英雄联盟深海泰坦采用百度引擎0（Baidu 2）r mercy (it was to be a painless death for Olenna), and an eye for talent in people, as demonstrated by his connection to Brienne.Should take the Throne: Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)If Game of Thrones were a particularly bloody and blindside-filled season of Survivor – Outwit! Outslay! – no one could compete with Cersei’s case at final Tribal Council. Just look what she’s both achieved and been through on her little island of King’s Landing. No one has suffered as much: she’s lost, what, all of her kids; her glorious long locks; her dad; her lover/brother/Hand; and been paraded through the streets totally naked (shame!). And she arguably pulled off one of Thrones’ most stunning strategic moves in the destruction of the great Sept of Baelor. Sure, you can admire all those fresh-faced and ambitious kids in the North, forming unlikely alliances and proving themselves in battle as they seek to usurp her, but sometimes staying in power is harder than taking power. For holding on so tightly – and never dropping a drop of red while doing so – Cersei deserves to maintain her place on her throne.Should take the Throne: Jon Snow (Kit Harington)(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)We learned in season 7 that Jon has the strongest claim to the throne, given that his dad was Rhaegar Targaryen, whose marriage to his mother Lyanna Stark was legit, but he also has Thrones’ ultimate mic-drop argument: He died and came back. Who else among these would-be throne-sitters can top that? (Berric Dondarrion isn t really in the running.) Or say that they led a successful defense of The Wall against attack by the Wildlings? Or that they later forged a key alliance with those same Wildlings – an alliance that could prove key to defending everyone against the oncoming White Walker invasion? No? No one? We’re listening… As if that wasn’t enough, Jon has proved himself the bravest of Thrones’ lead contenders. Recall when he went beyond the Wall. Or when he stood, sword raised, circled by enemy forces in the Battle of the Bastards? And it’s not just cocksure bravery and resurrections that have us rooting for Jon. He’s a sharp mind, too, and one who puts ego aside to “bend the knee” for love.Should take the Throne: Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Sure, Jon’s survived the Wall, epic battles and, well, death. And Arya has been dodging swords and arrows all across the continent for several years now. But Sansa is the Stark offspring who has survived in arguably the most dangerous places in all of Westeros: under Cersei’s roof, under Littlefinger s thumb, and in Ramsay Bolton’s bed. The once-naïve wannabe princess has had to grow up very quickly over seven seasons of Thrones, and her developing understanding of how the world really works and a growing skill to move within it have led her safely and triumphantly back to Winterfell. Also, if ruling the Seven Kingdoms requires a strong ability to deal with toxic men, Sansa should be your top pick: Not only did she manage to outlive a spiteful Joffrey, she escaped the physical and mental clutches of Ramsay and Lord Petyr Baelish, before killing both in wonderfully satisfying fashion.Should take the Throne: Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)A girl has no name, perhaps, but she is a strong contender for the throne. More than any other Stark – living, at least – she has had to fight for her life, time and time again, and prove her skills in deception and combat (who else can go toe-to-toe with Brienne, as she did?). Arya’s racked up quite the lethal résumé in her journeys through Kings Landing, Braavos, Riverrun, and beyond: She can fully disguise herself, thanks to skills picked up with the Faceless Men; she’s developed a ruthlessness – sorry, Hound! – that will serve her well when ruling over a court of would-be usurpers; and she’s executed some of Thrones’ biggest moves, chief among them her delicious, crusty vengeance against the House of Frey. “They’re already here, my lord…” Chills.Should take the Throne: Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright)(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)If we re going to consider other Starks for the Iron Throne, why not also the god-like all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven? Voted Most Likely to Know About His Surprise Birthday Party among the Stark kids, Bran s childhood physical agility has given way to supernatural mental acumen now that he s in his teens. He ll foresee any and all plots against him, he can time travel to take lessons from the greatest rulers in the history of Westeros and beyond; with his all-seeing eye, he can find more dragons in the east and train them based on the methods of the best dragon riders ever; and he was a kind and sweet child and still seems so at heart. Honestly, other than his unsettlingly detached demeanor — which is far sight better (pun intended) than some of the crazies that have sat the Throne recently — Bran may actually be the very best choice to rule.Should take the Throne: The Night King(Photo by HBO)You may not think Thrones’ own Ol’ Blue Eyes has much of a claim, given that we haven’t seen so much of him over the shows’ seven seasons and that we don’t actually know too much about his motives. But when we have seen him, he has almost always outsmarted the living. Case in point: In season 7’s mammoth battle north of the Wall between Daenerys and her dragons and Jon’s forces against the White Walkers and wights, he saw an opportunity in battle to take out Viserion and then resurrected the beast as a Wall-felling ice dragon. So, he’s smart. He s strategic. And he’s patient, another key quality for a good ruler. He has waited some 8,300 years for summer to end, after all.Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
When Dear White People season 3 hit Netflix this summer, the comedy continued its streak as one of the best-reviewed shows on television. Season 3 – for which creator Justin Simien brought his dynamic cast of students back to Winchester University for junior year – is currently rated Fresh at 89% on the Tomatometer. Still packed with biting social commentary, the storylines this year broke new ground for the characters and the narrative format.Rotten Tomatoes spoke with star Logan Browning, who plays the bombastic and outspoken Samantha, who after two seasons hosting her campus radio show Dear White People, leaves her beloved show and host identity behind in the latest season. Below, the actress discusses what she s watching on TV right now, what she and Issa Rae get up to during their epic yacht parties, and season 3 of Dear White People.WHAT IS APPOINTMENT TV FOR YOU?(Photo by Jennifer Clasen/HBO)The most recent thing that I got to appointment watch was Big Little Lies, and I did that with my friend Camille because it came on every Sunday and I have HBO NOW. That s the most recent thing I was able to watch every time it came on.Rotten Tomatoes: How do you make time to watch it together?We are very considerate of each other s time. We would check in on every Saturday and be like, Hey are you busy on Sunday? Do you want to wait to watch it on Monday? And then we d always alternate whose house we re going to so no one s having to constantly host and no one s having to constantly make the trek to the other person s place. And then, of course, we d order food and we don t start it until we have our food, which gets to be a problem sometimes because it just gets later and later when you re waiting for your Postmates or Uber Eats delivery. And then, we try really, really hard not to pause it. We ll look at each other at certain moments throughout the whole thing like, Are we on the same page here? I ve tried multiple times to pause it and talk to Camille about it and she s like, No, we have to just keep going. Yes, we have to power through and we will discuss it after just like a movie. That s what it requires.WHAT’S ON YOUR DVR?Well, I m one of those people who does not have cable. I only have streaming. I have Hulu Live, but the way my life works, I never get to use it. I wouldn t know what to DVR if I had one.WHAT’S IN YOUR STREAMING QUEUE?(Photo by Netflix)I m in the middle of bingeing Queer Eye. I like to mix my fiction and my feel-good reality shows. I m also in the middle of Stranger Things. I will start Fleabag soon, though, because I have heard so many great things about it.WHAT’S COMING SOON THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR?(Photo by HBO)Oh, that s easy. Insecure season 3. That is whenever they release it — in like 2040! [laughs] I feel it s never going to be here, but I can t wait.RT: Didn t you and Issa Rae just throw a yacht party together? Did you ask her about it? I didn t. But I should have brought that up. Where s my season three, sis? We mad, Issa. We mad! [laughs] No, I know, she s busy making movies. She can live.