Sharon Rooney honoured to sing special Dumbo song

Sharon Rooney was honoured to be asked to sing Baby Mine in Tim Burton’s rebooted version of Disney classic Dumbo.Unlike the 1941 animated flick, the retelling focuses on the baby elephant’s interactions with the humans around him, like injured ex-sold…

Sharon Rooney was honoured to be asked to sing Baby Mine in Tim Burton’s rebooted version of Disney classic Dumbo.

Unlike the 1941 animated flick, the retelling focuses on the baby elephant’s interactions with the humans around him, like injured ex-soldier Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, and Eva Green’s trapeze artist Colette Marchant.

Burton cut lots of the original movie out of his film, including most of the songs, but Baby Mine was one of the exceptions. Sharon’s circus mermaid character was the one who got to sing it, and the Scottish actress said it was a honour to do so.

“I had very vivid memories of Dumbo, especially that song, it’s really special to me and my gran so it feels a bit of an honour and also a terrifying challenge to be given that song,” she admitted to Cover Media. “Every time I meet people, they’re like, ‘Oh is Baby Mine in it?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know… maybe’. So that was a big… I’m nervous about my parents seeing it actually.

“Singing Baby Mine was a huge challenge and a huge honour. That still feels very surreal, but very special. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this job. No matter what happens, I think this will be in here (my heart) forever.”

Recalling the day they shot the song, which, like in the original, serves as the backdrop to Dumbo sharing a special moment with his mother, the My Mad Fat Diary actress said the cast really supported her.

Though her co-star Nico Parker, the 14-year-old daughter of Thandie Newton, teased her in the lead-up to the poignant scene.

“Every day was incredible, but the day that we recorded Baby Mine is probably one of the most magical,” the 30-year-old grinned. “The set was quiet and the fire was on and Nico, who plays Milly, we had trailers next to each other, and she kept winding me up. She was like, ‘Are you nervous, are nervous?’ And after we did it she ran across the set and was like, ‘You were great!’ Moments like that when you feel like a little family and you have those memories that no one else has, it’s really special.”

Dumbo is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. from Monday.

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Colin Farrell hopeful for future Tim Burton projects

Colin Farrell would do anything to work with Tim Burton again.The Irish actor has teamed with Tim for the first time on new Disney reboot, Dumbo.His co-stars include Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, all of who have worked with the Oscar-nom…

Colin Farrell would do anything to work with Tim Burton again.

The Irish actor has teamed with Tim for the first time on new Disney reboot, Dumbo.

His co-stars include Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, all of who have worked with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker a number of times.

When asked if Dumbo might possibly mark the start of a new collaborative partnership, the 42-year-old told Cover Media: “Oh I have no idea. That would be very optimistic of me to think yes… I could be one and done. Who knows?

“I loved working with him, yeah, yeah, yeah. I would do anything with him… I should be careful about what I say! I would love to work with him again, he was a joy. He’s so… every cell in his body just vibrates with creative energy, and he’s so playful. Not only is he a visual genius and master of the imagination, but he’s also got tonnes of heart! Yeah, he was a joy.”

Dumbo is now showing in cinemas around the world, with Tim putting his own spin on Disney’s 1941 original.

His story focuses more on the big-eared elephant’s relationships with humans, with Colin explaining the takeaway message.

“Just at its centre (Dumbo) is the time honoured idea that sometimes we kind of miss the mark in relation to inclusion and celebrating difference – not just accepting it but really celebrating it. And unfortunately, us human beings forget things like that are important,” he sighed.

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Eva Green helped design her costumes for Dumbo

Eva Green played a key role in helping to design her costumes for Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo.In the movie, Eva plays the role of Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who performs at the Medici Bros. Circus and ultimately…

Eva Green played a key role in helping to design her costumes for Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo.

In the movie, Eva plays the role of Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who performs at the Medici Bros. Circus and ultimately incorporates the titular flying elephant into her crowd-pleasing act.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the film’s costume designer Colleen Atwood revealed that the actress was instrumental in conceptualising her outfits for the part, which featured oversized skirts that were easily removed during her trapeze performances.

