West, benching the OG Henry.On top of the cast changes, ABC just announced that they’re moving “Once Upon a Time” from Sundays to Fridays. That’s something the showrunners emphasized to TheWrap:Horowitz: I think what we can tell is you can see everybody. What we felt was the show always was bold: At the end of Season 1, we broke the premise of the show, and we broke the curse. Posted May 16, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe “Once Upon a Time” showrunners probably wouldn’t mind finding a portal to a new realm right about now. But the answer to that may be because we will see the departing characters again. These characters are going on, so we would love to have them go in and out as they can and if the story warrants it.Ginnifer Goodwin did recently say she expected to return to “Once” at some point, maybe the series finale, it’s just now time for a new story to take center stage. And Season 7 is following the adult version of Gilmore’s character, played by Andrew J. If there are questions about what we’re going to do and how they feel about it, I think our hope is that when they see what we’re planning to do, that they’re just as engaged as they’ve always been.One question might be why they didn’t just make this new adventure a spinoff instead of having it be the seventh season of “Once Upon a Time.” They could’ve ended the main show last week. Morrison decided to leave the show after being asked to return for Season 7. It looked like a vote of no-confidence for Season 7, leading many fans to wonder why they didn’t just go ahead and cancel the show completely, letting the Season 6 finale be the big happy ending.TheWrap talked to OUAT creators/executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis about the many cast member exits, asking how they felt about the fan reaction to the shakeup. And I think everybody would agree six seasons later that if Emma still didn’t believe in it, the show would not be on the air. Jen Morrison said she agreed to return for one episode of Season 7, maybe the premiere or finale, if it’s indeed the series finale.Season 7 will follow adult Henry and his daughter Lucy, plus OG characters Regina (Lana Parrilla), Rumple (Robert Carlyle), and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), as well as more regulars to be named later. Horowitz said we’ll find out who Lucy’s mother is right in the premiere, and “It will be somebody from the fairy-tale realm,” giving further credence to the theory that it’s Moana, and Henry’s romance with Moana will be the next epic love story.”Once Upon a Time” Season 7 will premiere this fall — now on Fridays — on ABC.Want more stuff like this? It wasn’t like we did a finale for Season 6 where there was a massacre at the end. Here’s what they both said in response:Adam Horowitz: To be quite honest, we haven’t looked at a lot of it because we can guess that the reactions [range] from, “I will never watch this show again,” and “Rot in hell.” But these are the same people two weeks ago that were saying, “When are they going to give someone their happy ending?” So if we listened to the internet, there’s too many voices and too many opinions. They are the ones who gave fans this fairy tale universe, and for that fans are grateful, but the two dudes have been under heavy fire ever since news came out that Season 7 would be something of a reboot, leading to the exit of several main characters.Just before the Season 6 finale, it was revealed that six main cast members would not be returning as series regulars — Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), and Jared Gilmore (Henry).Goodwin and Dallas had already planned to make Season 6 their last. Even people who have been dead on our show come back three years later. Both Mader and de Ravin said on social media that they would’ve liked to return for more “Once” but were not asked. So we felt it was time to end one adventure and begin a new one.Edward Kitsis: We want the fans to enjoy the show, obviously, but we have to find the way to keep it surprising and keep it fresh and keep it moving forward. Like us on Facebook. There’s a difference between, “I want to do a couple [episodes] a year,” and “I want to be there permanently.”Kitsis: I think if all goes according to plan, you’ll see a lot of people pop in and out.
