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Trailer For Lucasfilm's Strange Magic

21 November 2014 12:53 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Considering George Lucas' name is attached, it is a surprise that Strange Magic was able to sneak under everybody's radar, but sneak it did, with the animated fairy tale hitting the big screen next year. Lucas provides the story, while Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic (who were the minds behind Rango) deliver some extremely pretty visuals for this magical tale, inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', that makes great use of popular songs from the last six decades. Check out the trailer below. Featuring the voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, Peter Stormare, and Alfred Molina, Strange Magic reaches the U.S. on January 23rd, and Ireland and the U.K. on February 11th. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Goblins, Elves And Fairies Dominate First Trailer For Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic

21 November 2014 12:24 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

George Lucas might have sold off Lucasfilm for a hefty $4 billion, but that doesn’t mean his creative output has ceased. Prior to unloading Lucasfilm onto Disney, the iconic filmmaker had begun work on an animated musical feature loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Touted to be a “madcap fairy tale,” Strange Magic was only very recently revealed to the world. With its release date coming up fast, the first trailer has now dropped, courtesy of Yahoo!

For his first full-length feature, Oscar-winning director Gary Rydstrom has assembled a starry cast to provide vocal talents for his crew of goblins, elves and fairies. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull and Elijah Kelley all make ‘appearances’ in this first preview.

Taking a glance at this first footage, the Shrek-inspired vibe suggests it’s being aimed at a younger market. »

- Gem Seddon

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Watch The First Trailer For George Lucas’s Strange Magic

21 November 2014 10:33 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s your first look at the trailer for Touchstone Pictures’ Strange Magic.

Starring the voice cast of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter StormareStrange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. The upcoming movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas. The screenplay is by David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, and Gary Rydstrom.

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- Michelle McCue

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'Strange Magic' Trailer from Creator George Lucas and Disney

21 November 2014 9:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney has released the first trailer for Lucasfilm's animated fantasy adventure Strange Magic, which comes from the same team behind the 2011 Academy Award-winning film Rango.

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation," "Lifted") from a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.&#160Take a look at the first footage, along with the just released photo gallery.

Strange Magic: Movie Pictures Gallery

Strange Magic comes to theaters January 23rd, »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: First Trailer for 'Strange Magic', New Animated Movie from Lucasfilm

21 November 2014 9:09 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Disney has premiered the first trailer and a few new pictures from the out-of-nowhere animated film Strange Magic, which comes from a story by George Lucas described as a "madcap fairy tale musical inspired by 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award®-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. I can't say I'm all that interested in this, but I have found my interest »

- Brad Brevet

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Disney and Lucasfilm Team Up Brings You Strange Magic

11 November 2014 5:48 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney and Lucasfilms are teaming up to bring us a new film called Strange Magic.  Check out the details.

You heard right, Disney is working with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself for the animated film Strange Magic.

Set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015 Lucas has writen the film and Gary Rydstrom will direct.

Check out the details from the Press Release:

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.  “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Mike Petty)

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Lucasfilm Announces Animation Strange Magic For This January

11 November 2014 3:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Well, that was unexpected. Today, Lucasfilm announced that it will be bringing us an animated film titled Strange Magic in just three short months. Touchstone Pictures will be releasing the project, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” into theaters on January 23rd, 2015.

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and Elijah Kelley all lend their voices to the film, playing magical creatures such as goblins, elves, fairies and imps who come to blows over a magic potion. Musical interludes help to tell the story, with Strange Magic incorporating “popular songs from the past six decades.”

Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Oscar winner for his work as a sound designer on films as diverse as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will direct from an original idea by George Lucas. Rydstrom’s experience isn’t limited to sound work – he also helmed Oscar-nominated, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic Gets A January 23, 2015 Release Date

11 November 2014 12:08 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Strange Magic © & Tm 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s your first look at the new animated film Strange Magic.

Walt Disney Studios announced today that the movie, from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.

