Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Emma Watson to star in Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast film!

From: THR.com - Emma Watson is joining Disney's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast as the lead character Belle, the studio said on Monday. 

The film will be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and Part 2) and is set to begin production in 2015. No release date has been announced. 
The Harry Potter franchise actress also shared the news on her Facebook page.

"I'm finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There.' My six year old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it," Watson wrote. 

Since its release in 1991, the animated Beauty and the Beast has grossed more than
$145 million domestically in various releases, not accounting for inflation. The title also hit Broadway in 1994. 

The development of a live-action version follows the studio's other live-action updates of animated titles, including Alice in Wonderland (2010) and this year's Cinderella, which is set to hit theaters on March 13. A Jon Favreau-directed live-action version of Jungle Book will be released in April 2016. 

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing Beauty and the Beast. Condon was announced as director of the film in June 2014. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

IDW to release Disney comics Spring 2015!

From: Yahoo.com - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the rest of the classic Disney characters are headed back to comics — but, interestingly enough, not from the Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment. Instead, it’s San Diego-based independent IDW Publishing that is leading the characters’ return to the U.S. comic book shelves.

The new line will launch with April’s Uncle Scrooge No. 1, followed in May with a new Donald Duck series, with Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney Comics and Stories debuting in June and July, respectively. Each of the series will feature reprints of work originated overseas for foreign-language Disney comics, with new covers featuring monthly themes based on areas of Walt Disney resorts, including Adventureland (April), Tomorrowland (May) and Fantasyland (July).

The announcement means that Disney’s comic book licenses are currently split between a number of different publishers; IDW has the classic Disney animated characters, while Marvel controls the rights to material based on Disney theme park properties (To date, the company has produced Seekers of the Weird, Figment and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and Canadian publisher Joe’s Books publishes titles based on recent animated movies including Frozen and Big Hero 6.

As unusual as it may seem, this is actually the second time that IDW has gained comic book rights to a property owned by a corporation that also owns its own comic book publisher; in 2013, the publisher announced that it had gained the comic book license for a number of Cartoon Network properties, despite CN parent Warner Bros. also owning DC Entertainment


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Disney/Touchstone/LucusFilms "Strange Magic" featurette: Meet the Creatures and Cast!

Lucasfilm and Touchtone Pictures have released a featurette that introduces us to the unique cast of characters that debuts when Strange Magic arrives in theaters January 23.   

The film, from the mind of George Lucas, is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will feature a pulsating soundtrack filled with hit songs from the last 60 years.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas. The film stars Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley,Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare.

 
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bye, bye to the Sorcerer's Hat at DHS starting today!

Starting today, Jan 7, 2015, construction walls will be up while the Sorcerer's Hat comes down at Disney Hollywood Studios.

The hat has been an icon at DHS since 2001. No word on why Disney chose to take the hat down now, and Disney also does not know how long it will take to remove the hat. There are no plans to rebuild it anywhere else on Disney property.

The hat is the latest attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios to close. Disney closed American Idol Experience, Studio Backlot Tour and the Legend of Jack Sparrow last year.

The Great Movie Ride will also undergo a refurbishment this year with the help of the cable channel Turner Classic Movies.


(From: Orlando Attractions Magazine - a line of guests waiting to get a Photopass photo taken in front of the Sorcerer's Hat yesterday evening!)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year from TDDF! (video)

Happy 2015!!! :)

 
 
 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NEW YEAR'S EVE from TDDF

Whatever you do tonight Disney friends, PLEASE be safe! See you in 2015! :)


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Disney Christmas from TDDF! (video)

To all our TDDF readers, MERRY CHRISTMAS and be safe! :)

 
 
 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC, Christmas day!

It's a holiday party parade and a tradition that's bigger and better than ever!

The Happiest Place on Earth is hosting "Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration." It's a parade unparalleled with floats, fame, and festivities filled with familiar faces, all set to air on Christmas Day.

"Good Morning America" Robin Roberts and Rob Marciano will take you behind the scenes in Hawaii, California, and Florida.

This special will feature Olaf, Elsa, and Anna, plus our favorite sing-alongs from "Frozen." And we'll rock around the Christmas tree with Train, Trisha Yearwood, Gavin DeGraw, and Ariana Grande.

The jolly old man with the bag and all of your Disney favorites are sure to make your Christmas morning a little more magical.

Watch all the festive "Frozen" fun on ABC starting at 10 a.m/EST. on Christmas Day!