Frozen 2 Documentary Filmmaker Interview: Making Of Drama

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, aka Elsa and Anna of Frozen II, feature into the Disney+ doc.

Nothing bad ever happens at Disney. Or, at least, that’s the message the family-friendly company leads people to believe. You very rarely see or read raw, behind-the-scenes coverage from the mega-corporation because everything there is so carefully packaged. And that’s precisely why the new Disney+ show, Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II, comes as such a breath of fresh air.

“I think there was an openness to showing the process right from the very start so pushback wasn’t really there,” Harding told io9 over the phone last week. “Occasionally there was caution…but if we could explain why it was important that we have our cameras present, it was a rational discussion [and they went] ‘Oh, okay.’”

An early, internal test screen of Frozen II.
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It helped that Lee, Buck, and the Frozen team were already familiar with the documentarians, which is how the whole thing started in the first place. Harding and her team from Lincoln Square Productions previously worked with Disney on a 2014 ABC special about the making of the first Frozen. Fast forward to 2018, and on the exact same fall day Amy Astley, VP of Communications for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Into the Unknown EP, had two independent conversations with different people about the same thing: a possible documentary on the making of Frozen II. Those people were Jeanmarie Condon, the Senior Executive Producer of Lincoln Square, followed by the then-president of Disney Animation Studios, Andrew Millstein.

“It was just this sort of beautiful kismet, one day, two conversations,” Astley told io9. “And certainly from the outset, I knew working with Jeanmarie and Megan was completely the right way to go in making a documentary where we did truly want to show the real process behind the scenes. To not make something that would be so glossy that it would be toothless [but] to really have people who are experts in the documentary field come in and do that.”

This, of course, required a huge leap of faith from Frozen II directors Lee and Buck as well as their producer, Peter Del Vecho. “‘This would mean cameras are in your usually very private, creative space, and capturing things [they normally wouldn’t],’” Astley told us she relayed to Del Vecho when pitching the idea. “‘We are looking at doing a true documentary, which means [there’s] going to be some hard stuff shown in addition to the joyous stuff.’ And he was immediately on board and he approached Jen and Chris and they were as well. I think the bravery with which they approached the project is why you see what you see on screen.”

Frozen II director Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho, and writer/director Jennifer Lee.

While Frozen II had been in production since about September 2016, Harding and her team were on the ground for only the last year before release in November 2019. They shot 115 days and ended up with about 1,300 hours of footage. Harding explained that while there were some discussions early on that maybe they should’ve started sooner, the fact is, the idea didn’t come up until 2018 and the animation process gets exponentially more interesting as it reaches the end.

“At that early stage in animation, the world is your oyster. You can go any which way you want,” Harding said. “Things start to close in, the further along the line you get. So for us as documentarians, the interesting part is when there aren’t many options anymore.”

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Because the team wasn’t going to be there every day, Harding had a rough idea of the schedule and did her best to pick and choose the big events they needed to film. Things like story meetings with other Disney filmmakers, crew screenings, or voice recording with the cast that couldn’t be missed. However, the filmmaking process is so fluid, going off a schedule didn’t always work out.

“Part of [filming] was by keeping your ear to the ground, part of it was the luck of the draw, and another part was very strategic planning,” she said. “And then, of course, [sometimes] we would go up to the studio and discover that nothing planned was happening that day and the whole schedule had changed.”

Animator Malerie Walters uses her own face to help figure out a musical sequence in Frozen II.

All the while, almost nothing was off-limits to the crew. Not the Disney filmmakers giving the directors brutally honest notes after a screening. Not the tragic and touching story of Chris Buck’s son Ryder, who died in a car accident at 22. Not even the almost tangible fear and nerves Lee and Buck faced before test screening Frozen II in front of a real audience. In fact, the one thing you don’t see in the entire documentary is the meeting held after that test screening where Lee, Buck, and Del Vecho broke down what regular audience members thought of the film.

“We thought that we could film that meeting, which was why we were there,” Harding said. “And my understanding is that I don’t think that there was anything particularly controversial that happened in that meeting. They needed to get their head clear without the pressure of having cameras. I literally don’t think it was anything particularly remarkable from a story point, but from a creative point they just needed a little bit of space.”

Maybe the most shocking throughline in the film is how everyone, from the story artists and animators to the directors and songwriters, struggled with making the film’s big third act song, “Show Yourself,” work. Throughout the documentary, the song goes through huge changes that impact the quality of the entire film. Things got particularly interesting when the crew was getting ready to film a video meeting between the Disney offices in Burbank, California, and the songwriters, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, in Brooklyn, New York. As the meeting was about to take place, Harding, who was in Brooklyn with the Lopezs, started getting text messages.

“Our crew was in Burbank and they knew that Jen and Chris had been having a discussion about potentially losing ‘Show Yourself,’” Harding said. “They knew that that was going to happen. We did not know that was going to happen, except they started texting us. And obviously, the Lopezs did not know that at the time. So I was incredibly stressed because I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I didn’t know how the Lopezs would take the news at all. It was a very stressful moment.”

Buck and Lee are joined by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In the end, though, the stress all seemed to work out. “Show Yourself” stayed in the picture, the movie was a record-breaking hit, and the team at Disney is happy with how the show turned out. However, according to Astley, there are no immediate plans to do another season for another movie.

“We don’t want to cut and paste this idea,” she said. “We want to really think about each film project coming up and what is the right thing we want to do with that. So there isn’t another Into the Unknown: Making of Frozen II for upcoming features of ours just yet. But we certainly have an eye out for it.”

Then there’s the question everyone wants to know. With their unique insight into the pressures and expectations behind Frozen II, could Lee, Buck, and their crew come back for Frozen III?

“They do not think about the next film, or if there will be a film—I mean a big ‘If there will be a film’—until they’ve had a moment to really digest what has happened on the last one,” Astley said.They don’t make the sequel unless it’s in their hearts and they’ve got a great idea for it…And I know we say that a lot and people sort of don’t believe us, but that is the truth of it.”

We can only hope, if it does happen, we get another documentary just like this.

Into the Unknown: Making of Frozen II is now on Disney+.

Correction: A previous version of this post misstated the cause of Ryder Buck’s death as cancer. Ryder was battling cancer but tragically died in a car accident. We regret the mistake and have corrected it in the article.  

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Idris Elba to produce series and films for Apple TV+ as part of first-look deal – Binge Watch News

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British star Idris Elba has signed a first-look deal with Apple TV Plus under which he will produce series and films for the streaming service.

