枪神纪激活码领取采用百度引擎8（Baidu 2）Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 61% The Japanese cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita began publication back in 1990, and when James Cameron got wind of it (via Guillermo del Toro, no less), he became instantly fascinated by it and began development on it as a passion project. Ultimately, after years of delays, Cameron found himself occupied by Avatar and its sequels, so he handed the reins over to Robert Rodriguez. The film centers on a scientist (Christoph Waltz) who discovers a deactivated cyborg (played in motion-capture by Rosa Salazar) in a junkyard and gives her a new body, only to realize her previous function was much more lethal. Alita: Battle Angel has impressed critics with its groundbreaking, immersive special effects par for the course with any film produced by James Cameron but it takes some of its narrative cues from better films that have come before. It s an eye-popping theater experience, to be sure, and if that s what you re looking for, Alita delivers enough entertainment value to keep you in your seat. Just don t expect to be blown away or even particularly engaged by its story.
American Gods Star Orlando Jones Considering Legal Action After He Says He Was Fired from Starz Series(Photo by Fremantle Media NA/Starz! / courtesy Everett Collection)Orlando Jones tells Deadline he is considering pursuing legal action against the Starz network, for what he calls his firing from the drama American Gods. Jones played god Anansi for two seasons on the fantasy series, and was a writer and producer on the series for one season. SAG-AFTRA will reportedly expand its probe into Freemantle Media over the firing of Gabrielle Union on America s Got Talent to include treatment of Jones on the production company s American Gods, the actors union said in a statement.“After initial meetings with Gabrielle Union and her representatives about her experiences on America’s Got Talent, and after learning more about Orlando Jones’s experience on American Gods, SAG-AFTRA is expanding its investigation of Fremantle Media, the statement reads. “Our enforcement actions are handled confidentially to protect the members involved, and we typically do not publicize these matters unless the affected members request that we do so. We have nothing further to report at this time.”Casting News: Amazon s Lord of the Rings Series Casts Its Galadriel(Photo by Alex Bailey/HBO)His Dark Materials star Morfydd Clark will portray the young version of Galadriel, the role played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. (Variety)Uzo Aduba and Zackary Momoh have joined the cast of HBO Max’s upcoming limited series Americanah. Orange Is the New Black alum Aduba will play the aunt of star Lupita Nyong’o’s Ifemelu, while Momoh will play Obinze, a classmate of Ifemelu’s, who falls in love with her. The 10-episode series is an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s bestselling 2013 novel.John Laroquette has joined the cast of The Good Fight for its upcoming fourth season. The Night Court and Boston Legal alum will play an attorney named Gavin Firth, described by CBS All Access as “warm, generous, sophisticated, and potentially deadly.” (EW) Nip/Tuck alum Joely Richardson will play Cassandra Bianchi, a wily former love interest of James Spader’s Red Reddington in an upcoming episode of NBC’s The Blacklist, TVLine reports.Narcos: Mexico, season 2, premieres on Netflix on Feb. 13, and will include new cast members Sosie Bacon (as Mimi Webb Miller), Mayra Hermosillo (Enedina Arellano Felix), Nat Faxon (Ted Kaye), Andrés Londoño (Enrique Clavel), Alex Knight (Kenny Moss), Miguel Rodarte (Danilo Garza), Jesse Garcia (Sal Orozco), Matt Biedel (Daryl Petski), Jesus Ochoa (Juan Nepomuceno Guerra), Flavio Medina (Juan Garcia Abrego), Alberto Zeni (Amat Palacios), Jero Medina (Ossie Mejia), Jose Julian (Javier Arellano Felix), and Noé Hernandez (Rafael Aguilar).Frank Grillo (Kingdom) will play modern artist Nico Tanner in the upcoming fifth season of Showtime’s Billions.Netflix has announced the cast for its upcoming coming-of-age animates series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Deon Cole, Karen Fukuhara, Coy Stewart, Sydney Mikayla, and Dee Bradley Baker, with a guest cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Joan Jett, Dan Stevens, Lea Delaria, John Hodgman, and GZA. The series premieres Jan. 14.Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster will host Quibi’s upcoming remake of the MTV dating series Singled Out.Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney told The Wrap that it has yet to be decided whether or not Jussie Smollet will return to the Fox drama before its series finale next spring.DEVELOPMENT NEWS: Will Ferrell Takes a Netflix Trip to Cocaine Island(Photo by Photo by Roy Rochlin/WireImage)Will Ferrell will star in and produce a Netflix movie version of the documentary The Legend of Cocaine Island, about a small business owner who plots a mission to dig up a stash of million worth of cocaine that was allegedly hidden in the Caribbean. The doc, which debuted on Netflix earlier this year, finds the inept man failing, throughout a sometimes nonetheless entertaining adventure.It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney have teamed up for the new Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. Premiering on the streaming service on Feb. 7, the show follows a group of videogame designers who are running a popular game. The Sunny duo is producing the live-action half-hour, while McElhenney also stars as the creative director of the videogame company. Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis also star.Looking for Leia, a seven-episode docuseries about female Star Wars fans, will debut on Syfy on Dec. 21 (11 p.m. ET). Each 10-15-minute installment will be available thereafter on Syfy.com, YouTube, and NBC’s OneApp.The Bachelor meets a Hallmark Christmas movie? Next year, HBO Max will debut 12 Dates of Christmas, a dating series set in a “stunning winter wonderland.” A Christmas castle, ice skating, and sleigh rides are all part of the fun as singles step into a “real-life romantic comedy” and try to make a love connection with someone they’ll take home for the holidays.Discovery has greenlit Revenge of the Nerd, a prank series from producer Jimmy Kimmel. The show features YouTube star Mark Rober – he of the viral glitter bomb video that showed off his clever punishment for package thieves– as he and his cohorts pull pranks on troublemakers to get revenge for their mischief-making.The aftershow trend continues: when Gold Rush returns on Discovery Channel on Jan. 23, it will be followed by the aftershow The Dirt.The first batch of shows that will be featured at PaleyFest LA 2020 include Schitt’s Creek, Outlander, Modern Family, and Dolly Parton’s Netflix anthology series Heartstrings. The complete lineup for the March 13-22 festival will be announced on Jan. 14.(Photo by Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)THR reports Amazon paid million for the rights to stream the Peter Berg-directed documentary on Rihanna. Berg had “unparalleled” access to the pop star’s personal and professional life, and has more than 1,200 hours of footage from which to create the film. The duo previously worked together on the 2012 Berg-directed movie Battleship, in which the pop star had a starring role.Orlando Bloom, who stars in Carnival Row at Amazon, has signed a first-look deal with the streaming service to create and develop new TV shows and movies for Prime Video.Burn Notice creator Matt Nix will write and executive produce an adaptation of the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy Turner Hooch for Disney+. The movie, currently streaming on Disney+, is the story of neat freak cop Scott Turner, whose world gets messy when he’s paired with a new partner: a slobbering pooch named Hooch.Bill Prady, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, will re-team with TBBT recurring guest star Mike Massimino to develop an NBC comedy based on Massimino’s real life as a former NASA astronaut and a single dad.Quibi is developing a reboot of the 1993-95 Nickelodeon kids game show Legends of the Hidden Temple … for adults. And instead of Olmec, the Moat Crossing challenge and the Temple Run being set on a set, the adult series will take place in a jungle, with bigger games and bigger prizes. Quibi will launch on April 6.Rapper and actor 50 Cent will produce a new Quibi animated series based on the Trill League indie comics. Anthony Piper, who launched his comics via a Kickstarter campaign, is a co-creator and writer on the Quibi series, about a group of black superheroes. The series spoofs many characters from the more mainstream DC Comics.Ben Stiller and Ali Larter are producing – and Larter is starring in – a Fox comedy called The Sidelines, about a 40-year-old newly-separated mom who pursues her dream of becoming a cheerleader for a professional football team. A consulting producer on the series is Laura Vikmanis, who wrote a book called It s Not About the Pom-Poms, about her experience as the oldest NFL cheerleader when she became a member of the Cincinnati Bengals squad in 2009.Hulu is developing a 2020 documentary called Greta, about teenage climate activist and Time Person of the Year Greta Thunberg.Apple TV+ has given a series order to a five-part docuseries called Visible: Out on Television, which will investigate “the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television.” Actors Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz are among the producers on the series, which will debut on Feb. 14.More than 100 PBS stations – with more scheduled to join – are now streaming their programming on demand for YouTube TV subscribers. Series available include Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, Frontline, Great Performances, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Sesame Street.