14 items from 2014
A lot of PG-13 ratings in today's bulletin, that is outside of the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, which scored an R rating "for language". Isn't it sort of funny how documentaries can earn R ratings for language when they are depicting real lifec That simply suggests life around all of us is R-rated. I haven't seen the film yet, but if the language being used isn't any different than the language you could hear just walking downtown in any city should it really be rated Rc I know, old argument, just so weird to see this is the world we still live in. Otherwise, it's a PG-13 for The Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, another one for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale, Julianne Moore's Oscar hopeful Still Alice is another and so is The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. »
- Brad Brevet
Recently, ABC served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time" episode 5 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Breaking Glass," and it sounds like things will get quite interesting and intense as Regina and Emma team up to take down the evil Snow Queen, and more. In the new,5th episode press release: "Regina is going to reluctantly team up with Emma to search for the Snow Queen after Sidney, who is once again Regina's prisoner in the mirror, discovers her whereabouts and agrees to lead her to the location. With Belle babysitting baby Neal, a nervous Mary Margaret and David will prepare for their first date night away from their child and find themselves on a mission to track down Will Scarlet, who has escaped from the town jail, and Elsa will see Anna in the Storybrooke woods. Meanwhile, back in the past, young »
The Maze Runner stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige) are reprising their roles in the sequel. New cast members include Aidan Gillen as the villainous Assistant Director Janson, a.k.a. The Rat-Man, Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones.
Mirren, Mirren on the wall: Is this the best Tonight Show bit of them all? Jimmy Fallon asked Helen Mirren a series of questions during Monday's episode. Ever a good sport, Mirren played the all-knowing Magic Mirror, while her comedic counterpart played a curious prince. What does the Hundred-Foot Journey actress think about Fifty Shades of Grey? "Well, whips and chains are not my style," the movie star revealed. "But who doesn't love a jolly good spanking once in a while?" Fallon also asked the Academy Award winner to reveal her favorite movie and dream job, a well as her sandwich order at Subway. "Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, what do you think of legalizing marijuana?" he »
The cast and creators of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” enchanted Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 on Saturday morning, bringing exec producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz along with stars Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin and Robert Carlyle.
The panel also gave fans a preview of the season four premiere, including the first look at “Frozen’s” Anna and Elsa. The clip showed Anna and Elsa joining hands and visiting their parents’ graves, laying flowers by the stones. “Anna, they would be so proud of you,” Elsa says.
“Both of us, Elsa,” Anna corrects. Elsa says she has a surprise for her sister, and Anna admits that “surprises tend to be hit and miss in this family.”
“You’ll like this one, I promise — it’s for your wedding,” Elsa smiles.
A second clip was shown of Regina going down into the »
- Laura Prudom
“Revolution's” demise is “Once Upon a Time's” gain. Giancarlo Esposito will return to the fairy-tale drama with the upcoming Season 4 premiere in the fall, a show representative told TheWrap. Also read: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts ‘Fringe’ Alum Georgina Haig as ‘Frozen's’ Elsa Esposito plays the Evil Queen/Regina's all-knowing Magic Mirror in the world of fairy tales. In Storybrooke, he plays Sidney Glass, the town's crooked reporter. The actor has spent the last two seasons on NBC's “Revolution,” playing the sometimes duplicitous military vet, Tom Neville. Fans will also know him as drug kingpin Gus Fring from “Breaking Bad. »
- Jethro Nededog
Cougar Town‘s Brian Van Holt stars as the captain of the titular vessel, which was launched into space by the U.S. government in 1963 to populate a new world. The series picks up 50 years into the mission, as a mysterious murder causes those on board to question the true nature of their mission.
Bellows plays the son of Abraham Enzmann, »
Tom Ruegger is the creator of classic 1990s animated series such as Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Pinky and the Brain. For those of you who are fans of these shows, you'll be happy to learn that he has developed a new series for Disney Junior called The 7D that he hopes will capture the same fun spirit of the awesome shows he previously worked on.
As the title suggests, The 7D is about the adventures of the Seven Dwarfs, "30 years or so before their fateful run-in with Snow White. Living in the Enchanted Forest in the kingdom of Jollywood under the rule of Queen Delightful, the dwarfs are the area’s 'most trusted' heroes, righting the wrongs that arise and often thwarting the plans of evil-doers when the queen calls for help."
