With film and television production shutdowns largely still in effect and most movie theaters still closed for the time being, the various film- and TV-related live events have likewise had to adapt to changing circumstances or cancel operations altogether. San Diego Comic-Con has been, both literally and figuratively, one of the biggest venues for Hollywood to flaunt its latest and most exciting projects, and this year, amid COVID-19 concerns, the convention has decided to go online. Now dubbed Comic-Con@Home, the event will take place via virtual panels from this Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26.While this change means nobody will be able to attend the pop culture mecca in person, it also means that all of the scheduled panels are now officially free for anyone who wants to tune in and watch. With that in mind, we went through the entire Comic-Con@Home schedule and found 10 exciting panel discussions you should definitely catch if you have the time.Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel(Photo by CBS All Access)When: Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 am (PT)This is the panel to check out if you re a Star Trek fan of any stripe, as it will cover the various projects going on in the franchise as a whole. First, Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Tig Notaro and many more will participate in a table read of the show s Season 2 finale, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2, followed by a Q A. Then the creator and showrunner of the upcoming animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, Mike McMahan will offer an extended first look at the series along with key voice cast members. And finally, the great Patrick Stewart will be on hand to talk about the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, with both current cast members and a few special appearances by familiar faces like Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Jeri Ryan, and Marina Sirtis.The New MutantsWhen: Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm (PT)After a long and winding road involving multiple re-writes and re-shoots, not to mention the Disney acquisition of Fox, Josh Boone s horror-tinged The New Mutants is officially set to open on August 28, notwithstanding any further delays. Ahead of that, the film s Comic-Con panel will feature Boone and stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga in a discussion about the new film.The Boys: Season 2When: Thursday, July 23 at 3:00 pm (PT)Amazon Prime s hit series comes back for its second season on September 4, but if you can t wait, the cast and crew are offering a sneak peak. Executive producer Eric Kripke and stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Aya Cash, along with moderator Aisha Tyler, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season, with executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg making a special appearance.Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass(Photo by Aimee Spinks/Netflix)When: Friday, July 24 at 10:00 am (PT)Hot on the heels of the successful Netflix premiere of The Old Guard, star Charlize Theron will engage in a career retrospective Q A session focusing on the producer and actress s steady evolution into one of modern Hollywood s most reliable and reliably bankable action stars, diving into the evolution of the modern female action hero, the roles that inspired her, and what drives her to constantly push her limits with fight training.Three Walking Dead PanelsWhen: Friday, July 24 at 12:00 pm (Fear the Walking Dead), 1:00 pm (The Walking Dead), 2:00 pm (The Walking Dead: World Beyond)AMC s popular zombie franchise will dominate the middle of Friday with three panels, one for each of their series, all moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. The first will be the noon panel dedicated to Fear the Walking Dead, featuring TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades, as they discuss the show s upcoming sixth season.Directly after that, at 1:00 pm, Hardwick and Gimple will welcome showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro to talk about The Walking Dead s Season 10 finale episode, A Certain Doom, which is scheduled to air sometime later this year.And finally, Hardwick and Gimple will host showrunner and executive producer Matt Negrete and cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicholas Cantu, Nico Tortorella, Julia Ormond, and Joe Holt in a discussion about the franchise s newest addition, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which will follow the first generation raised by the survivors of the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested new world.Constantine: 15th Anniversary Reunion(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)When: Saturday, July 25 at 12:00 pm (PT)Earlier this year, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Constantine, the Francis Lawrence-directed Keanu Reeves supernatural thriller based on DC Comics Hellblazer series. But if you want to know what the people directly involved have to say about the film, you can tune in to watch Reeves, Lawrence, and producer Akiva Goldsman reunite to reflect on the film and its legacy as a cult favorite.Guillermo del Toro and Scott Cooper on Antlers and Filmmaking(Photo by Lev Radin, James Atoa/Everett Collection)When: Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 pm (PT)Scott Cooper s (Crazy Heart, Hostiles) latest project, the horror film Antlers, was one of the films that fell victim to coronavirus-related rescheduling, as it was originally slated to open on April 17 but was pulled from the calendar and hasn t yet been assigned a new date. Nevertheless, Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro will be on hand not only to tease their upcoming Searchlight Pictures project, discussing how they designed the Wendigo-inspired monster in it, but also to go