Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

Spike Jonze has produced a new live-action/animated adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life. The film, a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and Warner Home Video, will be included on the Blu-Ray release of Where The Wild Things Are, which hits stores on March 2nd. The 23 and a half minute short film was created by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, the Oscar-nominated team behind the short Madame Tutli-Putli, and features the voices of Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker and Spike Jonze.

Once Jennie had everything. She had two bowls to eat from, two pillows, and for cold weather, a red wool sweater. She even had a master who loved her. But Jennie didn’t care. In the middle of the night she packed everything she had in a black leather bag with gold buckles and looked out of her favorite window for the last time… Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life follows Jennie’s surreal, suspenseful and unexpectedly moving journey to gain new experiences and realize her dream of becoming the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre.

Warner Bros Home Video has supplied us with some photos, posters and clips from the film, which you can see after the jump.

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Another Jekyll and Hyde Movie Gets Greenlit?!

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Last week it was announced that Keanu Reeves would star in Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Jekyll, the Justin Haythe-scripted modern day retelling of The Strange Case of Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Universal Pictures. Apparently there is another Jekyll and Hyde movie in development. King of New York/Bad Lutenant director Abel Ferrara is moving forward with his contemporary reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 classic novella.

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Where The Wild Things Are

Warner Bros has released a bunch of new photos from Spike Jonze‘s big screen adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are in USA Today. Here are some of the details we found in the article:

  • The film expands on “Max’s home life that shed light on why he felt the need to run off to a magical place.”
  • The only words in the teaser trailer (attached to Monsters vs. Aliens) is one single line spoken by the Wild Thing called Carol (seen above), voiced by James Galdofini, welcoming Max to the new world: “I didn’t want to wake you up. But I really want to show you something.”
  • Though the Wild Things are nameless in the book, Jonze decided who was who based on their personalities.
  • Other cast members include: Catherine O’Hara, who voices the Wild Thing with the rhino horn named Judith, Forest Whitaker, who voices the Wild Thing with the big nose, Lauren Ambrose who voices the Wild Thing named KW (shown after the jump in the face to face shot), Chris Cooper who voices Douglas the chicken and Paul Dano who voices Alexander the goat.

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AICN has a bit of bad news. Apparently, Forest Whitaker has dropped out of Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables due to a scheduling conflict, and has been replaced with… 50 Cent?! I mean, there had to be some better choices, right? Replacing an Academy Award-winning actor with the guy best known for Get Rich or Die Tryin’ doesn’t seem like a lateral move to me.

50 Cent will now play Agent Will Sands, a CIA liaison for “a group of mercenaries who are clandestinely sent to South America to overthrow a dictator.” The film already has an all-star action-film line-up: Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and UFC star Randy Couture.

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