Since its premiere on Disney+, The Mandalorian has been making headlines for being Lucasfilm’s flagship title on the much-awaited streaming device in addition to having an excellent roster of directors. From Bryce Dallas Howard to Dave Filoni, the ever-expanding Star Wars universe seems to be lightyears away from running out of the best people to tell its stories.
One of these said talents also includes Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi. And in an exclusive interview with SYFY WIRE, the show’s ensemble cast, Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), Gina Carano (Cara Dune), and Carl Weathers (Greef Carga), sat down and shared some entertaining tidbits about The Mandalorian’s tight-lipped production.
Each had their own fair share of quirky anecdotes, but Weathers’ most notably talked about Waititi himself.
"We're really fortunate that we had a group of directors who all brought something really special to the table. Deborah [Chow], in particular, was pretty amazing because it was huge stuff she was doing, but Taika had his wild sense of humor," the actor said. "He played music while we were doing the scenes, which gave it its own fun vibe, and then he would show up in pajamas sometimes and full slippers. I mean, it was crazy. Wait, how about the couch?"
This was further supplemented by Pascal and Carano who agreed and described how Waititi would lay across a couch in his pajamas. The three further go on to talk more about each of the series’ directors’ habits and judging from their output, it seems that they had a blast throughout filming.
The Mandalorian is now available for streaming on Disney+ and will run for eight episodes.
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The adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials has consistently been losing viewers for BBC One. Although the show debuted with over 7.2M viewers, its last episode was seen by only 5.4M people last Sunday. This is a significant dip from the previous week’s 5.7M viewers.
According to a report from Deadline, however, this may change once online viewers have been taken into account. Further, despite the fluctuations in its number of viewers, the show was most notably the second-biggest drama launch in the UK this year just behind Line of Duty, which was seen by 12.1M people.
During the same Sunday night as this drop to 5.4M viewers, however, BBC One’s reboot of The War of the Worlds starring Rafe Spall from The Big Short and Eleanor Tomlinson from Poldark managed to debut with 4.7M at its 9 pm slot.
Just like previously mentioned, these numbers may significantly change once online streaming is taken into account and we all truly hope that is the case. His Dark Materials has always been one of our childhood’s beloved tales.
It is based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy of fantasy novels and tells the story of children Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry as they navigate through a series of parallel universes. The BBC has revealed that its television counterpart is set to be an eight-part series that will run until the latter half of December during Sundays at 8:00 pm.
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Just when you thought being named the highest-grossing R-rated film was its best distinction yet, Joker has once again managed to leave its mark in the form of an award. Just this weekend, the film’s lenser Lawrence Sher was distinguished with a Golden Frog at Camerimage, a Polish film festival that aims to recognize some of the industry's best cinematography.
After having recently surpassed the $1B mark in the box office, the film starring Joaquin Phoenix is now being viewed as an award-season contender with the Camerimage as its first stop. In addition to Sher, the film’s Director of Photography Cesar Charlone was also recognized with a Silver Frog for his work on The Two Popes.
According to Deadline, other noteworthy films that were awarded include Marcin Krzyształowicz’s Mister T and Luke Lorentzen’s Midnight Family.
Camerimage has been around for 27 years now and since its inception, has been a prestigious gathering for directors of photography and cinematographers alike. This year, it was held at the city of Toruń and also recognized legendary director Quentin Tarantino together with his lenser Robert Richarson for their work on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
As of this writing, Joker has grossed over a billion dollars in the box office worldwide. It is also the seventh-highest-grossing film of the year and is most noted to have become the first R-rated film to pass the billion-dollar mark in earnings.
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The past few years have seen the light of several reboots and remakes of famous films and television series and this coming 2020 fans of the ABC’s Fantasy Island are in for a treat, with a slight twist.
Created by Gene Levitt, Fantasy Island aired from 1977 to 1984 and told the story of the mysterious and enigmatic Mr. Roarke, who somehow had the incredible ability to make the deepest desires of his tropical island resort’s guests come true. Often times, these dreams turn into nightmares and this may be where the 2020 film is drawing inspiration from.