in-depth on the craft of filmmaking and how they create a visual style.Bill Ted Face the MusicWhen: Saturday, July 25 at 3:00 pm (PT)The nearly-three-decades-in-the-making sequel Bill Ted Face the Music is still set to open on September 1 in select theaters and on-demand, and reveal how middle-aged Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) will save the planet with a new song. But before that happens, Reeves and Winter will join director Dean Parisot, writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, and co-stars Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and William Sadler in a live discussion hosted by Kevin Smith.HBO s Lovecraft CountryWhen: Saturday, July 25 at 4:00 pm (PT)One of the most anticipated new series of 2020 is HBO s Lovecraft Country, a supernatural drama based on the novel of the same name that draws parallels between the horror writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Jim Crow-era racism in the United States. While much-hyped executive producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams won t be on hand for the discussion, cast members Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee, and Courtney B. Vance will take part in a conversation about the new show.What We Do in the Shadows(Photo by Russ Martin/©FX)When: Saturday, July 25 at 5:00 pm (PT)FX s acclaimed vampire-centric comedy series based on Taika Waititi s mockumentary of the same name was a breakout hit last year, and we re just a little over a month past the Season 2 finale. To celebrate, cast members Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén will jump online for a discussion about the series hosted by Haley Joel Osment, who guest-starred on the Season 2 opener.Thumbnail images by Lev Radin/Everett Collection, Aimee Spinks/Netflix, HBO 1. Steven Spielberg Remains Very Much InvolvedExecutive Producer Steven Spielberg, who also produced the original Animaniacs and was involved in every aspect of production, returns for the revival. Wellesley Wild, one of the two new showrunners, told Rotten Tomatoes that the new episodes are very much the brainchild of Spielberg, who gets an appearance in the very first of the new episodes with a Jurassic Park parody. Steven really wanted to set the show in the right direction from the start, Wild explained. He really had a specific vision for the show in mind, and we tried to realize what he had in his head, to imbue the show with the balance of cartoon violence, satire, and meta-humor from the original episodes. 2. It s Just Like You Remember, But With Some Updates(Photo by Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation)A lot has changed in animation over the past 22 years. Not only in the way shows are made, but also in what they do and say. Animaniacs is no longer the only comedy with meta-humor in a world with Community or Adventure Time. So there s a lot riding on the new episodes to feel both like the originals, while also doing something that contemporary cartoons aren t doing, and co-showrunner Gabe Swarr knows this. In the olden days they used different animation studios for different episodes, Swarr said. So we contacted one of them directly and asked how they went about it and really leaned into the way they animated the characters. Adhering and staying as close as possible to the original and only changing what was necessary to bring it up to date was the number one goal, Wild added. We re obviously pulling from more relevant social commentary and cultural events; for example, Dot flexes her feminist muscles a little more in the revival than she did in the original, and she s sort of a more assertive character. 3. It s Like No Time Has Passed for the Cast(Photo by Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation)Though Animaniacs has new writers and showrunners, the main cast remains the same, with Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche returning as Yakko (and Pinky), Wakko, Dot (and Brain), respectively.Though the show has been off the air for 22 years, the cast has never been as ready to return to being zany. It was like putting on a favorite pair of pants, LaMarche said. It was great, man. Literally falling back into something we ve loved all these years and nobody needed any reminders. It was just like getting the band back together. Harnell agreed: The thing is that we ve been doing the Comic-Con circuit for at least 10 years, and we do script readings where people want to interact with us as Pinky and the Brain, or Wakko the Great Wakkorotti. Those muscles have been kept in shape for a decade at least, just waiting to be brought out into actual animated cells. 4. Expect New Music Genres and Parodies(Photo by Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation)One of the most memorable aspects of Animaniacs is its music, particularly its songs. What other show is able to make a song rhyming every word in the dictionary, or every U.S. President until Clinton? So expectations are high for the new songwriter team to stand out at a time where animated shows with musical numbers are not a rarity anymore. Still, there may be a few surprises up the show s sleeve. There are so many new genres that have become popular since the show ended in the late nineties, Wild said. So we re using K-pop, reggaeton, and just about everything in the new episodes. Harnell teased the return of Broadway-style numbers. Without giving too much away, I can say that we did a really amazing parody of one of my all-time favorite Broadway musicals, Harnell said.Animaniacs has always maintained a balance between modern references and obscure, classic-Hollywood references, so to have a song parody the 1959 William Castle horror film The Tingler is a good sign for fans of the original episodes. There is an episode in which Dr. Scratchansniff sings a song about the Tickler, who s like this scary thing like the Tingler, Paulsen said.5. One Joke Was Changed Because of the Pandemic(Photo by Amblin Television/Warner Bros. Animation)Though Animaniacs prides itself on speaking about current issues, animation takes a long time to be produced. The first of the new episodes even comments on the lag and includes a segment