According to Variety, the 47-year-old actor will produce global series and features for the platform via his Green Door Pictures production company.

Elba, known for his performance in movies such as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation as well as BBC series Luther, founded Green Door in 2013.

Under the banner, the actor-producer has backed comedy film In The Long Run, Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, short-form shows The Idris Takeover and 5 5 and upcoming movie Concrete Cowboy.

Prior to Elba, entertainment industry giants like Oprah Winfrey, Alfonso Cuaron, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Justin Lin, Kerry Ehrin, Jason Katims, Lee Eisenberg, Monica Beletsky, Sharon Horgan, Alena Smith and Simon Kinberg have signed a first-look deal with Apple TV Plus. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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Netflix’s The Old Guard Dug Deep to Bring the Comics to Life

Comparisons between The Old Guard as a comic book and as a live-action movie

In both Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández’s The Old Guard and director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film based on the comic book series, a group of seemingly immortal warriors from different time periods all band together to commit their lives to ridding the world of its societal evils. None of the big bads they take on are quite as supernatural as they are, and so The Old Guard’s action, though brutal, skews towards the more grounded side of things.

But just because the comic’s bloodsoaked fight sequences focus mainly on the Old Guard wailing on their enemies with regular weapons doesn’t mean that the battles being spotlighted couldn’t still sights to behold.

Rather than drifting away from the comic’s depiction bare-knuckled, bone cracking brawls in favor of something a bit flashier and more in line with other comic book movies, The Old Guard actually sticks surprisingly close to the source material. A new featurette delves into how The Old Guard’s production team approached the film with the express intention of bringing moments from the comics to the screen in a way that felt both real and larger than life.

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Beyond just the impressive stunt work and fighting, both Rucka and Bythewood also went into detail in another featurette about how much of the comics’ narrative essence was incorporated into the film. While there are a number of scenes ripped right out of the series’ pages, Rucka felt the need to further flesh out characters aside from Andy in order to make their cinematic counterparts feel like more fully realized people.

The Old Guard is now streaming on Netflix.

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Oprah and Lionsgate Team Up To Adapt Nikole Hannah Jones’ ‘The 1619 Pr – BOTWC

Oprah and Lionsgate Team Up To Adapt Nikole Hannah Jones’ ‘The 1619 Project’ for Film & Television

This is amazing!!

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering to adapt Nikole Hannah-Jones’ “The 1619 Project” for film and television, USA Today reports. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones spearheaded “The 1619 Project” for The New York Times in an effort to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to America. The exposé took a deep look into the impact of slavery and how it manifested in every facet of society. The New York Times Magazine published the project in August 2019, eventually releasing it as a podcast as well and Hannah-Jones went on to win a Pulitzer prize for her work. 

Now the award winning journalist will be working on developing films, TV series and documentaries inspired by the project with Winfrey coming on as a producer. “We took very seriously our duty to find TV and film partners that would respect and honor the work and mission of ‘The 1619 Project,’ that understood our vision and deep moral obligation to doing justice to these stories,” Hannah-Jones said. 

Winfrey is also excited about the project, saying, “From the first moment I read ‘The 1619 Project’ and immersed myself in Nikole Hannah-Jones’ transformative work, I was moved, deepened and strengthened by her empowering historical analysis.” 

No word yet on when we can expect the film and television projects to air but a series of books for “The 1619 Project” are currently in the works. 

We can’t wait for these projects to be released!

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Disney+ Streams Uncensored Hugh Jackman Butt

Disney+ is at this point pretty notorious for not letting anything good get on its streaming platform: there is little-to-no sex, cursing, or nudity, and there are multiple High School Musical installments and spinoffs. Lin Manuel Miranda famously had to edit out several “fucks” in Hamilton just to get Disney+ to stream the musical. Lizzie Maguire, meanwhile, is not allowed to fuck at all. Disney+ is prudish as hell.

So it was with some interest, and the sounding of a small hypocrisy alarm bell, that I read a Variety report on Sunday that revealed the Puritans at Disney+ let a little man-butt slip through. Apparently, the streaming site is airing an “unedited” version of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past—one that includes at least one fuck and a shot of Hugh Jackman’s butt. I only vaguely recall this film and/or the entirety of 2014 and I cannot find a usable photo of the butt online, but trust assured, it’s a full butt.

Hugh Jackman has a censored version of the butt on his Instagram, should you care to see it (scroll through):

This is mildly scandalous, but what’s more curious is that Disney+ has, in fact, previously removed a butt from a classic film now in its streaming library. The film is 1989’s Splash, and the butt belongs to Darryl Hannah. Disney reportedly used CGI to cover up some of Hannah’s nudity, which, I mean, fine, it’s a “family” site (i.e., boring as fuck). But it does seem a taaaaaaad strange that the platform would censor a woman’s butt and not a man’s. Butt equality now!

On the other hand, it’s possible this big leap to full butt will pave the way for Disney+ to let down its hair a bit. Maybe, just maybe, one day they’ll finally let Lizzie fuck? A girl can dream.

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The Quarantine Stream: ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ Has Al Pacino Chewing Scenery and Keanu Reeves Using a Questionable Accent – /Film

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Devil’s Advocate

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Hot-shot Southern lawyer Keanu Reeves gets recruited to join a big New York City law firm, but there’s a catch: his new boss, Al Pacino, is the devil!!!!!!!!!!

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: It’s okay to have fun with dumb movies. And The Devil’s Advocate is pretty damn dumb. Keanu Reeves uses a questionable Southern accent, Al Pacino chews the scenery so hard he’s in danger of breaking some teeth, and a pre-fame Charlize Theron is stuck in a mini Rosemary’s Baby remake, and all of this happens in the same movie. Clocking-in at an overwhelming 144 minutes, and featuring scenes where Pacino dips his fingers in holy water and causes the water to boilThe Devil’s Advocate is a blend of legal drama and horror melodrama, and it’s a hoot.

Before Keanu Reeves did The Matrix, he starred in The Devil’s AdvocateTaylor Hackford‘s epic-length horror drama about a lawyer in danger of losing his soul. Reeves is a hot-shot young attorney from Gainesville, Florida (even though his accent suggests he’s from somewhere in Alabama), who is willing to emotionally destroy a sexual assault victim on the witness stand in order to win a case. Reeves’ lapse of moral compass gets him noticed by a huge New York City law firm, and as we all know, law firms, in general, are evil, but New York City law firms are the evilest.

