You Can Rent the World’s Last Blockbuster Video Store on Airbnb

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 11, 2020Airbnb

Once upon a time, there were over 9,000 Blockbuster Video stores in operation around the globe. Today, there is just one, in Bend, Oregon. And now you can rent out the whole store for the night… for four bucks.

That’s the special deal up for offer through Airbnb, where you can snag “one of three, one-night stays that will take place on 9/18, 9/19 and 9/20 for up to four people.” If you get a rental, you’ll get the run of the last Blockbuster in the entire world for a full night. The full details suggest some of the things you could do to pass the time:

Whether you want to stay up until sunrise or pass out on the couch, we’ve created the perfect space complete with a pull-out couch, bean bags and pillows for you to cozy up with “new releases” from the ‘90s. Crack open a two-liter of Pepsi before locking into a video game, charting your future in a game of MASH, or watching movie after movie. But be wary of reciting “Bloody Mary” in the staff bathroom off of the break room, as you just may summon the ghost rumored to haunt the store. And help yourself to some NERDS, Raisinets and popcorn (heavy on the butter), but make sure you save room for a couple slices.

Here’s that “perfect space” they describe:


Granted, Blockbuster Video helped drive mom-and-pop video stores out of business all over the country. Granted, Blockbuster’s selection even in its glory days was a pale shadow of those indie stores. Still: You get to get out of the house in the middle of this godforsaken pandemic. Plus all-you-can-eat NERDS? That alone makes this an incredible deal. I’m ready to drive cross-country to Bend, Oregon right now.

The slots go up for grabs on August 17 at 1PM PT. Good luck and remember to be kind and rewind.

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Alamo Drafthouse Offering Private Theater Rental During Pandemic

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Claire Epting”>Claire EptingPublished: August 11, 2020Photo By Author

As we continue to explore what a new “normal” (if that even exists anymore) looks like in the moviegoing industry, Alamo Drafhouse Cinema offers a tempting proposition. For only $150, you can rent out one of their auditoriums for a screening of your choice, for up to 30 guests. You'll be able to pick from 40 different titles, which range from family-friendly animated adventures to beloved classics to big-budget blockbusters. The program is called “Your Own Private Alamo,” which launched this week on Alamo Drafthouse’s website.

It should also be noted that while the rental costs $150, there's also a minimum $150 food and beverage purchase. But then again, if you have 30 guests, odds are some of them will be hungry. Especially since Alamo Drafthouse is known for its gourmet menu and extensive list of craft beers. Guests will also need to purchase their own tickets and select their seats, which they can do online. Of course, it’s up to you to decide what they will be watching. Selected titles include Jaws, Jurassic Park, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Trolls, and many more. The full list of available movies is listed on the program’s homepage.

There is one catch, however: “Your Own Private Alamo” is currently only available at two locations: Austin, TX and Denver, CO. If you live in one of these places, lucky you! While Cinemark has begun offering a similar deal in select locations, this private screening setup is still far from normal. As thousands of theaters remain shuttered across the country, however, opportunities like this allow cinemas to bring in some type of income. And something is better than nothing.

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‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Will Get Rebooted as a Drama Series

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 11, 2020NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Get ready for a grittier (but still fresh) prince of Bel-Air.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Will Smith is executive producing a new version of his popular ’90s TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The difference this time is that while the original Fresh Prince was a lighthearted sitcom, with Smith playing a kid from West Philadelphia (born and raised) who gets sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, this one will be a darker, dramatic version of the same concept.

According to THR, the idea grew out of a viral video by Morgan Cooper, who created a faux trailer for Bel-Air, his pitch for a gritty Fresh Prince. Smith apparently saw the video and became intrigued:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air has been in the works for more than a year after the four-minute clip went viral when it was posted in March 2019 and caught Smith's attention. Cooper, a Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagined the series as if it were a drama. He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP.

Here’s Cooper’s original Bel-Air trailer:

The concept could certainly be told dramatically; whether it could sustain the run on TV that the original Fresh Prince had remains to be seen. (The sitcom version aired for six seasons on NBC, and launched Smith’s acting career.) Either way, Cooper is now looking at his kingdom; he is finally there. Sitting on his throne as the new prince of Bel-Air.

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Disney Halts 4K Physical Releases For Older Titles

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Claire Epting”>Claire EptingPublished: August 11, 2020Walt Disney Studios

Disney is reportedly ceasing 4K Ultra HD production on older movies in its catalog — including titles acquired from 20th Century Fox — for physical release. The news was reported by The Digital Bits, who wrote: “Beyond new release theatrical titles, animated fare from Disney and Pixar, or Star Wars and Marvel-related projects, there were no plans at the studio going forward to release titles on physical 4K Ultra HD—future releases would be 4K Digital only.” So those hoping for 4K versions of films such as Fight Club, Aliens, and The Abyss to come out on physical discs may be waiting a very long time. Or forever.

