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New Mulan Image Goes Behind-the-Scenes of Disney's Live-Action Remake

New Mulan Image Goes Behind-the-Scenes of Disney's Live-Action Remake
Director Niki Caro has shared a Bts photo from Disney's live-action Mulan remake. Production just kicked off recently on this long-awaited new take on the animated classic under the direction of Caro, who is known for her previous movies such as Whale Rider and The Zookeeper's Wife. She also worked previously with Disney on McFarland USA. Still, this is by far her biggest production to date. That said, based on this new image, it looks like she's taking to her new Disney blockbuster gig quite well.

The gorgeous behind the scenes image was shared by Niki Caro on Instagram as day one of filming wrapped up. There is a stunning set near a lake, featuring who appears to be Yifei Liu as the titular hero. There is quite a bit of green screen surrounding the set, meaning that digital effects artists are going to fill that all in later
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Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Funko Collection Unveiled

Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Funko Collection Unveiled
The Nightmare Before Christmas celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and Funko is honoring the occasion in style. The company is not only releasing a solid lineup of brand new Pop! figures, but they've also got everything from snowglobes to pencil toppers coming our way this fall. If you're a fan of celebrating Christmas and Halloween at the same time with that special Tim Burton flair, there's probably no better way to do it.

Starting with the Pop! figures, Funko is releasing Snowman Jack complete with a candy cane umbrella, Sally with her basket of provisions, Doctor Finkelstein in his wheelchair, the creepy clown with the tearaway face, Vampire Teddy with his undead duck, Harlequin Demon and Oogie Boogie with his burlap sack removed. There is also going to be a Jack Skellington Pop! with sugar skull art, Zero artwork and a sparkly Skull, which are Hot Topic exclusives. BoxLunch
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First Look at Disney's Mulan Remake Arrives as Shooting Begins

Disney has finally started filming on the long-awaited Mulan remake. The movie is a live-action adaptation of the studio's classic 1998 animated feature. The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China throughout the rest of this year, with an eye for a March 27th, 2020 release date. Disney started development of the remake back in 2015 with hopes that the movie would hit theaters in November of this year, but it was taken off of the release schedule and replaced with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the
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Blu-ray Review – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War, 2018.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Peter Dinklage, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Carrie Coon, Pom Klementieff, Terry Notary, Sean Gunn, Benedict Wong, Benicio del Toro, Gwyneth Paltrow, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Stan Lee.

Synopsis:

Avengers: Infinity War arrives on Blu-ray. If you’re a fan, you probably already pre-ordered this one. The movie is a thrill ride with a villain who has a surprising amount of depth to him, and the bonus features are serviceable but lack the kind of lengthy retrospective documentary that I always enjoy.

I would love to go back in time to the mid-to-late
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Sean Young Claims She Didn't Mean to Take Laptops from Film That Fired Her — as Producers Say No Way

Sean Young Claims She Didn't Mean to Take Laptops from Film That Fired Her — as Producers Say No Way
Following the news on Friday that she was being sought for questioning in a reported burglary in New York City earlier this week, actress and Blade Runner star Sean Young released a statement characterizing the situation as a misunderstanding and said she had yet to be contacted by authorities.

Others involved in the case, however, strenuously dispute this version of events.

The mounting war of words between Young and the crew of a film on which she had been hired — and then fired — this summer traces back to the loss of two laptops from that production’s office in Queens’ Astoria neighborhood.
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Police Want to Question Blade Runner Star Sean Young About Reported N.Y.C. Burglary

Police Want to Question Blade Runner Star Sean Young About Reported N.Y.C. Burglary
Actress Sean Young is “wanted for questioning” in connection with a report of a Thursday burglary in New York City, People confirms.

But sources tell People exclusively that the full story is much stranger: Young — whose career heyday of the ’80s soured amid a series of on-set issues — allegedly broke into the office of a film on which she had been slated to make her directorial debut before being fired this summer after clashing with the producers.

According to one of the film’s producers, she allegedly took two MacBook Pro laptops that had production software on them.

“This was
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Listen: Director Jon M. Chu Wants ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Help Break Down Barriers

Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Warner Bros. is set to release “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, on Aug. 15. It’s a significant event, the first Hollywood release in a quarter-century to be centered on the Asian-American experience with a cast of Asian-American actors. Even at a time when underrepresented voices are smashing these kinds of statistics left and right, that one is particularly staggering. For director Jon M. Chu, the film isn’t a film at all. It’s a movement.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“It’s nuts. It’s crazy to think in 2018 that we’re still here, but, here we are. So we’ve got to change things,
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Listen: Director Jon M. Chu Wants ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Help Break Down Barriers

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Listen: Director Jon M. Chu Wants ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Help Break Down Barriers
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Warner Bros. is set to release “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, on Aug. 15. It’s a significant event, the first Hollywood release in a quarter-century to be centered on the Asian-American experience with a cast of Asian-American actors. Even at a time when underrepresented voices are smashing these kinds of statistics left and right, that one is particularly staggering. For director Jon M. Chu, the film isn’t a film at all. It’s a movement.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

Click here for more episodes of “Playback.”

