Gerard Butler’s Has Fallen series is still bringing the action crowds: Angel Has Fallen s .25 million debut is a virtual dead match for previous entry London s .6 million opening. But with Angel the most expensive film in the franchise yet, financiers are also going to be hoping for some hefty international bucks.King of the Crop: I’ve Fallen, But Can Still Get Up To #1(Photo by Simon Varsano / © Lionsgate / courtesy Everett Collection)Angel Has Fallen has gotten into the positive side of Butler’s box office history with a .25 million start, but will it have enough in the tank to recoup its million budget? Olympus Has Fallen was the highest-grossing domestically of the series with .92 million. But it only grossed .34 million overseas resulting in the million production coming up in the red. London Has Fallen dipped at home with just .5 million, but more than doubled the international haul of the first film with 3.23 million. Hence, the green light for Angel.With 39% on the Tomatometer, the movie ranks somewhere in the middle critically for Butler. Compare it to previous entries: 49% and 26%, respectively. This for an actor who has never top-lined a film registering higher than 60%, achieved by RocknRolla and 300 both. With March openings, the Fallen films grossed multiples of 3.25 and 2.88 over their opening weekends. August box office history suggests that should decrease even more, marking Angel for somewhere around a million domestic total, leaving international the duty of making up the rest to the tune of 2 million to match London. Top 10 and Beyond: A Mild Time At The Movies(Photo by Eric Zachanowich/ TM & copyright © Fox Searchlight Pictures)Last week’s top film, Good Boys, which many were expecting to repeat, dropped 45% to .7 million. That puts it at .05 million after 10 days, which puts it about right in line with a more kid-appropriate August release in David Lowery’s remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, which finished with over million. Universal’s primary cash cow, the Fast Furious series, may be showing signs of wear and tear in the U.S., but Hobbs Shaw just opened in China to the tune of 0 million this weekend. That brings its global total to over 8 million – the 8th highest of 2019. Its 7 million at home is still one of the lower bars of the series.Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not had a lot of support from critics this week (Certified Fresh at 87% on Tomatometer) and many were hoping it would have opened stronger than it did: .55 million over the weekend and .57 million since its debut on Wednesday. That gives Ready a first final estimate between million and million. Not terrible for the million-budgeted film, but additional advertising costs may keep it in the red if word-of-mouth cannot boost its total further.Sony is not just feeling the brunt of anger from Marvel fans this week, but the belated realization that animated films and August do not mix. The latest example is The Angry Birds Movie 2, which is now up to just .09 million after 13 days. The film is currently 7 million behind the global gross of the first film, which in scale is on par with The Secret Life of Pets 2 doing 0 million less than its predecessor. Disney’s The Lion King, on the other hand, is now the 14th film ever to cross the half-billion line domestically and the 9th film to pass .508 billion globally. It needs just over million dollars outside the U.S. to become just the 9th film in history to surpass the billion mark exclusively with international dollars.Rounding out the top 10, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is now over 2 million and has surpassed Inglourious Basterds to become his second highest-grossing film, behind Django Unchained. Along with Jordan Peele’s Us, it is one of only two 2019 original projects to break 0 million. Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark joined the million club this weekend. Dora and the Lost City of Gold is headed to join that club too, but not much beyond that.We continue to monitor films from the festival circuit as this week Roadside’s The Peanut Butter Falcon, which debuted at SXSW this year, expanded in its third weekend from 49 to 991 theaters and grossed million for a total of .7 million. Last week’s 90%-Tomatometer opener from Sundance, Blinded by the Light, dropped 52% for a .1 million second week haul, bringing its total to .2 million. Neon continued to expand its 93%-approved drama, Luce, into another 102 theaters (for a total of 160), bringing its total to 4,182. Finally there is A24’s The Farewell, which lost a small handful of screens this weekend and grossed another 4,000, bringing its total to .47 million.This Time Last Year: Asians Continues Crazy Rich Domination(Photo by Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros.)Crazy Rich Asians won handily for a second straight week, dropping just 6.4% from the previous weekend and earning another .8 million. The Meg maintained its second place status with .8 million. The best of the new challengers was Melissa McCarthy and the puppets in The Happytime Murders, which opened to .5 million, which is million more than McCarthy’s ensemble film The Kitchen grossed this month. The mechanical dog film, A.X.L., opened to just .79 million. And among limited releases, the remake of Papillon made .09 million in 544 theaters, but Sundance success Searching (Certified Fresh at 92%) would turn out to be the one to keep an eye on after 8,769 in just 9 theaters. The top ten films grossed .55 million and averaged 56.3% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated .60 Million and averaged 68.5%.On the Vine: Don’t Let Go and Saaho To Open Over Lackluster Holiday Weekend(Photo by Blumhouse)We hit the calm before the storm that will be It: Chapter Two on September 6. But for Labor Day weekend, Hollywood is going old-school in releasing, well, not much. Don’t Let Go, which premiered under the title Relive at Sundance in January, follows David Oyelowo s character on a Frequency-like murder mystery that did not impress the press at the festival this year. It currently stands at 47% on the Tomatometer. The lackluster numbers could then indeed open the door for Bollywood action thriller, Saaho, to find a spot in the top 10 as no film is likely to dominate over the holiday weekend.The Full Top 10: August 23-25Angel Has Fallen (2019) 39% – .25 million (.25 million total)Good Boys (2019) 80% – .75 million (.05 million total)Overcomer (2019) 56% – .20 million (.20 million total)The Lion King (2019) 52% – .15 million (0.63 million total)Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% .14 million (7.70 million total)Ready or Not (2019) 88% .55 million (.57 million total)The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) 73% – .36 million (.09 million total)Scary Stories (2018) 83% – .00 million (.48 million total)Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 85% – .20 million (.09 million total)Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) 85% – .00 million (3.18 million total) 《黑暗与光明手游》这款游戏传承了经典的生存沙盒玩法，有着非常硬核的生存难度，前期刚来到这个世界上的玩家浑身上下只有一条短裤，可以说是装备食物全靠自己肝，要想在这个世界上轻松的活下去，强大自己才是唯一出路。
f Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo based on a story idea from Gosling himself.Other Top Headlines1. PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WANTS TO WORK WITH JOHN BOYEGA (Photo by Everett Collection)It s not uncommon for Hollywood celebrities to voice their political opinions, and when they do, there are sometimes unintended consequences. Recent Star Wars alumnus John Boyega took to the streets in London this week for a Black Lives Matter protest in support of the movement against police brutality, which sparked up again dramatically following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, MN on May 26. During an impassioned speech, Boyega acknowledged the risk inherent in an entertainment figure speaking out in such a manner, saying, Look, I don t know if I m going to have a career after this, but f that. As it turned out, he didn t have anything to worry about, because a deluge of support came in from Hollywood filmmakers eager to work with Boyega on future projects. The list includes Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), who said, We got you, John Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie); Lin-Manuel Miranda, who said, Oh god I WISH Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), who said, Have before and would again Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep); Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), who said, Absolutely Peyton Reed (Ant-Man), who said, Anytime at all and also the official Star Wars Twitter account. Boyega s next two films are likely to be an action thriller called Rebel Ridge and a legal drama called Naked Singularity, but it looks like he ll have no shortage of options after that.2. J.K. SIMMONS