Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Duke Nukem, Plastic Man, The Toxic Avenger, and Pixar s Onward.This WEEK S TOP STORYDOCTOR STRANGE SEQUEL CASTS SPELL FOR POTENTIAL 2021 RELEASERyan FujitaniWhen Marvel s Doctor Strange was released in 2016, it didn t feature any hosts of Hoggoth (hoary or otherwise), but that spell and dozens of other franchise elements remain out there for a sequel. This has been a big year for new Marvel Studios projects going into development for 2021 and beyond, including Black Widow, The Eternals, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther 2, and most recently, Shang-Chi. In the first three phases, there was a balance between original films and sequels, but as you can see from those five films, the focus in 2018 has thus far been on new properties, with Black Panther 2 being the only direct sequel. A Doctor Strange sequel was conspicuously absent, but that changed this week as director Scott Derrickson was confirmed to return for a second installment. Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong are both signed to return, and Rachel McAdams is expected to as well. Filming of Doctor Strange 2 is expected to start in early 2020, possibly aiming for a release in early May (or late April) of 2021. As for what Doctor Strange 2 might introduce to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next, there are lots of possibilities (though it probably involves either Baron Mordo or Nightmare, or both).Fresh Developments1. MARVEL S STAR-LORD AND SPIDER-MAN MOVE ONWARD FOR PIXAR IN 2020 (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)Pixar introduced the first teasers for next summer s Toy Story 4 a few weeks back, but we were still lacking details about another film scheduled for 2020, including its title. Pixar corrected that this week with the revelation that the suburban fantasy will be called Onward, will be directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University), and feature the voices of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. Pratt and Holland are both Marvel Studios stars (Star-Lord and Spider-Man, respectively), and Octavia Spencer will co-star in Robert Downey Jr s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, also in 2020 (1/17/2020). Although Onward is described as a suburban fantasy, it remains unclear what that means exactly. Onward is scheduled for release on March 6, 2020, which puts it a week after Fantasy Island (2/28/2020) and a week before the X-Men spinoff Gambit, starring Channing Tatum (3/13/2020). In related news, the first trailer for Tom Holland s next solo Marvel movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home (7/5/2019) debuted in Brazil this week.2. LEA SEYDOUX TO MAKE RARE RETURN FOR JAMES BOND 25 (Photo by Jonathan Olley/Columbia Pictures)One of the elements that unites almost all Bond girls to date is that the characters almost never return for a second film (although some like Maud Adams have played different characters). French actress Lea Seydoux, who co-starred in Spectre as Madeleine Swann, is going to buck the trend, however, as she will reprise her character in the 25th James Bond film. Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek was reportedly considered for the film s villain, but conflicts with the filming of his TV series Mr. Robot are likely preventing him from being cast. Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, Sin Nombre) will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth film as James Bond when it s released on February 14th, Valentine s Day, in 2020.3. GOT s KING TOMMEN INHERITS PRIME 2019 RELEASE DATE FOR 1917 (Photo by Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection)Dozens of actors were featured in Game of Thrones, and next year, we re going to start to really see a deluge of new projects for them, as the show s final season has finished principal production. Obviously, some of them have already been taking work in between seasons, particularly those who left the show before season 7. One such young actor is Dean-Charles Chapman, who is not (yet) a household name, but is known to fans as King Tommen Baratheon in seasons 4, 5 and 6. Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg s Amblin Partners have teamed up on a film called 1917, starring Chapman and George MacKay (Captain Fantastic). 1917 is the next film of director Sam Mendes, whose record behind the camera on the Tomatometer is entirely Fresh, including Certified Fresh scores for American Beauty and Skyfall. 1917 s title refers to the fourth year of World War I, the year in which the United States entered the war (4/6/1917). That McKay and Chapman are both English actors, however, suggests a British perspective. 1917 will open in limited released on December 25, 2019 (against Call of the Wild, Little Women, and Super Intelligence), and then expand wide on January 10, 2020.4. LIGHTER, BRIGHTER DC COMICS MOVIES LEADS TO BOUNCY SUPERHERO PLASTIC MAN (Photo by DC Comics)What a difference ten years can make. In 2008, director and producer Zack Snyder (Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) chided his Marvel competition, saying, we re going to have a Captain America movie if we re not careful. The positive reviews for the brighter perspectives of Wonder Woman (Certified Fresh at 93%), Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (Certified Fresh at 91%), and Aquaman (currently Fresh at 72%) suggest that critics and audiences alike want superhero movies that aren t always so grim (the verdict is still out on whether that would work for a Batman movie, of course). This week, DC Comics revealed plans for the hero who might be the lightest yet (even more so than next year s Shazam!), namely the super stretchy shapeshifter Plastic Man. First introduced in 1941, Plastic Man also had his own Saturday morning cartoon from 1979 to 1981. (Some sources are also comparing Plastic Man to Deadpool.) Although the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer) had at one time been developing their own Plastic Man (the screenplay of which read a bit like a take on The Mask), the new Plastic Man will be written by newcomer Amanda Idoko (who also wrote the upcoming Breaking News In Yuba County, starring Laura Dern and Allison Janney).5. GRUESOME VILLAIN MR. ZSASZ JOINS MARGOT ROBBIE S BIRDS OF PREY Last month, we learned that Ewan McGregor had been cast as the villain Black Mask in the lengthily titled Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn). That