The release of HBO's acclaimed “Bad Education” draws near and the Hugh Jackman-led trailer for the film has finally arrived.
“Bad Education” dramatizes one of the largest education scandals in American history, with Frank Tassone Jackman, a Long Island school superintendent, and district official Pam Gluckin Allison Janney accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from the district's budget. Though their school district is on the up and up the scandal threatens to ruin everything the duo have built, spurring Jackman's character to do everything in his power to maintain order and stop the story from becoming public. The film will be released on HBO April 25.
The film's new trailer promises plenty of laughs to go along with the drama, honing in on Frank and Pam's mounting horror as their scandal unfolds. The film's narrative comes from a first-hand experience: Screenwriter Mike Makowsky was a student at one of Frank's schools when the superintendent was arrested for first-degree larceny in 2004. Despite his crimes, Frank was known for his tireless dedication to his school district, and “Bad Education” will show the man in a nuanced, morally complicated light.
IndieWire's David Ehrlich lauded “Bad Education,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, in his effusive review, referring to it as “diabolically smart” and a “well-calculated masterclass of narrative economy.”
“'Bad Education' always finds its way back to Frank, but Makowsky's patient script has a knack for catching the superintendent unawares,” Ehrlich wrote in his review. “Here is someone who doesn't have the good sense to realize that he's the main character of a movie; someone who thinks that he's always just outside the eye of the storm. That misperception gives Jackman the space needed to be life-sized in a way that his ‘bigger’ roles seldom have. This is the most human performance he's ever given, wrapped in translucent vanity and cut with finely sliced layers of doubt and denial.”
“Bad Education” marks a turn towards more grounded acting for Jackman, who is best known for portraying Wolverine in the “X-Men” film franchise. Jackman also starred in the 2018 political drama “The Front Runner” and stars in a lead role in Lisa Joy's upcoming “Reminiscence” science-fiction action film.
Check out the trailer for “Bad Education” below:
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.