亚洲投注采用百度引擎7（Baidu 4）“What an amazing journey it’s been. I’ve been reading your comments, and the outpouring of love and support for our cast and crew has been truly overwhelming,” Schreiber wrote. “I know the big question on everyone’s mind is whether there will be a season 8. Truth is it’s in the networks hands. So if you want more, reach out to them at @showtime, @raydonovan, and @cbstv and let them know how you feel. Either way it’s been an amazing ride and we have all of you to thank for it. Xo Liev.”CASTING NEWS: MORE CAST ANNOUNCED FOR MARVEL’S M.O.D.O.K. WITH PATTON OSWALT AS A SUPERVILLAIN IN A MIDLIFE CRISIS(Photo by Marvel)Patton Oswalt will voice the titular megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. in the upcoming animated Hulu series Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. Marvel’s first animated comedy for adults finds M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) in the thick of a midlife crisis: just as his marriage is crumbling, he has been ousted as the leader of his evildoing organization, A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics). Other cast members voicing M.O.D.O.K.’s family and foes: Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) as M.O.D.O.K.’s wife, Jodie, a mommy blogger; Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as M.O.D.O.K.’s son, Lou; Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Melissa. M.O.D.O.K.’s teen daughter; Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) as Monica, M.O.D.O.K.’s work rival; Saturday Night Live’s Beck Bennett as Austin Van Der Sleet, M.O.D.O.K.’s new twentysomething boss; Jon Daly (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Super Adaptoid, the snarky machine that wants to overwrite his programming and possibly turn on M.O.D.O.K.; and Sam Richardson (Veep) as Gary, M.O.D.O.K.’s loyal minion.Katey Sagal has been cast as the lead in Rebel, ABC’s drama pilot about a legal advocate without a law degree, based on Erin Brockovich. The series is from Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff. Sagal is currently guest starring as Dan Connor’s girlfriend on The Conners.GLOW star Betty Gilpin will play Ann Coulter in FX’s upcoming Impeachment: American Crime Story season, about the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky scandal. Comedian Billy Eichner will portray Matt Drudge in the series. (DEADLINE)Dean Norris, the Claws star and Breaking Bad alum who will make a guest appearance in the upcoming fifth season of Better Call Saul, has signed on to star in Chuck Lorre’s CBS comedy pilot The United States of Al. The series stars Parker Young as Riley, a Marine combat veteran who struggles to readjust to life at home in Ohio. He bonds with Awalmir/Al, the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan, and who has just moved to America. Norris will play Riley’s dad, also a Marine, who Riley lives with upon his return to Ohio. (DEADLINE)Rosario Dawson will star in DMZ, the HBO Max series from Ava DuVernay. The series, based on the comic book of the same name, set in a futuristic Manhattan that is the site of a brutal civil war. Dawson will play Alma, a medic who is trying to find her missing son. (DEADLINE)DEVELOPMENT NEWS: AWARDS SEASON FAVORITE PARASITE WILL LIVE ON, ON HBO(Photo by Neon)Parasite, the Korean-language thriller that racked up six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, will live on as an HBO limited series. Best Director Oscar nominee Bong Joon-ho told The Hollywood Reporter the series will feature stories “that happen in between the sequences in the film.”Seth Rogen will co-produce an adaptation of the comic book Fear Agent for Amazon. THR reports Amazon won a fierce bidding war for the project, which tells the story of Heath Huston: “Interstellar invaders. Time travel. Clones of clones of clones, and lots of whiskey. Whether he’s battling the scourge of space, going back in time to stop the alien invasion that changed Earth forever, or winning his ex-wife back, there’s nothing that Heath Huston won’t do to try to right the wrongs and gets his family back. He is, after all, the last Fear Agent.”Justin Long will host and executive produce a new Disney+ competition series called Shop Class. Premiering on the streaming service on Feb. 28, the show will feature groups of young people challenged to design and build unique projects in each episode, while a panel of experts will evaluate and test the structures to determine a winning team. (THR)Facebook Watch has greenlit Red Table Talk, the Jada Pinkett Smith–hosted talk show, for three seasons, through 2022. In addition, Facebook Watch and producer Pinkett Smith will launch a new talk show in the franchise: Red Table Talk: The Estefans, featuring Gloria Estefan, her daughter Emily and her niece Lili.Bill Simmons is doing for music what his award-winning, consistently great 30 for 30 series has done for sports. The Ringer creator is teaming with HBO for a six-part docuseries that will explore larger issues and acts in the music industry. HBO was an investor in The Ringer and Ringer Films, which produced the Andre the Giant documentary, about the legendary wrestler and actor, for the cable network.Comedian Bert Kreischer will star in the Netflix improv comedy Cabin, in which he and celebrity friends like Anthony Anderson, Joel McHale, and Caitlyn Jenner will attempt to cleanse their “mind, body, and soul” at a remote cabin via “bizarre therapy techniques, intense physical challenges, and ridiculously improvised encounters with nature,” often with “disastrous” results, according to Netflix.Drew Barrymore’s fall 2020 daytime talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, has cleared 85 percent of the country. Barrymore is also an executive producer on the series, which will be distributed by CBS Television Distribution.NBA legend, author, and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will executive produce and be featured in the History Channel documentary Black Patriots, a “comprehensive picture of the African-American experience during the Revolutionary War,” with focus on Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, Phillis Wheatley and James Armistead Lafayette. The special airs on Feb. 19.Lorena Bobbitt, the subject of an Amazon docuseries last year, will produce a fully authorized Lifetime movie about her life. Bobbitt, who became a household name in 1993 after she cut off her abusive husband’s penis, will be the subject of I Was Lorena Bobbitt, which will air during the second half of 2020 and document her tabloid fame in the ’90s and her work as an advocacy work on behalf of abused women.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Spoiler alert: The following article contains details about the final episode of The Boys season 2. Apparently, girls get it done on The Boys after all. The second season of the darkly hilarious Amazon Prime Video series wrapped up Friday with an explosive and fiery finale — literally — as the Boys took down the evil Nazi superhero Stormfront (Aya Cash). The win was mainly thanks to Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and her powers, of course, plus a little help from gal pals Starlight/Annie (Erin Moriarty) and Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott).Rotten Tomatoes chatted with some of the women from the series about the implications of the action-packed finale and what it was like to film that memorable final Stormfront scene. Below, we break down the episode and Cash, Fukuhara, Moriarty, Shantel VanSanten (Becca Butcher), and Colby Minifie (Ashley Barrett) share their thoughts on the ending.What Happened in the Episode?