Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
On paper, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella sounds like Disney’s laziest live-action fairy tale adaptation yet. Unlike Maleficent or Oz the Great and Powerful, it doesn’t claim to reveal some untold story; it doesn’t even offer a new ending, like Alice in Wonderland did. It’s simply a new telling of the same old story.
But that, it turns out, is exactly why it succeeds. By reminding us why we love this story so much in the first place, Disney manages to make the old feel fresh again. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
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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For years — since before the release of The Tree of Life — we’ve heard about Terrence Malick‘s planned documentary film Voyage of Time, to be released in full IMAX format. But most of what we’ve heard about the film is that it is coming eventually, with little in the way of actual specifics. We know Brad Pitt narrates the film, and that it will explore the full span of time, and that’s about it. Now the Malick IMAX documentary Voyage of Time has been formally announced, and in fact there are two official versions, one for IMAX distribution, and one for regular theaters. More details are below. Read More »
There’s a film with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh that US audiences haven’t had a chance to see yet. The Turning is an Australian anthology film that adapts a set of short stories by Tim Winton, with more than a dozen directors, including Mia Wasikowska and Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello), David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed). But the anthology structure and long running time mean that has mostly been on the festival circuit for a while. Check out a trailer for The Turning below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
It seems kind of appropriate that Cinderella should be getting a makeover, since the story itself hinges on a makeover. Disney is the fairy godmother in this case, wielding magic instead of CG and turning Cinderella from a 60-year-old animated feature into a brand-new live-action fantasy.
Of course, in Cinderella’s case the transformation undeniably changes her life for the better. It’s less clear why Cinderella really needed to be retold (aside from the obviou$), but at least this new version looks pretty. Hit the jump to watch the new Cinderella international trailer starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Richard Madden. Read More »
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If you’ve thought over the past couple years that Terrence Malick has been too tied to a specifically contemplative tone and aesthetic, then Knight of Cups could be a partial antidote to feelings taken out of To the Wonder and The Tree of Life. When this film was announced earlier today as one of the Berlin Film Festival selections set to premiere in February, we couldn’t tell you much more than the title and the fact that the film stars Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale. Now we’ve got the Knight of Cups trailer, and while this is recognizable as a Malick film, it is also noticeably different than his recent work.
Sure, there’s some of the now-signature Malick aesthetic here, and that reflective voiceover. But as we see Christian Bale playing (apparently) a guy who has lost himself in easy pleasures, there’s also more overt energy here than we’ve seen in Malick’s work over the past couple decades. There’s also that glossy modern LA setting, which isn’t something we’re used to seeing from the director. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Disney’s wave of live-action fairy tales continues next spring with Kenneth Branagh‘s Cinderella. Unlike Maleficent or Oz The Great and Powerful, however, Cinderella doesn’t come at the tale from a different character’s perspective. Instead, it looks like a pretty straightforward retelling of the classic story.
Lily James plays young Ella, Cate Blanchett her evil stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter her fairy godmother, and Richard Madden the handsome prince. Watch the first Cinderella trailer after the jump.
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The third and final film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is busting at the seams with characters. So it was inevitable that Warner Bros. would release an avalanche of posters for each and every one. They’ve finally finished.
Over the past few days, several new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters have been revealed. They include Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil. And Tuesday, the final one was posted – a second one of Martin Freeman as Bilbo. See all of the Hobbit 3 character posters below. Read More »
Director Andy Serkis is bringing the A-list to his first feature film, Jungle Book: Origins. After casting Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the evil tiger Shere Khan, he’s now added Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan to the mix as the other animals. Rohan Chand, Jason Bateman’s co-star in Bad Words, is Mowgli and Serkis himself will be Baloo the bear. Which characters are each actor voicing? Read the full Jungle Book Origins cast below. Read More »