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Movie Review: Toy Story 4
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TOY STORY 4

Toy Story 4
Director: Josh Cooley
Writer: Stephany Folsom, Andrew Stanton
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ally Maki, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated G | Minutes: 100
Release Date: June 21, 2019

It has been an incredible journey for the Toy Story gang. Though Toy Story 3 is hailed as one of the best of the franchise, many questioned the need to have another sequel about Woody and Buzz. Well, everything seen and heard in Toy Story 4 validates that need.

An emotionally and visually beautiful epilogue to Pixar’s flagship films, Toy Story 4 takes some bold risks by inserting heavy themes and thrusts beloved characters into unfamiliar territory. By doing so, we get to see these treasured characters in a whole new light and are given even more reasons to continue loving them. Most importantly, the film continues to have all the heart and the humor that the franchise is known for. Check out my full review here below.

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Dave Bautista Says He Is Good With Marvel Studios Since James Gunn’s Rehiring
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Dave Bautista was among the first of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast to voice his frustrations over Disney and Marvel Studios’ decision to fire James Gunn over offensive tweets that were made a decade ago. Bautista went as far as threatening to walk out of the final film entirely if the two studios did not rehire Gunn. Ultimately, they never found a replacement, and eventually they rehired Gunn.

Though it has taken some time, Bautista is now coming out to talk about his relationship with Disney and Marvel, along with his fierce loyalty to Gunn. Check it out below.

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‘The Lion King’ TV Spot: Hear Beyoncé As Nala
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The Lion King Nala

The marketing campaign for Disney’s upcoming The Lion King has relied a lot more on the visual than the auditory. We haven’t heard much from the cast, at least not directly. Any dialogue heard came from characters that are out of sight.

But that all changes with this new TV spot which reveals Beyoncé Knowles as the voice of Nala. Check out the TV Spot below.

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‘Onward’ Trailer: Pixar Wants To Know If You Believe In Magic
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Disney Pixar ONWARD

Onward is best described as a fantasy adventure set in suburbia. And based on the two images that were released earlier this week, that would seem to be the case. Now Disney•Pixar has unveiled their first trailer for the upcoming animated film starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two elves who embark on a quest to see if there is still magic left in the world. Check out the full trailer here below.

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Disney Looks To Marc Webb To Direct Live-Action ‘Snow White’
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s no small secret that Disney is mining through their animated vault to adapt classic titles into live-action films. The process has been a relative hit or miss, but Aladdin‘s recent box office success only gives way for the studio to release more of these, whether that is theatrically or on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

Now the studio appears to have found a director to helm another one of their animated classics — their first one, in fact. According to new reports, (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb has been tapped to helm the live-action version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. More on the report below.

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‘The Lion King’ Character Posters and Special Preview Video Reminds Us Of The One True King
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The Lion King Image Header

Disney has released 11 new posters for director Jon Favreau‘s retelling of The Lion King. The film features the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, JD McCrary as young Simba, and Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala. The new posters feature each of these characters.

Based on the 1994 animated film of the same name, pioneering filmmaking techniques have been used to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way. In addition to the new posters, Disney has also released a special preview of the upcoming film that highlights all of the visual effects that are used to bring these animals to life. You can check out all of the posters and the video below.

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Disney May End Productions In Georgia If The State Passes Abortion Law
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Walt Disney Studios Logo

Atlanta, Georgia has become the hub of entertainment production. Based on the Georgia.com site, 68 projects have been or are currently being produced there, and 188 titles have been produced in 2019 alone. So it’s more than just a few notable TV shows and major films. But the state is at risk of losing all of that if they pass their abortion law.

And one major studio might just do that. Walt Disney Studios CEO Bob Iger spoke about how it would be “very difficult” for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people will not want to work in the U.S. state. More on the report below.

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Geek Peek: Pixar’s ‘Onward’ Offers A First Look At A Magical Domesticated Life
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Disney Pixar Onward Title

Pixar’s Onward may open in theaters in 2020, but we are getting our first look at the film that combines fantasy and reality.

In the upcoming animated feature, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt play two magical elves who embark on a quest to find out if there is still magic left in the world. It will be the studio’s newest original film following 2017’s Coco. Check out the two new images below.

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How ‘Aladdin’ Stars Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott Bring An Entirely Whole New World To Life
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Aladdin

Based on the 1992 animated classic of the same name, Aladdin was one of Disney’s first animated features to have characters of color. Representation is important in this day and age because it allows people of color and the marginalized to see themselves in the characters seen on screen. So it was significantly important to reflect that in the casting of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. Though there were reports of some casting issues, director Guy Ritchie and the rest of the Disney team were dedicated to finding the right actors for the film. And they found them in Mena Massoud, who plays the title character, and Naomi Scott, who plays Princess Jasmine.

Geeks of Doom and a group of journalists were invited to attend the global press conference in Los Angeles, CA, where Massoud and Scott talked about what it was like to be a part of the production, working with Ritchie, and how they all infused some of their own personalities and quirks into the characters while also respecting the animated original. Check out what they had to say below.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Vanity Fair Photos Reveal Deeper Force Connections
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Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: Episode IX

There is an immense amount of anticipation when it comes to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film is the last entry in the Skywalker saga and brings to a close to a nine-chapter story arc that first started back in 1977. While we may be bidding one final farewell to these characters, much of the story remains a mystery.

We only got a small tease of what’s to come a few weeks back at Star Wars Celebration, where we saw the first teaser for the upcoming film. Of course, fans were excited to hear the Luke Skywalker voice over, that Lando Calrissian laugh, and a very tearful Rey embracing General Leia. But the one thing that got fans riled up was the Emperor’s laugh. The menacing character has been a dark and evil fixture since the original trilogy.

Now we are getting yet another look at the film. So to speak. It’s another behind the scenes look from Vanity Fair’s Annie Leibovitz, whose engaging photos provide an intimate look at the production of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Check out the new gallery, plus what some of the cast and crew had to say below.

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