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Discuss: Is 23 Super Hero Movies Over The Next 4 Years Too Much?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 13, 2014 1:40 PM
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Marvel Vs. DC
A simple, but terrific (and possibly frightening) observation has been made by our friends over at Rope Of Silicon: over the next four years, if everything goes according to plan for every studio, we're going to see twenty-three (count ‘em) super hero films. Because, as you know, the comic book movie arms race is officially on.

'Star Wars: Episode 7' Will Hit IMAX Along With Every Disney & Marvel Action Tentpole Through 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 10:42 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
With promises that he'll shoot on the fading 35mm film format, and employ a tasteful amount of CGI rather than bombarding our eyeballs with pixels, J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7" has one more trick up its sleeve: you'll be able to see it in IMAX.

Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 5:49 PM
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  • 7 Comments
"I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Harrison Ford said earlier this year about returning for another "Indiana Jones" sequel. "I don’t think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart. I’m old enough that we don’t need (Sean) Connery any more. I’m old enough to play my own father!" And, he might just get his chance to put on the hat and crack the whip one more time.

Watch: Trailer For New Documentary On Disney Imagineering, Coming In 2016

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 17, 2013 11:30 AM
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At some point during last week’s staggeringly multifaceted D23 Expo in Anaheim, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs introduced a trailer for “The Imagineering Story,” a new feature-length documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Leslie Iwerks, who previously helmed “The Pixar Story” and “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible.” While the movie won’t be released until 2016, the footage from D23 has emerged online. And even though we got to spend some time in the California parks during D23, the trailer makes us want to go back. Like right now.

Watch: Darker Alternate Opening Of Disney Classic 'Sword In The Stone'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 2, 2013 12:19 PM
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Anyone familiar with “The Sword in the Stone,” the 1963 Walt Disney animated feature (the last one released before Walt’s untimely death) based on the T.H. Stone novel, knows that it begins with a storybook opening, accompanied by a wonderful Sherman Brothers song recounting the turbulent recent history of very old England, and the legend of the miraculous sword in the stone (“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of England,” ya dig). We are then introduced to Merlin (Karl Swenson), who is more annoyed by the Dark Ages than anything else. But originally, there was a very different opening to the animated classic, one that is finally being revealed thanks to the new Blu-ray release.

Analyst Already Predicting $1.2 Billion Box Office For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 11:20 AM
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With the last two years finding Disney dropping two expensive mega-bombs -- "John Carter" which hit the studio for $200 million in losses and "The Lone Ranger" expected to wind up in the negative somewhere between $150-190 million -- you might think that shareholders and Wall Street types would be getting nervous. You would be wrong. You see, Disney has a little lightsaber in their corner that is glowing so promisingly that people are already beginning to count the money the studio is going to mint on "Star Wars: Episode 7." Even though it's not due in theaters until 2015...

Watch: Rare, Unofficial 1968 Short 'Mickey Mouse In Vietnam' That Disney Tried To Destroy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 1:18 PM
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There are few companies in the world as protective of their intellectual property as Disney, and anyone who repurposes their material without consent is bound to get a swift call from their lawyers. And heck, even material that Disney themselves produced in the past that may have be seen as racially, culturally and socially distasteful today remains locked away in a vault (the most famous example being "Song Of The South," a massive hit at the time for the studio that still remains without a home video edition). So it's hardly any surprise that this unofficial anti-war short raised some eyebrows.

Style Or Substance? 20 Visually Stunning Movies That Go For Broke

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 8, 2013 1:51 PM
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20 Visually Dazzling Movies
No matter what you think of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," opening this week in ultra-luxurious 3D, one thing's for sure – it looks pretty spectacular. Filled with lovingly crafted costumes, opulent sets, and computer generated imagery that makes ragtime New York seem like a quasi-futuristic metropolis, it is drunk on its own excess. It feels like the movie Luhrmann has been angling towards for a while and has finally achieved (thanks in part to the added dimensionality of 3D), for better or worse. It's a giant, gilded, vulgar monstrosity that overwhelms more often than it entertains. And it got us thinking about other movies whose similarly excessive styles have either been an asset or a detriment. So put on your 3D glasses, your best pink pinstripe suit, and grab a glass of bootleg liquor, for our list of 20 visually dazzling movies.

Disney Promises New 'Star Wars' Movie Every Year Starting With 'Star Wars: Episode 7' In Summer 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 2:29 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
At a multiplex not so far away, in a galaxy you already live in, you are going be getting a whole lot more "Star Wars" very, very soon and on an annual basis. Just like filing your taxes and rotating your tires, the "Star Wars" franchise is going to become a yearly ritual.

Watch: Disney’s New Mickey Mouse Short ‘Croissant de Triomphe’ With A Cameo From Cinderella

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 5:25 PM
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Hey, here's an idea Disney hasn't really tried in a while -- trotting out a character from their archives for something new. As they've been acquiring properties left and right, rebooting fairy tales, sequel-izing Pixar movies and more, it's easy to forget this is same place that birthed the beloved Mickey Mouse. Now a worldwide icon, it's not surprising that Disney would go back to the well, we're just surprised it took this long. But, it looks like they've got a blitzkrieg of Mickey on the way.

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