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Watch The Dolittle Trailer Starring Robert Downey Jr. Talking To The Animals

Universal Pictures has released the trailer for Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr. as the title character.

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.’

The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (The Help Oscar winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Howard’s End Oscar winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

Dolittle is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Syriana) and the star-studded film adaptation is scheduled to make its debut next year on January 17, 2020.

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Let’s Help Author Brad Meltzer Get This Amelia Earhart LEGO Set Made!

The LEGO Ideas platform has made wonderful LEGO sets from franchises such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, WALL-E and The Bing Bang Theory come to life. The site accepts submissions from fans, and if a concept projects get enough supporters—10,000 to be exact—it moves onto a review from LEGO. Set designers and marketing representatives from LEGO evaluate the idea, and after that, the project could become a set on shelves. Author Brad Meltzer’s “I Am Amelia Earhart” set hopes to earn that honor.

Amelia Earhart was a girl who loved adventure, and never let anybody stop her from trying new things. Even things that girls had never done before—like flying all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually she broke flying records and proved to the world that women can soar just as high as men.

Based on the bestselling book series by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos, this set consists of the bright yellow biplane that Amelia Earhart bought for herself. She named it Canary (which is a cool name for a plane, right?).

Plus, you get an Amelia Earhart minifigure!

This set has a wonderful educational value, but it’s also downright fun. Fly! Zoom! And of course, soar! The presented set consists of 186 parts. The true goal is to then give fans the rest of the heroes in the book series: I am Abraham Lincoln, I am Rosa Parks, I am Albert Einstein, and so many more…

Like the book says: I am Amelia Earhart. I know no bounds. And I hope you’ll remember that the greatest flight you’ll ever take is the one no one has tried before.

This project is a collaboration between Ellen Kooijman (Alatariel) and Brad Meltzer.

Please support the project HERE if you’d like to see it as a real product and let’s shoot for 10,000+ supporters! Help give your kids real heroes!

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Close Encounters of The Third Kind The Ultimate Visual History

Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind with this fully authorized behind-the-scenes book exploring the creation, production, and legacy of this iconic film.

Created in conjunction with Sony Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Visual History details the complete creative journey behind the making of the film and examines its cultural impact.

Featuring rare and never-before-seen imagery from the archives, the book brings together a stunning collection of on-set photography, concept art, storyboards, and more to create a visual narrative of the film’s journey to the big screen. It also features a wealth of insightful commentary from every key player involved in the film, from the acclaimed director himself to the film’s stars and the key department heads who brought Spielberg’s vision to life.

Special inserts and interactive elements include script pages, call lists, concept sketches, and more. Comprehensive, compelling, and filled with unseen treasures, Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History is a fitting tribute to one of history’s most iconic films.

The 192 page hardcover book will be released on October 27, 2017.

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Harrison Ford: High-Flying Hero

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Harrison Ford made headlines a few weeks ago after he was spotted walking on crutches in a London grocery store. Don’t worry Star Wars fans, the newest installment to the series is still on track to be released December 18th, 2015. Though his injuries resulted in a two-week production pause, the movie has now resumed principal photography.

During big productions, movie stars are often peppered with silly questions from reporters trying to scrape the rumor mill. This is unfortunate, because it often hides far more interesting stories. For instance, in this case your average reader may be completely unaware that Ford piloted his own jet to arrive in London for filming. In fact, Harrison Ford is not only a fully licensed pilot, he is an aviation fanatic.

Harrison Ford: Notable Aviator

Ford touched down in London back in May. The Daily Mail photographed the 71-year-old actor disembarking his private jet, after piloting it from the states. The article reads, “The actor was a casual flyer and he wore a grey button-down shirt, brown trousers, and a pair of sunglasses on his face.” Specifically, the sunglasses are standard issue, and worn by serious aviators. Similar pairs can be purchased from an online pilot shop.

It turns out that Ford owns eight planes, including a restored US military model De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, a Gulfstream G4, and a Cessna – 525, and an Aviat – A – 1B.

Although Ford’s love of aviation didn’t begin on a movie set, it wasn’t until he was a movie star that he could afford his pilot’s license. “I wanted to pursue my pilot’s license back when I was in college, just three lessons I think,” Ford explains. “I think it cost $11 an hour for a plane and an instructor; I just couldn’t afford it.”

By 1999, Ford could more than afford what it cost to become a plane aviator, so he acquired his license. (By then, the cost of learning to fly had increased exponentially.) But, before then, he became a helicopter pilot. On the set of Six Days, Seven Nights, Ford fell in love with the idea of piloting rotor-wing aircraft, specifically helicopters. During filming, he banked 24 hours piloting the helicopter, much to the chagrin of the film’s insurance company. The insurance company did not want to approve Ford to fly, but once he’d met the requirements, they couldn’t say no.

A Flying Do-Gooder

Harrison Ford plays an action hero in most of his films, and in this case art truly imitates life. Twice, while helicoptering, Ford rescued stranded hikers. First, he rescued Megan Freeman when she became exhausted during a five-hour 11,106-foot climb up Table Mountain. The hiker is reported to have said, “I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter!”

Ford became a hero a second time when he rescued 13-year-old Boy Scout, Cody Clawson. “Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one,” Ford said, according to The Associated Press. “I already earned this badge last summer,” Clawson replied.

Helping kids is nothing new to the actor, as he’s used his aviator skills to fly kids all over the world in association for a future flier’s chapter of the EAA (Experimental Aviation Association). He even provided his aviator services after an earthquake devastated Haiti, helping a team of twenty volunteers get critical medical supplies and services to the area.

So while Ford started as an action movie star, he seems to be transcending into mythic lore on par with some of the great pilots of the Marvel and DC universe. We wonder how Ford’s flying skills compare to those of Tony Stark’s. No, Ford isn’t decked out in Iron Man’s computerized exoskeleton (yet), but he’s certainly at least close to becoming a Blackhawk. And regardless of what DARPA says, we think Ford could definitely take the wheel of Batman’s TDKR, which appears so spectacularly in The Dark Knight Rises.

Of course, sometimes, he just takes off to grab a burger. Ford is quoted as saying, “Learning to fly was a work of art. I’m so passionate about flying, I often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger. Flying is like good music; it elevates the spirit and it’s an exhilarating freedom.”

Does Harrison Ford have any flying advice for would-be aviators out there? He does. When asked what advice he had, Harrison replied that fliers ought to know “how to land,” before they get in the cockpit.

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Time-Lapse Video of The New Bigger, Faster Goodyear Blimp Being Built

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has released a time-lapse video detailing the building of the latest version of its iconic airship. The new Goodyear Blimp, which took its maiden voyage last month in the skies above Akron, Ohio, is bigger, faster and more maneuverable than its predecessors, hitting 80 miles an hour in that first flight, with the help of some tail wind.

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Created in collaboration with the Zeppelin company, the lighter-than-air-craft features a semi-rigid structure highlighting in the video, making the airship technically not a blimp.

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