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In the live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the Downton Abbey star takes on the role of Watson's love interest, while Fast & Furious 6 star Luke Evans will play the vain villain Gaston, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The classic fairy tale tells the story of a cursed prince (Stevens) and a beautiful young woman (Watson), who helps him break the spell that's turned him into a beast.
It's yet to be determined if the film will be a musical, but Watson did imply that there would be singing when she confirmed her role in the movie this past January. "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' »
Ballet adds a surreal, creepy quality to many films and tv shows. Here are 12 of the most unsettling...
Ballet is not natural. Dancers perform exhausting routines with legs and feet turned out to bizarre angles, arms held just to the point where they really start to hurt (that’s when you know you’re doing it right), backs bending to angles of 90° and more, limbs held stock still while balancing on their toes, in bodies mathematically maintained in a state that contains absolutely not an ounce of fat but can sustain two or three hours of jumping and running around.
And then the female dancers add to all this by putting their entire weight on the points of their toes, feet bruising and bleeding, nails cracking, and the male »
Many Disney adaptations have already tried placing actors in the roles of live action counterparts, but they haven’t always been on the money. Angelina Jolie did a remarkable job stepping into Maleficent’s cloak, but Julia Roberts as Mirror Mirror’s Queen or Helena Bonham-Carter as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother? Not so much.
It seems that Disney’s Maleficent has triggered production on an influx of live action Disney classics that will soon be seen on the silver screen. Given that 2014’s Sleeping Beauty adaptation has set the bar rather high for those yet to come, it has never been more important to get the casting spot on.
Into The Woods chose Anna Kendrick to play Cinderella, whereas Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming feature thinks Lily James a better fit for the princess. But perhaps the young and vibrant Jennifer Lawrence deserves the glass slipper?
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- Anthony Lowery
“3Qu Media’s goal is to produce mainstream animated family films with elements of comedy, adventure, romance and personal inspiration,” Williams said. “Demi’s contributions will help make ‘Charming’ a cross-platform hit film.”
Lovato’s latest album “Demi” has been the No. 1 seller on iTunes in over 50 countries around the world and the lead single “Heart Attack” was certified Platinum 10 weeks after its launch.
- Dave McNary
Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") and Gina Carano ("Fast and Furious 6") are set to star alongside Bruce Willis in the Steven C. Miller-directed "Extraction" at Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Umair Aleem and Max Adams penned the script about a CIA rookie (Lutz) who sets out to find his kidnapped father (Willis) against the agency’s wishes.
Isabelle Fuhrman ("The Hunger Games") and Martin Henderson ("Everest") will join Max Martini, Kimberly Elise and Johnathon Schaech in the independent drama "Hellbent" which begins filming this week in New Mexico.
Tjardus Greidanus is directing from his own script. Fuhrman portrays a ten runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known. [Source: Variety]
Singer Demi Lovato is set »
- Garth Franklin
We never get tired of the story of Cinderella, and whether we know it or not, the version we never get tired of is the one put forth by Walt Disney 65 years ago. The 1950 animated feature, released 65 years ago this week (on February 15, 1950) was an instant classic, and its this version we think of when we imagine all the visual details of the story -- the slipper, the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, the mice, and Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing all over the palace grounds.
Still, as many times as we've heard the story or seen the cartoon, there's still more to be mined from the 17th-century fairy tale. (Indeed, Disney is releasing a new live-action retelling next month.) As many times as you've seen the 1950 classic, there's plenty you may not know about it -- how the actress who played Cinderella landed the part without even knowing she'd auditioned, »
- Gary Susman
Berlin –Launching its biggest promo push in the last 15 years, the Italian film industry is driving into Latin America, kick-starting its surge with a multifaceted and mass presence at March’s 30th Guadalajara Film Festival. This will play out through sections, tributes and an important market presence.
Highlights at Guadalajara, which runs March 6-15, include the award of a its International Mayahuel Award to Bernardo Bertolucci, who will attend the festival. Honor recognizes Bertolucci’s contribution to world cinema and acknowledged influence on many of Latin America’s most important filmmakers.
