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Disney Plans a “Mary Poppins” Sequel

Everyone’s favourite nanny (probably) is set to return and reunite with the Banks family in a new Poppins feature.

It’s been clear for a while that Disney is taking a break from animation to expand its love action catalogue. How are they expanding it? By rebooting their animated classics of course. Cinderella has already made mild but consistent waves, while Tim Burton lumbers up for his take on the story of Dumbo. The Disney Expo also saw a sneak peak of the upcoming Pete’s Dragon remake. So what’s left? How about Mary Poppins?

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Watch Out Childhood! Winnie The Pooh has been Greenlit for Live Action

You wouldn’t have to spend your days sniffing around the front gate to realise that something otherworldly is going on at the adorably corporate studio. By otherworldly, I mean live action. The live action Cinderella is making some quiet waves that could kick up at any minute, Dumbo is already being taken on by Tim Burton for adaptation, and let’s not forget Overnight at 42nd Street. Now we have a new household Disney name joining the break for 3 dimensions – Winnie the Pooh. For the record, I have been sniffing around their front gate, and they do not like it in the slightest. Nothing says “keep out” like a seven foot Chip and Dale with matching riot gear.

Deadline is reporting that Disney is bringing in indie writer-director Alex Ross Perry to take a swing at bringing the yellow bear with the red shirt and (for no reason) no pants to life. Perry is a popular name at Sundance following his success with Listen Up Phillip. This is an intriguing choice for director, very much in the vein of Jared Hess being taken on for Overnight at 42nd Street and David Lowery for a remake of Pete’s Dragon. It looks as though Disney are stocking up on considerable directing talent as opposed to hired guns. Are they really taking that big of a turn with their movies? Who’s leading this particular shake-up?

In any case, we will be seeing Winnie and presumably the rest of the Hundred-acre Wood gang in the not too distant future. Will you be having a gander?


Get some of the magic back with “Cinderella” international trailer

It would be fair to say that the announcement of the Berlin International Film Festival line-up was monopolised by the inclusion of Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups on the list of premièring features. But Malick wasn’t the only well-known director with a film on the ballot. If you had a closer look then you would have noticed that actor-turned-director Kenneth Branagh‘s fairy tale adaptation Cinderella will also be included in the Berlin Festival.  The first trailer released for the film starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James was intriguing but uneventful, revealing very little about the plot that couldn’t be gleaned from watching the original Disney animation. But now an international trailer has been released, courtesy of our friends at Disney. Have a look:

So in terms of plot points, it’s very much business as usual with not a character or a memorable scene out of place. So at least you know that if you’re a fan of the story, you’ll most likely be a fan of this latest incarnation. The main benefit of this trailer is that we get to see some of the visual mastery that made Thor such a stunning looking film. You can definitely see some of the magic of Asgard sneaking into Branagh’s latest directorial offering. So the only question that remains is will the story match up with the scenery?

Cinderella is written by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz, and also stars Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera.

Are you feeling the magic?

Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” Among Berlin Film Festival Preimieres

There’s a lot to look forward to in February 2015. For one, it’s quite close to my birthday, but perhaps more important is the Berlin International Film Festival. Now entering it’s 65th year, the German festival is due to premiere a number of talked about features, including the long awaited Knight of Cups from director Terrence Malick. Malick first discussed the project just after the release of his incredibly successful Tree of Life in 2011. Knight of Cups will star Christian BaleNatalie PortmanCate BlanchettIsabel LucasTeresa Palmer, and Frieda Pinto, and will be Malick’s seventh feature film. Also on the dance card is Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of Cinderalla, also starring Cate Blanchett, and 45 Years, directed by Andrew Haig whose last film was the 2011 romantic drama Weekend. Here’s the whole list for perusal at your leisure, straight from Variety:

45 Years
United Kingdom
By Andrew Haigh
With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

Als Wir Träumten (As We Were Dreaming)
By Andreas Dresen
With Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O. Fee

By Kenneth Branagh
With Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi und Helena Bonham Carter

Eisenstein In Guanajuato
The Netherlands / Mexico / Belgium / Finland
By Peter Greenaway
With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti

Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)
Guatemala / France
By Jayro Bustamante
With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy

Knight Of Cups
By Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)
With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

Pod electricheskimi oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)
Russian Federation / Ukraine / Poland
By Alexey German (Paper Soldier)
With Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Melnikova, Piotr Gasowski

What are you most looking forward to on the list?