9 items from 2013
Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Linda Woolverton
Alice in Wonderland is a truly inexplicable, baffling, painful film to watch. I don’t know what anyone involved in the film was thinking in making it. Did they want to honor the vision from the late Lewis Carroll? Did they want to honor the 1951 animated film? Or did they simply expect, callously if correctly, that if they threw a bunch of CGI against a wall, we’d all show up to watch in awe? There were, I imagine, people who hoped their experience would be that way. Instead, anyone watching this for the first time would likely start out hopeful, devolve into confusion, and then end angry at what they just sat through. Every single decision in this film is a misstep, every line of dialogue forgettable or painful, »
- Josh Spiegel
In an interview with Collider while promoting Disney's Oz: The Great & Powerful, producer Joe Roth talks about two of the studio's other planned fantasy films: Maleficent (which stars Angelina Jolie as the classic Sleeping Beauty villainess) and a sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 hit Alice In Wonderland. For the former, he says that they approached a story that doesn't make Maleficent "completely evil", making her a sympathetic character and somebody who has a story. "We flipped it on its head. Linda Woolverton wrote that, who also wrote Alice in Wonderland, and she also wrote Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. So, I’m trusting her imagination and understanding of telling a story that the curse on Sleeping Beauty wasn’t made by someone who was completely evil, and that she also had a story." He also says that casting Angelina Jolie was crucial to the film, and believes »
Even though "Oz the Great and Powerful," Sam Raimi's boldly imaginative sort-of prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," is only opening today, Disney is so confident in the project that they've already started actively developing a sequel. According to a report in Variety, Disney has retained screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote "Oz the Great and Powerful" with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole"), commissioning him to draft a new screenplay that can incorporate elements from the L. Frank Baum novel "The Wonderful World of Oz." Keep in mind, Kapner will once again have to avoid a number of iconic elements from the original "Wizard of Oz" that are technically off-limits (MGM owns the rights), like the ruby slippers and the look of certain characters and locations, something we noted in our rundown of the differences between "Wizard of Oz" and "Oz the Great and Powerful." Granted just because »
- Alex Suskind
Exclusive: While former ICM chief Jeff Berg is still assembling the pieces of his new agency, we know he’s going to get started with a strong book-to-movie department. Shari Smiley has signed on to join the agency, rejoining former CAA colleague Rich Green. Deadline revealed Saturday that Green left CAA Friday to join Berg’s new shop. Smiley has for the last year operated her own business, The Smiley Group. Before that she spent almost 19 years at CAA, rising from receptionist to agent. Like Green, her specialty is putting together movie deals from bestselling books. Since she has been on her own, the deals Smiley has made include the Fox deal for Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl, which had Reese Witherspoon attached and to which David Fincher is coming attached; Wild, the Cheryl Strayed bestseller that Nick Hornby is adapting for River Road and Witherspoon; and for client »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: Veteran lit agent Rich Green has left CAA, and he has joined the new agency being launched by former ICM chief Jeff Berg. The well respected Green has been there nine years, and his last day was Friday. Among the clients he worked with are Grace Of Monaco‘s Arash Amel, Maleficent‘s Linda Woolverton, Rock Of Ages‘ Chris D’Arienzo, Mike LeSieur (the Black List script The Flamingo Thief which Will Ferrel will star in) and authors like Sliver Linings Playbook‘s Matthew Quick, The Corrections‘ Jonathan Franzen, Fight Club‘s Chuck Palahniuk, Snow Crash‘s Neal Stephenson, The Discovery of Witches‘ Deborah Harkness and Interview with the Vampire‘s Anne Rice. It is unclear which clients might join him, at this point, as he tries to bring them over and CAA attempts to keep them in the fold. Green joined CAA after a long stint at UTA, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for a whole slew of their upcoming projects, in addition to adding 3D treatment for two of the biggest one.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting theaters on April 4th, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy out on August 1st, »
- Nick Martin
Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced release dates and additional information for several upcoming films. 1952 will be produced by Damon Lindelof and directed by Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), from a script by Lindelof and Bird. While no plot has been revealed, George Clooney will star in the movie. 1952 will hit theaters on December 19, 2014 in 3D.
Here’s a closer look at the other films you can expect to see next year.
The Muppets 2 is now dated on March 21, 2014. Muppets 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.
- Michelle McCue
Diseny sent out a press release earlier this afternoon with a schedule update for thier upcoming films. Within the release came the announcement of release dates for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Muppets 2, Brad Bird's secretive sci-fi project 1952. On top of that, there are a couple shuffles, and 3D confirmations for the upcoming Marvel films.
I think it's easier to just let the press release speak for itself, as it sums it up better than I probably could!
The Muppets 2 is now dated on 3/21/14.
· Muppets 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel) will be available in 3D.
· Releases on 4/4/14.
· Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced release dates and additional information for several upcoming films. Here's a closer look.
Releases on 3/21/14.
The Muppets 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell - and of course, the whole Muppets gang.
Releases on 4/4/14
(Marvel) will be available in 3D.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up where Marvel's The Avengers leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.
Releases on 7/2/14 (from 3/14/14).
9 items from 2013
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