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Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014
A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis »
- Tom Stockman
I’m not going to rehash the story of when I met Kevin Smith while working a movie theater box office in the mid ’90s and how he told me about the experience of writing a Superman movie (those days filmmakers didn’t have to be guarded about things being easily spread on the Internet after chatting with fans). You can read what he said then in a piece I wrote early last year on the Kickstarter campaign for The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Now it’s time to see what Smith says now, in the first trailer for the documentary, which is about the failed project. Also in this trailer are a lot of other prominent people who worked on Superman Lives, including director Tim Burton (who is nearly driven to suicide talking about the sad fate of the film on camera), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (then the Warner Bros. exec who greenlit the »
- Christopher Campbell
This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. In 2013, Jules Stewart refused to attach daughter Kristen's moniker when selling the star's childhood home, listing it for $1.75 million with zero hype. Photos All in the Show Biz Family: Musical Offspring and Their Famous Parents It's a unique Woodland Hills, Calif., house: Script supervisor Jules (who also manages Kristen) painted Alice in Wonderland murals and even an outdoor chessboard on concrete. But she unloaded it for only $1.2 million. The buyers have done a major redo, removing the murals but keeping the chessboard.
- Merle Ginsberg
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Hoth sweater 7 […]
- Peter Sciretta
Although the major studios and networks have taken over the cavernous assembly halls at Comic-Con, the autograph pavilion remains one of those last vestiges where the fans hold sway. So it’s always interesting to patrol that part of the annual convention — which kicks off in earnest Thursday — to see the famous, near-famous and fleetingly famous on hand peddling their signatures and memorabilia.
Among this year’s newcomers: Jason Williams, who will be making his first Comic-Con-related pilgrimage to San Diego, he says, tied to the 40th anniversary of a movie that was once a staple of the confab’s smoke-filled latenight screenings: “Flesh Gordon,” a softcore-porn knockoff of the Flash Gordon serials that featured a who’s-who of future big-name special effects talent — including Rick Baker and Jim Danforth — providing its much-better-than-expected visuals. (The poster carried a disclaimer that read, “Not to be confused with the original ‘Flash Gordon. »
- Brian Lowry
You could do something similar to what editor Robert Grigsby Wilson has done here taking a look at Lana and Andy Wachowski's The Matrix and pointing out all the moments in the film influenced by, or paying homage to, other films, but it is nonetheless fascinating to take such a trip through film and in this case several martial arts features, anime and even a speech from Philip K. Dick. I've included the list of films just below the video, give it a look and enjoy. 0:27 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:38 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:44 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:48 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:53 - Drunken Master (1978) 1:02 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:09 - The Killer (1989) 1:19 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:21 - Iron Monkey (1993) 1:31 - Once Upon A Time In China (1991) 1:36 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:41 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons »
- Brad Brevet
In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits, I take a look at: A Peek Inside ‘Frozen Fireworks’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Adds ‘From Dusk till Dawn: The Series’ Maze Disneyland’s new Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush interactive game experience Alice In Wonderland Dark Ride Updated With New Effects Read more about all […]
- Peter Sciretta
ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee has a theory about why Once Upon a Time in Wonderland didn’t work out. The network executive suggests the Once Upon a Time spin-off was undermined by its time slot. Originally, ABC planned to run the Alice in Wonderland-inspired fantasy series during Once’s winter hiatus. It ultimately opted to air Wonderland Thursdays at 8 p.m. leading into Grey’s Anatomy instead—which has been a tough hour for the network in recent years, with several shows struggling to gain traction in the slot (particularly up against CBS’ top-rated The Big Bang Theory). This fall, »
- James Hibberd
Wtf is this post? That's not how you spell Star Wars. It's me, Da7e, basically a waste of carbon, because I spend all my time thinking about things I like and other people who like those things. This is my weekly column where I discuss news, rumors and happenings in the world of Star Wars
Spoilers? Usually, but not this week.
I thought this was all over two weeks ago, but maybe it isn't.
Here’s a rumbling from the deep behind-the-scenes that I cannot confirm: Jj Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy aren’t done wrestling with Bob Iger to push Star Wars: Episode VII back into 2016 with Batman, Superman and Captain America.
I’ve only heard pieces of this from two sources and they don’t necessarily corroborate each other. Previously in this space, we discussed how Abrams and Kennedy wanted a May 2016 release date but Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, »
The project is a co-production of Fox 21 and Lionsgate in association with Imagine Television and Allison Shearmur Productions. Exec producers are Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Linda Woolverton, Francie Calfo and Auel. Woolverton, whose credits include children’s and young adult-focused films “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Lion King,” will pen the pilot.
“I’ve always admired Jean M. Auel’s timeless work,” said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s exec VP and general manager. “With the visionary creative team of Ron Howard, Linda Woolverton, Brian Grazer, Alli Shearmur, Jean M. Auel and Francie Calfo behind it, this project has it all — epic storytelling, great characters and a unique world that’s never been explored on television before. This is exactly the type of top-tier creative talent »
- Whitney Friedlander
Disney is bringing Dumbo back to the big screen. The studio is developing a, you guessed it, live-action take on its 1941 animated classic. Ehren Kruger, who wrote the Transformers franchise, has been hired to pen the script.
Dumbo is one of the shortest, but also most moving animated features in Disney's movie repertoire. The film (you know, just in case you forgot) tells the story of a young circus elephant who is ridiculed because of his enormous ears. According to THR, the new take will tell the original story but also include "a unique family story that parallels Dumbo's story."
