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Disney Files Patents for Use of Theme Park Drones

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney recently filed three patents related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which eventually could pave the way for drones to be employed in its theme parks. Also read: Disney-Owned Maker Studios Signs Global Musical Star Lindsey Stirling The blueprints the company submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office depict a variety of aerial devices, including ones shaped like iconic Disney characters (e.g. Jack Skellington from ”The Nightmare Before Christmas”) and smaller, nondescript ones meant to work together and project aerial nighttime entertainment. “This is a significant improvement over prior flying characters, which typically were provided in the »

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

20 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the »

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

20 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the »

- MovieWeb

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Ten Best: Live-action/Animation Movies

15 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Ari Folman, visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, brings us a journey beyond imagination in his upcoming movie The Congress. Robin Wright (pictured above) plays a version of herself in this thought-provoking film, which merges live-action and colourful animation. To celebrate the release of The Congress today (our review is here), we take a look at some other movies which have embraced a live-action/animation mash-up.

1) Mary Poppins

Family favourite Mary Poppins delighted audiences when it first burst onto screens in 1964, and now 50 years later the magical tale continues to enchant a brand new generation of film fans. The hit adventure’s wonderful mix of live-action and fantasy animation was surely one of the elements which won it five Oscars at the 1965 Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

2) Ted

Boston car hire salesman John’s (Mark Wahlberg) friendship with his best buddy Ted is so realistic that it is sometimes »

- Phil Wheat

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The Leftovers Recap: Scene Stealer

20 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

First it was 2 percent of the population. Then it was Garvey’s bagel. And now Baby Jesus has gone missing on The Leftovers. Well, not the Baby Jesus but the doll used in Mapleton’s Nativity scene. And that isn’t even the worst thing that happens as the beleaguered suburb celebrates Christmas in (what for us is) July. Pop a Prozac and read on. I’ll tell you all about it.

Last-minute Shopping | After Jill argues that just buying a new Baby Jesus is “cheating” and Mayor Lucy orders Garvey to do exactly that, he’s so annoyed that »

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New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Video Showcases HD Makeover

3 July 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even though we’re still a while off from the North American release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX (it was recently confirmed for December 2), Square Enix seems eager to show off the spiffy new high-definition coat of paint that the two playable titles within the compilation will sport in their jump to the PlayStation 3.

The collection of clips shows several cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. The Kingdom Hearts II portion focuses on protagonists Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy visiting Christmas Town from The Nightmare Before Christmas, while the Birth by Sleep portion showcases Aqua, one of the game’s three playable characters, protecting a child who may look familiar to fans of the series from enemy drones before Mickey Mouse shows up to aid in battle.

Until this point, Kingdom Hearts II was only available on the PlayStation 2, and Birth by Sleep was a PSP exclusive. »

- John Fleury

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Here's What's New on Netflix This July

30 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.

There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.

There are also »

- Drew Taylor

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Why movie scores sound better live

25 June 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Film scores aren't just for playing in the background any more. Ivan looks at how they're taking centre stage...

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Film soundtracks have always been a strange medium. The music relies on movies for their full meaning. They're so integral to a film and its mood that to listen to them away from the big screen can seem strange to many. Others, meanwhile, take the chance outside of the cinema to pore over them in detail, or use them for background music while running or working (How to Train Your Dragon's on now, if you're wondering). It's only in recent years that another way of listening to them has become popular again: with your eyes.

Do a quick Google for "film with live score" and you'll discover a whole heap of events currently happening around the UK in which orchestras accompany a screening. Why the sudden trend? Is it »

- sarahd

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Retro Figures

23 June 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Blending Halloween horror and Christmas cheer, Jack Skellington finds out, leads to mixed results. Though it’s not Halloween or Christmas yet, Funko is gearing up for both holidays with their upcoming ReAction figures release of eight characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Available this August, Funko’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction figures include Sally, Mayor, Behemoth, Devil, Barrel, and three versions of the king of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington. Fully posable, these action figures are scaled to 3.75 inches. We have a look at the latest in the ReAction line, thanks to Figures.com!

The post The Nightmare Before Christmas Retro Figures appeared first on Daily Dead. »

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Guillermo Del Toro Drops Out Of Directing Beauty With Emma Watson

12 June 2014 6:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two years ago, Emma Watson jumped on board a film called Beauty, a live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation. This is not to be confused with the other live-action adaptation taking shape over at Disney, which Bill Condon signed on to direct last week.

This particular iteration of the classic story is in Warner Brothers’ hands, and was intended to be helmed by Guillermo del ToroEdward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Denise di Novi was also on board as a producer. Today, however, del Toro reportedly dropped out of the project, which is quite a shame, because he and di Novi would have made quite the team.

Deadline reported the story, only citing del Toro’s other commitments as the reason for vacating the director’s hair. That definitely makes sense, considering he’s still working on his haunted house film Crimson Peak, and has a plethora of »

- James Garcia

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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from The Elementals

12 June 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Michael McDowell is probably best known for his screenplays for Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but his earlier horror novels are now being rediscovered as masterpieces of Southern Gothic fiction. Both The Elementals and McDowell’s first novel, The Amulet, are now available as paperbacks and e-books from Valancourt Books and they’ve provided us with the prologue from The Elementals:

“After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and »

- Jonathan James

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Celebrate Halloween 2014 With The “Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton” Concert

2 June 2014 9:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice. You can hear them all live at the Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton concert.

The unique program with the Hollywood Studio Symphony and choir, conducted by John Mauceri, will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday, October 31 at 8 pm and Honda Center on Sunday November 2.

