Last week I decided to find a horror movie on Amazon Prime. Sadly it was not on prime as I suspected but on Shudder tv, a subscription channel catered to horror movie fans. This channel contains horror films from the 1900s to the present. Also, it includes documentaries about infamous films such as “The Exorcist “ and the Freddy movies.
One of the documentaries that intrigued me was “History Norie: A History of Black Horror,” this documentary brings together African American actors, writers, directors, film professors, and many more to interview about their favorite black horror movies and commentary on the depiction of African Americans in these films.
Some of the films under review were Blacula, Get Out, Candyman, The Thing, The Craft, Tales from the Hood, Bones, Mississippi Damned, and other films from the 1800s – 2000s. The documentary gives a chronological timeline of African Americans depicted as first zombies then the trope of “the first ones to die” to lead characters becoming trailblazers. Actors such as Tony Todd, Keith David, Rachel True, and many more discuss their roles as well in such movies.
According to Indiewire.com, this film presents the view that the horror genre offers space to address many issues African Americans faced or currently face, such as; diversity within the concept of blackness, challenges to disturbing images in films such as “Birth of a Nation,” which depicted African American men as rapists and the race as the downfall of society with white actors in blackface and ragged clothing.
Also, the documentary addresses a resurgence in black filmmakers of horror movies and their use of it as social commentary. This is the case with Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” This film serves as one of the centerpieces of the documentary.
Other centerpieces or themes were race, history, gender, power, and the genre itself. I feel this documentary will open the door to more conversations about African American lives and how horror movies can be used to convey any message you want to portray to your audience. I am not a huge horror movie fan because I am too much of a scardy cat lol! but I do recommend this film and the genre as well to be incorporated into film studies or conversations among friends. *Shudder TV is included in the AMC+ subscription package for 8.99 and as a separate channel for 4.99 a month or as a 7-day free trial.
The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday that Soul, the all-new original feature from Pixar Animation Studios, will debut exclusively on Disney+ on December 25, 2020. In international markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available, Soul will be released theatrically, with dates to be announced.
“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”
Soul comes from visionary filmmaker Pete Docter, the Academy Award-winning director behind Inside Out and Up, and co-director/writer Kemp Powers, playwright and screenwriter of One Night in Miami. It stars the voice talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs and features original jazz music by globally renowned musician Jon Batiste and a score composed by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network).
“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” said Docter, director of Soul and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. “‘Soul’ investigates what’s really important in our lives, a question we’re all asking these days. I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that.”
Over the last six months, marketplace conditions created by the ongoing pandemic, while difficult in so many ways, have also provided an opportunity for innovation in approaches to content distribution. With over 60 million subscribers within the first year of launch, the Disney+ platform is an ideal destination for families and fans to enjoy a marquee Pixar film in their own homes like never before.
Previously scheduled for theatrical release on November 20, 2020, Soul was named an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year along with multiple upcoming festivals including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival this Sunday. What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. Soul is Directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up), co-directed by Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short Lou).
We all remember the beloved cult classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus, which centers around Max, the new kid from California who moved to Salem. He doesn’t believe in the Salem folklore of the Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witches who died in the 17th century, or the myth of a virgin bringing them back from the dead. As Max struggles to fit in and impress the girl of his dreams, he foolishly awakens the Sanderson Sisters and unleashes a world of trouble upon the small town of Salem once again.
Now that you are caught up! This beloved classic was released in 1993 and has since then been a cult Halloween favorite for kids and adults alike, even spawning a broadway play and being apart of Halloween tv specials year after year. Well, Disney +has just confirmed that there would be a sequel!
According to ScreenRant.com, the sequel will be titled “Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch.” Since the 90s, films about witches have grown more substantial interest as we see in countless tv shows and movies like 2015’s “The Witch” and the upcoming reboot of 1990’s “The Witches,” Not to mention the current feminist movement and representation of women in Hollywood now.
It is reported that the original cast will return! Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as Sarah, Winifred, and Mary Sanderson. But how will this sequel be marketed in today’s society? At the core of the story, three witches kidnap children to drain their life force to stay young and become more powerful. But a sympathetic backstory could soften the rough edges of the story. It will be tough with our sensitive culture now!
Another potential challenge to this film ScreenRant.com points out is that there are reports of misrepresentation in movies and tv shows the Wiccan community finds offensive. Not to mention Hocus Pocus caused some damage and misinformation of who or what they believe. Some modifications could be made with a creative spin. But will too much appeasement take away from the light-hearted nature of the film?