so what? However, they also updated their original report with this note about still more changes:Shortly we after we published the original report on the extensive Justice League reshoots, our source contacted us to offer further clarification:”There are more reshoots COMING SOON. Posted May 16, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s time to duck and cover as more “reshoots” talk gets film fans riled up on the offense and defense of a movie they won’t be able to see for many months.DC and Warner Bros. Apparently, they didn’t like what they were seeing and so the film has had a lot of work put into trying to make it better while on its way towards its November 2017 release.”Splash Report added that this source is the same person that told them how extensive the reshoots for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” would be, and the source is “so intimately connected to the Justice League production that they told us about Ben Affleck’s visit to rehab weeks before the star publicly acknowledged his personal struggles.”They emphasized that this does not necessarily mean “doom or gloom” for another DC tentpole. Splash Report recently posted rumors that the movie isn’t just undergoing normal run-of-the-mill reshoots, it’s being completely remade after multiple “significant” reshoots.Here’s a portion of their report:”Speaking on a condition of anonymity, [our source] said that in the 17 months between the start of principal photography and the final cut arriving in theaters in November that the film will have essentially been ‘remade…twice.’They refused to offer any further details, but they said that Warner Bros. will release director Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” on November 17, uniting Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. is really putting everything it has into overhauling the movie. Like us on Facebook. “Justice League” won’t be out until November, so is it really a bad thing to think they will be working hard in the months ahead to make it as good as possible?The rumors have been spreading to different sites across the web, with fans reacting in predictable fashion — some saying it’ll be “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” all over again, and others saying it’s just more bias against DC (as the media continues to worship Marvel) when they’re just doing what most major films do.Meanwhile, “Wonder Woman” is next on the DCEU lineup, with her solo film arriving in theaters June 2.Want more stuff like this? There have been a bunch but they’re going to do MORE.”These are just rumors, but even if there’s some truth to them …
Posted May 16, 2017 by Gina CarboneUm, yeah, this probably does qualify as a “first date from hell,” on both sides, and not exactly the start of a Star-Lord and Gamora love story.A 37-year-old man from Austin, Texas has filed a petition in small claims court asking for $17.31 from his 35-year-old date because she texted during their 3D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he told the Texas paper, claiming that about 15 minutes into the move, she started texting. “Oh my god,” she told the Statesman. 2″ — then left the theater and drove off without him, leaving him without a ride home — and he now wants to be refunded for the movie ticket.The guy talked to the American-Statesman about it on Tuesday, and when the paper called the woman in question to get her reaction, she was blindsided by the lawsuit. #classicSo, yeah, pretty bad date.He said he texted a few days later to get a refund for the ticket, but she refused to pay. Like us on Facebook. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves.” He claims she activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes, reading and sending texts. He said he asked her to stop but she refused, and when he told her maybe she could go outside for that, she left the theater and did not return. This is the true hidden danger of online dating.[Via: EW]Want more stuff like this? She also left in her own car, which she had used to drive them both to the theater, leaving him without a ride. For her part, she said she planned to file a protective order against the guy for contacting her little sister to get the money for the ticket.Filing these claims probably costs a lot more than the tickets, but now there’s a petty principle involved so they have to see it through. “This is crazy.”Well, from his perspective, she was the crazy one.He said they met online and went to the movie in early May. She claims she only texted two or three times, reaching out to a friend who was fighting with her boyfriend.
“I’m always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough – from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.”ABC has been working hard to attract big names as judges, just like Fox did at the end of the show’s life on that network.”We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of ‘American Idol’ with Katy leading the charge,” Dungey said. We are so lucky to have this strong and talented woman help inspire and guide the next crop of artists as they pursue their dreams.” “Her incredible accolades speak for themselves. Posted May 16, 2017 by Kelly WooBaby, the new “American Idol” has landed a firework. Perry revealed she’s releasing a new album, “Witness,” next month and touring this fall. “American Idol” is set to debut midseason on ABC.”I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the ‘American Idol’ tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories,” Perry said in a statement. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey announced today that Katy Perry will serve as one of the judges on the network’s reboot of “American Idol.” Rumors floated over the weekend that the singer would join the “Idol” revival, but she was coy about it on an appearance this morning on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.
Ken,” but now ABC has moved “Once Upon a Time” to Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m.Want more stuff like this? If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same. He finally broke his silence about the end of the show, during the same time that ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey held a conference call defending the decision to ax the still high-rated series.Some viewers thought maybe politics came into play, since Tim Allen is a conservative. […] The intent of this petition/boycott is to attempt to get ABC to renew the show. Like us on Facebook. I canceled ‘Last Man Standing’ for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled ‘Dr. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017A Change.org petition was launched to get ABC to renew “Last Man Standing,” despite the cancellation, with more than 127,000 current signatures.Here’s a portion of the petition:”Despite consistently high rankings, especially considering the time slot in which it is aired, Tim Allen’s show “Last Man Standing” has been cancelled by the network on which it is aired, ABC.Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. That’s the job. Let them hear our voices.””Last Man Standing” used to air Fridays with “Dr. I have cancelled the DVR settings for the other ABC shows that I regularly watch. With that in mind, I will no longer be watching any ABC shows. Even if you are not willing to boycott the network, but still want to save the show, please sign this petition and share it. Posted May 16, 2017 by Gina CarboneTim Allen is as upset as his fans at the surprise cancellation of “Last Man Standing” after six seasons. However, Dungey rejected that idea, naming several shows that would be considered more progressive that also got the chop this year. EDT. Here’s part of her explanation (via Entertainment Weekly):”A large part of these jobs are managing failure and we’ve made the tough calls and canceled shows that we’d otherwise love to stay on the air. Coincidence or not, Allen shared this tweet at 12:14 EDT:Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. If you do plan to boycott ABC, please say so when you sign. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values. Ken,’ ‘The Real O’Neals,’ ‘The Catch’ and ‘American Crime.’ And ‘Last Man Standing’ was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed.”Dungey’s conference call on ABC’s 2017-2018 primetime lineup was scheduled from 12:00-12:30 p.m.
