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‘The Lion King’ Dominates, But Is Disney Running Low on Remakes?

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‘The Lion King’ Dominates, But Is Disney Running Low on Remakes?
The Lion King” and its massive $185 million domestic debut proved that audiences have an insatiable appetite for Disney’s remakes and re-imaginings. Despite mixed reviews, moviegoers turned out in force for director Jon Favreau’s hyper-realistic update of the classic cartoon.

The Lion King” broke numerous box office records, including the best start among Disney’s live-action reboots. If you liked what it was selling, you’re in luck. The company will continue to dip into its vault, with a “Mulan” update and “Cruella,” an origin story based on the “101 Dalmatians” villain on deck for 2020, along with a revisit of “The Little Mermaid” currently in development. However, it remains to be seen if Disney will ever be able to climb these particular box office heights with a revisit to their past properties.

“They’ve set the benchmark with this ‘Lion King’ remake,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore.
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‘The Lion King’: Disney Targets Nostalgic Adults With High-End Merchandise

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‘The Lion King’: Disney Targets Nostalgic Adults With High-End Merchandise
Does Nala wear lipstick? Probably not, but “The Lion King” fans can celebrate the release of the live-action remake with a new line of makeup that’s themed to Disney’s latest redo. For about $40, the Can’t Wait to Be Queen eyeshadow palette by Luminess Cosmetics includes shades named after the Nala, Mufasa and the film’s setting (“Pride Rock”).

Merchandising is a key component of any Disney release, though the studio saw a decrease in consumer products sales in 2018 following a lack of overall interest in movie merchandise for 2017 films “Star Wars” and “Cars.” But Karina Masolova, executive editor of the Licensing Letter, thinks revenue from merchandising is likely to bounce back in 2019 due to recent box-office titans such as “Toy Story 4,” “Aladdin” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

And then there is “The Lion King,” which rules the licensing world in addition to the jungle. The 1994 Disney animated film,
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Imira in Development with Telegael and Chile’s Lunes, Distributes ‘Starseeker’ (Exclusive)

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Imira Entertainment, the Spain-based distributor-producer of kids and family content, part of the Toonz Media Group, has struck partnership deals at Annecy with Chile’s Lunes Animation Studio and Ireland’s Telegael on, respectively, properties “My (Ex) Imaginary Best Friend” and “Alexander and Pete.”

“My (Ex) Imaginary Best Friend” is an 11-minute 26 episode animated series about children dealing with the changes and frustrations during their puberty.

With Emmy-winning kids’-content producer Telegael, where Toonz has a majority stake, Imira has inked to pitch to prospective partners on the live action comedy “Alexander and Pete.”

A 22-minute 26 episode series, following the adventures of a magic loving schoolboy who discovers a six-hundred-year-old talking rabbit, “Alexander and Pete” has been created by Barbara Slade, whose credits include “Rugrats,” “Angelina Ballerina” and “Winnie The Pooh.”

“Both projects are development deals signed between Imira and the creatives to jointly produce and secure co-producers, with Imira
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How do you like your Disney classics? Old-school animated or live-action updated? [Poll]

When Disney isn’t busy pumping out “Star Wars” spin-offs or Marvel superhero sequels and origin stories, the studio seems bound and determined to recycle every one of its animated classics into a live-action or heavily CGI version. Back in 1994, the House of Mouse did its first live-action redo based on 1967’s “The Jungle Book.” Directed by Stephen Sommers, it took in an Ok $42 million at the box office. It was a step in a new direction from the old days when the studio would do anniversary revivals of their treasured animated features by re-releasing them on the big screen.

That tradition ended when they got more bang out of their remake buck with 1996’s live-action “101 Dalmatians,” based on the 1961 cartoon feature. The big draw was Glenn Close as the malevolent puppy-snatcher Cruella de Vil. The doggy romance hit the spot, grossing $320.7 million worldwide — although its sequel, “102 Dalmatians,
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‘Sleeping With the Enemy’ Remake Planned at Fox Searchlight

  • The Wrap
Fox Searchlight is planning to remake “Sleeping With the Enemy,” the 1991 film starring Julia Roberts, as part of a new overall producer deal with Damian Jones and his DJ Films Limited, the company announced Tuesday.

