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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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BIG HERO 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been absolutely killing it over the past few years, but so far they’ve resisted the temptation to follow up any of their big smash hits with big splashy sequels. Not even Big Hero 6 — which, as an adaptation of a Marvel comic book, seems tailor-made for a multi-film franchise — has given way to a Big Hero 7. But Disney has been very open to expanding these hot properties in other directions. Like TV, where we’ll soon see a Big Hero 6 series.  Read More »

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How long did it take to shoot the new Quicksilver sequence in X-Men: Apocalypse? Who would win in a sword fight: Olivia Munn or Ryan Reynolds? Which DC Comics superhero movie will hit theaters a bit earlier? Want to see an alternate design for Netflix’s Daredevil suit? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Flash

What happens when Batman meets Pee-Wee Herman? How were the visual effects for the next episode of The Flash pulled off? Is Gal Gadot a fan of Lynda Carter‘s Wonder Woman? How did Tom Holland get hurt on the set of Captain America: Civil War? What did you miss in the Jessica Jones trailer? All this an more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up

Earlier this week, the world of Disney’s animated movies was combined with the studio’s own forthcoming blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens in an impressive trailer mash-up. And now Disney’s recent animated comic book sensation Big Hero 6 meets their live-action cash cow The Avengers: Age of Ultron in another very well done trailer mash-up.

Watch the Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up after the jump! Read More »

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Will Zod meet Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? How is X-Men‘s Apocalypse a “relatable” character? Did you catch the Big Hero 6 Easter egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron? What’s Sean Gunn going to be doing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Has Marvel TV announced its plans for New York Comic-Con? What will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Lash be like? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Disney loves to scatter Easter eggs around its animated films, and its first Marvel movie was not exempt. If you were looking closely, and you might’ve spotted Frozen‘s Hans and Olaf, Wreck-It Ralph, Stitch (as in Lilo &), Bolt, and more around Big Hero 6‘s San Fransokyo.

But there’s one more that’s escaped our notice until now. Tucked into the background of one scene is another character from Wreck-It Ralph. Check out the Big Hero 6 Wreck-It Ralph Easter egg after the jump.  Read More »

Sharknado

After the jump:

  • Sam Taylor-Johnson might not do more Fifty Shades
  • Tony Hale gets sucked into Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
  • Cassie Scerbo will be terrorized by Sharknado again
  • Zoolander 2 is jetting off to Rome this spring
  • The Walking Dead spinoff pilot finishes shooting
  • AMC is skeptical about the Crouching Dragon sequel
  • See some new footage in a Furious 7 music video

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Three dozen superhero movies will be released in theaters over the next five and a half years. With this week’s new announcements, I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the future of the comic book movie landscape. Hit the jump to find a comprehensive calendar of superhero movie release dates tracking the announced comic book movie adaptations up to the year 2020.

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The Best Movie Animal Performances of 2014

Best Animal Performances of 2014

I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?

As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »