fairy tales

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Films and books that re-imagine classic fairy tales in a format that paints “bad” characters in a more sympathetic–or at least morally complex manner a la Wicked seem to be the order of the day.

And Disney‘s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and scheduled for release in the U.S. at the end of this month, looks like one of the most ambitious entries in this genre. Take a look at the trailer after the jump for a glimpse at the dark fairy’s past:  (more…)

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I chose a despondent looking Emma Watson to go with this article, because I’m despondent over this Emma Waston news! Not long after it was announced Kenneth Branagh was taking over directing duties for the planned, live-action Cinderella flick – which also already has Cate Blanchet attached as the wicked step-mother – rumors began circulating Emma Watson was being sought to play the princess. But now Variety’s Marc Graser has tweeted,

What!? Why!? This is a bummer. Sure, I’m not going to force the girl into something she doesn’t want to do, but, Emma, Y U NO WANT TO BE CINDERELLA?

With Watson out, who do you think Disney and Branagh should look to fill those glass slippers?

All right, on to news that’ll hopefully find a happier ending.

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Continuing their string of live-action, fairy tale adaptations, Disney is looking to do the same with Beauty and the Beast. Deadline is reporting they’ve hired Trance scriptwriter, Joe Ahearne to develop the movie simply titled, The Beast. Judging by their choice of writer – Danny Boyle’s Trance looks very dark – they’re obviously wanting this new film to be darker take on the tale. Maybe something closer to a horror movie, but more gothic than gory.

Hmm, this sounds an awful lot like the Beauty and the Beast film Guillermo del Toro is supposedly working on for Warner Bros. Y’know, the one that also has Emma Watson kind of, sort of, attached. Hey, wait a minute! Are these stories linked!? If Watson passed on Cinderella so she could take part in Del Toro’s Beauty I support her decision 100%! But I don’t know what the likelihood of that is, we haven’t heard anything about Del Toro’s Beauty since we first heard of it. Might be that it’ll go the way of his stop-motion, Pinocchio film, which we’re also still waiting on.

So, more fairy tales coming to movie theatres on the horizon, and not one of them animated. Seems OZ: The Great and Powerful has invigorated the market for Disney. Think it’s a smart decision to move forward with more live-action fairy tales? Who’d you like to see involved with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? Personally, I’d be fine if they kept their live-action fairy tales to ABC’s Once Upon a Time, but, that may just be me.

UPDATE! Variety has not only confirmed that yes, Watson has passed on Cinderella, but they’ve also confirmed she is still attached to Del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast. Though, this WB’s Beauty flick, in which Watson would play Belle, is still in development with no production start date or release date. Meaning, no set plan to film this year leaving Watson free for other projects.

Sources: CBM, Geek Tyrant

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On the heels of news that Daniel Radcliffe is set to play Igor in Max Landis’ new Frankenstein flick, Variety reports that another Harry Potter franchise star is in talks to play the lead in a different, yet every bit as classic and iconic story: Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Emma Watson, assuming she is cast (and she’d be dynamite in the role) will play opposite Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother–another piece of inspired casting.

Disney hopes to begin filming in London this fall aiming for a 2014 release. This film follows a new trend at the studio of producing live-action fairy tale/children’s literature adaptations. Cinderella will join the ranks of Disney productions like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great And Powerful, and the upcoming Angelina Jolie vehicle: Maleficent.

Source: /Film

Universal Pictures has released another film clip from Rupert Sanders‘ Snow White and the Huntsman. The new clip shows us Snow White (Kristin Stewart) battling the evil (but more chub worthy) evil queen, played by Charlize Theron, while Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman is razzle dazzled by some black shards.

You really have to hand it to Rupert Sanders. This version of Snow White is like no other. It’s dark and brooding with fist in the air type action. I fucking love it. I still hate Kristen Stewart though.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” opens in theaters on June 1.

