房东是魔王大人采用百度引擎5（Baidu 4）What it is: From director Kwang Il Han and based on the book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is a prequel spinoff film of Netflix’s hit Henry Cavill starrer from creator Lauren Schmidt that charts the monster-slaying adventures of Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, in stunning anime.Why you should watch it: If you haven’t already read the source material, we recommend the best way to catch up for this feature is to binge the first season of The Witcher. Ambitiously violent and larger-than-life, it certainly ranks as one of Netflix’s best fantasy series and will give you all the knowledge you need to appreciate this animated vision of what came before. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf premieres August 23 on Netflix. (Season 2 of the live-action series premieres on December 17.)Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)
While its tone and opening scene are reminiscent of Wes Craven s self-aware masterpiece Scream, Fear Street: 1994 s Skull Mask killer screams John Carpenter s Halloween for the rest of the movie.Michael Myers is perhaps the archetypical silent killer in horror slashers: able to sneak in and out of places without being detected, frequently staring straight at his victims from a distance. In Fear Street, we see the Skull Mask killer stalk the main characters from outside their homes, ominously standing in the middle of the street and staring silently. The moment one character realizes what s happening and turns around, the killer has already disappeared. The film also borrows from Halloween II later in the story, right down to a few of the jump scares. 前几年我就一直在等待使命召唤手游，特别是看到CODM在海外下载量超高，好评如潮，国服玩家都等不及了，小编也是每天都要去官方看看，游戏具体的上线时间，这段时间我也是看到CODM预约人数成倍的增加，上线前就已经超过了6000万。
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Apple TV+’s Servant may not have arrived in early 2020 with the fanfare and saturation marketing campaign of new streaming service tentpoles like The Morning Show or The Mandalorian, but it quickly earned a reputation among both genre fans and peak TV aficionados as a creepily effective slow burn. The series’ hook was brilliantly bonkers, and felt vintage M. Night Shyamalan, the horror director who serves as executive producer: When well-to-do Philadelphia couple the Turners (Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell) tragically lose their baby, Dorothy turns to an uncannily realistic therapy doll to cope, losing herself in the idea that her son never died. When the doll appears one day to mysteriously come to life, well, s—t gets weird.And that’s not to mention mysterious young nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger-Free), who arrives in the home armed with an unhealthy obsession with Jericho s increasingly unhinged mommy.This being a Shyamalan production, there were twists aplenty as the first season – entirely confined to the Turners’ lavishly and tastefully appointed Philly brownstone – unfolded, its world expanding and mystery deepening. And in season 2, the twists keep coming, as the focus moves from the mystery doll to a mystery cult, the search to find them and to understand why they seem so determined to destroy the Turners.Ahead of the series’ return to Apple TV+, we spoke to Shyamalan about this darker – and surprisingly funnier – new season, how he recruited an Avengers-style roster of international horror directors to steer the series, and what drew him to his next hugely anticipated theatrical release, Old. (Photo by © Apple TV+)Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: Congratulations on the series. I ve seen the first seven episodes of the new season, and I think it s just as gripping as the first season. It struck me while watching that season 1 had this incredible hook and this great visual of Jericho, this doll, which was just inherently creepy. But with this season, we see less of Jericho, so you can’t rely on him to unnerve us. What was your approach to keeping the tension and the creepiness at the same level for season 2 when we had less of that baby?M. Night Shyamalan: Well, the first season was about what happened to Jericho and that was the mystery. And the second season is: What is this cult – and who are they? And when I m talking to the writers and the directors, I m trying to keep these movements in each season and this idea of the cult. There’s a kind of almost Strangers quality, of people outside the brownstone and coming in, [and that’s] the new threat. And it s definitely threatening.This brownstone is such a character. We don t ever really leave, but we do see a bit more of it, including the attic, which is a setting for a lot of the action, and it appears increasingly to rot and be dilapidated. Are we going to keep seeing more and more of this house as the seasons go on? And is it going to continue to decay as time goes by?Shyamalan: The answer is yes and yes, to both of those. This season, the idea was to keep expanding on the house. And in the second season, you get to see an area of the house that you never saw before. In the episode that I directed, episode four, Dorothy goes to a door that you didn t even know what it was [before]. She unlocks it, opens it up, and you go into an area of the house that you ve never seen before, [and which] becomes a very important part of the storytelling for the show.The aspiration is that with each season I ll keep expanding what we re calling “the home,” and even the idea of, like, I will allow you to go out the front door and on the block of Spruce Street, to the corner, even, but you can t lose sight of the house. I’ll have rules like that in my head, that you have to stay tethered to this location.