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Amidst Tom Brady Retirement Rumors, Editor Alex Trudeau Viriato Shares Why It’s Great The Quarterback’s ESPN+ Documentary Is Coming Now

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Amidst Tom Brady Retirement Rumors, Editor Alex Trudeau Viriato Shares Why It’s Great The Quarterback’s ESPN+ Documentary Is Coming Now

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season is over, and with their postseason exit comes a question of what’s next for Tom Brady. Recent rumors speculate that the former New England Patriots quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion may retire. There’s even chatter that his ESPN+ documentary Man in the Arena is withholding its final episode perhaps to shed some light on his future. Amidst all this speculation, CinemaBlend spoke to the doc’s editor and co-producer, Alex Trudeau Viriato, about why it’s great this documentary is happening now. 

I spoke to Alex Trudeau Viriato ahead of Tom Brady’s postseason exit, and simply wanted to know: why make Man in the Arena now, and not years down the road after his retirement, like Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance (despite any objections Scottie Pippen may have)? Viriato admitted he doesn’t know the exact reasoning for others involved but shared his own perspective on what makes doing Tom Brady’s Man in the Arena now so special:

I guess I don’t have the exact answer from his perspective or the teams’ perspective. When they approached me to do it, there was no discussion of why do it now, and not in five years. But then, as we did it, it did become a unique point of view and perspective for us. Some [episodes] are reflective, and some are immediate reactions. And I feel like you have different answers and different feelings. I feel like some of them you fantasize about them because it happened so long ago. But, if you have a bad season and a bad taste still in your mouth, those experiences are still fresh.

Man in the Arena (which has a trailer you can watch here) chronicles each of Tom Brady’s trips to the Super Bowl, regardless of whether he won or lost. That means there’s a healthy mix of content dating back to his first Super Bowl appearance in 2002 to his most recent in 2021. 

Given the length of Tom Brady’s career and frequency of Super Bowl appearances, Man in the Arena is firmly rooted in the past and present. Alex Trudeau Viriato talked about how while it might be nice to do a retrospective on some of the more current wins, there is plenty of value in doing these interviews while his latest wins are still recent.

In eighteen years, he could perhaps romanticize about it a little more and have certain memories… as we move through the seasons, everything becomes fresher and to the point now where we do Episode 10, and it’ll be right on the tip of his brain. He’ll have everything remembered and be able to talk about all of that stuff. I found that to actually be a unique perspective instead of everything being a distant memory like so many docs.

Man in the Arena will run for ten episodes, but only nine are available on ESPN+. The tenth is delayed with no official release date at this time but will feature Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl win in 2021

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There’s been speculation that Tom Brady may announce his return or retirement in the tenth episode of Man in the Arena, and while that could happen, it’s worth noting that the episode’s delay could be tied to another reason. During the interview, Alex Trudeau Viriato revealed that the documentary was cut ahead of the 2021 Super Bowl, which could also explain the gap between episodes. 

We didn’t even know there was going to be a tenth [episode]. We didn’t know he was going to go to Tampa and win again. That was not, obviously, nobody [on the team] planned that. That just became how it was.

Alex Trudeau Viriato confirmed, however, that a contingency plan was in place when Tom Brady made another episode and that the tenth episode is coming. Hilariously enough, Viriato didn’t know at the time if an eleventh episode would happen should the Buccaneers make the Super Bowl again, but that’s a reality we no longer have to entertain (similar to news of a Tom Brady biopic) following their loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Hopefully, this tenth episode will serve as a consolation to some Brady fans with broken hearts and clarify Brady’s future in the NFL.

Man in the Arena is available to stream on ESPN+. It’s a great watch even for fans who might frequently tweet mean things about the NFL quarterback, and of course, absolute gold for any fans. 

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Pick For ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Made’

It may not feel like it sometimes, but any upcoming movie has the chance to be named “the greatest movie ever made” by someone out there. However, that honor does have some specific caveats if you’re someone like filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Not only has the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director chosen a Steven Spielberg classic for that very distinction, Tarantino also explained just why that title is very specific. 

In an upcoming interview with our in-house podcast ReelBlend, Quentin Tarantino made his fourth appearance to talk about all things movies; the first since the big live show at the New Beverly Cinema. Promoting his new co-hosting gig on The Video Archives Podcast, Tarantino had yet another spirited discussion about cinema, which led to his pick of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as  the greatest “movie” ever made. That distinction is important, as the Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood director made that perfectly clear through the following remarks: 

I think Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. Maybe not the greatest film. But it’s the greatest movie ever made. And then there are other movies that can get in its rarefied air. But as far as a movie, there’s no making it better than Jaws. There’s no ‘better’ than Jaws. It is the best movie ever made. And it shows how badly timed most movies made before Jaws were.