The visual effects in Hocus Pocus are typical of any 90’s film dealing with magical forces. We are talking about pre CGI but isn’t that what made these films so endearing and, in a sense, “magical” because of the limited means in effects and more emphasis on creative plot summaries? But for a modern audience, some modifications will have to be considered for this sequel as audiences are use to a specific advanced style of filmmaking instead of those of the 90s.
A reboot was considered years ago, but Bette Midler was against it and concerned that directors could lead the story in a different direction that would ruin the essence of the original film. Instead, the cast petitioned for a sequel to reprise their former roles. But would a reboot have worked better? I am not sure as some reboots become tiresome and take away from the nostalgic factor.
Many fans of the original film have questions about the origin story of the Sanderson Sisters, as the film did not give much background into the sisters’ powers. I guess it depends on the audience’s preference when it comes to storytelling? Do you care for more information or less into the character’s background as it suits the film?
According to Digitalspy.com, The original writer of the film, Mike Garris, will not be involved in the sequel but has expressed some excitement about the actresses reprising their roles again. He also stated that “you don’t always want to revisit all of the touchstones of the past.”
Hocus Pocus 2 will be directed by Adam Shankman, known for Broadway musical films such as Hairspray. Still, he is currently working on the sequel to Enchanted first and then will work on Hocus Pocus 2, hopefully!
So far, there is no set release date for Disney + as a director has just been found for the sequel, not to mention the COVID -19 regulations for filmmakers and actors. In the meantime, audiences will have to see the original film now streaming on Disney + and re re release in theaters. Stay tuned for more updates on this story!
Deadline brings word that Netflix’s anime series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, the spinoff of Zack Snyder’s upcoming movie Army of the Dead, has added Joe Manganiello (JusticeLeague), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), Harry Lennix (The Blacklist), Ross Butler (13 Reasons Why), Anya Chalotra (The Witcher), Vanessa Hudgens (Tick, Tick … Boom!), Yetide Badaki (American Gods), Christina Wren (Man of Steel), Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop), and Nolan North (Star Trek: Lower Decks) to its cast.
Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas will chronicle the origin story of Scott (Dave Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. Zack Snyder will direct 2 episodes of the anime series. Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series Trese) will be showrunning as well as directing 2 episodes of the series.
The series will be Executive Produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller from The Stone Quarry alongside Jay Olivia and Shay Hatten. Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick, and Ella Purnell will reprise their roles in the anime series.
The group join Dave Bautista, Ana De La Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell in the series.
Written by Joby Harold and Shay Hatten from a story by Snyder, Army of the Dead will follow the story of a man who recruits a group of mercenaries to pull off the ultimate heist amidst a zombie apocalypse. It is consists of an ensemble cast, including Dave Bautista (Stuber), Omari Hardwick (Kick-Ass), Tig Notaro (Instant Family), Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld), Raul Castillo (Vida), Nora Arnezeder (Origin), Matthias Schweighöfer (The Manny), Samantha Win (Wonder Woman), Rich Cetrone (Thor) and Garrett Dillahunt (Fear the Walking Dead).
Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar winner and Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) revealed that work on the highly-anticipated Tomb Raider sequel is expected to resume in 2021.
Alicia told Good Morning America: “The plan was for us to start making one this year, of course, due to the [pandemic] situation, that’s now very different. We’re still in discussions about it, so I hope we can probably get to it next year,” Vikander told Good Morning
It was announced in September 2019 that Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High-Rise) will direct the untitled sequel. Production on the MGM and Warner Bros. movie was initially planned for this year, with a release date originally set for March 19, 2021, but has obviously been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The sequel is being written by Amy Jump, who is a regular collaborator with Wheatley. The two have previously worked on High-Rise, Free Fire, A Field in England, Sightseers, and Kill List together.
Jump is taking over writing duties for Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, who co-wrote the first movie. Plot details on the sequel are being kept under wraps. Graham King will once again produce through his GK Films banner.
Based on the video game character, the 2018 Tomb Raider and earned $274.7 million at the worldwide box office. In the movie, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained) and Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands). Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed the film, and Graham King (The Departed) served as a producer through GK Films.
While coming soon.net was chatting with the iconic horror author and director for the upcoming adaptation of his legendary Books of Blood, ComingSoon.net learned from Clive Barker that the in-development series adaptation of Nightbreed is set to feature Trick ‘r Treat‘s Michael Dougherty as director!
