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/Filmcast Ep. 444 – Lady Bird (GUEST: Kristy Puchko from Riot Material)

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Devindra and Jeff team up with Kristy Puchko to discuss Lady Bird. Also, they try to figure out if The Disaster Artist is any good, pontificate on the point of method acting, and consider what a Tarantino Star Trek would be like.

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SHOWNOTES

  • Intro
What We’ve Been Watching (01:38)
  • Kristy: Rift, Bad Genius
  • Jeff: Jim & Andy the Great Beyond
  • Devindra: The Disaster Artist, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel , The Villainess
Featured review: (53:22)
  • Lady Bird
  • SPOILERS (1:13:40)
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Daily Podcast: The Pros & Cons Of Disney Buying Fox, Slaughterhouse-Five, WarGames, Little Mermaid, Phantom Thread

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On the December 6, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film Managing editor Jacob Hall, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including the Gotti biopic controversy, a Slaughterhouse-Five tv series, a WarGames tv series reboot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action film gets a director, and the first reactions to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread. And in Our Feature Presentation, we’ll be taking a look at the pros and cons of Disney’s potential acquisition of Fox.

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).

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In the News:

In Our Feature Presentation: If Disney Buys Fox: The Pros and Cons of the Potential Acquisition

  • Positive: X-Men and Fantastic Four Could Join the MCU (Hoai-Tran Bui)
  • Negative: The R-rated and Audacious Superhero Movie Dies? (Chris Evangelista)
  • Positive: Marvel Can Stop Trying to Make the Inhumans a Thing (Jacob Hall)
  • Negative: We Could Lose Edgier, More Mature TV Shows (Ben Pearson)
  • Negative: Disney Would Be Giving $60 Billion to Fox to Invest in Fox News (Ben Pearson)
  • Unclear: Disney Would Gain Majority Ownership of Hulu (Peter Sciretta)
  • Positive: Fox Movies and Shows on Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Service Makes It a Better Value for Consumers (Ben Pearson)
  • Negative: Disney Already Has Too Many Movies to Promote (Ben Pearson)
  • Negative: Mid-Budget Movies Could Become Even More Endangered (Chris Evangelista)
  • Positive: Disney Could Keep 20th Century Fox as Their Adult Branded Entertainment Arm (Peter Sciretta)
  • Positive: Disney Would Finally Own Full Rights to A New Hope (Peter Sciretta)
  • Negative: What Will Happen to Blue Sky Studios? (Peter Sciretta)
  • Positive for Disney: Disney Gets Ownership of Avatar (Peter Sciretta)
  • Negative for Disney: Disney Gets Ownership of Properties Already in Competing Theme Parks (Peter Sciretta)
  • Negative: A piece of Hollywood History Gets Swallowed and Possibly Spit Out in A Corporate Merger (Jacob Hall)
  • Positive: Disney’s Recent Trend Toward Diversity Gets More Powerful (Hoai-Tran Bui)
  • Negative: Disney is One Step Closer to a Movie Monopoly (Hoai-Tran Bui)

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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Daily Podcast: The Pros & Cons Of Disney Buying Fox, Slaughterhouse-Five, WarGames, Little Mermaid, Phantom Thread

Disney Fox (1)

On the December 6, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film Managing editor Jacob Hall, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including the Gotti biopic controversy, a Slaughterhouse-Five tv series, a WarGames tv series reboot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action film gets a director, and the first reactions to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread. And in Our Feature Presentation, we’ll be taking a look at the pros and cons of Disney’s potential acquisition of Fox.

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/6fb43-7e7579?from=yiiadmin&vjs=1&skin=4&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=0&rtl=0

In the News:

In Our Feature Presentation: If Disney Buys Fox: The Pros and Cons of the Potential Acquisition

  • Positive: X-Men and Fantastic Four Could Join the MCU (Hoai-Tran Bui)
  • Negative: The R-rated and Audacious Superhero Movie Dies? (Chris Evangelista)
  • Positive: Marvel Can Stop Trying to Make the Inhumans a Thing (Jacob Hall)
  • Negative: We Could Lose Edgier, More Mature TV Shows (Ben Pearson)
  • Negative: Disney Would Be Giving $60 Billion to Fox to Invest in Fox News (Ben Pearson)
  • Unclear: Disney Would Gain Majority Ownership of Hulu (Peter Sciretta)
  • Positive: Fox Movies and Shows on Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Service Makes It a Better Value for Consumers (Ben Pearson)
  • Negative: Disney Already Has Too Many Movies to Promote (Ben Pearson)
  • Negative: Mid-Budget Movies Could Become Even More Endangered (Chris Evangelista)
  • Positive: Disney Could Keep 20th Century Fox as Their Adult Branded Entertainment Arm (Peter Sciretta)
  • Positive: Disney Would Finally Own Full Rights to A New Hope (Peter Sciretta)
  • Negative: What Will Happen to Blue Sky Studios? (Peter Sciretta)
  • Positive for Disney: Disney Gets Ownership of Avatar (Peter Sciretta)
  • Negative for Disney: Disney Gets Ownership of Properties Already in Competing Theme Parks (Peter Sciretta)
  • Negative: A piece of Hollywood History Gets Swallowed and Possibly Spit Out in A Corporate Merger (Jacob Hall)
  • Positive: Disney’s Recent Trend Toward Diversity Gets More Powerful (Hoai-Tran Bui)
  • Negative: Disney is One Step Closer to a Movie Monopoly (Hoai-Tran Bui)

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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Star Wars Bits: Laura Dern Hugs Chewbacca, Domhnall Gleeson Talks Hux’s Motives, and ‘The Last Jedi’ Interviews Galore

The last Jedi Laura Dern

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill gets schooled by a 10-year-old on Ellen
  • Pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast interviews reveal a shocking antipathy towards Porgs
  • New intel on the Resistance’s “ski speeders”
  • Laura Dern meets Chewbacca and BB-8, revels in preciousness
  • And much more!

