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French Director Christophe Gans Offers An Alternative Take On Beauty And The Beast In First Trailer

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All eyes in Hollywood may be trained on Bill Condon’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, which thrusts Emma Watson and Dan Stevens into the title roles, but across the pond French director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill) is dreaming up his own interpretation of the fairytale classic, and today brings forth its very first trailer.

On this occasion, it is Vincent Cassel and Spectre star Léa Seydoux that assume the leading roles – Amélie star André Dussollier is also among the ensemble – and this first-look trailer unveils a romantic story that is slightly more lively and colorful than its Hollywood brethren. What’s more, unlike Bill Condon’s upcoming feature, here we see Vincent Cassel’s beast in all of his grotesque glory. But will this French version prove a hit with Na audiences given Disney’s oncoming release?

Beauty and the Beast roars to life on »

- Michael Briers

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Oprah Winfrey Closes Deal To Join Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time

27 July 2016 10:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Variety brings word of a Selma reunion, now that talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey has closed a deal to board A Wrinkle In TimeAva DuVernay’s adaptation of the age-old classic.

In the works over at Disney, it’s understood Winfrey has clinched the part of Mrs. Which, one of three “mysterious astral travellers” alongside Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. Together, they lend a helping hand to our leading crew of young children, who travel through space and time to locate their wayward father. Casting details for those young leads remain under lock and key, but make no mistake, the House of Mouse is casting the net far and wide in search of up-and-coming talent.

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s novel of the same name, A Wrinkle in Time is the first in a series of sci-fi adventures, and it’s clear Disney is fanning the »

- Michael Briers

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Full Voice Cast For Moana Reveals Roles For Alan Tudyk, Rachel House And Nicole Scherzinger

26 July 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho may anchor Disney’s upcoming coming-of-age tale as the mismatched leads – one, a wide-eyed explorer; the other, a flamboyant demi-god – but Moana‘s voice cast is packed to the rafters with eye-catching talent.

In the aftermath of Sdcc, the House of Mouse confirmed that Ron Clements and John Musker’s maritime adventure will also feature Jemaine Clement – hot off his turn in The BfgRachel HouseTemuera Morrison, singer-songwriter Nicole Scherzinger and the loveable Alan Tudyk, who holds a role in Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Below, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of those new additions and, more importantly, the characters they’re set to play in Moana, which includes everything from a dim-witted rooster to a 50-foot crab that enjoys nothing more than his own company.

Jemaine Clement (The Bfg, Despicable Me, Rio, Rio 2, What We Do in the Shadows, »

- Michael Briers

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Alan Tudyk revealed his ‘Moana’ character and gave us a sample of his voice performance

22 July 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alan Tudyk has become the John Ratzenberger of Disney Animation. (John Ratzenberger being the guy who has supplied his voice to every Pixar movie.) The Firefly alum has voiced a part in every Disney Animation film since Wreck-It Ralph. Next up for him: Moana, which comes out this November and features the House of Mouse’s first Polynesian princess. He won’t be singing in Moana (music in the film is by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda). Still, his part did call for some unique stretching of vocal cords. Tudyk’s Moana character hasn’t been officially announced yet, but when I talked with him in the Comic-Con press room for upcoming NBC show Powerless, he revealed that he’s voicing a chicken named Hei Hei (the Maori word for ‘chicken’), along with two other characters. He said Hei-Hei is “one of the most fun roles I’ve ever done.” We assume it’s this crazed, »

- Emily Rome

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A Great Adventure Is Afoot In All-New International Trailer For Disney’s Moana

20 July 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With its endearing story, loveable characters and, crucially, $1 billion box office haul, Zootopia is a difficult act to follow.

Yes, the mere fact that Byron Howard and Rich Moore’s animated crowd-pleaser has cemented its place in the history books, becoming the second highest-grossing original film of all time behind only Avatar, ensures that 2016 will stand as an overly successful year for the Powers That Be over at Disney Animation.

But The House of Mouse is nurturing another animated adventure ahead of its theatrical bow in November. Its name? Moana. It’s a coming-of-age tale that revolves around Auli’i Cravalho’s wide-eyed newcomer and her quest across the ocean to pinpoint a mystical island. Teaming with Dwayne Johnson’s larger-than-life demi-god, Moana boasts all the qualities of a family-friendly Disney yarn, including an adorable shot of Cravalho’s heroine as a youngster.

