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HBO Max Acquires Studio Ghibli Library For Streaming

WarnerMedia has revealed that its upcoming streaming service HBO Max is expanding its already stacked library as it has acquired the rights to the entire library of Studio Ghibli works, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

The deal between HBO Max and Studio Ghibli marks the first time the acclaimed Japanese studio has reached a licensing agreement with a streaming platform, with WarnerMedia and GKIDS reaching the agreement after the latter company partnered with Studio Ghibli in 2017 following 20 years of collaboration with Disney.

In addition to featuring films from the Oscar-winning writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, the deal will also include other Studio Ghibli offerings not from the director including Oscar-nominated films The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.

The films will debut on HBO Max upon its launch, which is set to occur sometime in spring 2020.

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AMC Theatres Launches AMC Theatres On Demand

AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibitor in the United States and the world, today announced that the Company is extending its business into the home. Beginning today, AMC Stubs members in the United States can rent or buy approximately 2,000 of the most popular digital movies from the top Hollywood studios at AMCTheatres.com as well as on the AMC Theatres mobile, connected devices and SmartTV applications.

To celebrate the launch, AMC Stubs members who use their first transaction to buy or rent a movie distributed by Lionsgate or Paramount Pictures can choose an additional three movies from a selection of that studio’s films.

AMC has agreements with every major Hollywood studio to make selections of their movies available for digital rental and purchase, including both new release and popular catalogue movies. New releases will become available on AMC Theatres On Demand the same time they are available digitally nationwide, following the traditional theatrical window set by each studio for each movie.

As part of a first-ever cross-platform marketing partnership between AMC Theatres and AMC Networks, AMC Stubs members will also be able to find movies from AMC Networks’ IFC Films and RLJE Films catalogues on the AMC Theatres On Demand platform beginning in late 2019. Through the partnership, AMC Theatres will also promote AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and UMC directly to moviegoers, including more than 20 million AMC Stubs households.

Movies can be purchased or rented through AMCTheatres.com, the AMC Theatres mobile app, Roku and SmartTVs with more services and devices to be added in the near future.

AMC Theatres On Demand rentals and purchases both earn AMC Stubs points that members can accumulate towards in-theatre rewards. AMC Stubs membership will be required for all digital transactions. For more information about AMC Stubs, including free-to-join AMC Stubs Insider, and to sign up, visit www.amctheatres.com/amcstubs.

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Zoe Kravitz To Play Catwoman In The Batman

Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) has been tapped for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in WB’s upcoming The Batman. She’ll star alongside Robert Pattinson as the titular hero.

Other cast members for the film include Jeffrey Wright who is in talks for the role of Commissioner Gordon and Jonah Hill who will star as a yet unnamed villain in the film.

Kravitz steps into the role most recently played by Anne Hathaway in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Lee Meriweather, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Halle Berry also played Catwoman on the big screen.

The Batman has been in development at Warner Bros. since 2015 when Ben Affleck signed on to the DCEU. Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) signed on to helm about a month after Affleck’s directorial departure with the added caveat that he’d get to rewrite the script from scratch.

Reeves’ story has been described as a character-driven project focusing on Batman’s experiences as the world’s greatest detective. The filmmaker has also said to expect a “Rogue’s Gallery” of villains in the movie. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Greig Fraser will serve as director of photography for the project.

The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.

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The Most Iconic Casino Scenes

Caesar’s Palace is home to one particularly special scene

The inside of a casino is a truly special place: there’s something that is at once both glamorous and mysterious about it. Sauntering down the Vegas strip, it’s hard not to feel like a Hollywood Star, so it’s no surprise that this setting has captured the imaginations of so many film and television directors. With such a number of scenes being shot inside casinos, it’s almost no wonder that there’s a long list of iconic casino scenes. These are our most memorable favorites.

Friends – The One in Vegas

Joey taking the role of a casino gladiator

Whilst a lot of casino scenes are the ultimate in cool, there are some that are just downright hilarious. It’s easy to play the smooth operator when surrounded by the glitz and glamour of a casino, but it takes something special to have people bent over double laughing! As is the case with many a tough comedy gig, the cast of Friends manage it with aplomb. In ‘The One in Vegas’ episode, we see the gang make their way to Las Vegas in what was supposed to be a romantic weekend for just Chandler and Monica. It ends up with Joey taking the role of a casino gladiator and Ross and Rachel playing as many practical jokes on each other as it must’ve been possible to fit into the script. Whilst the whole episode is hilarious from start to finish, perhaps the most iconic scene is made by Joey and Phoebe. After Phoebe spends her night dealing with an elderly ‘lurker’ and Joey starts his get-rich-quick scheme with his hand twin, the pair see themselves unceremoniously ejected from the casino. It’s a real golden moment from this series and one that will go down in casino history.

Casino Royale

Is there a scene more iconic than the poker game in Casino Royale?

No Casino countdown would be complete without the high-stakes poker battle that was at the core of Casino Royale. This gritty yet glamorous game between hero and villain has us all on the edge of our seats, no matter how many times we’ve seen it. At the beginning of the game, James Bond spots Le Chiffre’s tell and immediately gains the upper hand. However, this is soon swiped away from him when Le Chiffre is tipped off about the tell and Bond loses his initial stake. Just as it’s looking like Bond is going to take this game to the kill-or-be-killed stage, one of his fellow players offers to stake Bond if Le Chiffre is allowed to be taken into American Custody. A frustrated Bond agrees and slowly rebuilds his position. It’s looking like the drama might be coming to a close, when in one of the most iconic scenes in history, Le Chiffre’s girlfriend spikes Bond’s martini with a deadly poison. In a scene with intensely uncomfortable viewing, he struggles back to his car, to take an antidote to the poison. Once recovered he makes his way back to the game where now only he and Le Chiffre remain. In true Bond heroism, he manages to win a $115 million hand with a straight flush, sealing the fate of the bad guy. Perfection.

