‘The Avengers,’ ‘John Carter’ in Running for Visual Effects Academy Award

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.

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Disney Hints at Launch Date for ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ Initiative

Disney Movies AnywhereThough 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.

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‘The Lone Ranger’ Prop on Display at Walt Disney World

20121118-101043.jpgAfter 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.’

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Frankenweenie’ 3D Blu-Ray to Feature Brand New Short

Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' on Disney Blu-ray 3DAhead of any official announcements, we have learned that when Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie arrives on Disney 3D Blu-ray on January 15, 2013, it will count a brand new animated short amongst its bonus features.

The short, titled ‘Captain Sparky vs the Flying Saucers’ clocks in at just under 2 minutes, 20 seconds and was written by long-time Burton collaborator Derek Frey, who is also credited as a co-producer of the feature-length Frankenweenie.

Other bonus features expected to included with the release consist of at least three deleted scenes, the ‘Pet Sematary’ music video by Plain White T’s, a 20-min documentary titled ‘Miniatures in Motion’ and another half-hour long segment simply titled ‘Frankenweenie.’

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WATCH: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Full Trailer

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Full TriptychWalt Disney Studios has just released the newest trailer for its upcoming film, Oz the Great and Powerful which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ New Hi-Res Stills

China Girl (voiced by Joey King); James Franco, right ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In addition to the final component of the triptych, Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with several new stills from its film, Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

The stills, released in anticipation of the new trailer tomorrow, give us a closer look at Oscar Diggs (the Wizard), Theodora, Evanora, Glinda as well as the flying monkey Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and the China Girl (voiced by Joey King). The new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery of images from the film below:

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Final Tripytch Panel Revealed

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Triptych Middle PanelIn advance of the new trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful debuting tomorrow, Yahoo! movies has released the final panel of the triptych, the middle piece. This piece features the Wizard, Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs (or OZ PINHEAD) himself, along with the witches,  Glinda, Theodora and Evanora.

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Disney’s ‘Paperman’ Makes Short List for Animated Short Oscar

'Paperman'The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards out of fifty-six films that had originally qualified in the category.

Among the shortlisted titles is Disney’s Paperman, directed by John Kahrs, which is currently playing nationally in front of Wreck-it Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 85th Academy Awards final nominations (3 – 5 in this particular category) will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 am PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Triptych Panel Features Munchkins, Flying Monkeys and More

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Triptych, Panel 2Featuring flying monkeys, the China Girl (as portrayed by Joey King), a munchkin and other fantastical creatures, Walt Disney studios have provided us with the right-side panel of a triptych for Oz the Great and Powerful, with a promise that the final panel will be released next week.

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‘Peter Pan Diamond Edition’ to Feature Disney Intermission, Alternate Opening and More

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayAbout a week ago, Disney Movie Club introduced some new details regarding the Peter Pan Diamond Edition blu-ray that will be available to own on February 5, 2013 (available for pre-order from Amazon.com) and now thanks to an official press release as well as a special pre-order offer from DisneyStore.com, we have even more information to share.

In addition to classic DVD features, bonus features for the new release include:

  • Disney Intermission
  • Disney View
  • Growing Up with Nine Old Men
  • Deleted Song: Never Smile at a Crocodile
  • Deleted Song: The Boatswain Song

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