CONFIRMS RETURN TO SPIDER-MAN(Photo by (c) Columbia courtesy Everett Collection)For the most part, the Spider-Man movies starring Andrew Garfield and now Tom Holland have gone their own way with casting the supporting characters. However, fans were surprised at the end of last year s Spider-Man: Far from Home (Certified Fresh at 90%) to discover that Marvel Studios actually brought back J.K. Simmons for a brief cameo as J. Jonah Jameson, the role he played Sam Raimi s three Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man films. The cameo seemed to tease a potential premise for Tom Holland s third solo Spider-Man movie, and this week, Simmons confirmed that he is indeed signed to return for more Spider-Man sequels (note the plural there). There was, however, some doubt in his statement, because Simmons said, I don’t know if I would use the word ‘expect' when asked if fans can expect to see him in the next film. The next Spider-Man doesn t have an official title (though it s rumored to possibly be Spider-Man: Home Run), but it does have a release date scheduled for November 6, 2021 (pushed back four months from next July due to pandemic-related production delays).3. THE FIRST FEMALE STAR WARS DIRECTOR GETS READY TO KILL THEM ALL (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)As director J.J. Abrams was preparing to return for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Rotten at 52%), one of his key creative decisions was to make history by hiring actress-turned-filmmaker Victoria Mahoney as his second unit director, making her the first ever woman to serve as a director on a Star Wars film. Mahoney is now signed with Paramount Pictures for what will be her first film as a director (not counting second unit, obviously) since her 2011 debut drama Yelling to the Sky, and it will be an action movie called Kill Them All. The screenplay by screenwriter James Coyne will be an adaptation of an Oni Press graphic novel described as a love letter to 1990s action movies about a hard-drinking former cop who wants his job back and a betrayed murderess who team up to take down a vicious Miami crime lord.4. SCORSESE HAS REWRITTEN DICAPRIO S ROLE IN KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON(Photo by ©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)For pretty much the entire time that Martin Scorsese has been developing his adaptation of the true crime novel Killers of the Flower Moon, about an early serial killer case investigated by the F.B.I., he was planning on working with frequent collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Along the way, we learned that De Niro was to play the serial killer, and that DiCaprio would be playing one of the lead F.B.I. agents investigating the case. Unfortunately, having Leonardo DiCaprio in a lead role may have led the film s budget to balloon past 0 million. In an effort to keep that cost down, Scorsese has reportedly made changes to DiCaprio s role, which will now instead be a villain (or anti-hero) who is a nephew of De Niro s character and leaves the door open for another (cheaper) actor to play the federal agent. The revelations of these changes came out due to Apple taking over Killers of the Flower Moon from Paramount Pictures. Paramount will still release Killers of the Flower Moon theatrically, and then the film will move to Apple+ for streaming.5. TITO PUENTE BIOPIC NOW BEING DEVELOPED BY EDWARD JAMES OLMOS (Photo by Everett Collection)Thanks to the recent success of Bohemian Rhapsody (Fresh at 60%), Rocketman, and Judy, we re currently in the midst of a mini-boom for musician biopics. The pandemic has obviously delayed film production and release, but two movies that will come out soon are the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (starring Jennifer Hudson) (12/25/2020) and Baz Luhrmann s Elvis Presley project (11/5/2021), while other musicians with biopics in development include the Bee Gees, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, and Amy Winehouse. Thanks to Edward James Olmos, we can also now add Tito Puente, the King of Mambo, to that list, as Olmos is now working with Puente s family and estate on film and TV projects based on Puente s life and legacy. Before his death in 2000 at the age of 77, Tito Puente had a 50+ year career that included six Grammy Awards (including a lifetime achievement award) as a mambo and Latin jazz musician, band leader, songwriter, and record producer. Puente s most famous song was probably Oye Como Va (thanks in part to Santana also recording the song for their 1970 album Abraxas).6. MORBIUS DIRECTOR TAKING ON THE TRUE STORY OF THE EXECUTION (Photo by Jasin Boland/©Universal courtesy Everett Collection)Before the current pandemic caused industry-wide production delays, Sony s adaptation of the Marvel Comics vampire character Morbius (starring Jared Leto) was to have been released next month on July 10, 2020 (it s now scheduled for March 19, 2021). Morbius was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House), who this week entered into a deal to develop The Execution, which is described as a narrative drama about the background to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian-born dissident and Washington Post columnist who was killed in Istanbul in 2018. The true story behind The Execution will be adapted by screenwriter Petter Skavlan, who also worked on 2012 s Kon-Tiki (Certified Fresh at 81%), which was based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl s expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a raft.功夫西游辅助rajectory this year, being that she was really influenced by this glamour character, this alternate persona, and also because I think in the previous seasons, we ve always seen her attached to someone, whether that was Penny or Julia or her mother, there was always someone that she was worried about, or someone that she was living life vicariously through.“So it was really beautiful to be able to discover who Kady was as an individual, without a relationship or without a man, who is she? We really got to play with that and see how she grew and watched her really take on her own inner strength and who she is and her power.“The glamour character is Sam Cunningham, who is a cop. I think there s a similar strength that both Sam and Kady have. An innate strength, yet Sam is incredibly determined and very independent, and strong as an individual, but she also just has very strong convictions about what is right and wrong, and I think Kady is similar in that, but I think she questioned it, because, for example, she d do the wrong thing to help the right person — like helping her mom, but stealing things to do that.”Rick Worthy as Dean Henry Fogg“Dean Fogg has been doing a lot of self-medication. He s a very complicated man — I have had my homework cut out for me, every script that I get … Fogg, he is now a businessman really; he is in the business and politicking of magic. He has a very uncomfortable alliance with The Order, doesn t make him happy at all. At the end of season 3, as he does the ultimate chess move and blips in with Irene McAllister and Gavin and they siphon off the magic then blip out, I got quite a few, ‘What the f s?!’ Or, ‘What the Foggs?!’ — whatever you wanna use. What the Fogg!“That night, and online and emails, couple phone calls, people were like, Whoa! Man, I didn t see that coming! So, you re truly a bad guy then aren t you? He isn t a bad guy, just he s found himself in a position where he has to be in business with The Order. They have tremendous amount of power, as you guys know, and he doesn t like having to report to them but he has to.”Brittany Curran as Fen“I m the king … At the beginning of the season, the atmosphere is so saturated with opium that it s like, things are going awry, and we ve heard that Ember is back, our god, so we re just trying to find Ember … so she s just trying to figure out what s making the kingdom go awry.”Trevor Einhorn as Josh“Josh has become Isaac, the Uber Driver, or ride-share driver, whatever legal can let us use. And he is a five-star driver, always has waters, will definitely give you gum, mints … That is the biggest thing that I have going for me. The funny part about it is, he drives a Prius and wears a suit. So he really commits to it. And that s sort of where, he s ready for any sort of exciting adventure in his life.”Summer Bishil as Margo“I ve always been really shy, and socially awkward, so acting was always my safe place, and I d always wanted a character like Margo, but, you know, the industry wasn t changing as fast as I would ve liked to. When I was still pursuing work, there were a lot of stereotypes I was going up against, it was a lot of the same role, and I d always been desperate to play somebody like Margo. I didn t know if I could do it, because I m painfully shy, but you know, Sera and John cast me as Margo, and it s really changed my life. It s just opened up so much more opportunities and has allowed me to be seen in a way that has kind of emancipated a lot of the stereotypes I had to carry with me. I didn t even know how that had affected my psychology until I had to crawl out of that for Margo, just so that she could live. I had to break free of these unhealthy narratives that were limiting me and making me feel bad, and Margo really did that for me. It s been a really strange journey.”Hale Appleman as Eliot/The Monster“The monster is sort of kind of like the dark shadow of your inner child, who s been abandoned and has essentially no one to turn to. He s alone in this world, but for one singular special relationship, and for thousands of years he s been locked in this dungeon castle in which there s been one human life to take care of him, and when they pass, a new one comes through and takes care of him.