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/Filmcast Ep. 497 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (GUEST: Dan Gvozden, host of the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast)

spider-man into the spider-verse clip

The cast plus Dan Gvozden, a certified Spider-Man aficionado, dive into the amazing Spider-Verse and rank their favorite reincarnations of the character. Also tune in to find out how a trailer about a dog made David re-evaluate his life choices.

Check out the interview with Alfonso Cuarón on the cinematography of Roma, the critique on the racial politics of Green Book, and Dan Gvozden’s definitive list of Spider-Verse Easter eggs in The Hollywood Reporter.

Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Listen and subscribe below:
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Show Notes (all timestamps are approximate only)

What We’ve Been Watching (~12:00)
David – Free Solo, Green Book
Devindra –  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S2
Dan – Mirai


Featured Reviews (~1:00:00)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spoilers (~1:33:00)

Credits:

  • Our sponsors this week are Casper and Green Chef.
  • Our music sometimes comes from the work of Adam Warrock. You can download our theme song here. Our Slashfilmcourt music comes from Simonmharris.com. Our spoiler bumper comes from filmmaker Kyle Hillinger. Production assistance this week comes from Beidi Z. 
  • If you’d like advertise with us or sponsor us, please e-mail slashfilmcast@gmail.com.
  • Contact us at our voicemail number: 781-583-1993
  • You can donate and support the /Filmcast by going to slashfilm.com, clicking on the /Filmcast tab, and clicking on the sidebar “Donate” links! Thanks to all our donors this week!

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#MyNFB : REW-FFWD, a glimpse of Denis Villeneuve’s early work

About midway through Denis Villeneuve’s short film REW-FFWD, a science-fiction/documentary hybrid that centres on a photographer’s journey to Jamaica, a voice-over says, “This human hell is a paradise for photography.” Suddenly, I was forced to rethink the film, and decided it was more clever than I’d initially thought.

#MyNFB | Last summer, we issued a call for submissions. Many of you participated, sharing your affection for NFB films. Here is the piece written by Jack Pitre.

Released in 1994, Villeneuve’s short immediately jumped out at me from the titles in the NFB’s collection, as it offers a glimpse of the successful director’s early work. It’s a film that plays with familiar themes for Villeneuve, questioning the reality presented by our own minds and the complexities of memory.

Moreover, it tackles the issue of documentary “poverty porn,” the controversial practice of exoticizing or objectifying the poor for the self-righteous privileged class of viewers.

As the story’s told through the narrator’s black box (a physical stand-in for his mind), we rewind and fast-forward through his memories of the Jamaican trip, beginning with his fear and nervousness and eventually transitioning as he begins to see the citizens as people worth listening to.

These characters philosophize about music, family dynamics, Africa, and Jamaican culture, and Villeneuve amateurishly switches between straightforward documentation and his sci-fi narrative device.

REW-FFWD, by Denis VIlleneuve

Clearly influenced by the work of Chris Marker, and La Jetée in particular, this clash of storytelling is confusing and never entirely works. If anything, the framing device seems unnecessary, as though Villeneuve thought it was needed to make his footage more compelling by infusing it with genre.

That said, once he shows his hand with the self-aware quote about this hell being perfect for photographers, it becomes clearer that Villeneuve is interested in questioning the tropes of documentary filmmaking and the dangers of poverty porn.

“Stop Your Cinema!” implores a title card at the end of the film, suggesting that Villeneuve is frustrated with the industry’s surface-level understanding of marginalized communities.

As such, he’s designed his film to begin with a protagonist that falls under that same objectifying umbrella, but allows him to discover how narrow his perspective is (he says, “I have to learn how to unlearn.”).

What shines brightest here is the humanity and specificity of the Jamaican people documented in the film, and Villeneuve seems to understand that. And yet his choice to frame the story within a convoluted memory puzzle is misguided, one which threatens to strip away the power of his ideas. They are separate ideas that are never synthesized.

Thankfully, though, Villeneuve is able to avoid getting in his own way just long enough to make an effectively stirring, challenging film that bears the promise of what he would later achieve.

