AG体育平台采用百度引擎0（Baidu 5）Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: You shared a video on Instagram of you listening to Love Myself, your song from The High Note – and you seemed completely overjoyed and moved by hearing the song and sharing it with people. Why does it mean so much to you right now to be releasing a song?Tracee Ellis Ross: I think there s lots of pieces to it. Number one, this is a childhood dream that, somewhere along the way, turned into my biggest fear. And I faced that fear and walked through it. And although I had already done the recording and obviously had heard the song before, this was the moment that I was sharing it with people that don t know me.I think it s really important in our lives to celebrate big and small moments. And this felt like a big one for me. Somehow that Instagram Live felt incredibly intimate and also like a party. And I could have never expected that I would feel like that. I ve never really done an Instagram – I mean, I ve gone live for 10 seconds trying to figure out what Live means, but I ve never advertised and planned, you know, a live party and a sharing of something. And it felt so connected and wonderful. There were 10,000 people in there, but it was really special.I also think, in this very real time we re in, where there is so much heaviness, so much loss, so much grief, the loss of livelihoods, the loss of lives, all of this is going on a heaviness that my heart feels like so many other people, it felt really special to have a moment of lightness, a moment of joy, a moment of freedom, and a moment of sharing and connection. Although, in a different way than we are used to, it seemed to really be a moment of light in the middle of that.Then there s the fact that the message of the song is exactly a tonic for the times right now. And I feel like, put down your phone; it doesn t matter what other people think. It s like, what do you think of yourself? Love yourself. And that s the message of the movie. And it felt really special to share that. You know, the message being that no matter the time, no matter the age, the phase, the stage you are at your life, no matter your circumstances, or even people telling you to stay in your lane, it s never too late to go after what you want. It s never too late to be who you are, and it s always worth pursuing that.Rotten Tomatoes: I m sure there is some disappointment that this isn t hitting movie theaters as expected, but it s also a movie that is going to bring joy into people s homes. Is this a movie that s in some ways right for the moment we re in?Ross: You know, I can t really determine that. I think that s for everybody else to decide, but I do hope that this film brings them joy. It s a feel-good movie. It s not a heavy movie. It s a really feel-good empowering movie. And we know music reaches into our hearts. You know, we all thought it was going to be a movie theater theatrical release, but I think this movie is perfectly suited for being in your home. I think it can be shared with your loved ones or watched by yourself. I think people can make an event of it and get themselves a cocktail or put some lemonade in a stemmed glass. I feel like it s one of those movies that makes you go through all the emotions. There s laughter. There s tears. There s joy. And there s music. I mean, what more can you ask for? And there s fashion, by the way, which also is very helpful.Rotten Tomatoes: There was some very good fashion. There is a memorable scene where Grace is trying to clean out her closet, but can t part with anything. Are you like that in real life? Do you struggle to get rid of some of your favorite outfits, or are you a total Marie Kondo?Ross: I am. I am. I m not like Grace in a lot of ways – most ways. I don t share a lot with her. It was really fun to take on the persona of somebody who was larger-than-life like that. And I mean, one of my favorite moments of the movie, by the way, is when Maggie tells Grace that she s dating someone or something and she s like, Does he know about me? That killed me. I was like, wow, way to turn a moment in the wrong direction! So I am not at all like Grace, but I am in that way. It s hard for me to let go of my clothing. I love holding onto stuff. It s hard for me to say goodbye to it.Rotten Tomatoes: Finally, you ve grown up with musicians: Was there anyone who you turned to for advice on playing this role when you got it?Ross: I didn t. You know, the role was so beautifully written from its first incarnation. When I first read that first draft of the script, it didn t require a lot of research to look elsewhere. Also, it s a world I come from, to a certain extent. There was a lot for me to draw on that just lives within my own experience. But the support that I got mostly came in the studio and in the recording process, which was one of the main places that I started to find who Grace was. And how to find her voice, which was combined with my voice. Rodney Jerkins, who is the producer – a very experienced and well-known producer – was my touchstone. He made me feel so safe and so supported, I was able to walk through my fear and get really comfortable.Then of course I leaned towards friends in moments that I was having panic attacks. I was afraid about what I was doing. I called my sister and my brother who are both singers. And I have a friend that s a manager in the industry, and I called him at one point. But mostly our director, Nisha [Ganatra], was wonderful, and the script was there, so I didn t really have to call on anyone. It was all built into the process.The High Note is available to rent or buy on demand May 29, 2020.
The holiday movie season typically kicks off in earnest during the first full weekend of November Thor: Ragnarok, The Incredibles, and SPECTRE are just are a few of the blockbuster titles that have drawn audience interest and given the industry a late-year boost. This year s season so far has hardly lived up to even the lowest expectations, with Terminator: Dark Fate and Doctor Sleep suffering lackluster openings. The good news is that there are still many days left in the season, with both mini- and extended vacations coming for kids and their families. So let s look at 10 films that will hopefully rise towards or even exceed what everyone expects from them this season.10. Richard Jewell (2019) 77%Release Date: December 13Estimated Gross: -75 millionClint Eastwood managed to complete Richard Jewell his 12th film as director being released in December quickly for Warner Bros., getting another one in the can just in time for awards season. That strategy didn t quite work out for him last year with The Mule, which nevertheless grossed over 3 million, an impressive 5.92 multiple over just a .5 million opening weekend. Similarly, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino opened in limited release but went on to gross 0.4 and 8 million, respectively. Even the return of Dirty Harry in Sudden Impact back in 1983 grossed about 4 million in today’s dollars. The commonality among all of those films is that Eastwood also starred in them. With the exception of American Sniper (his highest-grossing film to date), Eastwood in front of the camera is a bigger box office draw than when he s only behind it (Invictus grossed just .4 million), but the story of Richard Jewell (played by the great Paul Walter Hauser of I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman) is a fascinating American tale that could resonate with domestic