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It’s almost hard to believe, but The Rise of Skywalker is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary. Following the departure of Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams returned to the galaxy far far away in an attempt to wrap up the nine-film Skywalker Saga. One of the many overarching questions hanging over the sequel trilogy was Rey’s parentage, and Daisy Ridley recently spoke to how that changed throughout the years, including one wild alternate choice for her lineage.
Back in 2005, Zac Efron was at the height of his High School Musical popularity. He was also dating his co-star in the franchise, Vanessa Hudgens, and the two were a Hollywood it couple for a while, splitting after three years together. Efron went on to publicly date Sami Miró and notably went to rehab, then switched up gears in his acting career to do Netflix’s Down To Earth With Zac Efron. As part of that, he traveled the world and now in 2020, a year where a lot of people are on the move, he’s settling down in Australia, presumably with Vanessa Valladares, who is alleged to have basically moved in with the actor, according to People. They also recently went on a ski trip with one another as Efron seemingly settles down in the AU.
The only other traditional Frozen short, Frozen Fever, came out in 2015 attached to the theatrical release of the live-action Cinderella. It makes one wonder if there was a plan to release Once Upon a Snowman theatrically, but that those plans were scrapped following the shakeup of the release calendar. Perhaps plans were to release this in theaters attached to Reya and the Last Dragon, which we originally were going to see in November. It’s also possible that this was always eyed as a Disney+ release. One wonders if the popularity of streaming and the need to continually produce new content could lead to the end of theatrical shorts, which is maybe unsurprising, but no less unfortunate.
Another option that would give Samara Weaving the chance to team up with Deadpool could be playing this member of the X-Force who, actually, has a better connection to some of the actress’ more notable credits. An aspiring actress known as Moonbeam was not aware of her mutant abilities until she was murdered by her lover, [which activated her powers](https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/DeadGirl(Moonbeam), inspiring her to fight evil beyond the grave as Dead Girl.
If there was one reason why I would rather support Weaving’s casting in a DC adaptation, it would be to see her apply her scream queen status to a one of the publisher’s more horror-based properties, but, fortunately, this character would be a marvelous opportunity to have the best of both worlds.
Ridley Scott is keeping himself busy on other fronts, such as working on a medieval-set film starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver called The Last Duel, which is set for 2021. He also might be looking to finally make his Gladiator sequel, and is also developing a movie starring Lady Gaga, Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Jared Leto and Adam Driver (again) about the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci.
With Felix making remarks about how it’s “harder to tell the good from bad, heroes from villains these days,” things already feel pretty tense. It only gets more interesting when you remember that Billy Magnussen’s mysterious character, Logan Ash, is supposed to be a CIA agent himself, with what seems like orders to find James Bond. Is this another case of 007 chasing a baddie that might be supported by another intelligence agency, much like Dominic Green?
Shan Yu’s Falcon By A Different Name
One major change between Disney’s two versions of Mulan is the villains were changed. In the 1998 version, Mulan and the Imperial Army goes up against the leader of the Hun Army, Shan Yu, who has a falcon on his shoulder named Hayabusa. In the 2020 version, Jason Scott Lee’s Bori Khan is the main villain, with Gong Li’s shape-shifting witch Xianniang working with him. Although they are different villains, Xianniang does turn into a falcon during the film, reminiscent of Hayabusa, and has taloned hands to emulate the bird. Xianniang is kind of the villain on Bori Khan’s shoulder, doing his bidding as they attack the Imperial Army, but she’s also fully formed on her own that brings depth to the film’s messages.
As the film industry continues to try and improve as far as diversity and inclusion is concerned, it’s truly up to those with the real power to make changes happen. There are studios and organizations that carry a lot of influence in the movie world, and it’s when they start making real efforts towards change that change actually starts to happen. A perfect example of one such organization is the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, and today they have made a spectacular move to try an improve the future of the industry by making a significant rule change for the Academy Awards
Variety is reporting that a move has officially been made by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences that will necessitate movies to match new representation and inclusion standards if they want to qualify to be nominated for the Best Picture award. The move was made as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, and the new rules will be enforced starting in 2024. Per the announcement, a film can’t be nominated for Best Picture during a given year if it doesn’t meet at least two of the metrics outlined in the Tweet below:
Vivica A. Fox explained that she thought Quentin Tarantino was waiting to make the sequel for the actual actress who played her daughter, Ambrosia Kelley, once she grew up, but since she’s not quite as active, Fox said this about Zendaya as her pick:
It’s up to you to decide where your movie money goes, dear readers, as both Unhinged and Tenet are in theaters now! If you’re up to returning to the movies, you have your choice of what film will welcome you back! Though if you’ve seen Tenet and you are indeed scratching your head, don’t try to understand it… just feel it. Okay, you should totally try to understand it, which is why we have not only an ending explanation feature, but also a time inversion breakdown available for your inquiring mind to devour.