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Whether you're a complete newbie or if the very words “Joss Whedon” make you do the Dance of Joy, the biography Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe, by Amy Pascale, is an excellent, fascinating, almost comprehensive read.
It's written in such a way that even if you know nothing about Joss Whedon or his work, it's nevertheless completely accessible, since the context is always explained. It's the fascinating, in-depth story of the progression of the life and career of a creative person, and the impact that has on the others around them.
However, even if you're an avid watcher of Joss Whedon's shows, and have a Giles-like knowledge of his work, there will still be anecdotes that you haven't read before, and those that you have already read will be contextualised organically within the development of his various stories. The book does an excellent job of this, »
David Beckham knows how to make his daughter happy! The former soccer stud posed for a magical picture with "Frozen's" Anna and Elsa during a family trip to Disneyland on Monday. "I became an even better daddy today after Harper seven asked daddy to have a picture with her favorite girls," he captioned the photo, where he's sandwiched between the two Disney princesses. The father-of-four spent the day at the Happiest Place on Earth with his 4-year-old daughter, Harper, wife Victoria and their three sons Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12, and Cruz, 10. David also shared a sweet snapshot with Cruz before the father-son duo battled each other on the Toy Story Mania ride. "Me and my little man just about to beat him on Toy Story.... Great day at Disney such a special place for kids and adults," he wrote. "Oh and for the record cruzie beat me." Beckham has been focusing on »
- tooFab Staff
Disneyland might be the happiest place on earth, but it became the luckiest one Monday when the Beckham family arrived for a day of fun! David Beckham was spotted toting around daughter Harper on his shoulders throughout some of the day while wife Victoria Beckham hung out with their other kids, Brooklyn Beckham, Romeo Beckham and Cruz Beckham. While Twitter was busy freaking out about the gorgeous family spending the day at the amusement park, the soccer star and hunk posted a couple of pics from his family's outing. David and Cruz went on the Toy Story attraction, but it seems their time went a little differently than David expected! Taking a goofy selfie with tongues sticking out, David captioned his picture, »
After a series of similarly impressive feats, Universal Pictures has broken a new record for the highest-grossing international box office year ever with $3.78 billion - and it's only August.
Including American receipts - known as "domestic returns" by those in the business - Universal's Smaug-esque pile of gold currently stands at around $5.5 billion.
This is without a superhero franchise on the go, the mainstay for many other studios (Disney's McU, Fox's X-Men and Warner's DC back catalogue).
The biggest winners for the studio include:
Jurassic World $1.623 billion
Fast and Furious 7 $1.512 billion
Minions $990.2 million
Fifty Shades of Grey $569.7 million
The only films to rival Universal's world domination are Disney's Avengers: Age Of Ultron with $1.401 billion - seen by many as a disappointment after the first Avengers' $1.519 billion - and Inside Out, which stands at $689.9 million currently.
Even in the non-blockbuster stakes, the studio is still hitting it out of the park, »
September sees loads of new films – and a few telly shows – joining Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. Here's our low-down...
As streaming services go, Amazon Prime Instant Video is one of the youngest names around.
There’s a decent library of entertainment behind the relative-newbie moniker, though. That’s partly due to the fact that the website used to be LoveFilm, before Amazon bought them out.
In September 2015, some big films and telly shows are coming to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Here’s our list, to keep you primed and ready (arf)…
Criminal Minds (seasons 1 to 9)
The Following (season 2)
Awkward (season 4)
Superman – Unbound (2013)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013)
Hand Of God (season 1)
The Asylum (2014)
Green Lantern (2011)
We’re The Millers (2013)
Dark City (1998)
Toy Story (1995)
Monsters University (2013)
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Mashup of the Day: Can you guess what "Toy Squad" is? That's right, a mashup featuring footage from Toy Story and audio from the Suicide Squad trailer (via Cinematic Montage Creators). Song Parody of the Day: Speaking of DC Comics characters, in honor of Straight Outta Compton holding onto its box office crown this weekend, here's a new parody of the title song as performed by Batman villains. Here is "Straight Outta Gotham": Supercut of the Day: Speaking of Batman, he may a good guy, but he's also a killer. Here is a supercut counting all the lives he's ended in all of his...
