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Tom Holland Wanted for Disney's Atlantis Live-Action Remake?

Tom Holland Wanted for Disney's Atlantis Live-Action Remake?
With his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in not only director Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home but The Russo Brothers' Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Tom Holland is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men.

And today we have word that the Captain America: Civil War and In the Heart of the Sea actor is being eyed for the lead role in Disney's planned upcoming live-action remake of their semi-hit animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Evidently, Disney intends to "stick fairly close to the animated film," and it seems that Holland is being eyed to play the role of geeky Smithsonian cartographer Milo Thatch, initially voiced by Michael J. Fox in the 2001 animated version.

While it might seem like a live-action remake of Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a strange plan for Disney, it could actually be one of their best ideas yet.
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Child's Play Poster Has Chucky Turning Toy Story Dog Into a Weenie Roast

Child's Play Poster Has Chucky Turning Toy Story Dog Into a Weenie Roast
We have yet another new poster for the upcoming Child's Play Remake that may offend the sensibilities of Toy Story fans. As it just so happens, this movie is opening on the same day as Toy Story 4 next month, which should prove to be one of the more interesting box office showdowns of the summer, as two very different varieties of toys that come to life will be duking it out for the hard-earned dollars of various moviegoers. The creative team behind Child's Play has been having fun with that notion, this time at the expense of Slinky Dog.

A previous poster, very similar to this one, took the same background from the Toy Story 4 character posters and saw Chucky dispatching of Woody. This time around, the murderous doll has turned his attention toward Slinky Dog, who is literally being roasted over a fire in some sort of cruel joke about hot dogs.
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John Wick Avenges Dead Slinky Dog in Twisted Toy Story 4 Fan Poster

John Wick Avenges Dead Slinky Dog in Twisted Toy Story 4 Fan Poster
Yesterday, the man behind Buzz Lightyear made a huge announcement about his upcoming sequel Toy Story 4. While having a fun conversation on The Tonight Show, Tim Allen let it slip that Keanu Reeves plays a new character. Who is this new mystery toy, and what will it be doing with Woody, Buzz and the gang? That hasn't been revealed yet, so Bosslogic, fan art extraordinaire, has taken it upon himself to imagine Keanu Reeves' character poster for the Disney&#8226Pixar sequel, and it's exactly what many of you were hoping for.

So far, we know that Keanu Reeves will be giving voice to a smaller toy, that has been compared to the Aliens from the Pizza Planet claw machine. He's also reminiscent of Buzz Lightyear in terms of his cadence and demeanor. That doesn't necessarily sound like John Wick. But as soon as the news broke that Keanu Reeves
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‘Uncle Drew’ and 5 More Movies and TV Shows Based on Commercials (Photos)

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Pepsi’s commercials featuring NBA star Kyrie Irving as the elderly basketball superstar Uncle Drew have become so popular that they decided to make a full-length movie out of it. Turning an idea for a 30-second advertisement into the basis for a full-length movie or TV series is the Hollywood equivalent of alchemy. But in our modern age of high-concept filmmaking, that hasn’t stopped studios from trying if they think an ad has a strong enough premise. Here are seven commercials that became something much more before “Uncle Drew.”

Cavemen”: Probably one of the most infamous examples of commercials becoming a TV show. “Cavemen” was based off a series of Geico ads about modern-world cavemen insulted by the insurance company’s slogan “So easy a caveman could do it.”

The commercial’s creator, Joe Lawson, turned it into a sitcom in 2007 that aired on ABC, and it is
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Exclusive: Danny McBride on whether a real Dundee movie could happen

Back in January, a surprise trailer arrived online for Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home, promising a sequel to the 80s classic with Danny McBride portraying Brian Dundee, the long-lost American son of Paul Hogan’s Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee.

