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‘Frozen 2’: How Disney Swooped ‘Into the Unknown’ With New Tech and Social Engineering

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With “Frozen 2,” Disney got more ambitious with its sequel, exploring the royal family backstory of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) while explaining Elsa’s mysterious magical ice power. There’s a colorful enchanted forest with earth, wind, water, and fire spirits, along with the monochromatic danger of the Dark Sea and what lies beyond. And it plays out as a contrast between the idealistic fairy tale qualities of Anna and the weightier mythological aspects of Elsa. This pushed Disney to embrace more of a social engineering approach to animation, with closer collaboration between departments, and also required the creation of a pivotal new tool.

The first challenge was the early musical “Into the Unknown” sequence (with music and lyrics by “Frozen” Oscar winners Kristen-Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez), in which Elsa runs out of the castle, led on a new journey by the musical voice in her head (singer
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How to Watch and Livestream This Week’s Impeachment Hearings

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The House impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump is again being broadcast live this week, with three days of public hearings. This week’s hearings began on Tuesday, November 19 and will end on Thursday, November 21. There will be a total of five hearings this week, taking place in both the morning and the afternoon.

Investigators for the House of Representatives are looking into whether Trump abused his public office for private gain, specifically in his dealings with Ukraine. From attempting to pressure the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden for corruption and asking Zelensky to investigate the conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine than interfered in the 2016 election — on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign — to White House officials concealing records of phone correspondence on July 25 between Trump and Zelensky, a number of government officials already testified about these impeachable offenses to Congress behind closed doors.
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Original Hulk Lou Ferrigno Has a Bone to Pick With Mark Ruffalo’s Smart Hulk

Lou Ferrigno made a name for himself in Hollywood by starring as the Hulk in CBS’s comic book television series “The Incredible Hulk,” which ran for five seasons from 1978 to 1982. Actor Bill Bixby starred in the series as Bruce Banner, with Ferrigno taking over the role whenever the character transformed into his angry green alter ego. For Ferrigno, one of the Hulk’s defining traits is the character’s hideous physical appearance. The Hulk is not supposed to be pretty, but apparently “Avengers: Endgame” didn’t get the memo. Ferrigno dissed the record-breaking Marvel movie during a recent appearance at Canada’s Hamilton Comic Con (via ComicBook) because of how attractive the Hulk was presented.

“What’s happening is that the first two Hulk movies, the CGI was improving, but the last one, ‘Endgame,’ I was disappointed,” Ferrigno said. “Because the Hulk needs to be hideous, he needs to be a creature.
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Kathleen Kennedy Says Kevin Feige’s ‘Star Wars’ Film Is “A Way’s Off” & Says Next Film Generation Still Being Figured Out

What’s going on in the world of “Star Wars”? Oh, not much. Just a new series already on Disney+ (“The Mandalorian”) and a new movie that’ll hit theaters right about the time the aforementioned show ends (“The Rise Of Skywalker”) in December. But what about what comes next? That’s a huge question on the minds of the fans given that “The Mandalorian” takes place in the past, and ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ is said to conclude the story of the nine-film Skywalker saga.

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‘American Factory’ Director Talks About the Challenge of Building Trust With the Workers

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‘American Factory’ Director Talks About the Challenge of Building Trust With the Workers
In “American Factory,” documentarians Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert explore what happened when a Chinese manufacturing company moved into a shuttered General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio. The film, crafted from over 1,200 hours of footage shot over three years, demonstrated an extraordinary level of access to American and Chinese workers, executives, and the factory itself — and Reichert said that creating relationships was key to getting such an unfiltered look.

“American Factory” picks up where Bognar and Reichert’s Oscar-nominated short, “The Last Truck: Closing of a Gm Plant,” leaves off. The former Gm plant in question is the one in Moraine, Ohio, just outside Dayton, which produced cars and provided solid jobs for thousands for nearly 30 years until it was shuttered in 2008.

The Chinese glass company Fuyao reopened the plant in 2016, employing many of those who were left jobless after Gm left town.

