Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Remember this big Paramount Park project at Alhama de Murcia in Spain that i told you about last month - see HERE ? Well, i'm afraid to say that the project is probably dead as Premursa "the Developer and Promoter behind the Paramount Murcia theme park project - also the President of one of the Investment companies behind the €50 Million development" filed for bankruptcy! Tumbit Spain add that "following yesterday's news, Jesus Samper declined to make any comment to journalists, instead suggesting that they speak with Santa Ana Alicante - the co-investors who had assumed responsibility for the promotion of the development".
In two words, the project is probably dead, it's a pity as it looked interesting but the concept itself is probably copyright Paramount so we might see it appear in others Paramount Park projects. Although the project at Alhama de Murcia received the green light of the city council last month what is happening is not very surprising considering the real estate situation right now in Spain. Good news, though, for DLP as it's also one less European competitor for Disneyland Paris, let's see now if the other Paramount Park project, the one in London will happen or not...
Picture: copyright Paramount parks
Disney released this short making-of of the Lone Ranger Spirit scene in the Mojave Desert. Lone Ranger will be released soon, and personally i'm awaiting it!
Video: copyright Disney
Those of you coming to Paris this fall or next winter to visit DLP will be happy to know that the "Pixar, 25 years of Animation" exhibit will open in Paris November 16 and will stay until March 2, 2014. The exhibit will open in a place called Art Ludique.
The exhibit is currently at Amsterdam, and here is a video showing it in Amsterdam.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The first teaser for Disney's Animation Studios "Frozen" has been released and i sincerely hope that the movie will be better than this 1.51 min. May be you'll be enthusiast but personally seeing a reindeer acting like a dog looks to me like a wrong good idea. Even worst, this teaser might give a wrong image of what the movie really is. Or may be it's me who's wrong...
Anyway, according to the synopsis Frozen tell the story of "Fearless optimist Anna who teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter".
You'll see Olaf the snowman in the teaser below...
...as well as Sven the reindeer
...but not the human characters Anna and Hans, so you'll need to wait a bit more to know what will be the exact tone of this new animated movie which will be released this fall.
On this next one Hans is riding Sven the reindeer.
Always about animated movies Disney announced that Planes will have a sequel to be called "Planes 2 : Fire and Rescue" which will be released summer 2014, and in 3D. Considering the title "Fire and Rescue" no need to be a genius to guess that that this Planes sequel will talk about planes which are sent to extinguish forest fires.
Originally the two films were supposed to have a direct to video release and this might explain why this Planes 2 will be ready for next summer 2014.
Finally, Monsters Inc is released in three days and a ne - last? - clip has been released and this one is called "Star Player". Here it is.
Pictures and videos: copyright Disney
Monday, June 17, 2013
It took ten years but that's it, Disney finally got the green light to renovate the Grand Central Air Terminal which is located in Glendale, north of Los Angeles. More from Gizmodo.com:
"Originally opened in 1929, the terminal was the main public building for the Glendale Municipal Airport which dates from 1922. Outside, the building is remarkable for its blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial architecture. The terminal's interior layout was a template for the layout for the future of airports with separate areas for ticketing, eating, and waiting. In its heyday, the terminal was used by high-flying celebrities, including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.
The terminal was closed to commercial aviation in 1944, and Glendale Airport was shut down permanently in 1959. Unfortunately, over the years, the Grand Central Air Terminal building has fallen into disrepair. Below, a shot of the original waiting room, now completely abandoned".
"After buying the land in the 1990s, Disney entered into a development agreement with the City of Glendale in 2000 to rehabilitate the building by the end of 2015. Disney wanted to build the land out for a new Grand Central Creative Complex, but because of the building's historic status, it had to cut a deal with city officials. Amongst the concessions Disney granted were that the land had to have an airplane "from the era" outside.
The Disney plan was approved back in March by the Glendale Historic Preservation Commission and in addition to structural improvements and seismic upgrades, the building's exterior will be restored to its former aesthetic glory from the clay roof tiles to the steel windows to the stone and stucco ornamentation. A nearby building will be demolished to provide a nice view of the building to passersby."
"Inside, the terminal will be retrofitted as offices for Disney employees. There will also be a visitor center and event space for the surrounding creative complex."
"According to the agreement with the city, Disney will need to provide "limited" public access to the building when construction is complete. Let's hope Disney takes that mandated service seriously."
Text: copyright Gizmodo.com
Publié par Alain Littaye à l'adresse 8:01 AM
56 years ago the Monsanto House of the Future was opening at Disneyland and stayed at the entrance of Tomorrowland during ten years. Here is a tribute to the "House of the future" with historical pictures and a real treasure videos!
The attraction offered a tour of a home of the future, set in the year 1986, Built of plastics, a revolutionary material at that time, the four wing"ultra-modern" House of the Future was on display from 1957 to 1967 at the entrance of Tomorrowland.The House of the Future featured the latest in furniture and appliances along with intercoms and other gadgets that were not common in 1957. For instance, it featured household appliances such as microwave ovens, which eventually were invented and became commonplace.
