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The BBC has boarded an SAS drama penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. BBC One has ordered a drama adaptation of Ben Macintyre’s book SAS: Rogue Heroes. This comes after Broadchurch producer Kudos optioned the novel and Knight came on board to adapt. The story tells how the world’s most renowned and ruthless special forces unit, […]
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(Major spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame” and the whole situation with Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, but you probably already knew that given the headline)Even though Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) didn’t get a movie with her name on it in the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she’s been just as central to the franchise as anybody. She was introduced back in “Iron Man 2” and has been instrumental in so many major events. So it’s puzzling that “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t really spend any time memorializing her at the end of the movie, which spends so much time saying goodbye to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans).It’s puzzling also just within the context of the movie — Natasha’s sacrifice made everything that came after, including Tony’s own sacrifice, possible.If Black Widow hadn’t killed herself on Vormir so that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) could return to the present with the Soul Stone, then they wouldn’t have been able to save all those people Thanos snapped, and then Tony Stark’s snap to wipe out all of Thanos’s forces wouldn’t have been possible. Her sacrifice mattered just as much as Tony’s did. Indeed, Tony’s sacrifice wouldn’t have been possible at all had Natasha not made her sacrifice first.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - That Last Scene Makes No SenseBut when we get to the end of the movie, we get a big memorial for Iron Man with a huge number of famous heroes showing up to pay their respects, while Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) hang out in the corner having their own private mourning ceremony for Natasha and Vision, who apparently nobody other than them — and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), I guess — cared about.It would have been a great moment to elevate a character who always operated from the shadows, never getting the acclaim that Tony always received. The one time Black Widow stepped into the spotlight was at the end of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” when a US Senate committee threatened to put her on trial. The people of the MCU finally had a chance to give Natasha the respect she was due, and they just didn’t.On the commentary track on the home video release of “Avengers: Endgame,” co-director Joe Russo addressed this concern, and blamed next year’s “Black Widow” movie for the lack of a memorial for Natasha.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - Who Is That Random Kid At the End of the Movie?“People have asked why Natasha didn’t get the same amount of screen time post-death as Tony did,” Joe Russo said. “Well, Tony does not have another movie. Tony is done. And Natasha has another film. And Marvel Universe obviously does not have to move forward linearly anymore. But that character still has more screen time coming.”So there’s your answer — Natasha Romanoff didn’t get a big memorial in “Endgame” because of the prequel movie coming out next May, whereas Tony Stark is not gonna be in the MCU again for the foreseeable future. Though they didn’t mention Vision specifically, there’s probably a similar reason for the lack of love for him after he died in “Infinity War,” since he’ll be back somehow in the “WandaVision” Disney+ show in 2021.There is an interesting sentence in that answer, though, that caused a big exclamation point to pop up over my head, though: “And Marvel Universe obviously does not have to move forward linearly anymore.” Since the MCU has done multiple prequel movies that didn’t involve time travel, including the first “Captain America” movie that was the fourth film overall in this franchise, it seems incorrect to say that the MCU ever “had to” move forward linearly.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - What Happened With Loki and the Tesseract?To me, this implies that the “Black Widow” movie will be more than just another prequel like “Captain America: The First Avenger” or “Captain Marvel,” which took us to the past to set up heroes that would have an impact on the present. To me, the implication is something I have long suspected about “Black Widow”: that it will involve characters from the MCU’s post-“Endgame” present somehow.But Marvel still has yet to confirm anything along those lines about that film. When they presented footage from the film at Comic-Con a couple weeks ago there was no indication that it would be anything other than a straight prequel — one that likely will set up a new player for future movies, like probably Florence Pugh’s Yelena.We’ve got a while to wait before we find anything out about what the “Black Widow” movie really has in store for us. It’s nine months until the movie comes out, and it’ll probably be December at the earliest before we get a proper trailer. So sit tight.Read original story Here’s Why Black Widow Didn’t Get a Memorial at the End of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ At TheWrap
