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NBC Hopes ‘Peter Pan Live’ Can Fly to New Heights

26 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a beautiful, busy afternoon in Neverland. The emerald-green fiberglass lagoon is glistening. The synthetic rosebush trees are in full bloom, and the scent of freshly cut lumber wafts through Stage 1 at Grumman Studios on Long Island.

It’s only been a day since the company mounting NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” musical moved onto the stages in Bethpage, N.Y., where the live telecast will originate on Dec. 4. With three weeks until showtime for this one-night-only affair, crew members are swarming the elaborate sets, pounding nails into the Jolly -Roger, re-arranging the furniture in the Darlings’ London house and adding decorative touches to the Lost Boys’ hideout.

Even in this nascent state, there’s an air of audacity to the undertaking that is energizing to all involved. On a site where Grumman Corp. once built airplanes and fighter jets, Peter Pan is poised to take flight in a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Paddington movie review: please look in on this movie, thank you

26 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about CGI creepiness

I have read the source material (and I am indifferent about it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So, a small brown illegal immigrant — he doesn’t even have a passport — sneaks over the border into the United Kingdom… and is instantly welcomed into the home of a quintessentially English family in London, complete with a kooky elderly kinswoman of unspecified relation and a house that is the epitome of storybook chic.

And it is adorable.

Adorable.

Paddington is, in fact, so cute and witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky and positively downright altruistic that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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George Lucas's Strange Magic: First full trailer shows magical conflict

23 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A full trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm's Strange Magic has been released.

The clip was published by Yahoo Movies and offers the first real look at the long-anticipated animation.

The "madcap fairy tale musical" sees magical creatures including goblins, elves and fairies embarking on an epic battle over a powerful enchanted potion against a soundtrack of popular songs from the last 60 years.

The Gary Rydstrom-directed film is inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and written by Rydstrom, Elf's David Berenbaum and Brave's Irene Mecchi.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio and Elijah Kelley.

Strange Magic is released on January 23, 2015 in the Us and on February 11 in the UK. »

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‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale

21 November 2014 11:23 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The first trailer has dropped for Lucasfilm’s next project, animated fairy tale Strange Magic. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps collide, sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio provide the voices and Gary Rydstrom directs and co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf),and Irene Mecchi (Brave) based on a story by George Lucas. Strange Magic will be released January 23 via Touchstone Pictures.

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- The Deadline Team

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Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Trailer is Silliness & Pop Tunes

21 November 2014 9:42 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just over a week ago, we were all surprised to learn of the existence of a new animated movie from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic that Disney was going to release through their Touchstone Pictures banner in January. Now the first trailer has arrived to show us why this film is getting a hasty, last minute promotional push and release. If "from the mind of George Lucas" isn't enough to turn you off in this day and age, the trailer should do it. This looks like a comedic version of Epic (which already wasn't a good animated movie) chock full of pop song covers. This just looks terrible and devoid of any charm. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Gary Rydstrom's Strange Magic, originally from Yahoo: Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (of the Pixar shorts Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation and Lifted) from a screenplay he wrote with »

- Ethan Anderton

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Emma Thompson To Receive The Richard Harris Award At 2014 ‘BIFAs’

19 November 2014 2:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.

The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.

Here’s the full release.

London, Wednesday 19th November – The recipient of The Richard Harris Award was announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards.

Emma Thompson will receive The Richard Harris Award at the ceremony on Sunday 7th December at Old Billingsgate. »

- Paul Heath

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First Look At George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'

12 November 2014 1:20 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

George Lucas' Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures next January. The animated comedy is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The film feature popular songs from the past six decades. This will be the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

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 Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom. 

Strange Magic will be voiced by Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC »

- Laura Frances

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New George Lucas movie gets January 2015 release

11 November 2014 11:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Strange Magic, an animated film conceived by George Lucas, is set for release in two months' time...

Now here's a surprise. It's been known for a while that Lucasfilm had been working on an animated movie, but little had been heard from it for some time. As it turns out though, said movie is done, and Disney has earmarked it for release - under its Touchstone Pictures banner - on January 23rd 2015.

