The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney FanClub, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, ‘A Great and Powerful Odyssey,’ gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there’s a sneak peek of 2014’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.
Via the official Walt Disney Studios UK Facebook page, we get what appears to be our first publicity still at the upcoming sequel The Muppets… Again! which will debut in theaters on March 21st, 2014. The still features human star Ricky Gervais alongside Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.
Disney announced today that they will be debuting a brand-new :90 sneak peek for the highly anticipated Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films summer blockbuster The Lone Ranger on Sunday, February 3, during the CBS Pregame Show 2:00 PM EST. In conjunction with the release of the new footage, Disney will hold a sweepstakes that offers participants a chance to win prizes provided by SUBWAY® restaurants and Kawasaki.
The Walt Disney Studios has announced that its live-action release previously known as 1952 will be titled Tomorrowland. The film will be released domestically on December 19, 2014. George Clooney (The Descendants) is set to star.
Tomorrowland is written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird from a concept by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Lindelof (Star Trek, Lost, Prometheus) will produce and Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will produce and direct.
Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have shared with us a new hi-res still from Marvel’s Iron Man 3, in theaters on May 3, 2013. The new image — which has been added to our gallery below — gives us another look at Iron Man with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. If the resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image in its original resolution.
Traveling by bubble is not for the feint of heart if this newly released still from Oz the Great and Powerful is to be believed. The image features Glinda (Michelle Williams) in the forefront and at peace in her travel bubble while Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) seems a tad less enthused about the mode of travel. It’s just the latest in a series of hi-res stills from the film provided to us by Walt Disney Studios.
In addition, we have received a couple of behind-the-scenes images featuring James Franco with director Sam Raimi as well as a wicked peek of a scene highlighting the developing relationship between Diggs and Theodora (Mila Kunis).
As previously announced, Disney’s Planes has shifted from a direct-to-home-video release to a full blown theatrical release, bowing in theaters on August 9, 2013. Walt Disney Studios has now provided us with an updated synopsis for the film which confirms it will be released in 3D. The full synopsis is as follows:
From above the world of Cars comes Disney’s Planes, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a small-town plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to naval aviator Skipper, who helps Dusty qualify to take on Ripslinger, the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
Last month, we introduced the official character description as well as several fun facts for Oz the Great and Powerful. You can read that post for the first set of fun facts, but today, we now have several more fun facts about the film courtesy of Walt Disney Studios:
- Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams play the three witches in Oz The Great and Powerful, respectively: Evanora, Theodora and Glinda. All three have special powers that emanate from natural elements. Evanora has the power to create lightning; Theodora can make fireballs appear; and Glinda commands water.
Walt Disney Studios today released an updated schedule of several of its upcoming films, as listed below:
Muppets 2 (rumored to be under the working title of Muppets… Again) is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang. In theaters March 21, 2014.
Earlier this morning, awards show host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominations for the primary categories for the upcoming 85th annual Academy Awards at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Disney’s only nominations announced thus far — unsurprisingly — have been for Best Animated Feature Film in which Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph, Pixar Animation Studio’s Brave were all nominated. Other films in the category are Laika’s Paranorman and Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits.