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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti and Star Bill Skarsgard on Creating True Evil [Interview]

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Bill Skarsgard‘s small roles in movies like Allegiant and Atomic Blonde didn’t leave much of an impact on me, but after seeing his terrifying take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s It, he certainly has my attention. Director Andy Muschietti saw something in the young actor’s audition that no one else did, and together they crafted a new version of Pennywise that’s frightening, otherworldly, and truly feels as if you’re watching evil incarnated.

At the film’s press junket last week, I participated in a roundtable interview with Muschietti and Skarsgard and spoke with them about this updated Pennywise, casting the Losers’ Club kids, and one of Skarsgard’s acting choices as Pennywise that particularly fascinated me.

Skarsgard explained that he spent three days “playing around with different things and voices and facial expressions” before his audition to discover a version of the character that was unique to his strengths as an actor, and that work paid off: Muschietti responded immediately to his take, and the two almost instantly began molding Skarsgard’s spin on the character, even before the studio officially hired the actor.

This Pennywise is an imposing physical presence, looming over his prey and getting in the faces of his victims. When asked about how he went about incorporating that physicality into the character, Skarsgard explained:

“When I was thinking about what scares me, the concept of unpredictABILITY [he shouts the second half of the word to emphasize his point] is something that’s very scary to me. If you have explosiveness and quick changes, it’s something that’s very unsettling. I wanted to incorporate that unpredictability, but have the character be almost like, you know when you’re about to pop a balloon [between your hands]? It’s this tension of explosiveness that’s about to happen. In the character, if something happens, it’s super explosive. But there’s an unpredictability, as if you’re pulling something back and at any moment, it might snap. I wanted to incorporate that in the physicality of it.”

One of the concepts that didn’t explicitly make it into the film is the idea of the Macroverse, an alternate dimension that plays a key part in King’s novel. Without getting too spoilery, there’s always the chance it could factor into the sequel, but Muschietti described why he didn’t want to concentrate on it in this film and how Skarsgard managed to hint at it through his memorable performance:

“The other thing that Bill brought, among all the other amazing things, is there is a section in the book that talks about another dimension, the Macroverse. I didn’t want to go into that in the story because I felt I didn’t want to make it a fantasy as much as the emotional journey of these kids and the magic of childhood against the horrors of growing up incarnated in this monster. But the way that he incorporated the presence of the other side into the performance is fantastic. We talked about, ‘What is the Macroverse, and how do we express it without showing it?’ And it was always present. There was always a balance between alluring behavior and something that was [lurking] there that was not human behavior at all.”

There’s plenty more info out there about how the new Pennywise came to be, and you can read about it in one of Jacob Hall’s set visit articles if you’re dying for more. And while Jacob also had a chance to interview the young cast who makes up the Losers’ Club (the movie’s young protagonists), Muschietti spoke about how he decided to cast those up-and-coming actors:

“I really, really wanted to find kids that not only were talented and looked like they did in my mind, but I also wanted to go further and find actors that had the DNA of the characters. I knew that in the moment it would be helpful to bring that group of characters, those kids, to life. So that was a criteria that I wanted to apply. Bit by bit, tape by tape, I started looking at the personality of the kids, not only in the performing, but also in their off-screen [lives], and that’s how it happened.

You have Richie Tozier and you have Eddie Kaspbrak, one is a verbal diarrhea, the other is a hypochondriac maniac – neurotic, too. Another one is OCD. I’m not saying all of these flaws are one hundred percent in these kids, but there’s something of each character that is intrinsic to the kid’s personality. That was how we started, and then of course comes the chemistry of them all. You had to see the Losers as a character itself. You had to put them together in a room. In some cases I was sure about who it was, and in other cases I had two or three options, and it was about mixing and matching whoever was in that room, and it all shines through. It all comes to the surface, and you see it, and that’s how it happened.”

Muschietti isn’t just tooting his own horn, either: the relationship between the kids who play the Losers is one of the best parts about this film, and the casting is so spot-on that it feels as if these kids materialized straight from the pages of King’s novel and walked onto a film set.

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But for me, the most interesting conversation of the day was when I asked Bill Skarsgard about one specific tactic that his Pennywise showcases a few times in the film. This isn’t a spoiler, but throughout the movie, Pennywise mocks his victims directly to their faces, as if he’s toying with them immediately before he goes in for the final kill. When I asked if this was scripted or something the actor added to the movie, he explained it was a choice he made himself and talked about why it was something he thought was integral to the character:

“It wasn’t scripted. That was something that I really wanted to incorporate. With the character, it’s like, ‘What defines evil? Real, real evil, and monstrosity?’ And having a crying child and then mocking that crying child is, to me, one of the most horrific things you can do. So I’m like, ‘Fucking great, let’s do that!’ So the mocking, and it’s almost like Pennywise hates this kid. Like, [makes mocking noises]. In the moment, about to kill this kid, it’s horrifying to me. Anything that is horrifying to me is something that I wanted to amplify, so the audience felt the same way.”

