Quentin Tarantino Provides Intriguing Update On "Kill Bill 3"

When it comes to overall bodies work, you’d be hard-pressed to find a director with a resume like Quentin Tarantino. Seen by many as one cinema’s great all time, Quentin’s repertoire has continuously secured acclaim across the board. Most recently, his ninth film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood hit theatres, with some going so far as to call it his masterwork. And yet, the visionary director is already looking forward, speculating on his tenth film during a stop on Andy Cohen Live

Quentin Tarantino Provides Intriguing Update On "Kill Bill 3"

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“I just so happened to have had dinner with Uma Thurman last night,” explains Quentin. “She was bragging about me, I was bragging about her, it was a lovely night.” When asked whether his Uma link-up sparked any motivation for the t-rumored Kill Bill 3, Tarantino confirmed that his creative juices have indeed been flowing. “I do have an idea,” he reveals. “The whole thing was conquering that concept  what’s happened to The Bride since then, and what would I want to do? I don’t want to come up with a cockamamie adventure. She doesn’t deserve that. The Bride has fought long and hard.”

“Now I have an idea that would be interesting,” he teases. “But I wouldn’t do it for a little bit. It would be at least three years from now. It is definitely in the ether. It’s in the cards.”

Kevin Hart Jokes About His Drunken 40th Birthday Party

Kevin Hart celebrated another decade life in July when he turned 40 years old. Hart stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie Jumanji: The Next Level, and he also spoke about recovering from his car crash. Kimmel asked Hart about his ability to make love to his wife, to which Kevin responded with a hilarious story. “You don’t have any movement,” Kevin explained. “Literally, I couldn’t do anything… I was in the hospital for nine days and we got out, and I was laying in the bed, and one day I just got happy.”

Hart also explained to Kimmel why he had such an extravagant 40th birthday party. The talk show host reveals footage their last interview, where Hart claimed he hated to party and wanted to have a quiet night at home. Then he fast forwards to an Instagram post Hart extremely drunk having an enormous party. “All your friends, everybody starts talking, like ‘man it’s your 40th, you can’t just not do nothing.'” That escalated to Hart renting out the whole TAO nightclub in Los Angeles for the day and night. “I left my party at 12.15 PM,” Hart admits.  “This isn’t BS, man. I am being honest. It felt like someone was pushing me,” he joked, even though he was standing alone. The comedian then chronicles how he threw up in his car and decided to walk his dogs while he was wasted. Check out the full interview below. 

Busta Rhymes Tells DaBaby Other Rappers Are Scared Of Him

DaBaby has been given enough reason this year to believe he’s one the best rappers out there. While he ten boasts that he is in his songs, he tends to be humble whenever discussing his immense success in other contexts. Exuding extreme confidence on your tracks is just part the game. Otherwise, the numbers are supposed to speak for you. Based on his latest album, KIRK, going #1 and his streaming stats, it’s clear that DaBaby is winning. However, Busta Rhymes insisted on pointing out to DaBaby just how ferocious his run is right now. 

Bussa Bus caught one the Charlotte rapper’s recent shows and went to go meet him backstage afterwards. Their interaction was recorded and it shows Buss gassing up DaBaby for instilling fear in other rappers competing with him. “Let me tell you something. N****s is scared you,” he said. After DaBaby doubted the truth this claim, Busta continued. “Nah, nah, nah. I be in n****s studio sessions. I hear how n****s talk… You know what I love to see? When a n**** bust his ass on that stage with that stage production value and that energy – n****s don’t wanna come behind you.”

Considering that DaBaby ten draws comparisons to Busta Rhymes for being a high-energy, charismatic performer, this passing the torch is a cool moment to witness. For pro how great a show DaBaby puts on, check out his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live.

"SNL" Parodies Hallmark Christmas Movies After Controversy

Scarlett Johansson hosted a holiday-themed episode  Saturday Night Live last night that included a follow-up to a 2017 bit parodying Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies. 

