Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 52% When you re tasked with wrapping up a widely beloved film franchise that spans almost half a century and has inspired a uniquely passionate fanbase unrivaled by any other, you kind of have to accept the fact that you are likely not going to please everyone with the final result. In other words, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was almost guaranteed to be divisive, even with J.J. Abrams back in the director s chair. The story here picks up some time after the events of The Last Jedi, as Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and the rest of the Resistance rally to take out the remnants of the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has been training in the ways of the Jedi, but finds that her fate is intertwined with that of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the pair must figure out what that means for them and for the future of the galaxy. Critics say that The Rise of Skywalker is an earnest effort to tie up loose ends and close the book on the Skywalker Saga, but its plotting is somewhat basic and uninspired, and at times, it feels as though the film is going out of its way to undo any perceived wrongs committed by its predecessor. That said, it s still a briskly paced adventure that smartly relies on the talents of Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, introduces some fun new characters, and offers enough fan service to tickle most fans nostalgia bones. There s no guarantee that you ll love this or hate this if you re a Star Wars fan, but taken on its own merits, it s still a reasonably entertaining spectacle. CASTING NEWS: JULIANNA MARGULIES AND COREY STOLL ARE MAKING BILLIONS … GUES
Writer-Director Isabel Sandoval translates her own gender confirmation journey with the marginalization of trans people and immigrants into the framework for an illuminating and timely story. While Filipina trans woman Olivia (Sandoval) is striving to secure a green card to stay in America, she unexpectedly begins a relationship with the son of the woman she works for, and issues around identity, civil rights, and immigration soon complicate the already fraught romance. Lingua Franca happens to shine a spotlight on transgender representation by way of a film that places a strong focus on immigration, according to Danielle Solzman of Solzy at the Movies. Rotten Tomatoes chatted with Sandoval about the film, her historic Venice premiere, working with Ava DuVernay, and using the president s voice.Let s talk about Venice. What was it like to screen there? Last year, there were few women directors with films playing at Venice fewer than Cannes or Berlin. It s such a gratifying feeling to know that I ve blazed a trail, but ultimately I hope we get to a point where diverse voices being presented at major festivals happen more often and stops being news. On a personal level, when Venice invited the film, I felt vindicated that we premiered at that major a festival. I had this feeling of relief that this risky, idiosyncratic work will be seen more widely and taken more seriously, and hopefully, become enough of a success that it allows me to continue making films that I want.Talk about working with Ava DuVernay and Array.Ava sees the merit in a fiercely personal work that could ve fallen through the cracks. It s a work that can be regarded as difficult because it doesn t pander to conventional, easy resolutions or film language. To paraphrase Hardy, It s difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs. In the same way, I m inventing my own cinematic language that I want the audience to put in the effort to understand. That s why I feel grateful that Lingua Franca was acquired by Ava and Array. The Array team has worked very hard and been stunningly creative in getting the word out about Lingua Franca, and I m honored to be part of the Array family. Apart from being a formidable filmmaker, Ava is a tireless maverick in Hollywood, one who continues to open doors for younger filmmakers. As busy as she is, I appreciate her still finding the time to check in, like calling me personally the day that Lingua Franca came out. I m a bit introverted, so it really takes quite a bit of effort on my part to be assertive or entrepreneurial. The delicate balance between creative focus and the energy to navigate the industry and champion underrepresented voices is one that Ava has mastered. It s something I d like to emulate; as a woman of color, Hollywood isn t going to just hand me opportunities easily.The Trump voice-over, was that there from the beginning? Why did it feel necessary to include that in the story?As anchored in reality as the film is, it s also impressionistic, evoking Olivia s emotional state as an undocumented immigrant. And in that space, Trump is a looming, oppressive presence. You might not see him, but you feel him, and sometimes you can t turn that feeling off. The Trump V.O. very succinctly evokes a specific mood and atmosphere, more than any musical score or effect can. It s almost Pavlovian; you can just feel your throat tighten.The film is on Netflix, which increases its reach. What do you hope viewers take from it?It s only on Netflix North America at the moment, but I hope it compels the audience to feel the complicated, fraught emotions that the film brings up. That s how you begin to empathize with Olivia and live in the world in her skin. It s not a social drama where you re emotionally coddled and everything is neatly resolved at the end. Reality is far too complex for that. I want the film to linger and haunt. But I don t think it s a bleak film; it s hopeful and tender.What is on your Indie Fresh List? What are you watching? Never Rarely Sometimes Always, a film of deep feeling; The Surrogate, an exquisitely layered moral drama, which more films should be these days; First Cow, classic Reichardt, humane and profound.Available to stream now on Netflix.亚博国际官网登录郑宙理在知乎提到，“我们延续了【日更剧情】的设计，你不想种田，其实每天上来跑跑剧情，看看庄园发生了什么，也不错。”比如《摩尔庄园》手游除了与熟悉玩法和世界观紧密联系的支线任务以外，每日的主线任务都有所不同。而这种“为每天枯燥重复的种田生活添加一点新意”的做法，也间接成为了游戏话题的来源。
This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Downton Abbey 2, Furiosa, Haunted Mansion, and Muppet Man.This WEEK S TOP STORYMAD MAX: FURY ROAD SPIN-OFF FURIOSA WILL BE BIGGEST AUSTRALIAN MOVIE EVER (Photo by Jasin Boland/Warner Bros)Director George Miller and various Australian government agencies came together this week for an official statement announcing that the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off Furiosa (featuring Anya Taylor-Joy as the younger version of Charlize Theron s character) will be the biggest film shoot ever in Australian history. Filming of Furiosa is scheduled to start in New South Wales in June, 2021, aiming for a release date of June 23, 2023, and is made possible by financial incentives on both the federal and state government levels. Taylor-Joy will also be joined in Furiosa by Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The production of Furiosa is expected to bring in over 850 local jobs and increase the local economy by over A0 million (around 5 million U.S. dollars). As one can guess by the hiring of the much younger Anya Taylor-Joy to replace Charlize Theron, the film is expected to be a prequel depicting the earlier life of the woman who became known as Furiosa, though we don t know any details of what that might be (other than what we learned in Mad Max: Fury Road).Other Top Headlines1. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 DIRECTING TEAM ANNOUNCED (Photo by ©Columbia Pictures)The Miles Morales animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Certified Fresh at 97%) was both a critical hit and the winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2018. That film was directed by the team of Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsay, and Rodney Rothman, but for the sequel, Sony Pictures has hired another trio of directors. The directors of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel will be Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Lost Airbender), Kemp Powers (co-director of Soul, writer of One Night in Miami), and Justin K. Thompson (an animator on shows like Star Wars: Clone Wars and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command). Dos Santos had previously been announced as the sole director of the the sequel, but both Powers and Thompson have been working with Dos Santos on the sequel since the project started. Although Sony Pictures has not yet announced the sequel s cast or premise, the film is scheduled for less than 18 months from now, on October 7, 2022.2. RUSSELL CROWE REVEALS GAMECHANGING ROLE IN THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (Photo by © Universal Pictures)Marvel Studios does a pretty great job of keeping most of their secrets (who knew until last week that they had cast Julia-Louis Dreyfus in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?). Having said that, the COVID-19 pandemic has arguably made keeping secrets a little more difficult, as the sequel Thor: Love and Thunder is being filmed in Australia, where stars have to quarantine upon arrival, making their presence there more obvious. That even applies to an actor who is himself Australian, like Russell Crowe, whom we ve known for a few weeks was filming a role in Thor: Love and Thunder, even if we didn t know what role he was playing. At the time, it seemed possible that Crowe s casting was another wink wink cameo like Matt Damon playing the Asgardian actor who portrays Loki on stage in Thor: Ragnarok, but Russell Crowe told an Australian radio show this week that he is instead playing the Greek god Zeus. The introduction of Zeus to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is significant not just because it expands the MCU beyond just Norse mythology, but also because it potentially sets up the introduction of long-time Avenger Hercules. Walt Disney Pictures is also developing a live-action adaptation of their 1997 animated film Hercules (Certified Fresh at 84%) to be produced by the Russo Brothers (the directors of the two most recent Captain America and Avengers movies). Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled for release on May 6, 2022, starring Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher.3. DOWNTON ABBEY 2 ARRIVING JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS (Photo by ©Focus Features)While Downton Abbey was still on the air, the show regularly filled in the gap after the end of each season (except for the first) with a Christmas special. This week, Focus Features announced that filming has begun on the sequel to the 2019 Downton Abbey feature film (Certified Fresh at 84%), and it sounds like the sequel might be another Christmas-themed story (partly because Downton Abbey 2 is scheduled for Christmas, 2021). No actual premise details have been announced yet for Downton Abbey 2, but we do know about four new cast members. The rest of the large ensemble will be joined by Dominic West (The Wire, and Prince Charles in S5 of The Crown), Hugh Dancy (Hannibal), Laura Haddock (Peter Quill s Mom in Guardians of the Galaxy), and French actress Nathalie Baye. Seemingly confirming the Christmas theme for Downton Abbey 2, Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said, There s no place like home for the holidays, and we can t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley s back home for their fans. 4. SING STREET DIRECTOR TAKING ON THE FASCINATING RHYTHM OF GEORGE GERSHWIN (Photo by Andrew Schwartz/©Weinstein Company courtesy Everett Collection)Like many filmmakers on his level, Steven Spielberg is at any one time developing a number of projects, some of which don t end up happening. Spinning the clock back to 2010, there was once a time when Spielberg was developing a biopic about the life of composer George Gershwin in which Zachary Quinto would have starred (until it was eventually scrapped a while back). Fast forward 11 years to the present, and a different George Gershwin-themed film called Fascinating Rhythm is now in development, with Marin Scorsese aboard as one of the producers, and Irish filmmaker John Carney (Once, Sing Street) is attached to direct. Fascinating Rhythm is being described as an original musical drama that focuses on a young woman’s magical journey through past and present New York City, inspired by the life and music of American composer George Gershwin. It s not yet known who might be cast to star in Fascinating Rhythm.5. ANTOINE FUQUA TO DIRECT ALL-BLACK REBOOT OF CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Photo by Scott Garfield/©Columbia Pictures)Some classic writers are cinematic evergreens (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens, for example), but others are not as in vogue as they once were. Tennessee Williams is definitely in that category, having given us several hits in the 1950s, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Suddenly Last Summer, but not much in the way of major Hollywood productions in the decades since. If a Tennessee Williams cinematic revival is indeed looming, it might be coming to us from an unexpected source. Frequent Denzel Washington collaborator Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) is now attached to produce and direct a new film adaptation of Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, adapted from the 2008 Broadway production featuring an all-black cast that included Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad, and James Earl Jones. It s not yet known if any of them will return for this film.6. JIM HENSON BIOPIC MUPPET MAN TO BE PRODUCED BY DAUGHTER LISA HENSON (Photo by ©ABC courtesy Everett Collection)Among the projects that spend the longest time in film development, a frequent theme is celebrity biopics, which can sometimes take decades to get produced for a variety of reasons. Some examples include films about Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, San Kinison, Richard Pryor, and Martin Luther King, Jr. One similar case can be found back in the February 8, 2008 edition of the Weekly Ketchup, which just happens to be this writer s very first entry in this column. Thirteen years later, the world still hasn t gotten the long-in-development Jim Henson biopic, but his daughter Lisa Henson is now putting together a project called Muppet Man to be produced by The Jim Henson Company and Walt Disney Pictures (which has been the Muppets corporate home since 2004). Although described as a biopic, the premise of Muppet Man will reportedly focus on Henson s struggle in the 1970s to convince broadcasters that The Muppets was a great idea and how he worked to get the characters on air where they became a comedy staple. The screenwriter currently working on Muppet Man is Michael Mitnick (The Giver, The Current War).7. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 SET PHOTOS REVEAL FAN FAVORITE KNUCKLES (Photo by SEGA)The ending of Sonic the Hedgehog (Fresh at 63%) teased the introduction of Tails the Two-Tailed Fox, so we ve known pretty much all along that Tails was almost guaranteed to co-star in next year s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (4/8/2022). This week, however, set photos from Canada where Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is currently being filmed revealed that in addition to prop stand-ins for Sonic and Tails, there is also one for Knuckles the Red Echidna, one of Sonic s long-time racing rivals. We don t yet know who might be voicing Knuckles (or Tails), or really, much else about the sequel as of yet.8. DISNEY REBOOTING HAUNTED MANSION THEME PARK ADAPTATION (Photo by Walt Disney courtesy Everett Collection)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Certified Fresh at 79%) was a hit that inspired several sequels, but it might be easy to forget that in the 2000s, Walt Disney Pictures attempted to adapt other theme park attractions as movies (like, say, The Country Bears) with far less success. Another theme park adaptation that flopped for Disney was 2003 s The Haunted Mansion (Rotten at 14%) starring Eddie Murphy, but 18 years later, it looks like Disney is ready to attempt another adaptation. Disney has hired Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) to direct a new movie based on the Haunted Mansion theme park attraction, which will be adapted from a screenplay by Katie Dippold (The Heat, Snatched). We should also note that about 10 years ago, Walt Disney Pictures had been working with horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on a Haunted Mansion reboot one of his unrealized passion projects that was eventually shelved.9. VIN DIESEL TO STAR IN TOY MOVIE ROCK EM SOCK EM ROBOTS (Photo by George Kraychyk/©Paramount)Several years ago, when we were frequently hearing about new movie projects based on popular toys (spurred on mostly by the success of The LEGO Movie in 2014), some people online started joking about the inevitiblity of a Hungry Hungry Hippos movie (until, almost inevitably, an actual Hungry Hungry Hippos movie project actually did enter development). Another game that was popular in the 1970s that had a similar mechanism was Rock Em Sock Em Robots, and that boxing game is finally getting its own movie as well. Vin Diesel is already attached to star in Rock Em Sock Em Robots, although it s unclear if he will be playing one of the boxing robots or perhaps a human coach, a la Hugh Jackman in Real Steel. Rock Em Sock Em Robots is being produced for Universal Pictures by Mattel Films and Vin Diesel s One Race Films production company. That was actually the first of two new Vin Diesel projects announced this week, as he is also attached to star in an action thriller called Muscle for director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), who previously directed Vin Diesel in A Man Apart (Rotten at 11%) and The Fate of the Furious (Fresh at 67%). The premise of Muscle is being kept secret.