Top Movie News for January 29, 2022

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Marvel movies tend to kill off villains like they're going out of style. It's like they operate by a reverse "Dark Knight" formula: "You either die a villain, or you live long enough to see yourself become the hero." "Spider-Man: No Way Home" tweaks this approach by plucking bad guys from the multiverse and having Spidey (Tom Holland) attempt to reform them.

"Peacemaker" isn't your average superhero show. It's not even really a superhero show, just a series about a bunch of misfits who happen to live in a world where superheroes and villains are completely real. The series from filmmaker James Gunn is also wickedly funny, with lots of improvised dialogue between the members of Project Butterfly. Gunn's work has always given the actors a bit of room to goof around, and "Peacemaker" is no different. In fact, one of the series' funniest sequences was entirely improvised by star John Cena on the spot.

It's well-known that Ben Affleck was going to co-write, direct, and star in "The Batman" before he stepped away from the movie for a myriad of reasons (many of them personal).

On the January 26, 2022 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editorial director Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film editor Brad Oman and Star Wars expert Bryan Young to have a spoiler-filled discussion about The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 5 "The Return of The Mandalorian".In The Spoiler Room: The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 5 "The Return of The Mandalorian"FeedbackDean points out that There might not have been a bantha death in that last episode but there was a bantha skeletonTim writes in "did it seem to you that the way Boba got revenge on the biker gang (killing them all while they were virtually defen

Dual, Riley Stearns' Doppelganger Dark Comedy Starring Karen Gillan, Gets Acquired By RLJE Films Perhaps you've read our own Ben Pearson's fabulous review of the upcoming film "Dual," which he saw at the virtual Sundance Film Festival. If not, you should give it a read. It will get you hyped for the film that has just had its U.S. rights sold to RLJE Films in a competitive bid. The film was part of the Sundance US Dramatic Competition and stars Karen Gillan ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle") and Aaron Paul ("El Camino: A Breaking Bad Film," "Westworld").

When Alicia Silverstone debuted on the scene with 1993's "The Crush," audiences knew immediately that they were witnessing a superstar in the making.

The trend of adapting popular video games into live-action adaptations continues (a trend with an uneven, complicated legacy), key examples being 2021's "Mortal Kombat" and the recently released Netflix series, "Arcane," which is set in the "League of Legends" universe.

The new "Scream" brought back a killer's house from Wes Craven's original1996 meta-slasher with the same title. Last year, Nia DaCosta's "Candyman" had composer Robert A.A. Lowe conjuring up the tragic melodies of Philip Glass' 1991 score for the franchise original when the moment called for a throwback.

If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough, and the "Jackass" guys are the toughest of them all. Somehow this crew of maniacs has been throwing themselves into ridiculous danger for more than 20 years, and they've done it one last time for the final "Jackass" film, "Jackass Forever." In a new featurette from Paramount, director Jeff Tremaine, star Johnny Knoxville, and producer Spike Jonze shared their joy at getting to act like a bunch of jackasses one last time. Decades Of MayhemThe "Jackass" guys have been friends for a long, long time.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: Mattel Films and Netflix Partner on Live-Action Motion Picture With renewed interest in the Masters of the Universe... uh... universe Mattel and Netflix announced today that they are developing a live action film for the streaming service. The two companies have already made two animated series for Netflix: Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe: Revelations and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.    This new film will be directed by the Nee Brothers, Aaron and Adam (Band of Robbers and the upcoming action-comedy The Lost City).

If there are two things that audiences love in this world, it's murder mysteries and laugh-out-loud comedies. Fortunately for us, the new Apple TV+ show "The Afterparty" combines both in an eight-episode series from "The LEGO Movie" and "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

There's a true art to using Nicolas Cage in your film. It's not enough to pair the actor with an outlandish premise and let him go wild for a couple of hours, as last year's "Willy's Wonderland" and, to a lesser degree, "Prisoners of the Ghostland" did.

