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There’s a tendency out there in Internet Land to panic whenever something appears to be going wrong. What’s worse, plenty of people have little-to-no idea how a movie is put together and so when they hear a word like “reshoots”, they freak the hell out. So is the case with the next flick from the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To be fair, when some movies go back for reshoots, it’s because the execs have no faith the movie will stand on its own given its current incarnation. With Rogue One, however, both director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm guru Kathleen Kennedy are stepping up to reassure the fans that it’s no big deal. (more…)

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Pixar is a victim of its own success in a great many ways, because now if one of their movies doesn’t break you down into  slobbering mess contemplating the purpose and value and your own existence, then it somehow didn’t meet expectations. But it’s okay for Pixar movies to be merely fun; fun and heartwarming without grander aspirations to remind you of your own humanity, or your own mortality. That’s where Finding Dory lives. The sequel to the 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo is the perfect sequel in that it expands the world of the original, allows its characters to grow just a little bit more, and recaptures the same sense of fun without too terribly rocking the boat.  (more…)

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A new trailer for David Lowery‘s remake of the classic 1977 film Pete’s Dragon has been released by Walt Disney Pictures, as well as some brand new movie stills!  If the trailer is any indication, Lowery (who has also directed Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) has taken major creative liberties in his retelling of this tale.  It seems to be a completely different creature (no pun intended) than the original, with little to no likeness in the plot-line.  The movie does look like a very interesting re-imagining, you just might have to remind yourself at the beginning that it’s the titular character of Pete you’re seeing; not Mowgli. (more…)

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Later this week, Disney and Pixar will debut their latest collaboration, Finding Dory. It will likely be a hit because what has Disney made lately that hasn’t been a hit? (Films featuring Johnny Depp in heavy mack-up notwithstanding.) Of course, Finding Dory is a sequel, but how about something a bit more original? How about something from another brand name that means quality in the annals of Disney animation? The trailer for Moana dropped Sunday night, and it promises all the fun and adventure that’s synonymous with Disney, as well as a heaping helping of Dwayne Johnson as a demigod with a magical hook. (more…)

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Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they have partnered with Propshop, established craftsmen of movie props, to make available prop replicas straight from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ What is being heralded as the Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition will allow fans the chance to own a flawlessly detailed replicas of helmets, lightsabers, and Chewie’s Bowcaster! (more…)

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The Walt Disney Company is no stranger to rebooting, remaking, and requelizing their catalog of classics, and Mary Poppins Returns looks like a combination of all three. For a while now, the idea of a sorta-sequel, sorta-reboot to the 1964 Julie Andrews-starring film, with Emily Blunt taking on the title character, was but a rumor, but the studio has now taken one small step into making it fact. Mark your calendars because Mary Poppins will be coming down from a cloud, floating surely on her umbrella and arriving back in London in time for Christmas 2018. (more…)

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a lot of faith in their upcoming film Suicide Squad. After the mixed reactions Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received, they really don’t have any other choice. If the studio wants to show they are able to compete against the superhero juggernaut that is Disney/Marvel Studios, then this August’s release has to be successful at the box office. Those on the outside may think Warner Bros. is premature in planning a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) consisting of more films, but what it truly reveals about the studio is that they haven’t given up. They will continue to move forward as if Suicide Squad and subsequent releases are hits at the theaters. With that being said it should come as no surprise that rumors are circulating that they intend on creating more solo spinoffs out of this cadre of criminals. So exactly who gets the spotlight in their own feature? (more…)

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Back in 2012, Netflix and Disney were deep into talks for a deal that would allow Netflix to exclusively stream all Disney films, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, you name it, if it’s a Disney owned film, Netflix would have it exclusively. The deal went through and will take effect this September. Now Netflix will still have to wait until after the Blu-Ray/DVD release dates for new movies, but Netflix won’t have to wait until after the premium channels (HBO, Starz, ETC…) air the movies, nope, Netflix will start streaming those Disney movies at the same time. Throw in Netflix’s original programing and the networks and cable television should be a little worried. (more…)

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Emma Watson‘s return to film out of her semi-retirement finds her entering strange dark castles and taming wild beasts. This new teaser for the live action Beauty and the Beast sets the mood as Belle finds and enters the seemingly abandoned home. The talented ensemble cast includes Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ewan McGregor (Lumière), Ian McKellen (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Josh Gad (LeFou), and Stanley Tucci (Cadenza). (more…)

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Disney has just released a new trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s latest movie The BFG. Based on the classic tale by Roald Dahl, The BFG certainly has Spielberg back in his wheelhouse where he examines the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child. The script was written by the late Melissa Mathison, the script writer for one of Spielberg’s most beloved films E.T., The BFG will be her last writing credit. Check out the trailer below. (more…)