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It was nearly a year ago today that I first posted about the long-gestating film adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG, and today comes the very first trailer. From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is produced in part by Kathleen Kennedy (along with Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer), whom I spoke with on Sunday while attending the press event for her next film, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Kennedy explained that she'd worked on developing this with Director Spielberg for years - and that it was shortly after her acceptance of the Lucasfilm gig that he finally revisited the script and decided to give it a "go." Check out the magical new trailer below, and look for more on THE BFG and my interview with Kennedy coming very soon...

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On January 29, 2016, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will unleash Director Craig Gillespie's THE FINEST HOURS, a new action/thriller based on the true story of one of the U.S. Coast Guard's most incredible rescue missions. Tonight comes a new behind-the-scenes featurette, and a chance to win a trip to Hawaii for sharing a tale of someone in their finest hours...

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Thursday, November 12 2015 08:04

Preview: Disney's THE FINEST HOURS

On January 29, 2016, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will unleash Director Craig Gillespie's THE FINEST HOURS, a new action/thriller based on the true story of one of the U.S. Coast Guard's most incredible rescue missions. This week, a new poster for the film has arrived alongside the second full trailer for the film, both of which I'm sharing with you below. Check it out...

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Tuesday, September 29 2015 23:14

Review: Disney's CINDERELLA (Blu-ray)

When Disney started making moves to launch a live-action series of motion pictures based upon the animated classics from their long-running library, many viewers (like myself) wondered whether it was a good idea to mine the archives. After all, the classics are untouchable, iconic pieces of cinematic history, and in the case of certain fairy tale-based characters, they've been done so many times in so many formats, that another telling just seems redundant. But once you see a film like Kenneth Branagh's CINDERELLA, it becomes apparent that the tale can once again be beautiful and fresh, renewed for current and future generations in a manner that stands on its own. 

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If you've been following my coverage on MARVEL's ANT-MAN over the past couple of weeks, then you already know that I had an action figure companion accompanying me on my trip to Los Angeles. While my MARVEL Legends Infinite Series Ant-Man was Hasbro's articulated version of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, they haven't done a version of Corey Stoll's Darren Cross/Yellowjacket just yet - sans the tiny, half-inch figure that comes packed alongside and equally-small Ant-Man... inside the package with the bigger Ant-Man. It was pure luck that I happened to find the Funko Pop! Vinyl version of Yellowjacket the night before I was set to meet with actor Corey Stoll, a lucky score at a Hot Topic store on Universal CityWalk. The next morning, it was hard to tell who was more excited about the figure - me, or Stoll.

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Tuesday, June 16 2015 11:24

McFARLAND, USA (Blu-ray Review)

Unless it's a comedy, I generally don't go seeking out "sports" movies these days. Thing is, over the past few decades, some of the best dramatic tales with a sports background have all starred one man - Kevin Costner - and his path largely started with the dramatic comedy, BULL DURHAM (though he did do a film about cycling back in '85). When I interviewed Costner back in February, just days prior to the theatrical debut of McFARLAND, USA, he pointed out something that rings true about the entire "sports movie" genre: "The best ones are about people, and there’s less sports in it than you would imagine." That rings exceptionally true with McFARLAND, USA, which I initially reviewed on the day of its theatrical debut, February 20, 2015.

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