Even in the era of (seemingly) unlimited streaming entertainment, there’s nothing quite like owning a copy of a movie on DVD or Blu-ray. You can watch the movie wherever and whenever you want, with no limits. In addition, the actual image quality of the film isn’t compromised by your internet collection. As long as you don’t scratch that puppy up, you’ll have a consistently high-quality viewing experience. But it seems like Disney is more focused on its digital prospects, and particularly their Disney+ streaming service, which become increasingly lucrative as many ditch their Blu-ray players for a Fire Stick.

Nothing is set in stone, but it seems unlikely that Disney would reverse its sights on its entertainment’s digitized future. At least the company isn’t abandoning 4K Blu-rays altogether, and for fans of Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, nothing much has changed. All of this serves as a reminder to hold on tight to your physical media. We never know when it will become obsolete.

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Jared Leto Confirms ‘Tron’ Sequel, Reveals Possible Title

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 11, 2020Disney

Confirming a whole bunch of rumors all at once, Jared Leto tweeted that he is indeed working on a third film in Disney’s Tron series, about the very infrequent adventures of a bunch of sentient computer programs. The original Tron came out in 1982; the first sequel, Tron: Legacy, followed in 2010, and now Leto is working on a third Tron, supposedly with Lion director Garth Davis.

Leto wrote that he is “struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life,” and noted that he was a fan of “both the original video game and the film.” Then he added “I am so very excited and proud to confirm that YES – I will be starring in TRON,” promising the team has “some very special ideas in store.”

As noted by Collider, though, the original version of the thread revealed the working title for the movie:

In a Tweet that’s since been deleted, Leto didn’t just say TRON. He said, straight up, “TRON: ARES.” And I have to imagine Disney gave him a quick phone call to say, ‘Maybe don’t say that just yet.’

There’s no guarantee the film will still be called Tron: Ares by the time it hits theaters (especially now that Leto let that name slip), but that would appear to be the sequel’s working title. When Leto was first rumored to be looking at a Tron role back in 2017, THR claimed he would “play a character named Ares, who has not appeared onscreen before but was a key player” in a previously written Tron 3 draft.

Cool; now they just have to actually make the movie. Here are Leto’s (non-deleted) tweets:

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What ‘Breaking Bad’s Pink Bear Really Means

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”ScreenCrush Staff”>ScreenCrush StaffPublished: August 10, 2020AMC

One of the most notable symbols in all of Breaking Bad was the pink bear from the crash of Wayfarer 515. The bear itself, with its bright pink color and half-burned face, had a ton of meaning — as did its eyeball, which wound up in Walt’s pool and then in a drawer of Walt’s for a long time. But what exactly did these items symbolize and how do they reveal Breaking Bad’s hidden meanings?

This new video from ScreenCrush’s Ryan Arey breaks down the pink bear and eyeball, and how they connect to numerous Breaking Bad characters including Walt, his baby daughter Holly, and Jesse’s girlfriend Jane — whose death, caused by Walt, indirectly resulted in the Wayfarer 515 crash. Watch the video right here:

If you liked this video on the real meaning of the pink teddy bear from Breaking Bad, check out some more of our videos below, including our video essay on the single most important Breaking Bad episode, all of the Breaking Bad references in El Camino, and our video recap of every episode of the series in just 15 minutes. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes.

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SpongeBob’s Pal Patrick Is Finally Getting His Own Show

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”ScreenCrush Staff”>ScreenCrush StaffPublished: August 10, 2020Nickelodeon

SpongeBob SquarePants has been on Nickelodeon’s airwaves since 1999, making it one of the longest-running animated series in TV history. Finally, after more than 20 years, SpongeBob’s best pal Patrick is getting his own TV series. Patrick, congrats. (You still might need a new agent.)

Deadline has the news, including a surprising description of the show; this apparently won’t be another cartoon in the style of SpongeBob SquarePants, but more of a meta-showbiz comedy in the style of a Space Ghost Coast to Coast:

The Patrick Star Show is in the vein of The Larry Sanders Show and Comedy Bang Bang!, with Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) hosting his own late-night talk show. I hear the series would revolve around Patrick and his family. Fagerbakke is being joined by a largely new cast voicing new characters, with SpongeBob cast members expected to make occasional appearances, reprising their roles.

Reportedly “voiceover recordings already have started for the project,” which is being guided by the same creative team as the main SpongeBob SquarePants series. This sounds like it will appeal more to the character’s older fans than young kids — but at this point it feels like the older SpongeBob fans outnumber the young ones by a very wide margin. Meanwhile, the latest SpongeBob movie, Sponge On the Run, recently had its theatrical release canceled and will instead premiere on PVOD and CBS All Access in 2021.