“It’s nuts. It’s crazy to think in 2018 that we’re still here, but, here we are. So we’ve got to change things,
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How 'Christopher Robin' Highlights the Tragedy of Growing Up

How 'Christopher Robin' Highlights the Tragedy of Growing Up
[This story contains spoilers for Christopher Robin]

Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin is the latest in the string of live-action Disney re-imaginings that began in earnest with 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and is set to continue with titles such as Tim Burton’s upcoming Dumbo. But thematically, this return to the House at Pooh Corner taps into another trend heralded by a 2010 release: the children’s film about growing up being the fundamental loss of childhood, a concept skillfully rendered in Toy Story 3 and then again in 2015’s Inside Out.

The coming-of-age story (or Bildungsroman, to use a literary term) ...
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The Dark Knight Scribe Says No One Understood Why Heath Ledger Was Cast

Ask anybody who their favorite comic book movie villain is and there’s a pretty excellent chance that they’ll go for Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, whose sinister portrayal of Batman’s most famous foe earned the late actor a posthumous Academy Award and created a new template for villainy that cinema’s psychos have been following ever since.

But while it’s easy to see now that Ledger was about as perfect a fit for the role as they were ever going to find, the guy from Brokeback Mountain and A Knight’s Tale didn’t seem like such an obvious choice when his casting was first announced. Speaking at a recent roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Nolan recalled the backlash that his brother Christopher received from fans for this decision, as well as the concerns of his colleagues and bosses at Warner Bros.
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Matt Reeves Talks "Noir-Driven" Batman Again; Here's Everything We Know

Batman became widely known as a comic character via the 1960s television series before Tim Burton's Batman redefined him on the big screen in 1989. Christopher Nolan's highly-praised Batman trilogy deepened the character still further. Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Ben Affleck as an older, more weary version of the Dark Knight; he appeared again in Suicide Squad and Justice League (above). Now another director is seeking to redefine the character in a new film. What's in store for the Caped Crusader? Here's everything we know. Who is directing? Matt Reeves. His early writing credits include Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and the crime drama The Yards. He created the popular TV series Felicity with J.J. Abrams and the two...
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Matt Reeves Talks "Noir-Driven" Batman Again; Here's Everything We Know

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Batman became widely known as a comic character via the 1960s television series before Tim Burton's Batman redefined him on the big screen in 1989. Christopher Nolan's highly-praised Batman trilogy deepened the character still further. Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Ben Affleck as an older, more weary version of the Dark Knight; he appeared again in Suicide Squad and Justice League (above). Now another director is seeking to redefine the character in...

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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant

‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant
At the opening-night party of Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” at Tim Burton’s Chateau Marmont apartment, Scotty Bowers, the tousle-haired author of 2012 tell-all “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” celebrated his 95th birthday.

“So how gay was Spencer Tracy?” I asked him.

“He got drunk and thanked the man beside him in the morning for taking care of him,” he said with a gap-toothed grin, taunting me with his next provocation: “He didn’t just suck cock, he crunched it!”

We laughed. “And how gay was Katharine Hepburn?”

“She loved one woman for 40 years who left her to marry a rich man,” he said. He claims to have arranged 150 get-togethers with women over five decades for Hepburn. That was his job — putting gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with movie stars,
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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant

‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant
At the opening-night party of Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” at Tim Burton’s Chateau Marmont apartment, Scotty Bowers, the tousle-haired author of 2012 tell-all “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” celebrated his 95th birthday.

“So how gay was Spencer Tracy?” I asked him.

“He got drunk and thanked the man beside him in the morning for taking care of him,” he said with a gap-toothed grin, taunting me with his next provocation: “He didn’t just suck cock, he crunched it!”

We laughed. “And how gay was Katharine Hepburn?”

“She loved one woman for 40 years who left her to marry a rich man,” he said. He claims to have arranged 150 get-togethers with women over five decades for Hepburn. That was his job — putting gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with movie stars,
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Kevin Smith Explains Why He Doesn’t Want To Direct A Superhero Movie

Kevin Smith is one of the most famous comic book nerds around. Not only does he host the popular Fatman on Batman podcast, but the Clerks director has penned numerous titles for Marvel and DC over the years – for characters such as Batman, Daredevil and Green Arrow – and helmed a bunch of episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. It’s surprising, then, that Smith doesn’t have any interest in directing a big budget superhero movie.