(Below you’ll find some pretty massive spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame”)As is fitting for a movie that sold itself as the culmination of the first eleven years of an unprecedented style of mega-franchise, “Avengers: Endgame” is astonishing for the ridiculously huge and star-studded cast it assembled for its grand finale. Pretty much everybody showed up, and it’s probably got the biggest collection of stars of any movie ever.But “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t just bring back the big stars. A bunch of minor characters also got to return in some surprising ways. But maybe none were more surprising than this one character who appeared for only a brief moment at the very end of the movie.Also Read: Here's Why Black Widow Didn't Get a Memorial At the End of 'Avengers: Endgame'The character in question is a teenage boy who appears with all the other mourners at the funeral of Tony Stark. In this shot the camera pans across a bunch of people after Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) sent the original mini arc reactor that Tony crafted back in “Iron Man” into the lake. For the most part all the people we see are major characters who have shown up in the MCU recently, except for this one kid who’s standing there alone looking at the ground.You’ll be forgiven if you don’t recognize this guy, because he looked a lot different the last time he appeared in the MCU. That character is Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins, who you’ll remember from “Iron Man 3” as the kid from Tennessee who helps Tony (Robert Downey Jr) recharge his suit while he investigates a mysterious death. “Iron Man 3” came out way back in 2013, and Simpkins was just a kid at the time, and he’s grown up a bunch since then.Here’s what the character Harley Keener looked like in “Iron Man 3”:So, yeah, no shame in not being sure about that one — Simpkins looks completely different now than he did back then.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - What Happened With Loki and the Tesseract?It’s very interesting also that they would bring him back at all — a character that has not been mentioned at all since that movie six years ago. Is Harley Keener coming back to the MCU? I guess we’ll find out.Read original story ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – Who Is That Random Kid at the End of the Movie? At TheWrap
Kit Harington has reflected upon his time on fantasy series Game of Thrones in a brand new interview.The actor, who played Jon Snow for all eight seasons, said that there were plenty of things he found “horrific” about being on the show, including filming the dragon sequences.“Emilia [Clarke, who played Daenerys] had been moaning about it for seasons, and I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever. You have not been through the mud in Northern Ireland. A buck in a nice warm room?’,”he told The Hollywood Reporter, referencing the rig they used to film the dragon-riding scenes.“But she was absolutely right. It was horrific. It’s not acting at all. It is not acting, it never will be acting, and it is not what I’d signed up for. It is very uncomfortable as a man.”Harington, who has been nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Emmy Awards, also said he “hated” filming the final season’s big battle episode, but added that he has a different perspective looking back on it.“As tough as it was, it was Thrones, man. It was Thrones! It was everything Thrones should have been. It’s a full set built, hundreds of extras throwing everything they had into it, all of us as a big ensemble cast – I loved it.”Harington’s former co-star Richard Madden (Bodyguard) recently revealed why he was “thankful” to be killed off in the show’s early days.In a new interview, author George RR Martin admitted that the series held him back from completing work on his final two books.You can find a ranking of every Game of Thrones character here.This year’s Emmy Awards take place on Sunday 22 September.
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For a few months in 1998, Quentin Tarantino decided to become a Broadway star, and today no one wants to talk about it. Despite the sometimes unnecessarily intimate knowledge many of us have of the visionary filmmaker, with everything from his pre-fame video store job to his love of feet as baked into his biography as his actual movies, Wait Until Dark remains a curious Tarantino black hole – maligned upon its debut, forgotten about soon after, and rarely discussed in the years since. Perhaps for good reason.A revival of a hit 1966 play starring Lee Remick and Robert Duvall, which was turned into a movie a year later starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, Wait Until Dark revolves around a blind woman being menaced by three burglars in her home. The trio are eager to find a doll in her apartment that has, unbeknownst to her, been stuffed with heroin. Its revival was a risky move for Nineties Broadway, pulp thrillers long having fallen out of favour when it came to live theatre. But the involvement of actor Marisa Tomei and occasional-actor Tarantino, participating reportedly at the behest of acclaimed director Leonard Foglia, was enough to get it financed.Tarantino has always insisted we watch him act. He’s never been particularly good at it – always bringing the exact same quality of sleazy hyper-mania whether the part calls for it or not – but that has rarely held him back. In the immediate aftermath of Pulp Fiction, which won him an Oscar and anointed him the most exciting filmmaker working in America, Tarantino went all out, embracing