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'The Letter' 1940, with Bette Davis 'The Letter' 1940 movie: Bette Davis superb in masterful studio era production Directed by William Wyler and adapted by Howard Koch from W. Somerset Maugham's 1927 play, The Letter is one of the very best films made during the Golden Age of the Hollywood studios. Wyler's unsparing, tough-as-nails handling of the potentially melodramatic proceedings; Bette Davis' complex portrayal of a passionate woman who also happens to be a self-absorbed, calculating murderess; and Tony Gaudio's atmospheric black-and-white cinematography are only a few of the flawless elements found in this classic tale of deceit. 'The Letter': 'U' for 'Unfaithful' The Letter begins in the dark of night, as a series of gunshots are heard in a Malayan rubber plantation. Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) walks out the door of her house firing shots at (barely seen on camera) local playboy Jeff Hammond, who falls dead on the ground. »
- Andre Soares
Welcome back, dance fans! The typically awkward "Dancing with the Stars" returns with extra special doses of awkward this week, as everyone's nervously excited about Disney Week. They're dancing with cartoon characters and going totally overboard with magical make-up and impressions, but it's all lots of fun. Besides Tom's Eeyore, I especially love Riker's Captain Jack Sparrow. He's become my favorite competitor this season anyway.
I'm glad the pandering and shameless self-promotion isn't quite as heavy-handed as last season, but there's still plenty of it. But at least we know the music is really good, as the couples dance to some of our favorite songs. Many of the couples are having a rough night though, and at this mid-point in the competition (can you believe already), the top competitors are starting to separate from the pack.
Let's get into my top dances:
Willow & Mark's Fox-Trot: Mark is really quite innovative, »
- Renée Camus
Disney developing live-action adaptation of Pinocchio
Gosling is currently in the negotiations phase with Disney for a lead role in the horror movie, according to TheWrap.
Another day, another bit of news on Disney’s ever-expanding live-action universe. Today, Deadline has reported that yet another Disney classic set to undergo the jump into the “real world” with news that beloved film Pinocchio is set to join the list of those being given a 21st century make-over.
Peter Hedges (Pieces of April) is penning a new feature for the studio, which loosely based on The Adventures of Pinocchio about a marionette puppet carved from wood who dreams of becoming a real boy. Pinocchio gets his wish but is prone to lies, and each time he does, his nose grows longer. First appearing in 1883, Pinocchio was the invention of author Carlo Collodi, and was Disney’s second feature back in 1940.
- Scott J. Davis
Sooner or later, Disney are going to run out of animated movies to translate into live action, so they’ll have to move down to the next circle, but for now, there’s still a few left.
Today’s selection is Pinocchio, arguably the finest hand-drawn animation the studio ever made. Deadline say that Peter Hedges will write and direct the film for the studio, “loosely” basing it on Carlo Collodi’s original book.
There have been other loose adaptations of Pinocchio floating around Hollywood in the last couple of years, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Fuller, Jane Goldman and Tim Burton all getting involved in some way or another. I’m disappointed that the chances of seeing Downey playing both Gepetto and, via the magic of motion capture, the boy puppet seem to be rapidly receding.
Hedges is a fine filmmaker. His Dan in Real Life is »
- Brendon Connelly
Disney is turning its attention to Pinocchio as its next live-action adaptation.
The story focuses on the relationship between a father and a son, exploring the consequences of lying and making things up.
However, the children's entertainment giant is not alone in redeveloping Pinocchio. Guillermo del Toro plans to produce and co-direct a darker take on Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures Of Pinocchio.