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Eggsy s come a long way. This month, Kingsman star Taron Egerton swaps tailored suits and ultra-violence for sequins and songs in Rocketman, director Dexter Fletcher s biopic about music superstar Elton John. The first reviews from the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie premiered to a standing ovation, say Egerton captures the flamboyance and the heart of John, and that Rocketman could be a game-changer for the 29-year-old British actor.In this exclusive extended sit-down, Egerton talks about his road to becoming Elton John, one that began with the first time he saw The Lion King. Egerton recalls the first time he met John – it was on the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and John made him blush – and the bond the two men have developed. He also takes us through the challenges of becoming Elton John, from intensive vocal training to learning the piano (or at least learning how to convincingly fake it), and shares what John has meant to his life and his career.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Where do you go after Game of Thrones? For the creators of the hit HBO fantasy series, it s Star Wars and now Netflix. Plus, this year s Emmy Awards show is going hostless. Bold. But perhaps not as bold as the timing of FX s next American Crime Story topic.Game of Thrones Creators Find Their New TV HomeDavid Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed an overall deal to develop new films and series for Netflix pic.twitter.com/57gLQOSTLE See What s Next (@seewhatsnext) August 7, 2019Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found their new home: Netflix. The duo has signed what sources told Deadline is a massive deal somewhere in the nine-figure range, after being courted by six different studios, including HBO. We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home, the pair said in a statement. Over the past few months we’ve spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber. We remember the same shots from the same 80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honored they invited us to join them. The duo is also set to produce a series of Star Wars films, with the first expected in 2022.RELATED: 5 Places Star Wars Could Go in the 2020s There Won t Be an Emmys Host This Year(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Fox boss Charlie Collier confirmed to reporters at the 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour that, like the Oscars, there will be no host for the 2019 Emmys. Later that day, former Golden Globes host Amy Poehler said she understands the reluctance of people to sign on for such a massive gig. Those shows are a beast and the people who produce those shows have a specific, hard job, she said. But without a host, It should be a fun party. Think about how fun it is to go to a party, and you don t know who s throwing it. Your brain will probably decide who the host is. Could the New Season of American Crime Story Influence the 2020 Election?(Photo by JA/Everett Collection)Immediately after FX announced that Impeachment would be the theme for the third season of American Crime Story, will focus on Bill Clinton s impeachment through the eyes of the women involved in the case (starring Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky), and will premiere in late September 2020, an online backlash began denouncing the timing of the series. FX boss John Landgraf hit back at critics of the timing, saying that it s scheduled then because people will be interested in this right around the presidential election. I believe very, very strongly in what we’re making. I’ve read it. I think it’s great, Landgraf said. I don’t believe it’s going to determine who’s the next president of the United States. I think that’s a little hysterical, from my standpoint, somebody saying that that’s going to influence the presidential election. And from my standpoint, I am insistent that I’m going to support artists who want to make great art, and they want to put it at the time and place where people are going to watch it. I will stand up here as long as I’m here, and I will stand for artists, and I will stand for art. And no one will shout us down in terms of you saying, You can’t make that art, or You can’t schedule at the time that most people want to watch it. ”Fleabag Takes Top Honors at Television Critics Association Awards Breezy, isn t it? Phoebe Waller-Bridge commented to journalists Laura Prudom and Emma Dibdin, who both wore her black Fleabag season 2 dinner scene outfit to present the Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy to the series. Fleabag also won Program of the Year and Individual Achievement in Comedy for star and creator Waller-Bridge when the industry organization handed out its annual honors on August 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills.The awards included:Individual Achievement in Drama: Michelle Williams (FOSSE/VERDON, FX)Individual Achievement in Comedy: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FLEABAG, Amazon)Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: LEAVING NEVERLAND (HBO)Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: QUEER EYE (Netflix)Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: ARTHUR (PBS Kids)Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows: LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (HBO)Outstanding New Program: RUSSIAN DOLL (Netflix)Outstanding Achievement in Movie Or Miniseries: CHERNOBYL (HBO)Outstanding Achievement in Drama: BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: FLEABAG (Amazon)Program of