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Jurassic World 2 Has an Epic Submarine Vs. Dinosaur Action Scene

Without knowing too many specific plot details in regards to Jurassic World 2, quite a few promises have been made about what’s in the movie. At one point it was said this sequel will feature more than just dinosaurs chasing people around on an island. Now, according to one of the new cast members, that is absolutely true. Because some dinosaurs are going to be chasing people in submarines underwater.

The news comes from new cast member Kevin Layne, who’s been recruited to play a submarine pilot in Jurassic World 2. The actor was interviewed by MSTF Management and provided some Jurassic details on the insane sounding scene in question. Here is what he had to say about it.

“I remember getting advice from Lennie [his agent], ‘Make sure you go looking like the part. You’re a soldier, you’re a mercenary. Think it. Be it.’ I read for two parts, and ended up getting the role of ‘submarine pilot’, which was the role I wanted as it is quite an epic scene. So I should have a nice cinematic moment on screen in a massive studio film. Filming starts in May hopefully I’ll be in one of their amazing contraptions, pretending that there’s dinosaurs around me. I’ve never worked with CGI before so it’s fun and challenging. But I can now say to people ‘You know there’s no dinosaur there right?’”

The idea of aquatic dinosaurs was introduced in Jurassic World, but the mosasaurus was confined in a very large pool, kind of like Shamu at Seaworld, but with more teeth. It sounds like in this instance, there will be some aquatic dinos in a much larger body of water, which is something we definitely haven’t seen from the Jurassic Park franchise previously. It has also been promised that Jurassic World 2 will feature more practical dinosaurs than its predecessor did, but this scene definitely won’t be where those puppeted prehistoric creatures will show up, at least as Layne explains it.

Jurassic World 2 is currently filming in the U.K., with additional filming scheduled to take place in Hawaii later this year. Beyond that, Universal is keeping things pretty close to the vest for this one. We do know that the movie will explore the idea of how these animals are dealt with now that the park is closed and that this will serve as a parable for how we treat animals in the real world. It is also rumored that a rescue mission of some kind will be taking place in the Jurassic World sequel, but it sounds like it will be humans rescuing dinosaurs this time around, as opposed to the reverse, which has been the case in the first four installments of the franchise.

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is not returning to helm the movie this time around, but he did co-write the script and has remained on as a producer. Instead, it is J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) who is directing Jurassic World 2. The cast for the movie sees the return of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. Other new additions to the cast include Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Danielle Pineda and Gwendoline Chaplin. Jurassic World 2 is set for release on June 22, 2018.

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Disney’s Lion King and Frozen 2 Both Get 2019 Release Dates

Disney has locked down some release dates for some very big upcoming movies, several of which are now set to bow in 2019. Firstly, they have announced that Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King will now be arriving in theaters on July 19, 2019. They have also finally given a firm release date to Frozen 2, which will have a winter release on November 27, 2019.

Director Jon Favreau took to Twitter in order to confirm that his upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King has locked down a release date. He didn’t have much to say about it, simply posting a lion emoji next to a crown emoji with an exclamation point and a picture showing the new release date. That July 19, 2019 release date previously belonged to Indiana Jones 5, but Disney has moved that sequel to July 20, 2020. The Disney Animation Twitter account confirmed the new release date for Frozen 2, which has been in the works for quite some time but hadn’t previously been given a timeframe for release. The tweet was appropriately accompanied by a gif of Olaf yelling excitedly.

Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 27, 2019!”

The Lion King remake comes on the heels of several very successful, similar remakes that Disney has pursued in recent years. Movies like Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Beauty and the Best and The Jungle Book, which Favreau also directed, have all made big bucks at the box office. The Lion King will implement the same technology used to bring the animals and environments to life in The Jungle Book, but without any actual human characters, it won’t technically be a live-action remake, since those environments and animals were all CGI. The casting process for the movie is ongoing right now, but Donald Glover has been cast as the voice of Simba, with James Earl Jones set to return as Mufasa. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are playing Timon and Pumbaa. Beyonce is reportedly the top choice to play Nala, but she has yet to sign on the dotted line.

As for Frozen 2, it is going to be a better late than never kind of thing. The original Frozen came out in 2013 and became one of the biggest animated hits of all time. The movie grossed a truly impressive $1.27 billion worldwide, not to mention all of the merchandising money that Disney made from it. The soundtrack was a massive success, topping the Billboard charts and going multi-platinum. The first Frozen was also released in November, so it looks like Disney will be going with a similar release strategy this time around. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are returning to direct, with the principal voice cast all coming back as well.

