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Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘King Lear’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall to Star in ‘King Lear’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall and Sean Astin are starring in “The Lears,” a comic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” Variety has learned.

It’s the first in-house production for distributor NeoClassics Films and has started production in Malibu and other parts of Los Angeles. Aly Michalka, Victoria Smurfit and Nic Bishop are also starring.

Carl Bessai is directing from his own script. NeoClassics Films’ CEO Irwin Olian is producing in association with Bessai’s Raven West Films Ltd. NeoClassics will also serve as the film’s international sales agent.

“Carl’s script is a smart, modern day derivative of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear,'” said Olian. “In the classic play, the old King wanted each of his three daughters to prove their love so that he could determine who was most worthy of his kingdom. In our modern spin, iconic architect Davenport Lear has created a family
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Emma Stone May Play Cruella De Vil in Disney Live-Action Origin Story

Dahhhling, would you even believe Emma Stone as someone cruel enough to steal puppies for fur coats?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma Stone is in early negotiations to play the "101 Dalmations" villainess in a live-action origin story called "Cruella." They say Kelly Marcel is now writing the script (back in 2013, "Cinderella" writer Aline Brosh McKenna was the one working on "Cruella"). And even though there is no director at this point, THR said the project is a priority for Disney which hopes to shoot the film later this year.

Yes, Hollywood has completely run out of original ideas. Let's just get that out of the way. Now, what do you think of Emma Stone as the latest potential Cruella?

The animated Cruella, from the 1961 movie, is the most iconic, but Glenn Close donned the hair and coat in the 1996 live action adaptation, and Victoria Smurfit was just Cruella for
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Emma Stone To Play Disney's Cruella de Vil

Emma Stone is in early negotiations to portray the iconic Disney villainess Cruella de Vil in the Disney live-action feature "Cruella".

A re-imagining of the "101 Dalmatians" character, Kelly Marcel is writing the script which is intended to be an origin story of the character. Aline Brosh McKenna worked on an early version of the script.

No director has yet been set but filming hopes to begin later this year. Andrew Gunn is producing.

Glenn Close previously played a live-action version of the character in two films in the 1990s, while Victoria Smurfit has taken on the role recently in ABC's "Once Upon a Time".

Source: Heat Vision
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TVLine Items: Cruella's Once Return, Chicago Med's New Recruit and More

TVLine Items: Cruella's Once Return, Chicago Med's New Recruit and More
A certain Queen of Darkness is hoping to take back her Once Upon a Time throne.

Victoria Smurfit, who played Cruella de Vil on the ABC drama’s fourth season, is set to reprise her role as the animal-controlling witch.

RelatedOnce Upon a Time: Greg Germann Cast as Season 5B’s Devilish Mystery Man

Smurfit will not appear in the series’ upcoming 100th episode — which will welcome back such familiar faces as Robbie Kay (as Peter Pan) and Giancarlo Esposito (as the Magic Mirror) — but will pop up in multiple Season 5B episodes.

No word yet on how exactly Cruella will return…
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Disney Plans Live-Action "Cruella de Vil" Movie

Disney Pictures is reportedly fast-tracking "Cruella," a live-action feature about the villainess from the "101 Dalmatians" films Cruella de Vil.

"Saving Mr. Banks" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" screenwriter Kelly Marcel is attached to write the project which is expected to be one of the four untitled Disney live-action fantasy films that were announced this week as part of their upcoming film slate through to the year 2020.

"Togetherness" co-creator Steve Zissis is also working on the story for the film. Marcel and Zissis take over from Aline Brosh McKenna who was said to have done some work on an early version of the script.

De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel which served as the basis for the 1961 animated movie. Glenn Close memorably played the character in the 1996 "101 Dalmatians" live-action film and its sequel, while Victoria Smurfit has recently been portraying the character on ABC's "Once Upon a Time
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Round-Up: Casper Van Dien Q&A, NBC’s Dracula Auction, 24 Hour Rental, Voorhees Stomp Video, The Hexecutioners

In this morning's round-up, we have a Q&A with Casper Van Dien from the supernatural horror film, June. Also: details on Dracula's prop auction, XLrator Media's 24 Hour Rental, a video tribute to Friday the 13th Part VIII called "Voorhees Stomp", a new poster for The Hexecutioners, and release details for Krampus: The Reckoning.

Casper Van Dien Q&A: "June tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice) who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. And though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily (Pratt) and Dave (Van Dien), that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul.
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DVD Review: 'Bait'

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★☆☆☆☆ Of all its numerous misdemeanours, the most heinous that Dominic Brunt's vile Bait (2014) commits is its attempt to convince you that it isn't the grim, misogynistic horror that it ultimately turns out to be. Its two female protagonists, Bex (Victoria Smurfit) and Dawn (Joanne Mitchell), begin the film as feisty, independently-minded individuals, running their own market stall selling organic tea and cakes and attempting to secure a loan to expand into a shop. They're well-drawn and smartly acted at first, with realistic lives and realistic aspirations that don't involve men and it initially feels refreshing to see a home-grown genre flick that seems rooted in the lives of women.

