The Mandalorian season 2 has brought quite an assembly of characters into the story of the bounty hunter Din Djarin and Baby Yoda (who now has an actual name: Grogu). Just this past weekend, The Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano made an appearance played by Rosario Dawson. Earlier this season, Katee Sackhoff brought her animated character Bo-Katan to life in live-action as well, and she brought two other Mandalorian warriors with her. However, that doesn’t mean all of these characters will continue to pop up throughout the rest of the season. In fact, we might already be finished with one of them. Read More »
Even though the United States has made a lot of progress when it comes to giving members of the LGBTQ community the respect and equality they deserve, there are still plenty of places with small town mindsets who need a little push in the right direction. That’s exactly what happens in Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix movie The Prom when a teenage girl (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) wants to bring her girlfriend (Ariana DeBose) to the prom in her small Indiana town, but the PTA board votes against it.
Who will stand up to fight this injustice? It’s Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden), two Broadway stars reeling from a recent flop who are looking for a way to drum up some attention and give their careers a bit of a boost. With some help from their friends Angie (Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), they’re off to spark some publicity with a lot of singing and dancing. If there’s one thing that will convince Indiana folk to embrace the LGBTQ community, it’s the power of musicals, right? Read More »
Ryan Reynolds is a busy guy. Between starring in phone commercials and wrapping up filming for the high-octane action movie Red Notice, Reynolds has started shooting a new project with director Shawn Levy, even as their previous collaboration, Free Guy, waits to hit theaters. But time waits for no theatrical release to show whether this Reynolds-Levy partnership will prove fruitful, so Reynolds is diving into the time-travel flick The Adam Project for Netflix. See The Adam Project first look photos below.
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Last weekend’s episode of The Mandalorian saw the debut of Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in the live-action Star Wars universe after becoming a fan favorite character from The Clone Wars. Ahsoka also had a hand in the plot of Star Wars Rebels as a Rebel informant under the codename “Fulcrum,” which resulted in an eventual face-off with her old master: Darth Vader.
With Ahsoka Tano coming into the live-action Star Wars universe, fans have been wondering what that means for her past, including the mission that she embarked on with Sabine Wren in the epilogue of the Star Wars Rebels series finale. Now that executive producer Dave Filoni can speak freely about Ahsoka Tano’s presence in The Mandalorian, it’s been implied that the live-action Star Wars series may actually be unfolding before that epilogue in Star Wars Rebels. Read More »
So much for Utopia. The Amazon series, an American remake of the British drama of the same name, came from Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, and for a while, Flynn was working on the show with David Fincher over at HBO. HBO eventually passed on the project, though, and so did Fincher. But Flynn kept things going, taking the series to Amazon, who gave it a straight-to-series order. Unfortunately, the series failed to generate much buzz, and has now been canceled by Amazon after only one season.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Show: How To With John Wilson
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Independent filmmaker John Wilson takes his camera all over New York City and beyond in an attempt to “teach” the audience one thing per episode. (One episode is called “How to Make Small Talk”; another is about the best way to split the check at a restaurant during a group meal.)
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I put “teach” in quotation marks because these are not the types of purely instructional video you might find on YouTube. Instead, through Wilson’s dry narration, observational humor, and clever editing, the episodes feel more like immersive trips into his New York City experiences, which inevitably spin out into unpredictable scenarios that you never would have imagined. Read More »
Last weekend, The Mandalorian blew fans away by bringing The Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano into the live-action Star Wars universe. Rosario Dawson brought the character to life in the episode appropriately entitled “The Jedi,” wielding two lightsabers and bringing us one of the biggest revelations of the series so far. That means she’s worthy of getting her own character poster, which you can check out below. Read More »
(Welcome to The Galaxy-Wide Star Wars Character Guide, where we give proper due to the smaller figures in Star Wars history.)
Imagine it’s 1983. A few years prior, you left the Star Wars galaxy with a couple doozies to consider. Not only did audiences learn Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father, but their favorite rogue and smuggler, Han Solo, ended that film frozen in carbonate and captured by the bounty hunter Boba Fett. For those of us who are a bit younger, it’s hard to imagine how torturous and exciting those three years between films were for Star Wars fans, the galaxies of possibilities they conjured for what Return of the Jedi had in store for them. And then the film arrived and spent a significant amount of running time… finally ending The Empire Strikes Back.
What Return of the Jedi lacks in storytelling, it more than makes up for when it comes to new characters. Before we even get to the Ewoks, Jabba’s barge is a fascinating place to hang out, filled with all kinds of new Star Wars weirdos to ogle, including Jabba himself. If you just have to spend an hour-long story layover somewhere, you could do a lot worse.
Among all the new creatures, Jabba’s Palace hosts one of Star Wars’ most pleasantly obnoxious aliens: Salacious B. Crumb. The B stands for bastard.
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After months of teasing (and an exciting teaser that revealed the return of fan-favorite character Captain Jack Harkness), BBC has finally released the trailer for the Doctor Who “festive” special “Revolution of the Daleks.” And now we know why they kept calling it the “festive special” — the release date has been revealed for the special holiday episode, which will hit the air on New Year’s Day 2021. Which is a long wait, yes, but not as long as the wait that the Doctor has to endure while trapped in an intergalactic prison. Watch the Doctor Who “Revolution of the Daleks” trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
Godmothered is built on an indelible premise: what if a fairy godmother ventures into our world to prove that we still need magic, only to discover that the little girl she set out to assist has grown into a jaded adult with a couple of kids and loads of emotional baggage? Like Enchanted before it, this film leans heavily on Disney iconography, often playfully poking and prodding it from a thoroughly modern perspective. But in the end, it reveals why fairy tales still continue to resonate – there’s a gentle post-modernism to Godmothered for sure, but it all comes down on the side of magic and why we all need a little bit of it in our lives.
As Eleanor, the fish-out-of-water fairy godmother whose endless supply of pep often proves more powerful than her literal magical abilities, Jillian Bell proves that her scene-stealing comedic stylings remain razor-sharp even in family-friendly fare. And as Mackenzie, the single mother and reporter who finds her life turned inside out by Eleanor, Isla Fisher provides the perfect exasperated foil, asking every question that the viewer would. It’s an unlikely comedic duo, but a lovely one.
We had a chance to speak with Bell and Fisher ahead of Godmothered‘s debut on Disney+ this week, and the topics included the inherent responsibility of starring in a Disney comedy, what movies families should pair with this new release, and, perhaps most importantly, what it’s like to sing poorly for comedic effect.
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