As we reported a couple weeks ago, Richard Madden – who plays the King of the North Robb Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones - has officially been cast as the Prince Charming opposite Lily James in Disney’s upcoming live action version of Cinderella. Cate Blanchett will play the evil stepmother with Kenneth Branagh directing. How do you feel about the film’s casting so far?
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The 14th annual Golden Trailer Awards - which honor excellence in film marketing - were presented this weekend. Disney walked away the big winner of the affair – hosted by Rob Schneider and Aisha Tyler - with films like Iron Man 3, Wreck-It Ralph, Brave, Monsters University, and The Avengers all taking home awards. Have a look at the full list of winners after the jump.
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Continuing the thrills, fun, and near-endless laughs of last year’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is a considerable upgrade from the tainted sophomore effort that is Iron Man 2. Tony Stark is no longer throwing hissy fits or purposefully wreaking havoc on his luxurious Malibu mansion (at least not intentionally), but his ego remains as endearingly damning as ever and the stakes are appropriately raised. There’s also nobody who steals the frame from the devilishly charming Robert Downey Jr. this time, a la Sam Rockwell’s goofy weapons manufacturer villain from the previous film. If Downey Jr. isn’t wholly captivating your attention with his cheeseball one-liners that always manage to score, you’re left with nothing but a routinely competent if unspectacular narrative and stoic characters who forget they are a part of the humor-fueled Iron Man franchise. It’s a good thing, then, that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black is aware of this, centering nearly every minute of running-time around his ginormous star and the iron hero he plays. Iron Man 3 isn’t as shockingly groundbreaking as the 2008 inaugural film, but its visually-inventive action sequences and post-Avengers hero introspection make this latest Marvel offering a memorable one. Plus, Robert Downey Jr.’s innate comedic value never, ever lets up. And neither does our laughter. Read more on Iron Man 3 (***)…
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Directed by: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Written by: Shane Morris & Jennifer Lee
Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
Synopsis: When a kingdom is overcome with ice due to a curse created by the Snow Queen, Anna, the Snow Queen’s younger sister, must journey across the frozen land to break the curse. Along the way, Anna is joined by Kristoff, a mountain man seeking adventures, his one-antlered reindeer, and a snowman named Olaf. Both help and keep her company on her long journey.
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Directed by: Dan Scanlon
Written by: Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon
Voice Talent Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Synopsis: The new college freshman Michael “Mike” Wazowski starts college with eager enthusiasm. Preparing for success and to stand out through hard work, Mike chooses to pledge for the Oozma Kappa fraternity, where he meets his polar opposite, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan. Through a rivalry in their chosen major of scaring, they end up fighting to be on top, while coming closer together as life-long friends.
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I hate to be the bearer of upsetting news, but returning to Dorothy Gale’s home away from home wasn’t even remotely fulfilling. Sam Raimi, a director so daringly spectacular when pushing the horror genre well past its maniacal tolerance, exudes neither the passion nor aesthetic boldness required for an endeavor as monumental as helming an Oz film. Although to be completely honest, Raimi’s tepid direction is just one of several faults discovered while watching Walt Disney Studios’ egregiously overpriced Oz the Great and Powerful. In fact, the prequel to the incomparable Wizard of Oz is so visually mismanaged, poorly-acted, clumsily written, messily paced and tonally confusing that I utterly refuse to believe Raimi took down the entire ship himself. This disappointing kickstarter to what should have been a fascinating re-imagining/re-exploration of one of cinema’s most nostalgically comforting worlds, “The Merry Old Land of Oz,” all boils down to this: a lifeless adventure story set in a beloved fictional universe, anchored by exceptional talent performing at the most rudimentary of levels. Did I also forget to mention Oz the Great and Powerful has a character that’s as criminally annoying as The Phantom Menace’s Jar Jar Binks, if not worse? The movie contains a few genuine laughs that are, admittedly, well-earned — and the beginning portions in Kansas hint at a film that should have been much more than the debacle it ends up as — but for the most part, Oz the Great and Powerful ironically lacks the magic of a spellbinding fantasy hit, or even the illusion of one.
