I’m Richard Roeper and coming up next, on the eve of March Madness, it’s the original “Cinderella” story. My review next!
Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella” movie is not some reboot filled with irony-laden dialogue, and that’s just fine. Not that your humble male reviewer isn’t a thousand percent in favor of well-told, cleverly updated takes on old-fashioned stories, e.g., “Frozen.” But there’s nothing wrong with a straightforward, beautifully done retelling of this classic tale.
It’s OK for your little girl to see this movie and to identify with Cinderella. She’s six. There’s still time for her to become a doctor and the president of the United States AND wear a fabulous dress on her wedding day.
Director Kenneth Branaugh and screenwriter Chris Weitz have fashioned an enchanting, exhilarating romantic adventure with gorgeous scenery, terrific sets, first-rate cinematography and Oscar-worthy costumes.
Of course, none of that brings the story home if the acting isn’t there. “Cinderella” has a wonderful cast, including Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), who has a marvelously expressive face and sparkles in the title role…Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”), who takes the rather thankless Prince Charming role and actually gives it a little depth…;the great Stellan Skarsgard as the scheming, manipulative Grand Duke…and Cate Blanchett, who plays the evil stepmother as a cross between Maleficent and Joan Crawford in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” She’s deliciously terrifying.
You know how the story goes, from the death of Cinderella’s father to Cinderella braving the endlessly cruel treatment at the hands of her stepmother and stepsisters, to the pumpkin and the slipper and yada yada yada. It’s all in the telling of the tale, and on nearly every account the live-action “Cinderella” of 2015 is a worthy companion to the classic Disney animated feature from 1950. I give it an A!
I’m Richard Roeper and you can get all my reviews at richardroeper.com on the free RR app available on iTunes, and on YouTube and elsewhere on those Interwebs.
7-year-old Alex was born with his right arm partially developed but that’s no challenge for Limbitless. It’s a group Albert Manero started. They create 3D printed bionic limbs for kids around the world. In this video Robert Downey Jr., aka Iron Man surprises Alex with his bionic arm.
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Paramount Pictures announce ZOOLANDER 2, will open on February 12, 2016 (wide).
Every year on Oscar Sunday, people say to me, “This is your Super Bowl, right?”
Sure, why not. The only difference is, Pete Carroll isn’t going to make THE WORST CALL IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS in the last minute of the Oscar telecast.
Sorry. Still working out my issues on that one.
We have more televised awards shows now than at any time in the history of the medium, but the Academy Awards are still the biggest and the most prestigious.
If your film is nominated for a Golden Globe, that’s pretty cool—but “Patch Adams,” “Burlesque,” the remake of “Sabrina,” “Analyze This,” “The Tourist” and “Nuts” also received Golden Globe nods, so there’s that.
This year the most tightly contested races are for Best Actor, where Eddie Redmayne is a slight favorite over Michael Keaton, with some analysts saying there’s a chance of an upset win for Bradley Cooper; and Best Picture, which could go to “Birdman.”
Or “American Sniper.”
Or even “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
The most compelling storyline might play out BEFORE the show, on the red carpet, thanks to the #AskHerMore campaign, the social media movement for actresses to receive more respectful and insightful questions from all those microphone-wielding entertainment reporters.
A group called the Representation Project started the campaign, which was then adopted by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls group. Jennifer Siebel Newsom of the Representation Project told the Hollywood Reporter the red carpet “obviously perpetuates an unhealthy toxic culture…There’s so much opportunity here for the media to right the wrongs that it has been perpetuating by limiting women [to be defined by] their beauty and sexuality.”
From A-list actresses refusing to submit to the E! Channel’s dopey mani-cam to Cate Blanchett asking a camera operator lingering on her body if he does the same thing to male nominees, it seems as if there’s a growing number of actresses who are growing tired of the “Who are you wearing?” and “How did you get in such great shape?” questions, while their male counterparts are more likely to be asked about researching a role, their fellow nominees and other work-related queries.
Look. It’s the red carpet. Having worked it for nearly 10 years (and avoiding the “Who are you wearing?” question like it was a virus), I can sympathize with reporters who are crammed into tiny spaces behind plastic hedges and are allowed about 30 seconds with an interviewee before a publicist whisks her away. I’m all for more respectful questions of actresses. I could not possibly care less who or what or how someone is wearing. Nobody in real life dresses like that anyway.
I think we’ll see some entertainment journalists trying their best to avoid the superficial questions.
Just don’t expect in-depth, lengthy dialogue about the issues of the day. The red carpet is still going to be a fast-moving people mover for the nominees to negotiate before they’re shepherded into the theater.
Let’s not expect Seacrest to be up for a Peabody for his awards coverage this year.
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