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Last Tuesday night was the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film “The Neon Demon,” about a young, aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who breaks into the L.A. modeling world only to find a cabal of beauty-obsessed women who want to tear her down limb from limb and take what she has. The film had it world premiere at Cannes and received a decidedly mixed reception, but now the film will enter theaters next week and the public will come to their own conclusion about Refn’s horror film about beauty.
Read More: Cannes Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a Twisted Ride of Sex, Blood, and Necrophilia
At the premiere, star Elle Fanning told Variety that she was drawn to the film because of its horror features, and especially the chance to delve deep into a role not usually assigned to her. In fact, she took her character to an even darker place than initially envisioned. “I think everyone has a side to them that is a little darker,” she says. “Going to that place was actually very, very fun and we made her a little bit darker than the script was initially.”
Elle Fanning has been acting since she was three years old, making star turns in films like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel” and Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” at a young age. She played the main love interest in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” and Sleeping Beauty in “Maleficent.” She’s also set to appear in Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women.”
“The Neon Demon” will open in theaters on June 24th.
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- Vikram Murthi
With special effects credits including Harry Potter, X-Men and Assassin’s Creed, the firm is now pushing into animation production.
Speaking in Annecy this week, Cinesite’s director of animation Eamonn Butler has revealed further details of the first batch of films being made at the VFX house’s new animation studio in Montreal and has revealed why the company has taken the step into producing its own material.
Founded in 1991 as part of Kodak, Cinesite - based in London, Montreal and Vancouver - became a fully independent company in 2012.
In response to what Buttler has said is ferocious competition in the VFX field, »
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Disney's animation department faced near extinction after the costly 'Sleeping Beauty', until a technological development and a lot of spotted puppies put them back on course. »
- Haleigh Foutch
The online mocked-up poster of Gillian Anderson as “Jane Bond” is lighthearted but I hope no actress is ever offered the role of 007 (Report, 25 May). Any film adaption of a book takes liberties – all the James Bond actors have played the character in different ways – but one thing remains the same: Bond is a male, heterosexual spy. A loner with a Scottish background. He wears tuxedos, not dresses, and has a passion for women, not men. Call that sexist if you want, but that’s the way it is. Ian Fleming would have sued any film company that dared make his 007 female. Will we see a Bridget Jones film in which she becomes Barry Jones? Or see Disney remake Sleeping Beauty into Sleeping Handsome? There’s being liberal and there’s being ridiculous.
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Believe it or not, in his long, storied career, director Steven Spielberg had never made a movie for Disney. Until now.
His new film, "The Bfg," based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book about a Big Friendly Giant, will be released July 1st. The legendary director is featured in the summer issue of "Disney twenty-three" magazine, the quarterly publication of Disney's D23 fan club, and we've got an exclusive sneak peek. In an interview with the magazine, Spielberg shares details on making "The Bfg," working with the brilliant composer John Williams, his favorite Disney movie, and his excitement at finally collaborating with the Mouse House.
"I have directed films at every studio except [The] Walt Disney [Studios]," Spielberg said, in an exclusive excerpt. "This was the first time that I got to make a picture that has Sleeping Beauty's castle -- and has Disney embossed on the beginning and the »
- Gina Carbone
Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel
The Curse of the Sleeping Beauty is directed by Pearry Reginald Teo, written by Pearry Reginald Teo and Josh Nadler, and stars Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison, James Adam Lim, Scott Alan Smith Scott Alan Smith, Zack Ward, Mim Drew, Dallas Hart, Jacqueline Goehner, Madelaine Petsch, Ryan Egnatoff, Elizabeth Knowelden, T.J. Vindigni , Anna Harr, and Alexandra Bard
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is part horror, part dark fantasy, part supernatural love story, and part haunted house movie. A film that tries to fit so much into a brisk eighty-nine minutes could easily wind up being a mess, but Sleeping Beauty combines its various genres and subgenres into something that feels like a coherent whole. The Curse of Sleeping Beauty might not fit comfortably into any one genre, but I say if a film works, it works, and The Curse of Sleeping beauty works. »
Hey there, creeps! I’ve been following the history of the new flick The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty from fright maestro Pearry Teo (Strange Blood) for quite some time now, so when I caught wind the flick was set to be released, I had to check it out post-haste… and I did! So here’s my review, followed by a recent jaw sesh I had with ol’ P.T. himself!
