If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.猴子的符文所以在1月，玩家更多地会选择《天谕》手游这款新游戏，作为经典端游改编，这款手游历经五年打磨，继承了端游中战法牧职业体系、深度副本开荒体验、以及大翅膀飞行系统，可玩度较高。
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering new roles for Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, and Michael B. Jordan.This WEEK S TOP STORYCHRIS PRATT SAYS GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3 STILL IN THE WORKS (Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an excellent example of why news about film development can be so interesting to follow. Until last summer, the 3 million global take for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seemed to make the third installment a shoo-in for Marvel, with many speculating it would take a scheduled May 1, 2020 release date. That, however, went all topsy-turvy in July when Disney fired director James Gunn over controversial Twitter jokes from before he was first hired for Guardians of the Galaxy. Since then, Gunn has switched teams, landing the job for Warner Bros./DC Comics reboot of Suicide Squad for August 6, 2021. The Guardians cast were supportive of Gunn, with Dave Bautista (Drax) the most vocal about at least keeping Gunn s screenplay. This week, Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) spoke up on the subject, confirming that Marvel and Disney are still moving forward with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 using Gunn s screenplay. Marvel now just has to find a new director, but one option, fan favorite Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), has already said he won t take the job, saying, it feels kind of awkward. Other projects Marvel is developing for 2020 and beyond include Black Panther 2, Black Widow, Doctor Strange 2, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.Fresh Developments1. ANYA TAYLOR-JOY JOINS EDGAR WRIGHT S HORROR FILM LAST NIGHT IN SOHO(Photo by Linda Kallerus/Netflix)Although one of his most famous movies (Shaun of the Dead, Certified Fresh at 92%) was a zombie movie, it was also a comedy, so writer/director Edgar Wright has never technically made a true horror film. Although it s sometimes being labeled as a thriller (or horror-thriller), that may be changing with Wright s next film, which we learned this week is called Last Night in Soho. We don t yet know what the London-set film, written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (TV s Penny Dreadful), is actually about, but we now know who will play the female lead (or one of the leads). That job is going to British-Argentine actress Anya Taylor-Joy, who first came to fame in The Witch and subsequently worked twice with M. Night Shymalan in the recent thrillers Split and Glass. Taylor-Joy also has the X-Men spinoff The New Mutants, in which she stars as popular character Magik, coming soon (8/2/2019).2. TOM HANKS MAY REUNITE WITH CAPTAIN PHILLIPS DIRECTOR TO TELL NEWS OF THE WORLD (Photo by Jaap Buitendijk/Walt Disney Studios)The films of director Paul Greengrass frequently earn Certified Fresh Tomatometer scores, but you have to go to #4 on his box office results to find a movie without the word Bourne in the title. That movie, which earned 8 million globally from a budget of million, was 2013 s Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. For his next film, Greengrass is developing an adaptation of the award-winning 2016 novel News of the World, and he is now talking to Tom Hanks about reuniting for the film as their second project together. Paulette Jiles novel tells the story of a former Civil War officer in 1870 who travels across Texas reading newspaper stories to illiterate children, and who is then asked to escort a captured Native American child to her relatives. Hanks recently wrapped his role as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, is preparing for the science fiction movie BIOS, and also has Toy Story 4 (6/21/2019) and Greyhound (5/8/2020) coming soon.3. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 and 8 LAND OFFICIAL RELEASE DATES(Photo by David James/Paramount Pictures)A few weeks ago, we reported that Paramount Pictures, director Christopher McQuarrie, and star Tom Cruise were moving forward with plans to produce Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back to back for release in 2021 and 2022. We now have a better idea of what Paramount is aiming for (and confirmation that they re serious about this), as the two sequels are scheduled for July 23, 2021 and August 5, 2022, respectively. Studios do typically schedule their biggest films far in advance, but right now, Mission: Impossible 7 is relatively unchallenged in 2021, with Indiana Jones 5 scheduled for two weeks earlier and The Suicide Squad scheduled two weeks later. The closest competition for Mission: Impossible 8 right now is an untitled Marvel Studios project on July 29, 2022. There are no details yet as to where the Mission: Impossible franchise might go after 2022, but Tom Cruise will turn 60 that year, so Mission: Impossible 8 might be his last opportunity to jump out of airplaines and hang from the sides of skyscrapers.4. IDRIS ELBA SIGNS FOR UNDERWATER ADVENTURE DEEPER (Photo by Michael Gibson/STX Entertainment)Last week, we got our first good glimpse of the spinoff Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw (8/2/2019), showing off Idris Elba as the superpowered bad guy Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will be taking on. We may never get to see Elba take over as James Bond, but new roles for him continue to roll in. Elba is now in talks with MGM to star in the supernatural/science fiction underwater thriller Deeper, to be directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Adrift, Everest, 2 Guns), whose regular delivery of Fresh movies is balanced here by a screenplay by Max Landis, whose Tomatometer looks quite different by comparison. In Deeper, Elba will play a disgraced astronaut who is on a deep-sea dive exploring a newly discovered trench but soon finds himself confronted by a sinister and dangerous force. Gal Gadot and Bradley Cooper (presumably in Elba s role) were previously attached to star in Deeper, but it s not yet known if Gadot is still on board or if another actress will be cast in her role.5. MICHAEL B. JORDAN S TOM CLANCY MOVIE WITHOUT REMORSE SCHEDULED FOR 2020(Photo by Marvel Studios)Now that Tom Clancy s Jack Ryan is a TV series on Amazon, it looks like Paramount s long obsession with trying to reboot the character as a movie franchise is finally over (for now). Instead, the studio is turning toward another Tom Clancy character, John Clark, starting with an adaptation of Clancy s novel Without Remorse. Black Panther and Creed star Michael B. Jordan will star in Without Remorse as John Clark, taking over previous portrayals by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. Paramount has also scheduled Without Remorse for release on September 18, 2020 (up against the animated sequel The Croods 2). Michael B. Jordan s production company is also now developing an adaptation of the African fantasy novel Black Leopard Red Wolf. In related news, the video game adaptation Monster Hunter (starring Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa) is also now scheduled for September, 2020 (September 4, specifically).6. KINGSMAN PREQUEL ATTRACTS KICK-ASS AND WATCHMEN STARS(Photo by Daniel Smith/Lionsgate, Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)Instead of proceeding with a proper third Kingsman installment starring Taron Egerton, et al, director Matthew Vaughn has instead begun production on a Kingsman prequel, which may or may not be called Kingsman: The Great Game. British rising star Harris Dickinson will star in the spy movie as a cocky yet charming young [pilot] who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I. We ve known for a while that Dickinson will be supported by an impressive ensemble that includes Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War), Rhys Ifans, Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones). This week, the ensemble cast grew even larger with the additions of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Nocturnal Animals), Gemma Arterton, Tom Hollander, and Matthew Goode (Ozymandias in Watchmen). This is a reunion project for Taylor-Johnson and Vaughn, as the former starred in the latter s Kick-Ass (also adapted from a comic book by Kingsman creator Mark Millar). 