Disney’s Mulan: 10 Best Scenes From The Animated Classic, Ranked

Disney’s live-action Mulan trailer has arrived, and fans are greeting it with mixed reactions. While many are loving the film’s exciting aesthetics and shift toward reality, others are worried by the trailer’s apparent lack of Mushu. While only time will tell how the new movie measures up, there is one thing we can rely on right now: Disney’s 1998 animated original.

Mulan was one of the many incredible stories which the Mouse House shared with us during the Disney Renaissance. While it was very loosely based on the actual legend of Hua Mulan, it does happen to be filled with some of the funniest, touching, and epic scenes to be put into a Disney film. Let’s get down to business and take a look at Mulan’s greatest moments.

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10 Mulan Returns Home

It feels good to see Mulan present the Crest of the Emperor and Sword of Shan Yu to her father. It’s a touching moment that only gets better when her granny complains about Mulan bringing home a weapon instead of a man. That’s when Shang shows up, and her fiery dear Grandma proclaims, “Woo! Sign me up for the next war!”

Shang gets tongue-tied—which he rightly deserves for blowing off Mulan when she tried to warn him about the Huns, by the way—and Mulan invites him to stay for dinner. Grandmother Fa, on the other hand, invites him to stay forever. We won’t argue with it.

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9 Mulan Saves China

The entirety of Mulan’s epic quest to save her country is worth talking about, but it really picks up after her army friends decide to dress as women to trick a few guards.

Meanwhile, Shang’s fighting it out with the Hun’s leader, Shan Yu—and, unfortunately, he gets knocked out. Shan Yu starts chasing after Mulan once she intercedes, and eventually they find themselves battling it out on the roof of the palace. With some expert fan work and a little help from Mushu, Mulan ends up exploding Shan Yu with fireworks. He also manages to throw in one heck of a Batman reference.

8 Mushu Wakes Up Mulan

The world seemed to think Frozen was hilarious and revolutionary for showing what it looked like when a Disney gal woke up with tired eyes and messy hair—but we all know this idea was actually first played up for laughs in Mulan.

Mushu makes Mulan a breakfast that is happy to see her. He also manages to stuff half of it into her mouth while coaching her on her war face. When Mulan learns the troops have left without her, she races to get her gear on and ties up her hair in a matter of seconds. That means this chick knows how to use a sword and go through a quick fashion change. How much more badass can you get?

7 Mulan Meets The Matchmaker

Before Mulan joins the army in her father’s place, she finds herself attempting to stay composed and act properly in order to be married off. The problem for Mulan is that she doesn’t fit the mold that’s been made for her. She’s awkward and a little clumsy, and, while this doesn’t allow for her meeting with the matchmaker to end well, it does produce a memorable movie scene.

The woman interviewing Mulan ends up giving herself an ink mustache, catching on fire, and getting doused in hot tea. Although this downward spiral was not a good look for Mulan or her family, if it hadn’t had happened, she might not have saved China, which—let’s be honest—is a thousand times cooler than finding a husband.

6 Reflection

Soon after Mulan realizes how much she’s disappointed her family by creating an absolute scene at the matchmaker’s, she heads back home and sings.

The song “Reflection” stands on its own. The melody is beautiful, the lyrics are real, and the vocals are pure—but her emotional garden walk makes it even better. The drama heightens when Mulan goes into the family temple and wipes her makeup off with a couple of swipes of her sleeve. Is anything more iconic? As the music fades out, Mulan’s father sits next to her and reminds her to be hopeful via flower metaphor. What a way to finish!

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5 Mulan Cuts Her Hair

The makeover trope has appeared in many, many, many movies. But being real, are any of these copycats even half as good as Mulan’s original transformation? This girl legit slices off her hair with a sword. How cool is that?

This scene isn’t in Mulan to show that she can pretty up. Rather, it’s there for her to declare she can take control; it shows the audience her commitment. The music during this minute is absolutely epic, and our starring heroine takes one last meaningful look toward home before she rushes away with her horse. Cue the adventure.

4 Mulan Meets Mushu

Mulan’s sassy dragon sidekick first encounters her on the edge of camp, right before she first tries to pass herself off as a man. He couldn’t have made it subtle, though, now could he?

After scaring Mulan with his loud and fiery antics, Mushu shocks her by stepping out into the light and revealing himself to be tiny and lizard-like. Mulan is skeptical, but Mushu defends himself. In doing such, he tells Mulan his eyes can see straight through her armor, which gets him a slap and causes him to mouth off on his famous dishonor rant. Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow!

3 I’ll Make A Man Out Of You

One of Disney’s most memorable songs of all time comes straight out of Mulan, and the montage it’s featured in is just as exciting. “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” is definitely as swift as the coursing river, and it additionally allows the audience to see Mulan come into herself.

While at first she is uncoordinated and lacks strength, she ends up scaling the incredibly tall pole with weight on her arms—a task which none of her male comrades were able to complete. Of course, there’s that whole segment in the middle where Shang sends Mulan home for falling behind, but it’s all part of her character development and makes her victory at the end even sweeter.

2 The Mountain Fight

There is nothing quite so epic in all of animation history as the scene in which the Huns reveal their true numbers and start charging down the snowy slope. Shang plays the role of the fearless leader, but Mulan takes charge as the determined independent thinker.  First, she destroys most of the enemy army by causing a massive avalanche. And next, she saves Shang from being buried in the snow.

You’re welcome.

Shang tells Mulan how crazy she is but then proceeds to thank her for it. This dude better be thankful, because, if it weren’t for her quick thinking, he’d be dead.

1 Mulan Takes A Bath

It’s pretty hard to forget a scene in a G-rated film in which the main heroine’s bath time gets crashed by a bunch of dudes who don’t realize she needs a little privacy. The scenario leaves Mulan hilariously uncomfortable, and it definitely doesn’t help when Yao stands nude over the lake and declares himself “king of the rock.”

Mulan only escapes the guys with a little help from Mushu, who ends up biting Yao underwater. As she’s walking away, she declares that she never wants to see another naked man again. That’s when a herd runs right by her. Thank goodness that water wasn’t see-through.

NEXT: Mulan Trailer Reveals How Songs Will Be Worked Into The Remake

2019-07-14 03:07:51

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Hellboy 2019 Will Become A Cult Classic, Says Star Milla Jovovich

Actress Milla Jovovich claims Hellboy 2019 will become a cult classic. Directed by Neil Marshall, the supernatural superhero film is a reboot of Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 film, in which Ron Perlman stars in the title role. The new Hellboy recently bombed at the box office after critics wrote scathing reviews. Del Toro didn’t receive an offer to direct Hellboy 2019, and Perlman refused to star if the original director wasn’t involved.

In Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot, David Harbour stars as the title character, while Jovovich co-stars as Nimue aka The Blood Queen. Based on Mike Mignola’s graphic novel series, the film was originally supposed to be a sequel to del Toro’s 2018 film Hellboy II: The Golden Army, however the project evolved into a reboot after Marshall’s hiring. The English filmmaker directed the 2005 horror film The Descent, which is arguably a modern cult classic, and Marshall also directed the Game of Thrones season 2 episode “Blackwater,” along with season 4’s penultimate episode,“The Watchers on the Wall.” Produced for $50 million, Hellboy 2019 has only earned slightly over $23 million at the box office, and the reviews have been especially brutal. 