ABC revealed its fall 2017-2018 lineup earlier today, with “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 airing in the show’s usual Thursdays at 8 p.m. Like us on Facebook. The series will be produced by ABC Studios.According to Deadline, this series will debut next season. This new “Grey’s” spinoff gives Shondaland five series on ABC, after “Grey’s,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” and the new series “Still Star-Crossed,” which premieres May 29.But speaking of “Grey’s” and fire, the Season 13 finale airs this Thursday, May 18, and it’s possible we’ll see some of those spinoff firefighters in action, since Grey Sloan certainly needs the help, and you can see firefighters in the promo.Want more stuff like this? timeslot. From the captain to the newest recruit, we follow these brave men and women as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.’No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda, and ‘Grey’s’ signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff,’ said Dungey.”Stacy McKee — a “Grey’s Anatomy” veteran — will write the script for the project and executive produce the series. The as-yet untitled spinoff would follow firefighters in the same fictionalized Seattle as Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.Here’s more straight from ABC’s press release on the new series:”Set in a Seattle firehouse, the latest series from the executive producers of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ follows a group of heroic firefighters. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers are executive producers. Posted May 16, 2017 by Gina CarboneMove over, “Private Practice,” there’s a new “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff in town — and this one should be hot.At ABC’s upfront presentation today (May 16), Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced still another Shondaland drama was picked up straight to series.
Diane Keaton and James Cromwell also starred, respectively, as a nun who raised Lenny and a priest who served as his mentor.It’s unclear if Law is returning for the new show, or if “The New Pope” is a sequel (about Lenny’s successor) or a prequel (perhaps about his predecessor?). HBO only described it as “set in the world of the modern papacy.” Casting will begin soon.”The New Pope” is expected to film sometime next year, so it may not air until 2019. Paolo Sorrentino will write and direct the follow-up, with an assist from co-writer Umberto Contarello.”The Young Pope” followed American Lenny Belardo, who is elected as Pope Pius XIII and turns out to be an intensely conservative maverick with plans to remake the Vatican. Posted May 16, 2017 by Kelly WooAll hail “The New Pope.”HBO is ordering a new limited series from the creator of “The Young Pope,” which starred Jude Law as the titular pontiff.
Posted May 16, 2017 by Kelly WooOne of the most famous tennis matches in history is coming to life on the big screen, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell facing off across the net.”The Battle of the Sexes” trailer introduces Stone as decorated champion Billie Jean King and Carell as chauvinist has-been Bobby Riggs. As for recent Oscar winner Stone, it looks like her name could be in the mix again for awards this year.”Battle of the Sexes” opens in theaters September 22. The match would go on to spark the feminist movement and fight for gender equality.The movie focuses on the lead-up to the battle, as well as the personal struggles of King and Riggs off court.The trailer has the gauzy, earth-toned look of movies from the ’70s, and Carell does a fine job of conveying both Riggs’ vapid misogyny and somewhat-charismatic showmanship. In 1973, the latter challenges the former to a tennis duel, and their well-promoted rivalry was followed by rapt audiences around the world.
Posted May 16, 2017 by Kelly WooFinding the right emoji to describe the new “Emoji Movie” trailer isn’t easy.Maybe 😶 (face without mouth)? T.J. When he fails to make the correct expression, he’s banished to Loser’s Lounge, where he befriends a hacker emoji (Anna Faris). Or perhaps the ever enigmatic 🙃 (upside down face).The trailer shows that this movie is everything we expected from a movie inspired by mini icons used by tweens to avoid actual words. There’s always thinking face 🤔, as we consider how this has all come to pass. Miller voices Gene, who is supposed to be a “meh” face, but has more than one emotion inside of him. Together, they embark on a quest to find the code to fix Gene.This is a kids’ movie, through and through, with a lot of corny sight gags and not-very-subtle poop jokes (Patrick Stewart plays that emoji, sigh).”The Emoji Movie” opens in theaters July 28. Or how about expressionless face 😑?
