Searching Is Getting A Sequel, But John Cho Won’t Be Back

This time last year, indie darling Searching became a critically-acclaimed breakout hit for new director, Aneesh Chaganty. The thriller made an impressive $75.5 million worldwide during the summer movie season when Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg were dominating numbers. It’s now been announced that another original tech-driven movie from the creative team behind Searching is in the works.

As Deadline reports, it’s rare for a movie picked up from Sundance Film Festival to become a franchise. Sony Stage 6 Films is working on the sequel with Aneesh Chaganty and the other filmmakers behind the film that had John Cho’s father character being seen through computer screens on Facetime, iMessages and other technology while in search of his lost teen daughter.

The director followed up the original report on Twitter with a clarification. His upcoming project will allow him and his team to tell another fresh story using elements of technology as Searching famously did. It will not feature the characters or same plot of Searching. So don’t expect to see John Cho, Debra Messing or another movie centering on a father’s search for his lost daughter.

Making Searching was a particularly strange production for the actors since they didn’t have the chance to work face-to-face. They were looking into blank screens and hearing their performances in their ears as they filmed scenes of them over Facetime sequences. There’s no word on who Aneesh Chaganty will be casting for this new original film pulling from Searching’s success, but it’s an exciting bit of news.

Searching was Aneesh Chaganty’s feature film debut after making waves with his 2-minute short Seeds, which racked up over one million views in 24 hours and scored him a job at Google Creative Lab, where he created Google commercials. Chaganty quit his New York Google job to making Searching, which Sony’s Stage 6 Films and Screen Gems nabbed up at 2018’s Sundance Film Festival for $5 million and received some impressive returns with its box office earnings.

The movie’s unique use of technology and social media had been previously explored before in 2014’s Open Windows (starring Elijah Wood) and the Unfriended films made in 2014 and 2018, respectively. While those entries used the format to bring jump scares to their horror plots, Searching is more of a gripping mystery drama, that packing in the emotion of David Kim’s recent disconnection from his daughter following the death of his wife.

Seeing an original movie get a sequel of sorts is great to hear in the light of so many reboots and remakes happening in Hollywood. How will Aneesh Chaganty follow Searching? Will he be able to duplicate or multiply his success after the sleeper hit gained attention for its success?

Are you excited to see the Searching sequel? Let us know in the comments below!

One Massively Important Message The Angry Birds 2 Stars Are Super Happy Is In The Movie

 

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Animated films aimed at kids possess a tremendous amount of power. After all, their primary audience is an exceptionally influential one, and films can have a massive impact (just think about the titles that you totally obsessed over and watched a thousand times when you were young). Because of this, it’s always wonderful when the stories go for meaningful and important messages – and the latest excellent example of this is The Angry Birds Movie 2, which has a particular agenda that stars Rachel Bloom and Jason Sudeikis were excited to bring to life.

That particular agenda is disrupting gender norms, which we very much see with the characters that the two actors play: the former is a newcomer to the series named Silver, and she is an engineering and technology whiz; while the latter returns as Red, who is kind of an emotional mess after the events of the first movie, and a serious fear that his popularity will be short-lived.

This was a subject that I brought up with Rachel Bloom and Jason Sudekis when I sat down with them at the Angry Birds Movie 2 Los Angeles press day earlier this summer, and you can watch our conversation by clicking play on the video below.

A serious gender imbalance in STEM fields has been a serious problem in our world for decades now, and one thing that can certainly only help the situation is trying to get women more interested in the areas at a younger age. This is where Silver comes in, as she is practically a Women In STEM recruitment tool. She is quick, funny, and a problem-solver, and there is definitely hope that girls will watch is The Angry Birds Movie 2 and feel inspired to be more like avian character.

This was certainly something that was on the mind of Rachel Bloom as she was bringing Silver to life, given that she herself was massively influenced by pop culture when she was a kid. Her options for big screen icons weren’t as diverse when she was a kid as they are now, but she very much wants girls in the audience to have that feeling of “I want to be just like her.” Said Bloom,

I love this character. I remember being a kid, and you look for any female character that’s kind of like you – and there are a lot more female characters now than when I was a kid. But they become real. My imaginary friends were all people from pop culture. They were all characters I’d seen in movies. It was Wednesday Addams, and Pippi Longstocking mainly. Those are my two inspirations.