(Photo by Courtesy of Amazon Studios)While our heroes were all completing their own mini-missions separately for some of the episode — including Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Annie leaking photos proving Stormfront was a literal Nazi (she s over 100 years old) — they all came together in a big showdown. Billy (Karl Urban) and Becca saved her son, Ryan (Cameron Crovetti), from his sadistic father, Homelander (Antony Starr) and his even more diabolical white power–spewing girlfriend, Stormfront.(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)Hughie, Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Mother s Milk (Laz Alonso) all ineffectively shot at the super-protected, super-powered Stormfront with guns until Maeve showed up and the women stepped in — Starlight/Annie, Kimiko, and Maeve kicked the crap out of her until she launched herself away to safety.Unfortunately, Stormfront ended up finding Billy, Becca, and Ryan, and despite Becca stabbing her in the eye they couldn t overpower her. As Stormfront strangled Becca, Ryan s eyes lit up and everything exploded. When everyone came to, Stormfront was burnt to a crisp, missing limbs, and muttering in German, and Becca was mortally wounded. She made Billy promise yet again to protect Ryan, and also to make sure he knew that her death wasn t his fault.(Photo by Courtesy of Amazon Studios)Enter Homelander, who obviously did not take Stormfront s injury well and was not pleased that Billy was about to flee with Ryan. Before anything terrible could happen, Maeve saved the day again by blackmailing Homelander with the video of him not saving people on the airplane.Meanwhile, the higher-ups at the culty church decided it was OK that A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) stole the Stormfront photos from their archives and used their influence to let him back into the Seven, leaving the disgraced Deep (Chace Crawford) extremely pissed.(Photo by Courtesy of Amazon Studios)A congratulatory call from church bigwig Alastair Adana (Goran Visnjic) to congresswoman Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit) revealed that the two were in bed together somehow, which was a head-scratcher until they hung up, Alastair cracked open a Fresca, and his head exploded. Cut to Victoria staring menacingly into his window. So SHE was the one popping people s heads like grapes! This will probably not be great for Hughie next season, since the episode ended with him asking for a job so he could fight against Vought the right way. Stormfront s Fiery (and Snotty) End Took Six and a Half Hours of Prosthetics Prep(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)The image of a burned, broken, limb-less Stormfront is probably the most haunting scene from a season filled with some pretty messed-up stuff. Cash said that the disturbing look was achieved via gray sleeves to cover her limbs (which VFX artists later covered), and some very talented makeup artists. On the day, I m wearing gray sleeves to do the missing limbs and stuff like that. But I have all the prosthetics on me, which took six and a half hours to put on. And then I have Homelander coming down and snotting on my face, she said. I have like this much of my actual face visible, and I m trying to get away from the snot and I m like, The snot should land on the prosthetic, please. [Laughs] I mean, it s a very intense thing on the day. And then to watch it back, it s the magic of being on a show like this, seeing all the crazy VFX change it into something else and seeing how like sad and pathetic and ridiculous she looks at the end, as Homelander comes down to find her. It s cathartic also, Cash continued, because as much as an actor you want to find some sort of humanity in a role, Stormfront is bad, and I want her to be punished just as the audience does. Corporate Campaigning Aided a Manipulative White Supremacist s Rise(Photo by Jasper Savage/Amazon Prime Video)While Stormfront was more evil than anyone could ve predicted, her rise to prominence was certainly aided by Vought executive Ashley s girls get it done corporate PR campaign. Ashley s job is is to deal with optics, to make the optics look as good as they possibly can, Minifie (pictured above in episode 202) said. And I think it was her really brilliant idea to be like, Yeah, Girls get it done. OK, Stormfront s been dropped on my doorstep, and I m gonna serve it up some good, capitalistic feminist spin, here we go. She will do anything for those optics. But, as Cash added, Stormfront s trying to control the optics for obviously a different reason. It s not monetarily based. She wants to use them to create the genocide that she so desperately would like. But it s all about manipulation and her outward feminism in the beginning is both a misdirect and a manipulation. I think that she understands how to real people in in order to get [what she wants]. She s the YouTube algorithm. She knows what to show you next to bring you down the rabbit hole. VanSanten Shed Many, Many Tears Over Becca s Untimely End(Photo by Courtesy of Amazon Studios)VanSanten shed so many tears over Becca s death, in fact, that she felt like a weirdo for caring so deeply about her character. But she always wants the best for the people she s playing. As the human being who pours her heart and her soul into Becca, all I ever wished for was to have healing and love and redemption and all of these things. I m not going to lie, it s pretty tough to have a finality of a character and that be the end no matter what, for a story to end, she said. It s just like one of your closest, best friends — because this person lives in you in your heart and through you — and their life is now gone. How do I process that? And I can only do that by watching season 3 and being like, please, please, please! Let it not be in vain. Season 3 Will Surely Honor the Fallen Mom(Photo by Courtesy of Amazon Studios)VanSanten trusts that creator Eric Kripke will do right by Becca, however. And she s heartened by the fact that although Billy resisted taking responsibility for Ryan, he did the right thing in the end and realized that Ryan is an extension of his wife, the woman he loves so much.She is happy to watch how the stories continue to play out in the third season, because she knows Kripke and the writers are good at following up on seeds they ve planted. In the first season, some people online were concerned that Becca explicitly said that Homelander raped her, arguing that maybe it was a gray area. But VanSanten knew — and Kripke confirmed — that there was no gray area, a point that she was able to drive home in season 3; in fact, nearly all of the major female characters storylines address some form of sexual discrimination and assault. When I watch the women on our show, it isn t like we just shine this flashlight in the closet and we re like, Let s see, there s monsters in there. Oh, but look at this flashy pretty thing! We re like, No, you know what, we re gonna step in, and we re gonna fucking confront it. We re gonna call attention to it, and I don t care if it makes you uncomfortable, if you don t want to hear the R word. Too fucking bad. It exists. We need to talk about it, whether it s