The film is called Strange Magic, and the story for it has come directly from George Lucas. He also serves as executive producer on the film. It's directed by Gary Rydstrom, who's worked on the sound of several Lucas productions in the past, and more recently has been at Pixar. Whilst at Pixar, Rydstrom directed the short film Lifted, and also Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. He was set to direct a full length feature, Newt, but Pixar »

- simonbrew

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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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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Digital Release Review

11 November 2014 2:59 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Digital Release Review

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise put together a fair stock of extended content before it even got to the sequel, and the second film, while not quite as solid as the first, avoids the usual pitfalls of sequels, and delivers all the fun and adventure viewers are after.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens with an introduction to the new world Hiccup’s village has become, what with dragons now a part of daily life. Before long, Hiccup gets a surprise he never would have thought possible, he meets an unknown dragon rider. This leads to some wondrous encounters, and some unnerving ones, but ultimately Hiccup learns that the mystery rider is his mother. Of course, this sets the stage for the film to follow in the footsteps of the first, shifting the undercurrent of emotional play from »

- Marc Eastman

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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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Strange Magic: First look at George Lucas, Disney animated adventure

11 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first image from upcoming animated movie Strange Magic.

Executive produced by George Lucas, the film was in production when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.

Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Strange Magic has been described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" which will feature popular songs from the last 60 years, as goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a great battle for a powerful potion.

Directed by Gary Rydstrom, the picture offers a first look at the Bog King, Griselda and Marianne, voiced by Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood respectively.

The voice cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.

Rydstrom co-wrote the film's script alongside Elf's David Berenbaum and Brave's Irene Mecchi.

Released through Touchstone Pictures, Strange Magic will hit cinemas on January 23, 2015. »

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Disney, Lucasfilm announce 'Strange Magic,' an animated musical from 'Star Wars 7' sound mixer

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A year after the industry-rattling announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had acquired LucasFilm and planned on moving forward with hew "Star Wars" movies, there were vague reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer Gary Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Further digging revealed that the project may have been in the works since 2010. Without Disney or LucasFilm confirmations, the project was filed under rumors and left alone. Now, the joint companies have unearthed the long-gestating project on their own. "Strange Magic" will suddenly arrive in January 2015. In an official press release, Disney describes the feature cartoon as "a madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Pop songs plucked from "the last six decades" will 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." Which »

- Matt Patches

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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 'Strange Magic' due out in 2015

11 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

An animated musical inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream with a story from George Lucas is headed to theaters this coming January, Disney announced Tuesday.  Touchstone Pictures will release Lucasfilm's Strange Magic Jan. 23, 2015. The film's musical qualities are Moulin Rouge-like, as it features pop songs from the "past six decades," and features the voices of some musical theater heavyweights like Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Evan Rachel Wood, Maya Rudolph, and Alfred Molina are among the others in the cast. Though Lucas conceived the story, the movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom, who wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum of Elf and Irene Mecchi, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Touchstone to Release Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic'

11 November 2014 9:50 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Move over, Luke Skywalker. It turns out that the first Lucasfilm movie to be released under the auspices of parent company Disney won’t be Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but a far-less-known animated musical written by George Lucas himself. Lucasfilm announced Tuesday that Touchstone Pictures will be releasing Strange Magic, a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic. The movie, directed by Gary Rydstrom from a story by Lucas and screenplay by Elf’s David Berenbaum, Brave’s Irene Mecchi and Rydstrom, is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and features “popular songs from the past six

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- Graeme McMillan

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‘Strange Magic’ Conjures January Release For Lucasfilm Animated Pic

11 November 2014 9:35 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

We can put the web rumors to rest. There was buzz that this film was going to be Frozen 2, but it’s clearly not. Disney has slotted January 23 for the release of Lucasfilm’s new animated pic Strange Magic. Described as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Strange Magic will be released via Touchstone Pictures. Helped by popular songs from the past six decades, it tells a story of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

All-star voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio. Gary Rydstrom directs a story by George Lucas. Rydstrom also co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf),and Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King). Mark S. Miller is producing and Lucas is executive producing. Right now Strange Magic »

- The Deadline Team

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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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Surprise! George Lucas Wrote A Disney Animated Movie Called ‘Strange Magic’ & It Comes Out January 2015

11 November 2014 9:26 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Surprise! George Lucas may have washed his hands clean of the “Star Wars” franchise (some will say “thank Christ!”), but that doesn’t mean the filmmaker is sitting on his hands. Evidently he’s been quietly making a movie all this time —or at least he’s written one. It’s a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. called “Strange Magic.” Touchstone Pictures will release the film on January 23, 2015, and it's a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” According to a press release, “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.” But mostly it’s wild that this picture is coming out so soon and no one really knew a thing about it. It’s interesting to note this was yet »

- The Playlist Staff

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