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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om the H in the Hollywood sign in the early 1930s.The limited series, co-created by Ian Brennan, plays out like a dream – what would happen if profit-driven studios had taken the brave step of giving minorities major lead roles during Hollywood s Golden Age? – and comes loaded with many of über-producer Murphy s TV signatures. There s a cast of attractive young newcomers (Broadway star Jeremy Pope, Ready or Not’s Samara Weaving, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Harrier, and more); a handful of Murphy veterans (The Assassination of Gianni Versace’s Darren Criss, The Politician’s David Corenswet); plenty of visual panache, this time with a 1940s Hollywood flair; and lots to put a smile on any LGBTQ viewer s face — a fictionalized Rock Hudson is among the lead characters, for starters.And as with American Horror Story, Feud, and other Murphy-produced series, Hollywood is marked by a number of veteran actresses in the kind of complex, flashy roles you don t see a lot of outside of Murphyland. Holland Taylor is a wise studio executive; Mira Sorvino plays an aging actress struggling to land a role; and Broadway legend Patti LuPone stars as Avis Amberg, the studio head s wife who has to take over when he suffers a heart attack. It s Avis who makes the call to cast Washington, and who deals with the fallout, and it s LuPone who runs away with the series: Whether she s dressing down a group of bean counters trying to shutter her studio, getting plastered backstage at the Oscars, or getting freaky with 26-year-old Corenswet s Jack – expect memes of the staircase moment to do the rounds – she s a joy to watch.Rotten Tomatoes recently called LuPone at the Connecticut home that s enjoyed some fame during quarantine; the actress has been offering virtual tours of her eclectically decorated basement on Twitter ever since fans began obsessing over it when she appeared on a Rosie O Donnell live stream. It was the day after her birthday when we called, and she was hungover from a night with people on Zoom getting trashed on martinis — not something she usually drinks. Her mouth may have been dry, but LuPone had plenty to say about working with Murphy, what she d change about the entertainment industry today, her Tiger King–themed birthday present, and why those in the arts deserve more respect.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: Hollywood is just the latest Ryan Murphy production you ve been a part of – fans will remember you from AHS and Pose. What is it about what Ryan’s doing in the television landscape that’s drawing you to his projects?Patti LuPone: He offers me jobs. It s simple is that. And he offers me really great parts. I did a little thing on Glee, that was the first time I worked for him. I got a call from my agent, and they were very excited about it, they said, Ryan Murphy wants to do a whole episode about you, Patti. And I m like, No, I m still a working actor. I cannot be Patti LuPone d out of the business. And they were shocked I said no. Because they didn t know how Ryan would react. I said, Tell them, I would be happy to do one scene, but I can t have an entire episode. And I did this one scene with Lea Michele and Cory Monteith. But then I was offered American Horror Story then Pose and now this.You know what Ryan’s doing? He s forming a repertory company on film. And that s an extraordinary thing — that Ryan will offer you a great part in a great television show, you know what I mean? It s just really wonderful that somebody trusts you enough to go, “Here, play this. Here, play that.” It s always different.(Photo by Saeed Adyana/Netflix)This particular role in Hollywood, Avis, is so meaty. Part of it is just the clothes — which I m still getting over because you get to wear some amazing stuff — but then you also get to have this boy toy and some pretty wild sex scenes with David [Corenswet]. And then she becomes this boss business woman. What was it like to play all these aspects of Avis?LuPone: Well, I had an indication [of the arc] when Ryan talked to me about the part; he told me what would happen, that she would end up running a studio and making movies just for gays, minorities, and women. So I knew that that was going to be the arc of the character. And he did preface it by saying, “…and she has sex scenes.” And I said: Finally. We only got a script at a time, so I didn t really know how exactly it was going to unfold. I was thrilled that he trusted me, and I was thrilled that he gave me meat to act.Ryan has spoken about Hollywood as a sort of rewriting of movie history that gives people a happy ending who didn t necessarily get a happy ending in many ways. It’s a corrective fantasy. Is there something about the entertainment industry or Hollywood today that you would rewrite, as Ryan does in the series? What would you change about the industry if you could?LuPone: First of all, there are no showmen left. Do you know what I mean? There s no Louis B. Mayers, Jack Warners left; there are no Irving Thalbergs left. These people had theater in their blood. And I mean theater encompassing everything, do you know what I mean? They would have theatrical blood where they could choose writers and they could choose materials; materials to give to an audience. What are we doing as far as filmmaking is concerned today? We re regenerating cartoons.So I would hope that artists would lead. And I don t just mean actors, I mean anybody with an artistic bent would lead. My problem is that — and this is on Broadway as well, any entertainment aspect — we are second-guessing the audience. We are underestimating the audience. They can take a whole lot more and they need it. We need to educate, [and] they need to educate us. So, we should put everything out, much broader ideas, and let the audience decide. They are smarter than we think they are, or that we give them credit for. (Not me, because I m on that side of the stage where I deal with them.) But we need to empower the people that green-light films so they aren t underestimating them.Is the problem that those particular decision-makers lack an artistic bent?LuPone: I think that s part of it. The other is financial. I saw it changing when I was doing [ABC drama] Life Goes On years ago. I saw it changing when the Harvard bean counters, the Yale bean counters came out and took over Hollywood and the music industry. I d heard about it and I sort of felt it when I was in California, that was 1989 to 1993. You could feel it changing.Also, there should be more women in every position of power, not just in the entertainment industry, but in our politics. There s just something that the men lack right now and that s empathy.Ryan seems to have that quality.LuPone: Oh, Ryan is a champion.OK, I have to ask you about your time social distancing in Connecticut. Your home, and particularly your basement, has taken the Internet by storm ever since you appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s live stream, and you’ve showed us your cassettes and jukebox and all sorts of things on Twitter. Are you surprised that people are so fascinated by your home and your basement and your life right now?LuPone: Yes. Yes. Yes. But you know what, if it s bringing anybody joy, I m very happy to do it. It has to be when the inspiration strikes, so that there is a mood to [the Twitter videos]. And today the mood struck because we were planning this one and I had to wait until I was sort of in the right frame of mind. What happened was I got really trashed last night because it s my birthday. I got trashed on martinis, which I don t drink. So I m hungover today and I said to my kid, Let s do it. I m not bathing, I m not combing my hair. I m not brushing my teeth. Let s do it right now. And we did it. People wanted to know what was in the locker, so I showed him things that were in the locker.I heard somebody wanted to see more of my basement. 😘 pic.twitter.com/fBea7emR6h Patti LuPone (@PattiLuPone) March 23, 2020You now know you what I m doing straight after this! What is a Patti LuPone hangover cure, by the way?LuPone: Oh my God, I don t know. I m still hungover. I woke up so sick. Apparently, I was crazy last night. I don t remember anything, but my husband told me. Because it was Bingo, it was Zoom Bingo. And I started yelling at the computer — well not the computer — and then I won and then I peed my pants and then I came upstairs. What the hell was happening? Maybe there s too much information for you, but it was one of those sort of I just passed out. Then I woke up this morning, my throat was so dry, my head was pounding. Who the hell knows?These days it s just kind of like every night could turn into that if you let it. I haven t seen a movie collection necessarily or DVDs or VHSes in your basement. Do you have one and what might we find in it?LuPone: Yes. And you know it s in the corner? It was by Nipper [her statue of the RCA dog]. But we ve just gotten rid of a lot of VHSes as well — actually we haven t gotten rid of the VHSes yet, because we re going to transfer them to digital — but [we have gotten rid of] a lot of the DVDs because they re basically on the computer. We’re leaving our home to our kids, right? That s what parents do. So my husband and I, in this time, are trying to lessen our imprint — not that we re going to die anytime soon, but you know how you collect stuff? We’re in the process of purging a lot of stuff that is not necessary anymore. So a lot of the DVDs went south. I m not going to watch the movies again, or if I want to, they re on Netflix or YouTube. So the physical movies are gone. I mean, I just got rid of a bookcase: 12 boxes of books that I got rid of!Oh no! But that s good. You re doing your part. Is there a film that you ve returned to or a TV show that you ve returned to during this time? Or something new you’ve discovered?LuPone: I m watching Babylon Berlin and My Brilliant Friend and Grace and Frankie, and now I want to watch Unorthodox; oh, somebody told me about Sex Education. But what I m doing is reading, I m reading a lot. I m reading the latest translation of Madame Bovary, which I d never read. Then starting on Hilary Mantel s The Light and the Mirror.I’m reading that at the moment, actually. Did you see the Wolf Hall miniseries?LuPone: I did. And at first, I didn t understand what Mark Rylance was doing [in the role of Thomas Cromwell]. But I think Mark Rylance is one of the great actors. I didn t understand what he was doing, and then Oh, Oh. It deeply revealed itself. I mean, he s extraordinary. (Photo by Saeed Adyana/Netflix)And I know you’ve watched Tiger King…LuPone: Yes, I did. You know what I got for my birthday from my kid? I got an authentic bumper sticker that says “Joe Exotic for President.” But it s one of those authentic ones from 2016.That s amazing. Ryan is reportedly working on series about Joe Exotic with Rob Lowe. Is there a role that you would covet to play?LuPone: Maybe Saff. Saff Saffery. [Laughs] I should play Saff; I m too old to play Saff. Um Yeah. We ll have to find a role for me. I don t know. I can t be Carole Baskin… No, it d be a challenge. On a more serious note, there’s been a lot of talk these last few weeks about how important the arts are — we’ve all turned to TV and film and music and reading to keep ourselves sane. Do you think there might be some sort of landscape change in terms of how government and people just view writers and musicians and filmmakers when this is all over? More respect? More funding?LuPone: Not as long as we have the present government. Not at all I do not think so if the Republicans hold power; I think we will sink further, further into obscurity if they hold on to power in 2020. And I think we are taken for granted, and we are also treated as third-class citizens in this country. That s been my experience my entire career, in various ways. So I don t think so. But other countries? Probably so, because they re just smarter than we are. And more cultured than we are.(Photo by Saeed Adyana/Netflix)I’m wondering if you can expand a little for someone who s reading this and doesn t understand perhaps what you mean by “third-class citizens.” The perception might be, Patti LuPone or Ryan Murphy, et cetera, all live wonderful lives. Can you unpack that a bit?LuPone: Theatricals have always been treated with phenomenal distrust. The actress on stage, she was considered a prostitute; they were the first people that wore makeup and she was they were sub-society. I remember when I was performing, The Acting Company was performing at the Ford Theater, the reopening of the Ford Theater during Jimmy Carter s administration. And the Carters were coming to the performance that night, and we were invited to the White House to meet the President. Basically, it was the clearing out of the social calendar and there were some celebrities there: Alexis Smith, Henry Fonda, John Houseman. And just as they got to Henry Fonda and John Houseman, the military guards stopped the receiving line. I actually said, No, no, you can t do that. They re coming to see us tonight. And we were escorted off the property, basically. We ve always been considered do I want to say “non-essential”? Even though it is.I have said forever, it s an inherent right: The arts are an inherent right in human nature. And they keep de-funding the National Endowment for the Arts. I mean people were bitching that they gave the Kennedy Center million in the first stimulus package. The arts are crucial for mental and spiritual health. Yet we are, like I said, taken for granted. Or put in situations where we are totally dismissed. I have felt it my entire career. And, yes, I make a living. [But] I don t always make a living. There s that expression, You re only as good as your last shift, and I m going to be in financial peril if this goes on too much longer. I m no different than anybody else.Finally, we know that one of your theatrical pet peeves is when people put their phones on in the theater — you famously grabbed a phone from an audience member during a performance of Gypsy on Broadway. Do you have any pet peeves when you re going to the cinema? Things that really bother you?LuPone: The same thing. People talking during the movie or people texting during the movie. It s the exact same thing, you are together in a proscenium environment. And it s public manners. We, in this country, have forgotten our public manners — that other people exist besides ourselves. So, it s how we conduct ourselves in theaters, all kinds of theaters. Movie theaters, legitimate theaters. It s the same piece.Hollywood is available to stream on Netflix from Friday, May 1, 2020.
Opportunities, pay parity, and awards recognition haven’t always reflected it, but it’s a fact: female showrunners have long been responsible for much of the best TV has to offer. Now, finally, as our round-up of superstar showrunners exemplifies, the women running TV are getting the deals, and accolades, they’ve long deserved.Phoebe Waller-Bridge(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)How You Know Waller-Bridge: After creating and starring in the U.K. dramedy Crashing, she broke out by creating and starring in the Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG-winning dramedy Fleabag, for which she was also showrunner, and she was the executive producer and showrunner for the first season of the thriller series Killing Eve.Upcoming Projects: She’s the creator and executive producer of (and an actor in) HBO’s romantic comedy–adventure series Run, starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson. It premieres on April 12.Nahnatchka Khan(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)How You Know Khan: She created and was the executive producer and showrunner for the short-lived, but memorable Don’t Trust the B - in Apartment 23, and then created and was the executive producer and showrunner for ABC’s recently concluded sitcom Fresh Off the Boat.Upcoming Projects: She will write and serve as showrunner for Young Rock, NBC’s comedy about and starring Dwayne Johnson, and inspired by the action star’s formative years. She is also developing a dark comedy about a female serial killer, which reunites her with Don’t Trust the B - star Krysten Ritter, and she’s executive producer on ABC comedy pilot Valley Trash, starring Jason Lee.Marti Noxon(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC)How You Know Noxon: She’s been developing strong female characters on TV for decades while being a showrunner on everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Private Practice to Dietland and Sharp Objects.Upcoming Projects: Nixon is developing new series projects as part of an overall deal with Netflix.Ilene Chaiken(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)How You Know Chaiken: She created and was showrunner for the autobiographical series The L Word (and is an executive producer on the reboot series The L Word: Generation Q), and helped develop the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale (on which she is an executive producer), but left the project to become the showrunner on Fox’s Empire. She’s a consulting producer on ABC’s Stumptown.Upcoming Projects: Along with The L Word star Jennifer Beals, Chaiken is developing for Freeform an adaptation of Taylor Jenkin Reid’s novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a drama about a young journalist chosen by a Golden Age of Hollywood star to write her final tell-all book.Kerry Ehrin(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for A E)How You Know Ehrin: She was an Emmy nominee for her producing work on The Wonder Years and Friday Night Lights, before co-creating and being showrunner on stellar A E Psycho prequel series Bates Motel.Upcoming Projects: She will continue as showrunner of Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show, and will develop new series for the streaming service as part of a multi-year deal with Apple.Tina Fey(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)How You Know Fey: After her stint as head writer and Weekend Update co-host on Saturday Night Live and roles as creator, executive producer, and star of 30 Rock, the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, WGA, and Peabody Award winner was co-creator and co-showrunner of the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.Upcoming Projects: She is co-creator and executive producer on NBC’s still-untitled Ted Danson comedy, about a wealthy businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles, but has no idea how to actually do the job after he wins. She’s also an EP on Girls5Eva, a Peacock comedy about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 1990s who reunite to give pop stardom another shot.Amy Sherman-Palladino(Photo by Rachel Luna/WireImage)How You Know Sherman-Palladino: She was a writer on Roseanne before creating, executive producing, and serving as showrunner on the beloved dramedy Gilmore Girls. She was also creator, EP, and showrunner of Bunheads and the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life miniseries for Netflix and the multiple Emmy winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.Upcoming Projects: She is working on a fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.Yvette Lee Bowser(Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)How You Know Bowser: She is the first African-American woman to create her own primetime series with the classic comedy Living Single, and she’s the showrunner for the Netflix drama Dear White People.Upcoming Projects: She is showrunner for the fourth and final season of Dear White People, and she created the Starz series Run the World, about “four vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live, and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination,” according to THR.com.Shonda Rhimes(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)How You Know Rhimes: As the creator, head writer, executive producer, and original showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, which is currently in its 16th season on ABC. She also created and has executive produced Scandal, Private Practice, How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch, Station 19, and more.Upcoming Projects: Under her development deal with Netflix – estimated to be worth between 0 million–0 million – Rhimes created and is executive producer of the Netflix drama Inventing Anna, based on the New York Magazine article about a woman (played by Julia Garner) who tricked a group of New Yorkers into funding her extravagant life.Gloria Calderón Kellett(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)How You Know Kellett: In addition being an actress on How I Met Your Mother, Jane the Virgin, Dead to Me, and Trophy Wife, she was also a writer and producer on HIMYM, Rules of Engagement, Devious Maids, and iZombie, and is co-creator and showrunner of the bicultural remake of Norman Lear’s family comedy One Day at a Time.Upcoming Projects: The fourth season of One Day at a Time, which premieres on Pop TV on March 24. She also became the first Hispanic female to sign an eight-figure development deal, which begins in June 2020 at Amazon Studios.Jill Soloway(Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)How You Know Soloway: After stints as a writer on The Steve Harvey Show, Nikki, and The Oblongs, Soloway became a writer and co-producer on Six Feet Under. Also an author, Soloway wrote episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Dirty Sexy Money and was the showrunner of Showtime’s United States of Tara before creating, writing, executive producing, and showrunning the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning Amazon family drama Transparent.Upcoming Projects: Soloway is focusing on big-screen projects right now, including writing and directing Red Sonja and Mothertrucker, and directing a biopic about astronaut Sally Ride.Marta Kauffman(Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival))How You Know Kauffman: She’s the co-creator and co-showrunner of Friends. She also co-created the HBO comedy Dream On, as well as Veronica’s Closet, and co-created and has been the showrunner of the Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie.Upcoming Projects: The seventh, and final, season of Grace and Frankie and HBO Max’s Friends reunion special.Jenji Kohan(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)How You Know Kohan: She wrote episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad About You, Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City, and Will Grace, before she created, executive produced, and was showrunner of the dramedies Weeds and Orange Is the New Black, and is an executive producer on the Netflix dramedy GLOW. She also shared an Emmy as a supervising producer for the Tracey Ullman comedy Tracey Takes On….Upcoming Projects: As part of an overall deal with Netflix, she is an executive producer on the comedy Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters, about a set of teenage twins who juggle working with a bounty hunter with their usual high school student lives.Ava DuVernay(Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)How You Know DuVernay: In addition to her big-screen work, she created, directed, executive produced, and co-wrote the Emmy-winning Netflix miniseries When They See Us, the true story of the “Central Park Five,” young minority men who were falsely accused of the rape of a jogger in NYC’s Central Park. She is also the creator, executive producer, and sometime writer and director of the OWN drama Queen Sugar, and created and executive produced the OWN romantic drama anthology series Cherish the Day.Upcoming Projects: She will executive produce an Amazon adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s 1987 novel Dawn, about an African-American woman who is tasked by aliens with bringing back the human race 250 years after a nuclear war destroys Earth. The Oscar nominee is also directing the pilot for the HBO Max drama DMZ, about a second American Civil War.Charlotte BrownHow You Know Brown: You probably don’t, but you should. After being hired to write episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Partridge Family, and The Bob Newhart Show, Brown was hired to write an episode of the MTM Show spin-off Rhoda, and eventually became an executive producer, and the first female showrunner of a primetime sitcom.Upcoming Projects: Brown retired from Hollywood work after executive producing the 1995 Kirk Cameron sitcom Kirk on The WB.Issa Rae(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Women In Film)How You Know Rae: In addition to starring in (and receiving Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her performance on) HBO’s Insecure, Rae also created the autobiographical show and has served as its showrunner.Upcoming Projects: Season 4 of Insecure, which premieres in April, and a second season of A Black Lady Sketch Show, the comedy she executive produces for HBO. The entrepreneurial star also started her own record label, opened a coffee shop in Los Angeles, and is co-owner of a streaming analytics business.Jennie Snyder Urman(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)How You Know Urman: After working on Hope Faith, Gilmore Girls, and 90210, she became the executive producer and showrunner of Jane the Virgin.Upcoming Projects: As part of her five-year deal with CBS Television Studios, Urman will be an executive producer on Broke, the CBS sitcom about a man (Jane the Virgin alum Jaime Cahill) and his wife who decide to move in with his sister-in-law (Pauley Perrette) after his father cuts him off financially.Aline Brosh McKenna(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)How You Know McKenna: After writing the screenplay for The Devil Wears Prada, McKenna teamed with Rachel Bloom to create Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, originally for Showtime, before the clever, critically-acclaimed musical series landed at The CW, with McKenna as the showrunner.Upcoming Projects: McKenna recently signed a three-year deal with ABC Studios, which includes the musical comedy series Hit, about a pop star whose record label sends her to a songwriting boot camp.Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer(Photo by Lane Savage/Comedy Central)How You Know Jacobson and Glazer: As the creators, stars, and showrunners of the late, great Comedy Central series Broad City.Upcoming Projects: Comedy Central is rife with projects from Broad City alums, who cite Jacobson and Glazer as supportive inspirations. The longtime friends, who will continue to produce projects together, also have solo efforts in the works. Jacobson will executive produce and star in Amazon’s series adaptation of A League of Their Own, while Glazer recently released a comedy special, Ilana Glazer: The Planet Is Burning, on Amazon.Julie Plec(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)How You Know Plec: As showrunner of The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, The Originals, and now that spin-off’s spin-off, Legacies. Plec is also an executive producer on The CW’s Roswell, New Mexico.Upcoming Projects: Plec co-created and will executive produce the Netflix drama The Girls on the Bus, about female political reporters. The series is based on a chapter in the Hillary Clinton campaign memoir Chasing Hillary, by Amy Chozick.Liz Meriwether(Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic/Getty Images)How You Know Meriwether: She created and served as showrunner of New Girl, and is co-creator and co-showrunner on a pair of ABC comedies, Bless This Mess and Single Parents.Upcoming Projects: Developing additional series under her four-year, reportedly eight-figure deal with 20th Century Fox TV.Courtney A. Kemp(Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for STARZ)How You Know Kemp: After writing for series like The Good Wife and The Bernie Mac Show, she created Starz’ Power universe.Upcoming Projects: Power ended its six-season run as one of Starz’ highest-rated shows in February, but Kemp is creating four spin-off series, including a prequel and three sequel series.Michelle King(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)How You Know King: As creator and showrunner, with writing partner and husband Robert King, of The Good Wife and its spin-off The Good Fight, and creator of the CBS horror-thriller Evil.Upcoming Projects: She is an executive producer on Showtime’s Bryan Cranston drama Your Honor, about a judge (Cranston) who tries to protect his son from the mafia.Mara Brock Akil(Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)How You Know Akil: As the creator of Girlfriends and its spin-off series, The Game, as a producer on writer on Cougar Town, and as the creator of the BET drama Being Mary Jane. She is