Netflix occasionally releases viewership numbers for its original movies, though largely doesn’t. The streaming service hasn’t yet done so for The Irishman, and it doesn’t appear that it will. However, Nielsen has released its data on the films viewership and reportedly the film drew an average minute audience of 13.2 million people over the first five days of its release, starting November 27, and through the following weekend. That number includes a nearly 2.6 million average minute audience who watched the movie on its first day of Netflix availability.
As has happened with several high profile, and critically acclaimed Netflix movies, The Irishman was given a theatrical release in the weeks leading up to the Netflix debut. However, that release is designed specifically to qualify the movie for awards, not to bring in box office dollars. As such, the release was quite limited so many who might have been willing to see the movie on the big screen might not have really had the option.
While domestic box office numbers for The Irishman haven’t been confirmed, it’s estimated the movie has made something in the neighborhood of $6 million to date. That number would certainly have been vastly increased if the 17 million unique viewers who have apparently seen it on Netflix had paid $10 a piece to do the same thing.
On the one hand, Netflix is all about those subscriber numbers, not box office success, but then again, The Irishmanwasn’t exactly cheap to make, so every dollar could have been useful. It feels like a wider theatrical release, might have been warranted here, though many theater chains refuse to show Netflix films, so maybe such a thing wasn’t possible.
How many of the Netflix viewers would have been willing to buy a ticket is impossible to say. However, in the case of The Irishman, the number might be smaller than you might think. According to Deadline only about 18% of the accounts that started the movie on day one actually streamed it in a single sitting. That’s not outside of normal for a Netflix film, but considering The Irishman‘s three-and-a-half hour runtime, it’s not too shocking people took advantage of the ability to pause, something they could not do in the theater.
However you look at it, The Irishman has been getting a lot of eyeballs since it debuted. It’s also been getting a lot of critical praise and is already ending up on a lot of year end top 10 lists.
In 1991, Jennifer Lopez began her career as a Fly Girl on the hit comedy sketch show In Living Color. Since dancing on In Living Color, Jennifer Lopez has become a global superstar, with numerous hit songs, world tours, producing several television shows, and appearing in over 25 studio films. Jennifer Lopez movies have become huge box office successes while winning her even more fan devotion.
Jennifer Lopez has tackled all genres in her movies: these films have included everything from romance to sci-fi. She has been showing her versatility as a performer and as an actress for nearly 30 years. However, it seems like only recently that Jennifer Lopez has begun receiving Oscar buzz, along with praise for her performances. As critics finally take Jennifer Lopez movies seriously, let’s look back at some of her best films.
10. Enough (2002)
Enough follows Slim (Jennifer Lopez) as she tries to escape her powerful, manipulative, and abusive husband, Mitch (Billy Campbell). Mitch’s obsession and violence makes Slim take their daughter (Tessa Allen) and go into hiding. He continues to search for them, and Slim soon realizes that the only way to achieve true freedom is to train so that she can fight Mitch.
Though critics crucified Enough, and Jennifer Lopez even earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress, the film resonates with many women. Enough’s portrayal of domestic violence hits home for the millions of adults and children who face violence from partners and parents. Enough allows Jennifer Lopez to become a full-on warrior as she takes down Mitch. This type of role (and film) offers a sense of female empowerment that many women, especially for those in a similar situation as Slim, appreciate because it gives them bravery and confident in times of trouble.
9. Shall We Dance (2004)
Jennifer Lopez returns to her first love, dance, in Shall We Dance. Lopez plays Paulina, a member of a dance class that John (Richard Gere) joins to find her. John begins an affair with dancing- finding a new love and passion that he didn’t find as a lawyer or with his family.
Shall We Dance is a sweet movie about a man searching for some fulfillment in his life, finding it through dance, and gaining a new passion for all elements of his life. Gere gives a charming Hollywood performance as John. The film includes a great ensemble cast that includes Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and Bobby Cannavale. In Shall We Dance, Jennifer Lopez highlights many of her talents, while working with season pros like Stanley Tucci and Richard Gere.
