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Disney’s slate of live action adaptations continues to grow with the announcement that they will next be tackling Mulan.
Originally released in 1998, Mulan told the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can take her father’s place and go to war. As well as earning Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, Mulan brought home $304 million at the box office. It was never as popular as other 90s Disney movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin or The Lion King, but Mulan has its fanbase.
Disney have been on a role as of late with their live action adaptations. Cinderella has made an impressive $336.2 million worldwide, though that doesn’t quite compare to the Angelina Jolie-starring Maleficent, »
- Luke Owen
Too long, too convoluted, too sentimental, and too ridiculous. Some will say those are its good points. Will they embrace the homoeroticism too? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): mostly not a fan of the series
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We are through the looking glass here, people. We have reached peak Hollywood. There is nothing negative anyone can say about Furious 7 (aka Fast & Furious 7) that cannot be taken as a positive. There is the “review-proof movie” that will gather a massive audience no matter what we egghead critics think of it, and then there’s the movie that is actually hardened against reviews like it’s coated in Teflon: scoffing just slides right off it.
I could say that this is the kind of movie in which, when someone says to a child who has just tossed a toy, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be a musical. And when you’re making a musical, it never hurts to get some help from a Broadway superstar. Tony winner Audra McDonald has just signed on in a supporting role, joining Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens. Her casting suggests […]
- Angie Han
It's no "Bambi," but Disney may already have already set its next animated flick due for a live-action reboot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio wants to develop a live-action version of "Mulan," its 1998 film centered around the titular ancient Chinese girl, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place in battle. Disney has already reportedly purchased a script by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that features the same Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, which inspired the original animated flick, THR writes.
While "Mulan"'s box office receipts were modest by Disney standards -- it pulled in around $304 million internationally -- the studio's recent success with live-action adaptations of its previous flicks has proven irresistibly lucrative. "Cinderella," starring Lily James, has raked in $336.2 million worldwide since its bow three weeks ago, and last year's "Maleficent," featuring newly-minted Kids' Choice Award-winner Angelina Jolie, hauled in a whopping $758.4 million. »
- Katie Roberts
McDonald starred in television’s Private Practice but is best known for her roles in musicals Porgy and Bess, Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime and Carousel (all of which won her Tonys). She joins a cast that includes The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Emma Watson as the lovely Belle, Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as the Beast, Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans as self-centered villain Gaston and The Comedians‘ Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s sidekick.
McDonald’s casting indicates that, as previously rumored, this Beauty and the Beast, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Dreamgirls), will include song-and-dance numbers. As Garderobe, a lady-in-waiting transformed into »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bill Condon has been building quite the ensemble for Disney’s new live-action Beauty And The Beast and he’s just upped the movie’s theatre cred by one. Tony winner Audra McDonald has joined the cast to play living wardrobe Garderobe. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are aboard as the titular pair, starring in the story of a young, literary-minded young woman (Watson) who agrees to take her father’s place imprisoned in a castle, where she’s romanced by a cursed prince turned into a beast (Stevens).Our heroine ultimately chooses the hairy creature over her jealous suitor, Gaston (Luke Evans). He, in turn, deals with the rejection somewhat awkwardly, gathering henchman Le Fou (Josh Gad) and a mob of townspeople to hunt down and try to kill the creature. Garderobe is one of the people turned into enchanted objects who initially help Watson’s Belle adjust to life in the castle. »
"Well now, what shall we dress you in?" It looks like Broadway actress Audra McDonald may be taking over the lovable role of the singing wardrobe in Disney's live- action adaption of Beauty and the Beast. The 44-year-old is in talks to join an impressive cast including Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast), Luke Evans as the narcassistic Gaston and Josh Gad who will be playing Gaston's witty sidekick Le Fou. Bill Condon will direct the live-action film and base it closely on the 1991 animated classic that many hold near and dear to their hearts. For those who have forgotten, Wardrobe first meets Belle in the after she is imprisoned in the Beast's castle. »
Audra McDonald is in line to join the cast of Disney's live-action remake of Beauty & The Beast.
McDonald is to play Garderobe - the French word for wardrobe - one of the cursed inhabitants of the Beast's castle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The live-action film, which will be directed by Bill Condon, is said to be a close remake of the 1991 animated classic.
Production on Beauty & The Beast begins in May at London's Shepperton Studios with a provisional release date of March 17, 2017. »
Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play the villain in Antoine Fuqua's upcoming "Magnificent Seven" remake in the works at MGM and Sony. The original film centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke are also on board the project which John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto penned. Filming is slated to begin next month. D'Onofrio will soon be seen in Netflix's "Daredevil" series and starring alongside Pratt in June's "Jurassic World". [Source: Variety]
Bill Hader has joined the cast of the Steven Spielberg directed film adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 kids novel "The Bfg" at Walden Media and DreamWorks Studios. The project will be shot shortly in Vancouver.
Hader will star as one of the giants in the tale about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and »
- Garth Franklin
Hovering just under one billion dollars in worldwide gross, the final installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies actually has the distinction of being the lowest grossing of the three films, though it’s quite close to 2013’s second installment, The Desolation of Smaug. Though each film has a distinctive leaning, beginning with the first installment’s predilection for overabundant exposition, followed by a mid-segment of breathless promises, and finally, a CGI explosion of endless battle sequences, its apparent that Jackson’s product was stretched beyond its narrative breaking point. To compare this to the wealth of material that supported the epic scope of his earlier Lord of the Rings trilogy simply points to the ways profit based zealotry has warped the sensibilities of mainstream film production.
Those familiar with J.R.R Tolkien’s novel that preceded the opus of the Fellowship »
- Nicholas Bell
Fifteen years ago, a magazine article about illegal street racing left a producer with dollar signs in his eyes, and the result was the trashily entertaining The Fast & The Furious - a high-speed reworking of Point Break with a title taken from an old Roger Corman movie (director Rob Cohen got the title from Corman in exchange for a few reels of stock footage).
That Universal now has such a huge franchise on its hands is no small thanks to director Justin Lin, who managed to take the series from its increasingly niche street racing roots and into new, colossally over-the-top action territory with Fast Five. But Fast & Furious 7 sees Lin replaced by a new director, James Wan - a filmmaker more closely associated with his Saw films than high-octane stunts. »
Evans quit following numerous production delays, but the signing of Huston should get the show back on the road. He’s perhaps best known for his role as scarred veteran and expert sharp shooter Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire, but has several high profile projects coming up. These include following in the footsteps of Charlton Heston as Ben-hur.
Based on James O’Barr’s comic book, the original franchise saw tortured rock star Eric Draven brought back from the grave to take revenge on the brutal gang who murdered him and his lover. Star Brandon Lee infamously died in an accident during the shoot for the first movie, and his place was taken in subsequent instalments by Vincent Perez, »
- Steve Palace
It’s been a tumultuous several years for The Crow remake, but now, at long last, it may be getting back on track. Jack Huston has just closed his deal to play Eric Draven, a few months after previous star Luke Evans dropped out. And since every Eric needs his Shelly, Jessica Brown Findlay is reportedly […]
- Angie Han
Is it for real this time? Jack Huston, best known for playing the role of assassin Richard Harrow on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," has closed a deal to star as Eric Draven in Relatively long-gestating remake of "The Crow," according to Deadline. Luke Evans, who was previously attached to the role, dropped out in January. Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") is set to direct. Huston will shoot the film after he completes work on Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake, in which he's playing the title character. Draven was played in Alex Proyas's 1994 adaptation by Brandon Lee, who died on set after a live round was accidentally fired from a gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Orlando Bloom adores his fans!
Watch: Eddie Redmayne Hilariously Reenacts His Failed 'Hobbit' Audition
The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage.
The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on »
The Fast & Furious franchise will soon join the ranks of Jurassic Park, Jaws and King Kong at Universal Studios Hollywood. On June 25, the theme park's newest attraction, "Fast & Furious – Supercharged," will be added as the grand finale to the studio tour, where tram riders will go on a high-speed car chase with stars of the film. Read More SXSW: Paul Walker Looms Large Over 'Furious 7' Premiere In a first-look teaser for the upcoming ride, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Luke Evans can be seen filming all of the upcoming action
- Meena Jang
Your next stop at the Universal Studios Hollywood tour is about to get a tune-up.
The "Fast & Furious - Supercharged" backlot tour will open on June 25, joining "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem," "Jurassic Park - The Ride," "Shrek 4-d," and other attractions. The tour experience will feature a new story that's not from any of the previous "Fast and Furious" movies, along with stars Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Luke Evans. It will be a three-dimensional ride with images projected in 3D on an enormous 360-degree screen, which sounds like a dizzying proposition indeed.
Check out a teaser for the attraction below. "Furious 7" opens on April 3.
[Via Variety] »
- Jenni Miller
© Audible Studios, 2015
"The book was always, necessarily, our cornerstone. Ahead of the release of the film, it was great to go back to Jg Ballard's original text and to read it aloud."
He added: "Ballard was prescient about so many things: our seduction by (and reliance on) technology; our attempted colonisation of the sky, and his particular, distinguishing implication that modern civilisation is perhaps only a few neighbourly disagreements away from collapse and chaos."
Director of Content at Audible.co. »
We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
Universal Pictures' Furious 7 brings back all of your Fast & Furious franchise favorites such as Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. Of course, there are plenty of new additions to the cast as well, who are all featured in a new behind-the-scenes preview. After his brief cameo at the end of Fast & Furious 6, Jason Statham returns as Deckard Shaw, the older brother of Ian Shaw (Luke Evans) who wants to avenge his brother's death. As Dwayne Johnson reveals, Jason Statham's fighting prowess comes "as advertised," as we see footage from their epic fight sequence.
We also see new footage with Kurt Russell in action, although there is still much we don't know about his mysterious character. The featurette also sheds new light on Nathalie Emmanuel's Ramsey, a "hacktivist" who Dom and his group rescue, and we »
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