Jones, who first partnered with Fox Searchlight in 2016, is developing a reimagining of “Sleeping With the Enemy” with writer and director Nia DaCosta. The original film is about a woman (Roberts) who fakes her own death in an attempt to escape a nightmarish marriage, only to find she can’t evade her controlling husband.

Jones is also planning a film adaptation of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” the stage play starring James Corden. The play’s writer, Richard Bean, is executive producing the project along with Oli Refson and Nicholas Hytner. “One Man, Two Guvnors” is itself an English adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters,” an 18th-century Italian play. The play opened in the UK in
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in March

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Netflix has released its monthly list of what will be available to stream on the platform, with March additions including the Idris Elba comedy “Turn Up Charlie,” the second season of the Ya dramedy “On My Block” and the third season of “Queer Eye.”

Turn Up Charlie,” an eight-episode series starring Elba as a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who reluctantly becomes a ‘manny’ to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter, is set to debut on Friday, March 15. Other Netflix originals premiering throughout the month include new seasons of “Patriot Act,” “Terrace House” and “Arrested Development” and “Santa Clarita Diet.” Amy Schumer will also debut her second Netflix stand-up special “Growing” on March 15.

As for non-Netflix exclusives, subscribers can catch “Apollo 13,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Winter’s Bone” beginning March 1, as well as Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” follow-up “Christopher Robin,” Cate Blanchett’s “Blue Jasmine” and
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Kingdom Hearts III Review

As a Kingdom Hearts fan that has stuck by the series through every iteration over the past sixteen years, I feel that I have managed to keep track of the ongoing storyline, against all odds. Kingdom Hearts III provides a satisfying conclusion to the story of Sora and Xehanort that fans of the series could ever hope for.

It hasn’t been easy keeping track of the entire plot. I won’t delve into absolutely everything that has happened in the past, as there are plenty of really good YouTube videos that do a tremendous job of explaining everything you need to know before playing Kingdom Hearts III. If you haven’t played any of the games and are keen to check this out, I recommend watching a recap of the series, simply because the plot involves alternate worlds, time travel, replicas, alternate versions of the same person, and more.
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Cosmo Sheldrake’s ‘Come Along’ Proves Apple Commercials Are Still Minting Hits

One, two, three, four, tell me that you love me more

— Feist, 2007

Since the debut of the iPod in the early 2000s, Apple has been a singular driving force in the music industry. Most of that power stemmed from Steve Jobs’ pocket-sized music player and its attendant iTunes Store, a two-handed assault on The Way We Buy Music that made things more convenient, but significantly lowered the margins on The Way We Make Money On Music.

A much more modest way that Apple has changed the music industry is in
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Will Disney dominate Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects? They’ve got ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Mary,’ Marvel and Pooh

One fringe benefit for Disney in gradually gobbling up all the intellectual property known to man is an Oscar race like Best Visual Effects, where the behemoth studio could run the board. There are 10 films on the academy’s shortlist in the category, and Disney accounts for 6 of them. How many will make the final lineup?

Three of the shortlisted Disney films are from the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.” Another is from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Rounding out their offerings are the live-action “Winnie the Pooh” film “Christopher Robin” and the musical sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.”

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The other four films jockeying for position amid the Disney domination are Universal’s “First Man,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Welcome to Marwen,
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Walt Disney movies: All 19 animated features, ranked worst to best, include ‘Snow White,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Bambi,’ ‘Cinderella’

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Walt Disney movies: All 19 animated features, ranked worst to best, include ‘Snow White,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Bambi,’ ‘Cinderella’
Walt Disney would’ve celebrated his 117th birthday on December 5, 2018. The producer and studio mogul was a pioneer in the field of animation, proving it could be used for more than just creating amusing shorts for kids. In honor of his birthday, lets take a look back at all 19 animated features produced during his lifetime or that he personally worked on, ranked worst to best.

