Frozen broadway

As the unfathomable success of Frozen continues to sustain, Disney is being very careful with how they exploit the title. They’re slowly but surely rolling the film and its characters into theme parks. There are no immediate plans for a sequel, but a short film will be out in March. And there have been talks of a stage adaptation too, which just took a major step forward.

The Frozen stage show just officially announced its writers, songwriters and director. Good news, Frozen fans, they’re familiar. The writer and director will be Jennifer Lee, the co-director of the film. Then Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning duo behind the songs in the original film, are doing the songs for the show. So basically, the Frozen musical is in capable, familiar hands. Read more on the Frozen Broadway musical below. Read More »

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Netflix and Nintendo are at work potentially developing a TV series based on The Legend of Zelda. The news broke last week and got video game fans salivating. Sure there was a short lived Zelda TV show many years ago, but a Nintendo property hasn’t been adapted into a big budget, live-action…well…anything since the early Nineties. And The Legend of Zelda has long been at the top of fan’s wish lists for a new show of movie.

But what is the show going to be? All we know at the moment is Nintendo and Netflix want a family friendly show with the aesthetic of Game of Thrones. Okay, but how old will Link be? Zelda? Which will be the main character? Is Ganon the bad guy? What story will they use? At this point, without a script or showrunner, all options are likely on the table.

Since most of The Legend of Zelda games are about younger characters, that how we went with our casting wishlist. We tried to pick actors who, for the most part, aren’t super famous but are age appropriate. Actors both in the box and way outside it. The resulting list features lots of people who you may or may not have heard of, but you wouldn’t be surprised to hear were cast on a Netflix show. That’s not to say we didn’t stretch here or there.

So below, we’ve got our own Legend of Zelda Netflix casting wishlist for Link, Zelda, Ganon and then a writer/showrunner/director type. Check it out. Read More »

severus snape story

Severus Snape is one of the most fascinating characters in the world of Harry Potter. From book to book, more than any other character, you love him, you hate him, you fear him, you’re confused by him, and author J.K. Rowling waits until the last half of the final book to finally reveal what was actually happening the whole time.

The movies mimic this structure, too, albeit with fewer details. Thankfully, the nuanced performance of Alan Rickman over the course of eight movies adds so many layers, it’s just as rewarding in its own way as the character in the novel.

For proof of that, a YouTube user has re-edited Rickman’s performance to tell Snape’s story in chronological order. Check out the Severus Snape story below. Read More »

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Summit’s Highlander reboot still needs a MacLeod, but it may have found its Kurgan. A new report indicates Dave Bautista, of Guardians of the Galaxy and WWE fame, could be stepping up to play the main antagonist. More on the Dave Bautista Highlander casting after the jump.  Read More »

CINDERELLA trailer

Say what you will about Maleficent and Oz the Great and Powerful, but at least they were trying to put a fresh spin on familiar tales. That’s not the case with Cinderella, Disney’s new live-action fairy tale directed by Kenneth Branagh. The new Cinderella trailer does try to make a case for itself by giving its heroine (Lily James) a bit more backbone, but for the most part it’s the same story we already know.

At least it gives us an excuse to watch Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter swan around in pretty costumes. And maybe Game of Thrones fans will be happy to see Richard Madden and Nonso Anozie looking happy and healthy. Watch the Cinderella trailer after the jump.

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Warcraft trailer

Director Duncan Jones finished shooting Warcraft almost a year ago. Production wrapped in May of 2014 but the film is not scheduled for release until March 11, 2016. In the meantime, the director and his team are working hard not only on post-production, which includes a lot of performance capture and computer graphics, but marketing. How do you sell the masses on a super-geeky property based on a popular video game which still remains a niche property as far as the mainstream is concerned?

One idea Jones had was to do two separate Warcraft trailers for two of the major factions in the action fantasy adaptation: one for the Horde and one for the Alliance. Whether or not that’ll happen, or when it’ll happen, we don’t yet know. But below, read Jones discuss Warcraft’s marketing and offer an update on the film. Read More »

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Samuel L. Jackson has worked with some major filmmakers in his day, and Tim Burton‘s collaborated with some very big stars. Now their professional paths are about to cross for the very first time.

Jackson is reportedly in talks for Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs. He joins Eva Green and Asa Butterfield. More on the Miss Peregrine Samuel L Jackson casting after the jump. Read More »

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Aspiring actors, disillusioned suburbanites, and little plastic men figure in today’s edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The Fight Club comic book sequel launches in May
  • China and France will get to see Taken 3 in 3D
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 adds a few more mates
  • Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a new poster
  • Martin Starr says a Party Down movie is “unlikely”
  • The Lego Movie 2 will introduce Emmet’s sister

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

One of the casualties, and maybe even causes of the recent dissent at DreamWorks Animation is the hugely popular How To Train Your Dragon franchise. The second film was expected by many to be among the highest grossing films of the year. Despite the film being a worthy follow-up to the first movie, however, it disappointed financially. It was one of many recent disappointments for the studio, which in turn was forced to make some huge cutbacks. The third film was delayed one year, then pushed back another.

So the original 2016 release date has become a 2018 release date, which is just fine for writer and director Dean DeBlois. That gives him more time to get everything right with How to Train Your Dragon 3. In a new interview, he hinted at the structure of the film, some character stuff, once again discussed the ending and offered an update on the script. Read about the How to Train Your Dragon 3 plot and more below. Read More »

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