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.枪神纪激活码领取What were the final moments on set like for Daniel Craig as he wrapped his time playing James Bond? Let’s just say, like Bond himself, he was… thirsty. With the world finally getting the chance to see Craig’s final outing as 007, No Time To Die, Rotten Tomatoes sat down with the cast and crew for a series of extended discussions about Craig’s legacy as the character, tying up one of the most ambitious phases of the franchise’s history, the changing nature of the Bond girl, and the overwhelming emotions audiences are set to experience while watching the movie. Joining RT correspondent Nikki Novak to break it all down was Craig himself, along with co-stars Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Jeffrey Wright, and Billy Magnussen, plus No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.No Time to Die opens in theaters on October 8, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
An episode does have a name after all: Episode 2: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" 87%. The name highlights one of our favorite moments from the newest season 8 episode of HBO s Game of Thrones, which aired on Sunday night.1. “I’ll Get Right On It” (More Than You Know, Gendry)(Photo by HBO)We’ve seen a bit of this in the trailer. Arya (Maisie Williams) says, “I know Death. He’s got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one.” What we didn’t know is that she was showing off in front of Gendry (Joe Dempsie).Persuading him to stop trying to convince her not to fight, Arya starts throwing daggers at a post. They land in a staggeringly perfect formation, and Gendry – well, if he wasn’t aroused by her presence before, he’s clearly sputtering over this display. So no, Arya’s whole “I know Death” speech wasn’t the highlight here. The highlight was Gendry’s worshipful response.2. “How Do You Know There Is an ‘Afterwards’”(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) apologizes to Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) for trying to murder him. Bran gets it, though: The Fates had their way so that Bran could be this all-seeing wizard of uncomfortable stares. Jaime appreciates that Bran didn’t rat him out for that tower push, but what’s next? Bran will not confirm or deny that there is an afterwards. And for that, we think he’s being a bit of an asshole – the conversation was a highlight, but Bran is being a bit of a dick (more on that later).3. “What Happens Afterwards?”(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)There’s that word again, but let’s give a nod first to the scene in which Ser Jorah (Iain Glen) stands up for Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and, it becomes apparent, suggests that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) make nice with Sansa (Sophie Turner). Daenerys takes his advice. She visits Sansa, is surprised by Lord Royce’s (Rupert Vansittart) respectful greeting, and has that awkward “I’m going to try diplomacy” smile on her face – it makes everyone uncomfortable, but then Sansa, truthspeaker, diffuses that weirdness by telling Daenerys that she was as mistaken about Cersei’s true intentions as Tyrion was. (Deflect blame much, Dany?) Daenerys likes it when people are honest, so a point to Sansa. Then, Daenerys notes how Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has derailed her own plans to take the Iron Throne. She loves him, she says. Point to Daenerys. But, really, who’s keeping score? Daenerys and Sansa are having a real moment – kicking and screaming inside probably, but real.4. “I Want to Fight for Winterfell Lady Sansa”(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Give it up for Theon (Alfie Allen), showing what repentance means (and that Sansa has some power in the room with the queen). Sansa is clearly moved by seeing her father’s former ward again – man parts or no.5. “My little Crow”(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Jon’s reunion with Edd (Ben Crompton), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), and Beric (Richard Dormer) is like a little amuse-bouche before the war. Tormund: “The big woman still here?” Yes, Tormund, the big woman is here. Will they consummate their thing?6. “I Don’t Know – No One’s Ever Tried”(Photo by HBO)So, the meeting of all of the principal characters (minus Cersei and Euron) at Winterfell had a few spectacular moments within it.First, “He’s tried