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With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.
Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.
This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion »
- Kristopher Tapley
To mark the release of Almost Christmas on 2nd November, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. When Dennis (Paul Giammati Sideways, Saving Mr. Banks) is released from prison just before the Christmas holidays, he’s intent on getting his life back on track. But he soon realises going straight doesn’t come easy.
The post Win Almost Christmas on DVD appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Tinseltown took over Music City this past weekend, with the glitzy premiere of the highly anticipated Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light. Stars of the big-screen adaptation of the book, Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William Macewen, walked the red carpet (which, for the record, was actually green), as invited guests filled the twin theaters at Nashville's historic Belcourt theater. British actor Tom Hiddleston turns in a career-defining role as the troubled singer-songwriter, whose influence is seen not only in nearly every country artist who came after him, »
Director Brad Bird and his co-writer Damon Lindelof take on a daring, ambitious science fiction project: chosen 'dreamers' are given glimpses of a gleaming Future City on the Horizon that exists in a parallel dimension of possibility. It's a chase film, a touchstone 'Sense of Wonder' epic and a wholly original visual extravaganza. The spacey gee-whiz thrills are linked to a worthy message, the rescue of a dying planet. Tomorrowland Blu-ray Walt Disney Home Video 2015 / Color / widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.99 Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key. Cinematography Claudio Miranda Film Editor Walter Murch, Craig Wood Original Music Michael Giacchino Written by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof Directed by Brad Bird
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Some newer science fiction movies are as complicated as sci-fi novels, the kind that take seven hundred pages to unwind. »
- Glenn Erickson
Who do you hire to tell the ultimate story of obsession, opulence and desire so urgent it drives a woman to do crazy things? Apparently Disney has the answer, as they've hired Fifty Shades Of Grey writer Kelly Marcel to co-write their brand new re-imagining of Cruella de Vil. The Hollywood Reporter grabbed the news that Marcel will be co-writing the brand new film with writer Steve Zissis, with not many other details to deliver. The only other piece of information that's available on the project is the fact that the film will simply be titled Cruella. While Marcel might be the last writer most might think of when it comes to adapting Disney history, it should also be known that she was the screenwriter on Saving Mr. Banks, which is as nostalgic about Disney as re-imagining one of its classics. If you were to announce that Cruella de Vil »
As Disney toils to update its extensive library of animated classics with a huge slate of reimaginings, reboots and origin stories, the studio has zeroed in one of its most famous (and fur-loving) villainesses for a live-action origin story: 101 Dalmatians‘ Cruella de Vil.
Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel, best known for penning Fifty Shades of Grey, is attached to write Cruella for Disney, which views the origin pic as a priority and is fast-tracking it as such. Marcel will collaborate with Steve Zissis, the co-creator of HBO’s Togetherness, on the story. Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) previously worked on a version of the script.
Cruella de Vil, who appeared in both the 1961 animated original and its 2003 direct-to-video sequel, is one of Disney’s most widely recognizable villains, from her ostentatious fashion to her distinctive red-and-black automobile, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney Pictures is reportedly fast-tracking "Cruella," a live-action feature about the villainess from the "101 Dalmatians" films Cruella de Vil.
"Saving Mr. Banks" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" screenwriter Kelly Marcel is attached to write the project which is expected to be one of the four untitled Disney live-action fantasy films that were announced this week as part of their upcoming film slate through to the year 2020.
"Togetherness" co-creator Steve Zissis is also working on the story for the film. Marcel and Zissis take over from Aline Brosh McKenna who was said to have done some work on an early version of the script.
De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel which served as the basis for the 1961 animated movie. Glenn Close memorably played the character in the 1996 "101 Dalmatians" live-action film and its sequel, while Victoria Smurfit has recently been portraying the character on ABC's "Once Upon a Time »
- Garth Franklin
Two years after Disney first announced a live action movie based on the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil, the studio is finally moving forward on the project with a new writer. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the studio has hired Kelly Marcel to write the screenplay for Cruella. The site reports that Disney is putting this project on the fast track, although it isn't known when production may begin.
Earlier this week, Disney issued four release dates for unspecified fairy tale films. If Cruella is in fact being put on the fast track, it could very well be the movie that takes the first of these mystery release dates, December 22, 2017. Still, the studio hasn't confirmed a release date for Cruella, or which of the several fairy tale projects in development will get those four dates.
When one hears the story of the British suffragette movement, it’s hard to believe it’s never been made into a major motion picture. That changed when filmmaker Sarah Gavron reunited with the team behind her 2007 directorial debut, “Brick Lane”: writer Abi Morgan and producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward.
Says Gavron: “I’d been wanting to make a project about this for 10 years. While we were looking for something to do together, Alison and Faye started talking about suffragettes, and it was perfect.”
For many people, thinking of a British suffragette calls up images of a polite, upper-class lady — essentially, Mrs. Banks in “Mary Poppins.” Ironic, considering Owen was working on “Saving Mr. Banks” while developing this movie. “But we wanted to do something grittier, not the ‘Mary Poppins’ image,” she says.
In “Suffragette,” hitting theaters Oct. 23, the women are anything but passive, breaking windows and often »
- Jenelle Riley
Filming has begun locally on The Book Of Henry, director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) first feature as director since this year’s blockbuster Jurassic World (which has grossed nearly $1.7 billion worldwide). Focus Features is overseeing the production and holds worldwide rights, including for domestic release.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts stars in the film alongside young actors Jacob Tremblay (of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival hit Room) and Jaden Lieberher (of St. Vincent and the upcoming Midnight Special).
