Disney’s Lilo & Stitch Is Getting A Live-Action Remake

Get ready to strap in for another Hawaiian rollercoaster ride! Lilo & Stitch is the latest Disney animated film set to be reimagined as a live-action feature film. The beloved tale of an oddball young girl’s close encounter with an intergalactic fugitive is the most contemporary Disney title to join the studio’s highly-successful strategy to revisit their nostalgic big hits. The new Lilo & Stitch project has hired newcomer Mike Van Waes to write the script, with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the producers behind the upcoming Aladdin live-action remake and LEGO Movie co-producer Ryan Halprin also attached.

The exciting announcement comes just 16 years after the release of the animated film, during an otherwise bleak era for the studio. After a string of smash musical hits in the ’90s, forgettable releases such as Dinosaur, Brother Bear and Home on the Range got Disney off to a rough start at the turn of the century. While Lilo & Stitch wasn’t a box office success by any means, taking home $145 million domestically at the box office, over the years it has gained traction and become one of the studios most underrated and adored properties. Following the release of Lilo & Stitch in 2002, the characters returned for two direct-to-video sequels and had a Disney Channel television series for two seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s unclear whether the live-action Lilo & Stitch will be hitting theaters or as an addition to Disney’s streaming service launching in 2019. The studio has previously announced that some of the long list of its live-action remakes are exclusively being produced for the upcoming streaming platform, including Lady & the Tramp and Sword in the Stone. Scriptwriter Mike Van Waes is relatively new to the industry, currently attached to pen two horror projects, The Conjuring 2 spin-off The Crooked Man and the Wizard of Oz-themed film Not in Kansas. The live-action remake could go in a variety of directions tonally and the question as to how close it will draw from the original animated film is unknown.

The uniqueness and admiration for Lilo & Stitch was found within the quick-witted comedy story of two misfit characters, a lonely girl and a destructive alien, who find “Ohana” with each other and through their bond. The film was an outlier for studio at the time, as it featured an original story of two Hawaiian women in a modern day setting, and dealt with a young woman raising her little sister and attempting to gain the approval of social workers in order to keep her within her care.

Since the live-action Lilo & Stitch is in the early stage of development, a release date has not yet been announced. The film will follow a string of other nostalgic Disney live-action reimagining’s of their animated films, with Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King all set to drop in 2019.

Bizarre Fake Interview Of Drew Barrymore Goes Viral, And She’s Not Happy

There’s a fake interview with Drew Barrymore floating around right now, and the beloved actress is not the least bit amused about it. While it’s sometimes hard to know what is true and what is otherwise on the Internet in this day-and-age, it appears that this outlandish interview “with” Drew Barrymore is totally fabricated. Now, Barrymore and her team are trying to get down to the bottom of it. A spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Diet star/producer cleared the air about the fabricated in-flight magazine article, which was pretty ludicrous. Here’s what we know about this odd story.

On Tuesday, as it was reported by USA Today, there was an interview with Drew Barrymore found inside the Egypt Air in-flight magazine that was odd, to say the least. It featured an introduction that passengers deemed a bit offensive. It called out Drew Barrymore for her “several unsuccessful marriages,” and it implied that motherhood was an “unlimited vacation” for the film and television actress. They also claimed that Drew Barrymore was “subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure,” notably since the time that her own parents got divorced. The article was intended to be focused on Barrymore’s role as a mother, particularly when she is balancing her time with various projects — including her darkly comedic Netflix series. But the general tone of the article was reported to be dismissive and inconsiderate, and that is one big reason why Barrymore’s team is mad.

Furthermore, when it comes to direct quotes from Drew Barrymore inside the magazine interview, the content from the alleged quotes are dubious. Here are a few of the quotes found inside the article that Barrymore and her team find dubious and irresponsible. You can judge if they’re real or not.

Suffice to say, Drew Barrymore is fighting back against this published interview. In addition to the content of the article, which the famous actress finds intolerable on its own, the reportedly fake article centered around Drew Barrymore is also littered with punctuation errors and grammar mistakes. That only adds fuel to the fire that it is fake or, at the very least, quickly and poorly put together. Egypt Air has yet to speak out about the criticized article.

According to Drew Barrymore’s spokesperson, the actress didn’t participate in this interview and the comments that are reportedly made by Drew Barrymore are reportedly falsified. The spokesperson is also reportedly working with the airliner’s PR team to figure out what happened and deal with this situation. But they are definitely not happy. We’ll keep you posted on further details about this story when they arrive right here at CinemaBlend.