Rancho Obi-Wan’s grand theft saga has mercifully come to a close, as the man responsible for a series of thefts from Steve Sansweet’s non-profit museum of Star Wars memorabilia has been granted his sentence. Here is Sansweet’s statement on the verdict, courtesy of Team Jedi News:

AN UPDATE: As many of you know, Carl Cunningham pleaded guilty to felony grand theft earlier this year and admitted to stealing about $200,000 of Star Wars memorabilia from Rancho Obi-Wan. Today, in Sonoma County Superior Court he was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation. A restitution hearing will be held soon.

And remember, kids: smuggling IRL is not cool.

Following the loot crate controversy that left fans of Star Wars games colda leaked gameplay video shows that Battlefront II players may soon be able to customize characters. GameSpot has additional analysis on the situation, including a glorious mental image of Darth Vader in pink armor.

Mark Hamill made his first visit to The Ellen Show a memorable one: first, by losing spectacularly in a game of Star Wars trivia against 10-year-old superfan Britton Walker, and second, by supplying Ellen with some wonderful tidbits about Carrie Fisher in this interview.

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Empire published a juicy excerpt from the magazine’s January issue featuring all things Star Wars and The Last Jedi. This quote above comes from Hux actor Domhnall Gleeson, whose character is clearly aiming to be more of a main player in the upcoming film:

Because of what happened in the first film, [General Hux has] been pushed to a place where his position is in real jeopardy, and people make really bad decisions when they get desperate. Hux and Kylo Ren are vying for power and for Snoke’s attention. They’re both contenders for the throne and Hux is hoping Ren explodes, so that he can take up the mantle. He knows it will be a battle otherwise, one he may very well lose.

Let the power struggle commence!

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As reported by EW, Rian Johnson revealed in a recent Facebook live event that his wrap gift from Neal Scanlan, the head of the Star Wars creature shop, was a Porg. (The entire Q&A can be found here and here, on the Star Wars Facebook page.) However, in answer to a fan question, Johnson also tweeted rather cheekily that working with Porgs was “an absolute nightmare.” Blasphemy! Might we expect Episode IX to be titled “Revenge of the Porgs”?

Star Wars The Last Jedi Crait

More tidbits from EW: Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group explained the philosophy behind the design of the Resistance’s rickety old ski speeders, depicted above striding into battle against the First Order on Crait. “They are basically heaps of crap,” Hidalgo told EW. “They are old and not meant to instill confidence. They are like a lot of things in the Resistance — weapons of last resort.” Three cheers for the underdogs!

pop icon star wars helmet

StarWars.com posted a complete collection of Pop Icon posters, featuring bold but minimalist designs of symbols that are important to The Last Jedi. Must… hide… wallet…

Laura Dern The Last Jedi

Laura Dern is all of us. On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dern related an anecdote that recalls her first meeting with Chewbacca on the set of The Last Jedi:

One day on set, Rian [Johnson] said, Hey Laura, somebody wants to say hi. And I remember turning around, and I was like, CHEWBACCA? And I started crying. I felt slightly embarrassed that I was weeping when he hugged me, but it was profound.

Here’s hoping a certain Maz Kanata doesn’t get jealous!

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No, hold up, this video of Laura Dern meeting BB-8 trumps anything and everything I may have written before this. Where’s our BB-8 and Amilyn Holdo spinoff?!

Continue Reading Star Wars Bits >>

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Star Wars Bits: Laura Dern Hugs Chewbacca, Domhnall Gleeson Talks Hux’s Motives, and ‘The Last Jedi’ Interviews Galore

The last Jedi Laura Dern

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill gets schooled by a 10-year-old on Ellen
  • Pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast interviews reveal a shocking antipathy towards Porgs
  • New intel on the Resistance’s “ski speeders”
  • Laura Dern meets Chewbacca and BB-8, revels in preciousness
  • And much more!

Rancho Obi-Wan’s grand theft saga has mercifully come to a close, as the man responsible for a series of thefts from Steve Sansweet’s non-profit museum of Star Wars memorabilia has been granted his sentence. Here is Sansweet’s statement on the verdict, courtesy of Team Jedi News:

AN UPDATE: As many of you know, Carl Cunningham pleaded guilty to felony grand theft earlier this year and admitted to stealing about $200,000 of Star Wars memorabilia from Rancho Obi-Wan. Today, in Sonoma County Superior Court he was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation. A restitution hearing will be held soon.

And remember, kids: smuggling IRL is not cool.

Following the loot crate controversy that left fans of Star Wars games colda leaked gameplay video shows that Battlefront II players may soon be able to customize characters. GameSpot has additional analysis on the situation, including a glorious mental image of Darth Vader in pink armor.

Mark Hamill made his first visit to The Ellen Show a memorable one: first, by losing spectacularly in a game of Star Wars trivia against 10-year-old superfan Britton Walker, and second, by supplying Ellen with some wonderful tidbits about Carrie Fisher in this interview.

hux

Empire published a juicy excerpt from the magazine’s January issue featuring all things Star Wars and The Last Jedi. This quote above comes from Hux actor Domhnall Gleeson, whose character is clearly aiming to be more of a main player in the upcoming film:

Because of what happened in the first film, [General Hux has] been pushed to a place where his position is in real jeopardy, and people make really bad decisions when they get desperate. Hux and Kylo Ren are vying for power and for Snoke’s attention. They’re both contenders for the throne and Hux is hoping Ren explodes, so that he can take up the mantle. He knows it will be a battle otherwise, one he may very well lose.

Let the power struggle commence!

