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Live-Action Cruella Movie Reportedly Headed For 1970s London

Cruella de Vil and her 101 Dalmatians are headed for 1970s London, or so says the latest piece of intel unearthed by Omega Underground.

Citing sources close to production, the outlet claims Disney’s live-action Cruella movie, one which will see Emma Stone (La La Land, The Amazing Spider-Man) assume the title role, will largely take place in 1979, during which time punk culture gripped the United Kingdom – fashion, art, literature, fluorescent hairstyles…you name it.

All of this will seemingly provide the backdrop for Disney’s latest live-action reboot, which is coming by way of Alex Timbers, the director best known for Amazon darling, Mozart In The Jungle. Pre-production is already taking place in London, and we fully expect the Mouse House to begin shooting sometime this year ahead of a potential release in 2020.

And we say 2020 because, let’s face it; Disney is currently presiding over a stacked schedule filled with Star Wars,
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Emma Stone's Cruella de Vil Movie Taking Place in 1970s England?

Disney's Cruella de Vil movie starring Emma Stone is reportedly going to take place in London during the year 1979. The late 70s in London were a time when the U.K. punk scene had already exploded and pretty much come to an end by 1979, which could put the fashion-conscious Cruella de Vil in an interesting place. The Cruella movie is set up to be a prequel to 101 Dalmatians and will tell the origins of Ms. Cruella de Vil. The movie is expected to begin production sometime this year, but nothing has been officially announced by Disney at this time.

Omega Underground reports that Cruella will take place in London at the tail end of the 1970s. The report also draws a link to the U.K. punk scene, but the movement was pretty much over by the time that the Sex Pistols broke up in 1978 and it would
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Jonathan Groff, Elena Shaddow, and More Celebrate Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin was the most captivating and versatile entertainer of his time, a singersongwriterarranger who effortlessly bridged the gap between rock 'n' roll, sophisticated nightclub swing, and folk. Lyrics amp Lyricists' 2018 season kicks off with a celebration of Darin's life and improbable career in The Bobby Darin Story, with Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff Hamilton, David Pittu The Front Page, George Salazar Here Lies Love, Elena Shaddow The Visit and Stephanie Styles Roman Holiday Shn San Francisco. LampL producer Ted Chapin wrote the script and helms the creative team of director Alex Timbers, and music directors Andy Einhorn and Andrew Resnick, with musical staging by Chase Brock.
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How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)

How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)
Perhaps one of the most unusual and surprising shows to open on Broadway in 2017 is a musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. An international sensation, the long-running cartoon about the adventures of a yellow anthropomorphic sea sponge and his underwater friends living in the city of Bikini Bottom has spawned two movies, video games and theme park rides.

Now, SpongeBob’s eclectic world is the source of a delightful new theater production conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book written by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision, orchestration and arrangements by Tom Kitt. The show, playing at The Palace Theatre, stars Ethan Slater as the titular sponge, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

“When I heard that they were developing it, my head exploded,” says Jarrow, who jumped at the opportunity to be part of the production. Having worked in theater
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Skydance Hires Bill Damaschke for Animation-Family Entertainment Post

Skydance Media has hired animation industry veteran Bill Damaschke for the newly created role of president of animation and family entertainment.

The company made the announcement Tuesday and said the appointment is effective immediately. He will report to chief executive officer David Ellison and be responsible with Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer, for helping to set the overall creative direction and strategy for Skydance’s new animation and family entertainment division in conjunction with the feature film and television divisions.

Damaschke most recently served as chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation. He worked on “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Skydance formed a multi-year partnership in March with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios and in July, announced its first two animated feature films — “Luck,” which opens on March 19, 2021, and “Split.”

“Luck,” directed by Alessandro Carloni from a script by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, centers on the battle between the organizations of good luck
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Kerry Butler, Danny Pudi, Alex Brightman and the Cast of Beetlejuice Workshop Share Behind the Scenes Photos

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Alex Timbers is hard at work on a musical adaptation of the 1988 cult-classic, Beetlejuice. A workshop of the musical is currently under way, check out behind the scenes photos from the cast including Kerry Butler, Danny Pudi, and Alex Brightman.
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Jason Robert Brown, Lisa Kron, Tony Kushner and More Set for Skirball Talks Series

Skirball Talks, a new series presented by Nyu Skirball, will feature two evenings of conversations with renowned theater artists, including Jason Robert Brown, Lisa Kron, Steven Lutvak, Alex Timbers and Laurence Maslon October 2 and Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis and artists from the Palestinian Freedom Theatre October 16.
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‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Co-Supervising Sound Editor On Bringing Musical Instruments Into The Foley Department

Taking the Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing last year, Amazon musical drama Mozart in the Jungle‘s sound departments should pose strong competition once again in the contest to come. Traveling to Italy for several episodes, this unique portrait of professional musicians from creators Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz and Alex Timbers branched out into new musical arenas in Season 3, including opera and electronic music, presenting new challenges for co-supervis…
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Male Privilege Watch: Chris Addison to Make Feature Debut with “Nasty Women”

Yeah, we’re not happy about this either, Anne: “Colossal

Here we go again. Yet another newbie male director has been given the reins to a much anticipated women-centric project. This time it’s Chris Addison making his feature directorial debut with the gender-reversed “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake, “Nasty Women,” per Variety.

Starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, “Nasty Women” is a new take on the 1988 comedy, which sees Michael Caine and Steve Martin as con men trying to trick an heiress (Glenne Headly) out of $50,000. “Nasty Women” features Hathaway and Wilson as the cons, “one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune,” Variety summarizes. The title refers to the feminist-reclaimed insult Donald Trump hurled at Hillary Clinton as she kicked his ass during a debate.

To date, Addison is best known for directing episodes of “Veep” and “The Thick of It” — which, to be clear, wouldn’t be a problem if women TV directors could make that transition just as seamlessly. Instead, it seems like every couple of weeks we hear about a green male director making leaps and bounds in his career while experienced female directors fight tooth and nail for every gig.

For example, “Iron Man 3” screenwriter Drew Pearce will helm the big budget “Hotel Artemis” — even though his only other directorial efforts are Funny Or Die videos and the 14-minute “Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King.” “Mozart in the Jungle” co-creator Alex Timbers will direct “Cruella” starring Emma Stone. He has experience directing theater, but hasn’t helmed any films or TV episodes besides an onstage production of “The Pee Wee Herman Show,” which aired on HBO. And David Ayer — director of “Suicide Squad,” one of the most universally reviled pics of 2016 — was apparently granted the benefit of the doubt from Warner Bros.: He will helm the Harley Quinn spinoff movie starring Margot Robbie.

The news is especially frustrating since “Nasty Women’s” screenwriter, Jac Schaeffer, has actual directing experience. She helmed 2009’s “TiMER,” a sci-fi/fantasy comedy about a world where everyone has a built-in clock that counts down to the moment they meet their soulmate. Of course, we don’t know the specifics of Schaeffer’s schedule or if she even wants to direct more films. It’s possible she was the studio’s first choice and turned down the offer — but we sincerely doubt it.

The truth is that unseasoned male directors are repeatedly given great opportunities — opportunities that veteran female directors are passed over for. As director Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”) recently told us in an interview, “It’s incredibly depressing, the criminal waste of talent and skill. I’m very grateful. I’m very fortunate that I’m working. But I’m very aware of the many that aren’t and that their talent, strengths, and voices are going to waste. That enrages me.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Male Privilege Watch: Chris Addison to Make Feature Debut with “Nasty Women” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Photo Flash: Jo Lampert Heads to War in David Byrne's Joan Of Arc: Into The Fire at The Public Theater

The Public Theater's world premiere of Joan Of Arc Into The Fire, with book, music, and lyrics by David Byrne, and directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Steven Hoggett,was recently extended bytwo weeks through Sunday, April 30, with an official press opening on Wednesday, March 15. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Jo Lampert and the cast in action below
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Disney's Live-Action Movie Starring Emma Stone Has a Director

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There are plenty of Disney reboots in the works, but one of the most highly anticipated is Cruella. Not only will the live-action movie give fans the origin tale of the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain, but Emma Stone will also star as the title character. As if that wasn't enough to get you excited, the film has now found a director. Here are the key details we already have about the production. Related:The Little Mermaid Live-Action Disney Movie: Here's What We KnowDisney's Live-Action Adaptation​​ of Mulan Already Has a Release Date!Colin Firth Becomes the Latest Addition to Disney's Mary Poppins Sequel The Cast So far, Stone is the only star attached to the project. The Director Mozart in the Jungle writer and director Alex Timbers has been tapped to direct the live-action film. The Production Team Andrew Gunn is working as the producer with Disney executives Kristin Burr and Jessica
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Best of the Week: New Harley Quinn Movie Announced, We Reviewed 'Rogue One' and More

The Important News DC Extended Universe: Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens. And Megan Fox might play Poison Ivy in it. Patrick Wilson will play the villain Ocean Master in AquamanSuicide Squad 2 and Deadshot are in the works. Marvel Cinematic Universe: The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 5, 2019. X-Men: Logan has reportedly received an R rating. Alien: James Franco joined Alien: Covenant. Disney Remakes: Alex Timbers will direct Cruella. Reboots: Ben Mendelsohn will play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Origins. Video Game Movies: Assassin's Creed 2 may turn its back on the games. Monster...