Sadly, the idea that they might be resourceful and capable enough to handle whatever a horror film might throw at them soon dissipates when they meet Jeremy (Jonathan Slinger), a sneering loan shark who begins extorting them, threatening them with
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Bait review – smarter-than-usual Brit squeaker

A woman in her bra covered in blood? Tick. But director Dominic Brunt’s vicious thriller is more convincing than you’d expect, with characters of genuine depth

This impressively vicious thriller directed by Dominic Brunt (who played Paddy Kirk in Emmerdale for years) looks at first like straight-up exploitation nonsense with its opening shots of a bra-clad Joanne Mitchell covered in blood screaming in a bathroom as Victoria Smurfit (also gore-smeared and in her undies) climbs the stairs with a knife. But as the narrative rolls back to show how we got to this place, Bait reveals itself to be smarter and subtler than the usual genre workout. The two women, it turns out, are best friends who run a cake stall in a market and get suckered into making a deal with Jonathan Slinger’s exquisitely evil loan shark. You know he has to be vile early on
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‘You’re in a corner with no way out, how far do you go?’ HeyUGuys Visits the set of Bait

  • HeyUGuys
Bait has just rocked Film4’s FrightFest and Dominic Brunt’s brutal new thriller comes out tomorrow. The story of two women, Bex (Victoria Smurfit) and Dawn (Joanne Mitchell), who want to open a café and end up taking money from the wrong man, loanshark Jeremy (Jonathan Slinger), Bait becomes less a happy tale of two friends

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Bait review [FrightFest 2015]: “An enjoyably nasty little film”

Bait review

Director: Dominic Brunt

Cast: Victoria Smurfit, Joanne Mitchell, Jonathan Slinger, Rula Lenska

Certificate: 18

Running Time: 82 minutes

Synopsis: Two friends in a northern English town are caught in the grip of a vicious loan-shark. As they struggle to escape, their friendship will be put to the test and their health will definitely suffer.

British horror/thriller Bait was originally released as The Taking. Its new title seems to fit more aptly with the straight-up, no-nonsense violent tone of Dominic Brunt’s direction (yes, that’s Paddy from Emmerdale; he also directed zombie film Before Dawn).

The story follows two best friends, Bex (Smurfit) and Dawn (Mitchell) who are stuck in dead-end jobs in the local market, selling crap and surrounded by leering, groping men. They modestly dream of opening a little tea and cake shop, away from all the leering and groping but, like for many these days, money is an issue.
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bad Boy Grant and Stalking Boy Hoult Born to Be Islands

'About a Boy,' with Hugh Grant and Baby 'About a Boy' movie review: Some men should remain islands On the surface, Chris and Paul Weitz's 2002 movie About a Boy has a profound, affecting premise. No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. With the above statement, seventeenth-century English poet John Donne reached beyond the apparent isolation of each individual by affirming the invisible oneness that encompasses all of humankind – and, why not, all living creatures.
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‘Once Upon a Time’ Death Surprises, But Killer Identity Truly Shocks

  • The Wrap
‘Once Upon a Time’ Death Surprises, But Killer Identity Truly Shocks
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Sunday’s episode of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” entitled” Sympathy for the De Vil.”) “101 Dalmations” favorite bad girl Cruella De Vil took center stage in the latest hour of “Once Upon a Time.” Portrayed by Victoria Smurfit, “Sympathy for the De Vil” took viewers into the early years of the notorious dog-napper, showing how the loss of her father and the cruelty of her mother helped shape her into the twisted, classic villain she became. Or perhaps things aren’t always as they seem at first.
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'Once Upon A Time': Cruella Story Preview

  • Access Hollywood
'Once Upon A Time': Cruella Story Preview
Victoria Smurfit as Cruella de Vil in ‘Once Upon a Time’ (ABC)

She's had to sit back and watch while Ursula got a happy ending, but this week, it's Cruella de Vil's time to make her big move toward happiness on "Once Upon a Time."

Victoria Smurfit's glamourous bad gal is kidnapping young Henry in an effort to get Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to do her evil bidding.

"Cruella, in this episode, does not mess around," Victoria told Access Hollywood. "So as far as she's concerned, it's her time and she's taking ...