Continuing, the actor acknowledged that these kinds of movies really can stay in the minds of a child, and for both boys and girls can change their outlook on life:

I know that there will be little girls who see this character and it directly affects their lives and what they want to be when they grew up. And that’s so cool! And I think, ‘What a great influence for little boys to see a bird or a human getting in touch with his anger and showing what’s behind that anger, which is a fear of abandonment.’

That last bit very much sums up what Red is going through in The Angry Birds Movie 2, as he is very much driven by his emotionally-crippling anxiety that it won’t be long until his efforts in the war against the pigs will be forgotten, and that he will soon return to his sad life as a disgruntled nobody. He sees an opportunity to reignite his public image when a neighboring island of war-hungry eagles begins launching assaults, but his head space is complicated.

Working with Silver, Red has a fair number of good ideas, but his arc in the sequel is certainly more about conquering his aforementioned emotional issues. This was something that Jason Sudeikis highlighted in his response, noting that it’s typical in Hollywood that the featured dynamic between the characters is switched. Said Sudeikis,

Not to be too overly convenient, but it’s kind of lovely to see a female character being celebrated for her IQ. And then, you know, a male character being celebrated for his ‘EQ’ – like for being in touch with his emotions, and her being in touch with her brain, and celebrate those things.

It’s a great thing to see a project as big as The Angry Birds Movie 2 taking on and saying something about modern issues, and not only is it getting an impressive response from critics, but audiences can now see the film for themselves.

Also starring Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Tiffany Haddish, Danny McBride, Peter Dinkalge, Pete Davidson, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Maya Rudolph, and many more, the new animated movie is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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Walt Disney World Has A New, Cheaper, Ticket Option

 

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Walt Disney World is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet but there’s one thing that has to be said about it, it’s not cheap. Hotels are expensive. Food is expensive and tickets are expensive and have only gotten more expensive in recent years. However, a new ticket option might help alleviate some of the price issues, if you’re willing to limit your hours in the park only slightly.

Recently Disney CEO Bob Iger himself has said that he doesn’t think the Disney parks have a pricing problem but regardless, today Walt Disney World began selling a brand new, cheaper, ticket option that might be something that works for a lot of people.

The new Walt Disney World ticket is called Mid-Day Magic and it works for any of the four theme parks and is available in two, three, or four day options and can be purchased for as little as $74 per day. The Park Hopper option, which allows guests to visit multiple Walt Disney World parks in a single day, can also be added to any of the Mid-Day Magic tickets. The catch is, tickets are only valid starting at noon. Most Walt Disney World parks open at 8 or 9 a.m. That means you’re going to be missing a few early hours but in return, the ticket is a little bit less expensive

As an example, if you wanted to buy a 2-day Walt Disney World ticket starting tomorrow August 16th, that ticket it would cost you $116 for tomorrow, however, the equivalent Mid-Day Magic ticket would only cost you $88. Broken down on a per hour basis, a full day ticket is still a better deal most days, but only by a little bit, and depending on the sort of Walt Disney World vacationer you are, you might not be planning on using those early hours anyway, so why pay for them?

Clearly this isn’t an option that’s going to work for everybody, but it does give guests some flexibility and some choice and that’s certainly worth something.

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World with small kids or even with a large group of childless millennial adults, you know that organizing everybody to get anywhere can be quite a chore. Even if you want to be at rope drop first thing in the morning, you may not make it in time depending on the number of people you are trying to go with. So maybe skipping all that mess and just showing up later in the day is the better way to go. You can have a leisurely breakfast at your Walt Disney World hotel with Mickey and Donald, and take your time and get to the park when you’re ready.

Hell, between the parking lot shuttle and the line for the monorail, sometimes just getting to the front gate of Magic Kingdom can take so long that you may not get to the gates by noon even if you try.

