20 items from 2009
Now that both Tori and her mother Candy Spelling has finished whoring out their books about how they can’t stand one another they’re finally coming to terms and acting like adults for once spending the holidays together as one big happy family.
The only Spelling with breast implants, Tori, voiced her feelings on the holidays with her family.
Tori says:”We’re very lucky. It’s just a blessing that it happend around the holidays. And it just makes me think, ‘Wow, it’s an amazing thing and it happened this year and it’s just the best gift we could get.’”
Well if it’s the best gift you could get then why didn’t you get it years ago? Happy holidays to the Spellings…and Dean.
- Porsche Simpson
The pigs aren't walking, folks. In fact, the pigs are dead.
Or more precisely, the "Hogs" aren't moving, as Disney has pulled the plug on "Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride," the professed sequel to John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence's 2007 flick about middle-aged bikers facing their inevitable mid-life crisis.
Despite having writers aboard for the sequel's script, not to mention ongoing discussions with returning cast and crew, Disney decided to roast the pig instead, resulting in the third Disney movie death in recent weeks.
The House of Mouse previously put the kibosh on "Wedding Banned," a comedy that would have starred Robin Williams and Anna Faris. Additionally, the proposed "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" adaptation shipwrecked upon Not-Gonna-Happen Island, as Disney decided to reevaluate the project before embarking with "Terminator Salvation" director McG as the captain.
While "Wild Hogs 2" caps off the triumvirate of recently cancelled Disney flicks –- and, »
- Josh Wigler
Last we heard from David Mamet, his script for a re-imagining of The Diary of Anne Frank was being rejected by Disney. While Disney seemed surprised that Mamet's work was not to their liking, the internet community was surprised from the beginning that the House of Mouse would hire a writer whose most famous work contains almost 140 variations of the word "fuck." But considering the man already has over 30 screenwriting credits to his name, it's not a shock that he has gotten back on the horse, and now his newest script has found people to develop it. According to THR, Mamet's newest screenplay, titled Come Back To Sorrento has found a home as Firefly and Bla Bla Bla Productions have joined to produce it. The script is an adaptation of the 1932 novel of the same name by Dawn Powell. Set during the Great Depression, the story centers on a music »
Disney's latest animated film takes the top prize, while 'The Blind Side' remains strong in second place.
By Josh Wigler
Box-Office Top Five
#1 "The Princess and the Frog" ($25 million)
#2 "The Blind Side" ($15.5 million)
#3 "Invictus" ($9.1 million)
#4 "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" ($8 million)
#5 "A Christmas Carol" ($6.9 million)
"The Princess and the Frog" earned $25 million in its first weekend in wide release, combining with two earlier weeks of limited-run engagements for a cumulative domestic take of $27.9 million. The film — which features the vocal talents of Terrence Howard, John Goodman and Oprah Winfrey, among others — cost Disney $105 million to produce, so the less-than-$30-million total isn't quite as lucrative as the studio may have hoped for. »
Those fine folks over at Apple have just launched a new clip from Disney's The Princess And The Frog and you can see it... here.
It's all-singing and all-dancing and a fair representation of what to expect from the House Of Mouse's return to its hand-drawn animation roots.
Take a look at the clip and let us know what you think... oh, and don't forget to keep it locked onto Screenrush to see a whole host of exclusive behind-the-scenes stuff from our recent excursion to Disney's Animation Studios in Los Angeles - coming soon!
>> Real the whole article | on Screenrush - Thursday 10 December 2009
Zac Efron grins big. But worry dims the dazzle. He's reassessing our interview before it's quite over. It went, he reckons, "to an incredibly weird place". Fear flickers in those luminous blue eyes. It needn't – it didn't, not really. But perhaps in Zac-land even the mundane can seem weird.
Look at what's normal to him: since 2006, and the first High School Musical TV movie, it's been security at every step, paps at every door, screams to guide the path. A million smiling dolls moulded in his image, a hundred Day-Glo websites detailing the names of his dogs (Dreamer, Puppy) and his secret talent ("I can blow bubbles with my spit"). Fans so devoted they smoke him out even when he's shooting on the Isle of Man. »
- Catherine Shoard
It seems Tron is coming back in full force. For my money, the mock Flynn’s Arcade at this year’s Comic Con was one of the show stealers (not the best football team ever, mind you) and I have to admit I’ve just recently seen the first film. Yes, I know. While most kids were started on Disney films at a ripe, young age, my pops chose to get me started on the right foot with RoboCop. What I found with Tron was one of the better live-action Disney films and just an all around fun little flick.