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Go Back to Bayside in the New ‘Saved By the Bell’ Trailer

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 10, 2020Peacock

Time it took for the new Saved By the Bell revival series to make a joke about caffeine pills: About 41 seconds.

That’s how long you have to wait for the new Saved By the Bell trailer to have Elizabeth Berkley to swat a pill bottle out of a teenager’s hand and warn them about the dangerous, overly-exciting effects of narcotics. Both Berkley and Mario Lopez star in 2020’s Saved By the Bell, which is going to premiere soon on the Peacock streaming service. Now they’re the teachers guiding the lives of a new class of students at Bayside High School. Watch:

I have to say, it’s really weird seeing Bayside High in a single-camera production. And The Max looking like nothing has changed in 30 years, well… that’s really bizarre. Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality in this comedy inspired by the classic late '80s/early '90s sitcom of the same name.

Saved By the Bell doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but it’s coming soon to Peacock. In the meantime, every season of Saved By The Bell plus Saved By The Bell: The College Years and the various TV movies are all streaming over there, just in case you want to get a quick binge in before the new episodes premiere.

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Fan Video Shows How Two ‘Hamilton’ Songs Are Perfectly Synced

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 10, 2020Disney+

The best part of Hamilton on Disney+: Being able to watch the film version of the Broadway show over and over for all the details that are impossible to observe live in a theater (assuming you can even afford to see Hamilton multiple times — or could score tickets even once!). One of Hamilton’s biggest showstoppers is “Satisfied,” sung by Renée Elise Goldsberry, which reveals the tortured inner life of Angelica Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton’s sister-in-law. After Hamilton meets and marries his wife Eliza, Angelica gives a toast at the wedding that turns into “Satisfied.” During the song, Angelica unburdens herself to the audience, explaining how she loves Hamilton but kept her emotions to herself for a variety of reasons.

When Angelica describes what happened, the entire show rewinds, and we see the scenes of Hamilton and Eliza’s meeting play out again from Angelica’s perspective. It’s an impressive feat of stagecraft — but viewed linearly in the show you can’t quite appreciate just how well the show recreates the earlier scenes, down to specific lighting cues and even tiny gestures by the actors.

A user on YouTube actually synced up “Satisfied” with the earlier events from Hamilton, and viewing them side-by-side the results are truly impressive. Take a look:

Seeing the effect in person was cool, but seeing them side-by-side on video, it’s staggering how well they recreated the earlier scenes. Y’know what? I think Hamilton might be a really good show! It is streaming exclusively on Disney+.

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‘MacGruber’ Is Getting a TV Show on Peacock

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 10, 2020NBCUniversal

They’re making a f—ing TV show: MacGruber!

About six months after word leaked that a show was in development, today it was made official: MacGruber is coming to the Peacock streaming service. Will Forte will reprise his role as the bumbling secret agent who first appeared in a recurring series of sketches on Saturday Night Live before getting his own very funny (and extremely unsuccessful) solo movie.

The news was announced on Peacock’s Twitter account, which also shared a first teaser for the show, which called the movie “[God’s] finest creation yet”:

According to Variety, Peacock has ordered eight episodes of MacGruber, and here is their plot:

Peacock’s take on “MacGruber” will begin with the main character, described as America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot, being released from prison after rotting in there for over a decade. His new mission will be to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within.

Forte is also co-writing the series with MacGruber writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone. Given all of these facts, I see no reason why MacGruber will not be the greatest television event in the history of mass communications. In these dark times, MacGruber is like a light shining us onwards. Admittedly the light may be from a bomb he failed to defuse, but nonetheless, it is a light.

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Zack Snyder Teases His ‘Justice League’ Cut’s Different Villain

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Claire Epting”>Claire EptingPublished: August 10, 2020DC Films

Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, referred to by fans as the Snyder Cut, won’t be out on HBO Max until 2021. But that doesn’t mean we won’t get plenty of sneak peeks leading up to then. As Snyder pieces together his version of the 2017 film, he’s been sharing glimpses into his creative vision. The latest comes in the form of a low-resolution image of  Steppenwolf, one that looks different from the villain we saw in Justice League. For anyone who needs a bit of a refresher, Steppenwolf is the leader of the Parademon army who signals the arrival of an even bigger villain, Darkseid. Check out the photo, which Snyder posted to VERO over the weekend:


This new-and-improved Steppenwolf isn’t a drastic deviation from the original. He looks a bit taller, lankier, and spikier. The biggest difference between this version and the 2017 version is that this Steppenwolf appears to to be less humanoid and more beast. His horns appear to be fused into his skin rather than attached to his helmet. It’s hard to get a real look at his face due to the image quality, but it very well could be that Steppenwolf is much more menacing than we thought.

Hopefully, we’ll get a little more clarity at DC FanDome on August 22nd. The virtual event will feature panels on all things DC, and hopefully one of those panels will include a trailer for the Snyder Cut. Until then, you can always watch Ryan Reynolds’ creative take on Green Lantern.

