Netflix made huge strides in the romantic comedy game this year, with one of the most memorable entries being Lana Condor and Centineo’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The role of Peter could have easily been the “cute and charming guy that’s been there all along” of many films past, but the springy script and Centineo’s bright-eyed performance make it one of the most swoon-worthy and surprising of the genre. Plus, it s all the more fun to watch his and Condor’s publicity tour for the movie, an adorable act that they should definitely take on the road.Other Roles: Sierra Burgess is a Loser (Jamey), The Fosters (Jesus)Cynthia Erivo — Widows (2018) 91%, Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) 74%(Photo by Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox)Erivo’s role in Widows as Belle, a scrappy, intelligent single mom, helped me research my way into knowing more about her accomplishments on Broadway (acknowledged by a 2016 Tony win). One of my few criticisms about the film was that it left me pining for more Erivo. I got my wish when Bad Times at the El Royale was released, and Erivo’s singing and double-crossing as Darlene was center stage and filled my tank, her sharp, complicated, grounded work in the film helping anchor a bonkers story. Hopefully my tank will remain full enough to coast into 2019, when she plays Harriet Tubman in Harriet.Henry Golding — Crazy Rich Asians (2018) 90%, A Simple Favor (2018) 84%(Photo by Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros.)Golding plays either the husband or the husband-to-be in both films, but he’s so much more than just a handsome accessory on women’s arms. Coming from the world of TV, hosting everything from variety shows to documentaries, Golding knows how to connect with audiences and pull them right in to whatever he’s inviting them to watch. As Nick, the son of an insanely wealthy family in Crazy Rich Asians, he deftly navigates between the two women at odds in his life. In A Simple Favor, his intriguing, secretive Sean heavily contributes to a story shrouded in mystery.Geraldine Viswanathan — Blockers (2018) 84%, The Package (2018) 42%(Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures)Both of these films are part of the modern wave of coming of age films, and Viswanathan represents everything they’re doing right. In Blockers as Kayla, the daughter of John Cena, she has the cunning and sex drive to rival that of any of the famous male cinematic horn dogs to come before her. Her turn as Becky in The Package is in the same neighborhood — she’s crush-worthy, but more than just eye candy for the main character. She’s persistent, inventive, and hilarious. With actresses like her seeing this kind of success early on in these kind of genre-bending films, it bodes well for the future of Hollywood.Other Roles: Nippers of Dead Bird Bay, EMO the Musical (Jamali)Isabela Moner — Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 62%, Instant Family (2018) 81%(Photo by Richard Foreman Jr./Columbia Pictures)When your primary activity is wandering around a desert as a hostage or getting adopted by strangers, it could be easy to be a passenger in someone else’s journey. But when you’re as charismatic and interesting as Isabela Moner, you don’t need to worry. Both Isabel in Soldado and Lizzy in Instant Family are headstrong girls who stand 20 feet tall and hold their own against all the veterans alongside them. When you add in perfect amounts of vulnerability and toughness, you’ve got an actress worthy of Dora the Explorer, which is a movie I’m actually excited for now.Other Roles: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Heather), Transformers: The Last Knight (Izabella)Brian Tyree Henry — Widows (2018) 91%, If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 95%, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97%(Photo by FX)Henry is in eight projects this year alone; it’s impossible to ignore him at this point. While it’s hard to imagine him having a better year in terms of volume, if his current incredible work is any indication, he’s only going to get better and better as time goes on. Don’t sleep on this man. From his role as a corrupt politician in Widows to an ex-con in Beale Street, Henry can do anything believably, which means lots more opportunities to shatter audience’s expectations and bring new things to whatever form he chooses to participate in.Other Roles: Atlanta (Alfred), White Boy Rick (Detective Jackson), Hotel Artemis (Honolulu), Family (Pete), Irreplaceable You (Benji), Vice Principals (Tavis Brown), Crown Heights (Clayton “Massup” Benton)欧宝体育在线登录入口3、少数高端皮肤价格比端游便宜，绝大多数皮肤比端游要贵。例如一年最多一款的终极皮肤，例如英雄联盟女团萨勒芬妮，售价比端游便宜，只要99元。至于一些入门级皮肤，端游上只要10块的，手游也要35-45元。
