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A fan of Disney's Mary Poppins as an eight-year-old, Kathryn Hughes was given Pl Travers's book. But she found it dull, odd and severely lacking in dancing penguins. As Saving Mr Banks arrives in cinemas, she re-encounters a classic story
Being given a copy of Mary Poppins by Pl Travers for my eighth birthday was both a thrill and, as it turned out, one of the greatest disappointments of my young life. A thrill, because for the last five years I had lived and breathed the Disney version, which had come out in a blaze of glory in 1964. At school I won the unofficial prize for the person who had seen the film the most times (I said eight, although it was actually only six: but in the Disney universe, believing something hard enough is the key to making it come true). I did, though, definitely win the competition for who could say "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" backwards. »
- Kathryn Hughes
In 2012, the copycat movie battle unfolded between two related Brothers Grimm fairy tale retellings, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman; this year, it was a duel of patriotic Die Hard-inspired thrillers with Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, and in 2014, Kellan Lutz – who takes on the headlining status in this upcoming January’s The Legend of Hercules – hopes to win the showdown against his bigger and more experienced opponent, Dwayne Johnson (whose own Hercules movie arrives that following summer).
So, what’s on the docket for 2015? Well, Walt Disney Pictures has already set a date that October for a new live-action version of Click to continue reading WB’s ‘Jungle Book’ Movie Has Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Circling as Director
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- Sandy Schaefer
Grimm, Season 3, Episode 5, “El Cucuy”
Written by Michael Golamco
Directed by John Behring
Airs Fridays at 9pm Est on NBC
This week, on Grimm: Nick and Juliette have a heart-to-heart and El Cucuy comes a-calling
Grimm has had a lot of fun with folk tales and legends over the past three seasons, attributing the stuff of our childhood bedtime stories to various Wesen. This week they do something different, implying that the monster (ish) of the week may be something else entirely. It’s the first step the series has made towards branching out into other supernatural threats and mysteries and for the most part, it works. With the Portland Scoobies coming together into an increasingly cohesive and efficient unit (great to see Juliette fully onboard), throwing in new elements that aren’t in Nick’s ever-useful tomes makes sense and while the show doesn’t seem ready to »
- Kate Kulzick
Two movies with female leads are poised to dominate the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should easily repeat in first place, and could set a new Thanksgiving record. Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen is also looking at a strong start, though it probably won't match similar movie Tangled.Catching Fire is coming off an enormous $158.1 million weekend, and is receiving strong word-of-mouth (an "A" CinemaScore). The current all-time record for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend (Wednesday to Sunday) is $82.4 million, set back in 2001 by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Based on Catching Fire's mid-week performance so far, it's likely that it sets a new record with at least $85 million.Expanding to 3,742 locations after a successful exclusive run at Disney's El Capitan theater, Frozen is the latest movie from the resurgent Disney Animation Studios. The animation department scored a big hit in 2010 with Tangled ($200.8 million »
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CW’s Arrow has shown that DC Comics characters can work on the small screen. This season has gotten positive attention from both fans and critics and continues to build its world and introduce more characters and concepts from the comics. As well as Arrow, DC Entertainment has announced that there are Jim Gordon, John Constantine, and Hourman shows in development at Fox, NBC, and CW respectively. The first two characters are relatively popular, especially Jim Gordon, who was portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy, but who outside die-hard Justice Society fans knows who Hourman is? In this articles, the Sound on Sight writers will show what DC characters and comics series should have their own series instead of Hourman and whatever his superpowers are.
