6 items from 2014
Fairy tale reboots have been all the rage in Hollywood since dueling Snow White projects Mirror Mirror and Snow White & the Huntsman swept the box office back in 2012 and were swiftly followed by last year’s Jack the Giant Slayer, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Oz the Great and Powerful. Major studios aren’t over the trend just yet, with films like fairy-tale modge-podge Into the Woods and a Cinderella reboot in the works, but the revisionist fairy tale we’re most looking forward to is definitely this summer’s Maleficent.
Set to hit theaters in May, the tale charts the origins of the Sleeping Beauty sorceress (embodied by Angelina Jolie) and examines her descent into evil. Speaking with EW, the actress recently shed some light on the challenges of playing such an iconic villain. Discussing the goals of the film, she explained:
“The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain? »
- Isaac Feldberg
We’ve seen competing friends-with-benefits rom-coms (No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits), competing Snow White reimaginings (Mirror Mirror and Snow White & the Huntsman), competing White House-centric action flicks (Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down) and will endure two Hercules movies this year (The Legend of Hercules and Hercules), but the next set of suspiciously similar blockbusters on the docket are even more closely linked than any of those.
Warner Bros. and Disney are currently racing to get two adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book into theaters. And though WB’s adaptation was dealt a serious blow last month when they lost their director, the studio has located a replacement.
Ron Howard, the acclaimed director of Apollo 13 and Rush, will take the reins from Babel helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu, who dropped out of the project in January due to scheduling conflicts. Iñárritu’s sudden exit »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the more predictable categories of any Oscar year is Best Costume Design given that the nominees are weeded out so thoroughly that the best/most showy of the final five is usually locked and loaded for the win. But looking a bit deeper into the category, it’s one of the few places that has nominees that are the sole representation for their film, as is the case with The Invisible Woman this year.
Yesterday, I wrote about how bad movies in the tech branches have a reasonable shot of nominations due to how voters view these categories. Which brings us to Costume Design, which historically has been a branch that honors all matter of film. Looking at the history of the category, you can see that a single nomination for a film, like The Invisible Woman is incredibly common. But does that »
- Terence Johnson
Four years have passed since Hollywood first made public its intentions of seeing the parody novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turned into a movie. Now, at long last it seems this genre mash-up of horror and romance is finally making its way to shooting. Dread Central reports out of the European Film Market that the project is finalizing casting and prepping for production. This latest incarnation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies boasts a screenplay by Academy Award-nominated writer-director David O. Russell, and will be helmed by Burr Steers, whose last directorial efforts were the Zac Efron double-header of 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud. Set to star as Elizabeth Bennet is the lovely Lily Collins of Mirror Mirror and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. No specifics on when principal photography might begin have been announced just yet, but this is the closest the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies »
Friday, January 24
No Country for Old Men - 11.25pm, Film 4
Before he was touching up James Bond as the murderous Raoul Silva in Skyfall, Javier Bardem played a ruthless assassin in this critically acclaimed thriller. Vietnam War veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone sour and makes off with a suitcase containing $2 million. Bardem stars as the psychopathic killer trying to track him down.
Saturday, January 25
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - 8.15pm, BBC Three
Moodier than the first film in the series, Prince Caspian takes place a year after the Pevensies all fell out of the wardrobe - but when they re-enter the world of Narnia they discover that 1,400 years have passed. Stealing every scene he's in is Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep: a giant, talking CGI rat with a penchant for swordplay. Now there's a sentence you don't see every day. »
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Nega-fairy tale in which The Sleeping Beauty story is told from the point of view of Maleficent, the misunderstood fairy godmother. Angelina Jolie stars as the artist formerly known as "The Mistress of All Evil". Elle Fanning is that scheming harpy, Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty. Following the recent trend for skew-wiff folk tales (Snow White and The Huntsmen, Mirror Mirror) special effects veteran Robert Stromberg makes his directorial debut with a Disney film that looks stranger and darker than the average. 28 May
Jason Segel's Muppets reboot positioned Kermit and ko as comeback kings - old friends returning from the edge of showbiz to full-felted glory. »
6 items from 2014
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