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I would like to accompany 2011's Nana with a printed text at the door of a public screening, a text written precisely before the word “contextualize” (b. 1934) existed as the verb form of “context” (b. 1840).It would be Jean Epstein, 1921—"Now the tragedy is anatomical. The décor of the fifth act is this corner of a cheek torn by a smile. Waiting for the moment when 1,000 meters of intrigue converge in a muscular denouement satisfies me more than the rest of the film. Muscular preambles ripple beneath the skin. Shadows shift, tremble, hesitate. Something is being decided. A breeze of emotion underlines the mouth with clouds. The orography of the face vacillates. Seismic shocks begin."(…)"The film is nothing but a relay between the source of nervous energy and the auditorium which breathes its radiance…" (from “Magnification”)Or Antonin Artaud writing in 1927—"The human skin of things, the epidermis of »
- Andy Rector
Tim Burton and Disney have a long-standing relationship. He was, after all, notoriously fired by Disney while making the 1984 black & white short Frankenweenie, which would later become a feature-length Stop-Motion adventure for the studio. Before that, he worked as an uncredited animator on the 1981 classic The Fox and the Hound and the live-action 1982 sci-fi cult classic Tron. He has since reunited with the studio to direct the live-action blockbuster smash hit Alice in Wonderland in 2010. And in 2018, he will bestow the world with his live-action/CGI adaptation of Dumbo. But now, one enterprising artist as set out to discover what 10 classic Disney animated movies may have looked like with Tim Burton steering the wheel.
Andrew Tarusov, an artist and animator from Moscow, has designed a special set of movie posters. These ten images even include Dumbo as they set out to reimagine and recreate some of the greatest animated movies of all time. »
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Paul Aratow (c. 1937-2016) - Producer and director. He produced the B-movie comic book adaptation Sheena (see below) and the 1987 TV movie version of The Spirit and directed the horror film Doctor Dracula. He died on November 15. (THR) Frank Armitage (1925-2016) - Animator. While employed at Disney, he worked on backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book and parts of Lady and the Tramp. He died...
- Christopher Campbell
57 years ago today, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles. It was the last film based on a fairy tale that the House of Mouse made for over 30 years, until 1989’s The Little Mermaid, since Sleeping Beauty underperformed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs at Disney. The successful release of 101 Dalmatians in 1961 ended up saving Disney Animation. Though Sleeping Beauty wasn’t a hit at its debut, the film’s become a beloved Disney classic, with Aurora in her pink dress (you win, Flora) prominent among the lineup of Disney princesses, and with Maleficent now an iconic animated villain. Maleficent got her own movie starring Angelina Jolie in 2014. Other notable January 29 happenings in pop culture history: • 1845: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. • 1942: BBC Radio first aired “Desert Island Discs.” Still on the air today, »
- Emily Rome
In Hollywood, gender equality may seem like a fairytale. But actual fairytales are pretty far off from achieving it, too. Disney's classic "princess" films are packed with female protagonists and targeted - for the most part - toward little girls. But, as it turns out, it's men who get the majority of the screen time. According to research by linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer, in nearly every Disney film, the male characters speak a far greater percentage of the dialogue than the female characters do. The problem is especially bad in the "second wave" Disney princess films of the '80s and '90s, »
- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_
55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close »
- Emily Rome
You’ve probably noticed the influx of live action fairytales gracing cinemas in recent years. This isn’t about to stop any time soon, since re-spinning a recognisable fantastical yarn with real people instead of animated ones always makes big money for the studio behind it.
This process has become so popular that there are currently more of these live action fairytales in production than Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment or Star Wars movies. That’s a lot of films. (A whopping 21 by our count.)
Although it wadsn’t the first movie of this kind, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland – and its worldwide gross of over a billion dollars – can surely take the credit for kick-starting this trend. Here are all the in-development movies trying to repeat its success, »
Producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam of On Entertainment received Unifrance’s French Cinema Award at its annual Rendez-vous in Paris over the weekend in recognition of the global success of their recent production, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince.
The $57m production has drawn more than 15 million spectators worldwide since its release last July, making it the most successful French-produced feature-length animation of all time, and has still to hit screens in the Us, where Paramount Pictures has set a March 18 launch. UK and Canada releases are due around the same time.
Charles Perrault, the 17th century French fairytale writer, was honored by Google Doodle Tuesday. Charles Perrault Google Doodle Google celebrated what would have been Perrault’s 388th birthday with a doodle that features references to Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots. Perrault had also penned the familiar tales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. The stories […]
The post Google Doodle Celebrates Charles Perrault’s 388th Birthday appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
Cat Grant not accepting Kara Danvers’ statement that she (Kara) is not Supergirl
Rey: There are stories about what happened.
