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Jordan Peele has successfully established himself as one of the most prominent voices in blockbuster horror today. After the success of Get Out and Us, Peele can pretty much guarantee an audience for his films in the horror genre. And now a rumor is doing the rounds that his next film under Universal Studios is looking to cast Will Smith in the lead role. And it is tied to their Universal Monsters franchise.
Last year, Universal signed Peele on for a five year, first-look deal. The studio will also produce Peele's next two movies, and it is for Jordan Peele's Untitle Universal Monsters movie that the filmmaker is rumored to be keen on casting Will Smith. In the past, Peele has voiced his desire to use his films to promote black actors, and while Smith, being one of the biggest stars in the world, is hardly in need of promoting, his collaboration with Peele under Universal can help give a boost to both their careers.
Despite owning the rights to some of the most influential monsters in the horror genre, Universal has had a bit of a mixed bag in terms of success so far. Their desire to set up their own cinematic universe comprising of Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf and other famous characters crumbled in the face of a negative reception to the individual movies, whether it was The Mummy with Tom Cruise or Dracula Untold with Luke Evans.
This made the studio hit reboot on their plans. Their next offering was the low budget thriller The Invisible Man, which proved to be much more profitable. It is now being said that Universal intends to continue producing low budget horror films under the direction of auteur filmmakers, which is where Jordan Peele comes in. The actor-comedian turned director has proven that he can make provocative, hard-hitting horror that gets talks about for years without needing a giant budget to do so.
As for Smith, he has not dipped his toes in the world of pure horror films so far, but his turn in I Am Legend, the post-apocalyptic action drama with tinges of horror, has proved he can be a good fit for that kind of roles. Will Smith may not be as much a mainstay of summer blockbusters these days as he once was, but his recent outings in Aladdin and Bad Boys for Life have proved that audiences worldwide still very much enjoy watching him onscreen.
Apart from Peele, Universal is also reportedly looking to have John Krasinski, of A Quiet Place fame, make a horror film for them as well. Time will tell whether all these former Dark Universe projects under Universal will finally allow the studio to properly kickstart their own cinematic universe. For now, Krasinski is busy with preparations for the release of his latest offering, the sequel to A Quiet Place, whose release got postponed due to the global lockdown. As far as Peele is concerned, he is gearing up for the release of Candyman, the reboot of the 1992 horror classic that he helped produce. This rumor comes from Full Circle...
The Golden Raspberry Awards – which must have, at one point, been an enjoyable thing to someone, somewhere – are back, and the organization has once again chosen the most obvious and frankly boring choice for its top prize. Director Tom Hooper‘s Cats was the big “winner” of the night, taking home a total of six Razzies, including the Worst Picture of the year prize. Eddie Murphy also won a Razzie – but his win was actually a positive thing. Read on for the full list of winners below.Razzie Awards 2020 Winners
Worst Picture The Fanatic The Haunting of Sharon Tate Cats Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Rambo: Last Blood
Worst Actor James Franco, Zeroville David Harbour, Hellboy Matthew McConaughey, Serenity Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood John Travolta, The Fanatic and Trading Paint
Worst Actress Anne Hathaway, The Hustle and Serenity Hilary Duff, The Haunting of Sharon Tate Francesca Hayward, Cats Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Madea” Rebel Wilson, The Hustle
Worst Supporting Actor James Corden, Cats Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Joe” Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Uncle Heathrow” Seth Rogen, Zeroville Bruce Willis, Glass
Worst Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Dark Phoenix Cassi Davis, A Madea Family Funeral Judi Dench, Cats Fenessa Pineda, Rambo: Last Blood Rebel Wilson, Cats
Worst Director Fred Durst, The Fanatic James Franco, Zeroville Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood Neil Marshall, Hellboy Tom Hooper, Cats
Worst Screenplay Andrew Cosby, Hellboy Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Danial Farrands, The Haunting of Sharon Tate Lee Hall and Tom Hooper, Cats Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood
Worst Screen Combo
John Travolta and Any Screenplay He Accepts Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs, Cats Sylvester Stallone and His Impotent Rage, Rambo: Last Blood Tyler Perry and Tyler Perry or Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral Jason Derulo and His CGI-Neutered “Bulge”, Cats
Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel Dark Phoenix Godzilla: King of the Monsters Rambo: Last Blood A Madea Family Funeral Hellboy
Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property Rambo: Last Blood Dragged Across Concrete Hellboy The Haunting of Sharon Tate Joker
The Razzie Redeemer Award Will Smith, Aladdin Keanu Reeves, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Toy Story 4 Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
The Razzie Redeemer Award seems strangely out of character for this awards show because of how it honors positivity instead of wallowing in the cinematic muck of each year, but since Murphy didn’t earn an Oscar nomination for his work in Dolemite, I’m...
One attends a festival in hopes of finding a film that leaves you giddy with how good it is, seeking always for that thrill gained from a sense of discovery, uncovering that gem before it gets to be seen by a larger group of people. It’s almost like a drug, where you take hit after hit of cinema just waiting for one to fully give you that rush.
This is one of those movies you spend days and days just hoping to uncover.
Boys State follows a bunch of high-strung Texan teens as they head to the Capitol in Austin to engage in political machinations. For decades the American Legion has sponsored “Boys State” events ostensibly in order to improve education in civics. A kind of summer camp for political junkies, this week-long event begins with the 1200 or so kids divvied up into separate parties – the Nationalists and the Federalists – and then tasked with picking party leadership, defining a platform, passing bills and, above all, electing a governor that represents the entire group.
Superficially Boys State plays as a conventional film about a grand event, not dissimilar to reality TV that follows a few key characters out of the myriad that attend the event. Jesse Moss whose 2014 Sundance film The Overnighters is one of the greatest non-fiction films ever made and co-director Amanda McBaine pitch most of the film on the shoulders of four participants, with the result being a simply astonishingly powerful and nuanced look at the machinations of politics.
We first meet Steven wearing a Beto O’Rourke shirt and explaining his parents are not at the bus stop to drop him off as they’re at work. We learn he got into politics thanks to Bernie Sanders, and has spent time campaigning against gun violence. Then there’s Robert, a square jawed dude-bro straight out of the John Hughes playbook, looking exactly the kind of kind that would roughhouse his way down the alleys of lockers at his high school.
René is a pursed lipped, extremely eloquent thinker whose personal views are far more to the left than the majority of participants. Through political savviness he tacks towards the centrist position and manages through some extremely effective speech skills to help move others to be under his sway, even if he earns some enemies on the way.
Then there’s Ben, perhaps the most Shakespearean of the group. Despite a physical disability, he’s as manipulative as anyone in the group. It’s easy to find comparisons between Ben and the likes of Stephen Miller, and while one may not share his ideology it’s hard not to respect his skills and determination.
The four represent various facets of a multitude of positions, most of them coming across as immature and underbaked as the rowdy group of young adults test the limits of their freedom, while others display a maturity far more...