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Disney Wants Kenneth Branagh to Take 'Cinderella' to the Ball

Actor-directors are in demand right now.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 1, 2013 12:49 PM
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Disney's Mysterious '1952' Clooney Project Entitled 'Tomorrowland'

Disney's top secret project, known as "1952" while in development, has been given an official title: "Tomorrowland." George Clooney is on board to star. The story was developed by director Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof and EW writer Jeff Jensen. Bird and Lindelof wrote the screenplay. Rumors have swirled about the film's subject. Is "1952" the working title for the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII"? Or perhaps about the founding of Disney's Imagineering division in 1952?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2013 12:15 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: 'Wreck-It-Ralph' Leads Top Ten, 'Flight' Takes Off

"Wreck-It Ralph" started off with a non-holiday Friday gross of over $13 million--huge for an animated film--which is likely to be quadrupled for the weekend. After "Hotel Transylvania" owned October, "Ralph," from Disney Studios, is in position to dominate early November. With Thanksgiving ahead, it looks the crowd pleaser has a chance to be among the top animated releases of the year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 3, 2012 3:23 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Disney Gets Subversive with 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Disney's definitely back with "Wreck-It Ralph" (opening November 2). In fact, this unexpectedly witty and inventive videogame comedy/adventure is the surprise of the animation season and the Oscar wild card, although I haven't yet seen DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians," which also looks creatively bold and will likely be a major contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 26, 2012 4:28 PM
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Selick Talks with Laika Break Down UPDATE

Henry Selick is apparently in discussions with Laika to finance his stop-motion feature recently shut down by Disney (with newly appointed chairman Alan Horn deciding to take a $50 million write off reportedly because the tone was too dark and the production was moving far too slowly)...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 30, 2012 6:35 PM
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Joss Whedon to Write, Direct Marvel World S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot for ABC

Joss Whedon and "Avengers" fans everywhere rejoice: ABC has ordered a "S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot from the "Buffy" scribe which will focus on the secretive military cum-police force of the Avengers universe. Whedon will direct, pending his schedule, and will co-write the pilot along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:45 PM
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Universal Preps for Change, from Meyer's Upstairs Move to Courting DreamWorks' Snider and Spielberg

Changes are under way at Universal Studios. And the LAT's revelation that studio president Ron Meyer will be heading into an advisory role at NBCUniversal prior to his retirement paves the way for new leadership. The longest- running studio chief in Hollywood has arranged his own graceful exit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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Andrew Stanton May Follow 'John Carter' Disaster with 'Finding Nemo 2'

Despite the disaster that was "John Carter," writer-director Andrew Stanton may take the reins on the sequel to his hugely successful "Finding Nemo," according to Deadline. Stanton has been integral to the success of Disney/Pixar, from writing "Toy Story," among other things, to directing Oscar-winning "Finding Nemo" (2003) and "Wall-E" (2008).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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Comic-Con: Disney Teases 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' 3-D Footage with Sam Raimi, Michelle Williams & Mila Kunis [First Trailer]

Sam Raimi shared an exclusive teaser (see below) of "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and welcomed two of the stars, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis, to join him and moderator Chris Hardwicke (nerdist.com) on the Hall H stage...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2012 7:36 PM
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First Look at Angelina Jolie as 'Maleficent'; Disney Kicks Off Production

On June 13 Angelina Jolie became "Maleficent" as Disney's retelling of the "Sleeping Beauty" tale began principal photography...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 11:41 AM
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