Iger reportedly told employees this week that one of the studio's upcoming movies has been hacked.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has reportedly claimed that hackers have targeted the studio and have held one of their flagship future releases, rumoured to be the fifth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, to ransom.
The Disney head honcho told ABC employees that hackers had taken one of the studio’s films and held it ransom, threatening to release it to the public unless an undisclosed sum was paid, at a town hall meeting in New York City on Monday (May 15th), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio is refusing to pay up, and is working with federal investigators.
Disney CEO Bob Iger at the premiere of 'Beauty and the Beast'
Continue reading: Disney CEO Reveals One Of Its Movies Has Been Hacked And Held For Ransom
For their latest endeavour, Disney Nature take us on a journey into the deep blue sea to swim alongside some of nature's most majestic creatures. Mankind has long had a connection with Dolphins, they're constantly depicted as riding the waves whenever a movie has a scene on the open ocean and it's a very accurate representation, perhaps to their detriment, they seem far from shy.
Their good nature is constantly on display, there are many tales of surfers / swinners being saved from savage shark attacks by their tailed companions of the deep. Their intelligence is known to be vast, yet we still know relatively little about them; we do know that Dolphins are incredibly social mammals, they stick together in pods for protection and increased hunting capabilities.
Echo is a young dolphin and he plays a pivotal role in this movie; viewers follow him as he tries to find his own place within his pod and the ocean in general.
Continue: Dolphins Trailer
'The Lion King' director Jon Favreau and Disney are reportedly lining up Beyonce to provide the voice of Nala.
The live-action re-boot of Disney’s smash hit The Lion King is in the process of assembling a truly star-studded cast, with new reports suggesting that director Jon Favreau is lining up the one and only Beyonce to voice the character of Nala.
Sources intimated to Variety on Thursday (March 30th) that the pop superstar is on the top of Oscar-winning director Favreau’s list to provide the voice for Nala, the childhood best friend of Simba, and that the studio and team will do “whatever it takes” to get her on board and work round her schedule.
Beyonce has reportedly been offered the voiceover role of Nala in 'The Lion King' re-make
Gary Goldman says he was shot down by Disney twice when he pitched a similar project.
Disney is being sued by a screenwriter who claims the company stole his idea for the Oscar-winning animated film Zootopia.
Gary L. Goldman, who wrote 1990 sci-fi flick Total Recall and executive produced Minority Report, claims in a lawsuit that Disney’s Zootopia is “substantially similar” to a project he once pitched with the same title.
Zootopia’s bunny cop Judy and sly fox Nick Wilde
Continue reading: Screenwriter Accuses Disney Of Stealing The Idea For 'Zootopia'
Homophobic attitudes are sending the movie out of some theatres.
The revelation that the upcoming live action version of 'Beauty and the Beast' will feature Disney's first gay character has caused predictable controversy, with one Alabama drive-in even going as far as banning screenings of the film and Russia has also been called to boycott the movie.
People are really angry about 'Beauty and the Beast' news
A small drive-in in Henagar, Alabama are refusing to show the forthcoming blockbuster starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens simply because director Bill Condon recently cited that Gaston's sidekick LeFou (played by Josh Gad) was openly gay with feelings for his master. We doubt this will make a significant dint in the film's profits.
Continue reading: Bigots Are Going Out Of Their Way To Ban 'Beauty And The Beast'
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
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
The Hollywood Reporter claims Disney has tapped Guy Ritchie to direct a proposed 'Aladdin' live action re-make.
The Hollywood Reporter cited Dan Lin, who helped 48 year old filmmaker Ritchie on his two Sherlock Holmes movies which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as promising an “ambitious and non-traditional” spin on the 1992 animation, while retaining a large number of the musical elements of the beloved original.
Guy Ritchie could be directing a live-action re-make of 'Aladdin' for Disney
Continue reading: Guy Ritchie In Talks With Disney To Direct Live Action 'Aladdin' Re-Make
Disney launches their Disney IRL series starting with- Squirrel!
Fans of 'Up', prepare for the most adorable video you'll see all week. In a hidden camera stunt, Disney Pixar have let loose a friendly Golden Retriever in the park to talk to people who are enjoying a day out in the sun. Yes, talk.
Dug was a character in 2009's 'Up'
It's the real life talking dog, Dug. And he's 'on a mission to meet new friends' according to the video, which sees a real dog approach several adults and children wearing a collar that feeds Oscar nominated actor Bob Peterson's (the guy who voiced Dug in 'Up') voice through a speaker on the device. As he tells one curious little girl, 'I may talk because my collar allows me to talk'.
Who will play this fearless character next?
The live action reimagining of arguably Disney's most badass princess 'Mulan' is finally underway, and set to hit theatres towards the end of 2018. Rumour has it that production on the movie is now being fast-tracked, and that it will be released in 3D.
A re-make of 'Mulan' is coming in 2018
The new film will of course be based on the Oscar nominated 1998 animated adventure directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook and featuring the voices of Ming-Na Wen and BD Wong. The search is now on for the actress who will star as the brave warrior, and a director is also yet to be announced.
Continue reading: Disney Unveils A Release Date For The Live-Action Remake Of 'Mulan'
Favreau is re-enlisted following the success of 'The Jungle Book'.
Fairly predictably, Walt Disney Studios are bringing out a modern remake of 'The Lion King' with Jon Favreau as director. Just like 'The Jungle Book', it will feature songs from the original 1994 animated film. No further details have as yet been announced.
