Entries in Disney (16)


Disney Tops Best Animated Feature Nominations

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Disney/Pixar’s Brave, the Walt Disney Studios’ Frankenweenie and the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph have all earned nominations for the upcoming 40th Annual Annie Awards for animation.

Each Disney film has earned a total of 10 nominations in the feature categories for the animation awards.  Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania and Focus Features’ ParaNorman earned eight Annie Award nominations each.

The winners will be announced during the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.  Here are the nominees in two major categories:

Best Animated Feature:

  • Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
  • Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios
  • Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation
  • ParaNorman – Focus Features
  • Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations
  • The Rabbi’s Cat – GKIDS
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production:

  • Adam Sandler as Dracula - Hotel Transylvania
  • Alan Tudyk as King Candy - Wreck-It Ralph
  • Atticus Shaffer as “E”Gore – Frankenweenie
  • Catherine O’Hara as Weird Girl – Frankenweenie
  • Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria - The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Jim Cummings as Budzo - Adventures in Zambezia
  • Jude Law as Pitch - Rise of the Guardians
  • Kelly MacDonald as Merida – Brave

For a complete list of nominees, go to

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


George Lucas Explains Disney Sale, New "Star Wars" Movies

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a sit-down interview posted on, George Lucas discusses the sale of his Lucasfilm to Disney, as well as future Star Wars movies led by his hand-picked successor, Kathleen Kennedy.

Lucas and Kennedy have collaborated for decades, most notably on the Indiana Jones series, and he expressed she was the perfect choice to take the reins of his company, which is now part of the Disney empire.

"I felt that I really wanted to put the company somewhere...[that] would protect it," Lucas said of the reported $4.5 billion sale.  "You know, between the parks and all the things they've got going...there are lots and lots of opportunities at Disney that we wouldn't have at any other studio.  When I first made Star Wars, everybody said, 'This is a movie Disney should have made.'"

Part of the Disney deal was that the so-called House of Mouse would be launching a new Star Wars trilogy with Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII, and IX.

"I get to be a fan now...It's much more fun," laughed Lucas.

Oscar-winning Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has written the treatment for the next three movies, and he'll be writing Episode VII.

Kennedy explained everyone involved with the next trilogy will first and foremost be fans of the saga.

"It's going to be somebody who really appreciates what Star Wars meant to them...[T]he directors who are going to walk into the room and go, 'I can't wait to be a part of this!'" she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


New "Stars Wars" Movie Coming in 2015 as Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Force will be with us...again.  In a shocking announcement, Star Wars creator George Lucas has announced that he's selling his company Lucasfilm to Disney in a $4.05 billion dollar deal, and part of that deal will include a new Star Wars film, Episode VII, due in 2015.

In a statement, Lucas said, "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers"

He added, "I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm...having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come."

He added that "Disney's reach and experience" will give Lucasfilm the opportunity to "blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Since their initial releases, Lucas has continued to tinker with and re-issue different versions of all six Star Wars films, but he never indicated that he would be involved in making a seventh chapter of the saga.

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Disney Announces "Avengers" Sequel

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The Avengers aren't finished saving the world.

Following a record-breaking weekend for Marvel's The Avengers, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Tuesday that a sequel will be developed.  Disney owns Marvel.

It appears there's no word yet on a release date, or whether all of the major cast members will definitely return.

The Avengers raked in a record $207.4 million over the weekend, and even gave a little boost to another Disney film that has underwhelmed at the box office: John Carter

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Carter jumped from 38th on the box office chart the previous weekend to 12th this past weekend because it was screened in tandem with The Avengers at more than 150 drive-in theaters.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Louboutin Creates Glass Slipper for New Cinderella Release

DIsney(NEW YORK) -- If you've given up on an actual pumpkin coach and a real Prince Charming, glass slippers can still be a part of your fairy tale -- thanks to designer Christian Louboutin.

The Louboutin glass slipper is being released in conjunction with Disney's Diamond Edition of Cinderella this fall, a combo-pack, which includes two Blu-Ray discs and a DVD with bonus features, celebrating the beloved classic animated feature, first released in 1950.

"I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world," the designer told Women's Wear Daily.

The shoes will include the Louboutin signature red soles, seen on Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, and many more celebrities.

This isn't the first time Disney has influenced the world of fashion.  Disney Bridal offers princess-inspired gowns and Mouawad launched a Disney engagement ring line in 2009.

Although the price of the slippers hasn't been released, a pair of Louboutin shoes starts at about $600 and can cost up to several thousand dollars.

If you're hoping to snag the slippers, check the Cinderella Facebook page for images and updates on the shoe.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'It's a Small World After All' Songwriter Robert Sherman Dead at 86

Mychal Watts/WireImage(LONDON) -- Robert B. Sherman, the man who wrote the Disney classic tune "It's a Small World After All," has died.

