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Rahway International Film Festival Is Now Three Days Of All New Independent Films, Seminars, And Parties
Rahway, NJ – July 9, 2015 - Rahway, New Jersey's premier film festival, The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returns on August 28-30, 2015 at Ucpac's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts.
This year’s lineup is full of brilliant films spanning 12 different countries, featuring stars like Juno Temple (Maleficent, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Evan Peters (American Horror Story, Kick-Ass) and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy, Big Daddy). A highlight of this year’s festival is the introduction of feature length films in addition to the standard short films program, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening.
The mission of the Rahway International Film Festival is to provide an opportunity for artists worldwide to showcase works that educate, inspire equality, empathy and awareness through film. In keeping with equality, »
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This modern retelling definitely looks like a 2015 blockbuster but it peddles some uncomfortably old-fashioned values
Disney traditionalists are sure to find comfort in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella as it glides on to home video this week, because unlike the majority of recent efforts to revive the studio’s flagship fairytales, this new spin on the glass-slippered classic makes few concessions to contemporary life. Indeed, the film plays out almost exactly as Walt himself might have envisioned, eschewing the metatextual postmodernism of last year’s Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent and the general batshittery of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
Still, tradition has a short memory, so while the most influential version of the Cinderella story is probably the 1697 text by Charles Perrault, this new telling owes more to Disney’s own 1950 animated adaptation. Handily, this allows the studio to credit the story both to Perrault and “Disney’s Cinderella »
- Charlie Lyne
Set against the harsh backdrop of the 1898 Yukon, Josh Peck (Danny Collins, The Wackness) and James Ransone (Sinister, Inside Man) star in the apocalyptic Western-thriller The Timber, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD October 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Before you pick up this thriller in a few months, we have your first look at the exclusive trailer, that shows the unforgiving environment this story is set in. In the Outback's Wild West, two desperate brothers take a job as bounty hunters to save their home. But in The Timber, brutality and bloodshed is the law of the land.
In the Wild West, two brothers embark on a journey to collect a bounty in a desperate attempt to save their home: but what they find along the way is more than they bargained for. Balanced on the knife's edge between foreclosure and salvation, they head deep into the wilderness »
During the D23 Expo, Disney unveiled the first two posters for its upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, called "Alice Through the Looking Glass," giving us a look at Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. Check everything out below. The new movie is directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) from a script by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent). The story "revisits Lewis Carroll's belowed stories with an all-new tale that travels back to Underland and back in Time. New cast members include Sacha Baron Cohen as Time and Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter's father Zanik Hightopp. The film is set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. Posters: (click to enlarge) »
Read More: Sundance Darling Elle Fanning on How She Stays Grounded and Working With Angelina Jolie on 'Maleficent' In her first role since starring alongside Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent," Elle Fanning is taking a stab at a much more dramatic role as a trans teen in "About Ray." In the film, Ramona, played by Fanning, begins transitioning into Ray. As Ray's identity begins to take shape, his mother, father and grandmother are all deeply affected by his transition. While he begins to come to terms with who he is, Ray realizes that he might find a greater challenge in understanding within his own family. Naomi Watts, Tate Donovan and Susan Sarandon also star. "About Ray" will hit theaters on September 18. Check out the trailer above, courtesy of Vanity Fair. Read More: Elle Fanning on 'Young Ones' and Sharing Intimate Moments with Nicholas Houl »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Sam Riley ("Maleficent," "Control") is in talks to star in a BBC film adaptation of acclaimed espionage thriller author Len Deighton's "SS-gb" which James Bond film series regular scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade are writing.
The story is set in a UK conquered and occupied by Germany during World War II. Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer, a British homicide detective assigned to Scotland Yard, is called in to investigate a murder of a well-dressed man.
To his surprise, the case draws the attention of the highest levels of the German government and he finds himself in the middle of a struggle between powerful forces.
Deighton penned several notable period spy thriller novels including the "Hook, Line and Sinker," "Faith, Hope and Charity"" and "Game, »
- Garth Franklin
Five months after being named head of Sony Pictures, Tom Rothman is making his first substantial restructuring of his leadership team — consolidating his position with the appointment of two new executives at the studio’s flagship Columbia Pictures and naming a new president of the TriStar label, according to a person familiar with the moves.
Rothman is moving his former right-hand from TriStar, David Beaubaire, to Columbia, where he will become an executive vice president of production. Beaubaire will be joined at Columbia by Palak Patel, who is leaving his post as president of production at Roth Films to also become exec VP of production at Columbia. Taking over Rothman’s former job as president of TriStar will be Hannah Minghella, who most recently served as co-head of production at Columbia.
