There are more than 22,000 centenarians in the UK, and on 23 April there will be a sprightly addition to their number: Derek Granger, a former Granada TV producer whose credits include Brideshead Revisited and Coronation Street. Talking to Granger in his Thames-side flat, I don’t get the sense of a man who lives in the past: the latest books are on his desk alongside current copies of the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement, and he talks enthusiastically of pre-lockdown theatre visits to see Andrew Scott in Present Laughter and Ian McKellen in King Lear.
One figure who threads his way through Granger’s extraordinary life – and about whom he talks with caustic candour – is Laurence Olivier. It was through Olivier’s intervention that Granger, then a drama critic at the Brighton Evening Argus, was recommended in the mid-50s to the managing editor of the Financial Times, Garrett Moore, who later became Lord Drogheda.Continue reading...]]>
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ComingSoon.net recently spoke to Denise Gough and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Sebastian Stan. Both stars play leads in Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ romantic drama Monday, which is now available in select theaters and video on demand. During our talk, the duo went into detail about how they unconventionally prepped for the film and that their rehearsal was simply hanging out together.
“We both come from like rehearsing and kind of like spending time breaking down scenes and you know, your typical actor stuff,” explained Stan. “Then I feel like when we got there, Argyris instead one rest to just keep going to these dinners, and we’re like, ‘When are we rehearsing?’ And he’d be like, ‘Ah, tomorrow,’ and then we’d be in another dinner. I think we both realized that that was the rehearsal.”
Gough explained that the two stars went on a road trip together, which helped them improve their chemistry.
“We went on a road trip after two nights of knowing each other,” revealed Gough. “We got in a car with four people we hadn’t met a couple of weeks previous. I had been there a week longer than Sebastian had been. So, I had a little more time, but got in a car for four hours and drove to the producers’ [villa] that he owns or something. I went there for three days and now I look back and I think, I think you said it, Sebastian, where it was like, ‘Oh, that was the work.’ It was really clever the way he kept going, ‘Yeah. Don’t worry. We’ll do that.’ Because I thought we were going to sit down and kind of do the scenes. Then because I had done an improvise film before I was like, ‘Oh, I see. It’s not, we’re just hanging out, but there’s something deeper going on. Which meant that when we started, we sort of started as a twosome that had been hanging out, didn’t know each other very well, but it was helpful to what we had to then do together.”
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Stan credits the road trip and time together before filming for strengthening not just the bond between actors but also with the director.
“It got us so close with Argyris, which is again, why at the end of the movie was so sad,” Stan said. “The way they filmed over there is everyone’s involved like from hair and makeup to the crew, to the lighting. Like they all know each other. They’re all spending time together as they’re making it, and then, you know, everybody was sad when it was over.”
Gough found herself devastated by the time filming wrapped.
It was the first time I’d ever done anything like this. Like I’d never partnered in a film before. So when I left at the end, I just thought we should all live together in a big house in Greece. I started learning the language. I was like, ‘I’m Greek now.’ Everything. This is it. Right? We have all found each other. It’s perfect. So I was kind of spat back into my life going, ‘What was that?'”
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Luke Wilson is the latest actor to take the lead of a ragtag sports team in an inspiring drama full of life lessons. Heading all the way back to the time of The Great Depression, 12 Mighty Orphans follows the true story of a team of Fort Worth orphans known as the Mighty Mites and their surprising journey to the Texas state championships. We also would have accepted Remember the Mitans or Any Orphan Sunday. Anyway, watch the 12 Mighty Orphans trailer below.12 Mighty Orphans Trailer
The feel-good sports drama almost always works. There’s always an audience for these kind of movies, no matter how predictable and familiar they are. The only thing that really changes is the time period in which the story takes place, and this one mixes it up by heading back to the days when football helmets were simply leather and pads were almost non-existent. Plus, it also introduces some of the football strategies that are now commonplace in the sport.
Luke Wilson isn’t the only familiar face in town either. Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen add some veteran acting credits to the proceedings. Honestly, we’re surprised that “The Mighty Mites” didn’t end up being the title of the movie since one of the iconic actors says it in the trailer. But we’re betting that title sounded more like a kids movie than a prestige football drama, so here we are.