currently an executive producer on The CW superhero drama Black Lightning.Upcoming Projects: She recently signed a deal with Fox Entertainment to create and write a scripted series for the Fox network.Angela Kang(Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)How You Know Kang: She’s been a story editor, producer, and co-executive producer on The Walking Dead, and, since season 9, the AMC zombie series’ showrunner.Upcoming Projects: More TWD. Despite recently losing three of the drama’s lead cast members – Andy Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, and, soon. Danai Gurira – Kang’s current season as showrunner is drawing rave reviews from fans and critics.Diane English(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)How You Know English: She created – and won three Emmys for – the groundbreaking CBS comedy Murphy Brown, about the smart, opinionated, controversial titular TV newswoman played by Candice Bergen.Upcoming Projects: English was an executive producer on the short-lived Murphy reboot on CBS in 2018.Linda Bloodworth-Thomason(Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)How You Know Bloodworth-Thomason: She created another of the most classic sitcoms of the 1980s, the CBS comedy Designing Women, which also revolved around a group of strong, opinionated female characters who operate an interior design firm. Women and Murphy Brown aired back-to-back on CBS’ Monday nights for two seasons.Upcoming Projects: As of 2018, Thomason was writing and executive producing a Designing Women sequel for ABC.Lauren Schmidt Hissrich(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)How You Know Hissrich: She followed work as an executive producer and writer on Private Practice, Parenthood, Power, and The Umbrella Academy with creating and showrunning the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.Upcoming Projects: She returns as showrunner for season 2 of The Witcher – one of Netflix’s most popular series – planned for 2021, and is also developing a spin-off anime film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.Meredith Averill(Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)How You Know Averill: She was a writer and producer on The Good Wife, created The CW sci-fi teen drama Star-Crossed, and was a producer on Jane the Virgin before serving as executive producer and co-showrunner on The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix. Currently, she’s an EP and co-showrunner for Netflix’s adaptation of the graphic novel Locke Key.Upcoming Projects: While awaiting a decision on another season of the recently completed Locke Key premiere run, Averill told io9 she’d like to pitch a modern series adaptation of Nightmare on Elm Street, one that would employ her trademark tone of mixing supernatural, horror themes with a more grounded, emotional story.Elizabeth Berger(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)How You Know Berger: She’s a co-showrunner on This Is Us, TV’s top drama.Upcoming Projects: She’s co-creator and an executive producer on Love, Victor, the Hulu series that’s set in the same world as the movie Love, Simon, which she co-wrote, and her production company is behind 90s Popstar, an ABC movie about a Florida teen whose life changes overnight when she becomes a famous pop star.Mindy Kaling(Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)How You Know Kaling: While she was playing Kelly Kapoor on The Office, she was also a writer, director, and executive producer on the NBC comedy. She followed that up by creating, starring in, and executive producing The Mindy Project, and last year co-created and executive produced the Four Weddings and a Funeral miniseries for Hulu.Upcoming Projects: Kaling co-created and is an executive producer on the autobiographical Netflix coming-of-age dramedy Never Have I Ever, about a first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series will premiere later this year.Krista Vernoff(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)How You Know Vernoff: After writing and producing for Law Order, Charmed, Private Practice, and Shameless, she became the Grey’s Anatomy showrunner in 2007. Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes has credited Vernoff as the person responsible for injecting all those “Seriously?!”s into the drama. Upcoming Projects: Vernoff took over as showrunner for the third season of Grey’s spin-off Station 19, which premiered in January. She’s also writing and executive producing the ABC drama pilot Rebel, starring Katey Sagal as a character inspired by Erin Brockovich.Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)How You Know Flahive and Mensch: Their joint resumes included producing and writing on Homeland, Nurse Jackie, Orange Is the New Black, and Weeds before they began giving us heart, humor, complex characters, and, of course, female wrestling, while steering the ship on the Netflix dramedy they created, GLOW.Upcoming Projects: The fourth, and final, season of GLOW is expected to hit Netflix later this year, and Flahive and Mensch are teaming with producer Nicole Kidman to adapt Cecilia Ahern’s short story collection Roar as a series.Liz Tigelaar(Photo by Erik Voake/Getty Images for Hulu)How You Know Tigelaar: She’s been a producer and writer on Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Nashville, and Bates Motel, and became the showrunner and an executive producer on the Hulu comedy Casual. Upcoming Projects: She is the showrunner for Hulu’s upcoming drama series Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and will also adapt July Blume’s 1998 adult novel Summer Sisters as a limited series for Hulu.Sera GambleHow You Know Gamble: She was a showrunner for two seasons on Supernatural, and is the co-creator, EP, and showrunner for the Syfy adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling novel The Magicians. Gamble also co-created and serves as showrunner of the Lifetime-to-Netflix adaptation of Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling novel You.Upcoming Projects: She’s an EP on the upcoming Apple TV+ dramedy Physical, starring Rose Byrne as a 1980s housewife who finds happiness via aerobics, and will develop series for NBCUniversal networks like USA, Syfy, and streaming service Peacock, as well as Netflix, as part of her new overall deal with Universal Content Productions.Deb CoxHow You Know Cox: She’s the co-creator and writer on SeaChange, the 1998-2000 Australian drama about the big-city lawyer who moves to a small town filled with colorful characters (the Aussie answer to Gilmore Girls), which was rebooted in 2019. She also created, with producing partner Fiona Eagger, the Australian drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which spawned the spin-off series Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries and the feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.Upcoming Projects: Her Every Cloud Productions company, a joint venture with Eagger, is developing a remake of the classic Australian family drama series Seven Little Australians and is awaiting word on another season of the SeaChange reboot.Charlie CovellHow You Know Covell: She’s an actress and writer whose British series adaptation of the graphic comic series The End of the F***king World became a hit that was picked up by Netflix and became a U.S. streaming hit that earned an Emmy nomination and a Peabody Award.Upcoming Projects: She created the Netflix series Kaos, a “genre-bending series (that) puts a modern twist on Greek and Roman mythology, exploring themes of gender politics, power, and life in the underworld.”Maddalena RavagliHow You Know Ravagli: She co-created the Italian mob drama Gomorrah, which was more popular in Italy than Game of Thrones, and aired in the U.S. on SundanceTV. She also co-wrote the 2019 spin-off film, The Immortal, and is a writer and producer on the follow-up Italian crime drama ZeroZeroZero, starring Andrea Riseborough and Gabriel Byrne, which premiered in the U.S. on Prime Video earlier this year.Upcoming Projects: Developing a fifth season of Gomorrah, a series that has now been sold in more than 170 countries.Liked this? See our list of the 150 best female-directed movies of the 21st century.