Soon, Reeves meets his new boss, John Milton, played by Al Pacino. Even though it’s abundantly clear that Milton is the devil incarnate, Reeves’ character remains oblivious and is easily wooed by the prospect of money and power. The same can’t be said of Reeves’ sweet-natured wife, played by Charlize Theron, who does much better with her accent. Theron’s character notices almost immediately that something is up with not just Milton but also everyone in Milton’s circle, including some of her new neighbors. She begins to have a complete breakdown, but Reeves is once again oblivious. Not only is he focused on his work, he’s also focused on one of his new coworkers, a sexy lawyer played by Connie Nielsen.

Full of sex, violence, and big special effects, The Devil’s Advocate feels like the type of movie that would never get made today, at least not by a big Hollywood studio for $57 million. Yet in 1997, the movie was a hit, raking in $153 million. Imagine that happening today. You can’t.

As much as I love Reeves, it’s fair to say he’s not very good in this movie. I don’t mean to keep harping on his accent, but it’s so distractingly bad (even worse than his infamous Dracula accent) that it almost completely sinks his performance. That’s okay, though, because the real draw here is Pacino. The Devil’s Advocate arrived in the midst of Pacino’s shouty phase. After the actor scored an Oscar for his loud performance in Scent of a Woman, Pacino seemed to believe that every performance going forward required him to YELL AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS. While some may take issue with that, it works perfectly here. Pacino’s Satanic lawyer is all about excess – he loves to talk about fucking, and he loves to laugh his ass off at stuff that really isn’t funny. And when someone dares challenge him, he sends demonic homeless people to beat that person to death.

It all culminates in a big, loud, special effects-heavy conclusion that feels like a huge cheat. But by then it’s okay, you’ve already had your fun with The Devil’s Advocate. And it’s had its fun with you.


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Batman Forever Extended Cut Has Bruce Wayne Face Off With Giant Bat – UNILAD

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Somewhere, in the depths of Warner Bros., a 170-minute ‘Schumacher Cut’ of Batman Forever exists. 

Pre-Nolan and Snyder’s gritty caped crusader, Batman’s tone was all over the place. Tim Burton’s vision of the character was dark but quintessentially ‘nuts’, lurking in the shadows of a misty, towering Gotham filled with penguins and Prince.

Then came the neon. Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever spelled trouble for the hero, with its pantomimic, campy theatrics and luminescent colours inspiring the calamitous Batman and Robin. However, once upon a time, there was a ‘more serious’ version of the film – one that featured Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) facing down a giant human-sized bat.

Check out the deleted scene from Batman Forever, which features Bruce and the big bat:

Last week, Castle Rock writer Marc Bernardin tweeted: ‘I have it on VERY good authority that a 170-minute cut of Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever exists. Warner Bros. is unsure if there’s any hunger for what was described to me as a much darker, more serious version. So, should WB #ReleaseThe20000Cut?’

In the fallout of Schumacher’s death on June 22, as well as the recent hysteria around Zack Snyder’s Justice League – the result of a fervent campaign – Batfans are now focusing their efforts on seeing the original cut of Batman Forever.

In addition to Bernardin’s source, Variety reported that a source close to the film’s production has confirmed a longer assembly cut does exist, at a whopping 170 minutes long – a huge difference compared to the 129-minute theatrical version.

This cut allegedly opens with a sequence featuring Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) escaping from Arkham Asylum, before he shoots Batman in the head, leaving him with temporary amnesia. Reportedly, there’s also extra scenes with the Riddler (Jim Carrey), including one where he invades the Batcave and uses his iconic cane as a weapon.

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However, the most fascinating scene of all is a sequence featuring Bruce’s emotional struggles, reportedly a much stronger theme throughout the longer cut. In it, he reads his father’s diary in a cave, prompting a panic attack as the trauma of his parents’ murder rushes back.

That fear then manifests itself as a huge bat, with the pair staring off until Alfred interrupts. When Bruce walks out of the cave, he says confidently with a smile: ‘I’m Batman.’

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Representatives for Warner Bros. said there’s no plans or discussions regarding releasing the longer version, with concerns over whether all the footage has even survived the past 25 years.

However, if the Snyder Cut proved one thing, it’s that DC fans don’t give up that easy. Prepare to hear about this Forever.

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Judi Dench on Joining TikTok: ‘It Saved My Life’ – Variety

Judi Dench has won an Academy Award, a Tony, two Golden Globes, 10 BAFTA Awards and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, but her latest achievement is going viral on TikTok.

Dench has joined her grandson Sam Williams on the mobile app, taking part in dance videos and skits that have hundreds of thousands of views.

She opened up to Channel 4 News in an interview about how the app has helped her during quarantine as the film and theater businesses have been shut down since March.

“It saved my life. I know nothing about TikTok. Sam is the person who is technically-minded and who has all the ideas, so he got very strict,” she said.

The award-winning actor added that “every day is so uncharted” and that it’s hard to keep track of time, something most people in quarantine can relate to.

“You wake up and wonder what day it is,” she said. “Then you wonder what date it is and sometimes what month. Then you think, ‘What do I do today?’ and the prospect is, ‘Well, what is there to do today?’”

No stranger to long rehearsals, Dench said her grandson pushed her to learn the dance moves seen in their videos.

“He made me do it. I had to rehearse all those moves. Don’t just think that comes naturally,” she said.

She also shared what her initial quarantine goals were, but she hasn’t made as much progress as she’d hoped.

“I planned to learn every Shakespeare sonnet,” she said. “I’ve got to about nine, and there are 154, so I’ve got a bit of a way to go there. I’ve done a bit of painting and I’ve talked to friends and rehearse my TikTok and done it with Sam.”

Dench most recently appeared on the big screen in “Cats” in the U.S. and had her latest film “Artemis Fowl” moved from its theatrical release to launch on Disney Plus. In the U.K., she starred in the war drama “Six Minutes to Midnight,” which was pulled from theaters amid the pandemic, and she has “Blithe Spirit” scheduled for this December.

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‘Habit’ Film With Paris Jackson as Jesus Sparks Petition – Variety

Nearly 300,000 people have signed a petition aiming to block the release of the independent film “Habit,” starring Bella Thorne and Paris Jackson, in which Jackson plays a version of Jesus.

Thorne plays a street-smart, party girl who has a Jesus fetish and finds herself in a drug deal gone wrong. She’s able to escape danger by disguising herself as a nun. Multiple times in the film, Jackson appears as Jesus to her.

