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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)

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‘Nutcracker’ and 10 More of the Biggest Bombs in Box Office History (Photos)
Even though Disney is currently the king of the box office, they aren’t immune from a big misfire. With a $130 million budget and a $20 million opening “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is shaping up to be one of 2018’s biggest bombs. But will it be as infamous as some of these all-time flops?

Ishtar” (1987) — With reports of a rocky production and a budget that got way out of hand, critics and the Hollywood trades savaged Elaine May’s adventure comedy as it collapsed to just $14 million made. For years, it was considered one of the worst films ever made, but is now considered by some to be a stealth success.

47 Ronin” (2013) — Though Keanu Reeves was on his game in the action scenes, this Japanese fantasy was panned for its story and cost Universal big as it failed to make back its $175 million budget.

Cutthroat Island” (1995) – Geena Davis, still hot from “Thelma & Louise,
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Wise Blue Studios Signs with Feref Agency to Drive Branding of ‘MiBots’ Toon Feature (Exclusive)

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Spain and U.S.-based animation house Wise Blue Studios has signed a deal with creative agency Feref to drive marketing and branding for the IP of its CGI family toon feature “MiBots.”

Produced by Wise Blue Studios’ Nathalie Martinez and Jamie Thomason, “MiBots” is written by Rob Edwards from an original story by Spanish scribe-director Maxi Valero.

U.K. sales outfit Evolutionary Films is handling “MiBots” international pre-sales.

The feature, scheduled for release in 2021, tells the story of Mi Anderson, a 14-year-old scientist girl who befriends a group of zany, futuristic, and adorable robots. They team up to thwart Dr. Schultz after he discovers the enchanting power of Mi’s bots and wants to use it for evil.

With headquarters in London’s Soho district, Feref has created international campaigns for some of the world’s biggest entertainment brands, being behind advertising and PR launches for movie titles such as “Star Wars,
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'The Princess And The Frog' screenwriter boards animation 'MiBots' (exclusive)

The UK’s Evolutionary Films are handling the project in Cannes this week.

Screenwriter Rob Edwards, whose credits include two Oscar-nominated Disney animations in Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog, will write MiBots for Spanish animation studio Wise Blue Studios.

UK sales outfit Evolutionary Films are handling the project in Cannes this week and are reporting offers for a number of territories.

Maxi Valero wrote the original story, which will form the basis for Edwards’ screenplay. The film will follow a young scientist who befriends a group of zany, futuristic, and adorable robots and teams up with them to fight evil.
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John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and ‘Moana,’ Retires After Four Decades With Disney

John Musker, Co-Director of ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and ‘Moana,’ Retires After Four Decades With Disney
One of the Disney Renaissance’s key figures is stepping down. John Musker, who’s responsible for such classics as “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid,” has announced his retirement after a 41-year tenure. Musker joined the company in 1977 and, alongside creative partner, also co-wrote and -directed “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Hercules,” “Treasure Planet,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Moana.”

A retirement party was held for him yesterday, according to the Cartoon Brew; that he’s far from a household name despite several of his creations attaining that status speaks to the unique plight of animation directors. Musker received two Academy Award nominations in the Best Animated Feature category, though neither “Moana” nor “The Princess and the Frog” won the prize. Had the award (which was introduced in 2001) existed earlier, it’s difficult to imagine “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” not winning it.
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The Main Cast of Guy Ritchie's Aladdin Featured in First Photo From the Set of the Film

Disney has announced that director Guy Ritchie has started production on their live-action adaptation of Aladdin and the announcement came with a photo from the set of the film. The photo features Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. They are all smiles and ready to go!

Here's the full press released from Disney with additional details from the film:

The Aladdin cast includes: Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan’s daughter; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan’s beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari
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We Need To Talk About The Word “Remake”

If we’re going to use it as an insult, let’s define our terms.

The film industry seems to have no shortage of words that either serve as synonyms or subsets of “adaptation,” most of which are brought to you by the letter “R”: reboot, reimagining, rendition, redo, revival, retelling, recreation, reanimation (and looking to the other 25 letters in the alphabet, version, homage, makeover, update). One, however, is not treated quite like the others, and that word is “remake.” When filmmakers bring it up by choice, it usually seems to be to explain why their films should not be thought of by that term, thank you very much.

Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you think I’m reading far too much into things. After going through over 500 pages of research on remakes and adaptations, I myself thought the latter just as possible as the former.

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Island Life: Revisiting ‘Lilo & Stitch’ After ‘Moana’

‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.

Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

“Pinocchio” (1940)

“Fantasia” (1940)

“Dumbo” (1941)

“Bambi” (1942)

“Cinderella” (1950)

Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

The Sword in the Stone” (1963)

The Jungle Book” (1967)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Robin Hood
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Ron Clements & John Musker interview: Moana, Disney, animation

Den Of Geek Dec 1, 2016

Legendary Disney directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana, Hercules, Disney and Dwayne Johnson.

Ron Clements and John Musker are movie stars to me. Since I first saw Basil The Great Mouse Detective in my early years, I’ve been a huge fan of their movies. But then their collective CV as directors covers the likes of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog as well. Even in the movies of theirs I warm to less, there’s something I latch on to.

It’s been seven years since the lovely The Princess And The Frog, and the pair finally have a new movie. It’s called Moana, and I got to pretend to be professional, and chat to them about it.

I just about held it together for the full interview too. You’re proud of me, right?