20th Century Fox has already scheduled the Kingsman prequel for release later this year, on November 8, 2019 (against Sonic the Hedgehog and Stephen King s Shining sequel Doctor Sleep).Rotten Ideas3. LONG-IN-DEVELOPMENT ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK REMAKE STILL A POSSIBILITYRemakes are still very much a prolific phenomenon, particularly evident this week, when we saw new trailers for both Pet Sematary (4/5/2019) and Child s Play (6/21/2019). The thing is, the argument is out there that some movies, especially very good ones, shouldn t be remade at all. One of director John Carpenter s best films was a remake, and a few of his own movies have been remade, and remade, and remade. Currently, Dwayne Johnson is even developing a remake of Big Trouble in Little China, and there s been talk of a They Live remake as well. One of the John Carpenter remake projects that s been around the longest (about 10 years or so) is a new take on 1981 s Escape from New York (Certified Fresh at 86%), with Gerard Butler at one point nearly taking over Kurt Russell s role as Snake Plissken. The latest writer/director to come on board is Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, Certified Fresh at 87%), just a week after Whannell also started work on a remake of The Invisible Man.2. FOX PUTTING X-MEN MOVIES ON HOLD UNTIL MARVEL TAKES OVER (Photo by Murray Close/20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Super obviously, not all news stories are clear cut Fresh or Rotten. Let s look, for example, at Fox s recent Marvel movies. While, yes, both X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four failed to resonate with critics, Fox also gave us some pretty great films like Deadpool and Logan. Two months ago, we learned that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be overseeing Fox s Marvel Comics movies as the studio merges with Disney, which is great news for X-Men and Fantastic Four fans who want to see those heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The bad news we learned this week is that we might have to wait a while, as Fox has put a hold on making any more Marvel films after X-Men: Dark Phoenix (6/7/2019) and The New Mutants (8/2/2019). That means if you were eagerly awaiting movies like Gambit, X-Force, X-23, or Deadpool 3, you may not want to hold your breath. In related news, however, this week we also heard that when Deadpool does come back under Disney, he will still be R-rated, and the studio isn t necessarily saying no to other future R-rated Marvel Comics movies either.1. WORLD WAR Z SEQUEL IS FINALLY SCRAPPED (Photo by Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures)Speaking of movies that are being delayed, if you were a big fan of Brad Pitt and director David Fincher s zombie movie World War Z, we ve got some bad news. After years of almost-starts and delays (sometimes while Fincher worked on other projects), Paramount Pictures has finally, apparently definitively, pulled the plug on a World War Z sequel. Pre-production was reportedly already well underway for a six-month shoot in Atlanta and other nations around the world, but that also meant the budget exploded to over 0 million, and that was the breaking point for Paramount. Technically, it sounds like World War Z could come back in the future, but if it does, it would be with a much lower budget, without David Fincher directing, and possibly without Brad Pitt as well. Brad Pitt will next be seen in the science fiction film Ad Astra (5/24/2019) and Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (7/26/2019).
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5.63.3 5月喜迎Sci-fi series Snowpiercer has exercised a proven tactic in upping the genre stakes as it moves into its second season: It’s added Sean Bean to the mix.According to series star Daveed Diggs, who plays underdog hero Andre Layton in the returning TNT series, Bean s sinister character is a different kind of villain. The charisma that he exudes is a very difficult thing to fight, Diggs told Rotten Tomatoes about Bean s Mr. Wilford.The charismatic villain is the man whose company built this high-speed train before the Freeze turned the planet into an uninhabitable ball of ice. Up until now, we were led to believe Wilford was dead; season 1 revealed that Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly) controlled the vessel, while perpetuating the appearance that Wilford was alive and running the train. By the end of season 1, we discover that Wilford was indeed still alive and all this time had been plotting a vengeful course back to Snowpiercer aboard a supply train named Big Alice. In a politically tremulous atmosphere on Snowpiercer after a revolution and casualties, the hard-fought new world order erupts into chaos once again when Big Alice and Snowpiercer meet.(Photo by David Bukach/TNT)There s a joke that makes fun of the number of times Game Of Thrones alum Bean has died on-screen (think GOT, GoldenEye, Lord of the Rings, and more). That s all in the past, though; if Bean s performance as the new big bad in Snowpiercer is an example of anything, it s that the actor is wonderfully alive in this deliciously evil role. Sean brings such an incredible energy to the character, Diggs explained.Connelly added: His performances are so fearless. They re so unhinged. He seems to be having a blast playing that part. He s a showman. The stage has been set, and now that Wilford is back, he ll definitely be gunning to take back what he believes is rightfully his: Snowpiercer, the train that Melanie took from him all those years ago. So he s not exactly wrong, but his coup attempt won t be so simple. Make no mistake, he is really not out for the wellbeing of the train, Connelly said. Melanie knows that. And that s the reason why, ultimately, she took the train from him. She knew he didn t have the train s, and the passengers , best interests in mind. (Photo by David Bukach/TNT)It was an arduous uphill battle for Diggs Andre Layton throughout the first season, as he laid the groundwork for the Tailie revolution (the uprising of those in Third Class). The fight for equality amid the array of racism, classism, and sexism put Layton in a strong, albeit unexpected, position of leadership. But now that he s gained some semblance of the power, the way forward is as complex as it is uncertain. What exactly is the best way to deal with a megalomaniac, anyway? He is used to appealing to this idea of what is the right thing to do, in terms of winning people over to his side, Diggs said. But now, what he s met with on the train is a bunch of people who ve been promised a whole bunch of things by somebody who looks like they are the beneficiary of a whole bunch of those things. In a battle of hearts and minds, that s a tricky foe to come up against. With a pause and a laugh, Diggs added: Wilford is not actually concerned with people, but people still love him. How hard is that? And how familiar is that? Wilford s introduction to the series throws a lot of things off-kilter, but it also helps to forge new partnerships that were unthinkable just one year ago. If there s truth to the phrase, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, then the partnership of former foes, Layton and Melanie, makes complete sense. After all, their common goal is to protect the train, and its citizens, no matter the cost.(Photo by David Bukach/TNT) Adding Melanie into that fold as someone that Layton ends up caring about is a dangerous thing to do on an emotional level, Diggs added. Then, the realization that, if Layton s new government is one that respects the science of the thing, which is really what Melanie represents, and what she understands better than anybody, she could, in fact, actually build the train. One thing Melanie didn t account for when she stole Snowpiercer was the problematic system that was already in place — and as Connelly explained, it was one riddled with a whole bunch of societal issues and corruption. That foundation absolutely encouraged her own heinous behavior in season 1, and it s what ended up sparking the Tailie uprising that put Layton on her radar. The train called for change, and I think there was a hell of a lot about that system that she didn t agree with, and she didn t like, she continued. I don t think that, in reality, her politics were so far off from Layton s. He was sort of a catalyst for her to recognize that she was sort of tuning out so much, and it was at such a great cost. As Diggs points out, that choice comes with a fair share of repercussions: This person who had been an enemy for so long has to become someone that Layton is choosing to side with over people who have been friends of his. And that s tough. It s a challenging move but the partnership strengthens them both, and that support structure is something Melanie needs going into these new episodes; not only does Wilford represent a threat to the health of the train and its people, his re-emergence brings back a whole load of unresolved trauma from Melanie s past.(Photo by David Bukach/TNT)Melanie s long-estranged daughter Alexandra Cavill (Rowan Blanchard) is also along for the ride. Melanie believed Ali was dead — having left her behind when she took over the train. But after seven years, here she suddenly is, very much alive and under the tutelage of Melanie s greatest adversary. Talk about a complicated reunion. All of that stuff plays out; all of that grief, and loss, and fear, and relief, and joy, and love, and dread, Connelly said. I think for Melanie, she sees her daughter, and of course, she wants to resume that relationship. But she s also mature enough to recognize that s not the reality of their dynamic at this point. She has to earn that trust back. And it s not going to be that simple. Snowpiercer season 2 premieres on Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. on TNT.
