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Following previous success with the short film genre, three fashion brands are kicking off the holidays by debuting even more extensive cinematic campaigns — featuring intricate storylines and serious talent.
In the latest installment of Kate Spade New York’s “Missadventure” series, brand partner Anna Kendrick finds herself vying for a Town Car on a wintery New York City night with “Girls” actress Zosia Mamet. “We chose to pair Zosia with Anna because there was a wonderful harmony,” says the film’s director, Marielle Heller, who also helmed 2015 feature film “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.” “We thought that while they share the qualities that make someone a Kate Spade New York girl — intelligence, charm, individuality and curiosity — their personal styles could be authentically distinct, and yet complementary.”
That the actresses had never met was important to Heller, whose sassy holiday short “The Joy Ride,” released in early November, portrays a »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Prince Harry was the guest of honor at the annual Royal Variety Performance in London on Friday. Harry wore a black tux for the charity event, which dates back to 1912 and helps support artists in the entertainment industry. This year's show included performances by Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, Ricky Martin, and One Direction, whom Prince William and Kate Middleton met when they attended the event last year. Harry has made a string of public appearances these past few weeks, from meeting with wounded veterans after they completed the Walk of Britain at Buckingham Palace to a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony at the annual Remembrance Day service with his brother, Prince William, at the Cenotaph war memorial. Read on to see more moments from Prince Harry's latest outing, and then check out what it really means when the royals attend major movie premieres. »
- Monica Sisavat
When Harry met Harry! Prince Harry met Harry Styles on Friday, Nov. 13, at Royal Variety Performance at Royal Albert Hall in London, and the two took an epic pic together. The annual gala — attended by senior members of the British royal family — featured performances by One Direction, Little Mix, Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Josh Groban, and Kacey Musgraves. The redheaded royal, 31, mingled with Styles, 21, and asked him, “When was the last time you had a haircut?” “I’m not planning on [...] »
75 years ago today, Disney took a risk with the opening of its experimental animated film, “Fantasia.” The third feature film made by the House of Mouse, “Fantasia” was released as a limited-run roadshow attraction, starting on November 13, 1940. The New York Times review published the following day declared it to be a film that “really dumps conventional formulas overboard and boldly reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion.” Images of Mickey Mouse set to music by Paul Dukas, hippos dancing to the tune of Ponchielli, and centaurs and cupids backed by Beethoven have all become iconic in the decades since its release. The film has further secured its pop culture status with “Fantasia” video games, a follow-up feature called “Fantasia 2000,” and with a spot on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 American films. One “Fantasia” segment will soon get the live action treatment: the nightmarish “Night on Bald Mountain »
- Emily Rome
Opening March 18, 2016, The Little Prince is directed by Academy Award nominee Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and features the voices of Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridge, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. The film is the first-ever animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince.
Monster Trucks opens January 13, 2017. The live action/CGI animation is directed by Chris Wedge (Epic, Robots, Ice Age). The cast includes Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Tom Lennon, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Holt McCallany and Frank Whaley.
- Laura Frances
Paramount Animation has confirmed its next five films - including SpongeBob Squarepants 3...
Set up in the aftermath of the release of the wonderful Rango, Paramount Animation has been busily working away on a slate of projects for some time now. SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water has already given the fledgling studio a sizeable hit earlier this year (and it remains the most joyously bonkers film of 2015). But now, we know what its next five films are going to be.
Here's what's coming up.
March 18th 2016
The Little Prince, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, is first. It's directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), with the likes of Mackenzie Foy, Ricky Gervais, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti on voicing duties.
January 13th 2017
It’s now been a full four years since the release of whimsical animation Gnomeo and Juliet, and just as we were beginning to question whether the sequel was in trouble or not, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Black Mass star Johnny Depp has landed the title role in Sherlock Gnomes.
