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Disney’s Mulan Remake Set To Undergo Extensive Reshoots

Can anyone even remember the last time we got an original live action film from the House of Mouse? Sure, you can point to the likes of Christopher Robin or The Nutcracker and the Four Realms out of kindness, but other than that, we really haven’t seen very much.

That’s mostly because the studio’s had their hands full taking our childhood favorites and turning them into live action remakes in the hopes of indulging in some ol’ nostalgia-based cash grabbing. Aside from perhaps Dumbo, none of them have been particularly unenjoyable, but most of them do feel unnecessary and haven’t been able to live up to the originals.

That being said, the upcoming Mulan actually looks pretty promising, and though it’s found itself in some hot water as of late, a lot of folks are still looking forward to it. But now we’re hearing
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Ashleigh Powell Adapting Kim Liggett’s Novel ‘The Grace Year’ For Elizabeth Banks & Universal

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Exclusive: Ashleigh Powell is adapting Kim Liggett’s novel The Grace Year which hits store shelves today, a project that Elizabeth Banks will direct for Universal.

Back in January, we broke the news about Banks optioning the novel to direct for Universal and produce through her and Max Handelman’s Brownstone banner alongside New Leaf Literary & Media’s Pouya Shahbazian. Liggett and Brownstone’s Alison Small will executive produce.

Powell wrote the Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which grossed close to $174M at the worldwide box office. She is repped by 3 Arts and Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law, Inc.

The Grace Year from Wednesday Books examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in between. Ebury/Penguin is the publisher of the book in UK, Australia and New Zealand. The translation rights to
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Disney+ Orders 6-Part Ballet Docuseries From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

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Disney+ has ordered a six-part non-fiction series about the School of American Ballet in New York City from Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

The series, “On Pointe,” marks the first time the famed 85-year-old Lincoln Center-based school will open its doors to cameras, allowing for access to its facility, classes, faculties and students.

According to Disney, “On Pointe” will capture a “year in the life” of the young students of the School of American Ballet (Sab). Shot in true vérité, observational style, “On Pointe” will follow Sab students through their audition process, training, and home and school lives, including their preparation for New York City Ballet’s annual performances of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” on the Lincoln Center stage.

Also Read: Why the CBS-Produced Gina Rodriguez Potus Series 'Diary of a Female President' Landed at Disney+ Instead of The CW

For high school students, the series
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Holdovers Look to Fend Off Five New Wide Releases in Battle for Weekend #1

Holdovers Look to Fend Off Five New Wide Releases in Battle for Weekend #1
After the last three weekends featured just one new wide release hitting theaters, this weekend is delivering a whopping five new wide releases, which will debut in over 13,500 locations. Among them, Paramount's Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Lionsgate's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark look to be the top performers of the lot, and in that mix Disney's The Lion King will join the fray along with Hobbs & Shaw in a battle for the weekend's #1 spot. Otherwise, Fox's The Art of Racing in the Rain, WB and New Line's The Kitchen and Bleecker's Brian Banks are the three other new wide releases hitting theaters this weekend. After one weekend in second place, Disney's The Lion King will look to return to the top of the weekend charts, but we expect it to be rather close. We're forecasting a -42% dip as the
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Mulan Trailer Being Trashed In China For Historical Inaccuracies

Does anyone else remember the last time Disney gave us an original live action film? Sure, you can name Christopher Robin, or The Nutcracker and the Four Realms out of kindness, but other than that, there hasn’t been much.

That’s mostly because the studio’s been super busy taking our childhood favorites and converting them into live action remakes, pushed into theaters for some good ol’ nostalgia-based cash grabbing. With the exception of maybe Dumbo, none of them have been particularly unenjoyable, but they do feel, to a lot of people, a bit uninspired.

That being said, the upcoming Mulan actually has us pretty excited and now that the first trailer’s hit the web, initial impressions on it are starting to roll in. Thankfully, most people seem to dig it, but over in China, the preview is being trashed for its supposed historical inaccuracies.

