Things We Saw Today: Here’s a First Look at Emma Stone as Cruella De Vil

emma stone as cruella de vil

There’s no shortage of news coming out of the D23 Expo, but we’re pretty excited about the first image from Disney’s upcoming Cruella. Emma Stone will play a young version of the villainous fur enthusiast from 101 Dalmatians in the upcoming origin story. Stone takes over for Glenn Close, who previously played the role in the 1996 live action film.

The film follows young Cruella as she makes her way through London during the punk scene of the 1970s. The film also stars Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser and Joel Fry, and is directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya). A shameless cash grab from Disney? Surely. But Stone is rocking that wig.

(via Variety, image: Disney)

  • Dwayne Johnon and Emily Blunt set sail on Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie. (via Hero Complex)
  • Tom Holland and Kevin Feige weigh in on the Spideypocalypse. (via io9)
  • John Carpenter talks the future of the Halloween franchise. (via Syfy Wire)
  • Disney’s Lady and the Tramp gets its first trailer, and man are those rescue doggos cute:
  • Always be yourself … unless you can be Patrick Swayze in Road House. (via Pajiba)
  • Shout out to one of the originals, Princess Peach in Super Mario Bros. 2. (via Kotaku)
  • Rolling into the weekend like these tumbling air mattresses:

How are you spending this Saturday, Mary Suevians?

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She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Kit Harington, and More Marvel News at D23

Jennifer Walters She-Hulk Comic

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Disney’s D23 Expo always brings it with the announcements, but with the streaming service Disney+ launching in November, the studio is rolling out a mind-boggling amount of new content. And, to no one’s surprise, Marvel is dominating the expo, introducing a smorgasbord of new projects. We’ve already talked about the highly anticipated Ms. Marvel series, from British writer Bisha K. Ali. Let’s take a look at what else is coming to Disney+:

New Series

Joining Ms. Marvel are new series centered on beloved Marvel characters: She-Hulk and Moon Knight.

I’m pretty excited that we’re finally getting a She-Hulk series, which will presumably follow attorney Jennifer Walters who gains Hulk powers after a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner. Walters is a beloved character, and is long overdue to make her appearance in the MCU. While there are little to no details about either show, it will be interesting to see how much the series focuses on Walters defending her fellow superhero clients vs. fighting crime.

Similarly, we don’t know much about Moon Knight, but we can assume it follows mercenary Marc Spector, who is granted super powers from ancient Egyptian god Khonshu. While there are no casting announcements at this time, folks are already speculating on who will play the hero with multiple personalities and alter egos.

New Faces and Returning Faves

Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow always and forever, is set to make his debut in the MCU … but who will he be playing? It’s been confirmed that Harington will join fellow Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden in The Eternals as Dane Whitman/The Black Knight.

Joining him will be Gemma Chan as Sersi, which I’m delighted by, as the Crazy Rich Asians star was largely wasted as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.

We’re also set to see some MCU faves return to the fold. Kat Dennings will reprise her role as wise-cracking sidekick Darcy Lewis in WandaVision, who we haven’t seen since Thor: The Dark World. Joining her will be Randall Park, reprising his Ant-Man and the Wasp role as FBI agent/Scott Lang’s parole officer Jimmy Woo. Also joining the series is Kathryn Hahn (Transparent), who will play a “noisy neighbor”. It’s a strong comedic supporting cast for the series, which is described as “half classic sitcom, half MCU spectacular”.

Other new faces include Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49), who will play Agent John Walker in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He will be joining previously announced cast members Emily Van Camp (Sharon Carter) and Daniel Bruhl (Zemo).

Finally, in news we already knew, Black Panther 2 is not only coming, but it has an official release date of May 6th, 2022. Ryan Coogler will be back to write and direct the sequel:

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as news drops! In the meantime, who do you want to play She-Hulk and Moon Knight? Let the fan casting begin!

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Marvel)

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Things We Saw Today: Brent Spiner’s Offhand Comment About Lt. Commander Data’s Sexual Exploits Cracks Me Up

Brent Spiner at the premiere for LOW LOW

We receive a great many pitches and press releases every day, so many that it’s impossible to traverse them all. But the person whose job it is to promote the movie LOW LOW must know me well, because he opened with Star Trek actor Brent Spiner’s appearance at the movie’s premiere. I clicked.

