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Jon Favreau To Direct Live-Action Lion King Movie

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After a surprising tweet from the director earlier this morning, Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that director Jon Favreau is putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production. The Lion King movie follows the technologically-groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.

The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film.

The Lion King (1994) is one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won Academy Awards for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Elton John, Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies. In 1997, the stage production “The Lion King” made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards; 19 years later, it remains one of Broadway’s biggest hits alongside several other productions running around the world, including London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai, and North America. Translated into eight different languages, its 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people across every continent except Antarctica.

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Marvel Studios & IMAX Offers Fans A Sneak Peek At Doctor Strange

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Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed Doctor Strange. The sneak peek will be showcased in over 115 theater locations across North America on October 10, 2016, at 7p.m.

Select IMAX 3D theaters nationwide and 3D & IMAX 3D theaters internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the Scott Derrickson-directed movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director Scott Derrickson says, “As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on.  The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on 10/10.”

Tickets to the October 10th Marvel Studios Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look are free and will be distributed for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis starting today at noon/PDT. For more information and to download tickets, go to: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/131383

Fans who attend this exclusive sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition, collectible Doctor Strange IMAX poster.

From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

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The Art of The Iron Giant

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This beautifully illustrated book, The Art of The Iron Giant revisits the classic Warner Bros. film with unprecedented access to rarely seen development art and storyboards from the Warner Bros. archives.

When the film arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an instant classic.  The Iron Giant is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth and a giant robot.

Featuring the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney, Eli Marienthal, and M. Emmet Walsh, The Iron Giant is considered one of the classic animated gems of the era, offering a beautiful mix of hand-drawn and CG animation.

The Art of The Iron Giant takes an in-depth look at the making of this modern classic, featuring interviews with the director and talented members of the creative team who worked tirelessly to bring their vision to the big screen. Including never-before-seen images, concept art, backgrounds, and storyboards, this deluxe volume provides fascinating insight into the creative process in addition to offering a sneak peek at some of the alternative images and plotlines the filmmakers considered throughout the process. The book also highlights the development of the two new scenes that were remastered and finished for inclusion into the Signature Edition released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 6, 2016.

The book showcases the brilliant work of Brad Bird and his expert team of masterful artists, The Art of The Iron Giant is a must-have companion to the movie and a wonderful testament to the enduring magic of this animated classic.

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Operation Avalanche Trailer

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Here is the first official trailer for Operation Avalanche, the upcoming faux-documentary comedy thriller movie directed by Matt Johnson.

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, two young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. In disguise as documentary filmmakers, they tap phones and break into offices while purporting to learn more about the Apollo project. But when they end up uncovering a shocking NASA secret — and a major government cover-up — they decide to embark on a new mission that may put their own lives at risk.

The release date is September 16, 2016.

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Universal Pictures To Adapt Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988

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A new Joe Hill adaptation is headed to the big screen. Universal Pictures is developing a feature film based on the author’s new novella, Snapshot 1988. Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (who have previously teamed to script Oculus, Before I Wake and the upcoming Ouija: Origin of Evil) are in talks to provide the screenplay.

Set in the titular year, Snapshot 1988 follows a 13-year-old boy who begins taking care of an elderly woman that he thinks is suffering from dementia. In reality, the woman’s memories are actually being stolen by a supernatural foe called The Phoenician.

Snapshot 1988 is set to be published in next month’s issue of Cemetery Dance. The adaptation will be produced by Akiva Goldsman through his Weed Road banner with Jason Blum producing through Blumhouse. Greg Lessans is attached to executive produce.

Joe Hill, who has made a name for himself as an author of short stories, novels and comic books, is also the son of Stephen King. Hill’s work previously made it to the big screen with Alexandre Aja’s loose adaptation of Hill’s novel Horns. Hill’s comic book series Locke and Key nearly made it to television a few years back. A pilot was filmed for a FOX series with Mark Romanek directing. The pilot even had an official screening at Comic-Con International in 2011, but the show did not end up moving forward.

