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SH S3E21: Best Live-Action Fantasy Movies

SH S3E21: Best Live-Action Fantasy Movies
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It’s time for the Best Live-Action Fantasy Movies of All-Time! That’s right, we sit down and provide our Top 5 fantasy movies, making up a solid list of 20 live-action films. Before we jump into that, we talk some news including the directors leaving the Han Solo movie, plus the reality of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman pay.

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SH S3E21: Best Live-Action Fantasy Movies

Thundercats FanCast

Transcribed from Screen Heroes S1, Ep. 23 Planet Comicon Recap and Thundercats FanCast

Rumors surrounding a live action Thundercats have circled the web for years, with the dreaded Michael Bay begging for the opportunity to direct it. Since that film would be absolutely terrible, we decided to cast it first!  Who would you cast in a live action Thundercats film? We know who we would! Check out our personal picks below. Guest Ian Turner from Costume Couture and Haus of Turner Cosplay joins us.

Ryan:

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Lion-O: Henry Cavill
Panthro: Dave Bautista
Cheetara: Milla Jovovich
Tygra: Orlando Bloom


WilyKit: Maisie Williams
WilyKat: Asa Butterfield
Snarf: Steve Buscemi/Jack Black
Jaga: Kurt Russell

Mumm-Ra: Hugo Weaving
Vultureman: Michael Keaton
Slythe: Idris Elba
Jackalman: Jackie Earle Haley
Monkian: Andy Serkis

Ian:

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Lion-O: Chris Hemsworth/Chris Pine
Panthro: Vin Diesel/Dwayne Johnson
Cheetara: Milla Jovovich/Scarlet Johansson
Tygra: Hugh Jackman/Ewan McGregor


Jaga: Patrick Stewart
Mumm-Ra: Ian McKellan
Monkian: Ron Perlman
Slythe: Andy Serkis
Jackalman: Willem DaFoe

Derreck:

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Panthro: Anthony Mackie
Cheetara: Kate Beckinsale
Tygra: Taron Egerton
Jaga: Gary Oldman
Mumm-Ra: Vin Diesel
Pumyra: Zoe Saldana
Lynx-O: Jai Courtney

Rae:

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Lion-O: Idris Elba
Panthro: Vin Diesel
Cheetara: Zoe Saldana
Tygra: Jason Momoa

Ben-Gali: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Pumyra: Jessica Chastain
Lynx-O: Chris Hemsworth
Snarf: Warwick Davis

Jaga: Robbie Coltrane
Claudus: Brian Blessed
Mumm-Ra: Robert DeNiro

Ratar-O: Danny DeVito
Slythe: Jonathan Rhys Davies
Jackalman: Christopher Eccleston

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What did you think? Which cast was the best? Who would you cast? Let us know in the comments. And to listen to the original episode, go here!

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Thundercats FanCast

Beauty and the Beast Teaser Released

The first teaser for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast released today, starring Emma Watson in the titular role.  Set for a March 2017 debut, the filming has been kept very quiet since it began.  There has yet to be any major set or costume leaks whatsoever.  Today, we get our first look at the film. You can watch the first Beauty and the Beast teaser below, and for those who can’t watch can read my description beneath that.

For those unable to watch, it begins with the outside of the Beast’s castle, mimicking the familiar Disney logo, with a snowy trail of pixie dust arcing over it. A slowed version of the original trailer’s music begins to play, which I have to admit, excited me greatly. We get a beautifully dreary look at the Beast’s castle.  It’s an elegant time lapse depicting the castle in its glory days to its dismal, dusty present.  Cracks in the floors appear, cobwebs collects, and gorgeous candles melt to nothing.  A portrait of the royal family appear, king and queen included this time, and the prince depicted as a young man this time (correcting the oversight of his portrait as an adult from the cartoon). Then the infamous scratches across his face appear with a snarl echoing as it cuts to black.

