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'Mister Rogers' movie death: Wife mourns husband killed in fall on set

Production has been suspended after a tragic accident on the set of Tom Hanks' upcoming Mister Rogers film "You Are My Friend."

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James Emswiller, a 61-year-old Emmy award-winning sound mixer from the Pittsburgh area, took a smoke break between filming scenes when others nearby said they heard a noise and discovered he had fallen from a balcony, police said.

>> On WPXI.com: Sound mixer dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie

"He had a genuine smile that was contagious. He was my best friend," said Emswiller's wife, Beth Amber.

He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died from injuries related to the fall.

"When I got to Mercy, I didn't know much because they wouldn't let me see him because they were working on him. I guess about two hours later, they came out to tell me he had expired," Amber said.

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While it's still not clear exactly what happened, witnesses said he had been leaning against a pole before he fell.

"I spoke to the (medical examiner) today. They called me with the cause of death, which was blunt-force trauma to the head and torso from the fall," Amber said.

Get first look at Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ remake starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin” has been released. 

And it is a teaser.

Fans will see familiar sights from the original animated classic that have been reimagined and updated for new audiences, like the town of Agrabah; a parrot assumed to be Iago, who reports back to villain Jafar; and the Cave of Wonders, Variety reported

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We also get the first look at Mena Massoud who plays Aladdin, the peasant who falls in love with Princess Jasmine. 

What we have yet to see is the princess herself, played by Naomi Scott; Jafar, played by Marwan Kenzari; and the Genie, played by Will Smith.

Take a look at the teaser trailer below, or click here.

Aladdin” is scheduled to hit theaters May 24, 2019. It is being directed by Guy Richie and written by John August, according to Variety. Music will be written by original composer Alan Menken who is collaborating with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 

It is the latest in a series of live-action remakes of classic Disney movies, including 2015’s “Cinderella,” 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and upcoming films like next year’s “Dumbo” by Tim Burton, “Mulan” and Beyonce- and Donald Glover-led “The Lion King.”

Chris Evans hangs up shield as Captain America?

Has Chris Evans officially ended his role as Captain America? It appears so after the actor announces the end of filming “Avengers 4” via Twitter. 

In the post, Evans said, “Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor.”

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Evans first picked up the shield of Steve Rogers in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and has portrayed Cap in multiple movies either as one of the leads in a ensemble team, like “The Avengers” films, a Captain America-centric film, like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” or as a cameo, as in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Evans had spoken about not playing Captain America in the near future, People Magazine reported. In an article with the New York Times, Evans was quoted as saying “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”

>>Read: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson in Atlanta filming Avengers 4

Spoiler alert: We know that Steve Rogers/Captain America survived Thanos’ devastating snap of his fingers that wiped half of the world’s population from the Earth, but we don’t know how, or if, that snap will bring an end to Captain America’s fight that started, in the film series’ storyline, during World War II. 

One thing that won’t end is the connection the cast has developed over the past eight years. All but one of the core Avengers, Mark Ruffalo, got matching tattoos earlier this year, People Magazine reported

>>Read: Original ‘Avengers’ ink their place in cinematic history

We will have to wait and see what happens to Evans’ Rogers and his take on Captain America. Could the film franchise follow the comic books and have someone else take up the name, a character like Sebastian Stan’s “Bucky Barnes,” or  Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, who both dissolved into dust at the end of “Infinity War.”

The answers will hopefully come when “Avengers 4” hits the big screen on May 3, 2019.

‘Lilo and Stitch’ remake is Disney’s next live-action project 

Disney apparently has plans to bring another cartoon classic to life on the big screen in live-action form. 

This time “Lilo & Stitch” is being reimagined as a live-action/computer-generated combination film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mike Van Waes is writing the film and it will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The producer pair is also currently working on the live-action version of “Aladdin.”

The story line of the original film focused on a blue alien who was created to be Experiment 626, a destructive power, but finds love, and eventually a family on the big island of Hawaii with a lonely girl named Lilo.

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It took home $273 million at the box office when it was released in 2002, Variety reported.

The movie also spurred multiple direct-to-TV or video movies and a television series, as well as, merchandising, character greetings at the Disney parks and cruise line.

The Hollywood Reporter said the film could be for the big screen or Disney’s new streaming service that launches next year.

This is not the only live-action version of a Disney classic that will be released in the near future. Disney has already had box office success with new versions of “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast.” It also has live-action movies in various stages of planning with new versions of “Mulan,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid.”

Dumbo,” by Tim Burton will hit theaters in March. 

‘Rocketman’ teaser trailer released; Taron Egerton sparkles as Elton John in biopic

The trailer for the latest rock legend biopic has been released. This time Elton John gets the biographic treatment in the upcoming film “Rocketman.”

Taron Egerton put on the platform shoes, the crazy glasses and the costumes that made John the iconic songwriter who he is as the movie, which is scheduled for release in summer 2019, follows his path as he releases “Honky Chateau” in 1972, NME reported.

But as the trailer shows, John’s life wasn’t all flamboyant stage antics, it also gives a glimpse into John’s childhood and his battles with alcohol.

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>>Read: Elton John kicks off final tour, dedicates song to late rapper Mac Miller

The movie is being promoted as a “fantasy musical,” instead of a normal biopic, the Telegraph reported

“It’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments,” Egerton told the Telegraph. “He’s not the only character that sings. It’s going to be fun.”

Egerton starred as Eggsy in the “Kingsman” films. John appeared in the sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” as himself. 

