Disney has released another trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic “Dumbo.”
The movie company challenges fans to “find your courage” in the clips that show the dynamics between Hold Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, his on-screen children, played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, and the baby elephant with big ears after Dumbo and his mother are separated.
We also see more of Michael Keaton in his role as V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who owns Dreamland, as he tries to get the flying elephant from Danny DeVito as Max Medici, the owner of the failing circus and home to Dumbo, Variety reported.
“Dumbo” will soar into theaters on March 29.
Douglas Rain, the actor who provided the creepy, chilling voice of the HAL computer in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died Sunday in Stratford, Ontario, the BBC reported. He was 90.
Rain was a Shakespearean actor who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972, the BBC reported.
But he will be remembered for the calm, homicidal voice of the rogue AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction movie classic.
When the computer makes an error in the film, it leads Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) to decide to turn off HAL -- but the computer resists, leading to the deaths of four of the five members of the crew, NPR reported. Bowman manages to deactivate the computer, but the exchange between the astronaut and the computer made for riveting theater.
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that," Rain, as the voice of HAL, tells Bowman. “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
As HAL is disconnected by Bowman, Rain famously sings “Daisy Bell” as his voice fades away in a chilling coda, NPR reported.
The film won an Academy Award for Kubrick for best visual effects, the BBC reported.
Actor Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for playing serial killer Hannibal Lector in “The Silence of the Lambs,” said HAL influenced his performance, the BBC reported.
Rain was born in Winnipeg on March 13, 1928, and spent 32 years acting as Iago from “Othello” and Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” at the annual Stratford Festival, NPR reported.
He also had dozens of theater, film and television credits, according to the IMDb database.
Action film "Avengers: Infinity War," TV series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and rapper Nicki Minaj were among the big winners Sunday at the 44th annual People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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Meg Ryan has made a big announcement.
After dating for years, and even breaking up for a time, she and John Mellencamp are engaged, USA Today reported.
The star of such romcoms as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday with a hand-drawn picture of the couple.
Ryan was previously married to Dennis Quaid and dated Russell Crowe after she and Quaid divorced, USA Today reported.
She has two children -- a son with Quaid and a daughter adopted in 2006 after their divorce.
Mellencamp has been married three other times and has five children from his past relationships.
Ryan and Mellencamp dated for three years, but broke up in 2014, People magazine reported. He dated Christie Brinkley, but they broke up in 2017 and he and Ryan resumed their relationship then, USA Today reported.
“Breaking Bad” may be back in movie form soon, but there are still many questions surrounding the return of the popular show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan, is working on a movie but it is unclear whether it will be for theatrical release or made for television.
It is also unclear if the movie will be a prequel or if it will follow the timeline after the television show’s finale, Variety reported.
But despite all of the information that is not yet known, one thing that is known, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, is that the movie will be part of the “Breaking Bad” franchise.
Gilligan is expected to write and executive produce the movie, and could also direct. The executive producers of “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel, are also reportedly connected to the project, THR reported.
Production on the movie is expected to start this month in New Mexico. The state’s film office confirmed a movie is scheduled to be shot with the working title “Greenbrier,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The movie will follow the escape of a man who was kidnapped as he tries to find freedom, the Journal reported.
“Breaking Bad” aired for five seasons on AMC.
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Actor Wesley Snipes must pay $9.5 million to the Internal Revenue Service after he failed to convince a tax court that he does not have the assets to pay the debt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The IRS originally tried to collect $23.5 million in back taxes over a five-year span, but Snipes countered with an offer-in-compromise of $842,061 in cash, THR reported.
U.S. Tax Court Judge Kathleen Kerrigan on Thursday upheld the IRS decision, saying that Snipes did not provide sufficient proof of his assets and financial condition, according to THR.
A lien was filed against Snipes in August 2013, when he owed $23.5 million for unpaid taxes from 2001 to 2006.
"Given the disparity between petitioner’s $842,061 OIC and the settlement officer’s calculation of $9,581,027 as his RCP, as well as petitioner’s inability to credibly document his assets, the settlement officer and her manager had ample justification to reject the offer," Kerrigan wrote in her opinion. "Accordingly, we conclude that the settlement officer did not abuse her discretion in determining that acceptance of petitioner’s OIC was not in the best interest of the United States."
“Bohemian Rhapsody” opens this weekend in theaters, and the biopic film about rock ’n’ roll icon, Queen, is certain to draw interest from fans of the band that produced songs like “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
And, of course, the movie’s iconic title track.
Here are some fun facts about the song.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by lead singer Freddie Mercury and was released on Oct. 31, 1975. It was part of the album “A Night at the Opera” and clocks in at 5 minutes, 55 seconds.