Deathstroke by Lol Craven I’m not going to lie and say I’m nominating Deathstroke because I’m a long term fan, »
- Logan Dalton
Lawrence Guterman, who directed Cats & Dogs, and producer D. Matt Geller are teaming up to create a re-imagined version of the Brothers Grimm tale Bremen Town Musicians for Luxor Entertainment. Luxor, run by CEO Igor Dobrovolsky, is a company best known as a major exhibitor and distributor in the Russian market. While Luxor has also produced some local productions, it sees Bremen as a flagship animation project designed for a global stage. The folk tale, which is hugely popular in Eastern Europe, centers on a cat, a dog, a donkey and a rooster who are past their prime
- Borys Kit
Ryan Murphy has never been shy about showing how much of a fan he is of Stevie Nicks -- and now the Fleetwood Mac singer will be guest starring on American Horror Story: Coven. Also, Alan Alda will be causing some trouble for James Spader's character on The Blacklist. Read on for all the details, including casting news for Person of Interest, Beauty and the Beast, Community, The Mindy Project, The Goldbergs, The Neighbors, Grimm and The Millers. »
The final two games of the World Series put Fox in the hunt, but it was NBC that prevailed in young adults last week, behind its trio of “The Voice,” “Sunday Night Football” and “The Blacklist.”
The James Spader drama has been the most consistently strong of the fall’s new shows, and is the No. 1-rated broadcast drama on any net in the adults 18-49 demo through six weeks of the season — a bit ahead of ABC’s veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” and newcomer “Marvel’s Agents of Shield.”
Sure, having the top-rated music contest “The Voice” as a lead-in has provided sampling for ”Blacklist” that no other first-year series has enjoyed, but it is also evident that the drama has recruited hordes of fans who opt to time-shift the program and watch it later that week.
When including three days of DVR playback, “The Blacklist” has now improved »
- Rick Kissell
Aside from children, Hollywood movies aren’t exactly teaming with characters who are under five foot tall. However, of the characters who are under five foot tall, a large majority of them are extremely memorable.
Some shorter characters are completely awesome, tough as nails, absolutely terrifying or totally hilarious, so let’s take a look at some of them.
I’ve picked eleven characters who are all under five foot, but all have huge screen presence and are all essential parts of their respective movies.
Here are eleven memorable movie characters under five foot tall…
Honourable Mention: The Seven Dwarfs (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs)
Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy and Happy – arguably the most famous characters under five foot tall in movie history.
Originating in a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the seven dwarfs are probably most well-known from the 1937 Disney movie, which still stands strong »
- Kev Stewart
L’amour est un crime parfait (Love is the Perfect Crime)
Set in the icy backdrop of the Swiss Alps, L’amour est un crime parfait (Love is the Perfect Crime) is a dark thriller that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. With a rich emphasis on the link between man, literature, and landscape, the film takes its audience for a chilling ride.
Marc, played brilliantly by Mathieu Amalric, is a middle-aged literature professor who has an appetite for young female students. When Barbara, one of his brightest, goes mysteriously missing, her attractive stepmother Anna (Maiwenn) starts to hang around the university looking for any clues that might shed light on the girl’s sudden disappearance. Marc quickly becomes captivated with this woman and begins a torrid affair with her, unaware that she may have an ulterior motive. »
- Trish Ferris
Once Upon a Time spent another week in Neverland Sunday, as our intrepid crew tried to battle their own "Nasty Habits" in order to save Henry. Unfortunately, it didn't work out the way they had hoped.
Below, TV Fanatics Carla Day, Jim Garner, Nick McHatton and Christine Orlando are joined by Gareth from Once Upon a Fan to decide if Neal made the right call and to debate which is the scariest fairy tale. Join in the debate now!
What was your favorite scene or line from this Once Upon a Time Season 3 episode?
Carla: I liked when Emma found Bae's light map. She knows him well, even from back before they met. Plus, the interactions between the others was interesting too. I love the Charmings, Hook and Regina all working together.
Gareth: So many great moments in this episode. What a dark turn this season is taking. Loved »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Christine Orlando)
Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas) is known for his dark, yet playful animated features which depict gothic themes in a friendly and satirical form. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Selick is taking a break from the animated world, to create the live-action film A Tale Dark & Grimm.
