The tracklist for Coldplay‘s recently announced album Everyday Life is out now – but not in the way that you would probably expect. The legendary band detailed their forthcoming LP in the classified sections of local newspapers in the UK and Francein an epic hooray for journalism. Imagine opening up a periodical with a fresh cup of pulpy orange juice to look for a part-time gig only to see Coldplay revealing sixteen new songs. You might knock over that cup onto the floor and scream a couple of expletives because someone’s going to have to clean that up.
Coldplay’s reveal caught everyone off guard. They first took made the announcement in Wales’ Daily Post yesterday (October 23) before following up with similar ads in newspapers such as Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, France’s Le Monde, and New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times. They’re still popping up all over the place.
In case you thought it was some kind of elaborate hoax, the band confirmed it was real on Twitter with a tweet signed by lead guitarist Jonny Buckland who grew up in Wales. “I once had a holiday job at the Daily Post, placing photos of houses for sale. I wasn’t very good at it. JB,” it reads.
Coldplay’s rollout for Everyday Life has been extremely interesting so far. For starters, they announced it through letters sent to fans, revealing that they worked on it for “100 years.” Unless there’s time travel involved, we highly doubt this to be serious. But then again, the band posted a mysterious picture on Instagram, that’s also popping up in metro stations around the world, which seemingly shows the band’s members in an old-timey setting. As we get closer to the LP’s November 22 release date, there’s no telling what other stops that Coldplay will pull. Could they stream the LP live from the surface of the moon?
Long before Margaret Atwood became a poet and a Booker Prize–winning author, with more than 60 works to her name—including her terrifying, prescient classic The Handmaid’s Tale, the English-class staple and inspiration for the Emmy-winning Hulu show and countless women’s rights protests this year by activists dressed in oppressive bonnets and red cloaks—she was raised to be a storyteller.
“My mother read to us every night when we were little,” says Atwood, with a surprising tenderness to her voice. “And my older brother would make these little books by folding paper and putting on a cover and writing in them until the end, and I did that too.” As she was growing up in the woods of northern Ontario, consuming and creating narratives was more than just a pastime. It was a solace. “There was no electricity, no school, and no libraries, and television wasn’t there yet,” Atwood remembers. “We weren’t getting any radio except for Moscow shortwave, but there were lots of books. I read all the books, and then I read them all again.”
By age 16, Atwood was determined to become a professional writer.
In the 1950s, in Canada, though, that wasn’t a conventional path. “It wasn’t in the book of careers,” Atwood recalls. “There were no creative writing classes, but the thing about the school curriculum was that although there weren’t many Canadian writers, there were women, English women, and one dead American woman, Emily Dickinson, who were really inspiring.” While reading Katherine Mansfield, Jane Austen, and the Brontës as an undergraduate at Victoria College, Atwood explored her own voice, self-publishing a book of poetry, Double Persephone.
Atwood is far from sentimental about the start-cute of her career: “We went around to book- stores, and they actually took them for 50 cents. It’s just what you did,” she explains. “It taught me that you could make things, and there are still these entry points that involve a certain amount of self-publication.” She considers the 1966 debut of The Circle Game, which was accepted and then rejected (“I’d told all my friends—that was depressing,” she says) and then, finally, published by Contact Press, her “real debut.”
In an industry of commercial-thriller writers, and historical-fiction writers, and literary novelists, and poets, and essayists, Atwood has, from those earliest days, refused to pick a lane. She’s a true multigenre author. “Nobody told me not to be,” she says. “There aren’t any rules that say you can’t. There’s other people—and sometimes it’s you—who make up those rules, but are they really rules?” she muses, both alarming and hopeful in her conviction. Like so many of the protagonists that live on her pages, she doesn’t shy away from the difficult task of challenging the status quo, particularly for women. Atwood’s morality, her intellect, and her imagination are all fluid between genres. All of it is a map of her heart and her mind. Her lane, you might say, is feminism.
