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Wonder review – nuanced young adult tale

Strong performances and shifting viewpoints steer the story of a disfigured boy overcoming bullying clear of mawkishness

Room’s Jacob Tremblay stars as Auggie, an unspeakably cute, indelibly clever 10-year-old with a facial disfigurement, in this adaptation of Rj Palacio’s 2012 novel. Homeschooled up until this point, his parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) decide to send him to middle school, where he is speedily eviscerated by a pack of pre-teen bullies led by smooth-talking trust fund kid Julian (Bryce Gheisar). It’s hard not to feel a lump rising in the throat when Auggie cries “Why do I have to be so ugly!”, in response to the casual cruelty of his classmates, who christen him “Barf Hideous” (an unfortunate pun on Star Wars’ Darth Sidious) on his first day. But writer-director Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) doesn’t spend too much time letting his squeaky-voiced hero wallow,
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‘Wonder’ Review: Dir. Stephen Chbosky (2017)

Wonder review: Jacob Tremblay leads the cast of this warming winter wonder, a film that is peppered with endearing performances across the whole cast.

Wonder review by Andrew Gaudion.

Sentiment, in any form, can be tricky. If you pour too much syrupy whimsy on top, many an audience member could back away from the sickly sweet concoction in front of them. The balance has to be just right, not only to engage the viewer, but to also earn that level of sentimentality. If you want to make your audience cry, you better make sure you’re not taking any cheap shots, otherwise you en up undermining your own story.

On the surface of it, Wonder looks to be a concoction that would fall into this sickly sweet category, one that may be little too much to swallow for some audience members. While it can be guilty over the occasional moment of sap,
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7 Things to Know About Ezra Miller, the Guy Who Plays The Flash in Justice League

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7 Things to Know About Ezra Miller, the Guy Who Plays The Flash in Justice League
Image Source: Getty / Karwai Tang Ezra Miller is about to become a household name. The 25-year-old actor is set to star alongside Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, and Henry Cavill in the upcoming Justice League film as The Flash - which means we're going to see a lot more of his handsome face in the near future. To get you up to speed - pun intended - we've rounded up seven quick facts about Ezra that will surely make you a new fan. Related11 Ezra Miller Moments That Will Make You Reconsider Everything 1. He identifies as queer. In 2012, Ezra opened up about his sexuality in Out Magazine, saying, "I'm queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular." The actor also opened up about "trying to kiss boys" in school
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‘Three Billboards’ Production Designer Inbal Weinberg On Martin McDonagh’s Unique Approach To Screen Language

‘Three Billboards’ Production Designer Inbal Weinberg On Martin McDonagh’s Unique Approach To Screen Language
Known for critically acclaimed collaborations with lauded filmmakers including Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines) and Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), production designer Inbal Weinberg has added Irish auteur Martin McDonagh to that list with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. With Three Billboards, Weinberg was tasked with crafting the fictional Ebbing, Missouri, a middle American small town that was neither bustling nor broken — a…
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Stephen Chbosky to write and potentially direct Disney’s Prince Charming

According to THR, filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder) has signed on to write the script for Disney’s live-action fairy tale reimagining Prince Charming, with a view to directing the project.

Prince Charming has been scripted by Matt Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) and is described as a “revisionist take” on the character who appeared in the likes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, exploring the life of the iconic prince from the point of view of his brother, who never quite lived up to the family name.

The film reunites Chbosky with Disney, having worked as a writer on the live-action Beauty and the Beast, as well as Wonder producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films.

Disney has several live-action adaptations of its animated classics in the works, including Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King,
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'Wonder' Review: Family Tearjerker Avoids Cloying Cliches (for the Most Part)

'Wonder' Review: Family Tearjerker Avoids Cloying Cliches (for the Most Part)
On the surface. Wonder looks like the kind of family-pandering pap that makes me want to run the other way. Do you really want to spend two hours watching the plight of a young boy born with a congenital facial deformity that gets him ridiculed when he musters the courage to go outside without hiding under his favorite astronaut helmet? Based on a 2012 bestseller by R. J. Palacio that inspired an anti-bullying "Choose Kind" movement, Wonder isn't exactly adverse to shameless tearjerking. The good news is that writer-director Stephen Chbosky
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Wonder- Review

