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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, »

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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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Lucasfilm's Animated Musical 'Strange Magic' Is Coming in 2015 (Photo)

11 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After years of development, Lucasfilm's animated musical "Strange Magic" finally has a release date.

The film, based on a story by none other than "Star Wars" mastermind and onetime Lucasfilm head George Lucas, is set for release on January 23, 2015. Per Variety, "Strange Magic" is "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."

And Lucas isn't the only big name attached to the project. The star-studded cast is stacked with Broadway and Hollywood heavyweights, including Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare, and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.

"Strange Magic" has actually been in production since Disney purchased Lucasfilm »

- Katie Roberts

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Pixar Sequels Draw Bigger Role in Company’s Future

7 November 2014 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In its 19-year history, Pixar Animation Studios has largely avoided making sequels — of the 14 films it’s released since 1995, only four feature the same characters in follow-ups.

Yet with Thursday’s announcement that Disney will release “Toy Story 4,” on June 16, 2017, Pixar now has four new sequels planned over the next several years as the Mouse House looks to add more heft to its record fiscal earnings.

In addition to a fourth “Toy Story,” the Emeryville,Ca.-based company has “Finding Dory,” “Cars 3″ and “The Incredibles 2″ in the works.

The first, “Finding Dory,” a sequel to the 2003 hit “Finding Nemo,” will be released on June 17, 2016. The next “Cars” and “Incredibles” are not yet dated, but Pixar already has planted its flag on Nov. 22, 2017, and June 15, 2018 for untitled pics.

It’s unclear whether Disney will move forward with another “Planes,” a spinoff of Pixar’s “Cars” franchise. DisneyToon Studios produced “Planes,” a »

- Marc Graser

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Pixar's The Good Dinosaur confirms Peter Sohn as director

21 October 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pixar has confirmed that Peter Sohn will direct The Good Dinosaur.

He will replace Bob Peterson as principal director on the animated film, Disney-Pixar has announced.

The movie was delayed last year from a 2014 to 2015 release after it was announced that Up co-director Peterson was stepping down from the project.

Sohn was formerly attached as co-director.

He previously worked as an animator on projects including Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Brave.

Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris will feature on the film's voice cast.

Our director Peter Sohn can't wait for you to meet Arlo! #TheGoodDinosaur releases in theaters November 2015.

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— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) October 20, 2014

It will be set in a world in which dinosaurs never became extinct and instead co-exist with mankind.

Details of the story are scarce, and it is believed to have been reworked extensively since Peterson's exit. »

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Fox Taps ‘Rio’ Director Carlos Saldanha for Sci-Fi Movie ‘Timeless’

13 October 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has hired veteran animation director Carlos Saldanha to helm sci-fi fantasy movie “Timeless” as a possible franchise starter.

The project, based on the upcoming three-book series from Armand Baltazar, will be a live-action CG adaptation. Producers are Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer of Scott Free Productions, Steve Tzirlin, Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment and Saldhana through his BottleCap Prods.

Scott Free senior VP Michael Pruss, who brought the project into the shingle,  will exec produce and oversee “Timeless.” Maresa Pullman, who oversees BottleCap, will also exec produce.

The book series, to be published by HarperCollins, occurs in Chicago after a “time collision” eliminates the barriers between the past, present and future. The story follows a boy and his friends who rescue his father from a Roman general.

Saldanha’s directing credits include the first three “Ice Age” films and the two “Rio” titles. He has a first-look deal at Fox. »

- Dave McNary

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Pixar Artist Nabs Three-Book Deal for New Children's Series (Exclusive)

8 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. A former Pixar artist may be writing Hollywood's next children's franchise. Armand Baltazar (CAA, Gernert Co., Energy), whose credits include Brave, has sold the three-book series Timeless to HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books (Divergent) for publication in fall 2016. Described as in the vein of Avatar and Harry Potter, the story centers on a boy — joined by a motley gang of friends — who is seeking to rescue his father from a Roman general after a "time collision" has thrown together

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- Andy Lewis

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Meet the female producers smashing Hollywood's glass ceiling

