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And so, Disney's trend of remaking their animated classics continues, and while previous examples, like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent took liberties with their cartoon source material, director Kenneth Branagh takes a more traditional approach to the latest effort, Cinderella, keeping much of what we remember of the 1950 original in tact. There are slight tweaks here and there (the duke is a lot more slimy and weaselly this time round, and the step sisters are "ugly on the inside"), but it's with the choice to stick so rigidly to the source material (though it drops the musical elements), as well as sprinkling a liberal dose of Disney magic upon the production, that Branagh's vision of the classic fairy tale shines, essentially bringing the cartoon to life in the real world. I don't have to explain the plot, do I? It's all there: put upon heroine, wicked step mother, handsome prince, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Looks like this new couple is heating up! Bella Thorne stopped by The View this morning to promote her role as the voice of Alice In Wonderland for Radio City's Spring Spectacular, a new production which opens tonight. But instead of just speaking out about her part, The View hosts, including Nicolle Wallace and guest host Alicia Menendez, couldn't help but ask the red-headed beauty about her relationship with Pamela Anderson's son Brandon Lee, just four days after E! News exclusively confirmed that the two are "seeing each other." Read: More on Bella and Brandon's relationship! "Brandon and I reconnected recently. We met during »
One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.
For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.
As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »
Tracking figures as of this past weekend suggest total awareness about the film sits at 91% with unaided awareness at a high 14% for total audiences. The previous film, "Fast and Furious 6," grossed $789 million worldwide.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
If Hollywood is going to keep bringing William Shakespeare's classic romance Romeo and Juliet back to the big screen, then that means that they are going to have to approach it from absolutely every creative angle imaginable. In the last few years alone we've seen multiple examples of this, but now another one is coming down the pipe - and this one is apparently being made in the style of Zack Snyder's 300. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures is now in talks to pick up Verona, a new film inspired by the aforementioned classic tale of star-crossed lovers. The project is being based on a spec script written by Neil Widener and Gavin James, and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) is attached to produce. Exact details of how the new approach will work are reportedly being kept tightly under wraps, but the trade report says that »
For the second weekend in a row, young girls packed movie houses while their fathers ignored new R-rated thrillers. Leading the pack this weekend was Insurgent, which grossed an estimated $54 million. That is slightly below the $54.6 million that Divergent began with exactly one year ago. Considering the muted response to its predecessor – the film only has a 6.8 user rating on IMDb – and competition from Cinderella, that is a solid start to the young adult adaptation. Regardless, with 3D surcharges and more interest in 2014 breakout stars Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller, some expected the film to easily best Divergent‘s initial sum.
Nervetheless, that is still a fine total. Remember: the first sequel in the Harry Potter franchise, Chamber of Secrets, made less in its opening weekend ($88.4) than Sorcerer’s Stone ($90.3 million). While sequels have a certain rush-out factor, Insurgent was actually less front-loaded than Divergent. It made an estimated $21.3 on Friday, »
- Jordan Adler
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened nearly on par with its predecessor, while The Gunman and Do You Believe? each started off with less than $2 million on Friday.Insurgent opened to an estimated $21.3 million, which is slightly lower than Divergent's $22.8 million on the exact same day last year. When it comes to sequels, dropping a bit from one installment to the next is actually above-average. Still, if there is going to be a bump, it usually takes place between the first and second installment, so it's a bit disappointing that it didn't happen here. If Insurgent plays like Divergent, it will earn just over $50 million this weekend.At the start of its second weekend, Cinderella (2015) fell 59 percent to an estimated $9.53 million. That drop is roughly on par with Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent, but is noticeably off from Oz The Great and Powerful. If Cinderella follows the same pattern as Oz and Alice, »
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Sony Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire the script for "Verona," which is a re-telling of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The title refers to the city in the story, which is the setting of the movie. How this version will be different is still unclear, but the classic love story will look similar to "300," which was developed using mostly green screens to tell the story of a battle between Greeks and Persians. The script for "Verona" is written by Neil Widener and Gavin James. Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) is attached to produce. »
