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Film Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Film Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’
“There are no cheap parlor tricks here!” growls Locke (Armando Gutierrez), the cloak-swirling, goatee-twitching villain of Blake Harris and Chris Bouchard’s “The Little Mermaid,” providing such an easy way in for the disgruntled reviewer (and few will be gruntled) that it almost feels like a trap. Creaky visual effects, slapdash plotting and a script drunk on cliché: There’s pretty much nothing but cheap parlor trickery here.

The biggest trick of all, of course, is that though it feels like it was designed to capitalize on the confusion, this is neither the forthcoming Lin-Manuel Miranda-assisted Disney remake, nor Universal’s similarly titled, status-unknown project that formerly had Sofia Coppola and Chloë Grace Moretz attached. Nor does it bear much resemblance to the 1989 animated musical, or to the Hans Christian Andersen story that purportedly inspired all of the above. Instead it belongs to the subgenre of “imagine insert-mythical-creature-here was real” movies,
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Film News Roundup: Poppy Drayton’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Movie Set for August Release

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Film News Roundup: Poppy Drayton’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Movie Set for August Release
In today’s film news roundup, Poppy Drayton’s “The Little Mermaid” gets a theatrical release, Melissa Leo gets a film festival honor, and the script for holiday adventure “Escape From the North Pole” is bought.

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A live-action independent version of “The Little Mermaid,” starring British actress Poppy Drayton, has been set for release nationwide exclusively in AMC Theatres beginning Aug. 17.

The movie is inspired by the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale rather than the Disney animated movie and follows a young girl who discovers an enchanting woman she believes to be the real “Little Mermaid” of lore.

William Moseley stars as a reporter following a story about a mermaid and a magic healing water. Together with his sick niece, played by Loreto Peralta, they travel to a small town in Mississippi to uncover a legend.

Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon, and Armando Gutierrez also star. Production companies are
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Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ Gets August AMC Theatres Release

Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’ Gets August AMC Theatres Release
The Little Mermaid, the live-action film inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale more than the Disney animated classic, has set an August 17 release date exclusively at more than 200 AMC Theatres nationwide via Freestyle Releasing. The RoyalsWilliam Moseley and Downton Abbey‘s Poppy Drayton star in the debut feature from Robert Molloy’s Kingsway Productions.

Written by Blake Harris and co-directed by Harris and Chris Bouchard, the fantasy-adventure follows a young girl who discovers a beautiful, enchanting woman she believes to be the real “Little Mermaid” of lore. Moseley is Cam Harrison, a young reporter following a big story about the mermaid (Drayton) and a magic healing water said to cure all. He travels with his sick niece (Loreto Peralta) to a small Mississippi town and uncovers a legend that’s as mysterious as the circus they find it in. Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon and Armando Gutierrez co-star.
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'Wonder Woman' star joins Anastasia Romanov project

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Exclusive: Feature marks second collaboration between Swen Group and Conglomerate.

Emily Carey, who plays the young Diana in global smash Wonder Woman, will star in the live-action family feature Anastasia: Once Upon A Time.

The feature is a retelling of the Anastasia Romanov story and marks the second production between Swen Group, the Latin American giant that recently established a Us distribution arm, and Conglomerate, the Florida-based production company behind Walt Before Mickey and the upcoming Little Mermaid.

Anastasia: Once Upon A Time begins in 1917 as the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II flees Lenin’s troops through a time portal, emerging in 1988 when she befriends a young American girl.

Carey will star alongside Kendall Vertes as Tana and Aliyah Moulden from TV show The Voice, who will write and perform original songs. Blake Harris directs, as he did on Little Mermaid.

Although rumours of the real Anastasia’s escape endured for years, in reality
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Little Mermaid Live-Action Trailer Beats Disney to the Punch

Little Mermaid Live-Action Trailer Beats Disney to the Punch
Nearly 30 years after Disney's timeless animated classic The Little Mermaid hit theaters, the studio announced last year that they are putting together a new live-action adaptation with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Universal was also readying their own live-action adaptation with Chloe Moretz set to star, before she dropped out. While it remains to be seen what will happen with those projects, there is a new live-action Little Mermaid movie coming out later this year, and the first trailer has been released today.

