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Disney Debuts Live-Action ‘Lion King,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Aladdin’ Footage at CinemaCon

Disney Debuts Live-Action ‘Lion King,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Aladdin’ Footage at CinemaCon
Disney dazzled CinemaCon attendees Tuesday with footage from its upcoming live-action “The Lion King,” “Dumbo,” and “Aladdin” movies, all opening in 2019.

The studio closed its 90-minute presentation at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with “The Circle of Life” opening sequence to Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King,” which opens July 19, 2019 — 25 years and a month after the original.

The footage appears to mirror the opening minutes of the 1994 animated blockbuster in which King Mufasa’s newborn son, Simba, is presented to the animal kingdom at Pride Rock by Rafiki the baboon, the shaman and adviser to Mufasa. Rafiki, who has the same colorful facial markings as in the animated film, rubs Simba’s face with red dust before presenting him.

Exhibitors were also impressed by the early footage from “Dumbo,” directed by Tim Burton and loosely inspired by the 1941 animated film. The period movie includes Danny DeVito as the circus ringmaster
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Maleficent 2 Adds Deadpool’s Ed Skrein As Its Villain

Loosely based on Walt Disney’s 1959 animated feature, Sleeping Beauty, and considered a spinoff of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Maleficent, although not as successful with critics, went on to earn a magical $758.5 million at the box office, making a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy a foregone conclusion.

Later this year, the pic is scheduled to begin production and Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will be reprising their roles, ready to do battle with an all-new villain. And, as it turns out, that antagonist will be a familiar face for fans of Marvel’s foul-mouthed merc.

That’s because Variety has learned this week that Deadpool actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel as the flick’s big bad. Details regarding Skrein’s role are scarce at the moment, but we do know that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning will direct.
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Through the looking glass: the Alice exhibition taking crowds down a rabbit hole

Designed by Anna Tregloan, the exhibition has creative and immersive rooms that house more than 300 objects

Matt and Wendy Crandall have been talking to me for 20 minutes before I notice it: almost everything they are wearing is Alice in Wonderland-themed.

Her dress is covered in tiny Alices. Pink flamingos preen and pose across his shirt. Her earrings read “eat me” and “drink me”, and her charm bracelet is adorned with Wonderland trinkets – a limited edition Stella McCartney range tied to Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation.

Related: Alice in Wonderland – what does it all mean?

“Hold your tongue!” said the Queen, turning purple.

“I won’t!” said Alice.

Continue reading...
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U.K. Casting: Actor-Musician Needed for Condensed ‘Henry V’

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. “Henry V” Librarian Theatre Company creates innovative plays for libraries around the U.K., supporting the venues and entertaining the communities that use them. They’ve developed a condensed version of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” for libraries, after having toured versions of “Hamlet,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” The team is casting for an actor-musician to support “Henry V,” rehearsing and touring in and around Bristol. If you’ve got skills in percussion and bass and are 18 or older,
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If You're Sad About Once Upon a Time Ending, You Should Watch This New Fairy-Tale Series

Ever wonder what would happen if your favorite storybook heroines crossed paths in the real world? Well, that's exactly what happens in the series Fabled. The anthology is flipping the classic fairy-tale genre on its head by reimagining its patriarchal norms through stories about age, race, sexuality, gender, and relationships.

The first episode, "Anodyne" - which is fittingly directed by Once Upon a Time's Jennifer Morrison - imagines what would happen if Alice (Girls's Zosia Mamet) from Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) from The Wizard of Oz crossed paths. Bloodlines's Norbert Leo Butz and The Vampire Diaries's Paul Wesley also star. The series will have its world premiere during the Tribeca Film Festival, but in the meantime, you can watch the first trailer above.
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‘Fabled’ Trailer: Zosia Mamet and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Lead a Feminist Retelling of Classic Fairy Tales

‘Fabled’ Trailer: Zosia Mamet and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Lead a Feminist Retelling of Classic Fairy Tales
Following in the footsteps of her Pulitzer Prize-winning father, Zosia Mamet has penned a new television series for Refinery29. Co-created with husband Evan Jonigkeit (Joe Swanberg’s “Easy”), “Fabled” is an anthology series that upends classic fairy tales by giving them a feminist bent. The first episode of the series, titled “Anodyne,” sees Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” crossing paths with Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. In a newly released first trailer, the women appear to be at some kind of 30-day rehab program, perhaps for mental illness.

