After taking home the Best Director Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, writer-director Radha Blank staked her claim as a talent to watch. In her hilarious and brilliantly authentic debut, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Blank shines both in front of and behind the camera. Cut from the same cloth as Robert Townsend s seminal indie feature Hollywood Shuffle, the former playwright similarly fires precision barbs at the hypocrisy of white gatekeepers in entertainment. Blank pulls no punches with white producers who muddle and meddle with authentic representation on screen and stage, placing Black creatives in the unenviable position of choosing between success and staying true to themselves. In a black-and-white semi-autobiographical tale, the New York native goes back to her hip-hop roots and re-invents herself as Radamus Prime, a fire MC who raps about the comedic struggles of middle age. Vulnerable but vibrant The 40-Year-Old Version is an ode to Black Harlem, fearlessness, and the art of putting yourself on, writes Aramide Tinubu of Shadow Act.Streaming October 9th on Netflix. Debbie DayFALL 2020 TV SURVEY: 30 MOST ANTICIPATED NEW SHOWSFor Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked 1,000 of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.When film and television production shut down in March, it threw a wrench into the TV production schedule for the rest of the year. Sadly, plenty of series that were initially supposed to premiere in 2020 are now being pushed to 2021 (and potentially beyond). So, while Rotten Tomatoes users were most pumped about the first Disney+ MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it looks as though they re going to have to wait a little longer for the Anthony Mackie–Sebastian Stan vehicle.But there s still plenty of great television hitting the small screen this year: The No. 1 new show that Rotten Tomatoes users are most looking forward to seeing is The Stand, CBS All Access take on the post-apocalyptic Stephen King story that premieres later this year. In second is The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House from the same creative team (and much of the same cast).The gender splits were pretty even, with men and women anticipating each of the titles in pretty similar amounts, though more women are excited for the latest Ryan Murphy–Sarah Paulson collaboration, Netflix s Ratched (inspired by One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest), and more men are looking forward to Hulu s remake of the beloved animated series Animaniacs.Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.Updated: The list has been updated since publication to correct an error in the ranking.
Richard Jewell (2019) 77% Back in 1996, smack dab in the middle of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, a pipe bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, killing one person and injuring dozens more. The man who originally discovered the bomb, a security guard named Richard Jewell, alerted the authorities and helped evacuate spectators to safety, and he became a hero in the process. Well, for a few days, anyway, until reports began to surface that he was a person of interest in the FBI s investigation, at which point Jewell underwent a grueling trial by media that changed his life forever. Clint Eastwood s latest directorial effort, Richard Jewell, is a dramatization of these events, with Paul Walter Hauser playing the title character at the center of the whirlwind, Sam Rockwell as his old friend and eventual attorney, and Kathy Bates as Jewell s mother Bobi they re the good guys. On the other end, we have Jon Hamm as an unscrupulous G-man and Olivia Wilde as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer who broke the story of the FBI s interest in Jewell. It s an impressive cast, and critics say each performer offers striking work under Eastwood s steady direction, even if the story itself has been somewhat oversimplified for dramatic effect. Eastwood clearly has a message on his mind in Richard Jewell, and he largely succeeds in communicating it clearly and effectively. He s in comfortable territory here, and it works to his advantage; fans of his work should find plenty to enjoy.
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Now, the culprit is revealed and the scheme is in motion. But does Loki (Tom Hiddleston) truly see himself in it? Or is he as lost as the rest of us? The second episode of Loki continues to build the satisfying double act of Loki and Mobius (Owen Wilson) while offering a greater understanding of the Sacred Timeline. But it also adds a few more questions as the timeline itself is imperiled.Let s take a look at what we now know about Loki to see if we can gain some clarity on The Variant s plan.Spoiler Alert: The following reveals details of Loki season 1, episode 2. Stop here if you have not watched The Variant. The Variant Appears To Be a Lady Loki(Photo by Marvel Studios)Let s start with The Variant herself — she/her are the pronouns we ll use until the series offers greater clarification. As many suspected, Sophia Di Martino is the dangerous variant of Loki the TVA has been hunting. The clues have been there for a while, from Disney refusing to identify Di Martino s part to various outlets noting the established Lady Loki of Marvel Comics. Even Loki s own publicity materials seeded the notion that the God of Mischief is gender-fluid. Then there was the delightful touch of The Variant first speaking via the voice of Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), all but confirming the later reveal.But even with The Variant seemingly presenting as female, there is always the possibility of misdirection — right down to her even being a variant Loki. For the moment, we re going to assume she is, in fact, a version of him. During the first mission briefing, Mobius and B-15 went out of their way to note Loki variants present with various forms and powersets. And, as we suggested last week, every choice from Loki s birth to Odin adopting him to his action through the first Avengers film (at least) offers a wide array of Lokis for the TVA to deal with. In fact, Loki variants are a constant part of their caseload.The Variant is peculiar, though, because she cannot be brought to book the way most variants or even our Loki has. Why is that?One option: The Variant is really the Loki who seemingly died in Avengers: Infinity War. If that s the case, her/their actions are meant to happen even if they seem to have a detrimental effect on the Sacred Timeline. It also means she is as much a prisoner of fate as the title variant; something we hope she is raging against. Another option, which we touched upon last week, is that she s a Loki from the Multiversal war who is somehow beyond the Time-Keepers awareness. Marvel Comics stories are filled with remnants of old mutliverses, from Galactus to He Who Remains — the consciousness who devised the Time-Keepers to begin with. The Variant could originate from the chaos before the Sacred Timeline. Restoring that chaos also seems like a good motivation for her actions.The Determinism of the Timeline(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)Before we look at The Variant s possibly motives, though, let s focus on the TVA itself for a moment. The determinism of the Sacred Timeline — and the way it seemingly has a religious pull on its staff — is important to one of the series key themes. Throughout the episode, Loki is reminded that he is a villain. The TVA s position on The Variant comes from the belief that her actions can only be motivated by evil. And although no one says it too loudly, the Sacred Timeline suggests a lack of free will in the universe.But is that the case? Last week, we mentioned that in a meta-narrative sense, the characters free will is an illusion because they are, ultimately, characters on a television show. Within the show s reality, though, the question of free will is seemingly answered by the very possibility of variance. If people are able to choose actions beyond the Time-Keeper s perception of the timeline, than free will is real. It also means someone like Loki can grow beyond their predetermined role. Considering the Loki of Marvel Comics lore has raged against the idea that he must be the villain, it seems likely the title character of this series and The Variant might be trying some other possibility than being the bad guy.Also, the seeming religious certainty the Sacred Timeline offers means TVA staff do not question their own origins. Like Loki, we have to wonder if it is true. Are they all creations of the Time-Keepers or are they variants themselves held over to function in an elaborate bureaucracy meant to preserve the purity of time? This is Marvel after all; mind-wipes and installing new personas are far from difficult.Hunter C-20 s (Sasha Lane) freak-out in the Roxxcart store gave us the impression she started to remember who she really was before the TVA, but her repeating of phrases may just be an after effect of whatever the Variant did to learn the location of the Time-Keepers. Also, Loki s questioning of Mobius interest in the jet skis also leaves us wondering if, perhaps, Mobius had a conventional existence as