This is a heavy week for new movies, believe it or not. Tom Hanks brings the WWII submarine thriller Greyhound to Apple TV+, and Sean has a review. The boys discuss The Old Guard, which Charlize Theron headlines for Netflix. And over on Hulu, you finally can see Andy Samberg’s Palm Springs, which Jake called the best movie he has seen so far this year.
Let’s travel back to the halcyon year of 2000, shall we? Ridley Scott’s Gladiator was a huge hit at the summer box office, and would eventually become an awards juggernaut in the awards season to come. So naturally, when you’re an upstart studio like Dreamworks, and Russell Crowe has just helped you land an eventual pop culture hit, you’re going to want a sequel in the works ASAP. But as history has shown us, it’s been a bit of a challenge to get another Gladiator movie off the ground, and no one knows that better than one of the film’s producers, Douglas Wick.
The Private Orphanage Eliza Hamilton Helped Start Still Provides Counseling And Services To 5,000 Families A Year
One of the most touching moments of the final minutes of Hamilton is when Eliza Hamilton sings about how she is most proud of the orphanage she created in New York City. Two years after Alexander Hamilton was shot down by Aaron Burr, Eliza helped found the Orphan Asylum Society, the first private orphanage in New York. Astonishingly enough, the organization is still around today, having since become known as Graham Windham. More than just the humble orphanage Eliza Hamilton help start more than 200 years ago, the community and family outreach center helps nearly 5,000 families a year who are suffering from the effects of neglect, abuse, and poverty.
Tenet is Christopher Nolan’s latest ambitious film, costing over $200 million to produce. The film was shot in a number of locations across the globe and implements incredible practical effects including an actual exploding 747 plane. The studio will need the movie to score $400 million worldwide in order to break even, which is usually no problem for the filmmaker considering his track record with blockbusters. But this is uncharted territory for the theater industry.
The Hamilton movie on Disney+ finally brings the hit Broadway show to a massive audience that had never had the chance to see the show on stage. However, among those who couldn’t afford the expensive tickets or could not make the trip to New York City, there’s another group who benefits from the Disney+ release, the original cast themselves. They have never been able to see themselves perform, and Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington, found himself taken with a specific moment in the show which he always found very personal, which he was surprised to see got captured on film.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a well oiled-machine, which is constantly growing. We’re currently occupying the strange interim period between phases, with the public eager for any hints as to what Phases Four and Five might include. Fans are eager to see Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie return to the silver screen, likely in Thor: Love and Thunder. And now Thompson has explained why diversity and inclusion is so important in the future of the MCU.
When you look at Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever in comparison to Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, it’s not exactly a challenge to see a glaring difference in tone. While the Caped Crusaders’ late ’80s/early 90s big screen adventures were darker and edgier, Schumacher’s 1995 blockbuster famously went in a more goofy, campy direction – embracing the legacy created by the Adam West Batman series from the 1960s. It’s an odd transition in the character’s pop culture legacy, but what makes the whole thing even stranger is that there is apparently a much different version more in line with Burton’s features.
There have been many conversations had in Hollywood circles about the life and work of Joel Schumacher in the weeks since he passed away, but this development in particular originates from a Tweet by Castle Rock/Picard writer Marc Bernardin. The filmmaker posted that he has it on “good authority” that a 170-minute version of Batman Forever exists that Warner Bros. has been keeping under lock and key because it is “much darker, more serious” than the theatrical version. That’s pretty wild – and making it even wilder is that Variety has now confirmed a source of their own telling them the same thing.
So what is included in this alternate version? According to the trade, there are a number of notable extra sequences that were left on the cutting room floor in the assembly of the theatrical cut, including an opening featuring Tommy Lee Jones’ Two-Face executing an escape from Arkham Asylum, and more from the sequence where Jim Carrey’s The Riddler successfully infiltrates the Batcave (and apparently it features more of him using his signature question mark cane as a weapon).
Obviously that’s not enough material to fill the 40-minute time difference between this early version and the familiar one, but the new report adds that there is also an entire Bruce Wayne subplot that got excised. Per the source, it did a deeper dive into the trauma that led the billionaire to become the Dark Knight (presumably it would have done more to utilize Nicole Kidman’s psychologist character, Dr. Chase Meridian), and the production shot “a sequence of Wayne facing down a giant, human-sized bat.” Whether or not that is a fantasy sequence or not is not made clear (could it also have been the movie’s attempt at including Man-Bat?)
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Unfortunately, the film industry has come to a screeching halt, with films sets and movie theaters shut down amid global health concerns. As such, there doesn’t seem to be any development for a Dear Evan Hansen movie to become a reality. And the clock is ticking, as the original cast continues to age with time. In fact, both Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss can be seen in Netflix’s The Politician, with Season 2 taking them out of high school and into a real election.
I was in London and doing Spider-Man: Far From Home, and every time I opened a newspaper, Bond was delayed. Then Dune gets announced, and you’re like, ‘Oh my god!’ Then everyone is calling me, and I get a call asking if I’m available. I went, ‘Well, maybe I am available.’ Basically, I was put on hold and told that I wasn’t coming to Bond for five months. And I sat there going, ‘Well, I could be doing Dune. I’ve got to do this. I don’t have that many more years left; I’m in my fifties now.’ It was a very tough choice for me. It’s rare you make real friends in this business. I really felt like I was going to disappoint a friend.
Originally, Tom Holland was ready to go for Uncharted’s principal photography in Germany, but was sent back to England when it all shut down. Now, he went to his Instagram to share that he started his first day back on the Uncharted production by getting tested for coronavirus. Here’s a video of his Instagram story via Twitter: