Henry Cavill’s Sherlock Holmes Movie Is Dominating Netflix Today

Henry Cavill has had a super month (pun intended) thus far. The actor has reportedly signed on to play Superman in at least three more movies and is also starring in a recently released mystery flick that’s earned praised from critics and fans alike.

Yes, as you may’ve seen, Enola Holmes is currently the number one most-watched film on Netflix, thanks in no small part to the 37-year-old’s take on Sherlock. The internet fell in love with the idea of Cavill as the renowned investigator back when the trailer dropped earlier this year and it seems safe to say that he’s more than lived up to the hype. The feature currently holds a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has fans online begging for a sequel.

The pic, based off a book series of the same name, revolves around the eponymous teen sister of star detective Sherlock Holmes. When the siblings’ mother goes missing, Enola is forced to use her sleuthing skills to uncover the truth behind the disappearance and help a runaway lord in the process.


Enola Holmes Character Posters Introduce The Whole Super-Sleuthing Family

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Stranger Things alum Millie Bobby Brown stars in the titular role, alongside Cavill, Sam Claflin, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma and Helena Bonham Carter. Together, the cast manages to effortlessly move the story along and charm viewers while doing so. It’s currently unknown whether or not the successful feature will spawn a full franchise, but the film’s impressive debut certainly does help encourage the idea.

Tell us, though, do you think this detective caper is the instant classic that audiences are making it out to be, or do you feel the widespread acclaim is a bit too much? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.

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Don Coscarelli Wants to Remake and Restore ‘The Beastmaster’ – News

Don Coscarelli’s The Beastmaster is the very definition of a cult classic. The film found its way into many a young viewers hearts during its cable TV run and was known among many young folks for its nudity. Outside of that though, The Beastmaster was just awesome. Now, the director told Entertainment Weekly that he is looking to get it remade and more importantly, he is currently looking for the films now lost, original negatives in hopes of doing a proper restoration.

“Every time some other movie gets remade Conan, whatever people start saying, ‘Hey, how come there’s not a new Beastmaster? How can that be?’ It’s like, ‘Uh, we don’t have the rights.’ Now, thank goodness, it’s coming to fruition.” Pepperman (The Beastmaster writer) told Entertainment Weekly.

“We’re going to start taking it out and talking to companies and studios about doing a remake or a reboot of the original movie, a lot of latchkey kids watched that movie over and over again. Now they’re adults, and, with luck, some of them are running studios. So, we’ll see what happens.” Coscarelli said.

In addition, to a remake Coscarelli is looking for his original negatives for The Beastmaster. He even went as far as creating a website (whereisthebeastmaster.com) in hopes of a collector happening upon it and assisting in the restoration.

“It’s basically six film cans and then outside it would have The Beastmaster and it’s called ‘Original camera negative,’ ‘OCN. We have all of this on the website and there’s a trail of where the negative went and where it went missing. There’s a chance I just went into a dumpster, never to be seen again. But there are a lot of rabid film collectors out there. A lot of times they gather up this stuff and it’s of uncertain lineage. A lot of them hang onto it because they don’t want to tell people they have it, or whatever. This would be an open license be a hero to a generation of Beastmaster fans.”

We are hopeful that Coscarelli is successful in both remaking The Beastmaster and in restoring his original film.

So, keep your eyes out The Beastmaster fans. You never know who may now posses the film’s original negatives.

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Jimmy Fallon Surprised Hugh Jackman with Part of His Wolverine Audition from 1999! – The Real Stan Lee

Hugh Jackman recently showed up as a virtual guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and naturally, part of the conversation focused on his Marvel tenure playing one of the members of the iconic X-Men team, Wolverine.  Fun fact: Jackman actually shares a Guinness World Record with fellow X-Men star Patrick Stewart for “Longest Career as a Live Action Marvel Superhero,” which was bestowed last year. See what other actors are getting close to passing their record HERE!

Ironically, Jackman wouldn’t have his Guinness World Record – or his role as Logan/Wolverine – had it not been for scheduling conflicts. Indeed, as Jackman discussed with Fallon, actor Dougray Scott was originally slated to take on the part, but conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2 got in the way.  So, when Jackman went in to read for the role as basically a “back-up plan,” he figured he didn’t really have a shot. “It was like this Hail Mary to begin with,” he explained, “which is probably the best way to do an audition.” We assume some of the nerves would be lifted in a situation like that, so it probably is a good way to go about it!

After reminiscing on some old headshots, Fallon surprised Jackman with a short clip of his Wolverine audition from 1999. Check it out below! (The audition begins around 7:44.)

He seemed relax, didn’t he? Jackman recalls that his whole audition didn’t run much longer than the short clip we were treated to; however, it seems a much longer Jackman reading exists, and you can you check that out HERE.

Speaking of clips, it’s always fun to get a sneak peek behind the scenes, especially when it comes to the Marvel universe, because so much of what goes into a Marvel movie is shrouded in secrecy. That said, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share another audition gem: Tom Hiddleston’s original Thor audition. We’ve shared this before, but it’s too good to pass up, because it’s not Hiddleston testing for Loki, but the God of Thunder himself! Relive that fateful recording HERE.

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Berlin Film Festival Switching to Gender Neutral Acting Awards in 2021

Berlin Film Festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian have announced a major change to the annual event: Beginning with the 2021 festival, the Silver Bear acting prizes will go gender neutral. A statement from the festival reads: “Instead of the awards for the Best Actor and the Best Actress, a ‘Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance’ and a ‘Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance’ shall each be awarded on a gender-neutral basis.” The Silver Bear prizes for actor and actress have been handed out since 1956. The most recent recipients are Antonio Ligabue (“Hidden Away”) and Paula Beer (“Undine”) from the 2020 festival.

“We believe that not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry,” said Berlinale directors Rissenbeek and Chatrian in a statement.

Berlinale’s announcement makes it the first major international film festival to switch up how it awards its acting prizes based on gender. Cannes still has its Best Actor and Best Actress prizes as of now, as does the Venice Film Festival with the Volpi Cup for Actor and Actress. Berlinale acting winners in the past include Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years,” Benicio del Toro for “Traffic,” Paulina García for “Gloria,” Charlize Theron for “Monster,” and more.

In addition to the gender neutral acting categories, the Berlinale directors have also confirmed the 2021 Berlin Film Festival will take place as a physical edition and not a virtual one. A hybrid physical-virtual plan is being drafted for the European Film Market (EFM).

