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Disney Panels – LIVE BLOG – Frankenweenie, Oz, Wreck-It Ralph

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Amber

Please check back here at 2:05pm today (Thursday) as we live blog from the Disney panels in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con!

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John Carter Teaser Trailer!

Posted on 14 July 2011 by Andrew

The John Carter teaser trailer is officially online.  The movie is directed by Pixar scribe Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Walle) and is his first live action film.  The movie is based off of the book “John Carter of Mars” written almost 100 years ago, and is about a Civil War Veteran who is sent to Mars and is tasked to help its inhabitants there.  The movie stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Thomas Haden Church, and Lynn Collins.

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Director Robert Zemeckis to helm Dark Life

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Andrew

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Robert Zemeckis has been hired to direct Dark Life for Walt Disney Pictures.  Dark Life is a young adult book, written by Kat Falls, which follows a group of children in a apocalyptic future who  have had to relocate to the ocean floor.  Eventually, some of these children start to develop different powers and attributes of their own.  Imagemovers will be the company developing the film for Walt Disney.  Zemeckis has worked with Imagemovers on his last three motion capture films (Christmas Carol, Beowulf, Polar Express), however the digital branch of Imagemovers that helmed these movies has been shut down.  This raises an interesting question – will this new movie be motion capture or not?  Zemeckis has been a huge pusher of motion capture technology, but the large budgets and recent closing of Imagemovers Digital leads me to believe that this may be Zemeckis’s turn back to live action.  That’s not to say that their won’t be any motion capture, as this project could use the same technology as Avatar.  Zemeckis is still one of my favorite directors (Back to the Future, Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump..) and a new live action film by Zemeckis would be great news.  The motion capture films he made were great experiments with that new technology, however I ultimately felt that the emotions trying to be portrayed in them fell very flat.  Here’s hoping for another Zemeckis classic…

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Tron Legacy Trailer!

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Andrew

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The Official Tron Legacy trailer is now online.  I haven’t even seen the original and this looks awesome – definitely something I’d want to see in digital 3D.  It is directed by first time director Joseph Kosinski, who wowed people two years ago at Comic Con with his light cycle FX tests.  It also stars Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, and VERY recent Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, reprising his role as Kevin Flynn.  The film will come out on December 17 – so that’s plenty of time to give the original a rent.

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Toy Story 3 Final Trailer Debuts

Posted on 11 February 2010 by Andrew

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Disney/Pixar has released the final trailer for their upcoming movie Toy Story 3.  The new film follows Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s toys as they get dumped into a daycare center.  I embedded the trailer below, but also check it out at apple.com for a HD quicktime version.  As always leave your comments below.  I for one can’t wait until this comes out. I remember seeing the first Toy Story in theaters 15 years ago so this final film should bring back a lot of memories.

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A Few More Sequels On the Way…

Posted on 04 February 2010 by Andrew

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Just when you thought Fast and the Furious 4 was stretching it, Universal announced today that they will be going ahead with yet another sequel to the popular franchise.  This time, they are calling it “Fast Five” which reminds me of high fives, like “Yay, we’re making another sequel,” as all the Universal executives give each other high fives.  Kidding.  Anyways, Justin Lin (Tokyo Drift) will direct with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker returning, supposedly as fugitives running from the law. Universal is aiming for a 2011 release.  The last installment, Fast & Furious, made $360 Million worldwide and was the most profitable in the franchise, so a fifth movie doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch from a financial standpoint for Universal.

Also, in a totally unrelated franchise, Disney has hired a writer and director for a sequel to their 2007 hit Enchanted.  I’m surprised it took Disney this long.  Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, Fred Claus) will write the screenplay and Anne Fletcher (Step Up, 27 Dresses, The Proposal) will direct.  This doesn’t seem like good news to me because the original creators are not helping with this sequel.  Hasn’t Disney learned from their countless bad sequels in the past?

