Disney planning live-action “Lady and the Tramp”

In a world of reboots, sequels and Disney remakes are we really surprised that we’re getting a live-action version of Lady and the Tramp?

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It appears as though the live-action remake of the 1955 animated film will be slated for the upcoming Disney Live Streaming Service, alongside other products such as the recently announced live action Star Wars TV series.

Lady and the Tramp will follow other live action remakes such as MulanThe Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

The script has been written by Andrew Bujalski and The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean has been brought on to helm the product.

New York Toy Fair: Funko Pop Announcements

If, like me, you’re a fan of the Funko Pop toy line then you’ll probably get excited by the prospects of the New York Toy Fair. Week never fear because I’m here to fill you in on everything that was announced!

With franchises as diverse as the Rugrats, WWE and Marvel, the Funko Pop toy line has taken the world by storm over the last decade and every year the fan favourite company takes centre stage at the New York Toy Fair to announce a whole host of new entries into the range.

This year was no different and Funko dominated social media throughout the day as they drip fed a steady stream of new Funko’s (And other products) for people to get excited about. With products coming from franchises such as Jurassic World, Marvel, MLB, Nickelodeon, Game of Thrones, Ready Player One, WWE, IT and Overwatch the lineup certainly has something for everyone.

The full range of announced Pops can be found in our coverage video below.

Our personal favourites from the new range of Pops announced were the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trio and the Moana collection.

UK Investment Into Film Industry Breaks Records

Investment into the UK hub of film and TV production has accelerated to £1.9 billion in 2017.

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Following the production of films such as Solo: A Star Wars StoryJurassic World: Fallen KingdomDumboFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldTomb Raider and Ready Player One the UK inward investment on feature films has risen 12% from the previous year.

The latest figures were released by the British Film Institute on Wednesday and also show a rise in cinema admissions, reaching 171 million (A 3.7% increase on 2016).

Offering comment on the figures Digital and Creative Industries Minister Margot James said:

“From Star Wars to The Crown, the UK is a creative powerhouse for developing many award-winning films and shows enjoyed by millions globally. We have world-class studios, a talented workforce and highly competitive tax reliefs, and these fantastic stats show investment in our screen industries is booming.”

Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the BFI, comments:

“Once again, film and high-end TV surpass expectation, and records are broken, with a staggering almost £3bn spent on film and high-end TV production in the UK. Film and TV is a consistently growing industry, and doing so at speed – collectively up 11% from last year – outstripping most other sectors. Productions such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Paddington 2 and Game of Thrones deliver new employment opportunities for everyone, with every conceivable skill required, from special effects designers to costumiers, accountants and drivers. What’s more it creates the most potent export to showcase the UK and our innate creativity and is a powerful and timely reminder of the UK as a major global player.”

The figures depict a very positive trend for the UK’s film and TV industry, and one that is likely to continue throughout the coming years as the Government looks to solidify the sector which is proving both profitable and world-leading.

Andy Serkis teases Snoke return

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE LAST JEDI BELOW

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The decision to kill of Snoke in Episode 8 was a devisive one to say the least. But speaking in an interview with /Film’s Peter Sciretta, Andy Serkis has revealed that all may not be as it seems for the former Supreme Leader of the First Order.

Sciretta set up the topic by asking:
“I’d like to ask a quick Star Wars question. Supreme Leader Snoke was seemingly set up as this ultimate galactic villain in The Force Awakens, so what was your reaction when you first read the script for The Last Jedi and discovered that your character would die in that way?”

Rather than turning down the question or offering up the usual political answer that Star Wars cast members seem to have in infinite supply, Serkis actually offered up a tease that may get the Star Wars fandom talking once again.

His reply:
“Look, it’s Star Wars, so you never know how life, or whether life can be come back to or not. Whether you can be resuscitated or brought back. I was shocked. Dramatically, it felt absolutely right for that moment in the film, so I didn’t question it. I just think it’s a very, very important scene, so I didn’t question it. But I do, I know it’s left fans feeling like, that they were really searching for something there. And what I’m saying is, who knows?”

It was later confirmed in the interview that Serkis had not spoken to JJ Abrams about Episode 9 following the release of Episode 8. But it’s a tantalizing tease for those fans who wanted more out of the Trilogy’s supposed “big bad”.

After all is said and done this is little more than fan theories again, but it’s a fun prospect that the doors are really wide open for where Abrams wants to take the final film in the trilogy he started. Personally I’m a big fan of the Snoke return concept, so kudos to /Film and Peter Sciretta for getting the tease out of the performance capture King.