It’s truly the ultimate version of the filmmaker’s conundrum in Hollywood. While it’s the instinct of any artist is to flex their creativity, finding real success in the movie industry means that a lot of people want you to start doing the same thing over and over again. Obviously George Lucas wasn’t forced into the priorities he demonstrated, and clearly it led to him gaining tremendous wealth and a great deal of influence, so it’s hard to argue against his choices working within the system and expanding on his most successful idea (plus he spent most of the 1980s working as a producer and supporting the visions of filmmakers like Jim Henson, Ron Howard, Paul Schrader, and Akira Kurosawa).
If streaming is “the way,” to keep up with this Mandalorian metaphor, it’s seemingly a lucrative way. The latest projections have Disney believing it will be able to hit 300 million streaming subscribers by 2024. (For comparison’s sake, Netflix has a little over 195 million subscribers right now.) Of those 300 million streaming subscribers, Disney, who also owns ESPN and Hulu, 230 million will subscribe to Disney+. It’s a lofty goal for a streaming service in its infancy, but Disney has products a lot of people globally want.
Professionally speaking, the last several years have been good to actor Shia LaBeouf thanks to movies like Honey Boy, The Peanut Butter Falcon and The Tax Collector. His personal life, on the other hand, now finds itself plagued in a new round of controversy. Last week, LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs, filed a lawsuit against him in the Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that LaBeouf had sexually and emotionally abused her while they were in a relationship. Now Sia, another professional singer, is also claiming that LaBeouf emotionally hurt her.
Heaven’s Gate Director’s Cut (Michael Cimino)
Following The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino was viewed as the next great director in an era defined by its auteur filmmakers. It would all come crashing down in unbelievable fashion, though, with Cimino’s follow-up, Heaven’s Gate.
Cimino, largely given free-rein, crafted a film that went vastly over budget and over schedule and ultimately was blasted as a mess. His four hour cut was trimmed to two-and-a-half-hours. It was a huge factor in United Artists, the studio that produced the film, going bankrupt. Heaven’s Gate is often cited as an example of why you might not want to give too much power to a director.
Time, however, actually benefited Heaven’s Gate, in more ways than one. After a 219-minute cut was put together in 2005, Cimino personally supervised a 2012 restoration that clocks in at 216-minutes. When revisited by critics, the director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate wasn’t rebranded as an epic masterpiece, but more credit was given to Cimino for his ambition and craftsmanship.
Leonardo da Vinci is quoted with saying “art is never finished, only abandoned.” These directors chose not to abandon their work and made efforts to bring them closer to their true visions.
Per reporting from Deadline, Chris Pine is in the circling phase of his potential Dungeons & Dragons hiring. The plans, should they follow the intended course, are to have this movie in front of cameras early next year; with Belfast looking to be the location that the production will make its home. Pine will more than likely not be only the first big name drawn to the project, as it’s expected that an ensemble cast will help land this would-be franchise on the road to the kingdom of sequels. Considering how much Joe Manganiello loves Dungeons & Dragons, there’s always the chance he could be cast in the movie later down the line.
The phrase “if you can’t laugh at yourself” has served as the opening for a number of age-old sayings, and the idea is almost always correct. On some level, we should all be able to laugh at ourselves and not take things too seriously. A number of celebrities have no problem poking fun at themselves, and Kevin Hart is probably one of the most self-deprecating comedians in the industry. And just recently, the actor took to social media to make a joke about his height using a tall chair.
This casting updates comes from THR, making Quintessa Swindell the fourth actor to be announced for Black Adam. We’ve known since late 2019 that the JSA would factor into Black Adam, and in July, it was announced that fellow Netflix performer Noah Centineo was being brought on to play Atom Smasher. This was followed by The Invisible Man actor Aldis Hodge being cast as Hawkman, and now with the Cyclone role filled, that leaves Doctor Fate as the final JSA member to be cast in Black Adam. There were also once plans to include Hawkgirl, but they were tabled for undisclosed reasons.
The longer we wait for a movie, the longer we wait for Rick, as he has already been off the original series for seasons now. Fans were able to get their Grimes fix with his now Carl-aged daughter Judith on the OG Walking Dead, but a new storyline with Rick remains highly desired by the fanbase. We’ll keep you updated as soon as there’s an official date, but for now consider your hope renewed by Scott Gimple.
For example, when Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt was born, the couple did present the public with a baby photo. However, the image was only a close-up of the baby’s hand intertwined with mom and dad’s. Still adorable, but serves the dual function of also keeping little Lyla’s life private.
I mean, how cool is that? It’s been over a decade since Tobey Maguire last played the role of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. If he returns for a movie opposite Tom Holland, he’d likely be a bit older and experience than his counterpart. Or in this piece of fan art, covered in literal scars from his time as a professional superhero.