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In 2012, the copycat movie battle unfolded between two related Brothers Grimm fairy tale retellings, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman; this year, it was a duel of patriotic Die Hard-inspired thrillers with Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, and in 2014, Kellan Lutz – who takes on the headlining status in this upcoming January’s The Legend of Hercules – hopes to win the showdown against his bigger and more experienced opponent, Dwayne Johnson (whose own Hercules movie arrives that following summer).
So, what’s on the docket for 2015? Well, Walt Disney Pictures has already set a date that October for a new live-action version of Click to continue reading WB’s ‘Jungle Book’ Movie Has Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Circling as Director
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- Sandy Schaefer
After watching the first Maleficent trailer and loving Once Upon a Time right now, we're smitten with fairy tales this week. Maleficent isn't coming out until next year, but there are plenty of magical movies to hold you over until then. Think you've seen 'em all? See how many of these fantasy films you can identify! Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: A Cinderella Story Sydney White Snow White: A Tale of Terror The NeverEnding Story »
- Maggie Pehanick
Aside from children, Hollywood movies aren’t exactly teaming with characters who are under five foot tall. However, of the characters who are under five foot tall, a large majority of them are extremely memorable.
Some shorter characters are completely awesome, tough as nails, absolutely terrifying or totally hilarious, so let’s take a look at some of them.
I’ve picked eleven characters who are all under five foot, but all have huge screen presence and are all essential parts of their respective movies.
Here are eleven memorable movie characters under five foot tall…
Honourable Mention: The Seven Dwarfs (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs)
Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy and Happy – arguably the most famous characters under five foot tall in movie history.
Originating in a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the seven dwarfs are probably most well-known from the 1937 Disney movie, which still stands strong »
- Kev Stewart
On TV this Friday: The Carrie Diaries returns with Samantha in tow, Grimm comes back with a zombie horde, Dracula takes its first bite, Strike Back‘s origins story premieres in the U.S. and more. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Carrie Diaries (CW) | Season 2 premiere: The Sex and the City gang’s half here! After a night on the town with Donna Ladonna is ruined when Sebastian shows up, Carries meets the iconic man-eater herself, Samantha Jones (Lindsay Gort, Vegas). How will Samantha’s voracious… appetite be handled on this teen-friendly show? (Read our full preview. »
- Misha Solomon
★★★★☆ The Brothers Grimm's pitch black fairytale Snow White is transformed by the Flamenco rhythms of 1920s Spain in director Pablo Berger's sumptuous and beguiling Blancanieves (2012), out now on Collector's Edition DVD. An unabashed homage to the silent cinema of twenties Europe, Berger's film is a delightfully mischievous reinvention of this age-old fairytale. Last year saw two larger-than-life adaptations of the Snow White story - Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror and Rupert Sanders' angsty Snow White and the Huntsman - yet Berger's direction is far more outlandish and indirect than both aforementioned renditions.
Setting his version in Seville, Berger presents his audience with a silent, black and white tale of the daughter of famous bullfighter Carmenita (played as a child by Sofía Oria, and later by Macarena García), raised by an evil stepmother after her father is paralysed during a performance. Instead of seven dwarfs, we have six miniature bullfighters, »
- CineVue UK
‘Avatar 2′ and follow-up sequels’ release dates revealed (image: Na’vi Sam Worthington in ‘Avatar’) Avatar, James Cameron’s late 2009 (and early 2010) blockbuster that spearheaded the (currently dwindling) popularity of 3D movies, will have three sequels. Why exactly that has come as a surprise revelation for some is unclear. Sigourney Weaver, who for quite a while has been scheduled to return for the Avatar sequels, had already mentioned that there would be three movies, filmed concurrently much like Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Anyhow, James Cameron and Avatar distributor 20th Century Fox have announced that the three sequels will be released as follows: Avatar 2 (not to be confused with Avatar: The Last Airbender or Avatar: The Legend of Korra or online thumbnail avatars) will reach theaters in December 2016, a full seven years after the original. The second sequel (or third Avatar »
- Zac Gille
Top 10 Mark Harrison 5 Aug 2013 - 07:12
Weary from the explosions and effects of the blockbuster season? Then Mark has 10 perfect alternative movies for you...
August is usually considerably less busy for summer blockbusters, especially since Hollywood has increasingly moved the start of the season to earlier and earlier dates. This year, Iron Man 3 kicked things off in the UK on April 25th, and the cavalcade of superhero films and action movies has continued right through May, June and July.