audiences. The trailer has raised some eyebrows about how far this film will lean into a poor white man being destroyed by actual fake news and, like Bombshell, the film could be hampered by audiences who prefer to keep their evenings free of politics. But critics have not been Rotten on Eastwood’s December oeuvre since 1990’s The Rookie, and that could translate into big box office dollars.9. Spies in Disguise (2019) 77%Release Date: December 25Estimated Gross: -85 millionSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse grossed over 0 million in 2018, and two years earlier, Illumination’s Sing made over 0 million, but those are the only two animated films since The Prince of Egypt in 1998 to gross over 0 million after opening in December. (That does not include hybrids like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Stuart Little, and Yogi Bear.) Spies in Disguise, with voice work by Will Smith and Tom Holland, has already been delayed three times this year from January to April, then to September, and now to Christmas Day. But even Fox’s animated talking bull, Ferdinand, managed to gross million back in 2017, despite opening on the same day as The Last Jedi and less than a week before Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Likewise, this release appears headed in a familiar direction.8. Ford v Ferrari (2019) 92%Release Date: November 15Estimated Gross: -105 millionMany critics have been referring to this as “your dad’s new favorite movie,” which feels apropos, even with Sam Mendes’ war epic, 1917, hoping to make a technical splash later this season. While that film is likely to earn some accolades, it will also probably get lost in a host of awards hopefuls – not to mention late-season blockbusters – so Ford v Ferrari is poised to make the most of its pole position. James Mangold’s two-and-a-half-hour racing film with Christian Bale and Matt Damon should get off to a strong start nearly two full weeks before Thanksgiving and cruise into mid-December as a staple of the top five at the box office until the big blockbusters take over.7. Little Women (2019) 95%Release Date: December 25Estimated Gross: 0-110 millionGreta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, is the highest-grossing film in independent production company A24’s history, making over million in 2017 and thriving into the heart of awards season that year. For her follow-up, Gerwig is taking on a literary classic with a major cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, and Florence Pugh. Strong reactions have come out of early screenings, suggesting Gerwig is offering a fresh perspective on the material, which has already seen seven other big screen adaptations. If A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is the film for adults that takes us from Thanksgiving to Christmas, then this film is likely to take the baton in a sprint to the Academy Awards.6. Cats (2019) 20%Release Date: December 20Estimated Gross: 0-120 millionSince 2002, there have been seven musicals that have opened in December and grossed over 0 million. The genre is on a three-year streak with La La Land (2016, 1.1 million), The Greatest Showman (2017, 4.3 million), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018, 1.9 million). On the other hand, if your name is Andrew Lloyd Webber, the big screen adaptations of your musicals have not been nearly as successful. Evita didn t do too bad in 1996, despite never making it into more than 1,045 theaters ( million), but Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera was a big financial and awards disappointment for Warner Bros. in 2004 (.2 million). Can Cats overcome the social media sneers of its trailers to be another winner for Tom Hooper, whose Les Miserables grossed over 8 million in December 2012?5. Knives Out (2019) 97%Release Date: November 27Estimated Gross: 5-125 millionRian Johnson’s affinity for old-school whodunits and twisty narratives (see: Brick and The Brothers Bloom) is finally going to get the audience attention it deserves. Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express built steady success to the tune of over 2 million, so why not give those same mystery-lovers another big cast in a funnier and more lively tale? Among all the films getting released wide this season that made their way through the fall festival circuit, Knives Out currently maintains the highest Tomatometer score, Certified Fresh at 98%. (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood comes in second at 97%.) Word of mouth should be strong and brisk for the PG-13 film, and it should become another solid hit for Johnson and Lionsgate.4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) 95%Release Date: November 22Estimated Gross: 5-135 millionThere are a number of options for families this season, but there is one film that is going to strike a chord with multiple generations. Take a childhood television icon, then cast him with the most beloved actor in Hollywood, and you have the recipe for a genuine success. Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers is the perfect anecdote to the anxiety and division that seems to be at the forefront of daily life now. Last year’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? grossed .8 million, making it the ninth highest grossing documentary ever (and four of the films ahead of it are bubblegum pop behind-the-scenes concert movies) and renewing interest in the American television hero. As Hanks heads toward possibly taking the lead in the Best Supporting Actor race, Marielle Heller’s film is likely to be the one adults will recommend at Thanksgiving and for weeks to come.3. Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) 71%Release Date: December 13Estimated Gross: 5-350 millionSpeaking of long waits, it took 22 years for a Jumanji sequel to hit theaters. (No offense to Jon Favreau’s Zathura.) The original with Robin Williams just crossed the 0 million mark and was the tenth highest-grossing film of 1995. The sequel with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan opened five days after The Last Jedi and became the fourth film on a list of 0 million grossers with a five-time multiple over their opening (in fact, it s the second-highest behind Titanic). Sony is going to get the jump on Star Wars this time by opening The Next Level a week before The Rise of Skywalker, just as the holiday hiatus begins for most schools. There will be a number of options going forward, and this looks like it may follow a more traditional sequel pattern: it won t reach the heights of the original but should still reveal a healthy anticipation for another adventure.2. Frozen II (2019) 78%Release Date: November 22Estimated Gross: 0+ millionThat sound you hear is every child in the world asking their parents to take them to see Anna and Elsa s next adventure. 2013 s Frozen was a legitimate phenomenon, even by Disney standards: to date, it is just one of five films to gross over 0 million that achieved that mark by grossing more than five times their opening weekends. It s a list that includes Avatar, Titanic, The Phantom Menace, and, as previously mentioned, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Think of the films that succeeded because of word-of-mouth while they were in theaters, and then only grew from there to the point that audiences were ready to jump into the next chapter event films like Terminator 2 and The Dark Knight, as well as comedies like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Pitch Perfect 2. The Toy Story films and last year’s 14-years-in-the-making Incredibles 2 are likely to be comparable to what is in store for Frozen II.1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 52%Release Date: December 20Estimated Gross: 0-800 millionThere are definitely a couple of event films closing out 2019, and J.J. Abrams conclusion of the Star Wars saga that began back in 1977 is, without argument, the biggest. