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With the last-minute brouhaha over The Interview’s play in an estimated 300+ indie engagements, it would seem that the Christmas Day box office is all about the Sony political comedy and nothing less. While rival studios expressed alarm last week about The Interview’s presence in the market, they’re rather apathetic about its return. Will The Interview cut into other major titles’ showtimes in major markets such as Los Angeles, New York and Dallas? “No, not really. First, people have to figure out that it’s out there,” says one studio chief, while another observed, “The Interview is playing a bunch of little art house and sub-run theaters. If they were in the circuit first run houses it would be a different story.”
Since The Interview fell off tracking, there’s no barometer for insiders to project what it could actually rake up over four-days. And the film’s »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The basic story line of the 2014 domestic box office is that it’s going to finish about five percent below last year’s record-breaking $10.9 billion total, but here’s a look between the lines:
>> The top grossing movie in 2014 was Marvel and Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” with $333 million. Last year, three films topped $400 million: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ($424 million), “Iron Man 3” ($409 million) and “Frozen” ($401 million). That’s a big reason this year is down.
>> “Transformers: The Age of Extinction” was the only movie to top $1 billion at the global box office and the only film to open at more than $100 million. »
- Todd Cunningham
TV’s go-to baddie, Sebastian Roché, next will fill a role fit for a king — on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
Having most recently made mayhem as The Originals’ Mikael, Roché will guest-star as Aurora’s father, King Stefan, in the upcoming second half of Once‘s fourth season, EW.com reports.
Roché’s TV resumé also includes stints on Scandal, »
With Christmas closing in and the end of the year on the horizon, it’s that time again when Hollywood shuts down for a couple of weeks and movie executives everywhere take stock of the last twelve months.
Marvel once again finds itself firmly ensconced in the winner’s circle, enjoying huge success and acclaim via Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Maleficent and Big Hero 6 also helped fill parent company Disney’s coffers. The Lego Movie and Godzilla were big hits for Warner Bros., but Transcendence was a messy mishap and Edge Of Tomorrow deserved better publicity and a bigger audience. 20th Century Fox hit sequel pay dirt with the release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes. And Sony/Columbia… never mind.
As has become increasingly customary, franchise fare dominated the global box »
- Jonathan Cordiner
As big theater & Disney Geeks, there’s little better than a Broadway-bound Disney musical and so The Tweeks couldn’t miss the U.S. Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. Before it hits the East Coast at The Paper Mill Playhouse this Spring, on it’s way the Great White Way, find out what to expect from this Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, we could go on for days with this man’s composer credits) & Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Enchanted) collaboration based on the entertaining, but hardly classic 1996 animated film. With a story split half and half between the cartoon feature and the Victor Hugo book, this is a more serious, dark and depressing Disney venture definitely made for a more mature audience. It’s like Maleficent compared to Sleeping Beauty. We like to call it Les Mis starring Flynn Ryder. »
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
One of the more unlikely movies hitting next year's Berlin Film Festival is "Cinderella," but it does have some cinephile points going for it. Respected actor, director, and Shakespeare fan Kenneth Branagh is at the helm, and the cast includes folks like Cate Blachett (who will also be in Berlin with Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups"), Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard, and Derek Jacobi in roles. But let's face it, this is still a Disney blockbuster at the end of the day and once again, the studio is hoping a live action take on an old story will bring in the bucks, not unlike this years's "Sleeping Beauty" prequel, "Maleficent." A new international trailer has arrived for the film, and Disney has given a VFX boost to their classic animated version. However, for all the handsome production design on display, the earnest performance from lead Lily James, and Blanchett »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The start of awards season can feel like Groundhog Day. Wednesday morning, the SAG Awards nominees. You go to bed and wake up and it's Thursday: the Golden Globes have been announced. The dawn skies are dotted with the fleecy phantoms of shiny trophies. But the game and the stakes all get bigger with the Globes, awarded annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Commentators instantly noticed the absence of Angelina Jolie, described this week in The New York Times as entering the awards season "like a queen" and being borne "on a tsunami of expectation." Her attendants will have »
- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT
Looking for that perfect gift for the Disney fan in your life? We can help with that. To celebrate the holidays, Disney has provided us with a pair of gift baskets packed with DVDs and Blu-rays. Two lucky readers will win a set of films that include a Frozen Sing-Along Edition DVD, Maleficent Blu-ray, DreamWorks Hundred Foot Journey Blu-ray, and Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray. Hit the jump to see how you can enter our giveaway and win one of these gift baskets. In order to enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and include Disney Holiday Giveaway in the headline. You also need to have “liked” Collider on Facebook. This giveaway will be open until December 21st at noon Pst and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries, »
- Haleigh Foutch
It’s the Christmas season, and you have no doubt been bombarded by holiday music if you listen to the radio or did any Christmas shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend. Disney Movies Anywhere would like to further help you get into the Christmas spirit with this short video that uses clips from Disney animated and live-action movies to create a mashup rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Classic and new films alike were used, from the beloved 1964 film Mary Poppins to 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks, which was about the tumultuous road Walt Disney had to take to secure the rights to make Mary Poppins, and from Sleeping Beauty to Snow Dogs, which was a movie about the tumultuous road Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career took after prematurely winning an Oscar, or it was about dog sledding or whatever.