There's a sense that by August, audiences will be a little worn out by the noise, the spectacle and the crashy-bangy. In a summer this overcrowded, with big tentpole pictures under-performing at the box office every other week, that's especially true. At this point, we have about the same appetite for explosions as Mr Creosote does for wafer mints in Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life: just one more and we would, »
Inevitably called this year's version of Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist, Blancanieves is a black-and-white silent movie set in Spain between 1910 and 1929 that wittily, ingeniously and movingly conflates the Grimm fairytale of Snow White and the story of Carmen.
In this elegant movie a celebrated bullfighter, Antonio Villalta, is paralysed in the ring on the very day his wife dies in childbirth after bearing him a daughter, Carmen. He marries a sadistic beauty who treats Carmen as a slave until she escapes and joins a travelling band of dwarves performing comic turns as matadors. Eventually the skills learned from her father help her become a beautiful star of the plaza de toros, thus inciting the wicked stepmother's lethal fury. A delightful diversion.
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- Philip French
In May 2011 the Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger was busily prepping his second film, Blancanieves. After an eight-year struggle to raise funding, he was finally about to start shooting a film whose uniqueness he was convinced would surprise and delight audiences the world over. After all, this was the sort of mainstream entertainment that hadn't been seen in decades — a black and white, silent movie, complete with lush orchestration.
But then came the Cannes film festival, and The Artist.
"Nobody knew about The Artist until it appeared in Cannes," he recalls, with a reflex ruefulness. "It was completely out of the blue. I was in my office in Madrid, doing the storyboards for my film, when a producer »
- Demetrios Matheou
I'm not sure that "stage door", our live theater series, is the right place for a video installation but since it's only "live" in NYC, here goes...
If Snow White were a real Princess rather than a fictional one, you'd have to consider her corpse thoroughly exhumed by now. From the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) which we celebrated right here through the release of three new filmed incarnations of the princess (Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror and, the best of them, Spain's silent feature Blancanieves) and even a Broadway show Vanya and Sonia and Sasha and Spike which uses her costume (on Sigourney Weaver) as plot device and laugh generator, Snow White just isn't getting any sleep these days. She must be exhausted. But sleep deprivation might just be preferrable to the nightmare she's experiencing on Park Avenue right about now. »
- NATHANIEL R
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Running Time: 85 minutes
Extras: The Witching Hours
Every now and then a film comes along in which actors visibly lose faith in the project through its duration. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is one such film. Loosely based on the Grimm Brothers tale Hansel & Gretel, Witch Hunters ‘ups the ante’ by transporting the siblings into adulthood and giving them a successful career in witch hunting. In much the same way studios tried with Snow White and Red Riding Hood to breath new life into classic fairytales Witch Hunters adds blood and the odd bit of profanity to its predictable story arc. Sadly instead of new life this maturing of the content, and the resultant 15 certificate, adds very little and only succeeds in alienating a portion of its undoubted 12-16 year old target audience. What joy anybody else will find in proceedings is questionable. »
- Sam Carey
We’re almost half-way through 2013, and though it has been a pretty disappointing year for films thus far, there’s the promise of plenty more – and plenty better – to come in the next 6 months. The sci-fi and fantasy genres in particular are offering up some tantalising prospects, ranging from big-budget blockbusters to low-budget indies. Here are 44 sci-fi and fantasy movies still to be released this year, what our impressions are, and what we’ve heard about them to date…
44. World War Z (June 21)
The hugely anticipated adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed zombie novel was beset by considerable production issues leading up to its release, though reviews on the whole have thus far been broadly positive for the Brad Pitt-starring actioner.
I’ve seen it, and on the other hand wasn’t taken with it at all – you can read my review here – deeming it likely the most boring zombie »
- Shaun Munro
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's send-up of all things Chekov, captured the Tony Award for Best Play on Sunday. The farce centers on an eccentric family that gathers together at the countryside and the mayhem that ensues when one of the siblings -- a successful movie star -- breezes into town with dim-witted boyfriend. A costume party finds stars Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce dressed up as Snow White and her dwarf. It's another absurdist work for Durang, whose previous work includes "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All »
- Brent Lang
Hollywood is giving another go at bringing fan-favorite Vertigo comic book series "Fables" to life. This time, "A Royal Affair" director Nikolaj Arcel and "Fantastic Four" reboot scribe Jeremy Slater are currently attached to develop a feature film based on the Bill Willingham series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman and his partner Jeremy Clifford will produce the flick through Heyday Films along with Warner Bros.
