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Spiral: From the Book of Saw traps the top of the weekend box office

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw traps the top of the weekend box office
May 16, 2021 by: Dave Davis

Spiral spins into #1!

The resurrection of the SAW series made a bloody mark at the box office this weekend as SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW opened in first place with an estimated $8.7 million.

The Lionsgate release is the ninth chapter in the horror franchise, which had a “final” film in 2010 with SAW3D before getting resuscitated with JIGSAW in 2017. SPIRAL is the sixth SAW movie to open in first place at the box office, and the entire series, best known for its gruesome murder devices, has collected nearly one billion dollars worldwide to date.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV) returns for more devious and grisly traps, with Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Samuel L. Jackson as detectives investigating the mayhem this time.

The latest R-rated entry, originally scheduled to hit theaters in May 2020 before the pandemic derailed plans for pretty much everything, cost a reported $20 million.

Critics didn’t exactly cheer the return of the twisted “torture porn” series, giving the movie an average of 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 39 on Metacritic. Whirl on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

In second place was the R-rated crime thriller WRATH OF MAN with $3.7 million, dropping by 55% for a ten-day domestic total of $14.6 million. Director Guy Ritchie’s heist movie with Jason Statham has worldwide total of $41.8 million.

Opening in third place was the new R-rated Angelina Jolie thriller THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD with $2.8 million.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan (WIND RIVER, the series “Yellowstone”) and based on a Michael Koryta novel, the neo-Western has Jolie as a Montana firefighter protecting a boy on the run from assassins.

The Warner Bros. release, which also features Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen, simultaneously premiered on the studio’s HBO Max streaming service. The movie has a worldwide total of $7.1 million.

Critics found the Jolie headliner to be a fairly standard 90s-style action-drama, giving it an average of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 58. Warm up to the JoBlo review HERE.

In fourth place was the R-rated anime DEMON SLAYER – THE MOVIE: MUGEN TRAIN with $1.77 million. After four weekends, Sony’s FUNimation release has a domestic total of $42 million and a worldwide total of $477 million.

Disney’s animated fantasy RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON stayed in fifth place with $1.71 million over its eleventh weekend in theaters. The PG-rated adventure has a domestic total of $46.1 million and $107 million worldwide.

In sixth place was the monster battle GODZILLA VS. KONG with $1.46 million on its seventh weekend, bringing the PG-13 Warner Bros. release to a domestic total of $95 million and $427 million, on a reported $200 million cost.

The R-rated videogame adaptation MORTAL KOMBAT was in seventh place with $1.32 million for its fourth weekend in theaters. The $55 million Warner Bros. release (no longer on HBO Max) has a domestic total of $39.9 million and $76.7 million worldwide.

In eighth place was the new PG-rated romantic drama FINDING YOU with $954,000 on 1312 screens. That was followed in ninth with the theatrical debut of director Zack Snyder’s ARMY OF THE DEAD with $780,000 in 430 theaters before its Netflix release on May 21.

The R-rated action-horror movie, with Dave Bautista’s mercenary leading a heavily armed team into zombie-infested Las Vegas for a heist, cost a reported $90 million.

Critics seemed somewhat satisfied with Snyder’s undead epic, giving the movie a 74% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a 56 score on Metacritic. Take aim at the JoBlo review HERE.

Closing out the list was the R-rated thriller PROFILE with an opening of $670,000 in 2000 locations. The journalist mystery, which unfolds on computer screens, was directed by Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) and first premiered at film festivals back in 2018.

Outside the chart, the supernatural thriller SEPARATION was ejected along with the Billy Crystal/Tiffany Haddish comedy-drama HERE TODAY, the action-thriller NOBODY, the horror movie THE UNHOLY and animated/live-action hybrid TOM & JERRY.

Next weekend continues the dready 2021 summer movie season with no new major releases, keeping A QUIET PLACE: PART II and Disney’s CRUELLA until May 28.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
$8.7 M
NEW

2.
Wrath of Man
$3.74 M
$14.6 M

3.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
$2.8 M
NEW

4.
Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train
$1.77 M
$41.9 M

5.
Raya and the Last Dragon
$1.71 M
$46.1 M

6.
Godzilla vs. Kong
$1.46 M
$95 M

7.
Mortal Kombat
$1.32 M
$39.9 M

8.
Finding You
$0.954 M
NEW

9.
Army of the Dead
$0.78 M
NEW

10.
Profile
$0.67 M
NEW

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The Conners, The Goldbergs, & more renewed at ABC

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The Conners, The Goldbergs, & more renewed at ABC
May 16, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

A handful of ABC shows just received some good news! It has been announced that The Conners, Home Economics, The Rookie, The Goldbergs, & A Million Little Things have all been renewed at the network. It will be season 4 for The Conners, season 2 for Home Economics, season 4 for The Rookie, season 9 for The Goldbergs, & season 4 for A Million Little Things.

The Conners returning is no surprise. It's the highest-rated comedy on their lineup and the cast just inked new deals to return. The Goldbergs was also a no-brainer because it's also one of ABC's top-rated comedies as well. Some thought that the passing on George Segal, who played Albert 'Pops' Solomon, might put a renewal in question but that wasn't the case. I wouldn't be surprised if some kind of tribute episode aired for him next season. As for freshman Home Economics, while live ratings are soft, the reviews for the Topher Grace-led comedy have been very good from critics & it's doing well in delayed viewing. The series is also very well-liked at the network and that went a long way to get it a second season. 

As for the dramas that were renewed, The Nathan Fillion-led cop drama The Rookie was also a lock to return as it's one of ABC's most-watched dramas. The series has given their Sunday night lineup a boost and Fillion is well-liked at the network because of his past success with Castle. In the case of A Million Things, it has proven that fans will follow the series as it shifts frequently on the schedule & it's a strong DVR and streaming performer, a metric that all the networks are now paying very close attention to.

Are YOU excited that these shows are returning?

 

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Hollywood Reporter

Black-ish renewed for an eighth and final season

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Black-ish renewed for an eighth and final season
May 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

All good things must come to an end! Black-ish has been renewed for an eighth season but sadly it will be its last. Series creator Kenya Barris announced the news yesterday on his Instagram page in a post that can be viewed below!

 

 
 

 

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News of this being the final season of Black-ish has been floating around for a while now. Its current season 7 ratings are a bit soft but since the show is critically acclaimed and has a loyal fanbase, ABC wanted to give the comedy series one last hurrah to wrap things up properly. Black-ish is a top 10 comedy and an awards season favorite, having also garnered multiple Emmy nominations as well as a prestigious Peabody. What’s more, the single-camera comedy about an upper-class Black family has also become a valuable franchise for Disney with a third possible spinoff, Old-ish, in development and written by Barris. Grown-ish, originally developed for ABC, has become a signature hit for Disney’s younger-skewing cable network Freeform. Prequel spinoff Mixed-ish, about a young version of Tracee Ellis Ross’ Rainbow, learned its fate yesterday that it was canceled after two seasons.

Black-ish has remained relevant because it doesn't back away from addressing real issues through a comedic lens. It's honestly one of the best network comedies on TV and it will be sad to see it go. Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy and Jeff Meacham as Josh.

Are YOU sad to see Black-ish go?
 

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Dave Bautista passed on Fast & Furious role to pitch a Gears of War movie

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Dave Bautista passed on Fast & Furious role to pitch a Gears of War movie
May 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

If there is one thing that is certain about Dave Bautista, it’s that he is a man that knows what he wants and no amount of guaranteed box office success will throw him off his career trajectory. To illustrate another example of this, Bautista is revealing that he turned a meeting about taking a role in a Fast & Furious movie into an opportunity to pitch himself for a role in a Gears of War adaptation.