It’s a beloved show that still continues to be popular all over the world.”That’s a pretty big if since lead Josh Radnor is now starring on the NBC drama “Rise;” and Neil Patrick Harris is busy with Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events;” as is Cobie Smulders, who also has Netflix’s “Friends From College” and returns as agent Maria Hill in “Avengers: Infinity War.”There was talk of a spinoff called “How I Met Your Father. “This Is Us” co-executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger wrote a spec script, but when they were promoted to co-showrunners on “This is Us,” the project was shelved.If “How I Met Your Mother” does come back, it had better not be as gut-wrenching as that knife-in-the-heart finale. It which would have been told from a woman’s point of view and feature brand-new characters. Posted May 16, 2017 by Sharon KnolleTV reunions and revivals are all the rage: Is “How I Met Your Mother” next?20th Century Fox TV Dana Walden said yesterday said she’d love to see the hit CBS series, which ended in 2014, make a comeback, Deadline reports.During Fox’s upfront press call on Monday, Walden said, “I hope we will have an opportunity to revisit these characters and tell these stories if [the cast and writers] have the desire to do it.
Posted May 16, 2017 by Kelly Woo”The Bachelor” is moving from paradise to the slopes. “Winter Games” provides the franchise with a winter alternative to its other spinoff, “Bachelor in Paradise.””Dancing With the Stars Junior” will feature celebrity kids and the children of celebrities and pair them with junior pro dancers. ABC announced a spinoff of the hit dating reality series, as well as a spinoff of “Dancing With the Stars.” “The Bachelor Winter Games” will air next February as counterprogramming to NBC’s Winter Olympics. Former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants will compete in winter-themed challenges, including “the toughest sport of all — love.” No doubt there will be some hot tub action. These two shows will join ABC’s newest addition to its reality TV stable: a revival of “American Idol,” which will debut in midseason. The spinoff is set for next spring. They’ll compete in choreographed ballroom numbers for an undisclosed panel of judges.
That means he’ll be battling Orm Marius/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).The actor tweeted that he’s “stoked” to join Momoa in “Aquaman.”Power of FANtasy. Posted May 16, 2017 by Sharon KnolleLudi Lin is following up his “Power Rangers” role as Zack the Black Ranger with a part in “Aquaman.”Yes, “Aquaman” is still casting! Fanfic crossover come true. #aquaman#dceu
— LudiLin (@ludi_lin) May 15, 2017According to JustJared, the Chinese-born actor is 29 and learned to speak Cantonese in three months after moving to Hong Kong. The DC superhero flick, which just started production, will open on December 21, 2018.Deadline reports that Lin will play Murk, the leader of the Atlantis army known as the Men-of-War and a trusted ally of Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Stoked to join Jason Mamoa and the cast of AQUAMAN!
“I’ve been going nonstop since the Olympics, so I’ll have a week off!” She went out with a smile saying of their perfect scores, “We ended on a good note.”The finale is next week. afterwards, Biles said she did not see the judges’ reactions, but that she heard the gasping in the audience. Bruno Tonioli looked stunned while Julianne Hough, after a moment’s pause, led the applause for the departing couple.Talking to E! Vying for Mirror Ball are Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, and David Ross and Lindsay Arnold. she’s happy she can finally get some sleep now. Posted May 16, 2017 by Sharon KnolleIn possibly the most meme-able moment of this season of “Dancing With the Stars,” the judges reacted in shock and horror as top-scorer Simone Biles was eliminated from the competition in last night’s semi-final.The Olympic gold-medal winner had previously faced criticism that she didn’t smile enough, but the four judges still loved her — they had just given her and partner Sasha Farber perfect 10s on both their dances.So when they heard that Simone and Sasha were going home, the reaction was as gasp-worthy as this year’s infamous Oscar mix-up.Carrie Ann Inaba gasped aloud while Len Goodman buried his head in his hands. “We heard everyone, and I think everyone’s a little bit shocked.” She compared the reaction to when “Glee” star Heather Morris — another standout who was sent home early — was eliminated.Biles told E!