Johansson is a guest on a Christmas-themed dating show titled A Winter Boyfriend for Holiday Christmas where she must choose to marry a vaguely British prince, a Christmas ghost, or Santa Clause. A black character comes in at one-point as well with no depth or back story, criticizing the lack diversity in Hallmark movies. 

The updated bit came at just the right time, considering that Hallmark came under fire yesterday for removing a Zola wedding-planning commercial that featured two brides kissing.

The decision was explained in a statement to The New York Times, which reads, “The decision not to air overt public displays affection in our sponsored advertisement, regardless the participants, is in line with our current policy, which includes not featuring political advertisements, fensive language, R-rated movie content and many other categories.”

Zola decided to pull all it’s remaining commercials in response. The company’s chief marketing ficer Mike Chi said, “Hallmark approved a commercial where a heteroual couple kissed. All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark.” 

Read more about that story here.

The SNL sketch ends with Aidy Bryant saying, “Remember to stay straight out there.”

Chance the Rapper Cancels Upcoming North American Tour

Bad news for all the Chance the Rapper fans out there: Chance has ficially canceled the Big Tour. 

Chance explained the decision in a new Instagram post, citing family time and scheduling. He wrote, “Hey guys I’ve decided to cancel the Big Tour. I know it sucks and its been a lot back and forth with reschedules and rerouting, but it’s for the best. I’m gonna take this time to be with family, make some new music and develop my best show to date. I’m deeply sorry to anyone with a ticket who has supported me this past decade by coming to a show and rocking out with me and I feel even worse for anyone who was planning on making this their first Chance concert. Thank you all for an amazing year, and a huge thanks to my team and family for being so strong through this whole year. I promise to come back much stronger and better in 2020 and hope to see some you guys there. I truly love you and God bless.”

The tour was originally scheduled to kick f on February 8th in New York City and give Chance the opportunity to perform 34 shows across North America, promoting his newest album, The Big Day.

No further details have been given at this time.

Rico Nasty Distressed About FKA Twigs Blocking Her On Instagram

People got a good laugh on Saturday night (Dec. 14) from FKA twigs blocking Rico Nasty on Instagram, but Rico did not. The cause for this blocking appeared to be Rico going on shitposting spree. Interspersed between videos promoting her new single, “Hard“, Rico shared a bunch memes. Although the memes were actually quite funny, FKA twigs may not have appreciated them. “Why did FKA twigs block me on Instagram,” Rico desperately asked her Twitter followers. 

The rapper fered an explanation for why the ever-elegantly-dressed twigs would do such a thing. “Twigs just called me and said it’s because I wear crocs,” she said before clarifying that this was just a joke. Rico never heard from twigs, but she still encouraged her fans to get her unblocked. After twigs slayed us with her MAGDALENE album and its accompanying theatrics this year, the thought being a bother to her would be unbearable for anyone. After accepting their mission, Rico’s fans slid in twigs’ DMs and popped up in her comments to implore her to unblock Miss Rico Nasty. However, Rico was not pleased with this pestering. “That’s not how u fucking ask ! Y’all are about to make this worse . Just say #RicoLovesU #PlzUnblock,” she tweeted. That being said, if you wish to support the cause, make sure to be polite when addressing FKA twigs. 

Due to Rico’s slightly erratic social media activity, some followers believed she was hacked. However, today, she clarified that she was not and she “just wanna post whatever she] want now.” Why this change, you may ask? “Because everything in this society is a lie !” Read Rico’s full statement below. 

Tory Lanez Threatens To Expose Interscope Records — & Gets Instagram Like From Drake

Tory Lanez isn’t happy with his label. The outspoken artist issued a warning to Interscope Records on Saturday (December 14), threatening to expose the company.

“Interscope Records … If y’all niggas don’t stop playing w/ me … I’ma expose what’s really going on in that fucking building!!!!!” he declared.

