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Across The Universe director wants a sequel that focuses on the 70s



ACROSS THE UNIVERSE director Julie Taymor has plans for a potential sequel to The Beatles inspired musical and she wants to take the film into a new decade with further music from the music legends.

Taymor shared her vision for a sequel with the “ReelBlend podcast” and during her appearance, Taymor says she would love to dive into the “edgy, weird times in the 70s, especially due to the similarities between the 70s and events in present-day:

“That’s so great to hear because I’m trying to convince people to make –I don’t want to call it Across The Universe 2 – but the next one. I just got off the phone about that actually. My God, there were 200 Beatles songs. So I only used 33. Plus I’d love to take, Jim Sturgess called me up and he wants to do it and Evan [Rachel Wood]’s game. I’m sure I can get the other people…I’d like to push it into the ‘70s. Really edgy, weird times in the ‘70s that are going to be very similar to what’s going to be happening in our country now, right? I dunno, you gotta find me some very daring people that are ready to do a new musical. That are very, you know, next generation… Everyone I talk to loves Across the Universe. We gotta do the next one.”

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE was released to mixed reviews from critics with a rotten score of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes but the film garnered a bit of a cult following and was more warmly received by moviegoers. The film’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes comes in at 82% so it’s clear that audiences saw something in the film that critics did not.  The 2007 film also went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and a nomination for Best Costume Desing at the Academy Awards. I personally think there is an audience that would want to see a sequel and given that The Beatles have such an extensive catalog, there are definitely more songs to form a story around.

In the film, the music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. The film stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, T.V. Carpio and features cameos from Bono, Eddie Izzard, Joe Cocker, and Salma Hayek, among others.

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HBO Max Unveils October Movies and Shows

Get ready for spooky season with HBO Max. The streamer launched “Halloween is Here,” a spotlight page bringing together all your favorite spooky, scary, chilling and thrilling Halloween films and series for easy streaming. The “Halloween is Here” page will be available on HBO Max for the entire month of October, featuring a rotating roster of movies, series and Halloween-themed TV episodes, hand-picked by HBO Max’s dedicated editorial team and grouped in themes like Terrifying TV, Scares for All Ages, Foreign Frights and Creepy Cult Classics. HBO Max will boast over 140 curated movies and episodes, coming to over 300 hours of Halloween related programming on any given day to keep you entertained all month long.

Hit horror movies you won’t want to stream alone like The Invisible Man, Us, It: Chapter 2, and Doctor Sleep, creepy cult classics Night of the Living Dead, Eraserhead and Scanners, and psychological thrillers like The Haunting, Glass, and Dolores Claiborne will be available to stream alongside TV series such as Lovecraft Country, True Blood, The Outsider, and Raised by Wolves, and scares for all ages such as Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, Gremlins 2, Spooky Buddies, and Adventure Time.

RELATED: HBO Max New Releases: Movies and TV Shows in October 2020

In addition, HBO Max is pulling together a collection of Halloween-themed episodes from fan-favorite series like Friends, Euphoria, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, and more.

You can also find costume inspiration on the Halloween-themed page from hits like The Matrix trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and HBO Max’s extensive DC library like Batman, and Wonder Woman movies and iconic series like Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Watchmen, Rick and Morty, Harley Quinn, and more.

