女神猛将传采用百度引擎8（Baidu 4）(Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)All Joaquin Phoenix Movies Ranked by TomatometerAfter making three movies in the 80s credited as Leaf and then disappearing, Phoenix returned to the public eye, this time under his birth name Joaquin, for 1995 s To Die For. In that Gus Van Sant erotic thriller, Phoenix plays a high schooler seduced by Nicole Kidman to murder, thus beginning the actor s penchant for performing disturbed, frequently mordant characters, carried further through the 90s in movies like Clay Pigeons, 8MM, and U-Turn.Phoenix became a near-household name after playing sword-and-sandal scumbag Commodus in Best Picture-winner Gladiator, in which he got his first of three Oscar acting nominations. But for several years after, Phoenix remained in character actor mode, taking supporting roles if he found the movie compelling (Quills, Hotel Rwanda, Signs), in between lead star parts such as in Buffalo Soldiers and The Village.In 2005, Phoenix broke into that echelon of truly transformative actors, owning the Johnny Cash role in Walk the Line, which walked him right into a second Oscar nomination. A long period of reunion collaborations has followed, working frequently with clearly favored directors: To Die For s Gus Van Sant (Don t Worry, He Won t Get Far on Foot), James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own the Night), Rwanda s Terry George (Reservation Road), and P.T. Anderson for Inherent Vice and The Master, the latter marking the most recent time he became an Oscar nominee.His last film, Joker, rampaged into theaters riding a wave of controversy and buzz, all the way to become the biggest-grossing R-rated movie ever. So put on that smile as we rank all of Joaquin Phoenix s movies by Tomatometer!
说到LOL手游这款游戏，相信大家肯定不会陌生。想必各位也知道了，今年LOL手游终于拿到版号了。相较于端游而言，手游的还原度很高。而且为了符合当前快节奏的基调，特意调整了游戏时间，一般来说十几分钟就可以结束战斗了。 The latest on Gotham’s final season, Cameron Monaghan opens up about his return to Shameless, Marvel TV boss shares intel, a Lost reboot tops ABC chief s wishlist, and more TV news.TOP STORYWho Plays Batman in Gotham’s Finale?Young Bruce Wayne s transition into the Batman is almost complete, and reporters at Fox s Gotham panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles were treated to a sizzle reel including the first look at the series caped crusader in his final form. But is that star David Mazouz under the cowl? Yes and no, executive producer John Stephens said. While it s Mazouz s face you ll see and voice you ll hear, it wasn t physically him in the suit — simply because the suit was made to fit someone with a 6 4 frame.The series will see a 10-year flash-forward before it ends, when we ll see older versions of other Batman characters (rather than the developing versions Gotham has portrayed over the years). Camren Bicondova confirmed that a fully realized version of Catwoman will appear in the finale, along with full-on versions of Penguin and Riddler. As for the Joker, it s still up in the air.Producers have refused to confirm whether Cameron Monaghan s character will be the joker, but Stephens teased, If he’s not the Joker, then he’s someone who provides the origin story for who becomes the Joker. Another flash-forward tidbit: Ed and Oswald are still friends in the future. As Robin Lord Taylor (a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin) said, Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. That s the dance between the two of them. Will ABC Get Lost Again?(Photo by Mario Perez/ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection)“We have to go back,” Jack famously pleaded to Kate on Lost. But does ABC have any interest in revisiting its seminal mystery series? Yes, I would like [a reboot] very much. That is a reboot I would be interested in seeing,” new ABC boss Karey Burke told reporters when asked whether she was planning to bring back the show. But unfortunately, it’s only a personal wish from a Lost superfan.Burke, just two months into her position as ABC Entertainment president, included the “we have to go back” scene in a clip reel for reporters demonstrating the types of shows she hopes to bring to ABC in her time at the network. It was not an indication of any actual plans to reboot Lost. It s literally at this point just what I dream about when I go to bed at night, she told The Hollywood Reporter. I have not spoken to [exec producers] Carlton [Cuse] or J.J. [Abrams] or ABC Studios about it. But I do often get asked the question what show would I reboot and often my answer is Lost — sometimes Alias. Nothing to report yet. Maybe ever. But it would be a fun thing to have a conversation about. Cameron Monaghan Explains His Shameless Return(Photo by Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME)Fans were shocked when Cameron Monaghan exited Showtime s Shameless halfway through the series ninth season. But when the network announced the series renewal for a tenth season — without star Emmy Rossum, who departs at the end of season 9 — it revealed that Monaghan s Ian Gallagher would