Thursday, August 18 Update: A link in our latest email went to the Rundown below instead of the latest Rundown, which is right here. We’re sorry and feel dumb about this.
Dueling De Niros; how the Breaking Bad finale shaped the Better Call Saul ending; a trailer for Tim Burton’s Addams Family reboot; everything vs. everything, all at once. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
‘You Talkin’ to Me?’: Robert De Niro will definitely talk to himself in the new film Wise Guys, in which he will play both of two rival mafiosos. It’s written by Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote Goodfellas, and directed by Bugsy and Wag the Dog director Barry Levinson. It’s also based on a true story, and in case you were wondering: No, the rival mafiosos were not twins.
May I Editorialize? I love that De Niro, who just played a mob hitman from the ages of 23 to 73, decided he needed something more challenging.
Nope: I haven’t read this Hollywood Reporter critics’ discussion of whether Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul is better because 1. not everything has to be a competition and 2. we’ve only had about 36 hours to process the entirety of Better Call Saul.
That Said: I did enjoy this conversation between Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk and co-creator Peter Gould about the way the Saul ran in the opposite direction of the Breaking Bad finale. Actually it might be more accurate to say it walked in the other direction. While smoking.
Have We Learned Nothing From This? I get that controversy clicks but yow: Here’s a different Hollywood Reporter this vs. that story, this time about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings and HBO’s House of the Dragon. What if they’re both good?
This Is Also True: About all those engagement-bait Twitter memes about “You can only choose four of such-and-such type of movie — what do you choose?” This isn’t how movies work at all.
Quote of the Day: “There’s enough garbage for everybody.” — Tony Soprano
Wednesday Trailer: Here’s the trailer for Tim Burton’s Addams Family reimagining, with Scream and X star Jenna Ortega (who we profiled here) as Wednesday Addams, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie, and former Wednesday Addams Christina Ricci rounding out the cast.
Verzuz: I’m sure we’ll all get to enjoy lots of articles soon about Tim Burton’s Addams Family vs. Rob Zombie’s Munsters.
Oh Heck, Who Am I Kidding: Breaking Bad over Better Call Saul, but they’re both great; House of the Dragon, which I haven’t seen, over the new Lord of the Rings, which I also haven’t seen; Zelda Adams’ family over Addams Family and Munsters; De Niro v. De Niro: tie, but Pacino beats them both. All of these answers may change by the time I post this.
Main image: a modified Goodfellas publicity photo of Robert De Niro and Robert De Niro.