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Among the 20 animated films that have qualified to be considered for an Academy Award nomination is the little film “Henry & Me,” a heartwarming story about a young Yankee fan battling a serious illness with the help of a magical friend that’s hoping to make it to the big leagues against some pretty heavy hitters.
The film has scored a voice acting Annie Award nomination for Cyndi Lauper, who has a small, but key role as a nurse. The animated pic boats a treasure trove of Yankees legends, bringing back to life such greats as Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Mickey, Mantle, Thurman Munson and Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, as well as living legends like Yogi Berra (still malapropping strong at 89) and Reggie Jackson, along with current members of the team.
Director Barrett Esposito talked with Variety about the making of the film, the more than 30 charities that are benefiting from it and its production challenges, »
- Terry Flores
Cuba-u.S. detente has nothing on the hotly competitive Shubert and Nederlander organizations. Broadway’s two biggest landlords are suddenly looking like Bff’s as co-producers on hoped-for blockbuster shows (not for the first time, it should be noted; in 1981 they famously co-produced The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, among others. But still…).
They’re teaming with Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and the Warner Music Group for the world premier of a new musical based on the 2003 Jack Black career-making comedy from Paramount. Currently, Shubert and Nederlander are co-producing the Sro Bradley Cooper-starring revival of The Elephant Man (at the Shubert-owned Booth Theatre).
Plans call for School Of Rock to cold-open on Broadway — no out-of-town tryout – at the Shuberts’ Winter Garden Theatre (following the limited run of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2, which begins a 15-week stand on March 20). Previews are to begin Monday, »
- Jeremy Gerard
At first blush, it might seem an odd pairing between veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, an artisan of the traditional hand-drawn style, and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (Atap), but their collaboration for Google’s Spotlight Stories initiative is a true “Duet,” marrying Keane’s traditional-style elegance with Atap’s mind-blowing interactivity.
The short film has already garnered an Annie Award nomination and it’s on the short list for an Academy Award nomination as well.
Keane himself was skeptical when the partnership was pitched to him. “When I first looked at the phone and saw how small the screen was, I thought this wasn’t going to be for me,” he recalls. “I realize now that I was wrong on that.”
The screen is pretty small — 5.2 inches on the Moto X and 4.5 inches on the Moto G 4G Lte — but for users of those phones, the film »
- Terry Flores
With the live, musical stage production of Peter Pan airing on NBC on Thursday, and the recent release of the trailer for the upcoming adventure drama Pan – a re-imagined live-action version of J.M. Barrie's classic tale – it seems that America is once again experiencing full-blown Peter Pandemonium.
And why not? It's fun for the whole family, right? On the surface, Peter Pan is about a young boy leading his friends on the adventure of a lifetime. Like most children's stories, it's a cherished morality tale that teaches kids a lesson while keeping them entertained.
Video: 8 Disney Characters You Forgot Were Voiced by Famous Stars
And, like most beloved children's stories, the familiar tale of Peter Pan is based on a book full of horrible murder and deeply traumatizing acts of depravity. Seriously, children's stories are messed up. To show you what we mean, here are seven beloved (Disney-adapted) tales of fun and adventure that are based »
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Good morning everyone, Manuel here bringing some news on the animation front.Hot off the heels of the announcement that Disney Animation and Pixar Studios were getting their own presidents (Andrew Millstein and Jim Morris, respectively), it seemed appropriate to check in on both studios:
2014 marked the first year since 2005 when we didn’t get a new Pixar release. And while there’s been talk of the seemingly unstoppable studio faltering (with talks of yet another project changing directorial hands) they’re revving up the marketing push for 2015’s Inside Out, the latest from Up’s Pete Docter. The film, which follows five emotions in the mind of a young girl definitely has a plot description worthy of classic Pixar films. The voice cast alone should get you excited as we'll get Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, Phyllis Smith as Sadness and more importantly: Amy Poehler as Joy! »
- Manuel Betancourt
Here are the details:
Action-Packed Western for Preschoolers Stars Mandy Moore as the Voice of Callie, a Calico Cat Sheriff Who Reinforces Good Morals, Manners and Social Ethics
Disney Junior has ordered a second season of "Sheriff Callie's Wild West," starring Mandy Moore (Disney's "Tangled") as the voice of Sheriff Callie. The action-packed Western series follows Callie, a Calico cat sheriff who keeps the peace in her frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners by ensuring that everyone abides by the rules of good morals, manners and social ethics. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice »
Zootopia is set to be released on November 3rd, 2016. The movie is being directed by Byron Howard (Tangled), and it follows a fast-talking fox who dreams of making it big. The two main characters in the film are Nick Wilde, who is a fox, and Lt. Judy Hopps, a rabbit. They begin as natural enemies, but eventually become friends, and possibly more by the end of the story. You can read more about the film here.
