Over the course of his career, James Wan has had a tremendous amount of fortune when it comes to making series-launching films, including Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring – but it’s key to note that while those three franchises have produced a total of 19 features to date, Wan has only personally directed five of them (Saw, Insidious, Insidious Chapter 2, The Conjuring, and The Conjuring 2). He’s clearly talented when it comes to building worlds, but his position on sequels is pretty clear when you consider that he’s never personally made a full trilogy.
Heads of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products has already suggested that some pandemic policy changes, like the daily reservation system, are likely to remain even after other health and safety changes. Except the reservation system throws a pretty significant monkey wrench into the annual pass system. People bought their annual passes based on the particular schedule of dates it allowed them to visit the park. Some passes had no blackout dates, others had a few. Certainly, during the pandemic guests can understand if their pass that was supposed to have zero blackout dates doesn’t currently offer the freedom it once did, but once other restrictions are lifted, those guests will expect their passes to return to normal operation.
Brothers – Cinemax
Written by Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, Brothers follows soldier Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) as he returns home from the War in Afghanistan, where he was taken prisoner. After Sam is eventually presumed dead, his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) steps in and helps Sam’s wife Grace (Natalie Portman) raise the kids and things of that nature. Of course, when Sam returns home unexpectedly, everyone is in for a whirlwind of emotions.
Why Jake Gyllenhaal Fans Will Like It: Tobey Maguire gives one of his best performances in Brothers, nailing all the emotionally raw and primitive moments, big and small. And while Gyllenhaal does have more of a quiet role, it’s just as captivating to watch him evolve from the screwup brother to a responsible and loving surrogate father. He also shows guilt watching Sam deal with his PTSD, as well as for his time with Grace while Sam was away. Brothers is intense but that’s what makes the performances, directing, and writing work so well in tandem.
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All eyes are on what James Gunn has in store for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will likely wrap up the trilogy. Narratively there are a ton of threads to pull from. The Guardians were hit hard by Thanos’ assault on the galaxy; Gamora being killed by her father before Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, and Mantis were dusted as a result of The Snap. This bonded Rocket and Nebula, while the 2014 version of Gamora was brought into the current timeline in Endgame‘s final battle. Her location is currently unknown, with the team last seen boarding The Milano in search of her.
Will the Richard Pryor biopic ever get made? It’s pretty hard to say at this point. The project has been developing for more than a decade now, and while it’s true that there is a history of movies escaping that kind of development hell, there are also plenty that don’t. We can’t predict the future – but one thing that we do know about the film is that the effort to get it made still continues, and that has led to today’s news about a new director signing on board.
Shazam has a pretty by-the-numbers superhero costume. It’s got the lightning bolt emblem on the front, the cape, the gold belt, and the red uniform that’s hard to miss. Typically, whenever a superhero gets a sequel, filmmakers and studios try to tweak the old costume. So, it sounds like Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has just the idea for a costume change. And, well, it’s something.
The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special is set to celebrate Life Day this year, but instead of only heading back to Kashyyyk like before for the festivities, this time Rey is going to travel through space and time across the galaxy. According to what Executive Producer James Waugh told EW, that’s something that hasn’t been done before in the Star Wars universe:
It’s always fascinating to hear an actor’s process and the diet they undergo to prepare for a role. Back in 2013, you could tell Matthew McConaughey was fully dedicated to playing Ron Woodroof, the movie’s main character that became HIV positive and developed an underground market for other patients to get access to medication that wasn’t legal in the United States. Of course, for his dedication, he got an Oscar for Best Actor.
And it’s not exactly hard to see why the reaction was so harsh. Neither Borat movie is exactly a tribute to the loveliness of Kazakhstan, as it is portrayed to be extremely poor, anti-Semitic, superstitious, and generally terrible. But this time around the country is choosing to not be insulted and instead join in the laughter.
Horror movies have a way of defining a certain time in filmmaking. Wes Craven’s Scream is no exception, as its one of the most iconic movies from the 1990’s, and inspired countless slashers along the way. Production for Scream 5 is currently under way, but the original 1995 original is still the most beloved. And in honor of Halloween, Drew Barrymore recently reprised her role as the ill-fated Casey Becker.