不过《天谕》手游丰富的大世界玩法和唯美风景可不仅仅只有天上才能见到，在强大的天气系统以及各种技术加持下，其实美景在整个游戏世界随处可见。 Starting with two brothers, a beloved Chevy Impala, and some demon-hunting equipment, Supernatural defied the odds to become one of the longest-running primetime shows in television history. It is also one of the few genre shows to break the tenth season mark, joining the classic Doctor Who in a very rarefied club of long, continuous production runs. When Rotten Tomatoes spoke with the cast and producers during a celebration of the program’s 300th episode, they all credited its longevity to two factors: first, stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and second, the on-set family dynamic that now includes a large stable of recurring characters and eventual co-leads like Misha Collins.“I think that my favorite [aspect] is the growing family dynamic of the show where the core cast, which used to be just Sam and Dean, has really become a legitimate group of people who very much love each other and care about each other,” said executive producer Brad Buckner.That family feel was on display in the 300th episode, which aired last month, but it left us wondering where the show can go now. Have the Winchesters driven every highway, rural route, private drive, parkway and surface street in their never-ending relationship with forces beyond imaging? The CW doesn’t think so, considering the network has already renewed the program for a historic 15th season. But let’s take a look at some directions Supernatural could go next.Alien Invasion(Photo by Mars Attacks!: ©Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection; Supernatural: Dean Buscher/The CW)To be sure, this is a pie-in-the-sky idea considering creator Eric Kripke s stated rule that aliens do not exist in the Supernatural universe. Over the years, the show has poked fun at its slight similarities to The X-Files via a handful of episodes in which aliens turn out to be fairies or frauds. It is a completely understandable decision as the show is literally called Supernatural. You really don’t expect to see E.T. or grey aliens plotting with Rowena (Ruth Connell) or Alternate Michael (various actors including Ackles).But now that the image is in your mind, consider this little thought experiment: What if they suddenly arrived and defied everyone’s assumption that they were not real. What if the angels and demons had no knowledge of them and could not account for their existence? Suddenly, the assumed political paradigm of the cosmos is upended because God never mentioned that he created other life in the universe. Alliances would have to be made, as well.It leads to plenty of questions. Are the aliens bound by the same rules of engagement? Do they have their own versions of angels and demons to contend with? Are there alien equivalents of Heaven and Hell? In which case, does each sentient alien race have one of its own and why would God make things so complicated?For the boys, it would start with disbelief and, no doubt, an eventual alliance with at least one extraterrestrial. Similarly, their adversaries would be looking for the angle immediately. And that s before the show even thinks to introduce a second alien species. But on a larger scale, it would be interesting to see all of these impossibly old spirits lose their sense of security because a completely unknown element is in orbit above the Earth.Yeah, it’s a reach, but it would be a funny one.A Return to the Road(Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/The CW)Since season 8, the Winchesters have had a place to call home within the bunker formerly used by the Men of Letters. It offers them a respite from their investigations even if it comes under attack from within and without all the time. But when it was first introduced, it was meant to change one key element of the show: Sam and Dean’s eternal journey across the country solving weird events. Six years later, it feels like the boys could lose the bunker and roam around essentially homeless. The material to write that story is there and, really, losing the sense of security the Bunker offers would be a huge shock to their systems — even more shocking than Sam or Dean getting possessed again.And since it seems neither brother will ever have any semblance of a domestic life, removing their sense of home would reinforce that they are riding or dying together. This could go to the extreme of removing Castiel, Mary (Samantha Smith), and Jack (Alexander Calvert) — which would be a shocking turn at this point – but even if the five of them are forced to move from town to town, it could alter the program’s dynamic in unexpected and interesting ways.Monsters of Myth(Photo by Michael Muller/The CW)There was a time, 14 years ago, when the show was about Sam and Dean following up on urban legends and mythical creature sightings. Their dealings with Lucifer and the political structure of Heaven appeared later (even if it was seeded from the start). What if, suddenly, the forces of Heaven and Hell were gone? In the absence of demons and