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Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) and Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, Brothers Grimm) are offbeat visionaries with cult followings, which explains why there’s been so much interest among cinema-lovers in their respective upcoming sci-fi films – Snowpiercer and The Zero Theorem – despite neither having received an official release date in the U.S. yet.
Snowpiercer is a graphic novel adaptation that takes place in a wintery post-apocalyptic wasteland, where the last remnants of humanity are living aboard a train – powered by a perpetual-motion engine – one where rebellion is brewing amongst it passengers, in response to the forced class system that’s formed onboard. Gilliam’s Zero Theorem, by comparison, takes ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
The Little Mermaid is usually credited with kick-starting Disney’s first animation renaissance, but this often-discussed period started 3 years prior with The Great Mouse Detective. Similarly, Disney’s second animation renaissance has been credited to Frozen and Tangled when it started years earlier. While it is convenient to think that all Disney needed was Idina Menzel and a great power ballad to rediscover their movie musical roots, the path that led to Frozen’s nearly $1 billion box-office gross worldwide has been rough and messy with one major loss for the company along the way.
Good – The Princess and the Frog
In many ways, The Princess and the Frog serves as a bridge between The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The story is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For casting, they chose actors like Anika Noni Rose and Michael Leon-Wooley who are better known on Broadway than for work on the big screen, »
- Rachel Kolb
Michelle Obama will appear in a cameo on the season finale of Parks & Recreation.
Canadian channel Showcase has ordered a fifth season of the very gay inclusive Lost Girl. That should make it easier for Syfy to continue airing it stateside.
The New York Daily News claims that CNN doesn’t know who will take over Piers Morgan‘s soon-to-be-vacated time slot but the channel’s top choice is Rosie O’Donnell. Joy Behar, Ann Curry, Star Jones and Rachel Maddow are also on CNN’s list. That’s »
- Lyle Masaki
Patrick Wilson is in negotiations to star in Edgar Wright's upcoming "Ant-Man" film for Marvel Studios. Wilson has reportedly scored the last major role in the film, but details of that role are unknown. Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Pena co-star in the project which is scheduled to begin shooting in April. [Source: Deadline]
Howard Hughes Biopic
Bejo plays a mother who can't accept the accidental death of her five-year old son and instinctively hides his body. »
- Garth Franklin
Alan Cumming has joined the voice cast of Bremen Town Musicians, the animated reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story from Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman. Story: Oscars: 'Frozen,' 'Croods' Animators Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Breakout Characters D. Matt Geller (Night Witches) and Igor Dobrovoslky of Luxor Entertainment are producing the feature, which already has Jeffrey Wright on board as the piece’s villain. Guterman’s take on the folk tale begins in 1713 with the King of Bremen demanding his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his
- Borys Kit
Halfway there, people! Save One Show 2014 is at its midway point, with ten shows left in the competition and they need you now more than ever in our annual tournament that finds the network series most deserving of a renewal. Eliminated in the last round? Hawaii, Five-0, Grimm, The Following, Nashville and Parenthood. So let's have a moment of silence for our fallen friends before continuing, Ok? We're not savaged here! And we're back! The top three vote-getters were Beauty and the Beast, The Mentalist and Dracula. Well done! Fret not, fandoms of The Tomorrow People, The Mindy Project, Hart of Dixie, Almost Human, Trophy Wife, Revolution and Community, as today kicks »
Dolce and Gabbana show typifies year in which Milan has dressed down for a look that shuns the usual Hollywood glitz
With one week to go before the Oscars, Hollywood is getting ready for its glitziest night out. In Milan the city's designers are showcasing their newest designs. Despite the distance between these two places, there has been a direct correlation between these events in the past: the red-carpet opportunity has meant that flashbulb-ready gowns featured heavily on the catwalk.
But this season there is a disconnection. Milan fashion week is having – by Milanese standards – a quiet moment, with flat shoes, sliced neoprene skirts and medieval fairytales rather than sequinned, floor-length va-va-voom dresses. The collections are arguably all the better for it.
