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Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Announced Right Before Dog Day

Why Disney, why? It might be a coincidence, it might not be, but it’s still cruel of Disney to release an image of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil two days before International Dog Day!

 

 

I get it, I understand, D23 Expo is most certainly one of the places to announce new content, and Disney was busy pumping out show after show, from She-Hulk to the High School Musical series, but did they have to announce this new live-action remake right before International Dog Day?

 

 

Maybe they did it because they knew someone would write an article about it.

 

Boo Boo the Fool

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With Disney pumping out live-action remake after live-action remake, you might be getting sick and terrible of them all, but this one might just be a little different.

 

Maleficent

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Following in the footsteps of Disney’s 2014 Maleficient―which starred Angelina Jolie as the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty―in focusing on an origin story for one of the franchise’s villains. It was a good move, especially considering Maleficient is getting a sequel.

 

Glenn Close as Cruella

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The position is one that Disney has forced themselves into. Before this new wave of live action remakes, we had a live action remake of The Jungle Book in 1994 and a live action remake of 101 Dalmatians in 1996. Both received lukewarm reviews and had a small gross, enough to warren a live action sequel 102 Dalmatians (not related to the straight-to-video animated sequel 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure), but didn’t make enough to warrant a wave of live action remakes.

Of course, The Jungle Book was remade again in 2016, but both that version and the 1994 version strayed far enough from the original Disney movie, and both strayed incredibly greatly away from the Rudyard Kipling novel.

 

 

What what could you add to the original 101 Dalmatians movie? This is the position Disney finds themselves in, and thus they’ve decided on a prequel. It’ll be tough, given the original Dodie Smith novel doesn’t give us much in terms of backstory for Cruella.

 

Emma Stone

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Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone will be a young Cruella de Vil.

 

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Emma Thompson is in talks to play a new character called The Duchess

 

 

Details are scarce about the project, but maybe with this Maleficient-style prequel, we’ll get a nice Cruella de Vil who isn’t mean to puppies. It worked for Maleficent, where they convinced audiences around the globe that a person whose named literally means ‘evil’ wasn’t all that, so maybe they can convince us that a person with a name that sounds an awfully lot like ‘cruel’ isn’t all that bad.

Maybe then I can forgive them for announcing this news so close to International Dog Day.

 

 

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Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Cast Now Includes Millie Bobby Brown

In a new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the comic book characters from The Eternals will be taking the spotlight. The latest addition to the cast were announced at this years San Diego Comic Con.

 

 

Variety got the scoop for the MCU’s next phase while reporting on this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

 

Supreme Geek and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil brand-new franchise starters at the convention in late July. Chief among them is The Eternals, a series about godlike alien beings to be adapted by indie director Chloé Zhao (The Rider), which has widely been reported to star Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Richard Madden [Game of Thrones], as well as Stranger Things lead Millie Bobby Brown. 

 

 

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Based on the Jack Kirby created title The Eternals, the story is about superpowerful and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants that were created by the cosmic beings called Celestials.

 

Eternals by Jack Kirby Vol. 1 (Eternals (1976-1978)) by [Kirby, Jack]

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Further details about the plot and cast have yet to be released!

 

 

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Full Trailer For ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Has Dropped!

Good news for Disney fans! The full trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has dropped and it looks to be an exciting preview of the next chapter of the adventures of the villainess turned hero played Angelina Jolie. The sequel is follow up to the 2014 box office hit, which chronicled the tale of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of Maleficent, who was originally the villain of the 1959 animated film. Jolie will obviously reprise her role as the dark fairy, while Elle Fanning returns as Princess Aurora. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

The 2014 grossed over 700 million and was received positively by critics, although it received a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with criticism going to some of the changes made to the narrative of the original classic film. Still, Angelina Jolie was very positively received as Maleficent, easily channeling the dark coolness of the villainess.

 

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In the sequel, it appears the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora will be further explored. Maleficent has become an overprotective mother towards Aurora and is having trouble letting her adoptive daughter be married off to Prince Philip. What follows is a disastrous banquet, where Maleficent refuses to let Aurora be married to the prince and declares war on his Kingdom, calling for the assistance of magical creatures to her aid. The special effects look magnificent and the two lead roles look to be explored in even greater depth. If nothing else, we’re here to see Maleficent unleash hell and spread her black wings once more.

 

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil releases this fall on October 8th. Are you excited to see the dark mistress once more, against the backdrop of the fantasy world she inhabits? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

 

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Teaser for ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Arrives!

Exciting news for Disney fans! The trailer of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has arrived and it looks to be a darker tale than most Disney productions. Fan favorite Maleficent, the mistress of all evil, returns in this sequel to the 2014 version. The first film told Maleficent’s origin story, offering a different perspective on the classic Sleeping Beauty. The upcoming sequel will pick up a few years after the original, and will see the dark sorceress join with Princess Aurora to protect the kingdom from greater threat. The film will explore the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora, while crafting a beautifully realized fantasy world.

 

Maleficent stands side by side with Aurora, Maleficent wreathed in green flames and spreading her black wings

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The aesthetics for the film look on point, with Maleficent herself brilliantly portrayed by Angelina Jolie once more.  Jolie perfect embodies the role, with her pale skin, curved horns, wreathed in green flames and  imposing black wings topping off the look. Not to mention her smooth, yet almost mischievous, voice. Joining Jolie in the film will be Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Harris Dickinson as Prince Philip, and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.

The teaser doesn’t show much but it lets the viewers know this will be a darker twist on the source material, showcasing the moody interior of the towering castle in the kingdom, Maleficent attacking enemies to protect Aurora, and a glimpse of dark creatures flying down from the skies, as well as Maleficent spread her wings, looking like she’s ready for total war.

Are you excited? We sure are! Get ready to see the mistress of evil this October, as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil arrives October 8th.

 

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‘GoT’s Richard Madden in Talks to Join Marvel

Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame is now in talks to join Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani in Marvel’s Eternals. Jack Kirby is a name you should know. He once was Stan Lee’s boss, but after losing his job thanks to a crackdown on comic books he quit before coming back, now the writer-edit under Stan Lee at Marvel Comics. Infamously, he created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Menthe Hulk, and even the Silver Surfer.

 

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In 1976, Jack Kirby created The Eternals. The story goes:

Millions of years ago, the fictional aliens called The Celestials experimented on primitive humans and created The Eternals as an offshoot of the evolutionary process. Newly born, the Eternals are tasked to defend Earth, but find themselves caught in a war between their creators and their destructive counterparts, the Deviants, in what is already an eon conflict.

Eventually, the Eternals battle with Greek, Roman and Norse gods before leaving Earth to explore the stars.

 

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The film based on this property will be directed by Chloe Zhao and set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chloe Zhao’s previous film credits include Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider.

 

Chloe Zhao

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Scripting the new movie is Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The duo previously wrote Ruin and their near-future thriller Mimi From Rio is currently set up at Netflix with Ridley Scott producing.

 

 

Matthew Firpo

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According to Variety, Richard Madden, most famously Robb Stark on Game of Thrones before his infamous death scene, is now in talks to join the cast alongside Angelina Jolie, who played the titular character in Disney’s Maleficent and Kumail Nanjiani, who played Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Right now information is scare. In fact, much of the film is not known. We don’t know who Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani have been cast as and we don’t have a release date.

All we know that The Eternals, Black Widow and Shang Chi are all in development, but no specifics will be revealed until the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home this July 2nd.

 

 

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