angels, wendigos, fairy folk, will-o -the-wisps, jiangshi, and other creatures could try to hold sway upon the Earth. One imagines they would try to fill the power vacuum left by the departed angels and demons. It would reframe Sam and Dean’s mission and, possibly, create an end point for their fight as they clear away all of the supernatural creatures. Of course, they would be faced with the existential reality that evil can originate in humans without any supernatural source, but then it would be a different show.Maybe that’s the Supernatural spin-off The CW would actually pick up to series.The Road No One Will Take(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)There is definitely one version of the show producers say they will never try to do: one in which either Sam or Dean is gone permanently.“The heart and soul of this show is really the relationship with the brothers,” executive producer Robert Singer told Rotten Tomatoes. “They just deliver and their personal relationship is so close. That really comes through on screen. I ve actually done shows where the two actors weren t quite as fond of each other, and I think that shows up on screen. But these guys are great and they just live in these characters and so it s easy for us to write for them.”Singer and Buckner both agreed that losing one of their leads would mean to end the show.As it happens, Supernatural even offered its own example of what the show would look like with a Winchester brother absent: The survivor leaves the life and settles down. Now, we would love to see Ackles in show where he is a retired hero trying to adjust to the humdrum suburban world, but we wouldn t want that show to be an AfterSupernatural style spin-off or, worse, a Padalecki-less season 16.Nonetheless, Supernatural keeps finding ways to keep its flame alive. It bends the Winchesters into impossible shapes, ports them over to alternate realities, and even reunites them with long-lost family. It also keeps the politics of the Heavens strange and compelling. Maybe that s enough fuel to get the Impala to season 20.Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
After two Certified Fresh seasons, the hit show Cobra Kai has moved to Netflix for season 3 which will arrive at some point in 2021. And if you can’t get enough of that ’80s’ nostalgia mixed with martial arts and well-developed characters, Rotten Tomatoes has put together a list that should crane-kick your next few binge sessions up a notch.Cobra Kai seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix.bob电竞首页登录It would appear that everyone is saving their money for Toy Story 4 next week. Either that or nobody wanted to spend their hard-earned cash on two rebooted films about investigators that began their runs in 1998 and 2000. How bad did the two new sequels do this weekend? Combined they made just million more than Dark Phoenix did last week. On top of it, Phoenix nearly set a new record low (or high) in its second weekend.King of the Crop: MIB Number 1, But It s All Water, No Sugar(Photo by Sony)The title is a dubious distinction given that its opening weekend is less than 50% of any of the first three films. Men In Black: International does own the top spot at the box office with .5 million this weekend but if it continues along the lines of the sequels released the past two weeks its domestic future looks rather bleak. The rebooted franchise with Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth is scoring just slightly higher with critics (24% on the Tomatometer) than Dark Phoenix (23%) and opened with million less.At a reported cost of 0 million, MIB:I is Sony’s most expensive film since Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017. And unlike Passengers or Ghostbusters, Spidey was the only 0-plus million production from the studio since 2015’s SPECTRE to turn a profit. International is going to be relying on that very thing to get anywhere close. Rotten Returns: Shaft and Dark Phoenix Re-Defining Lows(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Did anyone know that a new Shaft was coming out? Well, it made .3 million this weekend. The previous Shaft (2000) opened to .7 million and finished with .3 million. Of the 13 direct sequels (big and small) released in 2019, Shaft and Men In Black: International are now the seventh and eighth ones to have their opening weekends drop 47% or more from the previous films.There may have been some curiosity about just how bad Dark Phoenix was last week, but it now nearly strikes a new low in its second weekend with million, after last week s .9 million opening. Amongst films that have opened between and million, there were five previous titles to drop more than 70% in weekend two: They were The Devil Inside (-76.2%), The Purge (-75.6%), Bruno (-72.8%), 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (-72.3%) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (-70.7%). Dark Phoenix joined the list this week by dropping 73%.Top Ten And Beyond: Pets 2, Aladdin, Rocketman(Photo by Universal