But even leaders get tired. Shahidi, an avid reader and NPR lover, admits the daily onslaught of dour headlines can be fatiguing. “You see the U.N. Climate Change report, a potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan, how many communities are marginalized, our faulty education system….” She sighs. “If you’re committed to doing the work and bringing about change, it does get overwhelming at times.”
And so she’s learning a lot about self-care too. A good home-cooked meal—“my mom makes a mean peach cobbler”—and live music help. (“I always walk away from concerts ready to take on the world.”) Shahidi also finds solace in history. “As chaotic as this period feels, we have to remember there was a time when there were rampant bombings targeting people of color in this country. There have been immigration bans and people have been in internment camps in this country,” she explains. “You have to remember that history is cyclical, so in order for us to succeed, we have to turn to history and turn to the people who have been historically doing the work. This is what gives me hope.”
What gives me hope? In 10 years Shahidi will be 29. And while she’s not one for bucket lists, there are things she wants to accomplish before turning 30. She’s focused on building her career, of course, which includes her production company. She’d like to open a music studio someday (“It’s a noncreepy way of hanging around people who make great art”) and write a textbook that restructures how history is taught in schools. Her activism goal is simply to scale: “I want to use the resources I have to actively engage other activists and help support them.”
Sorry, Oprah, but the plan does not include political aspirations…for now, at least. Instead, the future she envisions for herself is “policy adjacent.” “I’m so inspired by people who have been able to influence policy from the outside,” she says. People like Patrisse Cullors, a founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Or more simply, “the people who are next to Capitol Hill—not on it.” For the 2020 election she wants to help drive young voters to the polls. “Without voting, the government is something that happens to us and not with us.”
In short, Shahidi is just getting started. She’s exceptional, yes, but she insists she’s not an anomaly. “I don’t think I’d be doing the work I’m doing if I wasn’t constantly inspired by the other young people doing this work, by the other young people doing work I didn’t even realize had to be done,” she says. “I feel like we constantly educate one another. Because we inherited a world in crisis, we enter this world inspired to make change.”
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Lola Ogunnaike is a journalist, People TV anchor, and CNN and MSNBC commentator.
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While Jojo Rabbit now exists as the sixth film directed by Taika Waititi, it’s a project that was written before three of those movies were actually made. The script for the World War II-set satire notably made The Black List in 2012 – the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood – but Waititi had to wait a full seven years to get it made.
If you were in his shoes, you might think that the significant time gap would be at least a bit frustrating, but the truth is that he doesn’t see it that way. Instead, Taika Waititi is actually happy that it took nearly a decade to get made, because he feels he used that period to become a better filmmaker more equipped to handle the material.
I sat down with Taika Waititi at the Los Angeles press day for Jojo Rabbit earlier this month, and opened our conversation asking about the extended spell between his original drafts of the movie and actually getting to shoot it. He noted that the new film probably wouldn’t have been the same as it is now had he had the chance to shoot and cut it back in 2012, but also added that the timetable for the project wasn’t exactly a new experience:
To help you with the math their, that means Taika Waititi wrote Boy around 2005/2006; What We Do In The Shadows around 2009/2010, and Hunt For The Wilderpeople in 2011/2012. Thor: Ragnarok is an exception because he didn’t write the script, as those duties belonged to the credited Eric Pearson.
With the exception of Boy (which came out in 2010), Taika Waititi had the opportunity to make all of those films in between the writing and filming of Jojo Rabbit – and it’s interesting to note that those movies employ a wide variety of tones and allowed the filmmaker to explore multiple genres. They were experiences that he feels ultimately made him a better director, and that in combination with getting a bit of extra perspective on the script made the wait worth it. Said Waititi,
You can watch Taika Waititi discuss the time period between Jojo Rabbit’s script being written, and actually being produced by clicking play on the video below!
Loosely based on author Christine Leunens’ novel “Caging Skies,” Jojo Rabbit centers on a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) who lives with his vivacious mother (Scarlett Johansson) in Germany towards the end of World War II. Jojo is a naïve follower of Nazism, having Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) as an imaginary friend, and being enrolled in the Hitler Youth program… but that all becomes a serious conflict when he discovers that his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their house.
