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Disney's Next Live-Action Adaptation Is 'Winnie The Pooh'


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Disney has set their sights on adapting Winnie The Pooh into a live-action feature film, according to a report. Based on the stories of A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh was first adapted into an animated movie in 1966 and has been the regularly adapted into Disney films and television series ever since.

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Winnie The Pooh is set for a live-action animation.

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Winnie The Pooh Illustration Sells For Thrice Auction Estimate


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A famous ink drawing of beloved children's character Winnie The Pooh has gone under the hammer in London for a record $503,200 (£314,500).

The E.H. Shepard illustration, which depicts the honey-loving bear playing the game Poohsticks with characters Piglet and Christopher Robin, was published in author A.A. Milne's second book, The House At Pooh Corner, in 1928.

The artwork, titled For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, was part of a Sotheby's children's book auction this week (begs08Dec14) and sold for three times its estimate.

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Zooey Deschanel To Feature On M. Ward's New Album


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Zooey Deschanel is set to feature on M. Ward's next album.

The singer-and-actress will lend her vocal talents to her She and Him bandmate's sixth solo record 'A Wasteland Companion', which was recorded with 18 different musicians in eight studios across the UK and the US.

M has described his forthcoming album - which will also feature a number of top stars including Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley - as a "music travelogue" after he gained inspiration for the record from various trips around the world.

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Kate Gosselin At The Grove To Appear On The Entertainment News Show 'extra' Showing Her Ankle Tattoo Of Winnie The Pooh

Kate Gosselin, Tattoo and Winnie The Pooh Thursday 19th January 2012 Kate Gosselin at The Grove to appear on the entertainment news show 'extra' showing her ankle tattoo of Winnie the Pooh

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Deschanel Daunted By Winnie The Pooh Song Challenge


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Movie star and singer Zooey Deschanel felt daunted about penning a song for last year's (11) Winnie The Pooh movie, likening the Disney songwriting process to "cracking a code".

The actress and her She & Him bandmate M. Ward created new music for the family film - Deschanel tackled the theme tune while the pop couple also recorded So Long, which was played over the end credits of the movie.

But Deschanel admits she was wracked with nerves when movie bosses first approached her about the project.

She tells TheWrap.com, "The tradition of music in Disney animated films is pretty spectacular. But I tried not to think about it, because I might be overwhelmed if I did.

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Captain America Whips Jack Sparrow


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Paramount Home Entertainment's Captain America The First Avenger sent Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides to the plank last week. The Marvel superhero debuted in first place on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc charts, according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert. According to Home Media magazine, Blu-ray Disc sales for Captain America accounted for 68 percent of the total. The latest Pirates movie fell to No. 2. Somewhat surprisingly, Winnie The Pooh, the low-budget, hand-drawn animated feature from Disney, which had only a brief life in theaters and grossed just $26.7 million, debuted in third place on the sales charts. On the rental chart, Captain America landed in first place, inasmuch as Paramount, unlike several other studios, does not impose a 28-day waiting period on the top renters, Netflix and Redbox.

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Captain America Triumphs Over Harry In America


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Just as it had during another war with Great Britain -- one that No Doubt cost far less than the current one -- America returned from crushing defeat last weekend to win the latest weekend at the box office in spectacular fashion. Paramount's Captain America The First Avenger blew past the U.K.-produced Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to wind up with $65.06 million, versus Potter 's $47.42 million. Total box-office sales for the weekend came to $181.32 million, up almost 17 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when Inception led in its second week with $42.73 million, followed by the debut of Salt with $36.01 million. Nevertheless, it did little to affect the overall numbers for the year. Despite far more films carrying 3D surcharges, revenue is down 6.4 percent for the year against 2010, while attendance is down 7.8 percent.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Captain America The First Avenger , Paramount, $65,058,524, (New); 2. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part II , Warner Bros., $47,422,212, 2 Wks. ($273,539,281); 3. Friends With Benefits, Sony, $18,622,150, (New); 4. Transformers Dark of the Moon , Paramount, $12,051,735, 4 Wks. ($325,841,185); 5. Horrible Bosses , Warner Bros., $11,884,319, 3 Wks. ($82,566,703); 6. Zookeeper , Sony, $8,702,055, 3 Wks. ($59,206,255); 7. Cars 2 , Disney/Pixar, $5,655,857, 5 Wks. ($176,375,295); 8. Winnie The Pooh , Disney, $5,162,046, 2 Wks. ($17,594,297); 9. Bad Teacher , Sony, $2,610,925, 5 Wks. ($94,365,688); 10. Midnight in Paris , SPC, $1,804,662, 10 Wks. ($44,783,206).

