奥法宝典采用百度引擎0（Baidu 7）(Photo by Warner Bros./ courtesy Everett Collection)All 8 Zack Snyder Movies, Ranked by TomatometerDirector Zack Snyder was among the frontlines in the battle to bring back the zombie, his 2004 Certified Fresh remake of Dawn of the Dead nestling in snugly with the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Land of the Dead. But it was with his second feature that he developed a signature style: 300, combining a comic-book palette with unflinching machismo and fetishistic style. The adaptation of the Frank Miller comic was a pop-culture phenomenon, and helped establish the gritty Warner Bros. look on comic-book movies that started with V for Vendetta and was furthered by The Dark Knight.There was no stopping Snyder now, as he next tackled Watchmen, once thought a graphic novel too dense and troubling for film. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole and Sucker Punch were stepping stones into the world most know Snyder for: As the creative guide behind Superman movies, and the DC Extended Universe beyond. Man of Steel was a big enough box office hit for the studio, and if audiences had some qualms about the direction of the character, their curiosity was nonetheless piqued for the next movie.That would, of course, end up being the biggest title bout of comicdom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ben Affleck put on the suit, the first to do so after Christian Bale in his Dark Knight trilogy run, and went mano-a-mano with Henry Cavill. A single word may have put this quarrel between two mama s boys to bed, which opened the path to the next movie referred to in BvS s subtitle. Justice League arrived, pulling in Gal Gadot, who would go on to make the Certified Fresh Wonder Woman, and introducing the new movie versions of The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Justice League s disappointing Tomatometer and box office have made Release the Snyder cut! a clarion call for the online hordes, referring to the supposed three-hour version of the movie that existed before studio executives and meddling forced it down to its current 120-minute runtime.Snyder has since lessened his presence within the DCEU (he s still a producer on Wonder Woman 1984), and is returning to where it all began with Army of the Dead, an upcoming Netflix movie starring Dave Bautista about mercenaries who pull off a heist in Vegas during a zombie outbreak. And now, we re pulling a heist ourselves as we sneak into the past and bringing up every Zack Snyder movie ranked by Tomatometer!
Sci-fi series Snowpiercer has exercised a proven tactic in upping the genre stakes as it moves into its second season: It’s added Sean Bean to the mix.According to series star Daveed Diggs, who plays underdog hero Andre Layton in the returning TNT series, Bean s sinister character is a different kind of villain. The charisma that he exudes is a very difficult thing to fight, Diggs told Rotten Tomatoes about Bean s Mr. Wilford.The charismatic villain is the man whose company built this high-speed train before the Freeze turned the planet into an uninhabitable ball of ice. Up until now, we were led to believe Wilford was dead; season 1 revealed that Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly) controlled the vessel, while perpetuating the appearance that Wilford was alive and running the train. By the end of season 1, we discover that Wilford was indeed still alive and all this time had been plotting a vengeful course back to Snowpiercer aboard a supply train named Big Alice. In a politically tremulous atmosphere on Snowpiercer after a revolution and casualties, the hard-fought new world order erupts into chaos once again when Big Alice and Snowpiercer meet.(Photo by David Bukach/TNT)There s a joke that makes fun of the number of times Game Of Thrones alum Bean has died on-screen (think GOT, GoldenEye, Lord of the Rings, and more). That s all in the past, though; if Bean s performance as the new big bad in Snowpiercer is an example of anything, it s that the actor is wonderfully alive in this deliciously evil role. Sean brings such an incredible energy to the character, Diggs explained.Connelly added: His performances are so fearless. They re so unhinged. He seems to be having a blast playing that part. He s a showman. The stage has been set, and now that Wilford is back, he ll definitely be gunning to take back what he believes is rightfully his: Snowpiercer, the train that Melanie took from him all those years ago. So he s not exactly wrong, but his coup attempt won t be so simple. Make no mistake, he is really not out for the wellbeing of the train, Connelly said. Melanie knows that. And that s the reason why, ultimately, she took the train from him. She knew he didn t have the train s, and the passengers , best interests in mind. (Photo by David Bukach/TNT)It was an arduous uphill battle for Diggs Andre Layton throughout the first season, as he laid the groundwork for the Tailie revolution (the uprising of those in Third Class). The fight for equality amid the array of racism, classism, and sexism put Layton in a strong, albeit unexpected, position of leadership. But now that he s gained some semblance of the power, the way forward is as complex as it is uncertain. What exactly is the best way to deal with a megalomaniac, anyway? He is used to appealing to this idea of what is the right thing to do, in terms of winning people over to his side, Diggs said. But now, what he s met with on the train is a bunch of people who ve been promised a whole bunch of things by somebody who looks like they are the beneficiary of a whole bunch of those things. In a battle of hearts and minds, that s a tricky foe to come up against. With a pause and a laugh, Diggs added: Wilford is not actually concerned with people, but people still love him. How hard is that? And how familiar is that? Wilford s introduction to the series throws a lot of things off-kilter, but it also helps to forge new partnerships that were unthinkable just one year ago. If there s truth to the phrase, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, then the partnership of former foes, Layton and Melanie, makes complete sense. After all, their common goal is to protect the train, and its citizens, no matter the cost.