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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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The fairy tale trend that’s taken over Hollywood clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Even as cameras roll on Disney’s Maleficent, which retells Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of its villain, there’s another reinterpretation of the story brewing, this time with the prince who breaks the spell at its center. Fast and the Furious producer Neal Moritz is behind the new version, a comedy which sees its male protagonist stalked by Sleeping Beauty after he awakens her. More details after the jump.

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We’ve seen a version of this Sleeping Beauty trailer once before, when it premiered in April ahead of the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival. In the months since, the slightly controversial film, in which Sucker Punch star Emily Browning plays a very odd and specific sort of prostitute, has been overshadowed by other bigger, more controversial movies.

Sleeping Beauty still looks like an unusual, potentially unsettling experience, however, and a film with some gorgeous cinematography. (Whether that cinematography is beautiful for its own sake or really serves the story remains to be seen, for most of us.) So now that a slightly different trailer has shown up  online, it’s a good time to take a moment and remind ourselves that the film exists. Check out the US trailer below. Read More »

Here’s the latest video from film/audio remix artist Pogo. Bloom combines a good number of Disney video and audio sources (Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and more) as well as some chords from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Watch it after the break. Read More »

There have been a great many new posters in the past few days. Just this afternoon we’ve seen new one-sheets for the doc Page One: Inside the New York Times, the horror remake Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Miranda July‘s odd-sounding new drama The Future, and Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia. Plus earlier this week there were new sheets for tantalizing Cannes debut Sleeping Beauty, The Art of Getting By, What’s Your Number?, The Ledge, The Beaver and Troll Hunter. They’re all after the break, along with info on each film and links to the trailers. Read More »

With this poster, the Julia Leigh film Sleeping Beauty continues to look like the arthouse alternate-reality Sucker Punch. Emily Browning stars in the movie as a student who becomes a prostitute specializing in an unusual service: she ‘works’ while drugged into slumber, and cannot remember her clients after they take advantage of her. The poster is a little bit American Apparel, a little bit Sofia Coppola, and quite pretty, but combined with the known plot and the look on Emily Browning’s face, there’s an uncomfortable undercurrent there, too. The trailer (embedded again below) is equally gorgeous and unsettling. Both are after the break. Read More »

One of the films officially announced as part of the competition slate for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Sleeping Beauty, which tells the story of a prostitute in a very strange brothel. There is now a gorgeous, if oppressive and strange, trailer for the film that, thanks in part to the central presence of Emily Browning, makes it look a bit like Sucker Punch filtered through an extreme art-house sensibility. Read More »

The fascination with fairy tales continues. Thanks to Alice in Wonderland and the impending end of big franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight we have loads of fairy tale films headed our way. There are several Snow White, Oz and Peter Pan films in development, as well as movies like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters that are nearing their production start dates.

Add one more to the pile, as Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit is now attached to a spec script that updates Sleeping Beauty. Read More »

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