8. The Cell (2000)
New Line Cinema released the mind-bending The Cell in 2000. The Cell follows Catherine Deanne (Jennifer Lopez) as she enters the mind of serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio). She uses her technology on Carl to try to rescue his final victim. FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) asks Deanna to join the case because of the experimental technology that her company uses with comatose patients. Tarsem Singh directs.
The Cell was a very experimental film, almost like Silence of the Lamb on acid. The strongest element of The Cell is the visuals, which director Tarsem Singh developed through his inspiration from various artists, which include Odd Nerdrum, Damien Hirst, and Brothers Quay. One scene of the film includes scenery similar to R.E.M’s video for “Losing My Religion,” which Tarsem Singh also directed. Along with the striking visuals, the trio of Jennifer Lopez, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Vince Vaughn give solid performances in their perspective roles.
7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
Based on Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel’s popular guidebook series of the same name, What to Expect When You’re Expecting follows five different pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) couples as they navigate the triumphs and pitfalls of having a baby. All the stories connect in some way, but also act as their own individual tales of pregnancy struggles.
In What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Jennifer Lopez plays Holly Castillo, a photographer who cannot conceive, so she decides to adopt a child from Ethiopia. While going through the adoption process, Holly and her husband, Alex Castillo (Rodrigo Santoro), face major obstacles like Holly losing her job and him not feeling prepared to become a parent. Eventually, they adopt their son Kaleb.
Jennifer Lopez gives one of her strongest performances in What to Expect When You’re Expecting; she effortlessly displays Holly’s agony about not being a mother. In one scene in particular, where Alex and Holly visit Ethiopia to adopt Kaleb and they make vows to him, Lopez subtly showcases so much relief, joy, and affection for finally having a child. She allows her emotions to come through without over complicating the scene with too much dialogue.
6. Second Act (2018)
In Second Act, Jennifer Lopez plays Maya Vargas, a woman who spent 15 years working and helping develop a Value Shop. Maya expects a promotion only to find out that she’s been passed over because of her limited education. Hearing about Maya’s frustration with her career limits, her best friend’s son, Dilly (Dakton Harrod), decides to create a fake professional profile for Maya. This lands her a job at a major retailer.
Much of the strength of Second Act comes from the on-screen chemistry that Jennifer Lopez has with all of her co-stars, especially Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, and real life best friend Leah Remini. Overall, Second Act is a sweet film about women taking control of their careers and second chances, not just career ones. The film is endearing and really showcases how far Jennifer Lopez has come from her early acting days.
5. Maid In Manhattan (2002)
Maid in Manhattan is a Cinderella story involving a maid and a politician. The love story of Marisa (Jennifer Lopez) and Chris (Ralph Fiennes) starts with a case of mistaken identity: Chris believes that Marisa is a hotel guest, and not an employee. Chris and Marisa fall madly in love but have to decide if they can overcome their class differences. The film also features a performance by Tyler Posey as Jennifer Lopez’s son.
Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes are great together as opposites with an undeniable connection. Fiennes, often known for his more serious roles, gives a delightful performance as a romantic lead. Maid in Manhattan further highlights that Jennifer Lopez shines brightest in romantic films. Maid in Manhattan hits all the right notes for a romantic comedy.
4. The Wedding Planner (2001)
The Wedding Planner is the first in a series of romantic comedies featuring Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s. In this one, Lopez stars opposite Matthew McConaughey as his wedding planner.
The Wedding Planner tackles all the typical romantic movie tropes: destiny, true love, love-triangles, and passion. It delivers each of these tropes in an aww-inducing manner. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez make you really want to see them find a happy ending, despite so many major barriers. One thing that makes The Wedding Planner a little different from other romantic comedies is that it doesn’t create feuding women. Instead, things are resolved without minimizing or tearing each other down, a sad rarity of many romantic comedies with love triangles.
3. Hustlers (2019)
In Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez plays the ringleader of a group of women who scam rich men by drugging them. The film is told from Destiny (Constance Wu)’s perspective. Hustlers viewers watch as Destiny goes from young, naïve stripper to part of a criminal ring run by Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). The film emphasizes the instant bond between Destiny and Ramona, and how through different stages of their lives, it affects them.