“Festivals and markets are places of encounter and communication,” Rissenbeek and Chatrian said. “This applies to the public as well as to the industry. We see an important and unique feature of festivals in their lively relationship with the audience. In times of the corona pandemic, it has become even clearer that we still require analogue experience spaces in the cultural realm. We are pleased that festivals with physically present audiences are slowly taking place again around the world, and we wish our colleagues much success.”

The International Jury of the Competition will award the following eight prizes in 2021:

Golden Bear for Best Film (awarded to the film’s producers)
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Director
Silver Bear Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance
Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance
Silver Bear for Best Screenplay
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

The 71st Berlin Film Festival will take place February 11-21, 2021.

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The Exorcist Reboot Is Coming in 2021

Get ready horror fans as The Exorcist is making a comeback. Morgan Creek Entertainment is said to be bringing a reboot of the iconic franchise to theaters in 2021. For the moment, details remain scarce but this means we will be seeing our first new movie in the series since 2005. Whether or not it is a worthy successor to the original 1973 cinematic classic remains to be seen.

According to a new report, The Exorcist reboot is one of the projects currently being worked on by Morgan Creek. Unfortunately, few details were revealed other than that the movie is intended as a theatrical release, with an expected arrival sometime next year. There is no word on who may be eyed to direct, nor is it clear who will star. It also wasn’t explained if this will be a full-on reboot, or if it will be connected to previous installments in the series. The news was buried and only briefly mentioned in a report detailing a new series adaptation of Dead Ringers starring Rachel Weisz that the studio is also working on.

The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin based on William Peter Blatty’s story, was originally released in 1973. It went on to become one of the most financially successful movies ever, grossing $428 million at the box office, working against a budget of just $12 million. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, in addition to being nominated for Best Picture. That was a truly remarkable feat for a horror movie at the time.

The first movie focuses on a young girl named Regan (Linda Blair) who begins acting odd, to put it mildly. Her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help and finds no answers. A local priest (Jason Miller) thinks the girl may be possessed by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, with the church sending an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

A sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic, was released in 1977. It did not do well financially and was not regarded well critically either. 1990’s The Exorcist III, however, has found a great deal of love over the years. Exorcist: The Beginning followed in 2004, with 2005’s Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist serving as the most recent entry. Both movies were met with a negative response upon arrival. More recently, Fox produced The Exorcist as a TV series. The show ran for two seasons between 2016 and 2017.

Reboots and remakes continue to dominate Hollywood. While none of the sequels have come close to matching the original, a franchise like The Exorcist has a lot of name recognition and, executed correctly, could be a way to attract a lot of attention. With a release planned for next year, we should be learning more in the coming months. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Deadline.

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Radhika Apte Is Married To A World Famous Musician Benedict Taylor

The Indian film industry, and not just the ‘Hindi film industry’, is a place of so many love stories, flings, affairs and marriages. Invariably, nothing escapes the tabloids and paparazzi. Despite the social media and shutterbug scrutiny, few stories go unheard. And this time, we bring to you one such story; of an actress, whose name, perhaps 5 years ago was unheard. And today, all the leading producers and directors want to work with her.

Little biography and initial years in the film industry

Radhika Apte was born on 7th September 1985 in Pune and took a classical training in Kathak. It was during her training that a casting director happened to be there, who approached her for a role in the Hindi movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! in 2005, starring along with Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao.

This film gave her a mild start in the movies, and then she went on to sign a few films in regional cinema like Bengali and Marathi. Her roles in these movies were applauded by the critics.

Breakthrough and a short fling with Tusshar Kapoor

In 2011, Radhika was signed by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms for two films- I Am and Shor in the City. Both these films are marked as her breakthrough roles which established her as a promising actress, not only among the critics but masses.

However, during the filming of Shor in the City, rumours of her alleged affair with the film’s co-actor Tusshar Kapoor started doing rounds. There were reports to an extent that dictated Tusshar being completely crazy for her. Sources from the sets said that the two would spend a lot of time together on the sets.

In fact, his sister Ekta Kapoor was on Koffee with Karan, and when Karan asked her about Tusshar’s love life and Radhika, she said, “Who is Radhika Apte?” This left Tusshar totally in shock! But, the love in the air soon fizzled out. Radhika went to London to learn contemporary dance styles, and all the possible further comments and rumours just shut.

London and future husband Benedict Taylor

So, while Radhika was in London learning her contemporary dance, a renowned contemporary musician, by the name of Benedict Taylor happened to be there (who later gave music for the 2017 Hindi film Newton).

With similar interests, they hit off instantly. In fact, rumour has it that the two started a live-in relationship after a few months of meeting. But soon, their bond strengthened and in a year, they got so serious about her that they eventually got married in September 2012. It was a court marriage.

A month later, in October 2012, there was a film festival in Pune, and Benedict was spotted with Radhika for the first time. Initially, there were rumours that she had found her new boyfriend, for she hadn’t by then go on record to confess about her marriage with Benedict. But, thanks to Sarang Sathaye, a stage actor and her very close friend, who spilt the beans and broke the news of her marriage to the media.

He said, “Yes, they had a registered marriage a month ago. It was a quiet, private function. They were living together for a long time and they got married to sort their visas and other documentation. The official ceremony will take place in March.”

A few months later, in March 2013, Radhika and Benedict were pronounced husband and wife, as per the Indian Civil Law. The marriage was then followed by a reception party amidst close friends and family. Isn’t this amazing? It’s been five years, and yet not many people know that she is married. In fact, in a recent interview, she was quoted as saying, “I don’t have a boyfriend because I am married.”

Life post-marriage

When you’ve two stars whose work go on to big global canvases, naturally, there is a busy life. In spite of Benedict being a world-famous musician who is very busy in his music, and Radhika being way too busy in her films, the two manage to take out time for each other. Benedict mostly lives in London and Radhika in India. But the two often meet and have managed to balance their personal and professional lives.

Isn’t this a sweet, adorable and a very understanding relationship? The star couple is sure to give relationship goals to many other lovebirds. Let us know in the comments section as to what do you feel about them.

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RDJ vs Benedict Cumberbatch: Who The Better Sherlock Holmes Is

Two of the most popular portrayals of Sherlock Holmes are those of Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, but who did it best? The Great Detective was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet in 1887, and his popularity skyrocketed thanks to a series of short stories published in The Strand Magazine, beginning in 1891 with “A Scandal in Bohemia”.

