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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle review – a crowd-pleasing romp

Body-swapping, a wisecracking cast and a dazzling effects-laden package add up to a game-world movie that outshines its 1995 predecessor

Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book Jumanji spawned a weirdly saleable 1995 movie in which Robin Williams escaped from a board game pursued by rhinos, elephants, monkeys and lions which then ran amok in Brantford, New Hampshire. This “continuation of the story” smartly inverts the premise of the original, welcoming us to the jungle as we follow four young players into the game, where they must meet various next-level challenges to secure their safe passage home. Wholly superior to Joe Johnston’s wildly uneven big-screen predecessor (and indeed to Jon Favreau’s related Van Allsburg adaptation Zathura: A Space Adventure), this crowd-pleasing romp combines boisterous action with coming-of-age comedy, all delivered in a shiny FX-laden package tailor-made for holiday audiences.

“Who plays board games?” asks an unsuspecting Brantford teen after opening the recently unearthed Jumanji box,
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Review: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Now Go Home

The days of direct sequels are still with us -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins practically at the next moment after The Force Awakens concludes -- but the major studios in Hollywood have concluded that there are other, possibly more profitable methods of bringing properties they own back to life. Based on Chris Van Allsburg's book for children, first published in 1981, Jumanji came to the big screen in 1995 under the direction of the great Joe Johnston, a few years after his version of The Rocketeer took flight. That was followed by Zathura: A Space Adventure in 2005, directed by Jon Favreau, sometimes described as a 'spiritual sequel.' I've not read the book or seen those movies, so Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle...

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Fox & 21 Laps Land John Kamps Novel ‘The Prince’s Guard’

Fox & 21 Laps Land John Kamps Novel ‘The Prince’s Guard’
Exclusive: Twentieth Century Fox has pre-emptively acquired The Prince’s Guard, an u pcoming novel by screenwriter John Kamps. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce through 21 Laps. The book is the first novel by Kamps, whose screenplay credits include the Jon Favreau-directed Zathura and David Koepp-helmed Ghost Town and Premium Rush. It’s the first of a planned novel trilogy, and the book is in the process of being set with a publisher. Kamps also has been set to write…
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Watch Teens Become the Rock, Kevin Hart in 'Jumanji 2' Trailer

Watch Teens Become the Rock, Kevin Hart in 'Jumanji 2' Trailer
Twenty-two years after the original, Jumanji's sequel is set to debut with a big twist. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black lead an all-star cast in Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle, which will be released on Christmas day later this year.

The scene is set with a quartet of Breakfast Club-type teenage archetypes who are thrown into detention with one another. Their principal instructs them to clean out the school's basement, where they discover an old video game named Jumanji — setting the film apart
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Top Monsters In The Movies

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Scary films and monster movies are not only meant for the month of October, and this summer’s selection is proof – It, Annabelle: Creation, It Comes At Night and The Mummy.

The evolution of creature technology and the fundamental role technology have played a huge part in shaping monster movies.

From the evolution of creature technology beginning with King Kong (1933), Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), Horror Of Dracula (1958), One Million Years B.C. (1966), Planet Of The Apes (1968), The Exorcist (1973), An American Werewolf In London (1981) and Aliens (1986) through the digital age of Jurassic Park (1993), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) and King Kong (2005), audiences love the monsters that grace the silver screen.

In honor of Universal’s The Mummy, opening in theaters this Friday June 9th, we decided to look back at one of our lists of those creepy, loveable characters that fill our dreams and
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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Why Marvel's Misfit-Filmmaker Gamble Works

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Why Marvel's Misfit-Filmmaker Gamble Works
Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release.
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Jon Favreau, ‘Chef’s Table’ Director David Gelb Discuss Capturing Food on Film

Jon Favreau, ‘Chef’s Table’ Director David Gelb Discuss Capturing Food on Film
Foodies and film lovers descended upon the Wiltern Theater Sunday night to celebrate the kick-off of Foodbowl, the L.A. Times’ month-long food festival.

The event, cleverly dubbed Chef’s Fable, featured several notable chefs and the filmmakers who told their stories.

The conversation was moderated by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. It kicked off with a panel on “Chef’s Table,” the popular Netflix food documentary series, now in its third season.

“Chefs just inherently have amazing stories because of all the hard work and all the risk. The creative journey a chef takes makes them great subjects for film,” explained “Chef’s Table” director David Gelb.