If you’re somebody that just doesn’t like getting up in the morning, this ticket works for you. If you’re the sort of person that can’t make it to the fireworks at night if you start first thing in the morning because you’ll end up exhausted, then this gives you a ticket that won’t cost you as much and you won’t feel like you’re wasting the morning by not going early since you didn’t pay for it.

While Walt Disney World tickets are certainly getting expensive, Disney has been making some efforts to try and make things a little bit more affordable. Within reason of course. Disneyland Resort recently unveiled a more affordable annual passport which doesn’t have quite as many blackout dates as some of the options, but does require you to make reservations ahead of time. Again, it’s an option that isn’t going to work for everybody, but might be a better choice for some.

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World right around the corner, this certainly could be an attractive choice for many guests. It will still give you the ability to visit a Walt Disney World Park for most of the day and while it may not necessarily be a better “value” than a standard ticket sometimes the absolute dollar amount is really what matters

It’s been a little less than a year since Walt Disney World made a major change to its pricing structure. While Walt Disney World tickets previously had been available for use almost anytime after you purchased them, the new pricing structure instituted last year resulted in tickets having different prices depending on which days they were going to be used. This meant that on extremely busy days tickets were more expensive, and when crowds were expected to be lower tickets for cheaper. This was designed to help the park deal with crowd control which, considering the popularity of both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, has been a major challenge for the parks.

Of course, it has to be said that part of the reason for this new ticket is likely the fact that the Walt Disney Company recently revealed that attendance in its domestic parks has been down slightly for this last quarter. Some were quick to call Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge a failure at Disneyland Resort due to the fact that attendance has been down slightly, but the fact is that attendance has also been down at Walt Disney World where the new land has yet to actually open.

Disney is usually pretty good when it comes to market research of its guests, so my guess is that the park knows a ticket like this will have some value to some consumers, otherwise it’s unlikely it would even exist.

An option like this might appeal a great deal to locals who don’t have annual passes as it would give them the ability to pop into a single park for a single day and check things out without it costing nearly as much. In the past when Walt Disney World has had any kind of attendance problem locals are always the first people the company goes to.

While I’m a rope drop-to-close sort of person, I’ll admit actually doing that can be tough sometimes, so i could certainly see using this option under certain circumstances. If you’re in the market for Walt Disney World tickets to go check out Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29.

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Watch How Steven Spielberg, Chris Pratt And More Brought Jurassic World: The Ride To Life

Last September, Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood closed for good after 22 years in service to make way for Jurassic World: The Ride. As the name indicates, this ambitious new attraction draws inspiration from Universal’s modern incarnation of the franchise, particularly 2015’s Jurassic World. Some familiar faces were even involved in the creation of the ride. Watch how Steven Spielberg, Chris Pratt and more brought Jurassic World: The Ride to life in the video below.

The first thing that stands out here is how Steven Spielberg views the existence of Jurassic Park: The Ride and now Jurassic World: The Ride. The way he sees it, the ride give this franchise a permanent place in the real world, a tangibility beyond DVDs and merchandise. So when Jurassic World came out in 2015 and was a smash hit, thus revitalizing the franchise, it made sense to update and expand on that.

Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World featured the realization of John Hammond’s dream in Jurassic Park: a fully operational and (temporarily) safe dinosaur theme park. It’s an astounding, magical place, and that naturally led to the thought that some of those ideas and that experience could be replicated in the new attraction at Universal Studios.

In order to do that and to bring the park we saw in Jurassic World to life, the team turned to some of the stars of the film, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong. Guests visiting Jurassic World: The Ride will get to see the characters of Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Wu as part of a television program on the ride. It sounds akin to how Drs. Grant, Sattler and Malcolm watched the dino DNA video in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

Bringing in the original cast from the film is the kind of thing that adds some authenticity to the ride and gives you greater immersion into the experience having watched the films, allowing you to imagine that you are really at the park. In addition to his appearance as Star-Lord on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! ride at Disney’s California Adventure and presumably the upcoming Guardians coaster at EPCOT, Chris Pratt is aiming for blockbuster and theme park ubiquity.

While the original cast lends some authenticity and helps put you back into the world of the film, you’re really there to experience what it would be like at a dinosaur theme park, and Jurassic World: The Ride aims to deliver on that front. One of the coolest attractions in the world of the film was the Mosasaurus feeding, and that aquatic dinosaur is part of the ride in what is made to look like a massive aquarium.