  • Hit Horror Movies:
  • Annabelle Comes Home, 2019 (HBO)
  • Black Christmas, 2019 (HBO) – Available Starting October 31
  • The Blob, 1958
  • The Brood, 1979
  • Child’s Play 2, 1990 (HBO)
  • Child’s Play 3, 1991 (HBO)
  • The Curse of La Llorona, 2019 (HBO)
  • Devil, 2010 (HBO)
  • Doctor Sleep, 2020 (HBO)
  • Final Destination 5, 2011 (HBO)
  • The Invisible Man, 2020 (HBO)
  • It, 2017 (HBO) – Available Starting October 27
  • It: Chapter 2, 2019 (HBO)
  • Jaws, 1975 (HBO)
  • Jaws 2, 1978 (HBO)
  • Jaws 3, 1983 (HBO)
  • Jaws the Revenge, 1987 (HBO)
  • Jeepers Creepers, 2001 (HBO)
  • Jeepers Creepers 2, 2003 (HBO)
  • Leprechaun, 1993 (HBO)
  • Leprechaun 2, 1994 (HBO)
  • Leprechaun 3, 1995 (HBO)
  • Leprechaun 4: In Space, 1997 (HBO)
  • Leprechaun: Origins, 2014 (HBO)
  • Night of the Living Dead, 1968
  • Piranha, 1978 (HBO)
  • Prometheus, 2012 (HBO)
  • Ready or Not, 2019 (HBO)
  • Red Riding Hood, 2011
  • The Thing, 2011 (HBO)
  • Us, 2019 (HBO)
  • Terrifying TV:
  • The Alienist
  • Bedlam
  • Inside No. 9
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Los Espookys (HBO)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • The Outsider (HBO)
  • Raised by Wolves
  • The Third Day (HBO)
  • True Blood (HBO)
  • True Detective (HBO)
  • The Fades
  • Spawn (HBO)
  • HBO Max Halloween Episodes
  • Friends – “The One with the Halloween Party”
  • Big Bang Theory – “The Good Guy Fluctuation”
  • South Park – “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery”
  • Pretty Little Liars – “The First Secret”
  • Young Sheldon – “Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan”
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – “Hex and the Single Guy”
  • Euphoria — “The Next Episode”
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Trick or Treat”
  • Creepy Cult Classics
  • Alien, 1979 (HBO)
  • Aliens, 1986 (HBO)
  • Alien 3, 1992 (HBO)
  • Alien Resurrection, 1997 (HBO)
  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator, 2004 (HBO)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, 2007 (HBO)
  • An American Werewolf in London, 1982 (HBO)
  • The Brood, 1979
  • Carnival of Souls, 1962
  • The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957
  • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, 1969
  • Eraserhead, 1977
  • Eyes Without a Face, 1962
  • Equinox, 1970
  • The Frighteners, 1996 (HBO)
  • Horror of Dracula, 1958
  • House, 1977
  • Kwaidan, 1965
  • The Mummy, 1959
  • Puppetmaster, 1985 (HBO)
  • Scanners, 1981 (HBO)
  • The X From Outer Space, 1967
  • Foreign Frights:
  • Coyote Lake, 2019 (HBO)
  • Lullaby, 2019 (HBO)
  • El Pacto (AKA The Pact), 2020 (HBO)
  • Fantasmagorias (HBO)
  • Folklore (HBO)
  • Grace (HBO)
  • Halfworlds (HBO)
  • Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, 1929
  • House, 1977
  • Kwaidan, 1965
  • Perseguida (Persecuted), 2019 (HBO)
  • Shadows, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, 1933
  • Vampyr, 1932
  • Psychological Thrillers
  • The Butterfly Effect, 2004
  • Cronos, 1993
  • Deerskin, 2020 (HBO)
  • Diabolique, 1955
  • Dreamcatcher, 2003
  • Dolores Claiborne, 1995
  • Glass, 2019 (HBO)
  • Gothika, 2003
  • The Haunting, 1999
  • Incarnate, 2016 (HBO)
  • Insomnia, 2002
  • The Invisible Man, 2020 (HBO)
  • Lights Out, 2016 (HBO)
  • Open Water, 2004 (HBO)
  • Open Water 2: Adrift, 2007 (HBO)
  • Se7en, 1995
  • Sisters, 1972
  • Unbreakable, 2000 (HBO)
  • Scares for All Ages:
  • Adventure Time
  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands
  • Craftopia – Halloween Episodes Available Starting October 22
  • Ghosts (S1)
  • Ghosts (S2) – Available Starting October 27
  • Beautiful Creatures, 2013
  • Godzilla: King of Monsters, 2019 (HBO)
  • Gremlins 2, 1990
  • Little Shop of Horrors, 1986 (HBO)
  • Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Scooby Doo Show
  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, 1969
  • Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, 2012
  • Scooby-Doo, 2002
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, 2004
  • Scoob!, 2020
  • Spooky Buddies, 2011 (HBO)
  • Teen Witch, 1989 (HBO)
  • Where the Wild Things Are, 2009
  • Victor and Valentino
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Schitt’s Creek Season 6 Arrives on Netflix Earlier Than Expected


Surprise! Schitt’s Creek co-creator and recent Emmy winner Dan Levy announced the feel-good Canadian comedy’s sixth and final season has arrived early on Netflix. If you’re a human being currently experiencing the same 2020 that I am, then you’ll likely be just as grateful for this very good surprise at the end of an otherwise very bad week.


