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Colin Firth to join Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

While I'm still questioning the need for a sequel to MARY POPPINS, after all, the original was practically perfect in every way, Disney seems to be packing the film full of so many talented individuals that it's becoming awfully difficult to have anything bad to say about the upcoming film. MARY POPPINS RETURNS stars Emily Blunt in the title role and now Variety has reported...
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Emily Mortimer joins up with Mary Poppins Returns

When it comes to remakes, particularly those of classic and beloved films, most of us are rightfully skeptical, but Disney is making it awfully difficult to have anything bad to say about the upcoming MARY POPPINS RETURNS, which, to be fair, is technically a sequel to the original rather than a straight up remake. The studio has been assembling quite the talented cast for the sequel and...
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Disney is going to re-live-action another Mary Poppins

We already know that Disney is on this massive kick of turning their classic animated films into live-action movies. It's a genius way for them to keep mining these well-known properties for fresh box office dollars, and I wish I was the one who thought of it, because instead of writing this, I'd be laughing all the way to the bank. However, I don't know that I ever saw the...
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Ang Lee's next film might be Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk adaptation

Last we knew, Ang Lee 's next project will be a 3D boxing movie , but according to The Wrap the LIFE OF PI director is being considered by Film4 and The Ink Factory for an adaptation of the Ben Fountain book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk , and he might end up directing it before the boxing flick. Fountain's novel was adapted by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and 127 HOURS...
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Ang Lee's next film will be a 3D boxing epic

Ang Lee does not like to repeat himself. Just look at his films and see if there is anything that thematically or visually ties them together: THE ICE STORM, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, HULK, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, LIFE OF PI, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. Each is a unique genre and has a distinct visual flair. The only consistent things about Ang Lee are his varied...
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Cinematographer Christopher Doyle trash talks Life of Pi, Lincoln, and the Academy Awards

I will start this out by saying that I loved LIFE OF PI, but did not agree with it winning an award for cinematography at the Academy Awards. The movie is beautifully shot, but is primarily CGI. Awarding the Oscar to it would be like awarding a cinematography trophy to a Pixar film. Not to take anything away from the quality of the movie, but they are different skill sets lent to their...
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Review: Life of Pi

PLOT: The story of Pi (Suraj Sharma)- a sixteen year-old Indian boy, who survives a shipwreck, and finds himself adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger- named Richard Parker. Not only does Pi have to try and survive on the open ocean, but he also has to use all of his ingenuity to keep the tiger tame and fed- lest it devour him. REVIEW: An adaptation of Yann Martelís...
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New poster round-up: Life of Pi, Wreck-It Ralph, Les Miserables, and On the Road

If running these poster round-ups has taught me anything over the last months, its that a good piece of promotional artwork is hard to find. And for, that matter, it is often the most well-intentioned of the lot that are the most unintentionally funny.  Which is at least better (I think) than a bad photoshop job - and while most of these posters have plenty of photoshopping going on,...
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New Clip from Ang Lee's Life of Pi features stunning visuals and a tiger

Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI is set to open next month and already it's generating buzz as "the next AVATAR" in terms of visually stunning special effects.  I guess you could have a worse comparison.  In this new clip from the film, the titular star is writing a "message in a bottle" describing his plight just before coming face-to-face with his companion/adversary, a Bengal...
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Watch Ang Lee introduce a Life of Pi clip and a trailer introduce Russell Crowe in The Man With the Iron Fists

From the looks of this first full clip alone, Ang Lee has accomplished several things with LIFE OF PI: he has 1) crafted a beautiful world for these characters to inhabit, 2) made use of new, engaging, and unexpected/interesting camera angles and techniques, and 3) sought to make "Man vs. Wild" look like a children's Sunday afternoon TV show. I was always a bit disappointed by the technical...
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The international trailer for Life of Pi gives us the first look at the movie not on the ocean

The initial trailer and clips for LIFE OF PI showed a sumtpuous movie with a unique story to tell. My biggest problem with it was the glaringly apparent computer-generated set. The complete lack of reality detached me from the movie. But, this new international trailer shows us that the entire movie does not rely on that artificial appearance. We also get our first look at the other...
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Tobey Maguire has been cut from Life of Pi and the role has been recast

It looks like Terrence Malick is not the only Hollywood director cutting big name stars from his movies . Ang Lee has completely cut Tobey Maguire from LIFE OF PI and recast the role. LIFE OF PI hits theaters in just a few months and Lee felt that Maguire was too recognizable and would overshadow the lesser known actors in the rest of the movie. Maguire was set to play the reporter...
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