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The first great Walt Disney Pictures movie based on one of it’s legendary park rides was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and director Guillermo del Toro is working on a live-action film based on Disney’s Haunted Mansion, that will thankfully not be a comedy.
Now, the LATimes reports that Walt Disney Pictures is working on a new film that will be based on a planned park attraction that actually never made it into existence at Disney’s parks called, The Museum of the Weird. The project is being written by Ahmet Zappa.
The Museum of the Weird was being put together by longtime Disneyland imagineers Rolly Crump and Claude Coats. The proposed walk-through attraction was originally meant to sit adjacent to The Haunted Mansion, complete with its own restaurant, and promised to showcase ghostly organists, magical carts, talking chairs and other surreal and odd exhibits. »
- Jason Moore
Director says he's looking forward to returning to family fare with 'Magic Kingdom.'
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images
Wherever Tony Stark goes from here, he will be traveling without the assistance of Jon Favreau. The two-time "Iron Man" director walked away from the franchise on Tuesday, choosing instead to direct a family-oriented Disney film and emphasizing that his relationship with Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment and its studio chief Kevin Feige remains strong.
"Marvel and I both came of age together," Favreau said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. Kevin has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in."
Favreau is leaving behind the "Iron Man" franchise, which grossed $1.2 billion worldwide under his guidance, »
Jon Favreau will not be returning to direct Iron Man 3. He confirmed the news himself this afternoon via Twitter after Vulture got the internet buzzing earlier in the day. Instead of opting to complete the superhero trilogy, Favreau will helm Magic Kingdom for Disney as his follow-up to his upcoming July release, Cowboys and Aliens.
It was only a week ago Favreau was spilling the beans on what he understood Marvel's plans were for the future of the franchise telling MTV, "Kevin Feige, who's been involved with superhero movies with Marvel movies since the X-Men films, is very aware of his path and how to weave [things together], so in theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, »
- Brad Brevet
On November 30, 2010, Disney released their highly praised and greatly worshiped film Fantasia in a spectacular 4 disc set. Over the years, if you have visited the actual Disneyland theme park, you will, without a doubt ,notice the evening show spectacle that is a live rendition of the film, performed on the water.
In 1940 Walt Disney produced this, his third film, and decided to distribute the work himself. The film was initially two hours and 20 minutes long, featuring animation, coupled with classical music, to dazzle, both in a beautiful sync. Rko came in to re-edit, and made it more suitable for broader audiences, as the film nearly broke the bank of the Mickey Mouse company. Since then, the film has been re-cut nearly a dozen times.
Who will win the X Factor 2010? Join me live from 7.30pm as Matt, Rebecca, and One Direction find out
And now, the dramatic conclusion. Here comes the X Factor final. The real, genuine, final X Factor final. Before tonight is out, we'll conclusively know if X Factor will be won by Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson or One Direction. Whoever it is, a glittering career awaits them. Well, a career. If you can call having one big single, a disappointing follow-up single and an album that sinks without trace a career. Exciting!
But before then, we'll get to hear each of them roadtest their prospective winner's singles. In an upsetting break from tradition, none of these will be horrible faux-aspirational power ballads about following your dreams that sound like they've either been written for a Gillette advert or a Disneyland advert. This is indeed a brave new world.
Plus, Prince might be performing. »
- Stuart Heritage
Ryan Gosling's new movie Blue Valentine almost got an Nc-17 rating, but the actor kept the flirtation with Blake Lively noticeably G-rated at the film's premiere after-party. Still, the pair were almost inseparable as they engaged in close conversation Thursday night while the Quintessentially-sponsored event spun around them at The Top of the Standard at the Standard Hotel in New York. At one point, Gosling started to leave Lively's side and the actress yanked him back to continue chatting, according to an observer. As the party wound down, they headed downstairs to the hotel's Standard Grill to dine with two other companions. »
Update: Director Jon Favreau says his upcoming film about Disneyland Magic Kingdom, will Not be like A Night at the Museum. Favreau (Elf, Zathura, Iron Man 1 and 2) said on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Geektime!" that the storyline would be about a family in Disneyland who bring the attractions to life, but, "I don’t think it’s going to be mixing all the other movies. I think it’s going to be its own thing; I don’t think it will be like Night of the Museum. I want to make it a little bit spookier like the old Disney movies were and try to really capture that tone.