Disney's animated version of Pinocchio was released in 1940. »
The latest entry in Disney's push to own the fairy tale universe--as studio label Marvel does its comic book heroes-- is a live-action version of the 1883 Carlo Collodi children's classic "The Adventures of Pinocchio," about a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy. The relationship between lonely good-hearted wood carver Geppetto and his mendacious creation is at the center of the story. Peter Hedges ("Pieces of April") has a take on the story, reports Deadline, which has been retold on film many times (Roberto Begnini is pictured), including Disney's 1940 version and the 1967 animated musical. As usual there's another version in the works; Guillermo del Toro is developing a stop-motion 3D movie with the producer of "The Book Of Life" who plans to co-direct from a script co-written with Matthew Robbins. "Pinocchio" joins the lengthening Disney live action remake roster. 1998 animated musical “Mulan," produced »
- Anne Thompson
Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.
“Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.
The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.
- Dave McNary
Disney has once more donned its Indiana Jones fedora and raided the archives for yet another film the studio once brought to life via animation to turn into a live-action adventure. Today’s discovery pulled into the light? Pinocchio.The Mouse House has The Odd Life Of Timothy Green writer/director Peter Hedges aboard to craft a script that will once more follow the wooden boy as he wishes to become a real child, sees that come true and then has adventures. All the while being unable to tell a lie lest his nose grow.It’s very early days for the new film, which like the 1940 original will be drawn from Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures Of Pinocchio. It joins fellow Disney conversion jobs already in the works including Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Beauty And The Beast, Winnie The Pooh and Mulan.This one, though, faces competition from Guillermo del Toro, »
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.
The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio, »
Disney has announced that the latest live-action film version of an animated classic that they have put into development is a new adaptation of their 1940 film "Pinocchio," which itself was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children's book.
Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "About a Boy") is on board to write the story which will be loosely based on the earlier movie. No word if he will direct as he has helmed several films including "Dan in Real Life" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green".
No other attachments have been announced at this time. The announcement follows in the wake of news about live-action takes on "Mulan," "Dumbo," and "Winnie the Pooh" being in the works along with live-action "Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" films which are already in various stages of production.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
If the past month or so has taught us anything, it’s that Disney won’t stop rifling through its veritable back catalogue until every single one of their pre-existing properties enters development. The mouse house is gearing up to fill its entire future production slate with remakes, spinoffs and sequels – but mainly remakes – of its most iconic characters. You know, so as to appeal to modern audiences.
Well, if you thought Disney had exhausted its supply, think again. Deadline now reports that a new live-action Pinocchio feature has been ushered into development. Writer Peter Hedges (Pieces Of April, Dan In Real Life) has been contracted to pen the script and it will be the first major movie since he wrote and directed 2012’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.
Described as a “Pinocchio-inspired” movie, this new iteration is said to be “loosely based” on the original source material. »
- Gem Seddon
We never get tired of the story of Cinderella, and whether we know it or not, the version we never get tired of is the one put forth by Walt Disney 65 years ago. The 1950 animated feature, released 65 years ago this week (on February 15, 1950) was an instant classic, and its this version we think of when we imagine all the visual details of the story -- the slipper, the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, the mice, and Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing all over the palace grounds.
Still, as many times as we've heard the story or seen the cartoon, there's still more to be mined from the 17th-century fairy tale. (Indeed, Disney is releasing a new live-action retelling next month.) As many times as you've seen the 1950 classic, there's plenty you may not know about it -- how the actress who played Cinderella landed the part without even knowing she'd auditioned, »
- Gary Susman
Given how revered Disney's "Pinocchio" is today, it's hard to believe it was a flop when it was first released exactly three quarters of a century ago. Upon its New York City premiere, on February 7, 1940, critics hailed the film as a masterpiece, and even to this day, many prefer it to Disney's pioneering first animated feature, 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Yet it took the film many years and multiple re-releases to make a profit.
Today, of course, the legacy of "Pinocchio" is inescapable. Everyone's image of the puppet-boy with the nose that grows when he lies comes not from Carlo Collodi's original novel but from the kid with the Tyrolean hat and the Mickey Mouse gloves, as drawn by Disney animators. And the opening tune, Jiminy Cricket's "When You Wish Upon a Star," is ubiquitous as the theme music played before every Walt Disney movie and home video release. »
- Gary Susman
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