The honorable Bill Murray has played countless lovable roles in his long career – and he has just taken on one more – though it’s for a younger set than his usual fan base. Jon Favreau will be directing a mixed live action and animated reboot of Disney’s The Jungle Book – which is set for release in Fall 2015. Murray has signed on for the voice of the bear ‘Baloo.’ He joins an already star studded cast that includes Christopher Walken as ‘King Louie’ the orangutan, Scarlett Johansson will voice ‘Kaa’ the snake, Ben Kingsley will voice the panther, ‘Bagheera,’ Lupita Nyong’o as the wolf ‘Raksha’ and Idris Elba as the tiger ‘Shere Khan.’
Favreau was happy to announce Murray’s addition via Instagram:
Jon Favreau celebrated the casting news on Friday night by posting to Instagram a shot of Mowgli and Baloo from the 1967 film, along with a Caddyshack reference. “Looks like we cast our Baloo. So we have that going for us. Which is nice,” he wrote in the caption.
The Jungle Book is a fan favorite to countless people. I hope they do the original justice – and maybe update some of less appropriate references!
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Posted Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 12:12pm
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The brilliant Donna Tartt’s New York Times bestseller, The Goldfinch, may be heading to the big screen! Warner Bros. has officially acquired the film rights to the book, and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force will produce.
The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in the bombing of a New York museum. Abandoned by his father, Decker is taken in by a wealthy family. The epic, post-traumatic tale reveals the nearly two-decade aftermath of those events, anchored by Decker’s attachment to the piece of art (Dutch master Carel Fabritius’ “The Goldfinch”) he walked out of the devastated museum with years ago.
This book is so amazing and I loved it (though I didn’t love the last 50 pages). If it comes to the big screen I will be VERY nervous about them doing it justice. Apparently Warner Bros. has the rights to The Secret History, Tartt’s first novel- but it’s never been made.
Posted Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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Comic-Con has been a treasure trove of new spoilers, trailers, pictures and rumors this year – each nugget more scintillating than the next. One of the many exciting sneak peeks – was the first pictures of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film, which won’t be out until May 2016, will feature Henry Cavill reprising his role of Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther… as well as many others. A pretty epic cast really.
Zack Snyder, the director of the film, shared the picture on Twitter after it was shown at Comic-Con. Turns out that Wonder Woman has gotten an updated ensemble – trading in the red, white, and blue for a bronze one-piece.
Gadot, an Israeli actress best known for Fast & Furious 6, is also slated to be in her own Wonder Woman film, as well as a later Justice League film.
Posted Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ the animated sequel to Planes, premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood last night. The stars were out for the show, and many brought their children to the premiere with them. Dane Cook (seen above with Hal Holbrook) voices Dusty Crophopper in both films, and he explains to The Hollywood Reporter how excited he was to have this role:
“Getting a phone call from John Lasseter was like, in in my 24 years of performing, just like getting Willy Wonka to call you and say, ‘Come into the factory.’ This is going to be unlike anything you’ve ever done before. It was like a dream come true,” Cook told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet. “To get a second call from John Lasseter, saying, ‘We’d like to do it again,’ was outstanding.”
Cook also noted the movie carries an important message. “We are celebrating the brave men and women that fight fires day in and day out, with a really heartwarming story to it,” he added.
Disney blocked off the street for the kid-friendly event, which featured several fire and rescue vehicles supplied by the Planes of Fame Air Museum, while the L.A. Fire Department provided coats, pants, helmets, boots and other firefighting equipment that kids could try on.
What a fun premiere to be able to take your kids to! Many more pics from the premiere after the jump! (more…)
Posted Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 3:15pm
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