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Details emerge for Disney’s Dwayne Johnson led Jungle Cruise

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Disney’s Jungle Cruise may still be in development but a brief synopsis has been revealed the Dwayne Johnson caper.

The adaptation which is based on the Disney theme park attraction isn’t due to go into production until later this year but already has Johnson attached, and recently revealed Emily Blunt has now signed up to star alongside Hollywood’s hardest working actor.

The synopsis reveals a slightly supernatural feel to the movie in which Johnson previously compared its tone to The African Queen. Johnson plays Frank (Francisco), a witty and immortal riverboat captain who takes Blunt’s spunky scientist down a river to find the mythical ‘Tree of Life’ following the death of her brother from a disease. Said ‘tree’ has curative powers.

Also in the news – Exclusive: Director Francis Lawrence on the change of tone of his filmmaking in Red Sparrow

The film will
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Jungle Cruise Character Details and Supernatural Twist Revealed

The Disney theme park attraction Jungle Cruise will head to the big screen, most likely next year, with production slated to begin at some point this spring. Dwayne Johnson has long been attached to star, with Emily Blunt coming aboard last month, and now the first character details have surfaced for both of their roles. When Emily Blunt joined the cast, The Rock compared the movie to the 1951 classic The African Queen, and while these new plot details have yet to be confirmed, they do sound reminiscent of The African Queen, but with a supernatural twist.

&#8232If this new report is true, Dwayne Johnson is playing "Frank (Francisco)," described as "a witty riverboat captain cursed with immortality," who takes Emily Blunt's character, Lily Houghton, down the river. Lily is described as a "spunky scientist in search of the Tree of Life." Her quest for this mythical tree is, "inspired in
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Mira Sorvino Apologizes to Dylan Farrow for Working With Woody Allen: ‘I Was a Naive Young Actress’

Mira Sorvino Apologizes to Dylan Farrow for Working With Woody Allen: ‘I Was a Naive Young Actress’
Mira Sorvino is the latest actor to come forward expressing regrets over working with Woody Allen. Sorvino won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1995 for her acclaimed turn in Allen’s comedy “Mighty Aphrodite.” The actress expressed her regrets in an emotional open letter written specifically to Dylan Farrow, Allen’s daughter who has alleged for years that the director molested her as a child.

Read More:Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein for Harassing and Blacklisting Daughter Mira: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf*cker’

“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress,” Sorvino writes in the letter, published exclusively on The Huffington Post. “I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry.
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Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein for Harassing and Blacklisting Daughter Mira: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf*cker’

Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein for Harassing and Blacklisting Daughter Mira: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf*cker’
Paul Sorvino has a message for Harvey Weinstein: “I will kill you motherfucker.” The “Goodfellas” actor threatened the disgraced former head of The Weinstein Company to TMZ, telling the outlet that he hopes Weinstein goes to jail or worse for his alleged behavior. Over 90 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and/or abuse, including Sorvino’s daughter, actress and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino.

Read More:Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings

“If I meet [Weinstein] on the street — he oughta hope that he goes to jail, because if we come across, I think he’ll be lying on the floor, somehow, magically,” Paul Sorvino said. “He’s going to go to jail. Oh yeah. That son of a bitch. Good for him if he goes, because if not, he has to meet me. And I will kill the motherfucker.
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Plumbing New Depths in Low Brow

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at an increasing trend in witless low brow comedies on the big screen…

It goes without saying that low brow comedy is nothing new. Foul mouthed tirades, sex jokes and toilet humour. Occasionally these comedies might play with stereotypes relating to race, gender or sexuality. Of course attitudes have changed and. largely, comedies these days have grown up with society. This is not to say that low brow comedy can’t be funny but the trouble arises when you set your stall out as such, but forget some key things (like engaging characters, funny lines) and this is what we’re increasingly finding in all too many modern comedies.

You can have filth. You can have unlikeable leads, complete bastards. You can do something like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Everything about the show is pushing to a point but not overstepping and mixing
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15 Great Christmas Movies You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now (Photos)

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The only reason people love this time of year is because it’s now appropriate to binge watch a whole bunch of Christmas movies. So instead of wasting your time browsing for the best holiday movies, TheWrap’s got you covered with 15 of our favorites. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” What began as a poem written by the quirky, horror film mastermind, Tim Burton, evolved into a stop-motion animated musical fantasy that is as dark as the title suggests. What else would you call a tale of a skeleton from Halloween Town accidentally slipping into a portal to Christmas Town? “Bad Santa” Bill Bob Thornton.
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Christmas Story 2 Vs. Jingle All the Way 2: Which Is Worse?

Christmas Story 2 Vs. Jingle All the Way 2: Which Is Worse?
It's time to light a fire, get some eggnog, and settle in for some Christmas classics. And we know which ones are at the top of the list. A Christmas Story, Jingle All the Way, Christmas Vacation, Elf, and Bad Santa are certainly favorites. But a little unknown fact is that all of these movies have gotten sequels. You might not realize that because they are all equally terrible.

