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The Daily Stream: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ (1977) is a Fascinating and Surprisingly Mean Disney Oddity

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Pete’s Dragon (1977) Where You Can Stream It: Disney+ The Pitch: It’s a Disney movie about an abused boy with a not-so-imaginary dragon friend […]

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David Lowery Almost Quit Filmmaking Before ‘Green Knight’ Release: ‘It Was a Very Existential Year’

[The following post contains spoilers for “The Green Knight.”]Ten years ago, David Lowery was a virtually unknown Texan filmmaker pushing his short film “Pioneer” at Sundance. Since then, he has gone on to work on studio projects like Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” and the upcoming “Peter Pan and Wendy,” as well as the Robert Redford romance […]

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Yara Shahidi to Play Tinkerbell in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

Yara Shahidi is getting her wings.The actor is set to play Tinkerbell in Disney’s “Peter Pan and Wendy,” the studio’s latest live-action adaptation. Shahidi joins a cast that features Jude Law as Captain Hook, with Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and newcomer Ever Anderson as Wendy.“Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery is on board to direct […]

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Al Kasha, Oscar-Winning Songwriter of ‘The Morning After,’ Dies at 83

Al Kasha, the songwriter who won Academy Awards in the 1970s for co-writing hit ballads for “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno,” died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 83. No cause of death was immediately offered.As part of a songwriting team with Joel Hirschhorn, Kasha received two Tony nominations, four Golden Globe nods […]

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Jude Law to Play Captain Hook in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ (Exclusive)

Jude Law may be heading to Neverland. The actor is in talks to play the classic Disney villain, Captain Hook, in the studio’s live-action Peter Pan film “Peter Pan & Wendy,” sources tell Variety.“Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery is on board to direct the project. Lowery co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks, and Jim Whitaker […]

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‘Christopher Robin’ Comes Out On Top In Fierce Thursday Night With $1.5M – Box Office

Four films are tackling Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout this weekend, however, the Tom Cruise title won’t go down without a fight as it hopes for a second weekend at No. 1 with around $30M.In regards to previews last night, Disney’s live-action Winnie-the-Pooh tale Christopher Robin drew $1.5M last night, a comp that’s around what […]

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‘The Lion King’: Live-Action Remake Will Only Use Four Songs from the Original’s Soundtrack

Though I’ve personally never understood the draw entirely, live-action Disney remakes are clearly making bank at the box office. The Jungle Book placed fifth in the top ten highest-grossing films of 2016, sandwiched between Deadpool and The Secret Lives of Pets, whereas Beauty and the Beast was the second highest-grossing movie of last year, inevitably […]

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