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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Blu ray

Gkids/Shout! Factory

2001/ 1:85 / 125 min.

Starring Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

The story of a lonely child lost in a beautiful and bizarre dreamscape, Spirited Away naturally begs comparison to Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. But in contrast to those frenetic classics, Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece is cooly meditative – a serene head trip.

At first sight Miyazaki’s Wonderland is not so wonderful – it’s an abandoned theme park discovered by ten year old Chihiro and her parents at the end of a secluded country road (Miyazaki’s version of a rabbit hole). Though the paint is peeling and the sidewalks cracked, the barren mall maintains a suspiciously well-stocked food court. Chihiro’s folks dig right in and find out the hard way that there’s no such thing as a free lunch – soon enough mom and dad are transformed
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Pok?mon: Detective Pikachu movie review: Hello you cute little weirdo in yellow

The Pokemon: Detective Pikachu movie review is here. The first live-action/animated film in the Pok?mon franchise is based on the character created by Satoshi Tajiri and the 2016 video game Detective Pikachu. Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and The Pok?mon Company, in association with Toho Co., Ltd, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice and facial motion capture of the titular character. Directed by Rob Letterman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Derek Connolly from a story by Hernandez, Samit and Nicole Perlman, the movie is scheduled to release in the United States and India on May 10, 2019. Does it fulfill the expectations? Let?s find out in this critic review of Pok?Mon: Detective Pikachu.

Immediate reaction when the end credits starts rolling

Rodents are having a blast!! After giving hope to the surviving Avengers, in Endgame, here in Pok?Mon: Detective Pikachu as Pok?
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Detective Pikachu Review: Pokeman Fans Rejoice, Everyone Else Not So Much

Detective Pikachu will be adored by the franchise's millions of fans. It's a movie for the dedicated masses. Filled with enough cute Pok&#233mon, special effects, and zippy one-liners to entertain the faithful of all ages. The humor does crossover to a point, but is aimed directly at the fan base. This film is not meant for newbies. Casual moviegoers and neophytes will be lost in the Pok&#233mon weeds. I highly recommend reading a Pok&#233mon primer before going in cold.

Justice Smith stars as Tim Goodman, a young insurance worker who formerly trained Pok&#233mon as a boy. Raised by his grandmother, Tim is alerted when his estranged father, a police detective, mysteriously vanishes. He leaves his small town and travels to the fantastic Ryme City, a bustling metropolis where humans and Pok&#233mon live together in harmony.

The adventure begins when Tim visits his father's apartment. He
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Ryan Reynolds Reveals an Adorable 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' Trailer

"What a Wonderful Pikachu..." Oh my goodness, is a Pokemon movie making us all cry? Yes, yes it is. Ryan Reynolds debuted this adorable new trailer for live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie, which is opening in theaters in a few more weeks. From director Rob Letterman, the movie is set deep in the Pokemon world, and stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds as the "hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth" Detective Pikachu. This also co-stars Justice Smith as Tim, Kathryn Newton as Lucy, plus Ken Watanabe, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, and Bill Nighy. Along with all kinds of charming (and badass) Pokemon creatures, which you'll see a few glimpses of here. This is pretty much the perfect trailer, set to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", with some of the most emotional shots from this movie yet. Grab yourself a tissue before you watch. Here's the "What a Pikachu
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Second Trailer for 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' with Ryan Reynolds

"Harry is still alive. Case closed! But still open, until I solve it." Warner Bros has revealed the second full-length trailer for the live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie, which continues to impress after a fantastically amusing first trailer. From director Rob Letterman, the movie is set deep in the Pokemon world, and stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds as the "hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth" Detective Pikachu. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. Also starring Justice Smith as Tim; Kathryn Newton as Lucy, a junior reporter on her first big story; with Ken Watanabe, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, and Bill Nighy. This looks like so much fun!! I don't even get it, how does this look So Good?! Easily one of my most anticipated summer blockbusters. Enjoy. Here's the second trailer (+ new poster) for Rob Letterman's Pokémon Detective Pikachu,
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How a Production Designer Created 'Isle of Dogs'' Miniature World and 'Ready Player One's' Massive Vr Dystopia

How a Production Designer Created 'Isle of Dogs'' Miniature World and 'Ready Player One's' Massive Vr Dystopia
Between the two films for which he's nominated for Art Directors Guild Awards, production designer Adam Stockhausen undertook a sort of real-life Gulliver's Travels. First, he began work on Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs as if visiting a small-scale Lilliputian world, since the sets were effectively all miniatures designed for puppet replicas of assorted canines and humans. Then he moved to Steven Spielberg's fantasy epic Ready Player One, in which he entered the large-scale Brobidingagian world, encompassing both a dystopian Columbus, Ohio, where inhabitants live in "the stacks," and the virtual reality world of the video game,...
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Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu in First 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' Trailer