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(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories. Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony. Think you can do better? Let your final thoughts be known in the comment section or by joining our Oscar Pool. -CD)
It’s here, the Big One. The Oscars are finally upon us, generating a frenzy of excitement and a torrent of ever-changing predictions in its path to the big stage on Sunday. This is the highly anticipated annual organized free-for-all when ideals shatter, frustrations bubble over, and sometimes (though not often) pleasant surprises challenge the odds. The final results could go any which way, and especially in such a quality-loaded year, it’s been a dizzying process trying to peg the sway of Academy Voters. Finally dashing aside unrealistically hopeful designs of one candidate over another, I’ve joined my Awards Circuit colleagues in settling on the probable winners, though not without putting up a fight for my preferred winners. In the spirit of the games, here are my “Win Will/Should Win” Oscar Selections: Read more on Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Melkonian)…
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Those who saw Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph in theaters have already witnessed the legendary company’s latest short film, Paperman. For those who missed it, you are in for a real treat. Disney has released the short film in full (all 6 minutes and 33 seconds of it) online. After winning the PGA, Wreck-It Ralph is looking more and more like the favorite to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Could the film it headlined for end up winning the Animated Short Film Oscar as well? Get ready to have your socks charmed off. Watch the film after the jump.
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For someone who has a tremendous fear of flying, I can say that the opening act of Robert Zemeckis’ Flight is one of the most terrifying film experiences I’ve had in years, as Denzel Washington flies a malfunctioning plane completely inverted in an attempt to save the lives on board his craft. From here, the film becomes less of a story about the survival of a plane crash and the legal proceedings that follow, and more of a story about a man trying to survive his own personal crash landing as he deals with inner demons in the same vein as Leaving Las Vegas or Days of Wine and Roses before it. Denzel plays Whip Whitaker, a charming and brilliant pilot afflicted by alcoholism, and does so with the usual casual grace and tender ease we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from the two-time Oscar winner. Flight is a capable film about hitting rock bottom, coming to terms with that bottom, and finding a way towards recovery and salvation. Sure, this is something we have seen before, but few times have we seen it carried by such a strong and magnetic performance as we do this time around from one of this generation’s finest actors. (***)
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, John C. Reilly
, Magic Mike
, Robert Zemeckis
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Producer Christina Reed and Director John Kahrs at ‘Paperman’s’ L.A. Film Festival premiere. (Image Courtesy of Haley Hughes)
I normally transcribe my interviews, but there are certain instances when the passionate voice of the artist must be heard. This is one of those times. It was such a pleasure speaking with John Kahrs about Paperman, a short that pays homage to Disney past while reinforcing the technological advancements of the present. Merging 2D and 3D animation, Paperman is a hybrid of styles executed to perfection. You are swept up by the romanticism of the film, but still take time to marvel at the beauty of its design and Kahr’s masterful direction. Paperman is eligible next year for the Academy Award® for “Best Animated Short Film.” A Disney short hasn’t won in more than ten years, 2001′s “For the Birds” being the last to walk home with the Oscar. Mark my words, Paperman is Disney’s best shot at winning since then, and is currently the front runner in the category for Oscars 2013. Since I saw it at the L.A. Film Festival this past June, I couldn’t shake it from my mind. I was extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to interview John Kahrs on behalf of The Awards Circuit during the Wreck-It Ralph press junket that was held a few weeks ago (Paperman is the short that precedes the film). Below, you will find the interview in audio format. Hearing Kahrs speak with such passion and emotion about his pet project is something undeniably worth sharing, I promise. Read more on Interview with ‘Paperman’ director, John Kahrs…
It takes something pretty big to unseat a hurricane from the discussions on Twitter, but leave it to the Mouse House to give us a great distraction. In a stunning development, it was announced that the Walt Disney Company would be acquiring LucasFilm for a cool $4.05 billion in stock and cash. Also, and perhaps more surprisingly, Disney announced that Star Wars VII will arrive in theaters in 2015 with plans to release a new film every 2-3 years to continue the franchise. So if you’re counting, Disney is set to have The Avengers 2 and Star Wars VII in the same summer. The Disney deal for LucasFIlm also includes ILM & Skywalker Sound, two of the premiere technical companies working today. The full press release of the shocking announcement is available after the jump!
