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Toy Story 4 Writers Left Over Pixar Head's Alleged Misconduct

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John Lasseter, head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, is the latest Hollywood power player to be embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, with a new report claiming his behavior affected the highly-anticipated sequel Toy Story 4. It has been revealed that original Toy Story 4 writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack left the project shortly after they were announced as the screenwriters, after John Lasseter made an unwanted advance. Neither Rashida Jones nor Will McCormack commented on the story, while a Pixar rep claimed their departure was due to "creative differences." Both Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are still credited as the Toy Story 4 writers on the movie's IMDb page.

This report doesn't offer any specific details about what this "unwanted advance" may have been, but if it happened shortly after they came aboard, it likely happened more than three years ago. Toy Story 4 was first announced »


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John Landis' Canceled American Werewolf in London Sequel Sounds Amazing

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An American Werewolf in London, one of the greatest horror movies ever made, never got the sequel it deserved. Director John Landis did have a pitch for one though, as revealed in the forthcoming book Beware The Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf In London. Now, the pitch for the sequel has been revealed, and it sounds pretty amazing. Here's what the sequel would have been about and how it almost came to be, according to John Landis.

"I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991. The company, under Jon Peters and Peter Guber, made something like 10 or 12 movies, and the only one that made money was American Werewolf. They then left the company and were replaced by a guy called Michael Kuhn. He called me and said that they were interested in making a sequel. I entertained the idea for a little bit and then came »


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Disney Pixar's John Lasseter Takes Leave Amid Harassment Scandal

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John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and the director of Toy Story, is taking a leave of absence from Disney following recent harassment allegations that have recently been made public. None of those who have accused Lasseter of harassment chose to be named, for fear of their careers. Lasseter has released a statement about his departure and, at least for now, he's only planning to take a six-month leave of absence. Here's what he had to say in his statement.

"I have always wanted our animation studios to be places where creators can explore their vision with the support and collaboration of other gifted animators and storytellers. This kind of creative culture takes constant vigilance to maintain. It's built on trust and respect, and it becomes fragile if any members of the team don't feel valued. As a leader, it's my responsibility to ensure that doesn't happen; and I now »


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How James Cameron Cracked the Code on Avatar 2 Underwater Scenes

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Believe it or not, James Cameron is actually filming Avatar 2. After all these years, he's finally hard at work on the sequel(s) to the biggest movie of all time. But there's a reason for the long delay. Not only because Cameron is making not one, but four sequels to Avatar, but the underwater motion capture he's using for much of the Avatar sequels took a long time and a lot of money to perfect. They've literally invented this complex technology for Avatar 2. Here's what James Cameron had to say about it in a recent interview.

"Well, we're doing it. It's never been done before and it's very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras. The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the »


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Proof Justice League and Avengers Are Basically the Same Movie

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Ever since Warner Bros. officially announced its Justice League movie in October 2014, many had wondered how similar this superhero ensemble would be to Marvel's The Avengers, which broke box office records in the summer of 2012. Now that Justice League is finally here, it didn't take long for one enterprising viewer to point out all of the similarities between this Dceu superhero ensemble and the McU ensemble from five years ago. As it turns out, there are many more than you may think, which may not be terribly surprising considering that Joss Whedon worked on both movies.

While Joss Whedon did not get a directing credit for his work on the reshoots, after director Zack Snyder had to leave the project due to a family tragedy, he did get a writing credit, revealing that the filmmaker wrote about two dozen pages of new material while excising a number of other scenes and, »


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The Predator Test Screening Reactions: Is It Good or Bad?

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It sounds like the first reactions to Shane Black's The Predator are in and they're incredibly divided. Fox reportedly starting holding test screenings of the highly-anticipated movie last week and, though people who get into these test screenings generally have to sign some form of non-disclosure agreement, some reactions have leaked online. Some fans reportedly love the new, very comedic take on the franchise, while others absolutely hate it and warn to "avoid it at all costs."

The reactions come to us via YouTuber Mr. H, who has been covering The Predator pretty closely. He's reportedly managed to dig up some reactions from those who attended one of the test screenings and there doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground. Those who saw the movie either love Shane Black's very different approach, or they really hated it. Looks like we could have a divisive movie on our hands, »


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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Reveals New Last Jedi Game Content

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Electronic Arts has unveiled the first details for the new Star Wars Battlefront II content that ties into the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This comes just a week after Battlefront II gamers were enraged by EA and Dice's Beta testing for the game. Players discovered they could pay for early access to new content, while fans who weren't willing to fork over extra money, on top of the $60 price for the game itself, had to spend 40 hours playing to unlock characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. EA has changed their policy, with the company revealing that this Star War content will be free for anyone who owns the game. Here's a statement from the EA website about Star Wars Battlefront II, which launched on November 17, leading into the new content arriving next month.

