Despite Joss Whedon's initial hesitation at tackling the follow-up to The Avengers, Disney was (thankfully) able to convince him to reevaluate his desire to pursue other projects instead of continuing with the Marvel project.
Considering the fact that the superhero film took in more than $1.4 billion worldwide at the box office, there was no question as to whether or not Disney was going to ask the director - who also penned the script - to return for the sequel.
Disney Chariman Bob Iger not only confirmed Whedon's sequel gig but also revealed that Whedon will work on developing a "Marvel-based" television show for ABC, which would mark the first time a Whedon series would air on the network. There's no word yet as to when the project is expected to debut.
The Avengers 2 is expected to begin production after the release of the superheroes' individual films, which includes Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
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John Carter is one of the biggest box office flops of all time.
Studio Walt Disney have admitted they expect to lose $200 million on the film - which stars Taylor Kitsch as a military captain sent to Mars - having shelled out $100 million on marketing and $250 million producing the movie. The figures mean Disney could lose around $80-$120 million in its movie business during the current quarter, though will still make a substantial overall profit thanks to the company's TV endeavors.
The movie - based on books by Edgar Rice Burroughs - has taken no more than $184m at box offices worldwide, but cinema owners receive about half of that total.
John Carter director Andrew Stanton - who also helmed smash hits WALL-E and Finding Nemo - has previously admitted he pays no attention to the budgets on his films: "I've always worked with huge budgets, I mean the truth is, this is all I have ever known. Having said that, I've always ignored what the budget is. I've never felt any gain to be worrying about numbers."
Will baby animated lions look even more precious in 3D? Disney thinks so. The mega-corporation announced at the beginning of the year that new 3D Blu-rays of their biggest hits (Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lion King) would be released. Now, they’ve upped the ante: they’re brining at least one animated favorite back to the theaters, too.
First up, The Lion King (so dig out your old “hakuna matata” T-shirt). It’ll come back to theaters, in full 3D, in September. If it makes any money at all, you can expect that Disney will trot out the entire vault.
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Critics have widely panned The Hangover, Part II, but that didn’t deter holiday weekend moviegoers. The comedy sequel earned massive bucks for Warner Bros., and surpassed box office earnings for its parent flick.
So who cares what critics say, anyway? The ensemble comedy earned $137.4, after enjoying the biggest-ever Thursday opening for a film ($31.6 million).
Kung Fu Panda 2 fell far short of the first-place mark, earning $62.2 million during the three-day weekend. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides racked up $50.4 million in third place. Bridesmaids earned $21 million, and Thor finishes off the top five with $12 million. Maybe some bad reviews would boost their box office mojo?
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Fast Five has managed to trump all the animated comedies and big-budget productions of the year, earning $86.2 million in its opening weekend, the biggest box office debut in 2011 (so far).
The sequel drove Rio down to second place (it earned $14.7 million over the weekend). Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family earned $9.8 million in third place, and Water For Elephants nailed down fourth with $9.3 million. Disney’s lighthearted Prom had a rather dismal opening, debuting in fifth place with a $4.7 million take.
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Jake Mandeville-Anthony, U.K. screenwriter, has just filed an injunction to stop the June 24 release of the highly-anticipated Disney/Pixar sequel, Cars 2. His claim? The uber-company ripped off his script -- Cars was his idea in the first place.
Mandeville-Anthony says he originally submitted a script in the 90s, a three-part screenplay named “Cookie & Co.” and another piece titled “Cars.” His “Cars” contained a sample screenplay, animated car character descriptions, character sketches… even a marketing and merchandising plan. The writer alleges that he submitted his work to Disney and met with Lucasfilm exec Jim Morris in 1993. Morris would go on to join Pixar in 2005. He is now the company’s general manager.
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Lightning and Mater are back. Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy have reprised their respective voice roles to create Cars 2, the high-octane sequel to the successful animated comedy that revolves around a racecar.
In this new adventure, Lightning must test his engine against the other cars competing in the World Grand Prix. The circuit will take him to Tokyo, London and the Italian Riviera.
If he makes it that far! A new villain adds a new wrinkle to the story that kids are sure to love (and maybe, a few adults too). Watch the entire trailer above.
Cars 2 will zoom into theaters on June 24.
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According to rumors, James Franco is in talks to star in Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Robert Downey, Jr. was originally in talks to star in the new Sam Raimi flick, but we think Franco would be a great fit, too.
The movie focuses on a circus wrangler who gets caught up in a tornado that transports him to the magical land of Oz, where the citizens mistake him for a powerful wizard.
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Pair Natalie Portman with a star from That 70’s Show and what do you get? A Top Ten film.
No Strings Attached – last weekend’s only new wide release – topped the box office with a $19.6 million bow. The film, which features Portman and Ashton Kutcher, gave Natalie – someone who has avoided romantic comedies -- her best debut since 2006’s V for Vendetta.
As for Black Swan, Portman’s film with 70’s Show actress Mila Kunis – that film slipped one notch down to sixth place over the weekend. You can expect a possible boost for the thriller after Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning.
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“What we’ve got screenplay-wise is really great, really funny,” actor Johnny Depp said of his new movie project.
The actor was referr to Disney's The Lone Ranger reboot, in which he'll be playing the role of Tonto, the Ranger’s ever-present sidekick.
Depp, who is part Cherokee, is excited about the project. “I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades,” he told reporters. “It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them.”
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