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WATCH: First full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story drops

Star Wars nerds assemble! The first full trailer for the stand alone Star Wars movie, Solo, has just been released.

The Ron Howard directed movie looks pretty exhilarating as we are given a closer look at Alden Ehrenreich playing a young Han Solo alongside Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson.

The film is based on the coming-of-age story of Solo and a number of familiar characters, including Chewbacca who turns out to be 190 years old…

Check out the fresh new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story below!

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Jack Whitehall joins Dwayne Johnson for Disney movie

British comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall, will join Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for Disney’s upcoming movie, “The Jungle Cruise”.

Whitehall will play the key role of Blunt’s brother in the movie which is based on the classic theme park attraction.

Disney plans to make the movie in a similar vein to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with Jaume Collet-Serra directing and Logan writer, Michael Green, penning the latest draft.

Christopher Nolan predicts surprise Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars

Sunday’s Oscar ceremony produced a number of positive talking points on an otherwise successful night celebrating the best of everything film.

One movie that was mentioned on the regular throughout the night and indeed for the last few months, is Black Panther.

The latest Marvel release received incredible critic reviews and fan reaction as well as offering a voice for diversity in film.

Furthermore, legendary director Christopher Nolan offered his thoughts on the movie on Deadline’s Oscar round-up, claiming that he believes “Black Panther will among the Best Picture nominees in 2019”.

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Although a superhero movie has never been nominated for an Oscar outside of the technical awards before, Logan broke that duck this year when it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Additionally, there was plenty of suggestion that Wonder Woman would be nominated for a big prize, though that never surfaced.

Deadline claimed that a Disney executive had spoken about how hard they were pushing for Black Panther to be nominated, while another Disney contender comes in the shape of Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt.

WATCH: Wreck-It Ralph returns to break the internet in trailer for Disney sequel

One of 2012’s surprise hits was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph – the movie that followed an unlikely pair of arcade game characters searching for purpose before finding each other.

This time, they look to go one step bigger, taking on the big wide world of the internet – and judging by the new trailer Disney released today, we can expect similar fun from the sequel.

With eBay, IMDb, annoying pop-ups and click-bait headlines on show, it looks like the sequel will follow similar contemporary satire as we were treated to in the first movie.

Check out the trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2 below, which hits cinemas this November.

WATCH: Elastigirl takes centre-stage in new Incredibles 2 trailer

Last night we were treated to the first real look at the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s Incredibles with a new trailer.

One of the year’s most anticipated movies looks set to feature around Elastigirl, as promised by director Brad Bird.

The trailer also gave us a glimpse of a slimy looking businessman who is attempting to get the superhero family back into the fold. In addition, we see more of Jack-Jack’s quite terrifying powers.

So check out the trailer for Incredibles 2 below, which carries the typically Pixar humour and charm.

ALL superhero films coming out this year

We’re in February of a new year and a superhero film hasn’t been released…shocking I know. But don’t fret, Marvel’s Black Panther hits cinemas in the UK this week and to celebrate, here’s a look at all the superhero based movies released this year:

Black Panther – 13th February

Marvel’s first entry of the year hits cinemas just in time for Valentines Day. Early reviews suggest this could be one of the best and most significant of the Avengers movies with Chadwick Boseman donning the slashy title character’s suit.

Avengers: Infinity War – 27th April

Black Panther will make another appearance in this the third of the Avengers outings in which our favourite heroes square up to Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War) will be directing the latest chapter as well the climaxing sequel, with pretty much every MCU character featuring.

Deadpool 2 – 16th May

Our favourite foul-mouthed hero makes the much anticipated return and if the latest trailer that we were treated to last week is anything to go by, we’re in for plenty more blood and laughs. David Leitch takes over directing duties with Josh Brolin (yes, him again) playing Cable, Deadpool’s (Ryan Reynolds) latest enemy.

Incredibles 2 – 13th July

Sticking with Disney, although moving away Marvel, the long-awaited return of The Incredibles will end this summer. All the original characters return for Pixar’s latest offering although little has been given away premise wise.