(Photo by Netflix)Jacqueline Coley for Rotten Tomatoes: Coming into season 3, it s the students junior year and they re more mature than last season. Everybody s growing up and growing out in different ways. Talk about the maturity of this season.I think that the characters have to grow. That s a lot of what college is about: finding yourself, your voice, and just figuring out how the world wants you to behave, versus how you react to the world, versus how you want to create your own narrative for the rest of your next couple of years. All of the characters have core issues that they ll always probably deal with. I know Justin has said this before, As a writer, you want to create problems for your characters and then never solve them, and I find that fascinating because in every season we just get closer to solving these problems. But ultimately, the things in our lives that we feel are our problems are really a part of something. That s our shadow self, right? It s a part of you that will always be with you. You just learn how to work around it, with it, and through it. That s kind of what all these characters are doing. They have things in their lives that they come up against and they ve just got to figure out how to work through it. The tagline of the season is: Grow by any means necessary.RT: Samantha s in a different place this time. Talk to me about coming back to Sam without Dear White People as her thing.It s funny. Sam was always experiencing the retaliation of the radio show at her mic. That s gone this year and it s difficult for Sam. Because in the long run she hopes this will be a vacation, and that whenever she s got her life together she can come back to it. But in the end, she s like, I don t know if I m ready to really jump back into this. And when you get to that moment, you have to decide, is this thing that I ve created staying the same or is it going to change? That also happened with the show Dear White People too. Justin, Yvette [Lee Bowser, showrunner], all of the cast and crew have together created this series and now this season has been all about change. So now it s like, Well, what happens next? Do you just keep running with that? Do you create something new? In a lot of ways Sam s exploration this season parallels the show s.RT: Justin tackled two big issues within the black community this year: The Tyler Perry effect, in which a person may be thought to perpetuate stereotypes in the eyes of some, but in others estimation is an icon who fights for representation. The other issue being #MeToo through the eyes of black women. What was it like exploring those two storylines?I very much appreciated both of the storylines. I mean, with the Tyler Perry reference, as someone who worked for the man himself and grew up in Atlanta going to Tyler Perry plays and films, I m honestly grateful that Justin got to this point in his life where he can realize that there s room for all of us. I appreciate it because as a Black person in America, we are all so different and we all get to consume whatever content we want. A lot of the reason I was able to be in L.A. during the writers strike or when I wasn t working was because of the work I did with Tyler. And with the #MeToo storyline from every angle, everyone was super supportive. There are a lot of instances in and women s lives — and in men s lives — that they don t talk about because they re not sure if it was taboo or if they just unknowingly put themselves in an improper situation. What [Dear White People] shows is that opening up to people and having people not judge you when you are sharing those kinds of things with them allows for support, or it should. I feel that on so many levels.(Photo by Netflix)RT: Dear White People has been consistently rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but some still take issue with the title. What would you say to those that still cannot seem to get past the name? Ultimately, what makes this show so great is that it exists. It s art that dares to exist. This kind of art couldn t and didn t always exist on any platform. To the people who can t get past something like the title? They truly don t bother me. Because if you can t get past it, then you re not ready for it. And that s OK because the show isn t about that. The show s not trying to force anyone to do anything. The show will always exist. Maybe in 30 years it won t exist on Netflix, but it will be in the canon of television and maybe one day people will be ready for it — even if they aren t now. But for the people who are ready for it and who ve been craving it, they deserve to have it. They also deserve to have it in peace, but you know America.Dear White People seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix. The most anticipated big Disney remake yet, The Lion King, arrives in theaters Friday, promising fans a visually stunning reimagining of one of their favorite tales. Ahead of the movie s release, Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley sat down with director Jon Favreau and the cast to talk about how they put a new spin on the classic film as well as their favorite scenes from the original movie. Want to know which Lion King moments make Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Alfre Woodard, and Chiwetel Ejiofor laugh, cry, and drop their jaws? Check out the video interview above.The Lion King is in theaters July 19.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
ther fresh – but we imagine they re all negligible when you re staring down a reptilian maw of serrated teeth. Their crushing jaws, tough exteriors, and peculiar elongated shapes have made them the villains in some vibrant monster movies, ranging from horror comedies (Lake Placid), summer blockbusters (Rampage), and near-classics (Rogue). Those will soon be joined by Crawl, a wind-and-rain–swept action flick from the director of Piranha 3D, so we re taking a tumble in the swamp by ranking all the best and worst crocodile and alligator movies by Tomatometer!英雄联盟深海泰坦Are there any negatives? Peele s Twilight Zone feels neither like the best of Peele nor much like The Twilight Zone. It s a mismatch of talents that, in the four episodes provided to critics, falls short of justifying its presence. — Daniel D Addario, Variety The 2019 Twilight Zone often dabbles in topics that are painfully relevant to today, but the real tragedy is, they were just as prevalent in Serling s time, too. Our progress has been minimal. — Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm It’s frustrating to see The Twilight Zone end up on CBS All Access instead of cable TV. While CBS gives primetime slots to conservative crime procedurals like NCIS and CSI, it cloisters away its best (and most racially diverse) programming on a subscription service that most people just aren’t going to pay for. That’s why Star Trek: Discovery isn’t the pop culture touchstone it should be, and why The Good Fight isn’t widely recognized as the best ongoing political drama of the Trump era. Maybe Peele’s brand is strong enough to invite an influx of new subscribers, proving CBS’s strategy right. — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, The Daily DotAny final thoughts? (Photo by Robert Falconer/CBS) Like Peele s films, the show works on multiple levels, weaving together the personal and the political to craft characters as nuanced as its themes. — Judy Berman, TIME Magazine That this series has already figured out that it can be political simply by virtue of the stories it tells, the points of view it adopts, and the actors it employs is further proof that magic can happen in The Twilight Zone. — Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/VultureLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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6.48.2 1月喜迎Barbara Ling: I got a call to read the script at Quentin s house, and I went crazy for it, then met with Quentin. And the first big meeting was kind of insane. He writes the script as if it s a novel. It was an enormous amount of places. It was all I could do to try to take notes and catch up on how many locations we were going to need it was so massive. A massive film driving through LA, nonstop. It s stopping at many different types of areas. So once Quentin and I talked about the things that were most crucial for him and what he d love to see that could be discovered, all of the rest happened really quite quickly. Within the first 24 hours of me starting, I made sure I had Rick [Schuler] starting the next day, because the one thing that was very apparent to me, time was of the essence, and it was gonna take a lot of wrangling. It s Los Angeles, which is not an easy hunt. So Rick threw his department together fast.Rick Schuler: I was working on Ford v Ferrari and decided to jump over because I wanted to do the Quentin movie. Then I interviewed with Barbara. I guess that interview went well. [laughs] I was excited to be working with her, because she grew up and lived in Hollywood at that time. I came to Hollywood much later, so I was very excited about that. But yeah, it started rather quickly. Barbara met with him first, and then I got to the script, and then just started breaking down the locations. Barbara was already doing the locations that were written in the script and scouted already. So there was plenty for me to start wrapping my