Lethal Weapon 4 (Rotten at 52%), so perhaps they re thinking of just dusting off one of those old screenplays and adding more arthritis and Viagra jokes. Did we mention they re old?7. KEVIN HART S NEXT ACTION COMEDY STRAIGHT MAN TO BE JASON STATHAM (Photo by Warner Bros.)After starring in a couple of movies with Ice Cube (Ride Along, Ride Along 2) and more than a couple with Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence, and two Jumanji movies), Kevin Hart has found the next action star with whom he can pull off his comedy high jinx. Hart and Jason Statham will co-star in the action comedy The Man from Toronto, about an assassin who goes by the titular codename who is mixed up with a regular guy, leading to the obvious action movie duck-out-of-water shenanigans. The Man from Toronto will be directed by Patrick Hughes, who previously worked with Statham on The Expendables 3 (Rotten at 32%).8. HOLLYWOOD S REBOOTING OF THE 1990S CONTINUES WITH ANACONDA(Photo by (c)Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)One of the most complained-about Hollywood trends is the perceived new obsession with reboots and remakes, but it s worth remembering that this is far from a recent phenomenon, like at all. Classic Hollywood is full of remakes, such as 1931 s Frankenstein and 1939 s The Wizard of Oz, both of which were originally produced as silent movies decades earlier. Generally speaking, Hollywood tends to remake films that are anywhere from 20 to 40 years old. Average those numbers and you get 30 years, which means we re primed for movies of the 1990s to be updated for contemporary audiences. The latest example this week is the 1997 giant snake movie Anaconda (Rotten at 40%), which was an early movie for Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, and Jennifer Lopez. Columbia Pictures is now working on a Anaconda reboot/remake which will be written by screenwriter Evan Daugherty, whose previous films include 2014 s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Rotten at 22%) and Snow White and the Huntsman (Rotten at 49%).9. ADAM SANDLER SIGNS NEW NETFLIX CONTRACT(Photo by (c)Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)According to Netflix, since Adam Sandler first started making movies for them in 2015 with The Ridiculous 6 (Rotten at 0%), subscribers have collectively watched over two billion hours of his movies on the streaming service. Exactly how Netflix s streaming numbers translate into their production decisions has always been somewhat nebulous, but whatever the math, Netflix agreed this week to a new contract with Sandler for another four movies. These four movies will include an animated film that Sandler will write, produce, and star in, but the title and details of that movie haven t been revealed just yet.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. (Click to enlarge.)The RT community has spoken, and John Carpenter has been voted to the top of the Horror Director Showdown. The man who brought us Halloween, The Fog, and The Thing, among many others, had little trouble besting his opponents each round, even though he faced off with the likes of Joe Dante and Alfred Hitchcock. In the end, he was pitted against another giant of 1970s and 1980s horror cinema, Wes Craven, and if we re being honest, we expected the match-up to be a little closer than it was. In the end, Carpenter netted nearly two-thirds of all the votes to be crowned champion.As always, thanks to everyone who participated, and make sure to keep an eye out for the next voting bracket we publish! Happy Halloween, and stay safe out there tonight!Round 1 Results | Round 2 Results | Round 3 Results | Round 4 ResultsFinal RoundRound 1 Results | Round 2 Results | Round 3 Results | Round 4 ResultsLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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Could the social commentary have been a little stronger?“I couldn’t help but see a missed opportunity for a richer, more complex look at what the politically powerful do when the poor gain some power of their own.” Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics“It feels shallow, unwilling to commit to bigger statements beyond vague suggestions to overcome systemic injustice with Black Excellence.” Oluwatayo Adewole, The Spool“The movie’s sexism is predictable and dull; how it navigates race is similarly obvious but a touch more interesting.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times(Photo by © NETFLIX)Does Project Power impress visually?