Euphoria to Resume Production in 2021, Getting Pandemic Special

by Grant Hermanns

Euphoria to Resume Production in 2021, Getting Pandemic Special

Euphoria to resume production in 2021, getting pandemic special

On the heels of its lead becoming the youngest star to bring home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Deadline has brought word that HBO’s Euphoria won’t begin production on its second season until early 2021, however there will be a pandemic special episode to bridge the gap.

RELATED: Malcolm & Marie: Zendaya & John David Washington Starring in New Film From Euphoria Creator

As multiple series around Hollywood began looking at ways to get around the pandemic to deliver new content for viewers, Zendaya teased last month on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the creative team behind Euphoria were possibly looking at its own special.

We might end up doing a little bridge episode,” she said. “I don’t really know how to describe it, but an episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment… so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season 2.

Euphoria ranks as HBO’s youngest skewing drama series on the network’s digital platforms. In addition to delivering a series high for its Sunday night 10 p.m. premiere telecast, Euphoria continued to grow every week on HBO’s digital platforms. The series premiere night delivered over 5.5 million viewers across HBO’s platforms.

Kicking off its eight-episode first season June 16 on HBO, Euphoria stars Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home) who heads the ensemble cast of the show, which follows a group of high school students as they navigate a minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The series is created and written by Sam Levinson (HBO’s The Wizard of Lies), who also directs five episodes of the first season.

RELATED: Euphoria’s Javon Walton to Star Opposite Sylvester Stallone in Samaritan

Euphoria puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age narrative, exploring the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life with empathy and candor. The series follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs.

The cast for the first season of Euphoria includes Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney.

Tenet Sequel Possibilities Teased by John David Washington

by Maggie Dela Paz

Tenet: John David Washington Opens Up About Potential Sequel

Tenet: John David Washington opens up about potential sequel

With the theatrical release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet in full swing, Golden Globe nominee John David Washington has finally opened up about returning for a potential sequel. In a recent interview with Esquire, when asked about the sci-fi film’s ending, Washington immediately expressed his excitement for the possibility of doing a Tenet sequel in the future!

“In my mind, that’s a yes!” Washington said. “We will be doing this again, we’ll see you in a couple of years. In reality, I don’t know. Chris does what he wants. Maybe he has something that he’s developed for years that he wants to do next, maybe he’s been inspired by something else he sees and wants to do that, I don’t know. I hope we get to do it again, I hope we get to explore more, because I think we found something really unique.”

Even though the film’s ending sure does set up the story for a potential sequel, the chances of Nolan making a follow-up is somehow slim because the acclaimed director isn’t very known for making sequels to his previous films such as Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. The only sequels he has ever made were for The Dark Knight trilogy, which is expected for the superhero genre.

RELATED: Box Office: Tenet Stays Atop Quiet Weekend, Domestic Total at $36M

Tenet is an international espionage thriller filmed across seven countries. John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) stars, with a supporting cast that includes Robert Pattinson (Good Time), Elizabeth Debicki (Widows), Dimple Kapadia (Fugly), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) and Kenneth Branagh (Dunkirk).

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist (Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. Not time travel. Inversion.

The director first made an impact in 2001 with his indie film Memento. His next film, Insomnia, was also a modest hit. but it wasn’t until Batman Begins hit theaters in 2005 that Nolan became a box office force in his own right. The Prestige was Nolan’s last movie to gross under $200 million worldwide. His other films include The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight RisesInceptionInterstellar, and Dunkirk.

Looking to binge-watch some movies? Check out Amazon’s Director’s Collection of Christopher Nolan films here!

RELATED: Christopher Nolan & John David Washington Share Behind-the-Scenes Look at Tenet

Tenet is written by Nolan and will utilize a mixture of IMAX and 70mm film, which is something he’s become famous for. Nolan is the film producer along with his partner Emma Thomas.

Superman and Wonder Woman Themes Will Get New Spin in Snyder Cut

by Jeff Ames

Junkie XL Says Superman and Wonder Woman Themes Will Get New Spin in Snyder Cut

In a recent interview with Forbes, Tom Holkenborg -aka Junkie XL- shed a little more light on his score for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which he promises will feature new takes on Wonder Woman’s and Superman’s themes!

“Besides the Man of Steel theme for Superman and the theme for Wonder Woman, which I have given a new spin, all the other themes for this movie are brand new,” he revealed. “Some of them I did the groundwork on four years ago, but as you grow as a composer, you look at what you did and maybe have a better way of doing it now or a better idea. It was inspiring. I would get an idea in my downtime and think, ‘Oh, let’s rework this thing. Let’s do that.’ Because I knew for a while that this was coming, I had the time and space to shape it into its best possible form.”

RELATED: Junkie XL Shares Theme for Zack Snyder’s Justice League

For those unaware, one of the aspects of Zack Snyder’s Justice League to get the axe was Junkie XL’s music. The composer provided additional music for Man of Steel before co-scoring Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside Hans Zimmer. He was set to score Justice League and has said that his soundtrack was completed before WB replaced Snyder with Joss Whedon. As a result, Holkenborg was kicked off the project and the theatrical cut of the superhero epic arrived with an all new score by Danny Elfman that, for some reason or another, incorporated Elfman’s Batman theme as well as bits of John Williams’ Superman.

