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Sadly, ‘Dumbo’ Never Soars | HuffPost

About midway through the latest shadow of Tim Burton’s former self ― you know it better as “Dumbo” ― the lifeless proceedings perk up for a minute, offering a glimpse of what the movie could have been. A scene set under the big top, where the titular baby pachyderm is poised to become the main attraction, finds circus performers conjuring large elephant-shaped bubbles that glide through the darkened tent like something out of a dream. Every particle shimmers in hypnotic purple. An acid hit, brief but potent. The moment is inconsequential. Its psychedelia bears little resemblance to the hypersaturated hues and dull developments that monopolize “Dumbo.” But it provides a window into the trippy potential of Disney’s latest live-action reboot, yet another property in which Burton squanders his...

Unraveling Some Of The Pop Culture References In ‘Us’

After dominating this weekend’s box office, Jordan Peele’s “Us” left audiences with a lot to process and discuss. Starring Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, who meets and battles her and her family’s doppelgängers while on a beach vacation, the horror movie contains a trove of pop culture references that shape the twisted tale. According to Peele, whose 2017 hit “Get Out” also drew on a wealth of cultural influences, the references in “Us” work “on two different levels and hopefully more,” he told The Associated Press — before adding that “there are many of these things that only I will ever know.” Here’s an attempt at unpacking at least some of them. (Minor spoilers ahead, but we’ve done our best to be as vague about the plot developments as possible.) Hands Across America The film opens...

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Takes Over Top Box Office Spot With $70.3 Million Debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday. “Us” took over the top spot at the box office from “Captain Marvel,” which had reigned for two weeks. The Marvel Studios superhero release slid to second place with $35 million in its third week. But all eyes were on Peele in anticipation of his sophomore effort. In today’s franchise-driven movie world, seldom has a young director been such a draw for moviegoers. “Get Out” opened with $33.4 million domestically before grossing $255.4 million on a $4.5 million budget. “Us” cost $20 million to make, meaning it’s already a huge hit for Peele and Universal Pictures.

‘Dora The Explorer’ Movie Drops First Trailer And Fans Have A Lot To Say

The first trailer for “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” a live-action movie based on the Nickelodeon cartoon “Dora the Explorer,” was released on Saturday and fans have initially given it mixed reviews. The movie, slated for release on Aug. 2, follows teenage Dora as she embarks on an adventure to save her parents and explore the lost city. The film’s stars include Isabela Moner as Dora, Eva Longoria as her mother, Michael Peña as her father and Benicio del Tori as the voice of Dora’s nemesis, Swiper. Fans were eager to weigh in as soon as the highly anticipated trailer dropped. You’re gonna tell me they’re putting all this effort into an edgy live-action Dora movie and there’s not one mention of Swiper? https://t.co/UtrcU0Bijb — Conchúr (@cj_oneill27) March 24, 2019 The Dora movie is taki...

Jordan Peele Promotes ‘Us’ With Sneaky Nods To Classic Horror Movies

While promoting his horror movie “Us,” opening Friday, writer-director Jordan Peele has been delighting fans with sly references to other horror classics, from “The Shining” to “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” On Twitter, Peele responded with quotes from the movies, after fans this week pointed out his sneaky nods, like doing interviews while wearing a red jacket and plaid shirt like those famously donned by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.”  Jordan Peele out here literally dressed as Jack Torrance. pic.twitter.com/TD5D9J2n3E — a common dog name (@MaxCorn) March 20, 2019 All work and no play…. https://t.co/opEOpI7FVH — Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 20, 2019 Before a Wednesday screening of the film for students at Howard University in Washington, Peele wore a red and ...

Official Trailer Drops For Sundance Breakout ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’

The official trailer for the Sundance Film Festival breakout “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” which has sparked conversations among viewers about gentrification and family legacies, was released Thursday. “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” a debut feature film by director/co-writer Joe Talbot, follows the story of Jimmie Fails, who is on a quest to reclaim the San Francisco home built by his grandfather in his hometown, according to a description of the film.  “As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation,” the film description read.  The A24 film is inspired by the real-life story of actor Jimmie Fails, whose character in the film has the same name. “The Last Black Man” also features ...

