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Feinberg Forecast: Last Snapshot of Oscar Race Before Nomination Voting



Feinberg Forecast: Last Snapshot of Oscar Race Before Nomination Voting

PLEASE NOTE: This forecast, assembled by The Hollywood Reporter’s awards columnist Scott Feinberg, reflects his best attempt to predict the behavior of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, not his personal preferences. He arrives at these standings by drawing upon consultations with voters and awards strategists, analysis of marketing and awards campaigns, results of awards ceremonies that precede the Oscars and the history of the Oscars ceremony itself. There will be regular updates to reflect new developments.


Belfast (Focus, Nov. 12, trailer) AFI*, CCA, HFPA, NBR, SAG
West Side Story (Disney, Dec. 10, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA, NBR
The Power of the Dog (Netflix, Nov. 17, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA
King Richard (Warner Bros., Nov. 19, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA, NBR, SAG
Don’t Look Up (Netflix, Dec. 10, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA, NBR, SAG
CODA (Apple, Aug. 13, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA, SAG
Licorice Pizza (MGM/UA, Nov. 26, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA, NBR
Dune (Warner Bros., Oct. 22, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA, NBR
Tick, Tick … Boom! (Netflix, Nov. 19, trailer) AFI, CCA, HFPA
Nightmare Alley (Searchlight, Dec. 17, trailer) AFI, CCA, NBR

House of Gucci (MGM/UA, Nov. 24, trailer) SAG
Drive My Car (Sideshow/Janus, Nov. 24, trailer) LAFCA, NSFC, NYFCC
Parallel Mothers (Sony Classics, Dec. 24, trailer)
The Hand of God (Netflix, Dec. 3, trailer)
Being the Ricardos (Amazon, Dec. 10, trailer)
The Lost Daughter (Netflix, Dec. 17, trailer) FI, IFP
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony, Dec. 17, trailer)

Longer Shots
No Time to Die (MGM/UA, Oct. 8, trailer)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24/Apple, Dec. 25, trailer) AFI, NBR
Flee (Neon/Participant, Dec. 3, trailer)
C’mon C’mon (A24, Nov. 19, trailer) FI
Cyrano (MGM/UA, Feb. 25, 2022, trailer)
The French Dispatch (Searchlight, Oct. 22, trailer)
Last Night in Soho (Focus, Oct. 29, trailer)



Kenneth Branagh (BelfastCCA, HFPA
Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) CCA, HFPA, LAFCA, NYFCC
Steven Spielberg (West Side Story) — podcast CCA, HFPA
Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) CCA, NBR
Denis Villeneuve (Dune) — podcast CCA, HFPA

Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley) — podcast CCA
Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers) — podcast
Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car) NSFC
Paolo Sorrentino (The Hand of God)
Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up) — podcast
Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter) FI, HFPA, IFP

Longer Shots
Sian Heder (CODA)
Julia Ducournau (Titane)
Asghar Farhadi (A Hero) — podcast
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tick, Tick … Boom!) — podcast
Aaron Sorkin (Being the Ricardos) — podcast
Ridley Scott (House of Gucci) — podcast
Mike Mills (C’mon C’mon) FI


Will Smith (King Richard) — podcast CCA, HFPA, NBR, SAG
Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!) — podcast CCA, HFPA, SAG
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) — podcast CCA, HFPA, NYFCC, SAG
Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) — podcast CCA, HFPA, SAG
Bradley Cooper (Nightmare Alley)


Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos) HFPA, SAG
Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up) HFPA
Jude Hill (Belfast)
Joaquin Phoenix (C’mon C’mon) IFP
Peter Dinklage (Cyrano) — podcast CCA, HFPA
Nicolas Cage (Pig) — podcast CCA
Simon Rex (Red Rocket) — podcast FI, IFP, LAFCA

Longer Shots
Hidetoshi Nishijima (Drive My Car) NSFC
Cooper Hoffman (Licorice Pizza) HFPA
Adam Driver (House of Gucci) — podcast
Mahershala Ali (Swan Song) — podcast HFPA
Daniel Craig (No Time to Die) — podcast
Ansel Elgort (West Side Story)
Riz Ahmed (Encounter)


Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) — podcast CCA, HFPA, SAG
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter) — podcast CCA, HFPA, IFP, SAG
Lady Gaga (House of Gucci) — podcast CCA, HFPA, NYFCC, SAG
Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers) LAFCA, NSFC
Kristen Stewart (Spencer) — podcast CCA, HFPA

