Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
Star Trek Goes Beyond in New Trailer
The summer is poised to be a huge season at the box office with films like Independence Day: Resurgence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and Suicide Squad all set to open in June, July, and August. One of those summer blockbusters is the third installment in JJ Abrams’s Star Trek reboot Star Trek Beyond. Beyond features the return of the Enterprise crew, who is venturing into the depths of space for the first time. On their mission they encounter a very dangerous adversary, played by Idris Elba, who is kidnapping members of different races throughout the galaxy. Justin Lin is directing with a script from Simon Pegg. Check out the new trailer above.
Dory, Marlin, & Nemo Trek the Ocean in New Finding Dory Trailer
Pixar’s next summer film is Finding Dory, the sequel to their 2003 hit Finding Nemo. In this new installment, the focus shifts to Dory and her quest to find her family, whom she is starting to remember details about. In this new trailer, Dory, Marlin, and Nemo make it all the way to the Jewel of Morrow Bay — the Marine Life Institute — where Dory’s parents live. The trailer also features a community of new wildlife that become Dory’s new friends in the film. Dory is again voiced by Ellen DeGeneres and the film is directed by Andrew Stanton. Check out Dory’s journey and the Marine Life Institute — which is based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium — in the trailer above.
Disney Enchants With First Beauty and the Beast Teaser
The first teaser for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast is here and it is stunning! It is a shot-for-shot remake of the animated teaser, which debuted back in 1991. You can hear the voices of Lumiere and Cogsworth, played by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, and Emma Watson, who is playing Belle. The music is a haunting rendition of the original score from the animated film, and is so perfectly performed it will give you goosebumps. Beauty and the Beast features an all-star cast including Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline and is directed by Bill Condon. Be transported to Beast’s castle in the teaser trailer above.
John Carpenter Returning to Halloween Franchise
After more than 30 years away, John Carpenter is coming back to the Halloween franchise. News broke this week that Carpenter has signed on to executive produce the tenth Halloween film. The film will be released by Blumhouse/Miramax and could possibly be scored by Carpenter, who scored the first film. Carpenter is known as one of the forefathers of the horror movement, only second to the late Wes Craven who pioneered the Freddy films. Carpenter’s work on the first three Halloween films helped launch a genre that is still be honored today. Carpenter said that he is hopeful that Halloween 10 will be the scariest yet.
Live Action Little Mermaid Could Be Disney’s Next Project
Disney is in a season of launching live action remakes for dozens of films, from the above mentioned Beauty and the Beast, to this summer’s Pete’s Dragon, from Dumbo to Cruella — Disney knows these films perform well financially and are huge audience draws for the multiple generations who grew up on these films. While nothing is official yet, news broke this week that Disney is in early development talks for a live action Little Mermaid. There’s no way to tell if they would remake their original 1989 film or retell the story with a different spin, but if public interest in live action musicals is any gauge for success, then The Little Mermaid could be Disney’s next great project.
Netlfix’s The Little Prince Trailer Debuts
When Paramount canceled the theatrical release of The Little Prince earlier this year audiences were shocked. Especially because it has already been released in Europe a year prior and was considered the best animated film to come out of France. Thankfully Netflix has picked up the film, which is based on the 1943 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry book of the same name. The Little Prince features an all star voice cast including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, and Marion Cotillard. The film is about a young girl who meets an eccentric old Aviator who tells her a fantastic tale about a young prince. The film features 3-D animation and is set to be an enchanting edition to Netflix’s current slate of animated films.
New Power Rangers Film Poised to Become a Seven-Film Franchise
Lionsgate announced this week that they are very pleased by the response so far regarding their upcoming Power Rangers film. The film doesn’t hit theaters until next Spring, but Lionsgate is poised to find their next big franchise, considering The Hunger Games has already concluded its highly profitable run and the Divergent series will wrap up next year. Lionsgate’s CEO said this week that they would be open to doing five, six, or even seven Power Ranger films, if this first one performs well. One of the strengths of the film so far is the casting diversity, which could be a huge pull at the box office, considering most superhero flicks these days are led by mostly white casts. Elizabeth Banks could also be a strong audience pull as she was recently cast as Rita Repulsa, the film’s villain. With the possibility of seven films on the horizon, a young cast, and a superhero franchise that appeals to Lionsgate’s young adult audience, Power Rangers could be their next box office hit.
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to Moviefone and The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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