By Jack Pitre


Watch REW-FFWD :

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/rew_ffwd_en/

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#MyNFB : REW-FFWD, a glimpse of Denis Villeneuve’s early work

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About midway through Denis Villeneuve’s short film REW-FFWD, a science-fiction/documentary hybrid that centres on a photographer’s journey to Jamaica, a voice-over says, “This human hell is a paradise for photography.” Suddenly, I was forced to rethink the film, and decided it was more clever than I’d initially thought.

#MyNFB | Last summer, we issued a call for submissions. Many of you participated, sharing your affection for NFB films. Here is the piece written by Jack Pitre.

Released in 1994, Villeneuve’s short immediately jumped out at me from the titles in the NFB’s collection, as it offers a glimpse of the successful director’s early work. It’s a film that plays with familiar themes for Villeneuve, questioning the reality presented by our own minds and the complexities of memory.

Moreover, it tackles the issue of documentary “poverty porn,” the controversial practice of exoticizing or objectifying the poor for the self-righteous privileged class of viewers.

As the story’s told through the narrator’s black box (a physical stand-in for his mind), we rewind and fast-forward through his memories of the Jamaican trip, beginning with his fear and nervousness and eventually transitioning as he begins to see the citizens as people worth listening to.

These characters philosophize about music, family dynamics, Africa, and Jamaican culture, and Villeneuve amateurishly switches between straightforward documentation and his sci-fi narrative device.

REW-FFWD, by Denis VIlleneuve

Clearly influenced by the work of Chris Marker, and La Jetée in particular, this clash of storytelling is confusing and never entirely works. If anything, the framing device seems unnecessary, as though Villeneuve thought it was needed to make his footage more compelling by infusing it with genre.

That said, once he shows his hand with the self-aware quote about this hell being perfect for photographers, it becomes clearer that Villeneuve is interested in questioning the tropes of documentary filmmaking and the dangers of poverty porn.

“Stop Your Cinema!” implores a title card at the end of the film, suggesting that Villeneuve is frustrated with the industry’s surface-level understanding of marginalized communities.

As such, he’s designed his film to begin with a protagonist that falls under that same objectifying umbrella, but allows him to discover how narrow his perspective is (he says, “I have to learn how to unlearn.”).

What shines brightest here is the humanity and specificity of the Jamaican people documented in the film, and Villeneuve seems to understand that. And yet his choice to frame the story within a convoluted memory puzzle is misguided, one which threatens to strip away the power of his ideas. They are separate ideas that are never synthesized.

Thankfully, though, Villeneuve is able to avoid getting in his own way just long enough to make an effectively stirring, challenging film that bears the promise of what he would later achieve.

By Jack Pitre


Watch REW-FFWD :

oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/rew_ffwd_en/

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from NFB Blog https://blog.nfb.ca/blog/2018/12/19/mynfb-rew-ffwd-jack-pitre/

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/Filmcast Ep. 497 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (GUEST: Dan Gvozden, host of the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast)

spider-man into the spider-verse clip

The cast plus Dan Gvozden, a certified Spider-Man aficionado, dive into the amazing Spider-Verse and rank their favorite reincarnations of the character. Also tune in to find out how a trailer about a dog made David re-evaluate his life choices.

Check out the interview with Alfonso Cuarón on the cinematography of Roma, the critique on the racial politics of Green Book, and Dan Gvozden’s definitive list of Spider-Verse Easter eggs in The Hollywood Reporter.

Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Listen and subscribe below:
https://player.megaphone.fm/PPY5031017277?

Show Notes (all timestamps are approximate only)

What We’ve Been Watching (~12:00)
David – Free Solo, Green Book
Devindra –  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S2
Dan – Mirai


Featured Reviews (~1:00:00)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spoilers (~1:33:00)

Credits:

  • Our sponsors this week are Casper and Green Chef.
  • Our music sometimes comes from the work of Adam Warrock. You can download our theme song here. Our Slashfilmcourt music comes from Simonmharris.com. Our spoiler bumper comes from filmmaker Kyle Hillinger. Production assistance this week comes from Beidi Z. 
  • If you’d like advertise with us or sponsor us, please e-mail slashfilmcast@gmail.com.
  • Contact us at our voicemail number: 781-583-1993
  • You can donate and support the /Filmcast by going to slashfilm.com, clicking on the /Filmcast tab, and clicking on the sidebar “Donate” links! Thanks to all our donors this week!

