There’s A Clever Way Joker’s Score Shows Arthur Being Overwhelmed By His Evil Persona

One element of Todd Phillips’ Joker movie that has been celebrated, but still is underrated, is the score by Hildur Guðnadóttir. It’s menacing and moody, but also sparse, by design. It’s meant to make you feel uncomfortable as Arthur Fleck figures out his place in a difficult, disturbing society. But the composer just revealed an incredible technique that she performed in the composition to imply that Joker was slowly overwhelming Arthur, musically.

As part of the onslaught of awards interviews that significant creative people have been doing in the trades, Hildur Guðnadóttir opened up to Deadline about the work that she did for Todd Phillips. And she explained how the sound of the cello was meant to represent Arthur Fleck in the early going of Joker. Guðnadóttir said:

But behind that cello sound, Hildur Guðnadóttir told Deadline that she had the faint sound of a 90-piece orchestra, which she slowly allowed to get louder and louder as the chaos in Arthur’s world came into focus. Essentially, the sound of the orchestra became the stand in for Joker. As she explained it:

That transformation is at the heart of Joker. It’s physical, on screen, as Joaquin Phoenix explores Arthur’s physicality, and the face he wears in his makeup. How cool is it that this also is explored and conveyed in the musical arrangement of Joker, as provided by Hildur Guðnadóttir.

The first time I really started noticing the cello sound was in the bathroom dance scene. Listen to that here:

Now I want to go back to Joker, and pay attention to the rising sound of the orchestra as it, as she says, eats Arthur’s soul. Did you pick up on this? Or is this something that has only now been brought to your attention. Basically, I love learning new elements about movies that I’ve grown to love. How about you?

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Cast Was Really Psyched To Finally Work Together

Is it the end already? It was just four years ago when we were introduced to the core trio of the new Star Wars trilogy – Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. Yet, throughout the sequel series, the three actors haven’t had much shared screen time. Thankfully, this will all change in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

As teased with recent footage of the trio, Chewbacca, C-3PO and BB-8 on the run from some Stormtroopers (they fly now), fans can get excited to finally see the team all together in one final adventure against the First Order. The Rise of Skywalker cast was really psyched to work together more this time around. As John Boyega said:

Boyega told ET that it doesn’t really feel like Star Wars until the audience sees you as a trio and it looks like Rise of Skywalker will finally cement this status for the main actors of the Sequel Trilogy. While fans enjoyed seeing Ridley and Boyega play off one another in Force Awakens, Rey was off on her own side quest with Luke Skywalker in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while Finn met Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico and Poe worked alongside Carrie Fisher’s General Leia.

Not to mention the popular relationship many are rooting for: the one between Finn and Poe. While J.J. Abrams recently confirmed the dynamic between the two is more bromance than boyfriends, seeing all three of these characters work together for the trilogy closer is especially exciting! In Oscar Isaac’s words:

Following the big reveal of Last Jedi, there’s still the question of just how Rey is so powerful with the Force. Will she still have a famed relative (perhaps with Palpatine?) or is she really “no one.”

The answers await on December 20, when the final Skywalker Saga chapter Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.

Frozen II’s Josh Gad Finally Found Samantha At Walt Disney World

The following contains a minor spoiler for Frozen II**.**

Frozen II has a number of great and memorable moments, but the one that might end up being the most quotable in the months, and maybe years to come, may be a single word spoken by Olaf the Snowman.

During a sequence in the new film where Olaf gets separated from his friends. He calls out for each of them in turn. But then goes one step further in calling out for somebody named Samantha. The punchline comes a moment later when Olaf himself laughs about the fact that he doesn’t actually know anybody by that name.

And then he does it again.

We had no idea who Samantha was, but now it seems we do, as Josh Gad was at Walt Disney World yesterday, and he informed everybody on Instagram he had finally tracked down Samantha.

As proof he found Samantha, we see the name badge for the Walt Disney World cast member named Samantha. It looks like becoming the Samantha has totally made her day.

Josh Gad has been at the theme park this week, and recently test rode the Rise of the Resistance attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. He also made a surprise appearance during the Frozen Sing-A-Long show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where he performed his song from the first Frozen live.

Frozen II may not be getting quite as much love as the original, but it’s still largely viewed as a good movie, and for the second time, the sidekick snowman is one of the best parts of the movie. Olaf has grown up in the a bit in the new movie. If Olaf was a toddler in Frozen, he’s a grade school child in Frozen II. He’s learned to read, and he is confident that, while there’s a lot about the world he doesn’t understand, it will all makes sense as grows up.

