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3d直升机游戏大全采用百度引擎6(Baidu 5)tended editions: 20 hours 30 minutes; Theatrical cuts: 17 hours and 12 minutes.Starts with:  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)  Ends with: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)  Best way to watch: Some would argue the second trilogy – though the first by story chronology – from Peter Jackson was an unnecessary and bloated cash grab that should be avoided at all costs, but we have a better suggestion. We suggest you begin with the LOTR animated film from 1978, which will give you all the events of the films in a quicker and to-the-point format. Then, if you are compelled to see the best of The Hobbit live-action series, we would say check out the standard edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is the best of the three. We would also suggest you try to watch the extended editions of the original live-action LOTR series – they are more than worth it for the extra content. This recommendation would make for a shorter, 16-hour watch, which could be broken up easily over two days. Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discount Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. The Two Towers and The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King standard editions are streaming on Netflix.Marvel Cinematic UniverseWhat is it: The 23-film saga that chronicles the epic adventures of various superheroes, based on the comics first distributed by Marvel and its subsidiaries. How many hours: 50 hours and 3 minutes.Starts with:   Iron Man (2008)  Ends with:  Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Best way to watch: Not surprising for a franchise that grossed over billion at the global box office, but Marvel Studios  23-film, decade-long opus is quite watchable as is. Some folks would have argued in 2010 that Avengers: The Age of Ultron is a skippable mess, but as we detail here, it is essential viewing to truly appreciate the first four phases of the saga that culminated with Avengers: Endgame. Sorry for those looking for a shortcut, but watching it all is worth it. Viewing all 23 movies straight through, without breaks, however, is not the way to do it.Instead, we suggest you go in release order and complete each day as follows: day one after Avengers; day two after Ant-man; day three after Black Panther; and finish on day four with Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you ve previously watched the MCU and are looking to watch it in a new way, use our guide here to watch in chronological order based on the events of each film. If the thought of 50 hours of superheroes is still too intimidating for you, but you want to understand enough to get by, watch these character introduction films (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) and these team-up films (Civil War, Winter Soldier, Avengers, Ultron, Infinity War, Endgame). Once you have finished that, check out our Oral Histories of the MCU, in which the directors, producer, and casting director who worked on the epic franchise break down all the behind-the-scene secrets.Where to watch: FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. All of the films save The Incredible Hulk and the Spider-Man films are streaming on Disney+. The Avengers: Infinity War and The Avengers: Endgame are streaming on Netflix; and Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Thor are streaming on Amazon Prime.Die Hard FranchiseWhat is it: Follow John McClane, a police detective who seems to be a magnet for maniacal criminals no matter which city/structure he is in, and proves to be a tough man to kill.How many hours: 10 hours and 14 minutes.Starts with:  Die Hard (1988) Ends with: A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Best way to watch: The original Die Hard is so beloved that many argue it s the greatest action film ever made – or maybe the greatest Christmas movie, but that is a debate for another day. The film and its follow-ups have a loyal fanbase, and though the second and third entries pale in comparison to the first, we still say they re worth a watch. The fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard, is a true return to form and, frankly, it s where you should stop unless you are a true completist. The series most recent film, A Good Day to Die Hard, is the only PG-13 entry on the list, and without McClane s iconic Yippee-ki-yay, motherf ker, there s really no point pushing play.Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discounted Bundle), Amazon,  iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance are streaming now on CinemaxGo; Live Free or Die Hard is streaming on the Starz app.The Fast Furious FranchiseWhat is it: Follow Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew, which he calls his family, as they shift from illegal street-racing criminals to heist experts and then finally emerge as a new crime-fighting unit that tackles the world of espionage.How many hours: 15 hours and 57 mins. Starts with: The Fast and the Furious (2001) Ends with:  Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Best way to watch: As Dom and everyone in the Fast franchise says – quite often – this is about family. So, if you re looking for something to skip, it s hard to imagine who you d want to kick out one of the family – though, let s be honest, 2 Fast 2 Furious is definitely not Dad s favorite. Without Vin Diesel, that entry can barely call itself a Fast and Furious movie, and the 2009 series soft reboot, Fast Furious, is not much better and an easy call to skip, as well. We would caution against skipping third entry Toyko Drift; its charms are significantly more than its 37% Tomatometer score would suggest (something we wax about in our book Rotten Movies We Love). Not to spoil anything, but when we finally get Fast 9 in 2021, you ll need to have seen Tokyo Drift to understand everything fully – check out #JusticeForHan after you finish the series, and you will understand. Where to watch: FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Hobbs Shaw and Fast Five are streaming on HBOnow; Fast 6 is streaming on FXnow.Rocky FranchiseWhat is it: Follow Philly underdog boxer-turned-champion, Rocky Balboa, as he battles various fighters in the ring, as well as his own issues outside of it, and later trains the next generation of champions.How many hours: 14 hours and 55 minutes. Starts with: Rocky (1976) Ends with:  Creed II (2018)Best way to watch: This one s real simple: trust us and skip Rocky V. Just pretend it didn t happen; we re pretty sure Sylvester Stallone did. Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discount Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Rocky Balboa is streaming on the Starz app; Creed II is streaming on Hulu and Amazon.Harry Potter / Wizarding World FranchiseWhat is it: The franchise based on JK Rowling s phenomenally successful novels follows the adventures of Harry Potter, an orphan-turned-famed wizard, the evil He Who Must Not Be Named, and the Wizarding World they inhabit.How many hours: 24 hours and 6 minutes. Starts with:   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Ends with:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Best way to watch: As this is a British series, allow us to put this as politely as possible: Fantastic Beasts is simply not quite on form. The first entry is saved by Eddie Redmayne and mesmerizing magical effects; the second entry is the first and only Rotten flick from the Wizarding World and very skippable at this stage. The original seven films are near perfect, but if you wanted to pass over The Chamber of Secrets you wouldn t miss much – you won t be too confused later in the series. (Though if watching as a family, this is one the kids tend to like.) If you follow that suggestion, you can finish the entire series in one day.Where to watch: FandangoNOW (Discount Bundle), Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, GooglePlay. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is streaming on HBONow.X-Men Franchise

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In related news, Paul Walter Hauser also signed on this week for a lower profile film, Silk Road, which is also based on a true crime story.3. NETFLIX ADAPTING HIT VIDEO GAME THE DIVISION WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL(Photo by JA, Jason Smith/Everett Collection)There are so many Marvel movies (over 30 if you include the various Sony and Fox movies) that it s rare to find a big star who hasn t appeared in at least one of them. Jessica Chastain co-starred as an alien in last week s Dark Phoenix, and Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio in next month s Spider-Man: Far from Home, and we now know that they will both headline an upcoming video game movie. Both of them actually joined the movie based on Tom Clancy s The Division three years ago, but that was so long ago that, until this week, it didn t seem like a sure thing that either was still attached. The big reveal this week is that Netflix has stepped in to produce and distribute The Division, which will be the next film directed by David Leitch, who s coming off Certified Fresh action hits in Atomic Blonde (78%) and Deadpool 2 (83%). Tom Clancy s The Division is an action role-playing game set in New York City following a mass genocide from a viral attack.4. NETFLIX ENLISTS COCO WRITER FOR THEIR TAKE ON CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (Photo by Walt Disney courtesy Everett Collection)Ostensibly inspired by the box office successes of both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies, Walden Media started adapting C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia in 2005 with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. That first movie was a box office smash (5 million globally), but the second (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) and third (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) both dropped by nearly half with 9 million and 5 million, respectively. (The third film also dipped the franchise into Rotten territory.) Disney released the first two films, and Fox the third, but nine years later, Netflix now has the rights. To get things started, Netflix has hired screenwriter Matthew Aldrich (who cowrote Pixar s Coco, Certified Fresh at 97%) to work on their ambitious adaptations of Lewis seven novels into both movies and at least one series.5. MELISSA MCCARTHY S ST. VINCENT REUNION THE STARLING (Photo by JA/Everett Collection)Like many comic actors, Melissa McCarthy frequently dips her cinematic toes into more dramatic fare (like last year s Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Certified Fresh at 98%). McCarthy arguably started doing this in 2014 with the dramedy St. Vincent (Certified Fresh 77%), co-starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, and Chris O Dowd. St. Vincent was directed by Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures), who had planned to direct a psychiatric dramedy called Fruit Loops (with Woody Harrelson) next, until Disney recently let it go as part of their new Fox plans. Quickly shifting gears, Melfi will instead next direct a tragic comedy called The Starling, with McCarthy and O Dowd reuniting from St. Vincent as a married couple struggling with grief.6. BO BURNHAM WILL WRITE THE NEW SESAME STREET MOVIE S SONGS  (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Although January is historically seen as a dump month, studios have more recently been enjoying success with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in mid-January (Glass in 2019, Hidden Figures in 2017, Ride Along 2 in 2016, etc.). Warner Bros. is developing a Sesame Street musical starring Anne Hathaway, and they chose a release date of January 15, 2021 (which would have been MLK s 92nd birthday) a while back. Filming isn t expected to start until April of next year, and this week, we found out who will be writing the new Sesame Street songs. That role has gone to comedian-turned-writer-director Bo Burnham, who is coming off a great 2018 after his award-winning feature directorial debut with teen drama Eighth Grade (Certified Fresh at 99%). As pointed out in this piece, Burnham made an early mark on YouTube by performing raunchy songs like My Whole Family Thinks I m Gay, but it s pretty obvious that his Sesame Street songs won t be like that. Or so we assume.7. CLASSIC HORROR FILM BLACK CHRISTMAS GETTING REMADE (AGAIN)(Photo by MGM courtesy Everett Collection)Possibly more than any other genre, horror movies are particularly ripe for remakes, mostly because they can be made relatively affordably with a high potential box office return. In 2006, one such remake was Black Christmas (Rotten at 15%), based on the influential early 1974 slasher of the same title (Fresh at 71%). Both films featured young actresses as sorority house members who later became more famous: Margot Kidder (Superman) in the original film, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, TV s Fargo) in the remake. Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures are rushing to remake Black Christmas again, and the lead actress this time around will be Imogen Poots, who co-starred in 2016 s Green Room. We say rushing because Universal has scheduled Black Christmas for just six months from now (December 13, 2019), up against the Jumanji sequel. The updated film will be directed by Sophia Takal, who co-wrote the script with April Wolfe, which gives the remake a unique female perspective that might be exactly the jolt it needs.Rotten Ideas2. KEVIN HART REMAKING BILL MURRAY S SCROOGED (Photo by Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures)Bill Murray s zombie comedy The Dead Don t Die is in theaters this weekend, and he s all over The Weekly Ketchup as well. This is the third story with Murray connections, following Ghostbusters 3 and The Starling (which is a reunion project for St. Vincent, in which Bill Murray starred). Although they don t always hit financially, remakes remain popular with Hollywood because many of them can be made relatively affordably (compared to say, superhero movies), but still have name brand familiarity. In 1988, Bill Murray starred in Scrooged (Fresh at 70%), which was itself basically a remake (more specificially a reimagination) of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Well, that remake is going to get a remake, because Kevin Hart is producing and is expected to star in a Scrooged remake for Paramount Pictures. The Scrooged remake does not yet have a screenwriter or director, so it s probably at least a few Christmases away.1. ANIMATED SPICE GIRLS MOVIE IN THE WORKS(Photo by Columbia Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Spice Girls movie, Spice World (Rotten at 35%), which unironically had absolutely nothing to do with Frank Herbert s Dune (melange jokes for the win). As with all mortals, time marches on even for the Spice Girls, but Paramount Pictures has figured out a way to make another Spice Girls movie: animation. All five original Spice Girls members are signed on to star in the new animated film, which will feature both their hit songs and new songs as well. The Spice Girls movie is part of a new Paramount Animation slate that aims to release two movies a year, starting in 2020 with The SpongeBob Movie: It s a Wonderful Sponge (5/22/2020) and the comic book adaptation Rumble (7/31/2020). Paramount is also still developing an animated Mighty Mouse movie. This story isn t the week s Rotten Idea for those films, however, but because of Spice World s Tomatometer score.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. 剑来神途2手游是一款霸气无双神途传奇手游各种副本战斗玩法都是非常耐玩的,线上拥有着超高的爆率系统,为大家提供更多的玩法,上线查看最新的打金攻略,快来下载吧。

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Barely one month after announcing the project, Beyoncé has dropped her latest visual album, titled Black Is King, on the streaming service Disney+. The surprise new release stems from her involvement with last year’s live-action reimagining of The Lion King and is a complimentary work to her 2019 record The Lion King: The Gift. The first reviews of the musical film, which wasn’t screened early for critics, are unanimously positive, recognizing its visual craftsmanship, timeliness, and how it progresses both its material and Beyoncé s own career as an artist.Here’s what critics are saying about Beyoncé s Black Is King:How does this project fit into Beyoncé’s artistic reign?Beyoncé, the master of the visual album, just keeps getting better with each release.  Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Sydney Morning HeraldThe greatest success of Black Is King, with all its ambitions, purposeful revelations and nods by Beyoncé, may be the conformation of its creator and star as the cultural Queen of our time.  Dominic Patten, Deadline[It] is a particularly genius sleight of hand only she could pull off.  Jude Dry, IndieWireIt’s a remarkable addition to the pop world and tribute to her artistry.  Anne Brodie, What She SaidThe product feels like a natural progression in her evolution as an artist… and truly, the outfits are just fabulous — possibly her best to date.  Anna Menta, DeciderBlack Is King doesn’t exactly stand with the best of her previous work — it’s a pleasure but not a landmark — but the Queen Bey goes through it with her head up and her crown intact.  Steve Pond, The Wrap(Photo by Disney+)Is it only for Beyoncé fans?With appearances from Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell and Naomi Campbell, this star-studded film has something for everyone. Chanté Joseph, GuardianThe Queen Bey orchestrated visual album is… well, rather excellent and exciting on various fronts. Dominic Patten, DeadlineHow does it honor the legacy of The Lion King?It bears little resemblance to the Disney film. Anna Menta, DeciderBeyoncé, who lent her voice to Nala in said remake, is here to offer a corrective… a bold and unique offering that’s brimming with Black pride. Amon Warmann, Empire MagazineThe Lion King always was and should have been an African-told story. And while Beyoncé’s lens is certainly an American one, her inclusion of Nigerian, Ghanaian, and Cameroonian collaborators drives home this necessity. Jude Dry, IndieWireThe ties to The Lion King occasionally ground the story in that familiar coming-of-age story, but they just as often feel beside the point. Steve Pond, The WrapThough some sections incorporating dialogue feel a little clunky, the parallel generally works well. Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Sydney Morning HeraldIf the public is tiring of Disney doggedly remaking all of its old animations in live action format, finally some original content is coming out of the project as well. David Smyth, London Evening Standard(Photo by Disney+)What else is Black Is King reminiscent of?Similar in stature and design to Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker film from 1988, Black Is King is clearly structured to be an event release in this time of essentially endless options. Dominic Patten, DeadlineAt times, it feels like Terence Malick’s Tree of Life meets Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Jeremy Helligar, VarietyHow are the visuals of this visual album?Black Is King is a visual masterpiece. It’s almost overwhelming. Anna Menta, DeciderIf there is one thing to be said about Black Is King, it’s that it is visually stunning — from beginning to end. The whole thing. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyEach scene somehow more spectacular than its predecessor, Black Is King is a feast for the eyes. Amon Warmann, Empire MagazineIt’s a sumptuous visual feast, from detailed costuming to choreography. Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Sydney Morning HeraldBlack Is King is a visual feast; it provides several slow-panning scenes of stillness where we absorb the striking beauty and duality of bright colors against deep brown tones. Chanté Joseph, GuardianThis visual feast… finds its moments of glory in the strength of its images, which are more arresting than the story or the subtext. Steve Pond, The Wrap(Photo by Disney+)Who else deserves recognition for the artistry on display?Beyoncé’s fashion is next-level throughout Black Is King… Shout-out to costume designer Zerina Akers for making Bey look fierce, flawless and Afro-fabulous. Chuck Arnold, New York PostEvery single outfit that Beyoncé wears is just absolutely beautiful. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyThe real star of the visual film, however, is the raw, untapped talent from performers around the world showcasing their rich tradition and culture, history and lineage. Cydney Henderson, USA TodayWhat’s the best musical number?When supermodel Naomi Campbell, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and Beyoncé’s fellow former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland pop up during Brown Skin Girl, a tribute to Black women, it feels transcendent. Jeremy Helligar, Variety Brown Skin Girl is especially moving, showing Beyoncé, Rowland and Blue Ivy together in a strong visual affirmation of generational black womanhood. Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Sydney Morning HeraldWill Black Is King move you?I’ll admit, I got emotional when Beyoncé and former Destiny Child’s member Kelly Rowland were singing praises to each other. Anna Menta, DeciderIt is impossible to watch the emotive story unfold, accompanied by Warsan Shire’s poetry, Yrsa Daley-Ward’s writing and warm images of west Africa, without feeling emotional. Chanté Joseph, Guardian(Photo by Disney+)Are there any imperfections?The uneven music of the original soundtrack, though enhanced by the visual accompaniment, can still be hit or miss. Jeremy Helligar, VarietyThere is one part that I would totally skip if I were to watch it again. The celestial stuff… For me, it felt a little weird and out of place. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyIt’s mildly disappointing that more inspiration isn’t drawn from East Africa given that’s where The Lion King is set. Amon Warmann, Empire MagazineHow important is Black Is King to young Black people in particular?Black Is King, if nothing else, will perhaps inspire them to learn about the history of their race and the ways in which it has shaped the world. Jeremy Helligar, VarietyThere’s an urgency in the way that Beyoncé is addressing the black kings, as if she feels like she’s running out of time. Anna Menta, DeciderBlack Is King is both her gift and her hope for humanity. Jude Dry, IndieWireRyan FujitaniIs this another masterpiece for our time?Black Is King [is] vital to the current conversation in a way that no one could have foreseen, but is most welcome. Amon Warmann, Empire MagazineHer visual album has taken on new meaning following the reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality and racism. Cydney Henderson, USA TodayWith the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement this year, Black Is King is a timely, powerful declaration of pride. Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Sydney Morning HeraldWith this vivid celebration, she goes way beyond saying Black Lives Matter to showing the dazzling inspiration of her ancestry. David Smyth, London Evening StandardThe film is being released at a time when Disney is coming to terms with some of its own racist past. Steve Pond, The WrapWhat the world needs now is love, sweet, love, and this colorful reminder of the power and glory of Black, here in America but even more so in Africa. Jeremy Helligar, VarietyBlack Is King premieres on Disney+ on Friday, July 31.

