Elmo Brings Respect To Westeros In Game of Thrones & Sesame Street Crossover

The iconic Muppet character Elmo resolves the House Lannister feud in a new Game of Thrones and Sesame Street crossover video. Currently voiced by Ryan Dillon, Elmo debuted in 1972 as “Baby Monster.” On HBO’s Game of Thrones, Lena Headey portrays the villainous Cersei Lannister, a character who is known for her turbulent relationships with brothers Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

Various families rely on tradition and violence to survive in Game of Thrones, with the main players forming alliances to ensure long-term control. In the eighth and final season, which premiered April 14, the Game of Thrones characters are currently preparing for the Great War – a battle between the living and the dead. In the north at Winterfell, Tyrion Lannister has joined forces with House Stark’s Jon Snow, and serves as Hand of the Queen to the “Mother of Dragons,” Daenerys Targaryen. In the south at King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister plots against her human enemies, despite previously vowing allegiance to them during the Great War. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister has arrived in Winterfell to lend assistance during the upcoming Battle of Winterfell, though he receives quite a surprise upon spotting a character from his past, Bran Stark.

Related: Game Of Thrones’ Final Season Will Be Funny (& That’s Good)

On YouTube, Sesame Street released a video entitled “Sesame Street: Respect is Coming.” Early on, Tyrion speaks to his sister Cersei and declares “you can’t ignore me forever.” In response, Cersei refuses to make eye contact, while Tyrion states that he only wants “what’s best for Westeros.” After the usual awkward banter between the Lannister siblings, the one and only Elmo emerges from underneath the table, in full Game of Thrones regalia. Elmo then proceeds to deliver a moving monologue about respect and efficient communication, all the while confusing the siblings with a reference to Cookie Monster. Ultimately, Elmo convinces the siblings to “learn and listen,” and then becomes giddy upon Tyrion’s toast offering to a “new red friend.” The clip concludes with the message “Respect brings us together,” and Sesame Street also uses the hashtag #RespectIsComing. Watch the Elmo-Lannister meeting below.

For Game of Thrones, the Elmo crossover aligns with the HBO series’ new comedic approach. In the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, the episode includes more jokes than usual, including a cryptic encounter between series protagonist Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon named Drogon. To begin, the episode features Tyrion Lannister making a crude joke about the genitalia of Varys, a manipulative character who was castrated as a child. As the season progresses, however, the Game of Thrones’ comedy will surely take a backseat to pure action, as the upcoming Battle of Winterfell will reportedly feature the longest battle scene in the history of television and film.

More: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Reveals New Meaning Of “A Song Of Ice & Fire”

Game of Thrones season 8 airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

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2019-04-18 01:04:56

Q.V. Hough

Fear Street Movie Trilogy Casts Community’s Gillian Jacobs

Fans of R.L. Stine’s novels can rejoice, as the latest cast member for the upcoming Fear Street trilogy has been confirmed to be Gillian Jacobs. The possibility of a Fear Street film was first teased in 2015, when Stine confirmed that something was in the works for his other best-selling horror series. Stine is most known as the author of the Goosebumps series, which was also adapted, first for the small screen in the 1990s, and for the big screen in 2015. The film of the same title, and its 2018 sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, stars Jack Black as Stine himself, and doesn’t directly adapt any of the books.

Jacobs most recently starred in Judd Apatow’s Love, with Paul Rust as her co-star. Prior to starring in the Netflix comedy, Jacobs played the role of Britta Perry on Dan Harmon’s Community, which ran for five seasons on NBC before airing its sixth and final season on Yahoo! Screen. Jacobs gained a fan following during her six season run on the show, and although a movie had been in talks since the show’s conception, it doesn’t appear as if the Community film will be happening anytime soon, if at all. Either way, Jacobs will be a welcome addition to the already impressive cast list of the Fear Street films.

Related: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Movie Finds a Writer

THR reports that Jacobs signed on for all three films in the trilogy. So far, Kylie Killen (The Beaver) is slated to write the script, with Leah Janiak as director. Other confirmed cast members are Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, and Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink, making Jacobs the latest to confirm her involvement in the trilogy. Fear Street is another young adult horror series penned by Stine that has gained notoriety over the years, and will likely target a more mature audience than the Goosebumps films. Fear Street, while still aimed at a YA readership, is darker and more sinister than the Goosebumps books, so the films will likely reflect this maturity.