“I always think of Let The Right One In, if you know that movie, where there s one person of significance who can kind of bear the brunt of all the needs that this being might need. And in the case of this monster, he s tacked to the bottom of this castle and held there because he s a danger to everything around him, but he doesn t necessarily even know that.“So he s kind of this innocent, but he has this hit list, this revenge mission this season.”John McNamara on the Library as a Fascist Power“Germany didn t happen overnight in the 1920 s and 30s. France didn t fall under fascist rule overnight. It s always a series of very small choices, and what I kind of like about this season is, it doesn t start with armed guards storming in and taking over the library — that s, I think, a child s version of fascism. What you re seeing is people with Library, who I think are at heart pretty good people, but they re perceiving the fact that they don t have control as the problem. Rather than the problem is, there s always going to be chaos, and it s how you deal with chaos.“They want to eliminate chaos, so they have really good intentions in a way. And I m not saying that Nazis had good intentions or Stalin had good intentions, but I do believe that it happens in incremental stages, and it s a very slow roll this season. But a movie that I kind of insisted that everybody watch as a kind of inspiration is a French film from the 1960s called, Army of Shadows. Wonderful movie, it s all about the French Resistance, and what I liked about the movie analogously was because the director and writer had really been the French Resistance and had gone through all that first hand and had survived.“He told the story of how as a ‘good guy’ in the Resistance, I mean some terrible choices of who to kill, who to turn in, who to punish, and sometimes you re wrong and you have to live with that. And so we wanted to keep the morality — not ambiguous because obviously there is right and wrong, but that the actions you take sometimes to fight something that is evil, sometimes you do something to fight something evil, and then you have to ask yourself, ‘Well, why am I not evil?’ That s an interesting theme that runs throughout the entire season. The Library is definitely a growing fascist … virus.”The Magicians season 4 premieres Wednesday, January 23 at 9 p.m. on Syfy.
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Ah, the 1980s: A decade of big hair, shoulder pads, heavy synths, and multiple violent robots and androids. Two stood out from the pack though – Robocop and Terminator – and in our latest episode of Vs. we’re going full robot wars, pitting Paul Verhoeven’s ultraviolent black comedy against James Cameron’s groundbreaking and grungy time-travel actioner. Host Mark Ellis (who comes with zero robot parts), will compare the two original films across multiple criteria including box office performance, Tomatometer and Audience Score, the quality of their characters, and more. Who will be the last bot standing? Tune in to find out.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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7.32.7 8月喜迎(Photo by ©Galaxy International Releasing, ©20th Century Fox Film Corp., ©Lionsgate, ©United Artists, Everett Collection)In October 2004, a .2 million-budgeted R-rated horror film starring Danny Glover and Cary Elwes was released into theaters and immediately established a cult following, thanks to its gruesome creativity and shocking finale. Directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) and written by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, The Invisible Man), Saw was a smash hit that pulled in 4 million worldwide, made us all wary of puppets on tricycles, and spawned seven Rotten sequels that turned off increasingly more critics even as it delighted audiences, who in turn helped the eight films collect 0 million domestically and 2 million worldwide.With the upcoming release of Spiral: From the Book of Saw, we wanted to know which long-running horror franchises are the best, statistically speaking. We pulled the data on horror franchises that have at least five theatrically released films (Sorry Evil Dead and Scream, you re out) and came up with 16 competitors. We counted sequels, remakes, reboots and prequels as part of each franchise, and sadly, we had to leave a few popular ones out because they didn’t have reliable box office or Tomatometer data.All of the 16 franchises were ranked in each of the six categories below. The winner was the franchise who had the lowest total score (think closest to the #1 spot) from the six categories. The lowest possible score would be 6 (if a film placed first in every category), and the highest would be 96 (if it placed last in every category). Here s what we looked at:Tomatometer AverageAudience Score AverageDomestic Box Office (adjusted for inflation)Best Overall Movie in Each Franchise (Tomatometer/Audience Score Average)Sequel Tomatometer AverageSequel Audience Score AverageWithout further ado, let s dive into the numbers and see which Horror Franchise is the bloody best.10. Halloween(Photo by ©Galaxy International Releasing courtesy Everett Collection)Number of films: 11Tomatometer Avg: 37.2%Audience Score Avg: 50.3%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 30.5%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 46.5%Best Film: Halloween (1978) 92.5%Seeing the Halloween franchise at #10 certainly doesn’t feel right, as it’s been such an important part of the horror landscape for 40-plus years. Whether it’s John Carpenter’s instantly recognizable score or the William Shatner mask (or masks; there have been several variations) that was spray painted white, the majority of the cinema-going public possesses at least a superficial knowledge of the long-running series. The franchise has given us Michael “The Shape” Myers, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), and about 48 timelines thanks to retconned sequels, remakes, and reboots that brought Laurie Strode back to life, and somehow rendered the underappreciated Halloween H20: 20 Years Later non-canon.However, only Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018) have Fresh Tomatometer scores, while the other nine films that make up the franchise are Rotten. It also doesn’t help that Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: Resurrection, and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers all score below 15%. The saving grace for the franchise is John Carpenter s iconic 1978 original, which has a combined Tomatometer/Audience score of 92.5%. It’s an excellent champion for the franchise, and it’s the reason why it cracked the top 10.Make sure to check out the Rotten Tomatoes Versus episode that pits Halloween (2018) up against Halloween: H20 20 Years Later (1998). The correct winner is crowned the champion.9. Predator(Photo by ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)Number of films: 6Tomatometer Avg: 40.1%Audience Score Avg: 47.5%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 32%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 39.6%Best Film: Predator (1987) 85%In 1987, the John Mctiernan-directed Predator introduced the world to a Yautja (aka the Predator) hunter who stalks and murders an overmatched group of muscular heroes led by Arnold Schwarzenegger in its quest to bring home some sweet human bone trophies. The film leaned heavily into the action genre for thrills, but they also feature an alien monster who rips spines from human bodies, skins them, and hangs them upside down for all to see. Created by Stan Winston, the predator became instantly iconic, and it was far too cool to limit to just one appearance. The problem is, with sequels come diminishing returns, and the Predator movies have been hit or miss since 1987, with only 2010’s Predators, the Robert Rodriguez-produced sequel, achieving a Fresh Tomatometer score at 65%.There is fun