(Photo by © Apple TV+)Are those instructions in the show bible, that you must stay connected to the house?Shyamalan: Yeah, absolutely; in fact, one of the directors had story-boarded some shots without [the non-house location] being on the iPhone and said, Hey, I m going to do this whole scene from the character s point of view in another location. And I was like, Can t do that. And they were like, What? And I was like, Can t do that. And they were like, What? Why? And I said, Can t be in another location. Only through the device. So, you have to redo it through the device. You get very clever with the devices in this season. I loved the ep with what I’ll call Pizzagate, or the pizza heist [episode 3, “Pizza”]. Are you looking forward to exploring technology even further? I think you described the approach you take in the series as seeing the world through a straw, getting us out a little bit more and sort of bringing in that outside world, but limiting our perspective. Shyamalan: Yeah. I mean, that episode, which my daughter directed, was one where we really went genre with the camera. And so, you kind of had, within this super-formalistic shooting of our brownstone, you had this kind of handheld horror movie inside the television. Besides that use of it, I try to encourage the directors to go to big vistas and shoot them through various this straw-like thing, so that the audience feels this kind of peeking quality of the world outside. And I m going to keep trying to encourage the directors and the writers to think of great cinematic places to go to that we can only see through these devices. Like stadiums and cemeteries and things like that.(Photo by © Apple TV+)That s exciting to think about what’s coming up. The episode you directed this season, episode 4, is the most bats t in many ways, because Dorothy goes up another level. You re watching it and you re sort of like, Oh, I see Wes Craven, and oh, I see Rosemary s Baby. It feels like you were having a lot of fun with all of these genre influences. What was it like to shoot that episode and what was informing your approach there?Shyamalan: Well, I knew I wanted to shoot one of the earlier episodes, because before COVID and everything, I was planning to go do the movie [Universal’s Old] right after the show, and I needed to prep for the movie. So I said, I can do one of the first four or five episodes. And then when we came up with this episode of kind of what I don t want to give it away, but this super-dark episode with Dorothy, and I was like, Well, I definitely want to do that one. That one s really shocking and dark and that ll be super-fun for me to do. The fun part is I m just cherry-picking the episodes with my schedule that I feel that I can do. And the first season, I mean, I was only supposed to do the pilot, but I ve just enjoyed this so much that I keep jumping in and saying, Can I direct another episode? I ll direct that episode. It’s been fun jumping in and Apple s been excited when I m like, You know what? I m dying. I want to do this other episode again. And in your episode, as mentioned, Dorothy comes more undone and Lauren gives an incredible performance, really takes it up another level. What was it like working with her in this season, where she got to explore an even more hysterical side of her character? Shyamalan: In the episodes that I ve directed I ve tried to be there for her when she s doing very, very challenging moments for her character. So, episode nine from first season and episode four from the second season, where they re very, very challenging performances. She s loves it, Lauren, you can ask her to do anything. I mean, Nell calls her the GOAT, because she s so amazing every time she performs. And we feel we can write anything for her, and she can do it with veracity and uniqueness. She s just an acrobat, so I love it. We were super-lucky to get her to be the lead.(Photo by © Apple TV+)One of the other great women you worked with this season is director Julia Ducournau, who made the acclaimed 2016 horror film Raw. Were you a big fan of Raw? Shyamalan: I saw Raw before it was released. Universal got me a print of it and said, You re going to love this. You should check this movie out. And I saw it, and I fell in love. And then when I went to France to promote whatever movie I was promoting that year, I called her and said, Come to the premiere. I want to talk to you. And she came, she was so sweet. And I said, Look, I m going to be doing the show. Would you come and direct an episode for me? And she was sweet, and she said no at first. She said, I have to do my movies” and this and that. And I came back again the following year, and I said, Please, can you come and do a few episodes? Please, please, please. And she finally said yes and came. And we were so lucky.It s been one of the great aspects of the show, for me, to go see movies around the world, bring international storytellers. It so happens that we have a lot of female directors on this show. Seven of the 10 episodes [in season 2] were directed by women, and that s not an agenda. It s just who I like, the storytelling. And so, it s been great. And there are such strong female characters on the show. I m glad they re represented by these storytellers. Lisa Brühlmann came and has directed for us multiple times in multiple seasons; I saw her movie, Blue My Mind. And then Isabella Eklöf, whose movie Holiday I saw. She’ done a few episodes. And right now, I m watching movies for season 3 and seeing what came out at this film festival, what came out of that film festival? And I ve just been really lucky.One aspect the series that gets a lot of attention is the food, and there s some great food in this season – fans won’t be disappointed. There s also some great wine. OK, a lot. What is the significance of everyone drinking so much and also drinking so well?Shyamalan: I think the decadence is part of the joy of the show, that this is a very wealthy, posh family who wear certain clothes and have parties and drink great wine, and have these extravagant meals. And they ll do anything but have the conversations that they should be having. They kind of hide in the decadence of everything, and it s beautiful for cinema. It helps with the mania. They re spinning and spinning and spinning in this world of materialism, but really, they re missing something, and they re not having the conversation about what they re missing.There’s a scene in which Sean, who’s a chef, would rather make some century eggs than talk things through.Shyamalan: Exactly.
