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This Rotten Week: Predicting The Mule, Mortal Engines and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Reviews

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Based on a true story, Clint Eastwood plays an elderly man (not a reach, dude is 88 after all) who begins a late-life career change into running drugs for the Mexican cartel. This film appears to be a character study, more than anything — a story about a guy who is desperate to maintain a life and using the ends to justify the financial means. Eastwood looks every bit the part, a grizzled old dude who’s chosen a life of crime even if his moral compass is pointing the other way.

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this one. He hasn’t done that since Gran Torino _(80%) almost ten years ago. Since then, his directing resume has been up and down with _The 15:17 to Paris (24%) Sully (85%) Jersey Boys _(52%) and _J. Edgar (43%) trending more negative than anything else. The trailer for The Mule looks promising, with a darker tone and Eastwood looking every bit of an old man tortured by his actions. I suspect it finishes well with critics.

Imagine a world where we put out cities up on wheels, and those things toured around the world swallowing up smaller cities in a global race for municipal Darwinism. That’s the concept of Mortal Engines, based on the book of the same name, which puts forth a world where cities are on the move.

This is a steampunk look at the future in which the world has fallen into a state of post-apocalypse and cities are now rolling around sucking up smaller provinces in a fight for total control and survival. Conceptually, it seems awesome. But it doesn’t appear as if they executed well on the story. Early reviews are trending negative. With more than 40 reviews in, the Tomatometer sits at just 38%. Critics seem to agree that the film was a missed opportunity. The concept is so intriguing but the flick gets bogged down in a mundane story.

It really wouldn’t seem we could take Spider-Man in new directions after getting the Tobey Maguire version, a little bit of Andrew Garfield and now Tom Holland carrying the torch into the Avengers-verse. But here we go with an animated take on a new world in which multiple Spider-Men (and other genders/ animals/ beings) exist and the whole story is turned on its head. And oh man, does this thing look good. We get a world in which multiple universes worth of Spider-things are all working in conjunction, and it looks hilarious.

Brought to you by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of the Lego films, and Sony Pictures Animation which, well, hasn’t had all that good of a run lately, Spider-Verse is crushing it with the critics, currently sitting at 99% through more than 80 reviews. Only one critic deigned to trend negative. Everyone else is loving the new take on the character. And you can see why. Even from the trailer, the jokes are tight and it’s obvious the movie appeals to both kids and adults alike. That’s the secret sauce with animated films and this one looks like the perfect mix.

Recapping two weeks ago:

We had a week off from the Rotten Watch, but two weeks ago The Possession of Hannah Grace (Predicted: 25% Actual: 10%) missed out on the prediction. I’ll take some solace in the movie being in the basement like I thought it would be, but it still finished outside of the 10% range. Critics panned the hell out of this mess, which seemed rather obvious when watching the trailer. It just looked like your color-by-number exorcism horror story without any new plotlines or revelations brought to the cadaver table. Horror movies are something like a dime a dozen and it really takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. This one only separated itself by how bad it was rated.

We’ll be back in two weeks with Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act and Welcome to Marwen. It’s gonna be a Rotten Week!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gamers Play The Cops Called To Their House

Some games have a special quality to them that just isn’t matched by any other game on the market. It’s capable of bringing people together in ways that you never thought or imagined would be possible. One such game is Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which managed to get some cops who were called to an incident to join in on a game of Smash. has up a feel-good story that actually (and very easily) could have gone a completely different direction. It starts when the cops are called on some guys, presumably for a noise complaint. The cops show up all bundled up and decked out in gear, but things don’t quite go down as you might expect.

Instead of arresting the gentlemen, or turning into some sort of tragic evening news story, the cops realized that the two guys were just having some (presumably loud?) fun with the latest Nintendo Switch exclusive, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The duo were invited to play some four-player Super Smash Bros., with the guys who had the the cops called on them. A 10-second clip was posted up over on the Smash Bros., sub-reddit, where one of the gentlemen says that they’re about to play some Smash. We see the two cops standing in front of the TV with the controllers all decked out in their gear with one of them giving a thumbs up, and the two other guys laughing and getting ready to play.

It’s quite a sight to see, given that it’s rare you get a happy ending to a story that could have gone sideways real quick. We know how some of these calls can end up, so it’s great to see that in the end the cops and the guys that the cops were called on managed to come to an agreement to have some fun and play some games.

Given that the holiday season is basically in full swing at this point, it’s a cheery and good-hearted story that definitely helps put gamers in the festive mood.