Jon Favreau to direct 'The Lion King'
The movie will join the likes of 'Maleficent', 'Cinderella', 'The Jungle Book' and the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' among Disney's live-action/CGI reboots. 'We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production', the Walt Disney Company said in a statement on their website.
Continue reading: Disney Announces 'The Lion King' Remake With Director Jon Favreau
It's been 25 years since Disney released one of their most popular masterpieces, Beauty and The Beast. The 1991 animation picture was a retelling of a 1700's French fairytale written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and featured one of Disney's most loved musical accompaniments. The story follows the story of a beautiful yet rebellious girl named Belle and a beast who has been enchanted by a sorceress and lives in a large castle in the middle of the woods.
Belle lives with her father in a small village, most of the townsfolk dislike Belle as she doesn't conform to their usual traditions but Belle doesn't care about what they think; her father loves her and that's good enough for her. Belle's other admirer is Gaston, the town's most popular citizen. Women adore him and men admire and want to be him but the only woman he can't woo is the one he wants.
Belle becomes worried for her father when he fails to return from market, she sets off on her own to find him. Belle traces his footsteps and finally sees the enchanted castle where her father is being held by the Beast. Wishing for nothing more than her father's safety, Belle makes a deal with the Beast which sees her father leave and Belle take his place.
Miranda will work with songwriter Alan Menken on Disney’s upcoming adaptation.
Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will be teaming with Oscar winning composer Alan Menken to work on songs for Disney’s forthcoming live action adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. According to Deadline, the duo will write the songs together, while Miranda will also serve as a producer on the film.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Menken was the composer for the 1989 animated movie, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Score and shared the Oscar for Best Song with Howard Ashman. Menken has also worked on classic Disney films including Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and has won eight Oscars during his career.
Continue reading: 'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'
Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford star in the new re-boot.
Nostalgia is certainly the order of the day at Walt Disney Studios, with the film company determined to update some of the family favourites in the next few years. One classic to be given a contemporary makeover is 1977's 'Pete's Dragon', which has just arrived on screens.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays Grace the forest ranger in 'Pete's Dragon'
The iconic Oscar nominated musical, which was a live action epic featuring an animated dragon, has returned; though this time without the sing-a-longs and with Elliott the dragon becoming a CGI masterpiece. Those who remember the original directed by Don Chaffey will know it as a story about an orphan on the run from his cruel adoptive parents, who is guided to the safety of a town in New England by this enormous fire-breathing creature with the power of invisibility. Elliott manages to wreak havoc on the town though, leaving Pete initially only welcomed by Nora and her father who live in a lighthouse.
Continue reading: Disney Re-Makes Family Classic 'Pete's Dragon', But It's Not A Musical
Bryce Dallas Howard didn't hesitate when she was offered a role in a remake of the 1977 adventure Pete's Dragon.
"I was brought up on Disney and loved the original animated version," she says. "I'm exactly the age that is the sweet spot for that film." And after starring in a few grown-up films (including 50/50, The Help and Jurassic World), she was enthusiastic about making a family movie. "I'm extremely protective of my own children and what I let them watch," she says. "When I was reading the script, I felt absolutely transported and my heart was moved. I felt this was something I would be so proud to be a part of because I feel it's a wonderful story for children."
And the irony of moving from dinosaurs to dragons wasn't lost on her. "I shot Jurassic World, and then just a few months later Pete's Dragon," Howard says. "I was very much in that world of reptilian fantasy characters, and I kept messing up the whole time. I'd be like, 'Okay, where's the dinosaur? No, I mean dragon!' It was a weird thing, with the stark difference that when looking at dinosaurs, your expression is mostly fear. When looking at the friendliest, sweetest, most adorable dragon on the planet, your expression is largely one of love, excitement and fun. Eventually, by the time I was ending the shoot, I was clear on the dragon situation."
Continue reading: Bryce Dallas Howard Did Pete's Dragon For Her Family
Variety indicates that Streep is in talks to join Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns'.
The hotly-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins looks like it will boast a star-studded cast when it eventually arrives, with reports that Meryl Streep is set to join the project.
Variety reported on Thursday (July 28th) that the 67 year old screen legend is in talks to join previously confirmed stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda on Mary Poppins Returns, which is vaunted for a release on Christmas Day 2018.
Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast of 'Mary Poppins Returns'
Continue reading: Meryl Streep In Talks To Join Cast Of 'Mary Poppins' Sequel
The 'Wreck It Ralph' sequel has a tentative release date of March 9th, 2018.
A sequel for the animated hit Wreck-It Ralph has been officially announced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, due to be released in 2018.
Director Rich Moore, who was in charge of the original movie that was a box office sensation in October 2012, confirmed that he was working on a follow-up during a live Facebook chat on Thursday (June 30th).
A still from 2012's 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Continue reading: 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Confirmed For 2018
The original voice cast of 'Frozen' is returning for some Lego-based animated shorts later this year, and a series of novels is also being released, to tell a brand new tale 'Northern Lights'.
Fans of Frozen won’t have to wait long for more material from the franchise, with Disney unveiling a new original story entitled 'Frozen Northern Lights' this week, a multi-media project that will be told via various art forms including books and short animated Lego videos.
All the original fan favourites will be getting back together, including Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, in a new tale that will see the gang try to restore the Northern Lights. The series will include a new protagonist joining the gang, named Little Rock.
