George Clooney talks Tomorrowland…

Tomorrowland

Sitting in the ballroom of Claridges Hotel in London on a sunny day in May are four men who have come together to talk about one of summer’s more unusual big budget movies – one that is not based on a comic book, nor a sequel to an animated hit, or even a reworking of a film from a decade or two ago. In fact, star George Clooney, writer/director Brad Bird (best known for movies like The Incredibles and Ratatouille), and writers Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Jeff Jensen are chatting about one of the most original summer family blockbusters in recent years – the Disney movie Tomorrowland, that was loosely inspired by the Disney theme park area of the same name.

George Clooney and Brad Bird attends the European press conference of Disney’s “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond” on May 18 in London, UK (Credit: James Gillham / StingMedia.co.uk)

George Clooney and Brad Bird

Bird is the first, however, to explain that this isn’t a movie about a theme park zone, but something more besides. “It’s not about Tomorrowland, it’s about the idea about what tomorrow could be,” he explains, talking about the movie’s vision of a future world that would be different from our own if you could just find it. “Walt Disney had a view of the future that was undecided but exciting, something that could be fun, somewhere where science wasn’t the enemy, it was an idea that was something to play with, something to be inspired by. We were trying to make a film that came from that.”

Actor George Clooney attends the European press conference of Disney’s “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond” on May 18 in London, UK (Credit : James Gillham / StingMedia.co.uk)

Co-writer Damon Lindelof agrees. “We wanted to make a movie with magic, to take an idea based in reality and turn it into something magical.” For them to do that, they needed a movie star to fill the lead role, and the person they immediately thought of was George Clooney – even though the last summer blockbuster he starred in was the critical disaster, Batman & Robin.

“Brad and Damon brought me a script and said that they had written it with me in mind,” he remembers. “I read the description [of my character] and it said: ’55-year-old angry, bitter has-been’ and I thought ‘brilliant, that’s me!’

Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy and Jeff Jensen attend the European photo call of Disney’s “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond” on May 18 in London, UK (Credit: James Gillham/ StingMedia.co.uk

Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy and Jeff Jensen attend the European photo call of Disney’s “Tomorrowland: A World Beyond” on May 18 in London, UK (Credit: James Gillham/ StingMedia.co.uk

In fact, it was the movie’s hopeful thoughts for the future that drew George to the part. “I liked the message of this movie. When I was a teenager, I was growing up in a time when the idea was that your voice could change the world. And we saw it could happen, we saw Rosa Parks on a bus, we saw things change, and we felt we had the ability to do that.”

“I think over time we have lost sight of that,” he adds. “It is really important to make a film like this that says, ‘the future is not inevitable’. If the future is dark, we created it, but we can change it.”

It’s certainly an optimistic change from the many dystopian future movies that have been in cinemas of late, such as The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games series. “I love dystopian movies,” says Lindelof, “and I’m first in line to see movies like Hunger Games and Mad Max, but I don’t think we’re often offered the alternative. I don’t want to live in those realities. I don’t want robots trying to kill me or zombies trying to eat me!”

He pauses. “I think Walt [Disney] lived in a time that was just as turbulent as the time we live in now, if not more so, and still he was able to not just imagine but believe in our capability as a species to transcend all that. I hope people watch this movie and have that feeling that anything is possible.”

New Pixels trailer!

pixelsPixels, the live action comedy adventure about aliens attacking Earth in the guise of well known arcade game characters like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, comes to UK cinemas on August 12. The cast includes Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Peter Dinklage, and we have the latest trailer for the movie below:

First trailer for Maze Runner The Scorch Trials is here!

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The sequel to hit young adult movie Maze Runner is in UK cinemas from 17th September, but you can get a taste of the dystopian adventure below right now, in the first trailer for the film.

New Minions and Pan trailers!

The next few months are jam-packed with kids and family movies, and two of the most eagerly awaited are Minions, the first movie to star those adorable yellow dudes from the Despicable Me movies, and Pan, a new live action re-telling of the Peter Pan story, starring Hugh Jackman. We’ve got new trailers for both movies, below, and you can find Minions in cinemas from 26th June and Pan from 16th October…

And don’t forget to head over to our website, Movies4Kids, for all the latest movie reviews!

May The Fourth Be With You…

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Movies4Kids Summer Movie Preview!

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Welcome to the Movies4Kids Summer Movie Preview – your guide to some of the biggest, best and most interesting movies for kids, teens and families that will be playing at a cinema near you from late May until the end of August. (And scroll down to the end for a few of the choice movies for grown-ups to watch out for this summer, too).

Please note this is listed by UK release date, with US release dates at the end of each preview.

Happy summer viewing!