With the release of Tron Legacy next year (a.k.a. – Tron: Redemption for Michael Sheen,) the Mouse House is taking full advantage of this cult classic. It’s unclear right now who or what systems the game will be released for, but I suspect the major players can expect a copy. »
- Philip Barrett
Anika Noni Rose, the latest actress to become a Disney princess, caught up with "Extra" on the red carpet of the House of Mouse's latest animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog." Hear what Anika had to say about being a part of the amphibian film in this "Extra" Raw video!
DVD Playhouse—November 2009
Watchmen—The Ultimate Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
I have a dark and hideous secret. Only a handful of friends know about this, but I felt it was time to let the minions of the interwebs know the truth: I love Christmas. There I said it.
For me, Christmas is about family, faith, buckets of hot chocolate, too many renditions of Here Comes Santa Claus and, yes, learning to get over yourself and enjoy the holiday.
In Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Disney has repackaged the original 2001 release just in time for the holidays.
Snowed In, one of two House of Mouse tales featured on the disc, stars Mickey, Goofy, and Donald who are running a nightclub for a whole host of Disney characters. When a freak snowstorm lands squarely on their pad, over 35 Disney characters are stranded inside with nothing to do except sing songs, perform skits and show previously created content like Donald on Ice, »
- Erik Buckman
Now available on DVD, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse has managed to become a favorite since it first hit the scene almost ten years ago. I'm actually a tough sell when it comes to animated holiday efforts (my plate is full), but this one is a great combination of stories, and it's put together in a way that's great fun for the kids. Mine, for example, are huge fans of all the moments that come between the main courses. Tis the season at the House of Mouse, and a huge crew of Disney characters find themselves snowed in. To take everyone's mind off their predicament, Mickey and Minnie play some "home movies." The featured treats are: Donald on Ice, Pluto and the Christmas Tree, The Nutcracker, and Mickey's Christmas Carol. All of them solid efforts, but the last two are the real stars. »
- Marc Eastman
"Epic Mickey" could become an epic franchise if it performs well enough, and Junction Point Studios' founder Warren Spector planned accordingly. Spector has launched original properties before, but this will be his first big one since Disney purchased Junction Point, and he's aiming high.
"I don't do anything that isn't extensible," Spector told 1Up.com. "And I will certainly feel like that I have not done my job if we can't make other games in this world with these characters. In my head, I've got two more planned."
Still, Spector is well aware of how unpredictable the gaming market can be.
"In the business world of reality, those games have not approved, and who knows if we'll ever see them," he said. That doesn't be mean he's not holding out for a best case scenario, though. "I had three games planned for 'Deus Ex,' and you see where that got me. »
- Brian Warmoth
Selena Gomez just released Kiss and Tell, her debut album with her band the Scene. The 17-year-old actress has already made a career for herself as the star of the hit Disney Channel series "The Wizards of Waverly Place" and now hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow House of Mouse personalities Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and the ,a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/jonas_brothers/artist.jhtml">Jonas Brothers into music stardom. Her album features writing assists from some top collaborators, but the most compelling track on the record is her cover of the excellent Fefe Dobson song "As a Blonde." When Gomez sat down with MTV News to discuss the album, she talked about how much she loves Dobson — and how much she always wanted to have a different hair color growing up.
Kiss and Tell also features the excellent tune "Tell Me Something I »
- Kyle Anderson
It would seem the children of legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby want some of that four billion dollars that changed hands between Marvel and Disney a few weeks back. Earlier this week, The Kirby estate issued 45 notices of termination of copyright against Marvel. If acted on, it means Marvel could lose control of characters such as The Silver Surfer, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and Thor (to name just a few). Of course, Marvel would seemingly never let such a pantheon of characters go so this could end up turning into a windfall for the Kirby kids in the way of royalties.
