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Harrison Ford Joins The Secret Life Of Pets 2 In His First Animation Role

Harrison Ford Joins The Secret Life Of Pets 2 In His First Animation Role
For the first time in his film career, Harrison Ford is joining an animated feature. Ford will lead the cast in The Secret Life of Pets 2, the sequel to the successful CGI film. Deadline reports Ford will be joined by Patton Oswalt, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll and Pete Holmes who will all join the franchise for the first time. Oswalt will take over the role of Max, who was originally voiced by Louis C.K.

Beyond C.K.'s absence, much of the cast from the original film will be reprising their roles. The film's script will be written by Minions writer Brian Lynch, and Despicable Me's Chris Renaud will direct.

No details have been released regarding Ford's character, so we can only speculate on the pet he will play. Does anyone have any guesses?
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Diablo Cody “Failed So Hard” On ‘Barbie’ And Explains The Situation Behind Script Debacle

Diablo Cody “Failed So Hard” On ‘Barbie’ And Explains The Situation Behind Script Debacle
You wouldn’t expect there to be this much drama about a movie about a plastic kids toy, but apparently, there’s more going on behind the scenes of “Barbie” than we originally thought. The “Barbie” live-action adaptation has gone through many iterations over the years, with Amy Schumer attached and then leaving, Anne Hathaway signing on to star, and the release date getting moved from 2018 to 2020.
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Danai Gurira on All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie: ‘There’s This Hunger for This Type of Thing’ (Video)

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Danai Gurira on All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie: ‘There’s This Hunger for This Type of Thing’ (Video)
Danai Gurira has also heard those rumors about the possibility of an all-female “Avengers” movie, and she believes it’s absolutely time for one.

“I keep hearing this rumor also,” she said during her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday. “The cool thing is that it’s showing there’s this hunger for this type of thing. The awesome Brie Larson is filming ‘Captain Marvel’ as we speak… It’s exciting because it’s showing that yeah, of course, it’s time we start seeing the perspective of a story come exclusively from women. Magic happens when women do their thang.”

“I can do superhuman things, so if you need me at all, there are things I can do,” DeGeneres weighed in, just in case the all-female “Avengers” movie comes into fruition any time soon.
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Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.

Castings

30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]

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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]
While at CinemaCon, we had the chance to sit down and talk to director Antoine Fuqua for his upcoming sequel, The Equalizer 2 and posed the question about tackling the comic book genre after making waves in the action and crime thriller genre. Fuqua said he was approached for Morbius: The Living Vampire at Sony as he's a Spider-Man villain primarily. Here's what he had to say:
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New Images from Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ Are Pure Nightmare Fuel

Disney has unveiled a pair of new images from the upcoming film Christopher Robin, and I have to be honest, this movie looks creepy as hell. The fantasy film is sort of in line with Disney’s trend of doing live-action updates of animated classics, as it reimagines the Winnie the Pooh story in a unique way. Ewan McGregor plays the titular Christopher Robin, who is now all grown up and haunted by traumas he endured during World War II. But when his old playmates from the Hundred Acre Wood find him again, his life is thrown for a …
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Watch: Spider-Man Gets a New Suit (or Two) in a Promo for the PS4 Game

In a bit of support between Spider-Man's appearance in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War this week and in Sony's upcoming PS4 exclusive, Marvel's Spider-Man this September, a new promo is showing off a trio of Spidey suits. One you'll recognize as Peter Parker's alter ego's Spider-Man-about-town getup, while another should be familiar to fans of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The third, however, is a bit of an upgrade and should draw some envious glances from fellow superheroes and supervillains alike. Now, to get this third suit (and likely more that …
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Alden Ehrenreich “Felt Emotional” About Lord And Miller Getting Fired From ‘Solo’

Look, Alden Ehrenreich began fighting an uphill battle the second he signed on to star as Han Solo in the film “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Filling the shoes of Harrison Ford, as one of the most popular characters in pop culture history is a daunting task for any actor. So, when all the behind-the-scenes drama started to play out on the film’s set, you can’t help but feel for the actor.
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review Round-Up: A Jaw-Dropping Spectacle With Emotional Stakes

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review Round-Up: A Jaw-Dropping Spectacle With Emotional Stakes
Thanos is here, and death is coming with him. Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios’ newest star-studded cinematic team-up, has screened for critics before its official release later this week, and the reviews are in. As I write this, the movie sits at 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, and […]

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Harrison Ford Joins ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Sequel, Patton Oswalt Replaces Louis C.K.

