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Ok, Disneyland fans. We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that construction is beginning on the new Star Wars expansion! And there are a bunch of new Star Wars attractions opening up this year and early next year to tide fans over until the new park opens. The bad news is that to make room for all this construction, some Disneyland rides are being shut down. But not permanently, so there is no need to go into a rage-panic meltdown. Starting Jan. 10, these attractions will be put on hiatus: -Fantasmic! -Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship -Columbia Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island -Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes So if you were »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its fall programming slate, beginning with “This Is Duplass: An Evening with Jay and Mark” and “In the Labyrinth: A Conversation with Guillermo del Toro” hosted by Academy Museum Director Kerry Brougher.
Other events to be presented from October through early December include a conversation with Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, a screening of Fellini’s “Amarcord,” a look back at the first days of Disneyland with “Hollywood Home Movies,” a new restoration of 1943’s “Heaven Can Wait,” an Academy Film Scholars Lecture highlighting prolific director Lois Weber, and an anniversary screening of the holiday classic “Remember the Night.”
This Is Duplass: An Evening With Jay And Mark Tuesday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills Jay and Mark Duplass will take the stage to discuss their smart, off-center and comedic cinematic style, »
- Michelle McCue
Sixty-one years ago today, this iconic image was born: Marilyn Monroe, laughing as the skirt of her white cocktail dress is blown up by the air from a subway vent. Monroe had her famous skirt moment on the set of “The Seven Year Itch” for a scene with Tom Ewell filmed on Sept. 15, 1954. Her husband, baseball player Joe Dimaggio, was reportedly infuriated by the scene, and the couple divorced shortly afterward. The iconic photo of the “flying skirt” moment was taken by Monroe's friend Sam Shaw. Other notable Sept. 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1949: “The Lone Ranger” premiered on ABC. • 1956: Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the U.S. charts with “Don't Be Cruel.” • 1961: A band from Hawthorne, Calif. called The Pendletones had their first recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in Los Angeles. The band later changed their name to The Beach Boys. »
- Emily Rome
The induction ceremonies will take place at the guild’.s 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.
“These women made great strides in their craft achieving prominence despite designing in a field dominated by men,” said the guild’s Council Chairwoman Marcia Hinds. “Acknowledgement of their efforts leads to a more balanced and open guild.”
The Hall of Fame honors are are only given posthumously. There are currently 44 members.
Dillon was the first female art director in the British film industry and became the first woman to win an Oscar for set decoration in 1949 for “Hamlet.” Her film credits include “Richard III,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Browning Version,” “The Prince and the Showgirl, »
- Dave McNary
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Takedown of the Day: In honor of a new M. Night Shyamalan movie coming out, Honest Trailers happens to The Happening: Alternate Dimension Movie of the Day: What if Michael Jackson and Andy Warhol starred in Guardians of the Galaxy in the 1980s? Peter Stults designs alternate dimension movie posters imagining other era castings for everything from Fantastic Four to Bridesmaids. See the lot at Live for Films. Movie Character Lesson of the Day: Learn how to be James Bond with these seven simple steps: Alternate Dimension Theme Park of the Day: In a perfect world, Hayao Miyazaki really would have his own Disneyland-like theme park, as...
- Christopher Campbell
Where would we be in this world without The Rock's Instagram. Not only is he very often sharing workout photos in a tight muscle shirt, he is also constantly sharing all of the movie news we can handle. Case in point, he has just opened up about his big Disney movie, Jungle Cruise. The writing process has just started on the movie, which he is involved with. It will be a fun and edgy movie. And it's set an a very distinct time period. Dwayne Johnson explains.
"Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney's Jungle Cruise. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed Focus w/ Will Smith and Bad Santa w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with Pirates Of The Caribbean.. now it's our turn at »
When you first heard about Pirates of the Caribbean, you thought it was a pretty stupid idea to make a film based on a ride, and you were right. As bad as endless sequels and reboots might be, you thought we were really running out of ideas when Disney has to start kicking out films based on rides… because that doesn’t even make any sense.
It turned out to be a good film, but only because it actually had nothing to do with the ride at all, except that both feature pirates.
Of course, The Haunted Mansion came out at about the same time, just to prove that even Disney can’t win them all.
Now that we’ve heard that Jungle Cruise is going to get the film adaptation treatment, the exact same thought process has started whirring in the collective conscious, because it sounds stupid as well. »
- Marc Eastman
True believers already know why Fantastic Four was one of this year's biggest bombs. And it all has to do with the magical, mystical powers of Marvel mascot Stan Lee, the man responsible for creating a huge portion of this universe. As it was being released, 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank did a lot of finger pointing, placing the failure on a great number of things, including each other. Everyone involved took a beating in the press the weeks following Fantastic Four's release this past August. And it's believed that something dubious happened behind-the-scenes that wrecked any chances of franchise glory. But Stan 'The Man' Lee has a much simpler reason why the movie failed.
