We’re just over a month away from the “final” Pirates of the Caribbean movie, or at least that’s what we’re told it’s going to be. Many fans are still speculative that this film is actually a set up for a future franchise, although Disney has not yet confirmed this. They may be keeping that possibility open, depending on how well this film does. This trailer is similar to the last one that was released and doesn’t give us much new information. Disney seems to be keeping a lot of the plot secretive. Why? Either it’s not good and they’re trying to hide it or it is good and they don’t want to ruin it. Remain speculative. (more…)
Beauty and the Beast debuted in it’s opening weekend, smashing box office records and sucking in cash, making it unequivocally the most successful of the Disney live action remakes thus far, and it’s only in its first weekend. Disney has quite a few more of these live action remakes planned, and with the money they seem to be making, why would they stop now?
While it is firmly established that the events of every Star Wars movie that will ever be made occur a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, that has not stopped – and likely never will – generation after generation of nerds from dreaming about exploring that distant star system. Now that the film series is approaching the double figure mark, the fans may finally have an opportunity to do just that. Or something close. Soon. Disney is hard at work adding a Star Wars themed section to Disneyland, which has been confirmed to be the largest-ever, singled-themed land expansion at the company’s world famous parks. (more…)
For all the crude humour that was clearly directed at adults, Guardians of the Galaxy had all the right ingredients to be a hit for all the family. As well as the hotly anticipated sequel due for release later on this year, the movie inspired a spinoff series on the kids’ channel Disney XD starring its two most kid-friendly characters, Rocket and Groot. As is often the way with these things, the cartoon was just as popular with adults as with children. It was announced last year at Comic Con that that show would extend to a 12-part web series. (more…)
Whatever you thought of James Cameron‘s Avatar, there is no denying just how stunning a world the filmmakers created through their innovative use of CGI. As many as nine hundred people were working on the visual effects to create such a visually impressive film, from the unique lighting that created the eerie yet beautiful glow coming from the bioluminescent forests to the unique motion capture technology used to accurately recreate the minutiae of actors’ facial expressions. Plotholes and cliches aside, it is no surprise that this movie captivated people with its incredible visual effects, inspiring spin off books, video games, action figures, commemorative stamps and even a theme park attraction at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (more…)
In a move that has successfully blended the nostalgic with the contemporary, Disney has been drawing consistently positive crowds to their latest wave of live action remakes of classic movies. Technically starting back in 2010 with Tim Burton’s reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, subsequent remakes have only proved more and more popular with each release, with The Jungle Book smashing expectations and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast eagerly anticipated all around the world. Next year, Disney is planning on releasing a live action version of Mulan, a full twenty years after the animated original. (more…)
Between the sad loss of Carrie Fisher throwing the future of the franchise into limbo and the mysterious title that has spawned dozens of fan theories already, the eighth Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, has been on a lot of lips recently. This is especially impressive, given it is not even due for release until the very end of the year in December, not to mention the dearth of information released about the movie. So far, almost nothing is known about it and fans are eager to see and hear more, even if it’s just a still from the set or a brief teaser. (more…)
This one has been around for years. Ever since some intrepid, young fan noticed a little something out of place or a familiar image, the idea that all Pixar movies belong in the same shared universe has been out there. There’s a lot backing the theory up too as many people have identified clues in each film that point to one another. Of course, this kind of thing isn’t usually acknowledged outright by the creators. It took decades before the folks behind Disney’s Aladdin confirmed the opening scene with the narrator selling the lamp was the same ‘person’ as Genie. Maybe it’s been long enough, since today, Pixar officially posted proof on their Toy Story Facebook page!
The future of Star Wars was thrown into a world of uncertainty when Carrie Fisher died at the end of 2016. Although potentially record breaking insurance payouts could make the financial journey to the end of the current trilogy somewhat more comfortable, there is not going to be an easy way to continue the story as planned without Fisher there in her iconic role of General Leia Organa. There are already plenty of ideas floating around about the options available to Disney and Lucasfilm, and it has been reported that key players at the companies and in the film have already met to discuss potential paths. (more…)
Along with the shattered hearts of fans across the galaxy, Carrie Fisher‘s death in late December 2016 has left a gaping hole in the plot of the newest additions to the Star Wars series. Sources have said that all her scenes for the next installment were shot before her death, but that still leaves two movies left in the trilogy that were expected to have General Leia Organa play a big role. While Disney could get an insurance payout of up to $50 million to help solve the practical issues that have been raised by the loss of one of the series’s most iconic actors, that’s not going to make it an easy feat. (more…)