many times with many Three-Eyed Ravens.” The “many Three-Eyed Ravens” part is baffling: This is a position that needs to be filled every few thousand years? I thought I’d read my histories, but the idea of “many Three-Eyed Ravens” is news to me. And Bran doesn t know because no one s ever tried ? Is the Three-Eyed Raven only seeing the past these days?Daenerys follows Ser Jorah’s advice and publicly declares her faith in and need for Tyrion. Haven’t we all felt like Tyrion at some point in our careers? Sometimes you just need a little PDA to make everything right.Theon steps up with a pseudo-apology to Bran, telling him he took the castle from him, so now he’s willing to face the Night King with Bran to make amends. Good luck with that, Theon. (We have the sinking feeling that we’re about to get a lesson in just deserts.)“We’re all going to die,” Tormund says, which gives voice to that sinking feeling. “But,” he says casting a glance over at his lady love, Brienne, “at least we die together.” New world order question: Tormund’s behavior is “creepy,” not “romantic”? I try to put myself in Brienne’s shoes – they’re big, that’s all I have to say.Finally, Tyrion insisting that Bran tell him his story is hilarious: “If only we were trapped in a castle, in the middle of winter with nowhere to go.” Tyrion surely knows that Bran may not make it – clearly Tyrion is thinking about his future book deal.7. “Do You Want to Grow Old in This Place?”(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)A friend summed up the black experience in the Seven Kingdoms: “Can we talk about Winterfell s reaction to black folks comin up in there!!?!” Though I feel Grey Worm’s (Jacob Anderson) intent when he asks Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) if she wants “to grow old in this place” and then also her wish to see Naath again, I also kind of feel like the Seven Kingdoms needs to be integrated. I wish she might have said something along the lines of I think we need to bring Naath to the Seven Kingdoms. Too bad about those dead wights walking.We need a vacation in Dorne to remind us what multiculturalism is. (Here’s hoping the prequel mixes it up lots more.)8. “And Now Our Watch Begins”Jon and Sam are on the ramparts having a – Wait, what? Where the hell did Ghost come from? Don’t try to distract us with clever dialogue from Edd. A direwolf just magicked up in here at Winterfell! That was a reunion we were waiting for, and it occurred off screen? Was there an online short we missed? A Ghost s Journey ?#GameofThrones Ghost showing up in this episode like pic.twitter.com/GWLD8lbamu TAMARA (@Bts_ARMYXOXOX) April 22, 20199. “We’re Probably Going to Die Soon”(Photo by HBO)“Seduced” may be a strong word to describe how Arya asked Gendry to have sex. She kind of insists that he service her before they maybe possibly die because of his shoddy blacksmithing skills on her new spear. Kidding. Honestly, it was a powerful female moment: She stated the facts plainly (they may all die) and said what she wanted (to have sex before that happens). He was free to participate or go on his way. And that is what consent looks like, folks.10. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”(Photo by HBO)This episode has been a lovefest between Jaime and Brienne. She vouched for him when the council would have tossed him out, imprisoned him, or straight-up executed him. He scored points with viewers in telling her, “I’ll be honored to serve under your command – if you’ll have me.” Then later – facing an uncertain night with a dead foe – he gets into his cups and knights her. Brienne’s moist eyes reflected all of us in that moment. (If not you, then you have a black heart and only watch for boobs and zombies.)Pod – maker of sympathetic faces, singer of songs. ♥ him! Tormund – a suckler of teats. We’ll leave that there.“In the name of the Warrior, I charge you to be brave. In the name of the Father, I charge you to be just. In the name of the Mother, I charge you to defend the innocent. Arise, Brienne of Tarth, a knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Ser Jaime said, dubbing her with a sword.11. “I Wish You Good Fortune, Cousin”The one-on-one Ser Jorah had with little she-bear Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) went exactly as expected, with him trying to convince the tween Lady of House Mormont to retire to the crypt: “You’re the future of the House.” She, absolutely refusing: “I pledged to fight for the North, and I will fight.”Then, you know, Sam (John Bradley) interrupts to give Ser Jorah his family’s Valyrian steel sword, Heartsbane.12. “My Name – My Real Name – Is Aegon Targaryen”Jon’s in the crypt making brooding look good, when Daenerys comes in. “Who’s that?” she asks. “Mom,” he (essentially) says. He tells her the story of Lyanna and Rhaegar, and Daenerys is not exactly happy to have her lover be another contender for the Iron Throne. But before she can get pissed, horns blow and they dash out and nod to each other on the ramparts before, we assume, dashing off to mount dragons Drogon and Rhaegal.Dracarys, motherf ers. DRACARYS The final season of #GameOfThrones premieres tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/go9V3Y6LZ9 Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 13, 2019Plus! A New “Jenny” SongFlorence + The Machine are the latest musical act to contribute to the Game of Thrones phenomenon. Have a listen in the video above.What was your favorite moment from the episode? Tell us in the comments.Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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Bond, James Bond, is headed back to the big screen for 007’s 25th movie, due for a release right before Thanksgiving in November (exact dates vary depending on where you live). As is befitting a secret agent, there aren’t many details about the film that are public knowledge yet, but here’s what we do know. [Updated March 4]It Finally Has a TitleFor a long time, Bond 25 was known simply as Bond 25. Fans were hoping that the official title might be revealed on April 25 of 2019, during a live-streamed presentation about the film broadcast from the Jamaican villa where Bond author Ian Fleming wrote all the original novels, but that was not the case. Instead, we all had to wait until late August before the official James Bond Twitter account announced that the new entry will be called No Time to Die.The First Trailer is OutThe first trailer for the film dropped on December 4, 2019, and it shows Bond leaping from aqueducts, getting trapped under ice, and withstanding a barrage of gunfire in his bullet-proof, classic Aston Martin DB5. He also faces possible betrayal from Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) after settling down with her at the end of Spectre, a (friendly?) rivalry with a fellow 00 agent Nomi (Lashana Lynch), and a dangerous new villain — Rami Malek’s scarred, masked Safin.“History isn’t kind to men who play God,” Bond warns Safin in one of the trailer’s best lines, so it seems safe to assume that the latter s evil plan is quite ambitious and very dangerous.It Has an Official SynopsisThere were very few details about the plot before the trailer came out, and while it hints at a globe-trotting story of betrayal and friends and foes — both new and old — the synopsis explains a little bit more.“In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”Cary Fukunaga is DirectingCary Fukunaga, known for True Detective Season 1, Beasts of No Nation, and Maniac, will direct No Time to Die. Fukunaga, who said that Daniel Craig is his favorite Bond, signed up to direct in September 2018 after original director Danny Boyle left the picture in August, citing “creative differences.” The switch in directors pushed back the film s release date, as it was initially set to come out in November of this year.“I want to make sure that this run of films, which has been fantastic, has a great next chapter and just keeps upping the ante,” Fukunaga said at the event.In addition, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge are writing the script.Daniel Craig is Returning(Photo by Francois Duhamel/Columbia Pictures)It was touch-and-go there for a while, though: Craig told Time Out London back in 2015 that he d rather break this glass and slash my wrists than play the suave spy one more time. But he s back for his fifth outing, havi
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7.31.3 2月喜迎The American Film Institute (AFI) announced its official selections of the top 10 movies and TV shows for 2020 this morning. Among the honorees are some of the buzziest television series of 2020, with streaming giant Netflix dominating both the film and television categories with four picks in each.The steamy period drama Bridgerton and Anya Taylor-Joy starrer The Queen s Gambit joined Unorthodox and The Crown on the TV side while Spike Lee s Da 5 Bloods, Aaron Sorkin s The Trial of the Chicago 7, David Fincher s Mank, and Chadwick Bosseman s final film, Ma Rainey s Black Bottom, were singled out by the institute as top films of the year.As expected for this strange VOD/streaming-heavy awards season, other streamers also appeared on the annual list, including Amazon with Sound of Metal and Regina King s One Night in Miami, the Disney+ flagship show The Mandolorian, and Pixar s Soul. Lin-Manuel Miranda s Hamilton, which made its global premiere on Disney+ this summer, was also designated for a special honor in addition to the 20 honorees. Read below for the full list of AFI winners, and if you re as obsessed with awards as we are, check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2020/2021.Top 10 Movies(Photo by Amazon Studios, Joshua Richards/©Searchlight Pictures)