Also on the agenda: a Bruno Bozzetto retrospective, a 34-pic recent Italian cinema panorama, and a major Guadalajara market attendance of producers, institutions and sales agents of Italian films. Among the latter are Rai Com, Rai Cinema, Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, Intramovies, The Match Factory, Domenico Procacci’s Fandango Distribuzione, Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams, Doc & Film, The Open Reel, »
- John Hopewell
101 Dalmatians was one of my favorites films as a child. I generally found that Disney cartoons involving animals, like it and Jungle Book were a lot funnier and less sentimental than all those boring girly fairy-tales like Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. I also liked the fact that the action took place not in some fantastic never-never land but in the real England. 101 Dalmatians of course deals with the theft of a litter of Dalmatian puppies by a woman named Cruella De Vil who wants to skin them and turn them into fur coats. The human authorities are baffled, so it falls to the kidnapped puppies’ parents, Pongo and Perdita, to track them down and rescue them- along with a lot more Dalmatian pups acquired by Cruella for the same nefarious purpose.
101 Dalmatians is rather different in look from a lot of earlier Disney cartoons, which were characterized by bright colors. »
- Tom Stockman
Disney villains may be the stuff of nightmares for really small children, but imagine if the heroes and heroines of animated classics went up against really terrifying characters. That's precisely what artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros has done with his latest set of parodies, which pit Disney princesses and other favorites from the Mouse House brand against horror film icons and at least two baddies from Batman movies. Most of these are really perfect, such as the above image of Freddy Krueger and Princess Aurora, hinting that the leading lady of Sleeping Beauty might not get to ever wake up, even with a kiss from her prince. Then there's the obvious combo of Little Mermaid's Ariel and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. We're not sure...
- Christopher Campbell
“Slow and steady my [bleep]!” Robert Stromberg didn’t just reimagine the old fairy tale Sleeping Beauty with 2014′s Maleficent. He’s now directed a Super Bowl ad for Mercedes-Benz in which the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare is decided by…well, maybe you can guess. Deadline says this is Stromberg’s first advertising directorial debut. Watch it below, and check out another Super Bowl ad featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel:
The post Watch a Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl ad directed by Robert Stromberg appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Brian Welk
Disney evidently is eager to keep ruining your fond memories of their animated classics with big screen, live-action do-overs or prequels no one asked for. Last year we got "Sleeping Beauty" predecessor "Maleficent," in a couple of months they'll release "Cinderella," and now "Beauty And The Beast" is on the way. The studio announced that Emma Watson will play Belle in this new version. The actress was previously attached to an iteration that would've seen Guillermo del Toro direct, but which never got off the ground. Instead, Bill Condon ("The Fifth Estate," "Dreamgirls") will get behind the camera, with production set to begin later this year. Julia Roberts will produce and star in a remake of the documentary "Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World." The movie tells the real life story about how a Make-a-Wish event for Miles Scott — a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia — wanting to be Batman. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The tale as old as time is getting a live-action reboot - and Emma Watson's set to star in it! The Harry Potter actress will play Belle in the upcoming adaptation of Disney's 1991 hit Beauty and the Beast, the studio announced Monday. Beauty and the Beast is just the latest live interpretation on Disney's popular animated works, following last year's Maleficient (which was a play on Sleeping Beauty) and the forthcoming reboots of Cinderella and The Jungle Book. The actress took to Facebook to share the good news with fans, writing of the movie: "It was such a big part of my growing up, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
The tale as old as time is getting a live-action reboot - and Emma Watson's set to star in it! The Harry Potter actress will play Belle in the upcoming adaptation of Disney's 1991 hit Beauty and the Beast, the studio announced Monday. Beauty and the Beast is just the latest live interpretation on Disney's popular animated works, following last year's Maleficient (which was a play on Sleeping Beauty) and the forthcoming reboots of Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Watson is rumored to be reuniting with Perks of Being a Wallflower author-turned-screenwriter Stephen Chbosky, whom Entertainment Weekly reported is adapting the musical. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
An hour ago, Emma Watson took to her Facebook page to announce that she will be the lead in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and The Beast. The former Harry Potter star is very excited to be bringing the role, a childhood favorite of hers, to life.
