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Enchanted at 10: revisiting the film with director Kevin Lima

Simon Brew Dec 18, 2017

With new exclusive behind the scenes pictures, director Kevin Lima takes us through Enchanted, as it hits its 10th birthday.

It’s been ten years since the terrific Enchanted arrived in UK cinemas, just under two months after it premiered at the London Film Festival. The film made a star of Amy Adams, brought back 2D animation from Disney to the big screen, and has a songbook that sits happily alongside the top end of Disney work. Plus, the film remains a flat out family treat.

“It has been a long time” Lima chuckled, apologising in advance if he couldn’t recall all the answers I was after. Turns out he didn’t do too badly. He spared me some time to look back over the film, the challenges of making it, and what happened next…

I’ve only just discovered that Enchanted actually had its premiere in the UK!
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Cars 3 Posters Pit Lightning McQueen Against New Millennial Racers

Cars 3 Posters Pit Lightning McQueen Against New Millennial Racers
Disney has released two international posters for Cars 3, which show Lightning McQueen squaring off against two young racers Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) and Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). While Jackson Storm becomes his most contested rival on the Piston Cup circuit, Cruz Ramirez is actually on Lightning's side, serving as his new trainer to help him beat the young upstart. The first poster teases a scene we've previously seen in early concept art, which may be an homage to an iconic movie.

BadTaste.it debuted these posters, the first of which shows Lightning McQueen on the beach. You may recall that, back in May, Disney revealed concept art that showed Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez racing on the sand, which may or may not be an homage to the iconic oceanside race between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky 3. The second poster, however, is set at a packed racing arena,
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The Charlie's Angels Reboot Just Took A Huge Step Forward

It may be a reboot of a remake, but that hasn.t slowed down the momentum on the upcoming Charlie.s Angels any. Though there aren.t any stars currently attached to the project, there is a director on board to usher it into theaters, Elizabeth Banks, and the film has taken another big step forward, hiring a writer to deliver the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evan Spiliotopoulos will handle the writing duties on Charlie.s Angels. No stranger to big action flics, Spiliotopoulos most recently penned the script for the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-fronted Hercules in 2014. Though his resume is full of direct to video sequels for beloved Disney projects.The Jungle Book 2, The Lion King 1 1/2, Tarzan 2, Cinderella 3, and many more.he.s got a number of higher profile gigs on the way to the screen. He worked on The Huntsman Winter.s War, with Chris Hemsworth,
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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels
Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)

The very first
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Here's What's New on Netflix This July

With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.

There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.

There are also
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Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Has a Director: Bill Condon

With "Maleficent" having already amassed almost $200 million worldwide, it's no surprise that Disney would look to capitalize on its trend of revamping classic fairy tales in similar, live action fashion. (Keep in mind that they have "Cinderella" coming out next spring, starring Cate Blanchett, "The Jungle Book" is penciled in for October 2015, although we're honestly not sure how it's going to make that date, and an "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, again with Johnny Depp, earmarked for 2016.) The latest on this front is the fact that Disney has hired Bill Condon to direct a live action "Beauty and the Beast." It's a tale as old as time, really.

According to Hitfix, Condon won't just be drawing from Disney's 1991 breakthrough (the first animated feature ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar), but also from the Broadway musical that ran for a staggering 13 years (from 1994 to 2007). According to their sources, this will be a "straight-forward,
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Bill Condon Directing Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast'

Well, this was only a matter of time. Word emerged over a year ago that Disney was planning a live-action version of their beloved "Beauty And The Beast," and they had tapped "Trance" writer Joe Ahearne to pen the script for what was then simply going to be called "The Beast." A little bit has changed since the, but the project is still firmly a go, and now has a director in place. "Dreamgirls" and "The Fifth Estate" helmer Bill Condon will get behind the camera for this one, with spinoff veteran Evan Spiliotopoulos ("Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure," "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning," "Tarzan 2") writing the script. Of course, plot details aren't being revealed. But given the massive success of "Maleficent" over the weekend, the sorta live-action prequel to "Sleeping Beauty" and the arrival of the flesh and blood version of "Cinderella" next year, this is clearly
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Here's What's New on Netflix in June

Usually June is associated with the first real month of summer -- a time to go out and frolic through the wilderness like a snowman that doesn't know any better. But it also gets really, really hot, which has people retreating to their local multiplex or, even better, their luxuriously air-conditioned living rooms. With that in mind, take a look at the television shows and movies that will be available on Netflix's steaming service come June (via Vulture).

