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Peter T Chattaway

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  1. From the directors of I Can Only Imagine and the studio that made The Shack, the first installment of a new Bible-movie trilogy. Links to our threads on the Erwin brothers' previous films Moms' Night Out (2014), Woodlawn (2015), Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017) and I Can Only Imagine (2018). We don't seem to have a thread on October Baby (2011).
  2. Compared to the international trailers, the American one has less feminism and God talk and more politics and more of an emphasis on Mary's personal closeness to Jesus.
  3. Peter T Chattaway

    Us

    Andrew wrote: : I still think Rod Serling is a fairer comparison, but he may prove better than that. That's fascinating, because some of Shyamalan's movies were basically Twilight Zone rip-offs themselves. (And now Peele is actually rebooting The Twilight Zone...) Evan C wrote: : Walter Chaw has already compared Peele to Shyamalan and compared Us to The Happening. Interesting! Though I was thinking more of Signs-era Shyamalan, because Signs was a huge box-office and critical hit that I thought was kinda stupid, so the fact that I'm out of step with the majority on Us was reminding me of how I was once out of step with the majority on Signs. By The Happening, pretty much everyone had soured on Shyamalan.
  4. Darrel Manson wrote: : There are no talking animals at all. (There is a visual Timothy Q Mouse, however.) Sigh. And apparently they found a way to make this movie *twice as long* as the original film. So basically this movie will have almost nothing in common with the original movie. : I wonder if anyone else has seen this yet . . . The movie doesn't screen for media here until Wednesday night, and since it opens less than 24 hours later and I have another preview to see on Wednesday anyway (of a movie that doesn't open for a few weeks), I'm waiting until it opens on Thursday. For whatever that's worth.
  5. FWIW, my two bits on the first two episodes.
  6. Peter T Chattaway

    Us

    I'm afraid I didn't get into this one. It was weird reading a review that said the humour didn't *detract* from the horror but felt like a natural response to it, since I know that I certainly felt, as I was watching the film, that the humour detracted from the horror (which was never all *that* horrifying to begin with). And the way other people in the theatre were laughing at those points made me think that they hadn't been sold on the horror either -- but I could have been misreading that. Frankly, I find myself wondering how long it will be before we dub Jordan Peele the new M. Night Shyamalan -- and not in a good way. Lupita Nyong'o is definitely superb, though, no question about that.
  7. Now starring Michael B. Jordan.
  8. Just a quick note to say that Captain Marvel (co-directed by a man and a woman) is now the 2nd-highest-grossing film co-directed by a woman overseas and worldwide (behind Frozen, which was also co-directed by a man and a woman), and it is now the top-grossing live-action film (co-)directed by a woman overseas and worldwide (previous champs: Mamma Mia! overseas and Wonder Woman worldwide, each of which was directed by a woman, solo, without any male co-directors). Captain Marvel still ranks behind Wonder Woman in North America.
  9. I saw it with one of my 13-year-olds, who liked it, though I couldn't help thinking that its pro-diversity, anti-division message was very much located in a story that climaxes with the violent destruction of a demonized "other" (and a female "other", at that). But it was a fun yarn in any case. For whatever that's worth.
  10. The movie has a title now. And it's coming out November 1, thirty-five years and six days after the original movie came out.
  11. Coming (finally!) to American theatres April 12. Don't know about Canadian theatres. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/filmchat/2019/03/mary-magdalene-is-finally-coming-to-american-theatres.html
  12. Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), The Eternals (in development) and Shang-Chi (in development). Also, links to our threads on the TV series Agents of SHIELD (2013-present), Agent Carter (2015-2016), Daredevil (2015-2018) and Inhumans (2017), plus our general thread on the various Netflix shows, including Daredevil but also Jessica Jones (2015-2019), Luke Cage (2016-2018), Iron Fist (2017-2018), The Defenders (2017) and The Punisher (2017-2018). We don't seem to have threads on Runaways (2017-present) or Cloak & Dagger (2018-present).  Links to our threads on Cate Shortland's previous films Somersault (2004) and Lore (2012). We don't appear to have a thread on Berlin Syndrome (2017). - - - Florence Pugh in Talks to Join Scarlett Johansson in 'Black Widow' Rising actress Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, Marvel’s stand-alone feature on the Avengers heroine. Cate Shortland, the Australian filmmaker perhaps best known for the Nazi drama Lore, is directing the project, which is scheduled to shoot in June in London. Plot details are being kept behind the Iron Curtain, but it will be an internationally set story centering on Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and Avenger. Pugh will play a spy on the same level as Romanoff, likely her moral opposite. Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for Black Widow. . . . The Hollywood Reporter, March 18
  13. Peter T Chattaway

