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Reboot no more: the overused characters who should be retired

Charmaine Blake

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The release of Amazons Jack Ryan marks the fifth time the character has been brought to the screen, one of many who need to be swiftly retired

“Advance word is that John Krasinskis new Jack Ryan series isnt very good, but that isnt news. Chris Pines 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit also fell short by being too anonymous. Ben Affleck was too preening as Ryan in 2002s The Sum of All Fears. Harrison Fords Ryan in 1992s Patriot Games and 1994s Clear and Present Danger was too generically gruff. Even when played by Alec Baldwin in 1990s The Hunt For Red October, Ryan ended up as second fiddle to Sean Connery.

In fact, you know what? No. None of those Ryan actors did a good job, and none of those films were particularly enjoyable, because Ryan is such a immensely bland character. If Harrison Ford cant make him work, for crying out loud, then the guy from The Office is really going to struggle. Hollywood has had too many goes at Ryan, and all of them have been duds. Its time to put Ryan to bed. And while Im at it, here are a bunch of other overdone characters who should also be forcibly retired.

Robin Hood

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Taron Egerton in Robin Hood. Photograph: Lionsgate

Since 1908s silent Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Robin Hood has been the subject of over 70 films and TV shows. Hes been in swashbucklers. Hes been in revisionist romantic dramas. Hes been in childrens TV shows. Hes been a fox in a cartoon. There was Prince of Thieves. There was Men in Tights. There was The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood. Later this year, Leonardo DiCaprio is producing a hip take on young Robin Hood starring Taron Egerton. The Wachowskis are working on a Robin Hood adaptation. Disney wants to make a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque Robin Hood movie. Sony, inevitably, has entertained the idea of creating a shared Robin Hood cinematic universe including Margot Robbie in a standalone Maid Marian film. Lets put an end to this. A 10-year ban on films about gits in forests, please, starting now.

The Joker

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Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. Photograph: Warner Bros

The Joker is such an attention hog, played over and over again through the years by Heath Ledger, Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero, Cameron Monaghan (sort of), John DiMaggio, Zach Galifianakis and if we absolutely must Jared Leto (who is set to star in his own movie soon). Joaquin Phoenixs upcoming standalone Joker movie will be make or break for the character. If even he cant get the character right, then we should all go 20 years without seeing or hearing from the Joker. Its not like Batman is exactly short of other villains to battle. Wheres the Penguin? Wheres King Tut? Where, for the love of god, is Lola Lasagnes standalone origin prequel?

Dracula

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Luke Evans in Dracula Untold. Photograph: Allstar/UNIVERSAL PICTURES/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

Seven Universal movies. Nine Hammer movies. Draculas Death. Blood of Dracula. Young Dracula. Batman Dracula. Dracula and Son. Bram Stokers Dracula. Dracula 3D. Dracula 2000. Dracula 3000. This Aint Dracula XXX. Blacula. People have been making filmed Dracula adaptations for almost 100 years, and this list doesnt even scratch the surface of all the weird international silent films, spoofs, cartoons and arthouse homages that have been made about Dracula. Thats plenty, right? Apparently not, because Sherlocks Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are reportedly in the middle of writing a Dracula series of their own. Still, its not like theyre new at flogging a dead horse, because………………..”

To see the rest of our list click here: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/29/jack-ryan-reboot-overused-characters-the-joker-dracula

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Why the dance numbers in the new ‘Aladdin’ are so disappointing

Charmaine Blake

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‘Remember the steps. Remember your training. Do not embarrass us.’

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“Disney’s highly anticipated Aladdin is here, but we know better than to expect anything groundbreaking from another needless live-action adaptation. While remake has pleasantly surprised most critics with colorful costumes and charismatic leads, Aladdin‘s signature songs are its biggest disappointment.

From Mashable’s own Angie Han: “Guy Ritchie and his team seem to have no idea how to stage and shoot a musical number,” which is precisely the opposite of what you want to hear about the director of a movie musical (much less one who was married to Madonna).

So, where and how did Aladdin botch its opportunities for movie musical greatness? Let us count the ways.

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Aladdin is tricky to negotiate from a representational standpoint because it was never based on one specific culture. The animated film was an amalgam of Middle Eastern and South Asian visual inspirations, and the live-action takes this at face value, doing the same and adding literally nothing to it. This piece references Bollywood dance numbers a few times, not because of any confusion about where Aladdin takes place, but because India has a booming film industry that thrives on movie musicals that Disney would’ve done well to study…………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/aladdin-dancing/

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How The Blair Witch Project changed horror for ever

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The movie’s marketing took advantage of trust in the early internet, but fake news isn’t what it used to be

“We will never get a movie like The Blair Witch Project again. Having said that, weve had dozens of movies like The Blair Witch Project. In the 20 years since its release, it has transformed the horror landscape, and more besides. Found footage is now a sub-genre in itself thanks to it. How many horror movies have we seen claiming: This all really happened, honest? How many occult symbols and folk myths have crossed our screens? How many gung-ho teens have set off on an adventure, never to return? And how many times has a gimmicky horror reaped rewards for virtually no outlay? Blair Witch did not invent all these tricks but it put them together to create a phenomenon. It is the 21st centurys Exorcist………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/08/how-the-blair-witch-project-changed-horror-for-ever

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Yes, ‘New Mutants’ is still coming, Probably.

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Jean Grey comes into her powers in ‘Dark Phoenix’.

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“The X-Men are part of the Disney family now, and never has that felt clearer than at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation Wednesday.

Disney touted both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants as part of its upcoming slate, alongside the usual Avengers and Star Wars and Pixa

What exactly the X-Men’s future looks like at the Mouse House, though, remains unclear.

Deadpool clearly isn’t going anywhere. “You’ll be seeing more of Deadpool in the years ahead,” promised studio chairman Alan Horn, after sharing Ryan Reynolds’ cheeky tweet about Fox joining Disney.

And New Mutants, despite delayed release dates, reports of reshoots, and rumors of a straight-to-streaming distribution plan, does seem to be headed to cinemas — it was included on a slide of Disney’s 2019 theatrical releases.

But the core X-Men franchise led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner is evidently coming to a conclusion. Dark Phoenix, out this summer, was described by 20th Century Fox’s Emma Watts as “the perfect sendoff” to the X-Men series……………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/dark-phoenix-deadpool-xmen-disney-cinemacon/

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