Dumbo

Disney has found a formula for success with live-action remakes of their beloved animated movies and the upcoming remake of Dumbo looks to continue to trend. Director Tim Burton, who started this whole trend in the first place with Alice in Wonderland, is retelling the story of the iconic flying elephant in live-action and we got a first look at the movie from the D23 Expo.

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Disney Franchise Timeline

While there are plenty of heavy-hitters at this edition of D23, Disney also used the expo to introduce a film that, while it has a famous title, may not be on as many radars as the movies coming out of Lucasfilm and Marvel. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a fantastical take on an iconic story and the footage screened at the film’s panel suggests something similar to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland…with a lot more dancing.

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Marvel D23 Photos

Our own Peter Sciretta is currently at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and he’s sent over a handful of photos from the Marvel Studios section of the show floor for us to share with you. In this batch of Marvel D23 photos, you’ll see costumes and weapons from Thor: Ragnarok, a cool Avengers: Infinity War Thanos statue that features a buffed up and stripped down version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ultimate Big Bad, and a slick new banner promoting next year’s Black Panther.
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The Toy Story characters are coming back to the big screen later this year. In June, Buzz, Woody and the gang helped Ken and Barbie go on a Hawaiian Vacation before Cars 2, and they’ll return on November 23 in in the next Toy Story Toon called Small Fry, which will play before The Muppets. It’ll be directed by Angus MacLane and, after the jump, you can read the newly revealed plot description. Read More »

In recent years, Comic-Con has been criticized for becoming too Hollywood as all the major studios would come down to San Diego and woo fans with their upcoming projects. This year, Disney — which owns both Marvel and Pixardidn’t have a big presence there. Most surmised that was because Disney has its own version of Comic-Con, The D23 Expo, a few weeks later. That was confirmed a few weeks ago and now we have details on specifically which movies Disney will have on hand at D23, which takes place in Anaheim, CA from August 19-21. And if you thought Comic-Con was being invaded by movies, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Confirmed films to have a presence at D23 are as follows: The Muppets, John Carter, Brave, The Avengers,  Frankenweenie, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Wreck-It Ralph, and Monsters University. Attendees will also get to see the new, 3D version of The Lion King. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The Avengers might not be coming to San Diego Comic-Con, but it certainly seems like they’ll be up the street a month later. In June, Marvel Studios announced that they would not be having a panel in Hall H at Comic Con 2011, which was a bummer as their unveiling of The Avengers at Comic Con 2010 was one of the highlights. Director Joss Whedon and his all-star cast have been in production for several weeks now so, it would be easy for them to show something to comic fans of the world come July. However, Disney, who now owns Marvel, has their own version of Comic-Con just one month later so instead of bringing The Avengers to San Diego (though they are reportedly planning some kind of massive viral campaign for the event) it looks like that’s where the action will be.

Disney just announced that the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, will be on a movie-themed panel along with John Lasseter of Pixar and the rest of the Walt Disney Studios brass in the Arena at the D23 Expo, the all-Disney Fan Event taking place August 19-21 in Anaheim, CA. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Marvel Confirms: No Hall H Panel at Comic Con

Marvel had a huge presence at last year’s Comic Con — the studio basically owned the cavernous Hall H thanks to presentations that showed off footage from Thor and Captain America, and a stunt that confirmed Joss Whedon as director of The Avengers while bringing the film’s topline cast together on the big stage.

So how does Marvel follow that? Easy: it doesn’t. We more or less knew that Marvel was likely to skip Hall H this year and now the studio has confirmed that it will not bring a big panel to the Con. Read More »