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Ethan Hawke Defends Marvel Movies That ‘People Put Their Hearts Into,’ but That’s Not All Cinema Is

Francis Ford Coppola called them “despicable.” Denis Villeneuve warned they’ve turned us into “zombies,” and Martin Scorsese said they’re not cinema. So, where do Marvel movies land on the scale between pop and high art?

Leave it to new MCU inductee Ethan Hawke to explain. in to resurfaced 2018 interview with RayWork Productions, the “Moon Knight” Disney+ star explains the distinction between Marvel films and arthouse indies.

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“I love superhero movies, I love art house movies. I don’t think there’s a difference between high art and low art,” Hawke said. “There are movies that people put their hearts into, and there are movies that people try to cash in on. And the ones that I like are the ones that people put their hearts into, and you can feel that in a superhero movie or you can feel it in an arthouse movie.”

Hawke continued, “I was joking that if ‘Logan’ and ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ are great art films, what is ‘Fanny and Alexander’?”

And while the Oscar-winning semi-autobiographical Ingmar Bergman film may not be known to all (even though it ideally should be), Hawke encouraged modern moviegoers to learn about cinema history.

“These are my favorite superhero movies, ‘Logan,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Dark Knight,’ these are great films,” Hawke summed up. “But they’re not the only thing, and young people today are growing up thinking that’s, you know, that’s all there is.”

Hawke similarly made the distinction that Marvel movies are “not Bresson, not Bergman.”

“I went to see ‘Logan’ ’cause everyone was like, ‘This is a great movie’ and I was like, ‘Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie,’” Hawke said, also in 2018. “There’s a difference, but big business doesn’t think there’s a difference. Big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they want to make money off of it.”

More recently, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” actress Elizabeth Olsen weighed in on the merits of Marvel moviemaking debate.

“I’m not saying we’re making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me,” Olsen told The Independent. “These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, camera operators – I feel diminishing them with that kind of criticism takes away from all the people who do award-winning films, that also work on these projects.”

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‘Pokémon Ultimate Journeys’ Is Coming to Netflix in 2022′

pokemon’s 25thseason Ultimate Journeys will be coming to fans in the United States via Netflix later this year.

Today the Pokémon Company revealed its release plans for the series which will first be made available in Canada on May 28 via Teletoon, before joining the Netflix library at a currently undisclosed date later in 2022.

Along with the news, the Pokémon Company shared a trailer for the series’ first part which will see the return of Ash, Goh, and Chloe. In this season Ash and Pikachu are hard at work preparing for the Pokémon World Coronation Series, while Goh undergoes challenges to become a member of Project Mew. Meanwhile, Chloe is learning all the possible evolution paths available for her Eevee to take in the future.

Netflix is ​​already home to Pokémon Journeys: The Series which made its debut on the service in November of 2019. Since then the entire series has been added which includes 48 episodes in total.

Meanwhile, in Japan, The Pokémon Company announced Pokemon Masters 8 over the weekend which will see Ash face off against the eight toughest trainers in the franchise.

These competitors come from all of the regions currently revealed in the Pokemon universe and has fans suspecting that it could be the anime’s final arc, or at least for Ash that is. This suspicion hasn’t been confirmed by any of the team behind the series.

For now, Pokemon fans can relax knowing that there will be new content coming to Netflix in the coming months.

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New Netflix movie just racked up 11 million viewing hours — and it’s not slowing down

Netflix has a new movie that is melting hearts and enjoying strong word of mouth as it continues to rise higher up the streamer’s most-watched list.

The film is called Along for the Ride, and it’s based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Sarah Dessen. The movie was written by and is the directorial debut of Sofia Alvarez. That name may be familiar to genre fans, as Alvarez also wrote Netflix hits To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and its 2020 sequel To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You.

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Judd Apatow ‘Superbad’ sequel shot down — cast thinks it’d be ‘crappy’

“Superbad” producer Judd Apatow was an advocate for the movie’s sequel but said he couldn’t get the original cast on board.

The 2007 R-rated high school tale starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera turns 15 this year. But even all these years later, Apatow, 54, said the actors didn’t McLovin the risk of messing up the classic’s legacy.

“Everyone was like, ‘Nah, we don’t want to screw up “Superbad” by accidentally making a crappy second one,’” Apatow said on the “Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum” podcast. “And I would always say the same thing: ‘Well, that’s like saying don’t make the second episode of the “The Sopranos.” Like, so why do you think we would screw up the second one?’

“I always wanted them to do a sequel to ‘Superbad,’” Apatow said earlier in the interview. “I know that Jonah [Hill] said, ‘Oh, it’ll be funny to do it when we’re 70 or 80,’ but I really wanted them to do a ‘Superbad’ in college where Jonah flunks out of college and just shows up and visits Michael Cera at college.”