head around, like Musso Frank s and Casa Vega and all that kind of stuff. And then it was only later that I jumped in and talked more with Barbara and Quentin about other specific locations.Ling: We had Quentin in a car the very first week we both started. By the end of that week, we were driving the streets of LA. We had a tight window of only about 12 weeks before the tech scout and the first commercial shoots. Those little commercials were being made for within the film first, which meant that you had 12 weeks to put this movie together, to have the budget, start building, and start finding. The best part was being in the car with Quentin those hours and long conversations. And it does take hours, because driving through Los Angeles scouting is always hours. [laughs] In one respect, it was good, because that s where you get so much about what he s thinking. He s going, Yeah, and what about that? What about if we do this? It s a creative time. And then there was nonstop driving with him once Rick would assemble things. It was a very quick process, but very creative and very fun. The hardest part [was] getting all of [these fractured moments] pinned down in the beginning. (Photo by Columbia/Sony Pictures)Ling: You have a layering in this film that s separate from the world that they were in the everyday 1960s, and then you had the TV shows that they were in at that time. Rick Dalton s Lancer would ve been set as an 1800s Western. So now we re doing this film, and we re doing the eras within the era. The constant was 1969, the live-action now. The actors, you d see on the streets or in their homes. And then we d go to a set, and now we re coming into a TV show. You have the Westerns, the Hullabaloo, and these fractured moments around different sets that carry on as their characters are on the set. When Cliff Booth is fighting Bruce Lee you re there on the outside of the set in the 1960s. You re not on the inside of the set, but it s there in the background.And those scenes within the scenes are the hardest part. Getting all of that pinned down in the beginning how many TV shows are there? It s a lot. It s a lot because there were a broad range of shows. But Quentin had to pin it down for himself. He said, Okay, we re going to do 20 of these shows. But then you had the everyday action of the movie, Rick s life, Rick coming home, Cliff going to his trailer, the introduction of the Polanski house. And there s actually a lot that we did that didn t make the cut, because what happens with any movie is that you go for the gold, and then you think, Well, maybe I don t need that now. [Quentin s] an encyclopedia of both film and TV shows of that era. (Photo by Columbia/Sony Pictures)Schuler: Do you remember how he [Quentin] would pop things on us? Like, we were driving back from somewhere, and he goes, Oh, okay, go down Riverside. Go by Bob s Big Boy, and make a left on Furman. Stop. Now, let s get out of the car. And then he showed us a restaurant that he had frequented with his family growing up called The Money Tree on Riverside. And then once he sort of told us about that, he said, Well, an FBI episode was shot here. And we re listening, and he s like, Yeah, and I want to do this scene here. And that was sort of completely out of the blue.Ling: What s so great about Quentin, he s an encyclopedia of both film and TV shows of that era, particularly of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. And because there were scenes from FBI he wanted to recreate, which he did with Rick s character, we found a location and put that into the episode. He had found an old FBI with Burt Reynolds that he knew had a moment driving right down Riverside Drive and making the turn on Furman he just knew exactly where that was. The Money Tree was the place he had gone to, and he said, This would be fabulous if we just recreate on this block, if we could put everything back. And I was like, Well, that s not an easy ask. [laughs] Riverside is not an easy street, but it was fabulous because it s something off the beaten track, and that s what makes period work fun. And working with Quentin, those are the things that aren t always obvious, but it s very fun. Hollywood tends to be kind of an idea, but not so much a destination. [Tarantino] could make it a destination. (Photo by Columbia/Sony Pictures)Ling: I would say Hollywood Boulevard was certainly one of the most massive things we tried. That had not really been done in probably 50 years, that someone was allowed to close Hollywood Boulevard. To have that much work done and closed down for, what? Three days? It was massive. Just the logistics of getting it done was like a miracle.Schuler: When Quentin mentioned he wanted to do Hollywood Boulevard, I was thinking, Oh, we ll do it between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the afternoon, and then we ll do some night stuff, so that we can work between rush hours and all that. And then as he kept talking about Hollywood Boulevard, it became clear to me, Oh, there s no way we re going to do this, this way. We re going to have to really shut this whole thing down. So I started talking to the stakeholders in the area about what we wanted to do. Eventually, it led to a meeting with those stakeholders, and it became clear that I needed to get the council s office on board. The Department of Transportation was going to say no, because they have to say no. Our filming there is not going to make driving around Hollywood easier. They made it clear that if I could get the council s office to override everybody else, then they would be willing to go along with it, because, essentially, there was political cover, and it was out of their hands. I understood that, so eventually, we were able to go ahead and do that.Quentin came to the meeting, and by that time, everybody was on board with the project. And part of it was due in part that it was a movie about Hollywood. It was a man who had essentially grown up in Hollywood, that worked in Hollywood, that owned a theater in Hollywood, and who better to be able to do something like this and actually give something back to the city? That was the plug he made, and it worked. Hollywood tends to be kind of an idea, but not so much a destination. He could make it a destination. People could watch this movie, come to Hollywood, and start looking for locations where we shot. When I went into this meeting, they said they didn t do this except like maybe 50 years ago it was Alex in Wonderland Quentin had actually shown us that movie. They also had shut down Hollywood Boulevard, they had tanks on the street, cars on fire, and machine gun fire in that movie. And as a humorous point, I said, Okay, you ve done this before. I can promise you, we won t do this again, but I do need some time to do some stuff that will bring people to this city. And they consented to that. [Rick Dalton s house] was our hardest location to scout. (Photo by Columbia/Sony Pictures)Ling: [Rick Dalton s house] was our hardest location, because it was written with such detail. Quentin had a shot that was actually written in the script about Rick in his pool. He s floating, and the camera is on Rick then the camera pulls up, comes up over the house, over the trees and lands right in front of the driveway with the Polanskis coming out the door and getting in their car. He wanted to do that in one shot. To get that was the longest thing we ever hunted. This was Rick s army of human beings searching every avenue on Google Earth looking for two houses that we could actually use that had all the other things we needed, which was a great pool and a view. That went on for months and months, trying to find this combination. And eventually, we found it, but it took months, an enormous amount of work, different homes, and different things. But the shot was so crucial to Quentin, it had to work. He had to be able to get this shot. But finally, in Studio City, up in the hills, we found this great pool that actually had a great view, and then it had a house above it. And all of it could be just altered enough to look more like hillsides.What we didn t do was use Rick s interior house there that became four locations. Rick s interior, I built on a stage, because that was too specific for Quentin in staging, especially for the final scene. That would ve been nearly impossible to find a house that would let me rebuild the interior to look like what he needed. So we did that one on a stage, and then we put in a pool, but in miniature, that was only about six inches deep, so that you could still look out the window at night. And then up at Sharon s house, for her backyard, we used yet another house that was in Tarzana. We altered the back of their house, so when you came out of a door at Sharon s house in Studio City, you actually were in this new location.It was an amazing collection of locations to make one thing. Plus, Quentin did a brilliant, brilliant job in his staging, so you never know that s not all just the same place. It was a number of locations to make up those two. But the feeling of Rick s interior was very important with Quentin it had to feel like a