The Fifth Element - Born Sexy Yesterday Video Esssay

Every film genre has tropes, recurring themes or elements that sometimes help define the kind of movie we’re watching. They can be portals in the sky, training montages, the final girl, or as a new video essay called Born Sexy Yesterday explains, a naive but mature, sexualized female character with the mind of a child.

Jonathan McIntosh, aka Pop Culture Detective on YouTube, put together this video essay to explain a trope that you might not have even realized was so prevalent in sci-fi. But it’s right there in movies such as TRON: Legacy and The Fifth Element, not to mention other sci-fi-esque fantasy movies Splash or Enchanted. Watch the Born Sexy Yesterday video essay after the jump to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

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Before there were live-action remakes of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and every other fairy tale in the Disney stable, there was Enchanted. The 2007 film was an affectionate sendup of Disney’s animated catalogue, plucking a stereotypical Disney cartoon princess played by Amy Adams and dropping her in the real world. The film was a huge hit, so naturally it wasn’t long before speculation began swirling about a possible sequel.

But it’s been a while since we’ve had any real updates on that front, which is why we’re intrigued to see that today, the sequel has finally taken a big step forward. Adam Shankman, the director behind Hairspray and Rock of Ages, is now in talks to direct the Enchanted sequel, which is now going by the title Disenchanted. Adams is expected to return as Giselle.  Read More »

‘Enchanted’ Sequel Still in the Works Under New Title

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Disney has been trying to get an Enchanted sequel off the ground for some time now, and eight years after the original film opened they still don’t have much to show for it. But a new report assures us that not only is it starting to pick up, it’s got a new working title. Find out what the Enchanted sequel title is, and get the latest update on the film, after the jump.  Read More »


It has been seven years since Disney released the 2007 live-action film Enchanted. Even before it was released, execs were calling it the first film of a potential franchise. It took a while but in FebruaryDisney  hired Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, The Story of Us, I Am Sam, Because I Said So) to pen a screenplay, with Anne Fletcher attached to direct. It doesn’t look like Disney is willing to give up just yet. Dateline has learned that Disney has hired Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to pen the sequel and Fletcher is still on board to direct.

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The Enchanted Visual Guide


When I talked to director Kevin Lima after seeing Disney’s Enchanted, he told me that the film featured a ton of easter eggs referencing the classic Disney animated films. I know I had seen a few, but he claimed their were thousands of little things. To promote the DVD release of Enchanted, Disney has released a bunch of photo stills on Cinematical and ComingSoon comparing the framing of some classic Disney animated films and scenes from Enchanted. Check out 12 of the photos below, or visit the aforementioned sites for larger versions.







A few other trivial tidbits include:

  • The bus driver’s hair is shaped like Mickey Mouse’s ears.
  • Robert’s law firm is called Churchill, Harline and Smith, the surnames of the songwriters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • The Grand Duke hotel in which Edward stays is named after the character in Cinderella.
  • Cathleen Trigg’s character’s name is Mary Ilene Caselotti. This is a tribute to Mary Costa, the voice of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Ilene Woods, who did the voice of Disney’s Cinderella, and Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Disney’s first princess, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • The old men dancing in the park musical sequence were chimney-sweepers from Marry Poppins.
  • Robert’s (Patrick Dempsey) last name is Philip – the name of the prince in Sleeping Beauty.
  • Nancy’s last name is “Tremaine”, the same last name as the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella.
  • The Television reporter is named Mary Ilene Caselotti, a combination of Mary Costa (Sleeping Beauty) and Adriana Caselotti (Snow White).
  • One of the doors that Prince Edward knocks on is apartment 714, which is the area code for Orange County, where the original Disneyland park is located.
  • The three previous Disney animated princesses make appearances in Enchanted: Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast), and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas).
  • Julie Andrews (Marry Poppins) provides the voice narration.

F*cking Enchanted: The F-Word in a PG Movie?

