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‘Brigsby Bear’ & Film and TV’s Best Childhood Bears

On DVD from Monday 16th April is the superb directorial debut of Saturday Night Live’s Dave McCary, Brigsby Bear. The film, which debuted to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, features an impressive cast, including Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, Ryan Simpkins and Beck Bennett.

The film revolves around Mooney’s character of James whose world has just been turned upside down. As he transitions into his new life he relies on a children’s show featuring the Brigsby Bear of the tit that he grew up with to get him through.

To celebrate the release, and to link nicely to the touching story at the heart of the film, we thought we’d look at five film and TV bears from years gone by who touched our own childhoods.

Baloo

Who can
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Film Voice-Overs: Top 30 greatest performances ever, ranked worst to best, include Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres

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Film Voice-Overs: Top 30 greatest performances ever, ranked worst to best, include Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres
Among the most memorable moments in film history, many have come from actors you never see on screen. They are voice-over performers with some as huge movie stars and others are folks whose names you don’t know well — but they have in common a dedication of getting their character right and the skill to pull it off.

Although there have been occasional rumblings in the awards world about the possibility of a particularly celebrated voice-over performance becoming an Oscar nominee — there was some talk of Robin Williams for “Aladdin” in 1992 and Scarlett Johansson for “Her” in 2013 — no voice artist has ever received an Academy Award nomination for their performance. One possible reason is that most voice performances appear in animated films, where acting rarely receives its due. But several of the most memorable voice-overs have been in dramas or adventure films, several of which made our list.

In compiling this ranked list,
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30 Disney Songs That Will Bring You Right Back to Your Childhood

Catchy, heartfelt songs have been a staple of Disney movies since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs debuted in 1937 and got us all humming "Heigh-Ho" whenever we have tedious work that needs to be done. It's nearly impossible to narrow down the dozens upon dozens of timeless classics into this "best of" list, but PopSugar took on this Herculean task in order to create a thorough, varied and toe-tapping playlist for all the Disney fanatics out there. Check out our favorite Disney songs of all time, and then use our Spotify playlist to enjoy them for yourself. RelatedFeel the Love Tonight With This Romantic Disney Playlist "Heigh-Ho," the Dwarfs chorus (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) "When You Wish Upon a Star," Cliff Edwards (Pinocchio) "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," James Baskett (Song of the South) "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Verna Felton (Cinderella) "Once Upon a Dream," Mary Costa and Bill Shirley (Sleeping Beauty) "Cruella De Vil,
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The Forgotten: William A. Wellman's "Good-bye, My Lady" (1956)

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The latter part of William "Wild Bill" Wellman's distinguished career is a little patchy, as much due to studio interference as anything else, but a fair bit of positive attention has focused on Track of the Cat (1954) a sweaty family melodrama about the hunt for a rapacious wildcat in the snowy wilds near Aspen, daringly filmed in color but with almost no actual color (the snow was crucial here).We've been looking at the wrong film. An almost exact opposite of Track of the Cat exists, one which trades that film's showy ambition for a quieter, but equally radical aesthetic. Where Robert Mitchum and his kin snarl at each other in Track of the Cat, in Good-bye, My Lady all is peaceful between old-timer Walter Brennan and his young nephew Brandon DeWilde (the kid from Shane). Where Track of the Cat uses a daring palette and widescreen compositions, Goodbye, My
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Bravo Orders New Unscripted Shows From Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen

Bravo Orders New Unscripted Shows From Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen
Bravo unveiled a slate of six new unscripted series Wednesday, including shows from Ryan Seacrest and Andy Cohen.

In addition to its new series, Bravo has renewed “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Manzo’d with Children,” “Flipping Out,” and “Don’t Be Tardy,” for summer premieres, as well as “Married to Medicine Atlanta,” “Below Deck,” “Ladies of London,” “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and “Vanderpump Rules” to premiere later this year.

Among the new series is “Relative Success With Tabatha Coffey,” in which Coffey offers advice to small business owners; “Yours, Mine or Ours,” a real-estate show executive produced by Ryan Seacrest; “Then & Now With Andy Cohen,” a show looking back at moments in Generation X and Baby Boomer popular culture; “Summer House,” about a group of friends sharing a beach house; “Oklahoma City,” about a group of
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Jungle Book

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It’s remake time again. Since there’s another remake coming out of the story we’re looking at today, it seemed like a perfect time to dissect this one. This week, Cinelinx looks at Jungle Book.

The novel “Jungle Book” was written by Rudyard Kipling (Author of Gunga Din and The Man Who Would Be King) in 1894. It was a series of short stories using anthropomorphic animals to tell tales reflecting the conflict between man and nature. Three of the stories featured Mowgli, a boy raised in the jungle by animals (Mowgli was partly the inspiration for Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan) and is torn between his two worlds. There have been several film interpretations of this story, with a new one coming out this week. The two most famous are the first adaptation from 1942, and the popular animated Disney musical version from 1967. (We’ll skip the 1994 version with Jason Scott Lee
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Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book, 2016.

