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The Jungle Book has not seen a live-action adaptation for at least two decades. Since the original 1994 Disney release, which tried to shed a few shadows into the light-hearted cartoon classic in an attempt to stay true to the source material, the studio has seemed content to leave well enough alone. However, the newest TV trailer for the film that was aired during Superbowl 50 has given us a greater insight into the newest movie and it seems like the studio has chosen to stick closer to its own tradition…

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The Disney brand has already come out strong this year.  With the Star Wars franchise breaking records, and a full slate of Marvel movies coming this summer, in addition to some fan-favorite tv shows, the Mouse House seems to have its hands full.  Or so one would think.  But more is coming.  Between Marvel shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones, it may be surprising to hear that another story within the Marvel Universe could be coming to the small screen soon.  After some on and off again rumors last year surrounding an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, it seems ABC has finally made up its mind.  A pilot episode has been ordered for the new original show titled Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring (more…)

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George Lucas got paid $4 billion by Disney for Lucasfilms that included the rights to Star Wars. Of course everyone was on the side lines was waiting to hear what George Lucas would have to say about the first Star Wars Movie created under that Disney umbrella and it seemed like they weren’t waiting in vain. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas used and analogy of “selling his children to White Slavers” to describe the Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience. I wasn’t really shocked in one sense. With $4 billion Lucas can say what he wants, it’s not like he has to go to work tomorrow, or ever again. As the news of his comments went around the Internet, the eventual back peddling has begun. (more…)

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The force is definitely not with Quentin Tarentino.

The acclaimed director who made such hits as Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction in the days when Disney owned Miramax is now accusing Disney of stabbing him in the back. His new film, The Hateful Eight, was set to start its run at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on Christmas Day. Now, instead of a movie featuring drama, betrayal and guns, the ArcLight Cinemas outlet will show a blockbuster featuring drama, betrayal and lightsabers.

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It binds us. It connects us. It surrounds us. No, not the Force. No, not nostalgia either, but the non-stop, seemingly never-ending hype machine surrounding the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film in a planned trilogy (the less we talk about the prequels, the less we’ll have to hear poor, misguided apologists try to explain away their innumerable flaws). Arguably, studio-driven hype can get in the way in fairly judging or evaluating a film on its own merits (if any), but thankfully, that doesn’t apply to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Something of a minor miracle given the stratospherically high expectations of diehard and casual fans alike, not to mention disillusioned ex-fans turned cautious optimists venturing back into multiplexes after a decade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens all but erases the painful memories of the past (the aforementioned prequels), replacing them with the hope, some new, some not-so-new, associated with the original trilogy.

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In exactly one week, the first audiences will be walking out of the preview night screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will be announcing their darts and/or laurels on social media feeds around the world. Even if The Force Awakens doesn’t turnout to be the cash cow Disney hopes/wants/expects, they have $4 billion invested in Star Wars and they want to make that back plus interest, hence an entire slate of Star Wars movies coming now till the end of time. But how will these movies be different? How will they distinguish themselves in both style and substance? The head of Lucasfilm addressed all those questions and more. (more…)

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The tales of Roald Dahl have thrilled kids for decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach are all classics in their own right, but is the power of Dahl ready to meet the overwhelming influence of the combined efforts of Walt Disney Studios, and director Steven Spielberg? Are we? You better hope so because next summer, the Spielberg-directed, Disney-produced adaptation of The BFG will arrive in multiplexes everywhere. Since ’tis the season for teaser trailers for next year’s biggest movies, the very first look at The BFG has just been released online for your eyes to behold and wonder. (more…)

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In a bittersweet statement last weekend, Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, disclosed to us that George Lucas himself had seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that “he liked it.” Now that may seem all sweet and no bitter at first; you WANT the creator of a franchise to like the latest installment, right? But the more of the thoughts that Lucas shares on his film, the harder it is to believe that he was being completely sincere in his initial statement.  Read on for more of his own thoughts on the installment, in his own words. (more…)

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There are few directors as iconic as Steven Spielberg, and it isn’t any wonder, given the resume of films that stand behind him: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Hook, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan.  Nearly everything he touches turns to gold.  And with the fairly recent buyout of Lucasfilm by Disney, one would assume his Midas fingers would be capitalized upon.  However, in a recent interview with Screen Daily that will be published Friday, December 4, Spielberg insisted that he will never replace Harrison Ford in the role of Indiana Jones.  While a fifth film in the Indy franchise has been announced, and Ford himself has stated he would not be against taking up the whip and fedora again, it is interesting, and a little distressing, to think of an Indiana Jones franchise without Indy himself. (more…)

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Feeling envious because the rich and powerful might see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before you do? Don’t feel so bad – George Lucas hasn’t seen it either. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Lucas admitted that Disney hasn’t screened the movie for him. In fact, the Star Wars fanbase is one up on him, since he hasn’t even seen a “single frame” of the movie, which would include the never-ending parade of teasers, trailers, and “now with one second of new footage!” TV commercials hitting the Internet. (more…)