It’s a movie that essentially exists as a tonal high wire act, but it’s pulled off masterfully by the writer/director. And seeing what an amazing job he did, we can really be thankful that it stayed in the metaphorical oven as long as it did.
Not content with turning our worlds upside down with just one new song this week, Selena Gomez has gone ahead and dropped another fresh tune. Because when she delivers, she really comes through!
At the stroke of midnight on Thursday (October 23), SelGo released “Look At Her Now,” an upbeat, danceable track that unabashedly celebrates her post-heartbreak bounce-back. “Of course she was sad, But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet,” she sings. “Took a few years to soak up the tears / But look at her now, watch her go.”
If “Lose You to Love Me” told the tough part of Sel’s breakup in crushing detail, then “Look At Her Now” is her way of assuring fans, and herself, that she’s moving on in stunning fashion. And speaking of style, the 27-year-old serves looks on looks on looks in the neon-lit, choreo-heavy video, which was directed by Sophie Muller and shot entirely on an iPhone. This is a return to true pop star form for Gomez, and it’s good to see her back and stronger than ever before.
“Look At Her Now” arrives just 24 hours after Gomez released the emotionally naked ballad “Lose You to Love Me.” In a statement on YouTube, the singer explained, “I was so excited to release two songs back to back and surprise my fans! It’s a reminder that you can rise no matter what challenges life brings.”
She added on Twitter, “And here’s my special gift to all of my ride or dies! I created this with Apple especially for you. Y’all have been through it all with me and I thank you for pushing me to be the best.”
So, will Gomez go three-for-three tomorrow night? Stay tuned!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to conclude the story of the Skywalker family, and how can that story conclude without including Emperor Sheev Palpatine in some way? It’s been confirmed the big bad of the saga will be involved in some way, though J.J. Abrams and others have been pretty cagey in regards to what he’s doing or how we can expect to see him. Is the Emperor impacting this movie from beyond the grave, or is he appearing in the flesh?
We have reason to suspect Palpatine survived Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and, for reasons unknown, has come out of hiding for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Here are some scenes from the latest trailer that give credence to that theory, and some speculation that the former emperor is about as bad as he’s ever been.
Perhaps the biggest evidence that Emperor Palpatine is among the living in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is his dialogue in the trailer. The dialogue, read by actor Ian McDiarmid, definitely sounds tied to the events of the movie. This would, at the very least, mean he has some level of consciousness and can respond to modern events. Of course, this is all spliced together trailer footage, so whomever edited can make things sound way different than they actually are.
With that said, there’s something ominous about the Emperor being excited about a group coming together. Who is he referring to? Rey, Finn, Poe and Rose? Rey and Kylo? The Resistance and the First Order? It all seems tied to the events of Episode IX, and perhaps an event that will give Palpatine one more chance to get back on top.
The Giant Star Destroyer Rising From The Ground
There’s a lot that looks new about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but a few people noticed a scene that looked like a callback to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Much like when Yoda lifted the X-Wing out of the water, we see a Star Destroyer rising up out of the ground in a very similar manner.
If this bad boy got Force pulled out from beneath the dirt, it’d have to be someone with an immense connection to the Force. Palpatine fits the bill and could probably chuck that thing at that giant Resistance squadron to do some major damage That said, there looks to be some lights on in the ship, which may indicate this thing is manned. There’s no immense proof Palpatine is behind this feat, though it does seem such a big ship would need more than its own power to be upended from a position below ground.
Lightning plays a big part of that massive battle between the Resistance and First Order, and there’s been plenty of theories on the web about who’s responsible for it. C’mon, it doesn’t take a lot of sleuthing to think that people think Palpatine is the person behind the lightning shooting around during this mega battle. Hey, if he’s strong enough to lift a Star Destroyer with the Force (which happens during a lightning strike), I’d buy he could pull that off as well!
