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Sam Riley Flies with the Ravens for MALEFICENT

Written by Tara the Mom    Wednesday, 28 May 2014 17:43   

Maleficent and DiavalIn Maleficent, Sam Riley is a bird. Well, he's a raven who Maleficent turns into a man with her magic. Playing a raven is one thing, but how does one approach playing a raven whose character has already been established in Sleeping Beauty, one of the Disney animated classics?

Diaval is reinvented by Sam Riley"I watched the original and the guy doesn't do anything and he sort of looks half asleep through the whole movie, so I said 'well that's not gonna help,'" Riley says. "I didn't really know how I was going to prepare for it, my other roles I have to do a lot of homework and studying, and I enjoy it. "

But the filmmakers had a thought of how to help him along, arranging some time for Riley to spend time with ravens, particularly one named Eddie who was the model for the CGI version of Diaval. "When they brought this massive cage in the room and he got out and started hopping across the table. I was intimidated at the beginning, and he knew it. I spent hours with him and filmed him. He did several tricks but he didn't want to do the tricks, which I noted."

Riley tried to mimic Eddie's movements to the point of looking ridiculous he says, "I even ran around the room flapping my wings!"

Sam Riley is DiavalIn the end, though, Riley says he didn't copy Eddie the raven's walk, "but I stole bits of his manner. I thought he was quite vain."

What did make it into Riley's performance of Diaval was Eddie's sense of pride, "When the trainer gave him a treat he was sort of happy with himself and puffed himself up."

You can see Sam Riley's transformation from crow to man to a few other things on Friday, May 30, when Maleficent opens nationwide.


Shailene Woodley and Cast Begin Filming INSURGENT

Written by Dave B.    Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:57   

InsurgentAnd so it begins...

This week, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and the rest of the cast of the Divergent series have reunited to begin filming Insurgent, the next film in the big name franchise!

Principal photography for Insurgent took place earlier this week, and it sounds like they're all ready to get back into the swing of things. Now that the wheels have begun spinning, Tris and Four are on the run, and they have to escape the pursuit of Erudite leaders, all while figuring out how to put a stop to it all.

Insurgent heads to theaters on March 20, 2015. We can't wait for even more news to develop as the date draws closer.


X-Men: Days of Future Past - Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

Written by Katherine McNamara    Monday, 26 May 2014 22:56   

Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamaraMovie critics are raving about X-Men: Days of Future Past - but what do movie STARS say? We asked our Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara, who love it, too!

"X-Men: Days of Future Past is a fantastic addition to the X-Men series. Wolverine must go back in time and ally two former enemies in order to save his friends and all of mutant-kind from robotic Sentinels, programmed (and successfully so) to exterminate them all. All of the X-men favorites return, making X-Men Days of Future Past Movie Posterthis a star-studded film that will keep you guessing until the very end. Standout performances include Hugh Jackman, of course, as Wolverine, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, and Peter Dinklage as Dr. Trask. The visual effects are stunning - so much so that they have set a new standard for upcoming X-Men movies - of which there are sure to be many to come. The music in the film was quite well done - it added moments of suspense, emotion, and even humor to perfectly accent the action on screen. This is a fantastic movie for the whole family. There was some graphic images however that may not suitable for younger children. 5 stars."

After you see X-Men: Days of Future Past, Crix It yourself by adding your own review - just click HERE and then click on User Reviews. 

Kat and Joel have several movies coming out this year including Sins of Our Youth, Mercy, Little Savages and Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. In the meantime, you can look forward to seeing tehm on the small screen: Kat will be on MTV in the fall with her series "Happyland" and Joel's series "The Messengers" will air on the CW. Follow them on Twitter @Kat_McNamara and @Joel_Courtney and, of course, follow @KidsPickFlicks !


ANT MAN Needs a New Director

Written by Dave B.    Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00   

UPDATE: Edgar Wright is out as director on Marvel's Ant Man movie. The reason? "Creative differences" which really means "we're not going to tell you why so everyone leaves with dignity." Wright has been working on the script since 2006, so it's a little hard to figure out just where the creative differences came in - it would seem Marvel would know his vision. The release date is not affected, it's still set for July 17, 2015. 

We have to say, Edgar Wright - the director behind Scott Pilgrim vs The World - seemed to have just the right amount of quirk to pull off a superhero film that looked like it could be a little silly. We are glad to hear Marvel say it's a no harm, no foul situation - Marvel and Wright are still friends. 

Jan 13, 2014 - Who is Ant Man?

Hank Pym (aka Ant Man) is one of the earliest Avengers who gained the ability to shrink down to the size of an ant while still holding on to all of his strength. He's also incredibly intelligent, which makes him the perfect partner to Bruce Banner and a crucial member of The Avengers.

Hank will be starring in his own movie in 2015. It was just announced today by Marvel that Hank will be played by veteran actor and Oscar Award winner Michael Douglas. He'll be passing on his knowledge and tech to the newly dubbed Ant Man, Scott Lang, played by the recently announced Paul Rudd.

It's been a fantastic week for Michael Douglas so far, as just last night, he took home a Golden Globe award for best performance by an actor in a mini-series.

Ant-Man is reportedly set up to be a heist movie with a Marvel twist. We can't wait to see how the heroes use their size-altering abilities to pull this one off. Make sure you check out Ant-Man when it lands in theaters on July 31, 2015!



Watch how Caesar was Brought to Life in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Written by Dave B.    Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:49   

This summer, Earth will no longer belong to man. It's time for a new era, it's time for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the ApesYou've seen the trailers - it's enough to send chills through anyone's body. Apes now outnumber the human population, and we are struggling to survive, but who is it really that's bringing these monkeys to life?

In this brand new video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, watch as motion capture actors bring to life some of the key apes who wind up taking over the world.

It's creepy how spot-on these actors can be when performing their roles as apes bent on world domination, but hey, that's what they're best at!

Make sure you're in theaters when a new reign is upon us in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starting July 11.


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