Monday, February 23, 2015

BIG HERO 6 Nabs Best Animated Feature Oscar - Out On BluRay And DVD Tomorrow


Written By Admiral Duke for DisFanReview.com

During last night's 87th Annual Academy Awards Celebration, BIG HERO 6 won Beast Animated Feature. While this is definitely a win for Disney Animation let us not overlook the truth of the matter. The truth being that this is the very first Oscar for MARVEL. Ever. A fact that should not be overlooked or downplayed. 


In 2009 when Disney acquired MARVEL the move was viewed by observers as risky, but having a lot of potential upside... For Disney. But six years later we now see that the move has put MARVEL Studios in places that they may never have been able to arrive at on their own. Sure, there was some inter-company squabbling during the production of BH6 but the results speak for themselves. 


Big Hero 6 was just a quirky, 'c list' comic book team that has now quietly evolved into something huge.  Now it's an animated cash cow that brought in over half a billion dollars in global box office take, and now sits a top the competition as the Best Animated Feature of 2015. And, it isn't over yet.

Big Hero 6 officially hits the home entertainment market tomorrow with a massive BluRay and DVD release that is sure to smash some records of it's own. This being the case, and Disney being a company that never misses an opportunity to cash in on it's own success (can you say FROZEN?), Big Hero 6's windfall is likely to be the catalyst for a franchise of BH6 films as well as a bevy of future MARVEL animated features.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images




Saturday, February 21, 2015

Catch Up On MARVEL's AGENTS OF SHIELD In An All New Video

Written By Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

The second season of MARVEL's AGENT'S OF S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on March 3rd. This season has been filled with some wild twists and turns including the appearance of Absorbing Man, the arrival of Mockingbird, and the shocking death of a beloved team member. In this all new video from MARVEL we get a quick recap of the seasons first half and a solid set up for the shows return. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All New Details And Poster For STAR WARS WEEKENDS 2015 At Walt Disney World

Originally Appeared On Disney Parks Blog


The Force is growing stronger here at Walt Disney World Resort as the galaxy prepares for this year’s Star Wars Weekends. If you’re as big a fan of the annual Disney’s Hollywood Studios event as I am, you’ll be excited to learn that several crowd-favorites are back in 2015, including James Arnold Taylor! Known for voicing characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” Taylor will host the Stars of the Saga talk show with everyone’s favorite stormtrooper preshow at a new, larger location in Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard.

Darth’s Mall is also moving to a new and expanded complex near Streets of America, where you can find Star Wars-themed and exclusive event merchandise just for Star Wars Weekends 2015.

One of my favorite out-of-this-world experiences to catch this year is the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine. My day just wouldn’t be complete without dinner surrounded by my favorite Disney pals dressed in their Star Wars best!

The galaxy won’t be so far, far away when beloved and iconic Star Wars characters assemble and “Summon the Force” each night for a grand celebration, including a look back at your greatest moments throughout the day on social media. For the finale, the night sky will erupt in an interstellar frenzy of fireworks as “Symphony in the Stars” salutes the saga’s most dramatic stories and brings you as close to the Force as you can get.

We’re still gathering all your favorite droids and scoundrels, so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and StarWars.com for the latest updates. As we announced in December, the fun comes to our galaxy Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 15 – June 14, 2015. Check out StarWarsWeekends.com for all the must-know event details.

Are you planning on joining the Force? If so, which characters are you looking forward to seeing the most? For my boys, it’s the Jawas – they love to trade with those little guys! Let us know your favorites in the comments!

Written by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales Begins Filming In Australia


Official Press Release From DISNEY

QUEENSLAND, Australia (February 17, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him.  Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”). The executive producers are Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor.

Joining Bruckheimer, Sandberg & Rønning for the swashbuckling new voyage is a first-tier group of award-winning behind-the-scenes artists—many of them new to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” family—including director of photography Paul Cameron (“Gone in Sixty Seconds,” “Déjà Vu,” “Collateral”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pearl Harbor,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “World War Z”), costume designer Penny Rose (all four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich (“The Lone Ranger,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), Oscar®-winning special effects production consultant John Frazier (nine Jerry Bruckheimer films and dozens of others) and special effects supervisor Dan Oliver (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), supervising stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”) and stunt coordinators Thomas Robinson Harper (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and Kyle Gardiner (“San Andreas,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”), Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Peter Swords King (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, “Into the Woods”) and film editors Joel Cox ( “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “American Sniper”) and Gary D. Roach (“American Sniper”).