- Christopher Campbell
The studio has topped the previous record of $3.73 billion set by 20th Century Fox’s 2014 year-end international grosses, achieving the new record more than four months before the end of the calendar year.
Universal has four of the year’s top five international grossers — “Fast and Furious 7” ($1.2 billion), “Jurassic World” ($983.5 million), “Minions” ($670.2 million) and “Fifty Shades of Grey” ($404.1 million). Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in the third highest global gross this year with $944 million.
The studio noted that it had four No. 1 worldwide openings, and has been No. 1 at the international box office for 10 weeks, more than any other studio. It also has set records for the fastest a studio has ever reached $2 billion and $3 billion at the international box office. »
- Dave McNary
Forget banana pancakes with Jack Johnson—it's Disney-Pixar pancakes with Dancakes that we want! Dancakes, whose real name is Daniel Drake, describes himself as "the world's first professional pancake artist," and based on this incredible YouTube video he posted of his culinary creations, we'd say he's earned that title and then some! In the clip above, Dancakes transforms characters from Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Up, Brave and Inside Out into incredible, totally edible pancakes! Each and every one looks pretty close to perfect, but how do these things taste? Dancakes told one commenter that he »
Two new clips have been revealed for a favorite of SXSW, Turbo Kid. Also in this morning's round-up: U.S. distribution for Garm Wars: The Last Druid, release details for Unnatural, and the Rebound premiere at The Downtown Independent.
"In a post-apocalyptic future a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl. From horror masterminds Ant Timpson (The ABCs Of Death 1 & 2, Housebound) and Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)."
- Tamika Jones
Preparing to bring one hell of an FX-driven ride to your eyes, Arc Entertainment announced today that they’ve acquired the North American rights to the Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell)-directed/Geoffrey Gunn (Siren) co-written scifi epic, Garm Wars: The Last Druid. The film, which features a pretty solid cast and quite the impressive SFX-lineup working on the visual effects, revolves around a futuristic war and a band of survivors trying to find the truth about the war and the destruction surrounding them.
Visionary director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his seminal film Ghost in the Shell, a work famously cited by the Wachowski’s as a direct influence behind their iconic film The Matrix. 15 years in the making, Garm Wars: The Last Druid »
- Jerry Smith
If you didn't think Dwayne Johnson was attached to enough upcoming projects, then you're in luck because the action star is now signing on to bring Disney's languishing project Jungle Cruise back to life. Disney is bringing aboard filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra to craft the script. They recently wrote and directed the Will Smith and Margot Robbie con man drama Focus, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals they are not attached to direct.
Jungle Cruise was first set up by Disney way back in 2004, with Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar coming aboard to write the script in 2006. In 2011, Toy Story stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were attached to star, with Roger S.H. Schulman writing the script. That was the last we heard of the project, until Dwayne Johnson came aboard today.
Disney is entrusting Dwayne Johnson to lead its Jungle Cruise movie.
Walt Disney Studios is currently developing a big-screen adventure based on its popular Disneyland theme park attraction, reports TheWrap.
Johnson is also partnering with Disney on the upcoming animated adventure Moana, in which he'll voice the island god Maui.
Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean became the surprise hit of 2003, Disney have eyed their Jungle Cruise theme park ride as a big potential movie tentpole. Several scripts have been written and, most likely, several wildly different plans and strategies for how to make a mostly non-narrative ride work on the big screen have been mused, but nothing has yet embarked out of dock.
Not yet, anyway…
The Hollywood Reporter reveals tonight that Disney are giving their Jungle Cruise movie dream a fresh crew with Hollywood’s favourite muscles and quips star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson now attached to lead an action/adventure movie adaptation, reportedly set in the ride’s period roots of the early 20th century/The African Queen era.
- Matt Holmes
At Disney’s big D23 event this past weekend, Dwayne Johnson took the stage to promote the company’s new ‘toon Moana and talked about how it has always been his dream to be part of the Disney “family”, despite already having worked on Race To Witch Mountain and The Game Plan for the Mouse House’s live action department. Still, it appears he’s cementing that status, leaping aboard the long-gestating project aiming to bring the theme park ride Jungle Cruise to screens.Last talked up back in 2011, when Toy Story Duo Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were attached to a take on the film that had been sitting in dock since 2006, Jungle Cruise is just one of Disney’s attempts to replicate the success of the Pirates franchise. The Hanks/Allen version was to have updated the basic idea – you know, a river cruise encounters various threats and animals – to the modern day, »
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to star in Disney’s live-action “Jungle Cruise,” which is based on its popular theme-park ride, TheWrap has learned. There’s no director aboard yet, though “Focus” filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will write the script. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. “Jungle Cruise” has been docked for the last few years, as there hasn’t been much movement on the project since the “Toy Story” duo of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen became attached in early 2011. That iteration of “Jungle Cruise” was set in modern times, though The Rock’s version is. »
- Jeff Sneider
Following the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, studio has been trying to adapt the ride onto film for over a decade now with the last version slated to star "Toy Story" duo Tom Hanks and Tim Allen from a script by Roger S.H. Schulman.
One of the original park's rides, the retro adventure takes people down various famous rivers like the Amazon Nile and Congo rivers where they encounter rhinos, hippos, headhunters and piranhas.
John Requa and Glenn Ficarra ("Focus") are penning the new take's script which is said to go back to "The African Queen"-style period setting. The pair aren't attached to direct at this point. John Davis and John Fox are producing.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
There were many ways to approach the enormous D23 Expo 2015 this past weekend in Anaheim, California. If you wanted to see movie stars like Dwayne Johnson or Johnny Depp or have bragging rights about being the first kid on your block to preview upcoming Disney films you could join that throng. You could meet John Lasseter and the brain trust of Pixar discussing their newest projects and celebrating the 20th anniversary of Toy Story. There were panels and discussions galore, and autograph signings by artists, animators, and stars of ABC television series and Disney Channel shows. As a participant and observer, I had a somewhat different experience. On Sunday I was privileged to...
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- Leonard Maltin
We.re still rejoicing over the latest developments for Toy Story 4, as, over the weekend, we were informed that the hugely anticipated Pixar sequel will revolve around Woody.s pursuit to find Bo-Peep. But since the Toy Story franchise is packed to the brim with characters that each of us adore with all of our hearts, we're also waiting to know which other figures will return. It.s now been confirmed that one character who will indeed return alongside Woody and Bo-Beep is Trixe. Kristen Schaal, who has voiced the blue plastic Triceratops in the likes of Toy Story 3, the trilogy of Toy Story Toons shorts, Toy Story Of Terror!, and Toy Story That Time Forgot, made this admission to me while we chatted about her upcoming turn as Mary Ellen in A Walk In The Woods. After I quizzed her about any further updates regarding Toy Story 4, »
Disney’s D23 event has wrapped (listen to the latest podcast as we discuss all the big news and reveals here), and you can relive some of the epic moments of the past weekend with the pictures below, featuring the oddly awesome sight of Dwayne Johnson talking with Ed O’Neil, Randy Newman and John Lasseter shring the stage with the characters of Toy Story, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie just being awesome, and the world almost imploding as Captain Jack Sparrow met Harrison Ford. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Disney's D23 Expo rolled through Anaheim this weekend, and while all of the upcoming movies, both animated and live-action, were shown off at the convention center in grand fashion, the biggest announcement of the event came when Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek arrived to unveil the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This is one of the biggest projects Disney parks has ever taken on, and it promises to be monumental. And we have new video from the presentation itself, which offers an intriguing peek at this huge undertaking.
Bob Chapek gave the 7,500 lucky fans in attendance a behind-the-scenes look at what's to come at his theme parks in the next severe years. Things kicked off in grand fashion as he was joined by Imagineers working on these projects »
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