bachelor pad of the time, one of the late 50s for an early 60s kind of actor in Benedict Canyon. This mid-century kind of development actually is what they were. And it s the idea of, Rick Dalton s not a decorator, so he just puts a lot of stuff from his shows. He s got his saddle from one of the Westerns. He s got his Spanish bar we did Palomino skins in it and that s kind of the center of his universe within his home. And of course, the TV, with the mid-century BarcaLounger. You can tell it s not a female-driven home; it s very male-driven. And those are the things that a man would decorate around. The bar was also very important to Quentin what the cups were and things like that. And a lot of pieces from Quentin s own house are in that bar. He also loves to put in little tidbits of old movies like the Hopalong Cassidy poster with a Hopalong Cassidy cup, and all the other things that he collects. They were all places that Quentin goes to, and they love him as a client and as a filmmaker. (Photo by Columbia/Sony Pictures)Ling: It all started just quickly with Musso s, which of course is still very period. That place still looks like 1969, and they adore Quentin. They were very lovely, particularly with the decorating and prop crowd. When we said, Oh, we re going to bring out the dishes that were the right dishes for 1969. They still had everything it was still in that kitchen. The only things we changed out were things in the front, getting rid of the digital cash registers. We changed the curtains and all the stuff by the front door back to the curtains of the time. And we changed all the bottles to make sure that they were the labels from 1969, because even a lot of the alcohol has changed.Certainly, the theaters had more work, particularly the Bruin, who also were great to us. They let us change out their snack bar, put it back to the original snack bar, get rid of things on the side, and put up huge posters inside of there. We had to actually put our own projectors in, because Quentin wanted the film Sharon was watching to be the actual film, not to put that in digitally. So in the back of the theater, they let us take out seats and build another booth and put in film projectors with enough light that we projected the film, in film. So Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) was watching the film the way it would have been screened at that time. So they were very gracious with all of this. They found even some of the original deco poster holders in their basement and brought them out for us; they were original to 1969. Then we built pieces on the exterior of the building to hold the posters. We were very lucky that both the theaters were managed by the same company. They were incredibly great in letting us change the marquees out of LED to florescent marquees again that could have letters on them. And they let us do that overnight, as their last film came down before we closed the theater. It wasn t easy, but we were very lucky. It was the same thing with Casa Vega. They were all places that Quentin goes to, and they love him as a client and as a filmmaker. That helped a lot.Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is available now for purchase on Blu-Ray and VOD.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
For almost two decades, Judd Apatow has been the king of a certain kind of American movie comedy – as he described it to Rotten Tomatoes, films about people who are stuck and whose lives are falling apart… because “life falling apart is usually funny. In movies like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Trainwreck, the writer and director has given us some of recent cinema’s funniest moments, from a chest-waxing scene that almost cost Steve Carell his nipple to an epic breakdown in the principal’s office courtesy of a foul-mouthed Melissa McCarthy in This Is 40. His latest comedy, The King of Staten Island, is a semi-autobiographical feature starring and co-written by Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, and it packs in Apatow’s signature mix of big laughs and big feels.Ahead of the movie’s release, Apatow sat down with us to break down the mechanics and stories behind some of the funniest scenes he’s put on the screen – including an messy pool fight that’s getting the biggest laughs from audiences who’ve seen his newest film.
Uzo Aduba and Matthew Broderick will lead the cast of Netflix’s Painkiller, a six-episode series about the beginnings of the opioid crisis and specifically Purdue Pharma’s role in it. Aduba will play Edie, an investigator leading the case against Purdue, and Broderick will play Richard Sackler, the former chairman and president of Purdue. Peter Berg will direct all six episodes and serve as an executive producer, while Alex Gibney, the filmmaker of HBO’s recent similarly-themed documentary The Crime of the Century, will also be an EP. The limited series is based on author Barry Meier’s book Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic and journalist Patrick Radden Keeke’s New Yorker article “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain.”Jeff Goldblum has joined the fifth season of HBO Max’s Search Party, where he’ll play Tunnel Quinn, a tech billionaire who becomes a business partner of Alia Shawkat’s Dory.Lost alum Dominic Monaghan will star in AMC’s space drama Moonhaven, playing Paul Sarno, a detective on the Moon who has the job of trying to solve Earth’s problems. The thriller, from Lodge 49 writer and producer Peter Ocko, revolves around cargo pilot and smuggler Bella Sway, who’s accused of a crime 100 years in the future and is sentenced to live in a utopian community called Moonhaven and help solve Earth’s problems before its civilization ends. (TVLine)Jerry O’Connell, who has been a guest co-host on CBS’s The Talk recently, has been hired as a permanent co-host, filling the spot vacated by Sharon Osbourne.(Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)The Paramount+ limited series The Offer, about the making of The Godfather, has added to its cast, as the production began this week in Los Angeles. Grey’s Anatomy alum Justin Chambers (pictured) has signed on to play Marlon Brando, while Lou Ferrigno will play Lenny Montana, the actor who portrayed Luca Brasi in The Godfather, and The Sopranos’ alum Michael Rispoli will play New York mobster Tommy Lucchese. The rest of the cast includes Miles Teller as producer Al Ruddy, Matthew Goode as famed producer Robert Evans, Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus (the head of Gulf Western, which owned Paramount at the time), Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola, Juno Temple as Ruddy’s assistant Bettye McCartt, Giovanni Ribisi as mob boss Joe Colombo, Frank John Hughes as Frank Sinatra, and Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo, the author of The Godfather novel.Both John Lithgow and Jennifer Carpenter, whose characters didn’t make it out of the original Dexter series alive, will reprise their characters in Showtime’s upcoming limited sequel series. Presumably in flashbacks, unless Dexter (Michael C. Hall) has gotten up to some supernatural shenanigans after his lumberjack days. Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and The Late, Late Show host James Corden will co-star in the Amazon limited dramedy series Mammals, about the relationship of a married couple. The series is written by Jez Butterworth (Flag Day), and reunites Hawkins and Corden, who starred in a spoof of The Shape of Water during her guest appearance on his CBS late-night show.DJ Kahled is replacing Snoop Dogg as a judge on season 2 of TBS’ competition series Go-Big Show. Comedian Cristela Alonzo will host The WB’s remake of Legends of the Hidden Temple, which premieres on Oct. 10. Nicole Ari Parker, Sarita Choudhury, and Karen Pittman have joined the cast of HBO Max’s Sex and the City prequel series And Just Like That, playing a documentary filmmaker named Lisa Todd Wexley (Parker); real estate broker Seema Patel (Choudhury); and Dr. Nya Wallace, a Columbia Law School professor (Pittman). Zach Braff has joined the cast of the HBO Max sci-fi romantic comedy movie Moonshot. The Scrubs alum (and Emmy nominee for directing a Season 1 episode of Ted Lasso) woll play an “entrepreneur and visionary” who colonizes Mars. Lana Condor, Cole Sprouse, Mason Gooding, Emily Rudd, and Lukas Gage also star. (THR)
