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4:00 PM on 02.17.2015

ReAction Tomorrowland toys teases characters

Toy company Funko recently showed off some of its newest line of retro-styled ReAction action figures based on Disney's upcoming reboot of Tomorrowland.  So far, not much is known about the film other than its starring c...

John-Charles Holmes




Super Bowl TV spot for Tomorrowland photo
Super Bowl TV spot for Tomorrowland
by Nick Valdez

Through its trailers and how little story we've been given so far, Tomorrowland is shaping up to be one of the more interesting movies this year. Like Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a film adapted from Disney parks, but unlike Pirates, it's being handled by a good team. This Super Bowl spot shows a bit of new footage (though it's missing the cool robots from the Comic-Con stuff) and more Clooney monologue, so it's all good in my book. 

Directed by Brad Bird, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, Tomorrowland opens May 22nd. 

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3:00 PM on 01.30.2015

Disney confirms Star Wars trilogy's release years

In case you were wondering when we were getting more Star Wars after Force Awakens takes over the decade, we're getting at least one a year so far. After Episode VII releases at the end of this year, and the first spin-off in...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Star Wars standalone testing some awesome female leads

I'm not very interested in the main Star Wars series, but what has gotten my attention are the standalone spin-off films releasing in between the trilogy. With cooler directors, and possibly cooler stories, it's only natural ...

Nick Valdez



Nick's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2014
by Nick Valdez

2014 was a pretty good year for animated films. But unlike the year before, which featured a huge Disney film with headlining women and lots of family friendly features, 2014 was a complete boy's club. While there were a few small steps here and there (women in these films were characterized a bit better and given more autonomy), it's nothing revolutionary. But despite the testosterone, animated films were pretty great last year (but I do hope for more varied voices in 2015). 

2014 treated animation with the respect it deserves. Cartoons aren't just for throwaway comedies (although some did try to squeeze through), and the five films here were the best examples of studios allowing animated films to explore different kinds of narrative opportunities. While the list won't feature some of the smaller releases (because they haven't released near me) like Song of the Sea and When Marnie Was There, I'm pretty confident that this list is set in my mind. 

Here are my choices for the Top Five Animated Films of 2014. 

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1:00 PM on 12.30.2014

New image and logo from Pixar's The Good Dinosaur

For a Pixar film we've heard relatively little about The Good Dinosaur. That may be because it's run into so much trouble in production. It was delayed from a 2014 release to a November, 2015 release, but things seem to be ro...

Matthew Razak



Review: Into the Woods photo
Review: Into the Woods
by Nick Valdez

For a Disney adaptation of a popular musical, Into the Woods has flown surprisingly under the radar. Coming out of practically nowhere, and with all of the early advertising hiding the fact that it is a musical, you'd think Disney was somehow afraid of Into the Woods' oddball nature. But maybe flying under the radar was a good thing as it gets away with way more than you'd expect.  

Into the Woods gets away with being a full blown musical, and it awesomely does not care what you think of it. 

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10:00 AM on 12.17.2014

International trailer for Cinderella works them shoes

I'm caught in a pickle, folks. While I want Disney's live action version of Cinderella to be different from its animated counterpart (so it has a reason to exist other than money), I don't like the changes. Thus the latest t...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Full trailer for Disney/Pixar's Inside Out is adorable

I've been digging how Pixar has been marketing their upcoming animated project, Inside Out. This latest trailer, like the last, may not feature any of the story, but it's got enough substance to chew on. I will never kn...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Listen to the first song revealed from Disney's Into the Woods

With Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods hitting theaters soon, the jig is essentially up. It can't hide the fact it's a musical anymore, especially with recent promotional material finally showi...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Frozen 2 is a thing in the works

Did you think Disney was just going to let the incredible success of Frozen sit there and... well continue to be successful thanks to toys, television and marketing? No, that's not how they play. Idinia Menzel says that ...

Matthew Razak







First official teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens photo
First official teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Nick Valdez

It's been a long time coming. When Disney bought out Lucasfilm two years ago and announced their plans for another Star Wars trilogy, we all went into some sort of nerd shock. Whether or not you're a fan of the films, you understand the kind of weight the Star Wars name has. And whether you like it or not, this (official, not one of the many fan videos surging around social media as of this writing) first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets the tone for the next decade.