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Subscribers of HBO MAX get two Seth Rogens for the price of one with the streaming service’s first original feature, An American Pickle. Rogen stars as a Jewish immigrant in 1919 who winds up thrust forward a century into modern America, where he meets his great-great-grandson — also played by Rogen. The one-man, two-character comedy is receiving mostly positive reviews, which highlight a sentimentality over hilarity as well as a surprising performance from its lead in his dual roles.Here’s what critics are saying about An American Pickle:Does HBO Max have its first hit on its hands?It marks an auspicious beginning and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  Pete Hammond, DeadlineAn American Pickle is an absolutely brilliant two-hander… it’s exactly what we need right now.  Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIn a time when we can all use a good laugh, An American Pickle very much delivers.  Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendEven premiering on HBO Max, it feels awfully inconsequential, like an ambitious Funny or Die sketch.  Matt Singer, ScreenCrush(Photo by HBO Max)How is Seth Rogen?This dual performance is the best, purest thing he s ever done as an artist, in front of or behind the camera. Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.comAn American Pickle features what may be the most mature performance we’ve seen from Seth Rogen in a while. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesThe most exciting part of this pickle is Rogen s breaking of his manchild mold to explore roles more challenging, rich, and uniquely funny. Kristy Puchko, IGNAn American Pickle gets by on the strength (or make that strengths) of Rogen’s performance. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmRogen is so adept at breathing depth into two distinct roles. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterBoth roles ultimately demand a lot from Rogen, and he is exceptional. Eric Eisenberg, Cinema BlendSo two Seth Rogens isn t too much Seth Rogen?I was expecting something along the lines of Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill, but what I got instead is reminiscent of Nic Cage in Adaptation. Rendy Jones, Rendy ReviewsThe movie trickery, laid on with extensive CGI effects, is impressive, aided immeasurably by Rogen in top form on both accounts. Pete Hammond, DeadlineWhile the premise is promising, the execution aches from the growing pains of Rogen s shifting persona. Kristy Puchko, IGN(Photo by HBO Max)Is it funny?It’s not laugh-out-loud funny; it’s folksy funny. Michael Roffman, Consequence of SoundAn American Pickle is more interesting than laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mike Ryan, Uproxx[It’s] a comedy too contrived to be convincing and too formulaic to be funny. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyThere are some scattered laughs but it s not particularly funny. Brian Truitt, USA TodayAn American Pickle lacks the focus to be hilarious or emotional. Instead, it’s a frustrating, ramshackle affair. Matt Goldberg, ColliderDoes it hold particular appeal if you re Jewish?An American Pickle is most certainly the type of film that will appeal more so to Jewish viewers than a broad comedy audience. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesThe humor is for the most part genuinely funny, and even doubly funny if you share in the Jewish references. Gabriella Geisinger, Digital Spy(Photo by HBO Max)Is this a more sentimental affair?There’s a lot of heart behind the picture’s sentiments about familial honor, work ethic and religious heritage. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionAn American Pickle uses arguably the dumbest concept imaginable to tell a surprisingly tender story. Brandon Katz, ObserverThere’s an undeniable and lovely sweetness at play in this film; a type of warmth and acceptance that helps elevate the entire package. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmAn American Pickle is swift and nimble enough to avoid weighing itself down with schmaltz. A.O. Scott, New York TimesIts soulful sweetness outweighs its flaws. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterAn American Pickle premieres on HBO Max on Thursday, August 6.

This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Dracula, Freedom Ride, UNO, and Wicked.This WEEK S TOP STORYNOMADLAND DIRECTOR CHLOE ZHAO TO REIMAGINE DRACULA AS FUTURISTIC, SCI-FI WESTERN(Photo by David Crotty/Getty Images)The Frances McDormand drama Nomadland (Certified Fresh at 95%) has otherwise been a leading contender for possible Academy Awards nominations. Director Chloé Zhao s next film will be Marvel Studios Eternals, which has been delayed a year by COVID-19 from November, 2020 to November 5, 2021, despite actually being filmed by Zhao concurrently with Nomadland in late 2018 and early 2019. Marvel has yet to release even a single still from Eternals, so we still don t know what that MCU movie might look like (other than that Kumail Nanjiani is ripped), but this week s news suggests that Universal Pictures has their sights on her. Chloé Zhao is attached to write, direct, and produce Universal Pictures latest reboot of their classic vampire franchise Dracula, which will reportedly be adapted as a futuristic, science fiction Western (we hope Zhao remembers to include vampires). In an interesting twist, Universal Pictures is also continuing to work with Blumhouse and director Karyn Kusama on another Dracula project (in which Sebastian Stan has expressed interest in starring), so that Universal now has two separate Dracula reboots in development at the same time.Other Top Headlines1. WICKED MOVIE FINALLY HAPPENING WITH CRAZY RICH ASIANS DIRECTOR (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)A recurring theme in The Weekly Ketchup involves reminders of exactly how long it takes some movies to finally get produced. The Wicked movie definitely falls into that territory, as Univeral Pictures has been developing an adaptation of the revisionist Wizard of Oz Broadway musical since 2009 (predating the similarly themed Oz: The Great and Powerful by four years). Repeatedly over the past decade, Universal Pictures has put Wicked on their release schedule, including most recently on December 20, 2019, which obviously didn t happen that specific slot went to another Broadway musical adaptation, Cats, instead. The Wicked movie seemed to hit a roadbump in October when Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) dropped out as director, but the project is back up and active, with director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Certified Fresh at 91%) now attached. Chu also has the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights still awaiting release on June 18, 2021 after being pushed back from its original summer, 2020 release by the COVID-19 pandemic. He had recently become available after dropping out of directing the Willow sequel series  which also got back into development with a new director for Disney+.  There is no current release date for Wicked, but it is likely to be December of either 2022 or 2023, since that s the month Universal has previously slated Wicked for release.2. MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO CROON AS PEGGY LEE IN FEVER (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)The impact of the popularity of rock and roll in the 1950s and 1960s, from Elvis Presley to the Beatles, was so strong that it s perhaps difficult for later generations to fully register that right before that all went down, it was still jazz, big bands, and the Rat Pack that dominated pop music. One such hit record from that period is jazz singer Peggy Lee s sultry cover of Fever in 1958. There has been talk about a Peggy Lee biopic for a while now (including from Billie Eilish, who might executive produce with her mother), and as it turns out, the star of Fever is going to be someone who also played 1950s sex idol Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (Certified Fresh at 83%). Michelle Williams is now attached to reunite with director Todd Haynes (for whom she starred in both I m Not Here and Wonderstruck) as Peggy Lee in the biopic Fever, which MGM is now negotiating to distribute. Coincidentally, this news came just a week after Williams also signed to reunite with director Kelly Reichardt for a fourth film together, so this has been a busy fortnite for the Oscar-nominated actress. Fever is another movie that s been in development for some time, dating back at least to the early 2010s when Reese Witherspoon almost starred, until the death in 2012 of director Nora Ephron.3. WILL SMITH TO PLAY IT FAST LOOSE FOR DAVID LEITCH(Photo by Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection)Stunt coordinator-turned-action-director David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, Fast Furious Presents: Hobbs Shaw) is currently busy at work with Brad Pitt on his latest film, Bullet Train, but this week, Leitch and his representation already began studio negotiations for a project with another big movie star, Will Smith. That movie is a drama called Fast Loose, and it is now the subject of a heated bidding war between several studios, including MGM, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and unspecified streamers (probably flicks on the Net). You can read a more detailed premise here, but the gist is that Will Smith would play a crime lord who wakes up in Mexico with amnesia and discovers as he puts his memories back together that he had two lives one as a powerful crime kingpin, and another as an underccover CIA agent, but without confirmation of which of those is his true identity.4. FREEDOM RIDE TO TELL TRUE STORY OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER JOHN LEWIS (Photo by Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)In a sad coincidence, civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis died on July 17, 2020, just two weeks after the day-and-date debut of the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble (Certified Fresh at 96%). The true story of the Freedom Riders, of whom John Lewis was one, is now going to be adapted as the drama Freedom Ride to be directed by Deon Taylor (Black and Blue, Meet the Blacks). Freedom Ride is set to be produced by several collaborators who are now seeking a distributor with hopes for filming to start sometime this summer on location in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL. No announcements have been made yet about whom might be cast as Lewis or any of the leaders of the Freedom Riders movement.5. FOURTH CLOVERFIELD MOVIE NOW BEING DEVELOPED(Photo by ©Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)The Cloverfield franchise, which currently consists of three films (Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and The Cloverfield Paradox), is somewhat unique in that each film has been produced in relative secrecy, to the point where it was unclear they were even part of a single franchise until very late in their post-production. Specifically, both 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox began their developments as standalone science fiction movies (titled The Cellar and God Particle, respectively), which were then later retooled to become part of the larger, looser Cloverfield narrative. That s an important distinction to note, because this week s news is actually about a new Cloverfield project being produced by J.J. Abrams that is being built from the ground up specifically as a Cloverfield movie (and not as something else being retrofitted to fit the franchise). Having said that, as with its predecessors, we don t actually know anything else about this project, except that it will not be a found-footage movie (like the original Cloverfield).6. SHAZAM! STAR ZACHARY LEVI TO STAR IN HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Prior to 2019, Zachary Levi was probably best known for starring in the NBC spy drama Chuck, but that was before he starred in the DC Comics superhero movie Shazam! (Certified Fresh at 90%). Warner Bros. is committed to producing the sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods for release on June 2, 2023, but that isn t expected to start filming until late 2021 at the earliest. In the meantime, Levi has signed with Sony Pictures to star in a new project that is a live action adaptation of the classic children s book Harold and the Purple Crayon. The screenplay is currently being adapted by the writing team of David Guion and Michael Handelman, whose previous credits include Dinner for Schmucks (Rotten at 42%) and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Rotten at 47%). There have reportedly been several attempts in the past to adapt Harold and the Purple Crayon as a movie, including a Sony Pictures animated film and a live-action version that would ve been directed by Spike Jonze (Her, Where the Wild Things Are).7. HOLLYWOOD JUMPS ON GAMESTOP MOVIE PROJECTS EN MASSE (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)For context, it s important to note right at the beginning of this story that the GameStop short squeeze  happened just last week, and it was only on January 28th that Robinhood and other brokerages halted trading of GameStop stock. Since then, however, there are now at least five different feature film projects in development based on the event (three narrative, two documentaries). One of those projects is called The Antisocial Network, and MGM has already acquired the film rights to the book proposal of the same title by writer Ben Mezrich, whose book Bringing Down the House was the inspiration for the Kevin Spacey gambling movie 21 (Rotten at 36%). The second narrative project is an untitled movie being developed by Netflix, with Noah Centineo attached