And of course because Dr. Wu never bothered to ask whether he should, Jurassic World’s central dinosaur, the hybrid Indominus Rex is also on hand to terrify guests and is brought to life with a highly detailed animatronic.

It looks like the team brought all manner of ingenuity to bear to create this ride, implementing multiple technologies, replicating some of the film’s coolest dinosaurs and bringing back the cast to make for a truly immersive experience. It’s perhaps the closest thing we’ll get to a true dinosaur theme park for the time being, barring a massive scientific breakthrough and gross negligence.

You can find out more information about Jurassic World: The Ride and all of the attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

If you’re eager to revisit the dinosaurs on the big screen, Colin Trevorrow returns to direct Jurassic World 3, which is set to hit theaters on June 11, 2021. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see movies arriving a bit sooner.

David Harbour’s Hellboy Sequel Would Have Introduced A ‘Vastly Different’ Abe Sapien

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When plans to make the long-discussed Hellboy III fell through, Lionsgate decided to reboot the Hellboy property in the hopes that it could spawn a new film series. Alas, that’s almost certainly not going to happen, as the cinematic tale starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour as Big Red was met with mostly negative reception and bombed at the box office.

That means we’ll never get to meet this new version of Abe Sapien who was teased at the end of Hellboy, but according to makeup artist Joel Harlow, who worked on the reboot, the new Abe Sapien would have been quite different from the one played by Doug Jones in the Guillermo del Toro Hellboy movies. Harlow explained:

The unfortunate thing is that the movie did not do very well and if it had, we would have explored Abe Sapien again. There were actually a lot of creatures coming in potential sequels. For this one, we get a glimpse at him at the very end with that teaser with his hand but if we had done the entire character, first of all, it would be vastly different from the other films, more thug like, and we wouldn’t have even have gone with that hand you see at the end of the film. We would have designed something from scratch. That’s one of the ones that, because I have an affection for fish people and fish characters, would have been really fun to work on but alas, no.

In case you haven’t seen Hellboy or need a refresher on its ending, Hellboy and his team found Abe Sapien’s water tank when they conducted a raid on the Oannes Society months after the main storyline wrapped up. As Joel Harlow mentioned while speaking with Comic Book Movie, although Abe’s hand was briefly shown, had Hellboy 2 moved forward, the character’s overall design would have been a fully fresh take, and his demeanor would have been different from the ones fans are used to from the printed page and earlier Hellboy movies.

Abe Sapien has been part of the Hellboy mythology since the beginning, being an important character not just in the main Hellboy book, but also making regular appearances in the B.P.R.D. spinoff series and even leading his own ongoing comic book. Doug Jones physically played Abe in both of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies, with David Hyde Pierce voicing him in 2004’s Hellboy and Jones also handling vocal duties for 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

In the Dark Horse Comics continuity, Abe was originally a human Victorian scientist who was turned into his amphibian form by a magical ritual, and his body was contained in a water tank until being discovered over a century later. Since he now had no memory of his past life, he was named Abe because a piece of paper attached to the tube dated April 14, 1865, the day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

The previous movies kept Abe Sapien’s basic background intact, and he was an incredibly polite, well-spoken scholarly individual. So to go from that to a ‘very thug’-like personality is a big departure, though it certainly would have have made him stand out more. Given that this Abe Sapien had also been contained for a long time, we can assume he also hailed from the Victorian era, but perhaps instead of being a scientist, he was a blue-collar worker, hence why he’s rougher around the edges.

Regardless, considering that the Hellboy reboot only made $40.8 million worldwide, not even covering its $50 million budget, unless Lionsgate is feeling extremely generous, we won’t be officially meeting this Abe Sapien or reuniting with these versions of the Hellboy cast. Who knows, though. Now that Dark Horse has a deal set up with Netflix, maybe there will come a day when a live action Hellboy TV series is made, and there we can meet an Abe Sapien who shares some personality quirks with the one who was supposed to grace the silver screen.