Jennifer Lopez gives one of her strongest acting performances in Hustlers. Just like with Destiny, Hustlers shows Ramona’s character complexity with her changing situations and mindsets. Lopez has obviously become an acting veteran now and feels a lot more comfortable taking on different personas. She effortlessly switches between Ramona’s vulnerable and conniving sides. It’s easy to see why Destiny finds herself emotionally seduced by Ramona.
2. Out of Sight (1998)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Out of Sight is a cat-and-mouse story of escaped prisoner Jack Foley (George Clooney) and U.S Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Karen is in hot pursuit of Jack as he plans another big heist with his incompetent team that includes actors Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, and Isaiah Washington.
Out of Sight is equal parts crime caper and romantic comedy. Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney give sexy performances as Karen and Jack, two people on opposite sides of the law but irresistibly drawn to each other. Steven Soderberg expertly shot Out of Sight to capture Lopez’s stunning beauty, while creating a noir feel. The film is very comedic, and Clooney and Lopez have an undeniable on-screen chemistry, made even more attractive by the taboo nature of their relationship.
1. Selena (1997)
Selena features Jennifer Lopez as the international superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (known by most as just Selena). The movie goes through the life and career of Selena, leading up to her tragic murder by former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar (Lupe Ontiveros).
Selena was Jennifer Lopez’s breakout role, and it helped create her global super stardom. Selena’s tragic story resides in the minds of millions, and Jennifer Lopez’s version of the pop singer is why even more people know her story. In 2020, Netflix plans to release an original series about Selena. We’re sure Selena: The Series will be great, because Netflix has a history of producing great programming, but it’ll be hard to match 1997’s memorable version.
Jennifer Lopez becomes a stronger actress with every new role and performance. Currently, Jennifer Lopez has an upcoming film called Marry Me, based on a graphic novel. We’re excited to see Marry Me and any other projects by this triple threat. What is your favorite Jennifer Lopez movie?
After what feels like an excruciatingly long wait, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), will finally be coming our way in February 2020. While any actor who gets a gig playing a character with a long history in comic books usually does their research by reading any of that character’s comic arcs which are necessary to understand who they’ll be portraying, it’s not impossible for said actor to end up embodying someone that they do have prior knowledge of from other media.
Such was the case when Jurnee Smollett-Bell found out she’d be suiting up as Black Canary for Birds of Prey. But, instead of knowing about the crime fighter with the canary cry from DC comics or the many shows on The CW that have featured her for the past several years, Smollett-Bell was familiar with Dinah Lance from a very specific video game.
Well, it’s always a good sign when someone nabs a comic book-based role that they are pumped to play for reasons that include being a fan of the character before even having the opportunity to bring them to life for fans everywhere. While it doesn’t sound like Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who spoke with Omeleteve during the CCXP convention in Brazil (via ComicBook), had seen a previous version of Black Canary in live action or read any comics with her before getting the part in Birds of Prey, knowing Ms. Lance from Injustice 2 was still a pretty good primer.
Injustice 2, which released in 2017, is a fighting game that sees Black Canary and her husband, Green Arrow, sent on some dangerous missions by Batman to continue the fight against the corrupted, tyrannical Superman who’s taken over the Earth, that players were introduced to in Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013). Black Canary is a playable character, and you can use her metahuman powers and many well-honed martial arts skills to help take down villains like Gorilla Grodd, Catwoman, Bane and more. Sounds like the kind of woman you want on your side to take down a baddie like Black Mask.
It seems like Jurnee Smollett-Bell really enjoyed her time with Black Canary as she played Injustice 2, so it makes sense that she would be honored to be the first to bring the “legendary” badass to the big screen. But, you can also tell that the experience of making Birds of Preywould have been special for Smollett-Bell regardless of the role she had in the film, seeing as how she had the chance to work with some amazing “rockstar women.”
Disney’s live-action take on the classic Aladdin will go down in history as one of 2019’s biggest hits. The fantasy-musical remake crossed $1 billion worldwide during the packed summer season, no less and after some initial controversy surrounding Will Smith’s CGI Genie. Yet, Aladdin star Mena Massoud recently admitted earlier this week he hasn’t nabbed a single audition since playing the titular street rat.
