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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and The Rock Return For Another Wild Ride

‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and The Rock Return For Another Wild Ride
Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black are thrown into another crazy adventure in the first trailer for Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: The Next Level.” The film is the sequel to 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a surprise Christmas smash hit that went on to earn $404 million in the U.S. and a huge $964 million worldwide. The film set a domestic record for Sony and passed “Spider-Man” to become the studio’s highest-grossing U.S. release (unadjusted for inflation), which means the pressure is on for “The Next Level” to deliver the box office goods this upcoming holiday season.

In “The Next Level,” Hart, Johnson, Gillan, and Black return as their video game avatars while Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, and Madison Iseman once again play their original real-world counterparts. Nick Jonas and Colin Hanks are back as well, while new additions to the “Jumanji” franchise include Awkwafina,
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‘Safeword’ Producer Stv Productions Signs With Wme As It Eyes U.S. Expansion

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Exclusive: Safeword and Sex Tape producer Stv Productions is gearing up for an aggressive push into the U.S. and has signed with Wme for representation.

This comes after the company, which is the production arm of the eponymous Scottish broadcaster, hired former Tinopolis and NBC Universal executive David Mortimer as its content chief.

Stv Productions will work with the Hollywood talent agency across genres as it looks to develop dramas and entertainment formats for UK, U.S. and international markets. It was previously repped by CAA but Mortimer has previously worked with Wme during his time at A Smith & Co. and Magical Elves owner Tinopolis, where they were instrumental in helping sell Paradise Hotel to Fox, and via his own Sony-backed indie Fever Media.

MD Mortimer joined Stv at the end of last year and has been tasked with growing the scale of the production business, developing
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel to start production in January

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle enjoyed an enormously successful box office run across the last holiday season and into this year, going toe-to-toe with Star Wars: The Last Jedi on its way to $962 million in global box office receipts.

With those figures making it Sony’s second-biggest release of all time behind Skyfall ($1.1 billion), it came as no surprise whatsoever that the studio decided to fast track a third instalment in the Jumanji franchise for release at Christmas 2019.

Well, it seems the production dates have now been set, as Omega Underground is reporting that the as-yet-untitled film will shoot in Atlanta and Hawaii between January 21st and April 26th 2019.

The film will reunite Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black.

Having wrapped Disney’s Jungle Cruise last month, The Rock is currently in production on the Fast & Furious
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Jason Segel Anthology Series ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’ Gets AMC Series Order

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Jason Segel Anthology Series ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’ Gets AMC Series Order
AMC has greenlit Dispatches From Elsewhere, an hourlong anthology series created by and starring Jason Segel in his return to television. The network will make the announcement during its portion of TCA today.

Dispatches From Elsewhere, which will feature elements across multiple platforms, is about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. They will come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined.

Segel will executive produce with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Garrett Basch for AMC Studios. Filming is slated to begin in early 2019.

This is Segel’s first TV role since he starred on the hit CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother for nine seasons. It also is the first TV series created by Segel who has written/co-written such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets and Sex Tape.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director gives an update on Jumanji 3

Last month, Dwayne Johnson officially confirmed that Jake Kasdan will be back in the director’s chair for next year’s sequel to the smash hit action adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and now the filmmaker has provided an update on the as-yet-untitled Jumanji 3 during an interview with Collider.

“The idea is to make the movie in the beginning of the year if we can get it all worked out,” said Kasdan. “We have not started figuring out the locations yet. Hawaii was a big part of Welcome to the Jungle and we love Hawaii, so it would be great to go back there. I think we’re getting very close to cracking the script. It’s a complicated little puzzle, but I think we got some good stuff cooking.”

