Westworld Set and The Bachelor’s Mansion Burn In Raging California Wildfire

Three different wildfires are continuing to do horrific damage across California. The Woolsey fire in particular is affecting different sectors of the entertainment industry, including burning ABC’s The Bachelor/Bachelorette mansion and sets for the HBO series Westworld.

CNN reports that, so far, more than 250,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes statewide due to fires. Since many Hollywood celebrities are based in that area, they’ve spoken out on social media to say if they’ve been evacuated or seen their houses burn.

Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills burned almost to the ground in the Woolsey fire. The ranch set has been used by many Hollywood productions — from M*A*S*H and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman to Westworld. HBO’s Westworld is not currently filming at any location for its upcoming Season 3, and Paramount Ranch isn’t the main set for the show. That main set — which is also being used right now for HBO’s Deadwood movie — is at Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, and it has not been affected.

However, the church set used in Westworld was heavily damaged in the fire, and star Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) reacted to the “eerie” images:

HBO referenced the different Westworld locations in a statement on the damage:

The Bachelor, on the other hand, is filming right now — just not at the now fire-damaged Agoura Hills mansion. A production source told Entertainment Weekly the Bachelor mansion’s lower secondary house, used by production, has been destroyed. The back patio of the main house was burning before the area was evacuated. At this point, they don’t know the full damage to the property and won’t have a full report until the location is deemed safe for return.

Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted about the fire, with concern stretching beyond the famous mansion:

The Bachelor Season 23, with Colton Underwood, should be filming hometown dates right about now. However, the 7,500-square-foot mansion is owned by a family that lives there; they just move out twice a year when ABC uses the location to film the starts of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Obviously, the lives of humans and animals are more important than any property. The fast-growing Camp Fire in Northern California fire has already killed at least nine people, as the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires continue to rage across the state. We join everyone in hoping for a swift end to these horrors. Follow fire evacuation news for updates and to find ways you can help.

For fans of The Bachelor, the mansion will be shown pre-damage in the Monday, January 7, 2019 premiere on ABC.

How Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Grinch Is Doing Compared To Jim Carrey’s Version

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is as beloved as it comes, whether it’s the children’s book, the animated TV special, or (for some generations) the 2000’s live-action movie. It’s no surprise then that the latest retelling of the story, this month’s The Grinch from animation powerhouse Illumination, is already a hit at the box office. The animated movie is projected to bring in $66.2 million this weekend, which is an improvement over the last theatrical release of the classic tale.

Per Deadline, The Grinch got off to a solid start after it pulled in $18.3 million on Friday. Veteran’s Day is coming up on Sunday, which means a ton of kids will have the day off from school on Monday. That extra moviegoing spillover will help boost The Grinch’s opening even higher. As such, the film is currently projected to wrap the long weekend with $66 million.

That number is an improvement over 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which had a debut of $55 million. That live-action film was led by Jim Carrey in full Grinch makeup and directed by Ron Howard. While not too beloved by critics, the movie has a following from kids who grew up while it was in theaters.

That’s the situation that The Grinch finds itself in as well. Critics have been split on the film, giving it mixed feedback. The movie currently sits at 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, while the Jim Carrey version has a 52% fresh rating. However, both movies are geared toward families, and for what it’s worth, they seem to be loving The Grinch. The animated movie has an A- CinemaScore and a solid 4 stars and an 83% overall positive on PostTrak.

The Grinch had a 43% youth turnout on Friday night, and kids seem to be lovin’ it! Plus, the fact that the new movie comes from the house that created the Minions means that people are guaranteed a certain style and content quality.

Though the two are essentially the exact same story, the Grinch movies take different approaches on the classic material. Jim Carrey’s version was as hammy as it gets, but also took itself a bit more seriously and tried to flesh out the backstory of the Grinch. The Benedict Cumberbatch-voiced animated movie also gives the Grinch a backstory, but the movie is very silly with Illumination’s trademark slapstick humor thrown in for good measure.

The Grinch is almost guaranteed to be a constant during the holidays, but you can get in on the ground floor and watch the movie this weekend. Or you can plop in the old Jim Carrey version for old times’ sake. For more movie news, keep it right here at CinemaBlend.

Star Trek Discovery Is Probably Giving One Character A Spinoff Series

CBS All Access may not be the most popular streaming service out there, but because parent company CBS owns the Star Trek franchise and more, it doesn’t need to be. The powers that be fully understand that, and they’re continuing to find new ways to expand upon its flagship series Star Trek Discovery. The latest update? A spinoff series is in the works focusing on Michelle Yeoh’s shock-centered character Captain Philippa Georgiou.

Details on the project are still mostly unconfirmed, and Michelle Yeoh is reportedly just “in talks” to reprise the character for a completely different series. It has, however, already been confirmed that Yeoh’s Terran Emperor (Philippa Georgiou’s Mirror Universe iteration) will be back for Star Trek Discovery Season 2. According to Deadline, the spinoff project would reportedly be centered on the character’s experiences working within Starfleet’s Section 31.

The autonomous black-ops division of Starfleet would be a stellar hook for a new show, especially with Michelle Yeoh leading the charge. Star Trek Discovery went heavy on its Klingon war games tactics across two different dimensions, and Season 2 is only going to ramp up the space-faring chaos. As such, fans would probably be excited to get a follow-up series with a totally new set-up and slightly different genre elements.

This decision is both surprising and understandable. When Star Trek Discovery was in development, fans thought Michelle Yeoh’s casting meant that Captain Philippa Georgio would be a major part of the story at least throughout the initial season. But the character was shockingly killed off early on. Thankfully, the actress returned with a deliciously evil bent once the Mirror Universe came into play.

Yeoh’s performances were winning enough to make her an early favorite for a spinoff project as soon as it was revealed that producers were looking to keep building the Star Trek franchise up on CBS All Access. Currently, the spinoffs and more include the short-form character stories in Short Treks (which is currently streaming), the upcoming half-hour animated comedy Star Trek: Below Decks, and Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard standalone series. Ooh, if only Steward and Yeoh could share the screen in this universe.

Beyond the return of Philippa Georgiou, Star Trek Discovery Season 2 will also feature the debut of Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike, who serves as Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise and will aid in piloting the Discovery in some fashion. Fans will also get to meet Ethan Peck’s younger-generation take on Mr. Spock. IT and Mama creature actor Javier Botet will also be joining the show as an “old creature” whose identity is yet to be revealed.

Is Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou the perfect choice for a Star Trek Discovery spinoff? Let us know how you feel about it, and get pumped for Season 2’s big debut on CBS All Access. The episode will go live on Thursday, January 17, so be sure to tune in. While waiting, our fall TV premiere schedule will help you find other new and returning shows hitting primetime.

Crimes Of Grindelwald’s Nagini Has All The Same Questions As You

This is an exciting (but also confusing) time to be Claudia Kim, who landed the key role of Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Harry Potter fans are very familiar with Lord Voldemort’s Horcrux snake — or at least we thought we were. Now that we’re meeting Nagini as a young woman prior to her snake turn, however, we have questions that need answering in the next movies. Turns out, Kim has the same questions, such as these.

Claudia Kim posed these questions to J.K. Rowling’s official Pottermore site on the red carpet of the film’s Paris premiere. It’s clear she’s eager to delve into Nagini’s backstory and connect the dots between the character we meet in the second Fantastic Beasts movie and the one we know later in the Harry Potter books and films.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for this movie, and she’s writing all five planned Fantastic Beasts films. She’d only recently revealed that Nagini was actually a “Maledictus,” a carrier of a blood curse leaving the person (always a woman) destined to permanently turn into a beast.

Previews for Crimes of Grindelwald show Nagini’s closeness to Ezra Miller’s Credence Barebone, so we know they have a connection. But this film is set in 1927, and the final Harry Potter story already revealed that Neville Longbottom kills Nagini (and Moldy Voldy’s Horcrux inside her) during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.

So there’s a lot of story to cover in those years. As Claudia Kim noted, she at some point must meet Tom Riddle Jr., who later becomes the self-styled Lord Voldemort. Riddle’s official Pottermore birthday is December 31, 1926. So he’s clearly a lot younger than our Nagini, whose life as a snake is apparently very long.

Does she learn Parseltongue immediately when she turns into a snake? Is that how she bonds with Tom Riddle, who told Albus Dumbledore that snakes find him and talk to him? We hope Claudia Kim and viewers get answers in any of the next several films.

That said, J.K. Rowling had previously told Variety her five-film series would span 19 years — from the 1926 of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to, presumably, the legendary 1945 duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. So Tom Riddle would be about 19 at the end of this story, and it’s not clear yet if he will have a role in the final film. But Nagini is here now, so we’ll at least start following her story.