The final result was a decidedly underwhelming score that paled in comparison to the music heard in Snyder’s previous films. Thankfully, the Snyder Cut plans to incorporate Junkie XL’s original music, which means we will likely get to hear Zimmer’s iconic Superman theme once more. Rejoice!

RELATED: DC FanDome: Watch the New Trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League!

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Affleck as Batman, Cavill as Superman, Gadot as Wonder Woman, Momoa as Aquaman, Miller as The Flash, Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

RELATED: CS Score Reviews Ludwig Göransson’s Tenet and Elmer Bernstein’s Wild Wild West

Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.

Zack Snyder Shares New Photo of Batman From Justice League!

by Jeff Ames

Zack Snyder Shares New Photo of Batman From Justice League!

To commemorate Batman Day, Zack Snyder and HBO Max shared new photos of Ben Affleck’s brooding Caped Crusader from his upcoming cut of Justice League via Twitter along with a pretty cool message. You can check out the full posts below!

“Batman is all of us… he is our rage at injustice… he stands alone, as we all wish we could, in the face of a corrupt system which wishes to oppress and exploit… he is that broken child, searching the dark alleys of the human soul to bring balance to the world.”

RELATED: CS Video: Release the Snyder Cut Author Sean O’Connell

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Affleck as Batman, Cavill as Superman, Gadot as Wonder Woman, Momoa as Aquaman, Miller as The Flash, Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

RELATED: Junkie XL Shares Theme for Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.

Box Office: Tenet Stays Atop Quiet Weekend, Domestic Total at $36M

by Jeff Ames

Box Office: Tenet Stays Atop Quiet Weekend, Raises Domestic Total to $36M

In Deadline’s box office report, the writer mentions how last year at this time Focus Features’ Downton Abbey opened to a then astonishing $31.3M en route to $123.4M. That seems like ages ago! Especially when compared to this weekend’s domestic box office which saw Tenet bring in $4.7M (-30% from last week) in its third week of release for a total come of $36.1M. The pic is actually doing quite well abroad where it has brought in $214M for a $250M worldwide total, so don’t cry too hard for Christopher Nolan. Especially considering most of the major U.S. markets — New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — have yet to open. And also considering the lack of competition, at least until Oct. 23 when 20th Century Studios/Disney plan to release Death On the Nile.

RELATED: 2020 Emmy Awards Winners List!

Tenet continues to do well in Imax, Large Format and Dolby auditoriums with another $505K this weekend and a $4.6M total. All told, a majority of the pic’s business hails from Northern California and San Diego. In fact, Orange County was the No. 1 market for Tenet this weekend. Well done, California!

Otherwise, the Top 9 continues to be uninspiring. The New Mutants continues to cling to the No. 2 spot with $1.6M while new release Infidel opened at No. 3 with $1.5M. Unhinged ($1.3M), The SpngeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run ($210K), The Personal Life of David Copperfield ($150K), and Words on Bathroom Walls ($149K) took spots No. 4 – 7. The only other new release was The Secrets We Keep, which pulled in $89,955 from 471 theaters.

 

2020 Emmy Awards Winners List!

by Max Evry

2020 Emmy Awards Winners List!

2020 Emmy Awards Winners List!

Tonight on ABC The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the 2020 Emmy Awards winners in a virtual ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Check out the full list of nominees and winners (HIGHLIGHTED IN RED) below!

Making special appearances during the broadcast were Anthony Anderson, Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, D-Nice, America Ferrera, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Randall Park, Issa Rae, RuPaul, and Patrick Stewart.

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Stranger Things
Succession **WINNER**

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
Insecure
Schitt’s Creek **WINNER**
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
Unbelievable
Unorthodox
Watchmen **WINNER**

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Masked Singer
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race **WINNER**
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Batemna, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession **WINNER**

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria **WINNER**

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek **WINNER**
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek **WINNER**
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True **WINNER**

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen **WINNER**
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show **WINNER**
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Laure Dern, Big Little Lies
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Julia Garner, Ozark **WINNER**
Sarah Snook, Succession
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek **WINNER**
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek **WINNER**
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen **WINNER**
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America **WINNER**
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Jean Smart, Watchmen

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver **WINNER**
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live **WINNER**

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Amy Poehler, Making It
Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
Bobby Berk, Queer Eye
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race **WINNER**
Barbara Corcoran, Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Andrew Scott, Black Mirror
James Cromwell, Succession
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Martin Short, The Morning Show
Jason Bateman, The Outsider
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us **WINNER**

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Cherry Jones, Succession **WINNER**
Harriet Walter, Succession
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Fred Willard, Modern Family
Dev Patel, Modern Love
Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live **WINNER**
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live **WINNER**
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Bette Midler, The Politician

Disney+’s Ms. Marvel Lands Bad Boys for Life Filmmakers & More!

by Grant Hermanns

Disney+'s Ms. Marvel Lands Bad Boys for Life Filmmakers & More!

Disney+’s Ms. Marvel Lands Bad Boys for Life Filmmakers & More!

As the streaming platform’s She-Hulk series has found its star and pilot director, Disney+’s Ms. Marvel has also taken a big leap forward with the signing of Bad Boys for Life‘s Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

RELATED: Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany to Lead Disney+’s She-Hulk

The Ms. Marvel series was first confirmed at last year’s D23 event, with British writer Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) attached to write and showrun the series, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also confirmed that she along with Moon Knight and She-Hulk will all eventually make their way to the big screen.