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Finding Nemo (2003) holds a very special place in the hearts of my daughter Ariana and I. To begin with it was the first movie she ever saw in a theater (and loved it) and a film that we played games with each other imitating the strange high-five and head bunt between father and son. I remember her tiny body walking over to me and saying, in an excited tone, “Fin…head….and then she would coo…..duuuude.” Ten times a day we used to do this and I never tired of it. When the film came out on DVD we watched the film over and over, again loving every minute of it, loving more the time we spent together watching the film, her curled up in my lap, her little arms holding onto me. Read more on Finding Nemo is (****), 3-D (non-existent)…
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In my estimation, the two greatest films ever to be made concerning the “deep blue sea” come from Disney: 1989′s The Little Mermaid and 2003′s Finding Nemo. Sorry Spielberg, but when it comes to the visual splendor and untold adventures one can obtain from the giant, often uncharted world we call “the ocean,” nobody does it quite like Disney. So when I heard there was to be a re-release of Finding Nemo in 3-D, I immediately perked up at the idea. Not only is Finding Nemo one of Pixar’s best efforts to date, but I hadn’t seen the movie in nearly ten years, perhaps since its initial release. I was worried that my opinion of the movie was going to change, and also wondered whether the 3-D would distract my emotional attachment with Marlon and his journey to find and rescue his physically limited son, Nemo. Ten years later and wiser — 23 years old versus 14 at the time of Finding Nemo’s original release — I am proud to report that the 3-D is infused seamlessly into the classic animated feature. There is never an issue with jagged lines or the other nuisances that often appear when watching a film that’s released in 3-D. In fact, I daresay Finding Nemo’s extra use of dimension makes for an even bigger, more involved, deeper felt movie-going experience the second time around. You cannot help but embrace Dory’s mantra when watching: “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Read more on Finding Nemo 3-D (Duo-Review)…
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Tags: Andrew Stanton
, Best Animated Short
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Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a film full of wonderful, poignant moments that remind us of the importance of family and self-acceptance, but it seldom carries much of a story or the expected element of fantasy. It’s the rare movie that hits you hard with crucial messages that parents may need to absorb more than their children, although these “pearls of wisdom” contained within The Odd Life of Timothy Green may linger on in your mind more than the film’s somewhat thin plot and slightly askew screenplay. There are lines from the script that surprise you by their originality and quotability, but often times I felt as though director/writer Peter Hedges may have been pushing us faster to the end of Timothy’s journey more than he perhaps intended to. While my feelings toward the actual film went back and forth in my mind as I pondered what score to give it, I ultimately had to settle on one substantial component: The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the first film of 2012 to make me tear up, lump in throat included. Now that’s something magical. Read more on The Odd Life of Timothy Green (***)…
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, Dianne Wiest
, Jennifer Garner
, Joel Edgerton
, John Toll
, Peter Hedges
, Ron Livingston
, Rosemarie DeWitt
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It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related.
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It seems the major topic of the week was the once-a-decade critics’ poll from Sight and Sound, with many around the web reacting to the fact that Citizen Kane is no longer their choice for best film ever (for the first time in 60 years). Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly proclaims his love for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but is not afraid to admit that it is an absurd choice for Sight and Sound’s “new” best film of all time. He goes on to protest the inclusion of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (at #28), when Lynch’s masterpiece, Blue Velvet, is totally absent from the list. This makes total sense, right? I’m in his camp on all accounts.
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I’ll admit it…I’m a sucker for almost all of Disney’s sports movies, and a complete sucker for Kevin Costner’s forays into the genre, mostly baseball related (I adore ‘For Love of the Game’ in a way that few people seem to). This made a teaming up of Costner and the studio seem like only a matter of time, and according to The Hollywood Reporter here, that’s just what’s happening. The movie is called ‘McFarland’, and he’ll be the coach of a sports team in that town. After the jump you can see a little more on what the film is about, but count me in. I’m always down for sports flicks, and this likely will be no exception…
Read more on Kevin Costner to star in Disney’s latest sports film…
Today was a day of firsts for me at the Con: first panel attended in Hall H, first interviews, and first (and probably only day) of being done with the convention at about 5:30 pm. I was all over the place today and definitely enjoyed the extra winding down time. The first thing I did was stop by the Comic-Con Film School 101 seminar. In addition to the regular convention, Comic-Con runs a much smaller film festival and as a part of that they do a four part series on making films for cheap. For anyone interested in making their own movies, you can find the entire syllabus here: Film School 2012 Syllabus. After that I got a call from my friend who was standing in line for the Twilight panel that the line was moving, I booked it over to her and proceeded to wait another 2 hours before being let into Hall H in time for the start of the Trailer Park segment. Even though I had seen most of the trailers online, it was nice seeing them on a big screen. The Dredd 3D trailer played predictably well to the crowd and the Despicable Me 2 trailer is really great.
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Walt Disney is bringing The Odd Life of Timothy Green to the big screen, and promises that it will be the most magical family movie of the year! The family drama/comedy is rated PG and will be released on August 15, 2012. The film tells the story of a married couple without children, until young Timothy arrives straight from their garden and brings a whole new and unexpected source of inspiration and happiness to their lives. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is directed by Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life) and stars Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, M. Emmet Walsh, Odeya Rush, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lois Smith, David Morse and Common.