Disney also firmed up a May 24, 2019, release date today for Star Wars: Episode IX, in addition to announcing the Frozen 2 and Lion King dates. Not to mention that Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 are also set to arrive in 2019 as well. That means 2019 should prove to be a massive year for the Mouse House, assuming these movies can deliver in terms of quality. If recent history is any sort of indicator, they almost certainly well.

Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 27, 2019! pic.twitter.com/iW4JR2RSfm

— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) April 25, 2017

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— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) April 25, 2017

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Rough Night Character Posters Introduce 5 Wild Ladies

It was announced in June of 2015 that Sony closed the deal for an untitled raunchy comedy script by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. That untitled script was first called Rock That Body and is now officially titled Rough Night. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Kate McKinon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) star in the comedy and today posters describing the traits of their characters were released.

Five Rough Night posters popped up online through Entertainment Weekly and each poster gives a glimpse into the role of the actress in the movie through text on a dirty, bloodied sash. “Better Off Wed” is written across Scarlett Johansson’s sash with an American flag pin and miniature drink umbrella, Jillian Bell’s sash reads “Lethally Horny” and contains blood spatter, the sash of Ilana Glazer shows a marijuana pin with the statement “Dope AF” along with some blood, Zoe Kravitz has two glasses of wine and her sash reads “Dressed To Kill” with blood stains in the shape of wine glasses, and finally, Kate McKinnon has “Party Down Under” written across her sash with what appears to be a jar of Vegemite. When paired with the trailer, the Rough Night posters only add to the comedy and let the viewer know that they are definitely in for a wild ride.

Aniello directed Glazer in the pilot and eleven episodes of Broad City from 2014-2016, so that should give fans of the show a good idea of what they are getting into. Broad City has continually pushed the envelope of comedy on Comedy Central. Rough Night was originally sold as The Hangover meets Weekend at Bernie’s, but some viewers of the trailer have noticed a striking similarity to another film.

Rough Night is five best friends from college who reunite in Miami, Florida for a wild and crazy bachelorette party. The party starts with the friends sharing drugs and ends up taking a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Sound familiar? The premise is almost identical to the 1998 Christian Slater movie Very Bad Things, but with women, and citizens of the internet have taken notice. In Very Bad Things, John Favreau reunites with five of his old friends before getting hitched and they head out to Las Vegas for a wild and crazy bachelor party. After doing some drugs, one of the characters accidentally kills a female stripper. There are bound to be different plot twists for Rough Night, but at a very surface level it does look an awful lot like a rehash of Very Bad Things. Sometimes women need to kill strippers in movies too.

Rough Night is set to open June 16th, 2017 along side Disney’s Cars 3 and the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. The movie already has a huge buzz surrounding it and the trailer does look promising. Plus, it shouldn’t be too difficult to surpass the 44% rating of Very Bad Things on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Dave Bautista Wants to Return in James Bond 25

For about a year and a half, we have all been in something of a holding pattern waiting to hear what is ultimately going to become of the next James Bond movie. Much of that hinges on whether or not Daniel Craig actually decides to return for one more movie but, if he does, some other people want back in on the action. Namely, Dave Bautista, who played the brooding henchman Mr. Hinx in Spectre.

The former wrestling star who has managed to transition into a pretty successful acting career is currently making the press rounds for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as he is returning as Drax for a second time. If he has things his way, he’d like to return for James Bond 25 as well. Speaking with Metro recently, Dave Bautista revealed that he definitely wants back in for the next installment, but that isn’t really up to him. Here is what he had to say.

“Believe me we’re talking about it a lot. We’re waiting at home with our fingers crossed… We’re waiting for the news to see if Daniel will sign up for Bond 25, because then there’s a chance that Hinx will come back.”

As it stands, which is as it has stood for some time now, Daniel Craig remains undecided. At least publicly. A recent report claimed that James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli had managed to persuade him to return at least for James Bond 25, but that has not yet been confirmed. If he does come back, that will effect a lot moving forward. The producers are either going to have to try and close out the Daniel Craig era of 007 with a bang, or they are going to have to reset the series once again and hope that they can find a suitable replacement for one of the most beloved actors to ever take on the role. Dave Bautista also revealed that he doesn’t have any additional insight as to which way Daniel Craig is leaning.

“I’m reading the rumors just like everyone else.”

There are other complications to consider at the moment. It was recently revealed that, after very successfully handling the distribution for the last four James Bond movies (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre), Eon Productions has now opened the floodgates and there is now a bidding war between five different studios for the rights to distribute future movies in the franchise. That will probably need to get settled before anything can really get done, since that will greatly effect the contracts and financing. During the Sony/Daniel Craig era of James Bond, the movies have grossed more than $3.1 billion worldwide. So Sony will almost definitely want to retain the rights and everyone will want Craig back for one more go. He is a sure thing at this point.

