10 Best Brendan Gleeson Movies

by Nate Williams

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

10 Best Brendan Gleeson Movies

An Irish actor with three Golden Globe nominations, Brendan Gleeson has an instantly recognizable face and a familiar voice — perhaps most-known for his role as Mad-Eye Moody in the Harry Potter series, Gleeson has managed to establish quite the filmography over the years. Father of up-and-comer Domhnall Gleeson, it’s clear that Brendan’s talent is more than an acquired thing: it’s in the family’s blood. Often seen playing tough or charismatic leaders across film and television, the actor didn’t even start acting on-screen until he was in his mid-30s. Since then, he has racked up over 100 credits and built himself up to be one of the best Irishmen in the game. Still, despite being generally great in almost everything he does, some roles remain far greater than others.

Edge of Tomorrow

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

One of the earlier collaborations between Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow was easily 2014’s greatest science fiction movie. Costarring Emily Blunt and Brendan Gleeson, the movie plays out like a mashup between Groundhog Day and a futuristic war movie: a soldier tasked with fighting aliens on the front lines must repeat the same day over and over, stuck in a time loop that restarts every time he dies.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

The first Netflix Original from the Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was initially advertised as an anthology series but eventually came out as an anthology film. The final segment of six, titled “The Mortal Remains,” sees Gleeson playing a disarmingly comedic and menacing character simply named Irishman. His role in the segment is unclear for a moment, but once his part becomes clear it’s obvious how genius his part of the film is. It’s one of the best parts of the movie, and one of the best roles of his career.

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In Bruges

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

Costarring alongside the other greatest Irish actor, Colin Farrell, In Bruges features Gleeson starring in Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh’s first feature film. Tracking two hitmen as they await their next orders, the movie is another dark comedy for Gleeson. Farrell and Gleeson’s characters find themselves stuck in Belgium, the last place that Farrell wants to be. It’s one of Gleeson’s funniest performances so far.

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Paddington 2

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

Speaking of funny performances, Gleeson in Paddington 2 is not to be missed. Playing a grisly and intimidating prison cook that everyone in the jail fears, Gleeson goes head-to-head with Paddington (only to be won over, like the rest of us, by Paddington’s ineffable charm). Despite being robbed at the Academy Awards, the film deserves praise for its ability to draw in big A-listers like Gleeson and get them to deliver truly delightful performances.

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28 Days Later

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

A British post-apocalyptic thriller written by a young Alex Garland, 28 Days Later may or may not be partially to blame for the 21st century’s sudden massive interest in zombie movies. Starring Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris, the film also features Gleeson as a survivor of the zombie apocalypse. He’s in a smaller role than usual, but he was still just getting started as an actor.

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Gangs of New York

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

Martin Scorsese’s analysis of old New York and one of the filmmaker’s many long-gestating passion projects, Gangs of New York is a showcase for the genius of Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio (as well as a vehicle for a surprisingly great Cameron Diaz performance). Gleeson joins the ranks as Monk, one of DiCaprio’s character’s allies in the fight against notorious gang leader Bill the Butcher. He gets plenty to do here whenever he’s on-screen, making for one memorable performance.

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Mission: Impossible II

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

Before he was sharing the screen with Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, Gleeson was co-starring in John Woo’s Mission: Impossible II. Probably the weakest of the franchise so far, the movie had no idea where to take the series and remains the strangest exception to the otherwise impeccable track record of the series. Don’t be fooled, though: just because the movie’s a bit of a mess doesn’t mean the performances are. Gleeson plays antagonist McCloy, a CEO of an evil pharmaceutical firm.

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The Village

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

One of M. Night Shyamalan’s earlier (and more underrated) films, The Village reunites the filmmaker with Joaquin Phoenix to tell a story about a remote community in the woods that lives in fear of the creatures that reside just outside the tree line. Gleeson makes for a great villager here, perfectly encapsulating the right amount of seriousness sand campiness necessary for a good Shyamalan film.

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Troy

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

Written by David Benioff and based off of Homer’s The Illiad, Troy is the movie that allowed Brad Pitt to show off his chops as iconic literary character Achilles. Gleeson plays Menelaus, the king of Sparta and the husband of Helena, often proving to be a real problem for plenty of characters in the film. Pitt might be the star, but this movie no doubt provided plenty of opportunities for Gleeson in the years that followed.

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Calvary

10 best Brendan Gleeson movies

A movie about a well-meaning priest who must battle the dark forces around him, Calvary is a complete and total showcase for Gleeson’s greatness. Any scene that he’s not taking charge of is lost time, and the actor was undoubtedly robbed of an Oscar for his performance here. Chris O’Dowd and Kelly Reilly are strong in supporting roles, but Calvary is Gleeson’s movie through and through. (Be on the lookout for Gleeson’s son in a supporting role, as well.)

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From the Set: Harbour & Marshall Open Up About Their Gnarly Hellboy Reboot

by Spencer Perry

From the Set: Harbour & Marshall Open Up About Their Gnarly Hellboy Reboot

From the Set: Harbour & Marshall Open Up About Their Gnarly Hellboy Reboot

Ever since the prospect of a rebooted Hellboy was announced, many fans simply wondered “Why?” and to their credit, the filmmakers have stuck to their ideas of exactly why, the chance to do something new, something different, something more Hellboy.

While on the set of the movie, we sat down with director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) and star David Harbour (Stranger Things) to talk all things Hellboy, and one of the things asked was a version of “Why?” which was “Why’d you say yes?”

“Part of it was that challenge of filling those big shoes,” Marshall said, referring to Guillermo Del Toro’s work on the previous films. “Of taking something that’s so well established and so what can we do that’s going to reinvent it some way, where that isn’t radically deviating from the source material, but in some ways, being more faithful to the source material. I like a challenge, or maybe I’m just a sucker for punishment or something, but that was a big part of it. I just saw so much potential in a darker, more ‘R-rated’ version of the material. And Mike Mignola connected with that concept as well, and then everybody else came on board to it. It was like, so let’s go dark with it.”

Harbour on the other hand was apprehensive about taking the role, saying he was confused and terrified at the fact that the producers thought of him for the role.

“I mean, like ‘Who the fuck am I?’” he recalled thinking. “I’ve been like a character guy for years doing these little things, and then ‘Stranger Things‘ came out, and I think that Neil, Lloyd and Mike Mignola, I guess they all had sort of watched it around that first month. And upon watching it, I think they all called each other and like, “Wouldn’t David Harbour be a great Hellboy?” And I was like, ah, that’s very flattering and very horrifying that you guys would think that I would be like this angry demon, but it seems to fit.”

Speaking of the “More R-rated” take on the material, that’s been the primary talking point for the reboot since its announcement. When asked, just what they meant when they referenced it that way or called it a “more horror” take on the character, both obliged with an answer.

“It certainly has its roots more in that world of Gothic horror, and I think that’s part of the texture of the film as well,” Marshall said. “Quite a bit of it’s set in the UK. It’s got a little bit of like ‘Hammer’ Gothic, you’re sitting in this amazing kind of old country house kind of thing. And it’s taking Hellboy out of his comfort zone, in some respects, and putting him into this different world that we’ve not seen him in before. But it definitely taps into kind of Gothic horror sources and roots and all that kind of stuff that I love so much.”

“The terrible version of it is angsty, and the great version of it is tortured,” Harbour adds. “In the original Hellboy movies, he’s very much a guy that has a sense of humor and goes about his job and does his thing and sort of deals with the demons and the evil in the world. And in our movie, he’s very much dealing with his own being ostracized from society. There is kind of a Frankenstein element to it. There’s I think a lot more self-hatred. Although those movies did explore certain aspects of that, ours is just a lot darker in terms of a character piece, in terms of who he is. He’s a much more tortured guy, who in the end, has to do the right thing…I mean, he is destined to be the beast of the apocalypse. And I think one of our goals is to justify the temptations of that destiny in terms of the creation of a world, where you know, as a demon, he might be accepted, and as a monster, he might be accepted, that he doesn’t feel in this world.”

But what about making the film more in line with the source material? The Del Toro movies certainly drifted from the center, so what do you focus on to get the film back there?

“Right at the beginning our wonderful production designer and DP came up with a color palette based on the color palettes that exist in the comics and we try and stick as closely as possible to that,” Marshall said, and we can confirm it, the visuals of what we saw on the monitors on set looked like a Mignola panel.

“(We use) the colors that are predominant in the comics and also things like whenever Hellboy’s around, nothing else in the scene is red unless it’s possibly blood. We’ve endeavored to sort of create that palette for the whole thing and give it those bold colors and the feel of the comics whenever possible. And yes, deep blacks, because I love my shadows to be dark.”

“There are a couple of things I can’t tell you that we know fans really want to see, which we put in the movie,” Harbour adds. “One of them that I can tell you about clearly is the hooves. The hooves were like a big deal to me….We do hooves and the body and all this stuff is practical, even the eyes, the yellow eyes. It’s all practical. And the one thing we couldn’t give fans, which I really wanted to, but we couldn’t was, we couldn’t put him in shorts. But maybe if we make a billion dollars, we’ll put him in shorts for the next one.”