Besides being a critical and commercial failure, Hellboy also dealt with a lot of behind-the-scenes problems during the creative process. They reportedly included the cinematographer being replaced, producer Lloyd Levin interrupting director Neil Marshall and the script being rewritten numerous times. David Harbour later acknowledged that the reboot had “major problems,” which had to do in part with too many voices chiming in during production.

That said, regarding Hellboy’s poor reception, David Harbour felt that the movie was unfairly compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with audiences expecting a certain “flavor” from their superhero movies. Milla Jovovich, who played Nimue the Blood Queen, wasn’t bothered by how Hellboy was received, saying that all her “raddest films” have been “slammed” by critics.

In some ways, the Hellboy reboot was a more faithful adaptation of the Hellboy mythology. It was inspired by the “Darkness Calls,” “The Wild Hunt” and “The Storm and the Fury” and Hellboy in Mexico” story arcs, and it featured characters like Alice Monaghan, Ben Daimio, Baba Yaga and even Lobster Johnson.

Unfortunately for Hellboy fans, it just didn’t hit during its time in theaters, so barring some theatrical miracle, it’ll be a one-and-done tale. This is the second time that Abe Sapien has drawn the sort straw when it comes to film, as around the time the reboot was announced, it was revealed that there were plans to give Doug Jones’ version of the character a spinoff.

It’s also worth noting that there was also talk about having Doug Jones cameo in the reboot, though presumably as a different character. While Jones never got to make Hellboy III with Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman, he did reunite with del Toro on the Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water, where he played the amphibious creature that looks like it could be one of Abe Sapien’s relatives.

Hellboy is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any news about if the property will return to the screen, big or small. For now, you can keep track of what movies are coming out for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

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Quentin Tarantino And Netflix? One Frequent Collaborator Says It’s ‘Highly Possible’

Quentin Tarantino has always said he’d make 10 films. He looks to be a man of his word too, slapping “9th film” on the posters for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood just to make his fans sweat. While he’s discussed a possible “loophole” in his rule with his proposed Star Trek movie, the filmmaker’s moviemaking days seem to be coming to an end.

However, just because he plans to retire as a filmmaker after an even ten doesn’t mean he doesn’t have more to contribute to other media. During CinemaBlend’s exclusive conversation with Robert Richardson, Tarantino’s go-to cinematographer since Kill Bill, the man said this:

Do I hear a symphony of sighs? According to Robert Richardson, the Pulp Fiction writer/director does look to be hitting the brakes on making films after 10. However, it’s unlikely this will mark the end of his entertainment career. He may take his talents to Netflix, perhaps to helm a television series, the stage for theater production or in the form of books. The 56-year-old isn’t going cold turkey, just exploring different avenues of his creative mind.

What most excites us is the concept of Quentin Tarantino moving to a streaming service such as Netflix after finishing out his 10 film career. Just think of the possibilities! A Kill Bill mini series? The man likes himself a long runtime, and with a Netflix show, fans could binge it all instead of scheduling their bathroom breaks at theater showings!

It should be noted that this is obviously a secondary source and not Quentin Tarantino himself announcing his interest in this format. While it sounds like a fitting new home for the filmmaker after his time in movies, it’s also a contributor to what some auteurs feel is killing off the theatrical experience. Since Tarantino is among one of the last directors who can make good money off an original idea at the movies, could he may be against it too?

Before looking ahead to Quentin Tarantino’s unknown future, there is also a bit of discussion about what exactly his 10th film will be. There’s been a ton of talk regarding him directing an R-rated Star Trek movie, but then again, one would expect his last film to be an original property like his others were. He recently described his last movie as being “more epilogue-y,” but who knows what that means!

Toy Story 4 Just Soared Past A Box-Office Milestone For Pixar

Pixar’s fourthquel crossed the illustrious $1 billion milestone at the box office Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Through Wednesday, Toy Story 4 has earned a franchise best $421.8 million domestically and $579.9 million internationally, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $1.002 billion and giving Duke Caboom, Bo Peep and Forky official entry into the three-comma club.