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Stranger Things returns to Netflix on July 4, and the streaming service has finally released a full trailer for the show s new season. We ve been tracking season 3 info all year, but the two minutes and 45 seconds of footage in the trailer are the clearest look we ve had yet — and provided eight new revelations about the upcoming season, whose tagline reads one summer can change everything. David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Dacre Montgomery and Joe Keery all return for season 3, and they ll be joined by new cast members Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, Maya Hawke, and Francesca Reale.While the few teases Netflix has released have — in true Stranger Things fashion —been vague, the new trailer revealed some telling information about the upcoming season. Here s everything we know about the mysteries set to unfold in Stranger Things season 3.1. DUSTIN IS HOME FROM CAMP(Photo by Netflix)Dustin (Matarazzo) spent part of his summer at Camp Know Where (which, judging by the icon, is a computer camp), complete with classic 80s uniform of khaki shorts and a green-and-yellow ringer T-shirt.The other kids surprise him upon his return home, and Eleven (Brown) controls his robot toys to make him follow them into the living room. There was probably an easier way to surprise Dustin without giving herself a bloody nose.2. THE KIDS HAVE A SUMMER PROJECT(Photo by Netflix)Phone home much? The kids’ summer project seems to be putting up a big antenna on the top of a hill. Given all the creatures the group has encountered without seeking them out, you’d think they d enjoy being off the grid, but we ll see what this antenna is all about.3. ELEVEN AND MAX ARE BONDING(Photo by Netflix)Eleven spent most of season 2 separated from the boys, so this summer is the first chance she’s had in a while to play with other kids. It looks like she’s getting really close to Max (Sink) as they play in her bedroom, then head to the mall food court — where Eleven looks like a kid going to Disneyland for the first time. They also slide in between the escalators. Don’t try this at home, kids.4. THE TOWN FAIR IS A DANGEROUS PLACEWe knew about the swimming pool featured prominently in the trailer, but not Hawkins town-wide Fun Fair (or, rather, Mayor Kline’s Fun Fair). Kline (Elwes) hosts a Fourth of July event at the fair in the trailer, and there’s a gunman stalking the hall of mirrors.5. HOPPER HAS A DATE(Photo by Netflix)We see Hopper (Harbour) all dressed up (in a nice Miami Vice–style light suit) at a table for two, but his date isn’t there yet. We hope he hasn’t been stood up. It s nice to see Hopper s casual summerwear, too, as he tells Nancy (Ryder), “I want you to feel like this can still be your home.”6. THERE S POLITICAL TURMOILThere’s a big protest outside the mayor’s office with homemade signs reading “Mayor Swine,” “Support Downtown,” and “Hawkins is Downtown.” If the 80s taught us anything, it s that small towns face an uphill battle.7. BILLY HARGROVE IS ON THE PROWL(Photo by Netflix)Summer at the Hawkins pool is a great chance for Billy (Montgomery) to show off his abs. He s making eyes at the lifeguard (Reale) in the trailer, so why is he macking on Karen Wheeler (Cara Buono) in the above photo?8. OF COURSE, MORE MONSTERSWe get one clear shot of a big new monster growling in the hallway — and it s not even the Shadow Monster, who’s still lurking around the Upside Down. And in one of the shorter, fast-paced clips at the end of the trailer, it looks like Billy has a nasty bite that’s getting infected.9. STARCOURT MALL IS OPENING IN HAWKINSNetflix previously released a trailer featuring Hawkins fictional Starcourt Mall, which includes such staple 80s stores as The Gap, Waldenbooks, and Sam Goody music. Only The Gap still exists here in 2018. In the food court, we got a glimpse of Steve Harrington (Keery) working at the fictional ice cream shop Scoops Ahoy, along with a new character Robin (Hawke). Hope there s no demogorgon in the Rocky Road.10. IT’S SUMMER(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)Seasons 1 and 2 of Stranger Things both took place when the kids were in school, with season 2 even culminating at the winter ball. So it’s about time they enjoy a summer break.“It’s about the swimming pool and campfires and parades and Fourth of July and fireworks,” Shawn Levy told Variety at PaleyFest in March 2018. “So there’s kind of a poppy fun to season 3 that’s really enjoyable before things inevitably turn super dark.”On the red carpet for Netflix s annual FYSEE event in 2018, Brown was coy about Eleven’s appreciation of the summer: “Eleven has a great time with summer. That’s all I can say.”11. WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SUMMER TO SEE ITStranger Things season 3 was supposed to return in 2018 (and was filmed and ready to go), but Netflix pushed the premiere to summer 2019. Netflix Vice President of Original Series Cindy Holland told the Television Critics Association that the production team needed more time to create bigger visual effects.