Luckily, the 28-year-old actor has Genie / life coach Will Smith on his side to offer him up some incredible advice about the unexpected rough patch after starring in the blockbuster hit. Here’s Smith’s advice:
Such wise words. Will Smith’s encouragement was given to People the red carpet at the world premiere for Spies in Disguise. Hopefully, Mena Massoud sees it and looks at his current situation from a whole new perspective! Although Smith has been a popular talent in Hollywood since his ‘90s Fresh Prince days but he’s certainly has seen his own hills and valleys in the industry.
In a recent interview, Mena Massoud opened up about the crickets surrounding any upcoming movie opportunities since starring in Aladdin back in May. He explained that the “big truth” is that he hasn’t even been given an audition since starring in the Disney role. In his words:
The actor does have a new television show called Reprisal from Hulu that just premiered, but he found the role before Aladdin became a big hit. Mena Massoud may also return as the Disney character for a planned Aladdin sequel currently in development. Just the opportunity to play an iconic prince is such as honor that may continue to guide the actor into stardom in the next few years. Not to mention it was his first starring role ever!
Naomi Scott, Jasmine to Mena Massoud’s Aladdin recently starring in a reboot to Charlie’s Angels but it didn’t make a splash among moviegoers. No matter how things are currently going for the actors, they can certainly celebrate a wish granted with Aladdin!
We are just two weeks away from the final film of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. One of the most beloved stories in movie history will come to an end after more than 40 years. These films are known for incredible space battles, political drama and, of course, lightsabers. Not to mention an avid fanbase who love to get into the nitty gritty details.
So, before the saga concludes, we’re offering a chance to prepare for the end by revisiting one of the earlier films in the Star Wars franchise. Just fill out the quiz below for a personalized recommendation!
Frozen II, like the original film that came before, is a bonafide hit. The sequel has grossed over three-quarters of a billion dollars worldwide so far and it seems certain to become Disney’s sixth billion dollar film of 2019, which is insane all by itself.
The movie may not be getting quite the critical reception that the original movie did, but it’s still largely being praised, and audiences are clearly still in love with Anna, Elsa, and all the rest. Having said that, the primary audience that seems to truly be embracing Frozen II is the younger set, that’s being brought to the theater by mom and dad.
Those adults that find themselves checking out the movie seem to be having more fun poking fun at Disney’s newest animated musical. Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings took to Twitter to suggest that Disney missed the mark when titling Frozen II.
An animated Disney movie is a pretty safe bet when it comes to family entertainment. Especially during the holidays, it’s just the sort of thing that a family might share together. For a lot of us a Disney movie was probably our first theatrical experience. You can bet that Frozen II is probably becoming the first movie a lot of kids have seen in a theater.
Of course, kids and movies don’t always mix well. They can have trouble sitting still, they don’t always stay quiet, and the really young ones can get fussy. Also, other problems can pop up.
And if you’ve just sat through a movie in a theater full of little kids, you may become very much in need of a different kind of Frozen II.
As the father of a two-and-a-half-year-old who clearly can’t sit still for a 90-minute feature film, I’m not yet at the point where I’ll be bringing her to the movies. Even when I do, I can guess it will be a chore. Although, I have hopes that, as the daughter of a professional film critic, I’ll be able to bring her up to appreciate film the same way this dad apparently has.
While it makes sense that kids are going to be Frozen II‘s real audience, there’s actually quite a bit in the movie for parents to enjoy. Some of themes of the film are a bit darker and might resonate more with those who have lived life a bit longer. Olaf’s song “When I Am Older” is going to mean something entirely different to parents than it will to their kids. And Everything about “Lost in the Woods” is going to be lost on anybody who doesn’t have a functional knowledge of music from the 1980s.
Disney has always tried to be family entertainment, not simply children’s entertainment, and Frozen II succeeds in that, even if it is easy to poke a little fun.
