Showing posts with label Walt Disney Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Walt Disney Studios. Show all posts

REEL DEAL: “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON” Shatters Records With P339.83-M In 5 Days

Marvel's “Avengers: Age of Ultron” practically rewrote the record books as it bowed with a five-day opening weekend gross of a staggering P339.83-million nationwide – the biggest ever opening weekend in Philippine history. This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines which distributed the film.

Launching in highest-ever 607 screens nationwide, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrived in cinemas with an aggressive marketing push and wild fan anticipation, enabling it to singlehandedly dominate the market. Most exhibitors devoted all their their available screens to the film in order to accommodate the surge of movigeoers.

Emotions Run Wild In New "INSIDE OUT" Trailer

Disney-Pixar has released the full trailer for its new comedy “Inside Out,” revealing a new look at the little voices inside 11-year-old Riley’s head.

The new trailer, which may be viewed at http://youtu.be/iMfhiDnJeE8, gives just a glimpse of the challenges facing Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) as they try to help Riley handle a new city, house and school after a move across the country.

REEL DEAL: Helena Bonham Carter, The Fairy Godmother In "CINDERELLA"

Helena Bonham Carter, whose film roles have ranged from sweet, demure characters in period dramas like Lucy in “A Room With a View” to dark, quirky characters like Bellatrix Lestrange in the “Harry Potter” films, the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” and Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd,” has traditionally been drawn to characters who give her the creative freedom to analyze and find out what makes them tick.

Now, she plays the delightfully-eccentric Fairy Godmother in Walt Disney Pictures' live-action fantasy adventure, “Cinderella.”

REEL DEAL: Short Film "FROZEN FEVER" Reveals Trailer

Disney has just revealed the trailer for the animated short film “Frozen Fever” which may be viewed at http://youtu.be/UUr_0bddZks.

Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, single-handedly set off an eternal winter that enveloped an entire village in snow and ice.

With a wave of her hand, she created a magical snowman whose love of fun in the sun is made possible by tiny flurries she summons to keep him in the cold.

REEL DEAL: “THOR'S” Kenneth Branagh Directs New Live-Action “CINDERELLA”

Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) directs Disney’s “Cinderella,” a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, bringing to life the timeless images from the studio’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The film stars: Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as the wicked but misunderstood stepmother; Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) as the loving and kind-hearted Ella, a young woman whose spirit can’t be broken; Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as the dashing and thoughtful Kit, who initially hides his true identity as the Prince from Ella; and two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter as the Beggar Woman and Ella’s fabled guardian, the Fairy Godmother.

REEL DEAL: Animated Short "FROZEN FEVER" To Play With "CINDERELLA"

Disney has just released the first images from the animated short “Frozen Fever.”

The upcoming “Frozen” sequel short—which will play in front of the live-action “Cinderella” — has Elsa (Idina Menzel) trying to throw a big, birthday bash for Anna (Kristen Bell). However, it turns out the cold can bother Elsa, and the way she experiences the symptoms is different than everybody else. “Elsa doesn’t get a cold in the usual way,” co-director Jennifer Lee tells USA Today. “She’s special. Surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc.” Lee and co-director Chris Buck promise other surprises as well.

REEL DEAL: Johnny Depp Transforms As The Wolf "INTO THE WOODS"

Re-inventing his cinematic look yet again, Johnny Depp stars as the The Wolf in Walt Disney Pictures' new fantasy adventure “Into the Woods.”

When director Rob Marshall approached Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd,” “Alice in Wonderland”) about bringing the predatory character of the Wolf to life, the actor was quick to sign on. Having worked with Marshall on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Depp shares a similar sensibility with the director, and says, “I’d shoot the phone book with Rob if he asked. He’s the real thing.”

In discussing the character of the Wolf, screenwriter James Lapine says, “The Wolf is the feral creature in the storytelling. He’s the unguarded, animalistic presence embodied, rather amazingly, by Johnny Depp, who we also see as seductive. It’s the seduction of the wild.”

REEL DEAL: Emily Blunt Goes "INTO THE WOODS” With A Luminous Portrayal

Golden Globe®-winning actress Emily Blunt's transformative ability and versatile performances make her one of the most in demand actresses of today. Blunt rose to international prominence with her outstanding performances in films such as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Looper” and “The Edge of Tomorrow.”

Now, Blunt plays the emotionally resonant character of the Baker’s Wife, in Walt Disney Pictures' Oscar-nominated fantasy musical “Into the Woods.”

“My character has a desperate yearning for a child,” Blunt says. “Because of the curse that has been placed on her family, she must venture into the Woods to secure a list of items given to them by the Witch, so she becomes this tenacious and determined character who is willing to go to any lengths to get what she wants.”

