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Warrior Cats Gets A Movie Studio!

David Heyman might just be the savior of the warrior cats movie. That’s right - he’s producing it. And if that couldn’t be any better - it’s going to be a co-production between Heyday and Alibaba. UK-Chinese production is probably the most justice we could possibly give the warriors movie.

So, most of you are probably thinking “Well, we know who Alibaba Productions is now, but who the heck is Heyday Films?” Well, have any of you ever heard of Harry Potter? David Heyman produced the Harry Potter movies. And Fantastic Beats and Where To Find them. His studio produced all those movies AND others like Gravity and Paddington.

This is confirmed here ( http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harry-potter-producer-david-heyman-produce-alibaba-pictures-warriors-949121 ) and on Vicky’s Facebook page, where she’s posting other major announcements. But this article also tells us what kind of film we’re looking at. And I really mean LOOKING.

It sounds like the plan right now is to do what Heyday Films do best - create a real world and put computer generated characters in it. Sound familiar with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beats? It’s what they did in Paddington too. They seem pretty happy with the idea of taking a british forest - as a nod to the Erins, and likely New Forest where the original forest is based off - and putting in real characters. They also noted that they would likely use some real life actors to work as a sort of reference for the computer to use (Kind of like how you have Gollum in lord of the rings. Real actor providing movement) for some of the more unnatural cat movements, and probably a few cats providing more natural cat movements. That means we’re looking at something done much more in a Jungle Book (the live action remake) style, with hyper realistic characters living in the real world.

For those of you who saw my last notes on this subject (tumblr here: -http://uiido.tumblr.com/post/152079933513/the-warriors-movie-breakdown- youtube here: http://uiido.tumblr.com/post/152104677233/via-httpswwwyoutubecomwatchv-jv3hpotb5og  ), you’ll know that I talked a great deal about how important that a Chinese/Hong Kongese company bought the rights to this film. They also touch upon the importance of language in the new article, noting that it wouldn’t be as important on who would be cast in what role as cats are cats world wide. But this is exciting news to hear that this is going to be a multi-language production and we will hopefully have a voice cast with a wide and diverse background.

I guess the last thing I’ll touch on is the fact that this article also notes is what story we’re likely looking at here. They do draw attention to the fact that the books are still being made and, as long as there’s an audience and a demand, they’re going to keep making movies. But the key thing to note here is that there is a really important note - the fact that they say this is an origin story. We’re here to learn about Rusy becoming a warrior, to learn about his new life, and that means we’re getting a movie that is almost certainly strictly an adaptation of Into the Wild. At the most, we might get Fire and Ice mushed in as well, but they don’t seem to be thinking far enough to give Fireheart deputyship in his origin story.

So, I guess I’ll wrap up this little essay/discussion here and leave the rest to a video were I’ll go in deeper with all these points. I’ll go ahead and edit in a video link here, and I”ll do a separate post to make sure you all see it. I’m getting pretty excited on what direction we’re going.

Video link: https://youtu.be/lo4XO-NKTX0

It's full steam ahead for Paddington sequel
The film Paddington became the UK’s biggest grossing movie of the year, making £179 million from a budget of £29 million. Now Paddington is back, preparing for a sequel with the same cast members.

Production company Heyday Films confirmed the new movie will be shot in London this autumn. Rosie Alison, executive producer of Heyday Films, London, said: ‘The intention is to recruit all the main cast names who took part in the original.’

A Brief Education

Hello Internet :) 

This man is DON BLUTH 

he is an artist 

a cartoon artist 

an animator, if you will.

He is responsible for some work on the following classics 

As you may have noticed - these are Disney films. 

This nice man worked for Disney.


Mr Bluth didn’t like the way Disney did stuff. He wanted the animation to return to its heyday. He thought the films they were producing were a bit lame. 

So he left! 

He left The Walt Disney Company.

And he started his own company. 

