17 items from 2017
Anyone who’s seen “Mary Poppins” knows what a bad Cockney accent sounds like. But for the first time, British actors have ranked Dick Van Dyke’s “mockney” as the worst attempt at a U.K. accent in a pool of the highest grossing films’ leads.
Language-learning app Babbel commissioned ex-pat professional actors from both the U.K. and U.S. to vote on a five-point scale on how convincing the accents were for leading parts in blockbusters grossing over $100 million.
For the United States accent, American Actors UK awarded British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor a 4.5/5 for his work as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Tied for second are the DC superheros; Christian Bale as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman both garnered 4.2/5 scores.
- Dani Levy
The Important News DC Extended Universe: Matt Reeves will direct The Batman. Chris McKay will direct a Nightwing movie. David F. Sandberg might direct Shazam. David Thewlis is playing the villain Ares in Wonder Woman. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Rob Zombie will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. X-Men: Deadpool 2 and X-Force got hot new writers in Drew Goddard and Joe Carnahan. James Mangold is sure Logan's X-23 will return in more movies. Star Wars: The Han Solo Star Wars Story has begun production. Disney Remakes: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones will star in the live-action The Lion King. Angelina Jolie might do a Maleficent sequel. Alien/Predator: Alfie Allen...
- Christopher Campbell
The Predator: Yvonne Strahovski (above) is in final negotiations to join the cast of Shane Black's The Predator. If things work out, she'll portray the ex-wife of lead monster hunter Boyd Holbrook, who draws their troubled son (Jacob Tremblay) into the action. Strahovski is best known for TV's Chuck; she'll also be appearing in Hulu's upcoming series The Handmaid's Tale. [Heat Vision] Angelina Jolie: Having completed the drama First They Killed My Father, her most recent directorial effort, Angelina Jolie (By the Sea, above) is now considering multiple projects. The possibilities include reprising her leading role in a sequel to Disney's Maleficent, starring in a historical romance about Catherine the Great and starring in The Spy Who...
- Peter Martin
Angelina Jolie is in the midst of formulating her return to the movie scene following recent personal troubles.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the actress-producer-director is mulling over multiple projects, including the long-rumored Maleficent 2. Last we checked in on the fantastical sequel, screenwriter Linda Woolverton merely confirmed its existence – “this very minute, it’s blinking at my computer.” That was almost nine months ago, and though THR alludes to the Maleficent follow-up during its exhaustive interview, there’s no mention of a tangible update.
Beyond the realm of dark fantasy and vengeful fairies, Jolie is reportedly eyeing not one, but two large-scale Universal projects. The first is an adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, which chronicles the fiery love affair between the eponymous Russian ruler and Prince Grigory Potemkin. There’s also mention of an espionage thriller based on »
- Michael Briers
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress and director is planning a return to high profile acting choices and is keenly considering a sequel to Maleficent Disney’s live action adaptation of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale.
Jolie is also said to be considering two directing projects at Universal in Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair and World War II drama The Spy Who Loved. Next up however is expected to be an adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s 2004 novel Without Blood.
Maleficent was met with mixed reviews upon release but was a definite success at the box office, accumulating a hefty $758 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest grossing film of 2014. The film also picked up an Academy Award nomination for best costume design. »
- Samuel Brace
Angelina Jolie was at one point, not that long ago, one of the most sought-after and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. On Disney's Maleficent, she was able to command a massive $20 million payday as well as some backend, which is no small feat. She has since turned her attention toward smaller projects and directing, but it looks like her next big role could be a return as the iconic Disney villain in Maleficent 2.
The Hollywood Reporter recently ran a pretty in-depth feature on Angelina Jolie and where her career is headed. According to the report, she currently has a few acting projects in the works after spending a few years mostly behind the camera. Her only acting gigs of late were in By The Sea and Kung Fu Panda 3. Per THR, she is now looking to get back in the game with a pair of large-scale projects currently in development at Universal, »
David Crow Feb 23, 2017
Angelina Jolie arguably remains one of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. Granted, the last time she appeared in a live-action film was for 2015’s underperformer, By the Sea. But prior to that misfire, the combination of her marquee name and Disney nostalgia propelled Maleficent to a $759 million gross during the summer of 2014. And along with a purported Maleficent 2, many producers have sought the star to reprise roles in potential blockbusters like a now dormant Wanted 2 and the abandoned Salt 2.
However, personal life aside, she has kept a low profile in Hollywood, electing instead to direct a movie set and produced in Cambodia (Netflix has since purchased the international rights). Apparently things are changing at Universal Pictures, however, since THR is reporting she has »
James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle” is currently in limited release, and it isn’t the only thing directed by the multi-multi-hyphenate you can watch right now. Franco has also directed the video for “Girls on T.V.,” the lead single from Tashaki Miyaki’s debut album “The Dream.” Watch it below.
Juno Temple (“Black Mass,” “Killer Joe,” “Maleficent”) stars in the video; Franco describes her role as “an innocent soul seeing Hollywood for the first time” in a statement. Full of words superimposed on the screen in neon letters, the video finds Temple’s cowboy hat–wearing newcomer strolling through Hollywood on a dark, dreamy night. The director lists “Midnight Cowboy,” “Fallen Angels” and Robert Redford’s “Electric Horseman” as influences on his latest endeavor.