Disney and Lego are teaming up for a new 'Frozen' adventure entitled 'Northern Lights'
The sequel brought in $136.2 million domestically.
Not unexpectedly, 'Finding Dory' has made not so much a splash at the weekend box office (June 17th 2016), but more a humongous tidal wave. The Disney Pixar animation has broken the record for the highest grossing animated debut in history. The 2018 release of 'Toy Story 4' has got a lot to live up to.
Finding Dory blows other animations out of the water
'Finding Dory' has followed the success of its predecessor by becoming the biggest opening for an animated film ever, bringing in $136.2 million domestically and beating 2007's 'Shrek the Third' (a Dreamworks feature) which had a $121.6 million debut.
Continue reading: 'Finding Dory' Smashes Weekend Box Office Figures With Record Opening
A successful outing from Pixar, not that we ever doubted it.
'Finding Dory' finally arrives in cinemas and it appears that this long awaited sequel to the much-adored 'Finding Nemo' was totally worth the wait - for fans of the original at least. Critics can't get enough of the overwhelming emotion of the movie, nor of its resonance in the world of childhood disability.
'Finding Dory' is probably the best sequel of the year
For every critic who's dismissing 'Finding Dory' as unoriginal, another one is exalting it for its sensitivity and relevance; suitably adapted for this decade but still remaining inescapably familiar after 13 years. 'It's like meeting up with an old friend and realizing that somehow, in spite of all the years and distance, no time has passed at all', Consequence Of Sound wrote.
Continue reading: 'Finding Dory': An Emotional Journey And The Reason Sequels Get Made
Animated musical v blockbuster book adaptation: it's going to be a big weekend
The Hunger Games has enjoyed a lucrative stint atop the box office mountain, breaking records and – pretty much – living up to its expectations both critically and fiscally. But the Thanksgiving weekend usually sees family films prevail, and it doesn’t get more nuclear, sociologically speaking, than an animated musical from Disney.
Can Disney's Frozen usurp the powerful Hunger Games?
Today, (Wed 28 Nov) is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s sixth day of release, and the day we expect it to move past the $200m mark domestically, bringing it’s global haul up to the $350m mark. It’s been a triumph, no doubt, but could Frozen change the aesthetic of the box office this weekend?
Critics are blown away by the wintry fairytale 'Frozen'
It looks like Disney have hit the jackpot once again, as their latest animation, the festive Frozen, is a hit with critics and looks as though it could be a hit in cinemas too. Starring Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell and directed by Chris Buck, the film follows Anna, the future Queen of Arendelle, as she races against time to prevent her sister from unwittingly turning the kingdom into an eternally icy realm, meeting some new friends and learning some important lessons on the way.
The film is being commended for its visuals
"This is an icy, snowy world that Disney has never done before," director Chris Buck insisted in a recent featurette for the movie. Stars Kristen Bell and Josh Gad both gushed over the extent of the visuals on offer, with producer Peter del Vecho adding, "We did draw a lot of inspiration from Norway, in fact we sent our art direction team to Norway as the jumping off point."
Continue reading: What Makes 'Frozen' So Good? Review Round-Up Of Disney's Latest Hit
Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' could be Disney's big hitter for 2014.
It seems Angelina Jolie's icy exterior has transferred pretty well to the screen, with the Hollywood actress starring as the cold-hearted Queen in the first trailer for Disney's Maleficent. Billed as the "untold story" of the iconic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Maleficent - due out in May 2014 after being brought forward by Disney - also stars Elle Fanning as the young princess Aurora as well as Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
Angelina Jolie as 'Maleficent'
The plot synopsis from Disney reads: "A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal-an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone.
Continue reading: With Angelina Jolie As Maleficent, Disney Can Rule 2014 [Trailer]
Scotland - have you got the X-Factor? The Star Wars X-Factor?
Lucasfilm/Disney had planned to audition for several parts in J.J Abrams' new movie on Saturday and Sunday at Glasgow's Wasp Studios in the Southblock building in Merchant City, though that plan has been scrapped and the auditions will now take place on November 30 and 1 December with a venue to be announced in the next few weeks.
The decision comes after an unexpected amount of aspiring actors turned up to auditions in Bristol.
Continue reading: Does Scotland Have A Venue Big Enough For Star Wars Auditions?
The comic book giant and the online streaming service have teamed up for four all-new series based on Marvel superheroes.
A major deal was struck between online streaming service Netflix and the Disney-owned comic book publishing house Marvel this week, securing the website's rights to four new superhero-based programmes and a mini-series. Described as an “unprecedented deal” and “Marvel‘s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling,” the deal will see the programmes come to life beginning in 2015, Deadline reported on Thursday, 7 November.
Netflix are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with
A live action series is to begin based upon the heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, culminating in a mini-series The Defenders, which probably means we'll have a couple of inter-twining story-lines between shows. The four heroes are all to be based in the gritty setting of Hell's Kitchen, New York, and Netflix have initially signed on for at least four, 13 episode series over “multiple years,” beginning in 2015. The introduction of the heroes will then lead to the spin-off mini-series, The Defenders, which according to Netflix/Disney “reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
Continue reading: Marvel & Netflix Leaves Competitors Out In The Cold With New TV Deal
Filming is due to get underway with the first of the new trilogy, and so far we don't really have much of a clue as to what's going on.