LOW LOW is a “gritty coming of age drama” from director Nick Richey. Variety said the film “provides an unflinching portrait of modern teens on the fringes of society.” And Brent Spiner was at LOW LOW‘s premiere, apparently having a great time. According to the press release:

Brent Spiner, rushing to grab his coat to do the red carpet walk, but gamely signing autographs for fans, confirmed his appearance in the upcoming PICARD, and revealed, “Data was a real machine. He had sex with everyone on the ship!”

As far as unexpected character comments go, this is obviously all in good fun, though it’s exciting on its own to hear that Spiner is talking about his appearance on Star Trek: Picard. We’ve known that Spiner would be on Picard (in some fashion, because Data sacrificed himself in Star Trek: Nemesis) ever since the show’s first trailer. How or why Data—or other prototypes of the android, like the early B-4 or the malevolent Lore—might grace the screen remains a big question mark hovering over Picard. We still have no idea if Spiner will actually return as Data, and not another version or a product of Picard’s imagination or a holodeck projection or what have you.

Spiner, however, has his tongue firmly in cheek in regards to his beloved character. “Data was a real machine. He had sex with everyone on the ship” isn’t exactly a “reveal” (unless Spiner has a whole lot of background canon the rest of us aren’t privy to), but it did make me laugh first thing in the morning. Of course, those of us who remember our The Next Generation lore (sorry) will recall that this isn’t exactly beyond the bounds of possibility.

While some episodes of TNG and Star Trek: First Contact have shown Data investigating romance and sexual acts, we’ve seen no real indication that Data was super-interested in testing out the full extent of his functionality. But we also can’t know what Data got up to in all the time offscreen with other members of the crew, so who am I to say he wasn’t sowing his wild circuits?

(image: Brent Spiner at the premiere of Nick Richey’s film LOW LOW/Amy Graves for Halfway Crooks Entertainment)

What else on this fine Friday?

  • Dear Justice Ginsburg, you may have my pancreas, free of charge. Anytime, day or night. Call me.

  • A plagiarism scandal is rocking the podcast world after “Crime Junkie” was accused of using unattributed work and sources. (via Vulture)
  • Uhhh, sold. This seems well-timed:

  • William Jackson Harper, aka Chidi from The Good Place aka my boyfriend, is joining Barry Jenkins’ Underground Railroad show on Amazon. (via AV Club)
  • I know we’re not doing so well in the U.S. right now so who are we to judge but hey U.K. folks are you O.K.?

  • Wait what

  • Vita and Virginia, about the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, is out today. Apparently, Fleabag composer Isobol Waller-Bridge used actress Elizabeth Debicki’s heartbeat to create the movie’s score??? So cool. (via IndieWire)

It’s Friday, my friends! How are your weekends shaping up?

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Elizabeth Warren and Minerva McGonagall Have the Same Energy

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Harry Potter nerds, unite! We continue to thrive, and this time, with Elizabeth Warren. The presidential hopeful took to Twitter to share in a viral tweet that makes a lot of sense, especially if you’re a fan of Minerva McGonagall. The Harry Potter character was a fan favorite and the professor who looked out for Harry and his friends the most. So, it isn’t surprising that many are equating her to Senator (and 2020 presidential candidate) Elizabeth Warren, who seems like one of the few candidates who actually cares about the American people (especially those stuck with student loan debt).

It all started simply enough.

Gabe Bergado, of Teen Vogue, tweeted about their mutual energy and obviously, fans of the series and Warren saw the comparison and loved it.

And then, the hive assembled.

Warren, of course, loved the comparison.

It’s just in the way that both of these women are standing up for their beliefs and protecting those who need them—minerva with the students of Hogwarts, and Warren with the American people. We love a powerful woman, and both Minerva McGonagall and Elizabeth Warren fit that description.

Anyway, I guess if Elizabeth Warren is Minerva McGonagall, then that makes me Hermione Granger.

I just hope that Warren and Gabe become friends.

(image: Warner Bros.)

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Avengers Campus Is Every Disney and Marvel Fan’s Dream Park

the gang is all here for avengers: endgame.