While another bruising company of costumed heroes makes the walls vibrate in stereo at many theatres (actually in most of the screens at your local multiplex), a quieter, more gentle film is opening to give families a nice alternative. And it stars real flesh and blood actors rather than computer-generated characters. It’s based on the rare young adult novel that’s not set in a dystopian future. The beloved five year-old book offers another take on a tale as old as time, with themes that echo the live Beauty And The Beast from earlier in the year. Add a dash of The Elephant Man, a pinch of The Phantom Of The Opera, a sprinkle of Mask, toss it in a middle school (maybe cooked in a classic “Easy Bake Oven”) and film goers should savor this sweet, nourishing cinema dish all about a most unusual boy, who despite his
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'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise

'Justice League' is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While 'Wonder' Looks to Surprise
This weekend Marvel's latest hit Thor: Ragnarok is looking to top $250 million after 17 days in release while Warner Bros. and DC Comics unveil their latest entry into the DC Extended Universe, Justice League looking to make a splash globally, though that's not all this weekend has to offer. Lionsgate will debut the highly anticipated adaptation Wonder while Sony is debuting their faith-based animated title The Star. All-in-all we should be looking at a strong weekend in which the top twelve should combine for over $200 million for the first time since early July. Looking at a #1 finish, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League will debut in 4,051 theaters with industry expectations right around $105-115 million. Given Wonder Woman debuted with $103.2 million earlier this year, Suicide Squad opened with $133.6 million last year and Batman v Superman opened with $166 million, those expectations might seem low given this is essentially DC's equivalent to Marvel's The Avengers.
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Jacob Tremblay on his inspirational new film Wonder

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Jacob Tremblay on his inspirational new film WonderJacob Tremblay on his inspirational new film WonderAdriana Floridia11/16/2017 3:11:00 Pm

Wonder is based on the best-selling children's novel that follows Auggie, a boy with facial differences who is entering a mainstream school for the first time.

Directed by author turned filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (his first film had him directing an adaptation of his own popular novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower), we are extra excited about Wonder knowing that a novelist is behind the camera. Books aren't always easily translated to screen, but with someone like Chbosky helming the project, we have faith that Wonder will be very true to the inspirational source material.

The film features an A-List cast, with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie's parents, and the incomparable Jacob Tremblay as Auggie. We had a chance to chat with him about the film, which hits Cineplex theatres on November 17th.
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Stephen Chbosky Steers ‘Wonder’ to the Big Screen and Keeps Its Heart Intact

Stephen Chbosky Steers ‘Wonder’ to the Big Screen and Keeps Its Heart Intact
Stephen Chbosky isn’t afraid to tackle beloved properties. After penning the 1999 coming-of-age novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the Pittsburgh native was rumored to have directors from John Hughes to Ron Howard circling a film adaptation before he finally took it upon himself to helm the movie version in 2012.

He then accepted the daunting task of co-writing the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast,” which, with $1.26 billion in worldwide ticket sales, now stands as the top-grossing film of 2017. And this week sees the release of Chbosky’s latest endeavor, “Wonder,” a film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s 2012 young-adult novel about a 10-year-old boy with extreme facial deformities who attends public school for the first time. “Room” breakout star Jacob Tremblay plays the main character, Auggie Pullman, while Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson portray the pivotal roles of his parents.

One of the film’s taglines comes from a precept Auggie’s favorite
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Disney’s Live Action ‘Prince Charming’ Is Still Happening

Weep for your childhood all of you want, but Disney‘s live action reboots and reimaginings of their classic characters have been box office gold. “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella,” and “Beauty And The Beast” have all been massive hits, and it’s not a big surprise there are plenty more on the way. Among the movies that are in active production or development, the list includes “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “Christopher Robin,” “The Lion King,” “Cruella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mulan,” “Tink,” and, “Prince Charming.”

Read More: ‘Wonder’ Is A Lightly Affecting Weeper For All Ages [Review]

Disney has tapped Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “Wonder“) to write “Prince Charming,” with an option to direct as well.

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Disney's Prince Charming Movie Targets Perks of Being a Wallflower Director

Disney's Prince Charming Movie Targets Perks of Being a Wallflower Director
Disney is finally moving forward with its long-gestating Prince Charming project, bringing aboard filmmaker Stephen Chbosky to write the script, with an eye towards directing as well. We first reported on this Prince Charming live-action movie back in July 2015, with the studio bringing in writer Matthew Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) to write the script, but we haven't heard any updates on the project since then. Disney still hasn't issued a release date and there is no production schedule at this time, but at least the studio is actually moving forward with this once gestating project.