As reported by AV Club, the film is set to follow Michael Peña as the peculiar Mr. Roarke, only this time the character is expected to be an overseer who uses the timid fantasies of others in order to complete the more violent ones of others. This is best seen through actress Lucy Hale’s character who hopes to get back at a former enemy via what seems to be a hologram which turns out to be a little too realistic.
In addition to Hale and Peña, the film also stars Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, and Michael Rooker. It is set to hit theaters Valentine’s Day next year.
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The Rise of Skywalker is just a few weeks away and in line with this, the Royal Mail has released a line of exclusive stamps to mark the occasion. The 16-stamp set features characters and vehicles from the much-beloved franchise.
Ten of these stamps include illustrations of characters Count Dooku, Darth Maul, Lando Calrissian, Sith Trooper, Jannah, Grand Moff Tarkin, Zorii Bliss, Poe Dameron, Queen Amidala, and Wicket Warrick. The remaining six, on the other hand, are dedicated to the franchise’s most famous vehicles. These are the Podracer, Slave I, Poe’s X-wing fighter, Starfighter, the TIE silencer, and speeder bikes.
“Once again Malcolm Tween takes us on a journey across the Star Wars galaxy with extraordinary artwork of characters old and new,” Philip Parker of the Royal Mail said in a report in the Hereford Times. “The stamps are miniature masterpieces and a fitting tribute to mark the end of the Skywalker saga.”
These specially commissioned illustrations were the work of digital artist Malcolm Tween and distinctly feature striking backgrounds that result in hyper-realistic montages. It also comes on an illustrated carrier card complete with two protective plastic strips to keep the stamps in their optimal mint condition.
The collection is set to be released on November 26 and is now available for pre-order on the Royal Mail’s official website. The Rise of Skywalker, on the other hand, is set to hit theaters this coming December 18.
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Disney+ has officially launched and with it comes a long list of upcoming new films and series from big names like Star Wars and in this case, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Given the release of the streaming device, the MCU has also begun filming for its upcoming show The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Atlanta and thanks to JustJared, we now have a first look at Sebastian Stan on set.
Although the photos do not show the 37-year-old actor in his iconic Winter Soldier suit, he has noticeably had a haircut. Sporting a clean-cut unlike his long hair in his portrayal of Bucky Barnes in the franchise’s previous installments, Stan is wearing a suave black leather jacket in the photos.
Although the set photos do not provide much context, previous reports have placed the series’ timeline after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will follow Stan’s Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon as the latter faces challenges from the United States government upon his assumption of the role of Captain America.
We may be able to pick up more clues as more set photos surface online, but judging from these current ones we have now and the Winter Soldier’s still murky plot for the show, we could perhaps assume that these are for scenes with Barnes undercover. But then again, we’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves.
The series will also star Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, and the debut of Daniel Bruhl as the highly-anticipated Baron Zemo. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to premiere sometime in the Fall of 2020, while Marvel’s Phase 4 is set to open on May 1, 2020 with the release of Black Widow in cinemas worldwide.
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Avengers: Endgame ushered in the end of some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most loved characters and the beginning of the rise of some of its quieter underdogs. Following Steve Rogers’ desire to find Peggy Carter and make it to that date he promised to take her, he came back from that 1950’s timeline an old man who no longer wanted to call himself Captain America. Instead, he passed it on to the Falcon, Sam Wilson.
Speaking to Deadline, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor Anthony Mackie shared his thoughts on his donning of the shield, which he has described to be “very emotional.” He has been in the industry for over two decades and talks of how significant the role has been for him, given the history of black people in the country.
“I’ve been fortunate to do some amazing stuff and work with amazing people,” he shared. “For me, to be a Black man in 2019 and be given the helm of Captain America with the history of Black men in this country is a monumental step, not only in entertainment but also in my life. It’s been extremely emotional.”
Seeing as that he is set to lead the coming of MCU’s highly-anticipated Phase 4, he further went on to say: “here's a lot of history and pain and triumph and joy that comes along with me being Captain America.”
Mackie, of course, has enormous shoes to fill seeing as that the Avengers’ revered Captain has been played by actor Chris Evans since his first appearance in Captain America the First Avenger. Nonetheless, the excitement is definitely there! Cap had to choose Falcon for a reason, right?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has officially begun filming and is set to premiere sometime in the Fall of 2020. Marvel’s Phase 4, on the other hand, is expected to open on May 1, 2020, with the premiere of Black Widow.
