Good morning! It’s Friday, and that means it’s time once again for the weekly News Bites. There’s a whole mess of news this week, and nearly all of it is from a single source. You guys like cartoons, right? You’d better, because that’s making up the bulk of it. If you’ve been looking forward to hearing what’s up at Disney and Pixar, read on because that’s what’s in store this week. And there are even a few pictures to go with it.
Disney held their “D23 Expo” this past weekend, and a lot of the news from it showed up on their Twitter feed. I’ve limited my reposting to just those items that are new, but their Facebook page has images from some of the other films, in addition to the images below.
Voice casting for Pixar’s 2014 film The Good Dinosaur, about an Earth where the big asteroid never hit, has been announced. Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) plays the lead role, Arlo. John Lithgow and Frances McDormand play the parents. Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader also all have roles.
Pixar’s 2015 film, Inside Out will be about an 11-year-old girl named Riley, and the emotions inside her head. Lewis Black will voice Anger, Mindy Kaling will voice Disgust, Bill Hader — popular guy at Pixar apparently — will voice Fear, Phyllis Smith will voice Sadness, and Amy Poehler will voice Joy.
Finding Dory will take place approximately one year after the events of Finding Nemo. Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will provide the voices for Dory’s parents. Ty Burrell will voice a character named Bailey.
Julie Bowen of Modern Family will voice Lil’ Dipper, one of the characters in Planes: Fire & Rescue, which was explicitly confirmed (not that there was any doubt) to be a sequel to this year’s Planes.
“Get a Horse!”, the long-lost classic Mickey Mouse cartoon, will air in front of Frozen in theatres.
The 2016 film for Walt Disney Animation Studios — i.e., the 2016 film for the “Disney Animated Canon” — has the working title Zootopia, and will be about a sly fox who is framed for a crime. (No mention has been made so far of a 2015 Disney Animated Canon film).
Disney has announced some of the casting for Into the Woods, their upcoming live-action fantasy film. Johnny Depp (of course) will be the Big Bad Wolf, and Meryl Streep will play the Witch. Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt are also in the feature.
And there’s just a smidgeon of non-Disney news as well… Lionsgate has announced they will be filming a sequel to Now You See Me, based on the strength of the international box office take.
Boundless Pictures has optioned a script for Timeless, about a man addicted to a drug that grants him the ability to time travel.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been pushed back two months. The new release date is August 8, 2014.
The dissolution of the partnership between Lionsgate and Warner Brothers means that the films that Lionsgate was working on will no longer be released through WB. Most of them are expected to instead be released through Universal. This includes Seventh Son and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Changes in release schedule have not been announced.
After writing books that produced a quintet of films noted for bland emotionless acting, Stephenie Meyer may have figured out how to get emotion out of people. First, elation, as she says she is “so over” Twilight, noting it was “not a happy place to be”. Then she inspires utter dread and terror, saying “I’m interested in spending time in other worlds, like Middle Earth.”
Just a short rumor roundup for the end of things this week. Vin Diesel hasn’t actually come out and confirmed it, but indications are that he will be providing the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. Simon Pegg is teasing Marvel fans with the idea that he’ll be playing Ant-Man in his friend Edgar Wright’s film. Bryan Cranston wants to play Lex Luthor. Orlando Bloom is supposedly being considered for the role of Batman, making him candidate #346; other rumors, equally unsourced, say WB is offering Christian Bale $50 million to return.
That’s all for this week’s News Bites. Thanks for reading!