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Wicked Feature Film Finally Receives A Release Date

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Good news: Wicked has a release date. Bad news: It’s still over three years away. Silver lining is, it appears the long-gestating adaptation of the hit Broadway musical is finally out of development hell. Praise sweet baby Jesus!!!

Universal announced the feature film musical, told from the perspective of the witches of The Wizard of Oz, will open in theaters on December 20, 2019. At the moment, it’s set to go head-to-head with a yet-to-be-revealed live-action fairy-tale movie from Disney. It’s going to be a fierce competition for sure.

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June 16, 2016 would’ve marked his 45th birthday. It’s only fitting the first trailer for his biopic debuts on this day.

All Eyez on Me, originally titled Tupac, will focus on the career of the legendary rapper, from his early years all the way to that fatal drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Relative newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. was cast to play the slain rapper. Jamal Woolard who played The Notorious B.I.G. in the 2009 film Notorious will also play Biggie Smalls in this film. Also starring are Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Stefon Washington as Puff Daddy, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett.

If Straight Outta Compton proved anything, there’s massive money to be made from hip-hop autobiographical films. All Eyez On Me should follow suit. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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It’s ludicrous to think millions of Jews weren’t killed during the Holocaust. It’s even more insane that you could be sued by someone for accusing them of being a Holocaust denier. As preposterous as that sounds, this situation actually happened and is the focus of the new film, Denial.

Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the drama recounts Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against historian David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

The problem is, in the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused. Therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Irving claims more women died in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident than at Auschwitz. Absolutely asinine.

Denial gets a limited release on September 30. Check out the gripping trailer below.

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Helen Mirren Confirms Fast 8 Role

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Just when you thought the next installment of the popular action franchise couldn’t get any more bad-ass, it does. Dame Helen Mirren is about to unleash some havoc on Vin Diesel and company.

Mirren previously expressed her desire to appear in a Fast and Furious movie. ““My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie,” the 70-year-old actress told Yahoo! Movies in 2015. It appears her dreams have come true.

During an interview with Elle, Mirren confirmed her participation in Fast 8. Read below what she had to say about her role.

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Pete’s Dragon is the latest from Disney’s vault to get a reboot. The mouse studio just released the full official trailer and it looks like it’ll be a heartwarming affair.

The reimagining of the cherished family film, still tells the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Unlike the whimsical original 1977 film, though, the new version isn’t a musical. The CGI live action film takes on a decidedly more dramatic tone, which is pretty much the direction Disney has taken with their recent remakes.

Pete’s Dragon (2016) Synopsis

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Oscar® winner Robert Redford. The film, which is directed by David Lower, is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., with Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producer.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Pete’s Dragon flies into theaters on August 12. Check out the trailer below. I’m getting an E.T.-type feel-good vibe after watching the clip.

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Disney Releases New Moana Teaser Trailer

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This Thanksgiving, the ocean calls. Disney releases its new animated musical, Moana, in theaters.

Newcomer Auli’i Cravalho voices the titular character- a born navigator who sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her journey, she teams up with her hero and legendary demi-god Maui voiced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

“Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.” – teaser description

It’s a safe bet that this will be another blockbuster for the Mouse Studio. With Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda contributing songs and music to the film, the accompanying soundtrack should fare quite well also. Check out the new teaser trailer below.

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Like many of you, I’m still reeling from the devastating news from the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. My heart is breaking for everyone touched by this tragedy.

An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 911, according to authorities.

Omar Mateen (29) carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53. After a standoff of about three hours, with people still trapped inside, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and killed Mateen

The FBI reveal the gunman was interviewed by the agency in 2013 but was deemed not a threat in 2014. Matten called 911 shortly before the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official.

The 70th annual Tony Awards, airing tonight announced its dedicating tonight’s ceremony to the friends and family of those killed and wounded in the Orlando mass shooting.

“Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando,” the official Tony Awards Twitter account posted Sunday morning. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight’s ceremony to them.”

Watch the video below for more details about this horrible tragedy.

Splash Remake In The Works

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Nostalgia fever continues in Hollywood. Another blast from the past is getting a refresh.

Long before Ariel did her thing in The Little Mermaid, there was another beautiful aquatic creature who charmed moviegoers. Daryl Hannah won over Tom Hanks and cinematic lovers as a mermaid in the 1980s classic film, Splash. It was Hannah’s breakout role and gave rising film star Hanks’ career a major boost. If we’re to believe Brian Grazer, a remake is on the way.

The 64-year-old producer recently sat down with MSNBC to talk about the evolution of Hollywood during the streaming-friendly Information Age. When asked how he would hypothetically remake some of his memorable films, he surprisingly revealed he’s working on a remake of his breakthrough mermaid fantasy rom-com. Makes sense. After all, he earned an Oscar nom for Best Original Screenplay for it. He teased he already has a movie star involved and shared how this version would differ from the original.

Watch the interview below and weigh in afterward if you’d watch a Splash remake.

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