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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
In the seven years since Hou Hsiao-hsien began working on a ninth-century wuxia epic, his admirers have been madly curious about how the Taiwanese auteur known for such refined historical panoramas as “Flowers of Shanghai” and minor-key urban portraits like “Cafe Lumiere” would handle his rite of passage into one of China’s most storied and vigorous popular genres. We have the answer at long last in “The Assassin,” a mesmerizing slow burn of a martial-arts movie that boldly merges stasis and kinesis, turns momentum into abstraction, and achieves breathtaking new heights of compositional elegance: Shot for shot, it’s perhaps the most ravishingly beautiful film Hou has ever made, and certainly one of his most deeply transporting. Centered around a quietly riveting performance from Shu Qi, the film is destined for a limited audience to which gore-seekers with short attention spans need not apply. Still, with a Stateside »
- Justin Chang
We all enjoyed watching Disney films as a child. But did we really watch them closely enough?
Surprising new videos have revealed how Disney movies recycled animation loops, meaning that sequences in the films follow the same patterns.
Snow White and Maid Marian dance in precisely the same way, while Mowgli and Christopher Robin climb in exactly the same manner.
It seems... if you've seen one Disney film, you've seen them all!
Meanwhile, a new video was recently unveiled that shows all the Disney Pixar Easter Eggs you might have missed.
Fans of Valerie Donzelli’s of-the-moment Gallic boho spirit may be surprised by “Marguerite & Julien,” her experiment with semi-historical incest, but as the actress-helmer herself admits, she goes for love stories driven by passion over reason. Something certainly overcame her reason, as the film is a painfully silly, laughably naive Romance with a capital “R,” loosely based on the experience of a brother and sister executed in 1603 — and, probably more tangentially, an unrealized script Jean Gruault wrote for Truffaut in 1973. Awash in cheesy directorial embellishments and lacking any reason why audiences should care about these two “rebels,” the drama nabbed a Cannes competition berth but is unlikely to see much biz outside French borders.
Donzelli isn’t interested in verisimilitude, and the production deliberately blends historical periods in art direction, costume design and music (and oh, there’s lots of music). The most interesting element is the way the script, »
- Jay Weissberg
The Vampire Diaries had quite a task on its hands with its season finale, didn't it? The show never makes it easy for itself - we're used to jaw-dropping did-that-just-happen moments in its final episodes - but this was a different case entirely. Not only did the writers have to wrap up the season in style, but they also had to say goodbye to the show's lead character.
Nina Dobrev's announcement that she was leaving The Vampire Diaries after this season was greeted by dismay from fans, and presumably by the writers as well. Dobrev's character Elena is the one that holds everything together - how the hell could they write her out in a satisfactory way?
And if they'd told us, 'Hey, by the way, Elena is asleep for the entire final episode', well, we think that some viewers might not have been too keen on the idea. »
It’s safe to say, for so many reasons, that nothing will ever be the same after the events of The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season finale — but what exactly is coming up for the people, both human and supernatural, that Elena left behind?
RelatedVampire Diaries Video: Candice Accola Talks ‘Payoff’ for Steroline in Season 7
TVLine spoke with executive producer Caroline Dries immediately after Thursday’s bloody (so many deaths!) and heartbreaking (#GoodbyeElena) hour for the scoop on what’s to come.
Tvline | Why, in your mind, why was this the perfect end for Elena?
We knew we didn’t want »
Italian director Matteo Garrone first came to Cannes in 2002 with his dark drama “The Embalmer,” which screened in Directors’ Fortnight. He then graduated to competition, scooping nods with gritty crimer “Gomorra” in 2008 and “Reality” in 2012. Now Garrone is back on the Croisette with “The Tale of Tales,” a bold English-language horror/fantasy toplining Salma Hayek – as a Spanish queen who eats a raw dragon’s heart – Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly, which premieres on Thursday night..
Your film is based on stories from a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, containing the earliest versions of famous fables like “Rapunzel,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.” What drew you to the material?