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

As reported by EW, Rian Johnson revealed in a recent Facebook live event that his wrap gift from Neal Scanlan, the head of the Star Wars creature shop, was a Porg. (The entire Q&A can be found here and here, on the Star Wars Facebook page.) However, in answer to a fan question, Johnson also tweeted rather cheekily that working with Porgs was “an absolute nightmare.” Blasphemy! Might we expect Episode IX to be titled “Revenge of the Porgs”?

Star Wars The Last Jedi Crait

More tidbits from EW: Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group explained the philosophy behind the design of the Resistance’s rickety old ski speeders, depicted above striding into battle against the First Order on Crait. “They are basically heaps of crap,” Hidalgo told EW. “They are old and not meant to instill confidence. They are like a lot of things in the Resistance — weapons of last resort.” Three cheers for the underdogs!

pop icon star wars helmet

StarWars.com posted a complete collection of Pop Icon posters, featuring bold but minimalist designs of symbols that are important to The Last Jedi. Must… hide… wallet…

Laura Dern The Last Jedi

Laura Dern is all of us. On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dern related an anecdote that recalls her first meeting with Chewbacca on the set of The Last Jedi:

One day on set, Rian [Johnson] said, Hey Laura, somebody wants to say hi. And I remember turning around, and I was like, CHEWBACCA? And I started crying. I felt slightly embarrassed that I was weeping when he hugged me, but it was profound.

Here’s hoping a certain Maz Kanata doesn’t get jealous!

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

No, hold up, this video of Laura Dern meeting BB-8 trumps anything and everything I may have written before this. Where’s our BB-8 and Amilyn Holdo spinoff?!

Continue Reading Star Wars Bits >>

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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Goes Full ‘Taxi Driver’

you were never really here trailer

Joaquin Phoenix channels Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle in Lynne Ramsay‘s intense You Were Never Really Here. We won’t get to see the film for a few months, but audiences who had a chance to catch the film at Cannes earlier this year have already showered Ramsay’s new movie with praise, particularly when it comes to Phoenix’s performance. The new You Were Never Really Here trailer provides a fierce look at the film. Watch it below.

Joaquin Phoenix is a phenomenal actor, and in Lynn Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, he appears to have delivered another stellar performance. Phoenix plays a traumatized veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living. Lynn Ramsay, director of the thoroughly disturbing We Need To Talk About Kevin, directs Phoenix in this drama. When speaking about You Were Never Really Here, director Lynn Ramsay said, “We made the movie in a fevered pitch, like punk rock.” Check out the trailer below.

You Were Never Really Here trailer   

This looks fantastic, and I’m angry we have to wait until April of 2018 to see it. Some lucky folks at Cannes had the chance to catch this flick already, however, and had plenty of good things to say about it. “[Director Ramsay’s] return seals her standing as one of our most fearless and forceful filmmakers, if not one as prolific as she deserves to be,” says the LA Times; “Ramsay has made more sensually rapturous films, but this may be her most formally exacting: No shot or cut here is idle or extraneous,” said Variety; and Film Inquiry said, “It’s the rare film that, after the overwhelming first viewing experience, doesn’t feel like hyperbole to call a genre redefining masterpiece.”

The positive buzz mixed with Ramsay and Phoenix’s involvement are more than enough to get me excited about this movie, but here’s a bonus: Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who has provided the scores for films like There Will Be BloodThe Master and the upcoming Phantom Thread, composed the soundtrack. Just put this movie in front of my face, right now.

Here’s the official You Were Never Really Here synopsis.

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman and Judith Roberts opens April 6, 2018.

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‘Molly’s Game’ Featurette Highlights Jessica Chastain’s Unstoppable Performance

Molly's Game Featurette

Writer Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with the fast-paced Molly’s Game. Sorkin is renowned for his lighting-fast dialogue, but that element lives and dies with the right actor or actress in the part. Thankfully, Sorkin cast the phenomenal Jessica Chastain as the lead of the film, and the actress delivers one of her best performances in the process. A new Molly’s Game featurette highlights the plot of the film, as well as Chastain’s performance.

After making a career for himself writing some of the best dialogue in film and TV, Aaron Sorkin had graduated to directing. His directorial debut Molly’s Game covers the true story of “poker princess” Molly Bloom, who ran high-stakes poker games in Los Angeles and New York before running into trouble with the law. Like all Sorkin scripts, it’s a fast and furious drama loaded with snappy dialogue, and the majority of that dialogue is delivered by Jessica Chastain. Chastain is one of the best actresses working right now, and she gives perhaps her best performance to date in this film.

A new Molly’s Game featurette video takes you behind the scenes of the film, with Sorkin, Chastain, producer Mark Gordon, and even the real Molly Bloom herself discussing the film’s story, and more. Check it out.

Molly’s Game featurette 

Here’s the Molly’s Game synopsis:

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Think of this video as the CliffsNotes for the film, running through the storyline and the characters in a quick, concise way. Overall, Molly’s Game is an exciting film, even if Sorkin is a better writer than he is a director. Still, whatever the film’s minor flaws, Chastain’s dynamite performance is always front and center, wowing you at every turn. As I said in my TIFF review of the film:

This is Chastain’s movie through and through. At this point in her career, it seems almost futile to keep repeating what an incredible actress Chastain is. What else is new? But once again, Chastain crushes it, storming through this film like a hurricane.

Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, and Bill Camp, opens on December 25, 2017 in limited release and January 5, 2018 nationwide.

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Jeffrey Tambor May Not Quit ‘Transparent’ After All

Jeffrey Tambor Transparent

Early last month, actor Jeffrey Tambor, the star of Arrested Development and Amazon’s Transparent, was accused of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with his former assistant Van Barnes, as well as Transparent co-star Trace Lysette – both of whom happen to be trans women. By the end of the month, Tambor had released a statement loosely apologizing for his actions, and that statement also included what many took to be a resignation from the series: “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set,” he said, “I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

But apparently, that statement was premature because now The New York Times reports that Tambor has not quit the series.

