BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Today’s GG nominees cleared up a few lingering Oscar issues … and raised a few more outstanding questions. Here are, I think, 5 shocking developments that occurred this morning, and some analysis on how I think they will affect the ongoing Oscar season.
There are some clips that are meant to tease and others that are better enjoyed after you’ve seen the film already. The latter applies to the above video, which shows us the full “Let It Go” song as sung by Idina Menzel, who voices the role of Elsa in Frozen.
Thanks to their deal that was made with LucasFilm last year, the Walt Disney Company already owns all the important rights to the company's biggest franchise, Star Wars, but now the Mouse House has completed a deal that now gives them control of both of the Lucas powerhouse series.
Looking to Frozen, Oldboy and Inside Llewyn Davis for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of classic Disney musicals, twisted crime dramas, and movies about musicians.
Frozen is a hit. It’ll be days before we’ll know for sure exactly how big of a hit, but thanks to early box office numbers, we know for definite people are turning out in droves to see Disney’s latest. Perhaps more importantly, those very same people seem to be loving what they’re seeing too.
No matter how you slice it, this has been a banner year for Disney. The acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel over the years have only boosted the studio’s overall bottom line. And their latest partnership with a little company called LucasFilm should only guarantee that these box-office records will only grow, expand and/or tumble in the years to come.
Over the past few years, a trend has emerged. Disney’s welcome attention to original programming has led to a heartfelt rebirth of sentimental storytelling and vividly beautiful animation. And it happened to occur at a time when Pixar has backslid into a bit of a creative lull.
It’s always the same songs. There are about a dozen beloved, universally recognized classic Disney tracks, and they repeatedly populate, in some order, Top 10 lists, cover version CDs and various productions. I get it.
That was the pitch that got the movie green lit, that's the promise that's draw interest in even early concept art, and that's really the only tagline needed for this first teaser trailer for Maleficent, the latest effort from Disney to put a modern, creepy spin on their vault of classic fairy tales
For more than a year, pretty much all we’ve had to go on in terms of visuals for Disney’s villain story Maleficent is the stunning and sinister looking profile of Angelina Jolie as the title character, offering just a hint of her colorful eyes and the strange horned headpiece that reminds me a little of the Lord of Darkness from Legend.
The classic flick The Jungle Book will also finally be receiving Diamond Edition treatment for the first time. Fans will still have a while to wait to nab a copy, however. The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD won’t hit the market until February 11, 2014.
Kennedy and Abrams might be painted into an uncomfortable corner. Postponing Star Wars to 2016 will raise thousands of red flags with already concerned fans … but don’t you want Abrams to take the necessary amount of time to deliver the best possible Star Wars movie he can?
Todrick Hall gathered together a star studded cast and crew that includes fellow Idol alums Pia Toscano and Adam Lambert, as well as Broadway star Shoshana Bean, Make it or Break It's Cassie Scerbo, Glee's Amber Riley, So You Think You Can Dance's Blake McGrath, and pop singer Kimberly Cole to reimagine "Cell Block Tango" from the hit Broadway show Chicago as performed by Disney villains.
While the name itself could use a jolt of imagination, that’s not the case for the park itself which aims to transport people to a different universe, at least that’s what the concept pictures show. Anxious to book a vacation to Pandora? You’ll be waiting until 2017, when the park is set to open.
Aline Brosh McKenna, who also wrote the script for the upcoming Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of Cinderella, has been hired to write the script for the movie, though at this time all story details are being kept under wraps. First created in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians," Cruella de Vil is a fashion-obsessed woman who will do just about anything to get a fur coat made out of dalmatian fur.
Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and coming from the same people who brought you Tangled and a bunch of other classic princess stories, Frozen ought to be a gorgeously animated heartfelt holiday-season musical with enough depth that adults can enjoy it. I'm guessing that's still true even though this new trailer, which debuted at Yahoo!, and seems determined to smooth out any rough edges the film might have in favor of snowman gags, broad adventure and as much table-setting plot development as possible
It’s worth noting he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement where he swore not to talk about Tomorrowland or anything about the plot, characters, or the screenplay. However, Inman is pretty sure he isn’t breaking any rules because their conversation had nearly nothing to do with the film itself. As he said, “I read the NDA like ten times and I’m 92.4% sure I’m in the clear here.”
Said Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, "This is about a long-term relationship with lots of pluses and minuses. The Lone Ranger certainly didn't help things, but we all have our wins and our losses, and this is an overall thing related to the company's supply of projects from all these other places."
Its story centers on sisters Anna and Elsa. The latter has mystical powers that allow her to control ice and snow, but when she accidently unveils them in public she is forced to run away to the mountains. Unexpectedly, Elsa’s departure plummets the kingdom into an endless winter. To bring about spring, the underestimated Anna goes on a quest to recover Elsa, and finds help from rugged mountain man Kristoff and the goofy Olaf.
While the latest edition will be available on DVD, Disney is really pushing the HD Digital and Blu-ray copies of the film, and with good reason. The December 10 release will mark the first time the film has hit Blu-ray, and the first big release of the movie since Disney put together the 45th Anniversary Edition on DVD just a few years ago (Likely due to rarity, those copies run pretty expensively).
Twice now in a four-week span, Walt Disney Studios has had opportunities to ease the minds of Star Wars fans around the globe by revealing even the slightest inkling of information regarding J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII: The As-Yet-Unnamed Sequel. And twice, the studio opted to remain silent.
Walt Disney Animation, the unit that's recently brought us the likes of Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled, has announced its next big animated project… and it sounds stranger than anything the studio has done since, uh, Treasure Planet maybe?
It's bizarre to see news that Harvey Weinstein is teaming up with Disney for a project, and a children's book adaptation at that. And apparently no one is more surprised than Harvey Weinstein. In a press release that announced that Weinstein and Disney would be collaborating on an adaptation of the children's book Artemis Fowl, the head of the Weinstein Company was up front about how strange it all seemed
You’d think this would be all about looking at Cage wearing women’s clothing – or in the case of The Little Mermaid's Ariel, a bra and tail – but it’s really all about picturing him within the situations that the films put their heroines through.
Don't cry for Disney. Thanks to the wild success of their first three releases of 2013, they've become the first studio this year to gross a billion dollars at the domestic box office. And just think how much more they are making in merchandizing.