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Film

/Filmcast Ep. 497 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (GUEST: Dan Gvozden, host of the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast)

spider-man into the spider-verse clip

The cast plus Dan Gvozden, a certified Spider-Man aficionado, dive into the amazing Spider-Verse and rank their favorite reincarnations of the character. Also tune in to find out how a trailer about a dog made David re-evaluate his life choices.

Check out the interview with Alfonso Cuarón on the cinematography of Roma, the critique on the racial politics of Green Book, and Dan Gvozden’s definitive list of Spider-Verse Easter eggs in The Hollywood Reporter.

Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Listen and subscribe below:
https://player.megaphone.fm/PPY5031017277?

Show Notes (all timestamps are approximate only)

What We’ve Been Watching (~12:00)
David – Free Solo, Green Book
Devindra –  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S2
Dan – Mirai


Featured Reviews (~1:00:00)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spoilers (~1:33:00)

Credits:

  • Our sponsors this week are Casper and Green Chef.
  • Our music sometimes comes from the work of Adam Warrock. You can download our theme song here. Our Slashfilmcourt music comes from Simonmharris.com. Our spoiler bumper comes from filmmaker Kyle Hillinger. Production assistance this week comes from Beidi Z. 
  • If you’d like advertise with us or sponsor us, please e-mail slashfilmcast@gmail.com.
  • Contact us at our voicemail number: 781-583-1993
  • You can donate and support the /Filmcast by going to slashfilm.com, clicking on the /Filmcast tab, and clicking on the sidebar “Donate” links! Thanks to all our donors this week!

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Superhero Bits: ‘Gotham’ Finishes Production, HBO Asia Trolls Zack Snyder Fans About ‘Justice League’ & More

X-Men Dark Phoenix

How did HBO Asia troll Zack Snyder fans who want the director’s cut of Justice League? What’s the next movie that Shazam director David F. Sandberg would like to tackle from DC Comics? Which blockbuster cinematographer will be shooting the Black Widow movie? Which Oscars categories shortlisted all three of Marvel‘s 2018 releases? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Check out a timelapse video of Jason Momoa sculpted as Aquaman with some incredible facial hair work.

Some rumored premiere dates for the forthcoming DC Universe shows Swamp Thing and more have leaked.

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Gotham finished production on their fifth and final season, and they celebrated with this cast and crew photo.

Shazam director David F. Sandberg joked to fans that he’d next like to tackle Matter-Eater Lad from DC.

Marvel takes a look at the romance and relationships of the first season of Marvel’s Runaways series on Hulu.

Entertainment Weekly says Stargirl has cast Haunting of Hill House star Henry Thomas as Dr. Mid-Nite.

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The X-Men franchise Twitter posted a new image of some of our mutant heroes from X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Disney executive Kevin Meyer says the deal to purchase 20th Century Fox and their assets is nearly complete.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits

Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the next page of Superhero Bits.

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from /Film https://www.slashfilm.com/superhero-bits-1653/

Film

Superhero Bits: ‘Gotham’ Finishes Production, HBO Asia Trolls Zack Snyder Fans About ‘Justice League’ & More

X-Men Dark Phoenix

How did HBO Asia troll Zack Snyder fans who want the director’s cut of Justice League? What’s the next movie that Shazam director David F. Sandberg would like to tackle from DC Comics? Which blockbuster cinematographer will be shooting the Black Widow movie? Which Oscars categories shortlisted all three of Marvel‘s 2018 releases? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Check out a timelapse video of Jason Momoa sculpted as Aquaman with some incredible facial hair work.

Some rumored premiere dates for the forthcoming DC Universe shows Swamp Thing and more have leaked.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Gotham finished production on their fifth and final season, and they celebrated with this cast and crew photo.

Shazam director David F. Sandberg joked to fans that he’d next like to tackle Matter-Eater Lad from DC.

Marvel takes a look at the romance and relationships of the first season of Marvel’s Runaways series on Hulu.

Entertainment Weekly says Stargirl has cast Haunting of Hill House star Henry Thomas as Dr. Mid-Nite.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

The X-Men franchise Twitter posted a new image of some of our mutant heroes from X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Disney executive Kevin Meyer says the deal to purchase 20th Century Fox and their assets is nearly complete.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits

Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the next page of Superhero Bits.

