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Disney gets to work on Tron 3

Despite Tron: Legacy “only” making $400 million worldwide, Disney is moving forward on a third instalment of the Tron saga. According to The Wrap, Disney is in negotiations with Jesse Wigutow to script Tron 3. Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is still attached to helm the pic, which has been given a lease on life […]

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Harrison Ford might reprise Han Solo in Star Wars Episode 7

Harrison Ford is open to the idea of putting the famous vest back on and playing Han Solo in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars sequel, Entertainment Weekly report. According to an unnamed – but supposedly reliable – source, Harrison Ford would consider doing his Han Solo thing again. Of course, this would be pending script and director announcements. […]

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George Lucas warned Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher about Star Wars Episode 7

Of course Luke Skywalker knew there were going to be more Star Wars films. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill speaks of George Lucas revealing the news to him months ago. It seems back in August, Lucas spontaneously asked Hamill and Carrie Fisher to lunch one day and revealed Episodes VII, VIII, […]

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Disney purchases Lucasfilm for $4 billion; new Star Wars trilogy launching in 2015

Well, we didn’t expect to wake up to this news. George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm Ltd to Disney for an estimated $4.05 billion, giving the Mouse-House rights to both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise. According to Deadline, Disney won’t exactly sit on the properties. They’re already plotting a new Star Wars trilogy, with Episode 7 set to hit cinemas in 2015. […]

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Back from the dead – Frankenweenie review

Frankenweenie – Featuring the voices of Charlie Tahan, Martin Landau, and Catherine O’Hara. Directed by Tim Burton. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. When I declared Dark Shadows “Tim Burton‘s best film in a decade,” I didn’t expect to go back on my word a mere five months later. No, my affection for that nutso soap-opera […]

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Teaser Debut: The Lone Ranger

The teaser for Gore Verbinski’s super-expensive Lone Ranger has arrived online. Though the project was originally nixed by Disney on account on the inflated price tag, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer whittled it down to something more palatable. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, except for the fact that the movie exists; frankly, considering its troubled production history, […]

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Disney threaten makers of Brave rip-off

A lawsuit may be brewing between Disney and Brightspark Production Ltd. over an animated fairytale called Braver, The Guardian reports. Not only has the UK company tacked an ‘r’ onto the end of Disney Pixar’s latest hit film Brave, but the cover and character art looks incredibly close to Disney’s concept (albeit an el-cheapo version). […]

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Ellen DeGeneres in talks for Finding Nemo sequel

Disney Pixar is hoping to bring back Ellen DeGeneres for their upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres is in talks to reprise the role of forgetful Dory. It was revealed back in July that the original’s director, Andrew Stanton, had returned to Pixar to work on the project following the flopping of his John Carter. […]

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Disney is rebooting The Rocketeer

Disney is working on a reboot of notorious 1991 flop The Rocketeer, Vulture reports. The Joe Johnson adaptation of the comic, starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly, grossed only $45 million at the box office from a $35 million budget. Vulture suggests the surging popularity of Iron Man has inspired the hit-hungry studio to reinvent the similarly iron-suited hero. No […]

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Joss Whedon will direct The Avengers sequel

In news that should surprise no one, Joss Whedon has been confirmed as director of The Avengers‘ sequel. The announcement was made via the  Walt Disney Investors Conference Call. Whedon will both write and direct the follow-up to his box-office busting Marvel team-up flick. There was always a risk that Whedon might not be courted back. Marvel has a history […]

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Andrew Stanton working on Finding Nemo 2

Andrew Stanton might swim back to the safety of Pixar following the failure of his John Carter, with Deadline claiming that the Oscar-winner has been hired to direct a sequel to Finding Nemo. The studio has reportedly been working on the project for months, with Stanton only signing on if Disney promised to let him […]

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Barsoom brawl – John Carter review

John Carter – Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Rated M. Originally published March 2, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. John Carter arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia July 4, 2012 It’s hard to imagine a time in which Star Wars wasn’t such a megalathon (a word I have invented to encapsulate the incomparable hugeness of its influence and cultural infiltration; […]

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Disney making animated Marvel movie

It’s been three years since Disney ponied up $4 billion to purchase Marvel Entertainment, and they’re finally getting to work on an animated feature film collaboration. According to Deadline, Walt Disney Animation Studios is developing a big screen adaptation of the Big Hero 6 comics. Obviously this is a deeper cut from the Marvel back catalogue than […]

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Beautiful, if not so bold – Brave review

Brave – Featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, and Billy Connolly. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Rated PG. Originally published June 12, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Disney Pixar’s Brave is the powerhouse studio’s first non-sequel since 2009, and a marked improvement over Cars 2 (their first legitimately bad endeavour). Though it features some of the most exquisite animation ever put to film, it falls […]