New Study Claims Connection Between Violent Video Games And Aggression In Youths

A recent study sought to discover whether or not playing violent video games can be linked to physical aggression in youngsters and, according to lead author Jay Hull, the answer is “yes.” Hull admits that this study does not answer the question of whether or not playing violent video games actually causes violent behavior but, according to his findings, there’s definitely a small link between people who play violent video games and then go on to engage in risky behavior.

The study, originally published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and reported on by USA Today, actually draws from 24 individual studies conducted around the world. Participants include the United States, Japan, Germany and Canada, with 17,000 individuals from the ages of nine to 19 involved. These studies were conducted at various times throughout a seven-year period, from 2010 to 2017.

At its most basic level, Hull’s study states that there is a perceivable connection between adolescents who play violent video games and those who act more aggressively. Examples of this more risky behavior include everything from reckless driving and heavy drinking to unsafe sex and striking an individual who is not a family member. According to Hull, this connection is “relatively small, but statistically reliable.” Games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto were specifically cited, as well as the original Doom series. Hull said he actually first became interested in studying this possible phenomenon when he learned that the individuals responsible for the Columbine school shooting played Doom.

Hull clarifies that his study does not conclude that playing violent video games “causes” a person to become more violent. As he notes in the report, it’s possible these people were simply predisposed to be violent individuals and, therefore, were also drawn to more violent forms of entertainment, including violent games. However, either way, he states that parents should be concerned if their youngsters are playing a lot of violent games, as the end result is the same. As Hull puts it, whether it is because of the games or the individual’s existing mental state, they may have a “warped sense of right or wrong,” which probably means it’s time for some in-depth parenting.

The question concerning a link between violent games and violent behavior has been ongoing for decades now, but, so far, results have been inconclusive. Even Hull admits that the link his own study found is small and, again, a plethora of other factors should be considered in these types of situations.

Whether or not a link exists, the most practical step concerned parents can consider is paying attention to what their kids are playing and becoming familiar with the ESRB rating system. If a game is rated “M for Mature,” it’s probably not the kind of thing a 13-year-old should be playing.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Is Losing One Star For Season 6

Ahead of Season 6, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is losing a member of its ensemble. Taking to social media, one of the show’s stars announced the news, which entails a silver lining for fans not wanting to say goodbye. Chelsea Peretti, who portrays Gina Linetti and has appeared on Brooklyn Nine-Nine since the beginning of the show, announced she is departing with a hopeful twist. Read her tweet for yourself below:

The key wording in Chelsea Peretti’s tweet is that she says that she will not be back for a full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which does not rule out a partial season for the star. The actress also hints that her departure will not mean she will be gone from the series forever. So, you have to take the bitter with the sweet because there is a pretty shiny lining here.

Chelsea Peretti did not stop there. Saying goodbye to a show you have been a part of for five years takes a little more than a single tweet. The actress continued her three-tweet missive announcing her departure with a middle tweet that paid hilarious tribute to her character, Gina. Explaining that she did not know what to say next, Peretti found inspiration in another actress’ exit announcement. Peretti said:

Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum announced her departure from the long-running dramedy on social media. As promised, in a third tweet, Chelsea Peretti bolded the parts from Rossum’s announcement that she felt were applicable to hers. There are a lot of similarities between the two actresses’ departures. Among the things Chelsea Peretti bolded from Rossum’s exit statement were some things that rang relevant to the former’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine journey, while some were clearly bolded in jest.

In response to her announcement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have been expressing their sadness on Twitter, including using hilarious GIFs from the show to express their feelings. Clearly, a crucial part of the show will be missing when the series returns. It is not the first time the 99th Precinct has been without its sardonic star.

Chelsea Peretti previously missed the first half of Season 5, while on maternity leave. As you might expect, the how and why of Gina’s Season 6 exit will likely be addressed when Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns. As for why Peretti is leaving the show and where fans can expect to see her next, she did not say, so stay tuned.

A premiere date for the sixth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has not been set yet. The comedy is expected to bow sometime in the midseason of NBC’s schedule. While you wait for the show’s return, there are a bevy of TV series set to make their returns and premieres this fall on NBC and other networks.