Harbour also addressed the fight sequences and stunts in the film, calling them crazy and that Hellboy will go around chopping off heads and bathing in blood from the violence. He even tied Hellboy’s fighting style in the film back to his conversations with Mignola

“I talked (with him) about his belt that he wears, because he wears this like, belt where he’s got like, little pouches. And I was like, what’s in those f***ing things? And he said, ‘Well, he’s this paranormal detective, right? So he’s got to show up and fight vampires or witches or whatever, so he’s got like, garlic and silver bullets and all kinds of sh*t.’ So he just shows up, but he doesn’t really know what he’s doing. He’ll just throw a bunch of garlic on somebody and then he’ll be like, ‘That didn’t work.’ Eventually he kind of knows that he’ll just have to knock somebody out.”

Naturally, no comic book adaptation is an island in this day and age. Sequels, spin-offs, and universes have to at least been dreamed about for all of them. Harbour said he doesn’t like to think that way, instead preferring to deliver the best possible version of the character on the big screen.

“To me, one of the pitfalls that I think we all kind of agree on is this, it’s one of the things that I read critically about ‘The Mummy‘ that they got upset about was this idea that you spend half the movie setting up a universe as opposed to just making the greatest movie you possibly can. And then, if people want to see more of it, sure, we can do more of them. But we’re not going to dole out little snippets of what you’re going to see later. We’re just going to make one movie that’s awesome, and then if people love that movie, then we’ll make more of them. But there is no doling out of a universe. We’re just trying to make the best Hellboy movie you’ve ever seen, and that’s all we want to do. And if people love it and they want more of it, I think most of us would be happy to do it. But we’re not spending time setting up a universe.”

Neil Marshall echoed these sentiments, but noted that a larger universe “had been discussed.”

“It’s so far in the back of my mind that right now this is the focus 100 percent, get this done, make it the best film that it could possibly be,” he said. “If that comes off, great. What an adventure and what a world to open a big door on, the BPRD and all the other characters. There’s a huge universe that Mike’s created over the years, to tap into, but I cannot think about that right now.”

For the record though, he’d come back for other stories, and not necessarily just Hellboy.

“Oh there’s definitely some, I don’t know, be it continuations there, so spin-offs or whatever that I think I would definitely want to be a part of for sure. I can’t say what, though.”

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How the New Hellboy Faithfully Adapts, Remixes, and Changes the Comics

by Spencer Perry

How the New Hellboy Faithfully Adapts, Remixes, and Changes the Comics

How the New Hellboy Faithfully Adapts, Remixes, and Changes the Comics

Author’s note: We’re going deep into the Hellboy comic books here, so potential spoilers for the comic books only.

Every time a superhero or comic makes the leap to the big screen there are things that get left by the wayside, things that are kind of the same, and then some things that are just exactly what they were on the page. The new Hellboy is no different, and though this is by no means an exhaustive list of all the above, here’s everything we learned on the set of the new Hellboy with regard to its comic book basis:

Everything that’s almost the same

Hellboy’s origin

Though not explicitly an origin story, the origins of Hellboy are retold in the new movie and in a way that is nearly identical, and goes even further into Hellboy’s roots than the first movies. Speaking on set, Producer Lloyd Levin opened up about their choice to adapt “The Wild Hunt” storyline for the film (something chronologically that happens late in Hellboy’s story), saying:

“(This story) allows for a backdoor origin story. We can kind of get into who Hellboy is without the origin story structure of a comic book movie. It felt like a good starting point for a reboot and not have to tell an origin story. It also gets into things that hadn’t been explored in the earlier movies as far as the origin. We’re not only getting into who his father was but who his mother was. There’s a lot more nuance to that story than there was in the earlier versions, without it being that structural origin story which we’re all kind of tired of.”

Hellboy in Mexico

The new Hellboy movie starts with the title hero in a specific place, Mexico. Though this happens in the 1950s in the comic books for Hellboy, the movie is pulling from that timeline to give Big Red a specific starting point. Hellboy is taking time away from the BPRD, drinking away his problems, and even doing some wrestling on the sides. A post on the wall I noticed on set advertises “The Crusader v Camazotz,” a match-up right out of the Hellboy in Mexico story line. You’ve even seen it in the trailers already.

Alice and Hellboy’s beginnings

In the comics, Alice (played by American Honey’s Sasha Lane) and Hellboy have a funny beginning that was later tied into the larger story. The pair “met” when Alice was a baby and was kidnapped by fairies. Hellboy intervened and returned her safely, creating a lasting impression on the young woman and making an enemy for life in Gruagach. These humble beginnigns will remain the same for the movie.

The Osiris Club and The Wild Hunt

In the context of The Wild Hunt, the story kicks off as Hellboy is summoned to The Osiris Club, a paranormal group in England that has a long history with the character and a specific problem that they need his help with, a group of Giants going out for a stroll. As far as the group themselves, they exist under the same circumstances in the film as they do the books, a group of crusty old Englishmen that formed a secret society as a branch off of another secret society (The Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra, who even get name checked in the film), and who have an interest in self-preservation and the occult. The Wild Hunt, their every-few-years gathering to hunt Giants, with its trademark deer-head wearing leader, is all there too, not to mention the stuffed and mounted Giant heads on the wall.

The Blood Queen and Gruagach

The evil witch Nimue, played by Milla Jovovich in the film, has the same origins and ambitions in the film as she does in the comics, namely, world destruction and a summoning of monsters. Her appearance is slightly altered, but the character’s look in the movie isn’t very far off from her looks in the source material.

Furthermore, her right hand man…er pig, Gruagach, is not only present in the movie but has the same origins in the film as he does in the comic, a history with Hellboy that goes back decades. Gru will be brought to life by actor Douglas Tait with a practical suit and a fully animatronic head, no CG required (though some will be used just to make his mouth movements a little more fluid).

Baba Yaga

The witch of Russian folklore and her house on a chicken leg have made a faithful leap from the page to the screen (though her house has a few more rooms in the movie than it does in the pages of Mignola’s stories).

“In the legend it’s a little house that walks around on chicken legs, and in our vision its similar to that but it’s a huge tower, so it’s got a lot of verticality,” production designer Paul Kirby said. “It looks different to Mike’s version but I consulted him about it what the key ingredients were and he just wanted it to be bigger on the inside than on the outside in quite a Tardis way….To me the little house on a chicken leg had a slight comedic element to it.”

Daimio’s past

Major Ben Daimio is a big presence in the BPRD comic books, having trasnferred to the service after working in the Marines for decades. His decision to join the group stems from an encounter he had in Bolivia leaving him scarred on his face and…cursed, for lack of a better word.

“There are hints of (his past),” star Daniel Dae Kim says. “There is a flashback and even though there’s not a lot of it outwardly said, it informs every scene of his.”

Daimio has another past connection that’s a major piece of the Hellboy puzzle, his grandmother is the Japanese spy, war criminal, and witch, Crimson Lotus. When asked about her, Dae Kim said theres no mention of the Crimson Lotus in the movie, but said:

“That’s an interesting story. It’s something that I’ve actually talked with the producers about, and you know, it would be nice for the next one to take some more looks back into his past.”

Everything that’s been altered

Specific things about Hellboy in Mexico

In the context of the Hellboy in Mexico story, Hellboy is sent to the country to handle a problem but ends up resulting in him sticking around and drinking himself into a hole (and fighting a lot of vampires). At the start of the film, Hellboy will be in Mexico but more as him being on sabatacle from the BPRD. He’ll still fight some vampires though.

BPRD Headquarters

In the film, the BPRD’s main headquarters will be tucked away in the mountains of Colorado. Though this is a location used by the bereau in the source material, by the time they relocate there it’s well after Hellboy has left.

Daimio’s scars and accent

In the comics, Major Daimio’s facial scars are rather intense, they cover his entire face and even reveal the inside of his jaw and gums from the outside. This has obviously been changed for the film as special character and makeup designer Joel Harlow says:

“We went through changes with Daimio obviosuly and ultiamtely what we settled on was something that worked not only with him in Human form but also in Were-form. It had to be something that made him nstantly recognizable when he’s transformed….(The comic design) is a little more horrific than we want. He is a main character so he’s got to be somebody that is not so off putting when you look at him that you don’t want to look at him.”

In addition, the character will be a Japanese-British character for the film instead of a Japanese-American. The change from American to Brit was written into the script as well, which is why Ed Skrein was on the producer’s radar when he was originally cast.

Everything that’s different

Alice

In the comics, Alice seemingly has no powers and her only affiliation with the BPRD is that she’s in a romantic relationship with Hellboy (who is no longer affiliated with the group when they get together). In the film, she’s a part of the BPRD and has abilities, working as the team’s field psychic.

Alice and Hellboy’s relationship

In the comics, Alice and Hellboy have a romantic fling, the pair are still close in the movies but are no longer an item.

“It’s an avuncular relationship,” Harbour said. “It’s funny because in an earlier draft, there was the temptation to do that, and I was very adamant to the fact that Hellboy cannot have sex with human women.”

That particular fact has never been addressed in the source material.

Daimio and Hellboy

In the pages of Hellboy and BPRD comics, despite being major figures, Ben Daimio and Hellboy never actually met, and seemingly never will meet. Daimio however is a big part of the film, and will share a lot of screentime with big red.

“If you look at this story from Hellboy’s Point of view, Daimio becomes a really great foil within that story,” producer Lloyd Levin said. “Whether he was in The Wild Hunt or he wasn’t, to bring him into the story felt really organic. There were a lot of characters to look at, we looked at every character, but Daimio is a really great mirror character for Hellboy in a lot of ways.”