Fantastic Beasts 2 will arrive with its new twists and questions on November 16, and Fantastic Beasts 3 is expected to be released in theaters in 2020.

A Clue Cast Reunion Is Coming To Fox’s The Cool Kids

If you’re a fan of Clue, then The Cool Kids on Fox is about to get a whole lot cooler. The freshman comedy, which stars former Colonel Mustard actor Martin Mull, is bringing in a second Clue alum to tackle a role. Lesley Ann Warren is on board to appear on The Cool Kids. Miss Scarlet and Colonel Mustard, together again!

Lesley Ann Warren is slated to appear in an upcoming episode called “Charlie’s Angel.” She’ll play a widow in Margaret’s bereavement support group. Given that The Cool Kids is a comedy and not a drama about mourning loved ones, the bereavement support group will be featured as a great place to meet single ladies.

As you might have guessed from the title of the episode, Charlie has a large part to play in the episode and with Lesley Ann Warren’s character. Margaret decides that she will set Charlie up with this widow from her group. I’m no psychic, but something tells me that shenanigans will ensue! Given that Charlie is played by Martin Mull, we will probably see a fair amount of Mull and Warren on screen together.

The odds are pretty good that The Cool Kids will drop in some nods to Clue. What would be the point of bringing two actors from the beloved 1985 film back together again if not to include references to that film? I’m not sure that The Cool Kids would go so dark as to suggest that Lesley Ann Warren’s character is a widow because she murdered her husband, but we can’t rule anything out at this point.

Do murderesses usually attend bereavement support groups? Perhaps not. Then again, a lot of what happens on The Cool Kids probably doesn’t happen in real-life retirement communities. Viewers have a bit of a wait before they get to see Lesley Ann Warren in action with Martin Mull on the show. She’s not slated to appear until mid-January.

Unfortunately, Lesley Ann Warren is only on board The Cool Kids in a guest star capacity, so fans shouldn’t count on seeing her with Martin Mull on a regular basis. Maybe she could return if the show earns a second season order and her episode doesn’t end with the reveal that she killed her husband with a revolver or candlestick. Stranger things have happened on the small screen!

In addition to Charlie’s attempt to woo the widow, TVLine reports that the episode will feature Hank and Sid attempting to be appointed host of the Shady Meadows closed-circuit TV show. Whether or not you’re a regular viewer of The Cool Kids, this could be an episode worth checking out. Until the day a Clue remake really does happen, movie fans should enjoy whatever they can get from the original cast!

You can catch new episodes of The Cool Kids on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox as part of the fall TV lineup.

11 Disney World And Disneyland Attractions We Wish Were Still Around

Disney theme parks are perpetually being updated and upgraded over time. This means that the park has something new and exciting nearly everytime you visit. However, creating something cutting edge also often means eliminating a ride that is past its prime. This means there are many rides that have existed over the decades that many of us have never even seen, to say nothing on the ones we’ll never go on again.

While I’m generally in favor of the progressive attitude that is always looking toward the Horizon (that’s a joke, it’ll make sense in a minute if it doesn’t already), that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish all the classic Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions could still be here. Here are several that we still miss.

Journey Into Imagination

Technically, this ride still exists, but actually, it doesn’t. Journey into Imagination didn’t quite make opening day at Epcot, but it arrived shortly thereafter. This was an omnimover attraction that introduced two brand new characters to Disney history: The Dreamfinder and Figment. Dreamfinder was a bearded man and Figment was his dragon sidekick, created by Dreamfinder from his own imagination. The ride was light and fun and had an incredibly catchy theme song. “One Little Spark” written by the Sherman Brothers who wrote so many of Disney’s classic songs.

The ride was replaced with Journey into Your Imagination in 1999. It was shortened and Dreamfinder and Figment were gone, replaced, randomly, by Monty Python’s Eric Idle. The ride was so poorly received that it closed after only two years. It was replaced by Journey into Your Imagination, with Figment. That at least brought back the popular dragon, but it’s still not the same ride it once was.

ExtraTERRORestrial: Alien Encounter

ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter was a ride that was originally actually going to be designed using the Aliens property before it was decided an R-rated movie brand wouldn’t fit in a Disney theme park. Still, the ride was designed to be scary, as it was mainly supposed to attract an older audience, which Disney Parks had trouble getting in the gates in the mid-’90s. It consisted of a circular theater where the audience sat, viewing a terrifying alien in the center. The alien would “escape” and cut the power, putting guests in the dark. The attraction then used sounds, smells, and tactile feedback to give the audience the impression the alien was all around them.