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to separate his tastes in movies into those two separate, important camps: “movies” and “films.” In this case, the designation of a movie almost sounds like it’s shorthand for the blockbuster opuses that Steven Spielberg made a name for himself with. Which means that “films” are presumably more of the independent/art house titles that have higher pedigrees, and usually end up on the lists of best picture nominees every year.

Strangely enough, Jaws is one of six horror movies to have Best Picture nominations, so the line could blur just a bit in that respect. Putting aside the “movies” versus “films” debate, Quentin Tarantino isn’t using that separation to be a snob. Later on in the conversation, he explained how spectacles such as this are their own form of art, and how Steven Spielberg came to be someone who perfected it: 

What I meant by that, to one degree or another, is that Spielberg and a lot of his cohorts grew up seeing those kinds of movies in the theater. Henry Levin’s Journey to Center of the Earth, he’s gonna run to go and see that. Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage. He’s going to run and go see it. Gordon Douglas’s Them! He’s going to run and go see. Now… most of them weren’t directed that well. They were assignments given to journeyman directors who did their best with them. That was how we were used to seeing comic book — that kind of movie experience. As opposed to a Spielberg, who was like, ‘No, this is exactly the kind of movie he likes. This is exactly the kind of movies he was put on earth to make. And he’s going to make it, within an inch of his life, as effective as it possibly can be. And, you know, Michael Anderson, isn’t putting that kind of work in Logan’s Run.

Spielberg, and “cohorts” like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Copolla all latched onto genres that were pulpier entertainments in their childhood, only to make them into something new. Through films like Jaws, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, we saw a generation of directors taking movies they loved and reviving them through their own personal lenses. Which is exactly what Quentin Tarantino would do when he stepped onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; and it’s also why he’s such a staunch supporter of the cinematic experience. 

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If this conversation boils down to anything, it’s game recognizing game. Much as Steven Spielberg idolized the movies that helped make Jaws, Quentin Tarantino has reverence for the bearded director and his dedication to making the movies that sparked his love of cinema. Though considering the history his collaborator Samuel L. Jackson has had with sharks, you have to wonder if this has already sparked any sort of humorous conversations between the two?

You’ll be able to watch, and listen, to Quentin Tarantino’s latest appearance on ReelBlend, as it’s set to hit YouTube tomorrow. Meanwhile, Tarantino may not have his tenth and final film in the works just yet, but you can still enjoy the man’s gift for words in two very cool ways. 

Tarantino’s Video Archives podcast, which he co-hosts with friend and collaborator Roger Avery, is currently streaming wherever you find fine listening material. However, if you also want to read the man’s thoughts on ‘70s filmmaking in his upcoming book Cinema Speculation, which you can currently preorder on Amazon (opens in new tab); or any other fine bookseller.

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‘Prey’ Interviews With Amber Midthunder, Dan Trachtenberg And More!

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The stars of “Prey,” Amber Midthunder (“Naru”), Dakota Bevers (“Taabe”), Dane DiLiegro (“The Predator”), director Dan Trachtenberg and producer Jhane Myers discuss their new “Predator” movie in this interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. They discuss the “Prey” audition moment that landed Amber Midthunder her role and more!

You can stream “Prey” on Hulu on August 5.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ | Marvel Comic-Con Interviews with Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan & More

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Star-Lord), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin / On-Set Rocket), Chukwudi Iwuji (The High Evolutionary) and writer Director James Gunn discuss their upcoming Marvel film and conclusion of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy in this post-Hall H interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.

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  • 00:00 – Chris Pratt on Finding “Your Side”
  • 00:35 – Chris Pratt Teases What’s Ahead For Star-Lord and Gamora In GOTG 3
  • 01:24 – Karen Gillan LOVES ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fan Reactions
  • 02:00 – Karen Gillan Weighs In On Nebula Unaliving Nebula in ‘Endgame’
  • 02:32 – James Gunn Teases a “Darker” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie
  • 03:20 – Sean Gunn on Baby Rocket’s Difficult Backstory
  • 04:30 –  Pom Klementieff on Welcoming New Marvel Actors to the ‘Guardians’ Family
  • 05:15 – Pom Klementieff Teases A More Badass Mantis In ‘Guardians 3’
  • 05:35 – Will Poulter Teases Adam Warlock Origins in ‘GOTG 3’ 
  • 06:32 – Chukwudi Iwuji on The High Evolutionary and His Motivations
  • 07:20 – Chukwudi Iwugi Praises James Gunn’s Dialogue
  • 08:15 – Chris Pratt Recalls His Last Day of Filming the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trilogy
  • 08:55 – James Gunn Is Literally Always Writing and Rewriting Scripts
  • 09:49 – Will Poulter Wants to Play Adam Warlock Again “If Marvel Will Have Me”

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