亚博棋牌游戏平台官网采用百度引擎6（Baidu 9）(Photo by JEONG PARK/NETFLIX ©2020)In the seven years since Steve McQueen s 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture, we ve witnessed what many consider a Black cinematic renaissance, where the types of stories considered awards-worthy has expanded in scope and the varying genres of films produced by Black creators has exploded. From Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture winner Moonlight and Ava DuVernay’s Selma to Jordan Peele’s genre triumphs Get Out and Us and beyond, Black cinema thrived during the 2010s.But any student of movie history will remember the last time Black filmmaking rose to prominence. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, and Mario Van Peebles’s New Jack City began what felt like a game-changing boom. Due to white gatekeepers, however, the Black cinematic revolution ultimately went bust. In a revealing interview with The New York Times, filmmaker Darnell Martin (I Like It Like That) said: “You think, ‘It’s O.K. – you’re like every other filmmaker,’ but then you realize, No… It’s like they set us up to fail – all they wanted was to be able to pat themselves on the back like they did something.”Studios rejected richer, more varied stories from newer voices in lieu of the proven box office success of the hood films involving inner city violence, gangs, and drug abuse. The move prevented directors like Martin, Leslie Harris, Julie Dash, Matty Rich, Ernest Dickerson, Theodore Witcher, and many more from becoming household names. Considering the barriers these filmmakers faced during the 90s, it’s imperative that during the 2020s the next generation of Black filmmakers are afforded the opportunities to build upon the strides of the 2010s.With that idea in mind, this guide to up-and-coming directors already beginning to make a name for themselves aims to identify those set to follow Jenkins, DuVernay, and Peele in a further expansion of Black cinematic storytelling. These are the new Black directors to look out for – and support.Of course, any list like this can t capture every person worth singling out – if you have another favorite up-and-coming director, share in the comments. Haley Elizabeth AndersonPillars, If There Is A Light (shorts)(Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)To find a brand-new voice already so fully formed is rare. While Haley Elizabeth Anderson (above left), a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch program, first generated waves at Tribeca 2019 – Queen Latifah and Dee Rees singled out her short film If There Is a Light there – it was at Sundance 2020 that her coming-of-age short Pillars really announced her as an up-and-comer to watch; the film would win her the grand jury prize for live-action features at AFI Fest. Pillars centers around a young southern Black girl from a devout family exploring her inchoate sexuality in the church’s bathroom only to incur the wrath of her religious father. Through her evocative aesthetics and a provocative queer narrative, Elizabeth Anderson established herself as a major force with just two shorts.Blitz Bazawule
Amazon has confirmed that Delroy Lindo will play the titular role in its upcoming Anansi Boys series, based on Neil Gaiman’s bestselling novel. Lindo will play Anansi/Mr. Nancy, who is “all charm. As far as (Charlie Nancy, his estranged son) knows, (Anansi) was a lazy, charming man who cheated on Charlie s mother. But Mr. Nancy had another side to him. He was a god of stories and trickery.” The six-episode series begins filming in Scotland later this year.Shailene Woodley will headline Showtime’s Three Women, based on Lisa Taddeo’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, about three women and how their lives are changed by their messy, complicated love lives. Taddeo spent eight years chronicling their lives, and Woodley will play a writer who’s documenting the women’s stories, just as Taddeo did for her book. Taddeo is also writing the series, which begins filming this fall, Deadline reports. Meanwhile, Showtime announced Jurassic World: Dominion star DeWanda Wise will play Sloane, one of the titular three women, a glamorous entrepreneur in a committed open marriage until two sexy new strangers threaten her love story.Matt Bomer and Michelle Monaghan will star in the Netflix mystery thriller Echoes, about identical twins who secretly swap lives, with two homes, two husbands, and a child in the mix. Monaghan plays both twins, Leni and Gina, whose world blows up when Leni goes missing. Bomer plays Leni’s husband, Jack, a veterinarian who may be the one with the most to lose with Leni’s disappearance.Hamilton Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of Apple TV+’s Shining Girls, a thriller starring Elisabeth Moss as a reporter who’s a victim of a brutal attack and then tries to hunt down her attacker. Soo will play the “intelligent and sure-footed” researcher who works at a planetarium in the series, based on the 2013 bestselling novel by author Lauren Beukes. (Deadline)The Fringe alum Anna Torv has been cast in HBO’s The Last of Us videogame adaptation, playing Tess, a survivor and smuggler in the post-apocalyptic world of the series.Related: Everything We Know About The Last of Us HBO SeriesEmmy, Oscar, and Tony winner Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast of Showtime’s The First Lady, where she’ll play Sara Delano Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who will be played by Kiefer Sutherland in the series. PS: someone get Burstyn a great audiobook project, so she has a shot at completing that EGOT! (Deadline)David Makes Man alum Nick Creegan will play Marquis Jet, Jada Jet’s (Robin