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Once Upon A Time: Victoria Smurfit Talks Cruella De Vil and Season 4

In the “Sympathy for the De Vil” episode of the ABC series Once Upon A Time, we meet a young Cruella De Vil (Victoria Smurfit) in fictional 1920s England, where her oppressive mother uses her Dalmatians to terrorize her daughter and keeps her confined to the attic until a mysterious stranger arrives and empowers her to challenge her captor. While seeing where she came from and what lead her down the path to who she is today, we will also learn that she has kidnapped Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), angering both Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison). [caption id="attachment_444303" align="alignright" width="240"] Image via ABC/caption] During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Victoria Smurfit talked about why she was terrified to take on the iconic villain Cruella De Vil, getting to invent and explore her backstory, Cruella’s history with the Author (Patrick Fischler), learning what her personal agenda is, that she
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New Once Upon A Time Season 4,Episode 18 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time" episode 18 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Sympathy for the De Vil,” and it turns out that we're going to see very intense and dramatic stuff go down when Cruella kidnaps Henry, threatens his life, and more! In the new, 8th episode press release: The Devil You Know Is Better Than The De Vil You’LL Meet. Press release number 2: In fictional 1920s England, viewers will meet a young Cruella, whose oppressive mother uses her Dalmatians to terrorize her daughter. Cruella will be confined to her mother’s attic until a mysterious stranger arrives and empowers her to challenge her captor. In Storybrooke, Regina is going to gain leverage to keep Gold from interfering with her plan to rescue Robin, but her trip to New York is going to take the backseat when she
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New Once Upon A Time Season 4,Episode 15 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time" episode 15 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Poor Unfortunate Soul,” and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense and interesting stuff take place as the Queens of Darkness puts poor August through some extreme torture. Hook strikes a deal with Ursula, and more! In the new, 15th episode press release: Hook will leverage his complicated history with Ursula to find out what she knows about Gold’s endgame. Gold and the Queens of Darkness are going to torture August for information about the Author as Emma, Mary Margaret and David race to find them. Regina is going to grow concerned for Robin Hood’s safety while she struggles to maintain her cover with the villains. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, when a restless young Ursula enlists Hook’s help to run away from home,
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'Once' Q&A: Colin O'Donoghue

  • Access Hollywood
'Once' Q&A: Colin O'Donoghue
Something fishy went down between Hook and Ursula in the past, and on Sunday's "Once Upon a Time" the show dives into the murky waters of that backstory.

Finally exploring Ursula's history meant slipping back on Captain Hook's trademark coat for "Once" star Colin O'Donoghue. It also allowed him to work opposite an actor whose work he has enjoyed – "Ghostbusters" alum Ernie Hudson, who plays Poseidon (Ursula's dad).

But, before netting details about the backstory twists, Access Hollywood had to ask Colin about having another Irish actor on set – Victoria Smurfit, who plays Cruella de Vil ...

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New Once Upon A Time Season 4,Episode 14 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time" episode 14 of season 4, The episode is entitled, "Enter the Dragon,” and it turns out that we're gong to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff take place as Regina has to revisit her evil self again in order to infiltrate the evil Queens of Darkness, and more! In the new, 14th episode press release: In order to infiltrate the Queens of Darkness as a spy for the heroes, Regina is going to have to prove she’s still willing to get her hands dirty. In the meantime, Emma, David and Mary Margaret are going to scramble to keep tabs on their undercover operative. Hook will request an unusual favor from Belle as Henry makes progress on his search for the Author. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Regina befriends Maleficent and helps her to rekindle her lost spark.
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‘Once Upon a Time': Now We Know Why Maleficent Hates Snow and Charming – What’s Next?

Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Once Upon a Time” season 4, episode 14, titled “Unforgiven.”

Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) have had their share of ups and downs on “Once Upon a Time” thus far, but the events of this week’s episode threaten to destroy everything they’ve built — especially their relationship with daughter Emma (Jennifer Morrison). We now know that the perfect couple is somehow responsible for Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten) losing her child, and according to executive producer Adam Horowitz, “that’s the tip of the iceberg of the secret that you saw. Our hope is that by the time everything is revealed, you’ll see it really informs who they were in season one, when you met them for the first time.”

Back in the Enchanted Forest, Snow and Charming learned that their unborn baby had the potential
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Victoria Smurfit On 'Ouat's' Cruella

  • Access Hollywood
Victoria Smurfit On 'Ouat's' Cruella
Victoria Smurfit films scenes as Cruella De Vil in 'Once Upon a Time' (ABC)

Just a few days into life in a new town and Victoria Smurfit's Cruella De Vil is already on her way toward claiming Storybrooke's "most glamorous" crown.

Draped in diamonds, her hands coated in red leather gloves, and strutting like a former supermodel in a vintage beaded gown and the key piece of her ensemble -- the Disney villain's trademark voluminous coat -- Victoria's Cruella is both devilish and divine on "Once Upon a Time."

"It's just got all the drama ...

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