“I love the show ‘Planet Earth.’ I thought it was cool to apply that look to food,” Gelb said of his subject matter. “The food is beautiful and its an art form so it should have the same kind of reference in the way it’s captured.
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The Game Continues In Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, And It Sounds Awesome

Jumanji was one of the surprise hits of 1995, combining cutting-edge CGI special effects and the inestimable Robin Williams into a wonderfully adventurous whole. Not to mention that the core idea of a magical board game that begins to affect the real world is brilliantly imaginative. A sequel, Zathura, was released in 2005, though now it’s primarily known as the gig that proved to Marvel that John Favreau was the man to helm Iron Man and birth the McU.

Now, the franchise is set to be rebooted with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. At CinemaCon 2017, Sony screened new footage from the film in addition to confirming some details about the plot. From what we understand, this new version inverts the premise of the original in that rather than elements from the board game wreaking havoc in the real world, the film shows people being sucked into the in-game jungle.

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Exclusive: Josh Hutcherson Leaves 'The Hunger Games' Behind to Direct His Own Future

Exclusive: Josh Hutcherson Leaves 'The Hunger Games' Behind to Direct His Own Future
"I've never been a goal-oriented person. I never have in my entire life set one goal, I don't think," admits Josh Hutcherson. We're meeting at his publicist's office in West Hollywood and I've just asked if, after spending half a decade playing, promoting and generally being Peeta from The Hunger Games, the 24-year-old wrapped up his time on the franchise with an idea of the next steps he wanted to take in his career. Hutcherson, his dark hair tousled and scruff dusting his square jawline, leans forward as he elaborates, "I think that the idea of a goal means that you're focused on getting there, instead of being in the moment."

While Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemswoth leveraged their franchise clout to land more blockbuster jobs, traversing the galaxy in action-adventure rom-coms or fighting off alien resurgences, Hutcherson took a step back. "It wasn't about, like, proving to people I could do something else, as much as
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Indiana Jones 5: Writer David Koepp Says George Lucas Isn’t Involved, Discusses Lessons Learned From Crystal Skull

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Like Star Wars, Indiana Jones is one of those few film franchises that’s impacted virtually every American has childhood in one way or another. Be it the fedora, the whip, Harrison Ford, or the spirit of high adventure that sticks in our minds, the series is a testament of the human imagination and universal storytelling.

It was with that in mind that in 2007, we were given Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a film while not terribly horrible, had very little in common with the other films in terms of its strength. I personally came out of that film not angry, but underwhelmed. I didn't hate the film like most seemed to, but at no point in the film did I feel a sense of wonder or excitement even remotely approaching that of the trilogy.

For better or worse, we will be getting an Indiana Jones 5,
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Theory: Why Karen Gillan’s Jumanji costume isn’t sexist

Luke Owen has a theory on why Karen Gillan’s costume in Jumanji isn’t sexist…

It certainly caused some ire amongst the folk on Twitter when Kevin Hart unveiled our first look at the cast of the Jumanji sequel, as many pointed out the ‘male gaze’ nature of Karen Gillan’s costume of thigh-high boots, short shorts and a croptop that exposes her midriff. Anyone who pointed this out isn’t wrong, of course. After all, the men in the photo look more ready to deal with the dangers of the jungle than Gillan is. But perhaps there is a point to it all?

The Rock, looking to defend the costume and the movie, took to Instagram to reveal that their, “dope 90’s vintage costumes will all make sense when our plot’s revealed” and Gillan herself sent out a tweet which read: “Yes I’m wearing child sized
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Jumanji reboot adds Karen Gillan

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Karen Gillan will play a major role in the Jumanji continuation, Dwayne Johnson confirms.

With rumours of unhappiness between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel left behind – at least for now – on the Fast & Furious 8 set, The Rock is moving onto his next project. And that just happens to be the Jumanji remake/reimagining/sequel/whatever.

Already, Johnson is leading quite a cast here. Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas have already signed on the dotted line, and Jake Kasdan is directing. And now Johnson has announced, via his Facebook account, that Doctor Who alumnus Karen Gillan is joining the Jumanji cast.

In announcing Gillan’s casting, he also confirmed that the film will start shooting next month in Hawaii, and that the new Jumanji is “a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love” (we still prefer Jon Favreau’s Zathura ourselves, but we digress).

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Dwayne Johnson Says New ‘Jumanji’ Is Not a Reboot

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Dwayne Johnson Says New ‘Jumanji’ Is Not a Reboot
Brace yourselves, ’90s kids, for another crucial piece of your childhood is at risk of being corrupted by the careless, pocket-lining fat cats of Hollywood. That, at least, seems the only reasonable response to the news that a new “Jumanji” movie is in the works, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is here to assuage our fears. In a typically hashtag-laden Instagram post marking the completion of production on “Fast and Furious 8,” the actor included a tidbit that should come as small comfort to many: “For the record we are Not making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome ‘Jumanji’ story.”