Don Bluth Productions 

(With a few other ex-Disney animators :) ) 

Now pay attention. 

He proceeded to make some really cool films you might have seen, such as: 

Now then.

These films were doing really well (look, that one has Steven Spielberg involved!) 

Don Bluth was happy :) 

Disney were doing this: 

**Disclaimer: I LOVE The Black Cauldron** …But 

Compared to

But then Disney made some decisions and fired some people and hired some people.

They found a story they’d shelved several years back and tried a few things.

So in the early 90’s Don Bluth accidentally did this 

Whilst Disney had managed to do this 

To combat that Mr Bluth tried a clever trick 

He ALSO took a Hans Christian Anderson story (woo) 

Made the protagonist a red head (yeah this’ll work!)

and cast Jodi Benson in the titular role (sure fire win) 

Woo Yeah! Genius we…


Meanwhile Disney had found their Renaissance and continued for the next 10 years with:

Oooh lets see what Don Bluth is doing! 

….oh….oh i’m so sorry. 

Oooh,how about now? 

….I’ll stop..

He used Disney’s successful renaissance tropes 

  • A sassy, resourceful princess 
  • A handsome, sassy ‘prince’
  • A scary, gross, evil villain 
  • Beautiful songs
  • Famous actors to voice the characters 

But it is not Disney. 

It’s still Don Bluth 













The Don Bluth Production Studios died a death, they had a couple more films afterwards (a shitty sequel to Anastasia focusing on the bat, and Titan A.E), but sadly they were heard of no more.

Don Bluths heyday was over :( 

In the early 80’s, he was meant to do an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which i’m convinced would have been a gorgeous hit. Unfortunately, it didn’t have the financial backing :( 

So there we have it. This post was spawned from a Cracked.com article that referenced to Anastasia as a Disney Princess - something the internet keeps doing. 

There’s a beautiful gif set on Tumblr that expresses the amount of animated women mistaken for Disney Princesses - but I felt Mr Bluth deserved his own brief historical explanation. 


anonymous asked:

Jess Alford tweeted that Colin Morgan was wearing Dolce and Gabbana tonight. Maybe there is some aspect of truth to his being included in the 5 best-dressed Northern Irish male stars,

Why, yes she did!

Thanks for bringing that to my attention! <3

Also, if you’d like my opinion, I think that Colin’s wardrobe was very carefully chosen for him. I believe it was chosen with the purpose of making a very specific statement, as was his general appearance (the trimmed beard, the artfully tousled but not messy hair, the perfectly matched suit that gave off an historical air, etc). They wanted to broadcast loud and clear that he is an up and coming, talented, confident young actor that people should take notice of.

This was a chance for his agents to launch Colin Morgan onto the world stage. 

Did you notice how he stopped to do every interview, stopped many times to speak to fans and sign autographs? He was charming, witty, intelligent and handsome. The more buzz out there about this relatively unknown supporting actor (especially when combined with favourable reviews for his performance), the better noticed he’ll be and the more work he’ll attract.

As much as we are big fans of Colin’s (with plenty of reason), he’s not really that well known (if one is not a Merlin fan, that is), especially outside of the UK. (For example, the review from the Hollywood Reporter didn’t even mention his name, not even as a supporting actor! Most of the rest of the reviews thus far weren’t familiar with his work before this film.)

Make no mistake, this film is a big deal…his first time doing such a high profile and visibility Film Festival. His other two films, while they had international releases, were small independent films. Testament of Youth is huge; backed by both the BBC and Heyday Films and set for widespread worldwide release. This is the kind of film that could potentially win awards like BAFTAs or Oscars. 

Between this movie, his role on The Fall, the release of Legend, and his new role on the dual-continent release show Humans (I don’t know much about the UK’s Channel 4, but in the US, AMC is bringing us smash hits like The Walking Dead), I really think that 2015 is set to be Colin’s breakout year.  