“There are more special effects, and I think it’s going to be a really exciting season, but it just takes a little more time,” Holland said. “It’s a hand-crafted show. The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy have worked really hard, and they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. I think it’s going to be a fantastic season, worth the wait.”12. IT S 1985(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)Jumping ahead to the summer sets season 3 firmly in 1985, Levy told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2018. For those of you who didn’t get to live through that glorious summer, it was the time when Back to the Future, The Goonies, and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure came out. Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp suspects the boys have seen those movies.“Yeah, of course,” Schnapp told Rotten Tomatoes at FYSEE. “There are so many references from different things from the ’80s. They do such a good job of it.”13. THE POOL HAS A MYSTERIOUS NEW LIFEGUARD(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)The show has cast Francesca Reale (Haters Back Off!) as the Hawkins Community Pool Lifeguard, Deadline reported. The lifeguard is said to “become a centerpiece of a dark mystery.”Other new casting includes Elwes as Mayor Kline and Jake Busey as a reporter for the Hawkins Post, whom we see glimpses of in the new trailer.14. MAYA HAWKE JOINS THE CAST(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)Casting director Carmen Cuba said on a panel that Hawke (PBS s Little Women), whose character is being described as an “alternative girl,” is a true talent. (Plus, judging from both the teaser video and the trailer, she wears a Scoops Ahoy uniform well.)“What’s great about her, just like these kids and the other one, is that she’s just an individual,” Cuba said. “There is not another human on this Earth like Maya Hawke — her rhythm, her energy, her humor.”Whoever Hawke plays has scenes with Eleven too, Brown revealed during the panel.“She’s so good,” Brown said. “I remember the Duffers and I looked at each other and were like, ‘Wow, she’s really good.’ I want to say so much more, but I can’t.”15. SIBLINGS HAVE BIGGER ROLES(Photo by Netflix )Priah Ferguson has been made a series regular, so expect to see Lucas little sister Erica hassling the boys a lot more. Take that, nerds.Levy also told THR that Keery would have more to do as Steve Harrington. Even though he s not related to any of the boys, Steve protecting them as a father figure worked out so well that they’re going with that.“We’ll definitely get to see some more of Steve Harringon in season 3,” Levy said. “I’ll just say we won’t be abandoning the Dad Steve magic.”16. THE COUPLES FROM THE DANCE ARE STILL COUPLES(Photo by Netflix)The winter ball saw Eleven and Mike (Wolfhard) pair off and share a kiss, and Lucas (McLaughlin) and Max kiss too. Those couples are still together in the summer, Levy told THR. That does not include, however, Dustin and Nancy (Dyer), who was being nice at the ball, but promised Dustin the girls would appreciate him when they’re older. Brown also told Variety more recently that season 3 finds Eleven adjusting to her human side.“It’s really a coming of age for her and understanding what being a normal teenage girl is,” Brown said.17. THE SHADOW MONSTER HASN’T GONE ANYWHERE(Photo by Netflix)The kids may have vanquished the demogorgon in season 1 and demodog in season 2, but the big shadow monster is still waiting for them.“The shadow monster is still lurking up there out there in the Upside Down,” Levy told Variety. “He is determined to find a way to achieve his goals.”18. THEY’VE BEEN FILMING SINCE APRILNetflix released this video of the Stranger Things cast gathering for the first season 3 table read back in April of 2018, and confirmed that production began on April 20 of that year.19. EVERYONE’S GETTING PAID MORE(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)The first bit of season 3 news ever reported concerned the pay raises given to the Stranger Things cast: The main young cast got bumps to between 0,000 and 0,000 an episode, while Ryder and Harbour could have gotten as much as 0,000, Deadline reported.They’ve earned it, making Stranger Things Netflix’s biggest original series hit. Even Dyer and Heaton joined the six-figures club, with between 0,000-150,000 per episode.Stranger Things seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix.
