Principal photography on “Pete’s Dragon” commenced today in New Zealand. A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, “Pete’s Dragon” will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.
Walt Disney Studios has released a new featurette for Cinderella (March 13, 2015) titled ‘Love Story,’ featuring lead actors Lily James and Richard Madden who discuss the central plot of the film. You can find it embedded below.
In 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring back many of its beloved events while adding a selection of new experiences for members.
CINDERELLA LIGHTS UP THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS: On March 12 members will be treated to a screening of Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming release Cinderella, followed by a reception exclusively for D23 Gold Members. The event will take place following The Walt Disney Company 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. (Members do not need to be shareholders to attend the screening.)
In celebration of the release of Disney’s live action film inspired by the classic fairy tale Cinderella, Disney Consumer Products has collaborated with nine luxury designer shoe brands across the globe to assemble an enchanting collection of shoes that reimagine Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper. The distinguished designers, in alphabetical order, are: Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, René Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome C. Rousseau, and Stuart Weitzman. Each brand has created its own interpretation of the famed glass slipper Cinderella accidentally leaves behind when the clock strikes midnight.
Walt Disney Studios has released a new 30 second spot for Cinderella (March 13, 2015) titled ‘Conspiracy,’ featuring ‘My Blood’ by Ellie Goulding, which you can find embedded below. The ad also delivers the announcement of a new trailer to be released on Wednesday, February 11.
In an unprecedented move, Disney Store has launched several day-and-date merchandise items for the new Disney Junior animated series, ‘Miles from Tomorrowland,’ which officially premieres today.
Fourteen items in all have been released including plush for Miles, his robo-ostrich pal Merc, Callisto family friend Blodger and Tomorrowland Transit Authority agent Watson and Crick. Other items include a figurine play set, a Miles role-play outfit and several clothing items.
The Oriental Land Company, the owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans for a new character meet and greet facility and restaurant for its Westernland area of the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. Construction is set to begin at the end of 2015 with the closure of the Lucky Nugget Cafe, with a planned opening in late 2016.
Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.
While it’s still too early for any announcements regarding bonus materials, Disney’s Diamond Editions generally include brand new bonus features in addition to classic features from previous releases.
As usual, we will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
Note: Artwork pictured above is for the UK Blu-ray release of Aladdin and should not be considered an accurate representation of the upcoming Diamond Edition.
(via Press Release)
Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor is named. Disney’s senior management team, including all business segment leaders, will report jointly to Mr. Iger and Mr. Staggs, with the exception of the Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Communications Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, who will continue to report directly to Mr. Iger.