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Wubba lubba dub dub! Rick and Morty is back with an all-new fourth season and has kicked it all off with several references to 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat and the Japanese sci-fi novel from which the film was based on, All You Need is Kill. Entitled “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat,” the episode is split between two story threads, with one for Rick and another for Morty.
The former bears more semblance to the Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need is Kill plotline, with Rick dying and being resurrected in a continuous cycle, but unlike in the movie where its protagonist always returns in the same timeframe, Rick’s deaths and resurrections send him in various universes. In some of these worlds, fascism is a common trend. CBR reports that this may be a reference to the show’s now-infamous fandom and may be read as a sort of commentary on their toxic presence online.
Morty’s arch, on the other hand, goes against Rick’s and zeroes in more on a parody of another manga and anime: Akira. In an attempt to pursue his ideal death, he goes against Rick together with his crush Jessica and uses Rick’s technology to go haywire, similar to one plot point in Akira.
The show’s lineup of titles reference to several other bodies of work and so far has homages to The Old Man and the Sea, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and even Battlestar Galactica. You may catch new episodes of Rick and Morty on Adult Swim on Sundays at 11:30 pm.
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The Star Wars franchise has always been considered as a “space western” of sorts and with the arrival of The Mandalorian on Disney+, this is further highlighted both by its plot and the actor playing the titular character himself, Pedro Pascal.
“I think that George Lucas played with the Western undertones with the first movie, ‘Episode IV,’ and now they’re taking the suggestions of that tone and infusing it with steroids,” the actor told Variety in an exclusive interview.
The series follows Pascal as the main character, whom he likens to that of Clint Eastwood. Given that his character barely speaks and dons a Boba Fett-esque mask, he shared in the same interview that he had to reach as far back as his early acting days to be able to play the character with just “posture and gesture.”
“Because of ‘Game of Thrones,’ I’ve been invited to be a part of these big movies [with] ridiculous sets in China and London, insane locations, and not to diminish the efforts of any of my previous experiences, but I can say sincerely that this is taking it to the next level for me in terms of the world-building and the attention to detail on the costumes, the creatures, the robots, the entire world,” he said.
On the note of Game of Thrones, series creator Jon Favreau compared his aspirations for The Mandalorian to that of the former HBO show. In the same interview, he talked of how he loved Game of Thrones’ build-up and how he hopes to achieve a similar effect.
This seems likely given that The Mandalorian will be deviating from the franchise’s usual formula. It is set to release episodes on Disney+ on a week-by-week basis, which will give fans a chance to see the galaxy from far, far, away from a different and perhaps broader perspective.
The Mandalorian’s first episode is expected to have eight episodes this season, with its first episode now available for streaming on Disney+.
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Disney has been experimenting a lot with its classics these past few years with live-action remakes of some of its most beloved films. From its very first attempt with The Jungle Book and this year’s Aladdin and The Lion King, the studio seems to be on a roll with Lady and the Tramp now available for streaming on Disney+.
Originally premiered in 1955, Lady and the Tramp tells the story of a pampered cocker spaniel Lady, who finds herself left in the streets before meeting stray mutt Tramp, who protects her and eventually develops a romance with. Given that this is a live-action remake, after all, this 2019 rendition features two real dogs playing Lady and Tramp and mostly stays true to Disney’s classic animated tale. Well, for the most part.
Remakes, of course, often take the liberty of swaying from its source material but with this film, keen fans may notice a key and appropriate difference—the removal of The Siamese Cat Song.
At the time of the original’s release, it was common to portray Asians with bucked teeth and with the case of the Siamese Cats, in a seemingly caricature fashion. In the 1955 film, Peggy Lee voiced Darling, the cats Si and Am, and Pekingese Pig. According to Flavor Wire, the song was a reflection of the era’s anxieties towards what they deemed as the “other” and made use of stereotypical Oriental music.
Additionally, the cats were portrayed as intimidating and untrustworthy, which further contributed to the negative narrative. In other words, the song has long been deemed racist and naturally, now untimely. The song is replaced by a new recording from Janelle Monae.
Lady and the Tramp is now available for streaming on Disney+.
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