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Keira Knightley to Star as Sugar Plum Fairy in ‘The Nutcracker’ Live-Action Film (Exclusive)

Keira Knightley to Star as Sugar Plum Fairy in ‘The Nutcracker’ Live-Action Film (Exclusive)
Keira Knightley will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s retelling of “The Nutcracker.”

Mackenzie Foy is on board to play Clara, with Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman also attached to the movie.

The live-action film — based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” — is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” In the pic, one of Clara’s Christmas toys — a Nutcracker doll — comes to life and battles the evil Mouse King with seven heads.

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the classic story into the “The Nutcracker” ballet in 1892.

Lasse Hallström will direct the upcoming film from Ashleigh Powell’s script. Mark Gordon is producing, while Lindy Goldstein is executive producing. Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney. Sara Smith is working on behalf of the Mark Gordon Company.
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Keira Knightley in Talks to Join 'The Nutcracker' as Sugar Plum Fairy

Keira Knightley in Talks to Join 'The Nutcracker' as Sugar Plum Fairy
Keira Knightley is in talks to play the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s adaptation of The Nutcracker, based on the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky and the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Lasse Hallstrom is to direct the project, titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which already has Mackenzie Foy, ballerina Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman on board. The classic story told of a young girl named Clara (Foy) who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. When she goes to check on it later that night, the clock strikes midnight, and she finds herself

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Freeman In Talks For Disney's "Nutcracker"

Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join the live-action take on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker" for Disney Pictures.

The Christmas-set story, which inspired the famous Tchaikovsky ballet, follows a young girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls.

Freeman will play the mysterious Drosselmeyer alongside Misty Copeland as the lead ballerina. Lasse Hallstrom is directing from a script by Ashleigh Powell. Mark Gordon is producing.

Source: THR
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Morgan Freeman in Talks to Join Misty Copeland in Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’

Morgan Freeman in Talks to Join Misty Copeland in Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’
Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to star in Disney’s upcoming live-action film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opposite Misty Copeland and Mackenzie Foy.

The live action project is based on the 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in which a girl named Clara is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll — which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads.

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned an Alexandre Dumas adaptation of the story into the ballet “The Nutcracker” in 1892.

Lasse Hallström came on board in March to direct from Ashleigh Powell’s script. Mark Gordon is producing. Lindy Goldstein is executive producing.

Sam Dickerman and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing the project for Disney. Sara Smith is overseeing for The Mark Gordon Company.

Variety reported Wednesday that “Interstellar
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Mazkenzie Foy joins Disney’s live-action The Nutcracker

Variety is reporting that Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Interstellar) is set for the lead role of Clara in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Nutcracker.

The film – titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – is being directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) from a script by Ashleigh Powell (Somacell), and also has ballerine Misty Copeland attached to the cast.

The Nutcracker is a ballet scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is based upon E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1916 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which follows a young girl whose favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes to life and battles an army of evil mice, led by the Mouse King.
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Morgan Freeman Joining Disney's 'The Nutcracker' (Exclusive)

Morgan Freeman Joining Disney's 'The Nutcracker' (Exclusive)
Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join Disney's live-action The Nutcracker. Interstellar actress Mackenzie Foy is starring as Clara while Misty Copeland will play the lead ballerina in the live-action film, which is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story, set at Christmastime, follows a young girl named Clara whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls. The story inspired the famous ballet that featured one of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most iconic

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Interstellar star Mackenzie Foy joins Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Interstellar actress Mackenzie Foy has been cast in the lead role of Disney’s planned live-action version of The Nutcracker. The film will roll into production very soon, and will be based on the 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Variety says that the film will revolve around Clara (Foy), who is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads.

Here’s the official synopsis from the source material.

E. T. A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816)” is a fairy tale of a young girl’s magical dream, filled with stories with dark undertone. In 1844, Dumas adapted the tale as a children’s story, which is now well known as a ballet, choreographed by Marius Petipas with Tchaikovsky’s music.

Lasse Hallström will direct the film for the studio.
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Casting News: Linney, Foy, Gillan, Mirchoff

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Laura Linney is returning to television with the actress tapped to star opposite Jason Bateman in the Netflix drama series "Ozark". Bill Dubuque ("The Judge") is onboard as writer-executive producer alongside Bateman who will also direct and "Hell on Wheels" producer Chris Mundy who will serve as showrunner.

