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I really, really cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is anyone with me? Oh, all of you. We’re edging closer and closer to that December 18th release, and we’re hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to show us more online in the coming weeks. It looks like the company have something up their sleeves for the middle of August though, as a press release reveals that Disney plan to show off footage from Star Wars as well as their other upcoming properties including Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Pixar slate at their huge fan event, D23 Expo 2015.
Marvel didn’t pack for San Diego this year, and we not present at Comic-Con to present anything from their upcoming slate, or make any kind of announcements – so are they holding out for their parent company’s Expo? We certainly hope so.
- Paul Heath
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
Here's the »
- Gina Carbone
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
Disney has announced its full schedule for the D23 Expo, which is set to take place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will feature big upcoming releases such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana, along with much, much more.
Here’s the main presentations…
Friday, August 14, 3 p.m.—Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, »
- Gary Collinson
Wme has signed director Clay Kaytis.
Kaytis is the director of the upcoming Sony pic “The Angry Birds Movie,” based on the popular video game. The pic includes the voices of stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Hannibal Buress and Bill Hader and will be released May 20, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
Clay Kaytis, who is making his directorial debut on Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie, has signed with Wme. Kaytis was previously a head of animation at Disney with credits including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. Angry Birds stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Hannibal Buress and Bill Hader and opens May 20. The film is based on the global bestselling game app from Finnish computer game developer Rovio Entertainment. Angry Birds has spawned a… »
Zachary Levi is undoubtedly one of the busiest actor/producers in Hollywood right now. He’s hosting the pop trivia game show Geeks who Drink for Syfy, premiering on July 16th, he’s a part of the Heroes Reborn mini-series for NBC, debuting on September 24th, he’ll be doing a guest arc on Eva Longoria’s new comedy Hot and Bothered, and he’ll be returning to voice Flynn for the Tangled TV series on the Disney Channel in 2017. If all of that isn’t enough, he’s bringing NerdHQ back to San Diego, with a really cool assortment of celebrity panels and fun activities that will be held at the New Children’s Museum during Comic-Con, from July 9 - 12. And if you can’t make the trek to be there in person, never fear, as you can stream all of the “Conversations for a Cause” at IGN.com and TheNerdMachine. »
- Christina Radish
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Setting the table for the Teen Beach Movie follow-up on Friday, June 26 is a fresh episode of the recently renewed K.C. Undercover (airing at 7:30/6:30c), in which K.C. goes undercover as a college student to protect the President of The Organization’s daughter (played by Hart of Dixie‘s McKaley Miller).
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What “Tangled” and “Frozen” did for animated fairy tales, “Zootopia” aims to do for talking-animal toons — at least, that’s the take-away from Disney’s side-splitting Tuesday afternoon presentation at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival.
After an oddly timed walk-through of the creative thinking that went into “Frozen” from director Chris Buck (odd considering the fact the film opened more than 18 months earlier), followed by a screening of already-seen spinoff short “Frozen Fever” (which screened theatrically attached to “Cinderella” last spring), the Mouse House delighted the crowd with a forward-looking glimpse of its first-quarter 2016 release “Zootopia.”
Co-directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”) — who ran out on stage dressed in furry rabbit and fox costumes — the film recalls the anthropomorphic style of Disney’s 1973 hand-drawn “Robin Hood,” taking place in an elaborate society where humans don’t exist, but all the different creatures speak, wear clothes »
- Peter Debruge
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first teaser trailer from its animated feature “Zootopia” nine months before its March 4 release.
“Zootopia” is a civilization led by animals devoid of human interference, complete with habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown. The story follows Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) to crack a case.
The trailer promises that the film will be “like nothing you’ve seen be-fur.”
- Dave McNary
A world where humans never existed looks downright fun in Disney's first trailer for Zootropolis.
In this world without humans, animals have evolved to use technology, build cities and, of course, have disagreements among species.
Disney will release Zootropolis next spring. »
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city 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 (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) 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 (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters »
“Zootopia” will introduce audiences to a world where humans never existed, and animals act a lot like humans. In a new teaser trailer Walt Disney Animation Studios released on Thursday, audiences meet scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) and bunny Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin). We also meet a host of other animals who have evolved to stand on two feet and wear clothing over their fur. The family film is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”). Clark Spencer produced. »
- Kathy Zerbib
In the world of Zootopia, the latest from Walt Disney Animation, pesky humans never existed. Which means animals behave like "humans" (even though humans aren.t really a thing). This has good and bad ramifactions, as we learn in the first teaser trailer for Zootopia, next year.s animated Disney feature. Check it out right here. This isn.t so much a plot-heavy reel as it is a trailer meant to educate audiences on what they can expect from the usual world of Zootopia, an animated feature from co-directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and writer Jared Bush. The voice dominating the teaser belongs to Jason Bateman, who plays Nick Wilde. Though she doesn.t say anything, Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Judy Hopps, the fox.s "natural enemy." Expects sparks to fly. The comedy in Zootopia looks to go far beyond talking-animals-wearing-clothes, however. The key line of »
Yesterday brought our first image from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming Zootopia, and the studio has struck while the iron’s hot yet again to deliver the first teaser for the ambitious pic, which centers on a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, completely devoid of humans and getting along all the better for it.
Jason Bateman’s sly fox Nick Wilde narrates the teaser, which really just serves as an introduction to the titular paradise. It’s clear that Disney feels audiences will need a little time to wrap their heads around the idea of Zootopia, so they’re laying the groundwork early on. It’s a shame that some of the humor seems pretty silly (“like nothing you’ve seen be-fur”), but it’s far too early to really judge what tone the movie will strike.
In Zootopia, Wilde is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, leading »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney Animation is taking a break from releasing a new film this year as they have been having a hard time moving around the office, what with all the money from Frozen slowing production, not to mention the fact Pixar has not one, but two films coming out this year with Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. But Disney will be back next year, on March 4, 2016 with Zootopia, the story of a modern mammal metropolis and just reading that makes me think of Monsters, Inc. Today the first trailer for the upcoming animated film has arrived, introducing us to the concept behind the title. Zootopia is 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 »
- Brad Brevet
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