racism, whether it s rape, whether it s sexual assault, whether it s white supremacy — however many issues the show actually confronts, and not only confronts, but actually deals with while still being entertaining. Tiptoeing that line is something really important in TV for me to be a part of, VanSanten continued, to be able to have a bigger narrative where we get to have conversations that aren t just like, So who played the biggest joke on set?' Kimiko Studied Starlight and Becca for Social Cues(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)The fact that all the women characters are so multi-dimensional and strong while also being vulnerable at the same time is something that most of the women on the cast are proud of. They re not just strong female characters, they re also scared and tough and curious.Kimiko had a very isolated upbringing (you know, thanks to the fact that she was kidnapped by a terrorist organization). When she meets Starlight she s a little bit like, Oh, she s kind of like me, she s a woman, but she s so different from who I am. I think she has the same kind of reaction when Becca comes into the story and Becca visits the Boys hideout, Fukuhara said. She s kind of in awe of how they do certain things, their movements. It s feminine, but they also have their own will and they have their own agendas going on, especially Annie does, and it was really fun and exciting to get to play with that side of Kimiko for those themes, because it s such a new experience for her. Moriarty Says the Show s Confrontation of Tough Issues Is Admirable, Timely, and Needed(Photo by Courtesy of Amazon Studios)And like VanSanten, Moriarty is also proud that the show is tackling such important issues in such an impactful way. Sexism, racism, white supremacy, radicalization of youth via YouTube — all things that the show takes on that many other series would be afraid to touch at all. I mean, the darkness of the season, yeah, it is really dark. But then again, this year has been darker in a way that none of us could have anticipated, Moriarty said. But what s been brought to light this year is things that have always been around, they ve just come to the surface in a way where everyone is jumping on board to believe in these things and fight these things. But I think the darkness of season 2 is kind of realistic. And it s refreshing to me, because I m really sick of things that should be addressed being taboo, and being in denial of certain aspects of our society. Because when you re in denial, nothing will be improved upon or addressed. 现在，这段故事将由《天地劫》手游来续写，游戏的背景设定是在《天地劫：神魔至尊传》的100多年之后，虽然使用的是老IP，但讲述的却是一个全新的故事，这对于老玩家来说，算是诚意满满。所以这次的《天地劫》手游实际上是老瓶装新酒，目的还是为了吸引更多的新玩家加入，同时又能够让老玩家重温曾经的感动。
手游代理被越来越多的用户所了解，但是随着手游市场的蓬勃发展，手游代理市场鱼龙混杂，一些游戏平台都是一些皮包公司，趁着手游市场火热在骗取玩家代理费用，也正是这个原因让不少用户对手游代理这一行业心存芥蒂。实际上，做手游代理这个项目是非常靠谱的，但是可能在选择平台的时候会遇到小平台，要是真是加盟到这样的小品台那就会有风险了。亚洲投注(Photo by A24 Films)Is there an actor or director or a screenwriter whose work you always love? Regardless of what they make, you know you re going to watch it.Barry Jenkins has just consistently done such gorgeous work. Wong Kar-Wai has such a lovely aesthetic… And then when I even think about it one step further, I m like actually, and then Barry Jenkins was really influenced by Wong Kar-Wai. I m sensing a theme here.Do you binge watch TV?I definitely do. And ever since coronavirus, I ve been watching a lot of Asian dramas and things.What have you been watching lately?I just finished Triad Princess on Netflix.Do you do most of your screenings from your couch or in theaters?Definitely not in theaters now. In general, I do things from home anyways, other than film festivals. It s film festivals or home and lately, of course, it s just been home.What about a favorite screening snack?I m pretty boring with this one. Popcorn s good!(Photo by Miramax)What’s a Rotten thing that you love?The Rotten movie I love echoes the one I watched repeatedly, which is Velvet Goldmine. Because it s so experimental and unabashedly queer, I think it gets a bad rap from the everyday moviegoer looking for something more conventional.Do you go in cold when you re reviewing or do you try to learn as much as you can, spoilers be damned?I definitely do more research, especially because a Mediaversity review is different than other ones, which might be coming out earlier and summarize a plot and let people know about a movie. On my end, we dive pretty deep and a lot of our reviews have spoilers. I do a lot of research.How does that influence your perspective on how the story is told? Do you think that it does?Yeah, it definitely affects it. An example might be the movie Waves. If you re just looking at the trailer, it definitely looks like it s a Black movie – predominantly people of color in the cast. And then if you find out that, oh, the director is white, then there s more of a story there and it makes you wonder maybe like why this was the chosen subject matter. And then that just usually will lead to some interesting answers.Do you read other reviews before you write your own?Probably three quarters of the time, I ll read other reviews. It helps me understand what the general conversation is. And then that way, again, because my reviews come out later, I like to add something new to the conversation. I try to make sure I m not just repeating what everybody has already said.
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(Photo by © Warner Brothers)Hear Us Out is a semi-regular column in which guest contributors and editors venture forth a take that’s sure to get fans talking. It s been 15 years since Warner Brothers remake of House of Wax arrived in American theaters, gave slasher fans the brief thrill of seeing Paris Hilton speared through the head with a metal pipe, and quickly melted from people s memories to live in obscurity with most of the 2000s horror output. The movie, directed by Jaume Collett-Sera – who went on to make bats t killer- kid movie Orphan, a bunch of Liam Neeson action flicks, and Disney s upcoming Jungle Cruise – was largely lashed by critics (its Tomatometer is 26%) and ignored by audiences. To the extent that it comes up in conversation, it s mostly thanks to Hilton and her gory on-screen demise.On the anniversary of its May 6, 2005 release, we think the movie – and yes, even Hilton s turn in it – deserves a second look. (And if you re anything like this writer, a third, fourth, and fifth.) The 2000s was a mostly rough time for studio horror, especially slashers. The decade had its bright spots, though they often weren t recognized as such at the time: The Strangers and the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes were neither hits nor critical darlings upon release, but have taken on cult status as audiences discovered their sinister charms over the years. House of Wax is due for a similar rediscovery.The movie is only a very loose remake of the 1953 Vincent Price film of the same name, which surely put the critics off right from the outset; there is a disfigured killer murdering people to use in wax displays, and there is a museum, but the similarities are faint-to-nonexistent from there. The 2005 House of Wax is actually more a reworking of 1979 s Tourist Trap, a far less revered property. A group of road-tripping teens is divided when one of their cars runs into trouble and a couple of them go searching for help only to discover a deserted town with a very strange old museum at its center. Cue