Deadwood Creator David Milch Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Creator of HBO’s Deadwood, David Milch, has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The somber announcement comes just ahead of the premiere of Deadwood: The Movie, set to air next month.

Hailed as one of the most exceptional TV dramas of all time, the western series set in the 1800s follows the townsfolk of Deadwood, South Dakota – a town riddled with crime, corruption, and commotion. Imbued with historical truths and fictional elements, Deadwood was conceptualized by Milch, who also produced and primarily wrote the show. The raw and powerful HBO original series was mainly noted for the cast’s powerhouse performances. Starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, Deadwood’s ensemble also included, Molly Parker, W. Earl Brown, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, Anna Gunn, John Hawkes, and Kim Dickens. After three compelling and award-winning seasons, HBO canceled Deadwood in 2006 due to budgetary issues. Milch – along with fervent fans – kept faith in a Deadwood resurrection to give the show a proper conclusion. After a decade of negotiations with HBO and aligning the stars of the series’ schedules, Deadwood: The Movie is bringing fans back to the Old West. Penned by Milch, stars of the project have raved about the script – calling it Milch’s best work ever. However, due to his diagnosis, the film’s premiere will be bittersweet. 

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Milch revealed in an interview with Vulture what it’s been like to live with his diagnosis. Once pegged as a micromanager during Deadwood’s original run, Milch has eased up on the reigns of the production process for the film. Notorious for demanding reshoots and last-minute script changes, Milch often found difficulty sharing creative control. For the film, Milch invited series veterans David Minahan and Regina Corrado to assist in the daily operations and creative duties. Milch first noticed trouble was amiss five years ago. Family and friends began to notice his “imperfect recall and tardy recall and short temper”. A brain scan last year confirmed that Milch has Alzheimer’s disease. He spoke of his diagnosis:

As best I understand it, which is minimally, I have a deterioration in the organization of my brain. And it’s progressive. And in some ways discouraging. In more than some ways – in every way I can think of.

Milch has also opened up about how he believes his father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease near the end of his life. He said of the realization, “That was a while ago, and the diagnosis was not as sophisticated or specific, but in retrospect, he exhibited all the symptoms of the illness.” Despite his prognosis, Milch has remained passionate for the course of Deadwood: The Movie. He also plans to continue writing. Milch’s wife has declared he shows no signs of slowing down and expressed, “I compare it to a musician who can still play and has access to the memory of how to do that and is still able to exercise his talent. The brain is David’s most exercised muscle.”

As the sun sets on Deadwood, Milch is shedding light on a tragic disease. Milch joins other celebrities coming forward with health issues, including Jeopardy!’s Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis and Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke suffering from near-fatal aneurysms. While they join numerous others suffering from the same diagnosis, representation is important. Celebrities help bring awareness, and opening up about their experiences can provide hope, and perhaps funding, towards fighting back. HBO has declared their support for the creator of one of their most iconic shows, and fans eagerly await the reveal of Milch’s brilliant work in the film version of Deadwood.

More: Deadwood: The Movie Teaser Trailer Confirms HBO Premiere Date 

Source: Vulture

2019-04-23 07:04:34

Bethany Guerrero

HBO Orders Veep Creator’s Sci-Fi Comedy Avenue 5 To Series

Armando Iannucci is headed back to HBO with the new comedy Avenue 5, as the network makes the series order official. Iannucci has long been associated with political comedies, after heading up such memorably foul-mouthed series as The Thick of It and HBO’s own perennial Emmy-winning comedy Veep. The writer and producer was the showrunner of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led series until season 4, paving the way for David Mandel to take the reins leading into its currently airing final season. 

Iannaucci has kept busy since his departure from Veep, writing and directing the feature film, another scathing political satire, The Death of Stalin, which starred Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, and more. Now, Iannucci is headed back to television with a series that has a dramatically different premise and setting from what he’s used to. Avenue 5 is a sci-fi comedy set 40 years in the future, and is being billed as a “space tourism comedy… when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.” 