Han Solo: It’s true. All of it. The Dark Side. The Jedi. They’re real.
Listen Up! Spoilers Abound, So If You Don’t Want To Know, Don’t Read This Column.
A few weeks ago, four days before Christmas to be exact, I said that I loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and had problems with Supergirl. While I still love Episode VI of a saga that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there are two things that bother me. Silly things, to be sure, but just enough to pick at my enjoyment a teensy bit: »
- Mindy Newell
Frank Armitage, an artist and production illustrator who made contributions to Disney classics including “Sleeping Beauty” and “Mary Poppins” — as well as to Fox feature “Fantastic Voyage,” whose visual effects wowed audiences in 1966 — died Monday of age-related causes in Paso Robles, Calif., according to Disney Animation Studios VP of communications Howard Green. He was 91.
He also provided artwork and designs to theme parks around the world.
The native of Melbourne, Australia, moved in 1952 to Los Angeles and found a job at Walt Disney Studios, where he contributed to “Peter Pan” (1953), “Sleeping Beauty” (1959), 1964’s live action-animation hybrid “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book” (1967).
After leaving the company, Armitage worked to apply cinematic techniques to human anatomy. He was thus the perfect person to do the production illustration for “Fantastic Voyage,” the innovative sci-fi film which follows a submarine and its crew that are shrunk to microscopic size so the ship may »
- Variety Staff
He wasn’t one of the legendary “nine old men,” but his contributions to such classic films as Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins, not to mention various company theme parks, were essential to Disney’s long legacy. Frank Armitage, the Australian-born illustrator, muralist and longtime Disney imagineer who also contributed to the eye-popping visuals on Fox’s Fantastic Voyage died on Monday from age-related causes in his Paso Robles home, Disney Animation Studios… »
Frank Armitage, who contributed artwork to Disney classics like The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, has died at the age of 91. The famed illustrator died on Monday of age-related causes at his home in Paso Robles, California, Disney Animation Studios VP of Communications Howard Green announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to his work in animation, Armitage contributed to murals and theme park designs around the world along with his wife, Karen Connolly Armitage, according to their website Armitage Images. The Melbourne, Australia, native began working for Disney in 1952 and his first project involved working on animation for Lady and the Tramp. »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Frank Armitage, the acclaimed artist and production illustrator who contributed to such Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins and to the Fox visual-effects standout Fantastic Voyage, has died. He was 91. Armitage, a longtime Walt Disney Imagineer who contributed murals and designs to theme parks around the world, died Monday of age-related causes at his home in Paso Robles, Calif., Disney Animation Studios vp communications Howard Green announced. Survivors include his daughters Nicole Armitage Doolittle, who works at Disney Imagineering, and Michelle Armitage, a scenic artist in the entertainment industry. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Armitage moved
- Mike Barnes
One year after NBC scored monster ratings for a February anniversary special celebrating one of its top properties — “Saturday Night Live” — ABC is hoping for a little ratings magic of its own when it commemorates Disneyland’s 60th anniversary with a primetime extravaganza.
The Alphabet announced Thursday that “The Wonderful of Disney: Disneyland 60” will air Sunday, Feb. 21 from 8 to p.m. Et. The sweeps special will air while the network’s Sunday drama lineup is on hiatus until March.
ABC will celebrate the inventiveness and inspiration of Walt Disney’s big, bold creation with a star-studded Diamond Anniversary event, both in the heart of Hollywood at the Dolby Theater and throughout some of the most iconic locations at Disneylyand Park, including Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street USA, as well as Cars Land, a themed area of California Adventure Park.
The special will also showcase two displays of technology — the »
- Rick Kissell
Did you like Maleficent? Well, Disney doesn’t care either way, and they’re currently pushing forward with plans for similar villainess-origin stories. Y’know, considering the $760 million that the Angelina Jolie Sleeping Beauty prequel made worldwide. This time the focus falls squarely on 101 Dalmations’ fur-crazy old diva, Cruella de Vil.
Emma Stone is currently being touted as the frontrunner for the role, which makes it obvious that Cruella will be far from the bitter spinster we know her to be in the animated classic. Here’s hoping we discover whether she changed her name to something that obviously evil, or whether the deck was truly stacked against her since birth.
THR are reporting that at present there is no director attached, although the plan is to begin shooting later this year, so expect that to change very shortly. Saving Mr Banks’ writer Kelly Marcel is penning the script. »
- Dan Woburn
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