"There's magic that brought us together. And that magic is called hope." Warner Bros has released the first full-length trailer for the live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie, which really truly does exist. Directed by Rob Letterman, the movie is set in the Pokemon world, and stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds as the "hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth" Detective Pikachu. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. This looks about as totally crazy as it sounds, and it's not surprising they made a Pokemon movie this fast thanks to that popularity of the mobile game. Also starring Justice Smith as Tim; Kathryn Newton as Lucy, a junior reporter on her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe. To be honest, this doesn't look so bad - it actually looks pretty fun if I may say so. Check it out.
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House with a Clock in Its Walls Trailer Pulls Jack Black Into a Secret World

House with a Clock in Its Walls Trailer Pulls Jack Black Into a Secret World
This September, you're invited somewhere timeless. Jack Black and two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. Universal Pictures has released the first trailer along with the poster, which you can check out here.

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, this magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy fa&#231ade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Based on the beloved children's classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV's Supernatural). Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan,
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Detective Pikachu Begins Shooting with Ryan Reynolds

Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Detective Pikachu, the first live-action film based on the globally popular Pok&#233mon franchise. Starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool series), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), the film is from director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Gulliver's Travels) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman, with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. The movie arrives in theaters in North America on May 10, 2019.

Pok&#233mon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pok&#233mon Tcg cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pok&#233mon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world. A Detective Pikachu video game is coming to the Nintendo 3Ds family of systems
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Dora the Explorer Live-Action Movie Is Happening with Producer Michael Bay

Dora the Explorer Live-Action Movie Is Happening with Producer Michael Bay
After languishing in development for the past two years, Paramount is finally moving forward with its Dora the Explorer adaptation, bringing on writer Nick Stoller to write the script. This Dora the Explorer live-action movie was first put into development exactly two years ago, when the studio brought on Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) to write the screenplay. There has been no movement on the project since then, but now it seems that the studio is moving forward with a new writer working on the script, and the studio eyeing a 2019 release date, with Michael Bay producing alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

The project will be developed under the new Paramount Players division of the studio, which is devoted to producing films based on properties that fall under the banner of Paramount's parent corporation, Viacom, which include Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Bet. Brian Robbins,
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10 Actors Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles

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10 Actors Who Rejected Marvel Superhero Roles
Marvel movies are big business, from the Avengers franchise and all of the interconnected heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on screens both big and small, to Fox's ever-expanding world of the X-Men and Deadpool, to the Sony steered Spider-man movies, going all the way back to Sam Raimi's original trilogy. But that doesn't mean every big name actor and A list talent in Hollywood wants to be associated with these characters. Some heavyweight actors have straight up said no way when Marvel came knocking. So, who would do such a thing?

Since becoming its own studio, which was later acquired by Disney in one of the biggest studio deals this side of Lucasfilm, Marvel has had no problem attracting top-tier A-list talent to its roster; the talent who commands major ticket grosses and critical acclaim alike. Who doesn't want to suit up as a one of Marvel's Merry Mutants,
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How sci-fi went mainstream

Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017

To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...

It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.

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Star Trek Discovery Announces Premiere Date

Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek television series (Tos) debuted on Thursday, September 8, 1966 via NBC. Roddenberry, a TV writer of Westerns (primarily) during the 1950s, pitched the show as a cross between Gulliver's Travels and Wagon Train... in space! Over the next 50 years there have been 13 films, 5 television series, and that animated thing in the early 70s starring the original NBC cast. J.J. Abrams famously rebooted the films in 2009, but there hasn't been a new TV series since Enterprise ended in 2005.

Star Trek Discovery, the newest TV franchise, was announced in November 2015 and would appear exclusively on CBS All Access, the stand-alone network streaming service. Someday. Maybe. We hope.

Related - Star Trek: Discovery Trailer - Ten Years Before The Enterprise

Today, we learned -- via Twitter -- that Star Trek Discovery will premiere on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 8:30pm Et/5:30pm Pt:

Discovery begins September 24. #StarTrekDiscovery pic.twitter.
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Jane the Virgin Season 3 Episode 12 Review: Chapter Fifty-Six

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Emotional wounds can manifest in different ways.

On Jane the Virgin Season 3 Episode 12, Jane started having panic attacks as she prematurely quit her job and ran into Michael's old colleague/friend. But as we learned, these panic attacks are nothing new.

Elsewhere in the episode, Petra and Rafael dealt with the fallout from Scott's newly discovered corpse, and Rogelio went on an apology tour.

Even though we are two episodes into the three-year time jump, I'm still adjusting to all the new developments. My biggest worry is still the display of the grieving process.