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) — podcast CCA, HFPA, SAG
Jennifer Hudson (Respect) SAG
Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World)
Emilia Jones (CODA)
Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Longer Shots
Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) HFPA, NBR
Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza) CCA, HFPA
Jennifer Lawrence (Don’t Look Up) — podcast HFPA
Tessa Thompson (Passing) IFP
Jodie Comer (The Last Duel) — podcast



Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog) CCA, HFPA, LAFCA, NYFCC, SAG
Troy Kotsur (CODA) CCA, FI, HFPA, IFP, SAG
Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza) SAG
Jamie Dornan (Belfast) CCA, HFPA
Ciarán Hinds (Belfast) CCA, HFPA, NBR

Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)
Jared Leto (House of Gucci) — podcast CCA, SAG
Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar) — podcast HFPA, SAG
J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos) CCA
Woody Norman (C’mon C’mon)
Mark Rylance (Don’t Look Up)
Andrew Garfield (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)

Longer Shots
Mike Faist (West Side Story)
David Alvarez (West Side Story)
Jonah Hill (Don’t Look Up)
Anders Danielsen Lie (The Worst Person in the World) NSFC
Robin de Jesus (Tick, Tick … Boom!)
Jon Bernthal (King Richard)


Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) CCA, HFPA, SAG
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) CCA, HFPA, LAFCA, SAG
Caitriona Balfe (Belfast) CCA, HFPA, SAG
Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley) — podcast SAG
Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) — podcast CCA, HFPA, NBR


Marlee Matlin (CODA) IFP
Ruth Negga (Passing) — podcast FI, HFPA, IFP, NSFC, SAG
Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter) FI, IFP
Rita Moreno (West Side Story) — podcast CCA
Judi Dench (Belfast) — podcast

Longer Shots
Gaby Hoffmann (C’mon C’mon) IFP
Meryl Streep (Don’t Look Up) — podcast
Nina Arianda (Being the Ricardos)
Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy of Macbeth) NYFCC
Anya Taylor-Joy (Last Night in Soho)


The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion) CCA, HFPA, USC
Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve) CCA, USC
The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal) CCA, FI, IFP, USC
West Side Story (Tony Kushner) CCA
Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe) LAFCA, NSFC

Passing (Rebecca Hall) IFP, USC
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Joel Coen) NBR, USC
CODA (Sian Heder) CCA
Nightmare Alley
(Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan) — podcast (del Toro)
The Tender Bar (William Monahan)
House of Gucci (Roberto Bentivegna & Becky Johnston)

Longer Shots
Tick, Tick … Boom!
(Steven Levenson)
Cyrano (Erica Schmidt)
The Last Duel (Ben Affleck, Matt Damon & Nicole Holofcener)
The Green Knight (David Lowery) FI
Spider-Man: No Way Home
(Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers)
In the Heights (Quiara Alegría Hudes)



Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) CCA, HFPA
Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson) CCA, HFPA, NYFCC
Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay & David Sirota) — podcast (McKay) CCA, HFPA
Being the Ricardos (Aaron Sorkin) — podcast CCA, HFPA
Parallel Mothers (Pedro Almodóvar) — podcast

King Richard (Zach Baylin) CCA
C’mon Cmon (Mike Mills) FI
The Hand of God (Paolo Sorrentino)
The French Dispatch (Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola & Jason Schwartzman)
Last Night in Soho (Krysty Wilson-Cairns & Edgar Wright)
A Hero (Asghar Farhadi) — podcast NBR

Longer Shots
The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt)
The Card Counter (Paul Schrader) IFP
Zola (Janicza Bravo & Jeremy O. Harris) FI
Red Rocket (Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch) — podcast (Baker) IFP
The Harder They Fall (Jeymes Samuel & Boaz Yakin)
Titane (Julia Ducournau)


Encanto (Disney) ANN, CCA, HFPA, NBR
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Netflix) ANN, CCA, NYFCC
Flee (Neon/Participant) ANN, CCA, HFPA, LAFCA
Luca (Pixar) ANN, CCA, HFPA
Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney) ANN, CCA, HFPA


Sing 2 (Illumination/Universal) ANN
My Sunny Maad (Negativ) HFPA
Vivo (Netflix)

Longer Shots
The Summit of the Gods
(Netflix) ANN
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
Pompo: The Cinephile (GKIDS) ANN


