Few actors play antagonists and deeply flawed, seedy men the way Ben Mendelsohn does. The man takes some of the sleaziest, most nefarious characters and makes them…weirdly charismatic. (Especially when he throws in some of those wild dance moves.) And it looks like he might be bringing his distinct brand of baddie to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to square off with Brie Larson in Captain Marvel.
The link between Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One grew even stronger with the latest Season 4 trailer, but don’t expect to revisit everyone. Showrunner Dave Filoni confirms a major figure from the Empire won’t appear, despite getting a shout-out in the new footage.
Some movies are worth seeing just to watch two immensely talented actors emote the hell out of each other. Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn’s upcoming Una fits that bill to a T. It hit the festival circuit around this time last year but hasn’t gotten a release until now, and the buzz around its two stars has us intrigued.
The Rayburns did a bad thing. The Rayburns continue to do bad things, and will do perhaps their last things, good or bad, when Netflix’s Bloodline comes to a close this month. See for yourself, as the aftermath of Season 2’s bloody finale comes to a head in a full trailer for Bloodline Season 3.
The Rayburns may be cursed, but they’ll at least get one more season to sort out their Bloodline. Netflix has announced a May premiere for the show’s third and final season, along with a biblical new teaser for the Rayburns’ end.
Unless you’re a die-hard fan of animated film, Hugh Jackman, or Tim Minchin (or someone whose job requires them to obsessively keep up with movie news, ahem), then the title Larrikins might not mean anything to you. The Australian animated musical has been in development since 2011, but it appears that recent changes at DreamWorks Animation have led to the project’s cancellation, and we may never know the joy of a singing animated bilby (it’s a marsupial) voiced by Hugh Jackman.
It’s downright mystifying that Una, Australian theatre veteran Benedict Andrews’ first foray into screen directing, hasn’t found an American distributor as of yet. It’s got two major stars in Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn — and with Riz Ahmed also appearing as a supporting player, they could even work the “Rogue One reunion” angle! — the reviews out of its screenings at the film festivals in Telluride and Toronto were uniformly strong, and it also happens to be excellent. (I was one of the critics praising the film as a superb actors’ showcase back at Toronto.) While there’s no U.S. release date on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time until some clever distributor makes a move, and for now, we’ve got a new trailer.
All is right with the galaxy far away: Rogue One has dominated at the box-office, as expected, and earned mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, also as expected. But watching the film, especially in light of the revelations that Lucasfilm ordered massive reshoots that stretched on for weeks, it’s clear that there’s a Rogue One that’s gone unseen. The unused footage from the trailers, Tony Gilroy stepping in with rewrites to the point where he earned a co-writer credit, friction between Lucasfilm and director Gareth Edwards — it all points to an alternate version of the film laying on some Los Angeles editing suite floor.