The following contains spoilers for "The Power of the Dog" (film and novel) and "Brokeback Mountain" (film and short story).Early in Thomas Savage's 1967 novel "The Power of the Dog," a fascinating sentence appears: "Phil had never seen a moving picture and by God never would, but these young fellows had magazines about the moving pictures in the bunkhouse, and a fellow name of W.S. Hart had got to be sort of their God." This would be William S. Hart, a silent film superstar who helped popularize Westerns as a genre.

Cult Classic Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer Is Getting A Loaded 4K Release The 1986 cult horror classic "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" is a raw, rough interpretation of the real-life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole. Co-written and directed by John McNaughton, the film is a gritty, gory look at two men who carry out sadistic murders and videotape them. The film is notorious for its intense violence, and was given an X rating (comparable to a modern NC-17) upon its release.

Since he first debuted on the scene in 1999 with "Baywatch: Miami," Jason Momoa has slowly become one of the most sought-after actors in the business. His breakout role was as Ronon Dex on "Stargate Atlantis," but he became a household name as Khal Drogo, the Dothraki warlord and husband to Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones." Audiences couldn't get enough of Momoa, and he solidified his place as a Hollywood superstar when he was chosen to pick up the Sacred Trident as Aquaman in the DC Comics cinematic universe.

Apple TV+ released the premiere date and first look pics for the upcoming international drama series "Pachinko." The show will begin streaming globally on the service on March 25, 2022. The really cool part? It will be told in three languages -- Korean, Japanese, and English. The first three episodes will be released at the same time, with each of the eight new episodes premiering weekly after that through April 29, 2022.If this sounds familiar, it's because the series is based on The New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee.

The much-anticipated adaptation of Sony's megapopular "Uncharted" video game series is finally nearing its arrival. This close to the finish line, surely there's nothing left to get in their way ... then again, this movie already has one of those special Wikipedia pages with an entire subsection dedicated to just how many times it's been pushed back.While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made delays painfully common, "Uncharted" has troubles that very much precede the recent health crisis.

There are always a few movies that inevitably get left out of the mainstream "Best superhero movies ever" conversation, merely because they existed before the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever arrived on the scene. M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable" still holds up as one of the best depictions of a "realistic" superhero -- it's as ahead of its time as movies can get. The other major example of this phenomenon would be Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy" duology, which would've rounded out its story with a crowd-pleasing third film if only we lived in an ideal world.

Remember way back at the beginning of the pandemic? Back when "Tiger King" was all the rage? A show premiered on Netflix called "Space Force," starring Steve Carell. It premiered May 29, 2020, so you can be forgiven for not having any idea what I'm talking about. Someone else was President, and oh my, the world has changed over the past few decades years. Well, the show is coming back for a second season, and today we have a new trailer. Here is a quick recap for you: Carell's General Mark R.

Showtime has released a new trailer for the upcoming first installment in a new anthology series. "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber" will premiere on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and it's all about the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber. The ride-sharing service may have changed the way we travel, but it had a whole lot of baggage that came along with it. The first trailer gave off some strong "The Wolf of Wall Street" vibes and not in a good way. I was very worried that Kalanick would be glorified the way Jordan Belfort was in that film.

Remember when "The Queen's Gambit" released on Netflix towards the end of 2020, just when it felt like we all needed some sort of shared pop culture experience to bring us all together again (even if only on the internet) in the midst of the pandemic?

The Producers Guild of America has dropped their 2022 film and television nominations list — and there are some interesting things to note about who did and didn't make the cut this year. The 2022 Producers Guild Awards, which will be held at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, California, on March 19, 2022.The Darryl F.

Another year at Sundance is drawing to a close. After an exciting week of acquisitions and premieres, this weekend marks the festival's annual award show, which is entirely virtual this year (like the rest of the fest). Sundance took an inconspicuous approach to its award announcements, sharing the names of the winners via Twitter rather than in a hosted ceremony. Still, there are plenty of highlights, including the coveted Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize winners.Jury Prizes Rewarded First-Time FilmmakersThe top prize for the U.S.