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, despite a push from Avengers: Endgame this summer, remains the highest-grossing domestic film of all time. Will The Rise of Skywalker give Endgame a run for its money? We think it s likely to come up a little short to match the latter s record-breaking 7 million opening, though you should also ignore the trolls suggesting it will gross less than The Last Jedi (a.k.a. the eighth highest-grossing domestic film ever). Each Star Wars trilogy has adapted to a pattern: a big first movie, then a second film that grosses less, and then a strong finish, with the third film out-grossing the second but not quite the first. Expect The Rise of Skywalker to fall into that trend. Aaron Sorkin returns to the courtroom drama for The Trial of the Chicago 7, one of this season’s big awards frontrunners. The historical film, which depicts the titular multi-defendant case concerning the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests, is earning mostly positive reviews. Sorkin’s directorial talent, in only his second feature at the helm, is still up for debate, but the movie is primarily being praised for his writing and the performances by the ensemble cast, led by Sacha Baron Cohen portraying Yippie icon Abbie Hoffman. The movie is also, of course, the latest in a run of period pieces being highlighted for its timeliness in 2020.Here’s what critics are saying about The Trial of the Chicago 7:Could this be the Best Picture of 2020?The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the best film that the barren 2020 cinematic landscape has given way to. Kyle Pinion, ScreenRexIt’s one of this year’s very best films. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendOne of the best pictures to grace the screen in 2020. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesOne of the best movies of the year. Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-TimesWill it satisfy Sorkin fans?The Trial of the Chicago 7 is Sorkin at his Sorkinniest, in the good way. Stephanie Zacharek, TimeWhile it certainty feels like an Aaron Sorkin film, it also doesn’t – there is a new edge to his work here. Ben Rolph, Discussing FilmThis is easily the most forceful piece of anti-systemic filmmaking of his career. Kyle Pinion, ScreenRexAaron Sorkin at his most Sorkin-y somehow translates to him at his worst. Matt Cipolla, The Film StageRyan FujitaniWas he the right choice to direct his own script?Sorkin does not seem like the obvious choice for telling the story of the Chicago 7, but his new movie… works to overcome Sorkin’s past rhetoric and deficiencies. Matt Goldberg, ColliderIf you had any doubts that Aaron Sorkin the director was incapable of living up to his screenwriting counterpart, The Trial of the Chicago 7 obliterates concern. Robert Kojder, Flickering MythIt’s hard not to wonder if a different filmmaker might have productively shifted the balance here, perhaps by treating his dazzling words as the movie’s skeleton, not its star. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesIt’s just frustrating to imagine how much better this could have been without Sorkin in the director’s chair. Clint Worthington, Consequence of SoundHe’s definitely improving as a filmmaker…[but] would a different director have applied auteuristic flair to Sorkin’s masterful Chicago 7 script? Undoubtedly. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendSo how is Sorkin s directing?The film is most notable for the way it goes in directions we haven’t seen from [Sorkin]… he emerges as an assured filmmaker whose style can be as propulsive as his words. Steve Pond, The WrapSorkin takes a rather dense, complicated court case and keeps it aloft every minute, as if he were following the aerodynamic principles of hang-gliding rather than moviemaking. Stephanie Zacharek, TimeAaron Sorkin captures the courtroom drama with electricity and the violence with horrifying albeit striking clarity and pain. Robert Kojder, Flickering MythAs a director, Sorkin hasn’t yet grasped how to meld personal drama and historical sweep into a cohesive whole. Chris Barsanti, Slant MagazineThe filmmaking is in dire need of the same sort of fire and passion inherent in the performances. Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm(Photo by Netflix)But the writing is good, right?With this being an Aaron Sorkin film, the words are the best part… the punches of his The Trial of the Chicago 7 script linger longer than his usual pacing. Don Shanahan, 25YLOne of Sorkin’s great gifts as a storyteller is his ability to play with structure to great effect within his screenplays, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 is no exception. Kyle Pinion, ScreenRexThe dialogue pops but rarely overlaps, the way it does in real life, because if it did, you wouldn’t be hearing the voice of Sorkin the screenwriter, with his perfectly engineered setups and comebacks. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesHow is the cast?There are so many stand-out performances here that I’ll be ruminating on them for a while. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesArguably the best ensemble acting showcase so far this year. Don Shanahan, 25YLThe ensemble’s collective performance veers between being show-stopping and falling into parody. Robert Daniels, The PlaylistAre there any standouts?Abdul-Mateen, who just won an Emmy for Watchmen, deserves some serious Oscar consideration as Bobby. Brian Truitt, USA TodayMajor kudos to Abdul-Mateen II, fresh off his Emmy win for Watchman, in bringing an impassioned supporting turn to the screen. Nate Adams, The Only CriticIn a film with wall-to-wall great performances, Rylance’s is the greatest, primarily because he manages to make his work here seem so natural. Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm[Michael] Keaton steals the show by slowing the rapid-fire Sorkin dialogue down to a crawl; he makes you lean in for every word. Steve Pond, The WrapTruly, there is not a single performance that stands out over another as each one is amplified and balanced by those around them. Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness(Photo by Netflix)How is Sacha Baron Cohen?Sacha Baron Cohen is a revelation. Rubin Safaya, CinemalogueCohen [gives] the finest performance of his career. Kyle Pinion, ScreenRexIt’s Baron Cohen’s best performance ever. Helen O Hara, Empire MagazineOne of the best performances of his career… his take on the freewheeling Abbie Hoffman proves a terrific showcase for the Borat star. Nate Adams, The Only CriticIt’s Cohen’s Hoffman — kooky and calculated all at once — who really elevates the movie whenever it starts to feel like a routine. Eric Kohn, IndieWireBy contrast, what about Jeremy Strong?His performance is meant to be hammy, [but] by not even sounding like Rubin, he reduces the actual whip-smart man into a Cheech and Chong impression. Robert Daniels, The PlaylistStrong gives arguably the weakest performance in a solid array of talent, his line delivery leaning at times toward the Cheech and Chong end of the spectrum. Ty Burr, Boston GlobeThe actor, unfortunately, decides to adopt a voice that makes him sound exactly like Tommy Chong. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmStrong is as quirky as it gets, one is bound to love this lovable and soulful act. Ben Rolph, Discussing FilmStrong is terrific and serves as a scene-stealer throughout. Chris Bumbray, JoBlo(Photo by Netflix)Is the movie accurate?As a history lesson, it plays more than a little fast and loose. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment WeeklyIt’s a Hollywoodized recounting… Sorkin can’t resist manufacturing little arcs and dramatic payoffs, even when they contradict what we know about these men. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubIt’s the little details Chicago 7 messily gets wrong. Robert Daniels, The PlaylistIt was wilder than this. It was worse than this… soak up historical perspective, but then go read further official accounts and records afterward. Don Shanahan, 25YLDoes it resonate anyway?It s as much about the constitutional American right to protest as it is about justice, which makes it incredibly relevant to where we are today. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterFar from being a historical drama, Sorkin’s star-studded howl at injustice feels like a particularly eloquent news bulletin. Helen O Hara, Empire MagazineIt adds up to something that could scarcely be more relevant: a salute to what political freedom in America really means. Owen Gleiberman, VarietySorkin, who wrote the script in 2007, understands that the story being told here is never not timely. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesA period piece for multiple periods: The drama takes place in the 60s, has the rousing flavor of a ‘90s popcorn thriller and also feels relevant and urgent in 2020. Brian Truitt, USA TodayThe drama feels confined to the trial itself rather than taking a macro view of how this event shaped America or how it reflects our current situation. Matt Goldberg, ColliderThe conclusions of the film are generally accepted today. This leaves audiences wondering why the film was made today, and not a decade ago. Alan French, We Live Entertainment(Photo by Netflix)What if we just want to be entertained?So pleasurable in the execution that you’ll want to watch it again upon its ending. Douglas Davidson, Elements of MadnessWatching The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a little like reading Dickens: much of the fun lies in picking up on the signals of individual characters. Stephanie Zacharek, TimeThe Trial of the Chicago 7 is kind of a feel-good movie, and yet there’s not much to feel uplifted about when you look at how institutional power responds to protest. Matt Goldberg, ColliderEven if The Trial of the Chicago 7 qualifies as catnip for Oscar voters, it’s a juicy courtroom drama, a sweeping ’60s panorama, an epic of liberal hand wringing and an all-you-can-eat actors’ buffet rolled into one. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesThe Trial of the Chicago 7 opens in select theaters on September 25, 2020 and streams on Netflix on October 16, 2020.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
As television milestones go, it’s tough to top being on the air not just for a period of years but a period of decades. On December 17, Matt Groening’s deathless satirical masterpiece will achieve the remarkable feat of being on the air for three decades. Three decades! Thirty years! That’s real good.The Simpsons has helped define the comic sensibility of multiple generations of irreverent, pop-culture savvy smart-asses. Its run was first ground-breaking in its eviscerating and dark yet emotionally grounded look at the greed and cynicism at the heart of American society, and then record-breaking in the show’s unprecedented commercial success and staggering longevity.These 30 essential episodes of the preeminent American pop-culture institution illustrate the comedic perfection of the show during its glorious, radiant prime, and then the long, slow, inevitable slide in quality and relevance that followed. But it s worth noting that while we may not be in the Golden Age, the series still does hit hard – and funny – on occasion, so you will find some more recent eps in this list.Let us know your favorite Simpsons episodes in the comments.1. Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire in The Simpsons: Season 1 (1989) 100%You never forget your first time! Accordingly, The Simpsons opened on a painfully relatable note of paralyzing Yuletide economic uncertainty with a special Christmas episode that finds Homer desperate to provide a merry Christmas for his family after being denied a holiday bonus. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” goes to audaciously dark places for the introductory episode of a cartoon pitched at families. It climaxes with Homer going with his son and alcoholic friend Barney to the racetrack, where he gambles away his money, yet still manages to deliver the requisite happy, or at least bittersweet, ending. From the very beginning, The Simpsons wasn’t just very funny. It was also emotionally real and grounded.2. Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish in The Simpsons: Season 2 (1990) 100%Classic episodes like “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” helped establish sinister arch-capitalist and power plant owner Montgomery Burns as a standout supporting player of tremendous depth and surprising complexity. He’s a figure of biblical, almost Satanic evil but also an oddly sympathetic figure when his God-like status is threatened. Burns is poignantly, unexpectedly human here after the discovery of a three-eyed mutated fish causes a government crackdown on the power plant and inspires the evil mogul to run for governor to protect his interests.3. Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington in The Simpsons: Season 3 (1991) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)“Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” adroitly typecasts Lisa as its pure-hearted Mr. Smith surrogate in a savagely satirical evisceration of political corruption, patriotic hokum, and the terminally mild song stylings of Mark Russell. As the show’s unyielding paragon of integrity, Lisa is a natural choice to earnestly inhabit the well-worn archetype of the idealistic innocent who uncovers the seedy underbelly of American politics. Lisa is an inherently political little muckraker and “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” ranks amongst her finest half hours.4. Homer at the Bat in The Simpsons: Season 3 (1991) 100%If you were a sports fan at the time, “Homer at the Bat” was no mere television episode: It was a seismic cultural event that brought together the best in entertainment and sports in a riotous riff on The Natural. In “Homer at the Bat,” a magic bat transforms Homer into a dinger-smacking dynamo before Mr. Burns hires a team of major league ringers to help him win a million-dollar bet on a company softball game with a fellow mogul. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to find “Homer at the Bat” hilarious, but it does help.5. A Streetcar Named Marge in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%The perpetually long-suffering Marge gets an opportunity to not only express but sing her pain when she’s cast as Blanche Du Bois opposite a disconcertingly shredded Ned Flanders in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire that replaces the tragic melodrama of the original with something peppier and more upbeat. Marge’s onstage drama mirrors her offstage frustrations, which lends the episode surprising emotional weight.6. Marge vs. The Monorail in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Before he rose to talk show fame, Conan O’Brien wrote his way into The Simpsons history with “Marge Vs. The Monorail.” It’s an instant classic parody of The Music Man with Phil Hartman perfectly cast as its Harold Hill figure, a charismatic flim-flam man with a song on his lips and a scam in his heart who bamboozles the gullible people of Springfield into buying a monorail that causes the problems he promises it will solve.7. I Love Lisa in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%It’s impossible not to feel poor Ralph Wiggum’s precocious romantic heartbreak when Lisa Simpson humiliates him after he publicly professes his love for her in this painfully hilarious and just plain painful exploration of puppy love gone awry. Watch closely and you can pinpoint the exact moment “I Love Lisa” rips the audience’s heart in half. Who knew Lisa could be such a heartbreaker and Ralph such a convincing tragic romantic hero?8. Last Exit to Springfield in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%To fans of classic The Simpsons, the words “Lisa needs braces” must always be answered with “Dental plan?” and vice versa thanks to “Last Exit to Springfield. The episode pitted a deeply overmatched Homer against Mr. Burns in a labor-versus-owner skirmish that develops unexpectedly high, personal stakes that sees Homer’s dim-wittedness facing off against his family and co-workers’ needs.9. Krusty Gets Kancelled in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%The stars REALLY come for poor Krusty after his place in children’s hearts is taken by sadistic dummy Gabbo. “Krusty Gets Kancelled” would make it into the pantheon of all-time great episodes on the basis of a guest voice roster that includes Johnny Carson, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers alone, but it offers an embarrassment of riches even without a ridiculously stacked guest lineup.10. Cape Feare in The Simpsons: Season 5 (1993) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Kelsey Grammer’s sonorously duplicitous sidekick-turned-serial attempted murderer, Sideshow Bob, proved himself a worthy antagonist to Bart Simpson by slipping into the role of a vengeance-crazed ex-con in a Cape Fear spoof that contains the legendary sequence where the frustrated clown steps on a rake nine times – a gag that’s funny, then unfunny, then brutal, then hilarious all over again.11. Rosebud in The Simpsons: Season 5 (1993) 100%The Simpsons’ famous love for Citizen Kane, and pop culture pastiche in general. reaches a glorious crescendo with “Rosebud, which re-imagines Charles Foster Kane’s iconic nostalgia for the sled of his youth as miserly Mr. Burns similarly pining for a clumsily symbolic totem of childhood innocence, a ratty teddy bear that Maggie comes to own. “Rosebud” humanized a monster by exposing the child within.12. Itchy and Scratchy Land in The Simpsons: Season 6 (1994) 100%When FOX tried to appease censors by eliminating Itchy Scratchy, a duo that exists for the sake of gratuitous violence, The Simpsons impishly protested with the most uncompromisingly brutal Itchy Scratchy episode of all time. “Itchy and Scratchy Land” ratcheted the bloodshed up to hyperbolic and hilarious levels in a gut-buster that riffs merrily on Disney Land, Westworld, and Jurassic Park.13. Treehouse of Horror V in The Simpsons: Season 6 (1994) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)The Treehouse of Horror, The Simpsons’ beloved annual Halloween ramble through treasured terror tales past, was never darker or more hilarious than in this fifth entry that focused on adults murderously terrorizing children. First Homer convincingly inhabits the murderous mind of Jack Torrance in a non legally-actionable parody of The Shining called “The Shinning.” Then Homer ruins things for civilization by futzing around with the timeline before a final segment finds teachers and lunch ladies enjoying a new “miracle meat” made of students that gives a deliciously literal meaning to “Eat my shorts.”14. Who Shot Mr Burns? Parts 1 and 2 in The Simpsons: Season 6 (1994) 100% and The Simpsons: Season 7 (1995) 100%The Simpsons delved into the pulse-pounding world of cliffhangers with “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”, a high-profile, much buzzed-about two-part parody of Dallas’ 1980 ratings bonanza “Who Shot J.R?”. Like the earlier pop-culture phenomenon, “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” focused on the shooting of a mogul so cartoonishly evil that just about anyone with a pulse who has interacted with them has reason to wish them dead.
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60 Essential Adventure MoviesThe adventure is one of the hardest kinds of movie to define, but like certain other genres: You know it when you see it. Adventures are grand, exciting, and often epic tales, usually focused on people on a mission, whose purposes include fame, fortune, and glory. The best adventure movies can run on the thrill of exploration and discovery, treading deep into jungles, stalking across arid deserts, or sailing across open oceans. The casts of characters feature rambunctious pirates, lordly counts, mercenaries and bounty hunters, big whales, and even bigger apes. And adventure movies can invite their other genre buddies along for the ride, too, including fantasy and science-fiction.Now we re embarking on our own journey, plundering gem after gem for a guide to what we re calling the essential adventure movies if you love the genre. Listing these best adventure movies in chronological order, we begin a century in the past, when the adventure genre was defined by the swashbucklers of Captain Blood and The Three Musketeers. At the same time, the fantastical elements introduced in King Kong and Wizard of Oz marked adventure movies as the spot to introduce the latest in dazzling special effects.After World War II, the adventure genre entered its prestige era, with historical epics like Lawrence of Arabia and The Man Who Would Be King, and tales of derring-do in The African Queen and The Great Escape. Here it should be said there is a certain Western-centric viewpoint that cannot be denied as inherent to many adventure movies, one that others different countries and cultures. And hopefully what elevates these movies above that are their swaggering sense of playful optimism and lighthearted fun.That s certainly evident in Raiders of the Lost Ark, whose retro serial action and intrigue established the adventure formula for a new generation, which marched on through Indiana Jones sequels, Romancing the Stone, National Treasure, and The Mummy. During the same 80s Indy decade, the adventure genre opened itself back up to sci-fi and fantasy, along with spotlighting younger protagonists, leading to The Goonies, The NeverEnding Story, Labyrinth, and more.Around the turn of the century, the adventure movie successfully aided the resurrection of other genres that common Hollywood wisdom had deemed box office poison: swashbucklers (The Mask of Zorro), high fantasy (The Lord of the Rings), and even the pirate movie (Pirates of the Caribbean), which had been sent to Davy Jones Locker after Cutthroat Island sank Carolco Pictures.And since 2012 s Life of Pi, there s been another adventure resurgence with The Jungle Book and more Kong and Jumanji movies.Now, continue on and discover the 60 best adventure movies to watch now!
