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
In advance of his Sunday appearance on El Rey Network’s 'The Director’s Chair,' a chat about his career in movies
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.
On Friday, the R-rated feline comedy Keanu opened to $3.5 million from 2,658 theaters at the North American box office, enough to beat Garry Marshall’s star-studded Mother’s Day, which grossed an estimated $2.7 million from 3,035 theaters. Neither, of course, were able to beat holdover The Jungle Book, which earned another $10.3 million to jump the $600 million mark globally for Disney and director Jon Favreau. Disney will enjoy world domination this weekend between Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War, which is opening in numerous foreign markets a week ahead of its May 6 domestic launch.
Without Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Universal’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War flopped at the North American box office, grossing $20.1 million from 3,792 theaters despite a net budget of $115 million. Rather, The Jungle Book remained king of the multiplex as it raced past the $500 million mark globally. Jungle Book’s performance further solidifies Disney’s prowess in spinning classic tales into live-action tentpoles.
By Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book opened to a massive $103.6 million at the North American box office in another win for Disney’s live-action studio as it spins classic titles into modern-day tentpoles. Overseas, the family friendly movie is also doing enormous business, grossing $136.1 million over the weekend for a foreign total of $187.4 million and early global tally of $291 million (it began rolling out in some territories a week ago). In North America, Jungle Book scored the No. 2 opening of all time for the month of April behind last year’s Furious 7 ($146.2 million), and besting the likes of Captain America: The Winter Solider ($95 million), Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Fast and Furious ($71 million). Jungle Book, a live-action/CGI reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous book about an orphaned human boy whose guardians are animals, was buoyed by rave reviews and an A CinemaScore.
Here’s how you know that Disney is feeling bullish rather than bearish about Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book opening in theaters Friday.
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.
Before Jon Favreau's reboot hits screens, we look back at the previous attempt to make a live-action film from its 1967 animated hit; it hasn't aged well
Disney already in talks with director and writer of much anticipated live-action/CGI hybrid reboot of 1967 animated film for a follow-up
DC superhero movie will arrive June 2, 2017 rather than June 23, 2017; second Kipling adaptation shifts to Oct. 19, 2018, from Oct. 6, 2017
Garry Shandling’s sudden death last month at age 66 shocked friends and fans alike. One person particularly stung by the loss was Jon Favreau, who brought Shandling back to the screen in Iron Man 2 following the entertainer’s hiatus from acting. Favreau also recruited Shandling for what would become his final film credit: the possessive porcupine Ikki in ‘The Jungle Book,’ a film that Favreau has dedicated to his friend’s memory.
Lupita Nyong'o seemed to be in two places at once on Monday. As the Oscar winner spent the morning doing the media rounds for her voice role as the she-wolf Raksha in the Jon Favreau’s upcoming Jungle Book remake, the Internet was going crazy over an image of the actress, in the guise of her Star Wars character, Maz Kanata, appearing in a soundstage in Great Britain, where the sequel is currently filming. http://rcjohnso.tumblr.com/post/142244762595 Beamed via Star Wars: Episode VIII filmmaker Rian Johnson’s Tumblr, the photo shows standups of Maz on what appears to be a motion-capture stage. Nyong’o will be reprising her role as the sagacious space pirate in the sequel (Lucasfilm confirmed as much when Episode VIII commenced shooting); we also know she has been hanging with her co-stars recently, thanks to an image Mark Hamill posted on Twitter on Monday (also featuring a photo-bombing Oscar Isaac) that appeared to be taken from the set. Cuddling adorable Lupita-who’s seeking a little fatherly advice(as Oscar kindly provides bunny ears) #PhotoBomberPoe pic.twitter.com/JBorN3Nel0 — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 4, 2016 We’re not sure when Hamill took the picture, though, since Nyong’o, along with her Jungle Book cast mates, was with Yahoo Movies to talk about her current Disney film two hours after the tweet went up.
The beguilingly credible CGI rendering of real-life animals takes its biggest leap forward since Life of Pi in Disney’s new telling of The Jungle Book.Exceptionally beautiful to behold and bolstered by a stellar vocal cast, this umpteenth film rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s tales of young Mowgli’s adventures amongst the creatures of the Indian jungle proves entirely engaging, even if it’s ultimately lacking in subtext and thematic heft. Most Jungle Book big-screen adaptations have done very well at the box office — the 1967 version, the last animated film Walt Disney personally supervised, was the second-biggest grosser of its year, behind only The Graduate — and this one will be no exception upon its April 15 release as it takes the baton from the studio’s fresher, more original smash Zootopia.
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.
The two-dimensional Shere Khan in Disney’s original Jungle Book animation was imposing. When you tack on a third dimension and pair that with advanced computer graphics and Idris Elba’s deep bravado, the homicidal Bengal tiger becomes all the more terrifying.
Disney’s new version of The Jungle Book (out April 15) will feature a groundbreaking mix of live action and CG animation to update Rudyard Kipling’s turn-of-the-century story about the fantastical jungle adventures of a young boy named Mowgli. To bring all those fearsome beasts to life, director Jon Favreau is also relying on an A-list voice cast, including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johannson, and Christopher Walken. The studio just released a collection of photos that shows the stars posing with their CG characters. Click through to see who answered the call of the wild.
Filmmaker reveals Easter eggs in the trailer and his motivation for changing parts of the 1967 cartoon classic for his upcoming photorealistic digital film.
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.
To turn Disney’s classic cartoon The Jungle Book into a live-action movie, director Jon Favreau had to look for the bare necessities. “A lot of liberty was taken in tone in the ’67 animated film, because the source material was much darker,” Favreau tells Yahoo Movies during a chat at D23.