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Toy Story 4 Releases First Full-Length Trailer. "You've got a friend in me" is how the old song goes. While it's been over two decades since fans first heard the time-honored tune, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang proved its message still holds true in the new Toy Story 4 trailer. Disney's Pixar released a sneak peek for the new film on Tuesday. The new trailer opens up with everyone's favorite sheriff introducing the crew to Forky -- a utensil-turned-toy created by their new owner Bonnie. "Forky is the most important toy to Bonnie right now," Woody explains. "We all have to make sure nothing happens to him." However, Forky doesn't seem up for living life as a toy and things take a turn during a road trip. As Woody comes to the rescue, and comes across old friends like Bo Peep and new friends like carnival toys Ducky and Bunny, he starts to reevaluate this own life as a toy. "Sometimes change can be good," Bo Peep says in the trailer. Do Forky and Woody make it back to Bonnie? Does Buzz Lightyear help his friend? Fans will just have to wait until this summer to find out. One thing is for sure: The movie looks like it will be pretty emotional. "On the road of life, there are old friends, new friends and stories that change you," the trailer reads. The movie hits theaters June 21. (Eonline)

Bird Box author confirms sequel is on the way, shares first details. Here's your next Bird Box challenge: Wait six months for a sequel. Author Josh Malerman (whose new novel Inspection published this week) confirmed in an interview with Esquire on Monday that he will publish his next post-apocalyptic "Bird Box novel" on Oct. 1. And rather than focus on a new set of characters, judging by the title, Malorie, this follow-up will center even more squarely on the first book's main character (played in the film by Sandra Bullock). Malerman said as much in his interview with Esquire, explaining that it was actually watching Netflix's film adaptation from last year which convinced him to revisit the character. "I wanted to get to know [Malorie] even better. At the end of the movie, I turned to my girl Allison and said, 'I want to know what happens next!' and she's like, 'Well, you know, you could make that happen,' so it really was this warm feeling." Of course, Malerman introduced plenty of intriguing characters in the original Bird Box, and knows some fans are clamoring for details on those in Malorie's orbit. "In the time between Bird Box coming out and the time since I've been writing Malorie, I've been asked a ton of times: people want to know what happened with Boy and Girl," he said to Esquire. "But as much as I care about Boy and Girl, this isn't their story. The Bird Box world is Malorie's story, and I wanted to know more about her." Bird Box, which originally published in 2014, debuted on Netflix just days before Christmas last year and emerged as one of its most popular movie originals to date. As to whether Malorie will capture (and terrorize) readers and viewers the same way, we'll have to wait until this fall to find out. (Entertainment Weekly)