Sherlock Holmes got a total of four novels and 56 short stories, and has been adapted to all types of media for over 100 years. Many actors have played different versions of the famous detective on stage, TV, and film, each giving the character their own style, and recent adaptations have made Holmes and his cases popular again. First was Guy Ritchie’s film, simply titled Sherlock Holmes, released in 2009 and with Robert Downey Jr. as the title character and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson. The film got a sequel in 2011, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which featured the famous death of the detective at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, with him making a surprise appearance at the end, leaving the door wide open for a third film.

In 2010, the BBC brought its own version of Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. With modern-day London as the main setting, Sherlock adapted some of the detective’s most famous cases and memorable characters to the present day, giving some freshness to the character. Sherlock had Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead, accompanied by Martin Freeman as John Watson, and became very popular with Sherlock Holmes fans while also building its very own fanbase. Both Downey Jr. and Cumberbatch’s performances were a hit with critics and viewers, but in the end, who is the better Sherlock Holmes? To answer that, there are a couple of important aspects to consider.

The stories that work on the books won’t necessarily work on screen, so it’s expected that when adapting Sherlock Holmes’ cases there will be changes to fit the format and the narrative the writers are going for. Sherlock Holmes isn’t based on any story written by Conan Doyle, though it takes many characters from them – yet the film’s villain, Lord Blackwood, is an original creation. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, on the other hand, took elements from the short stories “The Final Problem” and “The Adventure of the Empty House”, but their biggest differences were in how they decided to portray the Great Detective. The Sherlock Holmes from the books and stories is an eccentric man, with a tendency to be messy at home but not outside, dispassionate and cold yet respectful and calm, while Downey’s version was messy and untidy no matter where, impulsive, aggressive at times, and impatient. Still, he kept many other characteristics from the source material, such as being a master of disguise and very good at different types of combat.

On the other hand, Sherlock went through the most changes due to it being set in the present day (at the time of its release, of course), and they affected the portrayal of the character as well. Sherlock refers to himself as a “high-functioning psychopath”, and while he’s also cold as the original version, he’s very rude to those around him, including John (though he learns how to deal with him and sometimes even excuses his behavior to those not familiar with his ways). Downey Jr’s version showed more respect to those around him than Cumberbatch’s did, and his skills and tricks are truer to the source material than the ones seen in Sherlock.

A TV show will give the writers more chances to explore different stories and cases, whereas a film or two will limit those opportunities. As mentioned above, the story in Sherlock Holmes is an original one, with an also original villain who was believed to be a user of black magic, but he was actually just a man with a very complex plan – though not too complex as to beat Sherlock Holmes. The second film also incorporated original characters but with the detective’s archenemy, Professor Moriarty, behind the whole conflict and with elements from some well-known stories, most notably the one where Sherlock and Moriarty (supposedly) fall to their deaths. Although both stories are entertaining and invite viewers to try to solve the cases too, Sherlock ends up being the one with better stories.

Unlike the films, Sherlock took many of Conan Doyle’s cases and adapted them to the modern world, also making the audience part of them and giving them the necessary tools and clues to make their own deductions (and follow Sherlock’s train of thought). Except for the final episodes, where a third Holmes sibling was introduced, Sherlock had the best stories and cases, though that doesn’t mean that the ones in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows were bad – they’re just different interpretations, set in different periods of time, and one had more time to develop its stories than the other.

Both versions of Sherlock Holmes were at the level of the original one, solving each case no matter how complex they seemed (as seen with Blackwood’s in the films and Moriarty’s in the series), but what truly makes a difference is how believable they were. The Sherlock Holmes from the novels and short stories surprised those around him with his deductive skills and more, and while at first these can seem too fantastic, once he explains his reasoning and how he got to the solution, it all makes sense to readers, so they end up being believable. The films follow the same style as the source material when it comes to the reveal of Sherlock’s train of thought, as viewers don’t see what Sherlock’s mind is working on until he explains it, so the audience goes through the same reaction as readers, and his skills end up being believable.

Although Sherlock was praised for how it showed the audience how Sherlock made his deductions at the moment, this resource reached a point where it was too over the top and fantastic, especially after Sherlock came back from the dead. Sherlock’s skills were not believable anymore, and the cases became hard to follow (and were hard to believe as well, as was the case with the whole Eurus Holmes situation). Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes was a good detective, but he reached a point where what he did was pure fantasy, whereas Downey Jr’s version was a much more believable detective.

Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes and Cumberbatch’s are very different for various reasons, the most obvious one being that they are set in very different times and don’t have the same resources. Ritchie and company aimed for a Sherlock Holmes that was as true to the source material as possible but that could also stand-out from other adaptations, whereas Moffat and Gatiss went for a version that could stand on his own, and they both achieved that thanks to the performances of their main actors. With that in mind, there’s no point of comparison (unless, of course, other aspects come into play, such as accuracy to the books), so when it comes to which actor gave the best performance, it’s a tie between Downey Jr. and Cumberbatch.

While both versions offer different perspectives (and dynamics) of the Great Detective, in the battle between Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, the former comes out on top. Downey Jr’s portrayal is one that appeals to fans of Conan Doyle’s stories and those not familiar with the source material, and offers intriguing cases with believable conclusions. Out of the two, Downey Jr’s is also closer to what Sherlock Holmes is like in the books than Cumberbatch’s, who’s far from the gentleman Conan Doyle created. This, of course, doesn’t mean that Sherlock’s version of the Great Detective is bad or boring, but it’s definitely (slightly) weaker than Ritchie’s version, even if it got to explore more cases and build longer arcs.

Ultimately, viewers will make their own decision on who was the better Sherlock Holmes based on their own experiences with Conan Doyle’s stories and their own taste, as one version will resonate more with some than the other. Of course, there’s no reason to not enjoy both and what they each offer to the character, as they are very different portrayals.

Next: Sherlock Holmes Rights Explained: Why Nobody Owns The Great Detective

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Nina Dobrev and ‘RIverdale’s Charles Melton To Star In Netflix Rom-Com ‘Love Hard’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang and Charles Melton are set to star in the Netflix rom-com Love Hard, which Netflix preemptively acquired last August. The spec was written by Danny Mackey and literary agent-turned screenwriter Rebecca Ewing. The film will be produced by McG and Mary Viola through their Wonderland banner.

Hernán Jiménez, who directed About Us and Elsewhere, will direct. The spec is described as When Harry Met Sally meets Roxanne, and follows an LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for Christmas, only to discover that she’s been catfished. But the object of her affection actually lives in the same town, and the guy who duped her offers to set them up IF she pretends to be his own girlfriend for the holidays.