Star Wars: Episode 7, is a phrase that either strike fear into the hearts of Star Wars fans the world over, or instil a sense of reluctant optimism in others. No matter how you feel about the rebooting of George Lucas' genre-defining sci-fi series, it is happening and there is nothing we can do about it. What we can do though is mull over every little rumor and tidbit that Disney have managed to let sneak on to the internet, and try to understand exactly where the movie's makers are in the filmmaking process.
Lucas is handing the baton over to Abrams
We do have some concrete facts about the movie so far; that Jj Abrams is directing it, or at least we're pretty sure that he still is anyway. During the summer there were rumors that the Lost creator was on the verge of stepping down from the project amidst creative differences with Disney. Having initially declined the invitation to direct the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, his commitment to the project had always seemed somewhat in doubt, but as the months have gone by it does look as though he is committed to the job. Abrams is a pretty competent director and his involvement in the project is a promising one, providing that he doesn't go overboard with the lens flare like he did on Star Trek.
Continue reading: What Do We Know About 'Star Wars: Episode 7' So Far?
The prolific producer will end his collaborative run with the Disney company, who insist his departure has nothing to do with 'The Lone Ranger' flop
Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney are the latest Hollywood couple to end a once beautiful relationship following a period of uncertainty prompted by a series of missteps. Unlike most Hollywood splits though, this one is being handle amicably as both parties agreed to go their separate ways following a difference of opinion on the studio's creative direction.
Bruckheimer (L) and Disney chief Alan Horn (R) both say The Lone Ranger had nothing to do with the split
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney released a statement to press on Thursday, 19 September, stating that the studio will look to end it's first-look deal with the producer in 2014. Bruckheimer spoke with THR about the split and insisted that his departure from the studio has nothing to do the failure of his last film, The Lone Ranger. He said that the split comes down to the fact that Disney no longer want to make the kind of movies that he's interested in making and insists their relationship has simply run it's course. However, he did mention that he plans on resolving the matter before it is finalised, and had no concerns as to whether he would be able to reach another contract agreement following the fallout.
Continue reading: Disney To Sever Ties With Jerry Bruckheimer In 2014
Disney might just be stalling to weigh up their options
Officially, and this is from Jerry Bruckheimer’s mouth: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has been delayed to 2016 because of a scripting issue. He and everyone involved want to get it right. Sounds plausible enough. But given the problems Disney had with a big-money Johnny Depp, Bruckheimer-produced blockbuster last time out, suggestions are that the giants are mulling things over.
Are Disney ready to ride with Depp again?
“We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done,” revealed Bruckheimer in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s all a factor,” he said, answering a question on price tags. “We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on.” Jeff Nathanson is working on the screenplay for Pirates 5 and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are signed up to direct.
The giant characters graced one of the UK's most treasured views to promote Disney's new game, 'Disney Infinity.'
Ship crews on the way into English port must have truly thought the seasickness had got to their minds when they saw enormous, brightly coloured characters moving about where land should have been. This was no hallucination though: Disney projected some of their most loved digital characters on to the sheer face of the white cliffs of Dover along with their "Disney Infinity" logo.
Disney Promoted Their New Game Disney Infinity With Some Creative Use Of Dover's Cliffs.
Toy Story's Jessie and Woody, Monsters Inc.'s Mike and Sully, The Incredibles' Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible, and Pirates of the Caribbean's Jack Sparrow all graced the cliffs The stunt was part of a promotional campaign for Disney Interactive's new game, Disney Infinity, that will allow gamers to combine physical toys with a digital gaming experience.
Continue reading: Disney Characters Projected On To White Cliffs Of Dover [Pictures]
To infinity, and beyond!
It’s been done before and didn’t really work, but Disney think they can do something different by merging tangible action figures with an on-screen video game environment with Disney Infinity. This time, it’s a world building game, as opposed to PlayStations 3 battle arena style Eye of Judgement game, which really didn’t take off.
Micky and Minnie will surely be involved
With Disney Infinity, players will be able the create action toys on a special pad, and watch them appear in the game. They can then build their own utopia in the style of popular Disney franchises, like Monsters Inc., The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Angelina Jolie discusses her affinity with Maleficent at the Disney Expo in Anaheim, California. The film, due to be released next year, stars Jolie as the sorceress and also features her daughter Vivienne.
Maleficent may leave the audience perplexed at Disney's stance on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. It may have been some time since the 1959 Disney animation and times certainly seem to have change: instead of a fearful and malevolent Maleficent, we may be faced with a "deliciously cruel" villain we want to see beat the charming prince.
Angelina Jolie at the UK premiere of World War Z.
Angelina Jolie surprised fans at the D23 fan expo with a guest appearance. She discussed the film and how she had long dreamed of playing Maleficent. On the subject, she said: "since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite. I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel."
According to film critics, 'Planes' could very well be the worse Pixar film to date, ruining the company's once glowing reputation as the animators who could do no wrong
Planes is the latest animated feature from Disney-owned animators Pixar. Set in the same anthropomorphic world as previous Pixar hits Cars and Cars 2, the new film takes to the skies to see this animated world from above, but is is a world that we want or need to see? If the critical reception for the film so far is anything to go by, then no, we don't need or want this latest Pixar film at all.
Dane Cook lends his voice to lead character Dusty Crophopper
Continue reading: 'Planes' Crash-Lands As Pixar's Worse Film To Date: Critical Round-Up
Disney can offset its Disney losses with The Good Dinosaur, Malificent and Star Wars Episode VII.
