It’s hard to imagine given what we’ve already seen from the new Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer joint The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, loosely based on the Fantasia segment of the same name that there could be even more F/X to ogle.
Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.
The character poster parade for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer marches on this week, today presenting magical love interest Veronica (Monica Belluci) who eventually proves to be twice the woman she appears to be.
Veronica is a sorceress who has had the great fortune of being loved by Balthazar Blake—and the misfortune of being loved by Maxim Horvath. “Balthazar and Veronica are willing to do everything for their love,” says Bellucci, “and at the same time they’re two fighters. Horvath, who, like them, was a disciple of Merlin, also falls in love with Veronica. She rejects him for Balthazar, and because of that he betrays them by aligning himself with Morgana. It’s a beautiful and powerful story about love, jealousy and vengeance.”
Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) was, along with Balthazar Blake and Veronica, a disciple of Merlin and a force of good more than a thousand years ago. But their mutual love for Veronica split the colleagues apart and Horvath has instead become an ally of the wicked Morgana, who murdered Merlin and is seeking to conquer the world with her minions. He and Balthazar have battled through the ages, finally bringing their conflict to modern-day New York City.
Following up on its much buzzed about Super Bowl ad, Parisian Love, Google has added yet another new classic search story to its collection. Using soundbites from the Toy Story film trilogy, Google has cooked up Toy Story: The Discovery in honor of the release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3.
Don’t forget to pause the video at about the :33/:34 second mark. You might catch a little easter egg from the Google Bunny involving a certain lucky charm for Pixar hamming it up a bit.
Through its official Facebook page for Disney’s Tangled, Walt Disney Animation Studios has offered up this new concept art for the film featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
Along with the concept art comes news that Facebook will also play host to the premiere of the Tangled trailer on Monday, June 14. Those wishing to wait to see it on the large screen, however, can do so when they go see Toy Story 3 beginning just few days later.
Production has begun on “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure,” a Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Emmy Award-winning director Michael Lembeck (“Tooth Fairy,” “Santa Clause 2” and “Santa Clause 3.”). Ashley Tisdale stars as the scene-stealing drama queen Sharpay Evans in the role she made so popular in the “High School Musical” TV movies and feature film. “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” is scheduled to premiere in 2011 on Disney Channel.
In addition to Tisdale, the movie stars Austin Butler (“Life Unexpected” and “Ruby and the Rockits”) as the confident film student Peyton Leverett and Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) as a precocious young dog owner and Sharpay’s nemesis, Roger Elliston the 3rd.
Throughout last night’s episode of The Bachelorette on ABC, Ken from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 (and Mattel) offered up a healthy dose of dating tips for ‘today’s bachelor’ through interstitial ads for the show.
No woman stands a chance against the trained sights of the bachelor armed with these valuable tips and a few cans of hair spray (solid!).
Tip #24: Know Yourself, Be Yourself
Tip #31: Play Hard to Get
Tip #48: Communication is Key
The Last Song, a coming of age love story, from bestselling novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks (Dear John and The Notebook) comes to Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack and DVD editions on August 17, 2010 from Touchstone Home Entertainment. Bonus features include filmmaker commentary, making of the Miley Cyrus music video “When I Look At You,” deleted scenes, set tour and alternate opening sequence.
Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana,” Hannah Montana: The Movie) and Greg Kinnear (Oscar® nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, As Good As It Gets, 1997, Little Miss Sunshine, You’ve Got Mail) star as an estranged father and daughter in this year’s most heartwarming love story. Bobby Coleman (Take, Martian Child), Liam Hemsworth (Knowing), Hallock Beals, Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire, The Cat in the Hat), Stephanie Leigh and Nick Searcy (Castaway, The Ugly Truth) round out the cast. Directed by Julie Ann Robinson (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Big Love”), The Last Song is set in a small Southern beach town where father and daughter reconnect with the help of their shared love for music. The journey is complete with discoveries of friendship, first love and second chances.
Although no official press release has been issued as of yet, TheHDRoom has reported that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing both OCEANS and The Crimson Wing on Blu-ray/DVD Combo packs on October 19, 2010. Both will have an MSRP of $39.99.
Extras for OCEANS include:
- Living Menus – an Interactive Experience (Blu-ray only)
- Filmmaker Annotations (Blu-ray only)
- Make a Wave Disney’s Friends for Change Music Video with Demi Levato and Joe Jonas
- Disney & Nature – Preserving the World We Share
- Deeper in the Ocean – Select Videos from Living Menus and Filmmaker Annotations