In a post-Twilight Saga feature, Kristen Stewart plays the revamped fairy tale character of Snow White as she challenges the evil (but far fairer) evil queen, played by Charlize Theron. Trained in the art of war by the Huntsman, (Chris Hemsworth), the two form an alliance in hopes of changing the kingdom and defeating the tyrannic ruler.

Source: MTV

The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s fuckin’ weird shit like Bert and Ernie comparing dildos and shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.

I love this! Click the picture for a full-sized version. Ever wondered what the top ‘net browsers, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari would look like as chicks in hawt dresses? Probably not. But here you have it, anyway! Credit goes to the very talented Moie “Eskimoie” Preisenberger.

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COMICS REWIND: ‘Fables: Legends in Exile’

Bill Willingham’s Fables is one of the most critically-acclaimed comics ever produced, and awards keep getting added to the pile. There are lots of reasons for this. First, there’s the “Why didn’t I think of that?” concept: what if all the characters from folklore and fairy tales were real, and they lived in exile in New York City because some dark foe has kicked them out of their homes. Then, there’s great art, great writing, the kind of stories to keep you reading late into the night, and something more: a kind of wish fulfillment that surpasses even the flight dreams Superman sates in its readers. Fables is the ultimate fairy tale, and that makes it instantly intriguing. The fact that it’s also the most consistently good ongoing series in comics makes it highly addictive.

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s boobs. Thought you all should know that. My other love, completely unrelatable to boobs, is fairy tales. Before there was science fiction, fables offered young minds fantastic pieces of fiction with morsels of morality. Consider me appreciative. What I like even more is when classic tales of Grimm and Aesop get re-imagined in some ridiculous modern way. Which is why I’m kinda diggin’  Paramount Pictures, MGM joint Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Starring Jeremy RennerGemma Arterton and Famke Janssen it’s a reimagining of the dark classic story, and it explores what happened to Hansel and Gretel 15 years after the gingerbread house incident. They have become bounty hunters that specialize in tracking down and killing witches! Shit, consider me sold!

THR reports that the movie will be shot in 3D, and that they will release the $60 million dollar production on March 2nd 2011.

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and Adam McKay are producing the film and they thought the idea was so cool that they helped push it into production. McKay said in a previous interview:

The idea is, they’ve grown up and they hunt witches. It’s a hybrid sort of “old-timey” feeling, yet there’s pump-action shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, ‘That’s a freakin’ franchise! You could make three of those!’

Wait. Will Ferrel is attached? Dammit, never mind.. this is gonna suck. I hate that fucker. Yes, he’s made some funny flicks (Anchor Man, Step Brothers and Elf), but compared to all his shitty flicks and annoying child-ish attitude the good does not out way the bad. Then again, from the mind of a child. Hansel and Gretel is right up his alley.

source: geektyrant

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(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Guillermo Del Toro is putting his magic touch on another fairy tale classic, Pinocchio. We learned today Del Toro is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company (OMG! AWESOME!) and Pathe to create a 3D, stop-motion animated film that will more closely resemble the original Carlo Collodi tale than the Disney version. Expect this version of Pinocchio to be grittier, darker and more surreal. I’m hoping for a faithful adaption that won’t put us to sleep like the hum-drum Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton recently gave us. Del Toro talked about the children’s tale with Deadline,

“There has to be darkness in any fairy tale or children’s narrative work, something the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney understood,” del Toro said. “We tend to call something Disney-fied, but a lot of people forget how powerfully disturbing the best animated Disney movies are, including those kids being turned into donkeys in Pinocchio. What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Collodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”

Del Toro won’t be directing, sadly, but he’s producing and handing the directing reigns over to Gris Grimly and Mark Gustafson. Grimly recently illustrated a version of Collodi’s original Pinocchio and that book became the basis for this project. Gustafson was the director for Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. They’ve already tapped Australian rocker, Nic Cave for music consultation and MacKinnon and Saunders will be handling the stop-motion. They are probably best known for working on Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. With this caliber of talent involved we can only expect great things.