The film is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S . Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, »

- Michelle McCue

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Lucasfilm Announces "Strange Magic"

11 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lucasfilm and Touchstone Pictures have announced a January 23rd 2015 release date for the Gary Rydstrom-directed animated feature "Strange Magic". The project is described as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Popular songs from the past six decades are weaved into this comedic tale of magical creatures - including goblins, elves, fairies and imps - who become caught up in misadventures due to a powerful potion.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. Marius de Vries ("Moulin Rouge") serves as the film's musical director and composer.

George Lucas penned the story and will executive produce, whilst Rydstrom, David Berenbaum and Irene Mecchi worked on the script. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Ilm, which previously worked on 2011's "Rango," are handling the animation.

The project comes as a surprise. »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney Announces George Lucas Animated Musical 'Strange Magic'

11 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney announced today that George Lucas has secretly been working on an animated musical for release early next year. Strange Magic is a new film from Lucasfilm Ltd. that will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.&#160

Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.&#160

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore&#160and&#160Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award&#174-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom ("Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation," "Lifted"), produced by Mark S. Miller&#160(associate producer "Mars Attacks!")&#160and executive produced by George Lucas, »

- MovieWeb

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Lucasfilm’s Animated Movie Strange Magic Gets January 2015 Release; Story by George Lucas Inspired by A Midsummer Night’S Dream

11 November 2014 9:39 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week, we reported that Disney had registered the domain name "Strange Magic".  There was speculation that the name could relate to Frozen since the phrase is used twice in the hit film.  However, it turns out that Strange Magic has nothing to do with Frozen, is coming very soon, and has a surprising author. Disney has announced that Strange Magic is set to open on January 23, 2015.  The animated fairy tale musical comes from a story by George Lucas and is inspired by William Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream.  The movie will use "popular songs from the past six decades" and features animation by Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, the latter having worked on Rango.  Hit the jump for more including the first Strange Magic image.  The movie features the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Disney Dates Lucasfilm’s Animated ‘Strange Magic’ for January 2015

11 November 2014 9:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney will release Lucasfilm’s animated feature “Strange Magic” on Jan. 23, 2015.

The toon, based on a story by George Lucas, was in production when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. It will be released through the Touchstone Pictures banner, used by Disney to distribute DreamWorks Pictures’ films.

Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,”), “Strange Magic” is described as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with popular songs from the past six decades used to help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull provide the voices for the characters.

Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer. »

- Marc Graser

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Studio 8 Hires Four, Including CFO, Production And Visual Effects Execs

28 October 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Studio 8 is quickly ramping up, hiring four more executives in both finance and production as it prepares its production slate that will see two movies the first year, four in the second and six in each of the next three, with budgets ranging from $45 million to $100 million-plus. Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov said last month that he had planned to hire 14-16 people and is making good on that word. The newest hires include Shaun Williams as his Chief Financial Officer. Williams previously worked at Gk Films where he oversaw day-to-day operations as Svp of Finance. The executive had been involved with Studio 8 since its beginnings when they began developing the overall business plan. He helped to structure the corporate credit facility.

Robinov and his new media company is backed by Shanghai-based China’s Fosun Group which also officially set up shop with Sony. Fosun is the largest privately-owned conglomerate in mainland China. »

- Anita Busch

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The Book Of Life (2014) – The Review

16 October 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is »

- Jim Batts

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This Guy Went to Comic Con Dressed as Multiple Johnny Depp Characters

14 October 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Half the fun of attending Comic Con - either the New York or San Diego iteration - is the cosplayers. Whether elaborately, cleverly or just plain ol' hilariously costumed, cosplayers are the beating heart and soul of comic conventions. And this attendee has taken the art to new levels, as this picture (circulated on social media earlier today - New York Comic Con wrapped up Sunday) shows. This man took it upon himself to dress as characters from multiple Johnny Depp films, a postmodern experiment in actor worship that we can describe as pretty cool. In no particular order, this »

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Verbinski, Carell align for paranoid thriller

7 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gore Verbinski will direct Steve Carell in the untitled project for New Regency, the La-based producer-financier riding high on the number one release of Gone Girl last weekend.