Hallelujah! TV's unholiest odd couple is making their grand return, with a long list of friends and foes that span Heaven, Hell, and Earth. Production on "Good Omens" season 2 is officially rolling along in Edinburgh Scotland with lead stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen sporting their luxurious hairstyles.In case you weren't around for the first hellish ride, "Good Omens" tells your typical tale of friendship: a fussy angel and hedonistic demon teaming up to stop the apocalypse! The series comes from Amazon Studios and BBC, with writer and series creator Neil Gaiman at the helm.

Keke Palmer, Common and Jonny Lee Miller star in a drama, directed by Krystin Ver Linden. [Read the whole post on]

Chuck Palahniuk sarcastically praises the movie's re-edited ending. Continue reading…

If you wanted to check out "The Matrix Resurrections" but didn't get a chance when it was on HBO Max, now you can! Warner Brothers has put the first 10 minutes of the movie on YouTube, for free, in anticipation of the film releasing on digital on January 25, 2022. You can now rent or own the movie digitally, but with a $24.99 rental cost, it's understandable that some folks might be hesitant. The first 10 minutes aren't a perfect indicator of a film's quality, but it should help viewers figure out if they want to take the plunge and watch the whole thing.

Netflix and Sky are marking their first co-production with the nature documentary "Predators." The show "will follow six apex predators as they face the ultimate survival test in ever-changing landscapes." We've even got a trailer for you. Just look at the fuzzy little murder faces in the pic! Look at them! They might eat you for lunch, but they're the absolute cutest! "Predators" will be a six-part series and will premiere on Sky Nature in the U.K., Germany, and Italy in winter 2022, though we don't have a date for the Netflix premiere. I want it now, Netflix! Give me my fuzzy murder cats!

This is the story of Lucy and Jane – two friends who have always been best friends. This is the story of two women who finally realize it's time to grow up and figure themselves out on their own. Am I OK? is a new buddy comedy made by actors / lovers / partners Stephanie Allynne & Tig Notaro, both making their feature directorial debut. In addition to making a film about friendship and how important that is, this film is meant as a guide for young women who are struggling to come to grips with a realization that they might be lesbian or bisexual or queer or whatever.

If you grew up a Disney kid in the 2000s, then hearing Oscar Proud shout "PENNY!" is like music to your ears. Continuing their general business plan of tapping into nostalgia, Disney+ is hitting us right in the feels with another revival series: "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder." The title is no joke; the Prouds are back and screaming more than ever, as Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) transforms from Oscar's (Tommy Davidson) troublesome little girl into his biggest fear ...

This article contains spoilers for the new episode of "The Book of Boba Fett."The residents of Tatooine might not agree on much, but they all sure seem to share a mutual disdain for womp rats. In fact, it feels like just about everyone in the "Star Wars" universe hates them, going back to Luke Skywalker casually boasting about bulls-eyeing womp rats from his T-16 skyhopper in 1977's "Star Wars: A New Hope." Even the Jedi, for all their talk about living in balance with the Force and nature, are apparently on board with using violence against the four-legged creatures.

Trying to make it in the music industry is hard enough, but when you're the only all-woman thrash metal band in the Middle East, it's even harder. In Rita Baghdadi's documentary "Sirens," the group known as Slave to Sirens (led by founders and guitarists Lilas Mayassi and Shery Bechara) has to deal with the struggles of their people in the tumultuous and unraveling city of Beirut, Lebanon.

Dunham is back with her first movie in over a decade.

While there are a lot of laws enacted (and sometimes still exist) in cities that seem very odd and specific (I read once about a law forbidding people from hiding bees under their hats), some laws that seem strange on the surface have very sinister and long-lasting devastating effects. One such law was New York's cabaret or no dancing law.

