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Director: Rob Marshall.
Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman.
Running Time: 124 minutes
Synopsis: A childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt), must collect a series of items for a witch (Streep) in order to lift the family curse.
Johnny Depp. Disney. A Stephen Sondheim musical. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were stepping into a Tim Burton movie with Rob Marshall’s latest. With the plethora of fairy tale twists also coming out of Disney at the moment, you’d also be forgiven for thinking this was just another unimaginative money grab. To an extent you’d be right. After all, the stage show may have been around since 1987, but it’s taken this long to come around, and the success of Disney’s Once Upon A Time, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
One of the things I like about James Franco is that he seems to constantly be thinking about art, and he takes advantage of the opportunities he is presented in a way that feels genuine to me. Take, for example, "The Color Of Time." You can purchase the film on digital stores right now, like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Google Play, but you probably have never heard of it. He's got a pretty great cast in it. Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and even Bruce Campbell are part of the movie, which was adapted from the poetry of Ck Williams. Franco's used the real life of Ck Williams and his poetry to craft a storyline that follows the poet through his real life, spanning almost 40 years. What's really remarkable about the film is that it exists at al, though. The film was made on the sly and on »
- Drew McWeeny
James Franco and Mila Kunis costarred last year in Oz the Great and Powerful, but while they were filming the big budget fantasy flick, they were also doing something much more indie. The two were shooting The Color of Time, a film based on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams. Franco plays Williams with Kunis as his wife and mother of their young son. The movie focuses on Williams as he prepares for a reading in New York City, but he's having trouble creating new work as he struggles with memories of his past. And only we have an exclusive clip that features Franco giving Kunis a foot massage as they quietly argue about whether to go out or stay in. "I don't think we »
Take it away Margaret...
If you've got (1) Blanchett looking imperious, or better yet (2) Blanchett looking imperious in a fabulous hat, I'm already sold. I sort of hope the whole movie is just Cate posing with glacial elegance in an increasingly imposing series of chapeaux. Now that she's bagged Oscar #2, the time might just be right for her to try some camped-up villainy.
* pretending Indiana Jones 4 doesn't exist, pretending Indiana Jones 4 doesn't exist * I love Cate as a redhead. Reahhhlly I do. And oh look, It's Daiseh from Downton Abbey! Hi, Daiseh! I stopped watching your show in season 2 but I think it's safe to say whatever Julian Fellowes is doing with you, you deserve better. Merciful heavens, the florals are strong with this one. Is that supposed to be what makes them wicked? A heavy hand with competing patterns? Something about the stepsisters being decked out in those bright shades »
- Margaret de Larios
Broadway actor Aaron Tveit has said that he would love to star in a future Wicked movie.
The Les Misérables actor played the character of Fiyero on Broadway in 2008, and told Digital Spy that he thinks the musical will translate well as a movie.
"That's such a fantastic story, and they do a really good job at creating that world on stage," he said. "That would be a fantastic movie.
"Oz the Great and Powerful created such a beautiful, colourful, vibrant world, and I think Wicked could do the same thing. The Wicked book is actually much darker, so they could also go underneath and show that in the film."
When asked if he would like to be involved in the project, he said: "I would definitely be open to that. It's a show and a part that I love, but I've heard nothing about it! It would definitely be something I'd be interested in, »
Disney’s wave of live-action fairy tales continues next spring with Kenneth Branagh‘s Cinderella. Unlike Maleficent or Oz The Great and Powerful, however, Cinderella doesn’t come at the tale from a different character’s perspective. Instead, it looks like a pretty straightforward retelling of the classic story. Lily James plays young Ella, Cate Blanchett her evil stepmother, Helena […]
The post ‘Cinderella’ Trailer: Disney Gives One of Its Classics a Live-Action Makeover appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Maleficent Blu-Ray Review
You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.
This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.