Bautista is currently making the rounds promoting ARMY OF THE DEAD and during a recent interview with “Collider“, he revealed that he was called into a meeting that had to do with him possibly take a role in a Fast & Furious movie but he gradually turned that meeting into pitching his idea for Gears of War:

“I don’t make any pretense about it. I had a chance to get a meeting at WB, they were talking to me about this and that and I said ‘hey, let’s talk about Bane.’ That happened to me one other time in my career. They wanted to talk to me about Fast and the Furious, and I said ‘I’m not interested, let’s talk about [Gears of War character] Marcus Fenix…

Apparently, Bautista has wanted to play Marcus Fenix on the big screen for quite some time. In fact, this isn’t the first time, as you can see from the quote, that Bautista has lobbied for certain parts. Bautista walked into a meeting with Warner Bros. to try to convince them to let him play Bane and he has also expressed interest in taking on the DC character Lobo. Again, this is a man that knows what he wants, and I respect it, although some think he should maybe get out of his own way a bit and be more open to certain opportunities. 

It’s not clear which Fast & Furious movie was up for, nor is it clear which role he would’ve played. The fact that Dwayne Johnson is a part of that franchise may keep Bautista away for good since he has made some choice comments about acting careers coming out of wrestling. It’s clear that Bautista takes himself seriously as an actor and has mentioned on a few occasions that he wouldn’t make some of the film choices that Johnson or even John Cena has made. On the one hand, he has a point. He did end up in the upcoming highly-anticipated update of Dune and he just booked Knives Out 2 but he also did My Spy and I just can’t see that film being on his vision board. 

As for Gears of War, a film version is in development with F. Scott Frazier set to write the screenplay. The plan is to set the movie in an alternate reality from the games but there haven’t been many concrete updates on the project in a while. Since the film is still in development, there is still time for Bautista to plead his case and I’m sure he will because he seems, above all else, very determined.

Do YOU want to see Dave Bautista in a Gears of War movie?

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The CW: Network to expand to 7 nights a week for the first time ever

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The CW: Network to expand to 7 nights a week for the first time ever
May 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The CW is going to be a full seven-day-a-week broadcast network for the first time in its 27-year history. It has been announced that the youth-skewing network, co-owned by WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS, will expand its primetime schedule to include Saturday next season.

This will be the first time that The CW has programmed seven nights a week throughout its entire run, including its time as the WB and UPN. This change will begin with the 2021-22 season and it will see the network air 14 hours of primetime programming a week from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday-Sunday. The big four networks typically don't program original programming on Saturdays because that has been largely abandoned in the past two decades for sports, repeats, and the news. 

The CW is aiming to buck that trend by having original programming on Saturday, starting with its first Saturday of primetime programming on October 2, 2021, which will be night one of the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Night two of the festival will air the following night, Sunday, October 3, 2021. The CW is expected to unveil its Saturday lineup along with its fall 2021 schedule the week after next during their upfronts presentation. Don't expect to see shows like The Flash or Riverdale airing on Saturday nights, however. It's more than likely that Saturday will be the home of non-scripted programming and acquisitions that will allow for their ratings threshold to be a bit lower on the night without causing a headache for the network. 

Because The CW got the affiliates' blessing to take Saturday primetime from them, the network will return the stations the Monday-Friday 3:00 PM-4:00 PM afternoon to program their own needs. The CW has been airing syndicated talk shows during that time period and while that could remain the same, that decision will come down to the affiliates thanks to the recent primetime Saturday acquisition. Rob Tuck, EVP, National Sales, The CW, had this to say about the new direction:

"Becoming a seven-night-a-week network has been a long-standing goal for everyone here at The CW, and in an extremely tight broadcast environment, the ability to expand our primetime by two more hours each week is a dynamic shift that will be gladly welcomed by our clients and the agencies. Following the recent industry trend which has seen considerable contraction on a linear basis, The CW will buck that trend this season by adding a new night of original programming, creating new opportunities for us going forward."

What are your thoughts on The CW becoming a seven-night-a-week network?

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Robert Eggers’ The Northman lands a 2022 release

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Robert Eggers’ The Northman lands a 2022 release
May 14, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

After the haunting slow-burn brilliance of The Witch and The Lighthouse, I’m ready for whatever Robert Eggers wants to unleash upon us, and his latest film seems to be his most ambitious yet.

THE NORTHMAN is an epic revenge thriller which will explore “how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father,” and Focus Features have announced that the film will hit theaters on April 8, 2022. The Northman stars Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Björk, Claes Bang, Murray McArthur, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. In addition to directing, Robert Eggers also co-wrote the screenplay with Icelandic poet and novelist Sjón.

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Ralph Ineson, who also starred in Robert Eggers’ The Witch, teased to NME in March that he’s already seen a little of what they’ve shot and was blown away. “It’s an enormous movie,” Ineson said. “I saw a four-minute montage of some of the stuff they’d already shot and I was really blown away. The marriage of Rob Eggers’ imagination and Viking folklore… Jesus, man.” Ineson also had plenty of praise for Alexander Skarsgård, who apparently will look like an absolute beast in the film. “[There’s] a scene where he beats this guy in a battle; bends down and rips his throat out with his teeth, screams to the gods and he’s got his shirt off – and you think: ‘My god that’s not a bodybuilder doing a scene, that’s like a proper serious actor!” Ineson exclaimed. “He’s made himself look like some kind of monster for the part, the dedication’s incredible. I think it will be a bit of a masterpiece, to be honest.” I can’t wait.

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Bruce Willis & John Travolta to reunite for action film Paradise City

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Bruce Willis & John Travolta to reunite for action film Paradise City
May 14, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Take me down to the paradise city, where Bruce Willis and John Travolta haven't spent the past decade making terrible movies. I know, I'm no Axl Rose, but Deadline has reported that Bruce Willis and John Travolta will be reuniting for the first time in nearly thirty years to star in Paradise City, an upcoming action flick which will be directed by Chuck Russell.

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Although they didn't share too many scenes, Bruce Willis and John Travolta last appeared together in Quentin Tarnatino's Pulp Fiction in 1994. Paradise City will find Willis playing Ryan Swan, a renegade bounty hunter (is there any other kind?) who must carve his way through the Hawaiian crime world in order to seek vengeance on a crime kingpin played by John Travolta, who just so happened to have had murdered Willis' father. Model and actress Praya Lundberg is also set to star in the film, which Deadline has been told is similar to Miami Vice, except with bounty hunters instead of cops. Corey Large, who has written and produced a number of Bruce Willis action flicks, including the recent Cosmic Sin, is co-writing Paradise City along with John Drake, and will also star in the film as one of Willis' bounty hunting buddies. Director Chuck Russell is best known for helming A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, The Blob, The Mask, Eraser, and The Scorpion King. Production is slated to kick off this Monday in Maui, Hawaii. Will Paradise Lost prove to be a worthy reunion between Willis and Travolta, or just another in the long line of forgettable action films that they've appeared in over the years? I suppose time will tell.

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Secret Invasion Disney+ series taps new directors

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Secret Invasion Disney+ series taps new directors
May 14, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

If you've been digging what WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have to offer, well, Marvel has plenty more where that came from. One of the many Marvel Cinematic Universe shows in development includes Secret Invasion, which is set to find Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn as reprising their roles of Nick Fury and Talos, respectively.

