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‘Kim Possible’ Boss on Live-Action Movie as ‘Wonder Woman’ for the ‘Prepubescent Set’

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‘Kim Possible’ Boss on Live-Action Movie as ‘Wonder Woman’ for the ‘Prepubescent Set’
The beloved animated series “Kim Possible,” which aired for five years on the Disney Channel in the early aughts, connected with its audience because it portrayed a strong but fashion-forward young woman who fought crime and got good grades. So it only makes sense that when the network decided to reboot the story and titular character as a live-action TV movie, the creative team behind it would want to preserve the message of female empowerment while updating the tale to relate to a whole new batch of 6 to 14-year-old viewers.

“When I first joined the project, it was right around the time ‘Wonder Woman’ had been released,” says executive producer Zanne Devine. “Given this moment in time, my pitch was this is ‘Wonder Woman’ for the prepubescent set.”

This is the age of inclusion and gender neutrality, after all, so gone are the days of Kim (Sadie Stanley) shaking her
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Watch the trailer for George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22,’ which will premiere on Hulu just in time for the Emmys

Watch the trailer for George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22,’ which will premiere on Hulu just in time for the Emmys
George Clooney’s Hulu limited series “Catch-22” is dropping just in time for Emmy consideration: Friday, May 17. The streaming service revealed the date Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour, along with a teaser trailer (watch above).

Instead of employing its usual weekly episode release, Hulu will premiere all six episodes of “Catch-22” that day, ensuring that the project is eligible for September’s Emmys by the May 31 deadline.

Based on the acclaimed 1961 Joseph Heller novel and directed by Clooney, the series follows Capt. John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a World War II U.S. Air Force bombardier who is enraged by the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which stipulates that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind.

See Hugh Laurie joins George Clooney’s Hulu series ‘Catch-22’ — is this his ticket to an overdue Emmy?
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Third Trailer for Animated Theme Park Adventure Movie 'Wonder Park'

"You can create anything you imagine." Paramount Animation has released another full-length trailer for the animated adventure movie Wonder Park taking us to a magical amusement park called Wonderland. We've seen a teaser trailer and another official trailer before this, and it looks like a fun time even though I'm still not sure what the story is. Does she dream all of this up or is it real? This still seems like a mash-up of Zootopia and Tomorrowland (and RollerCoaster Tycoon), with everything being so imaginative, plus the talking animals. Brianna Denski voices June, and the primary cast includes Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ken Hudson Campbell. I like the way they highlight the different rides at the end. This is going to be wild ride. Here's the third official trailer (+ poster) for Paramount Animation's Wonder Park, from YouTube
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How Brad Bird Overcame Superhero Fatigue to Make ‘The Incredibles 2’

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How Brad Bird Overcame Superhero Fatigue to Make ‘The Incredibles 2’
A version of this article about “The Incredibles 2” first appeared in the TheWrap magazine’s Oscar Nominations Preview issue.

Back in 2004, when Brad Bird’s Pixar smash “The Incredibles” came out, only one other film among the year’s Top 10 box office champions was a superhero movie: “Spider-Man 2,” the second-biggest movie of the year. But flash forward 14 years to the release of “The Incredibles 2” and you have a wildly different picture: Four of the movies in the Top 5 and six in the Top 10 are superhero flicks, with “Black Panther,” “The Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Venom” joining Bird’s film atop the charts.

“The landscape changed so radically between the first film and this one,” said Bird. “There were only a couple of superhero franchises that were active when we did the first film: Batman had gone dormant, Superman was on ice and Marvel
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Brad Bird’s Next Film Will Be A Live-Action/Animation Hybrid Musical With Michael Giacchino

The filmmaking career of Brad Bird is a bit of a mixed bag. When he tackles animation, there’s perhaps not a better filmmaker on the planet. But it’s when Bird decides to go live-action that the results…vary. He’s basically one-for-two, with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” being the strongest non-McQuarrie entry in the franchise and “Tomorrowland” being nothing short of a financial and critical disappointment.