Amazon, the streaming home of Transparent, launched an investigation into Barnes and Lysette’s sexual misconduct claims, which is still ongoing; none of the findings of that investigation have been revealed at the time of this writing. At the time the allegations were made, Tambor vehemently denied them, referring to them as “baseless.” But one of the show’s writers and producers publicly supported the accusers, and eventually, Tambor released the statement referenced above. In the statement, he also said he was “deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.”

Now a spokesman for Tambor has clarified the actor’s employment stance to The New York Times:

“What he said was that given the toxic atmosphere and the politicization on the set, it’s very hard for him to see how he can possibly return. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”

Tambor has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Maura Pfefferman on Jill Soloway‘s comedy/drama series.

The fifth season of Transparent hangs in the balance as the writers await the results of Amazon’s investigation. But here’s the thing: there were rumors even before all of this came out that the writers were thinking about writing Tambor’s character off the series anyway. Deadline reports that before the first claims were made, Tambor’s option for season five had not been picked up. Much like what’s going on with House of Cards right now, it sounds like there’s a clear path forward for the Transparent writers to get rid of their lead actor should that be the direction they choose to go. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out and what (if any) the legal ramifications might be, but it seems as if Tambor isn’t admitting any wrongdoing in this situation. Time, and hopefully the investigation, will tell if that decision is justified.

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‘WarGames’ Reboot Teaser: The ’80s Hacker Movie Gets Upgraded as an Edgy Interactive Series

wargames teaser

If you ever watched the 1983 sci-fi hacker movie starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy and thought, “I could totally beat that computer,” then you’re in luck. A WarGames reboot is coming in 2018, as an “experimental interactive series” in which the viewer can finally answer the AI’s iconic taunt: “Shall we play a game?”

MGM and the interactive video company Eko have teamed up with the HerStory creator Sam Barlow to put a modern spin on the campy ’80s sci-fi film. The new WarGames, called aptly #WarGames, substitutes Cold War paranoia for “modern espionage, hacking and government conspiracy” — so basically, daily life in 2017.

WarGames Reboot Teaser

The first teaser for #WarGames is cryptic and dark, showing only flashes of footage from the series interspersed with real TV news footage and references to Yahoo’s 2013 email hack, the 2014 Sony hack, the 2016 e-robbery of a bank in Bangladesh, and the Equifax security breach. The scenes from the #WarGames series is barely distinguishable from the real-life footage, with the main character and hacker Kelly appearing simply through her webcam before the screen explodes into an array of other screens and webcam users. There’s no description of a specific plot line, and whether the series will follow the original movie’s narrative of a brilliant high schooler who accidentally hacks into a U.S. military supercomputer.

It’s all very Mr. Robot — the anarchic nature of the Internet, the cynical view towards modern technology — and even has shades of the independent horror movie Unfriended, which takes place entirely within the screen of a video chatroom. The aesthetic of the interactive series is in line with Barlow’s acclaimed video game Her Story as well, which was an interactive movie video game told exclusively through  video clips from fictional police interviews.

In an interview with io9, Barlow expanded on how the interactive series will work for viewers, describing:

You’ll have a bunch of windows on your screen. We’re used to video chatting with our friends, having a big image, and smaller images of other people, things dropping in and out. So we decided to build the show around this concept. As the story’s progressing, all these different characters are talking to each other over the internet, and all of their windows are up on the screen. There’ll be additional video windows as well, so if they’re hacking into CCTV cameras, you’ll see that. If they’re watching a live TV broadcast, you’ll see that.

#WarGames is set to be released sometime in 2018. The series will be available to watch on the Eko website, the Eko presents mobile app, and on “a range of partner platforms” that has yet to be announced.

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‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Will Open in 2019 [Updated]

are you afraid of the dark movie

Update: Paramount has announced that Are You Afraid of the Dark? will open on October 11, 2019. Gary Dauberman is still writing the screenplay and producing alongside Matt Kaplan. Our original article follows below.

You’re only a ’90s kid if you remember being scared out of your mind by reruns of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the Canadian anthology series that aired on Nickelodeon for seven seasons. Well, dust off your flashlights and your childhood trauma, because Are You Afraid of the Dark? is getting the big screen treatment — courtesy of horror nostalgia expert Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter of this fall’s massive horror hit It.

Dauberman is penning the Are You Afraid of the Dark movie under Paramount Players, a new division of Paramount Pictures, according to The Tracking Board.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was an anthology series created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel that ran from 1992 to 1996 and followed a group of kids who called themselves the Midnight Society as they told each other scary stories around the campfire. The stories ranged from urban legends to fairytales, but with an additional modern twist. A Canadian production, it was aired on Nickelodeon and even rebooted by the network in 1999 for a single season.

Dauberman was one of three writers credited to It, which has gone on to becoming the highest grossing horror movie of all time. He also recently wrote Annabelle: Creation and is penning upcoming projects like The Nun, an extension of the Conjuring universe.

Hollywood has taken to mining ’90s and ’80s genre nostalgia for hit films and TV shows, to varying degrees of success. The most recent sensation is Netflix’s Stranger Things, which just premiered its highly anticipated second season this year. But while Stranger Things and It have expertly tapped into the heart of ’80s nostalgia, Hollywood seems to be struggling to capture the imaginations of ’90s kids. Power Rangers and Goosebumps both received mixed reactions from critics and opened to modest box office.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? may just be obscure enough to make it work, though. I personally never watched it growing up (I didn’t have cable, so sue me!), so its lack of exposure could work in its favor. To be fair, /Film managing editor Jacob Hall grew up loving this show and thinks it has the potential to be terrific kids’ horror if done right. So this could be something to keep an eye on! The cult following it’s amassed is enough to pique anyone’s curiousity, so perhaps with a strong screenwriter at the helm, Are You Afraid of the Dark? has nothing to fear.

