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Writer-director Pete Docter has been giving Disney-Pixar the goodness for quite a while now, what with penning the stories for "Toy Story" and "Wall-E" as well as taking the helm for "Monsters Inc." and "Up." Now, the good Docter's ready to get all introspective and psychological-like for his next animated feature, "Inside Out."
The film concept and cast was introduced at Disney's D23 Expo last weekend by the studio's chief creative officer, John Lasseter, who described the story as "one of the most unique films [he's] ever been associated with — a magical, wonderful, original film." Get More »
Ever since "Harry Potter" made its big screen debut 12 years ago and started on its way to becoming the highest grossing films series of all time, every studio in Hollywood has been hard at work trying to find the next series of fantasy novels to adapt for the big screen. From "The Golden Compass" to "The Mortal Instruments" to "Percy Jackson
and [Ridiculously Long Subtitle]," no stone has gone un-turned in the quest for the magic ticket to box office fortune.
But for Disney, it turns out the answer may have been right under their nose the whole time, as the studio is (in a surprising turn of Tinseltown events) teaming up with The Weinstein Company to adapt Disney Publishing's bestselling "Artemis Fowl" series. Get More »
Anyone who's ever been to the Magic Kingdom well knows that Tomorrowland is the pseudo-futuristic hubspace of Walt Disney World, where attractions like Space Mountain and the Carousel of Progress are housed and people go to oooh and ahhh over all the techno-gadgetry on display.
So, when Walt Disney Pictures started in on a "Tomorrowland" feature film concept, certain things were considered a given about the project, even if the studio was bent on keeping details as quiet as a ... mouse (see what we did there?) ... like the fact that it'd be futuristic in nature (duh) and that it'd probably lean towards the man-made marvel aspect of things, given the theme of the park. But how about the fact that there'll also be half-girl-half-robots and alternate universes and such! Oh, you had to know it'd be something crazy-pants what with Damon Lindelof on board as a co-writer.
Disney has cast "Under the Dome" actress Britt Robertson as "a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology is launched on a journey to reclaim her future," a descriptor which all but confirms what has been suspected for a while now. Get More »
They say three's a crowd, but apparently none of the studios planning movies based on "The Jungle Book" have heard that adage.
Disney is the latest studio to hop onto the "Jungle Book" re-tooling boat, putting yet another egg into the House of Mouse's live-action reboot-heavy basket.
Yep, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that the Rudyard Kipling classic has been ordered to a live-action script by Justin Marks, who recently penned an adaptation of "The Raven" as well as a "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and is now on the prowl for a director to attach to the pic. Get More »
Even the buffest of Disney buffs might catch a surprise or two with this one.
Okay, so you probably already know about some of Disney's little Easter Eggs, like when Scar from "The Lion King" was featured as a rug (and "a very handsome one," as Zazu predicted) in "Hercules," or when the plastic "Toy Story" hero Buzz Lightyear showed up in the dentist's toy chest in "Finding Nemo."
And if you're real nerdy (read: awesome) about this kinda thing, you might've even noticed that moment in "Tarzan" when our favorite mother-son dishware pair — Mrs. Potts and 'lil Chip from "Beauty and the Beast," of course! — lined the table. But there's no way you caught onto these little winks at Disney history before ... or did you?! Get More »
George Lucas has just pulled off his biggest production in years and this time it definitely won't ruin your childhood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas threw a massive party right here in our own galaxy — more specifically, Chicago, Il. — over the weekend to celebrate his new marriage to Mellody Hobson. The couple had tied the knot on June 22 in a private ceremony in his California-based Skywalker Ranch but took things semi-public on Saturday with an intergalactically star-studded affair.
With them, the nuptial force was! Get More »
Okay, so it's that kind of fairy tale reboot, then. Well played, Disney.
We're officially ready to hop on-board this pumpkin chariot now that the studio's sent in Helena Bonham Carter to portray the Bippity-Boppity-Boo-ing Fairy Godmother in its new live-action "Cinderella" story.
'Cause, you know, she's magical and all. Get More »
Billy Crystal has hosted nine Academy Awards ceremonies and starred in box office hits like "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and "Analyze This," but even that resume wasn't enough to earn the 65-year-old respect from his grandchildren.
In a recent interview at the Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. to promote the upcoming "Monsters University," Crystal told a group of reporters what cool customers his four grandchildren are. They didn't know that their grandpa had any kind of special status until a paparazzo was following the actor and kids around The Grove, an upscale outdoor mall in L.A., taking pictures, prompting the kids to ask what the fuss was about. Get More »
Even unto its 53rd animated feature film, Disney's not changing the formula — that is, oh-so-loosely basing its cartoon film fare upon the eldest and grimmest of fairy tales and then putting a slappy-happy spin on what might otherwise be considered a pretty dark story.
Such is the case with "Frozen," as this first teaser trailer for the film makes clear.
The movie features Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), a "fearless optimist" setting off to find her cold-hearted sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) and put an end to the cursed endless winter of the kingdom of Arendelle with the help of a mountain fellow named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his little reindeer pal, Sven. Sound familiar?
Well, it's a sorta-kinda redux of Han Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," but you wouldn't know it from this first-glimpse, which is totally centered around a goofy little snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad)... you know, sort of like how the squirrel always got the nut in the similarly snowy "Ice Age" teasers. The scene is cute, though, and that's probably just the point.
Meanwhile, the studio has also released a few teaser images from the film which thankfully show a bit more substance.
"Frozen," co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, hits theaters in 3D just before winter, on Nov. 27.