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Jared Leto’s ‘Tron’ Sequel Finds Director

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 10, 2020Disney

The Tron franchise sputtered out again after Tron: Legacy, which arrived in theaters 28 years after the original movie. Seven years after Legacy, rumors first bubbled up that Jared Leto wanted to join the franchise about an elaborate digital world of sentient programs that exists on “The Grid.” There was little movement on the project after that, until earlier this summer, when more rumors about a Jared Leto Tron started hitting the Grid — excuse me, the internet.

Today, Deadline suggests this movie is gaining momentum, with Garth Davis “tapped to direct the pic starring Jared Leto.” The Australian-born Davis is best known for smaller films like Lion, which got an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 2016, and Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara as the Biblical figure. Nothing in his filmography suggests an affinity for this sort of massive, effects-heavy science-fiction, but there’s always a first time. Deadlines notes that Davis’ involvement “signals the next installment may finally happen” but that the movie still does not have a green light from Disney.

I rewatched Tron: Legacy in late 2019, and felt pretty much the same way I did when it came out: That it’s a great-looking, great-sounding bad movie. A director like Davis might be better qualified to inject some of the stuff that was missing from the last Tron, like interesting characters and a story you genuinely care about. As long as the third movie maintains the eye-popping visuals (and especially if they can convince Daft Punk to make more Tron music) they’re in business.

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‘Fargo’ Season 4 Sets Premiere Date at FX

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Claire Epting”>Claire EptingPublished: August 10, 2020FX

Can we expect to see Season 4 of Fargo in the coming months? You betcha! FX has finally announced the premiere date for the series’ fourth installment, which will debut with back-to-back episodes Sunday, September 27. From there, the rest of the nine episodes will air weekly. The new season of Fargo was originally supposed to come out in April, but suffered from coronavirus-related delays. According to Variety, production on the show is set to resume later this month.

Fargo Season 4 will be “a story of immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money", set against the backdrop of 1950's Kansas City. Chris Rock stars as Loy Cannon, the head of the African American crime family, who strikes an apprehensive truce with Italian mafia leader Donatello Fadda (Tommaso Ragno). The ensemble cast is rounded out by actors such as Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jack Huston, Uzo Aduba, Jessie Buckley, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird.

The Noah Hawley-created series is based on the 1996 movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coen brothers also executive produce the series, alongside Hawley and Warren Littlefield. Season 4 comes more than three years after Fargo’s last installment, which was hailed by critics and nominated for a dozen Emmy Awards. If this newest installment is anything like previous installments, we have a lot to look forward to.

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Movie Had a Wild Premise

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 10, 2020Getty Images

Why the heck is a new Star Trek movie so difficult to pin down? It’s now been four years since the last Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, and Paramount seems to have made no tangible progress towards a fourth movie in the so-called “Kelvin” timeline. Their initial plan was to feature Chris Hemsworth returning to the role he briefly played in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, in some kind of time-travel adventure featuring the new cast. That never materialized, and then for a while Paramount was working with Quentin Tarantino on an R-rated Star Trek movie. Hard to imagine that coming together. (Spoilers: It didn’t.) The most recent version of the property was a script by Fargo TV creator Noah Hawley.

Now Deadline reports that version is dead too. The claim Hawley’s script would have featured a new cast entirely and “might be about a deadly virus,” which would certainly offer one explanation why it isn’t happening now. (Would you want to watch a space virus movie in 2020? I didn’t think so.) Deadline’s story also reveals for the first time the premise of Tarantino’s unmade Trek, which would have been based on a screenplay by The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith. Here’s how they describe it:

Tarantino dropped out as director, but the project is still viable based on an episode of the classic Star Trek series that takes place largely earthbound in a 30s gangster setting.

Trekkers will recognize that description from “A Piece of the Action,” a Season 2 episode of the original Star Trek. In it, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew visit an alien planet where life resembles a 1930s gangster movie. It’s a very entertaining episode, if a slightly strange one (the show offers an explanation how an alien planet came to look like Prohibition-era Chicago, but it’s not a particularly convincing one).

Still, you have to love the gumption of taking one of the more absurd concepts in the history of Star Trek and trying to update it in 2020. If anyone could have made that concept work, Tarantino could have — gangster talk in his specialty, after all. Deadline claims this script is still “viable” without Tarantino attached to direct, but I don’t know. It sounds awfully risky without a very skilled captain at the helm.

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Antonio Banderas Announces Coronavirus Diagnosis

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 10, 2020Getty Images

Well this is not the way anyone wants to celebrate their birthday. For his 60th, Antonio Banderas announced on his Twitter account that he is sick with Covid-19.