“With the aim of maximizing the use of practical effects…there are a number of standout showdowns featuring dramatic powers.” Nicola Austin, We Have a Hulk“The visuals one scene offers will have college students studying in film classes for years to come.” Allison Rose, FlickDirect“[The] effects fit the world and don’t scream GREEN SCREEN at you like some movies.” Julian Lytle, idobi.com“The VFX, for the most part, are what you’d expect from any major film – except for one scene in the middle. The CGI in this scene is awful.” Jamal-Dean Grootboom, Independent OnlineHow Is Jamie Foxx?“Jamie Foxx is Jamie Foxx. He brings charisma, he brings charm, he gets you entertained…he does a great job.” Sharronda Williams, Pay or Wait“Foxx, still a movie star to his bones, imbues Art with both fierce purpose and breezy charisma.” Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly“Foxx holds the center easily with the kind of imposing physicality and emotional stoicism that has long defined the male savior-redeemers played by John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington and so on.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times(Photo by SKIP BOLEN/NETFLIX © 2020)We hear Dominique Fishback steals the movie “The real star of the picture is Fishback…such a natural presence, and it’s great to see a young Black woman showcased this way in a major action film.” Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound“She elevates every scene she’s in. You really feel her absence when she’s not on screen.” Oluwatayo Adewole, The Spool“She brings a smile to your face when she’s on screen…this movie doesn’t work without Dominique Fishback.” Sharronda Williams, Pay or Wait“She’s this movie’s most reliable power and the only thing you’ll remember about it five minutes later.” Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times“It’s a star-making performance.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times“While I could do away with the ‘aspiring rapper’ trope writers always saddle on at-risk black protagonists, Fishback at least tries to make the character her own.” Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics(Photo by SKIP BOLEN/NETFLIX © 2020)How Are the villains?“Don’t miss Rodrigo Santoro and Amy Landecker as some amusing bad guys.” Kate Erbland, IndieWire“Frank and Art aren’t fighting Thanos or Blofeld, but the drug itself and the havoc it wreaks: crime, bodily harm, crumbling neighborhoods.” Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post“Like The Old Guard before it, Project Power has a major villain problem, and the story upon which these more charming elements hang suffers as a result.” Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound“The way they deal with the villains, though very fun and action packed, seems a bit too quick and easy.” Tessa Smith, Mama’s Geeky“There s a primary antagonist, sort of, who barks orders but is never explained…I’m sure this was done purposely to set up the sequel.” Julian Roman, MovieWebWill it leave us wanting more?“I would love to delve deeper into these characters and the origins of the pills, opening up the door for a possible sequel.” Allison Rose, FlickDirect“Perhaps the (inevitable) sequel can pack more juice.” Kate Erbland, IndieWire“This could be turned into a franchise but it also just works as a standalone. You get to the end and you feel entertained and fulfilled.” Julian Lytle, idobi.com(Photo by SKIP BOLEN/NETFLIX © 2020)So, it s worth a stream?“Netflix has indeed found a niche in adrenalized action flicks that’ll keep you entertained during lockdown while providing a little more nuance than you might expect, and Project Power fits right into that niche.” Steve Pond, The Wrap“Project Power is sleek and stylish enough to make it watchable. And these days, that’s almost enough?” Sean O’Connell, Cinema Blend“Since you’re sitting at home, scarfing entertainment on the small screen, there’s an impulse to say, ‘Check this out! It’s good enough!’” Owen Gleiberman, Variety“Project Power [is] an entertaining diversion.” Adam Graham, Detroit NewsProject Power is available on Netflix now.
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Olivia Wilde s directorial debut, Booksmart, is being called one of the best high-school movies of the decade – a Superbad meets Lady Bird laugh-fest that sees two studious types making up for years of good behavior with one night of craziness. The movie blew audiences at South by Southwest away when it premiered there in March, and is currently at 100% on the Tomatometer. But how well do the people who made Booksmart know the high school movies their new movie is being so favorably compared to? We put them to the test with a special edition of our game, Name the Review. Wilde and costars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever each read reviews of famous teen and high school movies aloud, and then guess which movies the reviews were for. How did they fare? Let s just say it wasn t a straight-As situation.Booksmart is in theaters May 24, 2019Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