Steven Bello will exec producer.

The former Vampire Diaries star Dobrev was most recently seen in Lucky Day and Run This Town. She recently wrapped production on Sick Girl.

The breakout star of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Yang had a busy 2020 so far with Like A Boss and the Fantasy Island movie at Sony. He already has strong ties with Netflix after co-starring with Steve Carrell in the comedy series Space Force.

Melton can still be seen on the hit CW show Riverdale as Reggie, which is going into its fifth season. On the film side he was most recently in the latest installment in the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys 4 Life.

Dobrev is represented by CAA, Lighthouse Management & Media and Hansen Jacobsen. Yang is repiped by WME, Artists First and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham. Melton is repped by Untitled, CAA and Gang Tyre Ramer and Brown.

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George Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Coming to Select Drive-In Theaters Beginning This Month!

A handful of horror classics including The Evil Dead and Halloween have been making an unexpected return to drive-in theaters this year, and the late George A. Romero‘s seminal zombie classic Night of the Living Dead will be joining them beginning later this month!

We’ve learned today that Grindhouse Releasing and Janus Films have gotten together to present Night of the Living Dead at select drive-in theaters, the screenings equipped with an all-new introduction to the film, discussing the legacy of Romero, from Romero’s co-author, bestselling author Daniel Kraus of the newly released epic zombie novel The Living Dead.

The intro will be playing before Night of the Living Dead at these upcoming drive-in theaters:

All three drive-ins will feature the new 4K restoration of the movie from Janus Films.

If/when more drive-in locations are announced, we’ll let you know.

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Star Wars Reveals That Yoda Could’ve Destroyed The Empire On His Own

We’ve always known that Grand Master Yoda is a force to be reckoned with in the Star Wars world, but a non-canon book reveals him to be much more powerful than we had imagined.

Before Disney acquired the rights to the galaxy far, far away, the Expanded Universe contained a lot of stories set after the fall of the Galactic Empire. Tales that continued the adventures of Luke, Leia and Han in a different manner to what we saw in the Sequel Trilogy. Now, all of those novels and comics are a part of the Legends continuity, considered non-canon by the House of Mouse. But even then, one series of graphic novels was already non-canon, an alternate-timeline story called Star Wars Infinities.

Every installment contained a point of divergence in each of the Original Trilogy movies, something that changed the course of the narrative. In the first one, A New Hope, the Rebels fail to destroy the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin. Luke still manages to use the Force to launch the torpedo, but a malfunction in the missile itself stops it from exploding. The Empire destroys much of the Rebel Alliance and even captures Leia, but Luke and Han escape the scene.

They then travel to Dagobah as per the instructions of Obi-Wan, so that the former can finish his Jedi training under Yoda. Han ventures off into the galaxy for more adventures while Luke stays to prepare himself for the battle to come. The two ultimately decide to go to Coruscant to try and destroy the Empire one last time. Only this time around, Yoda chooses to accompany them.


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They make their way to the Death Star and Yoda uses Jedi mind tricks to dissuade the stormtroopers while Luke and Han go to the planet and the Emperor’s headquarters to find and rescue Leia. They fight with the Royal Guards, all equipped with double-bladed lightsabers and in the end, Palpatine uses Force Lightning to attack Luke and Leia, where Vader intervenes and gives the trio a chance to escape. This is when Yoda appears on a screen behind the Emperor. Sidious prods him to come down and fight, to which he replies: “I’m coming down soon.”

The former Grand Master of the Jedi Order then takes control of Grand Moff Tarkin, compelling him to crash the Death Star into the Emperor’s headquarters, sacrificing himself to kill the dark lord of the Sith and destroy the Empire.

So, there you have it. In a sense, and in this particular timeline of Star Wars, albeit a non-canon one, Yoda essentially played the part of the Rebel Alliance and single-handedly accomplished what took an entire armada in the Original Trilogy.

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The Last Airbender Creators Have Left the Netflix Adaptation

Leaves from the vine. Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have announced they will no longer be involved in the live-action adaptation due to a lack of support from Netflix. The series could still happen, but both creators said it would not represent the show they wanted to see brought to life.

DiMartino and Konietzko are the creators behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, considered some of the greatest animated shows of our time. Fans were thrilled when Netflix announced back in 2018 that both creators would be developing a live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, bringing the world of Avatar to life in a way that M. Night Shyamalan’s film version failed to do several years prior. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

In separate statements, DiMartino and Konietzko confirmed they were leaving Netflix’s planned Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation. Both of them claimed that Netflix did not come through in the way they were hoping for, leaving them with creative differences that could not be resolved. Konietzko noted that the studio failed to follow through on its promise to support their vision, and weren’t coming to the table with ideas that were “in line with the spirit and integrity of Avatar.”

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“When Netflix brought me on board to run this series alongside Mike two years ago, they made a very public promise to support our vision. Unfortunately, there was no follow-through on that promise. Though I got to work with some great individuals, both on Netflix’s side and on our own small development team, the general handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment,” he said.

DiMartino and Konietzko said there’s no indication the series has been cancelled (we’ve reached out to Netflix for comment). In the meantime, both creators said this isn’t the end of their work on Avatar, and they look forward to continuing the story of Aang, Korra, and their friends in future works.

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Sequel ‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’ Coming to Netflix in September! [Images]

A sequel to Netflix’s 2017 horror-comedy The Babysitter is on the way this Halloween with The Babysitter: Killer Queen set to arrive on the streaming service on September 10, 2020.

McG returned to direct the film, written by Dan Lagana and Brad Morris & Jimmy Warden and McG. You can check out some first-look images above and below. Trailer soon.

In the film, “Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee, Cole’s trying to forget his past and focus on surviving high school. But when old enemies unexpectedly return, Cole will once again have to outsmart the forces of evil.”

The cast includes Judah Lewis, Emily Alyn Lind, Jenna Ortega, Robbie Amell, Andrew Bachelor, Leslie Bibb, Hana Mae Lee,  Bella Thorne, with Ken Marino, Chris Wylde, Carl McDowell, Juliocesar Chavez, Maximilian Acevedo, Jennifer Foster and Helen Hong.





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Alia Bhatt starrer Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2 trailer gets over 1.3 million ‘dislikes’ on YouTube within hours of premiere

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Within hours of its premiere on YouTube, the Sadak 2 trailer got over 1.3 million dislikes, making it one of the most disliked tailer on the video streaming site. The film Sadak 2 releases on Disney Hotstar VIP on August 28.