Rain Man

Who can forget this classic scene from this beloved film?

This whole film is undoubtedly a masterpiece, a story that brilliantly explores the relationship of two brothers, Ray (Dustin Hoffman) and Charlie (Tom Cruise). A clever subplot of the movie births one of the most memorable casino scenes of all time, where a bewildered Charlie accompanies his brother Ray to a casino with the aim of getting him out of debt. It turns out that Charlie has discovered that Ray has a photographic memory and an incredible gift for numbers, so the card-counting plot begins. 

The pair walk into a Caesar’s Palace, La Vegas, in brilliantly 80’s matching beige suits and amongst scenes of brotherly bickering we see Ray get to work showing off his mathematical skills. The card counting scene makes for intense viewing as we watch Ray’s fluttering eye movements as he thinks his way through the deck. After what seems like an almost painful eternity, the brother’s emerge victorious, having won just enough to settle those debts. Of course, all is not rosy for long, as the casino does not take kindly to losing and the pair are banned from playing again. Whatever the eventual outcome, it’s a brilliant casino scene, that’s truly unforgettable.

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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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Real Spying Tricks That We Have Seen In The Movies

Most people want to be a real-life spy because of the drama, danger and the intrigue. Below are a couple of tricks extracted from famous spy movies which you can easily learn and employ.

Zip-Ties

Have you ever wondered how a spy escapes from the villain and saves the day? Zip-ties are widely used in this genre of film to tie up people replacing handcuffs. To escape, the technique is very simple, you just need to know what to do and practice.

First, tighten the zip and suddenly move your hands away from each other with power. You can tighten the zip with your teeth. The tighter it is, the easier tit is to break it. The elbows needs to flare outward as you place stress on the zip tie.

Hiding Spots

Every spy has hiding spots where secrets are stored. Mostly old books are used to communicate or transfer important information in them. The hero will rush to his safe house to get the things he needs for crucial times and hiding within a hollowed book is a key, gun, money or some important clue which aids him in his mission.

You can hollow out the pages of a hardcover and retrieve a USB hidden inside the book. That’s pretty modern and cool… Right?

Gathering Intelligence 

A Spy needs to gather all the intelligence he can get regarding his target and mission. They use the internet, social media, files, etc. to learn about the person they are spying on. Now you can use the top 6 incoming and outgoing call trackers for your kids’ iPhone to get the information about where and to whom your kids are talking to. You can Spy like a Master!

Cipher

Although modern tools are sleek and shiny, an old school method of spying has a certain level of class. You can code your secret intel safe by using the Cipher technic. A cipher utilizes an exiting alphabet and shares a corresponding different letter. For example, in the word SPY – S would become A, P becomes B and Y becomes C.

Ciphers allow you to make a secret password as well. Only those that can access the correct cipher can solve the clue.

Invisible Ink

Invisible inks are very helpful if you want to stay off the grid and want to deliver an important secret. And trust us, it works perfectly. From using lemon juice to baking soda to pressure indentation, these are  clever ways to leave a secret message for your contact. If you have mastered the cipher and sent a message with invisible ink, you are a mystery master!

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Toy Story Creators Break Down Fan Theories From Reddit 

Director Josh Cooley and producer Mark Nielsen discuss all of the Reddit fan theories surrounding the Toy Story franchise. Will the toys live forever? Where is Andy’s father? Was Jesse’s owner related to Andy? Is Sid a garbageman for a reason? All this and more!

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Watch The New Charlie’s Angels Trailer

Sony Pictures has released the second official trailer for Charlie’s Angels, offering new footage from the upcoming action-comedy from director Elizabeth Banks.

In Banks’ bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere.

The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn. The cast also includes breakout star Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Jonathan Tucker (Westworld), Sam Claflin (Adrift) as well as Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, and Banks who are all  playing the role of “Bosley” in the project.

The franchise began with a TV show that ran from 1976-1981 starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. There were two films, Charlie’s Angels in 2000 and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle in 2003, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The new film will serve as a sequel to both the series and the films.

Charlie’s Angels is set to make its debut on November 15.

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Watch The Jungle Cruise Trailer

Walt Disney Studios has revealed the official trailer for the Jungle Cruise.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, Amazon-jungle expedition starring Dwayne Johnson as the charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission. Also starring in the film are Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, The Shallows) directed the film from script by J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay and Michael Green. Johnson produced alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partners Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, as well as frequent collaborator Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch) of Flynn Picture Co. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also produce.

Jungle Cruise will join the ranks of films Disney has created based on their theme park attractions, including The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Mission to Mars, Tomorrowland, and the most popular, Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney plans to develop the film as a possible franchise in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise opens in theaters on July 24, 2020.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul, Vince Gilligan, and others take you behind the scenes and share their excitement for the opportunity to tell the next chapter of Jesse’s story, and how the reunion with cast and crew felt like coming home.

The project reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  

Watch El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix October 11.

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