Givens) son on Batwoman. (Deadline)True Blood alum Joe Manganiello has joined AMC’s moon-set series Moonhaven, playing Tomm, the assistant to the Earth’s diplomat to the moon. Tomm’s plans are changed, though, when he’s shot up with a Moon drug. (TVLine)Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon has joined The Big Leap, the Fox dramedy that’s a show-within-a show about a group of down on their luck people trying to change their lives by competing on a reality show that ends with a production of Swan Lake. Scott Foley stars in the series, while Lennon will play the head of unscripted programing at the TV network airing the show-within-the show. (Deadline)RuPaul, Ike Barinholtz, and Lauren Ash will star in the Netflix animated comedy Chicago Party Aunt, about life of the party Diane (Ash), whose motto is, “When life gives you lemons, turn that s into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.” Today we are excited to start our Product update blog, which will allow us to keep you informed of changes and updates on Rotten Tomatoes.Over the past 18 months, we’ve made a number of updates at Rotten Tomatoes, all in an effort to streamline the site and provide users with a more enriched experience. These updates include the launch of a new visual identity (you don’t hate the red anymore, right?); the creation of new original editorial, video, and social content (check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram); and a revamped Tomatometer critics criteria that better reflects the current media landscape, increases inclusion, and more fully serves the global entertainment audience.We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, but let’s get to what you really want to hear about!Starting this week, Rotten Tomatoes will launch the first of several phases of updates that will refresh and modernize our Audience Rating System. We’re doing it to more accurately and authentically represent the voice of fans, while protecting our data and public forums from bad actors.As of February 25, we will no longer show the Want to See percentage score for a movie during its pre-release period. Why you might ask? We’ve found that the Want to See percentage score is often times confused with the Audience Score percentage number. (The Audience Score percentage, for those who haven’t been following, is the percentage of all users who have rated the movie or TV show positively – that is, given it a star rating of 3.5 or higher – and is only shown once the movie or TV show is released.)What you will now see at the top of a movie or TV page, once it has been released, is this:What else are we doing? We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie s release date. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.Last but not least, you will notice we are making some layout changes to the site. Through our research department we have learned that our users would prefer a cleaner, less cluttered, presentation of the Tomatometer and Audience Score. Don’t worry, the information and data are still there (promise!).We hope you enjoy these changes. Please leave feedback in the comment section below. We are taking notes.Thanks for reading, and we ll see you at the movies.
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(Photo by Netflix)David Fincher s Mank came out the big winner when the nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards were announced on Monday morning. The black-and-white story of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz earned a whopping 10 nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and more. Beyond that, noms were fairly evenly spread out between awards-season big hitters The Trial of the Chicago 7, Minari, Judas and the Black Messiah, Nomadland, The Father, Promising Young Woman, and – with several welcome surprise nominations – Sound of Metal.History was made in the Best Director category, with two women nominated for the award for the first time – Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). Elsewhere, Minari s Yuh-jung Youn became the first Korean actress to ever be nominated for an Oscar and Glenn Close – also nominated for Best Supporting Actress – now has eight nominations to her name, joining the ranks of Denzel Washington, Marlon Brando, and Peter O Toole. And we ll have more stats and info in our snubs and surprises feature, coming soon.Recommended: Printable 2021 Oscar Ballot for Your Oscar PoolRecommended: Rotten Tomatoes Predicts the 2021 Oscar Nominations!Recommended: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2021 Oscar NominationsRecommended: All the Winners of the 2020 Golden Tomato AwardsCheck out the full list of the 2021 Oscar nominees below:Best Picture
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0.52.2 0月喜迎(Photo by Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)All Jim Carrey Movies Ranked by TomatometerEarth Girls Are Easy sounds like one of those debased projects that occur either at the beginning of a career, out of naivete, or at the end of one, out of desperation. But we doubt Jim Carrey looks back on the 1988 comedy with embarassment, and probably not his co-stars Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, and Geena Davis either. It s silly, it s Fresh, and it helped Carrey land In Living Color. And that show helped make the man who would talk out of his ass on the big screen, to the delight of millions. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective made over 0 million, and that was the lowest-grossing of Carrey s comedies that year, behind Dumb Dumber and The Mask.After that breakout in 1994, Carrey was locked and loaded to be the manic centerpiece of 1995 s summer blockbuster event: Playing the Riddler in Batman Forever. The comic book caper was the highest-grossing movie of the year the same couldn t be said about 1996 s The Cable Guy, Carrey s first box office bomb. Fret not: He sprung back in 1997 with Liar Liar, and The Truman Show in 1998.Part of Carrey s early enduring quality was a subtle sensitivity hiding beneath the flailing limbs and facial contortions, and the sudden pathos that could erupt from his oddball characters. Carrey began displaying this knack for drama more nakedly in serious projects like Man on the Moon, where he transformed into his comedy idol Andy Kaufman, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the most memorably melancholic romance of recent decades. Of course, Carrey continued to crowd-please with slapstick like Fun With Dick and Jane, Bruce Almighty, Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Yes Man.After a quiet decade pursuing personal hobbies and middling movie work, Carrey spin-dashed into the 2020s with Sonic the Hedgehog, playing iconic villain Dr. Robotnik (see where it landed on the video game movies list). Today, though, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Cable Guy, which rebounded from its lowly box office performance to become a cult classic. See where it ranks in his filmography as we rank Jim Carrey movies by Tomatometer!
The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe storms into theaters this weekend, helping to bridge the gap between last year s Avengers: Infinity War and next month s Avengers: Endgame. Writers across the internet have speculated what Captain Marvel might mean for female moviegoers especially young ones since it s the first MCU movie to be centered on a sole female superhero, but how kid-friendly is it, exactly? Christy Lemire breaks it down for families looking to take their kids to the theaters this weekend.NOW IN THEATERS
Nine Perfect Strangers, Hulu’s star-studded adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel, follows a group of people from various backgrounds who visit a wellness center called Tranquillum House for what they believe to be a 10-day restorative retreat.But this is not a vacation they will soon forget. Run by mysterious and ethereal Masha Dmitrichenko (Nicole Kidman) and her minions including Yao (Manny Jacinto) and Delilah (Tiffany Boone), the resort offers the promise of restoration and healing. But at what cost?As the characters and the audience begin to question Masha’s motives, the situation becomes complicated, and it grows harder for guests to leave Tranquillum House before check-out.Rotten Tomatoes spoke to the series cast and rounded up nine things you need to know about Nine Perfect Strangers before it premieres August 18.1. It’s Not a Horror Series(Photo by Hulu)Despite the premise set up with that logline — All is not well — series director Jonathan Levine said this is a show that “really transcends genre.”“I certainly thought about horror and certainly thought about thrillers,” he said during the show’s Television Critics Association summer press tour panel. “But at the end of the day, even though we’re playing with those tropes, I think, for me, it was about character and about these beautiful people that you kind of empathize with and fall in love with.”Still, he said, “We certainly were playing with the audience s expectations and using genre as a vehicle to tell this story and to keep it compelling.”2. But It Is a Show About Pain(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)The series discusses pain, but the emotional not what you’d find in a slasher flick. Regina Hall’s (pictured) Carmel Schneider is a divorcee who hopes things like losing weight will help her issues. Melissa McCarthy’s Frances Welty is a novelist experiencing setbacks in her career and personal life.“Doing the show made you think a lot about what you do to cover up your problems,” McCarthy said at TCA, adding that “at some point, you have to get it out. So it’s like you’re already in the midst of being miserable and suffering, so make a change. And that’s so much what I think this show is about.”3. The Guests Aren t All Strangers to Each Other(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)Michael Shannon (above right) and Asher Keddie (above center) play husband-and-wife Napoleon and Heather Marconi, who are at the wellness center with their daughter Zoe (Grace Van Patten) after experiencing a loss. Melvin Gregg (above left) and Samara Weaving play married couple Ben and Jessica Chandler, who have mastered the façade of perfection.Both families are experiencing emotional strains in their relationships. At one point, during a trust exercise, Heather’s grief consumes her so much that she considers diving off a cliff.“That was really poignant for me, actually, for the character, because it really spoke to the bigger question in the show,” Keddie told Rotten Tomatoes. “And that moment, when she is quite literally on the precipice, I think she has reached a point in her life where she actually just doesn t know how to connect anymore.”Van Patten added that “when you see Zoe, she has really pushed down a lot of her emotion and trauma and has been living in her parents’ trauma more than her own.”When Zoe encounters Masha at Tranquillum, her instinct is to run, but there’s nowhere to go.4. Fleeting Fame Is Also a Theme(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)In addition to Gregg and Weaving’s social media celebrities and McCarthy’s novelist, Bobby Cannavale’s former athlete Tony Hogburn has reached that stage in his career where people feel like the recognize him — but they don’t know why.In this case, Tony would rather you don’t know who he is.