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Walt Disney started something epically amazing when he created Mickey Mouse. Who would have thought at the time that it would turn out to be as big as it is? There's still so much that we don't know about the man and his theme parks and films. So for those of you who want some great Disney trivia to share with your friends, Empire has put together a list of 90 facts, many of which you might not know. Here's some of my favorites...
Walt's final words - written rather than spoken - were, rather cryptically 'Kurt Russell'. No one, including the actor himself, has any idea why.Contrary to rumors, Disney's daughter has assured the press he wasn't cryogenically frozen. Aged 16, Walt signed up for the army, but was rejected because he was too young. Instead he became an ambulance driver in World War I France. 'Man is »
- Joey Paur
Read our thoughts on ABC’s ‘Wonder’-ful new series, then give us your review: Did you enjoy your trip down the rabbit hole?
To say that Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is merely a spin-off of ABC’s Sunday night staple would be an understatement. This show is Once Upon A Time on steroids, as evidenced by the Oct. 10 series premiere, which not only introduced us to Alice (Sophie Lowe), but also showed her grow up, fall in love, lose her love, lose her mind, find her mind and embark on a quest to find her love again – all in the first episode.
It’s a lot to handle, I know, so let’s take the premiere piece-by-piece and figure it out together.
Down The Rabbit Hole We Go
We first met Alice as a young girl, fresh off her original trip to Wonderland. It was pretty much »
- Andy Swift
With Maleficent set for release next summer, Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with another live-action rendition of a classic villain, Cruella, based on Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians.
Aline Brosh McKenna has signed on to write the screenplay, although no story details were given. The writer also provided the script for Disney's live-action Cinderella, which is currently in production. Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain) is producing.
Cruella de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, which was adapted into the 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians, where Betty Lou Gerson voiced the iconic character.
This won't be the first live-action adapation of the character either, with Glenn Close playing the villain, who steals the adorable puppies to make a coat out of dalmatian fur, in Disney's 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians, as well as the 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.
It isn't known if Disney is »
Burbank, Calif. (September 23, 2013)—Walt Disney Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in London, on Cinderella, Disney’s first-ever live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale.
Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh (Jack Ryan, Thor), the film stars Lily James (Downton Abbey, Wrath of the Titans) in the title role, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Birdsong) as the Prince, Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland) as the Fairy Godmother. Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations, Anna Karenina) and Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey, Waterloo Road) play Ella’s stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella, respectively. Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones, The Grey) play the Arch Grand Duke and the Prince’s loyal friend, the Captain. Tony® Award-winner Derek Jacobi portrays the King. »
- ComicMix Staff
Disney, as a company, is one of the best that’s ever existed when it comes to matters of marketing and branding. Everyone knows the Disney logo, everyone knows the silhouette of Mickey Mouse’s ears, and, thanks to the merchandising and advertising blitz that’s taken place over the last couple decades, pretty much every little girl you’ve ever met can instantly deduce which Disney Princess they’re looking at just with a quick glimpse at the color of her hair and the dress she’s wearing. Because of this, it was kind of interesting to speculate what the new Lily James-starring, Kenneth Branagh-directed live action remake of Cinderella was going to look like. Disney hasn’t ever really done a live action feature of one of their iconic cartoon properties yet. Would Branagh be under strict restrictions to follow the visual template laid out by the company’s animated classic? Or »
- Nathan Adams
Meh. Pass. Not my cup of tea but it’s still news. Walt Disney Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in London, on Cinderella, Disney’s first-ever live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. Check out the still below. Aw. How “Disney.” Bendito.
Disney’S Live Action “Cinderella”
Begins Principal Photography In London
Burbank, Calif. (September 23, 2013)—Walt Disney Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in London, on “Cinderella,” Disney’s first-ever live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale.
Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Jack Ryan,” “Thor”), the film stars Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Wrath of the Titans”) in the title role, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones,” “Birdsong”) as the Prince, »
- El Mayimbe
Disney announced today that production on their live action version of Cinderella has officially begun in London, and have dropped this first look image from the film to boot. Come inside to check out the full press release with the current, and updated, cast list!
Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Jack Ryan,” “Thor”), the film stars Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Wrath of the Titans”) in the title role, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones,” “Birdsong”) as the Prince, Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator”) as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”) as the Fairy Godmother. Holliday Grainger (“Great Expectations,” “Anna Karenina”) and Sophie McShera (“Downton Abbey,” “Waterloo Road »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
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Walt Disney Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in London, on Cinderella, Disney’s first-ever live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. The timeless story of Cinderella dates back to 1697 when first created by Charles Perrault, although it truly came to life for millions all over the world in 1950 with Walt Disney’s celebrated animated feature.
Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Jack Ryan,” “Thor”), the film stars Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Wrath of the Titans”) in the title role, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones,” “Birdsong”) as the Prince, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator”) as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”) as the Fairy Godmother.
- Michelle McCue
Shooting has begun at Pinewood Studios in London on Cinderella, Disney’s first-ever live action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. Filming will also take place at locations throughout England.
It will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in 2015.
Cate Blanchett will play infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine and Helena Bonham Carter will portray the Fairy Godmother. The cast is rounded out by Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera as Ella’s stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella; Stellan Skarsgård and Nonso Anozie as the Arch Grand Duke and the Prince’s loyal friend, the Captain; and veteran British actor Derek Jacobi as the King.
Producers are Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Walt Disney Pictures has announced that director Kenneth Branagh has begun shooting their live-action adaptation of Cinderella at Pinewood Studios in London. They've also released the first image from the film featuring Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the title role. There's no doubt that Branagh is going to do some great things with this film. This is the official synopsis:
The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, »
- Joey Paur
Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth BranaghJack Ryan), the film stars Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the title role, Richard Madden as the Prince, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as the infamous stepmother Lady Tremaine, and Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. Holly GraingerSophie McShera play Ella's stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella, respectively. Stellan Skarsgård and Nonso Anozie play the Arch Grand Duke and the Prince's loyal friend, the Captain. Tony Award-winner Derek Jacobi portrays the King.
The timeless story of Cinderella dates back to 1697 when first created by Charles Perrault, although it truly came to life for millions all over the world in 1950 with Walt Disney's celebrated animated feature. »
Yesterday, Disney kicked off their annual D23 Expo by showcasing several animated features they have in various stages of development, including The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, Finding Dory, The Pirate Fairy and more. As exciting as that news was, the big event is happening today with the two-hour panel Let the Adventures Begin: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios.
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, Disney Live Action Production President Sean Bailey, and Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige are hosting this two-hour panel, which will include footage from upcoming movies such as Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Saving Mr. Banks and Tomorrowland. And those are just the ones they have officially announced, with plenty of surprises (*cough* Star Wars: Episode VII news maybe? *cough*) in store throughout the panel.
I'll be updating this story with all the details as soon as they come in, »
The pioneering animator John David Wilson, who has died aged 93, launched his studio, Fine Arts Films, in 1955 and found success with his first short subject, an adaptation of a Japanese folk tale, Tara the Stonecutter, which was screened in America with Teinosuke Kinugasa's Oscar-winning samurai drama Jigokumon (Gate of Hell, 1953). Next came Petroushka (1956), for which Igor Stravinsky (despite negative feelings towards animation following Disney's Fantasia) was persuaded by Wilson to prepare a shortened score for the film and conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the soundtrack. Petroushka won several festival awards and was the first animated film to be accepted by the Venice film festival.
Wilson's diverse productions ranged from innovative TV commercials for Instant Butter-Nut Coffee, made with the actor and humorist Stan Freberg, to a groundbreaking 15-minute film, Journey to the Stars, for the United »
- Brian Sibley
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Professional quarterback and out lesbian Sami Grisafe is retiring from football so she can focus on her dream; being the lead singer of The Sami Grisafe Band. Grisafe also plays the ukulele. (Thanks to Jen Sabella for the tip!)