El Arbi and Fallah broke out with American audiences with their work on the long-awaited third installment in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-starring franchise, helping launch it to be the highest-grossing and best-reviewed film in the franchise. The duo are currently attached to revive another beloved action-comedy franchise with Netflix’s Beverly Hills Cop 4, which will see the return of series star Eddie Murphy in his iconic role of Axel Foley. Obaid-Chinoy is an Oscar-winning documentarian best known for her work with A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and Saving Face, while Menon is well-known for her work on the small screen with shows including You, For All Mankind and The Punisher.

Though the Ms. Marvel moniker has been around for decades, originally the superhero name for Carol Danvers, the Khan character took on the name. A Pakistani-American, Khan joined the Marvel comics universe back in 2014 as a result of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mists being released, triggering her shapeshifing powers. Not only is she capable of stretching her limbs to great lengths and widths, but she can also grow or shrink to incredible sizes. Khan is also inspired by Carol Danvers, who at that point had been “promoted” to the role of Captain Marvel, and decides to take on her old moniker of Ms. Marvel to fight crime and do good.

RELATED: Moon Knight: Umbrella Academy’s Jeremy Slater to Oversee Series

Earlier this week brought word that the She-Hulk series had landed Marry Me director Kat Coiro to executive produce the series and direct a handful of episodes, including the pilot, and had signed Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Perry Mason) for the titular role.

New to Stream: MUBI’s October 2020 Film Slate

by Grant Hermanns

New to Stream: MUBI's October 2020 Film Slate

New to Stream: MUBI’s October 2020 film slate

MUBI, the premier streaming service for curated films, has revealed its October lineup, including new retrospectives, tributes and exclusive premieres, the month seeing the exclusive online premiere of South Terminal, which reflects on the long civil war that racked his native Algeria throughout the 1990s.

RELATED: New to Stream: Acorn TV’s October 2020 Lineup

October will also mark the beginning of an ongoing retrospective dedicated to Amit Dutta, one of India’s most significant contemporary filmmakers and practitioners of experimental cinema. Giving viewers a chance to discover his bold and stirringly beautiful body of work, this retrospective will present one of Dutta’s films each month beginning with Nainsukh, a dreamy and intoxicating tribute to the 18th-century Indian painter Nainsukh of Guler.

For those in the mood for a good scare this spooky season, MUBI will present a month-long series dedicated to genre maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who just took home the Best Director award at Venice. Best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre through cult classics such as Cure and Pulse, this selection features a handful of Kurosawa’s mind-bending work including the absorbing four hour ghost series Penance and nail-biting thriller Creepy.

Additional programs of note include: a double bill from Ben Rivers featuring his two recent short films Ghost Strata and Now, at Last! as well as Performers We Love, a new ongoing series dedicated to masterful performances by singular actors, starting with Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, in which Mads Mikkelsen stars in the titular role.

Highlights from the October lineup are as follows:

EXCLUSIVELY ON MUBI

MUBI is proud to present the online premiere of South Terminal(Locarno ‘19), the latest work from the celebrated Algerian-French auteur Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche. Blending fiction with reality, the film vividly explores the traumas and deep wounds imprinted by colonial violence. This exclusive presentation will sit alongside a retrospective dedicated to the director in the MUBI Library, which will include his much-feted films Wesh weshqu’estce qui se passe? and Story of Judas.

South Terminal — October 5

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Short Film at Berlin last year, Manuel Abramovich’s intimate documentary Blue Boy profiles immigrant male sex workers in Berlin. Abramovich captures the young men as they react to their own stories in a series of portraits that explore the performativity of the everyday.

Blue Boy — October 15

MUBI is thrilled to exclusively present the international premiere of the new 2k restoration of Werner Schroeter’s celebrated film Malina, the first of the director’s three collaborations with Isabelle Huppert. An adaptation of Ingeborg Bachmann’s 1971 novel, the film is driven by Huppert’s masterful performance and features breathtaking visuals and a striking operatic score.

Malina — October 22

The Inimitable Image: An Amit Dutta Retrospective — Exclusive

MUBI is proud to launch a new ongoing retrospective dedicated to the experimental filmmaker Amit Dutta, one of India’s most distinctive and unique contemporary cinematic voices. Operating outside India’s conventional film industry hubs, his deeply meditative films explore diverse forms of artistic expression. Dutta’s prolific body of work has garnered admiration from major film festivals, including Venice and Rotterdam. Sitting alongside MUBI’s current series A Journey Into Indian Cinema, which features a classic of Indian Cinema each month, MUBI will now also exclusively present one of Dutta’s films monthly. The series kicks off with Nainsukh, an intimate portrait of an 18th-century painter.

Nainsukh — October 16

RELATED: New to Stream: Netflix and Chills 2020 Lineup Announced

Double Bill: Ben Rivers — Exclusive

After featuring much of his work on the platform and co-producing his film Trees Down Here in 2018, MUBI returns again to the visionary work of UK artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers. This double bill exclusively features his two recent short films, the globetrotting Ghost Strata and his singular portrait of a sloth Now, at Last!  

Ghost Strata — October 21

Now, at Last! — October 27

The Uncanny Universe of Kiyoshi Kurosawa

This October, MUBI embraces the Halloween spirit with the mind-bending cinema of genre maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Bridging both the art house and genre film worlds, Kurosawa’s unmatched career has been celebrated by major festivals and genre fans alike. His prolific and diverse filmography proves few are more skillful at cultivating suspense and a sense of uneasiness. This selection includes his epic four hour ghost series Penance and the celebrated disquieting thriller Creepy.