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This week in TV news includes an update on The Office s streaming home, the latest big video game TV adaptation, some San Diego Comic-Con plans, Lena Headey s post-Game of Thrones TV plans, and more.TOP STORYThe Office Is Leaving Netflix(Photo by NBC)Say goodbye to your Netflix Office binges, because The Office will soon have a new streaming home. The NBC sitcom isn’t leaving the internet for good, it’ll just be moving to NBCUniversal’s own, yet-to-be-launched streaming service in 2021. That means you have around 18 months left to binge the series on Netflix to your heart’s content.The Office was streamed for more than 52 billion minutes in 2018, and in April 2019, it was viewed nearly twice as much as the next-viewed program on subscription video on demand services.“The Office has become a staple of pop-culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” said Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, in a statement announcing the news. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.”Final Fantasy Is Headed to TVAnother major video game is getting a TV adaptation: Final Fantasy is coming to the small screen via the production company responsible for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Witcher, Deadline reports. The project will be written by Ben Lusting and Jake Thornton, and “will tell an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s blockbuster online role-playing game. …Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth installment, the project will explore the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict. Filled with iconic hallmarks of the title’s revered mythology – magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos – the forthcoming series will feature a mixture of new and familiar faces. Those will include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every installment of the franchise to date.”San Diego Comic-Con TV Plans (So Far)The major series headed to San Diego for splashy Comic-Con panels include a goodbye to Game of Thrones, the first look at His Dark Materials, Supernatural s farewell to Hall H, Warner Bros. DC TV shows (Batwoman and the rest of the Arrowverse, plus Batman prequel Pennyworth), the new Veronica Mars, Archer, What We Do in the Shadows, and activations for HBO s Watchmen and Amazon Prime Video s Carnival Row, The Boys, and The Expanse. That s as of June 27. The annual convention takes place from July 17 to 21, and the full schedule will be listed here.Game of Thrones ReturnsDust off a very large space on your bookshelf for the ultimate Game of Thrones box set — which could only be improved with a ticket for an all-expenses paid trip to a Westworld-like Westeros experience. Limited edition Blu-ray set Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection will be available on December 3, and features a wooden shadow box illustrated by Robert Ball, along with a two-part reunion special with the cast hosted by Conan O’Brien. Other bonus content includes deleted and extended scenes, animated histories, behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentaries, and the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.The Black Panther–Star Wars Crossover of Your Dreams(Photo by Marvel; David James/Lucasfilm Ltd.)Black Panther star Letitia Wright and Star Wars’ John Boyega lead the all-star cast of Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology series Small Axe, which is currently filming in London. According to Variety, the series will air in Britain on the BBC and the U.S. on Amazon Prime Video, and follows the West Indian community in London from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. The six-episode series will tell five different stories. Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, and Jack Lowden also star.Star Trek: Picard Has an Unlikely New BossPulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will serve as the showrunner of the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard. The author, who won the Fiction award in 2001 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, will run day-to-day production on the series alongside Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman.“Star Trek has been an important part of my way of thinking about the world, the future, human nature, storytelling and myself since I was ten years old,” Chabon, who was previously announced as a writer on the series, said in a statement announcing the news. “I come to work every day in a state of joy and awe at having been entrusted with the character and the world of Jean-Luc Picard, with this vibrant strand of the rich, intricate and complex tapestry that is Trek.”Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Are Back(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)Former Project Runway gurus Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are headed back to TV for their new, globe-spanning fashion competition called Making the Cut. Hosted and produced by the two powerhouses, the Amazon Prime Video series will feature “12 entrepreneurs and designers from around the globe who are competing to take their fledgling brands to the next level in becoming the next big global phenomenon.” Looks from the series will be shoppable on Amazon, and the winner will take home a million investment in their brand. The first runway challenge filmed earlier this week in front of the Eiffel Tower, featuring judges and guest judges including Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Carine Roitfeld, and Joseph Altazurra.WarnerMedia Streaming Service Orders New SeriesI m just going to leave this here https://t.co/3eylHKtbMt Emily St. J. Mandel (@EmilyMandel) June 26, 2019Maniac s Patrick Somerville will run two new series for the upcoming streaming series WarnerMedia: Made for Love and Station Eleven. The first series is based on the novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, about a thirtysomething woman who leaves her ten-year marriage to an unstable tech billionaire and soon discovers he’s implanted a monitoring device in her brain that allows him to track, watch, and know her thoughts and feelings. S.J. Clarkson will serve as director and executive producer. The second is a “postapocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines” following the survivors of a devastating flu, based on the book by Emily St. John Mandel. Atlanta’s Hiro Murai will serve as director and executive producer.Calling All Anglophiles(Photo by Acorn TV)British TV fans using Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Prime Video will be happy to know that Acorn TV is expanding its reach with a new Apple TV app, a premium subscriptions purchasing option on The Roku Channel, Android Smart TVs, and a new add-on availability through Amazon Prime Video in Canada (it was already available in the U.S.). The series brings British and international television series to North American fans, as well as original series including Agatha Raisin, London Kills (pictured), and Queens of Mystery.Casting News: Lena Headey’s Post-GoT Role, MoreLena Headey will star in a new pilot for Showtime called Rita, an adaptation of a Danish series about a “headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority—as well as her family—in a messy and unfiltered way,” according to the official description.Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom for Netflix has already attracted an A-list cast, Deadline reports. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, and Andrew Rannells are set to star, and filming is scheduled to begin in December.Sigourney Weaver to voice The Myth-Speaker in #DarkCrystal Age Of Resistance! FIRST LOOK at 5 more just-announced actors/chars: Lena Headey as Maudra Fara, Benedict Wong as The General, Awkwafina as The Collector, Hannah John-Kamen as Naia Dave Goelz as Baffi (clockwise L to R) pic.twitter.com/esboAJnDsX See What s Next (@seewhatsnext) June 26, 2019The star-studded cast of Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is getting even more wattage with Lena Headey, Sigourney Weaver, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina, Hannah John-Kamen, and Dave Goelz as voices in the epic prequel series based on the cult-favorite 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. The series premieres Aug. 30.The new stars of The L Word reboot Generation Q include Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jaqueline Toboni, and Rosanny Zayas, who join original stars and new series executive producers Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moenning, and Leisha Hailey in the drama, set to film in Los Angeles this summer and premiere this fall on Showtime.Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels has added Mad Men’s Michael Gladis as a series regular, and Lorena Izzo, Adam Rodriguez, Dominic Sherwood, Ethan Peck, and Thomas Kretschmann will recur.Development Update(Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)Short-form streaming service Quibi s newest star: Liam Hemsworth, who will head up an action thriller in which he plays Dodge Maynard, a man desperate to take care of his pregnant wife before a terminal illness can take his life. He accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game where he soon discovers that he s not the hunter but the prey. Also coming soon to the streaming service: a new series executive produced by Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers from former SNL writer Paula Pell. Created by and starring Pell and John Lutz, Mapleworth Murders is a comedic crime procedural about a murder-mystery writer who solves homicides in her quaint hometown.Season 2 of the Facebook Watch series Sacred Lies, titled The Singing Bones, will star Juliette Lewis and Ryan Kwanten in a story inspired by the Brothers Grimm story The Singing Bone, and begins production in Vancouver in July.Paramount Network has ordered ten episodes of the drama series Coyote, starring Michael Chiklis as a former border patrol agent who begins questioning his worldview, ideology, and loyalties after being exposed to the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border. Breaking Bad’s Michelle MacLaren will executive produce as well as direct the pilot. The series will debut in 2020.Like this? 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(Photo by New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)All Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies RankedCowabunga! We re ranking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, starting with the original! The story of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, and their sensei Splinter was a hit back in 1990, as audiences were drawn to the movie s relatively gritty and realistic ninjitsu-practicing half-shelled heroes, in line with the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comic book. One year after, at the height of Turtle mania, came sequel Secret of the Ooze, which replaced April O Neil with a new actress, brought back Shredder, and went to great lengths to tone down the weapon-based violence. One more sequel in 1993 sent the Turtles back in time, a box office under-performer that closed the book on the original movie trilogy.But the franchise stuck around, through video games, comics, action figures, and numerous television series. Seems like there s always a market for brash, active reptiles for young people to latch onto. This has led to film revivals throughout the years, including an animated film in 2007, and a Michael Bay-produced reboot in 2014. As the franchise celebrates over 35 years of unlikely and phenomenal success, we re ranking all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies by Tomatometer!
AG体育平台 Season 1 of AMC horror anthology series The Terror took viewers north to the Arctic in the mid-1800s and stranded them there along with a starving, desperate expedition crew that was slowly descending into madness and a ferocious, definitely-not-a-bear creature that tore at survivors bit by terrifying bit. The season – which starred Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, and Ciarán Hinds as officers on the doomed expedition – has a 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer score, was hugely popular with Rotten Tomatoes visitors, and seemingly grew its audience through strong word of mouth.“I like to joke, ‘If you loved season 1, you ll get none of it in season 2,” season 2 showrunner Alexander Woo told Rotten Tomatoes ahead of The Terror: Infamy premiere.This time, the setting mostly sticks to U.S. soil, but rather than a giant, bounding beast of teeth, claws, and fur, the new season takes a more subdued tack; its terror comes in the form of a haunting.“The yūrei is very specific. It s the thing crawling out the television set in The Ring. It s the spirit of a dead person – usually, in the folklore, a woman who has been wronged in life and has come back with this insatiable rage, this all-consuming hunger that cannot be – it is literally impossible to quench,” Woo explained.(Photo by AMC)The spirit of season 2 then lies in the genre of kaidan, old-fashioned Japanese ghost stories, which U.S. audiences have not seen much of on TV, aside from genre films playing on cable or on streaming services or in Japanese series available online.This story starts at Terminal Island, between San Pedro and Long Beach in California, ahead of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and follows Japanese families into internment by the U.S. government during wartime. Woo and his team didn’t have a book to follow, as season 1 executive producers David Kajganich and Soo Hugh did in adapting Dan Simmons’ 2007 fictionalized account of the doomed Arctic expedition, but were able to research eyewitness accounts from about 125,000 internment camp survivors from archives and organizations, like the Japanese American National Museum and Densho at Heart Mountain, which was one of the camps. The goal was to recreate the world of the internment camps.“We were the beneficiaries of some real, real geniuses on the show who built a world out of Vancouver, which is not a small task. Vancouver s a very modern city. It doesn t look like 1940s anything. To create not only a period world which spans two continents, and many, many states, it is no small feat,” Woo said. “To do it in a way that doesn t fall into those images you get in your mind of World War II period pieces — it s drab, you know? I didn t want it to feel drab. I wanted it to feel very present, and very alive. They created a visual signature with this piece. John Conroy and Barry Dunleavy, our cinematographers, created this really gorgeous cinematic visual style that was really lush, and moody, and atmospheric.