Look out parents! Olaf and his friends will be back to torment you and delight your children with a sequel to 'Frozen'.
Well, there can’t have been anybody who seriously wasn’t expecting it to happen. The most obvious movie sequel in the history of film has been confirmed, with the news that Frozen 2 is in the works.
According to CNN Money, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at an investors meeting on Thursday that work had begun on a follow-up to the insanely successful 2013 original. Along with the studio’s chief creative officer John Lasseter, he also said that much of the team from the first movie, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, had signed on to develop the sequel.
'Frozen 2' is officially in the pipeline, though no release date has been given.
Continue reading: It's Official! Work Has Begun On 'Frozen 2'!
With news that 'The Incredibles 2' is in the pipelines we look at other sequels to animated feature films, including the eagerly anticipated 'Finding Dory'.
You don’t have to be a under 12 years old to be a fan of animated movies (we are probably the best example of this!), so we’re hoping that you lot are as excited as us to hear that The Incredibles 2 is in the works. The Incredibles was first released in 2004 and tells the story of Helen and Bob Parr, ex superheroes who have hung up their capes to lead a suburban life with their children. If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that superheroes can’t get away from their calling for too long, and before they know it the whole Parr family are donning matching outfits and saving the world. Just your everyday family activity.
Brad Bird is currently penning the script for The Incredibles 2
Director Brad Bird, who was in charge of the first movie, will also be writing The Incredibles 2. Recently Bird revealed, “I have pieces of things that I would love to see in a sequel, but I haven’t got them all together yet.” Get started, Brad, we’re on tenterhooks here!
Continue reading: The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory: Assessing Animated Sequels, Old And New
What makes 'Frozen' so popular with both children and adults and how is it different from Disney's other princess movies?
If we told you that Frozen looks set to overtake Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated feature film of all time, would you be surprised? Probably not, the film has been so popular since it’s release in November 2013 you’d have to have been living under a rock to not have at least heard about it.
Not only is the Frozen soundtrack currently in it’s sixth week at number one in the charts, the film is also number one in DVD/Blu-Ray sales and digital downloads. Described by Paul Dergarabedian as “unstoppable”, Frozen has certainly captured the hearts and minds not only of its target audience...but their parents, too.
Continue reading: Is 'Frozen' The Best Disney Movie Of All Time?
Our list of the top five biggest box office flops.
You know that old saying ‘Money can’t buy you happiness’? Well it can’t buy a box office hit, either! You can pump millions of dollars into a movie, but it doesn’t guarantee it will be a success, take these box office flops for example.
Remember 'Mars Needs Moms'
2011’s Mars Needs Moms had a production budget of $150,000,000, but only took $38,992,758 at the international box office giving it an estimated loss of $130,503,621. That would buy you around 7,676 Hermes Birkin bags or 652 Lamborghinis. So, essentially, it’s quite a substantial loss and we can't imagine that Walt Disney, who produced the movie, were too pleased.
Continue reading: Mars Needs Mom, R.I.P.D, 13th Warrior: The Forgotton Box Office Flops
Streep's speech in honor of Emma Thompson at Tuesday night's awards went in an unexpected direction.
Meryl Streep has been a self-professed feminist throughout her career and she walked the walk on during Tuesday night’s National Board of Review gala in New York. The August: Osage County actress took the stage to present her colleague and friend Emma Thompson with the Best Actress award for her role in Saving Mr. Banks and in the process ripped into Walt Disney for his sexist and racist tendencies.
Streep used the National Board of Review platform to express some controversial opinions.
A transcript of her speech has been obtained by Entertainment Weekly. In her ten minute address, Streep said: "Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn't really like women... Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company's policies, a gender bigot...”
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Toasts Emma Thompson And Roasts Walt Disney
The daughter of Walt Disney, Diane passed away in Napa, California
Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney, has died at her home in Napa, California, following complications to her health acquired during a fall in September. The frail 79-year-old's death was confirmed late yesterday (19 Nov.) by a close family friend, Richard Greene, to the Los Angeles Times, with the only insight into her death relating to her September fall.
Diane has remained in close proximity to her home since September, when she was last seen in public at the 10th anniversary gala to commemorate the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall inn Los Angeles. Diane was incredibly vocal and influential in the design and construction of the building that bares her father's name, and it is the result of but one of her many philanthropic gestures from over the years.
