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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Agree That The Remake Revives Disney’s Magic

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Pete’s Dragon” is a cherished Disney story that follows the adventures of an orphaned boy (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon. Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Robert Redford, the fantasy film is directed by David Lowery and promises to take the whole family on an epic adventure. Here’s what the critics are saying about the film so far. 

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film a B+, calling it “an old Disney musical [that] becomes a new Disney classic.” He praises Lowery’s indie spirit by writing that it’s the summer’s best remake. “There may be individual shots in this movie that cost more than the director’s entire pre-existing output, but make no mistake: This is a David Lowery movie,” he writes. “A movie imbued with the same tactile nature and uniquely American flair »

- Liz Calvario

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Miss Peregrine Preview Takes You Inside a Very Peculiar Home

8 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Who's ready for Tim Burton's twisted take on childhood? Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has released a brand new video giving fans an inside look at the film! Hear all about this peculiar world straight from director Tim Burton himself, Author Ransom Riggs, and the cast! After checking out the video, Peculiar fans can sign up at StayPeculiar to be part of Miss Peregrine's flock! Fans who subscribe will receive weekly content themed to the film as well as other peculiar surprises.

From visionary director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel, comes a strange new wonderful universe of unique characters that is unlike anything ever put on the big screen. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, »

- MovieWeb

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'Pete's Dragon': Film Review

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In the pantheon of beloved Disney classics, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon would never be mistaken for one of the studio’s crowning achievements. Overlong and outfitted with a largely forgettable score, the mix of live action and traditional animation might have been aiming to recapture some of that Mary Poppins magic, but it fell considerably short of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. So when the studio announced plans for a reboot, there wasn’t the same outcry from protective fans that initially greeted news of recent remakes of Cinderella and The Jungle Book. { "nid": 887415, "type": "news", "title": "Disney Stakes Out Release Dates for 'Jungle Book

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- Michael Rechtshaffen

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Marni Nixon Remembered: A Wonderful Collaborator, Even if Natalie Wood Didn’t Agree

25 July 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You are the writer, but I am the author!”

When famed ghost-singer Marni Nixon said those words to me, her ghostwriter, I didn’t quite understand how any of it would work. I had written previous books on my own (“That Book about That Girl,” “Noel Coward: A Bio-bibliography”), but had never been a ghostwriter before. And aren’t they one and the same: author and writer?

What I eventually learned from that “Marni-ese” was that it was all about collaboration. Over the course of a year and a half of intense back and forth work on her memoirs, “I Could Have Sung All Night” (which we almost called “Audrey Hepburn Dubbed My Face”), I came to realize that Marni Nixon was the consummate collaborator.

She was dubbed “the ghostess with the mostest” by Time Magazine when it became public knowledge that she had dubbed Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood »

- Stephen Cole

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Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Stars in Movie Musicals Like ‘My Fair Lady,’ Dies at 86

25 July 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marni Nixon, who gained fame as a “ghost singer” for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” died of breast cancer on Sunday in New York City. She was 86.

In the 1940s, ’50s and into the ’60s, major film actresses without great singing voices were often “dubbed” by anonymous background singers. Studio execs preferred to keep alive the myth that the stars did their own singing. Nixon became the most famous of these — inadvertently at first, because Kerr spilled the beans in an interview about “The King and I” in 1956.

She was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Altadena, Calif. By the time she was 4, her family discovered that she had the rare gift of “perfect pitch” and started her on violin lessons.

By the time she was 7, she was working as an extra or bit player in films, which continued through her teen years. »

- Jon Burlingame

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The Bfg review – a scrumdiddlyumptious feast

24 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mark Rylance makes Roald Dahl’s big softie completely believable in Steven Spielberg’s winning adaptation

A marvellously melancholic motion-capture performance by Mark Rylance and vibrant support from rising star Ruby Barnhill provide the beating heart of this extremely likable adaptation of Roald Dahl’s family favourite, which also owes a debt to the illustrations of Quentin Blake. Brimful of the anarchic magic so sorely missing from Spielberg’s ill-fated Peter Pan project, Hook, The Bfg sees the director rediscovering his inner child in winning fashion. Like the eponymous figure, the result may be a little lumbering at times, but it is also ultimately irresistible.

We open in a Mary Poppins-style version of London where past and present seem to intermingle. From vistas of the Thames and the Houses of Parliament we move through Dickensian cobbled streets to the orphanage where young Sophie (Barnhill) peers like a giant into »

- Mark Kermode, Observer fim critic

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Interview: Actor Paul Dooley of ‘Breaking Away,’ ‘Sixteen Candles’

21 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.

