(a Note-This is a little off-the cuff and I’m sleepy as I’m writing this (it’s like 2am))

Apparently the universe wants me to look bad because now that did I post where I did a “check-in” to show nothing was happening on the Brolin’s vanity project a.k.a Brolin’s Hunchback movie  there is some actual news of the on Josh Brolin’s Hunchback other than an adjective. Now the film is called “Quasimodo” (excuse me while I gag a bit).  It seems like Zhang Yimou will taking the helm on this project.  Zhang directed  Hero,  House Of Flying Daggers and The Flowers Of War. I liked Hero and I thought House of Flying Dagger was ok-ish. I didn’t see Flowers of War.

I have to say I’m glad Tim Burton isn’t directing “Quasimodo” though frankly I wouldn’t have cared if he did. I would love to have seen how he made everything all black and white and quirky.  Zhang does seem to have his own style but I hope the film isn’t a  action martial art movie but with pretty imagery. But given the Brolin’s interviews, Brolin himself, the script by the Sherlock Holmes writers, and now the director, I think this is going to be a Hunchback movie that will have an inappropriate amount of action in it. But to tell you the true I’m more caught up in the name “Quasimodo.” The Hunchback of Notre Dame is bad enough robbing the original titular characters of Esmeralda and the cathedral but at least there  is an air of mystery to it, but these singular one word titles are meant to sound all epic. Plus this whole movie is Brolin’s vanity project and he can’t let anyone forget that like ever. He is this movie. Oh, why couldn’t have been a better actor’s vanity project?

I’m not sure if my expectations are lower or up a little from this news. Maybe the promise of director who has made some lovely movies has up it but the dumb title has made it go crashing down.  Actually, I take it back, I have don’t have any expectations for this movie really.  I hope it’s bad, It’s more fun for me if it is.

Sourcehttp://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/zhang-yimou-circles-hollywood-debut-with-josh-brolin-starring-quasimodo

 

Source;  http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/hero-director-zhang-yimou-to-direct-quasimodo-starring-josh-brolin/ 

Josh Brolin Interview for Men in Black picture image

Josh Brolin Interview for Men in Black

Let’s check in and see how the “Jazzy” and “Funky” Brolin version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is going……

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Google Search on The Josh Brolin Version of Hunchback

Nothing since May 2012! In all seriousness, Brolin is going to be in new movie. It’s a disaster movie that takes place on Mt.Everest. He is going to be in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy which slated to come out in Novmeber.  So when he start promoting Oldboy maybe he will add the word “hip” to describe his Hunchback movie. And when he is promoting the Everest movie he will introduced the word  “Spicy” into the mix. So we’ll have a Jazzy, Funky, Hip, Spicy version of  The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Sandra Anderson, left, Alexx Draper and Lily of Paris all have parts in Her Majesty's Players production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. MICHAEL PEELING:The Paris Star:QMI Agency

Sandra Anderson, left, Alexx Draper and Lily of Paris all have parts in Her Majesty’s Players production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Wishbone hasn’t been the only dog to play a pivotal role in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. In May 2013, Lily a 5 year old Yorkish Terrier was casted in the Hunchback of Notre Dame  for the Majesty Player’s. Lily’s owner, Sandra Anderson played Madame Falourdel. Alexx Darper played her daughter.

Lilly brought a comic relief to this version  by chasing  soldiers across the stage.

Lily’s next role was Toto in Brant Theatre Workshop’s Wizard of Oz.

 

(Source- http://www.parisstaronline.com/2013/05/24/paris-dog-takes-on-action-role-in-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame)

So Notre Dame de Paris will return to Crocus City Hall November  2013. Performances will be on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th and the 17th.  There will be two performance a day. It will be in French. No word so far on casting (as far as I could find).

Source – http://www.crocus-hall.ru/en/events/notre_dame_15_2013

Source – http://shachnev.com/en/

Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fOLXixunAE

Source –  http://www.notre-damedeparis.ru/index.php/component/content/article/2-newsheader/85-notre-damereturninmoscow.html

The performances of this seems to have been canceled.

 

There will also be A Victor Hugo Musical Gala Concert in Seoul on May 24 through 27th. Notre Dame de Paris Alumni  Matt Laurent, Nadia Bel, Richard Charest, Robert Marien and Bruno Pelletier will be performing.

