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Hot Toys has revealed its upcoming 1/6th scale Belle figure which is based on the likeness of Emma Watson in Disney’s smash hit live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The collectible comes with a range of accessories which includes enchanted objects Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip, and Plumette; take a look at the official promotional images here..
Expertly crafted based on Emma Watson’s appearance in the movie, the beautifully realized Belle figure features a newly developed head sculpt, meticulously tailored and intricately multi-layered costume based on her elegant ball gown with various accessories, as well as a specially designed marble-patterned figure stand. Additionally, the figure comes with a bonus crew of castle’s enchanted household objects, namely Lumière (the candelabra), Cogsworth (the clock), Mrs. Potts and Chip (the teapot and teacup), and Plumette (the feather duster).
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is »
- Amie Cranswick
Two years ago, Disney and director Jon Favreau reveled in the bare necessities as The Jungle Book danced merrily to a global box office haul of $996 million. Such a landmark success was enough to spawn talk of a sequel, though the Mouse House has since appointed Favreau at the helm of another live-action fairytale: The Lion King.
On paper, it’s a way for the studio to hedge its bets; after bringing Mowgli and the gang over to live-action, Jon Favreau can now approach The Lion King with a sense of confidence. But as the writer-director told those in attendance at Tribeca Film Festival (via EW), he’s now ready to fully immerse himself in the story at hand before stepping foot in the Pride Lands of Africa.
When you’re directing, you have to love [what you’re making]. You have to love it to the point of obsession. I have to live, »
- Michael Briers
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is already one of the year's biggest hits, becoming the first $1 billion movie at the global box office. As of now, we haven't heard anything about a potential sequel, but given its enormous success, it wouldn't be surprising if a sequel eventually happens. When that day does come, it seems Dan Stevens will be ready to return as the Beast, according to comments the actor made over the weekend.
Variety caught up with Dan Stevens at the Tribecc Film Festival, where the actor debuted his new sex comedy entitled Permission. The actor was asked if he would consider returning as The Beast, and the actor replied that he's open to whatever offers may come his way regarding a return to this magical world. Here's what the actor had to say during the Tribecca Film Festival below.
"That's not a question for me. I'm not sure what turn that would take. »
Over the years, we’ve had fairytale classics and classic fairytales told through the live-action format, but Sony and Amy Pascal are now on the verge of spearheading a new genre mash-up altogether.
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book to Bill Condon’s wildly successful Beauty and the Beast – last we reported, the latter had broken into Hollywood’s exclusive $1 billion club in the space of a month – Disney’s output of live-action remakes is only going to pick up steam in the coming years, what with Mulan, Cruella and The Lion King all gestating in various stages of development.
According to The Tracking Board, though, Sony and Amy Pascal are closing in on a six-figure deal to land Princesses, the Avengers-styled spec script that caught just about everyone’s attention four weeks ago. Negotiations are ongoing, but a separate report from Deadline does substantiate TB’s findings. Indeed, sources »
- Michael Briers
Pajiba on the staggering popularity of Adam Sandler movies on Netflix
EW super cute unseen photos from the production of La La Land (it's on DVD very soon)
THR a Richard Gere profile on the new indie phase of his career and why he isn't in the big studio pictures anymore
i09 a tour of Marvel Studios with peeks at all six movies in various stages of production
The Guardian on the making of the wonderful British comedy Wish You Were Here (1987) for its 30th anniversary. God, Emily Lloyd was sensational in that. Remember her? The '87 Oscar Actress lineup was special but I still missed her there.
Awards Daily on the TV Drama Series Actress race. »
- NATHANIEL R
Filming began Monday on “A Star Is Born,” the latest remake of the the oft-made story of two celebrities who meet when one’s star is on the rise and the other’s is waning. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. released the first image from the movie, which has Gaga wailing into a microphone while Cooper, guitar in hand, looks on admiringly.
Gaga is being billed as Stefani Germanotta, her real name, and the film marks her first leading role in a major motion picture. It also represents Cooper’s directorial debut.
Cooper will play Jackson Maine, a country music star who discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Germanotta). As Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack struggles to accept that his best days may be behind him, putting a strain on their budding romance. »
- Brent Lang
Fresh from the box office success of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it looks like director Bill Condon may have found his next project, with Deadline reporting that the filmmaker is in talks with Universal to helm their planned Bride of Frankenstein remake.
Condon does have previous history with Bride of Frankenstein, having including a homage to the classic Monster movie in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, as well as writing and directing Gods and Monsters, which revolved around Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale and saw him receiving the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Bride of Frankenstein will be part of Universal’s shared Classic Monsters universe, which launches this summer with The Mummy. Previous rumours have suggested that Universal wants Angelina Jolie for the lead role as The Monster’s Bride, played by Elsa Lanchester in the original movie. »
- Gary Collinson
"...'Mary Shelley', author of 'Frankenstein', 'The Modern Prometheus', reveals to 'Percy Shelley' and 'Lord Byron' that 'Henry Frankenstein' and his 'Monster' did not die. Both lived, and went on to even stranger misadventures than before.
"As Shelley's story unfolds, we see that Henry wants nothing more than to settle into a peaceful life with his new bride.
"But his old professor, the now disgraced 'Dr. Pretorius', appears unexpectedly.
"Eventually, he and the Monster blackmail Henry to build a 'friend' for his ghoulish creature..."
Condon's "Gods and Monsters" (1998) focused on the final days of director Whale.
