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With D23 in full swing, Disney seized the opportunity to show off a new clip from Thor: The Dark World, due out in theaters this fall. Stars Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins were on hand to present the scene, which depicts Jane’s first day in Asgard. “I didn’t check her passport,” joked Hopkins, who plays Odin. “She’s so beautiful, she belongs in Asgard.”

Despite her godly good looks, however, Jane’s introduction to the realm doesn’t go too smoothly. Hit the jump for a description of the exclusive footage screened at D23.

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Captain America Winter Soldier Concept SDCC

When I spoke to Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo at Comic Con, the brothers talked about their approach to creating fight scenes for the film, and how it differs from what we saw in the first movie.

In short, the two have envisioned Cap as a killer close-quarters fighter, and they’re capturing action with a hand-held camera but with the intent to depict physical space in a more coherent way than many modern films influenced by the Bourne movies. There was a good illustration of that fight style when footage was shown at Comic Con that depicted Cap taking out a half-dozen guys in an office elevator.

That footage was shown again at D23, but a new extended clip was also revealed. This one further bolstered the image of Cap as a deadly black ops fighter. We can’t show you the clip, but you can get a full description of it below. Read More »

Finding Dory

This weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney released a bunch of new images and concept art images for upcoming Disney Animation and Pixar film productions including: the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Toy Story television Special Toy Story of Terror, two original projects from Pixar: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel comic book adaptation Big Hero 6, Frozen, the Disney Toons Tinkerbell spin-off/Captain Hook prequel The Pirate Fairy, and the Mickey Mouse short film Get A Horse! We’ve posted some of these images and photos in news stories from the convention, but they are all collected together in an image gallery after the jump.
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THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Yesterday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of animated film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.

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BIG HERO 6

The first Marvel/Disney animated feature film is coming in 2014. It’s called Big Hero 6, directed by Don Hall, and tells the story of a 14-year-old genius name Hiro who lives in a city that’s blend of San Francisco and Tokyo: San Fransokyo. When one of his new technologies, Microbots, is stolen by a super villain, Hiro decides to build a team of superheroes to stop them. This team, however, will utilize the skills of regular people in his life: his barista, a bike messenger, a sushi chef and a comic book nerd.

Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 7, 2014 but Hall showed up at the D23 Expo 2013 to premiere some new images, footage and more from the first ever Marvel Disney feature collaboration. Read More »

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

With Planes hitting theaters nationwide today, Disney decided to give D23 fans a first look at the announced sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue. They finally announced that Secret of the Wings and Stitch! The Movie helmer Bobs Gannaway is directing the sequel. Find out details about the movie after the jump.

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The first new project announcement from Walt Disney Animation Studios to be announced at D23 this weekend is Zootopia, an animated feature set in an animal world. More specifically, it is a “buddy action comedy set in a world where humans never existed.”

The film will be released in 2016, and you can get many more details below. Read More »

THE PIRATE FAIRY

Briefly: An interesting announcement out of D23 involves a new DisneyToon Studios animated film, The Pirate Fairy. The musical animated film is a Tinkerbell spinoff, described as “Hook before the hook.” It features Tom Hiddleston as James, a cabin boy who ends up becoming Captain Hook. Christina Hendricks plays the main character Zarina (above), a “red-haired bad-ass fairy who falls for Hiddleston’s character” according to Peter and Germain, who are in the hall at D23.

Peggy Holmes directs. At this point we don’t know if it will be released to theaters, or just disc. (Given what John Lasseter said yesterday about the evolution of DisneyToon Studios, theatrical seems likely.) More info from Disney is below.  Read More »

Finding Dory Logo

We know more about Andrew Stanton‘s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, than we did about the other Pixar projects on display at D23 today. And yet there’s more to learn, and the presentation of the film today featured some big cast announcements.  Read More »