L'appel du vide

—Is this a sequel to Sound of Freedom? Spiritual successor?

Angel Studios acquired North American distribution rights to Possum Trot, adding the title Sound of Hope to capitalize on the company's 2023 box office success, Sound of Freedom. [source]

—No, it's cynical branding.

Christians saving children – a new Independence Day tradition?

Sound of the Planet of the Apes.

The Olympics opening ceremony on July 26 will be broadcast live at more than 150 IMAX theaters nationwide, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET. [source]

Struggling cinemas losing four hours of IMAX screen money on opening day of Deadpool and Wolverine because IMAX controls what plays on its screens.

Shit, IMAX giving up money…

Q: More impressive roster of filmmakers: Alien franchise or Batman franchise?

Team Alien
Ridley Scott
James Cameron
David Fincher
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Fede Álvarez

Team Batman
Tim Burton
Joel Schumacher
Christopher Nolan
Zack Snyder
Matt Reeves

Predator Film Idea: A Predator preys on the production of an Alien film.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

23. Q (Fantasmas, S01E01)

Stray Observations

  • "Before I took this job, I was a professional actor for a long time, and so I still dabble in it. Here's me as Shrek." (Ren Faire, S01E01)
  • "I have to take Viagra and Cialis, and I have to have a shot of testosterone once a week. And I'll tell you, that works. And if you get a shot every week, you can have an erection until you die. And that's my goal. And if I really, really wanted to die the perfect way, it would be to have a woman screw me to death, and that should end of it, and I would just be dead. That would be the perfect way to go, other than sodium pentothal." (Ren Faire, S01E01)

(Clipped, S01E02)

  • "Elgin Baylor, arguably one of the top 10 players ever in the NBA, and he's the first dude to ever really play above the rim. And then he went to the Clippers' front office for a long time. Today, with a discount pork cutlet in his basket, he looked like he'd had a curse put on him." (Clipped, S01E02)

(Clipped, S01E02)

Wah Gwan Delilah

John Stamos has recorded a song for Willy's Candy Spectacular, an upcoming live musical that takes inspiration from a disastrous Willy Wonka-inspired event in Scotland earlier this year. [source]

Inspired or creatively bankrupt?

Reality Series Idea: In each episode, a team of musical theatre talent creates a musical based on a randomly selected intellectual property.

I Want to Violently Crash into the Windshield of Love


Is the incorporated Roman numeral IX larger so it doesn't read as "Resident Evil X"? In which case, I would just use an Arabic numeral 9.

Do you think Capcom kicks itself for missing the opportunity to incorporate a Roman number VI for RE6? It's the cleanest incorporation.

Which came first: The decision to set RE8 in a village, or a way to incorporate a Roman numeral VIII in its title?

Capcom also could have split the L in "Evil" into two Roman numeral Is, à la Scream VI:

What words feature "IX" in them?

Resident Evil Helix.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

22. Malala on a horse (We Are Lady Parts, S02E02)

Stray Observations

  • "Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom." (The Sympathizer, S01E07)
  • </The Sympathizer, S01>
  • "I know it's seafood. I'm really hoping that Manny's just going to follow up to narrow that in."
    "Um, is it like a porridge?"
    "What the fuck?"
    "No. Okay."
    "What? What? Why? When was the last time you ate a seafood porridge?" (Top Chef, S21E11)

(Top Chef, S21E11)

  • "I don't want to talk to vendors!" (Hacks, S03E09)
  • "You are not an assistant. You are a manager and a great one. So, please, stay here with me and be my partner."
    "Oh, my God, I'm so sorry. I thought you were a man. They're gay."
    "What? I am a man."
    "But you said 'partner.'"
    "Leave us alone!" (Hacks, S03E09)
  • </Hacks, S03>
  • ♫: Melanie – "Look What They Did to My Song, Ma" (We Are Lady Parts, S02E01)
  • "Who drew this?"
    "Some hоrny Picasso."
    "Dude, it's a watercolor. It would be a hоrny Monet." (We Are Lady Parts, S02E03)
  • </We Are Lady Parts, S02>

No Step on Snek

Cameron Crovetti played Alexander Skarsgård's son on Big Little Lies and young Bill Skarsgård in Boy Kills World.

He also plays Homelander's son on The Boys and played young Ryan Gosling in The Gray Man.

Ariana Greenblatt played America Ferrara's daughter in Barbie and Gina Rodriguez's daughter in Awake.

She also played young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War and young Ahsoka on Ahsoka.

Q: Which actor has the wildest résumé of young or child roles?

Jacob Tremblay played young Will Forte on The Last Man on Earth and Will Forte's son in Good Boys.

He also plays young Tom Hiddleston in The Life of Chuck and played Owen Wilson's son in Wonder.

He also plays both Batman's son and Robin on Harley Quinn.

He also plays Nick Offerman's son in Sovereign and played Boyd Holbrook's son in The Predator and Thomas Jane's son in Before I Wake.

He also played young Justin Bieber in a music video.

In addition to playing young Chris Rock on Everybody Hates Chris, Tyler James Williams played young Bill Cosby's older brother on Little Bill and an older version of his real-life younger brother Tyrel on Lab Rats.

He also played Jack Black's son on Saturday Night Live.

Haley Joel Osment played Forrest Gump's son, Jeff Foxworthy's son, the Disney Beauty and the Beast teapot's son, and Murphy Brown's son.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

21. This is the best! (Wheel of Fortune, 23 May 2024)

Stray Observations

  • "Chaps sitting at the table next to me were just remarking that you need to have pho in situ at the restaurant to truly appreciate it." (The Sympathizer, S01E06)
  • "America, they eat your heart, then complain about indigestion." (The Sympathizer, S01E06)
  • "Wow, you know a lot about Kristen Stewart."
    "Well, I'm gay." (Abbott Elementary, S03E14)
  • "What the hell? It's not time for white bops yet." (Abbott Elementary, S03E14)
  • "I got to keep moving, or else I'll black out." (Abbott Elementary, S03E14)
  • "I fixed your light." (Abbott Elementary, S03E14)
  • </Abbott Elementary, S03>

(AEW Dynamite, 22 May 2024)

(The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 22 May 2024)

  • "And I will do that student improv show that I was invited to do. It's the perfect opportunity to make myself look good."
    "Okay, Deborah, improv has never made anyone look good, okay?" (Hacks, S03E08)
  • "Are you living with concerns of obesity?"
    "Ask about the power of not giving a fuck, with Lizzo." (South Park: The End of Obesity)

Big Main

It's Cannes film market time!

This should be a television procedural. One kill an episode for 24 episodes.

Uhh… Didn't he die in Ip Man 4: The Finale?

Ooh, a sequel to Flash Point!

[bursts out laughing]

When a Middle Eastern tycoon dispatches international mercenaries to kidnap the zoo's baby pandas, Chan, playing a version of himself as an international action star, is forced to get involved in a rescue mission. [source]

Chinese Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.