Freddie Highmore has come a long way since the chocolate factory! 10 years after the former child star charmed fans in Tim Burton's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," the now 23-year-old Brit is gracing the cover of Attitude magazine's Summer 2015 issue. While the cover was first unveiled in May, it randomly started to pick up traction today thanks to a Buzzfeed post. The handsome actor, who currently stars as Norman Bates on "Bates Motel," talks about his new mature look. "I think in a way, being judged as a sex symbol and being famous almost go hand in hand but it is not something I have ever sought," he tells the mag. "It's tricky because these days success relies on promoting the film or the show more and more, and promoting the actors via Twitter and social media, which I am not on. There is more and more pressure on »
- tooFab Staff
Remember the little boy who starred opposite Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? It's been 10 years since Tim Burton's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory remake hit theaters, but former child star Freddie Highmore is all grown up now! Highmore, who you might also remember from 2004's Finding Neverland and 2007's August Rush, is 23, and as you can see from the cover of Attitude magazine's Summer 2015 issue, he's definitely not a little boy anymore! The handsome Brit, who currently stars as Norman Bates on A&E's Bates Motel, acknowledged his mature new look. "I think in a way, being judged as a sex symbol and being famous almost go hand in hand but it is »
Disney has added yet another beloved cartoon classic to its roster of upcoming live-action remakes: The Sword in the Stone.
Variety reports that Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman will pen the updated take on the 1963 film. Originally written by Bill Peet — and based on T. H. White's book of the same name — The Sword in the Stone told King Arthur's fictionalized origin story as an orphan who proves himself worthy of royalty as he does the impossible by pulling a sword from a stone.
Cogman has written seven »
Disney enlists some help from Game Of Thrones to bring Sword In The Stone back to the big screen...
I think we can safely conclude by now that Disney reckons it's onto something with taking its animated classics and making live action spins on them. Some more directly than others.
Last week's revelation was that it was working on an Aladdin origins movie called Genies, with the idea being that that would lead to a full live action Aladdin feature. This week? It's Sword In The Stone that's been added to the roster.
The 1963 animated movie told the story of a young King Arthur, who Merlin is teaching the ropes to. Disney has enlisted Bryan Cogman, one of the writers and producers on Game Of Thrones, to pen a screenplay for the film. Brigham Taylor, who's also overseeing the live action take on The Jungle Book, will be producing the movie. »
Continuing their strategy of reimagining animated classics into live-action movies, Disney is developing a “Sword in the Stone” movie with “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman penning the script, Variety has confirmed.
Brigham Taylor will produce the film.
The original toon was based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, which ultimately became part of the author’s multi-book King Arthur fantasy, “The Once and Future King.”
The 1963 animated pic followed a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur who became king after removing a sword from an anvil in London.
Cogman cut his teeth as one of the writers on HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” though audiences can expect this project to be on the lighter side.
The scribe tweeted a photo of himself pulling the “Sword in the Stone” at Disneyland with the caption “research.”
Bryan Cogman (@b_cogman »
- Justin Kroll
Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.
Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.
The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Juliet Landau appeared on 17 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" 144 episodes ... but man, did she make an impression. Joining the show in Season Two as one half of a killer couple, Landau's Drusilla and her on-screen love Spike (James Marsters) proved to be two of the titular character's most memorable foes. And, like her immortal character on the beloved series, the fandom love for the show never dies "The show has such a massive following. It seems to grow and grow and grow and people love to watch it over and over or bring their families into it," she tells toofab's Brian Particelli. "It’s amazing. and people are still really avid about it, it’s wonderful." But there is a line between "avid fan" and slight obsession. "I met a young woman who legally changed her name to Drusilla Summers," Landau exclaims. "She's got Dru and Buffy's last name, »
- tooFab Staff
One of the regular sticks used to beat Joel Schumacher's pair of Batman films with was the decision to put nipples on the Batsuit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever. It's not the main area of contention with the films, certainly, but let's just go with that it didn't help.
Digging through my back catalogue of magazines last week, I discovered an old issue of Premiere magazine, dating back to the film's release in May 1995. As it turns out, even before the film came out, and even before the world wide web as we know it today had risen, the nipples were an issue.
In a big interview piece to promote the film just prior to its release, Jim Carrey - who played The Riddler in the movie - »
The unending need to make live-action versions of every animated Disney film ever continues. The Hollywood Reporter revealed news yesterday that a live-action Aladdin movie, a prequel focusing on the origin of the Genie, is in development. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (who both wrote Freddy vs. Jason and the Friday the 13th remake together) are already tapped by Disney to write the film, but a director has yet to be announced. An odd choice in writers, but Disney clearly sees something in these two to give them such a monumental project.
Along the same lines as what Disney did with Maleficent in taking a substantial supporting character and giving them their own film, this new film, entitled Genies, will tell the story of how one genie became the Genie we all know and love, voiced by Robin Williams in the original 1992 film. The main issue with this movie is »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairytale boasts child-stealing pirates and a Hook who’s morphed into Indiana Jones. But Rooney Mara’s turn as a psychedelic-tressed Tiger Lily won’t do much to offset accusations of ‘whitewashing’
It’s an unwritten rule of fantasy film-making that if you can’t make a great movie, at least make one that’s utterly outlandish. This is why, for all their failings, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, with their giant-headed queens, excitable talking animals and gorgeous warring witches, will always be remembered more fondly than furrow-browed Angelina Jolie-vehicle Maleficent, or any of the distinctly po-faced Narnia films.
- Ben Child
Nothing’s going to stop Disney from plumbing the depths of its extensive animated library for every possible live-action reimagining, reboot, prequel, sequel or spinoff. THR reports that the studio is returning to the world of 1992’s Aladdin for a story set before that animated classic, focusing on the backstory of one lamp-dwelling Genie.
