Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of an Indian boy raised by wolves, first published as a series in the late 19th century, has been adapted more than a dozen times. But Walt Disney’s 1967 animated musical—his last—set the gold standard. Now, director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is giving Mowgli and his animal pals a 21st-century tech update. Newcomer Neel Sethi, 10, plays Mowgli, and there’s a lot riding on those young shoulders. Not only does he do his own tree-climbing—”A 10-year-old in a loin cloth is hard to double with a stuntman,” Favreau says— but he’s also the only live-action actor in a performance-capture spectacle that’s more Avatar than The Little Mermaid, with photo-real talking animals. READ FULL STORY
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The best part of Big Hero 6—the awesomely odd exploding-fist sound cuddly robot Baymax makes when bumping knuckles with his pal Hiro—comes as a delightful surprise for audiences…which is fitting, since it was initially received the same way by the guys who actually made the film. “I remember having that feeling of like, ‘That’s really weird and strange, and it’ll never make it into the movie,” says co-writer Robert Baird, who was listening when the voice of Baymax (30 Rock alum Scott Adsit) loosed his first “balalalalalala.”
Of course, there’s more to the story than that. It takes a village to make an animated movie—which is why EW chatted with four separate Big Hero crew members to get the full story behind the fist-bump. Click here for more of Best of 2014 coverage.
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Frozen is returning to theaters in the form of a six-minute short — and it might be returning to theaters someday as a longer-than-six-minutes sequel.
The Telegraph recently asked Idina Menzel, singer of the Academy Award-winning Frozen song “Let It Go,” what she could say about rumors claiming a Frozen sequel and stage musical are on their way. “That they’re all in the works,” she replied, “ha ha!”
She went on to say she’s not sure if she’ll be involved with the stage musical, but will be part of “the movie, hopefully.” “I’m just going along for the ride,” she said. READ FULL STORY
SECOND UPDATE: Disney officially unveiled a list of theaters that will screen The Force Awakens trailer this weekend.
Phoenix, Arizona–Harkins, Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, California–AMC, Century City
Los Angeles, California–El Capitan
Irvine, California–Regal, Spectrum Irvine 21
San Francisco, California–AMC, Metreon 16
San Jose, California–Cinemark, Oakridge 20
San Diego, California–Regal, Mira Mesa 18
Toronto, Canada–CPX, Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada–CPX, Riverport
Denver, Colorado–AMC, Westminster 24
Washington, D.C.–AMC, Tyson’s Corner 16
Miami, Florida–Carmike–Parisan 20
Atlanta, Georgia–Regal, Atlantic Station
Chicago, Illinois–Regal, City North
Boston, Massachusetts–AMC, Boston Commons 19
Detroit, Michigan–Cinemark, Showcase 20
Minneapolis, Minnesota–AMC, Southdale
Kansas City, Missouri–AMC, Studio 30
New York, New York–AMC, Lincoln Square 13
New York, New York–Regal, Union Square 14
Cleveland, Ohio–Cinemark 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–Regal, Warrington 22
Nashville, Tennessee–Carmike,Thoroughbred 20
Knoxville, Tennessee–Regal, Pinnacle
Dallas, Texas–Cinemark, Plano 20
Houston, Texas–Regal, Marq*E Stadium 23
Austin, Texas–Alamo’s Lamar
Salt Lake City, Utah–Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, Washington–Regal, Thornton Place 14
Milwaulkee, Wisconsin–Marcus, Brookfield 16
UPDATE: More theater chains other than Regal have announced plans to screen the trailer this weekend, though have not specified which theaters. Check below for a list of chains, including AMC Theatres, that have announced their involvement in the theater roll out.
ORIGINAL STORY: It looks like the Force is waking up a bit earlier than expected.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far, away Sir Kenneth Branagh directed a new, live-action version of Cinderella. Well, technically, he made it in London last year. But this fresh, Disney-backed take on the beloved tale—which is released on March 13 next year —does have what sounds like a fairytale cast, with Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, Helena Bonham-Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as the Prince, Derek Jacobi as the King, Stellan Skarsgård as the King’s scheming adviser (is there really any other kind?), and Downton Abbey actress Lily James as Ella.
Ten years ago this month, Brad Bird’s animated adventure film The Incredibles debuted—and with its winning, funny story about a married pair of washed-up superheroes trying to raise kids and save the world at the same time, it immediately joined the canon of Disney/Pixar insta-classics.
Almost exactly one decade later, Disney released Big Hero 6, another story about a team of animated heroes. It’s not hard to spot connections between the two: They share similar color schemes and aesthetics, for example, and they both feature a titular group of crime-fighters trying to get (or regain) a grip on their abilities while battling a self-styled supervillain out for revenge.
But there’s plenty that separates the two films, besides a decade of animation advancements—and Big Hero 6 may have done well to lift more from its predecessor.
Pop-culture seems covered in J.M. Barrie’s fairy dust right now, what with NBC’s live stage-musical of Peter Pan scheduled for Dec. 4. Fans of Disney’s Tinker Bell series can also mark their calendars on March 3, when the seventh Tink film—Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast—arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. In the latest animated adventure, the peace and calm of Pixie Hollow are disrupted by a mysterious beast that strikes fear in the hearts of some of the fairies—but not Fawn, the brave and sweet animal-lover who looks past the NeverBeast’s frightening exterior.
In the exclusive new trailer, see the razor-toothed creature that has Pixie Hollow on edge. And meet Nyx, the scout fairy determined to protect her friends from any and all dangerous threats. READ FULL STORY
Will there be a Black Widow standalone movie? When will we get to see Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther? Which actress will be cast as Captain Marvel? Is Benedict Cumberbatch going to be Doctor Strange?
With Marvel, every major announcement begets a waterfall of followup questions. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige indulged a group of journalists following Tuesday’s massive information dump (read Anthony Breznican’s play-by-play here) with some teases, some specifics and a whole bunch of misdirects. Here’s what we learned:
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