Fans of the acclaimed Italian drama, "My Brilliant Friend," have to wait only a while longer, as season 3 of the HBO series is expected to drop as soon as February. The official trailer for "My Brilliant Friend" continues the saga of Lila (Gaia Girace) and Elena/Lenù (Margherita Mazzucco), focusing exclusively on their stories, as chronicled in novelist Elena Ferrante's "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay," on which the third season is based. The latest season will most definitely also follow the telltale eight-episode model, widening its socio-cultural and coming-of-age themes.


Breaking news: The film and TV industries are in a state of flux right now. To be fair, a lot of recent changes we've seen in the way movies and shows are made and released didn't come out of nowhere; the pandemic simply shortened the timetable for when they would happen.

Guillermo del Toro’s latest gets a second chance at the box office. Continue reading…

There are two excellent films from Finland playing at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival this year. Both are great discoveries at the fest – and both deserve to be talked about, too. The first one is a portrait of Finnish youth called Girl Picture, though the original Finnish title is much better - Tytöt Tytöt Tytöt which just translates to Girls Girls Girls (watch the trailer). The second one is a freaky little horror comedy film called Hatching, also known as Pahanhautoja in Finnish (watch the trailer), about a girl who finds a strange egg that becomes big and hatches something evil.


Friday One Sheet: THE LONG WALK

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Friday One Sheet: THE LONG WALK This new poster for Mattie Do's The Long Walk, released ahead of its upcoming cinema bow, does several interesting things. First, it visualizes the central image of a road, via perspective, as a wide ocean. All that sepia-tinged negative space is perfect for pull quotes. (I will shamelessly admit, if you pull one of mine and put it on your key art, well, that poster will very likely end up a subject of this weekly column.) Second, two characters walk in the background, giving the appearance of a faded, old photo.

In the realm of beloved entertainers, Gene Wilder is one who holds a special place in our collective hearts.

In a shocking turn of events, David E. Kelley knows actresses who aren't Nicole Kidman! Per Deadline, the latest casting news from Kelley's upcoming crime drama "The Missing" puts Juliana Canfield in a lead role. Canfield is best known as Jess Jordan on "Succession," an assistant slowly losing her mind thanks to the ridiculous antics of the Roy family wildcard, Kendall (Jeremy Strong).

Films are filled with obvious explicit messages and more hidden implicit messages that you must look a little deeper to find. Then you have the "Easter egg." The phrase itself is shrouded in mystery as it relates to media. One theory is that it has roots in Atari and the video game world, coined by one of two Atari software developers, either Steven Wright or Warren Robinett. Another is that the actual egg hunt in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" inspired the expression.

Depending on who you talk to, "Godzilla" (1998) is either considered the worst "Godzilla" movie ever made, or ... okay, yeah, everyone pretty much agrees with that. America's rookie attempt at putting our own spin on the immensely popular Japanese kaiju didn't exactly go over well, resulting in a top-to-bottom mess that didn't make anyone happy -- least of all, its own director.

Much has already been said about the edits that were made with David Ayer's "Suicide Squad," as Warner Bros. went into reshoots attempting to add levity and humor to the script after "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" was criticized for its dark and somber tone. Ayer has been quite vocal about his unhappiness with the edits that were made, and since Warner Bros. has not (and should not) #ReleaseTheAyerCut, so to speak, the extent of the changes that were made will never truly be known by the general public.

It's interesting to consider just how different the "Iron Man" sequels could've been had the filmmakers drawn more inspiration from a certain classic comics story -- one that left Tony Stark forever changed."Iron Man" launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 alongside "The Incredible Hulk," but we all know which one left a bigger impact. Robert Downey Jr.'s turn as Tony Stark was much more successful than Edward Norton's brief time as Bruce Banner and a sequel was rushed into production.

Hulu’s series about the celebrity sex tape scandal that rocked the '90s mostly forgoes salaciousness in favor of empathy for the couple at its core.

Over the course of his 40-year career, "Field of Dreams" and "Yellowstone" star Kevin Costner has only helmed three movies, all of which he also starred in. The first time he did, the result was 1990's "Dances with Wolves," a historical western that grossed $184 million (via Box Office Mojo) in the U.S. not adjusted for inflation and took home seven Oscars, including ones for Best Picture (a win that Costner shared with producer Jim Wilson) and Best Director.

