Disney is a miracle of a production company, bent on proving that all of its films—new and old alike—are fun, flavorful and magical. As a testament to this notion, the latest "Disney Princess" film, Tangled, is teaming up with the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast to celebrate the timeless wonder of the institution's whimsy. Beauty and the Beast comes to theaters in 3D on Jan. 13. Along with it, we will get to see the short film Tangled Ever After, a sequel of sorts to 2010's Tangled, which left off with the dreamer Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and her adventurous reformed conman beau Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) finally reuniting with the former's birth parents.
The below clip from the short depicts the wedding between Rapunzel and Flynn (a.k.a. Eugene Fitzherbert), complete with guests like Rapunzel's royal parents, the dastardly but secretly warm-hearted vikings, and, of course, the dutiful horse Maximus and the mischevious lizard Pascal...who accidentally misplace the rings right before the ceremony.
Watch the clip below to get in the mood for Disney merriment of past and present!
It's always fun seeing Russell Crowe beat people up. And it looks like he's found someone that he likes to beat people up for.
Paul Haggis -- who directed Crowe in his upcoming drama The Next Three Days -- may work with the actor again on a big screen take of The Equalizer.
Crowe has been attached to star and produce the film, based on the late '80s CBS drama of the same name, for some time. Until now, there hadn't been any progress made on the potential film, and that's where Haggis comes in. The Oscar-winning scribe is currently in negotiations to pen the screenplay.
The Equalizer told the story of a former secret agent-turned vigilante who's hired to -- you guessed it -- equalize wrongs. Haggis, who has co-written both of Sony's new James Bond films, seems like the perfect fit for the project, as he can create elaborate action sequences and develop strong characters in equal proportion.
Currently, Haggis hasn't committed to directing, but it wouldn't be too surprising to see him sign on eventually. Although The Next Three Days hasn't released yet, the fact that Haggis wants to work with Crowe again leads me to believe that the two had a successful experience together. The filmmaker is known to jump from genre to genre with ease but has never directed an action movie yet, so this would be a great opportunity for him to branch out. Plus, this is the type of role Crowe is made to play (like General Maximus): a total badass.
To get a taste of what The Equalizer could be like, check out The Next Three Days trailer below:
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The first thing you notice about Jonah Hex is the fact that you can make a drinking game out of people saying the words "Jonah Hex." It happens so often I began to believe that this was simply how people used to greet one another in the Old West. You walk into a room: “Jonah Hex!” “Well Jonah Hex to you too buddy!” Take a bottle of whiskey with you into the movie* and take a shot every time someone says his name and you will have an incredible 74 minutes. You might also be dead at the end.
Why does it feel like I’m dedicating half the review to the use of the words "Jonah Hex?" Because half the movie is dedicated to uttering the words "Jonah Hex." Learn to love the sound of it. Josh Brolin sure did.
When our ‘hero’ (and I use that word in the loosest of possible terms) isn’t busy having people remind him of his name he is riding around killing people or being made fun of for his horribly scarred face. But when a villain from his past – and when I say "past " I mean from 10 minutes earlier in the film – turns out not to be as dead as we were led to believe in the opening monologue Hex sets out to get the revenge he really wish he could have gotten 15 minutes earlier. And that’s when the movie beings its plunge into logical implausibility. If you can find a single reason to give a rat's *** about anyone in this movie grip onto it with both hands brother and hold on tight – it’s the only way you’re going to care at all about this film.
It’s not the horse with side-mounted Gatling guns that got me or the silliness of dynamite crossbows; it was just how unlikable everyone was and how it leaned heavily upon cliché to tell a story without understanding how a story like this is supposed to be told. Revenge films are like romantic comedies: They rely entirely on a weak coincidence and delivering a series of emotional money shots that pay off for the audience in a big way. More importantly these money shots must be delivered in a very specific structure that allows people to forgive any thin or contrived story elements. Where a romantic comedy is "Boy Meets Girl Boy Loses Girl Boy gets Girl Back " revenge films are mostly comprised of "Guy Finds Simple Bliss Bad Guy Ruins Simple Bliss in a Cruel Manner Guy Left for Dead Guy Gets Revenge for All He’s Lost." Very simple stuff. Whether it’s Maximus in Gladitor or Eric Draven in The Crow or Charles Rane in Rolling Thunder the structure is the same. The key to a good revenge movie is a likable good guy a reason to care about his life truly despicable bad guys and a perfectly crafted ending for our hero in particular – often involving his death.
