The theme of this week’s Cloak & Dagger episode, “Ghost Stories,” seems to be all about revelations. This episode was the anniversary of the deaths of both Tyrone and Tandy’s loved ones, so the overarching spirit of melancholy was even more intense than usual. But the mood was heightened by truths (both subtle and not-so-subtle) that were revealed over the course of the episode. Here’s what we learned this week. Read More »
Looks like Zazie Beetz is heading from Atlanta to Gotham City.
The actress, who recently played the superhero Domino in 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, is now in talks to join Warner Bros.’ Joker, the Joker origin film that has three-time Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix set to play Batman’s arch nemesis. Learn about the Zazie Beetz Joker casting below. Read More »
Jason Clarke and Helen Mirren will reunite for an HBO/Sky limited series centered around Catherine the Great. The Catherine the Great series cast now includes Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) starring opposite Dame Mirren, who had already come on board to play the long-reigning Russian empress.
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Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot…to direct his first feature film.
Miranda – Broadway sensation, multiple Tony Award winner, and future star of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns – is stepping behind the camera for his feature directorial debut, a film adaptation of a musical called Tick, Tick…Boom! Read all about it below. Read More »
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Get ready to ride with the boys again. FX has dropped the new Mayans MC trailer ahead of the Sons of Anarchy spin-off’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. Mayans M.C. picks up right where Sons of Anarchy left off, following Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (J.D. Pardo), a former golden boy turned ex-convict who becomes the newest prospect for the Mayans M.C. charter operating at the border between Mexico and California.
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If you’re familiar with the stand-up comedy of Bo Burnham, you might not peg him to be the first candidate to write an emotion-driven comedy about a socially awkward eighth-grade girl who is trying to find her place in a world that she feels has no interest in getting to know her. But ever since its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Burnham’s Eighth Grade has been one of the most eagerly anticipated and critically acclaimed independent movies of the year, making its way through the festival circuit and now finally opening to wider audience beginning this weekend (the film is currently in very limited release in New York and Los Angeles).
Eighth Grade doesn’t adhere to a conventional, plot-driven structure, instead allowing Burnham and acting newcomer Elsie Fisher to piece together a compelling and inspirational character study of young Kayla, who lives with her well-meaning, single father (Josh Hamilton) and makes what she probably believes are inspirational YouTube videos about being yourself and having confidence—neither of which Kayla feels comfortable doing. But it becomes clear that these videos are more about boosting her own sense of worth in the world. Burnham places Kayla in a series of scarily authentic and believable situations, some of which make her wildly uncomfortable, while others give her (and the audience) hope that she’s on the verge of breaking out of her shell and becoming the young woman she imagines she is once she hits high school. It’s a film that walks the line between tragedy and comedy with such grace that you might think a more seasoned filmmaker had pulled it off.
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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) has been interested in making a Metal Gear movie for years. He’s totally immersed himself in the world of the popular video game series, even befriending creator Hideo Kojima, and I can’t wait to see what he eventually does with a movie version.
To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the original Metal Gear game, Vogt-Roberts has announced that over the next 31 days, he’s going to be sharing pieces of fan art that might influence the look of the eventual film – assuming it ever makes it into production. Even if you’ve never played any of the games, I think you’re going to want to see this version of the movie after you check out these images. Read More »
Todd Phillips‘s origin movie about Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime now has an official title: Joker. Looks like the film took Sean Parker’s advice and dropped the “the.” (It’s cleaner.) They’re moving quickly on this one, because Joker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, is coming to theaters next year.
Meanwhile, the wait to see Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie just got a couple of weeks shorter. Sony Pictures has shifted some release dates around on its calendar, and the result is a new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood release date, the long-delayed adaptation of The Crow biting the dust for seemingly the hundredth time, and some other additions that fans of Little Women and the Valiant comic Bloodshot might be interested to learn about. Read More »
Time to get the girls back together: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is being made into a stage musical. 13 years after the 2005 coming-of-age drama first hit the screens and changed millennial girls’ lives forever, a musical adaptation is being developed by Tony Award-winning theatrical producer Scott Delman.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Jessica Chastain shares a new photo from It: Chapter 2
- The Shape towers over a victim in an awesome new Comic-Con exclusive Halloween poster
- Christopher Lloyd gives an update about Back to the Future 4
- New books and comics are coming that will be set in the Blade Runner universe
- And more!
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