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Film Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’

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 Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’

  • Variety
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,
See full article at Variety »

Lindsay Lohan Wants the Lead Role in The Little Mermaid Opposite Meryl Streep: 'My Dream Role'

Lindsay Lohan Wants the Lead Role in The Little Mermaid Opposite Meryl Streep: 'My Dream Role'
Lindsay Lohan wouldn’t mind playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid — if one particular actress is involved, that is.

The actress, 32, shared a screenshot from the famous 1989 Disney film of Ariel and Ursula on Instagram Monday in which she tagged Disney Studios and expressed her desire to play the lead role opposite Meryl Streep.

“My dream role with #merylstreep,” Lohan wrote in the photo.

While a project is not in the works between the two actresses, it’s safe to say it’s almost everyone’s dream in Hollywood to work with Streep.

Cher opened up about playing Streep’s mother in Mamma Mia!
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Bww TV Exclusive: Disney Gets Freaky! Thomas Schumacher Explains How Freaky Friday Became Disney's First Stage to TV Adaptation

While some of the most cherished Disney musicals from Beauty and the Beast to The Little Mermaid made a splash on the big screen before arriving on Broadway, others have forged their own paths into the hearts of audiences. Tonight, August 10 800-945 p.m., Edtpdt, Disney Theatrical Productions will celebrate its first stage-to-television collaboration with the Disney Channel in adapting its original stage musical Freaky Friday for a worldwide televised premiere.
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Bww TV Exclusive: Disney Gets Freaky! Thomas Schumacher Explains How Freaky Friday Became Disney's First Stage to TV Adaptation

While some of the most cherished Disney musicals from Beauty and the Beast to The Little Mermaid made a splash on the big screen before arriving on Broadway, others have forged their own paths into the hearts of audiences. Tonight, August 10 800-945 p.m., Edtpdt, Disney Theatrical Productions will celebrate its first stage-to-television collaboration with the Disney Channel in adapting its original stage musical Freaky Friday for a worldwide televised premiere.
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Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot Climbs Aboard Ralph Breaks The Internet

The Immortal Warrior herself, Gal Gadot, is entering the hyper-competitive world of online racing for Ralph Breaks the Internet, in which she’ll play the tough-as-nails Shank.

The Wonder Woman 1984 star took to Twitter earlier today to announce her involvement in Disney’s animated sequel, along with a sneak peek at her character doing what she does best: speeding down the digital highways of Slaughter Race.

Described as something of a big sister to the wide-eyed Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), Gadot is another exciting addition to the ensemble cast of Ralph Breaks the Internet, which takes place a full six years after its predecessor and thrusts Wreck-It Ralph into the midst of the world wide web.

Here’s what the DC actress had to say over on Twitter:

I’m so excited to finally announce that I am playing a character named Shank in Disney’s #RalphBreaksTheInternet hitting theaters this November!
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Pinstripe Productions Formed Following ‘The Little Mermaid’

Pinstripe Productions Formed Following ‘The Little Mermaid’
Feature film veterans Robert Molloy, Kristian Krempel, and Joseph Restaino have formed Florida-based Pinstripe Productions.

The company takes its name from Molloy’s affiliation with the New York Yankees baseball team as the grandson of longtime owner George Steinbrenner. The sons, Harold and Hank Steinbrenner, inherited the team, sometimes known as the Pinstripers. Molloy, the son of Jessica Steinbrenner, began working with the team when he was in his teens.

Molloy’s first film, the live-action “The Little Mermaid,” will open theatrically on Aug. 17 in partnership with AMC Theaters. The film stars William Moseley, Poppy Drayton, Gina Gershon, and Shirley MacLaine.

“I am excited to be involved in this new partnership with talented people that continue to make art that will last a lifetime,” Molloy said. “My first experience on ‘The Little Mermaid’ was a very gratifying and humbling one.”

Krempel is the president at FX Group and has worked
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Pinstripe Productions Formed With First Film ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Pinstripe Productions Formed With First Film ‘The Little Mermaid’
Feature film veterans Robert Molloy, Kristian Krempel, and Joseph Restaino have formed Florida-based Pinstripe Productions.

The company takes its name from Molloy’s affiliation with the New York Yankees baseball team as the grandson of longtime owner George Steinbrenner. The sons, Harold and Hank Steinbrenner, inherited the team, sometimes known as the Pinstripers. Molloy, the son of Jessica Steinbrenner, began working with the team when he was in his teens.

Molloy’s first film, the live-action “The Little Mermaid,” will open theatrically on Aug. 17 in partnership with AMC Theaters. The film stars William Moseley, Poppy Drayton, Gina Gershon, and Shirley MacLaine.

