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Daily Podcast: Avengers Endgame Trailer Reaction/Analysis, How Captain Marvel Might Be Connected To Captain America, and Much More

Avengers Endgame

On the December 7, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk the latest film and tv news, including Crazy Rich Asians, Aquaman 2, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Kevin Hart, Plastic Man, and we’ll take a closer look at the Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel trailers.

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A London Theater is Charging Up to $52 For Movie Tickets

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In the heart of London, the flagship Odeon theater in Leicester Square has been closed for eleven months as it underwent a massive, multi-million dollar renovation. It’s finally set to re-open later this month, but some moviegoers are balking at the ticket prices: the theater has announced it will potentially charge over £40 (approximately $52) for its most premium seats.

The Leicester Square theater is selling tickets for the anticipated Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns, but people online haven’t taken kindly to the prices:

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That highest tier, which Odeon describes as their “best ever seats,” places customers in the “Royal Box,” where they’ll sit in a fully reclining chair that provides extra width and extra legroom, and each seat in that section comes with an individual table. Having partnered with Dolby for the renovation, the theater now also has laser projection and a Dolby Atmos sound system installed. But still, the highest price in that tier translates to $52 – and that’s for a single ticket.

Responding to public outcry about that pricing, Odeon released a statement (via BBC):

“With tickets starting at just £10 for every show… it offers fantastic value compared to tickets for other popular destinations like the theatre, concerts or live sports. Price choices vary and flex depending on a number of factors including seat type and location in the auditorium, what we’re showing, time of day, and the number of people booking at one time. The first week of the biggest film of the year during the festive season is obviously peak, and guests can expect prices will flex throughout the year.”

The comparison between going to the movies and attending a concert/sporting event is a flawed one – just because you leave your house and pay to see a thing doesn’t automatically put all of those events on the same playing field.

I love the theatrical experience and will argue for theaters to remain up and running until my dying breath, but paying $104 plus the cost of parking for two people to see a movie is patently ridiculous. And that’s not even factoring in concessions or other food. I haven’t been to an Odeon theater yet myself, but that chain is partially owned by AMC, so it strikes me as plausible that Odeon theater managers may respond in similar ways to disruptive viewers who talk or text throughout a screening – by doing absolutely nothing about it.

Again, this high price is during a peak time and doesn’t represent the cost of a standard ticket. But is there any scenario (barring the ransom of your loved ones) that could convince you to pay over $50 to see a mainstream movie in a theater?

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Sophia Takal is the First Female Blumhouse Horror Director, and It’s About Time

Blumhouse Female Director Sophia Takal

With all the horror movies Blumhouse has released, they’ve never had a female director. Until now. Sophia Takal, director of the amazing indie horror film Always Shine, will become the first female Blumhouse director with New Year New You, a feature-length entry in the Blumhouse/Hulu anthology series, Into the Dark. Takal’s hiring comes shortly after Blumhouse president Jason Blum offered a tone-deaf explanation regarding the lack of female Blumhouse directors.

Well, it’s about time. A couple of months ago, a simple question was posed to Blumhouse big cheese Jason Blum: why has Blumhouse never hired a female director? Blum’s response raised a few eyebrows: “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” After some understandable online backlash to this comment, Blum released the following apology:

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Thankfully, Blum has made good on his promise. IndieWire is reporting that Sophia Takal will direct New Year New You, an all-female horror movie that’s part of Blumhouse’s Hulu anthology Into the Dark. While it would be a bit more exciting if this were a film headed to theaters instead of Hulu, it’s at least a start. Takal told IndieWire she was approached to helm New Year in the summer – which was actually before Jason Blum was called out for his comments – and that she shot the film in 15 days. “It was a really, really fast process,” she said. “I had a great crew around me. Even though it was chaotic, we didn’t feel like we lost anything.”

Takal reworked a script by Adam Gaines for the project. The story is set on a “a crazy, scary, murderous New Year’s night” and is “in the vein of hysterical women horror movies…but it’s really a satirical takedown of the loathsome internet culture of today.” The plot “centers on a group of old high school friends who reunite in a house for New Year’s Eve, where they’re forced to confront traumas from their past.” Cast members include Suki Waterhouse, Carly Chaikin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Melissa Bergland.

As for working with Blumhouse, Takal had nothing but positive things to say: “It was my first time working with producers other than my friends. I’d assumed, as a female director, people would undermine me and no one would trust me, but everyone was really supportive. Their notes are so helpful. They’re not annoying executive notes.”

If you’re unfamiliar with Takal’s work, I urge you to check out her chilling 2016 film Always Shine, which is currently streaming on Shudder and Kanopy. It’s like a twisted cross between Mulholland Drive and All About Eve, featuring a killer performance from Mackenzie Davis.

New Year New You premieres December 28 on Hulu.

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‘Kim Possible’ Trailer: Nostalgia Calls (But Doesn’t Beep) in the Live-Action Disney Channel Movie

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So what’s the sitch on the Kim Possible live-action movie? It looks, well, like a Disney Channel movie: as cheesy and friendly-family as can be. And while it may only be the second-best superhero trailer that came out today, the Kim Possible trailer can’t help but hit all the right nostalgia buttons for fans of the popular Disney Channel animated series. See the Kim Possible trailer below.