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Trailer Debut: Wreck-It Ralph

The first trailer for Disney’s next animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph, has debuted online. In the film, John C. Reilly voices the beefed-up villain of an 8-bit arcade game who decides he’s had enough of being the bad guy to Fix-It-Felix’s (Jack McBrayer) hero. He embarks on a journey across the arcade, game-hopping in the hope […]

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Disney abandons their Snow White project

Perhaps coming to their senses after realising there were already two separate Snow White films out this year (!), Disney have abandoned their plans to make a version of the tale. According to Deadline, the Mouse House has nixed Order of the Seven, in which Saoirse Ronan was to play the lead. The pic differentiated from playful Mirror Mirror and […]

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Mr. Toad will ride again

Disney is keen to make a feature film out of their legendary theme park attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Deadline reports. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel The Wind in the Willows, the ride takes participants through Toad Hall, into an oncoming train, and eventually to hell. It’s a bit dark. It has been a […]

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Tom Hanks might play Walt Disney in Mary Poppins making of

Tom Hanks is considering portraying Walt Disney in the ‘making of Mary Poppins‘ dramedy Saving Mr. Banks, Deadline reports. The film will tell of Walt’s 14-year attempt at convincing Aussie author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to make a movie from her series of children’s books. Travers’ tale was highly personal, hence her hesitation to hand […]

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New clip from The Avengers shows off Scarlett

Disney has released the first clip from their upcoming Marvel team-up flick The Avengers, highlighting Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow’s abilities to dominate enemies even whilst tied to a chair. Super-fans will appreciate the brief glimpse of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), who was finally given his very own character poster earlier this week. The action sequence here – and the comic beats – […]

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John Carter loses $200 million for Disney

Disney has released a statement informing investors that they expect a $200 million loss in the current fiscal quarter due to the catastrophic failure of John Carter at the box office. According to Deadline, this is “the biggest loss to date for a single film”, not including the $174 million hole left in Carolco Pictures’ pocket by […]

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Character Poster Debut: The Avengers

Another day, another Avengers poster. Actually, make that, another six Avengers posters! Disney has unveiled a batch of one-sheets featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) in all their glory. Enough talk. Look’em! We […]

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Might The Muppets return to TV?

Earlier this month it was revealed The Muppets are headed back to the big screen (although, without the help of Jason Segel). Now comes the news that Kermit and co. might also return to primetime television. Disney’s European VP of Marketing, Tricia Wilber, told The Guardian the studio is considering a variety of formats and […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: Pixar’s Brave

An extended feature trailer for Pixar’s Brave has arrived online, along with a gorgeous new poster. The teaser is basically an excerpted sequence in which Scottish Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) defies her royal parents and demolishes wannabe suitors in an archery competition. Check it out and share your thoughts below! Formerly titled The Bear and the Bow (you […]

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William Fichtner is The Lone Ranger’s villain

Leave it to William Fichtner to ride on in and save the day. The character actor will star as the lead villain in The Lone Ranger, replacing recent drop-out Dwight Yoakam, Deadline report. For a while there, Disney’s super-expensive Lone Ranger looked like it would never see the light of day. After director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer […]

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Edgar Wright to direct Johnny Depp in The Night Stalker

Edgar Wright has finally booked his follow-up to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, though his most devoted fans may be disappointed to learn it isn’t Ant-Man or his long-gestating third collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, apocalypse-comedy At World’s End. According to Deadline, Wright will direct The Night Stalker for Disney. It is a remake of a 1972 telemovie of the […]

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Play It Again – Dumbo

Play It Again – Dumbo. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which classic-film connoisseur Jess Lomas revisits a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca […]

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Superbowl Trailer Debut: The Avengers

A brand new trailer for Joss Whedon‘s Marvel team-up flick The Avengers debuted during the Superbowl. But for those of you who care far more about comic book movies than sports, you don’t need to sit through any football to see it! The clip features brand new footage of The Avengers in action, including a […]

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Trailer Debut: John Carter

A new trailer for Disney’s John Carter has been released and certainly gives us a taste of the grand scale of this epic fantasy. The Andrew Stanton directed adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) as John Carter, who finds himself transported to Mars and unwittingly caught in a battle […]

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The Lone Ranger gets the green light … again

Disney have given the go-ahead to Gore Verbinski‘s super expensive new project The Lone Ranger, after previously pulling the plug back in August. According to Deadline, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have slashed the budget of the adaptation of the classic serial from $275 million to a much less terrifying (but still pricey) tag of […]

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R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder, former chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios and technological visionary Steve Jobs has died following a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old. The following statement was released by Apple: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source […]

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