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‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ TV Series in the Works With ‘Happy!’ Showrunner

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This may sound like a Bojack Horseman joke, but it’s actual movie news and not a gag from a Hollywood satire that once featured an ongoing subplot about J.D. Salinger creating and running a trivia game show: a Slaughterhouse-Five TV series is in the works. Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, a blend of blistering satire, wild science fiction, and heart-shattering anti-war tragedy, is being developed for the small screen and yeah, this is kind of weird.

Variety reports that Universal Cable productions is behind the series, which will be written and executive produced by Patrick Macmanus, who served as a showrunner on Netflix’s Marco Polo and is an executive producer on Happy!, Syfy’s new comic book adaptation. The other executive producers include Gale Anne Hurd, Jon Brown, and Bradley Yonover.

Originally published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, who becomes “unstuck in time” and lives his life out of order. That means the novel bounces between his time as an unhappily married optometrist in New York, his stint as a captive in an intergalactic alien zoo, and his traumatizing experiences in World War II, where he survives the allied firebombing of Dresden by taking refuge in an abandoned slaughterhouse (inspired by Vonngut’s own experiences during the war). Although sometimes dismissed by a generation forced to read it in high school, it’s one of the finest American novels ever published, a pitch-perfect blend of science fiction and satire that cries for empathy into the gaping void of the universe. It’s probably my favorite book of all time.

Still, I have no idea how it can be a TV show. While it was adapted into a well-regarded 1972 film, the novel is slim and Vonnegut’s prose is sparse. Macmanus addressed this in a statement to Variety, saying that they are looking to expand the story based on small hints and details scattered throughout the book:

There are no lines that Vonnegut ever throws away. But there are certain lines within the book that allude to a much larger world. I’m not just talking about going off into outer space. He alludes to the Balkanization of the United States and to the hydrogen bombing of the United States. I feel like today’s TV is the only way to tell this story. Even though it’s only approximately 275 pages, I think that it’s ripe to be expanded upon exponentially.

While other shows have borrowed from Vonnegut in the past (Desmond’s storyline in Lost is heavily indebted to Billy Pilgrim), I can’t imagine a Slaughterhouse-Five TV series really capturing what makes the novel tick. Once you remove Vonnegut’s prose, you’re left with a pile of ideas without a unifying voice. If this goes to series, I imagine it will be something like Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, which uses the work of Philip K. Dick as a launch pad to do its own thing. And at the end of the day, I think that’s okay. Anything that encourages more people to read Kurt Vonnegut is fine by me.

There are no additional details available about the series (no network is attached and no dates are set), but we’ll update you as we learn more.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is Turning Carrie Fisher’s Dog Into An Alien

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During the press junket for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015, actress Carrie Fisher brought along her trusty canine pet and therapy dog Gary Fisher, and the little guy became something of an internet sensation. The French bulldog appeared on red carpets, did the talk show interview circuit, and stayed by Carrie’s side at all times, his constantly-lolled tongue providing joy to all who laid eyes upon him.

Gary found a new home with Fisher’s assistant after the actress and writer passed away late last year, but now we’ve learned that he’s being added to Star Wars canon – Carrie Fisher’s dog is portraying an alien character in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. See what he looks like in a photo below.

Twitter user Clair Henry (via Nerdist) thought she might have spotted an alien version of Gary in the background of a publicity still, and when she asked The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson about this, he confirmed that it was indeed Gary, decked out in full alien costume.

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As you can see, while John Boyega’s Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico face off in the foreground, the creature is in the background, enjoying the scenery of a Canto Bight casino. I kinda love that Gary appears to be the only thing in the room that’s staring directly into the camera lens (Gary, that’s fine for the talk show circuit, but not great for movies!).

The wrinkly little ball of joy appears to have some particularly bulbous eyes, and maybe even some wisps of gray hair protruding from its face. It’s unclear to me whether that’s actually the physical Gary Fisher, or just an alien creature meant to evoke the real Gary, but either way, it’s cool that Fisher’s beloved pet is now an official part of the fictional cinematic universe that meant so much to its owner.

Take a look at some photos of Gary from over the years, so you can be better prepared to spot him in the background when Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017.

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If Disney Buys Fox: The Pros and Cons of the Potential Acquisition

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You probably know the story by now: Disney is in negotiations with 21st Century Fox to buy the company’s film and television assets. If it comes to fruition, it won’t be just the biggest movie news story of 2017 – it will be the biggest movie news story of the decade. Or more.

If this news fills you with excitement, dread, or something in-between…welcome to the club. The /Film staff has mixed feelings about this development, which could shake Hollywood to its core in ways both exciting and terrifying. So let’s run down the pros and cons of Disney buying Fox and what it means for both companies…and film industry itself.

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Positive: X-Men and Fantastic Four Could Join the MCU

When Marvel Comics nearly went bankrupt in the ’90s, they stayed afloat by selling the movie rights to their most popular characters: Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil. And since then, that decision has served to bite them in the butt.

The exclusion of X-Men and Fantastic Four from the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a constant source of frustration for fans who want to see their favorite characters in the comics interact with their favorites in the movies — and of confusion for general audiences who have to deal with multiple versions of Quicksilver. Marvel has to bend over backwards to adapt ambitious crossover storylines like Civil War because they don’t own certain characters. And then there’s the poor Fantastic Four, who have not yet had a good movie — something that could change once Marvel Studios and their stellar track record gets a hold of them.