The exciting filmmaking team of Sandberg & Rønning directed “Kon-Tiki,” the critically acclaimed story of famed explorer Thor Heyerdahl, which was nominated for both an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award® for Best Foreign Language Film from their native Norway. Following their work as award-winning commercial and music video directors, Rønning and Sandberg directed the World War II action drama “Max Manus: Man of War” before taking on “Kon-Tiki.” Most recently Rønning and Sandberg served as executive producers and directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s big-scale mini-series “Marco Polo,” which they filmed on exotic locations in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Venice. A second season was recently announced for “Marco Polo,” with Rønning and Sandberg continuing on as executive producers.

First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bruckheimer has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, impacting not only the motion picture and television industries, but mass culture as well. His film and television productions have been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including six Academy Awards®. In addition to his prolific television credits, Bruckheimer’s films include “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance,” “Bad Boys,” “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Remember the Titans,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “National Treasure,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Deliver Us From Evil.” He is the producer of all four previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Future Crew Of The International Space Station Look To STAR WARS For Inspiration In New Mission Poster


This September the International Space Station will get a brand new crew of astronauts and cosmonauts aboard, and the force will be with them! This week NASA released the official crew poster for the mission which features all six members of the mission clad in Jedi robes. The crew consists of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko (right, bottom and middle), together with NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren (left, bottom), Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko (right, top and left, top) and Kimiya Yui with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The crew will return to earth in mid November, just one month before the release of STAR WARS: Episode VII The Force Awakens.

If you would like a hi-res printable file of the poster you can find it at CollectSpace.com

Monday, February 9, 2015

MARVEL-SONY SPIDER-MAN Announcement Causes Shift Of Release Dates For Upcoming MARVEL Films


With tonight's earth shattering announcement that MARVEL and SONY will now unite to produce Spider-Man films in the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE, comes the aftershocks. Now, MARVEL has announced a revised schedule for the release dates of their Phase 3 films. 

The first MARVEL/SONY Spider-Man film will now be released July 28, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok moves to November 3rd, 2017
Black Panther moves to July 6th, 2018
Captain Marvel moves to November 2nd, 2018
Inhumans moves to July 12, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War remains set for May 4th 2018 and May 3rd, 2019.

How this announcement effects SONY's plans to move forward with their planned Sinister Six, Venom and Carnage films is, at this time, unclear.

It's Officially Official - Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Marvel Studios Into The Amazing World Of Spider-Man


Official Press Release Appeared On MARVEL.com

(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man. 

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel's world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: "Spider-Man is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world. We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building."

"We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans."

"Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future," added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

"I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel's involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years."

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
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ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Teaser Trailer For Netflix And MARVEL's DAREDEVIL is here!


Official Description From NETFLIX And MARVEL
Meet Matt Murdock. Blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt fights injustice by day as a respected lawyer and by night as the masked vigilante known as Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen, New York. He'll do anything to make his city a better place, but at what price? All episodes available April 10, only on Netflix.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler Of The Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Went To Disneyland.



Written by Admiral Duke For DisFanReview.com

Every year, only moments after the game is over, a player from the winning team utters that now famous phrase "I'm Going To Disney World!" Well, this year it was Disneyland's turn. Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler were the luck guys who got the chance to visit Disneyland just a short few afters after beating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XVIX.

Edelman and Butler were the guests of honor on Monday at Disneyland. They had their own 'Heroes Victory Parade, and even had the chance to check out a few rides, and the envious opportunity of hanging out with Mickey Mouse himself! Edelman had been to Disneyland before, yet for Butler this was his first time to the original Magic Kingdom and his excitement was evident.

Carrie-Anne Moss to star in Marvel's A.K.A. JESSICA JONES for Netflix


This Article Originally Appeared On MARVEL.com

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Carrie-Anne Moss will star in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."

Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica...if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.

Moss will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Rachael Taylor (Patricia “Trish” Walker) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.

“Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” said Rosenberg.

“Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play complex characters with deep and layered inner lives,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her interaction with Jessica Jones will be one of the many highlights of the series.”

Moss starred as Trinity in all three films of the Matrix trilogy, and in her 25-year career she has also starred in “Memento,” “Chocolat,” and “Disturbia,” as well as more than two dozen other feature films. Past TV credits include roles on “Vegas,”  and “Crossing Lines.”

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

"Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

For more information on "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.

Written by Marc Strom For MARVEL.com