The rest of the cast includes Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Treat Williams, and…Blue Collar Comedy Tour comedian Ron White? Sure, why not. The movie is directed by Ty Roberts, who also co-wrote the script with Lane Garrison and Kevin Meyer. Here’s the official synopsis:
12 MIGHTY ORPHANS tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.
12 Mighty Orphans arrives in select theaters on June 11, 2021 and will expand into more theaters after that.
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"People call me an actor. I wouldn't necessarily call myself an actor. I would call myself an artist." Netflix has released a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman. The 20-minute short documentary tribute is titled Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist and it's available now on the streaming service, and can be watched for the next 30 days there. Writers, directors and actors come together in a conversation about the extraordinary artistic process of Chadwick Boseman. Featuring interviews with Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Taylour Paige, Danai Gurira, George C. Wolfe, Phylicia Rashad, Spike Lee, and others. We'll find out next weekend if Chadwick will posthumously win an Oscar for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, but he was great in all his films - from 42 to Marshall to Da 5 Bloods to Get on Up to, of course, Black Panther. ›››
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The Best Novel ballot is a pretty good illustration of why I’m not reading/voting this year. This isn’t to say they’re bad novels or anything, but there’s this tendency in the Hugo awards where certain authors catch on and get nominated year after year. One of the reasons I followed along with the Hugos (even before actively participating) was that they introduced me to new or different work. They got me out of my comfort zone. But they go in waves, and if a set of authors you don’t care for gets hot, then interest fades.
This year’s nominees have mostly been nominated recently, if they haven’t won recently. Four have had finalists in the last few years. One of the others (Network Effect by Martha Wells) is new to the Best Novel ballot, but it’s a sequel to a series of novellas which have entries that have been nominated and won. For the record, that’s the only one I’ve already read, and I really enjoy that series, so it’s a well deserved nomination in my book. The other is the second novel by an author whose first novel won the award in 2005. That’s also one that I might actually get to someday, award or no award. If you expand name recognition to the other categories, it gets even worse.
I suspect in a couple years I’ll take a look and see a bunch of new folks, at which point I might join in again. The genre is much larger these days, with much more volume than in the earlier days of fandom, so you’d think that the tendency for repeat names would be more limited now, but I guess the awards are more representative of the voters than the genre itself. For now, I’ll continue to follow the news, but not read along…Short Fiction
Even here, I see a lot of familiar names, and it’s also kinda funny that every nominated novella is published by Tor.com. Is no one else publishing novellas? In theory, I like the idea of reading a bunch of short fiction – it’s could be like a sampler platter of what’s going on in SF. But I’m almost invariably disappointed in these categories. I’m sure there’s some good stuff in there, but the bevy of familiar names don’t interest me that much.Best Series
This award continues to baffle. In theory, it could be used to recognize series that have built up a readership over time and become more than the sum of its parts. Or something like that. In practice, it seems to be dominated by authors and series that also get best novel nominations. For instance, two of this year’s best series nominees also have an entry on the best novel ballot. On the other hand, there are some series here that do seem to fit the bill. Of course, there’s also the logistical challenge of this award. How can anyone have enough time to read all these series? I know this year’s voting period is much longer than normal (thanks Pandemic!), but it’s still got to be impossible to vote for this, unless you’ve already read most of the nominees (or if you only give each series a cursory read).Best Dramatic Presentation
This award is always very strange, and it features this year’s weirdest finalist: what the hell is Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga doing on this list? The list is otherwise pretty decent, though there’s obviously lots of smaller fare that the voters never seem to go for. Pour one out for the likes of: Possessor, The Vast of Night, Color Out of Space, Archive, and The Wolf of Snow Hollow (as usual, some of these may have eligibility issues due to weird distribution dates, but still). Also, how did The Invisible Man not garner a nom? It’s so squarely within the voter’s usual wheelhouse…Other Thoughts on the 2021 Hugo Awards
I’m perhaps being overly grumpy in this post. Congrats to all the nominees. I would still encourage folks to play along with the Hugo Awards at some point (2021 or not), as I’ve always found it interesting, even when I don’t love the books. That said, I know enough about this year’s crop to know that I probably won’t enjoy a lot of them, so I’m opting out. I’ll still be curious to see who wins and what the awards look like next year though.
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Just in time for the film’s theatrical and digital debut, ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with horror genre vet Larry Fessenden (The Dead Don’t Die) to discuss his role in the Barbara Crampton-led chiller Jakob’s Wife, which is out now!
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ComingSoon.net: So Jakob’s Wife is an absolute blast of a movie. I got to check it out before South by Southwest and then at SXSW, and I just love it so much, but what about it really like drew you to the project?
Larry Fessenden: Well, I have a relationship with Barbara, we’ve done radio plays together and two movies, though I didn’t see her on the first, on You’re Next, but she’s just fantastic, and I guess we’re a little bit older than the kids out there, so there’s sort of a camaraderie of being middle-aged. I liked the script a great deal, and then I had also known Travis for some years, so it was a great combination of personalities behind the camera, and it was a great role for me to do something a little different, as a man of the cloth.