to star. The third narrative project comes from r/wallstreetbets founder Jaime Rogozinski, who has sold his life rights to Brett Ratner s RatPac Entertainment. Finally, there are the two documentary projects (that we know about), one of which is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and the other of which is being produced by director Jonah Tulis of the recent video game documentary Console Wars (Fresh at 83%).8. THIS WEEK IN REMAKES: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY S, BUCK ROGERS, FATHER OF THE BRIDE (Photo by Everett Collection)After a couple of slow news weeks to kick off 2021, Hollywood seems like it s back to business as usual, but since we like to keep the Ketchup to an even 10 stories, here s a three-in-one about a handful of remakes. First off (and this one may be much bigger news as it progresses), Paramount Pictures is now in the midst of a legal battle with the estate of late writer Truman Capote over the studio s rights to remake the classic Audrey Hepburn film, Breakfast at Tiffany s (Certified Fresh at 89%). The original 1961 film hasn t aged well in at least one respect, while at the same time, it also soft-pedals Holly Golightly s profession in the novella upon which the film is based, both of which might be good reasons for a remake. Speaking of estates and legal issues, we now apparently have two competing Buck Rogers adaptations, one of which will be a George Clooney TV series while the other is a feature film being produced by Skydance Media in collaboration with the estate of Buck Rogers creator Philip Francis Nowlan. The last time Buck Rogers was on the big screen was all the way back in 1979, when Universal Pictures expanded the pilot episode of the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series into a theatrically released motion picture. Finally, Warner Bros. has hired director Gaz Alazraki for their remake of Father of the Bride with a Cuban American twist following the previous versions starring both Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin.9. LIL YACHTY WANTS TO MAKE A HEIST COMEDY BASED ON UNO (YES, THE CARD GAME) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images)There are certainly games and toys that could make for good source material for a movie, usually because there is a narrative quality to them. G.I. Joe and Transformers, for example, both came to movies after long runs as both animated TV shows and comic books. The card game UNO, though, not so much. Despite that, Mattel Films and rapper Lil Yachty are now collaborating on a movie adaptation indeed based on the UNO card game. The UNO movie will reportedly be a live-action heist comedy set within the underground hip hop world of Atlanta, with Lil Yachty expected to star. This might at least be good news for anyone who s ever wanted to make movies based on Go Fish, Old Maid, or Crazy Eights.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)On one fateful day in 1998, John Travolta received a call from Franchise Pictures owner Elie Samaha, who gave him some very good news. Samaha was looking to make a splash in Hollywood and told Travolta that he wanted to finance the latter s passion project, an adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard’s 1,050-page science fiction epic Battlefield Earth. Travolta had been trying to get this project off the ground for 15 years without success, even after becoming a cash machine with Pulp Fiction, Broken Arrow, Michael, The General’s Daughter, and Face/Off. Studios wanted nothing to do with a story about man-animals using 1,000-year-old airplanes to battle the kerbango -loving Psychlos who took over their planet and turned them into slaves. But by sheer force of will, Samaha was able to raise the money (more on that later), defer Travolta’s normal million paycheck, and secure the assistance of Warner Bros. to distribute the film.Two years later, on May 12th, 2000, Travolta’s -75 million budgeted (again, more on that later) Battlefield Earth opened in theaters and quickly disappeared as movies like Gladiator, Shanghai Noon, Mission: Impossible 2, and Road Trip took over screens. Two decades later, the legacy of Battlefield Earth is defined by cast and crew apologies, critical reviews that feature olympic-level insults, and a 3% Tomatometer score.With all of that said, on the 20th anniversary of the film s release, we look back and provide some insight into how Battlefield Earth came to be, and why it s almost charming in its scrappiness. You may have chosen to avoid the movie all these years because of its reputation, and while it would be a stretch to call it any good, it s definitely more fun than you might have been led to believe.IT WAS PRODUCED BY FRANCHISE PICTURES, THE COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR A SLEW OF ROTTEN MOVIES IN THE 2000s(Photo by Ken Hively/Getty Images)Between 1999 and 2007, Elie Samaha’s Franchise Pictures released a plethora of epically Rotten films that starred A-listers like John Travolta, Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Coster, Kurt Russell, Lucy Liu, Wesley Snipes, and Bruce Willis. These movies include Battlefield Earth (3%), Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (0%), Driven (14%), 3000 Miles to Graceland (14%), Get Carter (12%), and A Sound of Thunder (6%), which put the final nail in Franchise’s movie-producing coffin. The average Tomatometer score for the company s 19 films that received a wide theatrical release (600+ screens) was 25% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever happens to be the worst-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes and they only made an average of million at the worldwide box office on million budgets.Samaha was known for indulging big stars and directors by financing the passion projects that no other studio would make (e.g. Battlefield Earth for Travolta). In an educational 2000 profile by the New York Times, Samaha admitted that he would “scavenge and dig and find the script or project that a star most wants to make; finance it overseas based on the A-list clout; then shoot it in Canada to save money.” He grabbed movies in turnaround, when movie studios no longer wanted to develop them, and sometimes was lucky enough to have the stars themselves invest their own money into the project (Travolta himself reportedly spent million when Battlefield Earth ran into financial issues). Actors and acclaimed directors were attracted because they were given complete creative control, albeit on a budget. The end results were rarely Fresh, with the exception of the Jack Nicholson vehicle The Pledge and the David Mamet-directed films Spartan and Heist.IT WASN T REALLY A BIG BUDGET BOMB (Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection) There are several ways to finance a movie. There are split-rights pacts, equity deals, tax incentives and pre-sales. And then there’s Elie Samaha’s way, which nobody understands.  Variety, 2003While it’s easy to look at the -75 million budget and the subsequent million worldwide box office and assume Battlefield Earth was a box office flop, it’s a little more complicated than that. Director Roger Christian, who won a Best Art Direction Academy Award for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, wrote an open letter correcting many of the critics who called his independent little film a big budget failure. In reality, the production budget was somewhere around million, and the special effects budget was ~ million. The initial reports about it being a million-budgeted movie came about because Samaha and Franchise Pictures inflated the numbers to scam German-based Intertainment AG, the group responsible for coming up with 47% of the film s budget. During the ensuing lawsuit, in which Franchise was ordered to pay Intertainment 1 million, it was revealed that the budget was an estimated million (with Travolta receiving million of that).Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens has said that Battlefield Earth had the smallest lighting budget on any film I’ve ever done, and it’s rumored that Travolta had his personal chef cook for the crew because the food was so bad. Screenwriter Corey Mandell also went on record to say the movie had a “miniscule special effects budget.” In other words, while Battlefield Earth certainly wasn t successful at the box office, it wasn t the absolute blockbuster bomb it was made out to be, either.JOHN TRAVOLTA’S PERFORMANCE IS SO COMMITTED, IT S ADMIRABLE(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures) My whole career has been based on trying something new. If I don t try something new, I worry. John Travolta, 2000It’s been 20 years since Battlefield Earth’s release, and John Travolta’s performance remains as weird and boisterous as it was in 2000 (and if Psychlos watch it in 3000, they will likely feel the same way). Originally, Travolta wanted to play the role of Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, the leader of the human resistance against the power-hungry Psychlos. However, as the years passed and studios declined the project, Travolta got older, so the role went to Barry Pepper, who, while less ridiculous, is just as committed.Travolta instead took the role of Terl, a 10-foot-tall Pyschlo who wants to leave Earth because he’s destined for greater things than drinking kerbango and policing dumb man-animals. Travolta has said there is no better villain than Terl,  and his dedication to the role is on full display as he makes a meal out of every word, relishes every line ( Do you want lunch?! ), and seems incredibly pleased with himself (check out the laughing supercut). While his performance won multiple Razzie awards, it’s impressively committed and serves as a perfect example of what happens when an A-list talent delivers an overconfident performance with zero checks and balances.Prior to the film’s release, Travolta was the film’s biggest cheerleader, boldly stating that it was like Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977), but better and the Schindler s List (1993) of science-fiction films. In an interview with The Daily Beast in 2014, he continued to defend the film and said he would do it all over again. His love stemmed from the fact that I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It s a beautiful film. It s a good movie. Travolta’s longstanding defense of the film is admirable, and you can tell he loved every second he spent as a Rastafarian werewolf on four-foot-tall stilts.DESPITE ITS FLAWS, THE MOVIE HAS A LOT OF PERSONALITY(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)In 2010, co-writer J.D. Shapiro published an article titled “I penned the suckiest movie ever sorry!” for the New York Post. It’s a cheeky piece of writing that finishes with him saying, “Now, looking back at the movie with fresh eyes, I can’t help but be strangely proud of it. Because out of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest.” Shapiro was onto something, because part of Battlefield Earth’s charm is how odd it is.The film has an oppressive blue hue, the CGI makes Megashark vs. Giant Octopus look good, and the Psychlos move comically slow during the battle scenes (because the poor stunt actors could only move so fast on their giant stilts). The unnecessarily long 118-minute runtime tarnishes the experience, but John Travolta’s non-reaction to losing his arm when he’s tricked by Barry Pepper during their final fight (the Final Fights podcast episode about the brawl is lots of fun) is worth all the smelted gold in Fort Knox.Perhaps the most maligned aspect of the film is all the Dutch angles i.e. tilted camera angles that create an uneasy or paranoid atmosphere that director Roger Christian insisted on using to create a comic book look  for the film. The uncomfortable angles have been the subject of a vast array of commentary (for fun, Google “Dutch Angle Battlefield Earth”), including by the late, great Roger Ebert, who wrote that Christian has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why.” The comment certainly stings, but it’s not wrong, and all Christian wanted was to make the Psychlos look taller.KERBANGO IS THE MVP(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)The best moments in Battlefield Earth all feature the alcoholic beverage kerbango. We’re not encouraging the consumption of green alien booze; we’re just saying magic happens when it’s around. Whether it’s Ker (Forest Whitaker) smugly slurping kerbango (with a straw) when he thinks he’s pulled a fast one on Terl, or Terl cradling three growlers of it in his arms as he tells the bartender (whom he later decapitates) to put it on his non-existent tab, the mood and the actors seems to loosen up whenever the the mysterious green liquid is in play.The most memorable quote in the film happens when Chirk (Kelly Preston, Travolta s wife, in a quick cameo) tells Terl, I am going to make you as happy as a baby Psychlo on a straight diet of kerbango. The odd line, followed by a long CGI tongue and a saucy wiggle by Travolta, elicits a visceral mix of confusion and disgust, which perfectly captures what it s like to watch Battlefield Earth. Is Chirk implying that Terl will feel like a drunk baby? If so, is that a good thing? Does it matter? The answers are maybe, apparently, and not in the least.Battlefield Earth isn t commonly mentioned alongside The Room, Troll 2, or Batman Robin as an exemplar of so bad, it s good cinema it s usually considered merely bad but, with respect, it should be. It s just as ironically enjoyable, it s arguably weirder, and it s just so earnest that, despite its blatant shortcomings, you may be surprised to find yourself rooting for it.Where You Can Watch It NowFandangoNOW (rent/own), Amazon (rent/own), Google (rent/own), iTunes (rent/own), Vudu (rent/own)Battlefield Earth was released on May 12, 2000.