(Photo by Else Films)Horror films thrive on their aura of danger, and whether you’re in a darkened theater surrounded by strangers or in your basement rec room with all the lights turned off, the experience can be heightened by the mere suggestion that something might be “off” about the movie you’re watching. It s a concept that s so compelling that Shudder recently premiered an entire docuseries dedicated to it; it s called, rather appropriately, Cursed Films.In honor of the most recent addition to the canon the faux documentary Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made we’re going to pay a little tribute to the “found footage” horror movies that tr
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles like the sequels to Bad Moms, Ghostbusters, and A Quiet Place.This WEEK S TOP STORYRACHEL WEISZ AND DAVID HARBOUR IN TALKS FOR BLACK WIDOW(Photo by John Lamparski, Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images)Marvel Studios is preparing to shoot their next two films this summer for likely 2020 releases. It was just last week that we heard about Angelina Jolie being in talks for a lead role in The Eternals, but that s not actually the next film in the works. Marvel is closer to starting production on the Black Widow solo film, starring Scarlett Johansson, with filming scheduled to begin in June. Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family, Lady MacBeth) was announced last month for Black Widow, and this week, it was revealed that two more stars are in talks. Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) is now in talks for a role in Black Widow. David Harbour (Stranger Things), who will star later this month in the Hellboy, is also in talks for a Black Widow role. We don t yet have any clue what the Black Widow movie is about (including whether it s a prequel or is set after Avengers: Endgame), or what characters Pugh, Weisz, or Harbour might be playing. (This writer s guess for Rachel Weisz is long-time HYDRA leader Viper.) Black Widow may be the Marvel Studios movie scheduled for May 1, 2020.Fresh Developments1. CILLIAN MURPHY JOINS A QUIET PLACE 2(Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)Last year s monster/suspense movie A Quiet Place (Certified Fresh at 95%) was a surprise box office hit, with over 0 million worldwide from a budget of just million. Paramount quickly greenlit a sequel for next year (May 15, 2020), with real life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski returning (as actress and writer/director, respectively). This week, it was confirmed that the the two surviving kid actors (Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds) would be returning for the sequel, and also the first new cast member for the sequel. Frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator and Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy will join Emily Blunt in the A Quiet Place sequel as a character who is described as a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit. The other movie scheduled against A Quiet Place 2 is the animated Scooby-Doo reboot Scoob, featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Tracy Morgan, and Amanda Seyfried.2. EMMA STONE AND RALPH FIENNES MAY STAR IN HORROR COMEDY THE MENU(Photo by Sabrina Lantos/Sony Classics)After six Academy Award nominations, and two wins (for Adapted Screenplay), Alexander Payne had his first Rotten film as director with 2017 s Downsizing. For his next film, Payne is reportedly recruiting Emma Stone (three Oscar nominations, one win) and Ralph Fiennes (two Academy Award nominations). Described as a comedic horror-thriller, the movie is called The Menu, and is about a couple who travel to a remote island to attend an exclusive restaurant where the acclaimed chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises. Although Alexander Payne won both of his Academy Awards as screenwriter, The Menu was instead written by late night TV show staff writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) and Seth Reiss (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Emma Stone will next co-star in the sequels Zombieland: Double Tap (10/11/2019) and The Croods 2 (9/18/2020), and Ralph Fiennes has at least three films scheduled for 2020 as well.3. MARK HAMILL TO VOICE CHUCKY IN NEW CHILD S PLAY(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)Enough fans of the Child s Play franchise have been talking about Brad Dourif not voicing Chucky in this summer s Child s Play reboot (6/21/2019) that no Brad Dourif is a top autocorrect result on Google search. Curiously, for a movie that is just over two months away from release, however, we didn t actually know for sure who would be voicing Chucky instead. As it turns out, the actor taking on the role is the one famous for voicing the Joker in dozens of video games and animated TV shows. Mark Hamill is obviously best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, and he can now add Child s Play to the list of franchises he s associated with. Hamill announced his participation in a video that debuted at this past weekend s WonderCon in Anaheim.4. VIOLA DAVIS, JAI COURTNEY TO RETURN IN THE SUICIDE SQUAD(Photo by Warner Bros.)When director James Gunn s The Suicide Squad (8/6/2021) was first announced, it was quickly described as a soft reboot with a new cast of supervillains. That, however, was before it was confirmed that Margot Robbie would indeed be returning as Harley Quinn. (We also thought Deadshot would be returning, albeit in the form of Idris Elba instead of Will Smith, though it later turned out that s not the character Elba would be playing.) This week, we learned of two more actors from the 2016 version who are returning in the same roles. Viola Davis will once again play Amanda Waller, the government agent who brings together the various super villains, and Jai Courtney also talked this week about returning as Captain Boomerang (although it s possible that his character won t survive).5. STERLING K. BROWN TO STAR AS JANITOR-TURNED-COACH IN RISE (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Chrissy Metz of NBC s This is Us will star in the faith-based drama Breakthrough later this month, and this week, one of her co-stars also signed on for his own faith-based drama. Sterling K. Brown is in talks with Sony s AFFIRM Films (Miracles from Heaven, Heaven is for Real) to star in their inspirational sports drama called Rise. If he signs on, Brown will portray Louisiana middle school janitor Willie Davis, who took over his school s basketball program and went on to compete in the state championship. Rise is based on Davis true life story, which has previously been reported on by HBO s Real Sports. Sony has already scheduled Rise for release a year from next week, on April 10, 2020 (up against James Bond 25).
