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'The Wind Rises' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has provided us with this teaser poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises which will debut in theaters with a limited release on February 21, 2014, followed by a wide release on February 28, 2014 under Disney’s Touchstone banner. In addition, the film will have a week-long award-qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York beginning this Friday, November 8 – 14, which will feature the film in its original Japanese language with subtitles.

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Marvel to Produce Multiple Live Action Series for Netflix for 2015 Debut

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on Daredevil and followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four thirteen-episode series and a culminating Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Over Forty New High-Res Stills

L to R: Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) Ph: Film Frame © 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Dear Odin.

By this time, you can probably piece the entire movie together as the new additions bring the total of our Thor: The Dark World gallery to a staggering 100+ images. Nonetheless, Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios continue to supply us with stills from the new film which opens this Friday, November 8, 2013.

As usual, the new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version, then click the resize arrow to see them at their original resolution.

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‘The Blue Umbrella’ Pitch Script Available for Free Download

"THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.For consideration of best animated short, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have released the beautiful and poetic — albeit grammatically flawed — pitch script for the short The Blue Umbrella, which played before Monsters University. It can be downloaded in PDF form directly here.
It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas — one blue, one not — fall eternally in love.

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‘Monsters University’ Script Available for Free Download

'Monsters University' Character PosterIn addition to Disney’s Frozen, Walt Disney Studios has also released the the script for Pixar’s Monsters University, which can be downloaded directly here. The script is credited to Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird and Dan Scanlon. The script for Saving Mr. Banks is also expected to be released but as of this time, it has not been.

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Script with Lyrics Available for Free Download

'Frozen' from Walt Disney Animation StudiosBranded as the Disney Frozen ‘Final Shooting Draft’ written by Jennifer Lee and dated September 23, 2013, Walt Disney Studios has now made the script for Frozen available for download, complete with lyrics by Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Although not publicly linked to on the Studio’s ‘For Your Consideration’ awards website (which is still under development for this year), it can be downloaded via its direct link. The script is intended to make voting members of the various bodies aware of it for as consideration for best screenplay awards.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Soundtrack to Feature Demos from ‘Mary Poppins’ (Track List)

'Saving Mr. Banks' Original Motion Picture SoundtrackThanks to a pre-order listing on iTunes, we now have the complete track list for the double-album original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks as composed by Thomas Newman (also available via  Amazon). The soundtrack is scheduled to be released on December 10, 2013, just ahead of the film’s limited release on December 13, followed by its wide release on December 20, 2013.

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ New Behind-The-Scenes Photos (High-Res)

Behind The Scenes with Christopher Eccleston (Malekith) Ph: Jay Maidment© 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with high resolution versions of several newly released behind-the-scenes images from their upcoming film, Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013). The images have been added to the beginning of our behind-the-scenes gallery embedded below.

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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Disney Submits Four Animated Films for Oscar Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that a total of nineteen animated films have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature category in the 86th Academy Awards, which will air in the United States on ABC on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Among the submitted films are Frozen from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Planes from Disney Toon Studios, Monsters University from Pixar Animation Studios and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises. The other entries from other studios are: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Ernest and Celestine, The Fake, Free Birds, Khumba, The Legend of Sarila, A Letter to Momo, O Apóstolo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion, Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury, The Smurfs 2, and Turbo.

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REVIEW: ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Disney’s Best Since ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Note: This is a review of the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen. Reviews for the film are under embargo until later this month.

Disney 'Frozen' Original Motion Picture SoundtrackOn November 25, Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen in both single disc and 2-disc deluxe formats (available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes), the latter of which features demos of songs that didn’t make it into to the film for various reasons (25 were written with just eight plus a reprise making the final cut). In addition to the songs written by the [married] songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the soundtrack features a score by Christophe Beck and orchestration and arrangements by Dave Metzger. With a pedigree such as this, it’s a natural expectation for the soundtrack to exceed, but frankly expectations are greatly exceeded in what can easily be seen as Disney’s best musical since Beauty and the Beast, and in some ways, even better.

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