Pictures)Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 made .8 million this weekend, for a current cume of m. Even if Pets 2 manages to squeak out 5 million domestically that is still nearly a 58% drop from the 5 million the first film made. Then again, with just an million budget and an international haul that is up to million, profit is still in the cards, though that will still feel like a disappointment.Aladdin continues to do solid business with over 3 million domestic and 4 million worldwide. And the other musical released three weeks ago continues to do solid biz, too: Rocketman made another million, for a million total cume.Amazon expanded its million Sundance pickup, Late Night, into 2,220 theaters this weekend and the results were a bit lackluster: A .1 million weekend with just a ,314 per-theater-average. Focus’ release of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die posted a ,834 PTA this weekend opening with .35 million in 613 theaters. That is already the fourth highest-grossing film that Jarmusch has ever made and needs less than a million to pass Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai for second, behind just Broken Flowers (.7 million).And finally, Avengers: Endgame record watch: With around million globally this weekend the film is still million from Avatar’s total .742 billion. This Time Last Year: Incredibles 2 Grabbed The All-Time Animation Record(Photo by Disney)Pixar’s Incredibles 2 broke the all-time animated opening weekend record with 2.6 million. That was good enough for the eighth highest all-time as well and yet only the third best of 2018 after Avengers: Infiinty War and Black Panther. The comedy, Tag, started in third with .9 million, the remake of Superfly was only sixth with .8 million. And John Travolta as Gotti did not even make the top 10 with .71 million in 503 theaters for 11th place. The top 10 films grossed a total of 8.48 million and averaged 71.9% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated 8.08 Million and averaged 55.2%.On the Vine: Toy Story 4 Seeks All-Time Animation Records(Photo by Disney)Woody, Buzz, and the whole gang return in Toy Story 4, which is poised to be one of the biggest films of the summer and the year. Can it beat Incredibles 2’s opening record? Early reports suggest it could be headed for 0 million or higher and it currently holds a 100% on the Tomatometer. Another kid’s toy returns to theaters as well, though one with a choking hazard intentionally. Mark Hamill voices Chucky in the Child’s Play remake. Meanwhile, Luc Besson is grooming yet another young female assassin with Anna. She is unlikely to be the next Lucy. Though maybe she ll be the next Adèle Blanc-Sec, The Extraordinary Adventures of.The Full Top 10: June 7-9Men in Black: International (2019) 23% – .50 million (.50 million total)The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) 60% – .80 million (.04 million total)Aladdin (2019) 57% – .71 million (3.44 million total)Dark Phoenix (2019) 22% – .00 million (.76 million total)Rocketman (2019) 89% – .80 million (.14 million total)Shaft (2019) 34% – .31 million (.31 million total)Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 42% – .10 million (.68 million total)John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) 89% – .10 million (8.62 million total)Late Night (2019) 79% – .13 million (.44 million total)Ma (2019) 56% – .61 million (.34 million total)
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7.71.9 7月喜迎Every year, the annual Arrowverse crossover is a chance for the various CW superhero shows to stretch themselves with comedy, action, and special effects spectacles. This year’s story saw The Book of Destiny rewrite the lives of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), causing the Flash and Arrow to swap each other’s lives. Roping in Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and her cousin Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to aid their attempt to undo the Book’s alterations gave each show — The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl — plenty of opportunities to redefine how far they can push the limits of superhero television.But it was also a chance for the participating programs to get very geeky about themselves and comic-book mythology overall. This year’s crossover, “Elseworlds,” is no exception, with nods to previous crossovers, a future crossover, and deep pulls from comic-book lore. Here’s a look some of our favorite references and what they mean for the Arrowverse.“Barry, What Have You Done This Time?”