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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Alec Baldwin worried Beetlejuice would end his career

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular ch…

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.

The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular character – for Tim Burton’s 1988 offbeat classic.

The plot follows a young married couple, who become ghosts after they both die in a car accident. When their much-loved home is sold to an annoying family, they enlist the help of a devious poltergeist named Beetlejuice to help them reclaim their home.

During an interview with GQ magazine, Baldwin confessed he didn’t understand the unusual film, and was concerned audiences would reject the quirky comedy.

“When we did Beetlejuice, I had no idea what it was about. I thought my, all of our, careers are going to end with the release of this film. Maybe we’re all going to be dead,” he shared.

While filming Beetlejuice, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Makeup, Baldwin was in awe at Keaton’s presence on set.

“Michael came and he knew the secret because I would act and I would have some doubt… I was much more neurotic about what I would do when I was very young starting out off in films,” Baldwin explained.

“Keaton just came out, he was like the comedy Annie Oakley. He was so self-assured. He just tore it up.”

Beetlejuice went on to be the first of many hits for director Burton, who collaborated again with Keaton just one year later on his first Batman movie, which featured Jack Nicholson in his iconic role as The Joker. The pair most recently teamed up on Burton’s version of Dumbo.

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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 ‘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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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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Producer confirms new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel

Producer David Heyman has confirmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel.In February (18), it was reported that Paddington filmmaker Paul King was in talks with executives at Warner Bros. to make another film inspired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 childr…

Producer David Heyman has confirmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel.

In February (18), it was reported that Paddington filmmaker Paul King was in talks with executives at Warner Bros. to make another film inspired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

While writer Simon Rich’s storyline for the project remains under wraps, Heyman has now divulged that the film will be a prequel, rather than a follow-up tale, about the eccentric chocolatier.

“We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel,” he told Collider.com. “What makes Willy when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away? It’s how does he get there? So, we’re playing around with that.”

In the original 1971 Mel Stuart-directed film, in which Wonka was played by Gene Wilder, the character’s origin story wasn’t explored.

And in the 2005 Tim Burton version, which featured Johnny Depp, flashbacks revealed that Wonka’s father, a prominent dentist named Wilbur, who was portrayed by Christopher Lee, strictly forbade him from consuming candy due to the potential risk to his teeth – leading him to later launch his own chocolate factory.

Heyman went on to explain he is hopeful that King will be able to helm the movie, though the director is currently in the pre-production phases of Disney’s live-action Pinocchio adaptation, meaning he will be busy for at least the next 18 months.

The British producer, who worked on both Paddington movies and the Harry Potter film franchise, is currently promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which stars Eddie Redmayne, Depp and Katherine Waterston, and is due for release on 16 November.

There is still no word on who might be cast as Wonka in the new film, with Ryan Gosling, Ezra Miller, Donald Glover reportedly all in the running to play the iconic character.

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