New Hi-Res Stills, Details for ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ Marvel Cinematic Universe and Much More

As part of its preview for its upcoming 2014 slate of films, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with newly released high-resolution stills and first looks at several of its projects, including the official synopsis for McFarland, starring Kevin Costner. Details and images follow:

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Walmart to Offer Exclusive ‘Frozen’ Blu-ray, ‘Disney Infinity’ Bundle

Disney 'Frozen' on Blu-rayMuch as it did with the Blu-ray release of Monsters University, bundling either a Mike Wazowski or Randall Boggs ‘Disney Infinity’ figure along with the 2D version of the film, Walmart has announced it will do the same with Frozen when it releases on March 18, 2014. Although no image is currently available (see the Monsters University items as a sample), separate listings for pre-orders have been put up for both Anna and Elsa.

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REPORT: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ at Walt Disney Studios (Exclusive Photos/Video)

'Saving Mr. Banks' Studio Tour at Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios opened its doors to the public this week for its exclusive early nightly screenings of Saving Mr. Banks which is currently in limited release in select cities with a wide release scheduled for December 20, 2013.  The engagement offers the public a rare glimpse into the production studios which is an opportunity rarely afforded — outside of being personally invited, this is usually limited to the Adventures By Disney Backstage Magic Tour or occasional tours conducted by Disney D23, for which one must be a member. After a screening of the film (along with a sizzle reel of the film’s star-studded premiere), guests were invited to visit several key sites located on the Studios campus, many of which had a direct part in the production of Disney’s Mary Poppins. We were invited for an exclusive tour of the locations featuring props, sets, wardrobe and more from Saving Mr. Banks as well as other celebrated artifacts before the public had the chance to see them and are pleased to share photos and video from our experience.

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REPORT: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Joins ‘Frozen’ on Blu-ray in March

'Saving Mr. Banks' PosterAs a quick follow-up to its listing for Frozen on Blu-ray (along with an apparent exclusive on the 3D version), Walmart is now listing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with a release date of March 18, 2014 as well. Perhaps most interesting, however, is that not only does this come ahead of any official announcement, but it appears the listing is currently only available through the direct link which was supplied to us by Walmart via its electronic catalog — it does not yet appear to show up in any search results, which may cast further doubt on whether the release date has any legitimacy at this point.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Turns Blu-ray on March 18, 2014

Disney 'Frozen' on Blu-rayAhead of any official announcement, Walmart has begun listing Disney’s Frozen on Blu-ray with a release date of March 18, 2014 with the following description:

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a chilly twist on one of the most humorous and heartwarming stories ever told. Disney Animation’s best since The Lion King (William Bibbiani, CraveOnline) will melt your heart. Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven — to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Bring home Frozen on Blu-ray High Definition – featuring a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras with gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music. It’s dazzling fun for the whole family.

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Disney Films Available for Streaming on M-GO Service and iPad App

M-GO, a digital movie rental/purchase streaming service announced today that it has entered into a content licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Studios. The deal provides M-GO users with access to a selection of films as they become available, including favorites from Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney/Pixar, Marvel Studios and DreamWorks Studios. Effective immediately, consumers can begin streaming and/or downloading new releases such as Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Marvel’s The Avengers, Monsters University and Disney’s Planes. In addition, just in time for holiday travel, M-GO has also launched M-GO To GO, an iTunes app which gives consumers the freedom to watch digital movies offline on their iPad — including the new iPad Air. Other devices such as some television models, Android devices and computers are also supported.

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‘The Wind Rises’ Full English-Speaking Cast Announced

'The Wind Rises' Teaser PosterAn A-list roster of voice talent has been assembled for the English-language version of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, which opens in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014, expanding wide on February 28, 2014. The film marks director Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature, as the legendary animation veteran announced his retirement in September 2013.

In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The voice cast of the English-language version follows.

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‘Amazing Spider Man 2′ Teaser Poster

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Teaser PosterSony Pictures Entertainment has released a new teaser poster for its upcoming release, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in theaters on May 2, 2014.

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’ to Feature Teenage Kids of Classic Villains, Premiere in 2015

Disney's DescendantsCasting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A..

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