Walt Disney Studios recently sent us a couple of new stills from their upcoming release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell and Monica Belluci.
It’s hard to imagine given what we’ve already seen from the new Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer joint The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, loosely based on the Fantasia segment of the same name that there could be even more F/X to ogle.
Truth is though, most of the F/X shots you’ll find in the new trailer have been seen in previously released clips, but the trailer now pays special attention to them, offering us more of the amazing sights the film has to offer. Of special note is the Wall Street Bull that temporarily takes over the Bowling Green area of Manhattan, the initial insect-ized appearance of Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) and — of course — the homage to the film’s inspiration, the quintessential mop scene that results when the apprentice Dave (Jay Baruchel) defies the wizard Balthazar’s (Nicolas Cage) strict rule to never use magic as a shortcut.
Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) was, along with Balthazar Blake and Veronica, a disciple of Merlin and a force of good more than a thousand years ago. But their mutual love for Veronica split the colleagues apart and Horvath has instead become an ally of the wicked Morgana, who murdered Merlin and is seeking to conquer the world with her minions. He and Balthazar have battled through the ages, finally bringing their conflict to modern-day New York City.
Walt Disney Studios has just sent us these hi-res stills and publicity images from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice featuring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Monica Belluci and Teresa Palmer which we’ve added to our gallery for the film below (newest images first).
Although they’ll also probably be released in time, if you’re hungry for additional stills from the film, be sure to check out the junior novelization of the film which contains several full color photos from the motion picture.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer will be released nationwide on July 14. For all of our coverage of the film, follow this bookmark.
The theatrical release date for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been moved up a couple of days to July 14, a.k.a. Bastille Day.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we also get a look at some new footage from the film in the following featurette, Good vs. Evil, which touches upon the relationship between sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) and his apprentice (Jay Baruchel) and the sorcerer Horvath (Alfred Molina). Horvath’s assistant, Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) appears to have given this preview the slip.
Earlier today,Walt Disney Studios sent us several new hi-res stills from the action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer thriller Prince of Persia: Sands of Time starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, et al. The newly released images also feature Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell (both of whom also star in Disney’s and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice later this summer) along with Richard Coyle, Reece Ritchie, Thomas DuPont and Steve Toussaint.
We’ve added the stills to our Prince of Persia gallery below. You’ll find the new ones towards the end.
Check out this new just-released trailer for the F/X driven The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios.
Dave (Jay Baruchel) is just an average college student, or so it appears, until the sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) recruits him as his reluctant protégé and gives him a crash course in the art and science of magic. As he prepares for a battle against the forces of darkness in modern-day Manhattan, Dave finds it is going to take all of the courage he can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE.
In 1897 — in September of 1897 no less — New York Sun editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church wrote what become arguably the most famous editorial of all time as a response to a letter received by the paper. Under the headline ‘Is there a Santa Claus?,’ Church’s reply is more commonly known and cherished as Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
I spent most of last night on the set of the new Jerry Bruckheimer movie, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, et al. The film is based on the poem/Fantasia segment of the same name — Cage is the Sorcerer (not named Yensid) and Alfred Molina portrays Horvath, Cage’s nemesis and fellow sorcerer. In the film, Horvath picks up a sidekick in the form of professional illusionist Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell).
The evening started off watching some of the vehicles being prepped for the evening’s filming.To start with, 2 of the 4 lanes along Sixth Avenue were closed off for about 10 blocks.
Micro-spoiler: It appears Horvath, most likely while being persued, plays a neat little trick and turns all of the New York City taxis into clones of the one he’s in. As you’ll see in the photos, there were about 20 taxis that were all re-numbered to cab number 8B42, right down to the medallion on the hood.
First, they filmed Molina and Kebbell in their taxi, becoming engulfed in taxi clones. They did this a few times (the crew had a habit of forgetting to remove the orange cones that were placed in the street to mark off the road — once, there was just a single cone left behind). This was followed by shooting another rigged taxi clone from behind, chasing it with the camera.
After a break courtesy of craft services, Molina and Kebbell were back to work, this time in a silver Mercedes SUV. By now, *all* of Sixth Avenue was closed off for the production. They did at least a couple of takes (someone forgot to remove cones the first time around) and after 6 hours of being on set, I decided to call it quits for the night. The only other thing I can offer was that they rigged up a sanitation garbage truck to film whoever was ‘driving’ it — they brought in the cab of a semi to pull it.
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