Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Super Bowl is the ultimate expression of the American id: a game where people hit each other really hard, advertisements for cheese flavored chips, extravagant halftime shows put on with colorful panache, and, of course, trailers for the biggest, loudest movies coming within the next year.
I kid because I love. The Super Bowl is ridiculous and the ads are ridiculous and the culture surrounding it is ridiculous, but it’s a good time. Plus, even when the game stinks (and last night’s game really stunk), you get to watch a whole bunch of movie trailers that have to be good because movie studios spent an exorbitant amount of money to buy this ad space. And if there’s one thing more American than the Super Bowl, it’s devoting a few thousand words to breaking down all of the noteworthy spots that premiered during last night’s game.
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Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Super Bowl spots never come cheap, but this year they cost more than ever: up to $5 million for a 30-second spot, according to reports. Which means the studios have to bring it to make sure that steep price tag is worth it — and bring it they did.
This year’s batch included our very first peek at the newly titled Jason Bourne, another look inside the mysterious 10 Cloverfield Lane, a glimpse of Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, some clever not-quite promos for Batman v Superman, plus trailers for Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse, and much more. Watch all the 2016 Super Bowl movie trailers after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, February 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been nearly half a century since The Jungle Book hit theaters, and Disney figures that means it’s time for an upgrade. This spring brings Jon Favreau‘s new “live-action” version of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic story about a “man-cub” raised by a family of wolves.
“Live-action” is in quotes there because much of the movie is actually CG — cutting-edge, shockingly realistic CG that looks almost indistinguishable from real life, at least in the footage we’ve seen so far. Behind these CG animals will be an all-star voice cast including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Bill Murray. The one character who’s definitely not a special effect will be the boy Mowgli, played by newcomer Neel Sethi.
Disney’s clearly got huge hopes for this one, and they’ve given it a cushy Super Bowl spot to tease the spectacle. Watch The Jungle Book Super Bowl spot after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Super Bowl has to be the only television broadcast of the year where the ads are almost as eagerly hyped as the event itself. Even those who don’t know a touchdown from a tackle often tune in for the commercials, and with good reason: companies spend millions just staking out ad space during the game, and millions more to produce some of the slickest, funniest, weirdest, and generally most attention-grabby spots you’ll see all year.
That includes the major movie studios, which annually seize the event to pitch their biggest pictures to millions and millions of viewers. So which movie Super Bowl commercials can we expect to see this Sunday? Find out after the jump.
UPDATE: Since we first published this story, both Captain America: Civil War and Eddie the Eagle have teased Super Bowl spots. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Disney has released the third and final piece of this triptych Jungle Book poster. The full triptych can be seen above, and see the final poster up close after the jump.
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On December 11th, 2014, I visited a soundstage in downtown Los Angeles where director Jon Favreau was shooting his adaptation of The Jungle Book. As you may have noticed, Disney has begun to do a big rollout of the film, and we’ve been given the go-ahead to share something from our set visit. What I saw on set was amazing, but the studio has asked us not to talk about the technological process behind the film’s creation at this time (that will come later). So instead I present to you some of the methodology behind the adaptation.
I’ve always been a fan of Jon Favreau‘s work for the long haul, from his performances as an actor, to his more indie features like Made and Chef, and of course his larger, more accessible films like Elf and Iron Man. But when it was announced that Favreau was going to direct an adaptation of The Jungle Book, I was a little confused. It didn’t seem to fit in with his tastes. So I was interested to find out: Why did Jon Favreau want to make The Jungle Book? His answer is rooted in the power and emotion of mythic storytelling, and, among other things, Star Wars.
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Right now, I imagine everyone at the Disney lot, based in Burbank, California, is currently swimming in money, eating nothing but money, and dressed to the nines in money, because they damn well should be. With the ongoing success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the studio ended 2015 on a high note — a note that’ll keep playing well into 2016.
A potentially fantastic year for the studio is far from over. Disney is releasing a handful of promising films this year. See a few new pics from their future projects, including Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Queen of Katwe, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following her mo-cap performance as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita Nyong’o is reteaming with Disney for Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book, in which she’ll play another computer-generated character. Specifically, you’ll hear her voice as Raksha, the wolf who takes and raises in the human boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi).
Raksha didn’t get a lot of screentime in the teaser trailer released this fall (actually, I’m not even sure she was in it at all), but a new photo offers a much better opportunity to get up close with the mother wolf. See the latest Jungle Book image after the jump. Read More »
These live-action updates just keep coming. Disney has found massive success with reimagining their classic animated films, so obviously they’re going to keep going back to the well. The studio’s latest update is maybe their most ambitious remake to date. If the The Jungle Book Russian trailer is any indication, director Jon Favreau has some pretty high aspirations for the film.
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