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Have you ever heard the F-word used in a Disney movie? How about Disney’s latest family film, Enchanted? Watch the clip below, it happens when the bus driver exits the bus. Listen closely. Someone with a new york accent appears to shout the F-word.

I assure you, this is not something we edited into the film clip. This official clip was sent to us from the mouse house. The same clip even appears on Yahoo Movies! And this same clip appears on the big screen in theaters around the world.

Watch/listen below. Do you hear it? After you watch the clip, please continue reading for a must read follow-up explanation… Read More »

Enchanted Sequels?


Have you ever been embarrassed about wanting to see a particular movie? I feel this way about Disney’s Enchanted. Sure, it’s a love-story. Sure, it’s a family film. Most people I have talked with have no interest in this film, but I’ve always believed that it has huge potential. Aside from Amy Adams (who is awesome), the movie has the possibility of being Disney’s Shrek. And it appears that Disney thinks so as well.

My buddy Alex at FirstShowing has some news from ShowEast, where presenter, Diego Lerner of Disney, told an audience of movie theater exhibitors and Hollywood folk that Disney sees Enchanted as a Franchise. Apparently the mouse house believes this film will be huge enough to spawn a couple sequels. Sure, Lerner could just be hyping up the film to the exhibitors in attendance, but I think what he says is true. I’ve talked to a couple of people who have seen the film and have nothing but good things to say about it. But I’ve also heard that Enchanted is a pretty self contained movie, so it doesn’t set-up for future films.

Some of you might be wondering, “what is Enchanted?” Here is the official plot synopsis:

A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess (Amy Adams) from the past who is thrust into present-day by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon).

Enchanted hits theaters on November 21st 2007.

Disney’s Enchanted International Movie Poster


Check out this evil new poster for Disney’s upcoming live-action/animated tale: Enchanted, after the jump. For some reason, I’m more excited to see this film than I probably should be.

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Disney’s Enchanted Movie Poster

Enchanted Movie PosterCinematical has gotten a first look at the poster art for Disney’s half animated / live-action crossover Enchanted (movie trailer). Sure, we did post some of the early poster art back in March, and the official poster isn’t too far off from the conceptual art. You can click on the image to the right to enlarge.

In an animated fairy tale world, a young girl meets and falls in love with the handsome prince of her dreams. News of this romance upsets the prince’s mother, the evil queen, who uses her black magic to send the girl hurtling out of the animated world into the one place in the universe where there is no true love: modern day Manhattan. The now-real girl has to survive in New York City and find her way home again to her true love. Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon star.

The online reception to the movie trailer has been for the most part negative, but I still think this film has potential as a family comic fantasy film.

Enchanted hits theaters on November 21st 2007.

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indy4med2.jpgGeorge Lucas says Harrison Ford will play his age in the upcoming Indiana Jones 4:

“He’s not running in any of the movies,” Lucas told USA Today. “He’s either on a horse or driving a car or a motorcycle. And he’ll play his age in this movie with what’s appropriate. The chases are more suspenseful than speedy. Like the rolling ball in the first film – it’s not that he’s running that fast, it’s that there’s a giant ball coming at him. And he will get beat up, which is a tradition for us.”

Lucas plans on having the first trailer in theaters for Thanksgiving. But we wonder what movie the trailer could possibly be attached to? Disney’s modern day princess story Enchanted? The Weinstein Co’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist? Neither sound likely. I bet the trailer will hit theaters one week earlier attached to Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. And isn’t that a Paramount Picture?
The filmmaker hopes to keep the movie’s official title under wraps until then. He also was very tight lipped about the filming locations, but teased that one will include a waterfall.

On the possibility of Indy’s father, Sean Connery, returning for another round, george says, “We’re still trying.”

On the casting of Cate Blanchett:

“That’s who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,” Lucas said. “I approved it because she seemed like a good idea. When I met her at the Academy Awards, I told her, ‘Hey, you work for me now!'”

Indiana Jones 4 Poster by Paul Shipper.