View Bio on Official Site

POUYA SHAHBAZIAN [Producer] marked his major-motion picture feature debut with Divergent. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter named him to its prestigious Next Gen list, profiling 35 executives, 35 and under, who are up-and-coming in the industry.

For the past seven years, he has helped to launch some of the hottest literary bestsellers while representing more than 100 international authors as head of the film & television division of Manhattan-based New Leaf Literary & Media. In addition, Shahbazian represents screenwriters and playwrights as they develop and produce film, television and literary projects.

Shahbazian entered the entertainment industry at Warner Bros. and later joined The Broder-Webb-Chervin-Silbermann Agency’s motion picture literary department. He co-founded ManDown Pictures & Management in 2007, where he developed and produced the Independent Film Channel (IFC)’s travel series Young, Broke & Beautiful.

For 2015, he currently is slated to begin production on internationally acclaimed and BAFTA-winning writer/director Andrea Arnold’s US debut feature, American Honey, with Film4 & Pulse Films.

His other current film development projects include: Sony Pictures’ Apollo Rising, with Stan Lee, Avi Arad, Michael Costigan and Benderspink producing; the adaptation of American Blood at Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce; Kiera Cass’ worldwide sensation and #1 New York Times bestseller, The Selection series; New York Times-bestselling author Patrick Lee’s latest series, Runner, at Warner Bros, with Justin Lin attached to direct; Evan Mandery’s Q: A Novel at Sony Pictures with Matt Tolmach producing and David Gordon Green attached to write and direct; young adult series Arclight with Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures; Leigh Bardugo’s New York Times-bestselling Shadow And Bone at Dreamworks with Harry Potter series producer Heyday Films; and the adaptation of HarperCollins’ much-anticipated debut novel, Red Queen at Universal Pictures.

Shahbazian is a graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife and two young sons.


Today for #noirvember, we’re gonna go with literature. More specifically, NON-FICTION. I dunno about you, but many noir fans have asked about what some of the “best” or “must-have” books are about noir. So for this part of the day, we’ve put together a list of some titles that we think are pretty good reading when it comes to noir. There are many many more. But these ones are darn good! So if your pals ask? Send ‘em this list!