Banderas wrote that he is celebrating his birthday in quarantine after contracting the coronavirus. Thankfully, at least so far, Banderas says his symptoms are relatively mild:

I would like to add that I feel relatively good, just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet.

Banderas said he planned to “take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years” and sent a virutal “hug to everyone.”

At 60, Banderas remains one of the most beloved actors in the world. Just a few months ago he was nominated for his first Academy Award for his role in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory playing, of all things, an aging film director. Banderas is best known in America for action movies like Desperado and The Mask of Zorro, as well as for the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise and its spinoffs. Everyone at ScreenCrush wishes Banderas a speedy recovery (and happy birthday).

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Ava DuVernay and HBO Max Making One Perfect Shot TV Series

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Since 2013, the @OnePerfectShot Twitter account has spotlighted the greatest individual shots in movie history. It’s a great follow and a lovely way to discover new movies you might not have seen. Now it’s going to become a TV series, as HBO Max announced it’s working with filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a One Perfect Shot show.

Each episode will spotlight one shot from one movie, and feature its director talking about how that movie was made. DuVernay is the producer and narrator:

Each episode arms one acclaimed director with an arsenal of visual tools to pull back the curtain on their most iconic shots. Using state of the art technology, the directors will literally enter each shot, walking through the scene in 360 moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking. Filmmakers will share their obstacles, challenges, lessons and triumphs as they detail how they created their crowning cinematic achievements. Each helmer will also present one shot from an auteur who deeply influenced them, outlining the inspiration that catalyzed their own imagination.

The fact that each episode will include the director talking about their work and their choices is exciting; almost like a miniature DVD commentary. The one issue might be that the choice limits the movie to filmmakers who are alive. There are a lot of perfect shots from old movies that could get overlooked, even if they’re mentioned as “influences” along the way.

Still, it’s a very cool idea for a series. Bring on the episode about One From the Heart!

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‘Animaniacs’ Returns With New Episodes on Hulu This Fall

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It’s time for Animaniacs. They continue to be zany to the max. So just sit back and relax,
you’ll laugh till you collapse — provided you have Hulu.

It’s been years since the show was first announced, but finally it’s almost here: The revival of the 1990s animated series Animaniacs is ready for its big premiere. The show, famously produced both in the ’90s and now by Steven Spielberg, will return with new episodes on Hulu on November 20.

Per Variety, this is the first of two new seasons coming to Hulu in the next year. The show will feature the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister Dot — plus segments featuring Pinky and the Brain, the mice with dreams of world domination who started on Animaniacs and became popular enough to garner their own spinoff show:

The premiere date news comes over two years after Hulu handed the revival a two-season series order. This new version of the family friendly cartoon will see Warner siblings, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. Joining the trio will be fan-favorites Pinky and the Brain, who will also return to continue their quest for world domination in 13 episodes. A second season consisting of 13 more episodes will be heading to Hulu sometime in 2021.

The original Animaniacs ran for 99 episodes on Fox and the Kids WB all through the mid-1990s. All of the original voice actors of the Warners and Pinky and the Brain will return for the new episodes. As a guy who grew up on the original episodes, I can’t wait to watch the new ones with my kids. I also look forward to explaining the concept of Goodfeathers to them, and then watching Goodfellas with them so they can properly get the joke.

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Rules That Governed Theaters and Studios For 70 Years Change

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Since the late 1940s, major studios have been barred from owning their own theaters because of what became known as the “Paramount Consent Decree,” the result of an antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.S. government. At the time, studios released many of their movies in theater chains they owned. They also employed a practice called “block booking,” where they would bundle and sell large packages of films together to theaters, with the idea that if you wanted to show the equivalent of a 1940s blockbuster, you had to agree to also show 10 other less-desirable movies from the same studio.

The consent decree outlawed or modified almost all of these practices. Studios divested themselves of their theaters, and block booking, at least on the scale that used to exist, was barred. Those rules were held in place until today, when a judge granted a motion by the Department of Justice to end the rules and permit all of the outlawed practices.

You can read the judge’s entire opinion hereThe Hollywood Reporter’s summary notes this quote from U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torres :

The Court finds that it is unlikely that the remaining Defendants would collude to once again limit their film distribution to a select group of theaters in the absence of the Decrees and, finds, therefore, that termination is in the public interest,

It is difficult to say exactly how the end of the Paramount decree will affect movie theaters; thanks to the pandemic pretty much every single aspect of the theatrical industry is in turmoil right now. Still, the decision clears the way for any studio to purchase a chain of theaters — Netflix, for example, could purchase Cinemark, then decide to only show Netflix movies — and it also makes it perfectly acceptable for a production company to force a theater to agree to show their entire slate of movies rather than one or two. With theaters already in precarious financial condition because of the coronavirus, this decision may well pave the way for the end of the theater industry as we’ve known it during our lifetimes.