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from /Film https://www.slashfilm.com/superhero-bits-1653/

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Daily Podcast: The Most Interesting and Craziest Scripts on the 2018 Black List, What’s Going on With Marvel’s Netflix Shows & More

daredevil season 4

On the December 18, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Penny Marshall, 2018 Black List, Marvel Netflix shows, Rashomon and Peanuts.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

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In The News:

All the other stuff you need to know:

  • You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com, and linked inside the show notes.
  • /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com.
  • You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (RSS).
  • Send your feedback, questions, comments and concerns to us at peter@slashfilm.com. Please leave your name and general geographic location in case we mention the e-mail on the air.
  • Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes, tell your friends and spread the word!
  • Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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Daily Podcast: The Most Interesting and Craziest Scripts on the 2018 Black List, What’s Going on With Marvel’s Netflix Shows & More

daredevil season 4

On the December 18, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Penny Marshall, 2018 Black List, Marvel Netflix shows, Rashomon and Peanuts.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/wv594-a2393b?from=yiiadmin&download=1&version=1&vjs=1&skin=4&auto=0&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&download=1&rtl=0

In The News:

All the other stuff you need to know:

  • You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com, and linked inside the show notes.
  • /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com.
  • You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (RSS).
  • Send your feedback, questions, comments and concerns to us at peter@slashfilm.com. Please leave your name and general geographic location in case we mention the e-mail on the air.
  • Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes, tell your friends and spread the word!
  • Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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‘Turn of the Screw’ TV Series Headed to Freeform, With a Modern Day Setting

turn of the screw TV series

Henry James’ gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw will be adapted into a new TV series for Freeform. So far, so good, right? Not so fast! The adaptation will also be set in modern times, which takes a little wind out of the story’s old school gothic scares. The new Turn of the Screw TV series will focus on a nanny who heads to a job on a picturesque island, only to discover possible supernatural forces.

Deadline broke the news about the Turn of the Screw TV series. The series will hail from Alexandra McNally (Under the Dome), Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva, CSI) and Sony Pictures Television, with McNally writing the pilot and executive producing with Berman and Osprey’s Head of Development & Production, Chris King.

Here’s the synopsis of the original Henry James novella:

When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she’s seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

The story has been adapted into films and other formats several times before, perhaps most famously as Jack Clayton’s wonderful 1961 film The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr. There’s plenty of material here to mine for a creepy show, but the modern day setting gives me serious pause. “The Turn of the Screw is one of the scariest novels of all time. Yet the themes are as relevant today as they were more than a century ago,” said Berman, and I guess that’s true, but the story’s 19th century setting adds a certain atmosphere that probably won’t transfer well into our present day.

The new adaptation will follow “Elena, a Mexican-American nanny who is hired to care for the two children of a widowed-father at their summer home on idyllic Bainbridge Island. It seems like the perfect job with potential for a ‘happily ever after’ ending, but things take a sinister turn when Elena begins seeing ghosts and her grip on what is real and what is not blurs.”

I have no evidence of this, but my guess is that Freeform is moving ahead with this because of the success of Mike Flanagan’s Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House. The show received rave reviews, and generated buzz, so producers are likely looking for more scary classics to mine for material. Hill House was also updated to modern times (at least partially), but Shirley Jackson’s novel was set in the 1950s, which is much different than the 1890s setting of Screw. Still, if done right, I’m always up for more horror-based TV shows.

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‘Vice’ Originally Had a Musical Number, But Paul Thomas Anderson Convinced Adam McKay to Cut It

vice musical number

It’s hard to picture Dick Cheney bursting into song, but it almost happened in Adam McKay‘s Vice. McKay’s dark comedy biopic about the former Vice President makes a wide variety of stylistic choices to tell its tale, and at one point, one of those flourishes involved a full-blown musical number. In the end, though, director Paul Thomas Anderson convinced McKay to leave it on the cutting room floor. More on the deleted Vice musical number below.

Just as he did with The Big Short, director Adam McKay takes an “everything and the kitchen sink” approach to his Dick Cheney biopic Vice, using a variety of cinematic tricks and visual sleight-of-hand to tell the story. It also almost featured a musical number. McKay revealed the presence of a song and dance scene, and confirmed Phantom Thread director Paul Thomas Anderson suggested he remove it, during a New York Times profile:

“McKay also showed “Vice” to filmmaker friends like Paul Thomas Anderson and David O. Russell. After Anderson, who watched two preliminary cuts, told McKay that the end of the movie worked great but the start “had problems,” McKay decided to scrap two early sections: an elaborate musical number and a prolonged passage set in Cheney’s Wyoming adolescence. McKay adored both but decided that Anderson was right — they were gumming up the machinery.”