Animation studio Illumination Entertainment had a huge hit with 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets, so a sequel was inevitable. But The Secret Life of Pets 2 cast just got a whole lot more interesting, because Harrison Ford has come on board in his first voiceover role for an animated feature film. And that’s not all […]

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Patton Oswalt Replacing Louis C.K. in ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’; Harrison Ford Joins Cast

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are firming up the voice cast for the animated sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2, and there’s an unsurprising switcheroo in store for the lead role. Louis C.K. voiced protagonist Max in the 2016 smash hit, but Deadline reports that Patton Oswalt will now be taking over the role. The reasons are obvious: C.K. fessed up to sexual harassment last year and has largely been out of the public eye ever since, and Universal doesn’t exactly want to gamble with a franchise as valuable as this one. Oswalt is a …
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‘Brockmire’ Review: Hank Azaria is Much More Than a Cartoon in a Surprising Season 2 that Steps Out of the Baseball Booth

There’s a point in Season 2 of the IFC series “Brockmire” when the title character comes to the realization that people like him best when he’s drunk. For anyone who watched the first eight episodes of the show last summer, that was a belief that seemed to be held by the show’s creative team as well. So it’s equal parts surprising and satisfying to see so many assumptions that the show made in its initial run get re-examined, now that the show about a rehabilitating baseball announcer has returned. From the way it handles addiction to how it utilizes the outsized personality at its core, these new episodes are a major improvement in nearly every single way.

With Hank Azaria in the role of Jim Brockmire, a substance-adoring, golden-voiced pinnacle of play-by-play debauchery, this show has a Swiss Army knife at its disposal. Azaria has always served
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A Diy Spirit Triumphs in Africa’s Film Training Programs

Samuel Ishimwe was reared on a diet of 1980s action thrillers and Hollywood B-movies. Growing up in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, a bucolic city of jacaranda trees and terraced hills, he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker and working with the larger-than-life stars he saw on TV: action heroes including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude van Damme who swaggered across the screen, guns blazing.

The 9,000-mile flight from Rwanda to Hollywood is a day’s journey, but in an impoverished African country with no formal film schools, it could seem no less daunting than a flight to the moon. Yet Ishimwe was determined. Orphaned by the 1994 genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives, he’d watched his country rebuild from the rubble.

Despite the physical devastation and emotional trauma wrought by the genocide, “I had hope in my heart,” he says.

After finishing high school and getting his first job as a journalist,
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‘Dear White People’ Season 2 Trailer Gives Viewers Some Entertaining Nicknames For The Cast

Class is back in session for the Winchester University students of Netflix’s series “Dear White People.” Showrunner Justin Simien has been promising more mystery and drama in season two and that “everyone’s got secrets this season — secrets from each other, secrets from themselves.” And judging by the new trailer, season two is set to pick up right after the dramatic events of season one’s finale.

Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path.
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Entertainment Education Report: The Best Film Schools in 2018

These filmmaking programs score high marks in both showbiz and academic circles.

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles

In 2017, AFI Conservatory celebrated its 50th anniversary and will commemorate the milestone with new programs and activities through 2019. The AFI Conservatory, an Mfa program founded in 1969, is the alma mater of Oscar-nominated “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison and other established filmmakers such as Patty Jenkins and Darren Aronofsky. The AFI Conservatory recently held its first Expo, a one-day festival that screens 30 thesis films from the previous graduating class.