What would you compare the movie to?“It’s like a southern-fried Richard Curtis movie. It’s Gothic, Actually.” Tom Beasley, Flickering Myth“Kind of Mars Attacks! as done by Cormac McCarthy” Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire“Like a weird religious lovechild of 2012 s The Place Beyond The Pines and 2013 s Prisoners.” Callum Crumlish, Daily ExpressHow is author Donald Ray Pollock as a narrator?“Pollock brings a pleasing, smoky rasp of weary authority. He knows these venal, murderous, craven characters pretty well.” Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune“While an omniscient narrator does feature in the source material, here it feels heavy-handed and distracting, and ends up giving the final film an unintended comic element that isn’t quite in keeping with the deathly dark happenings on screen.” Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies“The result feels less like a worthy tribute to Pollock’s sanguinary prose than an odd, slightly irksome blend of movie and audio book.” Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine(Photo by Glen Wilson/Netflix)What about the killer on-screen ensemble cast?“It’s worth seeing for an intriguingly cast ensemble, authenticating the milieu as much as possible.” Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune“Though there are no individual standouts in the cast, they all turn in intensely committed work that tethers us to their characters’ snowballing predicaments.” Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction“A film that often feels like a sort of young actors’ Olympics; a baroque showcase for Gen-Z refugees of the industry’s biggest franchises to showcase their indie bona fides.” Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly“Every actor blends into the woodsy atmosphere with a sense of unease that permeates the air. No stars here, all character actors in service of the film’s unsettling calling.” Hope Madden, Columbus Underground“While the acting is all very good, there are moments when the cast members look bewildered, as if asking themselves how the heck their agents landed them in this gig.” Deirdre Molumby, entertainment.ieHow is Tom Holland? “The best thing to come out of the movie is seeing Tom Holland in a new light.” Deirdre Molumby, entertainment.ie“It’s a very different role for Holland to his energetic, peppy Peter Parker, but he brings a discomfort and a sadness to the character that fits him like a glove.” Tom Beasley, Flickering Myth“It s maybe most gratifying to see Holland so far from Peter Parker mode; his performance is delicately underplayed.” Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly“It is also Holland who is the most compelling to watch…because of the subdued intensity he lends to the character. He goes from placid and contained to explosively violent in what seems like seconds.” Gabriella Geisinger“Holland is perfectly withdrawn and quiet for so much of the film that when he is driven to action, it’s shocking and unexpected. He’s a combination of angst, guilt and barely contained rage.” Steve Prokopy, Third Coast Review “Arvin is made even more complex by Holland s guile and intrinsic internalization. He is heartbreaking, show-stopping, and entirely fantastic. His best performance yet. Callum Crumlish, Daily Express“Holland, sadly, doesn’t impress…[he] just isn’t right for this role. He seems too fresh, too clean to play such a haunted, violent character.” Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm (Photo by Glen Wilson/Netflix)And what about Robert Pattinson?“Pattinson’s turn as pedophile preacher Preston Teagardin is the obvious highlight.” Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies“Pattinson delivers another striking, film-stealing supporting turn with a hear-it-to-believe-it high-pitched Southern twang.” Matt Maytum, Total Film“For Pattinson, playing a domineering Bible Belt sleaze is a cred move (a sign that he doesn’t have to be liked), and he does a good job of it.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety“Only Pattinson evinces an understanding that irony may be the one workable option after earnest excellence has been ruled out…of all the stupendously bad accent work on display here, only his is as funny as it should be.” Charles Bramesco, The Playlist“Pattinson is clearly having a blast, giving one of the weirdest damn performances of his career…I thought it fit the often surreal tone of the film perfectly. Or maybe I just like watching Pattinson ham it up.” Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm“Then there s Robert Pattinson, whose genteel southern accent is more miss than hit, but whose skeeviness is palpable through the screen.” Gabriella Geisinger“I don’t really know what he’s doing here, besides taking a little too long with every line reading.” Michael Phillips, Chicago TribuneAny other standout performances?“Riley Keough, too, is a standout, adding layers and depth to a character who could easily have been a one-note sexpot caricature.” Tom Beasley, Flickering Myth“The film’s most stirring turns come from two young and gifted actresses [Mia Wasikowska and Eliza Scanlen] handed barely more than 10 minutes of screen time apiece.” Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire(Photo by Glen Wilson/Netflix)Are there any other positive elements?“Campos and cinematographer Lol Crawley do a superb job of creating an ominous atmosphere, as if despair and tragedy are lurking around every small-town street corner, down every stretch of country road.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times“Credit should be given for a predictably excellent period soundtrack chosen by music supervisors Randall Poster and Meghan Currier.” John DeFore, Hollywood ReporterIs it too much movie?“If you stick with the lax pace, the slow-burn reveals are worth the wait.” Gabriella Geisinger“You can t say it doesn t keep you on your toes…But it s a long movie, clocking in at 140 minutes, and there are several points at which it drags.” Deirdre Molumby, entertainment.ie“There are times when the movie threatens to lose focus, but for the most part, this train keeps chugging on down the rickety tracks to its blood-soaked conclusion.” Tom Beasley, Flickering Myth“[Campos’] greatest feat may be that he was able to wrangle a story as ripe and unwieldy as Devil at all…and somehow still managing to land on the grim side of fascinating.” Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly“Like so many characters in this glum, shaggy ramble of a film, Campos gets lost in the woods.” Charles Bramesco, The Playlist(Photo by Glen Wilson/Netflix)Is the timing right for The Devil All the Time?“The Devil All the Time feel[s] like a movie tailor-made for the current hellscape we’re all trapped in.” Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm“It’s 2020. We’re already familiar with abject misery.” Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionThe Devil All the Time is available to stream on Netflix from September 16, 2020.