6 October 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »

- Nicole Sperling

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Pixar’s latest ‘Inside Out’ gets a teaser trailer

2 October 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Pixar has hit a rough patch as critical darlings with a handful of entries like Cars 2, Monsters University and Brave that failed to live up to the studio’s high standards. But their latest original story idea may be the boost they need. Inside Out is Pete Docter’s first film since 2009′s Up, and it’s a look inside the mind of a little girl at the personification of her emotions, Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger and Disgust. Docter developed the story from the perspective of a parent, and here’s hoping it’s a treat for parents and kids alike. The film has a more star studded cast than Pixar usually assembles, including Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. Inside Out releases June 19, 2015. Watch the trailer below.

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Watch the New 'Inside Out' Trailer With Pixar's Most Emotional Moments

2 October 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

To promote Inside Out, Pixar is calling in the big guns — namely, its own catalog. In a new teaser trailer for the 2015 film — directed by Pete Docter and set inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley — the studio relives the highs and lows of A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Up, Wall-e, Cars, Brave, Ratatouille and the Toy Story trilogy, only to ask, "Ever wonder where all those emotions really live?" The teaser then introduces the upcoming film's central characters: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust

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Watch: First Official Trailer for Pixar's 'Inside Out'

2 October 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Pixar has been on a rocky road as of late with Brave, Cars 2 and Monsters University all coming in well below the standards set for the studio that changed the way we look at animated movies over the last decade. Next year, however, they will attempt to right the ship with a new, original story in Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Up). The new film apparently takes us inside the human mind of a young girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer For Pixar's Ambitious 'Inside Out'

2 October 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's been a while since Pixar delivered something worth getting excited over. "Cars 2," "Brave" and "Monsters University" all varied in quality, but none come close to touching the animation studio's most revered work. But hopes are high for the upcoming "Inside Out," and the first trailer has arrived. Directed by Pete Docter ("Up," "Monsters Inc."), the movie boasts an interesting premise, taking place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). “In truth, Riley is not our main character; she is our setting,” Docter said earlier this year at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (via Variety). He added, “It’s based on a strong emotional experience I had watching my daughter grow up. There is something that is lost when you grow up.” Indeed, this will be one of the few movies that makes emotions actual characters, with Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Billy Connolly Opens up About Parkinson's and Losing Friend Robin Williams

23 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Billy Connolly has had to struggle with a lot over the last couple of years, with one week in particular, proving more challenging than most after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, deafness and prostate cancer, he told The Daily Mirror on Monday.  The larger-than-life Scottish comedian-turned-actor and star of BraveQuartetMrs. Brown and the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is currently promoting the dramedy What I Did On Our Holiday, which also stars David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, and will be released in the U.K. on Friday. Speaking to the Mirror, he was in a reflective mood about

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Good News Kids, Your Favorite 'Wire' Characters Are Coming to 'Finding Dory'

11 September 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

One of our most anticipated movies of 2016 is undoubtedly "Finding Dory," Pixar's sequel to their beloved underwater adventure "Finding Nemo" (which was released way back in 2003). While details on the animated movie are scarce (we were at a party with the producer a few months ago and couldn't even squeeze anything out of her), it obviously concerns Dory, the forgetful fish played by Ellen DeGeneres and features returning cast members Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe (and, as revealed at D23 last year, Ty Burrell plays a Beluga whale). But some new casting news has dropped, and it should make all those little kids who are fans of cultish HBO series very happy.

Dominic West, who played the hardened, alcoholic detective McNulty on the freakishly adored HBO series "The Wire" recently revealed to The Shortlist (via Film Divider) that both he and Idris Elba, who played ruthless gang enforcer Stringer Bell, »

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' DVD and Blu-ray Releases November 11

29 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014's highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award nominated film released in 2010, is "sensational...an instant animated classic, »

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

29 August 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

One of the best animated films in the Summer is coming home to blu-ray this November, 20th Century Fox has just revealed.  If you loved How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which it seems just about everyone did), and have been anxiously awaiting your chance to see it again, now you know when to makr your calendars.  Come inside to find out when you can own this movie and what special features will be included!

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking »

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