Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?
In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed $116 million in its opening weekend, and $1 billion worldwide in total. The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful didn’t perform quite that well, but its $79 million opening was none too shabby, either. The upcoming Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent has Angelina Jolie in the lead, and the live-action Cinderella just recently attached Kenneth Branagh to direct.
In short, live-action fairy tale reboots have been good business for Disney so far. So they’re keeping a good thing going by putting yet another one in the pipeline. This new one will be a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast called The Beast, and there’s some indication that it could get a little dark. The studio is currently in talks with writer Joe Ahearne, whose last script was Danny Boyle’s rather twisted-looking Trance. Hit the jump to read more.
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In recent years, Disney has created some of the best viral videos — be it the retro Lotso-Huggin-Bear commercials for Toy Story 3, or the video game tv spots for Wreck It Ralph, or all of The Muppets clips that lead to their return to the mainstream. The mouse house is now trying to parlay their viral video skills into promoting their theme parks.
With phase one of the Fantasyland expansion opening at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disney has teamed with HGTV for a fun crossover: Beauty and The Beast stars Belle and Beast go castle hunting on a faux episode of HGTV’s House Hunters. For someone like me who has in recent years grown and and started watching television shows about people buying/selling/fixing homes (younger me would hate older me), I ended up liking this a lot more than I should. Watch the mini-sode right now after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:
- Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
- ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011’s political soap The Kennedys
- Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
- Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
- Watch the trailer for the spy drama The Americans, starring Keri Russell
- Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
- The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
- The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around
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It’s a tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. Guillermo Del Toro is attached to another project. This time he’s upgraded from producer to director of a new version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast for Warner Bros., which will be written by Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’ Diary). Read more after the jump.
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Just over ten years ago, French director Christophe Gans got a lot of attention for helping raise global awareness of Monica Bellucci when he cast her in his movie The Brotherhood of the Wolf, inspired by centuries-old stories of beasts raiding the French countryside. He has only made one film since: Silent Hill, which received a much more chilly reception than did Brotherhood.
Now Gans is one of several people trying to revive the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. We’ve just seen the 3D re-release of Disney’s version, and there was the horrible tween take called Beastly released last year. Two new TV version are in the works, at ABC and the CW. Now Gans has written and will direct his own, starring Vincent Cassel (The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
We have some interesting tidbits of all kinds today, but let’s be real — we both know you’re mainly here for The Walking Dead trailer and clip and the True Blood teaser. After the jump:
- HBO offers the first 3 minutes of The Walking Dead‘s midseason premiere, plus a teaser
- The first teaser for Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood comes online
- Shirley Maclaine will be calling on Downton Abbey
- Details on The CW’s new Beauty & The Beast reboot reveal a surprising 9/11 connection
- Jimmy Kimmel is shopping a “Borat Meets Green Acres” hybrid series
- Kevin Smith and Adam Carolla bicker over an upcoming untitled project
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I don’t know that there is really any point to posting trailers for a film’s 3D re-release online where no one can see the added 3D aspect.
But what you can see is some evidence of the HD remaster that also goes along with such releases. So what the heck, here’s the trailer for Beauty and the Beast 3D, which Disney is putting in theaters on January 13. It’s more or less the same film that was released to great acclaim in 1991, after which Beauty and the Beast became the first-ever animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. (Presumably, this is the same version as the slightly altered 2002 re-issue ‘special edition’ that boasted a new musical number and some cleaned-up animation.)
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For years I’ve been arguing for the adoption of theatrical 3D, partly as a secret ulterior motive. I believed that the greed over 3D ticket prices would force a change in exhibition which could transform the industry — digital cinema. Without the cost of film prints, independent films could find larger distribution, and one off screenings. We have already seen a surge of special one night only event presentations. And while I’m lucky to live in a city (Los Angeles) where they screen a ton of old classics on the big screen, many people have no choice to see these movies on a small screen. Not that seeing movies on your 60 ince is a bad thing, but some movies deserved to be experienced on the big screen with an audience.
You might be against 3D cinema, but you have to admit that the results will eventually outweigh the negatives. Classic movies will get rereleased, sometimes for one night only, a week, a weekend, or a 3D post conversion rerelease like The Lion King. The success Disney experienced with that film has shown Hollywood there is a market for catelog films.
Years ago Disney presented 3D footage from a 3D converted version of Beauty and the Beast at the movie theater convention ShoWest. I, and most of the audience in attendance, were wowed at how the 3D gave new life to the animated classic. Originally set for a theatrical release, the 3D toon was delayed, and delayed again. The final decision was to release the 3D version on Blu-ray 3D with a one week run at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. They spent years on the conversion, and only a handfull of people were going to see it projected on a big screen. I was lucky enough to attend one of the screenings… and, thankfully, now so will you.
Disney has announced that they will be rereleasing Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid in 3D in movie theatres nationwide. I think we can all agree that 3D truly shines in the medium of animation. I can’t wait to experience the beautiful underwater setting of Nemo in 3D. Read the full press release after the jump.
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