In the new Netflix movie, the Iron Fist actor plays Joseph Mankiewicz, a man recognized as one of the all-time great American directors, but it also happens to be a story that is entirely set in the years before he took the helm of his first film. Instead, the feature puts all of its focus on Joseph’s older brother, Herman Mankiewicz, and his journey writing the script for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, rendering the younger sibling a side character in the tale. It created a strange challenge for Tom Pelphrey, which we discussed during the Mank press day last month – our interview featured in the video at the top of this article.
I should probably clarify his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or even Sony’s Spider-Man character-based franchise) as a completely hypothetical scenario at this point, but hey, things change. In fact, considering the impressive career that the 29-year-old, English actor has accrued thus far (and in such little time, too), I would not be surprised if Kevin Feige and co. are already looking into which characters Joe Alwyn would be an ideal candidate for.
That also happens to be exactly what I did in preparation for this very list, which names a handful of heroes (or villains) from the pages of Marvel Comics whom Joe Alwyn just might have the chops to pull of on the big screen. The following six characters are who came to mind, starting with one whose traditional time setting might help the actor feel right at home.
All this just goes to show the unprecedented times we live in, as the film industry is having to make tough decisions regarding movie releases. There’s no sign of the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down anytime soon, so with numerous theaters continuing to have to keep their doors shut, streaming is an alternative that, while not ideal in all cases, at least allows Warner Bros to get its content in front of eyes while people are quarantining/socially distancing. The alternative, as is being done with Mortal Kombat, is to simply keep delaying movies until it’s safe for theaters to resume business as usual.
The Bank Kiss Was Impulsive And Not In The Script
Oftentimes, the best movie moments happen at the moment. A spontaneous decision happens, something that wasn’t written or planned, and it’s sealed on film and made an everlasting part of cinema history. That’s the magic of the movies, and there are millions of examples to be found. One such example is in It’s a Wonderful Life.
During the scene where the bank threatens to shut down Building & Loan on George and Mary’s wedding day, one character makes a modest loan of $17.50. An overjoyed George Bailey impulsively kisses her, and apparently, this decision wasn’t made prior to shooting. Or, at least, Ellen Corby, the actress playing this loan-seeking bank resident, didn’t know that was the plan. Therefore, the characters’ surprised reactions was the real deal. Nothing phony about it.
See, Jessica Rothe gets it. Although each of the films have their own charm and storylines, they do share a common thread that could theoretically make for a unique crossover movie. They already have a ton of fun with their own concepts; imagine if body swaps entered Tree’s world or time travel entered Millie’s? The potential is pretty much endless and strangely palpable. Rothe went on to share her own reaction to Freaky itself:
Also, Eric Bauza has voiced the role of Luke Skywalker many times before over the years. Back in 2014, he played him in The Yoda Chronicles, along with 2015’s Droid Tales, and 2016’s The Freemaker Adventures. Having the same voice within the LEGO Star Wars continuity makes a lot of sense; plus, giving work to primary voice actors in a largely celebrity-geared animation industry nowadays is kind of a rare win.
We’ll have to wait and see if Thanos is mentioned as a member of the Eternals when their movie comes out, though it is worth noting that A’lars and Sui-San’s cousin Thena is being played by Angelina Jolie. Like the Guardians of the Galaxy once were, the Eternals are a relatively obscure Marvel property, but that will surely change once Eternals arrives in theaters. The movie’s other key cast members include Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig and Kit Harington as the human Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight.
Kurt Russell’s Santa can pretty much do anything, and his brand of magic would have absolutely made Kate McCallister’s journey in Home Alone make sense in just how convenient it actually was. Of course, that’s just my viewpoint, and I could be totally off base here; which is why there’s a handy poll for you, the audience, to vote in. Meanwhile, if you want to go back to either of these movies to reevaluate this scenario, The Christmas Chronicles 2 is currently streaming on Netflix, and Home Alone is on Disney+. Since we’re now in the opening frames of December, it’s time to get those holiday movies into the rotation.
You probably can’t imagine how many hours people have watched the Netflix films of arguably the studio’s lord and savior, Adam Sandler. With the actor delivering huge hits for the platform, such as Hubie Halloween and the 2019 mega-hit Murder Mystery, there’s surely the potential for an astronomical, mind-boggling amount of time that Sandler fans have spent enjoying his output. Now, with those figures confirmed, we can say that since Sandler fans have watched over two billion hours of his content on Netflix. Whoa, boy!
Uncle Frank is the new Amazon Original Movie written and directed by Alan Ball. It stars Paul Bettany as the title character, Sophia Lillis as his niece Beth, and Peter Macdissi as his long-time boyfriend Wally. Uncle Frank is about a man who makes a comfortable life in New York but travels back home for his father’s funeral to a family he’s been avoiding. The Uncle Frank ending took an unexpected happy turn.
The Uncle Frank ending was hopeful and optimistic in a way the movie hadn’t been before. After the first viewing of the film, I questioned if the happy ending made sense in the context of Frank’s familial traumas, and I think it does. Let me explain why and discuss other elements of Uncle Frank.
Warning: This post contains Uncle Frank spoilers. Don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen the movie.