Directed by Jon Favreau.

Starring Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.

Synopsis:

An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.

The Jungle Book rests on the shoulders of Mowgli. He’s the human we relate to. It’s through Mowgli that we see danger, and fear man’s “red flower”. His human error can be found in how he trusts those that wish to hurt him and his instinctive nature to create and build things is in his bones. Jon Favreau, directing another Disney live-action adaptation after Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, knows that in this jungle adventure, Mowgli is key. Indeed, actor Neel Sethi is magnificent, simultaneously holding the posture of his cartoon counterpart and holding the human heart that beats throughout this tale of support,
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10 Talking Animals We Love (and the Voice Actors Behind Them!)

In honor of Disney’s “Zootopia” hitting theaters this Friday, March 4, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite animated animals and the voice actors behind them! From Disney classics like “The Jungle Book” to modern favorites like “Kung Fu Panda,” check out our top talking dogs, lions, and donkeys below. 1. Judy Hopps, “Zootopia” (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) As the protagonist to Disney’s latest animated marvel, Judy Hopps is the first bunny to join Zootopia’s police department and is eager to prove herself as a force to be reckoned with. Goodwin brings her trademark everygirl charm to the role. Don’t miss it! 2. Baloo the Bear, “The Jungle Book” (voiced by Phil Harris) This happy-go-lucky singing bear is hardly Harris’ only time working with Disney. The late actor also voiced O’Malley in “The Aristocats” and Little John in “Robin Hood,” but he won our hearts as Mowgli’s jolly,
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Ed Catto: Film Noir — Without the Film

Even though police procedurals are all the rage on TV right now, I’ve always preferred detective shows and Film Noir movies. This week, let’s take a walk down some mean streets as I tell you about an outstanding Film Noir thriller. You’ll have to listen closely, as there’s no film at all.

Broadway Is My Beat is a crime drama from the Golden Age of Radio. Originally broadcast in the late 40’s and early 50’s, this show follows the homicide caseload of Lt. Danny Clover, a cop assigned to the “Broadway Precinct” of New York City.

Each week Lt. Clover must solve a murder. And it’s all done Ellery Queen/“fair play” style, so the listener can figure out whodunit as well. These stories are pretty clever. It’s always a race for the listener to keep up with the police lieutenant and discover what
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Bill Bailey interview: The Jungle Book, Doctor Who, Star Trek

We met the actor and comedian Bill Bailey (the same person), to talk about his role as Baloo in a new Jungle Book audio production…

Bill Bailey has had a soft spot in geek hearts since time immemorial (aka the 1990s), with roles in Spaced, Black Books and Doctor Who complimenting his uncountable appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and other assorted panel shows. Of course, the man can put on a hell of a show by himself, as well.

Now, Bill Bailey has signed up for the role of Baloo in Audible’s new audio production of The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. We met up with Bill Bailey at Audible’s recording studios to discuss The Jungle Book, the chances of him cameo-ing in Star Trek Beyond, and a whole lot more besides…

So, what made you want to get involved with The Jungle Book?

Well! Well,
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‘Shahs of Sunset’ Star & Bravo Personality Tabatha Coffey Land Series in Development

Shahs of Sunset” star Reza Farahan is getting his own show on Bravo, the cabler announced Wednesday. Another familiar face, Tabatha Coffey, is also returning to the network with a new unscripted series.

Real estate show “Yours, Mine or Ours” (working title) will help couples ready to cohabitate find their new home with the help of real estate agent Farahan and interior designer and decorator Taylor Spellman. The project is produced by Jv Productions, with Courtney Campbell and Kirk Hipkiss serving as exec producers.

Hairstylist Coffey, who rose to fame on Bravo’s competition series “Shear Genius” and then landed her own show “Tabatha Takes Over,” is returning to the cable net with “Tabatha’s Life Takeover” (working title), a self-help show. From helping a shop-o-holic who is putting her addiction before her family to a couple in a broken marriage, Coffey, who will also serve as an exec producer,
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Joey Essex to interview politicians ahead of General Election for ITV2

Joey Essex will visit the Houses of Parliament and interview key political figures for a new ITV special.

Educating Joey Essex: General Election, what are you saying?! will see the reality star learn about the world of politics ahead of May's General Election.

He will be mentored by political columnist and broadcaster Isabel Hardman, who will help him work out which political party he should vote for when he visits the polling station.

Essex said: "I've never voted before, but I'm really excited about getting to meet some of the most important people in the country to help me make my decision. I reckon I'll take some pretty reem selfies too."

Phil Harris, executive producer for Lime Pictures, added: "Joey Essex could be the next Jeremy Paxman but with reemer hair and more twitter followers. I can't wait to see what happens when we unleash him upon Westminster."