a jet ski retailer in some multiversal 1990s.Granted, we could easily be wrong here. Time travel shows allow for a lot of possibilities and this is just one we re entertaining as it ties into the thematic conflict between a deterministic universe and a Multiverse of options.Loki Within the Scheme(Photo by Marvel Studios)We are on Loki s side here. At least to the extent that we d like to believe our actions are our own and not the dictates of a trio of space lizards. And it seems The Variant s scheme is to destabilize the Sacred Timeline beyond repair using the TVA s own reset charges. The effect of the literal time-bomb is yet to be seen, but we imagine it is, at least in part, a distraction while The Variant pays the Time-Keepers a visit.And, oddly enough, isn t that exactly what Loki s been trying to do since he gave up on the Tesseract last week? But why reach their location? This is where The Variant s motive gets cloudy. She told Loki she has no interest in controlling the TVA. But then again, Loki lies, so overseeing the Sacred Timeline and running everything could be her objective. That would make her predictable, though, and therefore part of the Time-Keepers grand design.Simply killing them would, at the very least, allow for branching timelines going forward even the time-bomb seems to be attacking all of the Sacred Timeline. Then again, removing the Time-Keepers ability to perceive the correctness of the timeline would have tremendous tactical advantage. The Variant could win against the Avengers and rule Midgard, for example. But that still casts her in the villain s role; doomed to play antagonist even outside conventional time.Curiously, the Time-Keepers have occupied an antagonistic role in the comics from time to time, so their intentions here are always suspect. Their motive in these clashes with the Avengers and other protagonist is often just simple survival — they alter time to keep themselves in a position of power. That may be the case here. We only have the TVA s delightful Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) to go by, so her account of the Multiversal War may be highly skewed. If that s the case, is The Variant actually heroic here? For the moment, let s assume this is true. It is possible The Variant knows something about the war we ve yet to discover and that could be the reason for her attacks on the TVA?Since next week s episode will be the half-way mark, we expect some sort of pivot to occur and for Loki s understanding of the wider universe to change again. At that point, will he even be interested in ruling anything? Will The Variant be willing to ally with him at that point?Spoiler Alert: The following reveals details from the Marvel comics that some may consider spoilers for how the series may unfold. Stop here if you don t want to read possible future plot points.The Kang Connection(Photo by Marvel Studios)Speaking of the wider universe, it s time to talk about Kang the Conqueror (to be played by Jonathan Majors in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania) as this week s potential call to other parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last week, the episode closed with hunters identifying a 31st-century artifact as the branching anachronism — Kang originally hailed from that century. Then there is the resemblance of one of the Time-Keepers to Kang s best known visage. In the comics, he has a long association with Ravonna Renslayer (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Loki). He is also a well-known time traveler, despite his despotic rule of 41st-century Earth, whose journeys led to variant Kangs polluting the timeline. He also has one other fantastic connection to an upcoming Marvel Studios project, but is his presence already being felt in this series?One possibility: Kang is one of the other operatives Ravonna mentioned while grilling Mobius about the failure of Loki s first field mission. He may even be the one who gave Ravonna that Franklin D. Roosevelt High School pen. Then again, that resemblance to one of the Time-Keepers may see him revealed as part of the trio, if not the sole Time-Keeper. Ruling the entire timeline may appeal to this version of Kang even if the Kang of the comics prefers to be out in the open. And as this is a time travel show, it is also possible the Kang we might see here is at the end of his journey and trying something more altruistic.Then again, Kang could just be Loki s Mephisto and another red herring generated by Internet speculation. But as Ravonna presents one solid connection to him — via the comics, anyway — it is possible he will matter before the end.And like Kang, the second episode of Loki gave us a lot of possibilities to ponder. Hopefully, more clarity will come as The Variant and Loki make their way to the Time-Keepers and they get their chance to offer testimony. In the meantime, we ll continue to wonder if any Loki can escape their seeming destiny as the villain.Loki episodes debut each Wednesday on Disney+.