Reichert spoke via Skype from her Ohio
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Writer-Director-Producer-Star Elizabeth Banks Is “Proud” Of Her Box Office “Flop”

This year has seen several iconic franchises stumble at the box office. “Men in Black: International” seems to have killed the once-giant film franchise. “Dark Phoenix” was an embarrassing end to the two-decades-old ‘X-Men’ series. And just recently “Terminator: Dark Fate” seems to have finally killed a franchise that hasn’t been the same since 1991. The latest franchise box office disaster is “Charlie’s Angels” and it appears that filmmaker Elizabeth Banks is proudly willing to admit defeat.

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Henry Cavill Says He’s Not Done As Superman Just Yet: “The Cape Is In My Closet. It’s Still Mine.”

With Robert Pattinson taking over Batman, Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot firmly set as Aquaman and Wonder Woman, Margot Robbie and James Gunn attempting to fix Harley Quinn and The Suicide Squad, and Joaquin Phoenix doing whatever the hell he’s doing in “Joker,” the current state of the Dceu (or whatever it’s called) is in a bit of flux.

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Alex Ross Perry Talks ‘Her Smell’ Script & What Influenced The Unique Five-Chapter Structure [Interview]

The first page of Alex Ross Perry’s screenplay for “Her Smell” includes a pair of quotes not featured in the film, the first from top-hatted Guns ’n’ Roses shredder Slash and the second from Jawbreaker’s frontman Blake Schwarzenbach. The two epigrams implicitly announce that this will be a story about hard rock, self-destruction, and forgiveness, but their basic presence signifies something subtler: that this script contains snatches of meaning unavailable to those who have only watched its screen adaptation.

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Fede Alvarez To Produce ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Reboot & Direct A Horror Film Described As “‘The Shining’ Set In The White House”

Despite a bit of a creative setback with “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” Fede Alvarez has already proven himself to be a pretty great horror director with films like the 2013 “Evil Dead” remake and the breakout hit “Don’t Breathe.” Based on his work in those two films alone, it’s clear why Legendary Pictures wants to get in the Fede Alvarez business.

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Steven Soderbergh Plots Crime Thriller ‘Kill Switch’ With Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin & Sebastian Stan

While Steven Soderbergh finds himself in the awards season conversation this year thanks to his star-studded money laundering satire “The Laundromat” and sports drama “High Flying Bird,” the filmmaker isn’t going to take a breather anytime soon to bask in that glory. Never one to rest, Soderbergh has yet another project in the works. Though the filmmaker recently completed shooting the comedy “Let Them All Talk” for HBO Max, sources tell us the director is already plotting a packaged follow-up.

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‘Her Smell’ Exclusive: Download & Read The Screenplay For Alex Ross Perry’s Grrrl Rock Drama Starring Elisabeth Moss

Filmmaker Alex Ross Perry‘s “Her Smell” is one of the most ambitious and uncompromising films of 2019. Starring Elisabeth Moss in an unremitting, tour-de-force performances as self-destructive punk rocker in the vein of Courtney Love, or ’90s riot grrrl rockers Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill/Le Tigre, or bands like L7 or Babes In Toyland, “Her Smell” charts her struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

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Paramount’s Delay Of ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ To Completely Redesign The Lead Character Cost Far Less Than You Might Expect

One week ago, fans of “Sonic the Hedgehog” were greeted by another new trailer for the upcoming film. And unlike the trailer that was released months before, those who watched the new footage seemed to really like what Paramount had done for the look of the character. You know, after the studio spent an additional four months completely overhauling the design, delaying the film in the process.

Now, with the film on track, a new report surfaced that wants fans to know that the entirely new look of Sonic in the upcoming film didn’t actually break the bank, as has been previously speculated.

