Jason Momoa to voice Frosty the Snowman in live-action remake

Jason Momoa will help bring Frosty the Snowman to life in an upcoming live-action remake.The beloved animated character made his debut in the 1969 animated classic, which was based on the 1950s Christmas song, and it was announced on Wednesday that the…

Jason Momoa will help bring Frosty the Snowman to life in an upcoming live-action remake.

The beloved animated character made his debut in the 1969 animated classic, which was based on the 1950s Christmas song, and it was announced on Wednesday that the Aquaman star has been tapped to voice a new computer-generated version of Frosty.

David Berenbaum, who wrote the much-loved Christmas movie Elf starring Will Ferrell, is penning the script, while Jon Berg, Greg Silverman, Geoff Johns and Momoa will produce, according to Deadline.

“From his role as a fearsome count in a land of ice and fire to the oceanic success we all had with Aquaman, it felt only right to realise Jason this time out of snow,” Berg said in a statement.

This isn’t the first time that the 40-year-old has worked with Berg and Silverman, as they were both senior executives at Warner Bros. that helped to greenlight the Aquaman movie, which was directed by James Wan.

“We know Jason’s as a true human being filled with love, compassion and a deep connection to ohana – all of which is the living spirit of Xmas and Frosty,” Silverman said of the Hawaii-born star.

The term ohana originates from Hawaiian and Maori culture, and Momoa regularly calls his fans and followers on Instagram his “ohana”, which means family.

The Game of Thrones star will also be reprising his role as Arthur Curry in the Aquaman sequel, and will next appear on the big screen in Denis Villeneuve’s epic remake of the sci-fi classic Dune, alongside Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Javier Bardem.

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Dune cast heading to Hungary for reshoots in August

Denis Villeneuve and the cast of Dune are heading back to Hungary this summer for a series of reshoots. The Arrival director and the cast, which includes Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, shot the sci-fi epic at the Origo …

Denis Villeneuve and the cast of Dune are heading back to Hungary this summer for a series of reshoots.

The Arrival director and the cast, which includes Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, shot the sci-fi epic at the Origo Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary, as well as locations in Jordan and Norway between March and July last year.

And on Thursday, editors at Deadline revealed that additional filming was set to take place in August, with extensive coronavirus measures in place. They report the extra shooting won’t cause a delay to its 18 December release date.

Star Wars actor Isaac confirmed the news to the publication and insisted he’s experienced last-minute reshoots in the past.

“We’re going to do some additional shooting in mid-August… they’re saying in Budapest in Hungary,” he said. “I saw some things cut together and it just looks amazing. Denis is a real artist and it will be exciting to see it come together. It’s kind of wild that we’re doing some additional shooting a few months before it’s supposed to come out, but that happened with Star Wars as well.”

Dune, which is being split into two films, is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers.

Much of it was shot in the desert, and this proved challenging for some cast members who had to wear thick, rubbery costumes in the scorching heat.

“I remember going out of my room at 2am, and it being probably 100 degrees,” Chalamet recalled to Vanity Fair in April. “The shooting temperature was sometimes 120 degrees. They put a cap on it out there, if it gets too hot. I forget what the exact number is, but you can’t keep working.”

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Oscar Isaac to star in Ben Stiller’s thriller London

Oscar Isaac is set to headline Ben Stiller’s upcoming thriller, London.Based on a short story by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo, editors at Variety have reported that Stiller will produce and direct the project, while Dune screenwriter Eric Roth is penning …

Oscar Isaac is set to headline Ben Stiller’s upcoming thriller, London.

Based on a short story by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo, editors at Variety have reported that Stiller will produce and direct the project, while Dune screenwriter Eric Roth is penning the script. It is unclear what role Isaac will take on at this stage, though he will also serve as a producer alongside Jason Spire, Nicky Weinstock, and Nesbo, with Niclas Salomonsson to be executive producer.

Bosses at Lionsgate have acquired the rights to London, and in a statement, president Erin Westerman noted that she is excited to see Stiller and Isaac work together for the first time.

“This is an incredible team of filmmaking that has come together for this project. Eric is a master storyteller whose screenplays are canonised in film history; Ben’s work as a filmmaker, including his latest accomplishment, Escape at Dannemora, is astounding; Oscar is a force in all that he does, both behind and in front of the camera,” she commented.

Describing Nesbo’s short story as “evocative and memorable”, Westerman insisted she is confident the duo will create a “compelling story” for audiences.

“As fans, we are thrilled this tour de force of talent came together for such a compelling story, and as a studio, we are honoured they chose Lionsgate,” the executive added.