” big part of what we’ve all loved about [Welcome to the Jungle] was that it was this big fantasy that has kind
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'Incredibles 2' Delivers Record-Shattering $180 Million Opening Weekend

'Incredibles 2' Delivers Record-Shattering $180 Million Opening Weekend
Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 delivered a massive opening weekend debut, not only shattering the previous opening weekend record for an animated film, but finishing with one of the top ten openings of all-time for a film of any genre. Additionally, Warner Bros.'s R-rated comedy Tag debuted in third position while Sony's Superfly fell short of expectations. With an estimated $180 million, Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 topped the previous opening weekend for an animated film set two years ago by Finding Dory with $135 million. On top of that, the film's opening weekend is the eighth largest all-time, topping the $179.1 million opening for 2016's Captain America: Civil War, which went on to gross over $500 million at the domestic box office. As for Incredibles 2's domestic future, an "A+" CinemaScore and an opening of this size seems to suggest a $500+ million domestic performance is in the offing, which
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Cannes 2018: ‘Sextape’ Review: Dir. Antoine Desrosières (2018)

Sextape review (À Genoux Les Gars): Antoine Desrosières brings this perplexing drama/ tragi-comedy revolving around sexual awakening and consent to the screen, a film screening under the Un Certain Regard sidebar here at Cannes.

Sextape review by Paul Heath, May 2018.

Sextape review

Antoine Desrosières aims his co-written script and lens at a group of young people within the French-Arabic community of France. It’s a film with some very important things to say – horrific revenge porn, homophobia and the misogynistic ‘youth of today’ are all contained within – but its tone all seems to have been lost in translation for this Anglo-cinema watcher looking on.

The story revolves around two sisters, Yasmina (Souad Arsane) and Rim (Inas Chanti), both of whom have ostensibly been brought up in a strict household – they sleep in the same bed, and it’s clear from the outset that as well as siblings, are also the best of friends,
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Jumanji 3 Just Got a 2019 Release Date

Jumanji 3 Just Got a 2019 Release Date
Jumanji 3, a sequel to last year's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has been announced by Sony Pictures with a Christmas-time 2019 release date.

One of the most surprisingly entertaining movies of last year was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which ended up being a fun and heartwarming sequel / soft reboot to the original Jumanji from 1995. Rather than being a board game like the original, the new Jumanji took the form of a 90s video game, which added a clever new twist to the movie. Welcome to the Jungle certainly managed to stand out from the original, making itself into its own movie rather than serving as a rehash to the Robin Williams-led classic.

The announcement of a sequel doesn't come as too big of a surprise, considering the massive success Welcome to the Jungle had. The Jumanji sequel earned itself over $950 million globally, which was over triple the box office success of the first Jumanji.
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The Secret Life of the Zoo review – basically Big Brother for the animal world

The series kicks off with procreation – orangutans sneak off to have babies, while tiny baby vampire crabs appear – but it’s a shame the camera fails to record the main event

Channel 4 has many of the key life events covered in its factual TV output. Birth (One Born Every Minute), childhood and school (The Secret Life of 4-year-olds; Educating Yorkshire), dating (First Dates) and work (The Job Interview). It looks like Sex Tape – expected some time this year – will cover the revenge-porn side of things. All it needs is a good death show then that’s it: everything important will be seen to.

The Secret Life of the Zoo attempts to do pretty much all of the above, except with captive animals. Not as interesting as proper in-the-wild natural history, because it’s basically Big Brother, rather than the real world. But it’s easier – and much cheaper – to make.
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Dwayne Johnson thanks fans as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle becomes Sony’s biggest ever domestic release

Despite coming under fire when it was first announced that a reboot of the beloved 1995 Robin Williams movie was in development, Sony scored a huge success with December’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with the film proving a hit with audiences and critics alike.

Holding its own at the box office despite competition from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Welcome to the Jungle has now reached a new milestone, overtaking Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man to become Sony’s highest grossing domestic release ever.

In North America, the film has grossed $404 million, topping the $403.7 million record set by Spider-Man back in 2002. Globally, it is Sony’s second biggest release of all time behind Skyfall ($1.1 billion), having pulled in an impressive $951 million.

