‘Coco’ Hopes to Add to Disney’s Legacy at the Thanksgiving Box Office

One look at the Thanksgiving opening weekend records shows how important the holiday has been to Disney, which currently holds nine of the top ten three-day and five-day opening weekend records including last year’s Moana, which opened with $ 82 million over the five-day holiday, the second largest of all-time. This weekend the studio debuts the latest Pixar feature, Coco, which has already become the largest single release in Mexico and looks to make an impact domestically this weekend. …
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Sam Mendes Will No Longer Direct Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio Film

Sam Mendes is out as director for Disney's live-action Pinocchio

Sam Mendes is out as director for Disney’s live-action Pinocchio

Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, SPECTRE) will no longer direct Disney’s live-action version of their animated classic Pinocchio, according to Tracking Board. The director originally left the live-action James and the Giant Peach to take on Pinocchio. There is no word on whether or not Mendes’ departure from the film means that he’ll direct the next James Bond film. We’ll update you with any developments in that area.

RELATED: Sam Mendes in talks to direct live-action Pinocchio for Disney

The Walt Disney Studios film will center on the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a “real boy,” and the relationship between a father and son, the ramifications of lying and creating stories and living in a fantasy world. The original Pinocchio, based on the 1883 novel “The Adventures Of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi, first debuted in theaters in 1940 and won two Academy Awards. There is no release date set for the live action Pinocchio.

Mendes is known for directing the 1999 film American Beauty, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. He’s also known for films like The Road to Perdition starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law, the James Bond films SPECTRE and Skyfall. He’s also done musicals like “Caberet,” “Oliver!,” “Company” and “Gypsy.” He’s also the executive producer for the TV series The Hollow Crown and Penny Dreadful.

In the 1940 Disney-animated film Pinocchio, the lead role was voiced by Dickie Jones, Jiminy Cricket by Cliff Edwards and Master Geppetto by Christian Rubb.

So what do you guys think of a live action Pinocchio? Who would you like to see direct the film now that Sam Mendes has left? Who should play the lead role? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” (1953)

Behind the scenes photos of voice actors serving as visual reference models for Walt Disney’s 14th animated masterpiece, “Peter Pan” (1953). Kathryn Beaumont as “Wendy Darling”, Paul Collins as “John Darling”, a Mickey Mouse doll as “Michael Darling”, Heather Angel as “Mrs. Darling”, and a sack of clothes with a plunger strapped to a metal […]

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Disney’s Star Wars Land Appears to Be Called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars Land - Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

On the eve before the Parks and Resort panel at D23 Expo 2017, it appears that the name of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Land may have been prematurely revealed. Find out more below.

A few hours ago, an eagle-eyed Redditor noticed that the source code for a post on the official Disney Parks Blog seemed to reveal the official name of Star Wars Land as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Let’s look at the evidence.

First of all, if you type “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge” into Google, complete with the quotations around it to create a more specific search, the first result is the official Disney Parks website:

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Secondly, if you look at that page’s source code, you’ll find this line in there as an alt tag in the HTML:

starwarsland-sourcecode-galaxysedge

Previously it was rumored that Disney was thinking of calling the new lands, which are being constructed in Anaheim and Orlando, The Star Wars Experience. This name sounds a lot more cool, and it jibes with the concept of the park itself since the land is supposed to be a remote outpost of the edge of known space in the Star Wars universe. This kind of name also implies that we could get other Star Wars additions in the future with more sections being called Star Wars: Insert Name Here, not unlike how there’s the Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley sections in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

However, even if this title turns out to be the official name (which won’t be confirmed until the Parks and Resort panel at D23 tomorrow afternoon), we still don’t know what the planet will be called where this outpost exists in the Star Wars universe.

No matter what the name of the Star Wars Land at Disney parks is going to be, it will be positively huge when it opens. I know I’m already anticipated choosing a side in the Star Wars universe, either as a member of the Resistance or the First Order. Plus, being able to fly the Millennium Falcon is a lifelong dream that will finally be realized, not to mention the chance at drinking some tasty blue milk

Anyway, the D23 Expo is in full swing and we’ll have more details on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (if that is the real name) when the Parks and Resort panel unfolds tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for all our D23 coverage on the way.

