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Big ears are about to be a big deal. Disney's animated classic Dumbo is being remade into a live-action film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mouse House thinks special effects have finally evolved to the point where a flying elephant could be made to look real and be believable. The studio is planning to make an adjustment: as it tells the baby elephant's story, it will tell a story about a human going through a similar experience. Ehren Kruger, the writer of Transformers: Age of Extinction, will write and produce.
Disney's been on a tear of ordering live-action remakes of their animated classics. Cinderella from Thor director Kenneth Branaugh hits in March 13, 2015, while Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau is working on The Jungle Book and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon is taking on Beauty and the Beast. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
The World Cup, as always, has been a real love affair, unless you are an England or Spain fan and have watched your country crash out in the first round. Pre-World Cup, people were familiar with Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo but thanks to the numerous locations in use (http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/ – to find stadium guides) we are now familiar with places as far reaching as Manaus, in the Amazon.
Hopefully this increased exposure will open up the film industry in Brazil and stop making it so Rio biased – most films involving Brazil are set in Rio. However, there are still some phenomenal films to have been set in Rio, here a few below.
City of God (2002)
- David Agnew
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
Robert Pattinson who became highly popular as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie and millions of Twilight fans swoon and helped the film franchise rake in more than $3.3 billion worldwide, has a hard time sinking his teeth into a particular kind of role: a normal guy.
In his newest movie, The Rover, the 28-year-old British actor portrays Rey, the brother of a car thief, who is kidnapped by a guy whose vehicle was stolen. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, also stars Guy Pearce and hit theaters on Friday, June 20. This the first non-vampire project for Pattinson since the 2012 release of the fifth and final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 2.
"I think lots of people want to do stuff that's relatable, and I want to do stuff that's unrelatable," Pattinson told The Huffington Post in a recent interview. "I don't think I have particularly normal emotional reactions to things. »
Robert Pattinson, who as vampire Edward Cullen, made Kristen Stewart and millions of Twilight fans swoon and helped the film franchise rake in more than $3.3 billion worldwide, has a hard time sinking his teeth into a particular kind of role: a normal guy. In his newest movie, The Rover, the 28-year-old British actor portrays Rey, the brother of a car thief, who is kidnapped by a guy whose vehicle was stolen. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, also stars Guy Pearce and hit theaters on Friday, June 20. This the first non-vampire project for Pattinson since the 2012 release of the fifth and final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 2. "I think lots of people want to do stuff »
Robert Pattinson has been tough to miss ever since breaking out in 2008's "Twilight" as a hunky vampire.
The film catapulted Pattinson to international success seemingly overnight, and after four more "Twilight" films and millions of dollars in the bank, the actor is looking to shake that role. Pattinson has, however, proved his acting chops in indies like "Cosmopolis" and can be seen in the critically-acclaimed thriller "The Rover" opposite Guy Pearce this summer.
From his surprising karaoke partner to his connection with an asteroid, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Robert Pattinson.
1. Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England to Clare and Richard Pattinson.
2. His father imported vintage cars from the Us, while his mother worked for a modeling agency.
3. The actor was raised Roman Catholic.
4. Growing up in the Barnes suburb of London, Pattinson became involved with the Barnes Theatre Company at a young age and »
- Jonny Black
Well this is definitely one that we weren’t expecting. With all the effort that Disney have gone to in order to fully milk their animated classics for live action material, this is something that I didn’t see coming. The Disney Channel have produced a brand new television movie that will essentially combine elements of Maleficent and Alice And Wonderland with High School Musical.