Kim Possible Trailer

At first glance, the new Kim Possible looks very little like the series that ran on Disney Channel from 2002 to 2007 — a time when the pager was still in wide use with teenagers. There’s no pager, no naked molerat, and barely a glimpse of Kim’s fan-favorite best friend Ron Stoppable. But it’s got the spirit of Kim Possible down pat, following the crime-fighting teenager as she frequently saves the world from quirky villains who utter lines like, “She’s got a spark. I will steal that spark…that makes Kim possible!”

But while it may be nowhere as awesome as the animated Kim Possible we remember (voiced in the animated series with impressive spunk by Christy Carlson Romano), the trailer does get right to business with the nostalgia, kicking off the action with Kim’s iconic beeper. Just try not to start singing “Call me, beep me if you want to page me that’s okay” from the show’s iconic theme song when you hear that beep.

The nefarious Dr. Drakken (Todd Stashwick) and his right-hand woman, Shego (Taylor Ortego), make an appearance, as does Patton Oswalt as Professor Dementor, a mad scientist that the actor previously voiced in the animated series. It’s all silly and campy, with some bad, bad fight scenes, but you know you’re going to watch it.

Newcomers Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) star as Kim and Ron, respectively, while the original voice of Kim Possible, Christy Carlson Romano, is playing an unspecified role.

Kim Possible premieres on the Disney Channel on February 15, 2019.

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Streaming Services Planning On Bringing Commercials to Your Binging Pause Breaks

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What’s the one thing everyone loves about watching TV? That’s right – commercials! Oh, wait, no. That’s not true at all. But commercials pay the bills, and as streaming becomes more prominent than traditional TV, streaming services want in on that phat commercial cash. But how do you add commercials to a medium that is typically commercial free, without angering your subscribers? Some streamers think they’ve found the solution: playing commercials when viewers hit pause in between binging.

According to a report in Variety, Hulu and AT&T are both exploring options to insert commercials in between streaming binge breaks. Hulu plans to unveil “pause-ads” in 2019 – ads that will pop-up when users hit pause on whatever show they happen to be breezing through. “As binge-viewing happens more and more, it’s natural they are going to want to pause,” said Jeremy Helfand, vice president and head of advertising platforms for Hulu. “It’s a natural break in the storytelling experience.”

Meanwhile, AT&T, who own DirectTV, have plans to implement technology “that puts a full-motion video on a screen when a user decides to take a respite.” “We know you’re going to capture 100% viewability when they pause and unpause,” saidMatt Van Houten, vice president of product at AT&T’s advertising division. “There’s a lot of value in that experience.”

One of the best things about streaming is the lack of commercials, or at the very least, a limited amount of them. So if streamers must start inserting commercials somewhere, this might be the best option. If they only appear when the viewer pauses to take a break, there’s a chance the viewer won’t even see them. You can go about your business – getting a snack, going to the bathroom, staring off into the abyss, whatever – return, un-pause, and go right back to what you were watching. During that time you were away, a commercial break might be playing. Who’s to say? If a commercial airs when no one is around to see it, does it make a sound?

“Pause ads” aren’t a new idea. Tivo used to play banner ads whenever users paused a show they had recorded. And the fact of the matter is, if streaming is to continue and thrive, it needs more money. And that money will come from advertising. “If we are to continue this pace of developing content of this quality in these volumes, then we need advertising to pay for some of the content,” said AT&Ts’ Brian Lesser. “I don’t believe – nor does anybody on the team believe – that subscription video on demand services could possibly pay for all the content being developed [without advertising].”

The days of commercial-free-streaming might be at an end.

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2018 Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Winners: ‘The Hate U Give’ Takes Best Picture

Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society awards winners

It’s only been a few days since the members of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society released the nominees for their annual awards, and the winners have already been determined. However, don’t expect this to be an indication of how any of the major awards are going to go down later this season. Our editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is counted among this group, and the wide array of film critics from various backgrounds makes the results skew much further from the norm than you might expect at the Golden Globes or Oscars.

However, that actually makes the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society awards winners a little more interesting than the usual awards fare – they have awarded the adaptation of The Hate U Give Best Picture. How did the rest of the awards shake out ? Check out the full list below.

For his part, Peter Sciretta says, “I’m proud to be part of one of the most diverse film critic groups on the planet and our list is reflective of that.” Indeed, the winners list is full of diversity, far more than what we’d see at the Golden Globes or Academy Awards. So without further adieu, here’s the winners list.

*WINNERS IN BOLD*

Best Picture:

A Star is Born
Eighth Grade
Black Panther
The Favourite
The Hate U Give
BlackKklansman
Green Book
Roma
A Quiet Place
Searching

Best Actor:

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best Actress:

Toni Collette – Hereditary
Charlize Theron – Tully
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer

Best Supporting Actor:

Adam Driver – BlackKklansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book (Tie)
Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give (Tie)
Sam Elliott – A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actress:

Elizabeth Debicki – Widows
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Amy Adams – Vice

Best Performance by an Actor 23 and Under:

Alex Wolff – Hereditary (Tie)
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
Lucas Hedges – Ben Is Back (Tie)
Noah Jupe – A Quiet Place
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under:

Amandla Stenberg – The Hate You Give
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place
Milly Shapiro – Hereditary
Thomasin McKenzie- Leave No Trace

Best Breakthrough Performance:

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
John David Washington – BlackKklansman
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give

Best Cast:

Black Panther
The Favourite
Blackkklansman
Crazy Rich Asians
Widows

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Bradley Cooper and Eric Roth – A Star is Born
Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Charlie Wachtel – BlacKkKlansman
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Audrey Wells – The Hate U Give
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Original Screenplay:

Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski – A Quiet Place
Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis – The Favourite
Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You
Adam McKay – Vice

Best Male Director:

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Spike Lee – BlackKklansman
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Ryan Coogler – Black Panther

Best Female Director:

Chloe Zhao – The Rider
Debra Granik – Leave No Trace
Tamara Jenkins – Private Life
Marielle Heller – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Lynne Ramsey – You Were Never Really Here

Best Blockbuster:

Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Mission: Impossible Fallout
Ready Player One

Best Animated Film:

Incredibles 2
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Marai

Best Comedy/Musical:

Crazy Rich Asians
Game Night
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!
The Favourite
Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Action Film:

Mission: Impossible -Fallout
Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2
Widows

Best Sci-Fi/Horror:

A Quiet Place
Annihilation
Halloween
Hereditary
Suspiria

Best Foreign Film:

Burning
Cold War
Roma
Shoplifters
Girl

Best Documentary:

Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Independent Film:

Eighth Grade
First Reformed
Sorry to Bother You
Ben Is Back
If Beale Street Could Talk

Best First Feature:

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Ari Aster – Hereditary
Paul Dano – Wildlife
Aneesh Chaganty – Searching

Best Visual Effects:

Ready Player One
Mission Impossible – Fallout
First Man
Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War

Best Cinematography:

Linus Sandgren – First Man
James Laxton – If Beale Street Could Talk
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Robbie Ryan – The Favourite
Rachel Morrison – Black Panther

Best Stunt Work:

Avengers: Infinity War
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Black Panther
Deadpool
Upgrade

Best Score:

Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson- Black Panther
Terence Blanchard – BlackKklansman

Best Original Song:

All the Stars – Black Panther
Shallow – A Star is Born
Hollywood Ending – Anna and The Apocalypse
Revelation – Boy Erased
Hearts Beat Loud – Hearts Beat Loud

Best Editing:

Adam Gough and Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick – Searching
Yorgos Mavropsaridis – The Favourite
Barry Alexander Brown – BlackKklansman
Hank Corwin – Vice

Best Visual Effects or Animated Performance:

Ben Whishaw – Paddington 2
Jason Liles – Rampage
Josh Brolin – Avengers: Infinity War
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Tom Hardy – Venom

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VOTD: Steven Spielberg Looks Back on ‘Schindler’s List’ After 25 Years

Schindler's List Steven Spielberg Interview

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Schindler’s List, and the film is back in select theaters for a limited time starting today. It’s a milestone motion picture, earning Steven Spielberg his first Oscar for Best Director, not to mention taking home Best Picture.

But more importantly, it’s probably the most harrowing and acclaimed depiction of the Holocaust that the big screen has ever seen. Schindler’s List inspired survivors to tell their stories, and it also inspired Spielberg to start the Shoah Foundation, an organization that exists to further the remembrance of the Holocaust to ensure that what happened all those years ago during never happens again.

In a new interview with Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News, Spielberg sat down for an extensive 22-minute segment about Schindler’s List, looking back at the making of the movie, the legacy it has created for victims and survivors, and the people who have been touched by the film over the past two and a half decades.

First, if you’ve somehow avoided seeing Schindler’s List, here’s the re-release trailer and the official synopsis:

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives.

Schindler’s List Steven Spielberg Interview

Spielberg talks about how Schindler’s List came into his life, and believe it or not, it wasn’t a movie that the filmmaker sought out to make himself at first. In fact, it was Universal Pictures executive Sid Sheinberg who first stumbled upon the book that inspired the film. Before there was even a fraction of interest in turning it into a movie from the filmmaker himself, Sheinberg had bought the rights to the book for Spielberg to direct.

Schindler’s List ended up being a life-changing experience for Steven Spielberg, not only as a filmmaker, but as a Jewish man. He’s talked extensively in interviews about how the film helped him become more in touch with his heritage, something that he was embarrassed about for a long time when he was younger. But this movie awoke something in him, and it gave him a newfound voice that he wanted to give to survivors who hadn’t yet told their story of living through this dark period in history.

This is a must-see film, not only because of the incredible storytelling on display by one of the most gifted filmmakers of all time, but also because of the importance that this moment holds in history. In today’s cultural climate, it’s more important than ever to remember the tragedies of the past so that we aren’t doomed to repeat them.

Schindler’s List is back in select theaters now. Find out where you can see it right here.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequels to Shoot Back-to-Back

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Fans of the cultural phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians will soon be flush with sequels. We already knew that a Crazy Rich Asians sequel, based on author Kevin Kwan‘s follow-up novel China Rich Girlfriend, was in the works, but producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson have revealed that two Crazy Rich Asians sequels will be filmed back-to-back, likely in 2020.

Crazy Rich Asians was a watershed moment for Asian-American representation in Hollywood, sparking a wave of Asian representation at the movies and in TV, and scoring the Jon M. Chu comedy two Golden Globe nominations. So it’s no surprise that the all-star cast — including Golden Globe-nominated actress Constance Wu, as well as Henry GoldingGemma ChanSonoya MizunoAwkwafina, and Michelle Yeoh — are in high demand.

To combat their cast’s increasingly packed schedules, producers Jacobson and Simpson told Deadline that they currently plan for the Crazy Rich Asians sequels to shoot back-to-back. The sequels will adapt Kwan’s next two novels in his Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Deadline writes:

The script is currently being worked on by Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli. By having fans wait a while upfront, “we’ll make it up to them on the back end,” says Jacobson, “by shooting two films together.”

