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We're coming perilously close to the two-year anniversary of when the world was first supposed to see The New Mutants, the X-Men spin-off-of-sorts following a gaggle of youths with new genetically freaky powers. First there were re-shoots, then there was that pesky merger between since renamed parent company 20th Century Fox and Disney, which kept punting the release further and even raised the possibility of dumping it on Disney+. But it officially has a release date April 3 that may be too close to change. Should we be worried? Not according to one of its stars, Maisie Williams.
The Game of Thrones vet was speaking to Radio Times, and she was adamant that, even though she shot it back in 2017, that it was of high quality. “It's been a long time coming, we shot it many years ago, but I'm really proud of it finally coming out,” Williams said, adding that she saw it “a couple of weeks ago” with fellow cast members, including Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton. In fact, here's proof.
Williams claims the reason for the delay was more about bureaucratic migraines. “It was a lot to do with the merger, I think it [the film] had a really bad rep and people thought there was going to be something wrong with it,” she said. “But I honestly think it was just really badly affected by something that was out of our control.” Williams added:
“There's so many things about it that are progressive and new for a story of this kind ... We've seen so many superhero films and I think New Mutants really prides itself on being more of a thriller... we're not heroes, we're kids that are trying to figure it all out and I think that's really relatable to the young people of today.”
In other Maisie Williams news, as per The Huffington Post, you can watch a more recent performance from the actress: the ominously titled British comedy series Two Weeks to Live. The erstwhile Arya Stark plays a young woman with a shady past who's escaped from the clutches of her overbearing mother, only to fall into trouble with a murderous gangster and the police. You can watch the trailer for the show, which has yet to secure a release date, below:
Via Radio Times and HuffPo
Via Radio Times and HuffPo
Since its inception in 2015, Crypt TV has been producing original horror-themed content and looking to build a universe of monsters that are all interconnected — a Marvel universe of monsters, if you will. The streaming service was founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth and backed by Blumhouse Productions as well as Lerer Hippeau, NBC Universal & Advancit Capital — and leading the charge in all of its content is CCO Kate Krantz.Crypt TV CCO Kate Krantz Courtesy of Crypt TV
Krantz finds herself in am exec position in a space that is primarily male — something that isn’t uncommon in the industry, but in horror it seems to be very noticeable. Prior to Crypt TV, Krantz cut her teeth at WME and Disney, which she says cultivated her own aesthetic as a curator.
“I've been lucky that the women I happened to work for at each institution seeded the value-set I carry in my approach toward brand and content vision,” she told Deadline. “Disney uniquely gave me an insight into the positive power of IP and a model for scaling characters that span generations of fans. Crypt was the blank slate to express the most productive, progressive elements of that process. I was afforded the opportunity to create tangible product on fast timelines with some of the most talented, underrepresented voices.”
She continued, “We started from purely a concept to create a home for the international, scary-loving community. We've scaled that vision to the level of mass reach and influence with over 1.5 billion views of our content due to the innovation and collaboration of young, authentic storytellers.”
Crypt TV’s original content includes the Webby award-winning The Birch, The Look-See, Sunny Family Cult, among others. They have managed to build a universe that has gone beyond their streaming platform and been featured on merchandise as well as Knott's Scary Farm as well as Halloween Horror Nights. In addition, Crypt TV makes original content directly for the top Hollywood studios including Fox, WB and Netflix. In 2018, Crypt TV completed a Series A in the amount of $6.2M. That funding puts Crypt TV over $10M in funding since launching.‘The Birch’ Crypt TV
What sets Crypt TV apart from other streamers is that it is a direct connection to their audience. “There's a symbiotic relationship between creative and community in our process, we're listening when our viewers tell us where to put creative energy,” said Krantz.This is their content, this is their brand, these are ultimately their characters to grow up with.”
She admits that it is an automated system and that it will “always come down to innovative individuals at the helm taking bold creative risks but we are hyper-cognizant of audience needs.”
“It's our responsibility to honor the direct connection we've cultivated with our fans, a huge part of that audience under 24 years old,” she points out. “We haven't lost the start-up DNA we had day one, that ability to pivot quickly in an effort to prioritize audience needs is paramount as we evolve with our young viewers and make way for the generations that follow them.”
Krantz shared with Deadline her thoughts on the need to spotlight women in the genre space, how Crypt TV has evolved and what she plans to do as CCO to enhance the brand in a time when streamers are in abundance.