(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)Chernobyl seemed to come out of nowhere. Hot on the heels of Game of Thrones final episodes, the five-part HBO miniseries from creator/writer Craig Mazin and director/co-executive producer Johan Renck goes deep into the multi-layered, almost unbelievable story of how the accident at Ukraine s now-infamous nuclear power plant became one of the worst man-made calamities the world has ever seen.The groundbreaking series which features stellar performances by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson doesn t just explore the accident, it touches on the far-reaching ramifications that followed it, telling the stories of the many citizens who made unfathomable sacrifices, and gave their lives, in order to save the continent from imminent doom.To give further insight into the terrifying story being told, director Johan Renck spoke at length with Rotten Tomatoes about his creative vision for the project. During our chat, he explained the challenges in telling a Russian story with a large cast of British actors, the filmmaking importance of using sound and silence to convey the appropriate tone, and the enduring relevance of the Chernobyl disaster all these years later.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)Aaron Pruner for Rotten Tomatoes: You directed all five episodes of Chernobyl, which sounds like a massive undertaking. What was your vision going into the production?Johan Renck: The first and foremost thing for me was that I wanted to make it experiential, rather than sort of on display, so to speak. This is not a diorama in which you get this world presented to you. To me, it was much more about finding within some kind of very long-gone authenticity, finding a way to shoot this and to deal with this so that you feel immersed. You almost feel like you were there. There s this sort of experiential side of it. So I think that was my agenda, so to speak, from the onset of this project.Has there been any pushback from viewers or complaints regarding accuracy in the story being told?Renck: There are some people who find it really hard to understand why this is in English and not Russian. And also some people who have difficulties with dealing with the British accents in there. On the other hand, I get tons of messages from people who live in Belarus, Ukraine, or Russia, saying like, this is so authentic, I sort of relate to every thought that goes into the apparel or in a suit or a trashcan or a whatever it is, everything is so minutely accurate. So then, you know, all we can do is try to be accurate and authentic.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)Well, let s talk about working with the British cast. I can understand how some people may take issue with the accents or the fact that the actors you cast weren t Russian or Ukrainian, but, for me, it didn t take long for the Britishness of the cast to fall away. Were there any methods in trying to tamp down the variety of dialects featured in the show?Renck: Having a British actor portray a Russian character is almost like taking an Italian actor to do a Russian. The British are, you know, very expressive in their facial language, very sort of courteous and apologetic. Whereas the Russian and the Eastern European persona and again, I come from Sweden, I come from that part of the world is drastically different. It s much more of a sort of underhanded, almost stone-faced type of behavior. There is no willingness, there s no desire to appease somebody else or please somebody else by the way you communicate. It s very straightforward. And, added to that, you have this Slavic flamboyance that comes out in heated moments.In a dream world, we would have had a year of rehearsals with our 104 speaking roles, to try to shave off some of the local edges of the accents, you know? Because you have Scottish actors, Irish actors, Welsh actors, Southern England, Northern Ireland, and all those accents are drastically different from each other. The agenda was, originally, to kind of shave off all those edges to an extent that it became some weird form of neutral English. But that task was just unobtainable given the time and given the amount of cast we had.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)You talked about coming from an experiential place with this. Let s talk about the end of Episode 2 where we are following the divers into the tunnels under the plant. That scene was darkly lit, had basically no dialogue and relied mostly on the stakes of their mission which was signified by the constant ticking of their radiation detectors. What are the challenges in presenting a story like this, in this scene and in the grander scheme of things, without going too far and exploiting the moment?Renck: You know, there is a bunch of challenges in there, but they re all good fun challenges. You mentioned the divers, and that to me was a very tricky scene on paper because you re dealing with three people in pitch darkness, who are cannot talk to each other and you can t see their faces because they re wearing masks. You can t really gather body behavior because of their outfits and all of that.To some extent, you go back to the founding principle of filmmaking, which is: we re translating psychology and behavior. We ve got to try with most of the tools that you would use normally there s no terrified eyes, there s not a gasp or sound or scream, or anything like that. That particular scene, during the shoot, it was clear this is a sound-driven thing. The one thing that will help us understand what these guys are feeling inside is the sound of the dosimeter increasing in intensity, the deeper this tremendously contaminated water gets. Of course, it s scary enough to just see a couple of guys fumble around in the dark. But that s just sort of superficially scary you have to find it find the profound scariness. And that was then channeled through sound design more than anything else.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)And one of the most important aspects in telling the story here is the use of sound, the use of silence, and the organic nature of the score. Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir was recently interviewed and she talked about visiting the power plant in Lithuania where the series was shot and using the actual plant as a source of the show s music.Renck: She had this guy with her who used special equipment to record sound from things that you would never think even emit a sound. For instance, one of the recurring themes in there is something she always called the door. It s where they just put the microphone on a door and the weirdly intricate sounds coming from a static door, there s these little weird sounds of metal and tension and just buzzing that you would have no idea existed. Those are the types of sounds she recorded, as well as an atmospheric sound. And from those elements, she used those as her sounds for her instruments.Even further, though, the use of sound, and music, is starkly different here from most dramatic TV shows or movies. Usually, the audience would get a sweeping score or jarring music cue to let us know a big moment is happening, to tell us how to feel. But you didn t do that here.Renck: Both Hildur and I are firmly, firmly against underscoring, in which the music is there to guide you on what you re to feel. You know, somebody opens a door and there s something scary about to happen and then the music starts coming out to tell you it s scary. All of that is something that both Hildur and I deeply loathe. That s sort of underhanded, and also you don t need it. There s this permeating sub-current of dread and hopelessness and harrowingness in it already. You don t need to put another layer on that cake, it is at capacity now.(Photo by HBO)In HBO s Chernobyl podcast, show creator Craig Mazin talks about his visit to the infamous power plant before production on the show began. Have you visited Chernobyl?Renck: Well, here s the thing: When we were shooting in Ukraine, we planned a day off on the schedule so that I could go to Chernobyl, which was obviously what I wanted to do. On the day of my departure to Chernobyl, we get a phone call from The Exclusion Zone. Last summer was very, very hot, it was the hottest and driest summer in Europe for 300 years or something like that. So on the morning of my departure, we get a phone call from The Exclusion Zone saying we have seven or nine or whatever forest fires raging and you can t come. By now, I m some kind of nuclear expert because of everything that I ve sort of delved into, so I go, Oh, yes, I understand the burning trees obviously release contaminated organic material. Yeah, that seems not good. And they went like, Yeah, I don t know about that. It s just f king burning everywhere. So I couldn t go but I m going to go this summer and production, obviously, you know, they owe me that trip.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)In the final episode, we finally get to a trial which finds Dyatlov, Bryukhanov, and Fomin being judged for their crimes. It s here that we learn of the truth that has been eating away at Legasov this whole time, he knew on some level that the power plant s fail-safe button was faulty and that, ultimately, it was the final lynchpin that caused the explosion. How important was it to get this scene right? And what, if any, were the dramatic liberties taken in depicting how the drama played out?Renck: The trial is, to some extent, not from a factual point of view. From the event s point of view, it s the least accurate thing. Legasov and Shcherbina weren t at that trial, they weren t even there in the real life thing. And that trial was a complete show trial in which nothing was revealed at all. It was just getting those three scapegoats Dyatlov, Bryukhanov, and Fomin to get their guilty sentences and for the Soviet state to wash their hands of the whole thing. In real life, this event took place over several instances. We first had this conference at Vienna, then we had the show trial, and then, you know, nothing came out until after Valery Legasov s suicide, and the tapes got sent out.This was just a way, from Craig s point of view, to sort of wrap this up. We can t make a six-hour episode out of this and we have to find a way to truncate things and turn them into what they were. A lot of it is based on court transcripts. A lot of what was said from the participants is absolutely real, of course. But the event is a little bit of an amalgamation of a few things happening. It s sort of a multi-layered thing. To the state, it s a grandstanding thing it s a staged show trial to start out with. They set that trial in Chernobyl town, which is not to be confused with Pripyat. The town is an old city that is located about 20 miles or so from the Chernobyl Power Plant. It was staged there because the state was clearly saying there s nothing dangerous here and everything s good, so we should have the trial right here.