Döppelganger — October 1
Creepy — October 12
Beautiful New Bay Area Project — October 20
Penance — October 28

Taiwanese in America

MUBI is currently highlighting the vibrant works of the “first wave” of New Taiwanese Cinema, including the influential directors Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien. This October, MUBI will continue this focus on Taiwanese cinema, featuring two masters from the next generation of Taiwanese filmmakers (the “second wave”): Sylvia Chang and Ang Lee. This double bill presents two films exploring the Taiwanese immigrant experience in America, Sylvia Chang’s Siao Yu and Ang Lee’s Pushing Hands.

Siao Yu — October 6
Pushing Hands  — October 7

MUBI will launch a new ongoing series dedicated to masterful performances by singular actors. The program kicks off with Mads Mikkelsen’s valiant performance as the titular Michael Kohlhaas in Arnaud des Pallières’s epic Palm d’Or contender Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas — October 9

Hot Toys Reveals Lando & Boba Fett Empire Strikes Back Figures!

by Grant Hermanns

Hot Toys Reveals Lando & Boba Fett Empire Strikes Back Figures!

Hot Toys reveals Lando & Boba Fett Empire Strikes Back figures!

In celebration of the iconic sci-fi adventure’s 40th anniversary, Hot Toys has unveiled new figures of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back‘s Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett that are set to hit shelves in early 2022. The figures can be viewed in the gallery below!

RELATED: The Clone Wars’ Ahsoka & Clone Trooper Figures Unveiled by Hot Toys!

In his youth, Lando Calrissian was a sportsman seeking a fortune at the sabacc tables. After he lost his beloved ship to Han Solo, Lando spent years living the high life and pursuing get-rich-quick schemes, with uneven results. He went semi-respectable as the baron administrator of Cloud City, only to be drawn into the fight against the Galactic Empire.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Hot Toys is thrilled to continue expanding the series of throwback collectibles based on this iconic film and delighted to officially introduce the new 1/6th scale collectible figure of many fans’ beloved smooth talker – Lando Calrissian!

The highly-accurate Lando Calrissian collectible figure is skillfully crafted based on his appearance in the movie featuring a newly developed head sculpt with astonishing likeness, meticulously tailored outfit and cape, two blasters, a communicator, a wrist link, a figure base with Cloud City backdrop all in a specially designed retro style packaging!

RELATED: Hot Toys Unveils New Cosbaby Figures with Venom & Disney Princesses

Armed in customized Mandalorian armor, dangerous weaponry and highly trained combat skills, Boba Fett has earned a notorious reputation as one of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy as he takes on contracts from the criminal underworld and the Galactic Empire. 

Based on his famous appearance in the beloved film, the Boba Fett collectible figure features a meticulously crafted Mandalorian helmet and armor with distressed effects, his iconic jetpack, a cape, detailed blasters, and a display stand! Furthermore, this 1/6th scale collectible figure features an alternative version of Boba Fett’s armor including a range of interchangeable parts such as helmet, jetpack, gauntlets, cape, and a number of gloved hands all packaged in specially designed retro style packaging!

Lee Isaac Chung Tapped to Write/Direct Live-Action Your Name

by Grant Hermanns

Lee Isaac Chung Tapped to Write/Direct Live-Action Your Name

Lee Isaac Chung tapped to write/direct live-action Your Name

After initially having Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) set to direct the live-action adaptation of Your Name, Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot Productions and Toho have shifted gears and tapped Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) to rewrite and direct the new take on Makoto Shinkai’s acclaimed anime, according to Deadline.

RELATED: Lulu Wang to Helm English Adaptation of Like Father, Like Son

Chung, who first found acclaim with his 2007 debut Munyurangabo at that year’s Cannes Film Festival, will be working off the most recent draft of the script penned by Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), who was in turn working off the original draft written by Arrival‘s Eric Heisserer.

Click here to purchase the 2019 hit!

Released in Japan in 2016 and in the US in 2017, the story centers on Tokyo highschooler Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu from the rural Itomori, who discover they have the ability to switch bodies with one another and as a natural disaster threatens to destroy their lives, they must journey to meet each other and save their worlds before it’s too late. It became a runaway success upon its release, grossing over $303 million in Japan alone, becoming one of the country’s biggest hits and spawning a bidding war when the rights to multimedia adaptations hit the market in 2017.

Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) is set to produce the film alongside Genki Kawamura, a producer on the original project, with Toho handling Japanese distribution of the film and Paramount distributing it to all other territories.

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Following his 2007 acclaimed debut and a handful of acclaimed indie dramas, Chung recently returned with the A24 and Plan B Entertainment-produced Minari, which won the Grand Jury and Dramatic Audience Awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

(Photo Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

John Boyega & Gavin Hood Team for The Test Adaptation

by Grant Hermanns

John Boyega & Gavin Hood Team for The Test Adaptation

John Boyega & Gavin Hood team for The Test adaptation

As we await to see his turns in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe and Naked Singularity, John Boyega has found his next project in the form of an adaptation of Silvain Neuvel’s The Test, which is set to be directed by Gavin Hood (Eye in the Sky), according to Deadline.

