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Removed Disney Plus Movie Will Be Returning Next Month

At the beginning of the new year, Disney Plus customers were outraged that the streaming site had pulled a number of titles including Home Alone 1 and 2, Dr. Dolittle and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Unlike other streaming competitors like Netflix and Hulu, Disney owns all of the content they put on the service. So why would they pull anything?

As it turns out, some movies were still under licensing agreements, meaning they would eventually expire on Disney Plus. While most of the attention went to Home Alone leaving (and understandably so), another beloved film taken off was the ‘90s classic, The Sandlot.

For those who haven’t seen it – but really, who hasn’t? – the film follows a boy who moves to a new town in the early ‘60s. Bored at the beginning of summer, he befriends a group of kids who all share the same passion,
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‘Cats’ and ‘Dolittle’: Here’s How Box-Office Losers Happen

At the box office, 2019 ended much as 2020 began: Studios are in crisis mode as they try to figure out how to get moviegoers into theaters. This is how Universal came to back two disastrous movies like the $95 million “Cats,” Tom Hooper’s movie version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical blockbuster, and the $175 million “Dolittle,” Stephen Gaghan’s adaptation of the children’s book classic “Dr. Dolittle.”

It’s easy to armchair quarterback. What were they thinking? What was it about these two costly projects that propelled them forward? Didn’t the risks seem obvious?

Here are the reasons why smart people at studios come to back such boneheaded movies.

1. They have global slates to fill.

This is the primary impetus for someone like Donna Langley, a veteran executive who champions edgy movies like “Get Out,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Fifty Shades of Gray,” and “Queen & Slim,” to push forward
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'Dolittle' Box Office: A Bruising Miss for Robert Downey Jr. and Universal

'Dolittle' Box Office: A Bruising Miss for Robert Downey Jr. and Universal
At one point in Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr.'s titular character tells his four-legged friends: "We have no choice but to embark on this perilous journey."

If only Downey and Universal could take back those words in the wake of the family pic's dismal launch at the North American box office, where it earned an estimated $29.5 million for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame. That includes $21.9 million for the weekend proper — less than Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2 opened to in 1998 and 2001, respectively, even without ...
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Hollywood Flashback: Original 'Dolittle' Bombed So Hard, It Nearly Sank Fox in 1967

Hollywood Flashback: Original 'Dolittle' Bombed So Hard, It Nearly Sank Fox in 1967
In all the Dr. Dolittle movies, based on Hugh Lofting's books, the doctor can talk to animals. However, he doesn't always connect with audiences.

Universal surely hopes its version, Dolittle, out Jan. 17, has a connection more like the 1998 Eddie Murphy comedy hit Dr. Dolittle than the 1967 Rex Harrison musical bomb Doctor Dolittle. That version almost bankrupted 20th Century Fox. What went wrong? Everything.

The film cost three times its original $6 million budget. There was tension on the set as Harrison referred to co-star Anthony Newley as a "Jewish comic" and a "Cockney Jew." Newley ...
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The 25 Best Films Of 2019 You Didn’t See

With today’s never-ending sea of content production, we all inevitably miss out on seeing at least a few films on our radar. Catching up the movies somehow passed us by is often how many cinema lovers spend the early months of the new calendar year. Unless you’ve been a-hankering for all the groundbreaking achievements that studios love to drop in January (buy your opening night tickets for “Dr. Dolittle” yet?), most trips to the multiplex will find your average film buff checking out the awards players and festival darlings which friends have been buzzing about for months that passed them by.

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Win A Family Four-Pack Of Free Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Dolittle

Dolittle opens in St. Louis, Friday, January 17th and Wamg is giving away a family four-pack of passes to the advance screening!

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett
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On Eve Of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Return, Eddie Murphy & Producer John Davis Talk ‘Dolemite’ And Cooking Up More Comedies

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On Eve Of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Return, Eddie Murphy & Producer John Davis Talk ‘Dolemite’ And Cooking Up More Comedies
Exclusive: Eddie Murphy’s return to the screen in Dolemite Is My Name has put him in the awards mix, and he seems poised to regain his position atop the comedy heap starting with tomorrow’s historic return to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years, and with a stand-up comedy special and reprises in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop. The latter will be at Netflix, which turned the long-gestating Dolemite project into a hit viewed by more than 40 million in its first two weeks. It’s the fifth movie collaboration between Murphy and producer John Davis — along with Doctor Dolittle and its sequel, Daddy Day Care, and the outrageous Norbit, in which Murphy played dual roles. Here, they talk about a long collaborative relationship.

Deadline: Eddie, what is the biggest thing John Davis has done to endear himself to you that you have now made five movies with him,
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"Doolittle"

Sneak Peek the new 'fantasy adventure' comedy feature "Dolittle", directed by Stephen Gaghan, based on the character 'Doctor Dolittle' created by Hugh Lofting, starring Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man"), Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen in live action roles, plus voice cast actors Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez and Marion Cotillard, opening January 17, 2020:

"...after losing his wife seven years earlier, eccentric 'Dr. John Dolittle' (Downey Jr.)...