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Up until yesterday — that’s Friday, October 2 for those folks with memories that automatically reset at midnight — Netflix subscribers in the U.S. and Canada thought they would have to wait until October 7 to dig into the final season of Schitt’s Creek. And then came Saturday morning when lo, Levy hopped on Twitter to share the good news: Season 6 had arrived early. Even better, the documentary Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell, which tracks the final day of production on the show as well as the phenomenon around it, had also arrived earlier than planned. Levy announced the good news with a Moira Rose GIF, as is legally required when sharing Schitt’s-related news on Twitter. He also shared this brief statement: “Surprise! Season 6 & the Best Wishes, Warmest Regards documentary just dropped early on @netflix [and] @Netflix_CA! Have a great weekend!”

I’m not crying! You’re crying!

As sad as it will be to dig into a fresh batch of Schitt’s Creek episodes for the last time, fans of the show will be able to re-binge it in its entirety now that it lives on Netflix. The Canadian comedy recently made a (seriously) big sweep at the 2020 Emmys, with cast members Dan Levy, Eugene LevyCatherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy taking home top prizes in the comedy acting categories. Schitt’s Creek also scooped up the Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series, and a handful of technical awards.

Schitt’s Creek Season 6 and the Schitt’s Creek documentary Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell are now available to stream on Netflix. Check out Dan Levy’s very lovely surprise announcement below. For more, check out our round-up of the best comedy shows on Netflix and find out what other movies and TV are coming to Netflix in October.

Allie Gemmill is the Weekend Contributing Editor for Collider. You can follow them on Twitter @_matineeidle.

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Head of Talent and Casting for Sony Television Dawn Steinberg breaks down the award-worthy performances of “Outlander” stars Caitriona Balfe, Tobias …


Happy Death Day 3 May Finally Happen as a Premium Streaming Release

Even though it once seemed like a borderline impossibility, Happy Death Day 3 now has new life. Producer Jason Blum has revealed that he has every intention to make the planned third movie in the time-bending slasher trilogy. What’s more, the recent trend of premium VOD releases may be the thing that gets it done.

Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum is currently promoting the release of Welcome to the Blumhouse, a series of four movies produced by the studio that are heading to Amazon Prime Video this Halloween season. During a recent interview, Blum was asked about the status of Happy Death Day 3. He explained that director Christopher Landon still wants to do it and that they may give it a go following the release of his new movie Freaky. Here’s what Blum had to say about it.

RELATED: Happy Death Day 3 Gets a Working Title, New Details Revealed

“It’s a trilogy. I’ve got to make the third one. Maybe after Freaky we’ll figure it out. Both of us really want to do it. So hopefully we’ll figure it out.”

Happy Death Day 2U unfortunately didn’t perform as well as the first movie. As such, it seemed like a continuation of the franchise was out of the question. However, in recent months, with theaters being shut down for much of the year, PVOD has taken hold. Essentially, studios release new or recent movies to rent from home for a premium price, usually around $20. Jason Blum feels this model would suit Happy Death Day 3.

“That’s a perfect [premium video-on-demand] movie. Universal has this agreement, 17 days in the theater. The same as Freaky, 17 days in a theater and then [it] goes to PVOD. We should make Happy Death Day 3 for that system. I mean, if that movie isn’t right for it, I don’t know what is. So that’s what it would be.”

Blumhouse has already had several titles, such as The Invisible Man and You Should Have Left capitalize on the PVOD model. In this case, it seems there would be some combination of a traditional theatrical release and online rentals. Bill & Ted Face the Music recently made quite a bit of money that way. Speaking further, Jason Blum said he anticipates more Blumhouse releases to follow this model in the future.

“I think most of my movies going forward will work very well in that system–will work very well with a shortened theatrical window, then going straight to premium VOD. I think that that system will be very good for Blumhouse.”

Christopher Landon recently revealed that the third movie would be titled Happy Death Day to Us. He also explained that it wouldn’t be taking place on the same day like the previous two movies. So Jessica Rothe’s Tree might get a bit of a break from dying over and over again. A post-credits scene in the sequel made it seem Danielle would be the one reliving the same day next time around. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. This news comes to us via GameSpot.

