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Joe Exotic is the kind of personality that makes for an irresistible 60-second overview. The new Netflix series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” ticks off all those boxes when it introduces him as a central figure. Before delving into the particulars that earn the show that subtitle, the audience gets to see Joe's distinct bleached mullet, meet his husband, and witness him on the grounds of the private Oklahoma tiger zoo of his dreams. Petting massive wild animals with the loving scratches usually reserved for the necks of tabbies or labradoodles, Joe distinguishes himself from the outset.
Of course, Joe Exotic nee Schreibvogel is also a man who necessitates more than just a quick video snippet or morning news segment to really unpack. Fortunately, “Tiger King” fashions enough storytelling real estate to accommodate not just Joe, but “Doc” Antle, a fellow bulk tiger owner/operator of his own park, and Carole Baskin, the Florida-based subject of Joe's escalating ire. Juggling both their individual past histories and a thorny interstate battle for supremacy in the shifting Big Tiger industry, “Tiger King” documents a world where the losses are more than noticeable and the winners are few, if there are any to be found.
To the much-deserved credit of co-directors Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode, “Tiger King” largely stays out of the way of its own main attraction and wisely does the same when profiling other significant players in the world of big cats. Beginning with an opening chapter that orients each of them on a cross-country psychological chessboard, the series gathers firsthand accounts not just of their contentious relationships with Joe, but their competing philosophies over how these for-profit habitats should conduct their business. Some decry particular cub-breeding practices, others discredit various animal rights activism attempts, while all seem to harbor jealousy toward those who would seek to usurp their dominance within the realm of lion and tiger tourism.
It's past cliche at this point to describe a doc series' quality by saying that any of its central figures could sustain a project focused solely on them. But here in “Tiger King,” that's not only true, that's indicative of the kind of characters that are all caught in this web. This is far from a true crime series where participants are offering up their insights reluctantly or out of some obligation to the pursuit of justice. For the most part, the series posits that these big cat stalwarts persisted in this subculture's spotlight exactly because they yearned for it. They grew their businesses on the backs of social media crests and each made money in their own way by giving visitors...
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has finished off the first arc of its seventh season. The final chapter of the arc, “Unfinished Businesses”, yields sharper emotional beats than the penultimate chapter, following up on the rather bittersweet moment when the rescued clone trooper Echo Dee Bradley Baker, who voices every clone repeats “the good old days” with ambivalence.
While it’s hazy on how Echo feels about his re-integration into his Republic military, from the moment he reports for duty in his new distinctive armor with his signature handprint on his armor, it’s evident he has accepted he isn’t going to be the same soldier on the battlefield. He seems just as loyal as before. Due to the digital implants the Separatists forced into his body, Echo offers his abilities to help the Jedi, Rex, and the Bad Batch infiltrate an enemy Separatist ship. However, Echo and Rex have to navigate some skepticism about whether Echo’s Republic allegiance is still true. Echo is constantly dutiful to his Republic mission, although it turns out that he has changed even in ways he’s unsure of.
It’s fun to observe the battlefield professionalism between Jedi and the clones. Some overdue insight is provided to the Bad Batch and their brotherhood. Tech’s mental aptitude makes him a standout member of the Bad Batch. Crosshair enacts a neat little sniping scene where he plants reflective devices in a corridor that allow his shot to bounce through multiple droids with slick precision. Wrecker scores the most comedic gold, such as when he smashes through poor B1 droids to the point where even the clones feel bad for the droid, and Wrecker enacts his best moment—“This is the happiest day of my life”—when he finally gets to blow something up. Mace Windu Terrence “T.C.” Carson also has a comedic moment where he stalls the droid battalion by trying to bargain with them and he partakes in a genuinely tense sequence where he has to tap into the Force to defuse a bomb.
Despite the fun action, the episode’s path doesn’t feel fully formed despite the rather warm-hearted destination. The central existential crisis—Echo’s unspoken realization that he doesn’t quite fit in his old environment and Rex clocking in Echo’s alienation—is not fleshed out and feels lost in the flurry of action. While Echo’s decision to join the Bad Batch, who are both renegades and servants to the Republic, is a warm send-off that gives plenty of consideration to his state of mind, the opportunity for dimensions are mere suggestions throughout the arc, such as the insinuation that the Bad Batch are drifting their way through the war for occasional purpose and aren’t too comfortable accepting the tokens—the honors—of the Republic institution they serve.
But for writing material and characterizations that should...
Kevin Hart has found his next comedy. The Jumanji: The Next Level star is attached to star in a yet-untitled action-comedy from Broad City alums Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. The film is being developed by Universal Pictures, with Aniello and Downs set to pen the script as well as executive produce.
Variety reports that Kevin Hart is attached to star in an untitled action-comedy under Universal Pictures. The film is based on an original idea from Broad City‘s Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, while Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct. The film will reunite Hart with Lee, who directed the star in 2018’s Night School. Hart is also producing the film through his Hartbeat Productions banner, alongside Lee through Blacmaled Productions, and Will Packer and James Lopez through Will Packer Productions.
The entire project is a series of reunions for Hart, who also worked with Packer on the 2014 hit Ride Along and the Think Like a Man TV series.
Other than the people involved, there are no other details on this film, which makes it a little hard to get excited for. A Hart comedy isn’t always a success, though the films are usually commercial successes based on the star’s strong box office draw among black audiences. What’s interesting here is the involvement of Aniello and Downs, who executive produced Broad City, with Aniello directing and writing episodes of the Comedy Central hit, and Downs writing and co-starring in the series. Most projects from any Broad City alum are cause for excitement, and could inject some fresh comedy into the formula that Hart tends to fall back on.
And while Night School wasn’t a major critical success, though the 2018 film ended up being the highest-grossing domestic comedy that year, Lee still has the goodwill behind Girls Trip behind him — the 2017 film became a minor comedy phenomenon and launched Tiffany Haddish to stardom. Perhaps second time’s a charm for him and Hart’s team-up.
A new movie based on Fantastic Four is currently in the works, and Zac Efron has been imagined as the Human Torch in some awesome new fan art. Created by BossLogic in collaboration with Lineage Studios, the artwork depicts Efron as he might appear as the next big screen version of Johnny Storm. Better yet, we get multiple images of Efron in the role, showing how he'd look as the character with and without the flames covering his entire body. You can take a look at the fan art below.
Turning up the heat, brought to you by me and the #lgx team creating @ZacEfron as the human torch but going a little beyond that creating a functional suit. We got a list of dream live action characters we want to tackle, be sure to stay tuned ❤️Many more from us x @LineageNYCpic.twitter.com/y2cMRE3efz— BossLogic @Bosslogic December 19, 2019
Zac Efron began his acting career with starring roles in musicals like High School Musical and Hairspray, though he has since switched his focus to taking on more dramatic performances. Earlier this year, he starred as real-life serial killer Ted Bundy in the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which earned him great critical praise. Efron has also appeared in a variety of other movies, but the actor has yet to take on the role of a superhero. It's not terribly difficult to picture him as the Human Torch, and it seems it's a matter of time before Efron appears in a comic book adaptation in one way or another.
As for the Human Torch, live-action versions of Johnny Storm have been featured on the big screen multiple times in the past. He was initially played by Captain America star Chris Evans in the original Fantastic Four movie, which was released in 2005; Evans would later reprise the role for the 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer. Director Josh Trank later rebooted the series with the 2015 movie Fantastic Four, which replaced Evans with Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. Because of the movie's failure at the box office, no sequels were produced and the character has yet to return to theaters. And let's not forget that Jay Underwood, of The Boy Who Could Fly and Not Quite Human fame, played Johnny Storm in Roger Corman's Fantastic Four, which has only ever been released via bootleg VHS and DVDs during comic conventions.
Still, with the movie rights to Fantastic Four now back at Marvel Studios, plans have already been put into motion to develop an all new big screen version of the foursome. Marvel head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the next Fantastic Four movie is in early development, and the idea is to finally bring the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the project is still very early in its development stage, and though it's not clear exactly when we can expect to see the movie, it's likely going to be a bit of a wait with so many other MCU projects already lined up at Marvel...