the Year: FLEABAG (Amazon)Lifetime Achievement Honoree: David MilchHeritage Award: DEADWOOD (HBO)Supernatural Says Goodbye to the Winchester Brothers(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)As Supernatural heads into its 15th and final season, stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki reflected on the past and future of their demon-hunting brother characters. I don’t think these guys look in the past very often, unless it’s to help moving forward. I think they will continue to move forward, but this is just it’s a long journey that I don’t think is ever going to be over, Ackles said . I think we’re just going to go away for a while. How long, I don’t know. Cracked Padalecki, And then 15 more seasons. But while Ackles noted there’s a running joke on the set that this is Supernatural, and nothing ever stays dead, executive producer Andrew Dabb said that he and the writers are planning a definitive ending. We’re looking at this as a true ending. And in a true ending, people can’t keep coming back over and over again. Through various machinations, some of the things that our guys have relied on to keep themselves going and going and going no matter what are going to go away. And they’re going to be facing life or death. Really, they face it a lot, but this time it’s for real, Dabb said.The Boys Is One of Amazon s Biggest Shows Ever(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)In the two weeks following its release, Amazon superhero series The Boys has already become one of the streamer s most-watched series. From executive producers Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Preacher executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, The Boys tells the story of entitled, dangerous superheroes managed by the nefarious Vought Corporation and the vigilantes seeking vengeance for wrongs committed by members of the Seven, the crème de la crème of the Vought superhero machine. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said the series surpassed our predictions for viewing in its first two weeks, and has become one of our most watched Amazon Original series by our Prime Video customers.” The series also became one of the most binged series of 2019 with Amazon Prime Video customers, Amazon reported in a release. The first season is Certified Fresh at 81% on the Tomatometer with 74 reviews. Season 2 is now in production.RELATED: Why The Boys’ Twisted Take on the Superhero Genre Is So Deeply Satisfying Teen Sleuth Nancy Drew Gets a Supernatural UpdateThe Nancy Drew novels have always contained a possible supernatural element that always turned out to be of human nature. But on The CW s dark series featuring the classic teen detective, that supernatural element might be a little more real. There are ghosts in our show, executive producer Noga Landau said. The way to really look at it is that most of the things that are supernatural are rooted in something that’s happening mysteriously in the real world. Everything is rooted in emotion or some mystery amongst the living that has been unresolved. And while there will be a season-long mystery the characters solve, there will also be some case-of-the-week elements. The case in the pilot is the case that we will be unraveling through the course of the season, executive producer Melinda Hsu Taylor said, but every week there’s going to be a feel of, like, Oh, this is the story this week. We’ve got this part of the mission to unfold, and another little mini mystery will become revealed to us through the things that we’re doing in that episode. I think it’s a really satisfying season-long mystery, but every week is going to be very satisfying as well. When Will Batwoman Don Her Wig?(Photo by JSquared Photography/The CW)When the character of Batwoman was first introduced to The CW s Arrowverse in the 2018 Elseworlds crossover, she was wearing the character s trademark red wig. But in the pilot for the CW series, which takes place before the events of Elseworlds, there s no wig in sight. That’s going to come up in episode 3, when she really embraces her role as Batwoman, executive producer Caroline Dries said. She puts on that suit, as we see in the pilot, because she’s trying to scare her enemy. And she’s not necessarily trying to become Batwoman. She’s just trying to be disguise her identity and be a fearful opponent to her nemesis. So she it’s a gradual story. It’s an origin story, so it’s a gradual realization of, Oh, actually, I’m going to need my own identity.' In the upcoming crossover, the epic five-show Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dries worked hard to make sure the story line for Batwoman still made sense in the universe of the series. [What] was really important to me as we were breaking the crossover is that I want to keep the tone of our show in Gotham very grounded, she said. We are just starting out, and our characters — it’s not normal for them to interact with aliens and travel to different universes and stuff like that, so that is the first thing I brought up to the major writers’ room as we were breaking the crossover. How Will Black Lightning Join the Arrowverse?