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Fantasy Island, the late ’70s/early ’80s TV series that made the catchphrase “The plane! The plane!” wildly popular, heads to the big screen thanks to the fright masters at Blumhouse. As is their want, Blumhouse has warped the show into a horror movie – a move that’s not entirely unprecedented. The original show had plenty of supernatural elements – there was even an episode featuring the Devil. And the old adage of “be careful what you wish for” has been exploited time and time again for scary purposes, from W. W. Jacobs’s classic short story “The Monkey’s Paw” to the Wishmaster and Leprachaun film franchises.
But a bargain-basement Wishmaster sequel is high-art when compared to what director Jeff Wadlow and company have cooked-up here.
After winning a contest, several strangers end up on the fantabulous Fantasy Island, a photo-ready locale with beautiful beaches and big-ass bungalows, all run by the mysterious Mr. Roarke, played by a subdued, possibly sedated Michael Peña – the charming, typically wonderful actor seems just as bored to be in this movie as we are watching it. Roarke promises his guests that all of their fantasies will come true, no matter how impossible they seem. Hard-drinking Melanie Lucy Hale wants revenge against a girl who bullied her in high school. Patrick Austin Stowell wants to be a soldier. Gwen Maggie Q wants a second chance with her ex, whom she’s still in love with. And brothers and painfully unfunny comic relief characters JD Ryan Hansen and Brax Jimmy O. Yang want to…uh…party a lot, I guess? It’s unclear, but their fantasy ends up involving sex and weed, and scenes where they talk endlessly about sex and weed.
Roarke, and the island, grant all of these wishes, but of course, they come at a terrible price cue the ominous music. Melanie’s revenge involves Hostel-like torture. Patrick’s war fantasy turns into something both dangerous and painfully personal. Gwen’s wish actually turns out pretty well, all things considered, but she’s still unhappy. And JD and Brax end up being threatened by drug dealers wearing Dark Knight-style clown masks. Why are these characters wearing masks? No reason, other than someone, somewhere, said, “Hey, that might look cool.” It doesn’t.
All things considered, this isn’t a terrible set-up for a scary movie, but Fantasy Island is so nonchalant, so lifeless, and so lethargic that nothing here lands. The comedy isn’t funny, the horror isn’t scary, and the twists aren’t the least bit surprising. It doesn’t help that Wadlow’s direction is painfully casual, bordering on incompetent. At one point, the director frames a shot with an extremely out-of-focus blade in the...
EXCLUSIVE: Grace and Frankie may have suspended production on its seventh and final season because of the coronavirus crisis, but the Emmy nominated Netflix comedy is back this week with a special live treat for fans and a spotlight on seniors in need during these troubled times.
The Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-led series will be having an online table read this Thursday to help Meals On Wheels COVID-19 relief program, I've learned – though you can make donations right now via the link here.
While other shows have taken a similar digital approach in recent weeks, the long running Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris showrun series is adding some originality. The April 9 presentation will feature an episode from the yet unaired seventh season, as well as a live Q&A afterwards moderated by Kauffman.
Along with Oscar winner Fonda and Oscar nominee Tomlin, fellow G&F cast members Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry will be participating in the reading of the Kauffman and Morris-penned “The Fallout” episode on Thursday.
Starting at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, the whole shindig can be seen live and direct on the Netflix is a Joke YouTube page LINK HERE on April 9.
“While we’re sitting here afraid, unsure and isolated, we wanted to come together and do some good,” Kauffman told me of the decision to take the show online in a new form and with a peek into the future.”
“All we’ve got is time on our hands and technology at our fingertips,” the Friends co-creator added as production on Season 7 was temporarily suspended late on March 12 as restrictions on large gatherings tighten in the City of Angels. “So we decided to use both of those assets to raise money for Meals on Wheels, which brings food to food-insecure and isolated seniors. They are among our most vulnerable right now and need our help.”
“Our cast is all in and super excited,” Okay Goodnight founder Kauffman also says of her superstar packed team. “And Netflix and Skydance have been particularly supportive. As far as giving the fans a peek into Season 7, we figured more people would tune in to new content and it would, hopefully, be a draw for fans of Grace and Frankie. The hope is: more eyes, more money raised for Meals on Wheels.”
Produced by Skydance Television, which launched in 2013, Grace And Frankie was one of the first original series for Netflix. Though in a pause period right now, like everyone else in Tinseltown the seventh and final season is still set to premiere next year, which will make the series the longest running comedy in the streamer's history.
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The Coronavirus outbreak is disrupting entertainment events in Hollywood and around the world, from the theatrical releases of major studio tentpoles to the launch of film festivals and TV conferences. IndieWire will continue to update this page with the latest breaking news regarding production delays, festival cancellations, release date changes, and more entertainment disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The most recent updates will be posted at the top of the running list below.April 7
–The Annecy Animation Film Festival has been cancelled. The world’s leading animation film festival was scheduled to celebrate its 60th anniversary in Annecy, France on June 15-20. In a prepared statement festival organizers said, “During the last weeks, driven by our passion and enthusiasm, we were hoping to be able to offer the exceptional anniversary that was in preparation despite the constraints of confinement. But our reason and international situation are forcing us to act with lucidity and responsibility.” The festival will screen a portion of their offerings in an online event set to be unveiled on April 15.April 6
–“Archer” Season 11 has been delayed to sometime later in the year. The FXX animated comedy was originally scheduled to premiere on May 6.
–The Munich Film Festival has been canceled. It was supposed to happen June 25 through July 4.April 3
–Disney has made major calendar changes, with new release dates for “Mulan,” “Black Widow,” and “Eternals.” The Mouse House also shifted “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Seven Rings,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.” “Artemis Fowl” will skip theatrical and go directly to streaming via Disney+.
–Searchlight has moved the premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” from July 24 to October 16, putting the film in the heart of the Oscar race.
–Universal/MGM has moved the “Candyman” sequel from June 12 to September 25. The new film is directed/co-written by Nia DaCosta and produced/co-written by Jordan Peele, expanding on the 1992 original.
–The Montréal Just for Laughs Festival will be postponed to September 29 through October 11, 2020. The event was originally slated for late July. Further details on the Festival will be announced in the coming months.
–HBO has moved the premiere of its new limited series “The Third Day” to this fall. The show, starring Jude Law and Naomi Harris, was originally scheduled to debut on May 11.
-The 2020 Cannes Lions festival is canceled. The June festival was originally...