Over the past couple of months, Walt Disney Studios has been slowly ramping up its ‘For Your Consideration’ website (available at WaltDisneyStudiosAwards.com), dedicated to promoting various aspects of its films for consideration by the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar nominations/awards.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.
Beginning with its 2016 theatrically released feature films, new Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature titles will be made available for Netflix members to watch instantly in the pay TV window on multiple platforms, including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones. Also included in the agreement are high-profile Disney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, today announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
Across the film and television categories Disney has a strong showing this year (full list of nominees and respective categories below), particularly with Pixar’s Brave, Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph and Disney Animation’s ‘TRON: Uprising.’ Disney Junior newcomers ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ also managed to be recognized for their efforts.
Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have shared with us a few new hi-res stills from Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, in theaters on May 3, 2013. Among the new images are a good look at Iron Patriot as well as Dr. Maya Hansen (portrayed by Rebecca Hall) — a contemporary of Tony Stark and recognized biotechnologist whose work on the ‘super soldier’ program yielded Extremis, a compound which genetically alters its subjects into super beings.
The new images have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. If the resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image in its original resolution.
We have yet to see any official announcement from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, but thanks to a new listing from DisneyStore.com, we have now learned that plans to release Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie on Blu-ray have moved up from the original reported date of January 15, 2013 to a fairly official date of January 8, 2013. Note, however, that Disney Store lists only the non 3D version of the release whereas other retailers, such as Amazon.com, are listing the Disney 3D Blu-ray version
The listing essentially also confirms much of what we previously reported regarding the bonus features. As a recap, the bonus features are recapped below, as per Disney Store:
Featuring text books including Scareonomics and a spin on the classic self-help book, I’m OK, You’re OK (titled I’m Scary, You’re Scary), the new teaser poster for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University was unveiled earlier today exclusively by Fandango.
The article also shares a few more details about the film but basically confirms an earlier report of ours that Mike Wazowski and Sulley do in fact join the Oozma Kappa (speaking of OK) fraternity.
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.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards, among which can be found Marvel’s The Avengers from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios’John Carter. Also among the contenders is Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which is a technical notch for Marvel, speaking purely from the intellectual property perspective.
The other films being considered for nomination in the category are: Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Prometheus, Skyfall and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature Frozen, which is slated for the big screen on November 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film’s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year’s hit arcade-hopping adventure Wreck-It Ralph.
Though it’s been promoting the program for well over a year and has even since changed the name of it, it appears that The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) may be finally ready to unveil its ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ (formerly ‘Disney Studios All Access’) initiative.
Based on Disney’s own proprietary technology dubbed Keychest, DMA will allow customers to purchase a single copy of a Disney title and subsequently be able to watch it across all devices on an on-demand basis. A competing technology, UltraViolet — which is backed by movie studios other than Disney — has been available for some time, but has not been well received overall by its customers. TWDC CEO Bob Iger has suggested in the past that he would allow UltraViolet to be the trailblazer and potentially gauge their market reaction to help mold that of Disney’s own.
After a recent refurbishment at its Studio Backlot Tour, guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida now have the opportunity to preview a prop from the upcoming action adventure film, The Lone Ranger, from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer.
The prop featured in the attraction, which takes guests ‘behind the scenes’ the world of filmmaking, appears to be the top portion of a courthouse which has seen better days, bears only a hint of what it once proclaimed: ‘Justice for all.’