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The upcoming live-action Disney movie The Nutcracker And The Four Realms has welcomed its first cast member – legendary ballerina Misty Copeland. Her appearance in the movie will mark her first involvement in narrative cinema, having already featured on television reality shows, as well as a documentary about her own early career, A Ballerina’s Tale.
The film will be helmed by Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Shipping News, Chocolat), armed with a script by Ashleigh Powell, who makes her screenwriting debut here. With Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) producing the project, it is notable that the first casting choice is a strong one – recognizing that Misty Copeland is a world-renowned, award winning talent. It also indicates the tone that Hallstrom will be striving for – evidently mixing his own visual flair with the rich musical history of the tale.
While The Nutcracker is best known as a two-act ballet, »
- Sarah Myles
Misty Copeland has been owning the ballet world, and she's about to go even more mainstream. Copeland has been cast as the "lead ballerina" in Disney's upcoming live-action movie, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Lasse Hallström (Safe Haven, Chocolat) is directing the film adaption of Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet; the script was written by Ashleigh Powell. Copeland, who has danced in stage productions of The Nutcracker before, announced the news in a sweet Instagram of her script, commenting, "I'm thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom." Can't wait to see who else signs on! In the meantime, here's the scoop with all the Disney reboots currently in the works. I'm thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom. #TheNutcracker #MoreToCome A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Jul 13, 2016 at 8:59am »
- Maggie Pehanick
The company will be the exclusive international distributor of Roh Live Cinema for the Opera’s 2016/17 season.
Picturehouse Entertainment and the Royal Opera House (Roh) have struck a deal to make the former the exclusive international distributor of Roh Live Cinema content in 2016/17.
The distribution arm of UK exhibitor Picturehouse will handle sales and marketing for the season, which will feature 12 live broadcasts including six operas and six ballets.
The 16/17 Roh programme includes 2016 Olivier Award winner Woolf Works, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker, and the return of the company’s first ever production on its Covent Garden stage, The Sleeping Beauty.
Beamed live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden stage, Roh Live productions have previously travelled to territories including the Us, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and Australia.
Disney is looking to make yet another live-action fairy tale — but this one’s a little different from most of their others, in that it’s not a remake of an existing Disney animated classic. The studio has set Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) to direct The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, based on the classic ballet by Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the E.T.A. Hoffmann story […]
- Angie Han
Nearly one year after picking up the script in a competitive bidding situation, Disney is moving forward with their live-action adventure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the studio has hired Lasse Hallström to direct from the script by Ashleigh Powell. The project is adapted from the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky, and the companion story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
The classic tale follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. After the clock strikes midnight, she is transported to a magical fantasy world, where she find herself caught in the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and a mouse army. Ashleigh Powell spent two years developing the script before it was picked up by Disney last year.
Some legendary holiday stories are simply to classic to ever die out. From the tale of old St. Nick to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas has so many accompanying stories and tall tales that it has practically become a genre itself. Who else but Disney could completely capitalize on this idea? Although winter will soon come to a close later this month, Disney has just revealed that they have begun development on a live-action adaptation of one of the world.s most iconic Christmas tales of them all: The Nutcracker. A new report from THR indicates that Disney has begun developing a brand new live-action adaptation of the classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker. Titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the project will directly adapt Tchaikovsky.s iconic ballet as well as E.T.A. Hoffmann.s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Screenwriter Ashleigh Powell sold the script »
Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct a live-action “The Nutcracker” film for Disney, TheWrap has learned. The project, titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Reals,” adapts the classic ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. In the story, Clara gets a doll in the shape of a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve that night, she is thrust into a fantastical world, stuck in the middle of gingerbread soldiers and mice fighting a war. Also Read: Adam Shankman-Directed 'Nutcracker' Put Into Turnaround at New Line (Exclusive) Mark Gordon »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The classic story follows a young girl named Clara who gets a doll in the form of a nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve.
When the girl goes to check on it, later that night, the clock strikes twelve and she finds herself thrust into a fantastical world where she is in the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Lasse Hallstrom is on board to direct a new big-screen version of The Nutcracker. Disney Studios is developing the project, titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which adapts the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky and the accompanying story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The classic story told of a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. When she goes to check on it later that night, the clock strikes midnight, and she finds herself thrust into a fantastical world where she is in the
- Borys Kit
Touched with Fire asks whether love between two thirty-something adults with bipolar disorder can be successful, loosely wondering about the intersection of sensuality, realism, and mental illness. It seems interested to extract a rubric explaining the connection between people with mental illness who are creatives. The film meanders through this exploration rather than makes up its mind as a creative drama or a serious character study where we could feel immediate pathos for the couple’s suffering and willfully involve ourselves in their situation (which could be an educational, engrossing filmic experience if well-presented). Contemporary films about mental illness such as Girl, Interrupted and A Beautiful Mind achieve this by stripping away characters’ “faces,” showing them as raw and realistic from the beginning. Disappointingly, this doesn’t happen in Touched with Fire. It takes time before New York City poets Carla (Katie Holmes) and Marco (Luke Kirby) approach identities more recognizably meaningful, »
- Dina Paulson
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