Lately, Disney has been in the game of turning old animated classics into live action movies, and it has worked out for them thus far. Most recently, the studio released Maleficent, which is a re-imagining of the 1959 movie Sleeping Beauty. The pic grossed more than $630 million worldwide. And before that, »
- Laura Frances
Having written the scripts for one of the biggest money making franchises in cinemas at the moment, Transformers: Age of Extinction scribe Ehren Kruger has been hired by Disney to pen a live-action adaptation of the classic 1941 animated Dumbo.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kruger will write the script and serve as a producer alongside Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy). No release date has been set, but one would assume it would be part of Disney’s 2016 tentpole line-up. This new version will apparently take the original tale and add a “unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story”. The studio believes that the latest CGI technology means we can see a live-action flying elephant.
Dumbo will join an ever-growing list of live-action Disney adaptations. This year’s Maleficent starring Angela Jolie, a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, grossed over $630 million and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland took over $1 billion at the global box office, »
- Luke Owen
The writer of the last three Transformers films is penning a live action take on Dumbo for Disney...
Maleficent has proven to be a roaring success for Disney, as it continues to turn classic fairy tales and animated movies into live action projects. The studio continues to strike gold too, with Maleficent following the hugely successful Alice In Wonderland and Oz: The Great And Powerful.
Kruger will also produce, alongside Justin Springer. There's no word on a director or timescales yet.
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Thus far, Maleficent has added more than $600 million to Disney.s wallet. In the process, the film has also proven to the Mouse House that there.s a lot of money to be made by revisiting beloved movies and adding live action chapters. So, in that spirit, it should surprise no one that Disney is now planning to rework Dumbo. The news comes from The Wrap, and while it.s short on details, it does offer a few hot facts. Apparently, Justin Springer, best known for producing Prom, will oversee the project, and Transformers writer Ehren Kruger will pen the script with an eye toward making it as family-friendly as possible. That family friendly part is par for the course for anyone who has been watching Disney lately. Recent live action works like Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent have pushed the content in a slightly more adult direction than the »
Disney is developing a live-action feature film adaptation of Dumbo, and you know how I know it's going to suck? Because it's being written by Ehren Kruger, who worked on all those terrible Transformers movie scripts. I'm not sure who could watch those Transformers movies and be like, "Wow! We've got hire the writer of this to write our movie!" Justin Springer is producing the film and he has worked on bringing films such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion to life.
I'm not the biggest fan of Dumbo. It might just be my least favorite of all the classic Disney animated movies. It's so damn depressing. The original film tells the story of a baby circus elephant who is made fun of for his big ears. His mother steps in to protect him at one point and is locked up for it. Dumbo ends up on the road with a »
- Joey Paur
In between accidentally taking over the world with Frozen, Disney continues to busy itself with its commercially successful reimagining campaign in the 2010s. Pouring over its extensive animation library, starting with Alice in Wonderland, the Mouse House has repeatedly cherry picked classic entries ripe for retelling and produced live-action renditions for each of them; the trend has since expanded to include the likes of Oz the Great and Powerful, this year’s Maleficent, and forthcoming efforts Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast.
Box office doesn’t lie, and Disney knows where their bread is buttered. Original IPs like Frozen blindside everybody with titanic ancillary domination, but returning to the well works in a pinch, too. It works so well, in fact, that even though Maleficent is still raking in ...
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- Andy Crump
Walt Disney Pictures has chosen its latest classic animated movie to update with a live action retelling. Transformers writer Ehren Kruger has been hired to pen a fresh take on Dumbo for the studio, with Justin Springer producing.
Ehren Kruger is co-producing the movie, with a story that revolves around a lovable elephant who is constantly teased for his big ears. After his mother gets locked up for protecting him against bullies, Dumbo hits the road with his mouse pal, and eventually learns that he can soar high in the sky, flying with the help of a magical feather. The original classic was released October 23, 1941.
Disney has already found enormous success turning their animated classics into live-action adventures, with Alice in Wonderland pulling in over $1 billion worldwide, and this summer's Maleficent already well on its way to that billion dollar milestone with $631 million globally since its May 30 release date. Disney »
To continue in Disney’s recent trend of “brand deposits”, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Disney is currently developing a live-action version of their 1941 classic Dumbo, the Oscar winning children’s film complete with circus animals, a flying elephant with big ears, a tearjerking musical gem and all the storybook colors of the rainbow.
THR also reminds that this comes on the tails of 2010′s Alice In Wonderland, 2014′s Maleficent and the upcoming adaptations of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. It’s only a matter of time before they drag out The Sword and the Stone reboot too.
If you’re wondering how they’ll get an elephant to fly, you can rest assured that the studio intends to make it CGI anyway. So while I’m intrigued by »
- Brian Welk
As part of its on-going quest to devalue every happy cinematic memory from our childhoods, Disney is looking to turn its animated classic Dumbo into a live-action affair with the help of (wait for it) Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger. Because everyone knows that, when you want to make a movie about a kindly elephant with over-sized elephants, there’s no one better than the guy who gave us such gems as “There’s a missile in the living room,” “Prime’s taken my trophy case, and he will feel my wrath,” and my personal favorite, “Autobots, we’re going to prove who we are, and why we’re here” (and that’s just from Age of Extinction).
Justin Springer, who worked on Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, will be producing along with Kruger. Their version will adapt the original movie while “adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though your first reaction to this news may be, “Seriously?”, it’s actually fairly shocking to think that the classic animated Disney movie has never been remade since first being released in 1941.
Dumbo is of course a timeless classic, and numerous home video rereleases mean that you would struggle to find a member of any generation who haven’t grown up watching the movie.
Well, a live-action remake is now in the works at Disney, with Transformers: Age of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger set to pen the screenplay for the studio. He also wrote the previous two instalments in the popular franchise from director Michael Bay, but obviously seems like an odd fit for this type of project!
Dumbo was Disney’s fourth animated feature after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia, and is one of their shortest with a running time of only 64 minutes.
This is »
- Josh Wilding
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