(Photo by David Bukach/TNT) Adding Melanie into that fold as someone that Layton ends up caring about is a dangerous thing to do on an emotional level, Diggs added. Then, the realization that, if Layton s new government is one that respects the science of the thing, which is really what Melanie represents, and what she understands better than anybody, she could, in fact, actually build the train. One thing Melanie didn t account for when she stole Snowpiercer was the problematic system that was already in place — and as Connelly explained, it was one riddled with a whole bunch of societal issues and corruption. That foundation absolutely encouraged her own heinous behavior in season 1, and it s what ended up sparking the Tailie uprising that put Layton on her radar. The train called for change, and I think there was a hell of a lot about that system that she didn t agree with, and she didn t like, she continued. I don t think that, in reality, her politics were so far off from Layton s. He was sort of a catalyst for her to recognize that she was sort of tuning out so much, and it was at such a great cost. As Diggs points out, that choice comes with a fair share of repercussions: This person who had been an enemy for so long has to become someone that Layton is choosing to side with over people who have been friends of his. And that s tough. It s a challenging move but the partnership strengthens them both, and that support structure is something Melanie needs going into these new episodes; not only does Wilford represent a threat to the health of the train and its people, his re-emergence brings back a whole load of unresolved trauma from Melanie s past.(Photo by David Bukach/TNT)Melanie s long-estranged daughter Alexandra Cavill (Rowan Blanchard) is also along for the ride. Melanie believed Ali was dead — having left her behind when she took over the train. But after seven years, here she suddenly is, very much alive and under the tutelage of Melanie s greatest adversary. Talk about a complicated reunion. All of that stuff plays out; all of that grief, and loss, and fear, and relief, and joy, and love, and dread, Connelly said. I think for Melanie, she sees her daughter, and of course, she wants to resume that relationship. But she s also mature enough to recognize that s not the reality of their dynamic at this point. She has to earn that trust back. And it s not going to be that simple. Snowpiercer season 2 premieres on Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. on TNT.奥法宝典同样，和云游戏一样火爆的还有如火如荼的手游开发，在如今日益“内容为王”的时代下，手游的内容精品化同样重要。虽然不靠手游起家，但已经有不少游戏厂商开始了自己的手游研发，像SE这样正经的“手游大厂”已经不是少数，而在一些游戏圈“老炮”中，手游也越来越被看重，即使是暴雪这样的老牌PCgame厂商，也用《暗黑：不朽》开始了自己的手游生涯。
ries. (Deadline)Sons of Anarchy alum Theo Rossi will star in True Story, the Netflix limited series starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes as a comedian (Hart) and his brother (Snipes), who have a wild night out in Philadelphia and find their life completely upended. Rossi plays a man who is a super fan of Hart’s Kid, and who follows him around on all his tour stops. (Deadline)Constance Wu will star with Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch in Amazon’s The Terminal List. The conspiracy thriller features Pratt playing Reece, a Navy SEAL whose platoon is killed, leading him and his best friend (Kitsch) to seek vengeance on those responsible. Wu will play a journalist who helps Reece by turning a media spotlight on the conspiracy he’s fighting against.PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT: Starz Wants to Party Down With a New Revival(Photo by Colleen Hayes / © Starz / Courtesy: Everett Collection)It s time to Party Down at Starz: the network is developing a six-episode revival of the 2009-10 comedy about a Los Angeles cater-waiter team. Rob Thomas and Paul Rudd return as producers, while John Enbom will be showrunner. “At the end of 2019, the Party Down cast and producers were all reunited at a retrospective for the show hosted by Vulture. We had such a good time that we wanted to find a way to get the team back together again,” Thomas said. “The cast is so busy these days that finding a window where we can do it may require trigonometry, but we’re determined to make it happen.” No cast has been set yet, but the all-star line-up of the original series included Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, Lizzy Caplan, and Megan Mullally. Disney+ is making a live-action remake of Pinocchio, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, Tom Hanks as Geppetto, Luke Evans as The Coachman, Keegan-Michael Key as the voice of Honest John, Lorraine Bracco as the voice of a new character named Sofia the Seagull, and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as the voice of Pinocchio. Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump) will direct the movie and write it with Chris Weitz (American Pie).Spike Lee is directing a docuseries about New York City for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½ will air on HBO, and will find the proud NYC filmmaker covering the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and now COVID, via interviews with more than 200 people. “As a New Yawker who bleeds orange and blue (the colors of New York City), I’m proud to have a ‘Spike Lee Joint’ about how our/my city dealt with being the epicenters of 9/11 and COVID-19,” Lee said. “Over centuries pundits and straight haters have proclaimed NYC was dead and stinkin’, only to be proved wrong. You will lose ya money betting against New York, New York.” (NY POST)A E and Lifetime are teaming up for a four-hour, two-hour documentary on Janet Jackson. With the working title Janet, the special will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Jackson’s first album release in 1982. Janet will take a deep dive into her personal life and career as one of the most successful pop artists of all time, and, of course, all about the scandals involving her family and brother Michael, and the infamous “Nipplegate” Super Bowl halftime show. The special is expected to air in 2022.HBO Max is in production on 8-Bit Christmas, a retro-feel movie about a 10-year-old boy, in the 1980s, who wants nothing more than the hottest videogame for the holidays. June Diane Raphael and Steve Zahn play Jake’s (Winslow Fegley) parents, and Neil Patrick Harris plays the adult version of Jake.Bosch will end with season 7 on Amazon this summer, but star Titus Welliver will star in a spin-off series on Amazon sister streaming network, IMDB TV. Welliver will co-star with Mimi Rogers, a.k.a. Honey Chandler, Harry Bosch’s enemy who he’ll now have to work with in the new series. Madison Lintz will also return for the sequel, playing Bosch’s daughter, Maddie.After last week’s dismal Golden Globes telecast, the Screen Actors Guild awards folks have decided to air a more modest ceremony for the SAGs on April 4: pre-taped, no host, no red carpet, mini speeches, brief comedy bits, and the whole thing clocking in at just an hour.The Batman co-writer and Netflix’s Project Power writer Mattson Tomlin will be the showrunner and executive producer on an anime series version of Terminator for Netflix.SpongeBob SquarePants is getting another spin-off series: The Patrick Star Show. The prequel will find Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) living at home with his ‘rents, and hosting a TV show in his bedroom.