How do you make a Disney film that feels dark and edgy, but still has that magic Mouse House feeling? That was the task set out before director Craig Gillespie and stars Emma Stone and Emma Thompson as they prepped to make Cruella, an origin story for the fashionable and evil villain of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians.What they come up with is delighting critics and is surely going to be a hit with audiences: a punk take on The Devil Wears Prada in which sometime designer and full-time thief Estella (Stone) is slowly taken over by her dark side – Cruella – as she grows closer to the fabulous queen of London fashion, the Baroness (Thompson).Ahead of the movie’s release in theaters and on Disney+, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Nikki Novak spoke with Stone and Thompson about the inspirations for their feuding divas, making a film perfect for the big screen, and whether they’d be on board for a Godfather: Part 2-inspired sequel that could also feature Glenn Close. (Spoiler: They love the idea.)Plus, we caught up with Gillespie to talk about the challenge of taking Disney to some places it’s never been and why making the big-budget flick felt like an making an indie; and spoke with co-stars Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Joel Fry, and Paul Walter Hauser about their unique spins on characters we know and love… and just how much Cruella is lurking in their own personalities.Cruella is in theaters and available on Disney+ with Premier Access Friday May 28, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Henry Cavill has replaced the iconic Man of Steel cape with some sleek white locks and a shiny, sharp sword in Netflix s new fantasy series, The Witcher. Based on the popular stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which spawned the wildly popular video game series, the eight-episode first season follows the story of swordsman-for-hire Geralt of Rivia, whose supernatural skills come in handy for profession: hunting monsters. In the series, the solitary warrior seeks princess-in-exile Ciri (Freya Allan) and runs across sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), who is just discovering her powers at the outset of season 1.As with most recent genre shows of this ilk, comparisons have already been made to Game of Thrones. Netflix has already seen value in their highly-anticipated series and renewed The Witcher for a second season in November. A studio s confidence and noteworthy buzz can work wonders for a fledgling program such as this. But has Netflix s bet paid off? Will The Witcher scratch that White Walker itch? And is the Cavill-starrer strong enough to hack-and-slash its way through the ever-cluttered realm of Peak TV to make an impact?Here’s what critics are saying about The Witcher.HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE BOOKS?(Photo by Netflix)Fans of the books and the game are likely to have a field day with the swarm of character references throughout, and whilst it’s paying fan service with how casually these names are mentioned, general unversed audiences may need to pay a bit more closer attention, especially when Cavill is speaking as his low growl can often be inaudible. —Peter Gray, This Is FilmThe problem is, there s very little reason to get invested enough to attempt to make sense of the whole thing. From the jump, in the very first episode, characters constantly yammer at Geralt about destiny this and destiny that, which isn t nearly as interesting in 2019 as it might have been in the 1980s when the stories were originally published. Even if you love the original stories and books, they re remixed and altered here to the point that they often no longer make sense. —Michael Rougeau, GameSpotIn faithfully adapting the book it brings with it some questionable elements, but it at least adapts these tales with a more modern sensibility. —Kambole Campbell, Little White LiesIndeed, the one thing that I worry viewers might dislike about The Witcher is that without a strong knowledge of the books, or at least a good grasp on fantasy fiction in general, this show might require some hard work. Game of Thrones is, quite simply, easier to get into. — Erik Kain, ForbesDOES HENRY CAVILL SLAY?