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‘Lion King’ Visual Effects Team’s Toughest Job Was Actually What Audiences Never Saw [Oscars]

It’s one thing to remake “The Jungle Book” into a digital wonder, but another to transform a certified animated classic such as “The Lion King” into a “live-action” CG blockbuster. That’s what the now Oscar-nominated team for Jon Favreau’s adaptation had to consider before they segued to the new production. Basically, how do you tackle […]

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‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan Reveals the Crucial Advice Patty Jenkins Gave Her

Just months after Cathy Yan’s feature directing debut, Shanghai-set ensemble comedy “Dead Pigs,” made a big splash at Sundance in 2018, the Chinese-born filmmaker landed a gig helming a giant studio franchise movie, the DC Comics adaptation “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” starring Margot Robbie.Going straight from indie buzz […]

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‘Bambi’ Live-Action Remake Lands ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Chaos Walking’ Writers

On the heels of 2019’s “The Lion King,” another Disney animated classic is getting the live-action treatment as “Bambi” has landed the writers behind “Captain Marvel” and “Chaos Walking.”Disney has hired Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer to write the script for the live-action remake of the 1942 animated classic.Depth of Field (“The Farewell”), the production […]

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U.S. Movie Admissions Plunge 4.6% in 2019 Amid Box Office Decline

U.S. movie admissions slid 4.6% last year to 1.24 billion, the second lowest admissions number during the current century, the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) has reported.North American box office for the year declined 4.1% to $11.4 billion, Nato said Friday. That figure was in line with the estimate released at the end of […]

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Elton John’s ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ Rockets to Front of Oscar Songs Pack

Elton John could take home his second Oscar and longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin his first, as their song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman” was among the best song nominees at Monday’s Oscar nomination announcements.The two have already taken home the Golden Globe for their closing song in the John biopic, their first […]

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‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Among 2020 Ves Awards Nominees

The Visual Effects Society revealed their 2020 Ves Awards nominees and “Alita: Battle Angel” and “The Lion King” led all films with five nominations each. “The Irishman” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” took four nods each. On the television side, “The Mandalorian” and “Game of Thrones” earned six nominations each. “Strange Things” and […]

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‘Frozen 2’ Is Now the Highest-Grossing Animated Movie Ever

In a box office achievement fit for royalty, Disney’s “Frozen 2” is officially the highest-grossing animated movie in history.The sequel has generated $1.325 billion at the global box office, pushing past “Frozen” ($1.281 million) and “Incredibles 2” ($1.243 million) to secure the top spot. Though Jon Favreau’s remake of “The Lion King” is entirely computer […]

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Disney Drives Spain to 2010s Theatrical Admissions Record

Madrid — Disney. An extraordinary Mouse House septet, all ranking in Spain’s Top 10, drove its 2019 box office to its biggest cinema theater ticket sales in the decade, according to Comscore figures released Thursday.The last time movies in Spain scored more spectators was 2009, said David Rodríguez, general manager, Spain & Portugal, Comscore Movies.In […]

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