So which movie has the absolute worst Christmas sequel? Well, we can scratch Friday After Next off the list, because the original was never a Christmas movie to begin with. But at the top of the list surely has to be A Christmas Story 2. While the original is so popular that it plays for 24 hours straight on Christmas day, the only place you're likely to see the sequel is playing on a loop in Hell. Sure, it has some fans, but
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Elf Is the Top Christmas Movie of the 21st Century

With Christmas just a few days away, many will be breaking out their favorite Christmas movies to watch with their family and friends. FandangoNow, Fandango's premium digital video service, got into the holiday spirit by surveying more than 1,000 movie fans, asking what their favorite Christmas movies were, which were made in the 21st Century, from 2000 and on, and the winner was the 2003 holiday classic Elf. Here's what Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis had to say about this beloved Christmas movie in a brief statement.

"Elf is the most beloved holiday movie in my household because it's a film that makes you feel warm, happy and silly, and everyone needs some of that come the holidays. That, plus Will Ferrell's elf antics will never get old!"

The top 5 holiday movies are rounded out by The Polar Express, Love Actually, which actually got a Love Actually 2 sequel of sorts on
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25 Extreme Santa Scenes From Your Favorite Holiday Movies

<p>Santa Claus is supposed to be jolly and happy soul, but movies have not always portrayed him this way. In many films, Santa resorts to violence instead of caring and it happens in some pretty shocking ways. </p> <p>Take a stroll down memory lane to relive some of these crazy scenes from all your favorite Christmas films. The Santa Clause trilogy features a lot of crazy moments including multiple Santa deaths and some shovel action. In Elf, a department store Santa gets a little crazy when Buddy accuses him of being a fake. In Bad Santa, Santa teaches some pretty dirty boxing lessons and in Bad Santa 2 he gets into a fight with another street Santa. In the film Fred Claus, Fred takes on a number of Santas in the middle of a toy store. Santa’s Slay features an evil Kris Kringle who even attacks a puppy. Rise of
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F*Bombs - Bad Santa (Video)

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Ever wonder how many F-Bombs are dropped in some of your favorite movies like Pulp Fiction, Superbad, The Devil's Rejects, The Big Lebowski and Reservoir Dogs? Well, JoBlo's got you covered with F*Bombs. Here we count each and every use of the word f*ck in select classic flicks. On this new episode, we take on Terry Zwigoff's Christmas classic Bad Santa starring Billy Bob... Read More...
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Jason Priestley Punched Harvey Weinstein in the Face in 1995

Jason Priestley Punched Harvey Weinstein in the Face in 1995
Jason Priestley has become the latest Hollywood star to come out against Harvey Weinstein. The actor has admitted to punching disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in the face 22 years ago. The story comes after learning some more about the lengths that Weinstein would go to silence his victims, blacklisting them from Hollywood by smearing their names. Peter Jackson came forward late last week to reveal that the Weinstein Brothers told Jackson not to cast Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd in the Lord of the Rings franchise because they were "difficult to work with." Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff echoed Jackson's allegations about the actresses being blacklisted, which brings us to now. Actress Tara Strong took to Twitter to wonder aloud if her good friend Jason Priestley had also been blacklisted for punching the disgraced Hollywood mogul in the face.

Sadly, Jason Priestley's punch to Harvey Weinstein's face wasn't over allegations of sexual misconduct.
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Director Terry Zwigoff Joins Peter Jackson, Mira Sorvino & Ashley Judd In Claiming Weinstein Blacklist; Hollywood Reacts

Director Terry Zwigoff Joins Peter Jackson, Mira Sorvino & Ashley Judd In Claiming Weinstein Blacklist; Hollywood Reacts
Director Terry Zwigoff says he too encountered resistance from Harvey Weinstein over casting actress Mira Sorvino. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa,” Zwigoff tweeted last night, “but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a Click.” “What type of person just hangs up on you like that,” Zwigoff continued. “I guess we all know what type of person now. I’m really sorry Mira.” Zwigoff’s tweet follows a similar claim by Lord o…
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Peter Jackson Claims Weinsteins Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Peter Jackson Claims Weinsteins Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson revealed in a new interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in his Lord of the Rings franchise by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, back in the late 1990s. Judd and Sorvino have both come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, which prompted Jackson to recall his meetings with Miramax back when they were trying to cast the Lord of the Rings. Weinstein denies any sexual misconduct and also denied that he had Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd blackballed from projects. Peter Jackson has since come back with a rebuttal to Weinstein with more details.

