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Robert Downey Jr. has revealed the star-studded voice cast of ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’



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Around this time last year, news broke that Robert Downey Jr. would be starring in Universal’s adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle series, which is being directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan from a script he wrote, based on an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. Now that production on the project is officially underway in London, the entire voice cast for the upcoming live-action/CG hybrid has been revealed.

“I am most pleased to announce the stellar voice cast joining me on The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Downey Jr. wrote in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, attaching a photo which shows a picture of each member of the voice cast and their role in the film. Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent were previously announced as live-action characters.

The voice cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle features Emma Thompson as Polynesia, a parrot; Craig Robinson as Fleming, a mouse; Rami Malek as Chee-Chee, a gorilla; Carmen Ejogo as Regine, a lioness; Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab, the duck; Tom Holland as Jip, a dog; Ralph Fiennes as Barry, a tiger; Marion Cotillard as Tutu, a fox; Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton, an ostrich; Frances de la Tour as Ginko-Who-Soars, John Cena as Yoshi, a polar bear; and Selena Gomez as Betsy, a giraffe.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, the books follows the titular doctor, who only accepts animal patients, not humans, and can speak to them in their own languages. That being said, this should be the perfect role for Downey Jr. to take on, and here’s to hoping that this could be the next franchise for the actor to take his talents next after his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle will open in theaters on April 12, 2019.


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An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness



The Lighthouse Directors' Fortnight

One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”

That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.

Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.

I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.

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‘Joker’ just won the Golden Lion award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, because of course it did



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In its continuing effort to be the most bonkers fucking film festival on the planet, the Venice Film Festival jury has just selected Todd Phillips’ Taxi Driver/King of Comedy riff Joker as the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion award, while convicted rapist Roman Polanski received the second-place Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy.

Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shannon Murphy, the only two women directors who were selected to compete at Venice this year, both went home empty-handed, though Murphy’s Babyteeth star Toby Wallace did pick up the festival’s Young Actor award.

The complete list of 2019 Venice Film Festival winners is as follows:

Golden Lion
Joker; dir: Todd Phillips

Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski

Silver Lion, Best Director
Roy Andersson; About Endlessness

Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi

Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden

Best Screenplay
Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane

Special Jury Prize
La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Moresco

Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth

Best Film
Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych

Best Director
Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco

Special Jury Prize
Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez

Best Actress
Marta Nieto; Madre

Best Actor
Sami Bouajila; A Son

Best Screenplay
Jessica Palud, Revenir

Best Short Film
Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq

You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala

Best VR
The Key; dir: Céline Tricart

Best VR Experience
A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro

Best VR Story
Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson

Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz

Best Restoration
Ecstasy; Gustav Machaty

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Deck the halls with…bloody murder? The trailer for Blumhouse’s remake of ‘Black Christmas’ is here



Black Christmas

We were pretty jazzed to hear earlier this year that Blumhouse had begun production on a remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher classic Black Christmas and now, just a few months later, we’re pleased to inform you that we have an official trailer for the film to accompany that incredible one-sheet they dropped a few months back.

Imogen Poots stars here as Riley Stone, leader of the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters, who are preparing to throw a Christmas party as Hawthorne College quiets down for winter break. However, it isn’t long before one of them disappears at the hands of a black-masked stalker, who begins killing off sorority sisters around the campus one by one.

With the body count at Hawthorne rising, Riley and the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters begin questioning whether they can trust any of the men in their lives, including their own boyfriends, crushes, and professors. “Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims,” the film’s synopsis reads.

As excellent as director Sophia Takal’s update on Black Christmas looks, the trailer does seem to reveal quite a few different plot developments and twists, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, it’s probably best to avoid the trailer for now so you don’t unintentionally ruin anything for yourself.

Black Christmas hits theaters on Friday, December 13, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.

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