Related: Hellboy Review: This Superhero Reboot’s a Bloody, Lifeless Dud

On Instagram, Milla Jovovich defended Hellboy with a lengthy Instagram post that addresses the “stressful” opening weekend and the nature of show business. The actress suggested that early reviews aren’t necessarily indicative of a film’s legacy by stating, “All my raddest films have been slammed by critics. It’s f**king hilarious. Dazed and Confused? Seriously? Classic movie. The Fifth Element!” Jovovich goes on to pay respect to franchise creator Mignola, and she also references the aforementioned film The Descent. As a whole, Jovovich doesn’t list specific evidence as to why Hellboy will become a cult classic – at least in terms of filmmaking – though she does offer a numbered list that acknowledges her collaborators. Check out Jovovich’s full post below. 

While Hellboy may be a legitimate box office flop, Jovovich’s performance has been praised by many. In addition, she makes a good point by noting that many of her films have indeed become cult classics. Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused barely made any money in theaters, but it’s regarded by many as one of the best coming-of-age stoner comedies. And whereas The Fifth Element nearly tripled its $90 million budget at the box office, the science fiction film polarized critics. Jovovich also cites The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which theatrically underperformed and was helmed by the controversial French auteur Luc Besson. As for Zoolander, the action comedy doubled its budget but wasn’t necessarily taken seriously by critics, even if the humor seemed to resonate with general moviegoers.

It’s true that negative critic reviews don’t always influence mainstream audiences. For a recent example, see 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody. But whereas that film is a PG-13 biopic about an iconic rock singer, Hellboy isn’t exactly a family-friendly, sing-along film. As a result, critics and moviegoers will dissect the storytelling and filmmaking, and they’ll also compare the reboot to franchise films that came before. Only time will tell if Hellboy 2019 holds up.

More: Hellboy 2019 Is The Opposite Of Venom – And That’s Why It Fails

Source: Milla Jovovich

2019-04-17 09:04:25

Q.V. Hough

14 Alternate Versions Of Classic Movies That Saved Them (And 7 That Are Way Worse)

“Director’s Cut.” “Extended Edition.” They sound so cool, but we all know they don’t always work. Yes, alternate cuts of our favorite films have been around long before our favorite directors chose to do them. Sometimes, they work for simple cash-grabs, enticing audiences to return to theaters or rebuy their favorite film just to see what else the products have to offer. Other times, the cuts are due to directors not getting to express their true visions the first time around, so they get their chance thanks to the magic of home media.

However, many tend to forget just how talented audiences are as well, as there are a plethora of fan edits floating around that surprisingly make the films better (some have even caught the attention of the films’ cast and crew!).

Regardless, these special editions of our favorite classics will continue to be around as long as we show our love and dedication to movies, which is both a good and bad thing to look forward to. So, today, we’ll be looking at some prime examples of both instances. Whether we finally get to see a director’s true version of their magnum opus after a years-long wait, a dedicated fan’s version of a film they felt deserved better, or a shameless retread of a movie with just enough changed to bring us back (but also enough to make us angry with how different the film has become).

So, grab some popcorn and a pillow to yell in as we look at 14 Alternate Versions Of Classic Movies That Saved Them (And 7 That Are Way Worse).

21 Saved: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Ultimate Edition

While DC’s cinematic universe may be showing promise now, back in 2016, fans were split on how well Zack Snyder’s mega-hyped Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did in establishing the shared universe. However, we shouldn’t give Snyder all the blame, as the two-and-a-half hour film we saw in theaters wasn’t close enough to his full vision.

To remedy this, an R-rated “Ultimate Edition” was released on home video, containing 30 extra minutes of content. And, while it’s still far from another Dark Knight, the cut fills in some of the film’s plot holes, provides more time for Superman’s journalistic pursuit of Batman, and further teases the universe’s future with a special appearance by Justice League villain Steppenwolf.

20 Saved: The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

Despite Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film series remaining one of the greatest trilogies of all time, his follow-up prequel trilogy, The Hobbit, has divided fans and critics alike due to its overuse of CGI and troubled production. Due to J.R.R. Tolkien’s massive fanbase, it was only a matter of time before fans created their own versions that stuck closer to Tolkien’s novel.

While there are several to choose from, perhaps the earliest example is 2015’s The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit, a single four-hour movie (not including credits) created by username “tolkieneditor,” which omits several criticized elements of the films. And, while some may take issue with the removal of fan-favorite characters Saruman and Galadriel, everyone can agree that getting rid of Radagast the Brown, Tauriel, and Legolas (save for a small cameo) was for the better.

19 Worse: Once Upon a Deadpool

We hoped it wouldn’t happen, but it did. Ahead of Disney’s purchase of Fox properties (coincidence?), PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 was released last year as a way of seeing how well the titular anti-hero would fare with younger audiences…and to make more money off the franchise’s popularity.

Despite the film gaining about 20 minutes of new footage, its graphic violence and language were toned down, which went over with fans about as well as one would expect. Perhaps Rotten Tomatoes said it best: “Once Upon a Deadpool retains enough of the franchise’s anarchic spirit to entertain, but doesn’t add enough to Deadpool 2 to justify its own existence.”

However, adding a subplot of Deadpool telling the story to a taken Fred Savage in reference to his Princess Bride role was pure genius.

18 Saved: Star Wars Episode I.I: The Phantom Edit

To say George Lucas’ 1999 return to a galaxy far, far away was not warmly received by fans would be an understatement. However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a decent film hidden amongst all the heavy CGI and Jar Jar antics.

Created in 2001 by Mike J. Nichols, Star Wars Episode I.I: The Phantom Edit was originally thought to be the work of director Kevin Smith (who later admitted to seeing it, calling it “smart editing”). Among the most obvious edits are an alternate opening crawl explaining why the edit was created, the removal of many (but not all) Jar Jar Binks scenes, and limiting its exposition.

For those who wish to see the film, it can be found on VHS and DVD. Nichols also created his own edit of Episode II, titled Episode II.I: Attack of the Phantom.

17 Saved: The Wolverine: Unleashed Extended Edition

Everyone can agree that 2013’s The Wolverine was way better than its 2009 predecessor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (though, that isn’t very hard to accomplish), but many still didn’t see it as a worthy solo outing for Marvel’s favorite mutant. However, even if it didn’t get rid of the lackluster Silver Samurai or see Logan receiving his trademark yellow outfit, the unrated cut, dubbed the “Unleashed Extended Edition,” was certainly an improvement for the film, with more action, blood, and f-bombs for Logan to drop.

While the cut was only released in the four-disc Blu-ray 3D package as a Blu-ray disc, fans eager to see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine act more comics-accurate can also watch 2017’s Logan (the best of the Wolverine trilogy).

16 Worse: Star Wars Trilogy: Special Editions

Comprising the trilogy that spawned arguably the largest fanbase on Earth, George Lucas’ original Star Wars films continue to be adored by fans old and new…just not in their original formats.