Beijing Film Academy

China

Established in 1950, the Beijing Film Academy is the largest film school in Asia and the only film academy in China. Bfa’s programs encourage collaboration between faculty and students, and the cinematography department allows students to work with the newest camera and lighting equipment. Students in this department submit entries to an annual competition called the Cinerent Award in which film industry members judge the screenings.
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‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel McAdams Thrillingly Rages Against the Patriarchal Machine [Tribeca]

‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel McAdams Thrillingly Rages Against the Patriarchal Machine [Tribeca]
It’s easy to remember Rachel McAdams’ most iconic performance, Regina George in Mean Girls, as little more than the ruthlessly hilarious one-liners and cutting Gif-worthy glances on the surface. But there’s so much more bubbling underneath in her performance that makes it iconic. McAdams is a master of presenting a confident, assured front while meaning […]

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Byron Allen Seeks Love for Independent Movie Studios at CinemaCon

Byron Allen Seeks Love for Independent Movie Studios at CinemaCon
Media mogul Byron Allen made a strong pitch to the nation’s theater owners Wednesday to support the independent movie studios — such as his own Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

Allen appeared a year after Esmp launched with the shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” which grossed an impressive $44 million domestically last year. He had bought the movie months earlier from Bob Weinstein at his Malibu beach house for $3 million after becoming convinced that shark movies always perform well.

“What we did with ’47 Meters Down,’ we need to do 100 times over,” Allen told attendees at a breakfast event at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Allen, best known as a producer of syndicated TV programming, established Esmp through the 2015 purchase of Freestyle Releasing. He said Wednesday that Esmp is aiming to fill the niche of releasing mid-budget films that the Big Six studios have become less likely to handle.

“Our vision
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Fire Up the Sundae Slide, Nickelodeon Is Bringing Back ‘Double Dare’

All aboard the nostalgia train! Nickelodeon is bringing back the kids game show Double Dare. The original series is also Nick's longest-running one, from 1986 to 1993. It ushered in an era where physically-oriented game shows dominated the scene, from Guts to Legends of the Hidden Temple. Sadly, those all went by the wayside in the early 2000s, with only a few established TV series on broadcast, like American Ninja Warrior, occasionally running a "junior" event. But for those who long for the glory days of making kids pick a giant human nose, or careen down a …
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Community Colleges Expand Their Cinematic Tracks

With the cost of attending public and private national universities rising tremendously over the past two decades, the families of students who want to become filmmakers are facing difficult choices in the pursuit of their children’s dreams. What many aspiring auteurs may not realize is that the option available to low-income and middle-class students earning degrees in other fields — community colleges — is also viable for them. Community colleges across the country, such as Santa Monica College in California, Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and Michigan’s Delta College, offer associate’s degrees in filmmaking, digital and media studies, as well as professors and facilities that

can rival those at major national film schools.

Most significantly, the cost of attending these institutions can be significantly lower than national private and public schools, offering what Matthew Moore, chair and associate professor of Arundel’s Visual Arts and Humanities department, calls
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CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What’s Hot and Cold in Las Vegas

Hollywood’s top studios are gathered in Las Vegas to preview their upcoming films to theater owners and the media. Here’s the buzz from Caesars Palace, where CinemaCon is currently underway:

Cinemacon Buzzmeter What’S Hot And Cold At This Year’S Exhibitor Confab In Vegas:

“A Star Is Born” Lady Gaga ignites the screen and Bradley Cooper shows some impressive musical chops. Tears will be shed and Oscars may be won.

Incredibles 2” It looks just as funny and inventive as the 2004 original with Samuel L. Jackson again stealing the movie as Frozone.

The Lion King” A slam dunk. Disney concluded its presentation with three minutes of live-action footage that mirrored the “Circle of Life” opening from the 1994 film.

“The Girl In The Spider’S Web” Claire Foy (“The Crown”) appears to be an excellent replacement for Rooney Mara as with her intense yet low-key interpretation of Lisbeth
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