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% Fans of the Fast Furious franchise are likely aware of the off-screen feud between stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, but Universal found a way to have its cake and eat it, too. Though Johnson won t appear in the forthcoming Fast Furious 9, he and former series villain Jason Statham headline this week s Hobbs Shaw, the first spinoff of the franchise, which hopes to deliver the same kinds of high-octane thrills that have characterized the past few films. Vanessa Kirby joins the gang as a rogue MI6 agent on the run from a genetically cyber-enhanced would-be supervillain in the form of Idris Elba, and it s up to Johnson s Luke Hobbs and Statham s Deckard Shaw to put their differences aside in order to save the agent and neutralize the threat. It s pretty standard stuff, as far as globetrotting action blockbusters go, but critics say Hobbs Shaw benefits from the easy chemistry between its leads, who play off each other with fairly effective comedic timing, and a strong turn from Kirby, who gets plenty of her own chances to shine. All that said, the film is patently ridiculous, and some critics found elements of it a bit too far over-the-top, even for a Fast Furious movie. But when you come to one of these, you know what you re in for, and Hobbs Shaw more or less delivers exactly that.
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A week before The Tick’s second season premiere, stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman debuted the first episode of the new season at the show s WonderCon panel. Following a Los Angeles press tour to promote the series, the duo sat down with Rotten Tomatoes for a relaxing lunch to discuss the upcoming batch of new episodes, including how titular superhero The Tick and sidekick Arthur Everest will evolve over the course of the season, the show s satirical nature, and the episode devoted to fan-favorite Dangerboat.New Heroes, New ProblemsWith the defeat of The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley) at the end of the first season, The City faces a new day with superheroes returning in droves, supervillains appearing to fight them, and AEGIS — the government agency tasked with monitoring the superhero community — reopening its doors in town. But as Newman noted, AEGIS — and its plan to introduce a new version of the Flag Five superhero team — is an extension of something creator Ben Edlund has been playing with since The Tick’s comic book and animated incarnations.“It s the idea of it being an industry. So often superheroes are taken as just like this magical force in the world. You know, these brave people, Newman explained. But the Tick and Arthur discover there s this sort of pettiness of the career jockeying as other heroes try out for the team. You understand how many different superheroes there are doing it for different reasons and the different levels of a career, he said. The concept is just funny to me. It’s like when you’re a kid and watch movies and think its so glamorous and magical. And then you get near the industry, you start working in it and around it and you re just like, these are all people just doing their jobs and everyone comes in every morning with bad breath.”The Tick s lasting presence in pop culture is due in large part to the audience being able to relate to the titular hero s experience, Newman said, even in a thing that we don t usually think of as a career. Joked Serafinowicz, “Like acting.”In all seriousness, though, the heroes gather in the office kitchen every morning and drink free AEGIS coffee just like everyone else. It s a central place where the characters can hang out. While fan favorite characters like Batmanuel and Captain Liberty won t pop up around the water cooler just yet, one classic Tick villain will appear in season 2, Newman confirmed. And AEGIS itself will also act as an antagonistic force of sorts as the Tick and Arthur learn how to deal with “the bureaucracy of being a superhero.”“You have to file an incident report after you punched a bad guy,” Newman said. But that process will also opens up a grey area unfamiliar to the Tick, whose moral compass has always been binary. There s a lot of [Tick and Arthur] trying to figure out who the good people are and who the bad people are, because sometimes good people do bad things for the right reasons. And, sometimes bad people do good things for the wrong reasons. Pitching the Right Sort of Satire(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)Like the fans who attended The Tick s WonderCon panel, Serafinowicz watched the season 2 premiere for the first time at the convention. Not only was he pleased to watch the episode with a group of eager fans, he was also excited to see the completed special effects and music and all the bells and whistles that Newman said makes a big difference on a show like this. “We have these big set pieces and they ve got to look good because they ve got to compete with the latest Marvel movie,” Serafinowicz said. Or, at the very least, the show has to “attempt those standards” on a TV budget.At the same time, The Tick really isn’t about the action set pieces.