Thankfully we got more insight into the aftermath of Michael's death, but I can't help but feel a tad disconnected from Jane's journey over the last three years. Skipping over these formative years leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Jane's mindset. 

I don't want to miss a single step of Jane's growth. 

Thankfully we got
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Goosebumps 2 Gets Winter 2018 Release Date

Goosebumps 2 Gets Winter 2018 Release Date
Sony Pictures has set a January 26, 2018 release date for their family-friendly adventure sequel Goosebumps 2. As of now, the sequel has no direct competition on its new release date, but it will be sandwiched between a few heavy hitters in the early months of 2018. Opening a few weeks earlier on January 12, 2018 is Sony's Bad Boys For Life, 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: Death Cure and Paramount's Sherlock Gnomes. Opening on February 2, 2018 is Sony's Slenderman, with Universal's Fifty Shades Freed and 20th Century Fox's Predator following on February 9, 2018.

Exhibitor Relations broke the release date news but no further details have been released at this time. Back in April, we reported that Rob Letterman, who directed the original Goosebumps, is returning to the helm, with original writer Darren Lemke coming aboard to write the sequel script. Jack Black, who starred as author R.L. Stine in the original Goosebumps adaptation, is expected to reprise his role,
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The Detective Pikachu Pokemon Movie Will Be Directed by Goosebumps Director Rob Letterman

Legendary Pictures has hired Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to direct the feature film adaptation of the Pokemon-themed game Detective Pikachu. I really didn't care for Goosebumps. I thought it was a complete mess, but a surprising amount of people did enjoy it. 

With Letterman directing the film, I'm not really expecting much. Remember, the guy also directed Gulliver's Travels. Does this mean that Jack Black will end up in Detective Pikachu? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Who knows, maybe his filmmaking style is exactly what the movie needs. 

The script is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Detective Pikachu will be the first film in a planned franchise centering on the character. The story for the game is described as follows:

The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind,
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Pokemon Movie Detective Pikachu Gets Goosebumps Director

Pokemon Movie Detective Pikachu Gets Goosebumps Director
Legendary's live-action Pokemon movie is quickly moving forward, with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) signing on to write the script back in August. Today we have word that the studio has found its director, with Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) coming aboard to take the helm. This project is said to be the first in a planned franchise, entitled Detective Pikachu, with the story centering on this title character.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Legendary has put this project on the fast track with production being eyed to start in early 2017. The studio acquired the film and TV rights to the Pokemon franchise back in July, although there were reports that surfaced soon thereafter that a live-action movie may not come together too quickly. Just days later, Legendary announced that their deal with The Pokemon Company was finalized,

Pok&#233mon first debuted back in 1996, with the
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Spooky and magical kids' TV dramas of the 1980s: 1985-89

Alex Westthorp Sep 19, 2016

We revisit Tom's Midnight Garden, Moondial, The Chronicles Of Narnia and a few lesser-known UK children's TV series...

Read our look-back at UK kids' fantasy dramas 1980 - 1984 here.

By 1985 British TV's children's drama had really hit its stride, achieving "a balanced diet of programmes" as Edward Barnes, the head of the BBC children's department observed. The late 80s, arguably, saw a new golden age for spooky and magical kids drama. Excellent production values, improved significantly by well-honed special effects work using Quantel, Paintbox and Harry, and moreover some interesting casting - often of very talented newcomers - produced some of the most memorable dramas of the era.

The second half of the decade saw the BBC riding high on the back of the success of their state-of-the-art adaptation of John Masefield's Box Of Delights. Meanwhile, anthology series Dramarama was going from strength to strength on ITV.
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'Once Upon a Time' Spoilers: Hyde Meets Regina, Plus 3 New Characters in Season 6

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Season 5 of Once Upon a Time left us with quite the cliffhanger. We were introduced to an entirely new world called the Land of Untold Stories, seemingly composed completely of fictional characters from classic literature. There were references to Gulliver's Travels, The Three Musketeers and of course, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We've got the scoop on what season 6 will consist of when the people of Storybrooke collide with the Land of Untold Stories, as well as which other characters you can expect to see.
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Ansel Elgort Is in Talks to Star in Dungeons & Dragons

Ansel Elgort is a rising star in Hollywood who has appeared in films such as the Divergent trilogy and The Fault in Our Stars, which I thought he did a great job in. The young actor is currently in negotiations to take on what would be the biggest role of his career so far. It looks like there's a good a chance that he will take on the lead role in Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons.

The movie will be directed by Rob Letterman, who is behind such films as Shark Tale, Goosebumps, and Gulliver's Travels. Letterman doesn't spark a lot of confidence in the project, but the script for the action adventure fantasy film was written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2). I just hope Letterman doesn't cast Jack Black in the movie.

I think Elgort is a solid actor, and this could be an awesome project for him.
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