After years producing amusing shorts, most of them staring a lovable mouse named Mickey (voiced by Walt himself), Disney broke new ground with the first feature length animated film: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). Both a radical experiment in filmmaking and a revolution in storytelling, it proved cartoons were a viable means of artistic expression. Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, in fact, called it the greatest movie ever made, no small praise for the man who made “Battleship Potemkin” (1925).

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Walt Disney movies: All 19 animated features ranked worst to best

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Walt Disney movies: All 19 animated features ranked worst to best
Walt Disney would’ve celebrated his 117th birthday on December 5, 2018. The producer and studio mogul was a pioneer in the field of animation, proving it could be used for more than just creating amusing shorts for kids. In honor of his birthday, lets take a look back at all 19 animated features produced during his lifetime or that he personally worked on, ranked worst to best.

After years producing amusing shorts, most of them staring a lovable mouse named Mickey (voiced by Walt himself), Disney broke new ground with the first feature length animated film: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). Both a radical experiment in filmmaking and a revolution in storytelling, it proved cartoons were a viable means of artistic expression. Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, in fact, called it the greatest movie ever made, no small praise for the man who made “Battleship Potemkin” (1925).

With each subsequent feature — “Pinocchio” (1940), “Fantasia
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Kingdom Hearts 3 Winnie the Pooh trailer revealed at X018

During the X018 event in Mexico City, fans of the upcoming Kingdom Hearts got a glimpse of Winnie the Pooh in the new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer.

This isn’t the first time the franchise has visited the 100 Acre Wood and although the game is already choc-a-block full of Disney characters there are few that are as beloved as the “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff”.

If Winnie the Pooh doesn’t interest you (then why not?) the trailer also provides glimpses of other characters of the game interacting with our hero Sora, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Hero 6 and Tangled. There are even hints as to what the storyline could be with the shadowy Organisation Xiii.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available on 29th January 2019 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

The post Kingdom Hearts 3 Winnie the Pooh trailer revealed at X018 appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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‘Birds of Prey’ Eyes Ewan McGregor to Play Batman Villain Black Mask

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‘Birds of Prey’ Eyes Ewan McGregor to Play Batman Villain Black Mask
Ewan McGregor is in talks to play Batman villain Black Mask in the Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey,” sources tell Variety.

Variety first reported that Warner Bros. was eyeing McGregor for this role when Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell joined the cast as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. At the time, no meeting had taken place, but the studio was eager to work with him again after collaborating on “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to “The Shining,” where he plays an older version of Danny Torrance.

Huntress, Black Canary, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will battle Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld who has a fixation with masks. Rosie Perez is set to play Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Robbie is reprising her role as Quinn, which she first unveiled in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” and is also on board to produce with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.
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‘Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)

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‘Birds of Prey': Ewan McGregor in Talks to Play Batman Villain Black Mask (Exclusive)
Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to play Gotham City mob boss and Batman foe Black Mask in Warner Bros’ “Birds of Prey,” individuals with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap.

McGregor joins Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead who have been cast as Black Canary and Huntress. Also, as TheWrap first reported, Rosie Perez is playing Renee Montoya. The female superhero team-up film will be released on Feb. 7, 2020 via Warner Bros.

Created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake, Black Mask made his first appearance in the comics in August 1985’s Batman issue #386. The Black Mask is a brutally sadistic kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld who has a fixation with masks.

Also Read: 'Birds of Prey': Rosie Perez Cast as Renee Montoya in Superheroine Movie (Exclusive)

In DC Comics, Black Mask is the criminal alias of Roman Sionis, who murdered his wealthy, status-obsessed parents to
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Paramount Taps Trailer Park Exec Des Esposito As Evp Creative Advertising

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Former Trailer Park Evp and Creative Director Des Esposito is heading to Paramount Pictures where she will serve as Evp, Creative Advertising.

