By Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is at the top of the pack for this year’s Saturn Awards Nominations, with the film bringing in 11 nominations.It was a good year for Disney in other ways as well, with Steven Spielberg’s The BFG tying Doctor Strange with 10 nominations and Captain America: Civil War recognized in eight categories. Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in six nominations. ...
Five of the remaining contenders are from the Disney family; 'Kubo and the Two Strings' could be first animated film to get a nomination in this category since 1993
When Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book came out earlier this year and won glowing reviews and staggering box-office receipts, many wondered what the point was of Andy Serkis directing his own version of the Rudyard Kipling book for Warner Bros. Yes, it’s got a great cast including Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Planet of the Apes veteran Serkis is a motion-capture pioneer, but what can it bring to the table that Favreau’s didn’t already? “It’s a PG-13, more a kind of Apes movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s.” Serkis said that movies these days are too cautious when it comes to children. “Kids are so sophisticated,” he continued, “and that is why our Jungle Book is quite dark.
In its third weekend, the movie continued to exceed expectations, grossing $42.4 million in North America to crush new offerings Mother’s Day and R-rated feline comedy, Keanu. Heading into the frame, most thought Jungle Book would earn around $35 million, but numbers kept being revised upwards Saturday and Sunday. Jungle Book, which fell a scant 30 percent domestically, has now earned $684.8 million globally.
Disney is reopening the The Jungle Book this week. This time, director Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic animals are replacing the cartoon critters of the studio’s previous adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories. Earlier this month, Yahoo Movies spent some time with Favreau and several cast members — Neel Sethi (the 10-year-old newcomer who plays Mowgli), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera, the wise panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha, the mother wolf), and Giancarlo Esposito (Akela, the leader of the wolf pack) — and got their exclusive first-hand insights into the creation of the film.
Sadly there was no shot of Bill Murray posing with a bear last week when Disney released a cool series of shots placing its Jungle Book stars alongside the animals they voice. The scene shows the first face-to-face encounter between Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi) and Baloo, coming shortly after the bear has saved the man-cub from the “jaws of death” (likely meaning the attack of the tiger Shere Khan, voiced by Idris Elba). Now Baloo is bent on The Big Payback.
Sir Ben Kingsley may be playing an animated cat in Disney’s The Jungle Book, but he’s not one to rest on his laurels. The Oscar winner put great thought into developing the voice of black panther Bagheera, who becomes a kind of father figure to the abandoned child Mowgli (played by Neel Sethi). “I offered an Indian accent to [director Jon Favreau] for my Bagheera,” Kingsley tells Yahoo Movies.