mowgli netflix

In the survival of the fittest Jungle Book adaptation, it looks like Mowgli may have lost. Netflix has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Andy Serkis‘ long-gestating film from Warner Bros., which dropped the film from its planned October theatrical release.

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the dark knight rises

(Welcome to The Dark Knight Legacy, a series of articles that explore Christopher Nolan’s superhero masterpiece in celebration of its 10th anniversary.)

(The Unpopular Opinion is a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: we sing the praises of Christopher Nolan’s somewhat misunderstood Dark Knight follow-up The Dark Knight Rises.)

I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” – Jim Gordon (and Charles Dickens).

How do you follow up The Dark Knight? The movie changed the face of superhero cinema, and became almost instantly iconic. Another sequel wasn’t just required, it was practically demanded by audiences. Director Christopher Nolan had several choices – he could forge ahead with a sequel that copied the layout of The Dark Knight, he could create something completely new, or he could walk away entirely.

To Nolan, the third option seemed most appealing. Despite all the success, despite all the acclaim, the director wasn’t exactly keen making a third film in his Batman series. But over time, Nolan began to form a plan. A plan that seems almost insane in our current age of never-ending superhero sagas: he would craft a conclusion. A film that would actually bring the story he started back with Batman Begins to a close. That film was The Dark Knight Rises.

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Dark Knight Anniversary

(Welcome to The Dark Knight Legacy, a series of articles that explore Christopher Nolan’s superhero masterpiece in celebration of its 10th anniversary.)

This week, The Dark Knight turns 10 years old. Its legacy still looms large, for better and worse. Here is the story of how Christopher Nolan changed the face of superhero movies forever. The story of how one movie proved that comic book adaptations could be a lot more than kids stuff. And the story of how some of it backfired, giving birth to a new era of fandom that just wanted to watch the world burn.

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hostiles clip

In anticipation of the Blu-ray and digital release of Scott Cooper‘s brutal Western Hostiles, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip that looks at the film’s harsh landscapes. See the Hostiles clip below.

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ford vs ferrari actors

James Mangold‘s untitled Ford vs. Ferrari movie is starting to kick into gear. Two A-listers are circling the lead roles in the film following the battle for dominance between the two motor companies at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are reportedly interested in playing the lead roles in the Logan director’s next project. But no, they won’t be playing “Ford” and “Ferrari,” respectively. Read More »

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mowgli movie rating

For a movie that takes place in an untamed jungle filled with ravenous bears, snakes, and tigers, you would think The Jungle Book would have more bloodshed. But both the Disney animated version and its live-action remake are surprisingly bloodless, with the few scary moments punctuated by cheery songs.

Andy Serkis‘ Mowgli will be different. Serkis’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s book will hew more closely to reality, complete with a “dark Baloo,” and “bloody imagery.” That bloody imagery is how the film earned a PG-13 from the MPAA.

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Logan director James Mangold‘s new movie is finally taking shape. The filmmaker will helm the true story of the battle between designers at Ford and Ferrari to create the world’s fastest race car. Vroom vroom! More on James Mangold’s new movie below.

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Christian Bale regrets Terminator Salvation

You know that glorious, righteous feeling you get when you prove your doubters wrong and accomplish something they never thought you could achieve? Christian Bale knows that feeling well, and in a recent interview, he reveals that he was striving for it when he took the role of John Connor in 2009’s ill-fated Terminator Salvation…but things didn’t quite turn out the way he hoped.

Read his full quote, and learn why Christian Bale regrets Terminator Salvation nearly a decade later.
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Christian Bale Ben Affleck

After a long day of transforming himself into former Vice President Dick Cheney on the set of an upcoming movie, it’s hard to imagine The Dark Knight star Christian Bale rushing out to catch a screening of Justice League so he can compare his take on Batman with Ben Affleck‘s. And as revealed in a new interview, Bale hasn’t gotten around to seeing any of Affleck’s portrayals of the character yet – and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be sitting down for a marathon of them anytime soon, either. Read the Christian Bale Ben Affleck Batman comments below.
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Christian Bale Star Wars

About a year ago, Lucasfilm was on the hunt for a veteran actor to play Han Solo’s mentor in Solo: A Star Wars Story – and they nearly cast a former Batman to play the role. Christian Bale, who donned the cape and cowl three times in The Dark Knight trilogy, recently confirmed rumors that he was indeed in talks to head to a galaxy far, far away and star in the Han Solo spin-off film. Learn more about this piece of Christian Bale Star Wars trivia below, including whether or not Bale could still pop up in a different Star Wars movie altogether.
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