Willy Wonka remake

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining! If the Gene Wilder classic and the goofball Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory weren’t enough for you, you’re in luck. A new Willy Wonka movie is in the works, with Paddington director Paul King set to helm.

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benji trailer

The loveable dog Benji has been the star of plenty of movies and TV specials. But now the canine has a new home on Netflix, and the first Benji trailer shows us what the dog is up to this time.

Benji brings back everyone’s favorite mutt who is always at the right place at the right time to give people love and help when they need it the most. In a new Netflix original movie, Benji meets a young boy and his sister who take him in as their new pet, even though their police officer mother isn’t too keen on the prospect of having a dog. But she might change her tune when Benji looks like the one chance they have at finding her kids after they’ve been kidnapped.

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the grinch make up

The make-up job for the live-action 2000 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas was notoriously arduous. Jim Carrey compared the eight-hour process to “being buried alive,” and the production nearly came to a screeching halt because of how much the actor hated the make-up. But what about the poor make-up artist on the other side of the brush?

That would be Kazuhiro Tsuji, the Academy Award-winning make-up artist behind acclaimed films like Men in Black, Hellboy, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Tusji recently scored his third Oscar nomination for Darkest Hour and is still steadily working in the industry. But that almost didn’t come to be after he worked with Carrey on The Grinch.

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The Grinch first look

The Winter Olympics have commenced, bringing with them our first real look at The Grinch. Dr. Seuss’ immortal Christmas thief has already seen one big screen treatment before, via Ron Howard’s candy-colored nightmare adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Now, the big green menace is set to come to theaters again in the form of a new animated film from Illumination. See The Grinch first look below.

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Peter Pan anniversary

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: Peter Pan turns 65 and it’s time to grapple with this popular but problematic classic.)

Few stories have endured throughout the last 100-plus years more than the tale of a boy who could fly and never had to grow up. Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, the upstanding Darling children, Captain Hook, Never Land, and the other details within the iconic yarn weaved by J.M. Barrie have, like pixie dust, lingered in films, TV specials, books, and the Broadway stage literally for generations. The 1904 play led to the 1911 novel, both of which inspired stage musicals, other plays, films and more that directly adapted or were heavily inspired by Barrie’s work.

Today marks the 65th anniversary of arguably the most famous adaptation of Barrie’s eternally young pirate, Disney’s animated take on Peter Pan, a film marked as much by its memorable imagery and music as by its immensely troublesome, retrograde depiction of women and people of color.

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Disney World summer

When it comes to corporate synergy, it’s hard to beat The Walt Disney Company. The media giant is a king of cross-promotion among its ever-growing number of properties, and while that in and of itself isn’t something we’d normally care about, it just so happens that this latest piece of synergy involves properties that fans are deeply invested in.

If you’re in or around Orlando, Florida this summer and are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you’re in luck: the Incredibles, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more will be coming to that park in new ways later this year. Read about the Disney World summer plans below, including the opening of Toy Story Land.
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hocus pocus book

Maybe magic exists after all. A feature film sequel to Disney’s beloved 1993 fantasy-comedy is all but dead, but the highly-demanded Hocus Pocus sequel will get resurrected in literary form.

An all-new Hocus Pocus book, to be released on the film’s 25th anniversary, will feature a retelling of the classic Halloween movie as well as a sequel that takes place decades later with a new generation of Salem teens, inlcuding Max and Allison’s 17-year-old daughter, Poppy.

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Ology movies

In terms of blockbuster franchises, Paramount Pictures has Mission: Impossible, Star TrekTransformers, Terminator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Cloverfield movies to its name. Some of those are more viable than others, so it makes sense that the studio is looking to add some more surefire winners to its library. One of the properties they’re betting on is a series of Ology movies, films that will be based on popular young adult “encyclopedias” that explore concepts like “Alienology” and “Spyology.”

A writers’ room has been put in place to develop scripts for potential movie adaptations, but there’s a catch: the person running the whole thing doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence.

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Jungle Cruise cast

Jungle Cruise, the latest Disney theme park attraction to get the big screen treatment, just added a new passenger: Emily Blunt. Blunt will co-star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming film helmed by Orphan and The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra.

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Cat in the Hat movie

Prepare yourselves: an onslaught of animated Dr. Seuss movies could very well be coming your way.

A new report states that Warner Animation Group has signed a deal with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that will allow the company to produce “a series of films” based on the works of the legendary children’s author, and the first one on the docket is a new take on the The Cat in the Hat. No word yet on whether they’ll try to lure Mike Myers to reprise the role from that bizarre live-action 2003 interpretation.
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