(Photo by © Columbia TriStar Television/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.)It s been 22 years since the final episode of Seinfeld, aptly titled The Finale, first aired on May 14, 1998. It was one of the most highly anticipated hours of television ever broadcast, attracting a record-breaking 76 million viewers. But when all was said and done, the finale drew the ire of fans and critics alike. There was no happy ending here — and television audiences just weren t having it. In the 20-plus years since The Finale aired, the sitcom has evolved in complexity and ambition, and the show s co-creator, Larry David, has pioneered the cringe-comedy genre with Curb Your Enthusiasm. Comedy fans credit Seinfeld as the start of much of that growth – even as they lament the disappointing way the series wrapped up. Now, to celebrate the 22th anniversary of the show s end, we re here to say the finale wasn t all that bad. In fact, hear us out, here: the Seinfeld series finale was actually pretty darn great.In The Finale, Jerry and George (Jason Alexander) receive some fantastic news when their sitcom Jerry — which was shelved five years prior — is given the green light by NBC. To celebrate, the duo, along with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Kramer (Michael Richards), take the network s private plane on a trip to Paris; of course, they never make it to France. After a Kramer-led mishap, the aircraft is forced to make an emergency landing in the fictional town of Latham, Massachusetts. While waiting for the plane issue to be fixed, the gang goes into town and ends up witnessing a carjacking. Instead of intervening to help the overweight victim (played by late comedian John Pinette), they stand on the sidelines, take a video of the crime on Kramer s camera, and make fat-shaming jokes about the victim, to boot. Minutes later, the group is hauled away to jail for violating the town s new Good Samaritan law, which basically makes it illegal to do nothing when witnessing a fellow citizen in crisis.(Photo by © Columbia TriStar Television/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.)What follows is a highly-publicized court case that puts Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer (aka The New York Four ) on trial for their crime. And to fully drive home how guilty the gang is, the prosecuting attorney brings in a load of cameo witnesses from the show s nine-season run, among them: the Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas), Leslie The Low Talker (Wendel Meldrum), Elaine s ex David Puddy (Patrick Warburton), Jerry s ex Sidra Holland (Teri Hatcher), and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner (voiced by Larry David). The cavalcade of witnesses gives audiences one last satisfying plot point in each of these characters story arcs, and acts as a hard-to-swallow reminder that the heroes they spent the last nine years with were actually anything but. After years of self-centered behavior, of not caring at all how their actions impacted any, and every, one they came in contact with — from Jerry assaulting and stealing a loaf of rye bread from an elderly woman named Mabel (Frances Bay) to George s deflating Trivial Pursuit mishap with the Bubble Boy — the group is found guilty for violating the Good Samaritan law and are put in jail for a year s time. The final moments find them behind bars, without any show of remorse, continuing their signature meaningless banter, as the camera pans away and eventually fades to black.People were not happy with this choice. Entertainment Weekly called it off-key and bloated, USA Today referred to the episode as dismal, giving it one-and-a-half stars, and Newsday asserted that The Finale was a major comedic disaster. The ninth and final season is Seinfeld s only Rotten season according to the Tomatometer, and the Critics Consensus – which reflects the sentiments of the critics – speaks to fans disappointment in its final flourish: the cynical show about nothing goes out defiantly on its own terms – even if means alienating fans who may have wanted things to end differently. (Photo by Joe Del Valle / ©Castle Rock Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection)Those assessments may have been somewhat correct at the time, but hindsight has proven the episode had way more going for it than Larry David walking away into the sunset with his middle finger held high. And it has a lot to do with going out defiantly on its own terms. I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what’s going on, David explained to Grantland about the seemingly-impossible mission of satisfying expectations. They haven’t written it beforehand, they don’t know what the show is. But for a finale, they go, Oh, well this should happen to George, and Jerry and Elaine should get together, and all that. They’ve already written it, and often they’re disappointed, because it’s not what they wrote. Seinfeld changed the sitcom game when it arrived on the TV scene. But the program, which was marketed as the show about nothing, revealed itself over time as something more. It was a show filled with dark humor and bleak topics immersed in the everyday minutiae of city life; it was a program where a self-centered comedian and his privileged friends were unaffected and unchanged by the world around them. Seinfeld wasn t a program about nothing; the series explored the lives of a group of borderline nihilist New Yorkers who learned absolutely nothing and never ever changed, as those around them grew.As part of the plan that Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld put into place, their show, which prompted NBC to build its Must-See TV lineup, was never about teaching life lessons or handing out moral epiphanies. There was absolutely no character growth here. This all makes sense when you remember the two important rules the show s writers had to follow: no hugging and no learning.While the central crew may not have evolved into better people throughout the series nine-year run, the show taught television viewers that comedy could exist in a multitude of lanes. Sitcoms may still operate on the formula of dishing out morals and supplying growth to their lead characters, but there was something a bit too relatable about the way Seinfeld handled its final bow. We see it in the way The Finale depicts the highly-publicized trial as a televised spectacle not that different from the O.J. Simpson court proceedings that kicked off the Court TV trend just five years prior. The inclusion of the Johnnie Cochran–esque lawyer, Jackie Chiles (Phil Morris), and Geraldo Rivera as himself, commentating on the event, really helped bring to life the ridiculousness of the media circus. Did Seinfeld stay true to its formula through its nine-season duration? Maybe. When you view the series as the completely character-driven story that it was, then that changes things. Without each and every quirky role introduced on the series — and the endless supply of quotable lines the show birthed into the pop-culture vernacular — Seinfeld wouldn t have been such a success. And given that this was a show inspired by Jerry Seinfeld s life as a comedian, where his stand-up routines so famously picked apart the mundane details of everyday life, the lack of interest in digging under the surface and figuring out how any of these people tick makes even more sense. Remember: No hugging and no learning.According to Grantland, David was not interested in an emotional ride, and neither was Jerry. The show maintained protocol from episode one. Yearning for some sort of epiphany that would ve wrapped things up in a happily-ever-after bow is understandable, but that was never part of the plan. Jerry s postal-worker nemesis and neighbor Newman (Wayne Knight), who gets some oddball justice in the finale after his request to join the gang on their trip to Paris is turned down, ends up foreshadowing the events that transpire. In typical Newman fashion, he passionately delivers a vengeful, Pulp Fiction–style tirade: “Hear me and hear me well. The day will come. Oh yes, mark my words, Seinfeld — your day of reckoning is coming. When an evil wind will blow through your little play world, and wipe that smug smile off your face. And I’ll be there, in all my glory, watching – watching as it all comes crumbling down.” Jerry s smile may not have been ultimately wiped from his face — we see him doing stand-up in prison as the credits roll — but he, along with George, Elaine, and Kramer, do end up actually learning that there s a limit to bad behavior, even for these four.And so do we.As the guilty verdict is read, and the sentence is handed down, Judge Arthur Vandelay (Stanley Anderson) eloquently puts their crimes against humanity into perspective: Your callous indifference and utter disregard for everything that is good and decent has rocked the very foundations upon which our society is built. In today s fast-moving disconnected age of social media and fake news, the impact of these words have only grown in relevancy. Who knew at the end of the day, that this show about nothing would actually have something important to say? The writers may have honored the no hugging rule, but when all was said and done, there was a bit of a lesson to be had after all. The series finale of Seinfeld, The Finale, first aired on NBC on May 14, 1998.