ry, as George Lucas would once again journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. There was no question that this would be the movie event of the —Hold up. Before a single podracer would fire up that May, a little oddity dropped on March 31. It was too early to be a summer movie, too late to be a holiday movie – clearly no one knew what to do with this dystopian sci-fi action flick that was part Blade Runner, part anime, and part Intro to Existentialist Philosophy 101 (and it starred the dude from Point Break?) It was The Matrix, and it would explode like a neutron bomb, stealing little Anakin Skywalker’s thunder on its way to becoming the movie of 1999, a genre-bending instant classic with a powerfully iconic style that is still recognizable (and mimicked) today. It would be followed up by two mega-sequels in 2003 – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – that wouldn’t reach the heights of the original, but opened up a vast and intricate world that fans still obsess over.Now, 18 years and several animated shorts and MMORPGs later, Neo and Trinity are back in The Matrix Resurrections. With the release of the first official trailer, here’s what we know about our imminent future…Only One of the Wachowskis Is Returning to Direct(Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)Ever since their 1996 directorial debut, Bound, Lana and Lilly Wachowski have been a double act. The siblings not only co-directed the entire original Matrix trilogy, but also Speed Racer, Jupiter Ascending, and Cloud Atlas (they also co-produced V for Vendetta and created the Netflix series Sense8). However, Matrix Resurrections will see Lana fly solo behind the camera for the first time. At this year’s CinemaCon, Lilly cited exhaustion from multiple projects, her transition, and the death of their parents for sapping her creative energy. I got out of my transition and was just completely exhausted because we had made Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, and the first season of Sense8 back-to-back-to-back,” said Lilly. “We were posting one and prepping the other at the exact same time. So you re talking about three 100-plus days of shooting for each project, and so, coming out and just being completely exhausted, my world was like, falling apart to some extent even while I was like, you know, cracking out of my egg. So I needed this time away from this industry. I needed to reconnect with myself as an artist and I did that by going back to school and painting and stuff. Neo and Trinity Are Back(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures) Despite the minor complication that Neo and Trinity both die in Revolutions, original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth go-round (here’s a hint: The movie is called RESURRECTIONS). It’s also been reported that Jada Pinkett Smith will be reprising her role as Niobe, a Zion rebel and hovercraft captain, and Lambert Wilson will be returning as mysterious computer-based crime lord The Merovingian (though neither show up in the trailer). Notably absent are original stars Laurence Fishburne (who played Neo’s mentor, Morpheus) and Hugo Weaving (who played the villainous Agent Smith, a security program that eventually goes rogue). Weaving was actually interested in coming back, but scheduling conflicts made it impossible. As for Fishburne, there may be more behind the decision to not have him return…Is That Young Morpheus ?(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)One of the reasons Fishburne may not be back is that Morpheus as we know him is gone. In fact, the character is killed during the Matrix Online – an MMORPG that ran from 2005-2009 and is considered canon. Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is rumored to be playing either a young version of Morpheus (perhaps beaming in from another timeline to alter the future) or simply Morpheus with a newer, younger look. Note that in the trailer, Abdul-Mateen is clearly wearing very “Morpheus”-like pince-nez sunglasses, and there s a call-back to the dojo fights between Neo and Morpheus in the first film. Also, on the website WhatisTheMatrix.com, there were quick teaser shots of what looked to be computers “creating” Abdul-Mateen out of nothing – so maybe he’s not what he seems at all, even if Abdul-Mateen himself took to Instagram seemingly to confirm what everyone was thinking.
cope.It Was a “Traditional” Disney Story in a Way No Other Pixar Movie Is(Photo by Buena Vista Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)These days, Pixar is celebrated for its truly innovative premises. What if the emotions in your head were personified, here to teach you a lesson about how sadness is good? What if humanity ruined the Earth and left a cute, largely silent robot behind to clean up? What if art deco superheroes fought against the struggles of marriage, and also maybe loved Ayn Rand? A Bug’s Life is not like that. In fact, it’s probably the most traditional Pixar movie when compared to Disney’s classic animated canon. The film, like so many of the classic Disney movies, was based on an old tale from the public domain — in this instance, the Aesop’s Fable about the ant and the grasshopper.Anybody who has watched The Little Mermaid and then gone and read the original Grimm’s Fairy Tale knows that Disney frequently makes major (and typically good) changes when adapting an old story. A Bug’s Life was no different, taking this fable of a lazy grasshopper and hardworking ant and spinning it into a new tale about individualism, make-believe actors becoming real-life heroes, and triumph over extortion. It was Pixar’s only real take on what had been Disney’s M.O. for decades, and while the studio’s creative ambitions would only grow greater, A Bug’s Life is worth remembering for being a singular Pixar reinterpretation.It Proved That Pixar Wasn’t a FlukeIf the worst thing A Bug’s Life has going for it is that it isn’t one of the greatest animated movies ever made from arguably the greatest animation studio of all time, then that’s a pretty good sophomore slump. After the success of Toy Story, Pixar, which had since become a public company, needed to deliver a success to keep the momentum going.“We felt the future of the studio was resting on it,” A Bug’s Life producer Darla K. Anderson recalled in that filmmaker’s roundtable. Had Pixar’s second movie been a total bust, Pixar might’ve been written-off as a one-hit wonder. Instead, A Bug’s Life was a critical and financial success — maybe not as good as Toy Story, but a sure sign that there were plenty more good things to come.Twenty years later, now that computer graphics have progressed so much, it’s easy to overlook the visual and technical leaps that A Bug’s Life Made. Compared to Toy Story, A Bug’s Life is much more complex. Animators needed to create entirely organic-looking worlds on a much bigger scale than Toy Story’s mostly bedroom settings. There were significantly more characters in A Bug’s Life than in the earlier film — heck, the ant colony alone dwarfs Toy Story’’s entire cast. Pixar also had to use or develop new animation techniques to handle light flickering through semi-transparent grass and the flickering flames of the finale. In other words, A Bug’s Life was no small feat, and that warrants a bit of celebration.A Bug s Life was released on November 25, 1998.