CS: I was gonna say, that was one thing I talked about a little bit with Barbara as well was that it was a very different role than what we’re used to seeing you in where you’re more rambunctious of sorts, but in this one, you’re a little more timid. You’re a man of the cloth! What was it like exploring this different personality for you?
LF: Well, I like that, you know, I am interested in philosophy and some sort of thoughtful things of how do you get along in life and how are you a good leader, so there’s some sort of aspects of the character that I related to, maybe not religion, but the idea of having responsibility in a community. Then I just think it’s funny to play an uptight, older white guy [laughs] who’s sort of oppressive to his wife, so I was able to access all of my grumpy attitude. It was fun.
CS: Would you say that you had any sort of creative challenges than going into the role?
LF: No, the way I approach acting is you try to find some empathy with the character and understand where he’s coming from, and then you just bring that to each scene. Then, of course, the director makes adjustments, and you have the other actor to play off, which was a great privilege to work with Barbara. She’s so lively, always just really jams with anything. So that combination is really a winning one.
CS: It was interesting to hear Barbara talk about how long she had been trying to get this project off the ground, so I’m curious for you what was it like working with her where she’s acting in both the producer and actor’s chair?
LF: At this level of filmmaking, you’re all working together to make the movie. It was very natural to hear her concerns as a producer, she had ideas about casting, you know, Travis had written the scripts after the other writers he had done a pass, so it was fun to watch her dealing with her fellow producer Bob Portal, Travis and then me as an actor, but also as a filmmaker. It all seemed very natural to me. I often wear many hats, and it was great to see her really flexing her muscles as a producer, and she enjoys filmmaking and the genre.
CS: Since you mentioned that you’d worn different hats as well, what was it like for you working with Travis to sort of help further flesh out your character, given that you know you’ve worked as well as both a writer and director in the past?
LF: He had a nice idea, he asked us to fill out some sort of questionnaire for our characters, and it’s one of those things where I don’t think he was trying to learn what our answers were, but gave us the opportunity to sort of think about how our characters would answer the questions. Like one of them was “Who was my favorite president?” as my character, and that was sort of cool. It was fun to just come up with an answer. It forced you to give a backstory and all kinds of other things about our relationship, what was her first boyfriend, and what was my first girlfriend and all these kind of things. So I thought that was really inventive of Travis. There were other times on set when I might sometimes suggest a way to do something, but he had a strong vision. It’s all collaboration, and, you know, the actors are in the service of the director, so I only gave advice if he seemed overwrought.
CS: You and Barbara have worked plenty of times before, but what was it like building the chemistry for your character-specific relationship before bringing it in front of the camera?
LF: Well, the cool thing is that we filmed in Mississippi, but we all went down there, and we never went home, that’s where we lived for the month. Barbara and I lived in a house together, so we sort of lived the married life. Someone would make the coffee in the morning, etc., and we hung out both before and after shooting. So that was nice. I think we both knew that not only were we enjoying each other as actors and as fellow artists, but we also were sort of logging in the time together, which gives you a more naturalistic character. We just like talking. We talked about our own marriages. It was cool. It’s very not always what happens to a lot of movies. You walk on set, and you just start working, and it’s very disorienting.
CS: I can only imagine, especially if it’s like, ‘Hey, we got to go be a married couple in five minutes.’
LF: I mean, that would be a badly-directed movie. [laughs]
CS: You’ve had plenty of movies that you’ve been a part of that have gotten into South by, but what was it like hearing that this had gotten into it and then seeing this outpour of love from the horror community upon its premiere?
LF: Well, the outpour of love was so wonderful, and it was so great to see Barbara, who did work long and hard on this movie, just getting props. It really felt like it was a culmination of her hopes and dreams for the piece because it’d been through a lot of iterations. It’s always satisfying to see that, and for myself, I was very happy to be part of it, and I enjoyed that people chuckled at my whole look in the movie, all cleaned up. You don’t realize how people think of you until you change up, and then everybody’s in shock, so that was fun. For me, it was pretty torturous because I looked like I’m 20 pounds heavier just because of those. But that’s the joy of acting. You throw away any kind of vanity and really become the character to whatever degree one is in the method. That’s the job. It’s a fun, fun job.
CS: This isn’t the first time in a horror movie either where you’ve had to get bloody, but what was it like filming some of the more gory or practical effects-heavy sequences in the film.
LF: I’m always very at home with all that ever since I was a kid, you know, I’d put bullet wounds all over myself. And real blood too. I’ve always been prone to helping myself and living on the edge [chuckles]. So it was all fun, it was cold, so some of the geysers of blood got a little icky, but it’s all part of the gig. I enjoy it. In horror, you’re shocking people in one way or another, and that’s sort of been my M.O. [laughs], make people feel uncomfortable, that’s my jam.