The attraction opened at Walt Disney World in 1995, but was gone by 2003. Disneyland was in line to get its own version, but EuroDisney related cost-cutting scrapped that. The loss of this one is especially hard because Stitch’s Great Escape, which replaced it, really sucks.

Maelstrom

Epcot’s World Showcase wasn’t designed with all that many rides, and especially not of the thrill ride variety. This made Maelstrom, part of the Norway Pavillion, especially fun. It took you through Norway’s history, both real and mythological, in a Viking longboat ride that was a traditional long flume design. It wasn’t a super exciting ride, but as a way to get a taste of Scandinavian culture in a theme park setting, it was great. Besides, who doesn’t want to ride a Viking longboat?

The basic ride structure still exists, but Maelstrom has been replaced by Frozen Ever After, a more Fantasyland like storybook dark ride. I like Frozen, so I don’t hate the replacement entirely, but it was more than a little frustrating that we had to lose Maelstrom in order to get it.

The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride is the most recent loss on this list, having only shut down a little over a year ago, but the hole it left is already felt in our hearts. Disney’s Hollywood Studios was originally a working film studio, and the rides that were there celebrated the industry, not simply the creations of that industry. The Great Movie Ride took you through animatronic-based vignettes of some of the great classic movies of all time. Sure there were Disney productions like Mary Poppins, but also non-Disney features like The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain.

Once the Studio Tour stopped running, The Great Movie Ride was the centerpiece of what made Disney’s Hollywood Studio justify its name. Now it’s hard to understand why they don’t just change the name, again.

Main Street Electrical Parade

One of the most frequent things to change at Disney Parks is the parades. They often run once or twice a day, every day, for months at a time. And they’re big, so you’re going to see them, whether you like it or not. That doesn’t mean every parade gets replaced quickly. The Main Street Electrical Parade started at Disneyland in 1972 and ran until 1996. A similar parade started at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando in 1977 and ran until 1991. The parade has been on again and off again at many Disney parks over the years, but a return engagement of the Walt Disney World version over at Disneyland wrapped in August of 2017, and the parade has been gone since then.

Personally, I am a huge fan of the Paint the Night parade, which was the spiritual successor the Main Street Electrical Parade, but it just ended a run at Disney’s California Adventure and it’s unclear if we’ll see it again either. Regardless, there’s nothing quite like the original, and that incredible theme song is unforgettable.

Skyway

The Skyway at Disneyland was one part ride and one part transportation. It picked you at Fantasyland and took you to Tomorrowland, or vice versa if you were so inclined. Along the way, it gave you a bird’s eye view of Disneyland and even passed inside the Matterhorn mountain.

The Skyway wasn’t thrilling or even remarkable, save for the view it gave you. That’s what’s really missed. The massive majesty of Disneyland is hard to really take into account except from that unique angle. Disneyland is designed in such a way that when you stand in each land, it feels like the rest of the park doesn’t exist. With the Skyway, you could really see just what Disneyland as a complete place was really like, and with the new and upcoming expansions, the view would be even more amazing now.

Horizons

Horizons was located in Epcot’s Future World and was an omnimover attraction that took the guests through different visions of the future of humanity. It’s often viewed as a sequel to the Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom. However, as Horizons was much newer, it was also much more interactive, including giving guests the ability to choose their own ending to the ride, something which is still unique among most theme park experiences today. The ride opened in 1983 and closed for good in 1999.

The closing of Horizons is an odd case because the generally accepted reason for closing such a fan favorite attraction has been attributed to a sinkhole that was growing beneath the building. To continue on, Horizons would have needed a major overhaul, and there was no sponsor around to pay for such a change. Instead, Disney demolished the entire thing and rebuilt a new building that now houses Mission: Space.

Circle-Vision 360 – The Timekeeper

Circle-Vision movies are 360-degree movies that came from an idea devised by Walt Disney himself. Many different films have been created in the Circle-Vision format over the years and a couple still run at the China and Canada Pavilions at Epcot, but one of the most fun is gone. The Timekeeper was a Circle-Vision film that saw The eponymous character take the viewer through time, sending the Circle-Vision camera Nine-Eyes into the past via time travel, showing off a number of different eras in 360-degree glory.