The project is the first in a multi-year deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink New Regency and will commence production in March 2015.

Steve Conrad of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty fame is writing the screenplay.

Following this, Verbinski will shoot two back-to-back projects for New Regency: the elevated horror A Cure For Wellness written by Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe and Conrad’s action-comedy Passengers (working title).

New Regency’s dark comedy and recent Venice Film festival opener Birdman from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu will open through Fox Searchlight on October 17.

Iñárritu is currently in production for New Regency on the revenge Western The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, scheduled to open in limited release through  Fox on December 25, 2015.

Verbinski’s credits include the first three Pirates »

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Steve Carell Joins Paranoid Thriller for Gore Verbinski

7 October 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Steve Carell has been garnering a lot of attention for his performance in Foxcatcher as of late, which will be released November 14. And while he does have a role in this weekend's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, he has been branching out from his comedy background into more dramatic material. I particularly loved The Way, Way Back, which, yes, has comedy, but not really in Carell's character. He is a very talented actor, and I am glad he is stretching himself artistically. I will always admire someone for taking a chance. In his continued quest to branch out, director Gore Verbinski has tapped Carell for his upcoming untitled paranoid thriller, which is set to start production in March. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I am not particularly excited about seeing him in a Verbinski movie, mainly because I am not excited to see a Verbinski movie. »

- Mike Shutt

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Steve Carell to Star in Thriller Directed by Gore Verbinski

7 October 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gore Verbinski will direct a paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell with shooting starting in March for New Regency.

The untitled film is the first in a multi-year deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink and New Regency. Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) is writing the screenplay.

Once he’s completed the Carell project, Verbinski will shoot back-to-back projects for New Regency: horror film “A Cure For Wellness,” written by Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road”) and the tentatively titled action-comedy “Passengers,” written by Conrad.

Verbinski’s credits include “Rango,” the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Ring” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Carell will be seen next in “Foxcatcher.”

New Regency is currently in production on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s western “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, scheduled for release around Christmas 2015 through Fox. New Regency’s “Gone Girl” opened last weekend through Fox and topped the box office. »

- Dave McNary

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Gore Verbinski to Next Direct Steve Carell in Paranoid Thriller; Lines Up Two More Projects

7 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Filmmaker Gore Verbinski is coming back with a vengeance.  After helming the massively popular Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy with a swell mix of elegance and goofiness, the director took his talents to the animated world with the fantastic Rango.  Most recently, however, Verbinski helmed the poorly received and very expensive The Lone Ranger.  As a fan of the filmmaker I was still eager to see what he would do next, and now Verbinski is lining up his next three projects.  He will first helm an untitled paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell, and then plans to shoot the horror thriller A Cure for Wellness and the action comedy Passengers back-to-back.  More after the jump. The folks over at Deadline report that Verbinski has signed on to helm Carell in an untitled paranoid thriller for New Regency, with production scheduled to begin in March.  Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) penned the screenplay, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Steve Carell And Gore Verbinski Team For Paranoid Thriller At New Regency

7 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Gore Verbinski will direct Steve Carell in an untitled paranoid thriller that New Regency will put in production in March. It’s the first project in the multiyear deal between Blind Wink and New Regency, and several others will follow in quick succession. The script was written by Steve Conrad, whose credits include The Pursuit Of Happyness and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. The plan is for Verbinski to follow this one by shooting back-to-back projects for New Regency. Those films will be A Cure For Wellness, an elevated horror film written by Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe, and Passengers. The latter is the working title for a large-scale action comedy also scripted by Conrad.

Verbinski, who signed the deal in April, is coming off The Lone Ranger and before that the Oscar-winning Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. New Regency, relaunched by Arnon Milchan »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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