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Eight movies from the X-Men cinematic universe not to be confused with the Marvel Cinematic Universe... at least not yet came out during the 2010s, but only one placed on our list of the Best Comic Book Movies of the Decade: Logan, which finished second overall after Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The James Mangold-directed film was a commercial smash, and along with Deadpool, served as evidence that people will flock to see R-rated comic book movies. But will they see R-rated Star Wars movies?
I have no idea, because there's never been one. But Scott Derrickson, the writer and director of the MCU's Doctor Strange and the sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, until he left the project due to the always mysterious “creative differences”, pitched a 17-and-older Star Wars movie that I, for one, would like to see get made.
In a tweet that's since been deleted, Derrickson wrote, “Just asked what kind of Star Wars movie I would make. I answered that I would make HOTH — an R-rated frozen planet horror film in the vein of The Thing or Lovecraft's In The Mountains of Madness, with zero connection to any previous characters or storylines.” If A New Hope can show the charred corpses of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, why not a Star Wars horror movie?
That wampa is waiting to get his revenge.
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Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae's The Lovebirds is skipping theaters and heading straight to Netflix. Paramount and the streaming platform have just reached a deal for the movie, which was set to open in theaters on April 3rd. The coronavirus pandemic has movie theaters shut down, so this is probably the best bet for the comedy as we continue to see studios experimenting with new ways to get current projects out and into the world.
Netflix has not yet announced a streaming date for The Lovebirds, but one should be forthcoming. It is believed that Netflix will be handling the foreign release too, though that has yet to be confirmed. The comedy, which is directed by Michael Showalter, stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple who 'experience a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery.' The movie was originally supposed to premiere at SXSW earlier this month, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus.
The Lovebirds will more than likely be coming out in the next few weeks as more and more people sit at home. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are taking the pandemic and self-isolation very seriously and they want others to do the same. The couple announced a limited-series weekly podcast, titled Staying In with Emily and Kumail. All proceeds from their new podcast will be donated to charities involved with the coronavirus crisis, including the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Feeding America, and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. Nanjiani has been very vocal about staying indoors during this time on social media. The couple had this to say about the podcast.'Do not expect to hear updates on the virus - there are actual journalists for that. Do expect to hear talk about the emotional wear and tear of the unprecedented times we're in, and about how many ways you can eat frozen waffles.'
Some of Kumail Nanjiani's followers have not been into the actor's stance on the coronavirus and social distancing, but he doesn't seem to care as he invites people to unfollow him. This is the complete opposite of Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly, who is refusing to self-isolate at this time. The actress is trying to live a normal life with her family and believes that the pandemic isn't as bad as the flu. She has seen quite the blowback on social media, but remains to stand behind her initial statements.
It's getting tough for everybody right now, and Kumail Nanjiani knows this. Hopefully his podcast and a home release of The Lovebirds will help to get people entertained while sitting at home and looking for things to watch and listen to. Hopefully Netflix will announce a release date for the comedy in the next few days. Deadline was the first to report on The Lovebirds moving to Netflix.
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...