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Update: Descriptions of the film’s main characters have now arrived. You can find them after the jump.

The floodgates on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have slowly begun to slide open. In quick succession, we got the film’s logo and then our first look at the Harry Potter sort-of-prequel’s main character, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne). Now, we have new plot details from the J.K. Rowling-scripted, David Yates-directed film.

These details don’t reveal much more than the film’s basic premise (most of which will probably be seen in a future trailer), so don’t be afraid to read on. Unless you’re deliberately putting yourself into total spoiler-lockdown mode. In that case, you know what to do.

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terry gilliam memoir

Someone who cracks open Terry Gilliam‘s Gilliamesque hoping for a comprehensive and complete portrait of the man’s career may be disappointed. The memoir from the director of Brazil, Time Bandits, and The Fisher King is akin to having a nice, long sit-down with an eccentric uncle who stories to tell and grudges to share. It’s a little rambling and it occasionally leaves big questions unanswered, but at the same time, of course it is. This is Terry Gilliam after all. The guy who directed The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He has a yarn to spin and he’s going to spin it his way.

Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir is captivating reading for anyone with an interest in the filmmaker, who began his career as the Monty Python troupe’s animator and eventually segued into making some of the best and most interesting movies of his time. Gilliam dives deep into his childhood in Minnesota, his adolescence in California, and his attempts to make it big in New York City and London. The book is halfway over before he even gets to the Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

And yet that first half paints a detailed portrait of an artist to be. You can see the elements that later become vital components of Gilliam’s career surface throughout his early life in surprising, funny, and occasionally depressing ways. Let’s run down a few of them, shall we?

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melissa mathison dead

Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who wrote screenplays for filmmakers as varied as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Frank Oz, has passed away after a battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 65 years old.

Although her filmography showcases a command of several genres, she will forever be known as the woman who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. By playing a key role in one of the most beloved films of all time, Mathison touched the lives of millions of people all over the world.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Trailer

If seeing Jack Black bring a rather peculiar version of R.L. Stine to life in Goosebumps last month wasn’t your cup of tea, maybe you’ll be more pleased with his return to animation in Kung Fu Panda 3, arriving early next year.

A new Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer has just arrived, giving us more of Po (Black) being reunited with his estranged father (Bryan Cranston). As teased at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2, there’s a whole panda village waiting to meet Po, but the reunion isn’t all bamboo and laughs when a new evil threatens to obliterate them. Read More »

The Good Dinosaur

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with a bunch of the creatives behind the film.

After the jump you will find my interview with director Peter Sohn, who I’ve talked to a few times over the years and seems like a great and talented guy. In the interview, Pete talks about some of his favorite movies he recommends to friends, the evolution of the project over the years, how he got involved as a director, his vision behind the stark contrast between the beautiful, almost photo realistic backgrounds and the cartoony characters, a scene from the film that I felt was a homage to Jaws, the 1400 kid search for the main star of this film, how directing the voice actors for the English version of Miyazaki’s Ponyo helped him in making this film, and find out who directs Peter Sohn when he performs in his own film. All this and more in our Peter Sohn Good Dinosaur interview, after the jump.

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Inside Out concept art

Just recently, the Honest Trailer for Inside Out pointed out all the seemingly key emotions that were left out of the movie. Instead of having a slew of emotions inside Riley’s mind, they opted to go with only Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. And while that seems like an oversimplification of our emotions, it worked pretty well.

However, for those who were expecting to see more emotions in the movie, you may be interested to know that plenty of others were in consideration to be included, but they simply didn’t make the cut. Some Inside Out concept art shows off what some of them would have looked like, including Embarrassment, Greed, Envy, and Love. Read More »

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Daylight savings time just ended here in the United States, and hopefully you remembered to set your clocks back an hour and didn’t miss out on an extra hour of sleep. Disney certainly didn’t forget to take advantage of this day to promote their forthcoming sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass with a small bit of teaser footage, which means a trailer should be coming very soon.

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Hocus Pocus

It’s a tradition as reliable as jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating: Every year around Halloween, nostalgic Gen Xers and Millennials revisit the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, and then get to wondering why no one’s made a sequel yet. This year, Bette Midler even joined in on the conversation with a (facetious) explanation. As far as we know, though, Disney hasn’t officially fired up the cauldron yet.

And just to drive that last point home, Sarah Jessica Parker has gone on the record to clear things up: No, as far as she knows, there’s no Hocus Pocus 2 coming soon to a theater near you. But that doesn’t preclude the possibility of its returning in another form, according to producer and co-writer David Kirschner. Get the latest comments on the Hocus Pocus sequel after the jump.  Read More »

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Even though it seems like everyone will be flocking to theaters the weekend of December 18th to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we must remember that there are plenty of people who just aren’t interested. Some might prefer to see the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, or have younger kids who aren’t old enough for Star Wars, making the new Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel the more appropriate choice.

And for those parents who may be forced into the latter, a new Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip trailer has surfaced, showing off all the childish humor that will be coming just before Christmas this season. Beware of pizza toots. Read More »