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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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After years of trying, Brett Ratner is finally getting his chance to bring a legendary Greek hero to life. Production is currently underway on Hercules, based on Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

With the release date still a year away, it’s unlikely we’ll get to see real footage any time soon. But thanks to star Dwayne Johnson, we have our first peek at some of the props and costumes, along with the set. Hit the jump to check out the images.

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Dwayne Johnson has just pulled together a brand new “sand and sandal” gang. Ian McShane (Deadwood), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), John Hurt (Harry Potter) and Rebecca Ferguson are set to join the action superstar in Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner. It’s scheduled for a July 25, 2014 release. Read More »

Hercules will be battling some formidable foes at the box office. The Brett Ratner-directed, Dwayne Johnson-starring epic has just moved up two weeks on the calendar, from August 8, 2014 to July 25, 2014. While there are currently no other releases scheduled for that new date, the film will be up against the second weeks of The Hobbit: There and Back Again and X-Men: Days of Future Past, both due out July 18. [THR]

After the jump, read about new release dates for Will Gluck and Quvenzhané Wallis’ Annie, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson’s Turkeys, and the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

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It’s been about a year since Dwayne Johnson first signed on to play the titular hero of Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, but now that the project actually has a set release date it’s really picking up steam.

The film has just added Aksel Hennie in the part of Tydeus, one of Hercules’ allies. The actor has gained acclaim in his native Norway as the star of Headhunters and Max Manus, and is now poised to cross over into the U.S. Hercules will be his first major studio role. Hit the jump for more details.

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Weeks after MGM and Paramount announced a summer 2014 release for their Hercules project with director Brett Ratner and star Dwayne Johnson, Millennium has set a spring 2014 date for its own take on the hero. This one comes from Die Hard 2 helmer Renny Harlin and will be in 3D, as evidenced by its title Hercules 3D. No stars are attached as of yet, but look for that to change soon as the project barrels toward a May start. More details after the jump.

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Briefly: Ratner. Rock. August 2014. Brett Ratner‘s latest film, Herclues, an adaptation of Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars has been given an August 8, 2014 release date. It’ll star Dwayne Johnson as the legendary hero and be in theaters a week after James Gunn’s Marvel adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more about the film here. [Deadline]

When Dwayne Johnson was a WWE wrestler known as The Rock, one of his catch phrases was “Know your role.” Today, The Rock knows not one, but two roles. He’s confirmed to star in Hercules for director Brett Ratner and will also topline Ciudad, an action thriller based on an upcoming graphic novel by the Russo Brothers. Read much more about both projects below. Read More »

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