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CS: So what was it then like for you getting to see Bonnie in the full Master wardrobe and makeup?
LF: Well, Bonnie is so cool. She’s such a big character anyway as a person. She’d show up and do a couple days and then disappear, but I think design is fantastic. It obviously references Nosferatu and Salem’s Lot, those sort of categories of vampire films, and I just think that’s such a favorite of mine, and hers is so awesome. It was great fun with that kind of iconic-looking character. It’s like welcoming back an old friend, that particular conceit, that design, that sort of rat-like face.
CS: To look away from Jakob’s Wife, it’s been a while since we really have seen you step behind the director’s chair, Depraved was the last thing I can think of off the top of my head, so I’m curious when are we going to see you get back in the get back in that saddle?
LF: I’m hoping this fall, you know, got to find the money, that’s really the only inch every time. But I got a script, I’m very excited, I’m starting to gear up, and nowadays I try to spend as little time on the money as possible. That sacrifices to make a movie cheaply, but I’m fine with that, so I hope I can find a couple of shekels early this fall. That would be pretty dreamy.
CS: Is it going to be another horror outing from you, or are you traveling outside the genre a little bit this time?
LF: Certainly not! It’s a full-blown horror! More accessible than maybe my other films, though I mean, my movies are always a little elevated, preoccupied with different things. I’m not gonna give it away, but at the core is a very familiar, beloved monster, so I’m excited to get into it.
Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor) and co-written with Mark Steensland (The Special) and Kathy Charles (Castle Freak), the film centers on Anne, who is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master,” she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows, and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.
Alongside Crampton (We Are Still Here), the cast for the film includes Fessenden (Stake Land), Nyisha Bell (Coming 2 America), Mark Kelly (The Hot Zone), Sarah Lind (Wolfcop), Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Vamp), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun, The Conjuring 2) and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk, Girl on the Third Floor).
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The horror-thriller is an AMP production produced by Bob Portal (It Came From The Desert), Inderpal Singh (The Hoarder), Crampton and Stevens. RLJE Films is a business unit of AMC Networks, while Shudder is the studio’s premium streaming service for horror, thriller and supernatural titles.
Jakob’s Wife made its debut at SXSW last month to rave reviews and is now in select theaters and on digital platforms!
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In this edition of TV Bits:
I have not yet seen the Cinemax series Warrior (I know, I’m part of the reason the show was on the bubble), but its fans will be pleased to know that the series has officially been given a greenlight for season 3 and that it has moved over to HBO Max. The action-packed show is based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. Andrew Koji leads the cast.
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) takes over for previous star Gabriel Byrne in the latest season of HBO’s In Treatment, which is set ten years after the season 3 finale. The show will air two back-to-back episodes every Sunday and Monday beginning May 23 and May 24, 2021.
Frances Fisher, who recently played a supporting role in Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen and is still best known for playing Rose’s mother in Titanic, has joined the cast of The Sinner season 4. She’ll join fellow Sinner newbie Alice Kremelberg (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and returning favorite Bill Pullman, who has appeared in every season so far.
Here’s a trailer for Pray Obey Kill, the terribly named but intriguing HBO documentary series about a murder that resulted in a small Swedish commune getting international attention. It’s a salacious story, and although the first two episodes are a little slow, I’m curious enough to want to see this through to the end. (Almost none of the interviews in this trailer are featured in the first two episodes, which leads me to believe things get a bit more wild in the back half of the show.)
Reina Hardesty (Brockmire) has joined Amazon’s untitled The Boys spin-off in “a lead role,” according to Deadline. But since the outlet doesn’t know anything about her character – no name, no details, nada – let’s just move on, shall we?
While fans wait to see who Jeopardy! hires to be the late Alex Trebek’s full-time replacement, previous champ Buzzy Cohen will be hosting next month’s Tournament of Champions.
Michael Cera, whom I haven’t personally thought about since his ridiculous guest appearance in Twin Peaks: The Return, is co-starring with Amy Schumer in a new Hulu comedy called Life & Beth. Schumer will write, direct, executive produce, and star in the show, which follows a woman who’s life “looks pretty great on paper. Impressive to everyone she grew up with, she makes a good living as a wine distributor. She’s in a long term relationship with an attractive, successful guy and lives in Manhattan. When a sudden incident forces Beth to engage with her past, her life changes forever. Through flashbacks to her teen self, Beth starts to learn how she became who she is and who she wants to become.” Cera will play a farmer/chef named John.