One Instagram user told Tory to chill, claiming he didn’t want to see the Canadian rapper/singer get killed. The multi-platinum selling artist responded by saying it’s a matter of integrity.

“That’s the difference … I don’t care,” he wrote. “My integrity respect and the path of light that i can show the generation after me is more important than this life that niggas is so scared to lose.”

Tory’s label warning got a like from his foe-turned-friend Drake, among others. Rich The Kid, a former Interscope artist, also showed his support for Tory in a comment on the post.

“I’m tellin ya,” he wrote along with a facepalm emoji.

Tory is coming off the release of his Chixtape 5 project, which dropped in November. The latest Chixtape entry was released Interscope and Benny Blanco’s Mad Love imprint.

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Lil Uzi Vert Brings "Futsal Shuffle 2020" To The Stage For First Time At Rolling Loud LA

Last Wednesday, Lil Uzi Vert asked his Twitter followers what day Rolling Loud Los Angeles was, so he could make sure to drop his new song, “Futsal Shuffle 2020” in time (as if he didn’t know the festival was merely two days away). On Friday, Uzi delivered on his promise and dropped the song which we’ve been hearing the same snippet for weeks now

Not only did we get a song, but a challenge – a dance challenge, to be precise. “Futsal Shuffle” calls on us to step as furiously and swiftly as we possibly could to its entrancing synths. Uzi first previewed the track – which serves as the lead single f his forthcoming album, Eternal Atake – with an instructional dance video. The Philly rapper took the rapid footwork displayed in that video to the Rolling Loud stage on Saturday night. The crowd cheers him on as he does the dance that’s sweeping the nation. His stomps are accentuated by bursts fire and anime visuals play behind him before the beat reaches its momentous drop. Rolling Loud also shared a clip him giving a lit performance the fan-favourite, “Do What I Want”. 

Since we love Uzi dancing so much, we compiled a complete history all the times he shared his skills with us and brought us joy

New Kylo Ren & Palpatine Footage Premiers In "Star Wars" The Rise Of Skywalker" Trailer

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be Disney’s next billion-dollar box fice smash. After Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Frozen 2, Toy Story, Aladdin, and The Lion King all crossed the billion-dollar mark for the house the mouse, they still have one more treat for us. The Rise Skywalker touches down next week, and fan theories are running amok online. A new trailer for the film has increased those theories ten fold. In the latest trailer, new footage shows Kylo Ren on what is believed to be the planet Exogol. He enters a truly scary lair which fans believe belongs to Palpatine. The emperor died in The Return Of The Jedi, but his return in this film hints that his end was not what it seemed. It’s possible that he turned into a Force ghost, or possibly that he employed his love for clones on himself and created a backup plan incase he was killed. 

In the new footage, fans get a glimpse Sith statues in the background. According to Inverse, in Sith lore, the Four Sages Dwartii (the statues seen in the trailer) were ancient philosophers and lawmakers. The Dwartii statues were kept inside Palpatine’s fice when he was a senator in the prequel trilogy. They first appeared in Attack the Clones, and then in the animated series The Clone Wars. Supreme Leader Snoke’s gold ring was inscribed with Dwartii writings and one the Knights Ren also has Dwartii symbols on his helmet. In only 5 days we’ll learn how it’s all connected. Check out the new trailer below. 

Pepsi Planning To Launch Coffee-Infused Cola "Pepsi Cafe"

Pepsi is trying to level up in whatever way they can and this time around, it seems like they’re taking another stab at the world cfee. The company has announced that they’re launching a cfee-infused beverage called Pepsi Cafe which will also be available in vanilla. Expect to see this on shelves across the U.S. this April.

Pepsi admits that the soda game isn’t like it once was and in order to keep things refreshing and appeal to the youth, they’re coming through with a brand new drink that they hope will give their company a little bit a boost. “Cola has been a pretty stagnant category over the last 20-30 years,” vice president marketing for Pepsi, Todd Kaplan said. “As consumer preferences continue to evolve, we as Pepsi need to evolve as well to better meet those needs.”