Daniel Dae Kim had a similar take on it, saying: “It’s sticky. They are on the same side, but they’re teammates, but they’re not necessarily on the same side, so it takes a little while for the two of them to come to a working relationship. And by the end, they find a good one.”

Professor Broom

By the time The Wild Hunt storyline comes about in the comics, Professor Bruttenholm (pronoucned Broom) has been dead for about twenty years. The new film gives him an extended life and offers it a chance to dig into the relationship of Hellboy and Broom in more ways than the previous movies.

“Hellboy learns things at The Osiris Club about who he is and who his father was, and the father-son relationship ends up being a key emotional throughline throughout the movie,” Levin tells us. “Broom’s got a big role. That’s an instance where the timeline is different than the comic book.”

BPRD London HQ

The BPRD’s London HQ will be a big part of the movie, hidden underneath a fish and chip shop on the street. This is something created entirely for the movie.

Hellboy debuts on April 12, you can buy tickets by clicking here!

How I Taught David Harbour Something About Hellboy

by Spencer Perry

How I Taught David Harbour Something About Hellboy

How I taught David Harbour something about Hellboy

As some may know, I am a big Hellboy fan – to the point that David Harbour previously agreed to officiate my wedding in the full make-up (before his schedule made it impossible). In November of 2017, when Harbour was still filming the movie, myself and a group of journalists flew to Bulgaria to see the set and interview the cast. While there, I managed to do something that I didn’t set out to do, I taught the star of the movie something about the character he was playing; at least something from the comics.

One thing became obvious while watching David Harbour on set all day and in our talks about the film: He is STOKED to be playing Hellboy. Harbour has thought a lot about what it means to be playing the character in a new movie, both how it relates to the Guillermo Del Toro movies starring Ron Perlman and how it relates to the source material. He did his homework, and he knows what he’s doing.

While speaking with him in our set interview, the subject turned to his meetings with creator Mike Mignola, whom he said he talked and texted with frequently in order to learn specific details about the character. Harbour revealed having pored over the comics, even creating a binder of images of Hellboy with different gestures he does, how he carries his body, ways that he holds his jaw, etc, so that he would have a framework for his own movements and gestures on the set. Some questions though, went unanswered.

“I sort of approached it from the outside in,” Harbour said. “Which is something I kind of rarely do, but it was very broadening as an artist for me, because now you have a framework and now you have to go back in and you have to find these things, where they’re justified sort of in a person’s psyche.”

This led to one of Harbour’s specific areas of interest about Hellboy.

“So one of the big questions I had was when did he start shaving his horns? Like how old was he? At what point was he with Broom and he was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to start chopping these things off and I’m going to start like, sanding them down because I’m embarrassed.’ So that was a big question for me.”

Another journalist chimed in to follow up there and ask if he brought this up to Mignola. Harbour said he did and that unfortunately Mike “didn’t really have an answer.”

Naturally, as a fan that has devoured every book in the realm of the Hellboy universe, who kept his ears open for any sort of clue he could find on the set, this signaled a red alert in my head.

“It’s in the books,” I said.

Surprised, Harbour started asking me questions.

“Is it?”

“In BPRD 1948.”

“Oh Jesus Christ. What does he say? How old was he?”

“He’s like three.”

In truth, Hellboy starts sawing off his horns after he tries putting on the air force cap worn by one of the men on the base where he was raised. The cap doesn’t fit on his head and gets squished between his horns, causing the airman to laugh, and embarrassing Hellboy to the point that he steals a saw and slices off his horns. It’s a sad moment for a young half-Demon.

Harbour revealed, “I have him doing it a little later, but you don’t see it in the movie. It’s just in my head.”

He punctuated our exchange: “Goddamn. Amazing.”

I can’t fault Harbour for not knowing; the event he wanted to know about happens in a book that’s not even explicitly about Hellboy. He plays a minor part in it, basically the C-story which just fills in holes about his life as a young boy. Plus, the film will primarily focus on grown Hellboy, of which there is a variety of stories and comics to pull from.

I’ve done countless set visits for cool movies, things like Guardians of the Galaxy, War for the Planet of the Apes, Avengers: Infinity War, Shazam!, but truthfully Hellboy was the most special. Hellboy is a character that means the world to me. He’s defined by following his own path and rejecting the thing that everyone told him he was supposed to do. That’s not even accounting for the genius writing and art throughout all the stories, and the variety of other characters there.

There’s also the above, that 30 seconds where the interview format dissolved and David Harbour found a person that he could learn something from. It was a surreal moment for me as a fan; not in a Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, “I can’t believe he didn’t know about this one moment from this one book” kind of way, but in a “The guy that is literally playing my favorite character in a movie is asking ME questions about the character” way.

I won’t presuppose that this moment had any change on Harbour’s ideas for the character, but it was meaningful to me. If it led to him picking up yet another comic book for research, that’s all any fan could want, sharing the wealth of the thing they love.

David, if you have any more specific questions, you know where to find me.

Hellboy opens in theaters on April 12, you can buy tickets by clicking here!

5 Best Kyle MacLachlan Roles

by Nate Williams

5 best Kyle MacLachlan roles

5 Best Kyle MacLachlan Roles

After bursting onto the scene in 1984 in David Lynch’s sci-fi epic Dune, Kyle MacLachlan proved himself time and time again to be a charming and captivating leading man. For some reason, not many studios seem to be willing to admit this. Despite a series of impressive roles across film and television, the actor is still criminally undercast and frequently misused. Recently known best for his role as The Mayor on Portlandia and The Captain on How I Met Your Mother, MacLachlan is capable of so much more than comedy. More or less a muse for Lynch throughout both of their careers, the actor is much better off in dramas. In the years since playing the young heir to the planet of Arrakis, MacLachlan has racked up quite a few winners throughout his filmography.

Twin Peaks

5 best Kyle MacLachlan roles

First and foremost, the best thing Kyle MacLachlan has ever done is play Special Agent Dale Cooper — essentially the role he was born to play. In the original series from the 90s, the prequel film from ’92, and the revival series from 2018, MacLachlan gives the role everything he has and succeeds in inhabiting the most iconic FBI agent in all of film and television. MacLachlan IS Dale Cooper, plain and simple.

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Blue Velvet

5 best Kyle MacLachlan roles

While Dune might’ve come first, Blue Velvet is definitely the movie that made MacLachlan Lynch’s muse. Playing a quiet, small-town American boy named Jeffrey, MacLachlan snoops around his logging town uncovering its dark secrets like a pro. The movie is a cult classic from the mid-80s, and it’d be nothing without MacLachlan at its center.

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Inside Out

5 best Kyle MacLachlan roles

Disney/Pixar’s most inventive and enjoyable film in a long time, 2015’s Inside Out showed that the animators over at the world’s most popular studio were capable of more than just sequels to their hits. In a time where Pixar seems more concerned with harvesting nostalgia than creating new worlds, Inside Out remains an impressive and original feat unlike anything else they’ve done in the 2010s. MacLachlan plays Dad, making audiences everywhere wish they could be related to Riley so they could have a supportive parent too.

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The Hidden

5 best Kyle MacLachlan roles

A little-known film from 1987, the year after Blue Velvet, The Hidden is a mashup of all kinds of different genres: horror, action, crime, sci-fi, and thriller all come together to make this movie about an FBI agent and a cop who must find out why law-abiding citizens across the country have been turned into violent criminals. Obviously, it influenced his eventual portrayal of Special Agent Dale Cooper just a couple of years later, but it also proved that MacLachlan was capable of performing well in films that had nothing to do with Lynch.

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High Flying Bird

5 best Kyle MacLachlan roles

Speaking of films that have nothing to do with Lynch, 2019’s High Flying Bird might have been the year’s first big critical darling. A Netflix Original from Steven Soderbergh, the movie tracks an NBA lockout and the agent who tries his hardest to keep things interesting while the game isn’t being played. MacLachlan shows up often as David Seton, an important higher-up who hates to see the league struggling.

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Doom Patrol Episode 6 Recap

by Joey Mills

Doom Patrol Episode 6

Doom Patrol Episode 6 Recap

Doom Patrol Episode 6 deals with the aftermath of the Chief’s partnership with Mr. Nobody in order to save the world in the previous episode. Silas has returned to the mansion to see that Vic gets the needed repairs after his arm cannon exploded. Jane grabs Larry and Rita and teleports them to Doom Manor to find out why Nobody sent her looking for the Doom Patrol. Meanwhile, Cliff has discovered Clare’s social media account and wants someone–anyone–to help him access it.

You Would Have Been Better

Doom Patrol Episode 6

In order to repair Vic’s systems, Silas needs to put him into sleep mode and reboot him. Vic doesn’t trust his father and asks Cliff to keep an eye on him while Vic’s offline. Cliff agrees on the condition that Vic will help him hack his daughter’s social media account when he wakes.

While Vic is rebooting, Cliff tells Silas how brave Vic was in the fight. Silas tells Cliff that he has no idea what it’s like as a father to think you have lost your child. Cliff tells Silas that he knows exactly what that’s like, and that he has to live with his regrets. He suggest Silas think about how he wants hie relationship with Vic to be going forward.

Silas wakes Vic and tells him that he has turned off the tracking feature in Vic’s system. Vic wants to be his own man, and Silas is going to let him. Silas pockets a flash drive that he pulled from the laptop that he used to plug into Vic. Vic gives his father a hug, using it as a way to pickpocket the flash drive.