Calling the shots behind the lens are Ron Clements and John Musker, »

- Michael Briers

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Is An Indiana Jones Shared Universe In The Works?

17 July 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

With Indiana Jones well and truly ensconced in the House of Mouse, and Disney committed to bring us another adventure for Harrison Ford’s heroic archaeologist, I think we all assumed quite a few movies starring Indy are on their way, but a curious piece of information has come out of Star Wars Celebration Europe suggesting that Dr. Jones and co. will be getting the Marvel and Star Wars treatment with series of interconnected movies set in the same universe. Speaking at the Art of Storytelling, which shone the light on the Lucas film Story Group and their work crafting the different movies that make up the Star Wars franchise, Ilm president Lynwen Brennan said, Kiri [Hart] and her group have mapped out a story and timeline across multiple platforms many years in advance, many exhausting years in advance. … We have a great honor to have responsibility for, so we want »

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Disney Introduces First Latina Princess in “Elena of Avalor”

12 July 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Disney's latest princess is different than the rest. The House of Mouse will introduce a new princess later this month when the kids TV…

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- Casey Cipriani

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First Pete’s Dragon Clip Showcases The Human Side Of David Lowery’s Magical Reboot

11 July 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Elliot and Pete may be the beating heart of David Lowery’s magical reboot, but in today’s first clip for Pete’s Dragon, the House of Mouse shifts gears to shine the spotlight on Mr. Meacham and Grace’s relationship.

Played by Robert Redford and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, respectively, the father-daughter dynamic underpinning Disney’s live-action reimagining appears to harbor some old wounds, with Howard’s character subtly referring to her own childhood spent under the monstrous shadow of a mystical dragon — and her father’s obsession with said reptile.

How much screentime Pete’s Dragon will devote to Redford and Howard is up for question but at least based on this clip, we’re intrigued to see how their relationship pans out throughout the course of Disney’s adventure. Taking point as the wide-eyed Pete is newcomer Oakes Fegley, flanked by a cast that includes Howard, »

- Michael Briers

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Box Office Weekend: Life of Pets Exposed

10 July 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The studio that brought you Minions knocked the House of Mouse from atop the box office, as The Secret Life of Pets took the top spot with a strong showing, bringing in an estimated $103.2 million domestically. In fact, Finding Dory found itself in tight competition with the critically panned The Legend of Tarzan. In second place with an estimated $20.6 million, The Legend of Tarzan is still nowhere near breaking even on its costs, but is still showing signs of life, while Finding Dory chased its heels with an estimated $20.4 million (but has little to worry about financially, with $642.8 million earned worldwide).

Zac Efron found little help from critics with Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, but the R-rated comedy still pulled an estimated $16.6 million…though it has some ways to go to make back its $33 million costs. The Purge: Election Year (estimated $11.7 million), on the other hand, is doing well »

- Seth Paul

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BoJack Horseman Scribe Drafted In To Rewrite The Lego Movie 2

8 July 2016 7:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Warner Bros. continues to ring the changes with The Lego Movie 2. 

With the animated sequel pegged to land in February of 2019, Variety brings word that the studio has now drafted in Raphael Bob-Waksberg to rewrite the script. Bob-Waksberg, best known as creator and chief writer on Netflix’s popular – and ruddy bizarre – BoJack Horseman series, will now pen a treatment that tweaks the foundations laid by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brains that helped mould the 2014 original into a bona fide sleeper hit.

Coming off the red-hot streak that includes both The Lego Movie and hit sequel 22 Jump Street, news that Lord and Miller’s sequel has been subject to creative tinkering comes as a fairly big surprise. This is, after all, the duo that WB was reportedly courting for The Flash – before Rick Famuyiwa ultimately landed the gig – though history tells us that Lord and Miller chose the »

- Michael Briers

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Beauty And The Beast Poster Teases An Enchanting Magic

7 July 2016 7:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two months on from the grand trailer unveiling, Disney has pulled back the curtain on the icy first poster for Bill Condon’s (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) live-action spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Encased in beautiful and, crucially, protective glass, it is the Enchanted Rose that is placed front and center in today’s new teaser, which will prove instrumental in the fantastic journey of Belle.

