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Trailers Use Slower and Moodier New Versions of Classic Songs to Lure Viewers

The higher the intensity of a trailer, the slower the song that accompanies it. This may seem fairly recent as a reliable rule, but it’s not a completely new phenomenon. What goes back at least to the 2001 trailer for the first iteration of Xbox 360’s apocalyptic warfare video game Gears of War — with […]

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‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Opens to $4.8 Million in the US: Here’s Why That’s Impressive

Paramount reported results for Thursday-night previews of “A Quiet Place Part II,” and they are excellent. John Krasinski’s sequel grossed $4.8 million in about 3,000 theaters, for a $1,600 per-theater average. The film goes wider today, with 3,700 theaters in North America. The best news is this: When “A Quiet Place” opened in previews on […]

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‘Bridesmaids’ Duo Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo to Pen Evil Stepsisters Movie for Disney

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are going from the Vista Del Mar to a magical kingdom.The duo will write a Disney live-action musical comedy centering on the evil stepsisters — Anastasia and Drizella — from the animated classic Cinderella. The musical comedy will be a re-imagining of the fairytale from their perspective.Jessica Elbaum and Will […]

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‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Director Marc Webb In Talks For Disney’s Upcoming ‘Snow White’ Live-Action Remake

Let’s be honest, Disney is running out of animated films to remake in live-action. This year alone, there’s “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” and the upcoming “The Lion King.” This is on the heels of “The Jungle Book,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” This doesn’t even take into consideration the multitude of films […]

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‘Aladdin’ Dominates International Box Office With $121 Million

Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing plenty of worldwide drawing power with $121 million overseas for the weekend, opening in first place in nearly all international markets.The reboot of the 1992 animated classic has received strong family attendance with a significant gain on Saturday and Sunday. China leads the way with an estimated $18.7 million for its […]

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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ Trailer: Angelina Jolie Returns To Revisionist ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Tale

It’s been roughly five years since Angelina Jolie said “I hate you” directly to a baby’s face in a Disney movie, and what a joy that was. Though 2014’s “Maleficent” wasn’t quite as memorable as its fierce lead performance, Jolie’s witty and regal turn as the “Sleeping Beauty” villain reimagined as an anti-hero was more […]

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‘Maleficent’ Sequel Moves Up to Fall 2019

Disney on Wednesday released the first poster for Angelina Jolie’s upcoming Maleficent sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and revealed that the film will be hitting theaters earlier than expected.The movie — a sequel to 2014’s live-action Maleficent, centered on the villainess from Disney’s 1959 animated hit Sleeping Beauty — will arrive in theaters Oct. 18, […]

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein join cast of ‘Maleficent II’

Robert Lindsay and Harris Dickinson have also joined the cast.Several new cast members have joined Disney’s Maleficent II, the sequel to 2014’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, with production now underway at Pinewood Studios and on locations in the UK.Lining up alongside Jolie and Fanning in the sequel are Michelle Pfeiffer (mother!) as […]

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