The game contains one of the largest rosters in all of fighting game history. Heck, you might even be convinced you’re playing a Smash Bros., version of MUGEN.

In the video with the cops and the guys playing the game, only a handful of characters had been unlocked, so it was likely early goings for the gamers and they only likely starting playing. Possibly that’s why they were causing such a ruckus as they were unlocking characters early on and were excited about who they were going to unlock next?

Either way, the new fighting game from Nintendo is making some huge waves shortly after dropping at the conclusion of this year’s The Game Awards. If you already have a copy just be mindful of your neighbors and avoid making too much noise. But even if your neighbors do call the cops on you, it can’t hurt to offer them up a controller so you guys can play some four-player Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Doctor Who Season 12 Will Be Delayed Until 2020, But New Year’s Special Trailer Is Here Now

Doctor Who has had a solid run in Season 11, with its new night and Doctor drawing in audiences. Now that the season is closing out and the New Year’s special (see below) is the only scheduled new episode on the horizon, some may be wondering when Season 12 is set to arrive. BBC America has an answer, and unfortunately, Season 12 will be delayed until 2020.

This means the upcoming New Year’s Day special will be the only new episode of Doctor Who to air in 2019 as the show takes a break to return in 2020. Luckily, the program does not intend to keep audiences waiting until the fall of that year; the official announcement stated Season 12 would premiere in “early 2020,” with Jodie Whittaker confirmed to return.

In happier news, BBC America also released the official trailer for the Doctor Who New Year’s special, “Resolution,” which will premiere Tuesday, January 1 at 8/7.

According to the BBC, “Resolution” is set as the New Year begins — naturally — as a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. “Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh), and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?” Find out on New Year’s Day.

Rumors had surfaced earlier in the season that Season 12 would be delayed, as Doctor Who had yet to begin production on the upcoming season. Some were optimistic, but other insiders believed it would be very hard for the British program to deliver the season by October 2019, with little to no production completed before the year’s end. It turns out the rumors were true, and the crew won’t attempt to rush production to make the Fall 2019 release schedule.

While “early 2020” is a bit ambiguous as to when Season 12 of Doctor Who will arrive, scheduling the show to return around that time would imply the reason for the delay truly is linked to running short on time. Of course, there’s little reason to suggest otherwise, as ratings for Doctor Who Season 11 have been some of the best the series has seen in some time, despite criticism from some long-standing fans about creative decisions.

The delay will allow Doctor Who to take a proper amount of time crafting Season 12 for its audience, which has changed throughout the course of Season 11. The show is up 47% in total viewers overall, with BBC America crediting women as part of the growth. The 18-34 demographic of women has doubled in the new season, and the series is now listed in the top 15 of cable dramas for that much sought-after viewership.

It’s unknown whether the decision to make the traditional Christmas special a New Year’s special was made before or after it was clear Season 12 would be delayed. Chris Chibnall may have moved the special at the request of The BBC, to keep alive the streak of years that the network has aired an episode of Doctor Who. The BBC has aired a new episode of the series every year since its revival in 2005.

Doctor Who airs the “Resolution” special on January 1 at 8 p.m. ET on BBC America. It will return for Season 12 in 2020. Fortunately, there will be other shows for fans of science fiction to watch in the meantime, so be sure to check our fall and midseason premiere guides for when to watch them.

‘Top Nine’ Instagram 2018: How to See Your Top Posts

As the year comes to a close, everyone’s favorite generator is back to offer you a collage of your top nine Instagram posts of 2018.

During the last few Decembers, handy tools have taken the web by storm that allow you to see your top nine most-liked Instagram posts of the year, then compile them into one highly shareable post. And unlike Instagram’s slideshow component, the Top Nine generator does the dirty work for you, saving you valuable time and leaving you, in the end, with a cool photo collage designed solely for you, as well as intel on how many likes all nine posts cumulatively racked up. Vanity, thy name is Instagram.

And what’s more, it’s incredibly easy to use—try the desktop tool or download the app—and you can generate create collages for yourself or anyone else whose handle you know (celebrities included!) So whether you’re on top of your social media game, or you just this month discovered what Superzoom is (yes, I’m in that category, don’t @ me…), you too can show off your swagger with this cool, one-of-a-kind post.

Glamour’s ‘Top Nine’ Instagram posts of 2018

One big difference from years past: Users must now enter their email addresses, and—instead of waiting for your Top Nine pics to load—the company will send you your collage ASAP. It sounds annoying, but if you’ve played with the tool in the past, you’ll remember it sometimes gets so popular that it could take up an hour for it to generate your request. Now, the email is instant.

