Lilla Crawford and James Lapine - Disney celebrates Stephen Sondheim and 'Into The Woods' in-home release held at 42 West club - Arrivals at 42 West club,, Disney - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015
Since the Disney-Marvel Union began, people have wondered if Disney was going to make their own adaptation of a Marvel property. Turns out, "their own adaptation" is rather different to the original.
After Disney bought Marvel, bringing the Avengers in-house, it didn't take long before producers started going through Marvel's extensive library of comic books in search of a property to develop into an animated adventure. 'Big Hero 6' is the first Disney-Marvel animation project. Although critics have wondered just how much Marvel is left in the movie.
Hiro and Baymax were redesigned to be more 'Disney friendly'
First published in 1998, 'Big Hero 6' was created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in their spare time while they worked on another project. It's about a group of politicians and business owners who recruit and train a team of agents with superhuman powers for the Japanese government.
Continue reading: 'Big Hero 6' Further Merges Disney With Marvel
Don Hall and Roy Conli & fan - Big Hero 6 director Don Hall & producer Roy Conli at a signing for the animated movie at the Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland - 21.01.15. at Disney - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 21st January 2015
William Devry, Kelly Monoco and Nancy Lee Grahn - Disney & ABC Television Group's TCA Winter Press Tour - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Disney - Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015
It seems our favourite animated flicks have a pretty high mortality rate.
What could potentially be more traumatising for a child, a gory horror flick or an animated adventure featuring songs and talking animals? Well surprisingly it could be the latter, as a new study has shown that main characters in cartoons for children are more than twice as likely to be killed off as those in films aimed at adults.
Worse than a horror movie? Finding Nemo
The research, carried out by Dr Ian Colman and Dr James Kirkbride from University College London and the University of Ottawa, dubbed the top cartoons, “rife with death and destruction”. The report, published by the British Medical Journal, found that the content of animated kids films was on a par with “rampant horrors”.
Will Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off movie focus on a group of bounty hunters?
It's a big week for Star Wars. The first trailer for The Force Awakens drops on Friday (November 28, 2014), though a juicy rumor about Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta's spin-off movie is also doing the rounds.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast during the first script read-through
The information arrived at Slash Film from who they describe as a "single good source" and when put to LucasFilm, they declined to comment. It's likely that the speculation may be confirmed as accurate once the trailer drops at the end of the week.
Continue reading: Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Could Focus On Bounty Hunters
The trailer for Disney's Cinderella is out and Richard Madden is very charming
Robb Stark has been resurrected! But, alas Game Of Thrones fans, not in the capacity that you may have all been hoping. Instead, the Scottish actor, Richard Madden, who played the GOT character from 2011 - 2013, has popped up in a different fantasy ... this time as Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Cinderella.
Richard Madden plays a convincing Prince Charming in Cinderella
Kenneth Branagh brings 1950 Disney favourite 'Cinderella' to life with live action adaptation.
Finally, Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Kenneth Branagh's live action rendition of one of the world's most beloved fairytales: Cinderella. And it looks to be one of the most visually stunning fantasy flicks of the coming months.
Lily James stars as the troubled Cinderella
The movie industry has been going crazy with its throwback Grimm adaptations, and it doesn't look like anyone's had enough of it yet. While many movies have opted for the spin-off, original stories - such as 'Sleeping Beauty' adaptation 'Maleficent' and 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' comeback 'Snow White and the Huntsman', not to mention forthcoming fairytale omnibus 'Into The Woods' - director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriters Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz have gone for the more traditional approach with 'Cinderella'.
Rico Rodriguez - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the Disney XD 'Pants On Fire' premiere which was held at Archlight Sunset in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 5th November 2014
Disney have announced their 56th animated feature will be ‘Moana’, coming our way in late 2016.
While some of us may not be ready to let Frozen go yet, Disney is at least moving forward, having just announced their 56th animated feature, Moana, will be coming in late 2016. The film's titular character looks set to give Disney lovers a new kick-ass heroine to root for, one who can not only sail the South Seas, but also battle mythical monsters!
