In terms of classic Disney storytelling, I felt this summer’s animated film Planes was super solid. Sure it was predictable and a bit cheesy, but the Cars spinoff created by DisneyToons had all the energy, pacing and excitement you’d expect from your standard animated Disney film. To say that sentiment was not shared by my colleagues would be an understatement, however. Planes currently sits at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, audiences turned out, the film grossed almost $90 million domestic and the sequel, Planes: Fire and Rescue, was announced for a Summer 2014 release.
We saw some very cool footage from the sequel at the D23 Expo and now, thanks to teaser trailer, you can get your first glimpse too. Check it out below. Read More »
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Next year, Kermit the Frog will meet his match. Literally. Constantine is one of the world’s best, and most sinister, thieves. He also just happens to be two feet tall, made of green felt, and a frog. A case of mistaken identity is at the center of James Bobin‘s Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel to the 2011 hit film, The Muppets. The sequel co-stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and is set for release March 21, 2014.
A new poster has just been revealed featuring the full case, including Constantine’s mole. Check it out below. Read More »
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur may be delayed, but it isn’t shelved entirely. The first teaser poster has been released for the film, which is set for release in November 2015. That’s concept art from D23 above; see the poster below.
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Roles are reversed in the upcoming Rocky and Bullwinkle spinoff, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest dog and Sherman is his adopted human boy. Together they’ll get into time traveling adventures, with characters voiced by the likes of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell and Dennis Haysbert.
The 3D animated film, set for release March 7, is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and the first trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »
What’s next, a Star Wars Christmas Special? This year, Disney got Pixar to do a Halloween TV special and on Thanksgiving, they’re doing it again. They’ve recruited another of their popular properties along with one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
The Muppets are teaming up with Lady Gaga for a Thanksgiving special on ABC called Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular. It’ll be a 90 minute variety hour featuring all kinds of musical duets including Gaga, obviously, but also with Sir Elton John and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. There will be other surprises too. Read Gaga and Kermit the Frog’s quotes below. Read More »
Disney has three big films coming out this holiday season, but only one is about the company itself. That’s Saving Mr. Banks, the true story of Walt Disney’s courting of author P.L. Travers for the rights to her book, Mary Poppins. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), the film features Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers. It opens December 13 in the U.S. but had its world premiere this weekend at the London Film Festival.
So how is it? The first reviews are out and while everyone seems to agree there’s plenty of Disney magic, and some people even smell Oscars, a few don’t necessarily think it works. Read a bunch of reviews below. Read More »
Here’s a trailer for Disney Animation’s Frozen that isn’t as squarely aimed at the kids as the previous ones we’ve seen. Here, there’s a more direct link to Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale The Snow Queen, and also an explanation of the origin of Olaf, the little snow man that has been the focus of so much of the marketing so far.
This trailer also shows off the new song ‘For the First Time in Forever,’ as it positions Frozen as the greatest thing Disney Animtion has done since The Lion King. In general, it makes the film look a bit more sweeping and grand than some of the other trailers have done, and that’s a good thing. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
First-time filmmaker Matthew Johnson attracted some attention this year for The Dirties, a provocative look at a school shooting from the perspective of two would-be killers. But his next foray into youth-centric entertainment will be far less controversial.
Johnson is in talks to write Encyclopedia Brown, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the classic children’s mystery series. Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch are producing. More about the project after the jump.
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