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Saturday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of live-action film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: scenes from the Marvel Sequels Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, as well as first looks from Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Saving Mr. Banks. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.

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D23 Expo

At Saturday’s live-action film presentation at D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures revealed the official logos for a handful of their upcoming films: Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Into The Woods, Cinderella, Tomorrowland AND MORE. Check them out now after the jump.

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Tomorrowland

Of all the live-action projects showcased during Saturday’s live-action panel at D23, one of the most highly anticipated was Tomorrowland, the new sci-fi project by Brad Bird. Disney brought out the famous mystery box that inspired the movie, showing off its contents, and offered a peek at some “found footage” from the box. Read our report of the event after the jump.

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Judy Greer

Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been the subject of all sorts of rumor and speculation since it was first announced a while back under the title 1952. Heck, for a time, there was even a wild theory going around that it was secretly Star Wars Episode VII. But now the film’s about to take a more concrete shape as production gets under way this week.

And as those cameras prepare to roll, Bird’s rounded up another name for the starry cast. Judy Greer is in negotiations for the mysterious sci-fi pic, which also features George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, and Britt Robinson. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

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The D23 Expo in August will be the true coming-out party for Disney’s big 2014 Holiday release, Tomorrowland. Directed by Brad Bird and co-written by Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson telling a family centric sci-fi story about an inventor, an alternate dimension, and a young robot. (Read more specifics here). The film was listed as one of the featured titles at the Disney fan convention and, once that happens, we’ll be there to tell you all about it.

Leading up to D23 though, a viral campaign called The Optimist has begun. It follows a few characters as they uncover secrets about Tomorrowland at Disney theme parks. Read More »

D23 Mickey

One of the biggest no-shows at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is Disney. The company who owns Pixar, Lucasfilm and more is letting its comic book division, Marvel, give a presentation to the crowd but the rest of the stacked upcoming Disney slate is nowhere to be found. The reason is that the company’s very own biennial convention, the D23 Expo, takes place a few weeks later. From August 9-11 in Anaheim, CA, all things Disney will be celebrated including their upcoming movies.

A press release has now confirmed at least a few of the movies that will be showcased at the event. There will be an animated presentation, which will focus on Frozen and The Good Dinosaur, and a live-action presentation, which features Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland and Thor: The Dark World. One glaring omission (among many) is Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean it won’t show up. Read the full press release below. Read More »

Star Wars vs. Disney

Even with a film called Tomorrowland currently in the works, Disney may soon abandon the concept in the park. The latest edition of the wonderful column Miceage on MiceChat suggests the current plan is to slowly, over the next several years, turn the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland in Anaheim into a full Star Wars area. A similar, but smaller, upgrade will be made at Walt Disney World too. And none of this will be officially revealed at the D23 Expo in August. Read More »

Robertson Scott

Briefly: Brad Bird‘s upcoming Disney film, Tomorrowland, is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2014. Written by Damon Lindelof, the family sci-fi fantasy features three lead characters: a teenage girl, a middle-aged inventor and a girl robot. We’ll keep the precise nature of their story quiet here, but you can get more details from a link below. As for casting, George Clooney is the inventor, Raffey Cassidy is the robot and now two actresses are up for the lead of the teenage girl.

They are Britt Robertson, from the upcoming Under the Dome and The Secret Circle, and Naomi Scott, star of the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth and Fox’s Terra Nova. They’re both doing full makeup tests in the upcoming weeks.

There’s no guarantee either actress will get the role, but depending on the tests, one of these two could be your star on December 12, 2014. Read more about the plot to Tomorrowland here. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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