(Photo by Jack Rowand/The CW)Almost as soon as the first part of “Elseworlds” began, it made the same joke about Barry s disregard for the timeline that the internet does. When Oliver realized he was the Flash, he immediately asked the most sensible question anyone would in that situation: What the heck did Barry do now?The joke goes back to the resolution of the “Flashpoint” storyline in the third season of The Flash. Barry prevented his mother’s murder, but also prevented the circumstances that led to him becoming the Flash. When he undid this choice, it had ramifications for The Flash, like the appearance of Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), and Arrow. In the latter program’s case, his cavalier attitude toward time changed John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla Michaels’ (Audrey Marie Anderson) daughter, Sara, into J.J., their son. The change was even predicted in the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow when the Legends discovered J.J. acting as the Green Arrow in 2046.As it happens, no one was thrilled to learn about Barry s tinkering with time.His “Flashpoint” mistake led to a favorite online meme about disappointing events. And considering how often Arrow tries to resist the wilder Arrowverse plot points, Oliver’s question seems like a great joke and a fair point.The Salmon LadderA regular feature of Arrow’s early years, Oliver’s main means of working out his core has taken a back seat in recent years. Luckily, the equipment was still set up in the remains of the Arrowcave, allowing Barry to try it out as he seemingly inherited Oliver’s abs during the life-swap.“The Pipeline Is a Prison”For years, fans of The Flash have debated the morality of the Pipeline. Set up as a way to contain wayward metas like Girder (Greg Finley), viewers quickly began to question how the Pipeline functioned and Team Flash s cavalier attitude toward the metas constitutional rights. Though prisoners in the Pipeline were eventually transferred to Iron Heights Prison, the show never really acknowledged what the Pipeline was until Barry pieced it together in the first part of “Elseworlds.”Like much of the humor in the first episode, the moment revealed that the producers of The Flash do listen to those complaints, even if it takes them four years to respond. But the underlying theme of the joke was amplified in Part 3 as John Deegan (Jeremy Davies) turned S.T.A.R. Labs into a literal prison.Also, the sequence from Part 1 finally resolved a longstanding concern about the humane treatment of the metas in the Pipeline: Yes, the cells do indeed have toilets.The Smallville Theme(Photo by Shane Harvey/The CW)While not part of the Arrowverse, Smallville was The CW’s (and The WB’s) first foray into the DC Universe. Using the theme song as the action moves to the Earth-38 Kent Farm — which happens to be the same location used on Smallville — was a nice, playful touch. See also: Jonathan Kent’s old red truck in the background of many shots at the farm.The Jewel Mountains on ArgoBefore Barry and Oliver arrive on Earth-38, Clark Kent mentions some of the things he and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) did on their trip to Argo City, including a trek to the Jewel Mountains. This is a particularly deep pull from the DC Comics mythos as the Jewel Mountains of Lurvan appear in only a handful of early 1980s comic books. In the mountains second appearance, Kryptonian criminal Jax-Ur traveled back in time to create a Jewel Kryptonite as a means of affecting reality outside the Phantom Zone. Now that sounds like a future Supergirl story to us. A Friend (Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)When Clark agrees to help Oliver and Barry, he announces himself as “a friend.” The line will be familiar to fans of 1978’s Superman motion picture — which happens to be celebrating its 40th anniversary later this week — as Clark’s (Christopher Reeve) answer when Lois (Margot Kidder) asks “Who are you?” after he saved her from a helicopter accident. It is the first of many nods to the Earth-38 Superman’s feature-film counterpart.In Part 3, Barry and Kara’s scientifically unsound plan to slow the rotation of the Earth and slow down time is a direct lift from the end of Superman; though, in that case, Superman was seen reversing the rotation of the Earth to turn back time. The visual is recreated in “Elseworlds,” but as many have noted over the years, reversing the rotation of the planet would not alter time. Instead, it would break the Earth’s gravitational pull. Nonetheless, the visual is very consistent with the way Superman traveled through time in issues of Action Comics and Superman during the 1950s and 60s.Another nod to Superman comes at the tail end of “Elseworlds” when Clark proposes to Lois. The dress she is wearing is a duplicate of the one movie Lois wears during her first interview with the Man of Steel. Feature-film Superman was also known to use his strength to make diamonds, which is seen here with the engagement ring he gives Lois. Even his attempt to grill and Lois’s subsequent suggestion to use heat vision is a roundabout reference to a deleted Superman II scene in which Clark uses that ability to make a soufflé.The Batman Is an Urban LegendWhen Barry, Kara, and Oliver finally decide to make a trip to Earth-1’s Gotham City in Part 2, Oliver boldly claims the Batman is a urban legend. This is a joke with many meanings.In the comics of the 1990s, Batman was considered to be an urban legend despite his membership in the