While we normally talk about China being the biggest market for a film outside of the U.S., Toy Story 4 actually got a lot of help from some smaller countries on its way to $1 billion. Josh Cooley’s film is Hollywood’s biggest ever movie in terms of admissions in Mexico, where it has grossed $72 million. In the United Kingdom, Toy Story 4 has made $75.2 million to become the second-biggest animated release of all time in that country and it is still going strong in Japan, with $77 million and counting.

Toy Story 4 is now the Number 8 animated film of all time when not adjusted for inflation. Number 1 on that list now belongs to this year’s remake The Lion King, which probably deserves an asterisk or two if you ask me.

By crossing this milestone, Toy Story 4 joins Toy Story 3 in the billion-dollar club, but it will have a ways to go to catch its predecessor. That 2010 film ended its run with $1.067 billion, making it Pixar’s most successful film behind last year’s Incredibles 2. Pixar now has had four films cross the $1 billion mark, including the latter two Toy Story films, the aforementioned Incredibles 2 and 2016’s Finding Dory.

The Toy Story franchise, which may or may not be at a close, has now earned close to $3 billion across four films. Toy Story 4’s achievements aren’t just its own or even Pixar’s though; it is part of Disney and that company’s banner, record-breaking year. Toy Story 4 is the sixth film this year to cross $1 billion at the box office, making it the fifth Disney film this year to do so.

No studio has ever had five $1 billion grossers in a year and now Disney does, with Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story 4. The only other non-Disney film to cross $1 billion is Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which, if we’re being honest, exists as part of Disney’s MCU franchise. All that and Disney has Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still to come.

Toy Story 4 is now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all the movies hoping for equally good fortunes coming later this year.

Some Lunatic Mashed Up Stephen King Movies With Tom Hooper’s Cats And It’s Amazing

Besides the superhero movie, two genres have recently really caught fire with audiences lately: horror and musicals. So when Les Miserables director Tom Hooper set out to make Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous Cats for the big screen, maybe he was looking to cater a bit to both? Since the trailer dropped last month, the movie has gone absolutely viral inspiring an army of memes and such at its arguably horrifying cat-human hybrid CGI characters. Now, a masterpiece has emerged: Stephen King’s Cats. Take a look:

In the words of the YouTube channel name that edited together this trailer mashup: I’d Watch That. The video hilariously satires the response to the Cats trailer, which has left most of us either disturbed or strangely intrigued. One unnamed video editing genius has created Stephen King’s Cats. It starts with a group of people watching the trailer on a television screen as a news report says things like “It’s very disturbing, but it is what we expected to see,” “What we’re looking at is actually legal” and “Yhere is actually no punishment for this.” Purrfect!

It then moves to some footage from the recent remake of Pet Sematary, where sketches and carvings of cats foreshadow the real beast lurking in the woods: Idris Elba’s Macavity. The new trailer keeps flashing to scenes of Cats dance sequences with the horrified looks of actors in the film. Jason Clarke pulling back the curtain to Jason Derulo’s CGI cat and Amy Seimetz shuddering at Rebel Wilson’s cat doing a “rat-a-tat” is just incredible.

The Cats mashup then gets more intense as Taylor Swift’s kitty throws catnip on Seimetz and a group of teens run from more cat dancing and Jennifer Hudson belting out “Memory.” The song actually works extremely well in an eerie setting, especially as the lyrics “A new day has begun” repeats. Hybrid human-cat people seem to be taking over the world.

There’s also additional scenes from A Quiet Place and Bird Box to heighten the fear factor as the trailer comes to an end. So… anyone ready to cancel the actual Cats and get this hilarious/brilliant version? The landmark musical infamously doesn’t actually have much of a plot anyways. It would be a refreshing take on the story and Stephen King has used cats in his work before. Maybe he’d be up for it?

At this point, Cats will probably greatly benefit from all this viral content! Rebel Wilson has shared how much she has loved all the talk surrounding the upcoming musical. If people are discussing it, then they’ll have to buy a ticket and go out to see it come December 20, right?

In the meantime, IT: Chapter Two comes a bit closer on September 6. But how much would you dig this mashup? Sound off in the comments below!

