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Daily Bites (20/03/17) – More Live-Action Disney Movies, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and Matrix Prequel

Not much has come up today so we’ll be talking more about Disney’s push towards Live-Action remakes of classic Disney animations, the latest release of The Dark Tower poster, what’s going on with the Matrix reboot rumours and when Kingsman 2 will finally be released!

Disney is going Live-Action

In recent years, Walt Disney Studios has taken to adapting its library of animated classics to live-action. Some are new takes on well-known stories, like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, while others have been more strict adaptations, such as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and the recently released Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to the success of many of these films, both with critics and fans as well as at the box office, Disney has a whole host of other live-action re-imaginings in the works, including Niki Caro’s Mulan, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin.

“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

“Mulan is clearly an empowered-female story but we can also do something new in this reimagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with touch of Ridley Scott.”
– Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Studios (Interview with Vulture)

News of the start of production of The Lion King is the latest in the exciting slate of news coming out about the production. Perhaps the biggest announcement to date is the casting of James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as the voice of Mufasa. The Darth Vader voice actor will be accompanied by one of the latest additions to the Star Wars family – Donald Glover – who will provide the voice of the adult Simba. Glover is currently in production on the untitled young Han Solo anthology Star Wars film, playing the young Lando Calrissian to fellow scoundrel Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). Disney has also hired screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) to pen The Lion King script.

Source: Vulture

Stephen King reveals the leaked Dark Tower movie poster is, in fact, the official movie poster

King revealed the poster on Twitter, which was accompanied by the message: “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.”

Nikolaj Arcel is directing The Dark Tower, which won’t be a straight adaptation of King’s beloved series of books. The film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, will instead serve as more a sequel than a retelling of the author’s original work.

The Dark Tower opens in theaters on July 28, 2017.

Source: Stephen King

Matrix 4 will be a prequel which focuses on a young Morpheus

It is known that Fantastic Four, Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is wanted for the movie. Now it’s being reported that he is specifically wanted as Young Morpheus.

Zak Penn, who helped write the first Avengers movie, is penning the initial script for The Matrix 4, whatever it turns out to be. He was the first from the team to step forward and talk about the reboot of the franchise. Or rather, it’s a continuation of what is already in place. He had this to say about why they’re not messing around with the original classic, with Neo still existing inside this world.

“All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT The Matrix. People who know ‘Animatrix’ and the comics understand. Can’t comment yet except to say that the words reboot and remake were from an article. Let’s stop responding to inaccurate news. Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of The Matrix? Yes. Because it’s a brilliant idea that generates great stories. Look at what people are doing with Xmen universe. Between Logan and Legion and Deadpool, does anyone want them to stop? Not me.”

BMD’s sources say this is true. The Matrix reboot will follow its own path. And the studio is indeed setting up a Matrix writers’ room that will be used to create not just one but a whole lot of sci-fi adventures centered within the realm of what has already been created. While the Young Morpheus movie is not confirmed as the first movie to roll out of this new franchise factory, it is said to be a concept favored by Warner Bros.

Source: BirthMoviesDeath

Kingsman 2 Release Date Is Pushed Forward

Due to Kingsman being a surprise hit of 2015, most movie fans were extremely excited when they heard director, Matthew Vaughan announce that he would be releasing the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle in June 2017. Becoming one of 2017’s highly anticipated movies, fans were distraught when they heard that the film was pushed back from its original June release to early October, but now that date has been changed once more.

According to Exhibitor Relations, the second Kingsman movie has moved up one week from its October 6th date to now come out on September 29, 2017. With the change being so small, it should not make any difference on the post-production period. Leading to the understanding that this date change was done to avoid competing with another highly anticipated movie, Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049.

Source: Exhibitor Relations

Beauty and the Beast – Movie Review

Unlike the withering magical rose given to Beast, Beauty and the Beast blooms like the vibrant, enchanting rose that it is. And it’s why this much-anticipated live-action musical adaptation will win over fans of all ages.

The classic tale of a beautiful girl finding love in a tortured beast begins with a spectacular opening ballroom scene, where the Prince (Dan Stevens) and all the occupants of his castle are cursed by an enchantress. This curse not only changes the Prince into a Beast and his servants into various household objects such as chairs and candlesticks but also removes all memory of the castle even existing from the rest of the world.

