Sept. 29, 2010 | 7:00 a.m.
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.
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,” 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.
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 […]
Aug. 02, 2010 | 2:48 p.m.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes” (8 p.m. Aug. 2, ArcLight Hollywood) Something special this way comes — and it begins Monday at the ArcLight Hollywood. Fourteen films spanning five decades of Disney will be screened this month at three theaters in the Los Angeles area, and the first one up is “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” the 1983 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s tale of dark bargains, secret wishes and a sinister salesman. The film’s cast includes Jason Robards, Diane Ladd and Pam Grier, and it marked the film debut of Jonathan Pryce, who portrayed Mr. Dark, the leader of a touring carnival and a man who lived up to his name. The film series — which also includes ”20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954), “Cinderella” (1950), “Mary Poppins” (1964), “Pete’s Dragon” (1977), “The Jungle Book” (1967) and “The Rocketeer” (1991) — […]
July 24, 2010 | 6:44 p.m.
BOOTH PROFILE: SILENT STAGE GALLERY At the Silent Stage Gallery booth, Disney appeared to be the ultimate source of inspiration for mixed-media works from a handful of artists who offered twisted takes on characters originating from the “happiest place on Earth.” Is this what Walt Disney envisioned? There was the classic imagery of Mickey Mouse’s iconic gloved mitts from “Fantasia.” But in the world of Silent Stage, the hands — just the hands, no Mickey — formed a rapper version of an L.A. sign in one print, with the background looking like a scene from a ’90s rap video rather than weaving that Disney whimsy and magic. The L.A. sign was a hit as attendees lined up to have artist dissizit personalize a cutout of the hands. “Lilo & Stitch,” from the 2002 animated film, also got the Silent Stage […]
July 22, 2010 | 9:06 p.m.
Walt Disney Pictures is going back to the theme park. The studio announced today that it was developing a new film based on its Haunted Mansion attraction, a live-action monster picture that uses characters and elements from the haunted house. Upping the news — and intrigue — level is the filmmaker taking it on: Genre auteur Guillermo del Toro will direct the film and co-write it with his “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” co-scribe Matthew Robbins. The news quells, at least for the moment, speculation about Del Toro’s next move after unexpectedly leaving “The Hobbit” last month, though it’s still conceivable the director could take on another development project. The announcement came at the end of Disney’s Comic-Con panel for “Tron: Legacy,” catching some fans by surprise. After the panel ended, Del Toro emerged to explain his fascination with the […]
July 16, 2010 | 1:37 p.m.
John Horn covers film and the film industry for the Los Angeles Times and Friday he looked at “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Disney’s struggle to make magic with the film, which opened this week. When star Nicolas Cage, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub collaborate on movies about secret societies hidden in plain sight, the results have been remarkable: Their first two “National Treasure“ movies grossed more than $800 million combined around the world, and Disney is developing another sequel that could start filming early next year. But before the triumvirate commits to a third “National Treasure” film, they face the challenge of launching “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a family-friendly adventure tale about a centuries-old magicians battle in modern-day Manhattan. While several PG-rated movies have performed exceptionally well this summer ( “The Karate Kid,” “Shrek Forever After” and, in its […]
July 13, 2010 | 3:40 p.m.
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. […]
June 30, 2010 | 12:09 p.m.
Yvonne Villarreal is back on the Hero Complex with a story about John Morris, who grew up in the role of Andy, the heartfelt human at the center of a “Toy Story“ that began in 1995. His own toy story began 18 years ago. John Morris was a little boy, just 7 years old, and when he became part of Hollywood history he wasn’t even paying attention — he was too busy playing with some X-Men action figures to notice that he had won the voice role of Andy, the earnest and imaginative youngster at the center of Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise. “It was an open casting call for boys,” Morris, now 25, recalled. “I knew I was there for a job. But, I mean, at that moment, it was just about me and my toys. I was playing and was in my own world. I think that’s what got […]