Before Aladdin was released theaters earlier this year to the tune of $1 billion worldwide, it seemed odd to pair director Guy Ritchie with the remake of the Middle Eastern-set Disney animated classic. But once the star Mena Massoud started crooning the lines to “One Jump Ahead,” it all immediately became clear. The stylish filmmaker, best known for his rapid-fire dialogue and editing combined with artful slow and fast-motion, put all of his techniques on display in the sequence for “One Jump Ahead,” which follows the titular street rat as he and an undercover Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) evade capture through the streets of Agrabah.
/Film has an exclusive Aladdin clip showcasing the techniques in this sequence, ahead of the film’s upcoming Digital and Blu-ray release. Watch the Aladdin clip below.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Keanu Reeves was almost in Hobbs & Shaw
- Check out a Maleficent: Mistress of Evil TV spot and poster
- See a photo from the start of production on Ghostbusters 2020
- Sylvester Stallone looks leathery in a Rambo: Last Blood poster
- All that and more
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If you went into Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw expecting to get some cameos from the cast of the primary Fast and Furious franchise, then you walked away mostly disappointed. But if you went in not expecting a couple key cameos from two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, then you may have left the theater satisfied.
The marketing for Hobbs and Shaw kept the cameos in question out of the marketing, and the internet has been surprisingly good about keeping them under wraps, but now the cat’s out of the bag, and the cameos are officially being used to push the second weekend of release. Find out who made these big Hobbs and Shaw cameos and even see clips of one of them below. Read More »
It hasn’t even been two weeks since Universal Pictures released the first trailer for the satirical action thriller The Hunt, but the studio has decided to scrap the release of the movie starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank after a series of mass shootings, political controversy and uproar surrounding the premise of the series. Find out more about The Hunt movie release canceled by Universal below. Read More »
What sort of embarrassing, unseen footage lurks in the editing bays at Marvel Studios? Mega-producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige knows all too well what works and what doesn’t, and his ability to delineate between those two categories has been a key factor in the success of Marvel Studios’ first three phases, collectively known as the “Infinity Saga.”
You may have assumed that those never-before-seen moments would never see the light of day, but in a recent interview, Feige teases that the company will soon unveil “some things that we’ve been too humiliated to show” thus far. Read his full comments below. Read More »
You’d think “movie about a team of badass soldiers saving the planet based on a long-running media franchise with a passionate fanbase” would be easy to crack, but G.I. Joe has proven anything but. Still, the modest-at-best success of the previous two films based on the toys, comics, and animated adventures of those real American heroes hasn’t deterred Paramount and Hasbro, who are now working on another live-action film. It has writers and everything!
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The Jason Bourne franchise is slowly proving that it doesn’t even need Jason Bourne to get people to watch. Probably. The new USA Network Bourne spin-off Treadstone has its first trailer and doesn’t once mention Matt Damon‘s famous super-assassin, though it is firmly embedded in the world of the films. The series instead follows three new sleeper agents who are awakened at the same time by mysterious forces. Watch the Treadstone trailer below.
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When The Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service, Disney+, debuts this November, subscribers will be able to access an entire Star Wars section of that service and watch all sorts of Star Wars content (including The Mandalorian) until their hearts are content. But for those who still prefer physical media, a new Star Wars Blu-ray rerelease is coming next month where fans will be able to purchase every live-action Star Wars film so far – and they all come with a digital copy, too. Check out the new cover art for the rereleases below. Read More »
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If you had the chance to talk to your younger self, what would you say? That’s the premise, more or less, of Gemini Man, the upcoming sci-fi action film starring Will Smith…and Will Smith. Smith stars as an assassin named Henry who is being hunted down by a younger clone of himself, called Junior, sent to kill him by his former employer. Ang Lee directs the film in stunning 120 frames-per-second 3D, a feat that would already be impressive if not for the cutting-edge technology used to turn Will Smith into his 23-year-old self. But before you make comparisons to the “de-aging” technology used frequently by Marvel, Lucasfilm, and other studios, Smith wants to clarify: it’s not de-aging.
“The younger character is not me,” Smith said during a filmed Q&A screened after a footage presentation of Gemini Man attended by /Film. “That is a 100 percent digital character. A completely recreated character. They didn’t take my image and just stretch some of the lines. It is a completely CGI character in the same way that the lions in The Lion King are CGI characters.”
Smith’s dual performance is highlighted in the Gemini Man footage presentation, which /Film got to attend in New York City. The presentation showed three extended clips in 60 frames-per-second 3D (a step down from 120 but still in eye-popping high definition), which painted a fuller picture of what kind of action film Gemini Man will be.
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Major primetime television shows used to feature 22-24 episodes in a season, but in the era of Peak TV, smaller episode counts have become the new normal for prestige shows. But Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series may be looking to change that. According to Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, who’s on the payroll for the new series, The Lord of the Rings season 1 will be comprised of 20 episodes.
Read his comments below, including a fascinating breakdown of which parts of Tolkien’s stories are “off limits” in the series. Read More »