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Strange & Norrell closes with a terrific finale. Are we likely to see anything as imaginative and accomplished as it again soon? Unlikely…
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1.7 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
By the Raven King’s silky tresses, that was a class act.
Start to finish, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell did an improbable number of things right. The story and dialogue darted along, the direction never failed to impress or the special effects to convince, and the cast… well, that cast. Can we put the whole team under an enchantment binding them together forever? Until they reunite to expertly spin us another tale, Sunday nights on BBC One should be left empty as a mark of respect, like the favourite restaurant table of a beloved departed guest.
Last week’s belter of a penultimate episode had left things on an ominous note. We’d been led to expect a magical duel in the finale, »
With just over a month to go before its U.S. release, three new clips have arrive online for the upcoming animated adventure film The Seventh Dwarf featuring Peyton List and Norm MacDonald. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
Join all seven dwarfs for an adventure as big as they are small! It’s the eve of Princess Rose’s 18th birthday. Everyone in the kingdom has come to Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate, including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber! To find Rose’s true love Jack to save her with a kiss, Bobo and the other six dwarfs must go on a treacherous journey, face a fiery dragon and outwit the jealous, »
- Gary Collinson
It seems like everyone’s hopping on the live-action fairy tale bandwagon these days. We’ve already seen a new Cinderella, a new Sleeping Beauty, and two different Snow Whites; the next few years will also bring updated versions of Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and Mulan. In fact, even Amy Schumer is getting in on the trend… […]
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- Angie Han
Since its release 60 years ago this week (on June 22, 1955), "Lady and the Tramp" has been not just one of the most beloved Disney animated features ever made, but also one of the great romances in screen history.
Still, as often as you've seen it, there's still plenty you may not know about how the canine classic came to be, So grab a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and chow down on 19 of "Lady"'s behind-the-scenes dish.
1. It took nearly 20 years to get the film made. The main character originated in sketches made by Disney animator Joe Grant in 1937, based on his own spaniel, whose name was Lady. Grant envisioned a short cartoon about a dog who's puzzled by the arrival of his masters' newborn baby.
2. By 1940, Walt Disney had imagined expanding the short into a feature and adding a dog-hating housesitter, two mischievous Siamese cats (then named Nip and Tuck), and a suitor for Lady, »
- Gary Susman
Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to its 2014 hit Maleficent, it was revealed last night, with news that Linda Woolverton has been tapped to pen the script for a follow-up. The current plan is for Angelina Jolie to reprise as the Sleeping Beauty character, and she’s being kept in the loop with regard to the project.
Setting up Maleficent as a franchise, the stand-alone nature of the film aside, makes financial sense for Disney. Though it was an expensive venture with a reported budget of $180 million, the pic grossed almost $760 million worldwide.
Back in 2014, Jolie teased reporters in China with the idea that she could return as the winged titular character, but plot details remain as elusive now as they did then. The first movie told the origin story for a notorious fairy tale villain, so it’s unclear what additional ground there is for Maleficent 2 to cover. »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the most successful transitions of animated film to live action movie that Disney has enjoyed thus far was last year's Maleficent. The movie, which told the backstory of Sleeping Beauty's villain, grossed over $750m at the worldwide box office, and proved to be one of 2014's biggest hits.
Deadline is reporting that the studio has hired Linda Woolverton, who penned the first movie, to put together a script for a Maleficent sequel. Angelina Jolie hasn't been confirmed to return, but it's hard to imagine a follow-up working without her. Robert Stromberg, who helmed the original, is not confirmed to return either.
But it's Jolie who's likely to be pivotal here. »
Disney's live-action take on Maleficent, the classic Disney villain who radiated evil in 1959's Sleeping Beauty, was an enormous success for the studio; it may have cost a pretty penny but it brought in $758 million worldwide. Disney is looking to recapture some of that glory as Deadline announced today that the studio is beginning to move forward with a sequel to Maleficent. Linda Woolverton,... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
In 2014, Maleficent earned Walt Disney Pictures more than more than $758 million worldwide and made the live-action reboot trend a viable option. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Disney is developing a sequel for the Angelina Jolie-led reimagining of Disney's 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Deadline reports that Maleficent screenwriter Linda Woolverton is returning to pen the sequel with an aim for Jolie to reprise her role. Woolverton is the only talent confirmed to return at this point, but the report notes that Jolie is "kept in the loop", though her involvement would require a new deal. [caption id="attachment_326851" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Walt Disney Pictures[/caption] The first film was an inversion of the Sleeping Beauty's classic narrative, following the villainess Maleficent, chronicling how she became the vindictive woman who cursed the princess Aurora, and painting her in a sympathetic light. The success of a sequel will no doubt depend on drawing Jolie back, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Woolverton wrote the script for “Maleficent,” a reimagining of Disney’s animated film “Sleeping Beauty” told from the point of view of the villain Maleficent. It was a surprise hit for the studio, with worldwide grosses topping $750 million.