Secret Invasion is slated to be written and executive produced by Kyle Bradstreet (Mr. Robot), and THR has now reported that the series will be helmed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim. Buzucha recently directed Let Him Go, a neo-Western starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as grieving grandparents out to rescue their grandson, and Ali Selim is best known for his work directing episodes of In Treatment, Manhunt, and The Looming Tower. Production on Secret Invasion is expected to kick off in Europe later this year, and in addition to Jackson and Mendelsohn, the series will also set to star Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, and Kingsley Ben-Adir, with Killian Scott also recently in talks to join the series.

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As with the comic series, it's expected that Secret Invasion will deal with a secret infiltration of Skrulls, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said earlier this year that it likely won't match the scope of the comic. "Well, there were more characters in the Secret Invasion comic series than there were in Endgame so, no," Feige said. "It's not that but it very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelson and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series that was great with the twists and turns that that took. So, that's certainly our focus more than, 'Can we cram in more characters than Endgame? like publishing?'" After WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the next MCU series to hit Disney+ will be Loki on June 9, 2021.

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Cruella first reactions praise the wickedly entertaining film

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Cruella first reactions praise the wickedly entertaining film
May 14, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

I haven’t been entirely sure what to think of CRUELLA; after all, this is a film that focuses on a character who has become notorious for murdering dogs, but based on the first reactions to the live-action Disney film, I shouldn’t hold a little dog murdering against it. Our own JimmyO caught the film and seemed to have an absolute blast, praising Cruella as one of the biggest and best surprises of the year. You can check out Jimmy’s reaction, as well as plenty of others, below!

@JimmytotheO has seen the delightful @cruella! One of the biggest and best surprises of the year! #EmmaStone is perfection, and #EmmaThompson is exceptional! It may take a bit to get going, but once it does you are in for a hell of a show! Wickedly wild, it’s a darkly comic joy! pic.twitter.com/nR7Rg9XLTW

— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is #Joker meets #TheDevilWearsPrada and possibly the best live-action #Disney movie yet. #EmmaStone is just mind-blowing, and #EmmaThompson matches her every step of the way. This movie is something special… @cruella pic.twitter.com/5qvHSkYj9A

— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) May 14, 2021

I also have to mention @PaulWHauser, because he’s a real highlight and so, so funny (I’d say the same about @FryJoel too). Wonderful double act who play off #EmmaStone perfectly. #Cruella is going to be the biggest surprise of the summer. pic.twitter.com/JOwJeElD9f

— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is absolutely divine. Deliciously devilish, wonderfully wicked, undeniably outrageous. Emma Stone & Emma Thompson are truly an iconic pairing & they play it to the hilt. Costume designer Jenny Beavan deserves 3rd billing. Plus, it’s got a killer soundtrack. @cruella pic.twitter.com/N5UFEnmSr1

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is the spiritual successor to THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Audaciously reshapes the infamous villain’s narrative. Nods to the animated classic are FUN. A punk glam attitude courses through the picture, from technical aspects (POPS on the big screen!) to character construction. pic.twitter.com/mmnWj8FIWD

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 14, 2021

.@PaulWHauser and @FryJoel are terrific as Horace and Jasper in #Cruella . They’re animated without being “cartoony,” giving their supporting characters multi-faceted internality & introspection. They’re heart and humor. pic.twitter.com/otlVTAdATZ

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is a wickedly fun watch w/ amazing costumes & an epic soundtrack. Emma Stone and Emma Thompson are exceptionally evil & hilarious, and they make the movie memorable. Also, Paul Walter Hauser steals scenes, as he tends to do. It’s like a Disneyfied DEVIL WEARS PRADA pic.twitter.com/dUSjlVlgsu

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) May 14, 2021

Categorizing #Cruella as great isn’t hyperbolic. Because it’s great.

Incredibly directed and crafted — wouldn’t shock me if it scored Best Production Design and Best Costume Oscar noms — and well acted: everyone is having fun and that fun imprints itself on the film’s DNA. pic.twitter.com/tGJLyeMWzW

— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) May 14, 2021

The soundtrack is excellent, the use of dogs is both adorable and inventive, the humor is sharp, and the IP is irrelevant: #Cruella stands and can be enjoyed on its own.

And, of course, the Emma Stone (and Thompson) of it all: they’re the best part.

People will love this movie. pic.twitter.com/ofOUqgeXTW

— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is an ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS film! Every outfit is STUNNING & fits perfectly in the London punk rock era. Emma Stone is FLAWLESS as Cruella & her version blows Glenn Close’s version out of the water! The soundtrack is FIRE!????

Don’t miss the post credit scene! WOW! @cruella pic.twitter.com/2YJfP7pwzu

— Tessa Smith – Mama’s Geeky (@MamasGeeky) May 14, 2021

The story is extremely well done with fantastic nods to 101 Dalmatians & Emma Thompson’s Baroness is a great addition to Cruella’s origin. Joel Fry as Jasper & @PaulWHauser as Horace are pure perfection, providing the comedic relief in this dark & twisted film. #Cruella pic.twitter.com/KkelGl7LVc

— Tessa Smith – Mama’s Geeky (@MamasGeeky) May 14, 2021

The fashion is to DIE for & the cinematography is incredible. @Cruella BEGS to be seen on the big screen with Emma Stone crushing it as this larger than life villain with her unique mannerisms and looks that could kill!

May 28th – in theaters & Disney+ Premier Access.#Cruella pic.twitter.com/ZmbmVn38NE

— Tessa Smith – Mama’s Geeky (@MamasGeeky) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is a tasty caper. Rich visuals and creative cinematography enhance this pithy origin story dipped in camp. Emma Stone crackles as she evolves in the titular lead opposite Emma Thompson’s tart Baroness. Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser make for delightful partners in crime pic.twitter.com/wrS3xLtVVY

— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is one of Disney’s strongest live-action remakes that gives an updated origin story for a new age whilst showcasing breathtaking fashion.

Emma Stone is wildly entertaining in the titular role as she fully commits to the villain persona in a fearless & bold performance. pic.twitter.com/cK583U6Ow5

— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) May 14, 2021

#Cruella is all over the place. A mixed bag that isn’t sure what kind of movie it wants to be. It’s too nihilistic for some of its family-friendly Air Bud moments but also too silly for the edgy character study it wants to be. A mishmash of things that don’t flow together. pic.twitter.com/DjyHVFRUWS

— Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) May 14, 2021

Emma Stone is great and is clearly having a blast playing this version of Cruella. Emma Thompson does her best Miranda Priestly. The movie is stylish as hell, which might be its most redeeming quality.

— Charles Villanueva (@cfsvillanueva) May 14, 2021

CRUELLA tells the origin story of one of Disney’s greatest villains with a 70s punk rock style, a splash of DC comic book madness & a lot of camp. Emma Stone & Emma Thompson tear into their roles with wicked charm while the costumes are to die for! The de Vil Wears Prada indeed! pic.twitter.com/E28Lhnup3s

— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) May 14, 2021

Cruella could be the biggest surprise of the summer. Bold, dark, & wonderfully anti-Disney. Emma Stone is perfection as Cruella. Hair & Makeup, Production Design & Costume Design are sure bets for Oscars noms. Paul Walter Hauser is terrific and Winks the dog is adorable. #Cruella pic.twitter.com/zPCdFXSGL3

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) May 14, 2021

Cruella is definitely not for kids which is so refreshing to see from Disney. While I’m not entirely sure who Cruella is for, I do know that the film will build a cult following. It completely stands out on its own from all the other Disney live action films thus far.

