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Apes Move Up A Week Next Summer

by Alex Beanon December 11, 2013
The next film in the vast “Planet of the Apes” film franchise is coming next summer – only now a week earlier than originally scheduled. 20th Century Fox has moved the release date for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” up a week. The film depicts Caesar [Andy Serkis] leading his genetically evolved apes […]

Zac Efron Tossed Into Fire

by Alex Beanon December 11, 2013
Yes, you read that correctly. It’s true, Zac Efron has been tossed into “Fire” – but in this case, it’s a feature film based on the graphic novel about a man recruited by the CIA for a program that, ultimately makes him expendable as a spy. The graphic novel [comic book] is written by Brian […]
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Review: “The Smurfs 2” – Not Smurfin’ Awful But Not Smurftacular

by Classic Speedyon December 11, 2013
When The Smurfs live-action/CG animation film was announced, there was a sizable portion of the original show’s fanbase that considered it an abomination. Despite that backlash, it made a ton of money, so it must’ve done something right. I suspect that many of its viewers had never seen the original cartoon, so this was their […]

Visual Effects Oscars Down To Top 10

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
The 86th Academy Award presentation is closing fast – less than three months away now – and the list of the films under consideration for a Best Visual Effects award has officially been narrowed to 10. They are, in alphabetical order… “Elysium” “Gravity” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Iron Man 3” “The Lone Ranger” […]

Saving Mr. Banks Multi-Touch Book Trailer

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
“Saving Mr. Banks” – Disney’s upcoming feature film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson as it details Walt Disney’s [Hanks] pursuit of British author P.L. Travers [Thompson] to get her Mary Poppins books brought to the big screen – has its own multi-touch book version that went live today. The multi-touch book details the story […]

Magee To Sit In Silver Chair

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
A fourth movie in “The Chronicles of Narnia” film franchise is in the works and it looks like it will be “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” after writer David Magee [“Life of Pi”] was hired as writer for the movie. There was always going to be a fourth film in the franchise but […]

ToonZone Holiday Gift Guide Idea # 37 – The CG Story

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
Still flailing around for holiday gift ideas for that special person in your life who genuflects at the temple of the animation industry? Flail no more, your holiday gift holy grail may have arrived with the publication of “The CG Story: Computer Generated Animation and Special Effects” by Christopher Finch. The 368-page book [yes, book, […]

Indiana Jones Lives Again At Disney

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
When Disney purchased the Star Wars empire from George Lucas last year in a massive multi-billion dollar deal, they also purchased some of the rights to the “Indiana Jones” film franchise, which Lucas owned within his Lucasfilm Corporation. Disney essentially bought Lucasfilm and Indy but Lucas had previously cut a deal with Paramount for distribution […]