But the cast members aren’t the only ones whose profiles have skyrocketed. Chu is just as in-demand as his stars, currently working on a feature adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. But as soon as that film goes into post, he will likely prep the next two Crazy Rich Asians sequels for a 2020 shoot, Deadline writes. The next film will take us to mainland China, following protagonist Rachel Chu (Wu) in her search for her father.

Though fans have to wait a little longer for the next Crazy Rich Asians movie, they’ll soon be surrounded by a wealth of cultural representation and rom-com fun.

“There’s a great appetite both commercially and critically to see these types of stories, ones which used to be overlooked by an industry that tended to favor stories by people who look like corporate board rooms instead of audiences,” Jacobson said. “Audiences have been ready for a while, it’s corporate and the studios who are just waking up and this year has proved it,” Simpson added.

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‘Aquaman’ Box Office Tracking Rising Like the Tides as the Film Sets New Warner Bros. Record in China

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Looks like the Aquaman box office is going to be even better than expected. Early tracking was already strong, but the superhero film appears to be riding a wave of positive buzz all the way to the top. The early estimate had Aquaman looking at a possible $65 million opening weekend – but that number is much higher now. In addition to that, the James Wan movie is looking at a massive opening in China this weekend, resulting in a record breaking Middle Kingdom opening for Warner Bros.

When last we spoke about the wet and wild world of Aquaman‘s potential box office haul, estimates had the film’s opening weekend pegged at $65 million. But much like a pod of dolphins leaping above the waves, that number has risen. New estimates have it around $80 million. Helping this bump is the film’s record breaking opening in China this weekend.

Per DeadlineAquaman has already grossed $24.6 million in China, which breaks a record for Warner Bros.:

Already, the flash estimate on 30,500 screens, 100% of which are 3D, is the highest opening day ever for a WB title and the best industry opening day ever for December. The film commanded 86% market share on Friday. Online sentiment is high with a Maoyan score of 9.5, Taopiaopaio at 9.4 and Douban at 8.4.

If all these trends continue, Aquaman could be a very big deal for Warner Bros. Studios depend on Chinese box office to put their films over the finish line, and China was the top market for previous Warner Bros. DC films Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and Justice League (Suicide Squad was not released in China; lucky them).

Warners pushed Aquaman heavily in China, bringing stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard and director James Wan there to help promote the film with various online outlets. It looks like it paid off. On top of this, Aquaman will wash up in several other overseas markets before arriving in the U.S., including Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the UK.  The DC film universe could certainly use a win, so it’s safe to assume folks at WB are breathing a sigh of relief over all of this. After many, many misfires, Aquaman may be what audiences worldwide have been waiting for.

Aquaman “reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.” The film opens in the U.S. on December 21, 2018.

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Yorgos Lanthimos 101: Exploring the Brilliant, Deranged Work of the Director of ‘The Favourite’

The Favourite Review

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is not the most accessible filmmaker for your average audience. To begin, his characters don’t behave as if they are bound to the same cultural norms that we are. Conversations that would be utterly taboo in our society are discussed with abandon, like Steven (Colin Farrell) in The Killing of a Sacred Deer casually telling a colleague that his daughter has started her period. Lanthimos’ worlds run parallel to our own, but they offer a unique and sometimes disturbing vision of our darker desires.

In The Favourite, now in limited release, Lanthimos pits Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and servant Abigail (Emma Stone) against one another for Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) affections. While The Favourite is the first Lanthimos film he didn’t at least co-author himself (the screenplay is credited to Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara), it’s sure to have lots of quirks peculiar to this avant-garde director. To prepare for The Favourite or just find out more about this rising auteur, we have prepared a primer.

The Basics

Bio: Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1973. He is married to French actress Ariane Labed. His career began in Greek dance theater. He moved into commercials, music videos, short films, and experimental theater before taking the jump to feature films in 2001.

Trademarks:

  • Surrealist dark humor
  • Uncomfortable sex scenes
  • Shocking, sudden scenes of violence
  • Absurd alternate realities and fantastical concepts applied to mundane experiences
  • Awkward dialogue
  • Cold or sterile environments and cinematography

Frequent Collaborators: Most of Lanthimos’ films were co-written by Lanthimos and fellow Greek screenwriter Efthymis Filippou. Cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis was the director of photography on Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He has cast Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, and Angeliki Papoulia multiple times.

My Best Friend and Kinetta

Despite his films being absurd and often disturbing, all of the major releases have found critical acclaim. Unfortunately, his first two films, My Best Friend (2001), and Kinetta (2005) are extremely difficult to find in the United States.

Lanthimos co-directed My Best Friend with Greek playwright Lakis Lazopoulos. There isn’t much information available other than it is a comedy and it did well in Greek theaters. Kinetta is Lanthimos’ true debut, and it features many of his trademarks. The movie follows some unusual strangers as they re-enact murders in a hotel closed for the off-season. It’s macabre, features a cast of total weirdos, and has a strange sense of humor to it. Kinetta isn’t easy to find, but thankfully the rest of his features are!

Dogtooth

The Plot: A mother and father keep their three teenaged children isolated on a remote country estate. Their parents tell them that they can only leave when their dogtooth (incisor) falls out. Their vocabulary was constructed by their parents so that anything that comes from outside of the home has a new meaning assigned. (For example, “zombies” are little yellow flowers.) The father is the only one allowed to leave. One day he starts bringing back a work colleague, Christina, who he has hired for the son to have sex with. Christina begins teaching the teens about the outside world, putting cracks in their parent’s perfectly manufactured existence. As she manipulates the teens, they begin to awaken to new concepts, including independence.

