Just weeks after IT was released, the sequel was already in the works. Starting filming this summer in Toronto with Jessica Chastain playing adult Beverly Marsh and Bill Skarsgård returning to play Pennywise.
The second film will follow the timelines of the Losers Club as adults, returning to the town of Derry twenty years after the first film.
Most recently, James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in talks to join the cast. According to Hollywood Reporter, if all goes through, McAvoy would play adult Bill Denbrough, whose character goes on to become a successful horror author. Hader would play adult Richie Tozier, growing up to be a DJ.
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With the filming dates quickly approaching, the casting decisions should be solidified fairly soon. Both McAvoy and Hader are fan favorites for the second adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
IT: Chapter 2 will hit theaters on September 6th, 2019.
Black Panther is on a lot of people’s most-anticipated movie lists for 2018 and for good reason. After seventeen blockbuster films, Marvel is finally giving a person of color the center role, with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. Not only that, but Marvel scored major cred hiring Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler to write and direct the film.
Many of the folks lucky enough to go to the premiere are singing praise for Coogler and his vision.
BLACK PANTHER is just astonishing. Ryan Coogler has harnessed the superhero movie — and a really fun one! — to explore profound ideas and create vivid images of black excellence that so rarely ever make it to a giant Hollywood movie. Wow wow wow!
Others highlight the fact that, despite being a big-budget superhero blockbuster, the movie still explores ideas of identity in a timely way.
Black Panther was STUNNING. The movie itself tackles a lot of different issues, including a complex villain and the moral struggles that come with being king.
And it truly showed the strength of black women THE ENTIRE TIME.#BlackPanther
BLACK PANTHER is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The 1st MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN
Still others call it the best Marvel movie to date! And did I mention there have been seventeen?
I think the argument can be made for #BlackPanther being the best Marvel film ever! Just got out of premiere & overwhelmed at the imagery, the majesty, & a film that elevates the superhero genre to new heights. pic.twitter.com/LSkWEconB4
Black Panther is a new high for Marvel on so many levels: the richest exploration of identity and strength and privilege, the deepest bench of complex women, and I think the MCU’s most tragic villain. The atmosphere in the screening room was so charged.
While we still have to wait until next week for the review embargo to lift, social media reactions tend to be more mixed than these, even if they do skew positive. So keep your hopes up! Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters February 16th, and I hope to see you in the theater! In the meantime, pick up Ta-Nehisi Coates’ stellar Black Panther run right here.
January is finally here. At least here in New York, that means the snowstorms will slowly ramp up until my back will 100% break from shoveling. But also, January has good things in it, such as New Year’s Day, when we all sit around hungover and anticipate all the things we’ll accomplish in the coming twelve months.
Best of all, January has four Fridays. That means four opportunities to go to the movies and see our favorite books come to life. Here are the movie adaptations you can get hyped for this January.
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Based on Molly Bloom’s memoir of the same name, Molly’s Game tells the true story of Bloom’s time running the most exclusive poker games for about a decade before getting arrested by the FBI. Jessica Chastain stars alongside Idris Elba.
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The sequel to 2014’s Paddington, Paddington 2 continues the adventures of Michael Bond’s classic bear. This one is looking good, sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and people say the first one is excellent as well. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Hugh Grant star, with Ben Whishaw voicing Paddington Bear.
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Based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong is the story of a 12 member team deployed in Afghanistan following the September 11th attacks, where they fight using unconventional tactics. Such as ride horses. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña.
Mary and The Witch’s Flower
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Based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is a little bit like Cinderella, except instead of becoming a princess for a night, Mary becomes a witch for a night. Sounds like a better deal. This is the first feature film from Studio Ponoc, which was founded by former Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiaki Nishimura.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
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The much-anticipated finale to the Maze Runner series, based on James Dashner’s novels, The Death Cure promises a fiery conclusion. You can expect more mazes in this one, as the characters must infiltrate the famed Last City. Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Patricia Clarkson star.
Everybody’s loving Pixar’s Coco. It has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned $50 million on its opening weekend. What people don’t like is the Frozen short that plays before it.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure follows Arendelle’s first Christmas after the events of Frozen. The thing is, people did not go to see Coco because they liked Frozen. Frozen was popular and everything and maybe a five minute short would have gone over well. But Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a twenty-one minute shitshow of Frozen soundtrack outtakes. Also, it follows the comedic relief. Olaf is a snowman, not a showman (coined and minted, I expect royalties.)
I wasn’t the only one groaning when the short belligerently refused to be short. The tweets came in hot. Here are a few choice ones:
The main issue isn’t that it’s bad, but that it’s long. And it is long. The last short to premiere before a Pixar movie was Lou, which played before Cars 3 earlier this year. That was seven minutes long. Before that, Piper, which played before Finding Dory, was six minutes. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is twenty-one minutes. It doesn’t end.
Also, every Pixar short tells an original story that was made in-house. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure feels like an extended ad for Frozen 2. The shorts usually have a sincerely creative reason to exist. This one doesn’t. More Olaf…yay.
What made Frozen special wasn’t the snowman, but the retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Snow Queen.” Some of the characters that came out of it are definitely beloved. To this viewer, they belong in the background. That’s just how it goes.
Oh no. Hope you don’t melt, Olaf. That’d be a shame. | via GIPHY
Winter is coming. Specifically, winter will be here in like three weeks. Arguably the best time to watch a movie is when the dead leaves sit in the street, shriveling into crispy corpses. You can always warm up and forget the frigid outdoors with a big bucket of popcorn slathered in butter flavoring. Or maybe you’re one of those sickos that prefers pretzel nuggets and slightly spicy cheese sauce. Whatever your preferred concession, here are the best movies to see this December if you also love books.
The Disaster Artist
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James Franco’s movie about a book about a movie is getting some serious buzz. The movie’s based on The Room star Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book of the same name. The story recounts Sestero’s friendship with the director of the cult classic The Room, Tommy Wiseau. Wiseau’s flick is widely considered the best bad movie of all time. James Franco and his brother Dave star as Wiseau and Sestero, and, if nothing else, Franco’s Wiseau impression is worth the price of admission.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
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Emmett and Brendan Malloy’s movie is based on Joy Nicholson’s novel of the same name. The story follows a family living in a rich suburb of Los Angeles called Palos Verdes. Jennifer Garner looks like she’s turning in a wonderful performance as a stressed out suburban mom, feeling the pressure to get plastic surgery, to diet, and to just live a generally appearance-obsessed life. This one’s looking like the way to go for book lovers who aren’t Franco fanatics.
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November Criminals, which I guess would have been too obvious to release in November, is based on Sam Munson’s The November Criminals. Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort plays the role of Addison, whose friend gets killed in a robbery. Addison is then determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to his friend, but things are more complicated than they appear and nobody is who they seem. Watch November Criminals…this December!
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name, this one’s about a young actor who falls for an older woman who happens to be legendary, Oscar-winning actor Gloria Grahame. Paul McGuigan directs Jamie Bell in the role of Turner and Annette Bening, who’s playing Grahame. This looks like a nice light-hearted romance to round out a tough year and welcome a hopefully brighter 2018. Then again, I have neither read the book nor seen the movie, so it could be a miserable story that will leave you feeling wretched. Let’s hope not!