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    Disney's Mysterious '1952' Clooney Project Entitled 'Tomorrowland'

    Disney's top secret project, known as "1952" while in development, has been given an official title: "Tomorrowland." George Clooney is on board to star. The story was developed by director Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof and EW writer Jeff Jensen. Bird and Lindelof wrote the screenplay. Rumors have swirle...

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    Lucasfilm Kills 'Star Wars' Prequel 3D Re-Releases To Focus On 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

    We have to tip our hat to this decision, because financially, it finds the studio walking away from easy money. As you might recall, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" was re-released just over a year ago, the first in a planned series of rejiggered "Star Wars" re-releas...

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    Sundance 2013: 'Escape From Tomorrow' Director Randy Moore Says "I'm a Product of Disney World"

    Few movies generated more chatter at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival than Randy Moore's "Escape From Tomorrow," a movie shot on location in Disney World without permission. The filmmaker's scrappy black-and-white feature follows a family around on their last of vacation while strange events transpir...

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    Disney’s ‘Cars’ Spin-Off ‘Planes’ Getting A Theatrical Release Next Summer

    Well this is somewhat surprising: “Planes,” the direct-to-video spin-off of Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” films, is now getting a wide theatrical release next summer. It will hit theaters on August 9th, alongside Neill Blomkamp’s Matt Damon-led sci-fi extravaganza “Elysium” and “We’re the Millers,” a comedy...

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    Weekend Recap: 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel, Heroine Complex Short Films, Depp's Don Quixote, What's Next for Refn, Cuaron and Abrams

    Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel. The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide. Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beau...

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    Disney Going Down The Rabbit Hole With A Sequel To Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland'

    So why is Disney prepping a sequel to a movie that even Walt Disney Animation Studios' chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson said "isn't very good"? Well, they've got about $1,024,299,904 reasons. That's how much "Alice In Wonderland" took worldwide in 2010 to make it one of the highest grossing ...

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    Sorry Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp Sets Up His Own 'Don Quixote' Project At Disney

    Well, ain't that a kick in the head. For those with short memories, around a decade ago, Terry Gilliam went into production on a film called "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," starring his "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" star Johnny Depp as a modern day ad executive somehow transported to medieval S...

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    Hasbro Denies Rumors Of Disney Buyout Talks

    Okay, so Mickey Mouse won't own your entire childhood yet. Yesterday, rumors surfaced that Disney was going to wash down the purchase of Lucasfilm by buying Hasbro as well. But alas, that doesn't seem to be the case.

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    Disney Will Own Your Youth, Rumored To Be In Talks To Buy Hasbro

    With Lucasfilm and Marvel now under the heavy crown of the Mouse House, could Disney be making another play that will make them one of the biggest tentpole players in town? Again, it's just rumor, but it's not totally outside the realm of possibility, but here it is: Disney may be in talks t...

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    May the Rights Be With You: Which Studios Own Which Franchise Characters?

    In the wake of Disney's major purchase of LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, EW asks the pertinent question: Which studios own which major franchise characters? Disney's Robert Iger made clear during a conference call after the announcement that he'd rather pay through the nose for an estab...

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