The beauty of the characters, their visual richness, the originality of the stories. Basile depicted a world that mixes reality and fantasy, comedy and tragedy, the sublime and the scatological. It’s familiar to me. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Disney has released a first trailer and series of character promos for its upcoming original TV movie Descendants, which follows the offspring of some of Disney’s most iconic villains in Maleficent’s daughter Mal (Dove Cameron), Jafar’s son Jay (Booboo Stewart), the Evil Queen’s daugher Evie (Sofia Carson) and Cruella DeVil’s son Carlos (Cameron Boyce). Take a look…
Disney’s Descendants takes place in a present-day idyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making spawn of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed »
- Gary Collinson
The next generation of Disney villains takes center stage in the Disney Channel original film “Descendants.” Starring Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent (“Sleeping Beauty”), Kathy Najimy as Evil Queen (“Snow White”), Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella de Vil (“101 Dalmations”) and Maz Jobrani as Jafar (“Aladdin”), the question becomes whether evil is inherited or not. In the first official trailer for the two-hour summer event, the kids of these classically evil villains seem almost… nice. Or at least no more troubled than you might expect any typical teenager to be. The trailer features some fun scenery-chewing moments from both Chenoweth and Najimy, »
- Jason Hughes
What would you do if life stood still? Now I’m not talking about the world continually frozen, like a projector stuck on one frame of film (maybe a better modern analogy would be a DVD unable to move past an image, perhaps with that annoying “buffer circle” spinning). I mean what if you, yourself, never changed and remained your current age forever. No wrinkles, no grey hairs, and no internal breakdowns (the plumbing works fine, muscles and joints in great shape). That’s been one of the major benefits of vampirism (like the eternal ten-year old Kirsten Dunst in Interview With The Vampire), a theme of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty), and science fiction (The Man Who Cheated Death, the Cocoon flicks). Now comes a film that plays with that notion in a more modern, realistic fashion. Call it a modern romantic fable, or the ultimate May-December love story. Or »
- Jim Batts
Some of our most troublesome moments as children took place when one of our favorite characters died in Disney movies. Mufasa slipping to his untimely death? Tragic. But did you ever notice that Disney employs the "falling method" in more than one movie. No? Well, now you can't unsee how many times characters fall to their demises in these classic films. Typically, however, it's just the villains, which no one minds! The mashup created by Frank Ireland super-cuts all of the ways Disney managed to kill a villain without showing the gory aftermath or even the hero doling out the final blow. Films included are Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast and many, many »
Disney has an on-going problem when it comes to lady action figures and swag. With the exception of their Princesses and Tinkerbell, Disney tends to forget their female action stars exist when it comes to merchandising them. It happened with “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It happened with “Star Wars Rebels.” There’s even a Tumblr called But Not Black Widow dedicated to pointing out these disappearing heroines. It’s been an issue since action figures and summer blockbusters made a deal with capitalism devil. And now it’s happening with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Today, Marvel’s released the list of merchandise available on Marvel.com and DisneyStore.com for the upcoming film. Between the two sites, Black Widow shows up a grand total of thrice. Once in a video game starter pack, once on a men's shirt, and once as a shopping bag. Scarlet Witch fares even worse, showing »
- Donna Dickens
- Ryan Adams
Now Pinocchio has been added to the list of upcoming remakes, here’s a reminder of why not all of the studio’s animations should be brought to life
It’s hard to know what the correct response should be, each time Disney announces another live-action remake of one of its cartoons. Anger seems like too much – after all, they’re just films and can be easily avoided. But at the same time, it’s hard to be truly happy about such baldly calculated financial tactics. Apathy, maybe? A grunt of defeated acknowledgment?
Whatever response you decide on, now is the time to roll it out. Disney, having released live-action versions of 101 Dalmatians, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty (as Maleficent), Cinderella, and announced live-action versions of The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh and Beauty and the Beast – has also just announced a live-action version of Pinocchio. »
- Stuart Heritage
Read More: Alex Ross Perry to Write Live-Action 'Winnie the Pooh' This morning, it was announced that Disney had brought "Listen Up Philip" writer-director Alex Ross Perry on board to write their live-action version of "Winnie the Pooh." This comes on the heels of the news that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery is directing an updated version of "Pete's Dragon" for the studio as well. These choices seem a bit peculiar for Disney, and its interesting that these indie directors are hopping on board a trend. Live-action remakes of classic Disney animated films have been popping up over the past few years, with films like "Maleficent" focusing on a character out of 1959's "Sleeping Beauty" and adaptations of previously Disney-fied fairy tales like "Snow White and the Hunstman" and "Alice in Wonderland" increasing in numbers. Recently, Emma Watson signed on to star in a »
As you may be aware, Walt Disney Pictures are currently in the middle of remaking all of their classic animated movies into up-to-date live-action fares with the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty (via Maleficent) and Cinderella already out there, with a planned Beauty At The Beast, Mulan and The Jungle Book all lined up for the next couple of years. Now it seems that the studio is also turning its hand to another one of its properties; Winnie The Pooh.
Sources say that the Mouse House will be adapting the A.A. Milne books into a new feature film with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, who wrote and directed the Sundance indie Listen Up Phillip with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, directing.
The word is that the new version will focus on Christopher Robin as an adult who is summoned back to Hundred Acre Wood to frolic with his animal »
- Paul Heath
Disney movies, while delightful nuggets of our childhood, are not known for their progressive attitudes toward women. Based upon classic fairy and folk tales, most created at a time when women were barely even a thing, Disney didn’t really help us out by giving us strong female leads, dependent upon no one and able to live her own life. But now in a brave, new, post-Frozen, post-Brave world, let’s look back on some of the lessons the older movies taught us…and hope they don’t teach anyone these lessons again.
The best thing you can wish for is a makeover and a dude’s attention.
Cinderella was trapped in an abusive home (with three female abusers, no less) and she gets the magical fairy-ordained chance of a lifetime to get something better…and her fairy godmother gives her a dress and a ride to a party? How »
- Courtney Enlow
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
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