the demented murder-twins-slash-wax-artists.It s hardly original stuff – a kinda remake of one movie and reworking of another, all stitched together with a bunch of cliches – but the execution is thrilling. Here are just five reasons why you should take the time to revisit this house, or dare enter for the first time.DIRECTOR JAUME COLLETT-SERA KNOWS WHAT HE S DOING(Photo by © Warner Brothers)Since House of Wax, director Collett-Sera has made a reputation for doing a whole lot with not much. His Liam Neeson films – Unknown, The Commuter, Non-Stop, Run All Night – always feel a cut above the average action programmer, and he managed to direct Orphan – yes, the one in which the kid turns out to be a 33-year-old prostitute – into near-Fresh territory (its Tomatometer is 56%). He shows his skill with elevating thin material throughout House of Wax, playing with once-tired slasher tropes like stalker cam to gleefully suspenseful ends. A scene set inside a movie theater, in which Final Girl Carly (Elisha Cuthbert) hides among wax figures, is expertly crafted nail-biting stuff. Also, Collett-Sera has a great eye for casting: the creepy truck driver we meet early on is played by Damon Herriman, who would go on to impress as Dewey Crowe in Justified and blow minds as Charles Manson in Mindhnunter. THE PRODUCTION DESIGN IS INNOVATIVE AND GENUINELY CREEPY(Photo by © Warner Brothers)A movie titled House of Wax lives or dies by its titular location: Audiences walk in expecting a creepy-as-hell museum made of wax – it’s why they ponied up to the box office in the first place – so you sure as hell better give it to them. Collett-Sera and the production designers deliver, and then some, with not just a house of wax, but an entire town. The central museum is an inspired house of horrors, entirely made of wax, with a smooth Art Deco exterior, threatening gallery rooms inside, and a memorable warren of tunnels and dungeons below, their walls lined with wax-covered bodies for maximum freakout effect. The finale, in which the entire museum melts down like a giant candle, is wonderfully realized, with Cuthbert and co-star Chad Michael Murray sinking into soupy stairs and a soupier bed as they escape their stalker – the wax in the scene is actually peanut butter – before clawing their way out through the building’s softening exterior walls.The town of Ambrose itself is unlike the usual tiny towns that slasher victims discover on their ill-advised short cuts; it feels self-consciously Art Deco and eerily well-preserved, like a section of a theme park playing at being classic, a place that is hiding from the world rather than forgotten by it. The vibe comes courtesy of producer Joel Silver, who directed the production designers to take inspiration from the Eritrean capital of Asmara, which is known for Modernist buildings built by Italian colonizers in the 1930s.IT DELIVERS MEMORABLE SLASHER AND TORTURE-PORN MOMENTS(Photo by © Warner Brothers)House of Wax arrived at a strange time for studio horror, and by most people’s assessments, not a time particularly marked by quality output. The slasher revival kicked off by Scream in the mid-to-late 1990s had not really delivered a “revival” at all, with imitators from I Know What You Did Last Summer to Urban Legend offering such diminishing returns that audiences stopped showing interest. Meanwhile, “torture porn” had officially arrived, buzz-saws and head cages in tow: just six months after House of Wax was released, the second Saw movie opened, and a few months after that Eli Roth’s Hostel took things up a notch.Wax was one of a few mid-2000s slasher remakes with a town-of-hicks angle – The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre among them – that tried to straddle both genres, mixing scenes of knife-wielding maniacs chasing girls up (sometimes melty) stairs with scenes of young hot things trapped in metal contraptions and tortured. And the film managed to conjure memorable moments in both styles. We’ll never forget the genuinely suspenseful sequence in which Carly, trapped underground with her lips glued shut, tries to get her brother’s attention by waving a finger at him through a metal grate in the floor, only to have maniacal Bo snip it off with cutting pliers. Just as memorable: Moments later, Carly rips apart those glued-together lips to scream for help. (Cuthbert insisted the production use real glue on set – though it was a softer variety than Crazy Glue.)Equally, torture-porn set pieces devoted to the art of turning a young tourist into a wax figure linger, with Collett-Sera sparing us no detail as Jared Padalecki’s Wade is injected with a paralyzing agent, stripped of his hair, set up in a hilariously elaborate gothic device, and blasted with boiling wax.PARIS HILTON DOESN T EMBARRASS HERSELF – IN FACT, SHE S GOOD(Photo by © Warner Brothers)Of course, the most memorable moment in House of Wax belongs to then ubiquitous socialite Paris Hilton, who – after a satisfying chase scene – is impaled by a metal pole thrown at her like a javelin. Warner Brothers’ marketing had gone out with the slogan “See Paris Die!” and Collett-Sera made sure to fulfill the promise, keeping his camera trained on the actress as her head – or at least a prop version of it – slides down the pole. Like videos of wet sand or slime on YouTube, it’s “oddly satisfying” to watch.The thing that often gets lost in the focus on Hilton’s big death scene, though, is that she’s actually pretty good as Paige in the scenes that require her to do more than scream and run for her life in red lingerie. (Yes, she dies in her knickers.) Like, well, Paris Hilton herself, the character of Paige is detached and narcissistic, but there’s something fascinating about her – a flatness that draws you on. She’s also given a bit more story than the slasher sidekick blonde often is, and when called for it, she shows a sharp sense of humor about herself and her public persona. (Side note: Hilton was totally on board with the “See Paris die!” tagline, and even asked WB if she could make T-shirts with the slogan herself.)IT S AN UNINTENTIONAL LOVE LETTER TO THE 2000s IN THE MOST COMFORTING WAY(Photo by © Warner Brothers)And not just because of the Paris factor. Like the town of Ambrose itself, House of Wax is a time capsule, and watching it today is strangely comforting – especially if you’re longing for the simpler days of playing Snake 2 on your NOKIA. The movie came out just before technology evolved to a level where a plot like this would strain credulity (OK, strain credulity even more than it already does): there’s no smart phone GPS to instantly tell them where they’re lost; no Waze to tell the secondary players how to get to the stadium and avoid the traffic jam; no quick and easy way to Google what the hell happened in this town of Ambrose; no Yelp! to discover the presumably awful reviews this museum has been getting. Instead we have old-school flip phones, wielded by the stars of some of the MOST mid-2000s TV shows: Cuthbert of 24; Padalecki of Gilmore Girls; Murray of One Tree Hill.And velour tracksuits (guess who?). And in a glorious final flourish, My Chemical Romance over the credits. The only thing House of Wax is missing is a pair of blood-splattered UGGs.But then it would be perfect, and imperfection is a big part of this slasher gem s charm.House of Wax was released on May 6, 2005. Buy or rent it on FandangoNOW, Vudu, Amazon, YouTube, or iTunes.
