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First Look At George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'

12 November 2014 1:20 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

George Lucas' Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures next January. The animated comedy is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The film feature popular songs from the past six decades. This will be the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom. 

Strange Magic will be voiced by Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC »

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Disney and Lucasfilm Team Up Brings You Strange Magic

11 November 2014 5:48 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney and Lucasfilms are teaming up to bring us a new film called Strange Magic.  Check out the details.

You heard right, Disney is working with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself for the animated film Strange Magic.

Set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015 Lucas has writen the film and Gary Rydstrom will direct.

Check out the details from the Press Release:

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.  “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Mike Petty)

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Lucasfilm Announces Animation Strange Magic For This January

11 November 2014 3:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Well, that was unexpected. Today, Lucasfilm announced that it will be bringing us an animated film titled Strange Magic in just three short months. Touchstone Pictures will be releasing the project, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” into theaters on January 23rd, 2015.

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and Elijah Kelley all lend their voices to the film, playing magical creatures such as goblins, elves, fairies and imps who come to blows over a magic potion. Musical interludes help to tell the story, with Strange Magic incorporating “popular songs from the past six decades.”

Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Oscar winner for his work as a sound designer on films as diverse as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will direct from an original idea by George Lucas. Rydstrom’s experience isn’t limited to sound work – he also helmed Oscar-nominated, »

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Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic Gets A January 23, 2015 Release Date

11 November 2014 12:08 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Strange Magic © & Tm 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s your first look at the new animated film Strange Magic.

Walt Disney Studios announced today that the movie, from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.

The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S . Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, »

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Lucasfilm Sets Release Date for ‘Strange Magic’

11 November 2014 11:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lucasfilm Ltd. set a release date for “Strange Magic” for Jan. 23, 2015. The film, to be released by Touchtone Pictures, is inspired by ”A Midsummer Night's Dream” and follows a cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The soundtrack includes popular songs from the past six decades. Also read: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Timeline – From Greenlight to J.J. Abrams’ Cast Revealed Vocal talent includes Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway's ”Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio ( “Nashville”), Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“The. »

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Disney, Lucasfilm announce 'Strange Magic,' an animated musical from 'Star Wars 7' sound mixer

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A year after the industry-rattling announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had acquired LucasFilm and planned on moving forward with hew "Star Wars" movies, there were vague reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer Gary Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Further digging revealed that the project may have been in the works since 2010. Without Disney or LucasFilm confirmations, the project was filed under rumors and left alone. Now, the joint companies have unearthed the long-gestating project on their own. "Strange Magic" will suddenly arrive in January 2015. In an official press release, Disney describes the feature cartoon as "a madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Pop songs plucked from "the last six decades" will tell the tale of "a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion." Which »

- Matt Patches

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Disney Announces George Lucas Animated Musical 'Strange Magic'

11 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney announced today that George Lucas has secretly been working on an animated musical for release early next year. Strange Magic is a new film from Lucasfilm Ltd. that will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.&#160

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.&#160

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore&#160and&#160Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award&#174-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation," "Lifted"), produced by Mark S. Miller&#160(associate producer "Mars Attacks!")&#160and executive produced by George Lucas, »

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Roland Joffe to Head Camerimage Jury

2 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Roland Joffe, helmer of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is to be president of the main competition jury at Camerimage film festival, which focuses on cinematography.

Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).

Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

31 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance);  USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs  - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

31 October 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Competition: Win ‘The Hypnotist’ on DVD

24 September 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

From celebrated director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) comes The Hypnotist, a new tense and brutal crime thriller based on the best-selling novel by Lars Kepler. A must-see for fans of The Killing and Scandinavian book-to-film adaptations by authors such as Jo Nesbø (Headhunters) and Stieg Larsson (The Millenium Trilogy).

In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Mikael Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Tobias Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister, in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late. »

- Phil Wheat

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The Hypnotist DVD review

19 September 2014 3:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Lasse Hallstrom brings us an intriguing drama with flashes of bloodshed but little satisfaction. Here's Aliya's DVD review...

Lasse Hallstrom is a director who brings a sharp eye to personal relationships. For instance, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and Chocolat (2000) are both films that take their time to investigate a family dynamic, building to a feeling of intimacy, and you get much the same kind of feeling in the best moments of his latest film, The Hypnotist. Unfortunately this emotional element is muddied by a plot that never quite ties up and a few characters who aren’t afforded the same kind of room to develop.

The film is based on the novel of the same name, written by a Swedish husband and wife team under the pseudonym Lars Kepler, and it contains every element you would expect from a Scandinavian crime drama, including snowscapes and jumpers and the »

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Binoche, Leuthard named Zff Women of Impact

18 September 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Juliette Binoche and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard to be guests of honor at Zurich Film Festival’s ‘Women of Impact’ event.

Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche is to be the guest of honour at the Zurich Film Festival ‘Women of Impact’ dinner on Sept 26.

The star of The English Patient, Chocolat and this year’s Clouds of Sils Maria will be interviewed about her life and career at the event.