Justice League. The notion was dispensed during the 1999 “No Man’s Land” storyline, in which Batman was forced to appear in broad daylight to reclaim his city and partner with the Gotham City Police Department.The concept, however, serves well as a joke about who appeared first in the Arrowverse. Until “Elseworlds,” Oliver was presumed to be the first costumed vigilante — for a moment, let’s dismiss the Justice Society of America in the 1940s — which would be true if the Batman is a myth. You may notice Ollie gets really defensive about this point, which is another nod to the comics as Green Arrow was something of a Batman clone for decades.But the joke also has a real-world connotation as Batman remains a character the Arrowverse cannot use for obscure corporate reasons predating the Warner Bros. purchase of DC Comics and the character s continued status as feature film star.Despite the prohibition on the character himself, the entire Gotham City sequence in Part 2 is stuffed with weighty Batman references. The Chicago exterior shots recall Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The overgrown vegetation in the Wayne Tower and the glimpse of Kate Kane’s (Ruby Rose) hideout is a direct reference to the treehouse her comic-book counterpart, Batwoman (who will likely be getting her own series in 2019), utilizes. The names glimpsed at Arkham Asylum are, of course, members of Batman’s rogues gallery — although executive producer Marc Guggenheim clearly had some fun by making the caped crusader s Earth-1 counterpart an inmate there — and back in Bruce Wayne’s office, the Shakespeare bust is a welcome tip-of-the-hat to Batman ’66.Also, Batwoman’s suggestion that she and Kara could be the “world’s finest” team recalls the comic book of the same name, in which Batman and Superman regularly teamed up.John Diggle s Ring(Photo by Diyah Pera/The CW)When the Earth-90 Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) finally makes it to Earth-1, he spots Diggle and asks why he is not wearing his ring. The joke is a reference to the fan theory (or is it an abandoned storyline?) that Diggle is really John Stewart, who became Hal Jordan’s back-up as Green Lantern in 1971’s Green Lantern #87. Fans of the Justice League animated series will also remember him as the Green Lantern of Earth.Arrow has made plenty of knowing references over the years to the Diggle-Stewart connection as their histories align in certain ways, but it is unlikely the producers ever really intended to make Dig the protector of space sector 2814. For one thing, the show is the most grounded of the Arrowverse programs, so it seems unlikely that a ring would ever come to Earth and judge him to be a man without fear. Additionally, it was always presumed Warner Bros. Pictures interest in Green Lantern feature films made it impossible for the Arrowverse to feature a Green Lantern Corps, although executive producer Beth Schwartz recently suggested this may not be the case.Either way, it is fun to think that in other realities, John Diggle is a space cop. Maybe once Arrow finishes its run, producers could spin him off into his own Green Lantern series.“Worlds Live. Worlds Die”(Photo by Jack Rowand/The CW)In the end, “Elseworlds” proved to be a test for the coming Crisis, as the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) eventually explained; in fact, we already know the Arrowverse plans to bring Crisis on Infinite Earths to television next year.The epic 1985 maxiseries redefined DC Comics continuity by ending its Multiverse (don’t worry, it eventually returned). In the series, the Monitor assembled heroes from various realities to stop the approach of the Anti-Monitor from the antimatter reality: a creature bent on harvesting the energies of the other realities. In the end, the heroes were forced to merge the remaining realities into a single, supposedly cohesive, universe.And as ads for the series remarked, worlds lived and worlds died. The death count included the entire Crime Syndicate of America on Earth-3, Hank Hall’s brother Don (a.k.a. Dove), and, most notably, Barry Allen and Kara Zor-El.Since “Elseworlds” proved to be a prequel to “Crisis,” references to the storyline proliferate across the story with Crisis’ red skies following Barry and Ollie from Central City to Star City, the Monitor’s
(Photo by Netflix/ courtesy Everett Collection)Best Science Fiction Movies of 2021, Ranked by TomatometerWelcome to our guide to the best science-fiction movies of 2021, where we feature Fresh and Certified Fresh genre films from the year. Among 2021 s best you ll find kaiju death-matches (Godzilla vs. Kong), time loops (The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, Boss Level), superhero and horror hybrids (In the Earth, Black Widow), and mind-blowing animation (The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time).Check back as we add more to the best-reviewed sci-fi movies of 2021! (Plus, we re doing the same for 2021 s action movies, horror movies, and the overall best movies of the year.)