26/07/2011

Captain America Does What Voldemort Didn't


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Captain America took down Harry Potter over the weekend, sending box-office gurus back to forecasting school. Although most had expected a tight race, with each film taking in around $60 million, the race in reality turned out to be not close at all. Captain America wound up with a Marvel-ous $65.8 million, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 dropped 72 percent to $48.1 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates. It was the biggest second-week drop-off percentage-wise for any movie playing in more than 1,000 theaters since the reboot of Friday the 13th dropped 80.4 percent in 2009. (But then, horror films have a notorious reputation for dropping precipitously in their second week.) In terms of actual dollars, no film in history has dropped so steeply as Deathly Hallows, but then no film in history has had as far to drop, given its record-breaking debut. Also opening this weekend, Sony/Screen Gems's Friends With Benefits earned $18.5 million -- a figure that was below industry expectations.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Captain America The First Avenger , $65.8 million; 2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 , $48 million; 3. Friends With Benefits , $18.5 million; 4. Transformers Dark of the Moon , $12 million; 5. Horrible Bosses , $11.7 million; 6. Zookeeper , $8.7 million; 7. Cars 2 , $5.7 million; 8. Winnie The Pooh , $5.1 million; 9. Bad Teacher , $2.6 million; 10. Midnight in Paris , $1.9 million.

25/07/2011

Lou Diamond Phillips Arriving At The Winnie, The Pooh Premiere At Walt Disney Studios. Burbank, California

Lou Diamond Phillips, Walt Disney and Winnie The Pooh Sunday 10th July 2011 Lou Diamond Phillips arriving at the Winnie, the Pooh Premiere at Walt Disney Studios. Burbank, California

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Deschanel Records New Winnie The Pooh Theme


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Movie star and singer Zooey Deschanel has re-recorded the Winnie The Pooh theme for Disney's upcoming movie about the honey-loving bear.

The actress and her She & Him bandmate M. Ward have created new music for the film, according to CinemaBlend.com.

As well as Deschanel's take on the theme tune, the pop couple has also recorded So Long, which will be played over the end credits of the movie, which opens in America on 15 July (11).

The actress admits she jumped at the chance to be part of Winnie's world: "Who doesn't love Winnie The Pooh... You just wanna hug him."

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Winnie The Pooh Royalties Battle Resurfaces


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Walt Disney bosses are facing the prospect of further legal action over Winnie The Pooh - relatives of the man who helped make the honey-loving bear famous claim they are owed "hundreds of millions of dollars" in unpaid royalties.

Television and film producer Stephen Slesinger obtained the rights to the beloved children's character from author A.A. Milne in 1930, but they were transferred to Disney in 1961.

In September (09), a judge ruled in Disney's favour after an 18-year, $2 billion legal battle over the rights - but Slesinger's family now insist they are still owed a large sum in royalties.

Slesinger family spokesman Lonnie Soury says, "Though the decision established that Disney is the licensee, we are still owed hundreds of millions of dollars. We don't know exactly what that figure is because Disney accounting is Hollywood accounting."

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Voice Of Eeyore To Play Transformers Star


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The voice of Winnie The Pooh's EEYORE has been confirmed to play OPTIMUS PRIME in next summer's (07) action blockbuster Transformers.
Movie producer LORENZO BONAVENTURA made the announcement that Peter Cullen, who voiced Prime in the animated Transformers TV series, will reprise the character on the big screen at this weekend's (20-23JUL06) Comic-Con comic book convention in California.
He says, "He's a fan favourite and the fans are very happy."

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