According to a posting by his son on his Facebook page, the songwriter passed away Monday in London.  He was 86.

Sherman, along with his brother Richard, also wrote Disney standards including "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," from Mary Poppins and many other classics from films such as The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Charlotte's Web and others. Sherman also penned songs for TV shows and variety specials. 

For his work, Sherman won two Oscars and a Grammy, and with his brother was honored in 1976 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and the man responsible for hit films such as the Toy Story series and the two Cars movies, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. His star is the 2,453rd on the famed sidewalk.

Lasseter got choked up during the ceremony as he remembered his former Pixar partner, the late Steve Jobs. He said without Jobs, Pixar would not exist.

After the ceremony, Lasseter told ABC News Radio that in one respect, the Walk of Fame star is more special to him than an Oscar. He said, "When you get an award like an Oscar or something like that, you take the award home and it's at your house. This is the only award in the world where it's, like, here for the world to see."

Don Rickles, the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films, and Bonnie Hunt, who is heard in the two Cars movies, were among the celebrities who attended the ceremony.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Hank Williams Jr. Doesn’t Regret Obama, Hitler Analogy

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hank Williams Jr. isn’t sorry for comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. And you probably won’t hear him on Monday Night Football anytime soon.

On ABC’s The View Tuesday, the singer addressed the controversy that arose after his Fox & Friends appearance last week in which he made an analogy that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner golfing together was like Nazi leader Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing a round. The uproar resulted in ESPN ending its association with Williams and his hit "Are You Ready for Some Football?" which has been the theme song for Monday Night Football for years.

“I guess it’s called stepping on the toes of freedom of speech,” Williams said on The View. He described how he found out that people were upset with his comments: ”When I came in my house and my daughter said, ‘Daddy, are you in trouble?’ and I said ‘What are you talking about’ … and I said, ‘Well if I am, then we all are.’”

“That night,” he said, “I told my manager that you could tell ESPN and Disney adios.”

Disney owns ESPN and ABC. Despite his presence on an ABC show, Williams didn’t mince words when it came to the parent company.

“The bottom line folks, Mickey is a mean mouse,” he said. “Disney, ABC and ESPN and me and the opening of Monday Night Football are kind of like the Spanish American War. They’re history.”

And despite the fall-out, Williams doesn’t regret what he said on Fox & Friends.

“At this point, I really don’t,” he said. “That golf game, a bunch of politicians … that are out there juking and jiving and high-fiving was so inappropriate with the things that this country is going to, going through, I mean. … It was absurd.”

View co-host Joy Behar asked why Williams used Hitler in his analogy instead of a less polarizing figure who may not have fueled so much flak.

“I don’t know,” he replied. “I’m not smart enough to know the difference.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Disney Promotes 'The Avengers,' 'The Muppets' at D23 Expo

Chris Evans as Captain America. Paramount Pictures/Marvel Entertainment(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Over the weekend, Disney staged its D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, previewing some of its most anticipated films over the next few years.

One of those movies is The Avengers, which will feature Marvel superheroes such as Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evans' Captain America and many more.

Despite the star power in The Avengers, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson -- who play Hawkeye and Black Widow, respectively -- said the entire cast rarely spent time together on the set.  Even so, Downey Jr. said they all took a professional approach to the film.

"I think the challenge is to buy into what you're doing, and not take yourself too seriously but take the work seriously, and I think everybody had the right attitude.  You know, it's not rocket science but it's not easy," Downey Jr. said.

The Avengers will be released next May.

Also at the D23 Expo, Jason Segel promoted his Muppets film, which opens in November.  Segel, who wrote the screenplay and is the film's leading star, said he became emotional when the cast read the script for the first time.

He said, "I'm very proud of how much I love The Muppets.  All I can say is you would cry too.  When Kermit comes out and starts saying stuff you've written, it is the most awe-inspiring, humbling moment you can imagine."

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Whoa! Production Shut Down on Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger' Movie

MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney has shut down production on The Lone Ranger movie that was to star Johnny Depp and The Social Network's Armie Hammer, according to Variety.

Disney reportedly made the move because the film's budget was between $250 million and $275 million -- far more than the $200 million the company wanted to spend.  However, Variety reports production is being halted only temporarily while those costs are brought under control, meaning the budget will likely be cut.

Hammer is set to play the titular character, with Depp filling the role of the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto.  Helena Bonham Carter and Dwight Yoakam are also attached to the film, which was scheduled to be released on Dec. 21, 2012.

The Lone Ranger is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and would be directed by Gore Verbinski, who previously worked with Depp on three Pirates of the Caribbean films, as well as the animated hit Rango.

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