“A new blasphemous Hollywood film is predicted to come out soon depicting Jesus as a lesbian woman. The film ‘Habit’ stars Paris Jackson who plays the role of ‘lesbian Jesus.’ Distributors haven’t picked it up as of yet, so let’s please spread awareness and wake people up to the Christianophobic garbage that is spread nowadays, but is somehow accepted and praised by society,” reads the description of the petition.

However, there is no indication in the film’s current promotional materials or logline that Jackson’s depiction of Jesus is a lesbian.

“Habit” is in post-production as it finished shooting before coronavirus shut down most projects in Hollywood in mid March. It currently does not have a release date.

The cast also includes Hana Mae Lee, Gavin Rossdale, Caroline D’Amore, Josie Ho, Andreja Pejic, Larissa Andrade, Libby Mintz, Jamie Hince, Ada Mogilevsky, Damon Lawner and Michael Suppes.

Janell Shirtcliff is directing the film from a script by Suki Kaiser, based on a story by Libby Mintz and Shirtcliff. Elevated Films, Donovan Leitch, 852 Films, Martingale Pictures, Voltage Pictures and Cloudlight are the producers on the film.

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Humor in the Age of a Pandemic

Do you feel like you need a laugh? Then tune in this Friday at 1 p.m. PT ( 4 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. BST) on Facebook and YouTube for “Humor in the Age of a Pandemic” — a BahaiTeachings Live program featuring comedian Omid Djalili and “wannabe comedian” Shahin Sobhani.

In a time of so much pain and panic worldwide, Baha’is believe that laughter is needed to relax and uplift our spirits. Abdu’l-Baha, the son of the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith, wrote: “Laughter is caused by the slackening or relaxation of the nerves. It is an ideal condition and not physical. Laughter is the visible effect of an invisible cause. For example, happiness and misery are super-sensuous phenomena. One cannot hear them with the ears or touch them with his hands. Happiness is a spiritual state.”

So, Omid and Shahin, along with our host Liz Dwyer, the managing editor of, will chat about life during the pandemic, what role humor can play in difficult times, and how Omid is finding new and creative ways to annoy his family while in isolation.

Omid Djaili is an actor, writer, producer, and multi-award-winning stand-up comedian. He has also starred in several films, including the smash hit “Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again,” the Oscar-nominated movie “Shaun the Sheep,” and the Oscar-winning film “Gladiator.”

Although Shahin Sobhani isn’t an artist himself, he is a big supporter of the arts. He is the executive producer of, associate producer of the 2010 film “The Infidel,” and executive producer of the upcoming film “Guidance.” 

As always, the program will feature a musical guest — this week we’re thrilled that Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Tara Ellis will bring her talents to the program. See you all on Friday on Facebook and YouTube!

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Sushant Singh Rajput suicide: Cloth used by actor to hang self to undergo tensile test – Movies News

As part of probe into the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Mumbai Police have sent the cloth, allegedly used by him to hang himself, to a forensic lab for “tensile strength” analysis to determine whether it can bear the weight similar to that of the film star, an official said on Friday.

The test will help determine if there was any foul play, he said.

Meanwhile, the Bandra police have summoned film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to record his statement in connection with the case on July 6, the official said. Bhansali had offered films to Rajput but could not work with him apparently due to date issues.

Rajput (34) was found hanging at his suburban Bandra residence on June 14.

According to the investigators, the actor ended his life by hanging himself from the ceiling using a green coloured night gown made of cotton. No suicide note was found from the spot, the police had said then.

“Besides the viscera from the actor’s body, the police also sent the gown for chemical and forensic analysis at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in suburban Kalina,” the official said.

It will take at least three more days to get the final forensic report, the official said.

To ascertain the exact cause of death, forensic experts will check pattern of ligature marks around the actor’s neck and also determine the strength of the gown with the help of “tensile strength” analysis, he said.

The tensile strength test will technically establish whether the cloth can bear around 80 kg, the weight of the actor. The test will help determine if there was any foul play, the official said.

Tensile strength is maximum load that a material can support without fracture when being stretched.

Viscera analysis will help in checking whether there were any traces of chemical, poisonous or narcotics substance in his body, the official said.

“Usually, it takes eight to ten working days to get report from the FSL in regular cases. But since this case is sensitive, experts are taking more precautions to avoid any kind of error in their analysis,” the official said.

The forensic report of the actors mobile phone is also awaited, he said.

Recently, the police received the final post-mortem report of the actor from Cooper Hospital, which mentioned the cause of the death as “asphyxia due to hanging”.

Rajput, who had started his acting career from TV, starred in films such as Shuddh Desi Romance, Raabta, Chhichhore, Kedarnath and Sonchiriya. But his most prominent role came as popular cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

The official said that the Bandra police have summoned the Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and he will join the investigation on Monday, when his statement will be recorded.

The police, who are probing angle of possible professional rivalry in the case, will enquire about reasons behind the actor’s depression, he said.

Things did not work out between Sushant and Bhansali as the actor had signed a contract with a big production house.

The police will try to understand the circumstances in which the rising star of Bollywood killed himself, the official said. The police have so far recorded statements of 29 people, including Rajput’s family members, his close friends like actor Rhea Chakraborty, casting director Mukesh Chhabra, Yash Raj Films casting director Shanoo Sharma and actor Sanjana Sanghi, who was the actor’s co-star in her debut film Dil Bechara.

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Hamilton on Disney Plus lives up to the hype | TechRadar

Here’s the truth: I was never going to see Hamilton live on-stage. There were just too many hurdles. 

Even though London is just a couple of hours from where I live, I know I wasn’t going to go out of my way to get tickets, book a hotel, co-ordinate days off with my partner and make a whole evening of it. I’m just too lazy. Hamilton was destined to be something I either experienced through Spotify, or just had explained to me over and over again by friends who actually bothered to go.

Hamilton’s arrival on Disney Plus, then, feels like a real event. And maybe the only massive event on streaming services during this strange year so far. While the early release of movies like Pixar’s Onward or The Invisible Man on VOD seemed like a big deal in the moment, this is the first thing I’ve cleared my schedule to watch during our current global situation. 

And yes, I think it lives up to the hype. I believe Hamilton feels momentous because this is something you never expected to experience in your home this year. The novelty value is high because theater experiences are harder to come by right now.

Why is Hamilton worth watching?

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To put it simply, as a first-time viewer, Hamilton showed me something I feel like I’ve never seen before. Unless you really hate musicals, I feel like this will offer the same sensation to you. 

