Saturday, November 22, 2014

Live 'Into the Woods' Q&A in The Mouse Castle

Want to take an early trip Into the Woods? Yahoo! Movies is hosting an exclusive Q&A with the film's stars and you can watch it live right here in The Mouse Castle. Scheduled to appear are Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, director Rob Marshall, and screenwriter James Lapine. The event starts today at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time and will include a first-look at a new Into the Woods featurette. So, why don't you stay with me and find out more about Disney's upcoming film based on the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical? It opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness: Meet the Emotions of 'Inside Out'

Pixar's next film will dare to go into a confusing, scary and extraordinary place, the mind of an eleven year-old girl.

Inside Out is the story of young Riley, who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco and encounters all the hectic mental turmoil that comes with having a major life change at that age. We get to see it all play out through the emotions that occupy her head: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Although Joy is used to running the show, all her fellow emotions begin jockeying for position and control in the wake of all the change.

The film is directed by Pixar veteran Pete Doctor (Monsters, Inc., Up) and co-directed by Ronnie del Carmen. It opens in the U.S. on June 19, 2015.

Inside Out is a film I'm super excited to see. I already love the look and feel of the little bit we've gotten to see in the trailers. The color scheme is great and the Aerosmith track is perfect.

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The New Trailer for 'Strange Magic' is Pretty Creepy

Fairies and elves do battle with goblins and other scary creatures over a magical potion in the animated comedy action-adventure Strange Magic. The story, written by George Lucas, is based loosely on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The screenplay is by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (BraveThe Lion King) and Gary Rydstrom, who also directs.

The animation in the trailer above is lush and detailed--and just a bit creepy, teetering into uncanny valley territory. It was created by Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, who also did Rango, another creepy-looking animated film.

Strange Magic has a music soundtrack that draws from "popular songs from the past six decades." You can catch snippets of the '60s staple "Wild Thing," the Motown classic "I Can't Help Myself" and the reggae-tinged "Say Hey" in the trailer. I can't say I'm a fan. They're great songs, but their over-familiarity makes them that much harder to weave into a musical film (See: Moulin Rouge, Gnomeo & Juliet).

Strange Magic stars the voices talents of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph. It opens in U.S. theaters on January 23rd.