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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Netflix’s Royal Drama is Better Than Ever

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The Crown returns to Netflix for season 2 today, bringing with it a whole new era of scandal, romance, and royal intrigue. While it may not be the most action-packed shows to grace the streaming platform, it is one of the best: an old fashioned, admirably episodic costume drama with superb performances, intricate direction, and enough simmering, bottled-up righteous fury to keep you hooked from beginning to end (give or take an episode or two).

Netflix’s most ornate show returns for a gloriously melodramatic second season, lush with pageantry, marital strife, sexy romances, and only the briefest of cameos for John Lithgow’s wonderfully over-the-top, make-up covered Churchill. Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Crown is the fact that it works at all. The show isn’t exactly treading new ground, and amounts to little more than a costume drama, where thespians stand in well-lit rooms and smolder at each other. Yet gosh darn it, this show is highly engrossing. It’s almost impossible not to get wrapped up in the drama and palace intrigue.

The Crown season 2 covers nearly a decade in the early reign of Elizabeth II, played with perfect inflection and poise by Claire Foy. Winston Churchill is gone, and Elizabeth finds herself with an ever-rotating list of ineffectual Prime Ministers, one of which gets the country embroiled in the disastrous Suez Canal crisis. But The Crown isn’t so much interested in affairs of state as it is affairs of the heart, and the central conflict present in season 2 is the tumultuous marriage of Elizabeth and Philip (Matt Smith). As season 2 kicks-off, we see Elizabeth and Philip at a reckoning point: Elizabeth is at her wits end regarding Philip’s possible philandering, and Philip continues to feel inferior to his royal wife. 

The marital strife between Elizabeth and Philip plays a big part in season 2, but it’s not the primary focus, which is refreshing. Instead, the series takes time to branch out and focus on many other characters, particularly Elizabeth’s droll, suffering sister Margaret (Vanessa Kirby, the break-out star this season). And then there are the scandals, including the Profumo affair, a sex scandal that the show takes more than a few liberties with in order to tie it into the Elizabeth and Philip’s relationship.

The Crown deserves to be applauded for daring to be an adult drama, which are harder and harder to come by these days. Series writer and creator Peter Morgan, with his background in playwriting, manages to make stagey, showy verbal jousts exciting again. The Crown is like great theater, but it looks, feels and moves like great cinema. That’s a hard combination to pull-off, yet season 2 of The Crown makes it look easy.

Here are four key takeaways from The Crown season 2, which debuts on Netflix Friday.

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It’s The Most Episodic Netflix Show – And That’s A Good Thing

Here is the most commendable element of The Crown: it’s the most episodic show Netflix has. Netflix (and others) have adopted the “TV as a movie” method, often with less-than-desirable results. Which is to say, rather than tackle their TV shows like TV shows, telling episodic stories from episode to episode that eventually come together into one overarching narrative, they instead take on plotline and stretch it out for approximately 10 hours.

This is torturous. And not how TV should work.

Which is what makes The Crown so refreshing. The show is firmly, unapologetically, traditionally episodic, with each episode telling a self-contained narrative – almost as if the season as a whole were a book of short stories that feature similar characters. Mad Men employed a similar narrative method, and there are moments where The Crown feels like the true natural successor to that show (though it’s never quite as good as Mad Men). As a result, The Crown never overstays its welcome, unlike several other Netflix shows (I’m looking at you, The Punisher).

Best of all, while the show remains episodic, it does continue to set-up information and themes that eventually tie together by the close of the season. Again, this isn’t ground-breaking: most TV shows have done this for decades. It’s only been recently that showrunners have adopted the “TV as one long movie” approach. But The Crown deserves credit for ignoring this trend and sticking to more old fashioned methods. This is slightly ironic, however, since one of the plotlines of season 2 revolves around Elizabeth and the rest of the monarchy struggling to buck stodgy tradition to better adapt to a more modern world.

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The Rest of The Royal Family Steps Into the Spotlight

While The Crown may be Claire Foy’s (and Elizabeth’s) show, the supporting cast gets a big leg-up in season 2. Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) is still bitter that she had to call off her relationship with Peter Townsend due to royal family meddling, and she goes about her nights and days in a drunken, cigarette-smoke infused haze. Her romantic life takes a surprising turn when she meets carefree, seductive photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode, channelling David Hemmings’ character and performance from Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up). Armstrong-Jones is the first outsider in Margaret’s life who doesn’t treat her like royalty, and she finds herself drawn to that. Kirby and Goode have a palpable chemistry with one another, and their whirlwind romance blossoming into something more provides season 2 with some tantalizing moments. It also gives Kirby plenty of room to shine, which is wonderful, as she continually gives a deliciously droll, sometimes even downright wicked performance. I’m assuming like Foy, Kirby will also be replaced with a new actress in season 3 (see below), which is a shame, as season 2 proved that the show could do with a lot more of her.

The other supporting character who receives much more attention this time around is Matt Smith’s bitter Prince Philip. The season tiptoes around his possible philandering – we assume it’s happening, but it’s never expressly said so. More than that, however, it attempts to delve into Philip’s character by exploring his backstory. Unfortunately, this results in one of the least interesting episodes of the new season. Through an episode-long flashback, we see Philip’s days at a cruel, militaristic boarding school. Philip hated the school, yet he believes that the horrible conditions there build good character, which is why he’s so keen to send his son Charles there. Charles, understandably, does not want to go. There are some powerful dramatic moments in this episode, and one haunting, unforgettable scene set during a funeral parade for members of Philip’s family, yet this episode feels out of place among the season as a whole. The only moment that truly resonates is an on-screen caption near the end that reveals that while Charles may have been forced to attend the school, he made sure to send his own children, William and Harry, elsewhere.

Alex Jennings’ David, Duke of Windsor – the former king who abdicated due to his marriage to American Wallis Simpson – also returns for a chilling episode that delves into the character’s Nazi connections (and sympathies) during World War II. Jennings’ smug, holier-than-thou performance is pitch-perfect when contrasted against his character’s more nefarious deeds. His episode is a highlight of the season.

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New ‘The Incredibles 2’ Image Sees the Parr Family Back in Action

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The Incredibles came out in 2004, but in a new image from the upcoming sequel, Pixar’s superhero family hasn’t aged a day. Despite the 14-year gap between movies, The Incredibles 2 picks up right where the first movie left off, with Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack suited up and looking like their old selves. To tweak a certain movie quote: we get older, these animated superheroes stay the same age.

The image comes our way courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a promotional image for The Incredibles 2: Mr. Incredible, Elastagirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (those kids really need superhero names!) are all in their uniforms and facing down some kind of threat. In fact, this looks like it could be the parking lot from the final shots of the first movie, which indicates that the sequel will literally pick up where the first one ended.

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The first teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2 arrived a few weeks ago and it didn’t contain much – it was really just an announcement, a trailer to tell ordinary folks (i.e., people who don’t follow movie news on the internet) that a sequel was coming. Heck, it didn’t even feature the entire cast or their red uniforms!

What I find most intriguing about this image (and the first trailer) is how the animation remains very much in-line with the 2004 original. While it’s certainly a technical improvement in every level, Pixar seems to being careful about not making this film look hyper-realistic, eschewing extreme detail in favor of the comic book-y boldness that defined the look of the first film. Even though the tech has changed considerably, this looks very much like a sequel to The Incredibles.

The Incredibles 2 opens on June 15, 2018. Brad Bird is writing and directing again, with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson lending their voices once more. Huck Milner now provides the voice of Dash while Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener play unspecified new characters. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

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Bryan Singer Accused of Sexual Assault Days After ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Firing

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X-Men director Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003.

This lawsuit comes three days after Singer was fired from the set of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for unprofessional behavior.

The lawsuit was filed by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who accused the director of sexually assaulting him at a yacht party in Seattle, according to Deadline.

The filing (which you can read here) states that Sanchez-Guzman met Singer at the party hosted by wealthy tech investor Lester Waters, where Singer invited the then-teen to a secluded area and forced him to have oral and anal sex. The document describes that after the incident, Singer attempted to coerce Sanchez-Guzman into silence:

“Later, Bryan Singer approached Cesar and told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said anything about the incident. He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation.”

It should be noted that the age of consent in Seattle is 16, which is likely why the first of three claims in the filing is for sexual assault.

Accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse have dogged Singer for years. The director has had at least two cases filed against him, one alleging that he drugged actor Michael Egan III and forced him to have sex at parties, another alleging that the director had forced underage teen actors to strip in a shower scene in one of his earlier films. Both cases were covered in the documentary Open Secret, which attempts to expose the child abuse present in the movie industry. Singer was also infamous for hosting questionable pool parties that were often populated by underage young boys.

A representative for Singer released a statement in response to Sanchez-Guzman’s suit, telling US Weekly that Singer “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.” Below is the rest of Singer’s statement:

“Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now. Significantly, when Sanchez-Guzman filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago, he failed to disclose this alleged claim when he was supposed to identify all of his assets, but conveniently, now that the bankruptcy court discharged all of his debts, he is able to recall the alleged events,” the statement continues. “The attorney behind this lawsuit is the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan, the convicted felon who sued Bryan Singer in 2014. In the end, Egan was forced to dismiss that case once the facts came out and his story completely fell apart. Egan and his attorneys then found themselves as defendants in a malicious prosecution action brought by some of the individuals who Egan previously sued … We are confident that this case will turn out the same way the Egan case did. And once Bryan prevails, he will pursue his own claims for malicious prosecution.”