The 2019 BAFTA nominations have been announced, with The Favourite leading the way with 12 nominations. Pacing just behind are the music-driven Bohemian Rhapsody, hot off its Golden Globes win, and A Star Is Born, which have scored seven noms each. See the full list now:Best FilmBlacKkKlansmanThe FavouriteGreen BookRomaA Star Is BornOutstanding British FilmBeastBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteMcQueenStan OllieYou Were Never Really HereOutstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or ProducerApostasy Daniel KokotajloBeast Michael Pearce, Lauren DarkA Cambodian Spring Chris KellyPili Leanne Welham, Sophie HarmanRay Liz Richard Billingham, Jacqui DaviesFilm Not in the English LanguageCapernaumCold WarDogmanRomaShopliftersDocumentaryFree SoloMcQueenRBGThey Shall Not Grow OldThree Identical StrangersAnimated FilmIncredibles 2Isle of DogsSpider-man: Into the Spider-verseDirectorBlacKkKlansman Spike LeeCold War Paweł PawlikowskiThe Favourite Yorgos LanthimosRoma Alfonso CuarónA Star Is Born Bradley CooperOriginal ScreenplayCold WarThe FavouriteGreen BookRomaViceAdapted ScreenplayBlacKkKlansmanCan You Ever Forgive Me?First ManIf Beale Street Could TalkA Star Is BornLeading ActressGlenn Close The WifeLady Gaga A Star Is BornMelissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me?Olivia Colman The FavouriteViola Davis WidowsLeading ActorBradley Cooper A Star Is BornChristian Bale ViceRami Malek Bohemian RhapsodySteve Coogan Stan OllieViggo Mortensen Green BookSupporting ActressAmy Adams ViceClaire Foy First ManEmma Stone The FavouriteMargot Robbie Mary Queen of ScotsRachel Weisz The FavouriteSupporting ActorAdam Driver BlacKkKlansmanMahershala Ali Green BookRichard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me?Sam Rockwell ViceTimothée Chalamet Beautiful BoyOriginal MusicBlacKkKlansmanIf Beale Street Could TalkIsle of DogsMary Poppins ReturnsA Star Is BornCinematographyBohemian RhapsodyCold WarThe FavouriteFirst ManRomaEditingBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteFirst ManRomaViceProduction DesignFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldThe FavouriteFirst ManMary Poppins ReturnsRomaCostume DesignThe Ballad of Buster ScruggsBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteMary Poppins ReturnsMary Queen of ScotsMakeup HairBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteMary Queen of ScotsStan OllieViceSoundBohemian RhapsodyFirst ManMission: Impossible FalloutA Quiet PlaceA Star Is BornSpecial Visual EffectsAvengers: Infinity WarBlack PantherFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldFirst ManReady Player OneBritish Short AnimationI m OKMarfaRoughhouseBritish Short Film73 CowsBachelor, 38The Blue DoorThe FieldWaleEE Rising Star AwardBarry KeoghanCynthia ErivoJessie BuckleyLakeith StanfieldLetitia Wright
近年，国产手游厂商在游戏玩法上不断求新求变，诞生了不少极富特色的作品，比如说知名的二次元手游《明日方舟》把塔防和手游结合在了一起，最近上线的《坎公骑冠剑》又把抽卡手游和传统2D过关游戏结合在一起，在这样的时代浪潮下，散爆网络不甘落后，做出了紧跟时代步伐的作品。 Nevertheless, Garland noted conversations moving from the possibility of a mulitverse where free will exists to a deterministic view where there is no choice elicits an equally strong emotional response.“If I have a conversation with people about free will, nobody likes the idea that they don t have it. And it is completely in contradiction with our own sense — ‘But I absolutely, definitely have free will. I can feel it now,’ [they say], which is again, it s what people feel, but it may not be supported by the data.”That view, as espoused by Forest, leads Devs’ main character, Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), onto her collision course with the warm and melancholy Amaya CEO. And while discussing Lilly’s actions would lead to a level of spoilers we definitely cannot reveal in this or any other reality, it did lead to another question the show presents: Do ethics exist in a deterministic universe?“I don t personally think it takes ethics and morality out of the conversation, I just think it means you react differently to the state of affairs,” Garland said.(Photo by Miya Mizuno/FX)To illustrate morality in a deterministic universe, he used a 15-year-old boy mugging someone at knife point as an example. In a universe with free will, the boy’s punishment (provided he is caught) proceeds from the notion he is in absolute control of his choices.“If you take deterministic view, you might say, ‘Well, hang on a minute. Because this kid is a crystal meth addict, and both his parents were crystal meth addicts, and he was addicted by the time he was 12, and he was trapped in a world that had given him a very distorted sense of ethics, and, as well as that, a sense of desperation, and no home, that led ultimately to the mugging.’ Under those circumstances, punishing the kid makes much less sense. Rehabilitating a kid makes much more sense.”“What we do then is make sure that [the kid doesn’t] do it again, Garland suggested. So, that doesn t remove the ethics, because you still don t want the kid to mug anybody. It s just more that you re not punishing him for something that wasn t his own decision.”Of course, Garland was quick to point out that while his example leads to a morality with more empathy and compassion, it also suggests atrocities are also unavoidable in a deterministic universe. “I don t think anybody wants to let Adolf Hitler off the hook in the way that you might let a 15-year-old off the hook,” he quipped.Nonetheless, the morality of what Forest calls “tram lines” will no doubt feature in discussions of Devs when its full shape is revealed with the show s finale six weeks from now.
(Photo by Netflix)FALL 2021 TV SURVEY: 30 FAVORITE NETFLIX SHOWSFor Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past. Over 1,000 of them got back to us with their picks for fall.We first asked the question What is your favorite Netflix show? in our 2018 Fall TV Survey, and Stranger Things has dominated the category ever since. The hit horror series is followed by newcomer The Queen s Gambit then Marvel s Daredevil, Marvel s Jessica Jones, and Umbrella Academy. Though the series are now Netflix favorites, you won t find Arrested Development, Cobra Kai, or Lucifer on this list since they started their runs elsewhere. (And while Black Mirror began on Channel 4 in the U.K., it gets a pass because U.S. audiences were introduced to it on Netflix.)Read on to find out all of Rotten Tomatoes users’ favorite Netflix series.Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.