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‘I’m In Love With The Dancer From My Bat Mitzvah’, New ‘Witcher’ Season 2 Casting, Liv Tyler Leaves ‘9-1-1’, and More – /Film

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • The CW is developing a romantic mystery from executive producer Rachel Bloom.
  • Sling TV is getting in on that watch party action.
  • Liv Tyler has left 9-1-1: Lone Star.
  • Sex Education season 3 adds Jason Isaacs, Jemima Kirke, and Dua Saleh.
  • The premiere of Superstore season 6 has been (slightly) delayed.
  • The Witcher recasts a new character ahead of season 2.
  • Watch a trailer for new episodes of Quibi’s 50 States of Fright.

According to Deadline, the CW is developing a “romantic mystery comedy drama” called I’m In Love With The Dancer From My Bat Mitzvah. The series comes from creator Ilana Wolpert, who was an assistant on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the show will be executive produced by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Rachel Bloom and PEN15 executive producer Debbie Liebling. The series “follows a young woman on the cusp of college graduation, who, after being romantically rejected by her best friend, becomes obsessed with a dancer from her bat mitzvah, leading her and her friends down a dangerous rabbit hole of criminal conspiracy. Inspired by real events, it calls into question the stories we tell ourselves and the lengths we’ll go to delay dealing with reality.” Honestly, this all sounds pretty delightful.

sling tv watch party

These days more and more streaming platforms are making “watch parties” available, where people can watch movies or TV shows together without leaving their houses (since we’re all still dealing with a deadly virus). Now, Sling TV is following suit. Gizmodo says Sling TV launched their own version of a watch party as a beta feature today, adding that “anyone—including free accounts—can join a co-watching party right now.” The watch party feature is available through Google Chrome and “supports both live audio and video features during group watch sessions with up to four people.” And while it’s available for free for now, only paid subscribers can use it after this month. So you might want to act fast.

Liv Tyler‘s days on 9-1-1: Lone Star are at an end, at least for now. Deadline says the actress won’t return for the second season “due to circumstances related to family and travel during the pandemic.” Tyler’s character won’t be recast, just in case she wants to return someday. “What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star,” Tim Minear, the series’ co-creator, told Deadline. “We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake.”

Sex Education season 3 is adding some new cast members: Jemina Kirke, Dua Saleh, and Jason Isaacs are all now on the Netflix series about “Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean.” Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson star. Kirke and Isaacs will be guest stars in season 3, while Saleh is recurring. Season 3 will premiere sometime in 2021.


Superstore Season 5 Finale

You’re going to have to wait a long, long time to see the Superstore season 6 premiere. And by that, I mean only an extra week. NBC announced that the new season, which was supposed to premiere on October 22, will now arrive on October 29. This will be the final season for star America Ferrera, who will exit the show on the 100th episode airing November 5.

The Witcher

According to Deadline, The Witcher season 2 has recast the new character Witcher Eskel. Thue Ersted Rasmussen had been cast in the role, and had even filmed scenes, before production had to shut down due to the coronavirus. Now that things are gearing back up, Rasmussen’s schedule has required the show to find a new actor, and they have – Basil Eidenbenz. Rasmussen posted the following about his departure:


Quibi is still around – and so is 50 States of Fright, their horror series that focuses on spooky stories from various states. New episodes are available now, and you can check out a trailer for them below. The episodes are:

Iowa: Almost There – With the ghost of her dead mother terrorizing her, an engineer must fix a turbine in the middle of Iowa while a storm rages. 

Written by: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Katie Stuart

Washington: 13 Steps to Hell – When a sister descends a strange underground stairwell adjacent to an overgrown Washington cemetery to retrieve her little brother’s lost toy, she finds more than she bargained for at the bottom of the steps.

Written by: Sarah Conradt

Directed by: Lee Cronin

Starring: Rory Culkin, Lulu Wilson

Colorado: Red Rum – When a bunch of “influencers” descend on Colorado’s most haunted hotel, they find themselves the victims of a bunch of spirits who just want to be left alone.

Written by: Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei

Directed by: Daniel Goldhaber

Starring: Christina Ricci, Jacob Batalon, Victoria Justice, Colin Ford

Missouri: Dogwood – Azalea – When a young girl moves to a new town in rural Missouri with her family, she makes a new friend of a very old and angry soul.