The guitar riff that punctuates the song was written on the piano, guitarist Brian May told the BBC.
“The heavy bit was a great opportunity for us to be at full pelt as a rock band. But that big, heavy riff came from Freddie, not me,” May told the BBC. “That was something he played with his left hand in octaves on the piano. So I had that as a guide—and that’s very hard to do, because Freddie’s piano playing was exceptional, although he didn’t think so.”
The piano Mercury used to record the riff was the same one used by Paul McCartney when the Beatles recorded “Hey Jude.”
The song has several distinctive sections, opening as a ballad, stepping up the tempo with an operatic passage that crashes into hard rock. The song then slows down into a ballad-like coda.
The song has several terms that have been botched through the years: “Scaramouche” -- sometimes mispronounced by amateur singers as “Got a mooch” -- is a character that plays a fool in classic Italian opera. “Bismillah” -- no, not American conductor “Mitch Miller” (of “Sing Along With Mitch” fame) or even “Miss Miller” -- means “in the name of Allah.”
The video of “Bohemian Rhapsody” preceded MTV by six years and was made so the group did not have to appear on “Top of the Pops,” a hokey British music show.
“It was filmed with the express purpose of giving it to “Top of the Pops,” May told the BBC. “For those of us who remember it, it wasn’t a classy program.
“Top of the Pops” didn’t have a good reputation amongst musicians. Nobody liked it, really.”
The song went to the top of the pop charts for nine weeks in the United Kingdom and reached No. 9 in the United States in early 1976.
The song was long and quirky, but fans loved it. The headbanging scene in “Wayne’s World” when May’s guitar riff takes off remains a classic movie scene.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.
Fox has announced that the network’s next live musical will be the hit show “Rent.”
And the company has a few pretty big names cast as the leads.
Vanessa Hudgens will step into the role of Maureen. The character, who is a performance artist who protests a real estate development, was originally played by Idina Menzel on both stage and screen.
Hudgens starred as Rizzo in Fox’s live broadcast of “Grease” last year, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Maureen’s girlfriend Joanne will be played by Kiersey Clemons. Clemons is known for her roles on “Austin & Ally” and “Transparent.” She is also starring in the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.”
Singer and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Jordan Fisher will play Mark Cohen , an aspiring filmmaker, originally played in both the Broadway musical and film adaption by Anthony Rapp.
Brennin Hunt and Tinashe will play Roger Davis, a singer, and Mimi Marquez an adult dancer, who fall in love and who are both HIV positive, EW reported. Valentina, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will play Angel, a drag queen and drummer who falls in love with professor Tom Collins.
Collins will be played by Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” opposite John Legend.
Mario, who was discovered at the age of 11 and signed a contract with Clive Davis three years later, will portray Benjamin Coffin III, the former roommate of Roger’s and Mark’s who is now developing his old neighborhood, according to Fox.
The musical’s signature song “Seasons of Love,” which is normally performed by the ensemble cast, will feature “The Greatest Showman’s” Keala Settle.
This isn’t the first time Settle lent her voice to “Rent.” She sang “Take Me or Leave Me” with Anika Larsen for “From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando.” in 2016.”
“Rent” won a Tony and Pulitzer prize during its original run in New York City. It was written by Jonathan Larson and is based on the opera “La Boheme.” Larson won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the book, music and lyrics. The show also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical. Larson died Jan. 25, 1996, 10 days before his 36th birthday, according to Fox.
“Rent” will air live on Jan. 27, 2019 at 7p.m. ET on Fox. It will be played on tape delay for the Pacific time zone.
The live broadcast will be shot at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. and will be directed by the show’s original director Michael Greif who will oversee the stage direction, and Alex Rudzinski, who will oversee the live television side of the production.
A 12,627-square-foot mansion once owned by comedian-actor Eddie Murphy sold Saturday for $5 million, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom property, which sits on 2.5 acres, was sold in an absolute auction by DeCaro Auctions International, of Naples, Florida, the newspaper reported. An absolute auction means there is no minimum reserved. Murphy’s home is on the main page of the DeCaro Auctions website.
The Granite Bay estate also included a 5,200-square-foot guest house, the Bee reported.
The listing agent, real estate agent Nick Sadek, of Sotheby’s International Realty, said that including the buyer’s premium of $500,000, the transaction totaled $5.5 million.
Sadek said there were 16 bidders and the sale took five minutes. He said the winning auction came from a Bay Area investor, the Bee reported.
“We prepared 30 days to get word out about the auction, and the auction probably lasted about 5 minutes,” Sadek told the newspaper.
Murphy sold the mansion in 2007 for $6.1 million. The home was built in 1998, and the guest house was completed in 2004. Murphy lived in the home until it was sold in 2007, the Bee reported.
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