Mission accomplished.

It opens in theaters this Friday, September 8, 2017.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Posters Splash Some Color on Marvel’s Heroes and Villains

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To go along with our extensive set visit report for Thor: Ragnarok today, Marvel Studios also sent over some bright, colorful new character posters featuring the cast of the cosmic comic book sequel.

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum and (kinda) Mark Ruffalo all get their own posters, each with an explosion of colored powder surrounding them. Even though character posters may be excessive marketing, at least these look fairly cool.

Check out the Thor Ragnarok posters below.

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Thor: Ragnarok also stars Karl Urban as Skurge, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and director Taika Waititi himself as the motion-capture character Korg, but they’re apparently not cool enough to get their own posters. But since there’s still a couple months left before the movie hit theaters, I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty of them in the marketing leading up to the movie

If you want to see more from Thor: Ragnarok, you can watch the most recently released trailer over here.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – The Incredible Hulk!”

Thor: Ragnarok arrives on November 3.

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‘Thor Ragnarok’ Set Visit: Everything We Learned About the Cosmic Sequel

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Back on September 14, 2016, myself and a group of online reporters found themselves hopping through space from the golden realm of Asgard to the vibrant, space trash city called Sakaar. No, we didn’t figure out how to traverse the galaxy, but we did make quite the long journey down to Brisbane, Australia to visit the set of the Marvel Studios sequel Thor: Ragnarok.

As we’ve seen in the trailers for the latest adventure following the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth), this time we find Thor a little out of his element. First, his trusty hammer Mjolnir has been broken by Hela the goddess of death (Cate Blanchett), who has also started a reign of terror and destruction throughout Asgard. Plus, he’s been captured by a bounty hunter named Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) on a strange planet called Sakaar, given a haircut and forced to compete in gladiatorial combat against Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), which is controlled by a man called The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) who’s hanging around with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). That’s the gist of what we already know about the movie. Would you like to know more?

Below, read out full Thor Ragnarok set visit report with tons of new details about the movie, but beware of potential spoilers.

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Thor Has Been a Lone Gunslinger for Two Years

For all the fans who have been wondering why Thor wasn’t around to get involved with the skirmish in Captain America: Civil War, the events of Thor: Ragnarok hold the answer. When we catch up with Thor at the beginning of the movie, he’s been away on his own for two years, but he hasn’t been sulking. Instead, he’s been trying to track down the puppet master behind some of the recent near-world-ending events, and looking for the Infinity Stones in order to prevent the doomed future he saw for Asgard and his people in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This has sent him across the cosmos on a number of adventures that have branched off from his original quest.

Unfortunately for Thor, despite these adventures making him a much more confident traveler of the galaxy, with Earthly sarcasm to spare, his latest endeavor has found him captured in Muspelheim, one of the Nine Realms of the universe, ruled by the fire god called Surtur. We’ve seen Surtur in a quick shot from the end of the most recent Thor: Ragnarok trailer with Hulk jumping toward the massive, fiery, horned god, but that’s a sequence that isn’t part of Thor’s entanglement in Muspelheim early on in the movie, and is likely part of the climax in some capacity.

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What is Muspelheim?

As glimpsed in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer, Muspelheim is very fiery and dark, looking very much like Mount Doom. Production designer Dan Hennah explained even more about the design of the realm, saying that it was essentially a Dyson sphere, a cosmic entity that completely encompasses a star and captures most or all of its power output. Muspelheim has been drawing power out of a dying star for a long time now, and that’s what keeps the dragons and demons who live in this realm energized.

Somehow, Thor makes it out of this nightmare realm.

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Thor Returns to Asgard, Where Loki Has Been Living it Up

Without learning too many specifics, we found out that after being stuck in Muspelheim, Thor finally makes it back to Asgard and is reunited with Odin. However, as we know, the Odin in Asgard is not the real king of the realm that we know. Loki dispatched with Odin, and the god of mischief impersonated his adoptive father in the final scene of Thor: The Dark World, sending Thor on his way after he turned down the chance to inherit the mantle of king.

Producer Brad Winderbaum revealed that Loki has been living it up since then as the ruler of Asgard. However, Loki soon discovers that there are things he was not prepared to deal with. It turns out that Odin was doing more than anyone had thought to keep certain threats at bay. Very quickly we see that Asgard cannot stay safe while Odin is away, and that opens up a window for Hela to wreak havoc on the realm.

We were told something spoilery happens in Asgard, and I feel like it might be Thor discovering Loki’s deception and promptly forcing the mischievous brother to accompany him down to Earth so they might find their displaced father. That would leave Asgard open for the taking. But there’s also a chance that the spoilery event could be Hela’s arrival in Asgard, thereby putting the two brothers on a path to find their father to restore order. Either way, the gods of mischief and thunder are going to the Big Apple.