In 1997, Lucas re-released the trilogy in “Special Editions” to modernize the films in terms of visual effects and to celebrate the forthcoming prequel trilogy. However, the changes were widely seen as “fixing what ain’t broke” and overall distracting for audiences. Too many CGI characters were added, Hayden Christensen appeared as a force ghost, and, worst of all, Greedo was depicted as firing at Han first in the cantina, which inspired an infamous campaign.

Numerous edits have been made through the years, with the only way of seeing the original cuts being to own them on VHS or see them in poor quality on the 2006 bonus discs.

15 Saved: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut

Another example of Zack Snyder not getting to express his full cinematic vision, 2009’s Watchmen was adapted from DC’s legendary 80s comic series that many deemed “un-filmable.” However, while Snyder tried to prove them wrong, the final result polarized audiences upon release…until the release of his “Director’s Cut” a few months later.

While Snyder believes this to be his preferred version, an “Ultimate Cut” was also released at the end of the year, which added the 26-minute animated adaptation of Tales of the Black Freighter, a fictional comic within the Watchmen series that features Gerald Butler as the voice of the Captain. Altogether, this cut may sit at just over three-and-a-half hours, but for those who wish to see the closest possible adaptation to the series, this is the version for them.

14 Saved: Daredevil: Director’s Cut

Many would like to forget that Ben Affleck ever donned the red suit of Daredevil, but the “Director’s Cut” of this 2003 flop may make them reconsider judging the film so harshly.

Released in 2004, this R-rated cut puts more focus on plot points that were limited by the original version, including Matt Murdock’s struggle with his Catholic roots and his job as a lawyer. Plus, an additional storyline involving Coolio playing a character hooked on substances on trial is just a treat to see. While the running time is increased by 30 minutes (amounting to a 133-minute runtime), it’s seen by many (including the director himself) as the superior version and an underappreciated darker take on the superhero genre.

13 Worse: Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut

A higher Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t make a better movie, which is exactly the case with the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko and its 2004 “Director’s Cut.” Centered on a troubled teen (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) dealing with apocalyptic visions, the film was praised by fans and critics for its originality and mysterious aspects. So, fans were flabbergasted when director Richard Kelly decided to include additional scenes to clarify some of the film’s mystery.

On top of that, the film’s soundtrack was altered to feature “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS in place of “The Killing Moon” by Echo & the Bunnymen in the opening, leading E&TB lead singer Ian McCulloch to call Kelley a “knobhead.”

12 Saved: Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers – The Producer’s Cut

Before Jamie Lee Curtis was brought back to save the Halloween franchise (the first time, at least), producers had expanded the series’ mythology to include human sacrifices and a cult being the reason behind Michael Myers’ immortality, and longtime fans weren’t having it. However, while Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is regarded as one of the series’ low-points (which is a shame, since it was Donald Pleasance’s final appearance as Doctor Loomis), its altered edition stands far superior to what was released in theaters.

After years of another version, dubbed “The Producer’s Cut,” being bootlegged by fans, it was released on Blu-ray in 2014. Besides expanding Loomis and Jamie Lloyd’s storylines, it also reveals more about the cult’s plans and replaces the film’s intense ending with a more tragic finale.

11 Saved: Final Destination 3: Choose Their Fate

Final Destination fans generally agree the series experienced a dip in quality with the 2006 third installment. Despite a fine lead performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and some inventive character demises, the film was noted for beginning the silly tone that would ruin the series’ next film. Because of this, the film needed to do something unique to ensure decent home media sales, which is exactly what happened.

By purchasing the film’s two-disc “Thrill Ride Edition,” viewers are given the chance to control the film with the “Choose Their Fate” option. While those who have already viewed the film may not get much more out of this version, first-time audiences will enjoy the influence they have on character demises. If they decide to, they can even prevent the characters from boarding the roller coaster, which will hilariously end the film immediately.

10 Worse: Spider-Man 2.1

Ranked among the greatest superhero films ever made, 2004’s Spider-Man 2, unfortunately, proved another example of filmmakers trying to improve a film that didn’t really need improvement in the first place.

To celebrate the release of Spider-Man 3, an extended cut of the film, Spider-Man 2.1, was released in 2007. With only eight extra minutes of footage integrated into the film, one wouldn’t think it would make that big a difference. However, while several scenes are unnecessarily extended, the film makes two major mistakes in adding new content: changing the elevator scene’s humor to cringe-inducing and adding a scene where we witness J. Jonah Jameson wearing Spider-Man’s suit and pretending to shoot webs, which seems completely out-of-character for a man who supposedly hates the hero.

Overall, it’s not a bad edit, but was it really necessary for a film that was already so great?

9 Saved: Kingdom Of Heaven: Director’s Cut

While Ridley Scott won a Best Picture Oscar for his 2000 epic historical drama Gladiator, lightning didn’t strike twice for his 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven. Starring Orlando Bloom as Balian of Ibelin, a historic warrior who helped defend the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the Crusades, the film received lukewarm reviews for its lack of depth and Bloom’s underwhelming performance.

Thankfully, the film was given a second chance with its “Director’s Cut,” and the results were like night and day. The new cut has garnered larger praise from critics, with IGN calling it “a huge improvement.” However, viewers be warned: while the original cut was already nearly two-and-a-half hours long, the new version clocks in at over three hours, making for an epic adventure only dedicated fans can sit through.

8 Saved: Waterworld: The Ulysses Cut

It’s truly a shame that what was then the most expensive film ever made turned in such a disappointing box-office gross, as nobody can deny the creative vision that made it to the big screen in 1995’s Waterworld. While it will never be seen as a “great” film due to star Kevin Costner’s uninterested acting, two additional versions of the project have made it even more fun to watch.

In 1997, ABC broadcast an extended cut that ran about 40 minutes longer (amounting to a nearly-three-hour movie), albeit with edited mature material. Because of this, a European cut including the mature content began surfacing online (dubbed “The Ulysses Cut” in reference to a new scene at the end).

In 2018, all three versions were made available in a three-disc limited edition Blu-ray to allow fans and curious moviegoers to enjoy this gone-but-not-forgotten epic.

7 Worse: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Special Edition

Even though it is frequently ranked as one of his greatest films, Steven Spielberg desired to make his own director’s cut of his 1977 masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Naturally, Columbia Pictures agreed, but on the condition that he reveal what was inside the mothership to give audiences a big reason to see it again. While Spielberg didn’t want to show such a thing, he nonetheless agreed and released the “Special Edition” of the film in 1980.

Turns out, Spielberg was right, as revealing the interior of the mothership takes away much of the mystery present in the original cut. Along with this, other scenes are added, deleted, and moved around. Thankfully, Spielberg released a definitive cut in 1998 that runs longer than the original and, more importantly, got rid of the mothership reveal.

6 Saved: The Exorcist III: Legion

Audiences weren’t expecting a third entry in the Exorcist franchise following the failure of Exorcist II: The Heretic. However, it happened, and, while it was undoubtedly a step-up (thanks to the direction of William Peter Blatty, author of the original Exorcist novel), its overall effectiveness still divided critics.