(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)New Pirates of the Caribbean MovieDirector: TBDStarring: TBDThe ship that doesn t ever seem to sink will keep sailing with Disney s newest attempt to revive the franchise. Initially, Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired for the project, but in October 2019 it was announced that franchise vet Ted Elliott and Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin were taking over writing duties. No word on cast and director or on whether Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) will be a part of the new story.New Pirates of the Caribbean MovieDirector: TBDStarring: Margot RobbieThe above Pirates film should not be confused with the one set to star Margot Robbie. This film, which The Hollywood Reporter says will be penned by Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson, will reportedly be female-fronted and be its own story that will introduce new characters beyond those already part of Jack Sparrow s orbit.29 DatesDirector: Richard WongStarring: TBDThis young adult rom-com, which is based on the Melissa de la Cruz novel, will appear on Disney+. While no cast or writer has been announced, we know that this story centers on a 16-year-old Korean exchange student who meets a host of eligible bachelors from around the globe. It has been compared to author Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I ve Loved Before series.© Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesHunchbackDirector: TBDStarring: TBDM. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang is writing the script for this live-action telling of author Victor Hugo s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics for the 1996 animated film (among many, many other Disney projects) are also on board. So is actor Josh Gad but so far just as a producer, even though he did Tweet a fun image of himself outside of the famous French cathedral.© Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesJungle Book 2Director: Jon FavreauStarring: TBDJungle Book writer Justin Marks told Rotten Tomatoes that he and Favreau co-wrote the sequel to their blockbuster film in December 2017, but they had to wait until the director finished work on the revival of The Lion King before they started production. And while Neel Sethi, who starred as Mowgli in the 2016 film, has said that he s down to return, Marks stressed that the character has aged along with the young actor. Jon and I saw The Jungle Book story as a coming-of-age story and the second movie continues in that direction, Marks says. Really, if it’s done right, it should break some hearts with where it goes.” He added that the sequel will pull in more animal characters from author Rudyard Kipling s book because (duh) there’s such a wealth of characters in that world.” © Walt Disney PicturesLilo StitchDirector: Jon M. ChuStarring: TBDAnother fan-favorite Disney film to ride the waves of the live-action/CG trend, this upcoming adaptation of the Hawaiian-set film about friendship and family is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of the live-action Aladdin. No cast or has been announced, but rising star Mike Van Waes is reportedly writing the script and Variety reported in 2020 that Crazy Rich Asians Jon M. Chu was in talks to direct.Marvel StudiosCaptain America 4Director: TBDStarring: TBDThe Hollywood Reporter broke the news in 2021 that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series showrunner Malcolm Spellman was working with Dalan Musson to develop a script for a fourth Captain America movie. While no director or casting has been announced, it s to be assumed that Falcon co-star Anthony Mackie will appear in the film. Rick Famuyiwa SadéDirector: TBDStarring: TBDOne of the handful of original properties in the works for Disney, this live-action fairytale centers on an African princess who must accept her newly discovered magical powers and protect her kingdom when its threatened by a mysterious evil force. Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer are writing the script and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa is one of the producers, but a director and cast have not been named. The film was announced a few months after Disney saw both massive success for its Marvel film, Black Panther, and allegations of whitewashing its The Princess and the Frog heroine, Princess Tiana, in a promo for its animated film, Ralph Breaks the Internet. (The character was redrawn for the film’s release). © Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett CollectionSister Act 3Director: TBDStarring: Whoopi GoldbergAnother classic IP that’s getting a modern rendition, the third chapter in the Sister Act franchise is written by Regina Hicks (HBO’s Insecure) and Karin Gist (Fox’s Star) and will air on streaming service Disney+. Plot and cast details are scarce, but it was confirmed during The Walt Disney Company s December 2020 investors day that original star Whoopi Goldberg would return to star and produce and that Tyler Perry was also producing.Starlight (20th Century Studios)Director: Joe CornishStarring: TBDDeadline reported in 2021 that Attack the Block s Joe Cornish would be writing and adapting a film based on the Mark Millar comic. The article explains that the plot centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but when he came back to Earth, no one believed his fantastic stories. He married, had kids and settled into old age. But then his old rocket ship shows up and he is called back for one fantastic adventure. Haunted MansionDirector: Justin SimienStarring: LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Rosario Dawson, Owen WilsonDeadline reported in 2021 that Dear White People s Justin Simien would be directing a film based on the iconic Disneyland and Walt Disney World ride. According to the article, this film will be a completely different take on the project than the 2003 flop. It was later reported that Lakeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish would star in the film. It was recently announced Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson would be joining them.© Walt Disney PicturesThe Sword in the StoneDirector: Juan Carlos FresnadilloStarring: TBDAnother live-action version of an animated Disney favorite, this film is also awaiting a release date on the Disney+ streaming platform. Last we heard, 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was directing the film based on Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman s script.© Walt Disney PicturesBlade Director: TBDStarring: Mahershala AliAt his 2019 Comic-Con presentation, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced that they would be rebooting the Blade franchise and that Oscar winner Mahershala Ali would star as the new version of the half-vampire superhero (Wesley Snipes played the character in the original three movies). Other details, such as a director or other cast members, have yet to be released, though it has been announced that Watchmen story editor and writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour has been hired to write the script.© Walt Disney PicturesNational Treasure 3Director: TBDStarring: TBDIn January 2020, it was announced that Disney and mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer were developing a third installment of the National Treasure movies and had hired Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner to pen the script. The first two films, which starred Nicolas Cage, premiered in 2004 and 2007.(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Pinocchio Live-Action MovieDirector: Robert ZemeckisStarring: Tom HanksContinuing Disney s trend of making live-action versions of fan-favorite films from its vault, it was announced in January 2020 that Robert Zemeckis had signed on to co-write and direct a version of Pinocchio in this format. It was announced during the December 2020 The Walt Disney Company investors day that Tom Hanks would star as woodworker Geppetto. In March 2021, it was announced that Benjamin Evan Ainsworth would play the title character, Cynthia Erivo would play the Blue Fairy, Keegan-Michael Key would play Honest John, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play Jiminy Cricket. The film will air on Disney+.© Walt Disney PicturesShrunkDirector: Joe JohnstonStarring: Josh Gad, Rick MoranisLooks like we re getting the gang back together again. In 2020, it was announced that Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star Rick Moranis will appear in the new chapter in the family favorite film series one that Joe Johnston, who had directed the original 1989 movie, was already on board to direct. Disney regular Josh Gad stars in this film as the grown-up version of Moranis son.© Walt Disney PicturesChip n Dale: Rescue RangersDirector: Akiva SchafferStarring: John Mulaney and Andy SambergIn 2019, we learned that Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer had been tapped to direct a version of this children s cartoon series and one that is described as a distinctly meta or self-referential take at that. Dan Gregor and Doug Mand wrote the script. It was announced at the December 2020 Walt Disney Company investors day that John Mulaney and Andy Samberg would star in the hybrid live-action/animated feature (and that Seth Rogen would cameo).(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Peter Pan WendyDirector: David LoweryStarring: Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Jude LawSomething to crow about? In March 2020, Variety reported that newcomer Ever Anderson would play Wendy and The Reluctant Landlord s Alexander Molony will play Peter in this live-action version of the 1953 Disney animated classic. It w
