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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Roger Friedman is reporting a rumour that the team remaking Arthur are keen to bag Meryl Streep for a role. The part in question would be the do-over’s equivalent of the valet played by John Gielgud in the original and despite the sex change, they’d still be using the name Hobson for the character, at least per Friedman.
Russell Brand has been cast as the titular Arthur, and Borat and Bruno co-writer Peter Baynham is writing the script. I’m sure he’s come up with something far, far better than Steve Gordon’s original. I’ve got a lot of love for Baynham, Brand and Streep… will they appoint a director of comparable calibre? Here’s hoping.
Whispers on the grapevine suggest that Arthur is one of a couple of upcoming films that have prevented Brand taking a role in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film…. Just silly talk, I think. I think.
As I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and gradually sensed the darkness of the theater lose out to the autumn-colored, classy, stop motion shenanigans on screen, I began to accept that every silhouette in the audience—fat and small, rich and me—was dressed in ship-shape, semi-formal attire. I pictured moms silently imagining themselves speaking in snooty English accents and serving cups of Earl Grey. And kids ages five through nine on the verge of zzz’ing in handsome jackets of tweed and corduroy; mildly stimulated by what equates to a visually dazzling hipster Sunday School lesson taught with Adderall on its gums and Tryptophan in its belly.
In contrast to Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are—itself a furry and visionary 2009 adaptation of a famous kid’s book about nonconformity—Wes Anderson‘s Fox focuses foremost on family via adult characters. Whereas Wild Things united male Eighties Babies with its look at psychological distress, a side effect birthed by so much of that decade’s parental divorce and separation, Fox unites families of the aughts with an increasingly rare and welcome air of sophistication. One is a film about adults-as-wild-animals suitable for families, the other is a film about a child amidst wild animals suitable for would-be adults.
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Fox Searchlight has released a second movie trailer for Wes Anderson‘s animated adaptation Fantastic Mr. Fox. When the first trailer was released, I’ll admit that I didn’t quite think Anderson’s visual style translated well to stop motion animation. But the more I’ve seen from clips, featurettes and tv spots, the more I’m beginning to come around. Do you agree? Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Another new image from Wes Anderson‘s animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox has shown up on The Moving Picture, and can be viewed above. The original report from Russ, complete with two images, appears after the jump.
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Update: Better photos are now available, click here.
Well, this isn’t what I expected to see at all. For some time, Wes Anderson has been working on his animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Fantastic Mr. Fox, using stop motion animation. Now JoBlo has the exclusive first still, and Mr. Fox really has the look of some of the weird semi-animatronic TV shows of the late ’70s. Which makes sense, really, given Anderson’s general sensibility. Read More »
Forbes Magazine has released their list of the highest earning actresses, once again proving that Hollywood is sexist. Angelina Jolie tops the list with $27 million, almost two and a half times less than the highest earning male actor (Harrison Ford with $65 million – remember, Crystal Skull was a huge payday). The top 10 actresses earned $183 million, less than half of the $393 million total that makes up the top 10 actors. Check out the top 15 after the jump.
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Since the leaked Transformers 2 trailer was taken down, I thought I’d bring you something equally as exciting (yes, that is sarcasm). Columbia Pictures has released the trailer for Nora Ephron‘s (Bewitched, You’ve Got Mail, Michael, Sleepless in Seattle) Julie & Julia on Moviefone. The film is actually an adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme.
“Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. ”
Up front and center are the performances by Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Check out the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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