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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date
The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.
As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.
While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.
The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »
- Erin Nyren
Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner in Talks to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in New 'Lion King'
In the original animation, Nathan Lane voiced the loud-mouth meerkat and Ernie Sabella tackled the kindly warthog.
- Mia Galuppo
Madonna Doesn’t Approve of Movie About Her Life: ‘Only I Can Tell My Story’
Madonna has condemned Universal for its planned movie about her life. On Monday, the studio announced it had picked up rights to Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of the famed pop star. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.
Madonna had remained silent on the project until Tuesday, when she took to Instagram to voice her displeasure. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen, »
- Nigel M. Smith
Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020
Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.
Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18
A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18
Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18
Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20
Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19
Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20
The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks
“Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.
“Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.
The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury; Full Lineup Announced
Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced jurors Jessica Chastain and Pedro Almodovar, who will preside over the panel. Rounding out the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or are French actress Agnès Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French composer Gabriel Yared.
Spanish helmer Almodovar, who won the festival’s best director prize in 1999 for “All About My Mother” and best screenplay for 2006’s “Volver,” was named as jury president in January. The festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, revealed that two-time Oscar nominee Chastain would serve on the official competition jury during an interview with French radio earlier this month. The actress’ breakout role came in Terrence Malick’s »
- Robert Mitchell
Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars
Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.
The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.
While the mix-up »
- JD Knapp
China’s Youku to Make Local Version of ‘Saturday Night Live’
Chinese streaming giant Youku is to produce a localized version of hit comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” following an agreement with NBCUniversal. The show is expected to be one of the flagship programs for Youku’s fall-winter entertainment lineup.
The Youku show will be the tenth local iteration of the iconic “SNL,” after previous international versions were launched in places including France, the Middle East and Finland. On NBC, the show has played for over 40 years with more than 800 episodes aired to date.
“Lorne Michaels has created a timeless format that taps into the prevailing cultural zeitgeist and instantaneously responds with whip-smart humor to national affairs and social trends,” Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Studios. In China, comedy is a popular genre, though current affairs can be a sensitive area and many producers tend to self-censor in order to avoid regulatory interference.
Previously independent, Youku was last year acquired by e-commerce giant Alibaba and is now part »
- Patrick Frater
Max Richter, ‘The Leftovers’ Composer, Signs With Decca Publishing
German composer Max Richter, whose ambient, post-minimalist style has made him popular with directors as from Michael Scorsese to Michael Bay, is the first artist to sign a long-term, global publishing deal with Universal Music’s newly launched Decca Publishing.
Richter has been the composer of record on HBO’s “The Leftovers,” now in season three, and excerpts from his 10-hour album “On the Nature of Daylight” can be heard in Scorsese’s 2010 film” Shutter Island” and 2016’s “Arrival” (which its integral use to bookend the narrative resulted in Oscar disqualification for Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score).
Richter’s music was also a standout among Super Bowl 51 syncs, providing the evocative backing track to Paramount’s promo for this summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” For all that, Richter is still a relative unknown in mainstream entertainment circles, something Universal and Decca plan to change.
“Max Richter is one of »
- Paula Parisi
Feminist Drama 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' Cleared for Indian Theatrical Release With Edits
Feminist drama Lipstick Under My Burkha is cleared for a theatrical release in India after the country's Film Certification Appellate Tribunal overruled the censor board's refusal to issue the film a certificate.
The board had refused a certificate, saying that the film was “lady oriented” and contained "abusive words, audio pornography."
That led the producers to approach the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (Fcat), which decided that the film can be issued a so-called "A" or adults certificate, equivalent to an Nc-17 rating, with some voluntary edits.
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick revolves around four Indian women, from »
- Nyay Bhushan
China Sets Day-and-Date Releases for ‘Transformers,’ ‘Despicable Me’
At least four major Hollywood films will enjoy day-and-date theatrical releases in China in June. Regulators have approved new outings for “Wonder Woman,” “Cars 3,” “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and Despicable Me 3.”
Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” will release in China on June 2, in a day-and-date outing aligned with the North American and international outings.
Disney’s “Cars 3” will release in China on June 16, simultaneous with the sequel’s North American release.
“Transformers” has been given a June 23 slot in China, again a day-and-date with North America.
Universal’s Illumination Entertainment-produced “Despicable Me” will reach Chinese audiences on June 30.
In an earlier announcement, Disney revealed that Shanghai will host the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on May 11, ahead of a commercial release on May 26.
The Hollywood studios are not permitted to handle release of their own films in China. Those titles imported »
- Patrick Frater
Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Divine Order’
The long-fought battle for women’s suffrage in America ended in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Switzerland granted its female population the right to vote. “The Divine Order” revisits this fight for equality through the fictional lens of a housewife in one of the country’s remote villages, where her mounting desire for autonomy and actualization is opposed by backward-thinking cretins of both genders. Though the film’s feel-good construction undercuts its ability to surprise, Petra Volpe’s cine-history lesson, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, remains a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.
