First of all, I'd like to pay my respects to a Disney legend Robert B. Sherman, who died yesterday of old age. He was a songwriter and composer, who worked closely with his brother Robert M. in such classic Disney films as Mary Poppins (for which they won Academy Award for Best Song: Chim Chim Cher-ee), Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Jungle Book, and Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. He also wrote the classic Disneyland tune It's A Small World. These songs are what most of us grew up with and I hold in such high regard.
Here is one of his most beautiful songs Feed The Bird, from my all-time favourite musical film Mary Poppins. This song is also told to be the favourite of Walt Disney, who worked very closely with this production. They don't make movies like this anymore.
In other Disney-related news. Another animated classic is getting its live action remake. Cinderella has been under works for a while, with Chirs Weitz writing the script. He has tackled his share of blockbusters as a director with New Moon from Twilight Saga and Golden Compass. His writing credits are far smaller, but lets see what happens.
Last week there was a lot of buzzing around the new season of American Horror Story. It was first confirmed that Jessica Lange would be on the upcoming season, but with a brand new role. Then Zachary Quinto joined the cast, with Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe from the previous season. It will be fun to see what Ryan Murphy (creator of the show) will do with the characters, as they will all be playing different roles. Murphy has also revealed that the show will focus on Lange, who won Golden Globe and SAG Award among others for the past season. The new haunting will take place somewhere at the US East Coast. With last season being such a hit, there is a lot of pressure.
Though Taissa Farmiga (younger sister of actress Vera Farmiga) didn't get a role at the new season, this 17-year old actresses' career is doing fine. She was confirmed as part of the cast of Sofie Coppola's new movie about a group of thieves who broke in to celebrity homes, based on facts. She will be starring along-side with Emma Watson.
Director Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden film Zero Dark Thirty has hit a bit of a rough patch. While preparing the production at India, local activists have protested the filming , since they film scenes taking place in Pakistan at small village in India. There has also been some concern in US about how much the government is leaking information to the film crew.
Well some films are past that production phase, and are doing strong in promotion, which really pays off apparently. With excessive promotion and probably a good movie too, Lorax, the CGI-animated Dr. Seuss adaption has become this year's biggest opening. It harvested $70,7 million dollars during its opening weekend.
Another well promoted film, The Avengers, are releasing a lot of cool promo stuff, such as the poster I shared at last post, and these new photos of Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as Maria Hill. Definitely weird to see the comedienne in an action role. Marvel also released a new trailer packed with action and drama. See the trailer here!
The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson is already planning the next projects. She has been cast as Janet Leigh, star of classic Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. The new movie with Johansson, is called Making of Psycho, and like the name says, it focus on the making. The film plot reminds me a bit of My Week With Marilyn,which was essentially Making of The Prince and The Show Girl from Marilyn's point of view. In the new film there is no one big star, but a focus on Hitchcock, Leigh and other characters too. Anthony Hopkins will play the famous director.
Another of this year's biggest blockbusters is Hunger Games, coming out in just few weeks. And they have kept the promos coming too. This time they released a very emotion packed TV Spot, which focuses on the drama instead of the action. With Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound, one of the film's official songs, playing on the background. I'm definitely waiting to see the film, with even author of the books Suzanne Collins praising the movie. I could go on a bout the small details that the spot reveals about the film, but that might go on and on, so enjoy!
Ice Age: Continental Drift got its official trailer too. Fourth installation of the popular animation films is coming this summer, and definitely offers an interesting theory of how the continents drifted apart. The major voice cast will be returning, and the new movie will feature new stars like Nicki Minaj and Heather Morris (Glee) in minor roles.
And finally a treat for all us Game Of Throne fans. On last Sunday's Simpsons, instead of a small typical cough gag, we saw a Games type opening, with Springfield presented as Westeros, mimicking the cogs and machines in the original HBO title sequence. See the video here!
More news next week!