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)It s filled with emotion and an intense scientific explanation of what caused the explosion. And that element of truth is what we ve been driving towards this whole time. Not to mention, with the whole set-up and placement of the judges and jury, the whole thing is quite odd.Renck: I love that court scene. I love shooting a lot of stuff. I love shooting dark harrowing stuff in the underbelly of the nuclear power plant, but I also love a good trial scene. And here we got to make a trial scene that does not in any way look like any trial scene we ve seen before. Or feel like it. It has to feel like a different type of dynamic in which the witnesses and the juries are all scripted, to some extent. And everything that s being said and done is just grandstanding no matter which way you look upon it. So we have to create a climax and a tonality in there that supports this. And that, I think, is mainly reflected through Khomyuk s defiance, and then Legasov s nervousness, because he doesn t know Should I go all the way here? Or should I not? Or should I tell the truth? All of that.(Photo by Liam Daniel/HBO)Now that the reviews are in and people are talking, I m curious what you are hoping people will take away from the show. Renck: The one thing I kept thinking that I want is that somebody like Lyudmilla Ignatenko, who is still alive to this day, would see this and feel that her voice has been heard, that she s been truthfully portrayed and that the sacrifice she and several hundred thousand other people went through, in order to sort of save the f king planet, or almost, is something that everybody understands, realizes and embraces. I don t want to sound melodramatic, but that s completely what it is, for me. Those stories, those people, what they went through and experienced, and are suffering the consequences of to this day.For instance, there is a hospital in Cuba, in which hundreds and hundreds of surviving children from Pripyat, and from the area around, were sent to because of the close ties between Cuba and the Soviet Union. That hospital is still up and running today and still dealing with the aftermath. This was not an overnight thing. This was not a catastrophe that happened and then ended. This is a story that will continue to spread and have ramifications. That is the main thing: to let those voices be heard and have those stories be shared and that, hopefully, everybody feels that.Chernobyl is available to watch, in its entirety, on HBO and its streaming platforms, HBO GO and HBO Now.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Thumbnail image by Liam Daniel/HBO
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3d直升机游戏大全 Little Fires Everywhere: Season 1 (2020) 79% (Hulu)Aside from the star power involved – Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Joshua Jackson, and Rosemary DeWitt are just some of the names in the cast – what makes Little Fires Everywhere a compelling watch is the whodunit factor. The season opens with a scene revealing the climactic ending, leaving you to try and determine just how the characters and their choices throughout the ensuing eight episodes got us there. Based on Celeste Ng’s popular 2017 novel by the same name, the show also contends with the same tough topics tackled in the book, like class warfare and race relations. And while it slaps you in the face with metaphors at times, the show is addictive, and manages to stray just enough from the book’s original ending to satisfy and surprise casual watchers as well as Ng s fans. – Kyle Moss, ProducerWhere to Watch: HuluCommitment: Approx. 8 hours (eight-episode limited series)Review 95% (Comedy Central)It seems as though our social distancing isn t going to end any time soon, but thanks to Review there s a way to experience a variety of real-life situations from the comfort of your own home. On this show, viewers call in and wonder what it s like to do and feel many different things; Andy Daly commits to each task and then helpfully rates them at the end of each segment. Miss driving your car? Let him experience Road Rage for you so you don t have to anymore (1.5 stars out of 5). Is there a long-simmering feud in the back of your mind? Revenge gets a 5 out of 5. So if you re ruminating about all you re missing out on, to quote the opening theme: Life. It s literally all we have.  But is it any good? . Now you know. (FYI Revenge was later downgraded to a 1 out of 5). – Sara Ataiiyan, Review CuratorWhere to watch: Amazon, Vudu, iTunesCommitment: 8 hours (three seasons)The Plot Against America: Season 1 (2020) 87% (HBO)I know a lot of people who watched the first episode of HBO s The Plot Against America and abandoned ship because, well, there wasn t much of a plot. In this day of content saturation, it s expected that a new series or miniseries will grab you with something big and gobsmacking in its opening eps or you ll just move on to the next thing, and the first few eps of The Plot Against America were mostly about families sitting around talking politics. My advice now that all six episodes are available to stream on HBO: Go back and stick with it through the end; it s a slow burn but when it gets to its back half, The Plot Against America is one of the most powerful things HBO has put out in years. Like the Philip Roth novel on which it s based — which tells the dual tales of aviator Charles Lindbergh s fictionalized rise to the presidency and embrace of the German Nazi party, and how that impacts the lives of a New Jersey Jewish family — the series is complex and meticulously laid out, its deliberate pace matching the slow and insidious rise of anti-Semitism in its version of America. Winona Ryder and Zoe Kazan give standout performances as two sisters with very different views on the direction the country is taking, but the series belongs to the kids, especially to Azhy Robertson as the family s youngest son, and his friend and neighbor Seldon, played by Jacob Laval. – Joel Meares, Editor-in-ChiefWhere to Watch: HBOCommitment: 6 hours (six-part limited series)Making the Cut: Season 1 (2020) 67% (Amazon Prime)After 16 years on the widely successful series, Project Runway, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn walked away. Looking for a fresh start, the duo created their own fashion competition show, partnered with Amazon Studios, and have a new catch phrase, Making the Cut. While the conceit of finding a new designer from a batch of unknowns is the same, the show is definitely a fresh take on the genre. The emphasis this time is not only on talent, but on identifying each designers’ brand and ability to create a business that will attract customers. Each week, the designers are tasked with timed, thematic challenges and must produce two looks: a “runway look” and an “accessible look, and the winning “accessible look” is available each week for purchase on the Making the Cut Amazon store. Currently all winning looks (to date) are sold out! The production quality is amazing, as they travel to Paris and Tokyo for design inspiration. Also contributing is judge Naomi Campbell, who is basically the Simon Cowell of the group. She’s blunt, honest, but also helpful. – Eileen Rivera, Sr. Director of Production Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (and here is a link to the store)Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (across 10 episodes; season finale is April 24)Rake 100% (ABC Australia/Netflix)(Photo by ©Acorn TV/Australian Broadcasting Corp. / Courtesy: Everett Collection)If you’re looking for something off the beaten track, then Australia’s Rake is a perfect binge for you. Richard Roxburgh plays Cleaver Greene, a sharp-as-a-tack criminal defense barrister whose self-destructive streak often threatens to derail is personal and professional lives. Cleaver is a rake, yes, but one that we love: each episode a little bit of goodness peeks through as he defends the kind of alleged criminals most would reject while also trying to repair relationships with those he truly loves. The cinematography is nothing to write home about, but the storytelling and dialogue are magnificent, and Roxburgh is electric in the role. The comedy and tragedy of Cleaver Greene is downright Shakespearian at times, and good luck if you think you can watch only one episode in a sitting. – Lucy Bruckner, ProducerWhere to watch: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 40 hours (40 episodes across five seasons)Merlin 85% (BBC)(Photo by Nick Briggs/©BBC America/courtesy Everett Collection)In these strange times, a nostalgia binge can sometimes soothe the savage beast. Have a whole family of little savages? Merlin offers wholesome escapism, and its availability on Netflix makes it a convenient option to entertain families with five seasons worth of jaunty adventure. Some material may be too scary for the youngest of the family, but the fantastical bromance about warlock Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Camelot’s Prince Arthur (Bradley James) as young men battling monsters, fighting for justice, and looking for love holds a universal appeal. Angel Coulby appears as Gwen, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Anthony Head as Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and John Hurt voices Kilgharrah the Dragon. The series also features a who’s-who of international talent as secondary and guest stars, including Asa Butterfield, Santiago Cabrera, MacKenzie Crook, Liam Cunningham, Charles Dance, Warwick Davis, Tom Ellis, and on. Tune in with your preteens and teens to make the day’s headlines magically disappear. – Debbie Day, Sr. TV EditorWhere to watch: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 47 hours (across five seasons)The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Netflix)Wholesome. Silly. Light on drama. Heavy on fun. Based on a Shonen Jump manga series, the series centers on  Saiki Kusuo, a high school student who was born with a seemingly unlimited number of supernatural powers. After learning as a child that using his abilities in public only causes him trouble, he distances himself from his classmates, and resolves to never again use his abilities in front of people — other than his wacky, eccentric parents. But his aloof personality and inadvertent talent for nearly everything make him a magnet for friendship and romance — attention the all-powerful loner wants to avoid! Saiki soon learns that not even the strongest of superpowers can thwart the perils of high school. Paced like a series of comic strips, this show is full of absurd plot lines that will crack you up, and characters so charmingly silly, you can’t help but love them. – Tyler Lorenz, Media CoordinatorWhere to Watch: NetflixCommitment: 20 hours (across 50 episodes)Note: The above trailer is for Saiki s sequel series, Reawakened. Dead Set: Miniseries (2008) 92% (E4/Netflix)(Photo by © Zeppotron / Courtesy: Everett Collection)Before he created Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker gifted us with this horror flick/reality TV mashup that stems from a brilliantly simple premise: What would happen to the people in the Big Brother house if a zombie apocalypse broke out on the outside? The metaphor that plays out in the series can feel a tad overdone — the folks watching reality TV, and the folks featured in it, are just like zombies! — but it s smartly written, frequently hilarious, and often very, very scary. The performances are all great, too; look out for a young Riz Ahmed in one of his earliest TV roles. Interestingly, I was reminded to rewatch the series after hearing Brooker on the Scriptnotes podcast; in an episode devoted to how writers were handling the current pandemic, Brooker noted the similarities between the setup for Dead Set and news reports in March about the German cast of Big Brother being told of the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic out in the real world. – Joel Meares, Editor-in-ChiefWhere to Watch: Netflix,Commitment: Approx. 2.5 hours (across 5 episodes)Check out our regular April Binge Guide. Thumbnail image: Nick Briggs/©BBC America, © Zeppotron, Michele K. Short/HBO

As more and more people are compelled to practice social distancing and encouraged to stay home, as movie theaters temporarily shutter their doors, and as studios continue to pull their scheduled 2020 films off the release calendar, we ve decided to reformat this weekly Critics Consensus column to focus on titles that are newly available on the home entertainment market. With that in mind, our list of digital new releases this week includes a trio of thrillers one about an insidious vacation destination, one about deep-sea terror, and one about a fledgling vigilante on the warpath. See below for the full list. The nominees for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with new faces — like Ted Lasso and its most-ever nominations for a first-year series — and old — The Crown s 24 nods make it the most nominated show of the year, alongside The Mandalorian. But there were plenty of actors and series missing from the list on Tuesday morning, and many who upset some category stalwarts to score coveted nomination slots.There was plenty of outcry when Emily in Paris was nominated for the Golden Globes, but the mixed-reviewed Netflix series managed to sneak into the Comedy category at the Emmys, too. On the other hand, shows like Amazon Prime Video s The Boys and Hulu s Pen15 also managed to score their first series nominations, in Drama and Comedy respectively, leading many to rejoice.Read on for our full list of snubs and surprises then let us know which nomination – or lack thereof – had you angrily texting your group chats on Tuesday morning.Related: • 2021 Emmy Nominations: Full list of Nominees for 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards• Rotten Tomatoes Predicts the 2021 Emmy NomineesSURPRISE: I MAY DESTROY YOU GETS SO MUCH LOVE(Photo by Laura Radford/HBO)Listen, TV critics might have rioted in the streets if Michaela Coel’s singular work of art I May Destroy You didn t land any nominations, but this many? More than a year after it premiered? A very, very pleasant surprise considering sometimes the Television Academy members seem to have the memory of a goldfish. In addition to the show itself, Coel was nominated for her performance, writing and directing, Paapa Essiedu was nominated for his performance, and Sam Miller was also nominated for directing.SNUB: GIRLS5EVA GETS LARGELY IGNORED(Photo by Peacock)Even a near-perfect Certified Fresh score couldn t get the Tina Fey–produced sitcom Girls5Eva, about a ’90s girl group working toward a comeback, the Emmys love it deserved. Renee Elise Goldsberry’s iconic performance as a pop diva? Snubbed (though she did get a nod for her performance in the filmed Hamilton musical). Sara Bareilles many musical compositions? Snubbed. The only nod the show received was for creator Meredith Scardino s writing, a very, very small comfort.SURPRISE: THE BOYS LANDS A DRAMA SERIES NOD(Photo by James Minchin/Amazon Prime Video)Sure, the second season of Amazon s sardonic superhero series The Boys is Certified Fresh at 97%, but did anyone expect the sometimes-stodgy Television Academy to recognize that fact? The Emmy voters occasionally get stuck in their old patterns, and it s hard for new shows to break through, especially when there really is so much great television out there. But The Boys did it — just in time for season 3.SURPRISE: MJ RODRIGUEZ SCORES HISTORICAL FIRST NOMINATION(Photo by Eric Liebowitz/FX)Pose has been recognized many times over with series nods and even a win for star Billy Porter, but the other lead of the series, Mj Rodriguez hasn t even gotten a nomination before — until now. Just as the character of Blanca grew into a confident, wise mentor for her ballroom children, Rodriguez delivered a poised, hopeful, and occasionally heartbreaking performance in the series final season. She s always been worthy of Emmy love, but this time the Academy listened. With this nomination, Rodriguez is the first-ever out trans performer nominated in a major acting category.SNUB: IT S A SIN SHUT OUT(Photo by Ben Blackall/HBO Max)Certified Fresh at 98%, HBO Max drama It s a Sin, about a group of friends enduring the AIDS crisis in London in the 80s, is an incredible feat of small-screen magic, according to critics. (There s also the exquisite cast, empathetic writing, and a distinct visual style, per our Critics Consensus.) But apparently that wasn t enough for the TV Academy to take notice? Sometimes the Emmy voters get it very, very wrong — like in this case.SURPRISE: KENAN THOMPSON NOMINATED TWICE OVER(Photo by NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews)The longest-tenured Saturday Night Live cast member has just one Emmy to his name — for the parody song Come Back Barack in 2018 — and, until this year, had just three more nominations. He scored his third Supporting Actor nomination for SNL in 2021, but also landed his first-ever Lead Actor nomination for sitcom Kenan, which he filmed while starring on this season of SNL, flying back and forth from Los Angeles to New York throughout the season. A long-overdue acknowledgement for someone who s been bringing laughs for 30 years.SURPRISE: SHAMELESS NOMINATION LEAVES OTHER COMEDY ACTORS OUT IN THE COLD(Photo by Showtime)The final season of Shameless went out with a whimper of a Tomatometer score at 67%, but that was nothing compared to the shameful 20% score on its penultimate season. Those figures combined with William H. Macy’s involvement in the college admissions scandal story that broke in 2019 would understandably cast a shadow over his possible nomination. But here he is, honored (forgiven? pitied?) by his peers. Or is it that the 15-time nominee, two-time Emmy winner s performance shone through a just-OK season? In truth, we had expected to see Alan Tudyk (Resident Alien, Certified Fresh at 94%), Rob McElhenney (Mythic Quest, Certified Fresh at 100%), or Billy Magnussen (Made for Love, Certified Fresh at 94%) take a nomination, so this is a surprise.SNUBS: LATE NIGHT MISSES VARIETY TALK SERIES NOMINATIONLate Night with Seth Meyers has been nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series the past four years in a row and got a nod this year for Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were expected to be Late Night’s year for that elusive Outstanding Variety Talk Series nomination, but went instead to Conan, receiving its first nomination in the category for its final season; four-time nominee in this category The Daily Show With Trevor Noah; seven-time nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live!; five-time nominated The Late Show With Stephen Colbert; and, of course, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which has won in the category for the past six years.SURPRISE: AIDY BRYANT FINALLY GETS RECOGNIZED FOR SHRILL(Photo by Hulu)Aidy Bryant has been turning in reliable, excellent work on Saturday Night Live for years now, so that particular nod is not surprising. What is a bit of a shock is her recognition for the bittersweet final season of Shrill, the show she created and starred in but which Emmy voters had ignored in its two previous seasons.SNUB: PHOEBE DYNEVOR SHUT OUT FOR BRIDGERTON(Photo by Liam Daniel/Netflix)Bridgerton’s Duke might ve gotten his due with a nomination for Regé-Jean Page, but his Duchess (Phoebe Dynevor), whose wide-eyed naiveté was the perfect foil for their Bridgerton antics, missed out. Crackling chemistry like that between the world-weary Simon Bassett and his innocent new bride isn t just one-sided, you know.SURPRISE: EMILY IN PARIS SCORES A COVETED COMEDY SLOT(Photo by CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX)The Golden Globes nominating candy-colored Netflix comedy Emily in Paris after some lavish trips for journalists to the City of Lights? Not surprising. The Television Academy recognizing the series in the Comedy category alongside much, much better-reviewed series like the Certified Fresh seasons of Hacks, Pen15, Ted Lasso, The Flight Attendant, and Cobra Kai that also got nods? Definitely surprising.SURPRISE: STAR WARS SERIES CHARMS TELEVISION ACADEMY AGAIN WITH ITS SECOND SEASON(Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. ™. All Rights Reserved.)Was it a surprise? That’s what we’ve asked ourselves since Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian was announced as a nominee in the Outstanding Drama Series category or the second year in a row. The series has 24 nominations this year to last year’s 15 (with seven wins). We bet on it in our Emmy predictions – maybe we’re just surprised we were right about a series led by a man encased in metal and an adorable muppet.SNUBS: ONE OF THE NOMINATIONS MOST BIRD-BRAINED OMISSIONS (Photo by William Gray/Showtime)No stranger to the awards circuit, Ethan Hawke has been nominated four times for an Academy Award: two for supporting actor in films Boyhood and Training Day and another two for adapted screenplay for Before Sunset and Before Midnight. He also won a Daytime Emmy that he shared with a boatload of people for interactive feature “Invasion!” in 2017. Limited series The Good Lord Bird, Certified Fresh at 97% on the Tomatometer, contains one of Hawke’s most eccentric and finest performances to date. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie nominees Ewan McGregor (Halston), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Hugh Grant (The Undoing), and Paul Bettany (WandaVision) surely are deserving, but Hawke’s quirky transformation was positively sublime.SURPRISE: COBRA KAI TURNS UP TO COMPETE IN THE OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES CATEGORY(Photo by Netflix)The Mandalorian, The Boys, and the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai – the Emmy nominations have never been more fanboy friendly! This pandemic year has provided some great escapism and nostalgia-fueled works, but with heavy competition in the category – and very like its fellow nominee Emily in Paris –this is a title we didn’t expect to see. We had guessed that four other titles would find their way on the list – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Girls5Eva, Made for Love, and Mythic Quest – and we were very wrong.SNUBS: THUSO MBEDU IS OVERLOOKED IN A RED-HOT CATEGORY(Photo by Kyle Kaplan/Amazon Studios)With seven nominations, including Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series, The Underground Railroad was a major point of pride for Amazon Studios on the day the nominations were announced. But among all of the awards for directing, music, sound, casting, and cinematography, there was not a single acting nod. Baffling. Star Thuso Mbedu faced powerful competition for a spot among the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie nominees with Cythia Erivo (Genius: Aretha), Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), and Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) showing up. But still.Thumbnail Image Credit: FX, Disney+/Lucasfilm, Netflix