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Few films have left their mark on the popular culture the way that 1984 s The Karate Kid has. Even kids who didn t rush to see it in theaters in June of that year, or didn t grow up wearing down the tape on their VHS copy of the film, can recite the movie s most famous lines – Sweep the leg! – and recall its most indelible images. But more than iconic one-liners and memorable fights, what sticks with us about The Karate Kid are its key relationships, namely those between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and mentor Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) and Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).So fierce and so memorable was the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny that more than three decades after the first Karate Kid movie was released, YouTube Originals re-ignited it for the streaming series Cobra Kai, the second season of which has just dropped online. Except now the tables had turned, and one-time-bully Johnny was the sympathetic anti-hero.As we gear up for another round with Daniel and Johnny – and if their coy responses to our questions indicate, a potential slew of cameos from fans favorite characters – we sat down with Macchio and Zabka to go back to the beginning. In this oral history of The Karate Kid, the two men recall the time they met as kids, their pre-Karate Kid experience with martial arts ( I had no technique, I had no idea ), working with Pat Morita, and the impact the movie would have on their teen years and their lives. From audition to their climactic on-screen showdown, this is Macchio and Zabka s story of the time they became the world s most famous karate kids.What follows is a history of The Karate Kid (1984) and reflection upon the film, drawn from a sit-down interview with Macchio and Zabka.ALSO WATCH: ORAL HISTORY OF COBRA KAI WITH RALPH MACCHIO AND WILLIAM ZABKA“As a kid, you re jumping around and fighting imaginary bad guys, you know?”Ralph Macchio: “When I was about 10 or so, for Christmas I got a certificate for the local jiu-jitsu school of self defense — obviously, mom and dad said, ‘We gotta help this guy out a little bit,’ I don t know — for me and my brother. So we went, and I took a handful of lessons. I liked it.”William Zabka: “My relationship with karate before Karate Kid was all in my imagination. As a kid growing up, I would just run around and do fake fights, and I d be in the backyard with sticks, but I had no technique, I had no idea. I took no classes before Karate Kid. I was a wrestler in high school, so I was limber, and I had a lot of conditioning, so I was prepared to learn the training for karate, and martial arts but I didn t know any real [moves]. It was all in my mind. As a kid, you re jumping around and fighting imaginary bad guys, you know?” I can t guarantee you anything right now, but if I were you, I d take some karate lessons. Macchio: “My first conversation about being Daniel LaRusso was with our director John Avildsen, who I auditioned for, and … it s the first time ever I ever read the words to that character. It s Avildsen explaining the character, explaining what he s going through, explaining the story leading up to my audition scene, which was the scene from the film where Daniel wakes up after the skeleton fight at the fence and Miyagi saves the day, and he s asking all these questions.(Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)That’s my earliest memory of the character. I didn t have the part yet, but I did remember John Avildsen saying to me, ‘I can t guarantee you anything right now, but if I were you, I d take some karate lessons.’ Which doesn t often happen. That was a pretty exciting moment. And then a couple more hoops to jump through, and here I am, I got to be Daniel LaRusso.” Watch your mouth, asshole. Zabka: “Through my manager, I got a phone call to come in, they want to talk to you. So I went to Columbia Pictures at that time, and drove through the gate and went to a bungalow. I just came directly from the gym, and I was in my tank top, probably wearing a headband or something. I went in and they said, ‘There s this movie called Karate Kid. We think you d be great for this part of Johnny. Go home and read it, and come back and audition tomorrow for John Avildsen.’So I went home and read the script, and Johnny s this karate master and he s a motorcycle gang leader. He s the bad guy. I m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I don t know karate. I don t know how ride motorcycles.’ But there was one scene in the script that I really connected to, and somehow I just connected to the character. I ran it through in my living room a bunch of times, and then the next day went and met John Avildsen. He was sitting in a chair. He had his camera. He always had his video camera filming everything. And it was a scene cut out of the movie, where I hand Daniel a death certificate at the water fountain. And he said, ‘What s this for?’ And I go, ‘You gotta get your mommy to sign it so you could be in the tournament with the big boys.’ And he says, ‘I thought it was supposed to be no contact.’ And I say, ‘Accidents happen.’(Photo by ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)And then I walk away, and he goes, ‘Hey, you think he might be wrong?’ And I go, ‘Who?’ And he goes, ‘Your instructor, your sensei, you think he might be wrong?’ And then my line is, ‘Watch your mouth, asshole.’ So on that line, that s when I walked over to John Avildsen and grabbed him — which you don t do — and I said, ‘Watch your mouth, asshole.’ And I pushed him back, and the room was still. And that s where the scene was supposed to end, but everybody was still watching me, so I improv’d and went to the door. I said, ‘Read it and weep. I ll see you in the tournament.’ And went out in the waiting room, and came in, took my headband off, which I was wearing, and I said, ‘I m sorry, I m sorry. That was Johnny. I m Billy.’ He goes, ‘So how old are you?’ He got kind of interested, and he goes, ‘You re a little taller than our karate kid.’ And I m like, ‘Yeah, well, Bruce Lee was smaller than Kareem Abdul Jabbar.’ He goes, ‘Well, you got a point. All right, thanks, kid.’ And that was that.”“We were friendly, but we weren t [best friends].”Macchio: “[Zabka and I] trained differently. We both trained with Pat Johnson, who did all the fight choreography. He s the referee in The Karate Kid film. He would train myself and Pat Morita in a classic Okinawan style, and he would train Billy and the Cobra Kai guys in a more aggressive style of martial arts. Most of the scenes we did together we were either yelling at each other or I was getting my ass kicked. So we were friendly, but we weren t [best friends]. I had the whole Miyagi side of the story, and the romance side of the story. The movie was always in three sections for me. We ve become closer friends over the years and certainly when Pat passed away we became closer friends just through the loss of him and moving forward, and the fact that this film has stood the test of time. It s a big part of not only American cinema, but also pop culture. And then here we are back again in tandem. So it s been quite a journey.”Zabka: “My memory of working with Ralph was we were best friends instantly. I m surprised to hear you say that we were separated. We have to talk after this.I think John Avildsen really created the chemistry by casting all the right people for this. He cast the right Tommy, Bobby, Dutch, and Jimmy. … It was almost like he created this little universe for us. We hung around all the time. We went to lunch every day. We rode motorcycles together, we trained together. We really got into a pack mentality. Ralph and I did our fight scene for the tournament every day we could for three months, so we were working together constantly. I mean, feet and fists were flying, so we had to take care of each other in that way. But the Cobra Kais, they were like my brothers, and they still are in real life.”