“I am excited to be involved in this new partnership with talented people that continue to make art that will last a lifetime,” Molloy said. “My first experience on ‘The Little Mermaid’ was a very gratifying and humbling one.”

Krempel is the president at FX Group and has worked
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Which August Blockbuster Are You Going to See in Theaters? Vote Now!

Summer has flown by, with August beginning in two short days and yet we are still at the height of summer blockbuster season. With a new month comes new Netflix arrivals, TV show premieres and of course a fresh batch of movies coming to theaters...thank goodness. Once August hits, childhood favorites like The Little Mermaid and Christopher Robin Aka the story about Winnie the Pooh's human friend, will be coming to a movie theater near you. This time around these stories have a twist and therefore they are even more enticing to movie goers. There will also be new stories about love (Dog Days), friendship (The Spy Who Dumped Me), terror (Slender Man) and comedy (Crazy Rich Asians) that can't...
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Just How Many Projects Does Lin-Manuel Miranda Have on His Full Plate?

Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda may currently be the hardest-working and in-demand man in Hollywood. How many TV and film projects does he currently have in the works? Let’s see:

1) On Friday Miranda was announced as part of the cast, along with James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, in the BBC’s upcoming series “His Dark Materials,” based on the bestselling fantasy novels by British author Philip Pullman.

2) Just three days before, it was announced Miranda would be executive producing an FX limited series based on the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as the leads.

3) Last week, Variety reported he would be making his feature directorial debut with “Tick, Tick… Boom,” based on the 2014 stage production about “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson.

4) Audiences will see him star opposite Emily Blunt in another Disney feature, the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” bowing just in time for Christmas on Dec.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Just How Many Projects Does Lin-Manuel Miranda Have on His Full Plate?

  • Variety
Just How Many Projects Does Lin-Manuel Miranda Have on His Full Plate?
Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda may currently be the hardest-working and in-demand man in Hollywood. How many TV and film projects does he currently have in the works? Let’s see:

1) On Friday Miranda was announced as part of the cast, along with James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, in the BBC’s upcoming series “His Dark Materials,” based on the bestselling fantasy novels by British author Philip Pullman.

2) Just three days before, it was announced Miranda would be executive producing an FX limited series based on the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as the leads.

3) Last week, Variety reported he would be making his feature directorial debut with “Tick, Tick… Boom,” based on the 2014 stage production about “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson.

4) Audiences will see him star opposite Emily Blunt in another Disney feature, the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” bowing just in time for Christmas on Dec.
See full article at Variety »

Don Hahn Talks Howard Ashman, Musical Animation, and his Documentary Howard

For a few brief shining years Howard Ashman was one of the most influential filmmakers in Hollywood. With the composer Alan Menken he had already created an Off-Broadway hit with Little Shop of Horrors, and, at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the late 1980s, he was a pivotal force in creating The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin—films that galvanized an industry-wide animation renaissance—as not just a lyricist but a producer, writer, and director. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1991, however, while the latter two of these films were still in production: Beauty and the Beast was dedicated “to our friend Howard, who […]
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Don Hahn Talks Howard Ashman, Musical Animation, and his Documentary Howard

For a few brief shining years Howard Ashman was one of the most influential filmmakers in Hollywood. With the composer Alan Menken he had already created an Off-Broadway hit with Little Shop of Horrors, and, at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the late 1980s, he was a pivotal force in creating The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin—films that galvanized an industry-wide animation renaissance—as not just a lyricist but a producer, writer, and director. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1991, however, while the latter two of these films were still in production: Beauty and the Beast was dedicated “to our friend Howard, who […]
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Brenda Chapman & Kevin Lima Team To Set Fox First-Look Deal; First Project ‘The Cartoon Touch’

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Brenda Chapman & Kevin Lima Team To Set Fox First-Look Deal; First Project ‘The Cartoon Touch’
Brave director Brenda Chapman and Enchanted helmer Kevin Lima have launched ‘Twas Entertainment, setting a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid and animated films.

Along with the news comes word of their first project: The Cartoon Touch, which the pair wrote, is now set up at Fox Family. Plot details are under wraps.

“For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we’re each extremely proud of,” the pair said in announcing the deal. “Now, by combining our talents in ‘Twas Entertainment, we’re stepping into a new and thrilling phase of our careers and are looking forward to gathering old and new collaborators who share our goal: family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence.”

Chapman wrote and directed Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave, becoming first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio. Her credits include The Prince of Egypt,
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‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Sign First-Look Deal With Fox

‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Sign First-Look Deal With Fox
Brave” director Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima have closed a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce live action, hybrid and animated films through Chapman and Lima’s ‘Twas Entertainment.