Walt Disney has released its third quarter results, which show that Gore Verbinski's doomed blockbuster The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, has lost the company somewhere between $160 million and $190 million.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] In The Lone Ranger
Disney failed to pull in the crowds for the $250 million reboot of the classic western, despite heavy spending on a promotional campaign. Still, the company said it earned $1.85 billion in the quarter to the end of June, up from $1.83 billion last year. However, the losses from the Lone Ranger movie will show up in the next quarterly figures.
Will Ryan Gosling choose Star Wars over Batman?
Ryan Gosling attended a meeting with a view to playing Luke Skywalker's son in Jj Abrams forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7 movie, according to the Latino-Review, which 'broke' the news that Harrison Ford would be returning to the franchise.
Disney is keen to land Gosling for the role though missed out on another high profile star.
According to the website's sources, the studio had a meeting with Leonardo Dicaprio who eventually passed on the project to concentrate on Robotech, a forthcoming "sprawling sci-fi epic" where mankind is forced to use technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling To Play Luke Skywalker's Son In Star Wars Episode 7?
Will J.J jump starship?
See this is what happens when we don’t keep an eye on things; rumors are abounding that J.J Abrams is on the verge of a Star Wars Exit. LucasFilm are denying it vehemently, but where did this specualtion come from and is the next Star Wars film moving along as smoothly as we thought?
J.J Abrams has gone from Trek to Wars... we think
Continue reading: Is J.J Abrams REALLY The Star Wars Episode VII Director?
Johnny Depp is refusing to accept that The Lone Ranger is a flop.
Actor Johnny Depp has come out fighting over the criticism levelled at his movie The Lone Ranger, saying his performance as Tonto was a "salute to the Native Americans" and that it's disappointing box-office performance in the United States didn't trouble him because he had no expectations.
Johnny Depp at the UK Premiere of 'The Lone Ranger'
When quizzed by the BBC's Lizo Mzimba at the UK premiere of the movie, Depp played down the extent of the 'flop', saying, "I don't have any expectations, I think critics were especially upset that it didn't really tank. I think they were hoping that it would really tank, you know?"
Continue reading: Johnny Depp On Lone Ranger, "The Critics Are Upset That It Didn't Tank"
Despicable Me 2 continued its dominance over the box-office this past weekend.
Yeah, we had a feeling this might happen. The $190 million budget of Pacific Rim is seemingly looking further away than ever after Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster took just $38.3 million on its box-office debut over the weekend. The Idris-Elba starring movie - which courted mainly negative reviews - is now on course to become a loss making movie for Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures.
As expected, it was the superb Despicable Me 2 that maintained the No.1 spot on its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million and establishing itself as one of the success stories of the year. The animated flick featuring the voices of Russell Brand and Steve Carell also topped the global box office for the weekend with $100.5 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim followed with $91.3 million.
Sony executives will have been jumping for joy on Sunday, with news that Adam Sandler's comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 opened to a stellar $42.5 million domestically. In fact, Sony were so happy they released a cheery statement for us all to read, via the Hollywood Reporter:
George Lucas does not buy the Star Wars/Star Trek rivalry.
George Lucas has chucked a massive bucket of cold water on the entire Star Trek/Star Wars rivalry by suggesting Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi television show paved the way for his legendary space franchise. A new documentary titled Trek Nation sees Rod Roddenberry attempt to uncover the importance of his father's TV series, and rivalry producer Lucas is hugely complimentary of the show, reports Yahoo Movies.
"Star Trek softened up the entertainment arena," he explains in the documentary, "so that Star Wars could come along and stand on its shoulders." The filmmaker suggested that Star Trek crucially proved to studios that audiences were hungry for science fiction, "There was an effective group of people in the beginning who accepted it," he said, "That it wasn't that far out. For the studios it was way far out. [They said] 'What is this?' But there was a fan base out there - primarily the Star Trek fan base -who understood science-fiction, understood visual science-fiction, and was ready for something like [Star Wars] to be in the feature arena."
Lucas certainly has plenty to be thankful for, recently selling LucasFilm to Disney for a cool $4 billion, safe in the knowledge that his sci-fi franchise will continue with new movies and TV series. Set to hit theaters in 2015, Star Wars Episode 7 will be directed by Star Trek's Jj Abrams.
Continue reading: George Lucas Admits Star Trek Paved The Way For Star Wars: Agree?
Could 'The Lone Ranger' be headed for the Guinness Book of Records?
Ok, so by now everyone's well aware that Jerry Buckheimer and Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger is a monumental flop - a serious disaster that could cost Disney $150 million. The Johnny Depp-Armie Hammer starring western took just $48.9 million over the usually lucrative five-day Independence Day weekend - leaving it miles from its $175 million marketing budget, not to mention its $250 million production costs.
Johnny Depp starred as Tonto and Armie Hammer played The Lone Ranger
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney is praying for a return of $150 million abroad, taking its worldwide total to $275 million and $150 million short of its $425 million total budget. "It's very disappointing," said Disney executive vice-president of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis. "Everything was perfect on paper, so today was incredibly frustrating." The problem is, nothing could be described as perfect. If Hollis is referring to Johnny Depp than it's lazy marketing. If he's referring to Verbinski in the directorial seat, or the bloated budget, than it's just stupid talk. The Lone Ranger has received some of the worst reviews of the year - it's a terrible movie - and unfortunately, nobody wants to watch big-budget westerns. Did Cowboys and Aliens teach them nothing?
