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The Av Club reports that Masi Oka will reprise his fan-favourite role of Hiro Nakamura for this year's Heroes: Reborn. The time-travelling, teleporting geek Hiro played a key role throughout all four seasons of Heroes' original run from 2006 to 2010, so it's only fitting that he should return for the show's upcoming 13-episode limited-run series revival.
The dynamic between Hiro and his (mostly non-superpowered) best friend Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee) was hilarious, lending the show a much-needed humorous side to balance out the gripping arc-based storytelling drama. Not only that, but their friendship also provided some added emotional resonance. So hopefully James Kyson Lee will also return to complete the double act.
Hiro's relationships with some of the other characters also made for some brilliant storylines. For instance, there's his awkward, doomed romance with the adorable waitress Charlene 'Charlie' Andrews (Jayma Mays), continued in the amazing spin-off novel »
Chicago – Dan Fogelman is a familiar behind-the-scenes creator, having wrote scripts and screenplays for “Cars,” “Fred Claus,” “Tangled,” “The Guilt Trip” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” He takes on his first directorial effort, the story of “Danny Collins,” a faded rock star who finds redemption through a lost letter from John Lennon.
“Danny Collins” stars Al Pacino as the title character, who goes on a journey to find his estranged son, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale. The all-star cast includes Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer, and highlights the process of re-engineering a life that has drifted the wrong way. Dan Fogelman wrote the screenplay inspired by a true story (the background of which is below), and got the opportunity to direct his script.
Photo credit: Bleecker Street Media
Fogelman grew up in New Jersey – where “Danny Collins »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
When Disney Imagineers were looking for a place to base the fictional land of Corona on in “Tangled,” they settled on the French monastery of Mont Saint-Michel. Designer Laurent Ben-Mimoun, who worked on “Tangled,” was interviewed by Animated News about the castle Rapunzel grew up in. The idea was for Glen (Keene) to have a renaissance castle on an island, reminiscent of Mont St Michel in Normandy, France. Emulating the style of the “peinture galante” (by Fragonard) was the art direction. That was my brief and from there, I designed the castle and its surroundings. And while the Mont Saint-Michel and the house seat of the Corona monarch share plenty of distinctive characteristics, the “tide of the century” has rendered them virtual twins. Normally, Mont Saint-Michel is connected to the mainland via a sandy beach during low tide, with a bridge for access during high tide. But the recent supermoon »
- Donna Dickens
Dan Fogelman had built a praiseworthy list of writing credits with such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” But that didn’t bring the world clamoring to finance what he hoped would be his directorial debut — a dramedy about an over-the-hill rock star who rediscovers his soul.
The sound of doors slamming shut might have become deafening had his script not fallen into the hands of an ambitious recent film school graduate named Shivani Rawat.
With the financial backing of her godfather, 5-Hour Energy drink magnate Manoj Bhargava, Rawat turned Fogelman’s passion project, “Danny Collins,” from a might-have-been into a bigscreen reality. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Christopher Plummer, it debuts in New York and Los Angeles on March 20.
- James Rainey
Dan in Real Life: Fogelman’s Sugary Directorial Debut Hobbles its Own Charms
Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman makes a high profile directorial debut with Danny Collins, nabbing a handful of high profile names to lead his glossy family issue drama wrapped in melodramatic showbiz antics. When he’s not writing directly for children and family friendly audiences (Cars; Bolt; Tangled), Fogelman’s screenplays are often gilded with jejunish countenances (The Guilt Trip; Last Vegas), the types of outrageous yet uncomplicated cinematic fabrications that hail from some medicated hinterland beyond the realm of mere escapism. His first stint as a director finds him returning to this hypertrophic mode of drama wherein potentially insurmountable life tragedies get mushed together to equal one big positive, though kernels of authentic emotions sometimes shine through the contrivances.
Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star currently touring with another greatest hits album. »
- Nicholas Bell
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 has become the #1 animated title of 2014 with more than $620 million globally. The film, which has earned $221 million domestically, also surpasses $400 million at the international box office this weekend.
Big Hero 6 continues to perform strongly in China, where it opened Feb. 28 and has brought in over $51 million, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release ever from Disney or Pixar. In Japan, it has earned more than $75 million and is the second highest grossing Disney animated release ever. It’s the second biggest Disney or Pixar animated movie ever released in Korea and Russia, and it’s the biggest animated release of all time in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.
