'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry

Solo: A Star Wars Story with Alden Ehrenreich. The 10th live-action feature in the now 41-year-old Star Wars movie franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story attempts to explain the background of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – first portrayed by Harrison Ford back in 1977. Veteran Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) was credited for the direction of Solo, having replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller […]

Quentin Tarantino Walk of Fame Star Unveiling Ceremony: Peaceful Despite Police Threats

Quentin Tarantino star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in the photo: Demián Bichir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and other 'The Hateful Eight' cast members. Quentin Tarantino gets star on Hollywood Walk Fame: No police protests or anti-Tarantino rally Quentin Tarantino, who has been making movies for nearly a quarter of a century, has finally gotten his own personal star on the Hollywood […]

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Most Anticipated Event Since Nostradamus

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Lupita Nyong'o at the most anticipated event since the days of Nostradamus. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere in Hollywood The most anticipated event since Nostradamus prophesied World War I, World War II, Climate Change Calamity, and Reality TV, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – brought to you not by George Lucas, but by Walt Disney (not the man, […]

Dean Jones Actor Dies: From Disney Hit 'The Love Bug' to Christian Movies

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney and Christian movies. Dean Jones: Actor who went from 'The Love Bug' and 'That Darn Cat!' to Christian movies dead at 84 Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1 '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born […]

Dismaland: Banksy Disneyland-Inspired 'Bemusement Theme Park'

Dismaland Castle and Big Little Mermaid suffering from split-personality disorder. Dismaland: Banksy and more than 50 other artists create bemusement theme park Who gives a damn about the cheap thrills to be offered by the Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland when you can relish the thought-provoking wonders of Dismaland? The artist Banksy, whose 2010 documentary feature Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an […]

Pioneering Woman Director Lois Weber Movie Screening

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber movie 'Shoes,' with Mary MacLaren. Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' screening In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – a.k.a. the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to […]

'Mary Poppins' National Film Registry Addition: Well-Time Free Publicity for Disney Studios' 'Saving Mr. Banks'

Mary Poppins with Julie Andrews as the flying-umbrella-carrying, brat-rearing title character. As the Walt Disney Studios' Saving Mr. Banks adds about 2,000 North American theaters, the U.S. Library of Congress adds Mary Poppins to the National Film Registry, resulting in some always welcome free publicity for all involved. The story of how Mary Poppins got to become one of the Walt Disney Studios' biggest box […]

Lucasfilm Ltd. Now Part of (Unlimited) Disney Enterprises

Disney Darth Vader Princess Leia. Lucasfilm Ltd. now part of the Disney Universe Disney has just gobbled up – for a reported $4.05 billion in cash and stock – Lucasfilm, the George Lucas-owned company behind the Star Wars movie franchise (and Howard the Duck, too). Needless to say, Disney has already announced plans for a seventh Star Wars movie, to be released in 2015. Just […]

'John Carter' & Eddie Murphy Bomb

Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, John Carter March 20, '12, update: Disney has announced that John Carter's disappointing box office returns means the Andrew Stanton-directed sci-fier / actioner will lose $200 million this quarter. The studio's total operating loss is estimated to range between $80 and $120 million. John Carter has been a downright flop in North America, where it has grossed only $53.22 million after […]

Three-Time Oscar-Winning Animator John Hubley Academy Celebration

Carl Reiner, John Hubley, Hope Lange, Oscar 1959 John Hubley, considered one of animation's most innovative and influential designer-directors, will have his life and art celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Monday Nights with Oscar screening series. A special evening featuring rarely seen John Hubley movies will be held on Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at […]

Disney to Release 'Beauty and the Beast' & 'Finding Nemo' in 3D

Beast (Robby Benson), Belle (Paige O'Hara), Beauty and the Beast The Lion King 3D, a movie originally released in standard format back in 1994, has become the sleeper hit this early fall in North America. Whereas most new releases are bombing right and left, The Lion King 3D has brought in nearly $80 million domestically (it'll pass that mark today) and about $20 million internationally […]

Animated Bomb vs. Hit: Robert Zemeckis vs. Gore Verbinski + Matt Damon & Alex Pettyfer

Red Riding Hood with Max Irons and Shiloh Fernandez March 18 update: If the North American box office was sleepy on Wednesday, it was snoring on Thursday, March 17. Perhaps the blame should be placed on St. Patrick's Day, as most people surely chose partying over moviegoing. Every single movie was down on the top-twelve chart, even though generally box office figures are up on […]

Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney Unfair Edge Controversy

Annie Awards winner How to Train Your Dragon, directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. Annie Awards and DreamWorks Animation 'marriage' A commenter took me to task for stating in a post written last night (Feb. 5; see further below) that the “marriage” between the International Animated Film Association and DreamWorks Animation and its Annie Awards had become “unofficially official” this year with How to […]

Geoffrey Rush Career Award + Jennifer Lawrence & Colin Firth Critics' Winners

Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech. The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Montecito Award will go to Best Actor Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, 1996) – a likely Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender next year for his role as Lionel Logue, the Australian speech therapist for the stuttering British King George VI in Tom Hooper's crowd-pleasing drama The King's Speech, also starring Colin Firth and […]

'The Expendables' vs. 'Eat Pray Love': Bombastic Sylvester Stallone Actioner Beats Inspirational Julia Roberts Travelogue

Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts Aug. 16 update: Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables grossed slightly less than estimated at the North American box office this weekend (Aug. 13-15, '10), collecting $34.82 million at 3,270 locations. Its per-theater average was $10,650, according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Directed and co-written by Stallone, The Expendables, also stars Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, […]

Jared Leto & Riccardo Scamarcio + Mussolini 'Whore' Controversy & Venice Film Festival Winners

Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham and director Jaco van Dormael: The curious case of 'Mr. Nobody' talent. 'Mr Nobody' director Jaco van Dormael and actors Jared Leto, Diane Kruger and Sarah Polley: Venice Film Festival Mr. Nobody director Jaco van Dormael along with actors Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Linh Dan Pham, and Diane Kruger were all present at the photocall for […]

Disney's Rights to Mickey Mouse Questioned

Mickey Mouse in the public domain? Disney's rights to the 1928 Mickey questioned (Image: Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie) Mickey Mouse belongs to Walt Disney Enterprises. Back in the late '90s, when Bill Clinton was president of the United States, they made sure that the U.S. congress extended copyright protections – from 75 to 95 years: the Copyright Term Extension Act a.k.a. “The Mickey Mouse […]

'Sleeping Beauty' Academy Screening

As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Gold Standard series, the premiere screening of a newly restored digital version of the Walt Disney Studios' 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty will be presented on Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will be hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin. Following the screening, a […]

'Cars': Pixar Movie Tops Annie Awards But DreamWorks Animation Release Wins Most Trophies

Cars with Lightning McQueen: Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson (as McQueen) and veteran Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hud), the Pixar blockbuster directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Joe Ranft was the 2006 Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature. However, DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away was the Annie Awards ceremony's biggest winner. 'Cars' is 2007 Annie Awards' Best Animated Feature – but […]

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Controversy: Michael Moore vs. Disney and Michael Eisner, Ray Bradbury

'Fahrenheit 9/11': What controversy? Michael Moore and George W. Bush show the world they're bosom buddies. 'Fahrenheit 9/11' controversy: Disney vs. Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 controversy no.1: In April 2003, Mel Gibson's Icon Productions rejected handling the Michael Moore project that evolved into Fahrenheit 9/11. Moore later claimed that he had a signed contract with Icon before Gibson bowed out due to pressure from the […]