Venom’s Pre-Ticket Sales Are Beating Out Some Of The MCU’s Recent Movies

The critical reaction towards Venom may not be great overall so far, but on the commercial side of things, the movie looks like it’s going to be a powerhouse performer. Last month, it was estimated that Venom could kick off domestically in the $55-$85 million range, and as of yesterday, Eddie Brock‘s standalone adventure is predicted to have a global opening weekend haul of between $160-$175 million. Now word’s come in that Venom is also doing quite well with regards to advance ticket sales, so much so that it’s outselling recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

While the above three movies weren’t the heaviest of hitters in the MCU lineup, like most of their ilk, they nonetheless commercially successful, so Venom is outpacing them in pre-sales is quite the accomplishment. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Atom Tickets also noted in its report that among all Marvel movies, i.e. both the Marvel Studios entries and stories made by other studios that carry the Marvel banner, Venom ranks in third place, with Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther making up the top 2. Looking outside of the comic book realm, the majority of people buying Venom tickets ahead of time on Atom Tickets fall into the 18-29 age range, so clearly a lot of young’uns are itching for some big screen, symbiote-enhanced action. As for why Venom is killing it with pre-sales, Atom Tickets editorial lead Alisha Grauso noted that even though the movie has been getting mixed reviews, there’s still a lot of excitement to see this newest live action take on the character and how Tom Hardy handles the role.

Although every movie aims to be both critically and commercially successful, sometimes one doesn’t always lead to the other. In Venom‘s case, if the early reviews are any indication, it’s won’t go down in history as one of the best comic book movies, but on the money front, there won’t be any issues. I imagine another reason a lot of folks are eager to watch Venom is to see how Eddie Brock’s origin story is handled without Spider-Man being around. That, along with the other characters and plenty of action, provides numerous reasons for people to check out Venom this weekend, though it should also be noted that Venom‘s opening weekend competition, A Star is Born, is also doing well in pre-sales, outperforming Oscar contenders like The Big Sick, The Shape of Water, and Call Me By Your Name.

You can judge Venom for yourself starting on Friday (or even tomorrow evening, depending on where you live), but be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of the movie now. As for what else 2018 has in store, look through our release schedule to learn what else is hitting theaters before the year is over.

When Overwatch’s Halloween Event Is Coming Back

Blizzard has made it an annual tradition to bring Overwatch fans seasonal events. Every Christmas you can expect something festive and cheerful, just the same as when we enter the sweltering swirl of heat produced during the middle of the year with the Summer Games. Well, for those who prefer something a little spookier, and a little edgier to round out their entertainment needs, Blizzard has the frightfully fun Halloween events held each year for the first-person team-based shooter. This year, the Halloween event is making a return and some of the details of said event have spilled out for public consumption.

The news dropped on the first of October during the drawing close of dawn, with the official Overwatch Twitter account posting the news. Attached to the tweet is a quick seven second video of a haunted mansion on the hill. It starts off during the day but after lightening strikes, it switches over to night and the dark abode becomes lit only by the lights on in the upper rooms and a glowing green portal at the base of the stairwell near the entryway. We then get the splash screen revealing that starting next week on October 9th and running through October 31st, the Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 event will be making a return.

For those of you who don’t remember, Blizzard also launched the Halloween Terror event last year, which centered around brand new player-vs-environment brawls. It lasted around the same time, from October 10th to November 1st. The event came with a number of new skins for several characters based on popular horror-themed icons, such as a Corsair skin for Ana, a Van Helsing skin for McCree, a Dragon skin for Symmetra, and a Cultist skin for Zenyatta.

Last year’s event also featured two PvE brawls, one of which was a returning event from the previous year when Overwatch originally launched, including the Junkenstein’s Revenge map, which saw four players defending the castle from various waves of bots. The second PvE brawl was Junkenstein Endless Brawl, featuring several other playable characters who had to fend off the map from other robots.

Usually the events come with a smattering of new skins for certain characters. According to Dexerto, Doomfist will receive a Swamp Monster skin that’s akin to something out of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The skin will be available starting October 9th, and like many other Overwatch event skins it will be classified in the Legendary category, which means that getting your hands on one won’t be easy.

If you live in Belgium you won’t be able to get your hands on the gear through premium loot boxes anyway, given that loot boxes are banned in the region. But, you should still be able to unlock the skin by just playing the game normally.

You can look for more skins to pop up and more details on the event to emerge as October 9th draws closer.

Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Address Dumbledore’s Sexuality After All, According To The Director

If you had Fantastic Beasts 2 in your ‘What 2018 movie will be a surprising source of controversy?’ pool, you’re doing quite well for yourself. The second film in the Harry Potter spinoff series has received a fair bit of backlash even though it doesn’t even come out for another month. Some of that backlash springs from the film’s approach to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Earlier this year, director David Yates said that the film would not explicitly address the fact that Dumbledore is gay, leading to a belief among some that this aspect of the character’s identity and an opportunity for that kind of positive representation was being brushed over. David Yates has now clarified that point, affirming that the film will address Dumbledore’s sexuality, as he explained:

David Yates makes it clear here that he never said that Dumbledore wasn’t gay, and his story in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t an instance of making him straight or ignoring/hiding that aspect of the character. It just sounds like there won’t be some flashing magical banner that says he is gay, but it will be very obvious to anyone who sees the film that Dumbledore is gay. There will be some scenes that he shares with Grindelwald, and when you see them, the reality of the character’s sexuality will be undeniable.

The other thing that stands out to me about what David Yates told Empire Magazine is that “This part” of J.K. Rowling’s story does not focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality. As he says, this is a huge narrative, and The Crimes of Grindelwald is only the second film in a five-film series. Just because this film may not really focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality does not mean that none of the other three upcoming films will. Heck, Dumbledore wasn’t even in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Maybe the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship plays out over multiple films. Dumbledore could just be crushing from afar right now; we don’t know till we see it.

The obvious problems of backlash against a film before anyone’s seen it aside, we don’t yet know what happens in Fantastic Beasts 2. Maybe Dumbledore isn’t out yet or maybe he is still coming to terms with his sexuality. The Wizarding World isn’t the most enlightened place during the Harry Potter story, with students shouting racial slurs like ‘Mudblood’ in school halls and Death Eaters palling around with Ministry of Magic officials. So who knows what this world was like in 1927 when the film takes place.

In truth, if you are familiar with the Harry Potter universe and its magical objects, Dumbledore’s sexuality is even apparent from the trailers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We see Dumbledore staring in the Mirror of Erised, which, by his own words in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone novel, “shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” For Dumbledore in this film, that is Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives at Platform 9 3/4 and in theaters on November 16. For all of this fall’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.

Could Criminal Minds Be Ending With Season 14?

Criminal Minds is one of the longest-running dramas on network television, and it hits the incredible 300-episode milestone with Season 14. Fans have a lot of reasons to be excited about what’s to come in the upcoming season, especially considering the crazy killer brought back for the 300th episode. That said, fans may also want to consider the possibility that Season 14 will be the last for the BAU.

As viewers will undoubtedly remember in the wake of the wild Season 13 cliffhanger, CBS actually took its time in renewing Criminal Minds for Season 14, leading to some concern that the show would get the axe and we would never learn what happens next after the cliffhanger. At the time, showrunner Erica Messer stated that Criminal Minds frequently got a late renewal due to a variety of reasons, and they were simply waiting for the official go-ahead with the actors, producers, and writers already lined up. She specifically mentioned delays sometimes due to actor renegotiations and issues between CBS and production studio ABC. Now it seems her confidence may not apply to the show beyond its fourteenth season.

CBS reportedly has limited interest in keeping Criminal Minds on the air due to the fact that ABC is the lead studio and Criminal Minds isn’t delivering the kind of ratings that necessarily justify the costs of production. According to Variety, the ratings that have been steady may not be enough to compensate for the cost inflation as the show aged and has now hit its fourteenth season. Although Criminal Minds did land a deal that took reruns to a cable channel, value for syndication is arguably unlikely to grow. The window for streaming video on demand growth is allegedly unlikely to grow as well, and that’s a problem now that we’re in an era of streaming popularity.

It’s worth noting that multiple members of the Criminal Minds crew reportedly stated that they believe the fourteenth season to be the last. Although neither the showrunner nor CBS has given an official statement to this effect, Season 14 is shorter than all those that came before, even though there were signs that the order for 15 episodes could be bumped up. It’s also possible that members of the cast are ready to move on. Two stars took their time to sign on for more episodes following Season 12. They did eventually negotiate new deals that kept them around.