The 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment film series is already filming in Atlanta at the moment, and some elements of the plot have been revealed. The films will span three different time periods, 1994, 1978 and 1666. Jacobs is slated to play a maintenance worker at a summer camp in the 1994 setting, but her other roles in the trilogy have yet to be confirmed. With Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox, the distribution plans for the trilogy are currently unknown.

As more information about the Fear Street films develop, the anticipation for a release date is rising. The first film in the franchise officially has a writer, director, and now an impressive list of talent behind it, but when can fans expect to see the film in theaters? Aside from a young adult audience, those who were fans of the novels in childhood will likely makeup a majority of the audience as well, if not for the thrilling content then for nostalgia. While a date has yet to be determined, fans can rest assured for now that the film series is in good hands.

More: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Trilogy Casts Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink

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2019-04-16 08:04:24

Taylor Charendoff

The Origins Of Freddy Krueger’s Glove In A Nightmare On Elm Street

The Freddy Krueger glove is an iconic weapon from the A Nightmare On Elm Street series, but what’s the origin story behind it? Director Wes Craven (Scream) conceived of the premise behind A Nightmare On Elm Street in the early 1980s after reading a series of articles about people suddenly dying in their sleep with no clear cause. He also based Freddy off of a drunken man who scared him as a child by staring at him.

A Nightmare On Elm Street became a surprise hit in 1984, so cash strapped studio New Line Cinema immediately started work on A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. While reviews were mixed, the sequel was an even bigger hit and Krueger quickly became a cultural icon. The franchise spawned more sequels, a video game, a TV series and much more over the years. The original movie received a critically-lambasted remake in 2010 and original Freddy performer Robert Englund reprised the part in 2018 for a cameo in sitcom The Goldbergs.

Related: Johnny Depp’s A Nightmare On Elm Street Role Explained

In addition to his burned visage and strippy sweater, Freddy’s razor-claw glove is another famous element of the character. While conceiving of A Nightmare On Elm Street Craven knew Freddy needed a signature weapon, like Leatherface’s chainsaw or Michael Myer’s butcher knife from Halloween. He later realized an early fear of primal man would have been of tooth and claw or being mauled by a bear. He also drew inspiration from just watching his cat kneading its claws. This combination led to the creation of the Freddy Krueger glove, which the character is seen building in his boiler room in the opening scene of the film.

Freddy built the glove to torture and kill his young victims, with Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare revealing he built a number of prototype gloves, including one with sharp spikes and another with razor blades on the fingertips. Freddy himself has never revealed the inspiration behind his glove in the franchise, though the Nightmare On Elm Street remake suggested he got the idea from a gardening cultivator. The glove itself has evolved in unique ways throughout the series, with Freddy growing knives out of his own fingers in Freddy’s Revenge and receiving a more organic looking, five-bladed claw in 1994’s New Nightmare.

The Freddy Krueger glove is just one reason both the character and A Nightmare On Elm Street became iconic and it’s hard to imagine him without it. Robert Englund said of the glove that it acts as an extension of Freddy Krueger and his evil, making it the perfect weapon for the character.

Next: The Origin & Real Meaning Of Freddy Krueger’s Song In A Nightmare On Elm Street

2019-04-05 09:04:22

Padraig Cotter

Detective Pikachu Sequel Already In The Works From 22 Jump Street Writer

Detective Pikachu Taxi Cab

A sequel to Detective Pikachu is already in the works with 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel onboard to write the script. Positioned as one of Warner Bros.’ major tentpoles for the summer, Detective Pikachu has been steadily generating buzz since the first trailer debuted late last year. Fans are excited to see the world of Pokémon finally come to live-action, and the casting of Ryan Reynolds as the titular fast-talking sleuth gives it some extra star power to boot. Combining noir elements with all the possibilities of the Pokémon franchise, the movie certainly has an opportunity to be one of 2019’s most unique offerings.