Finally! We’re gonna get to see the Beauty, Belle.  The broken door to the castle creaks open and a shadow appears.  Lumiere and Cogsworth exclaim it’s a girl and she might be the one! Then we hear Emma Watson’s very melodic voice say, “Hello?”  Then the familiar “Tale as Old as Time” begins to play. The magic rose appears, and Belle’s eyes can be seen gazing upon it.

What did you think? As one of my all time favorite Disney movies, I am absolutely thrilled to see Beauty and the Beast come to life. Beauty and the Beast has done phenomenally well both in theaters as an animated feature, being the first to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy, and won a Tony award while on Broadway.  While it’s hard to say what other deviations will be taken with the film at this point, I’d like to think that this will follow the footsteps of Maleficent and Cinderella and not feature any singing, but have the original score play in the background. I’m also sure this is when Disney will officially confirm the Beast has an actual name (fun fact: he did not in the animated film. Fans were bothered by this for years, and once a concept piece of the character appeared with the name “Adam” next to it, they ate it up. Fans have been calling him that ever since.)

The film stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, and Ewan McGregor and is directed by Bill Condon. See it in theaters March 17, 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Teaser Released

Disney Reserves Dates for 8 Upcoming Live Action Films

This week, Disney reserved the dates for 8 different films, believed to be the release dates for their upcoming live action films. It’s no coincidence that they have announced these dates following their extreme success with The Jungle Book.  While Disney has had mixed results with live action films (sorry, John Carter, I liked you), as of lately they’ve had giant hits with their fairy tale adaptations, such as Maleficent and Cinderella as well.

Disney Maleficent

Dates are listed below:

  • July 28, 2017: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action), previously dated December 22, 2017
  • April 4, 2018: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • August 3, 2018: Untitled Disney Live Action
  • November 2, 2018: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • December 25, 2018: Untitled Disney Live Action
  • March 29, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • November 8, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • December 20, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)

Within the last year, Disney has announced multiple fairy tale related projects that are in development at one stage or another in the process.  Listed below are the projects that are the most likely candidates for the above dates.

  • Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing
  • A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing
  • Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing
  • Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger
  • A sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Maleficent 2 with Angelia Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Woolverton writing
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell
  • The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning
  • A Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing

This does not include the Peter Pan live action film from director David Lowery of Pete’s Dragon or the rumored Winnie the Pooh and Mulan, or spinoffs based on GeniesPrince Charming, and Rose Red.  Also missing from the fold are Beauty and the Beast live action take starring Emma Watson and the fifth installment of the “Pirates” franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales bringing back Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

But what about Disney’s upcoming animated films? They haven’t been forgotten either.  With unknown dates planned for Frozen 2, they are also planning on the following animation:

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  • Finding Dory  with returning cast members Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks, along with newcomer Ty Burrell, expected June 17, 2016
  • Moana starring Dwayne Johnson and directors Ron Clements and John Musker, out November 23, 2016
  • Cars 3 written by Robert Baird and Dan Gerson, expected June 16, 2017
  • Coco  a Dia de los Muertos based story directed by Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich, expected November 22, 2017
  • Gigantic a loosely based take on Jack and the Beanstalk, expected March 9, 2018
  • Toy Story 4 written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, expected June 15, 2018
  • The Incredibles 2 bringing back director Brad Bird, out June 21, 2019

Combining these with the ambitious schedules of franchise titans Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, Disney has the potential to pull in more money over the next 4 years than any other entertainment studio.

While I will always be a Disney fan, and most of these movies personally appeal to me, I believe it is safe to say Disney may be throwing its weight around a little here. Most of these films, along with their upcoming animated films as well, will dominate the box office and monopolize 3D screens across the country, leaving very little screens for everything else.

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What’s your take on this extensive schedule? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?  Personally, I’ve been waiting for a Disney adaptation of The Nutcracker for my entire life.  It’s a very magical story that could use their touch.

Disney Reserves Dates for 8 Upcoming Live Action Films