Over the years, Blatty had expressed interest in acquiring some missing footage to make his ultimate cut. In 2016, it seemed like he would finally get his wish, as the film was released in a two-disc “Collector’s Edition,” with the second disc containing a director’s cut titled Legion (after the novel the film is based on).

While closer to Blatty’s vision, producer Cliff MacMillan revealed it was “a composite of varying footage quality from the best available sources.” So, while we’ll likely never see Blatty’s original film, this is the next best thing.

5 Saved: Alexander: The Ultimate Cut

Oliver Stone’s 2004 epic Alexander may have been forgotten by audiences upon release, but it now shines as a prime example of a filmmaker never giving up until perfecting their vision. Despite having three alternate versions to choose from, we had to go with the most recent (and hopefully final) version, “The Ultimate Cut.”

Increasing the film’s runtime from 175 minutes to a staggering 206 (which is actually shorter than its previous version), the new cut shifted its scenes around to break the film’s boring chronology and, of course, add more sword-fighting action, which altogether breathes new life into Stone’s magnum opus. Unfortunately, no matter which version fans watch, Colin Farrell’s hair will always look out of place…

4 Worse: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Super-Sized R-Rated Version

Though fans didn’t find the 2013 Anchorman sequel as fresh as the original (which is still frequently-quoted today), it nonetheless proved an entertaining and funny time at the theaters. And, while most fans would jump at the chance to see more of Ron Burgundy and his crew, an R-rated cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues probably isn’t what they had in mind.

Promising a total of 763 new jokes, the “Super-Sized R-rated Version” played in theaters for a week, hoping to draw in more box-office profits for the film. However, while some fans took the bait, it ultimately didn’t pay off, as most of the bonus jokes felt unnecessary and, even worse, unfunny. Burgundy’s podcast will have to be pretty good for fans to forgive him for this misstep.

3 Saved: Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut

For any fan of crime dramas, this film stands among the best as a must-see. Just be prepared to sit back for around four hours to enjoy this ride in its true form.

Released in 1984 by famed Spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods as two Jewish New York gangsters, the film had a lot to live up to upon release. Unfortunately, due to massive cuts (resulting in a vastly-shortened runtime of 139 minutes) and a reordering of scenes, the film was not well-received by American critics.

To remedy this, the 229-minute European cut was later released on DVD and Blu-ray, receiving greater acclaim. And, for those who wish to see the longest version currently available, the massive 251-minute “Extended Director’s Cut” has been made available on a two-disc Blu-ray set.

2 Saved: The New World: The Extended Cut

Amazingly, we have another forgotten historical gem starring Colin Farrell that was improved upon by a director’s cut. 2005’s The New World told the story of the founding of the Jamestown settlement, with Farrell as Captain John Smith. Helmed by Terrence Malick, the film received decent reviews but proved a box-office bomb.

While the original cut totaled to two-and-a-half hours, the runtime was cut down by about 15 minutes for its wide release in 2006. However, a final cut, titled “The Extended Cut,” was released a few years later, bringing the film up to 172 minutes. For those who wish to compare the three versions, the film was released as part of The Criterion Collection on Blu-ray and DVD in 2016.

1 Worse: The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut

Some cult films are defined by having an initial failure, whether critically, commercially, or both, but subsequently gaining a large following and reevaluation by critics/audiences. One of the greatest examples on this list would definitely be 1979’s The Warriors.

Despite its controversial history (with intense outbreaks linked to the film’s screenings), the film now sits at 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. And, while 2005 gave us an awesome video game (courtesy of Rockstar Games), it also gave us the inferior “Ultima Director’s Cut,” with a larger use of comic book styles that feel more distracting than cool.

Perhaps the upcoming TV series should think long and hard before “coming out to play-i-ay” in this troubled franchise’s world.

2019-04-05 08:04:33

Tyler Hargett

Classic Dune Board Game Coming Back After Being Out of Print

Ahead of the upcoming Dune movie, the classic Dune board game is being re-released after decades out of print. The game originally launched in 1979, releasing five years before David Lynch’s cult classic movie adaptation enthralled audiences.

The team behind 1977’s Cosmic Encounter (Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge and Peter Olotka) were also the designers for the Dune board game.  These individuals were responsible for the creation of a game that very much reflected the underground nature of the Dune fanbase that was present ever sense the movie achieved cult status. Despite the game’s popularity, it eventually disappeared from popular culture in the 1980s alongside Lynch’s movie, as he went on to greener pastures in Hollywood. The game’s disappearance from the public led to it becoming somewhat of a hidden gem among collectors, who’d try to get their hands on any copy they could.

Related : Dune Movie Starts Filming & Gets An Official Synopsis

Kotaku reported on the news of plans to release an an updated version of the old classic Dune board game, which was announced at GAMA, a large trade show for board games. This re-release will provide fans with their first opportunity to own the game in over three decades.

According to Tabletop Gaming, the team behind the new Dune board game is Gale Force Nine. Those familiar with the Firefly Adventure, Star Trek Ascendancy, and Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem games will be delighted to know that this same team with be at the helm for this long-awaited re-release. What’s potentially even more exciting for those who are ingrained in the universe that Dune created, is that this team announced that even more tabletop games will be coming down the pipeline that are set in that world.

With a new Dune movie being released in 2020 set to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) and starring the ever popular Jason Momoa of Aquaman fame, now was likely as good a time as any to bring back the old Dune board game. The original co-designer of the game Peter Olotka confirmed in a tweet the return of the game as “better than ever“. However, further details on the re-release have yet to be revealed. No official release date for the updated version has been provided as of this moment, but one would hope that like in 1984 with the update of the original board game that coincided with the first movie, this new game can be released in time with the theatrical arrival of the 2020 remake.

More: Dune Movie Reboot Is Being Scored By Hans Zimmer

Source: Kotaku, Tabletop Gaming

2019-03-20 05:03:43

Daniel Owen

10 Classic Twilight Zone Episodes To Watch Before The Reboot

The Twilight Zone covers tons of topics by putting society’s fears and anxieties under a microscope. What the show has always done best is tackle these subjects through some of the most entertaining and fun episodes of television ever produced.  Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot drops on CBS All Access in less than a month and it will most definitely try to continue the original series’ amazing storytelling. With The Twilight Zone’s release quickly approaching, now couldn’t be a better time for both fans and newcomers alike to revisit these ten classic episodes that completely capture the show’s spirit.

Related: Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone Trailer: Expect the Unexpected

10 Time Enough At Last

Anyone who wears glasses will want to opt for LASIK after watching this episode. Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) doesn’t ask for much out of life. He simply wants enough peace and quiet to read his book. However, Henry’s marriage and mundane accounting job do not allow him enough time to indulge in his hobby. After a bomb destroys all of the human population, Henry is the only survivor and finally has Time Enough At Last to read his books.

Henry’s journey nails the universal idea that everyone has wanted some peace and quiet in their lives. It’s also telling the audience that they’re foolish to believe that true tranquility exists. This episode is The Twilight Zone at its most empathetic. Conversely, it’s also one of the shows most cynical and brilliant endings.

