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Votd: ‘Star Wars’ meets classic Disney characters in mash-up trailer

6 October 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Who wouldn’t want to see Aladdin in Star Wars?

This became a reality in a new mash-up video that featured a number of classic Disney chaaracters popping up in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Belle, Olaf, Maleficent, Aladdin, Jafar, Pinocchio, and Hercules are just a few that appear in the video.

It is interesting ground that Star Wars is treading on now since it is technically a Disney property and works under the same roof as a lot of these characters and films. Daisy Ridley as Belle was perfect though and they should re-consider her for the lead in Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation (sorry Emma Watson).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18.

The post Votd: ‘Star Wars’ meets classic Disney characters in mash-up trailer appeared first on PopOptiq. »

- Zach Dennis

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Ian McKellen To Get Mill Valley Film Festival Honor As Roadside/Miramax Ramp Up ‘Mr. Holmes’ Oscar Campaign

24 September 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ian McKellen will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival on October 11. This can also be viewed as a kickoff to Roadside Attractions/Miramax’s Oscar campaign for McKellen’s widely praised performance as an elderly Sherlock Holmes in their independent summer hit Mr. Holmes, from director Bill Condon, which has grossed an impressive near-$18 million domestically to date. McKellen will appear for the honor which includes an… »

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Ian McKellen to Get Mill Valley Tribute

24 September 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mill Valley Film Festival's tribute to Ian McKellen on October 11 should help embolden awards prospects for his performance as the Arthur Conan Doyle sleuth facing the winter of his life in "Mr. Holmes" (Roadside/Miramax). An onstage conversation will include clips from his tremendous career, which includes Oscar nominations for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) and "Gods and Monsters" (1998), which won "Holmes" director Bill Condon a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. McKellen is also beloved for his stage work, including many incarnations of Shakespeare, and has long been an outspoken champion of gay rights. Also getting the Mill Valley tribute this year is Sarah Silverman, who will receive a Spotlight appreciation at the fest. Read More: Ian McKellen Will Please Sherlock Fans as 'Mr. Holmes' »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Beauty And The Beast: first hint at redesigned beast

18 September 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Stevens is to play the Beast in Disney's live action Beauty And The Beast remake. A crew T-shirt hints at his look.

Next year, two live action films arrive from Disney that have roots somewhere in its animated movies. The loosest linked is Alice Through The Looking Glass, the follow up to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland movie (James Bobin has taken on the director's chair this time, instead of Tim Burton). Then there’s Pete’s Dragon, which is turning up late summer.

And then in 2017, there’s the small matter of Beauty And The Beast. The live action take on one of Disney’s best animated films is in post-production now, with director Bill Condon in the edit suite putting his film together. Not much imagery from the film has turned up online so far, but the first glimpse of the redesigned beast has come in the form of a crew T-shirt, »

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'Beauty and the Beast' Star Teases Movie's 'Beautiful,' 'Unique' New Songs

16 September 2015 2:40 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Why is March 17, 2017 so far away? That's how long we have to wait for Bill Condon's live-action "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and we're even more excited and impatient after hearing new teases from Luke Evans. No one hypes like Gaston, and he did his movie proud in a video interview with Collider. It's clear he adores Josh Gad -- his bromance buddy who plays LeFou to his own Gaston -- and he said they both sang live on set, in addition to being pre-recorded along with the rest of the cast.

Speaking of music, Luke also talked about the movie's two new songs from Alan Menken and Tim Rice, which will join the original Disney songs. Apparently fans should prepare for some instant classics -- to be sung over and over again for years.

Here's how Luke put it:

I'm lucky enough to »

- Gina Carbone

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Colonia' Starring Emma Watson & Daniel Brühl

14 September 2015 10:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For someone who flirted with the idea of retiring from acting once “Harry Potter” was over, Emma Watson’s been building quite the interesting career since. She first showed her non-Hermione potential in “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” and since then has built up an impressive resume, working with Sofia Coppola on “The Bling Ring,” Seth Rogen on “This Is The End,” Darren Aronofsky on “Noah,” and coming up, Bill Condon on “Beauty & The Beast” and James Ponsoldt in “The Circle.” Read More: Tiff Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More More imminently from the young actress is a film that just premiered at Tiff, “Colonia.” From German director Florian Gallenberger, it’s set in 1974 Chile in the midst of Augusto Pinochet’s coup, and sees Watson as a flight attendant who infiltrates a sect »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Ian McKellen Drama ‘Mr. Holmes’ Copyright Infringement Suit Settled