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) May 14, 2021

Cruella is the perfect combination of Batman Returns meets Devil Wears Prada. Did I mention the killer soundtrack and score? How about Craig Gillespie’s superb direction? Who continues to showcase his range as a filmmaker & how each film he makes feels wildly different the last.

— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) May 14, 2021

There are 2 queens in #Cruella. Emma Stone & Emma Thompson both shine in a battle of who is more wicked. Ridiculously entertaining, this story of my favorite Disney Villain, is a visual feast of 1970s London and high fashion. The film is too long, but I raise my glass to Cruella. pic.twitter.com/EokM9AHFCY

— Tania Lamb (@LolaLambchops) May 14, 2021

CRUELLA is spectacular fun. A bit long in the tooth at 2h 15m but loved Emmas Stone and Thompson chewing and gnashing at the scenery with glee. Gorgeously costumed by Jenny Beaven, an exciting score by Nicholas Britell and Paul Walter Hauser is absolutely hilarious. #Cruella

— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) May 14, 2021

Cruella was helmed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara and based on a story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis. The film stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Mark Strong, and more.

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The official synopsis for Cruella:

Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

Cruella will debut in theaters and on Disney+ Premier on May 28th.

Justice League: Zack Snyder reveals first look at Green Lantern John Stewart

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Justice League: Zack Snyder reveals first look at Green Lantern John Stewart
May 14, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Although Zack Snyder’s Justice League included just about everything that Snyder had originally shot for the superhero epic, there were a few elements that the director was forced to cut out. Snyder had shot a scene with Wayne T. Carr playing John Stewart/Green Lantern, but when Warner Bros. caught wind of it, they asked him to remove it as they didn’t want anything to conflict with their future plans for the character. “We did have a Green Lantern scene in the movie that the studio asked me to take out that I did also shoot here in the driveway with an amazing actor who was going to play John Stewart,” Snyder said.

RELATED: Zack Snyder talks #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, calls WB aggressively anti-Snyder

John Stewart would have appeared in the epilogue of Justice League, but the character wound up being replaced by Martian Manhunter (Harry Lennix) in the final film. We’ve seen several behind-the-scene images of the sequence being shot, but as Wayne T. Carr was decked out in a motion-capture suit, we weren’t able to see him properly suited up…until now…sort of. During an online Q&A, Zack Snyder shared an image of Carr as Green Lantern on his phone, and while the quality isn’t great unfortunately, you can get a rough idea.

Ladies and Gentlemen, @WayneTCarr as Green Lantern. pic.twitter.com/fVIouuhJMG

— Ishaan Sangha (@IshaanSangha) May 14, 2021

Even after the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the director hasn’t stopped sharing previously unseen tidbits from the movie, so I’m sure at some point…we might just get to see Wayne T. Carr’s Green Lantern with a few more pixels. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is currently streaming on HBO Max, and Snyder’s latest film, Army of the Dead, is now playing in select theaters and will hit Netflix on May 21st. You can check out a review from our own Chris Bumbray right here.

Poker Face: Russell Crowe to star in high stakes gambling thriller

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Poker Face: Russell Crowe to star in high stakes gambling thriller
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Russell Crowe wants to hold 'em as they do in Texas after agreeing to lead Poker Face, a Gary Fleder-directed thriller. Filming is scheduled to begin in Sydney, Australia, late next month, with Stephen M. Coates in charge of the script. I'm doing my best not to summon Lady Gaga at this moment, so let's move onto the plot, shall we?

Written by Stephen M. Coates, Crowe plays Jake, a tech billionaire who gathers his childhood friends to his Miami estate for what turns into a high stakes game of poker. Those friends have a love-hate relationship with the host, a master game-player/planner, and he has concocted an elaborate scheme designed to bring a certain justice to all of them. However, Jake finds himself rethinking his strategy when his Miami mansion is overtaken by a dangerous home invader whose previous jobs have all ended in murder and arson.

Arclight Films will finance and produce the film, with Gary Hamilton, Addam Bramich, Ryan Hamilton, Jeanette Volturno, Jason Clark, and Keith Rodger producing. Crowe recently wrapped his contribution to Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder, in which he'll be playing the god Zeus. I wouldn't bank on him being in the film for too long though, seeing as it also stars Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher.

  

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine final season premiere set for post-Olympics debut

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine final season premiere set for post-Olympics debut
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Hot damn! The well-meaning goofballs of the 99th Precinct are going to the Olympics! Sharpen your swords, and string your bows the beasts have gone away.

It's been announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will launch its final season after the Summer Olympics in the "desired" post-games slot. “It will launch in August, coming out of the Summer Olympics, which is a coveted slot," said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming. "We can think of nothing more deserving than giving it to the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is a beloved show and we wanted to give it a slot where it had access to the biggest possible audience.”

“We’re still working out the details but it’s safe to assume some of the episodes will be double run,” said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming. This being the case, NBC admits that they'll reschedule the premiere if the Tokyo Games are canceled due to the pandemic.

RELATED: The Great: Season 2 casts Gillian Anderson as Catherine’s mother Joanna

Originally, the rewatchable AF (as Frasier) police comedy ran for five seasons on Fox before it was canceled but then rescued by NBC for a sixth season. Season seven then arrived to rave reviews when it aired in spring 2020. Production on the eighth season is already underway, with cast members frequently posting videos and pics from behind-the-scenes along the way.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which revolves around a group of hapless yet kindhearted cops patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, New York stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller.

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The Great adds Gillian Anderson to season 2

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The Great adds Gillian Anderson to season 2
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Hulu's The Great is about to get even greater after adding Gillian Anderson to its Season 2 cast. Anderson will step onto the period piece comedic series as Joanna, a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the “maestro of marriage” for her abilities to arrange high-profile partnerships for her daughters. She has heard rumors of her daughter’s coup and come to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine’s eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Johanna has more sinister intentions to save her family’s reputation.

Created, written, and executive-produced by Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer Tony McNamara, The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia's history. With only occasional historical facts, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Bayo Gbadamosi, and Belinda Bromilow.

Famously known for playing Dana Scully in the fan-favorite series X-Files, Anderson has stolen the show for several series, including Hannibal, American Gods, The Fall, The Crown one of my personal favorites, Netflix's Sex Education, in which she plays sex therapist, Dr. Jean Milburn. She's an absolute marvel when it comes to playing sinister characters on-screen, making her a great fit for the scheming Joanna.

RELATED: The Dry: Eric Bana (Interview) on Australian film, Chopper and more

The first season of The Great was nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe awards, including best actor/actress for Hoult and Fanning. It also won the WGA for episodic comedy award for McNamara. If you needed another reason to get caught up on The Great before Season 2 begins, Anderson joining the cast should give you that extra push.

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The Dry: Eric Bana (Interview) on Australian film, Chopper and more

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The Dry: Eric Bana (Interview) on Australian film, Chopper and more
May 14, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

I’ve always been a major fan of Eric Bana. A terrific actor that crossed over from his native Australia after blowing onto the scene internationally with Andrew Dominik’s Chopper, he played none other than The Incredible Hulk in Ang Lee’s The Hulk and then became a pretty big star thanks to Troy, Steven Spielberg’s amazing Munich and more. Following his turn on the hit series Dirty John, Bana opted to return to Australia to star in an adaptation of Jane Harper’s novel THE DRY, which is produced by powerhouse Australian producer Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies, The Nightingale, and many more). 

