Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Cast

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been in the can for quite some time now. Therefore, it comes as a bit of a surprise that with just about a month and a half to go before the movie hits theaters that we’re hearing about a new cast member.

Straight from director James Gunn we have word that a cast member from the Superman TV series Smallville has joined his Marvel sequel. Furthermore, this previously unheard of cast member is reportedly “very important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and they seem to have ties to another key cast member, who is also a newcomer to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

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Beauty and the Beast review

Whenever there’s news of a remake or reboot of an old and beloved movie, the reactions usually range from cautious optimism to some variation on “only when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” In the case of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, it’s the movie itself to which those latter adjectives apply.

This isn’t to say that the movie’s got nothing going on; if anything, it has too much going on. Padded out with 45 extra minutes, the movie’s M.O. is to take everything in the original and crank it up from ten to twenty. There’s more magic, more backstory, more cutlery, more dance breaks, more everything. It feels like love up to a point, the way the best stories get embellished with time, but when the new songs come clunking to remind you of exactly what it takes to get a Best Original Song nomination (and how good the old songs are), the proceedings start to feel a little less genuine.

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Beauty and the Beast

(Welcome to /Responses, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team celebrated the arrival of Beauty and the Beast by writing about our all-time favorite movie musicals. We then opened the floor to our readers: what is your favorite movie musical? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: which book (novel or non-fiction) do you want to see adapted into a movie? Who would star in it and who would direct it? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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Beauty and the Beast Featurette

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast.)

Bill Condon was nervous to make the live-action Beauty and the Beast. That’s understandable. Any filmmaker would tread lightly with Disney’s modern animated classic directly in the rearview mirror.

But it’s not just the delightful singing teapot that makes a new adaptation risky; it’s also a beloved fairytale that’s older than the United States, crafted from a story several thousand years old, and remade dozens of times over. With any brand of dusty antique magic, there’s got to be something special that justifies its existence. That fine balance between staying true to the spirit of the animated movie that first enchanted us while giving us something new enough to explain why we aren’t simply reaching for a DVD we already own.

To make matters even more challenging, Beauty and the Beast isn’t only contending with its own history, but with a cinematic history filled with other fairytales, fantasies, and musical wonders. For something with a history like this, it isn’t just Angela Lansbury crooning the unlikely romance between a bookish beauty and lion-faced dandy into existence that we need to consider. Plus, you probably already have it queued up for a double-feature.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the other cinematic connections to be found in Beauty and the Beast.

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beauty and the beast imax ratio

Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is out in theaters today and it is, by all accounts, a visual marvel. So when director Bill Condon, a filmmaker with his fair share of experience in directing lavish and colorful films, sits down for a new featurette and explains how the best possible way to watch his movie is on an IMAX screen, maybe we should listen.

We are pleased to debut this new video, which you can watch below.

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cars theory

We’ve talked before about the weird world of Pixar’s Cars. The universe is filled with sentient automobiles, with no humans in sight. We have birds that look like planes and bugs that look like tiny VW Beatles with wings. It’s madness!

But are the cars in Cars really just automobiles? A new theory suggests that there is more to these amorphized vehicles than meets the eye (and we are not talking about Transformers).
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Star Wars expanded universe

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-screenwriter Gary Whitta claims that the future Star Wars movies won’t rely on the legacy characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. Find out what he said, after the jump.

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bill condon directing beauty and the beast emma watson on set

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down filmmaker Bill Condon to talk about his live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. We discussed the changes he made to the Disney classic, hiding Universal horror homages in his work, the film’s incredible production design, and a taste of the deleted scenes fans can expect on the inevitable home video release. Read our full Bill Condon interview below!

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at-at star wars

Construction on Star Wars land is ongoing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but we still haven’t seen much in the way of concept art since the Star Wars-themed theme park lands were announced at 2015’s D23 Expo. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more about Disneyland’s Star Wars Experience (as it is rumored to be called) at D23 Expo in July.

But right now, the construction photos are finally beginning to get exciting now that everything is going vertical. New photographs show structures that appear to be framing for two life-size Galactic Empire Imperial AT-AT Walkers. Let’s check out photos of the Disneyland AT-ATs under construction below.

Update: Disney has released an official video confirming our original AT-AT scoop. Hit the jump for more info.

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Tarzan - Disney Easter Eggs

Any Pixar Animation fan can tell you that the computer animation studio loves to sneak characters from their upcoming movies into the preceding releases that hit theaters. We even featured a video that shows off a kind of Russian nesting doll of Pixar characater Easter eggs. But they’re not the only ones to have some fun with their character library.

Walt Disney Animation has been putting character Easter eggs in their movies for years, and a new video points out some of them. It’s not quite as organized like the chronological Pixar video, but it does have some Disney Easter eggs that I wasn’t aware of at all. Watch below! Read More »

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