Sing Review

Note: With Sing out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.

Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.

Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly.  Read More »

Jurassic World 2 score

The busiest man in show business is obviously Dwayne Johnson, who seems to bounce from once project to another as if a tiny explosive implanted in his brain will explode if he’s not on a film set. But the second busiest man in show business is composer Michael Giacchino, who has become the go-to guy for seemingly every major film franchise on the planet. In the past two years alone, he has crafted the music for nine movies, not including a handful of shorts.

“Sleep? What is sleep to Michael Giacchino?!” he whispers to himself as he agrees to return for Jurassic World 2.

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Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom and Godzilla 2 are Pacific Rim: Maelstrom and Godzilla 2 no more, as Legendary has just announced new titles for both films. The former is currently in production with director Steven S. DeKnight and star John Boyega, and the latter is in pre-production with Krampus director Michael Dougherty. Find out the new Pacific Rim and Godzilla sequel titles below.  Read More »

Despicable Me 3 Trailer

With their new animated comedy Sing on the way later this month, Illumination Entertainment has just released a sneak peek at Despicable Me 3, the sequel bringing back Steve Carell as the dastardly but charming villain Gru. The roster of characters continues to grow with a new villain challenging Gru this time, voiced by a man who creates stuff that you wouldn’t let your little ones watch.

The first Despicable Me 3 trailer has arrived, introducing us to Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s. Described as Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date, this guy looks like he belongs in another decade, with a mullet (and a bald spot), a Rubik’s Cube as a weapon, and a powerful keytar. But perhaps the most fun thing about this villain, at least for adults, is that he’s voiced by South Park creator and voice talent Trey Parker.

See him in action in the Despicable Me 3 trailer after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Reshoots

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Epoct temporarily transforms Spaceship Earth into the Death Star.
  • A new round of Star Wars entertainment comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland’s Iron Man Experience sets its opening day.
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey loses its 3D.
  • Tickets to Universal’s Volcano Bay are now on sale.
  • Both Disney and Universal plunge headfirst into the aerial drone game.
  • The Secret Life of Pets comes to Universal Orlando.
  • Disneyland is getting its own Splitsville bowling alley.
  • And more!

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‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Have a Political Element

jurassic world 2 political

The Jurassic Park movies may be pure fiction, but it’s not hard to see how its lessons might apply to real life. In between delighting us with scenes of people running from dinosaurs and scenes of dinosaurs eating people, the films preach caution against scientific advancement without concern for consequences, as well as the thoughtless exploitation of animals. And according to Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona, his movie will carry on in a similar vein, with a political element cutting through the adventure. Read More »

nintendo land concept art

Two weeks ago, one of the most un-secret secrets in the theme park industry was officially pushed into the spotlight: Universal Studios is teaming up with Nintendo to bring the iconic video game publisher’s characters to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan. Specific details were scarce, but there were promises of “expansive, immersive and interactive” attractions that would make you feel “as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.” Today, we still don’t know too much more than that, but the first piece of concept art for Nintendo Land has arrived, offering an early look at what the expect as well as the area’s full and proper name.

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The Fate of the Furious Trailer - Vin Diesel

Next spring, blockbuster summer kicks off early again thanks to the arrival of Fast and Furious 8. Actually, the movie is now officially titled The Fate of the Furious, a new title scheme going right along with the unpredictable insanity that this franchise has come to deliver in recent years. What began as a franchise about street-racing and undercover cops has turned into a blockbuster sensation with unbelievable heists, incredible action, bitter rivalries and a close bond of family. However, that last part is about to be shake to its very core.

See what we’re talking about in the first The Fate of the Furious trailer after the jump. Read More »

Fast and Furious 8 Trailer Tease

This weekend will bring another blockbuster trailer debut, this time for the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. It’s hard to believe that we’ve come this far with Vin Diesel and the rest of the crew, but here we are. So far we’ve been calling the film Fast 8, but the movie has just gotten a brand new title, and it’s both kinda silly, but still pretty cool. The sequel will be called The Fate of the Furious, but sadly not The F8 of the Furious.

In addition to the new title announcement, the first footage from the sequel has just debuted online before the full trailer arrives sometime on Sunday. It has all the insane action you’d expect, but this time in Cuba and the bitter cold of Iceland. Some of this action looks like Mad Max: Fury Road on ice, and that’s just awesome.

Watch the Fast and Furious 8 trailer tease after the jump. Read More »

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X-Men Changed The Mummy

The titular movie monster in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy is already drastically different than any previous incarnation because this is the first time the undead terror has been played by a woman. Sofia Boutella is the monster at the center of the movie, however, the original plan wasn’t going to be all that innovative. But thanks to a decision made by the X-Men franchise, the entire design of The Mummy was changed.

Director Alex Kurtzman sat down for a recent interview and revealed how X-Men changed The Mummy design, saying that the original design for the monster was a male. Find out why they changed the design after the jump. Read More »