The lawsuit comes three days after Singer was fired from directing Bohemian Rhapsody, where he reportedly clashed with star Rami Malek and caused chaos on the production by unpredictably abandoning his set or arriving late. Singer claimed that the reason he left the set was because Fox would not allow him to visit an ailing parent.

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Dear J.K. Rowling: Please Don’t Try to Defend Johnny Depp’s Casting as Grindelwald

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why J.K. Rowling and the crew of the Fantastic Beasts sequel should not try to defend the casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald.)

I’m disappointed. I’ve long upheld Harry Potter to be a series that explores the devastating consequences of domestic abuse and encourages tolerance and empathy. I admired J.K. Rowling, the author of those beloved books and now a screenwriter of the prequel series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as a proponent of those same standards.

But the magic threatens to be lost. Director David Yates and others involved in the new films have recently been scrambling to defend the casting of Johnny Depp as the evil wizard Grindelwald in the first Fantastic Beasts and its upcoming sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald amid domestic abuse allegations from Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard. And now Rowling has jumped in to defend Depp.

The Fantastic Beasts sequel production has been mired in controversy since Warner Bros. re-confirmed that Depp would reprise his role as Grindelwald, sparking protests on social media due to Heard accusing Depp of domestic abuse two years ago. After a long silence on the casting of Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, Dumbledore’s former lover and longtime foe, Rowling finally released a statement on the growing controversy of his casting. In a post on her website, Rowling wrote:

The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful. However, the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people [Depp and Heard], both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.

Rowling’s statement follows Fantastic Beasts director and Harry Potter franchise veteran David Yates defending Depp as “full of decency and kindness” and arguing that Depp is excluded from the ongoing conversation in Hollywood about sexual assault because “it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something.”

Depp was accused of domestic violence by Heard over the course of their divorce in late 2016. The divorce was finalized in January 2017. In the midst of the divorce and the allegations, Depp was announced to be cast in Fantastic Beasts, appearing toward the end of the first film in an eleventh-hour twist. But fans hoped — though it seems more like a pipe dream — that in the sequel, the franchise would drop Depp and bring back Colin Farrell, who played the character that Grindelwald was disguised as.

Alas, it was not the case, and Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald will be front and center of the Fantastic Beasts sequel — in fact, he’s right in the title. You might ask, why should Warner Bros. recast Grindelwald when he already appeared in the first Fantastic Beasts?  Here’s the thing: it seems disingenuous of the family franchise to keep Depp, and alleged domestic abuser, on board, especially in the midst of the multiple sexual assault and harassment controversies that are wracking Hollywood. It seems even more disingenuous when the Harry Potter series has always been a story about dealing with the trauma of abuse — our titular hero was raised in an abusive childhood home, after all.

Netflix is continuing House of Cards without its star Kevin Spacey because of sexual assault allegations. John Lasseter has taken a leave of absence from his role at Pixar. Ridley Scott re-filmed large portions of All the Money in the World, replacing Spacey with with Christopher Plummer! Why should Depp be exempt from the consequences befalling Hollywood’s increasing number of sexual abusers and harassers? Is it because he’s a huge star and a box office draw? That’s not something that Fantastic Beasts — a movie that’s part of one of the highest-grossing franchises ever — would need. Is it because the allegations took place in a divorce court and not civil or criminal court? That shouldn’t matter — especially in the face of a statement from both actors saying that “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain” followed by Heard donating the proceeds to charity. Depp should be held accountable for his actions, and not be excused or enabled by Hollywood.

And then there’s the case of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s message. This statement feels hypocritical of Rowling, who has been a staunch social activist on her Twitter and a proud supporter of women. I could not be more disappointed for all that she’s advocated on social media and in interviews, that she would throw her support behind Depp. It feels not only like a moral betrayal from her, but to the Harry Potter series, which studies have shown to be an effective way teaching tool of empathy and acceptance of outsiders. Harry Potter is about standing up for the victim and doing what is right, not what is easy. In this case, Rowling is doing neither.

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Cool Stuff: Movie Card Game Cinelinx Needs Help to Make Two New Expansion Packs

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a few years, you might remember us touting a cool movie card game called Cinelinx. The game featured 220 cards that have either actors names, directors names, movie titles, scenes, quotes, or genres on them, and players had to figure out how to create links between them with the cards in their hands. It was a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in the game getting produced, and now the creators are looking to keep the fun going with two new expansion packs.

Cinelinx has started a new Kickstarter campaign to fund two new expansion packs, The 80s and Blockbusters 1970s-2017, each with 54 new cards that tie into the original game. The pledge to back the expansion packs and get your own for helping push the project forward is pretty cheap too, so find out how you can support the project below.