be returning to the series.The actor told Rotten Tomatoes and a small group of reporters that his decision to leave (and subsequently to come back) was a nexus of creativity and business. While he wanted to step away for creative and business reasons, after a chat with showrunner John Wells about Ian s future he decided to come back. We got to a place both creatively and financially where I felt comfortable coming back, and much of that had to do with what we were going to do with the story, he revealed. While the season hasn t been written yet, he hopes Ian will focus on himself in season 10. I think it s interesting that he worked his way up, got his life on track, and then completely wrecked it, unfortunately — and some of that wasn t even fully his fault, Monaghan said. But I think that seeing him learn to lead the family, take care of himself, and be on the straight and narrow and how to work with that would be a very interesting arc for him, so I d like to see something outside of just him searching and being single and hooking up with people, that kind of stuff. As for the loss of Rossum, Monaghan emphasized that the series, about a struggling Chicago family, is an ensemble show. And because of that, over the course of the last five to six years, characters have grown up and really branched out and the stories had become very separate. It was very rare that I would get the privilege of acting with Emmy anymore; it’s just one of those things. We’re going to lose that thread and that’s a loss for us, but that being said, I feel like we have enough other characters and storylines across the board that they can absorb and it won’t feel like too much of a change to the overall fabric of the show. Marvel Isn’t Looking for the Next Jessica JonesThe third and final season of FX’s Legion is debuting this year, and most of Marvel’s Netflix series have been retired. But in building up its TV library again – perhaps on new streaming service Disney+ – Marvel is not looking to repeat anything that’s been done before.“We aren’t looking for the next Jessica Jones. There is a Jessica Jones. So it’s being able to keep telling different stories,” Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb told reporters on Legion’s final season TCA panel on Monday. “And if you’re a comic book fan, it actually is something that you really understand because comic book fans know that each comic has a different writer, has a different tone, has a different artistry, has a different look. So it’s usually not that case if you’re running a studio, but that’s what we try to do.”Loeb hopes that his studio has created an atmosphere in which showrunners feel that they have creative freedom to tell many different stories. Lauren Shuler Donner, Legion executive producer and a main driving force behind the X-Men franchise, said she and her colleagues want to make sure each X-Men story feels different and creative too.“After the first three X-Men, I started to get worried that people would get tired of the X-Men and feel like, ‘I’ve seen this before.’ So when we entered into X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn approached it as a Bond movie,” she said. “So we tried to change the tone in every movie. Obviously, Logan is a Western, and Deadpool is a crazy comedy, and Gambit was going to be a heist and now rom-com, and New Mutants a horror film.”When Noah Hawley approached her with his take on Legion – which he described as the “dissection of a villain, “I thought, ‘OK. That is, then, good. Then we’re away from the X-Men movies. We’re not going to have a repeat, and this is going to be something very different,’” she said. “And that, I believe, is the only way to sustain continuing X-Men and Marvel properties. They must be unique and different every single time, or they’ll step on each other.”Party of Five Takes on 2019(Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection)Freeform has officially ordered a rebooted version of ’90s drama Party of Five. Instead of the Salinger kids, whose parents were killed in a car accident with a drunk driver, the new series will follow the Acostas, whose parents are deported.“This show is about grief in a slightly different way, because what is lost is not gone forever,” executive producer and original co-creator Chris Keyser told reporters at TCA.The series will tackle the current immigration debate head-on, which gives the show an advantage because “it’s real. It’s happening every day,” executive producer and original co-creator Amy Lippman said. Additionally, the new version’s added layer will include the parents struggling to care for their children from a distance.Ultimately, Lippman said, “It’s our intention to make it different, and yet at the same time, there are moments almost like Easter eggs. There’s a scene in the pilot that was a scene in the original Party of Five pilot 25 years ago. There’s enough for our fans of long ago to see echoes of the original series.”But will any original cast members show up? Perhaps in the future, but “not yet,” Lippman teased.