What It’s Actually About: Dogtooth is a coming-of-age story for the horribly sheltered. It’s occasionally perverse, often uncomfortable, and always brutally funny. The parents’ motives also aren’t as benign as they seem, and they’ve forced their children to remain ignorant as a means of protection. While the estate itself could be described as a jail, Dogtooth shows us that family can be a prison all its own.

Best Line Out of Context: “I hope your kids have bad influences and develop bad personalities. I wish this with all my heart.”

Best WTF Moment: The daughters put on a dance to entertain the family and it goes awry due to the eldest sister discovering cinema through VHS tapes Christina gave her. She re-enacts a portion of Flashdance, much to her parents’ horror, and it’s as cringe-worthy as it is hilarious.

Watch it: Streaming on Shudder and available to rent on Amazon and Google Play.

Alps

The Plot: A group of professional stand-ins offer a unique service, taking the place of lost loved ones for money. Their organization, Alps, has a strict set of rules that governs their bizarre vocation. All Alps members have a nickname, and they are not allowed to talk about Alps outside of the organization. (It’s like Fight Club for mourners!) The stand-ins take the place of everyone from pets to spouses, for a variety of durations. It, understandably, gets weird.

What It’s Actually About: Alps focuses on four members of the Alps secret society, and most especially on Monte Rosa (Angeliki Papoulia, who played the eldest daughter in Dogtooth). Monte Rose is a nurse with a dark sense of humor, and Alps follows her as she becomes obsessed with filling the role of a teenage girl who died in a traffic accident. She begins to confuse which of her lives are real and which are scripted, and the film examines her loss of identity.

Best Line Out of Context: “Don’t stop. It feels like paradise.”

Best WTF Moment: Four words: Lamp shop basement sex.

Watch it: Streaming on Amazon Prime.

The Lobster

The Plot: In a dystopian near-future, single people are sent to a hotel where they must find a partner in 45 days or get turned into the wild animal of their choosing. David (Colin Farrell) is newly single after his wife of 11 years leaves him, and he chooses to be a lobster if he cannot find another partner. His rationale? Lobsters live essentially forever and that means he’ll have plenty of time to find love as a lobster. Meanwhile, a large group of escapees from the hotel live in the woods. The escapees are completely anti-coupling, rebelling against monogamous love as much as they are against the society that promotes it. David must decide where he belongs: in a society that enforces love, or a society that forbids it.

What It’s Actually About: David tries to find love (or something like it) within the confines of the hotel. Unfortunately, the person he picks is nearly sociopathic and forces David to lose the last remaining thing that mattered to him. When David does find love, it’s with someone who will require great sacrifices of him. The Lobster explores what it means to love, how society’s concepts of love shape our own views of it, and the lengths people will go to in order to love and be loved in return.

Best Line Out of Context: “I was playing golf, and the last thing I need is some woman dying slowly and loudly.”

Best WTF Moment: The Limping Man (Ben Whishaw) describing how he got his limp when he tried to hug his mother, who had turned into a wolf and had been relocated to a zoo.

Watch it: Available to rent on Amazon and Google Play.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Plot: Steven (Colin Farrell) is an expert heart surgeon. He begins mentoring a 16-year-old named Martin (Barry Keoghan) who is interested in becoming a cardiologist. Martin’s father recently died of tragic circumstances, and Steven becomes a sort of father figure for him. The only problem is that Martin’s motives aren’t what they seem, and his intentions toward the family are all but benign.

What It’s Actually About: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, at its core, is about guilt/sin and the poisoning effect it can have on our lives and our loved ones. The sins of the father are sometimes passed down to his children. This is Lanthimos’ most easily digestible work so far, but it works best when you know as little going in as possible.

Best Line Out of Context: “All we need to do is find the tooth of a baby crocodile, the blood of a pigeon and the pubes of a virgin. And then we just have to burn them all before sunset.”

Best WTF Moment: David and his wife’s (Nicole Kidman) unusual, slightly necrophilia-based sexcapades.

Watch it: Streaming on Amazon Prime. Available to rent on Google Play.

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Yorgos Lanthimos 101: Exploring the Brilliant, Deranged Work of the Director of ‘The Favourite’

The Favourite Review

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is not the most accessible filmmaker for your average audience. To begin, his characters don’t behave as if they are bound to the same cultural norms that we are. Conversations that would be utterly taboo in our society are discussed with abandon, like Steven (Colin Farrell) in The Killing of a Sacred Deer casually telling a colleague that his daughter has started her period. Lanthimos’ worlds run parallel to our own, but they offer a unique and sometimes disturbing vision of our darker desires.

In The Favourite, now in limited release, Lanthimos pits Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and servant Abigail (Emma Stone) against one another for Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) affections. While The Favourite is the first Lanthimos film he didn’t at least co-author himself (the screenplay is credited to Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara), it’s sure to have lots of quirks peculiar to this avant-garde director. To prepare for The Favourite or just find out more about this rising auteur, we have prepared a primer.

The Basics

Bio: Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1973. He is married to French actress Ariane Labed. His career began in Greek dance theater. He moved into commercials, music videos, short films, and experimental theater before taking the jump to feature films in 2001.

