Goodbye Christopher Robin (2011)

I'm pleased to hear that this biopic is back on track! Heard about it last year and it seemed like it wasn't going to happen but just read in Variety that British producers have secured financing for a September shoot of "Goodbye Christopher Robin," a bittersweet story of the little boy who inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Nick Hurran is set as director.

"Simon Vaughan has scripted a story based on writer A.A. Milne escaping to the countryside with his family to avoid the pressures of London. His relationship with his young son, Christopher Robin, inspired him to begin his classic stories. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after his son's teddy bear, which Christopher Milne had named after an American black bear named Winnie at the London Zoo.

Vaughan was an executive producer on the 2004 tv film "A Bear Called Winnie" about that bear."

(Photo and synopsis found on Alchemy which is no longer attached to film but since the producer and director are still on board, I'm assuming that much has not changed.)

-> IMDb

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN tells the bittersweet true story of a father and son fighting to come to terms with the corrosive effects of celebrity and the inevitable challenges of growing up. In 1920s England, Christopher Robin Milne is enjoying his last summer of childish innocence while his father enjoys the first significant commercial success of his career. As the books about Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin start to achieve dizzying commercial success, the Milne family struggle to come to terms with how it affects them all.

As Milne’s career soars, his son discovers that being Christopher Robin comes at a heavy price – other children taunt the boy while the media clamours for his attention. With a father obsessed with writing, and a mother busy luxuriating in the family’s new-found fame and fortune, Christopher Robin gets little support from the adults around him. Looming before him is the new terror of boarding school and the inevitable bullying – just for being himself. Slowly, Christopher Robin starts to withdraw into his own world. Realising the problems that fame has brought, AA Milne tries to prepare the young boy for the rigours of boarding school and the new term ahead – triggering a number of changes which rock the foundations of Christopher’s world.

Christopher’s life-long nanny and best friend, Nou, is dismissed from service, and the childish games he has always played in the woodland around the family home are suddenly discouraged. Even visits to the zoo and his friendships with other local children now seem to be out of bounds. At the same time, AA Milne is making his own sacrifices - after much soul searching, he decides to stop writing stories about the boy and his bear. As the summer draws to close, the Milne family must face up to the fact that life can never be the same again.

Fairy Tales in the Making?

Films with a Fairytale theme, currently in production or rumoured to be...
(Updated July 24, 2011)

Here's what we know about the 3 (make that 4?) proposed adaptations of Snow White. Wondering whose box office weight will carry the day and see the film to its completion? Kristen Stewart as Snow White? vs Julia Roberts as the evil queen? vs Disney - the kingpin of fairytales?!26

1- Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal)
Kristen Stewart as Snow White
Charlize Theron as evil witch
Viggo Mortensen as Huntsmen
***Release Dec 21, 2012***
"This new take on the fairy tale sees an expanded role for the Huntsman. In the original story, he is ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her, but instead lets her go. Here, the two are chained together for part of the movie as they make their escape. The Huntsman is not a love interest (fear not, the prince is still in the story) but acts more as a mentor, teaching the teen girl to fight and survive." [movieweb]

2- The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (Relativity Media)
Julia Roberts as evil witch
??? as Snow White
Tarsem Singh (director)
***Release June 29, 2012 ***
"Brett Ratner recently revealed the movie is set to be completely different from the Disney original, with scriptwriter Melisa Wallack revisiting the original 500-year-old folk tale. He said: "This is not your grandfather's Snow White. Melisa went back to the 500-year-old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney's film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers.Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy. The original, made for its time, was soft compared to what we're going to do." [source]

3- Snow and the Seven (Disney)
Writer - Michael Arndt (from Toy Story 3)
*** Release 2013? ***
Live-action East-meets-West take on the "Snow White" fairy tale with the fantasy adventure centering on a British girl being raised in 19th century Hong Kong. When she realizes her destiny is to conquer an evil force, she must prepare to fight by being trained by seven Shaolin monks." [source]

4. Once Upon a Time
-tv series in planning stages by two of the writers of Lost
, lead character will be Snow White? (to be played by Ginnifer Godwin) more details here

Sleeping Beauty with Hailee Steinfeld

Disney to produce new live action Cinderella?

Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson

The Bear and the Bow (2011)
Disney-Pixar film will feature the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. (
Pixar's first fairy tale, is a combination of writer Brenda Chapman's love of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm)

Enchanted sequel?
Variety reports that plans are in the works for a sequel to the highly successful 'Enchanted' which starred Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. No word yet on cast or plotline.
I'm still waiting on word of a suitable script and that Amy Adams will return.