She continues, “Eventually we see her unravelling. She is innately a good person, but gets swept up by the Woods and their potential.”

When director Rob Marshall first approached Blunt about the film, he told her that he was not looking for a singer, but for an actress, so she went to the audition and sang “Moments in the Woods,” which is the Baker’s Wife’s big number, and got the part. She says, “From there I took singing lessons, which helped a lot, but at the end of the day I kept coming back to the idea that they really wanted me to act in the musical numbers. It was a little terrifying when we first had to sing in front of everyone, but we all knew immediately that we were all in the same position.”

Marshall had always thought Blunt would be perfect as the Baker’s Wife, but didn’t have an inkling as to her talent as a singer. “When she came in and sang, I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “By the end of the song I literally found myself crying because I was so happy that someone had all the ingredients required for the Baker’s Wife.”

Composer Stephen Sondheim wrote the song “Moments in the Woods” for the Baker’s Wife as a vehicle for the character to express her desire for romance. He explains, “Screenwriter James Lapine had this nice idea of having the Baker’s story intertwined with Cinderella’s story, and by the end of the song, she comes to terms with how important her life with the Baker is, though it is just as a Baker’s Wife, whereas she could be dallying with a Prince. She understands the difference between the two.”

“The most exciting part for me was recording it with Stephen Sondheim and the specific notes he gave us about how he likes his lyrics to be sung,” says Blunt. “So for someone like me who does not consider themself a singer, it was really reassuring to have Stephen come in and tell us to not worry about making it sound pretty, but to make it sound real. I think he really likes having actors who can kind of sing rather than singers who can kind of act, so it was just exciting and bizarrely wonderful.”

“This is probably one of the most human of all of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals,” continues Blunt, “and I like the fact that it challenges you to think. The majority of the songs we see in musicals have a rather simplistic outlook, whereas Stephen Sondheim’s songs are more like monologues or conversations in that they don’t sound too perfect or too lyrical or too melodic.”

For Blunt, the song“No One is Alone” made her cry when she first heard it, particularly given the circumstances of her character. “I think it’s a song that speaks to a lot of people who’ve lost somebody that they love and they don’t know how to move forward,” she concludes.

Opening across the Philippines on Jan. 28, “Into the Woods” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

REEL DEAL: Beloved Musical “INTO THE WOODS” Journeys Into The Big Screen

Twelve years ago, following the phenomenal success of the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Chicago” (which won six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture), director Rob Marshall sat down with Stephen Sondheim and expressed an interest in directing a film version of one of the legendary composer’s stage productions. At the top of Sondheim’s list: “Into the Woods,” one of his most acclaimed – and poignant – works, and one which he thought would be a perfect fit for Marshall.

Marshall and his producing partner, John DeLuca, had been fans of Sondheim and James Lapine’s landmark musical since it opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre in 1987. In describing the piece Marshall says, “The story seamlessly intertwines Sondheim’s emotional, funny and brilliant score with Lapine’s intricate and masterful book, which is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, and is entertaining, while examining complex themes like the consequences of wishes, the parent/child relationship, greed, ambition, loss, and, perhaps most importantly, unconditional love and the power of the human spirit.”

Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine - A Fairytale Couple In “INTO THE WOODS”

Two of today's most appealing actors – Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine – star as Cinderella and the Prince, respectivelt, in Walt Disney Pictures' new fantasy adventure “Into the Woods.”

In the film, the character of Cinderella, who wishes to go to the King’s Festival, is more modern, complicated and flawed than the iconic character with whom audiences are most familiar. Anna Kendrick, whose credits include “Pitch Perfect” and “Up in the Air” and who was cast as Cinderella, was attracted to the role because she is different from the archetypal portrayal of the fairy tale persona.

REEL DEAL: “AVENGERS” Sequel, “CINDERELLA” Lead Disney's 2015 Line-Up

Walt Disney Studios Philippines will release nine movies in 2015, led by Marvel's “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the live-action “Cinderella” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first Star Wars installment since 2005.

Disney's opening film for the new year will be Rob Marshall's “Into the Woods,” already a December blockbuster in the U.S. and stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story.

In March, “Cinderella” will get the live-action treatment, the way Disney brought fantasy characters like “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland” to the bigscreen. “Cinderella” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and features Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) and Cate Blanchett.

REEL DEAL: “INTO THE WOODS” Gets Bext Picture, Acting Noms From Golden Globes

Walt Disney Pictures' “Into the Woods,” the contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tales, has been nominated for major Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Emily Blunt who plays the Baker's Wife, and Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep for playing the Witch.