Read More: Dwayne Johnson Blasts His ‘Candy Ass’ Male ‘Fast 8’ Co-Stars In Furious Social Media Post

The original film, released in 1995 and starring Robin Williams, was a staple of many a twenty-something’s cinematic youth. As such, the fact that it’s being remade or otherwise revived
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Kristen Stewart Covers "Elle"

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Take a look @ new images of "Twilight Saga" actress Kristen Stewart in the September 2016 issue of "Elle" (China) magazine, photographed by Zack Zhang :

Stewart began her acting career in 1999 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films before gaining prominence in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller "Panic Room", earning a 'Young Artist Award' nomination for 'Best Leading Actress' in a Feature Film.

She went on to star in "Speak" (2004), "Catch That Kid" (2004), "Zathura" (2005) and "Into The Wild" (2007), for which she was nominated for a 'Screen Actors Guild' Award.

She received widespread recognition in 2008 when she landed the role of protagonist 'Bella Swan' in "The Twilight Saga" film series (2008-2012), which grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide.

Outside of the Twilight series, Stewart has appeared in a wide variety of films, including "Adventureland" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray
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John Debney on The Jungle Book and Mel Gibson's "stunning" Hacksaw Ridge

John Debney conducting a live performance of his score for The Passion of the Christ.

In his long career as a composer, John Debney has written the scores for Hocus Pocus, Cutthroat Island, Liar Liar, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, The Passion of the Christ, Sin City, Zathura and Iron Man 2. Most recently Debney has worked on The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau and Mel Gibson.s Hacksaw Ridge.

I know worked with Jon Favreau before, but in The Jungle Book you must have been writing the score with nothing but green screen as your guide. Does it make a difference to the process?

It certainly does. I think this was our fourth film together. It was wonderful but it was a challenge. All told it was two years of work, and at the very beginning it was green-screen and stick figures, as it were,
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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years




From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy
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Jon Favreau interview: Jungle Book, Zathura, PG movies




Jon Favreau chats to us about his new movie, The Jungle Book. Plus, Zathura, Statham and Gravity too…

Jon Favreau is building a growing reputation as one of Hollywood’s most versatile directors. He’s followed up his charming comedy drama Chef with a big budget, hugely cinematic take on The Jungle Book. And he spared us some time to natter about it.

Here’s how it went….

Does the sense of achievement feel any different as you get to the end of a film?

[Laughs] It too early days really! I’m not sure I’m counting it as an achievement yet. But I do like that the people I’ve spoken to and seen at the screenings seem to genuinely like what we did here. It is a sense of relief, it is exciting. We worked so long on it. It must be heartbreaking if you
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Jon Favreau Still Hopes to Bring 'Magic Kingdom' to Life

Jon Favreau has become a major player in the film industry since Iron Man blasted its way into theaters back in 2008. He solidified Marvel’s cinematic universe and has been working his way up the ranks of The House of Mouse ever since. His newest film, a live/computer animated re-imagination of The Jungle Book, is set to hit theaters April 15th of this year, which is only a week and a half away. Little did we know, The Jungle Book is really his exploration of the current state of visual effects for his passion project, “Magic Kingdom.”

Favreau has been working on Magic Kingdom since 2010, and had this to say about it in a recent interview:

Well hopefully now with this collaboration if it works out well we can explore what Magic Kingdom could be. Magic Kingdom is a story I’ve been developing. Michael Chabon wrote the draft about Disneyland coming to life,
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‘The Jungle Book’ Featurette: Why Jon Favreau Wanted to Retell This Classic Story

‘The Jungle Book’ Featurette: Why Jon Favreau Wanted to Retell This Classic Story
Jon Favreau‘s last two major releases, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, were disappointments for some filmgoers. But after those minor missteps, the director of Elf, Zathura, and Iron Man quickly bounced back with his last feature, Chef. Now Favreau’s next upcoming film is The Jungle Book, which is possibly his biggest film to date. Below, watch The Jungle Book featurette, in which the director and cast discuss […]

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Watch: First Clip From ‘The Jungle Book’ Plus Character Posters & Special Cast Images

Jon Favreau’s career is a fascinating one, and like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, he wrote his way into the business. Getting started by writing “Swingers,” which was directed Doug Liman and starred Favreau and his pal Vince Vaughn. After making his directorial debut with “Made” in 2001, the triple threat actor/director/writer kept expanding his horizons, delivering the beloved smash hit “Elf” in 2003. Soon he was immersing himself in the world of blockbuster filmmaking. People wondered if Favreau was the right choice to helm an action-filled super hero movie like “Iron Man” before its release, but forgot, he had already learned the world of CGI and greenscreen on the children’s film “Zathura: A Space Adventure” (which was his training ground for this world). Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book' Starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, And Idris Elba Favreau would
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