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Grimm regains some humour and momentum in this week's episode, Cry Luison. Here's Christine's review...
This review contains spoilers.
4.5 Cry Luison
Last week Bree Turner (who plays Rosalee) tweeted that this week’s episode, Cry Luison, “begins the bullet train of momentum to our mid season finale.”
While that bullet train has yet to reach high-speed, we did see a return of a little of the humour that’s been missing from the series so far this season, and yes, even some plot development.
We pick up where last week’s episode left off, with Monroe and Rosalee arriving at Nick and Juliette’s with Elizabeth, who has figured out how Nick “can get his Grimm back.” There’s only one problem: In order to completely reverse the spell, Juliette must take the potion and then sleep with Nick... as Adalind!
That’s a pretty big ask of any girlfriend, »
Snow White was a risk that could have finished Disney. Ryan looks at how the world's first animated feature changed the landscape of cinema
In 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, its 53rd animated feature. With takings of well over $1bn and counting, it ranks as the most successful animated film of all time, eclipsing the previous title holder - Pixar's Toy Story 3 - by around $200m.
For a generation who've grown up with such films as The Lion King and Tangled, Disney probably seems like an immovable cultural force: as recognisable and unchanging as Mount Rushmore or the American flag. But Disney has survived a series of peaks and troughs since its founding in the 1920s, from its decline in the 1970s and early 80s, its revival in the 90s, and its second burst of creative energy in the 2000s.
From its inception, Disney Animation Studios has moved with the times, »
Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella finally gets a trailer and it’s exactly what you’d expect from another adaptation of the famous fairy tale. If you’re asking yourself why they’re making Cinderella again in live-action, well I can point you in the direction of recent hits like Alice in Wonderland ($1.025,5 million) or Maleficent ($757.7 million). The […]
Read The First Official Trailer for Disney’s Cinderella on Filmonic.
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair »
- Gary Collinson
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" won't be back on until after Thanksgiving, but tonight's episode didn't feel very filling. Dandy's angry cry-face is pretty representative of the whole episode; there's lots of pouting and near-tantrums and Frances Conroy just needs to come in and regulate the whole damn mess.
Let's just get started, shall we?
That's Just Dandy
Dandy (Finn Wittrock) and Mrs. Mott (Frances Conroy) don't have a whole lot of screen time this week, which is fine because they're best in small doses. Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) shows up to collect the Tattler twins (Sarah Paulson), who have been dressed up like Alice in Wonderland. When Dandy reveals that he read Dot's diary and that she secretly wants to get surgically separated from Bette, it's not too hard for Jimmy to convince them both to leave Dandy and his fancy caviar behind. Jimmy also gets a big clue »
- Jenni Miller
What does Disney's Cinderella look like as a big, colorful, live-action movie? Well, a lot like this. Cinderella, coming out March 13, 2015, is the next in line after films like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent to revisit some of Disney's classic characters in live-action form. This Cinderella looks like it very much sticks to the story we all know about the poor maiden harrassed by her wicked stepfamily whose magical fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) makes her...
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What does Disney's Cinderella look like as a big, colorful, live-action movie? Well, it looks a lot like this. That's the first trailer for Cinderella, due to hit theaters on March 13, 2015, and it's the next in line after films like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent to revisit some of Disney's classic characters in live-action form. And this Cinderella looks like it very much sticks to the story we all know about a poor maiden ridiculed by her wicked stepmother whose encounter with a magical fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) makes all her princess dreams come true... well, until the clock strikes midnight, that is. Lily James plays Cinderella while Richard Madden plays Prince Charming, but the real highlight of this first look is Cate Blanchett as the...
- Erik Davis
On Wednesday, Walt Disney Studios debuted the beautiful new trailer for Cinderlla. A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
The trailer introduces audiences to Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) in the iconic role of Cinderella, a beautiful young woman with a gentle spirit who, despite the cruelty and abuse she is subjected to from her stepmother and her daughters, continues to remain positive and steadfast, as well as the first images of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the wicked stepmother, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as the dashing, intelligent and thoughtful Prince, and the one-of-a-kind glass slipper.
The new poster, »
- Michelle McCue
Disney has released the first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of “Cinderella,” which sees “Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden channeling his inner Prince Charming for Lily James’ titular heroine.
The trailer also features Cate Blanchett embracing her evil side as our heroine’s stepmother, Lady Tremaine, while Helena Bonham Carter appears as the bubbly Fairy Godmother — a pronounced reversal from her previous Disney role as “Alice in Wonderland’s” Red Queen. Rounding out the cast are “Captain America” star Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s mother and Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke, with Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera playing Cinderella’s stepsisters.
While the story treads familiar ground in some very fancy footwear, the visual effects seem to succeed in capturing the whimsy of the animated original, especially as Ella’s mice are transformed into horses for her pumpkin coach.
The reimagined fairytale will hit theaters on »
- Laura Prudom
Following the huge success of Maleficent this year, Disney are working back through their catalogue of animated movies and giving them the live action makeover. Up next – Cinderella. And here’s the first trailer:
“I re-read the fairy tale when Disney first approached me about the project and was reminded of what an amazingly powerful story it is,” says director Kenneth Branagh. “It’s a classic piece of storytelling where the central character goes on a journey that we can really identify with, so the texture and landscape of a great story was wonderful to play with as a director. I was excited to have the chance to retell a classic story in a way which would be both appealing and have meaning for modern audiences.”