Here’s the Cinelinx expansion packs video to let everyone in on what they’re supporting:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cinelinxmedia/new-cinelinx-decks-the-best-movie-trivia-game-gets/widget/video.html

Cinelinx has released a few expansion packs for the original game already, as well as an online version of the game that you can play on mobile devices. It’s a challenging game best played with your biggest cinephile friends, but it’s always a blast.

For these two latest expansions, the creators are looking for $6,500, all of which will be used to print and ship the cards to backers, and they only have 12 more days to get it. If you want both decks, you just have to pledge $20. Beyond that, if you pledge more, then you get a bonus mini-expansion that will only ever be available to project backers. There were some early bird rewards that allowed you to get a custom card, but those are already gone.

If you’ve never played Cinelinx, we recommend picking it up or at the very least asking for it on your Christmas list.

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The Morning Watch: How Technicolor Changed Movies, ‘Maze Runner’ Recap & More

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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explains how Technicolor changes movies forever. Plus, the cast of the Maze Runner recaps the young adult film franchise before the final installment hits theaters next month, and Adam Savage builds a LEGO version of Han Solo’s signature weapon.

First up, Vox’s Phil Edwards takes a look at the innovation of Technicolor, the technology and the company which revolutionized the film industry and changed the look of 20th century cinema forever. However, it wasn’t just a visual influence that Technicolor brought to Hollywood’s table, because the company’s corporate control of the color technology also shaped some of the entertainment industry as well.

Next, Adam Savage lets his geek flag fly by building a replica of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster from Star Wars entirely out of LEGO breaks. The build comes from a fan-designed kit online, so if you want to build your own, you can look around the web to get a kit of your own if you’re so inclined.

Finally, the cast of the Maze Runner franchise assembled to recap the first movie and The Scorch Trials sequel before the final installment, The Death Cure, hits theaters in January. There’s a decent amount of story details you need to know, but it’s nothing too overwhelming.

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Staff Picks 2017 | Watch Our Fav Films of the Year

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Every year, our team partakes in a little activity that we’ve all become really fond of: our end of year staff picks. The rules are simple: a title has to have been added to NFB.ca in 2017 and be available for free viewing.

We have hundreds of films you can watch for free on our site, and this list is a fun little place for you to start watching the hidden gems you might have missed from throughout the year.

Here are our picks for 2017. What were yours?

Jet Pilot | Albert Ohayon, English Collection Curator

This vintage doc follows a Trans Canada Airlines DC-8 flight from Montreal to Montego Bay circa 1964. The aviation geek in me was smiling throughout. A great documentary highlighting all the little steps it takes to get a jet in the air and to its destination.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/jet-pilot/

Show Girls | Marc St-Pierre, French Collection Curator

Discover Montreal in the 1920s to the 1960s in all it’s cabaret, nightclubs, jazz, dancing, and musical glory! This doc is a fascinating portrait of a city that no longer exists!

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/show-girls/

Saint-Louis Square | Alyssia Duval, French Community Manager

Two gentlemanly pigeons sit next to the fountain at Saint-Louis Square in Montreal, playing checkers and enjoying the summer weather… Little do they know that dangers lurk nearby. Need I say more? Really, they had me at “gentlemanly pigeons”.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/naked_island_saint-louis_square/

I Am Here | Melissa Sauve, English Community Manager

After questing across all of space and time for the answer to life, the universe and everything, a nameless traveller finds himself at the edge of an expiring universe alone. Despite this, the world keeps spinning, and life goes on.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/i_am_here/

Hand.Line.Cod. | Felix-Antoine Viens, Project Manager

Going back to a 500-year-old tradition, fishermen from Newfoundland are catching cod one at a time by hook and line. These top quality fish are then sold to high-end restaurant in Toronto. An inspiring short film about a group called “people of the fish”.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/hand_line_cod/

19 Days | Jean Francois Rousseau, Head of Social Media 

This is a lovely short documentary about the difficult reality of new migrants resettlement process.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/19_days/

Detention | Kate Ruscito, Social Media Strategist

With all the tragedies committed and all the fear being spread, Detention might as well have been the official film summary of 2017. With how ridiculous and heartbreaking the year has been both politically and socially, it’s never been more important for everyone to recognize their prejudices and overcome them as a society. Thankfully, Detention emphasizes just that.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/naked_island_detention/

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Staff Picks 2017 | Watch Our Fav Films of the Year

Every year, our team partakes in a little activity that we’ve all become really fond of: our end of year staff picks. The rules are simple: a title has to have been added to NFB.ca in 2017 and be available for free viewing.

We have hundreds of films you can watch for free on our site, and this list is a fun little place for you to start watching the hidden gems you might have missed from throughout the year.

Here are our picks for 2017. What were yours?

