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They may be on opposing sides in their movie, but the cast of Wonder Woman 1984 proved they stick together in real life, when Pedro Pascal, who plays the villain of the film, recently celebrated his birthday with his fellow castmates. A photo from the celebration was posted on Gal Gadot's Instagram account, along with the following caption.'Happiest birthday @pascalispunk !! We love you so much! It was definitely a new way to celebrate but even when we're not together we're always close at heart! love you.'
With a nationwide lockdown in full effect, the cast had to get creative in order to get together for the celebrations. To that end, they took the help of social media to have a group video call during which Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Patty Jenkins, and Kristen Wiig helped Pedro Pascal celebrate his special day. Gadot also had four cupcakes and two candlesticks laid out in front of the callers to make the occasion more festive.
Pascal, who turns 45 this year, has been working steadily in films for many years. His breakout role came in Game of Thrones, where he played Oberyn Martell, whose memorable fight with the Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane, ended in one of the most brutal moments from the series, with Clegane bursting Martell's skull with his bare hands.
Recently, Pascal was lauded for his leading role in Disney+'s The Mandalorian, as Din Djarin, a bounty hunter who takes it upon himself to save the life of a young and outrageously adorable Baby Yoda.
Wonder Woman 1984 will see both Pascal and Kristen Wiig playing the villains opposite Gadot's Wonder Woman and Pine's Steve Trevor. While fans are already aware that Wiig will at some point in the movie transform into the villainous Cheetah, Lord's role is less clearly defined. In the comics, the character often plays the role of the secret mastermind, who pulls the strings behind sinister plots with the help of his genius intellect, and an ability to control the minds of his enemies.
As the followup to the original blockbuster Wonder Woman, its sequel was one of the most anticipated films of the summer. But with theaters in disarray, the release of the film has been put on hold indefinitely. Not long ago, a rumor was doing the rounds of the internet that Warner Bros. was planning on releasing the film to digital streaming, bypassing a theatrical release entirely. But the company has since personally shot down the rumor.
For Gal Gadot, posting the photo on her social media accounts might also be a way to get past the recent controversy surrounding a post she made with a bunch of other celebs singing a cover of 'Imagine'. The tone-deaf rendition about imagining a world without material possessions was considered insensitive in these times of great hardships for ordinary people when sung by millionaire stars sitting in their luxurious homes. Hopefully, this latest birthday post from the actress will garner a more positive response from the...
Week three of no theatrical releases. That will technically change soon — Universal’s premium VOD-opening “Trolls World Tour” has a handful of still-open drive-ins to play don’t expect any grosses reported. But it was a week full of important stories, with particular interest in a series of release date adjustments. However, no date can be realized if theaters aren’t open, and nobody knows when that will be.
• Exhibitor trade organization NATO held a webinar Friday. President John Fifthian raised hope that some theaters might be open by late May or early June. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, who oversees the most screens in North America reiterated his hopes for mid-June.
• With the COVID-19 still in its early stages of national spread, uncertainty about the curve flattening, and signs that in China, which had the earliest outbreaks three months ago, that viral decline doesn’t equal viral defeat, the reality is it could be weeks before anyone can make a reasonable assessment on reopening.
• Countering industry optimism that after weeks indoors, people will flock to theaters is a survey by Performance Research about public attitudes on return to public events. It saw 49 percent of respondents saying feeling safe about returning to theaters ranged from in a few months to never, with 28 percent saying if they do return, it will be less often. That said: This is a snapshot taken nearly two weeks ago, and shouldn’t be considered predictive. It showed similar or worse results for sporting events, concerts, and theme parks.
• Sports league executives spoke with President Trump, who urged resumption as soon as possible. However, Dr. Alan Sills, chief medical officer for the NFL, cautioned it is premature to believe that football can return this fall. Governors in some states that aren’t fully shut down, like Nebraska, encouraged voluntary compliance — with the threat that if the virus isn’t contained, their ardent fans might not have a season. Sports, of course, demand close player and spectator contact, and are more vulnerable even than theaters to the ongoing threat of contagion. But the idea that it is conceivable the country could have a year with no more sports is even more shocking than disruption to theaters.
• The key takeaway from multiple studio release schedule changes is, in re-dating titles, they don’t expect theaters to be fully operational until July at the earliest. Though key June and July titles like Pixar’s “Soul” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” remain in those months, “Mulan” on July 24 is the earliest rescheduled date for any major title. Other date changes act as a diversion while theaters are closed, but the reality is everything is written in pencil, not pen.
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.
We have charts from five VOD and streaming platforms; they don’t use the same metrics, and are not independently verified. However, FandangoNOW leads the herd in its decision to list by the nearest equivalent of “grosses” — that is, the number of transactions times the cost. With the majority of releases at $19.99, it gives a better view of comparative performance.
Across the board at FandangoNOW, iTunes, and Amazon Prime, “Sonic the Hedgehog” Paramount and “Bad Boys for Life” Sony —the two top theatrical releases of 2020 — are thriving. Spectrum Cable’s weekly chart, which appears to be a little slower to pick up trends, doesn’t yet show those two films at all. However, like FandangoNOW, it does reflect the presence of the faith-based terminal illness romance “I Still Believe” Lionsgate, the other significant new release over the past week.
Other new titles like STX’s “Brahms: The Boy II” available at a lower price of $9.99 and the year’s best-reviewed new film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” Focus, which was released Friday — are so far sight unseen.
To judge by platforms that rank by transactions, lower prices do help. We also list Netflix, which is based on the streamer’s ranking of viewings. It presents perhaps the most curious test of what interests the public and what the future of movies and other forms of recorded entertainment looks like.
We will cover this in far more detail midweek as well as look at winners and losers so far and possible trends and changes to come.FandangoNOW
full week rank based on total sales price, not no. of transactions
1 Bad Boys for Life Sony – $19.99
2 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount – $19.99
3 The Invisible Man Universal – $19.99
4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Disney – $4.99
5 Onward Disney – $4.99
6 Bloodshot Sony – $19.99
7 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony – $4.99
8 Birds of Prey Warner Bros. – $19.99
9 I Still Believe Lionsgate – $19.99
10 The Call of the Wild Disney – $4.99iTunes
rank based on transactions; list includes current and highest position during the week
1 1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Disney – $4.99
2 1 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount – $19.99
3 2 Bad Boys for Life Sony – $19.99
4 1 1917 Universal – $5.99
5 2 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony – $3.99
6 3 Onward Disney – $4.99
7 7 Knives Out Lionsgate – $5.99
8 7 Contagion Warner Bros. – $3.99
9 9 Ford v...