As you’d expect, Sony has already announced a sequel which is being fast-tracked for release around Christmas 2019, and actor Dwayne Johnson has shared a brief update on his Instagram,
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Optomen Launches Entertainment Division; Hires Elwin De Groot As Svp

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All3Media’s Optomen Productions has launched Optomen Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment division, and has hired veteran format creator and former Armoza Formats executive Elwin De Groot (The Four) as Svp of Entertainment.

De Groot will report directly to President Maria Silver, working alongside Ricky Kelehar, Senior Vice President of Development. Both Kelehar and De Groot will relocate to Los Angeles to focus on the new label, with Kelehar continuing to work closely with the Optomen development team based in New York.

In his new role, De Groot will be charged with creating and developing original formats for broadcast networks and Ott channels. The move signifies Optomen’s commitment to prioritize entertainment formats and game shows for domestic production and global distribution.

Previously, De Groot served as Senior Creative Director at Armoza Formats where he developed and produced original and third party content, creating and co-creating over 13 international formats airing in over 30 countries.
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As Cameron Diaz Announces Her Retirement, Her Contributions to Women in Comedy Can’t Be Overstated

As Cameron Diaz Announces Her Retirement, Her Contributions to Women in Comedy Can’t Be Overstated
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Consider it official: Cameron Diaz is, in her own words, “actually retired.” The actress’ “Sweetest Thing” co-star Selma Blair made waves earlier this month when she tweeted that her pal had retired from the acting business, a note she later retracted, only for it to be confirmed by Diaz when the actresses (alongside fellow “Sweetest Thing” star Christina Applegate) reunited to chat about their raunchy 2002 feature. Diaz out.

Asked by Entertainment Weekly if the trio has reunited since filming the feature, the actresses were honest: No, but maybe they should. It also gave Diaz the chance to set the record straight on her retirement status, as she chimed in after Applegate joked that she was “semi-retired,” saying, “I’m totally down. I’m semi-retired, too, and I am actually retired, so I would love to see you ladies.
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Selma Blair Reveals Cameron Diaz Has Retired From Acting — Then Backtracks on Her Comments

So, is she or isn't she? Cameron Diaz has been noticeably absent from the Hollywood spotlight for months, leading many fans to wonder if she has officially retired from acting. Interestingly, Cam's friend Selma Blair seemed to shed some light on the actress' current work situation during a new interview — but then quickly retracted her comments just hours later. While speaking to Metro News UK on Sunday, March 11, Selma, 45, said Cameron, also 45, has chosen to step away from acting to instead focus on starting a family with her husband, Benji Madden. "I had lunch with Cameron the other day. We were reminiscing about [our 2002 film The Sweetest Thing]. I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron’s retired from acting. She’s like, 'I’m done,'" Selma shared. Cameron, Selma, and Christina Applegate in The Sweetest Thing. (Photo Credit: R/R) "I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more films.
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Karen Gillan discusses Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s box office success

Sony Pictures scored a major hit with its recent reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with the film holding its own against Star Wars: The Last Jedi and pulling in a hefty $931 million at the worldwide box office.

Speaking to Screen Rant, actress Karen Gillan has been chatting about the success of the movie, which is Sony’s second-biggest domestic release behind 2002’s Spider-Man, and the studio’s second-biggest worldwide hit after 2012’s Skyfall.

“I think we all had confidence in it, but it was still a ballsy move to release up against Star Wars because that’s just, yeah, that’s like a crazy thing to do, I think,” said Gillan. “We all felt like it was a really strong film, but I don’t think any of us anticipated quite this level of success. I mean, it’s turned into a bit of a phenomenon. I mean, we
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Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Blu-ray Bonus Features

Tai Freligh reviews the bonus features on the Blu-ray release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

I thoroughly enjoyed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, so when the opportunity came up to review the home video bonus features ahead of the film’s release, I jumped at the chance. I was curious as to how they would address the original film with Robin Williams (hint: there’s a featurette for that!) and I wanted to see the gag reel because having seen a few movies now with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, I knew it should be comedy gold (it wasn’t).

