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A very light spoiler for The Many Saints of Newark lies ahead.
The Many Saints of Newark manages to expand on the universe David Chase launched years ago with The Sopranos. While the film isn’t a contemporary story, it still feels like a natural extension of the HBO series. This can partly be attributed to the fact that the movie is helmed by veteran Sopranos director Alan Taylor. The filmmaker had no problem stepping back into the franchise, but his directing experience here did differ from his past work in two key ways.
The famed actor and director has been making movies for decades, so he is surely no stranger to facing unique challenges on a film set. Still, it’s safe to say this was probably the first time that a pandemic posed a threat to one of his projects being completed the way it was originally envisioned. That’s especially true since the film was first brought to Eastwood as a potential directorial project in the late 1980s. He told the Los Angeles Times that back then, he thought he was too young to play the role of a retired rodeo star who takes on the task of reuniting a father with his son. He also mentioned that at the time, other actors’ participation fell through as well.
The star didn’t elaborate much more on just how that experience would inform his retelling of Stephen King’s Misery— but it’s definitely intriguing to imagine how a story like that might unfold. Misery was published in 1987 and tells the story of romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is seemingly saved from the wreckage of a car accident by Annie Wilkes, a nurse who just happens to be his “biggest fan.” But when he realizes he’s being held captive by her, he must act quickly to stay alive.
Getting back to that bit about competition… now arrives the time to talk about the performance of Stephen Chbosky’s Dear Evan Hansen, which biffed it hard during its opening weekend. Despite the fact that the movie is based on a popular, Tony Award-winning musical, the release has proven to have very limited box office draw, and it’s hard to imagine there are many smiles abound at Universal Pictures after it only managed to make $7.5 million in its first three days. According to Variety, the adaptation was made with a $28 million budget (before publicity and marketing), and while that cost pales in comparison to, say, the $150 million-plus that was spent to make Shang-Chi, that’s still an amount of money that the feature will have a hard time making back.
The Band’s Visit
More and more nowadays, we’re seeing musicals being adapted from favorite movies like Beetlejuice, Pretty Woman and Matilda. The 2016 modern musical The Band’s Visit is an interesting one because it’s based on an Israeli film of the same name, sans the musical aspect. The production swept the Tony Awards, taking home the “big six,” including Best Musical. Yet, it has not become a well-known or widespread musical yet.
Luckily, the 2018 blockbuster was the not the last we will see of the DC villain on the big screen, as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is reprising the role in the upcoming follow-up, along with Jason Momoa in the title role, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
James Wan, additionally known for helming Furious 7 and horror movies like 2021’s Malignant, is also returning to the director’s chair for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is currently marked down on the 2022 movies schedule for a theatrical release that December. The plot of the sequel is being kept under wraps at the moment, but, apparently, Abdul-Mateen II already likes it better than the original just by going off of the script alone.
Regardless of whatever drama did or did not occur between Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell, they will likely still be spending time together in the not-too-distant future. Both will most likely reunite to help promote M:I7 before it premieres in September 2022. Beyond that, Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are set to reprise their roles in Mission: Impossible 8, which is currently due to hit theaters less than a year later.
While there hasn’t been much about the film released, I’m getting some serious The Hangover vibes from this lone behind-the-scenes still. It looks like Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg are in the desert or somewhere off the beaten path, and the typically polished Hart has some seriously dirty white jeans. We already know the film is about two friends who join up for an exciting weekend, and the picture is making me wonder just how wild the pair are going to get in the film; maybe tiger in the bathroom or drug lord in the trunk wild?
As the release date for the Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds’ international action comedy Red Notice draws nearer, we have been getting more details about the film, its plot, and its stars characters. Netflix has been sharing plenty of looks at the stunt work and action in the film’s first trailer. This weekend we finally got to see Red Notice’s stars in action in a new clip. More specifically, we got to watch Gadot mop the floor with The Rock and Reynolds. Now, the stars have all shared their funny takes on that first Red Notice scene.