Pepsi’s previously tried to launch cafe type products that haven’t necessarily been successful. The 90s had Pepsi Kona and in the 2000s, they tried to introduce Pepsi Max Cino. Kaplan is still optimistic about the reception Pepsi Cafe. “We think the consumers today have now caught up with this trend,” he said.

“We are confident that cola fans, iced cfee drinkers and anyone in need an extra caffeine boost will love the unexpected flavor medley roasted cfee infused into the refreshing, crisp flavor Pepsi,” he said in a press release.

Juice WRLD Becomes Most-Streamed Artist In America Following His Death

Juice WRLD’s passing shook the hip-hop community to its core. It was reported that Juice WRLD overdosed after swallowing multiple pills in order to hide them from the police. This has caused many rappers to give up taking pain killers, something that is long overdue in a culture that went from celebrating drug dealers in the 90s to praising drug takers in the last decade. According to Rolling StoneJuice WRLD has become the most streamed artist in America following his passing. 

Juice’s on-demand audio streams inflated 487 percent on Sunday to over 38.2 million in America, nearly 24 million more than any other artist. Songs by Juice WRLD accounted for four the top ren songs across streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.“Lucid Dreams” was the most-streamed song the day, with approximately 4.4 million audio streams, according to data from BuzzAngle Music. “Legends,” which features the self-prophesizing lyrics “What’s the 27 Club? / We ain’t making it past 21,” was fourth with 3.1 million streams. “Robbery” and “All Girls Are the Same” followed at seventh and ninth, respectively. Juice also had the top two albums on the day his passing when combining both digital and physical album sales. His 2018 debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, took the top spot with roughly 13,000 units, and 2019’s Death Race For Love followed with nearly 10,300 units.

Summer Walker Surprised With Car From London On Da Track & Her Label

The blessings keep coming to Summer Walker in 2019 and she deserves it all. She released a fantastic debut album, Over It, and has been putting detractors in their place left and right. Therefore, we had no choice but to stan. If you’ve checked out some our year-end recap lists, you’d see that we’ve definitely been stanning Summer. She qualified for our “Top 10 Breakout Artists” roundup and appeared quite high in the rankings our “Top 15 Hottest R&B Albums“. 

We’re not the only ones recognizing her achievements. Last night (Dec. 14), the R&B songstress was surprised by her boyfriend, London On Da Track, and her record label, LVRN (LoveRenaissance), with a Mercedes G Wagon. She seemed taken aback as she checked out her luxurious gift, which even came with the red leather interior that she wanted. “I feel so awkward,” she said as she sat in her new whip for the first time. While it may have been hard to express sufficient gratitude for such a gift in the moment, Walker later wrote on her Instagram story that “the worst day turned into the best day.” This post makes more sense with the added context someone commenting in one the videos, “Bitch, you ain’t sick no more, huh?”

Watch Summer’s stunning performance “Playing Games” on Fallon last week

Diddy Celebrates 50th Birthday With Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Kim K, & More

Sean “Diddy” Combs is a legend. The Bad Boy creator has been monumental to hip-hop culture and Black history. That’s why the celebration his half-century birthday needed to be one for the books, and it was. Diddy’s actual birthday is November 4th, but he waited to make sure he could get all his friends together for an extravaganza. As reported by TMZ, Diddy held his birthday celebration on Saturday at his $40 million Holmby Hills home. The guest list was extensive, with several celebrities in attendance including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Dr. Dre, Cardi B, Offset, Pharrell Williams, Post Malone,  Chadwick Boseman, Tyga, Tyler Perry, Kobe, Machine Gun Kelly, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and many more. For performances, Mary J Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, and Doug E. Fresh blessed the stage. 

The home was filled with expensive fine dining, and some more casual McDonald’s desserts like apple pies as well. Marijuana and Ciroc were everywhere, and it appears that everyone in attendance had the time their life. Diddy had a tumultuous year, losing the mother his kids, Kim Porter, roughly a year ago. It was amazing to see the mogul have a night to put the stress to the side and just enjoy life. The inscription on his birthday cake, “LOVE,” was the overall vibe the night. 