- Michelle McCue
We’ve known for a while that Disney’s next two animated titles are Zootopia and Moana, but that’s all about to change. Okay, so not completely, but Zootopia is undergoing a bit of a name transformation, arriving in the UK next year as Zootropolis.So why the shift? It’s not some Avengers-style alteration to avoid comparisons with some previous movie or TV show… Except… Could it be the possibility of confusion with U2's Zooropa album? Not according to Disney’s first statement on the matter, at least: “In the UK we decided to change the title to Zootropolis to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences,” a spokesperson told Screen International. The film itself remains unchanged. Zootropolis comes from Tangled director Byron Howard and is described as a buddy-comedy-meets-conspiracy-thriller set in a world entirely populated by animals. Our main »
Walt Disney Animation Studios also reveals UK release date.
Zootopia, the next feature to be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios, has been renamed Zootropolis for its UK release.
A spokesman for Disney explained: “In the UK we decided to change the Us title (Zootopia) to Zootropolis to merely allow the film to have a unique title that works for UK audiences.”
Disney also revealed that the animated feature will receive its UK theatrical release on March 25, 2016. It is set for Us release on March 4, 2016.
The film is based in the animal city of Zootopia, where optimistic new police officer Judy Hopps discovers that being the first rabbit on a force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.
Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.
The comedy adventure is directed by Byron Howard ([link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
That Big Hero 6 sequel still seems a safe bet to us, as the first hint of a new project is dropped.
For the second year running, Walt Disney Animation Studios scored Oscar gold for one of its films, as Big Hero 6 followed in Frozen's footsteps to scoop up some gongage. The movie, directed by Chris Williams and Don Hall, was based loosely on a Marvel comic book series, and even before Big Hero 6 was released, there was talk of a sequel.
Nobody's been in a rush to quash those rumours either, with the assorted creative people behind the film playing a straight bat to questions that came up during the press tour for the movie. Yet as the movie has now become Walt Disney Animation Studio's third biggest grossing film to date, the sequel talk continues.
One of the voice stars of the film, Genesis Rodriguez, »
We’ve got an early look into Disney’s next animation Zootropolis, which is currently in the first(ish) stages of production as this is the very first concept art to be seen!
We’re being told that Zootropolis is a modern mammal metropolis with many major mspecies [sic] with habitat neighbourhoods from Sahara Square to Tundratown, basically it’s a melting pot where you can try to be anything you want. But here’s the official lowdown:
When optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.
- Dan Bullock
Since unveiling Zootopia alongside its upcoming maritime adventure, Moana, Disney has remained awfully quiet regarding the former animation. All we know is that each film has been scheduled for a release in 2016, and that the animal-centric tale will be helmed by Tangled director Byron Howard. But today, the illustrious studio unveiled a single piece of concept art for Zootopia that draws attention to the titular city.
Orbiting around a devious fox called Nick Wilde, Howard’s anticipated feature will see the quick witted vulpini forced to go on the run after he is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. A manhunt spearheaded by the wonderfully named bunny police officer, Lt. Judy Hops, is soon drawn up, though it isn’t long before the pair find themselves unlikely allies when a conspiracy puts both of their lives at risk.
All of this will be set within a world where humans never existed, »
- Michael Briers
Next year, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut two very unique new adventures, with the animal-centric Zootopia hitting on March 4 and the Polynesian Princess fairytale Moana opening November 23rd. Today, Disney invites us into Zootopia with a beautiful piece of concept art that shows off this unique city unto itself. The comedy teams Bolt and Tangled director Byron Howard with Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore, with Jared Bush co-directing.
Zootopia is a modern mammal metropolis like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together, a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy.
Determined to prove herself, she »
A not so very long time ago, in this galaxy, in those geeky communities where the card-carrying members of the geek clubs congregate, a trailer was making its rounds for a certain short film. Entitled The Portal,” it starred Tahmoh Penikett (of Supernatural and Battlestar Galactica fame, thus upping the geek factor some more) and promised an intriguing premise: the dimension-travelling wizard Alar (played by the aforementioned Penikett) accidentally ends up in our magic-less, technology-full world, and attempts to navigate it. Hilarity, naturally, ensues. Fans watched the trailer, shared, liked, commented, and demanded, when do we get to see the damn thing?