What a human film Moana is.
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Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie

Interview: ‘Moana’ Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Making Their First CG Movie
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes. Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about […]

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Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard’s 17 greatest scores

With James Newton Howard lending a magical soundscape to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, writer Sean Wilson selects his personal favourites from an extraordinary film score career…

Enveloping muggles and devoted fans alike in a warmly nostalgic air of magic, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has yielded enthusiastic reviews and a strong box office showing. And behind the scenes is one of the greatest magicians of all: veteran score composer James Newton Howard, whose rich array of melodies and themes encapsulate the dazzling world of magizoologist Newt Scamander. To mark this superb score from one of Hollywood’s finest, here’s a rundown of Newton Howard’s greatest compositional achievements.

17. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The composer’s first collaboration with longstanding collaborator M. Night Shyamalan is possibly the most discreet and understated of their team-ups, but no less effective for it.
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Moana Review Roundup: Disney's Polynesian Princess Movie Is a "Tropical Frozen"

Moana Review Roundup: Disney's Polynesian Princess Movie Is a
Meet Moana. Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces its newest princess Wednesday in Moana. The CG-animated movie follows the adventurous teen (Auli'i Cravalho) as she sails out on a daring mission to save her people and find her identity. Along the way, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, the unlikely duo sails across the open ocean, encountering monsters and much more. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (the creative forces behind Disney's The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and The Frog), Moana features new music from Opetaia Foa'i, Mark Mancina and Lin-Manuel Miranda....
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Disney’s Hercules, and the challenge of casting

Simon Brew Nov 23, 2016

Jack Nicholson was originally in line for Disney’s Hercules – but 1989’s Batman movie scuppered it…

If you believe the rhetoric, then between The Lion King and the current resurgence for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney didn’t release an animated movie of any merit. I’ve long been one of those calling bobbins on this. Between The Lion King and, say, Tangled, we had The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Meet The Robinsons and The Princess & The Frog, for example. I’d argue there’s a mix of underappreciated and flat-out excellent movies in that lot.

And we also had Hercules.

1997’s Hercules wasn’t a raging box office success, and it was the first Walt Disney Animation Studios project to fall shy of $100m at the American box office since The Rescuers Down Under in 1990. Granted,
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The 8 Best Walt Disney Animation Movies Since 2000

Walt Disney Animation is about to release its 56th film on November 23rd with Moana, which is directed by studio veterans Ron Clements and Jon Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules). But before everyone has the opportunity to see that, I wanted to take a look back and rank the top eight films the Walt Disney Animation Studio has made since the year 2000. Why limit the list to just eight? Simply because that’s what I felt like doing today. The studio has had some big hits and some big misses over the last sixteen years, but the way I see it, these are the eight best movies they’ve put out in that time frame.

8. Treasure Planet

An underrated reimagining of Treasure Island, but with a steampunk vibe. With cool production design and solid voice work all around (including from Joseph Gordon-Levitt voicing the lead character), this movie deserves
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‘Moana’ Directors Talk ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Influences and Taika Waititi’s Screenplay

‘Moana’ Directors Talk ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Influences and Taika Waititi’s Screenplay
Over the Summer, I got the great opportunity to talk with filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker about their upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Moana. Ron & Jon are animation legends, having worked on many great Disney animated movies over the years, including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet […]

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First teaser poster for Disney’s next animated hit ‘Moana’ arrives

Moana first look

Ahead of the debut of its first teaser trailer on Sunday, Disney have release a teaser poster for their next animated movie Moana, which will debut in cinemas on the 2nd December.

Dwayne Johnson leads the vocal cast of the film, which is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the legendary filmmakers behind the likes of The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, as well as Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog.

Princess Moana is a daughter of the chief of her tribe, Coming from a long line of navigators she sets off for a fabled island with her hero, the demi God Maui. Along the voyage they battle the treacherous ocean and all which it hides, all the while learning what the power love between friends can accomplish.

Auli’i Cravalho voices the title character.

More on Moana, including the first
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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years




From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy
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Star Wars Rebels season 2 episode 13 review: The Call




Sometimes it's worth remembering that Star Wars Rebels is a kids' show with a target audience that hasn't seen these stories before...

This review contains spoilers.

2.13 The Call

Star Wars: Rebels is showing its age. Well into the second season, the characters are well-established and principled, and the show has some things it consistently does well - big vistas and little flairs in action scenes, and Star Wars mysticism. It’s also showing the age of its target audience. The Call seems like it would be best for children - and that doesn’t mean that it is especially simplistic, or goofy. It has a lot of gravitas at moments and builds on the development of the characters. However, it’s derivative, taking some of its lush visuals from Fantasia or Treasure Planet, and might be great, but I felt that it would really be best
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Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Mitchell And John Lasseter To Present At 42nd Student Academy Awards On Thursday, September 17

Actress Michelle Rodriguez, actor Jason Mitchell and Oscar-winning director John Lasseter, along with Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams, the producing and directing team behind the Animated Feature Film Oscar winner “Big Hero 6,” will be presenters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 42nd Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 winning student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.

Rodriguez is a versatile actress whose breakout performance in “Girlfight” (2000) garnered her numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance as well as a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance-Female. She went on to star in the multi-billion dollar “Fast and Furious” franchise. In addition, Rodriguez has starred in such film and television projects as “Avatar” for director James Cameron,
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7 New Worlds Perfect for ‘Kingdom Hearts III’

This past week at the D23 Disney Exposition Event, a ton of news regarding the future of Disney franchises was unveiled including the announcement that a Big Hero 6 world will be featured in Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III.

With the inclusion of Tangled and Big Hero 6 in Sora’s latest adventure, the speculation of which other Disney franchises could join in on the fun is running wild. Let’s take a look at some of the Disney films that would fit well in the universe of Kingdom Hearts.

We won’t be including acquired franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, Studio Ghibli or the Muppets neither will we be including Pixar films or else the list would be never ending! Rather let’s focus on Disney films which have a big fanbase or a fitting aesthetic that have unfortunately been omitted in previous installments of Kingdom Hearts.
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