What happens when a professional journalist goes free-range as a podcaster with no checks on her work? That s just one question Truth Be Told creator Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) tackles in the new Apple TV+ legal drama.Based on Kathleen Barber s 2017 novel Are You Sleeping, Truth Be Told stars Aaron Paul as Warren Cave (Paul), a young man sent to prison 18 years ago for a murder he may not have committed, and Octavia Spencer as Poppy Parnell, a journalist and podcaster who initially helped put him behind bars only to realize two decades later that she may have contributed to the incarceration of an innocent man.Exploring topics of race, privacy, and the way we consume and are influenced by media, Spellman flips the true-crime genre on its head in Truth Be Told, which premieres also stars Lizzy Caplan, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, and Elizabeth Perkins.True-crime podcasts have been the rage for some time. Yet, as addictive as they can be, there are also concerns about the lack of oversight in the way information is researched, collected, and delivered to the public. What is true one week, can be debunked in the next episode. And that can be tough for audiences to keep up with, especially if the show has already done its part in swaying public opinion.Just how harmful can unchecked journalism be, especially in this fast-paced cancel-culture period we re currently living in? And what are the consequences that may lie behind the public justice that can unfold after consuming popular episodic true-crime entertainment like the hit podcast Serial or Netflix s docu-series Making a Murderer?(Photo by Apple TV+) I like the idea of this woman who s a trained journalist with really great credits, who is now in a field where there are no checks and balances. There are no bosses — she s her own boss, Spellman explained during the show s press junket. As she goes down this rabbit hole, there s no editor, there s no publisher, there s no one to pull her back in. She goes against the first rule by making it personal. That s how we sort of got into the story, asking if there s a ripple effect in crime. The person at the center of it, how does her ambition couple with her guilt? Spellman and Spencer both share an obsession with the true-crime genre and the armchair-detective aspect of shows like the ones mentioned above, as well as Snapped, Cold Case Files, and Forensic Files. That listener-as-participant element of the story drew the Oscar-winner to the project. I was just excited to get to play something very close to how my mind works as an investigator, Spencer revealed. The only thing is, I like working from behind the screen, you know? The idea of actually being out in the real world asking questions, investigating in that way is a little scary. For the Shape Of Water actress, the biggest allure of the project was being able to play a character with a flawed moral compass. Sure, Poppy wants to discover the truth, but is it her guilt or the ever-present threat to her professional reputation that is driving the podcaster on this dangerous mission? That s what I love about Poppy, she answered. Her ascent into greatness — or fame or money — came on the back of whether or not this affluent young kid would get a fair trial. Would he be found guilty? For her, everything pointed at guilty. Fast forward 20 years, when you now have the cancel culture with social media and people are listening to her podcast. There s this fervor around it, an excitement, and she realized: Could she have been wrong? And what are the implications of her being wrong? (Photo by Apple TV+)This all brings us to the man on the other side of the argument: Warren Cave. When Poppy decides to re-examine his murder case for her podcast, the two eventually reunite, and the results, at least at the beginning, are a bit upsetting. Not only did Poppy possibly have a hand in putting an innocent man in jail, but his survival in prison meant Warren took some drastic measures. He was pushed into a corner, Aaron Paul said, discussing the reason his character became a white supremacist. He was thrown in prison at a very young age and he had to pick a side — that s the only way to really survive. Otherwise, he s just a punching bag 24/7. The side he picked was the Aryan Nation Brotherhood, which is a really terrifying sort of just dangerous place to be. Truth Be Told may be inspired by Are You Sleeping, but Spellman takes liberties with the story being told here. Not only did she pivot a bit from the original subject matter — according to the showrunner, Poppy Parnell was an ancillary character in the book — she also kept the outcome of the series a secret from the actors. At the very beginning of the shoot, my first burning question was, Well, did he do it?' Paul revealed. And Michelle was like, I m not telling you. And then I go, But I m the actor playing the guy, I should know if he did it or not! I honestly did not know whether or not he was innocent until the very end, truly. How does an actor play a convict who may be innocent of the crime he was imprisoned for? Especially if you, as the actor, don t know if he is in fact innocent? I always try to bring heart to any character I m playing whether it s a very bad person or a good person, Paul said. I just had to play him as honest as I saw him. Putting the actors pursuit of the truth of their characters onscreen may be tricky, but created an intriguing push-and-pull dynamic between the honesty of the roles and the show s overall quest for truth. In the criminal world, in the true-crime world, one of the things that they tell you that you can t rely on is the eyewitness because the truth is always malleable, Spencer said. To an eyewitness, you may not see or remember the same thing that I see or remember. So truth is sadly, it s perception and how we all remember