Last Week’s Episode: #BongHive of Prey

Last Week’s Episode: #BongHive of Prey

Awards season has wrapped and we can finally move onto other news, but not before a synthesis of what went on this week. Movies The 92nd Academy Awards kicked the week off with some historic wins, with Bong Joon Ho's Parasite taking home four Oscars—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original

Awards season has wrapped and we can finally move onto other news, but not before a synthesis of what went on this week.

Movies

The 92nd Academy Awards kicked the week off with some historic wins, with Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite taking home four Oscars—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Screenplay⁠—and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit securing Best Adapted Screenplay, making him the first indigenous man to win an Oscar in any category. As the producer for Toy Story 4, which won Best Animated Feature, Jonas Rivera also became the first U.S.-born Latino to win multiple Oscars.

Birds of Prey made back almost its entire budget during its opening weekend at $81 million globally, but has garnered negative headlines due to grossing $33 million domestically when it was projected to make $45 million. In terms of quality, however, the film has received plenty of positive buzz, and fans of the comic characters have seemed satisfied for the most part. Also, in order to improve searches on ticketing sites, Warner Bros has updated the title to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. [IGN]

In other movie news, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is getting a sequel. Asked about the casting at the Oscars, he stated that “all bets are off,” but Daniel Craig will return as Detective Benoit Blanc. Anticipation is high, as the first one is still doing quite well at the box office, but with entirely new dynamics one hopes the franchise will continue to explore social issues in dynamic ways. [Variety]

Fans of Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland will now wait until January 22, 2021 to see them in a film together, since the actors’ busy schedules and the need for reshoots means Chaos Walking now has a further delayed release date.  [Screen Rant]

Mudbound director Dee Rees, also known for her debut film Pariah, is set to write and direct a film adaptation of George Gershwin’s Charleston-set opera, Porgy and Bess. The acclaimed show has won Tony Awards from its multiple Broadway runs, and has not been adapted on film since 1959. [Deadline]

Production for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the eponymous bat and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, has begun, and actors are already dropping hints about the film’s vibe. Peter Sarsgaard, who will play District Attorney Gil Colson, shared his belief that the story will have “raw emotionality” and will not be “sanitized.” [IndieWire]

The first teaser trailer for The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel as Gawain, has dropped and it looks ethereal and dark in the best way.

Television

Netflix has disclosed a list of nine properties it has removed from its service at the request of foreign governments. This includes the takedown of a Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj episode in Saudi Arabia—in which the comedian criticized the royal regime—as well as films banned in Singapore and Germany, and titles seen as objectionable due to drug, suicide, or religious content in the countries where the requests originated. [Variety]

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is lending her talents to Disney+’s new Loki series along with Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino, and its rumored she’ll have a significant, possibly leading role opposite Tom Hiddleston as Loki. [Shadow and Act]

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Also, someone please cast Tessa Thompson in this dress as the goddess Artemis in something, anything at all.

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