Imagine, if you will, my realization that there is going to be a Quintjet at Avengers Campus in Disneyland. I basically looked like this corgi:

An excited corgi

While Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is still fresh in the hearts of all Star Wars fans, Marvel fans are having our time too. It’s honestly surprising that it took so long. A first look at the new park was brought to the world today at the D23 Expo. Set to premiere in 2020 in Disneyland’s California Adventure, Avengers Campus is definitely going to take all my money and be filled with my tears when (if!) I eventually go.

Looking at the concept, what I see is Spider-Man and Avengers Compound. So, essentially, I’m already screaming. But that’s just the beginning! There are so many references to characters like Peter Parker talking about the “initiative” and Hope Van Dyne writing a message from Pym Industries.

It seems like the park’s main gimmick will be that you are “recruited” to be an Avenger upon entry. In addition to the compound, I hope there is also a look into Stark Industries and maybe even Tony’s lab. While there are iconic set pieces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it doesn’t really have something like the Millenium Falcon to really draw fans in. What it has is the Quintjet and Tony Stark’s labs that he often spent his time in. Not to mention that Shuri also has a super high-tech lab we can explore … please give us Shuri’s lab.

According to io9, there was an idea…

“The idea behind Avengers Campus is that the Avengers have set up places all over the world to recruit special people to join their ranks. Special people like…everyone who visits a Disney park. The theming will tie together other Disney theme parks all over the world that already have Marvel rides such as Paris and Hong Kong.”

So, does this mean that we’ll start to see Avengers Campus locations all across the world and they’re just starting in the U.S.? Or is it just to include the rides that already exist? We’ll have to wait and see, and we’ll probably be getting lots more information on it as the weekend goes on.

Right now, we have no idea what the pricing is going to be for this park so it might be a pipe dream to ever think we could afford to go. Is Avengers Campus a place you’d visit?

(via io9, image: Marvel Entertainment)

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So … Robert Downey Jr. Announced That a Mars Rock Was Named After the Rolling Stones?

Tony Stark and Peter Quill in Avengers: Infinity War

It was a big day for fans of confusion! Or, I mean, Robert Downey Jr. After a cryptic message on the actor’s social media, fans were beginning to wonder why he was heading to the Rose Bowl with the Rolling Stones to talk about Mars. It was trippy, fun, and a very Robert Downey Jr. message that sent me into a tailspin for the entire rest of my day.

So, with all of us (i.e. me) on the edge of our seats trying to figure out what this meant, we all thought that Robert Downey Jr. was planning on taking off to Mars, and honestly, if he went without me, I was going to be a little upset. I’d let him play The Futurist for the entire journey!

But alas, Robert Downey Jr. is not going to Mars. In fact, this announcement was about something that already happened there.

At first, when you think about the fact that this suspenseful afternoon was just for a rock being named, it almost seems funny, but then, if you really think about it, it’s kind of cool. Anything happening on Mars is new information to us because we only relatively recently started to venture out to the red planet.

Basically, when NASA’s InSight lander hit the ground on Mars to study the planet’s deep interior, its thrusters caused a rock to roll a considerable distance, and NASA nerds, being nerds like the rest of us, decided that they wanted to name it after the Rolling Stones. And since Robert Downey Jr. is apparently friends with the Stones (literally, childhood me is having a fit), they wanted him to help make it official.

Here’s the thing about this: This is great PR for both NASA and Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition. The actor announced back in June that he had plans to work with scientists to create nanotechnology to help stop climate change and fix the planet—you know, like he’s Tony Stark or something.

So, to me, there’s no better partnership than the Footprint Coalition and NASA working together. Plus, NASA announcing anything using such a high-profile celebrity is a pretty big deal, because public support for NASA’s work is important to actually secure funding to get things done in space.

The video explaining exactly what happened played for the audience after Downey’s announcement, and the actor later shared it to his Instagram page.

Basically, RDJ got to do some cool things with the Stones and NASA, and it completely derailed my Thursday.

Just to top off the day of madness, Tom Holland also decided it was a great time to post this picture of himself and Robert Downey Jr. taking pictures together (using a shoe???) which he titled “We did it, Mr. Stark!” You know, just to take my heart out of my chest and stomp on it a bunch.