All three of the newly appointed executives will report to Doug Belgrad, who remains president of Sony’s Motion Picture Group. »
- James Rainey
Alternating between indie-circuit hits (Young Ones) and blockbuster hits (Maleficent), Elle Fanning has worked steadily to emerge out of older sister Dakota’s Hollywood shadow, and she’ll be aiming squarely for the hearts and minds of the Ya crowd in upcoming project All the Bright Places. This morning, producers have announced that Fanning will team with Youth in Revolt director Miguel Arteta for the pic, an adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s novel.
Fanning has been attached to the lead role of Violet since last year. Niven herself is penning the script for the adaptation, which is a priority for financiers Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan.
“Violet and Finch’s achingly heartfelt and authentic story is the most convincing portrayal of teenage life I have ever come across. It’s such a privilege to bring it to the screen with the help of its engaging author and the »
- Isaac Feldberg
High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is returning to the Disney Channel with the all-new original TV movie Descendants, which brings some awfully wicked offspring to life. The first 6-minutes have debuted online, with Kenny Ortega introducing the movie and the wild thrills it contains. Here, we get to meet the teenage son of Belle and Beast, who rule over the fantasy kingdom of Auradon. All of the fairytale kingdoms have come together as one, for a story about what happens after 'happily ever after'.
Kenny Ortega describes Disney's Descendants as a modern fairy tale. As he puts it, it's a 'Once Upon a Now' story that will surely resonate with today's youth, as well as their parents alike. This opening prologue springs from the interface of an iPad, telling how Beast became president of Auradon, booting all of the villains and their sidekicks off to the Isle of the Lost. »
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 »
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
If there are two things Hollywood adores right now (besides superhero movies), it's origin stories and live-action fairy tales. Minions, even, was there to remind families how they're characters came to be. Efforts have already been made to bring the two together, particularly from Disney as they bask in the money with box office smash Maleficent and a Prince Charming movie on the horizon, and the studio is going just another step forward as it brings the beginnings of Aladdin's best friend, the Genie, to the big screen. Written by Damian Shannon and Mark Shift, horror writers behind flicks like Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake who've transitioned into comedy with their pens guiding the new Baywatch movie and the Peter Dinklage-starring, Bad Santa-esque R-rated leprechaun romp O'Lucky Day, the studio is developing Genies as a live-action comedy adventure. It won't bring Aladdin in the mix (at least, »
- Will Ashton
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
Because nothing animated is sacred anymore, Disney now wants a live-action Aladdin movie. But wait! It'll be a prequel. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the project, which has clever scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (of Freddy vs. Jason fame) attached to the script, will explain how Genie got trapped in his famous lamp in an origin story à la Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. The film and its writers promise to "focus on the realm of the Genies," and the movie will appropriately be called Genies. Makes sense (if this is sounding random but kind of cool, we are right there with you). Naturally, as THR points out, this will probably lead into a live-action Aladdin movie too. Other specifics are currently unknown, but it might be time to prep by brushing up on your "Whole New World" lyrics. Just remember to add in "Irl" whenever you can. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Angelina Jolie is seemingly planning a Catherine the Great biopic, focusing on the exploits of the 18th-century empress of Russia.
The actress and director's production company Jolie Pas has bought an option on Simon Sebag Montefiore's book Catherine the Great & Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, a statement from publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson confirms.
Catherine the Great became Russia's longest-ruling female sovereign, leading a war against the Ottoman Empire before her death in 1796.
The acting couple will both star in the 1970s-set film, which has been dated to hit cinemas on November 13. »
With Hollywood’s current fairy-tale craze in full swing thanks to the runaway success of Disney’s Cinderella, Warner Bros. and Team Downey are pressing ahead with a live-action Pinocchio remake and have tapped The Master writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson to write a draft.
The Giver scribe Michael Mitnick penned the most recent version of the script, which had previous drafts by Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman. Robert Downey Jr. had been tweaking Mitnick’s take over the past six months in order to try to create the right feel for the live-action pic. Now, though, it appears that he’s passed it off to Anderson, a good friend with whom he’s been attempting to collaborate for some time.
WB and Team Downey are looking at Anderson to perfect the script and then direct, marking a departure from the helmer’s more dramatic, narratively complex films (he last made »
- Isaac Feldberg
Angelina Jolie is teaching her daughter the importance of giving back! The Oscar-winning actress brought daughter Shiloh on a humanitarian trip to Turkey in honor of World Refugee Day. The mother-daughter duo was photographed with Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during their outing on Saturday. After visiting a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp, Mrs. Brad Pitt spoke out about the importance of getting involved with what could be the "worst refugee crisis ever recorded." "Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced," Jolie said in a statement posted online. "Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights." "People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits," she continued. We love that Angie brought »
- tooFab Staff
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The production of a Maleficent (2014) sequel is in the works and Disney has hired famed screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) to work on the next blockbuster. Linda Woolverton Writes ‘Maleficent’ Sequel, Angelina Jolie Still In Talks The 2014 Disney film Maleficent is a dark action re-imagined fantasy of the 1950s animated Disney movie […]
- Shantel Whitaker
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