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- Michael Stevens
The Bride of Frankenstein: Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is in early talks to direct The Bride of Frankenstein, part of Universal's rebooted classic monster series. Condon won an Academy Award for Gods and Monsters, which dramatized the last days of James Whale, director of the original Bride (above). David Koepp (Jurassic Park) wrote the script for the new version. [Deadline] Night School: Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence, above with Dwayne Johnson) will star in and produce the comedy Night School, based on a script that he cowrote. Tim Story (Ride Along) is in negotiations to direct. The story revolves around misfits who are "forced to attend adult classes to prepare for the Ged exam." [Variety] Animated Spider-Man: Shameik...
- Peter Martin
In a few months, we will be getting a reboot of the Universal monster franchise, The Mummy. This film will kick off a shared universe of monsters that contain such iconic characters as the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, Dracula.
We’ve only seen a teaser and a trailer for one film thus far, but Universal is still starting to put all the other pieces in place in case of success. We already know they’re starting work on other films like The Wolf Man and Van Helsing, but it sounds like they’re already taking some pretty big steps for another film of theirs, Bride of Frankenstein.
- Joseph Medina
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is in talks with director Bill Condon to turn James Whale’s Bride Of Frankenstein—the greatest, most ingeniously strange, and most self-reflexive of all classic monster movies—into a franchise tentpole that will presumably run two-and-a-half hours and have no ending. Admittedly, this terrible idea has a better pedigree than most terrible ideas that come out of Hollywood. For one, the screenplay for the new Bride Of Frankenstein is being penned by David Koepp, the screenwriter of Jurassic Park, Carlito’s Way, Panic Room, and, of course, The Shadow. For another, Condon—despite his recent box-office success with an overlong and unnecessary remake of a widely beloved film, which probably got these negotiations started—first had his breakthrough with Gods And Monsters, a fictionalized drama about Whale. (The title, of course, comes from a famous quote from Bride Of Frankenstein.) The film won Condon »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
14 April 2017 11:47 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Condon, who is behind Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is in early talks to helm the movie, which is part of Universal’s planned cinematic universe based on classic monsters of yore, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. (The first entry, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, opens June 9.)
David Koepp wrote the most recent draft of the project, which is intended to be an Angelina Jolie vehicle. Securing Condon, considered a prestigious filmmaker thanks to movies such as the musical Dreamgirls, Kinsey and »
- Borys Kit
We learned last week that the Universal monster movie universe may not be as thought out as we...thought. They’re just sort of winging it at this point, waiting to see if Tom Cruise can bring in the bucks with The Mummy. But they made a big progression yesterday, with word that Oscar-winner Bill Condon may helm another film in their planned slate of films – The Bride Of... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Bill Condon, whose Beauty and the Beast remake has become a box office monster with a $1 billion-plus haul worldwide, is reportedly looking to direct the remake of Bride of Frankenstein as part of the new Universal Monsters movie universe. Condon is in early talks with Universal to direct the remake of the 1935 monster movie classic, according […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has continued its magical run at the box office by becoming the first movie of 2017 to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.
The film – which is now the highest-grossing live-action musical of all-time – reached the milestone on Wednesday, taking 29 days to hit the ten-figure mark and push its global haul to $1.002 billion. Although it will face stiff competition at the box office this weekend from The Fate of the Furious, it still has a Japanese release to come, so expect its global haul to continue to rise.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, »
- Gary Collinson
Hot off the success of his live-action “Beauty And The Beast” remake at Disney — I mean, I guess you could consider a movie that just cleared a billion dollars at the global box office a bit of a success — it certainly feels like director Bill Condon is set up nicely for his next project. That kind of money tends to inspire studios to hand over blank checks, meaning that Condon could finally get to work on whatever passion project or remake he currently has on his wishlist.
- Matthew Monagle
Bill Condon, who brought Beauty and the Beast to the big screen this year (a film which has now taken over $1 billion at the worldwide box-office), is looking at another big franchise for his next work. Condon may direct Bride Of Frankenstein for Universal, another film in their planned Monsters Universe which kicks off this summer with The Mummy.
Deadline reports the news that Condon, who also directed Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2, is in talks for the big-budget movie, which is produced by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan from a script by David Koepp.
More news as we get it.
- Paul Heath
The Bride of Frankenstein: Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is in early talks to direct The Bride of Frankenstein, part of Universal's rebooted classic monster series. Condon won an Academy Award for Gods and Monsters, which dramatized the last days of James Whale, director of the original Bride (above). David Koepp (Jurassic Park) wrote the script for the new version. [Deadline] Night School: Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence, above with Dwayne Johnson) will star in and...
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Bill Condon recently brought an iconic creature to life on the big screen in the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, and with that film passing the $1 billion milestone at the global box office, the filmmaker could be entering the world of Universal Monsters for his next project.
No official deal has been made, but Deadline reveals that both sides are "excited" about teaming up for the film, which would join the upcoming The Mummy (hitting theaters June 9th), the in-the-works Creature from the Black Lagoon, and other projects (including one on Van Helsing) that are part of the revamped Universal Monsters shared cinematic world.
- Derek Anderson
Mike Cecchini Apr 18, 2017
Universal is getting their shared cinematic monsterverse underway in June with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in The Mummy. After that, we'll get Johnny Depp in The Invisible Man, and then after that? Well, we're not sure yet, but it's probably going to end up being Bride of Frankenstein.
At one point back in 2015 David Koepp was attached to write the script for the film, but it's not clear if that version is still active. As recently as February, Angelina Jolie was still a possibility for the director's chair, but she seems to have moved on to other projects.
But now Bill Condon, currently counting his money from the live action version of Beauty & The Beast, »
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