Gaga. Quinn. Joker. Musical?!
And 'Maverick' tops Marvel
What to know
Lady Gaga in talks to play Harley Quinn in musical Joker sequel… Strap in, folks, this shit is going to be WILD. The Joker sequel is currently titled Joker: Folie à Deux, referring to a shared delusional disorder. That makes a lot more sense now that we know the movie is a two-hander. Something tells me Gaga is going to really sink her teeth into this role — and what’s nice is that she won’t be replacing Margot Robbie, because Robbie’s Quinn exists in a different universe. As for it being a “musical,” I must know more. 🃏
Top Gun: Maverick soars past Doc Strange 2 as year’s highest grossing movie… An ‘80s legacy sequel just dethroned a Marvel team-up?! Of all the incredible feats Maverick has achieved, this might be its most impressive yet. The Tom Cruise flick plus Jurassic World Dominion could push June to its first $1B box office since 2019. The only question now: Will Thor Love and Thunder unseat Mav? 💰
Netflix turning Squid Game into a real reality show, minus all the death… While it’s ironic that Netflix is actualizing what was clearly meant to be a cautionary tale, it also feels inevitable. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think this could be good, as the game itself is compelling. As you’ll recall, YouTube star Mr. Beast’s IRL version of Squid Game was pretty great. 🦑
BTS announce hiatus to pursue solo projects… They’ve vowed to return one day, but ask One Direction fans how hiatuses turn out. 🇰🇷
Pamela Adlon to direct first feature, starring and co-written by Ilana Glazer… Important funny Jewish lady collab alert! 🚨
Get first look at Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio… Ooh, I’m loving the textured style. 👃
Peep the trailer for Only Murders in the Building season 2… More murders, more building. 🏢
NBCU CEO feels streaming is “not remotely close to peak content”… Hard disagree! 🙈
Halftime — June 14 | Netflix music doc | 🍅 79%
Father of the Bride — June 16 | HBO Max comedy film | 🍅
The Old Man — June 16 | FX/Hulu drama series | 🍅 92%
Cha Cha Real Smooth — June 17 | Apple TV+/theatrical indie film | 🍅 91%
Lightyear — June 17 | Pixar animated film in theaters | 🍅 82%
What to watch
Is Tony Hawk going to die skateboarding? That’s the impression you might get after watching the HBO Max documentary Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Falls Off. That title almost seems literal. Compulsion and determination—almost to the point of self-detriment—are the main focus of this bio-doc, that probes its hero’s psyche as much as the sport of skateboarding itself. Giving up has never been and will never be an option for Tony Hawk. Despite the punishing nature of his sport, he’s going to keep riding and pushing himself. In turning the camera on an aging GOAT, director Sam Jones discovers what it takes to become the very best. Talent is part of it, but determination to get back up when you fall and a single-minded obsession to keep improving are the true secrets. The way Jones showcases this through Hawk’s skateboarding is quite effective. Elsewhere, the documentary is an alright reflection of the ups and downs of skating’s past. That is until the end, when Jones allows the veteran skaters to get introspective about what happens now. How long can 54-year-old Tony, who’s been beaten and battered by his number one passion, keep going? Can anyone stop him? Should they? The future is as unpredictable and electric as the 40 years of sports history that preceded it.
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