 

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I don’t know what’s happening, I wish I did. But I guess an entire concert full of people just officially named a rock on Mars the “Rolling Stones Rock,” and Robert Downey Jr. was there to announce it because he’s basically just Tony Stark now, so I guess that’s all fine and normal.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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Oh Look, Even Durex Condoms Has an Opinion on the Spider-Man Controversy

Spider-Man gives double thumbs up onstage in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This week has been dominated by Spideypocalypse, after it came out that Marvel chief Kevin Feige would not produce the upcoming Spider-Man sequel. Disney and Sony’s partnership on the beloved character, which has seen Tom Holland’s Peter Parker appear in several MCU films, has been wildly profitable, but it now appears that neither side can reach an agreement.

This is, of course, upsetting to many fans who love Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man and wish to see him continue to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There has been no shortage of fan outcry on social media, as the memes flood our news feeds. Now, even corporations are weighing in on the story, including (inexplicably) Durex condoms:

Oh boy … where to begin with this? The fact that too massive corporations fighting for money has zero to do with arriving early? That Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is a 16 year old boy and an inappropriate target for a condom ad? Or that there’s anything, ahem, premature about a film franchise character that has been on the big screen since 2001?

If the subtweets are anything to go by, social media was as perplexed as I was:

Here’s the thing: it’s one thing for corporations to razz each other online, like the chicken sandwich wars. I’m even okay with shipping war declarations, because let’s be honest: these social media accounts are run by our fellow nerds. Everyone deserves to have some fun … after all, what else is social media for, aside from fake news, conspiracy theories, and cat videos?

But this Durex stunt feels like a bridge too far? I don’t know guys, not everything needs a social media response. And if we’re looking at condom/superhero partnerships, sweet virginal Spider-Man does not seem like the right fit. Preserve his innocence! Besides, if anyone needs condoms it’s Venom. That guy is clearly raw-dogging his way through San Francisco without a care in the world.

(via AVClub, image: Marvel/Sony)

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Oh Great, an Instagram Hoax Duped the Guy in Charge of Our Nuclear Bombs

This is how angry we all are about this new Weight Watchers app aimed at kids and teens.

Last week, an Instagram hoax went around claiming that if you didn’t share a certain post, Instagram could publicly use your photos and DMs. Several celebrities fell for this, including Debra Messing and Judd Apatow, while those of us who grew up on chain emails and weird internet memes could tell that it was all just a big joke. However, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was also duped. This is the man who is in charge of our nukes.

Worse is that, after he posted this and it was revealed to be a hoax, he commented that it was the first time he’d ever seen anything fake on the internet, which makes me wonder about what he’s seeing on the internet that he thinks is real. While he’s probably (hopefully?) joking, it’s a poorly executed joke given his lack of any real signifiers that it was, indeed, humor rather than earnestness.

It’s easy to mock celebrities and relatives who aren’t as familiar with the lingo of the internet for falling for hoaxes like this. Who among us hasn’t believed a chain letter or an online copypasta? But this is a guy who’s in a position of power within the U.S. Government. Seeing him fall for a hoax like this is rather disheartening, to put it mildly.

Instagram has debunked the post, and several comedians, including The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, have mocked it. This is only even relatively newsworthy because a politician believed it and then reposted it. Did no one on his social media team check to see if it was legitimate? Does he know any millennials who could’ve pointed out that it was a hoax? Why does this man have a position of power if he’s going to fall for internet schemes like this? We know politicians are bad at technology, but you’d hope they’d at least have some grasp of whether or not something like this actually meant anything, legally.

This is all terrible. The news is terrible, and we live in a simulation gone wrong, like some madcap version of The Sims.

(image: Pexels)

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Orpheus and Eurydice: Why Do We Keep Coming Back?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Reeve Carney and the cast of Hadestown perform onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

“Why did he do that?” That’s roughly what I remember thinking when I first read the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a youth. Then, a few months ago, when I was blessed to see Hadestown in previews for only $50 despite knowing how the story would end, I still found myself crying, “Why did he do that?” when it was all over. The Tony Award-winning musical addresses, in-universe, that we keep coming back to stories like Orpheus and Eurydice because we hope that this time will be different. But why this particular story?