Hill indeed pitched his “old-folks-home” sequel vision to W Magazine in January.

“Our spouses die, and we’re single again. That’s what I want ‘Superbad 2’ to be, and that’s the only way I would ever make it,” he said.

“Superbad” co-writer and actor Seth Rogen, who originally intended to play Hill’s role but deemed himself too old, said he would “100% never probably touch” a sequel or reboot.

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Michael Cera (left) and Jonah Hill star in 2007’s “Superbad.”
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“I’m unbelievably proud of it,” Rogan told Lad Bible in 2020. “It really holds up — people still watch it, high school kids come up to telling me that they watched it for the first time and how they loved it .

“It’s worked its way into being viewed as one of the better high school movies that’s out there,” he continued. “I’m so terrified of subtracting from it in any way with a bad sequel or spinoff that I’d never do it. I have so few actual good accomplishments that I’m horrified to fuck with the ones I have.”

Last year, Fogell himself, actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse, said a female version of the movie “would be the way, for sure.”

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‘The Gray Man’: Chris Evans Went Anti-Captain America for Russos’ Film

Evans warned even his smile is dangerous in the Netflix spy caper. Yeah, like we needed him to tell us that.

Chris Evans may have stowed away Captain America’s shield, but his ties to the MCU are still in full force.

The “Avengers” star couldn’t help but compare the upcoming Netflix espionage thriller “The Gray Man” to other Joe and Anthony Russo productions, namely the MCU installments. Except this time, instead of playing an iconic Marvel hero, Evans transforms into sadistic assassin Lloyd Hansen, who is hunting CIA mercenary Courtland Gentry, aka Sierra Six (Gosling), after a security breach.

“It does seem that I’ve aggressively gone 180 [degrees] from Steve Rogers,” Evans told Empire. “But it just kind of unfolded that way.”

Evans teased that his character is a “trainwreck of a human being” who craves “anarchy.” Basically, it’s a far cry from playing rule-following Captain America.

“I love the Russos, and I’ll pretty much do anything they ask me to do,” Evans added. “And this is a character I’ve never been able to play. He’s so liberated and free and honest. What I like about him is that you should almost fear his smile more than his scowl.

The “Knives Out” alum added, “I think he understands that what he does is bad and harmful, but I think he considers himself necessary. He thinks he’s a disrupter.”

The Russo Brothers also cited their past Evans-led superhero film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as a key inspiration for helming “The Gray Man,” penned by “Avengers” screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

“We wanted to use ‘The Winter Soldier’ ​​as a springboard into something else action-oriented,” Joe Russo explained to Empire of the assassin adaptation from Mark Greaney’s novel of the same name.

However, “The Gray Man” was a “relentless” production compared to a Marvel film.

“This movie almost killed us,” Russo continued. “There are, like, nine action sequences, and it’s so relentless in that regard. It was relentless to make.”

And also like the MCU, Russo has a “Gray Man” cinematic universe in his crosshairs.

“We never want to jinx it,” Russo said. “But we’re already thinking through where it goes from here. We like to build out worlds, and we would rather gamble on the upside and put the energy and time in to build out that universe prior to the release, so that the ideas are more germane and organic. That’s how you build out a more complex mosaic narrative.”

He summed up, “The focus is to make ‘Gray Man 2.’ Our appetite is voracious and the intention is always to do more than we can.”

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Ethan Hawke: Gen Z Thinks Marvel Movies Are High Art

“I was joking that if ‘Logan’ and ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ are great art films, what is ‘Fanny and Alexander’?” Hawke said in a resurfaced 2018 interview.

Francis Ford Coppola called them “despicable.” Denis Villeneuve warned they’ve turned us into “zombies,” and Martin Scorsese said they’re not cinema. So, where do Marvel movies land on the scale between pop and high art?

Leave it to new MCU inductee Ethan Hawke to explain. in to resurfaced 2018 interview with RayWork Productions, the “Moon Knight” Disney+ star explains the distinction between Marvel films and arthouse indies.

“I love superhero movies, I love art house movies. I don’t think there’s a difference between high art and low art,” Hawke said. “There are movies that people put their hearts into, and there are movies that people try to cash in on. And the ones that I like are the ones that people put their hearts into, and you can feel that in a superhero movie or you can feel it in an arthouse movie.”

Hawke continued, “I was joking that if ‘Logan’ and ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ are great art films, what is ‘Fanny and Alexander’?”

And while the Oscar-winning semi-autobiographical Ingmar Bergman film may not be known to all (even though it ideally should be), Hawke encouraged modern moviegoers to learn about cinema history.

