Report: Miramax to Return to Co-Founders

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax and later sold it to The Walt Disney Company are about to take the reigns once more. At a reported $600 million, the Hollywood power duo will once again oversee the production and distribution company they named after their parents.

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Advanced Ticket Sales for Disneynature’s OCEANS Help Save More than 790 Acres of Coral Reefs So Far

“OCEANS” won’t open till Earth Day, yet 400,000 moviegoers have already bought tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and protect coral reefs in the process.  The “See ‘OCEANS,’ Save Oceans” initiative has bolstered ticket sales for the film; Disneynature’s pledge to make a contribution in honor of everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 has already translated to more than 790 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas—and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22-opening just a week away.

“With 400,000 tickets sold so far, Disneynature’s second film is making a huge splash and saving coral reefs along the way—and ‘OCEANS’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Chuck Viane, president, distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Coral reefs are essential to the global ecosystem; we’re already on our way to establishing more than 790 acres of new marine protected areas—that’s the equivalent of about 600 football fields or nearly the size of New York City’s Central Park—and sales are still going strong.”

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Teaser Poster for ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Makes ‘Net Debut

Sorcerer's Apprentice Teaser PosterThanks to an exclusive from Comingsoon.net, we now have our first look at the first teaser poster for the upcoming Walt Disney Studios release of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Jerry Bruckheimer -produced film which puts a whole new spin on the famous segment from Fantasia starring Mickey Mouse.

You can check out the full size poster at Comingsoon.net and all of our Sorcerer’s Apprentice coverage right here.

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French Actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey To Make U.S. Debut in POTC4

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Photo by Carole Bellaiche)Astrid Bergès-Frisbey has been selected by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall to star in the key role of Syrena, a beautiful and alluring young mermaid, in Walt Disney Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth in the blockbuster series of films.  Bergès -Frisbey joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow. The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011.

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New Hi-Res Images from Disneynature’s OCEANS

We have updated our photo gallery of stills from Disneynature’s OCEANS to include a couple of dozen more hi-res images. As alwys, you can click on individual thumbnails to view the larger images or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow.

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Visiting Pixar Animation Studios: A Photo Tour by The Pixar Blog

Earlier this month, several bloggers from around the world were invited to Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. One of the lucky few chosen was Mike of The Pixar Blog and fortunately he has begun his photo-laden (when allowed) tour of the campus. In the first installment, Mike dives right in and shows photos from the atrium filled with props and concept art (including from Toy Story 3), Cafe Luxo and even the cereal bar. Evidently there’s a salad bar too, but the only green things you’ll find in Mike’s photos is Mike Wazowski and some Aliens.

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First Look: Television Ads for Disneynature’s OCEANS

Disneynature has sent us these three television advertisements for their upcoming film OCEANS, debuting in theaters on Earth Day, April 22. In order that they appear in the video, the spots are titled: ‘Connection,’ ‘See OCEANS, Save Oceans’ and ‘Our World.’

For more information on OCEANS, click here.

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Disney Home Video Launches Site for ‘Iron Man’ Animated Series on DVD

Iron Man - The Animated Series on DVDContinuing our coverage on what we considered to be the first Marvel-related public move Disney made since it acquired the comics powerhouse, we were pleased to learn that Buena Vista Home Entertainment has finally launched the official site for the DVD edition of the Iron Man animated series produced back in the mid-90s.

Although the animated series has been released on DVD in Europe, this is the first time the series has made its way to the home video market in North America. It will become available to own on May 4, but has been available for pre-order on Amazon.com for some time now.

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New ‘Toy Story 3’ Clip: Barbie Meets Ken

Disney/Pixarhas just released this clip from their upcoming film Toy Story 3. In the clip, the gang has just arrived at Sunnyside Daycare and Lotso (Ned Beatty) introduces them to fellow newcomer Ken (Michael Keaton). Needless to say, you can almost smell the toxic fumes of burning plastic hearts when painted eyes lock with those of Barbie’s (Jodi Benson).

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New Featurette for Disneynature’s OCEANS Featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle

OCEANS from DisneynatureDisneynature has just sent us this featurette for its upcoming film OCEANS (in theaters Earth Day, April 22). It features dazzling images from the film combined with a mini-narrative from Dr. Sylvia Earle, a world-renowned oceanographer. Leading hundreds of expeditions totalling thousands of hours logged, Dr. Earle is a former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Among her numerous awards and recognitions is the TED prize in 2009 and being named TIME Magazine’s first ‘Hero for the Planet.’

For all of our ongoing coverage of Disneynature’s OCEANS, be sure to bookmark this link.

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