13 items from 2015
In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*. And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals. Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sooner or later, Disney are going to run out of animated movies to translate into live action, so they’ll have to move down to the next circle, but for now, there’s still a few left.
Today’s selection is Pinocchio, arguably the finest hand-drawn animation the studio ever made. Deadline say that Peter Hedges will write and direct the film for the studio, “loosely” basing it on Carlo Collodi’s original book.
There have been other loose adaptations of Pinocchio floating around Hollywood in the last couple of years, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Fuller, Jane Goldman and Tim Burton all getting involved in some way or another. I’m disappointed that the chances of seeing Downey playing both Gepetto and, via the magic of motion capture, the boy puppet seem to be rapidly receding.
Hedges is a fine filmmaker. His Dan in Real Life is »
- Brendon Connelly
Another day, another report of Disney turning one of their animated classics into a live-action feature film. This time Deadline is reporting that Pinocchio is up for a live-action revamp with Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) basing the story loosely on the original story about a wooden puppet who wishes to become a real boy. And of course, there's that whole thing about his nose growing when he tells a lie. We're not sure about how this new version of the story will change things up from the classic, but the core of the story has always been about the relationship between Geppetto and Pinocchio as a father and son. Read on! Hedges has plenty of experience with family relationship drama since he's written What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and About a Boy, not to mention directing Dan in Real Life and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, both of which he also wrote. »
- Ethan Anderton
Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.
“Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.
The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.
- Dave McNary
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.
The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio, »
Disney is in the live-action reboot business, and the next animated classic feature up for re-imagining is Pinocchio - the story of a wood-carved puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. With the help of Jiminy Cricket and the paternal Geppetto, Pinocchio goes on a quest to prove his worth and learns about the costs of lying along the way. Per Deadline, Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life) is penning a script loosely based on the original story of Pinocchio. Pinocchio is one of many, many reboots in development at the studio. On the heels of their most recent fairytale revamp, Cinderella, which debuted to positive critical response last month and has grossed more than $400 million internationally to date, Disney is moving full-speed-ahead on live-action adaptations. [caption id="attachment_440833" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is set for April 15, 2016, with the Alice in Wonderland sequel, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Disney has announced that the latest live-action film version of an animated classic that they have put into development is a new adaptation of their 1940 film "Pinocchio," which itself was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children's book.
Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "About a Boy") is on board to write the story which will be loosely based on the earlier movie. No word if he will direct as he has helmed several films including "Dan in Real Life" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green".
No other attachments have been announced at this time. The announcement follows in the wake of news about live-action takes on "Mulan," "Dumbo," and "Winnie the Pooh" being in the works along with live-action "Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" films which are already in various stages of production.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
If the past month or so has taught us anything, it’s that Disney won’t stop rifling through its veritable back catalogue until every single one of their pre-existing properties enters development. The mouse house is gearing up to fill its entire future production slate with remakes, spinoffs and sequels – but mainly remakes – of its most iconic characters. You know, so as to appeal to modern audiences.
Well, if you thought Disney had exhausted its supply, think again. Deadline now reports that a new live-action Pinocchio feature has been ushered into development. Writer Peter Hedges (Pieces Of April, Dan In Real Life) has been contracted to pen the script and it will be the first major movie since he wrote and directed 2012’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.
Described as a “Pinocchio-inspired” movie, this new iteration is said to be “loosely based” on the original source material. »
- Gem Seddon
Dan in Real Life: Fogelman’s Sugary Directorial Debut Hobbles its Own Charms
Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman makes a high profile directorial debut with Danny Collins, nabbing a handful of high profile names to lead his glossy family issue drama wrapped in melodramatic showbiz antics. When he’s not writing directly for children and family friendly audiences (Cars; Bolt; Tangled), Fogelman’s screenplays are often gilded with jejunish countenances (The Guilt Trip; Last Vegas), the types of outrageous yet uncomplicated cinematic fabrications that hail from some medicated hinterland beyond the realm of mere escapism. His first stint as a director finds him returning to this hypertrophic mode of drama wherein potentially insurmountable life tragedies get mushed together to equal one big positive, though kernels of authentic emotions sometimes shine through the contrivances.
Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star currently touring with another greatest hits album. »
- Nicholas Bell
Britt Robertson has been dubbed an actress to watch by theater owners.
The “Tomorrowland” star will receive the “Star of Tomorrow” award at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show taking place this April in Las Vegas.
Robertson is a new face on the film scene, but that could change if “Tomorrowland” connects with audiences when it debuts on May 22. The fantasy film also stars George Clooney and is directed by Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”). The plot remains a closely guarded secret, but the talent attached make the film one to watch.
Robertson will next appear alongside Scott Eastwood in “The Longest Ride,” which will be released April 10. She is best known for starring in the CW network’s “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle,” and CBS’ “Under the Dome.” Other film credits include “Delivery Man,” “Dan in Real Life” and “Cake.”
- Brent Lang
“We’re not bad people,” promises Kyle Chandler’s John Rayburn at the end of the first full trailer for Netflix’s new drama, Bloodline, “but we did a bad thing.” And since that sentence appears to be the dark and ominous slogan for the series, I’m guessing John is going to be a much different and, potentially, a much dangerous character than Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights. Although Chandler is the headlining star, the cast of Bloodline features many familiar names and faces, including Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life), Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy), Jacinda Barrett (Suits) and Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace). The series was created and is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (Damages) and takes place in the Florida Keys, »
- Chris King
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
After spending years making audiences laugh, Steve Carell delivered one of the most chilling performances of the year in the true-crime thriller “Foxcatcher.” The role has already garnered him Golden Globe and SAG Award noms, and now the actor is being honored with the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Carell has shown a dramatic side before; he won a SAG Award as a member of the ensemble of “Little Miss Sunshine,” in which he played a suicidal gay man. He also earned raves for his turn as a widower in “Dan in Real Life” and as an annoying boyfriend in “The Way, Way Back.” Still, it’s unlikely even his biggest fans were prepared for his complex, unsettling turn as billionaire John du Pont in “Foxcatcher.”
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After his breakout turn as »
- Jenelle Riley
13 items from 2015
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