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A ‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel Starring Jennifer Grey Is In the Works

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They say studio executives have hungry eyes. One look at a valuable property and they can’t disguise. And according to Lionsgate, there’s basically no more valuable property in their library than Dirty Dancing, the iconic 1987 period romance starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The material was given a spinoff once before, 2004’s Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, but that really didn’t have any connection to the first film beyond the same general concept of grimy grinding. Now Lionsgate is making a full-on sequel, with Jennifer Grey set to return for the film.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the project on a company earnings call earlier this week. He promised(via CNN): 2 Dirty 2 Dancing will be…

…exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise's fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company's history.

Swayze passed away in 2009 after a battle with cancer; the original film’s director, Emile Ardolino, died in 1993 from AIDS complications.

Grey was the picture of youthful innocence when she starred in the first film as Baby, who discovers her passion for dance (and, uh, other things) while staying at a Catskills resort with her family. Now Grey is 60, and the logical way to make a sequel would be to cast her in the role of the stern parent (embodied perfectly in the original film by Jerry Orbach) with her own wild son or daughter who becomes seduced by the erotic power of dance. That could be a lot of fun. The Imagine Dragons sad cover of “Hungry Eyes” will be spectacular, too.

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12 Successful Movies That Switched Directors Mid-Production

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It takes a village to raise a child, and it also takes a village to make a movie. Every department within a crew plays a key role in getting a movie off its feet. But oftentimes, it’s the director’s name that becomes attached to the final product. The director’s job is to provide a creative vision for the film, while overseeing all elements of production on set.

But not every set is a well-oiled machine, and creative disputes between directors and producers can become a real problem for a film. Every now and then, directors are fired from movies mid-production and replaced by someone different. Sometimes, switching directors only makes things worse. But other times, the movie turns out just fine — or even better than fine. Here are 12 movies that changed directors, but ended up being successful anyway.

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‘A League Of Their Own’ Will Become an Amazon TV Series

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More than two years after the pilot was first announcedThe Hollywood Reporter says that Amazon has ordered a full season of A League of Their Own, an adaptation of the beloved 1992 movie about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which operated in the U.S. during World War II and into the 1950s. The show was created by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham. Jacobson also stars in the series, along with Chanté Adams, D'Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado.

Here’s how the show was described when it was first announced in March of 2018:

A League of Their Own is a half-hour comedy infusing the warmth, humor and DNA of the classic film, while taking a contemporary spin on the stories of the women surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches, season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.

THR says League of Their Own director Penny Marshall gave the project her blessing before she passed away in late 2018. Her movie remains a classic, but its concept and structure seems perfectly suited to a prestige TV series, following the ups and downs of a baseball franchise through a long season, or even multiple seasons. It just seems like a surefire hit across a lot of different audiences.

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‘Bill & Ted 3’ Movies Up One Week, Shares New Featurette

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Prepare yourselves for some most triumphant news: Bill & Ted Face the Music has pushed its release date up four days, coming out in theaters and on VOD August 28. The announcement was revealed in a behind-the-scenes featurette clip, which celebrates the excellent friendship between Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait. Check out the video below:

Winter and Reeves are joined by their on-screen offspring, Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving. Lundy-Paine plays Ted’s daughter Billie, and Weaving plays Bill’s daughter Thea. That's right, Bill and Ted named their kids after each other. Total friendship goals. In Bill & Ted Face the Music, the now middle-aged best friends will set out on a journey to bring harmony to the universe, with the help of a few music legends, of course.

Bill & Ted 3 is directed by Dean Parisot and produced by Orion Pictures. The movie'’ extensive cast is rounded out by Kristen Schaal, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Hal Landon Jr., and more. Originally scheduled for an August 21 debut, Bill & Ted 3’s release date got pushed around a few times due to other films’ postponements as a result of Covid-19. Up until today, the picture was set for a September 1 opening date, but was pushed back to August 28 so as not to conflict with Mulan’s release September 4. Long story short, we’re getting a new Bill & Ted before the end of the month, and for that we are grateful. If anyone can save us during these trying times, it’s Bill and Ted.

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Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ Cancelled After One Season

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Hulu has cancelled High Fidelity after just one 10-episode season. The show was inspired by the 2000 movie starring John Cusack (which was based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel). Zoë Kravitz played a gender-flipped version of Cusack’s Rob, described as “a record-store owner in the rapidly gentrified Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn” who “revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love.”

High Fidelity’s first season was met with generally favorable reviews, earning a healthy 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Kravitz was praised for her tempestuous portrayal of Rob, not to mention her pitch-perfect wardrobe choices. Some fans of the original novel and movie were hesitant to embrace the re-imagined version of High Fidelity, but for the most part, it was music to people’s ears. That’s why it was reportedly a tough decision for Hulu to let the show go.