“It s like a strawberry shortcake and a cannoli. Macchio: “Ali with an ‘i.’ That character is arguably what starts the rivalry, the feud, if you will. Like all good wars, a beautiful woman, and that s the end of that. [Elisabeth Shue] was just coming out of the gate at that point. And John Avildsen would see me and Lisa — Lisa Shue was what we called her — and he would say, ‘You
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5.92.3 9月喜迎Sundance kicked things off Thursday night with one of the biggest stars on the planet, as Taylor Swift and filmmaker Lana Wilson brought their documentary Miss Americana to Park City to the delight of fans and also critics – mostly. Reports of cheers, tears, and giggles from the crowd at the Eccles Theater were followed by some largely positive reviews for the feature, which arrives on Netflix in just a week. Although understood to be carefully constructed for the subject’s approval – this is Tay Tay after all – the film is also commended for showing a more candid Swift than we’re used to, though that may not be saying much.Here’s what critics are saying about Miss Americana:Firstly, is it a good movie?“Like the 2017 Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, it’s a lively and revealing once-over-lightly portrait.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety“A captivating watch…refreshing.” Matt Goldberg, Collider“An intimate and eye-opening documentary.” Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune“More compelling than its straightforward structure would suggest.” Dan Mecca, The Film Stage“Miss Americana is undoubtedly a pro-Tay narrative, but it’s a good one.” Anna Menta, Decider“Not a game-changer when it comes to documentary filmmaking, but it is emotionally effective, surprisingly entertaining, and incredibly inspiring.” Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentSo it’s not just for the fans?“The perfect balance…for the fans, as well as for someone who doesn’t really know much about Swift as a person and will possibly walk away with a new level of respect and appreciation for her.” Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment“Whether haters will be willing to hear the new Taylor out remains to be seen, but if they do, they would certainly find someone worth listening to.” Anna Menta, Decider“There’s nothing here to make new Swift fans or change the opinions of her haters, but that’s kind of the point of the documentary: to disregard the audience in favor of examining the relationship between a female celebrity and her followers.” Matt Goldberg, Collider“Those indifferent or opposed to Swift likely won t find much in Miss Americana to change their minds.” Angie Han, Mashable“It’s unlikely that Miss Americana will convince naysayers of Swift’s artistry — as with most music documentaries, the film preaches to the converted.” Tim Grierson, Screen International“Miss Americana is far too coy a documentary to fully satisfy anybody.” Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute.)Does it reveal anything new about Swift?“You won’t learn about her deepest secrets…but it does have an intimacy that is rare for Swift.” Steve Pond, The Wrap“Bravest of all…she discusses her past struggle with an eating disorder, a condition triggered by the constant scrutiny of her own image.” Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter“I was genuinely shocked by how much information was revealed, given the 85-minute runtime.” Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment“Those hoping for juicy gossip will also be disappointed.” Angie Han, Mashable“Lana Wilson’s portrait feels more like the singer’s attempt at brand repositioning than a heartfelt, revealing chronicle.” Tim Grierson, Screen International“Truth be told, her song ‘Fifteen’ is far more revealing than anything in this purported behind-the-scenes glimpse.” Johnny Oleksinski, New York PostWhat s the one thing everyone will be talking about? “The biggest part about watching Miss Americana is seeing Swift opening up about breaking her political silence.” Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies“[The] more interesting half of the film is dedicated to Swift’s political awakening as an increasingly liberal activist.” Anna Menta, Decider“Miss Americana becomes electric in its final act as Swift finally reaches a political awakening.” Matt Goldberg, Collider“The heart of Miss Americana is Taylor Swift telling us what she stands for on gay rights and women’s rights, and what she’s learned about the fate of being a woman in the public eye.” Steve Pond, The Wrap“Just a teensy weensy bit irritatingly self-congratulatory…you can t help sensing that this new, socially conscious, politically savvy Taylor is also a construct, albeit one that is entirely sincere.” Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter(Photo by © Netflix)Does the film feel authentic?“While most of this authenticity reads as manufactured and a bit focus-grouped, it’s hard not to like this pop star.” Dan Mecca, The Film Stage“What matters is that the things we do see ring true. In Miss Americana, the vision Taylor Swift presents of herself is just chancy and sincere enough to draw us in.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety“Watching her defy her father and her closest advisors through tears, it’s hard to feel that Swift did so for any reason other than believing it was the right thing to do. Here is the proof that so many have been asking for that her feminism is genuine.” Anna Menta, Decider“Wilson is there to capture the scene when Swift tells her family and team…it’s this rawness and vulnerability that makes you feel for Swift.” Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies“There were several moments in the film where I found myself becoming oddly emotional, almost to the point of tears.” Scott Menzel, We Live Entertainment“Miss Americana is Swift’s way of having her cake and eating it too. She gets to control her narrative in a favorable documentary that upholds her persona as an introspective artist but swats down anyone who interrogates that persona.” Matt Goldberg, Collider“If you think the moon landing was staged, just wait till you see Miss Americana, the new documentary about pop star Taylor Swift.” Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post“Miss Americana is a little too timid and constructed — it rarely gives viewers the impression that we’re seeing the ‘real’ Taylor Swift…there isn’t much spontaneity or surprise.” Tim Grierson, Screen InternationalOK, but it has the fun candid moments we re hoping for, right?“Her difficult public life is intercut with joyous scenes like that of her fruitful creative life.” Mary Sollosi, Entertainment Weekly“Wilson leaves room for some quirky bits, like Swift doting on her three cats…but even then there’s a message: ‘I want to wear pink and let you know I know about politics.’” Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune“Sorry, but staring at a person as they tweet isn’t exciting, even when that person is Taylor Swift.” Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
