Good news, quarantinos! Impractical Jokers: The Movie is headed to an early home release for our apocalyptic viewing pleasure. This was a really great movie for anyone and everyone, but especially for fans of the series. Check out my review for the film here.
The movie stars the guys from Impractical Jokers the series, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, and Sal Vulcano, along with Paula Abdul and a few familiar faces that you’ll recognize as friends of the show. It’s a silly and fun full-length movie play on their hidden camera prank show, in which they compete to embarrass each other.
Here’s what the guys said about the release in a statement:
“For all our wonderful fans who’ve been requesting, we’re happy to announce that Impractical Jokers: The Movie will be available in your homes to watch digitally on April 1st”, said The Tenderloins. “Hoping we can provide some laughs to families and friends at a time when we can all surely use some.”
Just five weeks after the movie’s wide release, Impractical Jokers: The Movie is going to be available for viewing from home. Hopefully this will help the numbers for the film, which was cut off from theaters due to the pandemic. Check out the movie if you didn’t get a chance to, or watch it again for a fun night in.
The digital release will be available on April 1st, and will go for $19.99. Are you excited?
While we have been under the impression that all movie and TV productions were entirely shut down, one of the biggest studios with the most anticipated projects has found some creative ways to keep the ball rolling on a couple of their upcoming films. While Marvel’s Disney+ TV series have been put on hold, work is being done on the upcoming films, Eternals, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Eternals has wrapped filming, but still has post work to get done, and the VFX artists are able to use this time to continue working while cooped up during this pandemic. Scanline VFX Studios is handling the special effects for the movie, and they confirmed in a tweet that the work is moving forward remotely. So that’s great news, as Eternals is such a highly anticipated film. As is the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange 2 is being directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man), and will bring back stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Avengers star Elizabeth Olsen, who will join the world of Doctor Strange as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Her incorporation into the story will make better sense once we see how the series WandaVision will play out.
The Doctor Strange sequel is also moving forward, with its creators doing pre-production remotely to keep things progressing and getting ready for making the film. Variety reported that the film is still scheduled to begin shooting in June, with the people involved working closely (but still apart) from quarantine. Thank goodness for technology!
As with all things right now, we have to be flexible, as things may change. But if all goes according to plan, we will see WandaVision later this year on Disney+, Eternals in theaters on November 6, 2020, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in theaters on May 7, 2021.
Which Marvel project are you most looking forward to?
Welcome film score lovers to the first edition of CS Score!, where we break down all the latest news regarding film scores. This last week saw the release of The Invisible Man by Benjamin Wallifisch, plus, the release of John Williams’ complete score to Ron Howard ‘s 1992 epic Far and Away. Read on!
A majority of modern film music leaves a bitter aftertaste. While technology has undoubtably gotten better and paved the way for unique sounds, resulting in instant classics such as Tom Holkenberg’s Mad Max: Fury Road, contemporary film scores predictably drive the action onscreen but do little in the way of emotional gravitas.
With The Invisible Man, composer Benjamin Wallfisch, who hit pay dirt for his scores to It and It: Chapter Two, respectively, to say nothing of his terrific work on Blade Runner 2049 and Shazam!, uses a cacophony of electronic noises that serve to punctuate the action on screen. Clever sound design abounds, even one remarkably similar to those used to cue the villainous Prowler in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by Daniel Pemberton. Alas, as the Grinch would say, it’s all just noise, noise, noise! You’re better off pressing your ear against a McDonald’s drive-thru speaker — at least you’d get fries!
The Invisible Man lacks a proper theme to guide the music from A to B. And so, while the sound design adds plenty of atmospheric tension within the context of the film, the score as heard on the soundtrack album does little more than induce headaches. A soft piano interlude (reminiscent of James Horner’s Flightplan) appears occasionally to offer a slight reprieve from the chaos, but otherwise there simply is not enough material here to warrant praise.
And that’s too bad. For all the comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films, The Invisible Man forgot to bring along one key element: the classic film score.
You can purchase The Invisible Man soundtrack at Amazon.
CLASSIC SCORE REVIEW
Far and Away – the Complete Score John Williams
Listen, Ron Howard’s sprawling 1992 epic Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, is a mess from start to finish; albeit an enjoyable one. Elegant 70mm photography, a couple of decent performances, and a truly stunning land race sequence keep the film’s bloated runtime afloat, as does John Williams’ masterful score.
Luckily, La-La Land Records, in association with Universal Pictures, has released a limited remastered and expanded reissue of Far and Away, which you can check out here. This set, produced, edited and mastered by Mike Matessino, and supervised by Williams, presents the score as heard in the film; and comes with previously unreleased cues all of which total nearly two hours of music.
There’s a lot to love about this particular score, from the uillean pipes, pan flutes and penny whistles Williams uses to convey our protagonist’s Irish lineage, to the full-blown orchestral pieces he leans on for the big land run of 1893 that serves as the film’s big finale.
Tellingly, the primary theme for Far and Away remains one of my favorites from Williams’ sprawling collection of work. The theme is interwoven throughout the score, quietly at first before erupting during the climax.
Another track, titled Fighting for Dough, featuring The Chieftains, offers a muscular rendition of the Irish influences heard throughout the film.
Sandwiched in-between the equally revered Hook and the one-two punch of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, not to mention Home Alone and its sequel, Far and Away tends to get lost in the greatest-John-Williams-score debate, mainly due to the quality of the film itself. But make no mistake, this is one of the more robust, energetic and beautiful scores to come from Williams’ body of work.
As a side, the film was passed over for an Academy-Award nomination in favor of Aladdin, Basic Instinct, Chaplin, Howards End, and A River Runs Through It. Yeah, that makes me mad too.