猴子的符文 SUPER MARIO BROS.1993 s Super Mario Bros. movie is either a curious cultural touchstone or a complete disaster. Or both. Regardless of your feelings toward Dennis Hopper s beyond-bizarre portrayal of baddie Bowser though, you probably wouldn t be opposed to a reboot. In January 2018, Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment announced they were collaborating on a feature-length animated film based on the portly plumber and his Mushroom Kingdom friends and foes. In November 2018, Chris Meledandri told Variety the movie is in priority development for a possible 2022 release, and that Nintendo s Shigeru Miyamoto is fully involved: We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film. FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY SThis bizarre horror series, which pits players against evil audio-animatronic animals in a Chuck E. Cheese-like establishment, holds the potential to be one of the better game-based films in the pipeline, not only because the prospect of a robotic bear going on a murderous rampage sounds awesome, but because veteran Hollywood visionary Chris Columbus has been tapped to shepherd production. However, in November 2018, creator Scott Cawthon posted on Steam that he had tossed out his own script and is starting from scratch.RAINBOW SIX(Photo by Matt Kennedy /© Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)A Rainbow Six movie is definitely in the works, but it might not be what fans of the Ubisoft tactical multiplayer shooter expect. The Paramount project is positioned more as an adaptation of the Tom Clancy books — on which the game franchise is loosely based — than the game itself. In September 2018, Michael B. Jordan joined as John Clark, who s appeared in previous Clancy films the Sum of All Fears and Clear and Present Danger. A prequel, dubbed Without Remorse, will come before the Rainbow Six movie to establish Clark as the protagonist.MEGA MANThe Blue Bomber recently made a big splash with Mega Man 11 – the series best game in years – and he s looking to continue that streak at the box office. The live-action Mega Man movie, from Capcom and 2oth Century Fox, will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and, according to Capcom s announcement in October 2018, will appeal to both seasoned fans of the game franchise as well as those who just appreciate a good action-cranking popcorn flick.CALL OF DUTYThe Activision arm responsible for tackling such projects has made no secret of the fact they intend to turn the enormously popular first-person shooter franchise into a “cinematic universe, not unlike Marvel s or Star Wars . While there s no solid timeline for the project, the studio intends to kick off its ambitious, universe-expanding plans with a first installment directed by Sicario: Day of the Soldado helmer Stefano Sollima.QUESTIONABLEWe haven t heard from these announced movies and shows in more than a year.UPDATED: DUKE NUKEMWhile a John Cena-starring Duke Nukem movie had been strongly rumored in early 2018, its seems the adaptation of the over-the-top shooter may be headed back to the drawing board. Original studio Paramount is no longer involved with the potential project, but Assassin’s Creed producer Jean-Julien Baronnet has reportedly teamed with Gearbox Software to bring the cigar-chomping badass to the big screen.UPDATED: RESIDENT EVILConstantin Films Resident Evil reboot, which follows the six film Milla Jovovich series, is one step closer to shuffling into theaters. Johannes Roberts, breakout director of 47 Meters Down, is taking a stab at the .2 billion-earning franchise as the reboot s writer and director.UPDATED: GEARS OF WARRumors and speculation have swirled around a potential Gears of War movie for years, but it looks like the project finally has its writer in scribe F. Scott Frazier (xXx: Return of Xander Cage.) The game s head honcho Rod Fergusson has also stated the Universal pic won t be based on any previous Gears games, but will take place outside of the established narrative. No word on how this might affect Dave Bautista s chanes of playing series protagonist Marcus Fenix.UPDATED: GOD OF WARWith the formation of PlayStation Productions — a new arm of the studio focused on adapting the company s games to series and movies — things are looking up for a God of War film. Given that the Uncharted film now has a release date, and Sony s God of War game reboot was a huge success, Kratos coming to the silver screen no longer sounds like such a stretch.UPDATED: DEVIL MAY CRYThere s been no update on the long-rumored Devil May Cry movie, buy the adaptation may be headed to the small screen. In November 2018 Castlevania executive producer Adi Shankar revealed he would be developing a new show based on Capcom s demon-slaying series. While he shared little else, Shankar added that he d personally acquired the rights to the property. Whether or not this means the series would join Castlevania on Netflix remains to be seen.DRAGON S LAIRWe were ready to declare this project dead considering how much difficulty creator Don Bluth has had in getting movies off the ground this century (after Titan A.E. buried Fox Animation Studios), let alone something involving his fantasy laserdisc arcade game from the 80s. But if a successful, 0k-raising Indiegogo campaign had anything to show us, it s that Dragon s Lair still has fans today. And that includes the creators of Stranger Things, who opened Season 2 with Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin deeply invested in the game at the arcade. The Indiegogo funds will go towards a Dragon s Lair prequel movie before Dirk the Daring meets Princess Daphne, and that s all the news there s been since last year, outside of Bluth s interview with SyFy in November 2017. Moviemaking is a long and arduous task and we re not entitled to status updates if there s nothing to report, but we re keeping this at Questionable status for now, since Bluth s dreams have a habit of being undercut by economic reality. If Dragon s Lair were to fall apart, not only would it suck for the charitable hopefuls who filled the online coffers, but also those 40-year-olds today who called Hawkins, Indiana home.CONTRAKonami announced they were teaming up with Chinese corp Starlight Media for a movie and TV show for their flagship run n gun series, even whipping up a logo teaser to demonstrate that this business was serious. But with Chinese money in movie production drying up or becoming more volatile (the Fan Bingbing disappearance has spooked the industry), this project is up in the air like so many spread gun powerups passing in the night.BORDERLANDS(Photo by 2K Games)Fans have been clamoring for a trip to the cel-shaded, planet of pyschos Pandora, and occasional talks and rumors have obliged in stringing hopes along. Has it all just been claptrap? Gearbox Software CEO/carnival barker Randy Pitchford gave a general update during E3 2017. Per ScreenRant s transcription of the interview: We’ve been developing scripts and the strategy that we’re on right now is, that it’s obviously all in the Borderlands universe, but rather than retell the stories that were in the game, we’ll create new stories so the films will have their own film canon. HALF-LIFEGabe Newell hosted a Reddit AMA in early 2017, and answered a question about a Half-Life and Portal movie with a to-the-point Yep. They re coming. Cool. Months afterward, ex-Valve scribe Marc Laidlaw released a thinly coded synopsis of what would ve been Half-Life: Episode 3, all but confirming the game will never be made. This has only soured the perception on how this franchise has been handled since Valve moved away from traditional game development, and with details so vague and far-between, this questionable project is close to being marked dead.PORTALThe question Newell fielded from his AMA also pertained to Portal, so he s claiming an adaptation is concurrently in the works.SPLINTER CELL(Photo by Sony Pictures)There hasn t been a Splinter Cell game in almost six years, but why let such a cool franchise name go to waste? Case in point: Tom Hardy has long been attached