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Published in February 2019, the story is set in an authoritarian near-future and centers on a soft-spoken immigrant as he takes a citizen evaluation test while a brilliant young behavioral psychologist supervising the test must confront a terrorist group led by a far-right fanatic.

The Attack the Block star has signed on to portray the young psychologist while Payman Maadi, best known for his roles in HBO’s The Night Of and the Oscar-nominated A Separation, is set to star as the soft-spoken immigrant.

Click here to purchase Neuvel’s 2019 novella!

In an official statement, Hood described the film as “a heart-pounding psychological thriller, set in an authoritarian near-future that grabbed me by the throat and left me reeling.

The script for the project was adapted by Hood, known best for his Oscar-winning crime drama Tsotsi, while Erwin Stoff is attached to produce and Zev Foreman and Ilda Diffley are overseeing the film for Entertainment One.

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After breaking out in his feature debut Attack the Block, Boyega went on to further stardom upon joining the Star Wars franchise as Stormtrooper-turned-rebel fighter Finn, appearing across all three films in the sequel trilogy as well as reprising the role in two episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. When he wasn’t busy soaring through space, he also found acclaim with his appearances in the biographical drama Detroit as well as offering turns in Pacific Rim: UprisingThe Circle and Netflix’s CG-animated adaptation of Watership Down.

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See Season 2: Jason Momoa-Led Series Resuming Production in October

by Maggie Dela Paz

See Season 2: Jason Momoa-Led Series Resuming Production in October

See Season 2: Jason Momoa-led series resuming production in October

After six months since all major TV productions have been forced to shut down due to the ongoing pandemic, Deadline brings word that filming on the upcoming second season of Apple TV+’s sci-fi drama series See has now been scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 14 at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto. The Jason Momoa-led series is expected to complete its Season 2 production by next year in March.

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See is a high concept series that takes place in a future where humanity has lost the ability to perceive the world with sight. It will follow the story of fearless leader Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who believes it’s witchcraft and wants them destroyed.

The series also stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard as Baba Voss’ spiritual leader Paris, Yadira Guevara-Prip as Bow Lion, Nesta Cooper as Haniwa, Sylvia Hoeks as Queen Kane, Archie Madekwe as Kofun, Christian Camargo as Tamacti Jun and Hera Hilmar as Maghra.

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The eight-episode drama is written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, I Am Legend). Knight and Lawrence will executive produce See alongside Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content.

2020 Beyond Fest Slate Revealed Including Freaky, Bad Hair & More!

by Grant Hermanns

2020 Beyond Fest Slate Revealed Including Freaky, Bad Hair & More!

2020 Beyond Fest slate revealed including Freaky, Bad Hair & more!

Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the US, has revealed its complete slate of 2020 programming over seven nights of double-bill features including the world premieres of Christopher Landon’s Freaky, the West Coast premiere of Justin Simien’s Bad Hair and more!

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Following a sold-out Summer residence with the American Cinematheque at the Mission Tiki Drive-In, Beyond Fest returns to the socially-distanced safety of the drive-in Friday, October 2 to Thursday, October 8 to generate funds for the 501c3 non-profit film institution.

With a diverse slate celebrating all corners of genre cinema, Beyond Fest is proud to open with a double-barreled-double-bill curated by director Jim Cummings including the World Premiere of his electric werewolf tale, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, paired with Joe Dante’s classic, The Burbs. Closing night honors are bestowed upon Blumhouse and Beyond Fest alumni Christopher Landon for the World Premiere of their gloriously outrageous body-swap-slasher Freaky, billed with a special rep screening of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil selected by the director himself.

Festival alumni are celebrated as agitator-extraordinaire Adam Egypt Mortimer returns to conquer Beyond Fest with the World Premiere of his newest Spectrevision mindmelt, Archenemy, Steven Kostanski blasts his OTT midnight vibes with the North American Premiere of Psycho Goreman, and Bryan Bertino brings the terror, unleashing The Dark and the Wicked for its US theatrical bow.

“We covet the theatrical experience above all and following the overwhelming success of our drive-in program we never hesitated in keeping Beyond Fest a physical experience” Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes, said in a statement. “We specifically wanted to give COVID-19 a resilient middle finger and provide a safe, communal respite for filmmakers and film fans to celebrate the best genre cinema on the biggest screens possible.”

Other hotly anticipated titles making their West Coast debuts include Rose Glass’ stunning first feature Saint Maud, alongside her selection of Rob Reiner’s Misery, Moorhead and Benson’s latest genre-melting, time-bending, head trip Synchronic, Justin Simien’s satirical Sundance stunner Bad Hair, and the US Premiere of medieval-gothic-horror, The Reckoning, from longtime agent provocateur, Neil Marshall.

A timely dissolution of the American Dream is given center stage as the Maestro David Lynch is saluted with a triple bill consisting of three of his finest features: Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive.

“In a year that has seen the world turn upside-down, it’s good to see some things never change” Head Programmer Evrim Ersoy said in a statement. “Beyond Fest stands tall with an eclectic slate of programming that will challenge audiences and transform the drive-in experience into something never before done.”

Finally, Beyond Fest celebrates Brandon Cronenberg with a special pre-festival event featuring the West Coast Premiere of his stunning body-horror, Possessor Uncut, paired with John Frakenheimer’s sci-fi classic Seconds as picked by Brandon himself. This special warm-up event is scheduled the week before the festival opens on Thursday September 24, 2020.

