There’s a new take on Beauty and the Beast, starring Lea Seydoux, of Blue is the Warmest Color, and Vincent Cassel, and you can get a look below. The film is from Christoph Gans, and visually looks a bit like the recent fantasy offerings from Burton and Raimi, but filtered through the gauze of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s style. There’s a lot of Disney in here (wait for the ballroom dance) and a little bit of Jean Cocteau, too.
Gans got some attention with a so-so mid-’90s adaptation of the manga Crying Freeman before winning over genre audiences with The Brotherhood of the Wolf in 2001. He’s been pretty quiet since (he had Silent Hill in 2006) and this marks his return. See a trailer below, which lacks subtitles, but has more than enough visual story cues for everyone to follow along. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?
In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed $116 million in its opening weekend, and $1 billion worldwide in total. The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful didn’t perform quite that well, but its $79 million opening was none too shabby, either. The upcoming Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent has Angelina Jolie in the lead, and the live-action Cinderella just recently attached Kenneth Branagh to direct.
In short, live-action fairy tale reboots have been good business for Disney so far. So they’re keeping a good thing going by putting yet another one in the pipeline. This new one will be a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast called The Beast, and there’s some indication that it could get a little dark. The studio is currently in talks with writer Joe Ahearne, whose last script was Danny Boyle’s rather twisted-looking Trance. Hit the jump to read more.
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In recent years, Disney has created some of the best viral videos — be it the retro Lotso-Huggin-Bear commercials for Toy Story 3, or the video game tv spots for Wreck It Ralph, or all of The Muppets clips that lead to their return to the mainstream. The mouse house is now trying to parlay their viral video skills into promoting their theme parks.
With phase one of the Fantasyland expansion opening at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disney has teamed with HGTV for a fun crossover: Beauty and The Beast stars Belle and Beast go castle hunting on a faux episode of HGTV’s House Hunters. For someone like me who has in recent years grown and and started watching television shows about people buying/selling/fixing homes (younger me would hate older me), I ended up liking this a lot more than I should. Watch the mini-sode right now after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:
- Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
- ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
- Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
- Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
- Watch the trailer for the spy drama The Americans, starring Keri Russell
- Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
- The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
- The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around
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Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
One year after the end of Smallville, the CW is trying to lure back fans with a couple of new shows. The most obvious replacement is Arrow, which, like Smallville, tells the origins of a DC Comics character. In this case, it’s Green Arrow, a.k.a. Oliver Queen. But for Lana Lang lovers, there’s also Beauty and the Beast. Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan star in the drama, a sorta-remake of the 1980s show starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Watch sneak peeks for both after the jump.
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It’s a tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. Guillermo Del Toro is attached to another project. This time he’s upgraded from producer to director of a new version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast for Warner Bros., which will be written by Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’ Diary). Read more after the jump.
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Just over ten years ago, French director Christophe Gans got a lot of attention for helping raise global awareness of Monica Bellucci when he cast her in his movie The Brotherhood of the Wolf, inspired by centuries-old stories of beasts raiding the French countryside. He has only made one film since: Silent Hill, which received a much more chilly reception than did Brotherhood.
Now Gans is one of several people trying to revive the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. We’ve just seen the 3D re-release of Disney’s version, and there was the horrible tween take called Beastly released last year. Two new TV version are in the works, at ABC and the CW. Now Gans has written and will direct his own, starring Vincent Cassel (The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Read More »