In my write-up of the new extended TV spot for Ready Player One last week, I mentioned how I was staying cautiously optimistic for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated (and divisive) Ernest Cline adaptation because, despite loving a lot of what the trailers have to offer, Warner Bros. and their reliance on all of the pop culture references in their marketing campaign for the film have certainly turned me off quite a bit.
Fast forward to today, less than 24 hours after Ready Player One had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas last night, and my hopes for this film have skyrocketed, though not all of the early reviews for Spielberg’s latest effort are necessarily glowing. At press time, Ready Player One has a 75% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.6/10.
In his review for IndieWire, critic Eric Kohn writes that Ready Player One eventually “becomes the very thing its characters admire, a preponderance of commercial entertainment smashed together into a singularity of blockbuster chaos,” while Jacob Knight of Birth.Movies.Death adds that the film “is one of the most egregiously set piece-driven slices of pop cinema we’ve seen in a long while.”
As for some of the critics who weren’t all that thrilled with what Ready Player One had to offer, Monica Castillo of The Guardian notes that while “the movie is visually whimsical with its design and neon colors, the weakness of the source material still pokes out,” with Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush describing it as the “cinematic equivalent of a pop-culture mashup tee.”
Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance, and will hit theaters on March 29.
Emma Watson shares candid behind the scenes photo of the all-star ‘Little Women’ cast
With just a little more than a year to go until Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women opens in theaters, Emma Watson, just one of many stars a part of the film’s impressive ensemble, has taken to social media to share the first official image from the set of the film.
From left to right, the candid behind the scenes photo shows Watson’s Meg March, Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan’s Jo March, Florence Pugh’s Amy March, Eliza Scanlen’s Beth March, and Timothée Chalamet’s Theodore Laurence.
“I could never love anyone as I love my sisters,” reads the photo’s caption, a direct quote from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel of the same name, which the film is based on.
Written and directed by Gerwig, the film’s story is set in post-Civil War America and follows the lives of the four March sisters as they each navigate the journey from childhood to womanhood.
Little Women marks a reunion for Gerwig, Ronan, and Chalamet, who all previously collaborated on Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird last year, which earned several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Gerwig, and Best Actress for Ronan.
The film, which also stars the likes of Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Bob Odenkirk, will open in theaters next winter on December 25, 2019.
You can check out the Little Women first look image below.
“I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.” – Louisa May Alcott, @LittleWomen
💗 From left: Meg March, Greta Gerwig (director), Jo March, Amy March, Beth March and Laurie (Theodore Laurence). pic.twitter.com/0hngR0BJWX
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) December 13, 2018
2019 SAG Awards nominations revealed: See the complete list of this year’s nominees
Awkwafina and Laverne Cox were on hand to announce nominees for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding individual, cast, and ensemble performances in film and television of 2018 at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday morning.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s hit remake of A Star Is Born picked up the most film nominations with four nods, including Best Actor for Cooper, Best Actress for Gaga, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott, and Best Ensemble.
The Favourite, BlackKklansman, and Vice also picked up a number of nominations on the film side, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Ozark, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story dominated the television side.
The 25th Annual SAG Awards ceremony, which does not yet have a confirmed host, will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The complete list of nominees is below:
Theatrical Motion Picture nominees
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary, Queen of Scots
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A Star Is Born
Crazy Rich Asians
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Antonio Banderas, Genius
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Antony Hopkins, King Lear
Bill Pullman, The Sinner
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannamora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Emma Stone, Maniac
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Joseph Feinnes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alison Brie, G.L.O.W.
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
The Walking Dead
Scott Derrickson set to return to the director’s chair for Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel
With Avengers: Endgame officially on the horizon, Marvel has quietly begun to put the pieces together for what’s to come after the eagerly awaited next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits theaters next April, which means finally getting plans for a Doctor Strange sequel on the drawing board.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote and directed the original Doctor Strange film in 2016, has finalized a deal to helm its sequel, which will see Benedict Cumberbatch reprise his role as the titular mystical superhero.
While no writers are attached to the Doctor Strange sequel quite yet, a source with insider knowledge tells Silver Screen Beat that Marvel is eyeing Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, who co-wrote the original along with Derrickson, to begin working on a script.
THR also reports that Marvel isn’t expected to get production on the Doctor Strange sequel underway until at least early 2020, meaning the film likely won’t hit theaters until around mid-2021 or possibly even later in the year.
Also set to return for the sequel is Benedict Wong, who plays Wong, a master of the mystic arts and Stephen Strange’s right-hand man, and Rachel McAdams, who plays Christine Palmer, an emergency surgeon and Strange’s love interest.
Marvel had no comment on the news.