Right from the start Jonah Hex drops the ball. We open with him tied up and getting wailed on watching his family get murdered just out of frame and then get left for dead. But we haven’t found anything to care for yet and more importantly he immediately admits to having done everything he’s been accused of. This is revenge to begin with. Sure the movie eventually gets around to trying to explain why he didn’t really deserve it but only after 45 minutes of us pretty much disliking the guy. He’s mean unlikable murderous and his only friend in the world is a prostitute who tells us that she “Don’t play house ” just before begging Jonah to settle down with her. He’s got a great horse and a dog but doesn’t like them enough to have ever given them a name and every time someone finally gets around to killing him magical Native Americans show up to save his bacon AGAIN for no apparent reason other than his wife was Native American.
The only reason to root for Jonah at all is because he’s the protagonist and his antagonist (played comically by John Malkovich) is on a mission to I kid you not destroy America with a semi-magical nation-destroying weapon. Oh yes and we’re told the Mexicans call him “Terrorista.” A Terrorist hellbent on destroying America? In the Old West? You’d be hard pressed to find anyone you wouldn’t root for fighting that guy. This had all the hallmarks of being a WWE movie without the cool logo. If you’re 13 years old and you still believe wrestling is real this might be the movie for you. Otherwise it is an exercise in silliness designed to rob you of $10.
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Russell Crowe has confirmed he and director Ridley Scott are plotting to bring his Gladiator character back from the dead in a sequel to the hit 2000 epic.
Crowe's character Maximus was killed off at the end of the first movie, but that's just a small detail as Scott and Crowe plan ahead.
The actor reveals, "We talk about it every now and then. We did kind of make it tricky for ourselves, considering we killed the character at the end of the first one. But that's not necessarily going to stop us.
"There have been stranger things happen out of Hollywood... There's a sort of ‘What happens in the after-life?’ question."
Last month, Scott too revealed he is planning a Gladiator sequel.
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Director Ridley Scott has confirmed he plans to make a Gladiator sequel with Russell Crowe, despite Crowe's character having been killed off.
Scott intends to write around the problem of Crowe dying at the finale of his 2000 smash hit.
He had originally tried to get a follow-up made in 2003, before abandoning the idea, but things are now back on track.
Scott says, "I will probably do a sequel to Gladiator. The only problem is Russell Crowe was such a powerful presence and, of course, Maximus dies at the end.
"We'll have to get Russell back somehow."
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Ridley Scott's epic blockbuster Gladiator is set to be made into musical staged in London's West End.
The Oscar-winning film, which starred Hollywood hardman Russell Crowe, will be adapted for the stage by William Nicholson, who wrote the original screenplay.
The original Hans Zimmer score will be used, but Crowe will not be reprising his role as Maximus Decimus Meridius. Brian Stokes Mitchell will take on the part instead.
An associate of producer Brian Eastman says, "It's a terrific story which, with the right songs, will be a great show."
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People magazine is poised to announce their Sexiest Man Alive in next week's issue--and women everywhere are all a-quiver about it.
Well, of course, they are. Why wouldn't they be? A whole magazine full of handsome young men who titillate women simply by gazing at them from the page. Yummy.
One point, though, I feel I should mention. Sure, it's fun to ogle the glamour boys in all their splendor, but if you think about it too long and analyze the situation, doesn't it seem sort of redundant? You take a movie star who is clearly already a sexy guy and give him the label just because it sells.
But, in my true blonde style, who wants to think about such things? Who wants to think AT ALL? Just go with it.
Here are my guesses on who might get the cover; they may be a little biased towards movie stars because, well, that's my true obsession. So sue me.
Affleck could be a long shot since Pearl Harbor was a semi-dud at the theaters, and he doesn't seem to have much of a career going. But he's still a bona fide cutie and troubled as well--you remember, the drinking problem. Maybe being the sexiest man alive will do the trick to get him out of his rut.
The entire cast of Ocean's Eleven
Good lord, could a cast get any sexier? So, as a collective, I think People magazine should consider the following: George Clooney. Brad Pitt. Matt Damon. Andy Garcia. Heck, I'll even throw in director Steven Soderbergh for good measure. True, he is a little goofy looking but standing next to the other guys, who'll notice?
Crowe's definitely earned the surliest man alive title, but that's OK; he still looks really good even if he never cracks a smile. Crowe was the "It" guy last year, especially after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his manly Maximus in Gladiator, and he's got another Oscar caliber role coming up, playing a sexy schizophrenic in A Beautiful Mind. Hey, I like the sound of that one.
Oh, come on! Why not? Sure, he's channeling the all-American nice guy Jimmy Stewart, but Hanks could be sexy. He may not be drop-dead gorgeous, but he possesses all the great qualities women love--he's kind, funny, has a great smile. And he pined for his woman for many long years, deserted on a tropical island in Cast Away, talking to a volleyball, for the love of Pete. That should account for something. Look, even Stewart was considered a real ladies' man in his day.
I can see you nodding your heads…yes, he makes an incredibly sexy president of the United States. And he's smart, hard-headed, fair, vulnerable and loyal. Just the kind of president I believe this country desperately wishes for. As well, Martin Sheen, along with his show The West Wing, has turned television on its ear.
