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You gotta love Colin Firth. I picture him to be a very charming lovely humorous man in real life. His recent interview indicates I’m correct with my assumption.

The 53-year-old actor has exited from the upcoming film Paddington by quoting Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous term “concious uncoupling.” Firth was to voice the iconic loveable bear.

“It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice,” Colin told Empire Online. “After a period of denial we’ve chosen conscious uncoupling. I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”

With Paddington now temporarily silenced, producers are on the hunt to find a new voice. This sort of thing isn’t uncommon. Scarlett Johansson famously replaced Samantha Morton in Spike Jonze’s Her as did Modern Family’s Ty Burrell with Robert Downey Jr. in DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It appears though that Firth’s departure is an amicable and mutual one.

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Rumors of Jason Momoa joining Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice first surfaced late last year. Back then, speculation was he was either playing Doomsday or Martian Manhunter. Since then, he’s adamantly denied being in negotiations. Someone’s been lying ;) Variety.com reports he’s officially part of the cast. However, he’s taking on a different role and it’s not one that you’d expect at first.

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Lifetime Picks Zendaya To Star In Aaliyah Biopic

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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Whitney Houston isn’t the only R&B singer’s life Lifetime plans on telling in an upcoming biopic. The network announced today Aaliyah’s short-lived career is also heading to the small screen.

Based off Christopher Farley’s bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, the project is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Surprisingly, it’s the first biopic about the 22-year-old phenom who tragically died in a plane crash in the 90s.

While an ANTM model was tapped to play Houston, a singer-actress has been plucked to play the “Try Again” singer. Zendaya Coleman, star of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!, will put her acting and singing skills on display for the role. Coleman also appeared on the 16th season of Dancing With The Stars where she just missed winning and placed runner-up to Kellie Pickler. Lifetime plans to air the original movie sometime this Fall. Read the official press release below. Be sure to also check out my five favorite Aaliyah tracks here.

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Based on all the makeout sessions featured in the new promo for White Bird In A Blizzard, one could easily mistake Shailene Woodley’s film as another teen romance. It’s a wise marketing move given how hot Shailene’s career is since propelling Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars to box office glory.

In actuality, her latest is a thriller where Woodley’s life is turned upside down when her mother (Eva Green) suddenly disappears. The film was co-produced, written and directed by Gregg Araki and first premiered at 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It’s slated to hit theaters this October.

Playing her love interest in the film is Shiloh Fernandez who’s seen swapping spit with Woodley in school, pool, on a car and everywhere else. Recently, the 22-year-old actress revealed to New York Magazine that filming the sex scenes with Fernandez was “so much fun.” I don’t blame her. He’s not half bad.

Rounding out the cast are Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Jacob Artist (Glee), Angela Bassett (Waiting To Exhale), Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious). Check out the teaser below.

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Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart gave a glimpse at the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City during the 80s. Award-winning Test shifts the focuses to San Francisco during the same era. Writer-director Chris Mason Johnson chronicles a gay romance between two dancers as the threat of the virus looms in the background. The film hit select theaters in New York and Los Angeles this past weekend. Check out the trailer below.

Official Synopsis

Frankie is the newest, skinniest and most mocked member of an up-and-coming modern dance company in San Francisco. The year is 1985. As six muscular male dancers tumble their way through athletic choreography, Frankie stands on the sidelines, mirroring the movement and looking a little weak. The choreographer stops the music and yells at Frankie to “dance like a man!” On the sidelines, Todd watches. Todd is an established dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie’s innocent. They’re friends – opposites attract.

For Frankie, the city offers no relief from the bullying at work: a newspaper headline asks “Should Gays Be Quarantined?” while fresh graffiti screams “AIDS Faggot Die!” Frankie turns away and, with his bright yellow Walkman clipped to his belt, retreats into a music-filled trance.

When one of the male dancers is injured Frankie must perform in his place. It’s the classic test of skill and character, and Todd helps Frankie prepare. Outside of work, as Frankie and Todd’s friendship deepens, they each face a different kind of test: the newly-named disease is spreading fast and no one seems to know anything about it, except who it targets. Together the friends navigate a world full of risk that is also, now and then, full of hope.

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Nothing has come even close to the magic that was Jurassic Park IMHO. Both of the sequels, albeit somewhat entertaining, paled in comparison to Steven Spielberg’s first dinosaur film. With that being said, I have high hopes for the upcoming fourth installment to the franchise. Admittedly, a part of it is partly due to Chris Pratt’s addition. Dude has been looking mighty fine lately. It’s almost difficult to picture him as his Parks and Recreation character anymore.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, “Jurassic World,” as originally envisioned by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). The park is owned by the Patel Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the velociraptors.

Joining Pratt in the film are Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Judy Greer and Vincent D’Onofrio, with the latter playing the villain. Usually, there’s a character or two from a previous film to make a cameo. In this instance, it’s B.D. Wong who played Dr. Henry Wu in the first film.

Colin Trevorrow steps into the directing chair, taking over Joe Johnston who helmed the third installment after Spielberg bowed out after doing the first two films. Jurassic World stomps into theaters on June 12, 2015. Check out a couple more images below.

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Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

In: Movies, Tommy D
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Four and a half years ago I woke up my lazy ass up at 8 am, drove to the burbs, and sat down in a movie theater full of screaming children for a 10 am screening. It really was a special level of hell for me. What I didn’t know at that time is that I would be sitting down and watching a movie that would become one of my Top 5 Films of all time. That movie was How to Train Your Dragon. The story of Hiccup and Toothless: two opposite species brought together by curiosity and love.

Four and a half years later, I got the email to wake my lazy ass up at 8am drive to burbs and sit in a theater full of screaming children at 10 am for the sequel to one of my favourite movies of all time.

If you haven’t seen the first Dragon movie, it is an absolute must. Click here to read my review of the original in this series so I can spare you the details of recanting it now. In short: A viking who supposed to kill dragons can’t do it; ends up befriending a dragon; and, they change the course of viking history forever. Simple story, but best movie ever.

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Even in animated form, Rihanna loves her selfies ;)

Home features the “We Found Love” singer as a young girl named Tip. She finds herself on a road trip with a runaway extraterrestrial voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. The two go on the run as Parsons’ alien race invades Earth. Also providing voices for the Dreamworks animated film are Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. The latter plays Rihanna’s mother. LOL.

Home hits theaters on March 27, 2015. A four-minute short film titled Almost Home was attached to theatrical showings for Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2 this year. In addition to lending her voice, Rihanna is creating a concept album consisting of 12 original songs for the film. Check out the trailer below.

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