The Timekeeper was special for a couple of reasons. First, it was one of the few Circle-Vision films that had a story and wasn’t simply a bunch of pretty landscapes. Second, The Timekeeper was voiced by Robin Williams, and even if we got a totally sweet Aladdin ride in the future, it wouldn’t have Robin and that’s more than a little sad.

Disneyland PeopleMover

While not every Disney Parks attraction needs to be a thrill ride, nothing is quite so far on the opposite end of the spectrum as the PeopleMover. Devised as a futuristic mode of transportation, which thus far hasn’t come close to being adopted, the PeopleMover went all over Tomorrowland, inside some attractions, and also some places you couldn’t see any other way. It was slow and methodical, but it was also a long ride, making it a great way to rest your feet during a long day at the park.

This ride is only sort of gone, as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is still in operation at Walt Disney World, but the ride has been defunct at Disneyland since 1995. It was replaced with a new ride, Rocket Rods, which were poorly thought, damaged the PeopleMover track and then was removed after only a few years. Now the PeopleMover track just sort of sits there reminding us of what used to be.

Rocket to the Moon/Mission to Mars

Rocket to the Moon was an opening day attraction at Disneyland that became Mission to Mars in the 1970s after man had been to the moon, but it only closed for good in the early 1990s. It put guests on board a spacecraft, with screens on the floor and ceiling of the attraction to show guests what was happening outside the ship. Seats would simulate ship impacts and G-Forces along the way.

By today’s standards Mission to Mars really doesn’t do anything all that special. Other rides, like Star Tours create a much better experience of a similar idea with much more modern tech. Still, this attraction is a classic, and it would be nice to be able to ride it again if only to see how far things have come.

Tomorrowland/Phantom Boats

While many of the previously mentioned rides have been closed for a long time, depending on your age and your frequency of visiting Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World, you very likely rode on a few of them. However, one attraction it’s unlikely any of you ever experienced was the Tomorrowland Boats at Disneyland, which was there when the park opened in 1955 and was gone a year later.

The boats could be found in the Tomorrowland lagoon where Nemo’s Submarine Voyage is now located. What made the boats unique was that they were real motorboats, and guests had complete control over them. There was no track like Autopia, you just got to drive a boat by yourself in the lagoon. As you might guess, this didn’t really work. The boats had a tendency to overheat release a lot of unpleasant smoke. Eventually, control was given over to a Disney cast member, but even then the boats were nothing but trouble. The attraction was renamed the Phantom Boats later on, but the attraction closed after 13 months, the shortest-lived attraction in Disneyland history.

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The Two Cult Disney Animated Movies That Need Live Action Remakes ASAP

When not churning out new animated, Marvel or Star Wars movies, Disney is spending a lot of its time making live action adaptations of its classic animated films. From straightforward remakes like Beauty and the Beast to drastically different re-imaginings like the upcoming Mulan, the Mouse House has been digging deep into its library of animation for stories to be re-told in a live action setting. Last month, it was reported that Lilo & Stitch will get its own live action remake, so since post-2000 animated movies are apparently now on the table, Disney would be wise to give the same treatment to Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet.

Starting with The Little Mermaid in late 1989 and ending with Tarzan in mid-1999, the Disney Renaissance marked the studio’s biggest period of success with animated movies to that point, as they returned to Disney’s musical and fairy tale roots seen decades earlier in movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella. But the immediate years after the Disney Renaissance, the studio’s luck with animation cooled down (excluding Pixar offerings), and both Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet disappointed at the box office. However, these movies do have their own, decently-sized fanbases and are both certainly worthy of remakes. In fact, I’d argue that these stories will turn out even better in a live action format.

Take 2001’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Set in 1914, this story followed Milo Thatcher, a cartographer and a linguist from the Smithsonian who wants to find Atlantis, but isn’t taken seriously by his colleagues. Milo finally catches a break when he’s hired by eccentric millionaire Preston B. Whoitmore, a friend of his late grandfather, to lead an expedition to Atlantis, using a book called The Shepherd’s Journal to guide them. The team eventually makes it to the long-thought mythological continent, though Milo soon learns that the real threat doesn’t reside there, but from those around him.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire very much rocked a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-like vibe, from its crazy, sea-faring adventure to featuring a gargantuan and anachronistic manmade submarine. Once the characters made it to Atlantis, the movie became even more dazzling, and Milo’s burgeoning relationship with Princess Kida and Milo learning about his crew’s true motives work well as emotional anchors. The lack of musical numbers also makes Atlantis: The Lost Empire feel like a more mature offering from Disney. That doesn’t make it better than the Disney movies packed with song and dance, it just means that an older audience might gravitate to it more than kids.