The Pokémon brand remains as popular as ever, with a resurgence boosted by the success of mobile game Pokémon GO in 2016. Since there remains significant interest in fresh content from the franchise, it stood reason to believe WB and Legendary Pictures were hoping Detective Pikachu could be the start of a new movie series. As it turns out, that’s precisely the case, and the wheels are now in motion for a sequel to the upcoming live-action/animation hybrid.

Related: Every Detective Pikachu Update You Need To Know

According to THR, Legendary has pegged Uziel to write a Detective Pikachu 2 script. Since the project is in the earliest stages of development, no other information was available at this time.

Charizard in Detective Pikachu

As of this writing, Detective Pikachu is still more than three months away from hitting theaters, so it’s a major vote of confidence in the movie that the studio is developing the followup now. In some cases, executives like to wait and see what they have before forging ahead on franchise plans, just in case a title doesn’t live up to commercial or critical expectations. But apparently, Legendary higher-ups love what director Rob Letterman delivered and want to stay in the Pokémon business. Obviously, it’s unknown what directions the sequel’s story could take, but it in all likelihood would involve everyone’s favorite crime-solving Pokémon teaming up with his human partner to solve a new case. Detective Pikachu marketing has played up the burgeoning friendship between Pikachu and Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), so it would be a shame if that dynamic wasn’t further explored in the next movie.

Detective Pikachu arrives at the multiplex two weeks after Avengers: Endgame, putting it in an ideal position to thrive during its box office run. Summer is always a competitive time of the year for ticket sales, but WB smartly positioned Pikachu, giving it a small cushion before Aladdin and Godzilla: King of the Monsters open at the end of May. It should have ample time to turn a healthy profit for the studio, especially when one considers the property’s global appeal. With the future of Deadpool up in the air due to the Disney/Fox acquisition, perhaps Detective Pikachu can become Reynolds’ meal ticket for the next few years.

More: Every Pokémon Confirmed for Detective Pikachu

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2019-01-25 01:01:22

Female-Led Jump Street Reportedly Eying Tiffany Haddish & Awkwafina

Sony is reportedly eying Tiffany Haddish to star in their female-led reboot of the Jump Street movie series. The studio is also on the lookout for Haddish’s costar in the film and (apparently) hopes to land rapper-turned actor Awkwafina for the role.

The dramatic 1980s TV series 21 Jump Street got a comedic makeover in 2012 with the movie of the same name. Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two buddy cops who go undercover as high schoolers, the 21 Jump Street movie was a critical and commercial success that went on to earn a sequel (cheekily titled 22 Jump Street), two years later. While Sony toyed with the idea of a Jump Street and Men in Black franchise crossover film thereafter, the studio has instead decided to focus its efforts on a female-led Jump Street reboot/spinoff that has 22 Jump Street cowriter and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-writer/director Rodney Rothman attached to write and direct.

Related: Men in Black Spinoff/Reboot Gets An Official Title

While Collider reports that Haddish has entered talks to star in the Jump Street reboot/spinoff, Sony has yet to either confirm or deny the news. In the event that Haddish does sign on, however, she won’t be going undercover as a high school student. According to Collider, the idea is that Haddish’s character is a cop who goes undercover as a high school teacher, with her partner masquerading as a student and possibly ever her own daughter. Awkwafina, as mentioned, is said to be Sony’s top pick for the latter role, but hasn’t (seemingly) entered negotiations herself just yet.

Following her star-making supporting turn in last year’s hit comedy Girls Trip, Haddish has appeared in several films (including the hit comedy Night School, costarring Kevin Hart) and costarred on the TV series The Last O.G. Awkwafina has also enjoyed a whole lot of success in 2018, between her scene-stealing supporting roles in Ocean’s Eight (another female-led spinoff/reboot) and the hit rom-com Crazy Rich Asians. Haddish will next lend her voices to the animated sequels The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and The Secret Life of Pets 2 in 2019; meanwhile, Collider says Awkwafina is also being considered for a role in Jumanji 3,  in addition to her potential Jump Street part.

Rothman is having a pretty great year himself, thanks to the extremely positive critical response to Into the Spider-Verse ahead of its release in theaters next week. The animated Spider-Man film was further cowritten/produced by Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, so Rothman clearly already has a proper feel for the irreverent tone and deconstructionist humor that made the previous Jump Street movies a success with critics and general audiences alike. Likewise, Haddish and Awkwafina playing undercover cops in high school is a pairing with some real comedic potential – so here’s to hoping that it happens.