Ant-Man and the Wasp – 3rd August

Back to Marvel and yet another sequel, with Paul Rudd joined by new sidekick Evangeline Lilly who dons the wasp suit seen at the end of the first movie. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m most excited about Michael Pena reprising his role as Luis who stole the show in the original film.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 2nd November

Marvel’s final entry of the year is the latest X-Men offering where Sophie Turner is set to steal the show as Jean Grey AKA Phoenix. All the regulars return along with Jessica Chastain for the latest bout, with Simon Kinberg helming the project.

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Aquaman – 21st December

DC had a bang average 2017. Where Wonder Woman soared, Justice League flew it straight back down to earth. Incredibly, Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) wasn’t the most annoying aspect of the movie so there are high expectations for his stand-alone movie which is DC’s only entry this year.

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So there they are – which of these are you looking forward to the most?

Please note, all release dates are UK based.

The Lion King lands Queen Bey

Jon Favreau’s live action remake of Disney’s classic The Lion King already boasts a hugely impressive cast. But it just got a whole lot regal with the addition of the Queen Bey herself, Beyonce.

The singer will play Nala in the movie after she made it official on her Facebook page. Beyonce has previous in animation, voicing in 2013’s Epic.

She joins Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogan, Billy Eichner and many more in the the incredible cast for the live-action remake of arguably Disney’s most loved animation.

The original Lion King, released more than two decades ago, remains one of the highest-grossing animated films ever, earning $968.5 million at the box office worldwide.

Disney has been remaking a number of their much-loved classics in recent years, the most recent of which being the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Click here for the full list of planned Disney remakes

The Lion King is set for a summer 2019 release.

All 16 Disney Classics Getting the Live-Action Treatment

Following the release of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last month and my blog entry questioning whether the live-action remake was necessary, here is a complete list of all Disney classics getting the live-action gloss:

The Lion King – Possibly the most beloved Disney movie is set to be remade by Jungle Book director, Jon Favreau. Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.

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Pinocchio – Daniel Hedges, who wrote the screenplay for ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?’, is working on a slightly darker, live-action remake based on the 1883 novel of the wooden boy who comes to life. Guillermo Del Toro has been working on a stop-motion version of the movie, while Ron Howard has been rumoured to direct Warner Bros’ take on it, with Robert Downey Jr. playing Gepetto.

Aladdin – Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct this remake, similar to the original. There’s also suggestion there will be a separate movie titled ‘Genies’, dedicated to the background behind the Genie – a difficult role to fulfil following Robin Williams’ portrayal in the 1992 original.

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The Little Mermaid – Not much has been mentioned about this one other than Broadway legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda teaming up with original Disney songwriter Alan Menken to recreate the songs that featured in the animated version of the movie.

Dumbo – Tim Burton, who already has experience when it comes to Disney remakes following ‘Alice in Wonderland’, is set to direct with Eva Green and Danny DeVito also signed up to feature. Colin Farrell is also rumoured to feature in some capacity with ‘Transformers’ writer Ehren Kruger behind the story.

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Cruella – Emma Stone is set to portray the fur-loving villain in this origin story behind the ‘101 Dalmations’ character. ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ co-creator, Alex Timbers, will be directing this one.

Night On Bald Mountain – This one will be a little unknown to some people but it’s actually a remake of a sequence in the musical classic, ‘Fantasia’.

The Jungle Book 2 – Following the success of the 2016 live-action remake, Jon Favreau is set to direct the sequel to the Disney classic after last year’s success. Writer Justin Marks and Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli, are both also set to return with the release date considered to be sometime in 2019.

Maleficent 2 – Another successful Disney remake/adaptation was 2014’s ‘Maleficent’ and like ‘The Jungle Book’, is set for a sequel, with Angelina Jolie returning as the wicked sorceress who originated from ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

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Peter Pan – Rather conveniently, the man behind 2016’s remake of ‘Pete’s Dragon’, David Lowery, will be directing the live-action rebrand of ‘Peter Pan’. The real-life version of the boy who never grows up is set for release next year and leads us on nicely to our next entry.