9 Five Characters In Search Of An Exit

Who knew hobo action figures were even a thing? A clown (Murray Matheson), hobo (Kelton Garwood), ballet dancer (Susan Harrison), bagpiper (Clark Allen), and a soldier (William Windom) wake up in what appears to be a giant room with an open ceiling. None of them remember how they’ve ended up here. Their only hope of escaping is to somehow reach the top of the room. Along the way, the characters have to learn how to rely on one another.

People can go on all day about how The Twilight Zone has some of the deepest messages ever portrayed in television. Yet, what the show also does well is create amazing tension and dread. This episode makes the audience feel the same isolation the characters are going through. It goes without saying that the final twist is mind-blowing, but it’s the journey leading up to it that makes everything so memorable.

8 It’s A Good Life

Prepare to never look at Jack in the boxes the same way ever again. A little boy (Bill Mumy) posses incredible telekinetic and telepathic abilities. Since the kid can read everyone’s mind, the town’s residents are terrified of him. If the boy seems unhappy with anyone’s thoughts he will then simply make the person cease to exist within the blink of an eye. What follows is a heart-pounding sequence showing which of the town’s member the boy decides to eliminate next.

Related: 15 Things Fans Dont Know About The Twilight Zone

There’s a reason why “banish them to the cornfield” is part of the American pop culture lexicon. It’s because The Twilight Zone is full of dialogue that cuts right to the bone of people’s fears. Is there anything scarier for parents than raising a child who is hopelessly out of control?

7 The Invaders

Don’t mess with a lady while she’s boiling soup. The episode’s premise is simple. A woman (Agnes Moorehead) must protect her home from what looks like miniature spacemen. Nothing more, nothing less.

The beauty of this episode is in its simplicity. Made entirely without any dialogue, everything completely depends on stellar direction and a one of a kind performance by Agnes Moorehead. This is visual storytelling at its purest.

6 The Howling Man

Never before have there been so many amazing beards crammed into a single episode of television. David Ellington (H.M. Wynant) takes a hiking trip through post World War I Europe. Sounds completely safe, right? He takes shelter in a castle that turns out to be a sanctum guarded by a bunch of dudes that look like Moses. What’s more, they’ve imprisoned a guy that they claim is the devil. This mysterious man attempts to convince David that he’s not what these Moses-men accuse him of being. The question asks whether or not David will help the man escape.

Easily one of the show’s most philosophical episodes, The Howling Man heavily leans into metaphor territory. Specifically, it’s telling the viewers that evil is a cyclical thing within men’s hearts. The episode is also a ton of fun and super creepy while revealing life’s hard truths.

5 Kick The Can

Imagine if Peter Pan took place in an old folk’s home. A bunch of retirees in a rest home are under the belief that if they act young, then they will transform back into children. However, Ben Conroy (Russell Collins) thinks his friends are delusional. The central mystery revolves around Ben discovering the truth behind his friends’ theory.

RELATED: 15 Best Twilight Zone Episodes Of All Time

What’s wonderful about this one is that it shows off The Twilight Zone’s range. Rather than relying on scares, the episode opts to tell a heartfelt story told through pure fantasy. The ending dares the viewer not to cry.

4 The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

If anyone desires to move into the suburbs, they shouldn’t watch Maple Street. After all of the electricity goes out on in a small neighborhood, the residents meet outside to discuss the problem. A strange rumor starts circulating claiming that aliens have invaded and are demanding that people stay confined to Maple Street. What’s scarier is that there’s another rumor going around that some of the aliens are actually disguised as a few of the town’s residents. Hysteria ensues as the neighborhood attempts to figure out which of them are aliens.

This is The Twilight Zone operating at the top of its game. Things are constantly nerve-wracking as it explores the moral dilemma humans face while confronting the pressure created from a large group of people. It looks the viewer directly in the eye and asks if they are willing to ignore the popular opinion so that they can do what’s right.

3 Nightmare At 20,000 Feet

In what is arguably the most iconic episode of all time, Captain Kirk fights a monkey on a plane. What this means is that the episode features an incredible performance by a baby-faced William Shatner. The story centers around Shatner’s Bob Wilson boarding an airplane despite having a horrible fear of flying. Bob looks out the window only to see a monster destroying the plane’s wing. Directed by the great Richard Donner, the episode expertly makes the audience wonder if what they are seeing is real or in Bob’s head.

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More than anything, what 20,000 Feet does best is making the surreal feel relatable by centering the entire story on something we’ve all experienced: feeling trapped on an airplane. 20,000 Feet is the only remake confirmed for the upcoming reboot and it stars Adam Scott. Hopefully, it expands on what makes the original so special.

2 Living Doll

An episode that will have you asking: Chucky who? Erich Streator (Telly Savalas) resents his stepdaughter due to the fact that she’s not his own blood. When the stepdaughter brings home a spooky doll named Talky Tina, a horrifying game of wits takes place between Erich and Tina.

Not only a memorable piece of television, but also a classic in the “demonic doll” subgenre of horror filmmaking, ‘Living Doll’ covers so much of what makes The Twilight Zone beloved. Although most viewers will understandably walk away talking about Tina’s reign of terror, this is also an insightful story of fatherhood and divorce during an era when television was barely scratching the surface of those ideas. Living Doll has the eerie ability to be relevant and timeless all at once.

1 Eye Of The Beholder

Has the simple act of peeling off bandages ever felt scarier than it does in Eye of the Beholder? Set in an Orwellian future, the premise focuses on a society where beauty is judged by everyone looking exactly the same. The episode centers on Janet Tyler (Donna Douglas) undergoing facial reconstructive surgery out of fear that her looks do not measure up to society’s standards. What follows is one of the best final reveals in television history.

That’s an important thing to note when discussing The Twilight Zone. Beyond its themes rich enough to fill thousands of Film 101 college essays, it’s also incredibly thrilling and fun. With insightful themes about beauty, unforgettable twists and impeccable technical craft, Eye of the Beholder is the quintessential introduction into The Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone has always been able to thrill viewers while making them think more deeply about the world.  Fingers crossed that Jordan Peele’s reboot will keep the tradition alive. These were our picks for the most essential Twilight Zone episodes. Are there any others that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: 10 Twilight Zone Stories We Hope Jordan Peele Remakes

2019-03-08 03:03:59

Nathaniel Vanderpoort

Who Is Captain Pike? Star Trek: Discovery’s Classic Character Explained

Captain Pike in Star Trek Discovery

Who is Captain Pike, Star Trek Discovery‘s new commanding officer? One of Star Trek’s most well-known, yet least seen characters is about to get some new life; Captain Christopher Pike, Trek’s first Enterprise captain, will make his first appearance on Star Trek television in over 50 years as Anson Mount beams onto the Discovery during its season premiere.