Continue reading Brad Bird’s Next Film Will Be A Live-Action/Animation Hybrid Musical With Michael Giacchino at The Playlist.
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Natalie Portman Is a Pop Star with a Tortured Past in New ‘Vox Lux’ Trailer

Neon has released a new trailer for the upcoming film Vox Lux, which features a transformative performance from Natalie Portman. Written and directed by Brady Corbet, the film is told in two halves. The first portion of the film takes place in 1999 and stars Tomorrowland breakout Raffey Cassidy as a teenager named Celeste, who survives a violent school shooting, only to write an original song with her sister (Stacy Martin) about the tragedy that turns her into a superstar. The second portion of the film finds Portman playing the adult Celeste, who’s now a worldwide star in the …
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Is Disney failing at creating original live action movies?

George Chrysostomou on Disney’s original live-action movies…

The House of Mouse is one of the biggest content producers in the world. With its combination of theme parks, TV shows, toys, shops and soon to be released streaming service, Disney is ahead of much of the competition in regards to being a cultural cornerstone of our society. Where Disney really thrives however is in their films. Alongside the enormously successful Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, Disney also has several in-house film units, including Disney Nature and Walt Disney Animation Studios, both of which regularly produce critically and commercially successful titles. And then we have the main Walt Disney Studios, home to remakes of their animation classics, as well as features such as Tomorrowland, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

The problem here may already be apparent: while overall Disney is finding great success with films like Avengers: Infinity War,
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‘Incredibles 2’ Director Brad Bird On Sequel Challenges, Prejudice Toward Animation, & The Prospect Of ‘Incredibles 3’

  • Deadline
Spoiler Alert: This interview features discussion of critical plot elements from Pixar’s Incredibles 2.

When The Incredibles came out in 2004, it was a film ahead of its time. Marking a major paradigm shift in animation as a whole, Brad Bird’s family-centric superhero story was so ambitious—in the midst of the technology and techniques of the era—that it seemed impossible to make, even for artists at Pixar, one of the most innovative and influential animation studios of all time. When Bird’s original work achieved huge success at the box office, and built an avid fan base, a sequel became inevitable. And while Incredibles 2 would have beasts of its own to slay—from conceptualization through completion—they were of an altogether kind. Technology had caught up with the scope of Bird’s ideas, meaning that the problem to work out was the story itself, rather than
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Tim McGraw (‘Free Solo’ songwriter): Breathtaking documentary offered him ‘inspiration’ on ‘overcoming obstacles in your life’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tim McGraw (‘Free Solo’ songwriter): Breathtaking documentary offered him ‘inspiration’ on ‘overcoming obstacles in your life’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“In the first part of the song, it talks about overcoming obstacles in your life or anything in your life you want to succeed at,” reveals Tim McGraw about his song “Gravity” for the new documentary “Free Solo.” In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “The movie, as the song does, speaks to bigger themes. You can watch this movie and get inspiration for anything you’re doing in your life. That’s what we wanted this song to represent.”

The breathtaking NatGeo film is directed by Elizabeth Chai VasarHelyi and Jimmy Chin as a profile of rock climber Alex Honnold. It shows him in various mountain quests but especially focuses on his lifelong dream of climbing El Capitan. The movie won the People’s Choice Award for documentaries in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

SEE2019 Oscars: 166 Documentary Features submitted including ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Rbg,
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Full Trailer for Animated Theme Park Adventure Comedy 'Wonder Park'

"Welcome to the park - have a nice day!" Paramount Animation has debuted the full, official trailer for their latest creation, an animated adventure movie titled Wonder Park taking us to a magical amusement park called Wonderland. There isn't much known about the story, except that it involves this park "where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive." This seems like a mash-up of Zootopia and Tomorrowland, with everything being so imaginative, plus all the talking animals. Brianna Denski voices June, and the primary cast includes Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ken Hudson Campbell. This looks like a ton of fun, though I'm not sure about the infighting in the park, but the rest of it seems thoroughly entertaining. Here's the full-length trailer (+ new poster) for Paramount Animation's Wonder Park, from YouTube: You can
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Brad Bird (‘Incredibles 2’ director) on the storyline he had to scrap and why these Pixar films are so ‘personal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Brad Bird (‘Incredibles 2’ director) on the storyline he had to scrap and why these Pixar films are so ‘personal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I always wanted to return to the universe,” reveals director Brad Bird about making “Incredibles 2” 14 years after the original. “The most fun I’ve had making a film was the first ‘Incredibles.'” Since his previous films had been adaptations, it was “the only time I’ve gotten to have the initial spark of an idea and carry it over all the way through to completion.” He adds, “It has a lot of my family in it, so it’s a strangely personal film.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

This Pixar release finds the super-powered Parr family on the outs with the rest of society. Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) becomes a spokesperson for a PR campaign to rehabilitate superheroes in the public eye. Meanwhile, her husband Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) has to stay at home with the kids.

See Will Brad Bird fly as the first
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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’

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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’
Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson, and Alex Pettyfer are starring in the burglary drama “Echo Boomers.”

Based on a true story, the film centers around a group of disillusioned twentysomethings, who break into and steal from the homes of the rich.

Seth Savoy will be making his directorial debut on the movie and helm from his own script. Byron Wetzel, Sean Kaplan, Mike Ware, Jeff Waxman, and James Langer are attached to produce.

Fortitude International holds the foreign rights and is launching sales this week at the American Film Market. CAA Media Finance will represent the domestic rights. Production is scheduled to begin in January.

Robinson, who starred in “Love, Simon” and “Everything, Everything,” will next be seen in the thriller “Strange but True.” Shannon starred in “The Shape of Water,” and received Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.” He’s toplined all
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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson & Alex Pettyfer To Star In Thriller ‘Echo Boomers’; Fortitude To Sell – Afm

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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson & Alex Pettyfer To Star In Thriller ‘Echo Boomers’; Fortitude To Sell – Afm
Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel), Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) are set to star in heist thriller Echo Boomers, which Fortitude International is launching sales on at the American Film Market. Production is slated to begin in January.

Seth Savoy’s directorial debut, based on a true story, will follow a group of disillusioned twentysomethings who use the city as their playground by breaking into the homes of the richest citizens, stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. Additional cast is due to be set soon.

Byron Wetzel, Sean Kaplan, Mike Ware, Jeff Waxman, and James Langer are attached to produce. CAA Media Finance will represent domestic rights at Afm.
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Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer and More Team for 'Echo Boomers'

Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer and More Team for 'Echo Boomers'
A foursome of stars have come together for upcoming heist thriller Echo Boomers.

Nick Robinson (Love, Simon; Jurassic World; Everything, Everything), two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Revolutionary Road, Man of Steel), Britt Robertson (The Longest Ride, Girl Boss, Tomorrowland), and Alex Pettyfer (I am Number Four, Elvis & Nixon) have joined the film, launched by Fortitude International at the Afm in Santa Monica.

Based on a true story, Echo Boomers centers on a group of disillusioned 20-somethings who use Chicago as their playground by breaking into the homes of the wealthiest citizens, stealing from the rich and — in ...
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Black Panther Set To Receive Hollywood Film Award

dick clark productions announced today that Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will receive this year’s “Hollywood Film Award,” and Pixar Animation StudiosIncredibles 2 will receive the “Hollywood Animation Award” at the 22ndAnnual “Hollywood Film Awards,” taking place on Sunday, November 4 at The Beverly Hilton.

Both films received wide critical acclaim and broke box office records this year. Black Panther became a cultural phenomenon that has broken boundaries and created a movement, gracing the cover of Time Magazine. Black Panther had the highest grossing non-sequel opening weekend of all time, showing that diversity and representation in front of and behind the camera can equal global box-office success.