The supporting cast includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Lee Pace (The Hobbit trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy), Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman, Maddie Ziegler (of Sia’s music videos “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart”), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live).
The Book of Henry is the story of »
- Michelle McCue
On Sunday, cast and filmmakers from DreamWorks Pictures dramatic thriller Bridge Of Spies celebrated the film’s world premiere at Alice Tully Hall as part of the 53rd Annual New York Film Festival where they received a standing ovation.
The first reviews came out this evening:
“It’s no small feat turning a shyster and a spy into national heroes, but that’s the unique achievement of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.” If Jimmy Stewart were alive today, the director surely would have asked him to play James Donovan, a noble New York insurance lawyer roped into providing an alleged Soviet agent with pro-bono legal representation, who later goes on to broker his exchange for two Americans held captive by Commies. »
- Michelle McCue
You may have heard that further evidence has appeared that nothing is sacred, because Disney has its eye on a sequel to Mary Poppins. Well, things are still in the rumor phase, but the word is that Emily Blunt may be who Disney, and Into the Woods director, Rob Marshall, want for the role of Poppins herself.
Mary Poppins 2 may seem a strange choice, especially if you watched Saving Mr. Banks, which doesn’t sell the whole affair of getting the first one made as a story that is itself filled with sunshine and rainbows. It is a strange choice, but Emily Blunt certainly isn’t. You don’t have to stretch your imagination to see her as Poppins, though Edge of Tomorrow, and the recent Sicario don’t exactly sell you on the cheery soul.
We’ll see what happens, »
- Marc Eastman
Mary Poppins: Disney is developing a new version of Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct; the story will take place some 20 years after the events depicted in the 1964 family musical and will draw from the same source, a series of books by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will compose new songs; David Magee (Finding Neverland) will write the screenplay. The making of the 1964 movie, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the subject of 2013's Saving Mr. Banks. [EW.com] Doctor Strange: Rachel McAdams was first rumored for the female lead in Doctor Strange back in July, and now the actress says that she will indeed join what she described as a "kind of psychedelic Marvel comic" movie, though she did not...
- Peter Martin
Not content with bringing a whole bunch of their animated movies to the screens in live-action form (Cinderella, the upcoming The Jungle Book, Maleficent etc), Disney are now looking to bring a new Mary Poppins film to screens. The new movie will be set 20 years after the original film, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and will directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).
David Magee, who wrote the Academy Award winning Life Of Pi, and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will pen the screenplay for the new movie, which will use ideas from the Pl Travers novels, the last of which was published in 1988.
- Paul Heath
Walt Disney Pictures is teaming up with filmmaker Rob Marshall to develop a sequel to the studio's beloved 1964 classic Mary Poppins. Variety confirms that the story will be set 20 years after the film, using plot lines from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back. No specifics were given for the story, except that this sequel will follow the title character's furthering adventures with the Banks family.
The original Mary Poppins starred Julie Andrews as the title character, alongside Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley and Reta Shaw. Author P.L. Travers wrote eight Mary Poppins books, but it isn't known if this theatrical follow-up will be adapted from a specific story within those books, or if it will be an amalgam of those stories. P.L. Travers' literary sequels include Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935), Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943), Mary Poppins »
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. No, this is not a nightmare: Disney is making a new "Mary Poppins" movie musical, and Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Into the Woods") is going to direct it. This is real life! Accept it and then (please) rage about it. First, we should be clear about one thing: this is not a remake (not even Disney is shameless enough for that). Rather, the film will be a sequel set 20 years after the events of the original film and based on storylines from subsequent books in author P.L. Travers' beloved "Mary Poppins" book series. Regardless, a lot of people are angry, with complaints ranging from director Rob Marshall's involvement to the idea that Travers would not have been happy, were she still alive, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Disney’s apparent quest to update every single movie in its catalog continues unabated. The next classic in its sights is Mary Poppins, as Rob Marshall has signed on to direct a new live-action musical based on P.L. Travers‘ books. (The struggle to get the rights of which were chronicled in another recent Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks.) More […]
- Angie Han
"Mary Poppins" is coming back to the big screen: Disney is working on a new, original musical starring its classic magical nanny.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the film is already moving through the development stages, with director Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Into the Woods") at the helm. Marshall will re-team with his "Into the Woods" producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt for the project, which is set to be a new musical adventure featuring the Poppins character -- and not a direct sequel to the famous 1964 version.
The new Poppins film will take place in Depression-era London, some 20 years after Disney's classic Mary Poppins, and will draw from existing Poppins tales in the rest of author P.L. Travers' 1934-1988 children's book series. The practically perfect 1964 screen adaptation starring Julie Andrews pulled its story primarily from the first installment in Travers' eight-book series; the new project (which is decidedly »
- Katie Roberts
See Also: Burnt gets a new poster
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
Burnt is set for release on October 16th in the UK and October 23rd in the Us. »
- Gary Collinson
Oscar winner Hanks plays the legendary pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, who safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving 1555 passengers on-board and making international headlines. Eckhart is portraying his first officer Jeff Skiles, who helped land the plane safely.
The film is in pre-production and is set for release some time in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
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