I adore stop-motion and wish more studios would produce this kind of animation. I understand it’s time consuming and often very costly but seriously Hollywood, when you’re pushing out a half dozen, awful, 3D, computer generated shit films every month you’d think you could spare a dime on a more creative and innovative form of animation. I’m not a hater on CG animation, I’m not one who thinks the computer has killed the animator but have you seen some of the schlock coming out, Gnomeo and Juliet? Wtf!? But that’s just like, my opinion, man.

It sounds like Guillermo Del Toro really has his hands full right now. Besides working on Pinocchio he’s got the film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountain of Madness and that little monster which sprouted into two films, The Hobbit. How can he possible handle yet another film? Well, Guillermo Del Toro’s a wizard. Wait, no. Here’s what Del Toro says about how he’s managing his new project,

“We’ve designed key frames and characters, we know the mood and the feel, we’ve created a bible,” del Toro said. “ Shooting stop motion animation takes a lot time, but we’ve got the right team and I will be there for daily or weekly updates on how it’s going.”

Or maybe he is a wizard, I don’t know. But I do know this Pinocchio film looks fantastic. After the jump check out two more concept images and tell us what you think.

source: Deadline

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So…About That ‘Fables’ TV Series

I shouldn’t have to start this post with an explanation on what Fables is (’cause y’all should really know), but it’s a fairly super-uber popular fantasy comic-book series by Bill Willingham and Vertigo comics. The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore – Snow White, Prince Charming, the Big Bad Wolf (in human form)- who escaped from an invasion of their magical world to form a secret community in the heart of New York City. Fables, – in brief overview-  weaves together action-packed, gritty plots with a touch of sex, plenty of splattered gore, and plenty of quirky twists. It’s an essential nerd read.

Anyway, back in 2008 Vertigo’s Fables was to be translated to a live-action television series on ABC. Warner Bros. was to produce a 1 hour pilot written by Six Degrees’ Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner. I speak in the passed tense, because nothing has come of it since the announcement was made. What the deuce is going on? Well here is Bill Willingham himself to clear things up… sorta.

In an interview with io9, Bill Willingham briefly talked about any news he had on the chances of seeing the previously announced Fables TV series originally set to air on ABC in 2008:

None whatsoever. I am the last person to know about things like that. Through rumors of rumors of mistellings of legends, I understand that the new DC regime was very much interested in getting Fables going. The TV show that was prematurely announced is probably dead — don’t hold me to that, because I don’t know. Hopefully, I’ll know before it airs, but I’m kind of out of the loop.

Fables is one under-rated piece of work…a true cult brilliant scene. It would make a very, very cool and different television series , but with no known(if any) start date and no news from Warner Bros. or ABC we can not even be sure when or if we will see the comic series hit the silver screen.

source: io9

(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

Everyone remembers the story of Red Riding Hood, a young girl who delivers a basket of goodies to her grandmother. On her way she encounters a wolf that sneaks ahead, kills her grandmother and dresses in her clothing in order to trick Red and eat her (An average night at the house of Bungay). In the original fairy tale she is eaten and saved, unharmed along with her grandmother, by a passing hunter. Well, Warner Bros. is retelling the tale with a lot more sex and violence.

“Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), yet arranged by her parents to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose one another, Valerie and Peter are plan to run away together until Valerie’s older sister is killed by a werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. The people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call upon Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), famed werewolf hunter, to help them kill the wolf. But with Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences. As the death toll rises Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.”

In this remake of the original fairy tale director Catherine Hardwicke has introduced a very dark tone to the mythos of young Red Riding Hood, renamed Valerie for the film. He’s a brief synopsis of the paranormal romance:

and here’s the trailer for all to enjoy:

OK, we promised sexy, but all you got was romance. Call us liars, but I think you can agree this not the story your mother would tell you before bed now is it? An interesting take on the story of of old indeed, but if the trailer doesn’t sell you may we remind you of 2 possible saving graces. 1. Gary Oldman, the guy can do no wrong. 2. Amanda Seyfried. A.K.A. hot piece of ass, nuff said.

Red Riding Hood makes it to grandma’s house March 11, 2011