Tentatively titled Genies (ugh), this live-action comedy-adventure is said to dive into the world of the Genies and specifically explain how the fun-loving Genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams) made his way into a lamp later polished by a young street urchin.
The blockbuster success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella has Disney high on fairy tales again, and the studio is keenly searching for any way to dust off its more iconic titles for a new generation. In the works already are a musical Beauty and the Beast take with Emma Watson in the lead role, »
- Isaac Feldberg
I don't even know how to introduce these stories anymore. It seems every week or so, Disney tosses another live action movie onto their slate tied to one of their classic films, and the list has grown to be quite staggering. "The Jungle Book," "Beauty and the Beast," "Mulan," "Tinker Bell," "Dumbo," "Winnie the Pooh," "Night on Bald Mountain," and "Prince Charming," are all brewing and now another is here, and sure to cause some heartache. Read More: Tim Burton Will Direct Disney's Live Action 'Dumbo' THR reports that Disney is now working on a live-action prequel to the Oscar winning 1992 classic "Aladdin." A massive smash hit that spawned a couple of direct-to-video sequels and a TV series, anyone who was a kid at that time can tell you what the movie meant to them. And in a movie that will surely make Robin Williams turn over in his grave, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thanks to the official Twitter page for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, we’ve got a new look at Nicolas Cage as he would have appeared in the final costume as the Man of Steel in Tim Burton’s ultimately-aborted 90s reboot Superman Lives…
See Also: Superman Lives concept art of Christopher Walken as Spider-Brainiac
So, not quite as hilarious as some of the previous images we’ve seen of Cage as Superman…
See Also: Watch the first ten minutes of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is set for a worldwide digital release on July 9th at www.tdoslwh.com.
- Gary Collinson
Right, you keeping score? So far, we know that Disney has the following live action movies coming, based on its animated movies...
The Jungle Book (due 2016)
Pete's Dragon (due 2016)
Beauty And The Beast (due 2017)
That's a total of 11 so far, but the score has just gone up to 12 (and potentially 13), with the news that plans are afoot for a live action Aladdin origins film. Going by the name of Genies, this will tell the early story of the Genie of the lamp, played so memorably by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated movie. The film is set to explore how the character »
Disney’s wish to further explore the world of “Aladdin” has come true with “Genies,” a live-action prequel to 1992’s hit animated movie that the studio has put into development, TheWrap has learned. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are writing the script for the movie, which Tripp Vinson will produce under his Vinson Films banner. “Genies” will explore the world that the magical wish-granters call home and chronicle how the blue-skinned genie in “Aladdin” (voiced by the late Robin Williams) came to be stuck in the lamp. The original film grossed more than $500 million worldwide. Also Read: Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action. »
- Jeff Sneider
If there was any doubt that Nicolas Cage would have been a simply perfect Superman, that should be gone faster than a speeding bullet. The Oscar-winning actor was once cast as the Man of Steel in a '90s Superman film that was to be directed by Tim Burton and ended up never being produced. The movie, Superman Lives, is the topic of the 2015 documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which was released on July 9 on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Its director, Jon Schnepp, posted on Twitter on Tuesday a photo of Cage wearing the traditional blue, red and yellow Superman costume. Just look at him. The hair. The smoldering stare. The way his vibrant, colorful costume molds perfectly to his body. He's got »
Fans of the hit new video game Batman: Arkham Knight will be able to download new content next month, with new skins inspired by Tim Burton's 1989 superhero classic Batman. Season Pass holders will be able to download skins that feature Michael Keaton's Batman and his Batmobile, along with another pack that features characters from alternate timelines. This new content comes on the heels of the recently-released Batgirl downloadable content (Dlc).
The 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack allows fans to battle through the streets of Gotham City with extras that includes the Batman skin and Batmobile from the 1989 Batman film, as well as two tracks inspired by the film's sequel. The Bat-family Skins Pack features six character skins based on the alternate timelines - 1990s Catwoman, One Year Later Robin, Arkham Origins Batman, Iconic Grey & Black Batman, 1970s Batman and the Original Arkham Nightwing. Fans will be able to download these »
Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.
This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Anghus Houvouras on Robin’s fate in the DC Cinematic Universe…
It ain’t easy being Robin. First off, your parents are dead leaving you an emotional cripple. Then you end up the ward of a cold, distant billionaire. Eventually he reveals his secret to you and you join his endless, joyless war on crime. Your mentor keeps you at arm’s length and refuses you the validation you so desperately crave. On top of that, everyone is trying to kill you. The Joker… Penguin… Zack Snyder…
By now we’ve all seen that amazing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and check it out here. It’s an emotional, action-packed, epic piece of marketing. DC and Warner Bros. have thrown down the gauntlet. A huge, metallic, electrified gauntlet declaring themselves the new kings of hype in the world of superhero movies. »
- Anghus Houvouras
The original big screen version of Batman was one of the determinative movies of my youth. Michael Keaton was great as a troubled billionaire by day / masked vigilante by night, and his nemesis, the ruthless Joker was one of the finest villains of movie history. He was a crook to begin with, but a bath in a vat filled with unspecified chemicals turned him not just into a bleached man, but a madman as well. His memorable appearance in Tim Burton’s Batman was due not just to his quotable words (Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight anyone?) but to the wonderful acting of multiple Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson.
The time passed, and Batman sequels appeared, but none of them could live up to the quality of the “original” one, not even its sequel directed by the same Tim Burton (Batman Returns, 1992). From there on the franchise has gone downhill, »
- David Agnew
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