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Years later, the movie now pans to Belle (Emma Watson), a young Frenchwoman in a small provincial village full of small-minded residents who are puzzled by her desire to read books and her consistent rejection of affections by the dashing yet self-absorbed, Gaston (Luke Evans). The movie truly begins when Belle’s roaming father (Kevin Kline) winds up the Beast’s prisoner after venturing off his regular path, Belle insists on taking her dad’s place. The Beast complies, and Belle finds herself condemned to his castle, fawned over by the candelabra, Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), a talking clock, Cogsworth (Ian McKellan), and a cockney teapot, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), each hoping that Belle will melt the Beast’s heart and break the curse that has damned them to a life of home furnishing.

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Musically, the film soars. The songs are melodic and hummable; the cast all sings beautifully. The coming alive of the Castle’s key (animated) characters is charming with the oooh lala French candelabra Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts, who sings the film’s title song. Dan Stevens with a rich, booming voice as The Beast makes for an interesting portrayal. His Beast is a brooding fur-covered giant; a tormented man trapped within a hideous exterior and whose plight as each rose petal falls and brings him to eternal doom, makes him more and more despondent. The darkness of the character is reflected in the production design and offbeat world in which he lives as opposed to the brighter, vibrant atmosphere of Belle’s village.

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Most of the plot and characters remain true to the classic 1991 film yet there are a few subtle improvements. Among them is Gaston & Le Fou (Josh Gad), both characters receive considerably more personality that encapsulates who these characters were intended to be and not change them in any way. There’s a scene (multiple scenes actually) where Gaston shows his truly sinister side by getting rid of Belle’s father through less than savory means and perhaps you’ve heard that his sidekick, LeFou is the first gay character in Disney history. Translation: For a half of a second in the closing scene, he decides to dance with another guy. Besides that, he’s pretty much just a slightly enhanced version of his 1991 self.

What is refreshing about the Beauty and the Beast tale in current times is that it goes beyond the usual princess-centric plot in that the woman saves the man. In this tale we see a sense of equality, equal parts bravery, equal parts fear and equal parts understanding. Besides that, love is also presented in a much deeper sense, in that it appears in us unpredictably and uncontrollably. That idea is summarized neatly in a line from one of the songs: “There may be something there that wasn’t there before.” The line is both a riddle and an answer. If you’re old enough to have heard it for the first time in 1991, it almost certainly means something new to you now.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic which is a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library.

Verdict

She may be reading Romeo and Juliet, but it is Shakespeare’s quote ‘Love looks with the mind, not the eyes’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that is featured, when The Beast’s library becomes the pathway that leads to Belle’s heart. This adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has both the looks and the personality, which is why it gets a Screenbite.my rating of 8/10.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Latest Trailer

A young Jack Sparrow?!!??! That’s right, we’ll get to see a younger version of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow in this new trailer that was released during The Ellen Show.

What we’ve learned so far,
– The brand new villain is a Spanish military ship captain who was killed in a ship explosion after a naval dogfight with a ship that had a young not-captain-yet Jack Sparrow.
– Capt Barbossa looks like he’s going to play a key role.
– The new Orlando Bloom character gets excited by ankles.
– The new Keira Knightly character is the same as the old Keira Knightly character.

Disney’s Tomorrowland – Trailer

A former boy-genius (George Clooney) and a gifted teenager (Britt Robertson) set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of “Tomorrowland,” an enigmatic location caught between time and space.

Emma Watson is the new Belle

After the successful production of Maleficent, Disney will be remaking Beauty And The Beast with Emma Watson as Belle. The new live action fantasy movie will be directed by Bill Condon, director for Beyonce’s Dreamgirl. Emma Watson announce the news on her new role via Facebook and she is ecstatic with it.
Much earlier the rumors was that  Guillermo del Toro will be producing it but how ever the idea was scraped. Also Kristen Stewart was considered for the role of Belle but Disney decided to give it to the Harry Potter sweetheart.

Into The Woods – Review

Even if musicals aren’t exactly your cup of tea, Disney’s Into The Woods will keep you in your seat with it’s witty humour peppered throughout this wildly entertaining adaptation.