For Disney’s high-profile reimagining – the latest to tumble off an accelerated conveyor belt that has produced Alice Through the Looking Glass, Cinderella and Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book, to name but a few – Emma Watson will play beauty to Dan Stevens’ beast, fostering a heartwarming story as timeline as any Disney classic as Watson’s elegant lead discovers the “kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.”

Though they may anchor Condon’s Beauty and the Beast as the de facto leads, »

- Michael Briers

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Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed By Disney, Sequel Due To Arrive In 2018

30 June 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney has announced plans to release Wreck-It Ralph 2 on March 9, 2018.

News comes by way of Facebook, where the House of Mouse posted the above teaser image, possibly suggesting that the animated sequel will take a crack at both the world of online gaming and the Internet itself – both Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are seen towering over a digital hub of spoof nodes, including ‘Pictopedia’ and ‘Gügle.’

Both Reilly and Silverman are on board to reprise their respective roles, after helping guide the 2012 sleeper hit to $471 million at the global box office, not to mention an Oscar nod for Best Animated Feature. After steering Zootopia into a box office phenomenon, helmer Rich Moore will return to co-direct Wreck-It Ralph 2 alongside Phil Johnston, who helped pen the script for the original movie opposite Jennifer Lee of Frozen fame.

Plot details are practically non-existent at this stage, »

- Michael Briers

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Can ‘Finding Dory’ beat ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at the summer box office?

24 June 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Day after day since opening a week ago, Finding Dory has been absolutely dominating the box office and setting record after record. Here are some of the records the Pixar sequel has blown out of the water: • Highest opening weekend for an animated film at the domestic box office, beating Shrek the Third’s $135.1 million • Second-biggest June opening weekend ever in the U.S., behind only last year’s Jurassic World • Largest preview night for an animated film (Thursday), surpassing Minions’ $9.2 million • Fastest animated movie to cross $200 million at the domestic box office, in seven days, beating Minions’ and Toy Story 3’s nine days So is it a sure thing that Dory will be the biggest movie of the summer? Can it surpass Captain America: Civil War? And does Dory have a shot at becoming the top-grossing film of the entire year? For HitFix’s dive into those questions with Roth Cornet, »

- Emily Rome

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Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards Weighs In On Reshoot Concerns: “It Was Always Part Of The Plan”

24 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Acting as the next entry into Disney and Lucasfilm’s rebooted universe, it’s hardly surprising that a laser focus has been placed on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ever since its inception. That attention threatened to spin out of control, however, when the House of Mouse ordered reshoots of the galactic spinoff earlier in the year, leading many to believe that Gareth Edwards’ promising Anthology movie had careered into troubled waters.

According to Edwards himself, though, that’s simply not the case; in fact, circling back to re-do select scenes was “always part of the plan” and, as previous statements have indicated, is a result of the tremendous pressure placed on the creative team to strive toward perfection. No one said following in the footsteps of The Force Awakens would be easy, after all.

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- Michael Briers

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘The Lion King’ stepped into the sun

24 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of Disney’s greatest treasures has been with us for 22 years. It was on June 24, 1994 that The Lion King opened in theaters across the country. The tale of a Simba stepping into the light and into his father’s footsteps was an instant hit with both audiences and critics, and it earned four Oscar nominations for its breathtaking music, winning two of those — one for Hans Zimmer’s score and one for Elton John and Tim Rice-penned song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The Lion King has remained one of Disney’s most celebrated and beloved films, and that was clear when its 3D re-release hit theaters in 2011, becoming a box office juggernaut as parents who were young upon the original release of the film towed their young ones to the theater for the treat of seeing the beauty of the animated savannah on the big screen again. »

- Emily Rome

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Indiana Jones 5 Not “Just A One-Off” As Disney Teases Future Movies Beyond 2019

22 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Don’t expect to bid adieu to Indiana Jones anytime soon. With a bona fide sequel currently in the pipeline for 2019, Disney Chairman Bob Iger has teased the company’s plans for cinema’s most endearing archaeologist beyond Indiana Jones 5.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger danced around the specific details of Disney’s brainstorming process, but did confirm that Indy 5 “won’t be just a one-off” when it releases in a few years’ time.