Jet Pilot | Albert Ohayon, English Collection Curator

This vintage doc follows a Trans Canada Airlines DC-8 flight from Montreal to Montego Bay circa 1964. The aviation geek in me was smiling throughout. A great documentary highlighting all the little steps it takes to get a jet in the air and to its destination.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/jet-pilot/

Show Girls | Marc St-Pierre, French Collection Curator

Discover Montreal in the 1920s to the 1960s in all it’s cabaret, nightclubs, jazz, dancing, and musical glory! This doc is a fascinating portrait of a city that no longer exists!

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/show-girls/

Saint-Louis Square | Alyssia Duval, French Community Manager

Two gentlemanly pigeons sit next to the fountain at Saint-Louis Square in Montreal, playing checkers and enjoying the summer weather… Little do they know that dangers lurk nearby. Need I say more? Really, they had me at “gentlemanly pigeons”.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/naked_island_saint-louis_square/

I Am Here | Melissa Sauve, English Community Manager

After questing across all of space and time for the answer to life, the universe and everything, a nameless traveller finds himself at the edge of an expiring universe alone. Despite this, the world keeps spinning, and life goes on.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/i_am_here/

Hand.Line.Cod. | Felix-Antoine Viens, Project Manager

Going back to a 500-year-old tradition, fishermen from Newfoundland are catching cod one at a time by hook and line. These top quality fish are then sold to high-end restaurant in Toronto. An inspiring short film about a group called “people of the fish”.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/hand_line_cod/

19 Days | Jean Francois Rousseau, Head of Social Media 

This is a lovely short documentary about the difficult reality of new migrants resettlement process.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/19_days/

Detention | Kate Ruscito, Social Media Strategist

With all the tragedies committed and all the fear being spread, Detention might as well have been the official film summary of 2017. With how ridiculous and heartbreaking the year has been both politically and socially, it’s never been more important for everyone to recognize their prejudices and overcome them as a society. Thankfully, Detention emphasizes just that.

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/naked_island_detention/

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Superhero Bits: Jon Hamm Up for Batman, ‘Justice League’ Extended Cut & More

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Will Avengers: Infinity War have any impact on Agents of SHIELD? Will Nightwing be shooting on location in Detroit? Is Jon Hamm in the running to replace Ben Affleck as Batman at some point? Will there be an extended cut of Justice League released on home video? What kind of announcement is coming this weekend about the animated Spider-Man movie? Want to read the Logan screenplay? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Watch Atom in action in a new gameplay trailer for the character’s arrival in the DC Comics game Injustice 2.

Guillermo del Toro explained recently how much Justice League Dark‘s Swamp Thing and Demon mean to him.

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Concept artist Ian Joyner posted his approved design for the dragon from Surtur’s lair in Thor: Ragnarok.

Will Avengers: Infinity War have any impact at all on the events of the fifth season of Agents of SHIELD?

Explore the comic book origins of the DC Comics superhero team Justice League long before they hit theaters.

IMAX has struck another partnership with 20th Century Fox for the upcoming X-Men films  like Dark Phoenix.

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A new international Black Panther poster has T’Challa looming large over the rest of the Marvel movie’s cast.

Nightwing director Chris McKay may have teased the possibility of shooting the movie over in Detroit, Michigan.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer: Dinosaurs vs. the Volcano

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Ready for another stroll in the park? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will continue the dino-mayhem that broke the bank with 2015’s Jurassic World, a continuation of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer has just arrived to sink its teeth into you (metaphorically; don’t worry).

While critics were less-than-kind to 2015’s Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World, the film was a dinosaur-sized hit at the box office, netting a worldwide total of $1,671,713,208 (per Box Office Mojo). Now Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hopes to roar its way to box office glory. The sequel brings back Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and adds James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and original Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum to the mix. A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona has taken over directing duties from Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer

I’ll just come right out and say it: I thought Jurassic World was fine. I know a lot of my fellow critics loathed the film with the fire of a thousand suns, and I agree that it can’t hold a candle to Steven Spielberg’s awe-inspiring original. But it was a fun, dumb monster movie that kept me entertained  – for the most part. That said, I have higher hopes for this sequel, because Bayona is a better filmmaker than Trevorrow. In an interview with The Independent, Bayona briefly described his approach to the film, and his words certainly inspire confidence:

“It doesn’t matter what the film is about – what is important always is what lies behind the story. So as a filmmaker you need to take out the dinosaur and think about what is lying behind the story, beyond the dinosaurs, beyond the genre. For me the dinosaur is the surface.”

Bayona, who has a background in horror with the film The Orphanage, also said he’d be bringing more horror elements to his film:

Jurassic is going to be much more scary than the previous films,” Bayona says. “You need to think that these movies need to appeal to a very big wide audience and that is very tricky. But if you think about the first Jurassic Park that was very scary. Remember that scene with the T-Rex in the car and the kid? You see that scene again and it’s quite dark and scary. Stephen Spielberg was very brave doing that with kids. I think somehow you can bring that back for a blockbuster film.”

