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Fairy Tales are Forever

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Do you believe in fairy tales? Well you don’t have to, with Disney’s upcoming release of some of their most famous stories in live action motion pictures, it doesn’t matter if you believe or not. 201o’s Alice in Wonderland was the movie that started it all, grossing over a $1 billion worldwide – that’s billion with a B. Over the years, many live-action fairy tales have been release some are hits and other were big misses. These are five movie you should look forward to in the near/far future:

1. Maleficent(2014)

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Starting of my list is Disney’s re-tell of Sleeping Beauty, re-told from the point of view of Maleficent. It’s stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and is one of the years most anticipated movies. For more on Maleficent check out my preview 2014 Summer Blockbusters: Maleficent

2. Cinderella (2015)

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We all know the story of Cinderella, but do we really? With a release date set for 13 March 2015, Cinderella is a long way coming and had a couple bumps in the road. The movie was first pitch in 2010 off the success of Alice in Wonderland. Mark Romanek signed on to be the director but was soon drop from the project due to creative differences (Romanek take on Cinderella was too dark). Kenneth Branagh quickly replaced him as director and the role of Cinderella was offered to Emma Watson but she declined. Lily James, Cate Blancett, Helen Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Richard Manning and Stellan Skarsgård are all on to play some iconic roles.

 

3. The Beast(2016)

In development is another well known fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast. Guillermo del Toro is on to produce and direct this live action motion picture. Emma Watson is on to play Belle which is why she decline the offer to play Cinderella, which make sense, she would make a better Belle. Not much has been release on this film, by the name  it seems like the film is going to be dark, hopefully not too dark. No dates has been release as yet but how its looking I would say look for The Beast to be out in 2016.

 

4. Pan(2015)

2015 brings us another fairy tale Peter Pan. The movie is now in pre-production. Pan centers on how Peter Pan and the man who became Captain Hook started out as friends, with Hook working as a member of the crew on Blackbeard’s pirate ship. Blackbeard is said to be the film’s main antagonist while Hook would serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad. Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfriend, Garrett Hedlund and Levi Miller are signed on to the project with Joe Wright directing. Pan puts a dark twist on the Peter Pan we grew up with but is it going to be a hit, it’s really hard to say at this point.

 

5. Tarzan(2016)

Last on my list is David Yates take on Tarzan, Yates is known for his work on the final installments in the Harry Potter series. Tarzan still in development but it looks promising with Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Margot Robbie all signed on to the project. The movie follows Tarzan years after he’s reassimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the going-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams up with an ex-mercenary to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine. A Belgian soldier attempts to capture Tarzan in exchange for a random in diamonds. The plot is alright nothing stands out about it, of all the movies on my list this is my least favorite.

 

There it is, do these movies make you believe in fairy tale. Which ones are you excited for and comment what other fairy tale you would like to see turn into a live action motion picture?

-Blog happily ever after!

 

 

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2014 Summer Blockbusters: Maleficent

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Over the past couple years we’ve been getting quite a number of live-action fairy tales movies such as Red Riding Hood (Little Red Riding Hood), Jack the Giant Slayer (Jack and the Beanstalk), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Hansel and Gretel) and Alice in Wonderland(Alice Adventures in Wonderland). Not all were hits but they definitely started a trend and continuing that trend is no other than Disney’s upcoming re-tell on Sleeping Beauty, re-told from the point of view of Maleficent. Known as Mistress of all Evil, Maleficent is Disney’s most iconic villain and in the upcoming movie we finally find out what led her to curse Princess Aurora.

As beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in peaceful forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and as a result places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent true happiness as well.

The movie stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent,  Elle Fanning playing Princess Aurora, along with Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites and Shartlo Copley. Toddler Princess Aurora is played by Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. All actor in Maleficent where chosen because of their uncanny resemblance to their respectful characters

Tim Burton, David Yates and David O. Russell where all rumored to be directing but the job went to Oscar winner Robert Stromberg. This is Stomberg directorial debut, he’s known for his visual effects and production design on movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End(2007), The Hunger Games(2012) and Pan’s Labyrinth(2006).  Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay, she’s also the screenwriter of Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. With a budget around $160 million and big names on screen and behind the camera Maleficent is not a movie to be missed this summer.

Grab a friend and mark the date for May 30th, but before, check out the trailer and comment what you think off it.

-Have a good one.