Nora (Marie Leuenberger) spends her days doing laundry, making beds and vacuuming around her domineering father-in-law, and her nights cooking and caring for husband Hans (Max Simonischek) and their two sons. At first, see seems agreeably submissive to this life of routine servitude. But unfamiliar stirrings of outrage over her »
- Nick Schager
Tribeca Film Review: ‘One Percent More Humid’
“You used to be so original,” spits a spurned character to her partner near the end of “One Percent More Humid,” but from the outset, writer-director Liz W. Garcia’s indie drama plays like a tag sale of cinematic clichés, each one piled haphazardly atop another. A dreamy tale of guilt and grief whose affectations prevent any sort of genuine engagement with those emotions, this story about two girls coping with their role in the death of a friend has sporadic moments of genuine passion and humor. Mostly, though, it unravels at a pace far faster than it can spin the stories of its protagonists, limiting the prospects of this Tribeca Film Festival entry.
In an upstate New England university town, twentysomething Iris (Juno Temple) is joined by best friend Catherine (Julia Garner) to waste away the summer smoking weed and skinny-dipping at the local lake. Catherine’s so rich »
- Nick Schager
Issa Rae and HBO’s Casey Bloys on How ‘Insecure’ Is Like ‘Golden Girls’
“Insecure” is about two young black women. “The Golden Girls” was about four old white ladies. So it drew a few laughs Tuesday night when HBO programming president Casey Bloys invoked the latter show when talking about one his favorite elements of the former Tuesday night at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills.
“The fantasy of ‘Golden Girls,'” Bloys began, as the audience broke into heavy laughter. “Hear me out. I’m trying to make a point. The fantasy of ‘Golden Girls’ is that even at the end, you had your girlfriends with you, and I think that’s a very important part of this show.” He likened the relationship between the four women on “Golden Girls” to the friendship between the characters Issa and Molly on “Insecure.”
“First of all, thank you for being a friend,” Rae responded.
Bloys and Rae appeared together Tuesday night for a Paley Media Council conversation, in »
- Daniel Holloway
Korea’s Yu Ji-tae Joins Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’
Yu won the role following a joint pitch by producer Zentropa Entertainment and and Korean distributor Atnine Film. Neither company has revealed details of his role, which Yu finished shooting in Sweden in late March.
Known for his role in Park Chan-wook’s 2003 hardboiled thriller “Old Boy,” Yu has expanded his career into directing, producing and film festival organizing. His recent filmography includes crime drama “Split,” which is now in competition at Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival. “House” is set for a 2018 release.
- Sonia Kil
Vin Diesel Defends ‘Fate of the Furious’ Kissing Skills: ‘Do I Look Like a Dead Fish?’ (Video)
Earlier this month, Charlize Theron appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about “Fate of the Furious” and her role in it – playing the villainous hacker-crimelord Cypher. The film sees Cypher blackmailing series main character Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into becoming a criminal. And in one pivotal scene heavily featured in the film’s trailer, Cypher kisses Dom in front of his erstwhile #family to really send the message that he was working for the bad guys. About the scene, Theron told Ellen that “I’m the crazy chick that’s doing this horrible thing to him and, as he should’ve, »
- Ross A. Lincoln
South Korean Actor Yu Ji-tae Joins Lars Von Trier's 'House That Jack Built'
Yu is the first Asian actor to play a supporting role in one of Von Trier's films.
He began his career as a fashion model, but is now known for his work with several of South Korea's most acclaimed directors, including Hur Jin-ho on One Fine Spring Day (2001), Park Chan-wook in Oldboy (2003), and Hong Sang-soo in Woman is the Future of Man (2004).
“It’s an honor for me to be in the film »
- Patrick Brzeski
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ to Hold World Premiere in Shanghai
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will hold its world premiere at the Shanghai Disney Resort in China on May 11.
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend. Disney noted the event will mark the first time a Hollywood movie has premiered in Mainland China.
The red carpet will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort, with the screening in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disneyland includes the pirate-themed Treasure Cove, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Having cleared Chinese censorship, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be released wide on May 26 in the country, day-and-date with its release in the U.S.
Disney showed »
- Dave McNary
Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Trip to Spain’
“The Trip to Spain” is the third entry in the cult series of culinary road comedies featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as thinly fictionalized versions of their scalding, misanthropically funny, showbiz-fixated London-comedian-actor selves. The first thing to say about the film is that it’s utterly of a piece with “The Trip” (2010) and “The Trip to Italy” (2014); if you’re a fan of the first two movies, it’s hard to imagine that you won’t like this one. (Each is a boiled-down version of a six-episode TV series made for the BBC, all of them directed by Michael Winterbottom.) This time, Coogan and Brydon spend five days driving up the misty green Spanish coastline, staying in rustic designer hotels and sampling New Traditional restaurants — which Brydon has arranged to review for The New York Times — against a backdrop of absurdly tranquil and picturesque towns and villages.
The leisurely lunches, »
- Owen Gleiberman
'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' to World Premiere at Shanghai Disneyland
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been officially cleared for release in China on May 26, day-and-date with its release in the U.S.
Signaling the growing value of the China market — already the world's No. 2 box-office territory — the sequel will also have its world premiere at the Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in the Middle Kingdom.
- Patrick Brzeski
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