Gorgeous First Poster
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First Mulan Trailer Teases Disney’s Latest Live-Action Remake

Does anyone else remember the last time Disney made an original live action film? I’m thinking about considering Christopher Robin, or The Nutcracker and the Four Realms out of kindness, but other than that, I’m drawing a blank.

Well that’s because the House of Mouse has been busy converting its fantastic movie studio into a recycling center. Yes, a recycling center – where classic films of our childhood are gobbled, mangled, polished and pushed out to theaters for a round of nostalgia-based cash grabbing. No, these (with the exception of Dumbo) aren’t particularly bad films, given the fantastic storytelling patterns within the Disney catalogue, but they feel, at least to me, uninspired.

With that said, this new Mulan doesn’t sound like a terrible idea and now that the first trailer’s hit the web, we Disney fans can hatch our initial impressions of the project. And frankly,
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Trolls World Tour gets a first trailer

Following yesterday’s posters and images for Trolls World Tour, DreamWorks has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming animated sequel which sees Poppy and company setting out to create harmony among the various Trolls tribes in an effort to save music. Check it out here…

Continuing where the first film left off, it’s all glitter and happiness in Troll Town until Queen Poppy and Branch make a surprising discovery — there are other Troll worlds beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music. When a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must embark on an epic quest through unfamiliar terrain to do the impossible: create harmony among the diverse Trolls to unite them against certain doom.

Trolls World Tour is set for release April 2020 and sees Anna Kendrick (Poppy), Justin Timberlake (Branch), James Corden
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Mary J. Blige, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, J Balvin, Ozzy Osbourne & More Hop On ‘Trolls World Tour’

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The sequel to Dreamworks Animation’s $346M-plus grossing hit Trolls, Trolls World Tour, has added a slew of voiceover castmembers including two-time Oscar nominee and multi-platinum recording artists Mary J. Blige, Grammy-nominated artist J Balvin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom, Pitch Perfect‘s Ester Dean, Gustavo Dudamel (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), Grammy-winning rocker Ozzy Osbourne, Grammy-winning artist Anderson .Paak, SNL‘s Emmy Award winner Kenan Thompson, The Disaster Artist actress/comedienne Charlyne Yi, and funk legend George Clinton.

The pic from director Walt Dohrn hits theaters on April 17, 2020 and will expand the series’ music genres across pop, country and hip-hop, to hard rock, funk, K-pop and Edm and beyond.

Today’s cast announcement joins already in place Anna Kendrick (Poppy), Justin Timberlake (Branch), James Corden (Biggie), Ron Funches (Cooper), Caroline Hjelt (Chenille), Aino Jawo (Satin), and Kunal Nayyar (Guy Diamond), and new characters voiced by Flula Borg, Kelly Clarkson,
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Madonna Takes A Weird, Wild Ride on ‘Madame X’

Madonna Takes A Weird, Wild Ride on ‘Madame X’
Madonna albums from this century fall into two categories: the playing-it-safe ones, and the “Wtf is she thinking?” ones. You might be tempted to assume the mega-weird ones are better, but nothing is ever that straightforward in the Madonna universe. Confessions on a Dance Floor was her totally safe execution of an obvious idea — why doesn’t history’s greatest disco mastermind just make a damn disco record? — but it was also brilliant. Whereas the certifiably flaky American Life was certifiably ass. That’s just one of the many reasons
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Horror Highlights: Us 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray Special Feature Clips, Clinton Road, The Initiation

Are we the tethered? Or, are the tethered Us? Jordan Peele's Us will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on June 18th. Continue reading to check out three special features clips. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Clinton Road theatrical release details and information on The Initiation.

Watch Three Blu-ray Special Feature Clips for Us: "The terrifying Tethered come home, with Jordan Peele's Us now available on Digital and coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 18.

In honor of Us' Digital debut this week, we are thrilled to bring you three special feature clips that comprise the "Duality of Us" featurette - a fascinating look behind the creative curtain to gain further insight into the mythology and symbolism of the film, as well as a look into Jordan Peele's mind as a satirist and horror filmmaker.