“The dropping the skirt idea came from the idea that a lot of times aerial artists had a cape when they came out,” she recalled. “Eva actually came up with the idea. (She said), ‘What if I have a big skirt and I can just drop that?'”

The designer went on to detail that, underneath the bravado, the structure of the costume was identical to those worn by real-life aerial artists.

“We figured out a way to do these grand skirts that just come off and then underneath, she had a traditional, sort of aerial artist (costume),” Colleen said. “She also had a rehearsal costume with a corset based on a picture I found in research. It was a (photo of a) real circus rehearsal corset for a trapeze artist.”

Colleen also opened up about the wider inspiration for the character and cited Hollywood’s silent movie stars as her main reference points.

“What inspired me for her was the old silent movie stars and the glamour of that world for her everyday clothes,” the Oscar-winning designer reflected. “(There was also the) high-art glamour of the most prestigious aerial acts of the time, (who) were probably the best-paid performers within the circus.”

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Dumbo tops North American box office

Dumbo has flown to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (29-31Mar19). The live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film has earned $45 million (£34.5 million) to take the top spot. However, the figure is below the …

Dumbo has flown to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (29-31Mar19).

The live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film has earned $45 million (£34.5 million) to take the top spot. However, the figure is below the $50 million (£38.3 million) movie executives expected the film to make. Overseas, the movie has grossed $71 million (54.4 million) to bring its global total to $116 million (£54.4 million).

Jordan Peele’s horror hit Us comes in second with $30 million (£23 million), while Brie Larson’s superhero film Captain Marvel has earned another $20 million (£15.3 million) to take the third spot.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion film Unplanned is a surprise hit with $6 million (£4.6 million). The true story comes in fifth behind Five Feet Apart’s $6.5 million (£5 million).

“To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how the topic of abortion is so important to bring to audiences,” Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott says. “We hope that those on both sides of the debate will see Unplanned and begin to have their own dialogue. This film can be that spark to bring more hearts and minds to understanding the value of life.”

Meanwhile, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has crossed the $150 million (£115 million) mark on the North American box office and $500 million (£383.3 million) globally after earning $4.2 million (£3.2 million) over the past week.

And closing out the top 10 is Matthew McConaughey’s The Beach Bum. The film made a disappointing $1.8 million (£1.4 million), handing the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club actor his worse opening ever.

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Eva Green ‘blessed’ to work with Tim Burton on third movie

Eva Green felt blessed to work with “genius” Tim Burton for a third time on Dumbo.The French actress, who uses her natural accent in the new Disney retelling of the little elephant who can fly, has previously been directed by the double Oscar nominee i…

Eva Green felt blessed to work with “genius” Tim Burton for a third time on Dumbo.

The French actress, who uses her natural accent in the new Disney retelling of the little elephant who can fly, has previously been directed by the double Oscar nominee in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows.

She joins an all-star cast, including Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito, in the updated Dumbo, and told reporters at the recent London premiere why she keeps coming back to Tim’s projects.

“I feel very blessed that this is the third time working with him. He’s a total genius full stop,” Eva said to Cover Media. “And then a wonderful man. He’s very humble; he’s full of heart, so it’s a real, real pleasure to work with this man.

“It’s a real honour working with such a genius, he understands the heart of outsiders. His movies are always very moving.”

She also touched on why the Edward Scissorhands director was the perfect fit for Disney’s latest live-action flick, which, unlike the 1941 original, focuses more on Dumbo’s relationship with the humans around him.

“Dumbo is a perfect Tim Burton theme; the unloved creature, different, he goes through a journey and finds himself and learns how to celebrate his peculiarity,” the 38-year-old smiled. “It’s just a very beautiful message. We live in a crazy world where people are told to look a certain way to be loved, it just says be authentic, be yourself and it’s alright – it makes you special.”

Dumbo is in cinemas now.