DEADLINE: How has Crypt TV changed since you started and for that matter, its inception?
KRANTZ: We've transitioned into deeper level storytelling around our monsters, shifting the process to ideate new IP in-house guided by data. Crypts built a genuine connection...
Actor Denny Love is happy that “Looking for Alaska” became a TV series and not a movie.
“If it was a movie, it would probably be two hours and change. It’s very hard to wrap up the book in that amount of time. This series allowed [producers] Josh [Schwartz] and Steph[anie Savage] enough time to really write fuller lives for these characters,” Love told IndieWire. “You not only get to see the story through the lens of Miles, but you really get to see the depth of Alaska, her wants and dreams and pain. I really think it’s the perfect way to do the show.”
Even set amidst the lush forest backdrop that doubles as Culver Creek High School, the setting for John Green’s novel and its new eight-episode Hulu adaptation, the characters are what really drive this series. Told primarily through the experiences of newcomer Miles Halter Charlie Plummer and growing affection for classmate Alaska Young Kristine Froseth, there are plenty of other students that help to make Culver Creek feel like a real place and not the remnants of someone’s imagination.
Love plays The Colonel, Miles’ roommate and entry point into the Culver Creek social corner where he meets Alaska. Rounding out this core group around Miles is Takumi Jay Lee, the cannily perceptive oracle of sorts who helps get Miles situated in the school’s customs and traditions. Without this pair of friends, “Looking for Alaska” could easily become a flat story of infatuation. But having The Colonel and Takumi along for the ride makes for a helpful complement to the life-changing developments that center this quartet.
“It is a coming-of-age story, but it explores the facades that we put up and we think are our identity,” Lee said. “Under really high-stakes circumstances, the people are having to come face-to-face with that facade that they’ve put up and then realize, ‘What’s it all for?’ It forces all the characters to see and appreciate each other for what they have.”
Miles’ first impressions of The Colonel and Takumi are crucial to making him feel both ingratiated into and fascinated by this new forest boarding school environment. To make a successful TV adaptation, those appearances are often the first step, too. Lee remembers starting to get a feel for Takumi in discussing wardrobe with costume designer Matthew Simonelli and assistant costume designer Lindsey Brush.
“Our first fitting together, I was putting on some pair of drop-crotch shorts and a XXL shirt, a knit cap, and a really thin gold chain. And immediately, I realized, ‘Oh, this is what we’re doing!'” Lee said. “It always amazes me how much a change in the body can also reshape the mind. The way that we carry ourselves gives direction and reshapes the lens with which we navigate our interpersonal relationships. To have that before we started shooting was really important. It gave me time to process, digest, live in that space and figure out how I was going to do everything else.”
Miles’ introduction to the world of Culver Creek is an instant contrast because the relationships between the students who are already there feel so ingrained. Part of the reason both The Colonel and Takumi stand out is that they work so well in tandem. The first time “Looking for Alaska” shows the pair of them together, they share a custom mid-conversation handshake without even breaking concentration on welcoming the newest student to their midst.
In wanting to bring the same sense of authenticity he saw in the script, Love says that opening handshake was something he adapted from his own life.
“I used to do that handshake with my family, so I was like, ‘Jay, what do you think about...
Unlike Jaime Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is still alive.
The Game of Thrones star was involved in a bizarre hoax where several Danish news outlets reported that he died. Oops! “Fake news, we hear about it all the time,” Coster-Waldau said on Instagram. “In Denmark, apparently there's a story that's been floating around various websites, and it looked like a news story, and the news was that I had died. You click on the story and then go to some place where you can buy some sh*t.” It's unclear what the “some sh*t” you could buy was, but you know what Jaime could have used more of? Common sense for not staying with Brienne. Anyway!
Coster-Waldau, who was concerned that his wife or daughters would see the fake report before he could tell them that he was “fine,” left a message for those behind the hoax: “To you who did this, I know you don't care, but f*ck you.” He also wrote in a caption:
“I have been used in ads against my will before but this is insane. To make a fake news story about my death is beyond disgusting. And although it's great that the various websites that carried the story have taken it down they still ran it because it was paid for. Surely there must be some control into what you put up before you put it up. Anyway. I am fine.”
Jaime Lannister and Kevin McCallister have something in common:
I hope that's the only thing they have in common.