We’re in The Shining

Doom Patrol Episode 6

At Doom Manor, the group is split up. Larry goes with Arani, who tells Larry that she and Niles are married and have a daughter, which Larry finds hard to believe since he’s known Niles for nearly 60 years and Niles has never mentioned any of that.

This Nonsense Actually Works

Doom Patrol Episode 6

Rita meets with her old flame, Steve, who takes her to the manor’s trophy room for a drink and so he can regale her with stories of his victories. The story she wants to hear about is the team’s encounter with Nobody.

Here Is Your Room

Doom Patrol Episode 6

Jane goes with Josh, the administrator of this school for metahumans. Josh explains that Niles had considered sending Jane here at one point. Josh is reluctant tot talk about Nobody, but Jane insists. Josh explains that the story is different, depending on who tells it.

Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol Episode 6

Nobody sent a buttocks-shaped hot air balloon to a family filled park on Memorial Day. Attached was a jukebox that continued to play one song over and over until everyone in the park was driven insane. When the police arrived, the jukebox turned them into pinatas, which were beaten by the insane citizen, their candied insides eaten. That’s when Niles and the Doom Patrol arrived on the scene.

Arani says that Niles led the charge and defeated Nobody. Steve tells Rita that he led the charge and saved the day. However, things don’t add up in either version. When Larry and Rita poke at the story, the illusion fades and the bright and shining 50s era manor is shown to be an aged relic in disrepair. Steve has been creating the illusion for the Doom Patrol to live in, where they can pretend they won. Josh is a metahuman physician and administrator taking care of the aged patients.

Rita comes to grips with her own shortcomings and thanks Steve for help with that. She forgives him, and that allows him to restore the illusion for himself and the rest of the Doom Patrol. Jane, however, wonders why Niles would have considered sending her here to this place of broken people. Josh tells her that Nobody wanted her to see what happens to those who cross him–Nobody, in fact, won the battle in the park that day–and give up looking for the Chief. Josh tells her to press on, but to be careful.

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10 Best Jason Segel Movies

by Nate Williams

10 best Jason Segel movies

10 Best Jason Segel Movies

One of many comedians to get their start from filmmaker and producer Judd Apatow, Jason Segel has moved on from comedy to establish himself as a serious dramatic actor. Still remembered fondly for his hilarious films and television appearances from the 2000s and early 2010s, Segel still manages to make lasting impressions in each of his roles (even if they aren’t as gut-busting as they used to be). He’s not the first comedian to make a career transition like this, and he certainly won’t be the last — still, he stands out from the rest for plenty of reasons. Of course, the largest reason remains the sheer amount of talent Segel possesses. From writing to directing to acting, Segel’s films are the most grounded and most lovable of all his former Freaks and Geeks-turned-filmmaker friends. Seth Rogen and John Francis Daley might be funny, of course, but neither seems capable of capturing the heart that Segel can. No matter where his career heads next, it can be certain that he’ll be worth following.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

10 best Jason Segel movies

Segel’s first movie to be written, directed, and starring himself, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is anything but forgettable. Following the composer ex-boyfriend of a famous actress as he tries to deal with the breakup by taking a trip to Hawaii (only to run into his ex and her new boyfriend at the resort), the film is heartfelt and raw as well as hilarious and charming. In addition to being one of the greatest romantic comedies of the 21st century, it’s easily Segel’s greatest performance to date.

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The Muppets

10 best Jason Segel movies

Concerned by the fact that there hadn’t been a theatrically-released Muppets movie in over a decade, Segel and his frequent collaborator Nicholas Stoller took it upon themselves to revive the franchise. Initially turned away by Disney because of the vulgar content that makes up Segel’s other work, the studio embraced the film once they realized the script was a loving and passionate send-up of the entire history of the Muppets. Thanks to Segel and Stoller, the Muppets are back and Segel’s career is all the better for it.

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The End of the Tour

10 best Jason Segel movies

One of Segel’s earliest dramatic roles, The End of the Tour stars Segel as the notable essayist and literary icon David Foster Wallace. Dealing with complicated themes and complicated people, the film is a controversial look at the life and death of one of the most influential writers of our time. No matter what critics thought of the actual film itself, all seemed to agree that Segel nailed the part.

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Despicable Me

10 best Jason Segel movies

The first in an incredibly lucrative series about a hapless villain, his little yellow henchmen, and his three adopted daughters, Despicable Me also contains a great performance from Jason Segel. Playing the other villain, Vector, Segel nails the voice role with relative ease — in fact, he’s practically unrecognizable here. He doesn’t appear in any of the subsequent sequels, and he is certainly missed.

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I Love You, Man

10 best Jason Segel movies

With a knockout cast of funny people like Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons, Andy Samberg, Rob Huebel, and Joe Lo Truglio, it’s hard to imagine 2009’s I Love You, Man being anything less than great. It arrived hot on the heels of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, riding the Segel wave to success (and showing off Paul Rudd’s genius at the same time). This movie is not one to miss.

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The Five-Year Engagement

10 best Jason Segel movies

Not as critically-acclaimed as Forgetting Sarah Marshall but almost as good, The Five-Year Engagement reunites Segel and Stoller for another Segel-starring romantic comedy. Co-starring Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Dakota Johnson, and featuring an early Chris Pratt performance, the movie follows a couple whose wedding keeps getting pushed due to all kinds of extenuating circumstances in their lives. It’s a close second to Forgetting Sarah Marshall and easily one of Segel’s greatest roles yet.

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home

10 best Jason Segel movies

Probably the first indication of Segel’s looming dramatic acting career, Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a quiet little indie film from the Duplass brothers starring Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon. It’s a subtle and understated performance for both lead actors, but Segel especially is the one who shines here. It went slightly under the radar, but it’s one that’s worth seeking out.

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Knocked Up

10 best Jason Segel movies

Back when most of Apatow’s go-to stars were only known for his couple of television shows and his debut feature The 40-Year-Old Virgin, no one could have expected how successful and influential Knocked Up would be on the future of the R-rated studio comedy. Featuring Segel in a supporting role as one of Rogen’s character’s burnout buddies, the film likely gave Segel the opportunity to become the star he is today.

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Come Sunday

10 best Jason Segel movies

A Netflix Original Film about the controversial Evangelical preacher Carlton Pearson, Come Sunday stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lakeith Stanfield, and Jason Segel in a true-to-life drama. It’s a sensitive and nuanced film, to be sure, and the same goes for Segel’s performance as Henry. Originally supposed to be directed by all-star filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Come Sunday is a drama anchored by great performances.

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This Is the End

10 best Jason Segel movies

One of the most enjoyable meta comedies ever, This Is the End lampoons the idea of celebrity and pokes fun at some of the biggest names in comedy today. Featuring Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and all kinds of other celebrities as themselves, the movie takes place during the apocalypse and sees the stars grappling with the idea of the end times. Segel appears a few times as himself, poking fun at his career and his personality in the process.

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POLL RESULTS: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

by Max Evry

POLL RESULTS: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

POLL RESULTS: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

This week 21st Century Fox announced that the $71.4 billion deal with the Walt Disney Company had reached completion. With that in mind, ComingSoon.net asked our readers which one of the major 20th Century Fox movie franchises they would like to see Disney prioritize now that they have ownership, and over 5000 of you responded! Check out the poll results below to see which Fox movie series our readers want the most… and the least!

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WHICH 20TH CENTURY FOX FRANCHISE SHOULD DISNEY PRIORITIZE? 

#1. X-Men (32%, 1614 votes)

#2. Fantastic Four (22%, 1133 votes)

#3. Alien (14%, 716 votes)

#4. Avatar (14%, 712 votes)

#5. Deadpool (8%, 382 votes)

#6. Planet of the Apes (3%, 166 votes)

#7. Predator (2%, 117 votes)

#8. Die Hard (2%, 96 votes)

#9. Kingsman (2%, 80 votes)

#10. Night at the Museum (1%, 31 votes)

#11. Ice Age (0%, 25 votes)

So as you can see, there’s a lot of X-citement from CS readership over what Marvel Studios will do to integrate those uncanny X-Men and all their offshoots into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s also a surge of intrigue over what Kevin Feige can do with Fantastic Four after the team has struck out three times in its 1994, 2005 and 2015 incarnations. The biggest surprise may have been how popular the Alien franchise still appears to be, despite the fan disappointment with Alien: Covenant. Is it too late to bring Sigourney Weaver back? Speaking of which, James Cameron’s Avatar franchise (currently with four sequels in production) came in at #4, and given that Disney has Avatar all up in their theme parks it’s a sure bet they will treat it right. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool will hopefully maintain its R-rated luster now that it’s under the Mouse House roof, though we’re not sure what the status of Drew Goddard’s planned X-Force is at this point.

The rest of the entries did not fare so well. Planet of the Apes finished a successful run as a trilogy in 2017, but it’s hard to figure where it can go from here now that Andy Serkis’ Caesar is dead and the series is without an anchor. Shane Black’s 2018 sequel The Predator did little to ingratiate fans with its oddball characters and promise of an Iron Man-esque Predator Killer suit. Even though the Die Hard prequel-sequel McClane is in active development there isn’t much interest in Bruce Willis shooting bad guys dressed in a wife beater. Matthew Vaughn’s prequel Kingsman: The Great Game and a planned sequel Kingsman 3 are apparently flying into theaters on a wave of apathy. Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum franchise might be best if it remains a trilogy. At the bottom of the list is poor Ice Age coming in with 0% of the vote… that’s cold.

RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Should Maya Hawke Play B.B. in Kill Bill Volume 3?

As the agreement was being settled last year, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Disney intended to release any films amidst production at Fox. Of course, whether Disney will eventually phase out Fox properties that do not fit with their particularly family-friendly image remains to be seen. Only time will tell what precisely Disney will do—or not do—with its wide variety of newfound properties.

Keep reading ComingSoon.net for future details on Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets! What do you think of the poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

by Nick Perkins

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

To say Justice League was divisive would be like saying, well…it would be like saying that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was divisive. Which is to say, both films were extremely divisive. To be fair, Justice League and BVS had a myriad of issues, both in front of and behind the camera. Rewrites, revolving directors, substance issues and more plagued the production of two films that were supposed to be game-changers. BVS was the first time Batman and Superman were to be in a film together. Justice League was supposed to be DC’s answer to The Avengers. It was not. It’s not that people hated Justice League. They just didn’t care about it. The box office return proves that. There was a lot to dislike about Justice League; the lack of a memorable villain, the terrible CGI, Superman’s weird-looking mustached-face, etc. There were definitely some mistakes made with this film, but there was a lot to enjoy as well.

 

5) That Opening Scene

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

In a movie full of divisive scenes, we can all agree that the opening scene, featuring Batman cornering a thief and then taking down one of Darkseid’s Parademons was one of the best. It looked like it could have come out of an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. The scene in questions features a thief, clearly afraid, being stalked by a creature of the night. One of the best things that both BVS and Justice League got right was its portrayal of how strangers view The Batman. In their mind, he is almost like a horror movie villain, silently stalking his prey until the best time to strike. This scene is a perfect example of that and it’s one of the many that show just how menacing Batman can be.

 

4) Wonder Woman and Aquaman Remained Unscathed

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

Of course, the biggest (only?) hits in the DCEU (or whatever they called it) were Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Wonder Woman was truly a groundbreaking film and showed the world that girls can do anything boys can do…and they can usually do it better. Aquaman, not to be outdone, has become the largest-grossing DC film ever made. It out-grossed Batman ’89, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and even Batman and Robin! It’s an impressive feat, to say the least. And there is no denying the star power that Jason Momoa now yields like it’s an Atlantean Trident. Both Wonder Woman and Aquaman remained unscathed after Justice League and, some would argue, these movies wouldn’t even exist were it not for the universe created by BVS and Justice League. So, really, we have both of those films to thank for the ones we actually liked.

 

3) It Escaped the Darkness

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

Admittedly, there were many aspects about Man of Steel or BVS that don’t sit right. Superman doesn’t break necks. Nor does he ever, and we mean ever, give up hope about the world. Likewise, Batman doesn’t kill (except in every Batman movie ever made). He also doesn’t pick fights with people he doesn’t understand. Except in this movie. Remembering what Carmine Falcone once told him, “you always fear what you don’t understand,” it’s safe to assume that Batman’s lack of understanding made him fear Superman. And perhaps that’s the biggest transgression of them all, because Batman would never, in a million years, be afraid of Superman. Justice League remedied the darkness problem. There were more jokes, Batman was less morose and Superman finally, finally became the man that fought for truth, justice and the American way.

 

2) Superman’s Return

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

Speaking of Superman’s Return (heh), that’s exactly what happened towards the climax of Justice League. We don’t just mean the return of Henry Cavill on screen, either. We’re talking about the return of the noble, honorable, Boy Scout himself. For two movies prior, Superman was portrayed as somebody more along the lines of Bruce Wayne. He would do things because he had to and he would do it with a scowl on his face. That was fine for a post-Nolan superhero movie, but audiences wanted their Superman back. After a weird and sort of anti-climactic battle with the Justice League, fans finally got what they asked for. When the Justice League was on the verge of defeat by whatshisname (seriously, we don’t care), it was Superman who came to the rescue. It was truly a triumphant return for the World’s Greatest and, despite facial hair issues, this Superman was the one that fans wanted all along. He joked, he smiled and he was actually a hero- not just a “meta-human” being forced to do the right thing. Superman was, for all intents and purposes, back.

1) Batman’s Character Arc

5 Reasons Justice League Is Better than You Thought

Of course, we couldn’t get through an article about Justice League without mentioning The Batman’s character arc. In BVS, Batman was almost as villainous as the criminals he put in Arkham. He was merciless, humorless and, all around, kind of a jerk. He picked a fight with Superman that couldn’t have even been that big of a deal because it was resolved after finding out their mom’s had the same name. Whatever.

In BVS, Batman was angry, tortured and broken. The death of Superman (which was, if we’re being honest, at least 40% his fault), must have knocked some sense (or empathy) into him. In Justice League, he was almost a totally different guy. He cracked jokes, formed alliances and seemed to be having a good time with his new friends. Something happened to Batman before the events of Batman v Superman, which caused audiences to want to scream out ‘Who hurt you??” We never found out, but Batman, like his blue counterpart, finally became the hero audiences wanted in Justice League.

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From the Set: Michael Dougherty Calls His Godzilla the ‘Aliens’ of the Franchise

by Spencer Perry

From the Set: Michael Dougherty Calls His Godzilla the 'Aliens' of the Franchise

From the set: Michael Dougherty calls his Godzilla the ‘Aliens’ of the Franchise

“I’ve been a fan of Godzilla since I was old enough to walk.”

Director Michael Dougherty has had a hand in many fan-favorite movies in addition to his own passion projects. From X-Men 2 and Superman Returns to his hit horror films Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, his wheelhouse is the things that he’s always loved. Superheroes. Horror movies. Monsters.

But now he’s on the movie he’s been preparing for his entire life, the big one, the king of ’em all.

“Every Saturday morning from the ages of 2 to 7 (my day) was the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla cartoon and Super Friends, and my local TV station had the old black and white Universal monsters followed by a Godzilla movie, so I was subjected to it for years. And I fell in love with the character.”

Dougherty revealed to us that when he was a child he would make additions to his personal bible, adding Godzilla into the various illustrations of the biblical stories. In Dougherty’s text, Godzilla was there at the fall of Jericho.

“I figured, add Godzilla to anything, it’s better….He’s been a good friend for a very long time. So it’s a dream come true.”

Dougherty’s movie arrives in theaters five years after 2014’s Godzilla, the first entry in Legendary’s Monster-Verse, and though it shares a few characters and the mysterious organization Monarch, the films will be pretty different. When asked to compare his movie to Gareth Edwards’ slow-burn starter, Dougherty offered the ultimate comparison, the one that immediately paints a picture of the two movies.

“I hesitate to say it, but I would call (my movie) the Aliens to Gareth’s Alien.”

Dougherty clarified that he considers the tone of the film to be in the fine line between “fun” and taking things seriously, a quality he said he appreciated about the 2014 movie.

“If you compare Alien, which is a very straight science fiction film with not a lot of yucks, compared to Aliens which sort of had a bit more fun, tongue-in-cheek moments, we’re somewhere in the middle there.”

“So it’s a bit more of an ensemble film. Whereas the first movie was really about Ford Brody’s character kind of weaving his way through that adventure and Monarch kind of was the backdrop for that. Here Monarch is the focus, because I find that concept really fascinating. The idea that there is a secret agency that tracks giant monsters – that is a dream come true for me too… I felt there was an opportunity to sort of craft Monarch as a group of heroes…and the idea of a team of heroes who are scientists really appealed to me.”

Naturally, with an extended history with the King of the Monsters, Dougherty had specific ideas for how things had to happen in the film. The shapes of the monsters and the sounds of the monsters are the key to their success, and Dougherty knows it.

“The good news is Toho has very specific requirements. All of which I completely agree with.”

The sounds for each monster, called Titans in the film, should be distinct enough from each other that (like the old films) fans can close their eyes, hear a noise, and know which monster is on screen.

“What I did was I gave a super cut of all the creature noises, from the original films, to the sound designers and said ‘Start here.’”

The sounds even came on handy on set, as Dougherty had a massive speaker system assembled (which he called “Behemoth”) connected to an iPad with every different monster call at his finger tips.

“So any scene that involves our cast running and screaming in terror, and there’s a lot of them, I’ve been playing creature noises. And it really ups their performance. Something pops when they hear the noises. Getting the noises right is huge. I think they did a great job with Godzilla’s roar in the first movie. I pushed them a little bit further to bring it even closer to the (1954) original even more. But all the other creatures will have some resemblance of their original skreeches.”

In the same way the sounds of the creatures will maintain their roots, the visual look of the monsters will be intact too. Designs for the new versions of Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra started with the silhouettes of the creatures, making sure they all had distinct shapes while maintaining nods to their original forms.

For Ghidorah, Dougherty told the designers to stick to Eastern dragon designs.

“You can’t have Ghidorah without the two tails and the three heads,” Dougherty says. “He’s got to have the right amount of horns, and then the wings are a very distinct shape. They’re not traditional western dragons. So those were marching orders from the beginning…We don’t want it to look like Game of Thrones’ dragons.”

As you may have seen in the trailers so far, Mothra is the most different looking from the old films, as Dougherty went for a more realistic moth-like appearance because as the director told us, the look can just be a moth made big.