• Release Date: Available in Theaters on May 13th, on VOD and iTunes on May 17th
• Directed By: Pearry Teo
When Thomas (Peck), a victim of sleep paralysis and bizarre nightmares featuring Briar Rose (Eisley) a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty, randomly inherits a bizarre mansion from an uncle he has never met, things go from crazy »
The 2016 Met Gala was a magical event filled with stars in every direction as far as the eye could see. Most of the celebs in attendance stuck to the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme, but we noticed something else a lot of attendees had in common: They looked like Disney characters come to life! Did Homeland star Claire Danes not look like a live-action Cinderella in her Led-lit Zac Posen gown? She wasn't the only pretty princess decked out for the ball, though. Nina Dobrev channeled Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her stunning, sparkling Marchesa dress. Blake Lively looked like Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty in a pink, flowing Burberry »
In between all their Marvel, Star Wars and animated movies, Disney's been plowing full steam ahead in recent years with the live action remakes of their classic animated movies. These have ranged from the alternate take of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent, in 2014 to the more traditional Cinderella in 2015. 2016 has already seen The Jungle Book come out, and Alice Through the Looking Glass follows next month, but the studio isn.t done with these by a long shot. In fact, they just announced that we can expect even more fairy tale-related movies in the coming years. The new additions (via Variety) start with a feature scheduled July 28, 2017, moved up from its original December 22, 2017 release date. This fairy tale movie will be followed by another on April 6, 2018, followed by yet another on December 20, 2019. Disney had also staked out other dates late last year, and assuming the rest of those stay where »
In between all their Marvel, Star Wars and animated movies, Disney's been plowing full steam ahead in recent years with the live action remakes of their classic animated movies. These have ranged from the alternate take of the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent, in 2014 to the more traditional Cinderella in 2015. 2016 has already seen The Jungle Book come out, and Alice Through the Looking Glass follows next month, but the studio isn’t done with these by a long shot. In fact, they just announced that we can expect even more fairy tale-related movies in the coming years. The new additions (via Variety) start with a feature scheduled July 28, 2017, moved up from its original December 22, 2017 release date. This fairy tale movie will be followed by another on April 6, 2018, followed by yet another on December 20, 2019. Disney had also staked out other dates late last year, and assuming the rest of those »
ABC’s Once Upon a Time, having previously hinted at Mulan’s feelings for Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty, this Sunday pulled a li’l bait-and-switch in revealing its first Lgbt pairing.
RelatedMichael Raymond-James Weighs In on Neal’s Once Upon a Time Encore
Yes, Mulan (played by Jamie Chung) was on hand for this week’s flashbacks, which centered on Dorothy (Teri Reeves) realizing that the Wicked Witch has been banished back to Oz. Picking up where they left off in Season 5A, Mulan had been helping Ruby (Meghan Ory) track her pack, to no avail. When the ladies meet Dorothy, »
It's no secret Kourtney Kardashian and her ex Scott Disick have been getting along great - but is a romantic reconciliation on the table? Kardashian stopped by the Today show Tuesday morning, discussing the topic with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. "Are you and Scott getting back together and will you ever get married?" asked Gifford, 62, of the former couple, who share three children and were together for nine years before splitting last July. "I don't know - we're not getting back together right now. But I don't know what the future holds in life and God's plan, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Drew Struzan’s art has given us the iconic posters for Back to the Future, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, The Muppet Movie, and so many other beloved films. He also recently did some pro-bono poster artwork for the documentary Batkid Begins, and now his art is on the poster for another documentary, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, about the Disney animator, the first African-American artist to work at the studio long-term. Earlier this week, news broke of the next opportunity you’ll have to see Floyd Norman: It will screen at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, in Bentonville, Ar next month. The festival created by the Thelma & Louise actress champions women and diverse voices in media. But if you don’t live in Arkansas, you can hope to see the feature-length doc in a few months. Michael Fiore, who made the film with Erik Sharkey, told HitFix »
- Emily Rome
The ladies of the moviegoing public are delivered a multipack of fairytale delights, care of this week’s major offering The Huntsman: Winter’s War. While there’s more than enough dwarf ‘n sword action for the guys, the prequel is notable for featuring a raft of great actresses.
Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith and the returning Charlize Theron fill the bill. And while male attendees won’t exactly be complaining about that, the rippling Chris Hemsworth is very much front and centre for the girls (and indeed guys) who fancy him more than a juicy apple from the Wicked Queen’s local greengrocer.
As it’s one of those rare occasions where women lead the blockbuster charge, let’s celebrate some of the most memorable female fantasy characters who worked their magic on the big and small screens. “Mirror mirror on the wall… I’m sorry I haven »
- Steve Palace
Proving once again that summer is no longer the TV dead zone, Hulu has announced June and July return dates for its buzziest original series.
RelatedHulu’s The Path: Will You Follow It?
Leading the pack is Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual, which kicks off its second season with a two-episode premiere on Tuesday, June 7. Difficult People also will begin Season 2 with a double-pump (July 12), and drama East Los High will drop its 12-episode fourth season in full on Friday, July 15.
Additionally, The Mindy Project will wrap Season 4 on Tuesday, July 5.
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Guilt just became a family affair.
RelatedSleeping Beauty Follow-Up Series After in Development at Freeform
The murder mystery finds Grace Atwood (Head), a young American women, accused of viciously murdering her Bff while in London. The Buffy vet will assume the recurring role of James Lahue, Grace’s charming stepfather who just so happens to have ties to the victim.
The Lego Group has announced a new line of Disney-themed minifigures, which include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and characters from Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, Toy Story and The Incredibles; check them out here and click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…
The Lego Disney minifigures will be available from May 1st, priced $3.99 / £2.49.
- Gary Collinson
During Monday’s season finale of The Fosters, a long hidden secret about two characters is revealed — but is it good or bad for the Freeform drama?
RelatedThe Fosters Renewed for Season 4
Callie discovers that Justina works for the company involved in placing Jack in the foster home where he was killed. At a party, Callie outs her mentor in front of the entire crowd and renounces the privatization reform bill. An angry Justina retaliates by making public the restraining order Lena and Stef took out to prevent Brandon from seeing Callie. That leads a TV reporter to confront »
The Fosters are in mourning, and they’re expressing their grief in radically divergent ways.
RelatedThe Fosters Renewed for Season 4
In the aftermath of Jack’s shocking death, “everyone responds very differently” to the loss of Jude’s friend, star Maia Mitchell previews. While Callie gets mad at the world, her brother takes a spiritual approach to understanding his pal’s untimely demise.
It all leads up to “probably the most dramatic” season ender yet for the Freeform drama (airing Monday at 8/7c), the actress teases. “[It’s] the most scary, dangerous and unpredictable [cliffhanger].”
Below, Mitchell surveys the state of the »
Whoever said time heals all wounds obviously doesn’t watch The Vampire Diaries.
When the CW drama returns on April 1 (8/7c), Damon discovers that a lot has changed during his three-year desiccation. Unfortunately, Bonnie’s fury remains unwavering.
RelatedThe CW Renews The Flash, Vampire Diaries, The 100, Reign (!) and 7 Others
“Coming back into the fray, she is not having it,” second-time director Ian Somerhalder tells TVLine. “She is not happy with him at all. And why should she be? He abandoned her. There’s no two ways about it. So he’s going to have to really build that back up as the season continues. »
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