to be had in the series, though. Watching Danny Glover battle a one-armed monster aboard its ship in Predator 2 was a world-expanding delight, and seeing Sanaa Lathan become an honorary Yautja in Alien vs. Predator was amazing. Also, Predators features Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershala Ali, Alice Braga, and Laurence Fishburne, which is pretty cool, if you ask us.8. Saw(Photo by Lionsgate courtesy Everett Collection)Number of films: 8 (not counting Spiral)Tomatometer Avg: 28.5%Audience Score Avg: 64.1%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 25.4%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 61.2%Best Film: Saw (2004) 67%Despite not having a single film with a Fresh score, the Saw franchise guaranteed itself a spot in this list with a solid audience score average of 64%, which had it ranked behind only the Hannibal and Underworld franchises. One of the neat legacies of this franchise is that it has an average domestic box office average of million (8th highest average of the 16 franchises) on an average budget of million. It’s a critic-proof property that tells a wildly inter-connected story that has kept the saws spinning since 2004. It’s noteworthy that the film’s main antagonist John Kramer (Tobin Bell), was killed in Saw III (sorry if that s a spoiler, but it s been 15 years), and the following films manage to continue his legacy while introducing new villains who all make sense, more or less, in the overarching plot. Check out the timeline; it s a wild web of murderers, victims, and surprise villains who all belong in the world because of John Kramer’s knack for planning. It’s like he saw it all coming Note: This ranking was compiled before the release of Spiral, so it s difficult to say where the franchise would end up if we took its latest chapter into consideration.7. Final Destination(Photo by Doane Gregory/©Warner Bros.)Number of films: 5Tomatometer Avg: 43.2%Audience Score Avg: 54%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 45.2%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 50.5%Best Film: Final Destination 5 (2011) 62%What makes the Final Destination franchise unique is that Final Destination 2, Final Destination 3, and Final Destination 5 all have higher Tomatometer scores than the original Final Destination, with 5, the final Final Destination, actually earning the highest score of all. To be fair, Final Destination only has a 35% Tomatometer score, but it’s a rare occurrence in the horror world when sequels outshine the original. That said, you can’t bring up the franchise without mentioning that it has one of the most iconic horror moments of the 21st century: The opening freeway scene in Final Destination 2, which involves bouncing logs and exploding innards, is one of the most memorable horror movie moments in recent memory. You know the scene is effective because it made many travelers wary of driving anywhere near a logging truck.The franchise also ended on a high note as Final Destination 5 managed to tie all the films together while featuring a bone-crunching gymnastics-themed death, proving that horror franchises can absolutely still find ways to be creative even in their later years.6. Child s Play(Photo by Everett Collection)Number of films: 8Tomatometer Avg: 54.3%Audience Score Avg: 48.2%Domestic Box Office: millionSequel Tomatometer Avg: 52%Sequel Audience Score Avg: 46.1%Best Film: Child s Play (1988) 67%You wouldn t think a franchise about a murderous, catchphrase-spouting doll would boast a nearly Fresh Tomatometer average of 54.3%. However, under the watchful eye of writer/director Don Mancini, the Child s Play/Chucky movies have enjoyed something of a renaissance since 2
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This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Blade the Vampire Slayer, Captain Marvel 2, and Face/Off.This WEEK S TOP STORYA WIZARD OF OZ REMAKE IS IN THE WORKS(Photo by Everett Collection)Although the Oz books by author L. Frank Baum are well known, one could argue that the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz left such a strong legacy that it kept the number of later Oz movies to a relative minimum, including The Wiz (Rotten at 42%), Return to Oz (Rotten at 53%), and 2013 s Oz the Great and Powerful (Rotten at 57%). With this week s news, however, there are now three major productions in development based on or inspired by those books. Just last week, the Wicked movie (based on the stage musical prequel) received a breath of fresh air in the form of Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, who joined the project. And then, this week, the animated adaptation of the spin-off book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz made its next step toward production via a new deal between Warner Bros. and the animation studio Animal Logic. As big of a deal as both Wicked and Toto might potentially be, however, the third project announced this week has the potential to be the biggest, as New Line Cinema is now developing a new adaptation of L. Frank Baum s original novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was the direct inspiration for the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. New Line has hired director Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman, Certified Fresh at 88%) to start development on the film, which unlike other adaptations can use elements from the 1939 movie, like the ruby slippers. Kassell also recently directed three episodes of HBO s Watchmen.Other Top Headlines1. SANDRA BULLOCK JOINS BRAD PITT S ACTION MOVIE BULLET TRAIN(Photo by ©Warner Bros.)Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt have been two of Hollywood s biggest stars since the 1990s, but they ve never appeard together in the same movie. As of this week, that s about to change, as Bullock has joined the ensemble cast of the action movie Bullet Train, alongside Brad Pitt, Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Aaron Taylor Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michael Shannon, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, Logan Lerman, and Masi Oka. David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw) is directing Bullet Train from a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz (in what may be his first released film) adapted from the novel Maria Beetle by Japanese author Kōtarō Isaka, which tells the story of five assassins aboard a bullet train in Japan who discover that their targets are all related. Although Pitt is expected to be one of the assassins, it s not yet clear if Sandra Bullock is playing one, too.2. VELVET BUZZSAW ACTRESS CAST AS MYSTERIOUS CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 VILLAIN(Photo by ©Strand Releasing courtesy Everett Collection)The Marvel Cinematic Universe occasionally recruits its villains from relative comic book obscurity. In addition to major villains like Thanos, Dormammu, Hela, The Red Skull, and Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gave us Ayesha, and the various Black Order villains in Avengers: Infinity War weren t even introduced in the comics until as recently as 2013. So, when an MCU villain is cast, but Marvel doesn t say who it is, we re left wondering if it s someone iconic or someone even diehard comics fans might need to look up on a wiki site. That leads us to the news today that Velvet Buzzsaw co-star Zawe Ashton has been cast as the main villain in Captain Marvel 2 (keeping in mind, of course, that Marvel movies frequently have more than one villain). Ashton is joining a cast that already includes Brie Larson (obviously), Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau from WandaVision), and Iman Vellani (Kamala Khan from the upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel). Captain Marvel 2 will be directed by Nia DaCosta, whose highly anticipated sequel Candyman (8/27/2021) is due out this year after a delay prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marvel Studios currently has scheduled Captain Marvel 2 for release on November 11, 2022.3. JACK BLACK WILL VOICE CLAPTRAP IN THE BORDERLANDS MOVIE(Photo by Hopper Stone/©Columbia Pictures)The Borderlands video game franchise is built around several characters who represent standard gaming tropes, but probably the most popular character in the games is the comedic robot NPC (non-player character) Claptrap. The first time we ever heard about casting for the Borderlands movie was in May of 2020, when Cate Blanchett started negotiations to play Lilith, the Siren, which established that the Borderlands movie is aiming for A-list stars. That was a trend we saw continue two weeks ago when Kevin Hart also joined the project as Roland, the Soldier. The third cast member to be announced was Jamie Lee Curtis (who also has two more Halloween movies coming in 2021 and 2022), who will play the scientist Dr. Tannis, another NPC in the games. That news was followed this week by the news that Jack Black will provide the voice of Claptrap, meaning that both characters cast this week aren t any of the games playable characters. Like Blanchett, Jack Black previously worked with director Eli Roth on the kids movie The House with a Clock in its Walls (Fresh at 65%), and more recently, he co-starred alongside Hart in the sequel Jumanji: The Next Level.4. WATCHMEN SCREENWRITER TO ADAPT MARVEL S BLADE STARRING MAHERSHALA ALI (Photo by ©New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)One of the most surprising announcements at Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con presentation in 2019 was the news that the vampire hunter Blade would be rebooted for the MCU with two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali attached to take over the role. This week, Blade took its next step forward by hiring screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who previously worked on the HBO Max superhero show Watchmen. Blade does not yet have a director or a release date, but Kevin Feige confirmed in 2019 that it would be part of Marvel s Phase 5 (we re currently in Phase 4). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the title of the film will be Blade the Vampire Slayer (not to be confused with Buffy the Vampire Slayer). In somewhat related news, Hong Chau, who co-starred in Watchmen as the (borderline) antagonist Lady Trieu, has joined Brendan Fraser in The Whale, the next film from director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan), about a man who weighs over 600 pounds.5. ELISABETH MOSS JOINS MOVIE ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE GODFATHER (Photo by Mark Rogers/©Universal Pictures)One of the projects that Armie Hammer s dropped out of following his recent downfall was the Paramount+ series The Offer, about the behind-the-scenes drama behind the making of The Godfather (Certified Fresh at 98%). The true story of the making of The Godfather was to be both a series and a feature film, and Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal have both been attached to star in the untitled feature film for a while now, as director Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount executive Robert Evans, respectively. This week, the film gained its third cast member, as Elisabeth Moss has joined the untitled project as Francis Ford Coppola s wife, Eleanor Coppola, who later went on to have her own directorial career. Whatever it ends up being titled, this making-of-The-Godfather feature film will be directed by Barry Levinson, whose recent films The Wizard of Lies, and Paterno were also based on true stories.6. MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ JOINS DUNGEONS DRAGONS (Photo by Giles Keyte/©Universal Pictures)Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the first live-action Dungeons Dragons (Rotten at 10%), and about the fifth anniversary of the start of development on a new reboot of the franchise (not counting the two direct-to-video sequels to the 2000 version). In 2017, Dungeons Dragons moved from Warner Bros. to Paramount Pictures, where the latter s Star Trek star Chris Pine signed on in December. This week, Dungeons Dragons signed two more stars, both of whom have had their biggest box office successes with Universal Pictures franchises. Fast and the Furious star Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Detective Pikachu) have both signed on to co-star in Paramount s reboot of Dungeons Dragons, based on the popular role-playing game franchise. As with Chris Pine, the specifics about what sorts of characters they will play hasn t been announced yet. Dungeons Dragons (5/27/2022) will be directed for Paramount Pictures by the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who previously directed the Vacation reboot (Rotten at 27%) in 2015 and the much better received 2018 comedy Game Night (Certified Fresh at 85%).7. ADAM WINGARD WILL DIRECT A REBOOT/SEQUEL OF FACE/OFF(Photo by ©Paramount Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)It feels like decades now that Hollywood has been obsessed with rebooting, remaking, and reimagining the movies of the 1980s, but slowly, gradually, the focus is turning to the much-maligned decade of the 1990s. If one movie is an iconic example of the 1990s action movie, there s a strong argument to be made for director John Woo s 1997 film Face/Off (Certified Fresh at 92%), starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta as two men on opposite sides of the law who literally exchange faces. Director Adam Wingard (The Guest, Blair Witch, Death Note) most recently directed the upcoming monster movie Godzilla vs Kong (3/31/2021), so he s currently looking towards future projects, and one of them will be a reboot of the Face/Off franchise that will take the form of a sequel to the original film with a new cast. Of course, if any movie lends itself to being both remade and sequelized at the same time, it s Face/Off, since the premise basically negates any continuity issues.8. RUMOR CONTROL: SUPERMAN WON T BE IN SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS AFTER ALL (Photo by Clay Enos/©Warner Bros.)After the DC Comics movie Shazam! (Certified Fresh at 90%) ended with a comedy beat featuring a body double as Superman, fans were probably not at all surprised by online speculation and rumors that Henry Cavill would be co-starring as the Man of Steel in the sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods (6/2/2023). Well, Variety debunked that rumor this week, as the trade publication has confirmed that Henry Cavill will not be joining Zachary Levi and Asher Angel in Shazam! Fury of the Gods as Superman. Shazam! director David F. Sandberg also Tweeted recently that halfway through shooting Shazam the plan was still for Cavill to be in it. Scoopers could have scooped that and been right at the time but wrong in the end. 9. ANIMATION STUDIO BEHIND ICE AGE, RIO, AND THE PEANUTS MOVIE TO SHUT DOWN(Photo by ©20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Walt Disney Pictures was already a massive hive of competing subsidiaries (including both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios) before the 2019 finalization of the acquisition of the various Fox TV and film properties. So, this week s news is not particularly surprising, but it is still always sad to hear about the shutdown of a major employer, and for over 20 years, Blue Sky Studios was exactly that, with nearly 450 employees. Blue Sky released 13 animated feature films, including Ice Age and its four sequels, Rio (and Rio 2), Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who, The Peanuts Movie, and most recently and finally, Spies in Disguise. Specifically, the reason for Blue Sky shutting down is the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Blue Sky library is still part of Disney, as are their intellectual properties, one project which will be canned is the animated adaptation of the Nimona webcomic by creator Noelle Stevenson, whose Lumberjanes was also at one point in development at 20th Century Fox as an animated feature. Nimona has previously been scheduled for release on January 14, 2022, and when it was cancelled, the film still had 10 months of production left.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Taupin s new song for Rocketman, (I m Gonna) Love Me Again, is the one we think should and will win next Sunday. It s racked up a number of awards already, gives the Academy the chance to honor the largely snubbed Rocketman, and, well, all those years of hosting Oscar parties are surely set to pay off for Elton, right?Sound Editing(Photo by © Universal)Who will win?Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate – 1917 (2019) 89%Who should win?The precise sound effects of 1917 work with the incredible cinematography of Roger Deakins to plunge audiences in the trenches, and that s why it s our pick for the one that should and will win in this category.Sound Mixing(Photo by © Twentieth Century Fox)Who will win?Paul Massey, David Giammarco, and Steven A. Morrow – Ford v Ferrari (2019) 92%Who should win?Ford v. Ferrari. If the precise sound editing of 1917 puts you in the trenches of WWI, the sound work on Ford v. Ferrari places you squarely in the driver s seat for some epic F1 racing. We re predicting a split ticket in the sound awards so the Academy can allow itself to honor both films for their incredible sonic achievements.Makeup and Hairstyling(Photo by © Lionsgate)Who will win?Kazu Kiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker – Bombshell (2019) 68%Who should win?Ever since Charlize Theron emerged from the elevator in the trailer for Bombshell looking eerily like former Fox News host Megyn Kelley, we have had the film down as our pick for Best Makeup and Hairstyling and nothing – not even Joker s iconically painted face – has changed our opinions since. It will and should win.Costume Design(Photo by © Sony Pictures)Who will win?Jacqueline Durran – Little Women (2019) 95%Who should win?Mayes C. Rubeo for Jojo Rabbit. Corseted dramas usually top all other costumed contenders at the Oscars, making Little Women an easy pick to win, but Jojo Rabbit s colorful take on WWII Germany is a fashion wonder that many during our deliberations felt was just as worthy of the gold.CinematographyWho will win?Roger Deakins – 1917 (2019) 89%Who should win?Roger Deakins is a god of cinematography at this point and was long overdue for an Oscar when he won for Blade Runner:2049. If you want to know why he should and will win for 1917, just check out our extended interview with Deakins above, in which he breaks down his craft and the challenges he faced while shooting Mendes film.Production Design(Photo by Andrew Cooper / © Columbia Pictures)Who will win?Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh – Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) 85%Who should win?Production designer Barbara Ling and Quentin Tarantino managed to shut down Hollywood Boulevard for several hours while shooting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and we believe that enviable boast alone will secure their win here. However, the incredibly detailed production design for Parasite – the central home was constructed for the film, as was the squalid apartment and surrounding area the poorer family lives in – had more than a few defenders and is our pick for who should win. It might just cause an upset.Film Editing(Photo by © Neon )Who will win?Yang Jin-mo – Parasite (2019) 98%Who should win?Frequent Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker clearly put in work to cut Martin Scorsese s three-and-a-half–hour gangster epic, The Irishman, but the intricate camera work and editing is a huge part of what makes Parasite a masterful piece of cinema. Go back and check out the TB sequence if you need further proof.Visual Effects(Photo by © Universal)Who will win?Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy – 1917 (2019) 89%Who should win?Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken, and Dan Sudick for Endgame. With over 2,000 visual effects shots and an Oscar-worthy motion-capture performance from Josh Brolin as Thanos, Avengers: Endgame should be the odds-on choice for Best Visual Effects, but we are betting the Academy s love for 1917 s imperceptible VFX will give it the edge. Perhaps one day The Academy will choose to honor motion-capture or stunt performances in their own categories.The ShortsFor this section we relied on the truly obsessive members of our staff who have seen all (or most) of the shorts. These are their picks and likely your best bet if you haven t seen any of them.Documentary Short Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You re a Girl)Short Film (Live Action) The Neighbor s WindowShort Film (Animated) Hair Love The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, February 9, at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.
功夫西游辅助 In the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) dreamed of becoming a Jedi Knight (and he finally did in Return of the Jedi). Now, the veteran actor is suiting up again — this time to play a Templar Knight in History’s Knightfall.The Templar Knights have as much mythology as the Jedis (and perhaps more given that they were, you know, real people). Knightfall explores the Templars’ battles against King Phillip IV of France in the 13th century. While Landry (Tom Cullen) and Talus (Hamill) were not historical figures, they’re the fictional knights leading the charge against Knightfall’s Philip (Ed Stoppard).Ahead of season 2, Hamill, Cullen, and producer Aaron Helbing all helped Rotten Tomatoes outline the similarities and differences between the fictional Jedi Knights and the real Templars.Knightfall returns Monday, March 27 at 10 p.m. on History.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
According to Convery, the series is very much “a magical adventure with friends saving the world.”That description may surprise fans of Lemire’s comic, which the author described as “a little more violent and darker, in general.” But as Mickle developed the series alongside Arrow veteran Schwartz, he kept Lemire apprised of the tonal change, which he came to appreciate as apocalyptic stories became a larger TV genre in the 10 years since he completed the Sweet Tooth comic. “Just to do it like that again might feel like the same thing we d seen a thousand times. And so I think reinventing the tone a little bit to reflect today rather than where we were even a decade ago was the right move.”Part of that reinvention is the regular presence of James Brolin’s voice as an unseen narrator. In the first part of the season, he appears to bookend the episodes and offer some commentary as new characters are introduced. Brolin’s older, relaxed voice definitely sets a tone, although Mickle once again credited Lemire with the notion of a narrator. “Jeff uses every tool in the toolbox in terms of telling stories: voiceover, elliptical storytelling, poetry, seriality, dreams. He does everything,” he explained.In the original comic, that narration could switch among the various characters or even an omniscient voice presiding over everything. That latter voice appealed to Mickle as it allowed him to tie the journey of Gus and Jeppard – and their emerging bond – to the stories of characters they may not meet for awhile. “With the nature of all this, it felt like there was a storybook and a fairy tale thing coming from the story that we could pull out of the comic book. And that felt like an opportunity to kind of unify it or help guide us through that. Schwartz added: “It helps set the tone as well for this fairy tale dystopia that we re telling, and it gives a slight magical element to it.” But It Still Has Room For Suburban Horror(Photo by © Netflix)While Gus’s journey has that magic to it, Dr. Aditya Singh (Adeel Akhtar) faces something more akin to suburban horror. He has memories of the old world and he is surrounded by a stitched-together community trying to preserve some sense of it, providing for a dystopian atmosphere with its own forms of terror. Meanwhile, he is also tasked with researching the disease which led to the fall of civilization – a role he shares with his comic book counterpart.“I do love what they did with Singh,” Lemire said. As he recalled, the Singh of the comics was much further along on his “path” when he becomes part of its narrative. “In the comic, we needed him at a point where he s already on the path, but I never really told his origin story so much.” That origin story as presented on the television series may surprise readers, but according to Lemire, it gives him such an emotional breadth and his relationship with his wife, Rani, is so rich on screen.” He even admitted he wished he had the time to explore the Singhs the way the show does. It s such a rich story line that it s probably my favorite as well, he added.But worry not fans of Singh or his place in the comics: Lemire said the character will likely find himself in similar circumstances and the suburban horror he faces may change out for another horrific situation.Its Main Antagonist Will Be Familiar Voice Even If His Face Is Unrecognizable(Photo by © Netflix)Someone who may put Singh on that path is General Abbot, played by a nearly unrecognizable Neil Sandilands. He looks more like REM’s Michael Stipe than the polished Thinker fans of The Flash will remember, but his voice work will recall that other DC villain s brilliance. “Everything about it was the right choice for this part,” Schwartz said.At the same time, the actor’s chameleon-like ability to become another person was also advantageous to the producers as it gave the “left-of-field” character an intriguing new look. Also, as Mickle explained, “this kind of showmanship quality” appeared which solved a problem they were having with casting the part. “[The character] has the gravitas, but also, your hero is a kid with antlers and [deer] ears. So, how do you find someone that can match the visual panache of that?”And so Sandilands gave the character a long beard, which may or may not have been the actor’s own lockdown beard. “When we saw him, we were like, whoa, he s exactly what we didn t realize we want for the character,” Schwartz said.Of course, it is important to recall that Abbot is an antagonist and not necessarily a DC Universe-style villain. But his real reasons for finding hybrid children like Gus will nevertheless chill viewers when it comes to light.It’s Hopeful… And Younger People Can Watch It, Too(Photo by © Netflix)Despite the darker corners of the world Singh and Abbot inhabit, the series is meant to be hopeful. “The show really touches your heart in a way that gives you hope and positivity in dark times,” Convery said when asked about its unexpected tone.For Anozie, there was an added irony in becoming part of Sweet Tooth in the midst of a pandemic. “I think it s key to recognize that Sweet Tooth was written a decade ago and it s a coincidence that it helps us relate to it more having gone through the pandemic in the last year, he said. Nevertheless, he agreed with Convery that it does convey a message of hope [and] that we can do anything if we rely on each other.”That sense of hope definitely lends the show a broader appeal to a younger set of viewers, with Convery saying its sense of adventure makes it “more of a PG to PG 13 situation.” Anozie suggested the show could be watched by viewers as young as 8 or 9, “at the parents discretion as to whether those kids can watch,” of course.