(Photo by Josh Stringer/The CW )In addition to the whopping five shows joining The CW s annual Arrowverse crossover — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman — Crisis on Infinite Earths will also introduce characters from the network s other superhero series, Black Lightning. Arrowverse executive producer Marc Guggenheim said it was always the goal to make this crossover the biggest ever. Ever since we started talking about doing Crisis — and we started it last year — the goal has always been how many different corners of the DC Universe can we touch? We already say, It’s not Crisis on CW, or It’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. And Black Lightning just makes so much sense. I’m a huge fan of that show, and I’m a longtime fan of that comic character. What it really came down to was Salim Akil deciding whether he wanted to do it. He and I had a great conversation last week talking about Black Lightning being part of the crossover. I think we’re both really jazzed and really excited that there are some phenomenal possibilities here. Say Hello to Your Friends: Netflix s Baby-Sitters Club Casts Parents(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage; Michael Buckner/Getty Images)Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein will play the parents of Baby-Sitters Club president Kristy in Netflix s upcoming single-camera family series adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club. Silverstone is Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Feuerstein s Watson Brewer. The series is based on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series about five Connecticut BFFs — Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer. Production is currently underway in Vancouver.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
This week in TV news brings you behind-the-scenes drama on one of DC Universe s biggest 2019 launches, major video game adaptation casting news, and much more in the world of TV.TOP STORYTrouble in the Water for Swamp Thing?News broke earlier this week that production on DC Universe’s upcoming series Swamp Thing had been halted after five months of shooting. Some reports — including the initial story from one of the local news outlets, the Wilmington Star-News, that brought the story from the Wilmington, North Carolina set to national attention — noted that the shut-down was actually a pause so creators could “rewrite an ending” that would shave the series’ initial episode order from 13 down to 10. But others included the seemingly unfounded speculation that the move marked not just a creative shift for the series, but certain doom for the streaming service altogether.DC Universe’s response to that? Nah. The company’s metaphorical mic drop of a response involved releasing the very first teaser for the series, which noted that it would arrive on its original, already-announced release date: May 31. Watch it above.We Can See Your Halo(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)American Gods star Pablo Schreiber has landed the coveted lead role in Showtime’s upcoming adaptation of Halo, based on the popular Xbox game. He’ll play Master Chief, Earth s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity. The series will introduce a new character to the Halo universe, too: newcomer Yerin Ha will play Quan Ah, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both. Production begins in Budapest, Hungary, this fall.Stranger Things Lawsuit Heads to Court(Photo by Netflix)A lawsuit against Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer alleging that the filmmaker brothers stole the idea for their hit series is headed to trial next month. A Los Angeles judge ruled against a petition for summary judgment that the Duffers and Netflix had submitted, ensuring the matter would proceed to trial. (A summary judgment means the judge would rule on the matter without a full trial.) Plaintiff Charlie Kessler alleges in his lawsuit that he pitched the Duffers a project at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival based on “various urban legends, and paranormal and conspiracy theories,” and that he’s owed a third of the show’s profits. The Duffers allege that the casual, 10- to 15-minute chat “is the sole bases for the alleged implied contract at issue in this lawsuit and for Kessler’s meritless theory that the Duffers used his ideas to create Stranger Things.” Check out more on the suit at The Hollywood Reporter.Lena Waithe on Westworld, Mike Myers on Netflix, and more Casting News(Photo by Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Lena Waithe is the latest star to join the currently filming third season of Westworld, according to Entertainment Weekly. She joins fellow new cast member Aaron Paul in a top-secret role.Comedian Mike Myers will executive produce and star in a new comedy series for Netflix. The half-hour limited series will see the Austin Powers star play multiple characters over six episodes.Joel Edgerton will play a slave-catcher named Ridgeway in Amazon’s upcoming series from Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad, Variety reports. The series is based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name, which follows a young slave escaping her Georgia plantation only to find a literal underground railroad system, and will consist of 11 episodes (all directed by Jenkins).And finally, three new actors have joined CBS All Access’ upcoming Picard-focused Star Trek series: Alison Pill, Harry Treadway, and Isa Briones. The three will all be series regulars alongside Sir Patri
We’re one week away from the release of John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, and the reactions have been very promising. Now the first crop of reviews have arrived online, and the third installment of the Keanu Reeves-led action franchise is being called the best one yet, coming out of the gate with an even higher Tomatometer score of 96%! Even if you question all the violence, you have to admire the technical quality of the action filmmaking involved. And by the end, you won’t just be wanting more John Wick but also spinoffs of the other characters.Here’s what the critics are saying about John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum:How does Chapter 3 compare to the first two?It’s the best film of the franchise so far, even surpassing the first film. Mike Ryan, UproxxHands down, the most giddily brutal and bananas film in the series to date. Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment WeeklyEverything about John Wick: Chapter 3 is better than Chapter 2, from the fantastic cinematography to the editing and the score. Edward Douglas, The BeatThe choreography by far surpasses anything done in JW1 and it will make you forget JW2 altogether. Karen Han, PolygonParabellum also has the distinction of being the silliest of the John Wick movies; it’s like watching the live-action adaptation of a cartoon. Peter Debruge, VarietyMisses the greatness of Chapter 2 because of a convoluted last act and underdeveloped supporting characters. Brian Truitt, USA TodayDoes the praise go even further than the John Wick series?The year’s best action film, and if anything comes along and surpasses it I shall kneel before the filmmakers and pledge my fealty. Sean Mulvihill, fanboynation.comIf you were to ask someone what the greatest action movie ever made was, and they said ‘the first thirty minutes of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” they’d have a point. William Bibbiani, Bloody DisgustingWith John Wick 3, Reeves has finally made another action movie on par with The Matrix. Edward Douglas, The Beat(Photo by Summit Entertainment / courtesy Everett Collection)So, the action scenes are good, then?Every fight scene here is a sumptuous martial arts infused treat, in which we get a taste of fight-styles from all over the planet, executed by masters of those styles. Sherin Nicole, idobi.com
亚博全站官网登录 k Widow 2 set in the five-year gap between Thanos s (Josh Brolin) death and Scott Lang s (Paul Rudd) return from the Quantum Realm. Would Natasha be as weary as she seems in Endgame? Why would she feel that way if she reestablished ties with Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz), and Alexi Shostakov (David Harbour). Did they get Blipped? Or did another falling out occur, leaving her to run the Avengers with occasional in-person visits from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)? Alternatively, a sequel could see Nat and Yelena teaming up for another quip-filled adventure as the Red Room still needs further dismantling.Also, we ll point out here that another objective of Black Widow was to establish Yelena as a major Marvel player going forward, so we expect any Black Widow sequel would feature her. That said, a Marvel more comfortable with prequels could go back to the Budapest operation (even if we got the gist of what transpired in Black Widow) or even focus on a story in which Natasha is the villain during her time as a Red Room agent. More prequels mean more possibilities while still maintaining the deaths and actions of certain characters a feat even the comics can t pull off!Implications for the Hawkeye Disney+ Series(Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)But speaking of Yelena, the film s most direct nod to Phase Four comes during the film s post-credit stinger, when the former Black Widow accepts a mission to hunt down Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), a thread that will be picked up in the upcoming Hawkeye television series. Shot in late 2020 and early 2021, the Disney+ series will see Clint training or assisting Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a new Hawkeye with issues all her own. Also, we re pretty sure they re going to run afoul of tracksuit-loving mobsters and adopt an adorable golden retriever with a love of pizza.The project was one of Marvel Studios worst kept secrets, with its existence long-rumored and Steinfeld s part in it leaking a year before the studio made the news official and even then, photos of the actor in costume appeared on the internet a good week before studio president Kevin Feige finally confirmed her participation at the December 2020 Disney Investor s Day presentation. Another rumor about the show indicated Pugh would be making her first post-Black Widow appearance in the series. Then, in December of 2020, it was reported that Pugh officially joined the cast of the series alongside a handful of others. Just a couple of days ago, in an interview with Variety specifically about the post-credits stinger at the end of Black Widow, director Cate Shortland and Pugh essentially confirmed what everyone suspected when Pugh confessed that she didn’t ever really imagine that [her role in the MCU] would continue quite so quickly. It s worth noting, though, that as Black Widow was originally slated for release last year, the Hawkeye reference sets up something well into the Disney+ slate. It sidesteps the initially announced programs in favor of what will be Marvel Studio s sixth television program, although there is a nod to another TV show we ll talk about in a moment. As it stands now, Hawkeye will debut less than year after Black Widow, which means Yelena will be fresher in viewer s minds when she inevitably beats the living daylights out of Clint.The Contessa As Phase Four s Fury(Photo by ©Walt Disney Company)Of course, the stinger also features an appearance by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). According to Feige, she was always meant to debut in Black Widow, with the stinger serving as a forward link to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. But since her debut ended up occurring in that series, the Contessa s appearance here has a slightly different effect it amplifies, rather than establishes, the notion that she s serving as Phase Four s answer to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).As we theorized after TFaTWS s finale, the Contessa is collecting a team of her own. From her conversation with Yelena, we can gather that Yelena already works for her by the time she learns of Natasha s death on Vormir. But just what is the Contessa s aim in building her own Avengers?The character s comic book history offer some clues, as the character evolved into the most adept rogue agent ever trained. In her lifetime as a comic book character, she has betrayed S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, and seemingly Leviathan, although she could still be loyal to that group. So far in the MCU, the Contessa s subordinates include an ex-Russian spy and a failed Captain America. That doesn t feel like an accident, despite whatever promise of glory and country she feeds to John Walker (Wyatt Russell).