In it, Bana plays federal investigator Aaron Falk, who returns to his drought-ridden hometime to investigate the apparent murder/suicide of his best friend from childhood. The community isn’t happy to see Falk back considering that as a teen, he was the prime suspect in the murder of a local girl, and everyone still thinks he did it. It’s an intriguing thriller elevated by some gorgeous cinematography, sharp direction, and more. Notably, it’s one of the biggest homegrown Australian box office hits of all time. My full review will be up next week, but until then here’s my sit down with Bana in which we discussed Australian film, The Dry, and whether or not he’d ever play Chopper Reid again. 

The Dry comes out in North America via IFC on May 28th

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Indiana Jones 5: Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson join cast

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Indiana Jones 5: Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson join cast
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Logan actor Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson (The Resident, Black Panther) are set to co-star opposite Harrison Ford in INDIANA JONES 5. The duo joins previously announced castmembers Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen, who’ve already signed on to star in the anticipated sequel. James Mangold is in charge of directing the project rather than Steven Spielberg, who will serve as a producer. For those of you who are concerned about Spielberg not being at the helm, fear not, as he’s still involved with several aspects of the film’s development.

Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel will produce alongside Steven Speilberg. Set to return to the franchise is famed composer John Williams, whose contributions to the 40-year-old franchise are the stuff of legend. For the moment, the plan is to start production this summer. In fact, Mangold is in the process of meeting with other talents to make certain that production goes smoothly. After all, fans have waited long enough for this movie, have they not?

Holbrook made a splash after starring in the first two seasons of Narcos. He then landed a role while playing the villain Pierce in Mangold’s mature and emotive X-Men feature Logan. You can also find him starring in Shane Black’s The Predator as the character Quinn McKenna. As for Wilson, she was a member of the Dora Milaje in Marvel’s Black Panther and is known to many as Dr. Mina Okafor on the medical drama The Resident.

The long-gestating Indiana Jones sequel is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 29, 2022. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with all the details as they roll out.

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Clueless reboot: Peacock passes after 9 months of development

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Clueless reboot: Peacock passes after 9 months of development
May 14, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

I must be buggin’ out right now because I’ve just learned that Peacock is shutting down the development of its CLUELESS TV series reboot. The surprise project based on the 1995 cult film had been in the works for nine months before being grounded, but not all hope is lost. According to sources, Clueless remains a valuable property for producers CBS Studios, who plan to redevelop the reboot and try again.

Peacock’s take on the fetch film starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and the late Brittany Murphy had been on the table for almost a year before the script, written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey, had become a thing at Peacock. The streamer took ownership of the reboot in August, with plans to promote the show as a nostalgic trip for fans of the original film. The now-defunct Clueless reboot was described as a “baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?”

As it happens, Rover and Berwick, who oversee NBC and other studios, passed on the series after reviewing several scripts. When asked to comment about the cancellation of plans to develop the project, NBC had no comment.

RELATED: Brittany Murphy docuseries in the works at HBO Max

Ugh… as if! Was the canceled Clueless project, in actuality, a Monet? You know, something that from far away is OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess? I suppose we’ll never know, though it’s nice to know that there’s still hope as the concept gets reworked. 

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Mortal Kombat’s Ludi Lin says new Lord of the Rings series lacks diversity

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Mortal Kombat’s Ludi Lin says new Lord of the Rings series lacks diversity
May 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

MORTAL KOMBAT‘s Ludi Lin, who plays Liu Kang in the film, is calling out Amazon’s new Lord of The Rings series for its lack of diversity. 

Lin took to Twitter to address the issue via a story about the show and its massive budget. One article, published on May 12 by “Indiewire“, had a headline that read “Amazon Boss Justifies Lord of the Rings’ $465 Million Budget: Huge World-Building Required.” Lin tweeted the article to his 38.8K followers and directly called out the head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, by saying it’s “hard to justify” the creation of such a huge world “without any characters that look Asian.” You can check out Lin’s tweet below:

It’s going to be difficult to justify building a “huge world” without any characters that look Asian. Turn that imagine on us @JSalke. It’s not hard, we’re right here.

Amazon Boss Justifies ‘Lord of the Rings’ $465 Million Budget: ‘Huge World-Building’ https://t.co/Xx8F651k7m

— Ludi Lin (@ludi_lin) May 13, 2021

Once you dive into it, of the 30+ cast members announced for the new series, the vast majority appears to be white. It should be noted that it’s too early to determine at this point how big of a role each cast member actually has but diversity has been the hot-button topic in Hollywood and the fantasy genre as well. Franchises like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Lord of The Rings have been reexamined under a new lens because of how “white” some of these franchises are. I might get a lot of crap for this but many fantasy series draw on Medieval and Norse mythos for inspiration and that is a lot of the reason there are more white performers attached to fantasy series and franchises. A lot of the stories do provide allegories for race but a part of me thinks it’s reaching a bit to find a problem here. I’m all for more diversity across film and TV but I don’t think a show like Lord of The Rings featuring mostly white actors is a sign of a lack of diversity. 

Lin’s tweet is being met with a mostly positive reception although there are some responses that think he’s trying to find an issue where there isn’t one. So far, Jennifer Salke hasn’t responded to his tweet but it will be interesting to see if it gains more traction. Lin is no stranger to using his platform to speak up in favor of diversity and against anti-Asian rhetoric. Lin recently spoke about the rise in anti-Asian violence with the “South China Morning Post “and stated, “I want to do my part in transforming these feelings into positive action to prevent tragedies like these from repeating.” I respect Lin’s passion and I respect him using his platform to speak his mind but this is bound to have people mixed down the aisle. 

What are YOUR thoughts on Ludi Lin’s comments?

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Riders of Justice Review

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Riders of Justice Review

May 14, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: After his wife is killed in a train derailment, a military man, Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) is convinced by a survivor of the accident (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) that it was no accident. Rather, he and his crew of statisticians tell him that it was a deliberate attack to eliminate a key witness in a criminal case against an infamous biker gang called “The RIDERS OF JUSTICE”. Markus, who’s also dealing with his traumatized daughter, declares war on the gang, using his combat skills to pick them off one-by-one, while also finding a bizarre surrogate family in this crew of misfits.

REVIEW: Riders of Justice is being sold domestically as a straight-forward revenge tale. On the poster you have Mads Mikkelsen in an action movie pose with a gun, with the typical tag line “someone is going to pay.” Here’s the thing – Riders of Justice is a revenge movie. There’s loads of action and a body count in the dozens. But it’s also just as much a dark comedy and a sweet family melodrama. It’s an interesting mash-up of genres that is very evocative of other films made in Denmark, where Mads and his co-star Nikolaj Lie Kaas are super A-list.

Just like Mikkelsen’s other big recent Danish movie (Another Round), Riders of Justice will likely get a big American remake deal at some point, but the resulting film won’t be anywhere near as interesting as Anders Thomas Jensen’s original. Mikkelsen is great as the hardened military man, who suddenly finds himself a single father after his wife dies. He’s left with an emotionally scarred and neglected teenage daughter (the terrific Andrea Heick Gadeberg) who wants her dad to open up, but he’s incapable. Revenge proves to be a great distraction, with him more comfortable mowing down bikers with his M-16 than participating in family therapy with his daughter.

