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TRAILER: First Look At ‘Mowgli’ Shows A Darker Side Of ‘The Jungle Book’

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Is it really a bare necessity to release two live-action remakes of The Jungle Book within two years? I would have originally thought “no,” but the trailer for Mowgli shows a darker side of the popular story that has certainly piqued my interest.

Just two years ago, Walt Disney Pictures released their live-action version of The Jungle Book and it was met with critical acclaim. So much so, that it is the 38th highest grossing film of all time. The visual effects, musical score, and comparability to the original were praised by fans and critics alike. The film even won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. With all of these accolades, you would think there would be no Jungle Book left to tell. Well director Andy Serkis, best known bringing life to digitally constructed characters such as Gollum in Lord Of The Rings, is taking a crack at the story, this time written by Callie Kloves. While the premise of the film is the same, there seems to be an added focus on the cultural background of the principal character. The film also promises to be a darker adaption of the original, which should draw a more mature audience. With Serkis leading the way, you can bet that the CGI components of the film are exceptional as well. While the Disney version had an all star cast with Idris Elba, Bill Murray, and Lupita N’Yongo, Serkis’ version pulls no punches and has A-listers Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch taking the lead.

While I may have hoped for another rendition of Cinderella…ain’t nobody done it like you Rodgers and Hammerstein…Mowgli looks like an exciting film. It’s hard to say if the world needs another retelling of the classic, but the film definitely has some money behind it which might make it worthwhile. Take a look at the trailer below and decide for yourself!

Mowgli hits theaters on October 19th!

 

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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Elton John And Taron Egerton Performed A Fantastic Duet Of ‘Tiny Dancer’

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The dancer may be tiny but the talent on stage was massive! Taron Egerton and Elton John gave a fantastic performance of “Tiny Dancer” last night at the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to toss on your bedazzled cape and brightly colored sunglasses then boy do I have good news for you. An “epic musical fantasy” about Elton John’s life, entitled Rocketman, is expected to hit theaters in May 2019. Taron Egerton, from Robin Hood fame, plays the musical legend and judging by his performance last night, we are all in for a treat. The audience of the charity event felt like a candle in the wind when Taron suggested an off-the-cuff performance of “Tiny Dancer.” There isn’t even a pun creative enough to embody what the audience must have felt when Elton John himself volunteered to accompany Taron on the piano!

In addition to a truly moving performance, the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised more than $6.3 million for an effort to end AIDS.

Click below to take a look at the magical performance from last night!

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VIRAL: There Is No Room For Love When This Dog Protects His Barney

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I think this dog missed the whole “I love you, you love me” message Barney was trying to teach all those years ago…

In this viral video posted to Twitter, an adorable pup channels his inner Cujo anytime his owner gets close to the Barney the Dinosaur stuffed animal. While the frenzied attacks are comical in themselves, this video should definitely be played with the sound up. While we never see more than the dog owner’s hand, we hear his high pitched screams of terror every time the dog take a lunge.

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