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Filmmakers Reveal the Secrets Behind the Making of Disney's 'Moana'

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 09:00

Disney is known for the comprehensive research that goes into the making of its films, and the latest, Disney's Moana, is no different. In it, a spirited teenage girl named Moana teams up with the demigod Maui on a daring journey to save her people. To capture the spirit of the South Pacific, directors John Musker and Ron Clements knew how important it was for the creators to actually visit places like Samoa, Fiji and Tahiti and get to know the culture, the people and the traditions...

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Host a 'Moana' Feast Fit for the Whole Family

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 09:00

Disney’s Moana tells the tale of an adventurous teen from Motunui Island and her journey with the legendary demigod Maui.This much-anticipated Disney film debuts right in the midst of the holiday season, when family and friends will come together to enjoy the best tradition of all, eating!   There’s nothing more satisfying than a big meal with your ohana (family), and this Moana party evokes the Polynesian spirit through island flavors. To create your own luau,...

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Emilia Clarke Joins Han Solo 'Star Wars' Movie

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 08:48

Six years ago, Emilia Clarke burst into popular consciousness during the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones. Her character, Daenerys Targaryen, began as a naive and submissive young woman who soon emerged as a far stronger personality than might have been anticipated. Throughout the course of the series, Daenerys has overcome one setback after another, rising to become a powerful ruling force. In concert with her character, Clarke has risen from relative obscurity to immense...

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The First 'Cars 3' Teaser Trailer Is a Surprisingly Gritty Change of Pace

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 08:41

Pixar's Cars franchise, which includes the two main features plus two spin-off Planes movies, has always taken place in an incredibly cartoon-y universe. Obviously that's the case considering it's filled with talking vehicles who live in a world that is clearly designed for humans and yet strangely has no humans in it, but it's worth pointing out because it looks like Cars 3 may be leaving that cartoon-y universe behind. Disney and Pixar still haven't revealed an official...

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'Moana' and Other Movie Tales of the South Pacific

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 08:04

This weekend’s Moana joins a long line of colorful and escapist movies set in and around the tropical islands of the South Pacific. Many movies have been shot in such exotic island locales as Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti featuring tribal cultures, beautiful settings and, of course, a good chance of adventure. Here are just a few we like to revisit – if not literally, at least on the big screen. Moana (1926) One of the earliest films set in the South Pacific shares a name with...

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News Briefs: 'World War Z' Director Tapped for Disney's 'Christopher Robin'

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 20:26

Christopher Robin: Marc Forster (World War Z, above) will direct Christopher Robin. The live-action fantasy adventure follows Robin, the boy in A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books -- pictured above in Disney's most recent animated version -- as a grown-up businessman having troubles with his wife and daughter. The return of Pooh complicates everything. Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth) wrote the screenplay, which reportedly features "strong elements of magical realism." [THR]...

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Get Into a Naughty Kind of Christmas Spirit With This 'Bad Santa 2' Clip

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 09:00

Every holiday season a feel-good, all-ages Christmas comedy comes along that wants to unite the whole family in love for what's supposed to be a joyous, selfless time of giving. It's safe to say Bad Santa 2 delights in not being that kind of movie. Sure, there are some feel-good aspects to it, and it's funny and joyous, but it's also about a deeply selfish conman (Billy Bob Thornton) who uses the Christmas spirit to take advantage of everyone around him. Oh, and it's...

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What Is 'Nocturnal Animals' About? Watch the Cast Explain (Without Actually Spoiling Anything)

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 09:00

It is not easy to market a movie in 2016. Show too much in a trailer, people will blast you for giving away all the best stuff. Show too little and you risk alienating an audience that can't quite figure you out. Every now and then, though, a movie finds a way to show off a ton of vivid imagery without actually spoiling all of its secrets. That's the case with Nocturnal Animals, a new thriller whose twisty mystery is its greatest selling point. Written and directed by Tom Ford...

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A New 'Rogue One' Video Explains How This 'Star Wars' Movie Fits into the Larger Universe

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 06:43

For those who still aren't certain what the deal is with this new Star Wars movie arriving next month, a featurette has been released that pretty much explains everything. In it, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards explains how his movie essentially takes place within the opening crawl of the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.  In that opening crawl it mentions how rebel spies managed to steal top secret plans that reveal how to destroy a new massive weapon the...

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Watch: New Trailers for 'The Zookeeper's Wife' and 'Monster Trucks,' Plus: A Crazy Clip from 'Passengers'

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 06:40

We've got a mix of the serious and the silly and the scary today in this roundup of new movie trailers and clips:    The Zookeeper's Wife Jessica Chastain and a whole lot of animals lead the true story of Antonina Zabinska, who saved hundreds of Jews by hiding them from the Nazis in the Warsaw Zoo during World War II. The movie, based on the book by Diane Ackerman, is the latest from Whale Rider director Niki Caro. Daniel Bruhl costars as Lutz...

