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7 alternative Disney Princesses from Star Wars, Pretty Woman and more

27 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.

Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.

Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...

1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)

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Exclusive Interview: Alan Tudyk Talks ‘Con Man’ And ‘Firefly’

25 March 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It is a well-known fact here at Thn that I’m somewhat a fan of Firefly. The sci-fi western starring Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk combined a great world, intriguing narrative and some utterly brilliant characters with a typically snappy Joss Whedon script. What’s not to love? Who knows, but Firefly was cancelled after a limited run in 2002, despite its Browncoat army of fans protests.

Since the show’s farewell movie Serenity, Joss Whedon has successfully assembled The Avengers on the silver screen already and is overseeing the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron, while it’s cast has been busy on films like I, Robot, Dodgeball and Wreck-it Ralph, not to mention starring in hit shows Castle, Suits and Homeland. Had everybody moved on and forgotten their love of Firefly and its cast? Of course not!

When Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion announced Con Man (a partly-autobiographical comedy »

- Mike McCarthy

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Watch the First 'Pixels' Trailer: Adam Sandler Wants to Kill Beloved Video Game Characters

18 March 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Even if you didn't grow up in the 1980s, the first trailer for Pixels is bound to stir nostalgic memories of all the great video games from the first generation of joystick madness. How is that possible? Well, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong quickly became hugely iconic characters, and the games in which they starred were highly influential on the games that followed, inspiring dozens of imitators and hooking just about everybody who played them, whether in an arcade or at home on the new-fangled cartridge game systems. That influence has only grown over the years, even as video games have been increasingly complex and the graphics have developed tremendous and realistic beauty. Back in 2012, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph played off that fond nostalgia with an empathetic look at...

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- Peter Martin

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Game Over for Adam Sandler in first trailer for ‘Pixels’

18 March 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Does anyone else get the sense that Hollywood still doesn’t quite “get” video games in 2015? If you look at the movies it’s all still feeding quarters into a machine, getting a high score, winning a new life, joystick flailing, button mashing, and old 32-bit side-scrollers with wacky sound effects. Yeah, there’s Wreck-It Ralph and a few other good examples, but then you look at something like Pixels, and the movies still have a lot of catching up to do to where games are today.

Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) stars Adam Sandler as an ’80s video game champion tasked by the President (Kevin James) to fight off invading aliens taking the form of classic ’80s games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. And though I wouldn’t put it past Hollywood to make a dark, gritty reimagining of Space Invaders or Missile Control as »

- Brian Welk

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Watch Now: Awesome First ‘Pixels’ Trailer

17 March 2015 10:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Any mention of Adam Sandler in a movie and I’m immediately cautious. Tell me he co-stars with Kevin James and I’m out. So it says a lot about the first trailer for Sony’s Pixels that I am genuinely interested and a little excited. The film sees aliens use classic video game characters in order to invade our planet, after believing a time capsule sent into space by Nasa in 1982 was actually an act of war. If it sounds silly, that’s because it is, and it embraces that fact.

Sandler and James, along with Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage, play our last hope against the invading aliens. The film looks like a mixture between Wreck-it Ralph and Ghostbusters, and certainly seems to get the action/comedy balance right. Chris Columbus, of Home Alone and Harry Potter And The Philosopher’S Stone fame, directs, and the »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Home review

14 March 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

DreamWorks Animation now only has one release in 2015, and this is it. So how does Home fare? Here's our review...

I'm not the first to have noticed that your chances of getting a project through the DreamWorks Animation pipeline seem greatly enhanced if you're telling a story about a nerdy outsider, or someone who struggles to fit in. In recent times along, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Turbo and The Croods have all traded on this to some degree. Home very much does as well.

In this case, the outside is Oh (voiced well by Jim Parsons), a misfit who - for reasons I never really bought - isn't that well liked by his people, the Boov. The Boov are led by Captain Smekday (and the film in turn is based on the book The True Meaning Of Smekday, by Adam Rex). Said Captain leads the Boov in their quest to run »

- simonbrew

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There are strong “rumblings” of Big Hero 6 sequel

13 March 2015 6:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having passed the $600 million mark over the weekend and in the wake of the news of Frozen 2 getting the green light, it seems rather likely that Big Hero 6 will also be getting a sequel. And if you ask Genesis Rodriguez (who plays Honeylemon in the movie), it’s a strong possibility.

“There’s rumblings of something else happening,” Rodriguez told Screenrant. “I mean yesterday I just saw that it’s the third most grossing Disney animated feature, so this is huge for them. I doubt that they wouldn’t want to do another one. It was a huge success.”

“Just like comic books, you could make it a complete different story and the superheroes reunited to attack someone else,” she continues. “So it’s a perfect little setup they got for a sequel if they wanted to.”

See Also: Big Hero 6 passes $600 million worldwide; third highest grossing Disney »

- Luke Owen

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Grading Mojo's Holiday Forecast

11 March 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As is tradition here at Box Office Mojo, we made domestic box office predictions for holiday 2014 releases ahead of the start of the season. Now that those movies are essentially at the end of their runs, it's time to grade that forecast.As usual, there were a healthy set of very accurate predictions (Big Hero 6, Into the Woods, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), along with a handful that were laughably inaccurate (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Horrible Bosses 2).For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1Forecast: $385 millionActual: $337 million (est.)Difference: -13%Grade: BThe previous Hunger Games movies each earned over $408 million at »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Disney's 'Zootopia' renamed 'Zootropolis' for UK

11 March 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Video Game Movies Are Improving, But Why Have They Been So Terrible

9 March 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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When I was young I was fascinated with video games. I still am to this day, but I had a passion burning that had me wanting to make games. I still dream of one day entering that E3 stage, but things turned a bit for me. I grew up during a time that was still developing game design, and programming. So I didn’t have a lot for me. What I did have was film, so I transitioned into making movies since I figured it was the closest thing to making video games. Yet to this day I still fight to bridge the two industries because the film industry simply does not accept videogames. This is why I believe video game movies are so terrible.


