It obviously seems unlikely that Yondu will rise from the dead, especially since his death is one of the most heartbreaking of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. But if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 included flashback sequences, there could be a logical way to bring Michael Rooker’s character to the big screen. We’ll just have to wait and see what James Gunn has in store once his shift pivots from The Suicide Squad back to the Guardians.
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Adventures In Babysitting (Mike Todwell)
Before we even meet Bradley Whitford’s Mike Todwell at the beginning of Adventures in Babysitting, we know he’s going to be a prick. First of all, he pulls up in a red Camaro with a license plate reading “SO-COOL,” and then honks his horn to let Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) know that he’s arrived (never do that, it’s very much not cool). And although his girlfriend is all dressed up in a nice dress and jewelry, Mike shows up in jeans, dirty sneakers, a leather jacket, and the worst pair of aviators you’ll see in a Chris Columbus movie. Armed with a bad haircut and even worse excuse, Mike cancels the date at the fancy French restaurant in Chicago, breaking Chris’ heart and setting up the plot of the movie.
Long before it showed off a single frame of footage, David Fincher’s Mank was my most anticipated of the year. Because it’s David Fincher, for starters. And because he’s tackling the myth of the making of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Sign me up. Wait, he’s casting Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz, the screenwriter who teamed with Welles to harpoon media giant William Randolph Hurst? Where do I begin? Start here, with the full trailer for Mank, which just dropped. Check it out above.
If this world had any justice, we’d all be getting ready to see Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon when it was originally set to be released next month. We would have already seen the first trailer, and the hype would be getting serious. Unfortunately, circumstances gave determined that we’ll all need to wait until next year to see the finished film, but we finally have our first real look at the film and it checks all the boxes for a modern Disney heroine. Raya kicks ass, the animation looks amazing and she’s got a cute animal sidekick. What else do you even need?
As seen in the trailer above, we meet Raya and her friend Tuk-Tuk moving through some sort of temple, avoiding traps and working her way to a Dragon Gem. It appears that this sequence is part of her training, something that Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, explains in voice-over. At the end of the trailer, however, Raya is on a quest for the actual Last Dragon, and Tuk-Tuk is no longer cute and cuddly, but a massive thing. Has he been magically enhanced? Has he just grown quite a lot over a few years’ time?
More to come…
A slew of other actors also made the Top 20. There was Channing Tatum, who hasn’t been in a ton of cinematic endeavors over the last year, but who also is shirtless quite often to make up for it in both the Magic Mike and Step Up franchise movies. (He also recently revealed his abs are back for his latest cinematic endeavor, Dog.) Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jude Law, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Dwayne Johnson and more also cracked the Top 20.
Happiest Season follows Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis’ Abby and Harper, a couple who are getting serious just in time for the holidays. Harper plans to propose to Abby during Christmas dinner, but she’ll have to come out to her family first. The movie also stars GLOW’s Alison Brie, Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen. It was written by Mary Holland and Clea DuVall, the latter of whom also directed and said this about the move to Hulu:
7. The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto (2009)
I knew Rob Zombie should pursue animation after that aforementioned scene in Beavis and Butthead Do America. That said, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto really doesn’t do it for me. It’s about a Luchador (voiced by Tom Papa) and his sister sidekick (voiced by Sheri Moon Zombie) who have to stop a devil named Dr. Satan (voiced by Paul Giamatti) from marrying a demonic stripper (voiced by Rosario Dawson). Vulgarity ensues.
To be honest, this is probably more me than the film, as it had cult status written all over it as soon as it released back in 2009. As part of Zombie’s Firefly films (which also includes House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 From Hell), you would think that I would love this movie. But it’s very different from those films and feels much more like a more perverse version of Ren and Stimpy, but not nearly as funny. Which is a shame, too, since again, I think Rob Zombie’s unique mind is perfectly suited for animation.
If you don’t recall, near the end of Top Gun, Maverick, Iceman and several other fighter pilots are called on to carry out a mission immediately after graduating from the academy. They’re sent clear across the world to execute on the mission, something that wouldn’t ever happen in the real world, according to Jim DiMatteo.
It’s a lesson I think Tom Holland’s Peter has learned in some ways, though he’s still relatively immature in some of the ways he handles being Spider-Man. Think of how the other Spider-Men held this mantle during their high school years, and it’s clear Peter still has a lot of growing to do. Granted, part of that may be tied to the MCU making a concerted effort to make Peter actually look and act like he’s in high school, but I digress. These guys could pass on a lot of wisdom that Peter may have missed out on, possibly because his Uncle Ben wasn’t around.
As we continue to make our way towards the 2020 election, it’s almost unavoidable to read about celebrities being questioned about their political and personal values. But there’s always going to be two sides to the story, and it’ll be up to the public to decide where they choose to throw their own support. If anything, the case of James Gunn and Mark Ruffalo defending Chris Pratt is one of the more nuanced examples of friends supporting their mutual friend in the court of public opinion. While there will be disagreements, so long as they’re respectful, they’re part of the standard discourse.