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Willem Dafoe Says He'll Play a "Principal" Role in 'Aquaman'

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 06:35

Back in April, we heard that Willem Dafoe would play an unspecified "good guy" in Justice League, without any details on what character that might be. This past summer, we began hearing that Dafoe would be portraying Nuidis Vulko, a trusted advisor to Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and would also be joining the cast of Aquaman as the same character. Now Dafoe has clarified the roles he will play in each movie. He told The Guardian: "Justice League is very particular because it’s...

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News Briefs: 'The Crow' Remake Moves Forward

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 21:22

The Crow Reborn: The latest development in the long-gestating plan to remake The Crow is that three companies have teamed to acquire the rights to finance, produce and distribute the movie. Plans are to begin production on The Crow Reborn, a more faithful version of James O'Barr's original graphic novel, next year. It's not known if previously attached star Jason Momoa and/or director Corin Hardy will remain with the project. [THR]   Holmes & Watson: Rob...

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Miles Teller Is Hit with Some Bad News in 'Bleed for This' Clip

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 09:00

In case this year's World Series didn't already make it obvious enough, sports will never, ever stop offering up underdog stories that defy everyone's expectations. In the realm of boxing there is perhaps no greater comeback story than that of Vinny Pazienza, a rising boxer in the '90s whose career was cut short after a car accident left Pazienza with a broken neck. Or, at least it should have been cut short. Every doctor and specialist Pazienza met with told him that...

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Watch: This New 'Kong: Skull Island' Trailer Is Full of Monsters

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 06:34

There have been a lot of King Kong movies. Maybe not quite as many as his giant cohort Godzilla, but when a franchise has been rebooted four times, you'd think all of the creative juices would have been tapped by now. And yet here we are with a new trailer for Kong: Skull Island, a fifth franchise reboot which not only looks wildly different from any King Kong movie before it, but it just looks flat-out amazing. Seriously, if you thought you were done with the giant ape after Peter...

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News Briefs: Forest Whitaker Joins Johnny Depp in Tupac-Biggie Murder Mystery

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 20:14

LAbyrinth: Forest Whitaker has joined Johnny Depp in LAbyrinth. Based on a book by Randall Sullivan, the movie follows a disgraced police detective (Depp) who teams with a reporter to investigate the long unsolved murders of musical stars Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. Brad Furman (The Infiltrator) will direct. [Deadline]     Metal A photo posted by @wponx on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:23am PST   Logan: A new photo from Logan...

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Indie Movie Guide: Must-See Fall Films, and a Chat with the Stars of 'Nocturnal Animals'

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 09:00

In this week's Indie Movie Guide, your host Alicia Malone highlights some of fall's must-see films, including Manchester by the Sea with Casey Affleck and Nocturnal Animals (both out November 18), which stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as exes tied together in a web of intrigue. She also speaks personally with Jake and Amy about the film and their characters' mysterious motivations. Find out what smaller films you should be putting on your radar by watching the video below....

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John Travolta Braces for a Storm In 'Life on the Line' Clip

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 09:00

There's an unsung group of men and women who keep your life running uninterrupted, even if you never really realize it. When there's a hard-core storm and Mother Nature is raging outside, you batten down the hatches. They put on a raincoat and go outside, ready to work. These unsung lifesavers are called utility linemen, and they're the focus of the new thriller Life on the Line. It stars John Travolta as the leader of a group of linemen tasked with keeping the...

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Matt Damon Says He'll Make an Appearance in 'Ocean's Eight'

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 06:13

Unlike Ghostbusters, the all-female version of Ocean's Eleven will be directly connected to its predecessors. Like this year's Ghostbusters reboot, though, the O11 spin-off Ocean's Eight will feature cameos from the original movie's stars. Unlike Ghostbusters, those stars will presumably be reprising their same roles. George Clooney is expected to make at least a brief appearance as Danny Ocean, whose sister, played by Sandra...

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Steve Carell Touted for 'Minecraft' Movie

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 05:54

Officially released in November 2011, Minecraft earned immediate plaudits for its clever, creative and addictive gameplay. More than 100 million people had played the game by the time Hollywood came calling. Warner Bros. acquired movie rights in February 2014 and made plans for a live-action version. By the end of that year, director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney had come and gone. In July 2015, we heard that Rob McElhenny (TV's It's Always...

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Vin Diesel Looks to Reinvent the Action Franchise with 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 05:51

Vin Diesel and Nina Dobrev surprise fans with a screening of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, in theaters January 20. The last time Vin Diesel returned to an action franchise after taking a brief hiatus between installments, it became a billion-dollar global phenomenon. His Fast & Furious movies continue to thrive; the most recent installment, 2015’s Furious 7, grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, with the next chapter, Fast 8, arriving in theaters on April 14 of next year. A...

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