Today's episode includes our review of Insurgent and Brad talks about an upcoming movie he still has 30 minutes to watch, stemming from a conversation regarding reviewing movies before you've seen the whole thing or even reviewing it all without seeing it. On top of that we explore listener Mitch's article "What I've Learned from Listening to 340 episodes of The "Brad and Laremy on movies" podcast", play a couple voicemails, play some games, talk some news and dabble into the March Madness basketball tournament. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, »
- Brad Brevet
What light through yonder studio exec’s window breaks? Tis the dawn of a new version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, Verona, that Sony is currently looking to bundle onto its slate, like an apothecary stocking up on marketable potions. Perhaps the original Ya yarn, the Bard’s tragic romance has been revisited and reimagined so frequently that Tybalt is starting to get Rsi in his sword arm, but producer Joe Roth (Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful) is overseeing something a little different this time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Verona is conceived as a stylised take on the teen romance set in “a 300-style world”. Altogether now: “This… is… Verona!”Roth, who also has Alice In Wonderland and Snow White And The Huntsman sequels on his plate, is keeping further details under wraps but we do know that the script is a spec written »
In this week’s instalment of our series tracking the global box office …
• Cinderella follows in Frozen and Maleficent’s footsteps
• American seniors market promises rejuvenating effect for Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Frozen’s stupendous $1.27bn worldwide take was bound to prompt an escalation for the Disney Princess brand – the one female-focused component of its bulging franchise slate – and Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella adaptation is the next instalment. Close in style and tone to the 1950 animation (whose $85m Us gross would be worth $824.2m today), it’s opened almost neck-and-neck ($67.9m) with Frozen ($67.4m) and Maleficent ($69.4m), though behind Alice in Wonderland ($116.1m). Perfectly sound, considering it lacks the star casting of the latter two – and surely a promise of a firm $200m+ Us base for the film’s international run.
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- Phil Hoad
Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” enjoyed one of the biggest debuts of the year last weekend, but its opening numbers were smaller than initial estimates suggested.
The live-action remake of the animated classic made $67.9 million in the United States, lower than the $70 million that the studio projected the film would earn after the ticket sales were tallied.
The lower figure also means that “Cinderella” will fall short of “Maleficent’s” $69.4 million debut, although with a budget of $95 million, “Cinderella” cost half as much as the “Sleeping Beauty” spinoff.
The film picked up $23 million on Friday, $27.1 million on Saturday and $17.8 million on Sunday, Disney reported.
Internationally, “Cinderella” was very much the belle of the ball, picking up an estimated $62.4 million, including a huge $25 million bow in China, where it is the highest March opening in history. It had a large overseas rollout, debuting in roughly half of the foreign territories where it will screen, »
- Brent Lang
Disney has now gone three-for-three when it comes to their live-action adaptations of their classic animated features. Alice in Wonderland brought in $1.02 billion worldwide in 2010, Maleficent brought in $758.4 million last year and Cinderella was huge this past weekend, bringing in $67.8 million in its first three days. Next up, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast and the studio has just set a March 17, 2017. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is directing the live-action musical, which will be released in 3D: Disney will release Beauty and the Beast in 3D on March 17, 2017. The beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts »
- Brad Brevet
It's no surprise that "Cinderella" beat "Run All Night" among newcomers this weekend. The Disney live-action fairy tale was widely expected to suck all the oxygen out of the box office, and its estimated $70.1 million debut is in line with predictions.
Still, "Run All Night" seemed like it would be smart counter-programming, drawing older men who wouldn't be interested in a movie made for young girls. Yet "Run All Night" underperformed even its modest predictions (in the $14 million range), opening instead at just an estimated $11.0 million.
For the third week in a row, then, Hollywood experts will be tearing their hair out, wondering if a formerly sure-fire leading man (Will Smith two weeks ago, Vince Vaughn last week, and now Liam Neeson) has permanently lost his mojo. In each case, despite a recent downward trend, the funeral arrangements seem premature. True, it's not hard to see why Neeson's career appears to be in trouble. »
- Gary Susman
Disney's live-action "Cinderella" adaptation had a massive launch this weekend, the fantasy tale pulling in $70.1 million at the domestic box-office and a whopping $132 million globally.
