Movie Talk: ‘Wreck it Ralph 2’ Announced; Academy Awards Respond to Call for Diversity

     June 30, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 30, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Perri Nemiroff, Jason Inman and Natasha Martinez discuss the following:

  • Academy pushes for Diversity by adding 683 new members including Oscar Isaac and John Boyega
  • Rian Johnson, Phil Lord and Chris Miller coming to Star Wars Celebrations Europe
  • First trailer for Clint Eastwood’s Sully starring Tom Hanks
  • First red band trailer released for for Why Him? 
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


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Disney Animation took to Facebook live this morning to announce plans for Wreck it Ralph 2. Not only that, but the Mouse House has put the sequel on the release schedule for March 9, 2018, which takes the spot previously held by the Disney Animation film Gigantic, pushing that Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired fairy tale back to November 21, 2018. Director Rich Moore is returning to helm the follow-up, which will find Ralph wreaking havoc on the internet as the world of Wreck-It Ralph moves away from arcades and into the virtual space. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub recently scored an exclusive interview with Moore about the project, where he revealed that the title Super Wreck-It Ralph is an option but has yet to make it official. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman are returning to voice Ralph and Vanellope, respectively, with Wreck-It Ralph co-writer Phil Johnston joining Moore as co-director and writer while Zootopia’s Clark Spencer produces.

In answer to the #OscarsSoWhite backlash, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has unveiled a list of actors, writers and directors that have been invited to join the voting membership for 2016, with diversity at the forefront of the move. 683 invites have gone out,  over twice as many as last year, which saw 322 invitations extended. Of the new members invited to join the Oscar voting body, 46% are female and 41% are people of color, bringing the Academy’s totals to 27% female and 11% non-white. The acting branch invitees include John Boyega, Greta Gerwig, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Andrew Garfield, Kate Beckinsale, Chadwick Boseman, Rose Byrne, Emma Watson, and last year’s winners Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, and Mark Rylance. New directors added to the mix include Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga, Thor Ragnarock’s Taika Waititi, Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander, Creed’s Ryan Coogler, Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins, The Big Short’s Adam McKay and The Conjuring’s James Wan. A full list of the new Academy members can be found at the Oscars’ official website.


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Last week, Lucasfilm revealed a number of details for Star Wars Celebration Europe, including a Rogue One panel featuring director Gareth Edwards. But that won’t be the only Star Wars filmmaker in attendance. Yesterday, Luscasfilm announced Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson and the directing duo behind the Han Solo anthology film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will also be in attendance at the European celebration. Pablo Hidalgo from Lucasfilm’s story group will host a discussion with Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy and senior vice president of development Kiri Hart, as well Johnson, Lord and Miller at the Future Filmmaker Discussion, a panel that will take place on Sunday, July 17 at Celebration Stage. further teased “some surprises” to “end the weekend on a high note.” What that high note might be has the fans wondering if we will be getting a title for Episode VIII, some footage or both. Star Wars Celebration Europe happens July 15th through the 17th.


The first trailer for Bleed for This has been released online and is based on the life of five-time world boxing champion Vinny Pazienza played by Miles Teller. The movie tracks “The Pazmanian Devil” through his career-ending car accident and subsequent determination to make a comeback. Ben Younger, the filmmaker behind the 2000 Wall Street thriller Boiler Room and 2005’s romantic comedy Prime, directs from a script he wrote himself, with Martin Scorsese acting as Executive Producer. Bleed for This also stars Aaron Eckhart, Katey Segal, Ciarán Hinds, and Ted Levine and opens in theaters on November 23rd.

sully-posterWarner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s true story drama Sully. The film stars Tom Hanks as Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who landed a disabled plane into the frigid waters of the Hudson, saving the lives of the 155 people onboard. The movie then tells the story of what happened next, as an investigation into the event threatened to destroy Sully’s career. Written by Todd Komarnicki, the film also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney and opens in theaters on September 9th.

The new red band trailer for Why Him has been released starring Bryan Cranston as the patriarch of the Flemming family who is horrified when he meets his daughter Stephanie’s boyfriend Laird Mayhew, an internet billionaire played by James Franco. Within moments of arriving at Laird’s extravagant estate, an obvious culture clash arises – pitting the no-filter lifestyle of Mayhew against the straight-edged Mr. Flemming. Hoping to propose to Stephanie on Christmas Day, Laird has to win over his potential father-in-law so he can receive his blessing. The movie is directed by I Love You Man’s John Hamburg and stars Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key and Zoey Deutch. Why Him? Opens on December 25.

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

The Legend of Tarzan – It’s been nearly a decade since Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), also known as John Clayton III, left Africa to live in Victorian England with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie). Danger lurks on the horizon as Leon Rom, a treacherous envoy for King Leopold, devises a scheme that lures the couple to the Congo. Rom plans to capture Tarzan and deliver him to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds. When Jane becomes a pawn in his devious plot, Tarzan must return to the jungle to save the woman he loves.

Our Kind of Traitor – A money launderer (Stellan Skarsgård) for Russian gangsters asks a couple vacationing in Marrakech, Morocco, to deliver incriminating evidence to an MI6 agent (Damian Lewis).


David M writes:

Greetings Colliderfolk!

Long-time viewer and this makes my second question mailed to you guys.

Lots of people refer to the act of turning their brains off when they watch movies. I have a serious issue with this practice. There’s a huge distinction between a movie being “popcorn”, but being good enough in other areas to be excused (Pacific Rim, in my opinion) and a movie being dumb and only viewable as good if you don’t think about it too much or at all (Transformers).

My question is this: Should we really accept being told that they only work when you dumb yourself down? What makes a movie turn your brain off dumb and what makes it good “popcorn fun?”

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Lucas Ocampos writes:

Who do you think got the best out of Brando in his performances for well known movies: Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, Streetcar) or Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now)?

Hello from Zimbabwe and thanks for answering my questions



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