5. TIFFANY HADDISH, WILLEM DAFOE JOIN PAUL SCHRADER S THE CARD COUNTER(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough, Jef Hernandez/Everett Collection)The latest film from writer and director Paul Schrader was 2017 s First Reformed (Certified Fresh at 93%), in which Ethan Hawke played a priest struggling with religious doubt and commitment to his faith. For his next film, Schrader will shift from the church to the casino (sort of). Oscar Isaac went into this week already attached to star in The Card Counter as a professional gambler who finds himself recruited into a revenge plot against a military colonel. This week, Isaac was joined by three more stars, including Tiffany Haddish (as a mysterious gambling financier ), Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe (as the colonel). Martin Scorsese, who directed early Paul Schrader screenplays like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, also signed on this week to executive produce the film.6. MARGARET QUALLEY JOINS SCOTT COOPER S HORROR FILM A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS(Photo by Daniel McFadden/©Warner Bros.)Margot Robbie obviously had the highest profile female role in Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but the film also boosted the careers of some of its other actresses (including child star Julia Butters, who is now 10 years old). Many of the film s female stars portrayed members of the Manson Family, and the actress with the largest role within that group was Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, HBO s The Leftovers), who played the young lady who brought Brad Pitt s character to the Spahn Ranch. One of Qualley s next projects will be a psychological horror film called A Head Full of Ghosts, which will be an adaptation of a Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novel. A Head Full of Ghosts will be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass, Hostiles), who will soon be releasing another horror film, Antlers (4/17/2020).7. LIAM NEESON TO STAR AS AN ASSASSIN FOR CASINO ROYALE DIRECTOR (Photo by Maria Marin/©Sony Classics) Last year, Liam Neeson starred in the thriller Cold Pursuit as a snowplow driver, and he also recently wrapped filming on another similar movie, The Ice Road, as a truck driver like the ones on Ice Road Truckers. After so much time spent filming those movies in Canada, Neeson apparently told his agents to get him into a movie that will send him to sunnier climes, because that s what his latest apparently is. Liam Neeson is now attached to star as a world class assassin in the crime thriller Memory for director Martin Campbell, whose past films have included both Green Lantern (Rotten at 26%) and Daniel Craig s first movie as James Bond, Casino Royale (Certified Fresh at 95%).8. ORIGINAL FIRST WIVES CLUB STARS TO REUNITE FOR FAMILY JEWELS The BET+ cable network recently started airing a First Wives Club show adapted from both the 1996 movie of the same title and, ostensibly, the novel from which that movie itself adapted. This story has less to do with First Wives Club itself, however, and more to do with the three actresses who starred in the 1996 movie together: Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler. As that movie nears its 25th anniversary (next year in 2021), its three leading ladies are now preparing to co-star in another comedy together. The movie will be called Family Jewels, and it s described as a multigenerational holiday comedy about three women who are forced to spend the holidays together after the death of the man to whom all three women were once married. The multigenerational part hints at a larger ensemble cast, but no other cast members, or the actor who will play their recently deceased ex-husband, have been announced yet.9. ANIMATED KIDS SHOW PAW PATROL COMING TO THEATERS IN AUGUST OF 2021 (Photo by Nickelodeon courtesy Everett Collection)Some animated kids shows are able to appeal to adults as well (SpongeBob SquarePants), and others bridge both audiences over time (Dora the Explorer did this, arguably), but then there are shows that seem to pretty much remain kids shows. One that seems like it s still solidly in the just for kids category (after seven seasons) is Nickelodeon s PAW Patrol. The show centers on a young boy who teams up with a variety of different dogs (some of whom can fly or have other cyborg parts) for a wide range of different rescue-related adventures. Paramount and Nickelodeon are now developing a CGI-animated feature-length Paw Patrol: The Movie, which is being scheduled for release sometime in August of 2021. The only other movie currently scheduled for that month is James Gunn s The Suicide Squad (8/6/2021). PAW Patrol: The Movie will be directed by Cal Brunker, whose previous animated features include The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Rotten at 14%), Escape from Planet Earth (Rotten at 35%), and Arctic Dogs (Rotten at 13%).10. ORPHAN TO GET PREQUEL FROM DIRECTOR OF BRAHMS: THE BOY II (Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)The review embargo for this week s horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II wasn t lifted until today, and the film s Rotten Tomatometer score might offer a hint as to why. Getting ahead of the film s release, director William Brent Bell was able to get two other projects in the news this week before the reviews hit. The higher profile project is another follow up to a horror movie from a few years ago, except that this one is a prequel, and the movie it s following is far longer ago than 2015 s The Boy. Bell will next direct Esther, which will be a prequel to the 2009 horror film Orphan (Rotten at 56%). That role will almost certainly have to be recast, because Isabelle Fuhrmann, who played Esther in Orphan, is now 22 years old, and unlikely to pull off playing a nine-year-old girl again (especially in a prequel). Filming of Esther is expected to start in the third quarter of 2020, which means it will probably be released sometime in 2021. William Brent Bell is also attached to direct Lord of Misrule, which is described as being a contemporary folk horror film in the style of Midsommar or The Wicker Man.