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Beyond Fest 2020 Program

9/24
SPECIAL EVENT
Possessor Uncut
West Coast Premiere
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Country: USA
Runtime: 103 minutes
Year: 2020
+
Seconds
Repertory Screening
Director: John Frankenheimer
Country: USA
Runtime: 106 minutes
Year: 1966

10/2
The Wolf of Snow Hollow
World Premiere
Director: Jim Cummings
Country: USA
Runtime: 83 minutes
Year: 2020
+
The Burbs
Repertory Screening
Director: Joe Dante
Country: USA
Runtime: 103 minutes
Year: 1989

10/3
Blue Velvet
Repertory Screening
Director: David Lynch
Country: USA
Runtime: 120 minutes
Year: 1986
+
Mulholland Drive
Repertory Screening
Director: David Lynch
Country: France, USA
Runtime: 147 minutes
Year: 2001
+
Lost Highway
Repertory Screening
Director: David Lynch
Country:France, USA
Runtime: 134 minutes
Year: 1997

10/4
Saint Maud
West Coast Premiere
Director: Rose Glass
Country: UK
Runtime: 84 minutes
Year: 2019
+
Misery
Repertory Screening
Director: Rob Reiner
Country: USA
Runtime: 107 minutes
Year: 1990

10/5
Synchronic
West Coast Premiere
Directors: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson
Country: USA
Runtime: 96 minutes
Year: 2019
+
Bad Hair
West Coast Premiere
Director: Justin Simien
Country: USA
Runtime: 115 minutes
Year: 2020

10/6
The Dark and the Wicked
US Premiere
Director: Bryan Bertino
Country: USA
Runtime: 95 minutes
Year: 2020
+
The Reckoning
US Premiere
Director: Neil Marshall
Country: UK
Runtime: 110 minutes
Year: 2020

10/7
Archenemy
World Premiere
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Country: USA
Runtime: 90 minutes
Year: 2020
+
Psycho Goreman
International Premiere
Director: Steven Kostanski
Country: Canada
Runtime: 92 minutes
Year: 2020

10/8
Freaky
World Premiere – Free screening
Director: Christopher Landon
Country: USA
Runtime: 101 minutes
Year: 2020
+
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Repertory Screening
Director: Eli Craig
Country: Canada
Runtime: 89 minutes
Year: 2010

Harley Quinn Season 3 Greenlit at HBO Max!

by Maggie Dela Paz

Harley Quinn Renewed for a Third Season at HBO Max 

Harley Quinn renewed for a third season at HBO Max

Three months after the Harley Quinn series concluded its 13-episode second season last June, HBO Max has decided to renew Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey’s popular adult-animated series for a third season. In a recent interview with Comic Book, Halpern and Schumacker have confirmed that the series might make its return in late 2021.

“That would be the earliest I could see,” Halpern. “I mean, maybe not, I don’t know… I think Jen Coyle, our head of animation could probably answer that a lot better.”

“We were aiming for late 2021 all the way back in like the spring when there was first an inkling that a season three could be a reality,” Schumacker added. “These conversations that were happening that were sort of well above our pay grade have been going… it had been very extensive.”

The series’ move from DC Universe to HBO Max comes as no surprise as fans have been anticipating this for quite some time. This renewal also comes with Warner Bros. official announcement that DC Universe will no longer be offering scripted original shows as it is set to be rebranded as a sole premium comic book service that will be called as DC Universe Infinite.

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The titular crazy beloved villain will be voiced by Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco. The voice cast also includes Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) as Poison Ivy, Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Joker, Ron Funches (Powerless) as King Shark, JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Frank the Plant, Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as Sy Borgman, Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) as Queen of Fables, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) as Lex Luthor, Natalie Morales (Bojack Horseman), Jim Rash (Mike Tyson Mysteries) as Riddler, Diedrich Bader (Veep) as Batman, Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep) as Dr. Psycho, Chris Meloni (Happy!) as Commissioner Gordon, Rahul Kohli (iZombie) as Scarecrow, Sanaa Lathan (The Twilight Zone) as Catwoman, Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman and Jacob Tremblay as Robin.

The series will follow Harley Quinn‘s adventures after her break with the Joker. The story will focus on Harley along with Poison Ivy and other DC castoffs as they try to help each other in order to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom. The first season ended on an exciting cliffhanger, with the story for the second chapter still being kept under wraps.

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Cuoco is also an executive producer on the series through her Yes, Norman Productions alongside Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey.

Hotel Transylvania 4 Set for 2021 Debut with Selena Gomez Returning

by Maggie Dela Paz

Hotel Transylvania 4 Still Set for 2021 Debut with Selena Gomez to Return

Hotel Transylvania 4 still set for 2021 debut with Selena Gomez to return

It has been a while since we last heard an update about Sony Pictures’ newest animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 4, and now Variety brings word that the Adam Sandler-led film is still on track for its August 6, 2021 release with Selena Gomez officially returning to reprise her role as Mavis. On top of leading the film, Gomez has now been set as an executive producer on the project.

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Hotel Transylvania 4 will be directed by Jennifer Klushka and Derek Drymon from a screenplay written by franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky, who was previously attached to helm the fourth installment after directing the first three films. The film will be executive produced by Tartakovsky and Michelle Murdocca with Alice Dewey Goldston set as a producer.

The ensemble cast for the first Hotel Transylvania films include Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Asher Blinkoff, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, and Jim Gaffigan.