Showrunners Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka had definitely planned for more seasons. Back in February, they told The Hollywood Reporter that the series’ storylines and universe “will continue to expand.” Kravitz responded to the news of the show’s cancellation with an Instagram post Wednesday night. “I wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family,” she wrote. “Thank you for all the love and heart you put into this show. i’m in awe of all of you. and thank you to everyone who watched, loved and supported us. [peace sign emoji] #breakupssuck.” Yes, breakups do suck indeed.

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Watch Damien Chazelle’s New Film, Shot Vertically on an iPhone

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If you’re the person at your family reunions who gets irrationally annoyed when great aunt holds her iPhone vertically to take a group picture, look away! What follows will be very upsetting for you.

Held horizontally, the iPhone can do a pretty decent job of mimicking the aspect ratio we’re accustomed to from a lifetime of movies and widescreen TVs. But our eyes are getting more and more used to the iPhone’s vertical aspect ratio, thanks to apps like FaceTime. Could vertically-shot films and content become a new standard for mobile content?

Maybe, maybe not. (Sorry, Quibi.) But Apple is doing its part to de-stigmatize the vertical aspect ratio. They’ve just released a nine-minute short film by La La Land and First Man director Damien Chazelle called “The Stunt Double.” After a stunt goes awry, a stunt man finds himself reliving the history of stunts in movies, from the silent era to Westerns to modern action. It was shot on an iPhone — vertically. The whole short plays window boxed with big black bars on the left and right of the YouTube window. Watch it here:

There’s also a brief featurette that goes with the film, all about the making of the short with the vertical aspect ratio and an iPhone (an 11 Pro, to be precise):

Horizontal aspect ratio is obviously superior, but the short does show there are some things vertical does well. It’s good for shots that emphasize height; people climbing up cliffs or falling off buildings. It’s good for long corridors and narrow spaces. And it’s good for very long establishing shots, because all the empty space above and below the people enhances the feeling of distance as well as the characters’ tininess in these vast surroundings.

I’m not sure I’d ever want to see a feature-length movie like this, especially on a big screen. Then again, I’m not watching anything on a big screen right now, and perhaps not for a long time. So “The Stunt Double” may in fact be a sign of things to come.

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Charlie Kaufman Comes to Netflix, Watch His New Trailer

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Just what you need in these dark times: A new Charlie Kaufman movie about death on Netflix!

The subject matter doesn’t exactly look chipper but I’m Thinking of Ending Things does look like it could be mighty good — and, yes, very Kaufmanesque. Jessie Buckley stars as a woman on a road trip who begins seeing some very strange things. Based on the trailer, it seems like there is some play with time similar to what Kaufman did in Synecdoche, New York.

Watch the trailer right here:

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake’s mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world. An exploration of regret, longing and the fragility of the human spirit, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS is directed and written by Academy Award winner Charlie Kaufman (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND). Inspired by Iain Reid's bestselling namesake novel.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things will premiere on Netflix on September 4. And yes, that is the same weekend that Tenet is supposed to open in some U.S. theaters, and Mulan premieres on Disney+ — all a few days after Bill & Ted Face the Music debuts as well. That is going to be some week for movies.

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‘Candyman’s Nia DaCosta Will Direct ‘Captain Marvel 2’

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In a major shift for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it looks like a new director will take over one of the mega-franchise’s most important new series. Deadline reports that Nia DaCosta, who made the highly-anticipated sequel to Candyman, has been chosen to direct Captain Marvel 2, the sequel to the $1.1 billion-grossing superhero adventure starring Brie Larson. Larson will return for the movie.

More, via Deadline:

DaCosta takes over for Anne Bowden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the first pic to massive box office success. Marvel is known for switching up its directors on its popular franchises like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America to give the next installment a fresh voice, and had been meeting with candidates for the past couple of months.

That's true to some extent, although two of the three Iron Man movies were directed by the same guy (Jon Favreau) and two of the three Captain America movies were directed by the same duo (the Russo brothers). At present, little is known about Captain Marvel 2, which could theoretically take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, or in the time between Captain Marvel and Infinity War, when Marvel was exploring outer space, or possibly some combination of the two. Either way, with the retirements of several of the original franchise’s stars, Captain Marvel looks to be an increasingly important player in the MCU, and Captain Marvel 2 could be one of the key puzzle pieces of the MCU’s Phase Four.

Captain Marvel 2 is scheduled to open in theaters on July 8, 2022. DaCosta’s Candyman is currently scheduled to open in theaters on October 16, 2020.

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Former WWE Star Marty Jannetty Posts Apparent Murder Confession

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The world of professional wrestling can sometimes be a sordid place. For proof, check any random episode of the Vice series Dark Side of the Ring, which chronicles stories of crime, drugs, and death from in and around pro wrestling. The show has had two very successful seasons to date — and if I had to guess, I’d assume that what’s transpiring today will someday appear on a future season.

