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'Captain America 3' Gets US Release Date

Disney and Marvel have dated "Captain America 3" for May 6, 2016. That's neck-and-neck with Warner Bros.' untitled "Superman-Batman" movie, slated for release the same day.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 1:42 PM
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Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 2:31 PM
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WATCH: Kermit and the Gang Sing the Sequel Song in New 'Muppets Most Wanted' Trailer

A clever new trailer has arrived for Disney's upcoming "Muppets Most Wanted," wherein Kermit et al put on a song-and-dance routine to the ditty "We're Doing a Sequel." Though they admit while crooning, "that's what we do in Hollywood, though everybody knows the sequel's never quite as good," it beats the depressing alternative: Standing on a deserted Hollywood Boulevard with tumbleweeds blowing by. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 1:14 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Thor' Bashes Box Office, 'Ender's Game' Collapses

Led by a strong performance by 3-D enhanced "Thor: The Dark World," overall grosses came in about equal to last year, keeping pace with the 2012 year-to-date total. (2013's top ten grossed $159 million against $161 million last year.) With $86,109,000 for the weekend, "Thor" came in just behind "Skyfall"'s stellar opening last year, but the heavy lifting came from the rest of the top 10.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2013 1:57 PM
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Review: Thompson Triumphs in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' which Adds Spoonful of Sugar to Backstage 'Mary Poppins' Tale (TRAILER)

For 20 years, Walt Disney avidly pursued the film rights to "Mary Poppins," and for 20 years, author P.L. Travers rebuffed the mogul's tenacious advances, fearing the ways he might maul her beloved book and character. This is the tale that "Saving Mr. Banks," which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and North American premiere at AFI FEST, sets out to tell, interspersed with flashbacks to Travers' own difficult, unexpected childhood in the Australian Outback. Travers is Emma Thompson's best leading film role since Elinor Dashwood in "Sense And Sensibility," 18 years ago, and she makes the Australian-born British transplant a curmudgeonly delight.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 8, 2013 1:03 PM
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Animation Oscar Frontrunners--Will Pixar Skip This Round?

Could this be an award season with no Pixar Oscar nominee? In a weak year for top animated features, enough have been officially submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration to likely make a race with five nominees, even though several of the films have yet to qualify via a required Los Angeles run. In the eventuality that five films don't nab high enough ratings of 7.5 (out of 6--poor--to 10--excellent), though, there could be fewer entries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2013 2:27 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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Disney in the News, from 90th Birthday Bash to Controversial 'Escape from Tomorrow' and Oscar Contender 'Saving Mr. Banks' (VIDEO)

Disney takes its 90th birthday celebration to Chicago, burnishes the animation mogul's legacy with "Mary Poppins" backstory and would-be Oscar contender "Saving Mr. Banks," and ignores controversial guerilla Disney filmmaker Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow." Will they sue?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 4:10 PM
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Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Part Ways After Almost Two Decades

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have opted to not to renew their first-look deal, which will expire next year. The Disney-Bruckheimer relationship goes back to the 1990s, and marks one of the most successful Hollywood partnerships of the last two decades.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:15 PM
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Studios Sticking with Hulu

Hulu was for sale. But studios 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are doubling down in the web streaming service. They will maintain their respective ownership positions and together have committed to lay down a cash infusion of $750 million. They say they're investing in future growth.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2013 1:52 PM
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