Mikkelsen’s Markus is a hard-ass, but you also get the sense that he’s trying to be a good dad and a good guy to boot. When he smacks his daughter’s boyfriend for mouthing off, you get the sense immediately that he regrets what he did, and it’s a tribute to the maturity of Danish films that the two simply sit and talk things out rather than paint either guy as two-dimensional. It’s a great role for him and hopefully this and Another Round show Hollywood there’s a lot more to him than bad guy roles in big franchises (I still hope he’s playing a good guy in Indy 5 rather than a villain).

Riders of Justice is also more of an ensemble than a straight-forward star vehicle, with Nikolaj Lie Kass’ character just as important, with him a statistician with his own demons struggling to overcome a sense of guilt. Being a nice guy, he gave up his seat to Markus’ wife on the train, leading inadvertently to her death. His idea of revenge is hacking into the gang’s bank accounts and signing them up for a bunch of dumb memberships. Mads prefers murder. Kass also has lovely chemistry with Gadeberg, who – in yet more proof of the Danish sensibility- never blames him for what happened to her mom and actually quite likes him in the end.

Kass’s misfit buddies are a solid bunch too. Danish star Nicolas Bro is the overweight team hacker who’s tougher than he looks, while Lars Brygmann is terrific as an emotionally scarred rape survivor who finds common ground with a biker victim played by Gustav Lindh. Again, it’s unique that the two survivors of sexual assault in this are both men. The bikers – led by Skyscraper’s Roland Møller, are a demonic bunch, with them reprobate sex traffickers and rapists, so when Mads starts mowing them down you can’t help but root for him even if the case against them orchestrating the train accident is circumstantial at best.

While I loved Riders of Justice, it bears mentioning that this may not be for all tastes. A lot of folks don’t like their violent thrillers laced with heavy doses of dark comedy and family drama, so if you’re looking for a straight-ahead revenge pic this isn’t for you. But, if you’re a touch adventurous in your choices, give this one a watch. For the record – former JoBlo staff member and my Beard and the Bald co-host Paul Shirey loved it, as did Jessica Dwyer of Fantasizing About Fantasy Films. My partner Laura also adored it. It’s utterly unique and thoroughly entertaining.

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Kate: Mary Elizabeth Winstead is out for blood in first images

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Kate: Mary Elizabeth Winstead is out for blood in first images
May 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Netflix has unveiled the first images from their Japan-set-action thriller Kate, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead looks like she's ready to kick ass in these new images from the film.

The new images come to us courtesy of "Entertainment Weekly" and they give us a good impression of what we're in store for. According to Winstead, "Kate is a ruthless assassin who is on a job in Tokyo, and she gets poisoned. She finds out she has 24 hours to live before the poison kills her, she sets out on a mission to find out who poisoned her and kill them before she dies. Along the way, she forges this bond with this teenage girl named Ani (Miku Martineau), and they end up taking on this mission together. It's a heartfelt, brutal, assassin story!" You can check out the first look images below!

The film also stars Woody Harrelson as Kate's handler and director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan said, about the popular actor, "Woody is Woody. He's an adventure in itself, for sure. But he's very committed and he is super easy to work with. He gives that swagger to that character. He wasn't on the set for very long but we made it count."

Kate, which also stars Tadanobu Asano, Michiel Huisman, and Jun Kunimura, is expected to hit Netflix globally in the Fall of 2021. Did YOU like the new images? Will YOU be watching Kate?

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WTF Happened to Jurassic Park 3?

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WTF Happened to Jurassic Park 3?
May 14, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Movie? – The JoBlo series that looks at troubled productions, curious creative decisions, box-office failures, surprising successes, and cult favorites!

After two brontosaurus-sized box office smashes, a third JURASSIC PARK movie seemed like a guaranteed success. But without Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair, and a script that was constantly revised throughout the entire production, the 2001 sequel was met with financial and critical disappointment, putting the dinosaur franchise into deep storage for 15 years. Sharpen your claws and find out “WTF Happened to JURASSIC PARK III!”

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Halloween Kills: Michael Myers holds a bloody knife in fresh new image

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Halloween Kills: Michael Myers holds a bloody knife in fresh new image
May 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

We will FINALLY get to see HALLOWEEN KILLS this year after a forced delay from its 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it looks like Blumhouse Productions is already trying to build the hype. 

The latest tease comes courtesy of “Empire Magazine“, which has revealed a brand new image of Michael Myers with his signature bloody knife in hand. The image, which was posted on “Empire’s” Twitter page, has a caption that reads “Michael Myers is back and out for blood (as ever) in @blumhouse’s slasher sequel #HalloweenKills – coming to UK cinemas from 15 October. Here’s an exclusive new image from the movie #EmpireBackToCinemas.” You can check out the Twitter post below!

Michael Myers is back and out for blood (as ever) in @blumhouse‘s slasher sequel #HalloweenKills – coming to UK cinemas from 15 October. Here’s an exclusive new image from the movie #EmpireBackToCinemas pic.twitter.com/TYyPqhKLjW

— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) May 14, 2021

Halloween Kills is set to follow 2018’s Halloween, which was a direct continuation of the first Halloween from 1978. The new sequel will pick up right after the ending of the 2018 film with a very angry Michael Myers wreaking total havoc on Haddonfield. Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak return from the previous film while newcomers include Anthony Michael Hall and Kyle Richards.

Directed by David Gordon Green, Halloween Kills, in addition to a traditional release, will also get an IMAX presentation when it opens on October 15, 2021. Did YOU like the new Halloween Kills image?

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Halston TV Review

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Halston TV Review
May 14, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

Plot: The limited series Halston follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status, and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970’s and ‘80’s New York — until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself.

Review: I have long been a fan of Ryan Murphy's brand of storytelling. Since making the shift from FX to Netflix, his projects have been underwhelming. The Politician, Hollywood, and Ratched have all felt like variations of his same formula. Each new series tried to tell a story we had not seen before, but thanks to Murphy, we have and many times over. With my bar set fairly low, I was not expecting Halston to be refreshingly unlike those aforementioned series. Maybe it was due to showrunner Sharr White or the impeccable talent of Ewan McGregor in the title role, but Halston is the least Murphy-esque series yet which allows it to tell a story very much worth telling without distraction.

Set over five, hour-long chapters, Halston chronicles the rise of the fashion designer from his creation of Jackie Kennedy's pillbox hat in 1961 through his untimely death due to HIV in 1990. Like the Citizen Kane of fashion, this tale follows a man's rise from humble beginnings to the height of success before it all comes crashing down around him in the most tragic manner possible. At the center is a man whose self-consciousness and fear of abandonment crumbles under the pressure of fame. It is a story that has been told in documentary form but this dramatization is still quite something to experience. This is a sad story with an even sadder ending. But, unlike the fictional Citizen Kane, this one is entirely true.

Ewan McGregor delivers one of his career-best performances as Halston whose thirst for success is directly tied to his downfall. This series is less a tale of redemption but rather of personal excess. If you are unfamiliar with the life of Halston, avoid reading about how his empire came crumbling down as watching it unfold on screen adds an intense punch to the proceedings. McGregor has always shined in every performance, but he brilliantly balances the outlandish personality of Halston with his many insecurities. It is a challenge to play a big personality, but in the quieter moments of each episode is where McGregor really adds an intangible element to the fragility of Halston's psyche, something that makes this a character and not just an impersonation. You will sympathize with Halston while despising how he treats those around him. It is a stunning performance that will surely be recognized come awards season.

