11/30 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Nolan circling back, Carpetbagger returns, debating Oscarcast hosts

Posted by · 7:34 am · November 30th, 2010

• Composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and sound mixer Ren Klyce talk “The Social Network. [SoundWorks Collection] • Patrick Goldstein catches up with the idea that the new Disney is pushing hard for “Toy Story 3,” deems it “crazy,” but smartly warns against chafing. [The Big Picture] • Christopher Nolan circles back around as […]

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From ‘Snow White’ to ‘Tangled’: Disney’s 50 toon features

Posted by · 1:44 pm · November 24th, 2010

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WEEKLY WRAP: Weinstein takes the gloves off, Hollywood mourns its own, doc and animated fields shortlisted

Posted by · 11:10 am · November 20th, 2010

• The Academy honored legends Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Jean-Luc Godard and Kevin Brownlow at the annual Governors Awards. • Kris attended a Summit Entertainment holiday party, chatting with the talent in attendance. • Disney revealed a clever plan geared toward presenting “Toy Story 3” as a legitimate Best Picture contender. • The Weinstein […]

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ officially kicks off FYC season

Posted by · 1:47 pm · October 28th, 2010

Back in early September DreamWorks sent out a mailer that was, in my book, the first “For Your Consideration” stab of the season, offering up “How to Train Your Dragon” as a contender in pretty much every category.  But the mailer wasn’t an advertisement place at any outlet, so the first “official” FYC ad of […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ producer Bonnie Arnold

Posted by · 3:53 pm · October 15th, 2010

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Bonnie Arnold was a product of the Watergate generation of journalists, fired up by the state of current political affairs. She sought her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and soon took off to grad school at Boston University, where some dabbling in broadcasting was enough to light a […]

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Disney previews holiday titles: ‘Secretariat,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘TRON’

Posted by · 9:19 am · September 30th, 2010

Last night on the Disney lot the studio held its annual holiday showcase, previewing material from major films set to hit theaters this fall.  Outside the theater there was a massive illuminated “Secretariat” display across from a live horse prancing around in circles, which itself was just steps away from a “TRON Legacy” light cycle.  […]

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9/30 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Blind-siding Christians with ‘Secretariat,’ chatting up Gibney and Reznor, Armond strikes

Posted by · 9:02 am · September 30th, 2010

• David Poland sits down with “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” director Alex Gibney. [Movie City News] • On the innovative marketing strategy of “Freakonomics.” [New York Times] • Xan Brooks and Henry Barnes talk “Made in Dagenham” director Nigel Cole and actress Rosamund Pike. [The Guardian]

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Disney’s double rainbow parody for ‘Tangled’

Posted by · 10:12 am · September 8th, 2010

There is a giant “Tangled” event on the Disney lot today that I unfortunately couldn’t attend.  A screening of the film as a work-in-progress is going down right now with storyboards here and there.  It would have been nice to get a hold on what they’re cooking up but I’m happy to wait for a […]

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Disney tells the Annies where they can stick it

Posted by · 12:04 pm · August 25th, 2010

Remember two years ago when “WALL-E” was on a destined crash course with awards glory throughout the season, then the Annie Awards (the animation community’s annual kudo fest) came along and shut the lovable robot out?  The benefactor was “Kung Fu Panda,” largely considered infinitely inferior to Pixar’s (some would say) crowning achievement. The immediate […]

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COMIC-CON: Wrapping it up…are we getting through?

Posted by · 5:44 pm · July 25th, 2010

My Comic-Con experience ended a bit sooner than I expected this morning when I woke up and decided whatever was on the Sunday docket wasn’t as fetching as a three-hour ride in traffic back to LA. That’s how exhausting the convention was this year. Here’s the thing. We all know Comic-Con and its 125,000-plus attendees […]

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COMIC-CON: Guillermo Del Toro to remake Disney’s ‘The Haunted Mansion’

Posted by · 12:39 pm · July 22nd, 2010

Following an intense “TRON: Legacy” panel at Comic-Con this afternoon (which I will get to in a moment), Disney pulled a real coup by having moderator Patton Oswalt introduce a brief animated piece of footage announcing a remake of “The Haunted Mansion” and then bring out the film’s writer/producer, announced exclusively right here in the […]

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2/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:05 am · February 1st, 2010

• Pete Hammond reports from on the ground at Saturday night’s DGA awards. [Notes on a Season] • Dave McNary from the angle of each nominee’s speech detailing the need for maintaining believability in their films. [Variety] • On the heels of Kathryn Bigelow’s big win, Kira Cochrane wonders why there are so few female […]

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How the animated category could go to five

Posted by · 7:40 pm · October 7th, 2009

Pete Hammond has gone ahead and written the column I was going to write today, but you snooze you lose. Recently there was some discussion about the animated feature film category in our comments section.  The number of potential submissions is right on the edge.  By my count in the Contenders section, there are 16 […]

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How would Marvel reimagine Disney heroines?

Posted by · 8:35 am · September 1st, 2009

Here’s Pocahontas, “The Lion King”‘s Nala and “Aladdin”‘s Jasmine.  Check out Jeffrey Thomas’s blog for more:

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Marvel Mouse House

Posted by · 11:03 am · August 31st, 2009

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COMIC-CON: Disney showcases ‘Carol,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Tron’

Posted by · 1:10 pm · July 23rd, 2009

The first opening day studio panel has just concluded as Walt Disney Pictures brought Robert Zemeckis (“A Christmas Carol”), Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland”) and the “Tron: Legacy” principals to Hall H for a hefty three-dimensional dose. The “Christmas Carol” footage, which was an extended version of the Marley’s ghost sequence Disney has been showing […]

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Disney sends all-star auteur team to Comic-Con

Posted by · 11:00 am · July 9th, 2009

Well, this is impressive. Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis have all lined up to help represent Walt Disney Studios at Comic-Con in San Diego later this month, in the interests of showcasing a range of new and/or revived Disney features at the geek mecca. This is the first Comic-Con for all […]

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‘Princess and the Frog’ poster and trailer

Posted by · 11:25 am · May 11th, 2009

I’m really holding out hope that Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” is something special. As much as I love the future of animation and the dazzling capacity of CGI throughout the industry, I have a special place for 2D traditional animation (my all-time favorite animated film remains “The Lion King”). The good folks at […]

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