With a more cost-effective budget of $95 million, a fraction of the cost of Disney's other live-action fairy tales like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Maleficent," the film will likely prove to be even more profitable.
The success of "Cinderella" sucked the life out of some other films, including Liam Neeson's new action movie "Run All night" which underwhelmed with $11 million - decidedly under early estimates of around $15 million.
"Kingsman: The Secret Service" continues holding well, pushing past $100 million domestic and taking third place.
In limited release, horror tale "It Follows" scored not just stunning reviews but a per-screen average of $40,863 from four locations. It hits VOD in two weeks which may take the wind out of those sails later.
Not faring anywhere near as well »
- Garth Franklin
Walt Disney Studios has been in the happily-ever-after business since 1937’s “Snow White” ushered in a golden age of feature film animation.
Over the past decade, the Magic Kingdom has been particularly adroit at taking the cartoon fantasies that provided the foundation of its pop culture empire and giving them a fresh live-action spin. This weekend, “Cinderella” was the latest classic Disney film to be revisited, joining the likes of “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland” by dominating the global box office with a massive $132 million haul.
In each case, familiarity has bred contentment, enabling the films to arrive with a built-in awareness and a level of love for the stories of dreams fulfilled that few productions can match.
“People love the characters,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “These movies are still very much in rotation and alive. Generations of women grew up with these characters, »
- Brent Lang
Opening to mostly mediocre reviews (read ours here), Disney’s Cinderella has had a whopping opening weekend.
Showing in just under 3,900 screens, Cinderella has taken $70 million domestically, with an extra $62.4 million from worldwide showings – giving it a grand total of $132.4 million, exceeding all expectations.
In terms of Disney’s other live-action reboots/sequels, Cinderella has achieved a bigger domestic opening than Maleficent… just. The hugely successful Maleficent (which grossed more than $600 million worldwide) opened to $69.4 million, but did have the advantage of being released in the more profitable June. However, it hasn’t quite reached the levels of Oz: The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million) or Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), both of which were released in March.
- Luke Owen
Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella was the belle of the North American multiplex ball this weekend while the latest Liam Neeson action flick Run All Night jogged its way to a weak second place finish. Thanks to the arrival of the Disney hit, the box office was up a huge 63% from last weekend and a healthy 20% from last year at this time. Business should continue to excel over the next couple of weeks with next Friday's arrival of the Divergent sequel Insurgent and Fast and Furious 7 two weeks after that.
For the third time in the past five years, the Mouse House has opened a fantasy feature in the month of March to summertime-like numbers. The trend began in 2010 with Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, which earned a whopping $116 million and finished domestically with $331 million. 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful arrived on the scene with $79 million en »
It didn't reach the heights of "Oz: The Great and Powerful" or "Alice in Wonderland," but you can bet the executives at Walt Disney Studios are overjoyed at the opening of their live action version of "Cinderella" this weekend. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairy tale opened to a magical $70 million to easily take the no. 1 spot at the weekend box office. "Cinderella" reportedly played to a massive 77% female audience and earned an A Cinemascore grade. The family flick will have some competition next weekend as "Insurgent" is poised to steal some of its teenage girl and twentysomething female audience, but "Cinderella" is already a hit that will contribute to all aspects of the Disney empire. Debuting far behind in second place was Jaume Collet-Serra's "Run All Night." The Liam Neeson thriller earned a positive A- Cinemascore grade and mixed to positive reviews, but earned just $11 million over the three-day. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Disney has banned smoking in all future films rated PG 13.
The ban will include productions from Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar, reports The Telegraph.
However, the ban will not apply to films which use smoking as an historical accuracy surrounding a real-life figure, such as Abraham Lincoln.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said: "We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board."
Clarifying the exception to the ban, he added: "For instance, we've been doing a movie on Abraham Lincoln, he was a smoker, and we would consider that acceptable.
"But in terms of any new characters that are created for any of those films, under any of those labels, we will absolutely prohibit smoking in any of those films."
Disney characters that have been shown smoking in the past include 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil, Alice in Wonderland's caterpillar and also Pinocchio. »
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