(Photo by ©Walt Disney Company)Is it possible she runs the current incarnation of the MCU s Leviathan, the Soviet scientific research and espionage agency we mentioned in our round-up of Five Things to Remember Before You See Black Widow? Like Hydra, it was built to survive, and she could easily be its director.Then again, she could be working with Fury. The two have a long history in the comics, and she could be collecting Phase Four characters on his behalf. The motive: a further defense against whatever foe is up in space that Fury is planning for with the Skrulls (as glimpsed in the Far From Home post-post-credits stinger). But that all depends on whether or not the Contessa is in any way altruistic.Lastly, there is always the possibility that she herself is a Skrull and furthering an agenda to be revealed in Secret Invasion another Phase Four Disney+ series due next year.No matter the true answer, it is interesting to see a character assembling a new team for a shadowy purpose.Taskmaster As A Continuing Threat(Photo by Jay Maidment/©Marvel Studios)We admit this one may be built on a flimsy premise Marvel seemingly cast Olga Kurylenko for a two-line role in Black Widow. But a face as familiar as hers suggests to us that we will see Taskmaster again. For one thing, she s a great hand-to-hand foe. Imagine Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) or Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) facing an opponent who knows their every move. Try to think of the quip Clint will deliver after she squarely trounces him.But beyond the physical threat she poses to just about everyone, there is also a further story to tell about her. As opposed to her comic book counter, who is often just a mercenary, Antonia s story is one of trauma and the horrible realization that her own father put her in this situation. How will she come to terms with that? Will her freedom from mind control and apparent turn away from evil at the end of Black Widow actually stick, or will her anger lead her down the villain s path? If the latter, will she be clever enough to organize some of the villains herself, or will she fall in with someone like Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl)?(Photo by Adrienn Szabo/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Come to think of it, one of the few things Marvel Studios has yet to attempt is a villain team-up. Is it time for the Masters of Evil? Granted, they ll need a slight rebranding as that name hardly suits Zemo s style or politics.Marvel could also utilize Taskmaster as a recurring villain, which the franchise has done on occasion (not counting big bads like Thanos or Loki). Antagonists generally die or get completely de-fanged by the end of a Marvel movie, and one of comic book Taskmaster s great strengths is his resiliency. Antonia could prove more successful at the recurring villain role than Crossbones (Frank Grillo) or Batroc (Georges St-Pierre). Also, as Taskmaster fights everyone in the comics, Antonia could appear in anything from an Eternals sequel to the Moon Knight series to Blade.Black Widow is in theaters and streaming on Disney+ with Premier Access now.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
(Photo by ©Searchlight Pictures)The Producers Guild of America Awards (PGAs) were announced last night and the presumptive Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland won for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture. This latest win reaffirms the film s position as the favorite for the top Academy Award.The PGAs have in the past been seen as the indicator of who s taking home Best Picture winner at the Oscars, as many of the PGA voters also make up a significant voting body in the Academy, and the winners often match. But after choosing 1917 last year when Parasite took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and La La Land when Moonlight ended up on top, it is no longer a foregone conclusion that Chloé Zhao s tale about a woman living in her van to escape financial hardship will go the distance. Sitting atop our awards leaderboard all year and sweeping the major prizes, however, is a pretty good indication.Elsewhere, the fascinatingly bizarre internet sensation My Octopus Teacher beat out stiff competition to be crowned Outstanding Documentary, while Golden Globe winners The Crown, The Queen s Gambit, and Schitt s Creek won their respective categories as well. Read on for the full list of PGA Awards winners below!The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Pictures
亚博全站官网登录 Following through on good vibes from its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers exceeded even the loftiest expectations for its debut. The numbers may not have been enough to take the top spot from Pennywise, but the film’s opening is an important win for STX Films.Queen of the Crop: Hustlers Pulls In .2 Million(Photo by STX)STX’s previous best opening weekend was Bad Moms back in July 2016, with A Bad Moms Christmas taking the company’s second spot. This year’s surprise success, The Upside, which grossed over 8 million, was also a top grosser for STX. Hustlers’ .2 million start is higher than the total domestic grosses of the company’s other 2019 releases, The Best of Enemies, UglyDolls, and Poms, as well as 14 of its other 23 releases.The 13th-highest opening ever in September shows some real potential for Hustlers if word-of-mouth grows on the 87%-approved stripper crime drama. Six of the 11 films to open this month between million and million have gone on to reach the 0 million mark (though two of them were the kid-friendly Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films). Jennifer Lopez has never appeared in a live-action film to reach that milestone. Her highest-grossing films to date have been Maid in Manhattan (.01 million) and Monster-in-Law (.9 million). Hustlers is poised to already beat her third-best grosser (Anaconda’s .8 million) and any way you slice it, the million production is likely to be STX’s biggest success ever after Bad Moms — and its second with Lopez after last December’s Second Act grossed more than million globally on just a million budget.Rotten Returns: The Goldfinch DisappointsAs prestige projects go, always beware the ones released in late August and early September. Case in point: Warner Bros.’ The Goldfinch. Technically in award season and even given a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last week, John Crowley’s two-and-a-half-hour film has been poorly received by critics (24%) and now even moreso by audiences. A .64 million opening weekend is a disaster for the million production, though hardly the first for the studio this year. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and The Kitchen have all registered losses of more than million each, and now The Goldfinch looks to be joining them. By the end of its run it should be the lowest-grossing wide release Warner Bros. has released in September since 2005’s disaster A Sound of Thunder, which cost million and grossed just .9 million domestically and .6 million worldwide.The Top 10 and Beyond(Photo by Brooke Palmer/© 2019 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.)It – the first one – dropped 51.3 percent in its second week, grossing more than million. It: Chapter Two, already well behind the pace of the first, dropped 55 percent to .7 million this weekend. That means it is starting to fall behind the pace of Doctor Strange, which made .9 million in its second weekend, but remains still ahead of Logan, which grossed .1 million in weekend two. Both of those films had 2.9 million after ten days while It: Chapter Two has 3.8 million. That puts its current final estimate between 6-232 million, potentially a full 0 million less than the first chapter. Its worldwide total stands at 3 million and is already well into profit.Running down some of the big winners in the top ten we find that The Lion King has passed .61 billion worldwide and Hobbs Shaw is over 0 million, still nearly a half-billion less than The Fate of the Furious. Universal also has a bonafide hit with Good Boys despite still hoping to cross the 0 million mark globally. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is in about the same boat as Good Boys, with million worldwide, and is a hit for Lionsgate. As is Angel Has Fallen, which hasn’t started its global run yet, but is at more than million domestic and even an average total overseas will put it into the black.Roadside’s The Peanut Butter Falcon passed million this weekend, making it the seventh-highest-grossing film in the company’s history. A film that was hoping to replicate that success was Amazon’s Brittany Runs a Marathon, which finally entered wide release this weekend. But the company may have waited too long: Expanding into 757 theaters in its fifth week netted the film .55 million, which may look comparable to Moonlight moving from 176 to 650 theaters in week five and earning .48 million, but that film still had an entire award season in front of it. Last award season Amazon moved Beautiful Boy from 540 to 776 theaters in the same period and it earned .45 million. Brittany is ahead of that film’s pace with .8 million to date and may indeed pass it to become the company’s second-highest grossing film after this summer’s Late Night.This Time Last YearShane Black’s attempted reboot of The Predator took the top spot at the box office with .6 million. It would eventually be outgrossed by the week’s third-place finisher, A Simple Favor, which started with million and finished with .4 million, the second-best multiple of last September (3.34) for a wide release. The Nun fell a whopping 66.1 percent to second place with .2 million. Other new openers included White Boy Rick, which started in fourth with .86 million, and the continued story of Louis Zamperini in Unbroken: Path to Redemption, which opened in tenth to just .23 million. The top ten films grossed million and averaged 57.8% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top ten grossed an estimated .09 million (the 12th-best September top ten ever) and averaged 64.3% with critics.On the Vine: Space, Home, and Downton AbbeyThree vastly different films are looking for audience attention next week. The one original title is Brad Pitt’s sci-fi adventure Ad Astra, which looks to become the highest-grossing film of director James Gray’s career. But will it be enough to cover the more than million budget of the film originally supposed to open in May? Then John Rambo is back in Rambo: Last Blood, as the character returns to the home from the end of Rambo (the fourth entry in Sylvester Stallone’s franchise.) This one is not being screened for critics so look for its Tomatometer score later than usual. Then there is the big-screen continuation of Downton Abbey. Will Focus be able to score its own hit from its legion of fans or will we see just how limited its die-hard base really is? The studio is releasing the film in more than 3,000 theaters.The Full Top 10: September 13–15It: Chapter Two (2019) 62% – .73 million (3.80 million totalHustlers (2019) 87% – .23 million (.23 million total)Angel Has Fallen (2019) 39% – .40 million (.38 million total)Good Boys (2019) 80% – .26 million (.31 million total)The Lion King (2019) 52% – .55 million (3.99 million total)Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% – .70 million (8.31 million total)Overcomer (2019) 56% – .73 million (.98 million total)The Goldfinch (2019) 25% – .64 million (.64 million total)The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) 95% – .92 million (.04 million total)Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 85% – .85 million (.74 million total)