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ers. The pandemic matters. While we can probably expect another strongly-worded “I told you so” from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) this week, the numbers do not lie. Streaming or not, since the end of June, when F9 opened, only two films have grossed more than 2.5 times its opening weekend: The Boss Baby: Family Business (3.42x), which was also streaming for free on Peacock, and The Forever Purge (3.47x), which was exclusively in theaters. Here is a breakdown of the rest.THEATER EXCLUSIVEF9 (2.43 / 7 weeks)Old (2.27 / 3 weeks)Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (1.94 / 3 weeks)Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2.51 / 4 weeks)The Green Knight (1.77 / 2 weeks)Stillwater (1.92 / 2 weeks)DISNEY PREMIER ACCESSBlack Widow (2.16 / 5 weeks)Jungle Cruise (1.86 / 2 weeks)HBO MAX (SINCE GODZILLA VS. KONG)Mortal Kombat (1.81)Those Who Wish Me Dead (2.59)The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2.70)In the Heights (2.58)Space Jam: A New Legacy (2.08 / 4 weeks)But let’s not let the HBO Max decision off the hook either. Repeat business seems to be at a stand still until we get a true all-clear on COVID and Delta, and streaming only doubles down on that. So the opening weekend is more crucial than ever before. The Suicide Squad is just the seventh film during this time to start with over million, joining HBO Max compatriots Godzilla vs. Kong and Space Jam: A New Legacy. The former stretched its legs through a still-wide open marketplace while vaccine hope was at its peak; the latter dropped like a stone and may end up with the worst multiple for a family film this year.We could just drop all the variables and statistics and know that in our hearts, Gunn’s film goes nowhere south of million in normal times. And that is as conservative as it gets. The top “R”-rated opening in August is still Straight Outta Compton, with .2 million, so it s hard to even suggest that a high-profile DC film whose almost universally-maligned “PG-13” effort is the highest opening weekend ever in August with 3.68 million wouldn t make million or more. Not when both Deadpools opened to over 5 million, Joker to over million, and Logan with .4 million.The only thing we know for sure is that this year, in our current circumstances, The Suicide Squad will not be joining the 0 million club and the odds are very much in favor that nothing from the rest of Warner Brothers lineup for 2021 will be invited in either.The Top Ten And Beyond: Jungle Cruise Sailing Towards 0 Million Last week’s no. 1 film is showing some potential to eventually join the 0 million club. Jungle Cruise fell 55% to .7 million this weekend. In this environment that actually constitutes a victory given that it is the lowest drop for a no. 1 film in its second weekend since Spiral fell 47.5% from a meager start of .7 million. That puts Jungle’s 10-day toll at million, which is ahead of Godzilla vs. Kong’s .05 million at 10 days, though with that film’s Wednesday opening it only had four weekend days to accumulate that total compared to Jungle’s six. Nevertheless, it is still a better second weekend than GvK’s .88 million, so we’ll give Jungle Cruise a puncher’s chance of breaking that ceiling.M. Night Shyamalan’s Old fell back just a single spot for the third straight week. It is right in line with The Forever Purge’s third weekend of .1 million. Overall, it is still ahead of that film’s pace by almost million, so look for Old’s final tally to be in the range of million, just getting over Lady in the Water’s total and avoiding being the lowest-grossing film of Shyamalan’s post-Sixth Sense career. Black Widow dropped to fourth place with million, which is the third-best fifth weekend this year behind A Quiet Place Part II (.19 million) and F9 (.82 million). Still, it did pass F9 this week and now certainly has a lock to claim the crown of summer champion, not to mention fairly decent odds to compete for the highest-grossing film of the year, with possibly No Time to Die and Spider-Man: No Way Home as its biggest challengers.(Photo by © A24)Amongst last weekend’s adult entries, Stillwater dropped 45% to .86 million and stands total at million. It looks like Focus Features, which has put every one of its 13 films into theaters since Kajillionaire last September, is going to have its highest-grossing film of the pandemic – but just its second to pass million and one which is unlikely to hit million. The Green Knight is just A24’s third theatrical release during this time and their numbers have actually gone up. From Oscar nominee Minari (.1 million) to Zola (.1 million) and now to David Lowery’s film (the first in the company s history to start in third place), which has earned million so far.On The Vine: A Background Player and the Queen of SoulThings get a little more crowded in theaters next week. Delayed multiple times since last year, audiences can finally see Ryan Reynolds as a video game character trying to escape in Free Guy (which critics are digging). More folks are trying to rob Stephen Lang’s abusive blind guy in Don’t Breathe 2, and Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of Aretha Franklin in the biopic, Respect. All three films will be exclusive to theaters.Full List of Box Office Results: August 6-8, 2021
(Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)Whitney Friedlander for Rotten Tomatoes: You re playing three versions of the same person. Does that make it harder than just playing three different characters?James Wolk: In some ways, it is more challenging because you can t just go and create three different characters. You have to really think about, in a nuanced way, how someone s life can change in 10 years. So it s basically creating the same backstory from birth until 21. And then everyone takes a divergent road.Obviously, costumes and makeup play a part in this. But does that also affect your posture, your cadence, etc.?Yeah, absolutely. All three versions of this guy are so different, right? You have the rock star, who is super confident versus the nurse, who s down on his luck. I think that s a posture thing, for sure — just the way we hold ourselves when we re feeling really confident versus when we re feeling down on our luck. And then the cop, who s to me is kind of like a big kid. So he s just kind of like a big Labrador. Wardrobe help big time. There s wigs. there s a beard expert that came in and hand-laid that beard for each for each time I was rock star (Photo by NBC Entertainment)The musician character, naturally, performs a lot and the police officer sings in the pilot. You can sing. But do you play the guitar and the piano?I sing, but I sing to my kids: my four-year-old and my two-year-old. So what you hear is my voice. I do play guitar. But they did bring in a guitar aficionado to really play it. That is me singing. That is me playing guitar. And when you hear it in the mix, you re hearing the guitars, but you re getting my voice because my guitar skills are like that of a camp counselor. I can play, like, Cats in the Cradle and a couple of songs around the fire. I don t have rock-star technique.And there was a great vocal coach in Chicago. I haven t sung seriously since high school when I used to do high school musicals. And they brought in this guy and he was amazing. He added two notes to the top of my register that I never thought I could hit.In all versions of this, Joe is successful. He s a really good nurse. He s an extremely successful musician. He s a really good cop. Was that interesting? Were there conversations about having a Joe who wasn t doing well in his career?It s interesting. Nurse Joe is down on his luck, but it s with his marriage. They all have their thing [that s not going well] like, in their show, his marriage isn t going well. Music Joe: he s always wanted to be a dad. It appears in the pilot that his dad passed away on 9/11 and there s a whole backstory that will come out as the series goes on. I think, he has always wanted to replicate that father-son relationship. For him, he and his wife deal with infertility. With Cop Joe, he never moved on with his life. He froze in time; he has Peter Pan syndrome. So they all have something that s eating at all of them.You keep calling them Music Joe or Cop Joe. Is that what you call them on set or are there nicknames for them?We should get nicknames for them.