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Released back in 2007, director Kevin Lima's Disney-fairytale-come-to-life Enchanted was an absolutely massive smash hit. Made for $85 million, it dominated at the U.S. box office with an eventual total of $127 million, and its global gross after being released internationally was brought to a stellar $340 million. It was only a matter of time before Disney began working on a sequel, and while there was a false start back in 2010, this time looks like it could be the real deal. According to Deadline, Enchanted 2 is finally moving forward and has brought aboard two new writers to get it closer to the finish line. Sources have told the site that J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been tasked by Disney to craft a new story following up with the characters from the original. The two writers began their big screen careers writing the script for The Rugrats Movie back in »
I have no qualms about admitting that I absolutely loved Enchanted. Filled with incredibly catchy musical numbers (“That’s How You Know” and “Happy Working Song” spring most to mind), hilarious characters, a remarkably self-aware script and a winningly upbeat spirit, it was one of the most plainly fun movies of 2007.
Of course, when the film came out, there was talk of a sequel, but nothing ever really came together. As a big fan of Enchanted, I thought maybe that was a good thing. After all, the story wasn’t exactly conducive to a follow-up, and I didn’t want there to be any chance that an inferior sequel could in any way diminish the spell cast by the original. In a post-Frozen world, however, it appears that there’s new interest in Enchanted 2.
Today brings news that J. David Stern and David N. Weiss have been hired by »
- Isaac Feldberg
Seven years after the first film implanted "Happy Working Song" into everyone's heads, Disney is finally getting serious about Enchanted 2. The original pic, directed by Kevin Lima, imagined what would happen if one of Disney’s gleeful and song-filled princesses made her way into present day New York City, with Amy Adams filling the lead role of Giselle. The result was a funny, catchy, and surprisingly self-aware film that went on to gross $340 million at the worldwide box office. Talk of a sequel surfaced soon after, but the follow-up failed to materialize. Now, with Frozen having grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and lighting up the home video charts, Disney suddenly has renewed interest in an Enchanted sequel as it has set new screenwriters on the project. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Disney has hired J. David Stern and David N. Weiss to pen the screenplay for Enchanted 2. »
- Adam Chitwood
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Cue up “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Last month, there was a live reading of the 1996 Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes “masterpiece” Space Jam, featuring Seth Green, Danielle Fishel, Ben Schwartz, Nick Kroll and many more. Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t available online — but Funny or Die has released a 10-minute highlight reel, which clearly proves that the comedians showed up ready to (space) jam. Sadly, there is no surprise Bill Murray appearance.
Led by Blake Griffin as Jordan, the footage from the reading is intercut with interviews in which the cast explains their memories of the movie; Kroll’s »
- Erin Strecker
5 items from 2014
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