Could this mean that the Fantastic Four and X-Men enter the MCU? Possibly — and with the convoluted X-Men universe at a crossroads after the stunning Logan and the not-so-stunning Apocalypse, perhaps it’s time to start afresh. Besides, don’t you want to see a grumpy Wolverine bicker and try to lead the Avengers? (Hoai-Tran Bui)

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Negative: The R-rated and Audacious Superhero Movie Dies?

Almost every positive argument I’ve seen for the Disney/Fox purchase seems to revolve around superheroes. “Finally!” people have declared. “The Wolverine can hang out with Iron Man!” Look: I get it. People love superhero movies, and they love synergy. They want all their favorites sharing the screen together. That’s fine! But even if your biggest concern is superhero movies, the Disney/Fox deal should give you pause.

Disney’s MCU films have done very well, both with critics and at the box office. Yet it cannot be denied that almost all of these films blend together; they’re supposed to, since they’re all part of the same universe. While Fox has had more duds than hits with their superhero films, they have recently started to take more chances, and with great success. While I’m not a fan of Deadpool, I do recognize that making a full-blown R-rated superhero movie was a risky move, and it paid off for Fox. Deadpool was followed-up with the excellent proto-Western Logan. Dark, violent, and surprisingly mature, Logan is the complete opposite of everything in the MCU – and that’s a good thing.

Disney and the MCU clearly have no interest in going down this road. They want their films to appeal to a wider audience, since that’s going to pull in the most money at the box office. As a result, the Disney-Fox deal might signal the end of more risky superhero movies, right when the sub-genre was beginning to take chances again. (Chris Evanglista)

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Positive: Marvel Can Stop Trying to Make the Inhumans a Thing

Okay, this is small potatoes compared to some of the other entries on this list, but it’s a small, geeky point that matters to comic book fans. Over the past few years, Marvel Comics has increasingly cordoned off the X-Men, forcing them into their own corner of the universe they helped build while giving the Inhumans series after series, forcing them into the spotlight at all times. Behind-the-scenes stories explained why the publisher wasn’t highlighting some of its most popular and iconic characters – certain people with their fingers on the purse strings didn’t want to offer free publicity to characters who couldn’t star in lucrative Disney-distributed movies. An X-Men comic was essentially an advertisement for a 20th Century Fox film, at least when seen through certain eyes. So the Inhumans have been taking their place. And it stinks.

The Inhumans push has been underwhelming, to put it lightly. They simply aren’t as interesting as the X-Men and their various series have tended to have uneven launches and vanish before they can find their feet (the recent solo Black Bolt solo series is the exception that proves the rule). It all culminated in that terrible Inhumans TV show no one wants to talk about ever again. The Inhumans aren’t going to happen. They aren’t going to replace the X-Men! (Or the Fantastic Four, who were also shoved to the side in recent years despite being Marvel’s first family.)

With the X-Men movie rights under the same umbrella as the MCU, the need to punish these fictional characters over real world BS comes to an end. The Marvel comic book universe goes back to celebrating all of its characters. And the Inhumans go away for a bit. Comic readers rejoice! (Jacob Hall)

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Negative: We Could Lose Edgier, More Mature TV Shows

While specific details are still not a hundred percent clear, early reports suggest that television brands like FX and FXX would be transferred over to Disney in the sale as well. Assuming Disney doesn’t let those branches operate independently and completely free of any corporate oversight, that could result in a number of possible things happening: Disney could move executives from current departments into positions of power overseeing those divisions, which may result in those channels producing less of the brazen and edgy TV shows for which those networks are known. I find it hard to believe a family-friendly company like Disney would be okay with something as twisted as American Horror Story on one of its networks. (Ben Pearson)

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Negative: Disney Would Be Giving $60 Billion to Fox to Invest in Fox News

The whole reason Fox is interested in selling off huge percentages of its assets is to focus more on sports and news. Sports? Sure. Fine. No big deal. But news? That’s…not great. Do we really want the company responsible for Fox News to have 60 billion (with a “b”) more dollars in its pocket and a burning desire to actually spend devote those resources to more news content? I’m done playing nice about politics, so you’ll just have to deal with this (obvious) truth bomb – Fox News actively misleads its viewers and purposefully avoids covering relevant news that casts Republican politicians in a negative light. It’s practically state-sponsored media at this point. The thought of the people behind that network dumping more money into its skewed brand of news coverage is, frankly, terrifying; it’d be terrifying at any point, but it’s especially terrifying in light of everything that’s going on right now. (Ben Pearson)

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Unclear: Disney Would Gain Majority Ownership of Hulu

Disney owns 30% stake in Hulu, the same amount that Fox owns. So the question is this: what does Disney owning 60% of Hulu mean for the future of Hulu and Disney’s own premium streaming service? You would think that Disney would not have much interest in Hulu as they begin to develop their own walled garden, so my first thought is that maybe they will use the technology for their own service. Remember, Hulu as a platform and infrastructure has been well tested by millions of users, and that might be better than starting from scratch. But I sincerely hope not, as the Hulu platform as is it a horrible user experience.

But with revenues over a billion dollars, does Disney want to pull their content out of the ad and subscription supported service? It’s also possible that Disney would want to keep their latest network shows on Hulu while keeping their older seasons and movies for the more binge-worthy premium service. (Peter Sciretta)

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Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake Eyes Rob Marshall to Direct

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Rob Marshall, the director of movies like Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Nine, is looking to be part of Disney’s world once again. According to a new report, the filmmaker is on the top of the studio’s wishlist to direct the planned live-action The Little Mermaid remake, which will feature music from Hamilton and Moana’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney legend Alan Menken.

Deadline has the news, reporting they’ve heard Marshall has been offered the job on the upcoming movie but that director will wait until after the holidays to decide one way or the other.

The filmmaker only has six features to his name at this point, but three of them have been for Disney. He directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (a forgettable film which inexplicably made over a billion dollars worldwide at the box office), re-teamed with the studio for Into the Woods, and is currently in post-production on Mary Poppins Returns, which is being positioned as a major holiday movie for Disney next year. The studio offering this directing job to Marshall indicates that they’re pleased with what they’ve seen on the Poppins sequel, so at least that bodes well for that movie’s prospects.

Still, I can’t help but feel like Marshall is not just the wrong choice here, but a boring one, and a missed opportunity for the studio to spread the wealth to more diverse filmmakers. So far, every single one of Disney’s live-action remakes – Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, even 1996’s 101 Dalmatians – has been directed by a man. Niki Caro is directing the remake of Mulan, which is a start, but these movies have proven to be box office juggernauts, so is the notion of setting up a female filmmaker for success so far out of consideration that they need to resort to offering The Little Mermaid to Rob Marshall? How about offering it to Mira Nair, who directed the studio’s under-seen and under-promoted Queen of Katwe last year?

In any case, Marshall or whoever ultimately ends up directing this project will likely be keeping their eyes on two major upcoming blockbusters: Aquaman and Avatar 2. Both of those films are spending a lot of resources on filming key underwater sequences, and after seeing how Justice League whiffed on its own Atlantis moments, I have to imagine the director of The Little Mermaid will want to make sure the “under the sea” portions of his or her movie are handled better than just tossing air bubbles in and calling it a day.

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‘Dunkirk’ vs. ‘Darkest Hour’: How Christopher Nolan Succeeds Where Joe Wright Fails

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It’s one of those strange coincidences that occurs every few years: two different films cover the same subject matter and happen to be released in close proximity. Typically, it happens in big-budget situations – audiences were able to see two different movies about asteroids headed for Earth (Armageddon and Deep Impact) as well as two different movies about anthropomorphized ants (Antz and A Bug’s Life) in 1998. This year, something similar is happening and even more remarkably so. Two very different, very British films cover a specific period in World War II: the evacuation of British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France.

This summer, Christopher Nolan delivered his latest big-budget affair, the relentlessly intense, excellent Dunkirk; Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, currently in limited release, follows Winston Churchill as he makes the decisions that would kickstart the Dunkirk evacuation. The difference between the two films is stark.

In Atonement, Wright spent a few minutes depicting the carnage at Dunkirk in a virtuosic if show-offy single-take shot featuring one of the main characters (James McAvoy) wandering around shell-shocked. Now, Wright focuses squarely on the British leaders, specifically new Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who find themselves in a difficult spot. The United Kingdom, in May of 1940, had been boxed in by Hitler and the Nazis, who were invading other Western European countries, and decided to evacuate as many troops as possible and fight on.

What is so remarkable about Dunkirk, especially in opposition with Darkest Hour, is its tightened focus. Even in dividing the story into a triptych (set in the air, on the sea, and on the land), Nolan’s story is about the men on the ground, in a seemingly hopeless situation with no chance of survival. There are so many stories about World War II, so many depictions of the leaders in the United Kingdom and America trying to maintain a stiff upper lip and do what’s right even if it’s also what’s difficult, that Dunkirk stood out. By eschewing exposition — we barely know the names of the men onscreen, and after a brief opening title card explaining the situation, there’s not much more than a smattering of dialogue — Nolan’s film stands apart from almost every other film in the genre.

Darkest Hour comes from a director whose visual style is already remarkable enough. Joe Wright’s made some singular films in his 12 years of features, from the aforementioned Atonement to his best film, the warped spy fable Hanna. Even within the staid and stodgy drawing-room wartime drama within which Wright has to operate, Darkest Hour looks remarkable. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel utilizes shafts of light bursting through the haze and grimy dustiness of WWII-era Britain to emphasize Churchill’s unique standing in UK politics. However, so much of Darkest Hour feels like the umpteenth iteration of the same period drama that has seemingly existed to garner awards buzz, as if it should have been titled Oscar Bait: The Movie. It’s a feeling that extends all the way to the film’s centerpiece, Gary Oldman’s performance as the larger-than-life Churchill.

Oldman is one of the finest actors of his generation, and he has delivered a searing and complex performance as a character ensconced in British politics at a time of great international tension. Unfortunately, that performance was in the 2011 adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and it was sadly overlooked for the Oscar, even though Oldman got his first (and currently only) nomination. He will no doubt receive a nod for Darkest Hour; if nothing else is true, he almost certainly can claim the award for Most Acting this year. Thanks in no small part to some very good prosthetic makeup, Oldman is transformed here as Churchill, tweaking his voice and jutting out his lower lip just enough to suggest the former Prime Minister. Churchill is a character with an extremely small amount of subtlety, a figure as outsized on film as he was in life. Yes, it’s an impressive transformation, and yes, Gary Oldman is good in Darkest Hour. But that’s because Gary Oldman rarely phones in his work; of course he’s good here. How could he not be?

The lack of subtlety extends to the rest of Darkest Hour. Churchill, like many historical figures given the biopic treatment, has a family that always plays second fiddle to him, led by his always loving, if slightly vexed wife (Kristin Scott Thomas, who deserves better, as usual). In one early scene, after Churchill is given the title of Prime Minister, his wife congregates their family to congratulate him while acknowledging that they have all made sacrifices to allow him to further his career. (There is a seemingly notable insert shot of one of Churchill’s adult sons having a large swig of alcohol, as if to suggest the toll those sacrifices take, but it comes to nothing later on.) This, in effect, is the film’s screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, trying to both have his cake and eat it too. See? This movie is aware of the trope of the ignored family! But here’s the thing: just because your movie points out that the main character’s family is being ignored doesn’t mean you get a pass when you ignore his family. Considering that Churchill’s children only appear in this one scene, it’s even more unnecessary to call attention to the fact that they’re overlooked.