n co-writer Dan O’Bannon was engaged to help with special effects and eventual Alien concept artist H.R. Giger designed the look of the Harkonnen homeworld, Giedi Prime. Pink Floyd was also set to score the film, which would take many liberties with Herbert’s story. To hear Jodorowsky tell it, the film would have expanded consciousness itself, but when he could not secure the needed funds to complete it, he was forced to abandon it; elements of his story ultimately ended up in his Incal and Metabarons comic books.The next director to attempt folding space was Ridley Scott in 1979. Intended to be his follow-up to Alien – a film that comes up a lot in the history of Dune – he left the project following the sudden death of his older brother Frank, realizing it would take more of him than he was willing to give. He would end up transferring his energies to Blade Runner a few years later.(Photo by ©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)But as producer Dino De Laurentiis was loathed to let the money spent on developing Dune go to waste, he hired up-and-coming director David Lynch to remount the film. The resulting production, released by Universal in 1984, is staggering, weird, and often compelling – even if Dune fans questions certain liberties taken by Lynch to condense some of its plot, reshuffle some of its characters, and recast Paul in the messiah role he is expressly against in the novel. Nevertheless, we’re fond of the film, which featured early appearances by Kyle MacLachlan as Paul, Patrick Stewart as his loyal instructor Gurney Halleck, and even Alicia Witt (age 8 at the time) as Paul’s preternaturally gifted and deadly sister Alia.The film was not a hit, though it would find a following by airing on television, where Syfy would later adapt Dune and Children of Dune into two three-hour miniseries in the early 2000s. But any further Dune films would be relegated to a distant possibility for decades. Paramount Pictures picked up the rights in 2008, with directors Peter Berg and Pierre Morel attached at various points, but Paramount walked away from it in 2011. Legendary Entertainment picked up the rights in 2016 and Villeneuve was in talks to direct by the end of that year.The history of Dune on film should give you some idea of just how anticipated this adaptation is for fans of the novel, its sequels, and the resulting franchise.The People of Dune(Photo by Chiabella James/©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Villeneuve inspired confidence early on with a succession of incredible casting announcements. Starting with House Atreides, Oscar Issac will play Duke Leto while Rebecca Ferguson plays his concubine, Lady Jessica, a character who is much more than her title in fact, during a Twitter chat prior to the first trailer s debut, Ferguson mentioned Jessica s choices create a fracture with far-reaching consequences. Their son, Paul, will be played by Timothee Chalamet. Josh Brolin will play Gurney Halleck and Stephen McKinley Henderson takes the role of Thufir Hawat. Jason Momoa will also appear as Duncan Idaho, another of Paul’s teachers whose seemingly insignificant presence here will turn into something quite epic should Dune spawn a successful film series.Though assigned to House Atreides, Dr. Wellington Yueh (Chen Chang) is a physician of the Suk School conditioned to make him safe and incorruptible while attending to the health of nobleborns. His loyalty is, theoretically, to the principles of medicine.Over on Giedi Prime, Stellan Skarsgard is a Baron Harkonnen for the 21st Century, and Dave Bautista plays his sadistic nephew, Glossu Rabban (A.K.A. The Beast). A second nephew, Feyd-Rautha, will seemingly make his debut in a later Dune film as the trailer only alludes to the Baron and the Beast. The Baron also has his own Mentat, Piter De Vries, played by David Dastmalchian.(Photo by Chiabella James/©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Once on Arrakis, Paul and Leto will meet members of its (seemingly) indigenous population, the Fremen, which includes Javier Bardem as Stilgar and Zendaya as Chani. There are other Fremen who will matter to the story, like the Shadout Mapes and the Reverend Mother Ramallo, but it is currently unknown who might be playing them. Babs Olusanmokun, meanwhile, will play the Fremen fighter Jamis – a character with key ties to Paul – and Gloria Obianyo will play his wife, Harah. The Atreides will also meet Dr. Liet Kynes (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), the imperial ecologist and judge of the change in regards to the noble house s control of Arrakis. She also, presumably, carries the same important secrets her book counterpart held, though portraying Dr. Kynes as female is a departure from the novel and the various attempts at adapting it on film. During the recent Twitter chat, Duncan-Brewster noted Kynes s gender is less important than the character s role in the story; Kynes connects the Atriedes, the Harkonnens, the Imperium, and the Fremen.Other parts include Shaddam IV, his daughter Irulan, Reverend Mother Mohiam (Charlotte Rampling) and – if time permits – Count Hasimir Fenrig and his wife Lady Margot, both of whom were deleted entirely from David Lynch’s Dune. And while it makes total sense to cut them (and a few other people) for a two-hour-and-thirty-five minute film, we presume Villeneuve will have the time for almost everyone mentioned by Herbert in Dune, because Two Parts(Photo by Chiabella James/©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Unlike every other attempt to adapt Dune, Villeneuve’s production is actually two films. Considering the way the novel is structured, there is a natural place for the film to end, complete with a rousing action scene, should Villeneuve be so inclined. Judging from the trailer, Dune fans will know exactly where the movie pauses and why. And to offer one more clue, it is no accident that Jamis and Harah appear in part one.Granted, part of what makes Dune so tough to adapt