This is the second time someone has attempted to make a movie out of "Fables." Warner Bros. originally tried to make a film along with the Jim Henson Company back in 2004, but that attempt didn't even get to the writing stage.
In 2005, NBC developed a pilot for a show based on the comics intended for the 2006-2007 television series, but the network ultimately didn't follow through with the project beyond a script order. Similarly, ABC picked up the rights to »
The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Nikolaj Arcel, director of last year’s compelling drama A Royal Affair, is now attached to helm a big screen adaptation. Jeremy Slater, who recently wrote the script for the Fantastic Four reboot that Josh Trank will direct at Fox, is adapting.
If you are unfortunate enough to be unfamiliar with Fables, then firstly, shame on you. The truly awesome series follows iconic fairy tale and folklore legends who have been forced into refuge in a modern day New York after being exiled from their fantasy homeland.
So you have Snow White has divorced from womaniser Prince Charming because he played away, Big Bad Wolf is a film nor esque, rugged sheriff and Cinderella sells shoes. The first story arc from the series’ inception in 2002 follows the »
- Matt Holmes
Press Release: Champaign, Ill. -- Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is "above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review. So it's only appropriate that the film will open the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival on April 17 in the big-screen, newly renovated Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign.
Also among the 12 features and two shorts to be screened during the five-day "Ebertfest" -- running through April 21 at the Virginia and at the University of Illinois -- will be a kabuki-inspired drama from Japan; a recent silent film from Spain that deserved as much attention as "The Artist," according to Ebert; a sympathetic take on the "mad" painter Vincent Van Gogh, directed by frequent festival guest Paul Cox; and a documentary, which will close the festival, about »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Bones, New Girl, Nashville, Arrow and Grey’s Anatomy!
1 | Smash is obviously on the path toward “redeeming” self-absorbed, drug-addicted, obnoxious Jimmy, but after he took the stage high as a kite (leading to a mid-performance injury to Karen) and later chewed out the entire cast and crew (screaming “I’m the only one that did anything anyway!”), won’t the writers’ efforts inevitably be a case of too little too late?
2 | Do Once »
- Team TVLine
By Nick Day
An orchestra quickly tunes up, and then brief silence before the music begins. The film opens with the image of a closed red curtain, some nameless theater, a bit of symbolism that signifies that this particular theater is in fact all theaters, as this film is meant for any and all audiences familiar with the tale of Snow White. Director and writer Pablo Berger is, by way of mis-en-scene, giving you a proper invitation to his particular world, and it would be a shame to pass it up.
Blancanieves is a stunner, at times alarmingly beautiful. It retains enough of the Grimm tale to feel familiar, but finds an altogether original way to interpret the material. Heartfelt and heartbreaking, this film is a celebration of cinema, of Spain, and of the human spirit.
And so, the red curtain opens and Blancanieves begins.
It is important to note that the film is dialogue-free, »
Feature Mark Harrison 9 Apr 2013 - 07:15
The Host arrived in cinemas recently, and joined a number of female-led movies of recent years. As ever, it owes some of its success to the Twilight films, as it's based on an earlier novel by author Stephenie Meyer, but the real legacy of those films has been to emphasise the influence of female audiences, and to popularise female leads in big movies.
If we go by the most popular example of her work, Meyer hasn't exactly created the strongest female characters in the past. But on the surface, The Host appears to centre around a girl called Melanie, whose will is strong enough to bust through the influence of alien body-snatchers, who have effectively taken over the world, as well as her body. »
Blancanieves, Spanish director Pablo Berger’s second feature, will turn to American audiences at an unlikely intersection of tastes and trends. On the heels of The Artist and last year’s near-perfect Tabu, Blancanieves is the latest in a string of European-produced throwbacks to silent-era filmmaking. But the other major element at play here is the film’s classical fairy tale structure: it’s a version of Snow White updated to the world of Spanish matadors in the 1910s and 1920s, which makes Blancanieves a necessary relief from brash but vacant Hollywood retreads of the world of Grimm like Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. But regardless of its potent timeliness, the greatest asset of Blancanieves is its masterful, elegant, and palpably inspired embrace of silent-era styles and techniques. Blancanieves is inventive while remaining nostalgic and familiar, intricately stylized while still retaining the capacity to move you, and completely devoid of audible dialogue while still »
- Landon Palmer
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