(Photo by Netflix)Henry Cavill’s character could scan as a spin on the actor’s most notable prior role. Monster hunter Geralt of Rivia resembles a reclusive medieval Superman—all principle, brawn, and jawline—clad in a white wig and cat-like contact lenses. But rather than reheating the Man of Steel, Cavill quickly melts into Geralt, capturing his aloof yet winsome confidence with sardonic one-liners and baritone grunts. —Niv M. Sultan, Slant MagazineThankfully, Cavill as Geralt is beyond anything I expected. While this is a testament to Cavill’s acting, its also because of his ability to nail the physicality that the role deserves. —Kate Sanchez, But Why ThoCavill delights in every grimace as his grimy, sour Geralt traverses locales familiar to any Dungeons Dragons campaign. Candle-strewn taverns, pornographic wizard illusions, and foolish nobles—no matter the job, Geralt perseveres in true Lawful Neutral form (to keep things in D D terms). A bemused yet not unkind cynicism comes across in Cavill’s slow baritone and rare, slight smile. It’s the best he’s been aside from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and everyone either hates him or is horny for him. — Jacob Oller, Paste MagazineREAD ALSO: Henry Cavill on Why He Had To Play the WitcherHOW S THE REST OF THE CAST?(Photo by Netflix)Showrunner Lauren Hissrich and executive producer Tomek Baginski really knocked the casting out of the park with this series. Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, and Joey Batey all bring the necessary gruff, edge, and charm of their famous characters to life throughout the series, and they contrast incredibly well with each other once they all get a chance to unite on screen. —Matthew Aguilar, comicbookWhile Cavill is the famous face, it’s actually a three-lead show with three distinct storylines, co-starring the Anya Chalotra as the trainee witch Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri, a fugitive teen princess. These two young women are much more interesting than Geralt, partly because they have solid character arcs, but mostly because Henry Cavill is a block of beautifully carved wood. — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Daily DotHOW DETAILED IS THE WORLD-BUILDING?(Photo by Netflix)The production design does look impressive and you really get the sense that money is being fired at this to give it every possible opportunity. The difference, however, is that while The Witcher may exist in a fantastical world, you can never really shake the feeling that you re looking at a set, or that you ve seen some of this before. —Brian Lloyd, entertainment.ieThere’s not quite enough fully developed characters to make this feel like a big ensemble show like “Thrones,” and so we crave a single center of gravity. The decentralized aspect of “The Witcher,” instead, emphasizes certain faults, like how Cavill doesn’t quite embody the Han Solo aspect of his roguish-hero role enough to hold the screen fully. —Daniel D Addario, VarietyHOW ARE ITS FIGHT SCENES?(Photo by Netflix)One fight sequence towards the end of episode one is quite special, seemingly achieved in one unbroken take and with Cavill visibly involved, instead of a stunt double. —Rohan Naahar, Hindustan TimesViolence and sexuality are both major components of the source material, and The Witcher certainly doesn’t skimp in either category. The aforementioned carving up of the village riffraff is gruesome, as are Geralt’s frequent encounters with all manner of sinister creatures, and there’s no shortage of bare bodies on display. —Brent Hankins, Lamplight ReviewThat’s the real star of The Witcher: the fight scenes. Filled with terrifying monsters, brutal thugs, and shots lifted straight from classic horror movies, each battle has been so stylishly executed, they almost feel sensual. The Witcher’s fight scenes aren’t merely good enough to be entertaining, they’re “make you scream like you’re at a playoff game” great. — Kayla Cobb, DeciderWhere The Witcher succeeds is in its action sequences. A face-off between the super-human Geralt and a Lovecraftian nightmare in a crumbling castle is gruesome and fast-paced. And a struggle between the anti-hero and his lover (Emma Appleton) is appropriately heart-rending. If you like this sort of thing, it’s worth putting up with the bleary plot and dialogue just to get from one confrontation to the next. — Ed Power, Daily Telegraph (UK)WAIT, IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY?(Photo by Netflix)Worse, the wink, wink nature of the oddly misplaced humor makes clear that the writers are clearly trying to have their cake and eat it too, which comes off like an eleven-year-old who’s satisfied enough by dipping a finger into the frosting before licking it off instead of making an actual meal. —Andrew Bundy, The Playlist“The Witcher” has a lighthearted sense of humor — another difference between it and “Game of Thrones,” whose jokes landed with the force of tankards slammed on oaken boards. We’re not talking high comedy, but you could do worse than watching Cavill, as Geralt, pour out his troubles to his horse, the only creature the Witcher will really open up to. — Mike Hale, New York Times