    Shang-Chi

    Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and The Eternals (in development). Also, links to our threads on the TV series Agents of SHIELD (2013-present), Agent Carter (2015-2016), Daredevil (2015-2018) and Inhumans (2017), plus our general thread on the various Netflix shows, including Daredevil but also Jessica Jones (2015-2019), Luke Cage (2016-2018), Iron Fist (2017-2018), The Defenders (2017) and The Punisher (2017-2018). We don't seem to have threads on Runaways (2017-present) or Cloak & Dagger (2018-present). Links to our threads on Cretton's previous films Short Term 12 (2013) and Just Mercy (2020). We don't seem to have threads on I Am Not a Hipster (2012) or The Glass Castle (2017). - - - Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’ EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote that stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. This is in keeping with the studio’s goal to take Shang-Chi in a direction like Black Panther and populate it with Asian-American talent. When Deadline first revealed the project late last year, the studio had set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay. . . . Callaham has strong credentials in the superhero and franchise-building realms and his own experiences as a Chinese-American will inform the Shang-Chi movie mythology. His recent work includes co-writing with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns the upcoming DC Warner Bros sequel Wonder Woman 1984, and he is writing Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. He also wrote initial drafts of Zombieland 2, which began production in January, and created and produced Amazon’s recent action comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Callaham also created the Expendables franchise as well as the story for Legendary’s Godzilla reboot. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, hatched by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. The script will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. The comic launched around the time that Enter the Dragon became a global sensation and martial arts films raged. . . . Deadline.com, March 13
  14. Storyboards from an abandoned animated adaptation of The Magician's Nephew in the early 1980s.
  15. Links to our threads on Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), Shrek Forever After (2010), Puss in Boots (2011) and Shrek 5 (in development), as well as the Shrek Broadway musical. ‘Spider-Verse’ Director Bob Persichetti Will Helm ‘Puss In Boots 2’ Persichetti, an industry veteran who started at Disney back when they did hand-drawn animation in the 1990s, is no stranger to the world of Puss in Boots. He was head of story on the original film, and also voiced the film’s Ohhh Cat. Illumination’s Latifa Ouaou, who produced the first Puss in Boots, will return in the same role for this new installment, and will oversee development on behalf of producer Chris Meledandri and Illumination, which, like DWA, is a subsidiary of Comcast-NBCUniversal. Cartoon Brew, February 27
  16. Peter T Chattaway

    Space Jam 2

    Coming July 16, 2021. The Variety story says rumours of this film have been around since 2015, but you can see from the posts above that they were around for at least a year before that, too.
  17. kenmorefield wrote: : There's a place at the end where--well, no I guess I won't give away "spoilers" (though, honestly whoever watches the first half of this movie and doesn't know how certain scenes in the second half are going to go is not someone I would have an otherwise deep conversation with) . . . I've seen the movie, and I'm not sure what you're referring to here, specifically. But there were certainly scenes in the second half where characters weren't being as... proactively cautious... as I would think they should have been in the situations they were in. I mean, even right to the very last shot, which was pretty predictable...
  18. Amy Adams Inks First-Look Deal With HBO; Starts Production Company, Developing ‘Poisonwood Bible’ Amy Adams has signed a first-look deal with HBO and launched new production company Bond Group Entertainment with her manager Stacy O’Neil. HBO also announced the first project under the deal, Poisonwood Bible, based on the Barbara Kingsolver novel, which is being developed as a limited series. . . . Co-written by Anya Epstein (The Affair, In Treatment) and Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible, based on Kingsolver’s novel, follows Orleanna Price, the wife of an evangelical missionary who takes her and their four daughters to the Belgian Congo in the midst of colonial upheaval in 1959. What follows is a suspenseful epic of tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction in the interlocked fates of one family and a newly independent African nation. . . . Deadline.com, March 12
  19. So how much time *did* Bruce Wayne need to set up that bat-signal at the end? "There are only 8 hours of actual night during winter in Gotham. Why? Due to the 12-hour ticking clock, I learned the events started unfolding around 7:00 PM. . . . The random daylight patterns prove the fictional Gotham has some weird things going on."
  20. Peter T Chattaway

    Capernaum

    Andrew wrote: : It's a curious choice - as I recall, it was the name of Jesus' hometown before he started his ministry. I was *going* to say that Jesus' hometown was Nazareth, and that Capernaum is where Peter, Andrew, James and John worked as fishermen before Jesus called them to his ministry -- but a quick glance at the concordance indicates that Jesus did "live in Capernaum" after leaving Nazareth, according to Matthew 4:13. Huh. Oh, and apparently one can infer from Mark 2:1 that the famous story of the cripple being let down through the roof actually took place at Jesus' own home; for some reason -- thanks to Zeffirelli, probably -- I always imagined it happening at someone else's house. (I was actually *in* Capernaum a few months ago, for what it's worth, and visited a church that has been built over a first-century house that is thought by some to have belonged to one of the fisherman-disciples.) The interview kenmorefield quoted wrote: : "Capernaum in French is used usually in French literature to signify chaos, to signify hell, disorder," she said. Huh. I wonder why that is. ... Merriam-Webster says the word in question is actually "capharnaum", and that it means "a confused jumble : a place marked by a disorderly accumulation of objects", and that the word derived this meaning "from the crowd before the house where Jesus preached" in Mark 2:2 (i.e. when the cripple was let down through the roof).
  21. Just a quick note to say that I have added Captain Marvel -- which was co-directed by a man and a woman -- to the list above. The $153 million that it made in North America this weekend is the biggest opening for any film (co-)directed by a woman, beating the $103.3 million that Wonder Woman (directed by a woman solo) opened to two years ago.
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