Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

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Spider-Man Homecoming NBA Finals TV Spot

We’re in the full swing of blockbuster summer and now that Wonder Woman is in theaters, it’s time for the next comic book movie on the docket to start making its big marketing push, and that’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is returning to the big screen with his own new franchise, this time with Tom Holland reprising the role of the webslinger that he first played in Captain America: Civil War as part of a special collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. Both studios want to make sure you don’t forget about Spidey swinging into theaters this summer, especially if you’re watching some professional basketball.

A new Spider-Man Homecoming NBA Finals TV spot continues the narrative that began in the first promo with Peter Parker being invited to Tony Stark’s NBA Finals party. This time he’s being sent on an errand with Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) asking him to get some snacks for the party. Plus, this one features a special cameo at the end. Read More »

Spider Man Homecoming TV Spot

Hot on the heels of this morning’s new trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming (and our subsequent breakdown), Disney and Marvel Studios have released a new TV spot that ties the movie to the NBA Finals. And if there’s one takeaway so far from all of this film’s marketing, it’s that they really, really want everyone to know that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is a big part of Homecoming.
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The Lion King Remake Cast - Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Timon and Pumbaa

Today, Walt Disney Pictures set release dates for a bunch of their movies coming to theaters over the next couple years, and that included their live-action remake of the modern animated classic The Lion King. Director Jon Favreau is tackling the project after remaking The Jungle Book for Disney last year with Donald Glover taking on the role of Simba and James Earl Jones reprising the role of his father Mufasa, with Beyonce being eyed to play Nala. Now two of the most important characters in the movie have been cast as well.

Undoubtedly the most entertaining characters in The Lion King are the meerkat and warthog duo known as Timon and Pumbaa. The characters were voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella respectively in the 1994 animated musical, but in the live-action remake, they’ll be voiced by Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner and blockbuster comedy star Seth Rogen.

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the lion king remake

Jon Favreau has a lot to live up to with his The Lion King remake. The 1994 original is one of the crown jewels of the Disney Renaissance of the late ’80s and ’90s and one of the most successful Disney animated movies of all time.

And Favreau is aware of that pressure to adapt a popular story still fresh in people’s minds — it was one of the pitfalls that Beauty and the Beast had to navigate with Bill Condon’s 2017 adaptation. But he has a method for making sure he does right by the original The Lion King.

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The Big Bang Theory Spin-Off

The CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory is currently in the middle of its 10th season. Right now the network is trying to negotiate a deal to give the popular show starring Jim Parsons a two-season renewal, and CBS CEO Les Moonves says they’re “on the two-yard line” with deal. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, fans will still be getting more of The Big Bang Theory, just not in the way they think.

CBS has just closed a deal to give The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon a straight-to-series order for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. However, this show will have a different format from what The Big Bang Theory fans are used to, and a former Marvel director will be behind the camera for it. Read More »

donald glover spider-man

Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book utilized an all-star cast of recognizable names lending their recognizable voices to an ensemble of recognizable animals, so it makes sense that his upcoming remake of The Lion King will follow a similar template. The director has revealed that Donald Glover, who has made a habit of popping up just about everywhere these past few years, has joined the cast as Simba, with the legendary James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.

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Spider-Man Homecoming footage

We got our first look at Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War, where he damn near stole the show from all the more established vets surrounding him. But next year he’ll get to take center stage for real in his first solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The very first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has officially been confirmed to arrive tomorrow, Thursday, December 8. Before we get there, though, you can get a sample the first tiny bit of Spider-Man: Homecoming footage, featuring an all-new costume for our friendly neighborhood webslinger. Click through to check out the Spider-Man: Homecoming footage and find out when and where you can watch the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.  Read More »

The Lion King Remake

One of the things that has always impressed me about James Cameron as a filmmaker is how he confronts obstacles to achieving his vision – if current technology can’t help him achieve his vision, then he will help develop brand new technology to actually make it happen, damn it! The line between technician and artist has continued to blend in this way over the past 15 years or so, with filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis building entire movies around fresh tech, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, but always adding more to the conversation.

The last filmmaker I expected to push the technological envelope was Jon Favreau, whose low-key beginnings eventually propelled him into the blockbuster arena, but here we are. After creating photorealistic animal characters and environments in The Jungle Book earlier this year, he’s now talking about how virtual reality tech will influence his upcoming remake of The Lion King.

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The Lion King Remake

After delivering the massive blockbuster success that was the live-action remake of The Jungle Book (which pulled in nearly $966 million in the worldwide box office) Disney has lined up another remake of one of their animated classics featuring even more animals from the wild.

Walt Disney Studios has announced that they are working on a live-action remake of 1994’s animated hit The Lion King, and they’re bringing in The Jungle Book and Iron Man director Jon Favreau to be at the helm. Find out more about The Lion King remake after the jump. Read More »