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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson will pen a draft with eye toward directing the film. An auteur like Anderson overseeing a remake of the classic cartoon seems like an odd pairing, though THR says it "shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Downey was poised to star in Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' until his 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' obligations got in the way and Joaquin Phoenix stepped in to play the lead."
Downey has been working on this "Pinocchio" project for years, but it's gained steam now that live-action takes on classic children's tales have achieve such success (see: "Maleficent" and "Cinderella"). Now, the studios are engaged in an arms race to turn over their libraries. Disney is filming "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson. »
- Kelly Woo
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
“The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend,” said Coppola. Added the helmer, “My Paternal Grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she told. All that personal history plus the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Colonies as an independent nation makes me feel most welcome.”
An American film icon, Coppola has won five Academy Awards and is best known for directing “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now.” Coppola also launched his own production vehicle, American Zoetrope, and produced movies directed by George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, John Milius as well as his daughter Sofia Coppola.
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- Elsa Keslassy
[Editor’s Note: Welcome to “Stream This,” our weekly feature where we single out television programs and movies of considerable merit that are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or other streaming services. Look for a new Stream This every week.] Most parent-child films end in a reiteration or reappraisal of easy, familiar morals: pay attention to your home, don't get obsessed with your career, appreciate your partner, and listen to your children. Sometimes, these reminders come with a pseudo-righteous backbone of religion or familial legacy, but the roots of all of these feeling are in the so-called greatness, and unerring support available within in the confines, of the nuclear family unit. The fact that Sofia Coppola doesn't buy into this rigid scheme in Somewhere is part of what makes her fourth feature so unique and unpredictable, but it certainly isn't the sole reason Coppola's depiction of a celebrity father-daughter diptych is so strangely moving and revealingly reflexive. [caption id="attachment_478705" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Focus[/caption] From the outset, the relationship between Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) and his daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), isn't ideal, considering Johnny spends most of his free time roaming around Los Angeles for one-night-stands, »
- Chris Cabin
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Ausiello: The Jensen Ackles-helmed Season 11 premiere* is titled “The Bad Seed” and now I know why: It marks the introduction of Amara, a femme fatale in her late 20s who possesses an acid tongue and a seductive beauty. The fearmonger is new to Earth and is so not impressed with the place. That doesn’t stop her from sticking around; she’s set to recur throughout the season. Not-So-Crazy-Theory: When The Darkness was released in the finale, »
Another day in Hollywood, another superhero film greenlit with a male director. It happens with such frequency — 99.8% of the time — that it should feel commonplace by now. Jon Watts has been given the reins on Marvel and Sony’s attempt to co-parent Spider-Man, inserting a new Peter Parker within the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he can play with the Avengers. If you’ve never heard of Jon Watts, you’re not alone. His resume is sparse. Two independent films — supernatural horror “Clown” and road thriller “Cop Car” — and a smattering of episodes of The Onion New Network web show precede Watts’ meteoric rise to the big leagues. This is a fantastic underdog story; a plucky nobody is scooped from obscurity and plopped into the middle of one of the highest-profile franchises in the country. It’s a veritable “Cinderella” story and I’m sure Watts will do »
- Donna Dickens
Read More: Watch: Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola Team For Netflix's 'A Very Murray Christmas': Best Holiday Gift Ever?Bill Murray goes to Afghanistan in the first trailer for Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah." Open Roads' release opens in theaters on October 23, during the heat of awards season. Written by Mitch Glaser ("Magic City"), the comedy stars Murray as Richi Lanz, a rock manager who takes his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a tour of Afghanistan. When she ditches him in Kabul and steals his money and passport, he's forced to navigate his way through unfamiliar territory, eventually coming across a young woman with a promising voice. Levinson's films typically boast A-list casts and "Rock the Kasbah" is no exception. Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis all co-star. Watch the first trailer above. Read More: The 5 Best (and 4 Worst) Bill Murray Lead Performances »
- Nigel M Smith
"I've never had an evening before," said Jason Schwartzman in response to the thunderous applause at the the start of "An Evening with Jason Schwartzman" on June 6 at the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff). Read More: The Resurgence of Jason Schwartzman Schwartzman, in Seattle for screenings of his latest two films, Bob Byington's "7 Chinese Brothers" and Patrick Brice's "The Overnight," chatted for nearly an hour with Indiewire's own Eric Kohn. Below are highlights from the lively conversation, which spanned the actor's career. 1. His cousin Sofia Coppola helped him land the part in "Rushmore."Schwartzman told the audience that never he set out to act. As a teenager, his focus was on music -- playing drums in a band he formed with some high school friends. "We were recording our record [for his band Phantom Planet] and, at that time, I suffered from typical kind of high school behavior. I was sort of a clown and I. »
- Paula Bernstein
In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Leonardo DiCaprio teams up with Michael Bay.... hitting the road, actually. Other stories included this week... Sofia Coppola drops out of a project that would have had her directing a fairy tale, “Elementary” casts a “Fringe” alum, Warner Bros. announces a director for “Aquaman,” we get an update on the return of “Arrested Development," Adult Swim Singles get some top-notch exclusive artist contributions, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" gets a bandleader and the Replacements have called it quits. Again. What other stories were you following this week? »
- Emily Rome
