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Reese Witherspoon to play Tinkerbell in live-action Disney remake

22 May 2015 1:03 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Reese Witherspoon will play Tinkerbell in Disney's live-action remake of the film. The 39-year-old actress will star as the little fairy - made famous in 'Peter Pan' - in 'Tink', and will be replacing Elizabeth Banks, who has been attached to the film since 2010, as the producer as well, alongside Victoria Strouse - co-writer of Pixar's upcoming 'Finding Dory' - writing the script. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this latest take on Tinkerbell will ''play with the idea and timeline of the well-known Peter Pan narrative,'' and will take the angle of telling ''the story you don't know'', just like 'Maleficent' did with Angelina Jolie. However, 'Tink' is being developed with a more modest mid-range budget as opposed to 'Maleficent''s $180 million and 'Cinderella''s $95 million. Since Elizabeth announced she was playing Tinkerbell with a ''mischievous nature'' in 2010, Disney has released 'Maleficent', »

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Reese Witherspoon Will Be Live-Action Tinker Bell

21 May 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Reese Witherspoon is attached to tell a live-action version of Tinker Bell's story, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The project is in development, but, yes, in one of the more solid cartoon-to-live-action casting moves in recent memory, Witherspoon would play the titular fairy. Like the Peter Pan movie hitting theaters soon, this one also has a fun, one-word name: Tink. Finding Dory screenwriter Victoria Strouse is penning the screenplay, which will reportedly tell us the story we don't know (think Angelina Jolie's Maleficent). Drama. Most other details are under wraps for now, but Witherspoon is set to produce the film with Bruna Papandrea. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Disney can’t help themselves, set Reese Witherspoon to play live-action Tinkerbell

21 May 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Actually, this picture of Reese was kind of my face when I saw this news.

The Hollywood Reporter broke on Thursday that Witherspoon is set to star in yet another live-action property from Disney. This time, they are bringing in the actress to play Tinkebell in the movie Tink, an adaptation of the Peter Pan character. Witherspoon will also produce the picture.

This isn’t the first live-action adaptation that Disney has set for the future. They already have a slate that includes live action Jungle Book, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Dumbo, which all come after adaptations of their own animated features with Maleficent and Cinderella. While all of those properties have big name directors behind the projects, right now no director is attached to helm Tink.

Victoria Strouse, who wrote the script for Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, is penning the script for the project.

According to THR, »

- Zach Dennis

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Reese Witherspoon Goes Magical For Tink

21 May 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Disney has been enjoying some success with its live-action versions of popular fairy tales, and is looking to keep the magic and the money flowing. Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in and produce a new take on Tinker Bell, which is in development under the name Tink.The Mouse House has Finding Dory co-writer Victoria Strouse at work on a script that will aim to do for Tink what Maleficent did for, well, Maleficent. The unexplored side to the occasionally temperamental sprite will fill a story that has yet to be specified and there’s no director on board right now. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be a more modest film than the lavish spectacle of the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale revamp. Peter Pan’s fairy pal has been well used by the company since she rose to more prominence in its 1953 Disney 'toon of his adventures, »

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Win Rick Baker’s Masks for The Wolfman and The Grinch

21 May 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

While the world of blockbuster filmmaking is decidedly overrun with CG, the art of special effects is not dead. Mad Max: Fury Road and AMC’s The Walking Dead prove that the artform lives on, though maybe not as strongly as it once did. Indeed, there once was a time before Avatar and performance-capture technology when Hollywood relied on a different kind of artist to bring magic to the big screen: the makeup artist. One of the most well-known and renowned makeup artists of our time is one Rick Baker, who pioneered the field with his work on An American Werewolf in London and continues to work wonders to this day on films like Men in Black 3 and Maleficent. And now you can own a piece of movie history crafted by Baker himself. An auction will be held live at the Universal Sheraton on May 29th with over 400 lots of materials created by Baker. »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Makes $69.2 Million After Final Box Office Numbers Released

18 May 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pitch Perfect 2″ made beautiful music at the box office last weekend.

Final results have the Universal release opening to a superb $69.2 million, which is slightly less than the $70.3 million that the studio projected the film would bring in when it reported estimates on Sunday. That means, however, that “Pitch Perfect 2,” which marks Elizabeth Banks’ feature film directorial debut, is the the third biggest opening for a female director, not the second. It now falls behind Catherine Hardwick’s “Twilight” ($69.6 million) and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “50 Shades of Grey” ($85.2 million).

The a cappella sequel also has to surrender its status as the highest-grossing feature film debut. That distinction now belongs to Robert Stromberg’s debut, “Maleficent,” which earned $69.4 million in its initial weekend.