Rob Marshall, producer and director of “Into the Woods,” reacted to the nominations thus, "On behalf of my fellow producers, John DeLuca and Marc Platt, I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for this wonderful honor. I am so proud to have been a part of bringing Stpehen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved and profound work to the screen, and equally proud of the extraordinary cast who brought it to life with such passion and heart."

REEL DEAL: “CINDERELLA” Characters Featured In Own Posters

Walt Disney Studios has rolled out three new character posters for “Cinderella” featuring Ella and the Prince (Lily James, Richard Madden), the Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and the Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter).

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her.

REEL DEAL: New “INTO THE WOODS” Trailer Arives

The re-imagined fairytale characters get to sing in the new trailer of Disney's highly anticipated fantasy adventure “Into the Woods” from director Rob Marshall. The trailer may may be viewed at http://youtu.be/dRgr7itwgak.

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

REEL DEAL: “BIG HERO 6” Opens At No. 1 Grosses P70M In 4 Days

A child prodigy and his lovable robot charmed their way into the hearts of families, fanboys and girls, enabling Disney's “Big Hero 6” to gross a stunning P69.99-million nationwide in just four days (Nov. 6 to 9) and open at No.1.

Arriving with some of the year's best reviews, “Big Hero 6” benefited from strong exit recommendations and the characters' wide appeal to overlapping audiences.

The animated adventure broke several records on its debut weekend run, the highlights of which are: the Biggest All-Time Non-Franchise Animated Film Opening Weekend (surpassing the P45.9-M of “Up”); Biggest All-Time Disney Animation Studios' Opening Weekend (beating the P58.2-M of “Monsters University”); and Biggest 2014 4-Day Opening Weekend for Animation (ahead of “The Lego Movie's” P23.8-M).

REEL DEAL: Daniel Henny Is Voice of Tadashi In “BIG HERO 6”

Korean-American actor Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) lends his voice to Tadashi Hamada, the big brother of lead character, Hiro (Ryan Potter), in Walt Disney Animation Studios' comedy adventure “Big Hero 6.”

Tadashi is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot—a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special. Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.

REEL DEAL: Inflatable Robot Baymax Takes Spotlight In "BIG HERO 6"

In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6,” a plus-sized inflatable robot named Baymax makes a difference in the life of teen prodigy Hiro Hamada.

Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The vinyl robot’s job title is technically Personal Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada – Hiro’s older brother -- Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry.

Asian-American Teen Actor Lends Voice To Main Character In “BIG HERO 6”

Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old, in Walt Disney Animation Studios' new comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6.” His state-of-the-art battlebots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. “He’s a troublemaker,” says Ryan Potter, who lends his voice to Hiro, “but he’s a really good kid at heart.”

In the film, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

“We really wanted them to be brothers first,” says producer Roy Conli of Hiro and Tadashi. “Tadashi is a smart mentor. He very subtly introduces Hiro to his friends and what they do at San Fransokyo Tech. Once Hiro sees Wasabi, Honey, GoGo and even Fred in action, he realizes that there’s a much bigger world out there that really interests him.”

Disney's “TOMORROWLAND” Launches First Trailer

Disney has just revealed the first “Tomorrowland” trailer for director Brad Bird’s mystery adventure film which may be viewed at http://on.fb.me/1pX4QZm.

“Tomorrowland” stars two-time Academy Award-winner George Clooney, Hugh Laurie (“Monsters vs. Aliens”), Britt Robertson (“Under The Dome”), Raffey Cassidy (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) and Thomas Robinson (“The Switch”).

The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Prometheus”) and Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) are also producers. The screenplay is written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird.

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

REEL DEAL: The Kids Are Alright In “ALEXANDER AND THE VERY BAD DAY”

Joining Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in Walt Disney Pictures' new family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” are three of today's most promising teen actors – Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette and Bella Thorne.

Ed Oxenbould. There are bad days and there are really bad days. Alexander’s includes everything from a humiliating text that spreads like wildfire to an actual fire at the expense of his secret crush. The nightmare is capped with news of a huge party thrown by his nemesis on the very day Alexander planned to host his own somewhat-less-exciting birthday party. Since Alexander—bad day and all—was destined to be the heart of the film, the person chosen to fill the title role had to be special. Filmmakers cast a wide net—casting directors saw more than 500 kids. “We had to find just the right person to play Alexander,” says director Miguel Arteta. “We didn’t want a typical child actor. Alexander needed to be the underdog. He’s like the one kid in the otherwise-perfect family portrait with his eyes closed.”

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