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Pixies Embrace the Darkness on ‘Beneath the Eyrie’

Quirky, catchy melodies have always been Pixies’ calling card and on Beneath the Eyrie, their third post-reunion album, the alt-rock icons indulge everything from jaunty, old-timey Kurt Weill oom-pah rhythms to 10-foot waves of surf guitar. Frontman and chief songwriter Black Francis has said that the group embraced their most “gothic” urges with the record’s music (though he never comes off sounding like Rozz Williams) and the album is a bit darker and a little more muted than their other recent offerings.

That’s probably because two of the
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‘Lying And Stealing’ Trailer: Emily Ratajkowski & Theo James Make A Shrewd Pair Of Art Thieves

What’s summer without a little high-end crime? “Lying and Stealing” is an upcoming feature that will follow two beautiful miscreants as they strive to leave their respectively shady pasts behind. (Who can’t relate?) The film stars Emily Ratajkowski and Theo James and is by Matt Aselton (“Gigantic“). Ratajkowski is best known for her prolific modeling career and has walked runways in the world’s top fashion weeks.

Continue reading ‘Lying And Stealing’ Trailer: Emily Ratajkowski & Theo James Make A Shrewd Pair Of Art Thieves at The Playlist.
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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #71. Sebastian Schipper – Roads

Exploding onto the scene with his fourth feature film in 2015’s Victoria (read review) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, Sebastien Schipper actually saw his debut film Gigantic premiere at Sundance back in 2000. Schipper went into production on Roads in October back in 2017 with Fionn Whitehead, Stéphane Bak, Moritz Bleibtreu and Ben Chaplin. Not showing up on the 2018 festival circuit and a February release date in Germany means Park City is an option.

Gist: Written by Sebastian Schipper and Oliver Ziegenbalg, this follows William (Bak), a young man from the Congo, as he attempts to break through Europe’s borders in search of his brother.…
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Elle King on Learning from Women Bassists, New Album ‘Shake the Spirit’

Rolling Stone held its first Morning Sessions during Acl Fest 2018 on Saturday, October 6th, at Wanderlust Yoga in Austin, Texas. Americana bad-ass Elle King and her band The Brethren took Austin City Limits by storm this past weekend, making a pit stop at the Morning Sessions to chat with Music Editor Suzy Exposito. The Country Music Award-winning singer-songwriter is just as much of a firebrand in real life as she is in her songs. But her upcoming album, Shake the Spirit isn’t all piss and vinegar; it’s a
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Weezer’s Summer Tour Set Kicks Off With a Nostalgia Supernova

Seeing nearly any musical act that reached the pinnacle of their success decades earlier is often a nostalgic event to some degree. But Weezer kick off the set on their ongoing summer tour with a moment of such intense, overpowering nostalgia that it almost threatens to rip a hole in the fabric of the space-time continuum. It makes Time Life’s informercial for their Malt Shop Memories box set (“Songs that make you feel young again!”) and the Happy Together tour featuring the Turtles, Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron
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Every Studio Film Directed By Female Filmmakers Coming Out in 2018 and 2019

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

The needle isn’t moving. Yet. In their latest study, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Gender, Race & Age of Directors across 1,000 films from 2007-2017,” the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative identities that, of total of 109 film directors associated with the 100 top movies of 2017, a full 92.7% were male and 7.3% were female. It’s a slight uptick over the percentages that cover the last 11 years and 1,100 movies, which found that 95.7% of all directors were male and 4.3% were female. You can read the full report right here.

One area in which the numbers aren’t changing fast enough is in the studio world. Last year, The Wrap discovered that “of the 149 movies currently slated for a wide release from the six legacy studios over the next three years, only 12 have female directors. That means a whopping 92 percent of the
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Gigantic: Disney scraps its Jack And The Beanstalk movie

Simon Brew Oct 11, 2017

Disney has - for now - pulled the plug on its planned animated movie, Gigantic.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has pulled the plug on Gigantic, its long-announced Jack And The Beanstalk-inspired movie. The film had originally been given a 2018 release date, before recently being shunted back to 2020. But now – and this hasn’t happened with an announced Disney animated feature in as long as we can remember (King Of The Elves, based on a Philip K Dick story, is the only one that springs to mind) – the film has been scrapped altogether.

Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, released a statement that reads:

It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working.
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Disney Cancels ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ Animated Film ‘Gigantic’

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Disney Cancels ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ Animated Film ‘Gigantic’
Disney has shelved their planned animated fairy tale “Gigantic,” which would have been released in 2018 and put a spin on “Jack and the Beanstalk” by making the Giant a woman. The project was being directed by “Inside Out” co-writer Meg Lafauve and “Tangled” co-director Nathan Greno, with “Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez having written songs for the movie. The project was first unveiled as a concept at the 2015 D23 Expo, but no further development was announced at this year’s edition of the biennial Disney convention. Disney Animation’s next film, “Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” will be.
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Only Five of Disney’s Slated Films Through 2021 Are Directed by Women

We’re not amused, either, Elsa. “Frozen”: Disney

Disney has unveiled the premiere dates for its upcoming films from next Friday’s “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” through the end of 2021. Per Variety, none of the remaining 2017 films are women-helmed. And only five women are booked to direct Disney movies (or its Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm properties) over the next four years: Ava DuVernay, Niki Caro, Anna Boden, Jennifer Lee, and Meg LeFauve. It’s discouraging, to say the least.

There are a few silver linings, however. Out in 2018, DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is the first $100 million film to be directed by a black woman. Marvel’s “The Black Panther” was originally offered to DuVernay, but she passed. Instead, “Fruitvale Station’s” Ryan Coogler, an outspoken advocate for women directors, took the reins. Also, women take center stage onscreen in movies like “The Last Jedi” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Three films from male directors — “Cars 3,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” and “Toy Story 4” — boast female co-writers. And many films do not have attached or announced directors yet. We’re giving Disney the benefit of the doubt and remain cautiously optimistic that at least a few more women will be hired.

Below is our breakdown of Disney’s release schedule, year by year. Women-directed and co-directed films are bolded and films with unknown directors are marked with an asterisk (*). Lists adapted from Variety.

2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”— May 5

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” — May 26

Cars 3,” co-written by Kiel Murray — June 16

Thor: Ragnarok” — November 3

“Coco” — November 22

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — December 15

Number of women-directed films: 0/6 films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: Zero

2018

Black Panther ”— February 16

“A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ava Duvernay — March 9

Magic Camp” — April 6

Avengers: Infinity War”— May 4

Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film — May 25

The Incredibles 2” — June 15

“Ant-Man and the Wasp ”— July 6

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — August 3*

Mulan” (Live Action), directed by Niki Caro — November 2

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2,” co-written by Pamela Ribon — November 21

Mary Poppins Returns — December 25

Number of women-directed films: 2/10 (20%) films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: 1

2019

Captain Marvel,” co-directed by Anna Boden — March 8

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — March 29*

Untitled Disneytoon Studios — April 12*

Untitled Avengers — May 3

“Star Wars: Episode IX” — May 24

Toy Story 4,” co-written by Rashida Jones — June 21

The Lion King (Live Action) — July 19

Untitled Disney Live Action — August 9 Unknown*

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — November 8*

Frozen 2, co-directed by Jennifer Lee — November 27

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) — December 20*

Number of women-directed films: 2/6 (33%) films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: 5

2020

Untitled Pixar Animation — March 13*

Untitled Disney Live Action — April 3*

Untitled Marvel — May 1*

Untitled Pixar Animation — June 19*

Untitled Indiana Jones — July 10

Untitled Marvel — August 7*

Untitled Marvel — November 6*

Gigantic,” co-directed by Meg Lefauve — November 25

Number of women-directed films: 1/2 (50%) films with known directors

Number of films with unknown director: 6

Finally, there are three untitled projects slated for 2021, none of which have attached directors. Overall, women directors represent about 20 percent of the Disney films with attached directors. It’s a respectable number, but we expect more from the studio that brought us Moana, Mulan, and the “Frozen” sisters.

Only Five of Disney’s Slated Films Through 2021 Are Directed by Women was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Lion King, Indiana Jones, Wreck-It Ralph 2, Gigantic, & Frozen 2 Get Official Release Dates!

Oh, Disney. Growing up in the ‘90s, Disney pretty much ruled my world. However, when the ’00s came around, the company took quite the dip in quality. Rather than focus on telling great stories, they shifted their strategy to a quick buck. Over time, that strategy started to fall flat, and in the age of innovation, they found themselves scrambling to regain their credibility.

Not anymore. Between the renaissance of their animated films, their great live-action fare, Marvel, LucasFilm, and Pixar, they are pretty much a one-stop shop for all things magical. In case you needed a reminder of the iron grip Disney has on your childhood, your children’s childhood, and everyone else in between, the studio decided to announce a whole lot of release dates just to remind you.

Related: Star Wars Episode 9 Gets A New Release Date

The House of Mouse announced a whole bevy of release
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Disney Sets Release Dates for Frozen 2 and Lion King

Disney Sets Release Dates for Frozen 2 and Lion King
Here it stands, and here it’ll stay.

Disney’s Frozen 2 has received its official release date — Nov. 27, 2019 — confirming what had previously been announced as just an “Untitled Disney Animation” slot.

Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will return for the 2013 blockbuster’s sequel, which was announced in March 2015 by Disney creative chief John Lasseter, CEO Bob Iger, and the voice of Olaf himself, Josh Gad (whose Frozen costars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are expected, although not officially confirmed, to reprise their roles).

Prior to the 3D sequel’s release, a stage musical adaptation of Frozen will make
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Thea Sharrock in Talks to Direct Disney’s ‘The One and Only Ivan’

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Thea Sharrock in Talks to Direct Disney’s ‘The One and Only Ivan’
Thea Sharrock (“Me Before You”) is in early talks with Disney to direct an adaptation of “The One and Only Ivan,” a Newbury Medal-winning by Katherine Applegate about a silverback gorilla who takes care of a baby elephant while living in a cage at a shopping mall, TheWrap has learned. If Sharrock signs on, she will become the fourth female director on Disney’s upcoming film slate — making up for a 2017 slate whose directors are all male. She would join Ava DuVernay, Niki Caro, and Meg LeFauve, who will respectively be releasing “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Mulan,” and “Gigantic” in.
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Every Studio Film Directed By Female Filmmakers Coming Out Over the Next Two Years

Numbers don’t lie. A recent study found female filmmakers remain “grossly underrepresented” when it comes to directing opportunities, and there is no arena in which that is more apparent than Hollywood’s own studio system. As The Wrap recently noted, “of the 149 movies currently slated for a wide release from the six legacy studios over the next three years, only 12 have female directors. That means a whopping 92 percent of the major motion pictures due in theaters through the end of 2019 will be helmed by men.”

That number only includes studio features from the big six, not speciality arms like Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, or Focus Features. However, adding those more indie-minded distributors (which are often heavy on festival acquisitions) doesn’t paint a much rosier picture. Over the course of 2017 and 2018, only 24 films directed by women will hit theaters care of a Hollywood studio, and despite continued attention
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Exclusive: Kristen Anderson-Lopez on Bringing 'Frozen' and A Cappella to Broadway

Exclusive: Kristen Anderson-Lopez on Bringing 'Frozen' and A Cappella to Broadway
Known for writing original music for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Frozen, for which she and her husband, Robert Lopez, won an Academy Award and two GRAMMYs, Kristen Anderson-Lopez is now returning to her roots for her latest project: In Transit, an a cappella musical now in previews and officially opening on Broadway Sunday, Dec. 11. The show, starring Justin Guarini of American Idol fame, tells the intertwined stories of 11 New Yorkers navigating the challenges of city life.

Yes, before becoming a sought-after lyricist for upcoming films such as Disney’s Gigantic, Lopez made music with her mouth in the a cappella group Bob Ross Juice Box with In Transit’s book, music and lyric co-writers, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. It was there that the idea for a “theatricappella” experience first came together. “We were not fantastic as a group, but I’m really excited that we found our way to writing and sharing
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Movie News: Chloe Grace Moretz Joins Dakota Johnson in 'Suspiria' Remake

Suspiria: Chloe Grace Moretz will star opposite Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Suspiria, a remake of the classic horror movie directed by Dario Argento. Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) will helm the new version. The original followed a ballet dancer who begins training at a prestigious academy in Europe before learning that it is only a front for sinister and supernatural elements. [Variety] Gigantic: Meg LeFauve, whose writing credits include Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming Captain Marvel, will make her directorial debut on Disney's Gigantic (above). She will join Nathan Greno as director on the animated project, which aims to be "the definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk … with comedy and deep emotion," according to...

