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‘Isle Of Dogs’ Trailer: Wes Anderson Drums Up Stop-Motion Animation Excitement
eelyajekiM   |  

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Wes Anderson films are anything but conventional. He has a visual sense composed of flat cameras, snappy zooms, symmetrical compositions, hand-made art, and miniature feels, that give the film’s setting a sense of uniqueness. On top of that, he has a quirky and yet hypnotic soundtrack that often utilizes pop songs of the ’60s and ’70s. Then there is the dysfunctional family that takes center stage of the storytelling. And while all of that plays a huge role in his live-action films, Anderson has also dipped his hand into stop-motion animation. An animation medium where his skills can be put to good uses because of its use of practical hand made set pieces.

Which takes us to Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s latest directorial effort that uses stop-motion animation. And just wait until you hear who has lent their talents for the film. Check out the cast and trailer below.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Cast Announcement Video
eelyajekiM   |  

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Just a few weeks ago we saw Wes Anderson‘s holiday short/ad for H&M. So while it may have looked like Anderson took a long vacation, but the filmmaker has been hard at work. And he isn’t just releasing shorts.

We’ve known that he’s been putting together his next film, a stop-motion animated feature all about dogs on an island. Now we know who will star in the film as the director has announced the full cast and shooting location for Isle of Dogs. Check out the video announcement below.

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Fathom Events: The 20th Anniversary Of ‘Space Jam’
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Twenty years ago, the world beheld the greatest onscreen duo of all time. Not Bogey & Bacall, Abbot & Costello, or even Batman & Robin. No, I’m talking about Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Sunday evening, I took my son to the Fathom Events screening of the 20th Anniversary of Space Jam. The film debuted twenty years ago this week when I was a spry 14 years old. My then 4-year old sister LOVED this movie and nearly wore out the VHS tape we had… yes, we owned the VHS.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016)
eelyajekiM   |  

The Jungle Book Mowgli and Baloo

The Jungle Book
Blu-ray | DVD | Digital HD
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Justin Marks
Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 106 Minutes
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Disney had ushered in a new phase of storytelling by reimagining their animated classics and turning them into joyous live-action iterations that pay respect to the source material and their animated predecessor. It’s not as though director Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is just some generic retelling of the 1967 animated film; it’s something that utilizes nostalgia and then enhances the story with crisp photoreal CGI technology that draws in the audiences into that world. As soon as The Jungle Book starts, you sense all of that as it opens with an animated version of the traditional Disney castle opening sequence then transitions into the vibrant CGI world you can almost feel. From there it’s an immersive adventure about a boy finding his place in his pack, as well as in the dangerous settings of the jungle, where an enemy doesn’t feel he belongs.

I reviewed the film in length back in April when it was released in theaters, so you can read that here, where you’ll see I found it very enjoyable. Below you can check out a review of the bonus features that are available on both the Blu-ray and Digital HD release. These extras include “The Jungle Book Reimagined,” “I Am Mowgli,” “King Louie’s Temple: Layer By Layer,” and feature-length Audio Commentary.

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Movie Review: The Jungle Book
Adam Frazier   |  

Movie Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Justin Marks
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG | 105 Minutes
Release Date: April 15, 2016

There’s really only one word to describe The Jungle Book: magical. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), this live-action adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film is a miracle of modern filmmaking, combining state-of-the-art special effects with heartfelt storytelling.

Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli, a young boy orphaned in the jungle as an infant. Rescued by the black panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Mowgli is raised by Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito), an Indian wolf couple who adopt the “man-cub” as one of their own. But Mowgli finds he is no longer safe in the jungle when the tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat.

Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli sets out for the man village, guided by Bagheera and the benevolent bear Baloo (Bill Murray). Along the way, the man-cub encounters creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart, including the seductive python Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and King Louie (Christopher Walken), a smooth-talking Gigantopithecus who wants man’s deadly red flower: fire.

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Movie Review: Disney’s The Jungle Book
eelyajekiM   |  

The Jungle Book Mowgli and Baloo

The Jungle Book
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Justin Marks
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 106 Minutes
Release Date: April 15, 2016

There is a fine line that filmmakers walk when reimagining a classic like Disney’s The Jungle Book. The animated film, released in 1967, has a special place in the hearts of fans who enjoyed watching a boy who lived in the jungle and was raised by wolves become a man. Though there have been many iterations and adaptations, that film is probably the most recognized. Now we flash forward to 2016, nearly 50 years since the release of the film where Disney has already created a successful formula of turning those animated classics into live-action blockbusters.

The film is storytelling come to life in every sense of the word. Like a parental figure reading a story to their child. Jon Favreau (Iron Man), faithfully adapts the film for the newer generation, while still paying respect to those who loved the original. Some might consider that his vision for this surpasses the original. Others might think it succeeds in its own right. In the end, the film is nostalgically joyous and a romping good time.

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‘The Jungle Book’: Latest Clip Introduces Christopher Walken’s King Louie
The Movie God   |  

The Jungle Book King Louie

Disney has released the latest clip from The Jungle Book, the live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling‘s stories being directed by Iron Man, Elf, and Zathura director Jon Favreau.

The new clip introduces the gigantic orangutan named King Louie, who is voiced by Christopher Walken. Other characters we’ve been introduced to recently include the bear Baloo and wolf Raksha, as well as the intimidating villain tiger Shere Khan.

You can check out the latest clip below.

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Watch Now: New ‘Jungle Book’ Clips “Baloo” and “Mowgli Leaves The Pack”
The Movie God   |  

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Disney has released a pair of new clips from The Jungle Book, one titled “Baloo” and the other titled “Mowgli Leaves the Pack,” which give us a closer look at some of the characters of the film. These follow the recently released introduction to the villainous Shere Khan, and are sure to be followed by new clips involving some of the other main characters.

You can check out the new clips below along with a recently released featurette if you haven’t seen it.

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‘The Jungle Book’: Introducing Shere Khan (Video)
The Movie God   |  

Shere Khan In Disney's The Jungle Book

A new preview of Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book has been released that introduces feared tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) as he gets a scent for the man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi). We recently saw Elba posing with the tiger in a photo shoot, along with the rest of the cast posing with their animal characters.

Click on over to the other side now to read a synopsis and watch the new clip.

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Valentine’s Day 2016: It’s The End Of The World, Per ‘Ghostbusters II’
Empress Eve   |  

Ghostbusters II Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine’s Day 2016, which, according to Ghostbusters II, is the end of the world.

In the 1989 sequel, Bill Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman has gone from ghostbusting to TV host of World Of The Psychic. In one episode of the talk show, Dr. Venkman interviews a woman named Elaine (Chloe Webb), who states that according to her sources, the end of the world will be on February 14, 2016. “Bummer,” Venkman replies, before hearing how Elaine knows this is the date (from aliens, of course!).

Check out the scene here below from Ghostbusters II, and be sure to make this final day on Earth a good one!

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