Riverdale’s fourth season opens with an uncharacteristically straightforward, emotional episode. It’s a tribute to the beloved star Luke Perry, who died earlier this year following a massive stroke, and it’s also a tribute to the actor s similarly adored character Fred Andrews, father to Archie (KJ Apa) and all-around good guy.Perry passed just weeks before the third season was scheduled to wrap, so had filmed most of his scenes already. Rather than shoehorn in a plot to write out the character then, creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said he and his writers wanted some time to think about how to properly honor their fallen friend.“We didn t want to rush it. We didn t want to sandwich it in between all the other plot lines. And we just wanted to take our time and think about it,” he told Rotten Tomatoes and a small group of reporters after a screening of the season premiere. Taking time, he said, “allowed us to absorb what had happened and really think about what kind of story we wanted to tell. That that s how we started — by not thinking about it for a while.”But although the tragedy turns into a beautiful tribute in the standalone episode that starts off the season, business in Riverdale is just as nutty as usual. Archie will be grieving his father throughout the season, but he’ll also have to contend with plenty of deranged criminals and other figures who involve high school students in their shady business dealings way more than adults should. Put simply, Riverdale’s insane storylines are not going away.Here’s what else to expect from season 4 of the often-mental series.1. Archie Andrews Hits Major Milestones(Photo by Diyah Pera/The CW)The Riverdale writers hadn’t really begun to brainstorm what would happen in season 4 before Perry’s death, so there’s no alternate path the character could’ve taken. Instead, the season will see the redhead figure out what life looks like without his role model and main parental figure.“When this happened, it did suggest a path for Archie, which is about growing up a little more quickly than he would have and giving senior year this almost melancholy feel,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.While the season premiere takes place over the July 4 Independence Day holiday, the second episode picks up a few months later, in September. That time gap allows the characters time to have grieved off-screen, but they will have in no way moved on from Fred’s death.“The shadow Fred s death cast is on episode two. And honestly, we re about 10 episodes into the season and we re still feeling that. The truth is something like that, Archie will be wrestling with that for the rest of his life, other characters less so,” he said. “I think one of the things that s been interesting is when a tragedy like that happens, everyone grieves and then people move on at different points. But for the person who s at the core of it, they live with it every day. So we don t pretend it didn t happen. It s still very much permeating Archie s story.”2. Riverdale Kids Go Back to School in Season 4(Photo by Colin Bentley/The CW)Though the season opener is front-to-back emotional — watch with tissues handy or risk soaking your shirt with tears — episode 2 opens on “a little bit of a lighter note.” The main gang is back in high school, and storylines this season are going to focus (at least a little bit) on their adventures as normal high school students — well, normal for Riverdale at least.As Aguirre-Sacasa said on the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel back in July, “This year, the kids are seniors. They’ve always been too busy hunting serial killers. We haven’t dug deep into the high school world. We’re really playing the senior year.”3. Molly Ringwald Returns to Riverdale(Photo by Robert Falconer/The CW)Former guest star Molly Ringwald returns “more or less” full time, as Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Comic-Con, as Archie’s mother, Mary. Coming from Chicago, she’s “not quite aware of what a rough town Riverdale is so we re having some fun with that,” the creator said last week.“I think that it s really great that Archie has Mary there for him, and I think Mary loves being able to be there for her son. I do still think there s no replacing his dad, but Mary s doing great, and I d really be worried for Archie if not for Mary,” he said.Mary will of course be supporting Archie first and foremost, but she’ll get her own storylines too. Aguirre-Sacasa is particularly proud of the season’s Thanksgiving episode that “reminds us that this is Archie s first Thanksgiving without his father. It’s kind of Mary and Archie shoulder to shoulder. There s typical craziness that happens, but I think there s a real, true emotional core there as well.”Other guest stars include Perry’s real-life friend and former costar Shannen Doherty in a role in the tribute episode, and Dawson’s Creek star Kerr Smith as new principal Mr. Honey.4. Riverdale’s High-Wire Act(Photo by Robert Falconer/The CW)Balancing the craziness of the series with its more grounded plots has always been the “high-wire act” Aguirre-Sacasa and his writing team contended with, and in the past two seasons the crazy maybe has overwhelmed the grounded. But in season 4, the balance will be a little more even.“A lot of people said, Oh, season 1 was much more grounded and all that stuff. So we ve used season 1 a little bit as a template. We definitely still have crazy stories. But instead of let s say four crazy stories per episode, we have two crazy stories per episode two that are a little more emotional or psychological or real,” he said. “In episode two, we have this great story with Archie and Reggie, and it s about Reggie s father, and therefore it s about the memory of Fred as well, but it feels like a very straightforward coming-of-age friendship story. So I think we re finding our way back to some of the stuff in season 1. You know, the truth is you can never go back, but there were things that I know the fans missed and that we missed and are trying to write to.”5. Did We Mention Crazy?(Photo by Marc Hom/The CW )Still, that trademark Riverdale insanity remains. Episode three, in particular, will bring a particular brand of nuts to the series.“That s the resolution of the of the Farm storyline, and I remember when we turned it in the network was like, yep good to know that s still in there. That s kind of a crazy one,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “We have a really fun Halloween episode that is both grounded and heightened, I would say. And the Blossoms can always be counted on for some craziness. There are some really great mysteries in there, they re just a little less — I mean, we had, like, two serial killers running around and the killer cult and bear attacks. By the way, all stuff I stand by and loved. It s still out there. It s still out there for sure. Episode 3, it s as crazy as we ve gotten.”6. Speaking of the Blossoms…(Photo by Colin Bentley/The CW)Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) is bringing the wacky in a storyline that’s both touching and completely mental as she continues to keep her dead twin brother’s corpse around to communicate with.“As heightened and weird and macabre as it is to have Jason in the crypt, I think the truth of that story is she loved her brother dearly,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “She never got a chance to say goodbye to him and she doesn t want to. In a weird way her arc over the first movement of episodes is learning how to finally say goodbye to Jason and it s quite moving.”7. The Rest of the Gang’s Here, Too(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)The rest of the core gang — Veronica (Camila Mendes), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) — will keep busy with their own plot twists.First up for Betty is the fallout of her friendship with Kevin (Casey Cott) over his Farm ties. Aguirre-Sacasa also noted that Betty will also have to deal with her and Jughead s half-brother Charles Smith (Wyatt Nash), who was the undercover FBI agent at the Farm and is the offspring of Betty s mom, Alice (Mädchen Amick), and Jughead s dad, FP (Skeet Ulrich). (Got that?)“Kevin was a big part of the Farm. He dragged her by her ankles into the lobotomy room or whatever, so we kind of try to pick up the pieces of their friendship,” Aguirre-Sacasa said, adding that “Charles is very much a part of the first chunk of the season.”Veronica will deal with the knowledge that maybe her father Hiram (Mark Consuelos)  isn’t completely evil thanks to his kind gesture paying for Fred’s funeral.“[That’s] a gesture that mafiosos do,” the creator said. “Even amongst mobsters, there s a sense of honor. I think that s a hint that Hiram isn t all bad. He’s a villain, but underneath that he s also a human being and her father. I think Veronica and her father, they ll always be in conflict. But I do believe that underneath all that stuff there is a bond and a love there and that s a hint to that.”And Jughead’s main storyline will involve his new school, a fancy Gossip Girl–esque private school that, as Sprouse revealed on the Comic-Con panel, will provide the backdrop for the flash-forward from the season 3 finale that saw Archie, Betty, and Veronica covered in blood and burning their clothes.Said Aguirre-Sacasa on that panel, “That s one of our big mysteries, obviously, what happened to Jughead and the kids that night, and we are building up [to] it. Our midseason finale is going to be that night depicted in the flash-forward. And in episodes leading up to it we re going to flash forward to other events from that night and immediately after that night, so you ll start to piece it together, I think.”Riverdale season 4 premieres on Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Like this? 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3d直升机游戏大全 This morning the Writer s Guild of America announced the nominees for outstanding screenwriting in 2021. The feature films eligible for WGA had some notable absences due to the writers guild s strict rules for membership, with favored titles like Soul, Mank, and Oscar Best Picture front runner Nomadland all deemed ineligible by the WGA governing body.Still, today s nominations will give a welcomed boom for Promising Young Woman and Palm Spring both of whom hope to compete for the Best Screenplay prizes at the Academy Awards. The Television Nominations that were announced earlier this month are also included here with AMC s Better Call Saul leading nominations with 5 total. Read on for the full list of the Writers Guild of America s Television and Film nominees.Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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