is its tendency to avoid certain storytelling tropes. Much of the book is set in quiet rooms where people discuss action occurring between chapters while drinking Spice Coffee and trying to ascertain what the other person is hiding by analyzing minute changes in facial expressions. Big battles happen, to be sure, but Herbert was more interested in what they meant for his world than focusing on the action itself. Of course, Villeneuve has proven with films like Sicario and Blade Runner 2049 that he can make compelling cinema out of two people talking or trying to kill each other. That Dune offers him scenes in which both are happening simultaneously – and sometimes surreptitiously – may be part of the appeal for him.Other members of the crew include co-writers Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, director of photography Greig Fraser, production designer Patrice Vermette, editor Joe Walker, and producers Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo, and Villeneuve. Composing the film’s score will be Hans Zimmer, who is said to have a special love of the original Dune novel.As Villenueve noted during the Twitter chat, much of the film was shot in the deserts of Jordan as he needed the real thing to make Dune work. They didn t shoot Jaws in a swimming pool, he said. Chalamet mentioned he shot two or three scenes against a green screen while the rest took place on practical sets, and Isaac, ever ready to poke fun at Star Wars, said working on a life-sized Millennium Falcon paled in comparison to the enormity of Dune s production. Creating that sense of reality is important, as Dune s far-flung future can easily look cheap if accomplished via digital sets.The Golden Path(Photo by Chiabella James/©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)In an era of long-term film franchises, getting Dune to work on screen would give Warner Bros. access to five additional novels written by Herbert and a raft of spin-off material written by his son Brian and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson. Indeed, Herbert’s longer Dune cycle spans thousands of years and eventually shifts its focus from Paul to his son Leto II and eventually to… Well, let’s just say someone we mentioned in the cast list above could find themselves appearing in Dune films for decades.As it happens, Legendary is already convinced Dune will work this time and are developing a spinoff television show, Dune: The Sisterhood, for HBO Max. Spaihts wrote the pilot with Dana Calvo stepping in as showrunner. Villeneuve is expected to direct the first episode and serve as an executive producer alongside Spaihts, Brian Herbert, Byron Merrill, and Kim Herbert. Centering on the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, it will find more ways to illustrate the political intrigues of Dune’s Imperium and, potentially, their dealings with Paul after the events of Dune.Of course, those who have read Children of Dune or God Emperor of Dune may wonder how Legendary and Warner Bros. can pave a golden path of franchise wealth from the Golden Path that Leto II sets for humanity in the Dune sequels. The philosophical elements of Herbert’s world amp up even as more traditional dramatic narratives recede. And the conclusion of the story realized by Brian Herbert and Anderson takes an unexpected and almost pulpy direction; it’s not exactly Marvel, Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars by any stretch of the imagination.Then again, it wouldn’t be Dune if it didn t prove difficult for Hollywood to crack.Dune is currently set for release on December 18, 2020. It is unclear when the second part will materialize.Thumbnail image by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures女神猛将传这个月，2020年TGA即将举办，《使命召唤手游》再次得到“最佳移动端游戏”提名，这对于我们是很大的鼓舞，证明了我们当初的决定是对的，越是时间紧迫的情况下，越是要沉住气去做一些费时费力的事情，耐心打磨，反而效果会更好，玩家能感受到你的诚意和用心。
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8.96.9 1月喜迎OK, fanboys, we’re getting ready to dodge and duck and block your furious comments as we pit favorites Christopher Nolan and David Fincher against each other in our second director-focused episode of VS. Who is the better mind-bending auteur: The man who delivered the big WTFs with Memento and redefined the superhero movie with the Dark Knight Trilogy? Or the man who laid Mark Zuckerberg out on the table in one of the smartest and most enjoyable dramas of the last 20 years – and also gave us the iconic Fight Club? We’re comparing their performance on the Tomatometer and at the box office, and looking at their characters and biggest moments to decide who comes out on top of the modern directors’ heap.Of course, if you don t agree with our choice of winner, let us have it in the comments.Thumbnail images by ©20th Century Fox Film Corp., Stephen Vaughan/©Warner Bros courtesy Everett Collection
icked people into believing their authenticity, as well as those urban legend-like “cursed” films that earned sinister reputations because of the unfortunate, disturbing, and sometimes tragic events that were allegedly attributed to them.But they’re only movies, right?Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2018) 75%(Photo by Else Films)What better way to kick things off than with a movie that is a perfect Venn diagram of both concepts – “found footage” faux-real horror and supposedly cursed films. Antrum purports to be a documentary about a lost 1970s film that was only screened twice, because everyone who watches it dies. The movie opens with an 8-minute documentary detailing the curse around the film, then shows you the “film” itself, which is about two young kids who attempt to dig a hole to Hell to save their recently deceased dog. The filmmakers do their best to make the movie-within-a-movie look authentically 70s to help sell the whole façade. The fact that Antrum’s release was preceded by rumors and word of mouth among hardcore horror fans (much like the way the controversial 2011 A Serbian Film grew a reputation well before it was ever screened publicly) lent