Exactly where the House of Mouse takes Indiana Jones after its fifth mainline installment is still up for debate so early on in the sequel’s lifecycle, though Iger cautioned he doesn’t expect Disney to spin out a bona fide universe around Ford’s wisecracking treasure hunter.

“Not like Star Wars, but we hope… right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. »

- Michael Briers

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20 years ago today: Disney’s own outcast, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ premiered

21 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Has it really been 20 years since Hunchback of Notre Dame hit theaters? Oui, c'est vrai!  The 34th animated feature from the House of Mouse, Hunchback has a place among the Disney Renaissance movies of the 1990s, though it tends to be less remembered and celebrated than the likes of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Mulan. Adapted from Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, it’s darker than many Disney pics, and the only animated movie from the studio that’s had a major focus on themes of religion and faith. Though the filmmakers “were told to not make the movie too religious — a pretty daunting task when you consider how much of this story takes place inside of a big church,” animator Floyd Norman said. Hunchback of Notre Dame also had an outcast hero that didn’t look like dashing princes of Disney films past. And »

- Emily Rome

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15 years ago today: ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’ and ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ premiered

15 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

15 years ago today, Disney and Angelina Jolie both gave us new movies. It was on June 15, 2001 that Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider opened in theaters. The two films topped the box office that weekend, with Lara Croft holding the top spot. The Disney Renaissance had ended, and Atlantis didn’t live up to the quality of films the House of Mouse was putting out in the ’90s like Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Atlantis didn’t get much praise from critics upon its release, and it hasn’t amassed as strong a fandom as films in the pantheon of Disney greats have. Though it does have a cult favorite status among Disney movies, and some critics praised it for being a unique departure from typical Disney animated features, with its sci-fi influences and look based on the visual style of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Lara Croft has remained a memorable item on Angelina Jolie’s resume — it’s the movie that really established her as a Hollywood star. At the time of its release, it was the highest-grossing video game adaptation. Another movie based on the Tomb Raider game series is set to star Ex Machina actress Alicia Vikander. Other notable June 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1960: Billy Wilder’s The Apartment premiered. • 1963: The Sound of Music closed on Broadway after 1,443 performances. • 1966: Elvis Presley movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style opened in U.S. theaters. • 1983: The fifth and final season finale of Taxi aired. • 1988: Kevin Costner’s sports rom-com movie Bill Durham was released. • 1990: Dick Tracy opened in theaters. • 1994: The Lion King started playing in Los Angeles’ El Capitan Theatre and New York’s Radio City Music Hall, ahead of a wide release later that month. • 2005: Batman Begins opened in theaters. • 2007: Bob Barker hosted The Price is Right for the final time, ending his 35-year tenure on the show. • 2008: At the 62nd Tony Awards, In the Heights (from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda) won Best Musical. »

- Emily Rome

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‘Zootopia’ is king of the box office jungle. Can any 2016 animated movie take its crown?

