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Lorenzo Thomas is at the big premiere of Dora the Lost City of Gold, speaking with stars Eva LongoriaIsabela Moner, and Eugenio Derbez about the film.

Eva Longoria discusses the fan demographic she expects to flock the live action remake of the childhood classic, Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Dora, the children's entertainment icon, is coming back into the mainstream after nearly two decades from the franchise's birth.

Eva explains that Dora is a role model for young Latin American girls, inspiring them to explore goals, and grow into empowered young women. On the importance of this film, Eva comments:

"It's a really great message that the movie gives about being authentic to yourself, and being brave and intelligent is cool."

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is set in high school and gives young girls a hopeful vision for their future as young adults.  This movie serves as a time jump, taking place several years after the animated television series.

Even as a sixteen year-old girl, Dora is still as adventurous and brave as ever. Dora must return to the jungle to save her parents, and the movie's plot excitably kicks off. 

Isabela Moner, the actress who plays Dora, compares the jungle to the struggles of the high school experience:

"Which one's worse? I don't know."

Next, Lorenzo picks up the conversation with Eugenio Derbez, who plays the tour guide. Ironically, Eugenio's character Alejandro is not the best tour guide, and isn't much help on Dora's journey. Clueless, Alejandro is pretty much just along for the ride. 

When reflection his character, Eugenio adds jokingly (or not so jokingly): 

"Thank god I'm with her because I would've died."

The conversation segues into a chat about the production of the film. Eugenio and Lorenzo specifically talk about the use of CGI (or lack thereof). It turns out there wasn't any! Aside from a small amount of green screen usage, the film is mostly real.

Be sure to check out Dora and the Lost City of Gold Friday August 9th in theaters!

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We're taking a look at this summer's biggest blockbuster films!

With most of the big 2019 movies now playing, we're breaking down what's hot and what's not. 

Was the Fast & Furious franchise too boring for you? How about we add more mercenaries and give them a genetically enhanced super-soldier boss? Yeah, that should do it. Hobbs & Shaw blasted its way to the top of the box office for its opening weekend, bringing in $180 million. This bumped The Lion King back down to second place after the remake's two-week reign at the top. 

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The newest addition to the 18-year-old Fast & Furious franchise stars an action movie A-team: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba. If you're looking for the most action-packed movie of the summer, this is it. In fact, this might be one of the most action-packed movies of all time! The movie has all of the classic chase scenes Fast & Furious fans want, and even a scene with The Rock pulling a helicopter out of the sky with his bare hands. 

The Lion King keeps its claws in the second spot, after earning $430 million since opening on July 9th. This star-filled movie had a great reception with fans, although reviews weren't as positive as the original 1994 release. The Lion King's earnings since opening last month makes it the second biggest Disney movie of 2019, even rising above Toy Story 4. The only movie to beat The Lion King in the box office this year is Avengers: Endgame, which became the highest grossing movie of all time after making an unbelievable $2.7 billion. 

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Lastly, while he may have broken his own personal record, Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is locked in the third spot after premiering on July 26th. Even with lead stars Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt, the non-franchise film was up against media giants in Disney and Fast & Furious, which are projected to have a higher profits. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of an actor and his stuntman slowly losing relevance and being forced to adapt to an evolving Hollywood. The film received fantastic reviews from critics, who saw Tarantino's love letter to classic Hollywood as a breath of fresh air. Following closely behind the top three films are Toy Story 4, Spiderman: Far from Home, and Yesterday.

With The Lion King as the summer's biggest blockbuster so far, it's unlikely Hobbs & Shaw will be able to top it. However, right now, the sports cars and explosions are drawing big crowds. If you need some good old engine-revving action, Tokyo-drift yourself to theaters this week to see Hobbs & Shaw.

Classic Hollywood is back in Tarantino's biggest opening weekend ever!

In a world filled with reboots and sequels, Quentin Tarantino's newest film is a breathe of fresh air. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is love letter to the golden age of movies, telling the story of an aging actor with a career in decline. While Leonardo Dicaprio plays a 'has-been', the film's massive opening weekend shows that Leo is anything but! 

This weekend was huge for the director as his film pulled in $40.4 million in just three days. This makes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tarantino's biggest weekend ever, beating Inglorious Bastards, which made $38 million opening weekend in 2009. While other movies like The Lion King and Spiderman: Far From Home made more, this is a great opening weekend for an R-rated film that isn't a franchise. 

The 9th film from Quentin Tarantino features a star-studded cast, including Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, and more. The red carpet event brought out even more stars to see the film, including Snoop Dogg, Rob Lowe, and Brittany Spears.

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Other stars took to Twitter to tell what they thought of the film! 

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The film's stars on the red carpet knew the film's success was unavoidable, partially due to the film's director, Quentin Tarantino. Leonardo Dicaprio, who plays main character Rick Dalton, tells reporters:

"...No matter what [the audience] thinks of the movie, they know they're in for an incredibly unique experience every time they go, and that's why people keep coming back."

That's definitely the truth! With an incredible career of directing some of the most famous movies, Tarantino has made himself a household name. His cinematic style of directing is often imitated by other directors, and some scenes of his movies are so iconic that they've become relevant pop-culture references. 

Tarantino speaks on his own success, saying:

"If you come to see one of my movies, you won't see images glazing over you. You're gonna have an interactive audience experience and too me, that's a good night at the movies".

When I make it out to see this, it will be a good night at the movies! Make sure to check out Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at your closest theater while you can.

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Natalie Portman is coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this time she has a hammer.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed new details about the upcoming movie Thor: Love and Thunder at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday. There, he officially announced that Portman will reprise her role of Dr. Jane Foster and wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir as the character “Mighty Thor" in the new film.

Stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are returning for the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the MCU’s Thor franchise. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will also write and direct the new film.

"[Waititi] pitched [the story] to us, and we were totally in,” Feige said. “[Portman]’s part of the MCU family and we put she and Taika together. It took one meeting and she agreed to do it."

The movie’s plot was inspired by a comic book storyline from 2014, and Feige said the story is “incredible” and “full of emotion.” 

Portman said on Instagram that she is “so thrilled” about the news, and we're so excited to see Thor: Love and Thunder! The movie is set to premiere Nov. 5th, 2021.