MORE: Spider-Verse Almost Cast Tobey Maguire as Older Peter Parker

We will bring you more details the new Jump Street movie as they become available.

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2018-12-05 02:12:30

Warner Bros’ Live-Action Sesame Street Movie Eyes Anne Hathaway To Star

Anne Hathaway could be participating in Warner Bros.’ upcoming live-action Sesame Street movie. Director and producer Shawn Levy will be producing the adaptation. The film will be based on the kid friendly series that first aired back in 1969. Not much is known about the project’s story, but fans can expect familiar characters to feature in the film.

Sesame Street first aired on the PBS network nearly fifty years ago, and has become one of the most successful educational shows for children. The series focuses on Muppet like characters that educate young viewers on a variety of different topics. A few years ago during one of our interviews, we learned that Shawn Levy would be involved with the production. Warner Bros. has also picked Jonathan Krisel to direct the upcoming live-action adventure. Sesame Street has been on the big screen before, with 1985’s Follow That Bird, then again with 1999’s Elmo flick The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Outside of those two ventures, there have been several TV specials for the beloved series over the years as well.

Related: Sesame Street Movie Adds Night at the Museum Writers

According to Collider, Anne Hathaway has been offered a role in the upcoming live-action project. Hathaway has been offered the role of Sally, which is the same name of a character from the series pilot episode. An agreement for the role has not yet been made, as Hathaway is also fielding other offers.

The first draft for Sesame Street was penned by Mike Rosolio, and Chris Galletta offered a revised version. This wouldn’t be unfamiliar territory for Hathaway, since she’s appeared on the televised series before. In the 2007 holiday special Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, she demonstrated her vocal talents, and sang alongside notable characters Big Bird and Snuffy. Hathaway has also appeared in several Warner Bros. pictures lately (most recently Ocean’s 8), so there’s already a bond established with the studio.

With little known about the project, fans can only speculate for now what the film will ultimately be about. Expect characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and several others to be involved. No word has been given in regards to when the picture will begin production, but with offers being made it could be soon. The film is said to be more of a musical piece, so perhaps Hathaway can offer her vocal skills here as well. There have been no other known offers for roles in the film, but expect more to come as production nears.

More: Sesame Street Denies Former Writer’s Claim That Bert & Ernie Are Gay

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2018-12-04 09:12:37

If Beale Street Could Talk Review: The Poetry of James Baldwin

Much like his previous films as a director, Jenkins’ Beale Street adaptation is a richly layered and beautifully atmospheric work of cinematic poetry.

Two years after the release of his sophomore directorial effort Moonlight (a film that was crowned Best Picture by the Academy in 2017 and landed him as Oscar for his writing), filmmaker Barry Jenkins returns with another ambitious venture in the form of If Beale Street Could Talk. An adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, Beale Street has been in development since 2013 and was actually written at the same time that Jenkins worked on the Moonlight screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film has been widely celebrated throughout its festival run and (justly) continues to gain momentum in the current awards season race, ahead of its theatrical release. Much like his previous films as a director, Jenkins’ Beale Street adaptation is a richly layered and beautifully atmospheric work of cinematic poetry.

Set primarily in 1970s-era Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk revolves around Clementine “Tish” Rivers (KiKi Layne) and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James). While Tish and Fonny grew up together as children, it’s not until they reach young adulthood that the pair come to realize how deeply connected – and romantically attracted – they are to one another. Upon recognizing their feelings, the two begin dating and, before long, are a proper couple sharing their own apartment, all while Fonny settles into his career as a self-made artist and Tish works a steady job at a department store.

However, their lives are forever changed when Fonny is charged with raping a woman named Victoria Rogers (Emily Rios), after she identifies him in a lineup and a cop named Officer Bell (Ed Skrein) claims to have seen Fonny fleeing the scene of the crime. Despite having a strong alibi, Fonny is sent to jail and it falls to Kiki to clear his name, with the help of her mother Sharon (Regina King), sister Ernestine (Teyonah Parris), and father Joseph (Colman Domingo). If that wasn’t enough, Tish is also pregnant and desperately wants to clear Fonny’s name before their child is born… even as it becomes increasingly clear just how difficult that task is going to be.