(Photo by Jaimie Trueblood / © AMC / Courtesy: Everett Collection)This isn t the first time you ve played characters with a sort-of double life. You did the short-lived series Lone Star. And even your character on Mad Men, Bob Benson (pictured), had a sort of double life because he was a gay man living in the closet. Is there something that draws you to these characters?Subconsciously, I m attracted to that duality. I think that I m someone who went on this path to become an actor. But prior to this, I had so many different interests. I was attracted to that script because I felt like I had a lot of ways I wanted to go at 21 — like vastly different ways. Like grad school. Or did I want to pursue acting? Or did I want to stay in my hometown of Michigan? Or did I want to go to New York?Each one of those choices would have led me to completely different paths. I m married with two kids now. And I m in love with my wife, and I have these two amazing kids. Had I made a different choice, the probability is that I would have a totally different family. So that concept is really interesting to me.And then along those lines, Lone Star and Bob Benson: just the idea of the faces we show versus who we really are inside? It also interests me.Ordinary Joe premieres at 10 p.m. September 20 on NBC.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
In 2011, HBO’s Game of Thrones, the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s popular A Song of Ice and Fire book series, was unleashed upon the seven continents with the 100% Tomatometer-rated episode “Winter Is Coming.” This episode was written by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff and directed by HBO vet Tim Van Patten, who set the chessboard for subsequent seasons as they introduced dozens of characters who would eventually be battling ice zombies, traveling between continents, and taking part in some horrifying weddings.In the world of Game of Thrones, there is a thin line between characters being good and bad. The same can be said for the current 67 episodes: 66 of them are Fresh, 21 have 100% Tomatometer scores, and the rest mostly fall into the 90-100% Tomatometer range. With the overall 67-episode average at 94.2%, we wanted to know what factors contribute to making an episode truly rōvēgrie (High Valyrian for “great”) at 95% or more — as opposed to just really, really good.In an effort to figure out what makes up the best possible episode of GoT, we channeled our inner Maester and consulted our local Three-Eyed Raven to guide us through our research, and now that our watch has ended, we’ve identified some patterns and trends that are important to crafting the perfect episode.Read on, but beware: Spoilers will be flowing like wine at a party thrown by Tyrion Lannister.Season 1 Is the Best(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Season 1 averages a 98.1% score on the Tomatometer, making it the highest-scoring season. It’s followed by season 4 (97%), season 2 (96.7%), season 3 (93.2%), season 6 (92.6%), season 7 (91.6%) and season 5 (90.1%). Season 7 is also the only season without a 100%-rated episode.Fourth Episodes Have the Highest Critical Rating(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Four is the lucky number in the GoT world, with fourth episodes averaging a 98.4% Tomatometer score. Three of the seven fourth episodes to date have 100% Tomatometer scores, with season 2’s “Garden of Bones” (96%), season 4’s “Oathkeeper” (98%), season 5 s Sons of the Harpy (98%), and season 7’s “The Spoils of War” (97%) coming close. We noticed while reading the fourth-episode reviews on Rotten Tomatoes that the following phrases appeared frequently: “cruising along,” “things are picking up speed again,” and “this episode moved the plot forward more than the previous three combined,” suggesting that critics must appreciate the pacing of these episodes, which may be one explanation why fourth episodes have the highest Tomatometer average.It’s worth noting that the only episode of seasons 6 and 7 to receive a 100% Tomatometer score is “Book of the Stranger” (season 6, episode 4). The episode was hailed as “Game of Thrones at its best” because it “got down to business” and featured Daenerys walking through fire and emerging naked, with hair and flesh perfectly untouched by the flame. The character similarly survived a massive fire in the 100%-rated season 1 finale, “Fire and Blood,” as well — with dragons no less.Which grouping of episodes have the lowest Tomatometer average? The average for sixth episodes is 86.4%, which, in the GoT world, is considered almost Rotten.Massive Battles Are Great (As Long as Major Characters Win — Or Lose, but Still Live)(Photo by HBO)In anticipation of the epic battles involving zombie dragons and massive armies that will surely occur in season 8, we looked at the highest rated battle episodes from prior seasons.“Blackwater” (100%; season 2, episode 9), “The Rains of Castamere” (100%; season 3, episode 9), and “Hardhome” (100%; season 5, episode 8) are perfect examples of episodes delivering massive battles that feature supposed heroes losing and major characters surviving to fight another day. In true GoT style, many supporting characters are slaughtered (R.I.P., Karsi). But despite losing the battle, characters like Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister are kept on the chessboard to fight another day.In the show’s other battle-heavy episodes — including “The Watchers on the Wall” (91%; season 4, episode 9), “The Dance of Dragons” (89%; season 5, episode 9), “Battle of the Bastards” (98%; season 6, episode 9), “Stormborn” (98%; season 7, episode 2), and “The Spoils of War” (96%; season 7, episode 4) — the hero was victorious and secondary characters (Ygritte, Rickon Stark, a couple of Sand Snakes) were killed.There is, of course, an exception to the rule: dragons.Season 3 s fourth episode And Now His Watch Has Ended was the first in which the dragons took part in the fight — in this case, with the Unsullied against their former masters. Daenerys won the day, and the episode scored 100%. Similarly, season 7 s fourth episode, The Spoils of War, in which Daenerys took Drogon out to meet the Lannister army, scored a very high 97%. But in the same season s sixth episode, “Beyond the Wall” (82%; season 7, episode 6), the Night King killed Viserion, and the episode scored an 84% — he was resurrected(ish), but dead and mobile is still mostly dead. It was a Night King victory.It’s worth noting that director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed both “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” will be back to direct two episodes of season 8. For the sake of the Tomatometer score, the major characters will survive any new battle scenes (even if they lose) and there are no more dragon deaths!Related: Everything We Know About Game of Thrones Season 8”What Is the Ideal Number of Locations?(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Each episode of GoT features an average of five locations, and it’s interesting to note that GoT is at its best when episodes are either scaled back to one or two locations — including “Blackwater,” “The Watchers on the Wall,” and “Battle of the Bastards,” averaging 97.3% — or spread to seven or more locations — like the excellent “The Pointy End” (100%; season 1, episode 8) or “Book of the Stranger” (100%; season 6, episode 4), averaging 94.4%. This is good news for season 8, which will bring dozens of characters from many locations together so they can battle the Night King (and his growing horde of undead warriors). We’re thinking the first few episodes will take place all over the Seven Kingdoms until the final showdown, which should take place on a massive centralized battlefield. Or a massive showdown will occur in the first few episodes, and the survivors will then fight skirmishes all over Westeros in the final episodes as wights overrun castle after castle and the Night King heads to King s Landing to teach Cersei some manners. This is Game of Thrones — anything can happen.Massive Weddings = 100% Tomatometer Scores(Photo by HBO)Five of seven GoT episodes featuring important weddings have 100% Tomatometer scores. What do these episodes have in common? They feature very expensive weddings that take place in front of large crowds. Episodes like “The Rains of Castamere,” “The Lion and the Rose” (season 4, episode 2), and “Winter Is Coming” (season 1, episode 1) go BIG with their weddings that end horribly for some.“Valar Morghulis” (91%; season 2, episode 10) and
