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Mascots is the latest in a long-line of “mockumentaries” made by Guest, the most recent being 2006’s For Your Consideration. THR’s sources have suggested that Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins and Jennifer Coolidge are in talks to join the film, as well as Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd, who starred in Guest’s TV show Family Tree. However, word is that Guest’s frequent collaborator Eugene Levy and co-star Catherine O’Hara will not appear in the film due to scheduling conflicts with their Canadian TV show Schitt’s Creek.
Mascots tells the story of “The 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete »
- Scott J. Davis
Much like returning to school with your classmates back in the day, when a Christopher Guest film is in session, you can expect a fair amount of his repertory company to be along for the ride. His upcoming Netflix film Mascots is no exception in the respect that most of his usual gang of clowns are secured for the film's artistic lineup. What is new though is that two of the most beloved cast members probably won't be back for this latest round of improvised madness, so we'll do you a solid and break your hearts here and now. If you're a fan of Catherine O'Hara and/or Eugene Levy, this just isn't your day. The Hollywood Reporter has heard from sources close to the project that O'Hara and Levy . collaborators on every one of Guest's improvised films since Waiting For Guffman - will unfortunately be on the bench for »
Earlier this month, when we learned that Christopher Guest was working on a new mockumentary called Mascots, we figured (we were going to say “guessed” but didn’t want to hear all the groaning) that a good chunk of his regular acting troupe would be part of it. And so it is coming to pass, with Guest veterans Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Coolidge and Bob Balaban all busy making deals to star. Also mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter’s story is Chris O’Dowd, who is in talks to reunite with Guest after starring on his short-lived TV comedy Family Tree. From the sounds of it, fellow regulars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara might be unavailable as they’re working on Levy’s Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek, though we’d figure they’ll make the time if Guest asks, even if it means »
Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins and Chris O'Dowd are all in different stages of negotiations to star in "Mascots," the upcoming Netflix mockumentary feature from beloved "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman" creator Christopher Guest.
The project is set in and around the world of sports mascots and filming on the project begins in November in Los Angeles. The film will follow a group of people who are competing to win the prestigious gold fluffy award at the 8th World Mascot Association Championships.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, the chatshow host, former sitcom star and the voice of Dory herself said: "I think that fish should be in the ocean... It's what this whole sequel is about."
"It's about rehabilitation and putting them back in the ocean," DeGeneres continued. "We have to protect our oceans. Hopefully that discussion starts with this film, because we really need to protect that environment."
DeGeneres's comments come after Seaworld has suffered significant losses in the aftermath of revealing documentary Blackfish.
Pixar president Jim Morris recently revealed that the majority of the film will take place at the Marine Biology Institute of California, a large rehabilitation facility for marine life.
Dory will discover she was born there and freed into the ocean at a young age, which sets her off on a trip to find her parents. »
Sources confirm to TVLine that NBC’s long-in-the-works weekly variety show starring Rudolph is on the verge of adding Short as her co-headliner.
PhotosSNL’s 40th Anniversary Special: The Best and Worst Moments
In May 2014, Rudolph hosted an hourlong NBC special — titled The Maya Rudolph Show — that served as a warm-up for a possible weekly series. The project remained in development at NBC (with Rudolph’s »
Today we have a new photo from Pixar's "Finding Nemo" spin-off, called "Finding Dory," giving us a look at Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) with Hank (Ed O'Neill). Check itout below. Plot: Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss, has vague recollections of her parents. She decides she must go find them, and ends up in a marine institute where animals are cared for. That's where we meet the new creatures. Those creatures are Hank (O'Neill), a cantankerous octopus; Bailey (Ty Burrell), a misguided beluga whale; Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a kind-hearted whale shark; and Jenny (Diane Keaton) and Charlie (Eugene Levy), Dory's parents. "Finding Dory" is set to hit theaters on June 17th, 2016. Image: (click to enlarge) »
Ellen was at Disney's D23 Expo this past weekend to promote "Finding Dory," the sequel to "Nemo," following her character on her next adventure. "This is so exciting for me," Ellen told the audience (via USA Today). "I'm so proud of this film. I'm so excited for you to see this."
First, here's the official synopsis for "Finding Dory":
Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss, has vague recollections of her parents. She decides she must go find them, and ends up in a marine institute where animals are cared for. That's where we meet the new creatures."
Ellen introduced the cast members joining her to tell the story (and the first three also joined her »
- Gina Carbone
Finding Dory is one of the most anticipated sequels Pixar has ever announced. And this past Friday we got our first official look at the CG-animated adventure along with some of the new cast. Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell and the great Kaitlin Olson all arrived at D23 in Anaheim to tease their new characters. We now have the interviews from this event, along with the panel presentation.
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), who voices everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, surprised D23 Expo attendees this past Friday to celebrate Disney Pixar's upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage were Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (Modern Family), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-e), co-director Angus MacLane »
The D23 Expo had their Marvel and Star Wars panels yesterday, giving those at the conference a chance to catch a sneak peek at some of the biggest properties coming later this year and beyond. Among them: a new director to the Star Wars, a new cast member for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a run-time for The Force Awakens, and a preview at upcoming Pixar movies.
