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It appears that our great disappointment over the misinformation about The Legend of Zelda’s Netflix series may soon be put to rest with a possible new project. During Nintendo‘s 75th annual shareholder’s meeting, where all of the top Nintendogs try to convince their investors that they’re still awesome, CEO Satoru Iwata dropped some intriguing nuggets about the company’s non-gaming future. This could indeed be another sign of the Disney-Nintendo partnership rumor we recently reported here, lending credence to the story. No full translation of the meeting is available for our greedy eyes just yet, but Iwata was still quoted confirming those plans.  (more…)

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Ever since Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata has been tasked with proving to investors that the Wii U isn’t doomed to be a colossal failure, there has been much change under the Big N’s roof. A new Club Nintendo, a partnership with Japanese giant DeNA for mobile games, and even allowing a couple of their characters into Activision’s hit Skylanders series. Beyond that, the Nintendudes have been hinting at even more 3rd party partnerships and licensing deals. In light of that, the rumor mill recently began spinning a tale about Nintendo partnering with a certain magic kingdom for future projects.

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No ‘Hulk’ Movie? Don’t Blame Universal (Maybe)

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After two underwhelming Hulk movies, it might be understandable that Hollywood studios might be gun shy about sinking another nine-figure budget into an effort that looks unlikely to make a return on that investment. But is that still case? Mark Ruffalo has played the character in two successful Avengers movies, and is so far the only actor to play the Hulk in more than one movie. In other words, audiences have embraced him in the part. They may be willing to see more Hulk out on his own without the other Avengers, and certainly Age of Ultron set that possibility up. However, reports are saying now that the only thing stopping the arrival of a new Hulk at the multiplex is the will of Marvel Studios itself. (more…)

Imagine being in that first meeting for Inside Out, a tale about what goes on inside the head of a young woman on the cusp of puberty as represented by a complex technical infrastructure and five characters based five unique emotional states. The whole thing sounds like a psychology text re-edited to be read by children, and perhaps even just as difficult to market. But having said that, this is Pixar, and they’re not your average animation studio. Still, such ambition seems like an odd choice for the studio to put its renewed creative effort behind to rebound after a three movie slump that made people ask if Pixar had lost its mojo? Naturally, by aiming so high, it seems that Pixar, through the wonderfulness of Inside Out, has got its groove back. (more…)

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The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptation. Still, they’re gonna keep making em’. They’re an easy sell – a way to continue cashing in on established brands. There’s literally no new fairy tales, so of course they’re gonna keep tapping the same well.

This latest announcement, though, may have you groaning a little louder and a little more confused than usual.

Disney is planning a Maleficent sequel! Because of course. (more…)

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Well, this is a bit of a surprise.  After Marvel bowed out of the San Diego Comic-Con Hall H festivities, it was an easy task to make the leap to assuming that the move had everything to do with Disney, and nothing to do with Marvel having nothing to show.  It seems that the assumption was a bit premature (when you assume, and all that jazz), as StarWars.com has just officially announced that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will descend upon Hall H next month. (more…)

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Disney has long been at the forefront of pushing boundaries when it comes to kids and their interaction with imaginative toys and experiences.  The Disney Infinity toy/game hybrid series has been doing extremely well these last few years, and of course, Disney’s theme parks themselves are essentially one big immersive experience.  Now, the company is ready to make another leap: Playmation, wearable smart technology that they hope will blur the lines of gaming and imaginative play all the more.

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Bird Bird can do wrong. The Iron Giant is a masterpiece, The Incredibles is perhaps the best comic book movie ever made, Ratatouille is endlessly charming, and his first live-action movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and the one that best captures the aesthetic of the original TV show. So when Bird shirked directorial responsibilities on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and dared to make something original, a giant mystery box called Tomorrowland, it was a bold choice, a daring choice. But a batting streak like Bird’s was bound to run dry sometime, and while Tomorrowland isn’t a mess on par with, say, Chappie, it does show tremendous strain in its execution. (more…)

Disney Considering Star Wars and Marvel TV Channels?

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Mickey, Spidey, and Yoda all under one roof? Disney has lots of other channels, such as ESPN, ABC, Disney Jr., and Disney XD; and Disney CEO Bob Iger sounds like he might be keen on expanding the family. During an investors call last week, Iger mentioned possibly creating TV channels for both Star Wars and Marvel, respectively. (more…)