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Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis Coming To The Big Screen

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A new take on Stephen King‘s Hearts in Atlantis is in the works. The Other Side of the Door‘s Johannes Roberts will direct an adaptation simply titled Hearts. Although Hearts in Atlantis was brought to the screen in 2001, that adaptation was focused primarily on two of the book’s stories, “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.” Hearts will adapt the book’s title story, officially described as follows:

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war–and the protests against it–had flooded America’s living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King’s newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest…and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

Hearts joins a number of Stephen King adaptations on the way to the big screen. The Dark Tower arrives from Sony Pictures on February 17, 2017 with a tie-in television series planned that will adapt King’s Wizard and Glass. IT is also now in production at Warner Bros. and planned for a September 8, 2017 release.

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AT-AT Multi Stand Desk Organizer

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The AT-AT Multi Stand from Premium Bandai is a 1/72-scale replica of the AT-ATs from The Empire Strikes Back‘s Hoth battle scene, and it features plenty of hidden compartments (like a pen holder, coin slot, and a few different drawers) that are ideal for holding all of the odds and ends that clutter up your desk.

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The included Snow Speeder is equipped with a cable hook so Star Wars fans can use it to wind their charging cables around the legs of the AT-AT to recreate one of the film series’ most iconic scenes.

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The AT-AT Multi Stand Organizer goes on sale in December for 9,720 yen (approx. $95.00). More info HERE.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Prints By Laurent Durieux

Dark Hall Mansion in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is most pleased to release Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory limited edition prints by leading contemporary artist, Laurent Durieux, and available Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 12:30 PM (PST).

DHM welcomes back artist Laurent Durieux as he grants us his golden ticket view of the original 1971 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory film based on the Roald Dahl children’s classic. In his distinctive visual and pathos driven style Laurent takes us into Willy Wonka’s factory for a quiet, contemplative moment that is as beautiful as it is hyper detailed via his renowned nuancing.

Laurent Durieux Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory editions measure 24″ x 36,” are 14-color screen prints, but for the select canvas edition of only 30 editions worldwide which is giclee printed, and are all strictly limited and hand numbered.

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Standard Edition of 345 $70

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Variant Edition of 145 $100

Additional editions inlcude:

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Foil Edition of 25 $150 (based on Standard edition colorway) 
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Foil Edition of 25 $150 (based on Variant edition colorway) 
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Select Canvas edition $250 (15 based on Standard colorway and 15 based on Variant colorway)

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The Dark Tower TV Series Will Adapt Stephen King’s Wizard And Glass

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In honor of Stephen King’s birthday, the makers of The Dark Tower film are unwrapping their plans for the saga’s companion TV series.

The movie — starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the menacing Man in Black — opens on Feb. 17 and explores the hero and villain’s opposing quests to reach an otherworldly tower that connects their apocalyptic realm with ours.

Ever since the film project was first proposed, it came packaged with an unusual idea: a spin-off TV show that would fill in the fantasy epic’s prodigious backstory.

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Now, sources at production company MRC and the film’s executive producer and co-screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have revealed to Entertainment Weekly details about what they have planned for that series.

MRC has committed not just to making a pilot, but producing a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes, depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018, ideally around the time the film becomes available on cable or streaming services.

The bulk of the show will focus on the fourth book in the saga, Wizard and Glass, which told another tale of young Roland and his early tribulations. MRC created this map, overlayed with a quote from the book.

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Read more HERE.

 

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Batman vs. Boba Fett By Alex Ross

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Famed comic book artist, Alex Ross tweeted this image of Batman vs. Boba Fett from his upcoming exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum and the beloved illustrator broke the internet!

Fans are clamoring to see the actual painting with the hopes that a print might ensue!

The Dark Knight battling the Star Wars bounty hunter is just one of 100 new original paintings that will be showcased in the exhibit, Superheroes and Superstars: The Recent Works of Alex Ross.

3,500 square feet of gallery space will feature Alex’s paintings, sketches, and models from his childhood and college years as well as works from current and upcoming high-profile projects. In addition, several never-before-seen personal artworks will be on display, including crossover battles between popular characters from comic books and film.

Ross has graciously offered to prepare an original artwork for Norman Rockwell Museum to promote this tour, which will be available to the public in print and poster form exclusively at www.nrm.org.

What piece will he use to promote the tour? I think the fans have spoken!

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