18 items from 2013
Disney is currently at work on "Maleficent," a new movie focusing on the villain from "Sleeping Beauty." And now comes word that the company is developing a live-action movie based another famous Disney villain, Cruella de Vil. De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians," but became a Disney icon with the 1961 animated movie. And it's not the character's first incarnation in a live-action feature. Glenn Close memorably played the character in 1996's "101 Dalmatians" and the 2000 sequel, "102 Dalmatians." Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) has been hired to write the script for "Cruella," which will be produced by Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Bedtime Stories) and Glenn Close. »
With Maleficent set for release next summer, Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with another live-action rendition of a classic villain, Cruella, based on Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians.
Aline Brosh McKenna has signed on to write the screenplay, although no story details were given. The writer also provided the script for Disney's live-action Cinderella, which is currently in production. Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain) is producing.
Cruella de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, which was adapted into the 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians, where Betty Lou Gerson voiced the iconic character.
This won't be the first live-action adapation of the character either, with Glenn Close playing the villain, who steals the adorable puppies to make a coat out of dalmatian fur, in Disney's 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians, as well as the 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.
It isn't known if Disney is »
After making a movie centered on Maleficent, the villainess from Sleeping Beauty, Disney is setting its sights on another bad lady: Cruella de Vil. Aline Brosh McKenna has been hired to pen Cruella, which will bring the dog-fur-loving fashionista from 101 Dalmatians into a live-action feature to be produced by Andrew Gunn, who produced Sky High and Bedtime Stories for the studio. McKenna will also produce. De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians but became a Disney icon with the 1961 animated movie. And it's not the character's first incarnation
- Borys Kit
Today’s film is the 2012 short Casque. The film is written and directed by Riley Stearns, and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Winstead rose to prominence in 2005 with her role in Sky High, following it with high-profile roles in features such as Black Christmas, Live Free or Die Hard, and Death Proof, before garnering critical acclaim for her role in the 2012 drama Smashed. Her latest film, The Spectacular Now, in which she plays a supporting role, is currently playing in American theatres.
- Deepayan Sengupta
We told you back in April that Bryan Fuller‘s pilot for Syfy, High Moon, had gone into production. Four months later they’re announcing lead casting, so I’m trying to not be concerned about the time that’s elapsed, and instead be pleased about this forward momentum.
New York – August 13, 2013 – Syfy has inked actors Chris Diamantopoulos and Jake Sandvig for starring roles in High Moon, a 90-minute pilot, co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Lark Productions set to commence shooting August 26 in Vancouver BC. The project is based on the novel “The Lotus Caves” by John Christopher.
High Moon is an imaginative, »
- Erin Willard
If you want to pull off the perfect heist, then working for the company you’re stealing from is probably a good way to start. In Dito Montiel’s new crime thriller Empire State, Liam Hemsworth plays a young New Yorker who fails to get accepted by the NYPD and subsequently decides to go to the other extreme, taking up a job as a security guard with the Empire State armored truck company and using his position and knowledge of the company’s lax security to pull off a $9 million robbery.
Attempting to track down the money is Dwayne Johnson, who plays a suspicious cop trying to find the evidence needed to send Hemsworth’s character to jail. Emma Roberts (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) and Michael Angarano (Sky High) co-star, and the whole thing is based on a massive ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
That sound you hear? That’s me, clomping up the stairs to the angry dome. I’ve been spending a lot of time up there in recent weeks. My head is slowly imploding from the sheer WTFness of everything I am hearing. I’m not certain how much more of this I can take.
Let me try to put this concisely: there is a movie about Troll dolls. It is called Trolls. It is not, unfortunately, a sequel to Troll 2. It is being produced by DreamWorks Animation. And it has a writer and director.
The director? Mike Mitchell, who directed Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Shrek Forever After and (shudder) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. His single non-cringe-worthy credit? Sky High, which did not suck. So he’s the guy in charge of Trolls.
The writer? Here we fare a little better. Erica Rivinoja has signed on to write the screenplay. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Filmmaker Mike Mitchell ("Sky High," "Shrek Forever After") and Emmy Award winning scribe Erica Rivinoja ("South Park," "Up All Night') are teaming up for the film adaptation of the iconic Trolls franchise for DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.
The pair have been tasked with reimagining the universe of these wild-haired two inch tall figurines into a "grand scale musical comedy" which will explore how their hair came to be the way it is.
Gina Shay is producing the project which is scheduled for release on November 2016.
The tone of the reboot is said to be much darker than the original. Harris Wilkinson penned the screenplay.
Sources: Dreamworks Animation, The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Acclaimed comedy director Mike Mitchell and Emmy Award winning writer Erica Rivinoja are tackling something notoriously small for their next big screen project - the iconic troll dolls (which stand at about two inches tall). DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc., which recently announced the acquisition of the Trolls franchise, has tasked Mitchell and Rivinoja with reimagining the Trolls universe on the big screen. Mitchell, currently directing the live action sequences in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 has garnered a fan base among family audiences for hits such as Shrek Forever After, Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and has a proven track record taking legendary characters on new adventures. Rivinoja has been lauded for her work on comedies including South Park and Up All Night. Under the direction of this new creative team Trolls will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox on November 4, 2016.
Comedy director Mike Mitchell and Emmy Award winning writer Erica Rivinoja are tackling something notoriously small for their next big screen project – the iconic troll dolls (which stand at about two inches tall). DreamWorks Animation, which recently announced the acquisition of the Trolls franchise, has given Mitchell and Rivinoja the task of reimagining the Trolls universe on the big screen.