“I think Ben’s whole notion, which I agree with, is the best way to satirize something is to come at it from a place of love and respect, Newman said. You can t really properly satirize something unless you personally understand why it works in the first place. And secondly, you have to walk the walk. So if we re going to make the show that s satirizing other superhero shows, you sort of have to play at the same altitude that they re like.”Creating A More Emotionally Rich Tick(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)If one thing sets the new version of the show apart, it is a greater emphasis on the characters’ interior emotions.“That’s the key to it all. That’s why I wanted to do it,” said Serafinowicz. “The sole focus of what we do as performers is the emotions.”While the animated series and the 2001 live action show on Fox favored a broader tone, the more serialized nature of the Amazon series offers Edlund an opportunity to do something new with The Tick and Arthur. As Newman put it, “He took the characters as they already existed and then he sort of added an attic and a basement. There s framing around them. … It s so clear what this character is going through emotionally that all I have to worry about is doing it justice.”At the same time, Serafinowicz believes the show has a key cultural touchstone to draw from that is not necessarily known for its emotional grounding: “The tone of the show is similar to the 1960s Batman,” he said.Added Newman, It s our North Star. Those characters enjoyed fighting crime. It wasn’t a burden and it wasn’t about vengeance.”In fact, the characters actually want to be there, which isn t something that can be said about all modern superheroes.“I read so many pilots scripts where the characters are defined by what they hate or what they don’t want to do. It s so much conflict-forward in terms of the thing [the character] has to overcome, Newman explained. You realize how rare it is to see a show that s about two people doing something that is inherently decent and it s about their empathy for other human beings — wanting to take care of them and look after them — but also that they enjoy doing it.”Of course, in the first season, Arthur took some time to realize he enjoyed being a hero, but Newman said that was an intentional part of the storytelling to get the character in an emotional space for the decision he makes in the first episode of season 2, which echoes Arthur’s introduction in the previous Tick live action show and animated series as a person who actively chooses to place himself in the middle of a superhero battle.“[We] make him a little more well-rounded emotionally,” Newman explained. “So to get to that point, you understand why he makes the decision that he does. Arthur’s not cocky, but he’s decided he knows why he s doing it. He s going to keep subjecting himself to something that he is terrified of and doesn t think he can necessarily pull off because he feels, fundamentally, it s the right thing to do.”And what does this new phase in Arthur s life mean for the Tick?“What Tick wants more than anything is for Arthur to be his friend, to be with him all the time, so he couldn t be happier, Serafinowicz said. “Outside of everything else they have to contend with, I think in their relationship it s quite simple. The Tick is like a happily married man.”The domesticity that was baked into the previews versions returns in season 2, as it is important to Edlund to portray intimacy between two men without [it] being couched in a bunch of jokes, Newman said. It’s about these two men [who] love each other and need each other to function and it s not just double entendres.”Added Serafinowicz, “It s hard to pick a similar sort of relationship [in media] where it s this very strong kind of buddy thing: two guys who just really, at the end of the day, think each other is pretty great. The two characters may be very different, but they work hard to find the common ground between them.Giving The Tick And Arthur Their VoicesIf there is one continuity between the three shows, it is the general sound of Tick’s voice. Serafinowicz said he avoided listening to the performances of Patrick Warburton (from the 2001 show) and Townsend Coleman (from the animated show) to give his Tick voice a chance to flourish into its own, but he did draw inspiration from Adam West s Batman and a few other television sources.“I spoke with Ben about the voice; about where I was coming from, which was a 1960s TV announcer voice, a bit like those Roger Ramjet cartoons,” Serafinowicz said. Like West s Batman, the “enthusiastic pure happiness” to mete out justice is also key to giving the Tick’s voice its specific quality.When he asked what sort of work Newman does to transform his voice into Arthur’s, the actor joked, “years of vocal training.” For the record, he then demonstrated a very close approximation of Tick animated series voice actor Rob Paulsen’s annoyed “Tiiiiick!” outburst.The World Is Going To Become More Absurd(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)While the pilot saw Arthur questioning his sanity only for the Tick to bring the whole world into a hyper-reality, Newman said the goal is to keep escalating the level of absurdity.