Isaac is currently in the post-production phases of Dune and Big Gold Brick, and is also filming The Card Counter. Meanwhile, Stiller is gearing up to direct two TV shows – Severance and Super Sad True Love Story. He was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Arrested Development and in 2017 movie Brad’s Status.

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Rebecca Ferguson praises Denis Villeneuve for expanding Dune character’s role

Rebecca Ferguson has praised her Dune director Denis Villeneuve for improving the female characters’ storylines in the sci-fi epic.The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress plays Lady Jessica, the mother of Timothee Chalamet’s young royal Paul At…

Rebecca Ferguson has praised her Dune director Denis Villeneuve for improving the female characters’ storylines in the sci-fi epic.

The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress plays Lady Jessica, the mother of Timothee Chalamet’s young royal Paul Atreides and concubine to Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto, in the Arrival filmmaker’s new two-movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel.

Lady Jessica is a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect of women who can read minds, control people with their voices, and manipulate the balance of power in the universe, and her duty is to deliver a saviour to the universe. In the new film, she is a “warrior priestess”, more fearsome than ever, and accordingly, Ferguson was thrilled with the expansion of her character.

“She’s a mother, she’s a concubine, she’s a soldier,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. “Denis was very respectful of Frank’s work in the book, (but) the quality of the arcs for much of the women have been brought up to a new level. There were some shifts he did, and they are beautifully portrayed now.”

The Blade Runner 2049 director wasn’t satisfied with just improving Lady Jessica’s story and wanted more female characters in the ensemble cast, so he made Dr. Liet-Kynes, a leading ecologist and peacekeeper, a woman and cast British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster in the role.

“What Denis had stated to me was there was a lack of female characters in his cast, and he had always been very feminist, pro-women, and wanted to write the role for a woman,” said the Rogue One star. “This human being manages to basically keep the peace amongst many people. Women are very good at that, so why can’t Kynes be a woman? Why shouldn’t Kynes be a woman?”

The first half of Dune will be released in cinemas in December.

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Denis Villeneuve names Dune as ‘most difficult’ project to date

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”. The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci…

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic novel for its latest big-screen adaptation has been hard work.

“It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality – and with a lot of characters,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair magazine. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is, therefore, the most valuable commodity in the universe. The scale and breadth of the story has confounded others, but Villeneuve realised early on that he needed to break the sprawling narrative in half.

“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” he explained. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

The Sicario filmmaker wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts and shot the film in desert locations in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates with a vast ensemble cast including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem.

And while the book was written 55 years ago, he believes the story of a planet being mined to death is still very relevant today.

“No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” the 52-year-old stated. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation – the overexploitation – of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

The first part of Dune is set to be released on 18 December.

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Timothee Chalamet struggled with scorching temperatures while filming Dune

Timothee Chalamet struggled to shoot the new Dune movie in scorching desert temperatures.The Oscar-nominated actor stars as young royal Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi epic, and in an interview with Vanity Fair magazin…

Timothee Chalamet struggled to shoot the new Dune movie in scorching desert temperatures.

The Oscar-nominated actor stars as young royal Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi epic, and in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine accompanying new images from the movie, the Call Me by Your Name star revealed the difficulties of filming in the desert.

“I remember going out of my room at 2am, and it being probably 100 degrees,” he recalled. “The shooting temperature was sometimes 120 degrees. They put a cap on it out there, if it gets too hot. I forget what the exact number is, but you can’t keep working.”

Chalamet and his co-star Rebecca Ferguson wore thick, rubbery armoured costumes, called stillsuits, during filming, and this helped them to realistically portray their characters’ frustration and tiredness while in the desert.

“In a really grounded way, it was helpful to be in the stillsuits and to be at that level of exhaustion,” he shared.

The film was shot in remote desert locations in Jordan and on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the 24-year-old found the shoot to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It was really surreal. There are these Goliath landscapes, which you may imagine existing on planets in our universe, but not on Earth,” Chalamet explained.

The Vanity Fair images also showed his co-stars Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin in costume as their characters.

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is therefore the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s book is being released in two instalments, the first of which is set to hit cinemas on 18 December.

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Kyle MacLachlan ‘very excited’ for Dune remake

Kyle MacLachlan is “very excited” to see Denis Villeneuve’s remake of sci-fi classic Dune.The original adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel, directed by David Lynch and released in 1984, is set in a distant future and follows the complex…

Kyle MacLachlan is “very excited” to see Denis Villeneuve’s remake of sci-fi classic Dune.