Pepi Sonuga (9-1-1, Thriller) and Andrew Dice Clay (Blue Jasmine, A Star Is Born) are the latest actors to join Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, the show that chronicles the whirlwind romance and famous sex tape exploits of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Sonuga plays Melania, Pam’s overprotective best friend and wing-woman. The Dice Man will play a mob guy named Butchie who suffers no fools, but seems to constantly be forced to deal with fools anyway. Lily James and Sebastian Stan play the title roles.
Comedian and actor Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2) has been cast as a series regular in The Man Who Fell to Earth, the upcoming Showtime adaptation of the 1976 movie that starred David Bowie. This version has Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead role. Delaney is set to play a guy named “Hatch Flood, the ne’er-do-well of a prominent tech family, whose obsession with the work of a previous visitor from the stars causes him to lose everything, including his family.”
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Image Credit: TMS Entertainment / Toho CompanyIMAX Update | Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet opens strong in Japan
The 23rd film in the popular Detective Conan franchise (known as Case Closed in the United States) is a hit in Japan. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet had a great opening weekend in its native Japan as it brought in $1.2 million. As it was only shown on 38 IMAX screens, that means each screen brought in $32,000. That’s the third-highest IMAX opening weekend since the pandemic began behind Demon Slayer and Shin Evangelion.
As far as all-time records Detective Conan: Scarlet Bullet achieved, it’s now the 4th highest opening IMAX screen for a local Japanese title and was just 5 percent behind Weathering With You‘s opening. It’s the third-highest IMAX opening day for a local film in Japan and the 8th highest IMAX opening ever in the country, passing Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As always, the film series based on the popular anime and manga of the same name features shrunken detective Shinichi Kudo as he poses as Conan Edogawa and solves crimes. The latest film revolves around an Olympics-like sports festival and a high-speed bullet train.
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Elsewhere, Godzilla vs. Kong brought in $1.4 million this weekend to raise its IMAX total to $35 million. A re-release of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brought in $700,000 in China and Russia, raising it to $1.3 million since being brought back to theaters.
Next week will see Mortal Kombat open on 334 IMAX screens, while Demon Slayer will have Thursday previews and select showings over the weekend. Plus, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final will release in Japan, and Wrath of Man opens in Russia.
RELATED: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Remastered to Arrive in IMAX Theaters Tomorrow
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"You want to be something you cannot be. You want to be good in a world that is bad." Kino Lorber in the US has debuted their own official US trailer for the acclaimed, award-winning German epic drama Berlin Alexanderplatz, from filmmaker Burhan Qurbani. This premiered at last year's Berlin Film Festival and later won four German Film Awards including Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Score. This was also listed as my #2 film of 2020 on my Top 10 list from last year, as it reminded me of City of God in many ways. Qurbani is the third filmmaker to reinterpret the classic novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (a mini-series by R.W. Fassbinder was released in 1980). This modern day update follows an an undocumented immigrant from West Africa named Francis, played by Welket Bungué, who spirals further into the drug scene in Berlin in order to survive. This also stars Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Annabelle Mandeng, Joachim Król, Richard Fouofié Djimeli, & Rufina Neumann. It runs 3 hours, but it's a phenomenal deep dive into the modern refugee experience in Berlin and I highly recommend giving this film your time. ›››
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Spider-Man: No Way Home hasn’t been very good at keeping the exciting secrets of the webslinging sequel. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are rumored to be returning as their respective versions of Spider-Man alongside the Marvel Cinematic Universe webhead Tom Holland. But along with the multiple Spider-Men, there have been reports of Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina are reprising their villainous roles as Electro and Doc Ock, and one of them has finally confirmed their return.
Alfred Molina confirmed, probably much to the chagrin of Kevin Feige, that he will indeed be back as Dr. Otto Octavius in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The actor said, “When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret. But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!” Butterfingers!
Variety got the confirmation from Alfred Molina in a recent interview. Though he was excited to return to the role, he acknowledged the one major concern that he had about returning to a role that he played nearly 20 years ago. Molina said:
“It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly dodgy lower back.”
Molina expressed this concern to director Jon Watts, who helmed the previous Spider-Man movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Watts reminded Molina about the digital de-aging that was done with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War and Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel, but that didn’t entirely wash away the actor’s concerns. Molina mentioned The Irishman de-aging on Robert De Niro and one aspect that didn’t quite work:
“They made Robert De Niro’s face younger, but when he was fighting, he looked like an older guy. He looked like an old guy! That’s what worried me about doing it again. I don’t have the same physicality that I had 17 years ago.”
But again, technology came to the rescue, because Molina said he quickly realized, “It’s the tentacles that do all the work… the arms are doing all the killing and smashing and breaking.”