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Thor and Loki Hit the Road

Set photos from awhile back revealed Thor and Loki wandering the streets of New York City, or rather the streets of Brisbane, Australia standing in for New York City, and our set visit confirmed that Thor and Loki end up here after reuniting in Asgard. In fact, Thor was seen on set wearing the exact same clothes as he was in the Doctor Strange credits scene where the god of thunder has an exchange with the Sorcerer Supreme about his brother Loki. But more importantly, that scene ended with Doctor Strange offering to help Thor find his father Odin so that they can all go back to Asgard.

Another set photo glimpsed previously showed Anthony Hopkins as Odin looking like a hobo on the streets of New York City, so whenever we find the king of Asgard, he’s probably not in the best shape. At some point, the two brothers will surely find their father, but I’m betting that getting back to Asgard won’t be easy. This could be when Hela shows up on Earth. After all, we saw a piece of concept art awhile back featuring Hela in a city alley with Thor and Loki, still in Asgardian garb, looking up at her with trepidation, not to mention the fact that the scene where Hela destroys Mjolnir appears to be happening in a city alley.

Perhaps just as Thor, Loki and Odin are about to head back to Asgard by way of the Bifrost Bridge, Hela arrives to stop them and destroys Mjolnir. Somehow they still end up making a run for it back to Asgard by way of the Bifrost Bridge, but end up knocked off their path (as we glimpsed in the most recent trailer) and stranded on the planet Sakaar. Again, there’s a lot of speculation here, but all this comes from trying to piece together little tidbits we learned on the set and details that have surfaced elsewhere.

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The Morning Watch: ‘Rick and Morty’ Prank Call, ‘Stranger Things’ Character Introductions & 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, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland prank calls Joel Osteen’s church in Texas completely in character as the perpetually drunk but brilliant Rick. Plus, a video essay looks at how characters are introduced in the first season of Stranger Things, and a new episode of The Dan Cave looks at why video game movies typically suck.

While appearing on the H3 Podcast recently, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland prank called Joel Osteen’s church in an effort to speak to the famous preacher who didn’t immediately open up his church to Hurricane Harvey victims until some people made a big stink about it. Roiland gets through to the church’s prayer line, in character as Rick Sanchez, and this somehow results in the woman speaking to him in tongues. It’s strange and hilarious.

A new video essay from Karsten Runquist explores how skillfully and cleverly Netflix’s series Stranger Things introduces the characters. The way that a character is introduced hints at what their role will be for the rest of the first season. Right off the bat it’s impressive to see how quickly we get a sense of what kind of characters the young boys at the center of the story really are and how they will interact with each other as the series goes on. Watch the entire video for more insight.

Finally, Dan Casey from Nerdist has delivered a new episode of The Dan Cave where he examines why video game movies have consistently been terrible ever since the subgenre first kicked off with the abysmal Super Mario Bros. back in 1993.

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Happy #TIFF2017! Rent 5 Great Canadian Films for $1.99 Each!

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It’s that time of the year again, festival lovers! The red carpets are rolling out and Toronto is buzzing with celebs. That’s right, it’s #TIFF17 time!

This year, we’ve got a few animated gems you can watch (Threads, Charles, and The Tesla World Light), as well as legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin‘s 50th film, Our People Will Be Healed.

As always, to celebrate the exceptional Canadian films being showcased at #TIFF2017, we and our amazing friends over at Canada Screens have a selection of 5 great Canadian films you can rent at a discounted rate of $1.99 each!

See more films hereThe rebate ends September 17th!

Stories We Tell

Enjoy Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley’s genre-twisting film that playfully excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

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Starbuck

Montreal comedian Patrick Huard plays a slacker whose life is changed when 142 people he helped artificially inseminate file a class action lawsuit against him.

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Mommy

A widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable ménage, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers her help.

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

When a malevolent Inuit spirit is summoned to cause strife and mischief in a small community, the lives of two brothers, Amaqjuaq, the Strong One and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, are irrevocably disrupted.

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Year of the Carnivore

This charming romantic-comedy-drama about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she’s bad in bed so she goes out to get more experience to win him over.

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Happy #TIFF2017! Rent 5 Great Canadian Films for $1.99 Each!

It’s that time of the year again, festival lovers! The red carpets are rolling out and Toronto is buzzing with celebs. That’s right, it’s #TIFF17 time!

This year, we’ve got a few animated gems you can watch (Threads, Charles, and The Tesla World Light), as well as legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin‘s 50th film, Our People Will Be Healed.

As always, to celebrate the exceptional Canadian films being showcased at #TIFF2017, we and our amazing friends over at Canada Screens have a selection of 5 great Canadian films you can rent at a discounted rate of $1.99 each!

See more films hereThe rebate ends September 17th!

