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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Pushed Back 3 Months to Rework Lead Character’s Look

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Pushed Back 3 Months to Rework Lead Character’s Look
The live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie has been pushed back so that the visual effects artists can make adjustments to Sonic’s character, the film’s director Jeff Fowler announced on Twitter Friday.

It will now open Feb. 14, 2020 after being originally slated to be released Nov. 8 of this year.

Fans of the video game character were highly critical of the speedy blue hedgehog’s fur, his eyes, and most notably his human-looking teeth.

“Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” Fowler tweeted along with the hashtag “No VFX artists were harmed in the making of this movie.”

Sonic, as seen in the first trailer for the film, has individual strands of animated fur, a giant head, long, lanky legs, two far apart eyes that drastically differ from the classic mono-eye drawing of the video game character, and even human teeth.
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Quentin Tarantino Says He May Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to Make it Longer

Quentin Tarantino Says He May Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to Make it Longer
Quentin Tarantino is not wedded to the Cannes cut of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He and editor Fred Raskin worked hard to finish it in time to world premiere at his favorite festival on May 21, and Tarantino told me he wouldn’t have shown it if he wasn’t ready. As soon as he was sure he could deliver, festival director Thierry Fremaux alerted the news. But even if Sony struck three wet 35mm prints of the two-hour, 39-minute Cannes version, Tarantino can still go back into the editing room, Sony chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at the premiere. A decade back, Tarantino re-edited “Inglourious Basterds” after Cannes, as well.

“I may make it longer,” said Tarantino at the Hotel Carlton, the day after audiences first saw the movie that proved to be the hottest ticket of this year’s festival by far. Raskin’s first assembly was four hours,
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‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Final Look: Godzilla Will “Knock You Out” In LL Cool J-Inspired Trailer

Back in 1990, rapper LL Cool J had a mega-hit single, “Mama Said Knock You Out,” which featured the artist dressed in boxing gear and threatening to punch people. It was a massive hit for LL Cool J and was used in countless films and trailers for the next decade. Now, almost 30 years later, the song is being used yet again, this time to promote some hardcore monster on monster action in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

Read More: Summer Movie Preview: 35 Films You Shouldn’t Miss

At this point, do you really need something else to sell you on the upcoming ‘Godzilla’ sequel?

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Akira’ Film Rides Into Theaters in 2021

Warner Bros. has been trying to make a live-action Akira movie for years, and so many talented filmmakers have cycled through its development that I honestly never thought we’d see it happen. But it looks like director Taika Waititi is going to be the one to finally crack it, […]

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Tanya Saracho on ‘Vida’ Season 2 and Kicking Things Off with an Orgy Scene

From show creator Tanya Saracho, the half-hour Starz series Vida is back for Season 2, as Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) attempt to figure out the best way to approach rebuilding their mother’s business without it fully dragging them under financially. As the series continues to explore identity, culture, gender and sexuality through the lens of a Latinx family and their community, these previously estranged sisters must figure out what they want from each other, the relationships in their lives, and their futures. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, showrunner/writer/executive producer …
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Willem Dafoe Says ‘Lighthouse’ Co-Star Robert Pattinson Has the Perfect Chin to Play Batman

Warner Bros. has not officially announced Robert Pattinson as the new Batman, but the beloved “High Life” actor is currently the frontrunner to take over the role made famous on the big screen by Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. As previously reported, Pattinson is entering final talks to sign on as the lead in Matt Reeves’ upcoming 2021 tentpole “The Batman.” The role would give Pattinson the biggest role of his career and a second major upcoming studio gig after Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.”

Pattinson was in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival this week to premiere his new movie, “The Lighthouse.” The Robert Eggers-directed psychodrama debuted in Directors’ Fortnight to critical acclaim, with Pattinson and co-star Willem Dafoe earning instant Oscar buzz for their performances. Pattinson deflected all Batman questions, telling IndieWire’s awards editor Anne Thompson with a smile, “I am only answering questions about ‘The Lighthouse.’”

