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LucasFilm took the unusual step of making a significant detail public, following Fisher's death from a heart attack in December.
LucasFilm has moved to dismiss widespread rumours concerning the future of Princess Leia’s character in the Star Wars universe following Carrie Fisher’s death, saying that CGI special effects will NOT be used to restore her in future movies.
The studio took an unusual but perhaps necessary step of confirming on Saturday (January 14th) that they will not use technology to restore her character.
Publishing a blog post via the StarWars.com site, the Disney-owned company acknowledged that “we don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation,” but were making an announcement to assure fans that there are “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”
Smith and Hanks are reportedly both in Disney's sights for the Tim Burton-directed live-action re-make.
Deadline reported on Thursday (January 12th) that the 48 year old megastar is being courted by Disney to play the role of the father of the children who form a bond with Dumbo, a big-eared circus elephant. Variety additionally reported that Tom Hanks is being targeted to play the villain in the live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic.
Disney had a record-breaking 2016, as it was revealed that the studio was behind every movie in the global top five, which included their live-action take on The Jungle Book.
Continue reading: Will Smith And Tom Hanks In Talks For 'Dumbo' Live Action Re-Make
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stays at the top in spite of the success of Hidden Figures
It was a close run affair but Rogue One continued its dominance of the box office by staying at the top of the charts for a fourth consecutive week. The eight instalment in the Star Wars franchise narrowly retained the top spot by holding off the Fox production, Hidden Figures.
Janelle Monae Attends The International Film Festival Awards Gala
Continue reading: Rogue One Edges Hidden Figures In The Box Office
The petition calls for Leia to be added to the canon of official Disney princesses - as bosses call a meeting to decide about the future of her character in the Star Wars universe.
Cody Christensen, an American father of five daughters, launched a petition via Change.org following Fisher’s death on December 27th.
“After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess,” the petition reads.
Continue reading: Petition Calls For Princess Leia To Be Made An Official Disney Princess
Recent rumours that the 'Boy Meets World' spin-off was coming to an end have turned out to be true.
It’s official: Disney is indeed calling an end to ‘Girl Meets World’, just a few days after one of its stars, Rider Strong, stirred up rumours that the show was being cancelled.
‘Girl Meets World’ made its debut on The Disney Channel in June 2014, conceived of as a sequel series to the long-running ’90s favourite ‘Boy Meets World’, and ran for three seasons. On Wednesday (January 4th), the show’s writers tweeted confirmation of its cancellation.
“It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over," the tweet read. "I just officially got the call, and would like to thank this audience for its incredible love and loyalty. Please watch our January episodes."
Continue reading: Disney Cancels 'Girl Meets World' After Three Seasons
Which company does it better?
It's often said that a good soundtrack makes the movie, and in the case of animated features that's often true. Hans Zimmer and Randy Newman are staples of the Dreamworks and Pixar music world respectively for their influential film scores - but that doesn't mean to say they are also better than soundtrack song selections.
Disney vs Dreamworks: Does Shrek and Trolls beat Ratatouille and Up?
Here are some of our favourite Pixar and Dreamworks music:
Continue reading: Disney Pixar Vs. Dreamworks: The Best Animation Soundtracks
Disney wouldn't be Disney without these fellas.
Disney and Pixar have had some of the most inventive and adorable characters ever seen in film, and it's difficult to choose the most memorable. It's the kooky little sidekicks and protective companions that make the films so popular, and in some cases are the reason for their continued success.
Here are ten of our favourite Disney side characters:
1. Olaf ('Frozen') - Now the name of every child's snowman, this quirky little fella came to life with Elsa's power and his optimism is infectious. He loves the idea of summer and warmth, and even risked melting just to protect Anna because 'Some people are worth melting for'.
Continue reading: 10 Most Loveable Disney Sidekicks: Olaf, Sebastian And More
Will 2017 be just as good as this year for family flicks?
After the likes of 'Finding Dory', 'Zootopia', 'The Jungle Book', 'Moana' and 'Kubo And The Two Strings' this year, 2017 has a lot to live up to with the family films on offer. However, there's at least one Disney live-action film, three sequels and a list of animated adventures to sink your teeth into over the next few months.
Here are the top 10 kids films we're looking forward to:
1. Beauty and the Beast
Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb attending the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 10th December 2016
Brooke Sorenson seen attending the premiere of Disney's 'Moana,' during AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi, held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 14th November 2016
Cara Whitney, Reagan Whitney, Wyatt Whitney and Daniel Whitney (aka Larry The Cable Guy) at The Walt Disney Family Museum 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala held at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Anaheim, California, United States - Tuesday 1st November 2016
A report in Variety suggests that Firth could play the role of William Weatherall Wilkins in 'Mary Poppins Returns'.
According to a report in Variety on Wednesday (October 19th), English actor Firth is in negotiations with Disney to play the part of William Weatherall Wilkins of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is where the children’s father, George Banks, works in the original film.
If it comes off, Firth will be joining Emily Blunt – who is playing the magical nanny herself – plus Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda in the cast of the big-budget movie, scheduled for release on Christmas Day 2018.
Continue reading: Colin Firth In Talks To Join 'Mary Poppins Returns' Cast
Disney-owned production company Foodles admitted guilt over the incident earlier this year, and this week a $1.95 million fine was handed down by the British courts.
The UK-based movie production company Foodles, which was responsible for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been fined nearly $2 million for breaching health and safety legislation over the accident on set which crushed actor Harrison Ford’s leg.
In August, Disney-owned Foodles Production admitted guilt over the accident at Pinewood Studios back in June 2014 in which Ford broke his leg and ankle and injured his hand when a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon pinned him to the floor. On Wednesday (October 12th), the punishment of a fine of $1.95 million (or £1.6 million) was handed down by the British courts.
Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg and ankle in the accident in June 2014
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