New Clips:

A look into Us' emphasis on
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East West Players Unveils 54th Season Featuring Bd Wong-Directed ‘The Great Leap’, Jiehae Park’s ‘Hannah And The Dread Gazebo’

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month may have ended, but the Los Angeles-based theatre organization East West Players (Ewp) continues to celebrate Asian and Asian American by announcing their 54th season which they have dubbed “We Are the Ones We Are Waiting For.” Ewp’s 2019/2020 season takes place from Summer 2019 through Spring 2020 and consists of four productions, including a Los Angeles Premiere, a West Coast Premiere, and co-productions with The Fountain Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. The forthcoming season includes The Great Leap written by award-winning playwright Lauren Yee and directed by Emmy-nominated Bd Wong as well as Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, written by Jiehae Park, directed by Jennifer Chang.

Ewp is the longest-running professional theatre of color and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work. Coming off of its successful run of Mamma Mia! for the 53rd season, is ready to bring more inclusive, Asian-centered stories.

“For our 54th season,
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Sales outfit Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes (exclusive)

Sales outfit Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes (exclusive)
Titles are animation ’Nutcracker And The Magic Flute’ and sci-fi ’Spaceball’.

International sales outfit Luminescence has acquired two titles produced by Sergey Selyanov’s Russian production house Ctb – Nutcracker And The Magic Flute and Spaceball.

The company will launch sales on the titles at next week’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Nutcracker And The Magic Flute is an animated adventure comedy based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic 1816 story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker.

The narrative centres around ballerina Marie, whose toys come alive
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Russia's Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes sales (exclusive)

Russia's Luminescence picks up two Sergey Selyanov titles for Cannes sales (exclusive)
Titles are animation ’Nutcracker And The Magic Flute’ and sci-fi ’Spaceball’.

International sales outfit Luminescence has acquired two titles produced by Sergey Selyanov’s Russian production house Ctb – Nutcracker And The Magic Flute and Spaceball.

The company will launch sales on the titles at next week’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Nutcracker And The Magic Flute is an animated adventure comedy based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic 1816 story The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker.

The narrative centres around ballerina Marie, whose toys come alive
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Lupita Nyong’o Worked on ‘Us’ Character Movements for Four Months Before Filming

Lupita Nyong’o Worked on ‘Us’ Character Movements for Four Months Before Filming
Anyone who saw “Us” over its record-breaking opening weekend knows what a physically-demanding challenge it must have been for its four main actors: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex. Each actor plays two characters that have polar opposite movements, gestures, and postures. In a recent interview with HuffPo, the film’s choreographer Madeline Hollander reveals she began working with Nyong’o and the cast on their character movements four months prior to filming.

Hollander was originally brought on solely to consult on the final confrontation between the two characters played by Nyong’o. The climactic scene intercuts the fight between Adelaide and her doppelgänger, Red, with a flashback of the character performing “The Nutcracker” ballet. Hollander has starred in countless productions of “The Nutcracker” and was hired by Peele to map out how the actual ballet could mirror the fight scene between the characters.

“I
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‘Dumbo’ Will Be Global Big Top Attraction With $137M+ Footprint

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‘Dumbo’ Will Be Global Big Top Attraction With $137M+ Footprint
Dumbo, the first of four Disney live-action adaptations this year based off its animated vault, is set to take off this weekend, though not with the stomp of its previous uber-hits, Beauty and the Beast ($357M worldwide debut), Alice in Wonderland ($210.1M Ww start) or even 2014’s Maleficent ($170M opening).

Dumbo, directed by Alice‘s Tim Burton, is a different type of movie, based off a much older Disney 1941 release than recent remakes. While Burton brought punch and snap to Alice and a groovy absurdist musical take to Warner Bros.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was further accentuated by Johnny Depp’s uncanny Michael Jackson-like take on Willy Wonka, Dumbo is slower, old-fashioned family movie. A global opening between $137M-$155M is what we’re hearing at this point in town with overseas between $80M-90M and domestic projections literally wild: Disney thinks it’s in the $50Ms,
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‘Us’ Nails Its Doppelgänger Horror With Unique ‘Mirror Cutting’ Editing Techniques

‘Us’ Nails Its Doppelgänger Horror With Unique ‘Mirror Cutting’ Editing Techniques
[Editor’s note: Spoilers ahead for “Us,” including of its ending.]