You can visit the site for the film here. Have a look at the new TV spot and a more information on the charitable sock drive Disney is campaigning after the jump…
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It’s the first of the month. Not only that, it’s the first day of the second half of the year. Anybody else feel like that was fast? Yet, here we are.
It’s time to start getting serious, Oscar-wise. Not many things have come out, and not many films are looking like Best Picture nominees from the first half. Some will argue The Avengers with a $600 million dollar bank is in talks. Some think the little indie-film Moonrise Kingdom from Wes Anderson could be our “Little Miss Sunshine” of the year. In limited release, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild has opened and received one of the best word-of-mouth reviews of the year. Is that a contender for the big prize? I’d say it is.
I’m ready to start getting down and dirty with these predictions.
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, Benh Zeitlin
, Bill Murray
, Daniel Day-Lewis
, David Strathairn
, Django Unchained
, Hugh Jackman
, Hyde Park on Hudson
, Jane Fonda
, Joaquin Phoenix
, Joe Wright
, John Hawkes
, Julianne Moore
, Keira Knightley
, Laura Linney
, Les Miserables
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, Olivia Williams
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, Quentin Tarantino
, Roger Michell
, the avengers
, the dark knight rises
, The English Teacher
, The Great Gatsby
, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
, The Master
, The Sessions
, tobey maguire
, Tom Hardy
, Tom Hooper
, Woody Harrelson
Looks like the Oscars will be telecast on the Disney affiliated ABC network for the rest of this decade. Here’s the official release:
Beverly Hills, CA – Disney Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, Tom Sherak, Academy president and Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014.
“Disney Media Distribution has been successful in securing distribution around the world for the Academy Awards and we’re thrilled to extend this partnership,” said Sherak. “The Oscars are an international event beloved by a global audience. It’s a testament to the magic of Hollywood.”
“We are excited to be able to extend our agreement to deliver the world’s biggest celebration of entertainment to audiences around the globe,” said Sweeney. “We look forward to building on the foundation of our relationship with the Academy, and working together to reach new audiences on new platforms in the years ahead.”
This past February, a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions experienced the Academy Awards in more than 225 international territories via a variety of both traditional broadcast outlets and new emerging video-on-demand and online streaming platforms.
In 2011, the Academy and the ABC Television Network signed a domestic rights agreement which also extended their contract through 2020.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.
Learn more about the Academy and Disney Media Distribution after the jump…
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Why is this such big news, you ask? By crossing the $600 million mark domestically, Marvel’s The Avengers becomes only the third film to ever register such a feat. The film’s global total is now estimated at $1.438 billion, and it stands as the number three film of all time both globally and domestically.
Check out some of the records The Avengers has shattered after the jump…
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This past Monday, I was privileged to be one of several press members who attended the Brave Press Conference at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood. My fellow journalists and I were given the full VIP treatment, complete with parting gift bags, some snacks, and several beverages to choose from. But most importantly, Disney™ provided us with the opportunity to speak to the wonderful cast and crew of Disney•Pixar’s new Brave. Each Brave contributor gave us deeper insight into the film’s complex narrative, some behind-the-scenes factoids, and plenty of laughs as well. It was an excellent day, and all who came brought such wonderful bouts of energy and enthusiasm that it was just a joy to take part in this event. Below, you will find two audio files from the press conference, as well as a video I was able to record of Director Mark Andrews and Producer Katherine Sarafian’s Q&A with the press. The readers who’ve already seen Brave will hopefully get more insight with these sets of interviews, but if you don’t mind a spoiler or two and haven’t watched Brave, by all means dig in…
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, Kelly MacDonald
, Kevin McKidd
, La Luna
, Mark Andrews
Disney/Pixar is providing us with four different versions of the new trailer for Monsters University, their highly anticipated sequel to Monsters, Inc. (2001). Directed by Dan Scanlon, the film returns Billy Crystal and John Goodman as Mike and Sully, respectively, and also stars Steve Buscemi, Ken Jeong, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer, Rob Riggle, Frank Oz, Dave Foley, and Julia Sweeney.
Monsters University opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
After watching the trailers, you can vote for your favorite Mike sleep talking line on the official Monsters University Facebook Page, here.
Watch the trailers after the jump…
Read more on Four New Trailers for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Monsters University’…
Anyone who knows me by now, knows that how I much I absolutely LOVE Monster’s Inc., as it was my #2 film of 2001. While my excitement is parked cautiously on the follow-up prequel, Monster’s University, I remember great films like Toy Story have only gotten better with each and every movie. Disney/Pixar has released FOUR different teaser trailers that are all for view below. Read more on Disney/Pixar’s Monster’s University Teaser Trailer(s) Debut!…