Animal might want to stick to playing the drums, ’cause it doesn’t look like remembering lyrics is the guy’s forte. In a new video of from “The Muppets” YouTube channel, Floyd Pepper and Animal deliver (or attempt to deliver) a dramatic reading of “It’s a Small World.” (This video made possible by the 2004 Disney acquisition of the Muppets.) This might be the most tolerable rendition of the Disneyland earworm. (Trivia for you: The song was written by The Sherman Brothers, the same folks who gave us the music of “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”) Check out the video below: The video is among several videos being rolled out to promote the upcoming mockumentary-style “Muppets” TV show, which premieres on ABC on Sept. 22. »
- Emily Rome
Dismaland Castle and Big Little Mermaid suffering from split-personality disorder. Dismaland: Banksy and more than 50 other artists create bemusement theme park Who gives a damn about the cheap thrills to be offered by the Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland when you can relish the thought-provoking wonders of Dismaland? The artist Banksy, whose 2010 documentary feature Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award, has come up with his latest revolutionary artwork: a theme park for the bemusement of the whole family! Or perhaps not quite the whole family. Banksy calls his 2.5-acre art show a “family theme park unsuitable for small children.” Another Dismaland plus. Its construction shrouded in secrecy, Dismaland opened today, Aug. 20, '15, on the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, in Somerset, southwest England. While the theme park was being built, locals believed that the work going on at the derelict Tropicana “lido” – shut down in »
- Andre Soares
Jungle Cruise movie in the works with Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is lining up his Disney movies. Apart from lending his voice (a singing-one at that) to the studio’s forthcoming Moana movie, Johnson will also lead the cast of a big-screen adventure based on its popular Disneyland theme park ride, Jungle Cruise.
The Jungle Cruise movie will apparently be set in the past, according to TheWrap, who broke the news. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the duo behind Crazy, Stupid, Love and the average-to-good Will Smith and Margot Robbie movie Focus from earlier on this year, will write the script.
Jungle Cruise movie in the works with Dwayne Johnson
Jungle Cruise is an attraction seen at every Disney theme park in the world, with the exception of Disneyland Paris. Here’s the Jungle Cruise WikiPedia description:
The attraction simulates a riverboat cruise down several major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. »
- Paul Heath
If you didn't think Dwayne Johnson was attached to enough upcoming projects, then you're in luck because the action star is now signing on to bring Disney's languishing project Jungle Cruise back to life. Disney is bringing aboard filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra to craft the script. They recently wrote and directed the Will Smith and Margot Robbie con man drama Focus, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals they are not attached to direct.
Jungle Cruise was first set up by Disney way back in 2004, with Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar coming aboard to write the script in 2006. In 2011, Toy Story stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were attached to star, with Roger S.H. Schulman writing the script. That was the last we heard of the project, until Dwayne Johnson came aboard today.
Yes, it's really been 60 years since Mickey Mouse Club premiered on ABC. To cap off the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, a few original Mouseketeers—including Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O'Brien and Doreen Tracey—reunited on stage to reminisce with Lorraine Santoli, author of The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book. "The Mickey Mouse Club was a television phenomenon," Santoli said of the beloved and family friendly variety series, which aired intermittently on ABC and Disney Chanel from 1955 to 1996, "and it's something that fans still love 60 years later." (It's no coincidence that Disneyland is in the midst »
Sony is inviting gamers to join the dark side by launching a Star Wars limited edition PS4 this November.
The news emerged from the D23 expo being held in Anaheim this weekend, and was accompanied with the upload of a teaser clip to YouTube earlier today (August 16).
The clip revealed that the console will be adorned with a profile shot of Darth Vader, while Playstation's official blog also added that the limited edition bundle will include a custom 500Gb PS4 system (Cuh-1200 series) and Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller.
The PS4 console features an image of Darth Vader, as well as a repeated Star Wars logo across the top of the system, while the Darth Vader edition of the controller is inspired by Darth Vader's chest panel and features the repeated »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Mashup of the Day: Many people have noted the similarities between Quentin Tarantino's new movie, The Hateful Eight, and an earlier Kurt Russell movie, The Thing. Well, here's the obligatory mashup trailer to go with that idea (via Live for Films): Trailer Redo of the Day: Speaking of mashups, it's not often we see them with two movies from the same series, but here's a redo of the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with only clips from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (via Cinematic Montage Creators): Vintage Image of the Day: In honor of Steve Martin's 70th birthday, here's a photo of him working at Disneyland's Merlin's Magic Shop in...
- Christopher Campbell
World, meet Tiny Hamster. If you're new to the adorable furry critter turned Internet sensation, then you're in luck. Tiny, or Mr. Hamster if you're nasty, just became one of the teensiest visitors ever to swing by (Ok, crawl by) Disneyland. Between meeting Mickey Mouse, seeing all of the theme park's most exciting rides, snacking on all of the finer foods that the Happiest Place on Earth has to offer, the video of Tiny's day-o-fun is not to be missed. That's right, the web's favorite little rodent got to try out Disney's rides scaled right down to his size—now that's some serious VIP action if we do say so ourselves. There were even hamster-sized »
James WhiteFour films by Truffaut, one each by Kubrick, Kazan, Mackendrick, Donen, Lumet, Aldrich, Spielberg, Henry King, John Huston, Hawks, Hitchcock, Tourneur, William A. Wellman, John Ford, Brooks Mel (two films) and Richard (one), Michael Mann, and two by David Lynch. Classic Arabic movies, Pakistani movies, Romances & Musicals, Indonesian and Vietnamese films, films in Tagalog, Sinhala, Bengali, Mandarin and Cantonese, and six contemplative long take studies ranging in length from ten minutes to an hour. No, this is not the line-up for the Locarno Film Festival; it is but a taste of what was offered on demand on the video screen on my flight from New York to the small Swiss town's nearest large international airport, in Milan. Seeing as I was en route to a festival with several 35mm retrospectives, a competition section of adventurous fare anticipated and unknown, and scads of other program strands I've yet to fully understand, »
- Daniel Kasman
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