The Rock Reacts To Being Mentioned In New "Sonic The Hedgehog’ Trailer

The Rock, it turns out, may have been a bit a gamer back in college. 

In the new Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, makes an f-hand joke about The Rock being president and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, himself, seems quite humbled by the moment.

“So crazy I used to love playing Sonic in college. Many moons later this… life can be so damn wildly unpredictable and surreal at times. 🤯,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday night while quote-tweeting the trailer. 

Sonic the Hedgehog will follow Sonic and his newfound best friend, a human named Tom Wachowski, as they work together to stop the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination. 

The film also stars Jim Carrey as Robotnik and James Marsden as Wachowski.

Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on February 14th, 2020.

The Rock most recently starred in Jumanji: The Next Level and Hobbs & Shaw. He also stars in the upcoming Disney film Jungle Cruise alongside Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti. Perhaps, he’ll be willing to make an appearance in a Sonic sequel. 

Jungle Cruise will arrive in theaters on July 24th, 2020. Check out the trailer below.

10 Classic Movies From Your Childhood To Watch On Disney+

After breaking down all the classic TV shows from your childhood that are now streaming on Disney+, we thought it only right to do the same for movies. The highly anticipated launch Disney+ anticlimactically included only two original films exclusive to the new streamer. The first being the latest live-action adaptation a Disney animated classic, Lady and the Tramp, and the second being Noelle, a Christmas comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader as the children Santa Claus. With just these two new movies to watch over the holidays, it’s a safe bet many families will be scrolling through the Disney library for a classic flick from their childhood. Below we’ve listed 10 films from your youth that are now streaming on Disney+. Happy streaming and share some your favorites down in the comments section.


The Parent Trap (1961 & 1998)

Originally released in 1961, The Parent Trap was the first many sequels and remakes to come for the twin-centric Disney franchise. The film stars teenage English actress Hayley Mills as identical twins Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers, who meet for the fist time while at summer camp. After discovering their eerily similar appearances, the two form a rivalry fueled by pranks. The girls are punished and forced to live together for the rest camp. This leads to Sharon and Susan realizing they each have single parents, meaning they must be identical twins separated at birth. Excited by the thought meeting the parent they never had, the twins conspire to switch places when camp ends. 

Thirty-seven years later, Disney remade the film starring Lindsay Lohan as the twin sisters. Both films are considered Disney classics and streaming now on Disney+. Rumors have recently surfaced about Disney developing a new remake the film exclusively for Disney+, however no formal announcements have been made.


Mary Poppins (1964)

Generally recognized as Walt Disney’s “crowning achievement,” to this day Mary Poppins stands as the closest a Disney film has ever come to winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. In the end, it lost to My Fair Lady. Starring Julie Andrews as the titular magical nanny character, Mary Poppins was a fantastical live-action and animated musical unlike anything Hollywood had ever seen. In her Oscar-winning performance, Andrews captivated viewers, as well as those acting alongside her. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke as Bert the one-man-band and chimney sweep – the dynamic duo team up after Mary is hired to look after the troublesome Banks children. The musical adventures the foursome proceed to have live on today as some the most iconic moments in Disney history. In addition to Andrews winning for Best Actress, the score and song “Chim Chim Cher-ee” were also awarded Oscars. 

Nearly 55 years after the original beloved by generations, Disney released a sequel titled Mary Poppins Returns. Starring Emily Blunt as the one-and-only Marry Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Bert’s former apprentice, with Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as the grown Banks children – the film tastefully served as a proper follow-up to the Disney classic. Both films are now streaming on Disney+.


Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

The first what would become another Disney franchise favorite, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids stars Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski, a struggling inventor who accidentally shrinks his children along with the neighbors children. The film marked the directorial debut for Joe Johnston, who would go on to direct Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Grossing over $222 million worldwide, the film was an unexpected hit and Disney’s highest-grossing live-action movie for the following five years. With this sudden success came the 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; the Disney theme parks attraction, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience; the straight-to-video movie, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves; and the three season sitcom, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. Not bad for a mid-summer family comedy. Oh, and a new sequel for Disney+ titled Shrunk is apparently in development with Frozen’s Josh Gad attached to star. Now all they have to do is get Rick Moranis to come out retirement.


Home Alone (1990)

The definitive Christmas movie the ‘90s, Home Alone is the perfect blend comedy, drama, action, and holiday spirit. This childhood classic starring everyone’s favorite child actor, Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is left home on his own for the holidays, was frankly too big to fail. Written by legendary ‘80s filmmaker John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller) and directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter), with an iconic score by John Williams – 20th Century Fox pulled no punches with this expected holiday smash. In fact, the movie lived on as the highest-grossing Christmas film all time until last year. Co-starring the brilliant Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as two burglars unable to outsmart a child, with Catherine O’Hara and John Heard as Kevin’s worried parents – the majority the cast would return for the film’s 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

The franchise went on to produce two more made-for-TV sequels, Home Alone 3 and Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House. With Home Alone now streaming on Disney+, it comes as no surprise that the streaming service has plans to reboot the classic holiday franchise. Unfortunately they’ll never be able to recreate the lightning in a bottle magic the first two films.


The Sandlot (1993)

Unlike the majority the films featured on this list, The Sandlot was not an immediate hit. It also wasn’t produced by Disney, but rather 20th Century Fox, which was only recently purchased by Disney. The Sandlot tells the story Scotty Smalls, a nerdy kid new to the San Fernando Valley. Even though he’s terrible at baseball, Smalls is quickly embraced by a local group boys who regularly play at a nearby sandlot. After the boys lose their ball to a neighbors yard, Smalls learns the legend the scary dog, “the Beast,” who lives behind the fence. One day after the team’s best player, Benny Rodriguez, hits the cover f the ball, Smalls steals an autographed baseball from his stepfather in order for the game to continue. When that ball is hit into the Beast’s yard, Smalls tells the gang that it was autographed by some guy named Babe Ruth.

The Sandlot eventually became a cult classic on home video and television, delivering hilarious quotes and nostalgic Halloween costumes for generations to come. 2005 and 2007 saw the direct-to-video releases The Sandlot 2 and The Sandlot: Heading Home, with Disney+ most recently announcing a television series starring the entire cast the original film. That’s right, over 25 years later Disney is getting the sandlot kids back together.


Hocus Pocus (1993)

This ‘90s Disney classic is the rare flop turned cult hit for the House Mouse. Starring the iconic witch trio Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus is the quintessential Halloween movie for the entire family. Three hundred years after the sisters curse themselves to avoid being hanged, Max and Dani, two siblings new to Salem, Massachusetts accidentally break their spell. Upon being resurrected, Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson vow to continue their pursuit taking all the children’s souls in Salem. The first child they discover is Dani (Thora Birch), who quickly flees to the cemetery. From there the witches continue to use their powers to wreak havoc over Salem on Halloween night. In hindsight, Disney clearly made a mistake releasing Hocus Pocus in the heart the summer. However, the film’s cult status continued to grow every year it aired as part Disney Channel and ABC Family’s (now Freeform) Halloween-themed fall programming.

Arguably more popular today than at any point over the past 25 years, Disney recently took the hint and put in development a sequel film likely to air exclusively on its new streaming platform. Now you can stream the original film year-round on Disney+ in anticipation the long awaited follow-up. 


