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On the March 19, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, //Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
At The Water Cooler:What we’ve been Doing: Peter is getting a little stir crazy in self-isolation and it’s only been like 6 days. Jacob has doubled down on exercise and miniatures painting during the quarantine. Ben finally finished editing his video of his trip to Ireland/Northern Ireland. What we’ve been Reading: Jacob has started reading Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel. Hoai-Tran has started reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. What we’ve been Watching: Peter and Chris watched Westworld Season 3. Peter watched The Skywalker Legacy documentary on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release, the first couple episodes of Amazing Stories on AppleTV+, I Am Not Okay With This on Netflix. Jacob started the new season of Formula 1: Drive to Survive and has been binge-watching Jeopardy. Hoai-Tran watched Dr. Strangelove, Beastars, Lu Over the Wall, rewatched Shaun of the Dead, has been watching bad animal-led movies on Disney+ like The Cat From Outer Space and The Shaggy DA. Ben rewatched Goldeneye, Lady and the Tramp, Back to the Future, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and watched the HBO basketball documentary Women of Troy. Chris watched Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Big Hero 6, and In the Cut. What we’ve been Playing: Jacob beat XCOM 2 again and recommends Ring-Fit Adventure more than ever. Ben started playing The Last of Us again.
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Some good news for “Killing Eve” fans: AMC Networks has announced it is moving the Season 3 premiere of “Killing Eve” up by two weeks. The news comes accompanying a flirtatious first trailer, which teases plenty of the stylish edits, wry dark humor, and Sapphic obsession-filled tension that Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning spy drama is known for. Unfortunately, nothing in this trailer confirms or denies that this will be the season that our two anti-heroines finally consummate their mutually destructive obsessive romance. But it still looks like a whole lot of fun.
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for Season 2 of “Killing Eve.”]
The Season 2 finale left Eve Sandra Oh presumed dead, having been shot in the back by her best frenemy/would-be lover Villanelle Jodie Comer. However, as the titular role, it was believe that twist would last. The first teaser confirms that Eve is very much alive, and Villanelle is very much still insane and obsessed with her.
The official synopsis reads: “The third season of the award-winning drama continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle Jodie Comer, the assassin without a job, Eve Sandra Oh is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances...and perhaps a share of their souls.”
“We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now,” said AMC President Sarah Barnett of the decision to push the release date up. “This season of ‘Killing Eve’ digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw the results are nothing short of astonishing. We literally couldn't wait for fans to see it.”
AMC will premiere the third season of “Killing Eve” next Sunday, April 12 at 9/8c. As was previously announced, all eight new episodes will be simulcast on BBC AMERICA and AMC.
Check out the stylish first trailer for Season 3 of “Killing Eve” below:
Netflix is dabbling in more video game franchises. Following the success of “The Witcher,” the streaming service is adapting the “Dragon's Lair” video games into a live-action feature film, with Ryan Reynolds in talks to produce and star.
The news marks one of the more curious video game film adaptations in recent memory. While most movies based on video games utilize popular contemporary franchises, the “Dragon's Lair” heyday was back in the 1980s, when video game arcades were still enjoying their golden age. The original 1983 Dragon's Lair arcade game received considerable attention for its astounding graphics, which boasted full motion video in an era where video game graphics were still mostly limited to primitive pixels.
The “Dragon's Lair” franchise eventually expanded to include a variety of sequels and even a short-lived cartoon series in the 1980s. Though the original arcade game has been ported to practically every major video game console since then, the franchise has essentially lain dormant for decades. Don Bluth and Gary Oldman, who worked on the original arcade game, created a crowdfunding campaign to create a “Dragon's Lair” film several years ago. The campaign earned over $700,000 and the duo still update backers on the project.
Variety reported that Bluth and Oldman are among the producers on the Netflix adaptation, but did not mention the crowdfunding campaign. A Netflix representative did not return a request for comment.
For the Netflix film, Roy Lee will also produce via Vertigo Entertainment alongside Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Jon Pomeroy will also produce, as will Reynolds, through Maximum Effort. Dan and Kevin Hageman are attached as script writers.
Additional details, including plot information, are unknown. The original “Dragon's Lair” game focused on a knight who had to rescue a princess from an evil dragon, who had locked the princess in an evil wizard's castle. The arcade game was released many years before video games were known for having particularly nuanced plots
From “Tomb Raider” to “Warcraft” and the infamous “Super Mario Bros.,” there has been no shortage of video game film adaptations over the years. Though most video game-based films have been critically savaged, film creators have made some strides in recent years. While “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” which Reynolds also starred in and “Sonic the Hedgehog” received middling-at-best reviews from IndieWire's Kate Erbland and David Ehrlich, respectively, the films were nonetheless notable for being the rare adaptations that weren't universally reviled. And they both did quite well at the box office.
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One of the biggest surprises in Avengers: Infinity War was the return of Captain America's arch-nemesis, the Red Skull, as a wraith doomed to watch over the soul stone on the planet Vormir for all of eternity. Recently, actor Ross Marquand, who took over the role of Red Skull from Hugo Weaving, spoke to youtube channel Nerds4Life about a possible return of his character in future MCU movies.'I haven't [been asked to return], but I would jump at the chance to do it again. I think that role obviously belongs to Hugo, he is the person that originated it and I loved what he did with that. If his heart is in a different place and he no longer wants to return, I would truly again be honored to play that character again.'
The events of Avengers: Eddgame took the infinity gems out of the equation, at least for the time being. And to Marquand's understanding, from what the makers of the films told him, that means the Red Skull is now basically a free agent.'[Directors Anthony and Joe Russo] said once the Red Skull is released of the Soul Stone, once Thanos gets it and then once Hawkeye gets it, he's essentially free. But if we think about it, there's all these different multiverses now. So in one multiverse, when Thanos frees him, he's free. I would imagine the first thing he would do if he still has a vendetta, or if any part of him still has ambition, would go back to Earth.'
Marquand has confirmed that the future of the MCU involves healthy doses of the multiverse from Marvel comics. The multiverse is a collection of universes that all exist in the same space but in different dimensions. Each universe in that collection contains its own cast of MCU characters, with slightly different versions of the heroes and villains we have gotten to see in the MCU so far.
And according to Marquand, in any least one of those universes, the Red Skull was freed of his duty towards the soul stone and made his way back to Earth. But his journey across space and time would surely have had an effect on the character, as Marquand further elaborates.'Maybe he wants to enact revenge, maybe he wants to keep his diabolical plan going. Or maybe he doesn't care at all. I imagine when you're graced with infinite wisdom, you're also graced, or cursed, with infinite pain and suffering. So he's probably, I would imagine on one level, he's over it. He doesn't need to conquer anybody, because he's [unliving].'
It is clear that Marquand believes there is still a great deal of story about the Red Skull that could potentially unfold in future movies. Perhaps there could even be a future movie where the Red Skull has seen the error of his ways and now sides with the heroes. Only time will tell if fans will get to see nazi-turned-soul-stone protector-turned-free-spirit on the big screen once again. This news comes from FlickeringMyth.