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“Once Upon a Time” is doubling up on the action on Nov. 15, airing back-to-back episodes that promise to shed some light on Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) terrifying transformation into the Dark Swan and reintroduce some familiar faces, including Mulan (Jamie Chung), Ruby (Meghan Ory) and Dr. Whale (David Anders).
Variety spoke with creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis ahead of the two-hour installment, in which the duo teased the conclusion of the Dark Swan arc, the impending 100th episode and what we might see in the second half of the season.
What can we expect from the back-to-back episodes? Were they conceived to be one story?
Horowitz: When we were asked to do the additional episode, it wasn’t part of the initial plan to make it a two-hour story, but what we did do is, we found what we hope is a really engaging story for both of the »
- Laura Prudom
A certain Queen of Darkness is hoping to take back her Once Upon a Time throne.
Victoria Smurfit, who played Cruella de Vil on the ABC drama’s fourth season, is set to reprise her role as the animal-controlling witch.
Smurfit will not appear in the series’ upcoming 100th episode — which will welcome back such familiar faces as Robbie Kay (as Peter Pan) and Giancarlo Esposito (as the Magic Mirror) — but will pop up in multiple Season 5B episodes.
No word yet on how exactly Cruella will return… »
The Daily Show will take the evening off tonight.
The program is expected to return with a new episode on Thursday.
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— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 4, 2015
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* Once Upon a Time is welcoming back several familiar faces for its 100th episode, including Emma Caulfield as the Blind Witch, Et Online reports. »
Once Upon a Time is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming milestone 100th episode, bringing back a who's who of favorite faces to join in the festivities. E! News has confirmed that a trio of troublemakers will be returning for the momentous occasion, with Barbara Hershey reprising her role of Regina's (Lana Parilla) mother Cora (aka, the Queen of Hearts), Robbie Kay stepping back into Peter Pan's tights, and Giancarlo Esposito appearing as Sidney Glass/the Magic Mirror. Details surrounding each of the returns are being kept under wraps, naturally. As as refresh on what each of the three were up to when last we saw them, Sidney had aligned himself with the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) »
You have Gus Fring involved in your movie these days, and I'm going to automatically pay attention. Seriously. Since Breaking Bad Season 4, when Giancarlo Esposito's name comes up on a project, it has me at hello. And This Is Your Death is no different. It sure helps that the premise is interesting as hell, too, though. Esposito is set to direct a satirical drama titled This Is Your Death that he'll... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
In this morning's round-up, we have a Q&A with Casper Van Dien from the supernatural horror film, June. Also: details on Dracula's prop auction, XLrator Media's 24 Hour Rental, a video tribute to Friday the 13th Part VIII called "Voorhees Stomp", a new poster for The Hexecutioners, and release details for Krampus: The Reckoning.
Casper Van Dien Q&A: "June tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice) who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. And though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily (Pratt) and Dave (Van Dien), that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. »
- Tamika Jones
It’s almost October, dear readers, and that means prestige movie season is just around the corner. But it also means that we’re going to be getting trailers for more of next year’s big movies. And this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ is just that, with our first look at Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Premise: The orphan boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi) grows up in the Indian jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, the bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray), and the black panther Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley).
My take: The Jungle Book (1967) holds a special place in the Disney animated canon, being the final animated film to be in production while Walt Disney was alive, and the first to be released following his death. And in the last five years, Disney has found quite a bit of success with live-action remakes of its animated classics. »
- Timothy Monforton
See Also: First trailer for The Jungle Book
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, »
- Gary Collinson
Zabryna Guevara is trading in one big city for another.
Set in 1970s New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco, the series centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guevara will recur as the wife »
From the very first images to the debut teaser, Jon Favreau’s live-action update of The Jungle Book appears destined to blow audiences away. Stunning CGI components blend together seamlessly with the shenanigans of young actor Neel Sethi. And that’s before any of the film’s starry vocal cast enter the picture. So if those early promo tidbits left you gasping for more, fear not, as this new international trailer offers plenty of fresh footage.
Mowgli’s jungle jaunt is a familiar tale for most moviegoers, as it’s based on the original Disney outing which was itself an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories. Taking that into account, there’s bound to be inevitable familiarities between the two movies. And yet Favreau and his crew seem steadfast in their plans to rejuvenate the source material for new audiences. You might know where it’s headed, but if these previews persist, »
- Gem Seddon
Two weeks ago, we got an official look at Disney's The Jungle Book when the first trailer debuted. Today, JoBlo Trailers has uncovered an international trailer, which features new footage of Neel Sethi as the young Mowgli, although the video is dubbed in the Russian language. Still, you don't need to be fluent in Russian to enjoy these new scenes in this highly-anticipated adaptation.
Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who's been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he's ever known, »
“Are we in Hunger Games or Maze Runner?”
Wes Ball, the director of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, sat down with Flickering Myth’s Kat Kourbeti to talk about the second instalment in the planned trilogy of movies. Check out their chat in the video below:
Here’s a synopsis of the movie:
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as Wckd. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on Wckd’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
- Oli Davis
“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love!”
The next two Sundays, two of my favorite movies about the black experience will be showing at The Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd, St. »
- Tom Stockman
Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected by most to take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that the animated sequel actually set a box office record. Hotel Transylvania 2 took in an impressive $47.5 million this weekend, surpassing its predecessor Hotel Transylvania's September opening weekend record of $42.5 million. The sequel opened in 3,754 theaters, over 400 more than the original movie, pulling in a solid $12,653 per-screen average. September isn't typically a huge month for box office receipts, but this animated franchise proves that families will still come out in full force, even though summer is officially over.
Hotel Transylvania 2 brings back original voice cast members Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and David Spade, with new additions including Keegan Michael Key and Mel Brooks. The animated movie sequel didn't fare terribly well with the nation's critics, »
Directed by Wes Ball.
After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
The Maze Runner wasn’t a terrible addition to an over-saturated market of young adult novel adaptations, just a frustrating one. Mystery permeated the experience, but very little questions were answered by the end of the endeavor. So logically, one would think that Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials would spend a substantial amount of time spoon-feeding us answers that align its narrative into focus, except it really doesn’t. In some ways The Scorch Trials might be an even more frustrating watch.
Filler is never really interesting material for advertised trilogies, »
- Robert Kojder
It’s really easy to dismiss a film by calling it nonsense, and this particular pitfall is one I feel I fall into too many times. I’ve cried nonsense on the plots of so many films over the course of my years reviewing films when I really meant muddled or confusing or pointless that now when I need it most I worry it won’t be taken seriously. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is nonsense in the purest form of the word; the movie has nothing resembling coherence or reason and it is a constant struggle just to understand what the hell is happening, let alone why it’s happening. I understand why these characters need to run away from bad things, but just about nothing else about the entire film. I derided the first Maze Runner film for being cliché and boring but it’s so much better »
- Arthur Tebbel
Directed by Wes Ball.
After narrowly escaping the maze, Thomas (O’Brien) and the others are whisked off to a facility full of medical equipment, military grade weapons and lies. Finding themselves on the run again, they begin to discover the truth about what brought them here, to the maze and to the scorched deserts outside, as well as the shocking truth about each other.
If the first Maze Runner film felt a bit hollow, it’s because absolutely everything of import is crammed into this one.
We pick up exactly where we left off: Thomas and the other maze survivors are carried to an undisclosed location, where heavily armed guards keep them in line and a man named Janson (Aidan Gillen, »
- Kat Kourbeti
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is off and running at the Us box office, with an impressive opening weekend.
Opening in around 3,700 screens in the Us, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened to $30.3 million and took the number one spot, facing fierce competition from Johnny Depp’s Black Mass, which opened to $23.3 million. Adding to its total is a worldwide take of $78 million, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is currently boasting a $108 million total.
While not devastating, it should be noted that the first film, The Maze Runner, opened to $32 million. However, that film was not competing against the heavily promoted Black Mass nor the IMAX release of Everest, which did huge numbers.
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as Wckd. Their »
- Luke Owen
A group of kids trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland squared off against a legendary gangster at the box office this weekend. According to the estimates from Box Office Mojo, the kids prevailed, with 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials taking the top spot this weekend with $30.3 million, while Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass took second place with $23.3 million. Black Mass received a much better reception from the nation's critics, scoring a solid 76% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, while The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials posted a 49% "Rotten" rating from the site. Both of those ratings are down from earlier this week, though, when Black Mass had an 87% rating and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials had a 62% rating.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened in 3,791 theaters this weekend, posting a solid $7,993 per-screen average in its opening weekend. While it did take the top spot, »
“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is heading into a strong opening weekend. But what’s next for the cast beyond the third and final installment in the Ya franchise, titled “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” set for a 2017 release? Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Giancarlo Esposito are all poised to capitalize on the “Maze Runner” success with upcoming projects that prove they’re more than just “the Gladers.” Here’s what the “Maze Runner” cast is up to in the next couple of years below. Also Read: 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' Sprints Ahead of Johnny Depp's »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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