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Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener Join Voice Cast Of Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2”

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With the first trailer for The Incredibles 2 expected to debut next week timed to the release of Pixar’s Coco, it’s time to reveal the first new members of the ensemble. The Tracking Board has exclusively learned that Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener have joined the voice cast of Brad Bird’s animated Disney sequel.

Of course, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner are back as the Parr family, aka Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet and Dash. Samuel L. Jackson is slated to return as Frozone, with John Ratzenberger as the Underminer, and Bird voicing fan favorite Edna Mode.

From what we understand, The Incredibles 2 will pick up exactly where the first film left off, though the sequel will focus more on Elastigirl’s adventures saving the world while Mr. Incredible is left to care for Jack-Jack. A gaggle of new superheroes will likely factor into the plot, which we should be getting a better sense of with the new trailer.

Disney will release The Incredibles 2 on June 15, 2018.

While details regarding Odenkirk and Keener’s characters are being kept under wraps, both actors are in the awards conversation this year thanks to their supporting performances in Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Jordan Peele’s Get Out, respectively.

Emmy winner Odenkirk currently stars on AMC’s Better Call Saul, and he’ll soon be seen in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. He’s also slated to play former New York Times reporter David Carr in a TV adaptation of Carr’s harrowing memoir The Night of the Gun. He’s represented by WME, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

Keener is a two-time Oscar nominee (CapoteBeing John Malkovich) who is no stranger to animation, having voiced Ugga in The Croods. She can currently be seen alongside Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz in November Criminals, and she has wrapped the Sicario sequel Soldado, as well as Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia with Jon Hamm. She’s represented by Gersh.

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Ana de Armas Joins Daniel Craig In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

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Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) has officially signed on to join actors Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Michael Shannon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

The film, which Johnson also wrote, is scheduled to start shooting next month. Knives Out has been described as a contemporary whodunit, with Craig portraying an archetypal grizzled detective, tasked with getting to the bottom of a classic locked-room murder mystery.

Johnson is set to produce with his creative partner Ram Bergman, and studios are expected to bid fiercely for the rights to distribute the feature in the coming months. Craig was previously pencilled in to begin shooting Bond 25 for director Danny Boyle at the tail end of this year, but when Boyle departed that project following creative differences it freed up the Casino Royale actor’s schedule to join Knives Out.

Somewhat ironically, Ana de Armas can next be seen in an untitled project from Danny Boyle, which is likely to release prior to Johnson’s crime thriller.

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The Grinch Eyeing $50m+ Opening Weekend

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Illumination Animation’s forthcoming The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the green grouch, has landed on early tracking – and Universal could be looking at quite the Christmas present.

Yes, by all accounts, The Grinch is looking at a minimum $50m opening weekend, with that number potentially ballooning as the weeks roll on and the film’s marketing pushes deeper into the public consciousness.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the franchise (and character) has proven itself before to have both presence and staying power; 2000’s live-action version, starring Jim Carrey in the title role, opened to $55 million and went on to score $260 million total, not adjusted for inflation.

The Grinch is due out in UK cinemas on the 9th November, rated PG.

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Venom Producer Gives Weak Excuse For Carnage Not Being The Film’s Villain

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When a Venom movie sans-wallcrawler was first announced, many assumed that the smart move would be pitting the black symbiote against well-known comic antagonist Carnage; a red palette-swap of the film’s titular antihero, inhabited by serial-killer Cletus Kasady.

However, that turned out to not be the case. Sony still went with the age-old classic superhero movie villain formula (exactly like the hero, but, y’know, evil – see also; Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, etc etc.) but eschewed the better-known Carnage for, of all characters, Riot – a silver-coloured symbiote inhabited by Carlton Drake, head of the LIFE Foundation, and birthed from an oft-forgotten 90s comic book arc.

When asked the reasoning behind the decision to scrape through the bottom of the Marvel barrel and to drudge up a Z-lister like Riot for their initial, flagship Spidey-cinematic-universe-minus-Spidey feature, producer Matt Tolmach gave an almost unbelievably pathetic excuse:

“[If you have Carnage] you have two origins, and it really limits. We thought about it long and hard. It limits what you can do with the origin of Venom. So, what do you do with that? Well, then the movie itself becomes the origin of Venom, and then Carnage enters the equation. That was always the idea, that you would be setting it up, from the very beginning.”

Now, putting aside that the movie gives an origin to Riot as part of its structure, and the fact that the movie’s post-credits scene gives a pretty complete set-up for Cletus Kasady (portrayed by Woody Harrelson, donning an incredibly cheap-looking ginger wig), it’s still a staggeringly weak reason. Complaining that a villain also needs setting up – something that most superhero origin films manage to pull off quite neatly – smacks of an almost impressive level of laziness. Granted, once you’ve done ‘Venom vs. Carnage’, there’s not a tremendous amount of places left to take a webslinger-less Venom franchise, but it’s still going to feel deliriously samey when/if Venom 2 rolls around.

Venom stars Tom Hardy and is in cinemas now, rated 12A.

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