Tinker Bell – Peter’s beloved fairy companion is getting her own spin-off movie, with Reese Witherspoon playing the lead role.

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Winnie the Pooh – The honey-loving bear is set to get the live-action gloss with a story based on an adult Christopher Robin, and will be directed by ‘Spotlight’ writer and director, Tom McCarthy. There is also to be a biopic based on the man behind Pooh, AA Milne, released next year starring Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson.

Prince Charming – Many Disney movies’ focus is on a princess in some capacity, but this time that will be changing to the male side of things. It’s unclear however as to whether the Prince Charming in question is based on the character from ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.

Rose Red – Again, this is a take on an alternative character from a famous Disney movie. The first movie in fact – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. This time though, the focus is on Rose Red, the sister of Snow White who works with the dwarves to save her when she famously bites the poisonous apple.

Mulan – The live-action remake of the 1998 original is set to be released in November next year and Niki Caro is rumoured to be directing but there have been no suggestions as to who will be playing the lead role as of yet.

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Sword in the Stone – ‘Game of Thrones’ writer, Bryan Cogman is penning the script for this one. Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, which is released later this year, also shares a later affiliation to the story of the lead character.

Beauty and the Beast – Review

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Diversity is the main component that you take away from the new live action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. After 26 years since the original Disney animated version was released, the reformation of one of Disney’s most beloved creations has certainly been brought into the 21st century. But like its fellow recent live action remakes, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fails to live up to its animated predecessor.

Emma Watson plays Belle, an outcast of her village for not being a typical girl but instead she enjoys reading and has a keen eye for a new invention – a fresh trait of the character and the first indication of diversity in the movie.

When her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), is captured on his travels and locked away by the Beast in his castle, Belle seeks to rescue him, only to take his place in the prison. Once a handsome prince, the Beast is seeking true love to overturn a spell cast on him by an enchantress for his selfish ways as well as a number of household appliances who were once bubbly human beings.

There’s no doubting the image of the film is captivating. The CGI is done magnificently and as a result, there’s a beautiful artificial look to the movie. On top of that, there are moments throughout that allude back to the original animation, whether it’s the score in the background or just something as simple as a subtle facial expression from the Beast.

The problem with the movie, and it was the same with the similar remake of Jungle Book, is that the original animated version of the movie will never be outdone or emulate just how much they were loved by audiences of all ages. Of course, a lot changes in 26 years, and there’s no disputing that creating an updated version to match today’s social approaches is a positive factor. Most notable is Josh Gad’s Le Fou, sidekick of Luke Evans’ Gaston, who has caused much of a stir for appearing to be gay, although very subtly indeed and completely blown out of proportion on a political level. The changing portrayal of a Disney princess is perhaps more important as there seems to be a lot more to Belle than just a bog standard girl with typical female attributes – she certainly has a lot more to offer on a humanitarian level this time around. Two interracial couples that are revealed towards the end of the movie are also offering an insight into the movie’s diverse awareness.

Other positive aspects of the movie are the performances with Emma Watson putting in a solid performance as Belle and a number of pleasing cameos from the likes of Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. Arguably the best performance of the bunch however is Evans’ portrayal of Gaston – strong and confident, with an edge of humour about him, whilst also carrying a dark atmosphere at times. They all also perform exceedingly well during the much-loved musical numbers, which are beautifully depicted.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is an enjoyable watch and has many promising elements to it, but it is always performing in the shadow of its original, which has become so iconic for a generation. Referring again to ‘The Jungle Book’ and also to Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella’, they were never going to out-do their predecessors so it almost begs the question as to why make them as you come out of the movie just wanting to watch the original.

Finding Dory – Trailer

The first trailer for one of 2016’s most anticipated animated movies, Finding Dory, dropped today and it looks hilarious.

Idris Elba, Dominic West and Diane Keaton’s voices all feature, while Ellen DeGeneres returns as the friendly but forgettable Dory.

If Finding Dory is anything like its predecessor Finding Nemo, Pixar are onto another masterpiece.