While
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Harrison Ford Has A Simple Answer For Who Can Replace Him In ‘Indiana Jones’ Franchise: “Nobody”

Harrison Ford has never been known to be the warmest and affectionate man on a movie set. So, it’s no surprise that during interviews, he’s willing to say things that might not be what the studio would like to hear. And in the case of talking about the future of the “Indiana Jones” franchise, Ford says things that really echoes what many fans have said over the last few years.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Release Date Delayed for Major Dental Surgery

In a surprise to few, Paramount Pictures has opted to push the Sonic the Hedgehog release date back by three months to further retool the design of the lead character. The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2019, but will now instead open in theaters on February 14, 2020. The first trailer for the live-action/CG hybrid film hit earlier this month, but was immediately followed by some backlash and ridicule relating to the design of the central character. The CG creation boasted human-like teeth and jacked leg muscles and… well it just looked …
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‘Booksmart’ Cast and Crew on What Movies Inspired Their New High School Comedy [Interview]

‘Booksmart’ Cast and Crew on What Movies Inspired Their New High School Comedy [Interview]
Booksmart is the film about female friendship for a new generation. What sets this film apart from Bridesmaids is that rather than focus on women in their 30s, the film chooses to focus on a pair of women on the eve of graduating high school. I spoke with a number of cast and crew on […]

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Women in Animation, Les Femmes s’Animent Announce World Summit Lineup

Cannes–Women in Animation (Wia) and Les Femmes s’Animent (Lfa) have announced the program lineup and initial list of speakers for the third Women in Animation World Summit, which will take place June 10 in conjunction with the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival and Mifa.

The summit will feature a day-long symposium of panels and discussions spotlighting top executives, filmmakers and artists from around the world covering a wide range of topics affecting women working in the animation industry today. Julie Ann Crommett, vice president of multicultural audience engagement at the Walt Disney Studios and Wia secretary, will kick off the summit and introduce the day’s theme of “Belonging.”

One of the program’s highlights will be a presentation by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, who will announce the results of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s landmark study focused on women in the animation industry, entitled “Increasing Inclusion in Animation.
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James Cameron Confirms ‘Dark Fate’ Will Be R-Rated & Will Feature Sarah Connor As A “Terminator Hunter”

Sometimes, we like to invite our readers to go back in time to remember a specific film moment. Today, let’s go back to 2015, the last time that the world was on the verge of seeing a new ‘Terminator’ sequel, “Terminator Genisys.” James Cameron, the godfather and creator of the series, went publicly and promoted the hell out of the film, touting it as the best sequel yet.

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‘It Must Be Heaven’ Review: Elia Suleiman’s Palestinian Satire Explains Why He Doesn’t Make More Movies

‘It Must Be Heaven’ Review: Elia Suleiman’s Palestinian Satire Explains Why He Doesn’t Make More Movies
Elia Suleiman is in every scene of “It Must Be Heaven,” but he only speaks four words. The writer-director-star finds himself in a New York taxi cab in the midst of a globe-trotting journey after fleeing his drab routine back home. Asked where he comes from, he replies, “Nazareth,” then clarifies: “I am Palestinian.” And that’s pretty much all you need to know. For the rest of the movie, Suleiman’s deadpan stare says it all, as the slapstick auteur’s latest installment in his ongoing chronicle of Palestinian identity settles into his usual playful routine. Once again, the Chaplinesque Suleiman drifts through an ambivalent world, and his solemn expression does the bulk of the talking.

Suleiman’s always a reliable charmer, with a penchant for funneling the language of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton into moving-image editorials about his troubled homeland. However, a decade has passed since his
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Sylvester Stallone: next Rocky film should focus on immigration

Actor outlines premise that ‘could work’ for franchise but says his all-American heroes were never intended as political symbols

Sylvester Stallone has said he wants to make a new Rocky film in which the boxer encounters an immigrant living illegally in the Us.

Speaking during a Q&A at the Cannes film festival, the actor said he had no plans to appear in another film in the Creed spin-off series but “had a great idea” for a new Rocky movie. He suggested the film would likely not be made, but “it could work”.
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Chloë Sevigny on That Time Bill Murray Took Her for a Joyride in a Cop Car

Chloë Sevigny on That Time Bill Murray Took Her for a Joyride in a Cop Car
If there’s one thing Bill Murray’s co-stars can depend on, it’s that the comedic actor will give them a good time.

Just ask Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver, who play fellow police officers opposite Murray in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die.”

