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Directed by Philip Ridley
Written by Philip Ridley
The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor am I sure the movie knows what it wants to be. Although, most people easily label it a psychological horror film, The Reflecting Skin is not a film that is easily pigeonholed. It appears to be a film about the trauma of growing up and more importantly, growing up with a dysfunctional family that is haunted by their past. And it’s all told in a series of twisted events.
This independent feature was the directorial debut of Philip Ridley, a British painter-illustrator-novelist who had supplied the script to Peter Medek’s mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays. The Reflecting Skin was celebrated as one of the unique films of its year and received a good deal of favorable reviews. »
If you want Darkwing Duck or some other Disney character in Disney Infinity, now's your chance to help make that happen.
Through the official Disney blog, the company is asking fans to vote for the character they want most to appear in its toys-to-life series.
Fans can choose between a number of characters that haven't appeared in the game yet, including Darkwing Duck, Dory from Finding Nemo, Belle or Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan or Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and Ariel or Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
If your favourite character isn't featured, Disney is open to suggestions, writing that you can mention any other pick in the comments section of the blog post.
The latest instalment in the toys-to-life series is Disney Infinity 3.0, which is »
Tim Burton is embracing social media in the promotion of his latest fantasy adventure. He jumped on his personal Facebook page last night to share the first official look at his upcoming adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. While we don't get to see any of the characters yet, we do get to see the home mentioned in the title. And we get some bird symbolism. It looks like nothing but blue skies for these strange kids who are about to get a very unexpected visitor.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. We won't get to see the movie until March 4, 2016, so a trailer may still be miles away. The movie has quite an ensemble of fan-favorite talent, lead by Asa Butterfield, who lost out on the role of Spider-Man just in the last few months. At least he has »
Disney has added yet another beloved cartoon classic to its roster of upcoming live-action remakes: The Sword in the Stone.
Variety reports that Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman will pen the updated take on the 1963 film. Originally written by Bill Peet — and based on T. H. White's book of the same name — The Sword in the Stone told King Arthur's fictionalized origin story as an orphan who proves himself worthy of royalty as he does the impossible by pulling a sword from a stone.
Cogman has written seven »
You probably got the memo that Disney is dedicated to remaking some of their classic animated films in live-action. So far we’ve seen a live-action Alice in Wonderland (with a sequel on the way), a live-action Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent), and a live-action take on Cinderella. And there will be plenty more where those came from. Now the Mouse House has added another title for this treatment with the announcement of a live-action Sword in the Stone. First off, we so called this one. But secondly, The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news in revealing that Bryan Cogman, who’s a writer and producer on HBO’s Game of Thrones, will pen the script for Disney, which Brigham Taylor is on board to produce. If you’re familiar with Cogman’s body of work, then you know this guy »
Continuing their strategy of reimagining animated classics into live-action movies, Disney is developing a “Sword in the Stone” movie with “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman penning the script, Variety has confirmed.
Brigham Taylor will produce the film.
The original toon was based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, which ultimately became part of the author’s multi-book King Arthur fantasy, “The Once and Future King.”
The 1963 animated pic followed a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur who became king after removing a sword from an anvil in London.
Cogman cut his teeth as one of the writers on HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” though audiences can expect this project to be on the lighter side.
The scribe tweeted a photo of himself pulling the “Sword in the Stone” at Disneyland with the caption “research.”
Bryan Cogman (@b_cogman »
- Justin Kroll
Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.
Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.
The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ant-Man has just hit cinemas in the UK, with the action-packed comedy escapade heading straight for the box office sugar mountain. With its story of a house thief who gets more than he bargains for when he pinches a mysterious suit that makes shrinking in the wash look like a walk in the park, it falls squarely on the lighter side of Marvel Studios, alongside Iron Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
The concept of a man who becomes the height a bug may appear quaint to today’s audiences, but the movie has certainly blown away the cobwebs, creating a spectacle that cinemagoers and critics have so far taken to like a moth to a Wicker Man. Of course, it also follows in a long tradition of characters with tiny but tortuous problems. Despite being small, they fill the screen, from Alice In Wonderland to Innerspace.
So find a »
- Steve Palace
Disney will continue their recent spate of live-action reboots of classic animated films with Genies, a prequel to 1992's Aladdin centered around one such magical lamp-dweller, Variety reports.
The script will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the team behind Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th; the pair also wrote the upcoming comedy O' Lucky Day, which will star Peter Dinklage. Tripp Vinson will produce the film through his production company Vinson Films, though Disney has yet to announce a director.
The late Robin Williams »
Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairytale boasts child-stealing pirates and a Hook who’s morphed into Indiana Jones. But Rooney Mara’s turn as a psychedelic-tressed Tiger Lily won’t do much to offset accusations of ‘whitewashing’
It’s an unwritten rule of fantasy film-making that if you can’t make a great movie, at least make one that’s utterly outlandish. This is why, for all their failings, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, with their giant-headed queens, excitable talking animals and gorgeous warring witches, will always be remembered more fondly than furrow-browed Angelina Jolie-vehicle Maleficent, or any of the distinctly po-faced Narnia films.
- Ben Child
Nothing’s going to stop Disney from plumbing the depths of its extensive animated library for every possible live-action reimagining, reboot, prequel, sequel or spinoff. THR reports that the studio is returning to the world of 1992’s Aladdin for a story set before that animated classic, focusing on the backstory of one lamp-dwelling Genie.