There is no indication as to whether Stephen Chbosky is simply rewriting or performing a polish on the original script by Matthew Fogel, or if he is conducting an exhaustive page-one rewrite and starting over from scratch. The story for this latest Disney live-action remake will be a revisionist tale, told from
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‘Prince Charming’ Hires Stephen Chbosky To Write and Direct Disney Reimagining

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‘Prince Charming’ Hires Stephen Chbosky To Write and Direct Disney Reimagining
The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer-director Stephen Chbosky will pen and helm Disney’s upcoming Prince Charming, a live-action reimagining of the Prince Charming trope made popular in Disney flicks like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and even Enchanted. Prince Charming will be the latest in a string of live-action Disney works that dip into their vault of classic animated […]

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The Preview Reel: Justice League, Wonder, and The Star

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Thor: Ragnarok defended its box-office crown last week, with both Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express slightly over-performing. This week sees one of the most anticipated movies of the fall movie season as the next film in the DC Extended Universe (Dceu) debuts in the form of Justice League. Two other movies – Wonder and The Star – are both aimed at family audiences before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Justice League

What we are excited about: Wonder Woman put the Dceu back on course this past summer as it was not only by far the best-reviewed movie of the lot, but also the highest grossing. Warner Bros. is looking to keep that momentum with its team-up blockbuster, Justice League. The fact that we’ll see Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg (and c’mon,
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky


Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky is a screenwriter, novelist, and film director who was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 25, 1970. He attended the University of Southern California where he graduated from their screenwriting program in 1992. Chbosky then launched a successful career as both a novelist and a screenwriter before also becoming a director. He is best-known for writing the novel ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and for writing the screenplay and directing the movie of the same name. Other movies for which he has written the screenplay include ‘Rent’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and ‘Jericho’. Here are five more

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Stephen Chbosky
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Review: ‘Wonder’ is a Sweet, Delicate Drama that Sidesteps Clichés

Based on the popular book by R. J. Palacio, Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder is a sweet, delicate, self-aware adaptation that remarkably sidesteps most of the clichés that a film such as this could have easily fallen into. It is the universality of the message that rings most true in Chbosky’s film: accepting people for who they are and, most importantly, being kind to one another. It might sound all saccharine, but it is deftly told by a filmmaker whose last film (an adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower) also dealt with adolescent angst.

Although it will remind some of Peter Bogdonavich’s excellent Mask, in which a boy also had to deal with a craniofacial birth defect, Wonder separates itself by being its own kind of sweet-natured fable. If Bogdanovich’s film was a grittier, more morose-filled drama, Chbosky does not want any of
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Wonder review

The screen adaptation of R J Palacio's Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Here's our review...

It’s a very special book is Wonder. Published in 2012, and written by R J Palacio, it tells the story of a young boy called Auggie, who battles through life with a severe facial disfigurement. Palacio’s story, and in turn the narrative of this film adaptation, centres on Auggie’s first year at school. Having been home schooled until fifth grade – that’s roughly year six in UK language – his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, decide that it’s time to for him to go to school and mix with other children. For Auggie, used to hiding his face behind an astronaut helmet, it’s a jump as big as stepping on the moon.

What’s particularly special about the book is how it structures the story,
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Movie Review – Wonder (2017)

Wonder, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabel Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell, Nadji Jeter, Millie Davis, Sonia Braga, Emma Tremblay, Ali Liebert, Daveed Diggs, Crystal Lowe, and Mandy Patinkin.


Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The world is a cruel place and it’s exponentially crueler to people living with disadvantageous conditions unable to be controlled. As such, August Pullman (played by outstanding young child actor Jacob Tremblay most known for his breakout role in 2015’s Room) has lived a rather sheltered life. Born with severe facial deficiencies (explained as the result of an unlucky combination of bad genetics from his parents played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, also described as
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Film Review: ‘Wonder’

Film Review: ‘Wonder’
Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a congenital facial deformity, whom numerous corrective surgeries have left looking like a cherub after a car accident. His left eye tugs downward as if a teardrop were falling from it; his ears are bulbs of flesh, and his face is framed by a pinkish ring of scar tissue. That said, he’s not the Phantom of the Opera. He’s just an ordinary kid whose looks take a bit of getting used to.

Auggie is a science geek who loves “Star Wars” and Minecraft, ice cream and X-Box sports games; he’s fueled by all-American fantasies of going to outer space. (He likes to walk around in a toy astronaut helmet that conceals him and feeds his dreams.) His face, which looks youthful and old at the same time, is jarring
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