Stories We Tell

Enjoy Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley’s genre-twisting film that playfully excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

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

Rent the film here

Starbuck

Montreal comedian Patrick Huard plays a slacker whose life is changed when 142 people he helped artificially inseminate file a class action lawsuit against him.

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

Rent the film here

Mommy

A widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable ménage, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers her help.

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

Rent the film here

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

When a malevolent Inuit spirit is summoned to cause strife and mischief in a small community, the lives of two brothers, Amaqjuaq, the Strong One and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, are irrevocably disrupted.

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

Rent the film here

Year of the Carnivore

This charming romantic-comedy-drama about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she’s bad in bed so she goes out to get more experience to win him over.

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

Rent the film here

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Superhero Bits: Harley Quinn Day, ABC Worried About Inhumans, NYCC Panels & More

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Which Marvel shows will be coming to New York Comic-Con? Why is ABC already worried about Inhumans? Why did Cate Blanchett decide to take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok? How did Batman: The Animated Series change the way we think about superhero adaptations? What can we expect from Harley Quinn Day this month? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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The Justice League teaser poster gets a LEGO makeover with the minifigure versions of the DC Comics superheroes.

Hulu will bring The Runaways to NYCC while Marvel is bringing The Punisher and Agents of SHIELD for panels.

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Karen Gillan posted this photo of her Nebula face mask after spending the entire day in it shooting Avengers 4.

Mark Ruffalo teased the “fight of the century” is coming in Thor: Ragnarok with a new post on Instagram.

DC All Access takes a closer look at the fourth season of Gotham and what we can expect from Bruce Wayne.

Willa Holland, who plays Thea Queen/Speedy on Arrow, wants to see an all-female team-up episode sometime.

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Batman Day is Harley Quinn Day this year, and artist Ryan Sook was tasked with making these to celebrate.

Avengers 4 will be shooting in Scotland in the summer of 2018 during the Avengers: Infinity War publicity tour.

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‘Suicide Squad 2’ To Be Directed By ‘The Accountant’ Helmer Gavin O’Connor

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After a lengthy search, Warner Bros. and DC Films have finally hired a director for Suicide Squad 2: Gavin O’Connor, the man behind movies like The Accountant, Miracle, and Pride and Glory. Find out more about the new Suicide Squad 2 director below.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about O’Connor directing the antihero sequel, as well as the fact that O’Connor has also been tapped to write the movie’s screenplay. That whooshing sound you hear? That’s a huge sigh of relief coming from WB executive board rooms, because Suicide Squad 2 has been a priority for the studio ever since it made $745 million worldwide during its theatrical run. They’ve been having trouble locking someone in to direct, first flirting with Mel Gibson before choosing The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra…only to have Collet-Serra bail before signing on and head across town to direct Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie.

O’Connor is a fine choice, someone who’s already in the WB stable and who recently had a hit with The Accountant – so much so that he’s still attached to direct that movie’s sequel. Before that, he stepped in to wrangle the troubled production of Jane Got a Gun, but that movie didn’t make a peep when it finally crawled into theaters. For my money, though, O’Connor’s best film is 2011’s Warrior, an under-seen family sports drama about two brothers who face off in an MMA tournament that features excellent performances from Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. Seek it out if you haven’t seen it, and you’ll instantly understand why O’Connor was on everyone’s short lists to direct big blockbusters for a little while after that film came out.

Suicide Squad 2 will feature the return of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the villainous Joker (Jared Leto), and presumably the rest of the antihero squad: Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Slipknot, we barely knew ye.

Not long ago, Kinnaman said that the plan was to shoot this sequel sometime in 2018, so it’s a good thing they’ve locked someone in early. David Ayer’s first Suicide Squad movie was an utter mess (he’s since moved on to Gotham City Sirens), and its production problems have been extensively documented, so hopefully O’Connor will have enough time to write and prep this sequel and give himself a fighting chance to make a strong follow-up.

What do you think? Is O’Connor a good choice to write and direct Suicide Squad 2?

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The 2017 Summer Movie Wager Results and Podcast

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David Chen, Jeff Cannata, Peter Sciretta, and Germain Lussier reconvene to discuss the results of their 2017 box office summer movie wager results. Did David make a catastrophic mistake by ranking Despicable Me 3 as his #1 or did the surprise that was Wonder Woman help him leverage a win over the Guardians Vol. 2 Ravagers? Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.

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Actual Top 10 list for summer 2015:

1. Wonder Woman
2. Guardians of the Galaxy 2
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
4. Despicable Me 3
5. Dunkirk
6. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
7. Cars 3
8. War for the Planet of the Apes
9. Transformers 5
10. Girls Trip

2017 Summer Movie Wager Scoring:

  • Getting number 1 or number 10 dead-on gets you 13 points (each).