“These are my favorite superhero movies, ‘Logan,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Dark Knight,’ these are great films,” Hawke summed up. “But they’re not the only thing, and young people today are growing up thinking that’s, you know, that’s all there is.”

Hawke similarly made the distinction that Marvel movies are “not Bresson, not Bergman.”

“I went to see ‘Logan’ ’cause everyone was like, ‘This is a great movie’ and I was like, ‘Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie,’” Hawke said, also in 2018. “There’s a difference, but big business doesn’t think there’s a difference. Big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they want to make money off of it.”

More recently, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” actress Elizabeth Olsen weighed in on the merits of Marvel moviemaking debate.

“I’m not saying we’re making indie art films, but I just think it takes away from our crew, which bugs me,” Olsen told The Independent. “These are some of the most amazing set designers, costume designers, camera operators – I feel diminishing them with that kind of criticism takes away from all the people who do award-winning films, that also work on these projects.”

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Covid Outbreaks Hit Movie Studios, TV Production Hard In LA County – Deadline

For the past few months, the entertainment industry has been one of the hardest hit — if not THE hardest hit — sectors in Los Angeles, consistently logging the highest number of Covid outbreaks in the county.

Now, as studios are setting return-to-work-dates for employees, at least three lots are seeing sizable outbreaks, with other clusters at a studio headquarters, a TV production, a production facility and a performing arts venue. In all, they account for roughly 18% of the total currently recorded non-medical outbreaks at businesses in the county, per officials.

The good news is that that percentage is actually down compared to last month, when the entertainment industry accounted for 20% of outbreaks. The bad news is the total number of infections it represents is much higher. In point of fact, there were 108 clusters at all worksites last week and this week the total jumped to 140, per county data.

Case numbers are up across the board in Los Angeles, with the average number of daily infections at about 2,400 today, according to a county public health department briefing. There has been a 20% rise in that metric in the past week, remarkable for a number that is averaged over seven days to smooth out temporary fluctuations.

Atop the list of showbiz-related outbreaks sits Lionsgate. Its Santa Monica headquarters shows a tally of 21 cases this week. That puts it second countywide in terms of infected employees, behind a camper and RV manufacturer in Lancaster. Late last month, Lionsgate had a cluster of 6 infections.

A source familiar with the situation tells Deadline that 12 of those 21 cases at Lionsgate were among employees returning from CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The company is said to have mandatory vaccination for employees and requires face masks in the office if there are active cases.

In a weekly briefing on Los Angeles County’s Covid status last month, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted that while the entertainment industry total skews higher than those of other sectors, it may be because film and TV productions are doing something right, not something wrong.

“This may be due to a general increase in cases as we’ve seen in the community as well as the comprehensive screening protocols that this industry maintains,” noted Ferrer.

One lot hit with outbreaks of late include Sony, which has been on the county’s list multiple times during the pandemic. In August 2021, Sony saw a cluster of three cases. Last month, there were three separate outbreaks on the lot, for a total of 15 infections. This week, the Culver City study reported two clusters, for a total of nine cases.

The county’s current outbreaks list contains an entry for Fox Entertainment – ​​Television Production with five recorded cases. Back in January, Fox saw more than a dozen infections in its Fox Sports and Fox Sports Deportes units in West LA

See the full list of current, recorded entertainment industry Covid clusters below.

The Burbank Studios 5 cases

Dorothy Chandler Pavillion 9 cases

Fox Entertainment-Television Production 5 cases

LionsgateEntertainment 21 cases

Sony Pictures Studios – Stage 24 4 cases

Sony Pictures Studios – Bowtruss Bldg. 5 cases

Universal Studios Hollywood – Lot Bldg. 4407 3 cases

Universal Studios Hollywood – Lot P526 Trailer 5 cases

Warner Bros. Studios – Bldg 128 5 cases

Warner Bros. Studios – Stages 27 and 29 5 cases

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Alan Wake TV Show Now in the Works at AMC

the Alan Wake TV adaptation is still in the works, Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment revealed today as part of a video celebrating the 12th anniversary of the video game. But that’s not all that Remedy Entertainment had to say on the matter, however, as it was also announced that the company now has a partner as AMC Networks has bought the rights to the Alan Wake TVseries.

The adaptation of the horror video game was first announced back in late 2018. At the time, it was revealed that Peter Calloway (Cloak & Dagger, Legion) had signed on as showrunner and writer with Remedy Entertainment and Alan Wake creator Sam Lake as executive producer. The show was being developed by Contradiction Films and Remedy Entertainment at the time. It’s unclear if anything about that setup has changed between now and then, but it certainly seems likely.