All that sounds very, very cool, and like a much better approach to the material than Jurassic World. Another bonus: this film makes the wise choice to bring back style icon Jeff Goldblum.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22, 2018.

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Cool Stuff: Dan Mumford’s Trippy Art Pays Tribute to ‘Close Encounters,’ ‘Gremlins’ & More

Gallery 1988 - Dan Mumford - Close Encounters of the Third Kind

With the plethora of prints out there paying tribute to our favorite movies and TV shows, it’s always nice to have an artist whose style is uniquely their own. That’s why we love Dan Mumford so much.

We’ve featured plenty of Dan Mumford’s work before, but now he has a solo show coming to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles this weekend with a whole new slate of pieces paying tribute to the likes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gremlins, Dune, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and more. Check out some of the Dan Mumford artwork below.

Here’s a sneak preview of pieces from Dan Mumford’s Gallery 1988 show Chroma from io9:

Gallery 1988 - Dan Mumford - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Gallery 1988 - Dan Mumford - Labyrinth
Gallery 1988 - Dan Mumford - Dune
Gallery 1988 - Dan Mumford - TMNT 2
Gallery 1988 - Dan Mumford - Gremlins

Though we can recognize Mumford’s style a mile away, the artist himself says, “I don’t really know how to categorize it.” As for what we can expect from the rest of the show (which has a total of 19 new pieces), Mumford offered this:

“This show is built mainly around classics and films that really inspired me when I was younger,” he said. “Things that filled me with awe at their visuals or have a special place in my memory. When it comes to creating a piece I always rewatch the subject in hand, and try and work out what is important to the viewer, what relationships can we utilize, what characters, I go quite in depth in a way, it’s normally not just about the visual.”

Dan Mumford’s show opens at 7pm PT on December 8 at Gallery 1988 is Los Angeles. The show will then remain on display through December 30. The pieces not shown here will be released online this weekend and will be available for purchase as well. For information on the gallery, head to Gallery 1988’s website here.

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Daily Podcast: Best Cities as Characters Movies, Taika Watiti, Quentin Tarantino, JK Rowling, Justice League

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On the December 7, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including the possibility of a Taika Watiti Star Wars movie, more on Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek, JK Rowling’s defense of Johnny Depp, Detective Pikachu casting, the original Justice League script, and Bohemian Rhapsody finds a new director. And in the Mail Bag, we’ll be talking about the best movies which use cities as characters.

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In the News:

In The Mailbag: Geoff S writes in asking “What films use a city the most effectively as a character?”

  • Peter’s picks: Lost in Translation, Gone Baby Gone, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Swingers,
  • HT’s picks: Columbus, Before Sunrise, In Bruges, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Chris’ picks: The Third Man, Manhattan, JAWS

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Daily Podcast: Best Cities as Characters Movies, Taika Watiti, Quentin Tarantino, JK Rowling, Justice League

lost in translation

On the December 7, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including the possibility of a Taika Watiti Star Wars movie, more on Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek, JK Rowling’s defense of Johnny Depp, Detective Pikachu casting, the original Justice League script, and Bohemian Rhapsody finds a new director. And in the Mail Bag, we’ll be talking about the best movies which use cities as characters.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/pqxs7-7e8410?from=yiiadmin&vjs=1&skin=4&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=0&rtl=0

In the News:

In The Mailbag: Geoff S writes in asking “What films use a city the most effectively as a character?”

  • Peter’s picks: Lost in Translation, Gone Baby Gone, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Swingers,
  • HT’s picks: Columbus, Before Sunrise, In Bruges, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Chris’ picks: The Third Man, Manhattan, JAWS

To submit questions to the mailbag, send them to peter@slashfilm.com. Please mention your name and general geographical location in case we mention the question on the air.

You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com. /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (RSS). We’re still very much experimenting with this podcast, please feel free to send your feedback to us at peter@slashfilm.com. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and spread the word! Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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Animated ‘Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors’ Introduces a Completely Diverse Superhero Team

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It’s taken them a long time, but Marvel is finally bringing a fully diverse superhero team to the screen. And though it’s not the big screen, it’s still pretty darn cool.

The animated feature film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will boast a team of some of the most beloved female characters and heroes of color in the Marvel comics: Captain Marvel, America Chavez, Squirrel Girl, Patriot, Spider-Gwen (going by Ghost Spider here), Quake, Inferno, and Exile. And in an even greater bid for diversity, the vast majority of the actors voicing them are also people of color — including some familiar Marvel TV faces.

Marvel Rising is a new multi-platform animated franchise set to launch in 2018 showcasing the “next generation” of Marvel heroes, according to Buzzfeed. After a series of six four-minute digital shorts are released following the adventures of Ghost Spider (aka Spider-Gwen), the feature film featuring the entire team of Secret Warriors will be released.

