Beauty and the Beast Theme Song Remake

This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in WonderlandSleeping BeautyCinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »

The 25 Best Movie Posters of 2016

Best Movie Posters of 2016

We’re coming down to the end of 2016, and even though we’ve been starting to look forward to the movies of 2017 since as early as this past summer, it’s about time we started to look back at the good stuff this year had to offer. We’ll each be bringing you our personal Top 10 Films of 2016 leading up to a cumulative Top 15 (just like last year), but before that, we’ve got something else to kick off our look back at 2016.

Leading up to every movie, even before a trailer arrives, there’s a movie poster. So it’s time to check out a countdown of the 25 Best Movie Posters of 2016. Which of this year’s one sheets made the cut? Find out after the jump. Read More »

IMDb’s Top 10 Movies of 2016 Is Drunk

SUICIDE SQUAD

Before we actually deal with the news at hand, let me just lead by saying that I use IMDb every single day and find it to be one of the most valuable resources on the internet. I am on there dozens of times a day, to double check the cast and crew of a movie I’m writing about or to read random trivia out loud to fill awkward silences at bad parties. I love you, Internet Movie Database. You are wonderful.

But you’re also a little drunk, as evidenced by your top 10 movies of 2016.
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the jungle book vfx

Once this awful election is over on November 8th, everyone will probably want to binge on Netflix movies and TV shows to get the bad taste out of their mouth. Thankfully, Netflix has a whole batch of new programming coming to the streaming service next month. Among the new choices are one of Disney’s most successful movies of the year, a recent Best Picture nominee, a classic Best Picture nominee, the return of The Gilmore Girls, a bunch of new stand-up specials and much more.

Find out all the movies coming to Netflix in November 2016 after the jump. Read More »

Daniel Danger's The Jungle Book print

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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frozen live

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch footage from Frozen: Live at the Hyperion.
  • Explore the new The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic Show.
  • A look at the problems plaguing Shanghai Disneyland.
  • Watch Shanghai Disneyland’s stunning fireworks show.
  • Universal Studios offers a tiny tease of Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

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frozen ever after

In today’s Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney announces an opening date for Frozen Ever After.
  • You’ll have one more chance to ride the original Soarin’ before it’s updated.
  • Disney sets a date for its Star Wars fireworks show.
  • Universal plans a Waterworld stunt show refurbishment.
  • Disney’s nighttime Jungle Book show is just around the corner.
  • A Haunted Mansion documentary is currently on Kickstarter.

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Andy Serkis

Disney’s The Jungle Book was a roaring success by any metric. It broke new ground for CG animation, wowed critics with its updated interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, and has racked up $828 million in global box office grosses to date. All of which means Warner Bros.’ upcoming Jungle Book, directed by Andy Serkis, has quite a lot to measure up to. But the director doesn’t seem too concerned about the competition, explaining that his will be a “darker” take for a “slightly older audience.”  Read More »

jungle book images

Yesterday, I wrote about a behind-the-scenes video that showcased just how much of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book was created in post-production and I was just bowled over by it. It’s one thing to hear that a movie is set entirely in digital environments (because computers can do anything and so on), but it’s another thing to actually see the before and after (because computers can do anything and holy cow).

Disney has released a new series of stills showing the transformation of a few shots in the film, revealing how a lone kid standing in front of blue screens was transformed into a lone kid standing in a lush and photo-realistic Indian jungle by the visual effects geniuses at MPC.

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the jungle book vfx

When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.

And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.

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