John Rambo. John McClane. John Wick. The last one joined the other two in the Action Hero Hall of Fame with just his first movie back in 2014. Now he’s up to a trilogy with John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum heading to theaters this month. The question is, will this threequel match Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 in the eyes of critics (87% and 89% on the Tomatometer, respectively) and fans? From the first reactions on social media, it sounds like yes to both parties. If you love this franchise, its intense action, and its love for dogs, sounds you shouldn’t be disappointed.Here’s what the critics are saying about John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum:So, is it as good as the first two John Wick movies?“Action wise, it’s the best of the franchise with a great mix of gun and hand to hand combat.” Josh Tapia, Screen Junkies
(Photo by HBO)HBO ordered the first of the four Game of Thrones prequel scripts in the works to pilot in June 2018. Goldman won the contest to develop the next series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy universe with her story set in the decline of the Age of Heroes.Fans of Martin’s series of novels and companion works will recognize this period as the beginning of the legendary Long Night, a generation of winter that starved and froze the populace of Westeros and saw a fierce battle of the Others (White Walkers) and their army of dead (wights) against the living.In an earlier blog post, Martin had suggested the number of viable scripts may have narrowed further and hinted at the subject of the prequel written by Condal: There are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could. The readers among you might want to grab a copy of Fire Blood when it is released on November 20, though. Fire Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) Book 1 is the next A Song of Ice and Fire companion book and the first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens. (The new book begins with Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and recounts generations of Targaryens who fought to hold the seat, up to the civil war that nearly destroyed their dynasty.)What the Prequel Was AboutThe story line: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.”Who Was Running the Show?The show was created by Martin and Goldman, who is known for her screenplays for Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, The Woman in Black, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid film. Her Tomatometer average on 10 films is 73%. Goldman was to serve as showrunner.“I’ve consulted with all of the writers on all of the successor shows, and several of them have visited me in Santa Fe for long days of discussion,” Martin wrote on his blog, “and we’ve gone back and forth in email, text, and telephone, so I have definitely been involved… but really, the accolades here should go to Jane. She has been an absolute thrill to work with… and my god, what a talent.”SPOILER ALERT: While information that follows will be familiar to fans of the Song of Ice and Fire novels and their companion materials, some of it may be considered spoilers to anyone who has chosen not to read the book series.(Photo by HBO)So what is it that “we think we know” about the time period of the first prequel?When It Takes Place: Descent from Age of Heroes = the Beginning of the Long NightThe Age of Heroes: Around 10,000 years before Aegon’s Conquest (we re going to go ahead and use “B.C.” for before the Conquest ), the Children of the Forest and the First Men agreed to the Pact, a peace treaty that kicked off the Age of Heroes, a time that many of the major noble Houses, including the Starks, trace their lineage back to if not earlier.For reference, the events of the seventh season of Game of Thrones occur roughly 300 years after the Conquest (or “A.C.”) of Aegon the Conqueror, the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, king on the Iron Throne, and founder of the Targaryen dynasty of rulers. We know, however, that the show took many liberties with the plots of the books; for one, to compress the series’ timeline.In season 1 of the series, Old Nan tells young Brandon Stark tales of the Long Night, which began 8,000 or 6,000 years B.C. (apparently, even in fiction, accounts may differ).Given the few details we have about the prequel, it would be fair to surmise that its events take place anywhere between 6,000 and 9,000 years before Jon Snow became King in the North and Daenerys returned to Dragonstone with her “children.”That’s a hell of a long time, and it promises that the world the prequel takes place in will be in many ways more primitive than the one fans of the show are used to seeing.Major Events In and Around the Period(Photo by Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)The Pact: With around 1,000 or 2,000 years separating the Pact from the Long Night, the immediate events around the treaty won’t likely be seen (except perhaps in flashback like the Tower of Joy moments with young Ned and Lyanna Stark seen in Game of Thrones). The Pact was signed on the Isle of Faces in the center of the lake called Gods Eye.The prequel is set at least 6,000 years B.C., and — just to remind us of the timing — construction on the monstrous castle Harrenhal, a ruin in Game of Thrones, will begin on the north shore of Gods Eye around 42 years B.C. by King Harren Hoare. But who’s to say how the new series will play with the timing of events?The Long Night: A generation of the darkest, coldest winter in known history that saw the Others come down from Lands of Always Winter to devastate the world of men.Battle for the Dawn: Is the final battle of the Long Night — the outcome, of course, is clear given that the events of Game of Thrones happen.The Night s King Rises: The thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night s Watch breaks his vow and declares himself a king. The Starks of Winterfell and the King-Beyond-the-Wall, Joramun, join forces to take him down. The stories have it that his treachery began when he was seduced by a female Other, which — White Walker sex would be something we definitely haven t seen.The Andal Invasion: Accounts vary, but the Andals crossed the Narrow Sea from Essos anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 years B.C., close enough for the prequel to potentially