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The most recent entry in the series, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, debuted this past summer to the tune of $167.5 million domestically, nearly matching the second film in the series. Worldwide the film brought in $528.5 million, the highest of the franchise which has brought in $1.36 billion worldwide across the three films.

DC Universe Infinite: DC’s Digital Comic Book Service Rebranded

by Max Evry

DC Universe Infinite: DC's Digital Comic Book Service Rebranded

DC Universe Infinite: DC’s Digital Comic Book Service Rebranded

Calling all comic book fans to Explore the Multiverse! DC today announced the evolution of DC Universe into DC Universe Infinite, a premium digital comic book service set to launch on January 21, 2021. With access to more than 24,000 comic books at launch, DC Universe Infinite subscribers will also encounter digital-first comics, member access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions hit store shelves. Following its initial launch, DC Universe Infinite will begin expanding globally in SUMMER 2021.

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“Our fans love the platform’s robust library of comic books and, with the transformation, we will not disappoint,” said DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. “I’m excited to share that not only will DC Universe Infinite members still be able to read all of the great comics that they’ve enjoyed but new issues are debuting on the platform quicker than before, digital first exclusives are being created, and the members-only events will begin as soon as possible. There has never been a better time to be a DC fan!”

DC’s premium digital comic book platform will provide members with an expanded collection of comics and Original Graphic Novels, spanning over 80 years of the DC Multiverse. Fans can also download comics, graphic novels and originals for unlimited offline reading on their favorite smartphone or tablet. Subscribers will also have earlier access to new Digital First comics that include titles such as

Also debuting on DC Universe Infinite will be DC Universe Infinite Originals, including new comic content centered around beloved characters…stay tuned for updates!

The fan-favorite community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers with a full calendar of events planned for 2021. Subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe login will transfer to DC Universe Infinite.

For DC Universe subscribers who want ongoing access to premium DC originals, the special DC Universe member offer to HBO MAX has been extended. In celebration of Batman Day and the announcement of DC Universe Infinite, a special offer for eligible subscribers to upgrade their service to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month for a limited time is now available through October 30, 2020.

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HBO Max will be the home for premium video content that will include new DC series, key DC classics and DC Universe originals like Young Justice Seasons 1-4, Titans Seasons 1-3, Doom Patrol Seasons 1-3, and DC’s Stargirl Season 1. Additionally, HBO Max has ordered a third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed DC Universe adult animated comedy series Harley Quinn, starring Kaley Cuoco, who also served as executive producer during the first two seasons along with Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, and Sam Register. Harley Quinn will be a Max Original going forward, and all three seasons of the show will be available.

DC Universe Infinite will be available online at DCUniverseInfinite.com, iOS and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year ($6.25 a month). On February 1, Aquaman: Deep Dives, Batman: Gotham Nights, DCeased: Hope at World’s End, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, Injustice: Year Zero, Shazam!: Lightning Strikes, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing: New Roots and Wonder Woman 84, and many more.

2021, every DC Universe Infinite subscriber, existing members or those joining during the pre-order offer window will receive a special thank you voucher redeemable at the DC Shop subject to terms and conditions. Annual subscribers will receive a $25 voucher while monthly subscribers will receive a $10 voucher.

Scream 5 Set to Begin Production Later this Month 

by Maggie Dela Paz

Scream 5 Set to Begin Production Later this Month 

Scream 5 set to begin production later this month

According to Variety, production on Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming fifth installment of the Scream films is finally set to begin later this month. In addition, French-Arab singer and model Sonia Ammar has been tapped to join the growing cast of Scream 5, making this her first high-profile Hollywood gig as an actress. She along with other young franchise newcomers will be joining returning cast members David Arquette, Courteney Cox, and Neve Campbell, who are reprising their iconic roles as Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott. 

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David Arquette became the first actor from the original franchise to sign on for the fifth film in the series, with Courteney Cox signing on at the end of July for the film and after word coming earlier this year that lead heroine Campbell was in talks to reprise her role of Sidney Prescott, it’s now finally official!

Alongside the returning vets, including Scream 4‘s Marley Shelton, other new cast members for the film include Kyle Gallner (Ghosts of War), Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers) and Mikey Madison (Better Things), who join previously cast Jack Quaid (The Boys), Melissa Barrera (Vida), Jenna Ortega (The Babysitter: Killer Queen), Mason Gooding (Booksmart) and Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why).

While plot details are currently scarce, it is being reported that the film will follow “a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.”

Scream 5 film will be produced by Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), who is also co-writing the screenplay with Guy Busick (Ready or Not), as well as Paul Neinstein and William Sherak for Spyglass, with original screenwriter Kevin Williamson executive producing with Radio Silence’s third member Chad Villella.

The first film, released in 1996, was a surprise smash upon its debut, helping to revive the horror genre for the decade and becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time until it was dethroned by last year’s Halloween reboot. The first’s success spawned a franchise that includes three sequels, the first of which remained equally as successful as the first while the previous two saw middling box office returns and mixed reviews.

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After years of struggling to get another film off the ground, MTV picked up a series adaptation that became a cult hit, with two well-received seasons from fans before it was passed off to VH1 for its rebooted third season, which saw mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, but was a minor improvement in the ratings from the second season.

