Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jackie Chan has shown off a lot of impressive moves and battled a lot of formidable foes over the course of his career. But in the first clip from The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short, his tiny plastic counterpart meets his match… in the form of an annoying little chicken voiced by Abbi Jacobson.
The short film, which premieres in front of Warner Animation Group’s Storks later this fall, looks plenty fun in its own right. But it also represents our best look yet at The Lego Ninjago Movie, the Lego Movie spinoff featuring Chan as a kung fu master who must lead his mentees against the evil warlord Garmadon. Justin Theroux narrates The Master, although you won’t hear him in this particular scene. Watch the Lego Ninjago short clip below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about the return of Star Wars Rebels later this month, but one of the biggest is Thrawn. Not only does the Imperial officer represent an exciting and intimidating new threat to our heroes, he’s someone fans have been waiting to see onscreen for a very long time. With that in mind, Disney XD has released a new Star Wars Rebels season 3 promo that is all about Thrawn, voiced here by Lars Mikkelsen (who just happens to be the brother of Mads Mikkelsen, star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the animated Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s taking this opportunity to remind you they’ve also got a live-action Beauty and the Beast coming our way next year. The studio has just released a sneak peek at the new film, featuring stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and director Bill Condon. Check it out below.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Audiences had no trouble finding Finding Dory this summer, as evidenced by the Pixar sequel’s $930 million worldwide gross. But in case you missed her the first time around, or in case you just want to see her again, everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang will be swimming back into theaters. Disney has announced a Finding Dory re-release in theaters across the country this weekend. And if you’re still on the fence, maybe this adorable Finding Dory clip will change your mind. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Hopefully, you didn’t see that headline and rush to read this article hoping for any kind of solid information about the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles, which remains one of the best superhero movies ever made. After all, The Incredibles 2 is still three years away from its June 21, 2019 release date and while director Brad Bird does a fine job of occasionally reminding us that this movie exists, he’s not going to tell anyone anything. However, he will briefly touch on a “new direction” for the next adventure of the Parr family and hey, that’s something.
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Right now we’re in a bit of a dead zone between the blockbuster summer season and awards season, but that’s going to change once Snowden arrives in the middle of September as we start to move into October. However, one of the movies that I was looking forward to quite a bit has just been bumped back from its original October release date into December.
A Monster Calls will no longer arrive this fall, but the good news is that this date looks like a vote of confidence in the film’s quality to potentially be in contention for some awards. Find out the new A Monster Calls release date below. Read More »
Earlier this Summer it was revealed that Mondo would be teaming up with ACME Archives to produce licensed prints based on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Today I’m excited to tell you that Mondo has now struck a partnership with Cyclops Print Works, the company behind the amazing Disney prints from the past couple years. And we get to premiere the first collaboration exclusively:
In honor of The Jungle Book‘s Blu-Ray release on August 30th, 2016, Cyclops and Mondo have teamed up to release a print by artist Daniel Danger. We’ve featured Danger’s work many times over the years, and the atmospheric beauty has definitely made him one of our favorites. Hit the jump to see Daniel Danger’s The Jungle Book print and find out how you can get your hands on one of these bad boys.
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Director Sam Mendes may be done with James Bond, but now he’s in early talks to take on another familiar James from the pages of literature.
The Skyfall and Spectre director is currently negotiating with Disney to develop and direct a new live-action take on James and the Giant Peach, based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, which was previously turned into a stop-motion animated film by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick in 1996. It’s just one more live-action remake from the animation vaults of Disney. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Video game movies are still a dicey proposition, as we saw when Warcraft tanked in the U.S. earlier this year. But one that did quite well for itself was The Angry Birds Movie. Sure, its reviews were mixed, but its box office performance was solid. All in all, its worldwide gross came out to more than four times its budget. So of course the people behind it want to replicate that success.
An Angry Birds Movie sequel is in the works, as confirmed by Rovio, the Finnish company that puts out the Angry Birds video games. Read More »
With Kubo and the Two Strings, the CEO & President of Laika, Travis Knight, makes his feature directorial debut. Knight’s 3D stop-motion / CG hybrid follows a brave young hero named Kubo (Art Parkinson), as he goes on an epic quest to retrieve what’s needed to defeat Raiden the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Along for the samurai’s emotional adventure are Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).
The Japan-set film’s style was inspired by ink wash paintings, Noh theater, and period doll making. One of the biggest influences for Knight, besides the famous woodblock painter Kiyoshi Saito, was ukiyo-e (translation: pictures of the floating world). The director was most drawn to the work of Hokusai and Hiroshige, and the former’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa” clearly inspired the film’s opening sequence, which we talked about with Knight.
During our time with the filmmaker, we discussed the work Laika put into crafting some of Kubo and the Two Strings‘ most visually stunning sequences, in addition to why they’ll never make sequels. Below, read our Travis Knight interview.
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