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    Can Runaway Western 'The Lone Ranger' Make Its Money Back? Review and Round-Up

    The scuttle from the set of the prodigiously expensive "The Lone Ranger," the latest movie from the producer, writers and director behind the lucrative "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, was that Gore Verbinski was yet another runaway director run amok, not unlike Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate," ...

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    Casting Watch: Helena Bonham Carter Joins Blanchett, James and Madden in Kenneth Branagh's 'Cinderella' UPDATE

    UPDATE: Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh's live-action version of "Cinderella" for Disney. Bonham Carter joins Cate Blanchett (playing the wicked stepmother), Lily James of "Downton Abbey" in the title role, and Richard Madden of "Game of Thrones" as the p...

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    Teaser Trailer: Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

    Disney's latest, Frozen, is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film follows Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with a mountain man (Jonathan Groff) to find her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) who has disappeared after accidentally cursing their kingdom into eternal wi...

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    FIRST LOOK: Disney's "Frozen" teaser

    Click here to take a little look, via the first teaser released today, at the comedic aspects of Disney's large-scale Snow Queen adventure, Frozen.

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    Disney Releases New "Frozen" Images

    It's "Disney Day" here on Animation Scoop. Here's my third story in a row on doings at the studio... Today Disney Feature Animation released five new images from Frozen - the first trailer is expected to be released on Tuesday.

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    Oscar Watch: Disney Gives 'Saving Mr. Banks' a Limited December Run Ahead of Wide Holiday Release

    Early buzz is good on Disney's indie pick-up "Saving Mr. Banks," and the studio appears confident that critical reaction and word-of-mouth will be upbeat, as they are moving the anticipated year-end entry up to December 13 in limited release, ahead of its wide break set for December 20.

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    With 'Monsters University,' Has Pixar Lost Its Street Cred?

    Once upon a time, in a land that now looks so magical it could have been dreamed up, Pixar carried the virtues of an independent studio that delivered brainy alternatives to simplistic studio-produced animation. "Monsters University" is the latest example that things have changed.

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    From 'Avengers' To Shakespeare: If Joss Whedon Can Do It All, 5 Film Projects We'd Love To See Him Tackle

    Infamously, writer/director Joss Whedon, who had recently been saddled with the task of bringing the Marvel Universe's crown jewel "The Avengers" to cinematic life, took a two-week vacation from editing that monstrous movie and spent it cheaply shooting an adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing," fil...

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    Latest and Final "Monsters University" trailer

    Here is the latest - and final - look at Pixar's Monsters University we'll get before the film opens on June 21st. Too early to judge, but it looks great - and it certainly promises to be fun.

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    Are Modern Animated Features Only Made For the Quick Buck?

    Simply put: are studios creating animated feature films with only an eye to short-term profits at the expense of long-term gains? Where are the films that are genuinely unique in a cultural way and that (intentional or not) are likely to remain popular in the way Snow White has?

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