After an almost year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most anticipated movie musical in years – Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights – is finally arriving on the big screen and HBO Max this month, and the cast and creators couldn’t be more excited to share it with the world. Ahead of the film’s release, Rotten Tomatoes’ correspondent Naz Perez spoke with Miranda and Chu about adapting the stage phenomenon for the big screen and the care that went into bringing the Latinx NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights to vivid, detail-rich life. Plus, Miranda, Chu, and stars Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Palanco, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and scene-stealing Olga Merediz talk about the “goosebumps” they got from seeing their culture represented in a way cinema has rarely seen, putting together the epic showstopping sequence for fan-favorite song “96,000,” and why they’re so thrilled for America to meet the characters of In the Heights and discover their dreams.In the Heights is in theaters and on HBO Max from Thursday June 10, 2021On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. 不得不说，《完美世界：诸神之战》手游带来的MMO革新完全是从玩家角度出发，从操作模式到内容体量的优化，都是为了提供一个鲜活又有趣的大世界，更是能够让大家能在日常闲暇的时间里体验更多的乐趣。如果你也心动的话，不妨关注预约一波《完美世界：诸神之战》手游，期待之后的正式版本吧。
This Week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Animorphs, Attack the Block 2, and new roles for Oscar Isaac, Will Smith, and Kristen Stewart.This WEEK S TOP STORYWILL SMITH, ANTOINE FUQUA TEAM UP FOR SLAVERY-ERA THRILLER EMANCIPATION(Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)In 1863, the still experimental new science of photography gave the world one of its earliest and most shocking demonstrations of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words when an escaped slave named Peter was photographed to reveal his back scarred by countless whip lashes. And now, Peter s story will be told on the big screen, thanks to Will Smith who turned down the opportunity to star in Quentin Tarantino s slavery-era revenge flick Django Unchained and director Antoine Fuqua, who normally works in the action-thriller genre with movies like Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, and The Equalizer. Smith will produce and star in the film, called Emancipation, which will be a biographical thriller about the life of the slave named Peter as depicted in that early photograph. Smith and Fuqua expect to start production of Emanciation in early 2021, after Fuqua finishes filming the drama Infinite and after Will Smith wraps filming of King Richard, about the life of Richard Williams, the father of future tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams. The announcement of Emancipation is timely this week as the Juneteenth holiday has its origins in the commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19th, 1865.Other Top Headlines1. ACADEMY AWARDS DELAYED TO APRIL OF 2021(Photo by Getty Images)As this year s COVID-19 pandemic has continued to delay the releases of dozens of films, there has been a steady number of articles wondering online how this year s shortened release calendar will impact the Academy Awards. The issue at hand was not only that there will be fewer films released in 2020, but also that the later months will be crowded with films originally scheduled for earlier in the year (i.e. when will the awards season movies be released?). This week, the mystery was (at least partially) addressed, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has indeed delayed the 93rd Academy Awards until April 25, 2021 (pushed back two months from Febraury 28, 2021). As part of this delay, the window for eligibility will also be extended all the way to February 28, 2021. This delay potentially will have a particularly strong impact on the Sundance Film Festival, which is annually held in January after the end of awards season, as this new delay means Sundance will now be held a month before the deadline instead of after. (The Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals have already announced that the change will not impact their scheduling.) In (very) related news, the BAFTAs have also delayed their next ceremony until April 11, 2021, just two weeks before the new Academy Awards date.2. EDGAR WRIGHT LINKING UP WITH X-MEN: FIRST CLASS WRITER FOR THE CHAIN(Photo by Wilson Webb/©TriStar)For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the