Even though Dave Bautista’s character Hinx was ripped out of a train racing down the tracks in Spectre, there is nothing that says he couldn’t return. At least within the framework of the James Bond franchise. It was also recently teased by Jeffrey Wright that he will be returning as Felix Leiter for a third time. Longtime series writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are currently penning the script for James Bond 25, but no director is attached as Sam Mendes has already said that he won’t be returning.

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Original Power Rangers Cast Is Disappointed in Reboot

Lionsgate had very high hopes heading into their recent Power Rangers reboot. Needless to say, the movie hasn’t really lived up to expectations in any way and wasn’t the massive success that the studio was hoping it would be. It turns out that some of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast members were disappointed with the movie as well. At least certain elements of the movie.

Walter Jones, who played the original Black Ranger, and David Yoast, who played the original Blue Ranger, were both in attendance at the C2E2 convention recently. As reported by Comicbook.com, Jones took issue with the portrayal of the new Black Ranger. Specifically, the decision to not include his “Hip Hop Kido” fighting style. Here is what he had to say about it.

“I was a little disappointed that they changed the characters around a little bit because I wanted Zack to be with his kido because Hip Hop Kido was a really important element of who I was on Power Rangers. I think if they would have added that then there could have been some parkour and there could have been so many other elements to that character that it would have been awesome.”

That may seem like a silly complaint, but something didn’t click the way that many were hoping it would with this new Power Rangers movie, so who knows? Maybe embracing some of that cheesiness would have helped. David Yoast had a complaint that was much more tied to the iconography of the franchise. He really wasn’t thrilled with the lackluster use of “it’s morphin time” in the movie. Here is how he explained.

“The only thing I care about progression wise when they do a sequel and they morph they better bring it and they better say ‘It’s Morphin Time.’ When we said, ‘It’s morphing time!,’ it was like, ‘Shit’s about to go down;’ when they said it in the movie it was so lackadaisical I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Lionsgate had plans laid out for a seven movie franchise, assuming all went well with the first Power Rangers. To date, the movie has only made $133 million worldwide. That, coupled with the production budget reportedly exceeding $100 million makes it a safe bet that Lionsgate will actually wind up losing money on the movie. So those plans will probably be halted, unless someone at the studio feels they can get the math right for a second installment. Which there are clearly plans for, as evidenced by the post-credit scene in the new Power Rangers movie that teased the arrival of the Green Ranger in Power Rangers 2.

It should be noted that not everything David Yoast and Walter Jones had to say was negative. They both praised R.J. Cyler, who plays the new Billy in Power Rangers. Still, something clearly went wrong here and it is probably fair for the guys who helped start this franchise to share an honest opinion. Assuming Lionsgate does move ahead with Power Rangers 2, we’ll have to see if they wind up taking their advice.

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Chris Pratt Wants to Extend His Marvel Contract

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finally arriving in theaters next week, some fans are already looking forward to the future. After months of speculation, writer-director James Gunn finally confirmed that he will be back to write and direct Guardians 3, which has already been announced as part of Marvel’s Phase 4 lineup. While nothing else about the sequel has been revealed, the Guardians are all expected to return, while also reprising their roles in Avengers: Infinity War, which is filming now, and Avengers 4. After all of those projects have come and gone, though, some may be wondering what will happen to the Guardians. Chris Pratt has now revealed in a new interview that he has no plans on leaving the MCU anytime soon. Perhaps ever.

Back in 2015, the actor said he signed on for three Guardians movies, along with two unspecified Marvel movies, which are most likely Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. While promoting Guardians 2, Chris Pratt spoke to /Film, when the talk eventually turned to the star’s Marvel contract. While the actor wouldn’t specify how many more Marvel movies he has on his contract, he did make it clear that he still hopes to work with Marvel for the long haul.

“I’ll tell you, as much as I love Marvel, it doesn’t matter how many I have contracted, because I’m going to continue to work with them. I want to. I love working with them. I’m going to continue to work with them whether they like it or not. Even if they write me out, I’m going to show up on set and be like, ‘Hey, man!’ They’re done. They don’t get to shake me.”

After Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, the Marvel Phase 4 lineup has not been revealed, except for a series of release date placeholders. The studio has set release dates on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020 for three future Marvel movies, which will kick off the studio’s Phase 4 lineup. It seems likely that one of these dates could be reserved for Guardians 3, along with a pair of rumored projects centering on Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow and a character who would make his first appearance in the MCU, Namor the Sub-Mariner. There have been rumors that several of the original stars who were introduced in Phase 1, like Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark or Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, may be killed off, to pave the way for a new group of heroes in Phase 4.

As for Chris Pratt returning after Guardians 3, it’s possible that he could be easily integrated with the Earth-bound heroes on his own, perhaps after leaving the rest of his Guardians behind to return to his home on Earth for good, and fight alongside the MCU’s earthly heroes. While other Marvel stars have expressed interest in taking a break after their MCU contract is up, it seems that Chris Pratt has no issues with sticking around in the MCU after his contract expires. We likely won’t find out more about his contract until after Guardians 3, but fans still have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to look forward to on May 5.

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Disney’s Lion King Gets Rogen and Eichner as Timon and Pumbaa

Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King is starting to come together. The casting process for the movie is currently ongoing and it looks like director Jon Favreau has locked down a couple of actors for very key supporting roles. Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog will, assuming everything goes well, be voiced by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner respectively.

According to The Wrap, both Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in final negotiations to voice Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King remake. They will join a voice cast that already includes Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who is returning to voice Mufasa, just as he did in the 1994 animated classic. The deals aren’t done yet, so anything could happen, but this is Disney we’re talking about, so unless something crazy happens, it looks like these will be our new voices for the iconic buddy duo of Timon and Pumba.

While nobody may have thought about Seth Rogen as the right guy to voice a character in a Disney movie that will be marketed heavily to a younger audience, he does seem to fit Pumbaa quite well. The same can be said for Billy Eichner, who many recognize from Parks and Recreation or his Billy on the Street TV series. His neurotic nature definitely seems to suit the character of Timon. In the 1994 version of The Lion King, Timon was voiced by Nathan Lane, while Pumbaa was voiced by Ernie Sabella. They will definitely be hard to replace, but Disney has definitely found a couple of very interesting actors to take over for this “reimagining” of the classic tale. Let’s just hope they can sing, because there is no way this remake is going to happen without a new version of “Hakuna Matata.”

Disney has been having a lot of success in recent years with remakes of their animated classics. Recently, Beauty and the Beast crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, so they should have every reason to think they can make a new version of The Lion King work as well. They also have similar remakes of Mulan, Aladdin and Dumbo, among others, in various stages of development as well. But The Lion King is easily one of the most beloved animated movies Disney has ever released, so they will have to handle this one delicately. Even if it is a possibly risky prospect, there is money to be made and money talks.

Jon Favreau, who most recently helmed the live-action version of The Jungle Book for Disney, has been tapped to direct The Lion King remake. The studio also recently locked down a release date for the movie, with it now set to debut on July 19, 2019. We will be sure to keep you up to date with any other casting updates or other important news about The Lion King as it is made available.

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Sundance London Announces Lineup; ‘A Ghost Story’ Set To Close Event

Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event.

The fest, which will take place in London’s Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery’s critically acclaimed film and the previously announced international premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner with Salma Hayek, the latter of which will open the festival.

Additional titles screening during the four-day event include: the international premiere of Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, which Amazon scooped up for a cool $12M in Park City in January; Jeff Orlowski’s doc Chasing Coral, which won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award; U.S. Dramatic Audience Award winner Crown Heights, written and directed by Matt Ruskin; U.S. Grand Jury Prize Documentary winner Dina; Bryan Fogel’s Icarus, which nabbed the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award; and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize winner Marjorie Prime.

There will also be an international premiere for Marianna Palka’s Bitch; UK premieres for Woody Harrelson starrer Wilson and Dave Bautista starrer Bushwick; and European premieres for The Incredible Jessica James and Walking Out. Additionally, for the first time this year, the festival will feature a surprise film.

Continuing the focus of the four previous London editions on presenting new work by emerging established independent filmmakers, the 2017 festival will also include a short film program with 15 shorts, including a new strand dedicated to new UK shorts. The fest will also introduce an Audience Favorite Award for 2017, giving festivalgoers a chance to vote for their favorite features.

There will be three panel events: the Independent Film Trumps Reality panel, which will examine indie filmmaking in the current political climate; On Collaboration: Documentary Practices and Process, which will explore themes of diversity and accessibility; and the Art vs. Stepping Stone short filmmaker panel. Lowery will also participate in an “In Conversation” panel.

“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Redford. “Our success in the UK is a reflection of the enormous creativity of independent artists and stories they tell, as well as the curious and adventurous audiences who have made us feel right at home in the heart of London.”

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