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From Alice in Wonderland to Beauty and the Beast, here's your guide to Disney's live-action adaptationsFrom Alice in Wonderland to Beauty and the Beast, here's your guide to Disney's live-action adaptationsAdriana Floridia2/20/2017 10:50:00 Am
It's another year, and so we have been blessed yet again with a new live-action adaptation of a classic Disney film.
The highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast hits theatres this March with a dream cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Josh Gad. We could not be more excited to re-live the magic of one of our favourite stories. We're also using this as an excuse to look back at previous Disney live-action remakes and look forward to what's to come.
Already Released Alice in Wonderland
- Adriana Floridia
Production company expands international portfolio.
Under the terms of the deal, Umedia will co-finance Egoli Tossell’s film development slate and have first-look rights to co-produce projects developed.
“Umedia and Egoli Tossell have worked together on a number of projects, most recently The Exception with Lily James and Christopher Plummer and this deal is a natural extension of our on-going collaboration.” »
Brussels-based company Umedia is set to pursue its strategic expansion plan through a partnership with German banner Egoli Tossell Pictures.
The new deal, inked at the Berlinale, will allow Umedia to co-finance Egoli Tossell’s film development slate and have first-look rights to co-produce developed projects.
A Berlin-based production outfit founded by Jens Meurer and Judy Tossell in 2001, Egoli Tossell Pictures has produced such films as David Leveaux’s “The Exception,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Alexander Sukorov’s “Russian Ark,” Jalmari Helander’s “Big Game,” and Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos.”
“This is a key part of our group’s growth strategy, and an important step forward as we continue to expand our catalog and production capability. Umedia and Egoli Tossell have worked together on a number of projects, most recently ‘The Exception, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Next month, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver will be premiering at Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) and festival goers will be treated to the very first screening of the film. Unfortunately, the rest of the world will have to wait until August to see the latest directorial effort from the man behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but seeing as how Wright has yet to let audience members down, the movie should be well worth the wait. And besides, Wright will surely be teasing certain aspects of the film between now and its release to hold those anxious to see it over, as proven by his new posts on Instagram.
Over the past few days, the director has shared three Baby Driver-related posts, beginning with a picture of a page from the script. The caption attached reads: “This time last year I was about to shoot ‘Baby Driver’ in Atlanta. »
- Justin Cook
Next month, Edgar Wright will unleash what could be his most ambitious movie yet with “Baby Driver.” The film is headed to SXSW for its World Premiere, and it’ll be the first taste audiences have of his music-powered movie, which makes it clear right from the start it’s going to pump up the volume.
The writer/director has shared the first page of his script for the movie which brings together Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx for the story that follows a getaway driver who has to deal with the fallout from a doomed heist.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The British director’s film about a young getaway driver will receive its world premiere as festival brass unveiled the features line-up set to screen in Austin, Texas, from March 10-19.
Anticipated highlights include world premieres of May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, Stranger Fruit directed by Jason Pollock, and Miao Wang’s Maineland.
Overall SXSW will present 125 features across 12 sections with additional titles still to come. The full line-up will include 51 films from first-time filmmakers, 85 world premieres »
Sundance is over, Berlin is on the way, and we’re in the middle of Rotterdam, but the spring festival madness is far from over as SXSW will kick off in just over a month. And this afternoon, organizers have unveiled a tremendous slate of movies on the way to Austin to join previously announced pictures like Terrence Malick‘s “Song To Song.”
Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017
- Kevin Jagernauth
British actor Sir John Hurt, whose illustrious career spans six decades, has sadly passed away at the age of 77. The gravelly voiced man of many roles was perhaps best known for his classic movies such as Alien, Harry Potter and The Elephant Man. Publicist Charles McDonald confirmed the death late Friday. According to CNN, no cause of death is given.
John Hurt made a name for himself playing tormented characters. And he was actually known as an actor who most often times died on screen. Throughout his many projects, he had 47 death scenes. Perhaps no more memorable than when he introduced the world to the iconic Chestburster in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien, where a baby xenomorph came ripping through his chest during a dinner scene inside a spaceship mess hall.
Godzilla: King of Monsters: Michael Dougherty (Krampus, above) will direct the sequel to Godzilla. The report first surfaced last October and has now been confirmed. Dougherty and Zach Shields are writing the screenplay for Godzilla: King of Monsters, which is scheduled for release on March 22, 2019, to be followed by Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020. [Variety] Baby Driver: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzalez are featured in a new photo from Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. Elgort stars as a young getaway driver coerced into participating in a big heist; he can also be seen in another photo showcasing Lily James. Jon Bernthal and Kevin Spacey also star; the movie will open on August 11. [CutPrintFilm via...