10 June 2016 6:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Their own mammal metropolis isn’t the only place Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps have won over; the bunny-and-fox duo have also dominated the world, with Disney’s Zootopia reaching the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office earlier this week. It’s the top-earning animated feature of 2016 thus far, well on its way to making twice as much as Kung Fu Panda 3, which is at #2 among animated films this year. Will Zootopia be king of the 2016 jungle? Or can another animated flick top it? Box office experts agree: Finding Dory is likely to surpass Zootopia’s $1 billion+ to become the top-earning animated movie of 2016. A small, unscientific poll of mine also shows that for parents, Finding Dory is the most-anticipated animated film yet to be released this year. It is the most-often mentioned movie from the handful of parent bloggers I emailed asking what animated film they and their kids are most looking forward to. “My family and I are eager to see Finding Dory this month because Finding Nemo is one of our favorites, including just about every Disney Pixar movie too,” Amy Bellgardt, creator of MomSpark.net and mother of two boys told me via email. Outside of superhero fare, 2016 has thus far been a rough year for franchises, with audiences turning rather anti-sequel, or perhaps having no tolerance for sequels that just aren’t much good. Zoolander 2, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and Divergent Series: Allegiant have all flopped. Kung Fu Panda 3 wasn’t a total failure, but it has somewhat underperformed, earning less than each of the two other films in the franchise. But as David Mumpower of Box Office Prophets told us via email, “2016’s anti-sequel consumer behavior shouldn’t impact Finding Dory.” For seven years, Finding Nemo reigned as Pixar’s highest grossing film, until Toy Story 3 came along. Last year’s Inside Out is the only other film from the studio to surpass Nemo’s box office tally. It still stands as the seventh highest-grossing animated movie of all time at the worldwide box office. Finding Nemo remains one of Pixar’s most beloved films, frequently topping or nearly topping both fan and critic rankings of the studio’s movies, so Finding Dory will bring the solid established audience not only of Pixar devotees but also fans of Nemo especially. With Finding Dory coming out 13 years after Nemo, it’s not quite at the point where there’s a sizable number of people who saw it as kids who now have kids of their own to take to the movies — as was the case with The Lion King’s massively successful 2011 re-release — but “it’s pretty close,” Bruce Nash, founder and publisher of The Numbers, pointed out. Finding Dory topping Zootopia’s gross would make the Pixar sequel the fifth animated movie to cross the $1 billion mark after Toy Story 3, Frozen, Minions, and Zootopia. The creators of those animation box office champions all have new films coming out this year: Disney’s got Zootopia and Moana. Disney•Pixar has Finding Dory opening a week from now. And Illumination Entertainment, the makers of Minions and the Despicable Me movies, will release The Secret Life of Pets next month. Secret Life is a kind of Toy Story for dogs and cats and bunnies, showing us what goofy antics our pets are up to when we’re not looking. Zootopia proved that another non-sequel, original concept could join Frozen in the $1 billion club, albeit with the proven brand recognition of Disney. “Secret Life of Pets can also be a success mid-summer, although $1 billion is too much to expect from it,” Gitesh Pandya of Box Office Guru said via email. Just how much will Secret Life’s family relations to Minions boost its box office success? It’ll help, though the box office experts I consulted have divergent thoughts about just how much it’ll help. Secret Life’s invocation of the film’s connection to Illumination’s uber-popular little yellow guys with the words “from the humans behind Despicable Me” is, according to Mumpower, “one of the strongest marketing slogans imaginable right now. Putting that note in the trailer spikes the box office dramatically.” Meanwhile, Pandya said, “Tapping into the Minions fan base is a smart starting point,” and Nash said efforts to make mainstream audiences aware of the Minions connection “won’t make a huge deal of difference.” Nash also noted that DreamWorks Animation wasn’t able to translate the popularity of its Shrek films into success for the movies that followed the first couple of Shrek installments. How to Train Your Dragon and the Madagascar franchise is where DreamWorks later found box office success, though the four Shrek movies still top the animation studio’s list of highest grossing films. Though Mumpower has confidence in the power of Secret Life’s link to Minions, he added, “I suspect that Secret Life of Pets would have succeeded if it had come first [among Illumination’s films]. The attachment humans have for their pets fosters continued interest in such concepts, and this movie in particular has a terrific ad campaign. The prim [poodle] rocking out to heavy metal is a perfect animated comedy gag.” Universal Studios, which is distributing the film, is tapping into that dog-lover and cat-lover audience with a huge partnership with PetSmart. Looking back at Zootopia, what accounted for its success? It was a film praised by both critics and audiences, and it had a long stretch of time without any competition from other family movies.