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Sam Raimi offered Oz, The Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi has reportedly been offered the director’s chair for Oz, The Great and Powerful. The project is a prequel to the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz with the script having been written by Mitchell Kapner.  Disney wants to begin shooting sometime this year.

Source: Vulture

New Muppet movie to hit theaters Christmas 2011

Walt Disney Studios has announced that the still-untitled Muppet movie will hit theaters December 25, 2011. The movie will be written by Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segal for director James Bobin. Segal will also star alongside the Muppet gang.

Source: EW

Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to $116.1M; Breaks 3D/IMAX records

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed an impressive $116.101 million, the biggest opening ever for Burton (crushing the $68.533M opening of 2001’s “Planet of the Apes”) and the best-ever opening debut for a 3D film (eclipsing the $77.025M for Avatar). The film opened on Friday to $40.805M, improved 8.3% to 44.209M on Saturday and dropped 29.7% on Sunday to $31.087M. That translates to a per theater average of $31,143.

The 3-day tally is enough to put it ahead of Valentine’s Day ($106.42M) as the highest-grossing film of 2010.

‘Alice’ was helped significantly by 3D and IMAX, which accounted for about 70%, or over $80M of its opening weekend, topping the previous $55M record set by Avatar. The film grossed an estimated record $11.9M (included in the $80M tally) from just 188 IMAX venues (an incredible $63,197 per site).  The previous best for IMAX was Avatar‘s $9.5M from 178 sites.  Box Office Mojo estimates that combined, the 3D and IMAX ticket premiums over normal prices added about $22M to Alice‘s gross.

Worldwide receipts were also strong, $100.5M from 6,455 sites in 40 territories (for a per-screen average of $15,569) putting its opening weekend worldwide cume at $216.601 million. Head on over the jump for more analysis and the weekend chart.

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Miramax Closes NY and LA Offices; Will Be Folded Within Walt Disney Studios

The New York and Los Angeles offices of Miramax closed their doors today, but owner Disney insists that the studio is not dead.  Instead, they say Miramax will release a smaller dose of films over the next few years and will be consolidated within Walt Disney Studios.

Source: The […]

Beauty and the Beast 3D Delayed to 2011 is reporting that Disney Studios has pushed back the release of Beauty and the Beast 3D to sometime in 2011.

The studio announced the project back in November of 2008, when they revealed that the 3D conversion would be done using the original animation files from the 1991 feature film. The film was […]

Comic-Con 2009: Walt Disney Announces Lineup; Includes 3-D Panel Details and TRON Plot Synopsis

tron-071009Walt Disney Studios has released their lineup for this year’s Comic-Con and within the press release is a plot synopsis for the upcoming Joseph Kasinski-directed sequel TRON (working title):

TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

The studio also announced its first-ever 3-D panel, with Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and TRON producers Sean Bailer and Steven Lisberger all on hand for the event.  For complete details, head on over the jump to read the press release. Continue reading Comic-Con 2009: Walt Disney Announces Lineup; Includes 3-D Panel Details and TRON Plot Synopsis