"This is something that I’ve always been drawn to and now to say ‘What characters do you want to use and how do you not make it Space Jam or like the Christmas parade with every character?’ How do you show »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
"Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau's in-development Disney film "Magic Kingdom" raised several eyebrows when it was first announced. Would it be Disney's answer to "Night at the Museum" with popular characters like Jack Sparrow and Buzz Lightyear running around the world-famous theme park, or would it be something else?
"[The story for Magic Kingdom] is essentially a family caught in Disneyland, bringing all of the attractions to life," Favreau told Geek Time radio (via Screen Rant) during a recent appearance on the show. "I really want to plumb the depths of the history of the park because it's a place I love to go a few times a year.”
Favreau added that he doesn't believe "Magic Kingdom" would be a mash-up that relies too heavily on other Disney properties like the aforementioned "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Toy Story" characters.
"I don't think it's going to be mixing all the other movies," he explained. »
- Josh Wigler
"[The story for Magic Kingdom] is essentially a family caught in Disneyland, bringing all of the attractions to life. I really want to plumb the depths of the history of the park because it's a place I love to go a few times a year" says Favreau.
Previous reports have compared the movie to "Night at the Museum", a claim he shoots down to some extent - "I don't think it's going to be mixing all the other movies. I think it's going to be its own thing; I don't think it will be like Night at the Museum. I want to make it a little bit spookier like the old Disney movies were and try to really capture that tone."
As a result he's watching pretty much every Disney »
- Garth Franklin
Wallace & Gromit's World Of Invention
Health and safety culture receives a vaguely satirical treatment from our two animated inventors tonight, as this is an episode called Better Safe Than Sorry. It's not great news for Gromit. The theme seems to have brought out Wallace's hitherto unexpected sadistic side, as he encourages his companion to illustrate the perils of banana skins on stairs. Elsewhere, there are clips about the evolution of the ejector seat, and more incredibly, how the 1940s actress Hedy Lamarr tried to invent a system for navigating torpedoes, accidentally helping to invent mobile phones. True! Jr
Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers
This week's the me is "forgotten gems", and it sees Nigel pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the kitchen. »
On November 28th 2010 Manitoba radiostation in Florida reported that veteran actor Leslie Nielsen died of pneumonia. The station apparently had a recording of the actor’s nephew Doug Nielsen announcing the death.
Later the Leslie Nielsen’s management made a statement;
“We are sadden by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television.”
It’s very saddening news to wake up this morning and hear of this, not just great comedic but dramatic actor’s, death. Leslie Nielsen has been on our screens in one shape or the other for the past 55 years from Forbidden Planet to narrating Disneyland to acting the bumbling detective in Police Squad and the Naked Gun series to my personal favorite recurring character in Lt Buck Frobisher Due South. »
- Paul Koren
It's no secret around the Zap2it offices and among just about every one of my Facebook friends who will listen since I barely shut up about it, that I absolutely think Justin Bieber is the male version of Britney Spears for this generation. So what better way for our favorite U.S. pop queen Britney Spears (Kylie Minogue, of course, is the universe's pop queen) to stage a major 2011 comeback then with a Madonna and Justin Timberlake "4 Minutes to Save the World"-esque track collaboration with Bieb. To call a Britney and Bieber pop pairing "epic" would be an understatement. Hey "Brains Behind B-Squared" -- Scooter Braun and Adam Leber -- are you listening, please?
Over the last couple years, fans have thrown down the virtual gauntlets around the blogosphere in heated debates over which female in the music industry is the heir apparent to Britney these days: Is »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.
“The success of The Godfather  went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart  suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas, »
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I" is now the biggest "Harry Potter" opening of all time, having smashed box office records with a magical $125 million domestically.
The film -- which follows Harry, Hermione and Ron as they leave the comforts of Hogwarts to search for ways to destroy the evil wizard Lord Voldemort -- surpassed the series' previous best, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which opened in 2005 with $102 million.