The rest of the scoring goes like this:

  • 10 points for numbers 2-9 dead-on
  • 7 points if your pick was only one spot away from where it ended up
  • 5 points if it was two spots away
  • 3 points if your pick is anywhere in the Top 10
  • 1 point for each dark horse that makes it into the Top 10

The scoring is tabulated so that you get the SINGLE HIGHEST point value for each pick- that is, if you get number ten right, you don’t get 13+3, you only get 13.

Peter Sciretta’s List:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  2. Despicable Me 3
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  4. War for the Planet of the Apes
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. Transformers 5
  7. Cars 3
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  9. The Mummy (2017)
  10. Dunkirk

Darkhorses:

  • Alien: Covenant
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Valerian

David Chen’s List

  1. Despicable Me 3
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Transformers 5
  6. War for the Planet of the Apes
  7. Cars 3
  8. Dunkirk
  9. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  10. The Mummy (2017)
Darkhorses:
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Baywatch
  • Captain Underpants

Germain Lussier’s List:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  2. Despicable Me 3
  3. Transformers 5
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  6. Cars 3
  7. Wonder Woman
  8. Alien: Covenant
  9. Dunkirk
  10. War for the Planet of the Apes

Darkhorses

  •  The Mummy (2017)
  • Baywatch
  • Captain Underpants

Jeff Cannata’s List:

  1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  2. Transformers 5
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  4. Despicable Me 3
  5. Cars 3
  6. War for the Planet of the Apes
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  8. Dunkirk
  9. Alien: Covenant
  10. The Mummy (2017)

Darkhorses

  • Rough Night
  • Baywatch
  • Wonder Woman

Devindra Hardawar’s List:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  2. Despicable Me
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Dunkirk
  6. Transformers 5
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  8. War for the Planet of the Apes
  9. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  10. The Dark Tower Aug 4

Darkhorses:

  • Atomic Blonde
  • The Mummy (2017)
  • King Arthur

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‘Man on the Moon’ Documentary Explores Jim Carrey’s “Psychotic” Turn As Andy Kaufman

Man on the Moon Documentary

As a die-hard stand-up comedy nerd, one of my favorite movies is Man on the Moon. The 1999 biopic about famous, controversial and genius comedian Andy Kaufman starred Jim Carrey in the lead role, and his work on the movie is very well known due to the length that he went to in order to stay in character.

We hear about method acting from actors occasionally, with talents like Daniel Day-Lewis investing themselves so deeply into a character that they maintain the illusion of that performance between takes on set, sometimes even when they’re completely away from the production, all in an effort to give the most authentic portrayal possible. That’s exactly what Jim Carrey did while working on Man on the Moon, and a new documentary that premiered at the Venice Film Festival explores the “psychotic” lengths to which the actor went to stay in character.

The Man on the Moon documentary is called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, and this sounds like a movie that I didn’t know I wanted to see and now can’t see it soon enough.

The documentary comes from roughly 20 hours of candid footage of Jim Carrey on the set of Man on the Moon. It was originally intended to be part of an electronic press kit, but ended up sitting in a Universal Pictures vault for the past couple decades because the studio didn’t want anyone to come away from watching it thinking that Jim Carrey was “an asshole.” Initially, the studio even put the kibosh on this project coming together, but thankfully, American Movie director Chris Smith was able to get it off the ground.

Through the footage and interviews in the documentary (including Carrey himself), we see that Jim Carrey indeed would not respond to any name other than Andy Kaufman or Tony Clifton (the comedian’s rude, crude, lounge singer alter ego; one of his biggest showbiz pranks) while working on set. Even Jim Carrey’s driver during production indicated that he would stay in character on the drive home. The Hollywood Reporter recalls one moment in the documentary which I think we’ll have to see to fully understand, but here’s how they described it:

“At one point in the documentary, Carrey as Clifton was tormenting director Milos Forman so much that ‘Andy’ hinted that ‘Jim”’could go back to simply doing impersonations, which Forman declined.”

I can only assume that means Jim Carrey essentially referred to himself while portraying Andy, who was in turn playing Tony Clifton, and was threatening to leave the production? I’m not sure, but the fact that something like this even happened is so fascinating to me.

Another interesting anecdote from the time Jim Carrey was working on Man on the Moon is the revelation that the actor once had a two-hour phone call with director Ron Howard about their upcoming work on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, all while staying in character as Andy Kaufman. The director went along with the scenario without argument and Jim Carrey reiterated at Venice, “Jim Carrey didn’t exist at that time. Andy actually affected The Grinch as well.”

There are only a handful of reviews of Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond out there, so if you want to know more, I recommend reading the reactions from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The film will also be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, so hopefully we’ll hear more about it. I know that I’m looking forward to seeing this documentary as soon as possible, and we’ll let you know when general audiences will be able to see it.

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First Non-Holographic Official Image of Snoke is Here to Light a Fire Under Your Stupid Theories

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Andy Serkis‘ Supreme Leader Snoke was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a slightly fuzzy hologram towering over Kylo Ren. Naturally, fans got to work with Photoshop, brightening screen shots and generally doing everything in their power to get a closer and clearer look at the villain pulling the strings of the First Order. Cue a large number of (mostly absurd) fan theories concerning where this Big Bad came from.