feature something of the Andal Invasion, which began at the Fingers (homeland of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones).In Essos, people discover dragons: If the sheepherders who would go on to become the Valyrians of the region were only just discovering their dragons when the First Men were recovering from the Long Night, that should give us some idea of how much time will have to pass before dragons become part of this story.That said, the Asshai i claimed the dragons of Valyria came from their Shadow Lands and that the Valyrians were taught to control their dragons by Eastern mystics visiting the region, so even if the prequel doesn t show dragons in Valyria, if it spends any time in that magical Eastern part of the world, we may see dragons after all.The histories also suggest that the Valyrians and their dragons may have bullied the Andals out of Essos, which would mean that the Andal Invasion happened later than 6,000 years B.C. — and by later, we mean closer to Aegon s Conquest in the 2,000, 4,000, or 6,000 years between the Long Night and it (depending on when the events of the prequel is set).But the potential overlap (at around 6,000 years B.C. for most of these major events) makes for intriguing possibilities: The prequel could show, for instance, the people of the Valyrian peninsula discovering the dragon nesting place and their first attempts to tame the beasts, while in Westeros the Long Night might be in full swing.Who Are the Possible Players?(Photo by Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)Given the timeline, we’ve already established that we’ll likely see the Children of the Forest and certainly the First Men (speakers of the Old Tongue and, after interacting with the Children of the Forest, worshipers of the Old Gods), but who are the notable people among and around them?The Three-Eyed Raven (or Crow): Even though Martin himself has denied that any of the original series cast would appear, of all the characters in Game of Thrones, two who could reasonably make an appearance in a prequel (outside of flash-forwards) are the time-travelers: the original Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright).When we asked Wright back in December 2017 if Bran might show up as the Three-Eyed Raven in a prequel, he said: It would be fun. There’s so much in the history of Westeros I would love to be involved in, and I’ve got to be a small part of some of those bits and get to sort of observe some of those early things going on in the world. I would love, yeah love, to be able to be a part of any of it, any of the history. So if they offered me to come back for a day and sort of, pop by, and have a look at some scene back from King Aerys or whatever, I wouldn’t say no.”Bran the Builder: Brandon Stark, the founder of House Stark, built the Wall and Winterfell. He is also credited with constructing or aiding the construction of other mighty projects like Storm’s End, seat of House Durrandon (and the later seat of House Baratheon).Durran Godsgrief: The first Storm King, builder of Storm’s End (possibly with help of Bran the Builder and the Children of the Forest), and founder of House Durrandon, Durran married Elenei, supposedly the daughter of the sea god and the goddess of the wind, unleashing all sorts of chaos.Dondarrions: The ancestral House of Game of Thrones’ Beric Dondarrion (leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners and the last head of his House).House Casterly: The richest lords of Westeros had found gold in their rock and, in the process of digging it out, built the most impressive castle on the continent. In the Age of Heroes, they lost their home and the family disappeared.Lann the Clever: Founder of House Lannister who infamously swindled Casterly Rock away from House Casterly.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck know a thing or two about writing a good script (having won Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting), but it wasn t until Jodie Comer s fearless, early commitment to their latest project, The Last Duel (directed by Ridley Scott), that they could truly see this story coming to life. In our extended conversation, we spoke with Comer about what she wishes to truly know about Marguerite de Carrouges, the 14th century woman whose honor was fought over in France s final sanctioned duel. Co-writer Nicole Holofcener talks about finally exploring history not just through the eyes of men, but women of importance. Damon speaks on doing as many of his own stunts as possible in the titular fight against a much younger Adam Driver. Meanwhile, Affleck questions why Damon s name always comes first when people talk about their partnership.The Last Duel opens in theaters on October 15, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
奥法宝典 (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios)Click image to see full character poster in a new tab.Grant, meanwhile, a self-proclaimed lifelong fan of the Marvel Comics God of Mischief, anticipated his days wearing the Loki costume.“I assumed that it would be the Jack Kirby costume. And when the costume designer emailed me the photograph of my costume I thought, Oh great, that s exactly what I m getting. ”But once on set, he discovered one aspect of the design was changed – a certain amount of muscle mass.“I barely had any muscles I thought that I would be in a muscle suit. Finally, I would be in the muscle suit of my dreams! And they said, ‘No, you re not having that.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean? It s like Kermit the Frog.’ And they said, ‘No, no, no. You ll be fine because you re doing magic stuff.’”(Photo by Marvel Studios)The character’s conjuring of Asgard in episode 5 certainly revealed Classic Loki’s power, but Grant still joked he felt “shortchanged that I wasn t given the muscles to go underneath all the green tights.”“I feel that fans have been cheated of that visual delight,” he added.He also said that the horns – closer to Kirby-esque dimensions than any pair before seen in the MCU – were a “very, very tight fit” and not the most comfortable things to wear across a day of filming. Nevertheless, “it really came into its own when they had those huge industrial wind machines blowing at me for Asgard s final immolation. I was very grateful for how tight the fit was because it never came off once.”Beyond the costuming and all its Kirby callbacks, Classic Loki proved to be one of the more tragic variants the series’ titular character (Tom Hiddleston) encounters across his adventure. Grant credited Classic Loki s big speech with giving him an insight into this particular variant of Loki.“What he says about his backstory — that he s been isolated on these planets and that he is the god of outcasts, that was the key to me,” he explained. “I thought that is something that Tom Hiddleston isn t doing and hasn t been required to do. And I thought, Well, that s the difference. So, I definitely don t have to do an imitation of him. So that was the steer in which I went in. And it also means that because of his age, he s vulnerable and sanguine about making these sacrifices and giving himself to up to Alioth.”