Get Out” was an auspicious directorial debut for Jordan Peele, who brilliantly captured the horror of racism and racial appropriation with his distinct brand of subversive storytelling. It played like a feature-length “Twilight Zone” episode for the 21st century (which is why his Rod Serling reboot is now so appropriate).

With “Us,” however, Peele goes even further. He uses a home invasion plot, and the age-old doppelgänger theme in horror fiction, to turn inward and experiment with even more abstract ideas. This was fertile material for editor Nicholas Monsour to help construct a provocative narrative about a black family confronted with a darker mirror image of itself as an extension of a divided America, resulting in the brutal fight for survival. But Monsour, who previously cut “Keanu” and “Key and Peele,” was in perfect sync with Peele’s ambitious vision. Here the comedy is more subtle and the terror more visceral.
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Heads roll at Fox after Disney takeover closes

Andrew Cripps.

Andrew Cripps, Chris Aronson, Heather Phillips, Mike Dunn and Greg Meidel are among the first wave of senior layoffs at 20th Century Fox following the Walt Disney Co’s $US71.3 billion purchase of Fox’s crown jewels.

A former executive at Paramount, IMAX and United International Pictures, the highly regarded Cripps was hired as Fox’s international theatrical distribution president in 2017.

During his reign the home runs in international markets included Bohemian Rhapsody ($663.7 million), The Greatest Showman ($260.6 million), Deadpool 2 ($460.4 million), Murder on the Orient Express ($250 million) and The Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($310.7 million).

While the $170 million James Cameron production Alita: Battle Angel has struggled in the Us, taking $81 million, the Cripps-led international team was far more effective, generating $312.2 million.

Aronson was the president of domestic distribution, Phillips was executive VP and head of domestic publicity, Dunn was president of product strategy and consumer business development and Meidel was president of Twentieth Television.
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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard casts Antonio Banderas with Richard E. Grant returning

With production on The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard officially underway, Deadline has reported that Antonio Banderas (Genius) has joined the film while Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will reprise his role from the first film. The film sees Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek also reprising their roles.

The character Banderas is set to play is currently unknown, but Grant will reappear as the drug-addicted Mr. Seifart, a corporate client of Reynolds’ Michael Bryce who he hired after his career downfall. Grant only appeared at the beginning of the film and whether he has a larger role in the sequel or is just another hapless target remains to be seen.

Directed once again by Patrick Hughes, the sequel will take place on the Amalfi coast as it “follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as
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Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel

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Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel
Antonio Banderas has joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel, with Oscar-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Richard E. Grant signing on to reprise his role in the Lionsgate/ Millennium Media follow-up to the hit 2017 comedy action-thriller. Production is currently underway on The Hitman, with stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, as well as director Patrick Hughes, returning.

Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo are also set to co-star in the film, which will shoot in London, Croatia and Italy.

Set on the Amalfi coast, the pic follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as they battle to save Europe from a vengeful and powerful zealot with a dangerously over-developed sense of national pride.

Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon are producing for Millennium alongside Campbell Grobman Films. Executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein
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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard starts production, cast photo released

Production on the sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard has begun. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) revealed the news after sharing a photo of himself, Samuel L. Jackson (Captain Marvel) and Salma Hayek (The Hummingbird Project) on the set of the film through his Instagram.

The photo shows off a blood-splattered Reynolds as bodyguard Michael Bryce alongside Jackson’s Darius Kincaid and Hayek’s Sonia Kincaid.

Directed once again by Patrick Hughes, the sequel will see Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce enlisted by hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) and his wife Sonia (Hayek) to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast.

Also set to star in the film is Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as an interpol agent looking to prevent a cyber attack in Europe, along with Morgan Freeman (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) who has been cast in an as-yet-unrevealed role.

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