Keeping that in mind, just imagine Disney delivering a hard PG, live action remake of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. With today’s moviemaking technology, that submarine (the Ulysses) and Atlantis’ advanced technology would look even more incredible. There’s also more room to explore complex, emotional themes, as well as throw in extra backstory, like showing Milo’s childhood with his adventurous grandpa or revealing some of Rourke’s mercenary past. If it were up to me, I’d actually aim for making this new Atlantis: The Lost Empire PG-13, but I understand that Disney wants the kids to be able to enjoy it in theaters too, so that’s probably not going to happen.

Then there’s Treasure Planet, which arrived a year after Atlantis: The Lost Empire. A loose adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novel Treasure Island, Treasure Planet followed young Jim Hawkins, an troublemaker who grew up hearing stories about the legendary pirate Captain Nathaniel Flint, who hid his collective loot on Treasure Planet. After being given a holographic projector that leads to Treasure Planet’s location, and which is nearly stolen by pirates, Jim and his mother’s friend, Dr. Delbert Doppler, commission an expedition to find Treasure Planet. This crew includes the feline Captain Amelia and cyborg cook John Silver, who is eventually revealed to be the main, yet somewhat sympathetic antagonist.

Treasure Planet was definitely more critically well-received than Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and was even nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (it lost to Spirited Away). Unfortunately, plans for a sequel and possible TV series were scrapped once the movie failed to make a profit. Treasure Planet held a lot of potential, and while we’ll never see it fully realized in animation, this story could finally be better appreciated as a live action, standalone movie.

Just like with Atlantis: The Lost Empire, VFX advancements mean that a live action Treasure Planet could look just as cool as the original, if not cooler, from the looks of the various aliens and John Silver’s cybernetic enhancements to the futuristic, yet archaic-looking, vehicles and the eponymous planet itself. Some of you might argue that Disney is giving audiences enough space-faring adventures through the Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, but Treasure Planet is different. While there’s room for the remake to tackle more complicated material and improve upon the characterizations, there’s no need for it to have the heaviness of Star Wars or the kookiness of Guardians of the Galaxy.

It’d be foolish to say that Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet are among Disney’s greatest movies, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be thrown into consideration for being re-imagined in live action. Not all remakes and reboots need to be based off previously popular material; sometimes there are opportunities for such projects to actually improve upon their predecessors (even if they are rare). Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet can be those projects for Disney.

Because they’re not as beloved, whichever filmmakers are tackling these respective movies will have more freedom to take creative liberties, while still staying true to the spirit of the original tales. The end result would ideally be these new versions of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet not only being critically and commercially successful, but also cause people to watch/re-watch the originals and learn/be reminded about why they were special.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest updates concerning Disney’s live action remakes, including whether or not Atlantis: The Lost Empire and/or Treasure Planet will be given such an honor. For all of the non-Disney cinematic fare arriving over the next year, consult our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.

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Captain America Almost Didn’t Wear A Costume In Avengers: Infinity War

While many characters got new looks for this year’s Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps the most striking was Captain America’s. Gone was the clean-cut and brightly colored marketing machine from the 1940s. Instead we saw a Cap who was bearded and grizzled, with a muted costume that was more function than form. Yet it turns out Captain America almost didn’t wear a costume at all in Avengers: Infinity War. Check it out:

It looks like Steve Rogers almost left the stars and stripes behind entirely for Avengers: Infinity War in favor of a more militarized look with camouflage colors of green, black and brown replacing red, white and blue. Of course, he’s still Steve Rogers, so while he doesn’t retain any of the visual cues of Captain America in this design, that doesn’t stop him from looking like a total badass.

As Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding said in his Twitter post, this was one of the initial ideas for Captain America in Infinity War and given his story going in to that film, you can see why.

The last we saw of Captain America prior to Infinity War was in Captain America: Civil War, and that film ended with him as a fugitive, broken from the Avengers and the U.S. government over the Sokovia Accords. So as a disillusioned soldier, it would have made sense in theory for him to also leave behind his uniform entirely and go for a purely functional look.