Continue reading: Where Does 'The Lone Ranger' Rank In List Of Biggest Movie Flops?
Whether it's poor promotion, bad reviews, or concerns over the representation of Native Americans, Gore Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger' may come and go rather quickly at the box-office.
You'd be forgiven for assuming Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger was still weeks away from its cinematic release, with animations Despicable Me 2 and Monster's University dominating the movie talk ahead of the weekend's box-office. Hell, people are still talking about World War Z and The Heat more than Johnny Depp's new movie.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] Star In 'The Lone Ranger'
The Hollywood actor plays the Native American spirit warrior Tonto in Verbinski's re-telling of the classic story, with The Social Network's Armie Hammer the underwhelming choice as John Reid, aka, the Ranger. It's difficult to figure out why Disney's big-budget new movie has flown under the radar, though a flurry of tragic reviews and grumblings over the representation of Native Americans has severely dented public anticipation.
'Monsters University' has remained at No.1 in the weekend box office. Responses to the two new releases: 'The Heat' and 'White House Down' have differed greatly. 'Superman: Man of Steel' remains stoically in the top 5.
Monsters University spent its second week at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office grossing $46.2 million. The sequel of Monsters Inc. follows the early, not so jovial, relationship of Sulley and Mike as they attend college. Monsters University includes some big names from the acting community including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Dame Helen Mirren.
Billy Crystal with ‘Mike Wazowski’, the character he voices in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University.
Disney Pixar’s animation has fended off competition from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s cop comedy The Heat. The comedy has received favourable reviews and the weekend box office reflects this, grossing since its release on Friday $40 million.
Continue reading: 'Monsters University' Fends Off 'The Heat': Still No.1 In US Box Office
'Monsters University' has made $82.4 million in its opening weekend, outdoing 'World War Z' and 'Superman: Man of Steel'.
Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc., has done extremely well during its first weekend of release. The Disney Pixar animation has made $82.4 million, placing it ahead of World War Z and Superman: Man of Steel in the box office charts.
The animation has outdone its predecessor, Monsters Inc. which, released in 2001, made $65.5 million during its opening weekend. In Monsters Inc. we saw the monster's world powered by the terror of children scared by Mike and Sulley during their night-time adventures into the human world. The two best friends overcome adversity to ensure a predictable happy ending in true Disney style.
Monsters University follows the relationship between Mike (the green Cyclops) and Sulley (the fluffy blue one) as they attend university. As it turns out the pair were not always as close as they were in Monsters Inc.
Continue reading: Monsters University Earns $82.4 Million On Its Opening Weekend
It is a bold strategy, but it may very well pay off in the end as the movie industry looks to move forward with the time.
Movie companies Sony Pictures and Disney have begun a bold new campaign in Asia in a bid to ward off piracy; by streaming movies online whilst they are still available in cinemas. The two massive movie companies have quietly begun testing a new on-demand service in South Korea, giving people the chance to rent movies whilst they are still available to watch in cinemas.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the new strategy taken by the two film companies, noting that they are the first American companies to try out the risky move, with Django Unchained, Wreck-it Ralph and Brave all been used in the past to test the viability of the move. The studios have made tickets available to buy online, giving people the opportunity to watch a movie in their own home using their cable, internet, or satellite-TV subscription, or alternatively they can use the ticket to watch a film in the cinema. Disney have been testing out new ways to release their films over the past few years, reducing the time Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland spent in UK cinemas from 17 weeks to 12 weeks in order to bring forward the DVD launch, trying out a similar method in Portugal when the company brought out Tangled - giving Portuguese audience the chance to watch the movie on an on-demand service too. Other than these two instances, the company haven't tried the method again, however if the trial scheme works out in Asia we might not have long to wait in the Western world.
South Korea is a good place for Disney and Sony to start their trail, with the Asian country currently the eighth largest movie market in the world. If the move does make its way out west, it will undoubtedly be met with stern opposition from cinema companies and other movie producers. Still, the four other major Hollywood studios are said to be watching the situation intently and should it prove to be a success, may follow suit, putting further pressure on theater chains and the tradition of film watching. Of course, there is still life left in the cinemas, with movies like Iron Man 3 and The Avengers performing outstandingly at the US box office and abroad.
Disney goes back to the classics with 'Frozen' loosely based on the fairytale 'The Snow Queen'.
Olaf meets Sven in 'Frozen'
Fairytales are definitely becoming popular again with some of the world's favourites being transferred to stunning, high-energy and often grisly live action flicks, among them being 'Jack the Giant Slayer', 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters', 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and not to mention the TV series 'Once Upon a Time' which is now in its third season. However, Disney has brought the delight back to children and reverted to what they are known for with their (albeit vague) rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' in an animated adventure entitled 'Frozen'. Starring Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Broadway sensation Idina Menzel, it tells the story of Anna's quest to undo her sister Elsa's power over the kingdom of Arendelle, which she has cursed into eternal winter, accompanied by her friend Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and a snowman called Olaf.
