‘Annie’ 2012 Noms: ‘Ralph,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘TRON: Uprising’ Amongst Forerunners; Mark Henn to be Recognized

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, today announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements.

Across the film and television categories Disney has a strong showing this year (full list of nominees and respective categories below), particularly with Pixar’s Brave, Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph and Disney Animation’s ‘TRON: Uprising.’ Disney Junior newcomers ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ also managed to be recognized for their efforts.

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‘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.

The other films being considered for nomination in the category are: Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Prometheus, Skyfall and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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‘John Carter’ Arrives on Disney 3D Blu-ray, June 5

'John Carter' on Disney 3D Blu-rayAhead of an official notice, Amazon.com has begun accepting pre-orders for John Carter from Walt Disney Studios to be released on a 4 disc 3D Blu-ray combo pack on June 5, 2012. A 2 disc Blu-ray/DVD and single disc DVD version will also be available.

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‘John Carter’ ‘White Apes’ Extended Clip Plus New Trailer/Footage

White Apes, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, center)©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

With just a couple of weeks before it hits theaters, it appears Walt Disney Studios may finally have a decent grip on the marketing for its upcoming production John Carter. After being ridiculed on the internet for months for its less-than-stellar trailers and ad campaigns, a new, positive buzz is beginning to swell between both early reports from those who have seen the film as well as what was released here by Walt Disney Studios Australia, a two-minute plus sneak peek at the film itself. Apparently the best way to sell John Carter is to actually show it. In this extended White Apes’ scene, John Carter is forced to face the giant white apes and use his brains and new physical abilities to attempt to defeat them. To sweeten the pot, the clip is then followed by what can only be described as a brand new trailer, stuffed with some amazing visuals and a good chunk of footage not yet released.

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Photos: ‘John Carter’ Premiere Red Carpet

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Chief Creative Office of Pixar John Lasseter, actress Lynn Collins, director/writer Andrew Stanton and producer Jim Morris arrive at the Walt Disney Presents

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with images from the star-studded red carpet premiere of John Carpet held at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live last night. Among  the film’s stars and other fans were Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, James Purefoy, Mason Cook, Daryl Sabara, writer/director Andrew Stanton, Helen Mirren, Zendaya Coleman, Bella Thorne, Katie Leclerc, Caroline Sunshine, Kevin McKidd, Michael Giacchino, Mark Andrews, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Michael Chabon, Bruce Boxleitner and more.

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‘John Carter’ Clips: ‘I’m On Mars,’ ‘Mars Best Friend’ and ‘Canyon Escape’

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins)Ph: Frank Connor©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

Walt Disney Studios has recently released three clips from its upcoming epic adventure, John Carter of Mars.

From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter —a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

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‘John Carter’ Dozens of New Hi-Res Stills, Progressions, Behind-the-Scenes and More

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins)Ph: Frank Connor©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, we have added more than 75 newly released hi-res stills from John Carter to our already substantial collection, bringing the total number to nearly 100. The new stills highlight some of the more iconic scenes from the original trailer as well as characters that haven’t yet been released in images.

We also received a couple of dozen behind-the-scenes shots including progression shots of John Carter with Woola, a ship over Helium, how Willem Dafoe became Tars Tarkas along with several shots using green screen and panoramic views as the film crew shot on location in London, Utah and Arizona.

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‘John Carter’ New Hi-Res Stills Feature Landscapes, Tars Tarkas, Sarkoja, Dejah Thoris

©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

In conjunction with the release of the extended Super Bowl commercial, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several new hi-res stills from its upcoming release of John Carter. The new stills Taylor Kitsch as John Carter along with Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), Sarkoja (Polly Walker), Deja Thoris (Lynn Collins) and some magnificent landscapes.

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Watch ‘The Avengers,’ ‘John Carter’ Extended Super Bowl Ads

 

'John Carter' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has also released the full, extended Super Bowl commercial for its upcoming film, John Carter. As we previously reported, both ads were Shazam enabled. The Shazam feature for John Carter promised to show the extended version, but on the Apple iPad, it simply went to the official webpage for the film with no apparent way to view the extended commercial. It also provided more information on ‘Kashmir’ as performed by Bond.

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‘John Carter’ Extended Super Bowl Ad Available Online

'John Carter' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has released the full, extended Super Bowl commercial for its upcoming film, John Carter. As we previously reported, the ad was Shazam enabled (as should be the one for Marvel’s The Avengers), but the only thing it offered it was the opportunity to view the extended commercial (as seen below) and provide more information on ‘Kashmir’ as performed by Bond. In fact, the link to the extended commercial did not appear to work correctly, at least not on the Apple iPad, which simply went to the tablet version of the official John Carter page.

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