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which is set to open May 26, is reportedly being held hostage unless a ransom is paid.LA Times reports that Disney’s chief exec Bob Iger told ABC employees in New York yesterday that hackers claim to have stolen one of the studio’s films. Posted May 16, 2017 by Sharon KnollePirates hacking “Pirates”? They also threatened to target more studios and networks.The fifth film in the lucrative “Pirates” franchise stars Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush and Barbossa, and marks the return of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom to the series. The amount of the ransom was not disclosed.Iger didn’t say which movie the hackers have stolen, but a source tells the Times that it is indeed the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.This comes after the hacking of the new season of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” After Netflix refused to pay that unspecified ransom, the hackers said they had released episodes on pirate sites. Javier Bardem joins the franchise as villain Armando Salazar. The hackers are threatening to release it in segments until their price is paid via Bitcoin.
There’s Even More MythologyDespite the “back to basics” mentality of this prequel, “Covenant” will still feature some of the philosophical elements of “Prometheus.” The original title of the film was actually “Alien: Paradise Lost,” which gives you some idea of where Ridley Scott is drawing inspiration from.”Covenant” goes deeper into the world of the mysterious Engineers while expanding on what the black goo is that seems to have birthed both humanity and the Xenomorphs.5. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about “Covenant, from how it connects to 2012’s “Prometheus” to what to expect from this new crew of unfortunate souls/future chestburster incubators. The film revolves mainly around the crew of the Covenant, who are responsible for ferrying a group of interstellar colonists to their new home. The Film Goes Back to Its RootsNot all “Alien” fans were thrilled with the direction in which “Prometheus” pulled the franchise, complaining about director Ridley Scott’s emphasis on philosophy and fleshing out the origins of the Xenomorphs with complicated and convoluted mythology, rather than finding a worthwhile way of exploring those questions by way of the claustrophobic horror — and character-driven stakes — that made the first two “Alien” films so memorable.Luckily, early reviews suggest that “Covenant” is bringing the franchise back to its roots. 1. This crew is the latest in a long line of Weyland-Yutani teams to run afoul of the ruthless Xenomorphs (HR and legal must love these workman’s comp claims).The crew includes terraforming expert Daniels (Katherine Waterston), first mate Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup), chief pilot Tennessee (Danny McBride), and security officer Sgt. “Covenant” will introduce the Neomorph, a smaller, more feral version of the iconic monster. The Neomorphs are native to the seemingly idyllic world the Covenant crew discover in the film, created after the Engineers’ black goo interacted with, well, you’ll have to see for yourself.Traditionalists needn’t worry — the film will also feature plenty of the classic “Big Chap” Xenomorph we know and love. But rather than a tall guy in a rubber suit, the Xenomorphs are now mostly computer-animated creations, making them quicker, deadlier, and more flashy than ever.6. 4. Lope (Demián Bichir).Fassbender will be pulling double duty this time around, as he’ll also be playing the Covenant’s helpful (and kind of badass) android, Walter.3. Expect more emphasis on horror and bloodshed this time around, as the Covenant crew slowly come to grips with the deadly threat awaiting them when they detour to an undiscovered planet while en route to their new home. Scott intends “Covenant” to be the first part of a new trilogy of films that will progressively shed more light on David and his plans to continue a more deadly version of what the Engineers started.The goal is to eventually link this trilogy to the events of the original “Alien.” Scott already has developed screenplays for both sequels, with production on “Alien: Covenant 2″ hoping to begin in 2018.”Alien: Covenant” hits theaters May 19. The film will also feature Guy Pearce reprising his role as the late Peter Weyland (despite having suffered a violent death last time around).2. Get your tickets here. Posted May 16, 2017 by Jesse SchedeenYou’d think at some point the residents of the “Alien” universe would learn to stop traveling to remote worlds where hungry Xenomorphs are waiting to eviscerate them. There’s a New XenomorphIt wouldn’t be a proper “Alien” movie without at least one new variation on the Xenomorph. “Covenant” Starts a New TrilogyWe can only hope “Covenant” recaptures the appeal of the first two “Alien” movies, otherwise, it might be the last entry in the franchise. It’s More of a Sequel to “Prometheus” Than You ThinkWhile it’s not actually called “Prometheus 2,” “Covenant” is a follow-up to that 2012 “Alien” prequel.Set ten years after the events of that polarizing prequel, “Covenant” will reveal (sort of) what became of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the damaged android David (Michael Fassbender) after they left LV-223 in search of the Engineers who created humanity. Their loss is our gain, as franchise returns to theaters with “Alien: Covenant.”If you’re not sure where this latest film falls on the increasingly complicated “Alien” timeline, fear not. You’ll Meet Mostly New CharactersWhile it’s a continuation of “Prometheus,” “Covenant” looks to be focusing more on a new cast of characters. Oh well.