In a recent interview with the La Times Ruegger said:
“I was very intrigued about taking these »
- Joey Paur
Todrick Hall has wowed YouTube viewers with a number of inventive, colorful musical productions, and his latest creation is among his best. Hall has enlisted a strong cast for 'Snow White And The Seven Thugs', a new musical that brings Disney to the hood. 'Snow White And The Seven Thugs' has a lot in common with Hall's other productions. It features a realistic, modern-day treatment of a Disney film, a plethora of colorful costumes, a urban sensibility, and a number of YouTube creators among the cast. Kingsley serves as the Magic Mirror and narrator, Victoria Justice portrays the Evil Queen, Joey Graceffa shows up as a prince, and GloZell steals the show as the witch who gives Snow White the poisoned apple. 'Snow White And The Seven Thugs' arrives at a key moment in Hall's career.
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- Sam Gutelle
It all begins with a freeze frame of a dirt road somewhere in Yorkshire county, lined with trees whose lush foliage converges above in an arch. What could it be if not a portal? The movie itself, meanwhile, has not even started as we watch the opening credits, encased in large old-fashioned frames, slowly fade away—a device consistently favored by Alain Resnais who opened each of his 19 features likewise, holding off the films themselves until the screen no longer contained any visual surplus. The freeze frame comes to life as the camera pans farther down the road; then we find ourselves in a theatrical set.
We have been here before, of course. Resnais' Smoking/No Smoking, also based on a play by British playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, is set in Yorkshire as well. Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter) borrows from the five-hour diptych its theatrical setting, one »
- Boris Nelepo
Jay Leno has landed another gig following his departure from “The Tonight Show.” Leno and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg have joined the voice cast of “The 7D,” Disney's comedic, contemporary take on “The Seven Dwarfs.” The series will premiere July 7 at 10 a.m. on Disney Xd, with debuts on Disney Channel and Disney Junior to take place later this year. See video: Disney Junior's ‘Doc McStuffins’ Introduces First Double Amputee Character In recurring roles, Leno will play Crystal Ball and Goldberg will play Magic Mirror. Leno and Goldberg join a voice cast that includes Kelly Osbourne, as the comically evil villain Hildy. »
- Tim Kenneally
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? Actually, it was Captain America, followed closely by talking animated birds. The new haunted mirror movie Oculus still managed to score a fair share in its third place opening weekend.
The Blumhouse Productions/WWE Studios co-production got off to a modest start with a $12 million opening. According to Box Office Mojo, that’s about on par with the last haunted mirror flick to hit theaters, Mirrors, which opened to a tad more than $11 million.
Divergent’s fifth place weekend granted another $3.4 million, bringing it to over $125 million domestically. The formula should now be obvious to Hollywood producers looking to adapt female-centric genre novels to films: dystopian future romances, yay; supernatural romance, nay. »
The Japanese market loves homegrown hand-drawn animation: In 2013, six of the 10 top-earning domestic films were toons, with Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises,” at $120 million, topping the list. And while the local biz has maintained its traditional methods, a digital wave is steadily encroaching on the industry, even among the work of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, the leader of the 2D camp.
One recent sign of this shift was the announcement that Goro Miyazaki, Hayao’s son, director of Studio Ghibli hits “Tales From Earthsea” (2006) and “From Up on Poppy Hill” (2011), will helm a computer-generated animation TV series based on Astrid Lindgren’s kiddy lit classic “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” as a co-production with Polygon Pictures, Japan’s top digital toon studio. The series is scheduled to air on pubcaster Nhk’s Bs Premium satellite channel in the fall.
- Mark Schilling
In the first of a three-part feature, Jackson Ball looks at the evolving Disney Princess...
It is hard to see how young children could be “prepared” for women’s liberation by reading fairy tales; an analysis of those fairy tales that children actually read indicates instead that they serve to acculturate women to traditional social roles. (Lieberman, M. 1972)
The idea of a character serving to ‘acculturate women to traditional social roles’, is evident in Disney’s first ever animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In many ways, the 1937 film can be seen as the archetypal template for future Disney films, as it features many structural characteristics that transcend much of Disney’s animated catalogue. For example, Snow White tells the adapted story of a ‘princess’ character from a popular folk tale. This trend has occurred no less than ten more times in Disney’s ‘Animated Classic’ canon: Cinderella »
- Gary Collinson
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