Alice, Snow White and Dorothy have all done it. Red Riding Hood too. Now The Little Mermaid is going down the road of dark fairy tale remakes. Sony has just picked up a decidedly un-Disney retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid called Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon. The original story was most famously retold in the 1989 Disney film but this version, which will be written and directed by Country Strong helmer Shana Feste (above), adds a few more adult twists to the familiar story. Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping will produce. Read a plot description and more after the break. Read More »
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Sucker Punch hits next week, and I still have no idea what to expect from the film. But despite the fact that I’m not a particularly big fan of Disney’s princess characters, seeing them inserted into the trailer for Sucker Punch somehow makes a certain sense. Watch the edit after the jump. Read More »
Over the last few years, Disney decided to create live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
- The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyonce as Alice in Wonderland.
- The second batch included Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie, Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.
Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz.The new set includes Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast, and Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Check the photos out below.
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Attempting to keep up with all the film events in Los Angeles is an exercise in futility. There’s simply too much going on all at once, all over town. But every once in a while a few pieces of news hit at once and that’s why we created /Film LA. Here’s what we’ve got.
- The original 1982 Tron is screening March 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica with writer/director Steven Lisberger and more in attendance. As an added bonus, it’ll be in 70mm.
- My favorite and probably the best theater chain in all of Los Angeles, Arclight Cinemas, just released their first iPhone application.
- Disney has finally set the official opening date for the Disneyland opening of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: June 3. Also opening that day is an all-new Little Mermaid ride.
- In case you missed it, Quentin Tarantino is taking over his New Beverly Cinema in March including a premiere run of Kill Bill: The Whole Blood Affair.
Read details about all of this and more after the jump. Read More »
The Disney Princess Tumblr has put together a collection of photos comparing the famous animated Disney princesses compared next to the actresses who provided their voices. Hit the jump to see the whole graphic.
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In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Hans Christian Anderson‘s The Little Mermaid, first published in 1837, has been adapted into a great variety of media. The most famous is Disney’s animated musical of the same name, which helped kickstart the revitilization of Disney animation when it was released to great success in 1989.
So any new adaptation of The Little Mermaid is probably going to be seen as a remake of Disney’s movie, whether or not that is really the case. In fact that’s not the case for the new version being prepped by Working Title and Atonement director Joe Wright, who claims much greater inspiration from a theatre production of the tale. Read More »
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We’ve featured many of artist Eric Tan‘s creations in past Cool Stuff columns: we’ve spotlighted his work for past Pixar productions, X-Men, LOST, among other things. Tan has been creating a series of posters for the Indiana Jones film series. You can see his Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom posters in our linked Cool Stuff articles. Last month Disney published new posters from Tan of two of Disney’s animated classics, which he created specifically for The Art of Disney Princess book. Tan explains his process on his blog:
Little Mermaid came out when I was in high school and reinvigorated the entire Animation studio which influenced me to want to get into field that as a career. Although I found I didn’t have the chops for animation, it led me down the path to my current position with Disney and it’ll always be one of those films that reminds me of how I fortunate I am to end up where I did. Sleeping Beauty was just an amazing piece of artistic vision. The look of the film made an impact on me as a kid and I remember trying to draw the Maleficent dragon over and over with less than stellar results.
No word on when Disney will release these wonderful posters as art prints through ACME Archives, although we know it has to happen sooner or later. Check out both posters, in a larger resolution, after the jump.
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