It’s been nearly 20 years since the first Lord of the Rings film hit theaters — but the impact the trilogy had on the cast and crew, as well as legions of fans worldwide, remains as strong as ever. The passionate response to the film series made it possible for plenty of additional content to be released but, despite that, plenty still remained on the cutting room floor. One of the trilogy’s stars, Viggo Mortensen, even admits that there’s one scene in particular he wishes had survived the editing process.
Playing a villain, especially in a superhero film, can be a difficult task, as actors still want to make their characters relatable in some form. And of course, they also want them to stack up against the hero(es). Luckily, Pedro Pascal and Patty Jenkins appear to have done their due diligence when it came to developing Maxwell Lord. In prepping for the role, Pascal even went as far as turning his script into a “pop-art scrapbook” as a way of getting inside the character’s mind.
The Time Travel in Donnie Darko
Growing up is never easy, but living in Middlesex, Virginia in 1988 sure doesn’t make things any better. Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is about to learn that the hard way, as he’s accidentally stumbled into a chain of events that will define his community. And it all centers around him, and a batch of unique powers he’s about to acquire.
Who’s Time Traveling
It’s not who, but rather what is traveling through time, in the events of Donnie Darko, as a jet engine that dislodges from a plane during the last act travels through a portal that Donnie manipulates.
From When To When
That jet engine is sent back in time 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds, from October 30th, 1988 to October 2nd, 1988.
How Ryan Gosling Comes Up In Netflix’s Holidate
In Netflix’s raunchy rom-com Holidate, Luke Bracey’s Jackson and Emma Roberts’ Sloane are two singles who always end up dealing with impossible dating situations around the holidays. Thanks to some help from Sloane’s irresponsible Aunt Susan (Kristin Chenoweth), the two devise the “holidate,” a pact in which they become each others’ go to dates for all major events, ignoring one another otherwise.
Outside of Snake Eyes serving as an origin story, no specific plot details have been revealed yet. That said, along with the aforementioned individuals, the movie also stars Peter Mensah as Blind Master, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness and Samara Weaving as Scarlett, and Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira and Steven Allerick have been cast in undisclosed roles. Red’s Robert Schwentke directed the feature, and Beauty and the Beast’s Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay. A follow-up movie to Snake Eyes has reportedly been in the works since last May that will not be a direct sequel, but will build upon the events that unfold in Snake Eyes.
One Night In Miami – December 25 (Limited Theatrical)
Actress Regina King has starred in some of the most important projects to comment on racial disparity as of late, such as Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series and If Beale Street Could Talk, which earned her her first Academy Award. She brings that same energy from behind the camera with her feature-length directorial debut, One Night in Miami.
The historical drama, which will be given a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day before premiering on Amazon Prime Video in January, is based on a stage play of the same name by the co-director of Soul, Kemp Powers, that, as the title suggests, takes place over the course of one night in the 1960s as four prominent Civil Rights activists discuss their roles in the movement. The all-star cast includes Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, Eli Goree as Muhammad Ali, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke.
Ahead of those releases, we’ve also seen Netflix’s The Boys in the Band, which was a feature adaptation of a play that had been revived. It included the same cast of Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, etc, and was directed by Joe Mantello, who helmed the Broadway version of his movie two years before that. It’s quite rare to see Broadway carry over like that so directly, and it certainly may have been too niche of a film to make movie theater potential, but thanks to streaming, the possibilities expand. Netflix also released its own original Broadway-esque musicals with the hit-making Jingle Jangle and even Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. Before this year, a Netflix original musical, mind three, was unheard of.
Plastic Man originally started as a Quality Comics character in 1941 before the elastic-powered hero moved to DC when its prior publisher sunk. As the story goes, Patrick “Eel” O’Brian was part of a gang until he is left for dead by them during a heist-gone-wrong, which left him soaked in an unknown chemical liquid. This results in him gaining the power of elasticity (like Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic or The Incredibles’ Elastigirl), along with regeneration, invulnerability and slow aging. O’Brian becomes a police officer in between his superhero antics.
Sounds like it’s a thumbs up on this look, with one fan responding “WHAT IN THE RON BURGUNDY,” because well… it’s not far off. Henk Rogers eventually won the rights to Tetris, but following years of legal battles with different parties before he was paid for his work on the phenomenon. The Tetris movie will be directed by Jon S. Baird, who made the Abbott and Costello biopic Stan & Ollie, as well as Filth with James McAvoy. No other casting announcements have been made about the project.
The Christmas Setup (2020)
The Christmas Setup is Lifetime’s first Christmas film centered on a gay couple. It features real-life married couple Blake Lee and Ben Lewis. Hugo (Ben Lewis) travels home to Milwaukee to spend Christmas with his best friend, Madelyn (Ellen Wong), his mother, Kate (Fran Drescher), and brother, Aiden (Chad Connell). His mother tries to play matchmaker by setting Hugo up with his old high school crush, Patrick (Blake Lee).
The Christmas Setup is part of Lifetime’s massive 30 new Christmas movies. The Christmas Setup looks adorable and the added power of Fran Drescher makes this a must-see movie. The film premieres on Lifetime on December 12, 2020.
The world of Christmas LGBTQ+ movies is very small, but I hope that this is just the start and they’ll become the norm, especially cheesy romance ones. The world needs a little more love, in every form.