But by the time production on the film began in 1939 (on the same day Germany invaded Poland), Walt felt confidant that his animators and artisans could knock it out of the park. “I picked certain artists who were not good at character animation and I put them into effects,” Walt said. Rights to Austrian author Felix Salten’s “Bambi: A Life in the Woods” had first been attempted as an ambitious live-action feature, before it even got on Disney’s radar. They had to register as actual animals. The effects men would experiment with anything.” Walt summed it up proudly: “I gave them things in my school that they never got in art school.” And it shows.The “Bambi” Signature Edition will make you appreciate just what it took to bring this masterpiece to life. They were at the top of their game.It was so groundbreaking because the characters weren’t cute and cuddly cartoons. Hopefully, the new Signature Edition of “Bambi,” timed to its 75th anniversary (out on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23rd, and Blu-ray June 6th), will help restore its luster because really this movie was quietly groundbreaking and inspired countless Disney productions in the years to follow.The idea for “Bambi” came to Walt while he was still plotting his first animated feature. “Bambi” was a series of elliptical, philosophical endeavors loosely built around the changing of the seasons. Posted May 16, 2017 by Drew TaylorOf the “big five” Disney films (the first five animated features that Walt Disney oversaw and largely considered, by fans and historians, to be the pinnacle of the studio’s output), “Bambi” is the one that is, for some reason, often overlooked. Lincoln Schuster of the Simon & Schuster publishing house first brought the book to him.) But Walt, ever the visionary, knew that the technology and artistry at his disposal couldn’t properly bring the story to life. After all, the studio had just completed work on “Fantasia” and “Dumbo,” two of the most jaw-dropping animated features ever. It would go on to inspire virtually every future film that featured naturalistic animal characters (most notably “The Lion King”) and the interactions with animals led Walt to create the nature documentary with his True-Life Adventures (something that carries on with the Disneynature films like “Born in China”). And could you please stop crying about Bambi’s mother? As emotional as it was it was also deeply spiritual.This exclusive bonus clip (above), which features the animators and is narrated by Walt Disney himself (taken from a series of interviews conducted in 1956), underlines the technological and artistic accomplishments of the film. “Bambi” served as a benchmark in the medium; animated movies had felt alive but never like this. Walt can be heard saying that he had laid out a plan for what he wanted to accomplish with the medium (you’d be tempted to say “animation,” but it’s more accurate to say “film”). Walt took this very seriously and had animators study animals in the wild and also brought in animals to the studio, where they could be observed close-up. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the story (it clocks in at a barely-feature-length 70 minutes), the fact that it didn’t have the same cultural impact as the other films due to its release during World War II (when much of the foreign market was cut off and the Disney studio itself had become a de facto army base), or because all anyone can talk about is how traumatizing the death of Bambi’s mother was (therapy helps), but for whatever reason, it often doesn’t get the attention and respect it deserves. It was also a breakthrough for tone and structure. “And the teachers were the students.” (This makes me think of a more recent example, Pixar, who was founded by computer wonks, animators, and technological wizards and would become a storytelling powerhouse for decades to come.)Then Walt talked about how realistic and natural the film looked, which came about through canny management. And their environments had to be suitably realistic as well. The footage, of animators hard at work on what become an immortal classic, is staggering by itself, but when paired with Walt’s narration, well, it’s really something. (M. “We were self taught,” Walt said. “How we can make a raindrop look better. How we can make storm clouds effective and move. It’s been 75 years.
