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This weekend at D23 Expo, director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof finally gave the world a glimpse into the mystery box of their new film Tomorrowland. On stage, they literally unboxed the mystery, a 1952 box found inside the basement of the old animation building at Walt Disney Studio. The box and the contents serve as the inspiration for the new film. We wrote about the presentation here, but thats not the end of it. As the presentation came to a close, Bird and Lindelof announced that we’d all be able to get an up close look at the contents of the box at a newly constructed/unveiled booth on the show floor.

We spent two hours waiting to tour the booth with plans to give you guys a virtual look with a photo gallery — but Disney security was out in full force and not allowing ANYONE to take ANY photos. So after the jump, we do have something, information we learned about the contents of the box from the booth, including select transcripts of the audio tour from the booth. We have also included some images from the presentation released by Disney ad closeups of the box’s contents from Bird and Lindelof’s earlier tweeted photos.

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D23 Expo

At Saturday’s live-action film presentation at D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures revealed the official logos for a handful of their upcoming films: Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Into The Woods, Cinderella, Tomorrowland AND MORE. Check them out now after the jump.

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Despite every effort to not disappoint fans by a lack of news regarding Star Wars Episode VII, news in the more general world of Star Wars was – in fact – revealed at the D23 Expo. At the Crash Course in the Force event, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars expert Pablo Hidalgo took Disney fans through the cultural history of Star Wars as a way to introduce them to their new $4 billion toy.

Then, at the end, fans got their hands on him. Hidalgo was very adamant that he couldn’t talk about any new projects, but he did hint at two possible developments, both on TV and in theme parks.

Hidalgo suggested that, despite the well-known state of the Jedi between Episodes III and IV, we might get some kind of Jedi influence in the upcoming animated TV series Star Wars: Rebels. He also hinted that, maybe, that Imagineering project could be at Disneyland and not Walt Disney World. Read More »

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Saturday’s live-action panel at D23 closed with the studio’s big awards-season hopeful, the making-of drama Saving Mr. Banks. Directed by John Lee Hancock from a Black List script by Kelly Marcel, the drama depicts Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) in his years-long effort to convince author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to fork over the rights to her Marry Poppins books.

We’ve already seen bits of footage from the film thanks to the trailer, but three new scenes were shown at the event. Hit the jump to read all about them.

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Tomorrowland

Of all the live-action projects showcased during Saturday’s live-action panel at D23, one of the most highly anticipated was Tomorrowland, the new sci-fi project by Brad Bird. Disney brought out the famous mystery box that inspired the movie, showing off its contents, and offered a peek at some “found footage” from the box. Read our report of the event after the jump.

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Maleficent

The basic premise of Disney’s Maleficent has been clear from the get-go: It is, as Disney’s fond of saying, the “untold story” of the famous Sleeping Beauty villain. But thanks to D23, we now have a clearer idea of what exactly that entails.

New plot details were disclosed at the event, along with the very first bit of footage from the fairy tale film. Hit the jump to find out what we learned.

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Thor The Dark World Hemsworth Portman

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 »

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