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Newswire: Inside Out’s co-writer turns director for Disney’s Gigantic

Meg LeFauve was one of the writers responsible for breaking America’s hearts into tiny little Bing Bong-shaped bits as a contributor to the Inside Out screenplay. Now Disney has enlisted her to presumably wrench some tears out of you as one of the directors of Gigantic, their upcoming reimagining of the Jack And The Beanstalk story. She’ll share duties with Nathan Greno, who co-helmed Tangled. The story will follow Jack and Inma, an 11-year-old female giant. Like the similarly succinctly-titled Frozen and Tangled, Gigantic will indeed be a musical with songs from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband-wife team that brought “Let It Go” into the lexicon. It’s scheduled for 2018.

While it’s all contained within the greater Mouse empire, this marks a leap for LeFauve from Pixar to Walt Disney Animation Studios. She also, however, happens to be involved with the company’s Marvel ...
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Inside Out Scribe Meg LeFauve To Take Point For Disney’s Gigantic

Meg LeFauve, the prolific screenwriter whose credits include Inside Out and Captain Marvel – to name but two – has been elected director of Disney’s Gigantic following her extensive work during the development process.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that LeFauve will now co-direct the 2018 animation in tandem with Nathan Greno in a move that evokes memories of Jennifer Lee’s promotion to co-director on Frozen after she too helped whip the project into shape during its formative years. Speaking of which, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have enlisted for the movie gunning to be the “definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk” following their contribution to Frozen, with Dorothy McKim on board to produce.

First unveiled at last year’s D23 expo, Gigantic will take place during the Spanish Age of Exploration, a fruitful period for European countries that involved countless journeys overseas in search of foreign lands.
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Inside Out And Captain Marvel Writer Set To Direct Next Disney Animated Film Gigantic

Disney has made an entire industry off of re-telling classic fairy tales. They made a habit of doing in in their heyday, and have been returning to some of these stories in both live-action and animated form. The most recent animated re-telling came in the form of Frozen, a reinterpreted version of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Of course, there's no way Disney was going to abandon that strategy any time soon, and on the animated front, the next film to do that will be one entitled Gigantic, which is set to hit theaters on November 21, 2018. Up until now, all we've really known about the film was its release date, its producer, and the writers of the film's music (Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will be returning from their gig on the successful Frozen).

Now, THR is reporting that Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the acclaimed Pixar flick Inside Out,
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Disney Animation just put a woman in the director’s chair for the second time ever

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Disney Animation just put a woman in the director’s chair for the second time ever
Disney’s Jack and the Beanstalk retelling has a new director: Meg LeFauve — already very much part of the Disney family with screenwriting credits on Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and Captain Marvel — will co-helm Gigantic alongside Nathan Greno (Tangled). The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. It marks the second time a Walt Disney Animation Studios theatrical feature has been directed by a woman. Jennifer Lee was the first when she was promoted from screenwriter to co-direct Frozen alongside Chris Buck. LeFauve, similarly, comes to the director’s chair with a writer’s background, rather than the more common path of an animator or storyboard artist to director. Gigantic takes place in Spain during the Age of Exploration and has Jack meeting Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and he agrees to help her find her way home. The film is set for a November 21, 2018 release.
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Disney's Gigantic Gets Captain Marvel Writer as Co-Director

Disney's Gigantic Gets Captain Marvel Writer as Co-Director
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Meg LeFauve is about to make the jump to directing. After writing the Academy Award-winning Pixar movie Inside Out, Disney has tapped her to co-direct the upcoming Disney Animation movie Gigantic. She will be directing the movie alongside Tangled's Nathan Greno.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Meg LeFauve would be making her directorial debut on Gigantic. The movie is said to be an updated take on the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, a story that has been told quite a few times over the years. The big twist will be that Jack winds up befriending a female giant, instead of just cutting down the beanstalk and killing the giant for the golden goose. Here is the synopsis for the movie.

"Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Gigantic follows a teenage adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds,
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