After the success of Maleficent and several other live-action renditions of Disney classics, the studio has found their next iconic villain. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Emma Stone is in early talks to play the title character in Cruella, the villain from Disney's classic tale 101 Dalmatians. Emma Stone follows in the footsteps of Glenn Close, who played a live-action version of the villain in 1996's 101 Dalmatians and its 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.
The project has been in the works for quite some time, with Disney first announcing this live-action Cruella de Vil movie back in September 2013. The project finally started picking up some steam last year, when Fifty Shades of Grey writer Kelly Marcel signed on to pen the screenplay. Much like Maleficent before it, Cruella is expected to provide an origin story for this iconic character, although no specific story details have been released yet.Read More
The actress is coming off a franchise herself, starring in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and last year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which failed to live up to lofty expectations and lead to Sony doing a second franchise reboot. Still, Emma Stone is keeping quite busy, with her new Woody Allen movie Irrational Man debuting next month as she prepares to start shooting director Damien Chazelle's (Whiplash) musical La La Land, alongside Ryan Gosling. Would you have liked to see Emma Stone starring as one of the new Ghostbusters?
Ghostbusters comes to theaters July 15th, 2016.Read More
From the very beginning of its appearance in the Sony Hack, Aloha has felt like a misunderstood movie. One that people felt they knew a lot about, but in fact they knew very little. It was a small movie, made by passionate actors who wanted to join me in making a film about Hawaii, and the lives of these characters who live and work in and around the island of Oahu. Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice. As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one. A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that. Whether that story point felt hurtful or humorous has been, of course, the topic of much discussion. However I am so proud that in the same movie, we employed many Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian and Pacific-Islanders, both before and behind the camera... including Dennis "Bumpy" Kanahele, and his village, and many other locals who worked closely in our crew and with our script to help ensure authenticity. We were extremely proud to present the island, the locals and the film community with many jobs for over four months. Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame. I am grateful for the dialogue. And from the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future. Thanks again. Cameron Crowe.
What do you think about Cameron Crowe's apology? Does the controversy make you curious to see the movie? Or is this, as some people are calling it, truly the Gigli of summer 2015?Read More
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just entered the race to make a movie about Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King's infamous 1973 tennis match, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone signing on to play the tennis pros in Battle of the Sexes. There are currently two other projects about this match in development, Chernin Entertainment's Match Maker, starring Will Ferrell as Riggs and an untitled project from Playtone that has Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks set to star. Fox Searchlight is aiming to release Battle of the Sexes in 2016, with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) directing from a script by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
The 1973 match between the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon champ, and 29-year-old Billie Jean King, then the #2 ranked female tennis player in the world, became a nationwide sensation, drawing in the highest TV ratings since the Moon landing in 1969. The movie will be crafted as a comedy with dramatic and political overtones, much in the same vein as Little Miss Sunshine. While both players became representatives for their respective genders, the match came at a time where they were still trying to figure out their place in the world, under the harsh glare of the media spotlight. Simon Beaufoy has been working on the script for several years, with the cooperation of Billie Jean King herself. Bobby Riggs passed away in 1995.Read More