his celebrity and attempting to become a movie star in the process. There was From Dusk Till Dawn, the grungy vampire movie in which he shared top billing with George Clooney, the forgotten indie Destiny Turns on the Radio, and an uncomfortable appearance as an abusive director in Spike Lee’s Girl 6. In hindsight, considering the pair’s well-publicised feud, that last one feels more like a deliberate bit of sabotage.But bit parts in movies are an entirely different beast to Broadway, which has sent crashing down to earth even the most admired of movie stars – most memorably Julia Roberts, whose stage debut in the 2006 revival of Three Days of Rain was met with horrific reviews. Tarantino, whose only prior stage experience was community theatre when he was 17, was promptly ridiculed by the press during Wait Until Dark’s two-week try-out in Boston, and later its arrival on Broadway. The play, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, shuttered after a limited 16-week run.“Such is [Tarantino’s] performance that you wonder why he needs a knife when he could just beat his enemies to death with his heavy wooden acting,” wrote the New York Daily News. “As a movie director Tarantino may be the new Alfred Hitchcock, but as a stage actor he is the new Ed Wood. He has the vocal modulation of a railway station announcer, the expressive power of a fence post and the charisma of a week-old head of lettuce.”Others followed suit. “Tarantino has become the Madonna of male thespian wannabes,” wrote Entertainment Weekly, “a figure desperate to grab the theatrical spotlight, yet doomed by the very calculation of his mind to seem flat and telegraphed just when he thinks he’s being extravagant.” According to The New York Times, Tarantino “registers at best as merely petulant, like a suburban teenager who has been denied the use of his father’s Lexus for the night”.There was, undeniably, a personal sting to much of the criticism. Tarantino was so wildly successful throughout the Nineties, with a trio of adored movies released one after another, that the notices for Wait Until Dark often read like attempts to launch a backlash. Tarantino, after all, was doing something rather unusual, demonstrating a confidence, or arguably an arrogance, that he could slip seamlessly into vastly different fields with no worry. But even those on the ground, watching Wait Until Dark with their heads in their hands, had little good to say about him.> All of it was misbegotten except for Marisa Tomei. But I don’t know how you play opposite somebody like him, that’s frightening to me“It was unforgettable, and not in a good way,” says Bruce, a theatregoer who saw the play during its New York run. “I thought the casting of him was weird, because I didn’t think he was an actor per se. And that proved to be the case. It was terrible, I thought. It had no colour, it had no variety. If you watch Alan Arkin in the movie – he’s chilling. And I’m sure Robert Duvall was the same in the original production. It was just one-note. It was surface. You weren’t scared of him in any way. It was just weird and excruciating, and I was just there to love it. I wanted him to be great, I always want everybody to be great. But it wasn’t.”John, another theatregoer who saw the play, felt that Tarantino’s badness helped rather than hindered the play’s effect. “I can’t say even now, looking back at my perspective as a child, that he was the greatest actor,” he recalls. “But on the other hand, it did fit the part. For what the dialogue is and the situation is – let’s just say he’s playing a bottom-feeder, you know? And it fit! Because you weren’t rooting for him anyway, so it worked.”Both men do, however, praise Tomei. A recurring presence on Broadway, most recently signing up for a revival of Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tattoo, the Oscar-winner was often credited in the press with salvaging a not-very-good play, and happily wasn’t put off live theatre in the aftermath. “All of it was misbegotten except for her,” Bruce remembers. “She was really good, she projected. But I don’t know how you play opposite somebody like him, that’s frightening to me. They were all just in different worlds.”Tarantino has rarely spoken about Wait Until Dark in the years since, only once explaining to Vanity Fair that the volatile reaction to his work dented his confidence. “I tried not to take it personally, but it was personal,” he said. “It was not about the play – it was about me, and at a certain point I started getting too thin a skin about the constant criticism. It started getting to me. It’s f**ed up when people make fun of you.”A friend of Tarantino’s told the magazine: “You don’t just go from acting in little bit-parts in your own movies to all of a sudden somebody taking advantage of you – although he was game for it – by making you the lead of a Broadway play. That was really horrible. He was like fodder, thrown up there to get the shit kicked out of him … He was traumatised by that resounding slam that was delivered to him by the New York critics. He went into a tailspin. It scared him. He’s a very wounded guy in that way.”This may also explain why he’s been so reluctant to revisit it – as is everyone else who worked on it. Despite numerous attempts to speak with the play’s actors, its director and even its below-the-line crew, no one was willing to talk on the record about Wait Until Dark – granting it an almost mystical air, of something incredibly strange that came and went in a flash and was never spoken of again. Which is a