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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney developing film on unused attraction

19 December 2010 8:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney has announced that it is developing a movie based on the abandoned attraction The Museum of the Weird. The Museum of the Weird never became a Disney attraction, having failed to make it past the concept stage, reports Screen Rant. However, Disney now plans to take the abandoned attraction and turn it into a movie. The attraction was conceived by Claude Coats and Rolly Crump, the same men behind The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. The Museum of the Weird was designed (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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Disney Opens The "Museum of the Weird"

19 December 2010 9:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Walt Disney Studios will turn yet another theme park ride, this time the "The Museum of the Weird", into a possible big screen franchise reports The Los Angeles Times.

The key difference this time is the 'Museum' ride didn't actually get off the ground. Walt himself fell in love with the concept back in the 60's, a place that would "showcase ghostly organists, magical carts, talking chairs and other surreal and odd exhibits". The museum was meant to sit adjacent to 'The Haunted Mansion', complete with its own restaurant.

Of course it didn't end up getting made, but the concept hung around and now Ahmet Zappa has been hired to pen a "Night at the Museum" script using ideas created for the original exhibit. An actual attraction will also be built inside Disneyland once the movie is completed and out in theatres likely around 2014 or 2015. »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney Opens The "Museum of the Weird"

19 December 2010 9:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Walt Disney Studios will turn yet another theme park ride, this time the "The Museum of the Weird", into a possible big screen franchise reports The Los Angeles Times.

The key difference this time is the 'Museum' ride didn't actually get off the ground. Walt himself fell in love with the concept back in the 60's, a place that would "showcase ghostly organists, magical carts, talking chairs and other surreal and odd exhibits". The museum was meant to sit adjacent to 'The Haunted Mansion', complete with its own restaurant.

Of course it didn't end up getting made, but the concept hung around and now Ahmet Zappa has been hired to pen a "Night at the Museum" script using ideas created for the original exhibit. An actual attraction will also be built inside Disneyland once the movie is completed and out in theatres likely around 2014 or 2015. »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney Developing Movie for Scrapped Park Attraction ‘Museum of the Weird’

18 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Those that’ve been neurotically wringing their hands, waiting for news about Disney’s next theme park ride-turned movie project – rejoice! The company has another one in the production pipeline, but it’s not based on Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or one the company’s better-known rides, but an attraction known as The Museum of the Weird.

Chances are that attraction name doesn’t ring a bell and with good reason – The Museum of the Weird failed to make it past the conception stage, despite winning the approval of Walt Disney himself.

Disney “imagineers” Claude Coats and Rolly Crump were involved in the development and design of numerous famous Disney park attractions, including The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. The two fashioned plans for an attraction to compliment their Haunted Mansion – ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Another Disney theme park attraction could become a movie

18 December 2010 5:54 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean surprised everyone and became a phenomenal success in 2003, Disney have been keen to capitalise by turning their attractions into movies. Jon Favreau is leaving Iron Man behind to focus on bringing Magic Kingdom to the big screen, and Guillermo del Toro has an adaptation of The Haunted Mansion on his heaving schedule (which surely can't be worse than the Eddie Murphy version). Now there has been word that Disney are looking to turn attractions that never even got made into big-budget family blockbusters,...

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- Matt Maytum

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Disney decides to gets some weird inspiration for a new film

17 December 2010 11:54 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

We've seen The Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy. We will be seeing it again and re-imagined since Guillermo del Toro has taken over. Pirates Of The Caribbean came to life and gave Johnny Depp a legendary character. More recently, Jon Favreau decided to helm a family film based on The Magic Kingdom. So what Disney theme park attraction could be next? Try one that never got off the ground. Museum Of The Weird, an idea that seemed to show promise back in the 1960s is going to into »

- Niki Stephens

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Tackling the Magic Kingdom

15 December 2010 2:17 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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Ja from Mnpp here. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times yesterday Jon Favreau opened up about why he's not doing the third Iron Man film (Nat mentioned it yesterday), and in so doing this tid-bit presented itself:

"Favreau is set to direct “Magic Kingdom,” which the 44-year-old filmmaker described as a family fantasy adventure that will tap into the vintage Disney creations that “loomed so large in the imagination” of his generation. Favreau said that [David] Fincher ... will direct the studio’s ”20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” a Jules Verne bookshelf classic that is closely associated with Disney after the landmark 1954 film and the submarine theme-park ride, and Disney confirmed that to be the case. [Guillermo] Del Toro had already been announced as director of a new “Haunted Mansion” film."

