Here’s some truly fantastic news to lighten up your Monday: Christopher Eccleston, who helped bring Doctor Who to the 21st century with his portrayal of the Ninth Doctor in the modern-day revival of the classic British sci-fi series, is returning to the role after 15 years. Well, in audio form. But regardless of the medium, this is a big deal considering the actor’s famous split with the BBC after his short-lived one season run on Doctor Who, and his reluctance to associate with the role of the beloved time-traveling alien in the years since.
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Being an astronaut isn’t easy, and that job is made all the more difficult when there are missions taking these space explorers away from their family for extended periods of time. In Netflix’s new drama series Away, a mission to Mars will take an international group of astronauts away from their families for three years. For Emma Green (Hilary Swank), it might just be too much to handle as she struggles with leaving behind her family and staying strong as the commander of the mission. Read More »
When DC FanDome launches later this month, fans will get a proper glimpse at Zack Snyder‘s cut of Justice League, which is heading to HBO Max in 2021. While director is busy putting the movie together in post-production, he couldn’t help but tease fans a little bit with a look at the new, alternate version of the villain Steppenwolf, the leader of the Parademon army who acts as a herald announcing the forthcoming arrival of the read big bad, Darkseid. See Zack Snyder’s Justice League Steppenwolf photo below. Read More »
Hold onto your physical media, because it may start to look pretty lonely on your shelves over the next few years. The demand for physical media has slowly stagnated as streaming has become king, but the promise of new 4K Ultra HD editions of catalog titles has always kept a light burning for the home video format. But not for Disney, according to a new report. The studio has reportedly halted production on future Disney 4K physical media releases of catalog titles, including the entire 20th Century Studios library. This does not bode well for 4K releases of classics like The French Connection, Fight Club, and Aliens.
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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 Movie: Orphan
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Wealthy couple Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard adopt seemingly sweet orphan Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) and quickly come to regret it after Esther turns out to be one bad seed.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: This movie shouldn’t own as hard as it does, but director Jaume Collet-Serra, who knows exactly how to spin trash into gold, sells it. Sure, “evil little kid” movies are a dime a dozen, but Orphan is so stylish and so unapologetically nasty that it’s hard not to love. Plus: that whopper of a twist is a total hoot.
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Ever since Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga debuted on Netflix, people have been making demands by shouting, “Play ‘Jaja Ding Dong!'” at the top of their lungs (or as loud as text allows them to be). It’s all inspired by one vocal fan who yells endlessly about wanting to hear the catchy tune sung by Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir (Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams) as the band Fire Saga.
But one person has earnestly received this demand more than anyone else since the release of the movie, and that’s real-life 2020 Eurovision Song Contest contestant Daði Freyr from Iceland. Well, he’s heard fans loud and clear, and he’s finally played the song himself, but just this one time. Read More »
Production on all movies and TV shows was shut down in early April when the coronavirus pandemic started spreading quickly across the United States. However, late night television was able to make a comeback by producing episodes remotely. Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Conan O’Brien, and Samantha Bee, hosted their shows from the comfort of their home and had guests appear through video chat. But two of them will be returning to the studio soon.
ViacomCBS has revealed that both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden will no longer be produced from the hosts’ homes. Instead, they’ll be returning to the studio, but they won’t be returning to show business as usual. Find out more below. Read More »
Whenever you watch a Netflix original movie or TV show, there’s that signature sound that plays when the steaming service’s logo appears. The recognizable sound is known in Netflix’s offices as “Ta Dum,” but it was almost something that would have been easier to describe and a lot more odd. Todd Yellin, Netflix’s VP of Product, recently revealed that one of the options considered for Netflix’s production logo was the bleating of a goat. Read More »
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In 2017, Netflix acquired famed comic book creator Mark Millar‘s Millarworld company to mine it for film and TV projects. Last year, the streaming service announced it would produce an original film version of Millar’s sci-fi fantasy comic Reborn, with Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) directing and Oscar winner Sandra Bullock producing.
Now, more than a year later, the project has finally found its writer: up-and-coming scribe Bek Smith, who has previously worked at Marvel Studios. Read More »
Jonas Cuárón, who co-wrote the award-winning Gravity with his father Alfonso Cuárón, has been tapped to direct an untitled Netflix feature film about the chupacabra, a legendary creature in Latin and South America folklore that is known for drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats (the word “chupacabra” literally means “goat-sucker”). Chris Columbus will be producing what appears to be a family film about the paranormal creature.
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