Woolverton’s Disney credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” “Alice in Wonderland” and its upcoming sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” She is repped by Wme.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Hold on to those black, plastic horn headpieces you bought at Disney World, because Maleficent 2 is officially in development. I suppose weirder things have happened, like a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel without Snow White. Nevertheless, the Mouse House isn.t ready to give up its box-office-busting witch. Oh dear, what an awkward situation. The Wrap was the first to report the news and, according to the trade, Angelina Jolie is expected to reprise her role as Maleficent, the goodhearted fairy who turned evil after getting scorned by a childhood friend. Though she hasn.t officially signed on, Disney is confident in her return, considering you can.t have Maleficent 2 and cut out the woman who made her a big-screen sensation. Maleficent debuted in May of last year and told the story of the all-powerful witch from Sleeping Beauty. Growing up as a fairy in the forest as a »
Linda Woolverton, who penned the first film, will write the sequel. Jolie is reportedly being kept in the loop on the film's development, with the actress being sought to reprise her role.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
While it might not have hit the stratospheric heights of Alice In Wonderland, last year’s live-action fairy-tale origin story Maleficent was certainly a winner at the box office, with more than $758 million accrued globally. Practice your surprised face, then, ready for the news that Disney is planning a sequel. It’s early days for the follow-up, and the Mouse House has only gone so far as to engage the services of Maleficent/ Alice In Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton to come up with the script for this one. And naturally, the studio is staying in contact with Angelina Jolie, whose presence would almost certainly be required (what with her being, you know, Maleficent), but she doesn’t have a deal yet. Aside from the Kung Fu Panda and Tomb Raider films, she’s not really one for sequels, but Disney will no doubt be able to offer a good deal. »
Sleeping beauty A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Jun 14, 2015 at 10:58pm Pdt To much for North West! Kim Kardashian jumped on Instagram late on Sunday, June 14, to share some previously unseen photographs of her daughter's baptism in Israel two months ago — and the little tot is seen snoozing in her mom's arms! Kardashian and husband Kanye West made a quick detour to Israel after visiting Armenia in April 2015 to baptize their daughter at St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Quarter of [...] »
Mariah Carey took some time off from her Las Vegas show to spend some quality time with her kids at the Happiest Place on Earth! The pop star shared some magical moments with her twins Moroccan and Monroe at Disneyland Paris over the weekend. The 45-year-old chanteuse was snapped riding the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride with her 4-year-old daughter in matching Minnie Mouse ears (of course!). She also was spotted taking a family photo with her son in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. The twins' father, Nick Cannon, didn't join his family in the City of Light, but he recently revealed that life hasn't changed for the kids since the couple split last year. "They love mommy, they love daddy," he said on "The Meredith Vieira Show." "We have always been people who have been on the go coming and going, their life hasn’t changed one bit. »
- tooFab Staff
Disney's latest live-action remake will be based on the 'Night on Bald Mountain' sequence from Fantasia.
The memorable section from the 1940 animated classic derives from the work of Modest Mussorgsky, and centres on spirits rising from their graves for an enchanted dance.
The Night on Bald Mountain is described by The Hollywood Reporter as being similar to last year's Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent.
1940's innovative Fantasia paired several short films with iconic classic music selections.
Disney is revamping a number of its classic animated movies, and has already scored hits with Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
The Sanderson sisters will rise again: Disney has just announced that the trio of witches from "Hocus Pocus" are set to take the stage for a new show at Disney World during the park's annual Halloween celebration.
Witches Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson (played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, respectively, in the 1993 flick) will star in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, a stage show that will team the trio with a host of other classic Disney villains. Though those villains' identities have yet to be fully revealed (so far Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" is the only confirmed participant), concept art for the event suggests that baddies such as Cruella DeVille from "101 Dalmations," the Evil Queen from "Snow White," and Jafar from "Aladdin" will also be a part of the show.
Here's the official concept for the event, according to Disney Parks:
In "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, »
- Katie Roberts
Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works. As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a […]
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- Angie Han
In what may be one of Disney's best-matched castings to date, Reese Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in a new film.
Tink, which will focus on the story of Peter Pan's fairy companion, is the latest classic from the animation studio to be given the live-action treatment.
The movie is thought to be following in the footsteps of Disney's Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent in that it will portray the untold story of the lead character.
Kenneth Branagh's live-action »
Actually, this picture of Reese was kind of my face when I saw this news.
The Hollywood Reporter broke on Thursday that Witherspoon is set to star in yet another live-action property from Disney. This time, they are bringing in the actress to play Tinkebell in the movie Tink, an adaptation of the Peter Pan character. Witherspoon will also produce the picture.
This isn’t the first live-action adaptation that Disney has set for the future. They already have a slate that includes live action Jungle Book, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Dumbo, which all come after adaptations of their own animated features with Maleficent and Cinderella. While all of those properties have big name directors behind the projects, right now no director is attached to helm Tink.
According to THR, »
- Zach Dennis
Victoria Strouse is penning the script.
Plot details are unknown other than that the film is set in the world of the classic novel with Tinker Bell in full focus.
The project is still in development and there is no timeline for it to go into production.
It’s yet another project based on a classic Disney animated pic that is being given the live-action treatment. Disney has already seen live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” Sleeping Beauty story “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” become box-office hits and sees this as a formula that works as well as a comicbook pic.
The studios has “Beauty and the Beast” in production and is also developing »
- Justin Kroll
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