4 September 2015 10:56 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Attorneys for the estate of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle have reached a settlement with Roadside Attractions, Penguin Random House and director Bill Condon over the Ian McKellen film “Mr. Holmes.” The July release, about the twilight years of the famous detective, was hit with a copyright infringement suit from the Doyle estate in late May. The film’s source material, Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” borrowed too heavily from the existing pool of Holmes stories, the suit claimed. “We’ve reached a settlement in principle,” Holmes estate attorney Benjamin Allison told TheWrap Friday. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Oscars: David Hill and Reginald Hudlin to Produce Telecast

1 September 2015 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Academy Awards, to be held Feb. 28, 2016.

It’s an interesting combination of veterans who represent, respectively, the worlds of live television and the film world.

Hill was a longtime 21st Century Fox/News Corp. executive who stepped down in June to launch a production banner that focused on live TV events. Hill is known for his skill at overseeing live sports production, and was key in building Fox Sports; in recent years he’s overseen “American Idol” for the Fox network.

Hudlin is an Oscar-nominated producer for “Django Unchained,” and last year produced the Governors Awards. He has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards since 2012. Hudlin was the first president of entertainment for Bet Networks from 2005-09.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the moves Tuesday, but did not indicate if this is a three-year pact. »

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Eddie Redmayne plays Lilli in the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s ‘The Danish Girl’

1 September 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After grabbing Oscar gold last year, Eddie Redmayne looks to be in the thick of the hunt again with his latest role (no, not Jupiter Ascending!)

The first trailer for The Danish Girl arrived on Tuesday with Redmayne starring as Danish artist, Einar Wegener, who is one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in the 1920s. The film also stars Alicia Vikander as his wife, Gerda, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

From director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables), the film’s synopsis is as follows:

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The subject is very topical with the rise in transgender characters in pop culture in Orange is the New Black and Transparent on television and Tangerine in movies, »

- Zach Dennis

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Watch: Eddie Redmayne Is 'The Danish Girl' In First Trailer For Tom Hooper's Transgender Drama

1 September 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The drama “The Danish Girl” is one of those projects that has been around in many, many different incarnations for several years. In almost every iteration, two women were cast in the story of Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Versions of the film had Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard were attached at one point, and directors Tomas Alfredson, Lasse Hallstrom, and Bill Condon were also set to helm. But the project took on a new direction when Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) took on the mantle. Instead of two female leads, one of them undergoing surgery to become a woman, Hooper decided to cast Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Elbe, which seems like an inspired choice given our cultural conversation about gender fluidity and the rise of transgendered awareness, »

- Edward Davis

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Eddie Murphy, Oprah join Mike Epps in Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic

31 August 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The biopic on Richard Pryor lives.

Following years of being put to the side, a biopic on the famed comic is coming by the hands of The Butler and Empire director Lee Daniels. Deadline reported the news on Friday.

The project was originally attached to director Bill Condon with Marlon Wayans starring as Pryor, but that project fell apart with The Weinstein Company revitalizing it when Daniels said he would sign on. Along with Daniels, the film will star Mike Epps as Pryor, Eddie Murphy as Pryor’s father, and Oprah Winfrey as Pryor’s grandmother.

Kate Hudson is also attached to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee.

The script will come from Condon and Empire scribe Danny Strong with Daniels aiming to start filming in March once he wraps on the popular Fox series’ second season. This is the first time Murphy has been attached to the project (he »

- Zach Dennis

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Lessons Learned This Summer At the Movies

31 August 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Summer 2015 had a lot to offer, a lot to lose sleep over, and a lot to learn from. It gave us hope that the next summer could be even better, and that Hollywood blockbusters still have some life in them yet. Before back to school this month, here are nine lessons we took away from this summer at the movies.