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As reported by TVLine, Avenue 5 has officially been given a series order from HBO, making it the latest new comedy to join the network’s ranks and help fill the void left by the departing Veep. With Iannucci on board and the futuristic premise, the series already sounds like a worthwhile endeavor for the network, and the cast that’s been lined up just sweetens the deal. Iannucci will reunite with Veep guest star Hugh Laurie, as well as Silicon Valley standout Zach Woods, and Josh Gad (Frozen). The series will also feature roles for Niki Amuka-Bird (Hard Sun), Suzy Nakamura (Veep), and Ethan Phillips (Better Call Saul). 

The report from TVLine sees Laurie (will next be seen in Hulu’s Catch 22) playing Captain Ryan Clark who is described as ““suave, outwardly confident, controlled and personable.” Woods will play Matt Spencer, a “nihilist…who can’t wait to get to the end of his final cruise before promotion to a more senior role on Earth.” Gad, meanwhile, will play Herman Judd, the “face and name behind Avenue 5, and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism.”

Though Avenue 5 show won’t have a direct relation to politics, it’s not hard to imagine Iannucci using the notion of “space tourism” as a vehicle to satirize any number of topics — politics included. From the sound of it, this new comedy will be a bold step for Iannucci and his unique brand of comedy. 

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Avenue 5 does not currently have a premiere date. 

Source: TVLine

2019-04-22 02:04:27

Kevin Yeoman

Full House Creator Suing Fuller House Showrunner After Firing

The home of Fuller House faces further division as Full House creator, Jeff Franklin, is suing the series’ showrunner. Franklin, the creator of Full House and its sequel series Fuller House, has slapped current showrunner, Bryan Behar with a lawsuit after Franklin’s termination last year.

Franklin is a renowned writer and producer, responsible for hundreds of hours of entertainment, including Bosom Buddies, Laverne and Shirley, and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. In 1987, Franklin created Full House – a sitcom about three Mr. Moms raising three little girls. Despite scathing reviews, Full House became a smash hit on ABC’s TGIF lineup, and has been hailed as one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. Amid a reboot and revival frenzy, it was no shock to see Netflix opt to order the Full House revival series. Released in 2016, Fuller House follows the grown-up Tanner girls (excluding the Olsen Twins as Michelle), D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). Riddled with nostalgia-infused laughs, life lessons, and familiar faces, the streaming giant kept renewing the show, but announced the fifth season would be the final one. Last year, the show’s squeaky clean image took a hit when Warner Bros and Netflix fired Franklin amid accusations of abusive behavior to the staff. Now, Franklin is firing back at the people he feels are responsible for his termination.

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According to Deadline, Franklin is seeking compensation for damages by Behar. After Franklin’s termination, Behar was promoted to executive producer and showrunner along with Steve Baldikoski. Franklin was the one who hired Behar as a writer and producer in the show’s early stages. There’s a fervent belief by Franklin that Behar was motivated by jealousy and wanted to dethrone the creator from his position. The lawsuit documents state:

“Motivated by a secret hatred of Franklin and hoping to take his place someday as showrunner, Behar concocted a plan to compile unflattering and distasteful information about Franklin that was either fabricated or twisted versions of events and presented it first to the media and then to Warner Bros in an effort to get Franklin thrown off Fuller House. Franklin is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that Behar also secretly photographed Franklin and his female friends at work and Franklin’s home, and also took photos of Franklin’s computer screen at the office, all of which he added to his ‘little black book’ and showed to others involved with Fuller House in order to paint Franklin in a negative light. It appears Behar took real encounters with Franklin and distorted them to create false narratives that painted Franklin as sexist and unprofessional.”

The firing of Franklin and lawsuit against the current showrunner are not the only events to taint the beloved family sitcom. Last month, fans were shocked to learn that Lori Loughlin, who plays Aunt Becky, along with Felicity Huffman and a group of others were indicted for their involvement in a college admissions scam. Following the accusations, Netflix announced Loughlin will not return to Fuller House season 5. After originally facing five years maximum in prison, Loughlin and others didn’t initially plead guilty in the federal investigation. Prosecutors slapped on secondary charges of conspiring to launder bribery, which meant Loughlin could face up to 40 years in prison. Recently, Loughlin pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The legal issues for Franklin, Behar, and Loughlin will live on long after Fuller House ends. What will remain is the show’s success, one-liners, and fan base. Fuller House seems to have kept its morals after the exit of Franklin, but that still remains to be seen for Aunt Becky’s absence. Members of the cast have shown their support for each other amid controversy, and a desire to mend the cracks in the Fuller House to keep it standing.