In a recent interview with UPROXX, Steve Carell, who plays Donald Rumsfeld in the film, also talked briefly about the musical number, saying “There’s a lot of weird stuff that didn’t end up in the movie,” and adding:

“At one point there was a big musical number in the movie. And some of it works in the context of what he’s trying to achieve as a film and a story, and some of it doesn’t. I think in the editing process it becomes evident to him what stuff is playing, and what stuff isn’t.”

As one of the handful of critics who generally loved Vice, I’m very curious to see both this musical number, and all the other “weird stuff” that didn’t make it into the final film (I’m less interested in the material about Cheney’s adolescence). And just what did this musical number entail? McKay gave Variety the details.

“It was kind of when Rumsfeld is teaching Cheney about Washington D.C. and how to get ahead,” McKay said, referring to a scene that happens early in Vice. “It’s sort of like ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be,’ he’s kind of giving him that speech. But the speech is about, ‘Who cares about anything? You’ve got to just get ahead of people, making your moves.’ I think there was a line in it, ‘The means justify the ends,’ which I always loved.”

McKay also told Variety that Nicholas Britell (who composed Vice‘s score) wrote the song, which featured Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard “just wailing on it.” McKay also hired Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler to help stage the scene. All of this sounds great, but in the end, McKay felt he couldn’t get the scene to work. “You didn’t need it,” he said. “It was too long in that area of the movie. We tried 15 versions of it. We moved it here, we moved it there. We played it really short. We played it way longer and put scenes in the middle of it. We tried every single thing you could do. The only reason it doesn’t pain me at this moment is because I know we tried everything we could do.”

Hopefully the inevitable Blu-ray release will feature this deleted song, and the other deleted scenes as well.

Vice, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill and Jesse Plemons, opens everywhere on December 25, 2018.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Clip: Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps and Dances with Cartoon Penguins

Mary Poppins Returns Clip

We’ve seen plenty of footage from Mary Poppins Returns featuring Emily Blunt in full magical nanny mode, including a clip featuring a magical bath time. But what audiences haven’t seen enough of yet is Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda adding to the film’s soundtrack. That changes today with a new Mary Poppins Returns clip which features the man himself bringing some of his trademark hip-hop lyrical style to the Disney sequel. And yes, there are animated penguins dancing with him too.

Watch the new Mary Poppins Returns clip below.

Mary Poppins Returns Clips

The clip plays at the beginning of the Good Morning America interview above before Lin-Manuel Miranda comes out to speak with the hosts about working on Mary Poppins Returns. It looks charming, and the sets and costumes are bright and colorful, but this feels like it might be too much of a throwback to the original to really stand on its own.

So far critics have mostly been praising the sequel, giving it a decent 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the film has earned plenty of nominations from the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, Our own review wasn’t quite as enthralled as many critics. Josh Spiegel wrote specifically about the film’s soundtrack that it seems desperate to be crowd-pleasing but don’t really measure up:

While composer and lyricists Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman mostly do a very good job of keeping the songs in the same early-20th-century style as those in the first film by the Sherman brothers, the songs quite simply fail to be memorable at all.”

You can judge for yourself by listening to the entire soundtrack before the movie opens tomorrow – the entire line-up of songs is available to stream online right now. Otherwise, you can hear it when Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters on December 19, 2018.

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Remake Will Feature Real Dogs

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Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp remake will star some real-life good doggos. The live-action film directed by Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) and starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux will actually take its live-action category to heart, casting real live dogs in the movie about a pampered cocker spaniel who finds herself falling in love with a street-wise mutt.

Collider reports that Lady and the Tramp remake will feature real dogs in the live-action movie set to debut exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. In an interview with actor Thomas Mann, who is playing the role of Lady’s human owner, Jim Dear, Collider learned that the human actors are acting with real dogs in the film, rather than the strictly CGI creations that have become a staple of Disney’s other “live-action” remakes like The Jungle Book and the upcoming The Lion King. Mann said:

“I really think it’s an enhanced version of the world that you saw before. Obviously, the human characters are a little more flushed out. They’re not these passing faces that you barely get a glimpse of. You get to know them a little bit better. And also, there are real dogs. Who doesn’t want to see two real dogs kiss over a plate of spaghetti? That is the main draw for me. You get the charisma of real dogs in there.”

It’s unclear whether these dogs will be partially replaced in post-production, or if the team behind Lady and the Tramp will apply visual effects to their mouths when they speak — or even if the film will go the old-school way and simply have the actors speak while the dogs bark and react. They could also simply be stand-ins for CGI creations, but Mann confirmed that they “shot with the dogs every day”:

“The dogs were there. We shot with the dogs, every day. They were on set and they weren’t even trained. They found these dogs and started training them about three months before. They just wanted to find the perfect dogs. The main dog’s name was Rose, who played Lady. It was crazy because they didn’t know they were working, so they would run off in the middle of a take, and then come back over. You have to be extra patient because you have to be good every time for when they are good once. It was a lot of fun. It was so cute, every day, to just have a bunch of dogs to play with. It made the job a lot less stressful.”

I miss the days when live-action animals populated family-friendly films rather than CGI characters, and it’s encouraging to see a Disney live-action remake actually take its “live-action” descriptor to heart. It’s too bad that the film will be going directly to streaming. But at least the actors seem to be having a ball on set (the team morale must be through the roof!), even if they are preparing to be outshone by their dog co-stars.

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‘Glass’ International Trailer Goes For Full-Blown Horror

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Another new look at Glass is here, and it’s leaning heavily into horror movie territory. It’s been interesting to watch the progression of marketing for M. Night Shyamalan‘s new Unbreakable and Split sequel: some trailers have played up the superhero angle, some have looked more like mystery-thrillers, and now this, which sets out to give you the creeps. Watch the latest Glass international trailer below.

Glass International Trailer 

Uh-oh. Things are getting spoopy in this new Glass international trailer. If you had no real knowledge of Unbreakable or Split, you might watch this trailer and think it’s a brand new horror movie from M. Night Shyamalan. A dark, ominous tone prevails, people look terrified, and James McAvoy crawls around on the ceiling.

I have no doubt Glass will have horror-movie elements, but the full picture is likely to be a bit more complex. On one hand, Shyamalan is finally staging a sequel to his 2000 superhero deconstruction film UnbreakableUnbreakable had fantastical elements to it, but it was more rooted in drama and mystery than horror. On the other hand, Glass is also a sequel to Split, which was a thriller with definite horror elements. I’m very curious to see how Shyamalan is going to blend all these worlds, themes and genres together.

In Glass, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn, a man with superhuman strength who is almost entirely impervious to injury and illness. Dunn finds himself face to face with his old friend/adversary Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), when the two end up locked away in the same mental hospital (just how Dunn ends up in the mental hospital remains to be seen; Elijah was sent to one at the end of Unbreakable). Also in the mix: Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy), a man with multiple personalities – including one known as The Beast, which is capable of impossible, deadly feats.

From the look of things, Elijah plans to use Kevin’s powers for nefarious purposes, and only David can stop them. As the official synopsis states, Glass “finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.” And oh yeah, Sarah Paulson is there! Always a good thing. Anya Taylor-Joy is back as well as her Split character Casey Cooke, “the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.”

Glass opens on January 18, 2018.

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Disney+ Might Resurrect Those Marvel Shows After All, Proving No One Knows What The Hell is Happening

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Three Netflix Marvel shows – Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil – have been cancelled for weeks, but several of the players involved continue to make those cancellations as difficult as possible for fans. Instead of outlining any of their actual intentions, the companies are content with speaking about these shows in vague enough terms to get fans’ hopes up about a potential resurrection.

The latest offender is Kevin Mayer, the newly-appointed head of Disney+, The Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service. Mayer says there’s a “possibility” that the new service will revive those shows…but that’s as far as he’s willing to go at the moment.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mayer was asked if he would consider reviving the Marvel shows that Netflix cancelled, and he seemed open to the idea:

“They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility.”