u?The resulting series have been all over the map critically, from projects that were canceled early to ones that ran for years, nearly obliterating the original film from viewers’ minds. It got us thinking about the variety of approaches that creative voices have taken when they try to sing a cinematic song on TV. The jury is still out on whether or not the futuristic vision of Snowpiercer will translate into a multi-season hit, but here are the eight approaches that have worked in the past with an example from the top tier of the film-to-TV canon for each.Make It Your Own: Fargo(Photo by ©FX)When Noah Hawley entered the world of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1995 masterpiece, he knew a literal approach wouldn’t work (and not just because it had already been attempted in 2003 with Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson in a failed TV pilot). He decided to use the atmosphere and language of the Coen-verse to tell his own stories, and the result became an award-winning critical darling. The best singers don’t just cover a song, they make it their own, reworking it in a way that redefines it. Fargo wouldn’t exist without the work of the Coen brothers, but no one would argue that it’s a direct interpretation of their creativity either. As much as Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal stands alongside both the Thomas Harris books and films, these shows use their cinematic sources as inspirations instead of a template waiting to be copied.Make It a Prequel: Bates Motel(Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/©A&E)Sometimes the best way to adapt a cinematic property is to go back to the beginning. On paper, a young adult version of Norman Bates in contemporary times sounded like a horrible idea; it could have ended up just another teen drama like Gossip Girl, but with a little more murder. But the creators of Bates Motel deftly balanced nods to the Robert Bloch book and influential Alfred Hitchcock film throughout, culminating in a stellar final season that really tied it all together in unexpectedly moving ways. By going the prequel route, the creators had the freedom to tell a new story, even if it ultimately led to a familiar set of stairs.Make It a Corrective: Buffy the Vampire Slayer(Photo by © 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)It may have a cult following now, but writer Joss Whedon notoriously disliked the way his 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer was altered from his original intention. And so he convinced a fledgling network called The WB to give him a second shot at the character in weekly form, and the rest is TV history. It’s funny to watch the film now and see echoes of it in the series, which is darker, denser and more nuanced in ways that Whedon wasn’t allowed to be on the big screen. It’s a case in which the film probably should have been a TV series from the very beginning.Make It Fun: Ash vs. Evil Dead(Photo by Matt Klitscher/©Starz)Twenty-three years after Army of Darkness, no one expected to return to the world of Ash and the Deadites, but along came Starz’s gloriously gory Ash vs. Evil Dead, which carries in every frame an air of “can you believe we’re doing this?” Much like the Netflix reboot of Wet Hot American Summer, this show recognizes the fact that most people involved never thought they’d get the chance to make it, and so they’re going to have as much fun as possible while they can. And that fun can be infectious. Not everything needs to be Prestige TV; sometimes fans of a film just want to rekindle that fun sensibility that made movies like Evil Dead 2 and Wet Hot into cult hits in the first place.Make It Feel New: Westworld(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)One wonders how many people trying to decipher the current season of Westworld have any idea it’s even based on a movie. While some adaptations exist to call back to their cinematic fan bases (see previous entry), others barely acknowledge the existence of the original property. The back story of a show like Teen Wolf doesn’t depend on knowing the Michael J. Fox original, and you don’t need to have seen the 1973 Yul Brynner film (or its truly dire 1976 sequel, Futureworld) to be invested in the saga of Dolores Abernathy and the Man in Black. And that’s just the way HBO likes it.Make It Unexpected: The Girlfriend Experience(Photo by Kerry Hayes/©Starz)Sometimes the best shows are developed from films that no one involved ever thought would become a TV show (Snowpiercer might fall into this category). Steven Soderbergh’s drama about a high-priced escort didn’t exactly scream weekly drama, but the Starz adaptation found new stories to tell within this concept. Sometimes TV shows can even build on their source in ways that make them feel more creatively accomplished, such as Netflix’s Dear White People, which unexpectedly turned a good film into a great series. Going the blockbuster-to-show route can often lead to mediocre product, but shows like The Girlfriend Experience prove that there’s no specific “type” of movie that will succeed as a series.Make It the Same: What We Do in the ShadowsRyan FujitaniThe most common creative tenet of film-to-TV adaptations seems to be “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” After all, if people liked it on the big screen, they’re bound to like it on the small screen, right? While this often produces faded carbon copies of creative ideas, it also just works sometimes. The dynamic between Oscar and Felix in The Odd Couple that went from stage to screen to TV didn’t need to change. The movie Fame practically played like a pilot for the show. And the Taika Waititi hit that blended reality TV filmmaking with vampire lore was a perfect fit for the series, now on FX, without much alteration to the formula other than dividing the storytelling into bloody chunks and a change in location from New Zealand to Staten Island.Make It Emotional: Friday Night Lights(Photo by ©NBC)The main thing the best TV adaptations do is provide a recurring emotional connection that usually naturally dissipates after the credits have rolled on a film. Millions of people spent years with the families on shows like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, two programs that are arguably on the Mt. Rushmore of film-to-TV because they treated the source material as something not just to copy but to emotionally enrich. The format allowed the creators of these shows to go deeper and make these characters a part of viewers’ families for multiple seasons. People may have first checked out FNL because of the movie, but they hung around because of their emotional connection to the show. If only more film-to-TV adaptations were this good.
While vaccinations continue to roll out at a steady pace, it s probably fair to assume there won t be quite as many Oscar parties this year when the 93rd Academy Awards kick off on Sunday, April 25. You may find yourself toasting the winners with your friends and family over Zoom or celebrating an unexpected upset with just the folks in your household. Whatever the case, you re going to need a handy ballot to keep track of all the trophies being handed out, and Rotten Tomatoes has you covered.Below, you ll find a full printable Oscar ballot for 2021, including Tomatometer and Audience Scores for all the nominated films. It s been a weird year for Hollywood as it has been for everyone and the nominees reflect that, achieving a number of important milestones in diversity and inclusion. Will Chloé Zhao s Nomadland run away with Best Picture like everyone thinks it will? Will Steven Yeun not only be the first Asian nominated for Best Actor, but also the first to win it? Will David Fincher s Mank win any of the whopping 10 categories it s nominated for? Download the full printable 2021 Oscar ballot below, make your picks, and good luck! (And if you need some pointers, be sure to check out our predictions for all the winners!)Recommended: The 2021 Oscar Nominees – Full List Recommended: Online Oscar Ballot Poll: Cast Your Vote for Who Should winRecommended: The Biggest Snubs, Surprises, and Milestones of the 2021 Oscar NominationsRecommended: Where to Watch the 2021 Oscar NomineesRecommended: The 2021 Best Picture Nominees Ranked by Tomatometer (Photo by © NEON)It s sometimes easy to forget in the blur of manic performances that have defined Nicolas Cage s work in the last decade – the chainsaw-wielding Red in Mandy, his wide-eyed murderous father in Mom and Dad, and other very Nic Cage roles that seem to come around every few months – that his is a career of chapters, each of which might singularly define a lesser performer, and that Wild Nic is just the latest. The star emerged in the 1980s as an edgy standout in zeitgest-capturing favorites (Rumble Fish, Peggy Sue Got Married), blossomed into romantic lead (Moonstruck) and A-list Oscar winner (Leaving Las Vegas), and crushed the box office a few times as an unlikely action hero in a string of Bruckheimer-produced 90s favorites.Then he went and recovered the Declaration of Independence as an Indiana Jones type in the National Treasure movies.Even within these Nic Cage eras, though, he always managed a few surprises. Consider his vanity-be-damned dual-role as the Kaufman brothers