Disney has picked up momentum in developing its version of The Jungle Book, which is set to be a live-action film with extensive CG embellishment. The project has just cast Idris Elba as Shere Khan, the tiger whose name literally means “king.” Elba has a regal bearing no matter what he’s doing, and even his voice alone should be able to command respect, and instill fear. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Last December, Juan Antonio Bayona booked his highest-profile gig yet: the sequel to World War Z. But before he gets around to directing zombies, he’ll first be reckoning with tree monsters.
The Spanish filmmaker has signed on to direct A Monster Calls, a Black List script written by Patrick Ness based on his own acclaimed novel. The premise suggests a potent combination of fantasy, horror, and drama a la Pan’s Labyrinth — and what do you know, Pan’s Labyrinth producer Belen Atienza is on board as well. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Game of Thrones Season 4 poster has arrived, and as you’d expect, it looks like bad, bad news for our favorite fantasy kingdom. Season 1 made it perfectly clear that no character death was off-limits, and Season 3 doubled down on that concept by killing off a whole swath of beloved characters.
Now, just in case you didn’t get the message the first gazillion times, the slogan for Season 4 has been revealed as “All Men Must Die” — the English translation of the High Valyrian saying “Valar Morghulis.” You could read it as a simple statement of fact, but given what we know about the twists and turns on this show we’re pretty sure it’s a threat. Remember, this is the show that turned the phrase “Winter Is Coming” into a dire prophecy.
Check out the poster, plus a huge batch of character posters, after the jump.
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Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »
There’s been another shuffle on The Stand over at Warner Bros. While Scott Cooper was recently the latest writer/director linked to the adaptation, he fell away thanks to disagreements over done and approach. Now Josh Boone, whose film The Fault in Our Stars is set to open later this year, is in talks to direct. Read More »
Rest assured that when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits Blu-ray on April 8, there will be hours of behind the scenes footage to illustrate in exhaustive detail the process of creating the film. But of all the possible views on the process of building The Desolation of Smaug, the one we’re perhaps most keen to learn about is the process of bringing its titular dragon to life.
A new featurette shows a bit of that process, including just a bit of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in a mo-cap suit doing some all-in physical performance for Smaug. Oh, and in case you need some size reference for Smaug, one of his creators explains that he’s twice the size of a jumbo jet. Check out the video after the break. Read More »
Guardians of the Galaxy is well on its way to theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now filming, and Ant-Man is almost fully cast. Next on the Marvel checklist is potential Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Now Kevin Feige‘s company has reportedly begun to take meetings with directors as they consider choices to helm the film. Read the list below. Read More »
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When Disney released Frozen at Thanksgiving last year, it was met with generally good reviews and solid buzz. But no one could have been prepared for what happened next. The snowball of excitement and box office just kept rolling and now, coming up on its fourth (?!?!) month in release, it’s still in the top ten. Quietly, Frozen became 2013′s highest grossing animated film. It was nominated for multiple Oscars, and was instantly accepted into pop culture. With the Blu-ray set for release March 18, there’s no guessing how many times your kids (and, let’s face it, probably you) will be singing “Let It Go.”
To help promote the Blu-ray, Disney has begun to release deleted scenes from the hugely popular film, and you can watch not one, but two below. Read More »