Now, after toys and leaked images have further teased the Supreme Leader, the first official, non-holographic look at Snoke has arrived via, you guessed it, Star Wars merchandise.

Supreme Leader Snoke will have a much larger role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and we’re going to meet him in the flesh. And as this new Topps digital trading card makes abundantly clear, he’s just as ugly in person as he is in hologram form. He also looks pretty angry, but that’s understandable – this guy has a permanent case of “looking really ugly and gross and eww what’s that giant scar in his head?”

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I count myself among those who felt that Snoke’s scenes in The Force Awakens were a speed bump in an otherwise extremely entertaining movie, so I’m curious how Rian Johnson intends to make me care about this character. Or care about hating him. Or something. I do like his slightly sparkly robe, which is a nice change of pace from the traditional solid black of Star Wars villains. The man’s got a little more style than Palpatine did.

However, Johnson has made it clear that his movie won’t fill in much of Snoke’s backstory, leaving that task to whoever gets saddled with Star Wars: Episode 9. So that means the fan theorizing will persist for at least another two years! Is he actually, somehow…a still living Anakin Skywalker?! Or maybe he’s just a brand new villain with a fresh backstory that is in no way connected to existing Star Wars mythology because sometimes new characters can be a breath of fresh air and present new opportunities rather than force a long running franchise to devour itself on a quest to feed nostalgic fans rather than create new ones?

Anyway, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. But you’ll probably have to wait until Star Wars: Episode 9 comes out to learn that your stupid Snoke theory holds no water at all. Sorry.

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‘Justice League’ Still Undergoing Reshoots, Doubling Down on ‘Wonder Woman’

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There are merely two months to go until the embattled Justice League hits theaters, and the superhero team-up film is reportedly still undergoing reshoots. That’s got to be a record crunch time.

With Joss Whedon overseeing the reshoots for Zack Snyder‘s Justice League as it goes through a mid-movie pivot to Warner Bros.’ new “optimistic,” less gritty mantra, we can’t help but wonder if this movie may be cracking under the burden. Hopefully, the last-minute additions are not an indication of doom, but of better, more action-packed things to come. Hopefully.

Swedish kickboxer/MMA fighter Madeleine Vall Beijner was one of the many athletes recruited to play the Amazons who populated Themyscira, the home of Gal Gadot‘s Diana, known as Wonder Woman. With Wonder Woman just about out of theaters and coming soon to Blu-ray/DVD, and Wonder Woman 2 not yet in production after director Patty Jenkins‘ lengthy negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the sequel, it seemed like Beijner would go back to her day job, right? Not so much, according to her Instagram.

Beijner announced on an Instagram post on Monday that she is going back to Italy to film scenes in “Themiscyra” with her fellow “badass Amazon warriors” in “less than 3 weeks” (via Batman-on-Film). Process of elimination — plus the reports that Whedon is increasing Diana’s role in the film with the inclusion of a flashback set on Themyscira — means this can only be for one movie: Justice League.

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Beijner included “Antiope,” the Themysciran general and Diana’s aunt memorably played by Robin Wright, in her hashtags, which also supports the theory that she’ll be filming the flashback scene on Themyscira, which would heavily feature the character. The flashback will reportedly introduce the movie’s Big Bad Steppenwolf on Themyscira first, where is Boom Tube takes him to Earth. Beijner and Wright will likely take part in a huge battle of the Amazons against Steppenwolf — which will lead to Diana bringing knowledge of the alien villain to the team in Justice League.

It’s a bit worrying that the time range for the Justice League reshoots keeps shrinking as more scenes keep reportedly being added, especially with Beijner’s announcement that she won’t film for another three weeks. That means there will be less than a month between (presumably) the last batch of reshoots and the film’s release. Hera help us.

Justice League is slated to hit theaters November 17.

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‘The Square’ Trailer: This Year’s Cannes Winner Looks Bizarre, Hilarious, and a Little Mad

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Three years ago, Swedish director Ruben Östlund broke out with Force Majeure, a pitch black comedy that probably deserves to be on the short list of the best movies of the 21st century so far. His new feature, The Square, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it took home the Palme d’Or and a number of critical accolades. Now, the trailer has arrived so you can see what the fuss is all about. But if you’ve seen Force Majeure, you already know why Östlund’s work should be on your radar.

While Force Majeure mined delicious and uncomfortable comedy from a mundane ski resort vacation, The Square turns its sights on the world of modern art. Claes Bang plays Christian, a curator at an art museum whose latest installation goes gloriously and horrifically wrong. The trailer is less concerned with explaining the purpose of the Square or why things escalate as they do and more concerned with promising all kinds of comfortable conversations and bizarre imagery.