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John Carter of Mars Starts Principal Photography

Posted on 16 January 2010 by Andrew

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Walt Disney’s John Carter Of Mars has started production in London.  Academy Award winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Neom, Wall*e) will be directing.  It had been rumored that this would be Pixar’s first live action film, however it was later confirmed that Pixar is not the one’s funding it – the film will be fully funded by Disney.  Disney has released a full press release which includes the cast and crew, and a brief synopsis for those of you who are unfamiliar with the story.

This film is loaded with talent, and with Andrew Stanton at the helm of his first live action film, this movie should be high on everyone’s radar.  The story is very similar to Avatar (it was written over 80 years ago) and should prove to be a great sci-fi epic. Read the full press release below.  What a great cast and crew.

BURBANK, Calif. (January 15, 2010) – Principal photography is underway in London for Walt Disney Pictures’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS.” Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.

Produced for Walt Disney Pictures by Jim Morris (“WALL•E,” “Ratatouille”) and Colin Wilson (“Avatar,” “War of the Worlds”), the live action/animation film marks Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton’s (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) first foray into live action. Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Disney•Pixar’s “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award and Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature (2008); Stanton was nominated for an Oscar® for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award-nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature (2003). He has worked as a screenwriter and/or executive producer on Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” (which he also co-directed), “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Ratatouille” and “Up.”

“I have been waiting my whole life to see the characters and worlds of ‘John Carter of Mars’ realized on the big screen,” says Stanton. “It is just a wonderful bonus that I have anything to do with it.”

The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC’S “Friday Night Lights”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, Lynn Collins (“50 First Dates,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man 3,” “Shadow of a Vampire”) as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas. The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming “Clash of the Titans,” “Patriot Games”), Samantha Morton (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “In America”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Body of Lies”), Ciaran Hinds (“Munich,” “There Will Be Blood”), British actor Dominic West (“300,” “Chicago”), James Purefoy (“Vanity Fair,” “Resident Evil”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Daryl Sabara (“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Spy Kids”) takes the role of John Carter’s teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The creative team includes Oscar®-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“Public Enemies,” “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins”), costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”), cinematographer Daniel Mindel (“Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible III,” “Spygame”) and video effects supervisor Peter Chiang (“The Reader,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”).

JOHN CARTER OF MARS
WALT DISNEY PICTURES

Genre: Adventure/Sci-Fi
Rating: TBD
Release Date: TBD
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, with Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe
Director: Andrew Stanton
Producers: Jim Morris and Colin Wilson
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews (credit not final)
Based on the story by: Edgar Rice Burroughs

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL-E”), JOHN CARTER OF MARS brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (TAYLOR KITSCH), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE) and Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS).

Notes:
· Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago and is best known for writing and creating Tarzan – still one of the most successful and iconic fictional creations of all time. JOHN CARTER OF MARS is based on Burroughs’ first novel, “A Princess of Mars.”
· Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2008. He was Oscar® nominated for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story,” and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “WALL•E.” He served as co-director on “A Bug’s Life,” and was the executive producer of “Monsters, Inc.,” the 2006 Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille” and the 2009 smash hit “Up.”

Set in the wounded planet of Mars, JOHN CARTER OF MARS chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (TAYLOR KITSCH), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE) and Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS).

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Disney to spend 4 Billion Dollars for rights to Spiderman and Ironman characters

Posted on 31 August 2009 by David

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The New York times stated on Monday Disney agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment for 4 Billion dollars. Marvel owns the rights to
characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man and Fantastic Four.

Robert Iger, Disney’s chief executive, said in a statement “We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s
unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,”

Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s chief executive officer said, “Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic
library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses.”
“This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel
to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s
tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

It will be interesting to see a relationship between the Pixar animation group and Marvel comics in future films.  Could be pretty exciting.

Mr. Perlmutter will continue to oversee operations of Marvel Entertainment.

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Disney and David Mamet take on Holocaust Story

Posted on 12 August 2009 by David

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Disney is getting ready to take on a new take of the Holocaust story,
“The Diaries of Anne Frank”. The Story as reported by Variety will be
written and produced by David Mamet.

The film will be a collection of the Diary, the stage adapation and David
Mamet’s own original take on the story.

Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp,
became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of
the diary that she kept during the two years
that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam.

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