Disney Princess spin-off movie

I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes when I first saw the now-famous Disney Princess scene in the trailers for Ralph Breaks the Internet. You know the one: Vanellope Von Schweetz meets Belle, Jasmine, Moana, Cinderella, and several other princesses as they make self-referential jokes about the ordeals they’ve experienced. But while the trailer made it seem slightly crass, the scene plays much better in context and the princesses actually end up factoring into the plot; the movie gives them more to do than just lounge around in pajamas.

But after the princesses’ warm reception in the movie, would the studio consider making an entire animated Disney Princess spin-off movie? The Ralph Breaks the Internet directors say it’s “an idea worth exploring.” But don’t get your hopes up too much…yet.
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pancake milkshake in ralph breaks the internet

Today, we continue my interview with Ralph Breaks The Internet directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, and producer Clark Spencer, in a discussion that is all about the film’s spoilers, cameos, and easter eggs. The filmmakers explain why the “Pancake Milkshake” scene, which was one of the funniest parts of the film’s marketing (and has been included in a lot of the film’s merchandising), didn’t make it into the actual movie. They also share their favorite cameos and easter eggs. If you’ve seen the film and don’t mind spoiler chat, read on!

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wreck-it ralph 3

Ralph Breaks the Internet is on track to have one of the biggest Thanksgiving opening weekends of all time, so you might think that a Wreck-It Ralph 3 will be a given at Walt Disney Animation, right? Not necessarily.

In a new interview, directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston explain that the story of video game characters Ralph and Vanellope may have come to a natural conclusion in the second film, which hits theaters this week. But star John C. Reilly has a goofy idea to keep things going in a potential Wreck-It Ralph 3.
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Ralph Breaks the Internet - Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

A few weeks ago, I sat down with directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, alongside producer Clark Spencer, to discuss their latest film Ralph Breaks the Internet. We talked about what made this worthy of being a rare Disney animated sequel and the evolution of the story through development; Johnston told us what’s going on with Reply All and Phantom Tollbooth; we discussed how Moore helped create Ned Flanders on The Simpsons; and the inspiration of Slaughter Race, the unlikely possibility of a theme park land based on this new creation, and much more.

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Wreck-It Ralph 2

Just earlier this year, the official title for the anticipated Wreck-It Ralph sequel was announced at CinemaCon, and it basically tells us what the movie is about. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will follow the titular not-so-bad video game bad guy (voiced by John C. Reilly) as he escapes the arcade and finds himself on the web.

Now the D23 Expo has provided us with a bunch of new details about the Walt Disney Animation sequel, and you won’t believe just how much this sequel is going to expand the world of Wreck-It Ralph. When the video game bad guy ends up stuck in the internet with his pint-sized, candy-haired friend Vanellope von Schweetz, they discover a place where fandoms converge, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Disney princesses. Read More »

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Walt Disney Animation made a big announcement on Facebook Live this morning: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be coming to theaters in 2018. Get the details after the jump.
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Zootopia - The Big Donut

If you haven’t already, please read my interview with Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore where they talk about how the latest Disney Animation Studios film evolved from an idea about a James Bond spoof with talking animals.

Today I bring you the other interview that I conducted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, co-writer and co-director Jared Bush and co-writer Phil Johnston. I touch some of the same ground in this interview, talking about the evolution of this story over the development, but we get a lot of new details about some of the material that didn’t make the final film. I also talk to them about some of the clever gags and Easter eggs in the movie, and much more.
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letterier baron cohen

Though much of it has been spent under the radar, director Louis Leterrier has so far crafted himself a pretty eclectic career. He’s done the action thing, the superhero thing, the fantasy thing, the mystery thing and now he’s moving onto the comedy thing.The director of The Transporter, Clash of the Titans, Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me has just signed on to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron CohenRead More »

A set of ’70s sitcoms produced or developed by Norman Lear managed to change the tone of American television. All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude all addressed social and political issues to varying degrees through the basic structure of the sitcom.

Originally developed as a way to use the sitcom to show the lives of a hard-working, poor black family in a Chicago housing project, Good Times turned into a more broad, typical comedy thanks to the unexpected success of actor Jimmie Walker, whose popular catchprase “Dy-no-MITE!” gave the show’s writers an easy road to audience approval.

Now Good Times is being revived as a movie. Producer Scott Rudin (No Country For Old Men) and screenwriter Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) are working with Sony to bring the show to the big screen. Read More »

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Sacha Baron Cohen May Spoof Bond


Briefly: Sacha Baron Cohen‘s next project with Paramount may be a slightly more traditional type of comedy than his Da Ali G Show spin-off satires have been. The writer/actor just sold a pitch to the studio that “follows a James Bond-like spy forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan.” Sounds like a reasonable plan, and the hooligan brother could be a way to get some of Cohen’s signature comedy style into a film that relies more heavily on scripted setpieces than we’re used to seeing from him.

Cohen will script with Phil Johnston, with whom he delivered the pitch to Paramount. Johnston scripted last year’s comedy Cedar Rapids, as well as the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph, and Alexander Payne’s next film, Nebraska. [Variety]