Julia Roberts left Amazon’s Homecoming after season 1, which meant the series needed a new lead. And now it’s found one in Janelle Monáe. The singer and actress will play a woman with memory loss – which is also the fate that befell Roberts’s character in season 1. The paranoia-tinged Amazon series is inspired by the podcast of the same name, but you can expect season 2 to stray from the source material considerably.
Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
When you hear the title Lady and the Tramp, two things likely come to mind. One is the famous scene where the two dogs share some back-alley spaghetti. The other is “The Siamese Cat Song.” While dogs eating pasta is still perfectly acceptable (in small doses – don’t let your dogs get overweight!), the “Siamese Cat Song” has not aged so well. In fact, it’s quite problematic, to say the least.
Disney is about to unleash a new live-action Lady and the Tramp remake for Disney+, and if you were wondering if the “Siamese Cat Song” would make it into the new film, we now have the answer. Janelle Monae is “reinventing” the song, which means it’ll probably be completely different, and far less offensive.
Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 by Hoai-Tran Bui
When UglyDolls opened with a scene of faceless dolls being manufactured on an assembly line, I wondered if it was being too on the nose. But subtlety, or irony, are not words that exist in the vocabulary of the STX Entertainment CG-animated movie, which produces as many empty platitudes and hollow proverbs about self-love as there are versions of UglyDolls.
Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet), UglyDolls is a movie designed for maximum outreach and replayability. In the ongoing content vs. cinema debate, UglyDolls falls squarely in the “content” arena: Its musical sequences presented like bright pop music videos, its characters made cute and non-threatening, its sweet self-empowering messages packaged up in tidy little bows. But the great tragedy of this shiny product is that the plush toyline upon which its based was a truly inspired creation made by two friends, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, who simply wanted to share their colorful characters with the world. Instead, their toyline has produced an empty piece of corporate media.
Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
What are we to make of Robert Zemeckis‘ Welcome to Marwen? The film is based on a rather tragic, depressing true story, but every trailer so far has made Marwen look like a wacky, over-the-top comedy. Steve Carell plays a man who finds solace creating dolls after surviving a brutal attack. Also, the dolls come to life with creepy uncanny valley faces, and dance around. Folks, I just don’t know. Watch the latest Welcome to Marwen trailer below, and see for yourself.
Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
If we could have dancing Trolls and fighting LEGOs, why not singing UglyDolls? The line of plush dolls branded as weird, creepy-cute toys had no indication of any musical ability when they exploded in popularity in the mid-2000s, but here we are. But if you’re going to make UglyDolls into a musical, why not go all in, as STX did with the uber-talented voice cast including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas. See the UglyDolls trailer below.
Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp already has Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux on board to voice the titular dogs in the tale of canine romance from two different side of the tracks. But over the past few months, the cast has filled out with even more impressive talent, and one more name has just signed on in a key supporting role.
Janelle Monáe, who co-starred in Hidden Figures and had a supporting role in the Best Picture winner Moonlight, will voice a dog named Peg. If you don’t remember that character from the original movie, we’ve got everything you need to know below. Read More »
‘Birds of Prey’ Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Justina Machado and More Testing for Roles
Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Warner Bros. is on the lookout for their Birds of Prey cast, and they’re considering several exciting actresses for parts. A new report indicates Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Justina Machado and more have all tested for parts. Janelle Monae has also been mentioned, although it remains unclear if she tested for a part or not. More on the potential Birds of Prey cast below.
Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 by Chris Evangelista
Philip K. Dick is one of the most influential science fiction writers in the history of the medium. His strange, philosophical writings inspired films like Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall and more. Now a new Amazon series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, will adapt the writer’s work into a Black Mirror-like anthology featuring a highly impressive cast. A new trailer for the series just premiered at NYCC, and it hints at a creepy, exciting new show full of promise. Watch the Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams NYCC trailer below.
Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by Jack Giroux
UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writer and executive producer Rhett Reese says there is no truth to this one:
— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) March 8, 2017
Move on. Nothing to see here. The original rumor follows below.
Conversations and rumors surrounding who might play Domino in Deadpool 2 have been going on for months now. A new name in the mix for director David Leitch‘s (John Wick) sequel? Singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, who starred in last year’s Moonlight and Hidden Figures, is now rumored as the frontrunner for the role.
Below, learn more about the Deadpool 2 Domino role.
Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
After delivering the charming St. Vincent starring Bill Murray last year, director Theodore Melfi is setting out to inspire with his latest true story Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures comes from 20th Century Fox, but it has all the makings of the kind of uplifting story you’d see from Disney as it follows three African-American women working at NASA who not only helped break barriers in space, but also back home in their own offices. Now a new Hidden Figures trailer shows more of their inspirational work that helped move the human race forward in more ways than one. Read More »