That means we’ll be getting the full blown villainous version of Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2. In fact, Molina has revealed exactly when Spider-Man: Far From Home catches back up with Doc Ock. Whatever happens in the sequel, Alfred Molina will be seen in the climactic moment of Spider-Man 2 when his unstable experimental fusion reactor threatens to destroy New York City and Peter Parker convinces him to override the mechanical arms that have driven him mad and stop the machine. Perhaps this moment will be interrupted, never giving Doc Ock his moment of redemption and keeping him as a villain.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is slated to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
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The plaintiff, Gil, has a visual impairment, and he uses screen reading software to browse the Internet. The parties stipulated that Winn-Dixie’s website “was not designed specifically to integrate with screen reader software.” As a consequence, the screen reader software didn’t work with the website’s prescription refill functionality.
Gil sued Winn-Dixie for violating the ADA (Title III). Winn-Dixie admitted that its physical stores were places of public accommodation subject to Title III, but denied that its websites were similarly covered by Title III. After a bench trial, the district court ruled for Gil. In a 2-1 decision, the 11th Circuit reversed.
Are Websites Places of Public Accommodation? Title III expressly defines “grocery stores” as places of public accommodation. However, the majority says:
The statutory language in Title III of the ADA defining ‘public accommodation’ is unambiguous and clear….All of these listed types of locations are tangible, physical places. No intangible places or spaces, such as websites, are listed. Thus, we conclude that, pursuant to the plain language of Title III of the ADA, public accommodations are limited to actual, physical places. Necessarily then, we hold hat websites are not a place of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA. Therefore, Gil’s inability to access and communicate with the website itself is not a violation of Title III
The majority notes a circuit split on this question. It cites the 3rd, 6th, and 9th Circuits on its side, and the 1st and 7th Circuits in opposition.
Title III also can be violated if there are “intangible barriers” to enjoying places of public accommodation. That doctrine doesn’t help Gil either:
Winn-Dixie’s limited use website, although inaccessible by individuals who are visually disabled, does not function as an intangible barrier to an individual with a visual disability accessing the goods, services, privileges, or advantages of Winn-Dixie’s physical stores (the operative place of public accommodation). Specifically, Winn-Dixie’s website has only limited functionality. Most importantly, it is not a point of sale; all purchases must occur at the store. Further, all interactions with Winn-Dixie which can be (although need not be) initiated on the website must be completed in-store: prescription pick-ups and redemption of coupons. And nothing prevents Gil from shopping at the physical store. In fact, he had done so for many years before he freely chose to stop shopping there. Although Gil was not always happy with the speed or privacy of the service he received at the pharmacy, nothing prevented Gil from refilling his prescriptions during his time as a Winn-Dixie customer. And for years, Gil used paper coupons at Winn-Dixie’s stores, despite any inconveniences such use entailed.
The majority distinguishes the because Winn-Dixie didn’t accept online orders, unlike Domino’s website. Also, the Ninth Circuit adopted a legal standard regarding the website’s “nexus” with the physical business, and the 11th Circuit has rejected that nexus theory.
A dissent says: “Winn-Dixie’s visually-impaired customers therefore were treated differently than its sighted customers and denied the full and equal enjoyment of services, privileges, and advantages offered by Winn-Dixie stores. I would hold that this inferior treatment amounted to disability discrimination by the operator of a place of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA….Winn-Dixie treated Gil as a second-class customer, offering him different and inferior prescription and coupon services than it provided to its nondisabled customers.”
The majority’s conclusion is not novel. I still teach the (uncited) 2003 Noah v. AOL decision. It was a Title II case, not a Title III case, but it defined places of public accommodation as “actual, physical places and structures.” That did not include AOL.
Despite the majority’s rooting in the decades-old precedent, this ruling surely compounds the misery of any lawyer trying to figure out when the ADA applies to websites. Superficially, this ruling can be harmonized with cases like Robles. If the website accepts e-commerce orders, the ADA applies; if not, no. However, the discussion about “intangible barriers,” “auxiliary aids,” and “nexus” between websites and physical businesses is sufficiently cloudy that I doubt any lawyer feels really secure advising on this question. This might be a good case for an en banc rehearing (especially because the deciding vote was cast by a district court judge sitting by designation); and the clutter among the circuits sets this issue up for an eventual Supreme Court cert if Congress doesn’t fix the statutory language itself.