- Peter Martin
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After closing out his beloved Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with The World’s End in 2013, writer-director Edgar Wright has made the journey across the pond to seek pastures anew. His latest creative venture, Baby Driver, is an American crime caper that’s cobbled together an enviable cast of Hollywood A-listers including Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx and House of Cards alum Kevin Spacey.
Once slated to give Disney’s Beauty and the Beast a run for their money on March 17, Sony opted to postpone Baby Driver back to August, where it’ll go up against the likes of The Emoji Movie and the Charlize Theron-fronted thriller The Coldest City. Even when factoring a delay into the equation, excitement for Wright’s new project remains high, and following Entertainment Weekly’s showcase last month, a trio of new pics for the movie has zoomed online via CutPrintFilm (thanks, »
- Michael Briers
Though it may have divided critics two years ago, Kenneth Branagh’s rendition of Cinderella stands as one of Disney’s early efforts in this new age of live-action reimaginings. A staggering worldwide haul of $543 million was enough to cement its status as an international success – becoming Branagh’s highest-grossing film yet – but had things panned out differently at the Mouse House, Cinderella would have seen Emma Watson, not Lily James, squeezing into those magical glass slippers.
Total Film (via Screen Rant) caught up with Watson in anticipation of Beauty and the Beast and amid general talk of Belle and her monstrous muse, the British actress revealed that she chose Bill Condon’s live-action redo over Cinderella because she felt a deeper connection to the character of Belle.
- Michael Briers
Emma Watson is the new Belle in Beauty And The Beast, and Disney die-hards are overflowing with giddiness, waiting to hear her sing and twirl in the upcoming film. But this is a fairy tale that was almost not so, as Watson was offered the leading role in the 2015 live-action Cinderella movie, but turned it down. Lily James was then hired, and everything turned out magical, and everyone had cake and celebrated.... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Emma Watson was destined to play a Disney princess.
Watson reveals she was originally offered the part of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live-action remake of the Disney movie but turned it down before eventually taking on her upcoming role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
So why did she pass on the role of Cinderella?
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella,” she told Total Film. (Downton Abbey alum Lily James ended up starring in the movie.) “But when they offered me Belle, I just »
Emma Watson has lived the dream of countless childhoods by getting her pick of Disney princesses to play. And like those of us who ignored the whole Stockholm Syndrome thing to focus on our favorite character’s literary inclinations, she chose Beauty And The Beast’s Belle. In an interview with Total Film, coming to us via Screen Rant, Watson explained that she was offered the part of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live action reboot, but said no, leaving the role for Lily James to swoop up in her giant gown. Then the chance to play Belle came along.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty And The Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella, but when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did,” she said. “She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Emma Watson is starting the promotional rounds for the live-action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which hits theaters on March 17. In a recent interview with Total Film, Watson was asked about famously turning down the role of another Disney princess, Cinderella, in a similar remake in 2015. "I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella," she said. "But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did." Instead, newcomer Lily James starred in the titular role alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden. "In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring." Watson went on about the differences between the two fictional characters, especially when it comes to Belle being a "much better role model" for young girls. »
- Brittney Stephens
It should come as no surprise that Emma Watson prefers Belle to Cinderella. After all, the actress, 26, passed on the titular role in director Kenneth Branagh's 2015 live-action remake of the Disney animated classic. Lily James, 27, eventually stepped into the princess' glass slippers, with Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden rounding out the film's cast. Why did Watson turn down such a high-profile part? "I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella," she tells Total Film. "But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did." Watson argues Belle is a much better »
This March, Emma Watson is set to bring Belle to life as the star of Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, but the actress has revealed to Total Film that this isn’t the first Disney Princess she’s had the opportunity to play, having turned down the title role in 2015’s Cinderella.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella,” said Watson. “But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice. In a strange way, [Belle] challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. And also, she manages to keep her »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Brew Jan 17, 2017
It looks like the Downton Abbey movie will get moving this year...
It looks as if those plans for a Downton Abbey movie are coming to fruition, and it’s now looking really quite likely that the film will be coming together shortly. Speculation was recently fuelled by Jim Carter (Top Secret!), who played Carson in the TV show. He told Good Morning Britain at the start of the year that “we’ve been asked to keep ourselves available for dates in the future, but nobody has seen a script”.
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It’s been pretty much inevitable that a film would happen since Downton Abbey came to an end on TV at the end of 2015. Now, though, a fresh source has told the Radio Times that “the financing »
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- Laura Berger
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The Creed and Cinderella stars, respectively, are set to lead the upcoming indie film, also featuring James Badge Dale, Luke Kirby and Lance Reddick. Written and directed by Nia DaCosta, Little Woods is produced by Rachael Fung and Gabrielle Nadig.
Little Woods, which is described as a modern Western and marks DaCosta’s directorial debut, sees Thompson and James playing Ollie and Deb, sisters who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her »
- Ashley Lee
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