“Part of that is the wardrobe,” Cannavale told Rotten Tomatoes. “I think this guy has physically transformed himself. He s gained all this weight. And he does not want to be recognized.”Cannavale describes the character as “pretty aggressive,” but “it s behavior coming out of desperation.”“Whether he realizes it or not, I think he s trying to wake himself up,” Cannavale said. “I think he s so numbed by these drugs and by how his entire life and those relationships have been clouded over by that, I think any kind of provocation will stimulate him in the right way.”5. The Show Plays with Social Media s Perceptions of Perfection(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)Weaving’s Jessica is beautiful but also lacks self-esteem and confidence. She is addicted to her phone, which she (like everyone else) must relinquish upon check-in. It pains her that she can’t Instagram a beautiful breakfast spread at the retreat.Weaving told Rotten Tomatoes that she herself has “always had terrible anxiety” that she has managed through medication and therapy.“Anxiety is such a mental state,” she said of playing Jessica. So she tried “to see how that could manifest physically. So I gave her a scratch and some ticks and rapid eye movements and things like that.”She also “did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who suffer from body dysmorphia.”6. Tranquillum Seeks Out People Who Feel Like They’ve Exhausted All Other Options(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)Why would Jessica and Ben, who roll up in a fancy sports car, go here when they could just try couples therapy? Or when they could spend their time relaxing at a Hawaiian luxury hotel with Wi-Fi?“I think they ve done all of this stuff,” Gregg told Rotten Tomatoes. “Their life is a vacation and they tried couples therapy, but nothing is working … but she feels like the problem is bigger. So we need you need to take more extreme options.”Jacinto added, “There comes a point in all our lives where you just reach this point of desperation where you need help. You can t find it in your spouse or in your family. So you need someone to tell you that everything s gonna be OK. And, when someone is that vulnerable, there can be abuses of power and abuses of trust.”7. The Show Explores Wealth Inequality(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)Much like HBO’s The White Lotus, Nine Perfect Strangers examines the excesses and expectations of wealthy people and how some lose sight of the humanity of the staff members catering to their whims.“Diving into it more and maybe thinking about it after the project, you can’t help but sit back and think: How much money do these people have to spend?” Jacinto tells Rotten Tomatoes. “But, I mean, I’m sitting there judging them when, at the end of the day, I am such a sucker for self-improvement and for wanting to be better.”Both series embed lower-income characters into the facilities guest lists, and those characters express a degree of imposter syndrome, in which they openly remark on their worthiness to be guests. And while The White Lotus draws strict lines around its predominantly white guests and ethnically diverse staff, Nine Perfect Strangers offers more of a mix on both sides of the equation.8. Jacinto Is Here For Your The Good Place Comparisons(Photo by Vince Valitutti/Hulu)The actor, who rose to fame playing the delightful simpleton Jason Mendoza on The Good Place is aware that this is yet another series where a bunch of unsuspecting individuals arrive at a utopia lorded over by a charac
When Dear White People season 3 hit Netflix this summer, the comedy continued its streak as one of the best-reviewed shows on television. Season 3 – for which creator Justin Simien brought his dynamic cast of students back to Winchester University for junior year – is currently rated Fresh at 89% on the Tomatometer. Still packed with biting social commentary, the storylines this year broke new ground for the characters and the narrative format.Rotten Tomatoes spoke with star Logan Browning, who plays the bombastic and outspoken Samantha, who after two seasons hosting her campus radio show Dear White People, leaves her beloved show and host identity behind in the latest season. Below, the actress discusses what she s watching on TV right now, what she and Issa Rae get up to during their epic yacht parties, and season 3 of Dear White People.WHAT IS APPOINTMENT TV FOR YOU?(Photo by Jennifer Clasen/HBO)The most recent thing that I got to appointment watch was Big Little Lies, and I did that with my friend Camille because it came on every Sunday and I have HBO NOW. That s the most recent thing I was able to watch every time it came on.Rotten Tomatoes: How do you make time to watch it together?We are very considerate of each other s time. We would check in on every Saturday and be like, Hey are you busy on Sunday? Do you want to wait to watch it on Monday? And then we d always alternate whose house we re going to so no one s having to constantly host and no one s having to constantly make the trek to the other person s place. And then, of course, we d order food and we don t start it until we have our food, which gets to be a problem sometimes because it just gets later and later when you re waiting for your Postmates or Uber Eats delivery. And then, we try really, really hard not to pause it. We ll look at each other at certain moments throughout the whole thing like, Are we on the same page here? I ve tried multiple times to pause it and talk to Camille about it and she s like, No, we have to just keep going. Yes, we have to power through and we will discuss it after just like a movie. That s what it requires.WHAT’S ON YOUR DVR?Well, I m one of those people who does not have cable. I only have streaming. I have Hulu Live, but the way my life works, I never get to use it. I wouldn t know what to DVR if I had one.WHAT’S IN YOUR STREAMING QUEUE?