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武侠游戏最经典的轻功玩法，在《剑侠世界3》中也再次进行了革新。双人乘骑、御雕轻功等众多轻功玩法，满足每一个玩家的大侠梦。在画面方面，此次的《剑侠世界3》手游摒弃了当下流行的塑料、油腻画风，将完全回归传统国风，画面更加符合国人审美，让玩家能够全身心投入到剑侠情缘的武侠江湖中。亚博网页版登录Rotten Returns: The Grudge Becomes Latest Reboot to Flounder at Box Office(Photo by Allen Fraser / © Screen Gems)Sony’s The Grudge reboot earns its place here not because it may be a big financial loser – the budget is reportedly only million – but because there were clearly bigger hopes even than the - million projections it had. Also going into this weekend it had a strong .8 million in Thursday previews. But with just .3 million, the movie s first-weekend haul ranks as the worst weekend total for a January release with previews over million. The previous low was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’s .6 million; the second-lowest was last year’s Escape Room (.23 million). The Grudge’s number is also on the low-end of attempted franchise reboots, but still ahead of 2019’s Hellboy (.04 million), 2011’s Conan the Barbarian (.02 million), 2016’s Blair Witch (.57 million), and 2019’s Charlie’s Angels (.35 million). Those films all had final gross multiples between 1.81 and 2.17. 2019’s Child’s Play opened to .09 million and finished with just .20 million, a multiple of just 2.07. That would put The Grudge on pace for a final tally between million and million, which would be less than Rings finished with in 2017.The Top 10 and Beyond: Frozen II Becomes Biggest Animated Film Ever, Knives Out Continues Killer Run Sony did not have much luck with The Grudge this weekend but their other films are doing quite well. Jumanji: The Next Level may be million off Welcome to the Jungle’s pace after 24 days (2.22 million), but it is right behind it on the all-time December chart – 10th place in fact – at this period, well outpacing the last two Hobbit films, which finished with 5 and 8 million, respectively. All the films above The Next Level on the 24-day list grossed over 0 million. Only Titanic and The Fellowship of the Ring had grossed less at this point and went over the milestone. The Next Level’s million weekend is almost identical to Welcome to the Jungle’s fourth weekend and is the fifth-best weekend four for a December release ever, nearly million higher than even the first Lord of the Rings film.Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is hoping to just get that first 0 million and it took a solid step this week. Only one film has ever opened in December, reached million in 12 days, and failed to make it to 0 million (that would be 2008 s Valkyrie). Little Women just reached .5 million. Though its .57 million is on the lower end of the 12-day releases that grossed between - million, it is just over a week away from a likely slew of Oscar nominations that will no doubt boost its profile as one of the films to see over the next five weeks.Over on the animated front, Disney’s Frozen II continues to trend up the charts. The sequel is about to cross 0 million with another .29 million added this weekend. But more importantly, it has just crossed .32 billion, million more than the first film, which now makes it the highest-grossing animated film ever. With another million, it will pass Avengers: Age of Ultron and enter the top 10 movies of all time. Fox’s Spies in Disguise is not going to get anywhere near those numbers. What it is near are the numbers for The Adventures of Tintin, which had .47 million after 12 days following a .43 million second weekend; Spies is up to .72 million after an .08 million weekend. Tintin finished with .59 million, which would not be a great number for the 0 million production.Two of the great box office stories of the season are also still playing out. Rian Johnson’s Knives Out just crossed 0 million and is going to pass Once Upon a Time In Hollywood to become the second-highest grossing original film of the year. (Jordan Peele’s Us is number 1.) A total of 0 million is not out of the realm of possibility and 0 million globally is inevitable. Also doing great is Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems. The Adam Sandler thriller grossed .4 million in its second week of wide release for a total of .48 million. It is behind just Lady Bird (.95 million) and Hereditary (.06 million) on A24’s all-time chart and soon it will become their highest-grossing film in their seven-year history.This Time Last Year: Aquaman Rules For a Third Weekend(Photo by © Warner Bros.)James Wan’s Aquaman led the way for a third straight week with million, driving its total to over 0 million. As with this week, a horror film was the sole new release to kick off the New Year and a new franchise may have been born with Escape Room: It finished second with .23 million and its sequel is due out