Walt Disney Studios has just released three clips from its upcoming English release of The Secret World of Arrietty (pronounced AIR-ee-ett-ee) from the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo). Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers.
As part of the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival, filmgoers in the New York City area will have the opportunity to see Disneynature’s newest film, Chimpanzee, more than a month before its theatrical release.
Chimpanzee tells the true-life story of an adorable young chimp named Oscar. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.
As part of its global twitter chat earlier today with The Avengers stars Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson and writer/director Joss Whedon, Marvel Studios also teased its full ad that will premiere during Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012.
Below are some of the highlights from the Twitter chat, followed by the Super Bowl ad teaser:
- Denies Spider-Man will make a cameo appearance in the film, but states the Avengers ‘do turn off the dark.’
- Viewing previous Marvel films not necessary to enjoy The Avengers, ‘but you need to see Steel Magnolias like six times.’
Disney announced today that they have collaborated with the NFL to give viewers an opportunity to enter The Journey to the Super Bowl Sweepstakes with an ad that will run during the Super Bowl XLVI broadcast on Sunday, February 5, 2012. The Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 in New Orleans.
Viewers who are interested in entering the sweepstakes should tune into the game and watch for the John Carter commercial. During the airing of the 30-second spot, a code will be revealed. Viewers can then go to NFL.com/JohnCarter and input the code to be entered in the sweepstakes.
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As far as we’re concerned, impatience is a virtue. Yesterday we reported that we believed Walt Disney World would be offering free, pre-release screenings of Walt Disney Studios’ John Carter. Thanks to activity on the wdwscreeningtickets.com website, we are now able to confirm that the screenings will in fact be taking place and will be offered exclusively to passholders.
The screenings will take place at the Premier Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (the site notes valid theme park admission is required, but.. uh, it’s a passholder event) on the weekend of March 3 and 4. Showtimes will be at 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm each day. Space is limited and registration for the event will only take place online. The film, which is rated PG-13 by the MPAA, will be shown in 3D.
Marvel Studios announced today that they will be sponsoring a Global Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 2 pm ET/11 am PST with cast members and the director of their highly anticipated action-adventure Marvel’s The Avengers, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012. The 30-minute live tweeting event features writer/director Joss Whedon and cast members Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg.
Fans around the world will be able to participate in the Q&A on Twitter by using the @Avengers handle and the #Avengers hashtag. Participating fans will have the opportunity to see a 10-second tease of the 30-second Super Bowl spot that will air during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 on NBC. They will also have a chance to answer Avengers trivia for a chance to win Avengers prize packs.
Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with hi-res versions of several new stills that have recently debuted on Marvel.com. The new images prominently feature Samuel L. Jackson in his role as Nick Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D along with Captain America’s alter ego, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
The new images have been added to our existing gallery of stills below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. If the resize option icon is available, you can click it to view the image in its original size (which we have scaled down from the 15MP versions we received).
It appears to us that several screenings of Disney’s John Carter will be offered at the Walt Disney World Resort prior to its theatrical release on March 9, 2012. The as-of-yet-unconfirmed, unannounced news comes to us by way of a newly established website/domain, wdwscreeningtickets.com. While it’s the wdw prefix that leads us to believe the events will take place at Walt Disney World, the site also actually directs to disneynow.com which is used exclusively by Disney Parks and Resorts to the best of our knowledge.
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment plans on releasing Up from Disney/Pixar on 3D Blu-ray on May 1, 2012. The first of the Pixar Animation Studios films to be released theatrically in 3D, it will now follow the Toy Story trilogy and Cars 2 in the home video market.