Post by Emma Watson.
Beauty and The Beast will be the latest in a series of live-action takes on Disney's animated classics. The Mouse House recently explored its Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent, and we they've also got a new Cinderella on the way.
Interestingly, Watson was once loosely attached to a rival Beauty and The Beast production that was set to be directed by Guillermo del Toro. Looks like the prospect of playing the version of Belle that gets to sing Disney's classic songs was enough to lure her away.
Source: Emma Watson
Mario-f. Robles Here's a video I made a couple years ago, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A trifecta of evil is headed to Storybrooke — and we've got everything you need to know!
The winter premiere of Once Upon a Time is still more than a month away, (it's March 1 to be exact) but we've got exclusive details from executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis to magically help pass the time.
Now that we've gifted you with the romance rundown of all your favorite fairytale couples, it's time to focus on their fierce and fabulous villains that are headed our way in the second half of season four. The Queen of Darkness — Maleficent, Ursella and Cruella — are ready to get their wicked revenge and they're teaming up to unleash a whole new chapter of hell.
News: 'Ouat' Romance Rundown: Happiness Ahead For Your Fave Couples!
When we re-connect with Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Regina (Lana Parilla) and the rest of Storybrooke's finest, six weeks will have passed since the Spell of Shattered »
Not exactly Sleeping Beauty. Kaley Cuoco's husband Ryan Sweeting filmed the actress in bed recently — but not for the reasons you might think. According to the Big Bang Theory actress, he secretly recorded her snoring to prove a point after she underwent a procedure to fix a deviated septum. "I had sinus surgery the day after Christmas, and it has been the worst surgery of my life. Very painful," the CBS star, 29, told Ellen DeGeneres on Jan. 12. "And on top of it, everyone of [...] »
The best part of last night's Golden Globe Awards, for me, was undoubtedly Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's opening monologue, which is now online in its entirety. And of that opening, the best part (again, for me) were the Bill Cosby bits, and I absolutely love the reaction shot you can see just below after Poehler says, "And in Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby." Here's said shot: Now, it's a little hard to see, but George Clooney is loving it as is Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren doesn't seem to mind. But I also love the looks on both Emily Blunt's face and Jessica Chastain sports the ultimate "Oh my god!" look. Check out the complete opening directly below and laugh all over again. »
- Brad Brevet
While the Golden Globes (full list of winners right here) might be less prestigious than the Oscars, it's definitely the more entertaining of the two awards shows, and in recent years, that has been in part because of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. And for their third and final time at the microphone, they brought the goods, and didn't leave a target untouched, including Bill Cosby. "In `Into the Woods,' Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from her tower for her prince and Sleeping Beauty just thought that she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby," Poehler quipped in one of the evening's most gasp-inducing jokes. But it didn't stop there, with both Fey and Poehler trotting out Cosby impressions of the scandal-plagued comedian plying pills on his victims. But the night's other barbs were far less controversial. “Jennifer Aniston is here for her role in the movie ‘Cake, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Good evening and welcome you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally-talented brats."
2. Tina checks out Rotten Tomatoes for the verdict on The Interview...
"North Korea referred to The Interview as absolutely intolerable and a wanton act of terror. Even more amazing? Not the worst review the movie got."
3. Amy shows her admiration for Wild's use of performance capture...
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In North Korea, we know how to put on a show. This is not a show. You no have thousand babies playing guitar at the same time, you no have people holding up cards to make one big picture, you no have Dennis Rodman.
Ah there he is. Ok I've seen Joaquin Phoenix. The show can finish now. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/WcFoB8boKo
Joaquin Phoenix's frantic waving is my new favorite thing. »
- Alex Needham and Catherine Shoard
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