Disney is shoring up its cast for the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
The studio has tapped Frozen star Josh Gad, the voice of the popular Olaf character, to join the growing cast of the upcoming big-screen redo, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Emma Watson and former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens are set to play Belle and the Beast, respectively.
The 34-year-old actor celebrated his casting by tweeting side by side photos of Le Fou in the 1991 animated classic and himself doing a similar pose.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 13, 2015
No one provided Sandy Powell with a set of rules when she took on the job of designing the costumes for Walt Disney Studios' live action version of "Cinderella." No one told the three-time Oscar winner that Cinderella's dress had to be blue. No one said the film's showstopper needed to resemble the iconic ball gown depicted in Disney's animated classic. In fact, even after watching the 55-year-old film Powell specifically intended to make it another color. "I knew I didn't want to do pink. I just didn't want to do a big pink dress," Powell says. "I then went through every other color and then I thought well it could be white, but, no it can't be that because we have a wedding scene to do later and that really should really be the light colored dress. After that I kind of got a bit stuck on thinking green would be wrong, »
- Gregory Ellwood
In 2000, writer-director Michael Almereyda began his journey with William Shakespeare at the top, taking on “Hamlet” in his Ethan Hawke-starring adaptation set in in modern-day Manhattan. For his return to the Bard, however, Almereyda is bringing to the screen one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known, lesser-beloved plays, “Cymbeline.” The film uses Shakespeare’s original text, which tells the story of Cymbeline (a king in pre-Roman England, perhaps historical, perhaps legendary) and his daughter, Imogen, who marries the penniless Posthumus against her father’s wishes. In Almereyda’s version, which opens in select theaters Friday, Cymbeline is the kingpin of the Britons Motorcycle Club in a rundown, backwater American town. Here, the Roman foes are dirty cops, and a brutal turf war breaks out when Cymbeline (Ed Harris), at the urging of his wife (Milla Jovovich) refuses to honor an agreement with the police. Posthumus – here a skateboarding gang member – is played by Penn Badgley. »
- Emily Rome
Here is your chance to own some of the best personal items belonging to arguably cinema's worst director: A collection of notebooks, candid photos, press clippings and more amassed by infamous B-movie extraordinaire Ed Wood, the filmmaker responsible for the critically reviled cult classics Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda and the inspiration behind the Tim Burton biopic of the same name, has hit the auction block.
Rr Auction in Boston is selling the contents of a leather briefcase and two trunks that Wood used to store his "various publicity-related ephemera, »
Disney brings one of the animated classic Cinderella's most memorable scenes to life in a new clip.
One of the landmark 1950 animated movie's most memorable scenes had the young heroine trying to run from Prince Charming before her Fairy Godmother's (Helena Bonham Carter) magic wore off.
In this live-action remake, Richard Madden plays the charming Prince Kit as a love interest for Ella (James).
Cinderella follows Maleficent as Disney's latest live action version of its animated catalogue.
Earlier this week, it was announced »
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- Brad Brevet
Tim Burton has a handful of projects on his plate at the moment, including a live-action adaptation of Dumbo and a sequel to Beetlejuice. But first, he brings the 2011 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to the screen,… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
With Peta calling for a welfare-friendly finale to Tim Burton’s elephant remake, what other family classics need a more realistic coda?
The news that Tim Burton is directing a live-action take on Dumbo has caused a predictably disheartened set of reactions from those disappointed with his career shift from gothic risk-taker to Disney hack. But the least expected, and impressively swift, reply has come from animal rights charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). In a pleading letter, the organisation has urged Burton to modify the ending to ensure freedom for the elephants over a continued life in the circus.
It might seem an unlikely request, but it’s not entirely inconceivable for Disney to change plot details in order to avoid controversy. The script for the upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo was altered after the release of SeaWorld documentary Blackfish to ensure that the aquatic characters »
- Benjamin Lee
Turning the classic animated Disney films of yore into live-action films is Hollywood.s latest trend. Not only is Kenneth Branagh.s blindingly bright take on Cinderella due in cinemas this weekend, but Bill Condon is directing a Beauty and the Beast movie, and just a few days ago it was also announced that Tim Burton plans on making a live-action Dumbo remake too. Of course, one could say this is all Angelina Jolie.s fault. Maleficent, the re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of its antagonist, was a massive success last year, taking in $758.4 million at the box office, and that just gave Disney all the permission in the world to continue putting out incarnations of their other iconic tales. But while Cinderella , Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo are a good start, which other animated films deserve to go live action? We have a few ideas. The »
Disney has plans to retell Dumbo with Tim Burton at the helm, and PETA is hoping they’re open to some changes this time around. Specifically, they want Burton to change the ending to be more animal-friendly. Get all the details about PETA’s proposed Dumbo ending change after the jump. The 1941 Dumbo ends with the big-eared baby elephant […]
- Angie Han
Production is underway on visionary filmmakerTim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film, which 20th Century Fox releases in theaters everywhere March 4, 2016, starsEva Green,Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O'Dowd,Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens,Rupert Everett, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing under the Chernin Entertainment banner. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
With Tim Burton set to direct the live-action remake of Disney's Dumbo, PETA sent a letter to the director this morning calling on him to give the film a new ending-one in which Dumbo escapes the confinement and abuse of the entertainment industry and lives out his life in a sanctuary. The letter comes just days after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it would be removing all elephant acts from its shows by 2018 as a result of increasing public concern about the animals.