in Adaptation, for which he was nominated for an Oscar during a seeming career slump; or his delightfully unhinged performance in Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans, a turn that would set the tone for our current Nic Cage chapter but which, at the time, was a shock to the system and a turn of the page, even if it was some time coming.Still, nothing in Cage s career is as surprising, perhaps, as the new Certified Fresh drama, Pig. Here, Cage plays Rob, a onetime big-name chef who now lives as a recluse in the wilds of Oregon with his best friend, a foraging pig who scouts for the truffles that are his owner/buddy s sole source of income. When the pig is stolen during a violent break-in at Rob s cabin, expectations are set for a John Wick-style revenge tale – and another very Nic Cage performance – but writer/director Michael Sarnoski has other things on his mind. And so does Cage. What follows is a somber, moving, and at times wryly funny tale about a man who descends into Portland s seedy underground foodie world (surprisingly violent), single-mindedly focused on retrieving the one thing in life he deeply loves. It is anchored by a quiet and deeply affecting performance from Cage, one that critics are calling a revelation and among the best work of his career.The movie is a marker for Cage, too, who told Rotten Tomatoes that Pig came around at just the right time, both in terms of getting back to his roots in more dramatic, soberer fare – though he does get to utter the line I don t f k my pig! – and in reflecting events and developments in his real life. I was feeling lost, Cage told us. I was feeling the need for isolation. I was feeling, Oh, I m no longer invited in Hollywood. Nor do I want to be invited in Hollywood. I have no interest in going back. I like making quiet little dramas. This is what I m interested in. Ahead of the movie s release in theaters, Cage spoke to us about this step away from his wild-man roles, what Pablo Picasso has to do with it, and a passion he shares with his latest character: good food and bold flavors.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: This movie has a bit of a strange conceit – the log line for this film is about a revenge-seeking truffle hunter! What was the pitch to you for the project when they were trying to get you on board? What was the thing that sold you on this story?Nicolas Cage: Well, I can tell you “revenge” never came into the equation for me. I read the script, Michael [Sarnoski]’s script, and I immediately responded to it more as a kind of cinematic haiku, a poem, really, a meditation on loss and a character analysis of a person who had lost great love. I also felt that I was at a point in my own life experience, aggregate collection of memories and dreams and experiences, that enabled me to respond to Rob in such a way where I felt that nothing had to be forced, that I felt I understood Rob.In fact, I told Michael over lunch that when I read his script I had a very evocative dream of my cat and something horrible happening to my cat, Merlin, who is one of my best friends. The relationship that you can have with our animal brothers and sisters, it s so much closer in some ways, so much more profound, because it s not corrupted by the noise of people and what that can harbor in terms of jealousies and angers. It s just unconditional love.So, I felt that those relationships – my relationship with my cat, my dog, who s no longer with us – those are things that I could put into this performance and it s a perfect time for it. When we all agreed to make the movie, we hadn t been hit by the pandemic yet, but I think we ve all gotten closer, even still, to our animal family, because we relied on them so heavily to get through that.(Photo by © NEON)Rotten Tomatoes: How old is Merlin, by the way? And was he helpful during the pandemic?Cage: Merlin is two years old. Very, yeah. I relied on him quite a bit. He s very affectionate, a Maine Coon cat. Really kind of like another son in some ways.Rotten Tomatoes: What was your relationship like with the pig, or pigs, you were working with in this film? How was it working with them?Cage: There was one pig. Her name was Brandy. Like many of us, she was very payment-oriented. She wasn t really interested in people. If they wanted to get a soulful look in her eyes, they would show her a bit of carrot off camera; or if they needed her to go to a certain mark, they would put some food down. But I think that relationship was really developed with the eye of Michael Sarnoski and our director of photography. They figured out ways of photographing Brandy and Rob so that the relationship never lapsed into schmaltz or Hallmark-card sappiness. It was just a quiet witnessing of these two in the wilderness. I think that made it more heartfelt in some ways, but it was a lot to do with getting her in the right position with the food, and also photographing it in the right manner.Rotten Tomatoes: You mentioned “soulful” and that I think is a very great word for this film and for your performance, and a lot of people have been saying this is a different Nicolas cCage than we ve seen in a while. The last film I saw of you in was Prisoners of Ghostland and then I was re-watching Mandy last night. They’re very different from Pig, but it does feel, to me at least as a viewer, that there is a connection between Robin as a character and someone like Red [Cage’s character in Mandy], who also has tried to escape the world and has that peace disrupted. Do you think that Robin really is so different from some of the characters you ve been playing lately? Or is there a connection?Cage: I mean, he s certainly different in the regard that he s not motivated by revenge, but I do share that observation, that he s similar to Red in that he s dealing with tremendous loss, and loss of love, and the feelings that can evoke. I think what people in the media may be struggling with is that I have made it almost a mission of sorts to go into what I sometimes call a Western Kabuki style of film performance, almost an operatic style of film performance – by design. I mean, this was always very carefully and methodically choreographed and though-out, both vocally and dance-wise in terms of movement. I wanted to do that because I felt that we had gotten caught in a trap of naturalism as a style.Not that I m Picasso, I m not saying that, but I remember one conversation that I had with my father, where I was very tripped out by Picasso s portraits that seemed so abstract with people having eyes on the same side of their face. Like, what is this? I said, Well, can he also do photo realistic drawing? and dad said, Absolutely. He broke free. I always thought that what you can do in one art form, maybe you can do in another, and why not take a chance and attempt some sort of breaking-free with film performance? But somewhere along the way, I think I needed to remind myself – and, in fact, I think I needed to remind certain folks in critical response – that it wasn t the only brush I painted with. I mean, I think Joe is a movie that I made not long ago that was as close to my true self as I could get in terms of what was important to him.(Photo by © NEON)Certainly, with Rob in Pig, I wanted to get back to a kind of a quiet, meditative, internalized performance. It was not difficult. It was something that I felt I had the life experience for and the memories and the dreams, if you will, to portray without forcing it. So when I read Michael s script, it was exactly the right material at the right time for what I was trying to convey. I was feeling lost. I was feeling the need for isolation. I was feeling, Oh, I m no longer invited in Hollywood. Nor do I want to be invited in Hollywood. I have no interest in going back. I like making quiet little dramas. This is what I m interested in. But I can see where it would be shocking to the folks that remember me making five Jerry Bruckheimer movies back-to-back, which at that time was the challenge, in my opinion – no one thought I should do an adventure film or that I even had the wherewithal to do an adventure film, but I had grown up on Bronson and Eastwood and Connery, and I thought, Well, that would be fun to at least try. It s kind of a situation of wanting to stay interested and also stay challenged. At this moment, what interests me is getting back to my roots, which is quiet dramas.Rotten Tomatoes: The film has a lot to say about food, different philosophies towards food, Robin s passion, and everything just looks beautiful that we get to see you cook – or your stand-in cooks make – in the movie. Are you a cook in your own time? And do you have a specialty?Cage: I want to go on record: I didn t have any stand-in cooks. I can t replace my hands. If I see someone else s hand in front of my hand, I go, No, no, no. That takes me out of the movie. I had two excellent teachers, Chef Chris and Chef Rucker from Le Pigeon. Chef Chris taught me the mushroom tart, or pie, and then I learned the squab blueberry dish from Le Pigeon.Food has always been important to me. Food is what I like to spend my money on. Food, to me, comes first. I think that the chefs today can do amazing things in the world of art, because without food, then nothing else really matters: Food, and then I can enjoy music and then I can enjoy painting and then I can enjoy a great cinema and then I can meditate or then I can write a poem. Whatever it is, food comes first.I have tremendous respect for these people and I also understand the pressures that go into the world, the epicurean world. Because if you think about this art form – and it is an art – that s the only one where they re actually ingesting it physically into their body as an audience, or as a client, or as a foodie, or whatever you want to call it. There s tremendous pressure and risk with that. You don t want them to get sick. You want them to have a good experience. Everything matters. The ambience matters, the bread matters, everything. So it s a high-pressure job and I wanted to convey the regard and the reverence that I have for what they do.