Last season ended with Pike commandeering the Discovery at the tail end of the Star Trek: Discovery season finale, “Will You Take My Hand.” We’ve since learned in teasers and trailers that Pike made the call to press Discovery into service investigating seven major energy disturbances that appeared throughout known space. Simultaneously, his science officer Spock has just taken a leave of absence to deal with extreme mental distress, likely triggered by the appearance of the anomalies.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Everything That Happened Between Seasons 1 & 2

Mount is the fourth actor to portray Christopher Pike, but there’s very little information available to give the character background. That said, his appearances have been significant enough to warrant a pretty hallowed place in Star Trek canon. It’s hard to be the captain of a ship called Enterprise and earn anything less, but Pike’s certainly lesser-known that Kirk or Picard. For those not as familiar with what to expect from Pike, here’s a history of the character in all of his different iterations (excluding apocryphal books and whatnot).

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Captain Pike Was The Star Of The Original Star Trek Pilot

Jeff Hunter as Christopher Pike

When Star Trek premiered on NBC in 1966, the episode that aired wasn’t the first pilot shot. The first pilot creator Gene Roddenberry presented to NBC was titled “The Cage” and it was markedly different from what would eventually get on the air. The uniforms were different, the plot was nearly devoid of action and the bridge crew was almost unrecognizable from the cast that would eventually be introduced to audiences in “The Man Trap.” There was no Uhura, Sulu, Chekov or Captain Kirk. Instead, Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) led the Enterprise, aided by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, John Hoyt’s Dr. Boyce and Majel Barret’s as yet unnamed first officer, Number One.

Kirk and Pike are vastly different characters from the off. Where Kirk is adventurous to the point of being rash, occasionally (something that makes his relationship with Spock so compelling), Pike is pensive and not a little troubled. “The Cage” opens with Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike in his quarters uncertain whether or not he wants to stay in Starfleet. He and the Enterprise had just recently come from a confrontation in which three crewmembers died and several more were injured. His responsibilities are weighing on him and he relays as much to the ship’s doctor who prescribes him a martini. Pike doesn’t make a definitive decision before getting interrupted by a distress signal from a planet called Talos IV and eventually leading a landing party to the planet’s surface.

There he meets a beautiful woman named Vina, who claims to be a human born to crash survivors who’d arrived on Talos IV several years before. After a short while, she warns the captain that the Talosians have lured him there to use them as breeding stock for a new race of people. The Talosians are telepaths who’ve become too dependent on their immense power and need assistance rebuilding their planet after a nuclear holocaust. Once they learn of Vina’s betrayal, they reveal themselves to Pike and attempt to convince him to stay on Talos and mate with Vina using various means. Masters of illusion, they offer to make him whatever food he desires, change Vina’s appearance to whatever he wants and create whatever environment would make him happy. Pike resists until eventually help arrives in the form of Number One.

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She beams down with another crewmember and saves the day by threatening to overload her phaser and kill the members of the landing party to thwart the Talosians’ attempt to create a race of human slaves. The Talosians relent after realizing that humans hate captivity so much that they’d be way too much trouble to breed and put to work. But when the Enterprise crew gets ready to leave, Vina reveals she’ll be staying behind. Her beautiful appearance is another illusion created by the Talosians, who saved her from a previous shuttle crash, but were unable to do without disfiguring her. But no worries, the Talosians create an illusory Pike to be her companion and she lives out her days in ignorant bliss.

Unfortunately, NBC rejected the Star Trek pilot concluding that it was too cerebral and needed more action. It’s worth noting that Jeffrey Hunter had the option to stay and reshoot another Star Trek pilot, but declined to do so, preferring to pivot his career to film instead. A year later, Star Trek in its more familiar form premiered and the rest is history. But in a fun twist, Roddenberry fixed it so that wasn’t the last we’d see of Pike.

Captain Pike In The Original Star Trek Timeline

The next Star Trek pilot he served to NBC was “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” what would later become the third episode aired of the new series. Roddenberry intentionally set it 13 years after the events of “The Cage,” and established Pike as the ship’s previous captain. Spock also maintained his experiences working with Pike who was introduced to audiences for the first time when the man himself was formally in the Star Trek season 1 two-part episode “The Menagerie”.

In a twist of fate that would result in an award-winning story, Roddenberry discovered that he didn’t have enough episodes shot to meet the demand set by NBC, so he wound up reusing footage from “The Cage” as flashback footage in what would become the first half of “The Menagerie.” The story followed Spock as he tried to return his now badly burned and completely disabled captain to the Talosians. Spock knew the race not only had the medical technology to help Pike live more comfortably, but they could also rid him of his disfigured appearance. Eventually, that’s what happens, and Pike lives out the rest of his days with Vina, who’s still there. The character didn’t appear in Star Trek after “The Menagerie,” until the 2009 J.J. Abrams movies, but his place in canon was cemented.

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Bruce Greenwood as Christopher Pike in Star Trek

Captain Pike In Kelvin The Star Trek Timeline

When J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek in 2009, he pivoted from the original source material in a way that allowed him to create something new using a lot of familiar elements. By creating a separate “Kelvin timeline”, he could redraw The Original Series and the history surrounding it. He reintroduced Christopher Pike as captain of the Enterprise and Kirk’s mentor, an inspired decision. Bruce Greenwood expanded the character far beyond what Hunter (and briefly Sean Kenney) had been allowed to.

Though the character’s life is tragically cut short at the beginning of Star Trek: Into Darkness, he remains one of Kirk’s most important influences in the first film and his death is what ignites Kirk and later Spock’s dogged chase of Khan Noonien Singh. Considering the literal truth is that we would not have Captain James T. Kirk as we know him without the actions of Jeffrey Hunter, the story mirrored real life in a touching and elegant way.

Related: Star Trek: Where Jean-Luc Picard’s Story Left Off

But even after that, one of Star Trek’s most enduring, yet least seen characters has found a way to new life once more.

Captain Pike In Star Trek: Discovery

Anson Mount Star Trek Discovery Season 2

Star Trek: Discovery ended its first season with a very bold choice – after finally subduing the Klingon Empire and ensuring the Federation would have peaceful times for the foreseeable future, the U.S.S. Discovery got en route to pick up its new, as yet unknown captain. Unfortunately, it was intercepted by the – wait for it – U.S.S. Enterprise. And not the any of the lame lettered ones, either – the real deal. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any more OG, this is the Enterprise as commanded by Captain Christopher Pike (Spock is also assigned to the ship).

Because of Star Trek: Discovery’s position in the Trek timeline (ten years before the events of Star Trek: TOS), and because Captain Pike’s time on the Enterprise was so well fixed in canon, the show was perfectly set up to encounter Pike, Spock and other characters from “The Cage.” While there’s no word on whether or not we’ll see Dr. Boyce, Rebecca Romijn will appear as first officer Number One. Number One’s addition to Discovery is a low-key win for a lot of Majel Barrett Roddenberry fans. While the reasons for the character’s elimination remain murky (rumors abound both about NBC’s unwillingness to have a woman in a command position and their supposed displeasure with Barrett herself, but nothing certain is known about why Number One got the ax), it was disappointing that such a groundbreaking female character was stopped in her tracks. It’s good she’s getting her own chance to evolve, despite the fact that it looks like Romijn plays a fairly small role in Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Most of the action will take place on the Discovery, and presumably Pike’s first officer will have stayed on board the Enterprise in his absence.

