Frozen 2 Poster

Do you want to build a sequel? Six years after Frozen iced box office records, Frozen 2 is ready to take us back to Arendelle, and beyond. Will the same audiences that flocked to the first film be willing to line up again for this sequel? Probably! The first trailers were vague to the extreme, but we got to see some new footage at D23. Read our Frozen 2 footage reaction below.

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mulan footage reaction

Just when you thought you’d gotten jaded with the slew of Disney live-action remakes, the House of Mouse rolls out Mulanwhich sets itself apart from the crowd of shot-for-shot nostalgia grabs by giving us a stylish, non-musical adaptation of the famous Chinese legend. Liu Yifei stars in the film as Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army.

The first trailer for Mulan teased a brooding, beautiful take on the 1998 animated classic, but new footage from D23 gives us a longer look at the highly anticipated remake directed by Niki Caro. Read our Mulan footage reaction below.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Every Star Wars film – yes, even the Star Wars Holiday Special – has been leading to this moment. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will usher in the end of the Skywalker Saga, concluding what George Lucas started in 1977. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams returns to close things out, with new generation stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac all bringing their characters’ stories to a close. Also back: the late Carrie Fisher, who will appear here through unused footage from the previous two Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage was revealed at D23, and our own Peter Sciretta was there. Needless to say, what they showed to the audience was pretty mind-blowing. Here’s what you need to know.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we get through grief by getting dominated, get our shizz together, enter into an inappropriate relationship, try to decipher James Franco’s latest, and are amused by artificial intelligence. Read More »

Avengers Age of Ultron - Hulkbuster Concept Art

How are Joker fans reacting to his inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11? Want to see Mark Ruffalo‘s wonky mocap suit for Avengers: Endgame? Did Dark Phoenix‘s failure push Disney to want a better Spider-Man deal with Sony? Is the Thor: Love & Thunder script finished? Want to see a trailer for Avengers: Endgame cut in the style of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

uncharted

On the August 23 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall to discuss the latest film and TV news, including the Uncharted movie losing another director, and several preview night announcements from the D23 Expo. Read More »

tone-deaf trailer

The new film Tone-Deaf stars Robert Patrick as a millennial hating baby boomer who decides it is time for his generation to finally make a stand to today’s youth…by booby-trapping his house and AirBnB-ing it out to a down-on-her-luck self-centered young woman named Olive (played by Amanda Crew). 

Patrick’s Harvey is a pragmatic guy who just happens to have lost a few marbles and wants to know what it feels like to torment and kill a dumb millennial. We know this because he breaks the fourth wall, Deadpool-style, to talk to us, the audience and about his plans. It’s not quite as easy as it seems because, just like in real life, boomers constantly underestimate millennials and Harvey gets a lot more than he bargained for.

Tone-Deaf is a fun bit of escapist genre and I got to talk to its two stars and director Ricky Bates Jr. shortly after their SXSW premiere. 

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Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk

It was just announced that Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford will be exiting Legends of Tomorrow as series regulars. The couple took to their social media to express their disappointment and understanding, both sharing remarkably kind and on-brand messages in light of the news. This kind of thing happens in television, especially in shows like Legends. Though, even with that in mind, the departure of these two particular characters is a tough pill to swallow. 

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Digimon Adventure

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

If you were a kid in the ‘90s, chances are your first anime show was either Pokémon or Digimon, and your parents would likely mix-up one with the other. To be fair, it isn’t hard to see why. For years people thought of Digimon as just a Pokémon knock-off, as both had similar names, started as video games, and had trading cards and TV shows starring young kids with weird monsters as friends. 

While Pokémon became a global sensation that culminated in a live-action movie this year, Digimon was kind of left on the sidelines. Pikachu became a pop-culture icon while Agumon was left to become just a cheaper version of Charmander. 

With the show’s first season, Digimon Adventure celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it is time to finally set the record straight, Pokémon may be superior in many ways, but Digimon was king when it came to anime shows. 

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