"...famed doctor and veterinarian of Victorian England...

"...hermits himself away behind the high walls of 'Dolittle Manor' ...

"...with only his menagerie of animals for company.

"But when 'Queen Victoria' (Jessie Buckley) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure...

"...regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and encounters wondrous creatures.
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Robert Downey Jr. talks to animals in Dolittle character posters

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Robert Downey Jr. can do pretty much anything he wants thanks to leading the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a decade, and it seems that the first thing he wants to do now that he's free from the mantle of Iron Man is talk to animals. The upcoming Dolittle is the latest big-screen adaptation of Hugh Lofting's series of Doctor Dolittle novels and finds Downey Jr. starring…
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Robert Downey Jr. Definitely Thinks Animals Are People in Ridiculous ‘Dolittle’ Character Posters

Universal Pictures has released a series of character posters for Dolittle that kind of have to be seen to be believed. This massively expensive update of the Doctor Dolittle story reportedly went through some extensive reshoots overseen by three different directors, all for a movie in which Robert Downey Jr. talks to CG animals. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese couldn’t get his masterful crime epic The Irishman—with Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino—made at a traditional studio. Money well spent! Directed by Stephen Gaghan—yes, the guy who made those fun-loving, super cheerful movies …
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Brad Pitt is aiming to tie this Golden Globe record with a win for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Brad Pitt is aiming to tie this Golden Globe record with a win for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
The Golden Globes was the first major awards show to recognize Brad Pitt, giving him a Best Drama Actor nomination for “Legends of the Fall” (1994) and then awarding him Best Supporting Actor the next year for “12 Monkeys” (1995). He’s the odds-on favorite to claim a second statuette for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which would tie him for the most wins in the category.

The Globes hardly does repeat champs here, so just five actors have won two supporting actor Golden Globes:

1. Richard Attenborough, “The Sand Pebbles” (1966) and “Doctor Dolittle” (1967)

2. Edmund Gwenn, “Miracle of 34th Street” (1947) and “Mister 880” (1950)

3. Martin Landau, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988) and “Ed Wood” (1994)

4. Edmond O’Brien, “The Barefoot Contessa” (1954) and “Seven Days in May” (1964)

5. Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012)

Of the quintet, only Attenborough failed to get corresponding Oscar nominations. Three went on to win the Oscar for one of their
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20th Century Fox And The Oscars: A Storied Studio And Its Legacy At The Academy Awards

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Now that one of Hollywood’s great studios, 20th Century Fox, has merged into another named Disney, let’s reflect, as a form of final tribute to a proud former stand-alone major, on one of Fox’s great legacies: its Oscars. Its track record with the Academy is far better than the studio that just swallowed it up.

Since 1937, when the fabled Pico Boulevard studio got its first-ever Best Picture nomination for In Old Chicago (a movie that also won Alice Brady only the second Best Supporting Actress Oscar ever given), there have been a remarkable 78 Best Picture nominations overall (by my count) and 12 wins beginning with the studio’s first Best Picture triumph in 1941 for How Green Was My Valley, a decision that still causes controversy even today since that venerable John Ford classic beat Orson WellesCitizen Kane, considered now by many to be the greatest movie of all time.
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Kyla Pratt Joins Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Patty’s Auto’ (Exclusive)

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Kyla Pratt Joins Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Patty’s Auto’ (Exclusive)
Kyla Pratt has signed on to the multi-camera comedy pilot “Patty’s Auto” at Fox, Variety has learned exclusively.

Inspired by Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic–an auto repair shop with all female mechanics–the project is described as an ensemble comedy centering on Patty (Carra Patterson) and the eclectic women who work for her.

Pratt joins previously announced cast members Patterson, Joanna P. Adler, Sarah Levy, and Paola Lázaro. Pratt will play Tiny, Patty’s younger sister by a different father. The opposite of Patty, Tiny wears her heart on her sleeve. She gives manicures at the nail station inside the shop, and she gets frustrated with Patty for treating her like a kid, even when she acts like one.

Pratt made her onscreen debut at age seven, and is well-known for her starring role in the series “One on One” and for lending her voice to the lead
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Universal Moves Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ to January 2020

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Universal Moves Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ to January 2020
Universal announced on Monday that it is moving the release date for “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” from April 2019 to January 17, 2020.

The film will star Robert Downey Jr. in what will now be his first major post-“Avengers” role as the titular doctor who can speak with animals. Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent are also set to star in the film, with the animals being voiced by an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Marion Cotillard, Octavia Spencer, and Kumail Nanjiani. Stephen Gaghan is directing.