Over the next couple of weeks, we discovered that McBride would be joined by Chris Hemsworth as Wally Jr., the son of John Meillon’s Walter ‘Wally’ Reilly, and further teasers continued to arrive online featuring Aussie stars such as Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose and Luke Bracey. A pretty impressive cast, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Well, as it turned out, Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home wasn’t actually a real movie, but rather a marketing campaign for Tourism Australia, which culminated with a Super Bowl spot that included a quick cameo from Paul Hogan, reprising his Crocodile Dundee role.
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The ABC’s Of Toy Story

The Toy Story franchise not only spawns three movies, but also includes a number of short films, products, and video games. It has become enshrined in pop-culture with multiple characters, catchphrases, and film moments people will never forget. Follow the journey of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang in this A to Z countdown.

The extensive list covers everything from the original trilogy and beyond. We dive deep into characters like Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Sid. Locations like Sunnyside Daycare and Pizza Planet are all broken down. We also take a look at some of the characters who have left over the years including Bo Beep, Etch, and Combat Carl. Toy Story is known for memorable songs, great holiday moments, and some really memorable villains including Lotso Bear and Emperor Zurg. Take a peek behind the curtain to meet various voices behind the characters. This includes the late Jim Varney,
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Christmas Story 2 Vs. Jingle All the Way 2: Which Is Worse?

Christmas Story 2 Vs. Jingle All the Way 2: Which Is Worse?
It's time to light a fire, get some eggnog, and settle in for some Christmas classics. And we know which ones are at the top of the list. A Christmas Story, Jingle All the Way, Christmas Vacation, Elf, and Bad Santa are certainly favorites. But a little unknown fact is that all of these movies have gotten sequels. You might not realize that because they are all equally terrible.

So which movie has the absolute worst Christmas sequel? Well, we can scratch Friday After Next off the list, because the original was never a Christmas movie to begin with. But at the top of the list surely has to be A Christmas Story 2. While the original is so popular that it plays for 24 hours straight on Christmas day, the only place you're likely to see the sequel is playing on a loop in Hell. Sure, it has some fans, but
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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Jim Varney Almost Starred in Horror-Comedy ‘Ernest and the Voodoo Curse’!

Jim Varney Almost Starred in Horror-Comedy ‘Ernest and the Voodoo Curse’!
“It was like the idiot version of Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Whenever I want to forget all of life’s troubles and watch something silly, I can often be found popping in one of the many films featuring late actor Jim Varney’s most iconic character, Ernest P. Worrell. The cartoonish buffoon, always wearing a blue denim […]
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Newswire: Tyler Perry’s Madea Halloween movie is getting a sequel

Just in case late October wasn’t scary enough, now we have news that another Madea movie is on its way. Deadline reports that Tyler Perry has just announced Boo 2!, the second film in his A Madea Halloween sub-franchise. Besides representing a real triumph over Jim Varney’s old Ernest movies—which only ever managed to score a single Halloween-based outing—the film will continue to allow Perry to tap into a younger audience than his more serious moral melodramas usually draw in.

The first Boo! brought in $75 million off a minuscule $20 million budget, making it pretty easy to understand why Lionsgate has given the sequel a go-ahead. Madea will return for more nocturnal shenanigans on October 20, 2017.
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Don Rickles Passing Casts Doubts On Mr. Potato Head's Role In Toy Story 4

New Music Express is reporting that with the tragic passing of legendary comedian Don Rickles on April 6th, the role of Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 4 may be in doubt. The film, which had recently been pushed back to 2019 to make room for The Incredibles 2, is still in the process of rewrites which means no one has recorded a word of dialogue for the film. This is not the first time this has happened to a Toy Story production as Jim Varney, who played Slinky Dog, passed away in 2000 shortly after the release of Toy Story 2. His role was recast for Toy Story 3 in 2010 by Blake Clark.

Even before the passing of Mr. Rickles, I questioned why Toy Story 4 was being made. I'll admit I had the same feeling before Toy Story 3 and that ended up being the best film of the bunch so
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Don Rickles Hadn't Recorded Toy Story 4 Mr. Potato Head Dialogue

Don Rickles Hadn't Recorded Toy Story 4 Mr. Potato Head Dialogue
Legendary actor and comedian Don Rickles passed away at the age of 90 earlier this week. Many of us are still very sad that he is gone, but he left behind a tremendous and incredible body of work for us to admire and enjoy for many years to come. For many younger folks out there, they probably know him best as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies. Disney and Pixar are currently working on Toy Story 4 and sadly, Don Rickles hadn't recorded any of his dialogue for the movie prior to his passing.

