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Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is Emma Bovary in this latest adaptation of the famous debut novel by French writer Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary. The story takes place in Normandy, France, where Emma, a farmer’s daughter, marries Charles Bovary, a young doctor. Unfortunately married life is not what Emma thought it would be. Tired of […]
We’ve been relishing the chance to be in Park City again this year for Sundance, despite the fact that for the first time in the festival’s history no movies are being screened on 35mm. That said, some already incredible movies have received awards and much deserved buzz. Most notable among them is Don Hertzfeld’s animated World of Tomorrow, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film.
But we’ve also been watching the buyers, because for those of us who couldn’t make it out to Utah this year, we have an invested interest in actually seeing these movies some day. Here’s a list of some of the more notable deals that were struck. Indiewire has a full list of films and buyers.
- Brian Welk
It has been over 60 years since Hollywood has made a big-screen adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 1856 "Madame Bovary." As one of the most beloved literary classics of all time, this is a whale of a project, especially for second-time director Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls"). "Madame Bovary" stars the lovely Mia Wasikowska as the unhappily married titular character living in 19th century France. Emma Bovary searches desperately for a spark in her life after marrying distant country doctor Charles Bovary. Wasikowska seems a natural choice for the lead role, as she has already portrayed literary heroines with strength and vivacity in "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) and "Jane Eyre" (2011). In attempts to escape the lonely dullness of her married life, Bovary conducts love affairs with several men, and shops so vigorously that her husband falls into debt. As The Playlist reported, "The adaptation »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Having already tackled Alice in Wonderland for Tim Burton and Jane Eyre for Cary Fukunaga, Mia Wasikowska has found herself yet another adaptation of a literary classic about a young woman looking for more. Directed by Sophie Barthes and based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary stars Wasikowska as Emma. She marries a small-town doctor and then […]
- Angie Han
Gustave Flaubert's timeless novel Madame Bovary comes to life with the first trailer for this adaptation. The book has been brought to the big screen several times before, including a 1991 adaptation starring Isabelle Huppert and a 2000 film starring Frances O'Connor and Hugh Bonneville. The novel was even adapted into a four-part TV mini-series back in 1975. Mia Wasikowska stars as the title character, adding to her list of adaptations including Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
Set in Normandy, France, Madame Bovary is Gustave Flaubert's classic story of Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), to leave her father's pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage. »
Exclusive: Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) will play composer-lyricist Lionel Bart, who famously wrote the score for Oliver!, in Vadim Jean’s musical feature Consider Yourself. Joining Rush is a stellar cast including Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Eddie Marsan (Snow White And The Huntsman), Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Al Weaver (Marie Antoinette) as the younger Bart.
Consider Yourself (the title comes from one of the best-known songs from Oliver!, Bart’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) tells the story of an untrained musician who couldn’t read or write music and yet became the first person to have three West End musicals running. At one point in the early 1960’s, Bart was earning more in song royalties than the Beatles — and still managed to lose it all. The film charts his rise and fall, using Bart’s catalogue of songs, »
- Ali Jaafar
Mercedes-Benz USA collaborated with Robert Stromberg – Maleficent director and a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction for Alice In Wonderland and Avatar – for its Super Bowl ad this year. It’s Stromberg’s advertising directorial debut. "We tend to think of fables as things of the past," Stromberg said, in re the ad, which is based on the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare. "It's fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet… »
- Lisa de Moraes
Donna is getting hitched, everybody! This woman is such a catch. I assume all the gentlemen in greater Indiana are drowning in pools of their own tears, Alice in Wonderland–style, at the thought of this gem being taken off the market. But wedding planning is only so important in the face of the greatest gift of all: Treat Yo Self 2017! Joe, Donna’s husband-to-be, doesn’t understand TYS2017. I’m not sure what to make of the fact that Donna never told the man with whom she wants to spend the rest of her life about the single most important day of the year. I do know what to make of Donna’s shimmery, hot-pink top, however — it is fantastic. (I feel like, in some other plane where fictional universes collide, Donna Meagle and Mindy Lahiri would be perfect shopping buddies.)Tom and Donna have been in that car a long time. »
- Jessica Goldstein
Emma Watson just landed a magical new gig!The "Harry Potter" alum has been cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast" from director Bill Condon. "I'm finally able to tell you ... that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'!" the actress wrote on Facebook soon after the news broke. "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There.'""My 6-year-old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons," she added. "I can't wait for you to see it." The script was written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed the 24-year-old beauty in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Watson had previously been attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s "Beauty," which the »
- tooFab Staff
Disney isn't messing around when it comes to their live-action adaptations of popular animated features, especially given the kind of money Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent brought in. The pace is only going to pick up as we have Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella right around the corner, thankfully promising a less CG-intensive affair judging by the trailer. We've known that Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes, Dreamgirls) was on-board to »
- Sean Wist
It was the tale of two stars at the weekend box office, one who opened a film — Jennifer Lopez with Universal’s The Boy Next Door at $15M — and one who tanked — Johnny Depp with Lionsgate’s Mortdecai at $4.1M. The discrepancy between the two films showed one star, Lopez, who kept it cheap and met her audience’s wants head-on, and another, Depp, who at a high price lost himself in a zany caricature disconnected from reality.