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Conflict Resolution: Jennifer McShane on Her HBO Doc about Policing and Mental Health, Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW, Jennifer McShane’s Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops is an eye-opening look at the game-changing San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit through the daily activities of two of its humble leaders. It’s also a master class in policing done right. At first glance the partners-in-fighting-crime protagonists of the film’s title seem straight from Cops central casting — hetero white macho males, one a military vet. But McShane swiftly disabuses us of any preconceived notions we might have with her very first, quite shocking scene, one in which the unassuming heroes […]
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Conflict Resolution: Jennifer McShane on Her HBO Doc about Policing and Mental Health, Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW, Jennifer McShane’s Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops is an eye-opening look at the game-changing San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit through the daily activities of two of its humble leaders. It’s also a master class in policing done right. At first glance the partners-in-fighting-crime protagonists of the film’s title seem straight from Cops central casting — hetero white macho males, one a military vet. But McShane swiftly disabuses us of any preconceived notions we might have with her very first, quite shocking scene, one in which the unassuming heroes […]
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‘Avengers’ Star Pom Klementieff Is The Latest To Join Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Sequels

‘Avengers’ Star Pom Klementieff Is The Latest To Join Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Sequels
Though she has acted in many French films over the last decade-plus, many film fans from around the world know Pom Klementieff from her role as Mantis in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” But now, thanks to a recent announcement from filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, the actress has another mission lined up that might help her shed her Marvel antennae.
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Henry Cavill Won’t Give Up Superman Role So Easily: ‘There’s Justice to Be Done’

Henry Cavill Won’t Give Up Superman Role So Easily: ‘There’s Justice to Be Done’
The future of the DC Extended Universe might be a question mark, but Henry Cavill says in a new interview with Men’s Health he will not being giving up the role of Superman so easily. Cavill appeared as the Man of Steel in three Dceu films directed by Zack Snyder: “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Justice League.” Cavill suggests what many fans believe when he says his movies in the Dceu got progressively worse.

According to Cavill, his Superman origin story “Man of Steel” was “a great starting point. If I were to go back, I don’t think I’d change anything.” The actor believes “Batman v Superman” is “very much a Batman movie. And I think that realm of darkness is great for a Batman movie.” As for “Justice League,” Cavill’s thoughts are blunt: “It didn’t work.” “Justice League
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After ‘Parasite’ Success, Neon Buys Rights To Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Memories Of Murder’ & Plans Theatrical Re-Release

Without a doubt, when the awards nominations begin to get announced, we’ll likely hear the film “Parasite” and director Bong Joon-ho brought up quite a bit. Not only was “Parasite” the big winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the family drama has been a surprise success at the box office for Neon. And this success has led to the distributor deciding to raid the Bong vault, so to speak, for what many consider his greatest masterpiece, “Memories of Murder.”

Read More: Bong Joon-Ho Explains His “Complicated” Feelings Surrounding News That The ‘Memories Of Murder’ Killer Has Been Identified

According to Variety, Neon has acquired the distribution rights to “Memories of Murder,” with the plan to launch the film with a new theatrical release and Blu-ray.

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2019-2020 Freshman Shows: What’s Renewed, What’s Canceled, What’s in Limbo

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Television moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Most likely because it’s been canceled before you even knew it.) This can especially be the case with new television, which is why it’s important to know what freshman series have been canceled — a word that’s actually being used less and less by television networks, even when that’s still what’s happening — renewed, or, at the very least, picked up for additional episodes.

IndieWire has created a gallery for those freshman shows, with updates on their current status and potential future. This list will be updated as the season continues to unfold, so to keep track of the triumphs and… less-than-triumphs of the 2019-2020 television season.

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Zoe Saldana Teaming With Director Reed Morano & The Writer Of ‘The Departed’ For Thriller ‘Sabaya’

For years Zoe Saldana has been one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood. Despite having quite a few films under her belt, including appearances in the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Avatar,” she has yet to find a project that allows her to fully shine as the star. Well, perhaps the upcoming film “Sabaya” will be the project that makes Saldana a true acting powerhouse in Hollywood.

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‘Justice League’: Former WB Exec Shares Her Support For #ReleaseTheSnyderCut But It Seems WB Still Isn’t Convinced

Over the last few days, “Justice League” has been making headlines yet again, due to the film’s rather bittersweet two-year anniversary. Celebrating the film’s release, stars such as Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Gal Gadot not only shared pictures from the film, but also showed their support for the social media campaign #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, which led to many fans wondering if, after all this time, Warner Bros.

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