She begins on Nov. 5 and will lead the A/V, print, and digital campaigns for Paramount’s slate, reporting to the studio’s Co-President of Domestic Marketing Peter Giannascoli.

At Trailer Park, where Esposito worked for the last eight years, she created advertising materials for such event titles as Frozen, Coco, Moana, Zootopia, Inside Out, Big Hero 6, Brave, Incredibles 2, The Lego Movie, Paddington, Finding Dory and Monsters University.

Says Giannascoli in a statement, “Creative excellence is at the heart of every successful film campaign, and Destiny brings the talent, experience, and savvy to turn movies into must-see theatrical events. I have admired her work for many years and couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to Trailer Park, Esposito was a producer
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The Predator Score From Henry Jackman Available September 23 On Digital Download And CD

Lakeshore Records has announced the release of The Predator – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Ep on Digital Download on September 14, 2018. The full soundtrack will be available on September 23, 2018 on Digital Download and CD. The Album features original music by blockbuster Composer Henry Jackman.

From the black depths of outer space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the Predators come to hunt in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the beloved series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent all humanity from becoming the Predators’ trophies.

“It was an honor to work on a film that had such rich thematic heritage,” said wonderful dynamic Composer Henry Jackman. “Alan Silvestri’s fantastic score from the original has always been a favorite of mine and when asked if I would like to
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The Morning Watch: ‘The Predator’ Franchise Recap, Meet the Voice of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ & More

The Morning Watch: ‘The Predator’ Franchise Recap, Meet the Voice of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ & More
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, get caught up on the Predator franchise before […]

The post The Morning Watch: ‘The Predator’ Franchise Recap, Meet the Voice of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ & More appeared first on /Film.
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Fan Expo 2018: Jim Cummings reflects on Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck and his voice career

Some people may not know his name, but they have certainly heard the voice of Jim Cummings in countless animated series. From Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, The Little Mermaid and even Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, Cummings has had an extensive career in voice acting and even reprised the voices of Pooh and Tigger for the live-action film Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor. Over the course of the Fan Expo convention, Cummings held a panel with fans and looked back on his long career, discussing what some of his favourite voices are, how he was originally not playing Tigger in Christopher Robin and whether or not there will be a Darkwing Duck reboot.

He began by reflecting on the beginnings of his career, telling the crowd “I didn’t know voice acting was impossible to break into. I didn’t know and I was to stupid that
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Will Happytime Murders Kill It at the Box Office?

Will Happytime Murders Kill It at the Box Office?
Crazy Rich Asians wound up doing much better than expected when it opened last week and, over the course of its five-day first frame, the movie brought in a very impressive $34 million haul. Its $26.5 million Friday to Sunday take was enough to best The Meg for the top spot. But this weekend sees the R-rated puppet comedy The Happytime Murders rolling into town. Can Melissa McCarthy and some raunchy puppets take down Crazy Rich Asians this coming weekend?

Stx is hoping for a good showing with Happytime Murders, which comes from director Brian Henson, son of the great Muppet creator Jim Henson. Box office tracking puts the movie somewhere around $14 million for the weekend. However, tracking has proved to be unreliable in quite a few cases in recent years and a lot of people who saw the Nsfw trailer for this movie ahead of Deadpool 2 are looking forward to seeing it.
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No, Hayley Atwell Won’t Be Appearing In Avengers 4

You can go ahead and cross Hayley Atwell off Marvel’s guestlist for Avengers 4.

That’s according to the actress herself, who took part in the Variety Autocomplete Interview with Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) to promote her role in Goodbye Christopher Robin, the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie which attempts to take a leaf out of Paddington‘s book with its warm and fuzzy family yarn.

For Atwell, though, it’s looking increasingly likely that her Peggy Carter won’t be appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon, after she admitted that Marvel Studios is yet to contact her about Avengers 4 and is unlikely to do so now that the McU sequel has entered post-production (albeit with some additional photography and pick-ups still to come).

Asked straight-up if she’s involved in Avengers 4, the actress replied:

Not that I know of.

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