The production values in any series about fashion must be as exacting as the characters being portrayed and Halston is exacting in recreating these iconic designs. The series does not spend too much time in period references outside of those directly tied to the narrative. With Liza Minnelli (an excellent Krysta Rodriguez) as one of Halston's closest friends as well as the late Joel Schumacher (Rory Culkin) as an early Halston employee, the series does include primarily real figures from Halston's life story. There are multiple actors here who shine including David Pittu as Halston's illustrator Joe Eula, Rebecca Davan as designer and muse Elsa Peretti, Bill Pullman as David Mahoney, and Gianfranco Rodriguez as Halston's lover, Victory Hugo. There is also a nice if wasted turn by Vera Farmiga as a parfumier.

Scripted by Sharr White alongside Ryan Murphy and his longtime collaborator Ian Brennan, Halston is helmed by veteran TV director Daniel Minahan (Series 7: The Contenders, Deadwood: The Movie) who lends a cinematic scope that frames the creative process as a beautiful effort in one scene and an arduous process in the next. The second episode of the series focuses on the famous fashion show known as The Battle of Versailles that is the closest depiction of a runway show to an actual movie battle sequence. It seemed to be a massive effort from all involved to condense three decades of a man's life and career into five episodes and that is ultimately the biggest problem I had with Halston.

The flow of time is a challenge in creating any sort of biographical film and Halston speeds up and slows down time all over the place. In the first episode alone, we shift from 1938 for a brief scene to speeding through most of the 1960s in less than an hour. From scene to scene, Halston's hairstyle and appearance shift so rapidly you may have to reorient yourself to try and figure out if days, months, or years have gone by or if it is just the character's look for that particular day. Other episodes stretch a few weeks to the duration of the entire episode. It is jarring and often I found myself wondering why we were spending so much time on a scene for it to never factor back into the story.

Halston ultimately succeeds on the strength of the performances, anchored by Ewan McGregor who is the best he has ever been. He plays Halston as a flawed but brilliant artist who learns the errors of his ways too late and loses his most precious commodity: his own name. This series plays like an extended film and gives an encompassing look at who Halston was. As someone unfamiliar with the world of fashion design, I still found this to be a dramatic and emotional look at a story I knew nothing about. This is a tale that seems almost too crazy to be true which made it even more shocking to watch. Despite some pacing issues, this is the most subdued effort to come from Ryan Murphy and one worth watching for McGregor's performance alone.

Halston premieres on May 14th on Netflix.

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Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile: Check out an exclusive clip!

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Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile: Check out an exclusive clip!
May 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Timur Bekmambetov’s latest film PROFILE has been receiving high marks for its unique narrative gimmick that generates a high level of intensity and we are lucky enough to share an exclusive clip from the film which opens today, May 14!

Based upon the non-fiction book “In The Skin of a Jihadist” by Anna Erelle, Profile follows a journalist named Amy Whittaker (Valene Kane), who is investigating the recruitment of young European women by ISIS. In order to further her investigation, Amy creates a new Facebook profile under the alias of Melody Nelson and crafts a persona online of a woman who has recently converted to Islam. Soon Amy is contacted by Bilel (Shazad Latif), an ISIS fighter from Syria. The duo begins n to talk to each other regularly and she has to try to not be lured into becoming a militant extremist herself.

Profile’s narrative gimmick plays out in an unconventional way because the film takes place entirely on a computer screen in the Screenlife format, pioneered by Bekmambetov in such films as Unfriended, Unfriended: The Dark Web, and Searching. All three of those movies were pretty top-notch in my book so I’m very curious to see what he’ll do with Profile.

Did YOU like the exclusive clip? Profile is in theaters now via Focus Features.

 

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Enola Holmes sequel set with Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill

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Enola Holmes sequel set with Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill
May 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

This should come as no surprise since it gained instant popularity on Netflix after its premiere but the streamer has given the official green light for a sequel to ENOLA HOLMES, with Millie Bobby Brown & Henry Cavill set to return.

Harry Bradbeer is returning to direct the film and Jack Thorne, who penned the first, will write the script for the sequel. Millie Bobby Brown had this to say about returning:

“I can’t wait to collaborate again with my Enola Holmes family! Enola holds a special place in my heart – she’s strong, fearless, intelligent and brave. I look forward to fans seeing how her journey continues!”
 

The film is based on Nancy Springer’s Edgar Award-nominated book series, “The Enola Holmes Mysteries” which is comprised of six books in total. The story follows the story of Sherlock Holmes’ rebellious teen sister Enola, a gifted super-sleuth in her own right who often outsmarts her famous siblings. Cavill plays Sherlock Holmes in the film.

Enola Holmes was one of the first big films acquired during the early part of the pandemic, with Netflix landing worldwide rights, minus China, in the spring. When it premiered in September of 2020, an estimated 76 million households watched Enola Holmes in the first 28 days of its release. Production on the sequel could take place by the end of the year if everything goes according to plan.

Are YOU all in for a sequel to Enola Holmes?
 

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Space Jam: A New Legacy: Michael Jordan will appear but not how you’d expect

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Space Jam: A New Legacy: Michael Jordan will appear but not how you’d expect
May 13, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Twenty five years ago, Michael Jordan was enlisted by the Looney Tunes to help them win a basketball match against a group of nefarious aliens. Featuring an all-star cast of the NBA’s finest as well as the Looney Tunes themselves, Space Jam was a box-office success and has become a favourite of those who grew up with the film.

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Warner Bros. had been attempting to develop a Space Jam sequel since the release of the first time, but each incarnation of the project wound up falling apart. LeBron James officially joined the project in 2014, and after a lengthy development, SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY is ready to be unleashed. Although James is clearly the star this time around, fans have been wondering if Michael Jordan might still have a part to play, and while speaking with Access Hollywood, Space Jam: A New Legacy star Don Cheadle let it slip that the basketball legend will appear in the sequel.

Michael Jordan is in the movie, but not in the way that you would expect it.

Just what form Michael Jordan’s appearance in Space Jam: A New Legacy will take remains to be seen, but it’s nice to know that he’ll still be involved in some fashion. In addition to LeBron James and Don Cheadle, the film also stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Cedric Joe as LeBron’s wife and son.

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The official synopsis for Space Jam: A New Legacy:

Welcome to the Jam! NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter. This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.

Space Jam: A New Legacy will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16, 2021, and it was recently announced that the original 1996 film will be released on 4K Ultra HD on July 6, 2021.

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Access Hollywood

The Woman in the Window Review

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The Woman in the Window Review
The Woman in the Window Review

May 13, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: An agoraphobic woman (Amy Adams) who spies on her neighbours witnesses a murder.

REVIEW: Joe Wright’s THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW had a turbulent journey to the big screen. Originally a 20th Century Fox Film, it was left in limbo when Disney acquired the company. It’s based on a huge bestseller (by A. J. Finn – a controversial figure) with a script by noted playwright Tracy Letts (Killer Joe). You have to assume it was once meant to be an Oscar-caliber thriller a la Gone Girl. Suffice to say things did not work out in the film’s favor. Disney had much of the film reshot with producer Scott Rudin (another controversial guy) hiring fix-it man Tony Gilroy to re-write the film. The result was a radically changed movie. They changed it so much so that they had to scrap the Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor score, and eventually, Disney opted to sell the finished film to Netflix.