That's right - David Fincher, currently swallowing whole every critic's prize in sight for his little Facebook movie, might be making »

- JA

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The directors who went from animation to live action

14 December 2010 8:34 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look at 11 directors who made the jump from animated to live action features, and how their attempts fared…

You hear quite a few live action directors, Guillermo del Toro, for starters, talking about a desire to make animated films. To control every aspect of the frame, and what goes in it.

Yet, the journey the other way around is increasingly common. It's hard not to see the appeal, too. For directing an animated film is a two year job at the very least, and three years more likely. Live action is generally a quicker way to get a film on the screen.

Also, given how CG dependent many movies are becoming, there's a general assumption that an animation director will have a better handle on computer effects.

However, great films from animation directors aren't that common. Here are eleven directors who took the chance, and how they got on. »

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First Look at Your Fifth 'Final Destination'

23 November 2010 4:30 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Apparently even Death doesn't take any time off.  After the succes of the fourth Final Destination film in 3D, the fifth one will be shot that way, too.  We've got photos and a synopsis after the jump. Final Destination 5 stars Emma Bell (The Walking Dead), David Koechner (Snakes on a Plane), Nicholas D'Agosto (Psycho Beach Party, Heroes), Miles Fisher (Superhero Movie) and Tony Todd (Candyman).  Steven Quale makes his directorial debut after shooting second unit on films like The Haunted Mansion and Avatar. Death makes a killing in the next installment in the horror series which once again proves that no matter where you run, no matter where you hide...you can't cheat death. »

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Favreau To Transform Magic Kingdom

11 November 2010 2:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Jon Favreau has signed up to bring Disney's latest theme park attraction to the big screen - he's working on a movie based on The Magic Kingdom.

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride spawned a hugely popular film franchise starring Johnny Depp, while The Haunted Mansion amusement was turned into a 2003 movie with Eddie Murphy.

Bosses at the company now hope to achieve similar success with a picture based on The Magic Kingdom, which is part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Iron Man moviemaker Favreau has stepped up to take charge of the family film, directing and helping out with the script, according to Variety. »

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Jon Favreau Will Journey to Disney's 'Magic Kingdom'

11 November 2010 5:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

You can put this item of news from the Hollywood Reporter under the "What?!" files. Jon Favreau is teaming up with Disney to make a movie based on their Magic Kingdom theme park. No, not an individual attraction like 'Pirates of the Caribbean' or 'The Haunted Mansion,' but the entire park. As if that wasn't bewildering enough, the original script (which looks to be getting a rewrite or two) was written by 'Battlestar Galactica' creator Ronald D. Moore, of all people.

Although plot details are bordering on non-existent, the concept of such a project already conjures up visions of family adventure films like 'Night at the Museum.' You can bet dollars to donuts that this will be a movie about the Magic Kingdom park, one of the four parks that make up Florida's Disney World, coming to life after closing »

- Jacob Hall

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Jon Favreau Will Journey to Disney's 'Magic Kingdom'

11 November 2010 5:30 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

You can put this item of news from the Hollywood Reporter under the "What?!" files. Jon Favreau is teaming up with Disney to make a movie based on their Magic Kingdom theme park. No, not an individual attraction like 'Pirates of the Caribbean' or 'The Haunted Mansion,' but the entire park. As if that wasn't bewildering enough, the original script (which looks to be getting a rewrite or two) was written by 'Battlestar Galactica' creator Ronald D. Moore, of all people.

Although plot details are bordering on non-existent, the concept of such a project already conjures up visions of family adventure films like 'Night at the Museum.' You can bet dollars to donuts that this will be a movie about the Magic Kingdom park, one of the four parks that make up Florida's Disney World, coming to life after closing »

- Jacob Hall

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Jon Favreau May Direct Disney Flick Magic Kingdom

11 November 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Disney is coming out with yet another flick based on one of the theme park attractions like previous films Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. Magic Kingdom will be Disney's take on Night At the Museum as the film will focus on how the characters and attraction come to life within the Disneyland theme park. Iron Man director Jon Favreau will possibly direct the Disney project depending on the script’s development. Favreau is currently in post-production on the upcoming summer flick Cowboys & Aliens which stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. His future projects in development are Me and My Monster and Johnny Zero. Favreau will also be joining forces with Robert Downey Jr. for a third Iron Man film which will be distributed by Disney after the company bought out the »