The best part about the whole “Samantha” gag is that Josh Gad has revealed the sequence was an improv bit from him while doing his recording that everybody apparently liked so much they decided to use it in the film. One wonders how many different takes of various Olaf scenes there might be from the two films if Gad was really given the freedom to make the lines his own. Those are some Disney+ extras I’d love to see.

Frozen II is getting the love at the box office that we all expected it would. The film has surpassed $745 million in global box office. It seems virtually guaranteed to pass the $1 billion mark. If it does it will become the sixth Disney movie to do so this year alone.

That Time Shia LaBeouf Lied To His Dad About Mel Gibson Playing Him In Honey Boy

In 2019’s round of awards consideration buzz, Shia LaBeouf’s portrayal of James Lort, the fictional surrogate for his own father in the semi-autobiographical film Honey Boy has been gaining him some pretty solid traction. It’s the sort of news any actor wants to hear, and it almost didn’t happen for one specific reason: LaBeouf was gunning for actor Mel Gibson to play the version of his father he’d crafted for the movie. When he actually did end up filling the role himself, he definitely lied to his dad about it.

During a roundtable interview with other contemporaries hotly tipped for prestige buzz, Shia LaBeouf responded with the following story about lying to his dad to get him to sign off on Honey Boy:

Shia LaBeouf hadn’t talked to his father, Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, in almost a decade before he tried to tell the story of their strained relationship, which is an important component to the story that Honey Boy is trying to tell. But in trying to get the details right, he had to break that silence, which is never easy when family members go for so long without even a passing remark to one another.

So, if your estranged dad is hoping to be played by Mel Gibson, you obviously want to keep him happy by saying that’s exactly what’s happening. Which is how the story LaBeouf told those on hand for THR’s Actor Roundtable came to be. Strangely enough, without that white lie being told to grease the wheels to Honey Boy’s production, Shia LaBeouf may have lost out on more than he knew.

The narrative film debut of music video director Alma Har’el, Honey Boy is one of the two films credited with the resurgence of Shia LaBeouf’s acting career; the other being directors Tyler Nielson and Michael Schwartz’s feel-good river epic The Peanut Butter Falcon. A pair of films that are definitely night and day when compared to one another, both have served as therapeutic experiences for LaBeouf, allowing him to hone his craft and better himself in the process.

From a professional and personal standpoint, it feels like Honey Boy came along at the right time in Shia LaBeouf’s life. While the attention must be a bonus for the hard work he’s contributed to his projects in 2019, the ability to tell stories that helped rejuvenate and redefine him as an actor and a person are the greater win. Though it also helps that Jeffrey Craig was rather proud of his son’s performance, which is the best you can expect after pulling a fast one involving Mel Gibson.

Kevin Garnett Almost Wasn’t The Major NBA Star In Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler is getting a ton of attention lately for his work in Bennie and Josh Safdie’s Uncut Gems. And rightfully so. The comedian gives an Oscar worthy performance in the tense gambling thriller, and has even threatened to make a painfully terrible movie on purpose if the Academy overlooks his efforts. But alongside Sandler is a stellar performance by NBA legend Kevin Garnett… only, the former Boston Celtic almost didn’t get the chance.

In Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler plays a swindler operating on New York City’s Diamond District, constantly trading in gems from his shop so he can earn money to gamble on NBA games. His worlds collide one day when Kevin Garnett arrives in Sandler’s store. On a recent episode of The Ringer, the brothers admit that they entertained other player options, explaining:

If Kobe Bryant was in Uncut Gems, that would have made the movie my Number One film of the entire decade. Kobe’s the GOAT. KG is fine, but Kobe belongs on a Mount Rushmore of NBA egotism, and he would have been an outstanding foil for Adam Sandler’s misguided gambler.

Alas, with KG, Uncut Gems only ends up being one of the best movie of this year. That’s going to have to be good enough. (This is dripping with sarcasm, by the way.) Here are the brothers, explaining their casting:

The reason why it’s unusual for the Safdies to use Kevin Garnett is because they are die-hard New York Knicks fans, as is the movie’s leading man Adam Sandler. And KG killed the Knicks during his run with the Celtics, so it had to be painful to have to rely on him as a central point in the movie. But he’s so good, especially playing off of Sandler and Lakeith Stanfield.

ReelBlend #95 – Talking Jumanji: The Next Level With Director Jake Kasdan

With each passing week, we are inching closer to our AwardsBlend days, as the Oscar contenders start to hit theaters, and critics’ groups recognize their choices for the best movies of the year. We’re going to try and cover as many of them as we can on ReelBlend, and it begins with The Gotham Awards, which are analyzed on this week’s episode.