When reflecting on the 30th anniversary of his original film adaptation of his 1988 novel Cabal, Barker confirmed that he is indeed making progress on the series, currently writing “the bible” for the world of the titular group, and that he’s excited to be working with the Godzilla: King of the Monsters director on the project, as well as on the series adaptation of Hellraiserat HBO on which Dougherty is a writer and executive producer.
“It’s exciting, after 30 years, to go back to these characters and find out who’s still speaking to me, who wants their story told,” Barker brightly expressed. “My tongue isn’t in my cheek when I say that as when I start a piece, it’s listening. The writing is a piece of listening, I’ve always said I was a journalist and what I was reporting on was the space between my ears.”
Barker wrote and directed the film adaptation of his work but, at the time of its release, it was considered a box office failure. In recent decades, the film has since attained a cult status among dark fantasy and horror fans alike.
The project is being written by Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw) and Barker, with the former working to make the property relevant to today’s audience, focusing on the race relations that are interwoven within Nightbreed. The difference is that the tension is between Humans and Monsters.
Nightbreed follows a group of underground half-human/half-monsters seeking to find a new refuge and home after their original hiding place is destroyed. Leading these efforts is a recently turned reluctant hero who not only is adjusting to his new supernatural status but also is dealing with the grief and mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée. Will this group band together despite being hunted and persecuted by humans who find their “otherness” to be frightening?
Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall will be executive producing the planned series. Barker and Mark Miller of Seraphim Films will also be executive producing. Books ofBlood, co-written by Barker, Brannon Braga and Adam Simon and directed by Braga, is set to debut on Hulu on October 7!
Starz has unveiled its full calendar for the upcoming month of October, with National Hispanic Heritage Month continuing on the network through October 15 as the eight-episode conclusion of The Spanish Princesslimited series, The Spanish Princess Part Two, premieres on Sunday, October 11. You can check out the full list of what’s coming and going next month on Starz and the Starz app below!
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12 Rounds (2009) Always (1989) American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005) American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) American Pie Presents: The Book Of Love (2009) American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) Amor Urgente (2018) Arizona Whirlwind (1944) Army Of Darkness (1992) Best Of Times, The (1986) Brady Bunch Movie, The (1995) Breakfast Club, The (1985) Cinderella Man (2005) Como En El Cine (2015) Cry-Baby (1990) Desperate Trails (1939) Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) Duel At Silver Creek, The (1952) Exorcism Of Molly Hartley, The (2015) Five Heartbeats, The (1991) For Colored Girls (2010) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1987) Game, The (1997) Gentlemen Broncos (2009) Ghost Town (1955) Great Missouri Raid, The (1950) Guru, The (2002) Half Baked (1998) Hallelujah Trail, The (1965) Hell Bent For Leather (1960) High Spirits (1988) Hot Fuzz (2007) I Come In Peace (1989) I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Insignis (2016) Jingle All The Way 2 (2014) Koala Kid (2012) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Losing Isaiah (1995) Masked Rider, The (1944) Masters Of The Universe (1987) Meet Joe Black (1998) Milk Money (1994) Mobile Homes (2017) My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow (2006) My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005) My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade (2005) My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure 2009) Mystery Men (1999) Needful Things (1993) No Name On The Bullet (1959) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) Nutty Professor, The (1996) One More Train To Rob (1971) Pleasantville (1998) Pound Of Flesh (2015) Real Men (1987) Rio Grande (1950) RoboCop (1987) RoboCop 2 (1990) RoboCop 3 (1992) Shape Of Things, The (2002) Sinbad: Where U Been? (2009) Son Of Roaring Dan (1940) Stagecoach (1966) Stagecoach Buckaroo (1941) Stagecoach To Dancers’ Rock (1962) Tango & Cash (1989) Thunderbirds (2004) Timecop (1994) Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (2013) Tuxedo, The (2002) Unleashed (2005) Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2007) Whiteout (2009) Wood, The (1999) Wyatt Earp (1994) Dancing On The Edge – Episodes 101-106 Dinofroz – Episodes 101-226 Minimalitos – Episodes 101-426 Night Train with Wyatt Cenac – Episodes 101-206 Raggs – Episodes 101-140 Robotia – Episodes 101-113 Take My Wife – Episodes 101-208 UCB Show, The – Episodes 101-208
Just when you thought that the bizarre action-dramedy didn’t already have a star-studded roster, the Nicolas Cage-led The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has expanded its cast with the addition of Grammy-nominated and Emmy-winning comedian Tiffany Haddish (Bad Trip).
