Ice Age: Collision Course trailer

The Ice Age movies might not earn the fawning critical acclaim of the Pixar movies or the smashing box office numbers of the Minions / Despicable Me series, but they are hardy in their own way. The series has been chugging along for 14 years now, taking in $2.8 billion worldwide over four installments, and a fifth film is due out this summer. In Ice Age: Collision Course, Scrat’s pursuit of that elusive acorn sets off a chain of events that could spell the end of the Ice Age world as we know it… except it probably won’t, because as long as these movies keep making money, Sid, Manny, and Diego are going to keep doing their thing. Watch the latest Ice Age: Collision Course trailer below.  Read More »

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jungle book images

Yesterday, I wrote about a behind-the-scenes video that showcased just how much of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book was created in post-production and I was just bowled over by it. It’s one thing to hear that a movie is set entirely in digital environments (because computers can do anything and so on), but it’s another thing to actually see the before and after (because computers can do anything and holy cow).

Disney has released a new series of stills showing the transformation of a few shots in the film, revealing how a lone kid standing in front of blue screens was transformed into a lone kid standing in a lush and photo-realistic Indian jungle by the visual effects geniuses at MPC.

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the jungle book vfx

When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.

And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.

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new tokyo disneyland rides

You can call Disney many things, but lazy is not one of them. In addition to their increasingly massive film slate and new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, the company has now announced plans to bring rides based on Big Hero 6 and Beauty and the Beast to Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. In other words, theme park fans will have to add a few more days to the Asian vacation they were already planning so they could visit Shanghai Disneyland.

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Princess Diaries

Rumors of a Princess Diaries 3 have been floating around for some time now, but in recent weeks they’ve grown ever-so-slightly more concrete. Garry Marshall, who directed both The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, confirms he’s actually had a meeting with stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews — though he stops short of announcing the project outright, maybe because, according to him, Disney likes to do that stuff itself.  Read More »

finding dory real life inspiration

Last month, I traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to talk to Andrew Stanton and the filmmakers of Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory. On my visit, I got to preview 30 minutes of the upcoming film and chat with many of the filmmakers at Pixar who are creating Dory’s next adventure. But not only that, I got to learn how Pixar took multiple research trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which served as inspiration for the Marine Life Institute seen in the final film.

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Peter Pan

When Disney first announced that its Pete’s Dragon reboot would be directed by David Lowery, he seemed like an out-of-left-field choice. Lowery was an indie darling known for directing the Malickian crime romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and editing Shane Carruth’s trippy Upstream Color; a mainstream family film for Disney seemed about as far from his wheelhouse as a movie could get.

But that unexpected partnership must’ve worked out just fine, because both sides are already gearing up to reunite on another new project. Lowery has been set to direct a live-action reboot of Peter Pan, from a script by his frequent collaborator (and Pete’s Dragon screenwriter) Toby HalbrooksRead More »

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The grand opening of Universal Hollywood’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter happened last night at the Los Angeles theme park. It was an incredible night, filled with magic and wizardry. Hit the jump to hear more about the opening celebration and also learn about the new Wizarding World now open for everyone to enjoy in Universal Hollywood.
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the BFG trailer

Every Steven Spielberg movie is an event, because why would you not celebrate every time one of the great living artists creates a new work? Sure, he’s always operated within a populist realm, finding ways to please the masses, but there has never been another filmmaker who has done so with such craft and ability. Spielberg is one of the great filmmakers, a man whose legacy keeps on evolving with each film. You can count his genuine failures on one hand.

So yes, I’m excited to see what Spielberg does with The BFG. Spielberg’s sense of wonder should make a fine complement for author Roald Dahl‘s wit – this is a peanut butter-and-jelly-type situation if there ever was one. The new trailer for The BFG only dips its toe into what looks like a much larger world, but what’s on display here certainly looks intriguing.

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