this August. The top five was rounded out by Mary Poppins Returns (.86 million), Bumblebee (.20 million), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (.12 million). The top 10 films grossed a total of 9 million, which was the best three-day weekend total of 2019 for the next eight weeks until Captain Marvel gave the box office a boost on March 8. The films averaged 66.4% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 grossed an estimated 9.68 million and averaged 66.6% with critics.On the Vine: One-Shot WWI Thriller 1917 Goes Wide and Could Unseat SkywalkerA loaded January weekend is likely to be led by one of two expansions. Sam Mendes’ 1917 has been doing solid business in limited release and should take the number 1 spot from not just its new challengers but from Star Wars as well. Just Mercy is also headed into wide release and may draw some pre-awards interest. Brand-new 2020 releases include the sci-fi horror film, Underwater, with Kristen Stewart, which is hoping to draw more interest than Charlie’s Angels did. Then there is the comedy, Like a Boss, with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek. Finally, 2019 layover, The Informer, with Joel Kinnaman will get a limited release after moving around on the schedule.The Full Top 10: January 3-5Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 52% – .74 million (0.77 million total)Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) 71% – .5 million (6.21 million total)Little Women (2019) 95% – .56 million (.02 million total)The Grudge (2020) 21% – .3 million (.3 million total)Frozen II (2019) 78% – .29 million (9.88 million total)Spies in Disguise (2019) 77% – .08 million (.73 million total)Knives Out (2019) 97% – .03 million (0.26 million total)Uncut Gems (2019) 91% – .83 million (.81 million total)Bombshell (2019) 68% – .08 million (.67 million total)Cats (2019) 20% – .6 million (.69 million total)
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There’s a lot of excitement to be had with the release of Black Widow (out in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9). For one, the title character, played by Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2010, finally has her own solo movie. Also, MCU fans finally get a new theatrical feature after two years of drought due to an unfortunate delay. And, finally, it’s also apparently pretty good and worth those two waits.The first crop of reviews for Black Widow, most of them positive, highlight additional things to be excited about specifically, from the performances by Johansson and Marvel newbie Florence Pugh to the relatively grounded action scenes and darker emotional themes for the franchise. It’s obviously not as epic as the last two Avengers movies, though, and whether that makes this a lesser entry or a breath of fresh air will be up for debate.Here’s what critics are saying about Black Widow:Is it worth the wait?Black Widow is finally here after years of delays and pushbacks due to the state of the world – but does it deliver where it needs to? The short answer is yes. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyAfter the extended delays of Natasha Romanoff’s long-overdue solo film, Black Widow was certainly worth the wait. Doug Jamieson, The Jam ReportOur patience pays off… Marvel Studios does it again and delivers the goods. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesBlack Widow manages to be an extremely welcome case of better late than never. Jamie Jirak, ComicBook.comTruly better so very late than never. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comThere is a too little, too late sense of closure that makes some of the film’s narrative choices confusing at times. Mae Abdulbaki, Screen RantHow does it compare to other parts of the MCU?The best aspects of Black Widow echo the ‘70s spy movie tone of one of the best films in the MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.comThink a scaled-down version of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarBetter than Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Probably not. Superior to anything with the word Ant, Doctor, Hulk or even Thor in the title? Most def. Joey Morona, Cleveland Plain DealerBlack Widow is certainly no Thor Ragnarok or Black Panther and has fairly average MCU visuals and fight scenes. Nicole Ackman, Next Best PictureBlack Widow reminds me the most of Doctor Strange — a movie about a complicated adult character facing up to their own actions and redefining their place in the world without blaming it all on bad daddies. Evan Dossey, Midwest Film JournalShifting away from the superhero template into high-octane espionage thriller territory, it makes a far more satisfying female-driven MCU entry than the blandly bombastic Captain Marvel. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterBlack Widow may be the least Avenger-like movie in the series so far. No offense to the other Avengers, but after all this time a tweak in the formula is a good thing. Caryn James, BBC.com(Photo by ©Marvel Studios)Does it bring anything new to the franchise?More than other Marvel movies, Black Widow tries to ground the story in a personal, character-driven narrative. Brian Lloyd, entertainment.ieIt has some of Marvel s best character dynamics to date. Jamie Jirak, ComicBook.comWhat sets Black Widow apart from the other MCU movies is that it embraces the darkness inherent in the premise of the character. Evan Dossey, Midwest Film JournalMuch of it doesn’t feel like a Marvel film at all, thanks to the darker tone. Nicole Clark, IGN MoviesDoes it work as a standalone movie?The plot… feels small by MCU standards, but that simplicity is a refreshing change of pace for a franchise that’s too often about saving the world. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsIt s the palate cleanser the franchise needed… a self-contained, back-to-basics adventure that works just as well for newbies and casual viewers as it does for longtime fans. Angie Han, MashableBlack Widow is a pleasure exactly because it is inessential. Nick De Semlyen, Empire MagazineBlack Widow reminds us of the pleasure that can be offered by an MCU movie that isn’t having to do the legwork of setting up the next five chapters. Alonso Duralde, The WrapSomething is definitely set up for the future, but… Marvel could use these occasionally more self-contained films. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarBlack Widow is a rare Marvel production… that almost, almost pulls off the trick of being wholly its own thing. Richard Lawson, Vanity FairBlack Widow is merely a stepping stone film that fills in a few blanks that weren’t really there to begin with. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireThis movie feels more like an introduction and set up for what is to come, than the solo film this character deserves. Tessa Smith, Mama s Geeky(Photo by ©Marvel Studios)How is the action?The film has some of the best action sequences in recent memory. Mae Abdulbaki, Screen RantA vast team of choreographers, stunt folks and trainers… gives the movie a visual coherence that most Marvel movies lack. Roger Moore, Movie NationThe fight choreography and stunt work here is impressive and occasionally thrilling, but more often than not, the effect is undercut by the over-cutting. Alonso Duralde, The WrapThe editing of the fight scenes is perhaps a touch too unrelentingly fast, often blurring the choreography, but the physical side never feels overwhelmed by CG enhancement. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterThe physics are different here than in other Marvel movies, more finely attuned to the hardness and weight of things. It all feels a bit more real. Richard Lawson, Vanity FairFeels more grounded than many MCU entries… while we still get some comic book antics showing the expected disregard for physics we also see the physical toll that all that fighting takes on a human body. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsThe (comparatively) grounded choreography leads to some of Marvel s most thrilling battles since at least Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Angie Han, MashableIt’s a nice dial back from Marvel films whose heroes can feel immortal… feels satisfyingly street level, in a Jessica Jones kind of way. Nicole Clark, IGN MoviesHow is Cate Shortland s work as director?There are moments where Black Widow absolutely benefits from having a woman in the director’s chair. Alonso Duralde, The WrapShortland proves to be one of the few filmmakers to make the leap from the indie circuit and put her own singular fingerprint on the visual identity of the film — Black Widow is one of the most visually coherent solo films of the MCU, with a gritty, streetwise style that feels like Shortland didn’t just hand off the action scenes to a second unit director. Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmShortland s previous work in psychological thrillers The Berlin Syndrome and Lore gives her an edge with the kind of pulpy material at play here. Brian Lloyd, entertainment.ieShortland keeps things moving along, never letting you feel the runtime — efficiently paced and exciting. Joey Magidson, Awards Radar(Photo by Jay Maidment/©Marvel Studios)What about Scarlett Johansson s performance as Natasha?Scarlett Johansson [is] at her best. Jenna Busch, VitalThrills.comJohansson shines in the role, layering her signature bad assery with a previously unseen vulnerability. Joey Morona, Cleveland Plain DealerThe actress makes the most of it and delivers a powerful, moving performance that serves as a fitting farewell to her tenure as this Avenger. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comIt’s Scarlett Johansson who holds the film together and gives it its touch of soul… [She] makes the most vulnerable emotions part of the humanity of her strength. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyDoes Florence Pugh fit well into the franchise?If you re not already a fan of Pugh, you will be by the end of Black Widow. Yelena s a firecracker with great one-liners. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderOne of the most exciting additions to the MCU in some time. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comShe nails it with the spark of someone who’s been kicking around the Marvelverse since day one. Philip De Semlyen, Time OutShe shares much of Natasha’s fighting style while displaying even more sass. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsHer deadpan is pitch-perfect, coaxing humor out of a traditionally stoic Scarlett Johansson. Where Natasha has coped by turning cold, Yelena has coped with humor. Nicole Clark, IGN MoviesPugh has a dangerous physicality to her as well, which lends to one of the best aspects of Black Widow. Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm(Photo by Jay Maidment/©Marvel Studios)How are the villains in the film?Taskmaster certainly isn’t going to go down as one of the MCU’s best villains, but Black Widow makes good use of the character [as] a seemingly unstoppable force. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comRay Winstone also makes a great antagonist as Dreykov, conveying an insidious cruelty that is more devastating than most other MCU villains that have come before. Mae Abdulbaki, Screen RantOne of the better executions of villainy in the MCU… Dreykov’s character coheres effortlessly and successfully, feeling earned and without a hint of desperate pandering to feminists. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionJust having Winstone in this picture lifts it several notches, and he is deliciously fun and scarily authentic as the villain of the piece. Pete Hammond, DeadlineRay Winstone is one of the weakest in the franchise. Joey Magidson, Awards RadarHow is the script?The plot [is] blessedly clean, caulking the spaces in between the stepping stones with characters’ interpersonal dynamics while avoiding any convolution. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionThere is a lot of talking here, and if you aren’t willing, interested or inclined to invest yourself in the characters, it will likely be at the bottom of your re-watch pile. Evan Dossey, Midwest Film JournalThere is a moment that the writers seem to have decided they didn t have an answer to so they just skipped past it and onto the resolution. Amelia Emberwing, WhatToWatchBlack Widow feels of little consequence, delivering a story that has written itself into a corner with nowhere to go. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireRyan FujitaniIs it a positive step for female characters in the MCU?We finally get to see Natasha… in a film full of women. Sorry, I mean freaking badass women. And it’s wonderful. Jenna Busch, VitalThrills.comBlack Widow puts female issues front and center without ever making it feel forced or preachy. Rob Hunter, Film School RejectsNeedless to say, the movie does a far better job than the rah-rah inclusivity gesture at the end of Endgame to play up its feminist leanings. Black Widow not only passes the Bechdel Test; it forces men to squeam as it puts them in their place. Eric Kohn, IndieWireDeriving strength from enduring suffering feels as slimy as it does tragic, a nail in the coffin to Marvel’s handling of women superheroes. Nicole Clark, IGN MoviesDoes the movie have any major problems?Natasha is more of a driving force for the other characters around her… even with her name in the title, the spotlight is constantly on someone else. Matt Rodriguez, ShakefireThe movie definitely wraps up a little too quickly; it s as if Marvel Studios had suddenly remembered they had to get Natasha where she needed to be for Infinity War. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comDescribing the horrors of the Red Room and the Black Widow program in a scene that s meant to be solely comedic because Disney s too afraid to get real with its media? That s maybe something we could have done without. Amelia Emberwing, WhatToWatch(Photo by Jay Maidment/©Marvel Studios)Will it leave fans hopeful for the future of the MCU?The themes of family and women s agency that it explores are a welcome addition to the MCU and hopefully a good indication of where Phase 4 is going. Nicole Ackman, Next Best PictureThe swings that the film takes make it an interesting entry… I’m glad the studio was willing to go all the way with it. Here’s to Marvel taking more risks in the future. Evan Dossey, Midwest Film Journal[It] should hopefully set the bar of inclusiveness for the remainder of Phase Four. Nate Adams, The Only CriticBy delivering a story that satisfies on its own terms… it makes a compelling case for moving ahead with this franchise into the future. Angie Han, MashableThe sorry thing of the film, really, is that this needn’t have been a Marvel movie at all. Richard Lawson, Vanity FairBlack Widow releases in theaters and streams on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
