It sounds like pre-production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming Charles Manson movie that isn’t actually a Charles Manson movie but still has something to do with Charles Manson is moving along quite smoothly. Leonardo DiCaprio recently joined the cast a few weeks ago, and Tarantino has already met with a number of other potential stars including Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Samuel L. Jackson.
While it’s been known for quite some time that Tarantino is interested in casting Robbie in the role of Sharon Tate, the Hollywood actress who was brutally murdered by Manson and his followers on August 9, 1969, Variety reporter Justin Kroll has revealed that Tarantino is also looking for someone to take on the role of Tate’s husband, Roman Polanski.
According to a tweet from Kroll, Polanski will reportedly play a “key role” in the film, and Tarantino is going the “discovery route” and is said to be looking for an “authentic Polish thespian” to play the role of the former filmmaker, who was in Europe working on a film at the time of Tate’s murder. Kroll also noted that Pitt and Cruise are in the running for the role of a stuntman, not a prosecutor as was previously speculated.
Some QT-Manson updates: The role Pitt and Cruise have met on is for that of a stuntman not prosecutor, the Leo character is also Tate's neighbor in the pic and Polanski will play key role in film, QT going discovery route wants authentic polish thesp
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 1, 2018
If you’re familiar with the 1977 rape scandal involving Polanski, who fled the country after admitting to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl, then it could be a bit strange seeing him as a major character in a movie, especially in the age of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. However, let’s not act like Polanski being a character in a movie about the Manson family murders is some big shocking development—the backdrop for the movie is based on a true event that he was directly connected to.
It’s about time Rotten Tomatoes finally decided to do something about its troll problem
It’s no secret that Rotten Tomatoes has a troll problem. It seemingly began back in 2017 when Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released and thousands upon thousands of (fake) negative audience reviews for the film flooded the site from people who dubbed it “SJW propaganda” or some other dumb shit like that.
Since then, a number of other movies have been review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes, including Black Panther, which was targeted by white nationalist alt-right trolls for obvious reasons, and Captain Marvel, which was targeted by a bunch of very sad men who were upset over Brie Larson saying she wanted the film’s press tour to be more inclusive.
In an effort to prevent any future films from being review bombed, Rotten Tomatoes finally announced today that it will be introducing “verified ratings” and “verified reviews” from users they can confirm actually bought tickets to the movie that they’re either rating or reviewing.
“We believe an Audience Score made up of these Verified Ratings is the most trustworthy measure of user sentiment we can offer right now – one that gives entertainment fans a genuine audience assessment of a movie they’re considering watching, and one which puts significant roadblocks in front of bad actors who would seek to manipulate the Audience Score,” the site wrote in a blog post.
For now, users can only verify their rating or review if they purchased their tickets through Fandango, which acquired Rotten Tomatoes from Warner Bros. in 2016 and will benefit greatly from this change, but the site says theater chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark “have signed up to participate in our verification program and we plan to introduce other ticket providers as well.”
The new verified ratings and reviews will go into effect this weekend for new releases like Aladdin, Brightburn, and Booksmart, the latter of which you should definitely go see because it’s probably the best thing you’ll watch so far this year.
Linda Hamilton is back and ready to kick some robot ass in the ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ trailer
Gentle reader, I regret to inform you that the long-awaited first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate arrived early this morning and, as much as I hate to say this, I have an obligation to break it you: this thing just doesn’t look very good at all.
Sure, it’s cool to see Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor firing giant machine guns and rocket launchers at seemingly indestructible robots and tracking down her old buddy T-800 Model 101, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who now lives in a cabin in the middle of the woods for whatever reason.
Beyond that, though, there’s not much to be particularly excited about here. The slowed-down cover of Bjork’s “Hunter” sucks, the set pieces look incredibly lame and uninspired, and the CGI is…well, just take a look at what they did to poor Gabriel Luna in this shot:
It’s a first trailer, so take it all with a grain of salt, but the special effects for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ are clearly not complete. pic.twitter.com/hlWP3GPxvW
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) May 23, 2019
That looks pretty fucking bad, right? My dude looks like a straight up cartoon character there.
Keep in mind, Terminator 2: Judgement Day came out in 1991 (28 years ago!) and yet the visual effects work in these movies has somehow managed to get significantly worse since then. I mean, how does that even happen? It’s truly baffling.
Either way, this is a Terminator movie we’re talking about here, so of course I’m still going to Dark Fate when it hits theaters later this year on November 2, but I’m going to do so with great concern. Consider me cautiously optimistic at this point.
Frame this terrible new ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ poster and hang it up on my wall immediately
I don’t know what the hell is going on over at the Sony Pictures marketing department, but some graphic designer who is probably severely underpaid keeps making these god-awful movie posters and for whatever reason the studio is always just like, “Yeah, that looks good enough. Send it out.”
I mean, just take a gander at this new one-sheet they put out for Spider-Man: Far From Home earlier today:
Now, I love the Spider-Man franchise as much as the next guy and I love Tom Holland as Spider-Man and I hate to clown on things I love, but holy shit that poster is hilariously bad and I want it framed and put on the wall in front of my desk immediately so I can look up and laugh at it whenever I want.
All jokes aside, though, a poster is not indicative of a movie’s quality and I’m sure Far From Home is going to be just fine. Remember that very unfortunate international poster Sony released for Spider-Man: Homecoming back in 2017? Yeah, sorry I had to bring that up.
But, the point is, that poster looked like complete and utter shit and yet the movie turned out to be great and was critically acclaimed and went on to make a ton of money at the box office, and I’m sure that will also be the case for Far From Home when it hit theaters on July 2.