Written by: Cate Devaney

Directed by: Cate Devaney

Starring: Erica Tremblay, Elizabeth Reaser, Warren Christie

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Subversive, Offbeat & Quietly Thrilling




Jim Cummings as John Marshall

Riki Lindhome as Officer Julia Robson

Robert Forster as Sherriff Hadley

Chloe East as Jenna Marshall

Jimmy Tatro as PJ Palfrey

Marshall Allman as Jeremy

Neville Archambault as Gerry

Annie Hamilton as Brianne

Kelsey Edwards as Liz Fairchild

Written and Directed by Jim Cummings

The Wolf of Snow Hollow Review:

The werewolf genre has been all but dead for the past decade, with the iconic horror creature generally subjected to being a side character or to more gimmicky films than a straightforward piece, but with The Wolf of Snow Hollow, writer/director/star Jim Cummings has delivered a truly original and compelling new take on the classic monster that is sure to delight genre enthusiasts and general audiences alike.

The Wolf of Snow Hollow follows a small-town sheriff, struggling with a failed marriage, a rebellious daughter, and a lackluster department, is tasked with solving a series of brutal murders that are occurring on the full moon. As he’s consumed by the hunt for the killer, he struggles to remind himself that there’s no such thing as werewolves.

Very rarely has the werewolf subgenre elected to take a whodunnit approach to revealing just who is the person being transformed into the hairy beast and in doing so, Cummings has found a clever way to properly focus the story more on his quirky and offbeat characters and their relationships with one another rather than generic monster action and it works brilliantly. As much fun as it is to speculate and take guesses as to who might be the one terrorizing the small town, with occasional glimpses even being given as to a potential suspect, the majority of the film’s entertainment comes from seeing the writer/director’s own character John Marshall struggle with everything from a town and department lacking respect for the law to his ailing father, also the chief of police, and his defiant daughter.

Though the writing does make it hard to connect to him or sympathize with him in moments as he lashes out at all of those around him, with some of his actions coming across as more mean-spirited than humorous, it does also give viewers a chance to understand the meaning behind the anger. He’s not just another hot-headed jerk solely for the sake of being mean, he has a lot on his mind, including a bothersome ex-wife and a fight with alcoholism, which make it a bit easier to forgive him in moments, even as he spews venom to those around him.

While the writing for the characters is already inherently intriguing, they’re all further bolstered by wonderful performances from its cast, most notably Cummings, Riki Lindhome and Robert Forster in his last feature role. Through tragic timing, Forster’s final role has him cast as a man struggling to accept his ailing health and he plays it with a feeling of authenticity, from powerful reflections on his career and its comparison to the case to struggling to traverse the snowy terrain at crime scenes.

Lindhome, better known for her work in the world of comedy than anything else, has made occasional appearances in the field of horror before with The Last House on the Left and Pulse remakes and she really shines as Julia, John’s biggest source of support in the department. Normally when offered a character such as Julia, be it a small town setting or big city, it develops into a romantic relationship with the male lead and yet the film offers a more interesting path by allowing her to be simply an independent woman wanting to help a friend and she brings a real warmth to the role that makes her a delight to watch.

When we’re not following characters that feel very reminiscent of those penned by Rian Johnson or Wes Anderson, the audience is being treated to a compelling and frequently haunting murder mystery that follows in the footsteps of the early masterworks of David Fincher with just a hint of the beautifully dark world of NBC’s Hannibal. Cummings and cinematographer Natalie Kingston’s artistic eyes proved to be a match made in heaven as they bring a real voyeuristic feel to a handful of scenes and keep the viewer on the edge of their seat and guessing while others create a more intimate feel as we’re treated to some key character moments and performances, all of which add up to a beautiful film from start to finish.

Occasional unsavory character moments aside, Jim Cummings has crafted a darkly hilarious, uniquely offbeat and wonderfully engrossing monster whodunnit with The Wolf of Snow Hollow that opens the door for fresh new takes on classic monster horror creatures.

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Vampires vs. the Bronx (Film Review)

Vampires vs. the Bronx (Film Review)

Story: Facing the gentrification of the Bronx, Miguel and his friends investigate the true nature of the newcomers in their neighborhood, only to discover they’re blood-sucking vampires hellbent on exterminating everyone in town. 

