Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
One of the things that has always impressed me about James Cameron as a filmmaker is how he confronts obstacles to achieving his vision – if current technology can’t help him achieve his vision, then he will help develop brand new technology to actually make it happen, damn it! The line between technician and artist has continued to blend in this way over the past 15 years or so, with filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis building entire movies around fresh tech, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, but always adding more to the conversation.
The last filmmaker I expected to push the technological envelope was Jon Favreau, whose low-key beginnings eventually propelled him into the blockbuster arena, but here we are. After creating photorealistic animal characters and environments in The Jungle Book earlier this year, he’s now talking about how virtual reality tech will influence his upcoming remake of The Lion King.
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After delivering the massive blockbuster success that was the live-action remake of The Jungle Book (which pulled in nearly $966 million in the worldwide box office) Disney has lined up another remake of one of their animated classics featuring even more animals from the wild.
Walt Disney Studios has announced that they are working on a live-action remake of 1994’s animated hit The Lion King, and they’re bringing in The Jungle Book and Iron Man director Jon Favreau to be at the helm. Find out more about The Lion King remake after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
And that’s a wrap for Star Trek Beyond. Also after the jump:
- Two more Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books are coming
- Keanu Reeves drops some hints the plot of John Wick 2
- Garett Hedlund believes Tron 3 would’ve blown Legacy out of the water
- Danny Boyle promises Trainspotting 2 will be “worthwhile”
- Check out the first teaser for The Lion King sequel The Lion Guard
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 unleashes a bloody IMAX poster
- Star Trek Beyond wraps shooting; see set photos and video from Dubai
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Just last week, we got a first look at the forthcoming Disney Channel TV movie and animated series kick-off The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. An extended sneak peek of the TV movie portion of this follow-up debuted at D23 this weekend, and it’s now available for you to check out.
In The Lion Guard clip, we see Simba and Nala’s second-born cub Kion (voiced by Max Charles of Peabody & Sherman) having some fun with his friends in the Pride Lands, but then he’s forced to show why he’s been tasked with being the protector of his home turf when his best friend Bunga, a feisty honey badger, gets into some trouble with some hyenas. Read More »
The technology behind animation has come a long way in a short amount of time, and with the help of state of the art computers, artists are able to create some truly mind-blowing and mesmerizing imagery in feature animation. And this begs, the question: what are the most beautiful animated films ever made?
Well, CineFix tries to answer that big question with a new video essay that counts down the Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Films of All Time. There’s some bold choices here and an exclusion of one particularly revered animation legend that will stir up some uproar, but you can’t deny that their choices are indeed beautiful animated motion pictures. Find out the whole list after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.
As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
The big news this week is Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as you may have noticed from our extensive coverage. But the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts family has plenty to report as well. After the jump:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is shutting down The American Idol Experience
- No, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is not closing
- The Lion King is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort — in Mandarin
- Go behind the scenes of the new Lion King show at Disney World
- Check out Disneyland’s Frozen pre-parade featuring Anna and Elsa
- Watch the first ad for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction
- See the special annual passholder Q&A for Universal’s WaterWorld
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Lion King is giving birth to a new small-screen franchise, two decades after the original film hit theaters. Disney Junior announced today that it is planning an animated series titled The Lion Guard, which will first launch as a made-for-TV movie.
At the center of the story will be a young cub named Kion, son of Simba and Nala. As you can see in the photo above, he’s basically Simba plus a red mohawk and a pawprint tattoo. Kids these days. Hit the jump for more info, including another new photo and details on which familiar faces might drop by.
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2014 is a big year for Disney anniversaries. Strictly looking at the movies it’s the 55th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty, the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, and the 20th anniversary of The Lion King. That last one has been chosen to kick off a new musical event called The Legacy Collection.
Over the next two years, Disney will rerelease the soundtracks to a dozen classic films as part of The Legacy Collection, each featuring new liner notes, documentaries, artwork and previously unreleased music. The Lion King is out first, and no available for pre-order, followed by the others mentioned above this year and Fantasia, Pinocchio, Toy Story, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, The Aristocats and Cinderella next year. Read more about the Lion King Legacy Collection and see the full schedule below. Read More »
One park expands, another closes, and there’s some cool hotel business going on. All in another edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:
- What is the Disney Explorers’ Lodge?
- Zonko’s Joke Shop has closed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- See photos of the new nighttime attraction and Lion King stage show at Animal Kingdom.
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