Now, just to point out the obvious, there’s also a rainstorm happening on this planet. Those are just as capable of creating lightning, and may even do so much easier than a Sith Lord can. We’ve never seen Palpatine make lightning as massive as an actual bolt, though that would really only be just as impressive as his surviving the Death Star’s destruction. If the Emperor’s survived this long, who knows what he’s capable of!
One of the biggest reveals of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s final trailer was the shot of Palpatine’s throne, which is based on Ralph McQuarrie’s early design back during Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Now, the Emperor sitting in the throne would’ve been a great show of evidence that he’s alive in well in this movie, though the showing of the throne alone may prove he’s lurking about.
Think about this: if Emperor Palpatine doesn’t have a significant role in the story, then what is the point in showing his throne? Furthermore, what’s the point in holding a throne for someone who is no longer living? I don’t think Kylo would be interested in it; he’s more of a Vader guy. My thought is this seat is intentionally dormant because there are those in the galaxy who know Palpatine may one day reclaim his spot.
The Cloak And Chair?
We wrote on this bit extensively already, but just to give the short version, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer appears to show a cloaked figure descend upon Rey in a giant machine. There are only a few characters in the Skywalker Saga who don a cloak with a hood in general, and not many more who have a black hood. We don’t know for sure, but that could be Palpatine attached to some form of life-sustaining machinery.
There has to be something that’s kept old Sheev alive all this time, and Star Wars tech has worked some miracles. It brought Anakin Skywalker back from the brink of death and gave Darth Maul his legs back. Sith may be incapable of becoming Force Ghosts (as far as we know), but man, they are really good at staying alive if they need to!
Now, the question is, why would Palpatine come out of hiding to confront Rey? Provided that’s him, he’d need to have some master plan that requires her, or at least something about her. Otherwise, this might be the stupidest plan he’s had since he decided to turn his back on Vader in Return of the Jedi! Then again, if he survived, that move may have ensured he’s still around today, so perhaps Palpatine is grateful for the betrayal.
Mark Hamill is one of the most prolific, dependable and hard-working actors in the business today. The multi-talented veteran has worked in various different genres across different platforms and mediums, and he has amassed an astonishing and perpetually-growing portfolio filled with a wide array of noteworthy turns. There’s a good chance that you know the actor best for the role that made him a superstar: Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga. It’s easily among his most famous and recognizable roles, and it’s likely the role that he’ll be most remembered for in the future. That is particularly true as Hamill is expected to reprise this role in this December’s forthcoming blockbuster sequel, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Yet, no actor is solely one part. Mark Hamill has built an incredible career throughout the years, and there are certainly several other performances that should be recognized beyond his well-known work in the Star Wars series. After all, the actor has a remarkable 340 (!) acting credits on his IMDb page. That’s certainly nothing to sneeze at, and it’s clear that he has appeared in several other movies, TV shows, video games and more to earn the right to not solely be known as Luke Skywalker. That’s why I’m going to take this opportunity to look back on Hamill’s astonishing career and celebrate a number of great, versatile, distinctive and sometimes under-appreciated acting roles that have nothing to do with a galaxy far, far away.
Let’s take a look at six other Mark Hamill roles that aren’t Luke Skywalker, but should be celebrated and acclaimed anyhow.
Colonel Muska (Castle In The Sky)
Outside of his live-action work in the Star Wars franchise, Mark Hamill is notably very prolific in the world of voiceover acting. It’s an undervalued profession in the business of fame, one that tends to get overlooked since many of its most talented performers become the characters themselves, to the point where the actor disappears, and that’s certainly true for Hamill’s work inside the voice booth. One of his most celebrated works came in Disney’s English dub for 1986’s Castle in the Sky, from acclaimed Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. In this animated feature, Hamill took on the villainous role of Colonel Muska, an agent who will do everything in his given power to seize control of the floating Laputa, the titular castle in the sky.
