瘟疫工厂采用百度引擎7（Baidu 2）Are the Performances in Cursed Magical? Langford is an excellent choice for Nimue. She is strong and resilient yet somewhat trusting and naïve. — Allison Rose, FlickDirectTerell is brilliant as Arthur. A Black Arthur does feel radical, but he is a co-lead and sidekick to Langford s Nimue. Cursed is still a lot of fun, but don t expect anything too revolutionary from this safely subversive new Netflix show. — Rosie Knight, NerdistAlmost no one can act and those who can are taking it easy. — Lucy Mangan, GuardianIs Cursed’s Fantasy Believable?(Photo by Courtesy of Netflix © 2020)Cursed’s Fey, made up of snake-skinned, tusked and other hybrid humanoids, all with their own cultures, efficiently establishes them as a living, breathing species independent of their human relatives. — Hannah Collins, CBRIs Cursed Cheaply Made or Flashy and Stylish? (Photo by Netflix © 2020)Cursed does a fine job of stylizing its visuals, as well as building a complex story base (even if the latter feels too bulky at times). — Kimberly Ricci, UproxxCursed may not be the most serious or profound program that TV has to offer, but you won t find many shows more solidly built or satisfying. — Judy Berman, TIME MagazineWith twists and turns you might not see coming, no matter how well you know Arthurian Legend, Cursed delivers a fun and wild ride. It also has serious Game Of Thrones vibes. — Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyFinal Thoughts? (Photo by Courtesy of Netflix © 2020)Featuring a lot of promise but failing in the execution tonally, Cursed is unfortunately a bit of a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the Arthurian legend. — Nicola Austin, We Have a HulkCursed makes complete its clumsy tightrope walk, but will need to build stronger support for any feminist goals it has for future seasons. — B.L. Panther, The SpoolCursed will do — it’s nowhere near perfect but its attempt to take on an alternative tale with a female, strong lead, makes the whole viewing worthwhile. — Daniel Hart, Ready Steady CutBloated yet entertaining, Cursed carves out a uniquely weird kitsch-fantasy niche for itself, even if it doesn t always quite know what it wants to be. — Shaun Munro, Flickering MythI never was able to fully give myself over to Cursed, but I never really got bored and I think there s a better show laying in wait for a second season. More Pym, please! — Dan Fienberg, Hollywood ReporterThe highs of the series far outweigh the lows, and Cursed manages to tell an exciting and surprisingly timely tale with Nimue and the rest of the Arthurian roster. It is sure to fill the void in the hearts of fantasy fans everywhere. — Charlie Ridgely, ComicBook.com
The industry was holding its breath to see how this weekend’s new theatrical exclusive entries would perform. This weekend was the first time during the pandemic that three new movies were released in over 2,000 theaters without a single streaming entity making them available at home. With COVID-19 cases again on the rise, the weekend was likely going to be a barometer for studios to decide how to manage their fall and holiday releases. We’re not out of the woods yet, but one film did just enough to allow those eyeing delays on their schedules to exhale for a moment.King of the Crop: Free Guy Passes Pandemic Test and Gives Theaters Much-Needed HopeEverything is on notice after The Suicide Squad underperformed last week. If a high-concept, (mostly) family-friendly film like Free Guy that can only be seen in theaters could not pull in a decent number this weekend, just how willing would the folks behind No Time To Die, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Top Gun: Maverick be to gamble on reduced attendance if the COVID-19 numbers kept trending upwards?Hope was struck on Friday morning when the numbers showed that Free Guy, which Disney took on after acquiring Fox but did not make available via Premier Access on Disney+, sold .2 million worth of tickets Thursday night. With those numbers in hand it was time to start predicting the weekend haul. Charting 16 PG-13 films that had previously grossed million-.4 million in Thursday night previews, the average opening gross was .5 million; only three of those films went on to have weekends under million, and, of the five that opened over million, four of them were sequels. So between million and million felt right for Free Guy. Earlier in the week, many felt anything under million would give industry folk pause, but when analysts began downgrading expectations to under million, the film was given a solid cushion to land on. When the numbers came in on Sunday, revealing Free Guy pulled in .4 million for the weekend, it felt like a real triumph.(Photo by 20th Century Studios)That is the seventh-best opening of the pandemic and not just better than The Suicide Squad last week, but actually the best opening for an original film. (The word “original” being used a little loosely here as one can recognize Tron, Wreck-It-Ralph, The Truman Show, and They Live amongst its influences. But, still, unlike Black Widow, F9, A Quiet Place Part II, Jungle Cruise, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Space Jam: A New Legacy, it is neither a sequel, prequel, reboot, nor based on existing IP – like a ride.)It is too soon to call the legs on this one. No film yet that has made less than million in its first 10 days during the pandemic has reached 0 million. Then again, Free Guy is likely to remain no. 1 for a second straight week, remain in the top five for its first full month, and stick around in the top 10 at least until the beginning of October. It will all depend how severe the drops are, which will likely be based on how comfortable everyone continues to be going to theaters.Rotten Returns: The Suicide Squad May Not Finish the Mission (Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ © DC Comics)Whether it s concern over the rise of the Delta variant, the lure of staying home and catching it on HBO Max, or some lack of interest in the latest DCEU movie – despite it being Certified Fresh at 91%, among the best-reviewed movies in that universe – The Suicide Squad continues to underperform. The movie experienced a 70% drop from last weekend and fell to fifth place with .7 million. With just .9 million in its first 10 days, it is trailing what The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It had in the bank at the same time (not to mention that movie scored a .3 million second weekend). Looking at August releases historically, The Suicide Squad is charting a similar-looking path to the 2012 remake of Total Recall, which dropped 68.7% in its second weekend to million and had .1 million. It finished with .8 million. As suggested last week, in normal times without a pandemic and without a day-and-date streaming option, The Suicide Squad would have likely had an opening weekend higher than that even with the most conservative of estimates. With those variables in place it appears it may not even top million total.The Top 10 and Beyond: Jungle Cruise On Track to be Disney s Second Pandemic 0 Million Movie(Photo by courtesy of Disney. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)Last week we gave Disney’s Jungle Cruise a puncher’s chance of making it to 0 million and it is definitely punching. It made million this weekend, giving it million after 17 days; that is a great number in that no film released in July or August to have at least million in that stretch failed to eventually clear 0 million. It would be Disney’s second film with a simultaneous Disney+ Premier Access release, after Black Widow, to reach the milestone. Cruella, which had a similar release and just signed Emma Stone for a sequel, is also the sixth highest-grossing film of the pandemic with over million.Moving over to the new titles of the week. Don’t Breathe 2 s .6 million may have looked good when the best the genre was getting was The Unholy and Separation. But the pandemic has given us a mild stretch with the third Conjuring, The Forever Purge, and Old, in which fans seemed ready to make the genre something of a box office over-performer. Still, Don’t Breathe 2 looks to be more in the Spiral and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions realm, a sequel few people felt they needed, and which could underperform. That .6 million start (aided in part by a “hey, let’s go see it on Friday the 13th contingent) is far less than the original’s triumphant .4 million start in August 2016 on its way to over million. The sequel will be hopeful to end up in the million- million range.The release of the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, with Jennifer Hudson, delivered something of a blow to the kind of mid-range films for adults – which