Dolce and Gabbana, which topped the bill on Sunday, was a good example. The duo took their native Sicily as their starting point – not Hollywood. The label has »
- Imogen Fox
Jinju Lee Doosan Gallery, NYC February 6 - 27th, 2014
Korean native Jinju Lee paints existential narratives of making do and coming-to-terms in arduously solitary indoor and outdoor conditions. Lee’s stories have allegorical implications as the situations and environment she depicts with so much precision and clarity seem to have as to do with the mental as well as the territorial landscape in which the subject (or is it victim?) finds herself.
The set-like scenarios Lee depicts are hideous and bleak, as if the isolated, evacuated worlds we see have undergone a persistent state of depredation. Jinju Lee’s paintings are poignant in that we really feel for her character or characters. The artist resists easy clichés and sensationalized visual punch lines. Her complex vision takes on undertones of distress and undertones without signaling that what is at hand are the results of wartime conditions or after effects of a polluted, »
- Dominique Nahas
Bremen Town Musicians
Jeffrey Wright will voice the villain in Lawrence Guterman's animated feature "Bremen Town Musicians," a reimagining of the Russian folktale and Brothers Grimm story which Luxor Entertainment is producing.
The comic romance is set in 1713, with the King of Bremen demanding that his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his daughter's wedding. Wright plays the narcissistic, power-hungry future son-in-law to the King. [Source: Heat Vision]
Wilson plays a successful family man who risks losing everything due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women. Dreyfuss will portray the role of political kingmaker. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Jeffrey Wright will voice one of the lead roles in Bremen Town Musicians, the animated reimagining of the Russian folktale and Brothers Grimm story from Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman. The bent comic romance is set in 1713, with the King of Bremen demanding that his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his daughter's wedding. The rest of the plot is being kept under wraps. Wright will voice the role of the film's antagonist Duke Henri, the narcissistic, power-hungry future son-in-law to the King of Bremen who
- Borys Kit
The Restaurant Man | Royal Cousins At War | Extreme Beauty Queens: Secrets Of South America | Grimm | International Test Cricket: New Zealand vs India | Inside No 9 | Hunted | Sherlock: The First CSI
The Restaurant Man
Russell Norman, the Restaurant Man, really is very cool. He's organic. Where others steam in with a meat cleaver, Russell dispenses wisdom like a waiter unhurriedly uncorking a vintage bottle of Dom Pérignon, all the while fixing you in the eyes with a look that says, "I know how to handle meat." Tonight, he dishes up advice to Dave and Debbie, who have invested all their moolah in a run-down Gloucestershire village inn they want to turn into a gastropub. Can Russell help with their staffing and serving issues? Ali Catterall
Royal Cousins At War
When Europe went to war in 1914, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom had heads of state who were also cousins. »
- Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Rachel Aroesti, John Robinson
Feature Louisa Mellor 31 Jan 2014 - 07:00
A poker table in the late seventies, a bathroom in the mid-noughties… television shows have many birthplaces. Had screenwriters David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf not been introduced at a card game over thirty years ago, and had producer Todd Milliner not taken a 2006 shower in which he pondered what existing stories were in need of a modern update for TV, then Grimm might never have existed.
First, that poker game. Greenwalt and Kouf’s friendship began a couple of years before their first official screenwriting credit on 1982’s horror spoof Wacko, a job for which the pair were paid the princely sum of fifteen thousand dollars…
“We did a lot of fun movies back then”
That’s what Greenwalt told Collider »
With anticipation building for Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," due May 30, it's worth noting that the source of her live-action remake, Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty," marks its 55th anniversary this week. Released on January 29, 1959, the movie was only a modest hit at the time, but over the years, it earned acclaim for its gorgeous wide-screen visuals, its memorable music, and its unforgettable villainess.
It's a movie you probably watched many times as a child, and yet there are still some things you probably don't know about "Sleeping Beauty," including its connections to Bugs Bunny, "The Andy Griffith Show," and the British royal family.