Trademarks:

  • Surrealist dark humor
  • Uncomfortable sex scenes
  • Shocking, sudden scenes of violence
  • Absurd alternate realities and fantastical concepts applied to mundane experiences
  • Awkward dialogue
  • Cold or sterile environments and cinematography

Frequent Collaborators: Most of Lanthimos’ films were co-written by Lanthimos and fellow Greek screenwriter Efthymis Filippou. Cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis was the director of photography on Dogtooth, The Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He has cast Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, and Angeliki Papoulia multiple times.

My Best Friend and Kinetta

Despite his films being absurd and often disturbing, all of the major releases have found critical acclaim. Unfortunately, his first two films, My Best Friend (2001), and Kinetta (2005) are extremely difficult to find in the United States.

Lanthimos co-directed My Best Friend with Greek playwright Lakis Lazopoulos. There isn’t much information available other than it is a comedy and it did well in Greek theaters. Kinetta is Lanthimos’ true debut, and it features many of his trademarks. The movie follows some unusual strangers as they re-enact murders in a hotel closed for the off-season. It’s macabre, features a cast of total weirdos, and has a strange sense of humor to it. Kinetta isn’t easy to find, but thankfully the rest of his features are!

Dogtooth

The Plot: A mother and father keep their three teenaged children isolated on a remote country estate. Their parents tell them that they can only leave when their dogtooth (incisor) falls out. Their vocabulary was constructed by their parents so that anything that comes from outside of the home has a new meaning assigned. (For example, “zombies” are little yellow flowers.) The father is the only one allowed to leave. One day he starts bringing back a work colleague, Christina, who he has hired for the son to have sex with. Christina begins teaching the teens about the outside world, putting cracks in their parent’s perfectly manufactured existence. As she manipulates the teens, they begin to awaken to new concepts, including independence.

What It’s Actually About: Dogtooth is a coming-of-age story for the horribly sheltered. It’s occasionally perverse, often uncomfortable, and always brutally funny. The parents’ motives also aren’t as benign as they seem, and they’ve forced their children to remain ignorant as a means of protection. While the estate itself could be described as a jail, Dogtooth shows us that family can be a prison all its own.

Best Line Out of Context: “I hope your kids have bad influences and develop bad personalities. I wish this with all my heart.”

Best WTF Moment: The daughters put on a dance to entertain the family and it goes awry due to the eldest sister discovering cinema through VHS tapes Christina gave her. She re-enacts a portion of Flashdance, much to her parents’ horror, and it’s as cringe-worthy as it is hilarious.

Watch it: Streaming on Shudder and available to rent on Amazon and Google Play.

Alps

The Plot: A group of professional stand-ins offer a unique service, taking the place of lost loved ones for money. Their organization, Alps, has a strict set of rules that governs their bizarre vocation. All Alps members have a nickname, and they are not allowed to talk about Alps outside of the organization. (It’s like Fight Club for mourners!) The stand-ins take the place of everyone from pets to spouses, for a variety of durations. It, understandably, gets weird.

What It’s Actually About: Alps focuses on four members of the Alps secret society, and most especially on Monte Rosa (Angeliki Papoulia, who played the eldest daughter in Dogtooth). Monte Rose is a nurse with a dark sense of humor, and Alps follows her as she becomes obsessed with filling the role of a teenage girl who died in a traffic accident. She begins to confuse which of her lives are real and which are scripted, and the film examines her loss of identity.

Best Line Out of Context: “Don’t stop. It feels like paradise.”

Best WTF Moment: Four words: Lamp shop basement sex.

Watch it: Streaming on Amazon Prime.

The Lobster

The Plot: In a dystopian near-future, single people are sent to a hotel where they must find a partner in 45 days or get turned into the wild animal of their choosing. David (Colin Farrell) is newly single after his wife of 11 years leaves him, and he chooses to be a lobster if he cannot find another partner. His rationale? Lobsters live essentially forever and that means he’ll have plenty of time to find love as a lobster. Meanwhile, a large group of escapees from the hotel live in the woods. The escapees are completely anti-coupling, rebelling against monogamous love as much as they are against the society that promotes it. David must decide where he belongs: in a society that enforces love, or a society that forbids it.

What It’s Actually About: David tries to find love (or something like it) within the confines of the hotel. Unfortunately, the person he picks is nearly sociopathic and forces David to lose the last remaining thing that mattered to him. When David does find love, it’s with someone who will require great sacrifices of him. The Lobster explores what it means to love, how society’s concepts of love shape our own views of it, and the lengths people will go to in order to love and be loved in return.

Best Line Out of Context: “I was playing golf, and the last thing I need is some woman dying slowly and loudly.”

Best WTF Moment: The Limping Man (Ben Whishaw) describing how he got his limp when he tried to hug his mother, who had turned into a wolf and had been relocated to a zoo.

Watch it: Available to rent on Amazon and Google Play.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Plot: Steven (Colin Farrell) is an expert heart surgeon. He begins mentoring a 16-year-old named Martin (Barry Keoghan) who is interested in becoming a cardiologist. Martin’s father recently died of tragic circumstances, and Steven becomes a sort of father figure for him. The only problem is that Martin’s motives aren’t what they seem, and his intentions toward the family are all but benign.

What It’s Actually About: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, at its core, is about guilt/sin and the poisoning effect it can have on our lives and our loved ones. The sins of the father are sometimes passed down to his children. This is Lanthimos’ most easily digestible work so far, but it works best when you know as little going in as possible.

Best Line Out of Context: “All we need to do is find the tooth of a baby crocodile, the blood of a pigeon and the pubes of a virgin. And then we just have to burn them all before sunset.”