It’s baffling, but that seems to be the intent. At the very least, Elisabeth Moss seems to be on hand to provide the concerned glances and awkward reactions in place of the audience.

When The Square took home the top honors at Cannes in May, jury president Pedro Almodóvar (the director of Talk to Her, Bad Education, and The Skin I Live In) had this to say about Östlund’s film:

[The Square is] about the dictatorship of being politically correct… That is terrible and awful and more horrifying than any other dictatorship. Fortunately, in such a serious subject, [it also has such an] incredible imagination… I think it’s a movie that I like to see again because it’s so rich. There are so many different things. The sanctity of these people to be politically correct and they live in a kind of hell because of that. And it is [written] and directed with a master hand.

And if you’re still scratching your head, the official synopsis will help fill in the blanks:

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of this trailer, but I do know that I’m fully on board for whatever Östlund makes next. Force Majeure is a comedy so devious that just thinking about it brings back a sudden rush of discomfort. But those awkward laughs and winces serve a larger purpose – a frank dissection (and evisceration) of 21st century masculinity, delivered with wit and icy intelligence. Considering the critical praise that has been thrown its way, it sounds like The Square continues his habit of making comedies that cut like a scalpel but land like a sledgehammer.

The Square is set to open on October 27, 2017.

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‘Sheena: Queen of the Jungle’ Reboot is in the Works at Millennium

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On the heels of the runaway success of Wonder Woman, studios are scrambling to find their own powerful female heroine to launch onto the big screen. Luckily Millennium Films didn’t have to look far for their own: the titular heroine of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle has already been depicted three times before on both film and television.

Millennium’s Sheena: Queen of the Jungle reboot will be more than just a rehash of what made Wonder Woman a huge hit. In fact, Wonder Woman could owe a bit to Sheena, who was debuted as the first female comic book character with her own solo title in 1938, preceding Wonder Woman by three years. Now the rest of the world — who aren’t already aware of the pulpy action heroine from the ’80s B-movie or the comics — will be introduced to one of the first female American pop culture icons.

Millennium is developing a Sheena: Queen of the Jungle reboot 33 years after her first big screen iteration played by Tanya Roberts hit theaters, according to Deadline. Millennium is targeting a 2018 production start for its reboot of Sheena.

While Sheena has deeper comic book roots than Wonder Woman, it may be tougher to bring the pulpy B-movie heroine to the modern age. The heroine may be hailed as “savior of paradise” who can communicate with wild animals and fight tooth-and-sword with hunters, but the bulk of Sheena’s story is still about her riding around in a skimpy bikini and espousing colonialist attitudes. While she may be the first comic book heroine to have her own solo title, Sheena is part of a long line of scantily clad “jungle girls” — the female counterpart to the Tarzan archetype — who graced the covers of pulp paperbacks for decades. It’s an endlessly fascinating genre that acts as a great study of the time period from which they were borne, but makes Sheena harder to translate to modern day.

Still, if the bondage roots of Wonder Woman can be streamlined into the highest-grossing blockbuster of the summer with a $813.2 million worldwide haul, I’m sure Sheena can swing into the 21st century.

Ironically, Sheena had more live-action adaptations than Diana Prince has, first portrayed by model Irish McCalla in a 1955 first-run syndication series Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, which ran for 26 episodes. Sheena received another TV adaptation in 2000-2002, played by Gena Lee Nolin as a shape-shifting killer who can take the form of animals. Her most famous and lasting portrayal however, was in the 1984 movie Sheena, immortalized by Roberts galloping atop a zebra across a sandy dune in a two-minute opening credits sequence as serene music played in the background. Yep, it’s as B-movie as you could get.

Sheena has been recently brought back in comic book form as well, with Dynamite Entertainment publishing a new Sheena run by Batwoman and DC Comics Bombshells’ writer Marguerite Bennett, newbie writer Christina Trujillo, and interior artist Moritat. The series seems like an adoring homage to the original Golden Age comic, so there’s little chance of seeing how a modern interpretation of Sheena might go on the big screen.

Millennium’s Sheena will be produced by Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Joe Gatta, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson, according to Deadline, as well as Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Round-Up: New Images, How Phasma Survived ‘The Force Awakens’, and More

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While there aren’t quite enough entries to make this one of our regular Star Wars Bits columns, enough scattered pieces of information about this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi have surfaced recently that they’re worth collecting in one place and talking about one by one. Let’s dive into some new images featuring Finn and Rose, an X-Wing upgrade for Poe Dameron, learn how Captain Phasma escaped her trash compactor at the end of The Force Awakens, and read excerpts of a new interview with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson.

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Let’s start with some photos. Empire Magazine is about to drop an eight page feature on The Last Jedi tomorrow, but as a precursor to the new images that will accompany that piece, they’ve released a couple of new ones a day early. First up, here’s a photo of Finn (John Boyega) and a new character Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) at the gambling city of Canto Bight. Rian Johnson spoke briefly about crafting that environment for this movie:

“I wanted a new environment that was like dunking your head in a cool bath of water, right in the middle of movie. Apart from the prequels, all the touchstones that make something feel like Star Wars have to do with griminess and dirt. I wanted to do something completely different.”

That’s quite a staring contest Finn and Rose seem to be having in that image, and while I assumed their relationship would be friendly since they’re on a mysterious mission together, it seems as if there may be some tension between them. We know that Rose sees Finn as a hero because of what he did in The Force Awakens, and that Finn is reluctant to get back into the action because of the injury he sustained in his fight with Kylo Ren. So maybe – and this is pure speculation – this conflict between them arises when a wrench is thrown in their mission, Finn wants to bail, and Rose inspires him to do what’s right, regardless of how dangerous the situation may be.

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Meanwhile, the same site posted this new photo of an X-Wing that belongs to Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and this baby has received a major upgrade and a cool new nickname: Black One. I’ll let Empire describe the big difference between how it appears in The Last Jedi versus how we saw it last:

The X-Wing (an Incom-FreiTek T-70, to be precise) has, according to Rian Johnson, been specially modified by Resistance engineers, with a temporary accelerator pod affixed to the aft section. According to The Last Jedidirector, the pod, when primed, increases Dameron’s speed, allowing him to outrun First Order cannon emplacements.

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Elsewhere, Johnson spoke with The New York Times about making The Last Jedi. The whole interview is worth reading, but there are a few notable points worth separating. First, Johnson confirms what he’s said before: Lucasfilm essentially let him have free reign over the sequel’s story. When asked if he was instructed to hit certain plot points, or to make sure the movie ends in a certain way, he replied:

“Nothing like that. But it’s the second film in a trilogy. The first film got these characters here. This second movie has to dig into and challenge these characters. I wanted this to be a satisfying experience unto itself. I didn’t want it to end with a dot, dot, dot, question mark.”

And Johnson also confirmed, again, that the voice we hear in the teaser trailer saying “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” is in fact Luke Skywalker’s:

“That’s him. It sounds pretty dire. That’s something that we’re definitely going to dig into. The heart of the movie is Luke and Rey. It follows all the other characters, but its real essence is the development of the two of them. And it’s absolutely tied up in that question of, What is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?”

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And while this may not necessarily be specifically related to The Last Jedi, it definitely concerns one of its characters: we finally know how Captain Phasma escaped the trash compactor at the end of The Force Awakens. Marvel’s newest Star Wars comic, Captain Phasma #1, reveals that an explosion ripped a hole in Phasma’s filthy temporary prison and she was able to escape through it. You can read a super spoilery breakdown of everything that happens in the comic over at io9, but there’s one last detail I thought was cool enough to share: after busting out, Phasma witnesses the lightsaber battle between Kylo Ren and Rey in the snowy woods just before she escapes the exploding Starkiller base. I doubt that she’ll actually be able to use that information in any meaningful way in The Last Jedi (since general audiences will have no idea that she witnessed it), but it’s the type of connection Lucasfilm’s story group has loved to include in its comic book gap fillers ever since they wiped out the Extended Universe.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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The Best NFB Films of the 1950s

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With 3000+ films that you can stream for free, picking a starting point can be tricky!

Enjoy a (subjective) list of the 10 best NFB films from the 1950s!

A Chairy Tale

Follow our bedeviled protagonist (Claude Jutra) as he chases a chair with a mind of its own. All he wants is to sit down, but McLaren and Lambart’s lively animation results in anything but.

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Blinkity Blank

Join a variety of lively figures as they frolic in Norman McLaren’s celluloid circus. The pioneering animator scratched his filmstrip by hand in this 1955 Cannes Palme d’Or winner for Short Film.

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City of Gold

Narrated by Pierre Berton, the film juxtaposes still photographs of the freewheeling past with footage of Yukon at the height of the Klondike gold rush in the 1950s.

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Glenn Gould – Off the Record

Join the Canadian concert pianist as he enjoys some R&R at his lakeside cottage and enjoy a privileged view of his life outside the public eye. Watch the continuation: Glenn Gould – On the Record.

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Neighbours

Meet a pair of pals whose love-hate relationship comes to blows over a simple backyard flower. Norman McLaren used stop-motion techniques to animate live actors in this ingenious little film.

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Royal Journey

Tag along with Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their 1951 visit to Canada as they cross the country from coast to coast, experiencing Canadian art, culture and landscape.

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The Back-breaking Leaf

Learn how tobacco crops are harvested in southwestern Ontario. Terence Macartney-Filgate’s short film portrays the hardship involved in this back-breaking work.

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The Living Stone

This short focuses on an old legend about the carving of the image of a sea spirit to bring food to a hungry camp.

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The Stratford Adventure

Enjoy this Oscar-nominated Morten Parker short that depicts how the little town of Stratford, Ontario created its own Shakespearean theatre and festival.

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