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The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
One day we'll all be sitting down with our grandkids bragging about how nostalgic we were in 2015. It always irks me when people reflect on the 1990s and only bring up the same dozen TV artifacts: "Seinfeld," "Roseanne," "ER," "Frasier," etc. It's the same pang of annoyance I feel when Disney fans obsess over of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" without recalling the sweetness of "The Rescuers" or "The Great Mouse Detective." To help flesh out our penchant for nostalgia, let's take a look back at 10 fabulous TV series of the '90s that no one discusses anymore. Grab your suspenders and trousers, because we'll be inspecting lost gems with the intensity of the glorious Kay Howard. »
- Louis Virtel
It's a tale as old as time—and Emma Watson's taking it on! Announced on Monday, Jan. 26, the Harry Potter alum said "Oui!" to playing Belle in the remake of Disney's 1991 cartoon classic, Beauty and the Beast. "I'm finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast!" Watson, 24, informed her worldwide fan base via her personal Facebook page. "It was such a big part of my growing up… My six-year-old self is on the ceiling—heart bursting. [...] »
Stop what you're doing and have a seat, because Emma Watson was just cast as Belle in the live reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. We're here to tell you why she's going to own it. It's been more than a decade since we first laid eyes on Emma in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Since then, though, she's become so much more than just Hermione Granger. We've watched her grow into a beautiful woman who is bursting with talent, glowing with laughter, and totally an Ivy League graduate. She might have ejected herself from the wizarding world, but there's only one word that perfectly captures Emma: magic. Keep reading to see all the reasons she's perfectly qualified to add "Disney princess" to her résumé. Source: Getty / Frazer Harrison / BAFTA La »
Full disclosure: Hercules features our favorite songs of any Disney songs. “Zero to Hero”? That’s a jam. “A Star Is Born,” “I Won’t Say I’m in Love,” all awesome. Maybe you prefer The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast, but the Hercules soundtrack got us like:
Which is probably why we love this medley by the cast of the Aladdin show on Broadway — it’s heavy on the Herc. But it’s got something for the other Disney musical fans among us too. Everyone wins!
News: Here are 5 things you never knew about your favorite Disney songs!
The songs are, in order: “Go the Distance” from Hercules, “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid, “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast, and “Zero to Hero,” from Hercules. And the gentlemen performing the number are Adam Jacobs and James Monroe Iglehart, accompanied by the legendary Alan Menken.
Killer voices »
Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That seems lovely, no? She seems extremely capable of playing Belle, since she was great as Hermione, and Hermione and Belle have a lot in common. But there's no need to stop there: We can populate the entire Beauty and the Beast cast with former Harry Potter folk. Beast, as played by Neville Longbottom Neville kind of gets the short shrift in Hp, but he grew up hot and deserved better. Beast it is! Gaston is sort of a Viktor Krum Nothing against Viktor, but no one at Hogwarts seems like they'd be especially good at expectorating. Snape could bring a little something to Lumière Ideally, only Jerry Orbach would ever be Lumière. But that's not how life works, so let's Snape it up. We only ever see his mean streak, really, but »
- Margaret Lyons
Emma Watson just got the gig of a lifetime—at least if you ask all the Disney fans. The actress is going to be stepping into the role of Belle for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast flick. And yes, she's going to be singing and dancing. In our minds, this is a total dream casting. For starters, Emma Watson's got the grace and poise needed to fill the very classy shoes of a Disney princess. And second, there's the fact that she's beloved by pretty much anyone who's ever seen one of her movies. Watson is obviously most well-known for her years as Harry Potter's Hermione Granger, and while the two characters don't have a ton in common at first glance, »
Emma Watson, most famous for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter films, will play another book-loving heroine: She announced on Facebook that she will star as Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Watson wrote on Facebook, "I'm finally able to tell you... that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling - heart bursting. »
- Esther Zuckerman
A Mrs Doubtfire musical is in development.
Composer Alan Menken told Entertainment Weekly Radio that the project is in the "early stages" of development.
"It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," he said, adding: "We're really enjoying working on it."