Egerton is joined by Jamie Bell as John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. 

John and his husband David Furnish are producing the film through their company Rocket Pictures, the Telegraph reported.

'Avengers' actor Anthony Mackie holds own against Atlanta Falcons fan

“Avengers” actor Anthony Mackie, best known for his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was blasted Sunday for wearing his New Orleans Saints jersey to an Atlanta Falcons game.

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“When you’re in Atlanta, I don’t care if you’re a celebrity or on the ‘Avengers,’ you ain’t welcome,” the fan is heard screaming. “Rise up, baby!

Comicbook.com shared video of incident, uploaded to YouTube after the Sept. 23 game. For what it’s worth, the Saints won 43-37 in overtime.

But Mackie kept his cool as the insults continued, repeatedly telling the fan that his father “raised you to be better than this.”

Nothing like some (seemingly) well-meaning trash talk.

Mackie recently starred in Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War” and will bring the action to the untitled fourth installment. 

“Avengers 4” is currently undergoing reshoots and will hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

“The current rumor is that it will be called 'Avengers: End Game', but we might not get confirmation of that until the end of 2018,” Digital Spy recently reported.

'Avengers 4' movie: Jeremy Renner teases bruised, bloody Hawkeye

Actor Jeremy Renner wants you to know that Hawkeye will be returning to the upcoming untitled “Avengers 4” reshoot, despite the rumors.

>> On AJC.com: Where ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ filmed in Atlanta

The superhero, along with Ant-Man and the Wasp, didn’t make it to Marvel’s Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War,” but Renner is officially back in action for the next installation.

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The 47-year-old shared a photo of himself in character on Instagram, all beaten up and bruised.

>> See the photo here

“Not everyday begins the same ... but always finish with a smile,” he captioned the post.

>> On AJC.com: Behind the scenes on the Atlanta ‘Avengers’ sets

“Avengers 4” is currently undergoing reshoots and will hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

“The current rumour is that it will be called 'Avengers: End Game', but we might not get confirmation of that until the end of 2018,” Digital Spy reported last week.

‘Captain Marvel’ trailer released, fans get first look of Brie Larson’s take on role

Hot on the heels of “Mary Poppins Returns” trailer release, Marvel has released its own flying superstar’s trailer: “Captain Marvel.”

Brie Larson stars as the latest hero introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we’re finally getting a look at Captain Marvel, whose appearance was teased at the end credits scene of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Larson’s Carol Danvers starts out as an Air Force pilot who gains her powers when she gets alien DNA, according to Entertainment Weekly

After being sent to an extraterrestrial world, Carol is part of the Starforce and fights in the Kree-Skrull War. But for some reasons she remembers her time on Earth and her stint in the Air Force, Entertainment Weekly reported

Larson is joined by Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg, both of whom have been age regressed, Jude Law as the leader of Starforce and Ben  Mendelsohn as Talos, a Skrull super villain, USA Today reported.

Lee Pace also reprises his role as Ronan the Accuser from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

In addition to the trailer, Marvel also released the poster for the long-awaited film, that includes the tagline “Higher, Further, Faster.”

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“Captain Marvel” hits theaters March 8, in advance of next year’s “Avengers 4,” which is scheduled for a May 3 release.

’Practically perfect’ Mary Poppins returns in first full trailer

Mary Poppins is back in the first full trailer for the upcoming sequel to the 1964 Disney classic film.

Emily Blunt takes over for the role in “Mary Poppins Returns” made famous by Julie Andrews as the practically perfect nanny who arrives to take care of the Banks children once again. But is it the younger children or her original wards she’s there to care for?

Watch the trailer below or click here.

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Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw play the grown children from the original film -- Jane and Michael Banks. Lin Manuel Miranda plays a lamplighter named Jack, ScreenRant reported. He is joined by other big names in entertainment like Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury. And Dick Van Dyke, who portrayed Bert in the original, is back once again, playing Mr. Dawes Jr. VanDyke also played Mr. Dawes Senior in the original film. 

This time the movie is set in Depression-era London after the loss of Michael’s wife. Mary arrives to help the struggling family “rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives,” according to IMDB’s plot summary submitted by Disney.

The movie will hit theaters on Dec. 19, 2018.

'Smokey and the Bandit' returns to AMC Theatres to honor Burt Reynolds

AMC Theatres will bring one of Burt Reynolds’ most iconic films back to the big screen this month to pay homage to the debonair film legend, who died Thursday at age 82.

>> On AJC.com: Burt Reynolds considered Georgia his ‘good luck state’

Reynolds’ 1977 comedy “Smokey and the Bandit” will have a nine-day run in 240 AMC theaters across the country, according to Variety. Fans who have been reciting the film’s signature lines and best moments since news broke of Reynolds death, can catch the flick at AMC Theatres from Wednesday, Sept. 12, through Thursday, Sept. 20, the movie theater chain announced Friday.

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>> Visit AMC's website to find out more

In “Smokey,” which was filmed in parts of metro Atlanta and Georgia, Reynolds portrayed Bo “Bandit” Darville, who partners with Cledus Snow (Jerry Reed), to haul 400 cases of bootleg Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas, back to Atlanta in 28 hours in order to collect $80,000. “Smokey and the Bandit” also starred Sally Field as a runaway bride picked up by Bandit and a band of others, played by Jackie Gleason, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. 

>> Remembering Burt Reynolds: The actor’s 10 greatest films

Tickets will be $5 (or lower depending on the theater). Showtimes, tickets and locations are available at www.amctheatres.com.

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