the movie an air of real mystery. Some eager horror buffs even tried to track the “original” Antrum down, believing it to be real.Plausibility Score: 2 out of 5Antrum is a nice try, but in the age of advanced search engines, it’s hard to fully convince people that a film with a supposed body count of 60 could truly have been “lost.”Snuff (1976) The concept of a “snuff” film – a movie depicting an actual murder – basically started in 1971 when Ed Sanders, the author of a book about the Manson Family, asserted that Charles Manson and his followers had filmed their killing spree (no footage was ever found). Then, just a few years later in 1976, husband-and-wife directors Michael and Roberta Findlay made a cheap exploitation film called Slaughter about an actress and her director who are murdered by a Manson Family-esque clan in South America. Grindhouse film distributor Allan Shackleton bought the film, changed the title to Snuff, and released it under the pretense that it depicted the real murder of the main actress (the tagline was “Filmed in South America…Where Life is Cheap!”). This kickstarted an obsession with snuff films, although none have ever been conclusively unearthed.Plausibility Score: 4 out of 5The Manson Family connection and the fact that people still believe in the existence of snuff films even today and really sell this one.Poltergeist (1982) 86%Perhaps the most famous “cursed” movie of all time, the original 1982 Poltergeist, about a suburban family terrorized by a supernatural presence, climaxed with a scene in which the mom (JoBeth Williams) is dragged into a partially dug-out pool and is surrounded by skeletons – the reveal being that the housing development in which they live was unscrupulously built on top of a graveyard. The rumor was that the film crew had not only used real skeletons, but had desecrated graves themselves to get them. Mysterious and untimely deaths of some of the actors in the trilogy, including young Heather O’Rourke (who played the abducted little girl Carol Anne), who died at the age of 12 due to a congenital intestinal issue, and Dominique Dunne (who played oldest sibling Dana), who was murdered by a jealous boyfriend at the age of 22, led to the urban legend that the ghosts of the unwitting skeletal “co-stars” had cursed the films and everyone who worked on them. It’s flimsy, because clearly major players like Williams, Craig T. Nelson, director Tobe Hooper, and producer Steven Spielberg walked away unscathed.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5Although it’s the movie everyone cites when talking about curses, a lot of the supposed connections are pretty thin. Plus, more of the actors and crew survived unhurt than didn’t, and a lot of the “deaths” beyond the two young leads were simply age and explainable illness.The Blair Witch Project (1999) 86%Horror is a great way for young talents to break into the business because, often, what you don’t see is scarier than what you do, so it’s a godsend for indie filmmakers with more creativity than budget. The Blair Witch Project came about at exactly the right time – exploiting the still nascent “world wide web,” it managed to cultivate its own urban legend of supposedly lost cam footage that was recovered after a group of young filmmakers went missing. The conceit of it being filmed on the fly covered over the fact that you don’t really see much of anything, and the clever use of sound effects and the overall naturalistic performances by the lead actors made you think, just for a second, that maybe this was the real deal. Of course, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 came out around a year later to confirm that, yes, this was indeed just a cheesy horror franchise at its core.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5It may have lost some luster since, but at the time? It really had people convinced. And the execution – from the early websites to the film itself – was nearly perfect.The Omen (1976) 86%Strap in for this one: Producer Harvey Bernhard claims that the initial idea for the seminal horror classic The Omen came from an advertising exec named Bob Munger. Munger suggested that a movie about the Antichrist would be cool, but that no one should actually make it because “the devil was at work and he didn’t want that film made.” He may have been right. Just a month before filming was to start, lead actor Gregory Peck’s son committed suicide. As he flew to the set, Peck’s plane was struck by lightning, and then executive producer Marc Neufeld’s plane was also struck by lightning on his way to the location. The hotel Neufeld and his wife were staying in then got bombed by the Irish Republican Army. The crew hired a small plane to do some aerial photography, but it was given to another client at the last minute; that plane crashed on takeoff and killed everyone on board. Filming a zoo sequence, the young boy playing the demonic Damien apparently upset the baboons so much they started freaking out, so an animal wrangler was called in to help; the next day, he was mauled by a tiger and killed. But perhaps the most chilling result of this “curse” was what happened to special effects supervisor John Richardson. One of his big FX sequences in The Omen was one in which a character is decapitated by a sheet of glass. While working on his next movie in the Netherlands, Richardson and his assistant were involved in a car accident, and his assistant was you guessed it decapitated. Legend has it the accident occurred near a street sign that read “Ommen, 66.6 km.” But it’s all coincidence, right?Plausibility Score: 4 out of 5It’s hard to write all of this off as coincidence. Even when people discount some of it – like the existence of the Dutch street sign – there’s a lot more that’s been verified.Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 65%(Photo by ©F.D. Cinematografica courtesy Everett Collection)Not long after Snuff, another film came under fire for allegedly depicting actual murders – and it was an early example of “found footage” horror, to boot. This Italian cult movie was built around the idea that it was footage discovered after an American film crew disappeared in the Amazon rainforest and were killed and eaten by indigenous cannibals. The gore was so intense and realistic that a few days after the movie’s premiere, Italian authorities confiscated the film, director Ruggero Deodato was charged with obscenity, and he was eventually slapped with a murder charge when it was suggested Cannibal Holocaust was, in fact, a snuff film. Although it was later proven that none of the actors were killed or harmed, the film does depict scenes of intense animal cruelty that were real. Fun fact: the fake documentary the crew was working on was called The Green Inferno, which would be the title adopted by director Eli Roth for his 2013 homage to Cannibal Holocaust.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5The rough, grimy cheapness of the film and the addition of actual animal butchery make this feel almost like the real deal.The Crow (1994) 83%What’s unique about the “curse” of The Crow is that it isn’t so much about the film as it is an extension of a curse that is believed to have haunted martial arts icon Bruce Lee and his family for generations. Of course, the 1994 horror-tinged comic book adaptation is infamous due to the tragic death of star Brandon Lee, Bruce s son, who died after a prop gun misfired and a projectile struck him. The film was hampered by setbacks and accidents – the set was destroyed numerous times, most notably by a hurricane that struck its North Carolina filming location – but in general, the problems seem to have been caused mostly by the fact that it was low budget and behind schedule, and corners were cut a little too recklessly. Some even claim that the Chinese mafia assassinated Bruce and Brandon, which is eerie when you think about the fact that Bruce Lee’s last film, Game of Death, seems to predict this. In that movie, Bruce’s character is a martial arts actor who is shot by an assassin posing as one of the stunt crew. Also, the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story anthropomorphizes the supposed family curse as a physical demon that haunts Lee his whole life, and at one point in the film, the demon goes after a young Brandon. Dragon was released in 1993 – a year before The Crow.Plausibility Score: 2 out of 5The idea of a Lee Family Curse is compelling, and it fits in with the whole mystical aura surrounding Bruce. But dig deeper into the on-set events of The Crow, and it all appears to be more a case of negligence and unprofessionalism than a sinister hex.The Exorcist (1973) 83%If the Devil really does exist, he seems to spend an awful lot of time on film sets. Before The Omen tempted fate with each shooting day, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist experienced its own unnerving incidents. Telling the story of two priests battling a demonic presence that has taken hold of a young girl named Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), the film is an undisputed classic of the horror genre, and some of that may have to do with the notion that the film itself was actually possessed. Things got off to a rocky start when the MacNeil family home set – where much of the action takes place – was destroyed by fire. The only room that was untouched by the blaze…was Regan’s. In addition, almost all of the actors suffered injuries during the filming, and televangelist Billy Graham even claimed that “there is a power of evil in that film, in the fabric of the film itself” and suggested that simply projecting it was like opening a door for demons. The movie held its premiere in Rome, during a violent thunderstorm. One attendee even passed out and broke her jaw, later attempting to sue the production because she blamed subliminal messages for her tumble.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5Some of the spookiness experienced on set and at early screenings was likely psychosomatic, but the movie still carries a heavy creep factor regardless.Rosemary's Baby (1968) 96%Why not complete Satan’s own personal trilogy with a supposedly cursed movie that pre-dates both The Omen and The Exorcist? Rosemary’s Baby is rightly credited with redefining the horror genre by taking it away from the campy cobwebs and castles of the old Vincent Price days and legitimizing it as a “real” grown-up art form. Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes star in the story of a young mother-to-be who moves into a New York apartment building that also happens to house a Satanic cult. Producer William Castle – who was infamous in the 1950s and 1960s for promoting all sorts of gimmicks like floating skeletons and rumbling theater seats in an effort to sell the “reality” of his horror movies – believed that real witches had cursed the set. The film’s composer suffered a nasty fall shortly after the movie wrapped and died after being comatose for several days. Castle himself fell ill with painful gallstones that required surgery. And, of course, director Roman Polanski’s wife at the time, actress Sharon Tate, and their unborn child would fall victim to the Manson Family a year after the film’s release.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5It’s easy to think of anything Satan-related as tempting fate when it comes to curses or bad mojo, but most of these incidents seem loosely connected at best.Faces of Death (1978) 25%Just as The Blair Witch Project came along at the perfect time to take advantage of early internet, the legend of Faces of Death is largely a product of the early 1980s VHS boom. Before Blockbuster, video stores were small (often seedy) mom-and-pop stores, and Faces of Death was one of those creepy little oddities you’d find on one of the dust-covered shelves. Allegedly depicting “real” deaths, it served as a badge of honor for anyone who was actually able to get ahold of a copy and watch it. Although the film does contain some real footage – like newsreel clips from an accident where you can see paramedics cleaning up the remains of a cyclist who had been struck and killed by a truck – it was almost entirely faked by writer and director John Alan Schwartz. Yes, even the infamous scene where a table full of diners appear to kill a trapped monkey and then eat its brains.