Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.
Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films, including ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ have been shortlisted for consideration for Oscar nominations in the Hair and Makeup category. The remaining five shortlisted are: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel, “Noah” and “The Theory of Everything”
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that ‘Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy,’ featuring Disney Princess Rapunzel, will be available to own on DVD on February 24, 2015 (now available for pre-order).
The revelation of a spellbinding secret sets in motion the most thrilling adventure in the history of Sofia the First! After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping. Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the crown and turn the entire kingdom black-and-white! Amber and Sofia soar through the skies on a flying dragon — aided by special guest Rapunzel — as they embark on a daring quest to defeat Ivy, break the curse and save Enchancia. Packed with high-flying excitement, plus three more song-filled episodes, The Curse of Princess Ivy shows how love, trust, and unselfishly putting others’ needs first can truly work magic!
br />Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today confirmed that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be available to own on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand on February 10th, 2015.
Disney’s heartwarming comedy will have your entire family laughing out loud. Based on the best-selling book, it follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him. But he discovers he’s not alone when his dad (Steve Carell), mom (Jennifer Garner) and family live through their own terrible – and hilarious – day. It will tickle everyone’s funny bone, and warm their hearts as they discover how even on rotten days, families can grow closer.
In celebration of Disney Theatrical Productions’ 20 years on Broadway, the ABC Television Network will air “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” airing SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 7:00 p.m., ET and hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of ABC’s Modern Family. This one hour special, produced by Lincoln Square Productions, takes viewers on a journey through the creation of Disney’s eight Broadway musicals: “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “AIDA,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” The special features new commentary and revealing anecdotes by the stars and theatre professionals about the creation and long runs of these beloved titles.
Walt Disney Studios has just released its newest trailer for the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Into the Woods (December 25, 2014), which you can find embedded below. In case you missed any of them, our current gallery of stills from the film is also embedded below.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
Square Enix today announced that it will be releasing a ‘Collector’s Edition’ of its upcoming Playstation 3 title, ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.’ The ‘Collector’s Edition,’ which also includes 1.5 as well as several other bonus items detailed below, will be available in limited quantities for $99.99 exclusively at the Kingdom Hearts online store.
The Collector’s Edition will include the following:
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Game Discs
- Collector’s Steelbook Case – The steelbook case contains both KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX and KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX discs and features premium artwork from the series Director, Tetsuya Nomura.
As per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, twenty animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Category of the 87th Academy Awards. Among them are Big Hero 6 from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy and Planes: Fire and Rescue from Disney Toon Studios. Several of the films, however, have yet to complete their required
qualifying run in Los Angeles. Category rules dictate that at least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year in order for the category to be activated, although that does not appear to be an issue at this point in time.