still mysterious What If ? scenarios (not to be confused with the upcoming animated Disney+ series What If ?) involves the version of the first Ant-Man movie that would have been directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who eventually dropped out of the production. Well, this week s news isn t exactly that, but we did get confirmation of a movie called The Chain that will effectively align Wright with a screenwriter, Jane Goldman, who actually has worked on some Marvel movies (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past), as well as the non-Marvel comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Goldman and Wright will deliver the adaptation of Adrian McKinty s 2019 novel The Chain for Universal Pictures, who picked up the project after it had previously been eyed by Paramount Pictures last summer. The Chain tells the story of a mother of a kidnapped 11-year-old daughter who discovers that the only way to get her own child back is to kidnap somebody s else child (hence, The Chain). Wright s next film before The Chain will be Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Jojo Rabbit star Thomasin McKenzie, which is now scheduled for April 23, 2021 after its 2020 release was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.3. JOHN BOYEGA MAY GET HIS ATTACK THE BLOCK SEQUEL AFTER ALL (Photo by Liam Daniel/©Screen Gems courtesy Everett Collection)During a recent protest event, Star Wars star John Boyega wondered aloud, I don t know if I m going to have a career after this, but several directors and studios were quick to respond online, saying that they would indeed be eager to work with Boyega on future projects. One of those filmmakers appears to have been Joe Cornish (The Kid Who Would Be King), who not only like Wright above worked on Marvel s Ant-Man, but also gave John Boyega one of his earliest leading roles in the 2011 science fiction film Attack the Block (Certified Fresh at 90%). Speaking recently on the Script Apart podcast, Cornish revealed that he has met with Boyega to discuss ideas for an Attack the Block sequel, although he didn t reveal what it might be about (except that the setting would have to acknowledge the 10+ years since the events of the first movie). Cornish is currently also developing a TV movie adaptation of the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash for HBO Max, and Boyega s upcoming films include Naked Singularity and Rebel Ridge.4. THIS WEEK IN OSCAR ISAAC NEWS: ARMAGEDDON TIME, LONDON, THE CARD COUNTER (Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix)Speaking of John Boyega, one of his Star Wars co-stars has, like Boyega, had to dedicate much of the last several years to the Star Wars franchise, but that s all over now, so he s back to beefing up his other credits. That co-star is Oscar Isaac, and in addition to co-starring in Denis Villeneuve s highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of Dune (12/28/2020) (which will soon resume filming for reshoots), Isaac will also continue filming his lead role in Paul Schrader s The Card Counter in Mississippi in early July. On top of that, Isaac also joined two other new projects this week, one of which is Armegeddon Time for director James Gray (Ad Astra, Certified Fresh at 84%), an ensemble drama set at a prestigious private school in the 1980s in which his co-stars will be Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Donald Sutherland, and Cate Blanchett. Isaac s other new project is a thriller called London based on a short story by Norwegian author Jo Jo Nesbø and directed by Ben Stiller, which is quite a departure for him. The premise London is being kept under wraps, but it s adapted by Eric Roth, whose previous films include Forrest Gump, Ali, Munich, the 2018 version of A Star is Born, and soon, the aforementioned remake of Dune.5. KRISTEN STEWART TO STAR AS PRINCESS DIANA SPENCER (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)In Season 3 of Netflix s The Crown, the cast changed to introduce Olivia Colman as the older Queen Elizabeth and Ben Daniels (Emma.) as a young Prince Charles. Although the new additions also included Emerald Fennell as Camilla Shand, the future Duchess of Cornwall, fans of the show will have to wait until Season 4 to see Emma Corrin join the series as Princess Diana (though you can see some set photos of her in costume here). The Crown will soon have competition, though, in the form of a new feature film about the life of Princess Diana, as Kristen Stewart is now attached to star in the film called Spencer (after Princess Di s maiden family name). Spencer will be directed by Pablo Larrain, who