After J.J. Abrams directs The Force Awakens and Looper director Rian Johnson helms Episode VII, Colin Trevorrow, who most recently directed the massive hit Jurassic World, will go behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode IX. Trevorrow is set to direct Book of Henry next as well as help write the sequel to Jurassic World with Episode IX coming out in 2019. It isn’t the most inspired choice, even though Trevorrow just made nearly a billion dollars with Jurassic World, »
- Zach Dennis
Disney's big D23 Expo is underway and last night the House of Mouse started things off with a look at the upcoming films on their animation slate. This included new looks and information on Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Moana, and a few more. Come inside to check it all out in one spot.
We already reported on one of the new animated films that was announced last night, Gigantic, but there was so much more Disney had in store for attendees at D23. While the majority of information came from previously annnounced films, there was another new animation project revealed in the form of Coco:
“Coco” – Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
With both Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and Angus McClane (Toy Story of Terror) at the helm, Pixar will again be venturing under the sea next year for Finding Dory, which sees Helen DeGeneres return as everyone’s favourite, forgetful Pacific Regal Blue Tang as she sets out on a journey to find out where she came from. The D23 expo currently taking place in Anaheim has our first image from Pixar’s upcoming sequel, giving us a look at Dory and new character Hank, a cantankerous octopus voiced by Modern Family and Married with Children’s Ed O’Neil. Perfect casting, really. Joining DeGeneres and O’Neil on voice duties are Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy as Dory’s parents Jenny and Charlie, and Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson as Destiny, a whale shark who thinks she’s a whale. On top of the new characters, Marlin and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), the voice of everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 Expo attendees this afternoon, celebrating Disney Pixar's upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (Modern Family), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-e), co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer Wall-e) offered new details of the all-new story, while debuting a photo that offers our first look at Hank.
Finding Dory reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, »
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 Expo 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish.
The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held »
- Michelle McCue
The ocean's full of surprises. Meet Hank the cantankerous Octopus, voiced by Ed O'Neill. #FindingDory #D23EXPO pic.twitter.com/cb3lvur5nu
— Disney (@Disney) August 15, 2015
Her search takes her a large rehabilitation facility for marine life in California, where she meets some new faces.
Modern Family's Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill will star as Bailey, a beluga whale, and Hank the octopus respectively, while It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson takes on the role of Destiny, a confused whale »
Joined by helmer Andrew Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins, DeGeneres and Co. discussed the sequel’s plot, which follow Dory on her quest to reunite with her family. Nemo and Marlin accompany the forgetful fish to “the jewel of Monterey, California” in order to find them.
Joining the previously announced cast members is Ed O’Neill, who voices Hank, a curmudgeonly octopus, and Ty Burrell, who voices Bailey, a beluga whale. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Kaitlin Olson lends her voice to Destiny, a whale shark who thinks she’s a whale. A still of Dory and Hank interacting (below) was also unveiled at the panel.
- Variety Staff
Disney's D23 Expo is officially underway in Anaheim, California with plenty of announcements coming through regarding all sorts of upcoming Disney films. The focus today was a on their animated features in the works including "The Incredibles 2," "Cars 3," "Toy Story 4," "The Good Dinosaur," "Finding Dory," "Zootopia" and "Moana". Amongst they key bits of information garnered:
Pixar and Disney announced that they're planning a new take on the classic "Jack and the Beanstalk" story with "Gigantic" which will score a 2018 release. Nathan Greno ("Tangled") helms the film which will be set in Spain during the Age of Exploration.
Jack is an adventure-seeker who discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home and take on storm giants that live in a city in the clouds. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, »
- Garth Franklin
Disney's biennial D23 Expo is currently under way at the Anaheim Convention Center, with the big event running throughout the weekend. Once the exhibition hall was open to the public, fans noticed a number of new posters for Disney and Pixar animated movies, such as Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. We also have photos from exhibition hall displays for Moana and Finding Dory. Many of these animated movies, along with The Good Dinosaur and Disney Animation's Zootopia, will be presented during Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios' panel today at 3 Pm in Hall D23, hosted by John Lasseter, so stay tuned for more details about these upcoming projects.
Both Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 were announced last year by Pixar, and while we don't know who is writing or directing Cars 3 yet, The Incredibles director Brad Bird is coming back to write and direct The Incredibles 2. »
What's the only thing worse than a sequel? The only prospect worse than paying £10 at your local cinema to have your favourite movie ruined, forever. The answer has three words. Straight-to-video.
In the '90s, home release sequels became fairly common. You'd greet them with surprise at your local Blockbusters and then want to pull your eyeballs out when you took them home and watched them. They're probably called straight-to-dvd or straight-to-Blu-ray now, but they still exist.
With the announcement that Dolph Lundgren will be starring in Kindergarten Cop 2 (because of course), here are 21 absolute stinking sequels - the vast majority of which weren't even considered good enough for the cinema. How many of them have you watched?
2. American Pie Presents: Beta House
Maybe it's the Eugene Levy factor - just why did he keep starring in all the sequels?! - but we have weird »
The Wrap is reporting that Netflix is continuing its investment in new feature films with news that the online subscription service has acquired “mockumentary” comedy Mascots.
The film is directed by Christopher Guest (This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind) and tells the story of the World Mascot Championships, in the similar mockumentary style as some of the directors previous works. It will feature “all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.”
Mascots marks the first feature from Guest since 2006’s For Your Consideration, and will more than likely see him re-team with his usual troupe of actors including Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch and Harry Shearer. »
- Scott J. Davis
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