Like any home video release with more than just a trailer included on the DVD, the bonus features for Jumanji were hit and miss. There were several throwaway features, but what saved the whole lot was two features in particular.

“Journey Through The Jungle: The Making of Jumanji” is
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle tops $900 million, now Sony’s second biggest movie of all time

Despite competition for tickets ramping up with the release of Marvel’s Black Panther, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has hit another box office milestone this weekend as the film passed the $900 million mark worldwide.

Domestically, the Jumanji sequel has now earned $377.6 million, making it Sony’s second-biggest North American release of all time behind 2002’s Spider-Man. Internationally, it has amassed $527 million, for a global haul of $904.6 million. Again, that is second only to Skyfall, which Sony distributed in 2012, with the Bond film earning $1.109 billion worldwide.

Welcome to the Jungle has certainly exceeded all expectations, particularly as it has found itself competing with Star Wars: The Last Jedi throughout its run, and Sony will be hoping for a repeat performance with the sequel, which the studio is fast-tracking for release in 2019.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel finds its screenwriters

Given that it’s become Sony’s biggest ever non-Spider-Man hit, not to mention the highest-grossing domestic release of Dwayne Johnson’s career, it’s little surprise that the studio is looking to fast track a sequel to the blockbuster adventure comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

It was announced that month that Sony is planning on getting a sequel into cinemas in 2019, and now Deadline is reporting that Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have signed on to pen the script, having developed the story with director Jake Kasdan. The duo both contributed to the screenplay for Welcome to the Jungle, and have also worked on another Sony project, the Spider-Man spinoff Venom.

Although Kasdan is yet to sign on to direct the sequel, he is expected to return for the follow-up, which will reunite stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan.

In the brand new
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle set to become Dwayne Johnson’s biggest ever domestic hit

Although it came in for a lot of flak when the project was first announced, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has proven to be a firm favourite both with critics and audiences alike.

This past weekend it topped the U.S. box office, becoming the first December release to hit #1 in February since James Cameron’s Titanic, and now the film finds itself just $300,000 shy of Furious 7’s $353 million North American haul, meaning it is close to become Dwayne Johnson’s biggest ever domestic hit.

Worldwide, Welcome to the Jungle has pulled in $855.7 million, so it will still trail both The Fate of the Furious ($1.236 billion) and Furious 7 ($1.516 billion) globally. Nevertheless, it’s still proven to be a very welcome hit for Sony, with the studio already announcing that it is in development on a sequel.

See Also: You’ll believe Dwayne Johnson can fly in the Skyscraper
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Why Was ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ So Successful?

There have been more than 20 years since the release of the original ‘Jumanji’ (1995) starring the iconic Robin Williams. Even though the movie was heavily panned by the critics (it has a score of 39 out of 100 from and 51 out of 100 from Rotten Tomatoes) the audience loved it and it is considered as an all-time classic. Moreover, it made a massive amount of money in the worldwide box-office by earning an estimated $262,797,249 with a budget of $50 000 000. That is why it’s always a risky business to touch on such an insanely revered movie, adored by millions of fans around the world. When the idea of remaking ‘Jumanji’ was initially put on the table, there were tons of negative comments under Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s posts on the social media. Most of the folks out there were afraid that the WWE star turned actor and his ‘Seven Bucks Productions’ company
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is getting a sequel

The success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was one of the most welcome surprises of the past few months, with the film currently standing at just under $800 million at the worldwide box office. What should come as no surprise at all is that Sony are already looking at fast-tracking a sequel.

Details are sketchy at the moment, but The Wall Street Journal reports that studio head, Tim Rothman is hoping to get the follow-up in cinemas by the end of 2019.

See Also: Read our review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle here

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars,
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