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Movie News: Disney's 'Cruella' Nabs a Director; 'Breakfast Club' Leads Additions to National Film Registry

Cruella: Emma Stone (La La Land, above) has been attached for a while to star in Cruella, a live-action movie about a character who first appeared as a villain in Disney's animated 1961 classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Now comes word that Alex Timbers, a veteran of Broadway productions and cocreator of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, is in negotiations to direct, with shooting eyed to begin early next year. [Deadline]   National Film Registry: The Breakfast Club (above), The Lion King and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are among the 25 titles that have been added to the National Film Registry. Movies are selected annually to showcase "the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation." Other new titles...

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Emma Stone's Live-Action Cruella De Vil Movie Finds a Director

Disney is ready to move forward with their live-action Cruella De Vil movie as they are going to hire Mozart of the Jungle co-creator and theater director Alex Timbers to helm the project. The movie is called Cruella, and Emma Stone is set to play the title character.

The movie will give fans an origin story of the classic villain introduced in Disney’s 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians, in which she's obsessed with capturing the dalmatians. The new film is said to take place in the 1980s. Glenn Close played the villain in the 1996 live-action John Hughes-produced movie.

I think Stone is such a great choice to play this character, and it'll be fun to see how she brings her to life. I'm not really familiar with Timber's work, but the guy obviously had a successful pitch meeting with Disney and managed to land the gig with his vision.

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News Briefs: Broadway Veteran to Direct Emma Stone in 'Cruella'

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Cruella: Emma Stone (La La Land, above) has been attached for a while to star in Cruella, a live-action movie about a character who first appeared as a villain in Disney's animated 1961 classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Now comes word that Alex Timbers, a veteran of Broadway productions and cocreator of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, is in negotiations to direct, with shooting eyed to begin early next year. [Deadline]   National Film Registry: The Breakfast...

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Newswire: Emma Stone’s Cruella De Vil movie has found its director

In these uncertain times, it’s important for movies to highlight brave and noble heroes that the American public can emulate or look up to in their daily lives. Or, barring that, movies should stick to familiar characters from old cartoons who are famous for how much they love killing puppies. Either way is good, but one of them does require a lot more work than they other, which is probably why Disney has decided to move forward with its plan to make a live-action spin-off movie about 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil.

Way back in January, we reported that Disney wanted Emma Stone to play Cruella De Vil, and now Deadline says that she has officially signed on to the project with Mozart In The Jungle writer/director Alex Timbers currently in negotiations to direct. Titled Cruella, the film will be a Maleficent-esque origin story for the ...
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Mozart in the Jungle Co-Creator Will Direct Disney's Cruella

Given the success that Disney has had in recent years with taking some of their classic stories and/or characters and setting them in a live-action setting, it makes total sense that the studio has several of these projects in development. One such project is Cruella, a live-action origin story for the 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil. That project has just taken a major leap forward as Disney has reportedly honed in on a director for the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mozart in the Jungle co-creator and accomplished theater director Alex Timbers is in negotiations to direct the live-action Cruella De Vil movie for Disney. He doesn't have much experience when it comes to directing feature films, but Alex Timbers does have a resume that seems to support a project like Cruella. He was nominated for two Tony Awards for his work directing Peter and the Star Catcher,
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Emma Stone’s Live-Action ‘Cruella’ Lines Up Director

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Alex Timbers is in negotiations to direct Disney’s live-action “Cruella,” TheWrap has learned. The celebrated Broadway director, writer and co-creator of Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” would helm the project in which “La La Land” star Emma Stone has long been attached to play a young Cruella De Vil. The film will focus on the famed “101 Dalmatians” villain in her early days. Kelly Marcel is writing the script and Andrew Gunn is producing the movie. Also Read: The Evolution of Emma Stone: From 'Malcolm in the Middle' to 'La La Land' (Photos) Glenn Close
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‘Cruella’ Live-Action Movie Starring Emma Stone Finds Director

‘Cruella’ Live-Action Movie Starring Emma Stone Finds Director
Mozart in the Jungle” writer and director Alex Timbers is in negotiations to direct “Cruella,” the origin tale of the classic Disney villain, starring Emma Stone.

Jez Butterworth wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay. Andrew Gunn is producing, while Kristin Burr and Jessica Virtue are overseeing the film for the studio.

Disney considered a slew of directors for the movie, including a handful of theater helmers, like Sam Gold, before turning to Timbers.

De Vil is the villain who was obsessed with capturing the puppies in the 1961 animated classic “101 Dalmatians.” Glenn Close played the baddie in the 1996 live-action film produced by John Hughes, in which her character was also the head of a fashion house.

The latest film follows Disney’s recent trend of rebooting classic animated tales like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book,” and turning them into live-action adaptations.

Best known for his work on Broadway,
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