Disney Teams With XPrize For Ultimate “Tomorrowland” Mentorship Experience

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Disney is doing it again, teaming up with XPrize to help promote their film, Tomorrowland, and the advancement of education. 8 – 17-year-olds are encouraged to “imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.”

In June, six winners will have “a mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest.” All six will receive $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

Participants will be split into two different divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). The contest starts on April 22, and all submissions must be received by May 17, 2015. Directed by Tomorrowland opens in theaters on 22. Hit the jump for more. [Read more…]

TIE Fighters Take Center Stage in Ambitious “Star Wars” Animated Fan Film

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Star Wars never really left our collective consciousness, but with Disney’s long-anticipated feature film plans finally coming to fruition, the Saga is about to come back in a big way. One consequence of the renewed interest in the franchise is that many fans will likely seek to develop their own Star Wars fan films. Animator Paul Johnson recently finished his, and it is one of the best I’ve seen in years. Watch Star Wars: TIE Fighter after the jump.

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‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ Review

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Here is the thing with adaptations that act as middle part of a franchise, the film lacks a conclusion needed to hook the audience in for the final film – or should I say two films since splitting the final book into two parts is the norm. Many of these adaptations suffer from this ordeal, and it only stands to reason that if these kinds of films aren’t rushing to meet a deadline they can be considered quite good. And so we have The Divergent Series: Insurgent, a film based on the second book of a YA trilogy that has everything you could imagine seeing in a middle part of a franchise, and gives you nothing for you to care about the next installment.

Whatever vague and loose similarities Insurgent may draw from, it really doesn’t do much to stand out from its YA adaptation crowd. But devout fans may have no problem overlooking the narrative flaws in the film and accept the fact that the characters didn’t bring the personality to the sequel. And that’s okay. But Insurgent is tonally lost and thematically repetitive, and it’s dull characters makes the film boring and uninteresting. [Read more…]

‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent': Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney Talk Training, Feminine Strength, And More

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent follows the events of Divergent. In it Shailene Woodley and Theo James reprise their respective characters, Tris and Four, who are now running from Jeanine, the leader of the Erudite faction, who nearly accomplished the mass execution of the entire Abnegation faction. The two try to figure out what Abnegation sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. As they continue to run, Tris faces one impossible challenge after another as she unlocks the truth about the past and ultimately the future of her world.

We had a chance to sit down at the film’s press conference where we talked to Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, and Todd Lieberman about the film, the training process, how their lives has changed since the first film, if their personal family upbringing mirrors that of their characters, and the need to see more strong female characters as well as seeing both strong female and male characters in one film. Hit the jump for more. [Read more…]

“Ex-Machina” Uses Tinder App To Cleverly Market The Film At SXSW

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If you’re using the dating app Tinder and you’re in Austin, TX checking out the SXSW conference and festival, then don’t be surprised if a hot 25 year old woman by the name of Ava pops up in your list of possible matches. Don’t fall for it, though, because per Adweek,  it’s actually a clever viral marketing campaign for the upcoming artificial intelligence-oriented sci-fi film, Ex Machina. After the jump, check out Ava‘s Tinder profile and an actual conversation someone had with the movie’s character.

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Trailers Weekly: “Inside Out”, “San Andreas”, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”, and More

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Trailers Weekly is a feature in which we bring you the most popular and talked about trailers of the week. Sharing trailers is a classic viral practice, and trailers are still the most mainstream way for people to learn about movies. We’ve got trailers from Tomorrowland, Inside Out, San Andreas, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Transylvania 2, and Infinitely Polar Bear. [Read more…]

How Disney’s Cinderella Updated Classic Characters To Reflect Our Times

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This weekend, Kenneth Branagh brings us his take on the beloved Disney Fairytale. We got to talk to him and some of the cast to learn more about what makes this timeless tale relevant for modern day audiences as well as how our present social standards affects some very big changes to the story. Lily James, Richard Madden, and Branagh gave us some fun insight into what to expect.

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‘Cinderella’ Review

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Disney’s business of adapting their animated classics into live-action films may be perceived as tired or a quick cash grab (maybe even both), but there are a few films that fall through the cracks, films that can actually be considered good. Cinderella just happens to be one of those films, in fact, it is very good. This new vision of the fairy tale classic remains faithful to the animated film that it is based on, but also expanding upon it by building on its characters and their relationships. The fact that director Kenneth Branagh doesn’t repeat the some of the same mistakes that previous live-action fairy tale films gives us hope that Disney is now on the right path with these new adaptations. Cinderella is nothing short of enchanting, beautiful, and one of the best fairy tale revisions seen in recent years. Hit the jump for the full review [Read more…]

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”: Have the Best Day Ever with RDJ; New Trailer Thursday!

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We’re a little less than two months away from the debut of Marvel Studio’s follow up to its billion-dollar grossing juggernaut, Avengers: Age of Ultron! The marketing campaign is in full swing now with character poster reveals, TV Spots and now contests. Omaze and Robert Downey, Jr. are offering fans a once in a lifetime opportunity: attend the world premiere of the film with RDJ himself! We’ve got the details on that, plus the debut of the theatrical trailer – after the jump! [Read more…]

Trailers Weekly: ‘Alex of Venice’, ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’, ‘Frozen Fever’, And More

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Trailers Weekly is a feature in which we bring you the most popular and talked about trailers of the week. Sharing trailers is a classic viral practice, and trailers are still the most mainstream way for people to learn about movies. We’ve got trailers from Alex of Venice, Love & Mercy, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Frozen Fever, and The Riot Club. Hit the jump to seem them all. [Read more…]