The Lonely Island Oscars Song

As expected, the 90th Academy Awards went long last night, even with Jimmy Kimmel offering a sweet jetski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech. But the ceremony was almost a little bit longer thanks to The Lonely Island, and it would have been worth the extra time.

The Lonely Island, the Saturday Night Live hip-hop trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone, was asked to write a song for this year’s Oscars ceremony. However, the song that they came up with about the films that weren’t nominated for Oscars ended up being “financially and logistically impossible” to shoot for the ceremony.

Thankfully, we can imagine what it might have been like thanks to the storyboard video and demo they recorded. So check out this abandoned The Lonely Island Oscars song featuring Thor, Wonder Woman, The Snowman, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and more. Read More »

mary poppins returns trailer

Disney dropped the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns trailer during the Academy Awards, and the result is…kind of ominous? This may not be the best way to sell your big musical sequel, but it’s certainly attention-grabbing. Watch the Mary Poppins Returns trailer below.

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frozen musical new song

You won’t be able to let go of this new tune from the highly anticipated Frozen musical.

The stage adaptation of the insanely popular Disney animated movie will debut on Broadway this spring, but you’ll get to hear one of its 12 new original songs right now.

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The Lion King Beyonce

Disney’s The Lion King has one of the best musical soundtracks of any of their animated films. All of the songs were written by Broadway legend Tim Rice and classic rock icon Elton John, with the latter performing three of the signature songs for the soundtrack. However, when it comes to The Lion King remake soundtrack, Elton John is going to let one of Disney’s chart-topping cast members belt out a tune for the end credits.

Elton John recently revealed that The Lion King remake soundtrack will feature a new end credits song, and the plan is for cast member Beyoncé to sing the track. Plus, he also confirmed which songs from the original film will be featured in the new version. Find out what he had to say about The Lion King Beyonce song and more below. Read More »

blue sky studios first female director

It’s no secret that there’s a dearth of women in the animation industry. In Disney’s nearly 100-year history, only one film has been directed by a woman. With the 19 films that Pixar has released since 1995, only Brave had a female director — who was fired midway through production.

Blue Sky Studios‘ newest film will do its part to level the playing field. For the animation studio’s 15th feature film, Blue Sky Studios has hired its first female director, Karen Disher. And it’s not the only first for the studio: Disher will helm Blue Sky’s first feature-length musical.

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Predator release date

20th Century Fox has shuffled around some release dates, so break out your calendars.

Shane Black‘s The Predator, previously set for August, is now set for September. Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel, once expected to arrive in July, has been pushed to December. Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express follow-up Death on the Nile will now open in November 2019.

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coco alternate opening

Coco begins in an unusual fashion. Young, aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dramatically recounts the story of his family’s past as the people within the story spring to life via the colorful papel picado banners that decorate the streets of Mexico on Dia de los Muertos.

As stunning as the animated papel picado drawings are, it’s a bold choice to not show our hero immediately, and even bolder to dive into a generations-long family history. But it ends up working perfectly for the film, which above all, is a story about family. However, for the many years that Coco was in development at Pixar, the animated film had a very different opening.

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Best Movies Streaming February 2018

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Welcome to another edition of Now Stream This. I’ve scoured the wild world of streaming services to bring you the best of the best of the best. It seems every day another new streaming service is popping up, making it nearly impossible to navigate this dangerous terrain. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. You’re welcome.

This edition of Now Stream This brings you a highly underrated and very recent Todd Haynes movie, a new Netflix horror flick, a gloriously over-the-top action movie, a cynical noir loaded with snappy dialogue, the first Hannibal Lecter film, a romantic horror movie, a Steven Spielberg adventure, a cringe-inducing social media comedy, and some good old fashioned body horror. It’s time to look at the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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Baby Driver Sound Design

If you’ve seen Baby Driver, then you already know that it’s a masterpiece mesh of music and motion meticulously crafted by director Edgar Wright. But he didn’t do that all by himself.

Edgar Wright’s Oscar-nominated sound designer Julian Slater is responsible for both the sound mixing and sound editing that brings all of the audio that would otherwise just be a cacophony of sound and creates the synchronous, harmonious mix that we hear in the film. A new video shows how this process works with one particular moment in the opening chase sequence. Read More »

mamma mia tv spot

Cher takes the spotlight (or perhaps the moonlight) in the latest Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again TV spot. And it sure does feel good to see the smoky-voiced diva on the silver screen again after taking an seven-year hiatus away from the film industry…even if she’s only here to sing a cover of ABBA’s “Fernando.”

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