Jolie takes on the role of evil villain in Disney’s new twist on the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
Jolie takes on the role of evil villain in Disney’s new twist on the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
Disney & Marvel Studios just released the first full-length teaser trailer for Thor: The Dark Lord, the movie is directed by Alan Taylor and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Watch as Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos, as the leader of an ancient race led by Malekith Christopher Eccleston tries to destroy the universe!
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By David Holmes On April 3, 2013Today Game Informer reported the sad news that LucasArts is shutting down as a game publisher. Disney acquired it as part of the LucasFilm purchase, which will allow Disney to produce/make billions off of the next three Star Wars movies. But for nerds of a certain age…
(Los Angeles Times) Bob Lambert, a widely respected entertainment industry executive who played a pivotal role in the advent of computer animation, died of undisclosed causes Friday at his home in Glendale, his family announced Monday night. He was 55.
Lambert served as senior executive in various departments at Walt Disney Co. for 25 years, helping to usher Disney into the digital era.
While working for Disney Feature Animation, Lambert conceived a strategy for replacing cell animation with CGI production. He worked with Pixar to develop a digital production system that earned Disney an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and former colleague Bob Lambert,” said Dick Cook, former chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. “Not only was he a great person, he was a highly respected visionary who forever changed the moviegoing experience by leading the motion picture industry into the digital era. His passing is a great loss.”
Lambert was also a founder and chairman of DCI, the six-studio consortium that helped movie theaters transition to digital exhibition by establishing specifications that ensured a uniform and high level of technical performance and quality.
Born and raised in Roanoke, Va., Lambert was a graduate of Virginia Tech. He held 30 patents in media technologies and was named an industry pioneer by ShoWest, the exhibition industry trade show now called CinemaCon.
He was chairman and chief strategic officer of the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center. He left Disney in 2010 and recently served as CEO of the Digital Firm in Los Angeles.
“Bob was one of the most respected technology executives in the media and entertainment business,” said Kenneth Williams, the executive director of USC’s technology center. “Always generous with his time, his friendship and tremendous insight will be greatly missed.”
Lambert is survived by his wife Cheryl Murphy, brother Paul Lambert and nephew Nathaniel Lambert.
After movies about toys, cars and various cute animals, Pixar moves into more traditional territory with its latest film, princess tale “Brave” — but it was more complicated than you might expect. The US studio, which has built its reputation on pioneering animation in films like “Finding Nemo,” the…
By Greg Reifsteck
Pixar isn’t Brave enough to get past a two-dimensional story with their ode to Scotland
The first time I went to the Highland games just outside of San Diego, I remember getting wrapped up in the spirit of the event. The marching of the clans, all donning their different shades of plaid and kilts that made you hope the men weren’t following tradition too strictly. There were the competitions of strength and skill usually involving hurtling a large telephone pole looking “cable,” or something else quite heavy for an unbelievable distance. Then of course was the general rough and tumble attitude of the event, complete with endless beer guzzling and song.
In their attempt to please every culture on the face of the Earth (they already took on France in Ratatouille and will be doing a Latin tinged Day of the Dead film in the next few years) , Pixar / Disney’s latest princess feature Brave, attempts to immerse us into the Scottish spirit. They also were going to very Brave and have their first female animation director at the helm of one of their films, Brenda Chapman (who was at the reigns of rival studio DreamWorks’ so-so The Prince of Egypt). Well she was fired in October of last year, replaced by Mark Andrews that co-directed Pixar’s short One Man Band.
Who knows if it was the creative shake-up, or the push to make things more commercially viable, but result is Brave is not up the usual depth and snuff Pixar has offered in some of its emotionally richer fare like Up, Wall-E and the Toy Story trilogy.
The film cranks up the energy and the Highlands wildness rather quickly in the first half hour. We are thrust into the lush green landscapes and the boisterous people of Scotland. We are introduced to Merida, who is a young red-haired lass that has a love of archery and believes in magic. When she wanders off to retrieve an arrow from the forest, she encounters a series of sprites that she realizes will determine her fate. She also comes across a huge bear that terrorizes her family, and solidifies the fate of her father as the Bear King.
But ginger-haired Merida’s fate isn’t brought into question until she reaches her teens, and the day she is to be presented to the local clans to determine who will win her hand in marriage. When the clans show up we really get the sense that Pixar is only keen on immersing us in the stereotypes of the Scottish culture. Rabble-rousing and fighting are apparently all Scottish males like to do, because we get scene after extended scene of it as comic relief from the serious story of Merida trying to find her fate.
We also get her three baby triplet brothers, whose mischief is played to its heights. If it weren’t for some of their little plots of whimsy, this film would truly drag in parts.