A behind-the-scenes featurette follows the making of the feature film, which is led by Captain Marvel, soon to get her own live-action solo movie starring Brie Larson. But while it will be two more years until we get the MCU’s first solo female superhero movie in theaters, we’ll be able to get a majority-woman team even sooner — even if it’s in animated form.

Marvel Rising Secret Warriors Featurette

Here’s the cast list below:

  • Kathleen Khavari – Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel
  • Milana Vayntrub – Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl
  • Dove Cameron — Gwen Stacy/Ghost Spider
  • Chloe Bennet – Daisy Johnson/Quake
  • Kamil McFadden – Rayshaun Lucas/Patriot
  • Tyler Posey – Dante Pertuz/Inferno
  • Cierra Ramirez – America Chavez
  • Dee Bradley Baker – Lockjaw/Tippy Toe
  • Ming-Na Wen – Hala the Accuser
  • Booboo Stewart – Victor Kohl/Exile
  • Kim Raver – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

Kamala Khan! America Chavez! Spider-Gwenl! All in the same team! And they’re joined by familiar face Quake, whose voice actress Chloe Bennet appears weekly on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Daisy Johnson, as well as Milana Vayntrub’s Squirrel Girl, who will later make her TV debut on the live-action New Warriors show. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Ming-Na Wen appears in the voice-acting roster too, though not playing the role of Agent May — though here she’s perfectly cast as the villainous Kree Hala the Accuser. I recognize Tyler Posey too, who plays a Hispanic Teen Wolf on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and will play the Hispanic superhero Inferno. In fact, each character here is cast with a corresponding voice actor of the same ethnicity — which is a miracle in an age when whitewashing still runs rampant. But like the all-Latino cast of Coco, it looks like Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors paid sharp attention to accurate and authentic casting, even if they’re only acting behind a sound booth. Heck, the animated versions of the characters even look like the actors themselves.

It’s a dream come true for Marvel fans who are growing weary of solo movies starring white men named Chris, and for fans of more inclusive Marvel comic book runs. I’ve been craving a Kamala Khan TV series for ages — her Ms. Marvel comic book is a delight to read, and the modern-day teen comedy that Peter Parker’s Spider-Man stories used to be once upon a time — and to see her headline a team alongside other fan-favorites (shout out to the scene-stealing gay, Latina superhero that is America Chavez) is nothing short of a miracle.

Sana Amanat, Marvel’s director of content and character development, told Buzzfeed:

“”This feature [film] is an evolution of all of the great characters that people have come to love. It came out of a desire to be able to tell stories about characters that we think are the next great heroes of the Marvel Universe.”

“I think it’s incredibly important that we tell young women and young girls that they have this incredible power within themselves, and that they have heroes out there [who] … they can look up to, especially in these times.”

Maybe if this animated film becomes a success, we could someday see the silver screen versions of these characters. We’re already one step closer with 2019’s Captain Marvel — why not a Kamala Khan Netflix series or Young Avengers movie with America Chavez? Kevin Feige said that there are more than 20 movies planned in the MCU after the game-changing events of Avengers 4. Maybe it’s time to change things up.

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Kathleen Kennedy Wants a Taika Waititi ‘Star Wars’ Movie (And Who Can Blame Her?)

Taika Waititi Star Wars

Taika Waititi has gone from indie filmmaker to blockbuster super-director with the success of Thor: Ragnarok, which means it’s only a matter of time before he moves on to even bigger things. Like Star Wars, for example. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recently confirmed that she’d be thrilled to have Waititi direct a Star Wars film, and Waititi has expressed a vague interest in the past. So don’t be surprised if this becomes a done deal at some point.

After helming hilarious indie comedies like What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi  graduated to big blockbuster filmmaking with Thor: Ragnarok. The film was a hit at the box office, and received some of the best MCU reviews to date, which can only mean that Waititi’s career will continue onward and upward. The filmmaker has already been mentioned as a possible director for the live-action Akira, and now he can add the Star Wars franchise to his possible list of projects. Speaking with Newshub, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said she would “love for [Waititi] to direct a Star Wars movie.” Kennedy then added, “I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor.”

For his part, Waititi has expressed interest in his patented humorous way, telling Uproxx, “I’m not an idiot. Who would actually say no to Star Wars?” He also had this to say on Twitter:

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Waititi is obviously referring to several tumultuous behind-the-scenes events of various recent Star Wars films, like the rumors that Gareth Edwards was essentially removed from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story so that Tony Gilroy could handle reshoots, the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the firing of Fantastic Four director Josh Trank from another Star Wars Anthology film, and Colin Trevorrow departing Star Wars: Episode IX. The Star Wars films have a high turnover rate.

That said, Waititi is clearly a talented filmmaker, and he would no doubt bring the same sense of lighthearted humor he brought to Thor: Ragnarok to the Star Wars franchise. That said, it would be really, really, really cool if Kathleen Kennedy would start considering female filmmakers to helm one of the many future Star Wars movies in the works. There are many talented female directors out there who would probably leap at the chance to direct a film in this franchise. All Kathleen Kennedy has to do is offer them the chance.

