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  1. 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
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    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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  5. 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."
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    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).
  7. 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.
  8. Joel Mayward wrote: : I must admit, prolonged analysis of Rotten Tomatoes' metrics on these things feels like a literal exercise in missing the point--are the negative reviews actually being read, are they consistent in their negative critiques, what are the strengths/weaknesses being noted throughout reviews, etc.? The content of the reviews would be more interesting data, in my opinion. No argument there. But it's still a handy way to gauge critical consensus. And of course, one could also ask if the *positive* reviews are really being read. (I haven't seen most of the MCU movies more than once, but I'm skeptical that Black Panther, for example, is really the best film of the bunch, even though its RT score would suggest that it is. And certainly there are MCU films that *fell* in my estimation when I watched them a second time, e.g. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I suspect many people would have similar reactions to many of the other MCU movies too. I mean, how many people *now* would argue that Thor: The Dark World, for example, really deserves a "fresh" RT score, which is what it has? But RT, for the most part, gauges first reactions only.) : Captain Marvel had the biggest opening weekend for a female-led film, with $153 million in North America, $455 million worldwide. How quickly we forget the Star Wars and Hunger Games franchises. (Even if we bracket off the Rey-led films, which kept the male protagonists of the original Star Wars trilogy in key supporting roles, there are still Rogue One and Catching Fire to consider, at least in North America.)
  9. Starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. This movie was held up for a while, because of lawsuits and whatnot I believe, but apparently it's ready to be released now (at least in Australia, where Transmission Films is based).
  10. Captain Marvel is now down to 79% at Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it 16th out of the 21 MCU films released to date. It is the lowest-rated MCU film since Avengers: Age of Ultron four years ago, and if it weren't for that it would be the lowest since Thor: The Dark World six years ago, and if it weren't also for that it would be the lowest since the original Thor eight years ago. (Iron Man 2, which came out nine years ago, and The Incredible Hulk, which came out eleven years ago, are also lower.) So, broadly speaking, one could plausibly say that the critical consensus is that this is *one of* the worst MCU movies (though every single one did get a "fresh" rating on the Tomatometer). Incidentally, it intrigues me that most of the lowest-rated MCU movies came so early in the franchise's development. Is that because Marvel movies were actually less-good back then, or is it because there were fewer fanboy critics contributing to Rotten Tomatoes back then? kenmorefield wrote: : But what would interest me more than the numbers is anyone articulating a substantive difference between the two films that makes them go fresh for one and rotten for the other. From where I sit, all superhero movies are pretty much the same. Well, for starters, Gal Gadot is just more interesting than Brie Larson -- more nuanced, more charismatic, more vulnerable, etc. And the depiction of an all-female warrior society is intriguing in a way that the been-there, done-that Kree race is not (we already saw the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy, and we've seen other warrior races in outer space before). The action scenes in Captain Marvel are badly-filmed compared to those in other MCU movies, and I suspect they were worse than the action scenes in Wonder Woman too (I say this as one who thought Wonder Woman wasn't *that* different from the other DCEU movies, particularly towards the climax). But the movies are what the movies are. I'm more intrigued by the different audience responses to these films. I mean, why is there so much controversy about trolls around Captain Marvel (it's the only MCU film with a "rotten" audience score at Rotten Tomatoes) whereas there was none around Wonder Woman (which has an audience score almost as good as its critic score)? And this, despite the fact that the majority of Captain Marvel's opening-weekend audience was male while the majority of Wonder Woman's opening-weekend audience was female? Oh, and in case I haven't said it in this thread yet, I did not care for Captain Marvel myself. I found it dull, flat, etc. The fact that it's a prequel is bad enough (I say this as one who is currently alternating between episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Discovery, both of which are prequels to the original Star Trek), and the fact that it functions as a massive deus-ex-machina retcon within the MCU is also bad enough, but it compounds those structural problems by being an amnesia story full of flashbacks -- stuffing the back-story with even more back-story, as it were. To me it was emblematic of how uninspired the filmmaking was that Ronan, a villain we saw previously in Guardians of the Galaxy, comes across like some guy cosplaying Ronan here even though he's being played by the same actor who played him in the other film.