could be the big box office story going forward coming out of 2021. The ceiling is not being raised for these films and the .8 million Respect made is more evidence that age groups outside of those typically targeted by studios are taking their time when it comes to a night out at the movies. M. Night Shyamalan’s Old breaking million feels like a legit standout at this point versus all the IP making up the current theatrical cashflow. In the Heights, Wrath of Man, and Nobody all earned between million and million (all better than Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins), and Respect may join them, but how long will studios hold on to these kind of alternatives as theatrical exclusives (Heights notwithstanding) before day-and-date streaming helps them out sooner?On the Vine: Action, Mystery, Thrills, and the Paw PatrolArguably the biggest title opening on a very crowded weekend will be Paw Patrol: The Movie. But with it streaming concurrently on Paramount+, how much of a splash will this really make? (Remember that Paramount moved Clifford the Big Red Dog off the schedule from September due to “Delta concerns” but left this one to take its chances in August.) One thing Paw Patrol has on its side? A 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score, so far. Also streaming while in theaters next week is the Hugh Jackman sci-fi tale, Reminiscence. It will be on HBO Max. That leaves a pair of R-rated thrillers to take a shot at the mid-range crowd. Lionsgate’s The Protégé, from action director Martin Campbell, stars Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson. And then there is David Bruckner’s The Night House, from Searchlight Pictures; the horror film premiered at Sundance in 2020 and currently has a Fresh Tomatometer score of 84%.Full List of Box Office Results: August 13-15, 2021 Almost 30 years after the release of the second Bill Ted movie, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return as the goofily endearing titular duo in Bill Ted Face the Music. And now they’ve also got grown-up daughters — played by Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving — to aid in their excellent adventures and save the universe from a most bogus fate.Does the long-awaited third installment live up to expectations? The first reviews of the movie indicate that most fans will be pleased to see that the new movie does the franchise, and particularly its main characters, justice with the right amount of laughs and heart.Here’s what critics are saying about Bill Ted Face the Music:Is it worth the wait for Bill Ted fans?Bill Ted Face the Music not only found a way to defy the odds to exist, but it also ended up working as an entry totally in line with the spirit of those older time travel tales. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentBill Ted Face the Music… not only gets it right, but makes it look easy. It pushes the franchise into new territory while recapturing the goofy magic of the first two films. Angie Han, MashableThis is not the kind of late sequel that s a cash grab. It s clearly a labor of love. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comBill Ted Face the Music plays out like a madcap mash-up of Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey while avoiding all the pitfalls of simple fan service. Sean Mulvihill, FanboyNationA perfect mix of both Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey…Bill Ted Face the Music is the perfect conclusion. Rachel Leishman, The Mary SueIn execution, it’s sloppy, never finding a toehold on a decent comedic rhythm or creative lyricism to make a cohesive, wholly satisfying sequel. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionHow does it compare to the previous two films?Bill Ted Face the Music surprisingly arises as the most enjoyable entry in the series. Chuck Bowen, Slant MagazineBill Ted Face the Music is almost exactly as good as its two big-screen predecessors. John DeFore, Hollywood ReporterLike its predecessors [it] is winningly modest and harmlessly silly. A.O. Scott, New York TimesI happened to rewatch Bill Ted’s Excellent Adventure just a few days before Bill Ted Face the Music and they feel a lot like the same movie. Mike Ryan, UproxxBill Ted Face the Music is by far the worst of the three movies. Carla Hay, Culture Mix(Photo by ©Orion Pictures)Do you need to have seen the first two, though?Absolutely, but less to understand the plot than to familiarize yourself with the Bill Ted vib. Ty Burr, Boston GlobeThe film’s opening recaps the first two films…[so] you don’t necessarily need to watch the previous films. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesAre Reeves and Winter still excellent?[They] don’t miss a step when it comes to falling back into the surfer rhythms and signature head nods. [And] when they reunite onscreen with Sadler, it’s electric. Kristy Puchko, PajibaTheir dynamic hasn’t missed a step… It’s wonderful to see Reeves and Winter reunited and in particular, it’s lovely to see Reeves back in a comedy. Matt Goldberg, ColliderThe two actors haven t missed a beat…it’s wonderful to see [Reeves] return to humor… and it s especially enjoyable to see Mr. Winter back in a leading role. Jimmy O, JoBloReeves in particular never makes a comic misstep; he’s funny less for the lines he speaks than for his thoroughgoing physical incarnation of a character who’s at least 50 percent Golden Retriever. Dana Stevens, Slate(Photo by Patti Perret/©Orion Pictures)How are Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving?Weaving and Lundy-Paine perfectly capture mannerisms of Bill and Ted but in their own way. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesThe two have an appealing energy between them, nicely mirroring the harmless goofiness that made the original films more successful than they probably deserved to be. John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter[They] did a fantastic job of mimicking the behaviors of their dads, resulting in a believable and heartfelt performance… they were one of my favorite parts about the movie. Shannon McGrew, Nightmarish ConjuringsThea and Billie are essentially personality-free, and, for the most part, exist to service their fathers’ arc. They have no memorable lines and nothing to distinguish one from the other. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionBillie and Thea aren’t particularly developed as characters… with such a perfect quartet of casting of Bills and Teds, something more could have been wrung from this concept. Kristy Puchko, PajibaDoes the script make enough sense?The goal is once again to save the world with a song, for reasons about as important and easy to explain as Star Trek technobabble. Luke Y. Thompson, Superhero HypeBill and Ted may not fully understand it. The screenwriters, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, might not either. But it doesn’t really matter. A.O. Scott, New York TimesBill Ted Face The Music doesn’t find its rhythm until [its] two storylines converge an hour in, which means that this 88-minute movie is basically over before it really begins. Katie Rife, AV ClubThe movie is overstuffed with too many bad ideas that are sloppily executed. And the end result is an uninspired mess. Carla Hay, Culture MixConsidering the writers had decades to tinker with the screenplay, the story is surprisingly labored. Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly(Photo by ©Orion Pictures)Is it heartwarming?The secret ingredient, as in all these films, is the open-heartedness with which it embraces the journey. Angie Han, MashableThere’s not a mean bone in all of this series, and the sense of sweetness that continues to carry through means more to these films than people may realize. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentFor a movie in which the world could end at any moment, Bill Ted Face the Music is awfully sweet and cheery. Steve Pond, The WrapBill Ted Face The Music has more heart than the previous two movies… this sequel [reaches] a tender spot that wouldn’t have been expected at the end of Bogus Journey. Sean O Connell, CinemaBlendBut is it funny?Face the Music does know how to be funny. Perhaps not a film full of huge laugh moments, but there’s a charm here I was happy to pick up on. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentTime spent with Bill and Ted now may not always be gut-bustingly hilarious, but it’s comfy and familiar. Luke Y. Thompson, Superhero HypeThe movie’s so intent on rushing along that the barrage of jokes grow fuzzy and indistinct in the third act. Eric Kohn, IndieWireAnthony Carrigan is just exceptionally funny. Jimmy O, JoBloHow s the music?The high point of the movie is a harpsichord and Stratocaster duet played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jimi Hendrix, a nicely conceived and executed demonstration of how genius recognizes genius. A.O. Scott, New York TimesThe universe-saving song has a bouncy hook I’ve been humming throughout the writing of this review. Dana Stevens, SlateThe movie has painted itself into a corner, because they’ve gotta play the song but no song can be so bodacious that it instantly unites the world. Steve Pond, The Wrap(Photo by Patti Perret/©Orion Pictures)Should they make more Bill Ted movies?Face the Music is probably the last Bill Ted movie we’ll get, and it makes the trilogy most triumphant. Matt Goldberg, ColliderI’m not sure if this will kick off a new franchise with the daughters but if so, I’m all in. Shannon McGrew, Nightmarish ConjuringsIs this the best movie for the moment?Bill Ted Face the Music is the movie that 2020 needs. Rachel Leishman, The Mary SueBill Ted Face The Music is the movie we need right now. Norman Wilner, NOW TorontoFace the Music has a good message about the healing power of music and the comforting simplicity of friendship, and comes at a time when the world could use some good vibes. Adam Graham, The Detroit NewsIn its way, this closing chapter of the Bill Ted trilogy is an allegory for the status of Gen Xers in the dystopic landscape of 2020. Dana Stevens, SlateThis is the movie we really can use right now. Jimmy O, JoBloBill Ted Face the Music opens in select theaters on August 28.Thumbnail image by ©Orion Pictures
King of the Crop: Captain Marvel Vanquishes DoubtersDebbie DayWhen it comes to proving its worth among domestic audiences, Captain Marvel s numbers reveal the truth of this heroic box office tale; the Marvel movie s million Friday-to-Sunday take is the 17th best second weekend in history and the second best ever in March. The 6 million it amassed to date is the 19th best total for a film in its first 10 days. Does this mean 0 million is inevitable? Not quite, but the odds are very much in its favor given that 20 of the 24 films to gross over million in their second weekend reached the milestone. Only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Alice In Wonderland, It, and 2016’s The Jungle Book came up short. Jordan Peele’s Us is likely to take the top spot next weekend, but anything above million will keep Marvel on track to become the seventh 0 million domestic grosser. It is already the 17th Marvel property to pass 0 million worldwide.Rotten Returns: Captive State Sets New Low For Focus(Photo by Focus Features)Just two weeks ago, Focus Features took Neil Jordan’s psycho-thriller, Greta, into over 2,400 theaters. The unfortunate result was the lowest opening weekend for a film released by the studio into a 2,000-plus screen launch. This week they released Rupert Wyatt’s million sci-fi thriller, Captive State into 2,548 theaters — only this time without screening its film for critics. Though it has scored just marginally lower (47%) than Greta (54%) on the Tomatometer, Captive State now owns Focus’ low-water mark for such a release with a .1 million start for just a ,240 per-theater average. That is the worst PTA for a wide release launch in the studio’s history and the eighth worst among all of their releases. The five worst PTA’s of 2018 in a 2,000-plus theater launch were: Life Itself (4), Gringo (,132), Action Point (,176), The Hurricane Heist (,259), and Early Man (,279). Replicas still owns that title in 2019 with a ,020 average.Top 10 and Beyond: Only Dragon a Success Among Animated Films(Photo by Universal Pictures)Leading the newbies this week was Paramount’s Wonder Park. The near 0 million production, which was started back in 2014, arrived without an official director’s credit (after the original one was fired due to complaints of inappropriate conduct against women). The studio was certainly hoping for more than a 30% Tomatometer score and a million start, putting it in league with film’s like Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole, which finished with just million and million, respectively. In other animated news, The Lego Movie 2 finally passed the 0 million line (the first film took nine days), but it is nevertheless also a bust for Warner Bros. with just 1 million worldwide; their biggest since 2017’s Justice League. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is anything but though for Universal, already into profit with over 6 million worldwide.CBS Films and Lionsgate’s release of weepie teen romance, Five Feet Apart (52% on the Tomatometer), made a very respectable .1 million. Not too shabby on just a million budget. Also making its way into profit for the studio is Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, which, after 8 million in 17 days, is headed to become the third-highest-grossing film of his career. Back in 2016 Lionsgate and Pantelion opened No Manches Frida to .67 million. This weekend it opened No Manches Frida 2 to an estimated .89 million in just 472 theaters — or less than 19% of the theaters that Captive State played in.In other limited release news, the top PTA of the week went to Sony Classics’ The Mustang (95% Tomatometer score), which made ,000 on each of its four screens. Fox Searchlight’s The Aftermath (27% Tomatometer score) grossed ,500 for a ,500 average. That is just the 19th film in the studio’s history to register with less than 30% on the Tomatometer. The last was 2013’s Baggage Claim, with a 14% Tomatometer score, is one of only five films Searchlight released in over 2,000 theaters in its opening weekend. Neon’s documentary, Apollo 11 (100% Tomatometer score), expanded into 588 theaters and grossed another .22 million. It’s total stands at .54 million.This Time Last Year: Black Panther Gets Five-Peat(Photo by Marvel Studios)Black Panther remained on top of the charts for a fifth straight week in 2018. The Marvel film’s .6 million was just enough to knock back the debut of the rebooted Tomb Raider (.6 million). But one of the biggest box office successes of the year, I Can Only Imagine, opened in third place to .1 million. Love, Simon opened in fifth with .7 million. In milestone news, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle passed the 0 million mark and Peter Rabbit reached into 0 million territory. Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin had the top per-theater-average (,797) in just 32 theaters. The Top 10 films grossed over 8.8 million and averaged 59.6% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated 8.2 million and averaged 59.5% on the Tomatometer. (No Manches Frida 2 currently does not have a score.)On the Vine: We Need To Talk About Us (Photo by Universal Pictures)Horror title Us, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning directorial debut Get Out, opened this year’s SXSW film festival to rapturous reviews. Currently sitting at 100% on the Tomatometer, can the new film maintain its perfect score over Get Out’s spectacular 98%? It is likely to surpass Get Out’s .4 million opening, but can it surpass its predecessor’s 6 million domestic total? Either way, Us is poised to become one of the most successful horror films of all time. Also on tap, Bleecker Street’s true-life terrorist drama, Hotel Mumbai, opens in limited release. It stands at 75% with critics.The Full Top 10: March 15-17Captain Marvel (2019) 79% – .30 million (6.21 million total)Wonder Park (2019) 34% – million ( million total)Five Feet Apart (2019) 53% – .15 million (.15 million total)How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) 90% – .34 million (5.64 million total)Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) 11% – .08 million (.06 million total)No manches Frida 2 (2019) 13% – .89 million (.89 million total)Captive State (2019) 44% – .16 million (.16 million total)The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) 84% – .13 million (1.31 million total)Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 61% – .90 million (.82 million total)Green Book (2018) 77% – .27 million (.62 million total)瘟疫工厂Often in comics, one miniseries or event title leads directly into another comic book series with little or no downtime. And while The Falcon and the Winter Soldier does not intend to pick up any of WandaVision s batons — in fact, it was originally scheduled to bow first — debuting two weeks after that other show s finale offers viewers a little bit of the thrill of picking up the first issue of a follow-up story. That sensation changes as soon as the first episode truly begins and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) reveals a part of what he s been up to for the last few months: fighting dudes like Batroc (Georges St-Pierre) for the U.S. government.So let s catch up with him, James Buchanan Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole as we dive into the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.Spoiler alert: The following reveals details of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1, New World Order. Stop here if you have not watched the episode.The Timing Matters(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios)As we go further into Phase 4, the end of Avengers: Endgame becomes an important marker of time. WandaVision takes place mere weeks after the Avengers restored roughly 3 billion people to life. Spider-Man: Far From Home occurs the next summer. Black Widow, as it happens, will apparently occur six years prior to Endgame. And the first Falcon episode establishes that some months have gone by.It appears that distance from everyone coming home will be an important plot point. The economic instability suggested in Wanda s (Elizabeth Olsen) first trip to Westview continues to matter and even seems to be contributing to an as-yet-unspecified political upheaval. To be sure, Sam s difficulty in securing a loan is a mostly separate issue — more on that in a moment — but the tense situation Rhodey (Don Cheadle) and a few other government types keep dancing around seems connected to the sudden (and we assume occasionally fatal) return of everyone who was lost when Thanos first snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War.In terms of those whispered economics, we imagine insurance companies went right to work trying to reclaim any death benefits they paid out in the previous five years. The returned also probably expected to go back to work at jobs that either evaporated or found new hires to fill the vacancies. Of course, there s the individual psychological toll to consider, but the instability people keep telling Sam about is the aggregate of those things and is typically expressed in terms of financial and political unrest. And in this episode, we re only seeing the edges of that picture.Nevertheless, the timing still matters as Far From Home presents a world — or at least certain European cities and New York — more or less recovered. Whatever powder keg the generals at Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) memorial expected to explode in the short term sure hasn t a handful of months later.Or, perhaps, Sam and Bucky were instrumental in preventing it from happening.When Even an Avenger Can t Get a Loan(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios )One interesting element of the episode is seeing just how accustomed Sam became to the privileges of being an Avenger. To be fair, he lost them as soon as he and Steve defied the Sokovia Accords in 2017, but his expectation that his status as a world-saving superhero would make his loan application a breeze is a bit naive. Nevertheless, it is an interesting way for Marvel Studios as a whole to broach a topic like systemic racism.Each dimension of the scene is fascinating to examine, in fact. Beyond Sam s seeming overconfidence, you have the loan officer unsure of Sam s identity (ouch) and his inability to approve the loan because of the bank s rules, which are built against people like Sam and his sister, Sarah (Adepero Oduye). Then you have her understanding that this was the only way their visit to the bank could transpire — a reality Sam has seemingly forgotten thanks to years in the service and his time in a much more egalitarian organization. Then there is that question: was he receiving income from Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) during the time he worked out of the Avengers HQ? And is his current government contracting something he can claim on the application?We ll also step back a bit and note the bank appears to be offering no sort of amnesty for those who were Blipped. Their five years without jobs or income stands against them. Although, we imagine the bank bends that rules in certain situations.But no matter the reasons for Sam and Sarah to walk out of there defeated — or however an individual viewer may regard the scene — it indicates a growing maturity for the Marvel method while feeling like a natural extension of the Captain America film series philosophy. Now, it s finally pointed to a contemporary situation.Bucky Got a Haircut, Found a Date, and Can t Deal With His Guilt(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios )This might be kind of shallow, but we re very glad to see Bucky finally did away with his grungy Winter Soldier hair. Yes, there s definitely a psychological advantage to doing so — he can look in the mirror and not see the monster who haunts his nightmares— but on a purely aesthetic level, Bucky is a much more handsome man with a closer-cropped do.We imagine it is something his therapist encouraged him to do, but it s also possible he chose to do it all on his own in the hopes of reclaiming some part of the man he was before he went to the war. The visual similarity to the dashing lad who showed Jenna Coleman around that science expo in Captain American: The First Avenger is striking. But there is also the sharp contrast of this shattered old man hidden just under Bucky s relatively youthful appearance.Although, we ll admit, it is easier to see that 106-year-old man when he and Yori (Ken Takemoto) go to lunch. It is interesting that these scenes (and his therapy session before them) are the first time we ve really seen Bucky try to cope with everything. Sure, he had that period in Wakanda, but note the way that s minimized in this episode. Those handful of scenes in Black Panther and Infinity War are not about a solider and conscripted killer processing 70 years of trauma. And, really, they couldn t be. Now, though, both we and Bucky have the chance to explore it.(Photo by Marvel Studios)Which makes the date Yori gets for him and his guilt-induced nightmare all the more fascinating. In regards to the former, it make for a fascinating contrast with the cocksure kid in The First Avenger. He absolutely fumbles at every turn and she carries that date until he walks out.But, really, Bucky s in no place to date. He has to finish making amends. At the very least, it would resolve his nightmare. But telling Yori the truth may be the hardest thing he will have to do to complete the task. Sure, Yori may think he wants to know that truth, but what will happen when he finds out this man he s befriended is his son s killer? Bucky has a real ease with him — to the point where the first scene at Izzy s plays as though Yori knows Bucky s real identity — and to lose that bond would be a real setback even if the truth is, ultimately, more important.It s a different sort of jeopardy for the Winter Soldier to experience, but it reflects the sort of show Falcon wants to be. We just hope Bucky gets some sport of peace by the time we get to the end of it.The Portents of Trouble(Photo by Marvel Studios)Curiously, though, the first episode resists the temptation to feature Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) or reveal any aspects of his plan. Although, it s pretty easy to imagine the Flag Smashers as a nascent Masters of Evil. That group, formed by Zemo s father in early issues of The Avengers comic book, will never use that name in the MCU. But it will be interesting to see if The Falcon and the Winter Soldier attempts to employ one of their better known lineups under a different moniker. As it happens, Flag-Smasher is a singular villain in the pages of Marvel Comics and Erin Kellyman briefly appears in the episode as a female version of that character.Of course, because we re assuming a lot this week, we imagine the Flag Smashers are tied to Zemo. But what if they re not? Their aims may be there own while he stays true to his plans as a lone operative.To a certain extent, Zemo is the most successful MCU villain. He tore the Avengers in half, and although they did reform, they are no longer the imperial force he saw when Sokovia fell. But considering the views we ve heard him espouse in trailers, moving his brilliance to ending superheroes entirely could lead to a number of broken costumed folk.Then there s that counterfeit Captain America (Wyatt Russell). Fans of the comics will recognize U.S. Agent on the spot, but we ll hold off on examining him and his comic book counterpart until next week when, presumably, we ll know more about his status in the MCU and what he does to inspire Sam s desire to retake the shield.But for all these uncertainties, at least Sam and Bucky will have allies in the coming fight thanks to people like Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and First Lieutenant Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez), a kid in the army who may have a fascinating destiny as the series wears on.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres new episodes on Fridays on Disney+.