Incredibles 2 marked the biggest opening weekend in history for an animated film, grossing more than $1.2 billion globally to date and garnering widespread critical acclaim. Two-time Oscar winner writer/director Brad Bird’s follow up to 2004’s Oscar-winning The Incredibles expands upon
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‘Vox Lux’ Trailer: Natalie Portman’s Bitter Pop Star Is An Oscar Dark Horse

‘Vox Lux’ Trailer: Natalie Portman’s Bitter Pop Star Is An Oscar Dark Horse
You’ve heard of Natalie Portman’s dazzling transformation into a pop star in Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux,” and now it’s time to see a first look at the performance for yourself. Neon has debuted the official trailer for the drama, which is being marketed as an awards vehicle for Portman’s critically acclaimed performance. Portman is being submitted in the Oscar race for supporting actress.

Vox Lux” stars Portman as an international pop star named Celeste, but the actress doesn’t appear in the film until the back half of its 110-minute running time. The film begins with Celeste as a teenager, played by “Tomorrowland” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” breakout Raffey Cassidy. Celeste survives a violent tragedy in her school and becomes a viral sensation after singing a song at a memorial service. Years later, Celeste (now Portman) is a pop star trying to
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in October 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in October, including the first installment of the horror anthology “Into the Dark” as well as more of season 1 of the Sean Penn drama “The First.” And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites reality shows from other networks, including various editions of “Little Women” and “The Real Housewives.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the Oscar-winning “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Raging Bull.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in October

Available October 1

Television

60 Days In – Complete Season 4

America’s Book of Secrets – Complete Season 1 & 2

American Pickers – Complete Season 18

Ancient Aliens – Complete Season 4

Bob’s Burgers – Season 9 Premiere

El Clon – Complete Season 1

Escaping Polygamy – Complete Season 3

Family Guy – Season 16 Premiere

Hoarders – Complete
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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Are on The Case in Funny Trailer For Holmes And Watson

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly take on the roles of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the upcoming new comedy Holmes and Watson. We’ve got the first trailer to share with you today that features the two characters embarking on a mission to solve a case within four day or the Queen will be killed.

As you’d imagine from Ferrell and Reilly, the movie is filled with all kinds of funny and chaotic antics. I especially enjoyed watching Watson trying to shoot at a swarm of bees attacking him.

The movie looks absolutely silly, but it’s supposed to be! The goofiness of these two actors is the whole point! I’ve enjoyed the films that these two guys have made together and I’ll definitely be checking this one out. It may not be for everyone, but it looks like it will give audiences a laugh.
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The Rock Wraps Disney's Jungle Cruise with a Final Set Video

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It seems like only yesterday that The Rock announced a shooting start date on Jungle Cruise, Disney's latest live-action adventure based on a popular theme park attraction. Now, as all things must, this production comes to its inevitable end. But not before star Dwayne Johnson sent out a final video from the set featuring the cast and crew.

"It's very bittersweet to have something so uniquely special come to an end, but myself and my one and only virtuoso, Emily Blunt proudly say, that's an official wrap of our epic Disney's @JungleCruise."

Jungle Cruise revisits the iconic Disneyland ride, which has been a staple in the park since it opened. It's a grand old timey adventure that is sure to be another big hit for Disney, with The Rock very much open to turning this into a franchise. It could very well become Disney's next Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Brad Bird Uses Edge Of Tomorrow as an Example of Why Hollywood is Scared of Making Original Films

Whenever we see news of a remake, reboot, or unnecessary sequel, movie fans almost always tend to express their dissatisfaction and they feel that Hollywood needs to be producing original content. We've had conversations like this several times over the years. Hollywood needs more original films! A few years ago I wrote an article that focused on the fact that if we want original films, we have to support them! Unfortunately, original films aren't getting that support so they are afraid to invest money and time in original properties.

Director Brad Bird recently went on a little Twitter rant regarding the reason why Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow may have failed and used it as an indicator of why he thinks that studios are afraid of putting big money into originality.

"Great movie, but the audience (who asks for originality in films) failed to show up for it. If it had been released as “Live,
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