Review: How do you like your takes on class warfare in modern America? If via a lively Bronx-centered tale with a heavy dose vampire-hunting intrigue and terror featuring plenty of references to Wesley Snipes’ BLADE and other vampire stories – but mostly BLADE – then VAMPIRES VS. THE BRONX could be your flick. Of course, with this package also comes the STRANGER THINGS-type angle that is becoming a bit too commonplace in movies and television, but hey, when done with vampire fangs and a biting sense of humor, it makes up for a lot of the familiar teen hijinks.

Now, with the Netflix label attached to the film, it’s hard to ignore that second factor when you consider how fast they must have jumped at the chance to acquire it given it’s resemblance to their hit show. But then there are also movies like IT and SUMMER OF 84 reminding us all how fun it is to watch teenagers being chased by killers and monsters, meaning we should be ready for more and more filmmakers putting their stamp on the genre. That’s becoming harder and harder to do, given how much time needs to be spent on watching teenagers run around town getting into mischief and trying to convince adults that there is something spooky going on. But at least here, director Osmany “Oz” Rodriguez’s (also co-writing with Blaise Hemingway) take does have a unique, admirable dose of cultural relevancy, tackling the gentrification of the Bronx by featuring his young heroes trying to expose how some bougie white incomers are trying to destroy the very foundation of their neighborhood – in this case, the bougie white incomers being, in fact, immortal, blood-sucking garlic haters.

With the angle, it’s hard to not have fun with V.v.B. From the first scene featuring a vampire lurking out of the shadows, draping its long, white talon-like fingers across the shoulder of a nail salon owner before going in for the kill – all with a big-haired Shea Whigham grinning on the sidelines – Rodriguez hits the nail on the head when it comes to the sheer fun and spookiness of his flick. He has a clear love for vampire movies and tales – early on throwing out nods to Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” and to F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (didn’t notice any for the Herzog remake…) – and just getting the overall vibe of their creepy presence and how they can make your skin crawl by simply lingering around. And as much as this is an ode to vampire history, it’s also a love letter to the Bronx itself. The lead teen, Miguel (Jaden Michael), is a passionate member of the community trying to throw a block party to save his favorite bodega, and over the course of his early scenes spreading the good word, we meet a fantastic assortment of diverse side characters who bring the city to life with their own energy and senses of humor. While we eventually spend the entirety of the movie with Miguel and his vampire-hunting friends, Luis (Gregory Diaz IV) and Bobby (Gerald W. Jones), there’s enough strong character work around the neighborhood that would make them worth exploring across a miniseries.

But these residents are all facing the Bronx as it’s changing in front of them, as a realty group is paying them all tons of money for their shops and buildings, all in the name of turning it into a new Williamsburg, meant to home to new artisanal shops and cafes that specialize only in different kinds of locally churned butter. Again, it’s a commendable approach to the storytelling that doesn’t simply find teens going up against vamps, but rather uses the villains as sharp-toothed figureheads to explore a very real issue affecting communities around the country. For the characters, some view this as a saving grace, being given a chance to escape the city and finally live a life of comfort in the suburbs, while others, like Miguel, see it as the destruction of his neighborhood and culture…and very soon the work of eternal night beasts who wish to exterminate the resident with each new acquisition. But true to form, no one believes the teens when they notice the real shit going on, so now Miguel and his friends have to study up on vampire lore in hopes of saving the day themselves.

The very nature of this part of the storytelling allows for us as an audience to spend more time among the community and it’s people – like Tony the bodega owner (The Kid Mero), the stern-as-hell Father Jackson (Method Man), and even Frank, the vamps familiar (Whigham, clearly having a good time) — as the teens try to put together the clues. There’s even a worthwhile B-plot involving Bobby’s struggle with staying out of gang life that adds a bit more drama to him and his friends’ relationship. And yet, Rodriguez and Hemingway’s script doesn’t quite figure out how to step out from the shadow of other similar movies – with this large section of teen-centric sleuthing not providing many vampire chills, thrills, or much else beyond a few laughs. The vampires themselves (Sarah Gadon, Adam David Thompson, and more) are definitely in the shadows, with not a ton left to do until the final 20 minutes outside of standing around and looking cool/creepy in their black clothes. In fact, it’s hard to discern any real bloodiness or carnage to necessitate even the PG-13 rating, feeling mostly like something geared strictly towards the teen-or-below market.