We're thrilled to announce Moana, our 56th animated feature film coming to theatres late 2016! pic.twitter.com/S8x1KkJwYh— Disney Animation ●—● (@DisneyAnimation) October 20, 2014
Continue reading: Get Ready For ‘Moana’, Disney’s Latest Heroine Who Will Set Sail In 2016
Rebecca Herbst, Ella Bailey Saucedo, Ethan Riley Saucedo, Emerson Truett Saucedo and Minnie Mouse - A variety of stars and their children attended the Disney VIP Halloween event at Disney Consumer Productions in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 1st October 2014
A new series of 'Frozen' themed attractions will be built at Disney World Florida including a "royal greeting area" where fans can formally meet Anna and Elsa in Arendelle.
Disney World Florida will be getting the Frozen treatment when a section of the park will feature a whole new series of attractions based on the hit film.
Frozen is coming to Disney World!
Continue reading: 'Frozen' Attractions To Be Built In Disney World Florida
Arendelle is coming to Florida!
It was only a matter of time before Disney increased the presence of Frozen at its theme parks and it seems Epcot is to become the first to get the Anna and Elsa treatment. On Friday Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced a new attraction based on the hit movie, which the company plans to launch in early 2016.
Frozen will be coming to Epcot by 2016
“We’ve made Frozen a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more,” said Staggs. “So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.”
Deadmau5 ranted about Disney's legal stance on his Twitter page.
The Walt Disney Co has filed an objection to musician Deadmau5's use of stylized ears, claiming they are too similar to its iconic signature logo. Filing with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, the company said that Deadmau5's logo is "nearly identical in appearance, connotation and overall commercial impression to Disney's Mouse Ears Marks."
Deadmau5 laughed off Disney's legal action [Getty/Steve Lawson]
Disney noted that "both parties marks are comprised of a round head with prominent round mouse ears in silhouette," and that the trademark designation was likely to cause confusion.
Continue reading: Disney Goes To War With Deadmau5 Over 'Mickey Mouse' Ears
Ben Affleck and Seraphina Affleck - Ben Affleck takes his daughter Seraphina on a Disneyland Adventure. The pair were seen having fun throughout Fantasyland before going on a Jungle Cruise. Ben ended their short Disney trip with a piggyback ride - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 26th August 2014
Free-to-download game was released today, and follows a familiar 'base building' genre like Clash of Clans.
Lucasfilm and Disney have teamed up once more, this time for a tablet-based computer game entitled Star Wars: Commander. The new game was released on iPhone and iPad today, with versions for other devices to follow at a later date.
Disney has already announced its Star Wars Rebels TV Show
Looking at the existing stills for the new game, it’s clearly based on the Clash of Clans ‘base building’ model that has spawned a glut of similar titles. Players construct their own bases, then attacks those belonging to other players while simultaneously defending their own. Here, though, the landscape is Tatooine and the building blocks of the game are TIE fighters and Stormtroopers.
Continue reading: Disney And LucasFilm Team Up Again For 'Star Wars' Game
Allison Holker and Weslie Fowler - Disney Junior's 'Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good' event at Brookside Park outside the Kidspace Children's Museum - Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 16th August 2014
Jennifer Lee probably has a job for life at Disney.
After the monumental success of Frozen - now the biggest animated movie of all time - and the impressive box-office of Maleficent, writer and director Jennifer Lee has been singled out to adapt the children's book A Wrinkle in Time for the heavyweight studio.
The book, written in 1962 by Madeleine L'Engle, follows the adventures of 14-year-old Meg Murry, a troublesome student whose family is largely perfect but for her absent scientist father. Joined by her school pal Calvin and prodigious brother, Meg goes on the hunt for her father, passing through different worlds and eras
Pirates 5 will some 6 years after 'On Stranger Tides'
Disney has confirmed that Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017 – a six-year gap between franchise entries. The tentpole, which stars Johnny Depp in the now-iconic lead role of Captain Jack Sparrow, was supposed to hit cinemas in the summer of 2015, but scripting issues have lead to major delays.
