Disney’s Newest Feature Film “Encanto” May be its Best Yet
Posted on November 26, 2021, 10:00 am
Released the day before Thanksgiving, Encanto, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 60th film, centers on the Madrigals, a family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a place called the Encanto.
In a tale of magic, family, and unity, Encanto already has a 93% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from over 80 reviews.
“Disney’s 60th animated feature is among their best,” said Scott Mendelson in his review of the film, professional film critic and box-office analyst. “Even with some grim undertones and periodically downbeat thematic elements, it is a generally joyful and thrillingly colorful fantasy that’ll once again make us realize how much visual wonder we take for granted in modern animation.”
Many other critics, as well as general audiences, have shared similarly enamored responses to the story, songs, and overall experience of Encanto.
The film, a perfect event for families of all backgrounds this Thanksgiving weekend, is in theaters nationwide.
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Holiday Movie Release: “House of Gucci,” “The Beatles: Get Back”
Posted on November 25, 2021, 10:00 am
Thanksgiving has gifted movie-watchers with a deeper-than-ever look into the Beatles’ history, as well as Lady Gaga and Adam Driver telling the dramatic story of the Gucci name.
The Beatles: Get Back is a Beatles documentary directed by acclaimed Peter Jackson, which features over six hours of never-before-seen restored footage, including the Beatles’ last live performance. The film will be available on Disney+ over three days: November 25th, 26th, 27th. Get Back is a unique cinematic experience that takes audiences back in time to The Beatles’ intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history.
House of Gucci stars Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, Al Pacino, Camille Cottin, Jeremy Irons, Reeve Carney, Mãdãlina Ghenea, and many more. The film, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Roberto Bentivegna, is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control.
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Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement (Again) to Make a New Studio Ghibli Film
Posted on November 24, 2021, 10:00 am
It was nearly eight years ago when prolific Japanese director, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki decided he would “retire” after decades of beloved creations including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and many more.
In 2017, though, Miyazaki teased his fans with a reconsideration of his stepping away, as he confirmed that he would be directing a film based on a book by Japanese writer Yoshino Genzaburō.
Almost four years have gone by without an update regarding his creative return, but Miyazaki has finally re-emerged with a tell-all profile about his life, creative journey, and—of course—a few more details about his this new film, How Do You Live?
The film is about a 15-year-old boy living in Tokyo who is “small for his age and fond of mischief, and whose father recently passed. Not much else has been revealed, but fans of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli will be awaiting more news as time goes on.
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Jay Leno Returns to Acting to Play Ed Sullivan in Beatles Film
Posted on November 23, 2021, 10:00 am
It wasn’t since the 90s when former Tonight Show host Jay Leno appeared in a live-action movie as a character other than himself. Now, he is set to play Ed Sullivan in Midas Man, the upcoming film about Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
Co-starring Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage, Rosie Day, and Bill Milner, Midas Man tells the story of Epstein’s role and influence in pop music, particularly of the 1960s.
Leno’s appearance in the film as Sullivan will revisit some of the Beatles’ first appearances in front of an American audience as musical guests on the longest-running variety show in U.S. broadcast history, The Ed Sullivan Show.
Midas Man is still in pre-production. It will be directed by Sara Sugarman.
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Salma Hayek Receives Her Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Posted on November 22, 2021, 10:00 am
Salma Hayek recently became the 2,709th celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“If you think you aren’t good at it like I did, make yourself good at it,” the House of Gucci star told the crowd as she encouraged all to do what they loved and to do it well. “It doesn’t have to be the movies. Be your best at everything you do.”
Hayek also shared a scary moment at the beginning of her career in the 1990s, when she was nearly stabbed by a stranger on the same street she was being celebrated.
“Every time I thought about Hollywood Boulevard, this is what I remember,” the 55-year-old actress admitted. “The truth is that when I went home that night, I said ‘What am I doing here? Nobody wants me. I mean, I almost got killed today.’”
In addition to her struggles with the industry’s racism, Hayek still chose to stick with her passion for acting.
“If you ask yourself what gave me the courage to stay, I say it was you because although they didn’t know me, here in Hollywood, the studios, all the Latins that are in the United States knew who I was,” Hayek said. “They understood that I came here with dreams like they did.”
Hayek was honored by the Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao, and actor Adam Sandler.
“Salma is a person of incredible talent, depth, and compassion,” Zhao shared before Haye’s star was unveiled. “She is a woman who is brave enough to pave her own way and never allow anyone to put her in the box.”