If Beale Street Could Talk carries over prose from Baldwin’s source material in the form of KiKi’s narration and even opens with a text passage from the original novel, yet these elements never feel extraneous nor out of place in the film adaptation. It helps that Jenkins uses KiKi’s voiceover to compliment the narrative proceedings and provide important context for relevant subjects (like the history of Harlem and certain personal relationships) that would be near-impossible to explain otherwise, without the aid of clunky exposition. This allows Beale Street to smoothly translate Baldwin’s elegant writing into equally lyrical cinema, without losing its emotional potency or layers of meaning in the process. As a result, Beale Street feels like a book brought to life as a movie – in a good way – and serves to illustrate Jenkins’ continuing evolution as a filmmaker by providing a similar, yet noticeably different viewing experience than Moonlight, between its literary elements and non-linear narrative cues (the latter of which really benefit the film’s simple overarching story).

Of course, like Moonlight, Beale Street is a painterly work of cinema that would be enjoyable to watch even without audio. The movie was once again shot by Jenkins’ trusted DP James Paxton and draws from a distinct set of colors (blue, brown, and yellow in particular), in order to enrich its picturesque wide angle compositions and intimately filmed closeups with deeper layers of symbolic meaning. Beale Street‘s sound editing is similarly impressive in the way it juxtaposes ominously rumbling audial effects during its most intense moments with Moonlight composer Nicholas Britell’s orchestral leitmotifs and classic Harlem music during the movie’s warmer and/or romantic scenes. The aforementioned color scheme is further reflected in the film’s lovely period costumes by Caroline Eselin (another Moonlight graduate) and the native New York scenery that Beale Street photographs to bring its vision of historical Harlem to life.

The actors in Beale Street as as essential to the film’s success as its craftsmanship, with newcomer Layne leading the way in a breakout performance as the sweet and tender (yet strong-willed and savvy) Tish. James builds on his work in historical dramas like Selma and Race with his own performance as the gentle, sensitive, and otherwise thoughtful soul that is Fonny, making his love story with Tish all the more compelling and touching for it. As much as Beale Street focuses on their romance, though, it also take the time to develop the relationship between Tish and the rest of her family (especially her mother), with King, Parris, and Domingo all shining in their respective scenes here (again, King in particular). The film’s supporting cast is similarly full of terrific character actors who manage to leave an emotional impact during their comparatively brief appearances – though, if there’s a standout among them, it’s definitely Brian Tyree Henry as Fonny’s old pal Daniel Carty (a character who’s responsible for one of the film’s most powerful and quietly mesmerizing scenes, no less).

As much as Beale Street often feels like a film made by the director of Moonlight, it also demonstrates Jenkins’ newfound experience behind the camera and lets him explore themes and ideas from his previous work in engaging new ways. Beale Street is similar to Moonlight and Jenkins’ work on Netflix’s Dear White People TV series, in the sense that it’s the rare film to really examine black male trauma and how racism in America truly affects individual black people on an emotional level. Further, the film is largely told from the perspective of Tish and the women around her (even during its sex scenes) and paints an empathetic portrait of their lives in ways that bring to mind Moonlight‘s own moving portrayal of its queer protagonist. The end result: Beale Street feels at one with the rest of Jenkins’ work, yet shows that he’s far from done developing as a storyteller.

It might go without saying at this point, but If Beale Street Could Talk is very much a must-see for those who loved Moonlight (and, of course, Jenkins’ feature debut, Moonlight for Melancholy) and/or are fans of Baldwin’s literature and want to see it done justice on the big screen. The film is very much a worthy followup to Jenkins’ Best Picture Oscar-winning project and (deservedly) looks to gain more recognition as the current awards season trudges along. Still, whether you’re invested in all these Academy Awards discussions or not, you should take the time and pay a visit to Beale Street, when you have the chance.


If Beale Street Could Talk begins playing in select U.S. theaters on Friday, December 14. It is 117 minutes long and is rated R for language and some sexual content.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

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2018-12-04 03:12:58

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.