will be Margot Robbie s second film as Harley Quinn, and her other teammates will include Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya. This week, we learned that Black Mask won t be the only villain in BoP ( TFEOOHQ), as Chris Messina (TV s The Mindy Project) has also been cast as the insane killer Victor Zsasz (AKA Mr. Zsasz). Zsasz s most obvious physical elements are the dozens of scars he has all over his body for each of his victims, so Messina can probably look forward to a lengthy sit each morning in the makeup chair. In directly related news, Ali Wong has also been cast in the film as an associate of Renee Montoya. Warner Bros has scheduled Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) for release on February 7, 2020 (up against another sequel, Peter Rabbit 2).6. NEW BRIGHTBURN TRAILER REIMAGINES SUPERMAN ORIGIN AS HORROR STORY(Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)It appears unlikely that we will ever see director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) directly work on another Marvel Studios film, but that doesn t necessarily mean he s done with the superhero genre. In October, we learned that Gunn had been hired by Marvel s distinguished competition at Warner Bros to write the screenplay for Suicide Squad 2 (with an eye towards possibly directing). This week, the first trailer for Brightburn (which Gunn co-wrote and produced) debuted, and it revealed that the film appears to be a reinterpretation of Superman s classic origin story. Put another way, what if Kal-El was had been evil? Elizabeth Banks will play the alien kid s human stepmom when Brightburn crashes into theaters next year on May 24, 2019, up against Disney s Aladdin remake, Brad Pitt s Ad Astra, and the western biopic (Billy) The Kid.Rotten Ideas3. SHARK SEQUEL 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED SET FOR NEXT SUMMER (Photo by Dimension Films)Although the shark movie 47 Meters Down received a Rotten Tomatometer score of 54%, the film also earned a domestic box office take of million from a budget of just .5 million, so it s probably not surprising that it s getting a sequel. Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, and Matthew Modine won t be returning for the second film (for obvious reasons, at least for two of them), which will instead feature a new ensemble cast led by Nia Long and Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie). The other films swimming around 47 Meters Down: Uncaged on June 28, 2019 will be Ford v Ferrari (starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon), Limited Partners (with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek), and the untitled musical from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). We continue to be baffled why the sequel, once known as 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, refuses to embrace the admittedly obvious but far less clunky title 48 Meters Down.2. THE TOXIC AVENGER IS GETTING A BIG BUDGET REBOOT(Photo by Troma Films)Although both 1984 s The Toxic Avenger and 2000 s Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV received Fresh Tomatometer scores of 70%, the second film has an absolutely Rotten 0%, and the third film wasn t even reviewed enough to earn a score. The Toxic Avenger became such a cult fan favorite that he became the company mascot of Troma Entertainment, the super low-budget production company behind such chestnuts as Blood Sucking Freaks, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Despite its gonzo origins, The Toxic Avenger is now being developed as a new big budget superhero franchise by Legendary Entertainment, the company behind The Dark Knight, Watchmen, and Godzilla. In addition to the four feature length movies, The Toxic Avenger was also adapted as a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel comic. 1. ASSASSIN S CREED PRODUCER NOW WORKING ON A SUPER-UNTIMELY DUKE NUKEM (Photo by dukenukem.com)There was once a time during which video games were largely perceived as products for children or teenagers (and more specifically, teenaged boys). It was at the height of that era, in 1991, when the original Duke Nukem franchise debuted; the games are littered with certain depictions of female characters that have not aged well at all. So, one might think that Duke Nukem would absolutely not be a franchise that would ever be adapted as a movie for 2020 or later, but guess what? That s exactly what s happening. The Duke Nukem project is being produced by Jean-Julien Baronnet, who also produced the video game-based 2016 disappointment Assassin s Creed (Rotten at 17%), and all that s without even mentioning the very Rotten legacy of the nearly 50 previous video game adaptations to date. 在测试火热进行、玩家热情高涨的同时，英雄联盟手游的自有生态也迅速发展起来。超燃测试期间，范丞丞&Uzi、罗云熙&若风先后宣布了自己的英雄联盟手游职业战队计划，娱乐明星与电竞名宿强强联合，抢先入局手游电竞。
Twelve years after depicting the experiences of African-American soldiers during World War II in Miracle at St. Anna, Spike Lee takes on the Vietnam War with Da 5 Bloods, and this time the reviews are much more positive. Critics are raving about the Netflix drama, which follows four Black vets as they return to Vietnam to dig up a buried stash of gold bars and retrieve the remains of their squad leader. The political action hybrid is being touted as one of Lee’s best ever, while Delroy Lindo’s performance is receiving the year’s biggest Oscar buzz yet.Here’s what critics are saying about Da 5 Bloods:How does it rank among all the Spike Lee joints?One of Lee’s most powerful films to date. Ben Rolph, Discussing FilmDa 5 Bloods is one of Lee’s most complete films. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendHis most action-driven film to date. Chris Bumbray, JoBloDa 5 Bloods is his agit-prop action movie… one of the greatest films Spike Lee has ever made. Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/VultureDa 5 Bloods bears a… resemblance to Inside Man for the way it uses genre clothing as a wry Trojan horse. Eric Kohn, IndieWireSpike Lee hits a new career peak with this game-changer. Peter Travers, Rolling StoneIt’s another Lee effort that’s not quite as tidy as it could be… [but] Da 5 Bloods continues a strong run for Lee. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentHow good is Delroy Lindo here?Delroy Lindo offers the best performance of his career. Robert Daniels, The PlaylistLindo makes audacious choices in what might be a career-best performance. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterIn many ways, Da 5 Bloods is Delroy Lindo s movie, with his performance fierce. Chris Bumbray, JoBloLindo is dynamite. Peter Debruge, VarietyOne of the best performances to come out of a Spike Lee joint… [it] almost rivals Denzel Washington’s in Malcolm X. Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.comI have no idea if the Oscars will actually happen after this surreal year, but if they do, and the Academy fails to nominate Lindo, something is seriously wrong. Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm(Photo by Netflix)Who else deserves some credit?Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr. deserve to be rightly involved in future award conversations. Ben Rolph, Discussing FilmDa 5 Bloods is among Lee’s most awards-friendly material to date, so a full-throated campaign seems to be in order. Joey Magidson, Hollywood NewsIt deserves close to a dozen nominations… the picture, the script and director Lee all deserve nomination consideration, as does the lush and booming score by Lee’s longtime collaborator Terence Blanchard. Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-TimesSo the music is good?Terence Blanchard and Marvin Gaye rule the soundtrack. Blanchard’s score is bombastic, terrifying and militaristic one minute, achingly beautiful the next. Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.comThough this compliment sounds like a broken record, the work done by life-long Lee collaborator Terence Blanchard on the 5 Bloods score is exceptional. The music elevates the material, cementing Blanchard’s status as God-tier in the realm of film composers. Sean O Connell, Cinema BlendThe only thing slightly souring it is an often distracting score by Terence Blanchard, but even that eventually finds its groove. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmTerence Blanchard s original score is, at times, completely overbearing, and can feel unrelated to the image. Jordan Hoffman, TV Guide(Photo by David Lee/Netflix)What about the decision not to de-age the older actors in the flashback scenes?It s a testament to [Lee’s] faith in the audience that you never question it. The choice works. Chris Bumbray, JoBloIn these actors’ weary faces, incongruously bridging the divide between past and present, we see the most literal possible visualization of a war without end. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesThe sentiment that these men never left the war, and the war never left them, even when they returned home to grapple with their grief, visually works. Barely. Robert Daniels, The PlaylistIt’s a choice that doesn’t work. Boseman simply looks young and childish educating elders like Lindo, Peters, Lewis, and Whitlock Jr. on the battlefield. Ashley Ray-Harris, AV ClubHow is the script?Much of the pleasure of the movie comes from the men’s nonstop grousing, and if the arguments sometimes seem rigged or overblown, they are rarely under-felt. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesDa 5 Bloods has a mostly solid script… but some moments don’t ring the same way as others. Spencer Perry, ComicBook.comDa 5 Bloods is so sophisticated early on that it’s disheartening to see it fall back on lazy clichés. Peter Debruge, VarietyLee has always been a master of using the cinematic tropes that have always worked as an okey-doke: the left hand lures you in with the familiar before the right hand blindsides you with the unexpected punching power of the intended point. Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com(Photo by Netflix)Does Lee do a good job juggling the various plot elements?At just over two and a half hours, there’s certainly a lot of movie for Lee to work with, and I’d say the time is well spent. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentThere s a lot of plot unpacked in the 2.5-hour movie s first half, but Lee shuffles through it with fluidity and verve, aided by the tetchy but mostly genial group s camaraderie. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterLee got jammed up by jamming too much into 2008’s The Miracle of St. Anna… Not here, where the subject gets the laser focus it demands. Peter Travers, Rolling StoneThe movie wanders off in some odd directions, but the Bloods’ bond keeps it grounded. Eric Kohn, IndieWireDa 5 Bloods works on a number of levels… While the lack of a true focus can muddle the message somewhat, Lee is never short on big ideas and he’s one of the few directors we would trust to share them in the way he does. Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk CriticsThe gold element… undermines the movie’s strengths. Treasure chasing leads the characters towards a harmful and unconvincing action finale. Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW TorontoLee’s film suffers from languid pacing, partly owing to the epic nearly bursting open from its litany of themes. Robert Daniels, The Playlist(Photo by Netflix)Is this the movie we need right now?Da 5 Bloods couldn’t have come at a more timely point in the year. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesDa 5 Bloods arrives at a time when the director’s singular voice couldn’t be more needed… [Lee] has made another film that uncannily meets its moment. Ann Hornaday, Washington PostExceptionally well timed, since its political anger feels so urgent that it can scarcely be contained by the parameters of a TV screen. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesThe last fifteen minutes… plays so relevantly and powerfully, it’s as if Lee filmed the concluding scenes during the last two weeks. Robert Daniels, The PlaylistLet’s be clear: Lee has always been ahead-of-his-timely… it’s hard to imagine a more resonant movie for this moment. Peter Debruge, VarietyLee s point, which he makes swiftly and with blistering efficiency, is that it can t be called prescient when it s sadly perpetual. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterLee has made more than a soul-stirring film for our time. He’s made one for the ages. Peter Travers, Rolling StoneDa 5 Bloods premieres on Netflix on Friday, June 12.梓妃渔作品(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. courtesy Everett Collection)In 1988, Bruce Willis was primarily a television star, known for his smoldering chemistry with Cybill Shepherd on the ABC series Moonlighting. Then, John I just directed Predator McTiernan came along and turned him into a bona fide action hero with the help of Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, and a Los Angeles skyscraper known as Nakatomi Plaza. Since then, Die Hard has become something of a holiday staple for generations of fans who prefer their Christmas turkey with a bit of carnage on the side. But there has been an equally passionate subset of the population that insists rather adamantly that Di