Talk of a film sequel was halted after Williams's death last year.
Watch a trailer for Mrs Doubtfire below: »
The death of Robin Williams devastated the world late last year. It was a news story that many could not believe or indeed want to believe. He was gone. A Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb may have been his final performance on screen, save a vocal part in the Simon Pegg starrer Absolutely Anything, but his film legacy is still alive, even if Hollywood is intent on keeping it so by rehashing some of his old work. This is a little different however as news reaches us today that plans are afoot to bring one of his most beloved movies to the stage.
Mrs. Doubtfire was probably one of Williams’ finest movies, and probably one of the best comedies of the 1990s. Now Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein are said to be behind a stage version of the film, according to EW.
“It’s going very well, »
- Paul Heath
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, composer Alan Menken, who is probably most famous for working on Disney animated classics "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "Beauty and the Beast" (in addition to "Little Shop of Horrors," "Enchanted" and the recent, weirdly overlooked television series "Galavant"), admitted that he is turning "Mrs. Doubtfire" into a Broadway musical.
While Menken will be composing the score, David Zippel, who worked with Menken on Disney's "Hercules," will be writing the lyrics and Harvey Fierstein, who was in the movie and is something of a Broadway legend (having written books for "Kinky Boots" and "Newsies," among many others), will be writing the book. Otherwise, Menken was pretty cagey. "It's going very well, it's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," Menken told Entertainment Weekly. "We're really enjoying working on it."
- Drew Taylor
Is Euphegenia Doubtfire bound for Broadway? Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken revealed on Thursday, Jan. 22, that he's currently hard at work on a musical based on the 1993 Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. Menken — whose music has provided the soundtracks to several classic Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tangled — dropped the news casually in an interview with EW Radio about ABC's new series Galavant. The fairy-tale-themed show features original songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who [...] »
Every now and then, I find myself suddenly and unexpectedly angry at George Lucas, but not for reasons that have anything to do with "Star Wars." There has been a refrain we've heard from him over and over during the past couple of decades, where he talks about returning to his roots and making experimental films that could never exist inside the studio system, movies that aren't created to be commercial product, but that come from a very personal place. And over and over, those comments lead nowhere and nothing happens. I'd love to see him do it, though. I have a huge fondness for "Thx-1138," Lucas's first feature film, which evolved out of a student film he made. I take Lucas at his word that commercial filmmaking was never meant to be the complete detour it became after "American Graffiti" and "Star Wars" both blew up into mega-hits, »
- Drew McWeeny
You probably know every word to every Disney song ever — There must be more than this provincial life / under the sea, darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter / can you paint with all the colors of the wind? — but here are five things you probably didn’t know about how your favorite songs came to be.
Entertainment Weekly spoke with composer Alan Menken about his sprawling career working on Disney films and here are just five interesting facts from the interview. (Find the rest here!)
“Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid
Ariel Almost Sang Like Bob Marley: “We knew the whole score was going to a Caribbean place, so we toyed with the idea of reggae,” Menken explains. “But we landed on calypso because it’s poppier and more interesting. Sebastian is more of a Trinidadian crab than Jamaican.” We always knew that lobster had a little Nicki Minaj flair in him »
It.s pretty safe to say that when someone mentions Disney.s Aladdin, the image that comes into the minds of most people is not Scott Weinger.s vocal performance as the Arabian street urchin-turned fake prince. More likely, the cerulean-covered wish-granting prankster, Genie who was legendarily voiced by the late Robin Williams will jog the memory. If you have ever wondered exactly what inspired the over-the-top entity in the first place, then wonder no longer. Composer, Alan Menken, who had a hand in Disney signatures like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and yes, germane to the headline, Aladdin, has revealed that the original approach to Genie was as a jazzy black hipster. (One who was granting trios of wishes to random lamp-lifters before it got all mainstream.) Menken recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to promote his latest musical composition on »
Exclusive: There’s no question that Walt Disney Animation Studios is on a tear. After last year’s enormous worldwide box office phenomenon and double Oscar winner Frozen, it was thought ‘How do you top this?’ But although Disney’s great awards’ hope this year, Big Hero 6 from directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, is in no way “topping” the success of Frozen, it has proven to be a major player in its own right. It has nominations from several groups including the Annies and this weekend’s upcoming PGA Awards as well as BAFTA and, of course, the Oscars as Best Animated Feature. That race has gotten a lot more interesting since the nominations revealed a big snub for presumed frontrunner The Lego Movie, which was left off the list (though it did get a Best Song nod).