“I wanted something that would bear my father’s name, that would come from his wealth but not be commercial,” she said at the September gala. “That would be just a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul. I think we achieved that.”
Continue reading: Diane Disney Miller Dies, Aged 79
Pixar is left without a movie for 2014 after it was announced Disney has pushed back 'The Good Dinosaur' nearly 18 months until 2015.
Walt Disney Pictures have delayed yet another movie, with the latest victim being Pixar film 'The Good Dinosaur'. Disney have pushed it back nearly 18 months from a slated release date of May 30th 2014 to the new November 25th 2015 release date.
'Pirates of The Caribbean 5' also suffered from the same fate as the adventure epic is set for a delayed release date in summer 2016.
This leaves Pixar without a film release in 2014, with 2005 being the last time the world of cinema saw a year without a Pixar film.
Continue reading: Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Delayed Until 2015 After Losing Director
The film-making great will be given the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years ceremony
Woody Allen is to be awarded the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years awards show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday, 13 September. The prolific writer, director, producer and actor will be bestowed with the award at the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony taking place on 12 January 2014.
Allen has been working in film for six decades
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” HFPA president Theo Kingma said in the official announcement. He added, “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”
We think Hanks or Thompson could be in for a actor/supporting actor nod at The Oscars 2014
The long-awaited Walt Disney film, featuring Tom Hanks as the controversial man himself, is getting closer and closer, and we’ve got some stills of Hanks in action as well as his co-stars, Emma Thompson, B.J Novak and Jason Schwartzman.
Tom Hanks as the controversial Walt Disney
Saving Mr. Banks, which is to be showcased at Disney's annual D23 Expo, follows the story of Mary Poppins’ journey from page to screen as Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood to see her novel change in front of her eyes. She didn’t want Disney to do whey they did with her creation; wasn’t what she had planned.
Walt Disney - The collection of calling cards is a fascinating insights into the design, layout and signatures of choice of people who, on the face of it, got this particular self-marketing method somewhat spot-on. - Friday 7th June 2013
Stan Lee Media closed down over 10 years ago but are now claiming that they were contracted all of the rights to Lee’s creations (including for Spider-Man, X-Men and some of the Avengers) in 1998 despite the fact that Lee also assigned rights to the Marvel comic book company that was then bought by Disney. The 10-page complaint reads: ‘The true facts are that Stan Lee Media Inc. owns the copyrights to Stan Lee's creations. Accordingly, Stan Lee Media Inc. is entitled to the billions of dollars of profits that have been kept by Defendant Disney.’
The company claims that their contract with Lee surpasses Marvel’s because it took place first and Disney didn’t record Marvel and Lee’s agreement publicly with US Copyright Office. A spokeswoman for Walt Disney Co. made a statement to the LA Times earlier today in an email which read: ‘This lawsuit is without merit, it arises out of the same core facts and legal claims that have been rejected by three federal district court judges.’ However, there has been no response so far from Stan Lee’s representative.
Stan Lee Media are to enter litigation against Disney over the rights to some Marvel characters, including Spider Man and Iron Man. The lawsuit is seeking seeking "billions of dollars of profits,” reports Reuters.
Disney bought Marvel Enterprises, which had been renamed Marvel Entertainment, for $4.3 billion 2009, but Stan Lee, a man no longer involved in the company, had created many of Marvel’s most loved characters. The company claims Lee assigned it his rights to those characters in 1998 but then agreed a month later to assign the same rights to Marvel Enterprises. "The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public that it, in fact, owns the copyright to these characters as well as hundreds of other characters created by Stan Lee," the suit alleges. "Those representations made to the public by the Walt Disney Company are false." The suit asserts that Stan Lee Media owns the rights "to the billions of dollars that Disney has generated, or allowed others to generate."
Here’s what Disney have had to say on the matter: "This lawsuit is without merit," they said in a statement. "It arises out of the same core facts and legal claims that have been rejected by three federal district court judges." The Avengers will be heavily implicated, as not only does the film contain most of the characters in question, but it also grossed $1.5 billion in worldwide sales. This could get messy.