The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”

The Dad: Paul Dooley, with Dennis Christopher, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Now Casting: HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ and 3 More Gigs

19 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In today’s Backstage casting notices, you have the opportunity to be in HBO’s upcoming period drama, “The Deuce,” which is set in Times Square (a place with which New York-based actors are quite familiar). We also have three more thrilling opportunities. Check them out below! “The Deuce”HBO is now casting background talent for its upcoming series, “The Deuce.” The drama, which is set in 1970s Times Square, is seeking actors to portray both Italian restaurant wait staff and period-appropriate Upper East Siders. Fittings will be held on July 20, with shooting set for July 21–22 in New York City. “The Jones Family Christmas”A Jones Production is seeking several actors for lead and supporting roles in the upcoming feature, “The Jones Family Christmas.” Production is slated for May 23–June 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Javian Jones, who penned the film, will also direct. “Mary Poppins”Ready your spoonfuls of sugar (and levitating umbrellas, »

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Daveed Diggs (‘Hamilton’) Books First Feature Film Role, Joining Julia Roberts in ‘Wonder’

16 July 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Some key exiting “Hamilton” cast are all moving on the screen work for their next projects – Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to co-star in the “Mary Poppins” film sequel, “Mary Poppins Returns,” directed by Rob Marshall; Renee Elise Goldsberry will… Continue Reading → »

- Tambay Obenson

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10 Comedy Reboots We’d Like to See

15 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Excited to see Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in the new “Ghostbusters”? The buzzy blockbuster—out in theaters today!—is one of several new installments of comedy classics that fans have been clamoring for, and we can’t wait to see what new remakes continue to hit the big screen. Read: “How to Recreate the Comedic Brilliance of ‘Ghostbusters’ ” With a “First Wives Club” TV show, a “Mary Poppins” Disney sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and an all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” on the way, here are 10 more comedy favorites begging for a reboot. What films would you add to the list below? “TootsieSydney Pollack’s 1982 instant-classic film managed quite a feat; it combined laugh-out-loud comedy, delivered by a brilliant Dustin Hoffman, with deceptively shrewd social commentary about sexism. For that reason this cross-dressing comedy about a difficult Hollywood actor stepping into a woman’s shoes is worth revisiting. »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Cuts Off His Hair After Last Hamilton Performance

10 July 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Well, that was fast! Minutes after taking his final Hamilton curtain call, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda chopped off his now-signature long hair. "Teach 'em how to say goodbye…" the 36-year-old wrote on Twitter, adding a black and white picture of a single cut lock of hair lying against a white table. The actor and songwriter then debuted the cut at his goodbye party, posing for photographers on the red carpet while wearing a shirt in tribute to the late Muhammad Ali. It didn't take long for his 659,000 Twitter followers to quickly dub his 'do the "Hamilcut." Teach 'em how to say goodbye. »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Cuts Off His Hair After Last Hamilton Performance

10 July 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Well, that was fast! Minutes after taking his final Hamilton curtain call, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda chopped off his now-signature long hair. "Teach 'em how to say goodbye…" the 36-year-old wrote on Twitter, adding a black and white picture of a single cut lock of hair lying against a white table. The actor and songwriter then debuted the cut at his goodbye party, posing for photographers on the red carpet while wearing a jacket in tribute to the late Muhammad Ali. It didn't take long for his 659,000 Twitter followers to quickly dub his 'do the "Hamilcut." Teach 'em how to say goodbye. »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Dick Van Dyke's Impromptu Mary Poppins Performance Is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

1 July 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Calling all Disney fans: Dick Van Dyke's latest appearance will flood your heart with emotions. While visiting Walt Disney's birthplace in Chicago recently, the actor, who is known for his role as Bert in Mary Poppins, gave an impromptu performance of the film's iconic number "Let's Go Fly a Kite," and it was even more magical than you could have imagined. Not only did he sing the tune with his wife, Arlene, and his a cappella singing group, The Vantastix, but the crowd even joined in for the chorus. Of course, this isn't the first time he has spread cheer. Last December, he had a jolly holiday when he celebrated his 90th birthday with a Mary Poppins flash mob. Try to suppress your tears as you watch his sweet video above. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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6 Things You Need to Know About Superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda

29 June 2016 4:55 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

If you haven't at least heard the name Lin-Manuel Miranda, I don't know what rock you've been living under, but it's time to crawl out. Miranda has been making headlines for the past year thanks to Hamilton, the Broadway musical that he created and starred in. Hamilton has seen enormous success, and since Miranda is set to leave the show in July to tackle new projects, there are a few things you should know about him. Here's your cheat sheet! The basics: Miranda was born and raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. He's of Puerto Rican descent, a fact he proudly showed off at the Grammys this year. He attended Wesleyan University, where he formed a hip-hop comedy troupe and wrote and directed musicals. You may have seen him on TV already. Before he became a household name (at least if you live in the greater »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Dick Van Dyke Leads Sing-Along with Fans Outside Walt Disney's Childhood Home at 90