this moment. I think truth is shaped by whatever lens you view the world. And whatever your truth is will inform what you think the truth is. A much as fans of the genre yearn to do their own investigative work in between episodes of their own favorite podcast, there s a largely not-talked-about component to the popularity of true-crime reporting and dramatization: the impact on the families involved. I was watching Making a Murderer, Spellman said. There was one point in the first season where I was thinking, God, this must be awful for the woman s family. You know what I mean? That this has become something that s like watercooler talk. And that idea that, if you had this tragedy in your past, and it s been personal, and it s something that your family has dealt with, and then it becomes this thing, where maybe your coworkers are talking about it. Maybe that s a secret that you didn t tell at work, because it s too painful. And then we have this discussion, this back-and-forth about these very real people as if they re fictional characters. (Photo by Apple TV+)Take cinematic stories like Netflix s Mindhunter, Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and the Zach Efron–starrer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, for instance. The bloody exploits of serial killers like Charles Manson and Ted Bundy have become a part of our pop culture lexicon, but their violent deeds caused very real pain for their victims and their victims families. It just becomes a story after a while, Spellman explained. Other people s pain is just a story. It s now a shorthand story, but that pain was real and it s still real for all of those families. So we touch on it when we go to Warren s family, Poppy s family [there s a] ripple effect there. Which brings us back to Poppy s podcast that threads it all together. As gimmicky as it may sound to have a voiceover narration guide an audience through the mystery that is slowly unfolding, that component works for Truth Be Told. And one of the reasons why, according to Spellman, is the unreliability of its host. The podcast is kind of an unreliable narrator, she said. We don t know Poppy s agenda. And we don t know when or if we can believe her. Truth Be Told episodes 1-3 are now streaming on Apple TV+.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
All things considered, this July doesn t boast as many big summer films as one might think. That said, the big movies we are getting this month are pretty huge, ranging from the next chapter of the MCU and one of Disney s highest-profile releases in some time to horror-meister Ari Aster s follow-up to Hereditary and the latest Quentin Tarantino flick. Throw in a surprise breakout hit from Sundance, and the top of the pile looks pretty promising. Read on to find out the five most anticipated movies by Rotten Tomatoes users and our fans on social media in July.1. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 90%8,731 Want-to-See Votes#2 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fansOpens July 3Ever since Tom Holland swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, fans have largely been on board with his earnest, self-deprecating portrayal of Peter Parker. That s good news for Marvel, because it s very likely that Spider-Man will become one of the linchpins of the franchise following Avengers: Endgame. With that in mind, hopes are high for this follow-up to his first solo MCU outing, which takes place after the events of Endgame and catches Peter up with his high school pals as they travel together to Europe. There, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) tracks him down to team up with another man with superpowers to defeat a series of elemental threats. The film is already Certified Fresh, signaling a strong start to the post-Endgame MCU.2. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) 85%831 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #2 pick by our Facebook fansOpens July 26Is Quentin Tarantino really going to retire after he directs 10 films? We hope not, but in the meantime, let s hope he continues to churn out quality stuff. His latest effort is a cheeky, affectionate look back at the 1960s, specifically through the lens of a struggling, alcoholic actor (played b Leonardo DiCaprio) and his best friend and stunt double (played by Brad Pitt). Little was revealed about the plot of the film before it premiered at Cannes, save for the fact that the Manson Family Murders would somehow play into it, but Tarantino s name itself as well as a cast that includes not only DiCaprio and Pitt but also Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, and Bruce Dern, among others shot this one right to the top of our Instagram and Twitter polls, with a second place finish on Facebook.3. Midsommar (2019)1,405 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Facebook fans, #3 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fansOpens July 3Last year, director Ari Aster made a huge impression with his feature debut, Hereditary, a terrifying horror film wrapped up in a family drama about grief and loss. Now he returns with Midsommar, a terrifying or, at least, unsettling horror film wrapped up in a break-up movie, and those who found Hereditary effective are eager to see if Aster is a one-and-done or something more. The film centers on a group of friends including a couple whose relationship is on the rocks who journey to a remote village in Sweden for a once-in-a-lifetime festival, only to discover strange and dangerous things are afoot. Hereditary was somewhat divisive for moviegoers, and there s a strong chance it ll be the same for Midsommar, but there s no doubt that Ari Aster is a skilled craftsman, and who doesn t love a good scare at the movies from time to time?4. The Lion King (2019) 52%
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