* Moana has the strong potential to find success for similar reasons, along with the Disney brand recognition. It hits theaters on Thanksgiving weekend, following Trolls’ early November opening and ahead of the Christmas week premiere of Sing, Illumination Entertainment’s movie about animals in an American Idol-esque competition. So Moana doesn’t have quite as much space to itself as Zootopia did, but it’s safe to bet it’ll be the reigning animated movie of the holiday season. Moana, ostensibly introducing the House of Mouse’s first Polynesian princess, features music by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Nash does not expect Miranda’s involvement to be a box office boost in and of itself, despite the massive popularity of Miranda’s Hamilton. Disney musicals are already recognized for their quality tunes, so the film already has its draw for the music (which we may be hearing for the first time in the trailer set to hit the web this Sunday). *The Little Prince, based on the beloved 1943 French book by Antoine Saint-Exupéry, was originally scheduled for a U.S. release two weeks after Zootopia’s opening, but Paramount pulled the film from its slate a mere week before the scheduled release. It’s likely Little Prince wouldn’t have been much competition for Zootopia anyway, since it had nowhere near the marketing reach of Disney’s movie. (Which is perhaps one reason why Paramount inexplicably canceled the release — the studio didn’t seem to know how to market Little Prince, though it has released some very sweet and charming trailers for the film.) At the overseas box office, meanwhile, Le Petit Prince has become the most successful French animated film ever. Netflix has taken on its U.S. distribution, with a release on its streaming platform and in some theaters scheduled for August 5. Here is what we can expect from some other 2016 animated movies: Ice Age: Collision Course (out July 22): Pandya pointed out that the Ice Age brand has been a “monster performer overseas, so I would not rule out Ice Age: Collision Course.” Kubo and the Two Strings (out August 19): This original fantasy action-adventure tale set in ancient Japan is the fourth feature from stop-motion studio Laika Entertainment, which made the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. Nash predicts that Kubo will earn an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, and he said Laika is “overdue for a breakout” (a film hitting $200 million worldwide), but he “wouldn’t bet on” Kubo being that film. Trolls (out November 4): Justin Timberlake’s song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is seeking to build up anticipation for animated musical Trolls, based on the wild hair-sporting Troll dolls. The song is already unavoidable and just became Jt’s first #1 single in nearly 10 years. The Angry Birds Movie (opened in the U.S. May 20): As of this writing, Angry Birds has earned just under $290 million worldwide. Nash expects the movie based on the popular mobile phone game to finish up with a $350 million total. Mumpower pointed out that Angry Birds had a sizable drop-off this past weekend internationally. “That’s a troubling sign,” he said. “I’d give it the benefit of the doubt and say it finishes with $375 million worldwide.” Pandya, however, can see the film earning $450 million with help from its Japan opening in October. Now, four animated films (and probably five before 2016’s over) have earned more than $1 billion. Could an animated feature cross the next landmark spot, $1.5 billion, any time soon before inflation’s carrying movies to that milestone? From these three box office experts, the answer to that is a big “no.” Thus far, seven films have crossed that $1.5 million mark, and they’re all PG-13-rated live action films. Five are sequels, and the other two are Avatar and Titanic. A family-friendly animated feature is unlikely to earn that much in the near future since films with those kind of grosses are reliant on repeat viewings. Kids who see a movie a second time at a birthday party is one instance where that happens with animated movies, and Frozen’s a singular success that had lots of parents taking their Elsa-obsessed kids to see it on more than one occasion. But typically, teens and young adults are more likely to pay to see a movie more than once.  Even Frozen 2 is unlikely to reach that $1.5 million milestone. Frozen fatigue may be the culprit there. As Mumpower noted, the sequel “may suffer from unreasonable expectations when the time arrives — some folks are tired of it.” That’s not to say Frozen 2, whenever it does come out, will be a box office failure on any level, though. Even if it gets a chillier reception than the 2013 original, the cold won’t bother Disney anyway. Here are the animated features scheduled for a wide release in the U.S. later this year: Finding Dory - June 17 The Secret Life of Pets - July 8 Ice Age: Collision Course - July 22 Sausage Party (Seth Rogan’s R-rated animated movie) - August 12 Kubo and the Two Strings - August 19 Storks - September 23 Trolls - November 4 Moana - November 23 Sing - December 21 »

- Emily Rome

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Production On Star Wars: Episode VIII Entering “The Home Stretch,” New Set Photo Lands

8 June 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

All throughout production, Rian Johnson’s Tumblr page has proven to be a bustling hub for Star Wars: Episode VIII, and now that production on Disney’s spacefaring sequel is entering “the home stretch,” it’s only fitting that the filmmaker takes to the social media channel to share what is surely one of the final set photos before Episode VIII moves into post.

It’s unclear exactly where the still below was taken, but what will really send the Star Wars community into a tailspin is the contents of said photo. Among the scattered filming equipment is a tattered robe that appears to be awfully similar to the one belonging to Luke Skywalker.

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