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Duke Nukem, Plastic Man, The Toxic Avenger, and Pixar s Onward.This WEEK S TOP STORYDOCTOR STRANGE SEQUEL CASTS SPELL FOR POTENTIAL 2021 RELEASERyan FujitaniWhen Marvel s Doctor Strange was released in 2016, it didn t feature any hosts of Hoggoth (hoary or otherwise), but that spell and dozens of other franchise elements remain out there for a sequel. This has been a big year for new Marvel Studios projects going into development for 2021 and beyond, including Black Widow, The Eternals, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther 2, and most recently, Shang-Chi. In the first three phases, there was a balance between original films and sequels, but as you can see from those five films, the focus in 2018 has thus far been on new properties, with Black Panther 2 being the only direct sequel. A Doctor Strange sequel was conspicuously absent, but that changed this week as director Scott Derrickson was confirmed to return for a second installment. Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong are both signed to return, and Rachel McAdams is expected to as well. Filming of Doctor Strange 2 is expected to start in early 2020, possibly aiming for a release in early May (or late April) of 2021. As for what Doctor Strange 2 might introduce to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next, there are lots of possibilities (though it probably involves either Baron Mordo or Nightmare, or both).Fresh Developments1. MARVEL S STAR-LORD AND SPIDER-MAN MOVE ONWARD FOR PIXAR IN 2020 (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)Pixar introduced the first teasers for next summer s Toy Story 4 a few weeks back, but we were still lacking details about another film scheduled for 2020, including its title. Pixar corrected that this week with the revelation that the suburban fantasy will be called Onward, will be directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University), and feature the voices of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. Pratt and Holland are both Marvel Studios stars (Star-Lord and Spider-Man, respectively), and Octavia Spencer will co-star in Robert Downey Jr s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, also in 2020 (1/17/2020). Although Onward is described as a suburban fantasy, it remains unclear what that means exactly. Onward is scheduled for release on March 6, 2020, which puts it a week after Fantasy Island (2/28/2020) and a week before the X-Men spinoff Gambit, starring Channing Tatum (3/13/2020). In related news, the first trailer for Tom Holland s next solo Marvel movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home (7/5/2019) debuted in Brazil this week.2. LEA SEYDOUX TO MAKE RARE RETURN FOR JAMES BOND 25 (Photo by Jonathan Olley/Columbia Pictures)One of the elements that unites almost all Bond girls to date is that the characters almost never return for a second film (although some like Maud Adams have played different characters). French actress Lea Seydoux, who co-starred in Spectre as Madeleine Swann, is going to buck the trend, however, as she will reprise her character in the 25th James Bond film. Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek was reportedly considered for the film s villain, but conflicts with the filming of his TV series Mr. Robot are likely preventing him from being cast. Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, Sin Nombre) will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth film as James Bond when it s released on February 14th, Valentine s Day, in 2020.3. GOT s KING TOMMEN INHERITS PRIME 2019 RELEASE DATE FOR 1917 (Photo by Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection)Dozens of actors were featured in Game of Thrones, and next year, we re going to start to really see a deluge of new projects for them, as the show s final season has finished principal production. Obviously, some of them have already been taking work in between seasons, particularly those who left the show before season 7. One such young actor is Dean-Charles Chapman, who is not (yet) a household name, but is known to fans as King Tommen Baratheon in seasons 4, 5 and 6. Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg s Amblin Partners have teamed up on a film called 1917, starring Chapman and George MacKay (Captain Fantastic). 1917 is the next film of director Sam Mendes, whose record behind the camera on the Tomatometer is entirely Fresh, including Certified Fresh scores for American Beauty and Skyfall. 1917 s title refers to the fourth year of World War I, the year in which the United States entered the war (4/6/1917). That McKay and Chapman are both English actors, however, suggests a British perspective. 1917 will open in limited released on December 25, 2019 (against Call of the Wild, Little Women, and Super Intelligence), and then expand wide on January 10, 2020.4. LIGHTER, BRIGHTER DC COMICS MOVIES LEADS TO BOUNCY SUPERHERO PLASTIC MAN (Photo by DC Comics)What a difference ten years can make. In 2008, director and producer Zack Snyder (Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) chided his Marvel competition, saying, we re going to have a Captain America movie if we re not careful. The positive reviews for the brighter perspectives of Wonder Woman (Certified Fresh at 93%), Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (Certified Fresh at 91%), and Aquaman (currently Fresh at 72%) suggest that critics and audiences alike want superhero movies that aren t always so grim (the verdict is still out on whether that would work for a Batman movie, of course). This week, DC Comics revealed plans for the hero who might be the lightest yet (even more so than next year s Shazam!), namely the super stretchy shapeshifter Plastic Man. First introduced in 1941, Plastic Man also had his own Saturday morning cartoon from 1979 to 1981. (Some sources are also comparing Plastic Man to Deadpool.) Although the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer) had at one time been developing their own Plastic Man (the screenplay of which read a bit like a take on The Mask), the new Plastic Man will be written by newcomer Amanda Idoko (who also wrote the upcoming Breaking News In Yuba County, starring Laura Dern and Allison Janney).5. GRUESOME VILLAIN MR. ZSASZ JOINS MARGOT ROBBIE S BIRDS OF PREY Last month, we learned that Ewan McGregor had been cast as the villain Black Mask in the lengthily titled Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn). That will be Margot Robbie s second film as Harley Quinn, and her other teammates will include Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya. This week, we learned that Black Mask won t be the only villain in BoP ( TFEOOHQ), as Chris Messina (TV s The Mindy Project) has also been cast as the insane killer Victor Zsasz (AKA Mr. Zsasz). Zsasz s most obvious physical elements are the dozens of scars he has all over his body for each of his victims, so Messina can probably look forward to a lengthy sit each morning in the makeup chair. In directly related news, Ali Wong has also been cast in the film as an associate of Renee Montoya. Warner Bros has scheduled Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) for release on February 7, 2020 (up against another sequel, Peter Rabbit 2).6. NEW BRIGHTBURN TRAILER REIMAGINES SUPERMAN ORIGIN AS HORROR STORY(Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)It appears unlikely that we will ever see director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) directly work on another Marvel Studios film, but that doesn t necessarily mean he s done with the superhero genre. In October, we learned that Gunn had been hired by Marvel s distinguished competition at Warner Bros to write the screenplay for Suicide Squad 2 (with an eye towards possibly directing). This week, the first trailer for Brightburn (which Gunn co-wrote and produced) debuted, and it revealed that the film appears to be a reinterpretation of Superman s classic origin story. Put another way, what if Kal-El was had been evil? Elizabeth Banks will play the alien kid s human stepmom when Brightburn crashes into theaters next year on May 24, 2019, up against Disney s Aladdin remake, Brad Pitt s Ad Astra, and the western biopic (Billy) The Kid.Rotten Ideas3. SHARK SEQUEL 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED SET FOR NEXT SUMMER (Photo by Dimension Films)Although the shark movie 47 Meters Down received a Rotten Tomatometer score of 54%, the film also earned a domestic box office take of million from a budget of just .5 million, so it s probably not surprising that it s getting a sequel. Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, and Matthew Modine won t be returning for the second film (for obvious reasons, at least for two of them), which will instead feature a new ensemble cast led by Nia Long and Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie). The other films swimming around 47 Meters Down: Uncaged on June 28, 2019 will be Ford v Ferrari (starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon), Limited Partners (with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek), and the untitled musical from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). We continue to be baffled why the sequel, once known as 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, refuses to embrace the admittedly obvious but far less clunky title 48 Meters Down.2. THE TOXIC AVENGER IS GETTING A BIG BUDGET REBOOT(Photo by Troma Films)Although both 1984 s The Toxic Avenger and 2000 s Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV received Fresh Tomatometer scores of 70%, the second film has an absolutely Rotten 0%, and the third film wasn t even reviewed enough to earn a score. The Toxic Avenger became such a cult fan favorite that he became the company mascot of Troma Entertainment, the super low-budget production company behind such chestnuts as Blood Sucking Freaks, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Despite its gonzo origins, The Toxic Avenger is now being developed as a new big budget superhero franchise by Legendary Entertainment, the company behind The Dark Knight, Watchmen, and Godzilla. In addition to the four feature length movies, The Toxic Avenger was also adapted as a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel comic. 1. ASSASSIN S CREED PRODUCER NOW WORKING ON A SUPER-UNTIMELY DUKE NUKEM (Photo by dukenukem.com)There was once a time during which video games were largely perceived as products for children or teenagers (and more specifically, teenaged boys). It was at the height of that era, in 1991, when the original Duke Nukem franchise debuted; the games are littered with certain depictions of female characters that have not aged well at all. So, one might think that Duke Nukem would absolutely not be a franchise that would ever be adapted as a movie for 2020 or later, but guess what? That s exactly what s happening. The Duke Nukem project is being produced by Jean-Julien Baronnet, who also produced the video game-based 2016 disappointment Assassin s Creed (Rotten at 17%), and all that s without even mentioning the very Rotten legacy of the nearly 50 previous video game adaptations to date.