Thought the snail-who-dreamed-of-being-a-racecar saga ended with last summer's DreamWorks Animated joint "Turbo?" Think again. Apparently there's a television spin-off. And you can watch it on Netflix. We also have to give it up for a pair of wonderful sequels that are going to be on in June: the obviously-shot-in-Canada-even-though-it's-set-in-New York robo-epic "Short Circuit 2" (a favorite since childhood) and the far darker and more sinister "Wolf Creek 2," a sequel to the
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Honey of a voice cast for 3D animated movie

Jacki Weaver, Noah Taylor and Miriam Margolyes will lend their voices to Maya the Bee Movie, the first 3D animated feature from Flying Bark Productions.

Directed by Alexs Stadermann, the German/Australian co-production is based on the animated TV series inspired by the book The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar Bonsels, first published in 1912.

The screenplay by Fin Edquist follows the adventures of Maya, a little bee with a big personality, and the fellow denizens of her hive amid the long-standing conflict between bees and hornets.

Margolyes (Blackadder, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) voices the Queen. Weaver is voicing Buzzlina Von Beena, the hive's royal advisor, who hatches a plan to overthrow the Queen and drive out an invasion of hornets.

Taylor impersonates Crawley, Buzzlina's bumbling, nervous but loyal assistant who wrestles with his conscience when he learns of the plot. Casting of the roles of
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Disney 53: Tarzan

Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima

1999/88 minutes

Tarzan was the final film of the so-called “Disney Renaissance”; after this, Disney movies suffered a slump in popularity. Some say quality, but that’s an unfair assessment.

In any case; based upon the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (who also wrote the original John Carter stories), Tarzan was – at the time – the most expensive animated film ever made, until Disney’s own Treasure Planet three years later. From the outset, it was decided that animation was the perfect way to execute a Tarzan story because the character is so lithe and animal-like – it would have been nearly impossible to achieve those effects with live action. To create sweeping 3D backgrounds, a new 3D painting/rendering technique was developed, allowing the creation of CGI backgrounds that looked like a traditional painting, allowing the traditionally-animated characters to blend seamlessly into the environment.
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Alexs Stadermann to direct Maya the Bee film

  • IF.com.au
Animator and filmmaker Alexs Stadermann will direct 3D Australian-German film Maya the Bee.

He will work with producer Barbara Stephen and line producer Alexia Gates-Foale, reforming the core team which worked on The Woodlies television series and The Woodlies Movie special feature-length episode.

.Alexs Stadermann, Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale have an enviable work chemistry and energy," Flying Bark Productions managing director Jim Ballantine said in a statement announcing the appointments. "Their collaboration on The Woodlies is testament to their creativity. In addition to their powerhouse dynamic, they will bring their own individual career experience and passion to Maya the Bee ensuring this movie will be a local and global success..

Stadermann has previously worked as unit director on Disney's Bambi II and Tarzan II and supervising animator on Lion King 1½ (also known as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata). He also directed two seasons of Aardman Animation's Planet Sketch,
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What Do We Think About Les Miz‘s “Suddenly”? Other Than It’s Going To Win The Best Song Oscar?

So what do we think of the new original Les Miserables song “Suddenly”? Are you crying right now? Frankly, if we didn’t know better when we watched today’s featurette, we would have assumed it was from the musical! You only get to hear bits and pieces of the tune as director Tom Hooper, musical co-creators Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, and producer Cameron Mackintosh break down the origin of the Jean Valjean song, but it is a tearjerker of the highest order.