1. BAD BOYS 4 AND NATIONAL TREASURE 3 NOW IN DEVELOPMENT(Photo by Columbia Pictures)It is really quite surprising exactly how often major film trade publications bury the lede when reporting on film developments (or, at least, lump two big stories together when they could ve easily just published them individually). Let s start with a little bit of history. At one point, Sony Pictures had two Bad Boys sequels on their release schedule: Bad Boys III for 2/17/2017, and Bad Boys IV for July 3, 2019 (so yes, we would ve already had a 4th movie six months before the actual third movie was released this week.) This week s Bad Boys for Life currently sports a Fresh Tomatometer with a score of 74%, which is higher than the combined scores of Bad Boys (42%) and Bad Boys II (23%), and it also broke a record with its Thursday night opening box office. All of that put together might be why Sony Pictures has hired Bad Boys for Life co-writer Chris Bremner to star work on a fourth Bad Boys. As for that buried lede, the very last paragraph of that story also reveals that Bremner is currently writing National Treasure 3 for Walt Disney Pictures, presumably with Nicolas Cage returning as well.2. CHRISTIAN BALE TO REUNITE WITH DAVID O. RUSSELL(Photo by Anita Bugge/Getty Images)Like many directors, David O. Russell (Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook) frequently works with the same actors. There are four Russell has cast three times (Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, and Mark Wahlberg), and soon, there will be a fifth, as Christian Bale (The Fighter, American Hustle) is now attached to star in a movie with the working title Amsterdam. The premise is being kept relatively secret, except that it reportedly involves an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer. Christian Bale is the first confirmed cast member, but David O. Russell reportedly is considering also casting Jamie Foxx, Angelina Jolie, and Margot Robbie, which would add up to a remarkable star-studded ensemble. In related news, Russell reportedly may also be developing a John D. Rockefeller biopic with Robert De Niro starring, but that news has not been confirmed by a major film industry source yet.3. TRAILER FOR JARED LETO S MORBIUS HINTS AT MCU CONNECTION(Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)Even as Marvel Studios prepares to merge previous Fox/Marvel titles like Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are some properties like Venom and Spider-Verse that remain at Sony Pictures. When Venom came out last year, it was presumed that it was set in a different cinematic universe than the MCU. Who s set where gets complicated by Tom Holland s Spider-Man, who has appeared in multiple MCU movies (Avengers: Endgame, etc), and who has been rumored to possibly have a cameo role in Venom 2 (10/2/2020). This week, we got our first trailer for Morbius, in which Jared Leto plays Marvel Comics Living Vampire,
Resistance keeps certain aspects of these larger-than-life baddies grounded and relatable. We do have amazing villains. People read into the villains as villains in their own lives or they may read into them as historical villains, Henson explained. We talked about the ancient Romans as conquerors who appropriated different lands that they settled in. Those were more of our references for the villains. But [the Skeksis] are delicious villains and they re great and are very horrible and very scary. From the sound of things, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will blend a fair share of horror, fantasy and drama together that is sure to appeal to all ages. You may even need a reminder from time to time that these are puppets you re rooting for.The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premieres on August 30 to Netflix.The Dark Crystal Cast With Character PhotosThe Gelfling: NEW TRAILERS: Concrete Cowboy: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, and Jharrel Jerome Star in the Father-Son DramaConcrete Cowboy is a father-son movie starring Idris Elba as Harp, whose estranged son, Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), comes to live with him in Philadelphia after the 15-year-old is expelled from school in Detroit. Harp finds solace in rehabilitating horses for inner city cowboys at the Fletcher Street Stables, a real-life Black urban horsemanship community that has provided a safe haven for the neighborhood residents for more than 100 years. Torn between his growing respect for his father s community and his reemerging friendship with troubled cousin Smush (Jharrel Jerome), Cole begins to reprioritize his life as the stables themselves are threatened by encroaching gentrification. Inspired by the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, and produced by Elba and Lee Daniels. Lorraine Toussaint, Method Man, and members of the Fletcher Street Stables also costar. Premieres April 2 (Netflix).More trailers and teasers released this week:• WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a Billion Unicorn is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of one of the biggest corporate flameouts and venture capitalist bubbles in recent years the story of WeWork, and its hippie-messianic leader Adam Neumann. Premieres 2 (Hulu).