“The beauty of it is, I had to go down a rabbit hole and really research moths. And it turns out, moths? Better than butterflies. They are super cool insects. And there are so many different species of moths that have very different shapes, some of which almost look predatory. Some are much more sleek and a little scary looking than the typical Mothra design. So the approach for Mothra is to create an insectoid, huge creature that looks believable from every angle, and especially in motion.”

The designs, both visual and aural, were meant to evoke another feeling specifically: Worship. If the creatures of the Monster-Verse have lived on earth for thousands and thousands of years, ancient civilizations definitely worshiped them as gods. We’ve seen this already in Kong: Skull Island, and it’s a thread that will continue in King of the Monsters.

“Primitive man saw these creatures, and you want to give them a presence that would make him drop to his knees and bow to this god…It can’t just look like big dinosaurs. Jurassic Park has that covered. These have to be distinct. They have to be their own thing. They’re Titans.”

Dougherty is well aware that he’s playing in a larger sandbox here, and went out of his way to speak with all the other filmmakers that have been involved in the movies and those that are working on future movies.

“I talked to Gareth quite a bit. Texting back and forth. Some phone calls here and there. He actually came and visited the set a few weeks ago. Jordan Vogt-Roberts I didn’t interact with too much outside of post-production during Kong when we had a brief meeting. But I really like what those guys have done and I think there’s definitely the visual style we developed for this film that we wanted to adhere to, on some levels. You also want to color outside the lines every now and then. You don’t want to be slavish, but I think trying to treat the creatures and the stories, with a sense of respect and also just trying to make it feel real is important.”

Another key thing from the 2014 Godzilla movie that Dougherty is maintaining is by applying a realism to the camera placement.

“I loved about the visual aspect of Gareth’s film is that he treated them with a sense of reality. There was never a magic CGI flying camera. Every shot of the creatures felt like it could have been shot by an actual human being. Whether they’re on a helicopter or a crane, hand held, whatever, the camera movements were never artificial. And so that’s also one of our ground rules. Because it does take you out of the movie, whether consciously or sub-consciously, when you realise that oh, there’s no way a camera could have possibly gotten that shot. And it adds a sense of weight and reality to it which I think is missing from a lot of blockbuster movies.”

Though fans have been eager to find out if other monsters from the Godzilla pantheon will appear in the film (as the trailers seem to suggest), Dougherty concluded our talk saying that the main four in King of the Monsters are the cream of crop as far as he’s concerned.

“It really doesn’t get much better than these four. There’s definitely a few others that I was hoping to sort of tip the hat to them, but these are the crown jewels of Toho as far as I’m concerned. Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah and Godzilla, those are the ones that come to mind when you think of the Godzilla universe….Outside of the Universal classic monster movies, Toho is one of the first companies to pioneer the idea of a shared universe. They were doing it long before Marvel was and they did it via those creatures. Mothra was a completely separate film from Godzilla when it started. Same thing with Rodan. So it kind of feels like things are coming full circle.”

Godzilla: King of the Monsters arrives in theaters on May 31.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Will Include A Full Basket of Easter Eggs

by Spencer Perry

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Will Include A Full Basket of Easter Eggs

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will include a full basket of Easter eggs

With Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts made visual allusions and hidden Easter eggs to countless movies. Akira, Oldboy, Taxi Driver, Jurassic Park, Princess Mononoke, Full Metal Jacket, and Cannibal Holocaust are an unlikely assemblage of movies, but each of them is referenced in one way or another in the film.

This is a tradition that will be continuing in the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

While wandering around the set of the movie back in 2017, myself and a group of journalists kept spotting various tiny references that sure seemed like larger winks and nods to other movies (some of which you can already see in the trailer for the movie).

When speaking with director Michael Daugherty we asked him if he was planning to continue the Easter Egg train from Skull Island, he simply replied: “Yes.”

Among the many sets still standing for the movie that we saw was an antarctic base, with the giant label Outpost 32, which Daugherty confirmed the obvious that it was a reference to The Thing.

“Outpost 32 is a total nod to The Thing, it’s one of my all-time favorite ideas. I like the idea that when Outpost 31 burned to the ground that they had to build another one.”

Another giant Easter Egg is in the secret base for Monarch, the organization keeping tabs on the Titans. The giant underwater base has a specific name, from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Orca.

One last Easter Egg we noticed was in a character, Bradley Whitford’s Dr. Rick Santos. Throughout the scene we saw being filmed, it became clear that Whitford has complete disdain for government oversight and larger rules, to him science is the only thing worth considering.

The Easter egg may not be obvious, but his behavior and his name sure seem a lot like Rick Sanchez from Rick & Morty. When asked about all of this, Dougherty didn’t reply at first but then said:

“He drinks a lot too.”

As Rick & Morty fans know, there’s a Rick and Morty in every universe, apparently even the Monster-Verse.

These are just the things we saw after a few minutes on the set, and as our interview concluded, Michael Dougherty let us know that we’d only scratched the surface.

“There’s more Easter eggs you haven’t caught on to yet.”

Godzilla: King of the Monsters and all its Easter Eggs arrive in theaters on May 31.

5 Best George Cukor Movies

by Nate Williams

5 best George Cukor movies

5 Best George Cukor Movies

Director of over 50 films in his lifetime, legendary Old Hollywood filmmaker George Cukor remains one of the most notable directors to ever live. Cukor is responsible for many of the most iconic films of the era — some of which he never received credit for, such as Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz — and deserves a massive amount of praise for the sheer amount of hits he churned out in his 83 years on earth. With one Oscar and five nominations total, Cukor is an absolute icon in his own right. Known for working with Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, Gene Kelly, and Katharine Hepburn over the years, Cukor had the fortune of working with some of the all-time greats while managing to be one himself. Still, with all this notoriety, a handful of his films stand out much more than the rest. Below are the five most impressive films George Cukor ever made.

The Philadelphia Story

5 best George Cukor movies

Starring Cary Grant, James Stewart, and Katharine Hepburn, it’s hard to imagine The Philadelphia Story being anything less than a bona fide classic. A 1940 romantic comedy based on a play by the same name, the film tells the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are interrupted by the arrival of their ex and a tabloid journalist. Nominated for six Academy Awards, it’s not much of a stretch to call The Philadelphia Story one of the best romantic comedies and the best George Cukor film.

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Holiday

5 best George Cukor movies

Another Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant collaboration from George Cukor, Holiday tracks a young man who plans to take his fiancé on a years-long vacation instead of jumping head-first into the family business. It’s a novel idea and it’s perfectly executed, with the charm of the leads amplified by Cukor’s knack for direction. It helps to have a script helmed by the same man who wrote The Philadelphia Story, but that’s not to say that Cukor does plenty of heavy lifting behind the camera here.

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Gaslight

5 best George Cukor movies

Famous for coining the term “gaslighting,” Cukor’s 1944 crime drama stars Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, and Joseph Cotten in a thrilling story about a man who drives his wife to the brink of insanity just to protect his deepest, darkest secret. Cukor might be most-known for his romantic comedies, but make no mistake: his dramas like Gaslight are just as impressive. After all, Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t the only one making trillers in the Golden Age.

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The Women

5 best George Cukor movies

One of Cukor’s earlier films, The Women stars Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell in an intertwining romantic comedy that looks at the lives of various romantic entanglements. Twisting in and out of the lives of each character, The Women stands out as one of the most quintessential films of the 30s. Cukor simply can’t be outdone.

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My Fair Lady

5 best George Cukor movies

An age-old story about a professor who bets he can take a working-class girl and turn her into a high-class woman, George Cukor’s My Fair Lady helped maintain Audrey Hepburn’s status as the biggest icon of the 1960s. (Not to mention, it proved that Cukor still had it in him after all those decades.) My Fair Lady might be a remake that spawned plenty more remakes, but the film itself remains an integral part of Cukor’s filmography.

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Deadly Class Season 1 Finale Recap

by Isaac Coate

Deadly Class Season 1 Finale

Deadly Class Season 1 Finale Recap

In the previous episode of Deadly Class, Master Lin’s wife was killed and the students prepared for their assault on Chester’s hideout. What does this final installment have in store? Let’s find out as we recap the Deadly Class Season 1 finale ‘Sink With California’!

Fight or Flight

Deadly Class Season 1 Finale

Master Lin was fleeing through downtown Chinatown with his daughter in tow, he managed to get some assistance from the Chinese chefs in the area. Unfortunately for Lin, El Diablo arrived on the scene and ordered the surviving members of the Cartel to find Lin and kill his daughter slowly in front of him. Meanwhile, the students prepared to invade Chester’s safe-house, Maria noticed six traps set up around the perimeter and that there was no movement within the house. After a rousing inspirational speech from Saya, the group went over the plan one more time and began their operation. Lex distracted the front of the house by posing as a mailman, Lex and Petra set off fireworks white Marcus breached the side door with an explosive. Saya was going to enter on the second floor. The plan worked well to start and the group easily entered the house.

Operation Assault on the House

Deadly Class Season 1 Finale

Once inside, the students found the house abandoned or so they thought. The hillbillies quickly launched a surprise assault on the students, but the children fought them off with relative ease. Meanwhile, Sheb informed Master Gao where Master Lin had gone. Back in the house, Chester had managed to corner Marcus and Lex, but they quickly used a decoy to escape. Saya and Maria, after killing a hillbilly together, began to attack each other in anger over their respective relationships with Marcus. In Chinatown, with the help of some local heroin users, Master Lin managed to fight off the remaining members of the Mexican cartel. Back in the house, Marcus found himself in one-on-one combat with Chester. Saya, Petra, Maria, and Billy ended up working together to defeat a steroid-fueled hillbilly made of pure muscle. All of the hillbillies had been killed, except for Chester. Everyone left the building to head to the rendezvous, except for Maria who stayed behind to try and help Marcus.

