I’m still shocked that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the second-highest grossing movie in Sony’s history, coming in only behind the James Bond hit Skyfall at the worldwide box office. But audiences ate it up, and the studio has a sequel slated for release this winter with many of the previous film’s cast members coming back for more. Now we can add one additional name to the list of Jumanji 3‘s returning players: Nick Jonas, who played Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, the avatar of a kid from 1996 who became trapped in the game – much like Robin Williams’ character Alan Parrish in the original movie. Read More »
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.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a dive into the visual effects and concept art of the water bears from the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Plus, get up close and personal with the new TARDIS from the 1tth season of Doctor Who, and listen to a Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle them song Jack Black wrote with Nick Jonas. Read More »
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a surprise hit with both critics and audiences, which means it’s only a matter of time before we get another entry in the Juamanji series. Thankfully, Welcome to the Jungle stars Jack Black and Nick Jonas already have an Jumanji 3 idea handy. Plus: Karen Gillan reveals an alternate Welcome to the Jungle ending that also could’ve tied into a potential sequel.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Jumanji character posters
- Fantastic Beasts sequel details and a new photo
- A defense of Johnny Depp in The Crimes of Grindelwald
- You could be in Pacific Rim: Uprising!
- Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is getting a sequel
- A new Mission: Impossible image
- New Maze Runner: The Death Cure posters and a Maze Runner recap
- The Crow director does not want The Crow reboot
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You might not expect a movie like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to fit in with the spirit of other holiday movies that usually get released around Christmas time, but that’s exactly what Dwayne Johnson hoped to accomplish.
In a new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle featurette, the wrestler turned actor says, “We wanted to make a movie that encapsulates what the holiday spirit really means: the spirit of wonderment [and] discovering who you are.” Furthermore, Johnson wanted to sure that the spirit of the movie was in line with the original 1995 adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s book. Go behind the scenes to see how they tried to accomplish that by checking out the featurette below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
For a game that has the potential to trap players for decades and wreak jungle-themed havoc on unsuspecting towns, Jumanji sure is proving popular among the Hollywood set. Recently we got our first look at Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart on set, and today Johnson has shared yet another set photo showing off one of the movie’s other stars, Nick Jonas.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
That slight chill in the air means we’re right at the time of year when thousands of teenagers begin descending on college campuses across the country. Some will meet new friends or mentors or discover new passions. A not inconsiderable proportion of the population will join the Greek system. And a few of those kids might find themselves subject to the kind of brutal hazing depicted in Andrew Neel‘s Goat.
Scripted by David Gordon Green and based on the memoir by Brad Land, Goat premiered at Sundance earlier this year to promising reviews. Ben Schnetzer (last seen casting spells in Warcraft) stars as Land himself, a 19-year-old college kid who pledges the same fraternity his older brother (Nick Jonas) already belongs to. But the protection and friendship Brad was promised come at a steep cost, as the hazing rituals get more and more intense, with painful results. James Franco also stars, as an alum who can’t quite seem to let go of Phi Sigma Mu. Watch the NSFW Goat red-band trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s no secret that fraternity hazing can be an nasty and demeaning experience. Even films and TV series that show Greek life in an affectionate light feature at least a few scenes of pledges undertaking painful or humiliating tasks. But Andrew Neel‘s Goat, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, reveals just how ugly it can get.
Based on a memoir by Brad Land, the drama stars Ben Schnetzer as a 19-year-old college student recovering from a brutal assault. He decides to rush a frat that his slightly older brother (Nick Jonas) already belongs to, and soon finds himself surrounded by a toxic stew of violence, aggression, and abuse even more traumatizing than the earlier attack. David Gordon Green helped with the script, James Franco has a cameo as an alum who can’t let go of his frat boy days, because it’s not a real indie drama unless James Franco is rattling around in there somewhere. Watch the first Goat trailer after the jump. Read More »
Yes, its that time of year again. The Sundance Institute has revealed the 65 feature films which will make up the U.S. & World Cinema Competition as well as the out-of-competition NEXT slate of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Hit the jump to see the Sundance 2016 line-up and get excited about next year’s independent films today!
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