Johnny Depp in his most lucrative on-screen role to date as Captain Jack Sparrow
Disney will be looking forward to getting Dead Men off the ground; the last Pirates movie - On Stranger Tides - grossed $1.04 billion in 2011. So far, the franchise as a whole has accumulated something like $3.7 billion in ticket sales alone, and merchandise for the movies sells well, too.
Johannes Hallervorden - Disney Channel Germany shooting their first own TV series 'Binny und der Geist' at Villa Herz in Wannsee. - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Francesca Capaldi - Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue Los Angeles Premiere held at El Capitan Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 16th July 2014
Troy Gentile and Wendi McLendon-Covey - Celebrities attend Disney | ABC TCA 2014 Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 15th July 2014
We might be in for a live action remake, but here's 10 interesting facts about the 1941 Disney original.
Disney classic Dumbo is set to become the latest animated feature to get the live action remake treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 1941 film, about a big eared baby elephant who can fly, is one of Disney’s most loved creations. So in anticipation of just what a new Dumbo movie could be like, we’ve dug up 10 facts about the original. Here’s 10 things you probably didn't know about Dumbo.
Dumbo was first released in 1941
1. Dumbo was Walt Disney’s 4th animated feature.The character was based on a 1939 story written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl, the tale was originally written for a pro type toy.
Continue reading: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disney's 'Dumbo'
How To Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, Toy Story - the sequels often seem to outdo the originals.
In a Hollywood atmosphere that currently seems obsessed with stretching even the most moderate of box-office successes into a full blown franchise, sequels and prequels are a ubiquitous presence in cinema multiplexes. But in the world of animated cinema, where the construction of a film requires infinitely more hard work and dedication than a live action picture, sequels tend to emerge that better the original- a much rarer occurrence amongst many Hollywood pictures.
Gerard Butler stars in How To Train Your Dragon 2 which has won copious plaudits.
That’s not to say there aren’t a few howlers either, animated studios such as Pixar and Disney are just as susceptible as the rest of the film world in dispensing some truly woeful and misguided follow ups. The likes of Cars 2 and Rio 2 left no-one with the life affirming sense of warmth that truly brilliant animated films of this type should provide. As is universally recognised, a mark of greatness from an animated film is its ability to simultaneously appeal to children and the adults who accompany them to the big screen. The likes of Shrek 1 & 2 and the Toy Story trilogy are prime examples of catering for both age groups through crafty pop culture references and subtle entendre.
Continue reading: What Is It About Animated Sequels?
50 Cent has spoofed the movie trailer of Disney's 'Maleficent', appearing in the villain's cloak and horns as 'MaleFiftyCent'.
50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live on Thursday.
The rapper has created a spoof trailer sending up Angelina Jolie's latest Disney movie in which he appears in the horns and cloak of Maleficent. The tagline for the fake movie, MaleFiftyCent, is 'get witch or die tryin', evidently in homage to 50 Cent's biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
The due behind the hugely successful songs of Disney's Frozen have announced a new musical, but what can we expect from the production?
Anything Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez put their name to will immediately turn to gold given the monumental success of Frozen and their hugely respectable selection of highly regarded past projects. The animated Disney film not only won an Oscar for the song “Let It Go”, which featured Idina Menzel on vocals, but also attracted audiences so extensive it helped cement the film as the biggest Disney smash in years. Children were enraptured by the soaring anthems penned by the Lopez duo whilst it also found acceptance and admiration from adults.
The songwriting duo celebrate winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.
They also provided the music for 2011’s stage adaptation of Winnie The Pooh as well as the stage translation of Finding Nemo. Robert Lopez has also won accolades for his song writing that helped spur South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book Of Mormon, as well as puppet-based musical Avenue Q, to box-office smashes. The next venture from the in-vogue song writing duo will be the stage musical Up Here which is set for a run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse during the 2015-16 season.
