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The stars of the romantic drama and producer Will Packer talked to The Hollywood Reporter about what it means that Universal released the film on the big screen.
In Universal's recently released The Photograph, stars Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield take on roles different from both their familiar TV characters in Insecure and Atlanta, respectively, and their past film characters.
Instead, as the romantic leads in the drama, Rae and Stanfield play a couple falling in love as Rae's Mae grieves the death of her mother, learning more about the woman she was and fearing that, like her mom, Mae won't be able to commit to people she cares about.
And as she moves forward with her film career — Rae also has The Lovebirds out in April — the Insecure star said she's looking for projects that take her out of her "comfort zone."
"Anything that feels new or fresh or feels like it will challenge me, that feels outside of my comfort zone and movies that I would want to see," Rae told The Hollywood Reporter at The Photograph's world premiere in New York earlier this month of what she's interested in making. "I don't want to do movies just to do it. I want to be a part of things that will either provoke conversation or that feel fresh and fun."
For Stanfield, it was the chance to "stretch" and "do something different than what I'm usually seen doing" that was part of what drew him to his role as Michael, a journalist who meets Mae as he works on a story about her mother.
And going forward, viewers should expect more roles that keep them on their toes, Stanfield told THR at the Photograph premiere.
"Everything you see me do is going to be different than the last thing," he said. "I'm interested in challenging myself and taking on different things. You'll never be able to catch me."
The film's cast also features Kelvin Harrison Jr., who — after breakout roles in Waves and Luce — also wants to "keep trying to tell stories that challenge me."
"I just want to keep working with people that intrigue me, I think that's the biggest thing. And when you're in a job like this, you give so much out all of the time that I think it's important to feed yourself again," he said. "I think when I'm surrounded by artists that inspire me, art that challenges me, art that makes me want to research and discover more of the people around me, that makes it worthwhile, so I'm just looking to extend this."
Writer-director Stella Meghie has said that the initial idea for The Photograph came about when her grandmother was about to meet a daughter that she hadn't seen in nearly 30 years.
"That was the impetus for the backstory, like what are the things you don't know about your mother, what are the things...
DC Universe is giving a second season to the Harley Quinn animated series starring the voice of Kaley Cuoco as the Clown Princess of Crime. The first season just concluded in February, but the series is returning with new episodes rather quickly starting in April. Following a sneak peek at the season premiere at C2E2 earlier this month, a new clip has arrived online showing Harley Quinn and The Penguin having a little confrontation. Watch the Harley Quinn season 2 clip below.Harley Quinn Season 2 Clip
The Penguin voiced by Wayne Knight is upset with Harley Quinn for some reason, and he’s partially frozen her in a block of ice. As he tries to cut her throat with his umbrella blade, Harley pulls off an attack reminiscent of one that The Penguin initiated in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. She bits off the end of his pointy nose and makes a quick getaway. From there, she plays around with Penguin by hiding among the smoke and destruction that overtakes the casino after Penguin blasts some grenades around.
In case it wasn’t clear by this clip, this series is not intended for kids. It’s extremely violent, has some raunchy language, and is intended for mature audiences. But that’s part of what makes it so fun. As our own Chris Evangelista wrote in his review of the first season:
“After decades of Batman fans insisting the only way to handle the character and his world correctly was to be as dark and serious as possible, it’s ironic that one of the best recent pieces of Bat-entertainment is as silly and unserious as humanly possible.”
As for what’s in store for the second season, the season premiere finds Gotham City removed from the United States of America. That has things looking pretty post-apocalyptic, and Harley decides to start a revolution among the henchmen of the world. That paves the way for the arrival of the Injustice League, and unfortunately, Batman is missing.
Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this half-hour adult animated action-comedy series. The series features Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe.
The second season of Harley Quinn returns to DC Universe weekly starting on April 3, 2020.
With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.'No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.'
The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...'He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.'
This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.
How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.
From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.