Sadak 2 trailer gets over 1.3 million dislikes

As against 1.3 million dislikes, the trailer got less than 1 lakh ‘likes’.

Earlier in the day, the VHP sought legal action against the Mahesh Bhatt film for hurting Hindu sentiments. The movie starring Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur, revolves around the protagonist’s encounter with a “fake Sadhu”. Basically Alia’s character in the movie is out to expose a fake guru and his ashram. Sanjay Dutt’s character will help Alia in ‘exposing’ the Baba.

Notably, last month, at the time of its release, the poster of Sadak 2 had run into controversy. A complaint was filed before a court in Muzaffarpur in Bihar against the filmmakers for hurting Hindu sentiments. 

However, the trailer does not seem to have gone down too well for the audience.

Fans upset over Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

Many fans of Sushant Singh Rajput who smell a foul play in the actor’s untimely death in June this year left angry comments. Following his death, many had blamed the nepotism prevalent in Bollywood for pushing the talented actor over the edge. Further, Mahesh Bhatt came under fire over allegations that Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty was hugely influenced by Bhatt who ‘guided’ her in her relationship with the deceased actor.

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Garth Davis Top Choice To Direct ‘Tron’ Sequel With Jared Leto At Disney – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: After taking its time figuring out where it wants the next Tron installment to go, Disney’s sci-fi franchise looks to have new life as we are hearing Garth Davis has been tapped to direct the pic starring Jared Leto.

Davis has been better known for his smaller art house films over the years like 2018’s Mary Magdalene and his critically acclaimed 2016 drama Lion, which received six Oscar nominations including for Best Picture. Tron would mark Davis’ first tentpole, and though he is not known for big-budget projects, insiders say Davis aggressively pursued the job, eventually winning over execs.

Jesse Wigutow wrote the most recent draft of the script. Leto is producing along with Justin Springer and Emma Ludbrook.

The original 1982 film starring Jeff Bridges was set inside the computer program called the Grid, where a computer hacker is abducted and forced to participate in gladiatorial games. The film wasn’t a hit and received mixed reviews, even though its special effects were seen as game-changing at the time. The cult following that swelled around the film in years to come as it played on cable only helped grow its popularity, to the point where Disney decided to move forward with a sequel, Tron: Legacy, in 2010, with Bridges reprising his role and Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde joining the franchise.

That film did go on to have box office success, bringing in $400 million globally, but even so plans for a sequel were pushed while Disney figured out how to move the story forward. The studio eventually scrapped plans for a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy, and even after Leto attached himself in 2017 and has been taking their time in figuring out next steps for this project.

Davis coming on to the project signals the next installment may finally happen, but insiders still stress a greenlight has not been given. The film is still in development but Davis’ involvement is a push in the right direction for the future of the franchise.

Davis is repped by UTA.

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Days of Our Lives Veteran James Reynolds Celebrates His Birthday

Congratulations are in order for Days of Our Lives Abe Carver. Not only was he re-instated as Mayor of Salem, but he is about to become a grandfather twice over courtesy of Lani and her twin babies. And actor James Reynolds has a milestone all his own to celebrate.

Happy Birthday, James Reynolds

And that’s because he was born on August 10, 1946, in Oskaloosa, Kansas, which means that this talented actor is turning 74 years old today! Reynolds joined his college’s theater department and while performing on the stage, he discovered a passion for acting and he decided to pursue it as a career. His first professional role went uncredited – he was “Black Prisoner” in the 1974 feature Mr. Majestyk.

Subsequently, he appeared in episodes of Keeper of the Wild (Paul Limkula), Bigfoot and Wildboy (Tech Sergeant), The Incredible Hulk (Kent), and Time Express (where he recurred as R.J. Walker).

In 1981, Reynolds originated the role of Abraham “Abe” Carver on the NBC serial Days of Our Lives. After appearing in the part for nine years, Reynolds left in order to assume the part of Henry Marshall, a character on a brand-new NBC soap titled Generations.

Once that series was canceled, Reynold’s returned to DAYS where he has remained ever since – barring a brief exit in 2003 when the character was presumed slain by the Salem Slasher.

Reynolds’s other acting credits include a plethora of feature films such as Fun With Dick and Jane (Johnson), The Magic of Lassie (Officer Wilson), and C.H.O.M.P.S, as well as several made-for-TV movies like Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (Policeman) and Jennifer: A Woman’s Story (Tom).

Soap Hub would like to wish James Reynolds a very happy birthday and you can too by clicking on the Twitter link below. Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.

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Zac Efron Starring in ‘Three Men and a Baby’ Remake for Disney Plus – Variety

Zac Efron will star in a remake of the 1987 hit comedy “Three Men and a Baby” for Disney Plus.

Gordon Gray, whose producing credits include “The Rookie” and Ben Affleck’s “The Way Back,” is producing. Will Reichel has written the script for the remake. A director for the remake has not yet been set.

The original “Three Men and a Baby” starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson as bachelors living a carefree lifestyle and sharing an apartment in New York City. The trio is forced to adjust to parenthood as an infant girl fathered by Danson’s character arrives at their doorstep.

That script, written by Jim Cruickshank and James Orr, was based on the 1985 French film “Trois hommes et un couffin” (“Three Men and a Cradle”). “Three Men and a Baby,” directed by Leonard Nimoy, was a massive success with $240 million in worldwide box office on an $11 million budget. The stars reteamed in 1990 for a sequel, “Three Men and a Little Lady,” which grossed $71 million worldwide.

Efron broke out with Disney, starring as Troy Bolton in a trio of “High School Musical” television movies, which released 2006 through 2008. Feature credits include 2007’s “Hairspray,” “17 Again,” “New Year’s Eve,” “The Lucky One,” “Neighbors,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Baywatch,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” and “Scoob!”

Efron executive produced Netflix’s documentary series “Down to Earth,” in which he explores the issue of sustainability around the planet. Efron is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment and Felker Toczek. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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“Catch you later, Bill and Ted!”

Almost three decades after their music promised to save the universe, we’re finally going to catch up with our favorite pair of clueless rockers. We’re headed for a most excellent adventure with the Wyld Stallyns, in Bill & Ted Face the Music. No way? Yes way! What happened to Theodore “Ted” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., over the years? Which old faces will join them on their next journey? Here’s everything we know about the film… so far.