Universal’s Blumhouse production Boy Next Door kept it lean and mean with a production budget of $4M, while Lionsgate/OddLot spent $60M on Mortdecai, a figure many still consider exorbitant for an avant garde Depp film in the wake of his spring sci-fi bomb Transcendence which cost $100M.
One studio executive summed it up perfectly today, saying, “Depp should take a page from Jennifer Lopez’s book and do a low-budget »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The saddest part of Mortdecai's abysmal debut this weekend was how expected it seemed to be. Johnny Depp's latest starring vehicle, in which he plays a daffy British bon-vivant jetting around the world to find a stolen masterpiece, aimed to be a kind of Pink Panther-esque caper—but American audiences stayed away in droves, and the critics unloaded. "In the end, we must lay the badness of Mortdecai at the feet of its star," wrote New York's David Edelstein. "I envy Depp’s capacity for self-amusement, but it’s a pity he’s so rich and enbubbled that »
- Jeff Labrecque
The caper comedy will be the fifth-straight flop for the actor whose career has taken strange twist
The wacky whiskers he wore as a shady art dealer in “Mortdecai” — the subject of a a national pre-release promo campaign — couldn’t prevent Lionsgate Entertainment’s caper comedy from landing with a major thud and taking in a puny $1.4 million in its nationwide opening Friday.
That means that “Mortdecai” will finish the weekend with less than $5 million, or »
- Todd Cunningham
Betting on Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” has turned out to be a nightmare for Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment, which financed the $60 million comedy that few want to see. It’s also another big black eye for Depp as the farce is the latest in a series of high-profile flops for the actor following “Transcendence,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows.”
Friday afternoon estimates showed the R-rated “Mortdecai” pulling in a mere $2 million on its opening day at 2,648 locations, with a weekend take estimated at less than $6 million — about half of recent forecasts. Despite Depp’s apparent efforts to channel the nuttiness of Peter Sellers, critics mostly hammered the film, which scored a dismal 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Depp’s career and stature as one of the biggest stars in the world is currently on shaky ground given his struggle to attract huge audiences outside of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Alice in Wonderland” franchises. »
- Dave McNary
Johnny Depp.s career is in a rut. If his latest film, Mortdecai, flops . and our review isn.t helping its case . this will be his fourth straight box-office disappointment for a film he has tried to carry. (Ensemble work in Into the Woods and 21 Jump Street don.t count.) It wasn.t always this way. Before he fell down a rabbit hole of bizarre and colorful characters (literally, with Alice in Wonderland), Depp had the makings of a dependable character actor who.d embrace quirky, off-center roles that would terrify most mainstream actors. Depp never seemed interested in furthering his career. He only wanted the next interesting part, and few were more engrossing than these 10 roles. Skip Mortdecai this weekend and, in stead, curl up with a few of these amazing performances, the 10 best of Johnny Depp.s career. 10. Sir James Matthew Barrie, Finding Neverland Easily one of Johnny »
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending is written and directed by the Wachowskis.
- Movie Geeks
American Sniper is a phenom. Even the best predictions were $25+ million off last weekend. Astounding for a January release. Could we have predicted from the title alone that it was better than double Lone Survivorc Might January become patriotic military cinema monthc $53.5 million is my call for the weekend, gaining Academy momentum in a big way. Give The Boy Next Door this - they know who the audience is. The trailers are steamy and forbidden - catnip for the 50 Shades crowd. And really, who hasn't been therec My teenage neighbors hit on me constantly. This film, like the fella in it, will perform well, to the tune of $19.5 million. Strange Magic is in that weird place of being not quite a normal looking animation. I have seen trailers, so they are marketing, but it's not a sequel or a Pixar - though there's a chance Disney Animation has made another "more Pixar than Pixar" film. »
- Laremy Legel
Johnny Depp’s latest film, Mortdecai, looks like an absolute train wreck, and since Lionsgate has decided not to screen it for press we’ll all find out together this weekend if that initial assessment is valid. Well, some of you will find out — I’ll be skipping it because it looks like an absolute train wreck. Tim Burton also has a new film in theaters, and while it’s not quite wowing audiences it appears to be a step in the right direction after the disappointments of Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland. Depp’s career is a mixed bag of fantastic, awful and average films, and examples of each can be found in his eight collaborations with Burton. Most people tend to point to Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood as their best pairings, but I’m oddly partial to their 1999 gothic comedy, Sleepy Hollow. It’s one of Burton’s rare R-rated films and fully »
- Rob Hunter
Johnny Depp has had a remarkable career. After debuting – and dying – in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984, he was just one of the guys in the ensemble Platoon, the rockabilly heartthrob in Cry-Baby, and the star undercover cop in TV’s “21 Jump Street.” With Edward Scissorhands came his career-changing role, blossoming him to the top of the A-list where he’s remained as a bonafide movie star ever since.
This week he’s back on the big screen in Mortdecai (and surprise! Tim Burton is nowhere to be found). As moustachioed art dealer Charles Mortdecai, Depp is searching for a stolen painting that’s been linked to a stolen bank account of Nazi gold.
- Rachel West
Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.
17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »
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