Disney has just sent out a press release announcing release dates and changes for their upcoming slate of films. The most notable announcement is that Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man finally has a release date. The little-big-superhero is due to hit theaters on November 6, 2015. Since this will be the first Marvel movie to follow The Avengers 2 (which opens May 1, 2015), I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Hank Pym pop up in Joss Whedon‘s film.
Here’s the rest of the list:
- Iron Man 3 will now be available in 3D – previously announced 5/3/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
- Phineas and Ferb moves to “2014 Undated Wide” (from 7/28/13 wide)
- Thor: The Dark World is final title of previous “Thor 2” and will now be available in 3D – previously announced 11/8/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
- Bears is now dated on 4/18/14 wide (Disneynature)
- Guardians of the Galaxy is final title of previous “Marvel Untitled” – previously announced 8/1/14 is unchanged (Marvel)
- DISNEY ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated on 11/7/14 wide
- PIXAR ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated on Wed 11/25/15 wide
Yesterday we brought you the Critics’ Choice Award nominees. Tonight belongs to the Television Critics Association. Homeland tops the list with 4 nominations. While it got the extra boost over established veterans in the Outstanding New Program category, the taut thriller earned its spots in Best Drama and Program of the Year as well as the nod to Claire Danes for her stellar performance. The critics understandably still love Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston, Mad Men and Jon Hamm, Louie and Louis C.K., Game of Thrones and Peter Dinklage, Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler. Creator/star Lena Dunham is the freshest face in the bunch, representing in both Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program with Girls. But as always, there are a few head-scratchers. Jessica Lange for American Horror Story is a legacy vote, and while her scenery-chewing was very entertaining—for Individual Achievement in Drama? No. And Smash somehow sneaked into Outstanding New Program rather than, say, Veep or Awake.
Still, the TCA always gets more right than they do wrong, especially with their neat Heritage Award. (This year’s eclectic contenders are Cheers, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek, and Twin Peaks.) Read the full list after the jump.
With The Muppets now playing, all week I’ve been posting exclusive video interviews with the cast and filmmakers. The past week I posted my conversations with Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, Jason Segel and Walter, director James Bobin, co-screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, and today I’ve got producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. But before getting to the interview, as I’ve said all week, I absolutely loved The Muppets. It’s one of my favorite films of the year and it not only made me laugh, it also made me cry. If you were nervous about the movie…don’t be. It’s a huge home run.
During the interview, Hoberman and Lieberman talked about their reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time, the test screening process, Kermit’s song “Pictures of My Head,” the newest Muppet Walter, and the possibility that The Muppets might return to TV. In addition, with Hoberman and Lieberman having produced The Fighter and involved in other projects, I asked the status of a sequel, what’s up with Warm Bodies, and the movie adaptation of Phineas and Ferb. Hit the jump to watch.
Earlier today, I had the chance to talk with The Muppets producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. The full interview will be up the week of release (November 18), but I wanted to pass along what the producing team had to say about a few of their upcoming projects like the sequel to The Fighter, director Jonathan Levine’s (50/50) Warm Bodies, and Phineas and Ferb, which they are adapting as their first live-action/animated feature film. Lieberman confirmed last week’s news that Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt worked on the draft from series creators Swampy Marsh and Dan Povenmire, which bodes well for the project.
For those that want to see a Fighter sequel, which would explore the Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti fights, Hoberman and Lieberman tell me that “Wahlberg’s in training mode again,” but no one has been hired to write a script. Which means it’s still on the far off horizon. They also talked about the tricky tonal balance in Warm Bodies. Hit the jump for what they had to say on all three projects.
The Phineas and Ferb movie is fast becoming quite a big deal. Earlier this month we learned that Disney had set the feature film adaptation of the popular children’s show for a prime July 26th, 2013 release date. Now 24 Frames reports that Toy Story 3 scribe (and Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine) Michael Arndt has come aboard the project to write a draft of the script. The pic was initially scripted by show creators Swampy Marsh and Dan Povenmire, but it looks like it’ll be getting a punch up from Arndt. Unlike the television show, which is animated, the feature film will be a mixture of live-action and animation. Arndt was recently set by Disney to pen their period China-set Snow White film Snow and the Seven.
Phineas and Ferb is one of the more popular programs populating the Disney Channel. The show focuses on the misadventures of amateur inventors/stepbrothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher. Other characters who populate the series include their sister Candance, always bent on getting the boys in trouble with their mother, and their pet platypus Perry who doubles as a secret agent facing off against the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz (ah, children’s programming). The feature film has become a priority for Disney, as they’ve recently ramped up merchandising on the Phineas and Ferb brand. Hit the jump to see what all the fuss is about.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger was originally set for release on December 21, 2012, but extended negotiations over the budget delayed the start of production. Now those negotiations have been settled, a lower budget has been agreed upon, and THR reports that Disney has now set the release date for May 31, 2013. Gore Verbinski is still attached to direct, Jerry Bruckheimer will produce, and Johnny Depp will star as Tonto with Armie Hammer set as the eponymous ranger.
However, this new tentpole date has shifted around Disney’s other films. Thor 2 was originally set for July 26, 2013, but will now try to own the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a November 15, 2013 release. Keep in mind that Disney-Marvel already has one superhero movie set for the summer with Iron Man 3 due out on May 3, 2013. Phineas and Ferb, the feature-film adaptation of the popular children’s show, has taken Thor 2‘s July 26th date.