The Hollywood Reporter was able to confirm that Don Rickles hadn't yet recorded any dialogue as Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story 4. Pixar is reportedly in the process of doing rewrites on the movie and he had not yet been called in to record is part. It isn't clear how large of a role Mr.
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ABC Announces 2015 Holiday Programming Schedule

'Tis the season to annoy everyone by using "'tis the season" way too many times when talking about holiday stuff. Halloween hasn't even happened yet, but the Christmas decorations are already taking over drug stores so ABC is just going ahead and announcing its 2015 holiday lineup. It's something to look forward to after the candy is gone, anyway, and since the "Toy Story 20th Anniversary Special" and "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" are involved, you should definitely mark your calendars.

Here's a chronological list of holiday programming highlights, via ABC:

Friday, November 27

"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman"), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter,
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows

Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).

In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully
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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore Become ‘Blended’ in New Romantic Comedy

Usually after a date goes wrong the couple go their separate ways with the avowed intention of never seeing each other again. But according to the new Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy it seems such people are missing a trick, as you can use it as a springboard to get a whole bunch of free stuff. Posing as a happy man and wife in order to qualify for a holiday at a luxury resort, it isn’t long before the chemistry starts to flow and the former car crash daters fall in love for real without the need for pina coladas or the act of getting caught in the rain. This is the premise for Blended, the pair’s third movie together and the first to reunite them with the director who started their onscreen partnership in The Wedding Singer back in 1998, Frank Coraci.

With Sandler and Barrymore now firmly into middle age,
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Thn Advent Calendar Day 12: Ernest Saves Christmas

Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.

When compiling a list of one’s favourite festive cinematic offerings there are many important factors to take into consideration; does it evoke a sense of child-like wonder and magic even in the most stoic of hum buggerer? Is it a heart-warming tale that inspires goodwill amongst all men? And perhaps most importantly, is it chock full of slapstick kids comedy that’s seems surprisingly funny, but probably only because it’s on at 11am on Christmas and your already a little a bit tipsy from eggnog and mulled wine?

It is with these considerations in mind, a whole hunk of nostalgia and a
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Awfully Good: Ernest Scared Stupid

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Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Director: John Cherry Stars: Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt, Austin Nagler Ernest P. Worrell accidentally unleashes a gruesome troll that turns children in to wood. The Ernest movies are stupid. I don.t think anybody would argue that. In fact, the character of Ernest is such a bizarre choice to headline a film series when you think about it. What.s the guy.s appeal? He.s a denim-loving redneck who seems mentally challenged yet strangely eloquent....
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Toy Story of Terror! Trailer

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Toy Story of Terror! Trailer
Forget about Bates Motel and Motel Hello, the scariest motel of all is the one found in the trailer for Toy Story of Terror!, the first Halloween special from the Toy Story gang. Watch as Bonnie takes Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of her beloved bucket of childhood memories on vacation, where they are all forced to spend the night in one very spooky motel. When one of the toys goes missing, the rest of the gang gets caught up in a mystery that must be solved, or they will all suffer the same horrible fate. Coming to ABC October 16.

Toy Story was released November 22nd, 1995 and stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris. The film is directed by John Lasseter.
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A Student Winning the Jim Varney Scholarship Reminds Us How Unique the Actor Was

For many people, actor Jim Varney will always be remembered for his recurring role as dim-witted good ol’ boy Ernest P. Worrell – a silly fellow who meant well, but continually aggravated his neighbor and friend Vern. However, for Nashville student Alexander Weber, the late Varney (who died in 2000 after a battle with lung cancer) is more like a saint. While we all remember Varney’s bug-eyed antics, what we didn’t know is that the late actor – who starred in seemingly countless Hollywood films as his Ernest character (who, in some ways, feels almost like a precursor to Larry the Cable Guy and Tyler Perry’s Madea, if you can believe that) was also a bit of a philanthropist. His greatest gift was arguably The Jim Varney Scholarship, an...

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