We’ll have to wait and see. CBS has managed to keep NCIS going strong into 16 seasons, so Criminal Minds surviving past Season 14 and beyond doesn’t sound too ludicrous. It’s not like NCIS is the only other example of a long-running CBS series. NCIS: Los Angeles just kicked off its tenth season, and The Big Bang Theory will end after its twelfth. For now, you can catch new episodes of Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

When The Next Three Classic NES Games Will Arrive On Nintendo Switch Online

Part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online membership comes with the ability to play classic NES games through an emulator on the Switch that enables online play through these classic 8-bit titles. It’s not the sort of thing that would instantly make most gamers jump up for joy when it comes to paying real money to play Switch games online, but Nintendo is sticking to its guns and running with the ball like a wide receiver toward the end zone while attempting to dodge all the incoming competition. If you actually enjoy the prospect of playing classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch, and if you’ve already laid down the $20 or so to access the online component for a year, then you can look forward to three classic games that will be made available for the Switch’s premium online service.

The news was posted on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account. It features a very quick rundown of the three games that will be available on October 10th via the Switch online membership service. This includes Open Tournament Golf, a game called Solomon’s Key, and one of the most iconic NES games of all time, Super Dodge Ball.

I remember playing Super Dodge Ball quite a bit back in the day because it was from Technos Japan and it was based on the Kunio-kun series, also known as River City Ransom. It featured the characters from the Nekketsu series playing dodge ball against other characters from rival schools. If you were a fan of beat-’em-up games then you probably had your eye on Technos’ releases given that the company was also responsible for Double Dragon and another favorite of mine, The Combat Tribes. If you enjoyed the simplistic style of gameplay featured in Technos titles, but you also wanted to challenge your friends (or rivals) to a friendly game of dodge ball, when you can do that with Super Dodge Ball.

As for Open Tournament Golf… the game probably looks familiar to some gamers given that it’s very similar to the golf game that was included in the Nintendo Switch’s firmware for a time as an homage to Satoru Iwata.

Solomon’s Key is a side-scrolling platformer, almost equivalent to the old versus mode in Super Mario Bros. It’s not the sort of game that will set the world on fire but it’s there for you to play.

The response to the games hasn’t been the most positive from the gaming community. Many of them were hoping for online multiplayer-enabled SNES games, or a few N64 games. There were some who were hoping that Nintendo would make GameCube titles backwards compatible for the Switch through a Virtual Console-style service.

I think Nintendo might be able to garner more excitement for the online service if the games were a little more tempting, and if they were from newer generations… preferably the SNES or N64 era.

For now, the three NES titles will join the 20 other classic games as part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online service, starting October 10th.

Piracy Is On The Rise Again, Likely Because Of The Increase In Streaming Services

Streaming services continue to flourish with new platforms joining the fray at a relatively regular rate, and that has potentially contributed to consumers making a startling move. Piracy is on the rise. The news comes via a new study that has revealed that following years of a downturn, piracy’s numbers are trending upward. You may be wondering what exactly one has to do with another and there is an explanation.

First, the research comes to us from Sandvine‘s report on Global Internet Phenomena. The theory behind what the data reveals is that with Netflix and other streaming services launching exclusive deals for content, it has forced potential customers to subscribe to multiple platforms to get all of the content they want, and that is obviously cost-prohibitive. To explain the theoretical aftermath, here is an analogy.

Rather than order a meal from every restaurant, some consumers have paid for their meal at a few and then dined and dashed for the rest. That is the analogical form of what Sandvine’s Cam Cullen put forward as one of the possibilities to explain the piracy stat in his report. With so many streaming platforms rising to the fore, it means that subscribers are having to sign up for three services and beyond to watch all the shows they want. Or decide to stop watching, cutting the cord completely.

The more streaming service subscribers have to sign up for, the higher the expense cord cutters face in attempting to hinder the issue that made streaming so appealing in the first place — cutting the cost of cable. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, arguably the big three of streaming, are now being faced with ever-growing competition, and subscribers are getting caught in the middle, while their wallets are crunched.

The question that follows is whether the streamers, faced with so much competition, will lower their prices to stave off the threat of piracy. Considering the current cost of the streaming platforms, Wal-Mart has reportedly considered entering the world of streaming to offer consumers a more affordable option.

The issue facing streaming services is similar to the one that faced the music industry years ago. Listeners do not want to buy an entire album of songs when they only want to listen to two or three. How streaming platforms move forward will be intriguing to watch. They have revolutionized the way people consume television content. Time will tell how they respond to the uptick in piracy and if they do anything at all.

The good news for Netflix is that the study also reveals that the streaming giant is still a giant, accounting for 15% of all the downstream internet data that is devoured. On that note, Netflix is gearing up for a massive fall with a lot of new television content set to bow this fall on the popular platform, and it is not the only one.