It’s been years since we saw the arrival of a period that was as rich for Studio Ghibli fans as this year has been. We get new films from not one of the studio’s major directors, but two: Hayao Miyazaki, with The Wind Rises (see the new US trailer here) and Isao Takahata with The Legend of Princess Kaguya.
The latter film adapts the Japanese story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, in which an aged and childless bamboo cutter slices open a glowing bamboo stalk to find a tiny child inside. He and his wife raise the girl, Kaguya, who grows into a delicately beautiful woman. The cutter also finds himself rich as his work, impossibly, yields gold from bamboo. The strange truth of her existence is revealed, as hopeful suitors arrive to ask for Kaguya’s hand in marriage.
We’ve seen various small trailers and footage breaks from The Legend of Princess Kaguya over the past couple months, but now we’ve got an extended six-minute trailer that really shows off the film’s gorgeous animation, influenced by ancient Japanese illustration styles. Read More »
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Movies set at sea seem to be a new big thing, and now Will Smith is going to sail New York City across the Atlantic Ocean. He’ll star in The City That Sailed for Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.
The film is one that Smith was considering a few years ago, before he committed to Men in Black III. And this isn’t the first time that Smith and Levy have been connected through a project — the director was going to helm the Fantastic Voyage remake for Fox in 2011, and wanted Smith to star in that. The deal never went through, however.
But Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment is actively developing The City That Sailed again, and Smith has committed to star.
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Briefly: One of the next big fantasy projects to hit TV screens is rooted in a story that is hundreds of years old. SyFy is developing a new Beowulf show, based on the epic poem that tells of a hero, Beowulf, who helps out the Danish king with a little monster problem. The monster, of course, is Grendel, and after his initial battles with Grendel, the beast’s mother also becomes a problem. There’s also the minor matter of a dragon that Beowulf must face years later.
We know the story well, and have seen it on screen several times. (The pic above is from the mo-cap version by Robert Zemeckis.) SyFy describes the show only as “Adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel.”
Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign of Fire) is scripting and will exec produce, says EW, with Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira also exec producing.
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
In the original Sleeping Beauty, there’s little debate that Maleficent is one nasty fairy. She curses a child to death; she kidnaps a prince; she refers to herself as “the Mistress of All Evil,” for crying out loud.
But Disney’s upcoming Maleficent aims to muddy that perception a bit. In this live-action retelling, Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie) starts out as a perfectly sweet gal before tragedy hardens her heart. The first trailer for this dazzling fantasy has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a half-century since Disney released their animated classic Sleeping Beauty, the Mouse House is finally ready to hear out the bad guy’s side of the story. Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess — one of the most iconic in the Disney canon.
The first trailer hits tomorrow at 9 AM EST, but until then we have a brand-new poster to feast our eyes on. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Buttercup and Wesley’s epic romance took them from an idyllic farm to a castle, a torture chamber, the high seas, and the Fire Swamp. Now it’s also bringing them to the theater.
Disney Theatrical Productions is working on a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride, with Alan Horn shepherding for the studio. William Goldman, who wrote the 1973 novel on which Rob Reiner‘s 1987 film was based, will collaborate. Hit the jump for more details.
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One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.
To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes. Read More »
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Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is hard at work on the pre-production stage of Warcraft, his film adaptation of the game world seen in Blizzard video games Warcraft and World of Warcraft.
The film doesn’t shoot until early 2014, but a lot of work has already gone into the project. Jones and his producers appeared at Blizzcon over the weekend, and sat in on a panel talking about the film. While they still haven’t released the proof of concept footage shown at Comic Con this past summer, the panel discussion debuted some concept art, which you can see below, and offered a few details on the script. Read More »