The house survived the introduction of New Tomorrowland in 1967, but closed shortly after, as Monsanto's attention shifted to their new sponsored attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. The building was so sturdy, that when demolition crews tried to knock out walls with a wrecking ball, the ball bounced off. Hacksaws were required to take the building apart, piece by piece.
However, it didn't remove all the house. The support pillars were rated for earthquakes, so when the construction reached them, most couldn't be removed. These few remaining pillars are still visible in Neptune's Grotto, the location of the exterior gardens of the house.
A good friend and faithful Disney and more reader also sent to me this rare article that he found in an old issue of Popular Science Magazine. And it's a very interesting one. Not only because it talks of the Monsanto House of the Future, but because the date of the article is April 1956! And so what, you ask? Well, you see, Disneyland's House of the Future didn't opened in 1956 but in 1957, one year later! Which means what? On the cover of this April 1956 issue, the title was "1956 Home Show" and the article was called "Plastic House of the Future" and not the "House of the Future". The good question of course is: Did Walt learned about the Monsanto's house thanks to the article or did he knew about it before? We'll probably never have the answer, but the article is fascinating. Have a look and don't miss the page with the plan of the House of the Future!
A while ago i've found the image below. This one is not related to the House of the Future, but it's from the same era and the picture - which show another kind of "house of the future" is pretty cool, so i add it here. Double-click on it to see it in big size.
This last picture shows the great replica designed by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily for Disney shopping.com fduring Disneyland 50th anniversary!
And now, here is a great document with this two part Monsanto video that will show you how amazing - specially in 1960's - the House of the Future was. Don't miss it, it's just like if you were there, inside the House of the Future, 50 years ago!
Photos: copyright Disney
Video: copyright Monsanto and Disney
All my thanks to Macmouse4 for the great Youtube video
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Editor's Note: You will find new updates below, but as i told you previously i remind you that we have now less than twenty copies of the "Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality" book in its english collector's edition, so if you don't own the book yet, it's now or never! You can use the Paypal one-click button below or send me an email to place your order at : email@example.com, and for more infos about the book with plenty of pictures and videos, please jump HERE.
Publié par Alain Littaye à l'adresse 11:07 AM
At last someone who see things clearly. And it's not coming from anyone as it is Steven Spielberg himself who said this week what you will read below, speaking at the University of Southern California Film School.
So, what did Steven said? Well, first he revealed that his latest film - Lincoln - barely made it into distribution. Seriously? Seriously. But it's the great Steven Spielberg, you say, how is it possible that he can't find a distributor for any of his movies? well, that's all the point, even is you are Steven Spielberg - or Martin Scorcese or many others great directors - it's no longer enough to be sure that your movie will be distributed. Even Georges Lucas said recently that his World War II blockbuster Red Tails had an hard time getting into theatres and wasn’t able to get a international release: “The pathway to get into theaters is really getting smaller and smaller” Lucas explained. That's how bad the situation is now, folks. The problem, Spielberg added, is that studios aren’t taking any chances on ‘fringe’ subjects and scripts, preferring established franchises and superhero schlock directed by wannabes.
Spielberg added: “That’s the big danger, and there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm”
Where is the problem and why Studios are not interested by mainstream movies, i.e real good movies as it was still existing not too long ago. Simply because Studios
( and not only Disney ) are not really interested by movies, they're interested by the money they will make with them, and of course the power it will bring. That's a major difference with what Hollywood studios were at the Golden Era when people at Metro Goldwyn mayer or Warner really loved movies, and not only money. And i mean good movies. Do you think that someone could find now the money to do a Lawrence of Arabia? Or even Citizen Kane? No way, except, as Spielberg said in some TV channels like HBO.
And in the meantime we won't escape to several super-heroes sequels, etc... Don't get me wrong, i have nothing against franchise movies. The last Star Trek for instance was excellent thanks to a good script, a brilliant filming and excellent actors well directed, but Iron Man 3 although it was entertaining won't last long in your memory, simply because it was not a great movie, not a piece of art. Unfortunately Iron Man 3 box office has reached now 1.2 Billion which is great for Disney as they might use some of the money for more interesting things, i.e for instance in theme parks. But it also mean that they probably think they've found the recipe to make gold and will use it again and again in the same kind of movies. This would not be a problem if they were using the money also to produce movies which will be food for your mind but i doubt that it will be the case... and that's where the problem lies.
The irony in all that is that people like Spielberg and Lucas are also the ones who introduced 30 years ago the notion of blockbuster movies at Hollywood. So, i suppose that what is happening now is what is called the karma boomerang... Anyway, will the money-men finally kill mainstream movies, the great cinema? Possible, but not sure. Although i don't really trust the executives to be more intelligent than greedy,
i have more confidence in the audience and i wouldn't be surprised if some day people begin to be fed up of these deluxe B-movies - because that's what they are, after all - and start to ask for movies which will be also pure work of art. As they say in India, the wheel is always turning...