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After talking personally with many film industry people about video games, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Big Hero 6 passes $600 million worldwide; third highest grossing Disney movie of all-time

9 March 2015 12:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Baymax may not be fast, but he’s certainly bringing home the big bucks as Big Hero 6 passed a huge milestone over the weekend.

Now that the movie is out in most major territories following a late-2014 release in the Us, Disney’s Big Hero 6 has become the studio’s third highest grossing animated movie of all time as it passes the $600 million mark. The film made $19.6 million, most of which came from its second week of release in China.

The Oscar winning animated movie has overtaken Tangled ($591 million) but is unlikely to catch up with the musical behemoth Frozen, which sits at $1.2 billion, or The Lion King ($987.5 million).

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event »

- Luke Owen

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Enter Disney's 'Zootopia' in New Concept Art

4 March 2015 6:40 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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&#160comedy 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 »

- MovieWeb

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Easter Egg: Did You Spot This ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Character’s Cameo in ‘Big Hero 6’?

3 March 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney loves to scatter Easter eggs around its animated films, and its first Marvel movie was not exempt. If you were looking closely, and you might’ve spotted Frozen‘s Hans and Olaf, Wreck-It Ralph, Stitch (as in Lilo &), Bolt, and more around Big Hero 6‘s San Fransokyo. But there’s one more that’s escaped our notice until now. Tucked […]

The post Easter Egg: Did You Spot This ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Character’s Cameo in ‘Big Hero 6’? appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Check Out A Wreck-It Ralph Character Making A Secret Appearance In Big Hero 6

2 March 2015 6:57 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Thanks to its successful theatrical release last fall, many movie-goers have seen, enjoyed and devoured Big Hero 6. The Marvel and Disney animated hit was met with rapturous reviews and an impressive box office total. But despite its popularity there appears to be one little Easter Egg that slipped through the cracks - and it involves one of Wreck-It Ralph.s most surprisingly hilarious characters. See if you can spot him below: Good old Saitine. How could anyone have missed his big beautiful bulging red frame? Alongside Ralph, Shinobi, Bowser, Dr. Robotnik, Clyde and Cyborg, Saitine was a member of Wreck It Ralph.s villains support group, otherwise known as "Bad-Anon." Alongside his cohorts, Saitine declared with gusto, "I.m bad, and that.s good. I will never be good, and that.s not bad. There.s no one I.d rather be, than me." For comparison purposes, you can »

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“Frozen Fever”: New Trailer Now

25 February 2015 9:38 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

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

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Big Hero 6 Has Landed On Blu-ray Combo Pack Plus Posters And Bonus Clips

24 February 2015 1:32 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Big Hero 6, which won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, hits retailers today on Blu-ray and DVD. It's also available via digital HD.  To celebrate the event, Disney has released a couple of character posters for the Marvel-inspired film, as well as three bonus clips - "Easter Egg," "Grappling Hook" and "Mixmaster Beatmax." If you missed my review of the film during Its theatrical release, make sure and check it out Here. It's a great film and the home release has included some great features giving you an inside look at what went into the film, some of which is covered in a my other write-ups/visits with Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Look At San Fransokyo - The Home Of Big Hero 6 Big Hero 6, Disney’s New Superhero Movie, Is Over Twice As Big As Frozen & Wreck-It Ralph Big Hero 6 Film Makers Discuss The Film, »

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It's A Shame The Academy Still Doesn't Respect Animation

23 February 2015 12:16 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Everybody knows the Oscars is a bunch of old people that are as predictable as an elephant in an ocean. In other words, who knows what they will do and why. Well deserving films get pushed aside because they gain too much popularity, or best actors simply don’t win. Whatever, it is all opinion, but there is still one major problem I have. Their utter disrespect for animated films

I thought maybe this year would be slightly different, and it wasn’t. It all started a few months ago when the Academy announced their nominations, and to my surprise some key films were not even mentioned. The Lego Movie, which was debatable, felt totally forgotten. An amazing masterpiece of a film in The Book of Life also not mentioned. The second of those movies could have been mentioned for a lot more than being a good film. Best set »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Dustin Spino)

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Disney does not currently have a sequel to Big Hero 6 in development

18 February 2015 7:10 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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

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The Academy To Celebrate The Nominees During Oscar Week Feb. 17 – 21

3 February 2015 4:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »


In the week leading up to the Academy Awards, movie fans in the Hollywood area will get an up close look at the nominees from six of the categories competing at the 87th Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present their annual series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories.

See the full list of nominees here.

The various hosts chosen for each symposium have all earned their Oscar street cred by being involved with Oscar nominated or winning films and all events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

If you’re in the Southern California area, check out the Oscar Week schedule:

Oscar Week: Shorts

Tuesday, February 17, 7 p.m.

Hosted by Sean Astin. »

- Michelle McCue

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Head Back To Arendelle in New Frozen Fever Photos & Featurette

3 February 2015 2:10 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ready for a trip back to Arendelle? Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee give fans a behind the scenes look at the new Frozen short, Frozen Fever.

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.

The voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short Frozen Fever which welcomes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf back to the big screen, will open in theaters on March 13, 2015, in front of Disney’s “Cinderella,” a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale.

Some fun facts about the hit film, Frozen and the filmmakers:

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 feature film won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song with “Let It »

- Michelle McCue

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