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Disney Will Own Your Youth, Rumored To Be In Talks To Buy Hasbro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 4:09 PM
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With Lucasfilm and Marvel now under the heavy crown of the Mouse House, could Disney be making another play that will make them one of the biggest tentpole players in town? Again, it's just rumor, but it's not totally outside the realm of possibility, but here it is: Disney may be in talks to buy Hasbro.

Disney Buy Lucasfilm, Set 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Movie For 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 4:34 PM
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You can take the George Lucas out of LucasFilm, but "Star Wars" is forever. In what is likely going to be the biggset news item of the next few weeks and months, Disney has not only purchased LucasFilm (for a cool $4.05 billion), they've slated an untitled "Star Wars: Episode 7" movie for 2015. Let us repeat: a new "Star Wars" movie is coming in 2015.

Review: 'Wreck-It-Ralph' Has A Great Concept But Fails To Level Up Into Something Unique

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 10:57 AM
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Certainly, in some quarters, anticipation for Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" was high. With Pixar stuck in sequel mode, and with their original story "Brave" underwhelming this summer, many wondered if the Mouse House would step it up where their colleagues dropped the ball. With a seemingly fresh premise, new tunes by Skrillex and Owl City pimped on the soundtrack, nostalgia for the adults and a glossy adventure for the kids, the ingredients all seemed to be in place. Which makes it that much more frustrating that once you pop the quarter into the machine of "Wreck-It-Ralph," it reveals itself to be nothing more than a familiar formula dressed up in 21st century clothes.

Disney's Cancellation Of Henry Selick's Stop-Motion Animated Film Costs Them $50 Million

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 3:39 PM
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It's understandable that following the colossal flop of "John Carter" and the money woes of "The Lone Ranger" (which has still managed to go over budget and behind schedule), Disney would be tightening their belt. But it seems even as they try to save money, they manage to lose some at the same time. You're doing it wrong, guys. So to add to what has been a bumpy 2012, it looks like accountants and executives will have more explaining to do.

Disney Sets November 27, 2013 Date For Animated 'Frozen' With Kristen Bell

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 11, 2012 6:25 PM
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2012 has been an interesting year for Disney. It has seen some very high highs (the record-smashing "The Avengers," which recently eclipsed "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" to become the studio's single most successful film of all time) and very low lows ("John Carter," Andrew Stanton's sci-fi western, poisoned by bad publicity and even worse marketing, will cost the studio least $200 million). In truth, the studio only has a handful of true Disney films left on the horizon - a pair of animated treats (Pixar's "Brave," which we liked but didn't love; and Thanksgiving's videogame-themed "Wreck-It Ralph," a movie that we've been told is just phenomenal, even in super unfinished form) and a weird fantasy drama "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," which opens late this summer and looks like a total snooze (the rest of the movies Disney is releasing will be DreamWorks co-ops.) So it's not such a stretch to imagine execs looking towards 2013, with the period western "Lone Ranger" and, now, a big animated movie that fits just outside (but still snuggled up next to) the Disney princess line.

Philip Glass To Stage Opera About Fictionalized Last Days of Walt Disney

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2012 1:15 PM
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Well, time to get our plane tickets in order: next year, according to the Independent, London’s English National Opera is set to stage an opera by super genius composer Philip Glass about the fictionalized last days of Walt Disney. They’re also debuting an experimental new work by “Cloud Atlas” author David Mitchell.

Watch: Gorgeous Anime-Style Ad For Tokyo Disney Resort

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 12, 2012 1:37 PM
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In America we have recently been bombarded by commercials for the stateside Disney parks (Florida’s Walt Disney World is where the ads were shot, probably because so much of Disneyland’s second gate, California Adventure, was under construction at the time) that feature a horrendous OneRepublic song and herky-jerky visuals that are sun-drenched and oozing gooey sentimentality. Over in Japan, though, they’re treated to a gorgeously animated, absolutely heart-tugging spot that will literally make you want to stop what you’re doing, convert all your money over to yen, and get the fuck over there

Legendary Animator Glen Keane Leaves Disney

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 25, 2012 2:30 PM
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In what many saw as a shock, veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, one of the so-called celebrity animators from Disney’s “Second Renaissance” in the early 1990s, designing and animating immortal characters like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” and Aladdin from “Aladdin,” left the studio on Friday. Keane had been with the studio for almost 37 years (he briefly departed from the studio to do freelance work but was still contracted almost exclusively for Disney). In his letter of resignation (posted at Cartoon Brew), Keane said, “I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can’t resist its siren call to step out and discover them.”

Are Disney Trying To Bail On Distributing Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 27, 2012 9:22 AM
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Producing and writing giants Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were starting to look like one trick ponies with a steady slate of tentpole fare including the 'Transformers' and 'Star Trek' series as well as "Cowboys & Aliens." But last year saw the duo delve into adult drama with "Welcome To People," a film co-written by Kurtzman, Orci and Jody Lambert, that also marks Kurtzmann's directorial debut. Shot early last year, we had even named it as a potential awards season dark horse contender, however, that never came to pass.

Disney Lines Up Black List Script 'Saving Mr. Banks' About Making Of 'Mary Poppins'; Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep Eyed To Star

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2012 1:23 PM
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There's been a trend of late on the Black List, of scripts that, due to various rights issues, stand little chance of ever being made. Two years ago, it was topped by "The Muppet Man," a biopic of Jim Henson, which was bought by The Henson Company in order to essentially bury it, while last year "In the Loop" scribe Jesse Armstrong penned "The Murdochs," a fictional comedy drama about Rupert Murdoch's family jockey for succession when he's diagnosed with a terminal illness -- despite the mogul's recent troubles, it's unlikely it'll ever make it before cameras. Similarly, this year saw "Chewie," a take on the making of "Star Wars" seen through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca, which placed highly, but has yet to be picked up by anyone.

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