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Why A24's X Cements Jenna Ortega as a Scream Queen

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Spoiler Warning: Scream (2022)Young actress Jenna Ortega is this generation’s rising star. At just 19 years old, she has starred in multiple films in leading roles within two years, including four horror movies such as this year’s blockbuster hit Scream and A24’s film X. She will also be playing the lead as Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s upcoming mini-series, Wednesday.

Ortega started acting in more minor, supporting roles, including playing young Jane in Jane the Virgin. However, her major break into mainstream media was when she starred as Ellie in season two of Netflix’s You alongside Penn Badgely. She captured critics and viewers alike who praised her performance as Badgley’s fifteen-year-old neighbor whom he befriends, with Ortega dipping her toes into the thriller genre.

Ortega began her horror journey in a supporting role in Insidious 2 but had her breakthrough horror performance as Phoebe in Netflix’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen. This was her first leading role in the Netflix horror-comedy that brought her mainstream success and exposure to a broader audience. Ortega showed audiences her acting range and potential to perform in multiple genres, such as Phoebe, a goth high schooler who tries to survive the wrath of the protagonists’ satanic babysitter and the other cult members. Even though the film was negatively reviewed, fans still enjoyed the addition of Ortega, excitedly ready to see her in future horror projects.

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After her success in a leading role as Tara Carpenter in the fifth installment of Scream, along with Studio 666 and A24’s X, Ortega has cemented herself that fans have called Neve Campbell, Sarah Michelle Geller, and Jamie Lee Curtis — a scream queen.

While Ortega starred in the family-friendly movie Yes Day, released in 2021 alongside Jennifer Garner, her biggest blockbuster hit was her in the leading role as Tara in the fifth installment of the Scream franchise released earlier this year. Not only was it critically praised, but it also became a blockbuster hit, taking over Spider-Man: No Way Home for the number one slot. She reached an even wider audience who became familiar with the young actress, applauding her role as a victim of Ghostface, who at the end was able to take him down alongside fellow scream queen, Neve Campbell.

Ortega was appreciated for her opening sequence, in which she pays homage to Drew Barrymore’s opening sequence from the first Scream (1996). As for her role, she was quoted in an interview with MTV News saying,

A month later, Ortega was seen starring in another horror-comedy film Studio 666, alongside Foo Fighters Dave Grohl as Skye, a member of the fictional band Dream Widow. While not a financial success, the movie is considered a passion project for Grohl that will instantly become a cult classic that continues to cement Ortega as a scream queen.

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Additionally, Ortega stars in A24’s X, a slasher that also stars Mia Goth and Brittany Snow. Directed and written by Ti West, X is set in 1979 and about a group of young filmmakers who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas. But when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast finds themselves fighting for their lives. The X trailer featured plenty of screams and terror from the scream queen herself.

It was announced last year in May that Ortega had been cast as Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s Wednesday, a live-action series directed by Tim Burton. A role previously held by Christina Ricci, Ortega also made the casting announcement on her Instagram, which co-stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and is described as a coming-of-age mystery-comedy that follows Wednesday years as a student at Nevermore Academy. That’s where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships. It was also recently announced by Netflix that Ricci herself is set to return as a series regular in Wednesday. Although her role is under wraps, the recent casting announcement has led to more anticipation and excitement for the upcoming series.

While viewers may need to wait for Wednesday to be released later this year, fans can catch the scream queen in X, which is currently playing only in theaters.

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Ocean's Eleven Prequel in the Works with Margot Robbie, Jay Roach to Direct

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An Ocean’s Eleven prequel is moving forward. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Margot Robbie is on board to star in a new Ocean’s film that would also feature the Barbie actress in a lead role, presumably as part of an ensemble cast with other big names. The film is set to be directed by Jay Roach, who previously helmed 2019’s Bombshell, a film that earned Robbie an Oscar nomination. The project is reportedly in active development at Warner Bros., and while it hasn’t been officially greenlit just yet, the plan is to start shooting by spring 2023.

Details have not been revealed about the story, but it is said to be a prequel that’s set in Europe during the 1960s, making it unlikely any stars from the previous Ocean’s films would be reprising their roles. Robbie is also producing in addition to starring in the film, serving as a producer alongside LuckyChap partner Tom Ackerley. Roach will also produce alongside Michelle Graham for Everyman Pictures. Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, and Josey McNamara are executive producing. The screenplay is written by Carrie Solomon.

Robbie can be recognized for any number of roles, though she made a particularly big splash in pop culture with her role as Harley Quinn in the DCEU. Along with Bombshell, she has also been nominate for an Academy Award for her role in the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, with other notable roles including The Wolf of Wall Street, Mary Queen of Scots, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She will lead the cast of Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie film based on the popular Mattel toy line, and there are plans for her to star in a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.

Aside from Bombshell, director Jay Roach is well known for helming the Austin Powers movie trilogy with Mike Myers. He also directed the Ben Stiller comedy Meet the Parents along with its sequel, Meet the Fockers. His other films include Dinner for Schmucks, The Campaign, and Trumbo.

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The original Ocean’s trilogy kicked off in 2001 with Ocean’s Eleven, which tells the story of an elaborate Las Vegas casino heist. It was a smash success at the box office, which brought about the sequel Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 followed by Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007. Steven Soderbergh directed all three of the original films.

The franchise was revived in 2018 with the female-led spinoff, Ocean’s 8. Directed by Gary Ross, the film imagined a new heist at the Met Gala carried about by a team of elite thieves with an ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.

While Margot Robbie is taking the franchise’s high-stakes thievery to the past with a prequel, Soderbergh has been keeping the door open for Ocean’s Fourteen, so we may not have seen the last of the original cast just yet. Last year, Don Cheadle claimed that Soderbergh was planning another sequel, though Bernie Mac’s tragic death had certainly hindered those plans. However, Cheadle teased that Soderbergh had another idea come to him that would be good for the potential film, though nothing was set in stone.

“We were talking about it, and then Bernie [Mac] passed, and very quickly we were like, ‘No, we don’t want to do it,'” Cheadle said. “But I just did a movie with Steven and he said, ‘I think there may be a way to do it again. I’m thinking about it.’ And it didn’t go much further than that. But I don’t know; I don’t know who all would be in it. I imagine the main group of us would be in. It would be interesting to see.”

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The Odd Reason Matt Groening Had To Apologize For The Simpsons

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Speaking to the BBC in 2021, Groening was told that the Monorail Society, a public advocacy group with over 14,000 members, is on record denouncing “Marge vs. the Monorail” as detrimental to the public perception of monorail systems. “I don’t know what to say, I’m sorry,” Groening responded. “That’s a by-product of our viciousness.

It all goes back to Season 4, Episode 12, in which fast-talking flim-flam man Lyle Lanley (Phil Hartman) cons the city of Springfield into plowing its budget surplus into a faulty monorail system. “Marge vs. the Monorail” is consistently ranked among the absolute best episodes of “The Simpsons.” As recently as 2014 the episode’s author, one Conan O’Brien, told BuzzFeed that people still come up to him wanting to talk not about his late-night shows, but about “Marge vs. the Monorail.”

Groening, ever the environmentalist (via Variety), responded to the BBC that he actually liked monorail systems. “You’re up off the ground and you’re above traffic. Monorails are great,” he said. Very much in line with the Monorail Society’s original statement, which states that as the world’s consumption of fossil fuels continues to contribute to global warming, and as traffic congestion affects economies, “we need more green, electric, automated, elevated transportation systems such as monorail, and they need to be represented fairly on television and in the media.”

Whatever guys. Tell it to the people of North Haverbrook.

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