That said, the story of Infinity War itself, while not necessarily needing Cap to have a costume, would seem to rule out this specific costume-less look. The Cap in this image, with the military style Shemagh scarf, looks like he belongs in a desert warzone, and the film’s story didn’t take him to such a place.

Wakanda didn’t look especially sandy and neither is Edinburgh. Perhaps if Wanda and Vision had been sneaking away to the desert somewhere it would have worked. Plus with him not having his shield in Infinity War either, Marvel might have wanted for him to retain some of the visual iconography of Captain America.

Ultimately what we got in the film was a Captain America who still had the stars and stripes on his costume, but the costume itself was dark blue and grey. The muted colors made sense given his status as a fugitive that no longer represents any government. Yet what the stars and stripes represent to Steve Rogers is a higher ideal and maybe that’s why he kept them as a part of his costume.

Perhaps Cap will get another all-new costume in Avengers 4, especially if it has a major time jump as has been speculated. Hopefully we won’t have too much longer to wait to find out either. We are eagerly anticipating the trailer (and title) for Avengers 4, which may arrive before the end of the year (or maybe not).

Keep an eye on our guide for everything going on in the MCU and head over to our Holiday Movie Preview to get the rundown on the blockbusters and prestige flicks still to come in 2018.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is More Popular Than Marvel’s Netflix Shows, According To New Study

Marvel has a respectable presence on the small screen nowadays, with series spanning network TV, basic cable, and more than one streaming service. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the show that started it all for Marvel TV, but the show has struggled in the ratings in recent seasons, to the point that fans had to cross their fingers that it wouldn’t be cancelled. According to a new study, however, S.H.I.E.L.D. is actually more popular than any of the high-profile Marvel Netflix shows.

Yes, a new study courtesy of data science company Parrot Analytics (via Screen Rant) claims that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Marvel Television’s strongest brand worldwide, meaning that its brand is stronger than all of Netflix’s Marvel shows as well as the shows on other platforms. If this data is accurate, it’s not altogether surprising that S.H.I.E.L.D. has a stronger brand than series like Cloak & Dagger and Runaways, which air on Freeform and Hulu respectively and haven’t gained widespread attention just yet.

A bigger surprise is that S.H.I.E.L.D. reportedly has a stronger brand than Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the other Marvel shows on Netflix. Admittedly, the recent cancellations of Iron Fist and Luke Cage (as well as the apparent unlikelihood of another season of The Defenders like the first) indicate that the show’s brands weren’t as strong as some expected. Still, having a stronger brand than the bigger Marvel Netflix hits is a big deal for S.H.I.E.L.D., if accurate.

Parrot Analytics, which measures demand for a variety of TV shows and has worked to identify the most in-demand series for the Guinness Book of Records, indicates that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. holds a rank in the top 0.03% of in-demand shows all over the world. Yes, 0.03% sounds like a very small number, but the massive number of shows available in the United States market alone means that even small numbers can represent huge amounts of data.

According to the analysis, S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s place in the 0.03% places in among American shows like Criminal Minds, Better Call Saul, and Vikings. Shockingly, Parrot Analytics’ numbers place S.H.I.E.L.D. above Fear the Walking Dead, Arrow, Supergirl, and of course others. The study assesses peer-to-peer traffic, social media activity, global file-sharing, and more to reach its conclusions. Basically, if it’s a way that viewers interact with a certain show’s brand on the internet, it’s measured.

The strength of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brand certainly contrasts the show’s ratings, which were disappointingly low throughout its fifth season. That said, S.H.I.E.L.D. was also moved to a Friday night slot for Season 5, and Friday night time slots rarely yield impressive ratings. After the cancellation of its lead-in, the future looked somewhat bleak for S.H.I.E.L.D., and the renewal for an abbreviated sixth season later than usual came as a big relief.

While shortened seasons can be a sign that a network is looking to wrap things up for a series (as is happening with Gotham over on Fox and may be happening with Criminal Minds on CBS), it’s possible that there are larger reasons why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to have a shorter and delayed new season. Namely: the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

As Marvel fans everywhere know by now, Avengers: Infinity War ended in a way that had to shake up the entire MCU. Thanos triumphed over all the Avengers (other than Hawkeye), and his “snap” resulted in half the universe being erased. Many key MCU characters were turned to dust. Although none of the S.H.I.E.L.D. regulars appeared in Infinity War and S.H.I.E.L.D. actually explained why Quake wasn’t helping the Avengers, Thanos’ snap should have impacted the characters.