From there, you can download the image to post or upload it right it to your Instagram Story. You can also get images printed on items like phone cases, if you’re so inclined.

So go on, show the Instagram world your #topnine (and if you’re still confused by Superzoom, maybe also google that when you’re done).

Grand Theft Auto Creators File For Maximum Damages From Cheat Maker

Cheaters are really coming under the hammer of scrutiny in recent times. Creating cheats is big business, but those cheats can disrupt the business of big business. This is why companies like Epic Games and now Rockstar are cracking down on cheat makers.

Torrent Freak is reporting that Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, is coming down hard on cheat makers who have released cheat tools for Grand Theft Auto Online, the online multiplayer component for GTA V.

A court claim was filed against the creator of a cheat tool called “Elusive.” It allows players to cheat in the online portion of the game, causing chaos and mischief beyond the control of Rockstar Games. In order to put an end to the cheat tool, and send a message to anyone who dares make such a tool, Take-Two is suing the creators for $150,000.

According to Torrent Freak, the maker of the tool is a certain Johnny Perez from Florida. And Take-Two’s reasoning behind the suit is that the tool is being used to “grief” other players and to sell a product on the back of Take-Two’s property, which the company labeled as “free riding.”

Beyond that, the other issue is that Take-Two claimed that the “Elusive” cheat tool disrupts gameplay within GTA Online and that it creates discord for the “carefully orchestrated” gameplay that Rockstar and Take-Two have devised for the game.

“Elusive” is a paid tool and you do have to dump up to $30 into the coffers of the creator in order to use it online.

What’s interesting is that before going for the maximum statutory damages of $150,000, Take-Two originally sought to reach a settlement with Perez. So why didn’t Perez settle? Well, Take-Two wanted detailed records of all of Perez’s personal finances and his financial history, so that it could determine how to reach a settlement. Perez failed to respond and stopped communicating with Take-Two, so the company decided to go for the jugular to set an example.

Take-Two is also requesting that Perez pay up to $70,000 in attorney’s fees and that he no longer participate in “infringing activities.”

So if Perez was using this as a way to pay for living expenses, it could all go kaput if the court finds itself in favor of Take-Two.

This isn’t the first time a big publisher has gone after a cheater, though. Epic Games also attempted to sue a Fortnite player for distributing a cheat tool, even though the person the company was suing was only 14-years-old.

Take-Two also attempted to go after mod makers in the past as well, claiming that tools used to mod the single-player could be used to cheat in multiplayer. That little stunt cost Rockstar and Take-Two a lot of goodwill from gamers, which eventually saw the company stepping back from such measures. In this case, though, Take-Two doesn’t appear to be stepping back from making sure an example is set for those who make and/or distribute cheats for Rockstar’s online games.

Why Sons Of Anarchy And Mayans M.C. Aren’t On Netflix, According To Kurt Sutter

Sons of Anarchy has officially been dropped from the Netflix library. While Netflix gave no official reason behind the removal of a series that’s been a staple of its catalog for some time, some had theories regarding why it was dropped. Kurt Sutter confirmed that speculation on Twitter, bringing any confused parties into the loop on why Sons of Anarchy was removed and Mayans M.C. won’t be arriving on the service.

Kurt Sutter confirmed that the big reason Sons of Anarchy was removed from Netflix was another jab between it and Disney as the launch of Disney+ looms ever closer. Disney’s acquiring of Fox programming means it now owns the rights to Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C., so one can expect neither will arrive back on Netflix anytime soon — if ever.

Sons of Anarchy‘s removal from Netflix comes after what’s been a bloodbath in terms of Netflix shows that are affiliated with the Disney brand. Netflix has canceled three of its Marvel shows, with many speculating the remaining two will be canceled following their new seasons. The moves appear to be mostly motivated by Disney+’s potential as a major competitor for Netflix, as reports have surfaced alleging Daredevil was one of its top 5 shows at the time of cancellation.

Meanwhile, Netflix subscribers are suffering. That said, those with multiple subscriptions to various streaming services may be in luck, as there are outlets for folks to watch Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C. on streaming. Kurt Sutter mentioned all the other places cord cutters can catch episodes without Netflix.

