Nov. 18, 2010 | 4:13 p.m.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean game will set sail in May

Pirates of the Caribbean Stranger Tides
The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday said that, arrrr, it be releasin’ a game in May based on its “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Instead of Johnny Depp’s salty rendition of Jack Sparrow, however, players will get the somewhat sanitized Lego mini-fig version. Developed by TT Games, the title takes place in a Lego setting that’s aesthetically similar to the U.K. studio’s other big-selling titles: Lego Batman, Lego Star Wars and Lego Harry Potter. In the two-player game, players would be able to assume the roles of more than 70 characters from the movie and take them through 20 levels. We wonder whether Barbossa’s pet monkey will be one of them. Don’t fancy games? Disney promises a shiny new line of Pirates of the Caribbean Lego building sets in the spring. And, of course, the film franchise sails on with the release […]
Nov. 08, 2010 | 9:24 a.m.

‘Tron: Legacy’ pulls fans into its world

The 1982 film “Tron” was not a major commercial success, but it became a pivot point in Hollywood history as the first feature film to use computer-generated animation in a big way. The movie holds a special (and quirky) spot in pop culture history, and there are passionate fans of its legacy. One of them is Jay West, who has written a series of guest columns on Disney’s elaborate promotions for the sequel, “Tron: Legacy,” which is due out Dec. 17. “Tron Night” is coming, and Jay is on top of it. As part of the ramping marketing for “Tron: Legacy,” a preview “Tron Night” was held at select IMAX theatres and Digital 3-D theatres. I attended “Tron Night” at the Universal City IMAX and the vibe from the audience while queued up was one of bottled excitement. Some wore “Tron” T-shirts and […]
Oct. 28, 2010 | 12:01 a.m.

EXCLUSIVE: The sights (and sounds) of Disney’s Epic Mickey game

Epic Mickey (Walt Disney Co)
With video game budgets in the tens of millions of dollars, it’s no wonder that their musical compositions have become as polished as any Hollywood score. With Epic Mickey, a video game that’s set for release Nov. 30, the Walt Disney Co. spared no expense in hiring Jim Dooley, an Emmy Award-winning composer who has created music for “The DaVinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Pushing Daisies.” Though Dooley is not featured in the video below, his music is. And singing Dooley’s praises are a number of the game’s developers, including Warren Spector, the creative director, who called Dooley’s work “the best music I’ve ever had in a game. There’s stuff in here that will bring you to tears. I promise.” Bring on the tissues! – Alex Pham RECENT AND RELATED 2010′s best? […]
Oct. 18, 2010 | 7:26 p.m.

Iron-Man at Disneyland? Marvel moves closer to theme park presence

Everybody (Marvel)
Ben Fritz at our must-read sister blog Company Town reports that the Mouse is moving into a new phase with Marvel… Disney wants to dominate the Marvel universe as soon as possible.  Resolving a long-standing question since Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment last year for $4 billion, the Burbank studio has signed a deal to take over marketing and distribution of “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3” from Paramount Pictures…. Later in the story he makes an interesting connection… For Disney, the deal enables the studio to exploit “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3″ across all of its entertainment businesses, including movies, television, consumer products and theme parks. Capitalizing on the Marvel properties in such a way was the primary reason Disney cited for its acquisition of the comic company. “In completing this agreement, Disney will leverage these two highly anticipated films across the multiple global platforms of the […]
Oct. 11, 2010 | 3:43 p.m.

Danny Elfman and ‘Nightmare’ in ’4-D’ come to El Capitan [updated]

  Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”  – the stop-motion masterpiece from director Henry Selick – returns to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre from Oct. 21 through Oct. 31 but for the first time ever it will do so in “4-D” — that’s Disney 3-D plus special effects in the theater itself, such as wind and fog. There will also be a famous face and voice joining the festivities, as composer/songwriter Danny Elfman is scheduled to appear before the Oct. 21. screening.  The mad genius of Oingo Boingo will take the stage to introduce bonus material from the soon to be released “Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box,” the lavish 16-CD boxed set featuring 19 hours of music from all 13 Burton/Elfman films (including seven hours of previously unreleased rarities). Tickets can be purchased at the El Capitan box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), […]
Oct. 03, 2010 | 3:39 p.m.