Best WTF Moment: David and his wife’s (Nicole Kidman) unusual, slightly necrophilia-based sexcapades.

Watch it: Streaming on Amazon Prime. Available to rent on Google Play.

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Jodie Whittaker Confirms That She’ll Be Back for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 12

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The Doctor is in, and she’s here to stay for at least one more season.

Jodie Whittaker has captured the hearts of fans worldwide as the 13th Doctor in the currently-airing 11th season of Doctor Who, and she now officially confirms her return for season 12. Her confirmation puts to bed the frustrating tabloid reports that have been speculating all season that Whittaker would leave after her first year as the time-traveling Time Lord.

Jodie Whittaker has been the brightest shining spot of season 11, so it seemed like a no-brainer that she would stay on for another season. But the famously tight-lipped BBC had issued no confirmation that Whittaker would return for season 12, making Whittaker’s return uncertain. And it wouldn’t be the first time that an actor only stuck around for one season of the long-running sci-fi series: Christopher Eccleston famously left after the first season of the 2005 Doctor Who revival.

But Whittaker confirmed Friday to The Hollywood Reporter that she was sticking around for season 12, saying:

“I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again. It’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”

Her return comes amidst tabloid reports that have plagued the first female Doctor’s run all season, which speculated that Whittaker and new showrunner Chris Chibnall would be packing in their TARDIS next year. The reports cited lower ratings and backlash against the season’s new “politically-correct” bent.

The rumors were unfounded, as Whittaker has proved — not to mention ridiculous. There’s usually tons of fanfare to announce the new Doctor (remember when Peter Capaldi was greeted on stage like a rock star?) and having Whittaker leave unceremoniously after one season would’ve been unusual for a widely beloved series like Doctor Who. Plus Whittaker’s debut episode saw ratings for Doctor Who rise to a 10-year high, and the episodes dealing with racism and sexism were some of the strongest of the season.

With Whittaker becoming the first actress to take on the role of the British pop culture icon in the 55-year old show, there was guaranteed to be backlash, but it’s clear that a few angry comments haven’t phased her. I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,” Whittaker said in an interview with the BBC. “The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Typically, actors playing the Doctor have inhabited the role for roughly three or four seasons. Eccleston had the shortest run, playing the Doctor for only 13 episodes — though you could also count Paul McGann, who only had one TV movie under his belt. The longest-running Doctor was the iconic Tom Baker, who played the Time Lord for seven years. Hopefully Whittaker, who remains positively transcendent in the role, will stick around for at least a few more.

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‘Plastic Man’ Movie In Development at Warner Bros.

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At last, Hollywood has decided to make a superhero movie. That movie is Plastic Man, which is in early development at Warner Bros. The film will be based on the bendy, comical DC comics character who can stretch, twist and regenerate at will. The lighthearted nature of Plastic Man as a character fits in with Warner Bros. and DC’s new plans to move away from the grim and gritty Snyderverse, and lighten up a bit.

Deadline reports that Warners is in the early process of getting a Plastic Man movie together. There’s no director at the moment, and the movie isn’t even greenlit. But Amanda Idoko, writer of the upcoming Breaking News in Yuba County, which stars Allison Janney and Laura Dern, has been hired by Warner Bros. to write the script. Warners likely wants to make this happen because the character is fun and funny, much like the upcoming Shazam! After negative reactions towards Batman v. Superman and Justice League, light is the name of the game with Warners and DC. Almost all of the trailers for Aquaman play up the goofy, comedic elements of the film, and Shazam! is being sold as a straight-up comedy.

Here’s the low-down on Plastic Man as a character, per the DC Wiki:

Plastic Man is a super-hero whose unique completely malleable body chemistry allows him to stretch to great lengths and contort himself into any position imaginable. Originally a criminal nick-named “Eel” O’Brian, an accident in a chemical factory gave him his ability and he reformed to fight against crime. Woozy Winks is his bumbling best friend and side-kick. Despite being one of the most powerful entities on the planet because of the limitless nature of his powers, he has a care-free and humorous attitude towards life, leading many to not take him seriously.

really hope Woozy Winks makes it into this movie, or I’ll be pissed. The character first appeared in 1941, and was one of the first comedic superheroes. And unlike other comic characters, who have gone through grim-dark phases, Plastic Man has remained more or less comedic from the start.

This won’t be the first time someone tried to mount a Plastic Man movie. Back in the 1990s, Warner Bros. was developing a film with Amblin Entertainment, with McHale’s Navy director Bryan Spicer at the helm. In 1995, The Wachowskis wrote a Plastic Man script, which focused on ex-con Daniel ‘Eel’ O’Brien, recently released from prison for “an act of environmental terrorism.” O’Brien is captured by villain Icarus Argon, who runs experiments on the character, turning him into Plastic Man, “capable of bending, oozing, molding and stretching in incredible ways.” The film never got off the ground. Now, Amanda Idoko will try something different.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Full Soundtrack Streaming Online Now

Mary Poppins Returns Full Soundtrack Streaming

Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin. That thing about to begin is the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack, which is now available to stream in full. Yes, even though you have to wait for the movie, you can still kick back and listen to Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing their heads off for Disney’s new sequel. Listen to the the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack below!

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4A5q8ZjS2S7kXoixcEU81B

The full Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack is embedded above for your listening pleasure. If, for some reason, you don’t have Spotify, it’s also available on YouTube. Here are some newly released tracks.

Can You Imagine That?