Release Date

The long-awaited film, first announced by stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in a short video, will come to both theaters and On Demand on August 28, 2020, just a few days earlier than the previous  September 1 release date. The August 28 date is only a week behind its original lAugust 20 release date.

Alex Winter revealed the news on Twitter, alongside a behind the scenes musical featurette. The movie’s official Twitter account also confirmed the new release date.

Great news my excellent friends! @BillandTed3 is moving up a full week to release on August 28! On demand and in select theaters in the U.S.! 🎸🎸🤟🔥 pic.twitter.com/1E00FREhQN

— Alex Winter 😷 (@Winter) August 6, 2020

Official Synopsis and Title

The third film in the franchise will be called Bill & Ted Face the Music because the middle-aged dads never delivered on the promise of their utopian-launching song. They never actually got around to writing it. Oops.

Screenwriter Ed Solomon offered insight into how they’ll try to make that right. It will involve traveling back in time to watch their younger selves. Solomon said that will include footage from the original 1989 movie that has George Carlin’s Rufus and the Circle K, where strange things always seem to be afoot.

Here’s the official synopsis:

“The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of the now middle aged best friends as they set out on a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends.” 

Trailers and Posters

The film’s first trailer introduced us to the prison-hardened version of the duo we never knew we needed. (And also explained these insane behind-the-scenes photos.) It also made us think their daughters might save the universe and the franchise’s future.

The movie’s second trailer showed just how involved Thea and Bill will be in their fathers’ quest to unite the world. The teaser also offered glimpses at some of the famous musicians they’ll reach out to. Plus it gave us the return of the baddest bass player in any dimension, William Sadler’s Death.

We also love Orion’s official posters for the movie, especially the one with most of the cast.

Orion Pictures

Meet Bill and Ted’s Daughters

Bill and Ted won’t just be facing the music in their third film, they’ll be facing fatherhood. Brigette Lundy-Paine (The Glass Castle) will star as Ted’s daughter Billie Logan. Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) will plays Bill’s daughter Thea Preston.

So how far will the apple fall from the Wyld Stallyns tree? In a statement, producer Scott Kroopf said, “When we saw Samara and Brigette together, it was like deja vu. It was exactly the way we felt when we first saw Keanu and Alex.” You don’t have travel to the future to know that means they will share some personality traits with their dads. Which is totally excellent.

Returning Cast

Reeves and Winter will once again be joined by the Grim Reaper himself, William Sadler.

Who’s ready for a most joyous weekend?

*celebrates with air guitar*#FaceTheMusic pic.twitter.com/iNCoFzPtMs

— Bill & Ted Face the Music (@BillandTedUK) June 26, 2020

He’s not the only familiar face they’ll see though.

The stellar news continues! Amy Stoch and Hal Landon Jr. will reprise their roles as Missy and Chet Logan, and @becbenit joins the cast as Deacon Logan! Who’s ready to #FaceTheMusic? 🎸⚡ https://t.co/ZcKvetPjLS

— Bill & Ted 3 (@BillandTed3) June 27, 2019

Amy Stoch will return to play Missy, the only slightly older babysitter-turned-step-mother of Bill S. Preston, Esq. who divorced Bill’s dad and married Ted’s dad in Bogus Journey. Hal Landon Jr., who played Ted’s dad Captain Logan, will also return.

Joining the fray is SNL stalwart Beck Bennett. Bennett will play a character familiar to fans of the series—Ted’s little brother Deacon. In Excellent Adventure, Frazier Bain portrayed the youngest Logan. Bain doesn’t act anymore, having gone on to a career behind the camera. Bennett however feels like the perfect choice to play Ted’s annoying, fairly douchey younger sibling.


We love Bill Hader’s Barry, but the HBO series might not be one of our absolute favorites without Anthony Carrigan’s NoHo Hank, the breakout star of the show. According to THR, he will join the cast in a still secret role that will see him play “the duo’s relentless adversary.” Give. It. To. Us.

Noho Hank in BarryHBO

We won’t exactly be bummed out if he’s related (or even the younger version) of Bogus Journey baddie De Nomolos.

Deadline first reported Grammy-winning musician and actor Kid Cudi (Comedy Bang Bang) joined the cast. He’s been seen in images and trailers with the duo’s daughters. Emmy winner Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice, Legally Blonde) plays The Great Leader, “the most powerful person in the universe.” She rules from San Dimas 700 years in the future.

Holland Taylor in Bill & Ted Face the MusicOrion Pictures

Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, Flight of the Conchords) stars as Kelly, a messenger from the future who brings a warning to Bill and Ted.

Kristen Schaal in Bill & Ted Face the MusicOrion Pictures

The always hilarious Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Rough Night, Brittany Runs a Marathon) will play a couple’s therapist.

Jillian Bell in Bill & Ted Face the MusicOrion Pictures

Ed Solomon has also revealed one other new character we will meet is someone named Kelly, “which is George (Carlin’)s daughter’s name.” Kelly will apparently have “a very significant role in the journey.”

Writers and Director

Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) directs, with a script from original character creators and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. The duo worked on the screenplay for ten years, but they couldn’t find funding. Most people they approached wanted to do a reboot instead of another sequel, which would have been totally bogus.

Official Images

Orion Pictures’ has released some stylish official images for the film. They show the band, their daughters, Death, and Kid Cudi.

Orion Pictures

Behind-the-Scene Photos

The Daily Mail released the first photos from the set. They showed Bill and Ted with their time-traveling phone booth, along with some historical figures. Among this lot are Gandhi, Pocahontas, and Jimi Hendrix. Other images of the duo’s daughters also found their way online.

Bill and Ted are back!!!! 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/vMyGi4fqvj

— James Keaton (@Mrfurious32821) July 2, 2019

I can’t even explain how happy this makes me. I really can’t believe this movie is happening. #billandted #billandted3 pic.twitter.com/wp512UlsHF

— Michelle Benson (@michelleb822) July 2, 2019

DINNER IS SERVED, bts pics of bill and ted 3 💕💘💓💞 pic.twitter.com/U1mVNENEnH

— 𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘪 *:・゚✧ (@bodaciouskeanu) July 2, 2019

And remember, we don’t have a time machine. So make sure you check back here for the latest news, rumors, and updates on the film. Even more important though? Be excellent to each other!

Featured Image: Orion

Originally published on March 25, 2019 and updated on July 24, 2020.

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Joey King to Join Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train”

Joey King at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2020. Photo by Shutterstock (10517029fe)

Joey King has become a household name this summer after starring in The Kissing Booth. Well, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of her as she’s currently in negotiations to star in Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train.