While Mark Hamill is often well-known for his kinder, more lighthearted character, it’s often his antagonistic roles where he really shows his acting range. There will be at least a couple other examples seen throughout the article, but this particular turn is among Hamill’s best acting performances — even if it isn’t necessarily among his well-known (or even among his most recognizable, as many will likely not know it’s him).
Ted Mitchum (Brigsby Bear)
In 2017, Mark Hamill was often celebrated (or unjustly criticized) for his return to the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Meanwhile, his best performance of that year was sadly overlooked by the masses. As great as Hamill was as Skywalker again, he was even better in the role of Ted Mitchum in the affecting indie dramedy Brigsby Bear, starring and co-written by Saturday Night Live‘s very undervalued Kyle Mooney.
As an overly-attached sheltered father raising his son as though he were still a child (even though he’s well into his 20s) it’s revealed that Mark Hamill’s Ted has secretly abducted this man as a baby, and this failed inventor and his wife have spent the last 20-something years raising this boy through the fictional educational series, Brigsby Bear. Once Kyle Mooney’s character realizes that everything he once knew was a complete lie, he sets out to make a Brigsby Bear movie in order to cope with what became of his fragile ecosystem. The result is a naturally strange but ultimately very sweet movie about how we use art and creativity to make sense of our disheveled realities. Mark Hamill’s layered supporting turn recognizes the inspiration that he planted in his criminally adopted son, while never excusing the lingering trauma his character’s actions caused. It’s great.
Professor James Arnold (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
The success of the first Kingsman movie relies on its deft tone. It’s a bombastic, goofy, gory and viciously over-the-top spectacle, serving as a more raunchy, R-rated parody/tribute to the Roger Moore Bond movies of the 1980s. It’s ultimately a credit to Matthew Vaughn that the director is able to capture the splashy tone without going overboard. The same can be said for his supporting actor, Mark Hamill, in the role of Professor James Arnold.
While Mark Hamill doesn’t get a ton of screentime in the hit spy action-comedy, he certainly knows how to play campy in this theatrical supporting turn that never fully goes over-the-edge in terms of cartoonishness. It plays up the absurdity of this world, especially during this early sequence, but he knows how to capture the right tone — fun with a razor edge. Hamill’s talents are properly showcased inside this all-too-short supporting performance.
Pvt. Griff – 1st Squad (The Big Red One)
During the late ’70s and early ’80s, on account of his rising fame in Star Wars (the biggest movie in the world at the time), his business with all the sequels and projects found within this on-screen universe and the recovery process from a terrible car accident in the late ’70s, Mark Hamill didn’t work as often as he does today. But he did find the time to appear in Samuel Fuller’s 1980 war drama, The Big Red One, which remains one of his most critically adored movies to date. It also gave the star a chance to step away from big star wars and into a real one — specifically, World War II.
In this role, Mark Hamill worked his best to avoid being typecast and goodie two-shoes roles after playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, playing the part of Pvt. Griffin, one member in a squad of soldiers trying to survive World War II in Africa. While the actor is once again providing a supporting turn in this film, his performance is often praised from the ensemble. And while the movie didn’t earn the most glowing reviews upon release, it did receive a critical re-evaluation when an extended cut — which featured nearly an additional hour of footage — was released decades later. For an actor who is often known for his comic book characters and fantasy roles, The Big Red One is a great opportunity for fans to see Mark Hamill in a grounded film.
Firelord Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
As mentioned earlier, Mark Hamill might be best known for being the saver of the galaxy in Star Wars, but a number of his most distinctive roles tend to be when he takes on the dark side. Case-in-point, his voice work as Firelord Ozai in the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The former Fire Lord and absolute ruler of the Fire Nation, serves as one of the key antagonists in the popular animated series — in fact, he’s the main bad guy.
As he often does, Mark Hamill relishes his role, clearly filled with glee when as he plays this villainous persona. He is a character who wants to destroy nations and take over the other elements, and he’s not going to let anyone stand in his way if he can help it. It’s another fantastic voice role from the famous, well-versed actor, though it’s only secondary to what might easily be considered Hamill’s most popular, well-acclaimed voice performance.
