Tim Burton has gathered another wonderful cast for his big screen version of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Thn have witnessed the incredible set in Cornwall and have a few shots from the setup, which has all been created for this adaptation.
Renamed Peregrine’S Home For Peculiars, and with a screenplay by Jane Goldman, it stars Dame Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Terence Stamp, Rupert Everett, Ella Wahlestedt, Chris O’Dowd with Eva Green in the lead role, the film follows teenager Jacob, who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School 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…
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In the space of 24 hours, we’ve gone from having a vague, hazy idea of how Ben Grimm’s altered form would appear in the Fantastic Four to owning definitive proof. Earlier fan snaps of the character, whose transformation in the alternate world sees him dubbed The Thing, weren’t exactly coherent and so, Fox revealed the first proper still yesterday. A clear front-facing image, it’s brought to life the sheer enormity of the character, despite it bearing no resemblance to the actor playing him, Jamie Bell.
If that long-awaited preview wasn’t enough, then fear not. Entertainment Weekly‘s latest summer preview includes another snap of The Thing, moments before crushing something just offscreen. In addition, USA Today unveiled a fresh look at Miles Teller’s Reed Richards poring over a techno-gadget spewing wires and all sort of hi-tech gimmickry. You can check them »
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Earlier this morning, we got our first good look at the transformed The Thing from director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) comic book adaptation Fantastic Four. Yet another image of Jamie Bell’s CG character from the film has now landed online, along with some interesting tidbits about the film itself. Trank previously told us that he was inspired by David Cronenberg-ian body horror for his take on Fantastic Four, and in a new interview with EW he goes one further to say the tone is a cross between Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton; he dubs it “Dark Amblin.” Indeed, his take on the property is about viewing superpowers as a curse, as the titular team of scientists become physically altered after an inter-dimensional mission goes wrong. [caption id="attachment_441475" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via 20th Century Fox[/caption] When X-Men: Days of Future Past scribe/producer Simon Kinberg first signed on to produce Fantastic Four, »
- Adam Chitwood
Disregarding Mafia films and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, Good Kill is almost certainly the first war movie set in Las Vegas. The weapons of battle here aren't swords or machine guns but the computer controllers used by military personnel in the steel containers ("sweatboxes") from which they operate "drones". Their targets are thousands of miles away in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen. They see their enemies appear on screen like pixelated figures in a game of Call of Duty, line up their sights and press the button; then, eight to 10 seconds later, comes the "splash". »
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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Another day, another bit of news on Disney’s ever-expanding live-action universe. Today, Deadline has reported that yet another Disney classic set to undergo the jump into the “real world” with news that beloved film Pinocchio is set to join the list of those being given a 21st century make-over.
Peter Hedges (Pieces of April) is penning a new feature for the studio, which loosely based on The Adventures of Pinocchio about a marionette puppet carved from wood who dreams of becoming a real boy. Pinocchio gets his wish but is prone to lies, and each time he does, his nose grows longer. First appearing in 1883, Pinocchio was the invention of author Carlo Collodi, and was Disney’s second feature back in 1940.
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Sooner or later, Disney are going to run out of animated movies to translate into live action, so they’ll have to move down to the next circle, but for now, there’s still a few left.
Today’s selection is Pinocchio, arguably the finest hand-drawn animation the studio ever made. Deadline say that Peter Hedges will write and direct the film for the studio, “loosely” basing it on Carlo Collodi’s original book.
There have been other loose adaptations of Pinocchio floating around Hollywood in the last couple of years, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Fuller, Jane Goldman and Tim Burton all getting involved in some way or another. I’m disappointed that the chances of seeing Downey playing both Gepetto and, via the magic of motion capture, the boy puppet seem to be rapidly receding.
Hedges is a fine filmmaker. His Dan in Real Life is »
- Brendon Connelly
Disney's grand tour through its own animated history continues with news that it's to make a live-action version of the much-loved 1940 film, Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is far from the only live-action adaptation of a classic Disney film, of course. We've previously heard that Tim Burton's directing an adaptation of Dumbo with a CG elephant flapping about in a live-action environment.