Some numbers were revised upwards. Overseas, “Pitch Perfect 2″ did $27.1 million instead of $26.9 million. Its global total now stands at $107.5 million. That’s an outstanding result for »

- Brent Lang

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'Pride' star Ben Schnetzer to play tragic journalist Dan Eldon

17 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ben Schnetzer, star of gay activist drama Pride, is to play a tragic Reuters photojournalist who was stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993.

Schnetzer will play Dan Eldon in Journey Is The Destination, a $6m feature executive produced by Don Ranvaud, who is in Cannes. The cast will also include Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Ella Purnell (Maleficent).

Eldon was set upon by an angry mob while covering Somali’s Civil War and stoned to death, aged 22.

Produced by Martin Katz at Prospero Pictures and directed by Bronwen Hughes, the film has long been in the pipeline, with Daniel Radcliffe attached to the role in 2008.

The film is now due to shoot in July in South Africa. Voltage Pictures is the sales agent. »

- (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig to star in 20th Century Women

14 May 2015 10:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Annapurna Pictures have announced the cast for the new drama 20th Century Women, to be written and directed by Mike Mills (Beginners).

Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) and Oscar winner Annette Bening (American Beauty) will headline the film, which is set to begin filming later this year in Southern California.

Set in 1979, 20th Century Women “follows Dorothea Fields, a mother who is trying her best to raise her teenage son. As she tries to navigate through life and love, Dorothea looks for answers from two other women in her life, each from a different area of the 20th Century. These different perspectives help set Jamie on the right course.”

The film is set for release in 2016.


- Scott J. Davis

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Andrew Lazar rides with 'Bronco Belle', 'Rupture'

13 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: American Sniper producer joins Emily Blunt’s ‘Rocky-on-a-bull’ drama, talks new films.

American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar has boarded Emily Blunt drama Bronco Belle as lead Us producer.

As revealed by Screen last week, first-time writer-director Khurram Longi is set to direct the ‘Rocky-on-a-bull’ story about a woman’s quest to become a champion bull-rider.

“Having made American Sniper, another film about the DNA of Americana, I was really drawn to this project,” Lazar told Screen.

“The film is about strong people with strong convictions. The script was undeniable. There is real spectacle in the script so we need to make it in the right way.

Lazar has made first films with the likes of George Clooney, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the Wachowskis.

Embankment Films is selling Bronco Belle at the Cannes Marche this week.

Oscar-nominated Lazar, whose credits also include Mortdecai and I Love You Philip Morris, is also producing »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Nicole Kidman Boards John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties

13 May 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Nicole Kidman is in "advanced talks" to re-team with Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell for his punks and aliens sci-fi romance, How to Talk to Girls at PartiesRuth Wilson (Luther) and Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids) are also in talks to join previously announced lead Elle Fanning (Maleficent). Mitchell co-wrote the screenplay with Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) based on Neil Gaiman's Hugo Award-nominated short story of the same name about “a schoolboy ‎punk who uses music and art as a way to escape, and a female alien tourist (Fanning) who wants to escape her tour group and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon.” Speaking with ScreenDaily about the film, Producer Howard Gertler said, “Nicole responded very quickly and enthusiastically to the script when John sent it to her...This is a story that appeals to teens and adults, something John and Neil Gaiman’s work also achieves, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Kidman Joins Gaiman & Mitchell's "Parties"

13 May 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nicole Kidman is in advanced talks to join Elle Fanning ("Maleficent"), Ruth Wilson ("Luther") and Matt Lucas ("Alice in Wonderland") in John Cameron Mitchell’s anticipated rom-com "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" at See-Saw.

Based on Neil Gaiman's short story, Fanning plays an alien touring the galaxy who breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. ​

Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch") and Philippa Goslett ("Little Ashes") have worked on the screenplay and filming begins this Fall in the UK. Howard Gertler, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce.

The production is also in talks with major musicians to score the film while some of the cast are also due to lend their voices to songs.

Source: Screen »

- Garth Franklin

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Teased in Two New Photos

13 May 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Beauty, obsession, and the sinister side of Los Angeles inhabit Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon. With principal photography on The Neon Demon almost finished, two photos from the film have been revealed.

"When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

The Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation's Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. »

- Derek Anderson

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Nicole Kidman in Talks to Star in Romantic Comedy ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’

13 May 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to co-star in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” re-uniting with John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), who directed her in “Rabbit Hole.”

Ruth Wilson (“Locke,” “Luther”) and Matt Lucas (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Bridesmaids”) will join Elle Fanning (“Maleficent,” Super 8”), who was previously announced, in the cast.

Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman (“Coraline”) from his collection “Fragile Things,” the screenplay has been written by Philippa Goslett (“Little Ashes”) with John Cameron Mitchell. The film is in the spirit of “Romeo and Juliet,” but instead of Montagues and Capulets, it is punks and aliens. This is the story of the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all: how to talk to girls at parties.

