The buzz for The Eternals has slowly been building, thanks to an exciting cast that features Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek, and Gemma Chan. Last December, Kumail Nanjiani went viral after he revealed the shocking transformation he’s undergone as he beefed up to take on the role of Kingo.
Cathy Yan’s film is still a sizable win for a female filmmaker of color who had never been at the center of a high-profile comic book project like this before. When Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman broke box office records, she was a more established filmmaker with the Oscar-winning Monster under her belt, and she had a much more well-known hero at the center. Gal Gadot had been introduced in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was a bigger hit as a set-up film than Suicide Squad was for Harley Quinn. And it came just ahead of the highly-anticipated Justice League, which arrived later that year.
But like everyone else who pays for a monthly subscription, I too often find myself mindlessly scrolling down a seemingly endless list of comedies, dramas, and science fiction epics but still can’t make up my mind on what to watch. Luckily for our collective sanity we’ve put together a list of the best movies to stream on Netflix right now. Let’s get started, shall we?
Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, who sacrificed himself at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, managed to make a brief (but important) final appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Now a Force spirit, he encourages Rey not to give up on the Jedi, giving her the extra push to face her grandfather, Emperor Palpatine.
And she’s really not kidding. Onward follows two teenage elves, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who use a magical staff to bring their father, Wilden, back to life for a single day. As can be expected in any Pixar film, things don’t go exactly to plan, and they end up on a pretty wild and dangerous adventure. In the end, Ian realizes that his older brother has been there for him in all the ways that Wilden couldn’t be, and the brothers are able to move forward with their lives after getting a chance to say goodbye to their father.
Producer Steven Spielberg Was Originally Set To Make An Animated Version Decades Ago
Steven Spielberg, whose production company Amblin would produce the 2019 Cats, was previously attached to make an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, only instead of live-action, the acclaimed director’s version would have been animated. According to Gizmodo, Amblimation, as it was called, had been working on a lot of the pre-production work before the studio shut its doors in 1997, ending the project in the process.
The funniest thing about all of this is that even without a Butthole Cut, Cats is easily one of the weirdest movies out there. Though it’s been out in the world for less than half a year, it’s already become a bit of a cult classic, a once in a lifetime, so-bad-it’s-actually-still-just-really-really-bad-but-we-can’t-stop-watching-it movie event. If you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for? It’s available to stream and, when watching it, make sure to keep an eye out for a stray butthole.
Some may be disappointed to know that they’ll have to wait a bit longer for the iconic horror villain’s big-screen return, but the move makes sense. Given the state of things, Universal would ideally want to make as much as they can on their investment. At this point, releasing it during the summer would more than likely lead to a loss on the company’s part.
Naturally, if The Wizard of Oz were made today, there’s no way in hell they would allow this to happen. PETA would be surely slamming down every door at MGM, throwing protests galore because of this information. But The Wizard of Oz was originally released back in 1939, which means that such animal ethics and animal protection groups weren’t around back then (at least, not to the same size and scale they are today). Also, it should be noted that in the ’30s, fake fur designs weren’t what they are today. That might’ve played a factor in using real opposed to fake lion fur while creating this classic costume.
There’s a lot that isn’t happening right now on the theme park front, and for obvious reasons, but interestingly, the biggest current project of them all is reportedly still moving forward. Universal Orlando’s fourth gate, Epic Universe, is, according to the company, still moving forward. Universal states that all appropriate protocols are being followed, but the massive new park, which is scheduled to open in 2023, apparently isn’t slowing down even a little bit, though that can always change.