This Little Mermaid movie comes from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions, with the trailer debuting on YouTube. The project doesn't have a release date set at this time, but it is expected to debut later this year, possibly this summer, although it remains to be seen when a release date will be announced. This story takes a much different approach to the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
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William Moseley Joins "A Little Mermaid"

William Moseley ("The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Royals") will join Shirley MacLaine and Poppy Drayton in Chris Bouchard's live-action family adventure "A Little Mermaid" at Mvp Studios.

Blake Harris' script is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and has Moseley playing a reporter who travels with his younger sister (Loreto Peralta) to a small Southern town where they discover an enchanting creature (Drayton) they believe to be the real 'Little Mermaid.'

MacLaine portrays an eccentric woman who has intimate knowledge of the story. Diahann Carroll, William Forsythe and Gina Gershon also star. Robert Molloy and Armando Gutierrez are producing the film which recently began production in Georgia.

This is not to be confused with the Chloe Moretz-led live-action adaptation in the works at Universal.

Source: Variety
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‘A Little Mermaid’ First Pic From New Mvp Studios

Mvp Studios said today it is kicking off production next month on the live-action family pic A Little Mermaid, which will serve as the first project for the new company founded by Robert Molloy, who is the grandson of former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and producer Armando Gutierrez. Poppy Drayton, Loreto Peralta and Shirley MacLaine are set to star in Mermaid, with Chris Bouchard directing. The film will be shot in Georgia for a 2017 release. In the Blake…
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Watch: Meet the Mouse That Started it All in Exclusive 'Walt Before Disney' Clip

Watch: Meet the Mouse That Started it All in Exclusive 'Walt Before Disney' Clip
Much is known about Walt Disney, the creator of the omnipotent Disney brand that has begat countless films and become a veritable force of nature in the years since its inception. And though its storied founder is a legend in his own right, much less is known about his early years, before the creation of his iconic Mickey Mouse.  Read More: Exclusive: Skyway Film Festival Announces 'Walt Before Mickey' and 'No Stranger Than Love' as Opening and Closing Night Films Coming just in time for the creative maverick's birthday, the biopic "Walt Before Disney" chronicles Walt Disney's early years that led to the creation of the Mickey Mouse character. Based on a book of the same name by Timothy S. Susanin, "Walt Before Mickey" stars Thomas Ian Nicholas, John Heder and Jodie Sweetin and was helmed by first-time feature director Khoa Le. The film was written by writer/producer Armando Gutierrez.
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First trailer: Walt Before Mickey

The story of the young Walt Disney is coming to the screen - and here's the first trailer...

Digging way back into the story of Walt Disney is the upcoming movie, Walt Before Mickey. Based on the book of the same name, the film is focusing on the early struggles of Disney, back in the days when he was an animator and businessman, rather than the head of a hugely successful company. In fact, Walt Before Mickey is likely to focus on the studios he launched before he struck gold, eventually, with Disney.

Khoa Le has directed this one, from a script by Arthur L Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez. Playing Disney? That'd be Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) playing his brother, Roy.

It's still unclear when we'll get this one, as it's yet to find a distributor. But here's the first trailer...

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Walt Before Disney Trailer Offers A Poignant Look At The Man Behind The Legend

While audiences were served up a fantastic portrayal of a 1960s Walt Disney in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, Khoa Le’s Walt Before Disney is set to serve up another helping of the legendary animator, only this time with a particular interest in the early, defining years of the artist’s career.

The period drama — largely based on Timothy S. Susanin’s nonfiction novel, Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928 — will be situated in the 1920s, a time where Walt’s nascent career was hampered by several false starts and crushing disappointments.

Labelled as the “missing decade”, the film is set to chart Walt (played by American Pie’s Thomas Ian Nicholas) as he ventures from Missouri to California in the search of his dream — setting up four mediocre film studios along the way.

Joining Ian Nicholas for the tale is Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder
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Hot Trailer: ‘Walt Before Mickey’ Shows Down-On-His-Luck Disney

Hot Trailer: ‘Walt Before Mickey’ Shows Down-On-His-Luck Disney
Exclusive: Before he created Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney was an animator and businessman who spent a decade shrugging off failure in order to build the studio that would turn him into an icon. The indie period drama Walt Before Mickey chronicles nine years worth of these early struggles, with American Pie‘s Thomas Ian Nicholas playing the young and ambitious Disney and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder as his brother Roy. Check out the trailer exclusively on Deadline.

Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era “missing decade” during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez.
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