Tyra Banks and Disney ABC are working together on a new daytime show which will be hosted and produced by Banks.
Tyra Banks is set to host the new series.
Former model Banks will host a lifestyle show due to be launched in 2015. The show is currently without a title but promises to be aimed at women and will deal with a huge range of lifestyle choices and topics. Guest speakers will be appearing on the show to offer their expert opinions on the show's various subjects. Banks, in a statement acquired by USA Today, said "I'm excited to be partnering with Disney-ABC to usher in a new era of lifestyle, beauty and entertainment that will inspire women to be the CEO of their lives via honesty, humor and the newest tips and tricks without being intimidating or precious."
Continue reading: Tyra Banks Promises To "Shake Up Daytime TV" With New Lifestyle Show
Angelina Jolie in a series of recent interviews promoting Disney's 'Maleficent' has discussed motherhood, her future collaboration with fiancé Brad Pitt and her possible wedding plans.
Angelina Jolie has been doing the rounds promoting Maleficent this week but it's not her soon-to-be-released Disney film which has us all talking. The 38-year-old actress has revealed a great deal of personal information including her stance on motherhood in Hollywood and her wedding plans with fiancé Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the Maleficent event at Kensington Palace in London, May 2014.
Angelina Jolie’ daughter, Vivienne, was the only child she knew who didn’t cry when they saw her dressed as Maleficent. Vivienne plays a young Princess Aurora opposite her mother in the upcoming film ‘Maleficent’.
Angelina Jolie described the difficulties of acting alongside her 4-year-old daughter Vivienne whilst in Maleficent and how Vivienne was the only child she knew who didn’t cry when they saw her in her Maleficent costume.
Jolie explained how she had not wanted her daughter in the film for the sake of being in a role but because Vivienne was the only child who didn’t cry when she saw Jolie as Maleficent! Speaking to the BBC, Jolie said Vivienne is “in two scenes, they’re cute little scenes – but I’m her mom,” adding “It wasn’t that I wanted her in a film, it was out of necessity.”
Jon Hamm stars as a baseball agent in Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm'
Remember the Titans, Mighty Ducks, Cool Runnings - could Jon Hamm's Million Dollar Arm be Disney's next classic sports movie? It certainly looks like one of the aforementioned family flicks and Hamm has that 90s sports agent/manager/coach thing down to a tee.
Jon Hamm in 'Milion Dollar Arm'
The movie - a true story - tells the tale of JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner face closing their business for good, but whilst watching cricket in India on television, JB has a light-bulb moment and sets off to Mumbia with a cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) to find the next big pitching sensation.
Continue reading: Is Jon Hamm's 'Million Dollar Arm' The Next Classic Disney Sports Movie?
Gavin Macintosh and Olivia Stuck - Disney Channel Presents 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 27th April 2014
This adorable, wonderfully shot documentary gives this weekend some nice variety
You might be looking at this weekend’s film releases and thinking The Amazing’ Spider-Man 2 is the hottest ticket in town. But woah there, have you checked out ‘Bears’? We suggest you avoid the Spidey crowds this weekend and check out Disney’s beautifully shot nature-drama.
What are these two up to?
"In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons,” reads the official synopsis on the Disney Website.
Want to know the origins of some of your favourite Disney movies? You might be sorry you asked
We all know Disney likes to take a little liberty with it’s adaptations, indeed Disney often loves to bring us the more joyful side of life and of course include a happy ending. However if you chose to delve a little deeper into the origins of some of your favourite Disney movies you might find things are a lot darker. Take these 6 for example:
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
Peter Mayhew is back in the saddle as Chewbacca for Episode 7
Peter Mayhew is to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Disney and Lucasfilm's upcoming movie Star Wars Episode VII and could even have begun shooting his scenes at London's Pinewood studios. Mayhew played the Wookiee and Han Solo's co-pilot in the original trilogy, beginning with Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977.
Peter Mayhew Is Reprising His Role As Chewbacca
Rumors began surfacing of Mayhew's reprisal after he cancelled an upcoming appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming" and sources have since confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the actor is busy working on Episode VII with J.J. Abrams.