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5If you don’t catch on immediately when you’re introduced to the movie’s “medical professional” host, “Francis B. Gross,” you’ll catch on during sequences like the “real” shark attack that somehow has footage from the shark’s POV as it eats a diver. Did it get a cinematography credit?Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) 58%(Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection)The film version of the classic horror and sci-fi television series let four different directors adapt a classic episode: “Kick the Can” by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark), “It’s a Good Life” by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace), “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” by George Miller (The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road), and “Time Out” by John Landis (Trading Places, Animal House). Although some claim the movie is cursed, it’s really just that there’s a sense of morbidity around it because veteran actor Vic Morrow (father of Jennifer Jason Leigh) and two young actors playing Vietnamese children were killed in an on-set accident during Landis’ segment when a helicopter that was part of a sequence recreating the Vietnam War crash-landed on them. None of the other directors experienced any bizarre or unexplained incidents, and all continued to have successful careers. But the tragedy hung a dark shadow over Landis and lends the movie a creepy, all-too-real feel.Plausibility Score: 1 out of 5Again, this was one horrible, tragic accident caused by director negligence. The rest of the film (and filmmakers) got on fine with no curse-related incidents.GUINEA PIG: FLOWER OF FLESH AND BLOOD (1985)None of the images from this film are acceptable to show you, so here is a guinea pig pushing a tiny shopping cart. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)Created by artist Hideshi Hino based on his own manga series, the Guinea Pig movies feature the same kind of faux documentary feel as something like Faces of Death or Cannibal Holocaust, and they re legendary among hardcore horror fans. Without any real plot to speak of beyond “psycho kidnaps women and dismembers them in gruesome fashion while dressed as a samurai,” the movies do feel less like a story and more like some forbidden home video. That said, two incidents lend it a particular air of menace. One is that a copy of Flower of Flesh and Blood was sent to the FBI by Charlie Sheen – yes, Charlie Sheen – because he was convinced it was an actual snuff film (it was not, and all of the deaths and butchery were faked). The other is that a copy of the film was found in the home of a man named Tsutomu Miyazaki, a cannibalistic serial killer known as the Otaku Murderer who was behind the kidnapping and murder of four young girls between 1988 and 1989 in Japan. The film was believed to have inspired him.Plausibility Score: 3 out of 5All Hino had to do was not put a title card over the opening “stalking” sequence and it might have worked. The scene really looks and feels like something a creep would record as he follows women down the street. But no real serial killer goes into AfterEffects and adds cool titles and music cues to their murder footage. At least, not that we know of.(Photo by Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment)Rounding out or list of horror is… not a horror film, but a movie that is believed to be so cursed it will never be made. A comedy based on a 1963 satirical novel called The Incomparable Atuk by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, the story is about an Inuit poet who travels to Toronto and has a series of fish-out-of-water experiences in the big city (the film version Americanized it by making Atuk a native of Alaska who travels to New York). Sounds pretty basic, right? It might well be, if the movie didn’t seem to kill every actor associated with the lead role. The curse of Atuk is particularly weird because the novel itself isn’t about anything sinister or paranormal. The first man up for the role was comedy legend John Belushi; after his untimely death from a drug overdose, the producers approached comedian Sam Kinison… who then died in a drunk driving accident. So they decided to offer the part to John Candy, who would die from a heart attack a few months after getting the script. Undaunted, the part was then dangled in front of another SNL vet – Chris Farley. He, too, would succumb to a drug overdose. Even stranger, Farley allegedly gave a copy of the script to a friend who he thought might also be interested in the role, namely fellow SNL alum Phil Hartman. Five months after Farley’s death, Hartman was shot and killed by his wife, who committed suicide hours later.Plausibility Score: 5 out of 5If this movie doesn t scream cursed, we don t know what does.Thumbnail image by Else Films
