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‘Sing 2’ and ‘Minions 2’ dated for a 2020 release, ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ delayed

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Sing may have lost to Zootopia at the Golden Globes earlier this month but that isn’t stopping Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment from setting a very awards season-friendly release date for the sequel to the animated comedy which has already grossed $429 million worldwide within just one month of being released.
The follow-up to the film about a koala bear who wears a bow tie and hosts an American Idol-style singing competition will hit theaters on December 25, 2020. Which studio executive thought this would be a good idea? I’d like to have a word with them about the dangers a potential sequel to this movie will pose. On a more serious note, from a business perspective, this was an extremely wise and unsurprising decision on the studio’s behalf given the fact that Sing has had a very impressive box office performance, earning more than $250 million domestically. Sing was written and directed by Garth Jennings and features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly.
Also announced by the studio this week was the delay of The Secret Life of Pets 2 which will be pushed back an entire year from July 3, 2018, to July 3, 2019. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough for you, Minions 2 has been moved up a week from July 10, 2020, to July 3, 2020. Even though minions has grossed a massive $1.16 billion worldwide since its initial release in June 2015, why can’t we just act like it was never even a thing and leave this franchise behind? We really don’t need another one. On the other hand, it seems fair enough to say that The Secret Life of Pets was a much better film than both Sing and Minions, so the sequel should have more than enough to potential to be just as good as the original, right? Why aren’t they moving this one up with the others rather than delaying it?
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Disney drops ‘Fox’ name from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures in rebranding effort

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Nearly a year after acquiring 21st Century Fox in a massive $71.3 billion dollar deal last March, the Walt Disney Company made the decision today to drop the “Fox” brand from two iconic Hollywood film studios: 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

As of today, 20th Century Fox will be known as 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures has simply been rebranded Searchlight Pictures. The move isn’t particularly surprising and was inevitable ever since last year’s acquisition, but is still notable given 20th Century’s 84-year history with the “Fox” brand attached to it.

While Disney wouldn’t offer comment on its rebranding efforts, the change likely had to do with the fact that the company didn’t want consumers to confuse its properties as being associated with Lachlan Murdoch’s Fox Corporation, which operates the conservative media empire Fox News.

Despite the changes today, though, Disney will make minimal revisions to the iconic logos for the two studios. “The most notable change is that the word ‘Fox’ has been removed from the logo marks,” reports Variety. “Otherwise, the signature elements — swirling klieg lights, monolith, triumphal fanfare — will remain the same.”

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Quentin Tarantino says he has written and will direct five half-hour episodes of ‘Bounty Law’

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that he’s bringing full five episodes of Bounty Law — the fictional Western series starring Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Rick Dalton — to the small screen.

During a recent interview with Deadline, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said that he will be directing five half-hour episodes of the show that have already been written, though it might be a while before we actually get to see them.

“It will take me a year and a half,” Tarantino said. “[Bounty Law] got an introduction from Once Upon a Tim in Hollywood, but I don’t really consider it part of that movie even though it is. This is not about Rick Dalton playing Jake Cahill. It’s about Jake Cahill.”

As for his inspiration for Bounty Law, Tarantino added: “Where all this came from was, I ended up watching a bunch of Wanted, Dead or Alive, and The Rifleman, and Tales of Wells Fargo, these half-hour shows to get in the mindset of Bounty Law, the kind of show Rick was on. I’d liked them before, but I got really into them.”

Whether or not DiCaprio will reprise his role as Rick Dalton for Bounty Law remains to be seen, but I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t. After all, Dalton is the star of the show and it really wouldn’t be the same without his involvement.

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‘The Lovebirds’ trailer finds Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae trying to solve a bizarre murder case

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“Every happy couple has one moment that defines their relationship,” is the tagline for The Lovebirds, the upcoming rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae which is set to have its world premiere at SXSW in March.

For Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae), that moment seems to be when they realize they’ve been caught up in a bizarre murder mystery and need to work to clear their names and solve the crime before the night is over.

The film, which was written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, reunites Nanjiani with The Big Sick director Michael Showalter and also stars Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, and Kyle Bornheimer.

If Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night was your kind of thing, it appears The Lovebirds will be right up your alley as well. I mean, who can resist a little crime-infused romantic comedy?

The Lovebirds hits theaters April 3.

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