The Unbearable Weight of a Massive Talent will see Nicolas Cage portray a version of himself desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also struggling with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. As he makes his way through life, he also talks to an egotistical version of himself from the ’90s who railroads him for making bad movies and not being the same star he was at the time, now dealing with a mountain of death and making an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire that is a huge fan.
In a long-standing battle against one of the largest criminal organizations in Europe, Haddish plays the role of Vivian, an eccentric rogue government agent who forces superstar Nicolas Cage to go undercover in a crazy, offbook, last ditch effort to bring them down for good.
While bonding with the man, who hopes to show Cage a script he’s been working on, the actor learns from the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a presidential nominee and is recruited to get intelligence. The predicament gets worse when the billionaire brings Cage’s daughter and ex-wife for a reconciliation and he must take on the role of a lifetime to save their lives.
In addition to Cage and Haddish, the cast for the film includes Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984) and Emmy nominee Sharon Horgan (Game Night, Catastrophe). The film is eyeing a fall production date and a 2021 release date.
The Unbearable Weight of a Massive Talent will be directed by Tom Gormican, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Etten. The film will executive produced by Etten and Kevin Turren along with Cage and Mike Nilon through their Saturn Films banner.
The script is set to include nods to various Cage works including Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off and Gone in 60 Seconds and reportedly has tones of Adaptation, which Cage starred in, as well as Jean-Claude Van Damme’s JCVD and the Hollywood caper Get Shorty.
Just a few days after landing Kat Coiro (Marry Me) to direct and executive produce the series and months of casting rumors, Disney+’s She-Hulk has finally found its titular star in Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany as she is in final talks to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe spin-off, according to Variety.
The 34-year-old actress first broke out with her lead multi-roles on the BBC’s Orphan Black, for which she was nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe and brought home the former in 2016, and after providing her voice to a handful of animated series she recently returned to the live-action world of television in HBO’s revival of Perry Mason, which was recently renewed for a second season.
The She – Hulk series was officially announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige last year along with two other MCU shows Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight. This marks the iconic superheroes’ live-action debut who are also expected to be featured in future MCU film.
The series will be developed and written by Jessica Gao, who is the Emmy-winning scribe behind Rick and Morty‘s acclaimed Season 3 episode “Pickle Rick.”
She-Hulk debuted in Marvel Comics’ “Savage She-Hulk” #1 in 1980, created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Her alter ego is Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Bruce Banner/Hulk, who after being shot is provided a blood transfusion from Bruce that turns her into a similar green monster. She later became a member of the Avengers and briefly replaced Ben Grimm in The Fantastic Four.
She-Hulk is one of a slew of properties Marvel Studios is currently developing for the forthcoming streaming service Disney+, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, WandaVision, Hawkeye, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel. The Winter Soldier series is set to be the first to premiere amongst the group, with the six-episode first season slated for an August 2020 debut.
As production continues to get back on track in Berlin, Emmy nominee Neil Patrick Harris has finally opened up about his involvement in Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated fourth installment to The Matrix films. While talking about director Lana Wachowski during a recent interview with SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Harris shared that The Matrix 4 will be different from its original trilogy in terms of its visual style while calling the movie “ambitious” and briefly mentioning the film’s use of wirework.
Harris told The Hollywood Reporter: “I think she has a great inclusive energy and her style has shifted visually from what she had done to what she is currently doing, I’ve always wanted to be a lead in a big giant action movie with wires and stuff and this is not bad for me, but it’s certainly tangential and fun for me to be able to play in the sandbox a little bit.”
Lana Wachowski co-wrote the script with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, and will direct the film as well. Academy-Award winning cinematographer John Toll (Legends of the Fall, Braveheart) will shoot the highly-anticipated sequel, succeeding Bill Pope who was the cinematographer for The Matrix trilogy.
The Matrix 4 will be featuring the return of Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, reprising their iconic roles as Neo, Trinity and Niobe. The film will also star newcomers Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Toby Onwumere, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing young Morpheus. It was recently teased that should scheduling work out, Lambert Wilson could possibly return for The Matrix 4 as the villain the Merovingian.
Plot details on the fourth live-action film in The Matrix franchise haven’t been revealed, and given the ending of 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions it’s not a clear cut answer.
Originally scheduled for a May 21, 2021 release, The Matrix 4 has now been pushed back to April 1, 2022, due to the temporary production shutdown caused by the ongoing pandemic.