Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett have rounded out the cast of Jungle Book: Origins. The Dark Knight star and Blanchett will join British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play villainous tiger Shere Khan, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan in Warner Bros.' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's adventure tale.
Bale will voice orphan Mowgli's panther friend Bagheera, while Blanchett will play python Kaa, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Andy Serkis, who will make his directorial debut on the film, will step in as Baloo the bear and Lone Survivor's Rohan Chand will star as Mowgli.
Hollander, Mullan, Harris and Marsan round out the cast as jackal Tabaqui, wolf pack leader Akela, and wolves Nisha and Vihaan, respectively.
This isn't the only The Jungle Book film in the works - Jon Favreau will take charge of a rival Disney live-action/animation production, which features the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong'o.
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Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut Bad Words was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens wide in theaters on March 28. The man who brought us good son Michael Bluth took to Reddit yesterday to respond to fan questions about the new film, his banjo prowess, and hairless werewolves, plus a constant stream of Arrested Development quotes. Read on for highlights and check out all of Bateman's answers here.
On the tactile pleasures of Michael Cera's hair:"Curly, yet manageable. The hair on his head is pretty soft too."
On his biggest fear:"Bees." (Not beads)
On whether or not he was really playing the banjo in that Mumford & Sons video:"All lies, and I was surprised by how much those metal strings hurt my fat little fingers."
On his dream boyfriend, if he were gay:"I'd like to continue dating Will Arnett."
On lying about the status of the Arrested Development movie:"I know exactly the same as you do. Zip."
On if he's "that former child star that's now a nut-case fundamentalist":"Yes, and I'll see you in hell."
On feeling guilty for corrupting his young Bad Words costar, Rohan Chand:"No, I figured his parents were cool with it since they read the script and drove him to the audition. Plus we erased his memory with the Men in Black gun."
On returning to his werewolf roots on MTV's Teen Wolf:"Sure, only if I can play one with alopecia."
On being annoyingly meta:"This reminds me of my worst Halloween costume ever. I wore a hockey goalie mask and a fish net with lures attached to it over my shoulders and went as Jason Bateman. What an a-hole."
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If you're like me, you love going to the movies. You are thankful for the accessibility digital streaming affords, but you can never replace the experience of the darkened movie theater. So let's get one thing straight: too many people simply don't know proper moviegoing etiquette. Not only are there rules of moviegoing, but there are also different rules that apply to different kinds of movies. Below is an in-depth explanation of these rules and why you should follow them.
Don't eat real food, everPopcorn and candy is one thing, but KFC is something entirely different. Chances are if I can smell your food from three rows back, you've gone too far.
Know what kinds of movies you can handleWhen I saw Blue is the Warmest Color recently, a group of teenage boys were laughing uncontrollably during the sex scenes. Everyone else in the theater began to hate them. Don't ever be in that group.
You can only show up late to a children's movieShowing up late to a movie is the most obnoxious thing you can do. If you're going to do it, make sure it's during an animated film that no one really wants to watch but children who are stimulated by anything. The children won't notice and the adults won't care.
Don't ask questionsOne of the actors in The Grand Budapest Hotel looks familiar, and you want to know who he is. It's tempting to ask your friend sitting next to you, but doing so disrupts everyone else in the theater. Just wait until the credits, or when you're back home at your computer. Hollywood.com exists for a reason, after all.
Don't judge a movie by its titleI remember when a mother brought her two young children to a 7 PM showing of Hot Tub Time Machine. She judged the movie by the title. It was the worst decision of her life.
You must always clap when Meryl Streep is on screenDo I really need to explain this one?
First dates are limited to bad moviesYou just met someone you're enamored of and want to take him or her out on a date. Dinner and a movie sounds tempting, but if it's your first date, please don't take this special someone to the latest Oscar contender. No one in the audience wants to watch you try to build a relationship in two hours. Instead, check out Son of God. This way, your attempt at courtship will be the audience's entertainment when the movie sucks.
None of these rules apply to midnight moviesIf you're at a midnight showing of The Room, you can pretty much do whatever you want.