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1.41.0 9月喜迎(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick © Marvel Studios 2019)Larson Is Just as Awed By Captain Marvel as the Fans Are. I don t feel nervous. I ve like found a way to keep my head down. I also find the character so inspiring that whenever I feel nervous and scared, I can turn to her and I m like, No, I got this. And that feels really awesome. I feel like I have the same awe… that a lot of her fans do. So, hopefully, that sort of bleeds through into this. But, we don t know what s gonna happen, right? Like, we don t know how the movie s going to be or how the movie will be received. It s not worth it to build it up into anything. This is the same thing that I ve always been doing. And there are things about her that I think are revolutionary and I, along with Marvel and Ryan and Anna and everybody on this crew, really want to make sure that that stuff gets out there. And, to me, that s all that it is, you know? Female screenwriters were crucial to telling the story. It was all written by women. I didn t realize how vital that [was] until I read it for the first time and realized little things, like We gotta get that woman, which is not in the script. But if a man had written it, generally I d see, We ve gotta get that girl. They re just slight things, and I realized it changed the way I viewed myself. I was like, Oh my God. I m a woman. You don t realize that you re slowly conditioned in these ways. I ve struggled my whole life, in particular, because I m an actor, of always being in relation to something, always through a lens. Through somebody else s lens. And the beauty of this is that there have been so many women involved in the making of it that I don t feel like I ve had to fight as much, because I felt understood from the beginning. And that s just a wonderful thing that Marvel understood innately. They knew… if you re gonna tell this story, you gotta make sure that it s really embedded in everything. It has to be in the script. It has to be in the direction. It has to be in the wardrobe. It has to be in every part of it, you know? That it speaks to us. We re allowed to see our personal hidden secret language. I m sure there are movies for you guys like, Whoa! That s like so true to my experience. [I] just know we ve never had that. (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick ©Marvel Studios)She went to NASA And learned from real female fighter pilots. One of the biggest inspirations was going to the NASA Air Force base and getting to talk with the female fighter pilots there. They re just the coolest, and just this great combination of really confident but super humble. Not boastful. You just feel the power being with them. And they re hyper-intelligent and just badasses. They became a huge piece of [her] like Oh, this is Carol.' She Stayed Off Social Media After Photos Leaked Of Her In the Suit. Usually if I know the paparazzi on set, I m like, Cool! I m not going on social media for a couple of days. It s not helpful. She s Been In Spandex for a Year – And Jim Carrey Knows It. There was a weird moment last week here on the lot. I was wearing the green suit, and in here it s like being in a casino. It s just dark and you lose track of time, and I was like, Oh my God, I ve gotta get out of here. Is it still light out? And I open that big door and I stumbled out and I was like blinking trying to adjust to the light and Jim Carrey drove by. [Laughing] And looked at me, and I looked at him, and we just stared at each other as he drove by and I was like, Huh. And I went about my day. I do get some weird looks, but at this point, I ve been wearing it so much that I feel sort of normal at this point. Cause up until this point, I was just training, so I ve basically just been in spandex for the last year. (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick ©Marvel Studios)She Relished Getting Physically Strong to Portray Carol. I knew I was doing an action movie and I was going to have to do stunts and I didn t know what that was, but I knew that a movie like this was going to feel like a triathlon, and I wanted to be ready for it. I wanted to be as prepared as possible so I wasn t fighting being fatigued or my body hurting. A huge part of her is her strength. If I could go through that experience. I would get closer to her. Even just you standing there can feel really strong rather than acting strong. I was truly an introvert with asthma for this film, so I had a lot of work to do. I started to fall in love with the way my body was changing and transforming. It was the first time I felt like I was making my body work for me. In the past I was more interested in my body never being part of a conversation. To me it felt like objectification, and I just wanted to be a brain, so I ve only cared about reading books and understanding words and anything that involved my body just felt like it made me itchy. But this was an opportunity for me to take it back and make my body mine. She was kinda tricked into doing her own stunts. I started doing the stunts. I started doing crazy stunts that people were like, Oh, by the way, no one does that. No one really wanted to tell me that that was the case, because they were like, I don t know why she s doing this, but it s cool. It was ignorance, more than anything else, but now I ve found it really empowering. I do want to say that I had two amazing stunt doubles in this who were super helpful and are doing a lot, cause I can t be on the second unit at the same time as being on first unit. But I did do a lot of it, and I will continue to do a lot of it. And I think watching this movie and knowing that I put in nine months of real hard work, three months of [which] were like four and a half hours of training a day. I was training for a marathon. Seeing this movie, I think it would mean so much more to me knowing that there was that type of dedication put into it. That it s not just CGI, or it s Girls are strong with CGI. It s Girls are strong.' (Photo by Marco Grob ©Marvel Studios )The Marvel 10-year class photo was just as epic as it looked. It s a weird time to enter this [universe]. I m entering it at the 10-year point. I m entering at this pivotal time where everybody s coming