Keanu Reeves And Alex Winter Reveal ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Is Set To Hit Theaters In 2020

It seems that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s journey to make a third “Bill & Ted” movie has been anything but bogus. The stars of the goofy but beloved comedies “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989) and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” (1991) announced in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday that the next installment of the most excellent franchise is planned to hit theaters on Aug. 21, 2020 — that’s 31 years after the first film premiered. Filming for the movie is expected to begin this summer. The film will be called “Bill & Ted Face the Music” and will focus on the characters’ lives as adults with families as they attempt to “fulfill their rock and roll destiny.” In the video, both Reeves and Winter thank fans for their help in getting the movie made. “It is all because o...

See ‘Captain Marvel’ For The Feminism, Stay For The Space Cat

Marina: Completely agree on the clunky exposition, which definitely lost me at times. It also takes away from the movie’s many wonderful actors, who deserved more moments to shine. For example, it was thrilling to see “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan in a huge superhero movie like this — but she barely gets anything to do. I’m glad you brought up “Black Panther,” because for me, that’s another example of a film that works for both Marvel fans and regular moviegoers. And both are obviously huge landmarks for representation, so hopefully Hollywood will finally, finally stop being surprised when movies led by women and/or people of color make a ton of money, like both “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” have. Marvel does seem to be continuing their push for more diverse characters. They’v...

Captain Marvel Joins The Fight Against Thanos In ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer

Thanos might have a problem because Earth’s mightiest heroes are going higher, further, faster with the help of Captain Marvel.  The second trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” arrived on Thursday morning and finds the team ― sporting some new and improved matching suits ― banding together for one final mission to reverse the snap felt around the world.  The trailer flashes back to pivotal moments in each of the remaining Avengers’ lives, giving weight to the long-held fan theory that the installment will find the superheroes journeying through their past to remedy the rapture in the present.  We even get a peek of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) back on Earth, revealing Iron Man recovers from the wounds he suffered in “Infinity War” and returns from space.  “Even if there’s a small cha...

Here’s Why The Animals Don’t Talk In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’

When it comes to Tim Burton’s live-action “Dumbo,” we have to talk about the elephant in the room: Why doesn’t Dumbo talk? Disney’s 1941 animated movie tells the story of an outsider ― a floppy-eared pachyderm who overcomes his haters to take flight, largely with the help of his encouraging (and particularly chatty) rodent BFF, Timothy Q. Mouse. Though Dumbo and his mom, Mrs. Jumbo, aren’t particularly loquacious in the animated film, all the other animals seem to never stop babbling, including the crows, a stork and the obnoxious elephants who try to bring Dumbo down. From the upcoming movie’s trailers and teasers, it became pretty obvious the new cast of human characters, led by Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell, would be left to do all the talking. Other than Dum...

Lupita Nyong’o Says ‘Us’ Required Her To Go To ‘Dark Places’ Within Herself

Filming Jordan Peele’s “Us” proved to be an immense challenge for Lupita Nyong’o. The Oscar-winning actress dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, where she opened up about her dual roles in the psychological horror film, due out March 22.  “It’s a nightmare from Jordan Peele’s mind,” Nyong-o said of the movie, which is Peele’s follow-up to the writer-director’s 2017 smash, “Get Out.”  She stars opposite Winston Duke as Adelaide Wilson, a mother of two who is riddled with anxiety before she and her family venture to a California beach house. Once the vacation begins, Adelaide’s worst fears appear to be confirmed as she and her family are greeted by a group of strangers who look exactly like them.  “It was hard work ― oh, it was hard work! They’re very different,” she said of play...

Beanie Feldstein Says Queer Representation In ‘Booksmart’ Is ‘Completely Meaningful’

One of the most-buzzed-about movies to emerge from South by Southwest (SXSW) so far is the coming-of-age comedy, “Booksmart,” which marks the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde.  The film, written by Katie Silberman, follows straight-laced, overachieving teens Amy (played by Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) who decide to go out on a bender before they graduate from high school. Amy also happens to identify as gay, and from the sounds of it, “Booksmart” presents that attribute in a nonchalant manner. According to Page Six, the film’s queer-inclusive script held special resonance for Feldstein, who opened up about her own sexuality while speaking at a SXSW panel Monday.  “It was completely meaningful for me to watch the film. My partner is a woman,” said Feldstein, who starred in 2...

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