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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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…]

‘McFarland, USA’ Interview: Rafael Martinez, Ramiro Rodriguez, Michael Aguero, Coach Jim White Talk Training, Film Counterparts, And Learning Curve

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McFarland, USA is the heartwarming film that chronicles the real life Coach Jim White’s journey from a down-and-out coach to a coach of a high school with multiple state championships under their belt.  But the film goes beyond winning and losing, and as White learned, there is a cultural gap that needed to be addressed.  There are also themes of family, faith, and and a community uniting as one to overcome some difficult odds both on the track and socially.

We had a chance to talk to the starts of the film Rafael Martinez, Ramiro Rodriguez, and Michael Aguero, as well as the real-life Coach Jim White.  Hit the jump to check it out. [Read more…]

‘McFarland, USA’ Interview: Kevin Costner, Niki Caro, and Cast Talk Training, Culture Gap, And More.

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McFarland, USA, the based on a true story of seven cross country athletes with no training or experience competing not only for their school but for a better future. Under the guidence of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), director Niki Caro‘s new film is is a heartwarming story of grit, perservance, and sportsmanship.

We were recently invited the to film’s press day where Costner and Caro talked about working on location in McFarland, the culture gap, and more. Also there were Johnny Ortiz, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, and Carlos Pratts, who talked about the training, meeting their real-life counterparts, and how they hope the film shows that Latinos can be more than the sterotypical characters you see on TV. Hit the jump to read their quotes. [Read more…]

‘Tomorrowland’ Super Bowl Commercial: Buckle Up For Disney’s Original Sci-Fi Adventure

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Disney’s super secretive Tomorrowland has a brand new promo that offers even more footage than its teaser trailer. Though much of the film still remains a mystery, we know that it is one of our most anticipated films of the year because of its director, Brad Bird; its screenwriter, Damon Lindelof; and its ordinality. Hit the jump to check it out. [Read more…]

Review: Into The Woods

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The holiday movie that has a draw for everyone is Disney’s Christmas release of Into the Woods.  It’s  Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) adaptation of Sondheim’s broadway gem that showed audiences that happily ever-afters can be trickier than–well what we’ve been led to believe.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Chracter Names Revealed On Trading Cards

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Normally we’d learn about characters through the source material, a plot synopsis, or straight from the cast or crew. But given that everyone is so tight-lipped about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, trying to get information like names of the characters is next to impossible. We already know that the film is canon, and will see the return of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, and more iconic starships. Plus the Sith. But since the trailer dropped a few weeks back, we don’t know who John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, or Oscar Issac is playing. We also don’t now who the Sith with the broadsword is – maybe it is Adam Driver. And we cannot just keep calling the rolling droid a soccer ball.

Now in a very cool move, EW has revealed the names of the characters seen in the trailer on trading cards. Okay, they aren’t actually trading cards, however, these images resemble the trading cards of yesteryear, and even us the Star Wars designs. Hit the jump to see them all. [Read more…]

‘Inside Out’ Trailer: Pixar Proves That Emotions Can Be Characters Too

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The first trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter, was released not to long ago. Normally we wouldn’t see a second trailer so soon, but given that the first trailer was just an announcement of sorts, this new trailer reminds us what the animation studio has in store for us.

Inside Out recently added Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane as the parents of Riley, who is going through the phases of growing up. The new trailer provides brand new footage, gives us a better look into the world of being inside one’s mind. [Read more…]