An ambitious biographical musical with a distinctly contemporary approach, I watched Hamilton with the strong sense that I was enjoying someone’s masterpiece for the first time. It’s an enlightening, frequently funny and emotional viewing experience that leaves a powerful impression, even without seeing it live in the theater.

Hamilton tells the life story of United States founding father Alexander Hamilton (played by writer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda), and his extraordinary journey from orphan to vital figure in the American Revolution and ultimately American politics. His story is told in contrast to that of Aaron Burr (played by Leslie Odom Jr), his friend-turned-rival and eventual killer. 

Collectively, the show offers a rich depiction of this part of American history, and it suddenly had me opening 25 Chrome tabs to read about everyone mentioned in the script (in my experience of education in the UK, they don’t teach you all that much about the wars we didn’t win). 

A massive part of this movie version’s appeal is that it features the original 2015 Broadway cast of the musical. This is the ensemble that turned Hamilton into a sensation in the first place. This recording exists as a time capsule, then, and even though it was filmed over three different performances in a single week, I wasn’t able to tell. For continuity purposes, it helps that Miranda consistently looks tired as hell in every shot (partly because he was performing on his day off to get the footage needed for this movie, according to an interview). 

Afterwards, I ended up researching what the entire cast did next, because there are so many memorable performances to enjoy here (although I’m already familiar with King George actor Jonathan Groff from Netflix’s Mindhunter). Admittedly, I did also watch Miranda’s amazing turn in Curb Your Enthusiasm a few months before this, which piqued my interest in finally watching Hamilton.

If you’re a first-timer, don’t miss it

If you’re sceptical about Hamilton being overly hyped based on the monumental success of the musical, I say watch the first number and try not to be won over. The energy of the lyrics and performances immediately enchanted me as a first-time viewer. 

I have no real knowledge of musical theater, and I don’t think the promise of seeing Hamilton live one day will address my laziness in booking a trip to London’s West End. Not when I can just sit here and play Apex Legends in my underpants.

That said, this feels like a lightning-in-a-bottle experience, and a real treat to fight the lockdown blues. I imagine the prospect of seeing Hamilton live is more complicated for most people than it is for me. And while getting a month of Disney Plus might not be within everyone’s means, the release of Hamilton on the platform brings down the financial barriers of experiencing this culturally significant work. That’s pretty cool. 

Hamilton’s arrival also underlines another important point: Disney Plus needs more musicals. In this period of production strife in TV and film, it’s another way to differentiate the service from its competitors.

Hamilton is streaming now on Disney Plus

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‘Justice League’ Actor Ray Fisher: Joss Whedon Was ‘Abusive’ On Set – Variety

Actor Ray Fisher accused director Joss Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of the 2017 film “Justice League,” in a tweet that quickly went viral on Wednesday.

Fisher also claimed in his tweet on Wednesday that former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg, and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, both “enabled” Whedon’s alleged behavior on “Justice League.” Berg and Johns also served as producers on “Justice League,” and the film’s poor performance was a factor in both executives exiting their positions leading the DC Films unit at the studio.

Whedon had no comment. A representative for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.

He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.


— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020

Whedon — the director of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster superhero movies “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — took over directing duties for extensive additional photography on the DC comics adaptation from Zack Snyder, after Snyder left the project due to a death in his family. Fisher played the cybernetic superhero Cyborg in the film, alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ezra Miller’s the Flash.

The resulting film received mixed-to-negative reviews and grossed a disappointing $657.9 million worldwide; more importantly, the tonal mix of Snyder and Whedon’s sensibilities led many fans to see the film as an unacceptable compromise of Snyder’s true vision. That led to a years-long grassroots fan campaign to “release the Snyder cut” of “Justice League,” which was ultimately successful: Snyder announced in May that his cut of the film will debut on HBO Max in 2021.

Fisher hinted at friction with Whedon earlier this week, when he tweeted a clip from the “Justice League” panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con in which he praised the filmmaker as “a great guy” and that Snyder “picked a good person to come in and clean-up — and finish up for him.”

“I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement,” Fisher tweeted.

I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement:

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New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie to star Margot Robbie

Australian actress Margot Robbie poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, 2020. Image: Tolga Akmen/AFP

Margot Robbie is set to be part of a female-led “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

The project will be written by Christina Hodson, who worked with Robbie on the female antihero film “Birds of Prey”, as per The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, June 26.

The film is in early development and is an original story which will introduce new characters.

It is separate from a reboot of the franchise to be written by “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott, who has been behind past “Pirates” films.


Jerry Bruckheimer, who has been a producer in the “Pirates” franchise since the first film in 2003, will produce both the reboot with Elliott and Mazin, as well as the movie involving Robbie and Hodson.

The project comes after Robbie and Hodson launched in 2019 the Lucky Exports Pitch program, which gives female-identifying writers exposure and experience to pitch studio-ready action movies.

The swashbuckling franchise brought to life Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 with “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. It is among the highest-grossing film franchises worldwide, with the past five movies earning $4.5 billion. Niña V. Guno/JB

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off gets a cast reunion with Matthew Broderick – CNET

The cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

What would Ferris Bueller make of lockdown? We can speculate with the cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, who took time to reminisce over the John Hughes classic. Their Zoom cast reunion is the latest from Josh Gad’s nostalgic YouTube series Reunited Apart.

Matthew Broderick looked back at playing Bueller over 30 years ago, and chatted with cast-mates Alan Ruck (Cameron), Mia Sara (Sloane), Jennifer Grey (Jeanie), Cindy Pickett (Katie), Lyman Ward (Tom) and a few more special guests.

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Look out for Ben Stein, the man who began his career as a speech writer for US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, before taking on his famous role as Bueller’s economics teacher.

The cast talk iconic lines and phrases, as well as Stein’s famous repetition of Bueller’s name. He also tells the story of how he ad-libbed his lines for the most boring lecture ever heard on film.

Jake Gyllenhaal joined in to speculate about how he could play Bueller’s son in the hypothetical sequel, and Kenny Ortega discussed his experience choreographing the iconic Chicago parade scene before he later went on to choreograph Dirty Dancing.

Reunited Apart has brought together the casts of The Lord of the Rings, the original Ghostbusters, Tom Hanks’ Splash and more. The series fundraises for various organizations that support those affected by COVID-19.

New movie calendar for 2020 and 2021 following coronavirus delays

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Kristen Stewart Is Your New Princess Diana | Vogue

Kristen Stewart just landed a new role: Princess Diana.