Best-Reviewed Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies 2018If you re surprised to see Sorry To Bother You at the top of a science-fiction list, that just means you haven t seen the movie yet and need to rectify that ASAP. Otherwise, with the exception of Bumblebee, the best sci-fi movies of 2018 (sorry, fantasy didn t have a strong showing this year) went spooky, as seen by the entries that fill out the rest of the top 5.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »
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Spider-Man is swinging back into theaters anew. No, we’re not getting another franchise reboot. Instead, Sony’s separate animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is kicking off something completely different, and according to the first, all-rave reviews, it’s a fresh, funny, and groundbreaking start. Focused mostly on the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, the movie sees him joined by other incarnations from different universes, and the result seems to be as hilariously irreverent as it is moving and sincere.Here’s what the critics are saying about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:Let’s dive right into the Positive-Verse:It’s pure dorky fun. Matt Singer, ScreenCrushIt’s terrific — a quick-witted entertainment, daring and familiar by turns, that also proves to be sweet, serious and irreverent in all the right doses. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesWait, so it s one of 2018 s highlights?Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [is] the best animated movie of the year. Jason Guerrasio, Business InsiderThis year’s best animated movie…a great Spider-Man adventure for everybody. Susana Polo, Polygon(Photo by © Sony Pictures Animation)But did we really need another Spider-Man movie?Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just the best Spider-Man movie to date, but it’s also better than most of the Spider-Man comics I’ve read. Edward Douglas, The Weekend Warrior[Spider-Verse] has one of the best Spider-Man movie stories ever. David Griffin, IGN MoviesIn a wide field of Spider-Mans to choose from, it is the strength of Miles Morales’ story that makes him a standout character. Susana Polo, PolygonSpider-Verse sounds like an evolution of comic-book movies. Tragic news for anyone who’s sick of superhero movies: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse completely reinvigorates the genre. David Ehrlich, IndieWireInto the Spider-Verse translates the visual language of comics onto the big screen better than any movie since Ang Lee’s Hulk. Matt Singer, ScreenCrushFew recent films have embraced the comic book style and sensibility as wholeheartedly as Spider-Verse has, or enjoyed as fully the potential in combining the two mediums. Angie Han, MashableHow fresh is the animation style?The film’s wild and contradictory aesthetic — elements of which clash against each other like some kind of dissonant cartoon jazz — dazzlingly explodes the outmoded idea that superhero movies have to look a certain way. David Ehrlich, IndieWireThe unique and often brilliant 3D animation style is a fantastic aspect of the movie, though it does take some time to get used to. David Griffin, IGN MoviesWhile Spider-Verse is colorful, whip-fast and full of visual references to the four-color printing process and comic book sound effects, it never overwhelms. Susana Polo, Polygon(Photo by © Sony Pictures Animation)How are the multiple Spider-folk?What makes Spider-Verse an essential entry in the superhero canon is the richness of its good guys. Brian Truitt, USA TodayI would optimistically describe [Spider-Gwen’s] role in Spider-Verse as ‘a great setup for a spin-off,’ which isn’t quite the same as saying she gets a lot of great stuff to do in this movie. Darren Franich, Entertainment WeeklyOK, but what about the script?What distinguishes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in the end is that it takes its mission seriously, even when it’s being transparently silly. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times[Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman[ have written a thoughtful, nuanced story that explores Morales’s uncertainty over whether he deserves the powers he has. Alex Abad-Santos, VoxIs there a ton of Easter Eggs and self-parody?In the same way that The LEGO Batman Movie paid homage to and even poked fun at previous portrayals, Into the Spider-Verse follows suit. David Griffin, IGN MoviesSpider-Verse often feels like a weightier, more ambitious version of The Lego Batman Movie, but it’s not all irreverent wisecracks and goofball voicework. Jesse Hassenger, AV ClubSpider-Verse is a spiritual sidequel to the Deadpool films, another holier-than-thou snarkfest inviting you to laugh at superhero tropes without ever once challenging those tropes. Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
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past roles might have gone to Reeves (Ant-Man? Doctor Strange? Thanos?), and whether Feige might be getting ahead of an upcoming announcement for a film like The Eternals or Shang-Chi (Keanu Reeves is partially of Chinese descent). In other Marvel news, Feige also revealed that Avengers: Endgame will return to theaters next week (6/28/2019) with new scenes as part of an effort to pass current box office record holder Avatar. As for Marvel s plans for 2020, British actor Ray Winstone (Noah, Sexy Beast) joined the cast of the Black Widow prequel this week in an unspecified role.4. LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO EXPLODE ON NETFLIX WITH TICK, TICK BOOM!(Photo by Lev Radin/Everett Collection)We may still have to wait for a while yet for the inevitable Hamilton movie, but 2020 is still going to be a big year for its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The long-in-development adaptation of his musical In the Heights will be released on June 26, 2020, and Sony Pictures Animation also has Vivo, featuring eleven new songs by Miranda, scheduled for release on November 6, 2020. A third project (which doesn t have a release date yet) is called Tick, Tick Boom!, and this week it was picked up by Netflix. Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his feature film directorial debut with Tick, Tick Boom!, which will be an adaptation of a stage musical by the late creator of Rent, Jonathan Larson. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) is reportedly the choice to star in the musical as an aspiring theater composer and waiter living in New York City in 1990.5. DISCO ERA BIOPIC SPINNING GOLD ATTRACTS SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND OTHERS(Photo by Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios)Some movies manage to get developed, produced, and released in just a few years, but there are others that date back decades. One such example is Spinning Gold, the biopic of 1970s record company executive Neil Bogart, whose Casablanca Records was the home of acts like the Village People, Donna Summer, Parliament, the Isley Brothers, and KISS. Following the box office successes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, Spinning Gold is finally going to start filming on July 16, and this week, the film s large ensemble cast was announced. Parliament will be represented by Samuel L. Jackson (as George Clinton) and D.L. Hughley (as Bootsy Collins), Jason Derulo will portray Ron Isley, Neil Patrick Harris will play KISS manager Bill Aucoin, and Kenan Thompson will portray Motown s Berry Gordy. Neil Bogart himself will be played by relative-unknown Jeremy Jordan, who s best known for stage musicals like Newsies, Bonnie Clyde, and Waitress.6. VIOLA DAVIS AND CHADWICK BOSEMAN TO LEAD MA RAINEY S BLACK BOTTOM FOR NETFLIX (Photo by Dee Cercone, Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Starting with Jitney in 1982, playwright August Wilson wrote a series of ten films set in Pittsburgh during each of the 20th Century s decades, including the 1950s-set Fences. Denzel Washington directed and starred in the film adaptation (Certified Fresh at 92%), which received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and a win for Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress. Now, Davis has signed on with Netflix to star as the famous titular blues singer in their adaptation of the 1920s entry in Wilson s Pittsburgh Cycle, the jazz era drama Ma Rainey s Black Bottom, and she ll be joined by Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Ma Rainey s Black Bottom will be produced for Netflix by Denzel Washington, who has stated a commitment to eventually getting all ten plays in August Wilson s Pittsburgh Cycle adapted as feature films.7. CLASSIC GHOST STORY BLITHE SPIRIT GETTING REMADE (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)Although British director David Lean eventually became famous for epics like Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and The Bridge on the River Kwai, earlier in his career, he produced more intimate films like Brief Encounter and 1945 s Blithe Spirit. The latter was a comedy about a ghost based on a play by British actor and playwright Noël Coward, a new version of which started production this week in England. Dan Stevens (of TV s Downton Abbey and Legion) will star as a struggling writer who becomes haunted by the ghost of his first wife (Leslie Mann). Isla Fisher will play his second (still living) wife, and Dame Judi Dench will play the medium whose seance accidentally summons the ghost.8. DAVE BAUSTISTA AND ICE CUBE LIKELY TO PLAY THE KILLER S GAME (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough, Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has starred or co-starred in a few different successful franchises, including Friday, Ride Along, Barbershop, and 21 Jump Street, but future sequels either aren t planned (21 Jump Street, Barbershop) or are delayed (Friday, Ride Along). For 2020 and 2021, Ice Cube is instead looking at two new projects. The first is a comedy called Covers set in the music industry, with Dakota Johnson and black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross already attached to star. Ice Cube is also in negotiations to star in an adaptation of the hitman novel The Killer s Game, along with Dave Bautista, who has two different action movies out this summer (Stuber and My Spy).
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Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to reflect the specialty box office releases that are newly available on streaming services and VOD. This week we have a taught drama about capital punishment, a comedic seaside murder mystery, and a horror-comedy set in a remote cabin. In our Spotlight section, we have the latest take on a Jane Austen classic that will be available early to download on VOD.Streaming This Weekend
瘟疫工厂 Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)When Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely dusted half of the universe – and half of the Avengers – at the end of the film, audiences the world over suddenly knew: anything was possible now. The duo had done what few other blockbuster film writers had done before: massacred multiple popular characters in the blink of an eye (or, as it were, the snap of some fingers).While most fans knew some of those deaths were likely to be reversed, the countdown to Avengers: Endgame has been filled with as much dread as excitement. The question on everyone’s mind: Who else were Markus and McFeely going to off?The writers were, as expected, not going anywhere near that question when they both spoke with Rotten Tomatoes ahead of Endgame’s release. But they did reveal the places where they’ve drawn some deadly inspiration.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: You guys have totally broken the world’s hearts, and fans expect you might do it again. But what TV or movie deaths have affected you the most?Christopher Markus: I mean, the most prominent killers of our popular culture today – they re not killing the popular culture – but it’s Game of Thrones. I still feel disturbed about… what’s his name?Stephen McFeely: Pedro Pascal.Markus: When Pedro Pascal died versus the Mountain. Yeah, that wasn t supposed to happen. That was very disturbing.McFeely: The easy answer for me is the Han Solo in Carbonite. I was not quite prepared for the movie to end that way.Rotten Tomatoes: You guys have adapted C.S. Lewis with the Narnia films, and worked with the characters of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Marvel here. What’s your approach to working with such storied and beloved works? McFeely: As you said we sort of dealt with it in Narnia. We try to put aside the pressure and the obligation in a way and just try to satisfy us as fans and writers. Assuming that the 12-year-old Steve would appreciate this, then perhaps other 12-year-olds would – or 82-year-olds.Markus: I think if you have respect for the underlying material then you just have to go forward and trust that you re not going to betray it. If you find yourself with a writing gig where you don t respect the underlying material, you might want to think about not doing it.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Rotten Tomatoes: The beloved character you’ve worked with the most is Cap’. [The duo co-write all three Captain America movies.] Did you want to give him – regardless of what happens in the movie – some kind of special moment, sendoff, or closure? Markus: I mean, I definitely have a special affinity for him. He s a guy who we ve put through a lot of hell and [Chris] Evans does a great job of showing that on his face. He certainly I don t want to say he looks tired, [but] I want to say he looks like there s is a battle-weariness to him. And I find it very satisfying to sort of think of all of that while putting him through yet another trial, like Hercules.Rotten Tomatoes: So, we know that the movie is just over 3 hours long, which makes us wonder: How many pages was your screenplay?Markus: Well, [the length of the script] varies depending on how elaborately we described the action. The script actually gets longer as we re in production, because we need – for the service of various departments – to really describe things that we wouldn t ordinarily describe. So it does tend to balloon at a certain point in an unrealistic manner. I would say the operating script was, what, 130 pages?McFeely: 130, yeah.Markus: Yeah, that s probably where we started. We generally assume a page a minute and so we try not to turn in things that are much more than 120 pages. It just was everyone understood it was going to be perhaps a little bigger. Our first drafts were undoubtedly bigger than that, you know? But as we got closer to production and we made hard choices it was probably 130.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Rotten Tomatoes: Speaking of the script… there was a lot of talk last year when the Academy announced they were going to do an Achievement in Popular Film category [which never went ahead], that they should instead honor stuntwork. And we’ve seen recently that more popular movies, like Black Panther and Mad Max, are getting Oscar recognition, as are their directors and the people who work on costumes, special effects, music… Given the feat you’ve pulled off balancing so many storylines and characters in Infinity War and Endgame, do you think writers of movies like these deserve more awards recognition than they get?Markus: [Laughing] I m glad you ve asked the question. I feel if I answer it too honestly I ll look like a jerk! My hope is that whether or not people realize it now, I think people later might look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hopefully they ll look at the last four we ve done with the Russos. That s pretty special storytelling. This cumulative serialized storytelling and the high-wire act that it required of all of us is pretty special.I think to maintain a certain level of character within that, so it s not just a series of explosions… Far be it from me to say what recognition it deserves, but I would love the Academy to be perhaps less knee-jerk in its lack of recognition. I would just say, you know, in all categories, these movies re incredibly hard work. For the industry to write them off as a puff piece seems to deny the incredible amount of technical labor that the people making the movies are putting in. They seem to me a much higher bar to achieve than your average drama. So, there you go.Avengers: Endgame is in theaters April 26, 2019Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