In addition to Mamet and Jonigkeit, “Fabled” stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Cloverfield Paradox”), Trace Lysette (“Transparent”), and Broadway headliner Norbert Leo Butz. Butz plays a therapist at the palatial looking facility. “We don’t want you to feel like a prisoner here, we want you to feel better,” he says.
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10 Hidden Messages In Disney Songs

Everyone has a favorite Disney movie and a favorite Disney song. Whether it’s songs from “Tangled,” “Into the Woods,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Descendants,” or even “High School Musical.” There are catchy upbeat songs that manage to stay in our heads all day. But the best thing about popular Disney songs is that they come with plenty of subliminal messages and metaphors you might never realize. Even “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” come with hidden messages in songs! You were probably singing this from the top of your lungs, but do you know the metaphors these Disney songs have? These are the 10 hidden messages in Disney songs!
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The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

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1937 / 1:33 / 91 Min. / Street Date April 17, 2018

Starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy

Cinematography by Joseph Walker

Written by Viña Delmar

Edited by Al Clark

Produced and directed by Leo McCarey

Thanks to Louis Armstrong and his fellow geniuses, the Jazz Age transformed a generation and dominated pop culture for close to two decades; Vanity Fair and Life recorded the nightlife of hot-to-trot sophisticates while early risers followed the seesaw romance of a willowy flapper named Blondie Boopadoop and her paramour Dagwood Bumstead, a lovesick Dick Powell wannabe.

It was Powell who helped popularize the uptempo rhythms pervading the fast and loose musicals of the era, in particular Paramount’s raucous output which flaunted hot jazz on the soundtrack whether it starred Crosby as a college crooner or W.C. Fields as a double-dealing misanthrope. Even Norman McLeod’s Alice In Wonderland began with a bouncy
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3D Is Dead (Again)

In 2010, we had “The Avatar Effect”. Due to the box office-busting grosses of Avatar (which was then “confirmed” by the success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) and the 3D ticket surcharge it was able to carry, every studio wanted in on 3D. They couldn’t post-convert their movies fast enough and it became a way to upsell consumers on a new fad. This, of course, was nothing new as 3D was a fad both in the 50s and the 80s. But this time was supposed to be different as digital 3D would usher in cleaner …
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Margot Robbie Is a Bloodthirsty Neo-Noir Assassin in the Trailer For Terminal

Something different for you... #TerminalMovie @simonpegg @Dexfletch @RLJEfilms pic.twitter.com/YJ2V9p6Nf9

- Margot Robbie (@MargotRobbie) March 29, 2018

Following her critically acclaimed portrayal of Tonya Harding in the Oscar-nominated I, Tonya, Margot Robbie is moving on to an entirely different and darker project. In Terminal, the actress plays a bloodthirsty femme fatale who leads two hitmen on a dangerous mission. "There is a place like no other on earth: a land full of wonder, mystery, and danger," she states in the Alice in Wonderland-inspired teaser trailer (below). "Some say to survive it you need to be as mad as a hatter - which luckily I am." The film also stars Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, and is slated for a May 11 release. Watch the creepy new trailer above.

Teaser:

Mad as a hatter, you say?
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Robert Downey Jr. reveals the full cast list for Doctor Dolittle

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A complete new voice cast list has been revealed for Universal Pictures live-action animation hybrid, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the latest franchise vehicle for Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. leads the film as the physician who can speak with animals, Doctor Dolittle. Antonio Banderas will play a pirate named Rassouli and Michael Sheen plays Mudfly, two of the live-action roles alongside Downey.

Also in the news – Joel Edgerton joins Timothee Chalamet on cast of Netflix’s The King

The newest actors to join the film are Rami Malek as Chee-Chee the gorilla, Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab the duck, Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton the ostrich, John Cena as Yoshi the Polar Bear, Marion Cotillard as Tutu the fox, Carmen Ejogo as Regine the Lioness, Craig Robinson as Fleming the mouse, and Frances de la Tour in an unspecified role.

Previously, we reported that Emma Thompson will voice Polynesia the parrot,
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This Is What Disney Princesses Should Have Looked Like

Don’t worry, we wouldn’t dare suggest that you don’t know your favorite Disney movie inside and out. But how much do you know about the history behind them? We’ll examine the facts behind some of your favorite princesses and let you know what they really would have looked like. Tattoos have an important role in Polynesian culture, and it’s unlikely that Maui would have been the only inked person in Moana. Tiger Lily from Peter Pan is a minor but beloved character, but she’s far from a historically accurate one. Many Disney movies are based on fairy tales, but Alice from Alice in Wonderland is based on a real little girl. Elsa is one of our favorite heroines, but she came perilously close to being a totally different villain. Merida was supposed to not look like a standard Disney princess, but she came way
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ reviews: Will it follow Oscars path of Disney contenders ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Beauty and the Beast’?