Joker (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm)
Yes, it was only a matter of time before we put the Joker on this list. While Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto, Cesar Romero, and, most recently, Joaquin Phoenix have adopted the white make-up to play the Clown Prince of Crime, Mark Hamill has been playing the part of Batman’s biggest adversary for close to 30 years now, and that will hopefully not change anytime soon, because he’s absolutely tremendous in the role.
While Mark Hamill first adopted the role as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, one of his greatest turns in the role came when he played the part in the show’s animated feature, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. In the role, Mark Hamill fully unleashes the vengeance and fury of the character’s mad glee for the distasteful and obscene, and it showcases in just a short period of time the mayhem and madness that Mark Hamill channels with what can seem like effortless ease as the mad clown of Gotham. It’s a role that Hamill has only become better at playing, and hopefully he continues to provide comic book lovers with what might very well be the definitive variation of the famous villain. Though Hamill certainly has a lot of competition…
These are only a mere few of the great characters that Mark Hamill has played throughout his luxurious career. More recently, some of you may love characters like The Scientist in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and Chucky in Child’s Play. But we’re sure you have your own favorites outside of the Star Wars series that are equally worth mentioning. Therefore, be sure to let us know your personal picks in the comments.
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For years, there had been talk about the Fast & Furious franchise branching off into spinoff territory, and that finally happened this past summer with Hobbs & Shaw. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s respective characters teamed up after previously clashing in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. As it turns out, there was a specific scene in the latter movie that made the Fast & Furious creative minds realize is was finally time to move forward with a spinoff: the prison brawl sequence.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Hobbs & Shaw co-writer and executive producer Chris Morgan about the spinoff in the midst of its home release, and when we started discussing the history of developing a Fast & Furious spinoff, he noted how there was interest in spotlighting Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs ever since he was introduced in Fast Five, but that one Fate of the Furious sequence sealed the deal. Morgan explained:
We got our first taste of the Hobb/Shaw dynamic when they first came to blows early into Furious 7, but it was when the two men crossed paths again at the same prison during The Fate of the Furious that there really felt like there was a spark between them. After that sequence was finished, Chris Morgan and his team knew that they needed to capitalize on this duo’s chemistry.
In case you want to relive the gloriousness of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw throwing insults at one another, and then putting their fighting skills to good use during a breakout, watch the clip below.
These two would collaborate later on in The Fate of the Furious to help the other protagonists stop Cipher and rescue Dominic Toretto’s son, but it was during Hobbs & Shaw that they really needed to learn to work together despite not being able to stand one another. By the end of the spinoff, Luke and Deckard are on slightly friendlier terms, but if they go adventuring together again, the jabs and taunts will surely be kept in place.
Had the creative leadership and the studio representatives at Universal not been so enamored with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s chemistry on The Fate of the Furious, who knows how much longer the wait would have been for a Fast & Furious spinoff. But fortunately for them, the cards played out the way they did, and while there’s no word yet on if Hobbs & Shaw will get a sequel, this first movie hauling in $759.4 million worldwide is nothing to look down at.
Hobbs and Shaw is now available on Digital HD, and you can pick up your Blu-ray/DVD copy on November 5. The next installment of the Fast & Furious universe, Fast & Furious 9, hits theaters on May 22, 2020. In the meantime, find out what else is heading to theaters in the near future with our 2019 release schedule and 2020 release schedule.
What the film does in this respect is fascinating, but that’s not only a viewpoint coming from this audience member – it’s also a sentiment that I recently learned is also shared by really the entire cast:
Earlier this month I went to the Los Angeles press day for Jojo Rabbit, and while sitting down with Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis, Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell, and Alfie Allen one aspect of the movie I asked all of them about was Taika Waititi’s approach to tone. And while they had different perspectives on it, at the end of it all it was an aspect of the film that impressed all.