The Truth Revealed

Deadly Class Season 1 Finale

El Diablo received word of the failing of his employees, so he went to regroup at his headquarters. Back in the house, Chester had tied up Marcus and was staging a talk show. Chester attempted to explain why society was obsessed with serial killers, and forced Marcus to admit his true role in the orphanage killings. After a lengthy diatribe about the nature of violence, Marcus convinced Chester to release him from his imprisonment. Chester agreed to go to King’s Dominion, but Marcus’ apology was only a ploy. Marcus fled from Chester’s private room and freed the dogs that Chester had been sexually abusing. The dogs happily ate Chester, and Marcus left the house with Chico’s severed head in tow. Elsewhere, Master Gao found Lin and knocked him unconscious, she also took his daughter to be tested before the High Council.

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Before You See Us: What Was Hands Across America? (Gallery)

by Max Evry

Before You See Us: What Was Hands Across America? (Gallery)

Before You See Us: What Was Hands Across America? (Gallery)

Universal Pictures invited ComingSoon.net to the New York premiere of Jordan Peele’s Us, his follow-up to the Oscar-winning Get Out, and now that we’ve seen the film we wanted to give our readers a little NON-SPOILER assist for a major real-life event that informs the film: Hands Across America. What was Hands Across America? Find out below before you see Us this weekend, and check out photos in our special gallery!

The very first scene in Us features a commercial for Hands Across America on a vintage TV circa 1986 when the opening takes place. Since Peele is showing this to us right upfront it stands that it is going to be important to the plot, correct? Well it would certainly help to know what it was in order to understand the reference. Hands Across America was a charitable fundraising event which took place on Sunday, May 25, 1986 in which 6.5 million people held hands for fifteen minutes to form a human chain across the United States. The benefit raised $34 million dollars to fight hunger and homelessness in America, although only $15 million was given out after costs were deducted.

Participants were invited to spend $10 dollars to reserve their place in the line. In more heavily populated areas like major cities the lines were 10-people-deep, whereas in more sparse towns or desert areas there were huge gaps. The event has since become both a fond bit of 80’s nostalgia and occasionally a punchline on sitcoms like The Simpsons, Modern Family, The Goldbergs and the movie Beerfest.

A good many 80’s celebrities participated in Hands Across America to help raise awareness, including President Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, Michael J. Fox, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Lewis, Scott Baio, Tony Danza, Brooke Shields, Gregory Hines, Edward James Olmos, Yoko Ono, Jamie Farr, David Copperfield, Kathleen Turner, Kenny Rogers, Bob Seger, George Burns, Dudley Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Donna Mills, Robin Williams, Don Johnson and -yes- R2-D2, C-3PO and Chewbacca.

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Us stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Tim Heidecker (Ant-Man and the Wasp) along with Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live!), Evan Alex (Mani), Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon (Friends) and Duke Nicholson.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Nyong’o stars as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Duke), and their two children (Joseph, Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is about to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Moss, Heidecker, Cali and Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

RELATED: Jordan Peele Talks Us Trailer, Plus 6 More Doppelganger Movies

Us will be written and directed by Peele and will also produce through his Monkeypaw Productions. The film is being produced by Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper with Daniel Lupi to executive produce.

The film will hit theaters wide on March 22.

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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

by Nick Perkins

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

Look, we get it. Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin film from 1997 was not a good movie. It was easily the worst Batman film ever, and it could quite possibly be the worst comic book movie of all time. The directing was bad, the casting was misplaced and the writing was a sin against God and nature. Still, though. There were, in fact, some redeeming qualities to the 4th film the franchise. Yes, Robin was whiny and yes, Batman was played by a clearly bored George Clooney and yes, Batgirl was in it for some reason and yes, Bane was made to look like Lenny from Of Mice and Men and yes, Poison Ivy had some corny dialogue and yes, there was lots of neon and nipples and yes, Chris O’Donnell was still a 40-year-old Boy Wonder. But with the benefit of hindsight, could it be Batman & Robin is a just campy good time?

5) It Did Have Pathos

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

The majority of the story in Batman & Robin was corny and cliché, but it did feature some real pathos, courtesy of Michael Gough’s Alfred. Throughout its 4-movie slate, the one constant was Michael Gough. He and Commissioner Gordon (played by Pat Hingle) were the only actors to appear in all four movies. While Hingle did a fine job with what he was given in these movies (that is, not very much), Alfred really did feel like a pivotal character. In Batman & Robin, we find out that Alfred is battling a disease called MacGregor’s Syndrome, which was the same fatal disease that Mr. Freeze’s wife, Nora, succumbed to before being frozen by her husband, as he raced to find a cure. This story arc actually meant a lot to viewers who have watched Alfred since 1989. He was, arguably, the only character in this film that fans really cared about but, to be fair, they cared a lot. Alfred brought a ton of pathos to a film lacking much substance.

 

4) Despite the Puns, It Told the Proper Mr. Freeze Story

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

Mr. Freeze was terrible in this film. This wasn’t a big surprise though. After all, Joel Schumacher cast Arnold Schwarzenegger in the part, so how serious could it actually have been? But, despite the miscasting and the ice puns, Batman & Robin actually stayed pretty close to the arc told to perfection in Batman: The Animated Series. In the series and in the movie, Mr. Freeze was a bad guy, but he wasn’t necessarily a bad guy. He was a scientist whose wife was being kept alive via a cryogenic chamber. Everything that Freeze did, every decision he made and every law that he broke was simply done to hopefully save his wife. That was the story told in Batman: The Animated Series and it won an Emmy. The story was replicated in Batman & Robin, to much lesser success, but it was still the best kind of Mr. Freeze story. He even gets some form of redemption towards the end of the film.

 

3) It Was Woke

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

We live in an unbelievable age where women are finally being acknowledged as being on the same ‘level’ as men. It’s something that should have occurred, oh.., let’s say, 2000 years ago but still! Progress. Speaking of progress, Batman movies were very progressive back in the ’90s. Batman Returns portrayed Catwoman as a woman who was comfortable in her own skin, who owned her sexuality and who was able to go toe-to-toe with Batman in terms of fighting. Not to be outdone, Batman& Robin featured two female leads, in the form of Poison Ivy and Batgirl.

 

2) It Wasn’t Made for 30-Year-Olds

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

This writer was 10-years-old when Batman & Robin was released. Unsurprisingly, I loved the movie. Not only that, I loved the toys that came with the movie. I had all sorts of variations of Batman and Robin and those action figures were responsible for some of my favorite memories. Today, I wouldn’t choose to watch this version of the Dark Knight, but 10-year-old me loved the damn film. And ya know what? That’s who the film was made for. It wasn’t made for the grownups who already loved Batman. It was made for kids to introduce them to Batman, and it did exactly that. This movie was not made for cynical, snobby grownups. It was made for the 10-year-old kid who just thought it was so cool to see Batman and Robin team up.

1) It Made Way for The Dark Knight Trilogy

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have to Hate Batman & Robin Anymore

Of course, without the abysmal failure that Batman and Robin became, we more-than-likely wouldn’t have been given Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. That is, perhaps, the greatest contribution Batman & Robin has made. It’s the also biggest reason that it’s okay not to hate it anymore.

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Every Debra Granik Movie Ranked

by Nate Williams

Every Debra Granik movie ranked

Every Debra Granik Movie Ranked

An American filmmaker responsible for launching the careers of multiple notable actresses, Debra Granik’s films carry a sense of gritty realism that shows off the power and determination that can be found in the quiet, neglected areas across the United States. From her debut feature to her most recent, Granik seems to believe in the power of the seemingly insignificant and the personal strength that can be harvested in times of trouble or need. Often utilizing production techniques that revolutionized the Italian neorealism movement in post-World War II Italy, Granik uses real people and real locations as opposed to trained actors and manufactured sets for the backdrops of her films. In the decades since her debut project in 1987, Granik proves time and time again to be an important American voice with inspiring stories to tell.

Leave No Trace

Every Debra Granik movie ranked

Granik’s most recent film has to be her best. With the always great Ben Foster playing a veteran dad with PTSD and the newly-discovered Thomasin McKenzie playing his young daughter, Granik portrays the life of a homeless father-daughter duo with grace and compassion. There is no judgment here: just a heartbreaking representation of what reality looks like for a small group of Americans who have returned from war with untreated mental illnesses and nowhere to go. Like the actresses at the front of other Granik features, McKenzie is no doubt destined for greatness.

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Winter’s Bone

Every Debra Granik movie ranked

Starring Jennifer Lawrence years before she was Katniss Everdeen, Winter’s Bone takes place in southern Missouri and follows a teenage girl who must locate her father before it’s too late. Shot on location in the Ozarks, the film examines family ties, small-town gossip, and the poverty-stricken rural areas that manifest much of the American south the midwest. Lawrence would go on to be a huge star a few years after this movie, but you’d swear she was already an award-winner in this film.

