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'The Sandman' Cast and Creators Discuss the Pressure of Bringing the Comic Books to TV (Exclusive)
 adaptation has been several years in the making and is finally making its small screen debut! The 10-episode series premieres on Netflix this Friday, and the long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved comic series is packing serious heat for eager fans.Tackling the comic's story from the beginning, the series follows Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), known as Dream and the titular Sandman, as he breaks free from decades-long imprisonment by humans to return to his kingdom of the Dreaming. The anthropomorphic personification of dreams discovers that his home has fallen into disarray in his absence and, to restore order, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.The series features a star-studded cast alongside Sturridge that includes Kirby Howell-Baptise, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Stephen Fry, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Mason Alexander Park, and voice work from Patton Oswalt and Mark Hamill. The show was originally pitched as a film adaptation by filmmaker David S.
Patton Oswalt Says 'Eternals' Sequel Is in the Works With Director Chloe Zhao Returning
Patton Oswalt spill the beans on an unannounced sequel? The actor and comedian was a guest on the show on Tuesday, promoting his new film,, when he was asked about possibly reprising his latest character in the MCU, Pip the Troll, who appeared alongside Harry Styles' Eros in an post-credits scene.«They have announced there's going to be an sequel, Chloe Zhao is going to direct it,» he shared. «So hopefully there will be more adventures of Starfox and Pip.»An sequel was not part of Marvel's recent Hall H announcements at San Diego Comic-Con — which included everything from a Phase 5 timeline to the news that Phase 6 will include a new film as well as two new epics. However, fans have speculated that even more MCU announcements could be on the way at Disney's upcoming D23 Expo in early September.Patton Oswalt @pattonoswalt and James Morosini @JamesMorosini join us live to talk all about the upcoming movie ‘I LOVE MY DAD’ we know so far about the MCU's take on Eros comes mainly from Pip's post-credits introduction, who shared with Thena (Angelina Jolie), Druig (Barry Keoghan) and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) that he was the hero known as Starfox, the brother of Thanos, the «Knave of Hearts,» and the defeater of Black Roger. In the scene, Styles' character takes a moment to compliment Thena's legendary beauty before issuing an ominous warning about Sersi (Gemma Chan) and the others, who have been summoned before Arishem for judgment over the group's decision to kill the newborn Celestial, Tiamut,«Your friends are in big trouble,» Eros tells the group.
Vice’s ‘Dark Side’ Franchise Expands With ‘Dark Side of Comedy’ Spinoff (EXCLUSIVE)
Jennifer Maas TV Business WriterVice TV is adding another “Dark Side” series to its growing fan-favorite franchise with spinoff “Dark Side of Comedy,” Variety has learned exclusively.The cabler describes the new show as “a fresh look at an art form that has long shined a light on significant cultural issues, and the artists who have managed to create light in times of darkness.”Joining a “Dark Side” lineup that currently includes “Dark Side of the Ring,” “Dark Side of Football” and “Dark Side of the ’90s,” “Dark Side of Comedy” is a series that “examines the internal battles, unexpected fame and societal pressures that are ever-present in the comedy world; as well as the lasting legacy of the women and men who allow us to see the world through their eyes.” The first season of the show, which is narrated by Dave Foley, will consist of 10 episodes focused on these comics: Andrew Dice Clay, Chris Farley, Freddie Prinze, Artie Lange, Roseanne Barr, Dustin Diamond, Greg Giraldo, Brett Butler, Richard Pryor and Maria Bamford.It features comics like Patton Oswalt, Godfrey, the late Gilbert Gottfried, Maria Bamford and more weighing in on these stories.Per Vice’s logline for “Dark Side of Comedy,” “Comedy has entered a new golden age. Podcasts, social media, and streaming services have all created new life and new laughs for comics living and dead — comics who were once relegated to smoky nightclubs and finite network TV time slots.
Madonna calls for gun control reform following Uvalde school shooting
Madonna has called on the US government to reform fire arm safety in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, which left 19 young children and two adults dead.On Tuesday (May 24), an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School, which teaches children aged seven to 10. Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that the suspect was later shot dead by responding law enforcement officials.Following the attack, many figures from the entertainment world expressed their anger following the mass shooting including Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Finneas, actor Chris Evans, Migos rapper Offset, Peter Frampton, Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler, Patton Oswalt, NBA star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and US President Joe Biden.Now, Madonna has taken to Instagram to call for stricter gun control.“I cannot imagine the heartache and heartbreak the parents of these 19 children must feel,” she wrote alongside a clip from her 2019 ‘God Control’ music video.A post shared by Madonna (@madonna)“I have children in elementary school and if they did not come home from school one day I don’t think I could survive.”She questioned how the 18-year-old suspect “can purchase 2 automatic rifles on his birthday with no background check, no safety training, no questions asked?????”“The NRA refuses to change its position and legislation cannot get one bill passed that requires tougher fire arm safety laws,” she continued.
Judd Apatow on George Carlin: ‘He was the Madonna of comedy’
Apatow refers is co-producer Michael Bonfiglio, the acclaimed documentarian (“30 for 30: Bo Jackson”) with whom he collaborated on the 2018 HBO documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.”Their study of the trailblazing Carlin, who died in 2008 at the age of 71, unfolds in much the same vein as “The Zen Diaries” and includes interviews with Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, and a gaggle of fellow comics including Paul Reiser, W. Kamau Bell, Steven Wright, Judy Gold, Robert Klein and Patton Oswalt.Viewers familiar with only the bare-bones arc of Carlin’s life will take a deep dive into his professional and personal trajectory — from the clean-cut, suit-wearing ’60s-era stand-up comedian who grudgingly embraced “establishment” television mores (including a 1966 guest-starring role on the ABC sitcom “That Girl”) — to embracing his inner voice and morphing into the bearded, pony-tailed comic voice known for his cutting-edge record albums and standup act (The “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television”) that launched him into household-name stardom — and plunged him into an abyss of drug abuse.Apatow and Bonfiglio also shine a light on Carlin’s personal life, including his childhood growing up on West 121st Street, and his nearly-forty-year marriage to wife Brenda, who died in 1997 from liver cancer.“What’s interesting is that he changed [performing] styles five times.
‘I Love My Dad,’ ‘Master of Light’ Lead SXSW Film Awards
Peter Debruge Chief Film CriticBack together in person after two years of going virtual during the pandemic, the Austin-based SXSW Film Festival has announced its juried prizes. As in previous editions, the awards show happened at the midpoint of the nine-day event, before SXSW’s music events suck much of the attention away from film screenings.The top prize in narrative feature competition went to “I Love My Dad,” written and directed by James Morosini, who also stars as a younger version of himself in this uncomfortable retelling of how he was catfished by his father (played by Patton Oswalt).“Morosini displays massive empathy as a filmmaker to get into the mind of the father he feels betrayed by, and also as an actor portraying the impact of that betrayal,” said the jury, who also gave special jury prizes to the cast and crew of “It Is in Us All” and Elizaveta Yankovskaya, star of the Russian film “Nika.” Best documentary feature honors went to director Rosa Ruth Boesten’s “Master of Light,” a portrait of once-incarcerated painter George Anthony Morton’s steps to rebuild his life after prison, which impressed its jury for its empathy as well.“With astonishing intimacy, the film’s visuals build an artful bridge between two- and three-dimensional realms that are deeply rooted and utterly transcendent,” the jury explained.