Next: Lori Loughlin Pleads Not Guilty in College Admission Scandal

Source: Deadline

2019-04-17 03:04:40

Bethany Guerrero

Warrior Creator Jonathan Tropper On Staying True To Bruce Lee’s Original Ideas

Jonathan Tropper, the creator and writer of Cinemax’s Warrior, wanted to stay true to the thematic concepts in Bruce Lee’s original eight-page treatment, but also found he was able to bring plenty more to the story. The treatment for what would eventually become Warrior has been around Hollywood for the better part of 50 years, and series producer Shannon Lee (Bruce Lee’s daughter) has had many offers to see the project finally come to fruition. It wasn’t until Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) approached her that she found the right creative partner. And with Tropper on board, the project finally made its way to television. 

Obviously there is a great deal of history wrapped up on Bruce Lee’s original idea for the show, much of which stems from the actor and martial arts master’s huge cinematic presence and his place in popular culture — contemporary or otherwise. That is a big part of Warrior’s selling point, but, as it turns out, it was also a point of concern for Tropper before he came on board to flesh out and develop the series and its many characters. 

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In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Tropper discussed his approach to Warrior, and how he worked to stay true to the original ideas and thematic concepts in Lee’s treatment, while still making the series fit in with is style of writing (and those who’ve watched Tropper’s previous Cinemax series, Banshee, know what that means). Tropper said:  

“That had been my hesitation in first getting involved but once I read the treatment, it left a tremendous amount of room for me to climb because he was really only dealing with three or four characters. 

And [Bruce Lee] was dealing much more thematically with what he wanted the show to explore. So by just staying true to the thematic explorations that were in the treatments and the characters he kind of drafted in there, I was free to kind of invent the plot and create many more characters. I think other than our lead character and the cop, Big Bill, Ah Sahm and Big Bill and one other, there really weren’t a lot characters in there so I was able to really populate the world and really work on the plot lines with my writers. Just sort of staying true to both his intentions for the show and then for the Bruce Lee philosophy as a whole.” 

Shannon Lee also spoke with Screen Rant ahead of the series premiere, and she said the series was always intended to be both a reflection of her father’s enduring legacy, but it also needed to be entertaining beyond that. 

“There are ways to celebrate his legacy and his art and his philosophy and all those things, but also make it entertaining at the same time, which by the way was what my father believed in. And so I think what has needed to happen is for people to want to trust that they can collaborate with me and luckily Justin trusted that and brought me into the project rather than trying to keep me away from the project. In which case, it probably would not have come together because I’m constantly having people sort of… bristle at the idea that I might have some kind of contractually obligated input to projects around my father.”

With two episodes under its belt already, it looks as though Warrior is building an interesting series from Bruce Lee’s original treatment, one that makes his influence apparent but still has plenty of room to do its own thing. The question of how the series balances those two parts as the season progresses might be reason enough to continue watching. 

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Warrior continues next Friday with ‘John Chinaman’ @10pm on Cinemax.

2019-04-13 12:04:27

Kevin Yeoman

The Tick Creator On The Clever Mundanity Of The Show’s Unique Characters

For Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick, there are certain elements that go into creating the right kind of superhero or villain to fit into the satirical world he’s built over the last 30-plus years. Of the various incarnations the Tick has taken — comic books, an animated series, and two live-action television shows among them — one thing has remained consistent aside from the big blue lug having an unquenchable thirst for justice: he’s always surrounded by a number of charmingly mundane supporting characters, both like and unlike his stalwart sidekick Arthur. 