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story swept the ceremony in New York City the night before we recorded, leading us to discuss whether it’s the current frontrunner in the Oscar race. Naturally, it only took one day for another movie – Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman – to take the top prize from another group: The New York Film Critics Circle.

The race is ever shifting.

Our big interview on this week’s show has nothing to do with awards, and more to do with popcorn entertainment. Jake Kasdan is back in the director’s chair for Jumanji: The Next Level, and while in Cabo San Lucas for a press event, the filmmaker sat down with Sean and Kevin to go over his process, the franchise, opening alongside Star Wars, and much more. Give it a listen!

The guys also kicked off the show this week discussing the first official trailer for Marvel’s prequel film Black Widow. Have you seen it yet? We’re including it below.

As far as reactions, Jake and Kevin were able to see Little Women this week, and they give their thoughts. Also, they guys play RomComBlend, and their picks are destined to surprise you.

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Good News, Henry Cavill Still Wants That Man Of Steel Sequel

While most fans of Zack Snyder’s efforts with Warner Bros and DC’s now scrapped extended universe plans are still waiting for the fabled arrival of the “Snyder Cut” to Justice League, there’s another subject that needs to be discussed among fans of the DC cinematic canon: the long talked about sequel to Man of Steel. Most fans don’t talk about that prospect as fervently as they do the second take on Justice League’s vision, which is really a shame. Especially considering how actor Henry Cavill, the modern Superman himself, really wants that story to continue.

Cavill stoked those particular fires with these words of encouragement:

Those remarks stemmed from an initial line of questioning that pertained to Justice League’s “Snyder Cut,” as the actor sat down with ReelBlend co-host Kevin McCarthy, to discuss The Witcher. Out of that talk, which revealed that Cavill hasn’t seen this long sought alternate cut of the film himself, also came the actor’s excitement to continue the story that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel left off. Which, when you consider the gap between that story and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it feels like there has to be at least one, if not several, adventures that could have taken place in the interim.

Of course, the next question involving any potential Man of Steel sequel would be whether or not Zack Snyder would be involved in the film’s production. With his talents currently locking down Army of the Dead for its’ eventual release to Netflix, and no indication of what sort of projects is next up on his docket, there’s no telling if Snyder would be available.

And considering the recent friction between the director and his former employer pertaining to whether or not that pesky “Snyder Cut” exists, there’s a possibility he might not even want to jump back into that particular driver’s seat. Then again, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was once suggested as the new steward of the Kryptonian powered franchise, so there’s always a chance that should Man of Steel 2 be revived, Miller could finally get to make the superhero movie he’s long been destined to undertake.

Come to think of it, George Miller might be the perfect choice to direct this hypothetical follow-up to Man of Steel, as Henry Cavill revealed what he felt the film should be about in further detail, while talking to ET Online. That vision is based on this kernel of an idea:

While it’s not fair to say that Henry Cavill is over the quest for the “Snyder Cut,” it is within bounds to say that Man of Steel 2 is something he’s much more interested in pursuing. As Warner Bros’ playbook for DC Comics cinematic output is still very much in question, there’s no telling what’s the next priority. But so long as the last son of Krypton holds out hope for his own return, fans shouldn’t douse their lamps just yet.

J.J. Abrams Hints At The Rise Of Skywalker’s LGBTQ Representation, But Not With Poe And Finn

Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, some fans have been shipping “FinnPoe,” a proposed romance between former stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and Resistance pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac). With one movie left in the Sequel Trilogy, some had undoubtedly been pinning their hopes that the onscreen connection between these two BFFs would turn romantic in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but it is not to be. Director J.J. Abrams dashed the FinnPoe hopes, saying:

John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron may have a fierce and passionate bromance, but it is not a romance according to J.J. Abrams, whose Force Awakens first spurred this fan ship. As the co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker told Variety, Finn and Poe share something special that is both different and deeper than it would be if they were romantically involved.

To J.J., Finn and Poe are brothers and brothers in arms, sharing a deep bond in part due to the circumstances of how they met, but also the way they have interacted with one another. Finn helped save Poe’s life, escaping from the First Order with him. In turn, Poe in a roundabout way led the former stormtrooper to his true purpose with the Resistance. They both owe each other, and they also truly know each other.

Finn and Poe may not be boyfriends, but they are quite intimate with one another, not in a romantic way, but with regards to their openness. Their relationship represents a different view of masculinity where they can be open and honest about how they feel while still being brave warriors. It’s a special relationship, but as in the Finn and Rose romance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or that look Poe gave Rey weren’t already an indication, it seems that J.J. has no intention of revealing Finn and Poe as gay.