(Photo by © Netflix)“We definitely wanted to make a show that you could watch with your kids,” Schwartz added. “There are some dark moments, but the themes I feel are all skewed towards hopefulness.”To Mickle, the tone of the show not far from classic kids’ movies like E.T.: The Extraterrestrial or The Goonies – films made for kids, but which were nonetheless “frigging dark.”And, as it happens, Lemire is looking forward to sharing the show with his own son, who is roughly the same age as Gus: “I m excited to watch it with him and have it be something that kind of just walks the line between what I m comfortable showing him and certain things that I know will frighten him a little. I think when you can walk that line, you probably got it right.Sweet Tooth premieres June 4 on Netflix.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. The bond between Marvel and Hulu is growing thanks to a recently announced plan to develop four animated series and, with a certain amount of tongue planted in cheek, unite the main characters of each in an animated special called The Offenders. But the move also indicates the increasing importance of animated projects based on comic books. Of course, both Marvel and Warner Bros. have been making programs aimed at younger viewers for decades, but the new crop of announced projects indicates a great focus on a broader age range. Considering the high quality of animated superhero shows for children (a la Batman: The Animated Series) or a slightly older demographic (Young Justice: Outsiders), these new shows will definitely have to bring something new to the medium to find critical and commercial success.So what is on the horizon and can we predict a project s success from what we know of its development so far? Let’s take a look.Marvel’s Howard the Duck(Photo by Marvel)Based on: The comic book character created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, featured in his own self-titled comic book from 1976-1979, and short-run series in 1986, 2001, 2007, and longer run from 2015-2017. He also makes appearances across the Marvel Universe.Premise: Transported to Earth against his will, Howard does his best to make do under the circumstances. He generally finds work and sometimes even gets paid for his troubles. He also battles absurd villains, like the obsessive Dr. Bong, while also trying the best way to get rich quick and escape the quarrelsome tendencies of the Marvel Universe.Status: Announced as part of the Offenders quartet of Hulu projects in February, Clerks director Kevin Smith and Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator Dave Willis are developing the project for Marvel Entertainment. The pair seem suitably chosen for Howard s anarchic take on comic book tropes.Chances for Success: If it can get out from under the shadow of the infamous Howard the Duck feature film, the irreverent humor baked into the premise should keep this around for a few seasons. But as with almost all of Howard’s solo outings, it will probably end prematurely.Marvel’s Tigra Dazzler Show(Photo by Marvel)Based on: The stalwart Avenger Tigra, created by Roy Thomas and Wally Wood — later refined by Tony Isabella and Don Perlin — and the mutant pop star created by Tom DeFalco, John Romita Jr., Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern. Both have had storied careers in and out of the core Avengers and X-Men titles, joining various super-teams, going solo, and changing their looks to match the times. Fun fact: Dazzler began her career as a disco singer in a cross-promotion with Casablanca Records. Both the label and Marvel hoped to launch her as a multimedia entity in film, music, and comics. An animated series 40 years later may not have been what Casablanca wanted, but we ll take it.Premise: The politically minded duo make their way to Los Angeles, a world apart from Marvel’s favored Manhattan, where they try to get their superpowered heads, hands, and hearts around their lives.Status: Chelsea Handler and The Last Man on Earth veteran Erica Rivinoja are developing the series for Marvel.Chances for Success: The unusual pairing of Tigra and Dazzler makes this the outlier of the new Marvel animated projects, as does Handler’s brand of humor. That said, it could always prove to be the standout thanks to those very elements.Marvel’s Hit-Monkey(Photo by Marvel)Based on: The simian assassin created by Daniel Way and Dalibor Talajić, who appeared in a 2010 Hit-Monkey one-shot release, a Deadpool storyline, and a three-issue, self-titled miniseries.Premise: An angry Japanese macaque makes for Tokyo to avenge the deaths of his clan. Luckily, he has the skills and aid of a ghost who was once an American assassin. And if the two have anything to say about, all of the city’s criminal underworld is going to pay.Status: Blades of Glory directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck are currently developing the series as part of Marvel and Hulu’s Offenders initiative.Chances for Success: While Blades of Glory has a Tomatometer score of 70%, the duo s subsequent films have not been as fresh. The Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman comedy The Switch struck out at 51%, while their most recent film, Office Christmas Party, stumbled with a 41%. Of course, the absolute wackiness of the premise may give them a renewed energy.Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.(Photo by Marvel)Based on: One of the greatest gifts Jack Kirby and Stan Lee ever gave to comics. Making his full debut in 1967’s Tales of Suspense #94, the Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing and his successors in name and appearance became one of the Marvel Universe’s most constant, bewildering, and wonderful foes.Premise: The egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family. He also faces an inferiority complex of sorts as villains like Doctor Doom look down on him.Status: Hulu and Marvel secured the services of Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum to develop the series, with Oswalt set to voice the lovable, if misunderstood, M.O.D.O.K.Chances for Success: We might be a biased, but we’re sure viewers will love M.O.D.O.K. once they meet him.Harley Quinn(Photo by DC Universe)Based on: Batman: The Animated Series’ breakout character Harley Quinn. Created by series producer Bruce Timm and writer Paul Dini as a one-time gun moll for the Joker, she took on a life of her own, eventually debuting in the DC Comics universe in 1999. She’s since become a big deal thanks to her own monthly comic, her appearance in the Suicide Squad feature film, and her own upcoming spinoff film, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).Premise: Harley has finally kicked the Joker to the curb. Her next target: a spot within the Legion of Doom. And she ll push her way past any and all of the DC Comics ne er-do-wells to do it. With some help from Poison Ivy, of course.Status: First announced in late 2017 as one of the key projects on the then-unnamed DC Universe streaming service, the series will debut this October with Kaley Cuoco voicing Harley, Lake Bell voicing Ivy, and Alan Tudyk voicing Joker. Other cast members include Diedrich Bader (once again playing Batman), Ron Funches, Wanda Sykes, Natalie Morales, Jim Sykes, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Alexander, and Christopher Meloni as Commissioner Gordon. Powerless s Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey developed the series and serve as executive producers.Chances for Success: The service s first animated offering, Young Justice: Outsiders, has a 93% on the Tomatometer. If Harley Quinn is of similar quality, it will no doubt return to the service for a second season. Then again, Powerless folded after one 61% season on NBC. But with the metrics between network and streaming being wildly different, Harley could prove victorious in the end.Invincible(Photo by Image Comics)Based On: The Image comic book series by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and artists Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, which ran for 144 issues and a number of special releases from 2003 to 2018.Premise: Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) is your typical 17-year-old boy. Well, as typical as he can be when his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). Thanks to his father’s alien physiology, Mark is super-strong and possesses the ability to fly. But as Mark develops these and other powers, he discovers that his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.Status: Amazon revealed a rich and varied voice cast for the series in January 2019, which includes Yeun, Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin, and Max Burkholder. In a break from traditional half-hour format for animation of all stripes, Invincible will feature hour-long episodes. The first eight-episode season is expected to debut in 2020.Chances for Success: The comic book series ran for a long time, indicating the story has an engrossing appeal — not unlike The Walking Dead. But the hourlong format is untested and it remains to be seen if viewers will take to the longer runtime. Of course, viewers may hardly notice if they binge-watch it as they do Amazon’s The Tick and other original programs.What If ?