Pike will be played by Anson Mount (Inhumans) and it seems his Christopher Pike has moved beyond the ambivalence he had about staying Starfleet that we saw in “The Cage.” He’s dogged in his mission to solve the mystery of the seven red signals that have attracted Starfleet’s attention, as well as firm in his commitment to helping Spock. He evokes Greenwood’s mentorship as well as Hunter’s pensive demeanor, but there’s something very unique about his interpretation of Pike that we’ll get to know during his time on Star Trek: Discovery.

More: How To Watch Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (Anywhere In The World)

Star Trek: Discovery season 2 streams Thursdays on CBS All-Access, on Space in Canada, and Fridays on Netflix internationally.

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2019-01-17 01:01:27

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who Just Removed A Major Classic Series Element

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who with UNIT

The Doctor Who New Year Special has just wiped out a major element of the classic series – U.N.I.T., the Unified Intelligence Taskforce. Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who has had an interesting relationship to previous seasons of the BBC’s flagship science-fiction series. On the one hand, the show has been careful to make every episode stand on its own two feet, so viewers need precious little prior exposure to Doctor Who – or its complex continuity – to make sense of it all. On the other, though, there have been a number of subtle references to remind viewers that this is the same series that starred the likes of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, or Peter Capaldi.

In the case of the New Year Special, “Resolution,” Chris Chibnall’s script contained a single scene that tied in cleverly to the classic series. Fearing the threat of a Dalek on Earth, the Doctor called for help – the first time she’s ever needed to since her regeneration, an indication of the scale of the problem facing the planet should a Dalek stay loose for long. She put out a call to U.N.I.T., the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, an organization that various Doctors have worked alongside since the Patrick Troughton era.

Related: Doctor Who Season 11 Saved The Show From Steven Moffat’s Mistakes

Unfortunately for the Doctor, it turned out U.N.I.T. no longer exists. The organization has been suspended, and it looks as though there are two simple reasons. The first appears to be austerity, with mention of a spending review; in the United Kingdom, over the last few years public spending has been slashed for many functions of government, and between 2010 and 2015 even the armed forces budget was cut by £8 billion in real terms. Critics of the Government’s austerity policies argue that even essential services have been cut, and in the world of Doctor Who it seems the Government completely withdrew funding for U.N.I.T..

A second factor also seems to have played into this. In Doctor Who lore, U.N.I.T. was conceived sometime in the 1970s, and was founded under the auspices of the United Nations. In 2019, of course, multilateral ideas like the United Nations or the European Union are out of fashion – particularly in the U.K. and the United States. It sounds as though the British Government wasn’t the only one to abandon U.N.I.T., and the organization is now completely defunct.

This leaves Earth extremely vulnerable. U.N.I.T. had built up a vast amount of experience, dealing with everything from Daleks to Daemons. They’d developed specialist resources for taking on alien presences on Earth; by the Seventh Doctor story “Battlefield,” they had silver bullets for werewolves, gold-tipped for Cybermen, high explosive rounds for Yeti, armor piercing for robots, and even teflon anti-Dalek shells. By the Tennant era, U.N.I.T. had their own mobile Helicarrier base, which they used to curb a Sontaran invasion. All that knowledge, and all those specialist resources, are no longer available in the defense of humanity.

It’s a smart move for Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall. It means that Earth is now protected solely by the Doctor and her “extended fam,” with no additional backup or support to help them. The stakes are thus infinitely higher going forward into Doctor Who‘s season 12 (due to air in 2020). Chibnall has promised more classic monsters will return, and the Doctor won’t have any help dealing with them.

More: What To Expect From Doctor Who Season 12

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2019-01-01 01:01:30

Dumbo (2019): 10 Facts About The Cast Bringing The Disney Classic To Life

The original 1941 Disney film Dumbo was based around a screenplay of the same name. The lovable story followed an elephant who was born with outrageously large ears. Due to his silly looks, he was nicknamed “dumb” from Dumbo. The Disney film takes a dark turn after his mom protects him from taunting children, forcing her to be locked away for a bit. This leaves poor Dumbo in a position where he’s treated, essentially, like a clown for the circus — all because of his large ears. His story changes when the circus realize this small elephant can actually fly due to his bigger ears, which changes his life significantly.

Although it’s been almost 80 years since the lovable cartoon was released, Tim Burton is bringing it back to life with a star-studded crew and enchanting effects.

10 Eva Green Is A French Native

Actress Eva Green has been cast as Collete Marchante; a French trapeze artist. A French native herself, Eva was ready for the spotlight after being raised by fellow actress and author, Marlène Jobert. After starting off in theatre for a number of years, she was cast in 2003’s Dreamers. The movie alone set her up for success because in 2005 she was working with established actors like Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson in Kingdom of Heaven. At 38 years old, the French-born actress has won a BAFTA, Best Female Newcomer at the 12 Empire Awards, and Best Actress in 2016.

9 Alan Arkin Does More Than Act

Legendary actor, Alan Arkin, is starring as J. Griffin Remington; a Wallstreet businessman in the 2019 live-action film, Dumbo. This Oscar winner is much more than an actor, he’s also a director, an author, a producer, and dabbles in music. He’s the full package, along with being insanely talented. He’s been in countless hit films like Argo (where he was nominated for over 10 awards based off his character), Marley and Me, and Million Dollar Arm (along with many others, respectively). Now, as J. Griffin Remington in Dumbo, we have another chance to see Arkin come to shine.

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8 Colin Farrel’s Worked With Disney Before

Colin Farrel might steal the show as Holt Farrier. In the story, Holt is a former war veteran who returns home to a backwards circus. He’s put in charge of caring for the baby elephant when he and his children realize how special Dumbo really is. In real life, however, this isn’t Colin’s first go-around with Disney. He’s also starred in Saving Mr. Banks and The Recruit. And while Farrel has a rather seedy past, his latest ventures have made up for it and have established him as a top actor to beat.

7 Michael Keaton Isn’t His Real Name

It’s wild to think that an award-winning star like Michael Keaton has been accepting awards under a name that isn’t biologically his. Keaton was actually born Michael Douglas, however, after realizing there was another actor in the scene already with the same name, he went with Keaton. In 2019s Dumbo, Keaton plays V. A. Vandevere; a wealthy entrepreneur who buys the circus only to exploit their newfound star, Dumbo. And while Keaton is going to play an excellent villain, we’re surely going to get an explosive performance considering he’s worked with director Tim Burton before in Beetlejuice and 1992s Batman Returns. 

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6 Danny DeVito’s Daughter Is Also In The Movie

Beloved comedic Danny DeVito is making moves as Max Medic; the ringmaster of the circus. Since his circus is failing miserably, he allows Keaton’s character to acquire it in order to stay above water. In real life though, DeVito’s making this film a family affair. His daughter, Lucy DeVito also makes an appearance in the film as one of the coat check girls. Lucy, coming from professional acting parents, has also appeared in Deadbeat, a few TV series, and alongside her dear old dad in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. While Danny DeVito is one of the stars of the movie, it’s still nice to make an original Disney story a family affair.