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Tim Burton’s ‘weird’ family reunion on set of Dumbo

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children an…

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.

The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows, as well as two of his Batman stars; Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito.

Asked about what it was like to work with them all again on Dumbo, Tim said at the London premiere of the new Disney live-action film on Thursday night (21Mar19) that it was just like a family reunion.

“It was very special on a movie like this, with Eva and Danny DeVito, who I’ve worked with three times, and Michael Keaton. Because it’s a movie about weird families, this is a weird family,” he shared to reporters on the red carpet at the Curzon Mayfair.

Danny was also in Big Fish and Mars Attacks!, while Michael starred as cult icon Beetlejuice in Tim’s 1988 movie of the same name.

“All you have to do is read their names and it’s like a beautiful, weird family,” he smiled of his cast, which also includes Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Sharon Rooney, who were all working with Tim for the first time.

He also touched on the message of his updated Dumbo tale.

“It represents just that; a very simple image, a flying elephant, represents all that (outsiders and people dealing with otherness) it puts it in very simple pure form,” Tim said.

Dumbo hits cinemas around the world from 27 March (19).

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Loewe unveils Dumbo-inspired capsule collection

Loewe has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Disney’s iconic Dumbo character.The Spanish heritage brand, helmed by creative director Jonathan Anderson, celebrates the cartoon elephant from the 1941 film, based upon the storyline written by Helen…

Loewe has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Disney’s iconic Dumbo character.

The Spanish heritage brand, helmed by creative director Jonathan Anderson, celebrates the cartoon elephant from the 1941 film, based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl.

An extension of the Loewe’s spring/summer 2019 line, the limited-edition range will launch on 29 March (19).

“This limited line of products builds on the positive nostalgia that the lovable Disney cartoon conjures in everyone’s mind,” a brand representative said. “Dumbo, the young elephant whose oversized ears enabled him to fly, became an intrinsic part of childhood for subsequent generations since he first took flight.”

Loewe’s collection features casual ready-to-wear pieces for men and women, such as a T-shirt and sweatshirt with images of Dumbo. Accessories on offer include scarves and two bags.

“Reinforcing its focus on playful functionality and advanced craft, Loewe employed a complex technique that combines marquetry and printing to apply images of Dumbo on two of the brand’s most coveted items – the Goya backpack and T Pouch. Both bag and pouch are manufactured from high-grade stone-blue (or Dumbo grey) calfskin,” they added.

Customers can register on the Loewe website for a chance to attend a pre-sale a day before the items officially go on sale too, with the events taking place in 10 stores, including Selfridges in London and the label’s flagships in Madrid and Barcelona. Prices have not yet been announced.

The Loewe x Dumbo line is unrelated to Tim Burton’s new Dumbo, a live-action reimagining of the classic which stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green. The movie is set to hit cinemas from the end of March.

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Dumbo star Nico Parker auditioned for lead with stuffed animal

Dumbo star Nico Parker is embarrassed by her stuffed animal audition tape for the movie, even though the homemade video landed her the lead role.Nico tried out for director Tim Burton’s new live-action Disney film by acting out a touching moment with a…

Dumbo star Nico Parker is embarrassed by her stuffed animal audition tape for the movie, even though the homemade video landed her the lead role.

Nico tried out for director Tim Burton’s new live-action Disney film by acting out a touching moment with a plush polar bear on the kitchen floor of her home in London as her screenwriter dad, Ol Parker, shot the footage, and the rising teenage actress, who is now 14, can’t stand the thought of anyone viewing the tape again.

“The fact that it’s out there, that someone has it on, like, a computer somewhere, is horrifying,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Just thinking about it now makes me upset.”

Nico, who is Parker’s daughter with actress Thandie Newton, did not seek any help from her mum and dad as she set out to land the role, insisting, “When it came to acting, I didn’t really want advice. It was very much my own experience.”

“Her (Newton) giving me acting advice is a bit stressful, because I don’t know if you know, but she is better than I am.”

