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So Long Barsoom: Andrew Stanton To Direct 'Finding Nemo 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 1:53 PM
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Let's see how the small market of fans eager for a "John Carter" sequel are going to take this. Following a tumultuous production, a botched marketing campaign in what turned out to be one of the biggest flops of the year, costing Disney $200 million, we figured it would be interesting to see where Andrew Stanton landed next. Well, the open arms of his longtime home Pixar are welcoming him back to direct a sequel to one of their biggest movies.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Disney's 'Tron,' Released 30 Years Ago Today

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 9, 2012 10:55 AM
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As has been discussed ad infinitum this year, on its 30th anniversary, the summer of 1982 holds a very special place in the hearts of geeks of a certain age; between May and August, a number of films now deemed genre classics hit theaters, proving to be a life-changing experience for many. "Conan The Barbarian," "E.T," "Blade Runner," "The Thing," "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan" -- all have only grown in reputation over time. And one of the last of that wave, Disney's "Tron," perhaps inspired one of the most fervent cults of them all.

New Images & Details For Disney’s Black-And-White Short ‘Paperman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 29, 2012 12:16 PM
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One of the many reasons we’re super-pumped about this fall’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Disney animated feature set inside the world of videogames, is that preceding the feature is “Paperman,” a groundbreaking new short film by John Kahrs that ingeniously combines traditional hand-drawn animation with cutting-edge computer graphics. In short: it very well could be the future of traditional Disney animation. And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have new details and images from the film (which just had a splashy screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival).

Disney Animation Tackling Marvel's 'Big Hero 6'; Edgar Wright Has Wrapped 'Ant-Man' Test Reel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 8:19 PM
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It looks like Marvel and Kevin Feige are going to have a lot of questions to answer in a few weeks at Comic-Con. Fresh off news circulating that "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is being geared up for a 2014 release, another "Ant-Man" update has arrived, and, more exciting for fans, news that Walt Disney Animation is set to tackle its first animated movie.

New Set Of Character Posters From 'Frankenweenie' Premiere; Pixar Debuts New 'Cars Toon' Short

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 20, 2012 1:24 PM
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Disney has unveiled a series of character for this Halloween's "Frankenweenie," a black-and-white stop motion feature from Tim Burton and Disney that was based on a short film of his that got him fired from the studio back in the mid-eighties (seriously). The posters and characters look appropriately Tim Burton-y (maybe a little too much – some of the characters seem like slightly redressed designs from "The Corpse Bride" and the dog looks very "Family Dog"-esque). In other Disney animation news, the studio has quietly slipped a new "Cars Toon" short film onto iTunes and Amazon, which ties in directly to the new Carsland section of Disney California Adventure.

Disney Bumps 'Lone Ranger' Back To Independence Day 2013, Makes Minor Date Adjustment On 'Thor 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 31, 2012 6:09 PM
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You've just seen 20th Century Fox start to fill their 2014 slate and make some 2013 release date moves as well. Dreamworks & Disney's Steven Spielberg collaboration "Robopocalypse" just got pushed back an entire year (it hasn't started shooting yet) and now it's time for the Buena Vista/Disney mothership to make some adjustments of their own.

Disney Unsurprisingly Scraps Third Snow White Movie, 'The Order Of The Seven' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 23, 2012 8:20 AM
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With the second of this year's live-action "Snow White" adaptations nearing release (Universal's dark, fantasy-driven commercial for milk-bathing "Snow White and the Huntsman" will follow Relativity's candy-colored, slapstick-laden "Mirror, Mirror" on June 1st), it appears that Disney, the home of the beloved, animated "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" adaptation, isn't going to move forward with their Asia-set, kung-fu samurai take "The Order of the Seven." Even though the Mouse House has been working on the project for more than ten years, the move isn't exactly a surprise, becoming collateral damage in the wake of the $200 million flop that was "John Carter."

Weekend Box Office: 'Battleship' & 'The Dictator' Flop Hard As 'The Avengers' Continues To Dominate

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 20, 2012 1:12 PM
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Disney sure picked the right time to get in on that Marvel action. After the first Marvel films proved to be decent-sized hits, the studio came in like a shark, swiping the studio up for a few billion, expecting similar results. Yet, not only has “The Avengers” handily outdrawn every other superhero film thus far, but it's number one at the domestic box-office for a third weekend running, with a $55 million haul, and is actually now Disney’s highest grossing film of all time. Take that, “Flubber”!

'The Avengers' Hits DVD/Blu-ray September 25th With Alternate Ending And More Harry Dean Stanton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2012 4:59 PM
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Not content with holding 25 box office records to date, Marvel and Joss Whedon's superhero team-up flick "The Avengers" looks to continue to dominate the top ten this weekend, beating competitors "Battleship," "Dark Shadows" and "The Dictator" remorselessly, as though they were CGI recreations of a RADA-trained actor playing a Norse god. How far it goes is a good question: crossing the two-billion dollar mark and overtaking "Titanic" could be a distinct possibility, but we suspect "Avatar" might be out of reach -- that film had months to play with little competition, while blockbuster season starts to kick up a gear in the next few weeks.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Avengers' Crosses The $1 Billion Mark In 19 Days; Registers First-Ever $100 Million Second Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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When a movie scores the biggest opening weekend of all time (by nearly $40 million, in this case), the expectation is that it should continue to smash records. So, at a glance, “The Avengers” scoring the largest second weekend in film history isn’t exactly newsworthy. Though most prognosticators pegged the film, following a stupefying opening act of $207 million, to level off in the vicinity of 70% or so. As it turns out, a lot of your friends missed out on the movie the first time around, and after losing a little more than half of it’s first weekend tally, it’s the first film ever with two nine-figure weekend grosses. That shit cray.

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