together. And so it s a very surreal experience to be brought into this family and you feel it. I [could] feel it that day, feel the history, feel the love, feel how much time these people have spent together. I was just really grateful that they were so generous and so excited about me joining it, and open to answer my questions. I brought a book with me and had them all sign it by giving me superhero advice. I mean, most of them are just really practical, like Don t forget to drink water. And a lot of them too are just like, You don t need my advice.' Captain Marvel Is a Good Time – But It Will Leave You Thinking. I had a meeting with Marvel. They [said] wanted to make a big feminist movie. And I remember going home being like, S , am I gonna do this? Like, it s kind of everything that I ve wanted. I don t do movies based upon any hidden agenda other than I just want more representation and I wanna do what I can to bring more representation. I know my limitations and I know that I m just one white girl and I m trying to do as much as I can within the framework of my body. I ve grown. I ve noticed that these movies, and the Marvel movies in particular, they have so much meaning in them. They mean so much. You can have a great time and just enjoy it for having a great time. But you can also be left with some really deep philosophical questions. That combo is really powerful. The idea that we can make something that was thought-provoking and entertaining, that was gonna be seen all over the world is like, [blows lips]. You know? (Photo by © Marvel Studios)The one thing she can reveal about Captain Marvel s character? She s unapologetic. I love that she s unapologetic. She s not apologizing for her strength, [even] as a human in the Air Force. She s never trying to shrink herself because of who she is. She can t even be somebody else if she wanted to. She can t. She can t be contained. My whole life I ve wanted to know it what it d be like not to see myself through other people s eyes but just through me alone. Like, do I need to go live in the woods alone? [Laughs] Like, what do I do? Now, I m learning that, actually, it is all of us together that make life and make the experience. But she is just herself, cannot be contained, and is pretty awesome. It means that she s wild. That s part of what I love. Captain Marvel is in theaters everywhere March 8, 2019.
“We wanted to push the fidelity of everything all the way through,” added supervising director Brad Rau, who also serves as an executive producer with Corbett. Though a new show, keeping Baker as the voice of the clones and keeping the overall style of Clone Wars was a very conscious decision on a part of the creative staff to maintain the continuity and visually inform the viewer how swiftly after Clones Wars this series takes place. Although, he noted, “we have clonetroopers in our show, and they re very similar model to The Clone Wars, but they re a little bit different.”One difference viewers may notice in short order: the color-coding and personalized augmentation of trooper gear quickly disappears in favor of the uniform stormtrooper monochrome — a swift change as the clone army of the Republic becomes an Imperial military force.Rau noted that “just seeing the clonetroopers as the forces of our evil army and how their gear, their vehicles, and their equipment has changed to be a little bit less colorful, less individual” changes the relationship to established Star Wars imagery in a way viewers may not immediately recognize consciously, but underscores one of the show’s themes about the transition to Empire.“It s interesting when you take an AT-TE tank, one that we re used to seeing as a good-guy tank, and just strip it off color and paint it this boring gray, and then we re playing very evil music as it comes marching down the street. And you think, ‘There s no doubt, that s a bad-guy tank,’” Rau explained.(Photo by Lucasfilm)Another sign of the changing attitude with the arrival of the Empire: once the Bad Batch come home to Kamino after the Clone Wars end, they see Admiral Wilhulff Tarkin, not yet the Grand Moff of the Death Star, inspecting the troops and doubting the loyalty of the Bad Batch. The classic Star Wars baddie — played by Peter Cushing in the original film and voiced by Stephen Stanton in his animated appearances — is something of a “big fish” for The Bad Batch, according to Corbett.“While he s there to address certain things, I suspect that he ll be pulled someplace to handle other important matters,” she added.And once he is called away to those matters (and his destiny aboard the Death Star), a surprising person will take his place in the hunt for the Bad Batch once they make their escape from the Imperial ranks.Along the way, the Bad Batch also meet a young female clone named Omega (Michelle Ang), whose existence may lead to a new mystery down the road. The character also continues a particular Star Wars animated tradition of introducing kid characters; Clone Wars did the same with Ahsoka and Star Wars Rebels followed suit with Ezra Bridger — to say nothing of Anakin Skywalker s introduction in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. To Rau, having a child in the midst of the action is key.“These are essentially shows for kids,” he explained. “As big kids ourselves that still love Star Wars from when we saw it as kids, we never want it to get too dark; although, there are dark things that happen.”(Photo by Lucasfilm)The character also changes the dynamic within the squad itself as it is presented with a new set of challenges the clone creators on Kamino never dreamed they would encounter.“The things that they teach each other are really, really interesting and help keep [the Bad Batch] on their toes,” Rau said. “They re not always just hitting the target now [and have to think], ‘Oh, wait a minute. When it s not a military objective, how do we deal with raising this child? We don t even know how to deal with the galaxy ourselves!’”Baker added, “It s a really wonderful thing to see how quickly some of the Bad Batch warm up to Omega, and it really adds an interesting layer to these kind of gonzo, improvisational, special ops soldiers.” To Baker, who has the strange task of keeping all these characters in his mind simultaneously, the addition of Omega adds “the story of what s playing out, which it s not just a matter of war and power, but it is [also] human.”And playing those humans, er, clones, leads to a unique method of recording for Baker. He prefers to run through the script in order and switch between the Bad Batch characters (and any other clones who might be in the scene) live and on the fly.