Disney s first-ever theatrically released princess-movie sequel, Frozen II, is set to light up the box office ahead of the holidays when it hits theaters November 22. Ahead of the movie s release, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Naz Perez sat down with the key returning cast (Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff) as well as some newcomers to Arendelle (Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood) to talk about the movie s mega new songs and musical numbers, as well as to fantasy-cast the completely inevitable Frozen live-action remake. Plus, we spoke with the duo behind Frozen s original music, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, about the challenges of getting lightning to strike twice after the phenomenon of Let It Go.
Kate Hudson has signed on for season 2 of the Apple TV+ drama Truth Be Told. In her first regular TV series role, Hudson will star with series lead Octavia Spencer, who plays true crime podcaster Poppy. Hudson will play a lifestyle expert, Micah, and friend of Poppy’s who is involved in a new case that puts the women’s friendship at odds.
bob电竞首页登录 Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to reflect the specialty box office releases that are newly available on streaming services and VOD. This week we have a gender-bent alternative history of the Ned Kelly legend, a high school drama about embezzlement, and the long-awaited conclusion to the beloved Ip Man action saga. In our Spotlight section, we call back to a black and white horror tale that s newly available to stream online and a horror-comedy starring Will Forte that you might have missed from earlier this year.Streaming This Weekend
(Photo by Courtesy of Getty Images for AFI)Golden Globes are slightly dubious as a barometer for predicting the Academy Awards. Thanks to some stellar research over at FiveThirtyEight, we know that the Golden Globes are right about 50% of the time predicting the Oscar Best Picture winner, though in the last 20 years, that number has slipped to about 35%. This, however, does not mean last weekend wasn t filled with moments that might tip the hat as to whom will be nominated for Oscars (or perhaps even take home a statue). Nestled right in the midst of nominations voting, Globes weekend and the subsequent events that surround it mirror the eclectic and ever raucous vibe that Best Supporting Actor frontrunner Brad Pitt spoke of in his Globes acceptance speech. This past weekend, Rotten Tomatoes Editor Jacqueline Coley was out and about to report back on the sights, sounds, and takeaways from events including the Hollywood Bonghive meetup and the glitzy post-globes parties.The Stars and Diamonds Glitter in Palm Springs(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)The first event of the weekend was the Palms Springs Gala, where Oscar hopefuls can schmooze with the retired AMPAS voters who live in the tropical community, just an hour south of Los Angeles. Dressed to the nines in colorful gowns and lots of jewels, Palms Springs attendees watched stars Jennifer Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Scorsese, Charlize Theron, and Renée Zellweger accept various honors in the opening night presentation. However, it was Little Women director Greta Gerwig who won the night with her heartfelt speech for Director honoree Quentin Tarantino. [He] makes movies as if movies could save the world,” she said while introducing him, adding, “Movies can kill Hitler, free slaves, and give Sharon Tate one more summer He makes movies like movies themselves matter. This was a big moment for Tarantino, who had received flack earlier in the year regarding his lack of dialogue for star Margot Robbie. Tapping Gerwig arguably the most noteworthy female director in the awards conversation this year to present him with the award and speak so positively on his behalf was a smart play for the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director. It s just too bad she couldn t pinch-hit for his awkward Golden Globes acceptance speech on Sunday, as well.The Stars Favorite Stop for Weekend Lunching with AFI(Photo by Courtesy of Jacqueline Coley)There is no way to put this delicately so we ll just say it campaigning for an Oscar is torturous. Stars have to clear their calendars for two to three months to shake hands and make speeches. They go through the arduous exercise of doing hours of press, taking selfies, and smiling through it all, with very little to no chance of actually winning any awards. Cocktail parties, posh dinners, and award shows may sound like a fun time, but doing anything every day for two months will lose its novelty quickly. This is why the AFI luncheon on the Friday before the Globes is such a welcome moment for most Oscar hopefuls. Each year, AFI selects 10 films and 10 television shows from the previous year (and a couple of specialty honors if they find international entries of merit) and gather