It involves Marty Jannetty, a former WWE wrestler and Intercontinental Champion. Jannetty has a reputation for … let’s say mercurial behavior on social media. He’s talked about doing unsavory things on Facebook before, but nothing like this: In a recent post, Jannetty appeared to confess to killing someone.

“I was 13,” Jannetty wrote in a since-deleted post, “working at Victory Lanes bowling alley buying weed from a f— that worked there … and he put his hands on me … he dragged me around the back of the building … you already know what he was gonna try to do … That was the very first time I made a man disappear. They never found him. They shoulda looked in the Chattahoochie River.”

You can see his entire post below:

Jannetty’s apparent confession attracted a lot of attention online — and now police are reportedly interested as well. TMZ contacted the Columbus Police Department in Georgia, where a spokesperson said they are “going to look into this” and will examine old files for “any missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post.”

Again, if you follow wrestling, you’ve heard some wild stories — but this really might be the single wildest story, whether or not Jannetty was confessing to an actual crime he really did commit. Either way, Dark Side of the Ring does not officially have a third season yet, although producers have said they would “would love to see it happen” and are “in conversations” with Vice about it.

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Tom Hanks Will Play Geppetto in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

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Get ready for a Forrest Gump reunion. (Technically, a Cast Away reunion too.)

That’s because, per Deadline, Tom Hanks is in “negotiations” to star in Disney’s live-action version of Pinocchio, which is currently in development by director Robert Zemeckis. Hanks would play Geppetto, the kindly old woodcarver who creates Pinocchio and becomes his father.

More, per Deadline:

Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film … Hanks and Zemeckis’ long-standing relationship going back to when they both won Oscars for their work on Forrest Gump, this seems more likely to move forward.

If this news sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because this is not the first time Hanks has been attached to this movie. He was also interested in playing Geppetto in a previous version of this project, which was going to be directed by Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King. That version fell apart; Zemeckis then came aboard, and now Hanks is back involved again.

If the movie happens, it will be Hanks and Zemeckis’ first collaboration since 2004’s The Polar Express, the first of Zemeckis’ motion-captured animated movies. Pinocchio was supposed to be live-action, continuing the company’s recent tradition of remaking its most popular animated movies with modern casts. (This news comes a day after Disney revealed its most recent remake, Mulan, will be available as an exclusive rental on the Disney+ streaming service.) With Zemeckis’ skill with special effects, he seems like the ideal guy to direct this movie. And Hanks, y’know, he seems like a pretty decent actor too. He’s made a couple solid pictures at this point.

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Watch the Trailer For Ridley Scott’s First TV Series

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Ridley Scott makes his TV directorial debut with Raised By Wolves, a new original series coming to HBO Max next month. The first trailer for the show is a bit enigmatic, but at the very least it teases Scott’s return to the world of high-minded science fiction. (He might have made a few of those kinds of movies you’ve heard of, like Blade Runner, Alien, and Prometheus.)

Watch the trailer right here:

Here’s the show’s official synopsis:

From executive producer Ridley Scott, Raised by Wolves centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

Ridley Scott and androids just go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Raised by Wolves runs for ten episodes on the new HBO Max streaming service; Scott himself directed the first two installments. The series was created by Aaron Guzikowski, whose best known work to date is the script for 2013’s Prisoners, which was directed by Denis Villeneuve (who recently collaborated with Scott on Blade Runner 2049). Raised By Wolves premieres on HBO Max on September 3.

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‘Avatar 2’ Concept Art Reveals New Underwater Vehicle

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While we may have to wait an extra year to feast our eyes on Avatar 2 (thanks, coronavirus) at least producer Jon Landau is keeping us updated with bits and pieces of behind the scenes info. The latest update comes in the form of new concept art that reveals a complex underwater vehicle called “The Crabsuit.” In the first photo, it’s pretty clear where the name came from — the machine has crab-like legs that appear on land. But as soon as it’s underwater, the Crabsuit becomes a no-nonsense submersible:

Last December, we got a peek at a different Avatar contraption called the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that can carry multiple sea-faring vehicles at a time. Therefore, we can deduce that the Crabsuit might be stored on the Sea Dragon while not in use. As the official Avatar Twitter account mentions, there will be several more RDA vehicles to look forward to in the sequels.

Avatar at its core is about the war between man and nature. So if we’re getting impressive manmade vehicles such as the Crabsuit, we’ll most likely also be seeing a bump in the natural splendor of Pandora. Back in January, we saw a few pieces of concept art that revealed dazzling ocean landscapes and hinted at underwater worlds.

Avatar 2 was right on schedule for a December 2021 release date up until March, when production halted due to Covid-19. Three months later, director James Cameron got the green light to resume filming in New Zealand. Still, the setback means that Avatar 2 won’t come out until December 2022, with Avatars 3, 4, and 5 spread out over the next decade.

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