Ahead of those releases, we’ve also seen Netflix’s The Boys in the Band, which was a feature adaptation of a play that had been revived. It included the same cast of Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, etc, and was directed by Joe Mantello, who helmed the Broadway version of his movie two years before that. It’s quite rare to see Broadway carry over like that so directly, and it certainly may have been too niche of a film to make movie theater potential, but thanks to streaming, the possibilities expand. Netflix also released its own original Broadway-esque musicals with the hit-making Jingle Jangle and even Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. Before this year, a Netflix original musical, mind three, was unheard of.
One Night In Miami – December 25 (Limited Theatrical)
Actress Regina King has starred in some of the most important projects to comment on racial disparity as of late, such as Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series and If Beale Street Could Talk, which earned her her first Academy Award. She brings that same energy from behind the camera with her feature-length directorial debut, One Night in Miami.
The historical drama, which will be given a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day before premiering on Amazon Prime Video in January, is based on a stage play of the same name by the co-director of Soul, Kemp Powers, that, as the title suggests, takes place over the course of one night in the 1960s as four prominent Civil Rights activists discuss their roles in the movement. The all-star cast includes Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, Eli Goree as Muhammad Ali, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke.
Plastic Man originally started as a Quality Comics character in 1941 before the elastic-powered hero moved to DC when its prior publisher sunk. As the story goes, Patrick “Eel” O’Brian was part of a gang until he is left for dead by them during a heist-gone-wrong, which left him soaked in an unknown chemical liquid. This results in him gaining the power of elasticity (like Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic or The Incredibles’ Elastigirl), along with regeneration, invulnerability and slow aging. O’Brian becomes a police officer in between his superhero antics.
Sounds like it’s a thumbs up on this look, with one fan responding “WHAT IN THE RON BURGUNDY,” because well… it’s not far off. Henk Rogers eventually won the rights to Tetris, but following years of legal battles with different parties before he was paid for his work on the phenomenon. The Tetris movie will be directed by Jon S. Baird, who made the Abbott and Costello biopic Stan & Ollie, as well as Filth with James McAvoy. No other casting announcements have been made about the project.
The Christmas Setup (2020)
The Christmas Setup is Lifetime’s first Christmas film centered on a gay couple. It features real-life married couple Blake Lee and Ben Lewis. Hugo (Ben Lewis) travels home to Milwaukee to spend Christmas with his best friend, Madelyn (Ellen Wong), his mother, Kate (Fran Drescher), and brother, Aiden (Chad Connell). His mother tries to play matchmaker by setting Hugo up with his old high school crush, Patrick (Blake Lee).
The Christmas Setup is part of Lifetime’s massive 30 new Christmas movies. The Christmas Setup looks adorable and the added power of Fran Drescher makes this a must-see movie. The film premieres on Lifetime on December 12, 2020.
The world of Christmas LGBTQ+ movies is very small, but I hope that this is just the start and they’ll become the norm, especially cheesy romance ones. The world needs a little more love, in every form.
Had Disney not purchased Fox, it certainly sounds like the X-23 movie stood a legitimate chance of getting the green light alongside other X-Men spinoffs, including Gambit, X-Force and two New Mutants sequels. Alas, with Dark Phoenix having brought the main film series to both a critically and commercially disappointing end, and The New Mutants having also failed to impress earlier this year, it looks like this superhero movie era is coming to a close. Unless Disney announces that it’s recruiting Dafne Keen to help headline its upcoming X-Men fare as X-23, presumably we can count the actress’ outing as Laura to be a one-and-done experience.
The pair faced tragedy together in 2018 when their Malibu home burned down in the Woolsey Fire, a house the singer apparently spent her entire adult life in writing her albums. While speaking to Rolling Stone, Miley Cyrus reflected that she was “playing house” with Liam while simultaneously heavily experimenting with alcohol and drugs before that incident. As she explained, it felt good at the time but it was not a sustainable lifestyle for her.
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Mulan was meant to be one of Disney’s major theatrical releases in 2020. Of course, as with all theatrical releases, that plan hit some snags. Disney delayed for most of the year, hoping that theaters would be open and audiences would return. Unfortunately, those thigs did not happen. This led Disney to take Mulan in a unique direction as far as distribution. The movie was put on the Disney+ streaming service, as had happened with other films as well. In the case of though Mulan, it was priced at $29.99, on top of one already needing a Disney+ subscription. It’s unclear how many people actually sprung for that additional cost, but if you’re one of the people who did not, there’s good news. Mulan is now available for no additional fee, as long as you’re a current subscriber to Disney+, of course.
When I first arrived as a Latin American here, I very quickly realized that I was seen as a race not as a culture, being Latino. I lived in England and I could do an American accent or speak like an Englishman, but it was like, ‘What are you doing? You’re meant to speak as a Latino and you’re meant to be playing these kinds of roles.’ So that’s always been a battle. Now, my initial instinct was like, why are we making reference to colors all the time and why are we making it so obvious like this person should be Caucasian and this person should be this, like I didn’t understand why everybody was pointing fingers at it, and then you start to understand the history of America and you go, ‘It’s very necessary.” Because if not, people don’t get it anywhere and these conversations need to be had. So I kind of very quickly understood what a necessary fight it is to have but I think, in an ideal world, we would just cast people for being people, you know?
Camp High Ho announced on social media last Saturday morning that the barn had burned down, with those in charge saying they were “mourning the loss of years of hard work and memories that occurred in these walls.” Fortunately, no humans and animals were harmed in the blaze, and here’s the statement Jennifer Lawrence put out, obtained by People: