Jon Favreau’s THE JUNGLE BOOK Casts Newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli; Will Be the Only Actor Onscreen

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After a worldwide casting search that included thousands of auditions, Disney and director Jon Favreau have cast 10-year-old Neel Sethi as Mowgli in the upcoming The Jungle Book adaptation.  The project has previously been described as a mix between live-action and animation, but today’s casting announcement for Sethi reveals that he will be the only actor seen onscreen in the film; this newcomer will be carrying the entire movie on his shoulders.  Though Sethi has no professional experience, Favreau and his team feel confident that has the charisma and instincts to bring this new iteration of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story to life.

Sethi will be working with a number of CG characters, as Idris Elba is onboard to voice Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson will voice Kaa, Lupita Nyong’o is voicing Rakcha, and Sir Ben Kingsley will voice the character of Bagheera.  The Jungle Book is currently in production and is scheduled for release in 3D on October 9, 2015.

Guillermo del Toro Provides a HAUNTED MANSION Update; May Be Open to Directing Now

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We haven’t heard that much on the Haunted Mansion front from Guillermo del Toro recently, with our last update on the matter being over a year or so ago.  Del Toro likes to keep a lot of irons in the fire though (I don’t blame him) and he recently indicated that the Disney ride adaptation he plans to produce and co-write (and possibly even direct) isn’t quite dead.  He’s still plugging along at it.

If you haven’t caught up with the other del Toro projects in the works, you can check out Steve’s interview with him earlier this week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with his new Black and White movie.   Hit the jump for del Toro’s Haunted Mansion update.

Live-Action DUMBO Remake in the Works at Disney; TRANSFORMERS 4 Writer Ehren Kruger to Tackle Adaptation

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Surprising but, at the same time, not surprising.  Disney is planning a live action take on Dumbo to be penned by Transformers: Age Of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger (to be fair, he was under some non-narrative marching orders on that one).  Oblivion producer Justin Springer will co-produce alongside Kruger.

If you’re like me and it’s been decades since you’ve seen the original Dumbo, you may not have easily recalled that this elephant can fly.  He can.  No matter, Disney is said to be confident that modern CGI can take care of such things.  I’m sure it can, but doesn’t a live action flying elephant seem like an aesthetic nightmare come to life?  Hit the jump for more on the new Dumbo remake.

ENCHANTED 2 Moving Forward at Disney with SHREK 2 and SMURFS Writers

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Seven years after the first film implanted “Happy Working Song” into everyone’s heads, Disney is finally getting serious about Enchanted 2.  The original pic, directed by Kevin Lima, imagined what would happen if one of Disney’s gleeful and song-filled princesses made her way into present day New York City, with Amy Adams filling the lead role of Giselle.  The result was a funny, catchy, and surprisingly self-aware film that went on to gross $340 million at the worldwide box office.  Talk of a sequel surfaced soon after, but the follow-up failed to materialize.

Now, with Frozen having grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and lighting up the home video charts, Disney suddenly has renewed interest in an Enchanted sequel as it has set new screenwriters on the project.  Hit the jump for more.

Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera Preview the Opening of Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (Plus a Sneak Peek of the Latest Pixar Short LAVA)

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It’s simply astonishing how effortlessly Pete Docter is able to condense massive amounts of plot & exposition into the most accessible and comprehensive manner possible.  Take a gander at the opening of Docter’s previous film Up, distilling an entire life span and romantic relationship into just ten minutes.  The filmmaker’s latest Pixar venture Inside Out – set for release a year from today – (on paper) could seem almost unbearably convoluted, but in Docter’s deft hands it all becomes so very easy to follow.  Set inside an adolescent girl’s mind, Inside Out focuses on the ‘emotions’ – Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear & Disgust – that control the personality and actions of their host’s body.  Think of the film sort of as the Disney version of Being John Malkovich.  The genius of Docter is to mix the art-house cerebral ideas of that film (e.g. the existential quandaries of identity) with more traditional Disney sentimentality (the importance of the familial unit is front and center here).

At a special Pixar event tonight, Docter and his producing partner Jonas Rivera gave an exclusive presentation of Inside Out, including a preview of the opening five minutes of the picture.  In addition, the Pixar short film Lava (which will play before Inside Out) screened to the attentive audience.  For highlights from the presentation, Inside Out and Lava, hit the jump.

Two New Posters for Disney’s Animated Marvel Movie BIG HERO 6

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Disney has released new Big Hero 6 posters.  Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) directed the adaptation of the Marvel comic, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who, with his robot companion Baymax in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction.  The teaser trailer was adorable, and while these posters don’t give us a look at any of the other characters, it’s still nice to focus on these protagonists.  It’s also clear that when it comes to the cute-factor, the studio will probably be relying heavily on Baymax.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film features the voices of The film features the voices of T.J. MillerMaya Rudolph, and Jamie Chung.  Big Hero 6 opens November 7th.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Live-Action Film to be Directed by Bill Condon for Disney