Set to debut on January 14, 2022, Scream 5 marks the second major horror franchise reboot Spyglass is working on, with the studio developing a remake of the Clive Barker cult horror classic Hellraiser, with David S. Goyer (Terminator: Dark Fate) attached to pen the script.

Watched at home: Top 20 Streaming Films for the Week of September 11

by Jeff Ames

Watched at home: Top 20 Streaming Films for the Week of September 11

Welcome back, couch potatoes! We’ve got a pretty exciting Top 20 for you this week, courtesy of The Digital Entertainment Group, that sees quite the shakeup — well, from No. 6 on down.

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The Top 5 remained unscathed, with Yellowstone dominating the Top 3 spots for the umpteenth week in a row, followed by The King of Staten Island and The Tax Collector, that latter two of which swapped spaces over the last week.

After that, things get magical. Literally. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection has now leapt to No. 6, which is actually quite incredible. The boy wizard has long lingered in the Top 20, but this is as high as he’s ever flown. Not only that, but the boy who lived managed to split himself into two and land at No. 13 with Chris Columbus’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not too shabby, ‘arry.

Three new films made their debut this week: Guest House at No. 7, Superman: Man of Tomorrow at No. 12, and The Karate Kid at No. 14. While Steve Carrell’s Irresistible saw the biggest jump leaping from No. 19 to No. 10.

1 Yellowstone: SSN 1 (Paramount)
2 Yellowstone: SSN 3 (Paramount)
3 Yellowstone: SSN 2 (Paramount)
4 The King of Staten Island (Universal)
5 The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
6 Harry Potter: Complete 8-film Collection (WB)
7 Guest House (Lionsgate, 2020)
8 Trolls World Tour (Universal)
9 42 (WB)
10 Irresistible (Universal, 2020)
11 The Silencing (Lionsgate, 2020)
12 Superman: Man of Tomorrow (WB)
13 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (WB)
14 The Karate Kid (Sony)
15 Rogue (Lionsgate)
16 The Vanished (Paramount, 2020)
17 The Outpost (Screen Media, 2020)
18 Scoob! (WB)
19 1917 (Universal)
20 Made in Italy (IFC Films, 2020)

McKenna Grace Joins The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 as Filming Resumes

by Maggie Dela Paz

McKenna Grace Joins The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 as Filming Resumes

McKenna Grace joins The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 as filming resumes

According to Deadline, Annabelle Comes Home star McKenna Grace has signed on for a recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of Hulu’s award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale. In addition to this casting news, the streamer has reportedly greenlit the resumption of production on Season 4 in Toronto following its temporary shutdown back in March.

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The 14-year-old actress is set to portray the role of Mrs. Keyes, who is being described as a sharply intelligent, teenaged wife of a much older Commander who rules her farm and household with confidence.

At a very young age, McKenna Grace has already appeared in numerous high-profile films such as: Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence; the 2017 drama film Gifted opposite Chris Evans; the critically-acclaimed biopic drama I, Tonya; and Marvel Studios’ first female-led film Captain Marvel. On top of being a film star, she has also appeared in TV shows such as The Haunting of Hill House and Young Sheldon. Grace will next be seen in Jason Reitman’s highly-anticipated supernatural comedy Ghostbusters: Afterlife and James Wan’s new horror film Malignant.

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The series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle and Amanda Brugel. New additions for season 3 include Christopher Meloni & Elizabeth Reaser. Sam Jaeger was upped to a series regular in Season 4. The series is adapted from the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. The show is executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. Margaret Atwood serves as a co-executive producer for season three of the series. MGM serves as the international distributor for the series.

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Since its premiere in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale has gone on to become the first series ever on a streaming video-on-demand service to take both the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. The Handmaid’s Tale is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning drama series and has garnered more than 30 prestigious awards to date, including a 2018 Peabody Award. The series has gone on to become the streaming service’s most-viewed series debut and it’s most critically successful to date.

Seasons 1, 2, and 3 are already available for streaming on Hulu. Season 4 is set to premiere sometime in 2021.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Florence Pugh Pumps the Brakes On Future Black Widow Films

by Jeff Ames

Florence Pugh Pumps the Brakes On Future Black Widow Films

In a recent interview with Total Film, Florence Pugh discussed her role in the upcoming Black Widow and also pumped the brakes on those rumors of her taking over the mantle from Scarlett Johansson.

“If you get asked to be in a Marvel film,” Pugh said. “And it was so thrilling and fun and exciting to be in, then of course, your head goes: ‘Oh my God. If this is what it’s like, then what else is next? If that happens and I am lucky enough that people appreciate my character, that’s an exciting road to go on. I would be silly to not be excited by it. I think that being part of the Marvel club is a great honour. But we’ll just see if people like Yelena first.”

Johansson, who was also on hand during the interview, took a different approach and relayed her hopes that Pugh would eventually take over the Black Widow title.

“I definitely felt that way from the very beginning,” Johansson said. “She stands completely on her own. She’s strong and different. She’s so different to Natasha.”

Scarlett Johansson is reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff in a story that takes place shortly after Captain America: Civil War. Florence Pugh will make her MCU debut as the second Black Widow, Yelena Belova. David Harbour also stars in the film as Red Guardian, with Rachel Weisz as the enigmatic Melina Vostokoff. Cate Shortland directed Black Widow from a script by Eric Pearson. Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson wrote the story for the film.

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Should Florence Pugh become the new Black Widow moving forward? Let us know in the comment section below!

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