If you need a break from sitting around watching endless hours of TV during quarantine and want to do some reading, Rian Johnson is here to help. The filmmaker has made the shooting draft of Knives Out available for all to read. Since it’s a shooting draft it’s pretty similar to the final film, although there are a few interesting differences here and there. Mostly, though, it’s another reminder of how damn fine a script this is.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Rian Johnson provides a 23-minute breakdown of a scene from Knives Out where nearly the entire all-star ensemble cast appears. Plus, take a look back at the history of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the long-running roller coaster that opened in Disneyland all the way back in 1959, and hear Patrick Stewart answer the web’s most searched questions about him. Read More »
Rian Johnson just gave the game away. If you’re watching a mystery movie set in modern times, and you’re trying to find out who the villain is, there’s a sure-fire way to solve the case: pay attention to the phones people are using. According to the Knives Out director, Apple has a rule that forbids filmmakers from letting the bad guys in movies use an iPhone. So, uh, spoiler alert for every single modern-day mystery going forward.
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Welcome back, fans of physical media. There are several great Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves this week, and if you’re one of those weirdos like me who cherishes physical copies, you’re going to want to grab some (if not all) of these. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Thora Birch is down for a Hocus Pocus 2 cameo, if anyone wants to get her on the phone about that.
- Rian Johnson confirms the Knives Out sequel will bring in a new cast for a new mystery.
- P.S. I Love You is getting a sequel.
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If you were mesmerized by Daniel Craig‘s Southern detective Benoit Blanc in Knives Out and thought to yourself, “I really hope a possible sequel sheds more light on where that character came from,” I have some bad news. Writer/director Rian Johnson, who is hard at work on a follow-up that will reunite him with Craig, says he’s not interested in exploring Benoit Blanc’s backstory in future movies. Read More »
Since Star Wars: The Last Jedi got a bunch of manbabies riled up about minority characters, female empowerment, and whiny entitled douchebros, writer/director Rian Johnson decided to take it one step further with Knives Out.
The whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie isn’t quite as much of a mystery as it would seem, mostly since we find out who the killer is roughly halfway through the movie. But of course, the plot at the center of Knives Out is a donut hole within a donut hole, so there’s still something to be figured out by detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), even if he’s not quite as good of a detective as he seems. But we’ll let the Knives Out Honest Trailer take it from here. Read More »
Bad Boys for Life has been dominating the box office since arriving in theaters in the middle of January, but the ladies of Birds of Prey took Will Smith and Martin Lawrence down a peg with some DC Comics action. However, even though the movie starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn ended up Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 81% critical score, it only ended up with roughly $33.25 million, opening below the projected $45 million that Warner Bros. Pictures was hoping for.
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Update: Deadline reports that today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that a Knives Out sequel is officially moving forward, and he hinted that, according to the outlet, “a production start for a follow-up…is imminent.” That aligns with Johnson’s previously-stated desire to get rolling on a sequel quickly. Our original report from January 6 continues.
Daniel Craig will be back on the case, and this time his knives are out. The actor is set to reprise his role as the Southern detective Benoit Blanc in a Knives Out sequel, which director Rian Johnson is currently developing under Lionsgate. The studio is reportedly seeing franchise opportunities after the Rian Johnson whodunit’s immense holiday box office success.
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We’re almost a full month into 2020, but the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse chain of theaters aren’t done looking back on the films of 2019. They’ve been crunching the numbers and they’ve given us an exclusive first look at what their audiences thought were they best films of 2019. Heck, they dug even deeper than that and also collected votes on the best scenes and performances. They also voted on the definitive ranking of all the Star Wars movies, and named their most anticipated movies of 2020.
Check out the entire Alamo Drafthouse 2019 movie infographic below. Read More »