Although Finn and Poe may not be Star Wars’ first prominent onscreen gay couple, J.J. Abrams is still hinting at LGBT representation in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, saying:

If J.J. Abrams wants people of the LGBTQ community to feel like they are being represented onscreen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, that would certainly seem to indicate that there will be at least one queer character in the film. Whether that character is new or returning and how prominent of a role they have we’ll probably have to wait till December 20 to see.

Earlier this year, co-director Joe Russo became the MCU’s first openly gay character in Avengers: Endgame. So it’s possible it will be some small cameo or notable scene like that, but there are also plenty of new characters being added to a galaxy far, far away in Rise of Skywalker that could provide that representation in the anticipated film.

When asked to follow-up on if there will definitively be a queer character in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams left little doubt:

That seems pretty definitive, with J.J. making it clear that he wasn’t paying lip service and he didn’t misspeak. So those looking to see more LGBTQ representation in Star Wars have another reason to check out Episode IX.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker blasts into theaters on December 20. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what movies you can look forward to next year.

Todd Phillips Explains His Dark DC Pitch To Warner Bros.

Nobody could predict the insane level of success that director/co-writer Todd Phillips’ DC mindbender Joker would yield when released to the public. As the film has become a certified billion dollar hit, with the most profitable margin of any comic book film in history, the origin story of Arthur Fleck’s clown prince of anarchy is something you think home studio Warner Bros. would want to capitalize on. Which could be a good thing, considering Phillips originally pitched three different films to create a cinematic equivalent of DC’s more mature Black Label brand.

In a recent interview, Todd Phillips revealed his initial concept as follows:

Similar to the idea that Warner Bros. allegedly had to create standalones that existed outside of the usual DC cinematic canon entries, Phillips proposed three projects of a darker shade than your average DC Comics film. What’s even better is that during his pitch meeting, he put out two other ideas, with their own directors suggested to helm.

So rather than have a connected universe, or even a Joker trilogy, Todd Phillips wanted to create a brand new label’s worth of films to tell these stories. However, as he further discussed the status of that pitch with IGN UK’s podcast (via ComicBook.com,) it sounds like Warner Bros. wasn’t on board with that idea upon first glance. Phillips continued to explain the scenario in the following terms:

The studio might want to rethink their initial rejection of Todd Phillips’ Joker inspired film label, much like Phillips himself may want to reconsider ever saying that his own R-rated superhit was merely a one-off. With the audience obviously hungry for these sorts of movies at the cineplex, it’s a wise idea to at least have a couple more courses planned, if not an entire buffet of dark and gritty reinterpretations of existing canon.

For now, the future of R-rated films in DC’s lineup presumably extends only to Birds of Prey, which is still something that could change before the film hits theaters this upcoming February. If it enjoys anything close to the success of Joker, it can be assumed that this plan just might be revived in the name of keeping the train rolling. But if you want to get another fix of Joker’s majesty, then you’ll be able to do so at home when the film hits Digital HD on 12/17; just in time to start a new debate around the Christmas dinner table.

Ryan Reynolds Swears 6 Underground Is Peak Michael Bay Lunacy And Proves It With Science

When your movie stars Ryan Reynolds, chances are the Deadpool star is going to inject his own brand of humor into the marketing campaign. 6 Underground is no different. In anticipation for the release of the Netflix film next week, the actor is poking fun at Michael Bay’s trigger-happy directing eye. Check it out below:

Ryan Reynolds begins by dryly stating that the director that makes movies that are “tear-soaked emotionally understated drama that makes us all question our role in the human experience” before the video cuts to Michael Bay directing a series of scenes that are either caught on fire or about to be. Reynolds admits he’s joking and as he’s about to throw out an f-bomb about his lunacy, a robotic voiceover finishes his sentence into “absolute genius” instead.

The video then cuts to a black and white segment about the “The Bay Institute of Bayhem” that only apparently only recently scientists can finally measure what makes one of his film’s “the most Michael Bay movie ever”. Thanks to evolving technologies, Reynolds is happy to report his new movie has reached this status – also known as “Maximum Bayhem”.

6 Underground is written by Deadpool’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and sees the return of the director since Transformers: The Last Knight deterred audiences from the famed franchise. Fans of Michael Bay will certainly be excited to see the filmmaker get back to action away from the franchise, yet the movie doesn’t seem to be getting a theatrical release. Audiences will have to settle for “Maximum Bayhem” at the comfort of their couches.

Ryan Reynolds stars with Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Dave Franco in the movie about off-the-grid agents from across the globe who come together to take down some notorious criminals. Additionally, Ryan Reynolds has signed on to star in another Netflix action flick with Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot called Red Notice, set for next fall.