Director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins have unveiled the clever way they cast "Finding Dory," the long-awaited sequel to "Finding Nemo," the 2003 blockbuster hit from Pixar.
The people behind "Finding Dory," which was 13 years in the making, had some serious hurdles to overcome. They had to make a movie that would match the critical and commercial success of "Finding Nemo" and they had to cast actors whose voice acting would work well with that of "Finding Dory" star Ellen DeGeneres. Fortunately, the film's casting department had a great resource for potential voice actors: "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
"Sometimes casting can be the hardest thing because the editors have to find obscure clips from TV shows and try to cut them together with other characters to see what they would sound like," Collins told Entertainment Weekly. "But because it's Ellen, we'd be like, 'Well, what does she sound like with Ty Burrell? I'm sure she's interviewed him five times.'" more >>
The Wasp/Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) was considered for the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War," the film's writers and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently announced.
During a press event for the hotly anticipated superhero brawler, Feige and "Civil War" screenwriters Christopher Markus and Marcus McFeely told the audience that they had almost included The Wasp in the long list of Marvel superheroes appearing in the film. They also explained why they ultimately decided to hold off on casting the superheroine in the already packed Marvel spectacle.
"There were drafts where Wasp participated in the splash panel fight — the airport battle," Feige told the crowd. "And the truth is, it took away the fun of seeing her suit up for the first time — seeing her on that road to being a hero. We experienced that with Ant-Man in his own movie." more >>
Comedian Tracy Morgan sat down with Oprah Winfrey for her series "Super Soul Sunday" to share how his life has changed after the fatal crash on the New Jersey turnpike in 2014 that left one friend dead and him in a coma for two weeks.
During his interview with Winfrey that aired earlier this month, Morgan said while he was in a coma, he went to Heaven where he was met by his earthly father who had died in 1987.
"I was talking to my dad, he had this green … this green thing on," he recalled. "And I just remember him saying, 'I'm not ready for you, son.'" more >>
Though directors Joe and Anthony Russo have so far kept from revealing any telling details about the forthcoming "Captain America: Civil War," which hits theaters in less than a month, they recently teased that the much-anticipated superhero film could feature a mystery kiss that may take "Avengers" fans by surprise.
On Wednesday, April 6, the Russo brothers held a question-and-answer session about "Civil War," in which they hinted at a kiss between two unspecified characters, what Bucky Barnes/Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) is like in the film, and how the Marvel spectacle concludes.
When asked if fans can expect any public displays of affection in "Civil War," Joe tried to stay mum while Anthony was a bit more transparent. more >>
While on the set of "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," actor Vin Diesel fulfills his dream of singing with a gospel choir, belting out the tune, "Oh Happy Day."
"We are filming a scene in a church and I had a dream that the film would include a choir and we went through thousands of choirs and selected which choir would be in the movie," Diesel explained before making his choir debut in a video posted by Trinity Lewis.
Diesel joined the Sharon Riley and the Faith Chorale, a 13-member choir, on set as they shot the action movie, which is currently being filmed in Toronto. more >>
The sci-fi film "Edge of Tomorrow" which was released in 2014 was a certified "sleeper" hit after it grossed $100 million in the US and $270 million worldwide, owing not only to box office sales but also to DVD and BluRay sales after the theater release. It gained popularity among sci-fi film fans that rumors about a possible sequel kept popping out online. Now, a report in Deadline has confirmed that the sequel has found its writers and is on the way to development. The report cited the writing duo of Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have signed on to work on the film's screenplay.
According to the report, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie who wrote the screenplay for the first film, is also in talks to join the team behind the sequel as producer. Previous reports initially said that McQuarrie was helming the film this time around but McQuarrie himself denied this. Taking to Twitter, he said that it was Doug Liman who was returning to direct the film, saying that "there's no Edge without Doug."
A report in Polygon particularly said that McQuarrie will be helping in the writing of the screenplay. He is also working on another "Mission Impossible" film also starring Tom Cruise, which is why reports about his directing this time around were not likely. more >>