As we head into the seventh month of the COVID-19 crisis the general vibe (in some countries at least) seems to be, “well this is just how we live now.” Deaths are rising, so are cases, but also in a strange and seemingly bad trend so are movie news, announcements, and film production. All of that is to say that while we’re staying safe and trying to keep others protected too, we’ll be reporting on everything you need to know about what Hollywood insists on doing while ignoring the global pandemic. So, without further ado here’s Last Week’s Episode.
Does Anyone Know There’s Still a Pandemic on?
In the only good reboot news ever invented looks like Zac Efron is having a baby… or will become a baby? It’s unclear. But what is clear is that Disney+ is remaking the classic comedy Three Men and a Baby with the High School Musical star. We don’t know much else but we’re hoping that it’s exceedingly gay… that seems like the only good choice here. Plus one of them is a cartoonist so let’s bring back comedic cartoonist content like it’s the ’90s again. [THR]
— TKO Presents (@TKOpresents) August 12, 2020
TKO is proving that their plan to harvest IP through the medium of comics is working as they just announced their first movie. One a blog the newly minted comic publisher shared a press release including this quote from writer Roxane Gay. “I am thrilled to revisit the world of The Banks. Clara, Cora, and Celia Banks are fierce women with compelling stories that will really come alive on the silver screen, I am also excited about partnering with TKO Studios, an amazing publisher to create comics with, and MACRO, a company that is a standard bearer for excellence with the films they make.” It’s almost as if a publisher started by a filmmaker was using the medium to get films made. [TKO]
In case you didn’t know, we’re big Ashmore brother stans at WWAC. So we were happy that one time X-Man Shawn Ashmore will be joining season two of The Boys. According to TV Line, Ashmore will subvert his past as an ice man and take on fire powers as Lamplighter. “A former superstar member of the Seven before he left under mysterious circumstances, to be replaced by Starlight. What’s more, Lamplighter ties in directly to the Boys’ tragic history — he’s actually the reason they broke up eight years ago — so when the pyrokinetic enters their lives again, he dredges up painful memories, pokes at their raw nerves, and changes everything.” [TVLine]
In an act of hubris so large we can still barely believe it, Jurassic World: Dominion is currently in production. Whilst that might seem like a bad idea, everyone seems to be okay for now and we did get this very cute picture of some new animatronic creatures. Despite the fact that dinosaurs are apparently living free on Earth once again, this image implies some humans are keen to cage them again. Honestly very hard to relate to, I for one welcome our dinosaur overlords. [Screenrant]
In a sequel no one saw coming, Keanu Reeves’ underseen supernatural samurai flick, 47 Ronin, will be going 300 years into the future with Mulan actor Ron Yuan helming the cyberpunk action film. Sounds intriguing to us, but whether or not Reeves will return is still to be confirmed. Either way we’ll be keeping our eyes on this very unexpected sequel. [Collider]
‘I've benefited from a racist system’: Diego Luna on Amazon's Pan y Circo | Television & radio | The Guardian https://t.co/Db4ZGkAbHG
— diego luna (@diegoluna_) August 7, 2020
In a thoughtful interview about his new Amazon series the Star Wars actor spoke about how the cooking show made him confront his own privilege. “He says the episode on identity – made amid the growing awareness of systemic racism in Mexico, the US and further afield, but before the most recent Black Lives Matter global protests – was particularly jarring for him. “It confronted me. I sat down and said: ‘Well, I’m not a racist, but by listening to these people I realised how much I benefit from a racist system, how much I’ve benefited my whole life.” [The Guardian]
Bad Ideas, Worse News
AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.
They’re calling the reopening "Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices.” https://t.co/zaEZMJMHSH
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) August 13, 2020
In a very strange promotion seemingly harking about to the American depression of the 1920s, AMC is reopening theaters–terrible idea–and selling tickets for 15 cents. Despite the fact that there’s a global pandemic on the theater chain is apparently eager to make their cinemas into petri dishes for more concentrated outbreaks, utilizing people’s current financial instability to encourage them this is an offer that they cannot refuse. Our advice would be do not got to the movies right now! Support films that are being released on VOD or rewatch old faves! Stay safe for you and your loved ones! [AP]
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Well, friends… there you have it. Big sigh. 💔⬇️💔 I’m sure many of you will understandably want to know more and will ask me questions in the comments, here and on subsequent posts and live-streams and in-person encounters and everywhere else ad infinitum. I wish I could explain things in greater detail, but the above statement is really all I can say about the matter so I won’t be answering any of those. I encourage you to head over to my partner Michael DiMartino’s account to get his take on our departure too: @mike_dante_d Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, and I’m sorry our involvement in the live-action project did not work out. Time to get on with my life. Onward and upward. 💙 Love, Bryan #avatarthelastairbender #cocreators #michaeldimatino #bryankonietzko #bryke #atla #liveactionseries #netflix
This week millions of hearts broke in union as Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino revealed they had left the upcoming live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender show. Though they couldn’t be too transparent about what occurred it all sounds worryingly like Netflix is aiming for more of a Last Airbender approach–read that as whitewashing the cast–than the pair were willing to accept.
In some new movies news that was so bad we had to put it in this segment, Logan Lerman and Asa Butterfield will play “famous Republicans” in a new movie sure to sanitize the horrors they inevitably committed. College Republicans will follow “a young Lee Atwater (Lerman) and Karl Rove (Butterfield) as they square off against a beautiful Republican operative for the chairmanship of the national College Republicans club in the summer of 1973.” Shoutout to this trash movie for humanizing Rove whose policies and career harmed innumerable lives! Woohoo Hollywood. [Collider]
— A24 (@A24) August 7, 2020
A24 made a questionable choice picking up “adult cartoon” Hazbin Hotel. The original pilot was widely lauded but was also quickly critiqued for homophobic and transphobic content. The official reasoning is “they’re demons so of course they’re offensive” which.. well… anyway. There’s also multiple Twitter threads about the creator’s other problematic tendancies, so this seems like a mess waiting to get messier. Love that A24 is trying to get into animation but they could have honestly picked anything else…
Sophia Foster-Dimino just masterminded a complete re-recording of voice parts & sfx for AKIRA!
It was an amazing experience to be a castmember!
I recorded the voice parts for hot-blooded youth Yamagata.
— James Kuo 郭柏岬 (@jameskuodraws) August 10, 2020
Lots of fun stuff has been happening as a result of people being stuck inside during quarantine but maybe none so cool as this indie-cartoonist fan dub of Akira. You can check out the amazing trailer above and honestly I just want to know who’s playing Kaneda because in the immortal words of Demi Lovato “They’re really good!”
Tony Todd is a horror icon and we’ll honestly watch anything he stars in which is why we’re highlighting new horror anthology, Immortal. Todd seems to be starring in a story about assisted suicide to which this disabled person says… eek. But I’m staying optimistic and the official synopsis adds some more context to the trailer. “Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they’ve never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late, Gary and Vanessa, a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues, Ted, a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary, and Warren, a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.”