Strangers doesn’t presently have a release date, as Netflix doesn’t typically reveal those until just a few weeks before a project is set to launch, but stay tuned for more updates on the production (it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the production aim for some notable talent to play the story’s antagonists).
This goes to show that even if you score a high-profile role on a TV show getting a lot of buzz, that doesn’t necessarily translate to financial success. Around that time, Momoa was also scoring attention for playing Conan the Barbarian. However, that reboot, which also starred Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Rose McGowan, failed to impress critically and commercially, and plans to produce a sequel fell through.
By comparison, Disneyland Resort is two theme parks, three hotels and Downtown Disney, and you can walk from the theme park entrance plaza to the Disneyland Hotel at the far end of Downtown Disney in just a few minutes. Everything is up against everything else. This means that whatever limited number of people are allowed into Disneyland Resort when the theme parks open up, they’ll be found within a relatively small geographic space, making social distancing that much more difficult. Certainly, a Disneyland at, say, 20% capacity will have fewer people in than a Walt Disney World of the same size, but those people will still need to be managed more closely.
Nowadays, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is known in Hollywood for things like the Fast & Furious franchise, the Jumanji movies and his upcoming gig as Black Adam in the DC Extended Universe. However, Johnson made his first big splash in the cinematic realm when he appeared as Mathayus, a.k.a. the Scorpion King, in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, with that character going on to lead his own film series. Now word’s come in that Johnson is working on a Scorpion King reboot.
There are a lot of people who are suckers for Christmas movies, particularly of the romantic variety, and I am no exception. In fact, networks from Lifetime to Hallmark and streamers from Amazon to Hulu and even Netflix have all tried to capitalize on the trend. Recently, Netflix released Holidate, one of its more unusual ventures into the holiday space. It’s earning a lot of views, but unfortunately hasn’t dominated quite as hard in reviews.
In the kind of movies that Jamie Lee Curtis is most worshipped for, the villains are the typically the ones whom the crowd tends to cheer on the most. However, the Halloween star is a special case because the way she takes on infamous killer Michael Myers makes her a bonafide superhero of the horror genre. That being said, she could be a tremendous addition to the Marvel movies, even this far into her career.
Her star-making performance in her feature film debut as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher classic earned the now 61-year-old the title of the ultimate Scream Queen, as far as I am concerned – not to mention the fact that she was already horror movie royalty as the daughter of Psycho star Janet Leigh. Of course, the actress did not earn her two Golden Globe wins for horror films (and rarely does one achieve such an honor from said genre anyway) but for the comedy series Anything But Love and James Cameron’s comic action thriller True Lies, in which she played the unsuspecting wife of secret agent Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In the days since the announcement that Johnny Depp would be stepping away from the role of Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts movies there has been a tremendous amount of speculation in regards to who would come in to replace him. With the next movie, temporarily titled Fantastic Beasts 3, currently in production, we knew that we would be getting an answer quickly, and fans were quick to throw out names like Colin Farrell (who played an in-disguise Grindelwald in the first movie) and Ewan McGregor. Now, however, it seems like the production has made its choice, as a new report says that Mads Mikkelson is the top choice for the role and is now in negotiations.
This news comes to us from Deadline, and should the Danish actor sign on the dotted line it will further expand his geek creditability – of which he has a great deal. Mads Mikkelson first gained attention from global audiences playing the villainous Le Chiffre in the James Bond reboot Casino Royale, and in the 15 years since has been a part of major franchises like Star Wars (with a key role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), the Marvel Cinematic Universe (where he was the main antagonist in Doctor Strange), and the horrific world of Hannibal Lecter (having played the titular role in the cult NBC series). It feels like it was only a matter of time before he got some kind of shot in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and now it looks like the role of Gellert Grindelwald is his for the taking.
More to come…
Money is definitely a key factor when it comes to making decisions in Hollywood, and while Superman Returns collecting $391 million worldwide would have been an incredible haul for a smaller-budgeted movie, it wasn’t enough to impress the Warner Bros executives. Granted, there had been talk about moving forward with Superman Returns 2, with the “New Krypton” landmass that Superman threw into space being brought back into play, and villains like Brainiac and Bizarro possibly being used. However, Superman Returns’ disappointing financial performance, followed by several interested parties leaving WB, resulted in the studio deciding by 2009 to throw in the towel on this particular project.
Performers Alex Marín, Mía Marín, Giselle Montes and Yamileth Ramírez were found out by the municipal government of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, according to The Sun. The four were rafting on the river in question, which led to a portion of their production taking place in Sumidero Canyon, a spot home to endangered species and natural beauty. Once this was brought to the attention of both town officials, as well as the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, charges were soon leveled deeming the shoot had harmed the public image of this tourist attraction.
Last week a special “For Your Consideration” panel for Palm Springs was held online, featuring writer Andy Siara, Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons (with Kumail Nanjiani serving moderator duties), and between the conversation from that event and the various interviews the cast and filmmakers have given in the last few months, there is a lot of fun stuff to dig into from behind the scenes. So let’s dig in, starting with the very different kind of movie that the comedy almost was…
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Palm Springs. If you have not yet seen the film, please proceed at your own risk