  11. Joel Mayward wrote: : Don't forget Jack Nicholson! Oh, of course! And speaking of Batman villains, Tommy Lee Jones had already won his Oscar for 1993's The Fugitive before he was cast as Two-Face in 1995's Batman Forever. And Marion Cotillard had already won an Oscar for 2008's La Vie en Rose before she played Talia al Ghul in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.
  12. Links to our threads on A Quiet Passion (2016) and Dickinson (in production).
  13. If we expand to DC, then Halle Berry was *already* an Oscar-winner when she starred in Catwoman, Faye Dunaway was already an Oscar-winner before she played the villain in Supergirl, and Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman had already won Oscars -- Brando, twice! -- before playing Jor-El and Lex Luthor, respectively, in Superman. Oh, and Kevin Spacey already had two Oscars under his belt before he played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns. Forgive me.
  14. (By the way, it just occurred to me that if we *did* count Halle Berry -- an X-Men co-star who won an Oscar two years after making her first X-Men movie -- then we should also count Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013, two years after co-starring in X-Men: First Class. And, like Berry, Lawrence has gone on to appear in three more X-Men movies as her bankability has gone up and then back down again.)
  15. Walter Chaw -- who spends the first couple paragraphs of his review denouncing incel trolls, just so no one will think he's coming at this film from the same perspective as those guys -- says this is not only the worst MCU film, but the worst DCEU film too. He also says it reminded him of last year's lousy Solo and A Wrinkle in Time movies.
  16. Movies like this always get really good Rotten Tomatoes ratings at first, as the easy-to-please fanboy reviews come in, and then the ratings tend to slide as we get closer to the release date and more sobre reviews trickle in. Captain Marvel had a 90% rating yesterday, and now it's at 83%, which puts it in the bottom half of the MCU franchise: Of the 21 MCU films released to date, Captain Marvel currently ranks 13th, behind Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor 3, Spider-Man, Avengers 1 + 3, Captain America 2 + 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 + 2, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man 2; and the eight films that still rank below it are Ant-Man, Iron Man 2 + 3, Captain America 1, Thor 1 + 2, Avengers 2 and The Incredible Hulk. (And note, incidentally, that not a single MCU movie has ever had a "rotten" Tomato rating. Ever.) And for what it's worth, Captain Marvel is also comfortably behind Wonder Woman, which has a Tomato rating of 93%.
  17. Not to be confused with the 2015 documentary about Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley. *This* film is a dramatization/fictionalization of the relationship between civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P Henson) and KKK leader C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell). It's currently slated for an April 5 release.
  18. This *was* going to come out in May 2020. Today they announced it's opening October 18, 2019 instead.
  19. Quite a few of the reviews I've seen so far (at IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter, The Playlist, etc.) have been mixed to negative. They're saying it's nowhere near as good as Wonder Woman, and I found *that* film overrated, so... (I note that the review at Ain't It Cool News even begins by saying that "the word of mouth around this film has been overwhelming enraged and negative"; the AICN critic actually liked the film, but apparently went into the movie worried by the bad buzz.) Joel Mayward wrote: : I don't think Halle Berry as Storm is considered in the MCU, despite both being Marvel.  Correct. The MCU refers to a specific set of universe-sharing movies that began with Iron Man in 2008. But even if we did count Fox's X-Men movies, I would note that Halle Berry did not win her Oscar until *after* the first X-Men movie came out in 2000 (she won the award in March 2002). So, an actor winning an Oscar *after* they've dabbled in comic-book movies is a little different from an actor whose career has gone in the opposite direction.
  20. Links to our threads on the Superman-featuring films Superman II (1980), Superman Returns (2006), Hollywoodland (2006), Man of Steel (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Justice League (2017) and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2018), as well as the never-filmed Superman Vs Batman and the in-development Supergirl film and the in-development Man of Steel and Justice League sequels. Links to our threads on other James Gunn films Super (2010), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and The Suicide Squad (2021). We don't seem to have a thread for Slither (2006), though it does come up in our thread on 'The cheap horror flick of the moment' (2006-2012).
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    Some of the people involved in producing and promoting films like Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, The Second Chance, War Room and I Can Only Imagine are now developing a movie about the biblical prophet and judge Deborah. This may be the first movie ever about Deborah. (Matt Page has written about a 1911 silent film called Jael and Sisera, which is based on the events described in Judges 4-5, but apparently that film omits Deborah from the story for some reason.)
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