- Luke Owen
The trend for live-action adaptations of fairy tale movies is in full swing; you just haven’t seen these labors come to full fruition yet because most of the releases have been staggered. After Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” made more than a billion at the worldwide box-office in 2010, all the movie studios —as they are wont to do for lack of a better idea— decided “hey, a billion dollars is cool, all these fairy tales are in public domain, so we need one of those stat!” So every studio under the sun started tasking writers to come up with their own new spin on fairy tales. Universal gave us “Snow White And The Huntsman” in 2012, as did Relativity with “Mirror, Mirror,” Disney went back to the well once again with “Maleficent” (which is the third highest grossing film of the year worldwide, so the plan is working for »
- Edward Davis
The latest fairy story to get the live action treatment from Disney is Cinderella, which the firm is releasing into cinemas next March. It'll be hoping that it can replicate the success of films such as Maleficent, Oz: The Great And Powerful and Alice In Wonderland with it.
Kenneth Branagh has directed this one, and it stars Lily James in the title role. On the basis of the first full trailer for the movie, it's worth keeping an eye on her co-star, Cate Blanchett, though. She might just steal the movie. Also in the supporting cast are Richard Madden and Helena Bonham-Carter.
The film arrives in UK cinemas on March 27th, and a full trailer has now been released. You can see it here...
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Disney has found a profitable niche in turning some of their classic animated features into live-action fare. While I've yet to find anyone who actually enjoyed Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, that flick went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Maleficent was no slouch either in bringing home $750 million, and now the next up on the live-action slate is Cinderella. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Hamlet), Cinderella doesn't look to deviate much from the classic »
- Sean Wist
Your favorite childhood fairytales just got a grown-up new look! Paris-based designer Olympia Le-Tan has released a collection of Disney Princess-inspired handbags, including designs that hark to the film releases of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan. While the collection would cost a pretty penny—certain designs run up to over $1,600—we can't help but fantasize about having every one of these amazing book clutches and crossbody bags in our closets. While Olympia Le-Tan also commands a ready-to-wear line for women, the brand is most known for its line of lust-worthy book clutches and minaudières. Disney collection aside, the brand has »
Whether we really needed another big-screen Cinderella adaptation is up for discussion, but few would argue that Shakespeare-skewing thesp Kenneth Branagh is a poor choice to tackle the classic fairy tale. His visually sumptuous take, starring Downton Abbey breakout Lily James as the eponymous protagonist, doesn’t open until next March, but with Disney gearing up to release the first trailer for the film tomorrow, the studio has seen fit to sneak a few seconds of footage online.
Though there’s certainly not much in the 15-second teaser, one quickly gets the impression that this Cinderella will be a sizable visual treat, à la Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and (to a lesser degree) Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent. In addition to James, the film stars Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, Hayley Atwell and Ben Chaplin.
Here’s the official plot description, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Like all Tim Burton movies, “Big Eyes” is a visual/aural treat, with quirky humor, heart and a zippy pace. Cult status seems assured, and it could get attention at the Golden Globes. But Oscar is another question.
For a respected director who has been making big, successful movies for nearly 30 years, his track record with Oscar is surprisingly hit and miss. His films do best in the Academy’s artisan categories, and that’s likely to be true with “Big Eyes” as well: Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography, Rick Heinrich’s and Colleen Atwood’s respective production and costume design, Jc Bond’s editing and Danny Elfman’s score.
The Globes seem likely to recognize the Weinstein Co. release it in the comedy/musical best-picture race, and lead actress Amy Adams could also score. Christoph Waltz once again steals the show in a supporting role. There is also terrific work by co-stars Jason Schwartzman, »
- Tim Gray
Maleficent Blu-Ray Review
You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.
This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.
Though the »
- Marc Eastman
“Let us tell an old story anew, and we will see how well you know it.”
Those are the opening words of Disney’s live-action, CGI-heavy retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, and to be quite honest, they’re really just a nicer, prettier way of stating Hollywood’s current modus operandi: “Let’s just tell the same stories that we know people like over and over, instead of taking a risk and trying something new.” Franchises that were once fresh and exciting get beaten into the dust with sequel after sequel, while perfectly good films are unnecessarily remade in order to provide a modern update or a darker, grittier approach to the same subject matter. Maleficent is one of the latter. Following in the footsteps of Snow White and the Huntsman and Tim Burton’s recent Alice in Wonderland, it seeks to take a popular fairy tale »
- Lee Jutton
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
Described as a reimagining of the classic "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" story, the original 'Arabian Nights' tale follows a poor woodcutter who discovers treasure in a band of thieves' secret den after he gains access using the phrase "Open Sesame".
Adventure follows after the clan finds that their treasure has been uncovered and begin a pursuit of Baba. Jayson Rothwell penned the script with Bernie Goldman producing.
Fox aims to turn the project into a four-quadrant tentpole that aims to yield "Maleficent" or "Alice in Wonderland" style success.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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