Source – http://www.mattlaurent.ca/

Source – http://www.brunopelletier.com/calendrier/concerts/liste.html

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Roger Ebert

On April 4th 2013, Roger Ebert passed away. He was the one of the most famous movie critics in world. And whether you agreed or disagree with him, people always wanted to know his opinions on a movie. So What did Roger Ebert think of Disney’s Hunchback? He really liked it. He gave it four stars. He liked it better than Aladdin and Pocahontas. He thought it was Disney’s best since Beauty and the Beast.  He said “It blends Menken’s songs, glorious animation, boundless energy and the real substance of the story into a movie of heart and joy.

I, for my part am jaded. When I look at a hunchback movie I judge it on how it compares to the novel and the Disney version falls short as it’s not like the novel at all but from someone who is looking at the movie as stand alone story, I agree with him. It’s an enjoyable movie  that does have heart and substance and most of animation still looks really good after 17 years.

You can read this review  here; http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19960621/REVIEWS/606210302/1023

Or you can watch his review with Gene Siskel;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv31cvSsJ_E

Esmeralda from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Esmeralda from Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame

Last Month Disney had a vote for people to vote for which characters the would like to see at the Disney land park. One of the options was Esmeralda, Clopin and Frollo and I’m happy to say that they won.

The other winners were;
-From “Pocahontas” – Pocahontas, John Smith, Meeko and Governor Ratcliffe
-From “Robin Hood” – Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Prince John and Sheriff of Nottingham
– And Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig Von Drake

 

They will only be there til April 14th so if you go see them,

Source; http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/long-lost-disney-friends-coming-to-disneyland-park-for-limited-time-magic-april-8-14/

BIG NEWS!

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Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman has been  confirmed to play Frollo in the upcoming Hunchback movie. I think this really great casting as he fits  Frollo perfectly. Finally something good about the Brolin version.

 

Check out this site to read all about;

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/Alan-Rickman-plays-Frollo-Hunchback-011831

 

Hunchback of Notre Dame Graphic Novel by Tim A Conrad

Hunchback of Notre Dame Graphic Novel by Tim A Conrad

Today marks the release of Tim Conrad’s Graphic Novel version of Hunchback of Notre Dame.  So far it’s gotten mixed reviews but I’ll you  be the judge of it that till I get my hands on it and find something the comment on (other than Esmeralda’s red hair).

Click here to order it from Amazon

 

Sony Pictures Animation  is releasing a new 3-d movie called  Hotel Transylvania. It’s about a hotel for monsters and the character of Quasimodo is it. Quasimodo is played by Jon Lovitz and is a gourmet cook.

Quasimodo as a monster archetype comes out the 1923 reputation, so this interpertation of Quasimodo has nothing to do with the book. The fact that he’s a gourmet chef is more of a  parody of the French than Quasimodo. However since this movie isn’t about Quasimodo and him being a straight-up monster and a chef doesn’t bother me

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Quasimodo in Hotel Transylvania

My biggest annoynace is the design of Quasimodo. For a character that is famous for being deformed and ugly he sure looks normal albeit slightly ugly but not up to standards for the character. I mean look at this eyes, where his protrusion? Even cutesy Disney Quasimodo got that much. It’s a bad character design when the identifiable characteristic are his legs and feet.  If it wasn’t for the legs and the shoes I wouldn’t believe this as Quasimodo. For a movie about monsters they could have made him look more like a monster but they didn’t. I have to wonder though, for a movie about a haven for monsters where no humans are allowed, how do they explain Quasimodo being there in the first place?

I have no issue with Jon Lovitz for the voice.  I loved him in The Critic and I’m sure he’ll be fine in this.

Hotel Transylvania hits theaters September 28, 2012. You can see Quasimodo at 1:32 in this trailer.

I think the movie looks entertaining enough. Not an original concept but seems silly.

 

 

 

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Notre Dame de Paris 2012-2013 Tour

Good News! The English World Tour of Notre Dame de Paris has dates in Russia. It premires October 31 2012 the Crocus City Hall and lasts till November 4th.

When I hear more on dates and locations I’ll post them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2FLMZrXrng

Crocus City Hall 

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