Tempers grew. Frustrated keysmashes occurred. The question was repeated again and again. Supernatural aired some more episodes with Penikett, and everyone wanted to see the charming and adorably clueless Alar battle »
The trailer for ‘Frozen Fever’ is now available. The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon Frozen can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13, 2015. In ‘Frozen Fever,’ it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk. · Walt Disney Animation Studios? 2013 feature film ‘Frozen’ won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with ‘Let It Go’) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, ‘Frozen’ posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios biggest opening ever. The »
- Josh Abraham
As we get older, certain knowledge vacates our brains like cereal pouring out of a box. I can’t remember any formulas from geometry class and I’m not 100-percent certain of my own state bird, but, dammit, I know my Disney characters. We all do. But do we really? We know every word from “Part of Your World” and “Hakuna Matata,” but do we know the performers behind the doe-eyed animated stars? Now, you can say you do. We all know the big stars, like that Mandy Moore was Rapunzel in Tangled or that Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell star in Frozen, but that’s just the tip of the Disney iceberg. Let’s take a peek behind the cartoon curtain and check out the real performers who brought our favorite Disney characters to life.
Ariel, The Little Mermaid
While her appearance is modeled after none other than Alyssa Milano, »
- Courtney Enlow
Disney made their Marvel Comics animated feature Big Hero 6 with the knowledge that it would likely be an automatic hit. With their string of non-Pixar hits like Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, and Tangled, Disney has several burgeoning franchises on their hands. So, when will any of those movies be getting a sequel? In regards to Big Hero 6, don't hold your breath. Speaking with Creative Screenwriting about their Oscar-nominated hit, Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams spoke about »
- Alex Maidy
Do you believe in fairies?
Well, you should. The world of fairies, led by Neverland's spritely pixie Tinker Bell, has been dramatized over a half-dozen animated films from the talented folks at DisneyToon Studios. And they keep getting better and better. The latest (and best) is "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast," which sees Tink's confederate Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin from ABC's "Once Upon a Time") befriending a potentially fearsome creature called the NeverBeast. It's cute and heartwarming and really, really fun. (Yes, it might even tug on your heartstrings.)
The movie comes out on home video platforms on March 3rd, and to celebrate we have an exclusive clip from the movie, along with our chat with Goodwin, who turned out to be the biggest Disney geek around.
In the clip, Fawn explains to the other fairies (including Tinker Bell) about the NeverBeast, including the prophecy that »
- Drew Taylor
Kinology has sold the toonpic to Switzerland (Praesens), Freeman (Eastern Europe/except Poland), Greece (Odeon) and Portugal (Cine Mundo). “Mune” previously sold to Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).
A U.S. studio is reportedly circling “Mune” to take on various territories, including North America.
“Mune” will have its North American premiere at the Gkids’ New York Intl. Film Festival in March.
Set in an imaginary universe where the sun and the moon must be protected by guardians, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ahead of its release alongside Disney’s live-action Cinderella, Disney have revealed the first few images from the seven-minute Frozen sequel, Frozen Fever. For fans, these prove to be quite telling stuff.
Look at the first image, for example, with Elsa’s magic at work creating not snow, but flowers. Or at least that’s how it looks from a still picture which, of course, isn’t the best way to judge animation. She might have been casting snow magic on some petals for all we know, unlikely as it sounds.
Also note the sunflower motif on Anna’s dress, because you’ll be seeing more of that in the other images.
It might be Anna’s party – as the sunflowers everywhere will tell you – but Elsa’s personal shade of blue is all pervasive.
Even Anna’s birthday cake is in her sister’s signature colour. At least they »
- Brendon Connelly
It may be hard to believe but, we here at BollySpice, do watch other shows created outside of our beloved Bollywood and we recently came across a fabulous show on ABC. For the last 4 weeks, audiences have been treated to the madcap, medieval, magical, musical comedy adventure Galavant. The hysterically funny, fall off your chair show was a big hit! Created by Dan Fogelman, the series featured music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The incredible eclectic cast included Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Karen David as Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia, Luke Youngblood as Sid, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena and Timothy Omundson as King Richard. The show also boasted guest spots by stars like John Stamos, Hugh Bonneville, ”Weird Al” Yankovic, Ricky Gervais, and Rutger Hauer.
To truly give you the feel and flavor of Galavant you can check out videos and watch episodes here. »
- Stacey Yount
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