(Photo by Netflix)I m in the middle of bingeing Queer Eye. I like to mix my fiction and my feel-good reality shows. I m also in the middle of Stranger Things. I will start Fleabag soon, though, because I have heard so many great things about it.WHAT’S COMING SOON THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR?(Photo by HBO)Oh, that s easy. Insecure season 3. That is whenever they release it — in like 2040! [laughs] I feel it s never going to be here, but I can t wait.RT: Didn t you and Issa Rae just throw a yacht party together? Did you ask her about it? I didn t. But I should have brought that up. Where s my season three, sis? We mad, Issa. We mad! [laughs] No, I know, she s busy making movies. She can live.(Photo by Netflix)Jacqueline Coley for Rotten Tomatoes: Coming into season 3, it s the students junior year and they re more mature than last season. Everybody s growing up and growing out in different ways. Talk about the maturity of this season.I think that the characters have to grow. That s a lot of what college is about: finding yourself, your voice, and just figuring out how the world wants you to behave, versus how you react to the world, versus how you want to create your own narrative for the rest of your next couple of years. All of the characters have core issues that they ll always probably deal with. I know Justin has said this before, As a writer, you want to create problems for your characters and then never solve them, and I find that fascinating because in every season we just get closer to solving these problems. But ultimately, the things in our lives that we feel are our problems are really a part of something. That s our shadow self, right? It s a part of you that will always be with you. You just learn how to work around it, with it, and through it. That s kind of what all these characters are doing. They have things in their lives that they come up against and they ve just got to figure out how to work through it. The tagline of the season is: Grow by any means necessary.RT: Samantha s in a different place this time. Talk to me about coming back to Sam without Dear White People as her thing.It s funny. Sam was always experiencing the retaliation of the radio show at her mic. That s gone this year and it s difficult for Sam. Because in the long run she hopes this will be a vacation, and that whenever she s got her life together she can come back to it. But in the end, she s like, I don t know if I m ready to really jump back into this. And when you get to that moment, you have to decide, is this thing that I ve created staying the same or is it going to change? That also happened with the show Dear White People too. Justin, Yvette [Lee Bowser, showrunner], all of the cast and crew have together created this series and now this season has been all about change. So now it s like, Well, what happens next? Do you just keep running with that? Do you create something new? In a lot of ways Sam s exploration this season parallels the show s.RT: Justin tackled two big issues within the black community this year: The Tyler Perry effect, in which a person may be thought to perpetuate stereotypes in the eyes of some, but in others estimation is an icon who fights for representation. The other issue being #MeToo through the eyes of black women. What was it like exploring those two storylines?I very much appreciated both of the storylines. I mean, with the Tyler Perry reference, as someone who worked for the man himself and grew up in Atlanta going to Tyler Perry plays and films, I m honestly grateful that Justin got to this point in his life where he can realize that there s room for all of us. I appreciate it because as a Black person in America, we are all so different and we all get to consume whatever content we want. A lot of the reason I was able to be in L.A. during the writers strike or when I wasn t working was because of the work I did with Tyler. And with the #MeToo storyline from every angle, everyone was super supportive. There are a lot of instances in and women s lives — and in men s lives — that they don t talk about because they re not sure if it was taboo or if they just unknowingly put themselves in an improper situation. What [Dear White People] shows is that opening up to people and having people not judge you when you are sharing those kinds of things with them allows for support, or it should. I feel that on so many levels.(Photo by Netflix)RT: Dear White People has been consistently rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but some still take issue with the title. What would you say to those that still cannot seem to get past the name? Ultimately, what makes this show so great is that it exists. It s art that dares to exist. This kind of art couldn t and didn t always exist on any platform. To the people who can t get past something like the title? They truly don t bother me. Because if you can t get past it, then you re not ready for it. And that s OK because the show isn t about that. The show s not trying to force anyone to do anything. The show will always exist. Maybe in 30 years it won t exist on Netflix, but it will be in the canon of television and maybe one day people will be ready for it — even if they aren t now. But for the people who are ready for it and who ve been craving it, they deserve to have it. They also deserve to have it in peace, but you know America.Dear White People seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.