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Most Read Book to Movie Adaptions

I started this blog to write about movie adaptions but I haven’t really done that. I haven’t been reading a lot this year which sucks but I’m currently reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner. This is a list of books just five (5) that you should read before you watch the movie. (These are movie that haven’t been release as yet)

1. The Fault in Our Stars (June 6)

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Why you should read the book:
If you don’t read any of the books on this list I advice you to read this one. Its written by John Green – who is now my favourite author – an amazing YA writer. This book will have you laughing and crying at the same time. You’ll fall in love in with the characters and want nothing but happiness for main character Hazel. This book inspired me and taught me the moral that we should never take our life for granted.
I mostly love this book because it portrays REAL life as we know it. It does not necessarily have a happy ending, the characters do not ride off into the sunset, there is no “happily ever after.” Although is there happy endings in real life? Unfortunately, no. It shows the true, yet awful, colors of life. Truthfully dying is a side effect of living. In other words we live to die. This book will break your heart not by breaking it down but by building it up until it burst.

2. Mockingjay (November 21)

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
Why you should read this book:
First of all if you saw this first two movies, but haven’t read the books that’s fine, you still can read the last one. It will explain a lot that wasn’t explain in the movies and you will won’t have to wait to see what happens to Peeta. The Hunger Games trilogy is darker than how the movies made them out to be and Mockingjay by far is the darkest. Katniss have to make decision that will shape the rebellion and as for Peeta he’s not the same as he was in the first book/movie. Let’s just say he’s not so fond of Katniss anymore. I can’t write anything without spoilers and I’m not going to because I don’t want to ruin the book so that’s all I’m going to say. Just read the book its the best.

3. Gone Girl (October 3)

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I have this book for couple months now but I haven’t read I couldn’t find the time to, but its definitely next on my read list. Its about a married couple Nick and Amy they have the perfect life, they live in the perfect neighbourhood, everything seems perfect in their life. But on their fifth anniversary Amy disappears, now husband of the year Nick is under pressure  by the police and the media for his lies, deceit and inappropriate behavior, but is he really a killer? With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. But if Nick didn’t do it, where is his wife?
Its not a YA novel but I like it and I hate suspend and/or drama. It has a big twist that I can’t say but that’s why I want to read it to see what happens and I know what happened to Amy. I know what’s going to happen and I still want to read the book so that should say something. All and all its going to be a great movie and a greater book  and the movie has Ben Affleck who I love.

4. The Mazing Runner (September 18)

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I’m currently reading The Maze Runner and I’m half way through the book and I only been reading for the past two days. The books has 375 pages and I can’t put it down, its the first in a series of YA novels. “The Maze Runner” follows Thomas who wake up in a place called the Glade that exists inside a giant maze, populated by a group of teenager boys. All the boys when they arrived in the Box, their memories has been systematically erased and the only thing they can remember is their names, but Thomas remembers more but he cant seem put his memories together. Every 30 days they receive a newbie, but a day after Thomas arrive, they got a another newbie and this time its a girl (the first and only girl) and she has a message that changed everything. The group has to deal with power issues as well as how to escape the maze and why they were sent there to begin with. 

5. The Giver
 

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The last book on the list is a book that I just heard about, the trailer premiered I think last week and it blow up my tl. So I Google the book, its a relatively old children’s book from 1993. From what I’ve read it about a boy named Jonas who lives in a utopian society and on his twelfth  birthday he has to chose a what he’s going to do for the rest of his life. He got chosen to be he Receiver of Memories and I stop reading because I didn’t want to ruin the book. So I know nothing about this book but I’m definitely going to read to see what the buzz is all about and if its that’s good. Its seems like this book that started the “dystopian society” craze so I’m really curious about it. I don’t really read books that are not from the 21 century but I’ll give this one a pass.

Noticeable Mentions
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. Maleficent based an the Fairytale Sleeping Beauty.
3. Edge of Tomorrow 
4. Serena by Ron Rash
5. Fallen by Lauren Kate
6. Noah & Exodus inspired by the Bible
7. The Hobbit

Great Movies Greater books what do you think of the list should I read the Giver? Do you have any recommendations for me to read? Which one are you most excited about and which ones have your read?
COMMENT! COMMENT! COMMENT!

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“Spring” into Movie 2014

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Its the beginning of spring all the summer blockbusters are only weeks away. But this year were getting summer blockbusters before summer. These are five (5) movies to help you spring into summer. Haha 😄😄

5. The Amazing SpiderMan 2 (May 2nd)
4. Captain America: The Winter Solider (April 4th)
3. Maleficent (May 30th)
2. X-Men: Days of Futures Past (May 23rd)
1. Godzilla (May 16)

Noticeable Mentions

1. Transcendence (April 17th)
2. Noah (March 28th)
3. Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (May 9th)
4. Divergent (currently in theatres)
5. Rio 2 (April 11th)

Which movies are you most and less excited to see this spring? What movies you can’t wait until summer to see?
COMMENT! COMMENT! COMMENT!

ATL

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