Admittedly, that’s about as vague as you can get, but it’s also a borderline cruel comment from Mayer. This was an opportunity to definitively slam the door shut on the Marvel Netflix shows once and for all and give fans the chance to begin moving on, but by blowing on the ember just before it completely burned out, he’s turning the fandom community into a horde of Lloyd Christmases:

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of updates and conflicting reports ever since Daredevil was surprisingly axed after being Netflix’s fourth-biggest show. The cancellation was reportedly Netflix’s decision (though Steve Weintraub at Collider heard a rumor that indicated otherwise), and I wrote a big piece breaking down all of the possibilities of what could happen with the future of Daredevil based on what we know.

Unfortunately, many of the details of the Netflix/Marvel deal are still private, which means there’s a lot of speculation about this topic out there and not many cold hard facts. We know these shows can’t appear on Disney+ for at least two years, but it would make things a whole lot easier for everyone if one of these executives would actually give us an official explanation of what’s happening here. But what seems more likely is that yet another update about all of this will pop up later this week, and this saga will stretch on even longer as we wait to figure out the truth.

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‘Bumblebee’ Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura on How the New Film Honors Generation 1 Transformers [Interview]

Since leaving Warner Brothers as President of Worldwide Production, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventure has launched several franchises. The longest running has been the Transformers movies, but he’s also been responsible for G.I. Joe, Red and the upcoming Die Hard prequel, McClane.

Bumblebee is the sixth film in the Transformers series, but it’s the first not directed by Michael Bay and it’s a spinoff that takes place in 1987. When Bumblebee first comes to Earth after the Cybertron wars, he meets 18-year-old Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) and becomes her first car. Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is behind the camera this time..

Di Bonaventura spoke with /Film about Bumblebee, the state of the Transformers franchise, and his upcoming projects. Bumblebee is in theaters this Friday.

I, like a lot of fans, loved Bumblebee fighting Nazis in World War II. Do we have to ignore that if he only arrived on Earth in 1987?

Well, listen, there’s a couple things in that question. One if the fans really were asking us to do things differently. Part of the reason of going back in time was we wanted to try to delink, if you would, what we’d done before. World War II was the one thing we couldn’t figure out. It doesn’t mean he couldn’t have been here.

Were you able to find a box of Mr. T cereal or did your production designer have to make it?

[Laughs] I don’t know the answer to that actually but I thought it was really funny.

I’m sure I ate that.

I have no doubt. We all did.

So why was 1987 the year you decided on?

Well, it was in part because 1986 in a way is a start, if you would, of the movies. In a sense we wanted to do two things. One was honor the beginning and also honor the G1. It was something we’ve been trying to figure out how to do for a long time. By going back, you could essentially redesign the robots. It’s such a rich time period from the point of view of you’re not stuck in storytelling with cell phones and all those sort of things which really do create problems. We didn’t start by saying, “Let’s go to 1987” but as we began to examine the choices we had in front of us, it just seemed like a really great time period to put this into.

I think people will want to see more of Bumblebee and Charlie, so is there room between 1987 and 2007 to revisit them?

20 years, man. Absolutely. I hope so. As you know, the success of the film dictates whether you get to another film. There’s plenty to do with the two of them. One of the things I’m really proud of in this movie, one of the hardest things about doing any Transformer movie is you’re dealing with these huge beings. What the hell does a human have to do? In this case, because Charlie is so important to Bee’s development if you would, she really had a role and then you really accepted the fact of who she was as a character that she could actually try to help at the end.

On the first movie, Spielberg’s big note was that it was about a boy and his car. Was there more material to mine for a girl and her car 10 years later?

Yeah, it’s a different dynamic to some degree. I would say less about necessarily more or less to mine and more that we wanted to tell an emotional story. That was one of the few things we really said this movie has to do this. We had also done a boy and his car so it was like all right, what about a girl and her car? Why not? It probably helped to have a girl in the sense of the emotional content of it. As we know, they’re smarter than us about emotion. I think there’s more room. Especially now, Bee had refound himself. I’d be curious to see how they grow up together now.

Were any of the CGI assets from the previous movies viable for this one?

No. Maybe some of the skeletons were but the truth was we were dealing with a different set of scales. There are so many fewer parts to each, on purpose. We wanted to do something where you could really see each part move. Bay’s things were great, it was incredible, but we felt like we’ve all done that, we’ve seen that and it’s great. Now here’s the other opportunity to slow it down and see the pieces. So I don’t think we used anything from the previous movies.

Was this the first time you’d redesigned in the six films?

