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Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan and In the Heights‘ Anthony Ramos are uniting for a sci-fi comedy from the fine folks at Amblin. The flick features a script from Spenser Cohen and follows an asteroid miner and a woman trapped in an escape pod. I, for one, am sick and tired of all these Hollywood movies about asteroid miners – there’s one every week! But maybe this one will be a cut above the rest.
Deadline has the scoop on Distant, a new sci-fi comedy from Amblin starring Rachel Brosnahan and Anthony Ramos. Here’s the synopsis:
Distant tells the story of an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must contend with the challenges of his new surroundings, while making his way across the harsh terrain to the only other survivor – a woman who is trapped in her escape pod.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Midnight Special, Fred Berger La La Land, and Anna Halberg Extinction are producing, and Will Speck and Josh Gordon will direct. The project was first announced with Ramos starring late last year, and now Brosnahan has come aboard. The film is the result of a spec script that Amblin put on the fast track, which means they’re pretty excited about this.
It would be nice to have an entertaining new sci-fi comedy. When’s the last great one you can remember – not counting stuff in the MCU, like the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, or Thor: Ragnarok? Attack the Block, perhaps? That was in 2011. The World’s End? That’s a 2013 film. In other words, it’s been a while, so maybe Distant will get things back on track.
Ramos and Brosnahan are both well-liked performers, with Brosnahan’s work on Maisel earning her acclaim and awards, and Ramos’s role on Broadway in Hamilton launching him into stardom, with the actor set to lead this year’s In the Heights.
There’s no release date set yet for Distant, so keep an eye out.
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as Rachel Brosnahan enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Mrs. Maisel. Plus, check out over three dozen Easter eggs and comic references in the most recent Black Widow special look, and watch as Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern looks back at some of her biggest freak out scenes from her film and television career.
First up, all of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are intricately connected, but now that we’re moving into new territory, it’s time to expand that universe even further. The Late Late Show with James Corden has the perfect way to make Marvel refreshing, and that’s by turning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel into Marvel’s Mrs. Maisel.
Next up, a new special look at Black Widow debuted this week, and ScreenCrush has taken a much closer look at all the new footage on display to find Easter eggs, comic references, and some little details you might have missed. For example, there’s a new establishing shot of Budapest, and there happens to be a sniper situated on top of one of the roof tops that you probably missed.
Finally, Laura Dern, fresh off an Oscar nomination for Marriage Story, takes a look back at her best freak out scenes on screen. The scenes covered include big screen moments from Blue Velvet and Jurassic Park, as well as small screen scenes from Enlightened and Big Little Lies.
Even though Tony Stark is no longer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future so far as we know, there are some Iron Man surprises in store, including a new set of armor. This was, somewhat surprisingly, revealed by Disney and Marvel Studios months ago and nobody noticed. Yet, no doubt in part thanks to everyone being cooped up at home right now combing through unwatched material on streaming services, the armor has had a spotlight shed upon it, raising questions about how it will be used.
The armor was revealed in the Disney+ special Expanding The Universe. The documentary takes a look at the future of Marvel Studios, including some of the live-action shows like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The special also touches on the animated series What If? which will look at alternate universe scenarios for popular characters within the MCU. It seems, based on what we see in the preview, that this new Iron Man armor will appear in the show, which opens up a whole host of possibilities, including having Robert Downey Jr., or at least his voice, back in the MCU for a brief moment.
At one point in the documentary, some art for What If? is being showcased. We see a young Howard Stark, drawn very much to look like Dominic Cooper, who played Tony Stark's dad in Captain America: The First Avenger. We also briefly see some brand new Iron Man armor that looks far too advanced to have been cooked up during Howard's day, which rules out a few scenarios. One episode of What If? will center on Peggy Carter taking the supersoldier serum, turning her into Captain Britain. It seems we're going to see Steve Rogers in an early version of the Iron Man suit in that episode, but this version seems far more modern than what would have been available in the 1940s.
Interestingly, at one point, thanks to Jeff Goldblum, who is returning to reprise his role as Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok for the animated show, it was reported that Robert Downey Jr. would be voicing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the show. This was a big deal, given the character's fate at the end of Avengers: Endgame. That claim was later refuted, but perhaps there is some truth to it after all?
At this point, we have more questions than answers. What we know for sure is that What If? is aiming for a summer 2021 debut. Beyond that, there is also going to be another new version of the Iron Man armor debuting at Disney's Avengers Campus, which is expected to open at California Adventure this summer. The armor has been dubbed the Mark 80. Be sure to check out the armor in question for yourself, courtesy of some Twitter posts. Expanding The Universe is available to stream now on official Disney Plus streaming App.
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Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Movie: Roman Holiday
Where You Can Stream It: Crackle, Tubi
The Pitch: The 1953 romantic-comedy, directed by William Wyler, stars Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning role as a princess touring Europe, who finally has had enough of her suffocating lifestyle and runs away in the middle of the night while in Rome. She’s discovered, passed out in the streets, by a frustrated American journalist Gregory Peck who sees the opportunity for the biggest scoop of his career when he realizes who she is. But after they spend the day roaming around the Italian city, the blossoming romance between them throws a wrench in his scheme.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: It’s Audrey Hepburn, in her star-making role, frolicking around Rome with Gregory Peck, AKA Atticus Finch! What more could you ask for? And with all of us stuck inside and unlikely to take that trip to Italy that we’ve all been longing to make, this Roman Holiday is the next best option. But my favorite part of Roman Holiday is that though it’s billed as a frothy romantic comedy set to the sunny backdrop of a gorgeous European city, there’s an undercurrent of melancholy that cuts right through it.
You know those movies that are like a warm blanket for you, that you can pop in on a rainy day and fall asleep to while under the covers? That’s what Roman Holiday is for me. This is a very personal choice that I always fall back on when I’m sick or feeling under the weather, because of how transporting it is and how delightful Hepburn is to watch in this movie. This is going to sound very basic, but as a teen, I had a boxed set of Audrey Hepburn movies that I dearly treasured, containing Breakfast at Tiffany’s which I gave the cursory watch to appreciate the iconography before deciding it was not for me, Sabrina which always surprises me with how likable it is, despite the icky age gap between Humprey Bogart and Hepburn, and Roman Holiday, which quickly became one of my favorite films.
While I’m not sick now, I found myself returning to Roman Holiday to temporarily ease the pit in my stomach that seems to have become permanently lodged there for the past three weeks. Now Roman Holiday isn’t just a warm blanket for me, it’s an escape.
Now more than ever, Roman Holiday feels like wish fulfillment for all of us under quarantine. After her initial shock of being alone with a strange man, Hepburn’s Princess Ann — going by the alias “Anya” — becomes emboldened to make the most of her temporary freedom and seize the day. She gets her hair cut. She buys a trendy outfit. She drives a motorcycle....