Mysterious Benedict Society Trailer

The Mysterious Benedict Society was once slated to be an original series at Hulu. But last fall, the adaptation of Trenton Lee Stewart‘s book series shifted over to Disney+. The series follows Tony Hale (Veep) as eccentric narcoleptic Mr. Benedict as he recruits a team of orphans to stop his twin brother from creating a global crisis. It feels like Wes Anderson’s version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Read More »

Being the Ricardos cast

With another Oscar nomination under his belt for The Trial of the Chicago 7, writer/director Aaron Sorkin is setting his eyes on another real-world scenario for his next film: the lives of 1950s sitcom royalty Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Being the Ricardos stars the unexpected pairing of Nicole Kidman as Lucy and Javier Bardem as Desi, the boundary-pushing pioneers and I Love Lucy stars, and now Sorkin has added a few additional names to his cast.

Tony Hale (Veep), Alia Shawkat (Search Party), and Jake Lacy (The Office) are the newest actors to sign on, and they’ll join Kidman, Bardem, J.K. Simmons (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), and Nina Arianda (Goliath). Sorkin officially began production on the film today.
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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Tony Hale has found his next leading role.

The Arrested Development and Veep actor will star in The Mysterious Benedict Society, a live-action television adaptation of author Trenton Lee Stewart’s bestselling books which follow a group of orphans who go undercover at a boarding school. The series was originally developed at Hulu, but has since shifted to another platform under the Disney umbrella: according to a new press release, the show will air on Disney+ next year. Get more details below. Read More »

DARYL TV Series

Remember D.A.R.Y.L.? I sure don’t, but it was a movie from 1985 about a young boy who was secretly a robot. And now, for reasons that are far beyond my understanding, there’s a TV series sequel in the works. It’s one of several titles in development over at TNT and TBS, and Tony Hale is set to star as the robot boy, who is now all grown-up…and obsolete.

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I first encountered Tony Hale outside of the room where I’d be interviewing him, where he paused to ask about my shirt, which features an array of watermelon slices, and comment that it was making him hungry. It was a charming moment – the Arrested Development and Veep actor is as curious, inquisitive and kind as you’d hope he’d be, even away from a professional, recorded conversation. So it’s no wonder he was cast as Forky in Toy Story 4, an innocent character who questions his very existence as a handmade toy.

For our actual conversation, conducted at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park, Hale was happy to dwell on what makes Forky special and talk about the creative whiplash of making Veep and working with Pixar at the same time. And yes, my watermelon shirt enters the conversation again.

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Toy Story 4 Recording Sessions - Keanu Reeves

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, watch recording sessions with the cast of Toy Story 4, including Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom. Plus, see Tom Hanks and Tim Allen chum around with each other after being friends for nearly 25 years, and see how Tom Hanks ruins the publicity talking points given to him by The Walt Disney Company for Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Forky in Toy Story 4

When you have a set of established, beloved characters in any film franchise, it can be difficult to create new characters for audiences to fall for in the same way. That’s especially true when it comes to a film series as revered as Pixar’s Toy Story. Not only does the animation team have to come up with a character that fits in with the group of toys we know and love, but they need to have some kind of significance to justify their existence within the story. So what makes Forky in Toy Story 4 so special?

/Film’s Jacob Hall sat down with Toy Story voice actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) to talk about his new homemade character Forky (the full interview will run soon) and why he matters in the grand scheme of the Toy Story franchise. The introduction of Forky in Toy Story 4 isn’t just about selling more toys, and audiences have already found something special about him based on the trailers alone. Read More »

TOY STORY 4 teaser trailer

Get your tissues ready, Toy Story 4 is on its way. After Toy Story 3 closed out a pitch-perfect trilogy in 2010, it was hard to imagine that the story of Woody, Buzz, and co., could continue in any fashion without running out of creative and emotional steam. But Pixar has a whole new story to tell us in the Toy Story 4 teaser trailer, which introduces us to a new “toy” who isn’t really a toy.

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arrested development season 5 review

Now the story of a once-hilarious show that was cancelled by Fox, only to be saved by Netflix and become incredibly disappointing in the process. It’s Arrested Development. And it’s back for season 5.

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love simon trailer

Teen romance movies are a dime a dozen, but Love, Simon has the benefit of being a major teen romance film revolving around a gay character. Sure, plenty of indie films and prestige flicks have explored the heartache of young gay love or the excruciating fear of coming out, but have any of them done it to an upbeat pop soundtrack? Not many.

Yes, the movie looks cheesy as hell, and yes the stars are as generically attractive as the ones you’ll find in any schlocky teen romance film — star Nick Robinson did first stretch his teen romance acting chops in 2017’s tearjerker Everything, Everything — but it’s still gives the spotlight to a gay lead in a major motion picture. And that’s huge.

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