You can check out the full Alan Wake anniversary video for yourself embedded below:

“You know, as we know, sometimes making video games takes a long while,” says Lake near the beginning of the anniversary video. “Well, it kind of turns out, that now and again making a TV show can take even longer. Some of you might remember that we were quite a while ago talking about the Alan Wake TV show. Well, AMC, the wonderful, wonderful home for absolutely brilliant TV shows, you have bought the rights for Alan Wake. And we have been collaborating on making a TV show happen. Nothing more to share at the moment. But we will certainly let you know when there is something to announce.”

In addition to the update on the upcoming TV series adaptation, in general, the Alan Wake franchise is having a bit of a renewed moment in the spotlight. A full-on sequel, Alan Wake 2, is currently in development and slated to release in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store. The sequel is being published by Epic Games. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the Alan Wake franchise in general right here.

Are you excited to hear that the Alan Wake TV series is still in the works? What do you think about AMC buying the rights to the show? Let us know in the comments, or feel free to reach out and hit me up directly over on Twitter at @rollinbishop in order to talk about all things television and gaming!

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First Look at Peacock’s ‘They/Them’ Introduces Kevin Bacon and Cast of Conversion Camp Slasher

Last year, Blumhouse announced the feature directorial debut by John Logan (“Penny Dreadful”), starring kevin bacon and set to debut on peacock. The streaming service has officially set the premiere date for They/Themand released a first look at the conversion camp slasher.

They/Them, pronounced “They-slash-Them,” is “a slasher horror film set at an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp starring Bacon as Owen Whistler. Several queer and trans campers join Whistler for a week of programming intended to ‘help them find a new sense of freedom.’

“As the camp’s methods become increasingly more psychologically unsettling, the campers must work together to protect themselves. When a mysterious killer starts claiming victims, things get even more dangerous.”

Formerly titled WhistlerCampthe slasher will debut on Peacock on Friday, August 5.

They/Them has been germinating within me my whole life. I’ve loved horror movies as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent ‘the other’ and as gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, or forbidden,” said writer and director , John Logan. “I wanted to make a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I never saw when I was growing up. When people walk away from the movie, I hope they’re going to remember the incredible love that these kids have for each other and how that love needs to be protected and celebrated.”

The cast includes:

    • kevin bacon (he/him) plays Owen Whistler, the conversion camp director who runs Whistler Camp alongside several counselors including his wife, Cora.
    • Anna Chlumsky (she/her) plays mollythe camp’s medic and newest employee.
    • Carrie Preston (she/her) plays Cora Whitlera licensed therapist in charge of the campers’ therapy sessions, and the wife of camp director Owen Whistler.
    • Theo Germain (they/them) plays jorgivea transgender and non-binary camper from a religious background who has made a deal with their parents to legally emancipate if attending Whistler doesn’t “work.”
    • quei tann (she/her) plays Alexandraa transgender woman whose parents have threatened to kick her out of the house if she didn’t attend the camp.
    • austin crute (he/him) plays Tobya gay camper who negotiated with his parents for a trip to New York in exchange for a week at Whistler Camp.
    • Monique Kim (she/her) plays Veronicaa bisexual camper who wants to stop fighting who she really is.
    • Anna Lore (she/her) plays kima closed lesbian camper who puts on a perfectly crafted front for her family and friends, assuming that when she fits in, she’ll finally be loved.
    • Cooper Koch (he/him) plays Stua jock with aspirations of a swim scholarship and joining his father’s fraternity – things he doesn’t feel he can achieve if he’s open about being gay.
    • Darwin of Fabro (he/him) plays Gabriela sensitive gay camper tired of the persistent name-calling and bullying he’s endured his entire life.

Scott Turner Schofield (Euphoria; The Craft: Legacy), Howie Young (Mission: Impossible III, Hit and Run), and jon roman (Firestarter (2022), Vengeance) also serve as executive producers. Jason Blum (get-out, The Invisible Man) and Michael Aguilar (Penny Dreadful, Kidding) are producers.

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Did Zack Snyder Stans Rig the Oscar ‘Fan Favorite’ Vote With Online Bots? (Exclusive)

The most active voters in the Academy Awards’ ”Fan Favorite“ and ”Cheer Moment“ Twitter polls were autonomous web programs, TheWrap has learned

Looks like the most controversial Oscar night in history just got a little more controversial.

TheWrap has learned that the Academy’s “Fan Favorite” and “Cheer Moment” awards — the Twitter polls allowing regular folks at home to vote online in the weeks ahead of the March 27 ceremony for their own Best Picture choice as well as their favorite movie moment of all time — appear to have been rigged by automated online bot accounts backing the work of “Justice League” filmmaker Zack Snyder.

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