(Photo by © NEON)Rotten Tomatoes: When you re home, are you someone who has a go-to dish that you can whip up in five minutes?Cage: If you re asking me, am I a chef, I wouldn t put myself at that level, but I can cook. I make a pretty good seafood arrabbiata pasta. I am passionate about putting different tastes together. I like Japanese food, I like Italian, and Chinese is probably the most complex. I think the continent of Asia, probably, in my opinion, has the greatest and most complex foods of the world. But I remember I once imagined a sweet shrimp or an ebi and I went to my sushi chef and I said, Could you slice the sweet shrimp open and then could you put the uni inside the ebi and then can you put it on less rice, please, and then wrap it with the seaweed? I had that taste in my mind and it was so beautiful when I got it.So, I do like to put tastes together. I remember Joel Robuchon had something that was a Wow. He put coffee grinds with uni frappe. I mean, who thinks to do that? Who thinks to put coffee and sea urchin together? It was one of the most amazing taste sensations I ve ever had. So, yeah, I m very interested in that world and I do like to play around.I do Eggs Diablo – I really spice up my fried eggs over easy and I just kick in a lot of chili and red chili pepper flakes and some tomato paste. It s a beautiful little dish that I like to make for breakfast, but yeah, I enjoy it.The secret to great cooking for me is that you have to have respect for the actual ingredients. Sometimes these chefs get lost in overdoing it with the complexity of the sauce, because they re trying to mask what s wrong with the actual source, what s wrong with the fish. But if you get a great piece of fish, treat it with respect. Just light olive oil, some garlic, some sea salt, bingo. Trip to the moon, man.Rotten Tomatoes: I need to come to your place. Just finally, they re giving me the wrap, but for your upcoming Joe Exotic series, are we going to get the Kabuki-style performance? How extreme are we going there?Cage: That s not going to be happening, I m not playing Joe Exotic. We had two really excellent scripts, but I think I don t know. I think somewhere along the way, the studio felt that that was a fad that had come and gone and that it was a thing of the past. Frankly, I for one am okay with it because I have other things I want to explore and other characters I want to play.I was a bit trepidatious about going into the television universe, too. One of the things I really love about independent filmmaking is that I can get in and I can get out. If there s one problem in the chain of filmmakers, I know I ve got just four more weeks to go; but a TV character, if there s a problem and you re stuck on location for six months, that does seem a little terrifying to me.Pig is in theaters from Friday July 16, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
One year after an animated Yeti film opened we get…another animated Yeti film. More on that connection later. For now, the domestic numbers may not be spectacular for Universal, but they did manage to grab box office attention for a week by taking the #1 slot this weekend. Big drops abound for last week’s releases, even as many in the top 10 seek some personal milestones.King of the Crop: Abominable Wins with Lowest September Debut Since 2013(Photo by Universal Pictures)Abominable was indeed the winner this weekend with a .5 million start. That is the lowest debut for a September release since the weekend of Sept. 6-8, 2013, when Riddick began with .03 million. This month has always been a better one for animated films than August has ever been with the first two Hotel Transylvanias and the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films opening between -49 million for the best four animated openings ever. But Abominable’s start falls behind Open Season, Storks, and last year’s Smallfoot. History has shown that an animated opening over million can still get you over million (as both The Boxtrolls and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole can attest) but that is not great for a million production like Abominable. Even Smallfoot (which cost million) grossed .2 million domestic and another 0 million overseas, and it still came up in the red. Abominable has grossed a total of million so far.The Top 10 and Beyond: Downton Abbey and Rambo: Last Blood Drop Significantly, Judy Aims for an OscarLast week’s historic #1 for Focus Features, Downton Abbey, fell 57% this weekend to second place with .2 million. No worries, though, as it now has the 17th best September total ever after 10 days with .5 million and finds itself ahead of both The Maze Runner and Eagle Eye, which grossed 2.42 1.44 million, respectively. We’ll see if it can maintain that pace through next weekend, but it is looking good that it will become Focus’ all-time highest domestic grosser. It is over 7 million worldwide as well.Also making a run for the 0 million finish line is Hustlers, which moved back up to third place with .4 million. That is higher than the .7 million that The Equalizer grossed in its third weekend, which brought its 17-day total to .8 million. Hustlers is currently at .6 million and The Equalizer finished with 1.5 million. Approaching the 0 million line is It: Chapter Two which held on to fourth place with .4 million. It has grossed over 7 million worldwide.(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Last week’s other big releases are not doing as well with their drops. James Gray’s Ad Astra fell 47% to .1 million, putting it squarely between The Lego Ninjago Movie and Resident Evil: Retribution after ten days. That suggests a final gross someone in the vicinity of -55 million. The -100 million budgeted film has grossed million worldwide to date. Then, over to Sylvester Stallone and Rambo: Last Blood, which fell even further at 55%, putting its total at .1 million. That puts the macho man just ahead of female-led hits Easy A and A Simple Favor, though Rambo’s second weekend is more than million behind nearly both of them, meaning their million grosses are out of reach. To come full circle, it is just a couple million ahead of Riddick which, like the fourth Rambo film, finished between -43 million.Roadside Attractions is having a pretty solid weekend themselves. First off they debuted Renee Zellweger in Judy in the first step to securing that Oscar nomination for her. In 461 theaters, the film finished in 7th place with million. Why is that a significant number? Well, only four other films since 2000 have opened between 400-499 theaters and grossed that much. Among those four were Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (.43 million), Closer (.7), Sicko (.5) and No Manches Frida 2 (.8). Only the latter grossed less than million, so this suggests promise for Judy s eventual expansion and becoming one of Roadside’s biggest grossers to date. That would make two of their films entering their all-time top five in 2019, along with The Peanut Butter Falcon, which, in a real upset, has now won the battle between the festival darlings of the summer. With million in the bank, it has now surpassed A24’s The Farewell from Sundance (.4 million) as the highest grossing fest acquisition.This Time Last Year: Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish Laugh It up in Night School(Photo by Eli Joshua Ade/Universal Pictures)Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish defeated the animated yeti for the top spot as Night School grossed .25 million to Smallfoot’s .04 million, even if the latter would go on to outgross the former. Lionsgate’s Hell Fest opened a month for Halloween and paid the price with just a .13 million start. Funimation’s anime My Hero Academia: Two Heroes was just in 508 theaters but still opened in 11th place with .38 million. While all the anticipation is on Greta Gerwig’s adaptation this holiday, there was nevertheless a 2018 version of Little Women, which opened to just 5,063 in 643 theaters. Night School represented 29.58% of the Top Ten gross of .14 million though the films averaged just 51.8% with critics. This year’s Top Ten grossed an estimated .17 Million and averaged 68.2%.