《真三国无双霸》是一款真三国无双系列的ARPG动作类手游，目前这款游戏已正式上线，下面我们就一起来看一下游戏玩法内容介绍吧。 Few industries enjoy taking really, really long extended holiday vacations quite like Hollywood, and when we get to this time of the year, there s rarely much in the realm of movie development news to discuss. With that in mind, last week we looked back at 12 of the year’s top Fresh Development stories, presented to you in monthly chronology. The year-in-review continues this week with the “Rotten Ideas” of the year (setting aside, of course, most of the COVID-19-related bad news, which is all bad).JANUARY: TRANSFORMERS TO BE REBOOTED (POSSIBLY AS BEAST WARS, RAWWWRRR) (Photo by ©Paramount Pictures)In 2018, Paramount released their Transformers prequel Bumblebee to a surprising critical reaction and a Certified Fresh rating of 91%. Part of the Rotten Idea here relates directly to that: rather than continuing from that point (after five Transformers movies that ranged from 15% to 58%, all Rotten), Paramount is opting for new reboot projects. The reason for dropping the solo Transformers spin-off concept of Bumblebee is probably related to the 8 million Bumblebee made versus the + billion the two previous Transformers movies earned, but there s also no guarantee that new reboots will do any better, either. Anyway, we learned in January that Paramount is indeed developing two separate Transformers reboots from separate screenwriters. The two screenwriters ostensibly still working on rebooting Transformers are James Vanderbilt (Indepdence Day: Resurgence, White House Down) and Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, itself an attempt to start a new franchise that didn t take off). Paramount didn t give any premise details for either project, but around that time, there was a rumor that one of them might be Beast Wars, the Transformers line that transforms into animals instead of modes of transportation. Here are some other possible premises.FEBRUARY: UNIVERSAL TO MEET THE MISTER FROM FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AUTHOR (Photo by ©Universal Pictures)Wasting very little time, from 2015 to 2018, Universal-owned Focus Features released their three adaptations of the Fifty Shades trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey, Rotten at 25%; Fifty Shades Darker, Rottten at 11%; and Fifty Shades Freed, Rotten at 12%). In February, just before the idea of people getting super intimate without masks seemed in possibly extremely bad taste, a heated bidding war, Universal Pictures also won the rights to author E.L. James 2019 novel called The Mister. The book tells the story of a wealthy British aristocrat who falls in love with his Albanian housekeeper, unaware that she is on the run from human traffickers. E.L. James next novel has not yet been announced, and there has been no news about The Mister since February.MARCH: VIN DIESEL CONFIRMS SEQUEL PLANS FOR THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (Photo by Scott Garfield/©Summit Entertainment)Vin Diesel has arguably become synonymous with his most successful franchise, the Fast Furious movies. Obviously, he stars in other movies (like this year s comic book adaptation Bloodshot, Rotten at 35%, or as the voice of Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies), but when most people think of Vin Diesel, they probably think Fast Furious first. Perhaps looking for another possible franchise (especially with Fast Furious 11 in 2023 or so expected to be the last in that run), Diesel is now talking about his plans for a sequel to the 2015 fantasy action adventure The Last Witch Hunter (Rotten at 17%). It s understandable if you can t remember that The Last Witch Hunter was even a movie (people will probably feel the same way in 2025 about Bloodshot), as it only earned million domestically. Vin Diesel confirmed in March that Lionsgate has hired a writer for the sequel (though he doesn t drop their name), and that he s sometimes approached by fans who want to see him and Michael Caine return for a sequel. (Michael Caine, incidentally, turns 88 in March, so it might be overly optimistic to expect him to return for another medieval action adventure.)APRIL: NICOLE KIDMAN THRILLER THE OTHERS GETTING MODERN REMAKE (Photo by (c)Dimension Films courtesy Everett Collection)There is a strong argument to be made that 2001 s The Others (Certified Fresh at 83%) is a close-to-perfect claustrophobic ghost story that is only aging better (partly because its visual style has been adapted by other scary movies in the last 15 years). The Others worked despite its hinging upon a twist ending during a time (late 1990s, early 2000s) when many, many horror or suspense films had such twists. One would think, therefore, that a story like The Others would be impossible to remake, since the twist is already out there for anyone who saw the original. Regardless, that s exactly what is happening, as a modern retelling of The Others has been reported to be in development at least twice this past year. The remake s producer, Renee Tab, said of the project, It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm. From a 2020 perspective, one has to wonder if the remake will involve a mother keeping her children in the house because of fears of them catching a deadly virus. Universal s production partner on the remake will be Sentient Entertainment, which also gave us the TV miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan.MAY: YET TO BE RELEASED G.I. JOE SPINOFF SNAKE EYES ALREADY GETTING SEQUEL (Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Due to COVID-19 shutting down many movie theaters, many movies that had been scheduled for 2020 have instead been shuttled back roughly a full year to a similar date in 2021. The thing is, most moviegoers, even those who are specifically G.I. Joe fans, probably don t even know right now that Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, Last Christmas) filmed a G.I. Joe spin-off in 2019 about the mute ninja assassin Snake Eyes, which was one of those movies that got bumped back a full year from 10/23/2020 to 10/22/2021 (i.e. two years after it was filmed). Despite the Rotten RT scores for both G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra (Rotten at 34%) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Rotten at 28%), and without knowing what the reaction to Snake Eyes might be, Paramount Pictures is still moving forward with development of a Snake Eyes sequel. The sequel was described in May as a deeper expansion and exploration of the G.I. Joe mythology, and screenwriter Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, who previously delivered the historical biopics Race (Fresh at 62%) and Seberg (Rotten at 34%) are the co-writers now working on the sequel.JUNE: GERARD BUTLER TO KEEP ON BUTLERIN : DEN OF THIEVES 2, NIGHT HAS FALLEN(Photo by Susie Allnutt/©Focus Features)In some ways, Gerard Butler is an old school action movie star, but the reasons he resembles 1980s and 1990s stars is that like, say, Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme, his movies frequently have Rotten Tomatometer scores. Those green splotches include 2018 s Den of Thieves (Rotten at 42%) and all three Has Fallen franchise entries: Olympus Has Fallen (Rotten at 49%), London Has Fallen (Rotten at 28%), and last year s Angel Has Fallen (Rotten at 39%). In June, Butler confirmed that that two of his upcoming projects will be sequels. One of them will be Den of Thieves 2: Pantera, which Butler described as a fun ride, spreading across North America into Europe and the diamond district of Marseilles. Then, more news about the fourth Has Fallen movie came out last month, including confirmation that the title will be Night Has Fallen.JULY: JENNIFER GREY RETURNING FOR DIRTY DANCING SEQUEL SET IN THE 1990S