Fans of the series likely remember American Maid, Deflatermouse, Sewer Urchin, and Batmanuel. They’re all vaguely reminiscent of other popular superheroes, but they are also immediately recognizable for how they fit in with the Tick and the rest of the costumed crime fighters in the City. And though these characters haven’t yet seen the light of day in Amazon’s The Tick, the newest series isn’t exactly experiencing a shortage of idiosyncratic heroes and villains, like Superian (Brendan Hines), Overkill (Scott Speiser), Tinfoil Kevin (Devin Ratray), Ms. Lint (Yara Martinez), and in season 2, Ty Rathbone (Marc Kudisch), Lobstercules (Niko Nedyalkov), and Flexon (Steven Ogg). 

In a recent interview with Screen Rant. Edlund discussed the nature of The Tick’s characters and what goes in to creating a hero or villain that fits into the irreverent world he’s created. As Edlund sees it, part of what makes the characters work is how flawed they often times are, and how the mundanity of everyday life creeps into their superpowered personas:

“I think that it’s sort of like applying certain forces that don’t normally get applied to super humans, unless they do so in operatic levels. Getting across town or trying to make money, or trying to stay away from the forces of your depression and get out of the bed in the morning, and just try to have a working relationship with the ex-wife or with the parole board. 

All these things, those are the mundane kind of feelings we understand. The fun of, and maybe some of the enduring quality of this version of superhero fun, is we really look to just get these little moments that are very, very familiar. They happen frequently because we’re making jokes of these familiar human moments that take place in the lives of people with capes and boots. There’s a lot of … For me, I like it. It’s very low grade, low to the ground humor. Quiet humor.”

Edlund went on to explain how characters new to season 2, like Flexon and Ty Rathbone (and to a larger extent, A.E.G.I.S.) have to be grounded in some way, because if the show goes too far in making them seem overtly ridiculous, some of the humor winds up being lost. 

“It’s weird, because there a lot of characters that are just too over the top, or they’re not funny enough. A lot of them that don’t quite make it are actually really great, but what they lack is what we were just talking about. It’s a kind of reliable through-line of vulnerability and humanity. When that’s familiar, then we have a real thing going, in general.

I think, for example, the formulation of Ms. Lint was a good example, last season, and continues to be. There’s a part of her that couldn’t be more basic, in terms of ‘Oh, I know. Give her a scar, give her that scar,’ you know, ‘with the eye that’s white!’ I just wanted to make her look a little different, and then I also didn’t want to make her look too different, so she has that scar, that so many bad guys have, right? She’s an electric lady. That’s not a very interesting power. So she could walk right out of any Marvel or Image comic, or anything like that, and just be one of those enforcers from one of those things. It’s not a humor thing, and it’s not in essence really even original. That’s almost part of what needs to take place, it shouldn’t be too original or we’re not making fun of anything. 

The humor comes from the fact that her base charge draws lint to her, that’s created her whole outlook on life. Villains are supposed to be wearing black, and she can’t control that part of her power … She meets the Terror, and that creates a dependency. Then she ends up just living in this co-op thing with her ex-husband, who is maddeningly nice. I mean, it’s a mess. Her life’s a mess.”

Superheroes and super-villains with messy lives is part of what makes The Tick so much fun to watch, and certainly a big part of why the character and his ever-evolving cast of supporting players has been such an enduring part of superhero culture. 

Next: The Tick Season 2 Review: The Superhero Comedy The World Needs Right Now

The Tick season 2 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. 

2019-04-05 12:04:26

Kevin Yeoman

Celeste Creator Has Sekiro Easy Mode Suggestions

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has garnered both praise and ire for its blistering difficulty (here’s our review). However, the creator of acclaimed indie platformer Celeste has ideas for making the game more approachable. FromSoftware’s latest epic has become somewhat notorious for its lack of accessibility options, more so than previous titles such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

Celeste released January 2018 and gained widespread praise for its challenging gameplay and emotional storytelling. Critics singled out the game’s Assist Mode in particular for its myriad of helpful accessibility options. Celeste is a hardcore platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy, but players can choose to reduce the game’s overall speed, gain infinite stamina, become invincible, and more. The idea behind the mode is to allow less-skilled players, or those with physical disabilities, to enjoy the game in whatever way suits them. By contrast, Sekiro is tuned to a single, steep difficulty. Performing well requires a high-degree of reflexive skills and precision. Although many players enjoy FromSoftware’s approach, an increasingly vocal group of players have expressed a desire for multiple difficulties in order to enjoy Sekiro without the headaches.