The Infinity War sequel is slated to hit theaters on May 4, 2019, and while an official premiere date has not yet been released for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6, all signs point toward a summer premiere. In fact, one S.H.I.E.L.D. star narrowed down the release window over the summer. If her words are accurate, S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 wouldn’t hit the airwaves until well after the fourth Avengers movie became available.

By holding the next season of S.H.I.E.L.D. until after the Infinity War sequel, ABC and Marvel don’t have to figure out a way for the show to deal with the events of the movie. Assuming the sequel finds a way to restore the majority of the dusted heroes to life — after all, Spider-Man and Black Panther have movies coming out — S.H.I.E.L.D. can just skip over the inconvenient details.

After S.H.I.E.L.D. basically had its original premise destroyed back in Season 1 thanks to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it would be nice for the show to focus on itself rather than deal with movie details. The show has split from the MCU more and more as the seasons passed, with even MCU plot twists like those of Captain America: Civil War not having the most significant impact.

Did S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s lower ratings contribute to Season 6 being held until the summer schedule? Probably. Still, avoiding all things Infinity War and the Infinity War sequel may be best for the show and fans. We’ll have to wait and see if airing in the summer results in S.H.I.E.L.D. losing some of its brand popularity compared to other Marvel series, especially considering Daredevil‘s long-awaited third season finally hit the web back in October. We’ll have to wait and see.

The next Marvel show to hit the airwaves will be Runaways Season 2, which releases on December 21. If you want to spend the holidays with the Runaways now that they’ve actually run away, check out Hulu before the end of the year. Interestingly, Runaways will reportedly make its first legit MCU connection in the second season. For some non-Marvel superhero action, you can find plenty on The CW thanks to the Arrow-verse and Black Lightning, as well as on DC Comics’ new streaming service, called DC Universe.

If you’re in the mood for some non-superhero viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future, we can help you out. Swing by our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 Netflix premiere guide.

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Tom Cruise Is Flying In Top Gun 2, Just Not In The Way You’d Think

In the Mission: Impossible films, we’ve watched Tom Cruise perform some jaw-dropping stunts of his own, including his most recent death-defying, high-altitude, low-opening jump out of a plane in this summer’s sixth installment, Fallout. So when reports surfaced yesterday about Top Gun: Maverick halting production in order for Cruise to learn to personally fly Navy fighter jets in the film, it wasn’t a far-fetched undertaking for us to see the actor to pull off next.

In response to yesterday’s chatter about the Top Gun sequel, Entertainment Weekly spoke to sources from Paramount to clear the skies on whether Tom Cruise is getting in the pilot’s seat of some military-grade fighter jets for the project. The sources assured that Top Gun: Maverick is still on schedule with shooting until this spring and Cruise couldn’t fly the F/A-18 Hornets even if he wanted to, because civilians just aren’t allowed to. However, Cruise is a licensed pilot, has completed extensive training for his return to his iconic Top Gun role and the actor will do some flying in “certain aircrafts.”

While Paramount debunks much of yesterday’s reports, it does in turn confirm that it wasn’t entirely false, as Tom Cruise will be flying an aircraft himself of some sort for the upcoming sequel. News of the production being delayed didn’t add up since the film had already been pushed back a full year than previously expected from 2019 to 2020. Paramount’s comments are exciting for fans of the actor’s stunt work and of a franchise that began with the beloved 1986 film. In the original film, the actors did make it in the air for their fighter jet scenes, but only acted like they were flying the jets themselves.

Top Gun: Maverick will take place over 30 years after the events of the first film, this time with Tom Cruise as an instructor at the Top Gun flight school. Val Kilmer is also reprising his role as Iceman amongst a packed cast including Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris. Cruise’s Maverick will become the mentor of the late Goose’s son, played by Miles Teller. The film is helmed by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski and shooting began in late September.

Following the high-flying success of Top Gun, one would imagine chances are good for the sequel to be a big hit. The original was the highest grossing film of 1986 and became a pop culture phenomenon, namely for its unforgettable soundtrack. Once you add in the incredible stunt work Tom Cruise has always amazed audiences with in the Mission: Impossible movies, the film is sure to bring in some more excitement for the sequel. Top Gun: Maverick is still some ways away, as it doesn’t come to theaters until June 26, 2020.