On that front, recall Justice Thomas embraced “places of public accommodation” as a way of mandating must-carry rules on Internet services. If a website ADA case does go up to the Supreme Court, I’m not sure how the “conservative” justices will proceed. Consistent with Justice Thomas’ censorial goals, an activist conservative jurist might actually reject the Gil majority’s reasoning to facilitate allowing suits against websites for discriminatory content moderation. However, the author of the majority opinion in Gil is a Trump appointee. This suggests that “conservative” judges may struggle choosing among the conflicting goals of using civil rights laws to advance censorship or disadvantaging minority interests to favor businesses.
Here’s the piece I don’t understand. Obviously Winn-Dixie didn’t want to get buried by an avalanche of ADA plaintiffs, but according to the majority opinion, Winn-Dixie said it would cost $250k to get its website in compliance with the ADA (or maybe it’s just screen readers–the language isn’t precise). $250k is almost certainly less than Winn-Dixie spent on its defense costs here. So it seems like Winn-Dixie would have saved money by paying some settlement money to Gil and spending $250k to fix the site; plus, compliance would generate additional revenues from visually impaired customers. Why didn’t Winn-Dixie do that?
Case citation: , 17-13467 (11th Cir. April 7, 2021)
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Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of the TV shows that have been most prominent on Netflix's daily top-10 lists.
Description: "A crew of misfits investigates a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 78%
What critics said: "Did I mention that there's magic? The Irregulars isn't content to simply shift the perspective away from Holmes: Here, the mysteries are supernatural." — The Ringer (season one)8. "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn" (Nickelodeon, 2014-2018)
Description: "Just because they're quadruplets, that doesn't mean these 10-year-olds always get along. But for all the bickering, they're loyal to the last."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A
What critics said: N/A7. "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" (Nickelodeon, 2015-present)
Description: "When Paris is in peril, Marinette becomes Ladybug. Little does she know, her school crush Adrien is actually Cat Noir, another city-saving superhero."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A
What critics said: N/A6. "Family Reunion" (Netflix original, 2019-present)
Description: "When the McKellan family moves from Seattle to small-town Georgia, life down South — and traditional grandparents — challenge their big-city ways."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A
What critics said: N/A5. "Ginny and Georgia" (Netflix original, 2021-present)
Description: "Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%
What critics said: "The body of the series is a bantery young-adult soap, the head a woman-on-the-edge thriller, and the tail a race melodrama. The creator, Sarah Lampert, must have looked upon her handiwork with proud amusement." — New Yorker (season one)4. "Cocomelon" (YouTube, 2019-present)
Description: "Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!"
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A
What critics said: N/A3. "The Serpent" (Netflix original, 2021)
Description: "In the 1970s, merciless killer Charles Sobhraj preys on travelers exploring the "hippie trail" of South Asia. Based on shocking true events."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%
What critics said: "The Serpent ends up being an infuriating blueprint for how bad storytelling choices, bad accents and an opaque central performance can thwart even the most inherently gripping of yarns." — Hollywood Reporter2. "Who Killed Sara?" (Netflix original, 2021-present)
Description: "Hell-bent on exacting revenge and proving he was framed for his sister's murder, Álex sets out to unearth much more than the crime's real culprit."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 86%
What critics said: "A passable revenge thriller with barely enough to set it apart from the rest ..." — Film Companion (season one)1. "This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist" (Netflix original, 2021)
Description: "In 1990, two men dressed as cops con their way into a Boston museum and steal a fortune in art. Take a deep dive into this daring and notorious crime."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%
What critics said: "'Stale' shouldn't be a word used to describe the retelling of the world's largest art heist, but [in] the series' lowest points, it undeniably is. However, there are enough narrative highs to make it worth watching." — SalonRead the original article on Business Insider ]]>
Image Credit: TrillerJustin Bieber set to appear on HBO Max Friends: The Reunion special
HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion special is reportedly set to feature one of the world’s most popular musical acts along with original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc.
“Holy” singer Justin Bieber is said to have filmed a cameo while wearing the “Spudnik” costume that was originally featured in the show’s eighth season finale. The potato costume was originally worn by Schwimmer’s character on the show, Ross. Despite wearing a pretty embarrassing outfit, Bieber was in good spirits and was happy to be involved in the legendary sitcom’s reunion.
“Justin was honored to be involved and didn’t mind sending himself up wearing a ridiculous costume,” a source told The Sun. “It was all run like a military operation to keep details under wraps, and Justin nailed it.”
Check out the legendary “Spudnik” scene below to see the costume that Bieber will wear:
Directed by Ben Winston, the Friends: The Reunion special is also said to feature LeBlanc recreating the iconic scene where his character, Joey Tribbiani, wears Chandler Bing’s clothes and does lunges.
Clearly, everyone involved in the special, which is set to release on HBO Max later this year. Original producers Kevin Bright, Kauffman and David Crane will return. Meanwhile, the six stars will executive produce alongside Emma Conway and James Longman.