Michael Giacchino officially signed on for Jurassic World: Dominion. There was never any doubt about this after he composed the first two films in the series.
Rob Simonsen, who composed the recent The Way Back and Stargirl, will handle the score for the anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife. I’m curious to see if he includes Elmer Bernstein’s score or goes in a more modern direction. Hopefully, it’s a little bit of both as the original Ghostbusters score remains a favorite of mine. The fact that it was brushed aside by Randy Edelman in Ghostbusters II remains one of the great film travesties. Ok, that’s probably a little over the top. But, yeah, even as a kid I was disappointed.
The always busy Hans Zimmer has also boarded Ron Howard’s film adaptation of the J.D. Vance novel Hillbilly Elegy. Meaning, the composer will be involved with seven films in 2020 — The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, No Time to Die, Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun: Maverick, Dune, and now Hillbilly Elegy. That’s insane.
Zack Snyder Opens Up About Wonder Woman’s Origin and His 5 Movie Plan
Although Warner Bros. has shown little inclination towards making the Snyder cut a reality, Justice League director Zack Snyder is still talking about his original vision for the DC films. Via The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder offered his commentary during a live-stream viewing party for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Among the most interesting tidbits was Snyder’s assertion that Wonder Woman almost featured a different starting point for Gal Gadot’s Diana. Apparently, Snyder and WB considered setting Diana’s origin in the Crimean War or the Civil War in the 19th Century. However, they eventually settled upon the first World War.
Additionally, Snyder noted that the death of Jimmy Olsen in Batman v Superman would have had consequences in his 5 movie arc.
“The ones that die off, die off for a reason,” noted Snyder. “Hopefully they teach us something as they go.”
Snyder also addressed the Knightmare Sequence from Batman v Superman; which wasn’t addressed in Justice League. He explained that the dark timeline would be created when Lois Lane died. Superman would have become vulnerable to Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation in Batman’s dark vision. Barry Allen tried to prevent that future in Batman v Superman. However, Justice League noticeably ignored that scene in Joss Whedon’s cut.
THR had a full accounting of Snyder’s juiciest revelations; which you can read here.
What do you think about Synder’s original 5 movie plan for the DC Extended Universe? Are you still hoping for a Snyder cut? Let us know in the comment section below!
After Hobbs & Shaw came out, we all knew that we were going to see a sequel to the Fast and Furious spinoff film. It was only a matter of time, and now Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that the sequel is in early development.
During a recent Q&A on Instagram, Johnson was asked about Hobbs & Shaw 2 and this was his response:
“We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I’m pretty excited about it. [We] just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go.”
I enjoyed Hobbs & Shaw! It was filled with the kind of ridiculous over-the-top action that we expect from these films and it took that insanity to a new level. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Johnson and Jason Statham. They make a fun onscreen team and it will be interesting to see how some of the other new characters introduced, played by Vanessa Kirby, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart,might be utilized in a sequel.
It’ll also be interesting to see if the spinoff ends up tying directly back into the main Fast and Furious storyline. I doubt it, but we’ll see.
What would you like to see from a Hobbs & Shaw sequel?
The CW Announces Return Dates For the Arrowverse Shows
Lately, The CW has been a virtual ghost town populated only by reruns thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak. But it looks like the network has finally set return dates for its biggest shows, including its Arrowverse programming. Via CBR, The CW will bring its beloved DC series back at the end of next month.
The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow will be the first DC shows to come back on Tuesday, April 21. The following Sunday, April 26, new episodes of Batwoman and Supergirl will also premiere. This announcement comes after The CW suspended production on these shows several weeks ago as the novel coronavirus’ threat intensified. Legends was reportedly the only Arrowverse series unaffected by the pandemic. According to a recent tweet from executive producer Marc Guggenheim, post-production on that show was still moving forward as planned.
Unfortunately, other Arrowverse programs haven’t been so lucky. Although The Flash has enough episodes to last through May 19, its sixth season finale still needs some finishing touches. Because of this, it will air at an unspecified date later in the year. And with national social distancing guidelines in effect for at least another 30 days, production won’t resume until May at the earliest.
Additionally, The CW will air new episodes of other highly rated shows throughout April. Nancy Drew, Riverdale, In the Dark, and more will also make their return to the airwaves next month.
Are you excited for The CW to premiere new installments of its Arrowverse series? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
Crunchyroll recently announced that the second season of Fruits Basket will be part of their spring slate of anime. I’m very excited for the second season because of how much fun the first season was. If you haven’t watched the first season I really recommend it. Unfortunately, we don’t have a launch date for Fruits Basket season two.
Tohru Honda lives with the Soma clan and helps keep their bizarre secret: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Zodiac. But knowing and keeping the secret is only the beginning. What mysteries lie beneath this dark family secret?
When the Streetlights Go On Trailer: Small Town Murder in the Summer of 1995
Quibi has released the official trailer for When the Streetlights Go On, a coming-of-age murder mystery adapted from the Black List script by writers Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe. You can check out the trailer below!
After the murder of a beautiful young girl rocks a suburban community, the victim’s sister and her high school peers must struggle to find a sense of normalcy while coming of age in the midst of the murder investigation.
The project is directed by Rebecca Thomas and stars Chosen Jacobs, Sophie Thatcher, Queen Latifah, Sam Strike, David Lewis, Mark Duplass, Cameron Bancroft, Tony Hale, Ben Ahlers, and Kristine Froseth.
When the Streetlights Go On, one of Quibi’s “Movies in Chapters,” is executive produced by O’Keefe, Hutton, and Thomas. Tariq Merhab and Chad Hamilton will executive produce for Anonymous Content.