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VVNG’s Entertainment News – 3rd Week of April

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DISNEY MOVIE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Since the live-action versions of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and Beast recently made enough movie at the box-office, to sustain several small countries, Disney is going to continue to bring more of its beloved animated classics back to the big screen… But like, with real people and stuff.  Here are some of the plans they have for the near future:

 

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WILL SMITH AS THE GENIE

Disney is currently in negotiations to cast Will Smith as the Genie in the upcoming, live-action adaptation of Aladdin. Although Mr. Smith wasn’t Mr. Mouse’s first choice to play the blue man trapped in a bottle (lamp, I know). Kevin Hart was offered the role first but, that deal didn’t go through. I could definitely see Willy as a lovable magical being. We are just going to have to wait and see if Will Smith makes a deal with the Mouse House. Do you like the idea of the Fresh Prince being the new Genie or would you have preferred to see Kevin Hart play the role?

 

RELEASE DATES FOR OTHER DISNEY FLICKS

It’s nice to see that Disney will be very busy for at least the next few years. These are the release dates for some of their upcoming flicks:

 

Live-action Mulan November 2nd, 2018

Wreck it Ralph 2 November 21st, 2018

Live-action Lion King July 19th, 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX May 24th, 2019

Frozen 2 November 27th, 2019

Indiana Jones 5 July 10th, 2020

 

Which of those are you looking forward to watching?

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY RIDE

A new ride will be opening on May 27th 2017 at Disney’s California Adventure. That ride is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! I can’t wait to check this ride out. It is replacing the Tower of Terror that was previously there and was a favorite amongst crazy-rides, enthusiasts. Here is what Marvel said about the ride:

 

The fortress shimmers with colorful and sparkling details; pipes cross and climb the exterior, carrying the organic matter the Tivan Group has mined to power the massive generator that powers the entire building, keeping every cage locked and the valuable collection secure. Rising and falling gantry lifts peek out of doors exposed through the corroded, burnt metal, and it even looks as if the structure may have taken laser fire and blasts. Has someone tried to attack the facility?

 

And here are a few pics of how the ride looks from the outside:

DEADPOOL RELEASE DATE

In other Disney news (totally joking), Deadpool 2 will be coming out on June 1st 2018. I know it seems like a long time from now, but we will be watching the hilarious Merc with a Mouth, faster than Deadpool can grow his little hand. Ryan Reynolds will return to play the lovable superhero and this time he will be joined by Josh Brolin who will play Cable. The director of John Wick will be directing this time around, so I’m looking forward to watching Deadpool practicing some badass Gun-Fu.  

 

FREE FIRE MOVIE REVIEW

(VVNG.com) Things go from zero to insanely chaotic faster than any of the countless bullets that are shot in this hilarious and intense dark-comedy. This movie is a must see for its simple, yet complicated, premise, its top-notch cast and for the fact that every frame of the flick is oozing with coolness. Not a moment goes by in this movie without a cool song playing or a cool character acting, looking and/or talking cool, or a cool line being delivered in a hysterically cool way… I guess what I’m trying to say here, is that this movie is cooler than a plate of cool beans and twice as fascinating.

 

Click Here for the Full Review

 

NEW MOVIE TRAILERS

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (September 22nd 2017)

Sometimes I am in the mood to watch a scene from a movie that is complete badassery, so I put on Kingsman and skip to the part where Colin Firth goes bananas on a church full of hateful people. I hope the upcoming sequel has a scene that is at least ⅛ as awesome as that.

 

 

Synopsis: With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

 

The Beguiled (June 23rd 2017)

Oh no, what have they done to poor old Colin Farrell? I guess he is going to get what he deserves for cheating in a house full of women.

 

 

Synopsis: An injured Union soldier arrives at an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounds and offer him shelter and companionship.

 

Little Hours (June 30th 2017)

This looks like it’s going to be super raunchy, but I like all the actors in it sooooooo, yeah, I’m gonna watch it.

 

 

Synopsis: Medieval nuns Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso brings on newly hired hand Massetto, a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover.

 

American Assassin  (September 15th 2017)

This movie is definitely going into my most anticipated movies list. Looks like a real world John Wick kicking lots of terrorist butts.

 

 

Synopsis: Black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions.

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

This week I am conflicted as to which movie to watch. On one hand, The Circle looks REALLY good, the premise seems creepily realistic and, how can you go wrong with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks? On the other hand, How to be a Latin Lover looks pretty funny and I have a feeling that if I don’t watch this one, my mexican family will see it as blasphemy, since Eugenio Derbez is like a saint in Mexico. Which of these 2 flicks are you checking out this weekend? Please help me decide!

 

How to be a Latin Lover is rated PG-13 and stars Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek

 

Synopsis: Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) gets the surprise of his life when his wealthy, 80-year-old wife dumps him for a younger car salesman. Forced out of his mansion, he must now move in with his estranged sister Sara (Salma Hayek) and her nerdy but adorable son Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo hatches a scheme to seduce a widowed billionaire (Raquel Welch) and live the high life once again.

 

The Circle is rated PG-13 and stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks

 

Synopsis: Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world’s most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity.

 

RETRO FLICK OF THE WEEK

COMING TO AMERICA (1988)

I had never seen Coming to America before. The other night, my brother, Lalo, picked it for Movie Night and I loved it so much. It is one of the best Eddie Murphy films I have ever watched. It is hilarious, original, creative and amusing. I recommend you watch this flick if you are in the mood to laugh and/or to see just how cheap gas was in the late 80s.

 

Coming to America is rated R and stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones.

 

 

Synopsis: A pampered African prince (Eddie Murphy) wants more out of life than the beautiful woman to whom he’s engaged. So, he heads to America to find a mate who will fall for him, not his riches, in this comedy from John Landis. Joined by his trusty sidekick (Arsenio Hall), the prince plunges into a job at a fast-food chain — and romance with the boss’s daughter. Murphy and Hall play a range of colorful characters, thanks to Oscar-nominated makeup wizardry.

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Ezequiel T (a.k.a., El Checky) is a Translator with a lifelong passion for films. He has been reviewing movies for years and has been watching, discussing and sometimes even making them for as long as he can remember. When reviewing them, he has a simple way of recommending a good movie by giving it The “Checky™ Seal Of Approval!” which is due to his childhood nickname. He currently lives in Victorville, CA with his wife of 12 years, Joanna.