• The Irregulars is the new crime drama about the teens (the Baker Street Irregulars) who help in the supernatural investigations of Sherlock Holmes and his pal Dr. Watson. Stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Royce Pierreson, Clarke Peters, and Olivia Grant. Premieres March 26 (Netflix).• The fifth and final season of Van Helsing premieres on April 16. Stars Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, and Christopher Heyerdahl (Syfy).• The Great Pottery Throw Down is the “ultimate hands-on competition,” of 120 artisans making beautiful, intricate works of ceramics. Premieres April 1 (HBO Max).• Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! is a new sitcom about a businessman (Jamie Foxx) who becomes the single father to his teen daughter, with some help from his father (David Alan Grier) and sister (Porscha Coleman). Based on Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne (an executive producer on the show). Premieres April 14 (Netflix).• Godfather of Harlem Season 2 features new cast members Justin Bartha, Method Man, Annabella Sciorra, Michael Rispoli, Ronald Guttman, Gino Cafarelli, Isaach De Bankolé, and Neal Matarazzo joining Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Paul Sorvino, Giancarlo Esposito, Luis Guzman, and Chazz Palminteri. Premieres April 18 (EPIX).• The Challenge: All Stars is a reunion of old school contestants of MTV’s The Challenge, including popular competitors like Mark Long, Nehemiah Clark, Ruthie Alcaide, Syrus Yarbrough, Beth Stolarczyk, Teck Holmes, and Trishelle Cannatella, who are competing for the 0,000 grand prize. Premieres April 1 (Paramount+).• The Last Cruise is a first-person documentary short about the ill-fated Diamond Princess Cruise, which set sail from Yokohama, Japan on January 20, 2020 in the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and by Feb. 26, accounted for more than half of all the documented COVID-19 cases outside of China, with more than 700 people on board infected. Streams March 30 (HBO Max).• Rutherford Falls is a new comedy about two lifelong best friends (Ed Helms and Jana Schmieding) and the quirky small town they live in, from executive producer Michael Schur, and with Native representation on screen and with five Native writers in the writers room. Premieres April 22 (Peacock).• Birdgirl is the new spin-off of the animated gem Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, featuring Birdgirl (Paget Brewster) and her band of misfit crimefighters. Also stars Tony Hale, Rob Delaney, Sonia Denis, Kether Donohue, John Doman, Negin Farsad, and Lorelai Ramirez. Premieres April 4 (Adult Swim).For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Tom Hiddleston Joins Claire Danes in The Essex Serpent(Photo by Apple TV+)Tom Hiddleston has been busy. The actor will star opposite Claire Danes in the Apple TV+ drama series The Essex Serpent, an adaptation of the Sarah Perry novel of the same name. Hiddleston, seen in a first-look photo above, will play the leader of a local community where Danes’ recent widow, who was an abused wife, moves after her husband’s death, and becomes involved with the superstition of a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent.Sally Field will play Jessie Buss, the mother of NBA Hall of Fame owner Jerry Buss, and Adrien Brody will play Lakers coach Pat Riley in Adam McKay’s HBO drama series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Jessie Buss was also her son’s advisor and bookkeeper when he was the Lakers’ owner, while Riley led the Lakers to NBA titles in 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988. The still-untitled series also stars John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn, and Tamera Tomakili as Earletha “Cookie” Kelly.Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga will star in Apple TV+’s adaptation of Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink National Book Critics Circle Award winner about the first five days at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina. Carlton Cuse, who worked with Farmiga on Bates, and John Ridley will write, showrun, produce, and direct the series.Mindy Kaling has joined the voice cast of Disney+’s Monsters At Work animated series. The Office star will voice Val Little, a member of the facilities team in the series sequel to the Disney movie hit Monsters, Inc. Previously announced cast members include John Goodman, Billy Crystal, and Bonnie Hunt reprising their roles from the movie, as well as Henry Winkler, Ben Feldman, Alanna Ubach, Lucas Neff, John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly, and Aisha Tyler.Maya Rudolph will star in an untitled comedy at Apple TV+, where she’ll play a woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband leaves her … with nothing but billion. The series is created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, who also created Forever, the Amazon comedy starring Rudolph and Fred Armisen. (Deadline)