“For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we’re each extremely proud of,” the duo said. “Now, by combining our talents in ‘Twas Entertainment, we’re stepping into a new and thrilling phase of our careers and are looking forward to gathering old and new collaborators who share our goal: family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence.”

The deal was announced Monday. The first title that comes on the heels of the pact will be the Fox Family project “The Cartoon Touch,” which Chapman and Lima co-wrote. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Chapman, the first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio, wrote and co-directed 2012’s “Brave” for Disney-Pixar,
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‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Sign First-Look Deal With Fox

  • Variety
‘Brave’ Director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Sign First-Look Deal With Fox
Brave” director Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima have closed a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce live action, hybrid and animated films through Chapman and Lima’s ‘Twas Entertainment.

“For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we’re each extremely proud of,” the duo said. “Now, by combining our talents in ‘Twas Entertainment, we’re stepping into a new and thrilling phase of our careers and are looking forward to gathering old and new collaborators who share our goal: family films with big heart, infectious humor and genuine intelligence.”

The deal was announced Monday. The first title that comes on the heels of the pact will be the Fox Family project “The Cartoon Touch,” which Chapman and Lima co-wrote. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Chapman, the first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio, wrote and co-directed 2012’s “Brave” for Disney-Pixar,
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Animation Vets Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Ink First-Look Deal With Twentieth Century Fox

Animation Vets Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima Ink First-Look Deal With Twentieth Century Fox
Oscar-winning animation director Brenda Chapman and Kevin Lima of 'Twas Entertainment have signed a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid and animated films.

Chapman was the first female director of a feature animated film at a major studio, having written and directed Pixar's Brave, winner of the best animated feature Oscar in 2013. Her other credits include The Prince of Egypt, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Lima directed the live-action/animation hybrid Enchanted, starring Amy Adams, as well as A Goofy Movie and Tarzan for Disney. Lima’s other credits include 102 Dalmatians, The ...
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Sealed Beauty and the Beast VHS Is Going for $49K on Ebay

How much would you pay for a VHS tape that you probably won't ever watch? $1? $10? $100? How about a cool $49K? That sounds crazy, right? Well, one Ebay user is asking for that amount. And in exchange, you'll receive one rare, sealed copy of Disney's 1992 Black Diamond edition of Beauty and the Beast.

The classic Disney animated movie has enchanted audiences for decades. Now it can be yours to own on grainy, rotting black tape for the cost of a nice car. This VHS is brand new, and comes complete with the original Pizza Hut coupons that decorated the front of it back upon its initial release. Is it really worth $49K? We're not sure. It is in mint condition. But other copies of the same collector's edition are on sale on Ebay from anywhere between $24.99 to $4k.

We have to assume that some of these cheaper copies are straight
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Deadpool Takes On The Avengers And The X-Men In Hilarious Parody Video

Wade Wilson has never been one to shy away from breaking the fourth wall. Whether it’s an inane pop culture reference or a good-hearted jab at his Marvel kin, Deadpool doesn’t play favorites. And fittingly, with the proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company still very much a possibility, the Merc with a Mouth has taken aim, albeit unofficially, at the family-friendly multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate.

Deadpool Musical (H/T ComicBook.com) – whom you might recall as the team behind 2017’s hilarious Beauty and the Beast/Deadpool mashup – has published a sequel to the aforementioned fan parody, conveniently titled Deadpool 2 The Musical, and it’s as rollicking and irreverent as you could’ve hoped.

You can sing along to the splattering of blood below:

In the nearly thirteen minute video, our foul-mouthed antihero can be seen laying waste to the X-Men and the Avengers,
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Evan Rachel Wood And Sterling K. Brown In Talks To Join Frozen 2

Frozen 2 was a dead cert the moment the original opened to rave reviews and an obscenely large haul at the box office, followed by an even more ridiculous merchandising feeding frenzy.

The Disney animated film became an instant classic, delighting children worldwide and tormenting their parents with endless repetitions of “Let It Go.” Now, we’re hearing the first glimmers of who’s to join the cast of what’s sure to be one of the biggest films of 2019, and it’s very exciting indeed.

Deadline reports that Evan Rachel Wood, the Emmy nominated star of Westworld and Sterling K. Brown, also Emmy nominated for his role in This Is Us, have boarded the pic. You’ll probably be familiar with Brown from his appearance in Black Panther, too, where he played the doomed father of Killmonger, assassinated by the previous Black Panther in the opening scene of the movie.
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