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Cruella Set Photos Give Us A Fresh Look At Emma Stone And Her Dogs

New photos from the set of Disney’s Cruella give us a fresh look at Emma Stone portraying the villainous Cruella de Vil in all her wickedness and depravity.

The Mouse House’s continuous trend of remaking their classic movies in the form of live-action will take an interesting turn with the return of Cruella de Vil in an all-new origins story about the events that led to her becoming a monster. We’re still unsure as to how Cruella will be portrayed though, whether in a manner that humanizes her, much like Maleficent, or in a scenario that sets her up as an antagonist for future movies.

With almost two years to the film’s premiere, there isn’t a whole lot of information to share. A first look at Cruella de Vil was released during D23 though and reports indicated the movie will take place in 70s London.
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Halloween 2019: The Ghosts and Shadows of The Uninvited (1944)

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[This Halloween season, we're paying tribute to classic horror cinema by celebrating films released before 1970! Check back on Daily Dead this month for more retrospectives on classic horror films, and visit our online hub to catch up on all of our Halloween 2019 special features!]

The Uninvited is a supernatural film from 1944. Though it has garnered praise both then and now for its stunning cinematography, marvelous cast and effects work used to bring the story’s ghost to the screen, it is a film that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough, and would be very at home on anyone’s October viewing list.

Written by Dodie Smith and Frank Partos (based on a novel by Dorothy Macardle) and directed by Lewis Allen, the film follows siblings Rick (Ray Milland) and Pamela Fitzgerald (Ruth Hussey) on a seaside vacation where they happen upon an old abandoned house. They immediately fall in love with the property, and inquire about buying it. The owner, Commander Beech (Donald Crisp), is more than happy to sell and offers the house at a very low price. His granddaughter, Stella (Gail Russell), is less than thrilled about the sale. The house
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101 Dalmatians Musical Will Premiere in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's 2020 Season

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have today announced their 2020 season which opens with their first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians 16 May a' 21 June, based on Dodie Smith's iconic story set in the heart of Regent's Park with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge. The production is directed by Timothy Sheader, with puppetry designed and directed by Toby Oli. Also confirmed are Katrina Lindsay Set and Costume Designer, Liam Steel Choreographer, Sarah Travis Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator, Howard Hudson Lighting Designer and Tarek Merchant Musical Director. Casting is by Jill Green, with children's casting by Verity Naughton.
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'I, Tonya' Director Craig Gillespie In Talks for 'Cruella' with Emma Stone

'I, Tonya' Director Craig Gillespie In Talks for 'Cruella' with Emma Stone
Disney is close to finding a director for Cruella, a film based on the villainous Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations. The studio has begun talks with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie to direct Emma Stone (The Favourite) in the title role.

Mozart in the Jungle co-creator Alex Timbers was originally set to direct the film, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues with his Broadway productions of Moulin Rouge and Beetlejuice, both of which will begin next year. Gillespie has previously worked with Disney directing Million Dollar Arm and The Finest Hours.

Cruella will see Stone in what will be an origin story for the titular villain. It is said to be set in the early 1980s with a punk vibe.

The script was first written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) with the most recent draft having been completed by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks
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Paloma Faith, Miriam Margolyes Join Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatian Street’ Series

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Paloma Faith, Miriam Margolyes Join Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatian Street’ Series
Pop star Paloma Faith will voice Portia Poodle and actor Miriam Margolyes Bessie the Cornish Cow in “101 Dalmatian Street,” Disney Channel’s upcoming animated series. The pair will guest star in the show, with Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”) and Michaela Dietz (“Steven Universe”) taking the regular lead roles of sibling dalmatians Dylan and Dolly.

Ben Bailey Smith, Tameka Empson and Bethan Wright will also lend their voices to the series, which will bow in the U.K. before appearing on Disney Channel in the U.S. and around the world.

Disney Channel U.K. will show a special episode of the series in Dec. to introduce its viewers to the the show, before it launches proper in 2019.

Inspired by Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s 1961 film, “101 Dalmatian Street” is set in the modern day, in the London borough of Camden. The series follows the adventures of Dylan and Dolly,
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‘The Uninvited’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

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Stars: Ruth Hussey, Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Barbara Everest | Written by Frank Partos, Dodie Smith | Directed by Lewis Allen

“Be afraid. Be afraid, for heaven’s sake.” This line may have inspired Geena Davis’s famous warning from David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Indeed, this 1944 groundbreaker provides a reference point for many a horror movie since. While The Uninvited may not chill you to the bone, it is a reminder that not everything in the horror genre prior to Jack Clayton’s The Innocents relied on spooky stageplay castles and camp.

Adapted from the novel by Dorothy Macardle and directed by feature debutant Lewis Allen, the narrative is for the most part a vehicle for exposition. In that way it’s more suited to the page or the radio play format; but the plot is intriguing enough, the performances are effective, and there are some creepy images and ideas.
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How Much Shock Can You Stand?