The 2018 Gotham Independent Film Awards were awarded Monday night in New York. It was a night of big surprises, with Chloe Zhao s The Rider taking home the top prize, besting Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, and Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk for Best Feature. (Marvel fans should be excited – Zhao has been tapped to direct The Eternals.)Ethan Hawke took home the Best Actor trophy for First Reformed, while Toni Collette took the best actress honor with horror film Hereditary. Capping off a stellar evening for boutique distributor A24, director Bo Burnham and star Elise Fisher were also winners, and Schrader won for best screenplay. The full list of winners are below.Best Feature
Alien, Ridley Scott again visits the world of artificial life, with equally fascinating and thrilling results. — Grace Randolph, Beyond the TrailerFINAL THOUGHTS?Watching “Raised by Wolves,” you feel a certain gratitude that someone can still make sci-fi projects like this, that creatives can keep tinkering with our thoughts of the future while reflecting modern themes back at us. — Nick Allen, RogerEbert.comIt s a show that throws concept after concept at the wall, though in Scott s seasoned hands, the vast majority of them stick, setting the stage for one of the most interesting sci-fi shows in years To put it simply, Raised By Wolves is peak Ridley Scott. — Siddhant Adlakha, IGN MoviesHands down the most thrilling original sci-fi show in more than a decade. — Meghan O Keefe, Decider This week s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news (the stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering new projects for Michael Fassbender, Joaquin Phoenix, and Margot Robbie.This WEEK S TOP STORYM. NIGHT SHYALAMAN WORKING ON MYSTERIOUS MOVIES FOR 2021 AND 2023 (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis / © Universal)On top of everything else in M. Night Shyalaman s Split (Certified Fresh at 77%), the most memorable scene in the movie may have come at the end when it was revealed that it was secretly set in the same world as Shyamalan s Unbreakable (Fresh at 70%), which, of course, subsequently led to this year s Glass (Rotten at 37%). Regardless of how Glass itself was received, the box office success of these movies is a reminder that, like Quentin Tarantino, Shyamalan remains one of the few directors whose name carries marquee value. So, it s little surprise that this week, Universal Pictures moved quickly to schedule two mystery projects from M. Night Shyamalan for release on February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023. The year 2023 is relatively unclaimed so far, but that date in early 2021 is the week before the reboots of Mortal Kombat and Masters of the Universe, both of which are staked out on March 5, 2021. Although no details are given for Shyamalan s new projects, they are described as being original movies. One possibility has been suggested by Collider, which is that these movies could be a longer story split in two. M. Night Shyamalan has now directed three movies within a superhero framework. What genre might he take on next?Other Top Headlines1. FIRST DETAILS ABOUT JOAQUIN PHOENIX S NEXT FILM AFTER JOKER (Photo by Warner Bros.)Joker (currently Fresh at 75%) doesn t come out for another two weeks, but its future seems pretty bright at this point, following the film s top prize win at the Venice Film Festival and with opening weekend box office predictions in the million range. Joaquin Phoenix will probably emerge from all of this with an even more prospects for major studio prestige films, but this week he signed on to work with an acclaimed independent director first. Joaquin Phoenix s next film after Joker will be an untitled independent drama with a secret premise from writer-director Mike Mills. This will be Mills fourth film following Thumbsucker, Beginners (which gave Christopher Plummer his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), and 2017 s 20th Century Women (for which Mills received a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination).2. MICHAEL FASSBENDER JOINS TAIKA