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Walker Stalker Con: A Weekend With The Walking Dead
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Walker Stalker Con Sign

This past weekend, the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, NJ hosted Walker Stalker Con. The convention featured stars of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead as well as several other guests. The ferocious fans, many dressed as zombies (cough… walkers) were given an opportunity to meet, greet, get autographs from, take selfies with, and coolest of all, chat with their favorite actors. The weekend of the 2nd/3rd we were at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in Secaucus, and one thing that was obvious at both cons, sometimes smaller is better!

Check out some of my celebrity highlights below.

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Movie Review: Disney’s The Jungle Book
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The Jungle Book Mowgli and Baloo

The Jungle Book
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Justin Marks
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 106 Minutes
Release Date: April 15, 2016

There is a fine line that filmmakers walk when reimagining a classic like Disney’s The Jungle Book. The animated film, released in 1967, has a special place in the hearts of fans who enjoyed watching a boy who lived in the jungle and was raised by wolves become a man. Though there have been many iterations and adaptations, that film is probably the most recognized. Now we flash forward to 2016, nearly 50 years since the release of the film where Disney has already created a successful formula of turning those animated classics into live-action blockbusters.

The film is storytelling come to life in every sense of the word. Like a parental figure reading a story to their child. Jon Favreau (Iron Man), faithfully adapts the film for the newer generation, while still paying respect to those who loved the original. Some might consider that his vision for this surpasses the original. Others might think it succeeds in its own right. In the end, the film is nostalgically joyous and a romping good time.

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8 Things You Need To Know About Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’
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The World Premiere of Disney's "THE JUNGLE BOOK" Press Conference

Disney will be releasing the highly anticipated The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The film centers on a young boy (Neel Sethi) who became an orphan when the ferocious Shere Khan killed his father. Taken by Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley) to live with a wolf pack, Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle from his new wolf parents Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito). When Shere Khan threatens the entire animal community unless the boy is delivered to him, Mowgli volunteers to return to the man village on his own. His journey will take him across the dense jungles where he meets all sorts of wildlife, and befriends an easy-going bear named Baloo (Bill Murray).

Geeks of Doom was recently invited to sit down with a group of fellow journalists to hear about what Favreau, Kingsley, Esposito, and Nyong’o had to say about the film during its press conference. There they spoke about the visual effects of the film, Sethi’s physical work, voiceover work, and respecting the animated original and Rudyard Kipling’s works while also making it entertaining for the newer generation. Check out the press conference below.

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‘The Jungle Book’: Latest Clip Introduces Christopher Walken’s King Louie
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The Jungle Book King Louie

Disney has released the latest clip from The Jungle Book, the live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling‘s stories being directed by Iron Man, Elf, and Zathura director Jon Favreau.

The new clip introduces the gigantic orangutan named King Louie, who is voiced by Christopher Walken. Other characters we’ve been introduced to recently include the bear Baloo and wolf Raksha, as well as the intimidating villain tiger Shere Khan.

You can check out the latest clip below.

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Watch Now: New ‘Jungle Book’ Clips “Baloo” and “Mowgli Leaves The Pack”
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The Jungle Book

Disney has released a pair of new clips from The Jungle Book, one titled “Baloo” and the other titled “Mowgli Leaves the Pack,” which give us a closer look at some of the characters of the film. These follow the recently released introduction to the villainous Shere Khan, and are sure to be followed by new clips involving some of the other main characters.

You can check out the new clips below along with a recently released featurette if you haven’t seen it.

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‘The Jungle Book’: Introducing Shere Khan (Video)
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Shere Khan In Disney's The Jungle Book

A new preview of Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book has been released that introduces feared tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) as he gets a scent for the man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi). We recently saw Elba posing with the tiger in a photo shoot, along with the rest of the cast posing with their animal characters.

Click on over to the other side now to read a synopsis and watch the new clip.

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‘The Jungle Book’ Cast Release Their Inner Wild Beast In New Photo Shoot
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Disney The Jungle Book banner live action

Watching the marketing campaign for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book has been nothing but pure nostalgic joy. As we’ve seen through D23 Expo, the trailers, and the special laser projection presentation, Favreau intends to honor the memory of those who grew up with the original and make it appealing to a new generation. Though the film will incorporate lore from the animated film, as well as make a few nods through the use the Sherman Brothers’ music and songs like “The Bare Necessities.”

The film is a few weeks away from release, and Disney has released a special photo shoot of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Giancarlo Esposito paired with their onscreen characters. Check out the images below.

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Trailers For Netflix Series ‘The Crown,’ and ‘The Get Down’
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Netflix's The Crown

Netflix has released trailers for a pair of their upcoming series, titled The Crown and The Get Down.

The Crown is created by Peter Morgan, who has previously worked on the scripts for The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, The Other Boleyn Girl, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United, Rush, and others. It’s a biographical story about the British royal family. The Get Down is created by Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia, and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan, who’s credited as creator/showrunner or producer on series like The Shield, Last Resort, The Unit, Lie to Me, and Terriers.

You can see who’s starring in the two series and watch the trailers below.

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First Trailer For Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Jungle Book’ Released
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Disney's The Jungle Book Header Image

The first teaser trailer for Walt Disney’s live-action re-telling of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic story The Jungle Book has been released.

The movie is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf), and stars Scarlett Johansson as Kaa (who does the voice over used in the trailer), Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela.

You can read a full synopsis for Disney’s The Jungle Book and check out the first trailer below.

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D23 Expo 2015: ‘The Jungle Book’: A Live Twist On An Animated Classic
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Disney The Jungle Book live-action film title card

Disney’s recent turn to modernize their animated classics by giving them a live-action adaptation has been a successful product thus far. With Maleficent and Cinderella already proving to be box office hits, the studio shows no signs of slowing down, by releasing more of these adaptations. Perhaps the most interesting of all the adaptations would be The Jungle Book. Now, it’s not interesting in a perplexing manner, but in how they approached the production of the film. The adaptation combines live-action and CGI to form a beautiful story, based on the animated film and Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel.

During the film’s presentation at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, today, director Jon Favreau talked about the production of The Jungle Book, with his cast Ben Kingsley, who voices Bagheera; Lupita Nyong’O, who voices the protective mother wolf Raksha; and newcomer Neel Sethi, who plays the human lead Mowgli.

More on the production of the film as well as description of the footage here below.

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