Deadline reports that the actor will play the leading royal lady in a new film by Pablo Larraín, Spencer. The biopic addresses a specific, and tumultuous, time frame for the House of Windsor: when Diana decided she wanted a divorce from her husband, Prince Charles, and therefore would never be queen consort. The entire plot occurs over a few days and at one location—the royal compound of Sandringham.

“Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife, and eventually she becomes queen,” Larraín told the outlet. “When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, I’d rather go and be myself, it’s a big, big decision, a fairy tale upside down. I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.”

Larraín has considered fractured fantasies and damaged dynasties before: Jackie, his critically acclaimed film about first lady Jackie Kennedy in the days after JFK’s assassination, netted Natalie Portman an Oscar nomination in 2017.

The last major film to take on the troubled life of the late princess was 2013’s Diana, starring Naomi Watts. It failed to impress critics. Now, however, two high-profile portrayals are on the horizon: Stewart’s and Emma Corrin’s in The Crown. Neither the film nor the show’s new season has a release date yet. Spencer is expected to begin filming in 2021, and The Crown will likely be released sometime in late 2020 or early next year.

Will either of these prestige projects make a mark during awards season? It’s too early to tell. But one thing is for certain: The dark underbelly of Buckingham Palace continues to capture Hollywood’s imagination.

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Disney Releases ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in 4K to Boost Cinemas – Variety

The Force is with U.K. cinemas this July as they plan to reopen doors with a remastered 4K edition of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” Variety can reveal.

It’s understood the planned screenings mark the first time a “Star Wars” film from the original trilogy will be screened to cinema audiences in 4K. European cinema giant Vue will show the film in the U.K.

Thus far, the 4K edition of the 1980 film — the second title in the original trilogy, in which Luke Skywalker studies the Force with Yoda as the Galactic Empire pursues the Rebel Alliance — has only been made available on the studio’s streaming platform Disney Plus and via Blu-ray, where it was released in late March alongside 4K versions of the seven other Skywalker Saga films.

The contribution of the title is a prime example of how U.S. studios are leveraging the might of their immense libraries to help the exhibition sector get back on its feet.

Variety understands “The Empire Strikes Back” is, in fact, among a number of titles Disney is offering U.K. exhibitors, who are eyeing a July 4 reopening date.

The country’s cinemas are among the last businesses to open as part of the government’s economic recovery plan. When they do restart, it will have been more than three months since they were first shuttered across the week of March 16.

Cineworld confirmed Tuesday that it will reopen its U.K. and U.S. cinemas on July 10. The Mooky Greidinger-run firm operates cinema chains Regal in the U.S., Cineworld and Picturehouse in the U.K. and Ireland, Cinema City in Europe and Yes Planet in Israel.

Vue is also believed to be eyeing an early July restart across most of its U.K. cinemas. The business released in May a number of COVID-19 measures that it plans to instate across its venues, including physically isolating family groups through Vue’s online booking systems, staggering film times to maintain social distancing and introducing enhanced cleaning and employee protection protocols.

Disney declined to comment for this story.

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Every Single Jurassic Park Film Streaming On Netflix UK From July 1 – UNILAD

Every Single Jurassic Park Film Streaming On Netflix UK From July 1

by : Emily Brown on : 17 Jun 2020 17:34
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I’m sure life would have found a way regardless, but it’s been given a little boost from Netflix, as every single Jurassic Park film will be soon available to stream. 

Cue the iconic theme tune…

Anyone still thinking dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago needs to take a long hard look at their reflection in the laptop screen and then hit play on these films, because they’ve made a number of epic comebacks since then.

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The two most recent films, 2015’s Jurassic World and 2018’s Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, are already available to stream in the UK, but fans of the franchise will soon be able to go back to its inception as the original trilogy will join the streaming service on July 1.

Start by joining Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in the first Jurassic Park, released in 1993, to find out where the dream of living peacefully alongside dinosaurs first started to go wrong – and to catch a shirtless Goldblum in his now-iconic reclining pose, of course.

Continue the journey with the 1997 film The Lost World, before bringing the original trilogy to a close with Jurassic Park III, released in 2001. Thankfully you can then skip the 14-year wait and get straight to Jurassic World and its sequel, in which Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard try their hand at wrangling dinosaurs.

Spoiler alert: it’s easier said than done.

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With the addition of the original trilogy on Netflix comes the rare opportunity to binge-watch a film series, and it will provide everything you need to know ahead of the release of Jurassic World 3, set to arrive next year.

Hold on to your drinks, folks, because the ground will soon be shaking with the giant steps of dinosaurs.

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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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Rutger Hauer’s Split Second Is Making Its Long-Awaited Blu-Ray Debut This Summer

Horror lovers and moviegoers of the early 90s will remember seeing the trailer for Split Second, though perhaps they never saw the actual movie itself. Rutger Hauer was at the precipice of his fame, and it seemed like you couldn’t walk into a theater throughout 1991 and 1992, to see any given movie, without having to sit through the sci-fi horror alien madness that is this cult favorite. And then, it was also tacked to the front of a bunch of VHS releases. Perhaps missing from some collectors’ collections here in 2020, MVD is making sure you don’t go a second longer without this fine piece of celluloid sitting on your shelf. And it comes packed with all-new extras.

MVD Entertainment is proud to announce the North American High Definition debut of the 1992 Sci-fi action cult classic Split Second on Blu-ray in an ultimate Collector’s Edition.

Split Second boasts an all-star cast that includes Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher), Kim Cattrall (Big Trouble in Little China, Sex and the City) and Alastair Duncan (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), with an all-star supporting cast that includes Academy Award® Nominees* Michael J. Pollard (Tango & Cash) and Pete Postlethwaite (Inception). From director Tony Maylam (The Burning), Split Second features creature design effects by Stephen Norrington (Blade) and a screenplay written by Gary Scott Thompson (The Fast and The Furious).

MVD Rewind Collection has teamed up with 101 Films to bring collectors a fully loaded special edition. Starting with a brand new high definition presentation overseen by Joe Rubin, the main feature is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, newly scanned, restored and color graded in 4K from the 35MM internegative, with uncompressed 2-channel stereo audio.

Split Second is packed with hours of bonus material produced by 101 Films exclusively for the US (and the UK) including brand new cast and crew interviews, new audio commentary, and rarely seen 1992 legacy features, an alternative cut of the film, deleted scenes, promos and more!

Exclusive for North America, the MVD Rewind Collection Collector’s edition of Split Second features newly commissioned artwork by The Dude Designs on both the wrap and a limited edition slipcover. Also exclusive for MVD’s North American release will be reversible wrap featuring a stylized version of the original VHS artwork that will also be featured on a mini-poster insert.

