Disney already owns Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, so when a rumor circulated Monday that the studio was looking to acquire Hasbro, it had a ring of believability to it. So much so, in fact, that the whispers gave the toy company’s stock a bit of a spike on Tuesday. But don’t count on seeing Optimus Prime don mouse ears anytime soon. According to sources at Hasbro, there’s no truth to the talk. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Whether you’re a Disney superfan like our own Peter Sciretta or more a casual admirer like myself, it’s hard not to get extremely excited when a whole new world is opening up at one of their theme parks. The next one up is Cars Land, based on the popular Pixar films, which is scheduled to open this June at Disney California Adventure. Though plenty of information has been released about some of the rides and other attractions, a video has now come online featuring Disney Imagineers discussing the creation of this whole new world.
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Today’s edition of TV Bits isn’t just a mixed bag, but a jam-packed one. Happily, it’s nothing but good news all around as networks order more episodes of some promising rookie shows and get to work developing other intriguing series for next season. After the jump:
- ABC orders more Revenge, Suburgatory, and Happy Endings
- The CW gives full-season orders to Ringer, The Secret Circle, and Hart of Dixie
- NBC orders six more scripts for Prime Suspect
- HBO plans an hourlong TV version of The Kids Are All Right
- Disney gives the go-ahead to a musical zombie sitcom
- TNT casts Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer in a K-9 pilot
On the topic of movie themed theme park rides, most of the chatter as of late has been about Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The new 3D ride opened over the weekend at Walt Disney World in Orlando and had its soft opening at Disneyland in Anaheim too, leading up to its June 3 opening there. But Star Tours isn’t the only attraction opening based on a popular pop culture property.
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California both have Green Lantern roller coasters opening this summer plus, there are rumors of a $1 billion Star Trek theme park being built in Jordan (seen above) and some blueprints have leaked of a possible new ride being conceived at Disney that will be an interactive roller coaster version of the Death Star trench run in the first Star Wars.
Read more about, and see images of, all this after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 by David Chen
In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the art of the new Wall Street teaser, reflect on the business of indie cinema, and offer some of their favorite films and disappointments from Sundance 2010. Special guest Steve Weintraub (AKA Frosty) from Collider joins us this evening.
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The /Filmcast Interview is a series of conversations with actors, directors, and other key figures from the entertainment industry. In this episode, David Chen speaks with legendary producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) about the animation industry, the making of Beauty and the Beast 3D, and Hahn’s new book, The Alchemy of Animation.
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- What are the trends in animation you’ve found most significant?
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- The Little Matchgirl (buy this movie on iTunes now!)
- Stop motion animation
- Cinematography in animated films
- The 3D version of Beauty and the Beast
- The academy award for Best Animated Film
- What excites you most about animation right now?
- The Alchemy of Animation
A big thanks to Andy Sorcini from The Drill Down podcast for making this interview possible. Don Hahn will be signing copies of his book, The Alchemy of Animation, at 7 PM this Thursday, December 11th, at the Barnes and Noble on 210 Americana Way in Glendale, CA.
The Superbowl is usually the place where we can see advertisements for the big Summer blockbusters. News hit this past week that this year’s ads would be pretty weak. Only two films featured: Wild Hogs and Pride. Eddie Murphy’s Norbit would be featured in the pre-show. But now iFilm has given us an early look at an unannounced teaser television spot for Disney’s Meet The Robinsons. Check it out after the jump.