Fan Favorite Movies 2019It d actually be weird if Endgame had not won this category. A 90% Audience Score? A .8 billion box office haul? The biggest movie of all-time? And yet, you voters let it lose to The Death of Dick Long?! But, no, that d be another timeline, maybe one where Thanos gets away with it, and half the shawarma in the universe is wiped from existence. This is our timeline, where Avengers are winners: They win at beating the bad guys, they win at making preposterous time-travel plots work like gangbusters, and they win at assuring audiences that the 21-movie buildup was worth the hype. There was never a movie event quite as massive as Avengers: Endgame, and there may never be again. Of course, audiences showed up to buy tickets to ensure it d be the biggest movie ever. But the ways people continue to support the movie – in debate, at conventions, and at polls like these long after the movie has closed, where the movie beat out Parasite by almost 1,000 votes – broadcast how a story that started with a guy in a cave with a box of scraps continues to resonate all over.The order below reflects the number of total votes cast for each TV show by users in a poll that ran on RT from January 9 to February 16.« Previous Category Next Category »
亚博国际官网登录 3. LIVE-ACTION STAR WARS MOVIES NOT DIRECTED BY GEORGE LUCAS HAVE A HIGHER TOMATOMETER AVERAGE(Photo by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation)Without George Lucas there wouldn’t be Star Wars, so we re not including this Tomatometer statistic to take a dig at the man whose four Star Wars films have a 73.25% average. His two best films are A New Hope (93%) and The Revenge of the Sith (80%), but The Phantom Menace (54%) and Attack of the Clones (66%) are the two lowest-rated live-action movies of the whole franchise. The movies directed by J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand, Gareth Edwards, and Ron Howard have the higher 85.5% average.4. THE LUCAS PREQUELS GET BETTER WITH EACH INSTALLMENT, ACCORDING TO THE TOMATOMETER George Lucas’s prequel series got off to a rough start with the 54% Tomatometer-rated Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. It is the only live-action Star Wars movie to have a Rotten score (Darth Maul rules, though). However, its sequels Attack of the Clones (66%) and The Revenge of the Sith (80%) brought the series back to Fresh and pushed the trilogy to an overall average of 66.6%. If you’re looking for a great moment in the prequel trilogy, J.J. Abrams recently shared his favorite moment, and it’s a doozy.5. STAR WARS MOVIES THAT FEATURE A DEATH STAR OR A STARKILLER BASE HAVE A HIGHER TOMATOMETER AVERAGE THAN THE ONES THAT DON T(Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Lucasfilm Ltd./Courtesy Everett Collection)A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One all feature star-sized weapons of mass destruction that would require many independent contractors to construct. While things didn’t end well for the Death Stars or Starkiller Base (a.k.a. the really big Death Star), the four films that feature them have an 87.5% Tomatometer average and an average box office of 8 million domestically. On the other hand, Death Star-less films have a 76% Tomatometer average and “only” average 8 million domestically.Is it even better for the film if the Death Star makes a planet disappear? Yes. A New Hope and The Force Awakens feature total planetary destruction and averaged more money (.1 billion) and have higher critical scores (93%) than Return of the Jedi and Rogue One — movies that didn’t allow their Death Stars to obliterate any planets (8 million / 82.5% Tomatometer).6. THE ANIMATED TV SHOWS HAVE A 95.3% TOMATOMETER AVERAGEStar Wars: Resistance (92%), Star Wars: Rebels (100%), and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (94%) have done a fine job expanding the Star Wars universe and bringing memorable characters such as Ahsoka Tano, Saw Gerrera, and The Bendu to life. A big reason for their success is the presence of creator, producer, writer, showrunner, and director Dave Filoni, also now instrumental in the success of The Mandalorian. After a misstep with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Filoni has proven himself to be a brilliant shepherd of the animated world. We also loved his appearance in Jon Favreau’s The Chef Show, which you need to watch now.7. STAR WARS FILMS FEATURING LIMB LOSS HAVE A HIGHER TOMATOMETER AVERAGE THAN THOSE THAT DON’TBetween Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Count Dooku, General Grievous, Mace Windu, and that unlucky Mos Eisley cantina patron in A New Hope, many characters have lost limbs in the Star Wars world. The only movies that don t feature limb loss are The Force Awakens and The Phantom Menace – we didn’t count Darth Maul being cut in half – which means the live-action movies featuring limb loss have a higher Tomatometer average (82%) than the movies that don’t (73%). This statistic isn’t important, we just wanted to mention it because so many arms and legs go flying.8. THE FOUR STAR WARS MOVIES WRITTEN BY LAWRENCE KASDAN HAVE AN 84% TOMATOMETER AVERAGE(Photo by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Lucasfilm)Kasdan took the Star Wars world to new heights with his excellent screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back (he didn’t write the classic Han Solo line “I know,” and it bothers him), and he helped J.J. Abrams reintroduce the franchise with his work on The Force Awakens. He also wrote the screenplays for Return of the Jedi and Solo, the latter of which we think might come to be seen as a little underrated in the years to come. Kasdan’s 84% average is better than the 74% average for the four films written by George Lucas (not hating on Lucas; just the facts).9. THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE HAS A SLIGHTLY HIGHER TOMATOMETER AVERAGE (74%) THAN THE STAR TREK FRANCHISE (73%)The only reason we’re bringing this up is because J.J. Abrams has directed Fresh films in each franchise. He helmed the 94% Tomatometer-rated Star Trek in 2009 and followed it up with the 84%-rated Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. Then, in 2015 he unleashed The Force Awakens on the world. All three films were giant hits, and we’re hoping The Rise of Skywalker follows in their footsteps. After looking at all the theatrically released movies and television shows, Star Wars has the edge between the big space franchises, because the Star Trek series has six Rotten entries that dragged the Tomatometer average down. The Star Wars franchise has a higher average, but Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie (94%) has a higher Tomatometer score than The Force Awakens (93%).10. THE HIGHER THE TOMATOMETER SCORE, THE MORE MONEY THE STAR WARS MOVIE MAKES (ON AVERAGE)* (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection)This may sound obvious, but the four Star Wars movies with Tomatometer scores above 90% average a stellar 4 million at the domestic box office. A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi were money-making machines that were also critically beloved. The seven movies with Tomatometer scores below 90% have a 8 million average, which is still great – it just isn’t 4 million.*The domestic box office totals have been adjusted for inflation. 11. THE FIRST MOVIE IN EACH TRILOGY MAKES THE MOST MONEYThe three highest-grossing films in the Star Wars franchise are A New Hope (.2 billion), The Phantom Menace (6 million), and The Force Awakens (7 million). Which is understandable because they represented something new and mysterious. Do you remember the buzz around The Phantom Menace? If not, go back a few years and you’ll recall the insane amount of hype that surrounded The Force Awakens. People love new Star Wars films and the proof is in the box office.12. THIRD MOVIES IN STAR WARS TRILOGIES MAKE MORE MONEY THAN THE SECOND MOVIES(Photo by Industrial Light Magic/Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation/Courtesy Everett Collection)If history repeats itself, The Rise of Skywalker will gross more than The Last Jedi and less than The Force Awakens. While we don’t have too large of a data pool, we do know that Return of the Jedi (0 million) and The Revenge of the Sith (6 million) pulled in more money than The Empire Strikes Back (1 million) and Attack of the Clones (3 million). Is it because people show up to see how the trilogy ends? Was it because of the adorable and deadly Ewoks? Or, do people just really love lightsaber duels on lava planets?Tell us about your favorite Star Wars moments in the comments.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.