As trailer mashups become more and more common, it is pretty rare that one hits and really deserves widespread attention. I had a few people call my attention today to this combination of the audio from the second trailer for The Dark Knight Rises with footage from The Lion King, and I blew it off for a while. But this is a great effort that skillfully cuts the animated footage to the TDKR audio with a clear-cut indication of the Lion King characters standing in for ones from Nolan’s film. Read More »


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Briefly: The original plan for the 3D re-release of Disney’s 1994 smash The Lion King was to  put the film in theaters for two weeks in anticipation of the film’s October 4 Blu-ray release. But the 3D conversion of the film has dominated the box office for two weeks in a row, falling only 27% in its second weekend, for a cumulative two-week take of $61.7 million. And so, according to CNN (via The Disney Blog), the head of Disney’s theatrical distribution arm has pledged at least another week for the film to live in theaters. That means The Lion King will be on movie screens right up to, and perhaps even after, the film’s blu-ray release.

Details for the extended theatrical run have not been disclosed, but they likely boil down to keeping the film on the big sceeen as long as it is making money and isn’t cutting into Blu-ray sales. Expect another week, perhaps two.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter now says that The Lion King will be getting a full theatrical 3D re-release on September 16 leading up to the Blu-ray release October 4. Read more about the update after the jump. Original article follows.

When Disney released The Lion King in 1994, they were kicking on all cylinders. They’d recently released The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin but after the quality of those films, a follow-up seemed impossible. However, The Lion King delivered big time and to this day remains one of Disney’s most successful films of all time. Though it had a very solid DVD release in 2003, that disc is now out of print so Disney will officially re-release the film not only on Blu-ray, but on 3D Blu-ray later this fall. Yes, The Lion King is getting a 3D post-conversion. They’re even re-releasing the film theatrically, in 3D, at at least one location, Disney’s flagship theater, the El Capitan in Hollywood CA from September 2 through October 6. Want to get even more excited? Check out the trailer for the 3D release after the break. Read More »

The Top Ten Most Paused Movie Moments

We’ve all done it. We’re watching a movie and an image flashes by in an instant. Did we really just see that?  So we patiently wait, remote in hand, until the precise second. You click the pause button like the whole remote just suddenly lit on fire and there it is….most likely one of these moments. A subscription based British movie site called LOVEFiLM (basically a European version of Netflix) took votes from their 1.6 million subscribers and came up with the top ten scenes in movies that people pause. And, though Kevin Williamson wrote about it in Scream, Tom Cruise’s penis in All the Right Moves did not make the list. Read More »

/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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It has been over two years since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that they would be converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D for a Valentine’s Day 2010 theatrical rerelease. Disney has been showing a short test of the 3D footage at various industry events, including last year’s ShoWest. Unlike the live-action 3D post conversions, I was actually quite impressed with what Disney was able to achieve with the added dimensionality (read my previous report here). I actually havent talked to one person that didn’t like the 3d scene they screened.

As Valentine’s Day 2010 quickly approached, Disney pushed the release back to a To Be Announced 2011 date. And it was later revealed that they were so happy with how Beauty 3D turned out, that they were also in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D as well.

Good news: Today we have finally been told when we can see these 3D conversions of Disney’s animated classics…

Bad news: they are releasing the films direct to 3D Blu-Ray in 2011, with not theatrical rerelease expected.

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Disney is a studio that knows how to mine its back catalog; no other company has been as adept at re-releasing films to an eager audience. Looks like the latest to be mined will be The Lion King, which the studio is working to convert to 3D. Along with news on that, we’ve got updates on the Roger Rabbit sequel and bad news about The Snow Queen, the Hans Christian Anderson adaptation once thought to be an upcoming hand-drawn animated film. Read More »

Monsters Inc

If you read the Friday morning edition of the Hollywood trade newspaper Variety, you will notice a story about Jerry Bruckheimer acquiring the big screen rights to IDW Publishing’s graphic novel World War Robot. But if you had looked at the recent domain records that Disney had purchased: WORLDWARROBOT-MOVIE.COM, WORLDWARROBOTMOVIE.COM, or WORLDWARROBOTTHEMOVIE.COM, you would have known about this announcement before it happened.

Jim Hill noticed that the mouse house went on a domain buying spree yesterday (July 29th), snapping up a bunch of Internet addresses for possible upcoming projects. So which projects were on the purchase list? Details after the jump.

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