这是一款3D精致写实画风的大型末日求生题材手游，玩家在游戏中扮演一名幸存者，召集其他的幸存者组成强大的队伍，收集武器，勇闯地下城，与敌人展开激烈的对抗，拯救人类的世界! The day after Game of Thrones aired one of its longest episodes ever — the super-sized, near-feature-length epic “The Last of the Starks” — SundanceTV premiered a series with episodes that clock in at a tidy 10 minutes each.Ten-episode series State of the Union stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd as a married couple going through a rough patch after a “spot of infidelity.” Each episode follows the pair in real-time as they meet in a pub before going across the street to marital counselling, discussing how they got to where they are and the events of the previous session every week. Director Stephen Frears captures these conversations, which go from heartfelt to hilarious at a moment’s notice.State of the Union, which is currently 100% Fresh with 15 reviews, is just one example of a growing trend of high-quality short-form programming, a format that was once the realm of viral YouTube videos and is now getting attention from mainstream studios and well-funded startups.Snapchat is making serious investments in original content, Netflix’s sketch comedy series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is being praised for its peppy 15-minute episodes, and former Disney and DreamWorks Animation bigwig Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to jumpstart a whole new entertainment industry with short-form start-up, Quibi, led by CEO Meg Whitman.Nick Hornby’s Comedy Experiment — in Brief(Photo by Parisatag Hizadeh/Confession Films/SundanceTV)But State of the Union’s writer, High Fidelity and About a Boy scribe Nick Hornby, wasn’t looking to disrupt anything when he came up with the idea.“That was just something I wanted to try to see if I could have any fun with it or make it work,” Hornby told Rotten Tomatoes. “I had the idea of the setup, people talking immediately before therapy, sometime before.”The constraints of the short-form format were an unexpected source of creative freedom, the author and screenwriter added.“Even though I [only] had 10 pages, those 10 pages were actually very liberating,” he said. “Certainly with movies no one is going to let you write a scene with 10 minutes of dialogue in it.”The dialogue is, essentially, the whole show, although both O’Dowd and especially Pike speak volumes with just their facial expressions as the two sit down across a pub table and attempt to determine what they feel for one another. Hornby stressed that the short length of the series didn’t necessarily make things easier for the actors, because actors “never get parts where they have literally 50 percent of the script,” as is the case in this series.Even though State of the Union is primarily a comedy, the couple’s conversations have real emotional heft.“I think that State of the Union, although it can be consumed in bite-size chunks, actually demands a lot of attention,” executive producer Jamie Laurenson said. “It’s very funny and entertaining, but you have to concentrate. It’s not lightweight because it’s small in size.”Streamer Quibi Bets on MobileAlthough Katzenberg’s Quibi is yet to launch, the Hollywood veteran’s new venture is aiming to capture a similar sort of feeling — snackable, but filling. The name itself is short for quick bites. Katzenberg and Whitman announced some details this weekend at the Produced By conference on Saturday in Los Angeles, and Katzenberg revealed more on Sunday at the Banff World Media Festival. Some of the details that emerged:Quibi will launch in the U.S. on April 6, 2020There will be two pricing tiers at launch: the first, for .99, with one pre-roll ad before each video segment, including a 10-second ad if the video is less than 5 minutes, and a 15-second ad for 5- to 10-minute videos. 2. an ad-free option at .99Approximately 7,000 pieces of content will be available within the first yearThe company will spend billion on contentThe service s core-demo is aged 25-35Videos to be 7-10 minutesSome of the announced content includes:An untitled horror series from Steven Spielberg, four episodes of which Spielberg will write himself.#Freerayshawn starring Stephen James and Laurence Fishburne about Iraq War veteran Rayshawn (James), who is on the run after being set up by New Orleans police on a drug deal. The million project is from Sony Pictures Television.An untitled Steven Soderbergh project.A non-scripted series from James Corden’s Fulwell 73 featuring Israeli mentalist Lior Suchard.Punk’d and Singled Out reboots from MTV Studios.Anna Kendrick comedy Dummy from Deadbeat co-creator Cody Heller and independent studio Wiip.In a keynote presentation at South by Southwest this March, Katzenberg explained that Quibi, in addition to creating content that is specifically created for the time and technical demands of mobile viewing — the shows will be full screen in landscape and portrait mode, for example — will borrow from both film and TV. So they’ll be feature length, but broken up into episodes that are easy to squeeze in or to binge, whatever the viewer’s circumstances demand.“We’re bringing those two creative, narrative forces together,” Katzenberg said at the time. “A series, for us, is a two- to two-and-a-half-hour story, told in act breaks that are eight to 10 minutes long.Katzenberg s vision has drawn top talent and top dollar, and he makes the case that the startup is an entertainment pioneer akin to HBO, which seemed like a risky venture when it first came on the scene. He and other players in the short-form game are trying to tap into an uncharted market: would-be viewers who want quality, narrative storytelling that’s broken into chunks that fit into their busy (and mobile) modern lives.Snackable Storytelling Treats to Take on the Go(Photo by Parisatag Hizadeh/Confession Films/SundanceTV)“I know Quibi has very specific ambitions for their version of short-form content, and I think Jeffrey Katzenberg has publicly stated that he thinks it’s the answer to capturing younger audiences,” Hakan Kousetta, COO of Television for State of the Union producer See Saw Films, told Rotten Tomatoes. “I’m not sure I quite agree with that, but I do think that giving people as much opportunity to watch programs when they want in a way that’s convenient to them will always be the answer to increasing demand.”If that’s a 10-minute episode on a bus ride while waiting for a dentist appointment, great. If it’s binging an entire series so that it essentially acts like a feature-length movie, also great. State of the Union, for instance, which premiered with all 10 episodes running back-to-back like a film at Sundance, still holds up in this format.“You can watch three episodes back-to-back and have a half-an-hour slot show, or you can watch 100 minutes back-to-back, and it all works,” Kousetta said. “It doesn’t shortchange you if you want to consume it in that way.”For his part, Hornby didn’t concern himself too much with the question of whether he was making a movie or if he was making a TV series.“I really didn’t know what it was,” he said. “It was a TV show because it was bought by people who wanted to make it into a TV show. I didn’t ever think of it as being a movie. I thought it might be something that people might snack on. You know, watch on their phones while they’re sitting on the bus, or whatever, but you could have a complete experience over quite a short period of time.”Put another way, Hornby said, it’s a great alternative to mindlessly scrolling on your phone.“I think if you watch one episode on your daily commute,” he said, “maybe it’s better than flicking through YouTube videos or Instagram.”State of the Union is available to watch in full at SundanceTV.