NEW TRAILERS: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is Set to Fill the MCU-Shaped Hole in Your Disney+ HeartThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier: come for the buddy comedy banter of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, stay for the stellar MCU movie action. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan star, and Kari Skogland directs. Premieres March 19 (Disney+).More trailers and teasers released this week:• The latest Kung Fu reboot revolves around Nicky Chen (Olivia Liang), a young Chinese-American woman who leaves college to move to a Shaolin monastery and learn martial arts to return to her San Francisco home and take on local criminals while also looking for the murderer of her mentor. Premieres April 7 (The CW).• Lupin Season 2’s five new episodes find Assane s quest for revenge tearing his family apart, as he puts himself in new danger to enact a new plan to go after Hubert Pelligrini. Stars Omar Sy. Premieres summer 2021 (Netflix).• The United States of Al is the new comedy about the friendship between a Marine combat veteran struggling to return to life in Ohio and his interpreter, who moves to America to start his life over, too. Stars Parker Young and Adhir Kalyan, created by Chuck Lorre. Premieres April 1 (CBS).• Made For Love is a dark comedy about a woman who flees her billionaire husband after she finds out he implanted a chip in her that allows him to monitor her every move. Stars Cristin Milioti, Ray Romano, and Billy Magnussen. Premieres April 1 (HBO Max).• Family Reunion continues with guest stars Anika Noni Rose, Kenya Moore, Brandi Glanville, Mark Curry, and Willie Gault. Stars: Loretta Devine and Tia Mowry-Hardrict. Premieres April 5 (Netflix).• This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist is a four-episode docuseries about a 1990 art heist in which a half a billion dollars worth of Rembrandts and other works were stolen from a Boston museum. Premieres April 7 (Netflix).• The Wedding Coach is a reality series in which comedian and author Jamie Lee and her comedian friends help couples get past their wedding drama to enjoy their special day. Premieres April 7 (Netflix).• The Serpent is a BBC limited series about the crimes of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who killed young tourists is the mid-’70s. Stars Tahar Rahim and Jenna Coleman. Premieres April 2 (Netflix)• In Manifest season 3, are we about to find out that Ben is the key to the puzzle surrounding the mystery of Flight 828? Starring Josh Dallas and Holly Taylor. Premieres April 1 (NBC).For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: Dakota Fanning To Star Opposite Andrew Scott in Ripley(Photo by Priscilla Grant / Everett Collection, Phil Bray / ©Paramount )Dakota Fanning has joined the cast of Showtime’s Ripley, which stars Fleabag’s Andrew Scott as the titular Tom Ripley, from Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling novels. Fanning will play Marge Sherwood – the character played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley – an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie Tom s affability. Johnny Flynn (Lovesick and Genius) also stars, as Dickie Greenleaf.Sopranos Emmy winner Edie Falco has signed on to star as Hillary Clinton in FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story, based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Clive Owen is playing Bill Clinton, Beanie Feldstein is playing Monica Lewinsky, Sarah Paulson is playing Linda Tripp, Annaleigh Ashford is Paula Jones, and Billy Eichner is playing Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge. (Collider)Emmy winner Mandy Patinkin will join the cast of The Good Fight for Season 5 at Paramount+. He’ll play Hal Wackner, a man who opens a court in the back of a copy shop, despite having no legal training (and that it’s a copy shop!). His (non-legal) legal judgements wreak havoc at Reddick, Boseman Lockhart.(Photo by Marvel Studios)WandaVision star Paul Bettany and The Crown alum Claire Foy will star in season 2 of Amazon’s A Very English Scandal, as the series becomes an anthology. The season will unfold the real-life divorce of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, who was at the center of a scandal when her husband included Polaroids of her performing oral sex on another man in their divorce proceedings.Schitt’s Creek and Kevin Can F**k Himself star Annie Murphy has joined the Season 2 cast of Netflix’s Russian Doll, though TVLine reports details of her role are under wraps.Riley Keough will play elite triathlete Lauren Reece, the wife of Chris Pratt’s James Reece, in Amazon’s The Terminal List. Jeanne Tripplehorn has also joined the cast, playing Lorraine Hartley, the first female Secretary of Defense, reports Deadline. Black Mafia Family, 50 Cent’s Starz drama about real-world drug kingpin brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory has added Snoop Dogg to the cast, playing the brothers’ spiritual advisor. La La Anthony (Power) will play the wife of one of the Flenory brothers’ friends, and Empire star Serayah will play Big Meech’s girlfriend. (TVLine)(Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o are starring in Apple TV+’s limited series adaptation of Laura Lippman’s book Lady in the Lake, about a 1960s Baltimore housewife (Portman) and single working mom (Nyong’o) whose fortunes cross when one of them tries to solve a murder.Ray Liotta will play the father of Taron Egerton’s character in In With the Devil, the Dennis Lehane-written Apple TV+ limited series about a prisoner and the son of a cop (Egerton) who tries to get a fellow inmate (Paul Walter Hauser) to confess to murder.Lost alum Josh Holloway will reunite with Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams in Duster, the HBO Max drama from Abrams and co-writer LaToya Morgan, about the getaway driver for a mobster. Holloway, who recently starred on Yellowstone, will play the driver. Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah) is joining Samuel L. Jackson in Apple TV+’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, playing a family friend who helps the 91-year-old Ptolemy (Jackson) as tries to regain his memories and solve his nephew’s death.Brandy and Nadine Velazquez have joined the cast of ABC’s hip-hop drama Queens, joining Eve and Naturi Naughton. The show is about a 90s musical group, called Nasty Bitches, which tries to reunite for a comeback.PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Steven Spielberg and Stranger Things’ Duffer Brothers To Adapt The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub(Photo by Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)In a holy pentagram of storytellers, Steven Spielberg will collaborate with Matt and Ross Duffer (Stranger Things) on a series adaptation of the Stephen King–Peter Straub book The Talisman, about a 12-year-old boy who goes on a road trip through two different realities to try to find a cure for his dying mother. The Duffer brothers will be showrunners on the Netflix project. (THR) Fox is developing a romantic comedy anthology series based on the music of Huey Lewis. Hart of Dixie creator Leila Gerstein will write the still untitled series, which would blend a modern love story with a teen love story from the 80s, with each season a self-contained comedy inspired by Lewis’ music. The Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated musician is an executive producer on the series. (Deadline)Wild Cards, the George R. R. Martin drama originally set to premiere on Hulu, will now find its home at Peacock. The story, based on Martin’s multiple-book series with input from various writers, was developed for two years at Hulu, but now a new writer will be assigned to the project as it continues to be developed at Peacock.The Wire collaborators David Simon and George Pelecanos will adapt investigative reporter Justin Fenton’s book We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption as an HBO limited series. The book tells the story of corruption, and how the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, an elite plainclothes unit, tried to clean it up. (Deadline)The History Channel is producing the eight-part series The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek, a limited that will cover the stories pop culture history of all things Trek. (Deadline)(Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)HBO, meanwhile, is teaming with Uncut Gems directors Benny and Josh Safdie and director Matt Wolf for a two-part documentary about the life and career of Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens. (Deadline)Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom director George C. Wolfe is talks to write and direct an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning 1977 novel Song of Solomon. (Deadline)The adaptation NBC ordered of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, featuring the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, has moved to Peacock, where it will premiere with Succession star Ashley Zukerman as Langdon.Comedian Nikki Glaser will host Comedy Central’s five-night Hall of Flame: Top 100 Roast Moments, a countdown of Comedy Central Roasts best insults, wrapping up with the hottest moment in franchise history. The event airs March 29-April 2 at 10pm each night. This week s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news (the stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering titles like Black Adam, The Little Mermaid, Rin Tin Tin, and Uncharted.This WEEK S TOP STORYNICOLAS CAGE TO PLAY NICOLAS CAGE IN MOVIE ABOUT NICOLAS CAGE (Photo by NurPhoto/Getty Images)Just a couple of weeks ago, Ocbtober 29 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Being John Malkovich (Certified Fresh at 93%), a movie that was meta before that word was even in common parlance. Given how well it was received, it s a little surprising more films like it (Jean-Claude Van Damme s JCVD, for example) haven t been made, but we may finally get the mother of all meta films in the near future. After a surprisingly active auction, Lionsgate has won the rights to a meta drama called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, about a famous Hollywood actor named Nicolas Cage. Lionsgate is now in talks with a famous Hollywood actor named Nicolas Cage to take on the role, who is described as being the star of Face/Off, Con Air, Mandy, Color Out of Space, and the upcoming Lionsgate meta drama The Unberable Weight of Massive Talent. Specifically, Cage will play a version of himself who is trying to get a role in Quentin Tarantino s next film and who also occasionally talks to an egotistical 1990s version of himself who rides him for making too many crappy movies and for not being a star anymore. It is not yet known if Quentin Tarantino will cast Nicolas Cage in his next movie. Nicolas Cage will also reprise his caveman role in The Croods 2 (12/23/2020), and might return as the voice of Spider-Man Noir in Spider-Verse 2 (4/8/2022).Other Top Headlines1. BOOGIE NIGHTS DIRECTOR RETURNING TO 1970s SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (Photo by Laurie Sparham /© Focus Features)Back in 1997, New Line Cinema released Boogie Nights (Certified Fresh at 93%), the second film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, who went on to work on such movies as Magnolia (Certified Fresh at 83%), Punch-Drunk Love (Certified Fresh at 80%), There Will Be Blood (Certified Fresh at 91%), and last year s Phantom Thread (Certified Fresh at 91%). Put another way, P.T. Anderson s films have only ever scored a Tomatometer below 83% once (73% for Inherent Vice). For his next film, Anderson appears to be returning to his roots with a project that bears similiarities to both Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Described as an ensemble piece, the untitled project will reportedly be set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s and focus on a high school student who is also a successful child actor. Filming is expected to start in February, so we should start hearing casting announcements soon.2. MOON KNIGHT, MS. MARVEL, AND SHE-HULK ALL HEADING TO MARVEL MOVIES AFTER DISNEY+(Photo by Disney XD/Getty Images)The new Disney+ app launched this week, but we won t see the first Marvel Studios series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, until late next year. Like that series, the first batch of Marvel shows on Disney+ are mostly going to feature MCU characters who first appeared in the movies (WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye), but the next batch announced after those shows are for three characters that will make their debuts on Disney+: Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk. This week, Kevin Feige confirmed that all three of those characters will go on to appear in Marvel Studios movies after first making their debuts in their Disney+ shows. Feige didn t specify which movies they ll appear in, but Ms. Marvel seems likely to co-star in the inevitable Captain Marvel sequel. As for where the other two might show up, She-Hulk was a long-time member of the Fantastic Four in the comics (as well as the female-centric A-Force), and Moon Knight has been a member of both West Coast Avengers and Secret Avengers (if either of those teams are likely to ever get their own movies). You can read more about the Disney+ shows for Moon Knight here and She-Hulk here.3. DWAYNE JOHNSON S SHAZAM SPINOFF BLACK ADAM SCHEDULED FOR 2021 (Photo by Ron Phillips/©Warner Bros. Pictures)Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is such a looming presence on next month s schedule that pretty much no other major franchise entry is daring to take it on (the closest we ll get is Jumani: The Next Level). Likewise, Disney has already claimed December of 2022 for their next mystery Star Wars movie, but that leaves December in both 2020 and 2021 relatively wide open. Disney s own entry for December, 2021 is James Cameron s Avatar 2 (12/17/2021), but that film s juggernaut potential is definitely not a sure thing. Warner Bros. ended up raking in over .14 billion from their December 2018 release Aquaman, so they ve scheduled another DC Comics movie for December, 2021. That movie is Black Adam, the long-in-development anti-hero project starring Dwayne Johnson, who has been in talks to play the character since 2007. Black Adam is now scheduled for December 22, 2021, up against Sherlock Holmes 3, the Wicked movie, and an untitled Disney movie (possibly one of their live-action remakes). The news also came along with our first Black Adam poster, which is basically costume concept art. Paramount Pictures also made a big announcement for December, 2021 this week, as they have come aboard Babylon, the next film from director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash), a 1920s-set Hollywood thriller starring Brad Pitt and Emma Stone. Paramount is scheduling Babylon for an awards season-friendly platform release starting on Christmas Day, 2021 before opening wide two weeks later on January 7, 2022.4. RELATIVE UNKNOWN LANDS PRINCE ERIC ROLE IN THE LITTLE MERMAID REMAKE (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Walt Disney Pictures first choice to play Prince Eric in their upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was pop star Harry Styles of One Direction. Unfortunately, Harry Styles ultimately turned down the role, and it s been two months now since Disney had to find a new Eric. Surprisingly, the studio has decided to go with a relatively unknown young actor named Jonah Hauer-King, whose biggest movie to date was this year s doggie sequel A Dog s Way Home. With the last of the remake s major roles finally cast, director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns) is expected to start filming in early 2020, possibly aiming for a release date in late 2021 or sometime in 2022. Jonah Hauer-King s co-stars in The Little Mermaid will include Awkwafina (Scuttle), Javier Bardem (King Triton), Daveed Diggs (Sebastian), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Jacob Tremblay (Flounder), and Halle Bailey as Ariel, The Little Mermaid herself.