the principal players together for a relaxed lunch with limited press just to celebrate their achievements. The lack of press and potential voters and the fact everyone in the room is already previously announced as a winner removes most of the anxiety that comes with other events. This is why everyone from Brad Pitt to Kevin Feige call the event their favorite moment of the season.This year, we watched Pitt chat it up with Bong Joon-ho and the cast of Parasite as he repeatedly gushed about how he loved the film. We also spotted Rian Johnson, who was honored for Knives Out, chatting with his Star Wars: The Last Jedi co-star Laura Dern, who was being feted for her work in Noah Baumbach s Marriage Story and Greta Gerwig s Little Women. Robert De Niro (Joker, The Irishman), Harvey Keitel (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story), Sam Rockwell (Richard Jewell, Jojo Rabbit), and Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, produced Richard Jewell) were all involved with more than one honoree. We asked Dern about how she split her loyalties, and she joked she was a bit like the young boy at the center of the divorce drama in Marriage Story: They are like my parents. I love them both. I don t pick sides. Though there is a no campaigning mantra in effect at the AFI, there s nothing to say attendees can t steer voices and eyes to films they favor, and this year featured an excellent example of tongue-in-cheek campaigning. Former AFI honoree Mel Brooks kicked off the festivities with a benediction, during which he raved about his favorite film of the year the Hitler anti-war satire Jojo Rabbit: It s really a terrific, eloquent, and beautiful picture, he said, adding jokingly that writer/director Taika Watiti did not ask my permission to use Hitler a hilarious reference to Brooks Hitler satire The Producers.A Party with ParasiteIf we were ever unsure of Bong Joon-ho s effect on the Hollywood community, the party hosted by Guillermo del Toro at the Sunset Tower answered all of those questions. After being fawned over by just about everyone at the AFI Luncheon, Team Parasite was greeted by the rest of Hollywood that evening. Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Laura Dern, Keegan-Michael Key, Noah Baumbach, Jay Roach, Miranda July, and Natasha Lyonne some of whom left their own For Your Consideration events to make a trek to the West Hollywood celebration all made time to pay their respects that night. Having so many A-listers and Academy voters as confirmed members of the Bonghive – Bong s online fanbase – a Best Picture nomination this coming Monday looks more and more like an inevitability.Brunching with the Indie CrowdParasite Dir. Bong Joon Ho chats w/ The Farewell star Zhao Shuzen (Photo by Courtesy of Jacqueline Coley)On Saturday, Film Independent had the Indie Spirit Awards annual nominees brunch, where they handed out 5,000 to filmmakers Kelly Reichardt, Mollye Asher, Rashaad Ernesto Green, and Nadia Shihab. We also spotted Last Black Man in San Francisco director Joe Talbot, who was up for one of the Indie Spirit specialty prizes that were handed out during Saturday s fete by Alfre Woodard and Crazy Rich Asians director John Chu. When we asked Chu about his upcoming film with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights, he simply smiled and said, He can t wait for people to see it. As was the case on Friday, Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho was again so mobbed by well-wishers he barely had time to sit down.After the Globes (Photo by Courtesy of Netflix)After the Globes, the most raucous party was – as it has been for the past few years – the Netflix party. Tiffany Haddish, who presented at the ceremony, put on an impromptu freestyle at the end of the night, shortly after Brad Pitt, Eddie Murphy, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi, and numerous Netflix stars danced the night away to pop hits. At the Instyle/Warner Bros. do, their elevator glam shot was a frequent stop for celebs, and The Farewell helmer Lulu Wang paired up with Rita Wilson for a hilarious shoot sporting a – yes, it s legal in California – blunt, courtesy of Snoop Dogg. Though the Netflix party was the spot be, it was slightly a somber affair at the start, due to the fact the streamer only took home two prizes out of 17 nominations. In contrast, the NBC celebration was a joyous time after two surprise wins for their World War I one-shot epic 1917. This is welcome news for Universal Studios, who are likely still smarting after the vicious – though at times bemused – reception to Cats. The wins at the globes could propel the film, which opens wide in theaters this weekend, to box office domination over January, and if awards keep tallying up on our Awards Leaderboard, perhaps a Best Picture win as well.The Academy Awards are broadcast February 9, 8 pm EST/5 pm PST, on ABC.Like this? 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