Movie Review: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Johnny Depp, Peneolpe Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane Writer: Screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, Characters by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie,Jay Wolpert Director: Rob Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 20, 2011 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN is a film series that I think could probably just keep going like the Energizer Bunny. People didn’t react as kind to the last couple of PIRATES sequels as well as they did the first film though. Complaints concerning films two and three (DEAD MAN’S CHEST and AT WORLD’S END)were that there were too many storylines […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: MARS NEEDS MOMS World Premiere

Seth Green, Ryan Ochoa, Mindy Sterling and Elisabeth Harnois at the World Premiere of MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of MARS NEEDS MOMS on March 6th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. When nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds that his mom (Joan Cusack) was nabbed by Martians he decides to go on a quest to save her. What do the Martians want with his mom? They are planning to steal her mom-ness for their own young, but Milo wants her back as he finds out how much he really needs her. After Milo stows away on spaceship, he finds himself taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With […]Read On »

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A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, TANGLED and TRON: LEGACY will arrive in the 3D Blu-ray format

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As HD-3D television sets are looking to become the new “it” thing when it comes to home entertainment, Walt Disney Studios announced today that it’s getting an edge on its competitors with the announcement for their Blu-ray 3D titles for 2011. Fifteen films will be released in the new year with this new format including the animated classics THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as well as this winter’s big hits TRON: LEGACY and TANGLED. These titles will be available day-in-date with the standard 2D Blu-ray versions. Other titles that will get this super-duper deluxe treatment in 2011 […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY

Olivia Wilde at the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY | © 2010 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY, presented by NOKIA on December 11th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The setup for TRON: LEGACY was amazing…blue carpet…neon backgrounds and girls dressed in white costumes greeting the stars and guests as they arrived. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde (HOUSE), Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Michael Sheen, Anis Cheurfa, Beau Garrett, Sirinda Swan, Yaya DaCosta, Elizabeth Mathis, Justin Springer (co-producer), screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, director Joseph Kosinski, and Daft Punk (original music). Joining them were […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Producer Sean Bailey chats about TRON:LEGACY and the status of THE BLACK HOLE remake

TRON LEGACY - Light Cycle poster | ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

It’s been a long journey for producer Sean Bailey in rebooting the 1982 TRON film. Now, TRON: LEGACY is arriving tomorrow with Jeff Bridges reprising his role as computer programmer Kevin Flynn who is trapped in a computer world he created and it’s up to his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to save him. In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Bailey, who is now Disney’s President of Production, spoke about bringing TRON back online, as well as discussing the status of THE BLACK HOLE remake also slated to be directed by TRON’s Joe Kosinski. ASSIGNMENT X: Were you a big […]Read On »

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AXclusive: TANGLED Animation Supervisor John Kahrs brings life to Rapunzel

Rapunzel in TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

For a film based on the classic Brothers Grimm story RAPUNZEL, the end result of TANGLED (opening today) is anything but grim. Bright, cheerful and full of bright-eyed expressive characters, the Disney film’s animation supervisor John Kahrs brought a whole new look and layer to the classic Disney princess genre. More RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK than THE LITTLE MERMAID, the film is filled with two strong leads (Rapunzel and her swashbuckling love interest Flynn Rider) and two great sidekicks (a chameleon named Pascal and a blood-hound horse named Maximus). In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Kahrs spoke about […]Read On »

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AXclusive: Mark Kennedy tells how Rapunzel was un-TANGLED for new animated film

Flynn, Rapunzel, Pascal, Maximus in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

When Walt Disney was just getting his feature animated division rolling in the 1940s, he was struggling with a way to bring the story of Rapunzel to the big screen. Now, seven decades later, the 50th animated film from the company has finally cracked that story. TANGLED is the end result (opening tomorrow), a delightfully funny and endearing tale of the golden haired Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) who sets out on an adventure with roguish thief Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) to find out who she really is. Mark Kennedy, who served as TANGLED’s head of story, spoke […]Read On »

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Profile: CHUCK star Zachary Levi gets TANGLED up in Disney’s latest animated feature

Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) from TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Zachary Levi may play a nerdy super spy on TV’s CHUCK, but this Wednesday he’s moonlighting as the roguish animated character Flynn Rider in Disney’s Rapunzel retelling TANGLED (which opens nationwide on Wednesday). It’s the kind of double duty the actor relishes – especially since both parts are so different. In TANGLED, Levi plays thief who befriends the long-haired Rapunzel and the two go on an epic adventure together. On CHUCK, which is now in its fourth season on NBC, Levi is the show’s title character who was co-opted by the CIA because he accidentally downloaded a program into his […]Read On »

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AXclusive: TANGLED star Mandy Moore planning new album for 2011 with potential assist by Alt rocker (and husband) Ryan Adams

Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises

With Mandy Moore making vocal and musical waves on the big screen playing Rapunzel in Disney’s forthcoming animated feature TANGLED (their 50th, which opens Wednesday) the singer/actress spoke with ASSIGNMENT X recently about the status of her new album. “Hopefully it will out next year some time,” says Moore. “I’m still writing at this point and want to be done writing by the end of the year and start recording next year. It hasn’t necessarily taken too much shape yet.”

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Blu-ray Review: TOY STORY 3 – 4-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION

© Walt Disney Home Entertainment |TOY STORY 3 - Blu-ray

Rating: G Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Ned Beatty, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, John Ratzenberg Writers: Michael Arndt based on a story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich Director: Lee Unkrich Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $45.99 Even when Pixar is producing sequels to their hit films, they manage to do things right. First, they had the unenviable task of following up their first full length feature TOY STORY with TOY STORY 2 and (surprise) exceeding all expectations. Now, 11 years after the second round-up, they’ve finally produced TOY STORY 3, which could […]Read On »

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