“Once the specificity of the characters is nailed down, as it is by this point, it s actually pretty easy for me to jump from one to the other,” he explained. Although he admitted Wrecker, the demolitions expert with a propensity for yelling, does present some difficulty. “When Wrecker gets excited or starts yelling, that brings a physical cost to the voice that I sometimes have to manage a little bit. But other than that, it s amazingly easy to do.”Baker is able to record two or three takes of an entire scene before a pause for notes from Corbett or Rau or for a moment to record specific lines to “rearrange the words or the inflection or the meaning of sentences, or add extra efforts, or modify the presence of voice to match what the blocking establishes.”(Photo by Lucasfilm)And though the series is a showcase of Baker’s talents, it also retains the imprimatur of Clones Wars and Rebels supervising director Dave Filoni, who serves as the show’s creator even as he continues to chart aspects of Star Wars’ live action television efforts.“The stuff he tells us is fantastic and amazing,” Rau said. As anyone who has heard him talk can attest, he has a rare gift for explaining Star Wars ideas and concepts.“It’s a master class in writing Star Wars,” added Corbett, who also called Filoni s involvement “crucial” in the development of The Bad Batch as a series.The Filoni stamp means the show is also free to move between lighthearted stories and darker tales just like its predecessors, but with one interesting difference: “It s a combination [of tones] because it is a dark time, but the fun adventures they get to go on and the places that they visit are different because there s no war happening,” Corbett said.Indeed, The Bad Batch is unique in that it occurs during a time of galactic peace. Sure, that peace may be an illusion and comes with some brutal hidden fees, but the Clone Wars are over, the Civil War is a decade or so from truly beginning, and the conflicts of the Mandalorian and Sequel Trilogy eras are undreamed of at this point in Star Wars history.(Photo by Lucasfilm)“At least that s a positive,” she continued. “But there are other things that they re encountering in the galaxy that are equally as challenging for them.”Hopefully, those challenges will thrill viewers and keep The Bad Batch on Disney+ until its eventual conclusion, which both Corbett and Rau alluded they have a plan for, but that discussion is for another time — Clone Force 99 and Omega’s journey is just beginning.Star Wars: The Bad Batch debuts on Tuesday, May 4 with a special 70-minute premiere, followed by new episodes every Friday starting on May 7 on Disney+.
Marvel s Thor Chris Hemsworth goes for a dive off the coast of Australia with 85-year-old shark icon and conservationist Valerie Taylor in the one-hour special ‘Shark Beach With Chris Hemsworth.’ Taylor, the renowned underwater filmmaker and shark research pioneer comments that the grey nurse shark they’ve just encountered is the biggest she’s ever seen. From the birth of cage diving to “Jaws” hysteria to the dawn of cageless shark diving, Taylor became a trailblazing advocate for the ocean’s most maligned and misunderstood creatures. In Shark Beach, Hemsworth hopes to better understand why there has been an increase in shark attacks along the east coast of Australia and how to prevent future hostile encounters.Shark Beach With Chris Hemsworth premieres Monday, July 5, at 9/8c on National Geographic and debuts on Disney+ on Friday, July 9.Sharkfest Programming CalendarWHEN SHARKS ATTACKNational Geographic—Premieres July 5, at 8/7cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 2, at 8/7cDisney+—Beginning July 9The world’s beaches quickly turn deadly in this terror-filled deep-sea saga when sharks descend, shocking the local community and sending scientists reeling. What causes these spikes in activity? And how can they be prevented?SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTHNational Geographic—Premieres July 5, at 9/8cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 2, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 9Chris Hemsworth is on a mission to uncover the science of shark behavior and discover how humans and sharks can safely coexist. After an increase in local shark attacks along the east coast of Australia, Hemsworth seeks to understand different species of sharks and their behaviors while also exploring new preventative measures and the latest technology to help stave off shark-human encounters. The special from Nutopia (“One Strange Rock”) also features underwater conservationist and legend Valerie Taylor.ROGUE SHARK?National Geographic—Premieres July 5, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 11, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 9In October 2018, the remote islands of the Whitsunday in Australia were rocked by a series of shark attacks. Incredibly, all the victims were attacked in the same small patch of ocean, no larger than four football fields. Was a rogue serial killer on the loose? Or was something new drawing sharks and humans into conflict?ORCA VS. GREAT WHITENational Geographic—Premieres July 6, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 3, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 9Off the coast of South Africa in 2017, orcas began hunting and killing great white sharks. Now, researchers in New Zealand set out to discover if it could happen again. Diving with several shark populations along New Zealand’s southern coast, they investigate this murder mystery and seek answers to this burning question: have their local orcas developed a taste for great white sharks?SHARK GANGSNational Geographic—Premieres July 7, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 12, at 8/7cDisney+—Beginning July 9For years sharks have been viewed as solitary predators, but scientists have recently discovered a surprising new behavior. In this special, we reveal how this apex predator likes to hang out in gangs. So what is behind this behavior? Do sharks enjoy a social life, or are they working together to become even more effective hunters?CROC THAT ATE JAWSNational Geographic—Premieres July 8, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 4, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 9From mysterious severed heads and ambush attacks to mob hunts and