Eric D. Wilkinson oversaw this project on behalf of MVD.

You can check out the exclusive new Split Second art work here. This news comes direct from MVD Rewind Collection news.

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Art for Art the Clown: The Official ‘Terrifier 2’ Poster Released

Art the Clown is not fading away like a good soldier, no he’s being resurrected by an evil entity to make his return in Terrifier 2.

The official poster for the film was released last night and it has some pretty interesting things going on.

Lauren LaVera in “Terrifier 2” (2020)

According to the official Terrifier 2 Facebook account, this is just a teaser, there’s another render coming at a later date:

“So this IS the Official Poster for Terrifiier 2 (sic)!! HOWEVER, this is a leaked low res version that was taken from our indiegogo video. We have not yet released a HI RES version since people rip images from the internet so quickly and sell them illegally. But since this has already been circulating for months, we might as well own it! The official hi res poster will be released in the near future and it is [flame emojies].”

Terrifier 2 (2020)

The synopsis for this installment finds Art the Clown resurrected and back in Miles County where he, “targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.”

Terrifier 2

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“Harry Potter” actors are lining up to denounce J.K. Rowling’s attacks on transgender people / LGBTQ Nation

J.K. Rowling published a long rambling essay on her website to defend her ongoing social media attacks on transgender people, but it has been met with scorn and dismissal. Rowling’s excuses amount to little more than red herrings and complaints and a solid dose of female fragility tropes.

The actors who played characters in the movies and plays based on Rowling’s magical world, however, are forming their own version of Dumbledore’s Army to fight back against prejudice and lies.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter and is longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community, responded to Rowling through a statement posted to the Trevor Project website. The group supports LGBTQ youth and runs a suicide hotline.

“While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment,” Radcliffe says in the statement.

“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, also condemned Rowling’s tirade.

Watson tweeted, “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.”

“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”

I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.

— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020

Noma Dumezweni, who played a grown-up Hermione in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, also waded in on Twitter. The actor rattled off a list of trans icons and added, “As I honour mine, and the trans friends in my life, I’ll defer to their lived experiences, not their erasure.”

“And these are just the women! There is magic in listening. This [world] has stories for millennia. I know You Know all this,” she tweeted.

Fantastic Beasts actor Eddie Redmayne quickly weighed in, telling Variety, “I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”

“I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”

Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the series, also came out swinging on behalf of the trans community.

“I know so well what it’s like to find solace and a sense of belonging…from Harry Potter. I’m so sorry to any trans people who feel that’s been taken away or that this community is no longer that safe place,” she tweeted. “I think it’s irresponsible to discuss such a delicate topic over Twitter through fragmented thoughts and I wish Jo wouldn’t,” Lynch wrote. “I disagree with her opinion that cis-women are the most vulnerable minority in this situation and I think she’s on the wrong side of this debate.”

Here are my thoughts. Sending love to all. ❤️????????

— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) June 9, 2020

But actor Katie Leung, who portrayed Cho Chang in the movies, may have had the snappiest reply of them all.

“So you want my thoughts on Cho Chang?” she tweeted. “Okay, here goes…”

What followed was a string of links to articles about transgender women of color.

— Katie Leung (@Kt_Leung) June 7, 2020

Bonnie Wright, the actor behind Ginny Weasley, also spoke out on Twitter, saying, “If Harry Potter was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are Women. I see and love you.”

If Harry Potter was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are Women. I see and love you, Bonnie x

— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) June 10, 2020

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Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter Return in First ‘Bill and Ted 3’ Trailer – Rolling Stone

Bill and Ted set out to finally write the song that will unite the world in the first trailer for Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music, which is set to open in theaters August 21st.

The long-awaited film finds Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles as the titular time travelers, although now they’re stuck in the doldrums of middle age, and their band, Wyld Stallyns, is playing $2 taco night showcases instead of bringing the world together in rock & roll harmony.

In the trailer, a visitor from the future warns Bill and Ted that the stakes are now higher than ever, so — after a brief discussion on the nature of copyright law when it comes to time-traveling and stealing from one’s self — the duo jump back in their trusty phone booth and set out to track down their future selves and their life-altering song.

The trailer doesn’t offer too much in the way of plot points, but it does find Bill and Ted encountering some very muscular versions of themselves, and reuniting with their old foe and bandmate from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, Death (played by William Sadler). Bill and Ted 3 will also feature Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine as Bill and Ted’s respective daughters, Thea and Billie, who join their dads on their journey.

The cast for Bill and Ted 3 also features Kid Cudi (playing himself), Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor and Beck Bennett. Franchise creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon wrote the script, while Dean Parisot directed.

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Liam Neeson’s Mother Dies One Day Before His Birthday

It has been revealed that Liam Neeson’s mom has died just one day before his birthday.

The actor has had a lot of loss and heartbreak in his life so this is just devastating

Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson has had his fair share of heartbreak.

And this week’s news truly tops it off.

Liam is really at the top of the big-screen game.

The star, who was born in Northern Ireland in 1952, has been in some of the biggest productions of our time.

The big-screen native began pursuing an acting career in the mid ’70s.

And his breakout role came with the 1993 Holocaust drama Schindler’s List. 

The movie is based on the 1982 novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally.

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And chronicles Oskar Schindler, a Sudeten German businessman who together with his wife Emilie Schindler saved more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II.

Liam garnered an Academy Award nomination for his role in the acclaimed movie.

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And it well and truly shot him to box office fame.

The actor went on to headline several films in the ’90s.

Including the likes of Nell (1994), Rob Roy (1995), and Michael Collins (1996), and an adaptation of Les Misérables (1998).

But he had another huge wave of success in 1999…

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The actor bagged the role of Jedi mentor Qui-Gon Jinn in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

His career continued on an upward streak through the ’00s.

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In 2004, Liam starred in Kinsey which earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work.

The following year, he returned to the superhero genre as Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins, and voiced Aslan the lion for the first of 3 movie adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia.

And of course, who can forget?

One of his most popular roles to date came with 2008’s Taken where he portrays an ex-CIA operative on the hunt for his daughter.

Even in recent years, Liam continues to act.

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And his most recent work came just last year in Cold Pursuit. 

While Liam has had a star-studded acting career…

His personal life has been filled with heartache.

In 1994, Liam married English actress Natasha Richardson, with whom he had 2 children.

