Cruella has barely spent a whole week at the box office and on Disney+ Premier Access, but apparently that’s enough for the House of Mouse to already begin development on a sequel. The origin story of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil put Emma Stone in the shoes of the maniac who once wanted to skin the titular dogs to make a fur coat. But this new approach has put the ferocious fashionista on a bit of a different trajectory, at least for the time being, and Disney wants her story to continue. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, listen as director Craig Gillespie breaks down the scene where Emma Stone takes on the form of the titular character in Disney’s Cruella. Plus, check out Adam Savage‘s Beskar spear prop replica inspired by The Mandalorian and created for his upcoming cosplay ensemble. And finally, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s comedy roundtable with Pete Davidson, Ed Helms, Chris Redd, Lamorne Morris, Ted Danson, and more. Read More »
Cruella may not have opened as big at the box office as A Quiet Place Part II, but it’s clear the origin story of the 101 Dalmatians villain already has plenty of big fans. If you’re among the masses looking to get more of Emma Stone as the rebellious fashionista, you’ll be happy to hear that director Craig Gillespie already has some ideas about what he’d like to see from a Cruella sequel. Read More »
Cruella is a crime movie, and director Craig Gillespie seems to relish that. Sure, this is Disney’s latest live-action reboot, an attempt to bring an iconic character back into the spotlight with an expensive origin story. But it’s also a tale of revenge set against the backdrop of the London fashion scene in the ’70s, where One Hundred and One Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil plots to destroy the woman who wrecked her life with the help of her criminal accomplices, all set to a killer soundtrack. While /Film’s main review is mixed, I enjoyed the film – it has style to spare, and it’s anchored by terrific performances that lend the perfect blend of menace and sincerity to an outlandish story.
Gillespie’s career has found him jumping between crowd-pleasers like Million Dollar Arm and edgy indies like I, Tonya. Cruella lets him bridge that gap: a lavish Disney film intended for wide audiences that also asks you to spend two hours with a monstrous character. It’s a fine line to walk, and when I sat down with the filmmaker over Zoom, he made it clear that challenge was part of the fun.
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Disney’s Cruella doesn’t arrive until next week, but the film’s score and soundtrack are available now for your listening pleasure. This isn’t your average whimsical Disney score with uplifting songs about love and adventure. Instead, Cruella comes with a rockin’ soundtrack inspired by London in the 1970s, so we get jams from Queen, The Clash, Blondie, Electric Light Orchestra, Nina Simone and more.
A new Cruella music featurette dives into the impressive roster of songs you’ll hear in the movie along with some new footage. Read More »
Cruella doesn’t seem to be high on anyone’s must-see list as we kick off a quiet blockbuster summer. But if the early buzz is any indicator, we’re sleeping on what could end up being one of the best live-action Disney movies inspired by one of their animated classics. The movie stars Emma Stone as the young version of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, when she was an up and coming fashionista with an axe to grind, and apparently it’s wickedly fun, packed with style, and supremely entertaining.
Get the early buzz from the first Cruella reviews on social media below. Read More »
Towards the end of last year, we got the surprising news that Cinderella star Lily James and Captain America franchise co-star Sebastian Stan were taking the leads in Pam and Tommy, a new series from Hulu about famous couple Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. It was an unexpected leap for both of the actors, but we’re even more floored by the Pam and Tommy first look photos that series co-star Seth Rogen posted to social media this weekend. Lily James and Sebastian Stan are almost unrecognizable. Read More »
It’s time to find out what Cruella de Vil was up to before she decided to try skinning dogs to make coats. In Disney’s new movie Cruella, Oscar winner Emma Stone is playing the 101 Dalmatians villain her younger years when she was just starting to take shape as a rebellious fashionista in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution. Even without any dogs to skin, Cruella is clearly ready to make a statement that will blow everybody away. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 by Ben Pearson
Over the past decade, Disney has made it abundantly clear that one of its primary goals is to remake, reimagine, or otherwise remix many of its classic animated properties in live-action. One of the company’s approaches is to provide origin stories for villains that cast them in new light – it happened in 2014’s Angelina Jolie-led Maleficent, and it’s happening again with another Oscar winner. This time, Emma Stone (La La Land, Easy A) plays a young, punk-rock version of Cruella de Vil, the over-the-top, dog-hating fashion maven from 1961’s 101 Dalmatians, in Cruella, which finally has its first trailer. Check it out below.
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Emma Stone is ready for her close-up as the vampire bat, the inhuman beast, known as Cruella De Vil. The La La Land and Easy A star is getting a little evil by starring in Cruella, where she’ll play a younger version of the dog-napping villain from 101 Dalmatians. The movie is said to be an origin story for the twisted fashionista, and a new poster shows off Emma Stone as the darkly chic character, which we’ll get a much better glimpse of when the first trailer arrives tomorrow.
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