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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Remake: First teaser trailer


Yesterday morning, a teaser trailer was unveiled on Good Morning America for the live-action remake of the beloved animated film almost 10 months ahead of the film’s release.

The teaser gives the first look at Emma Watson as Belle, showing her arrival at the Beast’s castle. The castle’s famous residents can also be heard (“Look, it’s a girl!…What if she’s the one?”), as well as a piano version of the movie’s iconic theme. It gave me chills!

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Directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2), Beauty and the Beast stars Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.




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Disney Announces 9 New Films

Following the runaway success of Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book, Disney have announced that they have no less than nine more live action films in development. 

This isn’t counting – by the way – anything that they’ve already filmed. If you include the yet-to-be-released Alice Through the Looking GlassBeauty and the Beast and Pete’s Dragon, then that’s 12 live action Disney films coming our way.


While we don’t know when the following titles will hit our screens, Disney have allocated seven release slots – from July 2017 right through to November 2019 – for live action movies, and so we can expect that most of these films will drop then.

Check them out, and see what you think:

1. Cruella

Emma Stone looks set to star as Cruella De Vil in this live action look at her evil exploits. Kelly Marcel, who wrote the screenplay for Saving Mr. Banks as well, interestingly enough, as 50 Shades of Grey, is rumoured to be on board as the writer, alongside The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses scribe Aline Brosh McKenna.


2. Dumbo

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has been a huge hit, and so Disney are following it up with a live action remake of another beloved animal classic: Dumbo. Hopefully, this 21st century version will leave out the “Jim Crow” racism, but keep the incredibly touching, slightly heartbreaking love between Dumbo and his mum.

3. Maleficent 2

Angelina Jolie has signed on to reprise her role as Maleficent for a sequel expected to be released in 2017. While plot details are – for now – being kept tightly under wraps, we do know that Linda Woolverton – who wrote the first Maleficent as well as the live action Beauty and the Beast – is set to pen the screenplay.


4. A Wrinkle in Time

A teenage girl journeys through time and space in search of her missing father in one of Disney’s lesser known films. The live action remake, however, is set to be directed by Ava DuVernay – nominated for a Golden Globe for directing Selma – and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with..


5. Jungle Cruise

All we know about Jungle Cruise is its name, and the fact that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star. Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess. Some sort of Jungle Book spin-off? A Race to Witch Mountain type family adventure? We’ll have to wait and see.


6. Mary Poppins Sequel

Emily Blunt is going to have a crack at filling Julie Andrews’ shoes, playing Mary Poppins in an as yet untitled sequel. Relative newcomer Lin-Manuel Miranda is rumoured to be playing Jack, and Finding NeverlandLife of Pi writer David Magee will be penning the screenplay.


7. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

It looks like Disney is going to have a crack at a Christmas film, as they’ve set Dear John director Lasse Hallström the task of making The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. This Christmas Eve tale sees a young girl given a nutcracker for Christmas, and told by her parents to take extra special care of it. Surprise, surprise it comes to life, but then so does an evil, seven-headed mouse. So, swings and roundabouts really…

8. The Jungle Book 2

Disney had a go at making an animated Jungle Book 2 back in 2003, but it didn’t go down that well. Hopefully, Jon Favreau’s sequel will go down better. In the animated version, Mowgli heads back to the jungle after not adapting well to village life, and we can imagine that live action Jungle Book 2 will follow the same basic storyline.


9. Tink

Reese Witherspoon is set to star in and produce Tink: a live action film based on Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell. While we know that it’ll take place “in the world of the classic novel” (so presumably Neverland), and that Tinkerbell will be the main character, plot details are (as yet) thin on the ground… Watch this space.






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The Jungle Book Review


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

• About

A real life Jungle Book.. The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.

• Pass/Fail

Pass: The most beautiful visual film since Avatar. The CGI characters come to life and you get lost in this wonderful film. The storyline is solid and stays true to the book. I loved the way the original songs were tweaked for this film apart from King Louie’s. I also loved the ending to this film 🙂

Fail: There isn’t much of a fail in this.. the “I wanna be like you” song didn’t quite fit.

• Standout Performance

Neel Sethi as Mowgli. How did he work with all those CGI characters.. its amazing!

• Who Will Like This?

Disney fans, classic book lovers and Avatar fans.

• See It Now or Wait?

See it now.. in Imax if you can!

• Highlight

All the CGI animals, scenery and the twist on the ending 🙂

• Overall Impression

A slightly darker Jungle Book (which is good) with the iconic songs such as “The Bare Necessities”, “I Wanna Be Like You,” which of course are expected and don’t disappoint. Old as it may, the story of The Jungle Book remains an affecting contemplation on the virtues of family, self-growth, and man’s progress at the expense of nature. The Jungle Book successfully opens a new chapter in cinema’s visual storytelling prowess. It deserves to be seen and experienced in 3D or better, an IMAX theater. It is immersive, it is enchanting, and it is wonderful.

• Trailer



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Disney’s Rose Red – Snow White’s Sisters film

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After a string of successful live-action fairy tale adaptations such as Maleficent and last year’s Cinderella, Disney is exploring yet another iconic character, with a revisionist twist. The Hollywood Reporterreveals the studio has picked up a project entitled Rose Red, which follows the story of Snow White’s sister. While fairy tale fans may recognize the Rose Red name, the project will present an entirely new story.

Rose Red is a character who did appear in the original Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, but she was featured in a different adventure separate from the story which the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was inspired by. This new project started as an original script by Justin Merz (The Boxcar Children), which was envisioned as a stand alone movie. Screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) came up with a different take described as a “companion piece” that sticks closer to the original animated movie.

This new take reveals that Rose Red is Snow White’s estranged sister, with the story set after Snow takes a bite from the poisonous apple and falls into her “Sleeping Death” towards the end of the original story. This causes Rose Red to set off on a journey with the seven dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life. The project doesn’t have a director attached at this time.

Tripp Vinson is set to produce, making this the third fairy tale project he’s set up over the past eight months. He is also attached to produce Disney’s Prince Charming and Genies, the latter of which is as prequel to the animated classic Aladdin. Tara Ferney is set to executive produce, with Justin Merz and Adam Rodin serving as co-producers.

Justin Merz wrote the 2014 animated movie The Boxcar Children. Evan Daugherty has written the 2012 blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman and its upcoming sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War, in theaters April 22. His other writing credits include Killing Season, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and upcoming movies such as The Foundation and the Tomb Raider reboot.

Rose Red comes to theaters in 2018.




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New IMAX Jungle Book Trailer

Jungle Book is now open for pre-sale! Don’t miss out on all your favourites from April 15, book tickets today –



So excited! 😀



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