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- Michael Nordine
From Alice in Wonderland to Beauty and the Beast, here's your guide to Disney's live-action adaptationsFrom Alice in Wonderland to Beauty and the Beast, here's your guide to Disney's live-action adaptationsAdriana Floridia2/20/2017 10:50:00 Am
It's another year, and so we have been blessed yet again with a new live-action adaptation of a classic Disney film.
The highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast hits theatres this March with a dream cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Josh Gad. We could not be more excited to re-live the magic of one of our favourite stories. We're also using this as an excuse to look back at previous Disney live-action remakes and look forward to what's to come.
Already Released Alice in Wonderland
- Adriana Floridia
Back in August, Disney revealed that the studio is teaming up with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who are set to write new music for the studio's The Little Mermaid remake. We haven't heard any more on the remake since then, including who will be cast, or who will serve as writer or director on this coveted project. Today we have word that actress Lindsay Lohan may be throwing her hat in the ring for the Ariel role, after a new post on Instagram this weekend.
While Lindsay Lohan doesn't specifically state that she wants the Ariel role, she posted a side-by-side picture of herself with red hair, and the redhaired animated version of Ariel. She didn't state anything else on Instagram, only using the hashtag #TheLittleMermaid. It isn't known if the script is even ready or if the studio is ready to start the auditioning process, but we don't »
Tony Sokol Feb 13, 2017
The upcoming noir slasher film Carnival is about a knife-throwing artist performing at a traveling circus. But the barnstorming blade buff is not the villain, he is the hunter. In the tradition of Tod Browning’s Freaks, Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre, Hammer’s Vampire Circus and Halloween perennial Carnival Of Souls, Carnival will be a three-ringed affair.
Carnival will be directed by Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning production designer who made Maleficent (2014) with Angelina Jolie as the sympathetic, malicious witch. Stromberg was the first production designer to ever win back-to- back Oscars, for Avatar and Alice In Wonderland. He turned the lonely journey of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from Ridley Scott’s The Martian into The Martian: Vr Experience, which was released at Sundance last year. Stromberg also directed the pilot Dawn for Hulu and MGM. »
The project, written by Matias Caruso, centers on a knife-throwing master in a traveling circus, who uses his deadly skills to avenge the brutal murder of his sister. In hunting down the assailant, he enlists the help of the uniquely talented circus performers.
Stromberg made his directorial debut on “Maleficent,” which grossed more than $750 million worldwide. He won Academy Awards for his work as a production designer on “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland,” marking the first time a production designer has ever won back-to- back Oscars.
Stromberg also directed the virtual reality experience for “The Martian,” which was released at Sundance last year, and directed the pilot “Dawn” for Hulu and MGM.
- Dave McNary
Angelina Jolie has scored a new gig. The Maleficent star has been named the face of Guerlain Parfumeur's new fragrance for women. The collaboration between Jolie and the beauty brand came together in 2015 in Cambodia while the A-list actress was directing her film First They Killed My Father. Jolie's affiliation of Guerlain has emotional roots, too, as it was one of her late mother's favorite powders. "We create perfumes for the women we admire," said Jacques Guerlain in a press release. The scent, he said, was meant to express the idea of the "notes of a woman": the choices, emotions and dreams that embody modern femininity. Jolie donated her entire salary from the Guerlain campaign to »
Author: Zehra Phelan
Wheatley, whose films such as Sightseers and High-Rise have won critical acclaim will join the tour, appearing for special Q&A’s with appearances from the cast at select screenings – but of course, that all remains hush-hush right now. Be prepared as any member of the tremendous cast, including Sharlto Copley (Hardcore Henry), Armie Hammer (Nocturnal Animals), the new Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Anthropoid), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Babou Ceesay (Eye in the Sky), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy), Sam Riley (Maleficent), Michael Smiley (The Lobster) and Noah Taylor (Submarine).
Why not have a read through the cities below to see if you can spot your hometown, »
- Zehra Phelan
Author: Jon Lyus
There was a palpable lack of surprise when Disney recently announced it was going to remake its classic 1941 movie Dumbo with a new live action film. Jaws remained firmly in place when the story was updated with the news that Tim Burton would be in the director’s chair for the movie, which will look to blend live action and CG animation. Having turned away from Disney a few times in his career the director has clearly found his place, with the Alice in Wonderland films doing very good business despite the sequel failing with the critics.
With Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, Kenneth Branagh directing Cinderella and the forthcoming Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson, Disney have no problem attracting big names for their live action onslaught. Burton’s agreeable situation with Disney may have increased the Mouse House’s expectations for the new Dumbo film, »
- Jon Lyus
"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," the statement from the actors reads. "The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
The joint statement marks the first released statement from Jolie and Pitt together since news broke that the Maleficent actress filed for divorce from Pitt on Sept. 19. Since the split, the estranged exes have been in a legal battle over custody of their six children -- Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
A source tells Et that Jolie and her six children -- Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 -- celebrated the holiday weekend in a private home in Crested Butte, Colorado.
While there was no sign of Pitt, the 41-year-old actress and her brood arrived last Tuesday via a private jet and have been spotted hitting the slopes while outfitted in Burton activewear.
Jolie was also spotted out in her winter gear sporting a giant grin as the snow came down in Colorado.
The winter getaway comes on the heels of the 53-year-old actor's request to have divorce documents sealed pertaining to the estranged couple's ongoing custody battle. Pitt slammed Jolie, accusing his ex of disregarding their children's "privacy rights when she »
17 items from 2017
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