VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (03/03/2019)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

This week:
– It: Chapter 2… the bloodiest film ever?
– A new Detective Pikachu trailer!
– Rotten Tomatoes fights back against review bombing.

Read on to find out more!

Bloodiest scene ever to feature in It: Chapter Two

Okay, okay, that tease up top was a bit hyperbolic, but you’re here now so you might as well keep reading.

It: Chapter Two isn’t necessarily going to be the bloodiest film ever (although it might be, I haven’t seen it yet), but it may have a scene that will be the bloodiest scene in cinematic history, according to Jessica Chastain, who recently sat down to talk to Jimmy Fallon:

The relevant part of her quote, for those of you who don’t want to watch the video:

“In the movie, there’s a scene that someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film in a scene. The next day I was pulling blood out of my eyeballs.”

That’s quite a big claim, especially since It: Chapter One had that whole bloody bathroom scene, and countless other movies like to go all out painting their sets red. So if it’s true, that’s a very impressive record to beat indeed.

Jessica Chastain will be joined in It: Chapter Two by James McAvoy, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone and Andy Bean, while Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Clown.

It: Chapter Two cuts into cinemas on September 6th 2019.

 

Need a hero? Detective Pikachu‘s got you covered

Another trailer has dropped for the surprisingly entertaining looking live action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. Starring Ryan Reynolds as a talking Pikachu, and Justice Smith as his reluctant companion, the new trailer delves a little bit more into the background of the curious critter, as well as welcoming an iconic Pokémon back into the fray.

Rumour had it that Mewtwo was set to appear in this movie in some capacity and that his role would potentially help set up a new Pokémon cinematic universe. That’s still far from confirmed, but the new trailer lends a little credence to that rumour.

Detective Pikachu zaps into cinemas on May 10th 2019.

 

Rotten Tomatoes makes changes. Internet unhappy.

Rotten Tomatoes is often cited as a prime source of information in the movie news world, sometimes for good, sometimes for ill. Sometimes accurately, and sometimes by people who clearly don’t understand how their ranking system works.

More recently, however, it’s frequently cited as a place where people will go to bomb a film’s score before it’s release, due to the fact that that film goes against their pre-conceived notions of what a film should be, or because they disagree with an actor or director’s politics, opinions or identity. Black Panther was a target for such people, and now Captain Marvel is facing their wrath too.

In response, Rotten Tomatoes are making some changes to remedy that, and recently released a statement outlining their intent:

“As of February 25, we will no longer show the ‘Want to See’ percentage score for a movie during its pre-release period. Why you might ask?  We’ve found that the ‘Want to See’ percentage score is often times confused with the ‘Audience Score’ percentage number. (The ‘Audience Score’ percentage, for those who haven’t been following, is the percentage of all users who have rated the movie or TV show positively – that is, given it a star rating of 3.5 or higher – and is only shown once the movie or TV show is released.)

What else are we doing? We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.”

Responses to the changes seem to be split. Film criticism sites seem to generally be in favour of the changes, but Rotten Tomatoes‘ own comment section showcases a far more divided response. Many commenters are bemoaning the fact that what they see as ‘censorship’ takes away from the impartial nature of the site, as they assume more focus will be put on the critic scores and reviews, which many already claim to be untrustworthy.

Captain Marvel flies into cinemas on March 8th 2019.

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