"We're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry," writes PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.
In its letter, PETA-whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment »
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a.k.a. PETA, is taking precautions to ensure that Tim Burton makes an ethically sound live-action Dumbo. Well, they're asking nicely at least. The organization, via senior vice-president Lisa Lange, sent the director an open letter asking him to tweak the Disney classic so that the young elephant and his mom enjoy a legitimately happy ending, sans circus life.The letter starts out with some brownnosing: Greetings from PETA's Animals in Film and Television Division. We understand that you'll be directing Dumbo, and if Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie, and Corpse Bride are any indication, the artistry of the computer-generated imagery in this remake is in good hands. Then there's an interesting use of the word love: The reaction to last week's announcement that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will retire the elephants used in its shows makes it clear that there »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
With production scheduled to begin later this month on the Netflix feature Pee-wee's Big Holiday, actress Tara Buck has joined the cast alongside Paul Reubens, who will reprise his iconic role as Pee-wee Herman. No details were given for Tara Buck's role at this time, but our report from last month revealed the plot follows "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger that inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." Netflix will release the feature film on its streaming service, but no release date has been given at this time.
Paul Reubens and Paul Rust wrote the screenplay, with John Lee making his feature directorial debut. The filmmaker directed several episodes of Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, and he also created the Adult Swim series The Heart, She Holler. Judd Apatow is producing Pee-wee's Big Holiday.
Paul Reubens created »
People love non-Mortdecai Johnny Depp, and people love Disney! Now that Disney has confirmed Johnny's director Bff Tim Burton is taking on Dumbo, the Internet has immediately followed up with: Who will Johnny play?! He's taken on over a half-dozen Disney films, plus he's constantly collaborating with Tim Burton— so naturally we can't imagine the film without him! Granted, the reimagining of Dumbo will be live-action, not another classic cartoon, but this news got us thinking... what would Human Chameleon and Master Thesbian Johnny Depp look like as some of Disney's most iconic characters? If he can make us believe Captain Jack Sparrow is interesting enough »
Well, that didn't take long! We're surprised it didn't happen sooner. Yesterday it was announced that Tim Burton would be directing a live-action version of "Dumbo" for Disney, and less than 24 hours later People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are already pushing for an ethical ending to the movie. In the original 1941 film, Dumbo winds up a circus celebrity and is given a private car on the company's train with his mother. But in an open letter (via THR), PETA senior vp Lisa Lange has suggested a different finale, writing "we're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry." On one hand, making a live-action movie about circus elephants —particularly after it was recently announced that Ringling Brothers »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Burton is an obvious fit for Dumbo, but the timing of this news is questionable
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- Christopher Campbell
Disney has been turning lots of its animated classics into live-action movies, including "Cinderella," "The Jungle Book," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Beauty and the Beast." And now, the studio has announced another live-action adaptation. Disney just hired Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Batman) to direct a live-action remake of "Dumbo," which will be a mixture of CG effects and live actors. Disney's president of production Sean Bailey hinted that the story would focus on "a big world," which may mean that the remake will expand upon the original tale. It's not surprising that Disney hired Burton, whose "Alice in Wonderland" grossed over $1 billion worldwide and is one of Disney's most successful live-action movies. It also served as a spark for the new live-action fairy tale strategy. »
He started his career as an animator at Disney, and it appears Tim Burton has come full circle. He’s become the latest high-profile director to sign up for a live action version of an Uncle Walt classic – Dumbo being the next loveable personality getting a big screen revamp.
Burton worked on Alice In Wonderland, that had previously been immortalized in cartoon form by the studio, but this time it’s part of a concentrated wave of conversions breathing new life into 2D characters. Maleficent led the charge, joined most recently by Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. Bill Condon’s Beauty And The Beast with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens is to follow.
It’s unclear whether the notoriously dark talent will be given free rein, or be expected to stick to the tone associated with the source material. I guess you’d have to be pretty stupid to hire Burton »
- Steve Palace
Cinderella arrives in cinemas in the Us this weekend (we get it in the UK at the end of the month), and it marks the latest live action retelling of a fairy tale from Disney. We've already seen Alice In Wonderland, whilst Maleficent dug into the Sleeping Beauty story. And also on the roster are Beauty And The Beast and The Jungle Book.
Now you can add one more. Disney has ordered a live action take on, er, Dumbo, as had been rumoured last year.
Comfortably one of the studio's most beloved animated films, Dumbo isn't one, if we're being honest about this, that's ever screamed out for a live action telling. It does somewhat give the impression that Disney is going down the line of its animated classics a little, »
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