Summer of Soul (Hulu/Searchlight) AFI*, CCA, CEH, FI, IDA, IFP, LAFCA, NBR, PGA
(Neon/Participant) CCA, CEH, FI, IDA, IFP, NBR, NSFC, NYFCC, PGA
Ascension (MTV) CCA, CEH, FI, IFP, NBR, PGA
Attica (Showtime) CCA, NBR
The Rescue (Nat Geo) CCA, CEH, NBR, PGA

Simple as Water (HBO) PGA
The Velvet Underground (Apple) — podcast (Todd Haynes) CEH
Procession (Netflix) CCA, FI
The First Wave (Neon) — podcast (Matthew Heineman) PGA
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (Apple)

Longer Shots
In the Same Breath
Writing With Fire (Music Box) IDA, PGA
Faya Dayi (Janus Films) CEH, IDA, IFP
President (Greenwich) IFP
Julia (Sony Classics)



Drive My Car (Japan) CCA, FI, HFPA, IFP
The Hand of God (Italy) CCA, HFPA
The Worst Person in the World (Norway) CCA, IFP, NBR, NYFCC
A Hero (Iran) — podcast (Asghar Farhadi) CCA, HFPA, NBR
Flee (Denmark) CCA

Compartment No. 6 (Finland) FI, HFPA
Great Freedom
Prayers for the Stolen
 (Mexico) FI
Lamb (Iceland) NBR
I’m Your Man (Germany)

Longer Shots
The Good Boss (Spain)
Playground (Belgium)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
Hive (Kosovo)
Plaza Catedral


West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski) CCA, NYFCC
Dune (Greig Fraser) CCA, CI
The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner) CCA, LAFCA
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel) CCA, CI, NBR
Belfast (Haris Zambarloukos) CCA


Nightmare Alley (Dan Laustsen) CCA
No Time to Die (Linus Sandgren)
C’mon C’mon (Robbie Ryan) CI
Cyrano (Seamus McGarvey)
The Green Knight (Andrew Droz Palermo) NSFC
Don’t Look Up (Linus Sandgren)
Last Night in Soho (Chung Chung-hoon)
The French Dispatch (Robert Yeoman)
The Last Duel
 (Dariusz Wolski)
House of Gucci
(Dariusz Wolski)

Longer Shots
Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson & Michael Bauman)
Passing (Edu Grau) FI
Drive My Car (Hidetoshi Shinomiya)
Spencer (Claire Mathon)
King Richard
(Robert Elswit)
Titane (Ruben Impens)
Tick, Tick … Boom!
(Alice Brooks)
Being the Ricardos
(Jeff Cronenweth)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Mauro Fiore)


West Side Story (Paul Tazewell) CCA
Dune (Robert Morgan & Jacqueline West) CCA
Cruella (Jenny Beavan) CCA
Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira) CCA
The French Dispatch (Milena Canonero)

Licorice Pizza
(Mark Bridges)
Coming 2 America
(Ruth E. Carter)
House of Gucci
(Janty Yates) CCA
Spencer (Jacqueline Durran)
Last Night in Soho
(Odile Dicks-Mireaux)
 (Massimo Cantini Parrini)

Longer Shots
Belfast (Charlotte Walker)
The Power of the Dog
(Kirsty Cameron)
Mothering Sunday (Sandy Powell)
The Tragedy of Macbeth
(Mary Zophres)
Being the Ricardos
 (Susan Lyall)
Passing (Marci Rodgers)



(Joe Walker) CCA
West Side Story (Sarah Broshar & Michael Kahn) CCA
Belfast (Una Ni Dhonghaile) CCA
The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras) CCA
No Time to Die
(Tom Cross & Elliot Graham)

Summer of Soul (Joshua L. Pearson) LAFCA
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Leigh Folsom & Jeffrey Ford)
Licorice Pizza (Andy Jurgensen)
Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)
Tick, Tick … Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)
The Lost Daughter
(Affonso Gonçalves)
The Hand of God (Cristiano Travaglioli)
The French Dispatch (Andrew Weisblum)

Longer Shots
CODA (Geraud Brisson)
House of Gucci (Claire Simpson)
King Richard (Pamela Martin)
Being the Ricardos (Alan Baumgarten) CCA
Nightmare Alley (Cam McLauchlin)
Last Night in Soho (Paul Machliss)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Joel Coen & Lucian Johnston)
Titane (Jean-Christophe Bouzy)