WAITITI S NEXT GOAL WINS(Photo by Abbot Genser/TM and ©Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures)With dozens of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and various Marvel movies from both Fox and Sony, it s nearly inevitable nowadays that actors and directors with Marvel credentials will end up working together on other projects. Taika Waititi, for example, is fitting two non-Marvel movies in between Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder (11/5/2021). The first of those two is Jojo Rabbit (currently Fresh at 75%), in which Taika Waititi plays a ridiculous daydream version of Adolf Hitler, and the second will be a soccer underdog true story drama called Next Goal Wins. This week, Michael Fassbender, whose run as Marvel s Magneto finished this year with Dark Phoenix, signed on to star in Next Goal Wins as soccer coach Thomas Rongen, who in 2011 became coach of the American Samoan team in their effort to qualify for the World Cup. Waititi reportedly is now casting actors of Fa afafine heritage to play the American Samoan soccer players. Next Goal Wins is also based upon the 2014 documentary of the same title, which won several awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the British Independent Film Awards in 2014.3. THIS WEEK IN MARGOT ROBBIE: FOOLS DAY AND COMPETITION FOR BARBIE(Photo by Andrew Cooper / © Columbia Pictures)In addition to appearing in Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Certified Fresh at 85%) and starring in upcoming films Bombshell (12/20/2019) and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2/7/2020), Margot Robbie is staying super busy in her role as producer. It was just last week that we learned Robbie is producing a Tank Girl reboot, but this week, we found out she will also executive produce (and co-star in a supporting role) a feature-length adaptation of a comedy short film called Fools Day (which you can watch on YouTube right here), about a class of 4th graders who accidentally kill their teacher (Margot Robbie) while playing an April Fools Day prank. Cody Blue Snider, who wrote and directed the original short film, will also co-write and direct Fools Day as her feature film debut. Robbie is also attached to star in the long-in-development Barbie movie (5/8/2020), and this week, that project got some indirect competition in the form of Dream Doll, a biopic about Barbie creator Ruth Handler, which will be co-produced by Rita Wilson.4. BOB ODENKIRK JOINS NEW THRILLER FROM JOHN WICK WRITER (Photo by Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)While many of his contemporaries became big stars much earlier, the career of Bob Odenkirk has been more of a slow burn since the 1980s, although his status has definitely grown with the success of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul (all four seasons are Certified Fresh at 97% or higher), in which he stars. Above-title billing might be just around the corner for Bob Odenkirk with the news this week that the previously mysterious Untitled Universal Event Film scheduled for August 14, 2020 will be a revenge thriller called Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk. Screenwriter Derek Kolstad, who wrote John Wick and John Wick: Chapter Two (and co-wrote the third film), is the mastermind behind Nobody, which is described as as a summer thriller in which Odenkirk will play a a suburban dad, overlooked husband, and all-around nobody [with] a long-surpressed rage that explodes after two thieves break into his house, propelling him on a brutal path that will uncover dark secrets he fought to leave behind. (So, basically, Nobody sounds like an adult Home Alone through the lens of John Wick, Falling Down, and Straw Dogs?)5. DIRECTOR LEE DANIELS NEXT HISTORICAL DRAMA: THE UNITED STATES VS BILLIE HOLIDAY (Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)This year marks 47 years since the 1972 biopic Lady Sings the Blues (starring Diana Ross as jazz singer Billie Holiday) was released and eventually received five Academy Award nominations. It s been six years now since director Lee Daniels produced and directed Lee Daniels The Butler (Fresh at 72%), but he s now getting ready for his next film, which will be called The United States vs Billie Holiday. Instead of a full biopic, the drama will focus on a drug sting orchestrated by the Federal Department of Narcotics led by an agent with whom Billie Holiday had a tumultous affair. Singer-songwriter Andra Day has been attached to star in The United States vs Billie Holliday for a while now, and this week, we learned that she will be joined by Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), and Da Vine Joy Randolph (of Netflix s upcoming Dolemite is My Name). The United States vs Billie Holiday