Ghosts are famous for their flexibility, spiraling through keyholes and up from the floorboards in search of their next mark. But movies about ghosts can be flexible too. Three classics of the genre, The Uninvited, House on Haunted Hill and The Innocents, demonstrate that there’s more than one way haunt a house.

These films never appeared on any triple bill that I know of, but I’d like to think they did, somewhere in some small town with a theater manager that knew a good scare when he saw it. How could the programmer resist it? Each film is united by a beautiful black and white sheen, eerie locales and their ability to scare the bejeezus out of you. But they’re also alike in their differences, coming at their specters from distinctly different vantage points.

1944’s The Uninvited, a three-hankie haunted house tale with a dysfunctional family subplot,
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Okja review – giant Korean pig plus Tilda Swinton equals glorious family adventure

Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho has delivered a wonderful film comparable to Et or Roald Dahl in this story of a 13-year-old girl and her outsize pet

How can this movie’s producer - Netflix - ever be content with just letting it go on the small screen? Apart from everything else, the digital effects are spectacular and the visual images beautiful. It’s a terrible waste to shrink them to an iPad.

Okja is a Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s new “creature feature”, rather like his 2006 film The Host. But it’s also a lovely family action-adventure about a girl and the giant hippoesque pig, named Okja, that she has come to love like family. This exciting, charming, sweet-natured movie gives its audience heartmeltingly tender moments showing us their magical life together in the Korean mountains. Then it whooshes us to New York City and a world of cynicism, menace and danger.
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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

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Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist
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Cruella Release Date and Details for Emma Stone Disney Film

Joseph Baxter May 7, 2019

Cruella will see Oscar winner Emma Stone play the dalmatian-coat-coveting Disney villainess, Cruella de Vil.

Disney continues to power through a drive to produce live-action versions of the myriad classic animated features it's amassed over the better part of the last century. Recent examples include 2014’s Malificent, 2015’s Cinderella, 2016’s The Jungle Book and 2017's Beauty and the Beast, as well as imminent offerings in Aladdin and The Lion King, amongst others. However, one such offering, Cruella, is a prequel of sorts to the traditional story of 101 Dalmatians, which will see Emma Stone playing the ruthlessly avaricious Cruella de Vil.

Cruella will be directed by Craig Gillespie, who recently led star Margot Robbie to Oscar-nominated glory in the biopic, I, Tonya. He works off a screenplay recently rewritten by Jez Butterworth (Spectre).

In the latest Cruella news, Disney has finally dropped a release date.

Cruella Release
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Movie News: Emma Stone to Star in Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella;' Watch Melissa McCarthy in New 'The Boss' Trailer

Cruella: Emma Stone is in early negotiations to portray the titular role in Disney's upcoming live-action movie Cruella. The character first appeared in Dodie Smith's novel, published in 1956, and became famous as a villain in Disney's 1961 animated 101 Dalmatians; Glenn Close played her in two live-action movies in 1996 and 2000. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey) is writing a new draft of the script. [Heat Vision]   Ready Player One: Ben Mendelsohn, who is playing a villainous character in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is in early talks to play a villain in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. The movie is based on Ernest Cline's popular book about a treasure hunt in a virtual world. If the talks are successful...

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News Briefs: Emma Stone to Star in Disney's Live-Action 'Cruella'; Watch Melissa McCarthy in New 'The Boss' Trailer

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Cruella: Emma Stone is in early negotiations to portray the titular role in Disney's upcoming live-action movie Cruella. The character first appeared in Dodie Smith's novel, published in 1956, and became famous as a villain in Disney's 1961 animated 101 Dalmatians; Glenn Close played her in two live-action movies in 1996 and 2000. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey) is writing a new draft of the script. [Heat Vision]   Ready Player One: Ben...

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Emma Stone in talks to play Cruella de Vil in new origin story for Disney

Walt Disney Pictures are currently reworking all of their animated efforts into new live-action motion pictures. The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast are on the way over at the studio, and now it looks like they’re eyeing Emma Stone to star as Cruella de Vil, the iconic villain from 101 Dalmatians, in a new movie that charts her origins.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the actress is in early negotiations to star in the planned movie, which is being written by Kelly Marcel, the talented writer that wrote the superb Saving Mr. Banks.

The film currently has no director set, but the studio are intent on getting this one before the cameras before the year is out. The role of Cruella de Vil has previously been played by Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians from 1996, and its sequel 102 Dalmatians in 2000, but the character originates from Dodie Smith’s 1956 book,
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101 Dalmatians Villain Cruella de Vil Gets Her Own Live-Action Film: Details!

101 Dalmatians Villain Cruella de Vil Gets Her Own Live-Action Film: Details!
Hide your pups! 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil is getting her own live-action film, aptly entitled Cruella, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Monday, Oct. 12. According to the site, Aline Brosh McKenna — who penned The Devil Wears Prada — has been hired to take on the fur coat-obsessed character. (Disney previously tackled Sleeping Beauty's villain, Maleficent, in the 2014 movie of the same name. Angelina Jolie is set to reprise the role in Maleficent 2.) Cruella de Vil first made viewers' skin crawl in Dodie Smith's [...]
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Disney Plans Live-Action "Cruella de Vil" Movie

Disney Pictures is reportedly fast-tracking "Cruella," a live-action feature about the villainess from the "101 Dalmatians" films Cruella de Vil.

