The house that Mouse built, Disney, is on a bit of a rampage when it comes to its upcoming release slate. So much so that the company's cinematic arm has announced a bevy of release dates for some of its most-anticipated upcoming films. Mondays
But it's not all new news, either: some of the movies are completing a rousing rendition of the Release Date Shuffle. The films getting new wide dates are Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, with a new release date of July 10, 2015. The hotly-anticipated, Tina Fey-fronted The Muppets 2 will roll into theaters on March 21, 2014, and the what-the-heck-is-this-movie, no-seriously-what-is-it-all-about-project from Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird titled 1952 got a new date of December 19, 2014 — just enough time for George Clooney to get acclimated to the 3D world in which this film will be shot.
Unfortunately for those looking for a more old-school Disney film experience, they'll have to wait a little bit longer. The Little Mermaid, purported to be the next film from the Disney vaults to get a 3D re-release ala The Lion King and Finding Nemo, has been removed from the schedule. It had been slated for a September 13, 2013 release.
Check out our full breakdown of the cinematic proceedings, below: The Muppets 2Release Date: March 21, 2014Film will star Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. It will be produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman, with James Bobin at the helm. Returning to scripting duties is Nick Stoller alongside Bobin.
Captain America: The Winter SoldierRelease Date: April 14, 2014The Marvel feature will be available in 3D.Film will star Chris Evans. Directed by the brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, the story will pick up where The Avengers left off: with Steve Rogers struggling to accept the modern world and his place within it.
MaleficentRelease Date: July 2, 2014 (originally: March 14, 2014).Film stars Angelina Jolie in the title role, as well supporting players Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. It will be released in 3D and is produced by Joe Roth, directed by Robert Stromberg, and written by Linda Woolverton.Film is said to be a bit of an origin story about the Disney villainess from the 1959 animated classic, Sleeping Beauty.
Guardians of the GalaxyRelease Date: August 1, 20143D film is a Marvel feature about a futuristic team of superheroes tasked with protecting the galaxy from danger, will be voiced by a cavalcade of characters, and directed by James Gunn.
1952Release Date: December 19, 2014The highly-secretive film will star George Clooney, with direction from Brad Bird, and a script/producer in Damon Lindelof.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5Release Date: July 10, 2015Film stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. It will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson.
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Another lovable sitcom star will headline a Muppets movie: Modern Family's Ty Burrell has signed on to play an Interpol inspector in the sequel to the 2011 franchise reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 2011 film was written by and starred How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segel.
The new movie, co-written by Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobbin, will take place in Europe. Burrell's Interpol agent is one of the main human roles, alongside what THR describes as a "Russian femme Fatale." Christoph Waltz was originally in talks for the part, but couldn't take it because of scheduling conflicts.
Segel will not return for the sequel, although producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are back on board.
It won't be Burrell's first foray into kid-friendly film -- he stars as the voice of the beloved Rocky and Bullwinkle character Mr. Peabody in Dreamworks Animation's 2013 feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The Muppets sequel will begin shooting in London in winter of 2013.
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McKenzie reprises his Muppets role as musical supervisor after winning the Best Original Song honour at this year's (12) Academy Awards for Man Or Muppet, from the 2011 puppet movie.
The Muppets' producer Todd Lieberman confirmed McKenzie's involvement in the sequel, which will be shot at Britain's Pinewood Studios and filmed in and around London next year (13), according to Collider.com.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
During one ensemble scene in the highly-anticipated return of Jim Henson's colourful characters, extra puppeteers were needed, and Lieberman jumped at the chance to control one of the beloved bunch.
But after reviewing his guest appearance, the moviemaker realised his muppet was lacking star quality - and he had to cut it out of the film.
He says, "I learned how difficult it really is. You're sweating, your arm hurts. Then, in post-production, the visual effects supervisor noticed there was one Muppet in the scene that looked totally wrong. It was angled weird. It had no reaction. It was totally off. Guess what? It was my Muppet. And it got cut out."
We’ve had space westerns, gay westerns, and whatever-the-hell-Jonah-Hex-was westerns, but I think this may be the first dystopian future western. Sam Raimi is set to direct an adaptation of the comic book Earp: Saints For Sinners, which “re-imagines” the story of famed gunslinger Wyatt Earp and brings him to a future Las Vegas.
Earp, which could use a name that sounds less like a sound effect, is being produced by Daivd Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville films, Radical’s Barry Levine, and Raimi business partner Josh Donen, for Dreamworks Studios. Matt Cirulnick, of The Slim Shady Show, is scripting. This project is one of many upcoming adaptations for Radical, who recently signed a deal with Sam Worthington’s new production company.
Raimi, who is best known for his horror and Spider-Man work, has directed another western, the little-loved The Quick And The Dead. His next project will be Oz, The Great And Powerful, a reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz with Robert Downey Jr. as the wizard himself.
While I would normally be at least vaguely enthusiastic about a comic series getting a shot at the big screen, Radical’s method seems to be mainly writing comics by committee and immediately auctioning them off as film concepts before they’re even released on shelves. They’re creating comics to serve as a half-assed illustrated script, or as a slim pretense for a film, in hopes of tapping into fan sympathy for comics adaptations. It’s the opposite of what comics adaptations are actually supposed to do, which is to tap into an established franchise with a loyal fan base. It’s such a lazy, stupid method of making films that it’s hard to get enthused about any of their output.
Jason Segel, who wrote the latest Muppets movie with Nicholas Stoller, will also play the non-Muppet lead.
According to the Heat Vision blog, Segel will also join David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV as a producer on the project.
James Bobin is on board to direct. The plot is under wraps but it is known that Segel plays a man on a quest to find and reunite the Muppets.