The Santa Clause (1994)

It might sound crazy twenty years after the fact, but back in the ‘90s there were few comedic actors bigger than Tim Allen. Between starring on Home Improvement for eight seasons, performing standup, and voicing Buzz Lightyear – you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing “The Toolman.” Which is why in 1994, Disney cast Tim Allen in its latest Christmas family comedy, The Santa Clause. The film tells the story Scott Calvin (Allen), a divorced father who on Christmas Eve hears a man on his ro. Once outside, Scott yells at the man who slips and falls twenty feet to the ground. Scott then discovers a card in Santa’s pocket that reads, “If something should happen to me, put on my suit, the Reindeer will know what to do.” And thus begins the process Scott’s transitioning into Santa Clause. The film was an immediate hit and quickly became a television staple around the holidays. Eight years later Disney released The Santa Clause 2 to positive acclaim, with The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause following four years after. Like many franchises third film, the opening weekend earnings and reviews fell flat, ending The Santa Clause Trilogy on a low note and a conclusion to Tim Allen’s 10+-year hot streak.


Jack (1996)

1996’s Jack stands today as one Francis Ford Coppola’s rare comedies and Robin Williams’ underrated performances. The dramedy tells the story Jack Powell (Williams), a 10-year-old boy with an amplified version Werner syndrome, a premature aging disorder. Jack is mentally still a child, but he has the appearance a forty-year-old man. Sheltered from the world by his mother (Diane Lane), when his tutor, played by Bill Cosby, suggests Jack should attend public school, their world begins to change. Jack is a coming–age comedy with tear-jerking moments scattered throughout. Although it received mostly negative reviews, Williams’ performance is sincere and exemplifies his inner-child like so many his most memorable roles. The film also includes appearances by Jennifer Lopez as Jack’s teacher, Fran Drescher (The Nanny) as the mother Jack’s best friend, and Michael McKean (Better Call Saul). Universally looked down upon within Coppola’s canon, the Academy Award-winning director has shared his fondness for Jack, saying: “I must say I find Jack sweet and amusing. I don’t dislike it as much as everyone, but that’s obvious— I directed it. I know I should be ashamed it but I’m not. I don’t know why everybody hated it so much.”


101 Dalmatians (1996)

Following the success 1994’s The Jungle Book, Disney’s first live-action remake an animated feature – the House Mouse quickly set in motion its next adaptation, 101 Dalmatians. Penned by iconic screenwriter John Hughes (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Pretty in Pink, Home Alone) and directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Mighty Ducks), 101 Dalmatians opted to leave the animals voiceless in contrast to the 1961 animated One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The comedy adventure stars Glenn Close as the villainous fashion designer, Cruella de Vil, who sends her henchman Jasper (Hugh Laurie) and Horace (Mark Williams) to kidnap her employee’s Dalmatian puppies. 

Close’s performance received a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globes and four years later reprised the role in 102 Dalmatians. Disney is currently filming Cruella, a live-action prequel starring Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil. It is scheduled to hit theaters May 28, 2021.


Dr. Dolittle (1998)

Along with the Home Alone films, Disney had its sights set on another successful franchise when acquiring 20th Century Fox earlier this year. Starring the incomparable Eddie Murphy as Dr. John Dolittle, a surgeon with the innate ability to talk to and understand animals – Dr. Dolittle was another franchise launching hit for Murphy following 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, and The Nutty Pressor. Co-starring Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt, Raven-Symone, and Kyla Pratt, the live-action cast was only to be outshined by a legendary ensemble comedic voice actors including Chris Rock, Norm Macdonald, Albert Brooks, Gilbert Gottfriend, Gary Shandling, John Leguizamo, and Ellen DeGeneres. Murphy would return to the role three years later for Dr. Dolittle 2, with Kyla Pratt starring in three additional direct-to-video sequels – Dr. Dolittle 3, Tail to the Chief, and Million Dollar Mutts.

As memorable as Eddie Murphy’s performance and a guinea pig with Chris Rock’s voice were – the longest lasting contribution Dr. Dolittle might be its soundtrack. Largely produced by Timbaland, the collection R&B and rap included songs by Ginuwine, Ray J, and the Grammy-nominated single, “Are You That Somebody?” by Aaliyah.