OK, Willis is one of my personal favorites. I'm not sure if he's ever been considered by those guys at People, but he is simply one of the tastier actors out there. I think it's his sense of humor that crinkles out of his eyes when he looks at you. Or maybe that crooked grin. Or how about you just know he's a good kisser. Hmmm, it's all good. Go see Bandits if you don't believe me.
The international young 'uns
Here's a short list: Heath Ledger--the Australian hunk who melts you completely in A Knight's Tale; Colin Farrell--the Irish honey who is devastatingly gorgeous in the otherwise bad film American Outlaws; Jude Law--the British beauty who couldn't have looked better with a tan in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
OK, OK, that's enough already! Geez, I'm having a heart attack over here.
Actor Russell Crowe has been turning down high-profiled parts left and right since his Oscar-winning turn as Maximus in Gladiator, leaving many studio executive scratching their heads. Well, here's the reason why. He'll make his debut as director, screenwriter, producer and, of course, also star in The Long Green Shore, a film about the Australian involvement in World War II. Based on a novel of the same name, the story centers on an Australian battalion whose orders are to beat back the retreating Japanese, after the Germans have already surrendered. Upon arriving on the beaches of New Guinea, they find both American and Japanese corpses strewn all over, evidence of a bloody battle recently fought. Pushed by a hard-nosed commander, the battalion presses on to engage battle with starving and inevitably beaten Japanese soldiers. Also in the novel, the Australian soldiers wax philosophical about their mission and the obligations to fight when there's no clear-cut reason to. I guess when you're a big time actor and want to direct, picking an epic subject close to your heart with lots of battle scenes is the surest way to an Oscar (i.e. Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner). But word of advice, Russell: Don't go the Terrence Malick/The Thin Red Line route and bore the hell of out the audience. Please.
A "Chicago" update
The Miramax big-screen adaptation of the high-spirited Bob Fosse musical Chicago has just signed up lead No. 2-Renee Zellweger. She'll join Catherine Zeta-Jones and play Roxie to Zeta-Jones' Velma--the two murdering dancer-singers who take 1930s Chicago by storm. Now, we know Zeta-Jones has extensive singing and dancing experience and is dying to hoof it up on the screen, but Zellweger as a singer-dancer? I thought she could only gained weight for a role. Apparently there's more to this petite blonde who wowed audiences in this year's Bridget Jones' Diary than meets the eye. She showed off her talent to director Rob Marshall, who was suitably impressed and offered her the role. Also in consideration for parts in the film are Kevin Spacey as the sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn and Kathy Bates as Mama Morton, the prison matron who acts as a mediator between the murderesses and the press. This is gonna be fun.
Jackie Chan is back!
Thank God. I was getting a little concerned I hadn't heard about the versatile Asian actor/martial arts master taking on any new parts in a few weeks. He was doing so well there, accepting just about everything under the sun. But alas, here he is again--and all is right in the world. He's finalizing a deal to remake the Jerry Lewis' classic The Bellboy. Actually, this choice for Chan makes sense once you think about it--the bumbling and totally inept hero with a heart of gold, who works at a hotel and gets into any number of hilarious situations. And who can also kick the crap out of you. The script, being worked on as we speak, is apparently set in Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel. Chan, who is basking in the limelight with his newest box office record-breaker Rush Hour 2, has been attached to The Bellboy project for about a year. But his most recent keen response will most likely jumpstart the production. Still, I wonder what Jerry would say.
They are all headed for "Madagascar"
"They," meaning Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Madonna and Jason Alexander, and Madagascar meaning the latest animated effort from DreamWorks of which this happy bunch will be lending their vocal talents. The studio has more than proven its mettle in the animation department with this summer's smash success Shrek. So jumping back on the wagon, the execs have come up with a story about four zoo animals who become the target of a bleeding-heart animal rights group, who feel that the animals should be put back into the wild where they belong. They are sent, via ship, to their native homeland, but when the ship capsizes, they find themselves in Madagascar. An interesting choice of locale, but this sounds like an excellent follow up to Shrek.
What will they think of next?
It's been standard practice to take old, forgotten televisions shows and turn them into movies, because apparently it's too difficult to think of original ideas. Well, guess what? Those wacky guys over at MGM have decided to develop some of their more popular movies into compelling television series, including Fame and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. OK, wait, back up a minute. Wasn't Fame already turned into a TV show? And they are trying it again? And, honestly, how can you make a TV series out of It's a Mad...World? As a colleague of mine remarked on hearing this information--are they insane? Indeed, they must be. But, it doesn't end there. MGM is also looking at turning their films The Thomas Crown Affair and Legally Blonde into televised messes. Oh, I'm not being fair. Some of these ideas might actually work. But then again, they may not.