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Deciding to Make Frozen II Was Much More Complicated Than You’d Expect

The idea of making a sequel to one of the biggest animated films of all time somehow seems more than just “obvious.” “Essential” is likely a better word. And yet, the filmmakers behind Frozen and the upcoming Frozen II say making a sequel wasn’t their first instinct and the road to get there was more than a little bumpy. Read More >>

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Dark Phoenix’s VFX Supervisor Opens Up About the Astonishing Jean Grey That Could Have Been

Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix will go down in history as one of the most perplexing of Fox’s X-Men films. It was a movie that didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be – or even who the X-Men are, frankly. One minute, the X-Men are jetting off into space to have a literally out-of-this-world adventure that brings them face to face with aliens, and the next, you’ve got Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey crying in a rainy alleyway. Read More >>

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Chris Morgan Talks Dark Universe Mistakes and Fast and Furious Crossovers

The idea was sound: to create a shared universe of Universal Monster properties. Cast massive stars, recruit top-notch talent, and build a massive franchise. If it worked, it would have been epic. Then the first movie, Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, was released... and the Dark Universe ended before it could begin. Read More >>

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The Lion King ‘Set’ Was a Bunch of VR Headsets in a Giant Warehouse

Long before Disney’s remake of The Lion King hit cinemas, it was a beacon of curiosity. Obviously, director Jon Favreau and his team weren’t going to film real lions, they were going to use digital technology to create all the animals, as he did with great success in The Jungle Book. But The Jungle Book is The Jungle Book. This was The Lion King, a remake of an even more popular, culturally resonant film. What would making this movie look like in real life? I was lucky enough to find out. Read More >>

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The Witcher’s Showrunner on Getting Video Game Fans Into the Series, and Season 2 Hints

When Netflix first pitched Lauren Schmidt Hissrich the idea of doing a series based on The Witcher, she turned it down. She was a fan of the books and video games – so much so she even included a bathtub Easter egg in the first season – but was afraid of taking on a fantasy saga. What finally convinced her? Getting to tell the story she wanted in a way that not just appealed to fans of the books, but the games which are even more famous than the source material. Read More >>

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Here’s Why The Witcher Auditioned 207 Other Guys for Geralt When Henry Cavill Was Right There

When Netflix revealed it was making a television adaptation of The Witcher, Henry Cavill immediately wanted in. However, producers still auditioned over 200 actors for Geralt before choosing him for the job. Why did it take four months and hundreds of actors before going with the leading man who wanted to be there in the first place? Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explains. Read More >>

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Details the Joy and Pain It Took to Play Scar in The Lion King

Chiwetel Ejiofor was at a train station when a phone call made him feel five years old again. The Oscar-nominated actor was in New York, on his way to Washington DC, when his agent called him and said Disney wanted him to voice Scar in a remake of The Lion King. Read More >>

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Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Filmmakers Answer Some of Your Biggest Burning Questions

Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn’t just put a full stop on Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it offers some tantalising hints at the future. That meant, when we spoke to director Jon Watts and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal about the film, we asked about those teases as well as a bunch of other things you may have been wondering after seeing the movie. Read More >>

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The Challenge of Making and Marketing Spider-Man: Far From Home, When No One Could Know What It Was About

Spider-Man being dead wasn’t a huge problem. One would think killing the main character of a movie about year before its release would be exactly that but, for the team behind Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was not. Instead, it was just the first part of a long-in-place plan to raise the stakes for not just one movie, but at least three. Read More >>

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This Fun Spider-Man: Far From Home Scene Was Cut, But You’ll Still Get to See it (and Its Star Wars Connection)

After you see Spider-Man: Far From Home next week you’re bound to wonder what happened to a few scenes from the trailers. One in particular, of Spider-Man messing with the NYPD, isn’t in the movie at all, so director Jon Watts told us what happened. Read More >>

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In Case You Were Worried, a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sequel Is Definitely in the Works

After the Oscar-winning success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, there was little doubt a sequel would be coming. And not just a sequel – spinoffs and more, too. Speaking with Gizmodo about Spider-Man: Far From Home on Wednesday, producer Amy Pascal gave us a small but encouraging update. Read More >>

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Dark Phoenix’s Simon Kinberg Took Inspiration From Nolan’s Batman to Bring the X-Men Down to Earth

There’s an unsteady, chaotic energy coursing through much of Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix. It almost feels like an extension of the existential crisis its titular hero finds herself in as she becomes the most powerful mutant to ever walk the Earth. That feeling, according to Kinberg, was a wholly intentional part of his directorial debut. Read More >>

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How the Team Behind Detective Pikachu Answered the Existential Questions Around the Movie’s Strangest Pokémon

Pokémon come in all shapes and sizes. Some are cute little sheep, some are giant bugs. Some are gods. Some are ghosts. Some are...your keys? They can get weird. Weird enough that one of the VFX teams behind the movie found themselves asking questions they thought they’d never have to ask themselves. Read More >>