亚洲投注 After a lively presentation featuring moderator Stephen Colbert, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and various members of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast, Abrams unleashed the first teaser trailer for the film, finally ending months of speculation about the film’s title and revealing a few key things. Let’s take a look and some of the things we learned from the teaser and the Star Wars Celebration presentation as Star Wars returns to the Skywalker Saga and its key ideas one last time. No One Is Ever Gone and the Palpatine Cackle(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Despite becoming one with the Force at the conclusion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) continues to offer Rey (Daisy Ridley) advice from the same place Obi-Wan counseled him long, long ago. Early in the trailer, he tells her that 1000 generations of Jedi experience lives within her, but the fight she will face is hers alone.From the start, it seems the fight will be with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her most obvious rival in this latest contest for the balance of the Force. But late in the trailer, the familiar laugh of Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) can be heard, suggesting the “great evil” Abrams teased during the panel presentation will indeed be the original Sith architect of the Empire, tying the first episode back into the ninth.McDiarmid made a brief appearance on the Celebration stage to simply say “roll it again” for an appreciative crowd.But the sense that no one is gone also informed the shots of Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. As previously reported, Abrams used material from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to keep her alive in the story. “Emotionally, everyday, it hits me that she isn’t here, but we’re still working with her every day,” he said. “She is there in these scenes — in some scenes with Billie [Lourd], her daughter. Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is mind-blowing to me.”Luke s Lightsaber Lives(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Prior to rolling the teaser, Ridley was asked about the status of the Skywalker lightsaber seemingly destroyed at the conclusion of The Last Jedi. “My answer is not the end of the story,” she said. “But the lightsaber Rey inherited from Luke lives.”This proved to be true in the teaser, with Rey igniting the laser sword shortly before Kylo’s TIE fighter reaches her on an unidentified desert planet. While the saber may not be a Star Wars: Episode I — Phantom Menace detail — Anankin (Jake Lloyd) was far too young in that film to construct it — it is one of the longest standing icons of the entire series. And while broken in the last film, its appearance here is, ultimately, appropriate.There Will Be Worlds Both Strange and Familiar(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)So let’s talk about that desert planet for a moment. Star Wars loves its deserts. Despite Luke telling C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels) that Tatooine is the planet furthest from the bright center of the universe, it is a shockingly important world in terms of galactic history during the Skywalker Era. It remains to be seen if the desert planet in the teaser is Tatoonie, Jakku, or yet another desert planet, but considering that environment’s prevalence in the Skywalker Saga, it has to be a key element of The Rise of Skywalker.But it is not the only biome one can expect to see in the film. In the teaser, we get brief shots of an icy, mountain world, a dying forest bathed in red sunlight, and even a return to the Yavin star system. During the panel, Abrams also revealed a photo featuring the Millennium Falcon and many of the characters in a jungle environment. Abrams called the film an “an epic space adventure on many worlds,” and it would appear to be true. But will the Falcon crew hop to as many worlds as the Rogue One group? Time, of course, will tell.Lando Pilots the Falcon Again(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Perhaps one of the most emotional shots in the teaser for Star Wars old-timers is the glimpse of Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) at the controls of the Millennium Falcon. As it happens, Lando is even back in his yellow-and-blue shirt from the Solo: A Star Wars Story era, recalling the circumstances under which he lost the ship in the first place. It’s a good look on Williams, who also appeared on stage with the cast. “I didn’t expect to be in this new adventure, but I got lucky,” he said when asked about returning to the role. “I regard this as a real highlight.”But he, of course, defended the scoundrel’s actions in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back when Colbert asked him about selling out the rebels to Darth Vader. “I get sick and tired of being accused of betraying Han Solo,” he joked. “He had to figure something out! Did anybody die?” he continued, pausing only as the crowd applauded. “I had to figure out a way to prevent the complete demise of my friend and his friends.”Of course, it remains to be seen if Lando will prevent any more deaths with his return to the series. But based on the character’s excitement to be back in the saddle — presumably for the first time since his Star Wars: Return of the Jedi run on the second Death Star — we can’t wait to see what he does with the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.BB-8 Has A Cute New Droid Pal(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)“BB-8 has a new friend,” said Abrams shortly before rolling the teaser. A new, even smaller droid wandered onto stage. “His name is D-O,” said the director. Looking like a tricycle wheel with a shuttlecock affixed at the top, he immediately elicited sounds of what we can only call “affection” from the crowd in attendance. He appears briefly in the teaser alongside BB-8, but both the preview and the director were mum on his ultimate role in the saga’s final chapter. Like BB-8 and the porgs before him, expect D-O to be your favorite new cute Star Wars character. Provided you enjoy cuteness in your Star Wars, that is.For those that do not — which is equally valid — the teaser also offers a brief glimpse of Kylo Ren’s helmet being reforged. Rumors persist that the long-teased Knights of Ren will finally make their debut in this story. And if they are aligned with the great evil of Palpatine, expect a certain darkness worthy of concluding Star Wars. Funny they all feature McDiarmid’s characteristic laugh.We See the Remains of the Death Star(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)Another iconic Star Wars element resurfaces in the teaser in the form of Death Star wreckage Rey, Finn (John Boyega) and the others spy in the distance. Considering the terrain, we’re assuming the piece of the infamous battle station landed on one of the planets in the Yavin system, if not the moon of Yavin IV where the rebels maintained their secret base in the original Star Wars, Rogue One, and the final season of Star Wars Rebels.The image evokes both the original film and the haunting image of a smashed Star Destroyer in the Force Awakens teaser. Of course, fans will immediately wonder how a piece of the space station could survive the explosion as depicted in Star Wars, but debris of that magnitude does not seem out of the realm of possibility. Remember all the jokes about the second Death Star raining debris across the forest moon of Endor and ending the Ewoks in the resulting ecological disaster?Despite the presumed improbability of the wreckage surviving for 30-odd years, it shook the Celebration stage audience as they saw it for the first time.When The Phantom Menace teaser first debuted 20 years ago, it boldly declared “Every Saga Has A Beginning.” The Rise of Skywalker echoes that sentiment by declaring “The Saga Comes To An End.” Despite a title more appropriate for a Star Wars prequel or reboot, The Rise of Skywalker definitely declares a conclusion to the great filmic experiment that began over 40 years ago, something that Abrams, Kennedy, and the cast stressed during the panel. And the emotions surrounding that were felt on the Celebration stage, even as the crowd cheered Rey on in her leap atop a TIE Fighter. Emotions, we expect, that people will feel when the film comes out this Christmas.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens on December 20, 2019.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.