The upcoming film due for a 2015 air date will show audiences yet another new take on classic fairy tale characters in a modern context. Descendants (not the one starring Shailene Woodley unfortunately) stars the evil offspring of infamous Disney characters such as Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella Deville and the Evil Queen. This is definitely a unique and original take on these classic Disney characters for better or worse, and if nothing else it will definitely be an interesting watch. You can check out the first photo from the film below! »
- Ben Read
Pattinson became an overnight sensation by playing Edward Cullen in the popular Twilight films, but has been slowly breaking out of his teenage heartthrob image with grittier roles – Water for Elephants (2011), Cosmopolis (2012). The Rover, from writer/director David Michôd, marks Pattinson’s first feature film release since the release of the last Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in 2012, and Pattinson appears happy to leave his Edward Cullen look behind.
Throughout the filming of Twilight, Pattinson kept his hair relatively long due to filming and shocked fans when he suddenly shaved his head for The Rover. Pattinson said he loved the look, telling E! News, “It’s like the skin on the back of your neck, »
In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »
- Brad Brevet
Unless they go really dark and focus a lot more on the beast than the beauty, our coverage of Disney's live action version of the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast will no doubt be sparse, but in light of the film's director, we figured we'd at least make you aware of it.
Per Variety, Bill Condon, who knows a thing or two about blockbusters, having helmed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 and 2, has been set to direct a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos with Mandeville Films producing.
With Maleficent's recent $170 million (worldwide) opening weekend, you can bet Disney is hoping for more of the same. Beauty and the Beast has a strong track record already: The studio’s 1991 animated feature version grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play, and became one of the few animated films to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.
Given the success of the play, »
- Debi Moore
From photographer Tyler Shields comes Final Girl – a horror movie with the revenge motif of I Spit on Your Grave and Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass. A new trailer has been released which sees our hero taking down her would-be attackers in a game of cat and mouse.
No release date has been announced for the movie.
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt. »
- Luke Owen
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is set to direct a live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for Walt Disney Studios with Evan Spiliotopoulos (Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Brett Ratner's Hercules) writing the screenplay. Of course, no reason to assume it will beat Jean Cocteau's 1946 version or Disney's animated version so is there really any point in caringc Variety The Other Guys co-stars, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, are looking to re-team for the comedy Daddy's Home for Paramount. The story centers on two men battling for the love and attention of their children. Horrible Bosses 2 directors Sean Anders and John Morris are in talks to direct from a screenplay written by Brian Burns, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Etan Cohen. Deadline Apparently Antoine Fuqua is in talks to direct a remake of The Magnificent Seven and the new rumor is he'll »
- Brad Brevet
With the success of Maleficent, Disney is looking to move fast on their live-action feature film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The studio has hired Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon to bring the story to life.
No official plot details have been released, but it's Beauty and the Beast! I'm pretty sure you can figure it out. The script is being written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who has written a ton of Disney's direct to video animated films.
The studio's 1991 animated movie was nominated for an Academy Award, pulled in more that $375 million, and spawned a fantastic Broadway show.
- Joey Paur
Beauty and the Beast is coming back to big screen—but this time, it'll be live-action! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn's Bill Condon has been hired by Disney to direct the fairy tale film, Variety reports. Evan Spiliotopoulos will write the script, and Mandeville Films will produce the movie. So far, there is no casting news to report for Beauty and the Beast. The animated feature, released in 1991, earned a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards and was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1994. It has grossed more than $375 million worldwide. The news comes after Maleficent debuted at No. 1, raking in $170 million at the global box office. Coincidentally, Linda Woolverton »
Disney continues its plans to produce live-action re-imaginings of all its animated back catalogue with Bill Condon ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," "Dreamgirls") signing on to direct their live-action re-interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast" for the studio.
The film follows the likes of "Alice in Wonderland," "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and "Maleficent" which have all proven to be big box-office successes. At least three more such adaptations are in the works including 'Beast', Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" due out next year, and a live-action take on "The Jungle Book" currently in development.
Condon's name has been linked to the project for several months, but now it is finally confirmed. The filmmaker is currently prepping "A Slight Trick of the Mind" in which his "Gods and Monsters" star Ian McKellen plays a retired Sherlock Holmes who tries to solve one last case before he loses his keen mental faculties. »
- Garth Franklin
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