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HBO Max purchased the rights to the iconic series, which had previously streamed on Netflix, for $425 million. Each of the six main cast members is said to be making $3-4 million for their involvement in the special.
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My name is Tyler Treese and I recently became the new Managing Editor at ComingSoon.net. What does that change in leadership for the site mean? It means a new vision for our editorial team, fresh ideas and plenty of changes to come. However, there’s a lot to love about ComingSoon.net currently and that’s a major focus of this introduction.
When I look at the site, I see a strong news output paired with great interviews. You can expect that great coverage to stay a focus of ComingSoon.net going forward. I also want to hear from our readers about what they love about the site. I will make sure to read the comments of this post and can be contacted easily on Twitter with any feedback. While I have my own vision, which I’ll get into once we’re more ready to implement these changes as words are empty without actions backing them up, I am always happy to listen to readers and make sure they are being properly served.
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Most actors are liked by those they work with. A few are loved. With Helen it was unquestionably the latter. People would light up at the mention of her name. I was one of those people.
When I was directing Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night as my final productions as artistic director of the Donmar in 2002, I asked Helen to play the role of Sonya in Uncle Vanya. Word came back that she would love to have a chat about it. She strode into my office, sat on the sofa and immediately told me I had it all wrong. She told me she should be playing Yelena – the other young female role – and then proceeded to spend the next hour telling me exactly why. She left the room with the part. This has never happened to me before or since. All I can say by way of explanation is that it just felt inevitable. She was clearly already half way to giving a superb performance, I simply had to get out of the way and let her complete the job. Which, of course, she did – with utter brilliance.Continue reading...]]>
In 2010, the American film-maker Josh Fox released something that in retrospect looks like one of the most influential and original documentaries of recent times: GasLand. It was about something new to many at the time: fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, under the earth to release natural gas from shale rock, at the risk of polluting the water table and turning areas of natural beauty into sludge dumps – and that is aside from the existing larger implications of gas consumption.
The film alerted many to a new environmental menace, and it plays its historic role in this new film from Johnny Gogan about the anti-fracking campaign in Ireland, often by people who were energised by seeing GasLand and determined to resist what one campaigner calls the new way of “scraping the bottom of the fossil-fuel barrel”. Exactly so. The coronavirus pandemic has, understandably, diverted many people’s attention from the climate crisis. But there is no vaccination for climate change.Continue reading...]]>
Even before I started watching this I was fully expecting it to be problematic, and oh boy, it sure was. I mean, yes, it’s a product of its time, and rampant sexism and misogyny is pretty much par for the course when it comes to that era’s comedies — especially anything that revolves around teens or college students. At first I was even taken aback by some raw examples of anti-Semitism, although that turns out to be a plot point that becomes surprisingly progressive. Did I laugh? A bit, and of course I was looking forward to that “classic” shower scene. Oh, and what a weird freeze-frame ending.]]>
In our recent chat with Adam Wingard, the Godzilla vs. Kong director explained how he always had a fascination with directors talking about scenes that didn’t make the final cut of a film.
“It’s always fun to talk about the deleted scene elements,” Wingard told ComingSoon.net. “Because I know that growing up and hearing directors talk about the deleted scenes from Star Wars, like the one that always came to mind was in Return of the Jedi. There was the sandstorm sequence when they’re going into the Millennium Falcon, and they cut it. Apparently, it was just a disaster. It was ultimately unnecessary, but it was one of those kinds of things that you always read about, and you just wanted to see for years, you know? So I always got excited reading about deleted scenes and everything.”
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Wingard also explained why scenes get cut from films and that while blockbusters mean that directors are essentially shooting multiple films, the versions that get cut aren’t released for a good reason.
“When you’re making a movie like this, a lot of the times, Some plot things, they kind of shift and you don’t need it, or it’s too much or whatever. Also, you’re just trying to make as densely entertaining a film as possible. So that means that sometimes you don’t need those direct connections pieces. Sometimes they just ended up being, as they say, shoe leather, and that’s just got to go. It wasn’t anything like crazy or traumatic with those scenes. I would say that when you do a big, studio blockbuster film, you’re kind of shooting three movies, and you’re picking the best one. You’re picking one movie, but it doesn’t mean that there’s like, ‘Oh, I wish I could release all three of those films.’ No, no, no, no. Two and three are not good movies. Number one, that’s the one that you want to see, and so you just end up whittling it down to that.”
Check out our full chat about deleted scenes with Godzilla vs. Kong director Wingard below, where he discusses a nixed moment we saw during our set visit.
Godzilla vs. Kong is out now.
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