“Everything starts to transform around The Tick. The colors get brighter and the performances get heightened, and the comedy gets more and more absurd,” he said, adding that if season 1 was about grounding the characters in a more emotionally rich universe, it becomes the foundation for things like talking dogs and the lobster creature seen in the season 2 trailer. “You don t feel an ironic detachment from the thing. You re laughing with the characters instead of at them.”Elements of this change began as soon as production resumed after the pilot, with the Tick’s costume suddenly changing. That evolution continues with the characters getting closer to their more iconic silhouettes and Arthur remaining in costume throughout most of the second season.“Hopefully it gets to the point where it just feels like what you remember the cartoon feeling like, but with all the work we put in establishing the emotional connection underneath that,” Newman added.Dangerboat Is Getting an Episode(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)The scene-stealing Dangerboat will be the star of his own episode this year, but in keeping with the Tick brand of absurdity, Newman said it is a “a bottle episode that takes place inside of a character. The bottle is Dangerboat and the whole episode is us reckoning with him. It also sort of functions as an origin story for Dangerboat.”Quipped Serafinowicz, “I suggested it should be called ‘Das Dangerboot.’”The character, originally just a joke implanted in a set, grew when Edlund noticed how people connected with it.“He started writing more and more to Dangerboat as a character, not just as a device,” Newman said, which means the actor is in the strange position of having a working relationship with a prop. Alan Tudyk, who voices Dangerboat, records his lines long after filming. On the day of film, Dangerboat is just a set. Nonetheless, the character is emblematic of what makes this version of The Tick so special. It has the latitude to be both ridiculous and grounded enough that, as Newman put it, “a boat can become an emotional fulcrum. The Tick season 2 is available Friday, April 5 on Amazon Prime Video.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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3.94.3 3月喜迎a thing of beauty. Playing Virgil Tibbs, a Pittsburgh detective charged with solving a homicide in the Deep South, Poitier navigates prejudice and incompetence to gain the respect of his would-be adversary. And with his help, the police attempt to solve the suspenseful, complicated whodunit.Sneakers (1992) 79%(Photo by Universal Pictures)In a refreshing change of pace later in his career, Poitier starred in this ensemble suspense comedy. Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, River Phoenix, and Poitier all play former spies working as security consultants. The crew inadvertently get caught up in a web of deception involving a former associate (Ben Kingsley) when they re tasked with the high stakes retrieval of a very powerful piece of government equipment. Playing Donald Crease as an aging, more-than-over-it former CIA agent and the team s voice of reason, Poitier showed us that he can be, in fact, quite hilarious.
(Photo by © Buena Vista/courtesy Everett Collection)Sometimes we forget what came first out of Hocus Pocus and Halloween itself, so firmly attached has the 1993 film become to the ghoulish October holiday. It seems that every year, as regular as the changing of the leaves, Millennials drag this Disney comedy out from its dormancy like three youth-obsessed cacklers to revel once more in its over-the-top performances, zany musical numbers, and lashings of nostalgia. People still can’t get enough: Just two weeks ago Hocus Pocus was number 3 at the U.S. box office, and a reunion special is set to air shortly.Back when it first flew into theaters though, the movie couldn’t even crack the top three, opening in fourth spot before disappearing quickly. Reviews too were far from magical, with critics lamenting that while Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy were great fun as Salem s back-from-beyond Sanderson sisters, all that delicious ham was wasted on a film that was too full of plot and ideas on the one hand (bullies! zombies!), and mediocre at best on the other. (Also: Did two kids just die in the opening sequence!? And what is with all this virginity chat!?)Listen Now: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Deezer | iHeart | Art19Just like Winnie, Sarah, and Mary, though, Kenny Ortega’s film had something of a second life, casting its spell on millions of youngsters when it hit home video and, crucially, the Disney Channel. Those kids grew up and have pushed its Audience Score way up to 71%, just shy of double its Rotten 37% Tomatometer. Which is some divide. And so, with our fire good and caldron bubbling, we’re asking in our latest episode of podcast Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong: Is Hocus Pocus actually a good film dismissed too quickly back in the day? Or is it just as bad as the critics said it was, its fans’ vision fogged up by nostalgia-colored glasses (worn over the top of the two holes in their ghost sheets).Joining hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis is Syfy Wire Associate Features Editor Caitlin M. Busch, who has some definite thoughts on the beloved, bizarre, and strangely horny Halloween classic.Be sure to check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”Check out episode one: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Spider-Man 3Check out episode two: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Mortal KombatCheck out episode three: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullCheck out episode four: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Sister Act 2: Back In the HabitCheck out episode five: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About The BeachIf you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering new titles like Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and The Lost Boys.This WEEK S TOP STORYSUPER MARIO BROS. HITS PLAY BUTTON IN LATE 2022 (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images, Priscilla Grant, Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)In 1993, Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo starred in the ill-fated live action adaptation of the popular video game series Super Mario Bros. (Rotten at 28%), setting an early example for 25+ years of video game adaptations that almost always earned Rotten Tomatometer scores. The mistake in 1993 might have been making Super Mario Bros. live action set in the real world, since games like Super Mario World and its sequels and spinoffs were set in such brightly lit fantasy worlds. In 2017, the news first broke that Nintendo was partnering with Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing, to produce an animated adaptation of Super Mario Bros. Yesterday, Universal and Illumination confirmed Super Mario Bros. will be released next year on December 21, 2022. Mario and Luigi will be voiced by Chris Pratt and Charlie Day (It s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), respectively, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong. Charles Martinet, the video game voice of Mario, will also have an unspecified cameo role. Although he doesn t use what will likely be his Mario voice, you can hear Chris Pratt say It s-a Me, Mario! for the first time in this Instagram post. Super Mario Bros. will be directed by the Teen Titans Go! To the Movies team of Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, working from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru). The December 21st date for Super Mario Bros. in 2022 lands it just five days after two other high profile movies, Avatar 2 and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, both currently scheduled for December 16, 2022.Other Top Headlines1. THIRD FANTASTIC BEASTS WILL EXPLORE THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE (Photo by © 2018 Warner Bros. Ent.)J.K. Rowling s original 2001 Harry Potter spinoff book Fanastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a fairly direct encyclopedia of exactly what the title promised, but the film adaptation (Certified Fresh at 74%) and especially its sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Rotten at 36%) arguably spent more time exploring the backstory of Harry Potter s human characters than it did showing off, you know, Fantastic Beasts. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back filming several months (the original start date was 3/16/2020), the third movie now titled Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has been pushed up three months from July 15, 2022 to the Easter weekend of April 15, 2022. The title suggests more backstory for the young Dumbledore (played by Jude Law), and we also know that Mads Mikkelsen is stepping in to replace Johnny Depp as the villainous wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The other movies currently scheduled for April 15, 2022 are the romantic adventure The Lost City of D (starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum) and the DreamWorks animated comedy The Bad Guys (featuring the voices of Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, and Sam Rockwell).2. HENRY GOLDING AND NOOMI RAPACE JOIN THE ASSASSIN CLUB (Photo by Kristin Callahan, Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Every once in a rare while, film producers will announce a film after it has finished production. Assassin Club is an action movie that recently wrapped filming in Italy, and the cast includes an eclectic mix of stars. Henry Golding recently appeared in Guy Ritchie s The Gentlemen (Certified Fresh at 75%) and headlined Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (Rotten