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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 »
- Laura Frances
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 »
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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, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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, »
- Michelle McCue
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. »
- Gina Hall
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
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.
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 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, »
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
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
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
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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
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 »
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.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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 Gill, How 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
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.
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:
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
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. »
Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.
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.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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.
- Subhash K Jha
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 Dayal, Om 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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