to play Sam Fisher, through various attempts of the getting the film off the ground. With the last update in January 2017, when Hardy was given a new script to read, and nothing since, one can imagine a Splinter Cell movie has been stealthily killed.THIEFSquare Enix is reportedly working on a fifth Thief game. That s a surprise already, but then there s the extra news that a movie is being worked on in conjunction with the game. With no news in the year and a half since, this one maybe have been absconded with off into the night.These projects are either officially dead, or we haven t gotten any updates in over two years. But considering these are all based on a medium built around 1-ups and extra lives, the door s open for future resurrection.BIOSHOCK I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose development hell! Despite its protracted public development, the Bioshock movie was apparently just eight weeks away from shooting. Gee, with the start date that close, there must ve been mountains of production material and sets ready to go, right? If you look at director Gore Verbinski s follow-up movie after Bioshock fell apart, A Cure For Wellness, you ll get some distinctly Rapturian vibes.ASSASSIN S CREED 2A video game movie starring Michael Fassbender, directed by the guy who made the Certified Fresh Macbeth? And with Marion Cottilard? What could go wrong? Apparently, lots, according to Fassbender himself. And when your main star publicly drubs the movie, that puts a damper on any sequel talk going forward. Oh, and also the fact that Assassin s Creed bombed with critics and audiences everywhere.FALLOUTBethesda s Todd Howard told The Wrap that there s no Fallout movie because nothing quite clicked, which meant nothing was ever announced in the first place. Any memories you have of a Fallout movie being in the works were radioactive fever dreams.THE LAST OF USIn 2016, Sam Raimi revealed why a Last of Us movie imploded: Sony and TLoU co-director/writer Neil Druckmann have differing opinions on what said movie should look like. (It s easy to speculate that one party would want to use Joel and Ellie, and the other wouldn t.) Turns out, Druckmann doesn t even want a movie to happen anyways.MASS EFFECT(Photo by Electronic Arts)An action-oriented space opera with moral quandaries seems like it would ve been a great fit for a movie, especially one bankrolled by a company with as deep pockets as EA. But alas, Mass Effect fans, no stranger to ignoble endings, may be waiting an eternity to see the battle against the Reapers on-screen, as no movie was ever formally announced. While developer BioWare promises that the series isn t quite dead yet, the aftermath of the disastrous ME: Andromeda reverberates still.WATCH DOGSThere s been no news on adapting the techno-thriller since 2016. And considering Watch Dogs 2 sold up to 80% less than the original, safe to say this one s been put to sleep.SPY HUNTERNo number of covers of the Spy Hunter/Peter Gunn theme can keep this high-octane espionage property alive. The last news was from November 2015, when Dwayne Johnson was associated with it. With Jumanji and Rampage, we think he may have gotten his video game rocks off by now.DEUS EX(Photo by Square Enix)There hasn t been any news about a Deus Ex movie since 2012, a year after comeback game Human Revolution came out. But surely the latest sequel, Mankind Divided, must ve stirred up the augment s nest? Not so fast: Mankind apparently didn t sell too well, and nobody at Eidos or Square Enix is working on a new game. Considering Adam Jensen s story was left incomplete at the end of Mankind Divided, they ought to focus on wrapping that up before dropping a Deus movie.DANTE S INFERNODante s Inferno was an obscure game (especially by publisher EA s standards), yet for some reason, a few people in Hollywood were insistent on turning it into a movie. After no updates were released since 2013, three years after the game came out, potential director Fede Alvarez broke his silence to announce there were still no updates. With 2020 on the horizon, could another non-announcement be in the works?ASTEROIDSSpaceships. Mass destruction. Explosions galore. Asteroids sounds like it would ve been a match made in vector heaven with director Roland Emmerich, who, at the time, hadn t directed a disaster epic in years. Alas, he passed on the project in 2015. Just as well: He directed Independence Day: Resurgence instead, and where would cinema be today without that?GRAN TURISMOWe re not sure what shape a Gran Turismo movie would take (even Fast Furious had to throw in international espionage and nuclear subs to keep things interesting), but if the prospect of one has been keeping you up all these years, bad news: The last time anyone s written about a GT movie was in 2015, and that was to float the idea that the whole concept had been sent to the salvage dump.ANNOUNCEDMovie and game studios are often eager to make fanfare announcements either prematurely or to drum up public interest, and then the project s never heard from again. These movies and shows could be worse than dead: They may never have been alive in the first place.UPDATED: JUST CAUSEConstantin Films apparently has big plans for Square Enix s open-world action series. On top of acquiring Just Cause s film rights, the studio has brought on John Wick creator Derek Kolstad to pen the script. The first movie in what the studio hopes to spin into a franchise will begin filming in 2020.ALTERED BEAST(Photo by Sega)Announced by Sega in 2016. Likely to have been welcomed to its doom as there have been no developments since.CENTIPEDEOld game properties usually get announced in chunks, as the movie rights are sold to studios in package deals. This was the case for Atari when they announced both a Centipede and a Missile Command movie at the same time.MISSILE COMMANDThe Cold War may be over, but America s got a whole lot of problems with other countries, so maybe a Missile Command movie is still incoming after its 2016 announcement. But don t hold your breath.FIREWATCHFirewatch was the most popular walking simulator of 2016 thanks to combining mystery, romance, and thriller tropes into an attractive package. Developer Campo Santo said in 2016 that a movie was in the works. And they ve since been acquired by Valve, so maybe things will move at a quicker pace. (Stop laughing!)FRUIT NINJAAs smartphones inserted themselves into everyone s pockets and purses, Fruit Ninja was one of those big viral games that highlighted our new world of mobile inanity. So it s no surprise that a movie was announced in 2016. It s also no surprise there s been no news since.METRO(Photo by 4A Games)Despite its very cinematic presentation, it took a while for the post-apocalyptic franchise to get its movie announcement. Fast forward to 2019, when latest game sequel Metro Exodus will be released in February, with no new updates on the movie. Fortunately, Metro is based on a book series, so the series may have a long shelf-life even after the games conclude.RABBIDSThe video game equivalent of Minions, the Rabbids, were announced to be getting their own movie in 2015. Three Robot Chicken writers were attached at the time.RENT-A-HEROAnnounced by Sega in 2016, with Hot Tub Time Machine s Steve Pink attached, based on the very obscure character. In fact, none of this hero s two games ever made it to the States, and the only way American gamers could ve encountered him was as a secret character in Sega Saturn s Fighters Megamix.SHINOBIAnnounced in 2016, based on Sega s long-running (but now dormant) ninja platformer.STREETS OF RAGEAnnounced in 2016. Sega s beat em up has a seriously dedicated fanbase, especially for one that hasn t had a new entry in 25 years. The wait (and all the fan games) paid off when SoR4 was announced for a 2019 release.TETRISThe Tetris Company was all too eager to announce the pieces were coming together for a movie, alongside an million influx of Chinese cash. But that was more than two years ago, and with the volatile market for money from the Middle Kingdom, the movie may have vanished like a well-placed L-block.