Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Inside The Mouse Castle 03-16-2015 - Tim Burton Directs 'Dumbo'; Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline and Josh Gad Join 'Beauty and the Beast'

By Tim Callaway

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast gets a live-action treatment in 2017.
Cinderella opened on Friday to positive reviews and solid box office sales. Maleficent and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland were mediocre films at best but made buckets of money for Disney. Now Burton is back to take on another one of Walt's animated classics. He'll direct a live-action version of Dumbo. No, really. Meanwhile, director Bill Condon is assembling a dream cast for a reboot of Beauty and the Beast. Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Kevin Kline (Maurice) and Josh Gad (LeFou) are the latest to join the ensemble in a film slated for release in 2017.

So, the question remains, is it still a good idea for Disney to remake its stable of animated classics as CG-heavy live-action films? Anthony and I jump into the fray in this edition of Inside The Mouse Castle.

We also cover these fascinating topics:

  • We're getting conflicting news about a third Tron movie, but it looks like it's a go with Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) directing and Garrett Hedlund returning to play Sam Flynn. Shooting could start in Vancouver this fall.
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World will kick off the summer season with what has now become a tradition: a 24-hour party on Memorial Day weekend. The "Coolest Summer Ever" starts at 6:00 a.m. on May 22nd at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the Magic Kingdom. The party won't end until 6:00 a.m. on the 23rd. Ready to pull an all day and all nighter? Start resting up now.
Disneyland Diamond Celebration
  • Disney California Adventure's conversion of Condor Flats to an expanded Grizzly Peak will start to reveal itself on Friday when Smokejumpers Grill (formerly Taste Pilots) opens. The rest of the expansion, including an enhanced Soarin' Over California, will gradually reopen later this spring.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th, but the expected merchandising blitz will precede it. Twenty Star Wars-related books will hit stores leading up to the film's release.
  • Want to have a bit of tournament fun that has nothing to do with basketball this month? Cast your votes during "March Magic," which pits 32 Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions against one another. Are you a Flying Elephant? A California Screamer? Maybe you're a Space Mountain Blast or a Caribbean Cannonball. And did we mention there are t-shirts? Get them now before your favorites are eliminated.

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