Disney Shuts Down Miramax; Shelves Films Not Yet Released

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The Wrap reported yesterday that Disney has officially decided to shut down Miramax Films after a recent period of slowly shrinking the production and distribution company, most recently ousting its president Daniel Battsek and closing the New York offices. Founded in 1979 by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the pioneering film company was named in honor of the Weinsteins’ parents (Miriam and Max) and was acquired by Disney in 1993. After a strained relationship with The Walt Disney Company, the Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005 and began another new film company on their own.

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New ‘Yellow Light Cycle’ Billboard Ad for Tron Legacy (Hi-Res Image)

Released a few days ago, exclusively through MTV, Walt Disney Studios has now offered us the following hi-res image of a sleek new Tron Legacy billboard ad featuring a yellow light cycle. This ad compliments the original blue version we first introduced you to last month.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 to Begin Shooting in Hawaii This Summer

Linda Lingle today announced that Hawai‘i will be the location for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth installment of the highly successful Walt Disney Pictures’ action adventure film series from Jerry Bruckheimer Films. The Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger met with Governor Lingle on Friday to share the news that the islands of Kauai and Oahu will be sites for the production of the feature film, which will begin shooting this summer and is slated to be released in summer 2011. The production is expected to generate an estimated $85 million in direct and indirect spending in Hawaii, providing a needed economic boost for the state’s economy as well as creating hundreds of jobs for local residents.

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New Clip from ‘When in Rome’ – Dark Dating

In this new clip from When in Rome, courtesy of Touchstone Pictures, Nick (Josh Duhamel) takes Beth (Kristen Bell) out for a romantic dinner in an experimental restaurant he hopes will pick up where the two left off in Rome, he gets a bit more than he bargained for, the least of which is the waitress (Kristen Schaal of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3).

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Andrew Stanton’s ‘John Carter of Mars’ Begins Principal Photography in London

Principal photography is underway in London for Walt Disney Pictures’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS.” Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings.  Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE) and Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS).

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‘TRON Legacy’ Producer Sean Bailey Named New Disney Studios Production Chief

Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS), announced today that Sean Bailey has been named President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production as the segment continues to restructure its operation.  In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures.  Additional changes to international theatrical distribution, multicultural initiatives, publicity, communications and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment were made as part of the business’ new strategic direction.

“Building upon a strong foundation with the company, Sean brings great creative instincts and considerable filmmaking experience to his new role at The Walt Disney Studios.  His close relationships throughout the creative community and industry at large make him an ideal leader to set the direction of TWDS’ future film slates,” said Ross. “Sean’s talent, energy, and commitment to delivering quality content will help us achieve our goals of producing and distributing Disney-branded movies that entertain audiences worldwide.”

“I am honored and thrilled to join a company with the history and tradition of The Walt Disney Studios,” said Bailey.  “Working with the strong team that has been assembled under Rich’s leadership, I look forward to working with the Studios’ impressive array of talented filmmakers to create entertaining, inspiring films that uphold the legacy and quality of classic Disney movies and capture the imagination of our global audiences.”

Bailey’s feature film producing credits include Matchstick Men, Gone Baby Gone and the upcoming Disney film, Tron Legacy. He is the founder and president of the production company, Idealogy, Inc. He also co-founded the integrated media firm, LivePlanet, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore and was the executive producer of several high profile television programs including LivePlanet’s three-time Emmy-nominated Project Greenlight. Sean wrote the screenplay Liberty for The Walt Disney Company and co-wrote the screenplay Solace.

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POTC4: On Stranger Tides to Hit Theaters May 20, 2011

SAVE THE DATE: Walt Disney Studios has announced that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is slated to be released on May 20, 2011.

The May 20th slot was previously dominated by Marvel Entertainment’s Thor from Paramount Pictures which was moved ahead in anticipation of reported problems with Sony’s production of Spider-Man 4 (coincidentally, another Marvel property).

One thing is for certain: Disney and Marvel will be seeing a very profitable summer 2011.

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New Hi-Res Image from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Features Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter

Released earlier today via the Alice in Wonderland Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios has released the first official image from Tim Burton’s upcoming film, featuring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

Disney has just sent us this hi-res version of the photo which we are happy to share with you. Simply click the small version pictured here to see the image in its full size (you may also need to click the resize symbol in the corner of the image if it shows up as you hover over the image).

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New Hi-Res Image from Prince of Persia Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan

Walt Disney Studios has just sent us this image of Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) from Prince of Persia. Although a similiar image had been released in the past, this one shows Dastan much more closely.

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New Hi-Res Version of TRON: Legacy Billboard Artwork

Earlier in the week, we shared with you the billboard teaser art for TRON: Legacy that Walt Disney Studios shared with some of its lucky fans on the TRON Facebook page.

The Studios has since sent us a hi-res version of the image (minus title) which we’re happy to share with you below:

Tron Billboard Artwork © Disney

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