Essex
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Bill Murray To Play The Lovable Baloo In Disney's 'The Jungle Book'

The beloved actor will star as a carefree and fun-loving jungle denizen.

Bill Murray has signed on to play the lovable bear Baloo in Disney's upcoming adaptation of The Jungle Book, the studio announced on Friday.

The film is set to be a blend of live action and animation. The story is an adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling novel of the same name which Disney famously turned into one of it's most beloved films in 1967.

Watch: Your Favorite Disney Classics Re-imagined On the Big Screen!

In the original animated film, legendary voice actor Phil Harris provided the iconic voice of Baloo - as well as the voice of Little John in Disney's Robin Hood.

The Jungle Book follows the story of a young boy named Mowgli who is abandoned in the jungle as a baby. He is adopted into a family of wolves and learns how to survive the many dangers with the help of Baloo the carefree
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Bill Murray Cast as Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book Live-Action Animation Film

Bill Murray Cast as Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book Live-Action Animation Film
The Jungle Book has added yet another veteran actor to its already star-studded cast. Bill Murray will portray the "Bare Necessities" singing Baloo the Bear in the upcoming live-action reboot, Walt Disney Studios announced in a press release on Friday, Aug. 1. The character Baloo the Bear—who tries to convince a boy to leave the jungle for a better life in human civilization—was originally voiced by actor Phil Harris in the original 1967 film. Other stars previously confirmed for the animation movie includes Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), 12 Years [...]
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Bill Murray to Play Baloo in Disney's New 'Jungle Book'

Bill Murray is set to give voice to the lovably laid-back bear Baloo in Disney's upcoming reboot of The Jungle Book. Deadline reports that the actor will be joining the Jon Favreau-directed production, which is set for release on October 9th, 2015.

Murray is taking up the post in an already-impressive cast that includes Christopher Walken as the orangutan King Louie, Scarlett Johansson as the snake Kaa, Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera, Lupita Nyong'o as the wolf Raksha and Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan. The film, based
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Bill Murray to Play Baloo in Disney's The Jungle Book Reboot

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Bill Murray knows a thing or two about appreciating the bare necessities of life - and apparently Disney agrees. The company has cast the droll photobomb specialist as Baloo in the upcoming live action/animated combination of The Jungle Book to be released in October 2015, according to a studio release. The Saturday Night Live alum, 63, will play the laid-back, ticklish bear who befriends Mowgli, the child raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The story is originally based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 book of the same name. However, Baloo did not truly reach international acclaim until Disney released The Jungle Book
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Bill Murray to Play Baloo in Disney's The Jungle Book Reboot: Report

Bill Murray knows a thing or two about appreciating the bare necessities of life - and apparently Disney agrees. The company has cast the droll photobomb specialist as Baloo in the upcoming live action/animated combination of The Jungle Book to be released in October 2015, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Saturday Night Live alum, 63, will play the laid-back, ticklish bear who befriends Mowgli, the child raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The story is originally based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 book of the same name. However, Baloo did not truly reach international acclaim until Disney released The Jungle Book
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Turner Classic Movies Garner Tribute Next Monday

James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a
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TCM Remembers James Garner with All-Day Marathon on July 28

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember award-winning actor James Garner on Monday, July 28, with an all-day marathon featuring 12 of his films. The Oscar nominated actor passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles at age 86.

TCM’s lineup features Garner’s performances in such movies as Toward the Unknown (1956), which marked his film debut; the racing drama Grand Prix (1966); the popular romantic comedy The Thrill of It All (1963); the Paddy Cheyefsky-penned The Americanization of Emily (1964); the groundbreaking drama The Children’s Hour(1961); and the gender-bending Victor/Victoria (1982).

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to James Garner.

TCM Remembers James Garner – Monday, July 28

6 a.m. – Toward the Unknown (1956) – starring William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith and James Garner

8 a.m. – Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) – starring Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson and James Garner

9:30 a.m. – Grand Prix (1966) – starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Bedford and Yves Montand

12:30 p.
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5 Fights To Make After Ufc Dublin

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An electric night of mixed martial arts at the O2 in Dublin will long be remembered by fans. Undoubtedly one of the greatest nights in Mma, the Irish proved that it definitely won’t be another five years before the Ufc returns to the territory.

9,500 people packed the Dublin O2, creating an atmosphere that Ufc President Dana White has called the greatest he has experienced in his 13 years with the organisation.

Some of the best performances included Flyweight Neill Seery, who showed why he deserves to be in the Ufc with a dominating win over Phil Harris. Also, Ilir Latifi showcased incredible power, with a vicious knockout of Chris Dempsey.

However, the night was highlighted by the dominance of Straight Blast Gym fighters, all of whom winning their respective bouts. Patrick Holohan kick started the night with a submission win over Josh Sampo,
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