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The exhilarating thrill of overseeing dangerous, often-expensive film stunts is the day-to-day reality of Donal O'Farrell, Ireland's most accomplished stunt co-ordinator. Having worked in the industry as a stuntman and arranger, Farrell's CV reads like a veritable checklist of major Irish film productions in the last 20 years. Having worked on the sets of 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Braveheart', 'Reign of Fire' and 'Ella Enchanted', O'Farrell has mixed with the crème de la crème of Hollywood on a different level. »
By Hannah Soo Park
We've got our eye on another fairytale remake, with today's news that Cate Blanchett may be lending her signature ice-cold gaze to the part of Cinderella's evil stepmother in Disney's upcoming untitled project. According to The Wrap, the "Hobbit" star is the first in talks to join Mark Romanek's live-action rendition on the classic tale.
Before you roll your eyes at the thought of yet another take on happily ever after, consider the plot, which follows a doomed politically arranged marriage plot involving a prince and, of course, Cinderella. With Blanchett and Romanek on board, we're thinking this one won't involve pumpkin carriages and talking mice.
With that said, this won't be the first twist added to the preexisting cookie-cutter storyline—from the Muppets to gender role reversals, we break down some of the most unexpected and wacky twists we've seen in Cinderella's movie past. »
- MTV Movies Team
2004 was the year everything clicked into place for Anne Hathaway, and while it might not have been the year she starred in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain, a sequel to the successful The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted got the ball moving. In the case of the latter, Ella Enchanted was probably the goofiest film she ever starred in, but it didn’t lack for some clever writing and a packed cast of Cary Elwes, Minnie Driver, Hugh Dancy, Lucy Punch, Vivica A. Fox, Eric Idle, and a Pre-ER Parminder Nagra. It never aspires to be anything above campy fairy tale fun, and to that degree it has just enough punch to entertain the kids, and few oddly placed classic rock nods for their parents.
- Lex Walker
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Moonrise Kingdom" What's It About? Two star-crossed tweens (Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman) run away together, while their New England town bands together to try and find them. See It Because: Wes Anderson's ode to young love plays to his sense of impossible whimsy. Featuring some old friends -- Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman -- and new faces, "Moonrise Kingdom" is everything you could ever want out of an Anderson flick, while also managing to do the impossible: tell a realistic story of what it's like to be a kid in love. Watch an Exclusive Look at How a Scene Comes Together in "Moonrise Kingdom" - (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Avatar 3D" Limited Edition What's It About? James Cameron's ecological parable about an alien planet gets the 3D Blu-ray treatment. See It Because: Isn't »
- Eric Larnick
Also new this week is the animated sequel "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," the found footage-ish horror flick "Chernobyl Diaries," the Adam Sandler comedy "That's My Boy" and an edition of "Avatar" on Blu-ray 3D that one can buy without it being bundled with a hardware purchase.
Box Office: $45 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh
Storyline: Wes Anderson's latest is about Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), two 12-year-old misfits who fall in love, make a pact and run away together on a small New England island in the summer of 1965. As a brutal storm approaches, various authorities try to track the young lovebirds down, including the local sheriff (Bruce Willis), Sam's scout leader (Edward Norton), Suzy's parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) and »
- Robert DeSalvo
The Dark Knight Rises trailer: Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman to steal latest Batman movie. "You don’t know a thing about me," Anne Hathaway / Selina Kyle / Catwoman tells Christian Bale / Bruce Wayne / Batman in the latest The Dark Knight Rises trailer. (Please scroll down.) Bruce Wayne may be clueless, but we do know a thing or two about Anne Hathaway, who has come a long way since her The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted days. Heck, Hathaway has come a long way since even her Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada days. Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman: Film noir dame Christian Bale’s Batman [...] »
- Zac Gille
It appears that Anne Hathaway has her heart set on proving that she is a bonafide singer. First, it was singing in Ella Enchanted, then, she showed off her vocals in the new Les Miserables trailer. Now, according to Variety, the actress has set her eyes on a role in Song One, which will be produced by Marc Platt and Jonathan Demme. It is also set to include Hathaway's fiancée Adam Shulman.
Read more at We Got This Covered »
- Alan Thorimbert
A full decade after the Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey romcom How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, an indie sequel is in the works. How to Get Over a Guy in 10 Days will be directed by Legally Blonde scribe Kiwi Smith who will co-write the script with "Greek" writers Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin. The project will mark Smith's feature film directing debut.