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The Woods is a magical place but not as magical as Malaysian public restrooms.

The Woods is a magical place but not as magical as Malaysian public restrooms.

Adapted to film from the Broadway musical of the same name, Into The Woods maintains much of it’s core as an entertaining & somewhat educational story. Intertwining a number of the ever-popular Grimm fairy tales into one, Into The Woods emphasizes on the misconceptions of each fairy tale character as they were all previously considered to be relatively flawless. Exciting throughout the 1st & 2nd acts of the movie, it started to feel a little lethargic in the 3rd act. Nonetheless, definitely worth a watch for both adults & the kids.

Johnny Depp is the Big Bad.. Pedo.. Wolf, I mean Wolf.

Johnny Depp is the Big Bad.. Pedo.. Wolf, I mean Wolf.

Plot

Into The Woods starts off with a rather catchy song that introduces the main characters in their current predicaments & why they’re all going into “The Woods”. The story that ties all of them together is about the Baker (James Corden) & his wife (Emily Blunt) who are unable to conceive a child due to a hereditary curse. Fortunately, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a Witch (Meryl Streep) who can remove the curse as long as they bring her a couple of items from The Woods(White Cow -Jack & The Beanstalk, Red Hood -Red Riding Hood, Golden Shoe -Cinderella, Yellow Hair -Rapunzel). Along the way, he meets all the other characters trying to solve their own issues which includes the goody two shoes Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), unfairly treated Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), thief with a heart of gold Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and Stockholm syndrome Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)

A world where hot women gets married with  round men because of their heart.

A world where hot women gets married with round men because of their heart.

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A modern take on these classic stories allows for modern moral values. Ranging from indecisiveness (Cinderella wants to be a princess but not really but she does but not really but maybe but maybe not but alright, princess it is but wait, no..) to child sex offenders ( As charmingly taught in the phrase “Nice isn’t always Good” by the annoying Red Riding Hood), especially important for the younger generation.

Both the Princes were hilarious, especially Prince Charming (Chris Pine) who is both good & pardon my language, a douche bag. Then we have the annoying Red Riding Hood, I don’t condone violence of any sort but Red Riding Hood makes me feel otherwise. James Corden & Emily Blunt steal the show for me even if most would be raving about Meryl Streep, which don’t get me wrong, it was good; just that it’s expected to be good so hardly any sort of surprise performance there.

Music is good but what did you expect? It’s a musical, of course it’s good.

The best scene in the entire movie,  The Princes Song.

The best scene in the entire movie,
The Princes’ Song.

Rating 6/10
Overall, fun for all ages. Educational & Entertaining. The month of January in the cinema industry is usually known for it’s, let’s be blunt, rubbish movies *cough* Taken 3 *cough* but I am glad to say that this is an exception. Highly Recommended that you take your siblings, significant others, kids, relatives, young, old & watch it as there won’t be many like it for a month or two.

-Dev

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1

Here it is, the most anticipated trailer of 2015, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Even thou the trailer didn’t show much of the dark side – it was still awesome.

PAN – Official Trailer

The boy who never grew up is back and this time it’s about how Peter came to be the legendary Peter Pan. The movie is directed by Joe Wright (which is very him)and starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Garrett Headland and Levi Miller. Hugh Jackman plays the evil Blackbeard while Tiger Lily is played by Rooney Mara.

AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON – Official Extended Trailer #2

Another trailer was release online today and shows more of our mystery Korean Lady who was with Thor and in a away confirms our assumption and also much earlier appearance of Ultron before what we presume the soft battle between the Avengers and Ultron. But however the additional 15-20 sec scene didn’t have any additional leak. Enjoy it!

Sneak Peak – AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN

After the release of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron a week ago, yesterday ABC aired a retrospective of Marvel’s history in Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! Compressed together with some interviews from Marvel’s past and current the program had a also shared a peek to The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
Up to date, there isn’t any official trailer of the Ant-Man but the program feature Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas on screen together. This is the proper glimpse of Paul and Ant Man suit. Also caught our interest was a few behind-the-scenes snippets of the making of Age of Ultron.