‘Beauty and the Beast’: The stars and creators look back as a classic hits Blu-ray

"Beauty and the Beast" (Disney)
NEW ON BLU-RAY: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” Susan King covers classic Hollywood for the Hero Complex.  She now looks back at a film that celebrates its 20th anniversary next year and feels like a tale as old as time… “Beauty and the Beast,” which opened in theaters  Nov. 23, 1991, is considered one of Walt Disney Studio’s masterpieces. The classic fairy tale was adapted by writer Linda Woolverton (who went on write Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland“), directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise (the tandem that also directed Disney’s take on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame“) and produced by Don Hahn, (who followed up “Beauty” with the mega-success of “The Lion King“). “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated film nominated for an Academy Award in the best picture category. The grand animation was paired with a Broadway-musical sensibility, […]
Sept. 29, 2010 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Tron: Legacy’ concept art and a film of visual marvels

Tron: Legacy
On Saturday, I saw about 25 minutes of “Tron: Legacy” at Digital Domain and its visual achievements were wildly impressive. The world of Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” (which hits theaters Dec. 17) evokes both futuristic architecture and ancient sculpture and its tale plays out on landscapes that not only resemble the strange, vibrant grids of computer micro-anatomy, they reminded me of the fragile transit of neural pathways. We’ll be writing quite a lot about this film in the months to come — and finding out whether the film’s story matches the incandescent marvel of its visuals — but below you will find some conceptual art from Disney and a video that gives you an idea of what I saw at Digital Domain. – Geoff Boucher Conceptual art from “Tron: Legacy” RECENT AND RELATED “Tron” ramps up to speed for December “Avatar,” “Tron”  and “Surrogates” – second life as cinema “Tron” ARG takes […]
Aug. 27, 2010 | 7:55 a.m.

‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ screens for free Saturday

We all know The Mouse, but who ranks as the second most popular character from the classic Disney pantheon? Forget Donald Duck and don’t think Goofy — it’s Tinker Bell, at least according to Bradley Raymond, the appropriately biased writer and director of Disney’s new direct-to-video feature “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.” “Along with Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell is probably the most recognizable character of all time,” Raymond says. “She’s been popular from 1953 to now because of that multifaceted character we all fell in love with in ‘Peter Pan’…There’s something mysterious about her. Where does she live, where is she from, how does she communicate with the fairies?” Those mysteries are explored in Raymond’s “Great Fairy Rescue,” which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 21. Before then, Los Angeles fans of the pixie can also see […]
Aug. 09, 2010 | 11:56 p.m.

‘The Rocketeer’ — a retro adventure that was ahead of its time

“THE ROCKETEER,” 8 p.m. tonight, ArcLight Hollywood “The Rocketeer“ was a valentine to the old movie serials but in a way, the 1991 Disney film was also ahead of its time. “The Rocketeer” flies again Monday (Aug. 9) at the ArcLight Hollywood, one of three L.A.-area theaters now hosting a special month-long Disney screening series, and it’s especially timely considering the contemporary surge in superhero cinema and the connections to the Joe Johnston-directed film. Johnston had come to “The Rocketeer” with a proven affinity for retro adventure – he had been the art director for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Right now, he is at work on a fourth Roosevelt-era adventure with “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which is due in theaters next summer and has some common ground with “Rocketeer.” In each story, for instance, a […]
Aug. 07, 2010 | 7:21 p.m.

The Last Tour of Endor party will send off Disney’s Star Tours in style

Nothing is quite so sad as the tears of an Ewok, but they won’t last long as Disney Parks’ Star Tours attraction in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., prepares to be rebuilt for 2011. Before that happens, though, the Last Tour of Endor “decommissioning party” on Aug. 14 will give fans a chance to see the old girl off and grab a seat on one of the StarSpeeder 3000’s final voyages. The whole thing is a part of Star Wars Celebration V, held up the way from the tours in Orlando on Aug. 12-15. This year’s event commemorates the 30th Anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,“ widely viewed as arguably (or not) the best film of the franchise. If my landspeeder worked, I’d go just to see the Death Star Disco. Lord Vader in John Travolta’s […]
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