ng suspects along with a preview some of the show s upcoming storylines.Penelope Blossom(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)As one of the two principal gamemasters during the 1980s G G craze, Penelope Blossom (Nathalie Boltt) still makes a compelling suspect —even if she weaved a convincing alibi for Betty and the reconvened Midnight Club, throwing Dilton Doiley’s father, Daryl, under the bus in the process. Her details all feature the ring of truth — down to Daryl’s morbid obsession with her — but she’s still a Blossom and therefore capable of just about anything. Considering her willingness to commit Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) last season and her involvement in the Lodge/Ghoulies cabal, orchestrating multiple murders across three decades does not seem like a stretch for her — and a slow-motion kill spree does not require a strong motive.Of course, Penelope seemed as surprised by the Ascension Party prep as everyone else, which stands as the best evidence for her innocence — at least in Featherhead’s death — even as she seems a likely suspect for anything in Riverdale.When we asked Boltt about the Gargoyle King’s identity, she offered a sly, “It’s not who you think.” She also added that Penelope has “really crazy, dark stuff coming up” in her story. “If you thought it was bad, it only gets worse … some sticky situations will arise,” she said.Some of it may have to do with Claudius Blossom (Barclay Hope), who was conspicuously absent from “The Midnight Club’s” flashback to Penelope’s first encounter with Clifford at Pop’s. “I think it s a bit of a curve ball,” she said. “It gives us something to play with in the upcoming episodes.”Hermione Lodge(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)Last year, Hiram (Mark Consuelos) was certainly a possible mastermind behind the Black Hood (since the panic was good for his ultimate ends). But this year, Hermione (Marisol Nichols) seems the more likely Lodge behind the cow’s head mask of the Gargoyle King. As mayor, solving the latest crisis will solidify her position in town — even if it is a crisis she manufactured herself. Nichols told RT she really hopes it is not Hermione.“That means I die,” she said — not that Riverdale villains always end up on the pavement. Betty’s father, Hal (Lochlyn Munro), a.k.a. the real Black Hood, is still in prison waiting for his daughter to come to him for advice.In the short term, Nichols said Hermione is “definitely reaching her breaking point with what she s willing to do and not willing to do,” and “will redeem herself in terms of not being Hiram s shadow so much.” But could that attempt at redemption include pinning a string of seemingly senseless murders on Hiram?Hiram Lodge(Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)For as long as Hiram remains on the show, he’ll always be a default suspect in any Riverdale mystery. But during our conversation with Consuelos, the actor hinted that Hiram may have known about Gryphons and Gargoyles infiltrating the Leopold and Loeb Juvenile Detention Center.“It s a way of controlling,” he said. “Anything he does is a way of controlling the outcome for him.”The Gargoyle Gang glimpsed in this week’s episode certainly echoes the Red Circle, which Hiram helped along in both of its manifestations. And if everything really is about control for him, than G G offers a level of control heretofore unseen on Riverdale.But that introduces another question: Was he the Gargoyle King the night of the Midnight Club’s Ascension Party, or did that Gargoyle King inspire him? If so, is Hiram really working for that King? And considering his association with Warden Norton (William MacDonald), is the whole point of the SoDale prison to help the Gargoyle King find more willing players?
奥法宝典 hose storms.And boy, did Gotham test him. From a green detective on a police force rife with corruption to commission of a city in need of some serious rebuilding, the show kept finding new ways to sweep Jim’s legs, shoot him in the shoulder, and encase him in darkness, like that time Lee buried him to make him take the Tetch Virus.But through it all, Jim always found his way back to his moral center. Sure, he made bad deals with people like Sofia Falcone and Oswald, but those decisions would prove to Jim that he could never take the convenient path. Consider just how few concession he gave during No Man’s Land: Even with resources dwindling and rival warlords chomping at the Green Zone, Jim managed to stay true to his ideals. He also managed not to kill Ed when he was revealed as the person who blew up Haven. Would Jim have had that strength without all the previous experiences, kidnappings, back-door deals, and Oswald s attempts to be his friend? It may not have all gone smoothly, but Jim managed to save the city from tearing itself apart without the Batman.In fact, he proved you can do a Batman show without Batman. Despite the Dark Knight being the hero Gotham deserves, Jim proved one mostly good cop can hold the line as well. It makes sense. He was the first supporting character creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane introduced into Batman’s world and has had the same 80 years to develop. But Gotham allowed him to take a journey as harrowing and as dark as any his future friend would embark upon, and he is now a richer character for it.Nonetheless, as the series finale airs tonight, let’s see what the Batman can do in his single Gotham appearance.The Gotham series finale airs Thursday, April 25 at 8pm. on Fox.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.