First movie between the two entertainment giants
Think you know your Marvel Comics? Have you ever heard of Big Hero 6? Oh, you have you say? Well you’re a bigger comic book nerd than us then, and will no doubt be thrilled by the news that there’s to be a feature length of the little-known Japanese-set Marvel series courtesy of Walt Disney Animations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it’ll be the first time the venerable comic books institution and the venerable animation studio have teamed up together, which is quite exciting really when you think about it. Walt Disney acquired rights to make Marvel movies in 2009 when it acquired the company. The film will be directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and is due in theaters in November 2014; apparently it will center on a boy and his beloved robot companion – there always has to be a companion - who join a team of crime fighters in a mythical mashup city called San Fransokyo. Hoho, very good.
"The storytelling aspects are very frenetic, very visceral," Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer, said of Big Hero 6 to the LA Times. "It takes tropes of Japanese culture, manga, anime. There are giant dinosaurs that invade a city, big robots, youth fashion, cutesy stuff in the vein of Hello Kitty." The move is a big part of Disney trying to re-ascertain its name as a leading animation brand, aided by the Oscar winning short Paperman which mixed both 2D and 3D animation to great effect.
The former teen star had been in a coma for several years
Annette Funicello dies: One of Disney’s original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello has died, aged 70. The popular actress, one of the early teen screen stars, lost the ability to speak back in 2009 and has been battling multiple sclerosis for over two decades. She had reportedly been in a coma for a number of years, according to New York Daily News. Funicello was selected by Disney to become one of the Mouseketeers in the 1950s after they spotted her doing ballet in a school production of Swan Lake. She was aged 12 at the time and had taken up the dance form to enable to her overcome her shyness.
Her friend Paul Anka, whom he briefly dated in the late 1950s, wrote his hit song ‘Puppy Love’ about her and said that she “had the thing… she the it.” On screen, she came across as perky and loveable and at the height of her popularity, she would receive up to 6,000 fan letters a month. Keen to capitalise on her crossover potential and transformed her into a teen pop star, with songs like ‘First Name Initial’ ‘O Dio Mio’ and ‘Pineapple Princess.’
The Disney CEO Roger Iger released a statement yesterday (April 8, 2013), saying “She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars… She delighted a generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Her friend Frankie Avalon told Associated Press “She was an amazing girl. She really had a tough existence. I’m devastated but I’m not surprised (by the news).”
Continue reading: Annette Funicello Dies - Disney Loses An Original Mouseketeer
Cutbacks stem from a company-wide review
A report from Reuters news agency suggests that Disney will soon be laying off staff from its consumer product division and studio. The loss of staff is expected to happen some time in the next two weeks, according to sources close to the company. The layoffs are thought to have stemmed from a company wide review and are taking place in order to cut costs. It is not currently known exactly how many jobs will be lost.
This follows the news on Wednesday that Disney had started to lay off staff at the 30 year-old games studio Lucas Arts that it had acquired with the purchase of George Lucas’ film company in 2012. Disney is focusing on licensing the Star Wars brand externally. There was no comment from Disney on the matter. Last year, Disney cut around 200 jobs from in Disney Interactive arm, when the company started to make the transition away from console games and towards online and mobile entertainment. An additional 100 jobs have been cut since then. Further cuts have been made at the company’s publishing unit, when it moved operations to Burbank from New York as part of a restructuring operation.
Disney's plans were not yet public when the insider spoke to the press. They did so on condition of anonymity, revealing that the studio job cuts will focus on the marketing and home video units, as well as a small number from the animation department.
The trailer for 'Cars' spin-off 'Planes' is now here with the movie set for cinematic release this summer.
Here is your first taster of the upcoming 'Cars' spin-off 'Planes'; an equally endearing animated movie about determination and achieving your dreams set to hit screens on August 16th 2013.
DisneyToon Studios brings us this fantastic new interpretation of the Pixar animated 2006 'Cars' movie and it's 2011 sequel 'Cars 2'. The teaser trailer gives away little about the plot, but introduces our soon-to-be favourite animated character of the year with the pounding drums of 'More Human Than Human' by heavy metal band White Zombie. 'Planes' has been directed by Klay Hall of 'King of the Hill', who is a huge aviation enthusiast - and with that you can guarantee not only rib-cracking humour, but remarkable accuracy. We see Dusty, a nervous cropdusting aircraft with a phobia of heights and the voice of Dane Cook, take on some of the biggest plane racing champions in the world as he vows to conquer his fears and fulfil his dream as a successful air racer despite formidable competition. Beside him are his friends Skipper, an old Navy Corsair voiced by Stacy Keach, and Chug, a fuel tanker who doesn't for a second doubt Dusty's capabilities and is played by Brad Garrett.
Paperman the favourite to win 'Best Animated Short' Oscar and end Disney's drought at the awards, but faces tough competition from Adam & Dog and Simpsons spin-off.
Paperman, the black and white animated love story from first-time nominee John Kahrs, looks like the favourite to take home the award for 'Best Short Animation' at Sunday's Oscar ceremony, with the Disney production currently the bookies favourite to win in the often forgotten category.
The film blends hand-drawn animation with traditional CGI to tell the love story in a very stylish way indeed. It's story revolves around a young man who meets a beautiful woman while on his way to work, seeing her again later during work. He then takes it on himself to do whatever he can to get her attention in what is a clearly written and brilliantly executed seven-minute story. But Paperboy has some stiff competition from the rest of the category and whilst it sits atop the pile on Oddschecker.com, as we know from experience the Oscars are not above throwing a few curve balls.
Continue reading: Disney's Paperman Favourite To Win 'Best Short' Category
A family has filed a lawsuit against Disney after an employee dressed as the white rabbit from Alice In Wonderland allegedly refused to hug the family's black children. The family are claiming the employee is racist and looking for him to be fired and to receive and apology from Disney.
