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Due to Disney’s current mood for embracing the past, the House of Mouse will soon give us a (very) belated sequel to the 1964 beloved classic Mary Poppins. Titled Mary Poppins Returns, it’ll feature Emily Blunt taking over from Julie Andrews as the practically perfect magical nanny. In place of her cockney chimney sweep pal Bert (Dick Van Dyke) is Jack, a street lamp-lighter played by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, Miranda revealed that Jack isn’t just inspired by the character of Bert, but has a connection to him within the storyline of the film. That’s because Jack was an apprentice chimney sweep to Bert when he was a boy. Miranda went on to explain that he’ll also share Bert’s love of »
- Christian Bone
Andrew Blair Jun 16, 2017
As Father's Day approaches, we take a look at dads, through the eyes of Disney movies...
Picture the scene: King Triton and the Sultan are making their way through a bottle of Duty Free Glenlivet after a solid paintball sesh, having dinghied harmless crackpot Maurice due to his low social status and shan banter. At this point the Prince of the Forest walks in and they all bond over how difficult it is being a single parent powerful dude. It’s hard enough being a good dad and ruler without worrying about how dog memes are getting hecking incomprehensible these days. Can’t people see that they only want simpler dog memes and what’s best for their daughters? Maybe if they weren’t so headstrong and feisty...
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These days Disney is a real vault of secrets. More than any other studio out there, it seems almost impossible to get any real details on their projects. Sure, every now and then we get a series of rumors and such, but it’s really hard to find details that you can really stand on — especially for the actors involved. Considering how soon we’ll be getting Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and considering how very little we still know about it, that’s quite the testament to the power of the House of Mouse.
But, of course, that doesn’t stop us from asking and prying the talent involved. As of right now, one of the biggest question marks on the Star Wars horizon is the Han Solo film. We know a few cast members involved, and even some very minor broad strokes details, but little else. One of »
- Joseph Medina
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
Whenever Disney decides to revisit one of its previous successes, it runs a huge risk. Will audiences connect with the new film the way they did with the old one? Could they even hope to capture a fraction of what they did in that original take? That was the case with this year’s Beauty and the Beast, and while it wasn’t a perfect film, it seems like the House of Mouse is doing a pretty solid job adapting their films for a modern audience. One of the many big films that is on the horizon is Jon Favreau’s The Lion King.
The film already has two characters officially cast. Taking on Simba is Lando Calrissian himself Donald Glover, and returning to play Mufasa is the man himself, James Earl Jones. There are, however, still a ton of iconic actors needing to be cast, many of whom have »
- Joseph Medina
Oh, Disney. Growing up in the ‘90s, Disney pretty much ruled my world. However, when the ’00s came around, the company took quite the dip in quality. Rather than focus on telling great stories, they shifted their strategy to a quick buck. Over time, that strategy started to fall flat, and in the age of innovation, they found themselves scrambling to regain their credibility.
Not anymore. Between the renaissance of their animated films, their great live-action fare, Marvel, LucasFilm, and Pixar, they are pretty much a one-stop shop for all things magical. In case you needed a reminder of the iron grip Disney has on your childhood, your children’s childhood, and everyone else in between, the studio decided to announce a whole lot of release dates just to remind you.
Related: Star Wars Episode 9 Gets A New Release Date
The House of Mouse announced a whole bevy of release »
- Joseph Medina
Disney has revealed the release date for a number of their upcoming films today, including Star Wars: Episode IX, which debuts on May 24th, 2019. While the flick was rumored to be moving to a spring slot a while back, this is the first confirmation we have and marks an interesting departure for the studio, as The Force Awakens premiered in December and The Last Jedi is set for the same release window, as well.
Then again, the Star Wars movies have had a long history of debuting on Memorial Day weekend, and it’ll be fascinating to see how Episode IX performs at the box office when compared to the last few releases from the franchise. Admittedly, it probably won’t make a huge difference because, well, this is Star Wars we’re talking about, but still, all eyes will be on the film to see what kind of numbers »
- Mark Cassidy
After the tremendous success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney now has more confidence than ever in their Anthology films, and next up for the studio will be the Han Solo spinoff. The House of Mouse won’t be stopping there, however, as we know that they’ve got a few other characters in mind who could use their own solo outing as well. For a while now, the two who’ve been most rumored to be getting their own Star Wars movie have been Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and tonight, a new rumor has surfaced pertaining to the latter.
In the last few months especially, we’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about a possible Obi-Wan film and now, Omega Underground claims that it’s indeed happening and it’s already brewing in development. According to them, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is in talks »
- Josh Wilding
You ain't never had a friend like Will... It may be a whole new world for Disney fans as Will Smith is reportedly in early talks to star as the Genie in a new live-action remake of the beloved 1992 animated musical classic, Aladdin, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie. The remake would mark Will's first animated movie since the 2004 film A Shark's Tale. Earlier this year, outlets were reporting that Will was circling around the lead role in the House of Mouse's revamp of Dumbo, but had to walk away from the Tim Burton-directed picture because of scheduling conflicts. The original role of the Genie was voiced by the late Robin Williams, who died in 2014. The movie was the highest grossing »
Disney has just added another film to the Billionaires’ Club, as their live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” became the 29th film — and the 14th from the House of Mouse — to gross more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office on Thursday. Released back on March 17, the film reached the billion-dollar target in 26 days, starting with a domestic opening weekend total of $174.7 million that has since ballooned to a $438 million cume, more than the animated original’s $425 million worldwide total. Also Read: 'Deadpool' Fan Film Puts Nsfw Spin on 'Beauty and the »
- Jeremy Fuster
Jack Sparrow spent a good handful of years away from the big screen, and perhaps it was for the better. The landscape was changing, and audiences were becoming less tolerant of mediocre storytelling on the big screen. As Marvel has proven, we like to see continued growth in our characters, and after letting the franchise sit for a bit, Disney may have found a way to reinvigorate the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
So far, the marketing seems promising. The visuals look great, the trailers are fun to watch, and it brings with it a very similar feel that the very first Pirates did back in the early 2000s. Whether or not they’ll live up to this perception is still up in the air, but if you’re already loving what you’re seeing, then you’ll also likely be a fan of a new batch of character posters dropped by Disney earlier today. »
- Joseph Medina
comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 02, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.