Disney believes Big Hero 6 is very much in play, »
- Pete Hammond
Paris– Underscoring producers’ appetite for tried-and-test material, the French film industry has warmed up to literary adaptations.
Today, one out of five Gallic movies is based on a book, and nearly 40% of the films that sell over 500,000 admission in France are based on books, according to Unifrance, the promo org which hosted a roundtable with author David Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint (“French Kissers”), literary agent Francois Samuelson and editor Paul Otchakovski-Laurens during its annual Rendez-Vous market in Paris.
The spike in popularity for literary adaptations has led many French producers to launch divisions dedicated to scouting for book rights, as it’s done in the U.S., pointed out Samuelson, who added that U.S. execs are more and more inclined to acquire rights to novels before they even get published.
“Deals are done differently in France, however, due to the fact that authors here have a bigger status than American ones, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net, here is the Toronto Film Production Update for February 2015:
Aug. 28 – Feb 06/15
Bravo 14 (aka "Suicide Squad")
Apr 15 - Aug 30/15
Dark Matter Season 1
Jan 7 – May 15/15
Defiance Season 3
Feb 2 - Jun 11/15
Hannibal Season 3
Oct 20/14 - Apr 02/15
Hemlock Grove Season 3
Dec 08/14 - Apr 30/15
Dec 8/14 – Feb. 15/15
Reign Season 2
Jul 07 - Apr 13/15
Rogue Season 3
Feb 9 – Sept 14/15
The Drop Season 1
Dec 8/14 – Mar 13/15
Oct 28/14 - Mar 27/15
The Good Witch Season One
Oct. 15/14 – Feb. 13/15
The Strain Season 2
Nov. 17/4 – Apr. 30/15
Oct-14/14 – Mar 3/15 »
- Michael Stevens
A “Beauty and the Beast”-themed romantic thriller, vet Indian helmer S. Shankar’s Tamil-language “I” basks in the rarefied world of top modeling. Numbers are staged as elaborate CGI-enhanced commercials shot against sumptuous locales, somewhat naturalizing the film’s potlatch-style flaunting of its towering budget. Shankar’s visual ingenuity keeps things zippy for much of the hefty 188-minute running time, and star Chiyaan Vikram delivers a knockout three-pronged performance, but this cinematic bravura is offset by underdeveloped scripting, flatly one-dimensional villains and overdone lone-hero-vs.-swarms-of-murderous-attackers setpieces. Nevertheless, with considerable suspension of disbelief, “I” should fulfill audiences’ most expensive fantasies. (It’s already grossed more than $9 million theatrically.)
Hero Lingesan (Vikram) undergoes two radical metamorphoses during the course of the film, beginning as a poor, none-too-bright, pose-striking bodybuilder. Dumb luck, a desperate beauty, a talented makeover artist and the power of love turn him into a supermodel-heartthrob. Shankar accomplishes this »
- Ronnie Scheib
Paris – Powered by Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and Christophe Gans’ redo “Beauty and the Beast,” French films punched the second-best year outside France on record, scoring €640 million ($768 million) from 111 million admissions at the international box, Gallic promo org UniFrance announced Friday in Paris.
Last year was only the second time in over two decades that French movies passed the 100 million international tix sales benchmark. Past decade average is around 80 million.
Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” broke all-time records for a French film abroad, running up €302.8 million ($363.4 million) at international cinemas by year-end. But 2014 was more than a one-movie wonder. “Weddings” grossed €55.2 million ($66.2 million), “Beast” €25.0 million ($30.o million).
In 2012, Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp; “The Intouchables”; and Academy Award winner “The Artist” drove international territory box office for French movies to a total 144.1 tix sold and some $1.2 billion in box office. That record remains. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
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