Walt Before Mickey 6

Most of the time we hear about films well before production. Other times, we hear about them when cameras are already rolling. That’s the case with Walt Before Mickey, an independent feature directed by Ari Taub. It’s based on a book by Timothy S. Susanin that chronicles the life of Walt Disney from 1919-1928, which is the year Mickey Mouse debuted.

Here are some of the big names in the cast. Thomas Ian Nicholas, best know for his work in the American Pie movies, is playing Walt. His brother Roy is being played by Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder. Disney alum David Henrie plays an animator and Full House‘s Jodie Sweetin is Charlotte Disney. Below, read more about the film and see a bunch of images from the shoot, which is currently happening in Deland, Florida. Read More »

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Today’s Sequel Bits is all about the number 2. As in Beetlejuice 2, Anchorman 2, Grown Ups 2, Dr. Horrible 2, and Percy Jackson 2 (okay, that’s not technically what it’s called, but you know what I mean). After the jump:

  • A small update on Seth Grahame-Smith’s Beetlejuice 2
  • Judd Apatow has a wishlist, Adam McKay has ideas for Anchorman 2
  • A Hunger Games tribute becomes a daughter of war
  • Grown Ups 2 casts another young’un to join Taylor Lautner
  • Joss Whedon teases Dr. Horrible 2 and more death

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We’ve seen a few trailers for Studio Ghibli‘s 2010 film, known in some territories as The Borrower Arrietty, and in the US as The Secret World of Arrietty. But we haven’t seen much from the film that features English-language dialogue. Not that it really matters with a Studio Ghibli film, as the animation is pretty enough to carry us through a trailer in Japanese.

Now Disney has released the first trailer for the US release of The Secret World of Arrietty. It looks like a good version of Mary Norton‘s young adult fantasy novel The Borrowers. This one is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. See the trailer, featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias, below. Read More »

Sometimes there’s no way to make a casting roundup conform to any sort of sense. Such is the case here, as we’ve got info on a wild reality-based political thriller set in 1979, an animated sequel, and an indie family drama with a very unlikely cast. In other words, after the break you’ll find info on:

  • Monsters star Scoot McNairy joining Ben Affleck’s Argo,
  • Nick Frost and seven hundred other actors doing voices for the fourth theatrical Ice Age movie,
  • and an indie called Little Boy, which has Kevin James and Emily Watson set to star.

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Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially been cast in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, it’s time to fill in some of the other major parts for The Hunger Games. Casting has begun in earnest for the roles of Peeta Mellark, a fellow Hunger Games competitor who has feelings for Katniss, and Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ best friend from home. The list of contenders seems to contain a decent mix of rising actors, including previously mentioned names like Josh Hutcherson and Hunter Parrish. But the really great news? Alex Pettyfer is nowhere to be seen — so far, at least. Read more after the jump.

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