The original adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel, directed by David Lynch and released in 1984, is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is therefore the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The sci-fi epic was a critical and commercial flop, but has since gone on to become a cult classic, and has been remade by Blade Runner 2049 director Villeneuve with a star-studded cast including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, and Zendaya.

Twins Peaks star MacLachlan, who played protagonist Paul Atreides in the original, has told IMDb he’s eagerly looking forward to watching the remake.

“I’m very excited to see it,” he shared, before adding that there was “plenty of room” for Lynch and Villeneuve’s versions to exist alongside each other. “I’m very much looking forward to the vision Denis has. David Lynch, of course, it’s a very specific vision, so this will be something completely different, I’m sure. Why not have both stand on their own merits?”

In the upcoming remake, Chalamet will be playing Atreides, and MacLachlan has no problem with the Oscar-nominated star being cast in his old role.

“Timothee I think will do a fantastic job,” he stated.

When asked in a separate interview with IndieWire if he will have a cameo in the new Dune, MacLachlan ruled out the possibility by replying with a direct “no”.

Dune is expected to be released in cinemas on 18 December.

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Denis Villeneuve wants to make another Blade Runner movie

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de A…

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.

In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas.

While the sci-fi sequel was a hit with the critics, it was a box office disappointment and fell much shorter than projections.

However, Villeneuve hasn’t been put off by the experience and would be keen to explore that universe further, although he would prefer to make an “unconnected” film rather than a direct follow-up.

“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he told Empire magazine. “The problem I have is the word ‘sequel’. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”

The French-Canadian director, who is currently finishing up his remake of Dune, previously shared that he was confused about why the positive reviews didn’t translate to better box offices sales with Blade Runner 2049, which had a running time of two hours and 44 minutes.

“We had the best (critics’ reviews). I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time, the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tonnes of money, but not enough,” the 52-year-old told Yahoo. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies – I don’t sell them.”

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Dave Bautista: ‘Denis Villeneuve is the best person to reboot Dune’

Dave Bautista has insisted director Denis Villeneuve is “the best person” to reboot epic sci-fi movie Dune because he was a big fan of the books growing up.The Guardians of the Galaxy actor first worked with the Arrival filmmaker on 2017’s Blade …

Dave Bautista has insisted director Denis Villeneuve is “the best person” to reboot epic sci-fi movie Dune because he was a big fan of the books growing up.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor first worked with the Arrival filmmaker on 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 and recently reunited with him to play Glossu Rabban in Dune, a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, after David Lynch’s attempt in 1984.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista insisted Villeneuve is perfect for the job because he genuinely cares about the source material.

“His take on Dune is very true to the books. If you know his style of filmmaking, it’s perfect. He was tailor-made to do this,” he gushed. “I hope he won’t mind that I’m saying this, but when I talked to him about Dune, he said that he really wanted to pay honour to the books. He was such a fan of the books growing up. So, people who are fans of the book are just going to love this film. They’re actually going to see all these characters brought to life. He’s absolutely, without a doubt, the best person to do it.”

Bautista also explained that he won’t make any decisions about his character, also known as the Beast, before he begins filming because he made a mistake by doing that on Blade Runner 2049, when he came in with an idea of who his character was and Villeneuve gave him a completely different direction.

“So, I don’t want to wrap my head around my idea of who the Beast is before I get there. I just know Denis is going to tell me that he is someone else,” the 50-year-old laughed. “So, I will follow his direction.”

Dune follows the conflict between two rival noble families as they battle for control of desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, which is the only source of “the spice”, a drug which can extend human life, making it the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson and is expected to be split into two films, with the first being released in November 2020.

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Javier Bardem in talks to join live-action The Little Mermaid – report

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with …

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.

The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with the report also confirmed by Deadline.

If cast, Bardem will join R&B singer Halle Bailey, who has been announced as Ariel, while Harry Styles has become an early favourite to land the role of love interest Prince Eric.

Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina have also been linked to parts in the film, a remake of the 1989 animated classic, to be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall.

Earlier this month, Terry Crews put himself forward for the role of King Triton, sharing a digitally altered picture of himself as the underwater ruler on Twitter.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor captioned the image.

He’s not the only star fighting for a role in the film – singer Lizzo is also keen to take on the part of sea witch Ursula in the movie, and recently posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus online and appeared to audition for the part.

Bardem has previously worked with Disney on 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in which he played the main antagonist Armando Salazar. The 50-year-old most recently starred in Everybody Knows opposite his wife Penelope Cruz, is currently filming Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, and is in the post-production phases of Sally Potter’s drama Molly, which follows a turbulent 24 hours in the life of a father and daughter.

The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is expected to begin filming shortly. A potential release date has not been announced.

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