  • What’s being said about Goodis: A Life in Black and White, the amazing and bizarre life story of noir’s most mysterious writer - “Philippe Garnier moves through the shadows of Goodis’ life like a dogged private eye and his revelations are surprising and at times surreal.” - Duane Swierczynski, The Blonde and Severance Package    
  • Published in 1978, the first edition of this text assembled scholars and critics committed to understanding the cinema in terms of gender, sexuality, politics, psychoanalysis and semiotics. This edition is expanded to include essays which explore “neo-noir”, postmodernism and other trends.
  • This bountiful anthology combines all the key early writings on film noir with many newer essays, including some published here for the first time. If you enjoy this one (and it’s really a must-have for any noir fan) there are 3 more volumes by the Silver/Ursini team!
  • ”Wonderfully readable: Hirsch is clear, knowledgeable, and concise. He covers a lot of ground, from the European antecedents of noir in German expressionism to the noir-derived work of Scorsese and Schrader in Taxi Driver… . Hirsch and his editors have rightly understood that well-chosen and well-printed stills are vital to a book of this kind, and the product justifies their concern. The Dark Side of the Screen puts illustrations where they belong and where they advance the argument—it’s a visual as well as literary pleasure.” — Martin Jackson, Cineaste
  • “Rode can honestly be called an expert on the film noir genre. He is one of our most important film historians and it can be safely stated that anything this man writes is gold…a total must-read. Rode is a natural writer with a genuine love of film…absolutely riveting…I highly recommend this book…well-written, long overdue biography…a first-rate book…sensational…Alan is a highly knowledgeable researcher with a good eye for what’s important in a biography and an excellent, readable writer who clearly loves film and seeks out his subject’s work to authoritatively discuss it.” –Classic Images
  • “Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, and The Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one of Hollywood’s consummate craftsmen through his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of light. No less renowned for his virtuoso color cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his work on the musical An American in Paris. First published in 1949, Painting With Light remains one of the few truly canonical statements on the art of motion picture photography, an unrivaled historical document on the workings of postwar American cinema. In simple, non-technical language, Alton explains the job of the cinematographer and explores how lighting, camera techniques, and choice of locations determine the visual mood of film. Todd McCarthy’s introduction provides an overview of Alton’s biography and career and explores the influence of his work on contemporary cinematography and the foreword, written expressly for this edition by award-winning cinematographer John Bailey, explores Alton’s often contentious relationships with colleagues, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the movie industry itself.” - UC Press
  • “Shot in stark black and white, dressed in negligees and toting pistols, the dangerous dames of film noir boldly linger in our minds. In this entertaining and often insightful look at noir stars Marie Windsor, Audrey Totter, Jane Greer, Ann Savage, Evelyn Keyes and Coleen Gray, Muller recreates 1950s Hollywood, the heyday of film noir and B thrillers, and reports on these actors today. Combining interviews with his subjects, a comprehensive knowledge of Hollywood and an astute analysis of the social, political and economic pressures of the industry, Muller (Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir) shrewdly documents the role of women (as characters and performers) in the genre and the industry…The book’s strength lies in Muller’s portraits of these women today; all lead contented and productive lives and, aided by Muller’s fluid narrative style, tell tales shimmering with mystique, absurdity, scandal or poignancy. While covering a specific slice of Hollywood and film history primarily the 1940s and '50s, Muller’s look at these noted female performers is an important addition to popular feminist and film literature.” - Publishers Weekly
  • Wilder made some of the best and some of the most “classic” noir films- Sunset Blvd, Double Indemnity, Lost Weekend. Worth picking up.
  • The real life history of Los Angeles is about as film noir as it gets. SERIOUSLY. This book coulda been written by a crime fiction writer. 
  • “One of the very best film books in recent years… . There are any number of books on noir, but none as comprehensive, as rigorous, as far- reaching as Naremore’s… . It will be the essential work for the field.” - (Dana Polan, University of Southern California)

“” Alicia Vikander is set to play Vera Brittain in TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, a film of Brittain’s classic World War One memoir to be directed by James Kent and produced by David Heyman and Rosie Alison of Heyday Films. Shooting starts on March 16th in the UK.

Protagonist Pictures has come on board to handle international sales and will launch the film to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this month.“”

“”“A top-notch ensemble is currently being finalized to join Vikander in the film.”“” (x)

Bidding War Erupts Over Cuban Mafia Book 'The Corporation'
Bidding War Erupts Over Cuban Mafia Book 'The Corporation' (Exclusive)

A bidding war is under way in Hollywood for a nonfiction book about the Cuban mafia titled “The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld” that was written by bestselling author TJ English, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap.

Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. are among the studios putting in bids featuring A-list packages. Other entities are believed to be in the mix for the red-hot book, which centers on The Corporation’s founder Jose Miguel Battle Sr., who died in 2007. The book will be published in winter 2017 by William Morrow.

Warner Bros.’ offer comes with Oscar Isaac attached to star and David Heyman‘s Heyday Films producing alongside Brett Ratner and James Packer‘s RatPac Entertainment.

anonymous asked:

do u think colin's role in testament of youth has a big part or not? i kind of dissappointed he is not the lead man in the movie. also the trailer only show like only one second of him. :(

ADVANCE WARNING: This response will contain Testament of Youth spoilers.

Okay, before answering the question, I wanted to address your disappointment about him not being the male lead. Thus far, we’ve been sort of spoiled with him playing lead roles (Merlin, Cathal, Calum). However, keep in mind that his other two films were small budget, independent films that had a very limited showing.