Bullet Train is based on Kotaro Isaka’s Japanese novel Maria Beetle. David Leitch is set to direct the film from a script by Zak Olkewicz.

According to sources, King will play one of four leads opposite Pitt, and she’ll be the only woman in the group. Other plot details and character descriptions are still under wraps and the production date hasn’t been set yet.

King starred in Netflix’s 2018 The Kissing Booth with Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney, which just had a sequel released on July 26. A third movie was secretly filmed and will be released in 2021.

King has also been in Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Dark Knight Rises, The ConjuringWhite House Down, Independence Day: Resurgence, Wish Upon, and Slender Man. She received an Emmy nomination for her role in the true-crime drama series, The Act.

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Tom Hanks to Play Geppetto in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Pinocchio’ Movie – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: After earning an Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Tom Hanks is zeroing in on another children’s favorite. We are hearing that he is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action retelling of Pinocchio.

Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film. Disney has always longed for Hanks to play the woodcarver, having approached him years ago when Paul King was attached to direct. That deal was never made, but given Hanks and Zemeckis’ long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.

Zemeckis will direct the film with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz producing through their company Depth of Field, with Weitz penning the script.

The 1940 Disney animated classic tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Disney continues to see its live-action adaptation strategy as a major part of its pipeline, with last year’s Aladdin and The Lion King both crossing the billion-dollar milestone.

The film marks the fourth collaboration between Hanks and Zemeckis after Forest Gump, Cast Away and the Christmas classic The Polar Express.

Hanks is still filming the Elvis Presley biopic at Warner Bros, which had to halt production after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, fell ill with COVID-19. They have since recovered and the studio is hoping to start production again in the fall in Australia. He was most recently seen in the World War II pic Greyhound, which premiered on Apple TV + and shattered viewing records for the streamer following its release.

He is repped by CAA.

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Disney to release Mulan online Sept. 4 on Disney Plus, for $30 in US – CNET

Disney’s live-action Mulan movie was originally planned for theatrical release in March but has been delayed multiple times during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Disney will release its live-action film Mulan online through its Disney Plus service on Sept. 4, but it won’t be included as part of a standard subscription. A Mulan rental will cost $30 in the US in addition to Disney Plus‘ regular subscription fee, and it will be priced at roughly the same amount in international markets where it’ll be available online too, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a number of countries in Western Europe. 

Don’t get your hopes up yet that other mega-budget films — like Marvel‘s Black Widow, which has a theatrical release date set for Nov. 6 — necessarily will follow the same quick path onto your living-room TV. The company characterized Mulan‘s release as a onetime deal, though it could serve as an experiment that guides its future release decisions. 

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“Mulan is a one-off,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Tuesday during a call that discussed the company’s fiscal third-quarter results. “That said, we find it very interesting to be able to … learn from it and see what happens, not only in terms of the uptake of the number of subscribers that we get on the platform but the actual number of transactions on the Disney Plus platform that we get.” 

Mulan, which was supposed to open in theaters in March but had to delay the release date multiple times because of the coronavirus, will be available be available as what’s known as premium video on demand, which usually means a high-priced rental. But it will be offered exclusively through the company’s Disney Plus streaming service, seemingly holding out from other popular stores for online rentals like Apple’s TV app, Amazon Video and others. 

The company will also release Mulan theatrically on Sept. 4 in markets where cinemas are open and where Disney Plus isn’t operating yet. 

“We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters, while also further enhancing the value and attractiveness of the Disney Plus subscription with great content,” Chapek said. 

The decision marks an unprecedented approach to releasing a big-budget movie that had been destined to be a blockbuster back when theaters were open worldwide. The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered cinemas around the globe and forced studios across the board to delay big-budget films for months and years, with no certainty in sight for when theaters can reopen at large or when audiences will feel comfortable sitting in windowless, enclosed rooms for hours. 

It’s also a major defection from the rigid rules that usually keep new movies only in theaters for 75 days or more, as well as a surprising change to how Disney Plus has been pitched to audiences since it launched in November. Disney Plus is Disney’s online hub for streaming almost everything the company produces, but it was marketed as an all-you-can-eat buffet like Netflix, where your subscription unlocks everything on the platform to watch. Mulan will bring an a la carte transaction to Disney Plus that its 60 million subscribers haven’t yet encountered.

Disney’s changes underscore how disruptive the pandemic has been to Hollywood studios’ meticulously planned release cycles. With theaters closed and coronavirus preventive measures keeping people stuck at home, studios have mostly decided to keep pushing back the theatrical release dates for mega-budget pictures. But with their tentpole movies in a holding pattern, studios could be setting themselves up to all release a glut of movies on top of each other, crimping ticket sales.

Already, smaller-budget films began to go straight to online rentals or streaming services, such as Disney’s decision to release its Hamilton film and its young-adult sci-fi movie Artemis Fowl on Disney Plus rather than in theaters. And Universal has released new movies like DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour and others as special online rentals. 

But Universal’s Trolls World Tour online release enraged cinemas, with US chain AMC even vowing it would ban Universal movies from its screens, including its blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise. Cinemas have doggedly clung to rules that keep new movies only in theaters for months, even as audiences have grown more accustomed to watching video when they want, where they want. Then last month Universal struck a deal with AMC to patch things up, promising to give theaters three weekends of exclusivity for new movies going forward in exchange for lifting the ban on its movies, a signal that cinemas are willing to compromise. 

Disney, however, has been one of the Hollywood studios most dedicated to theatrical release. It’s decision to put out Mulan online reinforces the prospect that these alternative release strategies devised in the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic may have lasting effects even after cinemas start reopening at large. 

Disney Plus’ standard subscriptions costs $7 a month, or $70 a year, in the US. In Canada, Disney Plus is priced at C$9 a month, or C$90 per year. 

In countries that are part of the euro zone, it is 7 euros, or 70 euros a year. In the UK, it is £6 a month, or £60 a year. In Australia, it’s priced at AU$9 a month, or AU$90 per year, while New Zealand subscribers pay NZ$10 per month, or NZ$100 per year.  In India, Disney Plus Hotstar is priced at 299 Indian rupees a month, or 999 rupees a year. In Japan, Disney Plus is 700 yen a month through an exclusive partnership with Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo. 

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Jurassic World filming comes to Malta this month

The latest instalment of the Jurassic World movie franchise will start shooting in Malta this month after the introduction of “strict COVID-19 measures”, according to the film commissioner.