“Then, Jonathan McKinstry, our production designer, went into painstaking detail to recreate the world from archival photos. So much so that when George Takei walked into our set, he said, ‘This is exactly how I remember it, with one exception.’ With the exception of some plates that we had, which were not chipped enough. We went and chipped them up so they would look a little more worn,” Woo recalled.(Photo by AMC)Takei plays Yamato-san, an 80-year-old living on Terminal Island who warns members of the younger generations of the danger of the yūrei.“Early on in the season, the characters use a bunch of different terms because they re not entirely sure what it is.,” Woo said. “Early on they use terms like ‘obake,’ which is a term for a spirit, which is kind of neutral. It could be even benevolent. It could be benevolent, or malevolent. Then, they use the term bakemono’ a little later on, which refers to something a little more malevolent.”Infamy’s story focuses particularly on 22-year-old Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio), who has dropped some of the elder generations’ cultural observances – like believing in yūrei – for his own American experience, including dreams of becoming a Life magazine photographer and a relationship with Mexican-American Luz Ojeda (Cristina Rodlo).“The genesis of this comes from my co-creator Max Borenstein, who had actually heard George Takei give a talk 20 years ago, and was inspired to pitch this idea to AMC of telling an internment story through this genre lens, and specifically using the kaidan – or Japanese folk tales/Japanese ghost stories – at the center of it, and that would be the genre component of it,” Woo related.“You see in the first few episodes, to the immigrant generation, the older generation, the ghosts are very real. They are as real as you or I,” he said. “It is not a figment or a superstition or any sort of made up hoo-ha. To Chester s generation, this is just some sort of weird old-country belief that he does not believe, until [a point when] he s pretty sure it s real now. But early on, he completely pooh-poohed the notion. And that, to me, is a great illustration – one of many – of the rift between the immigrant generation and the American-born generation, the Issei and Nisei, in our show.”(Photo by Ed Araquel/AMC)Chester feels confined and complains early on that his parents moved from one island to a smaller island, but he thinks of himself as wholly American with access to all of America, Woo said.“Chester is, for me, an illustration of what it s like to embrace a country that doesn t embrace you back, you know? As we find out in subsequent episodes, his Americanness is challenged,” Woo said. “And so the yūrei represents something that is organically part of the culture of his father s generation, and he has to confront his own Japaneseness in order to deal with it. He has to accept it and then understand it and then find a way to confront it. And that s why we felt that that was an appropriate angle into the supernatural part of the story.”The series also stars Kiki Sukezane as Yuko Tanabe; Shingo Usami and Naoko Mori as Chester’s parents, Henry and Asako Nakayama; and Miki Ishikawa as Amy Yoshida. Casting was done in the U.S., Canada, and Tokyo, resulting in a cast made up of actors from Japan and those of Japanese ancestry. George is arguably the most notable living person who s ever lived with the internment. He s also a working actor in our business. It seems obvious, and natural for us to at least offer him a role in our show. He says he s made it his life s work. He s declared this many times, that this is his life s work: to bring awareness to this period in history because there s so many lessons from that that could be taken from that to the present. To our delight, he agreed enthusiastically to be part of our show, Woo said.“The casting of the rest of the show was a monumental feat by our team of casting directors. We have Carrie Audino here in L.A., and she s won Emmys for Mad Men and West Wing,” he said. “We had Yôko Narahashi in Tokyo, and we had the casting directors in Vancouver as well: Corinne Clark and Jen Page. That entire team scoured four continents to find the cast where — we re very proud of this —every single Japanese and Japanese-American speaking role is portrayed by an actor of Japanese ancestry. The original idea behind that was, there s a lot of Japanese focus in the show. Obviously, we need people who could speak the language.(Photo by Ed Araquel/AMC)“As we were going through the casting process, we found that so many Japanese-American actors, or Japanese-Canadian actors, had such a personal connection to the internment, which is probably not surprising, because, if your family has been here since the ’40s, you lived through the internment [and/or] your family lived through the internment. So many people had such deep investment in it that we felt we should just cast wall-to-wall with actors of Japanese ancestry, because they brought such an investment to the material.”Woo noted that he is himself of Chinese ancestry and feels connected to the heart of the story: the inevitable rift between a generation that immigrates to a new country that will perhaps never accept them, and their children born in that country who lose pieces of their cultural identity in their assimilation as naturalized citizens.“There are resonances for almost anyone who has a generational connection to having an immigrant experience,” he said. “In this country, frankly, you don t have to go very far back to get to an immigrant in anyone s family. This story, as we came to explore and meet with people and talk with people, is the story of the Japanese-American people, but it s not specifically exclusively a story for the Japanese-American people. There re lessons from this that speak to anyone whose family has been touched or shaped by the immigrant experience, which really is just about everyone.”(Photo by Ed Araquel/AMC)Production designer McKinstry returned to the series from season 1, but other contributors to season 2 are new, including co-costume designers J.R. Hawbaker and Tish Monaghan.“The world really came to life in the costumes,“ Woo said, describing how Hawbaker met with Terminal Islanders and found archival photos of clothing worn during the period to help define each character over the course of several years. “[They] were able to build a world using both vintage pieces and pieces they created.“The kimonos, specifically, which are incredibly labor intensive — it usually takes over a year to build a kimono, and we had to build several of them, and the multiple versions, because you need one for the double, you need one for the stunt person. They get dirty, they get bloody,” he said. “There were these fabrics that J.R. specifically found that had this shimmer to it, this ghostly shimmer to it, which it was really astonishing. … We had an entire kimono team … The kimono wrangler, the kimono designer, the people doing the dyeing. It was its own production; I don t even remember how many people, but it was a large team just to deal with the kimono.”Even with elaborate costuming and exacting production design from another time, Woo wanted the story to come alive for modern viewers. The idea of using a supernatural element to begin with, the idea was to use that genre toolbox as a way for the audience to access the emotions of the historical experience, he said. Because when you re doing a period piece, there s frequently a danger of it feeling like a museum piece, of feeling that