Continue reading: Peter Mayhew Heads To Pinewood To Play Chewbacca In Star Wars Episode 7
What other movies are up their with Frozen as the highest grossing animations?
This week Frozen surpassed Toy Story 3 to become the highest grossing animated film of all time taking over $1.072 billion at the box office. The Disney feature, based on Hans Christen Andersen’s The Snow Queen has not only raked in mega bucks, but has also picked up critical acclaim and two Academy awards, one for best animated feature of course. Whilst Frozen is now at the top of the list followed by Toy Story 3, we thought we’d take a look at the other big money animated films which make up the top 10.
Disney's Frozen is now the highest grossing animated film of all time
The Lion King
Continue reading: 'Frozen' And The Other Highest Grossing Animated Films
The soundtrack to Disney's 'Frozen' has now spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard 200.
The soundtrack for Disney's smash-hit movie Frozen has continued its strong run at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 161,000 copies last week to bring its total to 1.8 million, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
'Frozen' Is The Biggest Grossing Animated Movie of all Time
Billboard said 1.5 million of the soundtrack sales were from 2014, making it this year's biggest selling album so far - by an absolute mile. Beyonce's self-titled album that she released in December is in second with 604,000.
Continue reading: 'Frozen' Soundtrack Maintains Vice-Like Grip On Billboard 200
Bradley Cooper will not play Indiana Jones - but Harrison Ford could, again.
On Wednesday (March 26, 2014) a new report on the Latino Review suggested Disney was ready to go ahead with a new INDIANA JONES movie. Not too much of a surprise you may have thought, and you'd be right, a fifth Indie movie has been rumored for a couple of years. Only, this report suggested the studio was ready to replace Harrison Ford with Bradley Cooper.
Bradley Cooper Is NOT playing Indiana Jones
The story also suggested Frank Darabont - who apparently wrote a far better script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull than the one produced - had pitched a new idea for a new movie.
Continue reading: Bradley Cooper Is NOT The New Indiana Jones. Got That, Internet?
How good are you at finding the easter eggs in some movie classics?
‘Easter Eggs’, as their known have become a bit of a hidden staple in Hollywood movies. It seems directors just can't help hiding a little something in their work that will make us have to go back and pause our DVD’s numerous times. Whether it’s a subtle cameo or a nod to another work, there's lots of hidden fun to be found in our favourite movies. So how many of these 10 easter eggs were you able to spot?
Did You Spot Mickey Mouse in Dumbo?
Mickey Mouse (in nearly everything Disney)
Continue reading: Top 10 Movie Easter Eggs: Featuring Indiana Jones, The Departed, Tron
Low cost cosplay? It's what the internet's been waiting for:
Did you think that cosplay was reserved just for the wealthier dress up fans among us? Well think again, because three friends from Thailand are taking Facebook by storm, uploading their own low cost costume versions of some of our best loved characters. Often hilarious and always inventive, this trio are proving you don’t need a big budget to engage in some fancy dress fun. Instead you just need some everyday items and your imagination. Oh and a sense of humour.
'X-Men's' Wolverine is ready for dinner
Ever wanted to be Wolverine from the original X-Men comics? Though it would be too expensive to recreate those claws? Well an alternative is just to go into the kitchen put some forks between your fingers! Though we can't be sure where that butterfly mask came from.
Continue reading: Low Cost Cosplay: Three Men's Ingenious Creations!
Cody Horn - The Geffen Playhouse presents its annual Geffen fundraiser honoring The Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan F. Horn and Steve Martin with the Distinction in Theater Award - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 23rd March 2014
The Disney soundtrack has become the first album to sell over 1 million copies in 2014.
In doing so, the film's soundtrack becomes the first album of 2014 to have sold over $1 million copies.
Since being released back in November (2013), the Disney album has sold 1.4 million copies, and 338,000 of those were shifted last year.
