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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
Just when it seemed the late-night landscape couldn’t get more competitive, here comes Johnny Carson.
Tribune Media’s Antenna TV, the multicast digital channel devoted to vintage television shows, will run full-length episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” nightly at 11 p.m. Et/8 p.m. Pt starting Jan. 1.
Antenna TV has struck a multi-year deal with Carson Entertainment Group to license hundreds of hours of the NBC late-night institution. Antenna will run episodes that aired from 1972 through the end of Carson’s 30-year reign in in 1992. Because NBC owns the rights to “The Tonight Show” moniker, Antenna TV’s episodes will be billed simply as “Johnny Carson.”
“This is not a clip show. This is full episodes of Johnny Carson, the man that everyone in late-night agrees was the greatest host of all time, airing in real time as he did back in the day,” Sean Compton, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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
Walt Disney was a dictator who ruled his studio with an iron fist. Walt Disney was a generous soul who loved nothing more than making people happy. Both of those sides of the man who has achieved mythic status were on display Sunday during the TCA panel on PBS’ four-hour “American Experience” docu on Walt Disney, which airs Sept. 14-15.
“The Walt Disney studio operated like a cult and Walt was the head of the cult,” said Neal Gabler, historian and author of “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.” “Everybody at Disney was terrified of him. He was worshipped at the studio for a certain period of time.”
Gabler’s view of Disney was offset by memories shared by Richard Sherman, songwriter who began working for Disney in the early 1960s. Sherman opened the Television Critics Assn. press tour session at the Beverly Hilton with a piano medley »
- Cynthia Littleton
It's seldom an accident. It's not a lightning strike or a shooting star — more like a mad science. It's specifically designed to make viewers weak in the knees and unable to suppress an "Awwwww" while held in its thrall. (Resistance is futile.) It's the art of manufacturing mass-produced, all-consuming Pop Culture Cuteness — and it's huge business.
For the most part, the cuteness-industrial-complex runs parallel to the zeitgeist, but sometimes — when the stars align to shine a certain twinkle down upon us — it violently butts into the mainstream. The recent arrival of Minions, »
The Kardashian-Jenner clan and Game of Thrones have surprisingly deep connections. Both are family sagas full of treachery, betrayal and shiny hair. Both are full of power struggles, whether the players are battling to take Winterfell or Miami. Both are dominated by queens who like the men around them to be muscle-bound and obedient. The image might be one unified rich family: House Kardashian.
But in practice, it's always been more a case of warring tribes, scheming and competing for the Iron Throne of Overexposure — a feast for clicks. Each »
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Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.
This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Why not spend your special day at the Happiest Place on Earth? E! News has learned that Kourtney Kardashian took daughter Penelope Disick to Disneyland today to celebrate her 3rd birthday with family. Joining them on their fun-filled adventure with Mickey Mouse and the gang are Kim Kardashian, North West, Kris Jenner and, of course, brothers Mason and Reign. According to fans who went straight to social media to share the sightings, Kourt wore jeans with a Tinkerbell-inspired top to match her little birthday girl who donned the fairy's costume during her Disney day. Kim rocked a Yeezus shirt in honor of her hubby Kanye West, who wasn't present, whlie Nori and Mason kept it casual in their usual killer toddler »
The MTV series Scream, based on the hit horror franchise, follows what happens after a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder and the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past. Now, a group of local teens will quickly become victims or suspects, as secrets are revealed that could tie some of them a little too closely a killer who’s out for blood. The show stars Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, Amadeus Serafini, John Karna, Connor Weil, Tracy Middendorf and Jason Wiles. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Bex Taylor-Klaus (who plays Audrey, Audrey a strong-minded and fearless outcast teen whose romantic tryst with another girl leads to a cyber-bullying incident that kicks the whole story off) talked about being at Disneyland when she got the call that she landed this role, why she wanted to play this character, how exciting »
- Christina Radish
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