Presale tickets available 10am to 10pm June 5th at Axs.com /Ticketmaster.com with the special code Elfman. Tickets go on sale for the general public June 6th.

The program includes newly created suites from all sixteen film collaborations of the legendary composer Danny Elfman and visionary director Tim Burton. Elfman himself will perform his songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He was the singing voice of Jack Skellington in the 1993 classic film. The concert will be accompanied with large screen film clips, and the artwork of Tim Burton. »

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New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Screenshots Released

30 May 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I can’t think of an HD remastered game compilation that’s taken longer to come out since its initial announcement than Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The PlayStation 3-exclusive collection of three titles in Square’s popular Disney-themed franchise was originally announced last October, and things have been very quiet in terms of further details since a new trailer was released in December. Now, nearly six months later, we have some new media, as well as a tidbit of information regarding a possible release date.

As previously reported, the compilation will, much like last year’s 1.5 ReMIX, consist of three earlier games in the series, two which are fully playable (Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep), and the third being restricted to a collection of remastered cutscenes (Kingdom Hearts Re:coded). Both of the playable games will be the enhanced Final Mix versions that were previously exclusive to Japan, »

- John Fleury

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‘The Book of Life’ Trailer: It’s a Dead Man’s Party, Who Could Ask for More?

29 May 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When it comes to Halloween movies, we’ve run the course of the genre from the grotesque, to the slasher, to the found footage, to the spooky ghost story and every iteration of the word “frightening” that your sick little minds could conjure up for the in-between. When you get to something that bends and twists the genre ever so slightly to make a film with monstrous elements and human heartache — such as The Nightmare Before Christmas or Corpse Bride — you wonder when it’s going to happen again. With the first trailer for The Book of Life, an animated feature that’s celebrating the Day of the Dead, the magic of that realm between the living and the not-so-alive seems to be back bigger and brighter than ever before. The film, directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro (who’s fairly busy lately) follows a beautiful girl named Maria (Zoe Saldana) who must »

- Samantha Wilson

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Patrick Stewart Facts: 27 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'X-Men' Star

23 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Born to humble beginnings, Sir Patrick Stewart has worked his way up to become one of the most recognizable stars today.

The veteran stage actor was prolific as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for over a decade. However, it wasn't until the late 1980s that Stewart broke out on screen, portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Riding that wave, he was cast as the iconic Professor Charles Xavier in the film adaptation of the "X-Men" comic books. This summer, Stewart reprises the role of the mutant Xavier once again in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

From the actor's early work as a journalist to his "bodacious man" award, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Patrick Stewart.

1. Stewart was born in Yorkshire, England to Gladys Barrowclough, a weaver and textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army. »

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The Five Best Bets for Movie Buffs at Motor City Comic Con

15 May 2014 10:14 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Novi, Michigan – Gone are the days when comic conventions were solely places for fans to search through long boxes for that one issue that completes their collection. Pop culture and movies have long since taken over these events to create massive celebrations of all things geek. While the Mecca for all cons is in San Diego, Metro Detroiters are lucky to have a con of their own – the Motor City Comic Con.

Now in its twenty-fifth year, Motor City Comic Con 2014 will be taking place on May 16th-18th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. There are plenty of TV favorites, comic artists, and professional wrestlers to see while you’re there, but since we care more about movies here at CinemaNerdz, I give you the five best bets for movie enthusiasts at this year’s con.

 5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

This year, Motor City Comic Con will be »

- Dane Jackson

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Postman Pat: The Movie review

12 May 2014 2:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The much beloved Postman Pat finally makes his way to the big screen. But is it worth the wait?

It's better than the trailer, let's start there. After all, the big screen debut of Postman Pat suffered from an early promo that suggested the film was not one to look forward to. As it turns out, there are merits to the Postman Pat movie, which at times feels as much like the beneficiary of a Doctor Who script conference as a stint watching children's telly. But ultimately, for all the nods to other movies (Faster Pussycat Kill Kill being the most bizarre), and for all the ideas, Pat falls just a little flat when it matters.

It starts promisingly enough. We meet Pat, now voiced by Stephen Mangan, as he goes about his work in Greendale, courtesy of a really good, extended opening shot. All the regulars are there, with the gentle, »

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Up Pompeii: 5 History Lessons From TV And Cinema

28 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We all know history is written by the film producers. After all, the past is big bucks for Hollywood, what with all its ready-made stories and epic happenings. And luckily for us Vesuvius erupted in 79 Ad, spewing out lava, pyroclastic flows and poisonous gasses. Some in nearby Herculaneum died instantly, others in Pompeii had a more drawn out affair and even the dog got it (noooo, not the dog!). Whatever – it’s good cinema right?

So to celebrate the release of new historical disaster movie Pompeii, let Thn take you on a magical history tour into the past. Yes, it’s time to pull the annals of antiquity down from the shelf, dust them off and explore ye olden times with five historical renditions from cinema and television.

Amadeus

It’s hard being on the side-lines isn’t it? Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Milos Forman’s biopic of l’enfant terrible of Classical, »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Teaser for Marvel Expansion of Disney Infinity Debuts!

8 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Back in February , we got a confirmation that some of Marvel's characters were in development to appear in the highly popular video game Disney Infinity , and now Marvel has debuted a video teasing just that. Check it out in the player below and stay tuned for updates on what Marvel characters will appear in Disney Infinity ! In Disney Infinity , you have the freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters including the casts of Pirates of the Caribbean , The Incredibles , Monsters University , Cars , Toy Story , The Lone Ranger , The Nightmare Before Christmas , and many more! Disney Infinity is available for the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, »

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Full Schedule Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

3 April 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!

From the Press Release

The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »

- Steve Barton

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