For Scarlett Johansson – who plays the mother of the titular Jojo, an imaginative, naïve child swept up in the Nazi movement during World War II in Germany – the specialness of Jojo Rabbit and it’s approach to both humor and dark drama was something that she recognized even before production started and she read Taika Waititi’s script. She admitted that just briefly describing the plot of the film makes it sound a bit odd, but that she knew from the start that it was a balancing act that the movie would be able to pull off:
Continuing, she noted that the way that you read a script doesn’t always perfectly translate to what you wind up seeing in the finished cut of any given film, but she never doubted the skills of Taika Waititi to adapt the material. Said Johansson,
In contrast, Stephen Merchant, who plays a committed Nazi who conducts house-by-house searches for Jews in hiding, wasn’t fully sure how it was all going to play out until he actually saw the finished film – but then he was in absolute awe of its genius. He may not have been able to fully conceive of Taika Waititi’s singular vision for Jojo Rabbit when he was on set, but he was floored by it when he saw how it came together:
Further adding to the compliments, Stephen Merchant – who notably co-created the legendary series The Office – and this incredible thing to say about his Jojo Rabbit director:
It really is a stunning piece of work, and one that you can now experience for yourself. Jojo Rabbit is now out in limited release, and it’s definitely one that you’ll want to see.
We’ve just gotten our big look at what’s coming to Netflix’s streaming library in the month of November, and it’s a perfect bridge between Halloween and the holidays. And hidden in-between the would-be blockbusters and brand new TV shows debuting on the platform are some gems that are both underrated and well known. Most importantly, they’re part of the next month of programming over at Netflix HQ.
If you want to see the big notables we highlighted back in October 2019, head on over to that list and skim through what you should be watching, if you haven’t already. As for the here and now, let’s take that one step into the future and go over the best movies coming to Netflix in November 2019.
End Of Watch
This week, police procedural fans will be able to catch that same sort of film in theaters with the release of Sony’s Black and Blue. However, if you find yourself wanting another trip on the beat of law enforcement, then you’ll soon be able to watch director David Ayer’s End Of Watch. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, the film is a ‘day in the life’ account of two LA police officers, and their part in the war against gang related crimes.
Both humorous and heartfelt, it’s a film unlike most dealing with the men and women who protect and serve, as it portrays their duties with less sensationalist drama and more reality.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson is a man who lived as outrageously as he wrote, and the best cinematic proof to that effect is still Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Based on Thompson’s book of the same name, Johnny Depp portrays the legendary journalist/counter-culture figure and the strange journey he found himself embarking on in the name of sports journalism.
While director Terry Gilliam’s film starts off with a more hysterical bent to its proceedings, eventually heavier thoughts and weirder occurrences start to happen. By time you’re done watching this film, you’re either going to love it forever or start asking a lot of questions. Either way, it’s worth finding out which column you belong in through firsthand experience.
If you need the plot of Grease explained to you, then that’s… absolutely fair. We all have gaps that involve classic movies, and sometimes you need a reason to get into a musical tale of rambunctious teenagers in high school during the 1950s. So if you’re new to John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s romp involving the potential romance between a greaser and a good girl, Netflix is going to have you covered starting in November.
Though if you’re a true blue fan, then just reading the title is probably all you need for another ride with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies of Rydell High. With HBO Max setting its sights on bringing this world back to life in a new musical series, everyone now has a chance to shape up before the next chapter begins.
Halloween is almost here, and movies like Rosemary’s Baby almost always tend to end up on the list of those films you need to include in your seasonal watchlist. There’s a reason for that, as the tale of young Mia Farrow’s journey into motherhood, paranoia and the occult is remembered fondly for all the right reasons.
Following the story through the actions and reactions of Farrow’s Rosemary, we’re limited to her point of view on the action. And that is part of how Roman Polanski’s horror film is still as effective with a modern audience as it was back when it first debuted. If you want to triple down on this sort of scares, throw mother! and The Omen into the mix, should you have them on hand.
