Dave (Jay Baruchel) is just an average college student, or so it appears, until the sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) recruits him as his reluctant protégé and gives him a crash course in the art and science of magic. As he prepares for a battle against the forces of darkness in modern-day Manhattan, Dave finds it is going to take all of the courage he can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE.
Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ (“A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook”) latest novel, THE LAST SONG is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (GREG KINNEAR) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter (MILEY CYRUS), who’d rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common—music—in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances. The film is directed by Julie Anne Robinson from a screenplay by Sparks & Jeff Van Wie.
Walt Disney Studios has just sent us a couple of new posters for Jerry Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which match up with a previously released poster that probably looks like it belongs on the cover of GQ more-so than the lobby of your local movie theater.
The new posters feature Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan under the banner of COURAGE and Ben Kingsley as Nizam with REVENGE. These mesh with the previously released image of Gemma Arterton as Tamina and DESTINY.
BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 1 — The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 37th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and outstanding individual achievements in the field of animation. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog” received eight nominations, including Best Animated Feature and individual nominations for animated effects, character animation, production design and voice acting, while its “Prep and Landing” received nine nominations including Best Animated Television Production and individual nominations for character animation, character design, music, production design, storyboarding and writing.
Checking to see if the dust has settled from the last bombshell from the Walt Disney Studios… close enough.
It’s being reported that Studios Chairman Rich Ross, after just having put the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake in turnaround, has greenlit a remake of another Disney classic, albeit a tad more contemporary.
From Team Tron (director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey) and screenwriter Travis Beacham comes a ‘re-invention’ of the 1979 film, The Black Hole.
Details on the updated film are few and far between although it’s said to be based more on actual science (as scientific as Hollywood can get) and Maximillian the menacing robot is scheduled to make an appearance.
Hosted by Imagineer Diego Parras, the documentary uses historical and rare film footage to show the story of the transformation of swampland in central Florida to the most visited theme park in the world today through the stories and direct recollections of respected Imagineers such as Tom Fitzgerald, Tony Baxter, Kathy Rogers, Eric Jacobson, Kevin Rafferty and — of course — Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all 11 Disney parks.
From now until December 13, Walt Disney Studios is offering an exclusive engagement of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in both New York City and Los Angeles. Purchasing a ticket not only entitles the ticket bearer the opportunity to experience Disney’s return to the animated musical, but guests are also invited to the Ultimate Disney Experience, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with all nine Disney Princesses as well as engage in several other activities in celebration for the new film.
In New York City, the Ultimate Disney Experience has taken up residence in the Roseland Ballroom, a massive event space that one is typically more likely to find a music concert in rather than a full family experience. But taken up residence, Disney has. From the moment you step into the building, let alone approach it, you are immersed in floor-to-ceiling scenery and props, bringing the New Orleans from the film to life.
“Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation” is a look back at 75 years of Disney magic on the silver screen and a look ahead to the all-new animated adventure comedy, “The Princess and the Frog.” Host Vanessa Williams is joined by some of the brightest stars of television, movies, music and sports, who share their favorite memories of Disney animation, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
This one-hour special explores the key ingredients of these treasured Disney films – the captivating characters, breathtaking artistry and unforgettable music – as well as the power they have to inspire and influence real-life dreams.
Burbank, CA (November 23, 2009) – In support of its new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe,” and the network’s annual 25 Days of Christmas event – the biggest programming event on cable – ABC Family will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ for the largest gathering of Santa’s “elves” together in one place! ABC Family’s World Record Elf Party will take place in New York’s The Pond at Bryant Park (Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) on Monday, December 7 from 12:00 Noon-2:00PM ET. “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” stars Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott will be on hand to help gather over 250 “elves” to set the new world record.
BURBANK, Calif. and SHANGHAI, Nov. 22 — The Walt Disney Company in China today announced the start of production on its third local co-production project in just two years, “Disney High School Musical: China.” Working with local partners Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, the movie is planned for cinematic release in summer 2010.
Under development for over a year, and created uniquely for Chinese audiences, “Disney High School Musical: China” is the story of a new student who meets a gifted young man with whom she shares a secret passion for singing. With the help of their friends they overcome the odds to win an inter-school singing competition, and discover their true calling in the process.
“Disney’s ongoing commitment to local content development underpins our strategy to connect with new audiences around the world,” said Mr. Jason Reed, general manager, Walt Disney Studios International Production. “Our local team has done an amazing job and we are fortunate to be building on the Disney Channel’s success by working with a world class cast and crew led by our producer Janet Yang and visionary director Shi Zheng Chen.
“The choice of the right stories and best local partners is key to the success of our localization strategy. Shanghai Media Group and Huayi Brothers Media Corporation are leaders in their field and their involvement and contribution to this project is invaluable,” added Mr. Reed.
In 2007, the Studio’s first Disney branded local co-production, the award-winning, “The Magic Gourd” was released, followed by “Roadside Romeo” from India in 2008, “Trail of the Panda” (China 2009) and the feature film, “Book of Masters” (Russian 2009), based on a classic Russian fairy tale which opened in first place at the box office in October. Disney’s sixth local production “Zokkomon” is currently in development in India and is expected to open in 2010.