Smith's lucky number must be 10 because she also wrote the TV series "10 Things I Hate About You." Her film scripts include The Ugly Truth, House Bunny, Ella Enchanted and She's the Man. O'Toole and Rardin wrote the upcoming American Girl movie and also wrote the "Jane by Design" epsiode "The Birkin" as well as the Hilary and Hayley Duff movie Material Girls.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Hugh Dancy shrugs at the notion that he tends to share strong chemistry with his female co-stars.“I think ‘chemistry’ is an overused phrase,” the actor says. “It’s hard to define, and it usually just involves good writing and good acting. I’ve certainly worked with people that I didn’t feel any personal chemistry with whatsoever but that worked out very well onscreen.” He adds, laughing, “And there are plenty of stories of people falling in love on movie sets and then producing absolutely abysmal films.”In fact, Dancy met his wife, Claire Danes (“Homeland”), in 2006 while filming “Evening.” The actors were married in 2009.If onscreen chemistry is mostly the result of hard work, as Dancy claims, then the actor is one of the hardest-working men in show business.Whether wooing Anne Hathaway in “Ella Enchanted” or Isla Fisher in “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” making the most of supporting roles in female-driven ensemble. »
- email@example.com (Daniel Lehman)
Mirror Mirror – the Julia Roberts-Lily Collins-Armie Hammer Snow White story that is nowhere as charming as Ella Enchanted even if it, too, ends with a production number — opened to an estimated $19 million at the box office over the weekend. The movie earned a B+ CinemaScore grade from audiences, which, having seen the film myself, I can only attribute to the audience being largely made up of kids under 12 (37 percent), who’d enjoy anything, and their parents (23 percent), who finally perked up at the end when Spoiler Alert! Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean made a cameo as Snow White’s father. »
- Mandi Bierly
As expected, The Hunger Games (review/trailer) again topped the box office this weekend, but its relatively strong hold suggests that it may be a bit mightier than a conventional Twilight/Harry Potter sequel. With $61 million in weekend two (the eighth-biggest non-opening weekend ever, ahead of all the respective Harry Potter and Twilight Saga films), the film dropped 60% and ended day ten with a whopping $251 million. That's the biggest ten-day total for a non-sequel ever, and the fifth-biggest ever. It came in above the $240 million ten-day total of Spider-Man 3, and it is that film which its performance most resembles. Spider-Man 3 opened with $151 million in May of 2007 before dropping 61% for a $58 million weekend. Spidey took a drop on weekend two despite having no new releases to compete against because it wasn't exclaimed critically-acclaimed among the fanbase. The Hunger Games had two big releases this weekend, plus the loss of »
- Scott Mendelson
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: As expected, The Hunger Games again topped the box office this weekend, but its relatively strong hold suggests that it may be a bit mightier than a conventional Twilight/Harry Potter sequel. With $61 million in weekend two (the eighth-biggest non-opening weekend ever, ahead of all the respective Harry Potter and Twilight Saga films), the film dropped 60% and ended day ten with a whopping $251 million. That’s the biggest ten-day total for a non-sequel ever, and the fifth-biggest ever. It came in above the $240 million ten-day total of Spider-Man 3, and it is that film which its performance most resembles. Spider-Man 3 opened with $151 million in May of 2007 before dropping 61% for a $58 million weekend. Spidey took a drop on weekend two despite having no new releases to compete against because it wasn’t exclaimed critically-acclaimed among the fanbase. The Hunger Games had two big releases this weekend, »
- Scott Mendelson
The track record of supermodels making their way on to the big screen is not a particularly strong one. Cindy Crawford in "Fair Game?" Not so much. Gisele Bundchen in "Taxi?" No thank you. Heidi Klum in "Ella Enchanted?" Let's move on, please. Nevertheless, they keep trying, particularly so in the current generation. Lily Cole, for example, has actually had more success than most, with roles in films like "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus" and the upcoming "Snow White And The Huntsman." And now, one of Cole's catwalk colleagues is dipping her toes into acting waters. Screen Daily report that model Daisy Lowe, who has been a magazine fixture since she was 17, will make her major acting debut in the British thriller "Confine," which begins filming next month. In the directorial debut of Tobias Tobbell, who produced the well-regarded 2010 indie "The Drummond Will," Lowe will take the lead role »
Jennifer Lopez and Wilmer Valderrama are teaming up with Tres: MTV, Musica y Mas (formerly MTV Tres), the cable network targeting the Hispanic millennial generation. Additionally, the cable net has given the go-ahead on a docuseries centered on former Rbd singer Dulce Maria and has renewed originals Quiero Mis Quinces, Quiero Mi Boda, Rock Dinner and La Escalera. Lopez will serve as executive producer along with Simon Fields and Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted, Tuck Everlasting) on Amigas Inc., an aspirational eight-episode television series that chronicles the lives of four entrepreneurial Miami teenagers who launch a party-planning business
- Philiana Ng
Fairy tales aren’t exactly a new thing.
They weren’t even new when the Grimm Brothers famously published them two hundred years ago, and creative twists on those folk tales are almost as commonplace as the stories themselves. The publishing world alone sees dozens of new fairy tales each year, rehashed and reinterpreted. Some authors, such as Gail Carson Levine (“Ella Enchanted,” “Fairest”) and Gregory Maguire (“Confessions of a Wicked Stepsister,” “Mirror, »
- Marissa Meyer
15 items from 2012
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