Here's a list of 25 such items you can stack on your spindle -- but be careful to shield your fingertip.
- Gary Susman
Walt Disney Pictures took advantage of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to debut a 90-second preview for Maleficent, featuring previously-unreleased footage and vocalist Lana Del Rey’s achingly somber rendition of the classic animated Sleeping Beauty tune “Once Upon a Dream,” which shall be featured in the end credits of the Mouse House’s upcoming live-action revisionist take on the Grimm fairy tale.
The Maleficent footage in the “Dream” trailer recalls the swords and sorcery featured in Snow White and the Huntsman, yet its ethereal color tones and texture bear a strong resemblance to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (minus the gloom of Burton’s vision) compared to either the morbid Snow White re-imagining or the lighter style of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer.
- Sandy Schaefer
Feature Caroline Preece 23 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Demon hunters have changed: no longer crazy old men like Van Helsing, the current breed of screen heroes are young and, well, cool...
Since the days of Dracula and Van Helsing, demon hunters have always existed in popular culture. While this idea has evolved to include witches, slayers, vigilantes and modern-day descendents of classic characters, they have essentially remained the same over the years. There are many reasons for a character to be or become a hunter, but they always have just one goal – rid the earth of evil and save humanity. Our television screens have hosted a myriad of interesting figures over the years and now, with shows like Grimm flying the flag and subverting a lot of our ingrained ideas, the TV demon hunter is experiencing a kind of second golden age.
The first, of course, came with shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, »
While no specific story details were released, the project is based on three stories from Italian author Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti (The Tale of Tales), which was published in two volumes in 1634 and 1636. The stories went largely unnoticed until the Brothers Grimm offered high praise, calling it the first "national" collection of fairy tales. Among the stories included are the earliest known versions of Rapunzel and Cinderella. It isn't known which three stories The Tale of Tales will be based on, but the project is described as an ambitious period fantasy piece.
Matteo Garrone is directing from his own adapted script, with the filmmaker also producing through his Archimede Film company, alongside Jean Labadie's Paris-based production company, Le Pacte. Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Italy. »
Disney brought the legendary fairy tale Sleeping Beauty to life back in 1959, crafting an animated film that will live forever in cinema history. In just a few months from now, however, they will aim to do the same thing again with a live-action version of the same story. Robert Stromberg's Maleficent will be hitting theaters this May, and following up on the debut spot that premiered last November we now have a new official trailer, hosted over on YouTube. Based on a script by Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) and Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) with rewrites done by Saving Mr. Banks helmer John Lee Hancock, Maleficent is a retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm story from a new perspective. Set in an ancient kingdom, the story follows the eponymous witch, played by Angelina Jolie, as she makes her decent into villainy and curses the beautiful Princess Aurora »
The upcoming release of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit proves, once again, that filmmakers are always turning to the world of literature for stories and inspiration. Look at any newly best-selling book these days and, the chances are, someone is trying to turn it into a movie before the bookshop shelves even make it to their first re-stock.
Sometimes, however, there is a literary character that simply cannot be contained. Like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, now appearing in his fifth film, these rare characters seize the collective consciousness and permeate our culture – outgrowing the stories in which they were originally created, and charting their own course into new adventures. While lesser creations play second fiddle to their stories, these iconic characters have filmmakers dancing to their tunes – standing astride a wide variety of artistic interpretations, and providing a rich mine of source material to draw upon.
- Sarah Myles
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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Nega-fairy tale in which The Sleeping Beauty story is told from the point of view of Maleficent, the misunderstood fairy godmother. Angelina Jolie stars as the artist formerly known as "The Mistress of All Evil". Elle Fanning is that scheming harpy, Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty. Following the recent trend for skew-wiff folk tales (Snow White and The Huntsmen, Mirror Mirror) special effects veteran Robert Stromberg makes his directorial debut with a Disney film that looks stranger and darker than the average. 28 May
Jason Segel's Muppets reboot positioned Kermit and ko as comeback kings - old friends returning from the edge of showbiz to full-felted glory. »
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