The filmmaker talked to MTV on the subject and revealed that he doesn’t think he has the right stuff to commit to such a major production. He spoke favorably about Marvel Studios stalwarts Anthony and Joe Russo though, citing them as the kind of dedicated directors who are able to hold such huge tentpole movies together.

“So people always ask me, ‘Don’t you want to make a comic book movie?’ and I’m like,
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The Conjuring, Freddy Vs. Jason, It and More Head for WB Studio Tour in October

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is expanding its already chilling Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights with new attractions created to give horror fans a night to remember. In addition to the return of Pennywise in our reimagined It Knows What Scares You maze, and debut of the sinister institution from Batman: Arkham Asylum, this year's Horror Made Here will also feature a blood-curdling maze from The Conjuring Universe, a diabolical viewing of The Exorcist, an eerie tour through Freddy vs. Jason's Camp Crystal Lake, and much more.

In this year's reinvented maze, guests will experience a sneak peek into the world of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they confront a host of satanic spirits from The Conjuring Universe. Fans will fall victim to Annabelle's devious games, and come face-to-face with the demon lurking in the shadows from New Line Cinema's latest installment The Nun, in theaters September 7th,
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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in August 2018

August has a well-earned reputation as the month when Hollywood ritualistically dumps all of its most shameful offerings into multiplexes, airing out the stink so they can start fresh with their Oscar hopefuls after Labor Day. Judging by Netflix’s latest batch of new arrivals, that tradition isn’t going to stop in the streaming era. Don’t get us wrong: The monolithic service is adding some great new movies over the next few weeks, and the ever-increasing influx of Netflix Originals means that we’re likely in store for a few exciting wild cards (we’re especially excited for Susan Johnson’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”).

Nevertheless, this month’s crop is a strange grab bag of stuff that runs the gamut from an under-appreciated comic book movie, to a curiously unexamined Scorsese epic, to — um — one-third of the 21st century’s greatest fantasy trilogy.
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Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell Set To Star in Director Tommy Wirkola's War Pigs

Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell are set to star in a new action-thriller called War Pigs, which comes from director Tommy Wirkola. Wirkola is best known for his films Dead SnowHansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and What Happened to Monday?.

The story follows a group of disillusioned ex-marines who "go on one last mission to get revenge on the cartel that murdered one of their own while making off with millions of dollars in drug money."

Farrell will take on the role of a character named Drex and Gibson will play The Pastor. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) is producing the film, which was written by Nick Ball and John Niven

Before Gibson jumps on board this project he is set to make a World War II navy film called Destroyer, about the ship that would not die. As for Farrell, he recently wrapped the Steve McQueen-directed Widows and the Tim Burton-directed Dumbo.
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Mel Gibson, Colin Farrell to Star in Revenge Thriller ‘War Pigs’

Mel Gibson, Colin Farrell to Star in Revenge Thriller ‘War Pigs’
Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell will star in revenge thriller “War Pigs” for Millennium Films with Tommy Wirkola directing.

Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian through di Bonaventura Productions, along with Matt Berenson. Production is scheduled to start in October.

War Pigs,” written by Nick Ball and John Niven, centers on a group of disillusioned ex-marines who go on one last mission to get revenge on the cartel that murdered a colleague and stole their drug money.

Gibson is attached to direct World War II drama “Destroyer” in his first helming gig since receiving an Oscar nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge.” “Destroyer” is being produced at Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang Productions. It’s based on the John Wukovits book “Hell From the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II’s Greatest Kamikaze Attack.”

Farrell will be seen next in Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and Tim Burton’s “Dumbo.
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Mel Gibson, Colin Farrell to Star in Revenge Thriller ‘War Pigs’

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Mel Gibson, Colin Farrell to Star in Revenge Thriller ‘War Pigs’
Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell will star in revenge thriller “War Pigs” for Millennium Films with Tommy Wirkola directing.

Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian through di Bonaventura Productions, along with Matt Berenson. Production is scheduled to start in October.

War Pigs,” written by Nick Ball and John Niven, centers on a group of disillusioned ex-marines who go on one last mission to get revenge on the cartel that murdered a colleague and stole their drug money.

Gibson is attached to direct World War II drama “Destroyer” in his first helming gig since receiving an Oscar nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge.” “Destroyer” is being produced at Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang Productions. It’s based on the John Wukovits book “Hell From the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II’s Greatest Kamikaze Attack.”

Farrell will be seen next in Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and Tim Burton’s “Dumbo.
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