Neither is Disney's Pinocchio the only version of the classic Italian story on the horizon. »
Has Roberto Benigni taught us nothingc As Disney continues to find ways to revamp their animated filmography with live-action, CG-infested remakes, it has just been announced Disney will make a Pinocchio-inspired live-action feature to arrive at a theater near you soon. No director is attached at the moment, though Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) signed on to pen a screenplay loosely based on the original tale of a wooden boy who becomes a real boy. Reports suggest this new Pinocchio will, like the original text, focus more on the father-son relationship, which also serves as a look between creator and his creation. Of course, this is not the first time, in animation or live-action, the tale of Pinocchio comes back to the screen. But it's also not the first recent attempt to bring the little boy back to cinematic life. At one point in time »
- Will Ashton
Before you roll your eyes, let's remember that a live-action "Pinocchio" is hardly anything new. Roberto Begnini tried, with dismal results, in 2002, and Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, and Ben Stiller (with Robert Downey Jr. starring) have all flirted with the project in the past few years. But Disney is throwing their take on the story — which, of course, they already made into an animated classic — into the mix. Read More: Is Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio' Dead? Deadline reports that "Pinocchio" is now on the growing live-action pile that includes developing efforts "The Jungle Book," "Winnie The Pooh," "Mulan," "Beauty & The Best," and "Dumbo." There's no writer or director attached yet, but that will probably be sorted out soon enough. Childhood memories being erased, a big blockbuster cash-in, or a new spin on an old tale? Maybe all three? Weigh in below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lionsgate is bringing back the creative team from the last two Hunger Games movies to tackle Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) has signed on to direct, with Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) set to write the screenplay. Nina Jacobson, who has shepherded the entire Hunger Games franchise through her Color Force company, has signed on to produce.
The studio is putting this project on the fast track, aiming to start production early next year, following the November 20 release of the franchise finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The project came together after Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig pitched the idea to Francis Lawrence while they were working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in Paris. Erik Feig »
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy has become the most popular live action take on Batman, at least in the eyes of the public. Which should come as no surprise; they’re extremely well written, acted and directed, and they were huge critical and commercial successes to boot. Nolan made the universe his own, grounding it in a relatable reality and bringing real emotional depth to the characters. In short, they’re great movies and deserving of the acclaim.
But it also feels like The Dark Knight Trilogy has completely overwhelmed the legacy of the original Tim Burton movies. They rarely get mentioned much these days, and when they do, it’s with a strange sense of smug irony. They’re seen as relics from another era, products of a more naive time that haven’t aged well. »
- Padraig Cotter
“Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”
Beetlejuice plays this weekend (April 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
It’s showtime! The spring season of the Tivoli Theater’s ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight series really kicks off this weekend (unless you count this past weekend’s Rocky Horror) with the 1988 favorite Beetlejuice
There’s never been a horror comedy like Tim Burton’ Beetlejuice before or since. The film is a nugget of precise mayhem that never seems to get old. Tim Burton and Danny Elfman’s partnership is at or near its peak at this point in their careers, delivering a perfect blend of wildly original visuals and unusually appropriate musical cues, and they get plenty of extra help from the cast; Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice (Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr for the role! »
- Tom Stockman
Comedian Jeff Dunham has gained a significant fan following thanks to his work as a ventriloquist, entertaining audiences with a variety of characters that sit on his arm. What you may not know, however, is that he's also a rather avid car collector, and arguably the jewel of his collection is the actual Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1992 hit Batman Returns that he wound up building on to and making even more awesome than it was originally. The Wall Street Journal has published a piece about Duhham's special vehicle titled "How a Joker Revived a Batmobile," and it reveals some amazing custom work that the comedian did on the Batman Returns Batmobile since purchasing it back in 2011 (you can see a image on the article page). While he didn't mention how much the amazing movie prop actually cost him, he notes that he has done about half-a-million dollars worth of »
