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Star Wars Episode VII Already Predicted To Make $1.2 Billion
Here's something you don't see very often. The Walt Disney Company suffered a major bomb over the weekend, opening The Lone Ranger to a pitiful $48 million 5-day box office, forcing the studio to lose an anticipated $150 million on the big-budget Western. But if you're a Disney stockholder, things are still looking up. According to Variety the studio's stock is up 1.3%. Why? You probably already know the answer: Star Wars
What If Your Favorite Disney Movie Ended With A Dark Twist?
For the last 90 years the Walt Disney Company has been arguably the greatest source of family-friendly entertainment available anywhere in the world. But that family-friendly image has a dark side in the internet age, as it doesn't take long to Photoshop a funny image from a Disney title that completely upends the company's wholesome image.
Disney Could Lose $150 Million On The Lone Ranger
Analysts say that by the end of The Lone Ranger's run it will likely only manage to make $125 million domestically and $150 million overseas - for a total of only $275 million. It will likely be the second triple-digit loss for Disney in as many years, as the company had to deal with the $200 million loss of Andrew Stanton's John Carter in 2012.
See Disney Princesses In Historically Accurate, Awesome Clothing
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Hummel works as a Concept Artist at Microsoft Game Studios when she's not researching period costumes and adding to her online gallery. To date she's done revisions of Beauty and the Beast's Belle (up top in 1770's French court fashion), Sleeping Beauty's Aurora, The Little Mermaid's Ariel, The Princess and the Frog's Tiana, and many more.
Disney And Sony Experimenting With New Releases On VOD In South Korea
Depending on how things turn out, the situation could spell trouble for both the big chains and the independent theater owners. If you've ever wondered why popcorn, candy and soda is so damn expensive at the movie theater while blockbuster films are making millions upon millions of dollars, it's because the theater itself actually doesn't make a great deal of money off of a new title during its opening weekend.
Iron Man 3 Crosses The $1 Billion Mark In 23 Days
With its global box office total crossing $1 billion, the action-packed blockbuster becomes the second Marvel/Disney collaboration to pass that point. The Avengers managed to make that mark in 19 days, a world-record the superhero epic shared with James Cameron's Avatar.
Disney Pulls Merida's Makeover After Outcry
the new Merida has since been pulled from Disney's site, replaced by the Merida we've grown to know and love. (As seen below.) It's unknown how the public protest will ultimately impact further Merida merchandizing, but it's at least heartening to see the House of Mouse is listening to parents and fans furious over the message they send by overtly sexualizing a character specifically made to empower young girls.
Brave Director And Fans Protest Merida's Disney Princess Makeover
The Disney Princess has a knack for diluting the most interesting qualities of all its characters and shoving them into a generic princess box, overlooking the fact that Mulan wanted to be a soldier more than a girl in the dress, for example. But Merida's placement in this crowd, especially since the movie ends with her not marrying anyone and continuing to reject all the fancy trappings of princess-dim, seems especially galling
Disney Decides It's A Bad Idea To Trademark A Centuries-Old Holiday
Filing a trademark is a standard practice when a film is going through pre-production, and AZ Central goes on to note that Disney was attempting to land exclusive domain rights over “fruit-based snack foods … Christmas-tree ornaments and decorations … non-medicated toiletries [and] frozen meals consisting primarily of pasta and rice.”
Iron Man 3 Beats The Avengers In International Box Office
Here in the U.S. we're waiting patiently for Iron Man 3 to finally kick off summer movie season, but overseas, the latest Marvel movie is already off like a rocket. It opened in 42 international territories this weekend and made an incredible $195.3 million, beating even the $185.1 million that The Avengers made it in its first international weekend last year.
Why Some Theater Chains Won't Sell Iron Man 3 Tickets In Advance
Deadline says that Regal, Carmike and AMC are among the theater chains “holding out” on putting Iron Man 3 tickets on sale early because Disney “hasn’t negotiated its terms with the movie chains in several years,” and the chains know that Disney has several big-ticket tentpoles and franchises coming to theaters for the next five years and beyond.
Watch The Drop Dead Gorgeous Trailer Redone With Disney Princesses
The internet is a sea of funny parody videos and memes. Those looking for one of the better filters for such amusing distractions need only to "like" George Takei on Facebook. The actor and author frequently posts funny pictures and videos, usually adding some funny (or punny) comment of his own. Today, one of his offeringswas the video above, which mashes the Drop Dead Gorgeous trailer with various Disney Princess scenes.
David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Moves Even Closer To An Australian Shoot
Australian officials are prepared to pay Disney $22.5 million to ensure that David Fincher shoots his planned adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the land down under. The site says that the deal is “contingent on casting,” but is sounding like it is very close to moving forward.
Star Wars Theme Park In The Works At Disneyland?
No matter which way you slice it, $4.05 billion is a lot of money. For that much scratch Disney could have made John Carter 20 times. Instead, however, the studio decided to invest that cash a little more wisely, buying Lucasfilm and getting the rights to Star Wars.
Watch An Amazing One-Man Musical About What Really Happens To Disney Princesses
Everyone loves dreaming up darker or more twisted versions of Disney fairy tales. Hell, Disney loves doing it themselves, with darker versions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty on the way. But I don't think anyone has ever done it as cleverly, and as mind-bogglingly on their own