- Eli Reyes
When Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX hit the PS3 last year, it was satisfying for fans of the series to finally get the high-definition remaster of the PS2 title that started it all, as well as the card-battling spinoff, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Unfortunately, though, it didn’t provide as full a package as it could have, as Kingdom Hearts II was notably absent.
That has now been remedied with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, which not only includes the previously-absent sequel, but also the formerly PSP-exclusive prequel, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, and remastered cutscenes from the DS spinoff, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. Not only is this the first high-definition release all three have seen, but besides features like trophies and full widescreen support, this collection marks the North American debut of the Final Mix versions of both Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep, which contain various refinements and additions. »
- John Fleury
Casting on the billion dollar swashbuckling series is getting well underway, with Maleficent‘s Brenton Thwaites now in Disney’s crosshairs for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Courtesy of The Wrap, who revealed the scoop exclusively, it seems the studio are looking to secure his fresh young presence to steer the flailing franchise into more lucrative waters.
Previous reports indicated that Thwaites was on a shortlist of up-and-coming actors in contention for the sought-after role. Alongside the young Aussie, Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Mitchell Hope, George Mackay, and Sam Keeley were all thought to be competing for the role of British soldier Henry.
After an appearance this year as the Prince in Sleeping Beauty reboot, Maleficent, and stellar turns in Oculus and The Giver, there’s no reason to doubt the rising star can’t tackle the grit of such a colossal franchise. And now that »
- Gem Seddon
Yesterday, Disney finally released the first trailer for their upcoming live-action remake of “Cinderella.” And let me tell you, the classic 1950 version of this fairy tale does not hold up well. Shocking, I know. After updated takes on “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Snow Queen” — each of which stripped the patriarchal elements out with varying degrees of success — playing “Cinderella” straight almost feels like a slap in the face. But there is hope! Back in the olden days of the 90s, a movie came out that dare to ask the question: “What if Cinderella hadn’t been a meek pushover?” That movie was “Ever After: A Cinderella Story” starring Drew Barrymore. And instead of heading to theaters next March to watch little girls in the throes of “Frozen” fever wonder why Ella is just standing there, maybe dust off the DVD player instead. Because… 1. Danielle doesn’t put up with shit from anyone. »
- Donna Dickens
Some people were shocked by yesterday's news of Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie ("Girl Interrupted") saying she will “absolutely” give up her acting career and focus on directing. “I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” Jolie told Du Jour magazine. “I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.” Maleficent owes most of its success to Jolie's scene chewing performance, so it would be a shame if it was one of her last acting roles. Let's watch some of that amazing acting talent in the 13-minute long video below of Cinema Sins nitpicking Maleficent to death. “Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, »
DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 1 on both national sales charts its first week in stores, displacing Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent” as the top-selling disc in the week ending Nov. 16.
“Dragon 2” was a top summer draw at the box office, earning a domestic box office total of $176.9 million to become the top-grossing animated film of the year. During its first week in stores, according to 20th Century Fox, consumers snapped up more than 2 million copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.
The film’s home entertainment release also was prefaced with a massive consumer and retail marketing campaign with a heavy emphasis on social media, including a #DragonsDay Twitter viewing party on the Friday night of the Digital HD release. According to 20th Century Fox, “Dragon 2” is the studio’s top Digital HD family title ever, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Your favorite childhood fairytales just got a grown-up new look! Paris-based designer Olympia Le-Tan has released a collection of Disney Princess-inspired handbags, including designs that hark to the film releases of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan. While the collection would cost a pretty penny—certain designs run up to over $1,600—we can't help but fantasize about having every one of these amazing book clutches and crossbody bags in our closets. While Olympia Le-Tan also commands a ready-to-wear line for women, the brand is most known for its line of lust-worthy book clutches and minaudières. Disney collection aside, the brand has »
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
It's been 25 years since The Little Mermaid has been a part of our world and in honor of the film's silver anniversary we're revealing seven "treasures untold" about the Disney classic.
7. I spy Mickey Mouse and friends!
6."Part of Your World" was almost cut from the movie.
Ariel almost lost her big solo number after the song didn't test well with children in early screenings. Thankfully, another screening was set up and was a greater success with an adult audience. Could you imagine the film without that song?
In the dining room in Prince Eric's castle »
Disney brings Maleficent home just in time for the holidays. It might seem like the evil fairy-turned-sorceress wouldn’t be the best houseguest. However, this movie lets us all in on what Really happened behind the scenes of Sleeping Beauty. All I can say is get prepared to be shocked and have a grand time with the loaded Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Edition.
Once a beautiful fairy living in the magical outskirts of a great kingdom, Maleficent's (Angelina Jolie) life is forever changed when she's betrayed by the human she loves in his quest to become the ruler of the great land. In a fit of rage and jealousy, she curses the King's (Sharlto Copley) newborn baby, Aurora (Elle Fanning), to fall into a deep sleep on her sixteenth birthday with only the touch of true love's kiss to break the spell. She grows to regret the curse as »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Truth No. 1: David will always love Emily! Despite the fact that he “didn’t ask” her to seek revenge and clear his name, David assured Emily — actually, make that Amanda — that she’ll always be his daughter. Granted, he was in a pretty thankful mood after she saved him »
The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).
"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.
Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants. »
- Gary Susman
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