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Disney's grand tour through its own animated history continues with news that it's to make a live-action version of the much-loved 1940 film, Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is far from the only live-action adaptation of a classic Disney film, of course. We've previously heard that Tim Burton's directing an adaptation of Dumbo with a CG elephant flapping about in a live-action environment.
Neither is Disney's Pinocchio the only version of the classic Italian story on the horizon. »
Has Roberto Benigni taught us nothingc As Disney continues to find ways to revamp their animated filmography with live-action, CG-infested remakes, it has just been announced Disney will make a Pinocchio-inspired live-action feature to arrive at a theater near you soon. No director is attached at the moment, though Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) signed on to pen a screenplay loosely based on the original tale of a wooden boy who becomes a real boy. Reports suggest this new Pinocchio will, like the original text, focus more on the father-son relationship, which also serves as a look between creator and his creation. Of course, this is not the first time, in animation or live-action, the tale of Pinocchio comes back to the screen. But it's also not the first recent attempt to bring the little boy back to cinematic life. At one point in time »
- Will Ashton
Another day, another report of Disney turning one of their animated classics into a live-action feature film. This time Deadline is reporting that Pinocchio is up for a live-action revamp with Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) basing the story loosely on the original story about a wooden puppet who wishes to become a real boy. And of course, there's that whole thing about his nose growing when he tells a lie. We're not sure about how this new version of the story will change things up from the classic, but the core of the story has always been about the relationship between Geppetto and Pinocchio as a father and son. Read on! Hedges has plenty of experience with family relationship drama since he's written What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and About a Boy, not to mention directing Dan in Real Life and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, both of which he also wrote. »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.
The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio, »
Disney has announced that the latest live-action film version of an animated classic that they have put into development is a new adaptation of their 1940 film "Pinocchio," which itself was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children's book.
Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "About a Boy") is on board to write the story which will be loosely based on the earlier movie. No word if he will direct as he has helmed several films including "Dan in Real Life" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green".
No other attachments have been announced at this time. The announcement follows in the wake of news about live-action takes on "Mulan," "Dumbo," and "Winnie the Pooh" being in the works along with live-action "Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" films which are already in various stages of production.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Following his breakout Oscar-nominated role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Leonardo DiCaprio was supposed to appear in Interview With the Vampire as the interviewer, taking over for the late River Phoenix. But he was deemed too young and the role went to Christian Slater instead. In its place, DiCaprio starred in a 27-minute short titled The Foot Shooting Party, which, until recently, was a very rare entity for fans of the actor. Now, though, we can see the movie in its entirety online, courtesy of its director and Vimeo. Set in 1969, the short sees DiCaprio playing a rock singer who has just been drafted to fight in Vietnam. Partly to avoid getting killed in the war and partly to keep his band together, he decides to shoot himself in the foot, which will keep him out of...
- Christopher Campbell
With Friday's news that his company, Appian Way, has signed on to co-produce "The Crowded Room," not to mention a starring role in "Birdman" helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu's upcoming "The Revenant," Leonardo DiCaprio is set to appear in several juicy titles. Can the four-time Academy Award acting nominee ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Aviator," "Blood Diamond," "The Wolf of Wall Street") finally parlay his taste for eccentric characters into an Oscar statuette? As The Hollywood Reporter notes, DiCaprio has wanted to play "The Crowded Room" protagonist Billy Milligan for nearly two decades. In the 1970s, Milligan, who had 24 personalities, was acquitted on charges of robbery and rape by reason of insanity after pretrial evaluations diagnosed him with multiple personality disorder, the first such defense in American legal history. Based on the nonfiction title by Daniel Keyes »
- Matt Brennan
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
The movie »
- Sharon Knolle
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