5 Finley Hobbins And Nico Parker Are New To Hollywood

In the film, Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker portray Joe and Milly Farrier, the children of Colin Farrell’s character. In the movie, these two will be left helping their father care for Dumbo as they find out about his magical gift. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’re probably wondering who these young actors are. According to their IMDb pages, these two youngsters are new to Hollywood. With Dumbo both being their only credit, it’s a sure way to start off a career — especially under directing genius Tim Burton. If Dumbo lives up to all the hype, these two acting kiddos are set.

NEXT: 11 Disney Movies Coming Out In 2019 (And 14 We Still Have To Wait For)

4 Joseph Gatt Has Alopecia

English actor Joseph Gatt will be starring as Neils Skellig; someone who helps Colin Farrel’s character care of Dumbo and get his life in order post-war. In real life though, Gatt is a self-proclaimed “geek,” starring in the likes of Infrared, Star Trek Into The Darkness, and TV show, Z Nation. Before his acting took off though, Gatt was diagnosed with alopecia, making all his hair fall out by the time he was 14. He, however, sees his autoimmune disease as a blessing. He says, “Without it, I would not have been forced to make those difficult decisions and fight those battles that have brought me to the blessed life I currently have. Without Alopecia, ironically, I probably would not be living my dream as a successful actor.”

3 Sharon Rooney Won A BAFTA From Her First Show

You know you have something special when you win a big-time award for your first piece of work. Scottish actress Sharon Rooney will be starring as Miss Atlantis in Dumbo; one of the acts. Before being cast in Dumbo, however, Rooney started off as Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary. Her passion in the show allowed her to win a BAFTA in 2015 after two years on the show. That’s pretty impressive considering how amazing the talent pool is. Dumbo will also be Rooney’s first motion-picture, having only performed on television beforehand.

NEXT: The Lion King: 10 Myers-Briggs Personality Types Of Simba & The Gang

Deobia Oparei Stars In ‘Game Of Thrones’

Not much is said about Deobia Oparei’s character Rongo, but we do know Oparei has the acting chops to pull it off. The London born actor has been working in entertainment since the early ’90s. He was Gunner in 2011s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starred as Dikembe Umbutu in 2016s Independence Day: Resurgence, and most notably has been in Game of Thrones (2015-2016) as Areo Hotah.

1 Tim Burton Worked At Walt Disney Animation Studios

Okay so, technically Tim Burton doesn’t star in the show, but he sure as heck directs it. As one of the most intriguing directors of our generation, him working on Dumbo seems like the match made in Heaven we didn’t know we needed. Working on Disney classics like Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, and now, Dumbo, it almost seems like Burton has Disney in his blood. And he kind of does… After his animation caught the eyes of Disney Animation Studios, they offered him an apprenticeship there in 1981. It’s obvious that only his creative mind can bring together these visual peices of art, and Dumbo should be no different.

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2018-12-12 02:12:59

New Captain Marvel Poster Features Her Classic Suit

The latest poster for Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel solo movie features Carol Danvers’ superhero alter ego in her classic red and blue suit. It’s been a big week for the MCU. On Monday night, thousands of people who don’t normally watch sports tuned in to ESPN’s Monday Night Football in order to be one of the first to see the second trailer for Captain Marvel. Then, Friday morning played host to the epic arrival of the trailer for Avengers: Endgame, an event anticipated for months. While the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home didn’t end up making its way online today as previously reported, it did at least screen for those in attendance at CCXP in Brazil.

Now that the big week has ended, one shouldn’t expect the amount of MCU promo material to decrease by much. Captain Marvel’s theatrical release is only three months away, meaning the marketing for Marvel Studios’ first female-led solo film is only just starting to get going. Plus, with Avengers: Endgame’s U.S. release date getting pushed forward to April 26, the culmination to the MCU’s journey so far is now less than five months away from being unveiled to the world.

Related: Watch: Captain Marvel Trailer Set To Destiny’s Child Is Epic

With that in mind, it’s not much of a surprise that Marvel Entertainment chose this weekend’s CCXP festivities to release a new poster for Captain Marvel, featuring the titular hero adorned in her traditional red, blue, and gold costume. The poster can be seen in all its colorful glory below.

Much has been made about the fact that – based on the trailers and previously released imagery – Carol spends a lot of Captain Marvel dressed in a green, black, and silver Kree Starforce uniform, although it now seems pretty clear that she’ll have switched to her classic color scheme by at least the film’s third act. Why exactly she makes the switch remains to be seen, but there are several plausible theories, including that Carol abandons her Kree look after discovering that the alien race isn’t quite as benevolent as she believed.

Despite Captain Marvel not appearing in the trailer for Avengers: Endgame, it’s previously been teased that she’ll become the most powerful hero in the entire MCU. It seems logical that she’ll end up saving Tony Stark before he can die in space, and may even be the character that personally deals the death blow to Thanos, assuming the Mad Titan doesn’t survive the film. Before she gets there though, she needs to tangle with the Skrulls in March first.

More: Captain Marvel Trailer 2 Breakdown: 38 Story Reveals & Secrets You Missed

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2018-12-08 04:12:14

The PlayStation Classic May Secretly Have An Extra 36 Games

Sony’s new Playstation Classic might secretly have an extra 36 games on the mini console. Much like Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition, Sony recently released their own mini console, with focus on their original PlayStation, which was released back in 1994. The PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and comes with an HDMI cord, two wired controllers, a virtual memory card, and 20 preloaded games.

When the console was first announced, many people saw it as a cash grab for Sony, especially when they announced the console would only have 20 games to play. Even though 20 games would provide hours of gameplay, many fans were frustrated that the console was around $100, and would be featuring fewer games than both the NES and SNES Classic Editions. Sony also got criticism for not including many fan-favorite games such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Silent Hill, leaving many people to think the console didn’t deserve its “classic” title. The console was officially released a few days ago, with reviews for the PlayStation Classic being mainly negative, but this new report could potentially turn that around for Sony.

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First revealed by Game Revolution, some PlayStation Classic users have discovered 36 extra games on the mini console. While the games aren’t playable, gamers are able to look at the files for the games in the console’s source code. The files were found by simply attaching a USB keyboard to the PlayStation Classic, which also allows players to change console settings that aren’t otherwise offered in the main menu. Among the 36 secret games are highly requested titles such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Gran Turismo, GTA 2, and the other popular games that were previously mentioned in this article.

While reviews of the PlayStation Classic have praised Sony for accurately recreating the design of the original PlayStation, they haven’t been complimented on much else. Adding to the complaints about the limited game list, fans are also upset that the console uses an open-source emulator, and the fact that the idea of a PlayStation Classic just highlights that backward compatibility still isn’t offered on the PS4. While the latter of these complaints could be fixed when the PS5 is announced, Sony will still get criticized by gamers for now.

These secret games could be the answer to fixing the harsh reviews Sony has been getting for the PlayStation Classic, but since these 36 games aren’t available to play, it likely won’t. As of right now, it’s believed that Sony will not be releasing any post-launch games on the PlayStation classic, leaving fans only dreaming about what could have been. The PlayStation Classic is currently available in stores for $99.99 USD or $129.99 CAN.

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Source: Game Revolution

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2018-12-05 04:12:00