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One of those players is Matt Thorson, the creator of Celeste. As reported by PSGamesN, he took to Twitter to express that while he was loving his time with Sekiro, the game could stand to be a bit more inviting. His thread presents a list of possible options to feature in a hypothetical Assist Mode. Suggestions include reducing the combat speed and infinite Posture (i.e. the player’s guard). Later in the thread he suggests that this mode only be accessible from the main menu, per save file. This would make the Assist options unavailable to those playing “normally” and eliminate the temptation to bump things down mid-playthrough.

Despite making a seemingly fair assessment, that hasn’t stopped many of the FromSoftware faithful from lambasting Thorson’s ideas as “game breaking.” Some say that the tough difficulty is what defines a FromSoftware experience – that the very presence of Assist options would ruin the entire game. Conversely, plenty of players and critics have joined Thorson’s rallying cry for accessibility options. Their main argument is that Sekiro’s alluring world and combat should be more attainable to those who neither possess the time nor physical ability to master its brutal challenge.

The line in the sand that this debate has drawn can be both enlightening and frustrating to watch. Wishing to preserve what fans feel is the intended experience is an understandable sentiment, especially from an artistic perspective. However, shooting down completely optional accessibility modes in belief that they sully the experience seems a tad elitist. Regardless, it’s doubtful that FromSoftware will implement such changes to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. If they did, though, maybe it would look something like this.

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Source: Matt Thorson/PCGamesN

2019-04-04 07:04:45

Marcus Stewart

Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Disappointed By Live-Action Look

Sonic the Hedgehog’s creator is disappointed by the character’s new live-action look. The famed blue hedgehog got his start in 1991, when Sega was trying to find a comparable persona to challenge the supremacy of Nintendo’s Mario. The character took off in a hurry, blazing with supersonic speed through a litany of titles over the years and earning its own dedicated following.

Whether or not Sonic the Hedgehog has attained the same degree of fame and instant recognizability as Nintendo’s Mario is certainly debatable. That being said, with an official live-action adaptation of Sonic on its way from Paramount, fans certainly have a thing or two to say about the speedy blue hedgehog’s current appearance. Though the recently released image of Sonic has since been removed from the internet by Paramount, the damage appears to have been done, with many fans making their feelings known over the extensive changes.

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The fans aren’t the only ones expressing their dismay over the look of Paramount’s live-action Sonic the Hedgehog, either. Variety has reported that the head of the original team responsible for creating the popular character, Yuji Naka, has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on Sonic’s appearance. Though the tweet is entirely in Japanese, the uncertainty of Naka’s words survives even the most rudimentary of translations, as he asked, “Is this a ‘Sonic’ movie?” Before stating, “I feel that it is important to look at the whole body visual of Sonic and head, body, and stomach. Did you not get a little more balance?” You can check out the full tweet below:

Getting a character as popular as Sonic the Hedgehog right is quite possibly one of the most important (and all too often overlooked) aspects of a live-action adaptation. Fans have been dealing with this character for years – even decades in some cases, and as such, there are going to be a lot of expectations for Paramount to deliver accordingly. So far what’s been seen of Sonic isn’t hitting the mark for many, and when even one of the character’s original creators speaks up to throw shade on Paramount’s progress thus far, it’s hard not to think that changes are needed at once. If there’s a silver lining in all this, however, it’s the possibility that the image surfacing was a strategic move on the part of Paramount. Naka also mentioned this possibility in his tweet, with the idea being that the studio wanted to gauge public opinion on what they had thus far, before advancing further with the project.

If Paramount is indeed testing the waters with this quite frankly strange looking Sonic, then fans can rest easy. The negative attention the image has garnered both online and through word of mouth has literally sped its way to the top by now, allowing Paramount executives and the film’s creators to think things through. If, on the other hand, nothing comes from this current bad first impression, the prognosis for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film could be a less than favorable one.