Joe Wright (director of 2005 P&P) considering a live action "Little Mermaid"?

Elizabeth Banks to Play Live-Action Tinker Bell ?

Tim Burton to remake Sleeping Beauty?
Sounds like Burton's next film might focus on the evil fairy Maleficent. Angelina Jolie's name is being dropped to take on the lead role of Maleficent.

Beauty Sleep
Australian production of Sleeping Beauty to be directed by Mark Rosman, screenplay by Becca Topol (synopsis)

The latest casting news, (although still just a rumour) is that Amanda Seyfried will become Disney's newest princess in a remake of Cinderella (presumably banking on the popularity as seen by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland). Seyfried is currently working on The Girl With the Red Riding Hood, a gothic remake to be produced by Leonardo Dicaprio.

"The story in “Legends” is set in motion when the remains of Pinocchio are discovered. Red Hood, now a noted wolf hunter, and Jack partner to discover who is murdering the creatures of folklore. Along the way, they are assisted by characters such as Goldilocks, re-imagined as a mercenary, and Hansel & Gretel, now psychic exterminators. The world of the graphic novel is a mash-up of steampunk and creatures, technology and magic."

Hansel and Gretel in 3D
"Hansel & Gretel in 3D is an action packed visual FX filled version of the beloved Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. This famous story is known around the globe from Japan to Germany to Australia. Cutting edge special effects and non-stop action usher this timeless tale into the millennium. The story takes place against the backdrop of an enchanted forest in Germany. The film blends the gothic mystique of witchcraft with fantastical creatures and endearing human characters. "Hansel & Gretel in 3D" will introduce the legendary beings of Teutonic (Germanic) mythology. A collection of German history's most notorious and intriguing characters will be unveiled to modern movie audiences for the first time."

The Chapel at Versailles

I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon exploring the exquisite chapel at Versailles...all thanks to an awesome virtual tour provided by the Chateau Versailles. This new site was set up to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the construction of the current chapel. I was awestruck by the beauty of its design! The accompanying music helped to take me back in time. It even includes an option to view the chapel at different times of the day which I thought was interesting to be able to view the way the light changed its appearance. Be sure to visit the site to take your own virtual tour unless you're lucky enough to visit in person!

Here's a view looking out of one of the side windows. I absolutely loved the close-up photo on the right, found at Architect Design and thank him for allowing me to repost his photograph here. There are more photos found on his site!

You can view how the chapel's appearance varies based upon the time of day...

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

8:30 pm - midnight

So beautiful!

Stamp Collection of Various Authors

I happened to come upon a postage stamp that got me wondering which stamps have been issued for favourite authors and literary characters. If I could enlarge my stamp collection, I'd love to add some of the following...

~ Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell ~
Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre

~ Alexandre Dumas ~

~ Lord Tennyson ~

~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes ~

~ William Shakespeare ~

~ Charles Dickens ~

~ Jane Austen ~

~ Victor Hugo ~

~ Virginia Woolf ~

~ J M Barrie - Peter Pan ~

~ JRR Tolkien - Lord of the Rings ~

~ C S Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia ~

~ Jules Verne ~

~ Enid Blyton ~

~ Lewis Carroll ~

Magical Worlds: Classical Fantasy Books for Children - 1998 Britain

1. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien, 2. Phoenix and the Carpet - E Nesbit,
3. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll,
4. Lion, Witch & Wardrobe - C S Lewis, 5. The Borrowers - Mary Norton

The year 1979 was designated by the United Nations as The Year of The Child,
with the United Kingdom illustrating characters from well known childrens' books:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter;
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame;
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne;
and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll.

~ Lucy Maude Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables ~

~ L. Frank Baum - Wizard of Oz ~

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess ~

~ AA Milne - Winnie the Pooh ~
In 1914, while enroute to the war in Europe, a handsome lieutenant from Winnipeg named Harry Colebourn purchased a black bear from a local hunter in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown. Harry's regiment proclaimed Winnie as their mascot, and when they were called to the battlefields of France, Harry left Winnie in the care of the London Zoo.

After the war, Winnie remained a permanent and popular attraction at the zoo. A frequent visitor was Christopher Robin, son of the author A.A. Milne. Taken with the playful bear from Canada, Christopher Robin renamed his own stuffed toy bear Winnie, adding "The Pooh" for good measure. Winnie the Pooh became the inspiration for some of the most beloved children's stories of all time, and is now one of the world's most popular characters.

And none of it would have happened without Harry and a real live bear from Canada.
(Read more about film 'A Bear Named Winnie' starring Michael Fassbender)

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