Last Days

Two years after Zero Dark Thirty opened, Kathryn Bigelow is back with her latest movie. But you won’t find this one in theaters — instead, you can watch the whole thing right here.

Bigelow’s latest project is Last Days, a short film about the illegal ivory trade. Not only is the trade killing off endangered elephant populations, it’s hurting humans, too, because the proceeds are going toward terrorist movements. Watch the Kathryn Bigelow short film Last Days after the jump.

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Frozen

The next piece in the Frozen saga hits theaters March 13. It’s not a sequel, however. Frozen Fever is a short film that takes place after the massively successful musical and it was just announced it’ll be attached to Kenneth Branagh’s live-action reimagining of Cinderella. Below, see the logo and read more the Frozen Fever release date. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson Moana

These days, there’s frankly not much Dwayne Johnson isn’t doing. Revitalizing franchises like Fast and Furious, Journey or G.I. Joe? Check. Headlining a big summer action movie? Check. Spy movie? Check. Big buddy action comedy? Check. Tongue in cheek remake? Check. Hell, Johnson is even going to be a super villain pretty soon. Really the only thing Johnson hasn’t done is a big Disney movie and, well, that’s next.

Johnson is in talks to provide a voice in Moana, one of Disney Animation’s big 2016 releases set in the South Pacific which “follows the title navigator as she sets sail in search of a fabled island.” Read more about the Dwayne Johnson Moana casting below. Read More »

Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Rumors of the closure of Studio Ghibli are not true, but it seems that Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro director Hayao Miyazaki may be done with feature filmmaking for good. In a career that spanned over thirty years directing features, Miyazaki refined his own storytelling and helped change the world’s idea of what stories animated films can bring to audiences of all ages. And yet even with the muscle of Disney behind them, the films of Hayao Miyazaki have been somewhat slow to hit DVD and then Blu-ray in the US. (For Blu-ray that is in part thanks to a measured release plan in Japan.)

With the just-released US Blu upgrades for Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke, and the debut release of The Wind Rises on Disney home video, all but three of Miyazaki’s films are now on blu-ray in the States. (Disney will release Porco Rosso in February, and probably have Spirited Away out by Christmas 2015.) That’s as good a reason as any to look back at the filmmaker’s illustrious career. There aren’t any films on his CV you should not see — he has not made a bad movie — but below we’ll look at the films of Hayao Miyazaki in ranked order, to help you figure out what to prioritize, in the event you’re relatively new to his work. Read More »

Shaun the Sheep movie

It’s been two decades since Shaun the Sheep made his first appearance in the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave. In that time, he’s starred in his own TV series, launched a spinoff TV series, and released a series of video games. Now he’s finally getting his own movie.

Shaun the Sheep: The Movie sees our woolen hero getting up to some mischief which leads to the Farmer to be taken away. In an effort to set things right, Shaun and his pals must head into the big city. Aardman Animation fans will definitely want to check out the Shaun the Sheep trailer after the jump. Read More »

new Frozen short

Disney has so far resisted the temptation to make a Frozen sequel — quite a feat, really, considering the icy adventure is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. But it seems they may only be able to hold out for so long.

Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa, has stated that a Frozen 2 is “in the works” and that she hopes to return. Read the Idina Menzel Frozen sequel comments after the jump.

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big hero 6 end credits

When I interviewed Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, I mentioned to them their Marvel adaptation was missing an end credits scene like other Marvel movies. As I walked out the door, Williams stopped me and said, “See it again once the film is in theaters.” Which I did. And lo and behold, Disney Animation held back an awesome end credits scene just for paying audiences — most screenings right up until the release of the film did not have the tag.

The scene not only potentially sets up a sequel, it features a world class voice cameo. We won’t spoil it above the jump, but below, we will do so, and even show you some footage. Learn about the Big Hero 6 end credits scene below. Read More »

New Star Wars Animated Series

Another day, another Star Wars scoop here on /Film. This one is from the television side.

Before Star Wars Rebels hit the air, Disney renewed it for a second season. That was a nice vote of confidence in the first piece of Star Wars storytelling created under the new Disney regime. So far, it’s worked out. We’re now about eight episodes in and the tales of Ezra, Kanan, Zeb, Hera and Sabine have a wonderful Star Wars feel while simultaneously adding much to what we know about a galaxy far, far away.

When promoting the show’s launch, no one involved would tell us exactly how Rebels could end, or even guess how long the series might run. Lucasfilm’s previous animated series, The Clone Wars, aired for about five seasons so that seemed like a reasonable guess. But still, there was no clue of just how far these stories set between Episodes III and IV would go.

/Film has now exclusively heard that Lucasfilm not only knows where Rebels will end, the company knows what’s next for the Star Wars animated world.

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