Nowhere to Go But Up

(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky

A Cover is Not the Book

The Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack has music by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. “When it came time to go in the room and actually write the songs, that’s where the ‘petrified with fear’ part comes in,” Shaiman told Deadline. “But once we realized that this was our chance to almost speak for generations, through music and lyrics—not to mention everyone else on the film—to say thank you to [original Mary Poppins songwriters] the Sherman Brothers, to show our love for the film and all the men and women who worked on it or appeared in it…Once we could switch that switch in our hearts and souls and brains and think of it as a way for us to express our love for it…”

“That’s kind of what the movie is about, isn’t it?” Wittman added. “It’s about remembering that innocence in you and that time when you had no snark and no irony. Once the story had been defined, because Mary’s such the architect of everything, the songs had to move the story along…It was all very collaborative, a very lovely process, and then we had Emily and Lin as part of that process. Emily was making a movie in New York, and she would come to us so we could tailor these things—these moments, these songs—on her, as well as Lin, who was in Hamilton at the time.”

In Mary Poppins Returns, “the mysterious Mary Poppins returns to Depression-era London to visit Jane and her brother Michael, now a father of three, and helps them rediscover the joy they knew as children.”

Mary Poppins Returns flies into theaters on December 19, 2018.

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Clip: The Big-Eyed Cyborg Gets in a Back Alley Brawl

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Move over Avengers, there’s a new hero in town. Her name is Alita, and she’s got big eyes and a robot body.

Initially slated to arrive at the end of the year, Alita: Battle Angel is now coming in February. To help get you hyped for this wild sci-fi fantasy adventure based on the manga Battle Angel Alita (not to be confused with Alita: Angel Battle, a forthcoming Pay-Per-View event in heaven), a new clip from the movie has arrived. If you like disjointed fight sequences where footage has clearly been cut to fit a certain time window and the scene doesn’t make much sense, you’re in for a treat.

Watch the Alita Battle Angel clip below.

Alita Battle Angel Clip

The clip is titled “Ambush Alley,” and that’s exactly what happens. Kirstie Alley, in the guise of Alita: Battle Angel, gets ambushed by a weird spider robot woman and a massive flasher wearing a trenchcoat.

But in all seriousness, Rosa Salazar as Alita shows off her impressive fighting skills against a gang of cybernetic beings of some kind. Why are they trying to kill her? It likely has something to do with her past that Christoph Waltz knows something about, especially since the trailers for the movie have made a big deal out of that.

Honestly, this movie looks bonkers, but not necessarily in a very interesting way. While the world in which the story takes place looks somewhat fascinating, these action sequences are a bore, and the shaky visual effects aren’t helping matters. Why does Alita need to have those massive, distracting eyes and why does her body jiggle like a digital double from the early 2000s? Hopefully that will be fixed by the time the movie rolls into theaters early next year.

When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez and arrives for all you lovers on February 14, 2018.

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Bond Watch: ‘Bond 25’ Cast Allegedly Includes the Return of Léa Seydoux

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Is Léa Seydoux returning as Dr. Madeleine Swann in Bond 25? That’s the latest rumor, allegedly sourced directly from director Cary Fukunaga. Fukunaga has bee a bit standoffish about confirming who might or might not return for the Bond 25 cast (aside from Daniel Craig, of course), but according to a new report, the director has let slip that Seydoux’s Spectre Bond Girl is coming back for more. If true, this would make her the first Bond Girl to come back for a sequel.

BOND WATCH! As is the case with all Bond related stories, take this with a grain of salt. But according to the Daily Mail, Léa Seydoux is coming back for Bond 25. It’s worth noting that the Daily Mail isn’t always the most accurate of sources, but they’re claiming to have a direct quote from director Cary Fukunaga himself. “Lea will be returning,” Fukunaga is quoted as saying. Also returning: Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. “You have some of the best actors in the world here,” Fukunaga added. “Why wouldn’t I have the best coming back?!”

If this is true, it would make Seydoux’s Madeline Swann the first Bond Girl to return for a sequel – although there are a few notable exceptions to the rule. Actress Maud Adams appeared in three Bond films, but played different characters each time: Andrea Anders in The Man With The Golden Gun, Octopussy in Octopussy, and and an uncredited cameo in A View To A Kill.

Then there’s Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny. In the general mythology of the Bond universe, Monepenny isn’t normally considered a Bond Girl. However, when the new version of Moneypenny was introduced in Skyfall, she partook in some Bond Girl-esque shenanigans. So if you want to unofficially count her as a Bond Girl, that would make Seydoux the second to return.

This claim somewhat clashes with a very recent comment – also from Fukunaga. The filmmaker was asked earlier this month about rumors going around that Blofeld (played by Christoph Waltz in Spectre) and gadget nerd Q (Ben Whishaw) would not return for the next installment. Fukunaga’s response at the time:

“Who is saying those rumors? We haven’t finished the screenplay, so there is no way that anyone could know that. Those are two extraordinary actors, so if there is space for them in the story, I would absolutely want them there. But I don’t know yet what it’s going to be.”

So which is it? Is it too early to say who is in Bond 25? Or is the script now closer to completion, allowing Fukunaga to spill the beans? We’ll have to wait and see for an official confirmation.

As of now, let’s just assume Madeline Swann is returning. How big will her role be? Will she play a big part in the film, or will be she be killed off early, like Bond’s new wife at the end of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Even though I have no real fondness for Madeline Swann (sorry, her character is boring), I would hate for Fukunaga and company to fridge her right out of the gate.  

Bond 25 opens on February 14, 2020.

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