The clip, directed by Luke Scott (Ridley’s son), marked the first time the TED curators had licensed their brand to makers of a fiction feature.13. Weaver said she felt that Fox had undermined the first-time filmmaker, first by having him start shooting without a finished script, then by micromanaging him. Here, once she realizes they and the newborn albino alien are too close to a populated city, Ripley takes action. And Fox is hoping it will gobble hundreds of millions more when the eighth film, Ridley Scott’s second prequel “Alien: Covenant,” is released May 19.Over the years, Moviefone has learned a lot of wonderfully disgusting facts about the franchise (read this if you want to know what the alien’s innards and mouth-slime were made of, or this if you want to know how Lance Henriksen nearly chopped Bill Paxton’s finger off performing his knife trick), but in honor of “Alien: Covenant,” we’ve dug up a few more things you didn’t know about the scary space series.1.Sigourney Weaver was an unknown when she auditioned for “Alien,” but that anonymity proved an asset. “Midway through, they’re saying they want an E-ticket ride of a movie. “They started off telling him they wanted ‘Hobbit in Space,'” Weaver recalled. Anderson claimed that Arnold Schwarzenegger had agreed to appear in a cameo in the 2004 film as Dutch, his character from the original “Predator,” on the condition: that he lost the California gubernatorial election, which he did not. She didn’t know what she was about to see: the sudden emergence of an alien puppet manipulated by the director. To create the sounds made by the glistening cave’s ice crystals, the “Prometheus” sound effects artists used Pop Rocks candies, sprinkling them on hard surfaces and then spraying them with water to make them crackle.11. There was much talk, as recently as summer 2016, that Weaver and “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp were moving ahead with a fifth Ripley movie, one that would have pretended that the third and fourth movies never happened and would have kept Newt and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) alive. To this day, Ridley Scott claims not to have seen the two “AvP” movies.8. showed her screen test to his secretaries, and the ladies gave her audition the thumbs-up.2. The prop was actually a picture of Weaver’s own mother. It was a mess.”6. Weaver earned about $30,000 for the first “Alien,” $1 million for “Aliens,” $4 or $5 million for “Alien3” (plus a percentage of the profits), and $11 million for “Alien: Resurrection.”3. The studio reportedly trimmed the scene because it slowed down the movie’s pace and delayed Ripley’s return to space.4.David Fincher disavowed 1992’s “Alien 3,” even though it was his feature directing debut. Armed with a grenade launcher, she flies around in a futuristic combine harvester vehicle to finish the newborn off in a very cool — but ultimately too expensive — sequence. “It wasn’t so much that they’d changed the script,” he said in 2005. “It’s that they just executed it in such a ghastly fashion as to render it almost unwatchable.”7. In 2012’s “Prometheus,” when the snake-like “hammerpede” alien bursts forth from Rafe Spall’s corpse, Kate Dickie’s screaming reaction is real and spontaneous. Predator” crossover films. The old-age makeup Pearce wore in “Prometheus” took five hours to put on and another hour to take off. But in April 2017, Scott (who would have executive-produced the Ripley movie), said that Blomkamp had never written more than a 10-page story pitch, and that Fox had nixed the project.14. “Alien vs. “A lot of people hated ‘Alien 3,'” he said a decade later, “but no one hated it more than I did.”5. Weaver claims she got the part because 20th Century Fox studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. In the early 2000s, “Aliens” director James Cameron was working on an origin-story prequel — the germ of the idea that eventually became “Prometheus,” — but he abandoned it when he learned Fox was developing the “Alien vs. It’s eaten up some $1.4 billion in earthling movie-ticket money over the past 38 years and seven films. It was the same exact technique Scott had used to scare the actors in the original “Alien” when they first saw the “chestburster” force its way out of John Hurt’s torso.10. In character as the younger Weyland, Pearce appeared in a short promo clip, supposedly giving a TED talk in the year 2023. Predator” director Paul W.S. At one point, Whedon wrote a draft where the Betty crashes on an Earth forest. Posted May 16, 2017 by Gary SusmanAs “Alien” fans know, the xenomorph has acid for blood, is a relentless hunter, breeds parasitically inside human hosts before killing them, and has a tremendous hunger for cash. “We felt that if Ripley was a big name, she would lose part of her mystery,” producer David Giler recalled in 1991. Originally, the filmmakers sought Max Von Sydow to play ancient tycoon Peter Weyland, but they went with Guy Pearce instead in order to be able to show the character as both young and old.12. In the scene (above), shortly after she’s awakened from her decades-long sleep, Ripley is shown a picture of the daughter who was ten when she first left on her mission, and who has since grown old and died. A scene cut from “Aliens” might have explained how Ripley developed her maternal urge to protect the orphan girl Newt. “Alien: Resurrection” went through many drafts, especially in regards to the film’s climatic ending. Similarly, Joss Whedon disavowed 1997’s “Alien: Resurrection,” even though he found it a fairly faithful adaptation of his screenplay. Also, Anderson said, Schwarzenegger had wanted to film the cameo at his own house.9.