In an interview with Fox, the children seem upset by the event. "I went to hug him but he turned his back," said 6-year-old Jason Black. "It's made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him."
Jason's older brother added: "The Rabbit was turning his back on him like he didn't want to touch him... Then I went up and tried to hold his hand but he kept flicking my hand off."
Continue reading: Disney Rabbit Racist? "Rabbit Wouldn't Hug My Child"
Everyone's favourite coming-of-age sitcom from the nineties 'Boy Meets Girl' is set to make huge comeback this year. sort of. Ben Savage will hit our screens once again as Cory Matthews along with Rider Strong as best friend Shawn Hunter and Danielle Fishel as grade-school-girlfriend-turned-wife Topanga. However, this time it's not really about them; Cory and Topanga now have a daughter, Riley, who has her own growing up to do and we'll get to see if she turns out like her father in season one of 'Girl Meets World'.
The Muppets are back with a global-wide follow-up to their self-titled 2011 movie entitled 'The Muppets. Again!'.
You heard right, we have yet another great movie coming up from these amazing characters brought us by Disney. Following the Oscar winning success of 'The Muppets' in 2011 which starred Jason Segel ('How I Met Your Mother') and Amy Adams ('Enchanted'), it's sequel 'The Muppets. Again!' will be released in cinemas everywhere on March 21st 2014. It sees Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and friends on a worldwide journey touring the likes of London, Berlin and Madrid and selling out some of the biggest theatres across Europe. However, they soon run into trouble when they unknowingly get mixed up in a major international crime ring controlled by the formidable Constantine (played by the hilarious Ricky Gervais of 'The Office', 'Extras' and 'Derek' fame) and his assistant Dominic.
First time director Randy Moore's film Escape From Tomorrow, a film about a man who is informed that he's lost his job on holiday but tries (often in vain) to give his family a good time, has been hailed as extra-ordinary in its techniques but is also surrounded by a web of litigious fears about whether or not Disney will sue them, and whether or not Disney would win.
The LA Times writer Steven Zeitchick told NPR about the film, which was shot almost entirely on location in Disney Land, Florida, but without the park's agreement. Zeitchick described it as "one of the most unusual and provocative films" he's ever seen. Plus, explaining why it's so original, and thus exciting, he said: "Randy Moore snuck in, guerrilla-style, [with] these very small cameras and would have his actors... running around amid not extras, but everyday tourists at the park. And it's really something. It's completely guerrilla-style. And it's something I've never seen before."
Disney are notorious for their fierce protection over anything that's theirs, so the prospect of a lawsuit is very likely. Tim Wu, a law professor Columbia university thinks that Disney's case "would be pretty weak" because "It's a film that falls pretty squarely in the territory of fair use, which addresses copyright." Phew! However, while Moore might win the battle in court, as Zeitchick predicts "this may be a film that lives on in a kind of underground, mixtape, pirate website kind of way, but... [never] in theaters."
Stan Lee Media Inc (SLMI) is definitely wishing that Lee had come up with some kind of jurisdictory-super-hero in their many times of need over many years of many law suits... alas, no such entity exists, either between the pages of a graphic novel, comic or indeed in real life. Stan Lee Media, a company that was shut down years ago and is no longer affiliated with Stan Lee, is suing Disney (again) for billions of dollars over a disagreement in regard to the rights to the Marvel characters created by Lee decades ago.
According to the LA Times, the complaints state “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 complaint goes on, saying “[I]n November, 1998, Stan Lee signed a written agreement with Marvel Enterprises, Inc. in which he purportedly assigned to Marvel the rights to the Characters. However, Lee no longer owned those rights since they had been assigned to SLEI previously. Accordingly, the Marvel agreement actually assigned nothing.”
Business inside reports that “The company is seeking damages of $5.5 billion for copyright infringement citing Disney's use characters "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "X-Men: First Class," "The Avengers," and "The Amazing Spider-Man" in films amounting to box office receipts of $3.5 billion.” All of this seems fairly legitimate from the outset, however, legally they have no leg to stand on, all due to a small loophole in the law called 'res judicata' which is basically the same as no man 'can be tried for the same crime twice' or indeed more than twice as SLMI have sued Disney and Lee himself numerous times. Given that the Avengers are purportedly owned by Disney, there'll be no-one to avenge the case for SLMI for now.
Johnny Depp's latest film, The Lone Ranger is already facing it's first backlash and courting with controversy as a crew member died whilst working on a set for the film. A spokesperson for the local coroner's office broke the news on Friday (September 21st) morning, saying that a 48-year-old man had died whilst cleaning a pool that was going to be used on the set. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.
The man's identity is being kept under wraps for now, with the film's producers, Walt Disney Pictures insisting that they are doing all they can to aid the investigation into the man's death and that their thoughts are with the man's family. The studio also said that they would be requesting an autopsy to further determine what cause the man's sudden death.
Meanwhile, filming for the picture, which also stars Armie Hammer as the titular ranger, is expected to resume as soon as possible so that it can be released in time for the slated summer 2013 release date. The film will see Depp's character; the Native American spirit warrior Tonto, as he recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid from a force for good into a legend of justice. In the face of the massively disappointing films Tron: Legacy and John Carter, that grossed way below their expected estimate, Disney will be hoping that their nest venture into live-action cinema is a successful one.
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