It’s hard not to compare this case with the ongoing actions between Warner Brothers (specifically DC Comics/Entertainment) and the estate of Superman creator Jerry Siegel. Siegel’s family is seeking to regain the rights to Superman from DC. Actually, the connection is closer then you may think. »
- Bob Starr
We've had a lot of Disney news in the last hour, and it hasn't ended yet. The House of Mouse has confirmed another project and I know you all are dying to see it, Robert Zemeckis's Yellow Submarine in 3D. The movie will all be done in motion capture that Zemeckis has used in films like Beowulf, The Polar Express, and the upcoming A Christmas Carol. Express was okay enough, but the look of the characters in these movies is creepy and awkward. Submarine will feature the original 16 songs, »
- Niki Stephens
Much of the comic book industry is taking a "wait and see" approach to Disney's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, but we could already be seeing our first casualty of the recent merger.
When IGN spoke with "The Spectacular Spider-Man" supervising producer Greg Weisman about the show's future, the veteran producer dropped the bombshell that Sony will not continue producing the series, which currently airs on Disney Xd and is waiting for the go-ahead on a third season.
According to Weisman, Sony relinquished all television rights to the Spider-Man character in exchange for "some concession vis-a-vis the live action 'Spider-Man' features" from Disney/Marvel.
The news offers a clear indication that the House of Mouse is already doing everything in its power to put the Marvel brand under one roof, or as much of it as possible. While it doesn't sound like Disney/Marvel is any closer to securing Spidey's film rights from Sony, »
- Josh Wigler
The news of Disney's $4bn acquisition of Marvel is still ringing in our ears, but Variety has a reminder that it will be some time indeed before Marvel's entire canon resides permanently at the House of Mouse. Fox control the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Silver Surfer for as long as they continue to knock out films (so does that mean they're in danger of losing Daredevil?). And they've just announced a reboot for the Ff.The primary-coloured, kid-friendly Ff films are easily the series that, more than any other of the current slew of comicbook properties, most faithfully reflects its 60s origins. The 2005 original garnered shaky reviews but mega box-office. 2007's follow-up, Rise of the Silver Surfer, did similar business, and gained the consensus that it was one of those sequels that's actually better than the original.So the series would seem to have been moving in the right direction, »
So the mouse is eating the spider. What does it all mean?
Poke around the Internets and you'll see a lot of hysteria. Comics fans aren't happy; they're worried Disney will Disnify the whole thing. Movie fans are worried the Marvel flicks will have all the weight and depth of your average Disney movie. Theme park fans are concerned about Universal losing their franchise just so Ant-Man and the Wasp can fit into "It's A Small World After All."
Calm down. Assuming the deal gets approved by Marvel's stockholders – which is likely – and the government – which is likely but not as certain – contracts are contracts and Disney would rather spend the next five years buying other things than paying for litigation. Paramount will still release those next five Marvel Films films, Universal will continue to maintain their current lifespan (however long that might be) with the Marvel rides and that »
- Mike Gold
Early this morning Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America packed their bags and moved from the "House of Marvel" to the "House of Mouse," as Disney announced its 4 billion dollar purchase of Marvel Entertainment and its many hot comic book properties.
Comic book movie fans, who have been delighted over Marvel's recent movie productions, are already wondering what Disney's acquisition will do to the superhero movie genre. While in the past Marvel granted cinematic rights to their characters all over the place, some of which are still obligated to the likes of Fox (X-Men, Wolverine, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four), and Sony (Spider-Man). they've more recently kept tight control of their characters.
After the disappointment that was Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk, Marvel took the rights to the green goliath back from Universal, vowing to do the Hulk justice with its reboot and along the way putting out its first fully-funded, »
- Jim Littler
Michael Welch, who plays Mike Newton in Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, has just turned twenty-two today. Welch, a rather impressive career actor, has definitely made a name for himself among the Twilight fan community. One of the biggest reasons for that, aside from his spot-on performance as Newton in the first film, is his geniality and openness with the fans. Welch has been a source of great new information, updates, and interviews for many months. Welch began his acting career in 1998, starting with television series such as Frasier, Veronica's Closet, Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place, before tackling the role of Artim in Star Trek: Insurrection. Over the past decade, you might have seen him on shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, 7th Heaven, Norm, The Pretender, The Drew Carey Show, Malcolm In The Middle, The X-Files, Touched By An Angel, Judging Amy, The District, »
20 items from 2009
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