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Stray Dog

Every Debra Granik movie ranked

A documentary feature released in 2014, Stray Dog differs from much of Granik’s other work because it is nonfiction but feels similar to the rest of her filmography because of the story it tells. Following a Vietnam vet with PTSD, Stray Dog’s title comes from the nickname of the former soldier who hopes to take part in an annual “Ride to the Wall” in Washington, DC. Granik met the man while working on Winter’s Bone and managed to extract a touching and important work in the years that followed.

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Down to the Bone

Every Debra Granik movie ranked

Starring Vera Farmiga before she was famous, 2004’s Down to the Bone is an independent drama about a mother in upstate New York who heads to rehab, only to fall in love with a nurse who sends her spiraling back into the very habit that got her there in the first place. It’s a tragic and realistic look at drug addiction, coming in part from a short film called Snake Feed.

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Snake Feed

Every Debra Granik movie ranked

The short film that inspired Down to the Bone, Snake Feed is a seven-minute short that combines documentary style with narrative fiction. Irene and Rick, the mother and nurse portrayed in the short and in Down to the Bone, play themselves in a somewhat fictional take on their story. It is as interesting and impactful as Down to the Bone, but the short’s seven-minute length keeps it from being as good as the feature it would eventually become.

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Miracle Workers Episode 6 Recap

by Isaac Coate

Miracle Workers Episode 6 Recap

Miracle Workers Episode 6 Recap

In the previous episode of Miracle Workers, God signed a death waiver which permitted Sa’s nana to live for an extra 100 days. Meanwhile, Rosie helped the team get Sam and Laura to kiss. What does this next installment have in store? Let’s find out as we recap Miracle Workers Episode 6 “1 Day”!

Sporting Event

Miracle Workers Episode 6

With only 14 hours remaining before the Earth was set to explode, God was getting ready to present his restaurant plan to his parents. He was hoping to get some start-up funding for his restaurant, Lazy Susans. God returned to his childhood home and pretended to have a business phone-call when his parents answered the door. His parents welcomed him warmly into their home. Back in Heaven, the team was excited as they had managed to get Laura and Sam on a date to the movie theater, the couple were going to see a documentary about the sewer system. Meanwhile with God, his siblings explained the perfect state that their planets were in and God began to pitch his restaurant. Back with the kiss team, the group found out that there was a basketball game in Sam and Laura’s town that night; so they got the couple to go to it and planned to get them on the kiss cam.

Funding Issues

Miracle Workers Episode 6

God continued to explain his restaurant to his dumb-founded parents. God’s parents discussed what to do in private, they decided not to support Lazy Susans. After a fire was started at the movie theater, Sam decided to take Laura to the basketball game. In Heaven, Craig pointed out the minuscule chance that Sam and Laura would be picked for the kiss-cam, so Eliza set to work eliminating all of the other couples who were attending the game. Sam and Laura arrived at the game and found it sparsely attended. They quickly began to bond over their shared lack of knowledge about basketball. After attempting to physically dismantle the kiss-cam, Craig was locked into a supply closet.   Back with God, his parents explained that they didn’t think he could handle operating a restaurant. His parents agreed to fund the restaurant, but his siblings explained how God’s other endeavors had failed.

Unintentional Murder

Miracle Workers Episode 6

After nearly kissing of their own volition, the kiss-cam highlighted Sam and Laura and they got extremely nervous. Eliza quickly realized that Craig was correct about the kiss-cam. After the mascot got involved, Eliza burst his appendix and the crowd began to accuse Sam of killing the mascot. With God, his parents got angry after God explained the animals he had created on the planet. His parents got the angriest when they learned that God had given the humans free will. God defended his decision. Meanwhile, Sam and Laura left the basketball arena and argued over whether or not they wanted the date to end. God strode into the room and announced that we was going to prevent the Earth from blowing up.

What did you think of Miracle Workers Episode 6? Let us know in the comment section down below!

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16 Recap

by Tiffany Gustanski

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16 Recap

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16 Recap

In the previous episode of NBC’s This Is Us, Kate had her baby prematurely and named him Jack. In This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16, Toby struggled with his son’s condition, and Kevin made a difficult decision.

Sunshine

When the doctor was taking samples from baby Jack, Kate sang to him, but Toby had to leave. He met another father, Gavin, in the waiting room. His baby was born with a hole in his heart. Gavin told him about another couple whose baby’s organs were failing. They commiserated over not being as good as their wives. When Toby went back to see Jack, he told Kate he was letting her down and wanted her to admit it. She did and admitted that she was just as scared as he was. At the end of the episode, they held Jack, and Toby smiled for the first time.

Voice Mail

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16 Recap

Randall asked Beth to come to a dinner at the City Council President’s house. It was very important to Randall’s agenda to get on certain committees. Beth initially agreed but wanted to back out after her boss invited her to drinks with the more established instructors. Randall explained how important it was for him, but Beth didn’t show up. She didn’t respond to his texts or his calls, so he left her a voice message that belittled her work and aspirations.

When Beth finally arrived at the dinner, she explained how her phone battery died while she was stuck in traffic. She played along at dinner, but once it was over, Beth revealed that she had heard the message. She wanted him to sleep at his office, but he went home to fight about it.

Always Got It All

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16 Recap

At couple’s therapy, Kevin told Zoe how he imagined settling down with her and having kids. Later, Zoe revealed that she never wanted kids. Kevin had to choose between life without Zoe or without kids.

On his way back from an AA meeting, he stopped at Sophie’s apartment. She found Kevin staring at her door and told him that she was engaged. Kevin asked her to get coffee and explained his situation with Zoe. Sophie told him he couldn’t make decisions because he never had to; he always got what he wanted. Kevin went home and told Zoe that he chose her.

First Dance

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 16 Recap

Rebecca and Jack were chaperoning the kids’ first dance. Jack told her he had never gone to a school dance. They slipped out to make out in the library, but Randall was there to study for his science test. Rebecca and Jack explained that he made a commitment when he agreed to go with Kate’s friend.

Kevin pranked the principal while Sophie reluctantly joined in. Rebecca requested a Frankie Avalon song, so she and Jack could dance. Together, they imagined what their children’s happy ending would be like.

What did you think of this episode of This Is Us? Let us know in the comment section below!

March 19 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

by Max Evry

March 19 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s March 19 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!

New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This Oscar-winner for Best Animated Film focuses on Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Mary Poppins Returns

The magic returns in Disney’s reimagined classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of what it’s like to be a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in celebration that everything is possible…even the impossible!

Big Kill (exclusive clip)

After the death of his wife, Jim, the accountant, has come from the East to join his brother in business. Jake and Travis, two misfit rogues with one foot on each side of the law, have come from the south after being run out of Mexico under a hail of gunfire. What they find in the West is a wild ride, a fight for survival, and a moment of decision that will change them all forever. Check out our exclusive clip below!

Accident

When a foursome borrows a car for one night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare. After a violent crash, they discover that being stuck at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car is the least of their problems.

The Quake

After surviving The Wave, Kristian Eikjord and his family find themselves at the center of an earthquake. Kristian makes a perilous attempt to help his family and others escape a crumbling skyscraper.

Criterion Corner

Detour

Edgar G. Ulmer directed this B-movie film noir masterpiece about a New York pianist who hitchhikes west to join his aspiring actress girlfriend. He gets a ride with gambler who dies naturally en route.

Reissues

Man From Atlantis

Atlantis survivor Mark Harris breathes under water, withstands extreme depth pressures and wields superhuman strength.

Strip Nude For Your Killer

A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo, team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer clearing bearing a grudge against the agency s employees, it s surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath…

The Deadly Mantis

What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination!

New on Digital HD

Bumblebee (exclusive outtake clip)

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. Check out our exclusive outtake clip with John Cena below!

TV on Blu-ray and DVD

Craig of the Creek: Itch to Explore

The creek may look peaceful, but Craig and his friends know this is where all the fun happens! In this collection of awesome episodes, Craig, Kelsey and JP hunt the biggest crayfish in the creek, compete in a high-stakes go-kart race, and attempt to climb the tallest tree in all the woods!

POLL: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

by Max Evry

POLL: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

POLL: Which 20th Century Fox Franchise Should Disney Prioritize?

Today, 21st Century Fox announced that the $71.4 billion deal with the Walt Disney Company has reached completion and will become effective at 12:02am on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. With that in mind, ComingSoon.net is asking its readers which one of the major 20th Century Fox movie franchises they would like to see Disney prioritize once they gain ownership. Vote for your choice of franchise in the poll below!

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With this deal, Disney will receive an impressive volume of properties from 21st Century Fox, including the X-MenThe Fantastic Four and Deadpool, each a popular facet of the Marvel comic book canon. Many anticipate that these characters will be integrated into Disney’s ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. In addition, Disney will also gain full distribution rights to the original 1977 Star Wars film, just months before the franchise will release its latest entry, the J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Wars: Episode IX.

As a result of the acquisition, the Walt Disney Company will also control the rights to the Alien, Predator and Planet of the Apes franchises, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar and its forthcoming sequels.

RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Should Maya Hawke Play B.B. in Kill Bill Volume 3?

As the agreement was being settled last year, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Disney intended to release any films amidst production at Fox. Of course, whether Disney will eventually phase out Fox properties that do not fit with their particularly family-friendly image remains to be seen. Only time will tell what precisely Disney will do—or not do—with its wide variety of newfound properties.

Keep reading ComingSoon.net for future details on Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets!

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