Also in the spotlight that evening will be Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, a politician and lawyer who has been a member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2006. She will speak about her work in the political realm.

A statement from the festival said: “The event acknowledges those of unique talent and singular dedication who have risen to the top of their field.

“Despite the strides women have made in every branch of society in recent years, the film industry is still very much a male domain; female »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Ned Benson Will Rewrite How Starbucks Saved My Life For Weinstein Co.

5 September 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Heading to the fall, few first-time feature filmmakers have as much clout as Ned Benson, whose ambitious romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby will arrive in three different forms in the coming months (Them, which condenses the story of a relationship by using both viewpoints, arrives in September, to be followed by Him and Her, a duology telling the same story one perspective at a time). And despite all the work that went into that project, the up-and-comer isn’t resting on his laurels until Eleanor Rigby hits theaters – news has emerged that he’s just been hired by The Weinstein Company to rewrite its Starbucks movie, tentatively titled How Starbucks Saved My Life.

Based on the memoir of the same name by Michael Gates GillHow Starbucks Saved My Life will tell the story of an advertising executive who, after losing his job and family, takes a job at Starbucks. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Ned Benson rewriting screenplay for How Starbucks Saved My Life

5 September 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Ned Benson has been appointed by the Weinstein Company to work on How Starbucks Saved My Life.

According to The Wrap, the Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby director will rewrite the script for the adaptation of Michael Gates Gill's best-selling book.

How Starbucks Saved My Life tells the tale of an ageing advertising executive who loses his job and his family.

He rediscovers his lust for life after taking a job in a Starbucks coffee shop.

Chocolat writer Robert Nelson Jacobs signed up to work on the script for the memoir adaptation last year, and his first draft will now be reworked by Benson.

Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and combines the separate Her and Him movies. »

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Manish Dayal on The Hundred-Foot Journey

5 September 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In theaters now in the Us and opening in the cinema today in the UK is The Hundred-Foot Journey. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake, the Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) directed film stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren, veteran Indian film actor Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Canadian-French actress and television personality, Charlotte Le Bon.

First the trailer to whet your appetite:

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kgUXVQiJYs

Manish Dayal, who plays the lead role of Hassan Kadam, sat down to answer a Q and A and gives us the inside look into the story and the making of The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Apparently the actor auditioned by accident, “I stumbled into the audition by accident and ended up reading for a part in an untitled film, or so I was told. Then I was called back to do several different takes and read multiple scenes and soon »

- Stacey Yount

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

2 September 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Life gets spicy for the Indian Kadam family when they move to the South of France and dare to open a restaurant opposite the Michelin-starred eatery owned by snooty Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). But while Papa Kadam (Om Puri) locks horns with the formidable Madame, his son Hassan (Manish Dayal) is quietly proving his culinary genius. Blending culture clash comedy with a pinch of drama and a hint of romance, Richard C Morais's novel provides Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom with the perfect recipe for another feelgood treat. »

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Parkland takes Maxine Peake thriller

20 August 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.

London-based sales outfit Parkland Pictures has boarded world rights to Steve Reeves’s thriller, Keeping Rosy, which will play at Dinard Film Festival (Oct 8-12).

Parkland will introduce the film to international buyers at Toronto.

Maxine Peake stars as a career-driven woman who is passed over for a long-expected promotion, leading to frustration which boils over with dire consequences.

The film also stars The Inbetweeners’  Blake Harrison and was produced by Richard Holmes (Eden Lake, Waking Ned), his third collaboration with French producer Isabelle Georgeaux after Jadoo and Resistance.

It marks Reeves’ first feature film, accompanied by DoP Roger Pratt (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Chocolat) and composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot).

The deal was negotiated by John Cairns and Pierre-Louis Manes-Murphy for Parkland Pictures and by Richard Holmes and Isabelle Georgeaux on behalf of Redemption Films. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is soft supple sensuous stroll through a world created in vivid colours – Subhash K Jha

9 August 2014 9:39 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Starring Om Puri, Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte le Bon

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom

“Food is memory,” says the doll-like vision of a woman named Charlotte le Bon to our young hero Hasaan, played with a striking sensitivity by the little-known Manish Dayal (where were you hiding, young man?)

If food is indeed memory then this film about food, love, loyalty and ambition would serve us well in the years to come.

I would certainly count The Hundred-Foot Journey among the most visually and emotionally rich films I’ve seen in recent times. Dwelling on the compelling culture of culinary confrontation this finely written and robustly performed film immediately transports us into a world where the taste buds simmer in provocative possibilities opened up in the kitchen and transported to a world beyond the physical.

Director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) excels in creating drama in quaint picture-postcard  locales. »

- Subhash K Jha

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Producer Juliet Blake Talks The Hundred-foot Journey, Putting the Project Together, Sean Connery, Ted, Farscape, and a Lot More

9 August 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or our exclusive video interviews with Lasse Hallström and Charlotte Le Bon. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with producer  Juliet Blake.  She talked about producing her first feature, how she acquired the rights from author Richard C. Morais, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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