亚博棋牌游戏平台官网 This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Scorsese s Killers of the Flower Moon, Flash Gordon, and the Hunger Games prequel.This WEEK S TOP STORYTAIKA WAITITI S ANIMATED FLASH GORDON WILL BE LIVE ACTION INSTEAD(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)In the summer of 2019, we first learned that Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) had been hired to write and eventually direct an animated adaptation of the classic serial sci-fi hero Flash Gordon. This week, producer John Davis was doing the PR rounds to promote Jungle Cruise, and he gave a surprising Flash Gordon update that might actually raise the reboot s profile considerably: Instead of being an animated feature as originally planned, Taika Waititi s Flash Gordon will be live action. Although there were three Flash Gordon serials from 1936 to 1940, the character has only headlined one live-action feature film in the 80 years since, which was the 1980 Flash Gordon (Certified Fresh at 83%), starring Sam Jones with a soundtrack by Queen. We can probably expect to wait a few years for Waititi s film, however, as he also has Thor: Love and Thunder (5/6/2022), the soccer movie Next Goal Wins, We re Wolves (a mockumentary about werewolves), and his untitled Star Wars movie all currently in the works.Other Top Headlines1. BRENDAN FRASER JOINS MARTIN SCORSESE S KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON(Photo by ©Lionsgate)Brendan Fraser recently wrapped filming of Darren Aronofsky s The Whale, in which he will play a 600 lb. man seeking to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter (played by Sadie Sink from Stranger Things). Now, Fraser is quickly moving from working with one acclaimed director to another, as he has joined the cast of Killers of the Flower Moon, the next film from Martin Scorsese. Fraser will play lawyer W.S. Hamilton in the Apple TV+ and Paramount Pictures feature film, which is based on the true crime story originally depicted in the nonfiction book of the same title by David Grann. Fraser joins a cast that includes Jesse Plemons (in a lead role) and frequent Scorsese collaborators (and Academy Award winners) Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Brendan Fraser has also joined the cast of Brothers, the next movie from director Max Barbakow (Palm Springs, Certified Fresh at 95%).2. JOHN WICK DIRECTOR CHAD STAHELSKI TAKING ON ASSASSIN NOVEL SHIBUMI (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)Authors nowadays just don t have cool pen names as often as they used to. Trevanian was the nom de plume of an American writer who specialized in airport novels, the most famous of which was probably The Eiger Sanction, which was adapted as the eponymous 1975 assassin movie (Fresh at 68%) starring Clint Eastwood. Chad Stahelski is the stuntman-turned-director behind the John Wick franchise, which is also about a deadly assassin, so you can probably guess where this is going. Even as he s about to begin filming John Wick 4, Stahelski has started developing an adaptation of the 1979 Trevanian novel Shibumi, about an assassin who is recruited to take on a conspiracy of energy companies that secretly controls much of the western world. It s worth noting that Stahelski is accruing a large development slate, of which Shibumi is just the latest, so it will have to wait its turn alongside such projects as Ghost of Tsushima, Classified, Kill or Be Killed, and the Highlander reboot.3. HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL TO START FILMING SOON (Photo by Murray Close/Lionsgate courtesy Everett Collection)The Young Adult (YA) novel-based movie fad came and went so quickly that it might seem odd to realize that the very first installment of The Hunger Games (Certified Fresh at 84%) came out as recently as nine years ago, and the last movie was only six years ago. That four-film franchise was a huge financial boon to Lionsgate, which grossed nearly billion worldwide from it, but when it ended in 2015, it also left a big, blockbuster-sized hole for them to fill in their production calendar. Luckily for them, author Suzanne Collins published a prequel novel called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes last year. During a quarterly earnings call this week, Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake confirmed that filming of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is expected to start in the first half of 2022, aiming for a theatrical release in late 2023 or early 2024. The prequel will tell the story of the 18-year-old (future President) Coriolanus Snow as he gets his chance to be a mentor during the Tenth Hunger Games. Presumably, whoever lands the lead role will resemble a very young Donald Sutherland.4. NICHOLAS HOULT TO STAR AS CREEPY DRACULA HENCHMAN RENFIELD (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Bram Stoker s Dracula has the distinction of being the most frequently adapted literary character in film (Sherlock Holmes is the most adapted human literary character). With that many movie versions of Dracula, there have also been dozens of portrayals of his insane, bug-munching human henchman Renfield, but usually as a supporting character. Always looking to continue their Universal Classic Monsters franchise, Universal Pictures is now developing a solo movie for Renfield, with Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class) attached to star. Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie, The Tomorrow War) will direct Renfield from a screenplay by Rick and Morty writer Ryan Ridley, based on an original screenplay by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible). Although no specific premise details have been revealed yet, the setting is believed to be in the modern day, not in the Victorian Era England of the original novel.5. SNL S COLIN JOST CO-WRITING A NEW TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES REBOOT (Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a way more complicated history than the casual observer might expect (and it goes all the way back to their start as a grim and gritty Daredevil spoof indie comic book). Besides the first three live-action films, there was also an animated movie in 2007 and a pair of more recent live-action movies in 2014 and 2016 with the turtles as CGI characters (and that s without getting into all the TMNT movies that didn t happen). Last year, we first heard that Seth Rogen and his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg were developing a CGI reboot feature film with Nickelodeon, but as it turns out, that is now just one of two reboots being developed concurrently. Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost and his brother Casey Jost will also write a second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for Paramount Pictures. The division between the two reboots seems to be that the Jost brothers are working on a version closer to the gritty comic book origins, while Seth Rogen s is more lighthearted like the 1980s animated TV series. The Jost brothers version will also probably come later than Seth Rogen s, which is currently scheduled for August 11, 2023.6. CHRONICLE SEQUEL FINALLY HAPPENING WITH A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CAST (Photo by Alan Markfield/©20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Up above, we touched upon the came-and-went YA novel adaptation fad, and another trend that has largely fallen out of vogue is the found footage genre first popularized by The Blair Witch Project. For a while, found footage was a lucrative format that gave Hollywood a few surprise hits (such as the Paranormal Activity franchise) and the 2012 superhero drama Chronicle (Certified Fresh at 85%). There was talk for years about a Chronicle sequel, but the personal developments for some of the creatives involved seemed to decrease the chances of that happening, to the point where director Josh Trank said in 2020 that he actively worked to prevent it. As it turns out, however, Jungle Cruise producer John Davis does indeed plan on moving forward with a Chronicle sequel, although it may be a very different film than was originally planned. This sequel will be set about 10 years after the original Chronicle (suggesting filming in 2022?) and will revolve around a group of female college students who discover that they are the next generation with super powers. Davis also did not clarify whether the found footage technique would be used for the Chronicle sequel.7. POPULAR SQUISHMALLOWS PILLOWS TO EXPAND INTO FILM, TV, AND GAMES(Photo by The Washington Post/Getty Images)Some trends blow up simply by being the right idea at the right time. Consider, for example, the case of the Squishmallows, an expansive line (1,000+) of character-themed huggable pillows that first launched in 2017 as sort of a cross between pillows, anime influences, and the Beanie Baby craze of the 1990s. Squishmallows may have eventually become popular in any case, but their expansion may have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with people seeking something adorable to hug while stuck at home for months. Jazwares, the company behind Squishmallows, is seeking to build upon their newfound success by partnering with the powerful Creative Artists Agency (CAA). CAA will work with Jazware to push the Squishmallows franchise into film, TV, video games, publishing, and live touring. So that doesn t mean that there is a Squishmallows movie project in development just yet, but it certainly sounds like it s just a matter of time.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.