Here are »
What’s the difference between Usher and a shrieking, pre-teen Justin Bieber fan? Usher is the ridiculous one. Mr. U got it bad at the Ama’s last night, weeping with pride when his lil’ buddy won four trophies. Four! “To see Justin take the award—having received that award before—it was like an out of body experience, you understand?” he confessed at the ceremony. “It was emotional. I don’t cry that often, but I did. Hopefully it gives an indication of how hard we worked to build a career that hopefully will flourish and blossom over the years.” All the haircuts, all the swagger coaches, all the hormone suppressors…all worth it. Here are 5 other moments that recently made Usher cry. The first time his son Naviyd said “Daddy.” The first time Bieber accidentally called him “Daddy.” A pair of boobies that were like wow, oh wow. »
- Anthony Miccio
Journalistic Skepticism Oooh, it's a must read listen. Luke has collected the film scores this year. Which is your favorite and who do you think is winning the Oscar for Best Score?
Cinema Blend smart post about confusingly similar 2011 romantic comedies Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached. One twin thing that isn't mentioned: Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman, the female leads from the respective movies are sexually entanged together in Black Swan.
Towleroad A bit about Spielberg's Lincoln. Plus, my continued Harry Potter agnosticism . I don't even wanna see this one. Five hours to tell that book? And I've heard that they do spend lots of time moping in that tent. Argh. I don't even dislike the movies really (except the first two) but 9 years is more than enough for one series. Wrap that damn thing up already!
Austin Translation has some fun advice for future Disneyland travellers.
- NATHANIEL R
Ryan Gosling proudly wore a happy birthday sticker as he walked around Disneyland in Anaheim, CA on Friday. The actor, a Disney alum who got his start on the Mickey Mouse Club, turned the big 3-0 and what better way to spend it than at the happiest place on earth. He showed off a hint of chest with his v-neck shirt, something we've been seeing a lot of recently thanks to his dirty Drive wardrobe. On Saturday, Ryan traded his casual clothes for a dapper suit to bring his mom to the Governors Awards. Ryan was also spotted at a travel immunization center last week so perhaps his b-day celebrations aren't over yet as he also prepares for his two December movie releases. First up is All Good Things in which sweetheart Ryan once again exhibits his impressive acting range taking a turn for the creepy opposite Kirsten Dunst. View »
- Molly Goodson
No mascara visible here.
Here at Twitterwatch, we don't interact with the outside world directly, but report to you from the safety of an underground bunker in an undisclosed location. So we're not exactly sure what everyone got up to on Halloween, and Election Day was most prominently marked by the end of the election commercials on television. Still, the stars seem to be quite interested in what's going on for these events, so we're going to take a brief look back with them.
Dave Navarro is an old school rock star. But as hot as he looks, he is, well, just slightly older than me. So we can forgive that he doesn't party like a rock star every night, but will still get his freak on for a special occasion.
It's been a while since I woke up with mascara in the corners of my eyes. Loving the "Next »
- Ed Kennedy
After awkwardly rolling out the red carpet for Conan O'Brien on his show, George Lopez welcomed Andy Richter to the TBS fray last night to make a few last jabs at Jay Leno and to discuss the time he accidentally took his daughter to Disneyland's Gay Day. Meanwhile, Chilean miner Edison Pena (who will run in the New York City Marathon on Sunday) regaled David Letterman with an impromptu Elvis performance, Dick Van Dyke owned up to his horrible Mary Poppins accent and Ellen Pompeo showed Katherine Heigl just how to promote Grey's Anatomy on national television. »
A Costco in San Juan put out copies of Ricky Martin’s Me ahead of Tuesday's official release date, so the details are starting to leak out as fast as people can read and put up quotes. What struck me was his story of coming out via his website.
And then all that fear I felt, the fear many people have at the moment they come out of the closet, it was just in my head. I know that maybe this is not the case with other when they decide to do it - there are those who are faced with a painful wall of misunderstanding and rejection - but I can say my own experience was nothing but positive and empowering.
Easily the most important thing in the history of the universe was the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear today on the National Mall. The place was packed, »
- Ed Kennedy
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