Something that’s always peeved fans a little bit is Marvel’s somewhat labored finagling of romance into their movies. While shipping characters like Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Stucky), Thor and Loki (okay, it’s not like they’re really related), or even Tony Stark and Rhodey is all the rage amongst the fandoms, Marvel’s movies have generally kept things Extremely Hetero. Lately, we’ve gotten some weird stuff like Black Widow and Bruce Banner developing a relationship seemingly out of nowhere in Age of Ultron, and Scarlet Witch and Vision getting a little Stockholm Syndrome-y during Civil War. It looks like the latter is still on, as some new set photos from Infinity War have revealed.
“A stalker movie for the social media era” — that’s how our editor-in-chief Matt Singer described Ingrid Goes West in his review from the Sundance film festival back in January. That idea is only somewhat insinuated in this tightly edited (and tightly wound) red band teaser for the upcoming film, starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen in what might also be described as a modern cautionary tale for millennials with smart phones grafted to their hands.
If you know Taylor Sheridan’s previous screenplays, the drug cartel thriller Sicario and the heist movie Hell or High Water, then watching Wind River will occasionally feel like déjà vu. Character types, motivations, social commentary, even a couple of scenes (like a law-breaking interrogation in the back of a police car) reappear in a way that goes beyond an auteur returning to themes and ideas he finds particularly interesting. For the work of a first-time director, Wind River feels oddly familiar.
I have a young daughter, and I love sharing pictures and videos of her antics on social media. Occasionally people who follow me online will tell me in person how much they love my baby or how happy I seem with her. And I am. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows; I just don’t share the moments where she wakes the whole house up at 4AM or has diaper rash so bad that she screams for 10 minutes straight. The line bteween reality and fiction online can get very blurry — and sometimes the persona we create there is much more appealing than the real thing.
The absence of Michelle seemed not to hamper Netflix’s Fuller House revival, which only made the omission more notable with bizarrely bitter meta-references to the Olsen twins. One surprising story saw John Stamos admitting he’d approached Elizabeth Olsen for the role, but according to Fuller House bosses, a recast Michelle was never in question.
Drunk History has made its way around the block, from web series to Emmy nominations, and Season 4 on Comedy Central may be the most satisfied year yet. Not only do we get a first taste of Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda retelling the famous duel, but the first trailer brings a bevy of celebrities from Elizabeth Olsen to Ronda Rousey.
There’s little argument that Netflix’s pickup of Fuller House brought some derisive chortles, particularly as one-time series breakouts Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen declined the opportunity to even cameo as Michelle Tanner. These days, younger sister Elizabeth Olsen has deservedly stolen spotlight of her surname, to the point Fuller House even asked the Avengers star to step in as Michelle.
And in other Marvel news… In addition to that Doctor Strange featurette, another bonus video from the studio’s deluxe Phase 2 box set has arrived online, this time focusing on that other highly-anticipated Phase 3 film — Captain America: Civil War. The new featurette goes inside the “rift” between Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America, which causes a divide between their fellow Avengers and sparks a very personal battle between friends.
We know Tom Hiddleston is a great actor, we know he’s got some serious dance moves (watch out, Sam Rockwell), and now we know he can belt out a tune, as the actor does his own singing in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. You can catch a preview of the actor’s singing abilities in the new, full trailer for the film, which was recently pushed back to next March.
If you were getting excited about seeing Tom Hiddleston croon as country legend Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, it looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer. The upcoming country music biopic has been pushed back four months from its November release date, moving out of awards season and into the middle of next spring. But early buzz on the film suggests it may not have been cut out for awards season anyway.