This weekend turned out to be quite the head-to-head between two family friendly assailants. After two weeks of being large and in charge, Beauty and the Beast lost out on first place at the domestic box office to Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby. It was a close match, but the latter film came out on top oh-so-barely with its haul of $49 million over Beauty and the Beast’s admirable $47.5 million in its third weekend.
First let’s talk about The Boss Baby. Our own box office guru, the Weekend Warrior, predicted a softer opening at around $36.6 million, which is higher than some other projections. Yet, even he fell short by a substantial margin. Despite the negative reviews, The Boss Baby seems to be off to quite the solid start. »
- Joseph Medina
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is currently taking the world box-office by storm. The film is a live-action remake of the animated classic, the latest in a long line of proposed reworks. The House of Mouse is now currently working on bringing the likes of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and The Lion King, to life.
The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau, who has already delivered Disney a colossal hit with last year’s The Jungle Book. Work is currently underway on casting; both Simba and Mufasa have already been cast. Donald Glover is Simba and James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa. The next key character Favreau is looking for is Simba’s gal-pal-turned-girlfriend, Nala. Variety are reporting that his shortlist for the role is very short, with the actor / director setting his sights firmly on Beyonce.
The female mega-star is currently pregnant with twins, »
- Kat Hughes
For several years now, we've known that Disney's Frozen had undergone an assortment of changes before the final version of the film was unleashed upon the world. There have been plenty of stories regarding what could have been for The House of Mouse's re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, and now, we've got some major details concerning the original ending of... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
The growing desire on the part of the House Of Mouse to wring every last remake opportunity from its entire back catalogue is something that sparks a number of debates about the evolution of cinema, and the part we play in that evolution as consumers. With 2015’s Cinderella having come and gone, and Beauty And The Beast now doing well at the box office, we’re currently staring down the barrel of at least a further 15 of these types of projects – featuring live-action re-imaginings of previously animated tales and characters. This being the case, it’s tempting to decry the dearth of new ideas and creations in Disney’s big screen output. But, while there is clearly merit to that argument, is there really no value to be found in these upcoming movies?
Disney’s developing slate of live-action re-imaginings is a mixture of remakes, sequels, and character-focused spinoffs – which »
- Sarah Myles
It’s a whole new world.
Condon, who is gay himself, points to B&TB as a deeply personal work for Disney lyricist Howard Ashman — also a gay man — whose partnership with Alan Menken yielded some astounding work, including the Little Shop of Horrors musical (which Ashman directed) and songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
There are various Disney characters »
- Alex Heigl
Beauty and the Beast, 2017.
Directed by Bill Condon.
An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
The Disney devoted can stop their hand-wringing and let out a sigh of relief; the big-budget, live-action adaptation of the beloved, Best Picture-nominated 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast is, for the most part, a rousing success, and while imperfect, re-affirms how seriously the House of Mouse is taking what could so easily have been a craven money-making exercise.
You know the story so it hardly bears much repeating; an arrogant young prince (Dan Stevens) is cursed for his callousness, transformed into a grizzly beast, and the only means to break the curse is to »
- Shaun Munro
After months of anticipation, the time has come for Disney to release its live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which box office analysts expect will join “Frozen” and “Zootopia” in the streak of billion-dollar blockbuster hits that have been flowing out of the House of Mouse on an annual basis. Independent trackers have bumped their early opening weekend estimates for Bill Condon’s fairy tale from $120 million to $130 million domestically, with the film also opening this weekend in 41 overseas markets, including China. The recent announcement that the film will be given a 16+ rating in Russia because »
- Jeremy Fuster
Star Wars: The First Spoilers
As we reported yesterday, some footage was shown to Disney investors of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which revealed Luke Skywalker’s opening words as well as appearances from Leia and Chewie. Well, some detailed descriptions of those scenes have now leaked online. We won’t post them here, but if you want things spoiled you can read them here.
DC Is The Future, Or The Past?
In some rather interesting DC news, a producer has revealed that their upcoming solo movies will feature both flashbacks and flashforwards to further build upon the Dceu. “For example, the Justice League movie will take place in a universe that’s post-Batman v Superman, just like Batman v Superman takes place in a universe that’s post-Man of Steel,” Charles Roven revealed. “When we’re dealing with either The Flash or Aquaman, since they will take »
- Luke Owen
Like Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast before it, Disney is giving their modern animated classic Aladdin a live-action remake. The House of Mouse made a surprising hire with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director Guy Ritchie being brought on board for what will be a musical just like […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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