Joaquin Phoenix Reveals How He Came Up With His Joker Laugh

Todd Phillips’ Joker looks to be a very different type of comic book movie and feature a very different interpretation of the iconic Batman villain than we’ve seen before. But despite the uniqueness of the film, Joker will still feature a cackling criminal in clown makeup. That meant that actor Joaquin Phoenix needed to come up with his own take on Joker’s signature laugh. To do this, Joaquin Phoenix turned to an interesting real world source, as he explained:

To come up with his Joker laugh, it sounds like Joaquin Phoenix took a unique and possibly quite difficult approach. The actor researched by watching videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, which is also referred to as pathological laughter and crying (PLC) or the pseudobulbar affect. Pathological laughter is often linked to an underlying neurological disorder, like multiple sclerosis, ALS or traumatic brain injuries.

People suffering from this condition will laugh or cry or both uncontrollably, without a stimulus to trigger the laughter. This isn’t laughing your head off because of a hilarious joke, it’s laughter that is sometimes exaggerated, goes on too long and might not fit the context of the situation in which it occurs. And unlike regular laughter, pathological laughter isn’t enjoyable for those who have no control over it.

Joaquin Phoenix’s approach to developing his laugh that he revealed to Il Venerdi (via CBR) is actually quite interesting. On the one hand, it sounds rather difficult and uncomfortable, because he was watching video after video of people who were essentially in pain, dealing with something they can’t control. I’m not sure how he knew about this condition or how he knew that it was the direction he wanted to take for his character, but it makes a lot of sense.

While I don’t think Arthur Fleck is supposed to have pathological laughter himself, Joker is criminally insane and there definitely is something off in his brain. Maybe it’s a brain injury from the beatings we see him take in the trailer. Either way, that kind of exaggerated and uncontrollable laughter fits.

We’ve already seen some of the results of Joaquin Phoenix’s approach to his character’s laugh in the trailer for Joker. There is a shot of Arthur Fleck in a comedy club and the laugh Joaquin Phoenix gives off is hugely unsettling. It comes off as forced, exaggerated and unnatural. His eyes dart around as he’s laughing and it’s almost as if he’s learning to laugh for the first time and is looking to see if he’s doing it right.

It’s definitely not a normal laugh, and whatever Joaquin Phoenix took from the pathological laughter videos and whatever spin he put on it works to give us the most disturbing laugh since Pennywise.

You can see what Joaquin Phoenix’s Clown Prince of Crime has to laugh about when Joker opens in theaters on October 4. Check out our premiere guide to keep track of all this year’s biggest titles and for the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

George Miller’s Justice League: Adam Brody Says Losing It Still ‘Hurts,’ Knows It Would Have Been A ‘Classic’

There are countless movies over the years that have become legendary due to the fact that they will never exist. High profile films don’t always work out and one of the bigger projects to get the plug pulled over the years was Justice League: Mortal, a superhero team up movie that would have been directed by George Miller.

Adam Brody was tapped to play The Flash in that movie, and he laments greatly that the movie never happened, because everything about it was perfect. From the cast to the script, Brody tells Yahoo everything about the project was solid…

What wasn’t solid, however, was the behind-the-scenes situation. The movie was in pre-production during the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild Strike which meant that, while the script might have been solid, even the slightest changes could not be dealt with. That, combined with other financial considerations, led to the plug being pulled.

For his part, Adam Brody says that, at the time, the movie falling apart didn’t bother him all that much. It wasn’t until 2015 when he saw George Miller direct Mad Max: Fury Road, that he realized just what a great movie Justice League: Mortal would have actually been…

It’s difficult to argue with Adam Brody‘s analysis here. A Justice League movie directed by George Miller seems like it was absolutely going to be something special. Considering that the Justice League movie we got was generally viewed (regardless of whether or not there’s a “better” version out there somewhere) to be something of a disappointment, and the wish to see this one only grows.

Adam Brody laments that, while he continued to find steady work, nothing the size of Justice League: Mortal came along after that. However, he’s now back in the superhero game, having appeared at the end of Shazam! as the super powered alter ego of Freddy Freeman. He will certainly be a larger force in the planned sequel, which will likely be coming sooner rather than later.