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ reviews: Will it follow Oscars path of Disney contenders ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Beauty and the Beast’?
A Wrinkle in Time” opened on March 9 with high expectations. It’s the first big-screen adaptation of the much-loved children’s novel by Madeleine L’Engle — which was previously adapted for TV in 2003. And it’s directed by Ava DuVernay in an unlikely follow-up to her Oscar nominated films “Selma” (2014), a docudrama about Martin Luther King, and “13th” (2016), a documentary about the history of mass incarceration in America. So could it be an Oscar contender for 2019? If so, it will probably follow a path closer to “Alice in Wonderland” and “Beauty and the Beast” than “Selma.”

Perhaps the heaviest pressure on the film is the fact that DuVernay is the first black woman ever to direct a film with a budget over $100 million. But she’s not the first A-list filmmaker to helm a big-budget, live-action Disney adaptation. In recent years Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” 2010), Kenneth Branagh (“Cinderella,” 2015), Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,
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The Preview Reel: Is A Wrinkle in Time Your Best Bet?

Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Black Panther continued its box-office dominance as it passed the $500 million mark domestically this past weekend. This week, Disney looks to keep up its winning ways with not only Black Panther, but with A Wrinkle in Time as well. The Mouse House will have a lot of competition as three other wide releases also open in the form of The Hurricane Heist, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and Gringo. There are a lot of options, but which are worth a trip to the cineplex?

A Wrinkle in Time

What we are excited about: Ava DuVernay is one of the more intriguing directors working right now with her last two movies, Selma (2014) and 13th (2016), receiving a lot of awards attention. She always brings a strong style and unique flair to each of her projects, so
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On Animation, ‘Moana’s’ Hyrum Osmond Team for ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ (Exclusive)

On Animation Studios, the banner behind the award-winning “The Little Prince,” is partnering with “Moana’s” head of animation, Hyrum Osmond, on “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” an animated feature based on Winsor McCay’s fantasy-adventure comic series.

Osmond will direct “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” which is budgeted in the $70 million range and centers on a young boy who journeys through the land of dreams. As with On Animation’s other projects, such as “The Little Prince” and “The Playmobil Movie” (currently in production), “Little Nemo in Slumberland” is based on a high-profile franchise and will aim at reaching family audiences globally. “The Little Prince” won Cesar and BAFTA awards, was released in more than 120 countries and grossed $120 million worldwide.

On Animation is the production company of Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam. The pair, plus Alexis Vonarb and Emmanuel Jacomet, will produce “Little Nemo” between Paris and Montreal, where the company has offices.
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Disney's Christopher Robin Trailer Welcomes Back Winnie the Pooh

Disney has released the first trailer for Christopher Robin, the upcoming live-action take on Winnie the Pooh. The honey-loving bear and his friends have been a beloved fixture of the Disney brand for a very long time, but this is truly going to be a different take on the world that Pooh and his pals inhabit. Not only are we going to see Pooh and his adult friend all grown up, but this is a live-action take on the material, which will be a new thing for moviegoers. Now, we have our first taste of what this is going to look like.

Disney's Christopher Robin, which is described as a heartwarming live-action adventure, centers on the man that the movie is named after. That man, however, was once the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable animals. Unfortunately,
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Jennifer Lawrence Said She Auditioned For Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

Jennifer Lawrence has a lot of roles she's thankful she's gotten, but there's one that got away that "devastated," her. Lawrence told Howard Stern she was crushed when she didn't get Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland:

Emma Stone and I had this conversation once, ’cause we used to always audition for the same thing… She got one thing that I was dying for, but the one thing that really killed me — the only time I’ve ever been truly devastated by losing an audition … was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.”

Lawrence also talked about when Hunger Games first took off in the interview, which you can check out in the clip below. Do you think Jennifer Lawrence would've been right for Alice In Wonderland?:
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Jennifer Lawrence Lost the Audition for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’

Jennifer Lawrence Lost the Audition for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’
Jennifer Lawrence is a big, Oscar-winning star, so she probably doesn’t have to audition for many parts anymore. However, there’s one role Lawrence lost from her auditioning days that still haunts her: Alice from Tim Burton‘s Alice In Wonderland. These days filmmakers would jump at the chance to have Jennifer Lawrence in their film without question. […]

The post Jennifer Lawrence Lost the Audition for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ appeared first on /Film.
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Jennifer Lawrence Was 'Devastated' That She Wasn't Cast in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Jennifer Lawrence Was 'Devastated' That She Wasn't Cast in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Jennifer Lawrence may be an Oscar-winning actress and star of a successful movie franchise, but there’s still that role that got away.

The Red Sparrow star, 27, made her debut on Howard Stern’s radio show Wednesday, where she talked about some of the parts that she missed out on. One, in particular, she really wished she had landed.

Emma Stone and I had this conversation once, ’cause we used to always audition for the same thing, which now seems silly because our careers are so different,” Lawrence explained. “She got one thing that I was dying for, but the
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