The first trailer has arrived for Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo which blends a Greatest Showman style circus tale with the directorial stylings of Tim Burton. Based on a storyline written by Helen Aberson. The film stars Collin Farrell, MIchael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.
This live-action film reworks the tale of the bullied elephant with big ears. Farrier (Farrell) is a former horse showman and war veteran who’s taking care of his two kids after his wife passed away. Their world changes after circus owner Max (DeVito who seems to have kept his costume from Big Fish) buys a pregnant elephant who gives birth to Dumbo with his giant ears.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a show about five of the worst world people in the word. They are rude to everyone, shamelessly arrogant, so self-centred that they are almost entirely ignorant of the world outside their own little bubble and have absolutely no regard for the rest of humanity. The five of them collectively own and staff a grotty bar in Philadelphia called Paddy’s Pub. The show chronicles the adventures they have in the city. There is nothing appealing as human beings about any of them.
And yet they are the central focus of a show that has been running on FX – and FXX since it hit season nine – for twelve years now. (more…)
This time next week, Beauty and the Beast will be in theatres everywhere as Disney‘s latest effort to live-action-ize its entire animated catalogue. Meanwhile, pre-production is underway on the next couple of projects, one of them being Dumbo based on the 1941 hit about an elephant with large ears who learns to use his mocked appendages to fly. Now obviously Dumbo himself is going to be CG, but there’s some room for human characters, and director Tim Burton looks to fill those spots with trusted collaborators, first with the previously announced Eva Green, and now with Danny DeVito, marking his first team-up with Burton in 14 years. (more…)
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia returned to television last week for its tenth season and star Danny Devito was making the publicity rounds at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour to promote the show. Access Hollywood attended and asked Devito the question a lot of us were wondering about, “What’s he think of the new Penguin (Robin Taylor) on Gotham?” (more…)
Tim Burton has been doing the promotion circuit for his new film Big Eyes – which, surprisingly, doesn’t star a dressed up idiosyncratic-characteristic Johhny Depp, or a gothic looking Helena Bonham Carter – which is due to be released on Christmas day. Talking about everything from Beetlejuice 2 being closer than ever going into production, to how he has missed working with Michael Keaton, and now he has been talking about the superhero comic book genre and how much it has changed in the last 20 years. Burton, who isn’t usually one for too much controversy, has hit out with a belter of an opinion which will no doubt be splitting comic book fans and film fans down the middle. (more…)
We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.
After my essay on Batman last week, a reader theorized that the biggest problem with the Tim Burton-era Batman films is in fact Tim Burton. After all, he’s been rather publicly dismissive of comic books overall, and he’s always more interested in the visual aspect of his films than the characters that populate them. While it might be the most powerfully distilled version of a Tim Burton superhero movie, and that may be a big problem for some viewers, Batman Returns is a fascinating, darkly gorgeous entry in the franchise with far fewer and (mostly) shallower flaws than its predecessor.
Hollywood is either trolling, or they’ve officially run out of ideas. April Fools Day isn’t until Sunday so I’m thinking the latter.
A sequel to Twins -the 1988 comedy in which Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as genetically engineered but not quite identical brothers – is officially happening. Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are developing it. And if things work out the way the companies want, Eddie Murphy will be the third brother.
THR says “the story would see Schwarzenegger and DeVito as brothers Julius and Vincent, conceived experimentally, who discover they have third sibling.”
The film will be called Triplets. Naturally.
Devito, with all the crazy shit he’s done on Always Sunny in Phildephia has no shame. It’s with out question, he’s on board. In fact, DeVito has talked actively about doing it. Schwarzenegger on the other hand, I know he has fallen on hard times, with the infidelity and what not, but even he has admit this is a bad idea.
On second thought. I’m starting to think we deserve this. Twins, for me, is one of those 80’s flicks I never returned to the video store. The concept was funny enough for many repeated viewings. I actually have to thank this film for teaching me the song “yakety yak”, the phrase “money talks and bullshit walks”. It also made me realize that no matter how hard I flex my bicep, I’ll never rip through a sleeve like Arnie did.
I can see it now. Schwarzenegger. DeVito. Murphy. – The muscles. The leftovers. The dick.
Yep… I’m all about seeing this. Ah fuck! I’m back to the realization of how fucking stupid this is. It’s Murphy that’s ruining it for me. Name ONE good Eddie Murphy movie in the past decade (where he isn’t a CGI donkey)?
Oh well, Murphy is supposedly only interested in “edgy” stuff now, so maybe Universal we’ll find some other happy faced black guy.
Anyway, this news has been quiet the emotional rollar coaster.