Willow Smith is officially a fashion model! The 14-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith is one of the new faces of Marc Jacobs -- and she got a dark makeover for her debut ad with the famed fashion house. The designer took to Instagram to share her first shot, which shows the young beauty propped on a tall stool, posing in a full skirt with an embellished waist coat. They added even more edge by giving her lace-up stacked heels, black gloves and dark eye makeup. In his comment, Jacobs gives some love to some of the other women who have worked with him both currently and in the past, including this other Fall-Winter 2015 muse, Cher. "Ever since our first Juergen Teller ad in 1998 which featured Kim Gordon on stage wearing my dress, I have always preferred collaborating with the people who inspire me to give new life to »
- tooFab Staff
Willow Smith has landed her first major fashion campaign! (Parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith must be way proud.) The teen will be following in some pretty iconic footsteps: Willow is the second face of Jacobs' fall-winter 2015 collection to be unveiled, following Cher, who was revealed as a star of the campaign on May 27. As with the pop icon, Jacob made the announcement via his Instagram, writing a lengthy note alongside Willow's ad that included a shout-out to other women he's chosen to front collection campaigns in the past. That list, which includes Victoria Beckham, Sofia Coppola, Miley Cyrus, Dakota Fanning, Jessica Lange, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder and Stephanie Seymour, among others, makes up »
What a bummer: Sofia Coppola has dropped out of the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Coppola is known for her highly stylized, dreamy-yet-dark filmmaking style, and we had hoped that the project would stay true to her signature technique; according to reports, the film will be representative of the 1897 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and have nothing to do with Disney's 1989 animated musical. Though it would have been a departure for Coppola - who has made a name for herself with less kid-friendly films like The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation - we still really wanted to see what kind of artsy gravitas she would have brought to The Little Mermaid. Here are five things we could have expected from the film based on Coppola's past projects. »
Ant-Man: Paul Rudd stars in Ant-Man as a thief turned tiny yet proportionally strong superhero. New photos show him in a determined pose and also dressed up in his colorful outfit. Another new image showcases co-stars Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly as they share a moment. The movie opens in theaters on July 17. [Marvel] The Little Mermaid: Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) has exited a new version of The Little Mermaid. She agreed to direct the live-action project several months ago, but now "creative differences" have arisen. Caroline Thompson wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale about a mermaid who wants to live on land. [Deadline] Bad Moms: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann have said...
- Peter Martin
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- Kate Erbland
It had been announced that Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) was on sailing to direct Universal and Working Title’s adaptation of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid (not the Disney one), but now Deadline are reporting that the relationship has sunk.
The script for The Little Mermaid is currently being re-written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), which was previously drafted by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey). Abi Morgan (Brick Lane) had also done a pass on the script. The story, written by Hans Christian Anderson, follows a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea for a human prince on land and has been adapted several times over, the most famous of which being the 1989 Disney animated classic. »
- Luke Owen
Ant-Man: Paul Rudd stars in Ant-Man as a thief turned tiny yet proportionally strong superhero. New photos show him in a determined pose and also dressed up in his colorful outfit. Another new image showcase Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly as they share a moment. The movie opens in theaters on July 17. [Marvel] The Little Mermaid: Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) has exited a new version of The Little Mermaid. She agreed to direct the live-action project several...
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Just over a year ago, we learned that Universal was looking to bring a live action take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid to the big screen. This is independent of Disney's crusade to bring lots of animated films to the screen in live action.
However, whilst the project is still very much active, Sofia Coppola is no longer involved. Deadline reports that she's left the film over - yes! - 'creative differences', with the key area of contention appearing to be the casting of Ariel. Coppola was after Maya Thurman Hawke for the role (the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke), but that choice »
There must be something in the air in Hollywood as of late, as departure seems to be the word on the minds of quite a few creative types. First we lost Cary Fukunaka as he departed the It remake; then Henry Cavill left Stratton mere weeks before production was going to start. Now, we've got word that Sofia Coppola has left that world under the sea, as she's departed from the live action remake of The Little Mermaid. Deadline has the scoop, citing "creative differences" as the main thrust behind the dissolution. This isn't the only director The Little Mermaid has lost during its production cycle, as Anna Karenina director Joe Wright was also once set to bring this film to life. The project, which had set up shop at Universal Pictures as a co-production with Working Title, was supposed to be a "darker" version of the classic fairy tale. »
One day, someone will finally crack and make a documentary called Creative Differences where they sit directors and executives down, inject them with truth serum and have them explain exactly what the term actual means. The term is being bandied about again as Sofia Coppola has dropped out of making The Little Mermaid. It’s the latest director departure for the Universal and Working Title project, which has already seen Pan man Joe Wright considering the job and then move on. Coppola was reported as interested in March, but has decided that her vision didn’t match the studio’s ideas.Undaunted, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are pushing on with the idea, with Caroline Thompson rewriting the script based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale – brought to memorable, Oscar-winning animated life in 1989 by Disney – in which a young mermaid falls in love with a human »
When Sofia Coppola was named director on Universal's live action take on the classic story The Little Mermaid, Funny or Die decided to spoof what it could look like. Now, we may never know what the acclaimed filmmaker could have brought to the story as she has dropped out of the project. Deadline reports that Coppola left due to "creative differences" but not much beyond that. Coppola... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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