(Photo by Marvel)Based On: Marvel Comic s What If ?, an anthology series that ran from 1977 to 1984 and again from 1989 to 1998 — with a handful of shorter runs in the years since — and told stories based around different outcomes of various classic Marvel tales. Issues centered on questions like What if Spider-Man joined The Fantastic Four? and What if Daredevil became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Premise: Taking inspiration from the comic book, each episode will explore a pivotal moment in Marvel Cinematic Universe history and turn it on its head. The first episode, for example, will ask What if Peggy Carter took the super soldier serum? Status: The project was announced in April of 2019 as another partnership between Marvel Studios and the Disney+ streaming service. Because of the studio s involvement, MCU actors including Hayley Atwell (Carter) will reportedly reprise their roles. It is currently unclear when the series will debut, but the service is set to launch in November 2019.Chances for Success: It is a Marvel Studios project on Disney+. The only thing that could hobble it would be Disney+ failing to woo enough subscribers when it launches in November.Magic: The Gathering(Photo by Wizards of the Coast)Based On: The legendary collectible card game that kept many comic book shops afloat in the dark days of the 1990s. Players choose elemental forces to power their armies and face off against friends and strangers. The game continues to thrive more than 25 years later with professional leagues, online games, and various other forms of merchandise.Premise: The Planeswalkers — the game s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains who travel across Magic’s own multiverse — vie for control, not unlike players of the game in the real world.Status: Announced in June 2019, the series will be overseen by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who will develop a never-before-told story of the Planeswalkers. Bardel Entertainment will animate the series for Octopie (the animation studio that is producing it), and it ll debut on Netflix in 2020.Chances for Success: Considering Magic s appeal spans decades, generations, countries, and various types of media, it should work about as well as other Magic initiatives. At the same time, film and television are new realms for the Planeswalkers, and they may find their adventures there as perilous as Dungeons Dragons s attempts at crossing into those same arenas.Jurassic World: Camp CretaceousBased on: The Jurassic World movie series, which is itself based on the Jurassic Park movie series. Both are based on the novel by Michael Crichton in which a Walt Disney-type industrialist recreates dinosaurs to open an amusement park. Jurassic Park represents it going disastrously wrong while Jurassic World shows it as a viable business — at least for a time. Then, disaster strikes (as it always must).Premise: Six teenagers find their once-in-a-lifetime trip to a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar (where most Jurassic films occur) is anything but a wonder summer vacation. The dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island — as they often do — forcing the stranded campers to bond and help each other survive the ordeal.Status: As revealed in June, the series will be part of Netflix’s ongoing animation initiative with DreamWorks Animation, the company behind the excellent Voltron and She-Ra revivals. Pinky Malinky’s Scott Kreamer and Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny’s Lane Lueras will serve as showrunners and executive producers while Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, and overall Jurassic producer Frank Marshall will be on board as executive producers. Thor screenwriter Zach Stentz will be a consulting producer. The series is set to debut in 2020.Chances for Success: Netflix’s partnership with DreamWorks yielded Voltron: Legendary Defender (95%), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (95%), and Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia series. The animation and storytelling is top notch and surprisingly compelling. If they can bring that standard to the Jurassic World brand, the only real concern will be making the kids’ summer vacation last for 65 episodes.
功夫西游辅助 Stranger Things returns July 4 to a warm reception from critics for its new season. The first reviews out propelled the season 3 to Certified Fresh status within the day on Sunday, in one of the fastest designations in Rotten Tomatoes history.The series sets its third season in the summer, starting out all warm breezes, sunny skies, baking skin, splashing pools, and young romance. But this is Hawkins, Indiana, and stranger things lurk beneath that veneer of 80s suburban normalcy.Cue the Netflix series Goonies-like crew: supernatural Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Will (Noah Schnapp), Max (Sadie Sink), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and Steve (Joe Keery).Parents and other siblings also return, including scene-stealing Priah Ferguson as Lucas sister Erica, Dacre Montgomery as Max s bully brother Billy, and, of course, Winona Ryder as Will and Jonathan s mom Joyce and David Harbour as police chief Jim Hopper, who last season adopted the role as Eleven s father in attachment if not legally. In season 3, their bond is stronger than ever.See what critics had to say about Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019) 89% below.Something Old(Photo by Netflix) Reliable, durable and comfortable, ST3 is what you d expect and certainly what you want, if what you want is seasons 1 and 2, with a few big twists along the way. — Verne Gay, NewsdaySomething New(Photo by Netflix) Our heroes are not the goofy young kids they used to be. The third series realigns and reconfigures them in new combinations and allegiances. — Suzi Feay, Financial TimesSomething Borrowed Though there are signs that Stranger Things is on the verge of slowing down (one-note villains, the missing feeling of an unearthed 80s treasure), that s not happening yet in Season 3. — Tim Surette, TV Guide Stranger Things finally becomes the sort of extravagant, exceedingly ambitious adventure spectacle that would have ruled the theaters during the 80s, instead of a TV series merely obsessed with films from that decade. — Kevin Yeoman, ScreenRantSomething True?(Photo by Netflix) On the evidence of this plodding and predictable third season, the Duffers can t skip town soon enough. — Ed Power, Daily Telegraph (UK) It harnesses a Big Summer Mood, a healthy heap of nostalgia and has plenty of fun references. But its story is also convoluted and far too scattered. — Allison Keene, Paste Magazine It s a thin imitation of what we used to have, who could blame anyone for clinging to it? — Judy Berman, TIME MagazineFinal Verdict? (Photo by Netflix) Season 3 balances good-natured laughs with charming nostalgia through likable characters doing battle against looming horrors. Yet it feels like it s propping up its past to justify its present. — Brandon Katz, Observer Despite its rocky start, the creators and performers find a way to pull off the impossible and deliver the best season yet, all while honoring their loyal fan base and challenging them to want more from a series known for playing it safe. — Patrick Cavanaugh, ComicBook.com By doubling down on relationship stories, Season 3 of Stranger Things delivers an oft-charming, deeper-than-expected, and ultimately enjoyable new chapter. — Ben Travers, indieWireLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.