And, I’ll be straight with you. They didn’t do a great job with Doctor Doom. Played by Nip/Tuck actor, Julian McMahon, the Doctor Doom in the Chris Evans Fantastic Four movies is a lot smarmier than he is intimidating. At no point is he actually scary or imposing.
But, you know what? These movies are for kids. Yes, the first movie is rated PG-13, but it was a pretty soft PG-13. And, the second movie, Rise of the Silver Surfer, was even rated PG, for crying out loud. So, while the Doctor Doom in these two Fantastic Four movies wasn’t really the one that I wanted, he definitely fit the two movies that he was actually in. Besides, he was much better than the Doctor Doom in Fant4stic. God, don’t remind me of that one.
The above message from Misha Green comes to us from her personal Twitter, and will likely be a relief to the hardcore DC fans out there. Every time a comic book movie is produced, purists judge how accurate the adaptation is based on the comics. It remains to be seen how they will ultimately factor into the Black Canary movie.
Just like Batgirl and Blue Beetle, the Black Canary movie is expected to be a HBO Max exclusive. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.
The Dear Evan Hansen movie also takes steps to make the story a more inclusive one. On top of Alana being an expanded character, the Murphy family is now a blended one featuring Cuban American actor Danny Pino as Larry. Evan’s friend Jared, played by Nik Dodani, is also queer in this adaptation. This change happened organically when Stephen Chbosky was working with the Atypical actor. Chbosky enjoyed flipping the typical sex-crazed teenager archtype on its head, and spoke to his colalboration with Dodani, saying:
Zachary Levi’s account of the encounter may have ended innocently, but not all of them end that way. As Levi pointed out, the incident didn’t just happen unexpectedly. The two fans had to search for his address and find his exact location to arrive on his doorstep. While the two women just wanted to meet the actor, he could’ve been in real danger if their plot was more nefarious. It’s not only scary for the celebrity, but also potentially for the fans. If the Shazam! star had a different demeanor, it could’ve ended terribly for them if things turned violent. Thankfully, all parties involved were able to walk away from the situation unharmed.
Marvel’s Black Widow just dropped on Blu-ray, so it’s little surprise that the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in two years is topping the Blu-ray charts. People who still want to be sure they own a copy of their favorite films need to keep that collection intact. Widow dethroned the number one movie from the previous week, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, though that film is still holding steady at number two, showing just how big the Snyder Cut fandom really is. But there is one surprise on the current charts, which shows that another film still has a pretty impressive fanbase, even more than 25 years later, The Shawshank Redemption.
In Halloween Kills Anthony Michael Hall will be playing the adult version of Tommy Doyle– the little boy Jamie Lee Curtis was babysitting in the original movie. Their characters obviously share a bond of trauma, and longtime fans are eager to see how their relationship plays out on screen. Curtis makes Hall’s performance sound captivating, as she posted a photo of him in character:
One of the biggest and weirdest problems with The Phantom Menace is the age difference between Anakin, played by Jake Lloyd, who was eight years old, and Padme, played by Natalie Portman, who was double Lloyds age. Marcia Lucas took issue with this choice because the film positions Anakin getting with Padme romantically, which makes no sense and is odd since one actor is a child and the other looks like a grown woman.
Consent is a necessity, and the definition of the word has been spotty at best in the past. While when Sean Connery’s Bond first appeared on screen fans’ reception of him was of a lady’s man that no woman could resist. The reality, though, is if those same films were watched today with fresh eyes, James Bond would be seen as more than just a little problematic.
The choice of Chris Pratt to voice a character who usually has a heavy Italian accent, when he speaks at all, is an obviously unusual choice. It’s just not the sort of voice one expects from Pratt. On the flip side, one could imagine say, Danny DeVito voicing the Italian plumber from Brooklyn, with DeVito himself being an actor of Italian decent from New Jersey. And while the movie will be animated, and so the actor’s look is hardly important, DeVito could clearly play Mario in a live-action movie, which makes him feel even more right for the role.