is probably best known for directing a biographical film about another influential female political figure, Jackie (Certified Fresh at 87%), which starred Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in the period immediately after JFK s assassination. Similarly, Spencer will not be a biopic about Princess Diana s entire life, but will instead focus on three of the final days of her troubled marriage to Prince Charles. This is not the first time Kristen Stewart has starred in a biopic, as she also played the young Joan Jett in 2010 s The Runaways (Fresh at 70%) and actress-turned-activist Jean Seberg in last year s Seberg (Rotten at 34%).6. TENNIS STAR ARTHUR ASHE BIOPIC FROM DA 5 BLOODS SCREENWRITER (Photo by Harry Dempster/Getty Images)Decades before Venus and Serena Williams ever picked up a tennis racket, Arthur Ashe made sports history as the first African American man to win a singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open, among other accomplishments. Following a heart bypass surgery in the 1980s, Ashe was diagnosed with AIDS, which led to his founding two different health organizations before his death in 1993. A biopic about the life of Arthur Ashe is now in development, to be produced by Hyde Park Entertainment (Blue Valentine, Machete) and Warner Music Group. The film will be adapted by screenwriter Kevin Willmott, who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for co-writing 2018 s BlackKklansman (Certified Fresh at 96%), and who also wrote 2015 s Chi-Raq (Certified Fresh at 82%) and the recent Netflix film Da 5 Bloods (Certified Fresh at 92%), all of which were directed by Spike Lee. Arthur Ashe is survived by his wife, photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, and their daughter Camera, named after her mother s profession. Warner Music Group is expected to help secure music for the Arthur Ashe biopic from the extraordinary works of the era by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and others. 7. TESSA THOMPSON TO STAR IN TRIPPY THRILLER BALESTRA(Photo by Marvel Studios)In the sport of fencing, a balestra is a leap forward usually followed by an aggressive lunge attack. Balestra also happens to be a pretty cool-sounding title for a movie, specifically one starring Tessa Thompson, whose profile has risen in recent years thanks to roles in Marvel s Thor: Ragnarok, HBO s Westworld, and Boots Riley s Sorry to Bother You, among other things. Thompson is now executive producing and will star in a psychological thriller called Balestra, playing a disgraced competitive fencer hoping for an Olympic comeback who receives a new device designed to help her train while she s lucid dreaming, until she gets caught in her own web of subconscious desires and unfulfilling reality. Balestra will be an independent production directed by Nicole Dorsey (Black Conflux) and will co-star Marwan Kenzari, A.K.A. Sexy Jafar from Disney s recent live-action remake of Aladdin.8. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE STARS COLIN JOST AND PETE DAVIDSON (Photo by NBC/Getty Images)Staten Island may be the smallest borough of New York City (by population), but it s also currently the hometown of two current Saturday Night Live cast members, namely Colin Jost and Pete Davidson. Davidson also recently starred in Judd Apatow s The King of Staten Island (Fresh at 70%), which had its streaming debut last Friday (6/12/2020). Soon, though, Jost and Davidson will have something else in common, as they are now both signed to star in the Universal Pictures comedy Worst Man. As the title suggests, Worst Man will be a wedding-themed comedy about the family dramatics that ensue just weeks before the wedding, but it s currently unclear what roles Jost and Davidson will play presumably one of them will be the groom, and the other will be the best (worst?) man, and you get no points for guessing which of them is most likely to play which role. Colin Jost s next movie will be the live-action/CGI hybrid comedy Tom and Jerry (3/5/2021), and Pete Davidson will have a supporting role in next year s soft reboot of The Suicide Squad (8/6/2021).9. ELIJAH WOOD TO STAR IN TED BUNDY DRAMA NO MAN OF GOD(Photo by Daniel C. McFadden/©IFC Midnight courtesy Everett Collection)In 2012, Lord of the Rings franchise star Elijah Wood played against type by starring as a serial killer in the Maniac remake (Rotten at 53%). For his next film, Wood is stepping around to the other side of the interrogation table, quite literally, as he will star as serial killer Ted Bundy s FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier in the crime thriller No Man of God, based on the real life transcripts of their conversations from 1984 to 1989. (The real life Bill Hagmaier was also featured in episode 4 of Netflix s 2019 mini-series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes). Indie filmmaker Amber Sealey (How to Cheat, No Light and No Land Anywhere) will direct No Man of God from a screenplay by screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (co-writer of Sinister, Sinister 2, and Doctor Strange).10. 