Tomorrow night at 10 pm, Brian DePalma’s lady lovin' film Passion will (finally) make its U.S. premiere at the Provincetown Film Festival. After the screening, DePalma will stick around for a Q & A. The erotic thriller stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace and will be released in theaters on August 30.
Helena Bonham Carter will »
- Bridget McManus
Until their 34th animated feature, Disney had been primarily focused on fun, family-friendly kid fare. Happy musicals, with lovable characters and handsome or beautiful protagonists saving the day. Stories like Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty filled their filmography, with only the occasional The Black Cauldron. However, it wasn’t until 1996, with the release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, that Disney finally released a truly different film. Unlike their previous works, Hunchback was a film with real emotion that dealt with more mature topics such as religion, damnation, and cruelty. Yet it was still able to remain an enjoyable kids movie due to the pompous musical numbers and child-friendly humor.
If you don’t know it, the story follows the character of Quasimodo. Born to gypsies, but highly deformed, his mother is killed and he is left in the care of her murderer Judge Claude Frollo. Now, all grown up, »
- Jason Pointek
This 3D animated "Cinderella" story is a far cry from the original classic, written by Charles Perrault in 'Histoires ou contes du temps passe"or by Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection "Grimms' Fairy Tales". This animated film has a 'Western' flavour blended with fantasy.
In director Pascal Herold's version, the action takes place in a city named Felicity, a place very much like the Wild West. Here, a Red Indian Styled witch-doctor, Little Cloud, is substituted for. »
- Arun Pandit
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Previously on Glee, Santana finally moved to New York with Kurt and Rachel, and the family they made there — of one gay lady and one straight lady and one gay man and two boyfriend pillows and one girlfriend pillow — was exactly the kind of urban home situation that makes our hearts grow like the Grinch in the presence of Cindy Lou Who, so we were like, "Oh, finally!" And Glee was all, "So what you're saying is you want to see more Marley and Kitty and Ryder and Jake?" And were like, "No." And Glee was like, "So yes?" And we were all, "No, is what we said!" And Glee was all, "But what you meant was yes?" And we were like, "No!" And Glee was like, "Fuck you, too bad, here's Ryder getting Catfished for 600 hours."
William "Fair Play" Schuester has »
Angelina Jolie is set to play Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis, the wicked Maleficent, in an upcoming 2014 film that retells the classic tale from the villain’s perspective. The casting of Jolie has a lot of movie lovers buzzing because we’re all excited to see how she’ll bring the character to life. However, Jolie isn’t the first live performer to play the role on the screen – voice actress Eleanor Audley donned the dark robes and black horns for Disney animators as they worked on their version of the iconic tale. Audley provided the voice for the wicked character in the film (as well as the voice of the evil stepmother in Cinderella), but also pulled double duty by modeling for the artists bringing the film’s visuals to life. According to a...
- Mike Bracken
Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are.
This week, we’re back in the big league with Cinderella.
Budget: $2.9 million
Box Office: $85 million
After a decade of scraping every barrel to make package films on the slimmest of shoestring budgets, Disney made one doozy of a comeback with Cinderella, returning to the fairy tales that made his name. With the oversees markets open once again after World War Two, Disney made a real profit for the first time in almost a decade, allowing Walt to branch out into television and further expand his vision.
Synopsis: A storybook opening (literally) introduces us to the tale of Cinderella, »
- Rob Burch
I should not pride myself in my ability to not be bored stiff by black-and-white movies, or by a supposedly stilted style of acting present in films from before the 1960s. There is a perception in the world, though, that audiences under the age of 30—I’m nearing the precipice of being on the opposite side of that line, but not yet—are, for the most part, unable to deal with older films or engage with them properly. On one hand, I bristle at the stereotype, not just because of my love for film of any age, but because I know from writing for this website, »
- Josh Spiegel
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