Nico stars in Dumbo opposite Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito, who also recently found himself in an embarrassing moment as he promoted the new film in Mexico – the 74 year old fell flat on his face as he walked up a flight of stairs at a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday (05Mar19).

“I tripped,” Danny told the crowd following the tumble as applause transformed into gasps.

“I think I’m OK,” he said after several people rushed to help him get back on his feet.

Danny went on to crack jokes throughout the press conference and his representative later confirmed to USA Today that the actor was “fine” after his fall.

Dumbo reaches U.S. theatres on 29 March (19).

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Colin Farrell: ‘Tim Burton’s Dumbo has a completely new narrative’

Colin Farrell has described Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo as having a “completely new” narrative.In the upcoming fantasy-adventure film, loosely inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, the Irish actor portrays Holt Farrier, a…

Colin Farrell has described Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo as having a “completely new” narrative.

In the upcoming fantasy-adventure film, loosely inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, the Irish actor portrays Holt Farrier, a one-armed war veteran and former circus star who is hired by ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to care for a newborn elephant.

While the reboot will honour the story of how the young Dumbo discovers how he can use his oversized ears to fly, Colin has now explained in an interview with Collider.com how the rest of the plot has been updated by screenwriter Ehren Kruger for viewers in 2019.

“Obviously, Tim was heavily involved in the working of the script and modifying it. It’s a completely new narrative,” he shared. “The one central thing that holds true in both the original animation and this is the flying elephant and the story of believing in yourself and finding something inside you that allows you to become the best version of what you never thought you could even be. And regardless of the things that sometimes society says should arrive us at being outcasts, they are the things that make us all individual and special and beautiful regardless of how crippling a certain thing may be.”

While much of the story for the Dumbo reboot is being kept under wraps, Colin had nothing but praise for his co-stars, including Hollywood icons Danny and Michael Keaton, who plays V.A. Vandemere, a ruthless and enigmatic entrepreneur.

And the star found working with Tim to be a dream come true, especially because the filmmaker was the mastermind behind one of his favourite features, 1990 classic Edward Scissorhands.

“He’s a dream. I would do anything with him. Anything with him. As much as I wanted to work with him before I met him, I’d like to work with him more a second time. He’s just the best, really,” the 42-year-old gushed.

The live-action Dumbo, also featuring Eva Green and Alan Arkin, is set to hit cinemas in late March (19).

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Colin Farrell: ‘Dumbo reaffirms how individuality is a good thing’

Colin Farrell and the cast of the new live-action adaptation of Disney classic Dumbo have opened up on the powerful “universal” themes shared by both movies.Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, stars of the Tim Burton-directed movie discussed…

Colin Farrell and the cast of the new live-action adaptation of Disney classic Dumbo have opened up on the powerful “universal” themes shared by both movies.

Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, stars of the Tim Burton-directed movie discussed the film’s “powerful” message.

“It’s such a powerful, universal story,” said Eva Green of the film. “You don’t need to be perfect to be loved.”

Green, 38, plays trapeze artist Colette Marchant, who is a member of Danny DeVito’s character Max Medici’s travelling circus.

In the film, former circus star Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, 42, is hired by Medici to care for Dumbo, who is initially a comedic attraction due to his oversized ears.

When Farrier discovers that Dumbo can fly, however, he and the rest of the struggling circus acts work tirelessly to make him a star.

“It reaffirms that individuality is a good thing,” Farrell remarked on the movie’s narrative, with DeVito, 74, adding that, “We need this movie right now.”

While the beloved 1941 animated original ends with Dumbo flying, the new adaptation begins that way, paving the way for a narrative that highlights the prejudices of modern-day society.

Speaking of the necessary change, Green shared her love for the original, emphasising that the new version is just “a new, modern take on it.”

Despite the political undertones, the movie is set to be an upbeat, vibrant experience, with DeVito highlighting that the film is all about “fun.”

“We got a flying elephant. C’mon! How much more fun can you have?” he exclaimed.

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