Al Pacino is one of our all-time greatest working actors. It is hard to dispute his legacy. Having starred in a number of excellent movies over the years, including, but certainly not limited to, The Godfather trilogy, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Heat,Glengarry Glen Ross, and, most recently, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood and The Irishman, Pacino has proven his talents in a wide number of well-acclaimed movies. But the renowned thespian has also starred in just as many not-so-great movies — if not more. In fact, one could reasonably argue that, for every great movie Pacino has starred in, there are just as many stinkers attached to his name. But just because the film itself is bad doesn’t mean that he’s bad in them. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Al Pacino likes a challenge. As he recently admitted in an interview with GQ, the veteran actor often knows when a movie is going sideways (or wasn’t very good from the beginning). Rather than take his lumps, though, Pacino is strangely invigorated by the possibility of upping the ante and improving the film from bad to simply “mediocre.” Some folks say you shouldn’t strive for mediocrity. But Pacino isn’t simply anyone. In any case, while it’s not too clear which movies he’s referring to in this case, there are several examples of lackluster movies attached to Pacino’s name. And within a number of those wayward movies are entertaining or inspired performances from Al Pacino, who is clearly working overtime to salvage whatever he can there.
Even when Al Pacino isn’t very good, it’s rare to see the actor half-assing it. He is a committed performer, and he will do whatever he can to leave an impression or make the most of his time starring on the silver screen. Suffice to say, Pacino has provided us with a number of impressive or simply memorable performances over the years. These are a simply a few times where his talents, insistence, and persistence as an dedicated, hard-working actor resulted in great/rewarding Pacino performances in not-very-good movies. Some movies don’t deserve his skills, but he provides them anyhow.
Jack And Jill (2011)
Al Pacino won not one but two Razzie awards for his supporting work in 2011’s Jack and Jill. One for his performance and one for his odd on-screen dynamic (or perhaps lack thereof) with Adam Sandler in the role of Jill. While that movie earns no shortage of disdain, much of which has been dished out by the critics already, it’s hard to properly criticize Al Pacino’s mesmerizing performance. While it’s a fascinatingly bizarre turn from the acclaimed actor, it’s absolutely a scene-stealer — one that lets the dramatic heavyweight to let loose and play with his public image in strange, surprising ways.
In the part of “Al Pacino,” the role he was born to play, Al Pacino fully embraces the liberating opportunity to have fun playing a heightened version of himself, one who has fallen madly in love with Adam Sandler’s Jill. It allows the actor to say lines he would otherwise never get to say and participate in an elaborate musical number for Dunkin’ Donuts as “Dunkaccino,” which gave us the line “Say hello to my chocolate blend!” It’s utterly insane that the Oscar-winning actor even agreed to do it at all, but his involvement in Jack and Jill is, nevertheless, the comedy’s only funny or redeeming aspect.
88 Minutes (2007)
With its overly melodramatic tendencies, lame story twists and clunky execution, 88 Minutes can easily be called one of the worst movies to star Al Pacino. Yet, even when he’s in a total stinker, the Academy Award-winning actor will make the most of his time on-screen. Pacino is clearly trying to make this one work, flailing around, yelling, hooting and hollering. He takes the air out of the room every time he’s on-screen. Yet, there is no denying that he is a charismatic presence. Al Pacino is not doing his best work in 88 Minutes, but he is certainly putting on a performance — to say the least.
The premise itself is decent enough: a college professor (and part-time forensic psychologist?) gets a call saying that he has only 88 minutes to live. From there, it’s a chase to find out who is hunting him down and why. Unfortunately, with the plot’s over-reliance on red herrings and flimsy character work, 88 Minutes isn’t a breezy watch. It also doesn’t help that it’s actually 108 minutes long (stick to the script!). (Side note: this movie does, in fact, actually stay true to the timeframe found in the title after the clock is set inside the plot, for whatever it’s worth.) Nevertheless, what would’ve been a totally disposable, “2 p.m. on a lazy Sunday on HBO” movie becomes moderately watchable thanks to Al Pacino’s lunatic lead performance. From his zany haircut to his flair for the dramatic, Pacino isn’t going to let this weirdly sleepy movie fall to the waist-side without him giving everything he’s got.
Two For The Money (2005)
While I hold a soft spot for it, Two for the Money isn’t necessarily a great film. It’s a gambling drama that relies heavily on cliches and a formulaic plot, and it doesn’t stand out on its own to be fully rewarding of the talents of its two Oscar-winning stars, Matthew McConaughey and, naturally, Al Pacino. Nevertheless, while the plot itself is forgettable in its approach, Pacino does leave an impression thanks to his memorably loud, crude supporting turn.