Starring opposite James McAvoy and Emily Blunt for the follow-up, Depp’s titular sleuth will be hunted down by the Shakespearian pair, as they long to solve the great mystery surrounding the disappearances of fellow garden gnomes once and for all. Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson is behind the lens for the animated sequel, though it’s unclear whether Sherlock Gnomes will once again tap Elton John for musical inspiration.
- Michael Briers
Paramount Animation and MGM have set Johnny Depp to voice the title character in “Sherlock Gnomes.”
From Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, the film takes place after a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, when Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case. John Stevenson is directing the pic, which Paramount Animation and MGM will release on January 12, 2018.
This isn’t the first time Depp and Paramount Animation have worked together; they first teamed up on the Academy Award winning pic “Rango.” Depp, who is repped by UTA, was last seen in Warner Bros.’ “Black Mass. »
- Justin Kroll
Four years after the $245.7M hit Rango, Johnny Depp is heading back to Paramount Animation for Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to the Elton John-run Rocket Pictures feature toon hit Gnomeo And Juliet ($194M global B.O.). MGM is co-producing and Depp will star as the title character. Returning stars James McAvoy as Gnomeo and Emily Blunt as Juliet are joining Depp in a script penned by Ben Zazove (Rex Libris, Captain Planet). In Sherlock Gnomes, a string of garden gnome… »
Johnny Depp is set to voice the lead role in the animated movie “Sherlock Gnomes,” which is a sequel to the 2011 hit “Gnomeo and Juliet,” it was announced Friday. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt will return for the sequel, which hails from Paramount Animation and MGM. The original movie grossed nearly $200 million worldwide. Produced by Elton John‘s Rocket Pictures, the film takes place after a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, as Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case. Also Read: Johnny Depp, Edgar Wright Team for Neil Gaiman Adaptation at 20th Century. »
- Jeff Sneider
The story takes place after a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, when Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Depp) to solve the case.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Feast your ears on 13 new re-imagined versions of iconic Disney songs like “Colors of the Wind”, “Let It Go”, and “Zero to Hero”. These and more are all part of Disney's newest album titled “We Love Disney”, which features an array of current artists, ranging from pop star Ariana Grande to rockers Fall Out Boy. “We Love Disney” was released on October 30, 2015 and takes listeners on a journey down memory lane through some of Disney's most beloved songs. Some of them sound similar to the originals, but many have been remixed or done in radically new styles. The “We Love Disney” complete track list includes: 1. “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin” - Performed by Ne-Yo This track brings the dazzling world of the Genie into the swigging jazz age. Ne-Yo sizzles with a crooning vocal that is complimented by a driving big band, muffled jazz trumpets, and an upbeat snapping tempo. »
- Lauren Gallaway
Victoria Beckham attended the Burberry festive film premiere on Tuesday night in London, and she was bookended by her two youngest boys: Cruz and Romeo Beckham! The gorgeous family mingled with the likes of supermodel Naomi Campbell and legendary musician Elton John. Victoria shared her own sweet snap from the night, saying, "So proud of Romeo!! He looks so handsome in the @Burberry festive film." As you may recall, Romeo, Victoria, and David Beckham attended last year's Burberry festive launch, and Romeo has grown up so much since then. In the past year, we've spotted the boys all by themselves at this year's Kids' Choice Awards, and the whole family shut it down at New York Fashion Week. Not to mention, Romeo celebrated his 13th birthday! Keep reading to see more pictures from the latest family outing, then check out more of our favorite pics of the Beckham clan. »
- Ryan Roschke
Although Christmas is still 52 days away, that doesn't mean it's too early for the festive season to begin. In the UK, Christmas doesn't officially start until John Lewis unveils an advert that has social media excited with "all the feels".
The 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad is expected to debut online at 8am on Friday, November 6, according to The Telegraph - so brace yourselves for the grand unveiling.
The advert itself is still under lock and key for now, but it will no doubt include some sort of cute and fluffy message and a soppy cover version of a much-loved tune, usually an indie number of some sort.
In recent years we've had Ellie Goulding cover Elton John's 'Your Song', Lily Allen has done her take on Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' and Tom Odell did a stripped back John Lewis-ified version of 'Real Love' by The Beatles for last year's Monty the Penguin campaign. »
15 years ago today was a beautiful day for U2 fans: On October 30, 2000, their album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” hit record store shelves. It was the U2’s 10th studio album and was largely considered a glorious return to form for the Irish band, following the mixed reception of their 1997 album, “Pop.” Among the successful singles on U2’s first album of the 2000s were “Elevation,” “Walk On” and “Beautiful Day.” Guitarist the Edge said of the album in the book “U2 by U2,” “‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ was an album that acknowledged our own past, which we had never really done before…. I was playing the Gibson Explorer. This was really the sound of U2, the sound we had made our own and then abandoned as far back as ‘War.’” He also points out plenty that was fresh and new for the band with the album, »
- Emily Rome
There’s no better hook for Colin Hanks‘ feature-length documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records entitled All Things Must Pass then the opening lines of text he and screenwriter Steven Leckart utilize: “In 1999, Tower Records had sales of over one billion dollars. Five years later, they filed for bankruptcy.” It’s almost impossible to fathom that statement as reality. I personally didn’t even know the retail franchise was big enough to come close to those sales, but as I soon discovered they expanded into Japan from their humble beginnings in Sacramento before even making it to the east coast. And for its entire forty-six years—save a trying denouement under control of the banks—Russ Solomon was at the center having fun with family.
If there’s one thing Hanks ensures we understand it’s this idea of family. This is why he builds the documentary »
- Jared Mobarak
31 years ago today, audiences journeyed to the year 2029 then back to the ’80s as a Terminator hunted down Sarah Connor, seemingly an ordinary woman but actually the all-important mother of the leader in the fight for the survival of the human race. “The Terminator” opened in theaters on October 26, 1984. The sci-fi action movie was No. 1 at the box office for its first two weeks in theaters. It has since spawned four sequels, several video games, action figures and theme park rides and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the American National Film Registry. James Cameron directed the film with a relatively low budget — this was years before he would be the big shot given massive budgets for blockbusters like “Titanic” and “Avatar.” Other notable October 26 happenings in pop culture history: • 1935: Judy Garland, at age 12, first enchanted a public audience of listeners with her voice when »
- Emily Rome
Sir Elton John has announced he is releasing his 33rd album next February. The 68-year-old music legend has named the LP 'Wonderful Crazy Night' and today gave fans a taste of what's to come by dropping his first single from the new record, 'Looking Up' an upbeat anthem with rock guitar riffs and his trademark piano sound. The album was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett who recorded it at The Village studios in Los Angeles. The pair worked together on Elton's much-lauded 2013 LP 'The Diving Board' The album sees Elton work again with drummer Nigel Olsson who he collaborated with in the 60s and guitarist Davey Johnstone who has performed in the pop legend's band since 1971. Percussionist Ray Cooper, bass player Matt Bissonette, keyboard player Kim Bullard and percussionist John Mahon are all heard on the new tracks. The 'Rocket Man' hitmaker co-wrote all 10 songs with Bernie Taupin, who »
Sky 1's new music panel show Bring the Noise hasn't even begun yet, but already it's given us this rather good/disturbing clip of David Tennant really committing to character.
In the segment, Wilson takes on the role of John and Tennant does Dee, with panellist Nicole Scherzinger remarking: "David, you look pretty as a girl..."
Alongside music video spoofs, Bring the Noise comprises music trivia and performance battles.
That’s me musical! Billy Elliot fans, get out your dresses — or your jammies, if you’re so inclined — and prepare to enjoy the rollicking, inspiring tale of a boy who wants to boogie instead of box from the comfort of your sofa. On Friday, Oct. 23, the ten-time Tony winner Billy Elliot the Musical comes to the PBS staple Great Performances as Billy Elliot the Musical Live, part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. (Check local listings to confirm channel number and air time in your area.) Based on the Oscar-nominated 2000 film, and scored by Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
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