No, we kept making Bumblebee slightly different in the films, especially what he looked like as a car. We’d add a detail here and there. He kept evolving but this is the biggest difference. We kept adding new characters so you kept having to do their thing, and Bay is the kind of guy who’s not going to rest on his laurels so he’s asking them to do more than they ever did in each movie.

Was it any more economical to do a movie with three robots than the ones with dozens and major cities getting destroyed?

Yes, a lot. Listen, I think doing a spinoff or a prequel, or probably both, it meant we were going to have less money. Actually, in some ways that really was a relief because it’s a lot of pressure when you’re spending big. This is still a very expensive movie so I don’t want to make it sound like…

Oh, I’m not saying it looks cheap. It looks as big as the other ones.

I’m glad to hear that. I’m delighted to hear that because we weren’t sure. We were trying to do the same scale, if you would, for less money. So it’s nice to hear that we accomplished that. It was super fun to look at an action scene with three robots or two. It just was a different context, something we hadn’t really done. For those of us who had worked on the previous ones, it was like oh boy, a whole new language. A whole new action language that we could go after. And yet, there were certain things that I think Bay had set the bar pretty high that we had to try to reach to.

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There were moments in the midst of other action scenes where Prime and Megatron would face off. You’re saying it was different conceiving a whole scene that was just Bumblebee vs. one other Decepticon?

Yeah, yeah, there are some advantages to having 45 robots in an action sequence. You’re going all over the place. It was fun to do it completely different in a way. At the same time, obviously Michael set a great standard so we had to live up to it.

The movies took a while to show Cybertron. Is technology finally to a point where you can have whole scenes on Cybertron?

For sure. The answer is yes. I don’t know if it’s entirely about the technology. We could have done it in other ways before. It certainly has improved but also I think tonally, because we wanted to go back to Generation 1, it made more sense to go to Cybertron. In the past, we were conscious that that’s way out there. We’re trying to keep the audience right here which is why we spent the bulk of Cybertron in the very beginning of the film because we don’t want you to go, “Wait, where is this movie taking place?”

There were reports the Transformers series would be rebooted. Would you really leave fans hanging on Unicron?

Okay, I’m going to be controversial. I’m not a fan of Unicron. It’s too big. It’s so big it’s beyond any sort of relatable thing I think, for me personally. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be in the series someday. Reboot, I always hate that word because for one, I’m not sure I really understand what it means, but we are going to do another big Transformers movie. It is going to be different than the ones that we’ve done before. It’s not like we look at the elements of what we did before and go, “Well, let’s not do this” or “Let’s not do that.” It’s more about how do you evolve the experience for the fans. Let the fan have a new experience. When we did the first movie, at first there was a lot of pushback that we weren’t doing it the way it was done before. My feeling was always that if we’d done it, you would’ve gone, “Well, I’ve already seen it.” So how do you evolve things forward is I think the hardest thing because you’ve got to retain why people love it, but at the same time if you give them the same experience, they’re going to be bored with it.

That doesn’t mean you ignore what you set up at the end of The Last Knight.

I don’t know that I’ve thought much about it honestly because we’ve been focused on this movie. I think we’ve learned something in this movie about tone that I would think the next big Transformers movie, it’s not like we’re going to copy it but we’ve learned something. There’s more freedom than I think we originally thought in terms of what we can do.

Len Wiseman told me Holly is in McClane. Have you had conversations with Bonnie Bedelia yet?

I’m surprised Len has given that out. I would rather not [talk about Holly]. Maybe this is a way to answer it without answering that specifically. Part of what McClane is is to get to know the mythology before the movies started. So that’s where we’re going to meet characters that we may know from before.

Do you expect McClane will be R-rated?

I hope so. Look, I’m not in charge of that. Would I prefer it? Absolutely.

The one that was PG-13 was very controversial to fans, even though it’s my favorite since the first one.

I’m right with you. I like 2 too.

I can tell you as a Die Hard fan, what I want most for the movies is for John and Holly to work things out.

In the present day? It’s not there right now but it is absolutely hinted that that’s a possibility.

Is Ray Park your Snake Eyes in the spinoff?

Probably not because we are going to the origin story where as you know in the comic book, you saw his face. And it is, I’ll say, the formation of a hero. So you’ve got to see somebody and it can’t be Ray’s age unfortunately.

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