Set in the world of drug-money laundering, the pair play a financial planner couple who must suddenly relocate from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. The series will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2017. [Source: The Live Feed]

Disney's The Nutcracker

Mackenzie Foy ("Interstellar," "The Twilgiht Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2") has scored the role of Clara in its latest retelling of "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" at Walt Disney Pictures. Foy joins Misty Copeland who was recently announced as the lead ballerina in the film's sole dance number.

Based on the 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffmann which subsequently became the 1892 Tchaikovsky ballet, Foy's
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‘Interstellar’ Star Mackenzie Foy to Lead Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Exclusive)

‘Interstellar’ Star Mackenzie Foy to Lead Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Exclusive)
Walt Disney Pictures has tapped rising star Mackenzie Foy to play Clara in its latest retelling of “The Nutcracker.”

Foy, who broke out as Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” joins Misty Copeland who was recently announced as the lead ballerina in the films sole dance number.

The live action project is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” It is based on the 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in which a Clara (Foy) is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads.

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned an Alexandre Dumas adaptation of the story into the ballet “The Nutcracker” in 1892.

For the upcoming film, Lasse Hallström came on board in March to direct from Ashleigh Powell’s script.
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Misty Copeland Joins The Nutcracker And The Four Realms At Disney

The upcoming live-action Disney movie The Nutcracker And The Four Realms has welcomed its first cast member – legendary ballerina Misty Copeland. Her appearance in the movie will mark her first involvement in narrative cinema, having already featured on television reality shows, as well as a documentary about her own early career, A Ballerina’s Tale.

The film will be helmed by Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Shipping News, Chocolat), armed with a script by Ashleigh Powell, who makes her screenwriting debut here. With Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) producing the project, it is notable that the first casting choice is a strong one – recognizing that Misty Copeland is a world-renowned, award winning talent. It also indicates the tone that Hallstrom will be striving for – evidently mixing his own visual flair with the rich musical history of the tale.

While The Nutcracker is best known as a two-act ballet,
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Picturehouse strikes international deal with Royal Opera House Live

Picturehouse strikes international deal with Royal Opera House Live
The company will be the exclusive international distributor of Roh Live Cinema for the Opera’s 2016/17 season.

Picturehouse Entertainment and the Royal Opera House (Roh) have struck a deal to make the former the exclusive international distributor of Roh Live Cinema content in 2016/17.

The distribution arm of UK exhibitor Picturehouse will handle sales and marketing for the season, which will feature 12 live broadcasts including six operas and six ballets.

The 16/17 Roh programme includes 2016 Olivier Award winner Woolf Works, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker, and the return of the company’s first ever production on its Covent Garden stage, The Sleeping Beauty.

Beamed live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden stage, Roh Live productions have previously travelled to territories including the Us, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The 2015/16 Roh live season included broadcasts of Liam Scarlett’s ballet Frankenstein, adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel, Kenneth MacMillan’s [link
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Disney Making Live-Action ‘Nutcracker’ With ‘Chocolat’ Director Lasse Hallström

Disney Making Live-Action ‘Nutcracker’ With ‘Chocolat’ Director Lasse Hallström
Disney is looking to make yet another live-action fairy tale — but this one’s a little different from most of their others, in that it’s not a remake of an existing Disney animated classic. The studio has set Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) to direct The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, based on the classic ballet by Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the E.T.A. Hoffmann story […]

The post Disney Making Live-Action ‘Nutcracker’ With ‘Chocolat’ Director Lasse Hallström appeared first on /Film.
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Disney's Live-Action 'Nutcracker' Movie Gets Director Lasse Hallstrom

Nearly one year after picking up the script in a competitive bidding situation, Disney is moving forward with their live-action adventure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the studio has hired Lasse Hallstr&#246m to direct from the script by Ashleigh Powell. The project is adapted from the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky, and the companion story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

The classic tale follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. After the clock strikes midnight, she is transported to a magical fantasy world, where she find herself caught in the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and a mouse army. Ashleigh Powell spent two years developing the script before it was picked up by Disney last year.