Florence Pugh in Talks to Join Scarlett Johansson in 'Black Widow.' Cate Shortland, the Australian filmmaker perhaps best known for the Nazi drama 'Lore,' is directing the spy action thriller. Rising actress Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, Marvel's stand-alone feature on the Avengers heroine. Cate Shortland, the Australian filmmaker perhaps best known for the Nazi drama Lore, is directing the project, which is scheduled to shoot in June in London. Plot details are being kept behind the Iron Curtain, but it will be an internationally set story centering on Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and Avenger. Pugh will play a spy on the same level as Romanoff, likely her moral opposite. Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for Black Widow. Pugh, repped by WME and Bloom Hergott, already has spycraft on her resume, having starred as an undercover agent on AMC's miniseries The Little Drummer Girl. She also appeared in The Outlaw King with Chris Pine and the much-praised family drama Fighting With My Family. Pugh's upcoming releases are also noteworthy: she has a part in Greta Gerwig's Little Women, whose all-star cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, and she leads the cast of Midsommar, the much-anticipated horror movie from Ari Aster, the filmmaker behind Hereditary. The latter pic is set to open Aug. 9. Marvel had no comment. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Avengers: Infinity War' Could Have Ended Without the Snap. There were versions of the movie in development where Thanos didn't win until mid-'Endgame'. It's arguably the most famous ending to any Marvel Studios movie -- perhaps any superhero movie, period -- but, according to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame co-writer Stephen McFeely, the Snapture almost didn't happen in Infinity War at all. "We had so much story in those early drafts of Infinity War that, if anything, we thought we maybe shouldn't do The Snap until the end of act one of Endgame," McFeely told Empire in a recent interview. The reason it didn't happen, Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige revealed, was that, for him, Thanos (Josh Brolin) killing half of all life "was the reason to adapt Infinity Gauntlet [the 1991 comic book storyline]. What was the most shocking thing we could do? End the movie with The Snap." The idea of not ending on Thanos's Snap is such an unexpected one, because it's clearly the obvious cliffhanger in the story; you end Part 1 where everything is at its worst, and it doesn't get much worse than "More than half of the heroes have died as the result of the villain gaining effective omnipotence." To hold that over to the end of the first act of Endgame essentially wastes the torture audiences have felt for the past ten months, wondering just how everyone comes back to life and the day gets saved. (I'm giving audiences credit for not actually believing all the deaths will stick.) Not only that, but removing the snap from the end of Endgame also raises the question, "Just when would that movie have ended, otherwise?" Beyond the obvious "Part 1 of a massive crossover story intended to feature all the Marvel heroes in the same story for once" construction, Infinity War is a story about Thanos gathering the final ingredients to complete his master plan. The obvious place to end the movie is with that master plan either succeeding or failing -- where else could the story end, realistically? Think about Infinity War as it currently exists, however; Thanos snaps everyone out of existence upon getting the final stone, which is also the big climactic battle with the good guys -- did all of that exist in the first act of Endgame at one point, and if so, does that mean Infinity War had a version that didn't include any kind of climactic event? Was the story simply that Thanos got some of the Infinity Stones, and then... glowered menacingly at the camera that, next time, he would really do something? Isn't that just what the post-credit sequences of Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron offered, in far shorter form? But consider the alternative: An alternate version of Infinity War in which the heroes did face Thanos and get their asses kicked, but the snap didn't happen. The breakneck pace of the movie would have stalled with the introduction of a delay between meeting Thanos and failing to prevent the snap from happening; and there's no version of a story where Thanos got all the stones and didn't snap works. In other words, Feige had it right; Infinity War had to include the snap as its capper. McFeely's comment is, nonetheless, instructive in an entirely different fashion: If the snap could have existed at the end of the first act of Endgame, does that mean there's not too many twists and turns left ahead of the big finale? That seems unlikely. Avengers: Endgame is released April 26. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tribeca: Jennifer Lawrence, Martin Scorsese, Queen Latifah, Michael J. Fox Set for Talks. The 18th annual edition of the Lower Manhattan film festival will also feature conversations with Sarah Silverman, David O. Russell, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro and Dee Rees. Jennifer Lawrence, Martin Scorsese, Michael J. Fox, Queen Latifah and Sarah Silverman are among the stars set to participate in the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival's talks. Lawrence and her frequent collaborator David O. Russell will discuss their creative partnership while Scorsese and Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro will join forces to discuss their long-running creative partnership, from Taxi Driver through the upcoming Irishman. The Tribeca Talks director's series will also feature a conversation with Oscar-winning helmer Guillermo del Toro. Fox will sit down with his Rescue Me colleague Denis Leary for a discussion of the Back to the Future star and Parkinson's research advocate's career. And Silverman will talk with fellow comedian, actor and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia about their creative processes. Other participants in Tribeca's storytellers talks series include Questlove, Rashida Jones and VR pioneer Jason Lanier. The festival will also feature a talk between Queen Latifah and Dee Rees, who directed the hip-hop star in the HBO film Bessie, exploring Latifah's career from musician to actor to entrepreneur. Their conversation will be followed by the premiere of two doc shorts from Queen Latifah's Queen Collective partnership with Procter & Gamble aimed to improve gender and racial equality behind the camera. Tribeca will host a trio of master classes with Oscar-winning producer and director Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Creed, Silence and the upcoming Irishman); sound designers Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom; and HBO talent from the digital storytelling space as they discuss transitioning ideas from web series and podcasts to the small screen. More to come... (Hollywood Reporter)

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