Testament of Youth is being produced by Heyday Films (the same outfit that made the Harry Potter series!) and Heyday himself took a personal interest in the making of it. (And thank you, Rupert Grint for being in Mojo so Heyday might have had a chance to see Colin’s work!) It is a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. So consider instead all the hundreds of good UK actors that a picture such as this would have had to choose from. So, the fact that Colin won one of the coveted roles was actually pretty amazing when you think on it!

Also, did you ever think that perhaps the main male role did not appeal to Colin as much as the one he has? By far, Victor is the one that we will see suffer the most, and those sorts of roles seem to attract Colin’s attention.


Now, to address the question of, “Does he have a big part or not?” I would say the answer is: sort of.

Much like his role in the play Mojo, Testament of Youth is an ensemble cast. This means that, other than the main character Vera, screen time is relatively shared by several people. Victor was one of the “Three Musketeers”: Roland (Vera’s fiance), Edward (Vera’s brother), and Victor. They were best of friends and, I believe, all went to Oxford together with Vera. And there is another man she is friends with, Geoffrey Thurlow, who should also be considered part of the main ensemble.

As the book is 650+ pages long, it would be necessary for the film makers to narrow the focus of the film. From the trailer, it appears that it will focus on Vera’s loss of these four important men in her life.

As far as actual screen time is concerned, then I would say we could safely expect at least three or four good scenes with him:

1) An introduction to Victor as part of the “Three Musketeers” at school before the war, to give us an insight into his character as the “Father Confessor” of the group and his importance to his friends. (His “Father Confessor” role is important to note, as it will affect Vera later on)

2) The scene we saw in the trailer that included Colin…where the boys have all enlisted to fight in the war. How much of him we’ll see in that scene or set of scenes is unknown.

3) The scene that was shot in Oxford, where Victor meets with Vera after Roland’s death to provide comfort to her. This part of the film could gain him a bit of screen time, depending on how much they play up this connection. In the book, Victor meets with Vera on several occasions over the course of several months, providing that same, gentle “Father Confessor” ear to her as they commiserate over their loss of Roland.

4) From photo spoilers, we know we will see Victor wounded. In the book, Victor takes a bullet to the head, loses one eye and the sight in the other. From the way they had Colin’s head wrapped, it appears they are staying true to that. Again, this scene or set of scenes (depending on how much they make of this relationship) could give Colin a fair amount of screen time.

In the book, Vera learns that Victor has been shot, wounded, and blinded while working at an army hospital in Malta. Victor has made it over the most fearful time and appears to be on his way to recovery, although he will be permanently disfigured and blinded. With Roland gone, Vera makes the conscious decision to come home with the intention of becoming Victor’s wife. She wasn’t in love with him the way she was with Roland, but she did love him and he had been there for her in her darkest hours; she wanted to do the same for him.

It took a month before her request to go home was approved and then five days of overland travel to get home to see him. She feared for how his mind would be, but he recognized her right off and he seemed to be improving well. He was learning how to read braille and talking about perhaps becoming a curate or headmaster when the war was over. Vera visited him at the hospital every day for a week. Then, one day when she went, he was not well. He was acting strangely and did not appear to be himself. When she went to see him, it was as if he didn’t recognize anyone was there. She was advised to contact Victor’s family.

When she came back later on with his family, he was a bit better and asked forgiveness for his earlier “strangeness”. But Vera, who’d been a war nurse for too long, knew what it all meant: she realized that Victor was going to die.  In a scene that is SURE to be included, as his family stepped away to speak with the doctor about his condition, Vera grasps Victor’s hands in hers and kisses them, whispering “Dear Tah!” to him in anguish. In return, Victor grasps her hand in his tightly and kisses it over and over. He died later on that night.

Even if that’s all we get of Victor (there could be a bit more if they delve into the fact he caught meningitis before he shipped out and spent a year stateside recovering), Colin’s scenes will most definitely make an impact and hopefully garner a lot of praise.