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Opening this weekTheatre
The Master and Margarita
Bulgakov's poetic maelstrom is transferred from page to stage by Simon McBurney and Complicite. The devil is abroad in a godless Ussr. Barbican, London EC2 (0845 120 7550), to 7 April.
The Globe goes out on tour with Howard Brenton's delightful and intelligent look at English Protestantism and the woman who furthered its cause. New Alexandra, Birmingham (0844 871 3011), 20-24 March, then touring.
Samantha Spiro stars as the canny Neapolitan woman who has been a mistress for 25 years but is determined to be a wife. Michael Attenborough directs this new version of Eduardo de Filippo's lively comedy. Almeida, London N1 (012 7359 4404), to 12 May.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Underrated Films of 2011
In 2011 I saw over 180 films in the theatre. So, needless to say, I love movies! But some of you may be thinking, how is that possible? There weren’t that many good films? Well, the answer is independent movies and foreign films. If you take the time to look outside of the mainstream there are many wonderful movies that deserve your attention. Below is a list of some of the best movies I saw in 2011. Some you may have heard of and others only received a limited release, but luckily for all most of these films will be available to rent and I urge you to seek them out. Happy renting!
Top Blockbuster Movies of 2011
The annoying dolls were originally created in 1959 and have experienced many revivals over the years.
The film is expected to expand the troll dolls’ history as well as relaunch the toy line (of course).
The screen play for the troll dolls movie will be penned by Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson Labracio (Evergone).
Expect to see the movie in theaters in 2012.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The doll was originally created in 1959 by Danish fisherman Thomas Dam who carved the character for his daughter for the holidays. But a loophole in his copyright claim allowed numerous knock-offs in Europe and the United States to gain popularity. Dam later reclaimed ownership after a Congressional law restored his rights.
The announcement seems suspicious considering their cartoon rival, Pixar, recently released Toy Story 3 to overwhelmingly positive reviews and success which coincidentally (?) included Troll dolls.
This isn’t the first time DreamWorks Animation has produced seemingly similar material. 1998 saw the head-to-head battle of Pixar’s Bug’s Life versus DreamWorks’ Antz. Pixar’s Finding Nemo played
The fuzzy-haired dolls were originally created in 1959 and have seen several revivals over the years. The film is expected to expand the troll dolls' mythology as well as relaunch the toy line.
Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson Labracio ("Evergone," "The Impossible Adventures of Phineas Roone") will pen the screenplay.
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It’s being reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Dreamworks is in the process of developing an animated movie based on The Good Luck Trolls, those fugly little kids dolls first created in 1959.
Before you suggest this is some sort of strange summer April Fool’s joke, think again. Plans are further along than just “Hey, let’s make a movie out of this!” as a couple of screenwriters have already been found in the form of brother-sister duo Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson Labracio (Evergone, The Impossible Adventures of Phineas Roone). Dannie Festa, through her company…
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The studio that brought us "Shrek" and "Madagascar" will give the once-inescapable toys their own adventure, with a screenplay penned by Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson Labracio and Dannie Festa as executive producer.
"We have been planning to bring the Good Luck Troll toy line back into homes around the world and we are excited to see how the talented storytellers and artists at DreamWorks Animation will bring them to life," said Calle Ostergaard, CEO of Dam Things, home of the Good Luck Trolls.
"We are thrilled at the great creative possibilities we have in bringing the Trolls to family audiences around the world across a number of channels, including on the big screen,
Brother and Sister team Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson Labracio are going to write the script.
Initially created in 1959 by Danish woodcarver Thomas Dam as a present for his daughter, "the beady-eyed, fuzzy-haired dolls sparked an international craze in the early 1960s, with nostalgic revivals introducing the figures to subsequent generations as well." DreamWorks Animation made the deal with Dam's son Niels, who is now in charge of the Dam Things family business.
The goal of the feature is to expand the troll dolls' mythology, while offering Dam a chance to bring out the toy line for another set of young collectors.
The characters also inspired the Trollz animated show.
Well, DreamWorks Animation is teaming up with Denmark's Dam Things, which controls the troll toy line, so that they can develop a full on feature animated film based on these troll dolls.
Why would they want to make a movie based on these Good Luck Trolls!? I think it's a terrible idea, one that will most likely blow up their faces. They were doing fine with the original content they were putting out!
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