Moana will be released on November 23rd, 2016. This movie is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The story for this one is set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, and this is the plot summary:
“Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, »
- Joey Paur
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
You probably know the name Dan Fogelman. He's the Hollywood screenwriter behind such animated movies as "Cars," "Bolt," and "Tangled," but also family comedies like "Fred Claus," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," and “The Guilt Trip.” Like many screenwriters before him, Fogelman has made the leap to filmmaking. Originally titled “Imagine,” now known as “Danny Collins,” Fogelman's directorial debut follows an aging rock star who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. Al Pacino plays the titular Danny Collins, and the movie also stars Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer. Here’s the official synopsis: Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and »
- Edward Davis
In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, »
- Gary Collinson
With Big Hero 6 opening to big numbers in the Us over the weekend, the current winning strike of Walt Disney Animation Studios has continued. It's unlikely that Big Hero 6 will do Frozen numbers, but it's still set to be a big hit. And, to be fair, it's going to be a while before any animated film does Frozen numbers again.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, however, won't have a new film in cinemas in 2015, its first year without a new release since 2006. The studio has announced the dates for its next two features after Big Hero 6, and both of them are set to land in 2016.
Final Update Monday, 1:08Pm: As expected, Big Hero 6 cruised to the top of the box office weekend. Not so expected: Chris Nolan’s saga Interstellar fell short of $50M. Distrib Paramount insisted that the sci-fi genre and film’s record IMAX run would keep Sunday drops to a minimum and help the weekend become one of only four ever feature two moviesing open north of $50M. But it fell short.
Not an issue for BH6, which landed right within estimates and, given the dearth of family fare and its strong exits, should have a solid run into Thanksgiving. It’s exits are terrific, it’s got an A CinemaScore, and kids are notorious repeat viewers,.
But a standard Sunday fall for Interstellar kept the film from the $50M mark, or even Paramount’s Sunday estimates. Still, for a nearly three-hour film that’s scored solid exits and is »
- Scott Bowles and Anita Busch
Disney Animation Studios is on a roll with Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and now Big Hero 6, but they'll be sitting out 2015. The good news is that they have two films on tap for 2016: Zootopia and Moana. As we previously reported, Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016, and now Disney has announced that Moana is set for November 23, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more about both films. Zootopia will currently share its weekend with Tim Burton's Peregrine's Home for Peculiars while Moana has the Thanksgiving weekend all to itself, although it will still have to deal with the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be in its second week of release. It's been over a year since we heard anything about Zootopia, which will be directed by Tangled co-direct Byron Howard. Here's the brief official synopsis: In the animal city of Zootopia, »
- Matt Goldberg
Disney Animation just ruled the weekend thanks to Baymax and Big Hero 6, and now it is looking forward to 2016, setting dates for two animated films. On March 4, 2016, the studio will launch Zootopia, which takes place in a world full of anthropomorphic animals and is about a rabbit cop and a fox accused of a crime. At the D23 Expo in 2013, Disney revealed that Zootopia has neighborhoods like Tundratown, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta, and Burrowborough, and is hope to The Wall Street Gerbil. "One of the key concepts is if you squint at any frame of film you might think »
- Esther Zuckerman
What better way to celebrate the success of Big Hero 6 than to peg down the release dates for a pair of all-new IPs, right? Well, that’s exactly what Disney Animation Studios has done today, after the company dated two of its upcoming animated adventures, Zootopia and a maritime adventure known as Moana.
The former — which follows a quick witted fox in the titular animal city — will now release on March 4th, 2016, while the latter will set sail on November 23rd, 2016. Both animations will also be released in 3D.
While we’re still a ways away from seeing each film on the silver screen, we understand that Zootopia will be directed by Byron Howard (Tangled), with Jared Bush on script duties. Essentially, Disney’s first animation for 2016 will orbit around Nick Wilde (that aforementioned fast-talking fox) as he goes on the run after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. »
- Michael Briers
Moana was given a November 23, 2016 release date, which doesn't have any direct competition at this time, but it will come just five days before Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18, 2016.
Moana was first announced last month, which follows the title character, a teenager who goes on a quest to fulfill her ancestors' destiny. She teams up with her hero, a demi-god named Maui to explore the South Pacific. Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are attached to direct.
Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016, where it will go up against 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Disney first announced the project back in August 2013, which is set in the animal city Zootopia and »
On the heels of the successful opening on Big Hero 6, Disney Animation Studios announced 2016 release dates for two of its upcoming animated films, Zootopia and Moana. Zootopia, which follows a fast-talking fox who dreams of making it big will hit theaters on March 4, 2016 in 3D while Moana, centering on a Polynesian teen, will open on Nov. 23, 2016 in 3D. Tangled helmer Byron Howard is directing Zootopia film from a script by Jared Bush. The film is opening against Fox’s Ya adaptation Peregrine's Home for Peculiars. Directed by the filmmaking team of Ron Clements and
- Rebecca Ford
With Big Hero 6 going great guns at the American box office, it’s almost surprising to learn that Disney – or at least, Disney Feature Animation – is taking 2015 off (though the company is making room for two movies from sister studio Pixar). Still, 2016 promises not one but two films from the Mouse House’s team with the already announced Moana and now Zootopia.Admittedly, both films have technically been unveiled – news of Little Mermaid duo Ron Clements and John Musker working on Moana arrived late last month and Zootopia’s existence was announced back at last year’s D23 event. But now we know when they’ll be arriving, at least in the Us (UK dates for Disney ‘toons often tend to be set later: we won’t get Big Hero 6 until January 30).Zootopia, which comes from Tangled director Byron Howard, is described as a buddy-comedy-meets-conspiracy-thriller set in a world entirely populated by animals. »
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. The film hits theaters in »
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