As a gambling tycoon, Al Pacino plays a character who lives and dies in the moment, with everything always on the line and everything to lose in an instant. As a result, the veteran actor plays up his appetite for high dramatics, verbal dexterity, and foul-mouthed giddiness. The resulting performance is expectedly explosive, and one that gives what might’ve been an otherwise boilerplate movie a little bit more kick and flavor. Suffice to say, it is one for the money and two for the show. While Matthew McConaughey can be known for his great performances, it’s Al Pacino stealing the spotlight here.
Righteous Kill (2008)
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are undeniably two of the most well-acclaimed, well-regarded and most instantly recognizable actors in cinema history. And they have graced the screen together on a select few occasions. They both star in The Godfather: Part II, for instance, but they don’t share any scenes together. Beyond that, they starred together in Heat, though they only have one highly memorable scene with one another, and they were both recently at the forefront of Martin Scorsese’s newest film, The Irishman, where they share a surprisingly tender on-screen bromance as Frank Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa, respectively. But nobody really talks about their other cinematic duet, 2008’s Righteous Kill. There’s a pretty good reason why …
In short, Righteous Kill is a misfire. It’s a boring, plotting mess of a movie, and one that certainly doesn’t deserve the pedigree of either Robert De Niro or Al Pacino, let alone both of them working together. Nevertheless, you can give these two actors the worst screenplay imaginable and they’d still try to find a way to salvage it if they could. While Righteous Kill never hits its target, it’s hard to make anything with these two thespians completely dull. Sure enough, both Al Pacino and notably Robert De Niro turn in enjoyable turns. While De Niro might be stronger of the two in this film, Pacino’s work is certainly much flashier, allowing the actor to have another chance to play it up and cut loose once more — even if he doesn’t reconnect his spark with De Niro. Thankfully, as noted earlier, the actors were given another chance to work together in The Irishman. That movie is certainly much better.
One of the most notoriously bad movies in arguably the history of cinema, there have been many bad things said about Gigli. It had an impact on the careers of both of its romantic leads, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, it ended writer/director Martin Brest’s filmmaking career (he’s still residing in director’s jail) and it won a whopping 10 Razzies, including Worst Picture of the Decade in 2010 and Worst “Comedy” Of Our First 25 Years in 2005. It’s safe to say that it’s not a well-beloved movie. That’s putting it mildly, to say the least. Yet, Al Pacino continues to provide a magnetizing presence.
Al Pacino only has a bit part in the proceedings, yet he spends the majority of his screen-time in Gigli yelling and demanding your attention. The actor isn’t one to walk gracefully into the movie’s demise. No, he’ll make a production out of it, as the actor has proven several times throughout his career. Notably in several of the movies mentioned in this list. Sure enough, Pacino goes out swinging. And while he garnered Pacino his second Razzie nom, it proved that even under the worst circumstances, Al Pacino will make his time on the silver screen worth the while — even if he cannot save the film.
These are only a few of the not-so-great movies to star Al Pacino over the years. Unfortunately, while the award-winning A-list actor has most certainly proven himself several times over throughout the decades, he isn’t not immune to making bad movies. Sure enough, while he tries his best to save a few of them, he can only do so much. Nevertheless, as we have noted, Pacino isn’t one to simply accept a paycheck. He will try to save a movie as best as possible, and though he’s not always successful, he knows how to make it count. These movies certainly wouldn’t be the same without him.
While some have quibbled about the extremely long runtime of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman or the quality of the de-aging, one thing beyond reproach is the acting talent of those involved. The Netflix film assembled an all-star cast of acting heavyweights and character actors, any of whom would be a solid addition to another movie. To that end, Sony’s upcoming sequel Venom 2 has added a star from Netflix’s The Irishman.
Actor Stephen Graham, who plays Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s crime epic, has joined Venom 2 according to Deadline. For the moment, Stephen Graham’s role in the sequel is being kept under wraps. So, for now, we’ll merely have to speculate whether he will be a good guy or a bad one and whether or not he’ll be sporting a symbiote sidekick.