22nd May

Dino Time

Animated adventure for dinosaur fans too young to see the new Jurassic Park movie (see below), this is the story of three kids who travel back 65 million years to the land of the dinosaurs. (available on DVD in the US)

Moomins On The Riviera

Gentle animated adventure based on Tove Jansson’s book characters, this has the Moomins visiting the Cote D’Azur. (no US release date at present)

Tomorrowland

George Clooney stars in this mystery adventure through time and space that is loosely based on the Tomorrowland from Disney’s theme parks. (US release 22nd May)

29th May

San Andreas

A disaster movie for fans of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, this imagines what would happen if a massive earthquake hit California and The Rock/Dwayne Johnson was there to help. (US release 29th May)

11th June

Jurassic World

We’re going back to Jurassic Park, and 22 years on it is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard among its employees. With lots of kids and holidaymakers running around, nothing could go wrong… could it? (US release 12th June)

26th June

Minions

Despicable Me’s little yellow guys get their own movie, set before they met their current villain master Gru. They’re on the search for a super-villain to work for and meet super-baddie Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock). Uh oh. (US release 10th July)

10th July

Song Of The Sea

An Irish animated drama based on the Celtic selkie myth, this Oscar-nominated tale features the vocal talents of Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan. (available on DVD in the US)

17th July

Ant-Man

Paul Rudd stars as the man who can shrink to the size of an insect in this fun action adventure based on the Marvel comic. Michael Douglas, John Slattery and Evangeline Lilly co-star. (US release 17th July)

Pan

A new live action twist on the classic JM Barrie story of Peter Pan, this stars Levi Miller as the boy spirited away to Neverland, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Hugh Jackman as nasty pirate Blackbeard. (US release 9th October)

24th July

Inside Out

The latest animated comedy from Pixar, this lets us see inside the head of a young girl, where we see her emotions are all people working the controls of her brain. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane are among those providing the voices. (US release 19th June)

6th August

Fantastic Four

The story of four scientists who get zapped with special powers gets a reboot, with Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell as Ben (The Thing) and Michael B Jordan as Johnny Storm (Human Torch). (US release 7th August)

7th August

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Phoebe Gloeckner’s coming of age novel is made for the screen, telling the story of a teen artist in 1970s San Francisco who has an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig and Belo Powley star. (no US release date at present)

12th August

Pixels

Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Kevin James are the bumbling heroes who have to stop gigantic classic arcade game characters (eg PacMan, Donkey Kong) from destroying the world in this adventure comedy. (US release 24th July)

21st August

Paper Towns

An adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars’ author John Freen’s young adult novel about a young man who sets off on a road trip with his friends to find the missing girl next door. (US release 24th July)

28th August

Strange Magic

Based on a story by George Lucas that was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this animated musical fantasy features fairies, elves and a host of well known songs such as Love Is Strange and Can’t Help Falling In Love. (available on DVD in the US from 19th May)

And a few new releases grown-ups will be waiting for:

Pitch Perfect 2            15th May UK/US

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and pals are back for another singing competition in this sequel to the hit comedy.

Mad Max: Fury Road                        15th May UK/US

Director George Miller returns to his most famous creation, with Tom Hardy as Max trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Entourage            19th June UK/3rd June US

The cult TV series becomes a movie, with movie star Vinne and his pals back in business with Ari Gold (aka Jeremy Piven) in this Hollywood comedy.

Mr Holmes            19th June UK/17th July US

Ian McKellen stars as an ageing Sherlock, looking back on his life and an unsolved case in this mystery drama.

Terminator Genisys            3rd July UK/1st July US

Arnie’s back in this Terminator reboot (it’s an alternate timeline to the other movies, apparently) that stars Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor.

Magic Mike XXL            3rd July UK/1st July US

Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and pals are stripping to their g-strings again in this sequel to the phenomenally successful 2012 comedy drama.

Ted 2            10th July UK/26th June US

The world’s most foul-mouthed teddy bear (and his pal Mark Wahlberg) return for a second instalment of this (very) adult comedy.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation            30th July UK/US

Partly filmed in London earlier this year, the latest MI movie has Tom Cruise returning to do lots of death-defying spy stuff along with Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Simon Pegg.

Hot Pursuit            31st July UK/8th May US

Sofia Vergara is the widow of a drug boss and Reece Witherspoon the cop trying to help her run from bad guys and crooked cops in this action comedy.

The Man From UNCLE            14th August UK/US

The sixties TV series about CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin gets a big screen makeover from director Guy Ritchie, with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the lead roles.

New Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie posters

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Fans of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty and, of course, Snoopy and Woodstock will know there is a Peanuts Movie coming to the UK at the end of the year. In the meantime, those nice people at Twentieth Century Fox have released some character posters – check some of them out below.

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