West Side Story
The Eyes of Tammy Faye CCA, MUHS
No Time to Die MUHS


House of Gucci CCA, MUHS
Nightmare Alley
Coming 2 America MUHS
The Suicide Squad


Dune (Hans Zimmer) CCA, HFPA, HMMA, SCL
The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood) CCA, HFPA, HMMA, SCL
The French Dispatch
 (Alexandre Desplat) HFPA, HMMA, SCL
Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell) CCA, HMMA, SCL
King Richard (Kris Bowers) HMMA

No Time to Die (Hans Zimmer) HMMA
Spencer (Jonny Greenwood) CCA, SCL
Encanto (Germaine Franco) HFPA, SCL
Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias) HFPA, HMMA, LAFCA, SCL
The Harder They Fall (Jeymes Samuel)

Longer Shots
The Last Duel (Harry Gregson-Williams) HMMA
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Carter Burwell) HMMA
The Green Knight (Daniel Hart) SCL
Being the Ricardos (Daniel Pemberton)
Candyman (Robert A.A. Lowe)



“No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die) — podcast CCA, HFPA, HMMA, SCL
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” — Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson & Carole King (Respect) HFPA, HMMA, SCL
“Guns Go Bang” — Jay-Z, Scott Mescudi [Kid Cudi] & Jeymes Samuel (The Harder They Fall) CCA, HMMA, SCL
“Just Look Up” — Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi [Kid Cudi] & Taura Stinson (Don’t Look Up) CCA, HMMA, SCL
“So May We Start” — Ron Mael & Russell Mael (Annette)

“Your Song Saved My Life” — Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. (Sing 2) HMMA
“Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard) CCA, HFPA, HMMA
“Down to Joy” — Van Morrison (Belfast) HFPA, HMMA
“Automatic Woman” — H.E.R., Van Hun & Starrah (Bruised) — podcast
“Dos Oruguitas” — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto) — podcast CCA, HFPA

Longer Shots
“Somehow You Do” — Diane Warren (Four Good Days) — podcast HMMA, SCL
“Beyond the Shore” — Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder & Marius de Vries (CODA) HMMA
“The Anonymous Ones” — Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Amandla Stenberg (Dear Evan Hansen)
“Dream Girl” — Idina Menzel & Laura Veltz (Cinderella)
“Right Where I Belong” — Brian Wilson & Jim James (Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road) HMMA


(Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette) CCA
West Side Story (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen) CCA
(Jim Clay & Claire Nina Richards) CCA
The French Dispatch (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen) CCA
Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell & Shane Vieau) CCA

(Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer)
(Fiona Crumbie & Alice Felton)
The Power of the Dog
(Grant Major & Amber Richards)
Licorice Pizza
(Florencia Martin & Ryan Watson)
The Tragedy of Macbeth
(Stefan Dechant & Nancy Haigh)
Last Night in Soho
(Victoria Allwood, Judy Farr & Emily Norris)


Longer Shots
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sam Avila & Darren Gilford)
Being the Ricardos
(Ellen Brill & Jon Hutman)
Spencer (Guy Hendrix-Dyas & Yesim Zolan)
House of Gucci
(Arthur Max & Letizia Santucci)
The Last Duel
 (Judy Farr & Arthur Max)
(Nora Mendis & Paige Mitchell)


West Side Story
No Time to Die
Tick, Tick… Boom!

Spider-Man: No Way Home
A Quiet Place Part II
The Power of the Dog
Last Night in Soho
The Matrix Resurrections


No Time to Die
The Matrix Resurrections
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home


Godzilla vs. Kong
Black Widow
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Free Guy


Shortlist (alphabetical)
Affairs of the Art
Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice
Bad Seeds
Flowing Home
Mum Is Pouring Rain
The Musician
Only a Child
Robin Robin
Souvenir Souvenir
Step Into the River
Us Again
The Windshield Wiper


Shortlist (alphabetical)
A Broken House
Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis
Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker
Day of Rage
The Facility
Lead Me Home
Lynching Postcards: “Token of a Great Day”
The Queen of Basketball
Sophie & the Baron
Terror Contagion
Three Songs for Benazir
When We Were Bullies



Shortlist (alphabetical)
Ala Kachuu — Take and Run
Censor of Dreams
The Criminals
The Dress
Les Grandes Claques
The Long Goodbye
On My Mind
Please Hold
Under the Heavens
When the Sun Sets
You’re Dead Helen

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble




Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).


The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.


Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.


  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’




According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.


To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)




Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.


Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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