Howard Gertler will produce alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Michael Werner »

- Leo Barraclough

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First look at Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon

13 May 2015 3:18 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Filming for Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon will wrap up in the very near future, and Screen Daily has the first official images from the Countess Bathory-inspired horror flick, featuring Maleficent and Super 8 actress Elle Fanning. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Karl Gusman and Desmond Harrington. Fanning's character has been described as "an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her »

- Jesse Giroux

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Nicole Kidman set to join See-Saw's 'Parties'

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cast rounds on John Cameron Mitchell’s “punks and aliens” feature adapted from a Neil Gaiman story; HanWay boards sales.

Nicole Kidman is in advanced talks to join John Cameron Mitchell’s anticipated comedy-romance How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which is readying for an autumn shoot in the UK.

Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland) are also set to join the previously announced Elle Fanning (Maleficent) on the buzzy package, which has been newly boarded by production outfit See-Saw and sales firm HanWay, which will launch the project in Cannes this week.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch director Mitchell and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) have written the screenplay, which is adapted from Neil Gaiman’s short story of the same name in which an alien (Fanning) touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Cinderella’ Dances Past $500 Million at Global Box Office for Disney

6 May 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney’s “Cinderella” has crossed the $500 million threshold at the global box office. Since its stellar $67.8 million debut March 13, “Cinderella” has taken in nearly $195 million and is the third-highest grossing film of the year domestically. Its international gross to date is more than $308 million. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by Chris Weitz, “Cinderella” stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter. It’s the second year in a row that Disney has scored big at the box office after dipping into its vault of classic fairy tales. Angelina Jolie‘s “Maleficent” conjured $758 million worldwide and »

- Todd Cunningham

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Juno Temple on Far From the Madding Crowd, Johnny Depp's Black Mass transformation, and rock 'n' roll

1 May 2015 4:57 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Listing the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Paul Thomas Anderson as her Bucket List of directors with whom to work, Juno Temple’s film choices are best described as eclectic. The daughter of rock and roll filmmaker Julien Temple, Juno had a creative, rebellious spirit instilled in her at an early age, and her career has reflected that greatly.

Starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe and Daniel Radcliffe in Horns, she’s never been one to back away from darker roles. On the other hand, she’s also completely willing to play dress-up every once and a while. You may remember her as a fairy in Maleficent or as Queen Anne, dripping in pearls and lace, in Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers.

Juno’s next film is Far From the Madding Crowd, which was directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) and also stars Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone »

- Sasha James

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Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? 10 stars of the hit '90s show then and now

30 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

"Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions? Do you have the courage of the heroes?

"Do you have the will or the skill? Do you have the strength, the speed the heart to be a winner? Deep down in your Soul?"

These were the fundamental questions posed by ITV's original Gladiators, to both the audience and brave contenders who dared to take part. While this particular writer longed to be Lightning (her backflips were to die for), all the seemingly superhuman powerhouses were forces to reckon with - only occasionally tamed by strict referee John Anderson.

Originally hosted by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson, Gladiators was what Saturday nights in the '90s were made of.

So as Saracen (aka Mike Lewis) returns to our small screens to tackle the Ninja Warrior UK obstacle course, we pick out some of the »

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Helen Hunt Should Maybe Learn to Delegate

28 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

There's a bit too much going on in Helen Hunt's Ride, perhaps because Hunt is doing a bit too much in it: In addition to directing, Hunt also wrote and stars, and unless you're Orson Welles — even sometimes when you are Orson Welles — it's a good idea to have someone around to tell you which lines don't work or which scenes don't quite fit. But there's a wry sweetness to this picture, about an overbearing New York editor and single mom, Hunt's Jackie, who follows her college-age son (Brenton Thwaites, Prince Phillip from Maleficent) to Los Angeles, where he aspires to become a surf bum and writer, probably in just about that order. As you can guess, Jackie has to learn what to hang onto and when to let go, and there's lots of let »

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Film Review: ‘Ride’

27 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The image of Helen Hunt determinedly trying to climb onto a surfboard — looking clumsy, tired and frustrated, yet refusing to accept defeat — is irresistible enough to offset some of the more wobbly missteps in “Ride,” an alternately endearing and exasperating dramedy that represents the actress’s first directorial outing in the eight years since “Then She Found Me.” Warm and engaging when it focuses on Hunt as an uptight New Yorker learning to mellow out on the beaches of Los Angeles, the film turns gratingly forced whenever her naive, angsty son steps into the frame, occasioning so much shrill, self-involved mother-son bickering you long for a tidal wave to come along and sweep them both out to sea. Fortunately, calmer waters ultimately prevail, and with its calculated, crowd-pleasing elements, this labor-of-love effort should earn some fans as it makes its way through the distribution pipelines.

The first scene in “Ride »

- Justin Chang

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