Reconnecting with one of the finest starship captains in "Star Trek: Picard" has been a joy, but there is a part of me that is very aware of all the time that has passed since "Star Trek: The Next Generation" went off the air back in 1994. I'm so grateful that we're revisiting these characters that we've known and loved all these years, but it's also emotional to watch.Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Data (Brent Spiner) are two of the best characters to ever have existed in sci-fi television and film, and their relationship is one for the ages.

"I'm not making this up! And I'm not seeing things that aren't there…" Crystal Creek Media has debuted an official trailer for a cheesy family adventure movie called Dinosaur Cove, from the same director behind A Horse Called Bear, Courageous Love, Christmas Coupon, and Skydog previously. Reeling from the recent loss of his mother, Riley Harrison claims that he has seen a real dinosaur, to which his dad Wyatt and love interest Dr. Starr quickly write off.

Life is full of disappointments, and that goes double when it comes to the movie industry. Sometimes you get stuck with a movie you never wanted to direct in the first place, other times just one (1!) throwaway line of dialogue in a popular miniseries will land you in court with an expensive lawsuit on your hands. Yeah, yeah, unexpected good news can drop out of nowhere every now and then, but for the most part? Prepare yourselves for an unending parade of letdowns and cold water rudely splashed on your face.

‘Emily the Criminal’ Teaches a Low-Key Masterclass in Tension Aubrey Plaza shines in a criminally adjacent Los Angeles.

In another exciting deal out of Sundance, IFC Films and Shudder have acquired North American rights to the dark, Rebecca Hall-led thriller "Resurrection." The movie will premiere theatrically and on VOD before landing on the horror streamer."Resurrection" made a strong impression at Sundance this past week, thanks to Hall's intense performance as a single mother plagued by the appearance of a mysterious man (Tim Roth) from her past.

The streaming TV landscape is a wild place: Sometimes new series arrive after months of anticipation, and other times they appear out of thin air. This week in "shows you didn't know were coming and might need the weekend to binge," we present "In From The Cold."If you've been aching to fill that "The Americans" void since the FX series ended in 2018, this might just be the fix you're looking for. Sort of. It's an action-packed thriller featuring a retired Russian spy who's hiding away in suburbia with a teenage daughter. That checks more than a few of the same boxes.

Fight the power!! One of the best documentary films premiering at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival is a story of an Indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest. The film is called The Territory, and it's made by an up-and-coming filmmaker named Alex Pritz, making his first feature, and it's produced by none other than Darren Aronofsky and his company Protozoa Pictures. The film features some of my favorite scenes in any doc film at the festival, following these people around their territory as they defend their land from non-Native invaders.

Nanny, writer-director Nikyatu Jusu’s impressively-imagined, impressively crafted feature-length debut, brilliantly explores one aspect of the the 21st-century immigrant experience that’s too often left either unexamined or under-examined on film, TV, and cable.

Mike Flanagan's latest creepy Netflix project is "The Fall of the House of Usher," his third "scary houses" series following "The Haunting of Hill House" and "The Haunting of Bly Manor." Flanagan has teased that "Usher" is going to be tonally different from his previous efforts. During a recent appearance on the wonderful, most perfect podcast ever made by God or man known as "The Kingcast" (which I just so happen to co-host), Flanagan and his frequent collaborator Carla Gugino recorded a commentary track for "Gerald's Game," and during that chat, Flanagan revealed that if "Hill House" and "Bl

Box Office

  • 1. Alien: Covenant
    Gross: $36,160,621
    Total: $36,160,621
  • 2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    Gross: $34,653,754
    Total: $301,391,228
  • 3. Everything, Everything
    Gross: $11,727,390
    Total: $11,727,390
  • 4. Snatched
    Gross: $7,832,517
    Total: $33,015,117
  • 5. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
    Gross: $7,152,269
    Total: $27,503,490

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