“Two stacks of High Society.” It’s the type of line you don’t hear that often in movies these days, and Rounders is certainly an atypical movie of our modern era. With Matt Damon and Edward Norton as a pair of gamblers forced back into the world of underground gambling they once called home, the action is a bit more of an exercise in telling than in showing.
But the way that the poker comes to life in this independent classic is too wonderful to describe. So instead, we’ll sweeten the pot with the presence of both John Turturro and John Malkovich as fellow gamblers the boys encounter along their journey, as well as even more gorgeous dialogue from the pens of Billions’ co-creator Brian Koppelman and co-writer David Levien. Think of it as a mental vacation before blockbuster season kicks in once again.
Another legendary indie from the Miramax stable of ‘90s classics, Sling Blade is the film you have to thank for bringing the talents of Billy Bob Thornton to a sharp and immediate focus right before the new millennium would make him a superstar. Serving as the film’s writer, director and one of its stars, Thornton plays a developmentally disabled man who’s released into the world after decades in state custody.
What follows after his release is an affecting story of how a person catches up with the world when so much has changed without them. Themes of friendship and self-sacrifice are present, and Billy Bob Thornton’s performance as Karl, the central character to Sling Blade, even earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, on top of his win for Best Adapted Screenplay.
What can you say about Step Brothers that hasn’t already been said? Over ten years after Will Ferrell’s Brennan Huff and John C. Reilly’s Dale Doback first wove their comedic spell in what could be Adam McKay’s funniest film ever, their story of stunted personal growth and their hysterical defiance to truly grow up makes pretty much anyone’s day when it’s being shown.
Tons of quotable lines and memorable moments await newcomers to the world of Step Brothers, so if you’ve heard your friends going on about the Catalina Wine Mixer and you don’t even live remotely close to California, this is the movie they’re invoking the spirit of. Join them. Join us. Watch Step Brothers.
Confess: you’ve finished yet another season of David Fincher’s Netflix lovechild Mindhunter, and you want more action in a similar vein. Well if you’re tired of re-watching Se7en or Gone Girl, but you’re not quite at the point of watching Alien 3, you can score some more Fincher with one of his most underrated films. The Game is a mystery-thriller that sees Michael Douglas put into an elaborate mindbang that sees him questioning everything, and everyone, around him.
It’s a David Fincher thrill ride that we don’t talk about enough in the world of film commentary, which means it’s a welcomed addition to the Netflix streaming service you may not have seen. If that’s the case, don’t read any further into the film and don’t even watch the trailer. Just trust us when we say you should play this game as freshly as humanly possible.
The Matrix Trilogy
While The Matrix trilogy is indeed a standout example of science fiction storytelling at its finest, it’s been a while since the series has been in the pop culture consciousness. Admittedly, unless you’re a die-hard fan who owns the films in every format, and watches them at least once a year, you’re probably a little rusty on Keanu Reeves’ adventures as Neo, “The One” who would save all in the grasp of the insidious machine overlords that rule this dystopia.
Maybe it’s because the announcement of The Matrix 4 has people revved up to see them again, or maybe Netflix was just feeling generous, but all three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, will be back online for Wachowski fans far and wide to enjoy once again.
Speaking of modern sequels to long-passed favorites, Sony seems to be doing rather well with its return to the world of the undead with Zombieland: Double Tap. And much like The Matrix, enough time has passed that you might not remember a lot about Zombieland, which may have turned you off from seeing this new adventure. Never fear, Netflix is here again to save your day.
Whether you’ve seen the first one or not, it’s safe to say you could probably still see the sequel to Zombieland and know what’s going on. But if you absolutely need to see this series in order, or if you just want more of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin’s zombie killing comedy antics in your life, November is going to be very kind to you in either respect.
As any good friend would tell you, these titles are subject to change. Netflix’s library is mysterious in that way, so if you’re looking for a particular title on any given night, you’ll want to check your streaming queue, or our full November 2019 lineup, to see where and when certain titles will drop. Have a happy Thanksgiving, stuffed with joy from Netflix!
Which of these November Netflix movies are you looking forward to watching most?