More: Why Sonic’s Live-Action Design Looks Worse Than Detective Pikachu’s Pokémon

Source: Variety, Yuji Naka/Twitter

2019-03-05 06:03:20

Mike Jones

Kingsman Creator Reveals Photo of Mark Strong’s Alternate Fate in The Golden Circle

Kingsman creator Mark Millar has posted photos showing a happier alternate fate for Mark Strong’s Merlin in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The original Kingsman was adapted from Millar’s graphic novel of the same name and found a teenager named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) training to become a member of an elite spy group.

While Kingsman: The Golden Circle was another success, it received a more mixed critical response. Whereas the first movie felt like a throwback to the colorful spy movies of the 1970s, Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s long runtime and childish sense of humor were commonly cited as two major problems. It also brought Colin Firth’s Harry Hart back to life after his fairly definitive death in the original. While Hart was a big hit with audiences who wanted to see the character return, his resurrection via some magical healing gel slightly cheapened his emotional demise. That said, he wasn’t the only major character to die in the franchise.

Related: Harry’s Return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle Explained

Kingman: The Golden Circle saw the death of another fan favorite character in Mark Strong’s Merlin, who is killed in a mine explosion. This scene is a shocking and heartbreaking moment for the characters and audience alike, but the original cut revealed Merlin actually survived this scene. He even later attended Eggsy’s wedding at the end of the film. Now, Millar has taken to Twitter to show some rare photos of a living Merlin during the final scene.

Merlin’s heroic death is considered one of the film’s highlights, but the first cut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle reveals the explosion only cost him his legs. He was supposed to crawl into the diner following the final fight scene, revealing his survival to Eggsy, and he would then be seen with prosthetic legs at the wedding. Test audiences were said to feel cheated that Merlin’s “death” was used as a cheap gag, so his demise was made permanent in the final cut.

While Kingsman: The Golden Circle didn’t receive the same critical buzz as the first film, the franchise’s future is looking strong. A prequel called Kingsman: The Great Game will star Ralph Fiennes, and will film before Egerton and Firth return for Kingsman 3. An 8-part Kingsman TV show, as well as a spinoff focused on sister organization The Statesman, are also in development, and Egerton has recently stated he’d like to take a 10-15 year break from the series following the third movie before returning to mentor a new agent in a future sequel.

More: Breaking Down The New Kingsman Shared Universe

Source: Mark Millar

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2019-01-13 01:01:00

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Creator Tells Critics To ‘F-ck Off’

Bandersnatch Black Mirror

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch creator Charlie Brooker says that critics who aren’t keen on the film’s interactive focus can “f-ck off” in a recent interview. Brooker’s cheeky defense of Black Mirror‘s interactive spin-off film came while answering questions about the creation and critical reception of Bandersnatch alongside co-showrunner Annabel Jones. Bandersnatch released on Netflix at the close of 2018, and the choose-your-own-adventure film has grown into nothing short of a cultural phenomenon since then.

The first full-length feature to come out of the warped Black Mirror Netflix series, Bandersnatch is an interactive movie set in 1984 that revolves around efforts of protagonist Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game. The onus of Butler’s choices – and their unintended consequences – rest on the viewer. Five distinct endings can be achieved (as well as one secret post-credits ending), and the movie can unfold in over a trillion unique paths. While Bandersnatch has been generally well-received and its popularity has spawned numerous parodies and memes, the film has also received its fair share of criticisms in the fortnight since its release.