And while there’s much to admire about Rodriguez’s approach to the vampire lore and horror filmmaking – especially with plenty of deep reds and neon greens in the cinematography – it becomes a real shame to notice that when it comes to the social commentary and vampire elements, the movie doesn’t quite have the teeth to sink into the material as effectively as it could. Yes, the themes of gentrification and class warfare are present (much like another comedy this year, GET DUKED!), but it never goes explored beyond the surface. The intent of the vampires coming into the Bronx is never explored beyond the obvious, and while Miguel very much loves his community, the rest of the residents, while well-written as people, aren’t given time to reflect on the issues. We don’t get to hear from them about what they think about their community changing means, other than that change just always happens. They don’t even get in on the vampire hunting much themselves (at least until the final minutes), so it feels less like “Vampires vs. the Bronx” and more like “Vampires vs. three kids from the Bronx, and then kind of other people from the Bronx.” There were opportunities here to both really dig into the context of the social issues while also going bonkers with the genre elements, and the movie manages to do neither.

But, as I noted before, there’s something about the movie that hints its really only for the least demanding viewers in mind. Rodriguez puts enough of his mark on it to make it mostly stand out from its counterparts, but it still very much follows int their footsteps to the point where you can hit the beats on your own before the movie gets there. Even in the way of violence you’d have to do a frame-by-frame to notice the drops of blood. And yet, as I said, thanks to a great sense of humor and some colorful moments that break up the routineness of most of the story, it’s hard to not have at least some fun with VAMPIRES VS. THE BRONX. Plus, if the movie gets young viewers to check out BLADE, or go even further back and check out NOSFERATU, then it achieves a special kind of success that’s truly worthy of praise. I mean, anything that gets people to remember how much Snipes kicked ass as Blade should be a winner in anyone’s book.  

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Will Spider-Man 3 Enter the Spider-Verse? Jamie Foxx Teases Multiple Spider-Men

Jamie Foxx caused a sensation in the Spider-Man fandom recently when it was announced that he would be featured as the supervillain Electro in Tom Holland’s upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie. But that may just be the tip of the iceberg since the actor has also hinted at the arrival of a live-action Spider-Verse movie featuring Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland, and a third actor all playing different versions of Spider-Man.

In a post on Instagram, Foxx shared a fan-created poster from digital artist n.o.v.a.official in which three different versions of Spider-Man can be seen standing together, while the face of Electro looms over them in the distance. Two of the Spider-Men resemble Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland’s version of the character, while the third Spider-Man could be Tobey Maguire or a live-action Miles Morales.

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Jamie Foxx took down the post soon afterward, but fans managed to capture a screenshot, and the rumor mills have been buzzing ever since. The massive success of the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has confirmed that fans would love to watch multiple Spider-Men interacting with each other and banding together to save the day.

Then there is the fact that both the MCU and DCEU are in a neck-and-neck race to introduce the concept of the multiverse into their franchises, in which multiple actors can play the same character from different universes that all belong to the same large multiverse. DC has already announced that Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will both feature in the upcoming solo Flash movie as different versions of Batman.

If MCU wants to keep up with such a major casting coup from their competition, what better way to do so than to take their most popular hero Spider-Man, and give the audience three versions of the character in a single movie? Fans who grew up with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man would come out in droves to watch such a film.

Of course, Foxx’s post should not be taken as an official confirmation. It could be that he just liked the way the fan art depicted Electro. Still, the multiverse is coming to the MCU soon with the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It would be quite a waste if Disney fails to capitalize on the potential of that premise of bringing together characters from previous movies for some major fan nostalgia.

We have already seen one instance of the Mouse Empire using that strategy in Spider-Man: Far From Home, where J.K. Simmons reprised his role as irascible newsman J. Jonah Jameson from the Sam Raimi films. Simmons played a new version of the character in Far From Home, and Foxx has also confirmed that he will be playing a new version of Electro in the upcoming film.

All in all, the next Spider-Man movie is shaping up to the most exciting one in the series yet and will be a major step towards establishing a separate Spider-Man Cinematic Universe under Sony.

Neeraj Chand

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