shame. Because for all the negative reviews that engulfed it, there were audience members that did adore it.Recalling his experience of watching Wait Until Dark, John remembers being just 11 years old and already a theatre lover, and finding himself captivated by its staging, its tense soundscape and Tomei’s convincing performance as a blind woman. And, more than anything, how much it scared him. “I was so riveted,” he laughs. “There was one point where Tarantino came leaping out of the bedroom, and I mean literally. I don’t know if he was on some sort of elevated spring or what it was, but the man came leaping out of a doorway, in the dark, and lunged at Tomei, pushing her onto the couch or the floor or whatever. And I tell you, the entire theatre, somewhere between a thousand or 1,400 people, screamed all at once. It was so effective. So I don’t care what anyone says about the play, if you were there and you witnessed that, it was brilliant.”What makes Wait Until Dark particularly interesting to revisit now is that Tarantino will soon be a free agent, calling time on his directorial career after his tenth movie, his ninth being Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and recently teasing what he may do after. Speaking to GQ Australia in July, Tarantino said that he sees himself “writing film books and starting to write theatre” once he finishes his tenth film. “So I’ll still be creative,” he added. “I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”He hasn’t mentioned acting, but while it’s tempting to urge him never to try it again, there’d be something intriguingly ballsy about Tarantino returning to the stage 25 years or so after his first failed crack at it. His Wait Until Dark didn’t work, and he was duly annihilated for it, but if Tarantino has proven anything over the course of his career, it’s that he is a man that thrives on giving us the unexpected.
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Hong Kong protestors have called for a boycott of Disney's upcoming film Mulan after its lead actress expressed support for the city's police, who have been accused of using excessive force to crack down on demonstrations, CNN reports.On Thursday, Liu Yifei, a Chinese actress who was chosen to star in Disney's live-action remake of the legendary Chinese tale, shared her thoughts on the Hong Kong protests on Weibo, a popular social media platform in China."I support the Hong Kong police," she wrote. "You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong."The post drew immediate criticism from Twitter users, many of whom used the hashtag BoycottMulan to call out Liu, a naturalised American citizen, for supporting police brutality and not recognising how fortunate she is to live in the US."Liu is a naturalised American citizen," one person wrote. "It must be nice. Meanwhile she pisses on people fighting for democracy."%twitter-url="https://twitter.com/sdnorton/status/1161971657034125312" columns="1" hidemedia="No"% "She lives in America, her family is in America, she's a citizen who enjoys all the protection and privileges of any American," another wrote. "That includes freedom of speech. If she wanted to, she could be a powerful voice for justice but instead, she supports this brutality."%twitter-url="https://twitter.com/Ally50225919/status/1162284091544203264" columns="1" hidemedia="No"% Despite the backlash on Twitter, Liu has also reportedly received support on Weibo."Believe in the government, believe in the Chinese central (government), believe in the country," one user wrote in response to her post.Liu moved to the United States with her mother when she was just 10 years old, according to the South China Morning Post. She lived in New York City for several years before returning to China to study at Beijing Film Academy, one of the largest film institutes in Asia. In 2017, she beat nearly 1,000 candidates for the role of Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father's place in the Chinese army.In recent days, however, Liu has found herself in hot water for inserting herself into a sensitive conversation that has sparked mass protests throughout Hong Kong.【ギャラリー】Peaceful protests turn violent in Hong Kong18In June, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam pulled a controversial bill that would have allowed authorities to extradite those who commit crimes in Hong Kong to mainland China, where the rule of law can be less forgiving. Still, demonstrators in Hong Kong have been left unsatisfied, calling for Lam's resignation and demanding greater freedoms.What initially started out as peaceful protests has since become violent at times. On Tuesday, demonstrators clashed with police in riot gear at Hong Kong's main airport terminal. In a tweet, the Hong Kong Police Force said that one person was injured and that protesters were blocking ambulance access.%twitter-url="https://twitter.com/hkpoliceforce/status/1161290945003970566" columns="1" hidemedia="No"% Several Hong Kong celebrities, including Jackie Chan, Tony Leung and Daniel Chan have spoken out against the violence. Chan, in particular, has been criticised for the nationalist tone of his message."Hong Kong and China are my birthplaces and my home," he said in an interview with Chinese broadcaster CGTN TV. "China is my country, I love my country, I love my home."
Disney has sky-high expectations for its Star Wars universe, with plenty of plans for the franchise on the big screen and television over the next few years. Here are all the upcoming movies and TV shows, both rumored and confirmed.