jungle book imax trailer

The most effective pieces of marketing for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book have been the trailers and clips that focus on character instead of action. It’s one thing to create an entirely digital jungle full of photo-realistic animated animals, but it’s another thing altogether to make us care about those creatures and their sprawling home.

But if spectacle is what you want, the new IMAX trailer for the film has got it in spades. Running! Jumping! Smashing! Yelling! Fire! Etc.! The movie looks impressively huge. For those who want a something a little more low-key and charming, there’s also Bill Murray and Neel Sethi singing “The Bare Necessities” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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FINDING DORY

Finding Nemo took us to a whole new world under the surface, populated with “vegetarian” sharks and hippie sea turtles and other exotic sea creatures. This summer’s Finding Dory promises to reunite us with some of those same fish while introducing us to still more colorful characters. Those include a cantankerous octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill), a sweet whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), and a beluga whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell).

But that’s not all. Also lurking in the cast are Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton as Dory’s parents, Bob Peterson as an eagle ray, and Idris Elba and Dominic West as a pair of Guy Ritchie-inspired sea lions — which, yes, makes Finding Dory the Wire reunion you never knew you wanted. Hit the jump for a batch of photos featuring the latest new Finding Dory characters.  Read More »

the jungle book clip

I may have shrugged at the earliest teaser trailer for The Jungle Book, the one that was 98% jumping through an unfinished CGI jungle, but I’ll give credit where credit is due: the past few months have made me genuinely excited to see what director Jon Favreau does with this material. The most recent trailer is brimming with personality and charm. Those photo-realistic animal characters really do look stunning. The first clip from the film showcased strong vocal performances, killer visual effects, and strong sense of place. Yeah, I’m on board. Never bet against a Jon Favreau movie, unless the words “cowboys” and “aliens” are in the title.

And now, here’s another new clip, just in case you need some additional convincing.

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the iron giant blu-ray

Forget about the disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicea proper Superman movie is finally ready to make its Blu-ray debut later this year. Brad Bird‘s animated classic The Iron Giant is officially getting a proper home video release and it looks like it may have been worth the wait. Fans of Blu-ray box sets with ostentatious packaging and tons of bonus features, rejoice! There is no 2016 release as exciting as this.

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legends of the hidden temple casts kirk fogg

A few weeks ago, we learned that Nickelodeon is reviving Legends of the Hidden Temple as a TV movie and ’90s nostalgia began to flare up all over the internet. Grown men and women – sitting in cubicles, inching through rush hour, preparing for important dates, attending secret sex parties in secluded mansions – all paused whatever they were doing as they flashed back to a simpler time. A time when watching children endure physically punishing and humiliating tasks so they could maybe, possibly, get the chance to have the crap scared out of them by men dressed as “temple guards” made for compelling television.

Now, all of those ’90s kids better steady themselves again because Kirk Fogg, the original host of the show, has been cast in the new movie. Because apparently continuity matters in the Legends of the Hidden Temple cinematic universe.

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frozen 2

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kristen Bell is getting ready to record Frozen 2.
  • A familiar face is returning for Kingsman 2.
  • Don’t expect to see Space Jam 2 getting made soon.
  • Jarhead 3 is a movie that actually exists, believe it or not.

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The Little Prince

Had everything gone according to plan, we’d be taking breaks from our Daredevil binges this weekend to bask in the radiant loveliness of The Little PrinceMark Osbourne‘s animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic. But with just days to go before the March 18 theatrical release date, Paramount Pictures dropped The Little Prince from its slate for still-mysterious reasons.

Fortunately, in what’s become a familiar pattern for cast-off shows and movies, Netflix has come charging in on its white horse to save the day. The company has scooped up domestic distribution rights for the animated fantasy, which first premiered at Cannes last year.  Read More »

The Wild Life Trailer

Originally titled Robinson Crusoe, The Wild Life is a spin on the classic adventure story. Written by Daniel Dafoe and published in 1719, the book follows a man, Robinson Crusoe, who’s been shipwrecked, stranded on an un-inhabited island. The Wild Life poses the question: what if he wasn’t alone?

Watch The Wild Life trailer below.

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The Little Prince Release Date

One week before the animated film was slated to hit theaters in the United States, Paramount Pictures has pulled The Little Prince from its schedule release date of March 18th, 2016. The film has been waiting to hit theaters in the US since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year and hitting various international markets afterwards. It’s already grossed $80 million overseas, but now it will have to wait a bit longer for a debut in the United States. However, the good news is that it sounds like we’ll still see the movie this year. Find out more about The Little Prince release date after the jump. Read More »