Of course, Winston Churchill’s family isn’t the focus in Darkest Hour; instead, it’s all about what led Churchill to push for the impossible in evacuating soldiers at Dunkirk. The circumstances that led to this dangerous decision were impossible. As they’re presented in Darkest Hour, it’s suggested that if Churchill doesn’t extend the possibility of brokering peace talks, two of the higher members of his Conservative Party, Viscount Halifax (Stephen Dillane) and former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) will resign, suggesting that the current leader has no confidence from his own people. Seeing as we’re more than seven decades removed from World War II, and nearly eight decades removed from the heroic and miraculous evacuation of Dunkirk, it should not be a spoiler to suggest that a) Churchill did not engage in peace talks and b) the soldiers were almost entirely rescued, vastly more than were initially expected.

In Nolan’s Dunkirk, we don’t see how this particular sausage gets made. One of the focal characters, a pilot played by Tom Hardy, is given orders by a military leader (Michael Caine in a voice cameo) early on. In the film’s final moments, as in the final moments of Darkest Hour, we hear Winston Churchill’s address to Parliament and the world, suggesting that the fight will wear on until the Nazi threat is wholly removed. But in Dunkirk, whatever inspiration there is to latch onto is not borne of politicians coming together to take down a fascist threat. There is simply the straightforward, unfussy heroism of the human spirit.

In Darkest Hour, that speech is meant to rouse British politicians to full action, even the previously unwilling Chamberlain. In Dunkirk, when that speech is recited, it comes at the end of the visceral rescue mission and has a bittersweet tinge. Yes, the soldiers were rescued, and yes, the feats of bravery from regular people are rousing, but many of the film’s characters suffer some kind of loss.

Darkest Hour tries to have a truly goosebump-inducing, rah-rah moment in the final third. Churchill has had his own spirits boosted slightly when King George (Ben Mendelsohn, also underused but very good) affirms his support for the Prime Minister, who he previously deemed “scary,” but recommends he talk to the average Britisher to see if they would rather fight the Nazis or broker peace. Churchill does, by descending into the London Underground, hopping onboard a train and reaching out to a random assortment of 10 or so British citizens. All of them, from a feisty young girl to an older working-class man, firmly push to fight fascism in a scene that is meant to be stirring and winds up as almost a parody of the clips played on Oscar night to highlight nominated performances. Knowing, as we do, that the British kept fighting makes the scene more than a little inert. So too does the sense that Churchill could easily have bluffed his way through convincing his conservative brethren about going to war instead of encountering a smattering of regular folks. What should be inspiring comes off as treacly and overdone.

Part of the problem has little to do with Darkest Hour, and everything to do with Dunkirk. In a year with Christopher Nolan’s stripped-down exercise in tension, a film that sidesteps so many of the trappings of the period drama and the wartime epic, another movie covering the same subject matter even in a different light is bound to fall short. And so it is with Darkest Hour, which often feels like it exists solely to garner Gary Oldman a long-deserved Best Actor Oscar. He does deserve one, and it’s mystifying that, as of this writing, he just has the one nomination. But if he wins for Darkest Hour, it will feel more like a lifetime achievement award, instead of an award specific to this role. Joe Wright is still a talented director, but he’s unable to transcend the dryness of McCarten’s script, which feels like the umpteenth version of a story that could just as easily be an HBO Movie of the Week co-produced by the BBC. Where Dunkirk felt like it was breaking ground, Darkest Hour feels like it’s following a well-worn, overly familiar path.

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‘The Predator’ Will Reveal Why Predators Come to Earth

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A source of horrifying mystery, the Predator franchise never really sought to understand the inner workings of those dangerous aliens. Plus, it seems like their motivation is telegraphed in their very name: Predator. They hunt humans because that’s what they do.

But Shane Black‘s The Predator will explore the greater details of why these extraterrestrial creatures came to Earth and what exactly they plan to do there.

Black, who brings the franchise full circle after starring in John McTiernan’s original 1987 Predator, is making sure to include connections tot he previous films in the series. The Predator 2 connection is obvious, with Jake Busey appearing as the son of Gary Busey’s character, Peter Keyes. But The Predator has more than just name recognition going for it — it promises to explore the backstory of the extraterrestrial monsters.

Jake Busey spoke with Pop Culture about how The Predator will add to what the three previous Predator films have brought to the pop culture pantheon:

“This one definitely falls in line with the original franchise in that it does focus on the technology that the Predators have. It focuses on what the goal of the Predators is, and what their modus operandi, and why they come to the planet, and that type of thing. It’s definitely in line with the original franchise.”

Busey went on to describe The Predator‘s place in the chronology, with the film taking place in the 2010’s after the events of Predator 2 (1990) which took place in 1997 Los Angeles, but before the vaguely futuristic Predators (2010).

While the rest of the plot has been kept under a tight lid — well, except for the exorbitant details that co-star Thomas Jane revealed — Busey’s comments are in line with what we know of The Predator. There will be multiple Predators running around and it will take place in the United States, possibly in the suburbs. But based on Busey’s comments, it sounds like they’re not just hunting humans for sports, but have some other sinister motivation.

For a refresher on our growing knowledge of The Predator, here’s Thomas Jane’s colorful description of the plot once again:

“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan or the Iraq War or whatever. But we’re all fucking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out – this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this – somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too.

And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like ‘fuck that, man, let’s go kill these fucking Predators ourselves.’ And we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there. So that’s kinda cool!”

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Edward James Olmos, Trevante Rhodes, Augusto Aguilera, Alfie Allen, and Yvonne Strahovski. It arrives in theaters on August 3, 2018.

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