1990s NOSTALGIA CONTINUES WITH ANIMORPHS (Photo by Nickelodeon courtesy Everett Collection)Starting in June of 1996, Scholastic started publishing a series of over fifty children s science fiction novels known as the Animorphs series. Hollywood s penchant for capitalizing on the nostalgia of decades 20 to 30 years in the past means the 1990s are currently super en vogue. That s pretty much all you need to know not to be surprised by this week s news that development has started on an Animorphs movie. As in the books, Animorphs will tell the story of a group of five teenagers with the ability to transform into various animals who then have to use their super powers to prevent a secret alien invasion of Earth. Scholastic Publishing has, to date, published over 35 million copies of Animorphs books, and there was also a Canadian Animorphs TV series in the late 1990s. The Animorphs movie is being developed by producer Erik Feig, whose credits include the Step Up dance franchise, the Wrong Turn horror franchise, and the spy movies Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Spy Who Dumped Me.
九游会ag登陆入口 It’s been 14 years since the release of Borat, which was among the most acclaimed (91% on the Tomatometer) and highest-grossing movies of 2006, as well as an eventual Oscar nominee, and now we’re getting an unexpected sequel. Sacha Baron Cohen is back as the titular fake reporter from Kazakhstan in Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, debuting this weekend exclusively on Amazon Prime.Is it very nice, as he would say? Initial reviews indicate that yes, the follow-up mostly lives up to the original in its shock and hilarity while actually surprising viewers with its tenderness and especially a scene-stealing newcomer who plays Borat’s daughter.Here’s what critics are saying about Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm:Does it live up to the original?Every bit as hysterically funny and shockingly outrageous as its predecessor. Doug Jamieson, The Jam ReportA laugh-out-loud-funny sequel that s every bit the equal of — and arguably something more than — its 2006 predecessor. Peter Canavese, Groucho ReviewsA hilarious endeavor not far removed from the hijinks and antics of its predecessor. Nate Adams, The Only CriticA parody on par with the original… Borat has lost none of his bite. Peter Debruge, VarietyThe rare comedy follow-up to equal the hilarity, and outraged power, of its predecessor. Nick Schager, The Daily BeastIt doesn’t have the full capacity to land like the original did, but it’s most definitely a worthy follow-up. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendIs Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm as good as the original? No. It’s certainly not. It isn’t really in the same league. But is that even really a fair question? Matt Oakes, Silver Screen RiotFalls short of its imperfect but zeitgeist-grabbing 2006 predecessor in several ways. John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter(Photo by ©Amazon)Is it more of the same?Does Borat still say mai waif, and is it still funny? The answer, for the most part, is yes. Jon Dieringer, Screen SlateAll you want to do is see Borat cause chaos…. When he does so, it’s still pretty spectacular. Kyle Pinion, ScreenRexThe film is entertaining, but that’s what you’d expect from Cohen. However, the film can’t escape from its lack of originality. Dewey Singleton, AwardsWatchBorat 2 is largely the same design, slightly tweaked for a modern age, but never as politically or socially relevant as you’d expect. Rodrigo Perez, The PlaylistHow is it different?It’s applied more purposefully and selectively this time around, with a partisan political bent absent from the original feature’s free-for-all offending. Charles Bramesco, Little White LiesMore than half of the film’s gotcha scenes feature him donning cartoonishly American disguises… Even with this hindrance, Borat’s central gimmick continues to work astoundingly well. Nick Schager, The Daily BeastWhat elevates moments of the sequel above the original movie is that there are sketches that prove to be endearing. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyThere is actual heart in this film… It adds a compelling tonal complexity to the piece that also enhances the themes without getting in the way of the comedy. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendUnlike the first movie, this outrageous sequel actually manages to show off the best [that humanity has to offer] as well. Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.com(Photo by ©Amazon)But is it different enough to convert new fans?Offensive, frequently shocking and often breathtaking… for Borat fans, that’ll be very nice. For anyone else, you need to stay as far away as possible because it s not for you. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyThere are a couple of cringe-worthy moments, depending on how much of Cohen’s crude humor you’re willing to put up with. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireIs it funny?I haven’t laughed this hard at a film in years… [It] contains one of the funniest sequences ever committed to film. Doug Jamieson, The Jam ReportIt s every bit as nerve-wracking as it is funny, and it happens to be one of the funniest films in years. Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.comThose on Cohen s wavelength will savor each of these 96 minutes, with a joke rate that blows even Airplane! out of the water. Peter Canavese, Groucho ReviewsThere’s no limit to how far Cohen will go, and while it’s funny, it’s also terrifying knowing that there are people out there who truly believe his character. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireHow is Maria Bakalova as Borat s daughter?Maria Bakalova is everything that the movie needs. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendMatching Cohen for each pound of flesh, Bakalova is a revelation. Matt Oakes, Silver Screen RiotBrilliant… She brings a freshness that is sometimes lacking from Borat s repeated catchphrases. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyOne of the most fearless performances in screen comedy history. Charles Bramesco, Little White LiesBaron Cohen’s film also contains a strong feminist message thanks to the introduction of the brilliant newcomer Marina Bakalova. Linda Marric, The Jewish Chronicle(Photo by ©Amazon)Are the unscripted segments satisfying?The film’s meat-and-potatoes candid camera stunts are more of a mixed bag. Jon Dieringer, Screen SlateScripted scenes together don t work quite as well as when they re pranking people. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyI found myself disappointed by the relative lack of Cohen’s unscripted brilliance. Matt Oakes, Silver Screen RiotThe dispiriting truth is that Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm’s staged pranks can’t compete with our awful reality. Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilmIt’s important to acknowledge that in an era of deep fakes, it’s not always clear what Baron Cohen got away with and what has been shaped in the editing room. Peter Debruge, VarietyWhat can you tell us about the ending?The ending of the film is jaw-dropping. I’m not exaggerating when I say this. My mouth was absolutely agape… It’s a third act you’ve got to see to believe. Kyle Pinion, ScreenRexNothing can prepare you for what they’ve delivered, particularly a riotous third act that genuinely left me in hysterics. Doug Jamieson, The Jam ReportWatching it, your brain turns into an exclamation point. Sonia Saraiya, Vanity FairThe film s climactic moment is like shooting fish in a barrel. Adam Graham, Detroit NewsFeels in bad taste, even by Borat s standards… It’s the sequel s big misstep and feels unnecessary. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyRyan FujitaniIs Borat even relevant any more?The George W. Bush era needed a Borat, and the Trump years make him painfully redundant. John DeFore, Hollywood ReporterWe don’t need Cohen to show us the underbelly anymore; you only need YouTube or a family dinner nowadays. Matt Oakes, Silver Screen RiotBaron Cohen delivers a biting satire that says more about the state of America than practically anything else this year This is precisely the film we need right now. Doug Jamieson, The Jam ReportIt does go far enough to try and prove that even those we see as too far gone can have a change of mind and heart… We really should ve listened to him the first time around. Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.comAmid all of the insanity of 2020, it’s incredible that Borat 2 actually got made – and we’re lucky we did because it is the movie we need right now. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend[It’s] exactly what we all need right now. Linda Marric, The Jewish ChronicleBorat: Subsequent Moviefilm will debut on Amazon Prime on October 26, 2020.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.