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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Hobbs & Shaw Photo: Idris Elba’s Fast & Furious Villain Revealed

Dwayne Johnson has posted the first photo of Idris Elba as the villainous Brixton in the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock has arguably become as central to the illegal street racing series-turned international juggernaut that is Fast & Furious as Vin Diesel, following his debut as Luke Hobbs from 2011’s Fast Five… and he has the box office receipts to prove it. Hence, it’s not surprising that Universal has decided to prioritize a spinoff movie that centers around Johnson’s character and pairs him opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, especially after the two actors discovered they have crackling onscreen chemistry while filming last year’s Fate of the Furious.

Hobbs and Shaw officially began shooting last month, with David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) calling the shots from a script by Fast & Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan. Not much is known about the film’s actual narrative, admittedly, but it’s probably fair to assume that Elba’s character is a suave British mercenary of sorts (Is there any other kind of British mercenary in the movies?) who’s out to profit from his terrorist ways. And of course, the only ones who stand in his way are Hobbs, Shaw, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby as (reportedly) Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent.

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Johnson published the first photo of Elba in character for Hobbs and Shaw on his Instagram account and, in doing so, confirmed the mysterious baddie’s name. Take a look in the space below:

Hobbs and Shaw‘s Brixton will be but the latest villain role in a major franchise movie that Elba adds to his belt, to go along with his voice work as the tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book remake and his performance as the antagonist Krall in Star Trek Beyond. As compelling as the actor can be when he’s playing the nobler type onscreen (even an extremely flawed hero like the DCI John Luther on the TV series Luther), he generally makes for an equally charismatic and engaging threat to the good guys in his big screen appearances.

The Fast & Furious movies have stepped up their own villain game over the past five years by bringing in top-tier talent like Luke Evans, Charlize Theron and – once upon a time – even Statham to take on the franchise’s heroes. However, with Elba stepping into Brixton’s (fancy) shoes, there’s a pretty good chance that Hobbs and Shaw will end up delivering the most memorable bad guy that the series has seen to date.

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2018-10-11 03:10:10 – Sandy Schaefer

Godzilla Vs Kong Movie Casts Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry is set to join the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. Legendary is getting into the cinematic universe game with the MonsterVerse and are building towards their big crossover in style. Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla launched the universe in 2014 and was followed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ’70s-set Kong: Skull Island. They’ve now established the two monsters, but are giving Godzilla a sequel next year to further set up their upcoming confrontation. That will happen in the appropriately titled Godzilla Vs Kong, directed by Adam Wingard.

The crossover movie has been getting itself into position to start filming, which was previously reported to start at the beginning of this month. There’s so far been no indication that this has actually happened and it would be difficult to do so without the entire cast set. The biggest star so far is Millie Bobby Brown reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Variety now reports that Emmy-nominated Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry is joining the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. There’s no details about who he will be playing, only that it is described as a “significant” role. This could make him either a hero or a villain in the larger story, both of which Henry’s shown the ability to succeed in.

Henry is best known and recognized for his work in FX’s Donald Glover comedy/drama, and has only continued to line up future projects. He was already seen this year in smaller roles in Hotel Artemis and White Boy Rick, but has three more movies coming out by the end of the year. Supporting roles in Widow and If Beale Street Could Talk have already put him on the receiving end of great critical praise, while he’s also providing the voice of Miles Morales’ dad in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He still has a third season of Atlanta, Amy Adams’ drama The Woman in the Window, Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Superintelligence, and the Child’s Play reboot in his future as well. Now that we can add Godzilla Vs Kong to his upcoming filmography, Henry will continue be someone audiences become very familiar with.

The cast of Godzilla Vs Kong extends beyond just Henry and Brown, though. The movie also brought Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison on board earlier this year. There were even rumors that Black Panther‘s Danai Gurira was being eyed for a major role in the movie, but that has yet to be confirmed. Even if that doesn’t pan out, the movie is off to a great start with its casting. None of the stars may be certifiable box office draws just yet, but that’s why a battle between Godzilla and King Kong is at the center of the film. And, who knows, by the time Godzilla Vs Kong arrives in theaters, the constant exposure Henry is getting could make him a major selling point.

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2018-10-10 05:10:45 – Cooper Hood