Kurt Sutter added a foreboding “for now” to his tweet, which makes it sound as though there will be a point where those outlets lose their streaming privileges as well. One would imagine Disney+ will eventually add Sons of Anarchy and other Fox programming to its library, although it’s not been something Disney has made a priority to explain. Instead, the brand has teased two live-action Star Wars series, MCU-related adventures, and a third Sister Act movie.

Even if Sons of Anarchy is a day one add for Disney+, there are still a community of consumers concerned about committing to yet another streaming service to catch their favorite shows. Buying physical copies of seasons is still an option, luckily, which some pointed out in the replies to Kurt Sutter’s tweets. That said, it’s possible that Sons of Anarchy and other classic Fox shows could go in the “Disney vault” and physical copies become scarce in later years.

As mentioned, Hulu and FXNow are still places where a streaming audience can catch episodes of Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C.. For a look at what else is happening on television in the meantime, head on over to our fall and midseason premiere guides.

Everything We Know About the *Crazy Rich Asians* Sequel

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Crazy Rich Asians became the highest-grossing rom-com in a decade, making $35.3 million in its first five days in theaters—not to mention, the first movie in 25 years with a majority-Asian American cast. It was such a success, in fact, that a sequel was announced soon after the film came out. Here’s what we know for sure: It’ll be based on the second book in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series, China Rich Girlfriend. Now, it’s being reported that there might be even more to look forward to.

According to Deadline, producer Nina Jacobson teased a third movie, based on Kwan’s third book in the franchise, Rich People Problems)—and that it could be filmed back-to-back with the Crazy Rich Asians sequel. If you’re hungry for the details (and we definitely are) read on for everything we know about the upcoming movies. Right now, little has been confirmed, but we’ll continue to update this story as details emerge. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Crazy Rich Asians

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China Rich Girlfriend

What: The second book in Kwan’s series focuses on Rachel (who’s now married to Nick!) and her back-in-the-picture father, as well as his son and his son’s fiancée, Colette. Expect scandals(!), affairs(!), and secret investments(!). How much the movie will stick with the original plot, who can say—but director John Chu told The Hollywood Reporter that there’s potential romance for Astrid, as she rekindles things with Charlie, as well as more of Kitty, too. Last time, the script was reportedly changed to make the female characters even stronger, so hopefully we can look forward to more of the same.

Who: Chu is reportedly signed on to direct again for Warner Bros., with Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli believed to be working on the script. According to early reports, key producers will also return.

When: The sequel reportedly won’t even start filming until 2020. According to Deadline, though, the second and third installment of the franchise are expected to film back to back, so maybe we’ll see those hit theaters soon after each other.

Crazy Rich Asians

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Rich People Problems

What: We don’t know much about this project yet, beyond the fact that Warner Bros. reportedly owns the rights to the title and has a “plan with Kevin for the next two films,” per Vanity Fair

Who: TBD. However, the main cast from Crazy Rich Asians reportedly has options in place. Fingers crossed all of your favorites will be back.

When: TBD, but 2020 or later.


PHOTO: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

This story will be updated as we know more.

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Watch Jason Momoa’s Game Of Thrones Spoof And More In Barefoot SNL Debut

Jason Momoa is The Man in capital letters. Saturday Night Live put the Aquaman hero to good use last night, using him in multiple sketches instead of hiding him the way they do with some hosts. Of course, they had to give him a Game of Thrones spoof, but they also shrank him down for a hilarious Elf on the Shelf sketch and had him hump a bedpost as Kate McKinnon’s Tiny Tim made it rain on his sexy shirtless “extra” Christmas spirit.

It all started with Jason Momoa’s monologue, which he did barefoot in bright pink pants. Momoa called himself an SNL superfan who always dreamed of doing the show. He also did some singing, so look out Chris Pine, you’re not the only hero who can sing through a monologue.

In Khal Drogo’s Ghost Dojo, Jason Momoa returned to his Game of Thrones Khal Drogo garb for an afterlife talk show hosted by Kenan Thompson. Some of the many, many departed GoT characters returned for the show, all played by SNL cast members. If only the faceoff between King Joffrey (Kate McKinnon) and Lady Olenna (Aidy Bryant) had continued a bit longer. Stay to the end, not only for the “Khal on the Wall” alternative to Elf on the Shelf, but the end scene takedown of AMC’s Talking after-shows.