With J.J. Abrams directing, a huge and notable cast joining the effort (including John Boyega and Oscar Isaac), and the original tripod of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford returning, the seventh entry is surely going to reign supreme for years to come.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases December 18th, 2015. What do you think? 

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4:00 PM on 11.25.2014

First trailer for animated Lucasfilm, Strange Magic

Now here's something that came out of absolutely nowhere. This must've been buried under all of that Star Wars after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, but apparently, Strange Magic is an animated film inspired by a story from Georg...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 11.24.2014

UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut trailer in select theaters Friday

UPDATE: There are 30 theaters showing the trailer according to StarWars.com (which we've listed below). Good luck! Original story follows. Surely the most anticipated trailer for the rest of the year is for Star Wars: Episode...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.19.2014

First full trailer for Disney's live action Cinderella

Cinderelly, Cinderelly, look what they've done to you, Cinderelly. But seriously, this is the one live action adaptation I don't understand. It's going to make oodles of money sure, those glass slippers look damn good (but t...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 11.18.2014

UPDATE: First character clip and posters for Inside Out

UPDATE: The posters for Joy, Anger, Disgust, and Fear have been added to the gallery. I don't know whose idea it was to cast Lewis Black as Anger, but give them a medal. Original story below!  Pixar's Inside Out is...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Newest Into the Woods trailer finally reveals it's a musical

It's not like Disney has been hiding the fact their latest big budget project, Into the Woods, is based off Stephen Sondheim's musical, but they're not shouting it from the rooftops either. With the first couple of trailers ...

Nick Valdez



Review: Big Hero 6 photo
Review: Big Hero 6
by Matthew Razak

When Disney scooped up Marvel they picked up a ton of comic book history and properties. You had to guess they wouldn't use them all in the same way (i.e. massive blockbusters), and Big Hero 6 is the first Marvel film to break out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact Big Hero 6, a Disney Animation production, doesn't even have the Marvel logo before it. This is not a Marvel film, it is a Disney one.

For that we can be quite thankful. Disney has finally gotten its footing in the animated world once again and following Frozen expectations couldn't be higher for the studio's next animated film. While I seriously doubt that Big Hero 6 will inspire the crazed fervor that Frozen did, Disney's recaptured magic his still here, elevating a kid's superhero movie to something more. 

Also, Baymax.

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Toy Story 4 is confirmed, gets 2017 release date photo
Toy Story 4 is confirmed, gets 2017 release date
by Nick Valdez

With the Toy Story series remaining a big marketing juggernaut long after the trilogy officially ended in 2010, it was almost inevitable that we'd get another film (especially seeing as how we're getting more and more TV specials featuring Bonnie's toy gang). And before you cry out that it's some sort of cash in, I think they're finally doing this because they've got a good idea. 

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Toy Story 4 will release June 16. 2017 with John Lasseter returning to direct, and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack co-writing the script. Also, most are expecting Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to return, but that has yet to be confirmed. Here's what Lasseter (with big wigs Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Lee Unkrich all contributing to the story) had to say about the sequel: 

We love these characters so much; they are like family to us...We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee, and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.

Matt and I talked about this in length when news of Toy Story 4 first leaked, and I still believe there are more good Toy Stories as long as someone is willing to make them. Sure Toy Story 3 had a definitive end, but I'd rather think of that as an end to that particular arc. There's always room for more playtime. 

[via D23

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Star Wars: Episode VII gets official title photo
Star Wars: Episode VII gets official title
by Megan Porch

This morning, the official twitter for Star Wars revealed that Episode VII's principal photography finished shooting... and they also threw in a graphic that contains the film's subtitle.

The Force Awakens leaves me with a lot of questions. Was the Force taking a nap? Did it just not want to be bothered after all the drama surrounding the Skywalker family? Are midichlorians still a thing?

I guess we'll just have to see the movie to find out.

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3:00 PM on 10.23.2014

First look at furry Johnny Depp in Into the Woods

As Into the Woods continues to look fantastic with a musical trailer, great outfits, and a bewitching Meryl Streep, here's the first thing that gives me pause. Basically any film that gives Johnny Depp free reign to act like ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Disney's Moana gets synopsis and new release date

When we'd last heard about Disney's next animated (possibly princess) film, Moana, it was working in the same style as their gorgeous Paperman short and was debuting in 2018. Looks like production has sped up over the la...

Nick Valdez