DOES THE PRODUCTION VALUE HOLD UP?The director, Tom Hooper, [has] free rein to imagine what Pullman’s worlds look like, and most of what he imagines works well. Cittàgazze, for instance, the city where Lyra flees and meets Will, who is also on the run from grownups to this other world, becomes a CGI mash-up of a Tuscan hill town and Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. — Stuart Jeffries, The GuardianHis Dark Materials looks great, it’s robustly made, and there are great actors everywhere, occupying well-built universes. — Ed Cumming, Independent (UK)Most of the scenes were clearly shot in a studio. All that expensive CGI simply gives us a better quality of cardboard backdrops. — Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail (UK)HOW DOES HIS DARK MATERIALS SEASON 2 HANDLE THE PHILOSOPHICAL THEMES FROM THE BOOKS?(Photo by HBO)The second season builds on the heady mix of philosophy and theology, and more than a touch of environmentalism, all delivered as a thrilling adventure yarn in the mould of C S Lewis but with a very different attitude towards religion. The main thrust remains sure-footed in teaching young and old that speaking truth to power is no bad thing when the power is authoritarian in nature. — Joseph Walsh, The Arts Desk The BBC also deals with the anti-religious elements of the franchise with a light touch by turning the central conflict into a story about the disempowered struggling against the authorities – the Gyptians, the witches and the orphan Lyra versus the Magisterium and, literally, The Authority. It works, mostly, and sidesteps Pullman’s slightly difficult message – for a public service broadcaster, at least – of “God bad”. — Thomas Barrie, GQ Magazine [UK]Screenwriter Jack Thorne s adaptation tries slavishly to cram in all the books philosophising, which can only be done if characters talk endlessly. There s almost no action in this adventure. — Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail (UK) As much as I wish Season 2 found a way to narratively pull through, it s still as dark, mystical, and philosophically intriguing as Season 1 so if you re a returning viewer, you ll probably like it. You just won t be wowed by it. — Brooke Bajgrowicz, MashableANY FINAL THOUGHTS?(Photo by HBO)It was divisive in its first go-around and it’ll likely remain so, but the space in the television landscape for a reality-hopping fantasy adventure is always better filled than left vacant. — Jonathan Wilson, Ready Steady CutViewers who’ve invested in the series won’t stop now. For a series about magical worlds, aimed at younger viewers, however, there’s not quite enough magic. — Ed Cumming, Independent (UK)For avid Pullman fans, the series might be a treat. The problem for the rest of us is that it lacks both the novelty of series one and the exciting narrative it now feels very dense, which works well in a novel but less so in a TV series. — Anita Singh, Daily TelegraphHis Dark Materials feels grander and less cramped than before finally living up to its epic fantasy ambitions it had from the beginning. — Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmFor a story centered on the exploits of a frightened, isolated teenager, the show remains remarkably devoid of any sense of fear, excitement, or passion. — Tim Stevens,The SpoolHis Dark Materials finally feels as though it has found its groove in its second season. The series feels more lush, propulsive, and epic than it ever has before, with a tightly paced plot and characters we can actually care about. — Lacy Baugher, Paste MagazineIn its second season, His Dark Materials is a thrilling adventure. Not only does it improve and expand upon Season 1, it delves into new ideas and realities that make for a tauter, more exciting story. — Cynthia Vinney, CBRThis is the epic adventure we all needed during 2020. If you missed the first season, go back and binge it now because His Dark Materials second season is ready to blow you away. — Alex Maidy, JoBlo s Movie NetworkHis Dark Materials season 2 premieres on HBO on November 16.
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+.
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枪神纪激活码领取 (Photo by Summit/ courtesy Everett Collection)How to Watch Twilight Movies In OrderIf you re getting ready to experience the seductive, suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward for the first time, here s how you can watch all Twilight movies in order. 2008 s original Twilight introduces us to teenager Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her attraction to Edward (Robert Pattinson), a vampire-among-us. New Moon makes it a triangle with the arrival of Jacob (Taylor Lautner), he of a rival werewolf pack. The real battle begins in Eclipse, come to a bed-smashing head in the two-part Breaking Dawn. See below for our guide on how to watch all Twilight movies in order.