The two time SAG ensemble award winner for Boardwalk Empire joins a cast that includes the returning Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, as well as Woody Harrelson, who made a cameo as future Carnage, Kletus Kasady, in Venom and is expected to have a much larger role in the sequel.
Stephen Graham is also only the second new actor that has been reportedly added to the cast of Venom 2. The other is Oscar nominee Naomie Harris, who is in talks to play the villain Shriek in the film.
Stephen Graham may be new to comic book movie fare, as he is perhaps best known for gangster films like The Irishman, Snatch and Gangs of New York, but in Venom 2 he will be among old friends and frequent collaborators. The prolific actor previously starred with Venom star Tom Hardy in HBO’s Band of Brothers and the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. More recently, the duo teamed up in the so-gritty-you-have-to-brush-your-teeth-afterwards TV series Taboo.
In addition to his frequent collaborations with Tom Hardy, Venom 2 also won’t be Stephen Graham’s first time working with Andy Serkis, who is replacing Ruben Fleischer as the director of Venom 2. Andy Serkis and Stephen Graham both star in the upcoming FX mini-series adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Guy Pearce.
In the new take on the classic holiday tale, Andy Serkis plays the Ghost of Christmas Past with Stephen Graham handling the role of Jacob Marley. One of the executive producers on A Christmas Carol? Tom Hardy. So, everyone involved should be pretty comfortable working with each other at this point.
We don’t yet know the story of Venom 2, but we do know that the sequel will be leaning into the relationship between Eddie Brock and his symbiote hitchhiker, which was such a highlight of the first film.
Venom 2 is now filming and is set to hit theaters on October 2, 2020. You can see Stephen Graham in The Irishman on Netflix now and check out our 2020 Release Schedule to keep track of all of next year’s biggest movies.
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It’s a very exciting time for the Star Wars franchise. We’re just weeks away from the release of The Rise of Skywalker, which will end up the nine-film Skywalker Saga that George Lucas began back with A New Hope. Additionally, Lucasfilm recently introduced live-action TV for the first time with The Mandalorian on Disney+. At least two more shows are coming to the streaming service, and according to The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, those stories are bound to connect to the movies.
While The Mandalorian is telling a wholly unique story within the Star Wars universe, the next two shows will star characters that originally appeared in film. After all, Diego Luna and Ewan McGregor are reprising their roles in their respective shows. Jon Favreau think it’s only a matter of time before the crossover goes in the other direction, and original Disney+ series interact with favorites from the films. As he tells it,
Well, that’s exciting. Serialized storytelling has become popular since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe– another property owned by Disney. And with the galaxy far, far away growing thanks to the original content coming to Disney+, there’s ample opportunity for crossovers in the future. But the question is, what could they be?
Jon Favreau’s comments to THR are sure to excite the generations of Star Wars fans out there who are excited for the franchise’s mysterious future. With The Rise of Skywalker ending the main storyline as we know it, Lucasfilm should have particular freedom with its TV and film projects, and how they interact. The Mandalorian has already got a strong following, and crossovers have the potential to draw even more subscribers to Disney+.
Smart money says that The Mandalorian will eventually have some type of connection to the franchise trilogy. The new show is set between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, in a lawless time without The Empire. I’d love to see the title character to eventually cross ways with The Resistance or the early formation of the First Order. The heroes may be very interesting The Child, and its connection to The Force.
The Mandalorian is currently streaming on Disney+, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
The Ghostbusters franchise is a piece of film history, which has been passed down among generations. The titular group of supernatural experts have gone through a few incarnations, including a kids’ cartoon and Paul Feig’s all-female version from 2016. Next up is Jason Reitman’s upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which will star Paul Rudd alongside (most of) the original cast of actors. The film’s contents have been largely a mystery, but the first images have just arrived. And they’re a doozy.
The overall plot of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently unclear, but it’s set up to be a direct sequel to the original pair of movies. It looks like Jason Reitman’s upcoming addition to the franchise will have a large cinematic scale. Because the first images from the movie tease some stunning landscapes, as well as Paul Rudd’s newcomer Mr. Grooberson. Check them out below, courtesy of Vanity Fair.