While not animated, the film seems to be very much of the same style, based on Adam Gidwitz's novel of the same name. The story features two youths who stray from their own fairytale, only to find themselves lost in several others, heavily drawing upon by the classic tales from the brothers Grimm, hence the title. Here's the official synopsis from the first novel of the series, which the film will presumably be based on:
Based on a children’s book trilogy written by Adam Gidwitz, the story follows two siblings as they manage to escape their own fairytale…only to land in several others. Here’s the official synopsis for the trilogy:
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome.
This sounds amazing! I’m already a huge fan of »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, Henry Selick, is set to direct a new live-action film called A Tale Dark and Grimm. The movie is based on a book by Adam Gidwitz, which follows two children who run away from their own dark fairy tale in search of a better life only to find themselves amidst eight other fearsome tales.
It the kind of dark children's tale that is perfect for Selick's storytelling style, and this is what he had to say in a statement,
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm,' It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it. »
- Joey Paur
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Selick, 60, has signed on to direct A Tale Dark and Grimm, which will be a live-action adaptation of the popular children's novel by author Adam Gidwitz.
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Currently, Selick is working on the post-production for his latest animated film, The Shadow King. »
Henry Selick is primarily known for his work in the field of stop-motion animation, having previously directed features like Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but now, for the first time since 2001's Monkeybone, the filmmaker is ready to dive back into the world of live-action. According to Screen Daily, Selick is now attached to direct A Tale Dark & Grimm, a new feature based on the book by author Adam Gidwitz and illustrator Hugh D'Andrade. A twist on some the most beloved classic fairy tales, the book follows Hansel and Gretel as their go from their own Grimm tale to eight others. Along the way they must face off against witches, dragons and demons, and in doing so learn the real truth behind the myths. Selick has co-written the screenplay with writers John W Mann and Jon Gunn. Said the director in a statement, "I »
Some pretty nifty news has come in regarding who will be helming the upcoming adaptation of the Adam Gidwitz book A Tale Dark & Grimm for Kamala Pictures and FilmNation. Variety is reporting that Coraline director Henry Selick is now on board.
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm,’” Selick said in a statement. “It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it.”
Gidwtiz's original frightening and witty story -- inspired by the Brothers Grimm -- follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the Dark Ages. »
- Uncle Creepy
While his recent stop-motion projects like The Graveyard Book and The Shadow King have had trouble getting off the ground, Henry Selick is hoping to have better luck with directing a live-action adaptation of Adam Gidwitz’s joyously disturbing and violent post-modern fairy tale novel, A Tale Dark And Grimm, in which Hansel and Gretel escape the frying pan of their own bleak narrative and land in the fire of eight other, equally horrifying Brothers Grimm tales. They must then fight to survive, hopefully without the use of crossbows and hand-cannons.The quirky, gory, and Gorey-esque story seems like a »
Director Henry Selick is well known for directing the gorgeous stop-motion animated hits The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, but now he's heading into live-action feature film territory. THR has word that Selick will be at the helm of A Tale Dark & Grimm, based on Adam Gidwitz's children's novel of the same name. The book, which is the first in a series of three, follows two siblings as they run away from their own dark fairytale and hope to find happiness again. However, their escape inadvertently leads them into eight other terrible fairytales, all inspired by Grimm's classic stories. This just sounds perfect for Selick. Here's the official synopsis for the first book: Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. »
- Ethan Anderton
The stories from our childhoods we remember best, and often times most fondly, tend to be the ones that managed to leave a scar on our psyches. They were the ones we were probably too young to hear at the time, the ones that included some form of gruesomeness that probably shouldn’t have been included in a story for children at all. That’s why all of those disturbingly violent Brothers Grimm fairytales have been repeatedly retold down through the ages, and it’s why people are so fond of Henry Selick’s often dark, sometimes creepy stop-animated movies The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. There’s just something magical that happens when you mix fairy tale storytelling with the macabre. All of this is why the latest news regarding Selick’s career is super good news for people who like to make their kids cry. The Wrap has a report saying that the director has »
- Nathan Adams
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