- Kimberly Houston

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Jon Favreau in Talks to Direct Disney's 'Magic Kingdom' Project

10 November 2010 5:20 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Damn, Disney got a big catch with this! Deadline reports that actor/filmmaker extraordinaire Jon Favreau (of Elf, Zathura, Iron Man 1 & 2) is in talks to direct Magic Kingdom, a project with a concept similar to Night at the Museum where attractions at the theme park come to life. Magic Kingdom is Disney's Orlando, Florida version of Disneyland, complete with Tomorrowland, Adventureland and Fantasyland. I'm not really sure how this will work, though, because a lot of their attractions (see a list here) are based on pre-existing properties, and I don't think they want Pirates of the Caribbean or The Haunted Mansion in this, or do they? The Magic Kingdom screenplay was originally written by Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore, but apparently Favreau is going to have a new writer work on the script to cater it to his sensibilities. Favreau is developing because this is not next for him, as »

- Alex Billington

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Disney Is Negotiating for ‘Tiki’ Film

9 November 2010 2:59 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Disney is negotiating for ‘Tiki’ spec script from Ahmet Zappa and Michael Wilson, which the movie is based on Polynesian mythology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set in Hawaii and will feature “the culture’s rich reserve of unique gods, embodied by wooden masks and engravings, as well as ghost stories.” Earlier rumors believed the project was based on Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room attraction and hit song. However, it is denied by Disney that this script is not based on the attraction. Gig Patta’s Take: Notable Disney attractions had spawned into movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and “The Haunted Mansion.” They say the script may not be based on the attraction, but I wouldn’t be surprised to have the attraction’s song incorporated into the movie if Disney acquires it. Singing birds, masks and all. What do you think of this ‘Tiki’ movie? »

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Halloween TV 2010: Marathons, monsters and mayhem

22 October 2010 8:50 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Halloween week is kicking off Sunday, Oct. 24 and Zap2it's got you covered for all your spooky programming needs.

From marathons of classic TV Halloween episodes and Fearfest lineups to family fare like "It's the Great Pumpkin" and current shows' Halloween episodes -- we've got a little something for everyone. Enjoy!

Sunday, Oct. 24

ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween: "Teen Witch," "Bridge to Terabithia," "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride," "Disney's Trick or Treat," "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

AMC Fearfest: "The Wolf Man," "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman," "Pet Cemetery," "Cujo," "House on Haunted Hill," "Return to House on Haunted Hill," "Constantine," "28 Days Later," "Jeepers Creepers 2," "Ghost Ship" and "Exorcist - The Beginning"

Syfy: "Boogeyman," "Boogeyman 2," "The Midnight Meat Train," "Timber Falls," "The Grudge," "Identity," "The Reaping," "The Rapture," "Dread," "Bram Stoker's Way of the Vampire"

Monday, Oct.  25

NBC: "Chuck, »

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Disney's "Magic Kingdom" On Film

1 October 2010 9:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

As "The Country Bears" and the first incarnation of "The Haunted Mansion" demonstrated, not all Disney-owned theme park rides can be translated to the big screen with the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

Rather than letting their lesser rides wither however, Disney plans to combine them in "Magic Kingdom", a family adventure akin to the "Night at the Museum" films but set within the confines of the titular Florida theme park reports Variety.

"Battlestar Galactica" showrunner Ronald Moore previously penned a script for the project which was set in Disneyland at the time. The studio is now looking for a new scribe to develop the property which could showcase a number of high-profile Disney characters in an ensemble piece already drawing comparisons to Marvel's "The Avengers".

The project isn't considered a top priority, but is being closely watched and handled by all parties concerned. Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Mickey Mouse Returns to the Big Screen in Magic Kingdom Movie?

30 September 2010 5:27 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies are based on a theme park ride and so are the upcoming "The Haunted Mansion," "Tomorrowland" and "Jungle Cruise." But apparently the company ran out of rides to adapt, which is why it has announced that a movie based on the entire "Magic Kingdom" park is in the works. Ronald Moore ("Battlestar Galactica") already wrote the script based on his own pitch that resembles the "Night at the Museum" franchise. The initial idea took place inside Disneyland, but the studio is looking expand "Magic Kingdom" further and will soon hire a new writer. Disney is in no rush to develop the movie, but is seeking a potential platform to showcase their high-profile characters, including Mickey Mouse and friends. "Magic Kingdom" has been referred to as the studio's "Justice League" or "The Avengers," which means that Disney may need to develop stand-alone movies for the characters before bringing them together. »

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