Tentatively titled Genies (ugh), this live-action comedy-adventure is said to dive into the world of the Genies and specifically explain how the fun-loving Genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams) made his way into a lamp later polished by a young street urchin.
The blockbuster success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella has Disney high on fairy tales again, and the studio is keenly searching for any way to dust off its more iconic titles for a new generation. In the works already are a musical Beauty and the Beast take with Emma Watson in the lead role, »
- Isaac Feldberg
As those of us in San Diego saw on Saturday, Pan, the upcoming Peter Pan/Captain Hook origin story that tells of how the boy who flies came to Neverland, is an interesting and surprising thing. Public domain properties are ripe for turning into franchises, ill-thought-out or otherwise (go ask Disney’s Alice In Wonderland), and at first glance this seemed to be one of the former. But then the footage of Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard was shown — hammy, overwrought, theatrical… »
Disney is digging deep into its well of animated movies, putting a live action prequel to the 1992 blockbuster Aladdin into development, entitled Genies. The studio has brought on screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) to write the screenplay for the project, described as a "live-action comedy adventure" by The Hollywood Reporter. Disney is already planning to have this project, still in early development, spawn a live action remake of Aladdin itself.
The original Aladdin movie is based on a centuries-old Arabic folk tale about a lowly street kid who finds a magical lamp with a genie (Robin Williams), who grants him three wishes, while the nefarious Jafar tries to obtain this lamp to gain power over the land. The prequel Genies is said to focus on the realm of these magical entities, and how Aladdin's particular genie becomes enslaved in this lamp. Aladdin took in an »
Disney is developing “Genies,” a live-action comedy prequel to its 1992 animated hit “Aladdin.”
Tripp Vinson is on board to produce “Genies” through his Vinson Films banner. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are writing the script for the prequel, which will center on a genie trapped in Aladdin’s lamp.
The original Aladdin story is contained in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights” (“The Arabian Nights”), in which a sorcerer persuades the young Aladdin to retrieve a powerful oil lamp from a magic cave.
Vinson’s credits include exec producing “San Andreas” and producing “Journey 2: the Mysterious Island.” He’s also developing “Bob the Musical” for Disney with Michel Hazanavicius directing, as well as a Prince Charming movie for Disney. (Fun fact: Vinson’s bachelor party was true-life inspiration for 2009’s “The Hangover.”)
Shannon and Swift’s credits include 2009’s “Friday the 13th” and the upcoming comedy “O »
- Dave McNary
While many of you might have blown your DVD and Blu-ray budget on the bi-annual Barnes & Noble / Criterion Collection sale which started last week, Amazon is here to bring you to new levels of debt.
Earlier this month Amazon revealed that on July 15th, 2015, they would begin a new tradition: Prime Day. Those folks who subscribe to Amazon Prime are able to take advantage of these deals. You can still take advantage of their free trial.
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- Ryan Gallagher
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.
This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
So... Warner is running a little late. Maybe Zack Snyder is still exhausted from driving the Batmobile around San Diego last night. As always, Warner Bros. has added more screens, and it wraps around the audience further than every before. Aisha Tyler was brought out as a moderator of the panel, which is a nice change-up. The first big blast of footage was for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", and it looks like a party. I have a huge fetish for '60s spy films, and it's pretty obvious Guy Ritchie does as well. Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill look like a really solid comic and action team, and Alicia Vikander continues her triumphant 2015 with a role that looks like it's going to be huge fun. Cavill, Hammer, and Vikander walked out to sit with Tyler, and they jumped into talking about the tone of the film, which is blatantly funny »
- Drew McWeeny
Read this if you dare, Guignol Book One is set to arrive in September, and we have a piece of exclusive artwork from the series. Also featured in this round-up: casting details from House of Monsters as well as a release date for the Dollface DVD.
Guignol Artwork: "Obscurity Publishing recently announced the debut of Guignol - A Tale of Escalating Horror, an all-new illustrated horror adventure series from New Orleans indie creators Brett Schwaner and Keith Hogan.
Guignol is the tale of an ordinary children's Halloween play gone horribly wrong.
Guignol - Book One, the debut First Printing, is available only by pre-order through July 31st via www.readguignol.com.
Guignol debuts September 2015, just in time for Halloween."
"From the darkness! From the eternal night! The theater students of the art academy of Sainte Jeanne d’Arc present, for the first time ever. Guignol! A Tale of Escalating Horror! »
- Tamika Jones
The trend of turning animated fairy tales into live-action movies continues, this time with a different kind of character at the center - a dude!
Variety reports that Disney has bought a script by Matt Fogel that tells the story of Prince Charming. Details are scarce, but the movie is being described as a comedy from the point of view of Charming's brother, who never lived up to the family name.
This Prince Charming project, should it move forward, would join a long list of live-action fairy tales in recent years. It all started in 2010 with the blockbuster hit "Alice in Wonderland," and since then, we've gotten "Maleficent" and "Cinderella." Coming next are "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson and "Alice Through the Looking Glass."
These live-action fairy tale re-imaginings have focused on female protagonists, so it's interesting to see a male character - one whose never made much of an impression, »
- Kelly Woo
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