stand-offs, what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet go head-to-head?WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS SHARK?National Geographic—Premieres July 9, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 5, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 16The great white has a reputation for being the scariest in the sea, but Explorer Jacques Cousteau called the oceanic whitetip “The most dangerous of all sharks …” Two teams of experts dive deep into the world of the oceanic whitetip to reveal what makes this species a top contender for the title of “world’s most dangerous shark.”SHARK ATTACK FILESNational Geographic—Premieres July 12, at 9/8cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 9, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 16This action-packed series is an investigation into bizarre and fascinating shark behavior. Featuring footage from actual attacks, interactions and behavior captured by both professionals and observant bystanders, every twist and turn leaves viewers sitting on the edge of their seats. Scientific experts and investigators dive deeper into the mystery of these unexplained behaviors and come to a stunning revelation that ties these extraordinary events together.SHARK ATTACK INVESTIGATION: THE PAIGE WINTER STORYNational Geographic—Premieres July 12, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 6, at 10/9cDisney+—Beginning July 16Paige Winter was only 17 years old when she lost a leg and portion of her hand to a shark. Experts unpack the details of Paige’s attack to determine what kind of shark is responsible and what can be done, if anything, to avoid this happening again. Despite all Paige has lived through, this inspirational teen remains an advocate for sharks and, with the guidance of professionals, takes brave steps to overcome her greatest fears.WORLD’S BIGGEST BULL SHARK?National Geographic—Premieres July 13, at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 10, at 9/8cDisney+—Beginning July 16It was a freak encounter that broke all the records. In 2012, off the coast of Florida, shark scientist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag caught the mother of all bull sharks—it stretched more than 10-feet long and weighed over 1,000 pounds! They named her Big Bull and set her free. Bull sharks in Florida patrol the beaches, terrifyingly close the swimmers, and feast on seasonal migrations of baitfish. Many long thought these sharks were just well-fed, but now some scientists believe that Big Bull is the matriarch of a unique population of giants. There is only one way to find out and you gotta get close.KILLER SHARK VS. KILLER WHALENational Geographic—Premieres July 15,at 10/9cNat Geo WILD—Encore Presentation Aug. 11, at 9/8cDisney+—Beginning Aug. 6The mystery of orcas attacking great white sharks for their livers leaves scientists baffled. This unusual predatory behavior has been witnessed in three parts of the world: California, South Africa and Australia. But the most shocking outcome is the disappearance of the other sharks after the event. How are they communicating with their kin and getting out of dodge when the killer whales move in?PLAYING WITH SHARKSDisney+—Premieres July 23A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, Playing With Sharks, from National Geographic Documentary Films and twice Emmy®-nominated director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector. From the birth of cage diving to “Jaws” hysteria to the dawn of cageless shark diving, Valerie became a trailblazing advocate for the ocean’s most maligned and misunderstood creatures.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Going on nearly 20 years, the X-Men movie franchise has had many ups and downs. Now, with the release of Dark Phoenix, critics are declaring it the lowest of the low, and the Tomatometer score certainly affirms the dishonor. While some reviews claim it’s not really the worst X-Men sequel yet, even the most positive takes are far from excited. If this is the conclusion of what began back in 2000, it’s possibly a more disappointing series finale than anything on TV. Still, there’s reportedly some decent action, if that’s enough for you to finish out its run.Here’s what critics are saying about Dark Phoenix:Is this really the worst X-Men movie?The worst chapter of its long-running main series. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendIt may very well be the worst X-Men movie ever made. Jordan Ruimy, World of ReelIt s more focused and less bloated than Apocalypse. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyA tiny bit better than the worst X-Men films! Todd Gilchrist, Birth.Movies.Death.Dark Phoenix IS GOOD!… It’s more distinguishable and bares the identity of an X-Men movie that plays like a long episode of the animated series. Rendy Jones, Rendy Reviews(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Is it at least better than The Last Stand?The film is marginally better than the previous telling of the Phoenix saga. Jim Vejvoda, IGN[Kinberg] makes up for the single worst X-Men film… Chris Claremont and John Byrne would be proud. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies[Simon Kinberg] is a more sensual and intuitive filmmaker than Brett Ratner. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyWhile Dark Phoenix may have fewer embarrassing missteps than Ratner’s 2006 disaster, it replaces that embarrassment with something that feels devoid of personality. Kambole Campbell, Little White LiesMaybe X-Men: The Last Stand wasn’t an accurate adaptation of the Dark Phoenix comics, but at least it was a fun celebration of an ensemble of characters. Fred Topel, We Live EntertainmentWill die-hard X-Men fans enjoy it?Dark Phoenix is not the movie for fans of the comic book series. It’s arguable if Dark Phoenix is the film for hardcore fans of the franchise that’s existed in one form or another since 2000. Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles Movie FilesIt’s as though the audience is expected to be grateful that they are seeing most of the classic line-up of characters, without exploring what makes them interesting. Kambole Campbell, Little White LiesThis final Fox X-Men film also has a number of Easter eggs for comic fans… there’s also a cameo by writer Chris Claremont. Scott Chitwood, ComingSoon.net(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Is it a satisfying franchise finale, at least?Compared with the conclusions of other major franchises — the most recent being Avengers: Endgame — this one seems distinctly minor league. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterThis X-Men outing feels more like an afterthought than a climax. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, MetroWith this final installment, the franchise goes out with a resounding thud. Katie Walsh, Tribune News ServiceDark Phoenix makes for a satisfying conclusion to the X-Men series. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesUltimately a movie that understands its status as a farewell to characters who have thrilled audiences for two decades… It’s a fitting final chapter. Tom Beasley, Flickering MythHow is Sophie Turner?For Game of Thrones fans, it is tempting to imagine Turner as the all-powerful being she deserves to be…Dark Phoenix just doesn’t do [her] justice. Katie Walsh, Tribune News ServiceIf she deserved better than Game of Thrones finally gave her, she deserves even better here. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesTurner puts in the work, but the writing and sloppy direction does little to underpin the performance. Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW TorontoThe pleasure of Dark Phoenix is watching her emerge from the wreckage. Owen Gleiberman, Variety(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Is there a strong feminist message?It’s the women in this one who do most of the heavy lifting, and the film rises to another level because of it. Lisa Johnson Mandell, AtHomeInHollywood.comDark Phoenix takes blockbuster gender politics a step further… to forge an allegory of the rise of women that’s sharply compelling in its renegade/victim edge. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyIf Dark Phoenix was intended as a feminist statement, it plays out more like a male fear at women seizing power and wreaking havoc. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, MetroHow is the rest of the cast?The excellent acting… is better than the Disney-run Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johnny Oleksinski, New York PostJames McAvoy is probably the standout… Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, meanwhile, are practically checking their watches. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendPerhaps the most affecting work is by Hoult as Hank, who etches a journey from loss to rage as the effects of Jean’s unravelling hit hard. Ian Freer, Empire MagazineDoes it have a villain problem?It’s a character so immensely boring that it doesn’t really deserve mention in the basic plot description of the film. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendChastain is excellent as always, but her character is so underwritten that you’d be hard-pressed to remember its name. David Ehrlich, IndieWireChastain puts on an icy performance as the baddie… but the movie doesn’t seem to know what to do with her. Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW TorontoOne of the film’s biggest missed opportunities is its handling of the villains… with Chastain delivering a flat performance as a one-dimensional super-powered baddie. Jim Vejvoda, IGN(Photo by 20th Century Fox)What about the good parts?Kinberg actually puts together some very well done fight scenes. The film’s signature sequence on a train showcases the X-Men’s powers in a way we haven’t seen on the big screen in a long time. Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles Movie FilesOne diverting action sequence, set aboard a fast-moving train and goosed by an enjoyably bombastic Hans Zimmer score. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times[It has] what may very well be the best on-screen train fight since Captain America: The First Avenger. Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the MoviesThere aren’t many action scenes in Dark Phoenix, but the few that there are end up being somewhat entertaining. Scott Chitwood, ComingSoon.netThe light-show effects have a mid-’90s fanciful cheesiness, and I dug them for that reason. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyThere’s a refreshing simplicity to Dark Phoenix at a time when superhero movies are becoming increasingly complex. Tom Beasley, Flickering MythAre we just ready for the X-Men to join the MCU?Now the legacy of the X-Men will pass into a new set of hands, and hopefully it will rise, like a certain mythological bird, again. Don Kaye, Den of GeekAs Disney and Marvel Studios take the reins, I hope they embrace the stakes, humanity and scrappiness of these special characters. Johnny Oleksinski, New York PostWhile the MCU may prove better… the property itself deservedly needs a good long rest before the X-Men return to the screen. Jim Vejvoda, IGNDark Phoenix opens in theaters June 7, 2019.
(Photo by VCG/Getty Images)You may not immediately recognize Yuen Woo-ping s name, but if you ve seen the Matrix movies, the Kill Bill movies, or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, then you ve seen his work. The renowned martial arts director and fight choreographer has orchestrated some of the most memorable and thrilling action sequences in all of cinema, working with people like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, and Donnie Yen. Some of his films, like Iron Monkey, Wing Chun, and the original Drunken Master, are widely celebrated classics of the genre, which has benefited from his talents for nearly half a century.This week, Yuen releases his latest directorial effort, a spinoff of the popular Ip Man franchise called Master Z: Ip Man Legacy. The film focuses on a martial arts master in 1960s Hong Kong who loses a duel with Ip Man and decides to retire, only to be drawn back into fighting by a local drug dealer. Normally, we would ask Yuen what his Five Favorite Films were, but with such an extensive list of credits, we thought we d do something a little more interesting. With that in mind, read on for Yuen Woo-ping s five favorite fight scenes that he himself directed.
梓妃渔作品 ue globetrotting adventure that has taken us from medieval Denmark to Iceland, the Mediterranean, and now all the way to the Silk Road.Along the way we have met many characters, and lost even more. From disease, to honorable battle, to horrible torture, Vikings has sent dozens of characters to Valhalla. Below, we’ve compiled a few of the bloodiest and most impactful moments in the show’s history so you can rank your favorites. Which bloody moment do you think is best? Rank our picks below!RELATED: Vikings Star Katheryn Winnick Says Goodbye to TV’s Most Brutal Series