Related: How To Get The BEST Ending In Bandersnatch

In an interview with HuffPost UK, Charlie Brooker’s colorful suggestion was in response to a question about his and Black Mirror co-showrunner Annabel Jones’ thoughts on the public and critical reception of Bandersnatch. First, Jones expressed gratitude for the positivity with which many have met Bandersnatch, saying, “[it’s] just so satisfying that so many people have engaged with it.” She then went on to acknowledge the initially “terrifying” thought of relinquishing some narrative control to viewers, which Brooker rejoined in saying, “It’s been interesting that you get different reactions from different people, partly based on what they’re expecting, or what they want.” Unloading on critics whom he clearly feels don’t have a leg to stand on, Brooker went on to say:

Black Mirror Bandersnatch - Stefan Colin and Thakur

“There’s also some people that are like ‘I don’t wanna make decisions’, ‘I don’t want to do any of it’… well f-ck off, then. Do something else! And then there’s some people who think ‘oh, it’s too simple as a game’ or ‘games have done this before’ – well this isn’t on a gaming platform, it’s on Netflix. I’m well aware of what a computer game is, thanks.”

Along with Susanne Bier’s similarly viral Bird Box, the throngs of viewers that Bandersnatch has been able to reach are just another of 2018’s reminders that Netflix’s importance in the film industry is quickly rising. While the streaming platform has lightly explored the prospects of theatrical release of its original films recently, Netflix ought not to forget that its true power rests in its ability to reach subscribers in the comfort of their own homes, and the popularity of Bandersnatch, irregular format and all, perfectly exemplifies this. Without its interactivity, Bandersnatch would likely have never been propelled into the spotlight it enjoys now, but the very thought of a theater audience frequently brandishing their too-bright smartphones on public wifi at a theatrical screening of the film should be enough to send a shiver up any moviegoer’s spine.

More: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s Post-Credits Ending – What Happens & How To Get It

Source: HuffPost UK

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2019-01-11 01:01:24

Child’s Play Creator Rejected Producer Credit On MGM’s Reboot

Chucky creator Don Mancini rejected an offer from MGM to executive produce the upcoming Child’s Play reboot. Mancini has joked about the remake in the past, but now it seems there is genuine frustration from him. MGM announced the Child’s Play reboot over the summer, and since then the film has locked down its cast and production on the project has begun. The film will feature a technologically advanced Buddi doll, and while no one from the original classic is involved, this new film will have a similar plot.

Child’s Play was released back in 1988, and would go on to spawn six sequels. The film focused on Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), a young boy who receives a seemingly innocent doll named Chucky. The doll was, in fact, possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). Chucky would go on to become a well recognized name in the horror genre, joining the likes of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. As the series progressed, the titles ditched the Child’s Play name, and would just reference Chucky.

Related: Child’s Play Movie Remake Director Teases Start Of Production

Mancini recently appeared on the podcast Post Mortem and revealed that MGM reached out to him for potential involvement in the reboot. Mancini’s most recent work with the franchise has been 2013’s Curse of Chucky, and last year’s Cult of Chucky. Mancini has been involved with the series for 30 years, and has written and directed the past two entries. He feels that MGM’s offer was disrespectful, and was their way of seeking his approval. Mancini stated:

“MGM retained the rights to the first movie, so they’re rebooting that. They asked producer David Kirschner and I if we wanted to be executive producers. We said no thank you, because we have our ongoing thriving business with Chucky. Obviously my feelings were hurt. Ya know, I had just done two movies… forgive me if I sound defensive, they were both at 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though they didn’t get theatrical releases, they were well regarded. And I did create the character and nurture the franchise for three fucking decades.”

Fans of the series can expect Chucky’s origins to be changed a bit for the upcoming film. The cast of the reboot includes Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman. There has been no word on who will be voicing Chucky this time around since Dourif will remain as the voice for Mancini’s adaptations including the upcoming Child’s Play TV show. Plaza will be portraying Karen Barclay, the mother of Andy Barclay, who will be played by Gabriel Bateman. Detective Mike Norris will be portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry, and fans of the original know that this character’s altercation with Charles Lee Ray birthed everyone’s favorite killer doll.

For a long time, Chucky was the only horror icon left to not fall victim to the reboot treatment, but that has now changed. Mancini’s frustrations toward the project are understandable since he has been handling the series for quite some time. While some fans remain on the fence about this reboot it will be interesting to see what MGM cooks up. For those who have no interest in the film, they can look forward to the TV series being worked on, which will involve Mancini and others from the original continuity.

More: Child’s Play Remake Launches Site Promoting New Chucky Doll

Source: Post Mortem

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