"Battles rage across eras. Lightsaber-wielding Jedi masters duel mighty Sith Lords. Ace pilots »


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How to Cook a Porg for Your Holiday Dinner

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With both Thanksgiving and Life Day approaching quickly, and to coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we thought we would share a Jedi recipe passed down for centuries amongst the Old Republic, on how to properly cook a Porg and serve it to family members and young Padawans during the holidays. One of the hardest parts is catching one of these little guys, so make sure you have help hunting them. And a thick pair of gloves, cause these suckers are known to bite. They are also very Force sensitive and can no doubt hear you coming from a mile away. Just don't let Chewbacca know what's cooking in that pot, as he's very protective of his new friends, who serve as therapy pets ever since his pal Han Solo died.

What You'll Need:

2 navel oranges2 tablespoons kosher salt1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper1 tablespoon finely chopped sage, »


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Rare Elm Street Record Freddy's Greatest Hits Gets a Re-Release

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Freddy Krueger had a singing career? Sure, for a short time, if you can call it singing. If you're a die hard Nightmare on Elm Street fan, you're going to want to bust out your wallet for this one. The very rare Freddy's Greatest Hits album, which was released as a piece of promotional merchandise in 1987 alongside A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, is finally getting a re-release. However, those that want to get their hands on it need to act fast, as the quantities are going to be very limited.

Mondo is handling the re-release of Freddy's Greatest hits, which features covers and originals from the fictional band The Elm Street Group. The vinyl re-release is to be pressed on special "Freddy Sweater" striped vinyl, as if you needed any more reason to pick this up. The catch? There's only going to be 400 copies pressed. Worldwide. Here's »


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Kevin Smith Absolutely Loves Justice League

15 hours ago

Warner Bros.' fourth Dceu installment, Justice League, didn't exactly deliver what the studio was expecting, from both a critical and commercial standpoint. The movie didn't fare well with critics, especially after a controversial move to withhold the Rotten Tomatoes score for a day, earning just a 40% rating on Rt. And when it hit in theaters, it posted the worst Dceu opening weekend thus far, earning $93.8 million. But the movie did earn a famous fan in director Kevin Smith, who sung the movie's praises during his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. Here's what the director had to say below about one of his favorite parts of the movie, which made his "heart soar." If you haven't seen Justice League yet there may be some mild Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

"I saw Justice League twice already. I liked it. I liked it. There's stuff in it that I really dug, »


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Roman J. Israel, Esq. Review: A Rare Miss for Denzel Washington

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a fascinating character study that ultimately fails as a cohesive film. Writer/director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) posits an intriguing existential dilemma. The issue is that it doesn't play out logically. The ending feels forced and clunky. The resolve is clearly not in line with the substantive character exposition offered. It's a rare miss from Gilroy, one of Hollywood's finest screenwriters, and mega star Denzel Washington.

Denzel Washington transforms into Roman J. Israel, Esq.; a bespectacled, afro-wearing, overweight savant who shuffles around in thirty year old clothes. A staunch civil rights advocate with dreams of re-writing the criminal code, Israel has spent his adult life hiding from reality. He's the quiet partner in a struggling two man law firm. Israel has never set foot in court. He wrote the legal briefs, while his partner was the face of the firm. Israel's near autistic personality was shielded »


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DC's Nightwing Movie Is Holding Open Auditions for the Lead

16 hours ago

Have you ever had dreams of playing Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing in a movie? Well, you may have a chance to do just that. Granted, it's a very small chance, but a chance nonetheless. While the future of the DC universe on screen is a little uncertain at the moment, The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay is currently working on a Nightwing movie and he's just confirmed that they will indeed be holding an open casting call for the lead role.

A couple of names have popped up in regards to the role of Nightwing, but nobody has officially been brought forward and, as of earlier this month, Chris McKay says they haven't started the casting process yet. But it's going to happen and the director took to Twitter recently to confirm the open casting call, but to also give some advice to those who are possibly hoping to land the coveted role. »


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Justice League Is a Huge Financial Disaster for Warner Bros.

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Over the weekend, Justice League finally arrived in theaters, bringing in $94 million domestically. For almost any other movie, that would be a home run, but this was a very expensive movie and all of the other Dceu movies so far have grossed more on their opening weekend. This number doesn't bode well for the movie's overall box office run and, as such, Warner Bros. is set to take a huge loss. According to a new report, the studio could lose between $50 and $100 million, with the final tally resting around $75 million when the smoke clears.

Rob Cain, a former studio executive with insider knowledge on how final profits and losses are calculated for big studios like Warner Bros., has ran projected numbers for Justice League based on the opening weekend box office. According to his calculations, the future is pretty grim for the DC movie, which Warner Bros. is basing the future of the Dceu on. »


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Peter Rabbit Trailer #2 Introduces a New Kind of Hero

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Sony Pictures has released the new trailer and poster for Peter Rabbit, which offers much more footage than the first trailer released back in late September. In the original stories by author Beatrix Potter, the beloved rabbit had quite the rivalry with Mr. McGregor, which is certainly put on display in this trailer, but there is quite an interesting twist. This trailer offers our first look at Rose Byrne's character Bea, who may in fact be author Beatrix Potter.

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, »


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New Halloween Movie Delays Production Until 2018

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The new Halloween movie, which is being described as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 classic, is not quite ready to go. According to a new report, production is being delayed until early in 2018. From the looks of things, this shouldn't stop it from tearing through movie screens this Halloween season, with its planned release date of October 2018 still in place.

Directed by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the script with comedy mastermind Danny McBride, this Halloween revival was supposed to kick off this past October. Cameras should already be rolling, but that's not the cast. Multiple sources have confirmed this to be true with Bloody Disgusting.

The movie is set to bring back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, the iconic hero of the first movie. She will be joined by Judy Greer, who is in talks to play Strode's daughter Karen. Apparently, there is still quite »


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Can Coco Conquer Justice League at the Thanksgiving Box Office?

18 hours ago

The Thanksgiving holiday is often a very busy weekend at the box office, with studios putting out some of their most highly-anticipated movies on the Wednesday before Turkey Day. Perhaps indicative of the sagging box office trend in 2017, that is not the case this year, with Disney Pixar's Coco being the only major studio movie to open in wide release. Bleecker Street's The Man Who Invented Christmas is also opening nationwide alongside Paramount's expanding drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., although neither of those movies is expected to give Coco much competition. We're projecting that Coco will take the top spot with $60.2 million over the three day-weekend, and $92.6 million over the five-day holiday weekend, while the box office disappointment that is Justice League likely poised for a huge drop in the coming days.

If Disney Pixar's Coco does hit its projection, it will mark a decent three-day improvement over its last outing, »


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New Buzzard Hollow Beef Trailer Turns Thanksgiving Into a Blood Feast

18 hours ago

Hopefully you're not serving human flesh for Thanksgiving dinner. But for some, that's a time honored tradition. And the ritual is explored in the horrific new horror thriller Buzzard Hollow Beef. We brought you an early look at this bloody affair this past summer. But now Multicom Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights to the movie, and it will be served up on a plate just in time for the holiday. Just save your viewings for after dinner, as what you are about to witness will certainly make you lose your appetite.

We reviewed Buzzard Hollow Beef when it first hit the horror circuit, with its husband and wife duo making the festival rounds. So our own Evan Jacobs is getting quoted in the press release that was sent out this morning. Here's what the official word is on the release of Buzzard Hollow Beef.

"Multicom Entertainment serves up Buzzard Hollow Beef, »


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Why Lando Doesn't Return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

19 hours ago

Where the heck is Lando? Bad news, Star Wars fans. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed that Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian will not appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The actor said as much during this year's Star Wars Celebration in April, but this puts the final nail in the coffin. Though, Johnson's reasoning is hard to argue against. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.

"No, and I don't want fans to get their hopes up. He's not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it's just not something that ever really had a place in the story."

At least Rian Johnson isn't being cagey about it. Even though Billy Dee Williams said he wasn't in the movie, that was back in April. »


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Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch

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There's a huge difference between cult hit and underground cult oddity. The second of which you love but most, or none of your friends have seen. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai definitely falls into that later catagory. And while you've long dreamed of a sequel, no one else really knows what you're talking about. Well, perhaps they'll soon understand, as Ghost Dog 2 is happening nearly 10 years after the first movie arrived.

Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai hit the indie circuit in 2000 and made a little bit of noise amongst genre fans. It starred Forest Whitaker, who didn't necessarily scream silent warrior at the time, and still doesn't, though Rogue One helps his street cred. The movie was directed by Jim Jarmusch who hasn't ever made a mainstream movie his entire life. Now, the pair are back, thanks to Wu Tang rapper RZA. He is writing the sequel to Ghost Dog, »


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Shaft Reboot Gets X-Men: Apocalypse Star Alexandra Shipp

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The cast for New Line Cinema's Shaft is getting bigger and bigger, with actress Alexandra Shipp in final negotiations to play the female lead. No details about the character have been given at this time, but she will join a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft from the 2000 New Line Cinema remake, and Richard Roundtree as his uncle, also John Shaft, from the original 1971 movie. Jesse T. Usher also came aboard in August to play John Shaft Jr., the estranged son of Samuel L. Jackson's character.

While this project was originally believed to be a Shaft reboot when it was first put into development at Davis Entertainment in 2015, it seems this will follow the continuity of the entire franchise, bringing back both Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree to reprise their roles. It isn't clear if Alexandra Shipp's character also has a familial connection to the Shaft family, »


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