Though the »
- Marc Eastman
With a close eye on the likes of Disney's Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful and Maleficent, Fox is now getting into the big-budget fairy tale game. The studio is putting together a new take on Ali Baba And The 40 Thieves. Jayson Rothwell (Silent Night) has written the screenplay.The original Ali Baba comes from The Thousand And One Nights. It tells of the poor woodcutter who learns the words "Open Sesame" and gains accidental entry to a cave containing the secret stash of a large gang of robbers. The 40 fiends then set off in pursuit of Ali, who has to use his wits to survive.As is often the case with these things, the story in its pure form is often eye-wideningly violent. Fox's version, however, planned as a "four quadrant tentpole", will be "an adventure with strong comedic undertones". So we should probably not expect the boiling oil or the quartering. »
It's official: Cult horror classic The Evil Dead will rise again as a TV series next year on Starz. The show, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, will play out over 10 half-hour episodes. Movie director Sam Raimi, who made the original movie in 1981 and its two sequels (Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness), will executive produce the series, according to Entertainment Weekly, and will write and direct its first episode. Actor Bruce Campbell, who starred in the three movies and made a cameo in the 2013 Evil Dead reboot, will reprise his role as Ash Williams. »
Neil Calloway looks at the superhero movie genre’s dominance of the mainstream, and its impact on adult cinema…
The news that financing on the the film Idol’s Eye, slated to star Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson, had been pulled, just as it was about to go into production surprised me. If a film starring an double Oscar winner like De Niro and a young star like Pattinson can’t attract investors, what films can? Anyone that has an interest in film can’t have helped but notice that Marvel Studios – which only started making films on its own in 2008 – revealed their “phase three” for the next few years, quickly following the announcement from DC comics If these young upstarts can tell us what films they’re going to be making for the foreseeable future, how can a film like Idol’s Eye not secure the money it needs to get made? »
- Oli Davis
A new international trailer has arrived online for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi actioner Jupiter Ascending, which stars Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Mila Kunis (Oz the Great and Powerful); check it out here after the official synopsis…
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Jupiter Ascending is set to open on February 6th 2015, with a cast »
- Gary Collinson
James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970’s Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in La. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco’s The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who’s drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as a film editor. Paul Felton and Ian Olds adapted the script from Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel. Franco is producing with Vince Jolivette for Rabbit Bandini Productions, Caroline Aragon, and Michael Mendelsohn for Patriot Pictures. Union Patriot Capital Management financed the pic and Embankment is selling internationally next month at Afm.
- Jen Yamato
Mila Kunis is working out, eating healthy and losing weight after her baby Wyatt Isabelle was born, the actress wants to ''feel sexy'' at her upcoming wedding. The 31-year-old actress, who gave birth to daughter Wyatt Isabelle with fiancé Ashton Kutcher late last month, has reportedly started gently exercising and is sticking to an ''extremely healthy'' diet in a bid to regain her pre-pregnancy figure before they tie the knot next summer. A source close to the 'Oz the Great and Powerful' star told gossip website RadarOnline.com: ''She cannot wait to feel sexy again. She has started a very gentle cycle of postpartum yoga and going on walks with Wyatt until her doctors give her the green light to start intense workouts, which should be by the end of this month.'' The insider added: ''She has been such a sport about this whole pregnancy thing. But »
Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
On the heels of CAA’s $225 million majority-stake deal with Tpg, three-time Oscar nominee and client Michelle Williams has jumped to Wme, signing with the rival agency in all areas. The Oz the Great and Powerful and Take This Waltz star earned her Oscar nods for acclaimed turns in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, and most recently My Week With Marilyn, in which she played the iconic Marilyn Monroe. She’s currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret for Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Her next film, the WWII drama-romance Suite Française, is set to be distributed by The Weinstein Co. Williams is also repped by Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
- Jen Yamato
Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has moved from CAA to Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and My Week With Marilyn. She is currently making her Broadway debut in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret, starring as Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming's Emcee. Read more 'Cabaret': Theater Review Williams came to fame with the WB's Dawson's Creek and has since become one of Hollywood's most-respected young talents, with credits that also include Oz the Great and Powerful and Shutter Island. At CAA she was with super agent Hylda
- Rebecca Sun
Mike White adapted the tale of a woman reeling from the breakdown of her marriage to her cheating husband.
Returning home, she sets out to clear the name of a favourite old English teacher whose career was ended by a classroom scandal.
Raimi most recently directed 2013's Oz the Great and Powerful.
The Love May Fail novel will be released in June. »
It looks like director Sam Raimi will be moving in a very different direction of filmmaking than what we are used to seeing him do. Over the years he's given us films such as Evil Dead, Darkman, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell, and his most recent film, Oz the Great and Powerful.
Deadline is now reporting that the director is in talks to helm an adaptation of a novel called Love May Fail, which was written by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick. The script for this film was adapted by Mike White (School of Rock, Nacho Libre).
The story follows a character named Portia Kane, "who is coming off a demoralizing ending to her marriage to a cheating husband." While going through this, she "returns to her hometown determined to clear the name of her favorite English teacher, whose career was forcibly ended after a classroom scandal. »
- Joey Paur
It's been well over a year since Sam Raimi dropped the expensive and underwhelming "Oz The Great And Powerful," and it looks like the filmmaker known for genre flicks and big pieces of fantasy entertainment is taking a turn down the dramedy path. Deadline reports that Raimi will helm a Mike White-penned adaptation of "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick's upcoming book "Love May Fail." It's another story of quirky characters in quirky circumstances overcoming life's failings. Here's the official synopsis: An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal. Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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