Lesson #1: Mad Max: Fury Road reset the bar for action movies – Zach Dennis

In a summer overrun by dinosaurs and emotive minds, the real kings of the season busted through the Australian apocalypse on top of supercharged cars with a chrome-infused vengeance. In a summer where nostalgia boomed, a new film that will influence the future was born — and it was born on the Fury Road.

Good movies are invigorating, and nothing awoke everyone’s passion like Mad Max: Fury Road did. It wasn’t just classic fun tied »

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Oprah Set To Join Richard Pryor Feature

30 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Weinstein Company is reportedly ready to green light its Richard Pryor biopic with Oprah Winfrey hopping onboard to play Pryor's grandmother.

Pryor's grandmother ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there. Winfrey joins a cast that includes Mike Epps as Pryor, Eddie Murphy as Pryor’s father, and Kate Hudson as Pryor's widow.

Bill Condon and Danny Strong penned the script while Lee Daniels will direct the project which begins production in March. Bruce Cohen and Jennifer Lee Pryor will produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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The Cast for Lee Daniels’s Richard Pryor Movie Is Comically Good

29 August 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Richard Pryor biopic has been gestating for a long time. Director of 48 Hours Walter Hill was set to co-write and direct the movie back in 2005, when Pryor was still alive. Mike Epps gave a killer audition and won Pryor's approval. Pryor died shortly thereafter, and the movie went stagnant. Then Epps was supposed to play Pryor in a Nina Simone biopic that's had so many problems it might as well be cursed. Now the Pryor film has finally been green-lit, Deadline reports. Lee Daniels is at the helm, filming a script by Bill Condon and Empire collaborator Danny Strong. The cast is stellar: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, Eddie Murphy Pryor’s father, and Kate Hudson Pryor’s widow. Pryor, the man who once said, “I’m not a movie star, I’m a booty star,” will still be portrayed by Epps, ten years after he initially won the role. »

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Beauty and the Beast: Here's the Complete Cast

29 August 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

With Disney's live-action version of Cinderella such a success, we're even more excited for the next retelling - a live-action Beauty and the Beast. Disney perfectly cast Emma Watson as Belle already and has been adding to the cast steadily, in addition to giving us a release date and tons of info about the movie. Get the scoop on the latest additions, along with the rest of the cast of the film, which will be directed by Bill Condon. Also, check out the first Instagram from the movie set! »

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'Richard Pryor' Biopic Begins Shooting in Spring 2016

28 August 2015 6:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After years of starts and stops, director Lee Daniels has finally gotten the green light on his biopic, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? The main cast has been confirmed, with previously announced actors Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy and Kate Hudson still attached. New to the cast is Oprah Winfrey, who has long been attached as a producer. The movie will shoot in March, after Lee Daniels has wrapped on Empire Season 2. The Weinstein Company is producing.

Mike Epps is officially locked to headline Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, starring as the iconic comedian. Eddie Murphy is playing Richard's father Leroy 'Buck' Pryor. Kate Hudson is starring as Richard's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. Oprah Winfrey is set to play Pryor's grandmother, who is infamous for running a brothel while raising Richard.

Lee Daniels worked with both Oprah Winfrey and The Weinstein Company on his blockbuster smash Lee Daniels' the Butler, »

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Deauville to fete Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Olsen

24 August 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.Scroll down for full line-up

The Deauville American Film Festival (Sept 4-13) is to honour Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Olsen with a new prize, the New Hollywood Award.

The 41st edition of the beachfront festival, taking place in the northern French resort of Deauville, announced the new prize at its line-up press conference on Monday (Aug 24).

Both stars are expected to attend the award ceremony. Other big names expected to attend festival include Keenu Reeves, Jake Gyllenhaal and Orlando Bloom.


A total of 14 films will screen in competition including Chloé Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which premiered at Cannes, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.

French director Benoit Jacquot will preside over the competition jury including writer Pascal Bonitzer, actress Louise Bourgoin and film-maker Louis-Do De Lencquesaing.

Opening and closing films

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormákur’s mountaineering drama Everest will open the festival »

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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...


One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

- simonbrew

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Stars And Filmmakers At Saturday’s D23 Expo 2015 Provide Star Wars And Pirates Of The Caribbean Surprises

15 August 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.

“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”

After welcoming the crowd to D23 Expo 2015, Horn introduced Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President »

- Michelle McCue

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