“He brought us on a joyride in a cop car,” Sevigny said at the Cannes Film Festival for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s film podcast. “It was raining and we were waiting for the rain to pass. It was like a New England summer storm situation, and we were just sitting in the cop car. He’s like, ‘You guys want to go for a ride?’ and he just pulled out [of the set], didn’t tell any of the PAs, didn’t tell any of the producers.”

Murray then asked the two if they had their
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Now Stream This: ‘Barton Fink’, ‘Halloween’, ‘The Perfection’, ‘Kwaidan’, ‘Three Days of the Condor’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) There’s a long holiday weekend coming up. You know what that means? If you answered “It’s time to go outside and spend time with friends and family!”, get the hell out of […]

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie Pushed Back to 2020 Due to Character Design Changes

Paramount Pictures is pushing its “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie back three months, from Nov. 8 to Valentine’s Day.

The delay follows fan criticism over the appearance and design of the titular blue hedgehog — particularly his teeth and lean legs.

Director Jeff Fowler tweeted that it was “taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.”

Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie pic.twitter.com/gxhu9lhU76

— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019

Earlier this month, Fowler took to Twitter to address the backlash following the trailer release. “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes,” he tweeted. “It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the Best he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast.”

Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes.
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‘Killing Eve’ Star Edward Bluemel Demystifies ‘Passionate Man-spreader’ Hugo and His Link to Eve

‘Killing Eve’ Star Edward Bluemel Demystifies ‘Passionate Man-spreader’ Hugo and His Link to Eve
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 7, “Wide Awake.”]

On “Killing Eve,” Edward Bluemel’s character Hugo might be a new member of the MI6 task force, but he’s already created an intimate bond with agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh). While conducting surveillance of assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), who’s working undercover for them in Rome using a hidden microphone, Eve and Hugo sleep together. It’s only in the morning that he realizes he unknowingly had a threesome since Villanelle’s voice was on the other end of the earpiece that Eve was wearing.

Although this is just another disturbing sign of how Eve has begun to lose control and good judgment in the face of temptation, Hugo doesn’t seem to mind. Bluemel – who’s also been recently seen as Marcus on “A Discovery of Witches” and Sean in “Sex Education” – had to delve into his character’s psychology to
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie Delayed as Iconic Character’s Shapely Legs, Human Teeth Redesigned

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie Delayed as Iconic Character’s Shapely Legs, Human Teeth Redesigned
The “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie won’t make its November 2019 release date, director Jeff Fowler announced on Twitter Friday, saying that the team is “taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.”

The film, which has Ben Schwartz providing the voice of Sonic and also stars Jim Carrey, James Marsden, and Tika Sumpter, now has a Feb. 14, 2020 release date.

The news comes just weeks after the movie’s first full trailer drew fan criticism, memes, and home-made redesigns ignited by Sonic’s overall design. The video game icon’s stubby in-game appearance was replaced with a humanoid Sonic with long, lean runners’ legs, red sports shoes and — perhaps most disturbing — a full head of teeth.

Earlier this month, Fowler took to Twitter to say that the “message is loud and clear. You aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going tp happen. Everyone at
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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Release Delayed Three Months After Fan Backlash Forces Character Redesign

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Release Delayed Three Months After Fan Backlash Forces Character Redesign
Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler has announced his upcoming Paramount family tentpole is being delayed three months as he takes time in post-production to redesign the title character. Fowler posted on Twitter that “Sonic” will now open in theaters nationwide in February 2020, three months after its original November 8, 2019 release date.

Paramount dropped the official trailer for “Sonic” on April 30 and received backlash for changing the character’s look from the video game. Sonic’s eyes appear more circular in the film and his fur has been rendered with VFX to appear more lifelike. “Sonic” fans were outraged over the character’s appearance, so much so that Fowler announced May 3 he would be redesigning the character for the film.

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” Fowler wrote on Twitter in reaction to the trailer backlash. “The message is loud and clear. You aren’t happy with the design and you want changes.
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‘Booksmart’ Director Olivia Wilde Reveals Filmmaking Lessons Learned From Her Acclaimed Directorial Debut [Video]

“You can tell so many different types of stories in so many different genres; you don’t have to pick one thing. I think we have to allow ourselves as human beings to experience so many different things and try out all different kind of dimensions of our personalities and I think as artists, it’s really important to do that too” expressed “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde as she spoke on how to avoid losing herself to a singular vision – a theme very present in her directorial debut.

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