One can see why it was dumped as, despite the high pedigree, The Woman in the Window is not a good movie at all. It’s visually creative and energetic, something you can credit director Joe Wright for (even Pan – as bad as it was – had energy), but the plotting is one-note and, worse yet, the performances are over-the-top. When you have a movie that stars Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore but the acting isn’t up to par you have to wonder what went wrong.

Like many book-to-film adaptations, what works on the page doesn’t always work on film. This reminds me a lot of The Girl on the Train, which was also based on a bestseller but wound up being a boring movie. Adams is supposed to be suicidal and agoraphobic, but never convinces as a character on the edge and/or crazy. She seems too collected. She needed to be more unhinged, with her tragic backstory coming along too late in the film to give her gravitas.

Adams is the whole show here, and while she’s amazing 99.9% of the time, this is the one movie that doesn’t serve her well. Similarly, Julianne Moore is way over the top as a walking red herring, while Gary Oldman had very little to do as the neighbor across the street that Moore is convinced killed his wife. Again – it’s Gary Oldman as a sinister character yet he’s boring? Jennifer Jason Leigh is especially ill-served, having almost no dialogue and no big scenes. What happened here? The seams in this one are glaring. Likewise, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry and (especially) Anthony Mackie are wasted in two-dimensional roles. 

It’s tied together by good visuals, with Bruno Delbonnel working overtime to give it a unique look. Wright tries to be too slick with his references to classic psychological thrillers that parallel the plot, but when you see clips from Hitchcock guess what? You want to go watch Hitchcock and you wonder why you’re watching such a mediocre film. Even the Danny Elfman score is assembly line.

It’s been a long time since I’ve disliked a movie so much. I think as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become much nicer as a critic giving a pass to movies I would have probably hated a few years ago. Suffice to say, if I hate something these days it’s bad. I’m not exaggerating that, had I not been reviewing it, I would have never made it to the end credits. It’s a terrible movie.

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JoBlo.com

Army of the Dead’s first fifteen minutes prepares you for a bloody ride

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Army of the Dead’s first fifteen minutes prepares you for a bloody ride
May 13, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Zack Snyder burst onto the scene with Dawn of the Dead, which, in my opinion, still holds up as one of the best horror remakes of all-time, but sadly, it took the director nearly twenty years before he returned to the realm of the undead. ARMY OF THE DEAD is set to debut on Netflix tomorrow, but if you’re in the mood for a little zombie appetizer, the first NSFW fifteen minutes of Snyder’s latest zombie epic is available for your viewing pleasure above!

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The official synopsis for Army of the Dead:

From filmmaker Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a displaced Vegas local, former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: Break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. Driven by the hope that the payoff could help pave the way to a reconciliation with his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell), Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. They include Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera), an ace mechanic and Ward’s old friend; Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick), a zombie killing machine; Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), a cynical helicopter pilot; Mikey Guzman (Raúl Castillo), a go-for-broke influencer and Chambers (Samantha Win), his ride-or-die; Martin (Garret Dillahunt), the casino’s head of security; a badass warrior known as the Coyote (Nora Arnezeder) who recruits Burt Cummings (Theo Rossi), a slimy security guard; and a brilliant German safe cracker named Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Scott finds an unexpected emotional hurdle when Kate joins the expedition to search for Geeta (Huma S. Qureshi), a mother who’s gone missing inside the city. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.

Army of the Dead will debut on Netflix on May 14th, and you can check out a review from our own Chris Bumbray right here.

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Netflix

Shang-Chi, Free Guy will hit streaming 45 days after theatrical release

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Shang-Chi, Free Guy will hit streaming 45 days after theatrical release
May 13, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Although vaccines are rolling out and there’s a hint of normality (whatever that means) on the horizon, we haven’t seen the last of theatrical movies opting for a simultaneous debut in theaters and on streaming services, and Disney is no exception. The studio has several movies slated for a theatrical/Disney+ Premier release, including Cruella on May 28th, Black Widow on July 9th, and Jungle Cruise on July 30th, but they will be sticking to a theatrical debut for some of their films.

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During Disney’s second-quarter earnings call today, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS and Free Guy will both debut in theaters, where they will remain for 45 days before being available to stream. That cuts the typical theatrical release window largely in half, and it’s following in the footsteps of other studios such as Paramount, who announced earlier this year that they would be making Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place: Part II, and others available on the Paramount+ streaming service 45 days after they hit theaters. It’s not clear at this time if this means that Shang-Chi and Free Guy will be available for all Disney+ subscribers or if this is another Premier situation, or if they’ll be available on some other PVOD platforms, but I’d imagine that we’ll find out more soon. Free Guy is slated for an August 13, 2021 release, while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit theaters on September 3, 2021.

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Deadline

Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers trailer takes you on a musical odyssey

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Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers trailer takes you on a musical odyssey
May 13, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

While we await the release of Last Night in Soho, Edgar Wright as a treat for us with THE SPARKS BROTHERS, a documentary that explores the legacy of Sparks, the pop/rock band consisting of brothers Ron and Russell Mael. Over the course of 50 years, the brothers have released 24 albums (with a 25th in the works) and have influenced countless other artists along the way while remaining criminally overlooked themselves. Focus Features have released a new trailer for The Sparks Brothers, which you can check out above.

In addition to Ron and Russell themselves, The Sparks Brothers includes interviews with “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mike Myers, Beck, Neil Gaiman, Flea, Patton Oswalt, Björk, and many others. Our own Chris Bumbray caught the film when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and you can check out his glowing review right here.

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The official synopsis for The Sparks Brothers:

How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Edgar Wright’s debut documentary The Sparks Brothers, which features commentary from celebrity fans Flea, Jane Wiedlin, Beck, Jack Antonoff, Jason Schwartzman, Neil Gaiman, and more, takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band.

The Sparks Brothers will hit theaters on June 18, 2021.

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Focus Features

Knives Out 2: Kathryn Hahn cast in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery sequel

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Knives Out 2: Kathryn Hahn cast in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery sequel
May 13, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

After her unforgettable and meme-worthy turn as Agnes in Marvel’s WandaVision, Kathryn Hahn is joining the cast of Rian Johnson’s KNIVES OUT 2. As the latest A-list name to be added to the murder mystery sequel, Hahn joins previously announced cast members Janelle Monáe, Edward Norton, and Dave Bautista, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as super sleuth Benoit Blanc.

Character and plot details for Knives Out 2 are being kept under wraps at this time. Production is set to begin this summer in Greece.

Netflix recently paid $400 million for the next two installments of Johnson’s Knives Out film series. Seeing as that’s a fair bit of coin, it’s easy to see why Johnson is stacking the cast of his new film like a boss. Part of me has to wonder if we’ll be adding another heavy-hitter to the cast tomorrow as a way of ending the week with a bang. Who could it be? Samuel L. Jackson? Helen Mirren? Christopher Walken? John David Washington? Place your bets now, folks.

Released in 2019, Knives Out featured Craig’s Benoit Blanc investigating the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Making up the cast of Johnson’s critically-acclaimed whodunit are Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKetih Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, and K Callan.

Rian Johnson will direct and write Knives Out 2 in addition to producing with his partner Ram Bergman.

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Many consider Hahn to be a legend in the making. Aside from starring in Marvel’s weird and wonderful WandaVision series, she’s also been featured in such shows as Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Transparent, I Know This Much is True, Mrs. Fletcher, Central Park, and much more. Known for her devilishly clever comedic chops and ability to adapt to any role, Hahn will likely put Craig’s Benoit Blanc through his paces in the new film.

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Deadline