28 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dick Van Dyke is still feeling supercalifragilisticexpialidocious at 90. The Mary Poppins star proved he's still every bit the song and dance man he used to be over weekend, leading a fan sing-along outside the childhood home of Walt Disney in Chicago. In a video posted to Facebook by fan Nicolas DeGrazia, Van Dyke can be seen doing a rendition of "Let's Go Fly a Kite" outside the famed cartoonists home. "So this just happened. He marches out on steps of Walt Disney's birthplace on N. Tripp in Chicago and says 'Hi! I'm what's left of Dick Van Dyke!' Then he busts out laughing, »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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Dick Van Dyke Leads Sing-Along with Fans Outside Walt Disney's Childhood Home at 90

28 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dick Van Dyke is still feeling supercalifragilisticexpialidocious at 90. The Mary Poppins star proved he's still every bit the song and dance man he used to be over weekend, leading a fan sing-along outside the childhood home of Walt Disney in Chicago. In a video posted to Facebook by fan Nicolas DeGrazia, Van Dyke can be seen doing a rendition of "Let's Go Fly a Kite" outside the famed cartoonists home. "So this just happened. He marches out on steps of Walt Disney's birthplace on N. Tripp in Chicago and says 'Hi! I'm what's left of Dick Van Dyke!' Then he busts out laughing, »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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Book Review – The Fireman by Joe Hill

24 June 2016 6:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michelle Herbert reviews The Fireman by Joe Hill…

This is Joe Hill’s take on an end of the world scenario, in this case, the apocalypse doesn’t come with a bang, rather the whole world will burn. Slowly a virus commonly known as Dragonscale starts infecting people first they get the scale on their bodies and then later the infected spontaneously combust. At the start of the novel, there is a lot of conjecture as to what is causing Dragonscale and how it is being passed from one host to another, at this stage there are no real facts people know that once you start showing signs of Dragonscale it is only a matter of time before you die.

Harper is our point of view character ,when we first meet her she is working as a school nurse and living with her husband, Jakob who believes he will be »

- Amie Cranswick

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Miss Peregrine Trailer #2 Enters Tim Burton's Strange New World

20 June 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for&#160Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children! From the man who brought us Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish and Alice in Wonderland comes a spooky new family adventure that is unlike anything we've ever seen before. This will be an unforgettable motion picture experience! Get ready to step into the magical world of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is in theaters this fall.

From visionary director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel, comes a strange new wonderful universe of unique characters that is unlike anything ever put on the big screen. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Sicario’ sequel will stand up on its own – and more movies may follow

16 June 2016 2:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director Stefano Sollima is in town to promote his new crime movie Suburra, which comes out in UK cinemas on June 24th, but everyone really wants to know more about his net project, the sequel to Sicario, Soldado.

Speaking with The Independent, the Italian filmmaker spoke of the planned sequel, which sounds like it’ll be a film that will work on its own.

“It’s not a real sequel,” he said to the online newspaper. “It’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario.”

He refers to Benicio del Toro‘s hitman Alejandro Gillick and CIA officer Matt Graves (Josh Brolin).

“The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”  

“The antagonists are now absolutely the main characters.”

Shooting on the film will start later in the year. Emily Blunt, who led the first movie, will not return for the sequel as she’s off to headline the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns over at Disney.

Let’s not rule out a return in the future though, as Sollima stated that more movies in the Sicario series could follow.

“The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world.”

More as we get it.

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- Paul Heath

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‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’ Will Be Part of Standalone Trilogy

15 June 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Star Wars” isn’t the only franchise to inspire a series of standalone films. Stefano Sollima, who’s directing the “Sicario” sequel “Soldado,” revealed to The Independent that “the idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world.” “Soldado,” the first of these, will apparently have little else in common with Denis Villeneuve’s drug-war drama from last year.

Read More: ‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’: Emily Blunt Out in Story That Focuses On Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin’s Characters

“It’s not a real sequel,” added Sollima. “It’s absolutely a standalone movie — a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in ‘Sicario.’ The reason that I love [‘Soldado’] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.” Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan are all set to return for the semi-sequel; original star Emily Blunt is not.

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She was recently cast in the “Mary Poppins” reboot, while Villeneuve is at work on the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel starring Ryan Gosling. Sollima promises that “Soldado” will be “much more cinematic” than its predecessor — a tall order, given Roger Deakins’ typically arresting cinematography, but an exciting one if he can deliver the goods.

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- Michael Nordine

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