Now, does “Suddenly” sound so mind-blowingly amazing that we want to give it a Best Song Oscar right now? No, because we haven’t felt that way since 1999 and “Blame Canada” was nominated from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Damn you, Phil Collins and your Tarzan soundtrack! Unless Disney decides to hastily release Tarzan 2 in the next few weeks, however, we think we
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Paramount Attempts to Solve the Mystery of Who Will Write the 'Young Sherlock Holmes' Remake

The Sherlock Holmes renaissance is officially in full swing. If you hadn’t gotten enough of the brilliant detective in two Guy Ritchie films, the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch, and CBS’ Elementary, then maybe a remake of Young Sherlock Holmes will finally fill your craving for the super sleuth. Paramount is keen to reopen the case when it comes to the 1985 Barry Levinson film and have left us a trail of clues leading to their top choice to write the update. The investigators over at The Wrap have revealed that Evan Spilotopolous is the current writer of choice. The scribe has previously worked writing several Disney direct-to-video sequels, including Tarzan II. We’ve no clue yet what course the new film will take (there’s no script yet), but...

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Young Sherlock Holmes is Getting Remade

Paramount Pictures is planning to remake the classic 1985 film Young Sherlock Holmes. Christopher Columbus is producing the project and they are in talks with Disney DVD movie scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos to write the script for the movie. 

I loved watching this movie growing up, and it was the first movie to incorporate realistic CG animation with that awesome stained glass window Knight coming to life. The original film was produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Barry Levinson, and written by Columbus. The story centered on Holmes and Watson after they meet at a British boarding school and stumble upon a series of mysterious deaths and murders.

According to The Wrap the new story will basically be the same thing. It follows "Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they meet as teenagers in England, and embark on a series of sleuthing adventures."

I recently showed my kids the original movie and they loved it.
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Anaglyphic 3D Goodness Throwback Superman Fantoon Bizarro Classic 3D

Oh happy day! 2D cell animation is not dead, thanks in part to people like animator Robb Pratt. In a follow up to his massively viewed Superman Classic, the animator has a mix of styles on display, particularly the Paul Dini look mashed up again backgrounds that recall the old Fleischer stuff.You can bet I'll be contacting Mr. Pratt for a few words on his work soon. For anybody who remembers the Jonny Quest stop motion fanfilm I posted, you know this stuff is what I live for. It's almost unfair to call these "fanfilms" since an obviously pro-level of artistry has gone into the work. Pratt does have pro credits under his belt, with work on titles like Tarzan 2 and The Emperor's...
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Tulisa clashes with Dappy: 'Talent speaks for itself you little s***'

Tulisa clashes with Dappy: 'Talent speaks for itself you little s***'
Tulisa Contostavlos has criticised her cousin Dappy on Twitter. The 'Young' singer stated that she does not "condone" her former N-Dubz bandmate's "latest hype", referring to his controversial new single 'Tarzan 2 (I'm Coming)'. The song features Dappy dissing several celebrities and artists, including Alexandra Burke, Simon Cowell and Tinie Tempah. Contostavlos tweeted: "Just puttin it out there..dont involve me in Dappy's latest hype, I don't condone it in anyway.N its a shame I'm not around 2 control him (sic). "I told u hes a nut,I dealt wid this 4 13 years.I just hope people realize hes simply lost his mind since B's death..that's all,4 his sake." Dappy responded: "I just wanna say, i will always (more)
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'Django Unchained' Adds More Cast Members; 'Asteroids' Lands A Writer

The big casting of director Quentin Tarantino's racially charged 'Django Unchained' seems to be over and done with. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in hopes of freeing his wife (Kerry Washington) from the grasp of a none-too-kindly plantation owner. (Leonardo DiCaprio) Other big names include Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also said to be negotiating to take on a role. Every film needs its side characters who are often filled up with lesser-known actors. It's no disrespect to them. Sometimes they're scene stealers. The point is: a lot of obscure casting has been flooding out over the past little while. Yesterday, word came that Todd Allen had joined the cast. Today's news comes in a chunk. Variety reports that James Remar, Tom Wopat, and James Russo have all come aboard the project.
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