Beauty and the Beast is officially a box office hit, and so the Disney live-action remake machine will continue to clank merrily along, churning out entertaining movies billed as “reimagining” beloved stories that nevertheless stick close to the company’s own existing animated properties.
Back in 2012, a movie called Snow White and the Public Domain IP unexpectedly made almost $400 million. And that’s why today sees the release of a second film, Huntsman: The Contractual Obligation Movie (although for some reason the posters call it The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Go figure.) The Contractual Obligation…
Charles Perrault was born on this day in 1628. He’s the man you’ll want to thank/curse for all those impossible-to-escape viral Disney princess remixes.
The great fairy-tale gold rush continues! Now Disney has snapped up the script for a live-action Prince Charming movie.
Has there ever been a movie as sugary as the live-action Cinderella? It's like stuffing your face with cake, until cake is all up inside your nostrils and you have a frosting-beard. And yet, this movie also has moments of actual emotion and believable characterization here and there, which make it surprisingly great.
The house that mouse built is about to debut yet another retelling of Cinderella. If you're hesitant to feed into the Disney Industrial Complex, however, you might consider as an alternative some recently discovered tales from the same period.
There's a new trailer for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and featuring Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother. It looks like a glorious drunken rococo pile of satin and chiffon. Which is to say: surprisingly delightful.
Fairy tales and folklore come from a variety of sources, changing as they are told and retold. And some of these tales have been inspired by real historical figures, whose lives either formed the genesis of the story or altered it along the way. So what is fact and what is fiction?
Well! Here's one way to re-tell a fairy-tale: Ditch the young female protagonist altogether.
I fucking love magical shit. I love spells, monsters, castles, wisecracking animal sidekicks, forest glens, robes, curses, small flying women, and the healing power of love. INTO IT. So I went into Maleficent with medium hopes, despite the dismal failure of earlier fairy tale adaptations like Mirror, Mirror and Snow…
Disney's live action Cinderella movie is so wonderfully beholden to the animated source material, it will make your heart swell. And we've seen a large chunk of it, including the Evil Stepmother, Cate Blanchett — who makes her grand entrance with A CAT ON A LEASH.
Breaking Bad's Mike Ehrmantraut is a great henchman — and an even better grandfather. Who better to snuggle up to for an evening of twisted fairy tales than TV's #1 pop pop/pop-a-cap-in-your-ass-er?
So China — as in, the People’s Republic of — is really into the Little Mermaid, and not that saccharine Disney cartoon we feed our tumescent American children. The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is apparently a huge deal in China, so much so that Denmark has been able to establish a strong diplomatic relationship…
Interesting: Lily James, who plays rebellious flapper Lady Rose on Downton Abbey, has been cast as Cinderella in Disney's new live-action flick based on the age-old tale.
A new government-funded campaign in Singapore is educating young women about declining fertility through a series of illustrated "fairytales," distributed on university campuses, that retell classic stories that result in some kind of moral lesson for women who ignore the ticking of their biological clocks.
Two hundred years ago, two brothers wrote a book. Well, "wrote" is the wrong term. Jacob and Wilhelm collected dozens of stories, some well known and some obscure, some from their homeland and some from abroad. The compendium was first published in 1812; a second volume followed two years later. By the seventh…
Red, an animated retelling of the fairy tale classic Little Red Riding Hood by Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot, is not for the weak at heart. It is dark, it is sad, there is lots of blood. It is also beautifully done and really fucking cool.
Last week we saw an image from the Snow White movie directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Lily Collins, which definitely looked like a sweet, princessy fairy tale. But the Kristen Stewart version — directed by Rupert Sanders and produced by Joe Roth, who's partly responsible for the 3D Alice in Wonderland — has a…
The new Snow White movie is sure to be a visual feast, since it's directed by Tarsem Singh, responsible for vivid and surreal films like The Fall and The Cell. Lilly Collins (daughter of Phil), who plays the fairest of them all, exclaims,"I keep saying to everyone I feel like I'm walking into a snow globe, a fairy…