Universal Pictures and New Line Cinema have previously tried to
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Disney Wants A Live-Action Version Of This Holiday Classic

Some legendary holiday stories are simply to classic to ever die out. From the tale of old St. Nick to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas has so many accompanying stories and tall tales that it has practically become a genre itself. Who else but Disney could completely capitalize on this idea? Although winter will soon come to a close later this month, Disney has just revealed that they have begun development on a live-action adaptation of one of the world.s most iconic Christmas tales of them all: The Nutcracker.   A new report from THR indicates that Disney has begun developing a brand new live-action adaptation of the classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker. Titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the project will directly adapt Tchaikovsky.s iconic ballet as well as E.T.A. Hoffmann.s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Screenwriter Ashleigh Powell sold the script ...
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Lasse Hallstrom Directing Live-Action ‘Nutcracker’ Film for Disney

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Lasse Hallstrom Directing Live-Action ‘Nutcracker’ Film for Disney
Lasse Hallstrom is set to direct a live-action “The Nutcracker” film for Disney, TheWrap has learned. The project, titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Reals,” adapts the classic ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. In the story, Clara gets a doll in the shape of a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve that night, she is thrust into a fantastical world, stuck in the middle of gingerbread soldiers and mice fighting a war. Also Read: Adam Shankman-Directed 'Nutcracker' Put Into Turnaround at New Line (Exclusive) Mark Gordon
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Hallstrom To Direct Disney's "Nutcracker"

Lasse Hallstrom is on board to direct "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms," a new live-action film adaptation of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet and E.T.A. Hoffman story at Disney Studios.

The classic story follows a young girl named Clara who gets a doll in the form of a nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve.

When the girl goes to check on it, later that night, the clock strikes twelve and she finds herself thrust into a fantastical world where she is in the middle of a war between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

Ashleigh Powell penned the script and Mark Gordon is producing

Source: Deadline
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Lasse Hallstrom to Direct Live-Action 'Nutcracker' for Disney

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct Live-Action 'Nutcracker' for Disney
Lasse Hallstrom is on board to direct a new big-screen version of The Nutcracker. Disney Studios is developing the project, titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which adapts the classic ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky and the accompanying story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The classic story told of a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker doll from her godfather on Christmas Eve. When she goes to check on it later that night, the clock strikes midnight, and she finds herself thrust into a fantastical world where she is in the

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Movie Review: Touched with Fire

Touched with Fire asks whether love between two thirty-something adults with bipolar disorder can be successful, loosely wondering about the intersection of sensuality, realism, and mental illness. It seems interested to extract a rubric explaining the connection between people with mental illness who are creatives. The film meanders through this exploration rather than makes up its mind as a creative drama or a serious character study where we could feel immediate pathos for the couple’s suffering and willfully involve ourselves in their situation (which could be an educational, engrossing filmic experience if well-presented). Contemporary films about mental illness such as Girl, Interrupted and A Beautiful Mind achieve this by stripping away characters’ “faces,” showing them as raw and realistic from the beginning. Disappointingly, this doesn’t happen in Touched with Fire. It takes time before New York City poets Carla (Katie Holmes) and Marco (Luke Kirby) approach identities more recognizably meaningful,
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On this day in pop culture history: ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ first aired

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ first aired
Nearly five decades ago, the Grinch first set out to ruin Christmas in Whoville on our living room screens. On this day in 1966, the Christmas special “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” first aired on CBS. Based on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 children’s book, the now-classic Yuletide story has since been adapted again for a live action feature starring Jim Carrey. The Grinch was a Scrooge for a new era, and the very word “Grinch” has become synonymous with humbug-ery and mean-spiritedness that no one wants during the holidays. Of course, the furry green guy redeemed himself, and for years of watching this special, the sight of his heart growing three sizes has melted our own. Other notable happenings in pop culture history: • 1892: In St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” premiered. • 1956: The game show “To Tell The Truth” premiered on CBS. • 1961: The Tokens
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‘The Nutcracker’ Movie & Polyamory Dramedy Produced By Adam Shankman In Works At NBC

Director-producer Adam Shankman is tapping into his background as a dancer and choreographer with The Nutcracker, a two-hour television movie based on the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is one of two projects Shakman and Jennifer Gibgot’s Offspring Entertainment has in the works at NBC, along with Love, Sex And Neighbors, a dramedy from writer Gail Gilchriest (Dallas). Both projects are set at Warner Bros. TV, where Offspring is under an overall deal, with…
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