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About two months ago we asked if there was any truth to the rumor that Bill Condon would be directing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast for Disney.  Well, now that the studio’s Maleficent picture is nearing $200 million worldwide in its first week of release, they’re apparently anxious to move onto the next project.  New reports confirm Condon will indeed head up the Beauty and the Beast live-action treatment, scripted by Evan Spiliotopoulos.  If the new version is anything close to its animated forebear (which earned $375 million and a Best Picture Oscar nomination), then Disney is in for another payday.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

MALEFICENT: Watch 4 Clips, 6 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and a Music Featurette from Disney’s Villain Origin Story

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Disney has released a slew of material from its upcoming villain origin tale Maleficent.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, the film tells the story of how the titular Sleeping Beauty villain turned antagonist, as Angelina Jolie plays a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  In anticipation of the film’s release next weekend, Disney has unveiled a batch of clips, six minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and a four-minute clip of the recording of James Newton Howard’s score.  For those itching to see this new spin on the classic tale, these supplements should tide you over for the next seven days.

Hit the jump to watch the Maleficent clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and music clip.  The film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

STAR WARS Spinoff to Be Directed by GODZILLA Helmer Gareth Edwards; December 16, 2016 Release Set

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After the gargantuan success of Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla, many figured that director Gareth Edwards’ next step would be a sequel to the monster movie.  After all, Godzilla 2 was recently confirmed as being in the works and Edwards had been catapulted into the director’s chair of a massive studio tentpole after helming a tiny, tiny budget sci-fi drama called Monsters.  He steered Godzilla to both commercial and critical acclaim, but it appears that Legendary and WB weren’t the only ones to take notice, as Edwards has now been enlisted to take the helm of one of the Star Wars spinoff films.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s writing Edwards’ film and the news that he’s also attached to direct a pair of Godzilla sequels. [Update: We've also added a statement from Legendary CEO Thomas Tull regarding the Godzilla sequels.]

First BIG HERO 6 Trailer; Disney’s Animated Adaptation of the Marvel Comic

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Disney has released the first Big Hero 6 trailer.  Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) directed the adaptation of the Marvel comic, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who, with his robot companion Baymax in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction.  In keeping with the tradition of first trailers for Disney and Pixar animated films, this is very much a teaser that focuses on one specific sequence from the movie.  Nevertheless, it’s cute to watch Hiro try to fit some armor on his chunky robot buddy, and I’ll be interested to see how Disney sells the superhero aspect of the film in subsequent trailers.

Hit the jump to watch the Big Hero 6 trailer.  The film features the voices of T.J. MillerMaya Rudolph, and Jamie Chung.  Big Hero 6 opens November.

BIG HERO 6 Trailer Tease and Poster Showcase Disney Animation’s First Marvel Adaptation

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Ahead of tomorrow’s trailer debut, Disney has unveiled the first Big Hero 6 trailer tease and poster for the upcoming animated film.  Ever since Disney brought Marvel under its banner, fans have been clamoring to see some sort of collaboration between the two companies on an animated feature (and, possibly in vain, hoping for a Marvel/Pixar movie).  The first collaboration between Walt Disney Studios and Marvel will hit theaters this November by way of an adaptation of the relatively obscure comic Big Hero 6, which takes place in the high-tech city of San Fransokyo and tells the story of a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who, with his robot companion Baymax in tow, teams up with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters to save the metropolis from destruction.  This debut poster teases the heights to which Hiro and Baymax can climb, and the trailer tease gives us our first (brief) look at some footage.

Hit the jump to check out the Big Hero 6 trailer tease and poster, click here to see a collection of new images, and come back tomorrow to watch the full trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 7th and features the voices of T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Maya Rudolph.

New Images from Disney Animation Studios’ Marvel Movie BIG HERO 6

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Disney has released new images from their upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6.  Based on the Marvel Comic of the same name, the story is about “brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.”  This is our first look at Hiro and Baymax up close, and they look cute, especially Baymax.

Hit the jump to check out the Big Hero 6 images, and come back on Thursday to check out the first trailer.  The film opens in 3D on November 7th, and features the voices of T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Maya Rudolph.

Official Character Descriptions for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Characters

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Guardians of the Galaxy may be familiar to devout Marvel comic fans, but it is fresh to the mainstream that loves comic book movies more than their source material.  As seen in the trailer and early featurettes, Marvel and Disney’s first and foremost goal is to introduce new audiences to the Guardians: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper).

As a study aid, Marvel and Disney have released a cheat sheet with the official character descriptions, including all the supporting characters.  Read up on the Guardians of the Galaxy characters after the jump.  For extra credit, check out our introduction to the villains.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1.

Disney Planning “At Least Three” STAR WARS Spin Off Films

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Though the current focus is rightly on director J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII as production is set to begin in earnest next week, Disney is also cognizant of the larger picture for its Star Wars franchise.  We know that Episode VII will be followed by Episode VIII and Episode IX to fill out the new trilogy, and we also know that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing Star Wars spinoff films to pad their release schedule over the next decade.  This plan is not unlike Marvel Studios’ approach to their cinematic universe, and is yet another example of what The Avengers hath wrought.

Disney had previously acknowledged that there would definitely be two Star Wars spinoff films in the pipeline, but speaking today, CEO Bob Iger revealed that “at least three” spinoff movies are now planned.  Hit the jump for more.

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