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Sources close to the project say Universal is moving the release back eight months to give it a more advantageous slot in the post-holiday season, with January giving the film more playability in international markets like China, which will have its Lunar New Year festivities around that time.
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in August 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in August, including more installments in the first season of the critically acclaimed Stephen King thriller “Castle Rock” as well as more of season 2 of the costume drama “Harlots” and season 4 of the comedy “Casual.” And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 3 of “Insecure” and season 4 of “Ballers.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the Oscar-winning “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Lost in Translation” and the recent nominee “Baby Driver.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in August

Available August 1

A Conspiracy to Rule: The Illuminati

American Gigolo

American Ninja

American Ninja III: Blood Hunt

Babe

Be Cool

The Beatles: Made on Merseyside

Black Hawk Down

Black Mask

Black Rain
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Robert Downey Jr. reveals the full cast list for Doctor Dolittle

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A complete new voice cast list has been revealed for Universal Pictures live-action animation hybrid, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the latest franchise vehicle for Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. leads the film as the physician who can speak with animals, Doctor Dolittle. Antonio Banderas will play a pirate named Rassouli and Michael Sheen plays Mudfly, two of the live-action roles alongside Downey.

Also in the news – Joel Edgerton joins Timothee Chalamet on cast of Netflix’s The King

The newest actors to join the film are Rami Malek as Chee-Chee the gorilla, Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab the duck, Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton the ostrich, John Cena as Yoshi the Polar Bear, Marion Cotillard as Tutu the fox, Carmen Ejogo as Regine the Lioness, Craig Robinson as Fleming the mouse, and Frances de la Tour in an unspecified role.

Previously, we reported that Emma Thompson will voice Polynesia the parrot,
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Additional Cast For ‘Doctor Dolittle’ Feature Announced

Robert Downey Jr. has taken to his social networks to announced the planned voice cast for the upcoming animated feature The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle. On his official Twitter page, Downey confirmed that he will play the title character of Dolittle in he movie. He will be joined by Rami Malek as Chee-Chee the gorilla, Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab the duck, Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton the ostrich, John Cena as Yoshi the Polar Bear, Marion Cotillard as Tutu the fox, Carmen Ejogo as Regine the Lioness, Craig Robinson as Fleming the mouse, and Frances de la Tour in an unnamed role.

I am most pleased to announce the stellar voice cast joining me on #TheVoyageofDoctorDolittle. #EmmaThompson @ItsRamiMalek @octaviaspencer #RalphFiennes @kumailn @selenagomez @MrCraigRobinson @carmenejogo @TomHolland1996 #MarionCotillard @RealFDLT @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/GmfjOCqv7w

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 27, 2018

Emma Thompson also stars as Polynesia the parrot, Selena Gomez as Betsy the giraffe,
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Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Michael Sheen, Ralph Fiennes and Selena Gomez join The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

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Author: Zehra Phelan

A whole host of names have jumped on board Universal Pictures live-action animation hybrid, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the latest franchise vehicle for Robert Downey Jr.

After taking Tom Holland under his wing in last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Downey will be teaming up with Holland as well as Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Selena Gomez.

Robert Downey Jr. leads the film as the physician who can speak with animals, Doctor Dolittle. Banderas will play a pirate named Rassouli and Sheen plays Mudfly, two of the live-action roles alongside Downey. The other four will voice talking animals.

Traffic and Syriana’s Stephen Gaghan will direct from a script he has penned. While Alice In Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman’s Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce alongside Susan Downey.

The film will be based on the 1922 book by Hugh Lofting,
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Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Movie Fills Out Its Cast

The full cast has been assembled for Robert Downey Jr.’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which includes Downey’s fellow Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland. The story about a veterinarian who can communicate with animals has long been a favorite in Hollywood, from the legendary performance by Rex Harrison 50 years ago in the the classic movie musical Doctor Dolittle, to a big screen update of the same name starring Eddie Murphy in 1998.
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Shazam! Brings in Walking Dead Star Cooper Andrews

New Line Cinema has added yet another new cast member to Shazam!, with The Walking Dead fan favorite Cooper Andrews coming aboard. This new report doesn't reveal the character's identity, but does state that he will play, "the foster parent at the group home where Billy lives." In the comics, after the death of his parents, Billy Batson becomes part of a large foster family that includes five other kids, and foster parents Victor Vasquez and his wife Rosa Vasquez. While there is no confirmation that Cooper Andrews is playing Victor Vasquez, it's certainly possible.

We reported earlier this month that It star Jack Dylan Glazer is playing Freddy Freeman, who, in the original comics, becomes best friends with Billy Batson. However, in the New 52 reboot comics, Freddy Freeman is one of Billy's foster siblings, along with Eugene Choi, Pedro Pena and Darla Dudley, and Billy's real twin sister Mary Batson.
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