"Saving Mr. Banks" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" screenwriter Kelly Marcel is attached to write the project which is expected to be one of the four untitled Disney live-action fantasy films that were announced this week as part of their upcoming film slate through to the year 2020.

"Togetherness" co-creator Steve Zissis is also working on the story for the film. Marcel and Zissis take over from Aline Brosh McKenna who was said to have done some work on an early version of the script.

De Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel which served as the basis for the 1961 animated movie. Glenn Close memorably played the character in the 1996 "101 Dalmatians" live-action film and its sequel, while Victoria Smurfit has recently been portraying the character on ABC's "Once Upon a Time
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'Cruella' Live-Action Movie Gets 'Fifty Shades' Writer

'Cruella' Live-Action Movie Gets 'Fifty Shades' Writer
Two years after Disney first announced a live action movie based on the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella De Vil, the studio is finally moving forward on the project with a new writer. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the studio has hired Kelly Marcel to write the screenplay for Cruella. The site reports that Disney is putting this project on the fast track, although it isn't known when production may begin.

Earlier this week, Disney issued four release dates for unspecified fairy tale films. If Cruella is in fact being put on the fast track, it could very well be the movie that takes the first of these mystery release dates, December 22, 2017. Still, the studio hasn't confirmed a release date for Cruella, or which of the several fairy tale projects in development will get those four dates.

Cruella was first announced back in September 2013, when Aline Brosh McKenna (Annie) signed on to write the script.
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101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition Review

Disney’s Diamond Edition releases have been brilliant additions to your collection, and the 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition is no different.

A film that not only stands up, and is one of the most treasured Disney films, but one that provided a serious boost to Disney when it needed it most, 101 Dalmatians is a must own.

The film needs no introduction, nor does its love-to-hate villain, but it must be noted that this is one of the earliest Disney films that kids today still really fall in love with. I’m using my own, small focus group there, but whereas there is some appreciation for pre-1960 Disney films, they aren’t generally titles that are the subject of the, “Can we! Can we!” dance. Not so with 101 Dalmatians, which still pulls kids of a wide range of ages in.

The real question here is the bonus content of a new release,
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101 Dalmatians Gets Diamond Edition Treatment in February

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Pick your favorite spot to watch—anytime and anywhere—and get ready for a fun-filled adventure with the Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatians! Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most fabulously outrageous villainess. When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella’s clutches! Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, a beloved classic you’ll want to share with your family again and again!

Cast: Rod Taylor (Inglorious Bastards, The Birds) as Pongo, J. Pat O’Malley (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland) as Jasper and Betty Lou Gerson (The Fly, Cats Don’t Dance) as Cruella de Vil

Producer: Walt Disney

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton S. Luske and Clyde Geronimi

Writers: Story by Bill Peet.
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British Superstar's Last Film Role Marred by Overtight Clothes, Fake Accent

Ivor Novello last film: 'Autumn Crocus' (photo: Ivor Novello and Fay Compton in 'Autumn Crocus') Can a plain looking, naive spinster school teacher ever find real love in faraway places? This was a question asked by Shirley Booth in Arthur Laurents' 1952 stage play The Time of the Cuckoo; Katharine Hepburn in the 1955 David Lean-directed film version, Summertime (1955); and Elizabeth Allen in the 1965 Richard Rodgers-Steven Sondheim musical adaptation, Do I Hear a Waltz? Can such a woman's yearning for romance ever be satisfied? "Yes" and "No," according to Basil Dean's fine 1934 British film Autumn Crocus, which marked the last film appearance of British stage and screen superstar Ivor Novello (Alfred Hitchcok's The Lodger). Autumn Crocus starts out during the holiday season, when two British schoolteachers decide to spend their vacation together on the Continent. Soft-hearted Jenny Grey (Fay Compton) longs to see the Austrian Alps,
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'Cruella de Vil' Live-Action Movie is Coming Because Duh

Someone cough up a green star because Disney is officially in the recycling business now.

For its latest reduce-and-reuse effort, the studio's set its sights on "101 Dalmations" as a live-action movie, giving the pooch-thieving villainess Cruella de Vil the spotlight.

As they've done with "Sleeping Beauty" and the Angelina Jolie-driven "Maleficent" reinterpretation, Disney intends to name this re-telling after its resident evil thing, calling it simply "Cruella." Because of course they are.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "The Devil Wears Prada" scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, also responsible for Disney's "Cinderella" reboot screenplay — which probably didn't suit the name-it-after-the-mean-girl theme since who'd watch a movie called "Lady Tremaine"? — has been hired to transform the Dodie Smith novel and 1961 animated classic for live-action treatment.

This shouldn't be too terribly hard to do for McKenna, since John Hughes already did that exact thing in 1996, with Glenn Close starring as the two-tone-fur-loving baddie. Interestingly enough,
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