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Can positive word-of-mouth now help "John Carter" overcome its poisonous advance buzz?
It's the story that entertainment reporters has been flogging since last Fall. How terrible the advance tracking on " John Carter " reportedly was. Which is why it was rumored that Walt Disney Studios was getting ready to take a $100 - $165 million write-off on this new Andrew Stanton film...
11 Mar 2012
Geoffrey Rush isn't rushing to exit Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" film franchise
On the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie , Captain Barbossa was an out-and-out villain. "Spat out from the mouth of Hell," is how one character describes Hector before he makes his grand entrance in "The Curse of the Black Pearl." But to hear Geoffrey Rush describe...
20 May 2011
The mysterious tail ... er ... tale of "On Stranger Tides" mermaid, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey wasn't quite sure what she was getting herself into when this Spanish-French actress first went in to audition for " Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "I did that audition in Paris. And...
11 May 2011
Celebrities stroll down Disneyland's black carpet at the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" world premiere
Typically when something special happens at Disneyland Park , they roll out the red carpet. But this past Saturday - in preparation for the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films ' " Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides " - Disneyland rolled out a black...
8 May 2011
"On Stranger Tides" will attempt to recapture the fun & adventure of Disney's first "Pirates" picture
By now, you have to have seen the trailer for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." (And if not ... Well, here it is then) ... And ever since this first popped up on the Web last week, I've been getting all sorts of e-mail from "Pirates" fans who now have questions about...
21 Dec 2010
Will Johnny Depp’s version of the Mad Hatter soon be making appearances at Disney’s theme parks?
First up, Mark K. writes to ask about WDW ’s Night Kingdom / Jungle Trek project: There was considerable talk several years back about a potential 5th park opening but I have heard no mention of it recently. Did the recession and the decision to remake fantasy land doom this project? Dear Mark K. – There...
4 Jun 2010
“Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion” will make all other making-of books green (screen) with envy
When he was in the press room at Comic Con last July, Tim Burton talked about how “ Alice in Wonderland ” wasn’t actually the first film that he’d used green screen on (2007’s “ Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ” was). But because so many scenes for this Walt Disney Pictures release were...
31 Mar 2010
Disney, Tim Burton & Linda Woolverton deliver an “Alice” for the ages
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop." Said by the King to the White Rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” Okay. Then let’s start with the obvious. Which is that – up until now – there really hasn’t been a good movie version of “Alice in Wonderland...
5 Mar 2010
Do eye-popping effects & an emotional thru-line really hold the key to audiences connecting with “Alice” ?
In response to last week’s Alice in Wonderland touring exhibit article , Cheshire Brat wrote in to say: In today’s article, you say that Tim Burton wants his version of “ Alice in Wonderland ” to be different from all the movies & TV shows that proceed it. That this time around, Burton wants to emotionally...
5 Aug 2009
Toon Thursday : Tickets for Lasseter / Miyazaki event go on sale today at 9:01 a.m.
If you’re an animation fan – a SERIOUS animation fan – you’re going to want to be in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 28 th . Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki Why For? Because on that night – and for that night only – two animation legends will be sharing a stage. John Lasseter will be hosting...
25 Jun 2009
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