The Elf on the Shelf shelf sketch was both a pleasant surprise and super awkward, as Jason Momoa played the elf for a little boy who just hit puberty and … discovered things about his body:

Jason Momoa fully committed to playing “Beef” in the Revenge Of The Nerds-esque Day of the Dorks sketch:

Jason Momoa co-starred in this modern manly spoof on appliance commercials. In a GE ad for Big Boy Home Appliances, Momoa tested out hefty, tall appliances made just for men. Man up ask your wife if you can get some of these for Christmas:

In an “Extra Christmas Carol,” Jason Momoa showed up as a very “extra,” sexy and fierce Christmas spirit. Stay to the end for Kate McKinnon’s Tiny Tim making it rain on the pole-humping and now shirtless spirit:

You can watch more of Jason Momoa’s SNL sketches on YouTube. Matt Damon hosts next Saturday, December 15 on NBC, with Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus as musical guests. Here’s what else is still on TV in 2018 and what’s ahead in the 2019 midseason. And don’t forget that Jason Momoa’s Aquaman opens in theaters Friday, December 21.

Amy Adams Thinks She’s Out Of The DC Universe

If Henry Cavill is out of the DCEU as Superman, does that mean Amy Adams is out as Lois Lane? She seems to think so, but apparently no one has made it 100 percent clear to her. The five-time Oscar nominee brought up her status in an Actors on Actors chat with DC’s newest addition, Aquaman star Nicole Kidman:

From there, the Variety Actors on Actors talk segued into Nicole Kidman not knowing what she was allowed to say about Aquaman, other than that she’s in it as Atlanna. Apparently DC/Warner Bros. keeps a tight lockdown on spoilers, but perhaps they could be more forthcoming with talent.

Amy Adams co-starred in the first film in the DC Extended Universe, Man of Steel. She returned as Superman’s journalist special lady friend in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

But a few months ago, reports came out that Henry Cavill was leaving the DCEU as Superman, with someone else potentially picking up the cape.

Henry Cavill was supposedly meant to have a cameo in the upcoming Shazam! movie but talks broke down. Reports spread that the DCEU was potentially starting over with new Superman and Batman actors — since rumors have long swirled about Ben Affleck leaving the DCEU as Batman.

Nothing has been confirmed on the Superman or Batman fronts, and Warner Bros. followed the Henry Cavill rumors by saying no decisions had been made. It seems like no talks have move forward on this topic because WB/DC are too busy with the nine million other films in development to announce plans for Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne.

But someone should really let Amy Adams know where things stand for her Lois Lane. She didn’t come across as just being cagey about her status, it sounded like she knew about as much as the average “source” out there sharing updates.

When you have Amy Adams in your franchise, it would be smart not to lose her. But that’s just my take. Maybe Lois Lane could join Atlanna in their own spinoff — or join the Mera/Wonder Woman spinoff that Amber Heard just pitched. In their Variety Actors on Actors chat, Adams and Nicole Kidman basically begged Hollywood to cast them in something as sisters, so if the DCEU is “revamping” things, maybe find a way to make them sisters so you can keep that kind of talent in-house.

Bumblebee Has Screened, Here Are The Early Reactions

One of the biggest questions surrounding Bumblebee is whether it can put the Transformers franchise — which has released some real stinkers over the years — back on track. The movie has officially screened for critics and the consensus is largely the same: Bumblebee is good! Critics have taken to social media to praise what many call the best Transformers film, which is an ’80s throwback is filled with heart, humor, and solid action.

Bumblebee is something of an origin film following the popular yellow Autobot as he finds himself stranded on Earth. He soon meets Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), who develops a close bond with Bumblebee as she tries to protect him from government agents and Decepticons looking to destroy him. Critics have had no problem saying that this is the best Transformers, highlighting its performances and sense of heart.

Travis Knight took over directing duties for Michael Bay on this film, and as such, the film is a little less explode-y. Knight brings an entirely different aesthetic to Bumblebee, redesigning the Transformers to resemble their Generation 1 (or G1 as fans call it) designs. One critic wrote that they want to see more Transformers films like this one.

While Bumblebee may be the main character, the core of the film is the bond between the robot and Charlie. Hailee Steinfeld is getting plenty of praise for her role in the film, with at least one critic saying that she elevates every scene she is in.

Finally, the film is set in the 1980s, something that the movie uses to great effect. Not only does it feel like a cross between E.T. and Iron Giant, but the movie also boasts a soundtrack filled with music of the era, with an emphasis on The Smiths.

It sounds like Bumblebee is well worth the price of admission and is a refreshing change of pace for Transformers fans. The movie is all set to release in theaters on December 21 and you can find out more about the movie with our handy guide.