at 37%), but he s probably best known as the male lead in Crazy Rich Asians (Certified Fresh at 90%), and and Noomi Rapace has been in movies like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and the original Swedish trilogy that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Certified Fresh at 85%). Together, they star in Assassin Club as two of six assassins (of course) who have all been unknowingly hired to kill each other. Relative newcomer Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher II in The Suicide Squad) co-stars as the girlfriend of Golding s character, while the venerable Sam Neill is signed on to play his mentor. The film is expected to release sometime next year, though a specific date hasn t been announced yet.3. CLASSIC 1980S TEEN VAMPIRE FLICK THE LOST BOYS TO BE REMADE (Photo by ©Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)Although Hollywood s obsession with remaking its past successes is starting to creep more and more into the 1990s, there are still a few 1980s favorites that are going to be revisited soon. One movie that it might actually be surprising wasn t remade already was the 1987 hit The Lost Boys (Certified Fresh at 76%), starring Kiefer Sutherland as the leader of a gang of eternally (and stylishly) teenage vampires. Possibly part of the delay is that the plan had been for it to be rebooted as a TV show on The CW, but that pilot wasn t picked up, so Warner Bros. is opting to go with a movie. It looks like The Lost Boys remake might start filming soon, because it s being announced with its stars already attached. Those stars will be Noah Jupe (the son from A Quiet Place) and Jaeden Martell (Bill from the recent IT remakes), although it s unclear which characters they will be playing (this writer s guess is that they might play the two human brothers). The remake of The Lost Boys will be directed by Jonathan Entwistle (TV s The End of the F***ing World) from a screenplay by Randy McKinnon, who is also adapting the DC Comics title Static Shock.4. JOHN BOYEGA JOINS THE WOMAN KING AS THE (OTHER) KING (Photo by Everett Collection)One of the most intriguing elements of Marvel s Black Panther are the Dora Milaje, the all-female bodyguards of the King of Wakanda, which were based on the historical all-female military group called the Amazons of Dahomey. Their story will soon be told in the historical epic The Woman King, in which Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu have been attached to star for some time, but casting is starting to step up as filming nears, including Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) joining the cast a few weeks ago. John Boyega (Finn from the recent Star Wars movies) also joined The Woman King recently as Dahomey s King Ghezo. The Woman King will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard, The Secret Life of Bees).5. STANLEY TUCCI JOINS WHITNEY HOUSTON BIOPIC (Photo by Jason Mendez/Everett Collection)The COVID-19 pandemic may have dented the box office potential of the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect this summer, but Hollywood remains optimistic about the genre. Next year, we re finally going to get the pandemic-delayed Elvis biopic (6/3/2022) from director Baz Luhrmann, followed by the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody (12/23/2022), starring Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), just in time for Christmas. We ve known about Ackie s involvement for a while now, but the biggest lingering casting question was about who would play New Edition singer and eventual Mr. Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown. The role of Brown will be played by Ashton Sanders, who is probably best known for his role as one of the teenagers in the Academy Award-winning 2016 drama Moonlight (Certified Fresh at 98%). Another key role will be record producer and executive Clive Davis, who will be portrayed by Stanley Tucci, and who is often credited with helping Whitney Houston achieve her stardom in the 80s. With Bobby Brown and Clive Davis, the next major figure in Whitney Houston s life yet to be cast might be her famous aunt, Dionne Warwick.6. WILL SMITH TURNING HIS 1990S HIT SONG SUMMERTIME INTO A HIP-HOP MUSICAL Years before starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith was one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff the Fresh Prince who had their biggest hit in 1991 with Summertime, which came out just as Smith s sitcom finished its first season. Fast forward 30 years, and Smith is not only a major movie star, but also a successful film producer, and he is now turning his attention back to Summertime. Smith s Westbrook Studios is partnering with Davis Entertainment to develop a hip-hop movie musical adapted from the song Summertime. Peter Saji, who is a writer on Black-ish and Cougartown, and co-created Mixed-ish, will adapt Summertime into a screenplay for which he will also make his directorial debut. It s not yet known if Will