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Sam Mendes In Talks To Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’
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Sam Mendes

As Disney continues to mine through their animation vault, more and more acclaimed directors are climbing aboard live-action adaptations. Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) is the latest filmmaker to join the club. According to new reports, Mendes is in talks to direct a live-action remake of Pinocchio – not to be confused with the Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. that is being developed at Warner Bros – the 1940 classic film about an elderly, impoverished woodcarver named Gepetto, who creates Pinocchio and wishes upon a star that he could be a real boy.

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Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen Cast As Timon and Pumbaa In ‘The Lion King’
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Just moments after Disney announced the release date for director Jon Favreau‘s The Lion King, the studio also announced the two actors who will provide the voices of Timon and Pumbaa, the meerkat and warthog duo that help Simba learn about Hakuna Matata.

According to new reports, Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner and This Is The End‘s Seth Rogen will now voice the two. They will be joining the previously announced Donald Glover, who voices Simba, and James Earl Jones, who once again voices Mufasa. Beyonce Knowles is in talks to voice Nala. More on the story below.

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‘Aladdin’: Will Smith In Talks To Play Genie In Live Action Disney Remake
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Once upon a time, not too long ago, Will Smith was in talks for a role in one of Disney’s live-action remakes of their animated classics, the new take on Dumbo being directed by Tim Burton.

That ultimately didn’t work out. But now comes word that he’s up for another Disney role, and it’s a much more well-known character than who he was going to play in Dumbo. It’s being reported that Smith has entered into early talks to take on the role of Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin.

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Universal Monsters Shared Universe Won’t Be Anything Like Superhero Universes
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Universal Monsters

Given the popularity of superhero shared universes, studios are trying to snatch up properties in hopes of mimicking their box office success. So it is easy to see why some would dismiss one of the newest shared universes, Universal’s Classic Monsters universe.

Sure, Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy may be the beginning of a Universal Monsters shared universe with Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) being the rumored thread that ties it all together, but producer Chris Morgan says upcoming remakes of The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc, won’t be anything like what’s being done over at Marvel Studios or WB’s DC Films. Check out what he had to say below.

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Michael Keaton In Talks To Join Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’
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Disney is popping up the circus tent for Tim Burton‘s Dumbo. Danny DeVito and Eva Green will appear in the live-action animation hybrid, with the possibility of Colin Farrell joining the cast.

Now there are reports that say Michael Keaton is in talks to play the role of the villain. More on the story below.

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‘The Mummy’ Trailer: Tom Cruise Unearths An Ancient Evil
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Universal Pictures has released the second trailer for The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, and Russell Crowe.

While the first trailer was focused on all the action, this new trailer gives us a little more context as to why this particular mummy is evil and what she intends to do now that is has been brought back to life, thanks in no small part to some curious people who accidentally found the sarcophagus. Check out the full trailer below.

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‘The Lion King:’ Beyonce Is The Top Choice To Play Nala
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Beyonce Lion King

You have to hand it to these Disney live-action iterations. They really do know how to cast their characters. And for Jon Favreau‘s The Lion King remake, it doesn’t get any better than this one. While nothing is set in stone, reports are saying that Beyonce is the top choice to play Nala.

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‘Akira’: ‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele In Talks To Helm Live Action Remake
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Warner Brothers’ live-action adaptation of Akira has been development hell for the better part of 15 years. Going through numerous directors, the film looked like it would never get out of it. But new reports say Get Out director Jordan Peele may be the person to step in and helm the film.

According to The Tracking Board, insiders say that WB is “moving aggressively” towards inking a deal with Peele to direct the film. This coming off Get Out, which was his directorial debut. Apparently, the studio was thinking about having Peele direct The Flash, but Akira is a top priority for the studio, and it looks like discussions between the two have been “encouraging.” More on the story below.

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‘Baywatch’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Jumps Into An Ocean Of Fire Because He can
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Baywatch

Paramount Pictures has released the second trailer for Baywatch, from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon. The film is based on the hit 90s show that centered on a group of lifeguards who saved lives on the titular beach. Of course, the show was probably best known for their slow-motion runs than anything else. But still, with the success of the Jump Street film franchise, studios are looking at what shows they can revitalize and turn into films.

Check out the full trailer for Baywatch here below.

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‘Power Rangers’ Cast Puts A New Spin On “It’s Morphin Time”
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As a kid who grew up in the 90s, I practically lived and breathed Saturday morning TV, and nothing said get up early to watch shows than the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the American version of the popular Japanese Super Sentai aired. Since then, over 20 different themed Power Rangers shows have aired and two different theatrical films were released.

Now, a whole new version will hit theaters next week in Power Rangers. Directed by Dean Israelite (Earth To Echo), the film is a callback to the first show that aired in the U.S. But this time there is a whole new group of kids: Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery) Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G), and Zack (Ludi Lin) who will morph into a new team to fight a different kind of Rita Replusia (Elizabeth Banks).

We were fortunate enough to sit down with a group of our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and crew about making the film and appealing to the older fans while also drawing in new audiences. We also learned about the fight training and what it was like for the young cast to star opposite Banks. Check it all out here below.

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