She is chosen by Edgar to replace Translucent, but immediately challenges Homelander thanks to her ease with social media and her large following on those platforms.“In the age of social media we have a whole new group of celebrities; this whole group of people who are successful on the internet. She is one of those people,” Cash said during the recent livestream.But considering she is one of The Seven, it is unlikely she will use her influence for any sort of good.“I’m such a bad guy that there will be questions coming my way,” she added. “Right now, I’m just reading history books.”Other new additions include Goran Visnjic as Alistair Adana, another church leader with a tenuous grip on the faith, and Claudia Doumit as congresswoman Victoria Neuman.And while Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) isn’t exactly a new character, he will have a lot more to do in the second season. During an appearance at C2E2 in February, Starr told an audience of fans, “I think they probably wrote to him the strongest in season 2 in my opinion. Black Noir is like a f king force in season 2.” Setting him against the Boys will no doubt result in plenty of the blood-splatter we saw in the trailer. Also, as readers of the comic book will know, Black Noir’s true identity is one of the comic’s big reveals and may yet become a plot point on the television show.When Will It Run?(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)The new season will debut on September 4. But in a twist on Amazon’s usual model, not all of the episodes will be available that day. Instead, fans can binge the first three episodes of season 2, then come back each week for the remaining five episodes through October 9. As Kripke explained during the livestream, “We decided there’s so much crazy sh this season that we want the audience to absorb it and recover.”We also think the sustained social media conversation about The Mandalorian during its weekly first-season run may have also had a hand in the change.Will There Be More Boys?After it was revealed that a season 2 episode title utilizes the name of the comic’s final major storyline, “The Bloody Doors Off,” some fans were afraid that two seasons were all we were ever going to get. But during the show s Comic-Con@Home panel on July 23, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg announced that the series had already been picked up for a third season. Of course, things are a little up in the air right now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Rogen quipped, When can we film season 3? Anyone’s guess! Hope sometime this decade. Thanks to the original comic book series, there are plenty of stories to draw from, to say nothing of the show’s departures from those tales creating more stories of their own. The show has legs and may be with us for some time yet.
Ever wondered how Axel Foley would fare in a Saw movie? Your ponderings are about to be answered in Spiral: From the Book of Saw, a reboot of the terrifying franchise famous for its inventive murder traps. The movie’s star, Chris Rock, says that he wanted to bring humor – and a sharp look at social issues – to the series, which he’s loved for a long time, and see how an Eddie Murphy-style cop would operate in a horror film. Ahead of the movie’s release, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Naz Perez sat down with Rock to talk about his move into more dramatic material, the mood on set, and just how scary the movie’s epic traps are in real-life. Plus, Perez spoke with co-stars Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols, and director Darren Lynn Bousman, who revealed just how the Saw team dreams up their brutal contraptions, builds them, and eventually tests them. (For real.)Spiral releases in theaters on May 14, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
女神猛将传 We re now in the heart of the summer movie season, so it shouldn t shock anyone to learn that the movies audiences are most looking forward to include a Pixar film, a superhero blockbuster, and a sci-fi adventure. What might be more surprising is that, in a triumph of counterprogramming, a high-concept fantasy musical and a deadpan zombie comedy also made the list. Read on to find out the five most anticipated movies by Rotten Tomatoes users and our fans on social media in June.1. Toy Story 4 (2019) 97%9,043 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Facebook and Instagram fans, #2 pick by our Twitter fansOpens June 21Toy Story 3 gave us all a satisfying, emotional franchise finale, so it was something of a surprise when we learned the good folks at Pixar were planning to revive the series with a fourth installment. That hasn t dampened the enthusiasm for the series, though, as Toy Story 4 sits comfortably at the top of this month s list of most anticipated movies. Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang plus an old friend and some new additions are on hand to continue the story as Andy s younger sister Bonnie makes a new toy at school who s not so thrilled about being a toy. This one topped our Facebook and Instagram polls, and easily amassed the most Want-to-See votes.2. Dark Phoenix (2019) 22%5,982 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fans, #5 pick by our Instagram fansOpens June 7With the recent acquisition of Fox s film and TV branches by Disney, it s probably going to be some time before we see the X-Men back on the big screen, so Dark Phoenix might be the last we see of the series for the foreseeable future (we re thinking of New Mutants as sort of an offshoot of the main series). With that in mind, it s probably appropriate that the existing franchise is going out with a bang, adapting one of the most iconic stories from the comics. Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and the rest of the younger, soft-rebooted mutants return to explore the darker side of Turner s Jean Grey, who becomes unstable after a mysterious encounter in space. This one resonated the most with our Twitter fans, and it amassed the second-highest number of Want-to-See votes.3a. Men in Black: International (2019) 23%3,268 Want-to-See Votes#3 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #5 pick by our Facebook fansOpens June 14Next up, we ve got a tie for third, so we ll start with the revival of the Men in Black franchise. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are nowhere to be found at least, that s what we assume, barring a surprise cameo from them in the movie and this time, the focus shifts to MiB s London branch, where a rookie agent played by Tessa Thompson is partnered up with Chris Hemsworth s veteran Agent H to track down a mole in the organization. Here s hoping the chemistry they displayed in Thor: Ragnarok wasn t a fluke.3b. Yesterday (2019) 63%