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"Paddington 2" Review

By Spencer Coile

In theory, the first Paddington film, inspired by the Michael Bond books about a loveable bear who sports a red hat blue coat and has a penchant for marmalade, was a dangerous idea. Live-action modern tellings of classic children’s literature always runs the risk of flying off the rails – look no further than the 2003 disaster, The Cat in the Hat.

Cat in the Hat, Paddington fortunately was not. If anything, Paul King’s 2015 film provided a delightful, and importantly, timely tale about finding a place to call home. Appreciative audiences were struck with its whimsical but mature comparisons to immigration and acceptance of the Other. And luckily, fans of the first film will be pleased to know that Paddington 2 not only lives up to its predecessor, but improves upon it...
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: belonging

James Ellaby Oct 6, 2017

A few words about fitting in...

“I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” That was what Groucho Marx told the Friars Club in a letter refusing an offer of membership. I love Groucho and that’s one of his sayings that resonates with me the most, because right now, as with most of my life, I’m not a member of any club that I can think of.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t spend a disproportionate amount of my time trying to feel like I belong to something. Don’t we all?

If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs, right smack in the middle is belonging, and it’s a need that drives so much of what we do throughout our lives. Loneliness comes from the sense of not belonging anywhere, being out of place,
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Adapt or Die, Hollywood!

Moneyball’s Billy Beane said it best when it came to surviving in a hard industry. “Adapt or die.” Powerful words and while Hollywood is not baseball, they’ve got more in common than most would think about. You see, both require stars to perform their craft admirably for an audience, sell merchandise, and get butts in seats. However, one thing that Hollywood does better than baseball, and pretty much every other profession is: adaptation.

For those of you who don’t know, adaptation refers to the process of making something suitable for a new use or purpose. Our bodies adapt to time changes, animals adapt to environmental shifts, and Hollywood adapts novels, comic books, plays, and video games to try and get more money. While not identical in the biological sense, Hollywood is just doing what we do all the time. They are changing to better fit the new situation they are presented with.
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Melania Trump Chides Librarian Who Rejected Her Dr. Seuss Book Donations: This Shouldn’t Be ‘Divisive’

Melania Trump Chides Librarian Who Rejected Her Dr. Seuss Book Donations: This Shouldn’t Be ‘Divisive’
A spokeswoman for Melania Trump is calling out a Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected the first lady’s recent donation of Dr. Seuss books, criticizing them as “clichéd” and full of “racist propaganda.”

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady’s office, touted Trump’s commitment to helping children and criticized the librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, for turning the first lady’s “gesture … into something divisive.”

The first lady “has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example,” Grisham said in a statement to Fox News.
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Melania Trump Dissed by School Librarian Who Rejected First Lady's 'Clichéd' Dr. Seuss Book Donations

Melania Trump Dissed by School Librarian Who Rejected First Lady's 'Clichéd' Dr. Seuss Book Donations
There are many places the first lady’s book donations could go … but apparently Cambridgeport Elementary School is not one of them.

The librarian at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently turned down a shipment of Dr. Seuss books from Melania Trump, criticizing the first lady’s choices as “a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature.”

The books were sent as part of a White House effort to mark National Read a Book Day on Sept. 6. One school from each state was chosen to receive ten Dr. Seuss books along with a
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Actors Who Were Forced to Take Roles They Hated

During the course of our careers at some point and time, we are all forced to do a job we don’t want to do. For many actors, that’s no different. Due to contract disputes and stipulations, many actors are forced to take roles that they hate. Don’t believe me? Think this is something that only happens to small time actors? Well, you’re in for a big shocker. Here are five actors that were forced to take roles they hated. Mike Myers (The Cat in the Hat) Due to a lawsuit, Mike Myers was contractually obligated to Universal Pictures to play

Actors Who Were Forced to Take Roles They Hated
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Gal Gadot’s Husband Praises His Wonder Woman Wife with the Best T-Shirt

Gal Gadot’s Husband Praises His Wonder Woman Wife with the Best T-Shirt
Gal Gadot is inspiring generations of women everywhere with her critically acclaimed hit action movie Wonder Woman, which has been dominating the box office since its release on June 2. And no one is prouder of her than her husband, Yaron Varsano.

