How Frozen Should Have Ended

When it was first released, no one would have guessed Frozen would become the highest grossing animated film ever. Sure the reviews were solid and the music wonderful, but to some, it felt a tad off. The whole idea of Elsa “letting go” after being locked away like an animal gave the film a slightly off-putting feeling. At least to me.

If you don’t know what I mean, the team at How It Should Have Ended say it better than I ever could. They’ve created their latest video based on the hit film and it hilariously raises some big questions about the parents of Anna and Elsa. There might even be a cameo from a certain popular Marvel Comics series in there.

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Star Wars Benedict Cumberbatch

Over the past year, Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors have touched upon just about every big name in Hollywood — and even some not-so-big names as well. But one of the first to make the rounds was Benedict Cumberbatch, way back when.

Although the actor has already shot down the reports multiple times, the whole Khan debacle of 2013 has had everyone taking his word with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, Cumberbatch has gone on the record to deny those Star Wars Episode VII rumors yet again. Should we believe him this time? Read his Star Wars comments after the jump — plus, a word on what other insanely popular sci-fi franchise he won’t be starring in.

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star wars 7 tatooine

The latest chapter in the Star Wars saga will return to the home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Star Wars Episode VII will take place, at least partially, on the desert planet of Tatooine.

A new report confirms the previously reported information that filming in Morocco will, in fact, double for the famous desert planet C-3PO and R2-D2 landed on at the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The same planet Luke Skywalker grew up on with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, where Obi-wan Kenobi grew old, Qui-Gon Jinn found Anakin Skywalker and on which Jabba the Hutt displayed Han Solo in Carbonite. Read about the Star Wars 7 Tatooine shoot below.

Update: In addition to the report about shooting in Morocco, THR now reports that Abu Dhabi will be used as a location, for up to four weeks. Shooting “in and around” the city will help recreate Tatooine. Original report follows.

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Monkey Kingdom trailer

Disneynature’s string of adorable animal documentaries will continue next year with Monkey Kingdom, about a tribe of monkeys living in the jungles of South Asia. They’re thousands of miles and several evolutionary branches removed from the subjects of this year’s Bears, and yet the formula remains pretty much the same.

There are cute-looking creatures and majestic-looking ones, and at the center of it all is a loose plotline about a mother and her baby fighting for survival in a harsh world. Watch the Monkey Kingdom trailer after the jump.

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Despite names of every popular actor being rumored for Star Wars Episode VII, there was always a good chance J.J. Abrams would cast unknowns. That was the point of widely publicized, worldwide open auditions. Plus, it would be in the spirit of the 1977 original, when actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford themselves were relative unknowns. It’s become very obvious Abrams loves harkening back to the originals.

In that spirit, a new name has been mentioned for a potential role. Her name is Maisie Richardson-Sellers; she’s a U.K. based actress and Oxford student who has no film credits, but gained some acclaim for British stage performances. Read More »

Mark Rylance Through the Looking Glass

A larger-than-life personality like Johnny Depp deserves a larger-than-life movie dad. In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, a music legend played his father. In Through the Looking Glass, he’s going to get a theater icon.

Mark Rylance has just boarded Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, joining Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing. More on Rylance’s role after the jump.

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Gusteaus Ratatoille Ride

Lots of updates and videos on new rides in this latest edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Watch video of James Franco riding the new Despicable Me ride…
  • …and you can too with a new ride video.
  • Star Wars won’t replace Finding Nemo at Disneyland.
  • A CGI ride video of Disney’s latest, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, is out.
  • Updated Jungle Cruise ride is coming to Tokyo Disneyland.
  • New photos from the construction of the Disneyland Paris Ratatouille Ride.
  • Disney parks accused of discriminating against Autistic children.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is now in Disney parks, at Tokyo Disneyland.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Russo brother interview

When Marvel announced Joe and Anthony Russo would be directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, reactions were mixed. Sure the pair had worked on some awesome TV shows like Arrested Development and Community, but movie-wise Welcome to Colinwood and You, Me and Dupree didn’t exactly scream “superhero.” Then we saw the new movie.

Instantly it was obvious the Russos were not only right for the job, but we want them back for Captain America 3. (And we’re likely having that wish granted.) In our full Russo Brothers interview, we talked about the intimidating nature of jumping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Easter Eggs, and using Captain America’s shield more, as well as all of the movies and filmmakers that influenced their work from DePalma to Frankenheimer. Also, did you notice the final shot of the movie is different in the trailer and the film? We talked about all of that and more our full interview with the total film geek directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read More »

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