Natasha starred in the likes of The Parent Trap and The Comfort of Strangers.

But in 2009, tragedy struck. 

On March 18, 2009, Natasha hit her head during a skiing accident in Canada.

At first, she seemed to be fine…

And initially refused to be taken to the hospital.

But tragically she suffered an epidural hematoma…

And heartbreakingly passed away. She was just forty-five years old.

Liam spoke out about his wife’s tragic death in 2018.

“I was told she was brain dead. And seeing this X-ray it was, like, ‘Wow,’” he recalled in October 2018.

“But obviously she was on life support and stuff. And I went in to her and told her I loved her. Said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this. You’ve banged your head. It’s – I don’t know if you can hear me, but that’s – this is what’s gone down. And we’re bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come.’ And that was more or less it.”

And sadly, that wasn’t Liam’s only devastating loss.

In January last year, Liam’s nephew, Ronan Sexton, died 5 years after suffering a fatal fall.

He was just thirty-five years old.

In 2014, Ronan was out with friends in Brighton…

He climbed up the kiosk on the city’s seafront but slipped and landed on a concrete subway.

A police spokesperson said at the time of the incident: “Just after 4 am on Sunday a man climbed on top of a telephone kiosk outside Brighton Pier when he fell some 20ft to the ground, sustaining a serious head injury.”

And this week, it seems Liam has received some more heartbreaking news.

His ninety-four-year-old mom,  Katherine “Kitty” Neeson, has passed away.

The actor found out the news just one day before his birthday.

According to PEOPLE, the actor learned of his mother’s passing just one before his sixty-eighth birthday.

According to the outlet, Kitty died on Saturday, June 6 in Northern Ireland.

Devastating. Rest in Peace, Kitty.

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Pete Davidson on “The King of Staten Island” – CBS News

Pete Davidson is one of the most unlikely stars of “Saturday Night Live.” Just 20-years-old when he made his debut, and the character he most frequently plays is himself.

But what really makes Davidson a longshot is that when he was asked to audition, he didn’t even realize that “Saturday Night Live” was still on the air. “Yeah, I didn’t know it was still around!” he laughed. “When you’re 16 you’re not, like, watching political, midnight shows.” 

“How did that change your life?” asked “CBS This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil.

“Oh, drastically. I started getting taken seriously as a comic. It really changed my life.”

Now, at 26, Davidson’s life may be about to change all over again. He is co-writer and star of his first major film, “The King of Staten Island,” about a drifting twenty-something from New York’s least-celebrated borough. It’s a film, he said, that’s about 75% autobiographical. 

Staten Island also happens to be the place Davidson calls home.

Showing Dokouopil his house, the SNL star said, “I live in the basement.”

“Do you feel like Staten Island is part of you?” Dokoupil asked. “Is it in you? Are you a Staten Island guy?”

“I’m exactly what Staten Island is – someone living in their mom’s basement!”

In the movie, Davidson’s character is struggling after his father, a firefighter, dies in the line of duty. And if that doesn’t exactly sound like a comedy – not even with Marisa Tomeii as mom, and Bill Burr as the guy trying to date her – Davidson has had a lifetime to find the humor in it.

“I just always wanted to show where I’m coming from,” he said. “Pretty much like how a tragedy affects a family. And I think, like, there hasn’t been many of those movies that are, like, really honest and transparent.”

Davidson’s own father died responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center when Pete was just seven.

Dokoupil asked, “Do you remember the moment you found out?”

“I don’t remember the moment I found out, but I remember when I started to get curious, because a lot of his friends would be coming over. And he wasn’t over,” Davidson said. “I started to put two and two together that maybe something was wrong.”

“When people have something like that happen to them, often it’s like a dividing line in their life; there’s everything before, and there’s everything after. Did you feel like even though you were only a kid, you were already a changed person?”

“Oh, yeah, absolutely. One of my best friends is forever gone.”

But comedy became a way to cope, and as a teen he started doing open-mic nights in Manhattan, which lead to what he was sure would be his only season of “Saturday Night Live.”

“I was, like, 10, 12 years younger than everybody else. So, it felt like it was a joke. It felt, like, very Make-a-Wish-y!'”

“Like, a charity?”

“It felt like charity, for sure.”

“How confident were you then as a comic?” Dokoupil asked. “It sounds like you were but then also you weren’t?”

“I was really confident as a comic because, like, you have to be. When you’re on stage, it’s where I feel my most comfortable. But, like, off-stage, I never really thought I was – I don’t think I’m a great comic or, like, anything like that. I’m very self-hating.”

Judd Apatow co-wrote and directed “The King of Staten Island,” after already helped the careers of some of comedy’s biggest names, including Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen. He says Davidson has that kind of talent.

“Pete’s just one of those guys, you see him and right away you think that he’s gonna do great things,” Apatow said. “The most important thing about Pete is he’s just insanely funny.

“I always say to him, ‘You know, me and most of my friends, we had to make 12 really goofy movies before attempting to do something like this.’ I think there’s really no limit to what Pete can do. I mean, he’s a fantastic actor. He’s a really fantastic writer. He was a great producer. And so, I do think it’s just the beginning for Pete.”

But as Davidson’s career took off, his personal struggles deepened. And by 2017, he said, he was at his lowest, even at times suicidal.

Dokoupil asked, “How close did you get?”

“I got as close as you can get. I mean, just, like testing the waters. And until I met the right treatments and met the right doctors and did all the work that you need to do to, like, not feel that way, it got pretty dark and scary.”

“So, that scene in the movie where you close your eyes on the road, was that based on something that really happened?”

“Yeah, that’s true. I used to do that. That’s horrible to say. But yeah, I used to close my eyes on a closed road, usually at night. And I would drive without a seatbelt.”

But if 2017 was the worst year of his life, it was also the best, the year he found help, and – through the writing and making of his new movie – a possible way forward.

“I really wanted this to be, like, cleansing for me,” Davidson said.

Cleansing how? “I feel like I got to speak about it in the biggest way possible, and I could get my story out there. So I feel like, now I could, like, let it go.”

When asked if he thinks he’ll ever leave Staten Island, Davidson replied, “Maybe one day. But right now I feel really comfortable here.”

Whatever happens with the movie “The King of Staten Island,” Pete Davidson said the work itself has been worth it, and always will be.

“I made a tribute to my mom and dad. And I got to face, you know, these things I’ve been avoiding for a really long time head-on. And I couldn’t ask for, you know, anything more, really.”

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Story produced by Sari Aviv. Editor: Ed Givnish. 

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