For many children of the 90s, The Dark Knight will always be Michael Keaton, because the actor was the first to portray a serious version of the DC Comics superhero on the big screen, and marked the first time a character from comics was taken seriously on the big screen. The film is certainly more campy than today's superhero films, but for my money, it still works. But a few years before Keaton was Batman, he worked with Tim Burton in the wild horror comedy Beetlejuice. These were two of my favorite films as a kid, and the writing staff at "Saturday Night Live" seems to have similar tastes, because some of the cast members begged Keaton to play Batman and Beetlejuice with them during the monologue last night. Watch below! Here's the opening from Michael Keaton from last night's "Saturday Night Live" from YouTube: All right, it's a little »
- Ethan Anderton
So, as it stands at the moment, Disney are digging into their back catalogue, and following Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, over the next couple of years we are getting live action remakes of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and Mulan, as well as a remake of Pete's Dragon, and the James Bobin (The Muppets) directed Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the movie that kicked off this whole new trend for the House of Mouse. You'd think that would be a full plate for them, but no, they've added another live action remake to their upcoming slate, with Deadline revealing that indie film maker Ross Perry has been lined up to bring Winnie the Pooh back to the big screen. Director of last year's Sundance favorite Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Jonathan Pryce, Perry seems like an odd choice, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
So then: are you keeping count?
Currently in development, or scheduled already, at Disney are the following live action takes on its animated movies and/or classic stories.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Cruella de Vil
Possibly Maleficent 2
And there's also a live action The Little Mermaid story in the cooker. We heard a rumour once of a live action Aladdin as well, but have found nothing concrete on that.
Still: you can add one more to the list. And that'd be Winnie The Pooh. The studio's last Winnie The Pooh movie was also its land hand-drawn theatrical effort to date. Winnie The Pooh (2011) was co-directed by Don Hall, who this year won an Oscar for co-directing Big Hero 6. »
As you may be aware, Walt Disney Pictures are currently in the middle of remaking all of their classic animated movies into up-to-date live-action fares with the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty (via Maleficent) and Cinderella already out there, with a planned Beauty At The Beast, Mulan and The Jungle Book all lined up for the next couple of years. Now it seems that the studio is also turning its hand to another one of its properties; Winnie The Pooh.
Sources say that the Mouse House will be adapting the A.A. Milne books into a new feature film with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, who wrote and directed the Sundance indie Listen Up Phillip with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, directing.
The word is that the new version will focus on Christopher Robin as an adult who is summoned back to Hundred Acre Wood to frolic with his animal »
- Paul Heath
Earlier this week we learned that Disney was continuing to raid their animated film library for titles to be give live-action remakes with development of a new take on Mulan in the works. Now Deadline reports The House of Mouse will turn the classic property Winnie the Pooh into a live-action feature film as well. This seems a little strange considering the live-action remakes that have been made so far have focused on human characters, but Disney did recently set Tim Burton to direct a new version of Dumbo as well. Even more peculiar is that Listen Up Philip director Alex Ross Perry will be scripting. So how will this work? The story is said to focus on Christopher Robin as an adult as he returns to Hundred Acre Wood and reunites with the silly old bear from A.A. Milne's classic stories. That's much different than any of the »
- Ethan Anderton
In the words of Taylor Swift: “Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet? Good.” That feels the appropriate response to the DVD release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner, 12), the concluding chapter of diminished returns in a trilogy that should never have been. The Lord of the Rings films represented a robust cumulative achievement, but the film-maker’s decision to trisect the efficiently lean narrative of The Hobbit smacked of cynicism from the off. The Battle of the Five Armies bears the brunt of that cash-in mentality even more sorely than the preceding films: opening as it does with the warmed-over revenge of scorned dragon Smaug, there’s hardly any story left to tell, »
- Guy Lodge
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