The Troll doll »
- Michelle McCue
Though DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls movie was first announced a couple of years ago, we now have some solid information regarding the animated pic. DreamWorks Animation announced today that Sky High and Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell will helm the film, with screenwriter Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night) handling the screenplay. The film features the titular dolls that became a phenomenon in the 1960s and again in the 1990s, and is described as “a grand scale musical comedy centering around how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair.” An origin story of hair isn’t exactly what I expected when I pictured a Trolls movie, but maybe the slightly ridiculous premise is right in line with the peculiar choice of making a Trolls movie in the first place. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release. Gina Shay (Shrek Forever After) is onboard as the producer of Trolls, »
- Adam Chitwood
DreamWorks Animation has announced today that Mike Mitchell is set to direct their upcoming Trolls . Emmy Award-winning writer Erica Rivinoja will provide the screenplay. Mitchell, currently directing the live action sequences in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 , has garnered a fan base among family audiences for hits such as Shrek Forever After , Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked , and has a proven track record taking legendary characters on new adventures. Rivinoja has been lauded for her work on comedies including "South Park" and "Up All Night." Under the direction of this new creative team Trolls will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox on November 4, 2016. "Mike and Erica are the perfect team to reimagine this »
As anyone who regularly greets their friends with a "Hey brother!" and an overly forceful neck rub will tell you, Michael Cera plays the youngest member of the Bluth family in Fox's (and now Netflix's) cult comedy show Arrested Development. But, as our interview with Cera and his co-star Alia Shawkat reveals below, it was very nearly someone else doing the Snoopy walk: Michael Angarano.You may know Michael Angarano from his turn as Will in Sky High, though he also appeared in more critically-acclaimed fare, such as Haywire, Almost Famous and Lords Of Dogtow. But what's important is just how close it was on the George Michael front. Just-a-few-days-in-it close, in fact. Have a look at our video interview to find out more about how it happened for Michael Cera (and not for Michael Angarano) and then feel free to take a few minutes imagining Mr. Angarano wearing a jet pack, »
Indie film The Brass Teapot will be making an appearance in Austin on Thursday, May 23. Ramaa Mosley makes her feature directorial debut with the movie, basing it off of her 2007 short of the same name. Tim Macy scripted both the short and the feature.
It stars Michael Angarano (Sky High, Snow Angels), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl, Killer Joe) and Houston native Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls). it originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, and hasn't screened in Austin previously.
The Brass Teapot follows John (Angarano) and Alice (Temple), a young newlywed couple struggling to make ends meet. Feeling down on their luck, they happen upon an antiques store where Alice discovers a unique brass teapot. It appears to be just another junk-store find until the couple discovers that the teapot can give them all the money they desire -- in exchange for hurting themselves.
Vowing to stop once they hit their first million, »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
With the remake of The Evil Dead hitting cinemas this week (click the link to read our Evil Dead review), we thought we’d take a look back at the star and original hero of the series, Bruce Campbell, who returns to the franchise which made him a star as producer of the Fede Alvarez directed reboot… So here’s a rundown of Campbell’s ten best film and TV roles:
10) Coach Boomer – Sky High (2005)
9) Jack Stiles – Jack of All Trades (2000-2001)
7) Hank Cooper - The Love Bug (1997)
5) Sam Axe - Burn Notice (2007 – 2012)
2) Ash - The Evil Dead Trilogy (1981 – 1992)
1) Brisco County Jr. - The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993-1994)
- Phil Wheat
Alice (rising star, Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano, that kid from Sky High) are a cute, if callow, young couple caught in the cogs of the economic downturn. His business degree has only landed him a telemarketer job and her art-history degree leaves her going to one failed job interview after another. Her Nicole Kidman To Die For wardrobe choices and perky attitude does not appear to help when the other interviewees have more qualifications or experience. They pay their credit cards with other credit cards, which would actually make living paycheque to paycheque kind of a step up. Passive-aggressively poked by their more fiscally stable family, who just want the young couple to get on with it and have kids, and jealous of their wealthy...
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A little over a month ago, we posted that in celebration of it’s 25th anniversary there will be a Die Hard Marathon showing all four movies starting around Noon on February 13th followed by the premier of A Good Day To Die Hard at 10Pm getting out just before Midnight. That’s almost 12 action-packed hours of Die Hard awesomeness! As you can guess, there was no way I could refuse to take this opportunity to see one of the greatest action-movie series of all time for the first time on the big screen, or make that Mega-Screen since I decided to see this at Wehrenberg’s Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine, which in my opinion is one of the best movie theatres here in the St. Louis area. For $25 you got all five movies plus a collectable lanyard that entitles you to a 25% discount at concessions throughout the whole day and with their wide-selection, »
- Ken Parker
Bad Girls Don't Cry. They Get Even. Something a little wicked to kick off this week. Anchor Bay Films has released a full trailer for Austin Chick's Girls Against Boys, an indie revenge horror thriller about the girls being the bad guys this time. Danielle Panabaker (seen in Sky High, Mr. Brooks, The Crazies, The Ward, Piranha 3Dd) stars as a college student who gets into a plan of revenge with her friend Lu, played by Nicole Laliberte (seen in Dinner for Schmucks, Shouting Secrets - the red head). This actually looks a lot crazier than I was expecting, but seductively entertaining with guns, swords, and everything else. Have fun! Watch the official Us trailer for Austin Chick's Girls Against Boys, in high def from Apple: When Shae (Danielle Panabaker), a naive college student, is tormented by several men in a matter of days, she reaches a breaking »
- Alex Billington
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