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Ewan McGregor Will Headline Disney’s Christopher Robin Movie

Ewan McGregor will headline Disney's Christopher Robin movie. Are you interested in Disney's Christopher Robin movie?

Ewan McGregor is set to headline Disney’s Christopher Robin movie

Currently pulling double duty as a pair of brothers on FX‘s third season of Fargo, Ewan McGregor has today lined up a new feature film project in Walt Disney Pictures‘ Christopher Robin movie. Per The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor will play the title role in the film, which is one of two projects on the way based on the life of Christopher Robin Milne. This one is set to be directed by World War Z and Finding Neverland‘s Marc Forster and focuses on the adult life of the man who, as a boy, served as inspiration for the young protagonist of his father’s Winnie the Pooh books.

RELATED: Goodbye Christopher Robin Sets Fall Release

Disney’s Christopher Robin movie was initially scripted by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) with Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) having recently done a rewrite. Today’s trade report notes that Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has now been brought aboard to do another pass. The plot sees a grown-up version of the Winnie the Pooh character whose adult life has caused him to lose the joy he had as a young man. Pooh pays the adult Christopher Robin a visit to remind him of the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Before Disney’s Christopher Robin movie arrives, however, Fox Searchlight is set to deliver director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin this fall. Starring Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne and Margot Robbie as the author’s wife, Daphne, Goodbye Christopher Robin will feature the young life of Christopher Robin Milne, but it will primarily serve as a biopic of his father.

What do you think of Ewan McGregor as an adult Christopher Robin? Does Disney’s Christopher Robin movie sound like something you’ll want to see on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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A New Video Teases Disney’s Upcoming Star Wars Attraction

Disney has closed out celebration with a new look at their upcoming Star Wars attraction. Are you excited for this new Star Wars attraction?

Disney has closed out celebration with a new look at their upcoming Star Wars attraction

Star Wars Celebration came to a close today with one more video teasing the exciting things on the way soon from a galaxy far, far away. In the player below, you can take a look at the upcoming Walt Disney Parks Star Wars attraction that should be opening its doors in 2019.

RELATED: Our Final Star Wars Celebration 2017 Cosplay Gallery

“This project is the most ambitious project I’ve ever seen in the history of Walt Disney Imagineering,” says Chris Beatty, Executive Creative Director Walt Disney Imagineering.

The new video hits alongside an update to the Disney Parks Blog, teasing the backstory of the new Star Wars attraction:

The team shared exciting new details about the story behind this mysterious destination somewhere on the Outer Rim — lying on the edge of the Unknown Regions. The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.

RELATED: Watch the Trailer for the Final Season of Star Wars Rebels

The 14-acre Star Wars attraction will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at Disneyland Resort. Look for it to open in 2019.

Are you planning to visit the Star Wars attraction when it opens? What are you particularly excited to see realized? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dwayne Johnson Confirmed to Film Disney’s Jungle Cruise in 2018

Dwayne Johnson Confirmed to Film Disney's Jungle Cruise in 2018

Dwayne Johnson confirmed to film Disney’s Jungle Cruise in 2018

According to The Hollywood Reporter, superstar Dwayne Johnson is confirmed to head down the river for Disney’s live-action film based on their popular theme park attraction, Jungle Cruise. Johnson, who’s been attached to the project since 2015, is slated to begin shooting the film in spring of 2018.

Writer-director pair John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (FocusCrazy, Stupid, Love.) were originally set to pen the Jungle Cruise script, though J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) wrote the most recent draft. Johnson is set to produce alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partner Dany Garcia, as well as frequent collaborator Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch) of Flynn Picture Co.

A film adaptation of the ride, one of the original rides from the opening day of Disneyland, was previously in development with a script by Al Gough and Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2, “Smallville”). Another attempt was made in 2011 with Disney officially announcing an adaptation starring Toy Story‘s own Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Neither versions ultimately materialized.

Should this version become a reality, it would join the ranks of films Disney has created based on their theme park attractions, including The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Mission to Mars, Tomorrowland, and the most popular, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Johnson has a big year ahead with Fate of the Furious opening next weekend, then Baywatch on May 26 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 20. Having just completed Fighting With My Family, he’ll next shoot New Line’s Rampage later this spring, followed by the China-set adventure movie Skyscraper in late summer and fall.

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