Speaking with Times of Malta, Johann Grech said that the commission had been in long talks with US film production giant Universal Pictures to ensure the blockbuster was shot on the island.  

The €200 million film had halted shooting just two weeks into production earlier this year due to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Film Commission visit a testing site on set in Malta.The Film Commission visit a testing site on set in Malta.

Jurassic World: Dominion will now begin filming in Malta in the last week of August, Grech said.

It is understood that film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Sam Neill will all be on the island. 

Grech added that the commission had consulted with the health authorities and drafted anti-coronavirus measures in a bid to ensure against any risks of the virus spreading because of the production.  

The film will see more than 1,000 crew members as well as the cast all swabbed three times every week during filming.  

Some 5,000 swabs will be carried out throughout shooting, Grech said.  

The film is expected to shoot scenes in various locations around the island, including Valletta, Vittoriosa, Mellieħa and Pembroke. 

Originally forecast to hit the screens in June 2021, it is also being shot in Canada, Hawaii, and London’s Pinewood Studios.  

Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said the authorities were expecting nine international productions to come to the island this year.

“Starting with Jurassic World: Dominion, other multi million projects will follow with huge investment in our economy, creating more jobs for anyone working in the film industry in Malta,” she said.   

The last Jurassic World film, released in 2018, raked in $1.3 billion worldwide.
While it was too soon to estimate the impact of the film on Malta, Grech said that last year, the film commission had generate more than €40 million into the Maltese economy, attracting a total of 21 productions.

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Reni Santoni, Poppie in ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Dirty Harry’ Actor, Dies at 81 – Variety

Reni Santoni, who played Poppie in “Seinfeld” and appeared in “Dirty Harry” and other films, died on Aug. 1. He was 81.

According to a Facebook post written by his friend and TV writer-producer Tracy Newman, Santoni died on Saturday morning. He had been “sick for quite a while.”

“Those of you who knew him know how funny he was, what a terrific actor, improviser, performer, etc.,” the post read. “So brilliant. I loved him very much and will miss him terribly. Another great one is gone. I have a lot of wonderful pictures of him, and will post them over the next week. My heart goes out to his son, Nick, who has been such a comfort to Reni over that past five years or more.”

Born in New York City, Santoni built his acting career from off-Broadway theatre, starring in “The Umbrella” and “The Mad Show.” His first significant film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1964 film “The Pawnbroker,” in which he played a junkie trying to sell a radio.

His first leading role was in “Enter Laughing” (1967), in which he played a delivery boy in New York City. Other film credits include inspector Chico González in “Dirty Harry” (1971), prison official Ramon Herrera in “Bad Boys” (1983) and detective Tony Gonzales in “Cobra” (1986).

One of Santoni’s most notable roles was on “Seinfeld” as Poppie, an unhygienic restaurateur. He had a recurring role as one of Arthur Hill’s assistants on the final season of ABC’s “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law” (1973) and played Daniel in “28 Days” (2000), starring Sandra Bullock.

Santoni is survived by his wife and stage director, Lisa James, and son, Nick.

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Best Horror Movies on Netflix – Variety

There’s nothing better than discovering a good horror movie. The scares are new, the characters expendable and (hopefully) nothing is predictable. If you’re ready to be freaked out, we’ve compiled a list of the very best (often overlooked) horror flicks on Netflix.

Although there are plenty of classics on the streaming service — including “Friday the 13th,” “Child’s Play,” “Paranormal Activity” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” — we wanted to veer slightly off the beaten path and offer up something beyond the traditional.

Interested in monster movies? Then check out “Sweetheart,” “The Ritual,” “Red Riding Hood” or “The Monster.” Looking for something visually striking, we recommend “The Witch” or “Under the Skin.” Ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride, then consider zombie feature “Train to Busan.” Interested in bingeing flicks with similar esthetics? We suggest the Mike Flanagan triple feature: Start with “Hush,” jump into “Gerald’s Game” and finish it off with the truly terrifying “Haunting of Hill House.”

If there ever was a time to be distracted by someone else’s unimaginable plight with a ghost or vampire, it’s now. 

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First Look at the Star-Studded Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’

While theaters will attempt to open later this month, Netflix is kicking off their fall schedule with The Devil All the Time, a star-studded midwestern gothic about a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff.

Set to premiere globally on September 16th, the film is brimming with big names including Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland, It Chapter One and Two‘s Bill Skarsgård, The Lodge‘s Riley Keough, and Pet Sematary‘s Jason Clarke with Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse, The Batman) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Crimson Peak).

In the film from director Antonio Campos

“In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Pattinson), twisted couple (Clarke and Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”

Here are a few more images of the film’s cast in action.

The Devil All The Time: Tom Holland as Arvin Russell. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

The Devil All The Time: Robert Pattinson as Preston Teagardin. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

The Devil All The Time (L-R) Jason Clarke as Carl Henderson , Riley Keough as Sandy Henderson. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

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One Of Kevin James’ Worst Films Has Been Dominating Netflix All Week

Kevin James is pretty similar to Adam Sandler in regards to the fact that most of his work is routinely trashed by critics and often falls into the “dumb comedy” category, but he’s still managed to amass a massive fanbase who’ll watch anything he’s in. Also like Sandler, though he usually seems to be phoning in most of his performances, we know that he’s capable of strong dramatic work when he wants to flex his acting chops a bit. Like we saw in the recent Becky.

But the comparisons don’t end there, as also like the Uncut Gems star, James’ efforts usually go over pretty well with the Netflix crowd, and that’s true yet again with the arrival of Zookeeper on the streaming site. Though it currently sits at 14% on Rotten Tomatoes, this 2011 comedy has been dominating the platform all week. It arrived on July 26th and ever since then, it’s consistently found itself floating around various positions on the Top 10 most-watched movies chart.

Why is that, you ask? Who knows? But if you’ve been keeping up, you’ll know that this is far from the first time a widely panned and forgotten film has proven popular with Netflix subscribers.

Indeed, the past few months have seen some truly random and unexpected titles appear on the platform’s various Top 10 charts and often, there’s no real explanation for their popularity. And when it comes to Zookeeper, it seems to be a similar situation.

True, it is fairly new on Netflix, having only arrived a few days ago, but there’s been a considerable amount of new titles added to the streaming site lately and still, this forgotten Kevin James effort continues to maintain a presence in the charts. And with the way things are going, it doesn’t look like it’ll be leaving for a while yet.

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