Continue reading: Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Reaches 6th Week At No.1
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed plans for a second 'The Incredibles' movie and a third 'Cars' instalment during the company’s shareholders meeting on Tuesday (March 18th).
Disney and Pixar have signalled that the era of animation movies is on its way back as two new sequels are announced.
'The Incredibles', a film about retired superheroes being forced back into action to save the world, is expected to get a sequel almost ten years after it was first released, which earned $631 million worldwide.
'The Incredibles' was first released in 2004
A Colorado pastor claims 'Frozen' promotes homosexuality and bestiality.
Pastor Kevin Swanson of the Reformation Church claims Disney's smash hit family movie Frozen encourages homosexuality and bestiality. Just give yourself a couple of seconds to soak up that argument. Ok - now you're back in the room.
Kristoff and his Reindeer in 'Frozen'
Pastor Swanson, who also hosts a Christian radio show in Colorado, insists he is not your average "tinfoil hat conspiratorialist" described the movie - which sees a young girl teaming up with a hilarious snowman named Olaf for a frosty adventure - is "very evil".
Continue reading: Be Careful Parents, Disney's 'Frozen' Promotes Homosexuality, Bestiality
A conservative pastor gives his opinion on Disney's Oscar-winning animation.
A conservative US pastor has lifted the lid on his beliefs towards Disney's award-winning animation, Frozen, which he says promotes both homosexuality and bestiality in children. Pastor and Colorado-based Generations Radio host Kevin Swanson and co-host Steve Vaughn bounced some theories on the movie's hidden "agenda" despite neither having actually seen the movie.
Two Religious American Radio Hosts Have Condemned Disney's 'Frozen' For Its Perceived Promotion Of Satan.
"Man, how many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie Frozen, produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country? You wonder sometimes, I'm not a tinfoil hat conspiratorialist, but you wonder sometimes if maybe there's something very evil happening here," ranted Swanson.
Anne Sweeney will now embark on a new career as a film-maker after she steps down as one of Disney's most successful executives later this year.
Anne Sweeney, who many believed to be the most powerful women in television, has just stepped down as one of Disney's most coveted executives.
The co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group leaves the entertainment company after 18 years of service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The reason for this shock decision is so the 55 year-old can follow her real passion, which is film-making.
Continue reading: Anne Sweeney Walks Away From Disney/ABC To Become Film Director
Disney's 'Frozen' has joined two pretty exclusive clubs.
The folks at Disney will be pretty happy with Frozen’s performance; not only did the film clinch a first Animated Picture Oscar on Sunday night (March 2, 2014), but it surpassed the $1 billion mark in the global box office standings, and with the DVD yet to be released and a Japanese market to exploit, the story doesn’t finish there.
According to Disney, Frozen is the 18th all-time highest grossing movie and their 2nd best performer after Toy Story 3. Not bad for a film that reportedly cost $150m to make and market. That’s a tidy profit for sure. Other Disney movies that have reached $1 billion globally include The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Alice in Wonderland.
Continue reading: 'Frozen' Joins The $1 Billion Club, While Disney Joins The Oscars Club
It's not all about Pixar, as these 10 Disney features prove.
Sometimes it seems as if Disney has taken a back seat in the animation world to Pixar. Disney might be Pixar’s owners, but it doesn't stop the two studios competing to make the best animation around. Whilst Pixar has had some massive hits since 2000, such as 'The Incredibles', 'Toy Story 3' and 'Up', Disney hasn't done too bad either. Here's ten films that show why after nearly 80 years of making movies the studio is still going strong.
Disney's 2002 Movie Lilo and Stitch
1. ’Lilo and Stitch’ (2002)
Continue reading: Forget Pixar, Here's Disney's 10 Best Animated Movies
By combing hundreds of reviews, a pretty succinct top 5 can be compiled...