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/Answers: The Best Movies About Making Movies

James Franco The Disaster Artist

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, we celebrate The Disaster Artist by asking “What is your favorite movie about making movies?”

Ben Pearson: Singin’ in the Rain

As someone with an unabashed appreciation for big, bright, Technicolor crowd-pleasers, Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite movie about filmmaking. There are undoubtedly cooler or sexier choices in this category, but this is not only one of the best musicals of all time, but one of the best American films ever made – period. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s riff on Hollywood in the late 1920s is one of the first films I saw that offered a detailed look behind the curtain of making movies, but even as it demythologized the actual process of filmmaking, it still manages to suck you in with its glamorous allure and effortless style. 

Practically everything about this movie is perfect: the structure (that flashback scene detailing how Don and Cosmo broke into the industry and how Don met Lina is masterful), the production design, and even when the movie dips into outright fantasy, it still manages to retain a cinematic weight because of Kelly’s physicality and the jaw-dropping work of the film’s dancers. Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor are pitch perfect in the lead roles, and Jean Hagen practically steals the whole movie with her Oscar-nominated performance as Lina Lamont. The songs – though nearly all of them had previously appeared in other movies before they were popularized here – run the gamut of catchy, memorable, silly, emotional, and toe-tapping. If all that weren’t enough, the movie is often laugh-out-loud funny, especially during the disastrous desynchronized test screening of The Dueling Cavalier (the movie within the movie). A wonderful comedy, a momentous musical, and a straight-up classic, Singin’ in the Rain puts a smile on my face every time I watch it.

Ethan Anderton: Tropic Thunder

Take Three Amigos and mix it with Apocalypse Now and you get Tropic Thunder, the funniest movie about making a movie, which actually ended up being about the making of the most expensive fake true war story ever.

For my money, Tropic Thunder is one of the best comedies in this century so far. The assembly of talent across the board is incredible. Rarely do comedies get such a star-studded group of people together and create something worthwhile. But this is a movie that has Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte and Bill Hader. That’s an amazing cast, though in retrospect, I wish there were some recognizable women involved in this movie.

Anyway, Tropic Thunder effortlessly skewers the making of blockbusters, celebrity star power, awards season, and everything that has to do with Hollywood. Hell, this movie even has some hilarious fake trailers and advertisements before the story kicks into gear in order to give us background on each of the key players starring in the movie within the movie and sending up the tropes of action movies, studio comedies, celebrity endorsements and Oscar contenders.

But my absolute favorite part of Tropic Thunder is the character who Tom Cruise plays. Les Grossman is a mix of the angriest studio executives working in Hollywood. Covered under make-up and wardrobe that makes him unrecognizable, Tom Cruise delivered one of the best performances of his career. The scene embedded never fails to make me laugh, especially when he says, “Okay, Flaming Dragon, fuck face. Why don’t you take a step back and literally FUCK YOUR OWN FACE!” I hope Tom Cruise lives forever.

Hoai-Tran Bui: Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard is so much more than a Gothic Hollywood noir. It’s a blistering takedown of the studio system that values youth and beauty over everything else, a harrowing tragedy about an older woman obsessed with the past, and a love letter to the Hollywood screenwriter. As “big” as Gloria Swanson’s Norma Desmond is — and she swallows up the screen as both the tragic figure and the monster that Hollywood created — it’s often forgotten that the main character of Sunset Boulevard is William Holden’s Joe Gillis.

A cynical screenwriter who has sold his soul to the moviemaking machine, Joe plays a thankless role in and outside of the context of the film. Holden’s straight man is often forgotten in the face of Swanson’s delirious scene-chewing, and Joe is fated to be forgotten as the victim and enabler of Norma’s delusions. But director Billy Wilder, who began his career as a screenwriter, makes sure to paint Joe and his ilk with a sympathetic eye, condemning Hollywood and its prioritization of formula over creativity. Joe is one of the “cogs” in the Hollywood machine, but the pictures couldn’t be made without him. As a screenwriter, he plays as an important part in films as the director, the crew, the star — and though our eyes are drawn to the fame-obsessed Norma, it is only through Joe’s sacrifice that she can be made “big” again. “Audiences don’t know somebody sits down and writes a picture,” Joe bemoans in the film. “They think the actors make it up as they go along.”

Sunset Boulevard is often brought up as the macabre foil to the many starry-eyed depictions of Los Angeles as the city of dreams, where fame and stardom can be achieved if you just try hard enough. But as much as it is a condemnation of Hollywood and how fame poisons its denizens, Sunset Boulevard is also a surprisingly warm depiction of the little people who work below the line. Just don’t get involved with any washed up movie stars.

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