<strong>EXCLUSIVE</strong>: Welcome to the jungle that is this fast-shifting movie meld between theatrical release and streaming. In the biggest acquisition of a finished film it has made so far, Netflix has acquired from Warner Bros the worldwide rights to <em>Mowgli</em>, the CGI live action film directed by Andy Serkis based on the <em>Jungle Book</em> stories of Rudyard Kipling. Instead of an October 19 theatrical release by Warner Bros, the film will be released globally on Netflix next year, with a…
Everybody’s favourite marmalade-loving, duffle coat-wearing Londoner is back in cinemas, as ‘Paddington 2’ opens. No doubt about it, the late Michael Bond’s creation, voiced wonderfully by Ben Whishaw, is among the most endearing cinematic bears of all time.Of course, Paddington is far from the first bear to light up the big screen. Plenty more such furry friends have appeared in the movies before and since, many of the rivalling Paddington for cuteness, others a tad bit less cuddly and approachable.Here are our top ten big screen bears; and if we’ve missed out your favourites, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.‘Paddington 2’ is in cinemas now.Read More:Justice League early reactions mixedDenis Villeneuve rules out directing Bond 25Disney’s streaming service will be “substantially” cheaper than Netflix
It was a bit of a surprise when Disney announced there was to be an ‘Aladdin’ live-action remake, but even more shocking was that Guy Ritchie was attached. According to the site Movie Casting Call, the listing that was uploaded by Alan Baltes, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and part of the Disney Channel national talent search, has advertised roles in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’. Posted on Friday, the ad asks for newcomers to assume the roles of Aladdin and Yasmin.
Following several rounds of voting by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, there are now 10 movies in contention for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award at the 2017 Oscars – ‘Arrival’, ‘The BFG’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘Passengers’, and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. To help get the inside track on which movies deserve to win, we spoke with 5 VFX gurus – all alumni of Escape Studios, Europe’s premier visual effects academy and host of The VFX Festival 2017 – who chose five films which truly broke new ground in 2016.
The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is the latest movie to have arrived amid a general shrug of the shoulders (and that’s at best… at worst, many critics have taken it to pieces). Prior to this is was 'X-Men: Apocalypse’, generally considered to be a low point in the 'X-Men’ series, with poor reviews and a pretty serious lack of interest at the box office. There’s not an analyst in Hollywood who could call that a successful box office salvo, particularly when you consider its predecessor, 'X-Men: Day of Future past’, pulled in nearly $250 million more.
British cinema is in rude health right now. In 2015, box office revenues exceeded £1.2 billion making it the biggest year in UK film history, and it’s not just because of inflated ticket prices.
For all their monumental success, Marvel Studios don’t necessarily have the best track record for maintaining relationships with directors. Jon Favreau, the director who started it all with ‘Iron Man,’ infamously had a rough time on ‘Iron Man 2′ which saw him step down from directing the films at that point. Speaking to IGN, Favreau (who has gone on to direct current hit ‘The Jungle Book’) says Marvel could tempt him back with “a great story.
This is most noticeable in 'Robin Hood’, where the dance scene is an amalgamation of scenes nicked from 'The Jungle Book’, 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ and 'The Aristocats’. The Jungle Book even reused footage from Ichabod & Mr Toad and was copied again for 1977’s The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh’. Michael Bay gets his rocks off when filming military hardware, but it’s incredibly expensive and you sort of need to wait for the US Army to not be fighting any wars until you can use their stuff.
How a cadre of 1960s cabaret artists and musicians turned a very loose translation of Disney's 1967 classic into a bigger hit than 'Titanic,' 'Avatar' or 'Star Wars.'
Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book’ looks primed to be an enormous hit having taken $103.6m (£73.1m) on its debut at US box office, the second largest opening weekend total for an April release ever. Films like 'Cinderella’ and ’Maleficent’ got the ball rolling for live action Disney remakes. Disney’s next live action remake arrives in August, and concerns a lesser known Disney classic about a young boy and his dragon friend Elliot.
The new iteration of ‘The Jungle Book’ is a lavish motion-capture/CGI/live-action hybrid that must be seen to be believed. Central character Mowgli is played by a real boy, newcomer Neel Sethi, but his animal co-stars (voiced by the likes of Bill Murray as Baloo and Idris Elba as Shere Khan) are created digitally. A technologically awe-inspiring piece of filmmaking, it also makes your fondly remember the 1967 Disney animated classic.
Jon Favreau is an unapologetic Disney devotee. He knows the old movies backwards and forwards. His Apple Watch face is, unsurprisingly, Mickey Mouse. His fandom helped earn him the gig of directing The Jungle Book and the eye-popping photo-real film is suffused with treats for both aficionados of Uncle Walt’s classic oeuvre and film buffs in general. From visual cues and callbacks to the original 1967 classic cartoon to obscure references, Favreau’s film will reward the observant.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming live-action ‘The Jungle Book’ by Jon Favreau is already getting a sequel… and could see the director return. “Jon Favreau and Justin Marks, who respectively directed and wrote the movie, are in negotiations to return in their roles for a follow-up,” they revealed. Although Disney’s live-action remakes of their classic animated movies have so far failed to ignite the imagination, it looks as though ‘The Jungle Book’ is about to open to critical acclaim.
The first glimpse of the new live-action-meets-CGI take on Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ landed during the Super Bowl ads last night. The only movie to showcase a full-length trailer (and thus costing Disney an absolute fortune, with 30 seconds costing in the region of $5 million), it showed a slightly lighter side to the forthcoming movie, the first snippet painting a much darker picture. 'Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is behind the camera for the all-star re-telling of the tale, with Ben Kingsley as the panther Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Scarlett Johansson as the serpent Kaa and Christopher Walken as King Louie.
As the release of Jon Favreau’s live-action take on ‘The Jungle Book’ nears, Disney has released three posters which combine to create the gorgeous banner art you see below. The poster shows the full set of lead characters from Rudyard Kipling’s classic 1894 novel, including its human star Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi) and the film’s CG recreations of Baloo, Sheer Khan and King Louie. The incredible all-star cast sees Bill Murray lending his voice to Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley voicing Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Idris Elba as viscous tiger Shere Khan.
The first official poster has been released for Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’. Directed by Jon Favreu, ‘The Jungle Book’ is the first live-action movie since the 1994 Stephen Sommers version and, with a bigger budget and continued backing from Disney, looks set to follow in the footsteps of other recently adapted material, such as ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The latest incarnation stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who’ll feature alongside a number of massive names that include: Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Jupita Nyong’o as Raksha, and Christopher Walken as King Louie.