In light of The Lego Movie’s success, we’ve taken a look at some of the best computer-animated films out there. Based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings, combined with Metacritic ratings (the most accurate way we could think to rank them) the latest Lego romp finds itself in some pretty prestigious company indeed…
To be clear: films included in this top 5 are computer animated, rather than the complicated, classic style of animation employed in films like Pinocchio from 1940. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of animation cells and Zerox, but we’re going for a modern slant with this list. So without any further ado, let’s see where The Lego Movie fits in with its contemporaries.
Craig Frank - ABC/Disney TCA Winter Press Tour party at The Langham Huntington Hotel - Arrivals - Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 17th January 2014
Harrison Ford said he would return as Indiana Jones "in a New York minute."
Disney has reached a deal with Paramount Pictures to take over distribution duties for future movies in the Indiana Jones franchise. Essentially, the deal gives Disney total control over all future films though Paramount "will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released," says the statement from the studios, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Harrison Ford Could Return as Indiana Jones
The four movies in the franchise - starring Harrison Ford - are 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. All the movies were directed by Steven Spielberg with the latest grossing $786.6 million at the worldwide box-office.
Disney and Paramount came to an agreement this week that gives the Mickey Mouse company complete control of Indie
In a move that has terrified fans the world over, Disney have acquired the full rights to the INDIANA JONES movies series, meaning they are now free to film future Indie titles as and when they please. According to Deadline, Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures came to an agreement on Friday, 6 December, that secures marketing and distribution privileges for the Indiana Jones franchise.
Will Harrison Ford be appearing in another adventure?
The deal between the two picture houses comes a year after Disney took their first steps towards securing the rights to the Indiana Jones series, when the company purchased Lucasfilms in a multi-billion-dollar deal last October. The new deal gives Disney marketing and distribution rights to any future Indie films and also means that Lucasfilm retains the ownership rights to all the Indiana Jones films. Essentially, the deal means that Disney are now the sole owners of the Indiana Jones movie franchise and have full authority to do whatever they please with it.
The 'Suite Life of Zach & Cody' star says the attack from the Jonas Bro on the Disney company is unwarranted and unjust
Earlier this week, Joe Jonas made the news when an open letter he penned was published in the latest issue of the New York magazine, Vulture, a letter in which the former Disney star tore into the company that launched him to stardom, slamming them for restricting his and his brother's creative freedom. Jonas ripped the company for being too overbearing and for putting too much pressure on its younger stars, however his sentiment is not shared by all of the Disney alum.
Jonas' sentiment isn't shared by Sprouse
Jonas moaned that Disney restricted his creativity and refused him and his brothers the chance to branch out musically by dictating their career. Joe recalled with horror the times he was forced to shave everyday in order to retain his youthful appearance and went on to criticise the company for trying to maintain its image as a family company by supposedly putting Vanessa Hudgens on lockdown following her nude photo scandal in 2007. But fellow one-time Disney fledgling Sprouse reckons the Jonas bro is being a Jonas biatch, claiming the 24-year-old must have been too busy enjoying the highs of fame during his Disney days to actually confront the company and tell them "no."
Frozen, Oldboy and Saving Mr Banks try to lure moviegoers from Catching Fire, while trailers promise brawn in new Hercules and Tarzan films. And Son of God offers biblical drama...
In the wake of last week's Catching Fire fever, new releases this week are a little more low key. Thanksgiving audiences in America will be choosing between Disney's acclaimed new animated film Frozen and Spike Lee's much more adult remake of the 2003 Korean thriller Oldboy.
Meanwhile in the UK moviegoers will get a taste of Thanksgiving in the wacky animated romp Free Birds, plus a chance to savour the awards-buzz on Saving Mr Banks, about Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) trying to coerce PL Travers (Emma Thompson) into signing over the rights to her book Mary Poppins. Read our Saving Mr. Banks review here.
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
Gian Marco Schiaretti - German celebrities arriving for the premiere of Disney's Musical Tarzan at Stage Apollo Theatre - Stuttgart, Germany - Thursday 21st November 2013
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
Mutya Buena - Disney Store launches its annual Share in the Magic charity campaign at their Oxford Street Store to support The Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th November 2013
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?
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