The 38-year-old real-estate mogul posted a photo to his Instagram account on Thursday, praising his wife in a funny shot of the two that has become a viral sensation.

In it, Versano wears a T-shirt that says “Your Wife / My Wife” — with an image of the recognizable female drawing often found on bathrooms side by side with a drawing of Wonder Woman.
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Cinematographers and the Films that made them great

Author: Dave Roper

So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.

Darius KhondjiSeven

Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven
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Austin Powers 4 still possible, says Mike Myers

Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017

As Austin Powers reaches 20, Mike Myers admits that he'd love to do another film...

We get very few movies from Mike Myers, who in the 1990s and 2000s sprung to the top of Hollywood off the back of the Wayne’s World, Shrek and particular the Austin Powers films. Even the not very good The Cat In The Hat crossed $100m at the Us box office, helped by Myers’ star power.

Myers has been less active on the big screen in recent times, though. His last live action film project was the 2013 documentary Supermensch, that he directed. But it seems now that he’s considering again a fourth Austin Powers movie, something that’s been rumoured on and off since the last film, Goldmember.

Austin Powers was Myers’ tribute to his late father, though, and in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Myers admits that “I would love to do another,
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Great Job, Internet!: The Cat In The Hat terrorizes a new group of children in this recut It trailer

Seeing that there’s nothing scarier than an unhinged Mike Myers flinging “boner, bat-in-the-crotch, and gonorrhea jokes” at small, unsupervised children in an uncanny amalgam of thick fur and makeup, 2003’s The Cat In The Hat movie soon found its trailer recut as a horror movie. Several times. The latest (and perhaps greatest) cut was from YouTube user But Without.

Their fascination with Myers’ most unfortunate character (The Love Guru is a close second) didn’t end there, though. After a trailer for Andrés Muschietti’s forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It spooked the internet last week, But Without decided the freaky teaser could stand to be a little scarier. You know where this is going.

But Without doesn’t just insert the man-cat and his eerie, open-mouthed grin. He also weaves in clips of The Cat In The Hat’s symmetrical fantasy suburb and even the film ...
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It Trailer Gets a Very Scary Cat in the Hat Mashup Video

It Trailer Gets a Very Scary Cat in the Hat Mashup Video
Didn't think that It trailer could get any more unsettling? Think again, because somebody has found a way to ruin your childhood by mashing up that terrifying first It teaser with a Dr. Seuss classic. A YouTuber has swapped out Pennywise the clown for Mike Myers' version of The Cat in the Hat and, as silly as it may sound, it is at least as creepy as it is silly. If not more so.

This totally unnecessary mashup was posted to the But Without YouTube channel and is appropriately titled, The Cat in the Hat But it's a Horror Movie. The video uses all of the same beats and flow that the first It trailer did, but every time Pennywise would have shown up, we instead see The Cat in the Hat. Pennywise may be scarier, but there is something very creepy and unsettling about seeing the Dr. Seuss creation presented in this way.
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Pennywise is Replaced with Mike Myers' The Cat In The Hat in This It Trailer Mashup

The trailer for Andres Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel It left a huge impact when it dropped last week, quickly breaking a record and becoming the most-watched trailer of all time (during a 24-hour period). For some reason, I didn't think that the parodies would start quite this quickly, but yet again, I've underestimated the internet.

Someone has put together a mashup trailer (via /Film) that replaces Pennywise the Clown (aka "It") with Mike Myers' version of The Cat in the Hat from his ill-fated live-action movie. The result is somehow just as scary — especially the moment in the basement at the very end.
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The ‘It’ Trailer Made Even More Terrifying by Mike Myers as ‘The Cat in the Hat’

The trailer for Stephen King’s It movie has been scaring people for close to a week now. Over the weekend I made a prediction that someone is going to die watching this movie in the theaters. Let the record show that I do not want anyone to die watching this movie, I just predict it’s going to happen. The It trailer is already setting trailer view records and it’s one of the most anticipated horror films in the last decade. Look, I don’t know what it is about scary clowns but at this point in the game you just can’t

The ‘It’ Trailer Made Even More Terrifying by Mike Myers as ‘The Cat in the Hat
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Forget Pennywise, it’s The Cat in the Hat That Terrifies the Loser’s Club!

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park But seriously though, who the hell comes up with these things? YouTuber But Without decided… Continue Reading →

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Lol: Stephen King’s ‘It’ Trailer Made Infinitely Scarier by Mike Myers as ‘The Cat in the Hat’

Lol: Stephen King’s ‘It’ Trailer Made Infinitely Scarier by Mike Myers as ‘The Cat in the Hat’
Michael Myers is one of the most iconic names in horror, but there’s a chance that a fanmade edit of the first trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It might turn former Saturday Night Live cast member Mike Myers into an even more terrifying figure. If the first trailer for It wasn’t already […]

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The Fantasticast #225 – Fantastic Four #170 – A Sky Full Of Fear

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

The Prat In The Cat In The Hat

Hello, and welcome to episode 225 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week, we say a fond farewell to the most recent substitute member of the Fantastic Four, Luke Cage. A victim of mind-control and Reed’s inventiveness, the Hero For Hire is sent packing back to Harlem. But not before he goes toe-to-toe with an artificially-enhanced Ben Grimm across the skies of New York in Fantastic Four #170.

Roy Thomas, incoming regular penciler George Perez,
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Sequel News: Minions 2 And Sing 2 Lock Down 2020 Release Dates, Secret Life Of Pets 2 Delayed

Buoyed by a worldwide haul of $429 million, Universal and Illumination Entertainment surprised exactly no one today by announcing plans for Sing 2.

It’ll open on December 25, 2020, and is one of three Universal animations to land a new release date – spoilers: the other two are Minions 2 and The Secret Life of Pets 2. The former has been brought forward one week to July 3, 2020, while The Secret Life of Pets 2 – which was initially pegged for launch in 2018 – has been bumped back almost a full year, all the way back to July 3, 2019.

Elsewhere on the slate, the Benedict Cumberbatch-led How the Grinch Stole Christmas will light up theaters on November 9, 2018. On paper, that seems to be a little early for a festive-themed animation, but Universal has no doubt sought inspiration from Garth JenningsSing, which thrived in the early November corridor against strong competition (see: Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Loving). Last and certainly not least,
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Page To Screen: The Grinch should have quit after stealing Christmas the first time

In Page To Screen, we compare a movie to the book that spawned it. The analysis goes into deep detail about specific plot points—in other words, you’ve been warned.

In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel was on a bit of a streak. The prolific children’s author known as Dr. Seuss had followed hits like Horton Hears A Who! with two books now considered necessary volumes in any child’s library: The Cat In The Hat and How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring two main characters who would become his most famous.

Image: Wikipedia (Wp:nfcc#4), goo.gl/a2Dszz

The Cat and the Grinch, though, as the world would soon discover, were fairly different, even though both aspired to cause mayhem in the lives of those around them. The Cat appeared mischievous but well-meaning, while the Grinch was merely grumpily determined to bring all the Whos down to ...
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Working With Mike Myers On ‘The Cat In The Hat’ Was Apparently “A Horrible, Nightmarish Experience”

The tale of how Mike Myers came to star in the live-action adaptation of “The Cat In The Hat” is worthy of an entire story itself, but the short version is that after the actor backed out of starring in a movie based on his “Saturday Night Live” character Dieter, a flurry of lawsuits were filed between himself and Universal. Eventually, a settlement was reached, with Myers agreeing to make his next character-based movie for the studio, which turned out to be the Dr.

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Oscar-Nominated Cartoon Saloon, Angelina Jolie Pitt Team With WestEnd on ‘The Breadwinner’ (Exclusive)

International sales agent and financier WestEnd Films has teamed up once again with Irish studio Cartoon Saloon following their successful partnership on Oscar-nominated animated movie “Song of the Sea.” This time they are working together on “The Breadwinner,” which is produced in association with Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Jolie Pas Prods. WestEnd will be introducing the film to buyers in Toronto.

The Breadwinner” centers on a young Afghan girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family after the Taliban imprison her father. It is based on Deborah Ellis’ novel, which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide across 25 languages. Ellis wrote the film’s screenplay with Anita Doron.

The film is directed by Nora Twomey, co-director of animated-feature Oscar-nominee “The Secret of Kells,” and is a co-production between Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg’s Melusine Prods. Aircraft’s Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen,
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