is reportedly inspired by the 2015 bestselling book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.6. FUNKO POP! VINYL FIGURES GET AN ANIMATED FILM(Photo by Bloomberg/Getty Images)In 2014, Warner Animation had a surprise success with The LEGO Movie (Certified Fresh at 96%), which earned over 9 million worldwide, even if the subsequent sequels didn t do quite as well. Part of the formula behind the success of The LEGO Movie was that, like the toys it was based upon, the film was able to borrow characters from franchises like DC Comics, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. Another popular franchise that is built largely upon the popularity of other pop culture items is Funko s Pop! vinyl figures, and like LEGO before them, the Funko Pop! figures are also now getting their own movie from Warner Animation. As with LEGO, Warner Bros. and Funko have a long history of licensing brands like Batman and Harry Potter, and the Funko Pop! movie is expected to draw heavily from those in-house properties. It will be a while before we get a release date for the Funko Pop! movie, but in the meantime, future Warner Animation movies will include Scoob (5/5/2020), Tom Jerry (4/16/2021), and Space Jam 2 (7/16/2021).7. WWE PARTNERING ON MONSTER WRESTLING ANIMATED MOVIE RUMBLE FOR 2020 (Photo by Glen Wilson /© Netflix)Much like the Bob Odenkirk movie above, until this week, Paramount Animation also had an untitled film scheduled for next summer on July 31, 2020. We can now report that the movie will be called Rumble, and that it will be a joint project with WWE Studios (Fighting with My Family). Rumble will be set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, with a voice cast that includes Will Arnett (Batman from The LEGO Batman Movie), Terry Crews (TV s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Tony Danza, and WWE wrestling stars like Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns. Other Paramount Animation movies scheduled for 2020 include Sonic the Hedgehog (2/14/2020), The SpongeBob Movie: It s a Wonderful Sponge (5/22/2020), and Clifford the Big Red Dog (11/13/2020). In related news, this week Paramount Animation also unveiled their new Star Skipper opening animation that will appear before these 2020 movies.8. THIS WEEK IN REMAKES: THE CRAFT, HOUSE PARTY, AND SET IT OFF Even if you set aside comic book movies and various big budget franchises like Disney, Fast Furious, James Bond, and Star Wars, the hunt for original movies each year is still made difficult by the abundance of remakes, and there s no end in sight. To illustrate the point, this week s headlines included remakes of The Craft, House Party, and Set It Off. First up, the cast for The Craft was announced, with Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey Luna joining the previously announced Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale). Then, the House Party remake announced it will now be directed by Calmatic, the director of the video behind the hit country/rap song Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus. That movie has been in the mix for a while now, as it s one of the projects that LeBron James is producing, along with Space Jam 2 (7/16/2021). Finally, the 1996 heist movie Set It Off is also getting remade, which Issa Rae (Insecure) is now developing at New Line Cinema, with Issa Rae likely to take one of the starring roles.9. THE SOCIAL MEDIA WHIRLWIND AROUND THE PRINCESS BRIDE REMAKE (Photo by TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved)Every once in a while, we get a cautionary tale about the power of social media, frequently at the expense of old school figures who lack the foresight to realize how badly their words can be blown out of proportion. Let s start with this Variety profile of longtime TV producer Norman Lear, who also went on to produce movies like The Princess Bride and Fried Green Tomatoes. In that piece, there are some quotes from Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra, including this one: We have so many people coming to us saying, We want to remake this show or that show very famous people whose names I won t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride.' And that right there was enough to explode online, as people took to their phones and computers to voice their disapproval of the mere thought of remaking the beloved 1987 fantasy comedy. Those expressing said disapproval included Jamie Lee Curtis and the original film s star Cary Elwes, who simply said, There s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. The bottom line: there are people in Hollywood who think The Princess Bride should be remade, and those people should be ashamed of themselves.Like this? 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