For four decades now, through tectonic shifts in animation technology and much controversy, the International Animated Film Association has done its part during awards season, acknowledging excellence in the animated arts. The 40th Annual Annie awards went down at UCLA's Royce Hall this weekend at a ceremony hosted by Leonard Maltin, Rob Paulsen, and Maurice Lamarche, with a surprise appearance from Seth Green.
The big winner at this year's Annie Awards was definitely Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, which won no fewer than five awards.
Marvel Studios has been laying on the Iron Man 3 promotion pretty thick an anticipation of this Sunday's sixty-second Super Bowl TV spot. So it's no surprise that Disney has dropped a new image featuring a cast member who hasn't been properly showcased thus far.
Iron Man 3 is but one of two Marvel Studios movies arriving this year, though, and with that in mind, there's also a new behind the scenes image from November's Thor: The Dark World.
Disney is really taking advantage of Super Bowl XLVII – an oasis of television actually viewed live by every demographic – and the studio wants you to be very, very excited about its Super Bowl TV spots. That means commercials for commercials.
The latest is a ten-second glimpse of the spot for Iron Man 3, the returns of Marvel Studios' resident rock star.
You just can't keep a good Muppet down.
Jim Henson's beloved creations are returning to theaters next year with The Muppets...Again!, a sequel to The Muppets, and producer Todd Lieberman has provided IAR with an exclusive update on the production, which is underway in Europe as you read.
In anticipation of some sort of sporting event this Sunday, Disney is offering yet another commercial for a commercial with a glimpse at new footage from this summer's The Lone Ranger.
And maybe because a twenty-second tease of a piece of advertising feels a little insubstantial, the little sneak peek is accompanied by a brand new one sheet featuring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp as the title character and Tonto, respectively.
The Super Bowl, a showcase for football and unbridled advertising of every stripe, will doubtless contain many a TV spot for some the biggest movies arriving over the next six months. One of the showcased films will be March's Oz the Great and Powerful. Disney has released a tiny, ten second glimpse at the TV spot we'll see during the game between the 49ers and the Ravens on February 3rd.
And because we feel terrible about posting a commercial for a commercial, dear Rogues, we also have a brand new character poster for Oz the Great and Powerful, this one featuring the endlessly lovely Mila Kunis in a giant red hat. Fair enough, right?
Let's get down to brass tacks: Lucasfilm and Disney have officially announced that J.J. Abrams will indeed direct Star Wars: Episode VII.
The dirty work of getting The Avengers together across six movies constituted Phase One of the Marvel Studios master plan. Iron Man 3 kicks off Phase Two this May.
As excited as we all about that, it seems it's time look to the horizon, past The Avengers 2 to the distant Phase Three, which Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige says kicks off with Ant-Man and will definitely include the phantasmagoric delights of the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange.
The big Disney news today is, of course, word that the studio's first Star Wars movie is to be directed by franchise-hopping J.J. Abrams. But let's not look to the far horizon of 2015. Let's look to this March, when Oz the Great and Powerful brings a familiar magical land to the screen. Disney has unveiled a quick featurette and a character poster, both of which focus on witchiness.
The Graveyard Book, by the incomparable Neil Gaiman, continues on its long journey to becoming a major motion picture, with Ron Howard currently in talks to direct a live-action take on the spooky all-ages novel.