But it is the mother daughter story that is supposed to melt our heart, and it tries really, really hard to. Merida decides to buck tradition, and as princess declares an archery competition to see who will win her hand in marriage. Of course, she is the best archer in the land and after she splits the bulls eye-hitting arrow of the winner, she insults all of the clans and creates a huge rift with her mother.
After a huge argument, involving the symbolic tearing of a family heirloom, we are then back out to the forest where she encounters a hag witch plucked straight out of a Miyazaki movie. Merida obtains a spell that will change the fate of rift with her mother, which I will not expose the result of since it is the only original thing about this movie making it worth watching. The witch is a nice homage, but it exposes Brave for what it truly is, a mash-up of too many things we have seen before.
Sure the animation is smooth and incredible. As usual we feel like we have been transported to a far away land we will never get to see in our lifetime. That is one tradition of Disney in which Pixar never disappoints. One particular scene at some waterfalls will truly take your breath away.
But it’s the mother-daughter rift plotline makes all of the lush animation simply window dressing. We have seen it in every single princess movie, so I hoped Pixar would break that Disney tradition and take it to the next level like they do with everything else. However, my hopes for a reinvention by the usually inventive minds of Pixar are for naught. I don’t need to spoil anything else in the film because halfway through it your mind will begin to wander like mine did. You will have the end of the film already predicted as well.
Brave is not a bad movie. But it is just not A grade, this is a solid B. And if Pixar is going to keep the fate of its box office grosses above the competition from DreamWorks, Sony and its sister company Disney Animation Studios (whose last princess effort Tangled was a reinvention of the genre I enjoyed much for than this) they are going to have to elevate themselves.
The summer movie season officially kicks off with Walt Disney Pictures’ Marvel’s The Avengers on May 4th and predictions for the opening weekend are huge. Based on pre-release tracking, the movie is expected to earn over $150 million domestically on its opening weekend.That puts it in the company of record-breaking films such as The Dark Knight and the Harry Potter series.
This exciting blockbuster should make up for the John Carter debacle.
The Avengers combines several of the studio’s existing properties, including Iron Man and Captain America, which have been huge successes for the brand.
According to Bloomberg Business Week, a lot is riding on this new action flick, which is the first Marvel film Disney has marketed and distributed since buying the comic book company under former Walt Disney Chairman Rich Ross .
Disney spent an estimated $220 million producing The Avengers, it definitely looks like they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that the biggest Marvel super hero movie of ‘all time’ also gets a decent run for its money, let’s hope it’s not another crappy movie adaptation.
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The failure of “John Carter” at the box office will lead to a quarterly loss of as much as $120 million for the studio. Under Ross, Disney has reduced film production to focus on pictures from Marvel, Pixar and DreamWorks Studios.
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In a memo to his staff Ross said:
“For the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people on behalf of the world’s best loved brand. During that time, we’ve told some amazing stories around the world, created successful TV programming, movies, and franchises that generated new opportunities for the company in the process.
I’ve always said our success is created and driven by our people – whom I consider to be the absolute best in the business. But, the best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities. It’s one of the leadership lessons I’ve learned during my career, and it’s something I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at the challenges and opportunities ahead.
I believe in this extraordinary Walt Disney Studios team, and I believe in our strong slate of films and our ability to make and market them better than anyone else. But, I no longer believe the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me. For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step down as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective today.
It has been my honor to work with such incredible teams – at Disney Channels Worldwide and The Walt Disney Studios and the many other Disney businesses I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with. I know I leave the Studios in good hands and, even on separate paths, I am confident we are all destined for continued success.”
“Rich Ross’s creative instincts, business acumen and personal integrity have driven results in key businesses for Disney, redefining success in kids and family entertainment and launching franchises that generate value across our entire company,” Iger said. “I appreciate his countless contributions throughout his entire career at Disney, and expect he will have tremendous success in whatever he chooses to do next.”
Former Disney teen queen, Demi Lovato headed to Twitter to vent after seeing a supposed joke about eating disorders on the family comedy…and it wasn’t pretty.
So what did Lovato have to say?
And that was just the beginning.
“I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress’ from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make joke about that very disease…#nice,” Lovato went on. “And is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE.”
“Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT,” Lovato continued.
Shortly after the “Skyscraper” singer’s rant, Disney’s public relations team sprang into action, tweeting the disgruntled starlet, “@ddlovato – we hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them. It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”
“Just clearing things up, I have nothing against any specific actress/actor or tv show.. Nor do I think there’s anything wrong with girls who aren’t curvy, I just was stating a fact that there needs to be more variety on television so young girls growing up don’t feel pressured to look one specific way. Tall, thin, curvy, short, whatever you are, you are beautiful. ”.
The singer has battled with bulimia and sought treatment at a treatment facility in Chicago in January.