Smith plans on co-starring in the film.7. KEVIN BACON RETURNS TO HORROR IN UNTITLED BLUMHOUSE PROJECT (Photo by RCF/Everett Collection)Way before Tremors, and even before Footloose, one of Kevin Bacon s earliest roles was as one of the victims in the original Friday the 13th (Fresh at 63%) in 1980. Bacon has done thrillers and similar genres since then, and this week, he signed to co-star in another horror film, specifically an untitled Blumhouse project previously known as Whistler Camp, a story of LGBTQIA+ empowerment set at a gay conversion camp. The lead camper will be played by Theo Germaine, who might currently be best known for his role in Netflix s The Politician (Rotten at 48%), and it will be the feature directorial debut for screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator). In related news, Kevin Bacon s daughter Sosie Bacon, who had a supporting role in Mare of Easttown, landed a lead role in the psychological thriller Something w Wrong with Rose this week.8. THE RUSSIANS HAVE BEATEN TOM CRUISE IN THE NEW SPACE RACE (Photo by ©Universal Pictures)One of the craziest new movie projects to be announced last year was Tom Cruise s untitled film that aimed to be the first movie ever filmed in outer space, which is expected to film on the International Space Station under the direction of Doug Liman, who directed Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow (Certified Fresh at 91%) and American Made (Certified Fresh at 86%). Given how many pieces need to be in place for Cruise s ambitious project to actually happen, it perhaps not be surprising that he and Liman ended up losing this particular space race. Instead, it s going to be the Russians who make the first movie in space, as a film called The Challenge will be lifting off on October 5th. Having said that, it appears likely that Cruise s project will still be able to claim to be the first Hollywood production to film in space presuming it happens soon, before Richard Branson or Elon Musk beat him to it.9. CLASSIC 1980S MANGA TO BECOME LIVE ACTION KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC (Photo by ©Toei Company/Courtesy Everett Collection)Hollywood seems to be slowing down a bit on adapting comic books (that aren t Marvel or DC), but in addition to video game adaptations, Hollywood is increasingly turning to manga and anime as sources for live-action adaptations. This week s news involves a classic 1980s manga (that was also adapted as an anime), Masami Kurumada s Saint Seiya, which is being adapted by Sony as Knights of the Zodiac. The movie has already been filmed at locations in Hungary and Croatia, with a cast that includes Mackenyu (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Madison Iseman (from the two recent Jumanji movies), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Nick Stahl (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Diego Tinoco, and Mark Dacascos. Mackenyu will star as Seiya, a street orphan who embarks on a journey to conquer the ancient Greek armor of Pegasus and choose his side in a preternatural battle for the fate of Sienna (Iseman), a young girl who struggles to control her godly powers. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
This Week s Ketchup brings you another eight headlines from the world of film development news (those stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering up-and-coming titles like The New Gods, A Quiet Place 2, and Disney s Snow White.This WEEK S TOP STORYROBERT PATTINSON CONFIRMED FOR THE BATMAN (Photo by Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Two weeks ago, the news broke that Twilight Saga star Robert Pattinson was in talks with Warner Bros. to star in The Batman (6/25/2021). That news, however, was watered down slightly by various whoa nelly stories that suggested Warner Bros. was still considering other stars (Nicholas Hoult, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Armie Hammer) for the role in case Pattinson didn t ultimately sign on. Well, you can disregard all of those names now, because Variety has confirmed that Pattinson has indeed signed on with Warner Bros. to star in The Batman. Although no production start date has been announced yet, the studio is expected to start pre-production this summer (which suggests filming will start late this year or early 2020 at the absolutely latest). The Batman will be directed by Matt Reeves, who is coming off directing the two most recent Planet of the Apes movies. Although it hasn t yet been confirmed, the news also broke last week that the villains in The Batman may be Catwoman and the Penguin, suggesting echoes of 1992 s Batman Returns.Fresh Developments1. MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WILL THE SPIDER-MAN DIRECTOR GET THE SNOW WHITE CALL?Aladdin is now in theaters and on top of the box office charts, The Lion King is coming this summer (7/19/2019), and both Mulan (3/27/2020) and Cruella (12/23/2020) are due next year. We re deep into Disney s ongoing slate of movies based on their classic animated films, and the number of truly popular films yet to be adapted is getting smaller every year. One of the remaining classics is 1937 s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Certified Fresh at 98%), Walt Disney s first animated feature film. Disney may have slowed down plans for a live action Snow White to separate their remake from Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, but those 2012 films are now seven years in the past. With that possibly in mind, Walt Disney Pictures is now developing their live action Snow White, and director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) is in talks for the job. Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, The Girl on the Train) is in talks to adapt the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, which will incorporate new songs by La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.2. AUDIENCES WILL RETURN TO A QUIET PLACE TWO MONTHS EARLIER(Photo by Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount)When A Quiet Place was released on April 6, 2018, the thrilling trailers helped it attract a surprisingly big opening box office weekend of .2 million, which was almost three times its production budget. Paramount Pictures was quick to schedule a sequel for next May (5/15/2020), and the studio signed John Krasinski to return as director, once again working with his wife Emily Blunt. (Batman Begins star Cillian Murphy will also be co-starring in the sequel.) Paramount delivered more good news for A Quiet Place fans this week, as the studio has bumped the sequel up two months to March 20, 2020, which is just two weeks shy of two years after the first film. The A Quiet Place sequel is now scheduled for the week after The Invisible Man and Godzilla vs Kong (3/13/2020), and the week before Disney s Mulan (3/27/2020).3. BATMAN COMIC BOOK WRITER ADAPTING THE NEW GODS (Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures)Back in 2015, there was a period when Marvel Studios was talking to Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) about possibly directing last year s Black Panther. She obviously didn t take the job (Ryan Coogler did), but within a month of its release, DuVernay landed a job at Warner Bros. to direct a movie based on DC Comics The New Gods. We haven t heard much about New Gods in the year since, but it s still in active development with the news this week that WB has hired comic book writer Tom King to adapt the last few decades of New Gods comics into a single movie. King s comic book work includes Mister Miracle (potentially one of DuVernay s New Gods) and DC s current weekly Batman series. The premise and cast of DuVernay s New Gods isn t yet known, but the director has Tweeted in the past that Big Barda (Mister Miracle s wife) is her favorite superhero.4. HARRISON FORD S TOP CHOICE TO REPLACE HIM AS INDIANA JONES IS NOBODY (Photo by Paramount Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Director Steven Spielberg is currently filming his remake of West Side Story (12/18/2020), but he s still attached to direct the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which remains scheduled for July 9, 2021. That also happens to be four days before Harrison Ford s birthday, July 13, 2021, when he will turn 79. So it s extremely likely that Ford will not be returning for an Indiana Jones 6. Probably with that in mind, Ford was asked this week who he thinks should be cast as the next Indiana Jones, to which he replied, Nobody! Don’t you get it? I’m Indiana Jones. When I m gone, he s gone. It s easy. Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) has been mentioned in the past as a possible replacement, but Ford appeared to confuse his Chris P. movie stars, saying, This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine this. I m sorry, man. (Unless of course, Chris Pine from Star Trek has also been in talks for the role. Not impossible.)5. MGM KNOWS HOW TO SELL A CONTRADICTION: BOY GEORGE BIOPIC IN THE WORKS (Photo by Lee/Everett Collection)Following the phenomenal box office numbers of nearly a billion dollars (3 million globally) for last year s Bohemian Rhapsody, there is obviously a strong argument to be made that there is an audience thirsty for musical biopics driven by the right songs, the right personalities, and the right stories. Elton John is testing that theory this weekend as the executive producer of Rocketman (Certified Fresh at 90%), which tells John s own life story. Something else that Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman also have in common, besides just being musical biopics, is their subjects sexuality. MGM is now developing a musical biopic about the life of British singer Boy George of the 1980s pop group Culture Club, whose hits included Karma Chameleon, I ll Tumble 4 Ya, and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? MGM s Boy George biopic will be written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, wh