In a statement released by Harvey Weinstein's publicist, the disgraced Hollywood mogul claimed to have respect for Peter Jackson, but went on to say that Miramax lost out and the project went to New Line.
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‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy

‘Bad Santa’ Director Terry Zwigoff Says the Weinsteins Also Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From the Christmas Comedy
In the over 90 sexual harassment and abuse accusations made against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most consistent claims alleged that Weinstein would threaten the careers of the actresses who refused his advances. Mira Sorvino is one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, and according to directors such as Peter Jackson and Terry Zwigoff, Weinstein and his brother did just that.

Read More:Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth

Zwigoff worked with Miramax on the Billy Bob Thornton-starring Christmas comedy “Bad Santa,” which was produced by Bob Weinstein under the Miramax-owned Dimension Films. The director said in a tweet that he was interested in casting Sorvino for an unspecified role in the comedy, but that every time he brought up her name to Bob and Harvey Weinstein they would immediately hang up on him. Zwigoff alleges this happened numerous
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‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too

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‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too
Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff stepped forward to say that Harvey and Bob Weinstein asked him not to even consider Mira Sorvino for his 2003 dark comedy. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a Click,” Zwigoff wrote on Twitter. “What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now.” He added, “I’m really sorry Mira.” I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the.
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'Bad Santa' Director Says He Was Also Discouraged From Hiring Mira Sorvino

'Bad Santa' Director Says He Was Also Discouraged From Hiring Mira Sorvino
Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff is echoing statements made by fellow filmmaker Peter Jackson who said he was told not to hire actress Mira Sorvino, saying that he had a similar experience.

On Friday, Zwigoff tweeted, "I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a Click. What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now. I'm really sorry Mira."

In a recent interview with New Zealand's <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/99885932/sir-peter-jackson-breaks-silence-on-harvey-weinstein"...
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Harvey Weinstein Fires Back at Peter Jackson Over Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting (Update)

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Harvey Weinstein Fires Back at Peter Jackson Over Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting (Update)
Update: A spokesperson issued a statement on behalf of Harvey Weinstein on Saturday in response to Peter Jackson’s accusations that Weinstein was denying blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from being cast in the “Lord of the Rings.” Weinstein claims to have “had nothing to do with ‘Lord of the Rings.'” The disgraced movie mogul also denies being involved in casting decisions for “Bad Santa,” following director Terry Zwigoff’s claims Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino from that film as well. Below is Weinstein’s statement in full. As Peter Jackson explained in his own statement, Bob and Harvey Weinstein
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Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ Is Just the Start of the Streaming Giant’s Quest for Christmas Dominance

Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ Is Just the Start of the Streaming Giant’s Quest for Christmas Dominance
If you haven’t watched Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince” yet, then you’re missing out. It’s not that the movie is really all that good. It’s Ok, but we’ll get back to that in a second. What matters is that this fairy tale rom-com has helped Netflix begin its mission: to steal Christmas from cable networks.

While networks like Lifetime, Freeform, Up, and Ion have been cranking out some holiday rom-coms and programming, Hallmark is the undisputed leader of Christmas fare. The channel began its new original Christmas movies back in October, ruled over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, and is still making a splash with yuletide movies like “The Christmas Train” and “Switched for Christmas.”

Read More:Hallmark’s Cheesy Christmas Movies Are Already Dominating Cable This Holiday Season — Ratings Watch

Yet despite Hallmark’s apparent dominance, Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince” is the far buzzier name
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Harvey Weinstein Denies Telling Peter Jackson Not to Cast Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in ‘Lord of the Rings’

Harvey Weinstein Denies Telling Peter Jackson Not to Cast Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in ‘Lord of the Rings’
Harvey Weinstein has responded to claims made by Peter Jackson that allege the producer blacklisted actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from auditioning for “The Lord of the Rings.” In an official statement released by his publicist, Weinstein said he has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson” but that he was never involved in any way with the film’s casting.

Read More:Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashely Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings

Jackson revealed to the New Zealand news publication Stuff that he removed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s names from “The Lord of the Rings” casting list after a meeting with Weinstein. Jackson was pitching his idea for the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation to Miramax in 1998 and met with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who told him both Sorvino and Judd were “a nightmare to work with.”

Sorvino
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Dwayne Johnson compares Disney’s Jungle Cruise to Indiana Jones

Dwayne Johnson is set to follow up his adventures in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle by returning to the wilderness for Jungle Cruise, based upon the Adventureland attraction at Disney theme parks.

While details on the plot are being kept under wraps, Johnson has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about the project, revealing that he will be starring as the captain of a boat on the Amazon River.

“[It’s] full on adventure,” said Johnson. “Think Indiana Jones — those kinds of adventures. I’m very, very excited about it. This is where I really started to understand the power of Disney, just in terms of the deep dives that they do with their projects — with all of their projects. Because obviously they’re a studio and publicly traded, but specifically with projects like this where it’s based off a ride and based off an beloved attraction, like Pirates of the Caribbean,
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