For those who might not be familiar with the myth, Orpheus and Eurydice concerns the fateful love of Orpheus of Thrace, son of Apollo and the muse Calliope (one of Apollo’s rare couplings with consent), and the beautiful Eurydice.

Orpheus, in the story, is a musician and poet who is so good at what he does that he moves animals to dance. They would even say that while Hermes had invented the lyre, Orpheus had perfected it, and Hermes didn’t petty-murder him outright for that, which says a lot considering the Greek Gods. He has other stories before meeting his beloved; he was an Argonaut, but that’s a tale for another day.

In one of the more well-known incarnations of the myth, it says that while walking in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was attacked by a satyr, who was attempting to rape her. In trying to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers was fatally bitten on her heel. Her body was then discovered by Orpheus, who played such a sad and sorrowful song that all the nymphs and gods wept.

They then told the young artist to travel to the underworld and attempt to plead his case to Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Using his music, he softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone, and they agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: He has to walk in front of her and not look back until they’re both in the sunlight of the upper world. He set off with Eurydice following, and in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, and she vanished from him forever.

“Why does he turn?” is a question that has plagued me and others forever. With a lot star-crossed lovers and tragic stories, there’s a feeling of helplessness that fate is playing a role in the inevitable destruction of the couple. While some have speculated that Hades or some malevolent force subconsciously prompted Orpheus to turn, in the text itself, it feels like a lack of faith—a lack of faith that the person you love is really there with you. I’m sure there are more highbrow literary dissections of the myth, and I’m sure I’ve read a big chunk of them, but for me, it’s the lack of trust—the inability to trust in the presence of someone being with you unless you can see them—that really attached itself to me.

As someone with anxiety and abandonment issues, that fear is something you see in relationships all the time—the fear that if you aren’t holding on to something tangible, that if you can’t see evidence or proof of love, it isn’t real. The fear of being disconnected without even knowing it, and then realizing in the end that you can’t love without being able to have faith in your partner—faith in what you have being stronger than anything else.

… or death anxiety, too, but like … pfft, it’s about love angst. Most of the time people go into the underworld, it’s for love—to save a lost love or to capture a maiden. It’s all about attaining something, getting something back. So, when you go to the Underworld, challenge gods, and win, but your love still isn’t strong enough to make it to the very end, what does that mean?

So, we watch the story again and again, hoping that this time, Orpheus can somehow feel his love’s presence—feel the tie they have formed together, instead of accidentally breaking it.

What tragic stories do you love to revisit, secretly wishing the ending would be different?

(image: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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You’re Not the Chosen One, Anak—Er, Donald Trump

Obi-Wan Kenobi screaming

The last time someone was openly claimed as the “Chosen One,” he was misled by the Emperor, force-choked his very pregnant wife, and then burned in a pit of lava. It seems as if Donald Trump has either never seen Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, or he thinks he’s the Emperor in this situation. Both the Emperor and Anakin die. (Presumably, though Rise of Skywalker may bring him back, so who knows?) But the point is that calling yourself the “Chosen One” never bodes well for anyone.

While tweeting out quotes from a conservative radio host/conspiracy peddler who said that Israeli people love him like he’s the “King of Israel,” Donald Trump also went on some long-winded path that led him to saying that he was the Chosen One. The Chosen One of what? No one knows. Our destruction? Probably. Maybe he really is the anti-Christ, and this is Good Omens. The minute he gets a White House dog, we had all better run.

… What? Was he yelling to God that he was the Chosen One? The stars? The invisible force (Putin) that whispers things into his ears? Truly, no one knows. Yesterday, he trotted out this Chosen One line, the “King of Israel” thing, and another quote about being the “Second Coming of God,” all in one day.

And no one thought to say, “Hey, sir, this is not okay”? Nope, he just gets to flip out because they won’t let him by the ISLAND of GREENLAND.

Twitter rightfully lost their collective minds over the fact that the president is spouting these ideas, and nothing is being done about it.

As many of these tweets point out, if anyone else said the things he was, they would be institutionalized or lose their jobs, and yet everyone in this administration can just openly spout whatever racist, sexist, bigoted, or ridiculous thing pops into their head and then end up on Dancing With the Stars or become a Fox News contributor.

Whatever, we’re doomed. it’s been fun.

(image: LucasFilm)

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