20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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July 13, 2010 | 3:40 p.m.

Disney classics at ArcLight in August: ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Cinderella,’ ‘20,000 Leagues,’ ‘Poppins’

The ArcLight Cinemas will be the House of Mouse this August — and it’s old-school Mouse. The three ArcLight locations — in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena — will screen 14 films from the Disney library that span five decades, including “Cinderella,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,“ “Peter Pan” and “The Black Hole.” Continue to the second page of this post for a full list of the films, by location. The ArcLight Hollywood will feature live-action Disney films with a sci-fi and adventure tilt; the ArcLight Sherman Oaks will present true classics from Disney’s vault of animated features; and the newest ArcLight location, in Pasadena, will dig into Disney musicals. The theaters in Sherman Oaks and Pasadena will also feature an exhibit of classic posters, including vintage artifacts from the the Walt Disney Archives collection, from July 14 to Aug. 31. […]
May 07, 2010 | 2:05 p.m.

Treasures from ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea': never-before-seen Disney artwork

THE DISNEY ARCHIVES I recently got a rare tour of the Disney archives (you’ll be reading a lot more about that visit very soon), and I can’t tell you how fascinating it was to see such a vast collection of artifacts and “lost” art. These costumes, props, animation cels, posters, documents, paintings, models, etc. are more than the ultimate cache of pop-culture collectibles — they chart the history of America’s most amazing entertainment success story. We’re going to be digging a bit into that archive over the months to come to bring you glimpses into these treasures, and we start off with some compelling images that date back to “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Disney’s landmark 1954 live-action film. These are preproduction drawings from 1953 that show early visions of the famous battle against a giant squid that plays out atop Capt. Nemo’s Nautilus. These drawings have been […]
Dec. 07, 2009 | 7:17 p.m.

2009 Holiday Geek-Gift Guide, Part 3: The best presents for Trekkies, Jedi knights and fanboys

(READ PART ONE RIGHT HERE and PART TWO RIGHT HERE) Stressed about finding the perfect gift for that special muggle, Trekkie, Twi-hard, Jedi or Bat-fan in your life? Relax and read on: You’ve come to the perfect place at the perfect time, because this is the 2009 Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide — just think of us as a sort of retail Yoda guiding you through the complicated swamps of holiday shopping. “Buy or buy not. There is no browse.” “Live Long and Prosper” business card holder: I hear people say Spock is back. But did he ever really leave? “Star Trek” was the best fanboy film of 2009, and Spock was so important to the story he was played by two actors. Zachary Quinto acquitted himself nicely in the role of the half-human, half-Vulcan, and, more than that, he was smart […]
Nov. 19, 2009 | 5:49 p.m.

Missing Nemo: Berkeley Breathed says new movies are missing magic and drowning in pixels [UPDATED]

GUEST ESSAY BY BERKELEY BREATHED Last week, at the precise moment on screen that millions of screaming, tanned Angelenos tumbled down into a mile-deep cataclysmic crack in the planet’s exploding crust along with their high-rise condos and labradoodles,  a man’s phone rang in the row of seats behind me. In a voice rising even above the sound of continental plates and Hummers scraping on each other, he discussed dining options with his caller. “Szechuan!” he spouted. “It’s spicy!” I looked around at my fellow multiplexers.  I’d need help strangling him.  I only had licorice twists. But the others didn’ t seem to notice his conversation. Worse: They didn’t care. As I studied their faces, lit up with the shockingly realistic images of their own burning city disappearing down into the bottomless black depths of both hell and the accounting department of Columbia […]
Nov. 17, 2009 | 10:26 p.m.

Losing Nemo: Disney deep-sixes McG’s ‘20,000 Leagues’ revival

Remember McG’s plan to bring Sam Worthington beneath the waves for a huge revival of Captain Nemo and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea“? In a shocker, the whole film has been scuttled by Disney; Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski have the latest at our sister blog, Company Town. Here’s an excerpt: In one of his first major creative moves as Walt Disney Studios’ new movie chief, Rich Ross has made the costly decision to pull the plug on the planned $150-million production of “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” — the last project approved by his predecessor, Dick Cook. The movie — which was a high-priority project for Disney and envisioned as a potential franchise along the lines of the “Pirates of The Caribbean” series — was scheduled to begin shooting in February in Mexico. Disney had already spent millions […]
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